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NCAA Lacrosse: #4 Denver Men’s Lacrosse Rallies From 3 Goals Down In Last Five Minutes To Beat Air Force 11-10 In Overtime On March 26

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Sophomore Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, British Columbia) scored six goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as the No. 4/4 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team defeated Air Force 11-10 on Tuesday evening at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
Falcon Erik Smith tied the game at 10 with 17 seconds left to force overtime, before Berg found the net 1:04 into the overtime period. With the win, Denver moves to 6-2 overall, 2-0 in Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Air Force drops to 4-5, 0-3 in ECAC action.
“First off, credit the Air Force Falcons as they came ready to play,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “It wasn’t like we didn’t know what they were going to do, but they were much better at doing than we could practice. I was happy with the way our guys responded at the end of the half and obviously at the end of the game. Our guys found a way to dig down and found a way to get an ugly win. I thought that Berg and Garret put us on their back today and showed a lot of fortitude in today’s victory.”
The six-goal performance marked Berg’s fifth hat trick of the season, eight of his career, and the second sock trick of his career. Senior Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) tallied four points on one goal and three assist, while senior Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.) recorded a pair of goals. Senior Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) and sophomore Garret Holst (Fishers, Ind.) both found the net once, while Flint tallied one assist.
“It was a pretty relieving win,” Berg said. “Being down three goals with five minutes to play we were able to pull it together and get the win. I didn’t find the net easy at the beginning of the game as their goalie made some good saves. We were able to stick to our game plan and the goals started to fall for us.”

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NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Lindsey Munday Evaluates Team And Objectives At Midpoint Of Inaugural Season

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“Our biggest focus right now is our conference. The exciting thing is we are only halfway. Sometimes it feels like the season is almost over but we have so much left. Our biggest goal is to learn from the things that we have done well and the things that we need to continue to work on and get better. We need to really fight for our conference games and see what we can do from there. If you get in the conference tournament and win the conference tournament, you have an automatic bid to the NCAAs. So I think every single year conference has to be a major focus for us. But in general, we are only halfway, and if we can get the girls to really buy into improving, both individually and collectively, we are going to be in good shape.” Lindsey Munday

Sarah Bergstrom (SB): How would you evaluate the success of your team so far this year?
Lindsey Munday (LM): I think we’ve done really well. The biggest focus for us is improving every single day. From the beginning of the season until now we have improved. There are still things we need to work on. We are competing in games, which is good, but not great. We need to be able to string together a full 60 minutes in order to finish some of these games.
SB: What was your plan at the start of this first season?
LM: The biggest thing for us was to instill confidence in these girls. Even though they are young and they haven’t played before, we believe in them so much. We believe in their talents and we think we can really do some great things this season. So our biggest thing as a coaching staff is to instill that belief, the belief that we can do some great things even though we are young and even though it’s our first year. We don’t want to settle on the same excuses of being too young to succeed.
SB: What were your expectations at the start of the season and how do you measure your team’s success?
LM: Our goal is to compete every single day and play the style of lacrosse that we want to play. Win or lose, if you can walk off the field knowing that you fought together, played together, and stuck to the game plan, you can hold your head high. It’s when the team deviates from the game plan or when the girls don’t play together that we are unhappy with a loss. It’s not necessarily about wins or losses but how we are playing, and for us, that’s our goal.
SB: Have you found yourself implementing the same style of lacrosse that you learned as a player and coach at Northwestern?
LM: Obviously, Kelly Amonte Hiller is the best in the game. She’s incredible and I’ve learned so much from her. There are absolutely things that are translating to our program here. But we also want to make our own mark. We want to do some things that are unique for USC. I think we have a great opportunity, both as a coaching staff and for the players here, to make this however we want. I think that makes this a very exciting time and I think the girls have really bought into making this their own and leaving a mark on this program.
SB: What is special about this team?
LM: We are fortunate to have really great girls on the team. In terms of the type of student-athletes that we have, I’m really proud of them for what they do in the classroom, off the field in community service, but also what they do on the lacrosse field. That’s why we have such big expectations for this year. The girls have a really great mindset too. We’re going out there and we’re fighting and that’s the biggest thing for us in terms of just going out there and playing for a full 60 minutes and not giving up.

Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

For more:  http://www.usctrojans.com/blog/2013/03/catching-up-with-lax.html

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MCLA Lacrosse: New Rules Have Not Increased The Pace Of Play According To Chapman Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Dallas Hartley

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When the new rules came out, Chapman head coach Dallas Hartley thought it would be a boon for his team. He figured it would force some of the grinding teams in the MCLA to play more at the pace that the Panthers’ were accustomed. As such, he and his staff went into the season conjuring up ways to maximize the team’s potential.

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After Chapman lost two of its first three games, it was clear the rules weren’t going to completely revamp the way the game is played.

“We had originally intended to play three lines as much as possible and not go with too many specialists,” Hartley said of his initial plan. “That was kind of hurting us. We feel like we have two really strong lines in the midfield, not necessarily three, and we’ve got some good specialists defensively. We tried to work with the new rules and play faster, but in reality, it was hurting us personnel-wise. I don’t think we’ve been playing great, necessarily, but we’re just playing a bit more consistently.”

Hartley admits to being a little surprised that the rules haven’t impacted the pace of play, but he feels that the contrasting tactics he’s seen this year have kept his team on its toes.

“I was under the impression there would be a lot more run and gun, but I haven’t seen much change in the speed of the game,” Hartley said. “There have been a lot of different styles. Grand Canyon has a couple of Canadian attackmen running sort of a pairs offense. We had never seen Richmond before; Oregon has a brand new coach. BYU has all new moving pieces. A lot of different teams we’ve seen in the past are doing new things. That’s kind of the beauty of the MCLA. There is so much attrition and turnover, you don’t know what you’re going to get from year to year.”

For more: http://www.laxmagazine.com/blogs/author/coyne/03.25.2013_at_10.02_a.m._by_Jac_Coyne

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


The top nine spots in the IWLCA poll remained the same from last week after a relatively quiet weekend. Rutgers joined the ranks this week, keeping the Big East in the lead with five conference schools in the top-20.
Who’s Hot?
Stony Brook (+2): Joe Spallina’s Seawolves moved up to a tie for 13th after a week in which it lost to Maryland 8-3, and blew out Vermont and Siena by an average of 13.5 goals.
Who’s Not?
Dartmouth (-2): The Big Green has won its last two games, but a 13-12 win over Davidson and 8-7 win over Columbia don’t sit well in the minds of some voters.


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High School Girl Lacrosse: Latest Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Rankings Feature #1 Carondelet Girls Lacrosse Followed By Cherry Creek, Amador Valley, Los Alamitos And Kent Dover

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Carondelet topped Coronado 12-1 to win the Surf, Sun & Stix Tournament at Westview High School in San Diego.
The Cougars were the only team to win all three of their games in the tournament. La Costa Canyon took third place with a 6-3 victory over St. Ignatius.
Coranado’s Caroline Carlson had 10 goals in three games in the tournament. The tournament included eight of the top eight teams in California: Carondelet, La Costa Canyon, Coronado, Los Alamitos, St. Ignatius, Poway, Torrey Pines and Beckman

1. Carondelet (Calif.), 8-0

The Cougars have showed the poise and firepower to defend their Northern California Section Division I championship. Carondelet has surged to a 8-0 record with some impressive victories, including two over teams ranked in the Top 10 – Coronado and St. Ignatius – and won the Surf, Sun & Stix Tournament. A huge showdown with national implications will happen on March 28 when the Cougars take on St. Stephen’s & Agnes (Va.).

2. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 2-0

The Bruins started the season strong with dominant in-state victories over Grand View and Chatfield. Cherry Creek now opens another challenging part of their schedule with non-conference games against Hinsdale Central (Ill.), Germantown Friends (Pa.), and Moorestown (N.J.), which is ranked seventh in Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Girls’ Top 25.

3. Amador Valley (Calif.), 4-0

The Dons are as balanced as any team in the state and opened the season with four consecutive victories, averaging almost 18 goals per game, and allowing less than 10. In a 20-5 victory over Menlo School, nine players had goals, including four by Evan Murphy and three each by Cambi Cukar, Corinne Logan and Justine Chinn.

4. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 5-0

The Griffins are off to another strong start, reeling off four-straight victories. Los Alamitos also established itself as the top team in Orange County with an impressive 20-7 victory over Foothill. Julie Crowell led the way with four goals while Breezy Hastie, Grace Schmidt-Beck and Jenny Lange each had hat tricks.

5. Kent Denver (Colo.), 2-0

The Sun Devils wasted little time setting the tone for the season with impressive victories over No. 6 Air Academy 21-20, and No. 8 Centaurus. 19-16. The victories catapulted Kent Denver to the top of the state rankings.

