Daily Archives: April 12, 2013

NCAA Lacrosse: Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse (8-4) Takes Down USC 10-7 On April 12

Cal Berkeley Women's Lacrosse vs USC

Behind four points each from Megan Takacs and Melissa Humphrey, as well as 12 saves from goalie Megan McGinnis, the California women’s lacrosse team won the first-ever meeting against USC, 10-7, Friday afternoon in Los Angeles.
With the win, Cal improved to 8-4 on the year and remained undefeated in MPSF contests at 5-0. In addition, the Golden Bears are 8-0 when scoring 10 or more goals.
Cal got things started off on the right foot, posting the first three goals of the game in the first five minutes. Two of the those three goals were scored by Takacs.
The Trojans then scored three of the next four goals to cut the Cal lead to 4-3. The teams went into the break with Cal leading 6-4.
Scoring appeared to be at a premium at the outset of the second half as only two goals were scored in the first 15 minutes of the half, both by USC to tie the game at 6. However, after that, the Bears dominated the remainder of the contest, scoring four unanswered goals to take control of the game.
With her four goals, Takacs is now 12 goals away from becoming the all-time leader in that category in Cal history. Humphrey’s three assists moved her into sole possession of second place on the school’s all-time list in career assists. She is 17 helpers away from first.
The other offensives contributors for the Bears today were Amelia Burke and her three goals and Lizz Lavie who posted a trio of assists. Now with 21 goals this season, Burke is second on the team in that category after Takacs (37). Lavie and Humphrey are tied for the team lead in assists with 21 each.

NCAA Lacrosse: #4 Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse (8-2) Hosts Georgetown On April 14

Notre Dame Men's Lacrosse vs Georgetown game

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Western Lacrosse: Colorado Youth Lacrosse Continues To Grow As Coaching Improves

The biggest improvement may be in the coaching. One reason soccer has stagnated  in the U.S. is the dearth of quality coaches. Lacrosse is booming in part  because of the quality of instruction.

Denver Men's Lacrosse Coach Bill Tierney

Denver Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Bill Tierney

Youth lacrosse in Colorado is booming. That has trickled up to high schools and  college. The Colorado Youth Lacrosse Association has 7,000 boys participating.  The Denver Lacrosse Club, part of the CYLA, boasts  750 in the spring alone.   Rod Allison has introduced inner-city kids to lacrosse with Denver City Lax.

The lacrosse craze has put a  Colorado twist on the national college lacrosse  scene. A sport that used to be as  East Coast as subways and crab cakes,  lacrosse has found a major feeding ground in the Denver area. The University of  Denver men’s team, ranked third nationally and only two years removed from its  first Final Four berth, has nine in-state players. Air Force has 11.  Thirty-three other Colorado prep products  are playing among  22 other NCAA  Division I men’s teams.

“You can get a kid from Colorado as good as the top kid anywhere,” said DU   coach Bill Tierney.

Tierney is considered the Mike Krzyzewski of college lacrosse. He coached six  national championship teams  at Princeton, yet uprooted to one of only three  Division I schools west of the Eastern time zone. He didn’t have a midlife  crisis. He’s not much of a skier. But he knew he could build a winner  at DU.   “There was comfort in knowing there was a good recruiting base here,” he  said.

In Tierney’s first year at Princeton, in 1988, he signed a Colorado prep  player: Chris McHugh of Manual High School. Tierney then had Coloradans on every  Princeton team through 2005.

Leading the Pioneers (9-2) into a showdown Saturday in Baltimore against  fifth-ranked Loyola (9-2), the  defending national champion,  is Eric Law, DU’s  leading scorer. He attended  Arapahoe High School. A senior, Law has gone stick  to stick against the stars from traditional eastern breeding grounds for four  years.

Read more: DU’s Tierney sees Colorado high school lacrosse continuing to improve – The Denver Post

MCLA Lacrosse: Stanford Men’s Lacrosse Is Celebrating 50th Anniversary As A Program In 2013

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The precursor to the Stanford lacrosse team was the Palo Alto Lacrosse Club, which consisted of mostly Stanford players, some of them graduate students.

“We had a three-time All-American from Harvard named Brady Watts,” Enersen said. “He was in the Stanford business school. He was an amazing player.”

Players wore hand-me-down football jerseys, scheduling games with whomever would play them. One of the first matches for Stanford was an excursion to Camp Pendleton in Southern California to play a Marine side.

Stanford men’s lacrosse coach Drew Virk recently unearthed an old San Francisco Examiner dated May 4, 1963. The story, written by Don Selby, tells of the sport of lacrosse making its debut on The Farm.

“Several young men down at Stanford are dashing about in football helmets and carrying sticks,” Selby wrote. “They aren’t gridders gone beserk; they’re playing lacrosse. Lacrosse? At Stanford?”

Believe it or not, 50 years later, lacrosse is still ticking at the school. Virk is marking the golden anniversary when Stanford hosts Cal in a match on April 27 at 1 p.m.

“There is a lot of history with this program,” defender Malcolm McGregor said. “We’ve had a lot of support from the alumni and parents alike. We have something special going, having the opportunity to play high-level lacrosse at an elite university.”

Virk has an alumni list 650 names long. Former players and coaches will be present when the Cardinal entertains the Golden Bears.

For more:  http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_23010034/stanford-mens-lacrosse-celebrates-50-years