Monthly Archives: May 2012

Western High School Girls Lacrosse: Latest “Lacrosse Magazine” Rankings Features #1 La Costa Canyon Girls Lacrosse (CA) Followed By Air Academy (CO), Coronado (CA), Carondelet (CA) And Cherry Creek (CO)

1. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 21-1 The Mavericks ran away from Poway (Calif.), 11-6, to win their fifth San Diego Section Division I championship. Bridget Grubb and Kiki Gibson each scored four goals for La Costa Canyon, whose only loss was to Coronado (Calif.), 10-5, on March 13. The Mavericks avenged that loss by beating the Islanders, 8-7, and finished the season with a 20-game winning streak.

2. Air Academy (Colo.), 19-2 The third-seeded Kadets upset top-seeded Cherry Creek (Colo.), 14-8 to win the Colorado girls lacrosse state championship for the second time in four years. Erin Todd led the way with six goals, and finished the season with 79.

3. Coronado (Calif.), 19-2 The top-seeded Islanders beat Canyon Crest (Calif.), 15-3, for their second consecutive San Diego Section Division II championship. Coronado’s Caroline Carlson led all scorers with four goals and two assists.

4. Carondelet (Calif.), 21-2 The Cougars won the NCS Division I championship with a 21-12 victory over Amador Valley (Calif.). Cali Castagnola led Carondelet with four goals, including three in a three-minute span in the first half, and added two assists.

5. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 17-2 The two-time defending champions fell short with a 14-8 loss to Air Academy (Colo.) in the state finals. Anya Gersoff finished with three goals and three assists and Bryn Bandt-Law also scored three goals. Cherry Creek has appeared in every championship game since the sport was sanctioned in 1998.

6. Kent Denver (Colo.), 15-3 The Sun Devils had their season end in the state semifinals with a heart-breaking 13-12 loss to eventual champion Air Academy (Colo.). It was the second consecutive year Kent Denver lost to Air Academy by a goal in the semifinals. Lucy Mower and Catherine Ellisled led the Sun Devils with three goals each.

7. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 18-2 The Griffins beat Palos Verdes (Calif.), 19-9, to capture their fourth consecutive US Lacrosse Southern Section championship. Keaton Otake scored four goals, while Jenny Lange added three.

8. Centaurus (Colo.), 13-5 The Warriors lost to Cherry Creek (Colo.) in the state semifinals for the second consecutive season. Emma Lazaroff had six goals and two assists in the 25-15 loss and she finished with 137 on the season.

9. Menlo School (Calif.), 18-4 The Knights extended their winning streak to 13 games and won their fourth consecutive West Bay Athletic League title with a 21-6 victory over Burlingame (Calif.). Michaela Michael led all scorers with seven goals and one assist. She finished her career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with more than 400 career points.

10. Marin Catholic (Calif.) 22-3 The Wildcats won the NCS Division II title with a 16-10 victory over Miramonte (Calif.) after falling short in the championship last season. Tory Salmon led Marin Catholic with five goals and K.C. Hill finished with four goals and three assists.

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Win Over Air Force In Fifth-Annual “Showdown In The Shoe” On April 21

The Buckeyes defeated Air Force in the fifth-annual Showdown in the Shoe April 21, 2012 in Ohio Stadium.

Lacrosse In The Community: “Lacrosse The Nations” Featured At 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Final Four Weekend (Video)

Former NCAA Lacrosse star Greg Bice tells us about his involvement with Lacrosse the Nations at the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Final Four Weekend in Boston.

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Loyola Men’s Lacrosse (18-1) NCAA National Championship Win Over Maryland On May 28

The Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team defeated the University of Maryland 9-3 to earn the school’s first Division I Championship. The Hounds finished the season 18-1 and captured the trophy at Gillette Field in Foxborough, MA.

