Monthly Archives: January 2011

“2011 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival”: Anchors & Crowns Lacrosse Club (Newport Beach, CA) Captured Inaugural Varsity Boys Lacrosse Division Championship


 

2011 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival Varsity Boys Champions: ANCHORS & CROWNS

Anchors & Crowns Lacrosse Club, a compilation of players from the two rival high schools in the Newport Beach area – Corono del Mar HS and Newport Harbor HS – compiled a 5-0 record to capture the Varsity Division of the inaugural boys’ tournament at Sand Storm.  Junior goalie Michael Ortlieb (Corono del Mar) was named tournament Most Valuable Player after making 11 saves to lead Anchors & Crowns to a 9-4 victory over northern California entry Team Cadillax  in the championship game.   Sophomore attackman Jack Ortlieb (Corono del Mar) and junior attackman Riley Robinson (Newport Harbor) were the top goal scorers for Anchors & Crowns while junior midfielder Michael Keasey (Corono del Mar) was a force between the lines. A stout defense was led by Drexel-bound senior Donald Dalton (Corono del Mar) and junior Andrew Wilson (Newport Harbor).

“Many of these kids grew up playing youth lacrosse together so teamwork and togetherness come naturally despite the high school rivalry,” Anchors & Crowns head coach G.W. Mix said. “We received outstanding play from our defense and goalie throughout the tournament.”

Cory Samaras, cory@synapsesports.com, 443-822-8606

Michael Watson, mwatson@laxwestlacrosse.com, 858-220-0546

 

SYNAPSE SPORTS

Synapse Sports is the premier provider of lacrosse playing opportunities and recruiting events in the U.S.  Founder and CEO Cathy Samaras has been a trailblazer in the sport of lacrosse, working tirelessly for over 20 years to promote the growth and development of the game – from grassroots to global.  To learn more about the exciting events organized by the company visit www.synapsesports.com or call 410-573-1414. 

LAX WEST LACROSSE

Founded by former UVA 4-time All American Michael Watson, Lax West is committed to helping its participants reach their full potential as competitive lacrosse players and coaches through a variety of platforms including instructional and competitive camps, clinics and events, as well as coaching clinics and seminars, invitational exhibitions, games and tournaments. Visit www.laxwestlacrosse.com for more information.

International Lacrosse: French National Lacrosse Team Prepares For 2010 World Lacrosse Championships In Manchester, England (Video)


NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Arrives At ESPN Sports Complex To Play Team USA In 2011 Champion Challenge (Video)


Notre Dame Lacrosse visits the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida to take on the U.S. National Team.

MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Opens Spring Scrimmage Schedule With NCAA Div I Bellarmine Today In Ann Arbor


The University of Michigan Men’s Lacrosse team will open their spring scrimmage schedule this Saturday evening at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse in Ann Arbor when the Wolverines host NCAA Division I opponent Bellarmine at 6:00pm. The two teams squared off last season at the end of January as well, with the Maize and Blue topping the Knights by an unofficial score of 14-8.

The 2010 scrimmage was run as part of the “Everyone Works for Jack” series of clinics and events around the country last year that benefitted former Bellarmine Head Coach Jack McGetrick who lost his battle with cancer this past October.   Former assistant Bart Sullivan will take over as Head Coach as Bellarmine will open their 2011 regular-season schedule with a home match-up vs. Detroit Mercy on February 12.

Head Coach John Paul is looking forward to the opportunity to gauge the team’s readiness, “It’s pretty early for a scrimmage, but we’re really grateful to Bellarmine for coming up to Ann Arbor again.  Scrimmaging a good team clarifies where we are in a lot of areas, and playing a D1 team will test our guys
athletically.”

Michigan Men's Lacrosse Coach John Paul

Paul adds, “This early in the preseason we are just looking to execute the fundamental parts of the game that make our team go.  We don’t expect our execution to
be perfect yet, and we won’t have a lot of complexity in what we’re running. We want effort and attention to the things we take pride in like ground balls, riding and tempo.”

Michigan will follow this weekend’s test with two more scrimmages vs. Wittenberg and Kenyon, before opening their regular season at home on February 19, at 7:00pm vs. Florida.

Contact: Joe Hennessy – jjhennes@umich.edu

Concussions In Lacrosse: Helmet Research And Testing Is Main Focus Of NOCSAE, A National Athletic Equipment Standards Group


“Investment in research provides the foundation for our work to protect athletes on the field of play,” says Mike Oliver, executive director of NOCSAE, which is made up mostly of medical professionals and sporting goods equipment representatives. “It is our mission to continue to drive the science of sports medicine so youth and adults who choose to play sports can know their equipment is certified to standards based on the best available information.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there occur an estimated 3.8 million concussions related to sports and recreation every year.

At its recent winter meetings, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) awarded almost $610,000 to fund concussion research.

 

 

In addition to a $340,000 grant for the study of concussion biomechanics, the independent and nonprofit standard-setting organization also awarded:

  • A second year of funding to studies regarding gender differences in concussion rates among high school basketball, soccer and lacrosse players;
  • The effects of sport-related concussion on cognition, balance and health-related quality of life in adolescent athletes;
  • The genetic risk factors for concussion and concussion severity.

NOCSAE also created the Scientific Advisory Committee to direct research efforts specifically related to concussions and helmet standards; it will be chaired by Robert Cantu, NOCSAE vice president and one of the nation’s leading medical specialists in this area.

In related news, NOCSAE also now requires football helmet manufacturers to submit all certification test data, quality control and sample selection documentation for all helmets manufactured or sold within the past ten years. The organization — which is evaluating that information, along with a third-party independent auditor — has come under government scrutiny lately for having only one drop-test standard (substantially unchanged since it was developed in 1973) designed to protect against the high-force levels that would otherwise fracture skulls. The New York Times reports that top NOCSAE officials have maintained that no scientific data warranted changes.

