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NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Set To Open Inaugural 2013 Season Against Northwestern On Feb 9 At Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum


USC Women's Lacrosse

As first-year members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the Trojans were selected to finish in seventh in a poll of the league’s coaches. USC opens up with three non-conference opponents, but will kick off the MPSF schedule with a bout against Saint Mary’s College on Feb. 24, at McAlister Field. After a pair of games on the East Coast, USC will head to Northern California for two against MPSF foes UC Davis and Stanford.

USC Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Lindsey Munday

USC Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Lindsey Munday

The wait is finally over. On February 9, one of the oldest sports in North America will receive its place among the history books of the University of Southern California when the Women of Troy take the field at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the first-ever varsity women’s lacrosse game.

USC announced it would make women’s lacrosse its 21st intercollegiate sport on Nov. 18, 2010. More than two years later, the dream has become a reality. To lead the program, the Trojans hired one of the most accomplished players in the history of collegiate lacrosse: Lindsey Munday.

Munday starred on the field for Northwestern where the Wildcats won their first two NCAA titles behind her contributions. NWU has since gone on to win seven of the last eight national titles. Fittingly, Munday and the Trojans will christen the USC program with a season-opener against Northwestern and Munday’s former coach and mentor Kelly Amonte Hiller.

“Everyone is excited to finally get this off the ground,” said Munday. “Especially the players we had last season. They’ve been training for a year and a half without a real game to play, so I think everyone’s really, really, anxious and excited to get the ball rolling.”

The Trojans will field a squad of 26 players in their first year; 17 of which are true freshmen, handpicked by Munday and her staff of highly touted assistants. Devon Wills–a star goalie from Dartmouth–will coordinate the defensive side of the field and carries a lofty list of credentials, not the least of which includes a selection to the 2013 US women’s national team. Hilary Bowen–an offensive standout for Northwestern–will coordinate the Trojan attack. Bowen herself has a mantle to be envious of with four NCAA titles and two NCAA finals MVP honors to boast of.

Munday’s list of accomplishments is unrivaled with two NCAA titles as a player, three more as an assistant coach, and twice finishing as a semifinalist for the prestigious Tewaaraton Trophy. USC’s first lacrosse coach also serves as the team captain for Team USA as one of 18 members of the 2013 national team. For Munday, the Trojans’ first game will be particularly special as she opens her career as a head coach against her long-time mentor Amonte Hiller.

“It is so special to have our first game be against Northwestern,” said Munday. “I think for myself and for Hilary [Bowen], it’s extra special to play against the Wildcats. Kelly [Amonte Hiller] has taught us everything and has been such a great mentor for me. For our players, I think it will be great, too, to open up against the team that’s won seven of the last eight national championships and to really see where we’re at. It will certainly give us a great test, right off the bat.”

The Trojans will call McAlister Field home during the regular season. Thanks to a generous donation from Hobart and Soni McAlister in 1998, USC has had a place to host fall home women’s soccer games for over a decade and a half. Now, the lacrosse team will share the space as tenants of the venerable home field. Before the Trojans play host to Massachusetts at McAlister, their game against Northwestern will take place at the Coliseum.

Ivy League Lacrosse: Yale Men’s Lacrosse 2013 Season Preview (Video)


Yale men's lacrosse

MCLA Lacrosse: Colorado Men’s Lacrosse Featured In “Club Ball: Welcome Back, Episode 1” (Video)


Follow the University of Colorado men’s lacrosse team all season long in Club Ball. Coach Galvin and the Buffs look to finish the Fall season strong in episode one of the second season.

Visit http://www.culax.org and http://www.redhotbuffs.com for more info on the Colorado Lacrosse team.

NCAA Lacrosse: Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Ranked Preseason #3 By Lacrosse Magazine


Northwestern Lacrosse2013 Preview

Northwestern LacrosseBest Case: With an experienced defense and midfield, the Wildcats regain the ALC crown and win their third straight NCAA championship.

Worst Case: The offense never finds a Smith-like feeder and Northwestern struggles to match high-octane teams like Florida and Syracuse. The Wildcats stumble in the tournament, and miss the final four for the first time since 2004.

Power Ratings

Offense: 3*
Defense: 4
Goalkeeping: 4
Draw Control: 5
* Out of 5

Top Returner

M Taylor Thornton (Sr.)
The Tewaaraton Award finalist stepped up her offense in 2012 while securing 71 draw controls and 58 ground balls, proving she’s equally as dangerous on both sides of the ball. Look for that trend to continue as Northwestern looks to generate more goals from the midfield this year.

X-Factor

M Jess Carroll (So.)
Carroll saw significant minutes in the NCAA tournament and became valuable in the transition game. “She’s the fastest player on the team,” Northwestern coach Kelly Amonte Hiller said. “We need to get her on the field.” She started on Sunday against Team USA at Champion Challenge.

What’s New?

The Wildcats will open their season with a two-game road trip in Los Angeles, playing UMass at Southern California’s home field on Feb. 8, and then playing the Trojans in their first-ever game Feb. 9 at LA Memorial Coliseum. Both Minutewomen coach Angela McMahon and Trojan coach Lindsey Munday are former Wildcat players and assistants.

What’s Not?

Erin Fitzgerald has been the No. 2 goal scorer on the team for two years running, quietly piling up points behind 2011 Tewaaraton Award winner Shannon Smith. The senior attacker had 56 goals in 2012, and 2013 may be the time for her to move into the No. 1 spot. Kara Mupo’s role is also definitely different this season. She inherits Smith’s spot feeding behind the cage. The junior was the third-leading scorer for Northwestern last year with 33 goals and six assists.

