Daily Archives: April 21, 2011

NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse (14-1) Completes Undefeated MPSF Conference Season With A 21-9 Victory Over UC Davis On April 20

No. 7 Stanford completed an undefeated MPSF season with a 21-9 over UC Davis. The Cardinal improved to 14-1 overall and a perfect 6-0 in conference play to win the regular season conference title.

The Cardinal struggled early in the game as UC Davis came out with a burst of energy. The Aggies jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and led 6-5 at the 18:33 mark in the first half before Stanford began to control play.

Karen Nesbitt scored on a free-position shot at the 17:18 mark in the half to start a run of eight consecutive Stanford goals. During the run, only Lauren Schmidtscored multiple goals as the Cardinal used seven different goals scorers to put the game out of reach.

UC Davis managed one goal before the half to end the run, but the Cardinal still led 13-7 at the break. Schmidt and Leslie Foard led all first-half goal scorers with a hat trick. Sarah Flynn and Maggie Sachsalso had multiple goals in the period as the Cardinal outshot the Aggies, 19-16.

Annie Read helped Stanford extend the lead making seven saves in the half on the way to her 14th victory of the season. The Cardinal won 12 of 21 draw controls in the period and 19 of 32 for the game. Leslie Foardcontinued to be Stanford’s top weapon on draw controls with four more to her name.

To begin the second half, Stanford went on another run to put the game further out of reach. Stanford scored six straight goals to being the period and eight of 10 in the half to build the lead to 21-9. Catherine Swanson moved up from defense to earn a second-half hat trick, while Schmidt scored her game-high fourth goal.

For more:  http://www.gostanford.com/sports/w-lacros/recaps/042111aaa.html

Growth Of NCAA Lacrosse: Florida Women’s Lacrosse (14-1) Attributes Much Of “Meteoric” Second-Year Success To “Strength And Conditioning” Program Directed By Karin Werth


“If someone has weak quads, they’re going to do extra quad work. They design an overall strength and conditioning program for the sport of lacrosse, and then go a step further so it’s specific to each player and each individual,” LaGrow said. “You can definitely see from year one to year two how much stronger they’re getting.”

High atop The Swamp is the summit of Gator Mountain. It’s there — 90 steps above the field at Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium — that strength, speed, endurance and teamwork are built on the efforts of Karin Werth, Florida’s strength and conditioning coach who works exclusively with the Gators’ women’s lacrosse and women’s soccer teams.

Werth has helped build Florida women’s lacrosse (14-1, 5-0 ALC) into a championship contender in just the program’s second season. The Gators are ranked third in this week’s IWLCA Division I poll and captured the regular season American Lacrosse Conference title with an upset win against Northwestern last week.

“Karin has been such an asset to our program,” assistant coach Erica LaGrow said. “She is one of the biggest reasons that our kids have been so successful. It makes coaching lacrosse so much easier when they’re so physical and so strong.”

Florida’s approach to athletic training begins before players even step on the field for their freshman year or take to the stadium steps at The Swamp. Each player on the team participates in what Florida calls “Prehab,” a comprehensive cataloging of the player’s strengths and weaknesses from a physical, nutritional and conditioning perspective.

Werth reviews the results of that analysis with athletic trainer Anna Hale and customizes drills for the team that address overall common needs. Werth and Hale also develop an individual plan for each player to maximize their physical ability and conditioning.

The team’s nutritionist reviews the results of the “Prehab” analysis and assigns appropriate dietary supplements to players based on their individual needs. For example, an iron deficiency is common among female athletes, according to LaGrow.

To build strength, Werth employs Olympic lifts and other power workouts in a comprehensive, three-phase fall training program. The training also involves sprints in quick succession, speed and agility drills and the “All Guts-No Glory” Friday workouts. (See “How to Build a Contender” below.)

The Florida women’s lacrosse team’s fall training program:

Phase 1
* Six-week cycle of strength, agility and conditioning.
* Total body lift Monday and Wednesday: Jump training, squats, snatches, bench press, pull-ups, etc.
* Conditioning Tuesday and Thursday: Dynamic flex with leg swings, running sprints.
* All Guts-No Glory Friday: 6x, 8x and 10x stadium sprints with chains or weight vests, strength activities at top.

