Monthly Archives: February 2012

MCLA Lacrosse: UCLA Men’s Lacrosse Featured In “Dawn Patrol” As Part Of MCLA “We’re Everywhere” Video Campaign

The MCLA’s video campaign “We’re Everywhere” continues with the latest installment featuring UCLA in “Dawn Patrol”

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Preview Of #1 Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Vs Syracuse Game On March 4

The Orange and Cavaliers always play close games. In fact the last five matchups have been decided by a total of six goals, with two of those games being decided in Overtime. This weekend the two teams will renew their stories rivalry in Charlottesville. Virginia comes into the game led by the reigning Tewaaraton Trophy winner in senior attackman Steele Stanwick and as the #1 ranked team in the country, making UVA the favorite in the contest. To compound the issue the Orange lost many senior leaders in the offseason, but CitrusTV’s Chip Angeles spoke to SU players, who said to throw out the ranking whenever these two teams faceoff.

NCAA Lacrosse: #1 Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Uses “Tough, Nonconference Road Game” Schedule To Build Championship Teams

 “…the No. 1 Northwestern women’s lacrosse team, nonconference play is an opportunity to challenge the best teams. The Wildcats will play No. 12 Syracuse on Wednesday, their third straight matchup against a top-15 team, all of which have been on the road…”

In college sports, the nonconference schedule is often an opportunity for big schools to prey on weaker opponents (we’re looking at you, S.E.C. football). 

 Although there is no doubt that NU will be a major player come tournament time, the team’s early season schedule has taught the lacrosse world one thing – the Wildcats are hungry for another title. It may be hard to imagine that NU is supremely motivated for another championship with the school having won six of the last seven. The Wildcats hoisting the national championship trophy has become almost as common as Billy Crystal hosting the Oscars. But the now-seniors who did not get to win a championship in each of their four years when they lost in 2010 are playing a ferocious game in 2012. First, the Wildcats traveled to No. 6 Stanford to play the Cardinal, just a week after taking on the United States and England national squads in Florida. Not even Andrew Luck could have saved the Cardinal that day. NU hammered Stanford 18-6, snapping the team’s 22-game home winning streak, a stretch that dated back to 2009.

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National League Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of The Washington Stealth’s 15-7 Victory Over Minnesota Swarm On Feb 24

The Washington Stealth played host to the Minnesota Swarm on February 24 at the Comcast Arena at Everett. The Swarm won 15-7 thanks to a seven-goal run in the second quarter.

MCLA Lacrosse: Latest Poll Ranks Colorado State #1 Followed By Cal Poly, BYU, Chapman And Boston College

Cal Poly probably would have jumped into the top spot, but Colorado State’s weekend in Oregon – where they beat both Simon Fraser and No. 4 Chapman – allowed the Rams to take the marquee position, followed by the Mustangs. Arizona State managed to stay in the Top 10 despite their loss to Texas, while the Longhorns climbed into the No. 8 slot.



NCAA Lacrosse: Photos From Denver Men’s Lacrosse Game Against Michigan On Feb 25

Denver Men's Lacrosse Middie Chase Carraro shoots against Michigan in the 12th Annual DU Face-Off Classic On Feb 25-26. Photo by Tracy Ostrofsky

Photo by Tracy Ostrofsky

Photo by Tracy Ostrofsky

Photo by Tracy Ostrofsky

Women’s Lacrosse: The “40th Anniversary Of Title IX” Has Seen A Tenfold Increase In Girls Playing High School Sports With “Preventable Overuse Injuries” Increasing With Sports Specialization

Despite persistent warnings from orthopedic surgeons and trainers, young athletes bent on specialization continue to suffer from preventable overuse injuries, like stress fractures and stress reactions, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. “More than 50 percent of what we see in sports medicine are overuse injuries, which are entirely preventable,” said Dr. Joel Brenner, chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness.

Since the advent of Title IX, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, the number of girls playing high school sports has grown

more than tenfold, from 294,000 in 1971 to nearly 3.2 million last year.

But this welcome transformation has come at a serious cost for many female athletes. Title IX has inflicted significant collateral damage, including increased health risks for the players, a drop in the number of women coaches, and increased exposure to sexual abuse.

Like their male counterparts, girls have started to specialize early in their careers, working on just one sport year-round, often as a way to capture the attention of college coaches. With more scholarship money available than ever, girls feel pressured to specialize at a young age in the hopes of winning a spot on an elite team or gaining an edge in the increasingly competitive college admissions game. Of special concern for girls is damage to their anterior cruciate ligament, or A.C.L., the tiny muscle in the knee that connects the two halves of the leg. Female athletes are four or five times more likely than male athletes to have A.C.L tears, says Dr. William Levine, the director of sports medicine at Columbia University and the head physician for its varsity teams.

As Dr. Levine explains, once girls begin to menstruate, they become more “quadricep-dependent” than males, and that thick slug of muscle in the middle of the thigh then works against the A.C.L., sometimes causing tears. “Female athletes jump and land in a more erect posture, which puts increased stress on their A.C.L,” he says.

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