Monthly Archives: November 2012
“Lacrosse Magazine December 2012 Issue” Released Featuring Person Of The Year Tom Hayes And The Biggest And Best Of Lacrosse 2012
National League Lacrosse: Washington Stealth Is Preseason #5 In West Division As Player Retirement And Turnover Results In “Younger, Faster Defense”
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”
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.
Lacrosse Tournaments: Video Highlights Of Wimmer Solutions 10-6 Win Over Dirty Lacrosse At 2012 Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational On Oct 28
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
|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 #||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 *||Evanston, Ill.||5:30 p.m. CT|
|03/30/13||vs. Syracuse||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|
|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
|Feb. 16||NORTHERN COLORADO||Loveland, CO|
|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. 7||LOYOLA MARYMOUNT||Loveland, CO|
|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|