Monthly Archives: June 2012

High School Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of West Islip Boys Lacrosse 12-7 Win Over Ithaca To Win 2012 New York Class A State Lacrosse Championship, Their Fifth In Seven Years

MCLA Lacrosse: Cal State Fullerton Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Kyle Morrison Resigns; Titans Accepting Applications From Prospective Coaches

California State University-Fullerton Men’s Lacrosse is regretfully announcing the resignation of Head Coach Kyle Morrison and Assistant Coach Mike Ansel. Both coaches have been crucial to the recent success on and off the field along with growth of the CSUF Men’s Lacrosse program at the CSU Fullerton.

Morrison joined CSUF Lacrosse in 2010 as an assistant coach, but took over the Head Coach responsibilities shortly thereafter. In addition to handling a majority of the organizational and administrative aspects of running a MCLA team, Morrison brought defensive minded leadership to the Titans. While Morrison was on staff, the Titans have gone 41-17 since 2010, winning the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference Championship twice and making appearances at the National Tournament in 2010 and 2011.

In a statement by Coach Morrison, “My resignation has nothing to do with any specific individuals or events on the team as I think it’s solely time for me to pursue other Lacrosse related interests.”

The second coaching change comes with the resignation of Assistant Coach and Offensive Coordinator Mike Ansel. Mike played for three years at the CSU Fullerton and was a member of the CSUF Lacrosse team for the 2009, 2010, and 2011 seasons, serving as team captain his junior and Senior seasons. He was a recent graduate of CSU Fullerton and joined the coaching staff at the end of his playing career in 2012.

California State University – Fullerton will immediately begin taking applications for prospective Head Coaches, please send resumes to:

We would also like to give a huge thank you to both of our departing coaches. Your instruction, team management, and knowledge of the game helped grow our program to where it is today. Thank you for everything and we wish you the very best in your future endeavors.

“Lacrosse Magazine” Releases Final High School Boys Lacrosse Rankings Featuring #1 Garden City (NY) Followed By Calvert Hall (MD), Gonzaga (DC), Bridgewater-Raritan (NJ) And West Islip (NY); #16 La Costa Canyon Is Top Team In West

The season’s last online poll of the season has arrived. The top-25 won’t officially be written in stone until August — be sure to check out that month’s issue of Lacrosse Magazine — but we’re close. Our pollsters — our five regional correspondents — have voted. La Costa Canyon (Calif.) (+7): Given a chance to put the season in perspective, our pollsters rewarded La Costa Canyon, even though the Mavericks last played on May 26. Their only loss of the season came April 13 against St. Anthony’s (N.Y.).

1. Garden City (N.Y.) 22-0 1
2. Calvert Hall (Md.) 16-2 2
3. Gonzaga (D.C.) 20-1 3
4. Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) 21-0 5
5. West Islip (N.Y.) 22-1 6
6. Haverford School (Pa.) 21-2 7
7. Conestoga (Pa.) 23-3 8
8. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 16-3 9
9. Chaminade (N.Y.) 16-2 10
10. Duxbury (Mass.) 23-2 12
11. Ithaca (N.Y.) 18-2 15
12. Fairport (N.Y.) 20-1 4
13. Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 18-5 11
14. Loyola Blakefield (Md.) 16-4 14
15. Irondequoit (N.Y.) 19-3 NR
16. La Costa Canyon (Calif.) 22-1 23
17. Niskayuna (N.Y.) 20-2 13
18. Gilman (Md.) 12-4 18
19. Landon School (Md.) 13-6 22
20. La Salle College (Pa.) 20-5 16
21. Culver Military Academy (Ind.) 18-3 25
22. St. Andrew’s (Fla.) 23-2 21
23. Salisbury School (Conn.) 12-1 17
24. Arapahoe (Colo.) 19-0 24
25. Darien (Conn.) 20-2 19

Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws (5-2) Defeat Rochester Rattlers 16-12 On June 18; Tied For Second At Halfway Point Of The Season (Video)

Led by six goals and two assists from attackman Brendan Mundorf, the Denver Outlaws earned their second straight win with a 16-12 victory over the Rochester Rattlers in front of a season-high 8,044 fans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday night.

