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NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse 2011 Season Outlook

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team enters 2011 with high expectations. The squad, under third-year head coach Nick Myers, faces a tough schedule but has a strong group of veterans and a number of sophomores who gained valuable experience last season. Those groups will help bring the freshmen along quickly, with all the parts working together to push Buckeye men’s lacrosse to success this season and beyond.

Ohio State Men's Lacrosse Attacker Logan Schuss


Sophomores Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo are back after leading the team in scoring as freshmen in 2010. Schuss was named the 2010 ECAC Rookie of the Year and an honorable mention All-American after posting a team-high 31 goals and 25 assists for a Buckeye rookie-record 56 points while starting all 15 games. Tundo had 35 points, with 20 goals and 15 assists, while starting all 15 contests. Senior Tyler Dolphin has seen limited action during his career but has a goal and two assists. Junior Mike Smail played in 12 games in 2010, with four starts, and had eight points with seven assists. Freshman Tyler Frederick was a three-year starter at McDonogh School, with 32 goals and 31 assists as a senior, and earned a spot on the Boy’s 2010 All-Tewaaraton High School Team. Senior Scott Gerland has played in 13 games as a Buckeye.


The offensive midfield has a number of outstanding returnees. Sophomore Dominique Alexander, who was third on the team with 21 goals last year, will lead the way, joined by senior captain Jarred Bowman and senior Paul Beery. Bowman played in all 15 games last year and had seven points, with three goals and four assists, and has seen action in 31 games for the Scarlet and Gray. Beery played in 14 games in 2010, with five starts, and had three goals and three assists. He has competed in 26 games in his Buckeye career.

Seniors Zach Boyt and Mike Pires and sophomores Dan Wertz and Nick Liddil are all expected to see playing time in the offensive midfield. Boyt played in seven games in 2010 and has seen action in 21 career contests, with three starts. Pires has played in 40 games in his career, starting 15, and has 50 career points on 35 goals (including nine man-up tallies) and 15 assists. He had 12 goals and 19 assists a season ago. Wertz played in 14 games as a rookie and had seven points, with three goals and four assists. Liddil saw action in seven games as a true freshman. Others that will compete for playing time include junior Eddie Bambino, sophomore Nick DePhillips, freshmen Mike Italiano and Justin McGinnis and junior Scott Morell. Bambino played in 12 games last year, scoring three goals, and has seen action in 28 games for the Scarlet and Gray, with nine career goals. DePhillips saw limited time in 2010, playing in four contests. Italiano, from Waxhaw, N.C., and Charlotte Catholic, was a two-time first team all-state selection and had 50 goals and 84 points as a senior, while McGinnis, a product of Cathedral and the Hotchkiss School, was a two-time All-American and a three-time all-state honoree in Indiana. Morell has a goal and an assist in his five games played.

The defensive midfield will be led by senior captains Scott Lathrop and Bryce Woodson and sophomore Kevin Mack. Lathrop and Woodson each played in 15 games in 2010, with Lathrop seeing action in 48 career games and Woodson playing in 38 for the Scarlet and Gray. Lathrop has 39 career groundballs, with Woodson scooping 22. Woodson has seven career assists and points and Lathrop has two goals, three assists and five points as a Buckeye. Mack played in 12 games his rookie year and had 12 groundballs. Patrick Toohey, who played in one game as a freshman, will battle for time at d-middie, along with freshman Jake Sharick, an All-American and All-Ohio honoree at Thomas Worthington High School.

Captains Brock Sorensen and Conor David will anchor the Buckeyes at the long-stick midfield position. Sorensen, a junior, has played in 29 games for the Scarlet and Gray, including 13 last year with 10 starts, and has 36 groundballs, five goals and eight points in his career. He had 11 recorded caused turnovers in 2010. David played in all 15 games last year, with 23 groundballs. He has played in 34 games for the Scarlet and Gray, with 37 groundballs and 16 caused turnovers. Mark Crawford, a sophomore who played in two games a year ago, will compete for playing time. Joe Meurer, who played at McDonogh School and was the winner of the C. Markland Kelly Award as the best player in the state of Maryland, is expected to contribute right away for the Buckeyes. He was one of 11 players named to the Boy’s 2010 All-Tewaaraton High School Team.


The Buckeye defense features five returnees, led by juniors Joe Bonanni and Keenan Ochwat and redshirt junior Matt Kawamoto. Bonanni played in all 14 games last year, starting the last 14 contests, and was second on the team with 14 caused turnovers. He has started played in 25 games for the Scarlet and Gray and has 25 career groundballs, including 21 last year. Ochwat had 34 groundballs in 2010 to rank third on the team while playing in all 15 games with two starts. He had 11 caused turnovers as a sophomore and has 17 in his career, along with 55 groundballs. Kawamoto was injured four games into the 2010 campaign, already recording six groundballs and four caused turnovers before his season was cut short. He has played in 32 career games, with 19 starts, and has 31 groundballs and 15 caused turnovers. Jordan Levack, a junior, and senior Packy Campbell Saw limited time in 2010.

