Daily Archives: May 22, 2011

NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Uses Six-Goal First Half Run To Defeat Johns Hopkins 14-9 On May 21 To Advance To 2011 NCAA Lacrosse Championships Semifinals

Fueled by three-goal performances from senior Todd Baxter (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and sophomore Cameron Flint(Georgetown, Ontario), the No. 6 seeded University of Denver men’s lacrosse team defeated the No. 3 seeded Johns Hopkins Blue Jays 14-9 in the second game of the Hofstra quarterfinals held at the James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y.

With the victory, the Pioneers (15-2) advance to the first NCAA Tournament Semifinals for the first time in team history.

“I can’t express to you how proud I am of these guys because they have just done everything that we as coaches have asked of them and more,” head coach Bill Tierney said. “Johns Hopkins is an outstanding team and they gave us everything they had. It was a great showing for the sport of lacrosse and I am just so proud that our team has the opportunity to experience it and make history.”

Freshman Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) led the way for the Pioneers with five points off three goals and two assists, while junior Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) finished with a goal and two assists to go along with Baxter’s and Flint’s three goal performances.

Baxter, who suffered a high angle sprain and partial MCL tear two weeks ago, and Flint scored two goals each during a six-goal run by the Pioneers during a 16:49 stretch during the first and second quarters, rallying after the Blue Jays (13-3) scored the game’s first goal.

Johns Hopkins battled back in the second half, winning 12-of-15 face-offs after the break and shrinking DU’s lead to one goal at 8-7 with 7:16 remaining in the third.

However, Baxter scored his third goal with 4:47 left in the third sparked another Pioneer run – this one five-straight goals that stretched DU’s lead to 13-7 – before Baxter was removed for the rest of the game.

For more:  http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90265&SPID=10874&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=205153773&DB_OEM_ID=18600

MCLA Lacrosse: BYU Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Arizona State 10-8 To Win 2011 Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Championship And Fourth Title In 15 Years

Brigham Young, the winner of the first-ever championship and owner of three previous titles, dashed Arizona State’s hopes – and the hopes of MCLA fans searching for new blood – with an impressive, 10-8 victory at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., on Saturday night.

From the outset, it was clear ASU did not have the same level of intensity they had in the Michigan win the night before. Despite the Sun Devils taking an early lead, there were symptoms of a potential hangover effect from the monumental win, and that there was trouble looming.

“BYU is a great team and outplayed us today, but we could feel it wasn’t like it was against Chapman and against Michigan,” said Arizona State head coach Chris Malone. “Guys were searching for the energy. Sometimes they found it, but it wasn’t there for the whole 60 minutes.”

Meanwhile, on the other side of the field was a team looking to prove that it was still a perennial contender to be feared.

“We didn’t think ASU was looking over us,” said BYU attackman Ted Ferrin, who was also a member of the last championship team in 2007 and finished with a game-high three goals. “We think everyone has been looking over us all year. We thought we were good, but I guess nobody else did. I definitely thought we were good. We just wanted to prove that we have the talent we think we have and the way to play together.”

The Cougars were put to the test in the first quarter. The start of the game looked eerily similar to the beginning of its semifinal match-up with Colorado State in which the Cougars fell behind 4-1 out of the gate. Arizona State took a 3-1 lead on Saturday night when Ryan Westfall ripped a low skip-shop from 15 yards that beat BYU goalie Wes Goar.

“Our guys had a lot of fight in them tonight,” said BYU head coach Matt Schneck. “We were pretty sure they would stick to the game plan as best as they could. Even though we were down by a couple of goals, they stuck to it and good things happened.”

“We’ve struggled all season starting out fast,” added Cougar middie Tyler Monteath. “We always talk about starting fast, but we always struggle with it a little bit. But once we get going, it’s tough to stop our offense.”