Lacrosse Recruiting: “4 Key Recruiting Tools in the College Search for Athletes” By Tom Kovic


4 Key Recruiting Tools in the College Search for Athletes
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By Tom Kovic
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Education is Power
Gathering information is critical to the successful organization of any worthy project. Building a college recruiting information base can begin as early as middle school and as a fun family hobby. This effort should increasingly grow into a highly organized, disciplined project by the end of the junior year in high school.
Begin by gathering information on the potential colleges of choice, including team and coach profiles, statistics, ranking, and academic options. Continue to update and maintain individual e-files on your favorite college programs.
Make a commitment to understand and embrace the NCAA recruiting rules. This will help you identify the rules of the game that will streamline your planning and organizing into a simpler and more effective format. Click here to preview the Division 1, 2 and 3 recruiting manuals.

Simplistic Organization
The following information should be stored in individual college program folders:

-Updated contact information for coach, assistant coach, financial aid representative etc. Include name, address, e-mail, phone number etc.).

-Materials the coach has sent (brochures, articles, etc.).

-Team competition schedule. You should add important events to your calendar and stay updated with the team’s accomplishments in preparation for future correspondences with the coaches.

-College catalogs, applications and/or other marketing materials

-Updated notes you gathered during the “exploratory stage” of your college quest, along with any communication and meetings you encountered with coaches from each institution.

-A list of pertinent questions or follow-up items you need to address for each program of interest.

 need it.

Time-lines and Targets

Develop timelines that will zero in on general events in the beginning of the college search (making unofficial visits, maintaining your data base, and attending tournaments) and continue to move forward with more specific events (compiling a video and player profile, communicating with coaches, and making official visits, etc.) as your search progresses. This will increase your chances of “hitting targets” throughout the process. Below is an example target list:

  1. Identify general components (academic, athletic and social) that would define a perfect college fit and develop a list of top 10-20 schools in rank order.
  2. Create a coach contact sheet to include college websites, and coach’s name, e-mail and phone.
  3. Develop your personal recruiting team.
  4. Build a personal profile.
  5. Identify an organization system (hard files, electronic files, phone records, email records etc.).
  6. Practice calls to coaches
  7. Create a YouTube account
  8. Target college visits dates.
  9. E-mail coaches with general letter of interest.
Copies of all the information you have provided to the school (admissions application, the data sheet you filled in for the coach, the most recent resume you provided etc. By keeping these copies handy, you can easily reproduce them when you need it.

Key Resource
Forming a trustworthy group of individuals who play specific roles during the recruiting cycle will increase your chances of reaching pre-determined goals.
 Suggested Team Players:
* Prospect
* Parents
* HS coach
* Club Coach
* Guidance counselor/College advisor
* Personal mentor/advisor
Identify one team member who will run the offense and assign additional team members with responsibility areas. Avoid “overlap “of duties and encourage regular communication to ensure everyone advances together and on the same page.

Maintain a simplistic and diligent approach to the college recruiting process and you will keep your finger on the pulse of each project that will push your effort forward with clarity and success. A well-executed recruiting plan with attention to detail will serve families best as they embark on an important life decision.

www.victoryrecruiting.com

NCAA Lacrosse: Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Opens 2013 Season Against Detroit On Feb 2


The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is heading into the 2013 season looking to shake off the sting of back-to-back losses in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals in 2011 and 2012.

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is heading into the 2013 season looking to shake off the sting of back-to-back losses in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals in 2011 and 2012.

Ohio State LacrosseCoach Nick Myers said his team’s growth in the off-season might be enough to make that hope a reality.

“We’re a team that’s fighting and clawing to get better every day, I’m really happy with the effort we’ve put forth in practice,” Myers said. “I think right now the coaching staff is probably most thankful for the leadership that we’re getting and the way these guys are responding to the challenges that we’re putting in front of them.”

The team can look for leadership in returning seniors Logan Schuss, Dominique Alexander and Kevin Mack, who will all join the Ohio Machine at the end of the season after being drafted in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.

Alexander, a midfielder and co-captain for the Buckeyes, said he’s excited to play for the Machine but won’t let his future distract him from his duties at OSU.

“(Getting drafted) was pretty awesome, my family was pretty excited,” Alexander said. “Obviously my focus right now is the season, but it’s definitely something to look forward to.”

In front of a sold-out crowd, the Buckeyes defeated Team Canada, 17-10, in its preseason opener on Jan. 20.

And even though it’s early, some members of the team said their sights are already set on making it to the sport’s biggest stage.

“I think the goal is definitely to get to the NCAA tournament, and once you get there anything can happen,” said junior goalie Greg Dutton. “I think we have the guys to do it, and I think we are a lot more mature than we have been in past years. We’ve got good senior leadership and we should have the expectation to make the tournament.”

Like Dutton, Schuss has been named to the 2013 Preseason All-American team by Inside Lacrosse. The attacker was named last season’s ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, and Myers hopes for similar production this season.

“I think Logan’s a guy that benefits off his teammates’ ability. He has incredible talent but he’ll be the first to tell you he’s as good as the five guys around him helping make plays,” Myers said. “I certainly think he is one of the best players in the country.”

No. 20 OSU is set to play No. 12 Syracuse Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

MCLA Lacrosse: Oregon Men’s Lacrosse Opens 2013 Season Vs Western Oregon On Feb 6 (Video)


The Oregon Mens Lacrosse team has been preparing for the past several months for the upcoming season. On Saturday, January 26th, the team had their final scrimmage against a club team from Portland. With only a few days until the start of league play, the team hopes to follow up a fantastic year and win a national championship.