Monthly Archives: April 2011

NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Dominates Cal Berkeley 20-11 On April 29 To Advance To MPSF Final Against Oregon

No. 6 Stanford got its postseason off to a good start with a 20-11 win over California in the MPSF semifinal. The Cardinal will now advance to the MPSF Championship game as it attempts to win the conference tournament for the seventh-consecutive year and earn the automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.

“I thought we played really well on offense,” said head coach Amy Bokker. “We still have some things to work on going forward, but it was a good result.”

Cal jumped out to a quick start, scoring the game’s first two goals in just over a minute of play. The lead would not last long, however, as Stanford would then score 13-consecutive goals.

Sarah Flynn got Stanford on the board at the 24:08 mark in the half as she converted a free-position shot. The Cardinal then tied the score at 2-2 when Emilie Boericonverted a free-position chance.

The Cardinal took its first lead at the 20:42 mark in the half when Anna Boeri collected the ball behind the net and fed a streaking Flynn for her second goal of the game. Catherine Swansonadded to lead moments later with a driving goal down the center of the fan.

The Cardinal extended its lead to 7-2 when Karen Nesbitt shot low for her first goal of the game, then Boeri added her second goal, followed by sister Anna Boeri converting a free-position shot.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Oregon Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Denver 7-4 In MPSF Semifinal Game On April 29

Freshman Caroline Federighi ’s nine saves backstopped a dominant defensive effort as the Oregon lacrosse team defeated Denver, 7-4, in the semifinal round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament on Friday.

First-team All-MPSF selections Alex Breiner and Jana Drummond combined for seven points to move the Ducks (8-8) into their first MPSF Tournament finals appearance in school history. Breiner tallied four points on three goals and an assist while Drummond contributed three points on a goal and an assist.

After falling behind the Pioneers, 6-1, in the regular season finale six days ago, the Ducks got off to a much faster start on Friday. Breiner got the scoring started with her 35th goal of the year 2:52 into the contest and Drummond tacked on her 34th 1:13 later to put UO up 2-0.

Denver bounced back and tallied the next three goals, getting on the board with a little over eight minutes expired on an Alex Befus tally, tying it on a Lauren Ciccomascolo free position goal at 13:57 and grabbing a 3-2 lead on a goal by Annebelle Gilbride with 9:06 remaining in the opening frame.

Undeterred, the Ducks countered with three unanswered goals of their own to close the first half up 5-3. Drummond’s second goal of the day evened the contest at 3-3, Bina Barrett put the Ducks back in front with 3:18 remaining and Hayley Milner converted a Breiner feed to make it 5-3 a minute later.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of UMass Men’s Lacrosse (9-4) 11-5 Win Over Delaware

Freshman Connor Mooneystole the show on Senior Night as the rookie tallied a career-high five goals to lead No. 19 UMass to a dominating 11-5 win over Delaware under the lights at Garber Field. With the win, UMass will travel to either Hofstra or Penn State in the CAA Semifinals on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The seeding spots are unknown, but based on tie-breakers UMass will play at PSU if the Nittany Lions lose at Hofstra on Saturday night. If Hofstra loses to PSU on Saturday, UMass will now play at Hofstra on Wednesday.

The Minutemen are now 9-4 overall and finish the CAA season at 4-2. Delaware is also 4-2 in the league and 9-6 overall. The decisive game for determing the CAA standings takes place at Hofstra tomorrow as Penn State plays at the Pride. The winner of the Hofstra-PSU game cliches the league regular-season crown with a 5-1 record while the three others (including UMass and Delaware) would tie for second at 4-2. In a three-way tie with Penn State for second, the standings finish: PSU, UMass and Delaware. With Hofstra in the trio it would be: Hofstra, UMass and Delaware based on tie-breakers.

NCAA Lacrosse: #5 Denver Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Fairfield In Final Regular Season Game With ECAC Conference Tournament Championship Looming

The No. 5/6 University of Denver Pioneers host ECAC opponent Fairfield University in their final regular-season home game at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday.

The Pioneers come into their match-up with the Stags ranked No. 5 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media poll and No. 6 in the USILA Coaches’ Poll. Denver is also on a seven-game winning streak and is a perfect 5-0 in league play.

THE SERIES                      

The Pioneers and Stags are deadlocked at 3-3 in the all-time DU DI standings. Last season, the Pioneers defeated the Stags 9-8 in the first game of the Inaugural ESPNU Warrior Classic at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. The Pioneers were ranked No. 18, while the Stags were No. 18. The win also marked the Pioneers seven-consecutive win.

