Monthly Archives: April 2012

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Latest USILA Poll Ranks UMass Men’s Lacrosse #1 Followed By Notre Dame, Loyola, Duke And North Carolina


College Athletics Recruiting: “Identifying Important Areas of the NCAA Manual” By Tom Kovic

College Athletics Recruiting: Identifying Important Areas of the NCAA Manual

By Tom Kovic

The NCAA Manual is the “go to” resource for prospects and families as they begin to build their education base in the college search. Between the Division 1, 2 and 3 manuals there is well over 1500 pages of helpful information!

The aim of this article is to direct you toward these resources and help you simplify your search and wrap your arms around recruiting terms, rules and procedures you will encounter as you navigate your personal college quest.

First, let’s search for a copy of the manual!

Go to Click the “resources” tab. Under “Resources,” Click either the Division 1, 2 or 3 manual links. From there you can either order a hard copy of the manual or download a free Pdf version.

If you haven’t done so already, create a college folder on your laptop and create subfolder and label it “NCAA.” Save the manuals to your folder for easy access in the future.

The manual is loaded with tremendous information, but to be very honest with you, there is only a fraction of information parents and athletes should comb through. When you break it down, only 3 chapters or “Articles” in the manual are absolutely necessary to understand and utilize.

Article 13 Recruiting

This is a very important chapter that will provide you with the nuts and bolts of how recruiting works and the limitations and time-lines college coaches and families are bound. Below is a list of sub-articles I suggest you place your attention:

  • Definitions and Applications
  • Contacts and Evaluations
  • Recruiting Materials
  • Campus Visits
  • Letter of Intent

You will notice in some cases multiple “revisions” of a rule or definition. Simply look carefully to the most recent date of the revision and the effective date and you will be right on target!

This chapter is a great “first read” that will begin to help shape your personal recruiting picture in your mind. Remember, the recruiting process is like learning a new language and sometimes you have to simply “jump in.” That being the case, the more you practice the more you will learn and understand.

Article 14 Eligibility: Academic and General Requirements

Boy is this ever an important chapter! Can you imagine going through the entire recruiting process, showing up to your college campus in the fall of your freshmen year and getting the news from your coach and compliance officer that you are ineligible to practice or play?

Academic eligibility is a necessary part of the college recruiting process and you want to be certain you are on track every step of the way. Whether it is scheduling the proper coursework during your high school years, registering for the NCAA Eligibility Center or taking the ACT’s you want to be sure you have your ducks in a row and hitting tangible targets! Below are important sub-articles to research:

  • Definitions
  • General Eligibility Requirements
  • Freshmen Academic Requirements
  • Transfer Regulations
  • Certification of Eligibility

This chapter is critical and it will provide you with a clearly and spelled out list of academic requirements you will be expected to meet and recruiting pitfalls you want to avoid! Remember, you can’t play the game if you don’t know the rules!

Article 15 Financial Aid

This chapter is important and it will give you a very clear and informative analysis of both need based and athletic related financial aid (scholarships). It not only defines an athletic scholarship and how they are distributed, it also clarifies maximum limits (by sport).

This is a pretty short chapter and I suggest you focus on each sub-article:

  • Definitions
  • Maximum Limits of Aid (Individual)
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Elements of Aid
  • Maximum Sports Limitations

Understanding NCAA rules and procedures is a critical component with any successful college search for athletes. The NCAA manual is a tremendous resource that is readily available. Creating a shortcut to navigate the important areas of the manual will be both time consuming and fruitful in building a well-rounded and resourceful empirical knowledge base as you prepare for college recruiting.

NCAA Lacrosse: Oregon Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Stanford 13-10 On April 29 To Capture 2012 MPSF Tournament Championship

The magical season for the University of Oregon lacrosse team keeps on getting better as they claimed the program's first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament title over Stanford, 13-10, on Sunday at Cagan Field in Stanford, Calif. With the victory, the Ducks will host a NCAA Tournament play-in match against the winner from the Patriot League, Navy, on Saturday (May 5) at 1 p.m. Stanford was the winner of seven straight MPSF Tournament titles before running into the Ducks on Sunday. Oregon is now the third team to win a MPSF Tournament title. California won the first tournament in 2004 and the Cardinal has won the rest. UO has now defeated Stanford twice in one season for the first time in program history.

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse 10-9 Overtime Win Over Loyola On April 28

The #1 Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team lost to Johns Hopkins in overtime 10-9 on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out Ridley Athletic Complex.