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/club/2010-11/news/052111_back_to_the_future_byu_wins_fourth_mcla_crown

Southern California Boys Club Lacrosse Programs: “4 Leaf Lacrosse” To Hold “College Lacrosse Recruiting Travel Team Tryouts” On May 29 In Laguna Niguel, CA

California Elite & Risers

College Recruiting Travel Team Tryouts

  • Sunday, May 29th
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Alicia Field (Skate Park Field)
  • 27745 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel CA

Visit:    www.4leaflacrosse.com for more information

4 LEAF Lacrosse Travel Teams are geared towards the college bound lacrosse athlete. Our goal is to assist in the placement of determined and dedicated high school lacrosse players in reaching the collegiate level. This is done by comprising a small number of teams with highly skilled players from the various regions throughout the country and traveling together to tournaments and showcases throughout the year.

The tremendous success of our attended tournaments in the past has allowed our 4 LEAF Lacrosse travel teams and players an introduction to a great number of recruiters and coaches alike.

 We look forward to seeing a high number of participants in our tryouts and on our travel teams for the 2011 summer and fall!

 For more information and to register for the tryout, please visit:


*The 4 LEAF Lacrosse Travel Teams are designed for players who have finished their Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years in high school. *Graduated Seniors are allowed to tryout if they are attending a PG (Post Graduate school) and must be cleared by the 4 LEAF Management team prior to attending the tryout. *All players MUST be register.

NCAA Lacrosse: Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Defeats UAlbany 18-4 On May 21 To Advance To 2011 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships Semifinals (Video)

Tewaaraton Award finalist Shannon Smith scored four of her five goals in the first half, as Northwestern put together a convincing 18-4 victory over UAlbany in the NCAA Tournament’s quarterfinal round on Saturday evening at Lakeside Field.  The Wildcats advanced to semifinals for the seventh consecutive year.

Northwestern (19-2) showed why they have won five national championships by playing a nearly perfect opening period.  Leading 2-1, the Wildcats ripped off five unanswered.  Jessica Russo connected on a free-position attempt from the left point, before Smith finished off Alyssa Leonard’s crossing pass with a sidearm blast to the far post.  Kelly Rich added another free-position goal and Smith scored off a wraparound from the right of the crease.  Taylor Thornton ended the run by going coast-to-coast after the visitors committed a turnover.

            UAlbany (18-1) came back with a pair of goals midway through the period.  Ariana Parker drove from the left to the middle and drilled a shot inside the post.  Allie Phelan then converted a free-position opportunity with a bounce shot from the right.

            The Great Danes, who defeated Dartmouth in their first-ever NCAA appearance last week, were looking to cut into the lead even more, but NU goalkeeper Brianne LoManto thwarted Jodi Battaglia from point-blank range.  The Wildcats turned the save into a scoring play in transition.  Erin Fitzgerald eluded a triple-team in the middle of the field to beat goalkeeper Brett Yenger in a one-on-one situation.  The decisive sequence keyed a string of six consecutive goals.

For more:  http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S2122769.shtml?cat=300

Southern California High School Lacrosse: Torrey Pines Boys Lacrosse Defeats Poway 10-7 To Win 2011 CIF-San Diego Lacrosse Championship On May 21, Their Fourth Title

The fourth-seeded Torrey Pines Falcons beat No. 3 Poway 10-7 in the CIF San Diego Section Division I championship game at Westview High on Saturday, three days after they knocked off No. 1 seed and defending-champion La Costa Canyon in the semifinals.

Torrey Pines' John Wilson (5) runs toward the goal during the CIF San Diego Section Division I championship game against Poway on Saturday. Torrey Pines won 10-7. Photo by Erik Jepsen - For the North County Times

The title is Torrey Pines’ fourth overall and first since 2007. It comes a year after the Falcons (18-5) lost to La Costa Canyon in the title tilt.

“It feels great,” Torrey Pines junior Sean Doyle said. “It’s unreal. I can’t believe we actually won. We had a ton of confidence coming in after the win over LCC, but we had to keep rolling, and we did it.

“Redemption, baby — it feels so nice.”

Falcons coach John Zissi said his team came together at the right time.

“With high school kids, there were certainly some ups and downs,” Zissi said. “I think we finished the last two weeks really strong. This last week was our peak week. That was our best game of the year against LCC on Wednesday and we played well tonight.”

