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.”

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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.

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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 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


  3 p.m.  Hamilton vs. Denver ESPN2/


Sun, Aug 28 3 p.m. Championship:



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.

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Lacrosse Movies: “A Warrior’s Heart” Screened At 2011 Cannes Film Festival To “Enthusiastic Cheers”

Screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival to enthusiastic cheers, “A Warrior’s Heart” has inked a deal for a theatrical, VOD and DVD release.

Xenon Pictures and California Pictures in association with Family Productions and Camelot Entertainment Group have announced plans to release the highly anticipated “A Warrior’s Heart.” Written by Martin Dugard and directed by Mike Sears, “A Warrior’s Heart” stars Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene (“The Twilight Saga”), Chord Overstreet (“Glee”), Adam Beach (“Cowboys and Aliens”), and Gabrielle Anwar (TV’s “Burn Notice”).

Not only have early screenings of “A Warrior’s Heart” been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews but the film has also been highly praised by Lacrosse fans who are converging on the Major League Lacrosse Championship in Annapolis, Maryland on August 27th.

Producers Jamie Thompson, Steven Istock and Marc Spizzirri describe the movie as “a heartfelt family friendly teen love story.”

In shock and denial over his Marine father’s death in battle, high school lacrosse star Conor Sullivan starts acting out in self destructive ways until he’s kicked off the team and sent to a wilderness lacrosse camp run by his dad’s Native American combat buddy (Adam Beach). With support from his girlfriend Brooklyn (Ashley Greene), Conor embraces the game’s Native American roots and opens his eyes to the true meaning of sportsmanship and life.

The Major League Lacrosse League has recognized “A Warrior’s Heart” as the first film to use the sport of Lacrosse as not only the film’s backdrop but as the character building highly watchable sport that Lacrosse fans have identified with for years.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Adds Former Northwestern All-American Danielle Spencer To Coaching Staff

 Stanford Lacrosse announced the hiring of Danielle Spencer, a two-time All-American from powerhouse Northwestern, as its new assistant coach.

Stanford Women's Lacrosse Assistant Coach Danielle Spencer

“We are very excited to have Danielle join our staff,” said fourth-year head coach Amy Bokker. “She has the background of a proven champion. She is passionate about the game, has a tremendous work-ethic and is dedicated to help make Stanford lacrosse the best we can be. We think she is a great addition to our program and can’t wait until she gets started.”

The Brighton, N.Y. Native completed her playing career just outside the Windy City in 2010, playing in 83 games, ranking second in program history with 203 draw controls and seventh with 238 career points. Her 193 goals ranked sixth. She was also a three-time All-American Lacrosse Conference selection, earning first team honors her last two seasons.

Spencer is in her second year with the U.S. National team.

Spencer has been part of a Northwestern program that set an NCAA record for 58 consecutive home victories from 2004 to 2010 and won 41 consecutive games from 2008 to 2010. The Wildcats won NCAA titles her first three years (2007, 2008, 2009) before falling in the national finals in 2010. Overall the team went 85-4 (.955) overall and won all but one conference game, going 43-1 (.977).

The two-time All-American earned first team accolades following 59 goals and 77 points as a senior, which included 110 draw controls– the third most in NCAA history.

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New England Patiots Head Coach Bill Belichick “Takes A Chance” And Drafts Former Maryland Lacrosse And Football Player Will Yeatman

The lacrosse community wasn’t surprised that Belichick took a chance on an athlete who spent more time in college playing lacrosse rather than football. Belichick played lacrosse at Annapolis High, Phillips Academy, and Wesleyan University.

Former Maryland Men's Lacrosse player Will Yeatman was drafted by the New England Patriots.

“(Yeatman)… transferred to Maryland in January 2009. After playing two seasons of lacrosse, he joined the Terps’ football program at tight end for the 2010 season.

For the Patriots, one might come from the lacrosse field – which might as well be out of the blue.

But just because Will Yeatman’s path to the Patriots differed from that of most NFL players doesn’t mean it can’t work. Especially in New England, where coach Bill Belichick knows a little something about jumping from lacrosse to football. He did it himself.

If Yeatman survives the final roster cuts in early September, a player with an extremely limited college football background will be competing for arguably the most successful team in the most popular sport in the United States.

“He’s a good athlete,’’ Belichick said. “He’s made a lot of progress, but he’s got a lot of ground to make up just from a football-playing experience standpoint. But he’s working hard to do that.’’

The lacrosse community wasn’t surprised that Belichick took a chance on an athlete who spent more time in college playing lacrosse rather than football. Belichick played lacrosse at Annapolis High, Phillips Academy, and Wesleyan University. At Wesleyan, Belichick also played center and tight end for the football team. Both Belichick’s daughter Amanda (Wesleyan) and son Stephen (Rutgers) played lacrosse in college, too. Amanda is currently an assistant coach for the Ohio State women’s lacrosse program.

Yeatman’s unconventional path to the NFL began at a traditional college football powerhouse. He enrolled at Notre Dame in the fall of 2006, where he played tight end for the football team and attack for the lacrosse team.

After missing the 2008 spring lacrosse season because of an arrest for driving while intoxicated, Yeatman was suspended for the final 10 games of the ’08 football season following an additional arrest for underage drinking.

“You could tell that he still had the itch to play football,’’ former Maryland lacrosse coach Dave Cottle said. “I just thought it was the right thing for him. I told him I thought he had a gift . . . and he would always regret it if he didn’t go out and try to play football.

“Fortunately, he did.’’

At Maryland last fall, Yeatman recorded 13 catches for 134 yards and one touchdown in 11 games. His former lacrosse teammates cheered him on from the stands.

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