SCOUTING FAIRFIELD                           

Fairfield University comes into its match-up with DU after defeating Ohio State 11-9 in Columbus, Ohio. The Stags are sporting a 7-6 overall record, 3-2 in ECAC play. Sam Snow and Max Trunz lead the Stags with 26 points each, as Snow has scored 17 goals and Trunz leads the way with 21 assists. Marshall Johnson and Steve Golmont are sharing the face-off duties with Johnson leading the way with a 44.1 face-off percentage. Johnson also leads the team with 34 ground balls. Goalkeeper Charlie Cipriano holds a 7-6 record between the pipes, having logged 779 minutes for a 59.8 save percentage and a 7.46 goals against average. The Stags are averaging 8.00 goals per game on 34.5 shots per game. The Stags have amassed 317 ground balls and have a 40.7 face-off percentage.


Junior Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) leads Denver with 53 points (34g, 19a), ranking him fourth in the nation in points per game (4.42), third in goals per game (2.83) and 22nd in assists per game (1.58). Junior Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) is second on the team with 44 points (23g, 21a), ranking him 10th in the nation in points per game (3.67), 45th in goals (1.92) and 10th in assists (1.75). Sophomore Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) ranks 14th in the nation with a 58.4 face-off percentage. Carraro also ranks 12th in the nation with 6.08 ground balls per game. Denver leads the nation in points per game (20.25) and is second in scoring offense (13.0) and assists per game (7.25).


DU will host the first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Thursday, May 5 and Saturday, May 7. Thursday’s first game will begin at 4 p.m. MT, followed by the second game at 7 p.m. MT. Both semifinal games will be webcast live on Pioneer Vision, through

The winners of the two semifinal games will advance to Saturday’s conference championship that is slated to begin at 11 a.m. MT and will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Fans are encouraged to check with their local cable or satellite provider for ESPNU in your area. The top four teams at the conclusion of the regular season standings qualify for the conference’s postseason tournament. The ECAC tournament champion will receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Division I Championship Tournament.

Last season, both Denver and Loyola (Md.) qualified for the national tournament with the Pioneers getting the automatic bid and the Greyhounds earning an at-large. Tickets for the ECAC Tournament will go on sale Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m. at the Ritchie Center Box Office or at

An All-Session Pass that includes all three games is available for $20 for adults, $15 for kids (12 and under). A Thursday Session Pass is also available for the two semifinal games for $15 for adults, $10 for kids (12 and under). Tickets for the championship game on May 7 are available for $10 for adults, $7 for kids (12 and under). Students from any college who present a valid student ID can purchase tickets for $5 for any game.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse (14-2) Heads Into MPSF Tournament As Top Seed Looking For Automatic Berth Into NCAA Tournament

The Cardinal are set to get the postseason underway this weekend with the MPSF tournament. Stanford (14-2, 6-0 MPSF) holds the top seed and will be looking to secure the automatic berth to the NCAA tournament by winning a pair of games.

Stanford faces California (9-7, 3-3 MPSF) in the semifinals on Friday, April 29, at 1 p.m. If it advances, Stanford would take on the winner of Denver (7-10, 5-1 MPSF) and Oregon (7-8, 4-2 MPSF) in the final that will take place on Sunday, May 1, also at 1 p.m.

The Cardinal is coming off a strong effort, but a tough loss at No. 5 Northwestern on Sunday. The Cardinal fought back to tie the game at 11-11 with under two minutes to play, only to allow the winning goal by the Wildcats with 23 seconds remaining. Despite the loss, the Cardinal actually rose in the national toll to a program-best No. 6 ranking.

Stanford is looking for its seventh consecutive MPSF tournament title and this time an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament is on the line. Last season, Stanford defeated Denver in overtime, 11-10, in the final to advance to an NCAA play-in game where it topped Massachusetts. This year the conference RPI has improved enough where the play-in game will not include the MPSF and the conference champion will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.

Stanford will face Cal in the first semifinal after defeating the Golden Bears 19-11 during the regular season. The Cardinal knocked Cal out of the MPSF tournament last season in the semifinals, winning 9-7. Overall, Stanford has beat Cal six consecutive times and has ended the Bears season in each of the last three conference tournaments.

If Stanford is to reach the final, it will take on either second-seeded Denver or third-seeded Oregon. The Cardinal has defeated both teams this year, knocking off Denver, 16-6, at Cagan and beating Oregon, 18-13, in Eugene.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Maryland Men’s Lacrosse 11-9 Win Over Duke To Win 2011 ACC Lacrosse Championship

Maryland wins 2011 ACC Mens Lacrosse Tournament

MCLA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Oregon Men’s Lacrosse 22-14 Win Over Simon Fraser On April 8

Arch rivals, Oregon and Simon Fraser square off in Eugene for PNCLL bragging rights. It’s a offensive avalanche featuring the Canadian inside attack against the midfield generated offense of the Ducks. SFU leads by two at halftime, but Oregon out scores them 7 to 3 in the third and cruises to a 22-14 win.

