Monthly Archives: June 2012

NCAA Lacrosse: Impact Of Western And Canadian Lacrosse Players Has Increased Number Of Men’s Teams Competing For National Championship

“…this post-Stanwick/Canadian box inspired two-man era, teams just don’t necessarily need a premier Rabil-like midfielder, or a Powell-like attackman to draw slides and generate offense. Now, it’s all picking, re-picking, screening and big-little games from behind…”

Obviously, the spread of lacrosse has made more quality players available for more teams. And it’s not just raw athletes still trying to learn the sport. Slick-sticked offensive studs like Baum, Loyola’s Mike Sawyer (Waxhaw, N.C.), Hopkins’ Lee Coppersmith (Boca Raton, Fla.), Virginia’s Rob Emery (San Francisco, Calif.), Cornell’s Roy Lang (Mill Valley, Calif.) and North Carolina’s Thomas Wood (Dallas), all made an impact this season. And coaches continued to outsource various offensive duties to Canadians with alarming regularity.

Not only is there more talent, particularly offensive talent, to go around for more programs. Offensive sets have become smarter and more efficient and not as reliant on unique kinds of players.

In the early parts of the century, scoring goals in the post-season meant having premier athletes who could always run by their guy. Because those types of players are rare and generally easily identifiable in high school, they usually end up playing for a couple programs with history or warm weather or both. That’s why the Tewaaraton winner was almost always an offensive stud who just led his team to the championship. Ned Crotty, Mike Leveille, Kyle Harrison, Mike Powell and Matt Ward all fit the mold.

So a team like Denver can put the rest of the country on notice with a heavy dose of box influenced pick-and-rolls. Or Maryland– who relied on those grinding two-man games that could make paint dry — reached the final despite not having much of a bonafide offensive star. Loyola won the title when its two best offensive players, Eric Lusby and Sawyer, were of the planted-feet, catch-and-shoot variety.

The media-friendly “parity” meme has been hashed and re-hashed. Usually there hasn’t been much to pin it on other than some early-season upsets or a rogue school making some playoff noise. Whether Loyola’s win was just be a right mix of lock-down defensive midfielders, veteran leadership, and some slingers on offense, or the ushering in of a new era remains to be seen.

But as the nation’s talent base grows and early recruiting makes it even harder to identify who the best kids are; and as offenses continue to find ways to score settled goals without “Rabil-esque” midfielders, winning will likely be even harder to contain to the upstate New York, ACC or Homewood sightlines.

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Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws (4-2) Defeat Ohio Machine 16-8 On June 9

Attackman Brendan Mundorfscored all three of his goals in the first half and added three assists as the Denver Outlaws (4-2) used a strong first half effort to snap a two-game losing streak with a 16-8 Major League Lacrosse victory over the Ohio Machine at Selby Stadium on Saturday evening. While the Machine snapped a two-game losing streak, the Machine lost its second straight game. Led by a goal and an assist from Mundorf, the Outlaws sprinted out to a 6-0 lead in the first 17 minutes of the game. With 11:56 left in the first half, attackman Chazz Woodson snapped the Machine’s drought by scoring an unassisted goal, but the Outlaws answered by scoring four straight goals to extend the advantage to 11-1. With 50 seconds left in the second quarter, defenseman Kyle Hartzell scored an unassisted marker to trim the Machine’s deficit to 11-2.

Ivy League Lacrosse: Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Chris Wojcik Reviews 2012 Season (Video)

Head coach Chris Wojcik recaps the 2012 Harvard men’s lacrosse season.

NCAA Lacrosse: 2012 Oregon Women’s Lacrosse Highlights (Video)

Team USA Lacrosse: U.S. Men’s National Lacrosse Team Faces Team Canada In “Duel In Denver” On Sept 8

US Lacrosse announced that the U.S. Men’s National Team will take on Team Canada in a Sept. 8, 2012, exhibition game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., featuring the top two lacrosse teams in the world. The game will take place at 7 p.m. Mountain time.

The “Duel in Denver” is a rematch of the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship gold-medal game, in which Team USA defeated Canada, 12-10, in Manchester, England, and it serves as a prelude to the 2014 FIL World Championships, which will be hosted by US Lacrosse in Denver. The U.S. and Canada have met in the championship game of the last four FIL World Championships.
“This game is a great opportunity for the people of Denver to experience the excitement of international lacrosse, as the two best teams in the world face off against each other for the first time outside of a world championship in nearly 25 years,” said Bill Schoonmaker, chief operating officer of US Lacrosse. “We will be launching our ticket sales for the 2014 FIL World Championship in conjunction with this game.”
The event will feature many of the top U.S. and Canadian players from the 2010 FIL World Championship and will also serve as a launch point for the selection of the training team that will eventually comprise the 2014 U.S. men’s national team. The game will be the first for the U.S. national team program under the direction of new head coach Richie Meade.

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NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Loyola Men’s Lacrosse 2012 NCAA Lacrosse National Championship Win Over Maryland On May 28

The Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team completed their 2012 season 18-1 and won their first ever national championship. The Greyhounds defeated the Maryland Terrapins in the Championship game 9-3 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA

MCLA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse 2012 MCLA National Championship Win Over Cal Poly On May 19

The game action was great when Colorado State and Cal Poly met at the MCLA Championship game at Sirrine field in Greenville, South Carolina. Both teams were coming off of big wins as Cal Poly knocked off Arizona State and Colorado beat 2012 MCLA Champions BYU.

