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NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Tops Oregon 12-10 For A Big MPSF Victory On April 4

USC Women's Lacrosse vs Oregon

USC women’s lacrosse freshman midfield Haleigh Dalmass scored the first goal of the game and had the game-winner in a 12-10 victory over defending MPSF champion Oregon at Pape Field on Thursday, April 4. The Women of Troy (6-8, 3-2 MPSF) overcame inclement weather conditions and weathered two Duck leads to produce a much-needed signature victory over Oregon (5-6, 0-2).
The Trojans got a second consecutive four-goal game from freshman attack Caroline Cordrey who scored twice from free-position opportunities. Freshman attack Caroline de Lyra was the catalyst for USC as she picked up her 10th hat trick of the year with three goals. De Lyra also notched three assists; her fifth game, this season, with at least three helpers.
Freshman attack Paige Bonomi added a pair of goals and had USC’s other assist. Freshman midfield Amanda Johansen scored once, and tied for game-high honors with four draw controls. Dalmass also had four draw controls while freshman defense Courtney Tarleton added four draw controls and had two caused turnovers. In the cage, freshman goalie Liz Shaeffer recorded five saves.
Without its top scorer Kate Cathell, Oregon got five goals from Hayley Milner while Shannon Propst dished out three assists. Milner did her damage off assists from Propst but also scored three times on free-position shots. The Ducks started the game with Salliebeth Finnegan in the cage, but finished with Caroline Federighi.
With her back to the goal, Cordrey hit Dalmass in stride for the first goal of the game at 26:32 to get USC on the board. The Ducks had a quick response as Milner scored on a free-position shot just over 30 seconds later. The Trojans went up, 2-1, on a goal by Cordrey who rolled to her left to avoid the Oregon defense. USC had a third different player score when Bonomi found the back of the cage on a quick stick push to the goal. De Lyra had dropped the ball behind the goal but recovered swiftly to send a perfect pass to Bonomi.
USC’s two-goal lead didn’t last long as Propst dished out a pair of successive assists for Oregon goals from Milner and Carly O’Connell to tie the score for a second time at three-all. Olivia Pyne’s post-up opportunity yielded another Duck goal midway through the first half as Oregon claimed its first lead of the game, 4-3. Two minutes later, de Lyra and freshman attack Katie Austin both rolled the Oregon crease, but de Lyra fired a shot that went over the Duck netminder’s shoulder to square the score at four-all.

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NCAA Lacrosse: #3 Denver Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Marquette At Peter Barton Stadium On April 5

Denver vs Marquette Lacrosse

The No. 3/3 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team will return home this weekend for a pair of matchups. The Pioneers will open the week by taking on Marquette on Friday evening at 7 p.m. MT, before they face Bellarmine at noon on Sunday. Both games will be played at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium

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NCAA Lacrosse: San Diego State Women’s Lacrosse (7-4) Fall To Ohio State 19-11 On April 3

San Diego State Women's Lacrosse vs Ohio State

The San Diego State Lacrosse team fell behind in the first half and couldn’t catch up, as the Aztecs lost to Ohio State, 19-11, on Wednesday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
Sophomore Bailey Ewing led SDSU with three goals, while sophomore Lauren Maack finished with two goals and four assists, and sophomores Michaela Jarvis and Grace Korandovich scored two goals apiece. In addition, junior Christina Ricciardulli recorded three groundballs and three draw controls, Korandovich recorded five draw controls and senior goalkeeper Sammy Slattery finished with eight saves.
After a good start for the Aztecs (7-4, 2-1 MPSF), the Buckeyes began to pull away from them midway through the first half. Sophomore Sophie Koubek’s goal cut OSU’s lead to 3-2 with 19:20 left before intermission, but the Buckeyes went on a 6-0 run to extend their lead, 9-2, with 9:44 to go in the half. Maack scored two goals in the final 10 minutes of the half, and Korandovich added another, but Kaila Gottlick’s score with seven seconds remaining in the half put SDSU behind, 12-5, at halftime.
The Aztecs stormed out on a 4-0 run to begin the second half behind three goals from Ewing and one from Korandovich to pull within 12-9 with 25:10 left. After a score by Jarvis made it 13-10, OSU went on a 4-0 run to pull ahead, 18-10, and put the game out of reach.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse Faces Oregon In MPSF Match On April 7

Cal Berkeley Women's Lacrosse vs Oregon

Five MPSF Conference games remain on the slate for the California lacrosse team as the Golden Bears begin a stretch of three straight conference road games begins this week. Cal ventures north this week to face Oregon on Sunday, April 7, at noon in Eugene Ore. The Bears are currently tied for first with Denver in the MPSF.

