Daily Archives: February 3, 2011

The February 2011 Issue Of “Lacrosse Magazine” Features Stony Brook Men’s Lacrosse, Cal Berkeley Cutting The Women’s Lacrosse Program, And Growth Of Western Lacrosse


 Kevin Crowley is excited that the same names will populate Stony Brook’s starting midfield and attack for the third straight season, mainly because of the comfort on the field that brings.

“Even beyond that, though,” the senior co-captain said, “We know how to pick guys up, what they need to hear to get back on track when something goes wrong.”

Chemistry? Stony Brook’s offense has it. But, “for us,” said Crowley, Lacrosse Magazine’s Preseason Player of the Year, “it’s about taking it to a new level.”

Led by the Canadian duo of Crowley and Jordan McBride, who had record-setting seasons as juniors, the only step left for the Seawolves is to reach the final four. They come in as the No. 4-ranked team in LM’s preseason Division I  poll and spearhead an expansive preview of NCAA lacrosse in the February issue. Big write-ups of the Division I top 10s, closer looks at Cal women’s and Syracuse men’s lacrosse and in-depth breakdowns in Divisions II and III — packaged with all of LM’s regular monthly content — make February the most stacked edition of the year.

Shunned
At first, Amelia Burke thought it was a dream. She grew up in the Bay Area, where everyone loves and roots for Cal. The freshman midfielder had worshipped the Bears’ lacrosse players who’s taught her at camps and clinics, and couldn’t believe she’d become one of them. The dream should have lasted four years. Instead, it lasted about four weeks. On the morning of Sept. 28, 2010, two teammates burst into Burke’s dorm room, sobbing. Due to tremendous budget shortfalls in the Cal athletic department, the lacrosse team had been cut from varsity status.

Beyond the Big Time
Out of the sphere of influence of the Eastern establishment, lacrosse is cooming across the rest of the country for an increasing number of high school standouts in the Midwest, South and West to enjoy. Between the MCLA and US Lacrosse WCLA, schools from big-name conferences like the Big Ten (Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State), the Big 12 (Texas, Baylor, Kansas), the Pac 10 (Stanford, USC, UCLA) and the SEC (Vanderbilt, Florida, Ole Miss) mingle on a regular basis in non-varsity, lacrosse-only leagues with less heralded rivals from, say, Lindenwood, Texas State and Chico State, in one big melting pot.

Sport’s Gain Can Be No Pain
Safety first. Perhaps never in lacrosse history has such a diverse group of stakeholders invested in keeping the sport safe gathered in one place, as will be the case March 11 in Baltimore when US Lacrosse hosts the inaugural Lacrosse Sports Medicine Conference.

Kevin Nguyen, Notre Dame de Namur
Notre Dame de Namur University’s Kevin Nguyen (at right) came from Seattle-area lax powerhouse Bainbridge High School and got off to a great start as a freshman, scoring a team-leading 31 points last season. Nguyen — and the rest of the Argonauts — kick off their 2011 season this month with games versus Grand Canyon University and C.W. Post. Before then, the sophomore attacker took us on a tour of his Belmont, Calif., dorm.

NCAA Div I Men’s Lacrosse: First USILA National Rankings Feature #1 Virginia, #2 Syracuse And #3 North Carolina With #7 Notre Dame And #13 Denver The Top Teams In West


 

USILA Coaches’ Poll for Division I, January 31
Rank Team Record Points First Previous
1 Virginia 0-0 216 8  
2 Syracuse 0-0 211 3  
3 North Carolina 0-0 186    
4 Maryland 0-0 179    
5 Duke 0-0 158    
6 Stony Brook 0-0 151    
7 Notre Dame 0-0 149    
8 Cornell 0-0 148    
9 Hofstra 0-0 139    
10 Princeton 0-0 133    
11 Johns Hopkins 0-0 98    
12 Army 0-0 82    
13 Denver 0-0 73    
14 Loyola 0-0 72    
15 Georgetown 0-0 60    
16 Massachusetts 0-0 52    
17 Delaware 0-0 48    
18 Drexel 0-0 33    
19 Yale 0-0 31    
20 Brown 0-0 25  

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Preseason #1 Hofstra Is Ranked #9 Nationally And Is Led By Senior Attacker Jay Card


Hofstra, already a preseason No. 9 national pick, was chosen as the unanimous favorite to win the 2011 CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship according to a vote conducted by all seven league coaches. The Pride edged out defending league champion and second-place Delaware in the poll. The Blue Hens were just one point ahead of third-place Drexel, while No. 4 Massachusetts garnered a first-place vote to come within two points of the Dragons. The league’s coaches also selected Hofstra senior attacker Jay Card as the CAA’s Preseason Player of the Year.

 Penn State’s Nick Dolik and Hofstra’s Brad Loizeaux highlight the Preseason All-CAA midfield quartet. Dolik was a 2010 All-Rookie and Second Team All-CAA selection, while Loizeaux earned First Team honors last season. Delaware’s Kevin Kaminski and Towson’s Peter Mezzanotte round out the group of four. Kaminski notched 10 goals in 17 games for the Blue Hens last season, while Mezzanotte earned 2010 CAA All-Tournament honors after logging seven groundballs and six caused turnovers in the two-game span.

