Monthly Archives: October 2012

MCLA Lacrosse: Arizona State Men’s Lacrosse Looks “To Come Out Firing” After Coming Up Short In Final Four In Past Three Seasons

Finishing last season with a 13-6 record, the team was two wins away from a national title. Two years ago, the team graduated two of their all-time best players. Ryan Westfall and Eric Nelson were both in the top five of scorers in all NCAA during their final year. They made up for 75% of the ASU offense, and in a flash it was gone.

The ASU men’s lacrosse team came so close last year. That statement has become repetitive to the fans and members of the team.

Being the runner-up for the 2010 and 2011 seasons perfectly describes how close the team is. A loss in the semi-finals of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association against Cal Poly, was the last action the team has seen.

In the following season, Coach Chris Malone found his team sitting at a pivotal point in the season.

“We were at 7-5, and we really had to make a decision from there,” Malone says. “We came together as a team and won our next seven games.”

Malone will be making the right adjustments this season to keep the team in contention. However, there is one part of a player’s game that he can’t teach.

“You can’t coach experience,” Malone says. “We’ll be starting a new goalie this year, but the returning players have their first few years in the system and should be ready to go.”

Last year, Ben Martynec came in as a freshman and contributed one of the most balanced season statistics during the first year with the team.

“Losing those guys set the offense back a little bit,” sophomore Ben Martynec says. “We still have the best defense in the NCAA, but our offense was affected last year by their departure.”

Martynec, a midfielder, recorded 14 goals and also led the team with 14 assists over the span of last season.

Martynec hopes to continue his consistent play on the field, and expects more change in the upcoming season.

“The biggest change this year is experience,” Martynec says. “We had mostly Freshman and Sophomores playing last year, and with our growing experience we are looking to come out firing.”

For the players with experience on the team, the bittersweet taste of the previous seasons has a sour taste in their mouth.

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MCLA Div II Lacrosse: Cal State Fullerton Men’s Lacrosse Releases 2013 Schedule Featuring Westminster, St. Thomas, USC, UC San Diego And Concordia

Fullerton, Calif- The CSU Fullerton men’s Lacrosse team is releasing its 2013 schedule, being led by first-year head coach Christian Wheeler. The Titans will face 10 opponents at home and will be traveling to face another 8 opponents on the road, three of which will be during the Las Vegas Tournament on February 15th – 17th.

NCAA Lacrosse: Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Announces 2013 Schedule Featuring North Carolina, Denver, Virginia, Notre Dame And Loyola

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will host six games in Columbus and travel for seven contests in the 2013 regular season, head coach Nick Myers announced. The team, ranked 18th at the end of 2012, will take on four 2012 NCAA tournament squads and six teams that finished in the Top 20 last season. Ohio State begins the regular season vs. Detroit Feb. 9 inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Buckeyes, opening their campaign vs. the Titans for the third year in a row, are 4-0 all-time vs. Detroit, including an 11-6 victory in 2012. After a road game at Jacksonville Feb. 17 as part of the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic – the first meeting between the teams – Ohio State will return home to host Marquette Feb. 23. The game marks the first for Marquette in program history as it joins the Division I lacrosse ranks this season.

MCLA Div II Lacrosse: Cal State Fullerton Men’s Lacrosse Appoints Former UCSB Middie Christian Wheeler As Head Coach For 2012-13 Season

CSUF Men’s Lacrosse is proud to announce former UCSB Lacrosse player and former CSUF Captain Christian Wheeler as head coach for the 2012-2013 season. “I was lucky enough to play alongside Coach Wheeler last season, his Lacrosse IQ and knowledge of the game had led us to offer him the Defensive Coordinator position for the team for the 2013 season.

He has single-handedly been running our fall ball practices with efficiency and poise. It was a no-brainer for us to extend this offer to him, “says Paul Morgan, the team’s head administrator.

“As the new Head Coach of the Fullerton Titans men’s lacrosse team is a very exciting venture that I am taking very seriously.  Although this is my first experience in coaching lacrosse at the collegiate level, I am very confident in my ability to lead this team to a successful season and to continue the high level of play that Fullerton has been able to produce over the last several years.  This year’s team has a very different look than this Fullerton team had last year.  This year’s team will have to be much more team oriented and will have many players making an offensive and defensive impact in the games.  We are looking to shut teams down with our strong defense, transition with our players that have the ability to push the break, and to possess on offense and work for the best shot.  We have had a many changes to our roster from last year and are looking to a new group of players to lead this 2013 Titan team offensively, but the confidence level is still high in Fullerton as we look to have another very successful season”, said Wheeler in regards to his new position.

This year’s Fullerton men’s lacrosse team definitely has a different look than it did last year with a lot of new players looking to lead the Titans to a successful season.  The strength of this 2013 Titian team will be its defense.  Anchored by a first year starter at goalie, Trevor Wada, the Titans will have a battle-tested veteran group on the defensive end of the field.  With senior Captain and three-year starter, Paul Morgan, two-year starter and sophomore Richard Morrison who won 2nd team all-conference honors last year, second year player and Captain Austin Ray, all down at close defense, attack men will have trouble getting to the middle of the field for shots. Up top defensively, four-year starter, senior Captain LSM Kody Kareta who also won 2nd team all-conference honors last season, offensives will have a lot of experience to deal with on the offensive side of the box as the Titans are looking to keep opposing offenses frustrated.

