Daily Archives: September 20, 2012

NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Middie Hannah Farr Profiled In Lacrosse Magazine

Hannah Farr is the first athlete in Stanford history to play both soccer and lacrosse. In 2012, she started every lacrosse game as a freshman, scored 20 goals and was a first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation player. On the soccer team, Farr was a reserve midfielder who played in six games in 2011 for the NCAA champion Cardinal.

Cardinal sophomore midfielder Hannah Farr has played in each of Stanford’s seven women’s soccer games this fall. She will return to the lacrosse team in the spring. “I only focus on one season at a time, so I have never felt overwhelmed,” Farr said. Photo by Gani Pinero

When Stanford women’s lacrosse player Hannah Farr goes after ground balls, you can tell she plays soccer too. She’s a small, shifty midfielder who appreciates the value of unsettled opportunities.

“In soccer, 50-50 balls are everything. Whoever wins the disputed balls usually controls more possession and in general, has more control of the game.” Farr said. “One of my strengths in lacrosse is winning 50-50 ground balls and just being scrappy.”

This fall, Stanford is 6-1-1 heading into its Pac-12 opener on Sunday against Arizona State. Farr has played in all seven games thus far as a reserve, registering one point.

“I really love switching back and forth from one sport to the other, because it keeps things fresh and exciting,” she said. “I’ve done it my whole life and play both to make me better.”

Farr started playing soccer as a young girl growing up in Northern California and picked up lacrosse in fifth grade. Her early lacrosse instruction came from her older brother Jack during mini-stick games they played in the backyard of their Bay Area home.

“We have a perfectly placed and surprisingly cushiony bed of ivy along the grass that I remember getting decked into countless times,” she said.

At St. Ignatius (Calif.) Prep, Farr rose through ranks in soccer and lacrosse and became a legitimate NCAA Division I prospect in both sports. Soccer commitments sometimes meant missing lacrosse games, and lacrosse kept her from participating in the Olympic Development Program in soccer, usually a key step for players with college ambitions.

But Stanford lacrosse coach Amy Bokker, who played lacrosse and field hockey at William & Mary, saw in Farr a rare quality to juggle two sports at the highest level.

“Students always ask if they can do two. It depends on the person,” Bokker said. “When I met Hannah, there wasn’t a doubt in my mind that she’d be able to succeed at both.”

Stanford women’s soccer coach Paul Ratcliffe also agreed to let Farr double down. It did not hurt that she had a 4.3 grade point average in high school. Though undeclared in her major, Farr is interested in economics, Spanish and a future profession in sports reporting. She has the highest GPA among Cardinal lacrosse players.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_women/DI/2012-13/news/092012_double_down_farr_plays_lacrosse_and_soccer_at_stanford

NCAA Lacrosse: Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse Offense Searches For “Dodgers Who Can Score” And “Break The Defense Down”

With fall ball at Syracuse University unfolding, there have been some sharp criticisms of the Orange.

First, there was former Johns Hopkins goalie and ESPN analyst Quint Kessenich, who wrote in an online fall ball piece for the magazine:

“Will Syracuse step up after a 9-8 campaign? The Orange appear to have lost their edge.”

And then former Orange player Paul Carcaterra (1994-97), another ESPN analyst who  took apart the Syracuse offense in the magazine’s October issue.

“The Orange defense will be rock solid and give the offense chances to win games. Dodgers who can score are the biggest concerns,” said Carcaterra

“Syracuse is in desperate need of offensive players who can break a defense down,” said Carcaterra. “The Orange defense will be rock solid and give the offense chances to win games. Dodgers who can score are the biggest concerns.”

Syracuse ranked 33rd nationally last season in shot percentage and 23rd in scoring offense. Jo Jo Marasco led all Syracuse midfielders in 2012 with 12 goals, but he may move back to his natural position of attack.

For more: http://blog.syracuse.com/sports/2012/09/orange_lacrosse_losing_its_edg.html

Lacrosse Movies: “Crooked Arrows” To Be Released On DVD And BLURAY On Oct 23

CROOKED ARROWS, America’s first mainstream lacrosse movie, is coming to DVD and BLURAY on OCTOBER 23rd!

“2012 US Lacrosse Stars & Stripes” Event Features Team USA Women’s Lacrosse, Canada, England And Australia At Stanford University On Oct 3-7

US Lacrosse today announced the full schedule for the 2012 US Lacrosse Stars & Stripes event, featuring the U.S. women’s national team, to be held Oct. 3-7 in Palo Alto, Calif., on the campus of Stanford University and nearby Burlingame High School (Burlingame, Calif.). This marks the first time the event, now in its seventh year, has been held in the state of California.