Daily Archives: January 21, 2011

Lacrosse Equipment: Easton Lacrosse To Release The “Most Robust And Revolutionary Equipment In The Game” (Video)


STEALTH SCANDIUM+ SHAFTS

• Highest grade (Easton-exclusive) scandium alloy available for best in class strength-to-weight ratio

• Lighter and stronger translates to more crisp passes, faster shots, first to ground balls, and hardest checking lacrosse shaft in the game

• Traditional octagon shape with unique tactile finish for most familiar and secure feel in the game

• Available in multiple colors

• Available in 30″ and 60″ lengths for all colors

• Available in retail in early 2011

LAUNCH HEAD

• Easton-patented Reflex technology in throat of head, creating an industry-first, fully adjustable and customizable head designed to optimize throwing angle for all pocket types

• Reflex technology allows for concentration of energy at piston, maximizing energy transfer in passing/shooting; this technology also reduces distortion of head during this motion for greater accuracy and power on shots

• Legal for all levels of lacrosse play (Universal specifications are met)

• Available in white, black, yellow and wood grain finish

• Available in retail in early 2011

Lacrosse Equipment: Easton Lacrosse Releases “Lacrosse Stick And Head Testing” Videos


Easton’s new launch head, scandium alloy shafts and re-engineered Talon composite shafts – Easton’s first product introductions to the market place.

Get behind the scenes look at our new products, and the innovation that seperates them from pack

USC Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Lindsey Munday Talks About Building A New Lacrosse Program In Southern California (Video)


New USC women’s lacrosse coach Lindsey Munday talks about a whirlwind month for her, as she prepares to lead the Trojans to a big debut in 2013. Two years: tons of time to build a contender.

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: Navy Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Cindy Timchal And Team Captain Caitlin Mandrin Hill Talk About 2011 Season (Video)


As the Navy women’s lacrosse team gears up for the 2011 season, head coach Cindy Timchal and Caitlin Mandrin Hill spoke with NavySports.com about the state of the team, preparing for the season, the transition of the newcomers and defending the Patriot League title.

US Lacrosse President Steve Stenersen Interview Discusses Concussions In Lacrosse, Growth Of Western Lacrosse And Comparisons To Soccer


 

What are the US Lacrosse guidelines for head injuries, and what are you doing to make sure this message gets out?

We’re doing a ton. We have a very dynamic sport science and safety committee includes some of the foremost experts on concussion in sports. They’ll conduct presentations (this weekend). Last fall, we made a formal presentation to the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations boys rules committee to add specific language that severely penalizes any contact with an opponents’ head. We’ve also got a very robust library of information on our website. In the last three or four years, we’ve invested at least $250,000 in research on concussions.

Steve Stenersen, a Baltimore native and North Carolina grad, is President and CEO of US Lacrosse.

Lacrosse is the fastest growing team sport in the country, but it is still very immature. For instance, there is no national standard for youth rules. If you go to both San Diego, Cal. and Milford, Mass. and play Under-13 boys lacrosse, you may be playing by different rules. That inconsistency is a safety issue. So, this year, we’ll be writing youth rule books for boys and girls lacrosse that, for the first time, are focused on the cognitive and physical development stages of kids, rather than adaptations of adult rules. Soccer is a model for that, and we’re taking a lead on it.

 Q: Lacrosse has seen tremendous growth to the west, and in states where the game hasn’t been played before. Do you see that growth leveling off any time soon?  

No. The breadth of play has exploded domestically. National participation has more than doubled in the last 10 years to nearly 700,000, and they’re now playing lacrosse in every major metro area. Ironically, lacrosse is the oldest sport native to North America, but it’s also the newest team sport in terms of dramatic growth in the U.S.

 What could impede growth? Safety. If a lot of kids start getting hurt, people will steer away from the game. But that won’t happen if we do our job.

So many more kids in so many more zip codes want to play that the real challenge is finding a balance between the game’s integrity and its evolution. As broadly as lacrosse has grown, there is parochialism, self-interest and private enterprise. Now, people see lacrosse as a market and are trying to leverage that market for business purposes. If you run a recruiting tournament or a private club program, are you interested in what’s best for 10-year-olds, or in what’s best for your business plan? When you start to factor financial gain into decisions you make about children, people can be very conflicted. Trying to manage those influences caused by growth is part of our challenge.

Q: Will lacrosse become the sport kids turn to, instead of soccer?

A: I don’t want lacrosse to be the next soccer. I want to give kids an alternative to soccer, so they can play both it and something else. We’re firm believers in multi-sport participation at the youth level. Sport specialization at an early age is unhealthy. You get overuse injuries and burnout. Nine of 10 college lacrosse coaches will tell you they’d rather have a student-athlete who plays multiple sports than one who has played only lacrosse for the last six years.