NCAA Lacrosse: Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Closes Out Regular Season With 8-3 Road Win Vs Fairfield On April 28


The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team closed out the regular season with an 8-3 road win over No. 13/14 Fairfield Saturday afternoon in Fairfield, Conn. The win, the Buckeyes’ fourth in a row, moves Ohio State to 8-6 on the year and the team finishes second in the ECAC with a 5-1 ledger. Ohio State and Fairfield (11-3, 4-2/3rd ECAC) will meet again at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday when they face off in the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament in Denver. No. 1 seed Loyola will take on host and No. 4 seed Denver in the other semifinal. The championship game is set for 6 p.m. ET Friday and will be televised live on ESPNU. Against Fairfield, Ohio State trailed 2-0 in the first quarter but reeled off eight-consecutive goals en route to victory. The Buckeyes shut out the Stags for a 52:35 stretch, from 7:38 of the first quarter until just three seconds remained in the game. Ohio State scored three goals in a 2:02 span to tie the game and take the lead in the first quarter. The squad added three tallies in the second quarter for a 6-2 halftime lead and extended the advantage to 8-2 early in the third quarter. The Buckeyes limited the Stags to 24 shots (six in the first half) and sophomore goalie Greg Dutton made 11 saves.


NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Upsets Duke 15-9 Behind Goalie Ryan LaPlante’s 16 Saves On April 27

Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) tied a career-high with 16 saves and Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) added a season-high seven points, including five goals, to propel No. 16 Denver to a 15-9 upset victory over No. 3/4 Duke Friday night in front of a crowd of 12,282 at the Whitman's ® Sampler ® Mile High Classic at Sports Authority Field. "I'm just really proud of our kids, they really fought tonight," DU head coach Bill Tierney said. "Last Saturday we lost a tough game, but the guys showed up Monday, practiced really hard and dug deep to get a really great win against a great Duke team. I can't thank Inside Lacrosse enough for putting on such a great event. Without them, none of this is possible." The Pioneers went up 3-0 early in the first quarter on goals from Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.), Wes Berg (Coquitlam, British Columbia) and Matthews. After taking a 5-2 lead with 5:41 left in the second quarter, the Crimson and Gold conceded two goals in a six-second span, narrowing the margin to 5-4 with 3:51 remaining before the intermission. Duke knotted the score at 5-5 with 2:17 left in the half on an unassisted goal from David Lawson, but Alex Demopoulos'(Canton, Conn.) 15th goal of the season gave Denver a 6-5 lead heading into the break. The Pioneers wasted no time regaining the momentum in the second half, scoring four goals in the first 5:05 of the third quarter.Eric Law's (Centennial, Colo.) third goal of the game with 9:55 left in the third quarter extended the lead to 10-5.

NCAA Lacrosse: #3 Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Syracuse On April 28; ESPN To Televise Top Big East Conference Game

No. 3 Notre Dame (10-1, 5-0) will play host to No. 17 Syracuse (7-6, 3-2) at 5 p.m. (ET) Saturday at Arlotta Stadium. The game is the regular-season finale for both teams. The contest is sold out. The Fighting Irish already have clinched a share of the BIG EAST regular-season title and the top seed for next week's inaugural BIG EAST Championship. It's Notre Dame's first BIG EAST title. Saturday's game will be aired on ESPNU/ESPN3. Joe Beninati will handle play-by-play duties, while Paul Carcaterra will serve as the analyst. Live stats will be available via GameTracker on The Irish will bring a nine-game win streak into Saturday's contest. Notre Dame is coming off a 10-7 win at Villanova. Notre Dame's defense ranks first nationally by allowing just 5.73 goals per game.

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Preview Of 2012 Patriot League Tournament On April 27 Featuring Colgate Men’s Lacrosse Vs Bucknell And Lehigh Vs Army

The Colgate Raiders will host the 2012 Patriot League Tournament, which features three teams ranked in the nation’s top 20. Colgate will take on fourth-seeded Bucknell, while second-seeded Lehigh takes on third-seeded Army on Friday in Hamilton, N.Y.

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: 2012 MPSF Championships Feature #1 Oregon Vs #4 Cal Berkeley And #2 Denver Vs #3 Stanford On April 27

MCLA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Cal Berkeley Men’s Lacrosse 11-10 Win Over Sonoma State On April 21

A major WCLL lacrosse game with playoff implications pits the #10 CAL Bears against the #15 Sonoma State Seawolves.  The lead changes hand several times and each team makes a run at winning the game until CAL goes ahead with just 10 seconds remaining and then hangs on to win 11-10. CAL’s midfielder Daniel Cohen scores four successive unanswered goals in the third quarter to pull CAL back from a three goal deficit to a one goal lead.   The teams will likely meet again in the first round of the WCLL playoff in two weeks.