Hofstra Men's Lacrosse Jay Card

Hofstra, which opens its season next week against Colgate, earned all six possible first-place votes as coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team. Delaware, Drexel and Massachusetts were all within three points of each other in the polling and picked No. 2-4, respectively. Those same three schools are also among the preseason national Top-20 including No. 16 Massachusetts, No. 17 Delaware and No. 18 Drexel. Towson garnered 19 points, while Penn State and new head coach Jeff Tambroni picked up 12 points. Saint Joseph’s, the league’s newest member for the 2011 season, logged six points to round out the polling process.

 Drexel’s Frank Tufano was the league’s First Team All-CAA pick last season at the long-stick midfielder position and repeats this preseason in the same spot. Tufano led the Dragons last year with 15 caused turnovers and was part of a defense which limited foes to just 8.3 goals a game. Dan Cooney, who finished the 2010 season with a .547 face-off winning percentage for Delaware, occupies the league’s preseason face-off specialist position.

All three of the Preseason All-CAA defensemen earned all-conference honors in 2010. Delaware’s Pat Dowling was a Second Team selection in 2010 after earning First Team honors in 2009. Towson’s Marc Ingerman and Drexel’s Dana Wilber were both First Team All-CAA members in 2010. Ingerman picked up 13 groundballs and caused five turnovers in 2010, while Wilber forced 15 turnovers and garnered 49 groundballs for the Dragons last year.

The 2010 CAA Defensive Player of the Year, Drexel’s Mark Manos, is this year’s preseason goalkeeper. Manos, just a junior, had a .585 save percentage in 2010 and a conference-best 8.29 goal-against average in 15 contests.

The CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships are slated to get underway May 4 with semifinal action, as the title contest is slated for May 7.

2011 CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PRESEASON COACHES POLL
Team (first-place votes) — Points
1. Hofstra (6) — 36
2. Delaware — 26
3. Drexel — 25
4. Massachusetts (1) — 23
5. Towson — 19
6. Penn State — 12
7. Saint Joseph’s — 6

2011 PRESEASON ALL-CAA MEN’S LACROSSE TEAM
Name, School Pos. Class Hometown/High School
Jay Card, Hofstra* A Sr. Caledon, Ontario, Canada/The Hill Academy
Jamie Lincoln, Hofstra# A Sr. St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada/Ridley
Matt Mackrides, Penn State* A Jr. Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep
Nick Dolik, Penn State#! M So. Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice
Kevin Kaminski, Delaware M Sr. Wallingford, Pa./Strath-Haven
Brad Loizeaux, Hofstra* M Jr. Mullica Hill, N.J./The Tatnall School
Peter Mezzanotte, Towson M Sr. West Islip, N.Y./West Islip
Frank Tufano, Drexel* LSM Jr. Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge
Dan Cooney, Delaware FO Spec. Jr. Lewes, Del./Caesar Rodney
Pat Dowling, Delaware# D Sr. Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe
Marc Ingerman, Towson* D Sr. Sandy Hook, Conn./Newtown
Dana Wilber, Drexel* D Jr. Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan
Mark Manos, Drexel* GK Jr. West Chester, Pa./Salesianum (Del.)

CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jay Card, A, Sr., Hofstra

* — First Team All-CAA Selection in 2010
# — Second Team All-CAA Selection in 2010
! — All-CAA Rookie Selection in 2010

 Card, a First Team All-CAA selection each of the last two seasons and the league’s Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2009, scored 31 goals and had a total of 53 points in 2010. The Caledon, Ontario native, who helped his squad to an at-large berth in the 2010 NCAA Championships, also earned Honorable Mention All-America honors as a junior. Card’s teammate Jamie Lincoln and Penn State’s Matt Mackrides complete the preseason attackers. Lincoln, another Honorable Mention All-America pick in 2010, scored 33 goals as a junior last season. Mackrides is the league’s top returning goal scorer this season after logging 36 in 13 games last year.

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Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse: Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Holds First Practice Feb 1 In “The Bubble” (Video)


The Crimson opened practice in the bubble at Harvard Stadium Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011.

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: The Fourth Annual “Showdown In The Shoe” Will Feature Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Vs. Fairfield On April 23


The fourth annual Showdown in the Shoe, which features the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team taking on Fairfield April 23 in Ohio Stadium, will have tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. The ECAC Lacrosse League game will begin at 11 a.m. and precedes the Ohio State football spring game.

The Showdown in the Shoe has set NCAA men’s lacrosse regular-season and on-campus attendance records each of the first three seasons, reaching 31,078 at the 2010 event.

Ohio State Men's Lacrosse Head Coach Nick Myers

“We are thankful to the Ohio State athletics administration and the football program for again allowing us the opportunity to play in Ohio Stadium prior to the spring game,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “It’s a special day for both our program and the sport of lacrosse, especially in Ohio and the Midwest. We are excited for the chance to make history in our sport by breaking the regular season attendance record again while introducing the sport to even more fans this year.”

The football program is happy to share the field with the lacrosse team each spring.
“The Showdown in the Shoe has quickly become a Buckeye tradition – an exciting, competitive and action-packed start to a day at Ohio Stadium that also includes our spring football game,” Jim Tressel, Ohio State head football coach, said. “Our players really enjoy getting to interact with the lacrosse Buckeyes, and our fans get a chance to see two of our Ohio State teams in action.”