Daily Archives: March 22, 2011

NCAA Lacrosse: #20 Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse (5-3) Plays At #3 Notre Dame (4-0) On March 23

8th Annual Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown On April 16 Features Denver Men’s Lacrosse Vs Ohio State; Colorado Vs Colorado State In Second Game

IP5280 presents the 8th annual Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown at INVESCO Field at Mile High. The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team will face Ohio State on Saturday, April 16 at 3 p.m. Following the Pioneers’ game, Colorado State’s club lacrosse team will play the University Colorado’s club lacrosse team at 6 p.m.

“We are very excited to welcome the Ohio State Buckeyes back to Denver, in this all-important ECAC contest,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “INVESCO Field at Mile High is a fantastic venue and a great opportunity to showcase some of the best DI lacrosse in the country. We would like to thank the Denver Broncos and the Denver Outlaws organizations for helping make it a reality.”

The Pioneers hold a 5-8 record when playing against the Buckeyes, but are 3-3 when playing in the Mile-High city. Last season the Pioneers stole a 10-9 last second victory from Ohio State at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

This is the third consecutive year in that the Pioneers will host a game at INVESCO Field, hosting Loyola last year in 2010. The Pioneers defeated the Greyhounds 12-4 to finish the ECAC season with a perfect 7-0 record and win the regular season Conference Championship.

“We couldn’t be happier moving the Showdown back to INVESCO Field at Mile High this year,” said Colorado State University head coach Alex Smith. “It’s such a great stage for a rivalry game like this and the atmosphere is going to be electric. Being able to collaborate with groups like the Denver Outlaws and DU lacrosse is a great opportunity for us to showcase our lacrosse program and our sport. The Outlaws and Pat Bowlen have done so much to promote the growth of lacrosse in Colorado and for us to be able to be included means a lot to us. A day like this really deserves this venue and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

The Colorado State University Rams hold a 21-2 record over their instate rivals from Boulder since the year 2000, including a 13-6 victory in last year’s Rocky Mountain Showdown. CU’s lone victory in the past ten years remains their 11-4 decision over the Rams in 2009.

“The level of play at the Collegiate Club Level is getting better each year and when these two teams compete against each other, the intensity of the game matches any rivalry in college lacrosse,” said University of Colorado’s Head of Collegiate Sport Clubs Kris Schoech. “This game represents a competitive spirit that all lacrosse fans will enjoy.”

CSU enjoyed a bounce back season in 2010, rattling off 17 wins before being upset by Simon Fraser in the MCLA national quarterfinals while Colorado endured an up and down campaign that saw them defeat Oregon in the MCLA first round before falling to Arizona State in the quarterfinals as well. Colorado State won the RMLC championship for the first time since 2006 last season and are looking to win consecutive league titles for the first time since 2004.

NCAA Lacrosse: #2 Virginia (7-1) Plays At #11 Johns Hopkins On March 26

NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Attacker Alex Demopoulos Voted “Offensive Player Of The Week” In ECAC Lacrosse; Air Force Freshman Attacker Mike Crampton Is “Rookie Of The Week”

NCAA Lacrosse Polls: #1 Maryland Women’s Lacrosse And #2 Northwestern Top National Rankings; #7 Stanford And #17 Notre Dame Are Top Western Teams

IWLCA Poll for Division I, March 21
Rank Team Record Points First Previous
1 Maryland 8-0 400 20 1
2 Northwestern 7-0 380   2
3 Duke 8-1 340   3
4 Penn 6-0 335   4
5 North Carolina 6-2 324   5
6 Loyola 6-0 300   6
7 Stanford 6-0 274   7
8 Virginia 5-3 251   8
9 Florida 8-1 248   10
10 James Madison 6-1 233   9
11 Syracuse 2-4 162   11
12 Princeton 3-3 148   15
13 Georgetown 1-4 135   13
14 Albany 6-0 132   17
15 Vanderbilt 5-4 131   12
16 William & Mary 3-3 123   16
17 Notre Dame 3-4 71   14
18 Dartmouth 3-2 56   18
19 Boston College 7-2 47   20
20 Massachusetts 6-1 45   19