Poway (14-4) was playing in its third final and first since 2006. The Titans’ lone championship came in 2002, when they beat the Falcons in the championship.

“The ultimate goal is to win the last game of the season,” Poway coach Paul Sanit said. “That’s always what we want to do. We didn’t get there, but we have 10 seniors who really worked hard this year to carry the team and got us to the championship game. You have to be proud of them. We accomplished a lot.”

For more:  http://www.nctimes.com/sports/article_80591310-ee10-543b-9d58-612662d61858.html

Colorado High School Lacrosse: Regis Jesuit Boys Lacrosse Defeated Kent Denver 11-10 To Win 2011 Colorado Boys Lacrosse State Championship

The Regis Jesuit Raiders have been oh-so-close in recent years, but they finally put it all together and capped their dream season with a little revenge.

Coach Jim Soran’s team dispatched of Kent Denver 11-10 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park — the same Sun Devils team that handed the Raiders their only loss of the season in April.

“We’ve always been in the realm of the top couple of teams, but have never brought it home,” said Regis Jesuit defender Tanner Ottenbreit — who snapped a personal three-game championship drought with the victory before continuing his career, along with goalie Rhody Heller, at the University of Virginia. “Feels good this year, especially going out on top as a senior.”

In a game in which momentum was hard to come by, the Raiders (18-1) seized it when the time was right. Ryan Ball’s goal with one-tenth of a second showing on the third-quarter clock gave Regis an 8-7 lead, one it would never relinquish.

Regis’ lead grew to 10-7 in the first six minutes of the final quarter, with Ball assisting on Luke Leathers’ lone tally of the game and then netting his fifth past Sun Devils goalie Sam Van Hook with 4:41 to play on a sweet give-and-go from Sean Offner.

“We finally started to get in a rhythm in the second quarter and everyone could feel it,” Ball said to the chants of “MVP” from the Raiders’ massive following. “We’ve played against these guys since we were in middle school, and we knew some of their weaknesses and were able to pick at them.”

Read more: Regis Jesuit wins elusive boys lacrosse championship – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/preps/ci_18114322#ixzz1N5pe2JnU

MCLA Lacrosse: Davenport Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Defending Champion St. Thomas 14-9 To Win 2011 Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Div II National Championship On May 21

The Panthers used a strong fourth quarter to pull away from St. Thomas 14-9 in the MCLA D2 National Championship. DU outscored the Tommies 7-1 in the fourth quarter to win the championship, their first in the programs four-year history.

In the first half, both teams struggled to find the back of the net as the two teams combined for six first half goals. The Tommies scored first then Shawn Beer (Aurora, Ontario), who was named MCLA Tournament MVP,  responded with his first goal of the game to tie the score at 1-1.

St. Thomas scored three of the next four goals with Jordan Richtsmeier (Grand Rapids, Mich.) tallying the Panthers goal as DU trailed 4-2 at halftime.

The Tommies scored two quick goals after halftime to open up a 6-2 advantage. However, the Panthers scored 12 of the next 15 goals to finish the game.

Sam Carlson (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Taylor Keyworth (Grand Rapids, Mich.) scored back-to-back Panther goals to pull to within two goals at 6-4. St. Thomas scored to increase the margin to three, but Keyworth and Beer scored twice more for the Panthers to close to one goal at 7-6. The Tommies scored to end the period with an 8-6 score.

The Panthers opened the fourth quarter on fire, scoring the first eight goals of the quarter. In the quarter, DU outscored the Tommies 8-1 to take the 14-9 win.

DU used balanced scoring as six different Panthers tallied scores in the fourth. Beer, Carlson, Cody Cross (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Keyworth, Dominic Boggiano (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Quintin St. Clair (Grand Blanc, Mich.) all scored in the final stanza.

Beer and Keyworth led DU with four goals apiece. Boggiano had five assists to led the team in helpers.

Zach Higgins (Courtice, Ontario) started in goal for the Panthers, while Alexis Buque (Whitby, Ontario) played the final 30 minutes between the pipes. The two combined for 17 saves. 

For more:  http://dupanthers.com/news/2011/5/21/MLAX_0521113448.aspx