Freshman Dominic Imbordino, who played scholastically at St. Charles North, was a second-team All-Illinois player while serving as team captain.

At the faceoff X, sophomore Trey Wilkes is the top returnee. He took the majority of the team’s faceoffs last year, recording 94 wins (including 18 at Robert Morris) and a team-high 41 groundballs. Senior TJ Powell, has seen action in 23 games for the Scarlet and Gray and played in 11 a season ago. FreshmanShawn Kaplan, a product of Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in Pennsylvania, was a three-time Suburban One League honoree and led his squad in groundballs four-consecutive years. Rookie Steve Knezick, from Columbus, New Jersey, played for Northern Burlington County and Bridgton Academy. He was a first team all-conference and honorable mention all-state honoree in 2009.


Three Buckeyes will battle for playing time in the cage. Sophomore Ryan Brant played in five games last year, with one start (7.60 goals-against average, .619 save percentage). A finalist for Maryland’s state player of the year award, freshman Greg Dutton was a three-year starter at Calvert Hall and earned the Tim Wynne Award given to the outstanding goalie in Maryland. Senior Ryan Keneally has played in two games for the Scarlet and Gray, with an .889 save percentage.

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: Marquette Women’s Lacrosse Officially Announces That Cal Berkeley Assistant Coach Meredith Simon Black Will Be Program’s First Head Coach

Marquette University announced the hiring of Meredith Simon Black as the first head coach in Marquette women’s lacrosse program history. She will spend the 2011 season at her current institutions of the University of California-Berkeley,  and join Marquette with almost two years to assemble a coaching staff and build her roster.

Marquette Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Meredith Simon

Simon Black arrives at Marquette after spending the last six years as an assistant coach at Towson, Notre Dame and Cal. She helped Towson and Notre Dame to a combined four NCAA Championship appearances and is set to begin her first season at Cal where she works with the Golden Bears’ attack and goaltenders.

“We are ecstatic that Meredith has accepted the position to be our first women’s lacrosse coach,” said Danielle Josetti, Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and women’s lacrosse sport administrator. “Throughout this process she stood out as the perfect person to build our program. She has played and coached at a high level and she has the attitude, drive, and work ethic to get our program off to the right start. Every time I speak with Meredith I become more impressed and more convinced that she is a great addition to our department. Meredith comes highly recommended and she will be a great fit in the Marquette community.”

At Notre Dame from 2008-10, Simon Black helped the Irish to a 39-19 record in three seasons, including the 2009 BIG EAST Championship and three NCAA Championship appearances. She coached four all-Americans (Jillian Byers, Gina Scioscia, Caitlin McKinney and Shaylyn Blaney) and oversaw the 2009 team that set school records for goals (321), assists (150) and points (471), while claiming the BIG EAST title and advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship.

During her playing career with the Irish, Simon Black helped Notre Dame to the first two NCAA Championship appearances in school history in 2002 and 2004. She was also the school’s first student-athlete to be named an Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) First Team All-American in 2004, while setting the then-Notre Dame single-season scoring mark with 74 points on 46 goals and 28 assists.

Simon Black led ND to the NCAA Tournament that season and became the first ND player nominated for the Tewaaraton Award, which honors the nation’s top player.

“I am honored to be named the first women’s lacrosse head coach at Marquette University,” Simon Black said. “The inclusion of both men’s and women’s lacrosse at Marquette is going to be an exceptional addition to the University, as well as the Milwaukee community.

“I felt an instant connection to Marquette as I arrived on campus. While there, I saw the full support and excitement that the athletic department has for the future of the lacrosse programs. It was a clear and easy choice for me to join the Marquette family. I am confident that we will create and expand on the Golden Eagles’ tradition of excellence, both in the classroom and on the field.”

Both the Marquette men’s and women’s teams will begin regular season competition in the spring of 2013 as an independent before joining the BIG EAST Conference as full-time members in 2014.

The men’s and women’s programs are the 15th and 16th varsity sports at Marquette and the first new sports since women’s soccer was added in 1993. Lacrosse is the first new men’s sport since men’s soccer was added to MU’s athletic offerings in 1964.

For more:  http://www.gomarquette.com/sports/m-lacros/spec-rel/020411aae.html

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Marquette Men’s Lacrosse Officially Names Hofstra’s Associate Head Coach Joe Amplo As Progam’s First Head Coach

Marquette University has announced the hiring of Joe Amplo as the first head coach in Marquettemen’s lacrosse program history. He will spend the 2011 season at his current institutions of Hofstra University, and join Marquette with almost two years to assemble a coaching staff and build his roster.

 Amplo will lead the men’s program and comes to Marquette with 11 years of

New Marquette Men's Lacrosse Head Coach Joe Amplo

collegiate coaching experience, 10 of which have come at his alma mater, Hofstra University. He is currently in his third year as associate head coach with the Pride where he serves as the team’s defensive coordinator. “Joe’s story of non-recruited walk-on to all-conference performer will serve as an inspiration to future Marquette men’s lacrosse student-athletes,” said Mike Broeker, Deputy Athletic Director and sport administrator for men’s lacrosse.