Mundorf, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, scored three of his goals in the first half as Denver built a 9-6 lead en route to the victory. His 8 points tied him for third for the most points scored in a single game in Outlaws history.

The Outlaws took a quick 2-0 lead in the opening two minutes of the game on back-to-back goals from Mundorf and defenseman Matt Bocklet. But, the Rattlers answered with a pair of goals from Tom Montelli and Joel White to tie the game at 2-2 with 5:57 left in the first quarter.

High School Boys Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Delbarton Boys Lacrosse 8-7 Overtime Win To Capture New Jersey Group A State Championship

Delbarton and Don Bosco met in the Group A NJSIAA championship.  It was an incredible game that featured Delbarton trying to make a 4 goal comeback with 3 minutes to go.

High School Boys Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Connestoga Boys Lacrosse 10-7 Win Over La Salle On June 9 To Win Third Consecutive Pennsylvania State Championship

On a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon at Hershey Park Stadium, the senior class once again led the way in Conestoga’s 10-7 win over La Salle, the No. 1 seed from District 12, to give the Pioneers their third consecutive PIAA State Championship.
The win caps a remarkable four-year run in which Conestoga (23-3) went 96-8, swept four District 1 titles and advanced to four straight PIAA title games, winning three, in their tenure. Their only postseason blemish was a loss to La Salle in the 2009 championship game.

History Of Lacrosse: ESPN Interview Of Dave Stout Of The Onondaga Nation (Video)

Dave Stout grew up on the Onondaga Nation and is living there still with his family. He played high school lacrosse as an attackman at New York state powerhouse Lafayette and is now a member of the Onondaga Redhawks. He supplied the photos of his son Brody accompanying this post, illustrating how much lacrosse means to his people.

ESPN associate producer Bryan Rourke spent time with the Onondaga, learning about their culture and the roots to the game of lacrosse.

Can you explain the passion for lacrosse and its history within the Onondaga Reservation? The game is older than the country. They say it goes back 900 years, maybe more. What is certain is the Native Americans in the Great Lakes and Upstate New York Regions invented lacrosse. It began as massive gatherings involving 100 to 1,000 men playing one game over several days with goals spread as far as two miles apart. But the ceremony known as Dehuntshigwa’es (To Bump Hips) was less a substitute for war than a way to honor the Creator. When an Iroquois dies, the first thing he does after crossing over is grab the stick laid in his coffin.

Were they open to the idea of ESPN’s cameras filming their culture? The Onondaga Nation community was very welcoming and accommodating to the ESPN crew during our two days of filming. Oren Lyons, Tadodaho Sid Hill & Neal Powless, all former Onondaga lacrosse greats and current community leaders, spent countless hours teaching us the historic meaning of the game, while also enriching us about the Onondaga culture and beliefs.

What was your personal experience being on the reservation and seeing a different way of life? When the decision was made to move forward with this project, I made it my goal to learn the Onondaga culture first-hand. I wanted to interact with the community face-to-face and spend time watching the game being taught and played amongst generations. Seeing the game thru their eyes became a priority. Over the span of three months, I made four trips to the Reservation — making friends, listening to countless stories and ultimately learning that lacrosse to the Onondaga is just not a sport, it’s a ceremony, a ritual, a medicine, a way of life.

What made ESPN want to honor the game’s origins now? We thought it was interesting how lacrosse has really started to grow over the last few years —  with television coverage and youth participation to name a few —  and it is actually the oldest sport in America. It is engrained in Native American history and an integral part of the Onondaga culture and spirit. The fact that there have been so many players to come out of the Onandagan reservation made it more compelling — despite the fact there are no players in this weekend’s championship.

The voices in the feature sounds full of wisdom, how was it interacting with them? It was an honor to work with former Syracuse greats, Oren Lyons and Tadodaho Sid Hill. As strong figures within the Native American community, both have a presence and aura about them. Each is soft spoken and selective with his words. Their knowledge and insight is powerful. They’ve seen the game evolve before their eyes, as technology and equipment have changed. Gone are the days of wooden sticks and deer-skin balls but both say one thing will always remain unchanged: “The Onondaga’s spirit runs through it.”

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