Monthly Archives: February 2011

NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse (1-1) Defeated Vermont 11-6 In Home Opener On Feb 27

University of Denver men’s lacrosse sophomore Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) scored four goals and had an assist to lead the No. 16/17 Pioneers (1-1) to an 11-6 victory over Vermont (2-1) in the 2011 home opener Sunday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

Denver Men's Lacrosse Sophomore Cameron Flint led the Pioneers with four goals and an assist agains Vermont.

“Vermont is a good team, but we forced them to settle for some tough shots,” said head coach Bill Tierney

. “We were as good as we can be and as bad as we can be all in one game, but we are starting to come together. Our guys are still getting used to playing with each other and this was a good win for us.”

Junior Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Ohio) grabbed his first goal of the season and had an assist for Denver, while sophomore Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) tallied his first points of the season with two assists. Freshman Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) stopped 11 shots and recorded the first win of his college career.

Connor McNamara had two goals for Vermont and Geoff Worley had a goal and an assist. David Barton made 19 saves in the loss.

Defensively, senior Jeff Brown (Cohasset, Mass.) turned in an outstanding performance for the Pioneers as he limited Vermont’s leading scorer Drew Philie to just one goal. Brown finished the day with three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Freshman Harley Brown (New Canaan, Conn.) led the way with five caused turnovers, while redshirt junior Brendan DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) finished with five ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Denver led Vermont in shots (42-26) and ground balls (39-26), and forced 21 turnovers on the day. The Pioneers also won 11-of-21 face-offs and were 20-of-23 on clears.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse (4-0) Defeats Harvard 18-17 In High-Scoring Game

Stanford improved to 4-0 with a hard-fought win over a tough Harvard squad, 18-17, Sunday afternoon at Cagan Stadium. The Crimson led early and overcame a five-goal second half deficit, but the Cardinal would not go away and eventually pulled out the one-goal win.

“It was a long week for us,” said head coach Amy Bokker. “This was a really tough game, but we stayed in it and played tough.”

The Cardinal trailed early as Harvard came out the aggressor, building a 2-0 lead. Stanford had yet to trail this season and it took it awhile to overcome the deficit. The Crimson built the lead to 9-5 with 6:47 to play in the first half before Bokker to a timeout to rally her squad. The timeout seemed to work as the Cardinal came out with renewed energy and rattled off four goals before half to head to intermission tied 9-9.

Leslie Foard scored the final goal of the half for a hat trick in the first period. Karen Nesbitt and Jacqueline Candelaria added two goals apiece in the half. Candelaria was particularly strong on Sunday, coming off the bench to give the Cardinal the spark it needed.

It took Stanford just 13 seconds in the first half for its first lead of the game as Karen Nesbitt dodged into the box for her third goal. The Cardinal would get two more to push the lead to 12-9, scoring eight consecutive goals dating back to the timeout in the first half.

Harvard would not go down easy, though, as it continued to come back and the Cardinal failed to contain the Crimson attack.

“The defense is something that is going to need to get better going forward,” said Bokker.

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Legends Of Lacrosse: Casey Powell “Has Found Religion” Playing Box Lacrosse “At The Highest Levels” In The National Lacrosse League (NLL)

Powell has found religion playing in the box league. After completing his career at Syracuse, Powell said he struggled with the indoor game. It got to the point that between 2004 and 2007, Powell chose not play box lacrosse at all. He said he was burned out and physically beaten down. He didn’t have the success he envisioned, and the toughness of the game was taking a toll.

Now, Powell says he prefers the indoor box game over the field game, a philosophy that must cause a few shivers in town. When he runs into former Syracuse head coach Roy Simmons Jr., Powell said his old mentor “sort of shakes his head and says, ‘You’re still playing that game?’”

Former SU lacrosse player Casey Powell plays for a team of alumni in an exhibition game in the Carrier Dome in October. Jim Commentucci / The Post-Standard

Casey Powell, who still wears jersey No. 22 as he did at Syracuse, is playing at the highest of levels. The National Lacrosse League named Powell its 2010 most valuable player. It marked the first time a U.S.-born player ever won the award. This season, Powell leads the NLL in points with 56 and is second in goals with 25.

The oldest member of the Powell brother dynasty will be back in Central New York today as a starter in the NLL All-Star game at Turning Stone Resort in Verona. Game time is 2 p.m. The contest will be televised by Versus.

Powell plays for the Boston Blazers, who are 6-3 at the All-Star break and a half-game behind the Toronto Rock in the East Division. He’s maintaining homes in Skaneateles and in Boca Raton. His parents live in Cazenovia. The Powell roots here remain deep. The same goes for playing lacrosse.

After the NLL season, Powell said he’s signed on to play outdoors this summer for the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse. In between, he’s working as director of lacrosse programs at Saint Andrews School in Boca Raton.