Phase 2
* Five-week cycle of power, agility, practice and games
* Total body lift Monday and Wednesday: Jump training, squats, snatches, bench press, pull-ups, etc.
* Conditioning and agility Tuesday and Thursday: Timed running sprints with full gear, agility drills.

Phase 3
* Six-week cycle of power, speed, strength and conditioning
* Total body lift Monday and Wednesday: Jump training, squats, snatches, bench press, pull-ups, etc.
* Conditioning and agility Tuesday and Thursday: Speed development drills, partner hip stretching, quick succession sprints.

Phase 4
* Three-week cycle of winter break workouts
* Individualized three-week training session that focuses on conditioning, agility, strength/power, speed, nutrition and flexibility.

Conditioning Test
Each player is tested upon return from winter break.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_women/DI/2010-11/news/042111_sultans_of_sweat_prehab_all_guts_no_glory_days_and_teamwork_in_the_swamp_florida_lacrosse

MCLA Lacrosse: Top Games Of The Week Feature #2 Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse At #5 BYU, #8 Colorado At #7 Boston College, #13 UC Santa Barbara At #4 Chapman And In The “Big Game”, Cal Berkeley At Stanford



No. 2 Colorado State (10-1) at No. 5 BYU (13-2) – 7 p.m. MDT, Saturday


COYNE: Brigham Young gets Colorado State on its own field on the back-end of a double down, which is usually a red flag, even for a team as strong as Colorado State. The Cougars also have the motivation of needing this win to get back into the driver’s seat for a semifinal seed in Denver. Everything is there to call the upset.


Alas, the Rams will win. The reasons are three-fold. First, Colorado State has excellent depth, especially in the midfield, which will help with any potential fatigue issues. Second, while he struggled against Colorado, the Rams still have the better faceoff man, allowing them to dictate tempo if necessary. Third, Utah doesn’t have the horses to make CSU sweat on Friday night. The Rams sweep the weekend, including a 13-9 win over BYU on Saturday.


SCHOOLER: Colorado State can be defeated and this is the weekend that it will happen. Ted Ferrin is an animal. The Rams will attempt to slow down the Cougar offense by controlling possession time, but the Cougs are just as disciplined as Colorado State. BYU suffered its only losses in the state of Michigan. That place has been a sort of graveyard for MCLA teams this season, so I do not think too much about those games. BYU takes this game, 6-5.


No. 8 Colorado (8-4) at No. 7 Boston College (9-2) – 7 p.m., Friday

COYNE: This is a great late-season, interconference duel, and the Buffaloes should be lauded for making this trip. It is these types of sojourns that legitimize the league as a whole, so kudos to Mike Ryder and CU for bringing their show to Beantown. They might even pick up a recruit or two with a good showing.

Will they? It’s an extremely tough question. I’ve gone back and forth about this, and there is a laundry list of pros and cons for both teams. I’m going to play a hunch and take the Buffs in what constitutes an upset. Both teams are headed to Denver, and could potentially see each other in the first two rounds, but I see CU racing out to a quick start and coasting home for an 11-7 victory.

SCHOOLER: Boston College has a great defense and a very balanced offense. They are going to need that defense to be solid against James Blackburn and the Buffalo offense. As long as the Eagles can hold Blackburn to fewer than three points, I can see Boston College winning this game and moving up in the national rankings. BC wins, 10-8.

No. 13 UC Santa Barbara (9-4) at No. 4 Chapman (10-3) – 7 p.m. PDT, Saturday

COYNE: This game wasn’t going to make the list, but Schooler actually requested it for the sole purpose of picking UCSB. When it comes to the Gauchos, our boy Nick is like a moth to the flame, even though we’re in a tight competition with very few weeks left. I guess he’s starting to warm up to Sarah Palin after her speech in Wisconsin.

