Daily Archives: February 11, 2011

“SAVE CAL LACROSSE”: Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse Is REINSTATED Along With Women’s Gymanastics And Men’s Rugby

Three athletic teams at the University of California, Berkeley, slated to cease intercollegiate competition at the end of this academic year – women’s lacrosse, women’s gymnastics and rugby – will be preserved, campus officials announced today (Friday, Feb. 11). 

New philanthropic commitments will support the teams’ expenses while plans are implemented for long-term financial self-sufficiency.  With today’s announcement, the campus remains on track to meet its commitment to cap annual allocations for Intercollegiate Athletics at no more than $5 million annually by 2014.

After a comprehensive, sport-by-sport review of the philanthropic commitments, unfortunately, it was determined that the pledges for baseball and men’s gymnastics fell short of the criteria provided to potential donors: sufficient funding to support team expenses for the next seven to 10 years and the presentation of a feasible plan for sustained financial independence.

All told, the campus received $12 million to $13 million in philanthropic pledges from the organizers of the fundraising efforts. Of that total, the campus is confident that at least $8 million will be available to support the net expenses of women’s lacrosse, women’s gymnastics and rugby. This new and incremental philanthropy gives the university the confidence that these three teams will cover their costs for at least the next seven to 10 years.


NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: The 2011 Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Team Is “Chasing History” As Head Coach Dom Starsia Needs 11 Wins For Most Victories In NCAA Div I Lacrosse History

The excitement that surrounds the reflection of a new season is always tempered with the expectation of the participants. It is hard to argue with the success of a senior class that has been to the final weekend and the NCAA semifinal round in each of their first three years. However, it is the players themselves who feel most strongly that their best lacrosse is still ahead.As the Cavaliers strive to make it back to the Memorial Day extravaganza for the 10th time in 13 years, Virginia head coach Dom Starsia is on a quest of historic proportions. The UVa skipper enters the year with 316 career wins, needing only 11 to pass coaching legend Jack Emmer for the most victories by a head coach while coaching at a NCAA Division I school.

Both coach and players have worked very hard in preparation for the 2011 campaign, determined to take the next step. If focus, effort and desire are part of the recipe for success, this Virginia team may have the leadership required to bring it together. Another great schedule, an exciting blend of experience and new talent, and as athletic a group as has gathered in Charlottesville brings the promise of another impressive Virginia Lacrosse season.

A position with two new starters and a leader in only his second season certainly provided some uncertainty going in to 2010. Those questions were answered quickly, however, as juniors Steele Stanwick and Chris Bocklet embarked on an athletic journey, resulting with the duo being recognized as All-Americans by season’s end.

Scoring 53 times, Bocklet became the first Cavalier to score more than 50 goals since Doug Knight’s 56 goals in 1996. Stanwick quarterbacked the offense with a team-best 32 assists to go with his 29 goals.

“Steele is simply one of the nation’s finest attackman,” said Starsia. “His selection by his teammates to be a captain in his third season reflects the respect he has among his peers and the staff. He continues to get stronger and his ability to get to the edge is only overlooked because of his deft touch finding the open man. He makes everyone around him better.”

Bocklet became one of the nation’s best “snipers” in 2010. “A great complement to Stanwick’s play, Bocklet’s ability to get open constantly and to finish those shots make him uniquely dangerous,” said Starsia.

Three sophomores rotated through the third spot in 2010 and provide depth and versatility. “Connor English is a tough lefthander who may be the most determined dodger of all the attackmen,” said Starsia. “He can get to the corner and make a shot.”

“Matt White can play behind or out on either corner,” said Starsia. “He is a smart, physical attackman who may be getting ready to step out on the national scene.”

“Nick O’Reilly is tough and quick and someone who ‘sees’ the game at a high level,” commented Starsia. “He is working hard to improve his consistency and could come out of the midfield for us as the season goes on, while second year Matt Cockerton has improved dramatically in a year’s time. He has terrific hands and his overall sense of the field game continues to grow.”

First years Mark Cockerton, Owen Van Arsdale and Patrick Glading showed sparks of their potential throughout the fall and will be making their mark. “Owen plays with a poise beyond his years and may redshirt in 2011 as he gets stronger,” said Starsia. “Mark suffered a shoulder injury in the fall and his rehab will extend in to the spring. His appearance later in the season may still be an exciting moment. Patrick is the third of the Glading boys to come and play at UVa, and Pat is strong and capable.”

There will be an impressive group of athletes roaming the midfield for Virginia in 2011. A combination of strength, speed and experience will make this a tough group to match up with. The “twins,” seniors Rhamel and Shamel Bratton jump off the page in any consideration of the nation’s top middies. While their athleticism is understandably noteworthy, it is their lacrosse IQ that separates them from their peers.

