Monthly Archives: July 2012

Western Club Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of 2012 Adrenaline Lacrosse Showcase And Recruiting Event

NCAA Lacrosse: Head Coach Bill Tierney And Players Review 2012 Denver Men’s Lacrosse Season (Video)

A look back at the 2012 Men’s Lacrosse season, including perspectives from Head Coach Bill Tierney, junior midfielder Chase Carraro, sophomore Drew Babb and junior attackman Eric Law.

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of 2012 Denver Women’s Lacrosse Season

A brief video montage of highlights from the 2012 Denver Women’s Lacrosse season.

Western Club Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Alcatraz Outlaws Vs Virginia Select At “2012 King Of Hill” Tournament

Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws (8-3) Defeat Boston Cannons 17-13 On July 19 To Pull Within A Half-Game Of First PLace

Attackman Brendan Mundorf scored three goals and added four assists as the Denver Outlaws edged the Boston Cannons at Harvard Stadium to pull within a half game of first place Thursday. Jesse Schwartzman, who was named the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, anchored the team’s defense with 17 saves. Mundorf, Jordan McBride and Drew Snider all netted hat tricks for the Outlaws (8-3).

Attackman Chris Bocklet put Denver on the board in the first five minutes of the game before Cannons attackman Matt Poskay answered 16 seconds later with an unassisted goal, his first of two on the night — including his 200th career goal.

After a slow start, Mundorf gave the Outlaws their second lead of the night with two minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Cannons (6-5) answered again, this time with an unassisted goal by attackman Ari Sussman, who also netted a hat trick, with less than a minute remaining in the quarter.

Midfielder Pat Heim saw his third goal of the season early in the second quarter to give the Cannons their first and only lead of the night. The Outlaws scored three straight goals including two from McBride and two from attackman Jeremy Sieverts, one of which was a 2-point marker.

Ryan Boyle scored for the Cannons two minutes into the second half to close the margin by one goal.

Both teams exchanged goals in the third quarter; each team scoring five goals. Drew Snider and Peet Poillon both tallied two goals while Brendan Mundorf completed a hat trick for the Outlaws.

U.S. Men’s U19 Lacrosse Defeats Canada 10-8 To Win 2012 FIL U19 Championship On July 21

The U.S. Men’s U19 Lacrosse team now self-admits it was being selfish on offense, uncommunicative on defense and not up to par between the lines, turned around its fortunes after a pair of pool play losses to the Iroquois Nationals and Canada earlier in the tournament.

Team USA avenged each of those defeats – the first two for any U.S. U19 team since sanctioned U19 international competition began – in the medal rounds, downing the Iroquois in the semifinals, followed by a 10-8 win over Canada in front of a capacity crowd of 1,200 on Saturday.

“It was quite an effort,” Team USA coach Tim Flynn said. “We had a little phrase after the game, ‘From the outhouse to the penthouse.’ They became a family off the field. They learned how to play well together. They really put everything together in the last two games.”

Like it did in the semifinal win Thursday, the U.S. dominated the middle of the field in the championship, winning 17 of 22 faceoffs as a team. Charlie Raffa won 10 and Tyler Barbarich seven while attackman Matt Kavanagh, named tournament MVP after finishing the competition with 19 goals and 15 assists (4.85 points per game), scored two goals and had two assists in the final. The defense held Canada scoreless during the second quarter, in which the U.S. scored four times to go ahead 6-2 while winning 7 of 8 draws.

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College Lacrosse Recruiting: “Maximizing Prospect Communication With College Coaches” By Tom Kovic Of Victory Collegiate Consulting

Maximizing Prospect Communication with College Coaches

By Tom Kovic
Effective communication can be a critical component in the final choice in the college search for high school athletes. That being the case, prospects should try to cultivate this skill early on in an effort to demonstrate their willingness to be an equal partner in the coach-prospect relationship. If your mission is clear, the manner in which you communicate becomes the vehicle that will move your college search plan forward in your chosen direction. On the other hand, ill-prepared communication can cause confusion and misdirection. Your ship moves, but with a weak rudder.
The manner in which you present yourself will directly reflect who you are and trust me…It will be picked up early on and regularly by college coaches and good recruiters. Realizing you have the ability and obligation to be proactive in your recruiting effort gives you the chance to register regularly and in good form, on the radar of the college coaches. It provides you the opportunity to help set the tone and the direction of what will hopefully become a productive prospect-coach relationship.
Develop and maintain a regular awareness and understanding of NCAA contact rules. For example, July 1 was the first opportunity for most college coaches to initiate phone and off-campus face to face contact with rising senior prospects, but growing an understanding that you may call or e-mail a coach at any time, with rare exceptions is critical. The important point here is to practice “persistence with respect” when communicating with coaches. This will give you a better chance in grabbing their attention.between prospects and college coaches
Many prospects get the jitters even thinking about speaking with college coaches and trust me…You’re not alone. College coaches are grounded, down to earth and caring men and women who want you to find the right college match. That aside, they can be brutally honest at times and deliver information you might not want to hear. “Honesty” is the recruiting mantra for a good college coach.
Remind yourself regularly that you “own the results of every action you execute in the recruiting process and practice communicating like you would practice anything else in your life that matters. You will never be perfectly prepared to meet and speak with coaches, but you want to always lean in a “prepared direction.” If you falter or stumble when communicating with coaches, simply find your way back to center. Coaches aren’t concerned about the hiccups; they want to see how you recover.
Remember, when college coaches evaluate, they use 3 simple factors to size up a prospect: Academic strength, athletic ability and depth of character. The character component is a grey area coaches like to navigate. Coaches are gut thinkers that want to know who you are on the inside. This will be easily revealed to them by the manner in which you communicate and present yourself.
If there is a proverbial “red flag” with communication, it would be prospects who reach out to coaches with no real agenda. Coaches are looking for information that will drive your chances to remain in the “A” recruiting file. Whether it is news about improved scores on your ACT exam, or results from a select tournament, give the coaches something that has “grip” and you will improve your chances in boosting your ranking on the recruiting chart.
I use the term “striking a balance in communication” to help develop awareness in prospects and families that effective communication with college coaches is important for two reasons. First, by offering well thought out information that is pertinent to the college search, the prospect sends a clear message to college coaches that a he is well prepared. Second, coaches value time management, and considering the hundreds of potential prospects they work with at any given time; coaches appreciate and remember the proactive effort prospects offer on their end.
The college recruiting process is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. It should be an effort that is tactical, well planned and aimed at cultivating sincere relationships with the college coaches. Prospects who embrace effective communication as an important tool in their recruiting arsenal will give themselves the greatest chance in becoming an integral part of the final decision.