Daily Archives: January 17, 2011

Northern California Boys Lacrosse: NorCal Boys U-15 Team To Compete In 2011 US Lacrosse Boys’ U-15 National Championship On July 22-24 At ESPN Wide World Of Sports In Lake Buena Vista, Florida

“We evaluated the top players at every position in terms of lacrosse skill, athletic ability, commitment and leadership – players who can represent Northern California in the best way possible both on and off the field,” said Coach Doug Appleton.

The NorCal team to represent NorCal Chapter at the US Lacrosse Boys’ U-15 National Championship was selected on January 16 at Sequoia HS, Redwood City.  After an impressive 4th place at the 2010 U-15 National Championship, NorCal is eligible to compete in the National event and bypass the Regional tournament play-in. The 2011 U-15 National Championship finals will be played at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, with the girls’ event on July 20-22 and the boys’ event on July 22-24.

NorCal tryout invitations were based on a combination of coach recommendation, recommendations and feedback from other coaches, the player’s tryout application, and the position played.  There were over 100 applications of which 70 players were selected to try out. The competition and skill level among the players was very high and the process to select the final team difficult.  The 15 evaluators were top area youth, high school and college coaches, as well as professional and club lacrosse players.
“Last year our NorCal national team was seeded first going into the semi-finals and was 2 seconds away from a championship appearance when a turnover and quick goal ended our championship run”, commented Coach Appleton.  “We beat several tough East Coast teams in the tournament, including Maryland and Long Island.  We know what it takes to compete at that level.”
The NorCal team is comprised of players from Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association (NCJLA) and California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) schools.  US Lacrosse permits the eligibility of 9th graders provided they meet the age requirements.  The team will be coached by Doug Appleton, Nick Mayle and JC Reid.
NorCal Boys U-15 National Championship Team
Austin French
Scorpions U15A (attack)
Chris Hill Marin Catholic HS   (attack)
Duncan Hoskinson Sacred Heart HS   (attack)
Joe Rodrigues Bellarmine HS   (attack)
Robbie Stern Acalanes HS   (attack)
Alex Castro Sacred Heart HS   (defense)
Aran Roberts San Ramon Valley HS   (defense)
Grant Shepardson Novato HS   (defense)
James Harrison Palo Alto HS   (defense)
Niko Souza San Ramon Valley HS   (defense)
Liam Bourke Redwood HS   (LSM)
Colin Rutan Walnut Creek U15A  (midfield)
Finn Barry Central Marin U15A  (midfield)
Joe Reid Casa Grande HS  (midfield)
Kian Reno Davis HS  (midfield)
Kyle Rodney Walnut Creek U15A  (midfield)
Nick Hallmark Marin Catholic HS  (midfield)
Peter Aliman Ross Valley U15A  (midfield)
Sean Mayle Sacred Heart HS  ( midfield)
Ben Parietti Jesuit HS   (midfield/attack)
Austin Appleton Firehawks U15A   (goalie)
Christian Champie Novato HS   (goalie)
Josh Miller Foothill HS (goalie) (alternate)

Media Contact:
Heidi Faith
Communications Chair
Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse
heidi@norcallacrosse.org <mailto:heidi@sfdragons.com>

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NorCal Lacrosse Foundation:
The Northern California Lacrosse Foundation is a regional Chapter of US Lacrosse, the national governing body of lacrosse. The Northern California Lacrosse Foundation is an independent non-profit corporation which is dedicated to promoting and supporting the growth of lacrosse in Northern California. The Chapters supports the leagues, clubs, teams and organizations which operate in Northern California by offering start-up loans, scholarships, loaner equipment, coaching and officiating development programs and educational events.
www.norcallacrosse.org <http://www.norcallacrosse.org>
US Lacrosse:
US Lacrosse was founded on January 1, 1998, as the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse. As such, US Lacrosse provides a leadership role in virtually every aspect of the game throughout the United States, and offers a number of programs and information services to its national membership and more than one million lacrosse enthusiasts throughout the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game.
www.uslacrosse.org <http://www.uslacrosse.org>
Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association:
The Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association (NCJLA) is a governing body for boys and girls youth and high school club teams.
www.ncjla.org <http://www.ncjla.org>
California Interscholastic Federation:
California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) is a governing body for boys and girls high school Varsity and Junior Varsity teams.
www.cifstate.org <http://www.cifstate.org>

