Monthly Archives: March 2011

Oregon High School Lacrosse: Lake Oswego Girls Lacrosse (2-1) Returns To Form In 2011 With A Young Team After Graduating 8 Seniors


The Lake Oswego girls lacrosse team graduated eight seniors off of last year’s team but an influx of young talent should keep the Lakers very competitive again this season.

Leading the way for Lake Oswego this year will be senior co-captain Dana Kilsby, an honorable mention All-American last year. Kilsby anchors a very strong midfield for Lake Oswego that also features Paige Timberg, Libby Nielsen and Tatum Johnson.

“We have a lot of very good experience in our midfield,” coach Lauren Anderson said.

The Lakers are also very strong defensively this year. The team has another senior captain tending the net in Carly Hall. In front of her will be a talented defensive corps led by senior Brittany Scrugham. Slobhan Mead and Kate Hearon will play alongside Scrugham and will look to make things difficult for opposing offenses.

So far this season the Lakers have been very strong defensively, getting a 12-8 win over Wilson and then outscoring Canby and Rex Putnam by a combined 34-1 margin.

Date Opponent Conference PR Top 10 Score    
03/15 at Wilson, OR (3-0) OR PL 73.7 1 L 8 – 12    
03/17 Canby (2-1) OR TRL 61.9   W 17 – 1    
03/29 at Rex Putnam – Milwaukie (0-1) OR TRL 50.2   W 17 – 0    
03/31 Clackamas (1-1) OR TRL 58.5      –      
04/06 Lakeridge (1-1) OR TRL 58.5      –      
04/07 at Canby (2-1) OR TRL 61.9      –      
04/11 Riverdale, OR (0-1) OR TRL 49.8      –      
04/14 at Oregon City (3-0) OR TRL 70.3 5    –      
04/18 West Linn (2-0) OR TRL 65.6 9    –      
04/21 Rex Putnam – Milwaukie (0-1) OR TRL 50.2      –      
04/26 at Clackamas (1-1) OR TRL 58.5      –      
04/29 at Lakeridge (1-1) OR TRL 58.5      –      
05/02 Jesuit, OR (0-2) OR Metro 50.2      –      
05/05 at Riverdale, OR (0-1) OR TRL 49.8      –      
05/07 St. Mary’s Acad, OR (1-2) OR PL 55.8      –      
05/10 Oregon City (3-0) OR TRL 70.3 5    –      
05/12 at West Linn (2-0) OR TRL 65.6 9    –  

For more:  http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/sports/story.php?story_id=130158519275419900

NCAA Lacrosse: Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse (8-4) Travels To Stanford For The “Big Game” On April 1


California travels to Stanford, Calif., to renew its rivalry with the ninth-ranked Cardinal at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1, at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The Golden Bears bring an 8-4 overall record and a three-game winning streak into the match with the defending Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion.

After playing two early MPSF games, Cal has led the conference with a 2-0 record for much of the season. Stanford, which recently lost its first game of the year, has an 9-1 record (1-0 in the MPSF).

Cal has a 6-21 record in the all-time series with Stanford. The last time the Bears beat the Cardinal was on Feb. 23, 2008, in Theresa Sherry’s second game as head coach; Cal won, 11-9, in Memorial Stadium. Stanford ended Cal’s 2010 season, edging the Bears, 9-7, in an MPSF Tournament semifinal.

Scouting the Cardinal
Stanford, which won its first four games at home before playing its next five on the road, returned to Cagan Stadium to beat Brown, 12-8, on March 29. The Cardinal had been unbeaten and ranked No. 7 in the nation before losing to then-No. 15 Vanderbilt, 15-10 loss, in Nashville, Tenn. Senior midfielder Lauren Schmidt, a two-time MPSF Player of the Year, scored two goals against the Commodores, while senior midfielder Karen Nesbitt led the Cardinal with a hat trick.

Senior midfielder Leslie Foard leads Stanford in goals (24, tied with Sarah Flynn), points (33) and draw controls (27). Other stat leaders include junior midfielder Emilie Boeri (19 ground balls, 18 turnovers), Anna Boeri (11 assists), Nesbitt (12 caused turnovers) and senior goalie Annie Read (9.71 GAA in 10 games). Read started against Vandy, but freshman Lyndsey Munoz played the last 43:06 of the game and made seven saves in the loss.

Arolla Earns MPSF Player of the Week Award
Tara Arolla led Cal to wins in its last three games to earn the MPSF Player of the Week award, the conference announced on March 28. The weekly award is the Golden Bears’ first of the season.

A junior attacker and co-captain, Arolla posted seven goals and three assists as the Bears edged Drexel, 10-9, on March 23 and La Salle, 9-8, on March 25 in Philadelphia and then routed Villanova, 11-2, on March 27 in Villanova, Pa. The wins gave Cal a 3-1 record on its spring break road trip, after the Bears opened with a 16-4 loss at Ohio State on March 20.

Arolla collected two goals – including the gamewinner – and one assist in the win over Drexel. She added four goals, including the winner, in the victory over La Salle and tallied one goal and two assists in Cal’s triumph at Villanova. Arolla also collected eight ground balls and five draw controls over the three-game span.

