Monthly Archives: February 2013

High School Girls Lacrosse: Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Top Ten Features #1 La Costa Canyon (CA) Followed By Air Academy (CO), Coronado (CA), Carondolet (CA) And Cherry Creek (CO)


1. La Costa Canyon (Calif.)

The Mavericks are looking for their sixth San Diego Section Division I championship after topping Poway last year. They enter the season on a 20-game winning streak, led by All-American attacker Kiki Gibson (Oregon).

2. Air Academy (Colo.)

Aiming for their third state title in five years, the Kadets have pushed past Cherry Creek and Kent Denver in the Colorado hierarchy. Air Academy avenged its regular season loss to Cherry Creek in the championship game.

3. Coronado (Calif.)

The Islanders have won two straight San Diego Section Division II championships, beating Canyon Crest 15-3 in last year’s title game. Kate Pederson (USC), a US Lacrosse All-American midfielder, will lead a talented returning squad.

4. Carondelet (Calif.)

The Cougars won the Northern California Section Division I championship with a 21-12 victory over Amador Valley. All-Americans Kerianne Hunt (Brown) and Erin Jeffery (Hofstra) will lead an explosive attack.

5. Cherry Creek (Colo.)

The Bruins fell short of winning a third straight state title after falling to Air Academy. Cherry Creek has appeared in every championship game since Colorado started sanctioning girls’ lacrosse in 1998.

6. Kent Denver (Colo.)

The Sun Devils will look to build on last season’s run so the state semifinals, where they suffered a heartbreaking 13-12 loss to eventual champion Air Academy. All-American attacker Catherine Ellis will keep Kent Denver in the hunt once again.

7. Los Alamitos (Calif.)

The Griffins have won four straight Southern Section titles after knocking off Palos Verdes in the 2012 final. Two All-Americans — attacker Julie Crowell (Cal) and midfielder Haley Fessenden (Navy) — will lead the charge for a fifth.

8. Centaurus (Colo.)

The Warriors fell in the state semifinals for the second consecutive year when Cherry Creek bounced them. Junior Sarah Brown (Colorado) leads a talented attack.

9. Menlo School (Calif.)

The Knights ended the season on a 13-game winning streak en route to their fourth consecutive West Bay Athletic League title with a 21-6 victory over Burlingame. Alexandra Kim, a US Lacrosse All-American, anchors the midfield.

10. Marin Catholic (Calif.)

The Wildcats won the NorCal Section Division II title after falling short in the final in 2011. Junior KC Hill (UC Davis) has emerged as one of the region’s top offensive players.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Air Force Men’s Lacrosse (4-1) Hosts Marquette On March 2

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NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Harvard Men’s Lacrosse 16-12 Win Over Holy Cross On March 26

Peter Schwartz and Alex White tallied five points apiece as the Crimson picked up its first win of the year over Holy Cross, 16-12.

MCLA Lacrosse Games: Arizona At #19 Simon Fraser, #9 Chapman At #2 Arizona State, #5 Colorado Vs #8 Oregon, #7 UC Santa Barbara Vs #1 Colorado State, #16 Boston College At #15 Texas and #17 Sonoma State At #12 Cal Berkeley


Arizona (1-2) at No. 19 Simon Fraser (4-1) – Friday, 1 p.m. PT

COYNE: They’re a little raw right now, but the Wildcats will be a handful in the SLC postseason when they have a little more experience. Much respect for making the trip to Burnaby, but the Clansmen will be a bit too much. SFU, 15-10.

SCHOOLER: Neither team has looked very good this season. All Simon Fraser has to brag about is a close loss to Oregon in a game where both teams played sloppily. But I don’t see Arizona winning this game. The Clan wins at home 9-6.

No. 9 Chapman (-2) at No. 2 Arizona State (4-0) – Friday, 7 p.m. MT

COYNE: If it doesn’t figure things out quickly, Chapman could conceivably be a seven-loss team in the regular season. Alas, Arizona State is an underwhelming team in relation to its ranking. Devils barely, 8-6.

SCHOOLER: Chapman has had a rough start, but they seemed to bounce back against UNLV. This is a toss up in my mind, but I don’t see the Panthers winning this on the road. ASU, 11-10. Possibly overtime.

No. 5 Colorado (2-0) vs. No. 8 Oregon (4-1) – Saturday, 1 p.m. MT (at Boise)

COYNE: Oregon enters this game with the advantage of having Colorado play the night before against Boise State and having played tougher competition so far this spring. Will that be enough? I think it might be. Ducks, 10-9.

SCHOOLER: Colorado is the most intriguing team since I graduated. You never know what to expect with them. So I am going out on a limb here and picking the Buffs, 10-9.

No. 7 UC Santa Barbara (3-1) vs. No. 1 Colorado State (2-0) – Saturday, 1 p.m. PT (at Las Vegas)

COYNE: UNLV is no pushover, and the Gauchos have to play the Rebels the night before CSU. UC Santa Barbara was a long shot to upset the Rams anyway, and the schedule just made it even longer. Colorado State, 10-6.

SCHOOLER: Gauchos win 12-9 and take the No. 1 seed. Boo-ya!

No. 16 Boston College (2-0) at No. 15 Texas (6-0) – Monday, 7 p.m. CT

COYNE: The Longhorns are staring at games against UCSB and Sonoma next week, so this should be a nice tune-up. Boston College will be playing its third game in four days, which can’t be downplayed. Texas gets a signature win, 12-9.

