Daily Archives: February 14, 2011

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: Oregon Women’s Lacrosse Opens 2011 Season Against Hofstra On Feb 20 With Experienced Offensive Squad

Led by Breiner and Drummond, the Ducks return the top four scorers — and seven of their top eight — from an offense that scored 212 goals. That total was third-most in school history and an average of 11.78 per game.

“We have experienced players who are ready to just go out and own it,” Drummond (43 goals, 6 assists) said.

The 2010 season went south in a hurry for the Oregon lacrosse team, finally ending with a late-game collapse in a loss to UC Davis in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference tournament last May.Hours after that 13-11 defeat, the Oregon players gathered in a hotel room in Denver, not so much to rehash the negativity of their once-promising season that had just ended, but to look ahead and vow to get better.“We started a brand new season right there,” Duck senior midfielder Alex Breiner said.“The mentality we have this year is what changes everything.”Oregon will put that new attitude to the test on Feb. 20 in its 2011 season opener, against Hofstra on Papé Field at 1 p.m. It will be the Ducks’ first chance to move past their forgettable 2010 season when they posted a losing record (7-11) for the first time since their inaugural year in 2005.“Last year we came out pretty strong and with a positive attitude, but a lot of stuff within the team happened, some unfortunate things happened, and we kind of just kept a negative attitude,” said Breiner, declining to get into specifics.

For more:  http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/sports/25882226-41/season-lacrosse-goals-oregon-team.csp

Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse: Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Chris Wojcik Previews The 2011 Season (Video)

Chris Wojcik, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse, discusses the upcoming men’s lacrosse season.

Colorado High School Boys Lacrosse Recruiting: Wheat Ridge Attacker Nick Ossello Commits To Play Lacrosse At Notre Dame

“When I visited the campus, it felt right,” Ossello said. “Obviously they have a great academic program. All the students are really nice and I really like the coaching staff. It was an all around good fit.”

Wheat Ridge (CO) Lacrosse Attacker Nick Ossello committed to play lacrosse at Notre Dame.

Nick Ossello of Wheat Ridge seemed to have one of the most dramatic recruiting stories of any athlete in the senior class.

This included a decommitment from a program in the ACC, consideration for a completely different sport, and then a commitment recently to Notre Dame.

Ossello will play lacrosse for the Fighting Irish. Ossello originally picked Maryland to play lacrosse but felt that he didn’t have a good enough feel for their overall atmosphere when he decided.

“I guess the thing is I committed there before I really knew a lot about their campus and school. I really liked the coaching staff and their lacrosse program is one of the best in the country. It was pretty interesting, “said Ossello.

What further complicated his decision was a breakout senior season on the football field. According to Ossello, he got the “football bug” and started looking more into his collegiate options on the gridiron. His senior season ended with a run to the Class 4A title game but his focus quickly switched back over to lacrosse. Air Force, Maryland, North Carolina, and Denver were all in consideration before his official visit to Notre Dame.

Read more: Wheat Ridge QB Nick Ossello commits to Notre Dame for lacrosse – The Denver Post

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: #13 Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Defeats #10 Notre Dame 13-12 In Thrilling Season Opener In Palo Alto, CA

No. 13 Stanford got its season underway with a thrilling 13-12 win over No. 10 Notre Dame on a sunny afternoon at Cagan Stadium. The Cardinal jumped out to a quick lead, but let the Irish come all the way back, before scoring the game’s final two goals to secure the win.

“I am really excited to get this win today,” said head coach Amy Bokker. “It was important to set the tone for our season by beating a top-10 team today.”

Stanford came out on fire, scoring the game’s first four goals. Emilie Boeri had the first goal of the season on an assist from her twin sister Anna Boeri. The Boeri twins who were making their first career starts combined on four goals and three assists, including the hat trick for Emilie.

Notre Dame fought back and managed to get the score to 5-3 at the half. Annie Read made five saves in the half and at times was spectacular in net.

The Irish continued to put the pressure on in the second half, scoring five of the first seven goals to take an 8-7 lead. The two teams then traded goals as Leslie Foard scored on a free position shot and Emilie Boeri completed her hat trick with goal No. 3.

At 14:48 remaining in the half, the Cardinal regained the lead on a free position goal from Karen Nesbitt. However, the lead would not last long as Notre Dame scored two unanswered goals to take an 11-10 lead. Foard then scored her second free position goal, but Notre answered on a free position goal of its own.

The Cardinal trailed 12-11 with 7:24 to play, but would not be denied as Sarah Flynn scored in traffic, fighting off contact that resulted in a yellow card for Notre Dame. The tying goal started a run of fouls and cards for Notre Dame that forced the Irish to play down players the rest of the game.

The game-winner came at the 4:36 mark when Lauren Schmidt dodged into the fan to score an unassisted goal. It was a an outstanding individual move for the two-time defending MPSF Player of the Year.

The Cardinal defense held the rest of the game and the Cardinal hung on for a hard fought 13-12 vicotry. Annie Read totaled 10 saves for the game and made several crucial stops in the final minutes.

For more:  http://www.gostanford.com/sports/w-lacros/recaps/021311aaa.html

NCAA Div II Men’s Lacrosse: Highlights Of Mesa State Men’s Lacrosse VS UNLV (Video)

Mesa State Men’s Lacrosse lost to UNLV 12-11 in final minute.

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: Highlights Of Penn State Women’s Lacrosse Scrimmage Vs Cornell (Video)

The Nittany Lions get ready for the 2011 season, taking on Cornell at Bigler Field. For the latest in Penn State Lacrosse, check out GoPSUsports.com.

WCLA Women’s Lacrosse: Boise State Women’s Lacrosse Looks To Compete For The Northwest Women’s Lacrosse League Championship

The women’s lacrosse club started its season with a tournament in Portland. They played a tough game against rivalry team Oregon State losing 14-10 and followed with a victory over Lewis & Clark College with a final score of 15-7.

Though the team is only considered a club sport, they practice year round, meet four times a week and practice at least two hours a night. Because they are a club sport, they are required to raise money on their own to support themselves. Boise State will match the club’s earnings up to $4,000 but the women raise $8,000-$10,000 in addition to that. This is earned by working concession stands at football games, holding car washes and through player dues of $400.

“This is like a full-time job for us,” said junior CeCe Cheney, president of the club. “We have to fill out paperwork for everything we do, put our own money orders in, get them approved, and then have an advisor sign them.”

The women also have to organize their practices and pay for their practice time. This is a hassle since they have to negotiate with other clubs for field space and practice time. Often they are unable to practice until 9-11p.m.

They don’t let this stop them from striving to become number one in the Northwest Women’s Lacrosse League. Last year they placed fourth out of 12 teams. If the women are able to make their way to first place, they receive the opportunity to be sent to the national championship.

The Boise State Women’s Lacrosse team will have its first home tournament Mar. 4-5 against University of Utah, University of Oregon and Whitman College.

“Come out and support us,” sophomore Elise Talboy exclaimed. “It’s not as wimpy as it looks. I know we’re wearing skirts and we can’t hit each other, but there is definitely contact.”

For more:  http://arbiteronline.com/2011/02/14/breaking-out-womens-lacrosse-face-off-against-misconceptions/