“Lacrosse Magazine June 2012” Issue Features Midfielders, Title IX Legislation, And Duke-Virginia Lacrosse Rivalry

COVER STORY: Portrait of a Throwback:  On today’s lacrosse field midfielders often gravitate – or are confined – to one end. You play offense or you play defense. You face off or you grab a long pole to play the wing. But before you declare the two-way, 60-minute midfielder extinct, consider the 2012 U.S. Under-19 men’s national team. By Joel Censer and Corey McLaughlin. Title IX 40th Anniversary:  It has been 40 years since President Richard Nixon signed into law Title IX – the gender equity legislation that has since been a boon to women’s athletics. LM gathered reflections from women across generations. By Clare Lochary. All-Access in Durham: Start slow, finish strong. It has become a rite of spring for Duke and a staple of John Danowski-coached teams. But the 2012 journey was unlike any other. After barely beating Marist, a trip to Charlottesville to face ACC rival and No. 1 Virginia loomed. In one of the sport’s great anomalies, the Blue Devils had won 11 of the last 12 games against Virginia. Would they make it 12 of 13? LM spent three days in Durham embedded with the team to find out. By Matt Forman. There & Back Again: Gina Oliver’s unlikely journey as a lacrosse player took her from Pottstown to Prague. After calling it quits, she settled in as a college coach in Pittsburgh. Now she’s on a comeback trail she hopes will take her north of the border with Team USA in 2013. “The typical lacrosse player comes from middle or upper middle class and has it pretty good,” said Sue Stimmel, who coached Oliver at Ohio State. “Gina is not your typical lacrosse players.” By Clare Lochary. Vision Quest: Michael Crawford wanted his Hampton University classmates to fall in love with the sport he had known since childhood. It turned out to be a his dying wish. Thanks to a bereaved mother who never took no for an answer – and with a helping hand from US Lacrosse – it came together in historic fashion. By Paul White. Your Edge: Learn how to bust up fast breaks with Maryland defender Iliana Sanza and how to start them with Notre Dame goalie and clearing extraordinaire John Kemp. The Scoop: Joe Spallina’s two-a-days as coach of the Stony Brook women and Major League Lacrosse’s Long Island Lizards, aerospace with Michigan’s Trevor Yealy and John Grant Jr.’s kingdom.

2012 US Lacrosse Girls U-15 West Regional Championships: Semi-Finals Feature Nor Cal Elite Green (CA) Vs Triple Threat (CA) And Generation Next (CA) Vs Desert Heat Black (AZ) On June 3

Nor Cal Elite Green beat the Pacific Falcons White, 16-2, during Saturday’s quarterfinal-round play of the eight-team US Lacrosse Girls’ U15 West Regional Championship.

Nor Cal Elite Green’s victory Saturday was its fourth convincing win, and they’re headed on a collision course with Orange County’s (Calif.) Generation Next, a 15-3 win over Arizona’s Desert Heat Orange Saturday and also convincing winners of four games.

Should the two clubs meet in Sunday’s title match, they’ll have to get past a pair of solid squads in the early-morning semifinals.

Nor Cal Elite Green will face Triple Threat (a 14-5 winner over NOR*CAL) and Generation Next will face Arizona’s Desert Heat Black (a 12-9 winner over Northern California’s Coast to Coast) in Sunday’s semis.

Nor Cal Elite Green’s Sophia Donovan netted three goals and had two assists in Saturday’s win and Barry Catriona also netted three goals.

“This is pretty much what we expected,” Murphy said. “We just want to get to Orlando. Everybody wants to get to Orlando and win the West here. Tomorrow should be tough.”

Orlando is short for the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship July 24-26 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. As many as 32 of the nation’s best U15 teams will converge there to determine the national champion. The semifinalists have earned automatic invitations to Orlando. Sunday will determine how much of a registration discount they’ll get should they accept.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Colgate Men’s Lacrosse Attacker Peter Baum (Portland, OR) Wins 2012 Tewaaraton Award; First Winner From West Of The Mississippi

Colgate Men’s Lacrosse Attacker Peter Baum — born and raised in Portland — became the first winner from west of the Mississippi River and the first in Colgate history. His victory capped a suspenseful lead-up to Thursday’s announcement, as there was no clear-cut favorite entering the evening. The Selection Committee traditionally placed significant emphasis on postseason performance — before Baum, each of the last 10 winners played on Memorial Day — but 2012 had a different feel. But Baum was certainly deserving of the award. Three other finalists said Thursday they would select Baum if they had a vote. Baum led the nation in goals (67) and points (97), the latter of which was the most for a finalist since Duke’s Matt Danowski in 2007, setting seven school and Patriot League records in the process. “I certainly didn’t foresee a 97-point season,” Baum said before the ceremony. “I never like to put goal and point total estimates or expectations out there before the season. I never like to predict how I’m going to do. But I definitely felt good coming into the year.” Baum seemed genuinely shocked when his name was announced, dropping his head into his hands for a few seconds before standing and walking to the stage. Later, Baum said: “I’m speechless. This is unbelievable. Everybody has a great shot at the award. With five finalists, you feel like you’ve put a good resume together, but you have no idea how it’s going to go. To be standing here in front of all these people, the Godfathers of the sport if you will, means so much. I’m so proud.”

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