Daily Archives: August 3, 2011
NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Announces 10-Player 2011-12 Freshman Class Including Middie Nick Ossello (Wheat Ridge, CO) And Attacker Kyle Runyon (Coronado, CA)
University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse head coach Kevin Corrigan has announced the commitment of 10 student-athletes who will join the program beginning in the 2012 season. The newcomers hail from seven different states, including three from Maryland and two from New York.
Nick Ossello – Midfield – Wheat Ridge, Colo./Wheat Ridge
Three-time all-conference performer in lacrosse at Wheat Ridge High School … received all-state accolades as a junior and senior … team captain as a junior … squad won the conference title during his senior campaign … a starter in the 2010 and 2011 all-state lacrosse game … missed most of his senior campaign with an injury … as a junior, led his team in points (49) and ground balls (114) … also a football standout at Wheat Ridge … copped all-state, all-city and all-conference honors during his senior season of football … team MVP and team captain during his senior campaign of football … football won the state title and received a national ranking during his sophomore season … the team captured the state title at Invesco Field at Mile High … was invited to play in the all-state football game … 2010 conference MVP in football … first team All-Colorado defensive back … son of Steve and Lynnea Ossello … has two siblings … his aunt, Stella Ossello, attended Notre Dame … born April 12, 1993.
Corrigan on Ossello …“Nick is an athlete first right now. He’s still developing in lacrosse, but he’s a terrific athlete. He was a very good football player. He’s a guy that we feel has his best lacrosse in front of him once he narrows his focus to just one sport. Most of these guys (the incoming freshmen) did play other sports and the one thing we like about it is they all are going to concentrate on just lacrosse for the first time and I think that’s going to benefit all of them and Nick in particular. ”
Kyle Runyon – Attack – Coronado, Calif./Coronado
A four-year letterwinner in lacrosse at Coronado High School … 2010 All-American … a two-time all-city and all-conference selection … captained the Coronado squad during his junior season … Coronado squad captured the 2009 state title … team achieved a national ranking in 2009 … conference champion in lacrosse … Adrenaline Showcase (2009, 2010) … Adrenaline High Rollers (2008-10) … Adrenaline Challenge (2008-10) … Sonoma Shootout participant … a four-year starter on the Coronado soccer team … was the only male at Coronado High School to play varsity in two sports during his freshman season … three-time Coronado High School Athlete of the Year … National Honor Society … class secretary … son of Dan and Sue Runyon … has two older sisters, Samantha and Rebecka … born November 23, 1992.
Corrigan on Runyon … “Kyle is kind of taking a step up from playing in California, but he has played some really good lacrosse over the past couple of years. He has a lot of versatility. He can play midfield and he can play attack. He can dodge with the ball in his stick. He can also feed and get to the goal. The thing that excites me about all of our incoming attack guys is they have versatility in their game. Kyle also has the ability to get by people. Wherever we decide to play him, that’s going to be something that’s going to help us.”
2011 NOTRE DAME MEN'S LACROSSE RECRUITS NAME POSITION HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL Logan Connolly A Davidsonville, Md./St. Mary's Will Corrigan M South Bend, Ind./St. Joseph's Conor Doyle A Towson, Md./Gilman William Gilmartin M Nesconset, N.Y./St. Anthony's/Lawrenceville School Conor Kelly G St. Davids, Pa./The Haverford School Connor McCollough M Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield Jack Near, Jr. M Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville Nick Ossello M Wheat Ridge, Colo./Wheat Ridge Kyle Runyon A Coronado, Calif./Coronado Henry Williams D/LSM Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep
Team USA Women’s Lacrosse U19 Team Prepares For First Game Against Japan In “2011 FIL Under-19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championship”
In their hands, they clutched national symbols — a toy kangaroo for Australia,
inflatable dragons for Wales, flags for everyone — and clusters of pink and white balloons.
Team USA will play their first game of the tournament Thursday at 5 p.m. local time against Japan.
Upon Lange’s declaration, the laxers released the balloons into the summer sky before a crowd of family and friends, marking an optimistic beginning to the fifth U19 world games. Twelve teams, an all-time high, are participating in the tournament, which is the first-ever FIL event to be held in Germany, a growing force in international lacrosse.