Heidi Faith
Communications Chair
Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse
650.386.6746 o
650.575.5814 c
heidi@norcallacrosse.org <mailto:heidi@norcallacrosse.org>
http://www.norcallacrosse.org <http://www.norcallacrosse.org/>

2011 Sand Storm Lacrosse Tournament: “X-Team ’13” Defeated “Team 180 ’14” 7-3 To Win “La Quinta” Varsity Girls Lacrosse Championship

Lacrosse In The 1990’s: Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse Casey And Ryan Powell Were #1 And #2 In Points Scored In 1998 As They Led The Orange To The NCAA National Championship Game

Casey, 22, a senior, is leading the nation in points scored (goals and assists combined) with 5.8 per game and is a good bet to win

Brothers Casey and Ryan Powell lead Syracuse's quest for another NCAA title

his second consecutive player of the year award. Ryan, 20, a sophomore, is No. 2 in the nation in points (5.2 per game).

Syracuse completed the regular season with a 10-2 record and earned a No. 3 seed and a first-round bye in the NCAA tournament. The Orangemen will face Virginia on May 16. But the tournament is more than an opportunity for Syracuse to win its seventh national championship and its first since 1995.

Casey and Ryan Powell fought constantly while they were growing up. That is what brothers do. There was the time Casey pushed a totally dressed Ryan into a bathtub full of water because Ryan was going to wear Casey’s jeans to school.

Then there was the day Ryan chased Casey up the stairs, ripped off his older brother’s shirt and landed a few solid blows. “Probably the greatest feeling in my life,” Ryan says. Last fall the brothers were guarding each other during a pickup basketball game in a gymnasium at Syracuse, where they are standout attackers on the Orangemen’s tournament-bound lacrosse team. Ryan fouled Casey, Casey fouled Ryan.

 Welcome to the best one-two punch in college lacrosse.  The Powell brothers have been winning lacrosse titles together since they were in elementary school, and the NCAAs look to be their final run, one last opportunity for them to fight the good fight. “Ryan is my best friend,” Casey says. “It’s not just a brother thing. It’s a teammate thing and a friendship thing. We picked up the sticks together, and we’ve been on a great ride because of lacrosse.” A brother act is not new at Syracuse. Eight years ago the school was gearing up for the NCAA final with Gary and Paul Gait, identical twins from Brentwood Bay, B.C., who, in addition to winning three national championships and being named first team All-America three times, played with a flair that brought the game unprecedented exposure and helped to build its popularity. Near the end of their senior year, Gary and Paul were sent out together during player introductions at home games. The public address announcer presented them as the Golden Gaits. The Powells grew up idolizing the Gaits, often making the 89-mile drive from their upstate New York home in West Carthage to Syracuse to watch the twins play. When they practiced, Casey wore Gary Gait’s number 22 and Ryan wore Paul’s number 19. Casey, in particular, worked hard to embellish his game with moves that mimicked the Gaits’ baroque style. That was evident to Syracuse’s Hall of Fame coach, Roy Simmons Jr., the first time he saw Casey play as a high school sophomore. “He did a lot of things with either hand that you wouldn’t have seen before unless you had seen Paul and Gary Gait,” Simmons says. That kind of hubris can drive a coach batty, so Kirk Ventiquattro, Casey’s high school coach, devised a simple rule. “Anything went, as long as it worked,” Ventiquattro says. “The behind-the-back shot that missed meant he was coming out. And the worst thing you can do to him is take him out of the game for one second.”

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