Daily Archives: February 9, 2011

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Opens 2011 Season Hosting Detroit On Feb 10 And Mercer On Feb 12

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team begins the 2011 season with two games in three days, hosting Detroit (0-1) at 7 p.m. Thursday and taking on Mercer (0-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be played on the field inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus, Ohio.

2011 Ohio State Men's Lacrosse Team

A webstream of both games will be available through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com for a fee. Live stats links can be found on the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, and in-game updates also will be on Twitter.com/OhioState_MLAX.

Watch the Buckeyes
All Ohio State men’s lacrosse home games will be available to fans nationwide this season. Five games will be streamed through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com (Detroit, Mercer, North Carolina, Lehigh and Loyola). The game vs. Hobart April 9 will be produced by BigTenNetwork.com and streamed on that site for a fee. The broadcast may then be televised at a later date on Big Ten Network; an air date has not been set.
The Showdown in the Shoe, set for April 23 vs. Fairfield, will be televised live by Big Ten Network. It marks the second-consecutive year the network will air the record-setting game.
Links to webcasts for away games can be found on the men’s lacrosse schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com before game day.
Buckeyes vs. Titans
Ohio State is 2-0 all-time vs. Detroit, including a 16-7 win inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center Feb. 27, 2010.
The squads first faced off Feb. 7, 2009, a 21-1 victory for the Buckeyes as Nick Myers began his tenure as Ohio State head coach. The game also was the inaugural game for Detroit as a varsity program.
Detroit, which was 3-12 last year and 2-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, took on Delaware last Saturday in the first Division I game of the 2011 season, falling to the Blue Hens, 13-5. Shayne Adams had three goals for Detroit, with Scott Harris and Matt Gregson also scoring. Harris also chipped in two assists. All five Titan goals were scored man-up. Goalie A.J. Levell had 17 saves in the loss.
Detroit is joined in the MAAC by Canisius, Jacksonville, Manhattan, Marist, Saint Joseph’s, Siena and VMI.
For Openers
Ohio State is 2-0 in season openers under head coach Nick Myers, with a 21-1 victory over Detroit in 2009 and a 10-8 win against Villanova last year. This is the fifth-consecutive year Ohio State is opening the year with a home game. The squad suffered an 8-7 loss in overtime to Navy to begin the 2008 campaign and won the 2007 opener, beating Robert Morris in Columbus, 13-5.
The Mercer Bears
Mercer, located in Macon, Ga., is in its first season as a Division I program and is the first Division I men’s lacrosse program in the state of Georgia. The squad’s inaugural game will be against Ohio State after an exhibition game with Georgia Tech’s club team Jan. 29. A scrimmage with Sewanee was cancelled last week after the Sewanee squad was hit with the flu bug. The Bears are competing as an independent this season.
Jason Childs, a native of Baltimore who played at Dickinson College, is the squad’s head coach. He has previous experience starting a program, as he was the head coach for Presbyterian when it began play in 2005.

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: ESPN Lacrosse Analyst Sees Denver Men’s Lacrosse As Being “Underestimated” And “Flying Under The Radar” In 2011

I think one team is Denver. That’s a team that’s very talented, they won the ECAC last year, Bill Tierney is their coach which is a huge boost for any program.

Denver Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Bill Tierney

[Junior attackman] Mark Matthews, [junior attackman] Alex Demopoulos, they’ve got a nice middie in [sophomore] Cameron Flint. They’ll have to replace Dillon Roy, who was their best player last year, but I think Denver’s one of those teams that’s flying under the radar right now.”


 (Coach Tierney) took over a Denver program that was really in shambles. I believe the year before, almost a quarter of that team was suspended or kicked off the team. It was just really a mess.

So not only to bring those guys together, but to get to the NCAAs last year was a huge accomplishment for the Pioneers. They’ve got some really nice games.

They play Syracuse, Notre Dame, Duke, a huge game against Loyola in Baltimore in mid-March. On paper, that will decide the No. 1 seed in the ECAC Tournament.

But I do believe that the ECAC Tournament is held in Denver this year because they won the championship last year. Huge advantage for the Pioneers. They’ve got some real nice players coming back.

ESPN analyst and former Johns Hopkins midfielder Mark Dixon is prepping for the upcoming season, which begins on Feb. 19 when he covers Johns Hopkins’ visit to Towson.

For more:  http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/lacrosse/blog/2011/02/qa_with_espns_mark_dixon_5.html

Starz Lacrosse Recruiting Profile: Torry Pines And West Coast Starz (San Diego, CA) Attacker Sean Doyle Is Heading To NCAA Div I Cornell

How did you first become involved with lacrosse, and who got you into it?

The first lacrosse game I saw was at Torrey Pines when I went to watch Cito and Kenny Williams play in high school. I instantly fell in love with lacrosse and begged my Mom to sign me up for CYL. I first did an instructional camp and then started with CYL in 5th grade.  