The Offense has a lot of different names who be looking to produce goals for the Titan offense this 2013 season. Instead of relying on one or two superstar players as the Titans have done since Mike Ansel joined the team in 2008, there will be much more balance and emphasis on teamwork this season. Senior Michael Ballantyne and first year player Matt Martinez look to control the midfield for Fullerton and make a big impact on offense. The attack will be headed by second year player Joe Wheeler and third year player and Captain Gabe Alamillo.  There are also a great group of young players who are eager to prove themselves and make an immediate impact for the Fullerton Titans.  Notable freshman include midfielder Braden Goebel and close defenseman Dakota Silverberg.

Although there were some big pieces lost from last year’s team, most notably, the Cole brothers, Chris and Cameron who have decided to go in a different direction than the team; the Titans are still going into the season with the same high expectations of leading the SLC South, winning the SLC Division, and making it to the National Championships. There is a long road ahead in order to achieve those goals, but the Titans are confident in themselves that they can surprise a lot of critics during the 2013 season.

NCAA Lacrosse: “2012 Konica Minolta Big City Classic” On April 27 Features Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Vs Syracuse And Princeton Vs Cornell

Major League Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Chesapeake Bayhawks 2012 Championship Season


Lacrosse Tournaments: Wimmer Solutions Defeats Dirty Lacrosse 10-6 To Win Men’s Elite Division At 2012 Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational

Wimmer Solutions teams came from behind to win both the Master’s and Elite divisions at Kapiolani Park on Sunday, and as CEO Matt Sauri explained as he accepted the awards, the teams had a little extra motivation.

Each year, Wimmer pledges to donate to non-profits if they win the tournament. This year, the recipients are Boys and Girls Club of King County, Washington, Sticks to Schools, the Team Jesse Foundation, Lacrosse the Nations and the Paul Rabil Foundation. Additionally, college savings programs will be set up for two youth players in Maine, who Wimmer player Malcolm Chase coaches, to help with their education as their father has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

While addressing his team the night before the championship games, Sauri said, “We can count on the talent in this room to make it happen. With this as motivation we can win.”

In a repeat of last year’s main event, the Elite team faced Dirty Lacrosse in the championship. After a U.S. Marine Corps marching band and color guard played the Star Spangled Banner, the on-field battle began. Dirty struck first, but Rob Pannell answered with two goals to give Wimmer a 2-1 lead. Mark Matthews scored three in the first half and Kevin Crowley added another as Dirty took a 5-4 lead into the break.

After a Tahitian Hula halftime show, it was all Wimmer in the third quarter as goalie Brett Queener held Dirty to just one goal and got the crowd into the game. Terry Kimener’s goal from MLL two-point range opened the fourth quarter, Pannell added a man-up goal and Drew Snider scored his second of the game to put Wimmer on top, 10-6. Dirty Lax threatened late in the fourth with three straight goals, but Max Seibald landed a huge check and picked up the ground ball as Wimmer ran down the clock to be crowned champions for another year.

In the Masters championship game, Wimmer was tied 4-4 with Tri City Canada at the break and fell behind early in the second half. But three goals in the final minutes led Wimmer to the title, 9-6.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Navy Men’s Lacrosse Fall Ball Scrimmage Against Harvard

Harvard traveled up to West Point, New York to take on Army in a fall scrimmage. After a tough season last year Harvard looked to improve while Army looked to prepare for a big season. Both teams showed depth and great preparation for the coming season.

Lacrosse Scholarships: “Harlem Lacrosse And Leadership” (HLL) Players Have Received 11 Lacrosse Scholarships To Boarding Schools

“…So far, 11 young lacrosse players trained through the program have received scholarships to boarding schools, according to the group. Other students from Harlem have flourished at a sport that is typically a prep-school province, traveling to and winning at top tournaments.”

Harlem’s youth lacrosse scene was virtually nonexistent just a few years ago. Now some local stars are securing scholarships to tony boarding schools, where the sport is a major force.

Daniel and David Mark had never held lacrosse sticks until two years ago. But the rookies became fixated after they received equipment at Frederick Douglass Academy, a public school near West 148th Street.

The lacrosse stick became “an extension of their arm,” their mother, Marcia Mark, said. “They walked down the street with it. They turned the TV off with it.”

Devotion to a new sport led to full scholarships at private boarding schools: Daniel, now 14 years old, is at the George School in Pennsylvania, and his 12-year-old brother David is at the Eaglebrook School in Massachusetts.

For Marlik Toure, 17, lacrosse dramatically changed his life. After his mother died seven years ago, he was arrested for stealing a bike and missed enough time at middle school to become ineligible for sports.

“I don’t know where I’d be without it,” said Mr. Toure, now a scholarship student at New Jersey’s Peddie School. “It wouldn’t be here.”

The three youths are among more than 100 students who have been introduced to the sport over the past five years with the help of Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership. The nonprofit organization created a second boys team at P.S. 149 on West 117th Street last year, and a girls team will be added to the roster at Frederick Douglass.

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MCLA Lacrosse: Utah Men’s Lacrosse Releases 2013 Schedule Featuring Oregon, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State And BYU