“Shamel is stronger now, more consistent and almost impossible to cover one-on-one,” said Starsia. “He often drew the opposing team’s best defenseman and he opens the field for everyone else on offense. Rhamel really stepped up in 2010, especially when Shamel was hurt early in the season. He is one of the team’s best all-around middies and will be asked to assume more responsibility in 2011.”

Senior John Haldy is a captain and is coming off his best lacrosse over the fall. “John is a powerful athlete who can get to the cage and now is confident in his shot,” said Starsia. “He has played consistently on the first and second line throughout his career.”

Fourth years Colin Briggs and Chris Clements both have a redshirt season available and bring both offense and defense to the mix. “Colin has become one the team’s most dangerous dodgers and his role continues to expand,” said Starsia. “Chris spent most of the fall working back from a serious knee injury which kept him sidelined a year ago. He is deceptively strong, fast and also can be a factor all over the field.”

Seniors Brian McDermott and Garett Ince shared faceoff duties in 2010 and should be even more of a force this spring. “Brian is back for a fifth year and brings a little more experience with strong technique, Garett is a bull, one of the program’s most powerful athletes,” said Starsia. “They provide a nice one-two punch.”

Sophomore Chris LaPierre certainly got everyone’s attention in 2010 when he scored 10 goals and dished out nine assists, playing mostly as a defensive midfielder. “Chris may be the most lethal combination of size and speed in the college game and he plays with a fearlessness and flair that rattled some opponents,” said Starsia. “He faced-off some this fall and will be a formidable offensive player shortly.”

Junior Matt Kugler added nine points in 12 games in 2010 and Starsia thinks he could be the hardest worker on this team. “Matt sets an example on the practice field that inspires his teammates and gets him on the field on gameday.”

Freshmen Rob Emery and Bobby Hill made their presence felt throughout the fall and will factor in the mix early in the spring. “Rob is a powerful athlete who can get to the cage and really shoot it off the dodge,” said Starsia. “He is fun to watch when he draws it back and lets it go. Bobby very quietly emerged as one of the top defensive middies on the team. He is tough and strong and a quick study.”

Sophomore Blake Riley and freshman Patrick Harbeson are both dramatic athletes, strong and capable of getting onto the field at either end. “Blake is starting to show the consistency of experience and Pat has the determination to get to the cage that is required of significant offensive middies,” said Starsia. “Redshirt freshman Jacob Ghitelman and redshirt sophomore Brian McLinden continue to fight through a series of injuries that have hampered their development.”

Junior Ryan Benincasa and freshman Tommy Kelly are the “technicians” of the face-off crew. “Ryan has played an important role for us in 2010 and his responsibilities are likely to expand,” said Starsia.

The development of the defense, especially early in 2011, will have a lot to say about the pace of Virginia’s play come spring. The task will be to replace two All-America starters on the close defense and two in the defensive midfield.

Senior, co-captain Bray Malphrus, brings experience, focus and discipline to the entire team. “Bray has always been one of the program’s hardest workers and we will now look to him for leadership on and off the field,” said Starsia. “He has a ferocious spirit.”

Redshirt junior Matt Lovejoy really emerged in 2010 and quietly shut down some of the nation’s top attackmen. “His role continues to expand as his confidence grows,” said Starsia. “Bray and Matt are both anxious for the responsibility that accompanies leadership.

“Sixth-year senior Todd Faiella wins all the hardship awards in our sport,” said Starsia. “He has worked diligently to recover from a serious injury that occurred in the spring of 2009 and is close to finally getting back out on to the field. If there is any ‘deserve’ in athletics, Todd will help us in the spring.

“Sophomore Harry Prevas is versatile and smart, with a sophisticated stick and a good lacrosse IQ,” commented Starsia. “He is poised to step into the starting line up and is working hard in preparation.”

Freshman Scott McWilliams has made his presence felt from the first fall practice. “This is an aggressive, dynamic athlete who really gets up and down the field,” said Starsia.

Sophomore Chris Landon may have been the most improved player throughout this past fall. “He may help on the close or in the midfield defense,” said Starsia.
“Junior Wyatt Melzer’s play is distinguished by his solid, consistent effort and performance,” said Starsia. “Wyatt will be asked to fill a number of different roles this spring”

Freshmen Garrett Swankowski and Frank Price are two of the program’s strongest athletes, with the potential to be leading players at this level. “As they gain the confidence that comes with experience, look for their roles to expand throughout the year,” commented Starsia.

“Junior Jarrid Puzes is one of the program’s strongest athletes and best cover defensemen and sophomore Dan Lantz is new to the program this year and has impressed everyone with his dedication and effort,” said Starsia. “Dan carries additional responsibilities with Army ROTC.”

