Daily Archives: March 26, 2013
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
NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Lindsey Munday Evaluates Team And Objectives At Midpoint Of Inaugural Season
Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor
MCLA Lacrosse: New Rules Have Not Increased The Pace Of Play According To Chapman Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Dallas Hartley
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.
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.”
NCAA Lacrosse: Latest IWLCA Coaches Poll Ranks Maryland Women’s Lacrosse #1 Followed By Florida, North Carolina, Northwestern And Syracuse
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
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.