Powell moved his family from California to South Florida six months ago and “loves it.” Saint Andrews has won eight straight boys state titles and produced numerous Ivy League players. In the last few years, Saint Andrews has sent Lee Coppersmith to Johns Hopkins, Jason Coppersmith to Colgate and Mike Shepardson to Notre Dame.

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Lacrosse In The Community: “LEAPS Lacrosse” (Lacrosse Education Attitude Perserverance Success) Was Co-Founded By Former Virginia Lacrosse All-American John Christmas To Serve Youth Lacrosse In Philadephia Area

LEAPS’ mission is to enrich the lives of youth through lacrosse and education, as well as instill the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. All of which will, in turn, help them develop a positive worldview. LEAPS will show that with hard work on and off the field, anyone can be successful.

Young Laxer with a Championship Ring.

MCLA Men’s Div I Lacrosse Scores For Feb 25-26


Brigham Young 16, Simon Fraser 8
Central Florida 30, Nebraska 8
Colorado – Mines 20, Wyoming 2
Colorado 14, Northern Colorado 4
Florida 9, Georgia 8
Florida State 17, Tennessee 9
Georgia Tech 7, Kentucky 5
Idaho 8, Gonzaga 3
Loyola Marymount 9, USC 7
Memphis 13, Mississippi State 12
New Mexico 11, Western State 7
North Carolina State 12, Miami U. 10
North Carolina State 13, Lindenwood 8
North Texas 9, Texas Tech 4
Oklahoma State 12, Stephen F. Austin 9
Portland State 5, Portland 2
Purdue 9, Marquette 5
Santa Clara 11, Chico State 9
Sonoma State 11, San Diego State 9
South Carolina 16, Louisiana State 1
South Carolina 16, Mississippi 3
Texas 19, SMU 3
Vanderbilt 7, Alabama 5


Arizona 18, UNLV 1
Chapman 11, UCLA 2
Colorado State 10, Cal Poly – SLO 8
Illinois 12, Vanderbilt 7
Kansas 15, Iowa 10
Miami U. 17, Alabama 10
Michigan 9, Oregon 8 (2 OT)
Minnesota 12, Minnesota St. Mankato 7
Mississippi 9, Louisiana State 3
Pittsburgh 11, Toledo 1
SMU 9, TCU 5
South Florida 13, Nebraska 9
Utah 12, Simon Fraser 11 (OT)

MCLA Div II Men’s Lacrosse Scores For Feb 25-26

Saturday Feb 26

Citadel 10, Reinhardt 6
Colorado – Mines 20, Wyoming 2
Colorado 14, Northern Colorado 4
Dayton 14, Elon 13
Emory 11, Savannah Art & Design 8
Grand Valley State 27, Butler 2
Idaho 8, Gonzaga 3
John Carroll 10, Oakland 8
Kennesaw State 11, Tennessee Wesleyan 9
Missouri S&T vs. St. Louis U. (ppd.)
Mitchell (D-III) 13, S. Connecticut State 0
Nevada 14, UOP 0
New Mexico 11, Western State 7
North Florida 18, Georgia Southern 5
Oklahoma State 12, Stephen F. Austin 9
Pacific Lutheran vs. Willamette (ppd.)
Portland State 5, Portland 2
Sam Houston State 28, Austin 1
St. Mary’s (CA) 8, Southern Oregon 7
St. Thomas 24, UNC – Charlotte 3
Trinity (TX) 8, Texas – San Antonio 5
UL – Lafayette vs. Tulane (ppd.)
Washington – St. Louis 18, Harding 6
Washington State 13, Central Washington 5
Western Oregon 6, Western Washington 5
Whitman 9, Montana State 8

Friday Feb 25

Biola 15, CSU Channel Islands 11
Ferris State vs. Butler (ppd.)
Palm Beach Atlantic 21, Georgia State 9
St. John’s (MN) 19, St. Olaf 11
St. Thomas 13, Dayton 11

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of UMass Men’s Lacrosse 11-9 Victory Over Ohio State

The #11 UMass men’s lacrosse team moved to 3-0 with a solid 11-9 win over #13 Ohio State on Saturday at Garber Field. Four different Minutemen scored two goals including freshman Connor Mooney, who scored the first two goals of his career in the final five minutes to seal the win. Anthony Biscardi, Colin Fleming and Art Kell also added a pair. Greg Rushing won sensation on face-offs winning 12-of-17 and scooped up a career-high 11 groundballs. Ohio State (3-1) suffered its first loss, a week after upsetting then-No. 3 North Carolina.

After falling behind 2-0 less than six minutes into the game, UMass reeled off three goals in a row to take a 3-2 lead with 9:45 left in the second quarter as Kell scored back-to-back goals.

Ohio State would tie the game at 3-3 and 5-5 — early in the third quarter. But Fleming scored consecutive goals on long blasts to regain a two-goal advantage at 7-5 with 1:00 left in the third quarter. Mike Fetterly notched his second goal of the season with 18 seconds left in the third to extend the lead to 8-5.