The inexperience on defense is offset somewhat by the poise and experience of returning senior All-American Adam Ghitelman in the goal. “Adam clearly has the confidence that can only be achieved by having started for his first three years and having demonstrated such inspiring play in 2010,” said Starsia. “He has always been one of the nation’s best outside the crease and his play between the pipes is now at a consistently higher level. We will all look to Adam in 2011 to guide a young group through a challenging schedule and he is anxious and able to assume that role.”

Junior Rob Fortunato adds the experience of having played in the 2010 World Games for the Italian National Team to go along with his work on the practice field. “Rob has gained the confidence of the team and the staff and he is ready to step in,” said Starsia

Freshman Austin Geisler may redshirt in 2011, especially after having broken his thumb early in the fall. “He is big and strong and has impressed everyone with his presence in the goal,” said Starsia. “He will be a good one.”

Sophomore transfer Conor McGee has quietly made a very positive impression in his first year with the program after playing for Michigan’s 2010 MCLA national championship squad. “Conor is a rangy lefty with a strong work ethic,” said Starsia.

National League Lacrosse: Colorado Mammoth (1-4) Faces Off Against Boston Blazers (4-3) On Saturday In Must-Win Game On Road

The Colorado Mammoth (1-4) seek to recover from last week’s late meltdown as they travel east to play the Boston Blazers (4-3) at TD Garden on Saturday night. It will be only the second time ever the teams have faced each other; their previous tilt resulted in a Boston 9-7 victory in Denver last season.

Colorado is coming off a 10-8 loss at the hands of the Stealth for the second time this season. The Mammoth led in the final minutes before Washington’s offense pocketed three swift goals to stun the team and send them to their eleventh consecutive loss at home. For the team, it is frustrating in the sense that the talent is on roster to get the job done, yet finding the perfect balance still eludes them.

Head coach Bob Hamley says however the team has faith in their roster, and that equilibrium is in sight.”We’re right there, if we finish a little better. We’re making mistakes at crucial times, and that has to stop.”

For more:  http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=4822

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: Notre Dame Women’s Lacrosse Opens 2011 Season Today Against Cal Berkeley In Berkeley, CA

The Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team begins its 15th season of play on the Division I level on Feb. 11 when the Irish open the campaign on the road with the University of California Bears in Berkeley, Calif.


Notre Dame Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Tracy Coyne

After 14 seasons, coach Tracy Coyne’s program has become one of the most consistent programs in the nation. Since 2006, Notre Dame has put together five consecutive winning seasons, going 65-29 (.691) in that span, with a BIG EAST championship (2009), a trip to the NCAA Final Four (2006) and NCAA Tournament appearances in four of the five seasons, including each of the last three years.

Notre Dame was 11-7 in 2010 with a 6-2 record in the BIG EAST, good for a tie for second place. In the BIG EAST Tournament, the Irish played one of the most memorable games in the league’s history, going to four overtimes before falling to Syracuse, 12-11, in the longest game in school and conference history.

A third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, a first for the program, pitted the Irish on the road at Northwestern where the season ended in a 19-7 loss. They finished the year ranked 12th in the final IWLCA coaches’ poll.

That brings us to the 2011 campaign, one that Coyne and her coaching staff start with guarded optimism. As in any college sport there are changes that occur from year-to-year as players graduate and move on.

In Notre Dame’s case, Coyne not only has to replace three regulars in her playing lineup but also a pair of assistant coaches who have moved on to new positions. Kateri Linville, who ran the Irish defense for five seasons, is now the head coach at her alma mater, the University of Delaware. Meredith Simon Black `04, a three-year assistant, was married in the offseason and moved to California where she is serving as an assistant at Cal this season.

For more:  http://www.und.com/sports/w-lacros/spec-rel/021111aac.html

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Nick Myers Gives Post-Game Comments After Team’s 4-3 Victory Over Detroit (Audio)

Ohio State Men's Lacrosse Head Coach Nick Myers

Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Nick Myers talks about how the defense and his freshman goalie played a solid game holding Detroit to 3 goals. The offense still has a lot of work to do. His attack and middies need to finish off scoring opportunities and this will happen as team develops better chemistry.

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Detroit 4-3 As Defense Comes Up Strong

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team opened the 2011 season with a 4-3 victory against Detroit Thursday night inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Ohio State defense limited Detroit to just three goals and 16 shots, with freshman goalie Greg Dutton making six saves in his first career game. Buckeye senior Tyler Dolphin had the gamewinner in the fourth quarter, breaking a 3-all tie, set up by classmate Zach Boyt

Ohio State has a quick turnaround, as it hosts Mercer at 1 p.m. Saturday in Woody Hayes Athletic Center. A video webcast of the game will be available for a fee through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with live stats also available on the site. 

