Monthly Archives: March 2012

MCLA Lacrosse: Latest Polls Rank Cal Poly Men’s Lacrosse #1 Followed By UC Santa Barbara, Colorado State, BYU And Chapman

The Mustangs went to Fort Collins and handed formerly top-ranked Colorado State an overtime loss, which was good enough for Cal Poly to leapfrog UC Santa Barbara (which beat the 'Stangs earlier) and snag the top spot in the polls this week. The Gauchos are at No. 2, but they have the Rams breathing down their necks (just one point back).

Western U.S. High School Lacrosse: “Lacrosse Magazine” Ranks Kent Denver Boys Lacrosse (CO) #1 Followed By Torrey Pines (CA), St. Ignatius Prep (CA), Palos Verdes (CA), And Mercer Island (WA)

1. Kent Denver (Colo.), 3-0 The Sun Devils are off to a quick start with three consecutive victories, including an impressive 6-5 win against New Brunswick (Mass.) in three overtimes. Kent Denver doesn’t play again to April 3, against George Washington (Colo.)

2. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 6-0 The Falcons already have solid wins over Rancho Bernardo (Calif., 10-5) and Cathedral Catholic (Calif., 15-6), which are two of the stronger teams in the region. Attackman Lucas Gradinger led the way with six goals and five assists in those victories. Torrey Pines then knocked off another tough opponent, San Marcos (Calif.), 11-7, on Saturday.

3. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 7-0 The Wildcats bolstered their national standing with 7-6 victory over Dallas Jesuit, one of Texas’ top teams. JW McGovern led the way with four goals, but he got great support from his teammates. “Joe Lang and Chad Cohan round out the most productive trio at attack we’ve had at [St. Ignatius],” coach Chris Packard said. “They flat out produce. Our defense has been downright stingy.”

4. Palos Verdes (Calif.), 7-0 The Sea Kings, paced by midfielder Zack Fixen, have dominated the competition so far. Attackman Tony Romeri has also been solid, posting five goals against Palisades Charter (Calif.). The Sea Kings also added a strong 20-6 victory over rival Mira Costa on March 23.

5. Mercer Island (Wash.), 6-0 The Islanders look primed for another state title. Mercer Island picked up a solid victory over Oregon rivals Lake Oswego and Lincoln in the Northwest Invitational over the weekend.

6. Bellevue (Wash.), 5-0 The Wolverines had an impressive showing against some out-of-state competition. Bellevue knocked Lakeridge (Ore.), 10-6, and then Guilderland (N.Y.), 9-5. A big showdown against undefeated Issaqiah (Wash.) waits on Friday.

7. Arapahoe (Colo.) 5-0 The Warriors are well-equipped for a deep playoff run. Arapahoe knocked off Chatfield (Colo) 13-1 and then put together another stellar defensive effort with a 15-2 victory over Grandview (Colo.). All eyes are focused on April 16, though, for the much-anticipated matchup with Kent Denver (Colo.)

8. Monte Vista Danville (Calif.), 5-0 The Mustangs’ defense has been solid this season, especially in 10-2 victory over Amador Valley (Calif.). Monte Vista also had recorded a 10-7 victory over De LaSalle (Calif.).

9. San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 5-1 The Wolves picked up a huge victory over De LaSalle (Calif.). Coach Peter Worstell is confident his team has continued to grow after suffering its only setback this season, a 12-7 loss to No. 3 St. Ignatius (Calif.) on March 9.

10. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 7-1 Cherry Creek knocked off Cherokee Trail (Colo.), 11-6, on Saturday. The team then packed its bags Saturday for a trip to the Baltimore-metropolitan area for three games against some of the top teams in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. Cherry Creek lost to Loyola Blakefield (Md.), 8-3, and plays Severn (Md.) School and St. Paul’s (Md.) this week.