“We know that lacrosse is still globally quite small, but it’s growing faster than ever before,” FIL Women’s Director Shelley Maher told the crowd.
Streaming into the stadium, the teams sang national songs, pop hits and call-and-response cheers with their opponents. Rivalries were put on hold as the high-spirited teams took in the moment.
College Lacrosse Recruiting: BYU Men’s Lacrosse Sees Elite Summer Lacrosse Camps As “The Future For Recruiting” For MCLA Teams
“…Assistant coach Jordan Harris said he sees the elite camp as the future for recruiting…“I see the elite camp eventually becoming the most important week for us as a team,” Harris said. “We are going to end up doing 90 percent of our recruiting at the elite camp in the future. It was a big success this year.”
The BYU men’s lacrosse team won the 2011 Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Championship in May, and it hasn’t pulled the reins back since hoisting the trophy.
During each summer at BYU, the dorms, campus and fields are taken over by kids of all ages participating in EFY and sports camps. The lacrosse team recently finished four straight weeks of camps; a cubs camp for ages 7-12, two weeks of regular camp for ages 12-18 and for the first time in BYU’s lacrosse camp history, an elite camp for ages 14-18. Numbers increased by 175 youth this summer compared to last year.
Steve Naegle, who just finished his first year as an assistant coach, said he looks for several different things while at camp, especially when it comes to recruiting future players.
“I look for athleticism, stick skills and understanding the game of lacrosse,” he said. “Seeing the better players playing with each other provided a better level at the elite camp and that made it better for the guys at the other two weeks. Some of them were beginners, and there wasn’t as wide of a spread of skill level and experience level at the other weeks.”
With BYU being a club team, it doesn’t have a big budget to travel around to recruit players. These camps have been one of the best and most successful ways for the coaches to see kids and recruit them to BYU. The coaching staff created the elite camp for the athletes they were interested in to come and play in front of them. The camp also provides the youth interested in playing for BYU the opportunity to experience the BYU culture.
US Women’s U-19 Head Coach Krystin Porcella Talks About Players Best Qualities And Team’s Strategy To Winning Championship
Porcella, 35, played defense for John Carroll and Loyola and spent two years on the U.S. Developmental Team from 1996-98. Earlier this year, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Greater Baltimore Chapter of US Lacrosse. She led John Carroll to back-to-back IAAM A Conference titles in 2007 and 2008 and was the All-Metro Coach of the Year in 2008.
Before heading to Germany, Porcella shared some thoughts about the Under-19 coaching experience.
What makes a good U-19 team?
Unselfishness. Willing to work with people that you’ve never worked with before. Coming together in a short amount of time. Having a common goal and acting out that common goal.
What do you enjoy the most about coaching this team?
I love strategy. I could talk shop all day, lacrosse. That’s the neat part of this that we get to try things, we get to work things out whereas with your high school team, you’re limited on what you can do, because you don’t have athletes up and down the field like you do on a select team like this. It’s just like, “All right, let’s go out and we’re going to try this zone today in the midfield, so you shift here, you shift there.” I just love the strategy and the concepts behind it all. For me personally, that’s what I enjoy most and just being a part of something that’s going to make history. Everybody wants to be a part of that. The 2011 Under-19 United States women’s lacrosse gold medal – that’s our goal and it would be awesome to see that happen.
What is your approach to coaching this team?
I kind of take it as any other team that I coach. I try to treat the girls with as much respect as possible and I always tell them, “If you act like an adult, I will treat you like an adult. If you want me to treat you like a kid, tell me you want to be treated like a kid by your actions.” I truly believe if you empower the kids with leadership and decision making as much as possible, they’re going to embrace it even more. Most of the stuff we do, we talk it out. “Hey, you drove to the right; you should have gone to the left. Why would you make that decision and what would you do differently next time?” as opposed to “You should have gone to the right!” and just start yelling. If they can make those decisions themselves and I don’t have to be screaming across the field, we’re all going to be better off.