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NCAA Lacrosse Profile: Cornell Men’s Lacrosse Middie Roy Lang (Jr., St. Ignatius Prep, CA) Has Stepped Up To Lead The “Big Red” Midfield

One of the prize jewels of Cornell’s recruiting class, Roy Lang was a 2008 Under Armor All-American and the heir apparent to assume some of the offensive load from graduating senior midfielders Max Seibald, John Glynn and Rocco Romero.

It has not always looked pretty, but Cornell midfielder Roy Lang has emerged as the Big Red's latest end-to-end threat on the lacrosse field.

But to Matt Restaino, Lang’s game didn’t bring back memories of a Matt Striebel, A.J. Haugen or Paul Rabil. Sure, the California southpaw was big, athletic and Seabiscuit-like the way he could swallow swaths of turf with just a couple long galloping strides. But Lang’s side-armed slingshot and herky-jerky, upright motions differed from the way elite midfielders generally dangle their sticks.

“To be honest, it took a good week to admit to myself that his style of play was going to make an impact,” Restaino recalled with a laugh.

Now, the two are close friends, and any doubts about Lang’s game translating have long since been erased. If any question remains about the junior, it’s only to wonder he good he will be, and whether he’s ready to play lead dog for the Big Red midfield.

Lang’s unorthodox style can be traced in part to a lacrosse path that didn’t follow the traditional routes up I-95 or across I-90. A Mill Valley, Calif., native, Lang picked up the game early at the encouragement of his father, who played at Princeton. By his senior year of high school, Lang helped cement St. Ignatius’ legacy as a national power and flagship for Northern California high school lacrosse.

Playing in an emerging hotbed influenced Lang’s game. While quality lacrosse has arrived in the Golden State, Lang admitted his physical tools too often allowed him to run through double teams instead of having to learn read and react to them.

Whatever he lacked in seasoning as a Cornell freshman in 2009, Lang more than made up for with toughness and moxie between the stripes. Like San Diego native Spencer Wright, who proved to the Syracuse faithful more than a decade ago that you didn’t have to be indoctrinated at Shove Park to play the game well, Lang quickly carved out a role playing defensive midfield, with some spot duty on extra man.

As solid as Lang’s freshman campaign was (nine goals, two assists, 35 ground balls), it will probably be unfairly remembered for its last five and a half minutes. They came in the NCAA championship game against Syracuse. Lang caught the ball at the top of the box, ran right through a Joel White check and fired a sidearm scorcher from 12 yards out to put Cornell up 9-6. Lang’s late-game heroics, however, were overshadowed when he tipped a Matt Abbottt desperation pass to Syracuse attackman Kenny Nims with just four seconds remaining in regulation. Nims scored on the doorstep to send the game to overtime, and the Orange eventually won the game 10-9.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/DI/2010-11/news/030911_roy_lang_is_cornell_lacrosse_anti_lax_bro_from_california

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of #1 Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse Vs #2 Virginia On March 4

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A throwback game in throwback jerseys. VSTV hooked LM up with the field-level highlights from the showdown in the Carrier Dome.

MCLA Lacrosse: Top Games This Week Include #6 Colorado Men’s Lacrosse At #4 BYU and #21 Santa Clara At #25 Cal Berkeley


#6 Colorado (1-0) at #4 BYU (6-0) – 7 pm MT, Saturday

COYNE: Hmmm. Not only do the Buffs start a month later than the rest of the MCLA, but they decide to double down against RMLC rivals Utah and BYU in the first real weekend? There’s a fine line between ballsy and stupid, and we’ll only find out where we rate Colorado’s adventure after it’s over. In the grand scheme of things, BYU and Colorado State are locks for the tournament, so it’s critical that Colorado put all of its resources into beating the Utes on Friday. If the Buffs lose to Utah, all of sudden they are the team chasing everyone for an unlikely fourth bid out of the RMLC.

This leads to BYU laughing all the way to a victory. If CU wins on Friday, it will be complacent enough to let the Cougars roll, and if the Buffs lose to Utah, they’ll probably mail in the weekend. Either way, this one shapes up easily in favor of the LDS. 14-10, Cougs.

