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NCAA Lacrosse: Cornell Men’s Lacrosse Takes 2013 Ivy League Regular Season Title With 13-7 Win Over Brown; Hosts Tournament On May 3,5

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A wild Ivy League Tournament scenario settled a little bit after last weekend’s action. This time a week ago, all seven teams were mathematically alive for a tournament slot. Today, there are only five.
Cornell wrapped up the Ivy League regular season crown with its win at Brown on Saturday — a record 18th outright title for the Big Red. Cornell will also host the Ivy League Tournament at Schoellkopf in Ithaca, N.Y. on May 3 and 5. The semifinals will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the finals will be shown on ESPNU.
Princeton and Yale have also wrapped up spots in the tournament, but their seeding is not secure. Harvard needs a win over Yale on Saturday to get in, otherwise Penn will be the fourth team in the tournament.

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Major League Lacrosse: YouTube & The Lacrosse Network To Air 15 MLL Games In HD Beginning With Boston Cannons Vs New York Lizards On April 28

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Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier outdoor lacrosse league, announced today that YouTube, the world-renowned video sharing site, will carry 15 games in high definition exclusively on the League’s channel YouTube.com/MLL, making the games available on a variety of platforms worldwide.
“We are very excited to bring 15 games exclusively to our YouTube Channel,” said MLL Commissioner David Gross. “This partnership will bring MLL to lacrosse fans all over the world as they will be able to watch the games on their smart TVs, computers or mobile devices.”
The partnership with YouTube has been facilitated by The Lacrosse Network (TLN), who handles lacrosse media distribution with YouTube. TLN will provide support in the distribution and technical side of the streams. The company has been working with the production team to ensure that it can bring the highest quality streams to YouTube. TLN is also working with Google to provide an enhanced viewing experience to the users that will be unique to its network of channels, including being able to interact with commentators and interact with Google hangouts during games.
Samir Chaudry, President of TLN echoed MLL Commissioner David Gross’s enthusiasm. “Our mission at TLN is to grow the game of lacrosse through the power of media. We are proud to partner with the MLL and believe that the global distribution of MLL games on YouTube’s interactive platform is a big win for the world-wide lacrosse community.”
The first game to be carried on YouTube will be the matchup between the Boston Cannons and the newly re-branded New York Lizards on Sunday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Ohio Machine’s home opener against the Denver Outlaws on Saturday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m. YouTube will also carry the Rochester Rattlers showdown against the Hamilton Nationals from FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., Saturday, June 22, at 7:00 p.m.

NCAA Lacrosse: #15 Stanford Women’s Lacrosse (10-4) Outscores San Diego State 23-16 On April 21

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Stanford scored on its first six shot attempts Sunday and the 15th-ranked Cardinal pulled away from visiting San Diego State by a score of 23-16 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
With a season-high of 23 goals, Stanford improved to 10-4 on the season and 5-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Cardinal has won its last five home games. San Diego State falls to 8-7 overall and 3-4 in league play.
Utilizing those six goals on as many shots, the Cardinal jumped all over the visiting Aztecs in taking a 9-3 lead just over 10 minutes into the game. Rachel Ozer scored four times in the first 11 minutes, giving her 39 goals on the season, as Stanford claimed a comfortable 13-6 lead at the break. Ozer also had two assists in the first half but would not factor in the second half scoring as SDSU made an impressive run to get back into contention.
Stanford opened the second half much as it finished the first with the Cardinal scoring three goals in a span of 1:52 to claim a 16-6 lead with a running clock.
SDSU stopped the clock with an important “answer” goal as Lauren Maack used a free position shot to end the spurt. The Aztecs controlled the middle portion of the stanza, scoring six straight goals in a span of nearly 13 minutes to pull within four, 16-12. Maack had two of the goals while Bailey Ewing also had two during the run including a free position tally. The energy expended from that comeback mixed with hot and sunny conditions proved too much however; Stanford regained control coming out of a timeout and scored four of the next five goals to pull away.
Stanford pelted SDSU goalkeeper Sammy Slattery (16 saves) with 47 shots in setting its high-water mark for goals. Ozer’s four goals le the way while Hannah Farr, Julia Burns and Lucy Dikeou (four ground balls) all registered hat tricks. Megan Lerner had a game-high nine draw controls, repeatedly coming away with the ball in heavy traffic conditions. She now leads the team with an even 50 through 14 games.