She leads the MPSF with four game-winning goals and ranks second in the league with 11 free-position goals. Arolla paces the Bears in goals (29), points (36) and draw controls (24) and also has seven assists and 17 ground balls.

For more:  http://www.calbears.com/sports/w-lacros/spec-rel/032911aae.html

MCLA Lacrosse: Top Games Of The Week Feature #2 Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse At #1 Michigan And #3 Arizona State At #8 Michigan State




No. 2 Colorado State (6-0) at No. 1 Michigan (9-0) – 7 p.m., Friday

COYNE: If this game was in Colorado on a Friday night, I might take a flyer on the Rams if I was feeling spicy. But in Ann Arbor? That’s a tough sell. This game makes its way onto the board because of the pageantry of a No. 1 vs. No. 2 conflict, but the game itself will have as much drama as the sun rising in the east.

For reasons outlined above, Schooler will kiss the ring — and maybe tell us how he almost went to Michigan — and pick the Wolverines, as well. The only formality is the score. While they won’t win, CSU has a dominant faceoff man and three solid lines to throw at the Michigan midfield, allowing them to exploit a couple of the Wolverines few weaknesses. I’ve got UM, 11-7.

SCHOOLER: What Michigan did to UCSB last weekend was a tragedy of epic proportions. What they do to Colorado State this weekend will be quite different. I think that CSU is the perfect match-up for Michigan. For a while, I thought ASU would be able to out-shoot the Rams and win, but I have changed my mind since hearing the report from the game in Fort Collins last weekend.

In order to have a chance against the Wolverines, you need to slow down the pace and control possession time. Alex Smith and the Rams do exactly that. They have a great FOGO and a patient offense. Their defense is their weak point, but that doesn’t matter if you control the ball. I think this will be a very low scoring game, probably in the range of 4-3. Since this is in Michigan, I am picking the Wolverines.



No. 3 Arizona State (7-1) at No. 8 Michigan State (5-2) – 4 p.m., Sunday

COYNE: I’ve been riding Sparty hard this year, but the loss to Boston College on Sunday was a true disappointment. Michigan State should have put that game away and didn’t. Now I’m supposed to believe they can do it against ASU? Can’t do it.

I’m more likely to take a team coming immediately off a game against Michigan, but after the Sun Devils hammered Colorado in the Sunday game last weekend, I’m not sure that applies here. Plus, State will play Colorado State on Saturday. Sparty’s best chance would probably be if ASU beats the Wolverines the evening before.

Ha, ha. Jac made a funny. Devils, 14-10.

SCHOOLER: No question in this game. UCSB lost to the Spartans by a goal and Boston College won by a goal. Neither of these teams are at the same level as the Sun Devils. Ryan Westfall and Eric Nelson are the leaders with a few young guys in Mike Montella and Jeff Peznick ready to turn heads when the seniors graduate. I do not see the Nemes connection making a difference. Dylan Wesfall along with his defense, will shut them down. The Sun Devils will get out to a big, early lead, so as the sun goes down, they will have no issues with the cold.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/club/2010-11/news/033011_schooling_schooler_a_much_needed_distraction

San Diego High School Lacrosse: Coronado Girls Lacrosse (8-1) Defeated Torrey Pines 12-10 On March 29 And Looks Like Favorite For CIF-San Diego Section Championship


As their contribution to the successful Girls/Boys Lacrosse doubleheader last Friday night, the Islander Girls Lax Team dominated Poway. The Islanders scored the first seven goals of the game, led 7-1 at the half before cruising to a 13-4 final score. Westsidelax.com promptly installed Coronado as the No. 3 team in the state. “It’s still super early in the season, so I don’t pay too much attention to the rankings,” said Islander Head Coach Jessica Battle.

Kaitlyn Couture, who will take her lacrosse talents to Los Angeles next year and compete for USC, led Coronado with five goals, followed closely by Michaela Guerrera with three goals and two assists. Caroline Carlson scored two goals and added an assist, with Mollie Privett providing the same offensive output and Nikki Kruger scored one goal. Meganne Weissenfels had seven saves in the game to earn the victory.

“It was really a team effort,” said Battle of the victory. “Couture and Guerrera did really well. A freshman who has stepped up is Sarah Andersen, who is a great defender. Cory De Marco and Brianne Clifford played well defensively. Molly Privett had a good game and really everybody played well. Lauren Maack, who is an attack, played a great defensive game and came up with a bunch of interceptions. Everyone played a part in that.”

Tuesday the Islanders hit the road to play at Torrey Pines. “We’re just kind of gearing up,” said Battle of the current season. “We have a big game with Torrey Pines. That’s our CIF Final until further notice. We have to do everything we can to win. We’re excited and I think we are ready. If we play the way we have been playing, we’ll be fine. Scripps Ranch and Torrey Pines will be our toughest competition.”

