Monthly Archives: November 2011

NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Women’s Lacrosse Coach Liza Kelly Announces Captains For 2012 Season


Seniors Melissa Maier (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Laura Connors (Manhasset, N.Y.) and Ashley Harman (Boyertown, Pa.), along with redshirt junior Kara Secora (Denver, Colo.) will serve as captains of the 2012 University of Denver women's lacrosse team, fourth-year head coach Liza Kelly announced today.

“I am excited to see this foursome lead us into the 2012 season,” Kelly said. “They all bring different personalities to the role of captain, which will both complement and push one another to reach their potential as team leaders.”

Maier stared all 16 games last season, recording 16 points on 13 goals and three assists. In her career, Maier has played 54 games with 47 starts.

“Maier is one of the hardest working players that I have ever coached,” Kelly said. “She is constantly striving to be her best both on and off the field.  You can’t help but want to work harder with Melissa next to you.”

Connors has played 20 career games, including 15 last season, and collected nine groundballs.

“Laura is a natural leader with the ability to change a game or practice with her voice and actions,” Kelly said. “She is always there for her teammates both on and off the field, and she is the heart of this team.”

A two-time selection to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Second Team, Harman is third on DU’s goalie record book in all-time goals against average with 10.11 per game.

“Ashley is the type of leader that is willing to be brutally honest with her teammates,” Kelly said. “She is passionate about Denver Lacrosse and is determined to make this team reach its potential.”

Secora has been voted All-MPSF First Team in each of the past two seasons. The midfielder ranked seventh in the nation in assists and 11th in points last season.  

“Kara has led us on the offensive end for the past two seasons,” Kelly said. “She is an incredibly smart player, who works hard to make everyone else around her better.”

The Pioneers return 17 players, including nine starters, from the 2011 squad that finished second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season. All-MPSF selections Secora, Kate Henrich (Lansdale, Pa.), Alex Befus (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Harman, Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) and Lauren Ciccomascolo (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) return to this year’s lineup.

NCAA Lacrosse: CBS College Sports Network Profiles Georgetown Men’s Lacrosse Senior Attacker Craig Dowd (Video)


This is a feature produced for CBS College Sports Network about Georgetown lacrosse star Craig Dowd.

NCAA Lacrosse: San Diego State Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Kylee White Talks About The “First-Ever” Aztec Varsity Lacrosse Team (Video)


San Diego State Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Kylee White talks about the upcoming innaugural 2012 season.

NCAA Lacrosse: Marquette Men’s Lacrosse Assistant Coach Stephen Brundage Brings “Aggressive Offense” And Professional Lacrosse Experience To First-Year Program


Brundage graduated from the University of Loyola-Maryland where he finished his college career with 88 career goals and 143 career points, twice claiming team MVP honors. He went on to play professionally for the Chicago Machine of Major League Lacrosse before beginning his coaching career at Drexel University.

Stephen Brundage, who was hired in May as Marquette’s top assistant lacrosse coach, said spreading the game he loved playing is part of the reason that he, coach John Orsen and head coach Joe Amplo came to Milwaukee.

Assistant Coach Steve Brundage is a former Major League Lacrosse team member of the Chicago Machine and has helped to create an aggressive offensive vibe for the Golden Eagles. Photo courtesy of Marquette Athletics

Brundage grew up in Camillus, N.Y., a western suburb of Syracuse, and said Syracuse’s host of legendary lacrosse players served as heroes and icons to him as a youth.

“A lot of the players from my high school, specifically that went on to play collegiately, never left Syracuse and would come back during the summers to coach,” Brundage said. “When I was six or seven years old I would have John Zulberti and Charlie Lockwood, some of the all-time greats at Syracuse coaching me, and they’re the ones who really taught me how to play the game.”

“I think my status as a former professional player gives me an immediate amount of respect in the eyes of our players, especially the ones that don’t know me,” Brundage said. “We’re obviously trying to teach our kids the fundamentals and Xs and Os of lacrosse, but the ultimate goal is to teach them to compete at the highest level, which is where my experience as a professional helps.”

Amplo, who coached against Brundage’s Loyola-Maryland teams several times, said he had witnessed Brundage’s development into what he called one of the most respected young coaches in the sport.

“He brings a good blue-collar mentality and work ethic, and he believes in the same values I believe in,” Amplo said. “I really like his offensive philosophies as he really brings creativity that is going to serve us well, and he has a great ability to teach the fundamentals of the game.”

Orsen, who played collegiately under Amplo at Hofstra University, said Brundage has a different style than most offensive lacrosse coaches at the Division I level.

“Stephen (Brundage) runs a less conventional style of offense that I think is really tough to defend,” Orsen said. “It’s tricky with a lot of pick and rolls, and it’s a lot like basketball. He’s trying to integrate it as much as possible into our field play.”