“While better understanding his ideals and values, it became quite evident Joe was the ideal person to build our program. Those who know him best talked of an excellent lacrosse coach and skill developer, but more importantly characterized him as family man of great integrity; a selfless teammate who displayed tremendous work ethic and perseverance; and an educator committed to being more than just a coach to the young men in his program. We are so pleased to welcome Joe and his family to Marquette.”

During his time at Hofstra, Amplo participated in 10 NCAA Championships, three as a student-athlete and seven as a coach, the most recent of which came in 2010. 

Amplo joined the Hofstra coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 1999 and remained with the University until 2001 when he took an assistant coaching position at the University of Pennsylvania. After one year at Penn, Amplo returned to Long Island where he would remain to this day, currently under head coach Seth Tierney.

“I am extremely grateful to be chosen as the first head men’s lacrosse coach at Marquette University,” Amplo said. “I have dreamed about the opportunity to lead a Division I lacrosse program and after better understanding, and seeing first-hand, Marquette’s commitment to lacrosse, I realized quickly this was the perfect opportunity to pursue. I am blessed to have been mentored by some incredible people throughout my career, individuals who taught me to work hard, believe in myself, be accountable and always do the right thing. This decision was easy once I realized members of the Marquette community embody those same ideals. It truly is the perfect fit for me and my family.”

Both the Marquette men’s and women’s teams will begin regular season competition in the spring of 2013 as an independent before joining the BIG EAST Conference as full-time members in 2014.

The men’s and women’s programs are the 15th and 16th varsity sports at Marquette and the first new sports since women’s soccer was added in 1993. Lacrosse is the first new men’s sport since men’s soccer was added to MU’s athletic offerings in 1964.

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in Milwaukee, Wis., and is a member of the BIG EAST Conference. For more information on Marquette Athletics and Marquette Lacrosse, visit GoMarquette.com.

For more:  http://www.gomarquette.com/sports/m-lacros/spec-rel/020411aae.html

Professional Lacrosse: Former Chapman Men’s Lacrosse Attacker Connor Martin Will Demonstrate His Lacrosse Skills With Colorado Mammoth As Fans Become Comfortable With “Con Bro Chill”

“The backlash the videos first received was hilarious. A lot of people thought I was for real and didn’t want me having anything

Former Chapman Lacrosse attacker Connor Martin drives on UC Santa Barbara. Photo by Craig Small http://www.sportshotfotos.com/

to do with lacrosse. It took some people a long time to realize I was joking…”

 “I dreamed about playing in the [NLL] when I used to watch the Portland LumberJax as a little kid. I always joked I would one day play in the league myself. Then the joke somehow became a reality, like most things in my life have. I am an energy guy, and will come out screaming.”

The Colorado Mammoth announced Thursday that rookie forward Connor Martin has been called up from the practice squad to the team’s active roster. To make room on the roster, forward Josh Wassonwas released.

“Connor has really impressed us and has earned this opportunity,” said Mammoth president and general manager Steve Govett.

Martin is the first Chapman University lacrosse alumnus to play the sport professionally. He recorded one goal and one assist in the Mammoth’s preseason game against the Toronto Rock on December 4.

“I am really excited – it is like a dream come true,” said Martin, referring to being added to the active roster. The 22-year-old Oregon native was signed by the Mammoth as a free agent this past offseason.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/nll/2010-11/news/020411_colorado_mammoth_lacrosse_activates_connor_martin_con_bro_chill

MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: #6 BYU Men’s Lacrosse Opens 2011 Season On Feb. 5 Against Boise State To Assess Young Team Playing Without Former Players Of The Year Elliot Grow And Britt Cone

Coming off an appearance in the quarterfinals in last year’s MCLA national tournament, the No. 6 BYU men’s lacrosse team looks to improve this season with its season opener against Boise State on Saturday.

The team will have to overcome the loss of preseason player of the year Elliot Grow and national player of the year Britt Cone, who coach Matt Schneck said are arguably two of the most talented players to come through the BYU program.

However, the senior captains of this year’s squad seem to be optimistic that while lacking the individual talent from last year, this team will be able to make up for it in overall unity.

Under second-year head coach Schneck (who also played lacrosse at BYU), the team has brought unity to a new level.

“[Schneck’s] been one of the biggest things for team unity,” said Brian Mathay, one of the two senior captains for this year’s team. “We all love him.”

However, the team is definitely not void of talent. Tyler Monteath, the other senior captain and two-time first-team all-American, along with other returning missionaries, will add a wealth of talent to the team this season.

When Monteath left for his mission, he was just coming off the national championship season of 2007 and is looking to get back to that same winning tradition.

For more:  http://universe.byu.edu/node/13686