6. Air Academy (Colo.), 4-1

After dropping the high-scoring affair with Kent Denver, Air Academy bounced back with victories over Arapahoe (Colo.) and Pine Creek (Colo.). Air Academy also picked up a solid non-conference victory over Bingham of Utah.

7. Coronado (Calif.), 6-2

The Islanders had their three-game winning streak snapped with an 11-5 loss to top-ranked Carondelet. Canyon Crest picked up three victories in the Surf, Sun & Stix Tournament before losing to top-ranked Carondelet in the final.

8. Centaurus (Colo.), 2-1

The Warriors rebounded from a tough three-goal loss to No. 5 Kent Denver with an 18-6 victory over Chaprarral. Centaurus has a tough non-conference game March 26 against Palos Verdes (Calif.)

9. La Costa Canyon (Calif) 5-1

The Mavericks took third place in the Surf, Sun & Stix Tournament with a 6-3 victory over St. Ignatius. La Costa Canyon dropped a tough game to No. 4 Los Alamitos.

10. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 4-2

The Wildcats bounced back from a loss to top-ranked Carondelet with a 13-9 victory over Foothill-Pleasanton. St. Ignatius has a crucial matchup against national power St. Stephen’s & Agnes (Va.) on March 26.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/girls/2012-13/news/032613_nike_us_lacrosse_west_region_report

MCLA Lacrosse: Latest Coaches Poll Ranks Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse #1 Followed By Colorado, Stanford, Arizona State And Chapman

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The two top teams in the country reside 46 miles apart now that Colorado has moved into the second slot, just behind rival Colorado State. The Buffaloes leaped over Stanford this week based on their 9-8 win over Chapman on Saturday evening.
Stanford, ranked third, still has a first place vote this week, and will have a chance to ride shotgun again if the Cardinal can take down No. 6 BYU on Wednesday. Arizona State — which lost its lingering first place vote this round — is in fourth followed by Chapman.
Who’s Hot
California (+3): The Golden Bears jump into the Top 10 after a comfortable win over Oregon. Big game with BYU on Tuesday.
Who’s Not
Pittsburgh (-2): After coughing up a three-goal halftime lead against Sonoma State on Saturday, the Panthers keep dropping.



MCLA Lacrosse: #1 Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Rallies From Two Goals Down In 4th Quarter To Beat #5 Chapman 5-4 In 3 Overtimes On March 25

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Trailing the 5th ranked Chapman University Panthers by two goals, the #1 Colorado State University Rams rallied to tie the game in the last four minutes and Sean Smith (Amherst HS / Amherst, NY) stuck the game-winner with 2:43 remaining in the third overtime period to get a key out of conference victory on a cold night at the Loveland Sports Park.
With the game tied 2-2 going into the fourth quarter, Chapman broke through with two goals, including what looked like a back-breaker by Ryan Welch with 4:44 remaining to make it 4-2. But the Rams, who struggled to beat the Chapman defense and goaltender Warren Nielsen all evening, finally wore down the Panthers and got goals from sophomore Mike Wolff (Don Bosco Prep / Ramsey, NJ) and senior Austin Fisher (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) to tie the game and set up the dramatic overtime sequence.
The two teams combined for seven shots over the first two overtime periods as both Nielsen and CSU junior Koltin Fatzinger (Wheat Ridge HS / Thornton, CO) made several nice saves. After a key groundball by Chapman in the third overtime, Colorado State’s defense forced a turnover, drew a flag on the clear, and got the ball to Smith, who drove from behind the cage to beat Nielsen on a bouncer to end the game.
The Rams, who benefited from a stellar 11/14 night at the face-off ‘x’ by senior Dan Warfield (Smoky Hill HS / Aurora, CO), were unable to turn the extra possessions into production on the offensive end for most of the night. Nielsen recorded 15 saves in a stand-out effort for Chapman, turning aside several outstanding opportunities. It was only the second time all season that the Rams hadn’t scored double digits.
Meanwhile, the CSU defense held its own to keep the Rams in the game, holding Chapman’s dangerous offense to its lowest scoring output in almost two years. Seniors Hayden Porter (Heritage HS / Littleton, CO) and Tyler Zabor (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) led the charge while goaltenders Jack Regan (Sunset HS / Beaverton, OR) and Fatzinger combined for 10 saves on the evening.

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