MCLA Div II Lacrosse: Western Oregon Men’s Lacrosse (9-4) Look To Capture Sixth-Straight PNCLL Title, But Deeper Push In 2013 MCLA Championship Tournament Is Team’s Goal

Western Oregon Men's LacrosseJustin Eckenroad, the head coach at Western Oregon, isn’t afraid to put his Wolves through all kinds of trials (a 36-hour bus ride, one-way), whether on the field or off, to make sure the team is ready to make an impact at nationals. Making the lengthy sojourn to play No. 1 St. Thomas, No. 3 St. John’s and No. 11 North Dakota State is just part of the process.

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By Jac Coyne

“The trip was great as far as a learning experience,” said Eckenroad. “We have a pretty young team and this was a good chance to see that kind of competition early in the season before we see them again down in South Carolina. We played pretty well. A couple of bounces didn’t go our way, and the 36-hour bus ride really didn’t help us. But when we showed up, we were ready to play.”

The Wolves finished up with an 0-3 mark on the trip, but there were plenty of positives. WOU spotted NDSU a 5-2 halftime lead before bowing 9-7. They hung around with defending champion St. Thomas for a little while before getting their doors blown off, 21-11. Western actually held a 6-4 lead over St. John’s at the half before its 28-man roster ran out of gas.

“All in all, it was just a great learning experience for the guys playing great competition, playing out of conference, playing on the road and playing three games within four days,” Eckenroad said. “It’s just a great preparation for nationals.”

It’s not like WOU will be neophytes when they get to Greenville, which they undoubtedly will as the automatic qualifier out of the PNCLL. They’ve won the conference championship in the past five seasons, and made St. Thomas sweat last year in the first round before bowing, 11-6. The Wolves have plenty of polished players, such as junior middie Jacob Bohince (31g, 14a), but they like to make their impact in a more martial manner.

“We laid a lot of big hits,” said Eckenroad of his Minnesota visit. “During the whole trip we had a lot of big hits, and we played a physical game. I think that really helps our guys when we play teams with a little more sticks skill and a little more lacrosse nature. When we come down there and play more physical, it helps us out.”

Eckenroad’s talk might lead some to believe that the Wolves are simply a goon squad, but that would be a dangerous assumption. WOU has skill all over the field. It starts with Bohince, and follows with Tyler Preston, who is one of the premier draw men in the division, recently setting the program record for single-season faceoff wins. Tyler Bolton (16g, 28a) and Taylor Dougan (34g, 10a) brace Bohince for one of the best midfield lines in the country and WOU has three capable goalies, anchored by Ronnie Rothstein (59.7 sv%). Close defender Logan Marks, who always draws the toughest assignments, is an All-American candidate.

The big hits and long trips will only go far. Western Oregon has to win the PNCLL, a conference that boasts far more contenders in years past. Portland, Gonzaga and even Western Washington are still threats to the Wolves hegemony, but nothing seems to worry Western.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/blogs/author/coyne/04.22.2013_at_10.03_a.m._by_Jac_Coyne

NCAA Lacrosse: Latest USILA Coaches Poll Ranks North Carolina Men’s Lacrosse #1 Followed By Norte Dame, Maryland, Denver And Duke

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With former No. 1 Denver falling to Fairfield on Saturday, North Carolina takes over the top spot in the coaches’ poll ahead of this weekend’s ACC tournament. The Tar Heels received six first-place votes. Notre Dame got three.
Who’s Hot?
No one: Only one team jumped more than one spot, and that was Bucknell, which moved from 15th to a tie for 13th with Ohio State.
Who’s Not?
Syracuse (-4): As Patrick Stevens wrote in his latest round of Bracketology, “The erratic Orange have played five straight one-goal games against a fascinating medley of opponents: Cornell, Georgetown, Hobart, Princeton and Rutgers.” This drop reflects last week’s loss to Hobart in addition to a one-goal win over Georgetown on Saturday.
Denver (-3): One-goal games are bound to happen, but Denver has played three OT games in a row. The Pioneers narrowly beat Bellarmine and Loyola before finally falling to Fairfield on Saturday. They still remain No. 1 in RPI, however.
Who’s New?
Army (19): Two days after punching its ticket to Patriot League tournament, Army earned its first national ranking of the season. Army, which has won four of its last five games, is the third seed in this weekend’s Patriot League tourney, where it faces Bucknell on Friday.
Fairfield (20): The Stags enter the Top 20 after downing top-ranked Denver in overtime.