NCAA Lacrosse: #1 Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Travels To #4 Syracuse On April 30 In Bid To Defeat Orangemen For The First Time In Five Meetings; ESPNU To Broadcast Live At 7 PM EST

MCLA Lacrosse: Top Games Of The Week Feature #2 BYU Men’s Lacrosse Hosting #13 Utah And San Diego State At #14 UC Santa Barbara

No. 13 Utah at No. 2 Brigham Young – 7 p.m. MDT, Saturday

SCHOOLER: At the beginning of the season, I picked this as the upset of the season. I predicted that BYU would beat CSU and sit on top of the RMLC while overlooking a talented Utah team. The stars have lined up. All I need is for Mark Manning to have the game of his life and destroy his once-beloved Cougars. I am going with the Utes in this game, but if they don’t win, it’s all good. It will give the Gauchos a better chance at nationals if there is a conference upset in the PCLL.

COYNE: Nick’s trying to hit a grand slam here with no one on base (am I allowed to use a baseball analogy?). BYU breezes, 14-8.

Santa Clara (6-8) at Sonoma (6-7) – 1 p.m. PDT, Saturday

COYNE: If you’re wondering whether there is a paucity of good games this late in the season, this game should give you your answer. This is a snoozer, but the pickings are slim, unfortunately. It seems so long ago, but both of these teams were ranked this year and thought to be contenders in the WCLL.

It was probably unfair to believe that. Both teams were welcoming back former coaches who had done great things in the past. But despite the optimism brought by the return, there were just too many missing pieces. So it boils down to this: which team has more to play for? Both are out of the WCLL tournament, so it comes down to playing at home. The Seawolves get the nod, barely. Noma, 12-11 (3OT).

SCHOOLER: I had very high expectations for Sonoma this season. The Seawolves started out well with a win over Michigan State, but have laid a goose egg in the WCLL this season. They have not beaten a single team! With five down and one to go, they have one last chance to save face at the expense of Santa Clara. Sonoma was in the same place last year and managed to defeat a struggling Chico State. Will it happen again this year? I think so. Sonoma takes this game by 5.

UCLA (8-5) at San Diego (4-8) – 7 p.m. PDT, Saturday

COYNE: This is the classic game illustrating the difference between strength of schedules. I’m guessing Nick won’t fall for it, but there’s always a chance. San Diego should win this one comfortably. Toreros, 12-5.

SCHOOLER: No question that San Diego wins this one. It is a far superior team. UCLA can pull off some wins at home because of the size of its field, but not on the road. The Toreros win this in a landslide.

Coyne’s Pick

San Diego State (4-9) at No. 14 UC Santa Barbara (9-5) – 3 p.m. PDT, Saturday

COYNE: Considering UCSB has already defeated the Aztecs at home this season, 15-9, on March 5, one would think this game will be a formality. It should be, but there is a variable. This is a must-win for the Gauchos, so we’ll find out how well they can play under severe pressure. Against a slightly more talented team, I might take a flyer against UCSB, but the Gauchos will win this game narrowly, 13-10.

SCHOOLER: San Diego State is lucky to be in this position. They managed to surprise Arizona earlier in the season, and since there are only four teams in the SLC South, Arizona was left out. Preceding this game will be an epic California high school battle between Northern California powerhouse St. Ignatius and Southern California powerhouse Coronado. This will be a great opportunity for UCSB and San Diego State to show these high schoolers what MCLA lacrosse is all about.

The Aztecs have nothing to lose in this game, but if UCSB loses, it is out of the national championships. So the Gauchos are fighting for their lives. I am hoping that the seniors will be excited for one last game in The Pit since senior day was ruined by USC two weeks ago. Seniors Jamie Bridgman and Dave Kurtmen will be solid. So will Taylor Gilbert, Aaron Hemeon and CJ Jacobs. Numerous coaches have referred to the middies from UCSB as the best in the nation. It is time for them to put it together and start acting like the best. Gauchos win, 15-5.

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Oregon High School Lacrosse: Lake Oswego Boys Lacrosse (9-1) Defeats West Linn 5-2 On April 22

The Lake Oswego boys lacrosse team picked up an important victory over West Linn on Friday, using a terrific defensive performance to grind out a 5-2 victory.

It was a slow-paced game with each team emphasizing possession. While West Linn’s defense was also stingy, the Lakers were able to keep the Lions scoreless for the entire first half and put the game away early in the fourth quarter.

Lake Oswego got on the board first on a nice shot from JC Vandenbrink.

The Lakers controlled most of the first quarter but goalie Nathan Duletzke turned away a pair of West Linn chances at the end of the period to keep the Lions off the board.

Lake Oswego’s physical play forced a number of turnovers by the Lions in the second half and helped the Lakers continue to control possession.

But defense continued to rule the evening. Duletzke continued to make solid saves to frustrate West Linn and the Lakers wouldn’t score again until late in the half.

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