“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.
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.