Date Opponent Conference PR Top 10 Score    
03/08 Monte Vista, Spring V. (1-5) CA Grosmnt 51.9   W 15 – 0    
03/10 Westview, CA (3-3) CA Palomar 70.1   W 14 – 4    
03/11 Carondelet (6-2) CA DI 84.4   W 10 – 9    
03/15 Rancho Bernardo (6-1) CA Palomar 75.6 5 W 14 – 8    
03/19 vs Los Alamitos # (8-2) CA CSE 83.9   W 13 – 11    
03/19 vs Beckman # (7-1) CA Pacific 79.4   L 9 – 15    
03/19 vs Foothill, Santa Ana # (7-2) CA CSE 83.9   W 15 – 9    
03/25 Poway (5-2) CA Palomar 73.3 6 W 13 – 4    
03/29 at Torrey Pines (4-2) CA Avocado 79.9 3 W 12 – 10    
04/05 Benenden, UK (0-0)   0.0      –      
04/12 Point Loma (0-6) CA City 48.1      –      
04/14 at Bishop’s School (2-1) CA Coastal 68.0      –      
04/15 Patrick Henry, CA (4-3) CA City 61.6      –      
04/19 St. Ignatius Prep, CA (5-1) CA Indep 81.3      –      
04/26 at Scripps Ranch (4-0) CA City 84.3 1    –      
04/28 Holy Cross, MD (2-3) DC WCAC 78.9      –      
04/29 at La Jolla HS (4-1) CA City 71.5 7    –      
05/03 Cathedral Catholic (5-3) CA City 71.0 8    –      
05/06 at La Costa Canyon (6-1) CA Avocado 79.2 4    –      
05/07 Santa Fe Christian (3-2) CA Coastal 66.8      –      
05/10 at Serra (4-3) CA City 64.0      

For more:  http://www.coronadonewsca.com/news/article_4043282c-5bdb-11e0-85a9-001cc4c002e0.html

NCAA Lacrosse: 2011 Ohio State Women’s Lacrosse Team Guide Released


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High School Boys Lacrosse Injuries: Officials Fail To Enforce Penalties Prohibiting “Targeting Of The Head And Neck” In Big Southern California Boys Lacrosse Game On March 26, 2011 Which Resulted In A “Defenseless” Offensive Player Being Hospitalized With A Serious Concussion After Illegal Cross-Check To The Back Of The Head


Three separate “illegal” hits to the “head and neck” were ignored by game officials in the second-half of a high-profile game between two of the top Varsity Boys Lacrosse teams in California:

  1. In the first illegal hit, the player on the white team initiates a “helmet to helmet” hit followed by an illegal “above the neck cross-check with extension of the arms”.
  2. In the second illegal hit, the player on the white team performs an illegal “slash to back of the head” of the offensive player who LOSES HIS HELMET ON THE PLAY!
  3. In the final and most disturbing ILLEGAL hit, the player on the white team runs deliberately at the offensive player who TURNS AWAY FROM THE CONTACT. The defensive player DELIBERATELY extends his arms with an ILLEGAL cross-check to the BACK OF THE OFFENSIVE PLAYER’S HEAD AND PUSHES DOWN! This vicious hit resulted in a high school lacrosse All-American Attacker being seriously injured, transported to a local hospital in an ambulance and being hospitalized with a SERIOUS CONCUSSION.

 The hospitalized player will be out a minimum of 30 days and has possibly had his season ended. An MRI and CAT Scan have revealed a previous concussion which has escalated the prognosis to a “SECOND-IMPACT SYNDROME” which could possibly end the players lacrosse career.

WHERE WERE THE PENALTIES???!!

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NCAA Lacrosse: #9 Stanford Women’s Lacrosse (9-1) Defeated Brown 12-8 On March 29 In Solid Defensive Effort


No. 9 Stanford improved to 9-1 and a perfect 5-0 at home with a 12-8 win over Brown, Tuesday afternoon at Cagan Stadium. Stanford led throughout, but was never able to build a comfortable lead as Brown forced the Cardinal into its slower tempo.

Despite the offense struggling at times, the Cardinal earned a quality win with some superb defense.

“It was nice to be back on our home field,” said head coach Amy Bokker. “I thought our defense was good and we accomplished our goal of holding them to single digits in goals. Our ride was working well and we were getting the ball back full field.”

The two teams traded goals early in the game as the game was tied midway through the first half at 3-3. Karen Nesbitt opened the scoring for Stanford, while Lauren Schmidt and Leslie Foard also added unassisted goals.

At the 13:51 mark in the first half, the Cardinal would execute a 4-0 run that would prove to be the difference in the game. Sarah Flynn was the catalyst for the run, scoring three of her four goals in a period of just over nine minutes. Foard would add the fourth goal of the run and Stanford led 7-3 late in the half.

Brown got a goal just before the half, but the Cardinal still led 7-4 at the break.

The defense for Stanford was strong as Paige Farmakis, Elizabeth Adam, Ashley Aruffo and Catherine Swanson controlled the Brown attack. Annie Read was also solid in net, making six saves for the game.

For more:  http://www.gostanford.com/sports/w-lacros/recaps/032911aaa.html