“Any change to football helmet standards must be based on science — not someone’s best guess,” says Cantu, a clinical professor of neurosurgery at Boston University. “To change the standard to address concussions without needed scientific data would be irresponsible and could jeopardize the safety of athletes. Part of this effort is analyzing every piece of available data regarding football helmets, which may help shape potential changes to our standard.”

Many of NOCSAE’s two-day meetings were closed to the public, but Oliver told The Times that the reconditioning of used helmets — often worn by adolescent players — was not specifically addressed. Given how at least two reconditioning plants have flouted NOCSAE’s drop-testing rules, though, the organization will consider whether a third party might oversee the certification of all helmets, both used and new.

Meanwhile, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the National Football League are raising concussion awareness with the goal of helping pass concussion-related legislation in every state. Both organizations have teamed up to promote laws modeled after Washington’s Zackery Lystedt Law, which requires concussion education for players, coaches and parents; immediate removal from play of a student-athlete who appears to have suffered a concussion; and clearance by a health-care professional before a concussed player returns to action. So far, at least nine states have enacted concussion laws, while others — including Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Utah — have legislation pending.

For more:  http://athleticbusiness.com/editors/blog/default.aspx?id=398

“2011 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival”: Colorado’s “TEAM 180 2012” Captured The High School Girls “Palm Springs” Division Championship With Top Players Committed To Attending Duke, Johns Hopkins, Navy And Penn State


2011 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival High School Girls “Palm Springs” Division Champion: TEAM 180

Midfielder Emma Lazaroff showed tremendous leadership and was a force in all areas of the game en route to earning All-Tournament honors and leading Team 180 2012 to the Palm Springs Division crown. Lazaroff, who plays at Fairfield High in Colorado and has committed to Duke University, was an offensive quarterback and did a superb job of spreading the ball around to teammates. 

Division I-bound goalkeepers Emi Smith (Regis High, Penn State) and Cassidy Chaney (Cherry Creek, Navy) were the backbones of a stingy defense. They got great support from line defenders Molly Erdle (Mullen) and Tate Crosby (Cheyenne Mountain).  Lightning-fast midfielder Madison Khanna (Johns Hopkins) led the transition game while twin attackers Bryn and Maura Bandt-Law (Cherry Creek) combined to score a slew of goals as Team 180 went 5-0 and beat XTEAM, 6-3, in the championship.

“This group of girls has played together for years. They instinctively know where one another is on the field and move the ball effortlessly,” Team 180 head coach Sam Bartron said.

Cory Samaras, cory@synapsesports.com, 443-822-8606

Michael Watson, mwatson@laxwestlacrosse.com, 858-220-0546

SYNAPSE SPORTS

Synapse Sports is the premier provider of lacrosse playing opportunities and recruiting events in the U.S.  Founder and CEO Cathy Samaras has been a trailblazer in the sport of lacrosse, working tirelessly for over 20 years to promote the growth and development of the game – from grassroots to global.  To learn more about the exciting events organized by the company visit www.synapsesports.com or call 410-573-1414. 

LAX WEST LACROSSE

Founded by former UVA 4-time All American Michael Watson, Lax West is committed to helping its participants reach their full potential as competitive lacrosse players and coaches through a variety of platforms including instructional and competitive camps, clinics and events, as well as coaching clinics and seminars, invitational exhibitions, games and tournaments. Visit www.laxwestlacrosse.com for more information.

“2011 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival”: Colorado-Based “TEAM 180 2013” Captured The High School Girls “Rancho Mirage” Division Championship


 

 

2011 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival High School Girls Rancho Mirage Division Champions: TEAM 180 2013

 
 Attacker Catherine Ellis was a scoring machine while midfielder Caroline Schlegel was a force on draws and ground balls in leading Team 180 2013 to the Rancho Mirage division title. Ellis displayed an aggressive attitude and rocket shot in piling up the goals throughout the tournament. Schlegel, her teammate at Kent Denver High, was instrumental in helping Team 180 control possession while compiling a 6-0 record and shutting out Gold Coast, 5-0, in the final.

Speedy attacker Erin Sungelo routinely created offense for teammates while midfielders Kathryn Blumhardt and Erin Schilmoeller were also responsible for clearing the ball and producing a lot of points. All three players attend Regis Jesuit High in Aurora, Col. Tori Link and Stephanie Guerra provided strong play on the defensive side of the ball, routinely marking out opponent’s top scoring threats.

“This team did an outstanding job of controlling the flow of the game with strong offense,” Bartron said. “I don’t think they gave up more than a couple goals in any of the five games they played and that’s because the other team’s never had the ball.”

Cory Samaras, cory@synapsesports.com, 443-822-8606

Michael Watson, mwatson@laxwestlacrosse.com, 858-220-0546

 

SYNAPSE SPORTS

Synapse Sports is the premier provider of lacrosse playing opportunities and recruiting events in the U.S.  Founder and CEO Cathy Samaras has been a trailblazer in the sport of lacrosse, working tirelessly for over 20 years to promote the growth and development of the game – from grassroots to global.  To learn more about the exciting events organized by the company visit www.synapsesports.com or call 410-573-1414. 

LAX WEST LACROSSE

Founded by former UVA 4-time All American Michael Watson, Lax West is committed to helping its participants reach their full potential as competitive lacrosse players and coaches through a variety of platforms including instructional and competitive camps, clinics and events, as well as coaching clinics and seminars, invitational exhibitions, games and tournaments. Visit www.laxwestlacrosse.com for more information.