Monthly Archives: November 2012

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Releases “2013-14 Men’s Lacrosse Rules And Interpretations Book”

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“Lacrosse Magazine December 2012 Issue” Released Featuring Person Of The Year Tom Hayes And The Biggest And Best Of Lacrosse 2012

COVER STORY — Person of the Year: Tom Hayes
Twenty-nine years after he was left for dead on the side of New Jersey’s Route 42, Tom Hayes engineered the biggest development in lacrosse no one’s talking about — acceptance into SportAccord — and remains the galvanizing force for the global lacrosse community.
The Big Twelve: Are you pro- or anti-shot clock? That’s a loaded question in the lacrosse world. Pace of play tops our list of the 12 biggest lacrosse stories in 2012 — the good, the bad and the ugly.
Best of Lacrosse 2012: Lacrosse Magazine recognizes the players, coaches, teams, games and moments that shined above all others in our sport this year, while fans weigh in with their picks.
Big Is In: After a surprising run to the Champion’s Cup final, Edmonton scored 6-foot-4, 230-pound phenom Mark Matthews at the top of a beefy NLL draft class. Has Rush hour finally arrived?
What We Did: As the calendar turns to 2013, here are 10 big things US Lacrosse membership helped USL achieve for the sport in the past year.
Your Edge: Get positioning tips from goalie Zach Oliveri, feeding tips from Jasmine DePompeo, coaching tips from TJ Buchanan and Charlie Obermayer’s take on the new NCAA rules.
The Scoop:A once-promising career for Nicky Galasso went south when they no longer had room for him in Chapel Hill. Now he’s headed north and bringing his talents to Syracuse. Plus, a look at other big offseason transfers and the 2012 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

National League Lacrosse: Washington Stealth Is Preseason #5 In West Division As Player Retirement And Turnover Results In “Younger, Faster Defense”

2012 recap: The Stealth had some debilitating early-season injuries and dug a 1-5 hole when coach Chris Hall returned to the bench after receiving treatments for throat cancer. Washington never bounced back.

Hall health update: “The tumor is gone,” Hall said. “I’m in good shape. I’m gaining weight and I feel healthy. We just hope it stays that way. I’m cleared to continue coaching, and I’m excited about that. I’ll continue to be monitored, but things are good right now.’’

Offseason: Forward Cam Sedgwick and transition man Jason Bloom, the team’s captain, retired. Defenseman Kyle Hartzell was traded to the Wings for a draft pick. Transition man Chet Koneczny went to Colorado as a free agent.

Entry draft: The Stealth need to get younger and faster on defense. Veterans will be pushed by No. 11 pick Tyler Garrison, a 6-foot-2 and 200-pound defenseman who was captain of the Coquitlam Junior A club in British Columbia, No. 12 pick Bill Hostrawser, an aggressive checker who helped the Orangeville (Ontario) juniors win the 2012 Canadian title, and No. 19 pick Justin Pychel, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound defender from the Six Nations senior side.

“We’re pretty excited about getting Garrison and Hostrawser,” Hall said. “I see both those guys having a good shot at stepping into the lineup and playing right away. They lack some experience, but Minnesota proved last year that’s not a bad thing. We got two real good righties and a good leftie in Pychel, too. We were looking for one. There are going to be some battles for jobs on the back end. Our intention in the draft was to ensure we’d have some people coming to camp to push some of the veterans.”

Coaching change: Dan Perreault is in and Dan Stroup is out as coach of the offense, and Bloom becomes an additional assistant coach.

Goals: The only players with more than 20 goals last season were Lewis Ratcliff (36), Rhys Duch (33) and Athan Iannucci (21). If Jeff Zywicki isn’t hampered by injuries like last winter, and if Iannuccci thrives during a full season with this team, the offense should be much better.

New captain: Defenseman Kyle Sorensen takes over from Bloom.

Get back: Washington can only go up in 2013. “We won the championship in 2010, lost by one goal in the 2011 final and finished last in 2012, so we were proof in the pudding that it’s not very far from first to last,” Hall said. “We have no intention of proving it again. I know you’ve got to be ready to play game one. You’ve got to be in midseason form when the season starts, because it’s only 16 games. All the teams are strong and well-coached, so it really becomes a game-by-game performance issue. We have to get back to where we should be. I think we’ll be back battling for top spot, rather than where we finished last year.”

