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NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Attacker Mark Matthews Named USILA Second-Team All-American; Sophomore Middies Chase Carraro, Cameron Flint And Freshman Goalie Jamie Faus Named Honorable Mention All-Americans

University of Denver men’s lacrosse junior Mark Matthews(Oshawa, Ontario) was named Second-Team All-American by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) today.

Denver Men's Lacrosse Attacker Mark Matthews Named Second-Team USILA All-American

Sophomores Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) and Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario), and freshman goaltender Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) received honorable mention by the USILA.

The four All-America honorees are the most for Denver in a single season in NCAA Division I history. The team was voted on prior to the NCAA Tournament.

“Having four student-athletes earn All-America honors is a testament to the team success of our program,” DU head coach Bill Tierney said. “Mark, Chase, Cam and Jamie are very worthy and have earned this recognition with a lot of hard work and sacrifice for the betterment of our program.”

Matthews, who was named ECAC Player of the Year, leads Denver with 69 points (45g, 24a). He ranks sixth in the nation in points per game (4.06), fifth in goals per game (2.65) and 29th in assists per game (1.41). Matthews’ second-team honor is the highest All-America honor for DU, surpassing the third-team honor Geoff Snider earned in 2006.

“Mark has played at a high level this season,” Tierney added. “He is a very unselfish player, who is one of our offensive catalysts. Mark is certainly deserving of the second-team honor.”

Carraro ranks 13th in the nation in face-off percentage (58.9) and 14th in ground balls per game (5.71), while Flint ranks fourth on the team in goals (27) and points (37).

Faus leads Denver with a 14-2 record, 8.22 goals against average and .570 save percentage. The freshman has started 16 of 17 games and has helped DU to its program-best, 12-game winning streak.

The No. 6-seeded Pioneers play Virginia in the NCAA Semifinals on Saturday, May 28. The Pioneers advanced to their first-ever NCAA Final Four with a 14-9 win over Johns Hopkins on May 21.

Since the DU men’s lacrosse program joined the Division I ranks, the Pioneers have placed 12 student-athletes on the All-America list.

DU’s All-American Selections

2001: Mike Law, Honorable Mention (midfield)

2004: Scott Davidson, Honorable Mention (midfield)

2004: Cory Vann, Honorable Mention (defense)

2005: Scott Davidson, Honorable Mention (midfield)

2006: Geoff Snider, Third Team (midfield)

2008: Jamie Lincoln, Honorable Mention (attack)

2010: Dillon Roy, Honorable Mention (defense)

2010: Alex Demopoulos, Honorable Mention (attack)

2011: Mark Matthews, Second Team (attack)

2011: Chase Carraro, Honorable Mention (midfield)

2011: Cameron Flint, Honorable Mention (midfield)

2011: Jamie Faus, Honorable Mention (goaltender)

Growth Of NCAA Lacrosse: University Of Michigan Lacrosse Will Spend Up To “$10 Million” On Men’s And Women’s Varsity Lacrosse Facilities, Joining Penn State And Florida In Upgrading Programs As Lacrosse Enters “Big-Time College Athletics”

The University of Michigan said Wednesday that it will spend up to $10 million on men’s and women’s varsity lacrosse facilities, joining Penn State and the University of Florida as traditional college athletic powers pouring resources into the sport.

I think that’s the biggest news in our sport since we went to a Final Four 20 years ago,” said Virginia coach Dom Starsia, who set the Division I career record for wins at 327 last weekend. “If Michigan provides a little spark, 10 years from now you could see the Big 10, Pac-10. We could see a dramatic change in the game.”

College lacrosse is getting a $10 million dose of big-time athletics as it grows from the province of private schools in the Northeast into a magnet for corporate sponsorships and alumni donations.

The interest state schools — with their booster clubs, conference television packages and football revenue — are paying lacrosse may threaten the dominance that private schools such as Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, have enjoyed.

“We are going to bring the money, coaching talent and recruiting that we believe will allow us to assume a position of national prominence in the sport,” Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon, 59, said in a telephone interview.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s lacrosse tournaments wind up this weekend. Virginia, Denver, Maryland and Duke are competing in Baltimore for the men’s championship; Maryland, Duke, North Carolina and Northwestern are playing in Stony Brook, New York, for the women’s title.

Michigan’s decision to elevate its club lacrosse teams has business sense behind it, said Brandon, who served as chief executive officer of Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Domino’s Pizza Inc. (DPZ) from 1999 to 2010.

“The University of Florida spent $15 million on a stadium and fielded its first varsity women’s team two years ago. The Gators were ranked as high as No. 2 this season and made it into the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Penn State, with 38,500 undergrad students on its main campus, hired Tambroni in June 2010 and is spending about $2 million annually to fund its lacrosse teams.

Denver made the men’s tournament in its eighth year competing in Division I, the sport’s highest level, and this year hosted Villanova University in the first NCAA tournament game played west of the Mississippi River.

For more:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-27/lacrosse-private-party-is-crashed-by-michigan-wolverines-with-10-million.html

Oregon High School Lacrosse: Lake Oswego Girls Lacrosse Defeated Defending Champion Oregon City 10-8 On May 26 To Win Oregon State Girls Lacrosse Championship

Lake Oswego (15-3) won its third state championship (2005 and 2006) while preventing Three Rivers League champion Oregon City (18-1) from becoming the first team to win three-straight titles since Lakeridge ruled the sport from its inception in 1995 to 2001.

The Lake Oswego girls lacrosse team had Oregon City in its sights for three years leading up to Thursday night’s Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association state championship game.

In that span, the Pioneers had bested the Lakers often, by the slimmest or margins and routinely with much at stake, leaving Lake Oswego frustrated and vowing to produce a different outcome the next time.

Next time came on a cold, windy May evening at Hillsboro Stadium where the Lakers finally ended up on top when it mattered most against Oregon City, winning 10-8 to claim their first state title since 2006.

“My whole history has been chasing Oregon City,” Lake Oswego junior Paige Timberg said. “It’s huge. We really made a statement. A lot of teams doubt us and they always have.”

Dana Kilsby led the Lakers with four goals. Timberg had three with one assist while Lexi Cheetham scored two. Goalkeeper Carly Hall was named the game’s most valuable player.

The Pioneers were led with two goals and two assists from Holly Cisneros. Tessa Keuler also scored two goals.

Lake Oswego lost to Oregon City in the semi-finals last year and in the 2009 championship game. The Pioneers won both previous meetings this season by scores of 14-11 in overtime, and 11-9.

For more:  http://highschoolsports.oregonlive.com/news/article/4606667123704073326/girls-lacrosse-lake-oswego-finally-gets-it-right-against-oregon-city-with-10-8-win-in-championship-game/