SCHOOLER: Boston College had a great season opener signature win against FSU, but from what we have learned, that Seminole team was not riding the success of past seasons. I hate to pick Texas, but I don’t see any other outcome. ‘Horns, 10-6.

Schooler’s Pick

No. 17 Sonoma State (1-0) at No. 12 California (3-2) – Saturday, 7 p.m. PT

SCHOOLER: What have you done for me lately? For Sonoma, that’s nothing. For the Bears, they played a great game against my Gauchos and Northeastern. For that, I have Berkeley winning, 10-7.

COYNE: This is a very important WCLL match-up and it comes at a point of the season that definitely favors the Golden Bears, who have played some of the best teams in the country already. The fact that the Seawolves are playing in Berkeley makes it more difficult for ‘Noma. Cal, 12-10.

NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse (2-2) Heads East On 4-Game Road Trip Featuring LIU Brooklyn, Princeton, UC Davis And Stanford

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USC Women's Lacrosse Road Trip 2013

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Of Loyola Men’s Lacrosse Attacker Justin Ward’s Incredible “Over-The-Head” Pass For Assist Against UMBC On March 26

Justin Ward made a great over the head pass to find Nikko Pontrello for one of the Greyhound's 21 goals in a 21-9 win over UMBC

Justin Ward made a great over the head pass to find Nikko Pontrello for one of the Greyhound’s 21 goals in a 21-9 win over UMBC

MCLA Lacrosse: “Game of The Week” Features #2 Arizona State Men’s Lacrosse Hosting #9 Chapman On March 1 (Video)

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High School Boys Lacrosse: Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Top 10 Features La Costa Canyon (CA) At #1 Followed By Arapahoe (CO), St. Ignatius (CA), Torrey Pines (CA) And Corona Del Mar (CA)

nike_usl_360_banner1. La Costa Canyon (Calif.)

The Mavericks will look to defend their San Diego Section Division I championship. Key returners include Aaron Loy, who scored the game-winner in the final, and senior goalie Bryan Cooper.

2. Arapahoe (Colo.)

The Warriors surged to the Colorado state championship with an 8-4 victory over perennial power Cherry Creek. Arapahoe will shoot for its third title in five years.

3. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.)

In the past three seasons, three-time West Catholic Athletic League champ St. Ignatius has outscored opponents by a combined 526-119 margin. Long-stick midfielder Charlie Ford has committed to Georgetown.

4. Torrey Pines (Calif.)

After advancing to the CIF San Diego Section championship game, Torrey Pines will be led by goalie Jack Kennedy, who has committed Bucknell, and All-American Lucas Gradinger (Maryland).

5. Corona Del Mar (Calif.)

The Sea Kings capped an undefeated season by winning their first CIF Southern Section title with a 7-6 victory over Palos Verdes (Calif.). Corona del Mar will be led by seniors Casey Mix, Brett Nelson and Jack Ortlieb (Yale).

6. Cherry Creek (Colo.)

The Bruins look to avenge last season’s loss in the state championship game to undefeated Arapahoe. Cherry Creek has been the area’s dominant program and is in search of its 12th state title.

7. San Ramon Valley (Calif.)

The Wolves won the North Coast Section Division I title over perennial power De La Salle. San Ramon Valley will have to fill a scoring void left by Patrick Worstell and Michael Tagliaferri — now at Syracuse and North Carolina, respectively.

8. Palos Verdes (Calif.)

The Sea Kings suffered a heart-breaking 7-6 loss to Corona del Mar in the CIF championship game. Senior attackman Tony Romeri will try to get them back there.

9. Bellevue (Wash.)

After suffering consecutive one-goal losses two weeks into the season, the Wolverines reeled off 14 straight wins en route to its second state title in the three years and ninth since their inception in 1980.

10. Issaquah (Wash.)

The Eagles had a 19-game winning streak snapped by Kings Way Christian in the playoffs. Still, it was the best season in their history. Issaquah has the depth to challenge for a state title.

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Vs Team USA In January 2013

Watch highlights of ND vs US National Team at Disney/ESPN Wide World of Sports in January 2013 as part of US Lacrosse Champion Challenge. Highlights were produced by Billy Bitter of Maverik Lacrosse.

NCAA Lacrosse: Latest IWLCA Coaches Poll Ranks Maryland Women’s Lacrosse #1 Followed By Florida, North Carolina, Syracuse And Northwestern


The IWLCA has released its first in-season coaches’ poll and it’s drasitcally different from the association’s preseason poll. That’s to be expected with many big February matchups already in the books. Maryland is now the No. 1 team in the country, followed by Florida, North Carolina, Syracuse and defending NCAA champion Northwestern.
Who’s Hot?
Maryland (+3): The Terps have an impressive win over Syracuse and a 15-6 victory over ACC foe Duke already on the resume, and as such, earn the top spot in the rankings. Florida also has an argument for No. 1. The Gators have six wins, including a victory over North Carolina, which beat preseason favorite Northwestern on Friday.
Who’s Not?
Penn (-7): Unranked Drexel upset the Quakers 11-9 on Saturday. It was Penn’s first loss to the Dragons since 1993.
Northwestern (-4): The Wildcats not only dropped from their preseason No. 1 perch, but now sit behind four title contenders in the rankings.
Who’s New?
Louisville: The Cardinals have a top-20 win over Ohio State.


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