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College Lacrosse Recruiting: “When Your College Recruiting Strategy Hits A Wall, Learn To Pivot”

When Your College Recruiting Strategy Hits a Wall, Learn to Pivot

By Tom Kovic
The college search for athletes is an individual and tactical quest that will play out differently across the board. If you happen to be that 5 star prospect that every college coach has his eye on, your biggest challenge will most likely be which college to choose! But if you are among the majority of prospects that are lumped into the next level of recruits, your college journey will be a little more challenging.
This article focuses on helping families realize that the recruiting process is not always a straight run with the prize waiting for you at the end of the process. Conversely, you will run into resistance, difficult and frustrating circumstances and the family who can identify potential pitfalls and learn to pivot in advance of hitting rough patches in the journey, will weather the college search storms with greater success.   “Pivot” as it pertains to the college recruiting process, is the ability to maneuver proactively and shift personal strategy, based on careful analysis of individual college coach’s progress toward reaching their recruiting quota. Every college coach is different in personality and his approach to recruiting. Deciphering the feedback you receive from college coaches and determining where you potentially stand as a prospect is crucial when adjusting your game plan. If you are experiencing any of the following, you may consider making a pivot to your recruiting effort:
  • Sensing negative feedback or a lack of interest from coaches.
  • Falling short of coach expectation (academically, athletically etc.).
  • Incurring significant injury.
  • Scholarships, roster spots and admissions support for your recruiting class have exhausted.
Focus your effort
If you can effectively filter college coach feedback and streamline your approach to the recruiting process, you will invite less opportunity for error. Focus your effort and maintain positive momentum during every stage of the college search and pay close attention to feedback you receive from the coaches. Dedicate yourself to an untenable code in executing your plan and you will position yourself best on the radar screen of the coaches. Get your “team” on board and regularly evaluate your plan and look for potential hurdles on the horizon. If your gut tells you there needs to be a change to your plan…Be decisive.
Always keep your eye on your ultimate goal and “A list” schools, but remain closely connected to your B list back-ups. You will not be settling for less in your effort, but only preparing for the smart play (if needed) as part of a bigger process. There is an obvious risk in putting all of your eggs in one basket and this not a recommended strategy for any prospective student-athlete and family. Remain fluid in your college recruiting approach, embrace every minor shift to the original plan and remember that “momentum” is your driving force.
Vision is the act or power of imagination and it will become an emerging tool that will help you identify “unmissable opportunities” as you navigate the college search. The family that remains devoted to developing a strong and complete recruiting knowledge base coupled with a well-defined and impeccably executed plan will turn the power of imagination into tangible results.
The decision to shift direction in any endeavor can be frustrating and daunting, but don’t be afraid to embrace change as part of your college recruiting arsenal. Considering the high stakes in what has become a tremendously competitive theatre, the best laid plans that are followed-up with relentless execution may not guarantee the ultimate brass ring, but it will position you best to build continuous momentum.
Maintaining a fluid approach to your plan of action with the regular ability to identify approaching potential shortfalls and having the courage to pivot in your game plan will open up alternative opportunities and hopefully to that end, finding the right college choice.
Tom Kovic President 
Victory Collegiate Consulting

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Loyola Men’s Lacrosse 9-4 Win Over Ohio State On March 30

The defending National Champion Loyola men’s lacrosse team traveled to Columbus this past weekend for a showdown with Ohio State. In a low scoring affair, the Greyhounds rolled past the Buckeyes with a 9-4 win.