NCAA Lacrosse: Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse (5-4) Finishes Up Pennsylvania Road Trip At Drexel, La Salle And Villanova

California winds up its spring break road trip in Pennsylvania, where the Golden Bears will play Drexel, La Salle and Villanova. The Bears (5-4 record) take on the Dragons (5-1) at 1 p.m. PT on Wednesday, March 23, in Philadelphia, the Explorers (4-4) at 4 p.m. PT on March 25 in Philadelphia and the Wildcats (4-2) at 9 a.m. PT on Sunday, March 27, in Villanova, Pa.

This marks the first meeting between Cal and Drexel in women’s lacrosse. The Bears are unbeaten in the all-time series with La Salle (3-0) and Villanova (2-0).

Scouting the Golden Bears
Junior attacker Tara Arolla and sophomore midfielder Megan Takacs are tied for the points lead for the Bears, as each has 26. Arolla, one of the Cal co-captains, paces the Bears with 22 assists, while Takacs leads the way with eight assists. Arolla (19) and Takacs (12) also rank 1-2 on the squad in draw controls.

Tori Harrison, a junior defender, has scooped up the most ground balls (28). Senior goalkeeper Allie Shropshire, another co-captain, has compiled a goals-against average of 11.16 in nine starts.

Theresa Sherry, a two-time NCAA champion as a player at Princeton, is in her fourth season as Cal’s head coach.

Scouting the Opposition
Drexel and Cal have no common opponents yet, though the Dragons won in a route at La Salle, 18-4, on March 20. Junior attacker Charlotte Wood leads Drexel in points (25) and goals (22), while junior attacker Jaclyn Klunder paces the team in assists (12). Senior goalie Whitney Johnson has a 6.44 GAA in six games. Anna Marie Vesco is in her ninth year as head coach at Drexel.

La Salle, led by third-year head coach Candace Taglianetti, and Cal have both beaten their two common opponents. The Explorers won at Lafayette, 9-8, on Feb. 26, and at Davidson, 14-12, on March 11. The Bears beat Lafayette, 13-10, on March 15 in Berkeley and won at Davidson, 14-10, on Feb. 27. La Salle has also lost vs. Villanova, 6-5, on March 4. Sophomore midfielder Melanie Sarcinello leads the Explorers in points (21) and goals (21), junior attacker Taylor Ruland has a team-high nine assists and junior goalie Megan Corliss has a 10.52 GAA in eight games.

Villanova and Cal do not have any common opponents yet. The Wildcats play at Georgetown on Friday before hosting Cal on Sunday. Junior midfielder Justine Donodeo leads ‘Nova in points (27), goals (19) and assists (8), while freshman goalie Julia Todd has compiled a 6.14 GAA in five games. Head coach Jebb Chegan is in his sixth year at Villanova.

For more:  http://www.calbears.com/sports/w-lacros/spec-rel/032111aab.html

NCAA Lacrosse: #1 Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse (6-0) Tops Latest Rankings Followed By #2 Virginia And #3 Notre Dame; #15 Denver And #20 Ohio State Are Tops In The West

Divison I – Week 5

Previous Week
1 Syracuse
2 Virginia
3 Notre Dame
4 Duke
5 Maryland
6 North Carolina
7 Villanova
8 Tie Hofstra
8 Tie Army
10 Cornell
11 Johns Hopkins
12 Stony Brook
13 Penn
14 UMass
15 Denver
16 Albany
17 Bucknell
18 Harvard
19 Yale
20 Ohio State

Also receiving votes
: Penn State, Drexel, Delaware, Princeton, Georgetown, Towson, Rutgers, Colgate