National High School Lacrosse: “Lacrosse Magazine” Ranks Conestoga Boys Lacrosse (PA) #1 Followed By Calvert Hall (MD), Jamesville-DeWitt (NY), Deerfield Academy (MA) And Salisbury (CT)

It took only one week to get a new No. 1. Blame it on theLacrosse Magazinecover jinx. Denver, our NCAA Division I men's preseason No. 4, graced February's cover, then suffered a season-opening loss to Ohio State. A month later, Calvert Hall (Md.), featured on the magazine's March issue with U.S. U19 midfielder Stephen Kelly, was upset by Conestoga, 11-10, last Friday. As a result, Conestoga moves up two spots and is now LM's top-ranked team in the country. The Pioneers have won two straight Pennsylvania public school championships and went 25-1 last season, losing only to consensus national No. 1 Haverford School.

MCLA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Oregon Men’s Lacrosse 10-5 Win Over Washington On March 4

The Washington Huskies lacrosse team host the Oregon Ducks in a PNCLL game, not a PAC-12 game, yet.  Washington gets out to an early 2-1 lead, but the Duck’s defense shuts them down in the 2nd and 3rd quarters and the Ducks go on to win 10-5.  Check out a great helicopter  check at 3:30 in the video.

Ivy League Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Princeton Men’s Lacrosse 10-9 Win Over Yale In 5 Overtimes On March 24

Alex Capretta couldn’t remember which overtime it was. Maybe the second. Maybe the third.

All he knew is that it all wanted to be on the field and at that one moment a few OTs earlier, he wasn’t. Instead, during a few shifts way back when – who could remember? – it had been Forest Sonnenfeldt in Capretta’s spot.

“They put Forest in and I know why,” Capretta said. “But every player wants to be in there. Fortunately, I got back in.”

After it ended, he could laugh about it, and why not, it had worked out perfectly for him. And hey, after everything that had just happened, who could blame anyone if some of the details – like which overtime it had been – were a blur.

Capretta ended the longest game in the history of Princeton lacrosse and Yale lacrosse with a goal with 2:21 gone in the fifth – yes, fifth – overtime, giving the Tigers a heart-stopping 10-9 win over the Bulldogs in front of 1,057 at Reese Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Princeton had previously played three four overtime games, most recently a year ago in a 5-4 win over Brown. Yale had played one four overtime game in its history.

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Loyola Men’s Lacrosse 13-5 Win Over UMBC On March 24


MCLA Lacrosse: #4 Cal Poly Men’s Lacrosse Defeats #1 Colorado State 9-8 In Overtime On March 23 In “Entertaining And Physical Game”

The campus of Colorado State University was abuzz on Friday night as #4 Cal Poly came calling to take on the #1 CSU Rams. In one of the more entertaining and physical games in several years, the two teams traded runs and battled to the end before Cal Poly finally came out on top with a game-winning goal by midfielder Peter Chiang with just :15 seconds left in the first overtime period to take a hard fought 9-8 victory over the home squad.

 The defeat spoiled CSU’s 9-0 start to the season and a huge on-campus crowd, not to mention marking the Rams’ first home loss since April 11, 2010.

After CSU raced out to a 5-1 halftime lead, Cal Poly scratched their way back in the game in the third quarter, scoring four straight goals to set up an epic fourth quarter and overtime session.  The Rams scored two goals in under 10 seconds to jump back out to a 7-5 lead with 10:22 remaining, but another key run by Poly put the Mustangs in front 8-7 with 4:36 remaining.  CSU’s Greyson Konkel (Regis Jesuit HS / Aurora, CO) tied the game with only :36 left to send the game to overtime to set up Chiang’s theatrics.

Colorado State won the opening face-off of the overtime period and had a terrific chance on the ensuing break, but Cal Poly’s Bo Dunnaho-Kirsch was up to the task and turned the shot aside.  CSU was unable to capitalize on the ensuing opportunity but held serve on the defensive end to regain possession.  After a frantic couple of minutes, CSU eventually turned the ball over on a clear and Chiang took advantage by beating his man down the right alley and ending the game with a snappy shot on the run.

Ultimately, the Rams were undone by 19 turnovers, including three in the overtime period alone and three in Cal Poly’s key third quarter comeback.  While the Rams won all statistical categories, including face-offs, shots and groundballs, they were unable to capitalize down the stretch and Poly gained momentum as the second half wore on.  The Mustangs relied on a relentless offensive attack and spread scoring, not to mention a very solid second-half defensive performance to secure the victory.

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