Monthly Archives: September 2011

MCLA Lacrosse: Utah State Men’s Lacrosse Returns To Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC) With First-Year Coach John Atwood And A Talented Team


“We’ve got freshmen here who are First-Team All-State from all around the country,” Atwood said. “We’ve got All-Americans at Utah State who have transferred from other schools.”

When John Atwood took over as Utah State men’s lacrosse coach in January, he gutted the program. The former player and his assistants scrambled to field a team and find success similar to what Atwood had in his nine years coaching at Sky View High School.

“They brought us in to a team that was not going to exist unless they hired a new coach,” Atwood said. “Long story short, we threw that team together in about three weeks.”

In the process, the team had to disassociate with the university. The team played eight scrimmages last year, but, with the chaos of the coaching change, the Aggies had to drop out of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference.

“We didn’t want our players to lose eligibility because we weren’t in a conference,” Atwood said.

Eight months later, Atwood is settled in and looking ahead to the future of Aggie lacrosse. He built Sky View lacrosse from the ground up, leading the Bobcats to a Division II state championship during his time with the team, and now Aggie lacrosse is back in the RMLC.

Atwood said he’s rebuilding the program with a relatively small budget, compared to other schools in the state. The Aggies have raised their dues, but it’s still just a small pittance to play the game they love. Atwood said it’s all a numbers game.

“If you play lacrosse at the University of Utah, it is $2,500,” said Atwood.  “If you play for BYU, it’s $3,000, but they’re national champions, so they can do that.”

With those amounts, USU’s dues of $1,050 per player is just a drop in the bucket. The necessary increase has caused a drop in team members.

“Our numbers are down because we’re trying to change the paradigm of Utah State lacrosse, or at least Utah State students who are lacrosse players,” Atwood said.

For more:  http://www.usustatesman.com/talented-players-stack-usu-men-s-lacrosse-team-1.2642428

NCAA Lacrosse: VMI Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Brian Anken Talks About Second Week Of Fall Practice (Video)


A chat with VMI head lacrosse coach Brian Anken during the teams second week of fall practice.

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: Boston University Women’s Lacrosse Jr. Goalie Kim Elsworth Wears Microphone At Practice (Video)


Boston University Women’s Lacrosse Jr. Goalie Kim Elsworth wore a mic at practice. Check out the chatter and get inside her helmet!

Growth Of NCAA Lacrosse: Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon Shared Men’s Lacrosse Coach John Paul’s Vision That Lacrosse Was “Sport Of The Future”


“…There was no question that from the minute I met JP he was on a mission and had a passion for getting his program to the DI level. But truthfully, as much as I admire and appreciate that, that isn’t going to carry the day. What carried the day was the analysis. Some of that was included in his proposition, but some of that was just work that we went off and did to really get a sense for where is this sport in terms of the youth market, where is it in terms of high schools, where is it regionally, geographically, where is it on television…”

Lacrosse has a fan in Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon, who decided to add men's and women's lacrosse to the Wolverines' varsity lineup. "Lacrosse's trend lines in every way we could measure were impressive," Brandon told LMO.

Dave Brandon, who was named Michigan’s athletic director in January 2010, believes. His more than optimistic outlook on the future of lacrosse oozed with nearly every word he spoke when he sat down Tuesday for a Q&A in his Ann Arbor office.

“There is this big boom that’s going to be out there related to this sport,” Brandon said among other responses, as students and cars passed outside his window, overlooking the corner of busy State Street and East Hoover Avenue.

The fact that Brandon has become enamored with the actual game of lacrosse is not unique – people are turned onto the game seemingly every day. But the fact Brandon, first and foremost a businessman with no previous ties or roots to lacrosse, saw enough potential in the game to add two varsity sports in a tough economic climate is somewhat historic.

He is the former CEO of Domino’s Pizza and once made an appearance as a judge on the “The Apprentice,” sitting on the same side of the board room table as Donald Trump. Brandon is also a former Michigan football player who took a pay cut to take over as the university’s AD and wasn’t going to make the commitment to add two sports without knowing for sure it was worthwhile and sustainable.

Paul met with Brandon within days of Brandon’s arrival on campus, and Paul presented a 20-page document titled, “University of Michigan Men’s Lacrosse: NCAA Division I Varsity Proposal.” Afterward, Brandon further researched trends, demographics and growth potential of the sport. He concluded lacrosse was “a sport of the future.”

In May, after a group dubbed the “Project Lacrosse Founders Club” raised between $5-6 million in five months to start up the programs, Brandon held a press conference and announced the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse to Michigan’s varsity lineup, giving the school 29 varsity teams.

For more:  http://laxmagazine.com/college_men/DI/2010-11/news/092911_michigan_ad_brandon_lacrosse_a_sport_of_the_future

NCAA Lacrosse: Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Announces Fall Schedule Featuring Providence, Concordia, St. Joseph’s And Towson On Oct 2, 8


Sunday, Oct 2

sport event location time coverage
M Lacrosse vs Providence Ann Arbor, Mich. 1:30 PM ET  
M Lacrosse vs Concordia Wis Ann Arbor, Mich. 5:30 PM ET  
Saturday, Oct 8
sport event location time coverage
M Lacrosse vs St Josephs LI Philadelphia, Pa. 9:30 AM ET  
M Lacrosse vs Towson Philadelphia, Pa. 12:30 PM ET

National High School Boys Lacrosse: ESPN Ranks “Top 25 Attack” Including #7 Brendan Gaughan (La Costa Canyon, CA); Western States Include California (3) And Oregon


Top 25 Attackers

1. Case Matheis, Darien (Darien, Conn.), Duke
Matheis made ESPNHS All-American second team for his play this past spring. The future Blue Devil has been arguably one of the top lacrosse players in the country the past two seasons. Matheis was named MSG Varsity Tri-State Player of the Year that includes Long Island and Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The two-time All-American is the all-time assists leader at Darien.

