Monthly Archives: August 2011

NCAA Lacrosse Participation: Men’s Lacrosse Supported By 24.4% Of Member Institutions While Women’s Lacrosse Is Sponsored By 32.1%, Both Increases Over Previous Year


The NCAA issues an annual report on sports sponsorship, participation, and squad size. Their most recent report, which contains detailed information by gender and division for the period from 1982 through 2010, shows that 32.1% of NCAA member institutions sponsor women's lacrosse (up from 29.8% the previous year), and 24.4% sponsor men's lacrosse (up from 23.1%).

For NCAA Men's Lacrosse, the bulk of the growth has occurred in Division III.

Since the early to mid 90s, the number of schools sponsoring NCAA Women's Lacrosse has grown sharply and has surpassed the number for men.

Major League Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Boston Cannons 10-9 Victory Over Hamilton Nationals In 2011 MLL Championship


Major League Lacrosse: Boston Cannons Win Franchise’s First MLL Championship Ending Nine Years Of Frustration


The Boston Cannons were the only original franchise still active to have not won an MLL crown. The Cannons had multiple regular season titles to their credit and were a perennial championship contender, but owned a dismal 1-8 record in nine previous postseason appearances.

2011 MLL Champion Boston Cannons

That history of playoff futility has weighed like a monkey on the collective backs of Boston’s coaches and players. So it was understandable to see the unbridled happiness the Cannons displayed when that burden was at long last lifted.

Sharp-shooting attackman Matt Poskay scored three goals as top-seeded Boston edged No. 3 Hamilton, 10-9, in the Major League Lacrosse final yesterday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Veteran attackman Ryan Boyle added a goal and three assists for the Cannons, who stayed on the field celebrating for almost an hour after the final whistle.

“The core of this team has been together for three years. We have fought for this for so long so to finally get it done is an amazing feeling,” Belisle said. “We have put in so much time and effort and every player has made so many sacrifices. It just feels so good to achieve the ultimate goal.”

For more:  http://www.hometownannapolis.com/news/spo/2011/08/29-19/Boston-captures-Major-League-Lacrosse-crown.html

Lacrosse In The Inner City: Professional Lacrosse Player Chazz Woodson Is Featured In “Grow The Game” Videos In Miami’s Dade County (Video)


This is a video of Chazz Woodson, a professional Lacrosse player. Here he talked about introducing the sport to the kids of Overtown here in Miami.

This is the third installment to the Grow The Game videos produced by The Tim Hardaway Foundation Leadership Academy in cooperation with Dade Lacrosse headed by Chazz Woodson and Pete.

Major League Lacrosse: MLL Championship Game Features Boston Cannons Vs Hamilton Nationals On Aug 28


The 2011 Major League Lacrosse Championship is set, and it will be the Hamilton Nationals who will face off with the Boston Cannons tomorrow, after their 11-9 win over the Denver Outlaws.

The second semifinal of Saturday’s MLL Championship Weekend action started much like the first, with the Nationals taking an early 6-1 lead. But the Outlaws came back, just like the Cannons, to make the score 6-5 at the half.

The Nats pulled a way a bit in the third quarter, building a 10-6 lead, but Billy Bitter’s third goal of the game cut the score to 10-8 in Hamilton’s favor going into the fourth.

A goal from Peet Poillon at the 12:49 mark made the score 10-9 Nationals. The comeback had begun, just like the game that took place before. With 8:42 left, Casey Powell, who joined the Nationals two weeks ago, put in a goal to give the Nats a 11-9 lead they would not relinquish.

The rain and Hurricane Irene elements were definitely a factor in this game, with the turf wet several players were slipping and sliding. Jesse Schwartzman, the Outlaws goaltender, had a very rough time, despite being the best goalie in MLL this season, statistically.

The Nationals and Cannons will face off for the MLL Championship at 3 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and The Lacrosse Radio Network via In Lax We Trust, with pregame coverage (by me) starting at 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

For more: http://www.sbnation.com/2011/8/27/2388367/major-league-lacrosse-2011-championship-weekend

Major League Lacrosse: MLL Championship Weekend Broadcast On ESPN2 August 27-28


The Major League Lacrosse (MLL) season culminates with the Sports Authority MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28, on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
 
Top-seeded Boston will face the defending champs (No. 4) Chesapeake on Saturday, at noon, while No. 3 Hamilton will battle No. 2 Denver at 3 p.m.  The winners of each semifinal will compete for the title on Sunday, at 3 p.m.
Date Time (ET) Game  
Sat, Aug 27 Noon Chesapeake vs. Boston

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  3 p.m.  Hamilton vs. Denver ESPN2/ESPN3.com

 

 
Sun, Aug 28 3 p.m. Championship:

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NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Announces Arrival Of First Recruiting Class From States Including California (4), New Jersey, North Carolina And Washington


 Seven top high school women’s lacrosse players enrolled in classes at USC on Monday (Aug. 22) to form the program’s first freshman class since the sport was added as the school’s 21st NCAA sport last year, Trojan head coach Lindsey Munday announced today (Aug. 23).

Munday noted that several walk-on additions could be announced soon.

This fall’s incoming freshmen are:

 MF Emily Boone of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in Costa Mesa, Calif.

C Justina Burns of St. Francis High School in Granite Bay, Calif.

C/MF Kaitlyn Couture of Coronado (Calif.) High School

MF Alex Foreman of Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, Wash

MF Olivia Gerton of Granada High School in Livermore, Calif.

MF Abigail Harris of Myers Park High School in Charlotte, N.C.

C Kaila Sommi of Montgomery High School in Belle Mead, N.J.

“I am extremely excited to announce the first class of the USC women’s lacrosse program,” said Munday. “These players are the foundation of this program and will help lead us into the future.

“All seven of these young women have proven to be strong leaders, which is imperative as we build our program. These student-athletes are extremely excited to be part of a new program and have expressed their willingness to work hard to create the tradition of USC lacrosse.

For more:  http://www.usctrojans.com/genrel/082411aac.html