Daily Archives: January 10, 2011

WCLA Women’s College Lacrosse: The “23rd Annual Santa Barbara Shootout” Features 64 Teams Competing On Feb. 18-20

Registration for the 23rd Annual Santa Barbara Shootout has closed and a record number of teams are entered to participate. The event is February 18th – 20th. The Shootout filled up earlier than in the past with 49 teams entered by December 1st. That total climbed to 58 teams by December 15th and the event closed at 64 teams on January 6th. The trend is upward. The Shootout had 36 teams in 2008, 42 teams in 2009 and 48 teams in 2010. It’s a 128% increase over four years.

The 2011 Shootout is expected to bring 2,500 athletes, coaches, referees and family to Santa Barbara. It creates a demand for approximately 750 hotel rooms and a 5,000 head count for dinner reservations over the three days. Breakfast will be provided at most of the hotels but the influx of visitors into town will be getting lunch from different venues all over Goleta and Santa Barbara as well.

This record number of teams will descend on Santa Barbara to sleep, eat and play lacrosse at UCSB, SBCC and Elings Park. Four divisions will be contested.

Santa Barbara Shootout Divisions

  • U.S. Lacrosse WCLA Division One Division
  • U.S. Lacrosse WCLA Division Two Division
  • WWLL B Team Division
  • Sweet Teen Division (U-19 & U-17)

The divisions with the most teams are the ever more popular US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) divisions for ultra competitive and national rankings play. There are 28 teams in the WCLA DI portion and 16 teams in the WCLA DII portion of play. The 44 collegiate-club teams are joined by NCAA DIII Pomona-Pitzer to give the Shootout a 45 count for number of teams of college athletes coming to Santa Barbara. 

The WCLA is the avenue to a national championship for college teams not playing in the NCAA. The association stipulates that all players be full-time students at the institution they represent, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 and have four years of student-athlete eligibility. The statewide and national growth of lacrosse along with the trend of these athletes wanting to compete intercollegiately and competitively has bolstered the Shootout participation.

“What is happening on the national scene with all the growth and development has resulted in the demand of all these teams to play at an event like the Shootout,” commented UCSB head coach and Shootout director Paul Ramsey.

“Add in that it’s Santa Barbara and the University does such a great job hosting this event that word of mouth is positive and here we are with 64 teams this year.”

Santa Barbara Travel Bureau is the travel and accommodations coordinator for the Shootout. Additional information about the Shootout may be found on the Santa Barbara Shootout page of this website, including a complete list of teams. The expected release date for the game schedule is February 1st.

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Lindsey Munday Announces Virginia Lacrosse All-American Kelly Austin As First Transfer Recruit

Kelly Austin, who spent her 2010 freshman season playing on the Top 10-ranked Virginia women’s lacrosse team after an All-American high school career where she was named the nation’s top prep player, has transferred to USC and is enrolled for the current spring semester, new Trojan head coach Lindsey Munday announced today (Jan. 10).

Austin saw action in 10 games for the Cavaliers last spring as an attacker, starting twice, and she scored 3 goals.  Virginia advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals.

At St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes High in Alexandria, Va., she earned UnderArmour All-American and Academic All-American honors as a 2009 senior, when she also was named the Washington Post All-Metro Player of the Year and made the Baltimore/Washington Tewaarton team.  As a junior in 2008, she won the Heather Leigh Albert Award as the “most outstanding schoolgirl lacrosse player in the nation, in spirit as well as athletic ability.”  A 2-time (2008-09) All-State player, she set season and career scoring records at her school.

Austin’s father, Jeff, is a former pro tennis player who is now a sports attorney, while her mother, Denise, is a world-renowned fitness instructor and author.  Her aunt is former world No. 1 tennis player Tracy Austin, a 2-time U.S. Open singles champion who won a Wimbledon mixed doubles title with her brother, John.

Tim Tessalone
USC Sports Information Director
Heritage Hall 103
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0601

National Club Lacrosse: FCA National Boys Lacrosse Defeated Breakers (MD) 6-3 To Win 5th Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament Of Champions U-15 Championship On Jan. 2 (Video)

In the U15 division national championship game, FCA National doubled up the Breakers (Md.), 6-3, to repeat as national champs. The Road Warriors took third with a 7-4 win over Burning River (OH).

National League Lacrosse: Calgary Roughnecks Defeat Washington Stealth 13-11 At Comcast Arena In Everett, WA

The Calgary Roughnecks defeated the Washington Stealth 13-11 on Sunday night to improve to 2-0. The Stealth fall to 1-1 and lose at Comcast Arena on the night they raised the banner for their 2010 championship.

It took the whole 60 minutes for the Calgary Roughnecks (2-0) to defeat the defending champs Washington Stealth (1-1) 13-11 on Sunday night. The two teams were back and forth the entire game until Scott Ranger potted his first of the game with 1:35 left to give the Roughnecks a 12-11 lead.

For more:  Recap by Bryce Forbes for NLL.com

Lacrosse Video Games: “College Lacrosse 2011″ Teaser Released…”The Perfect Snipe” (Video)

National League Lacrosse: Boston Cannons’ Paul Rabil Highlights (Video)

Paul Rabil Highlights from the NLL Boston Cannons