2. Patrick Kelly, Calvert Hall (Baltimore, Md.), North Carolina
Kelly, who tallied 79 points last season, made ESPNHS Second Team All-American. The rising senior represented Baltimore at the Under Armour Underclassmen games. Kelly earned First Team All-State honors by the MSCLA, a poll voted on by lacrosse coaches in Maryland and was chosen First-Team All-Met by the Baltimore Sun.

3. Mikey Morris, Salisbury (Salisbury, Conn.), Johns Hopkins
Morris hails from the box style of lacrosse in Canada. The crafty and quick attackman has a great swim move and low to high shot on goal. Morris only played eleven games this past spring for Salisbury due to a knee injury, though he managed to score 20 goals and tallied 14 assists.

4. Devin Dwyer, Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.), Harvard
Dwyer was named ESPNHS Second Team All-American after having superb junior season for Garden City. The rising senior has been a two-time US Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-American, and a three-time Academic All Nassau County. Dwyer, who played for the Long Island underclass team at the Under Armour games, is always around the cage looking to execute a quick shot.

5. James Pannell, Smithtown West (Smithtown, N.Y.), Virginia
Pannell had an amazing junior season for Smithtown West, scoring 50 goals and adding 25 assists. Pannell was a New York Newsday First-Team All Long Island and earned All-County honors as a sophomore and freshman. Pannell represented Long Island at the 2011 Under Armour underclass games.

6. Connor Frisina, Conestoga, (Berwyn, Pa.), Delaware
The junior posted 56 goals and 25 assists to lead a potent Pioneer attack and was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American. Frisina played a big part in Conestoga’s early season victory over Baltimore powerhouse, Boys’ Latin. The rising senior is always moving around the crease or to set up a play. Frisina was named All-Attack by PhillyLacrosse.com and earned All-EPSLA and Central League First Team honors.

7. Brendan Gaughan, La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.), Michigan
Gaughan is big, strong attackman and has helped put West Coast lacrosse on the map. The future Wolverine earned a slew of honors in 2011: ESPNHS All-American, All-CIF, All-Conference, California Gold All Star ’10 and ’11. Last season Gaughan scored 79 Points on 48 goals and 31 assists. For his career he has 160 Points (100 Goals, 60 Assists).

8. Gordie Koerber, Gilman, (Baltimore, Md.), Denver
Kroeber has been on the ESPNHS radar ever since summer ball last year. The Gilman rising senior had a four goal game and was named FOX45’s Prep Player of the Week for his performance in Gilman’s MIAA Championship win. The Warrior 40 alumnus has a quick shot on goal and he is always around the cage. Koerber scored 31 goals and had seven assists last season.

9. Seamus Connelly, Duxbury (Duxbury, Mass.), Duke
Connelly had a productive 2011 season for Duxbury and throughout the summer. The rising senior had 55 points (35 goals, 20 assists) for the 2011 State Champions. Connelly was named King of the Hill All-Star this summer and was invited to tryout for Team USA.

10. Sean McDonagh, St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.), Harvard
McDonagh had a stellar season for the Friars, tallying 75 total points on 45 goals and 30 assists — leading the team in both categories. The rising senior has a great crease game and a pinpoint shot on goal. McDonagh was named Warrior 40 MVP and played on the Long Island Under Armour Team this past summer.

The Next 15

11. Tyler Brooke, Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.), Maryland
12. Conor Dalton, Loyola-Blakefield (Towson, Md.), Fairfield
13. Michael Rastivo, Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.), undecided
14. Liam Giblin, Georgetown Prep (Bethesda, Md.), Johns Hopkins
15. Kylor Bellistri, Bullis School (Potomac, Md.), Brown
16. Ryan Brown, Calvert Hall (Baltimore, Md.), Johns Hopkins
17. Sean Doyle, Torrey Pines (Torrey Pines, Calif.), Cornell
18. Sean Conners, Deerfield (Deerfield, Mass.), Princeton
19. Michael Marcott, Lincoln (Portland, Ore.), Denver
20. Brendan Smith, West Islip (West Islip, N.Y.), Marquette
21. Ryan Ambler, Abington (Abington, Pa.), Princeton
22. Grant Consoletti, Oak Park (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Navy
23. Brendan Francis, Ponte Vedra (Ponte Vedra, Fla.), Navy
24. Johnny Galloway, Middletown (Middletown, Md.), Villanova
25. Al Barnhart, Blake School (Minneapolis, Minn.), undecided

For more:  http://espn.go.com/high-school/lacrosse/story/_/id/7026094/espnhs-top-25-attack

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlight Promo For Upcoming 2012 Men’s Lacrosse Season