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NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse (4-1) Tops Penn 15-12 On March 2


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Led by a seven-goal performance from sophomore Wes Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) the University of Denver men’s lacrosse team defeated the Penn Quakers 15-12 in front of 1,968 fans at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Berg’s seven goals tied DU’s Division I single-game record that is held by associate head coach Matt Brown. It was also Berg’s seventh career hat trick. Also turning in strong performances were senior Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.), who finished with two goals and a career-tying four assists for six points, and senior Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.), who record a career-high seven assists.
“We were a little erratic,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “I have to give Penn a lot of credit. We thought we had a great week of practice and that we prepared well for them, but they are as energetic and non-giving up of a team as I’ve ever seen. They just kept coming at us. I thought we had really good second and third quarters. Berg really stepped up for us today.”
Sophomore Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) netted his second hat trick of the season, while junior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) finished with two goals and an assist. Senior Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) scored one goal and sophomore Michael Pirone (Bethesda, Md.) and Sean Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) both tallied an assist each.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse (2-1) Downs #13 Ohio State 12-10 On March 2


Stanford Women's Lacrosse vs Ohio State

The Stanford women’s lacrosse team defeated No. 13 Ohio State, 12-10, to improve to 2-1 on the season Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
Despite battling challenging weather conditions with snow flurries occurring throughout the game, Stanford (2-1) started the match hot. Rachel Ozer got the Cardinal going, notching the first goal in less than two minutes. Her goal sparked a 4-0 Cardinal run that Ozer capped with her second on the day at the 22:44 mark.
Stanford started strong on defense as well, holding Ohio State (2-3) scoreless until almost 14 minutes into the half when Buckeyes junior Katie Chase converted a free-position shot.
Ozer would not be denied, however, and responded with her third and fourth goals on the day to expand Stanford’s lead to 6-1. Ozer has been an offensive force this season, racking up 13 points on eight goals and five assists in just three games. She also picked up two ground balls and caused a turnover against Ohio State.
“She had a nose for the net today,” said Stanford head coach Amy Bokker. “She’s an awesome dodger, one of the best in the country, and she had great movement and was a finisher today.”
The Buckeyes would close the gap with two consecutive goals to cut the lead in half, 6-3. Stanford responded with two goals of its own from freshman Adrienne Anderson and sophomore Hannah Farr.
Ohio State picked up two more tallies before Kyle Fraser notched her second goal on the day with just one second remaining in the first half to put Stanford up, 9-5.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Marquette Men’s Lacrosse Earns Programs First Win Topping Air Force 8-6 At Falcon Stadium On March 2


Marquette Men's Lacrosse vs Air Force

Marquette’s men’s lacrosse team claimed the first win in the history of the program Saturday, edging Air Force 8-6 at Falcon Stadium. MU’s first win comes two games into its inaugural season under rookie head coach Joe Amplo.
“Today we had an opportunity to win a lacrosse game,” said Marquette head coach Joe Amplo. “That is unbelievably rewarding for our staff and their kids; they’ve earned everything they’ve gotten since they’ve been here. It was a great team victory.”
It was a gritty performance on the road by the Golden Eagles (1-1), who never trailed Air Force (4-2) and never led by more than two goals.
MU raced out to a 2-0 lead while holding the Falcons scoreless for the first 25 minutes, including the first three minutes to start the second quarter when the Golden Eagles had to play a man down due to a penalty that occurred after the first period.
“We get a three-minute non-releasable penalty at a crucial point in the game, and our guys were mature and handled it well and held Air Force scoreless during that time,” said Amplo. “I think that was the turning point in the game. If we gave up a goal or two during that span, it’s a different ball game. I think we built momentum from that and allowed us to be more comfortable for the rest of the game.”
Air Force, which entered the week receiving votes in both of the NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse polls, finally got on the scoreboard on its 16th shot of the game to make it 2-1 at the 5:04 mark of the second quarter. But that was the only tally allowed by Marquette in the first half, led by goalie JJ Sagl. The MU freshman finished with 14 saves, including nine stops in the opening stanza.

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NCAA Lacrosse: #13 Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Rallies From Six Goal Deficit To Upset #8 Penn State 10-9 In Overtime On March 2


Ohio State Men's Lacrosse vs Penn State

The No. 13/16-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team rallied from a six-goal halftime deficit to defeat No. 8 Penn State in overtime, 10-9, Saturday afternoon at Penn State Lacrosse Stadium in University Park, Pa. Buckeye sophomore Jesse King led the Buckeyes with three goals and five points and netted the gamewinner with just :00.2 seconds left in the first overtime period. Ohio State moves to 4-0 this season, while Penn State is now 2-2 on the year.
The game was part of the competition for the Creator’s Trophy, determined based on results between the three Big Ten schools that sponsor men’s lacrosse – Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan. The Buckeyes can win the trophy with a victory at Michigan April 13. Both the Nittany Lions and Wolverines have been eliminated from the championship with a loss in Creator’s Trophy play; Penn State, the 2012 winner, beat Michigan earlier this year.
The teams were deadlocked at 2 after the first quarter before Penn State outscored the Buckeyes, 6-0, in the second quarter for an 8-2 halftime lead. Ohio State then posted its own 6-0 quarter to tie the game at 8-all after 45 minutes. Ohio State took its first lead of the game at 7:01 of the fourth quarter but the Nittany Lions tied the game with 4:04 left in regulation. King gave Ohio State the win on the Buckeyes’ fourth shot of overtime. Ohio State outscored Penn State, 8-1, in the second half and overtime and outshot the Nittany Lions, 21-10, in the final 34 minutes, including 9-1 in the fourth quarter and 4-0 in overtime.
Sophomore Turner Evans had a hat trick and assist for four points, while senior Logan Schuss had three points on two goals and an assist. Sophomore David Planning and freshman Carter Brown each had a goal and an assist for two points. Junior Greg Dutton made eight saves in the Buckeye cage. Junior Darius Bowling won eight faceoffs for Ohio State and had a team-best six groundballs, along with two caused turnovers. Junior Joe Meurer had a team-high three caused turnovers, as Ohio State had nine caused turnovers as a team.