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse 2012 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship

Highlights of Northwestern lacrosse’s 2012 NCAA Championship win over Syracuse in Stony Brook, NY.  This video is copyrighted material property of Northwestern Athletics and

2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships: Loyola Men’s Lacrosse Dominates Maryland 9-3 To Win School’s First National Title (Video)

The Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team checked off a lot of firsts throughout the 2012 season, and the Greyhounds capped their magical season with another on Memorial Day at Gillette Stadium.

Loyola won its first-ever NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship and the first national title in the school’s Division I history. The Greyhounds set a record for fewest goals allowed in an NCAA Championship Game, defeating the University of Maryland, 9-3.

“I thought Saturday was a pretty cool day for the Greyhounds. But, today is special,” said Charley Toomeywho became the first coach to win an NCAA title in his first trip to the NCAA Semifinals. “When I look at my locker room, I’m just so proud of them. They’ve handled every situation with dignity and class this year. Coming back on short preparation to play a tough Maryland team, a physical Maryland team, they responded in a big way to give Loyola our first National Championship.”

Eric Lusby was named the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player after scoring four goals in the title game and setting a tournament record with 17 in four games. He also ends his season with a school-season record 54 goals, surpassing teammate Mike Sawyerwho set the record two games ago and finished the year with 52.

Four Greyhounds joined Lusby on the All-Tournament Team: Josh Hawkins, Joe Fletcher, Scott Ratliff and Jack Runkel.

2012 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships: Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Syracuse 8-6 To Win Seventh National Title

A determined and driven Northwestern women’s lacrosse team accomplished its ultimate goal and extended one of the most incredible dynasties in the history of college athletics, defeating No. 4 Syracuse, 8-6, Sunday night in Stony Brook to capture the program’s seventh national championship in the last eight years. Northwestern’s seven NCAA championships rank second all-time behind only the 10 won by Maryland between 1986 and 2010. The Wildcats received a go-ahead goal from Tewaaraton Award finalist Taylor Thorntonto break a 6-6 tie with 9:55 remaining and protected its lead down the stretch, wrapping up a 21-2 championship season. “To have such a great weekend and have executed our game plan and done so well all over the field, I’m just really proud of what these girls have done,” said head coach and architect of the NU program Kelly Amonte Hiller, who has now been part of nine NCAA championships in her playing and coaching career. “As a coach, you can try to encourage and inspire, but it’s the girls that do it on the field, and they were determined and they were really on a mission.”

California High School Lacrosse: La Costa Canyon Boys Lacrosse Defeats Torrey Pines 8-7 On May 26 To Win 2012 CIF-San Diego Championship (Video)

The Torrey Pines falcons led by Cornell bound Sean Doyle and Maryland bound Lucas Gradinger look for redemption against the La Costa Canyon Maveriks. The Maveriks under the leadership of head coach Jesse Foss have taken down the Falcons twice this season with the last meeting ending in triple overtime.

2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships: Loyola Men’s Lacrosse Tops Notre Dame 7-5 To Advance To Finals Against Maryland On May 28 (Video)

Eric Lusby scored five goals, and Jack Runkelmade a career-high 15 saves for Loyola University Maryland, and the No. 1 seeded Greyhounds defeated the Unviersity of Notre Dame, 7-5, on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Lacrosse Semifinals.

The win moved the Greyhounds (17-1 overall) to a date in Monday’s NCAA Championship Game where it will play the winner of Duke University and the University of Maryland. Monday will be Loyola’s second all-time NCAA Championship Game appearance, joining the 1990 team as Greyhound squads to make the title match. Monday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN.

“We’re excited about the opportunity,” Head Coach Charley Toomeysaid. “We’ll go back to work tonight. We just kept going week-to-week (this season) with (good) work ethic, with that same philosophy that we’re going to take care of each other.”

Lusby scored twice in the first quarter, once in the second and then tallied both Loyola goals in the third period. He also assisted on a Davis Butts goal in the second to finish with six points. He raised his season total to 50 goals, tying himself for second on Loyola’s single-season goals scored record, one behind teammate Mike Sawyer.