Is UCSB a good team? Yes. Will the Gauchos make the national tournament? Probably. Will they win this game? Absolutely not. They haven’t played a meaningful game in a month, and they haven’t played a game at all in two weeks after USC bailed on them. Chapman doesn’t have the tools like it did in past seasons, but dispatching UCSB will not be a problem. Panthers, 12-8.

SCHOOLER: In the glory days, the Gauchos owned this rivalry. It wasn’t even much of a rivalry because UCSB dominated so many times. I remember a game where the lone goal scored by Chapman was tossed in by one of the Gaucho defenders.

Unfortunately, those days are long gone, and UCSB has been a lost team since its embarrassing defeat at the hands of Michigan a month ago. The Gauchos rebounded by crushing UCLA a few weeks ago, but UCLA is a bush-league team.

There is potential. I have seen glimpses of it all season, so if there is any time to rebound, it is now. I’m hoping that the Gauchos are fired up and ready to play after having USC ruin their Senior Day last weekend. Gauchos take this game in a nailbiter, 13-12.

No. 24 California (6-6) at No. 25 Stanford (8-2) – 2 p.m. PDT, Saturday

SCHOOLER: A game close to my heart. I grew up with this rivalry. The football games were especially exciting for me because the Big Game, as it is called, always brought me $25 for selling the parking spot in our driveway. If I could put all of that money down on this game, I would. Bears take this one, 13-10.

COYNE: The teams who will compete in the four-team WCLL tournament have been set, and these two are among that group, so it’s not a do-or-die game for either team. However, there is plenty at stake. The winner will grab the No. 3 seed, and thus avoids playing Cal Poly – the overwhelming favorite to walk away with the automatic qualifier – in the first round. Granted, the winner gets UC Davis, which is no small task, but the Aggies are more vulnerable than the Mustangs.

These teams are about as close as their rankings, so no easy pick here, but the Cardinal duo of Jack Farr (18g, 20a) and Sammy Romer (25g, 18a) will prove to be too much for the Cal back-line. I like Stanford on the Farm, 9-7.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/club/2010-11/news/042011_schooling_schooler_trojans_ruin_nicks_weekend

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse 12-11 Victory Over Virginia On March 26

It was a physical affair at Homewood Field, where Johns Hopkins held on for a signature win to start its ascension back into the top five.

Oregon High School Lacrosse: Lake Oswego Girls Lacrosse (6-2) Loses 14-11 In Overtime To Rival Oregon City Before Defeating West Linn 16-9 On April 18


The Lake Oswego girls lacrosse team nearly toppled league rival Oregon City last week, falling 14-11 in overtime but then rallied for a solid 16-9 win over a much improved West Linn team.

The games started out in opposite ways. Against Oregon City, Lake Oswego stunned the Pioneers by jumping out to an early 6-0 lead.

The Pioneers, an early favorite to win a state title this year, were put into a huge early deficit as Lake Oswego looked anything but intimidated.

“It was a pleasant surprise. It just shows how hard these girls have worked and grown. I don’t think Oregon City knew what hit them,” coach Lauren Anderson said.

Lake Oswego did a terrific job winning the draw in the early going thanks, in large part, to the play of Dana Kilsby at center.

But Oregon City rallied back quickly. Lake Oswego continued to put the pressure on the Pioneers and executed well on offense.

Date Opponent Result
03/15TBA2 hour event 12 – 8Loss
03/17TBA2 hour event 17 – 1Win
03/29TBA2 hour event 17 – 0Win
03/31TBA2 hour event 14 – 4Win
04/02TBA2 hour event  
04/06TBA2 hour event 13 – 7Win
04/07TBA2 hour event 17 – 6Win
04/117:00 PM9:00 PM  
04/14TBA2 hour event 14 – 11Loss
04/18TBA2 hour event 16 – 9Win
04/217:00 PM9:00 PM Preview
04/268:00 PM10:00 PM Preview
04/295:30 PM7:30 PM Preview
05/027:45 PM9:45 PM Preview
05/056:30 PM8:30 PM Preview
05/072:45 PM4:45 PM Preview
05/107:45 PM9:45 PM Preview
05/128:00 PM10:00 PM

For more: http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/sports/story.php?story_id=130334247446651000