Schedule: The Stealth opens Jan. 5 at home against defending NLL champ Rochester.

National Lacrosse League: Colorado Mammoth Are Preseason #1 In West Division As Potent Scoring And Defensive Upgrades Make Team “Grittier”

2012 recap: The Mammoth went 11-5 in the regular season with the most potent attack in the NLL. John Grant Jr. won the scoring title, setting an NLL single-season record with 116 points, and it looked like Colorado was bound for glory — not a 14-10 home loss to Minnesota in the first round of playoffs. Having forward Gavin Prout (calf muscle) and goalie Chris Levis (groin) at less than 100 percent did not help.

Nice mix: The Mammoth has plenty of options, as seen in the numbers of its top five scorers last year. Grant (50 goals), rookie of the year Adam Jones (29), Jamie Lincoln (27), Sean Pollock (26) and Gavin Prout (22) led the way.

Offseason: Colorado signed free agents Rich Morgan and Chet Koneczny. Morgan is an NLL giant at 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds. Koneczny is a hard-nosed defender. They were two of the most prized free agents and general manager Steve Govett landed both. Morgan was with Minnesota the last three years and has played defense most of his career, but Govett wants to try him up front to set picks for Grant. Ironically, it was a big hit from Morgan that sidelined Grant for two games with a broken sternum in 2012. “We wanted the team to be grittier so we went out and got Morgan and Koneczny,” Govett said.

Entry draft: First-round and No. 9 overall pick Colton Clar has two seasons of Canadian senior summer ball under his belt, so he should be able to step in on the right side of the floor. He’s 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and hard to stop. “Just like we did last year when we made Adam [Jones] our first pick, we got our guy again this year,’’ coach Bob Hamley said. “Colton’s a big body who can shoot the ball. He has good hands.”

Dalgarno returns: Forward Joel Dalgarno, who took 2012 off while establishing a firefighting career in British Columbia, will help make Colorado’s offense the most diversified in the league.

Big Mac attack: Mac Allen missed the first half of 2012 while rehabbing from a knee injury, but should be ready for the start of the season in January. A full season with Big Mac is a big boost on the back end. Colorado ranked sixth out of nine teams in defense last season and must improve in that area if it wants to win it all.

Crease competition: Govett signed Toronto castoff Matt Roik to compete with Levis and Tye Belanger for the starting goalie job. Roik won an NLL title with Washington, and it was a surprise when the Rock released him fter a three-game losing streak last winter. Govett doesn’t believe Roik is done.

Feelin’ good: “We feel pretty good about our roster,” Govett said. “We’ll keep most of the guys on the roster from last year and tweak from there. We’re fairly positive about where we’re at.”

Schedule: Colorado opens at home Jan. 12 against Washington.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Announces 2013 Schedule Featuring USC, North Carolina, Johns Hopkins, Navy, Harvard, Syracuse, Virginia, Duke, Stanford, Florida And Notre Dame

Ready to defend an NCAA championship for the seventh time in eight seasons, head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller and Northwestern Lacrosse announced today (Nov. 26) NU’s regular-season schedule for the upcoming 2013 campaign. The slate features 10 matchups with NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago and seven home dates at Lakeside Field, including a March 30 rematch of last season’s national title game against Syracuse. Amonte Hiller, a five-time national coach of the year with a career coaching mark of 196-30, is looking to steer the Wildcats to an NCAA-record ninth consecutive trip to championship weekend next May.

