Daily Archives: January 26, 2011

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: Denver Women’s Lacrosse Ranked #2 Behind Stanford In Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Preseason Poll


The University of Denver Women’s Lacrosse team was picked to finish second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation after collecting 31 points in the 2011 MPSF Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the MPSF announced today.

Stanford collected the maximum totals of 36 points with six first place votes to earn the top spot. The Cardinal has won the last six MPSF Championships, making NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2010. 

2010 regular season conference winner and tournament runner-up Denver placed second in this year’s poll with 31 points and one first place vote. Denver returns 17 student-athletes, including all-conference honorees Kara Secora (2010 MPSF Newcomer of the Year), Lauren Ciccomascolo, Tulley Stapp and goalkeeper Ashley Harman, from a squad that finished 13-5 overall in 2010 with a 6-0 sweep of the MPSF during the regular season.

California and Oregon tied for third place in the MPSF ranking, followed by UC Davis, Saint Mary’s and Fresno State.

The Pioneers begin their season at Jacksonville on Feb. 18. Denver’s home opener features St. Mary’s on March 4. 

Rank          Team                           Points (First Place)            2010 Overall/MPSF Record

1                Stanford                      36 (6)                                 15-6 overall; 5-1 MPSF (2)

2           Denver                 31 (1)                    13-5 overall; 6-0 MPSF (1)    

3T              California                    23                                      8-10 overall; 3-3 MPSF (T-3)  

3T              Oregon                        23                                      7-11 overall; 3-3 MPSF (T-3)  

5                UC Davis                      17                                      11-6 overall; 3-3 MPSF (T-3)  

6                Saint Mary’s                11                                      4-12 overall; 1-5 MPSF (6)

7                Fresno State                6                                       0-14 overall; 0-6 MPSF (7)     

Mike Kennedy

Associate Director of Media Relations

University of Denver Athletics

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Denver, CO 80208

303-871-7555 office

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Lacrosse On Television: CBS College Sports to Televise 11 Patriot League Lacrosse Games In 2011 Including Maryland Vs Navy And North Carolina Vs Lehigh


 CBS College Sports Network will televise at least 11 Patriot League men’s and women’s lacrosse contests during the 2011 season.

In addition, CBS College Sports Network will televise the Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse championship game for the first-time ever. The women’s championship game is slated for Saturday, April 30 at 3 p.m.

The first of the eight men’s contests to be televised is Navy hosting in-state rival Maryland on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Next is the annual Army-Navy tilt, which this season will hail from Annapolis on Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. That will mark the first of two consecutive days in which the network will show a men’s contest involving a Patriot League team. One day later on Sunday, April 17 at 12 noon, CBS College Sports Network will televise the North Carolina-Lehigh game from Goodman Stadium in Bethlehem, Pa.

Friday, April 8, 2011
Maryland at Navy, Annapolis, Md. (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), 7 p.m. (Men)

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Colgate at Navy *, Annapolis, Md. (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), 12 p.m. (Women)

Saturday, April 16, 2011
Army at Navy *, Annapolis, Md. (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), 2 p.m. (Men)

Sunday, April 17, 2011
North Carolina at Lehigh, Bethlehem, Pa. (Goodman Stadium), 12 p.m. (Men)

Saturday, April 23, 2011
Lehigh at Navy *, Annapolis, Md. (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), 3 p.m. (Women)
Bucknell at Colgate *, Hamilton, N.Y. (Andy Kerr Stadium), 7 p.m. (Men)

Friday, April 29, 2011
Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Semifinals, at the highest seed, 5 p.m./7:45 p.m.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Championship, at the highest seed, 3 p.m.

Sunday, May 1, 2011
Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Championship, at the highest seed, 3 p.m.

Friday, May 6, 2011
Johns Hopkins at Army, West Point, N.Y. (Michie Stadium), 7 p.m. (Men)

For more:  http://www.patriotleague.org/sports/m-lacros/spec-rel/012611aab.html

Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse And Four Other Eliminated Sports Face January 31 Deadline For “Reinstatement Decision” With University Offering A “Wall Of Silence” On Fundraising Efforts


Cal officials, while respectful of fundraising efforts, have shown little public inclination to reverse their decision. One source close to the situation described a “wall of silence” from the school in providing details to those interested in saving the programs.

Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced the cuts Sept. 28, as a way to save nearly $4 million annually. The athletic department had a $12 million operating deficit in the most recent fiscal year; money from student registration fees and the chancellor’s discretionary fund covered the gap.

Given university-wide layoffs and cutbacks in this tumultuous economic climate, faculty members pressured Birgeneau to make similar sacrifices in athletics. The school ultimately decided it must limit its annual contribution to the athletic department to $5 million starting in 2014.

The university previously established Monday’s deadline, including it in an informational posting on the athletic department website. Many of the 163 affected student athletes need resolution as they contemplate whether to stay in Berkeley or transfer.

“We have an obligation to the student athletes, coaches and staff to clear up the lingering uncertainty,” Cal spokesman Dan Mogulof said. “We can’t allow that to go on – it’s debilitating. This is not a deadline for checks in hand. It will be time for a serious reality check.”

As this plays out behind the scenes, baseball coach David Esquer tries to point his team toward its upcoming and potentially final season. Three players left Cal at the semester break, transferring to UCLA (pitcher Eric Jaffe), Penn State (pitcher Joe Kurrasch) and Fresno City College (infielder Brett Bishop).

That leaves 35 players about to start practice as a final decision on the program’s fate nears.

“I’m optimistic because I believe in the people behind the efforts,” Esquer said. “I’m optimistic we’ll get this done and reason will prevail.”

And if the school announces it’s still cutting the sports?

“That would be an emotional hurdle for our guys,” he said.

Golden Bear numbers

5 – Cal sports slated to lose varsity status July 1: Baseball, men’s rugby, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s gymnastics

5 – Days until school-imposed deadline for decision on whether to reinstate the sports

163 – Athletes in the condemned sports

814 – Total athletes in Cal sports

1892 – Cal’s first year of baseball

$940,000 – Net loss for Cal baseball last fiscal year, highest of the condemned sports

$15 million – Money pledged to “Save Cal Sports”

$25 million – School-set target to reinstate the five sports

$80 million – Money needed to endow baseball, lacrosse and gymnastics so they are self-sustaining

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/25/SP1M1HE64S.DTL#ixzz1C9Mebi7D

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Air Force Men’s Lacrosse Played Towson In 2010 Fall Ball (Video)


Air Force Men’s Lacrosse vs Towson Tigers in 2010 Fall Ball.