Monthly Archives: August 2011

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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Concussions In Lacrosse: “Impact Indicator” Microsensor Technology Imbedded In Helmet Chinstrap Monitors “Force And Duration” Of Hits To Determine Likelihood Of Head Injuries (Video)

The Impact Indicator is microsensor technology and intelligent software embedded in a chinstrap. The Indicator measures the force and duration of a hit, and instantly signals a level of any hit over 240 HIC’s (Head Injury Criterion) by illuminating a red LED light on the front of the Indicator, easily visible by coaches, trainers, officials, and other players. The Head Injury Criterion (HIC) is a measure of the likelihood of head injury arising from an impact. It is the same criterion used in Automobile Safety Testing and by the U.S. Military. The Head Injury Criterion was established by the Bioengineering Center at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, the same bioengineering program behind ESPN’s Sports Science.

The Impact Indicator is…

• Sophisticated microsensor and intelligent software technology
• Tested to the highest standards in leading sports laboratories
• Calculated to the industry’s most accepted standard of impact
• A reliable way to monitor every hit in every game and every practice
• Invaluable in a day of shrinking trainer and coaching staffs
• Comfortable to wear and easy to use

The Impact Indicator is not…

• A monitor for anything but possible head injuries
• A medical device that diagnoses concussions
• A substitute for qualified medical evaluation
• Protection against the possibility of concussion

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Lacrosse Movies: Behind The Scenes With “Crooked Arrows” Principal Actors (Video)

“Crooked Arrows” principal actors introduce themselves and who they play in the movie. Behind the scenes footage from on the set since shooting began at the beginning of August (’11).

NCAA Lacrosse: Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Featured In “2011-12 Online Viewbook”



NCAA Div III Lacrosse: DePauw University (Indiana) Adds Men’s And Women’s Lacrosse As Varsity Sports For 2012-13 Season

Lacrosse will be added as a men’s and women’s varsity sport at DePauw University effective with the 2012-13 academic year, President Brian W. Casey announced today.

DePauw students have been playing club lacrosse, and will continue to do so through the coming academic year. The addition of lacrosse as a varsity sport is made possible by a generous gift of one million dollars from trustee Steve Trulaske ’79, and by leadership gifts from James K. Baker ’53 and Joe and Nancy Hollingsworth ’71 & ’72. Their gifts will fund start-up costs and the initial operational expenses of the two teams.

“Interest in lacrosse has been increasing among our students for some time, and we’re also hearing from more prospective students who are interested in participating in the sport at the varsity level in college,” notes Page Cotton, director of athletics at DePauw. “Also, lacrosse is a popular sport in our new conference (DePauw joins the North Coast Athletic Conference) with six colleges offering men’s lacrosse and seven fielding women’s lacrosse teams.”

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