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
U.S. Lacrosse Champion Challenge
01/26/13 Team England # Kissimmee, Fla. 2:30 p.m. CT
01/27/13 Team USA # TV Kissimmee, Fla. 10:00 a.m. CT
02/08/13 vs. Massachusetts Los Angeles, Calif. 5:00 p.m. CT
02/09/13 at USC Los Angeles, Calif. 5:00 p.m. CT
02/22/13 at North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. 6:00 p.m. CT
02/24/13 at Vanderbilt * Nashville, Tenn. 12:00 p.m. CT
03/06/13 vs. Boston College Evanston, Ill. 5:00 p.m. CT
03/09/13 at Johns Hopkins * Baltimore, Md. 11:00 a.m. CT
03/11/13 at Navy Annapolis, Md. 3:00 p.m. CT
03/16/13 vs. Harvard Evanston, Ill. 1:00 p.m. CT
03/27/13 vs. Ohio State * TV Evanston, Ill. 5:30 p.m. CT
03/30/13 vs. Syracuse TV Evanston, Ill. 1:00 p.m. CT
04/05/13 vs. Penn State * Evanston, Ill. 7:00 p.m. CT
04/07/13 at Virginia Charlottesville, Va. 6:00 p.m. CT
04/12/13 vs. Duke Evanston, Ill. 7:00 p.m. CT
04/14/13 vs. Stanford Evanston, Ill. 1:00 p.m. CT
04/20/13 at Florida * Gainesville, Fla. 11:00 a.m. CT
04/24/13 at Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. 6:00 p.m. CT
04/27/13 vs. Penn Evanston, Ill. 1:00 p.m. CT
American Lacrosse Conference Tournament
05/02/13 ALC Tournament Baltimore, Md. TBA
05/03/13 ALC Tournament Baltimore, Md. TBA
05/04/13 ALC Tournament Baltimore, Md. TBA
05/05/13 ALC Tournament Baltimore, Md. TBA
NCAA Tournament
05/11/13 NCAA Tournament TBA TBA
05/12/13 NCAA Tournament TBA TBA
05/18/13 NCAA Tournament TBA TBA
05/19/13 NCAA Tournament TBA TBA
05/24/13 NCAA Tournament Semifinals Philadelphia, Pa. TBA
05/26/13 NCAA Tournament Final Philadelphia, Pa. TBA

MCLA Lacrosse: Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Announces 2013 Schedule Including UC Santa Barbara, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Minnesota-Duluth, Chapman, BYU And Colorado

Coming off their first MCLA national championship since 2006, the Colorado State Rams have announced an ambitious and challenging schedule for the 2013 campaign. In addition to featuring eight teams ranked in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse MCLA Coaches’ poll at the conclusion of last season and seven teams who competed at the MCLA national championships in May, the schedule will include seven grueling back-to-backs on either Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday throughout the year.

Date Opponent Site
Feb. 17 COLORADO MESA (NCAA Div. II) Loveland, CO
Feb. 22 UTAH STATE* Loveland, CO
Feb. 23 WESTMINSTER Loveland, CO
Mar. 2 vs. UC-Santa Barbara Las Vegas, NV
Mar. 3 @ UNLV Las Vegas, NV
Mar. 9 SIMON FRASER Loveland, CO
Mar. 10 VIRGINIA TECH Loveland, CO
Mar. 16 vs. Michigan State Lisle, IL
Mar. 17 vs. Minnesota-Duluth Lisle, IL
Mar. 25 CHAPMAN Fort Collins, CO
Apr. 5 @ Brigham Young* Provo, UT
Apr. 6 @ Utah* Salt Lake City, UT
Apr. 12 GEORGIA^ Highlands Ranch, CO
Apr. 13 NEW MEXICO* Fort Collins, CO
Apr. 20 @ Colorado*$ TBD, CO
May 3-4 RMLC League Tournament Grand Junction, CO
May 13-20 MCLA National Tournament Greenville, SC

NCAA Lacrosse: Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Announces 2013 Freshman Recruiting Class Including Middie Matt Emery (St. Ignatius Prep, CA)

Virginia men’s lacrosse head coach Dom Starsiais pleased to announce the signing of 10 student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2013-14 academic year.

Matt Emery is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound midfielder from San Francisco, Calif., and younger brother of current UVa All-American Rob Emery. He is Inside Lacrosse’s No. 19 rising senior in the class, attending St. Ignatius Prep. Emery was a member of the West team for the 2012 Under Armour Underclass All-Star tournament in Towson. Emery is also a starting safety on the St. Ignatius football team.