There are more than 3 million kids playing soccer, and 10 percent of that playing youth lacrosse. That’s fine by us. Dramatic growth, for growth’s sake, is not necessarily a healthy thing. We need to grow responsibly.

For more:  http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-01-20/sports/bs-sp-stenersen-qa-0120-20110120_1_lacrosse-steve-stenersen-concussions/3

 

MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Practices On “Fully Boarded Box Lacrosse Field” With Johnny Mouradian Of American Indoor Lacrosse And The NLL’s Philadelphia Wings


The University of Michigan Men’s Lacrosse team got a chance to break up their usual practice routine last week with some specialized instruction from one of the indoor game’s top minds in Johnny Mouradian.  Mouradian is the President of American Indoor Lacrosse, the General Manager of the NLL’s Philadelphia Wings, and the General Manager of the 2011 Canadian National Indoor Lacrosse team.

Over the course of three days, the Wolverines had the opportunity to practice with two box goaltenders from the Wings at the High Velocity Sports center in Canton, Michigan on a fully boarded box field, before holding a box-style game at the Wolverines traditional practice field in Oosterbaan Fieldhouse featuring two box goals and the fully-padded goaltenders.

For Mouradian, it was an opportunity to jump start his new college connection program as part of the American Indoor Lacrosse Academy, “Rolling out our first college In|Crosse Program with John Paul, the coaching staff and players at Michigan was cutting edge. What a school and what a program!  Sharing the indoor structure and terminology in the indoor environment at High Velocity Sports with small groups of players and then working in their field house in the evenings using the transfer points was so much fun!”

Head Coach John Paul explains how the ability to train with Mouradian and his players should provide a number of benefits, “This was a great opportunity for our players to get some technique training from a different perspective.  Box lacrosse skills translate so well to the field game, and Johnny Mouradian is a great teacher.  I think this will pay off for us as we build on some of the things we’ve learned.”

Defenseman and senior captain Harrison Freid (Needham, Mass./Needham) [LEFT] found the time with Mouradian and his players extremely beneficial, “I think something like this can help us in a number of ways.  First, it just helps doing something a little different in terms of practice once in a while.  Although we’ve only been back from break for a couple of weeks, things like this keep it fresh.  It’s also important to see things from a different perspective some times.  We were working on some things with Johnny that may have seemed like simple box concepts on the surface, but they’re extremely important for the field game as well.  The enthusiasm from Johnny and his goaltenders was great as well.  We all had a blast.”

Mouradian agrees, “Creating the authentic indoor features is critical to the learning curve. We flew in Ray Hodgkinson and Brodie McDonald, two of our Philadelphia Wings goaltenders and of course provided NLL goals. Teaching indoor offensive principles and tactics and having the Michigan players work through the progression and finishing with a shot on a professional indoor goaltender was a great experience for all of us.”

Philadelphia opened their 2011 schedule two weeks ago, and are currently 0-2 on the young season.  The Wolverines will open their spring scrimmage schedule next weekend when they host NCAA Division I opponent Bellarmine on Saturday, January 29 at 6:00pm at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse.

Contact: Joe Hennessy – jjhennes@umich.edu

Los Angeles County High School Lacrosse: Glendale Girls Lacrosse Will Compete As A CIF-Southern Section Program In 2011


After sporting a club program the past several years, Glendale High will feature a girls’ lacrosse team this season. The Glendale Unified School District approved it in November and the Nitros became a CIF Southern Section sanctioned program.

“The bottom line for me is I really felt it’s a great opportunity for the kids. Fortunately, we have the support of the district and the dedication of the coach and the interest of the kids to be able to do this. … This is a win-win for everybody.”

While an official schedule hasn’t been compiled — the season runs March through May — Campbell said the Nitros are allotted 20 maximum matches. The Nitros will compete in the four-team Prep League with La Cañada, Westridge and Chadwick. In addition, Glendale might compete in matches against teams from other states.

Glendale will be the first local school to field a lacrosse program.

“The way I understood it, they have club teams and they have CIF teams and most of the girls’ club teams became CIF teams,” said Glendale Principal Deb Rinder, adding that club teams can only compete against other club teams, which would limit the Nitros program going forward. “I felt like that would dissolve the team and the interest.

Coach Joe Campbell, who runs the school’s construction academy and played lacrosse in high school and college before being inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame’s Greater Los Angeles chapter in 2008, said he believed the Nitros would someday have a CIF program.

“To me, it’s a huge step for the kids at Glendale High School,” said Campbell, who additionally oversees the Glendale Lacrosse Club that features a boys’ and girls’ team. “All I care about is that they can go out there and compete.

“It gives us a legitimate program, just like volleyball, soccer, track and field and softball. Most kids have never played a sport in high school. Now, they get an opportunity to represent their school. We’ve had about 20 girls sign up and hopefully there will be more coming.

For more:  http://www.glendalenewspress.com/sports/tn-gnp-sp-lacrosse-20110121,0,6045358.story