Daily Archives: May 3, 2011

ECAC Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Bill Tierney Awarded “Coach Of The Year”, Attacker Mark Matthews Is “Offensive Player Of The Year” And Ohio State’s Matt Kawamoto Is “Defensive Player Of The Year”

NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Overcame A 7-0 First Half Deficit By Mounting Comeback Behind Back-Up Freshman Goalie To Defeat Oregon 12-10 In MPSF Tournament Final

In the MPSF Tournament final against Oregon this Sunday, the Stanford women’s lacrosse team struggled early but never gave up as it earned its seventh consecutive conference tournament title. Stanford took down the Ducks with a 12-10 victory.

Stanford came out flat in the first part of the game, and Oregon took advantage. The Ducks exploded out of the gates with high energy, building up a 7-0 lead against the Cardinal with 14:28 left in the half. After the seven goals, Stanford head coach Amy Bokker knew she had to make a change in order to keep the team in the game.

Freshman goalie Lyndsey Munoz took over in the cage for senior Annie Read and made seven huge saves, which changed the momentum and kept the Card in the game. Munoz played the rest of the game and only let in three goals. For her remarkable efforts, Munoz was rewarded Tournament MVP.

With 15:02 left to play in the first half, Stanford got on the board with a goal by junior midfielder Emilie Boeri, coming off a feed by senior Sarah Flynn. Boeri’s goal seemed to be what the Cardinal needed to spark its momentum. The goal began a run of four straight Stanford goals to get the score back to 7-4 at the 2:10 mark in the half. Oregon added one late goal to make the score 8-4 as both teams headed in for halftime.

Right off the bat in the second half, senior midfielder Karen Nesbitt put the ball in the back of the net and set the energy for Stanford. Flynn followed that up, putting one in with 23:25 left in the game for her 143rd career goal, tying a Stanford record.

The Ducks’ lead was pushed to back three with a goal at 22:32 by Alex Breiner. Stanford came back with three straight goals to tie the game—sophomore midfielder Jacqueline Candelaria knocked in two, and Nesbitt scored another to even the score with 17:16 left.

Oregon refused to give up the lead easily, scoring again to regain the lead at 10-9 before Stanford tied the game back up at 10 with a free-position goal from senior midfielder Leslie Foard.

For more:  http://www.stanforddaily.com/2011/05/03/w-lacrosse-comeback-nets-mpsf-title/

NCAA Lacrosse: ECAC Lacrosse Announces Denver Men’s Lacrosse Goalie Jamie Faus As “Defensive Player Of The Week”; Ohio State Middie Dominique Alexander Is “Offensive Player Of The Week”

College Lacrosse Recruiting: “Wired for Success” By Tom Kovic Of Victory Collegiate Consulting

 Wired for Success

By Tom Kovic

So your top college hasn’t come knocking on your door. That doesn’t mean you’re doomed never to enter its hallowed halls. Prospective student-athletes can wire themselves for success to maximize their chances of gaining admission to their top college choice.Below are five things you can do to have a shot at attending the school of your dreams.

Begin With a Dream

My mantra for the students and families I have the privilege of advising is “victory begins with a dream.” Every effort requires a starting point, and I believe we should never deny ourselves the opportunity to reach high, especially in the college search.

That said, maintaining a grounded approach when lining up potential college options is equally important. I suggest identifying three groups of colleges for your recruiting plan: Dream, Likely and Back-Up.

Define Long-Term Goals

As an adviser, I like to begin by envisioning “the end game” and working backward to define specific goals. The initial phase of the college search might appear a bit daunting, but the trick is to begin big and then chisel away at a plan to simplify it.

Look long-term when defining your goals. Although the athletic component will be exciting during your four-year college experience, ask: “Where do I see myself in 40 years?” Keep the academic component in the vanguard to position yourself for years of success beyond college.

Use a Team Approach

A team approach maximizes efficiency and minimizes individual pressure and stress. Forming a group of trustworthy individuals who assume specific roles during the process will increase your chances in grabbing the brass ring. The team should include:

  • Prospect
  • Parents
  • Team Coach
  • Club Coach
  • Guidance Counselor/College Adviser
  • Personal Mentor/Adviser


With a team approach, responsibility for effectively executing your recruiting plan is distributed among the various team members. All assignments should be clearly spelled out, and communication among team members should be frequent and consistent. This will help streamline the plan and avoid mistakes and confusion, which can contribute to unclear thinking, misdirection and potentially poor choices.

Establish Timelines

You have envisioned your dream and defined your goals. Your team is in place, and you are anxious to get started. Not so fast! A key component of the college search is to establish specific timelines that you will hold yourself to in executing your plan.

Without strict adherence to timelines, you reduce your chances of hitting your targets. Deadlines can get missed, raising the stress level. Start broad and develop long-term to-do lists with calendar dates up to a year. From there you can break your timelines into more detailed formats that include weekly and monthly targets.

Express Desire

Unless you are a blue chip athlete whom every college coach wants, you will need a recruiting plan that helps you rise above your competition. Various character components can assist you, but one that stands out above the rest is desire.

When it comes to the recruiting process, most college coaches make comprehensive assessments. Coaches always look beyond athletic and academic achievements at intangible factors that define a great recruit. The successful college recruiter looks for self-aware, independent prospects who bring strong character to the table.

At this point, you have your college recruiting vehicle put together and are ready to take it out for a spin. Desire is the fuel that moves the vehicle forward.

In the final analysis, recruiting success depends on a number of factors, but having a dream, defining your goals, forming a team, establishing timelines and showing your deep desire to play your sport will push you to the top.


Tom Kovic

Victory Collegiate Consulting




MCLA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of The Big Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Showdown With Colorado On April 17 At Invesco Field In Denver (Video)

Excerpt from the lacrosse episode of ‘Club Ram,’ as the CSU lacrosse team prepares to take on rival University of Colorado.

NCAA Lacrosse: Cornell Men’s Lacrosse Co-Captain And Sr. Middie Jack Dudley (Baltimore, MD) Talks About 2011 Season (Video)

A conversation with Cornell men’s lacrosse co-captain Jack Dudley ’11. Dudley talks about his team’s victory over Syracuse, the upcoming Ivy League finale at home against Princeton, the 21 Run, and a potential return to the Final Four.