Daily Archives: February 1, 2011

“SAVE CAL LACROSSE” Photos From Zach Heffner Of Verdict Photography “Capture The Betrayal” Of Cal Berkeley’s Decision To Cut Women’s Lacrosse Program And “End Student-Athlete’s Dreams”


“The following are Verdict photos that are accompanying a tragic story in the  Feb issue of US Lacrosse Magazine. I was asked to photograph the Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse team who had just found out that funding has been cut for their team and they were entering their last year as a varsity squad. I felt so bad for these girls who have sacrificed so much (as all collegiate athletes do) just to have the rug pulled out from under them and also to have ZERO say in the matter. They were understandably upset and stunned by the school’s announcement. I tried to capture the betrayal and the let down of the situation but also the strength in these girls to handle and move forward through this. I hope these photos and the story shine a light on the situation and NOTHING like this happens again…”


“You can’t put a price on dreams!”  Zach Heffner

See more verdict Photography work at: www.verdictphotography.com & be sure to check out the Verdict Blog

Southern California High School Lacrosse Recruiting: La Costa Canyon LSM Mike Riis Committed To Play At Denver After Utilizing “Online Recruiting Resource” Firm

Mike Riis signed during the early period, but thousands of high school students will be signing letters of intent Wednesday on National Signing Day. Many will have used a professional service to get their name out there.

Lacrosse player Mike Riis began his quest for a college scholarship as a sophomore at La Costa Canyon High. He attended a spiel by a national recruiting service, but the high-pressure, hard-sell approach was a turnoff.

“It was a mill where you put down $3,000 with promises,” said Tim Riis, Mike’s father. “We didn’t like the process. It was very impersonal.”

With the recruiting game now involving younger students from an ever-expanding pool of athletes, a variety of companies have popped up to offer tools and services for anyone trying to land a scholarship.

Tim Riis turned to San Diego-based SportsForce, which doesn’t call itself a college recruiting service. SportsForce says it doesn’t market athletes to colleges but provides the tools and education for student-athletes to market themselves.

Tim said SportsForce enabled a two-way conversation between his son and the college coach.

“You need to get seen. This gets you in front of coaches. This opens up the dialogue,” Tim said. “It was a very smooth process.”

One that resulted in Mike signing a national letter of intent in November to play lacrosse at the University of Denver.

“It was a very personalized approach,” Tim said.

For more: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/31/trying-win-scholarship-game/#

US Lacrosse Announces Final 18-Player Roster For Team USA U-19 Women’s National Lacrosse Team

US Lacrosse announced Tuesday the final 18-player roster for the U.S. under-19 women’s national team that will travel to Hannover, Germany, for the 2011 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 World Championship in August.

The U.S. U19 team was trimmed from the 24-player training team after games last weekend against Rollins College and Jacksonville University at Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

M Madison Acton (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln Sudbury Regional ’12)
D Alyssa Blevins (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright ’11)
M Tatum Coffey (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North ’11)
A Jen Cook (Towson, Md./ McDonogh ’11)
G Kelsey Duryea (Beverly, Mass./Governor’s Academy ’12)
D Christine Ferguson (Weston, Mass./St. Paul’s ’11)
A Cortney Fortunato (Northport, N.Y./Northport ’13)
M Shannon Gilroy ((Northport, N.Y./Northport ’11)
A Erin McMunn (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill ’11)
M Kelly McPartland (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale ’11)
G Allie Murray (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown ’11)
M Mikaela Rix (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City ’11)
D Caileigh Sindall (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel ’11)
A Brigid Smith (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel ’11)
A Covie Stanwick (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep ’11)
D Barbara Sullivan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City ’11)
M Kayla Treanor (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna ’12)
M Taylor Trimble (Rosemont, Pa./Episcopal Academy ’11)

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Syracuse Lacrosse Goalie John Galloway Video Highlights

San Diego High School Lacrosse: School Board Approves Valley Center High School For Varsity Boys Lacrosse Team As Valley Center Lacrosse Foundation “Underwrites 100% Of The Cost Of The Program”

“…the school board was able to justify it because it won’t cost taxpayers a dime. The Valley Center Lacrosse Foundation, a privately run booster club, has agreed to underwrite 100 percent of the cost of the program…”

With the help of a few major donors, the club was quickly able to raise $12,000, enough to fund the first two years of the program, Brewster said. Valley Center will begin play this spring with a junior varsity team then add a varsity squad in 2012.

Last June, the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District approved a plan to institute a boys lacrosse program at Valley Center High. How did the school district approve a new sport in this economic climate, when the state’s dire budget problems have reduced funding for education, including for athletics? Well, the school board was able to justify it because it won’t cost taxpayers a dime. The Valley Center Lacrosse Foundation, a privately run booster club, has agreed to underwrite 100 percent of the cost of the program.

“We used to say (a sport was) fully funded,” Valley Center athletic director Mike Cummings said. “There is not a sport on our campus that is fully funded. They all have to raise money in some areas.”

Valley Center already has 13 boys sports and 12 girls sports, including girls lacrosse, which is supported by the same booster group under a similar arrangement.

In the case of the boys lacrosse program, the school board wanted assurances that the Valley Center Lacrosse Foundation wouldn’t simply disappear once the parents who spearheaded this initiative see their sons graduate, leaving the district to fund the program.

For more:  http://www.nctimes.com/sports/high-school/nct/article_36c79393-b92e-5801-aaae-fc08ffdff4f5.html

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Maryland Men’s Lacrosse Preview With Head Coach John Tillman And Top Seniors (Video)

An in-depth preview of the 2011 Maryland men’s lacrosse team, featuring interviews with head coach John Tillman and seniors Dan Burns, Grant Catalino, Brian Farrell and Brett Schmidt.

MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: Idaho Men’s Lacrosse Coach John Andrysiak Attracts Top Recruits By Running Team As A “Virtual Varsity Sport”

Last year the Vandals had one of the most successful seasons in their history, winning their division but falling short in the playoffs against Oregon State.

Fundraising is vital to the Idaho lacrosse team. The team gets some funding from the club sports program, but two-thirds of its budget comes from team fundraising. Andrysiak said without the funding, his team wouldn’t exist.

University of Idaho lacrosse coach John Andrysiak doesn’t like the term “club sport,” and said his team is more like a “virtual varsity sport” because of how competitive it has become.

Though it is not NCAA affiliated, Idaho lacrosse is part of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, an intercollegiate league that spans the U.S. and Canada — it also has a national championship televised each year.

Date Opponent Result
2/26 at Gonzaga 12:00 pm
3/05 PORTLAND STATE 1:00 pm
3/06 MONTANA 12:00 pm
3/13 at Chico State 1:00 pm
3/15 vs. Texas Tech 6:00 pm
3/16 at San Diego State 6:30 pm
3/18 at UNLV 6:30 pm
3/26 SIMON FRASER 2:00 pm
4/09 at Washington 1:00 pm
4/23 at Boise State 2:00 pm

Andrysiak recruits players from all around the Northwest, a process that can be difficult since there are no scholarships offered, but Idaho still attracts quality players. Andrysiak said his players have to be dedicated because he runs his team like an official university sport.

“We try to mirror what the athletic department does because we want to get our program to that level,” Andrysiak said. “We run our team as if it were a varsity sport.”

Lacrosse combines qualities of different sports, making it a unique experience for spectators.

For more: http://www.uiargonaut.com/sections/sports/stories/2011/feb/2111/virtual_varsity_lacrosse.html