SCHOOLER: Who is Colorado? We do not know very much about them. They had a few scrimmages against NCAA schools, but you can never trust the outcome of those games. The losers will always claim the scrimmages were not taken seriously and the winners claim they were. The Buffs’ only non-scrimmage was against Kansas, and we can’t say anything about that, either. So I have to go on past seasons. They return Blackburn, their leading scorer from last year, as well as some other major contributors to the 2010 late-season push.

BYU has also looked solid this season, but there is never a true favorite in the RMLC. The conference championship is up for grabs this year. In this particular matchup, neither team dominates. The team that usually wins the regular season game loses in the playoffs. The Cougars have shown they can win big games at home, but I think the Buffs are eager to get some real competition under their belts and will come out fired up. The Buffs will put up an early lead and hold on to win behind a solid defensive performance.

#21 Santa Clara (4-2) at #25 California (1-4) – 3 p.m. PT, Saturday

COYNE: Sigh. We kicked things off with a 1-5 team and that is now complimented by a 1-4 team. The only redeemable aspect of this pick is I know Nicky will take Cal. You see, our boy Nick thinks that the thin, green carpet that the Bears play on in Berkeley is sprinkled with pixy dust, keeping opponents from winning no matter the gap in talent. The Bears’ win over Oregon just fed that monster. Pfft. With Gary Podesta back in charge, Santa Clara will coast.

I’ve been looking forward to finally taking the Broncos, because Santa Clara brings back fond memories of my California days — one of the few from three years in that wretched state. When my wife and I were stationed at Travis Air Force Base (pre-kids), we would visit friends in Los Gatos and meander into Santa Clara for the evening. A fun little burg. Broncos, 8-5.

SCHOOLER: I have to go with the home team in this one. It is very tough to win on that silly excuse of a field. Thanks to the field hockey team, the Bears get this boosted home field advantage. This game would be a great chance for both teams to move up in the polls and show that the Oregon games were not a fluke, but only one team can win. Plus, the winner probably makes the playoffs, and loser is on the fence. I love it when early games have playoff implications.

Jac will probably make some lame comment about “Bezerkely” and hippies, but I know that deep down inside, Jac wants to let his hair grow out, wear Birkenstocks, grow a beard and live in a tree. I am going with the Bezerkely hippies in a beat down. Bears by 6-plus.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/club/2010-11/news/030911_schooling_schooler_nick_makes_the_selections

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: Notre Dame Women’s Lacrosse (2-2) Faces Ohio State (3-3) At South Bend On March 10

The last time the No. 13 Irish took the field, it was Feb. 27 and there was still snow on the ground. Thursday, a fresh Notre Dame squad will take on regional rival Ohio State in their first game in nine days.

“It was great to have a break and focus on things that needed improvement,” Irish coach Tracy Coyne said. “We also had a couple of off days to give some players with injuries some time to recover.”

In their last game, postponed a day because of weather, Notre Dame pulled out a come-from-behind victory over Duquesne, 12-10 in Pittsburgh. Six Irish players scored in the win, led by senior midfielder Shaylyn Blaney’s three goals and three assists.

During the layoff, both Blaney and senior defender Jackie Doherty were named to the watch list for the Tewaaraton Trophy, college lacrosse’s premier individual award. Both preseason All-Big East selections, the pair has been instrumental in helping the Irish to a 2-2 start. Blaney is second on the team in assists while Doherty leads the Irish in draw controls and turnovers caused.

The Buckeyes (3-3) defeated Canisius in their last game by dominating the Griffins, 23-7. Ohio State, a 1-2 road team, is led by junior midfielder Alayna Markwordt’s team-high 19 goals and 10 assists. The Buckeye defense has been instrumental this season, allowing nearly 16 goals per game in losses and five goals per game in wins.

For more:  http://www.ndsmcobserver.com/sports/nd-women-s-lacrosse-irish-return-from-break-to-take-on-ohio-state-1.2083843

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Albany Men’s Lacrosse 9-8 Victory Over UMass On March 8

UMass Lacrosse Highlights From 9-8 Loss At Albany