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WCLA Lacrosse: Cal Poly Women’s Lacrosse (13-5) Captures 2013 WWLL Conference Championship With 20-7 Win Over USC Club On April 21

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The Cal Poly Mustangs won the WWLL Division One Championship today with a 20-7 pasting of USC in the final. First seed Santa Clara was in the third place game after being upset by 4th seeded University of Southern California in a 12-11 semifinal loss on Saturday. The third seeded Gauchos were in the game after dropping a 14-8 semifinal at the hands of 2nd seeded Cal Poly SLO.

Both UCSB and Santa Clara now await word on an at-large selection to the U.S. Lacrosse WCLA National Championship Tournament. Eight conferences receive automatic qualifier spots and there are eight at-large spots to award. The Gauchos are 13-7 overall and hold head to head quality wins over Brigham Young and USC to hang their hat on with the committee. The Trojans have the advancement to the WWLL Championship game in their favor but the Gauchos are rated 8th nationally for Strength of Schedule while the Trojans are 32nd.

UCSB and top seeded Santa Clara University battled it out in the WWLL Championship Tournament third place game and it took two extra periods to settle it. Both teams scored a goal apiece in the regulation overtime. UCSB freshman midfielder Claudia Hammerschmidt (Armonk, NY) scored unassisted 56 seconds into the period. Then with 9 seconds left Santa Clara senior midfielder Maggie Burke (Lake Forest, IL) was fouled in the 8 meter arc. Burke, the WWLL Division One Player of the Year, netted her free position to tie it 13-13 with 6 seconds remaining to send everyone into the golden goal period and keep the fans on the edge of their seats just a little bit longer.

Except for the heroics of UCSB senior goalie Megan Hughes (Santa Ana, CA) Santa Clara might have won it in the regulation overtime. Hughes had 3 saves on the 4 shots against her in crunch time. The Broncos peppered her on three straight shots in one possession but were denied by an elbow save of an off-hip shot, a stick save and then a hug the pipe body save by Hughes. The fourth of the four shots (Burke’s free position goal at 6 seconds) was the only one to get by her in the first overtime. Ultimately Santa Clara got the golden goal 18 seconds into the second overtime. Burke scored unassisted on a solo fastbreak after advancing the ball downfield herself after getting her own overtime draw control.

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WCLA Lacrosse: #1 Colorado State Women’s Lacrosse (17-0) Take RMWL Conference Tournament Title With 21-9 Win Over Colorado And 9-6 Win Over #2 BYU On April 19-20

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The Rams handled CU-Boulder, 21-9 in the first game of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Lacrosse League tournament Friday. The impressively lopsided victory is much more typical of the team than last week’s 10-9 squeaker.
“Our attitudes won it for us,” CSU coach Lindsey Hudek said. “Our heads were in the right place and the girls were ready to play.”
That momentum propelled them into Saturday’s game with No. 2 rival, Brigham Young, but it would take more than Friday’s 12-point victory for the Rams to take down the Cougars.
The first time the two teams faced off, the Rams came away with a 15-8 win, leaving BYU hungry for vengeance.
“Even when we were down we stayed composed and had each others backs,” senior captain Sarah Langlie said. “I’m so proud of my defense and how we were so consistent this entire weekend. Our freshman goalie, Kenzie Baer also totally stepped it up and played phenomenal this weekend. I’m so proud of her.”
On Saturday, the Rams were able to stave off a fierce Cougar offense in a 9-6 win. Up until the last 10 minutes of the game, the game resembled a ping-pong match.
Each team traded off goals one-by-one until senior midfielder, Hayley Bernstein set off a 3-0 run to clinch the game for the Rams.
“Every time we see CSU the game is very intense,” BYU assistant coach Chris Olinick said. “They are a very aggressive team and they play till the end.”
Though Hudek was well aware of the game’s fervor, she was more at ease during this game than would be expected.
“I was a little nervous sometimes,” she says. “But I knew the girls were doing the right things to help us. BYU is probably our biggest rival, so we love having this win.”
From there, the Rams had a clear shot for the trophy and were named league champions. Senior captain Maddie Garcia, who contributed two of the final four goals, never doubted her team.
“I never felt like we were losing control of the game, I could tell we were more fired up then BYU,” she says. “It was obvious that we were the team with the most heart and drive to win. Losing was never an option.”
With their 19th straight win, the Rams also clinched their berth to the national tournament in Colorado Springs, where they will attempt to win a fourth title.

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For more:  http://www.collegian.com/2013/04/21/csu-womens-lacrosse-poised-for-the-history-books-after-rwll-title/