Sawyer and Lusby became the first pair of Loyola teammates to score 50 goals in a season.

Injuries In Lacrosse: US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenerson Calls For Rules And Penalties To Halt Violent Collisions In Men’s Lacrosse

“Lacrosse was never intended to be football with sticks, yet violent collisions of similar force regularly occur on the lacrosse field due to bigger, stronger, faster players…coaches who encourage big hits…and officials who either don’t feel empowered or refuse to enforce current rules,”

High-speed collisions in men’s lacrosse have put players and the sport’s reputation at risk, US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen wrote in a blog on this week.

“Lacrosse was never intended to be football with sticks, yet violent collisions of similar force regularly occur on the lacrosse field due to bigger, stronger, faster players…coaches who encourage big hits…and officials who either don’t feel empowered or refuse to enforce current rules,” Stenersen wrote.

The blog was posted Sunday at 8:22 p.m., shortly after an ugly episode in the NCAA quarterfinals which resulted in Notre Dame attackman Ryan Foley being carted off the field on a stretcher following what appeared to be an illegal hit to the head delivered by Virginia defenseman Scott McWilliams. Foley scored on the play to put the Irish up 9-8 in the fourth quarter of an eventual 12-10 victory in Chester, Pa. No penalty was assessed.

Foley, who issued a thumbs-up and waved to the crowd as he was wheeled off the field, flew back to South Bend with the rest of Notre Dame’s players. The team said Sunday night that he was “doing fine.”

Stenersen has been the chief executive of US Lacrosse, the sport’s national governing body, since its 1998 inception. He also proposed several rule changes to combat the trend of violent collisions in the men’s game. The full blog post appears below.

The Time Has Come to Remove Violent Collision from Men’s Lacrosse

“The issue of high speed collision in boys’ and men’s lacrosse is an immediate concern with respect to rule evolution and enforcement. Lacrosse was never intended to be football with sticks, yet violent collisions of similar force regularly occur on the lacrosse field due to bigger, stronger, faster players…coaches who encourage big hits…and officials who either don’t feel empowered or refuse to enforce current rules.

“I’d like to see rule changes proposed that severely penalize hits to unprotected/defenseless players. For instance, in a loose ball situation, I believe we should consider eliminating the opportunity for a player who has no intention of playing the ball from running full speed into another player who is playing the ball. This may be viewed as blasphemous to some who relish the violent component of the game, but even the NFL has embraced similar rules because of growing concerns about player safety.

“The minimum penalties associated with existing rules focused on player safety simply aren’t sufficient to change player behavior; allowing an official the latitude to call a 1, 2 or 3-minute penalty for a rule violation involving player safety rarely results in a 2 or 3-minute penalty. I’d like to see the minimum penalty for unnecessary roughness, illegal body checks, and contact to an opponent’s head increased from 1 minute to 2 minutes, and expulsion should be an acceptable call for each of these infractions if they’re viewed as sufficiently violent. I’m not sure why some coaches don’t seem to appreciate that a 1-minute penalty is not a fair punishment for an infraction that results in the loss of a player to injury…nor is it a sufficient deterrent to the violent behavior in the first place.

“One final thought…US Lacrosse recently reduced the distance from a loose ball within which legal body contact can be made from 5 yards to 3 yards as part of our national youth rules. The intent was to reduce the momentum and resulting intensity of collision between players that could lead to injury. Because adult players can accelerate at a much faster rate and carry frames that easily weigh twice as much as U15 players, this rule is completely transferrable to the high school and college levels, as well.

“Coaches, officials and fans who support violent collision as an essential part of the game don’t fully appreciate the potential for serious injury, particularly with respect to the long term effects of concussion, for both the player being hit and the player who initiates contact. Player safety, not tradition, must be the primary focus of proactive efforts to evolve the rules of the game. If we don’t accept this important responsibility, the game’s violent reputation will surely impede its continued growth.”

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