Joining the Cavaliers next fall are: Matt Barrett (Glenmoore, Pa.), Jacob Dean (Medford Lakes, N.J.), Matt Emery (San Francisco, Calif.), AJ Fish (Grayslake, Ill.), Jeff Kratky (Darien, Conn.), Ryan Lukacovic (Syosset, N.Y.), Andrew Mullen (Toronto, Ont.), Michael Rhoads (McLean, Va.), Alec Webster (Greenwich, Conn.) and Zed Williams (Irving, N.Y.).

“It gives me great pleasure to introduce the Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Class of 2017,” said Starsia. “I am confident that fans of Virginia Lacrosse and those of our sport in general will enjoy getting to know these young men.”

Barrett is a 6-foot, 220-pound goalie from Glenmoore, Pa. Entering his final year at Malvern Prep, Barrett is listed by Inside Lacrosse as the top rising senior goalie in the nation and No. 17 rising senior overall. He is an Under Armour all-star and helped the Friars (14-6) finish No. 25 in the nation in 2011. Barrett also is a member of the Malvern Prep football team.

Dean is a 6-foot, 190-pound midfielder from Medford Lakes, N.J., and hails from Shawnee High School, the same school as current UVa captain and All-American, Chris LaPierre. He is an Under Armour All-American and team midfielder of the year at Shawnee. Dean also plays football and basketball at Shawnee.

 Fishis is a 6-foot-3, 175-pound attackman from Grayslake, Ill. He led Grayslake North to a state championship title in 2012.  The high school All-American had 74 goals and 49 assists in 2012, while also earning all-state and all-conference honors. He also is a quarterback on the football team and an all-star in basketball.

Kratky is a 6-foot, 180-pound attackman from Darien, Conn. The 2012 Under Armour All-Star is a faceoff specialist and the No. 44 rising senior by Inside Lacrosse. He owns two letters in lacrosse, where he has a career winning percentage over 60 percent. Kratky also has lettered in wrestling at the Taft School.

Lukacovic is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound attackman from Syosset, N.Y. He was a member of Newsday’s 2012 All-Long Island first team after a stellar season at Chaminade High School. Ranked No. 15 rising senior by Inside Lacrosse. The 2012 Under Armour All-Star helped Chaminade to a 16-1 record behind 34 goals and 35 assists in 2012.  He became the first sophomore on offense to make Chaminade’s varsity team in over 20 years, while leading team in assists and second in points. Lukacovic is a starting cornerback on the Chaminade football team.

Mullen is a 6-foot 2-inch, 205-pound defenseman from Toronto, Ontario.  He attends St. Michael’s and was a member of Canada’s U19 team that lost the gold medal game to the United States and four current Cavaliers (Greg Danseglio, Matt Florence, Tanner Ottenbreit and Ryan Tucker) at the 2012 FIL World Lacrosse Championship in Turku, Finland. He helped lead St. Michael’s to the 2011 OFSAA Lacrosse Championship and was also drafted into the Ontario Hockey League. He is listed as the No. 12 player in Inside Lacrosse’s Canadian Class of 2013 junior rankings.

Rhoads is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound defenseman from McLean, Va.  A three-year letterwinner at the Landon School, Rhoads hails from the same school as former UVa All-Americans Ryan Curtis and Matt Ward; the latter is one of UVa’s three Tewaaraton Trophy winners.  The Landon team captain helped lead the Bears to the 2012 I.A.C. championship. Rhoads also plays football at Landon.

Webster is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound defenseman from Greenwich, Conn.  Webster attends Deerfield Academy after transferring from Greenwich High School.  Webster was a member of the New England squad that won the championship at the 2011 Under Armour Underclass tournament.

Williams is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound midfielder from Irving, N.Y. Already the state of New York’s all-time leading scorer out of Silver Creek High School, Williams is a member of the Seneca tribe and lives on the Cattaraugus Reservation. Williams has already amassed 554 career points, surpassing the mark held by Casey Powell, the former All-American from Syracuse. He is listed as Inside Lacrosse’s No. 5 Young Gun Senior after leading Silver Creek to the state semifinals, finishing the season with 72 goals and 54 assists — bringing his career numbers to 346 goals and 208 assists. Playing for the Six Nations Rebels of the Ontario Lacrosse Association, Williams helped guide the Rebels to their second consecutive Founder Cup title — the Canadian Lacrosse Association’s Junior B national championship. He registered 30 goals and 37 assists in the regular season, 55 points in the OLA playoffs, and then put up 23 points in the Founders Cup tourney. He is also a standout football and basketball player.