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NCAA Lacrosse: #2 Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Outlasts #9 North Carolina 10-9 In Three Overtimes On Attacker Matt Kavanagh’s Winner On March 2


 

Notre Dame vs North Carolina

Second-ranked Notre Dame outlasted No. 9 North Carolina 10-9 in three overtimes on freshman Matt Kavanagh’s second straight OT winner of the year. For the second straight game, Notre Dame came back from a late deficit to win in overtime. After a tough third quarter in which they struggled to adjust to North Carolina’s zone defense, the Irish displayed patience on offense and worked to get good looks, focusing on strong ball movement. It paid off, as the team came back when all looked lost and finally got the game-winner in the third overtime.
Freshman attacker Kavanagh has been stellar for the Irish this season, totaling nine goals through three games. Today, he not only scored his second consecutive game-winning goal, but also recorded his second four-goal game of the season. He also tallied two assists in a six-point effort and facilitated the Irish offensive attack, especially down the stretch.
Goalkeeping might not seem like a main storyline of a 10-9 contest, but both Notre Dame’s John Kemp and North Carolina’s Kieran Burke were impressive. Kemp recorded 11 saves, while Burke, a true freshman, finished with 15 saves. More importantly, the goalies came up big when their teams needed them to, as Kemp made several clutch saves throughout the fourth quarter and overtime periods.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Builds Inaugural Program Around Northwestern Tradition And “Crazy Growth Of Girls Lacrosse” In Colorado


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The Buffs will join the four other Pac-12 women’s lacrosse programs (Southern Cal, Stanford, Oregon and California) in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, which also includes the University of Denver. The Pac-12 will sanction women’s lacrosse once a sixth team is added, according to Colorado associate athletic director Julie Manning, who was largely responsible for bringing women’s lacrosse to CU.

This spring, eight new programs started across the country, including at Southern California. In 2014 the number of Division 1 programs will reach 102 with the addition of Michigan and Colorado, and by 2016, three more teams, Furman, Mercer and Central Michigan, will up that number to 105.

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Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach And Northwestern Lacrosse Alum Ann Elliott

This fall as a gaggle of eager freshmen arrive on campus in Boulder, a group of 20 women will also arrive, ready to make history as the inaugural members of the University of Colorado women’s lacrosse team.

All 20 women are young, new to college and new to Division 1 lacrosse. Head coach Ann Elliott says she’s anxious to get onto the field with her team, which will begin play next spring.

“In all honesty, one of the biggest challenges has just been not having a team right now,” she said. “We’re used to being on the field all the time and seeing that progress with the kids.”

Developing a group of green 17- and 18-year-olds will be a challenge, Elliott knows. But the huge grin across her face as she talks animatedly about her new team doesn’t give away any nerves the young coach might have about starting a program from scratch. Elliott, 28, was hired last spring after the CU athletic department announced it would add women’s lacrosse as its 17th varsity sport.

Manning and the athletic department began talking about adding a sport before CU finalized its move to the Pac-12 two years ago.

The conversation kept coming back to women’s lacrosse, Manning said, because it made sense given the university’s needs and current facilities. It’s a spring women’s sport, growing quickly on the West Coast and in Colorado and eventually the university could sell tickets to matches, Manning said.

Colorado Girls Lacrosse Association President Kevin Mortimer said the sport is growing “like crazy” in Colorado, especially on the girl’s side. He coaches the Grandview High School girls lacrosse team in Aurora, which has doubled in size in the last year. He’s even adding a third “C” level development team to help with the overflow, he said.

Manning and other administrators visited Denver and talked with Stanford, Northwestern and Virginia to see what building the program would look like at a time when other schools are facing athletic budget cuts.

“As an administrator, this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Manning said. “Not many institutions are adding any sort of sports programs. Many institutions are going the other way.”

Colorado has the support of the university and hype from the state’s lacrosse fans, but Elliott will still face the challenge of acclimating 20 women to collegiate life and Division 1 lacrosse without upperclassmen mentors to look to for guidance.

Four of the new players come from Colorado, while the rest are from a mix of East Coast states, California and the Midwest.

Nielsen said it didn’t take much to convince many recruits to commit to Colorado once they saw the campus. It helped that Elliott, Nielsen and Magarity had a handful of national titles between them, and spoke about unanimous lacrosse philosophies.

“When we’re talking to recruits, we all agree with what everyone’s saying because we’ve been part of the same program and we have the same beliefs,” Nielsen said. “We’ve got that unique experience that not a lot of coaching staffs out there have. We know what works. We’ve been part of national championships. We know the right way to do things.”

Nielsen said she’s looking forward to starting new traditions at Colorado, an opportunity most coaches don’t get with an existing program, and said her expectations for the team’s first season next year are high.

For more:  http://www.dailycamera.com/cu-college-sports/ci_22700755/womens-lacrosse-ann-elliott-itching-get-field-cu

MCLA Lacrosse: Arizona Men’s Lacrosse (3-2) Defeat #19 Simon Fraser 14-12 On March 1


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