Daily Archives: May 29, 2011

NCAA Lacrosse: Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Defeated Maryland 8-7 To Win 2011 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship And Sixth Title In 7 Years

Northwestern brought home its sixth NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship in the last seven years Sunday with a gut-wrenching 8-7 victory over top-seeded Maryland, and did so with its most complete team effort of the 2011 season.

NU shut down the nation’s fourth-leading offense, keeping Maryland to two second-half goals, while also coming back from an early 4-1 deficit thanks to four goals by tournament MVP Shannon Smith.

In a back-and-forth first half, Maryland scored four goals in a span of 1:34 but was held in check to the tune of only one goal in the remaining 28:26 of the first 30 minutes as the game went to halftime tied at five. But unlike the 2010 title game matchup between these teams, NU overwhelmingly controlled the pace of the game in the second half, taking the lead for good at the 15:23 mark and controlling possession for the final quarter of the game.

“This was a culmination of a lot of hard work, a lot of evaluating of ourselves, from our lowest moment, to our loss to Johns Hopkins and at Florida midseason to just gutting it out and winning games from small amounts all season,” said head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller. “It prepared us for this moment and our girls could not have played more focused or more poised.”

Smith took home MVP honors thanks to her 18 goals in four games, second all-time for a single tournament behind only Katrina Dowd’s 22 in 2009. Earning All-Tournament team honors for the Wildcats were Erin Fitzgerald, Taylor Thornton, Colleen Magarity and Brianne LoManto.

Northwestern’s defensive effort was due in part to the play of freshman Kerri Harrington, who made her first career start and was tasked with shutting down Maryland Tewaaraton finalist Sarah Mollison. Harrington hounded the Terp senior all game and caused Mollison to break her streak of 67 consecutive games with a point come to an end.

For more:  http://nusports.cstv.com/sports/w-lacros/recaps/052911aaa.html

Northern California High School Lacrosse: Monte Vista Boys Lacrosse Defeats De LaSalle 10-7 On May 27 To Win CIF-North Coast Section Div I Lacrosse Championship (Video)

NCAA Lacrosse: Virginia Men’s Lacrosse And Maryland To Play For 2011 NCAA Lacrosse National Championship On May 30 In An “All ACC Final” As “Intensity Of Competition” Amongst Four ACC Lacrosse Teams Produces Best League (Video)

“I would say the ACC is definitely more intense because everything happens so much faster,” said Tillman, a former head coach at Harvard. “In the Ivy League, every player is recruited by the same schools. They know you and you know them. They scheme because they have really smart kids and they take away a lot of your strengths. You’re always trying to adjust and everyone is well prepared.

“Here, so many plays are spontaneous plays. When the ball is on the ground, you never know what is going to happen because the players and the game are so much faster.”

All season long they kept saying the ACC was over-rated and that the four teams in the league were only average. Some even suggested that the ACC wasn’t a legitimate conference because there were only four teams.

But when the final four began Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium, three of the teams were Maryland, Duke and Virginia. The last time we checked, those schools were affiliated with the ACC.

Some took the ACC lightly this season because there wasn’t a super team, no Syracuse of the late 1980s or Princeton of the 1990s.That certainly proved to be true, but the same could be said about all of lacrosse. But if the ACC isn’t the best league, name one that is better.

The Big East? That conference has Syracuse and Notre Dame, but that’s about it. Both got knocked out of the postseason by ACC teams.

The Ivy League has Cornell, but Penn and Harvard would get chewed up in the ACC. Maryland coach John Tillman agreed.

For more:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/college/general/view/20110529accs_superiority_in_lacrosse_on_full_display_in_national_semifinals/

Lacrosse Commercials: Hofstra Men’s Lacrosse And MLL Long Island Lizards Attacker Jay Card Is Featured By Tyson L. W. Geick In “Concept Commercial” (Video)

A commercial put together back in 2008 with highlights from Jay Card’s freshman year at Hofstra University. Card is now a part of the Long Island Lizards in the Major Lacrosse League. It is hoped that this concept for a commercial will be picked up by a major company, like STX, Warrior or Under Armour. Music (Shinedown – Devour) belongs to the artist. This video was not for profit. Produced, Directed and Edited by TysonLW.