“While they are excellent students and multi-sport athletes, there are some particularly intriguing stories to tell among the group,” said Starsia. “ You will find a powerful middie from the West Coast who is the younger brother (Emery) of one of our leading players, an all-star QB from the midwest (Fish) who rushed for 1651 yards and 29 touchdowns this past fall, a goalie from Philadelphia (Barrett) who returned to the gridiron for his senior year only to tear his ACL, a late addition to the U-19 Canadian World team who gave up his pursuit of a career in professional hockey (Mullen) to play lacrosse at Virginia and, a Native American (Williams) of the Seneca tribe, Wolf clan from the Cattaraugus reservation in Western New York who also holds the all-time scholastic scoring record in New York State with a full season to go.  These are the stories that capture our attention and speak to the diversity and growth of the game. We will have an additional announcement to make in the spring.”

MCLA Lacrosse: WCLL Preseason Poll Ranks Cal Poly Men’s Lacrosse #1 Followed By Cal Berkeley, Sonoma State, Stanford And Santa Clara

NCAA Lacrosse: Michigan Women’s Lacrosse Announces 28 Freshman Recruiting Class For 2013

University of Michigan women’s lacrosse head coach Jennifer Ulehla announced the first recruiting class in program history on Thursday (Nov. 15). Team One will feature 28 incoming freshmen, who will arrive on campus in August 2013, and begin competition during the spring of 2014. “Today is a monumental day for Michigan women’s lacrosse,” said Ulehla. “It marks the day that we officially become a team. This Michigan class of 2018 is the foundation of our program and will forever be the team that played an integral part in what will be a historical legacy of champions.

2013 Michigan Women’s Lacrosse Recruiting Class

Name Pos. Ht. Hometown (High School)
Regan Anderson M/D 5-7 Dana Point, Calif. (St. Margaret’s Episcopal School
Jess Angerman M 5-7 Shoreham. N.Y. (Shoreham Wading River)
Sara Beach M/D 5-5 Towson, Md. (Towson)
Emily Braun M/A 5-3 Grand Rapids, Mich. (Grand Rapids Catholic Central
Allie Breitfeller A 5-4 East Northport, N.Y. (Northport)
Bianca Brueckner A 5-10 Weston, Mass. (Weston)
Natalie Carti A 5-4 Oakland, N.J. (Indian Hills)
Grace Collins GK 5-7 St. Davids, Pa. (Radnor)
Kim Coughlan M 5-10 Port Jefferson, N.Y. (Saint Anthony’s)
Madeline Dion M 5-7 Annapolis, Md. (Annapolis)
Sophie duPhily M 5-5 Chadds Ford, Pa. (Kennett)
Hadie Evarts M 5-7 Austin, Texas (St. Stephen’s Episcopal School)
Caroline Fitzpatrick M 5-7 Norwell, Mass. (Thayer Academy)
Emma Guarino M 5-6 Davidsonville, Md. (Roland Park Country School)
Tess Korten A 5-2 Glen Head, N.Y. (North Shore)
Sara Kramer D 5-8 Mullica Hill, N.J. (Clearview Regional)
Kelly Kubach D 5-4 Philadelphia, Pa. (William Penn Charter)
Sarah Lugo M 5-2 Bolingbrook, Ill. (Montini Catholic)
Margaret Metzger M 5-9 Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Lahser)
Lauren Oberlander M/A 5-4 Westfield, N.J. (Kent Place School)
Brooke Pancoast D 5-7 Villanova, Pa. (Radnor)
Maggie Paul M/D 5-7 Weston, Mass. (Middlesex School)
Lauren Pryor D 5-7 Darien, Conn. (Darien)
Kathy Quigley M 5-10 Birmingham, Mich. (Seaholm)
Kelly Schlansker A 5-4 Glenville, N.Y. (Niskayuna)
Anna Schueler M 5-7 Chicago, Ill. (Loyola Academy)
Allison Silber GK 5-7 Phoenix, Md. (McDonogh School)
Amanda Sutor A 5-9 Phoenix, Md. (St. Paul’s School for Girls)