Sean Doyle has had several outstanding seasons as a attack player for the RC Starz/Del Mar/ WCS and Torrey Pines High School. Sean has recently verbally committed to play lacrosse at NCAA Division I Cornell Unviersity.

You recently won an elite So Cal Cup with the Del Mar Bears, tell us a bit about that experience…

Winning the Starz Cup at Del Norte High School was a great experience for our team.   We were missing a few kids and had to bring some players up from the other Bears Elite team; and, those boys played their hearts out and gave us what we needed to succeed.   Also, the leadership of our veteran players played a key role in the outcome.  We were down 5 to 2 at halftime in the Championship game, and were able to keep our heads and come out with a win. I couldn’t have been happier with the result. It was a true team effort.

You recently committed to play lacrosse for Ivy-League powerhouse Cornell University. What role did Starz play in the recruiting process for you?

The Starz organization played a HUGE role in getting me noticed by the lacrosse world.  I played for both RC and Del Mar Bears, attended clinics, and participated in many Starz tournaments.  In addition I was fortunate to be a part of West Coast Starz and was able to compete on the east coast, which offers a high level of lacrosse play.   Each of the camps and showcases Starz offered were opportunities for me to show the coaches and other players what I can do with a lacrosse stick in my hands. Without the consistency and support from the Starz family, I don’t think I would have been as successful nor had the exposure in lacrosse.  The coaching and guidance on and off the field will never be forgotten.


Which coach has been the most influential in your playing career?

The coach that has been most influential in my career is Jono Zissi.  Zissi has been my coach in some capacity for 6 consecutive years, and helped me accelerate my game, particularly in the middle school years.  He was also instrumental in guiding me through the recruitment process for which I am so thankful. Recently
, Zissi was hired as Head Coach of my high school team, so I have the next two years to learn and develop as much as I can with him at the helm.   Not only has he been a great factor in my lacrosse career, but he has helped me compose myself on and off the field.

Do you have any goals for this upcoming season and at Cornell?

My goal for the upcoming season is to win a CIF championship. I have two more opportunities at Torrey Pines, and I believe if we work hard enough we can achieve that goal. As for being a freshman at Cornell, it is still two years away so I’m trying not to get too antsy. I want to focus on preparing myself as a student and an athlete so I can immediately contribute to the Cornell Family.

If you could improve one aspect of lacrosse on the west coast, what would it be and why?

If I could improve one aspect of lacrosse on the west coast it would be to add more NCAA Division 1 and Division 3  college lacrosse teams. I would love to attend a collegiate level lacrosse game instead of watching it on TV for a change!

What pro athlete would make the best lacrosse player and why?

I would have to say Chad Ochocinco because of his athleticism and outstanding hand-eye coordination. Plus lacrosse needs a big time personality like Ocho.

What do you think will be the biggest adjustment for you jumping to the east coast?

In all honesty, I would have to say the lack of authentic Mexican food would be my biggest adjustment to the east coast.  I’m most definitely going to have serious Roberto’s and California Burrito withdrawals!

If you could sit down to dinner with three historical figures/celebrities/pro athletes who would it be and why?

I would sit down with Chris Farley, Kobe Bryant, and Marcus Luttrell. Farley because he was the funniest guy in the world; Bryant because he is an extremely focused athlete who only gets better at his game; and, Luttrell because I have a HUGE respect for Navy SEALS, and am in awe of the heroism he displayed to benefit our country.

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Stony Brook Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Rick Sowell Talks About The America East Lacrosse Conference Talent (Video)

The preseason poll for the 2011 Men’s Lacrosse season is released. Stony Brook head coach Rick Sowell discusses the quality of lacrosse in the America East.

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: UMass Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Greg Cannella Talks About Home Opener Against Army (Video)

UMass Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Greg Cannella gives a Preview For Home Opener Against Army

MCLA Div II Lacrosse: Portland Men’s Lacrosse Defeated Western Washington 6-5 On Feb 5 (Video)

The University of Portland Pilots secured their first win over a ranked opponent in program history, defeating the 15th ranked (MCLA the Lax Mag Poll) Western Washington University Vikings 6-5 in a hard fought game. 12 Pilots experienced their first collegiate action, with Jon Lee and Matt Rosales notching their first career goals.

Date Time Opponent Venue Result
Sat Feb 5 2:30 pm Western Washington Prusynski Field W 6-5
Sun Feb 13 12pm Central Washington Central Washington
Sun Feb 20 12 pm Pacific Luthern TBD
Sat Feb 26 1:30 pm Portland State Community Rec Field
Mon Mar 14 3 pm Colorado Mines Prusynski Field
Sat Mar 26 2 pm Puget Sound Prusynski Field
Sat Apr 2 1 pm Western Oregon Intramural Club Field
Sat Apr 10 1 pm College of Idaho Prusynski Field
Sat Apr 16 1 pm Southern Oregon Southern Oregon
Sun Apr 17 12 pm Humboltd State Prusynski Field
Thu Apr 21 7 pm Willamette Willamette Soccer Field