Brundage said he, along with Amplo and Orsen, has been busy conducting clinics in Chicago and at Marquette to help develop future prospects and continue to spread the sport.

“We’re doing as much as we can to try to stretch the game, and I think the biggest way to do that is to coach it at the lowest level and get other coaches on board,” Brundage said. “I think that once that happens, better coaches will develop better players, and we will be able to recruit from the state of Wisconsin, which is obviously the ultimate goal.”

For more:  http://marquettetribune.org/2011/11/29/sports/marquette-mens-lacrosse-stephen-brundage-brings-creativity-to-the-golden-eagle-offense/

NCAA Lacrosse: Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse Announces Signing Of Seven Players From States Including Pennsylvania (2), California, Colorado, Connecticut, Virginia And Washington


Before the first draw, ground ball and goal of her debut season at California, Ginger Miles inked her inaugural recruiting class, the first-year head coach announced Monday. Seven new Golden Bears – including a high school All-American, a member of the ESPN RISE’s Watch List and the sister of a current Cal player – will join the program next fall.

“We are happy to announce seven new additions to our Golden Bear family,” Miles said. “This group of student-athletes has a proven track record both on the field and off. Their dedication and work ethic will make them tremendous additions to our locker room. Athletically, they will make a significant impact on the future of the program at every position. I am confident this group will continue the tradition of academic excellence as they all bring with them the drive, character and determination it takes to be successful at a place like Cal.”

Signees Nicole Beck and Michele DeVincent both hail from Pennsylvania – Beck from Horsham and DeVincent from Maple Glen – and play for the same club team – Ultimate Goal. A prolific scorer who plays in attack and midfield, Beck collected 153 goals in her first three seasons at Hatboro-Horsham High School. She earned national notoriety as a junior last spring, when she appeared on ESPN RISE’s Watch List, and also claimed U.S. Lacrosse High School All-Academic Team honors this season. A defender for Upper Dublin High School, DeVincent earned third-team All-Suburban One American Conference honors after her team won its fourth consecutive league title and reached the Pennsylvania state tournament for the first time.

Another attack/midfield player, Molly Coates earned a 2011 U.S. Lacrosse High School All-America honorable mention for her play for the Kent Denver High School team. From Greenwood, Colo., Coates, like Beck, also plays high school field hockey.

Brynn Gasparino, an attack/midfield from Darien, Conn., is the sister of Cal sophomore midfield Paige Gasparino. The younger Gasparino earned All-FCIAC first-team and all-state honors for her play with the Darien High School team. Gasparino was also a member of Darien’s swimming and diving team her first two years in high school.

A goalkeeper from Mercer Island, Wash., Helen Hansen led her Culver (Ind.) Academy team to the Indiana state championship in 2011. She also plays golf and basketball in high school and currently serves as the varsity golf captain at the Culver Academy.

Taylor James is a San Francisco Bay Area native from Alamo, Calif. She scored 64 goals as a junior midfield on Monte Vista High School’s 2010-11 team. James plays for the BearLax club and next year will join fellow BearLax products Amelia Burke, Ana Cyr, Hayley Olson and Teresa Lion the Cal squad.

Lizz Lavie, from Alexandria, Va., claimed academic All-America honors last year for St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, whose team has won the last five state titles. Lavie, an attack, has also played four years of varsity soccer.

Cal opens the 2012 season with a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Feb. 19 at Saint Mary’s in nearby Moraga, Calif.

2011 Cal Lacrosse Recruits

Nicole Beck
Position: Attack/Midfield
Hometown: Horsham, Pa.
High School: Hatboro-Horsham High School
Club: Ultimate Goal

Molly Coates
Position: Attack/Midfield
Hometown: Greenwood Village, Colo.
High School: Kent Denver High School
Club: Team 180

Michele DeVincent
Position: Defender
Hometown: Maple Glen, Pa.
High School: Upper Dublin High School
Club: Ultimate Goal

Brynn Gasparino
Position: Attack/Midfield
Hometown: Darien, Conn.
High School: Darien High School
Club: Connecticut Chargers

Helen Hansen
Position: Goalkeeper
Hometown: Mercer Island, Wash.
High School: Culver (Ind.) Academy

Taylor James
Position: Midfield
Hometown: Alamo, Calif.
High School: Monte Vista High School
Club: BearLax

Lizz Lavie
Position: Attack
Hometown: Alexandria, Va.
High School: St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School
Club: Capital Lacrosse Club

For more:  http://www.calbears.com/sports/w-lacros/spec-rel/112811aac.html

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Vs Northwestern At The “2011 Play For Parkinson’s Lacrosse Series” On Oct 15-16


The Play For Parkinson’s Lacrosse Series showcased top NCAA lacrosse talent to benefit the ProjectSpark Foundation.  The Stanford and Northwestern women had a back and forth battle that had some awesome highlights!

MCLA Div II Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Marymount College Men’s Lacrosse 2011 Season