With a perfect 19-0 record, Maryland earned the No. 1 seed in the largest NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse tournament in history. The field expanded from 16 teams last year to 26 teams in 2013, in response the increased number of conferences sponsoring the sport. While the Terps are making their 29th postseason appearance, six other teams are in the big dance for the first time. Stony Brook, Denver, Jacksonville, High Point, Canisius and UConn will all play their first NCAA tournament games on May 11.
“I’m so glad we’re at 26, and I’m so glad we’re on the inside. It’s awesome and I’m so excited for the team,” Pioneers coach Liza Kelly said.
Kelly, who is also a longtime member of the NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse committee, said the IWLCA had been pressing for tournament expansion since she was an assistant at Towson in the late 1990s.
“We had enough quality teams that the tournament needed to expand. With the great expansion we’ve seen, especially in the Atlantic Sun and in the Big South, and having 100 teams overall, having a 16-team bracket just didn’t make sense. Under the old format, with that many teams, half the games would have been play-in games,” she said.
The Pioneers and the Dolphins will meet in a first-round matchup between first-time NCAA tournament participants in Gainesville, Fla. The winner of the game will advance to play No. 5 seed Florida in the second round.
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Syracuse took the top seed in what’s considered a wide-open 16-team NCAA Division I men’s tournament field, announced Sunday evening on ESPNU.
Notre Dame is seeded second with surprise ECAC tournament champion Ohio State grabbing the third seed. Denver, the ECAC finalist, is seeded fourth.
Syracuse plays Bryant, the Irish host Detroit, the Buckeyes play CAA champion Towson in Columbus, and Albany heads to Denver in a meeting of two of the nation’s most prolific offenses.
North Carolina, the ACC champ that finished ranked first and both the coaches’ and media regular-season polls, was seeded fifth. The Tar Heels host Patriot League champion Lehigh at noon Saturday.
NCAA selection committee chair Jim Siedliski said on the ESPNU broadcast that Ohio State, North Carolina and Denver were all in the running for spots three, four and five.
Two-time returning NCAA finalist Maryland is seeded sixth and will welcome Rob Pannell and the Big Red to College Park at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Terps and Cornell were for a good chunk of the season thought of as the top two teams in the country.
Duke earned the seven seed and plays defending national champion Loyola in Durham, N.C. The two teams met at Duke on March 8, with the Blue Devils winning a one-goal game that started them a nine-game winning streak.
Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference play ended with a bang this weekend, with three of the nation’s top five teams on display at Walker Field in Grand Junction, CO.
In the semi-finals, No. 1 CSU lacrosse rolled over Utah 17-4, and No. 2 CU-Boulder outlasted No. 5 BYU 10-9 in a thriller to set up a rematch of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown, which the Rams won 9-3 just two weeks ago.
The second matchup of the season between the top two teams in the nation did not disappoint, as the Rams came away with the 9-6 win to take home their 4th RMLC title in as many years. The win also marked the first time in the four-year span that the Rams played the Buffs in the Championship game, not BYU.
“Since I have been here we haven’t played CU in the championship of the conference tournament, so the game was huge,” CSU senior Austin Fisher said. “All the determination to beat the opponent is amplified when it comes down to your biggest rival.”
After a first half dominated by defense, Rams attack Kacy Carter and Sean Smith each fired in a goal with under two minutes to give CSU a 3-1 halftime lead.
“They are going to execute on your weaknesses,” CU defenseman Christian Wilson said. “They work well together, and they don’t make mistakes, which is huge at this point in the season.”
CU came within one in the 3rd quarter when they trailed just 4-3, but the Rams stymied the Buffs hopes with a balanced offensive attack, strong defensive play, and tireless work in the face-off circle from specialist Dan Warfield.
For more: http://www.collegian.com/2013/05/05/no-1-csu-lacrosse-take-down-no-2-cu-on-their-way-to-4th-straight-rmlc-championship/
Armed with a terrific game plan, fourth-ranked Northwestern took the field against No. 2 Florida Sunday in Baltimore for the American Lacrosse Championship title game and executed it to perfection, bottling up the Gators en route to an 8-3 upset win and their sixth ALC crown in seven years.
In this the third straight year that the ‘Cats and Gators have met to decide the ALC Championship, NU dictated possession from start to finish, winning 10 of 13 draw controls — including seven straight to open the game – and outshooting Florida by a substantial 24-9 margin. The Gators, who defeated Northwestern by a score of 22-4 just two weeks ago in Gainesville, were held 21 shots and nearly 13 goals below their season per-game averages.
Florida scored only goal in the final 51 minutes of game action, while UF’s top two point-scorers this season Kitty Cullen (61 points) and Shannon Gilroy (57) combined for only one assist Sunday thanks largely to another stellar face-guarding effort by Kerri Harrington. The two combined for 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in Northwestern’s regular-season loss to the Gators.