“Defensively we played a great game. I’m proud of the way our freshman goalie played,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “Offensively we have a lot of work to do. We kind of allowed what they were doing to get to us a bit. We had some great shooting opportunities and scoring opportunities and just didn’t capitalize.”

The Buckeyes trailed 2-1 after the first quarter. Sophomore Nick Liddil found the back of the net for his first career goal and point, opening the scoring just 1:13 into the contest. Detroit scored twice in the final 4:31 to tie the game and take the lead. Matt Gregson deadlocked the score at 1, followed by a goal from Tim Lehto at 2:18. Detroit goalie A.J. Levell had four saves in the quarter.

Lacrosse Video Games: “College Lacrosse 2011” To Be Released Soon On XBox Live (Video)

College Lacrosse 2011 is coming soon to Xbox LIVE for $5. For more information visit http://facebook.com/collegelacrosse2011 and http://collegelacrosse2011.com. Music by Meechie Nelson- http://twitter.com/meechienelson

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Former Army Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Jack Emmer Talks About Shot Clocks And Doing Away With Face-Offs

“The thing about the shot clock that worries me is, it’s been used in the MLL [Major Lacrosse League], and it’s different than basketball. When the shot clock is running down, someone takes a three-pointer and you can make that three-pointer in basketball…”

“…I say if a goal is scored, give the ball to the team on the backline…”

In lacrosse, if they’re shooting it from the restraining line because they don’t have a good shot, then it’s just a catch by the goalie, and – boom – it’s going down the other way.

So what teams wind up doing is they throw the ball to the corner of the field and run back on defense rather than letting the goalie catch it and start a fastbreak. To me, that’s a pretty unpleasant part of the game in the MLL.

I think the shot clock in some ways would speed things up. But I tell you, if you want to start a little controversy, the thing that I think would speed up the game the best is getting rid of the face-off. Every year, there’s new rules on the face-off on how to officiate the face-off, where to place the sticks, where to keep your position for the officials. And the cheating is incredible on the face-off.

I would say 40 percent of the time, they have a second whistle on the face-off because somebody jumped and they give the ball to the other guy. It’s an unseemly part of the game right now for a lot of reasons. And I know I’m absolutely in the minority here, but I say if a goal is scored, give the ball to the team on the backline. You can’t sub except on the fly, take it out on the backline like you do in basketball, and get the ball moving. That would speed up the game in my mind more than a shot clock would because then you would take that 30 or 35 seconds of dead time walking up to the next face-off out of the game. But the traditionalists – and you’d think that I would be one – like the face-off, and it would limit the face-off specialists. They would lose a chance to play lacrosse, which would be a drawback. But if you took that ball out of the backline and got it moving along right away, it would be in my mind a much faster gamer. Back in the real old days of basketball, they used to have a jump ball after every basket. They did away with that, and it sounds ridiculous now that they would do that in basketball. But someday, that’s going to happen to lacrosse, and I think it’s going to improve the game. But it probably won’t happen in my lifetime.”

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

NCAA Div III Men’s Lacrosse: Randolph College (VA) Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Scott Ketcham Discusses 2011 Season And New Players (Video)

Randolph College Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Scott Ketcham talks about the season, the newcomers, returners and also the ODAC. TJ Story, John Grundy, Jon O’Hara and Kevin McCracken all talk about the season as well.

Growth Of Western Lacrosse: US Lacrosse “Montana Chapter” Established As “School-Level Lacrosse Has Expanded Dramatically”

“Montana lacrosse is growing rapidly,” said Bechtold. “We have had college teams at the University of Montana in Missoula and Montana State University in Bozeman for many years, but school-level lacrosse has expanded dramatically in the last two years.

US Lacrosse announced that the Montana chapter joined its network of regional chapters in January 2011. The Montana chapter will provide programs, services and leadership to the lacrosse community in the entire state of Montana. The chapter serves as a liaison between its community and US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport. The chapter is based in Missoula, Mont. and recognizes seven board members, including the inaugural chapter president, Tim Bechtold.

“Montana lacrosse is growing rapidly,” said Bechtold. “We have had college teams at the University of Montana in Missoula and Montana State University in Bozeman for many years, but school-level lacrosse has expanded dramatically in the last two years. We are growing from one high school team in 2010 to six high school teams in 2011, and several communities have started adult recreational leagues. This is an exciting time for lacrosse in Montana, and our new chapter status will help us keep pace with all US Lacrosse standards.”

“We hope to provide this developing lacrosse community with the proper resources to sustain and grow both the men’s and women’s game responsibly and effectively,” said Erin Sturgis, US Lacrosse director of chapter relations. “We are eager to see how this new sanctioned chapter will promote growth of the sport in the Northwest.”