Daily Archives: December 23, 2010

Professional Lacrosse On Radio: Washington Stealth Lacrosse And Paul Rabil To Be Featured Weekly In 2011 On Fox Sports KRKO 1380 AM In Everett, WA

“We will have the only radio show on the planet to have Paul Rabil on weekly,” commented Stealth President David Takata. “For millions of fans, Paul is the face of lacrosse, so it’s an especially rare opportunity for our fans to be able to directly interact with him on a regular basis. Even casual fans are going to be blown away by the access this show provides.”

The Washington Stealth has partnered with the Everett-based Fox Sports 1380 AM to present the new radio show, “Washington Stealth All-Access.” The hour-long show will begin Thursday, January 6 and air weekly, providing listeners with insight and interviews from some of the top players and personnel in the National Lacrosse League.

“The Stealth had an incredible first year in Washington, but even with a championship title we are still the new team in town,” said Stealth Director of Communications Michael Kennett, who will also serve as the show’s host. “The league’s rich history and incredible personalities will make this show special. With ‘Stealth All-Access’, we will give fans an in-depth look into the lacrosse culture, which really is unlike other professional sports.”

The show will preview upcoming NLL and Stealth games through interviews with players and coaches from the Stealth and opposing teams. There will also be a number of interactive components for listeners, including opportunities to win Stealth tickets and merchandise through weekly contests, and call in segments, including a weekly segment with international lacrosse sensation Paul Rabil.

“Washington Stealth All-Access” will premiere on Thursday, January 6 at 5:30pm and air each week during that time slot. Listen live to the broadcast locally on Fox Sports 1380 AM or catch it anywhere in the world on the web at http://www.northsound1380.com.

MCLA Div II Men’s Lacrosse: Westminster Men’s Lacrosse Goalie Dallas McLellan Has Overcome Degenerative Eye Disease To Lead And Inspire Teammates

But even without perfect sight, McLellan brings a decade of goalie experience — enough that he had hoped to play lacrosse at the Air Force Academy until his vision ended those dreams — and a clinical approach to playing his position.

After willing Westminster, the 10th-seeded team in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division II tournament, to the national semifinals with a win over Dayton, Griffin head coach Mason Goodhand said “the balls were looking like grapefruits” for his goalie, Dallas McLellan. It’s a standard figurative cliché for a hot goalie, but it had a special irony.

You see, nothing — whether it is a lacrosse ball or the dashboard of his car — is as it appears to McLellan.

Although the Sandy, Utah, native has two first-team All-America plaques and a national championship to his name, he also suffers from keratoconus. A degenerative disease that misshapes the cornea and distorts the vision, keratoconus has been a part of McLellan’s life — and lacrosse career — since his fifth-grade teacher recognized he was squinting in class. It has progressively deteriorated, even through the 2008 championship for Westminster, when McLellan estimated his vision was about 80 percent.

It reached a low point in ’09 when the Griffins lost to St. Thomas at night in a downpour.

“From the very first shot that was taken on me until the last, I could not see a single shot that came my way because of the reflection of the lights directly and in the puddles,” said McLellan, who still finished with 15 saves. “I definitely thought about not playing or moving to attack because the ball moves a little slower, but I decided to stay with it. My vision is not great, but it is good enough to perform at a level where I can help my team. I just stayed at goalie because that is where they needed me.”

With the aid of hard contacts — a double-edged sword because they flatten his corneas while also creating scar tissue with the rubbing — McLellan was masterful last year in the Griffins’ Cinderella run with 54 stops in three games, including 18 against No. 2 Dayton.

“There’s no way we would have gone as far as we did if he had not found his game and inspired us to a new level,” Goodhand said. “Undoubtedly, he was the difference.”

Despite the All-America year last spring, McLellan’s eyesight is slowly fading, sometimes to the point where he has trouble seeing items right in front of him. The most radical remedy is a full corneal transplant, where the cornea is sliced away and replaced by someone else’s, but McLellan said he “made the mistake of checking that out.” Thus, he’s opting for a pair of less-invasive procedures to stem the disease and allow him to return to his familiar spot in the Griffins’ goal.

But even without perfect sight, McLellan brings a decade of goalie experience — enough that he had hoped to play lacrosse at the Air Force Academy until his vision ended those dreams — and a clinical approach to playing his position.

“He’s very disciplined; very measured and calculated,” Goodhand said. “He’s been doing this long enough now that when he misses the ball, he figures out what he did wrong. He is a student of the game and there is just not much weakness in his game right now. One of the truly amazing things about Dallas is he can knock an apple off your head at 50 paces like William Tell. He can just rifle the ball on the ear.”

It’s difficult to grasp that a goalie could be that accurate on his outlet passes, especially one suffering from poor vision. It might be equally hard to believe that a sight-challenged netminder could be Lacrosse Magazine’s Preseason Player of the Year for MCLA Division II.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/club/2010-11/news/122310_goalie_on_top_of_game_despite_fading_eyesight

Western NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse To Play Duke At Bethpage High School Stadium, Long Island, NY On April 9 As It Strives To “Play The Best Available Opponents”

“As the University of Denver approaches its 2011 Season, we look forward to trying to solidify a spot among the most respected Division I lacrosse teams in the country,” said Denver head coach Bill Tierney. “To do so, we must always look to improve our schedule and play the best available opponents. Beginning the season at Syracuse, having Loyola and Notre Dame back to back in March, hopefully playing in the ECAC tournament, and now adding Duke to our April  schedule, will test our skills, depth and character.”

The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team will face defending men’s lacrosse National Champion Duke on April 9, 2011 at 12 p.m.  MT/2 p.m. ET in Bethpage, N.Y., at the brand new Bethpage High School Lacrosse Stadium in Nassau County, Long Island.

The game will be sponsored by the Bethpage Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the educational endeavors of the Bethpage Public Schools. The new state-of-the-art athletic complex is one of the finest on Long Island and was built as a partnership between the Bethpage School District and the Town of Oyster Bay. 

“This event is a win, win, win situation for Duke Lacrosse,” said Duke head coach John Danowski. “We get to play against a Hall of Fame Coach and his NCAA tournament team, play in front of great Long Island lacrosse fans and give back to the community as well.”

For more:  http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90265&SPID=10874&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=205058717&DB_OEM_ID=18600

Virginia High School Boys Lacrosse: Episcopal High School Boys Lacrosse In Alexandria Competes In Elite “Interstate Athletic Conference” In Washington DC Area (Video)