“We were fired up to play today but it was a different kind of hyped up, it was more of a laser focus before the game and you could see it in everybody’s eyes when you looked around,” said junior Alyssa Leonard, who today set the Northwestern single-season record for draw controls as she hauled in seven to bring her 2013 total to 112. “What happened in the regular season was humbling, but today we were all ready to play and we weren’t going to let what happened last time affect this game.”
Two more juniors, Kat DeRonda and Kelly Rich, spearheaded a judicious Northwestern attack all afternoon, with DeRonda netting her second career hat trick and adding one assist while Rich recorded two goals and one helper. Leonard scored twice to go along with her seven draw controls, while ALC Championship MVP Gabriella Flibotte posted three draw controls and two caused turnovers in the defensive midfield.
“They certainly play more games than ever and more games at a higher level of competition,” said Dr. Kevin Walter of the concussion clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. “They extend themselves more than ever. And with all the specialized training, they are bigger, faster and stronger. It adds up.”
Helmets, specialized mouth guards and headbands do not prevent concussions. “There is no known way to prevent concussions,” Stein said. “We love helmets and mouth guards; they protect your skull and your teeth. But they won’t stop a concussion from happening.”
Youth sports concussion clinics operate at the center of America’s heightened awareness and increasing worry about concussions among young athletes. Listening to the hundreds of stories of how concussions have occurred, examining patients and monitoring their recoveries, the doctors and staff members are a repository of anecdotal and medical concussion information.
- Female patients are making up a larger percentage of the clinics’ overall concussion patient population, a percentage that continues to rise year to year.“People used to say this was happening because female athletes are more likely than male athletes to report their concussion symptoms, but not many of us believe that is the reason any longer,” said Dr. Cynthia Stein of Boston Children’s Hospital. “Female athletes are just as aggressive about wanting to stay on the playing field, but maybe their sports are getting rougher.“Forty-one percent of our new patients are now female, which is a huge amount when you consider that the No. 1 sport causing concussions is football, and that’s nearly all male.”
- Many concussions seem to result from a hit the young athlete does not see coming. It is not just blindside hits in football; it is collisions in which only one party is braced for the collision, as seen in checking sports like lacrosse and hockey. Many soccer players are injured when they are hit in the head by a kicked ball at close range that they did not see coming, especially blows that came from the side or behind them.Doctors again have theorized that girding the neck for a collision or a blow to the head could be the body’s way of protecting the brain. If the blow comes without warning, that layer of fortification is not engaged.“As coaches always say, ‘Keep your head on a swivel so you know what’s going on around you,’ ” said Dr. Michael O’Brien at Boston Children’s Hospital. “It might be good advice for a lot of reasons.”
For more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/06/sports/anecdotal-evidence-offers-clues-to-youth-concussions.html?_r=0
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With the return of Outlaws veteran Brendan Mundorf, the Outlaws won their second straight game in 2013, 13-8, on Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio. This win brings the Outlaws to 8 straight wins in the regular season, breaking their previously held record of 7.
The Outlaws only trailed once, when the Machine scored on a Chazz Woodson goal 3:12 into the contest, the Outlaws responded with a 5-0 run to stake a 5-1 lead in the first quarter. Goals came from Chris Bocklet, Jeremy Sieverts, Terry Kimener and 2 from Mundorf, who played in his first game since suffering from an ankle injury before Championship Weekend in 2012. Face-off specialist Anthony Kelly started the game 5-of-5 against his former teammates. Kelly was traded to the Outlaws from the Machine in July of 2012.
The Machine answered back with 3 goals in the second quarter, to cut the Outlaws lead to 5-4 at the half. We got sloppy,” Outlaws Head Coach Jim Stagnitta said at halftime. “We had some opportunities, but didn’t finish them. We held on to the ball too long. We have to get the ball out of our sticks. Ohio is doing a really nice job getting out and putting some pressure on us. We just have to put the ball in the cage. We had some opportunities, we just have to take advantage of it.”
The third quarter belonged to the Outlaws as they scored 5 to Ohio’s 1. After goals by Justin Pennington and Justin Turri, Mundorf fed a cutting Bocklet to give him his second goal of the game. After an Ohio goal to cut the Oultaws lead to 8-5, Denver scored two more from Drew Snider and Will Mangan to bring the lead to 10-5 at the end of the third.
The Washington Stealth are headed to the NLL Championship Game for the third time in four years after their 14-13 road win over the Calgary Roughnecks in the West Division Final at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night.
”Two great lacrosse teams and some phenomenal lacrosse players,” said Stealth head coach Chris Hall. “You are watching some of the best athletes on the planet when you watch these two teams go at it.”
Despite seven second-half goals by Roughnecks forward Curtis Dickson, the Stealth held on for the win in a game that came down to the final possession. Down by one goal with the goalie pulled, Calgary failed to get a shot off with 10 seconds left before Washington cleared the ball down the floor to help the remaining time expire.
Washington lead 2-0 after the first quarter, 8-5 at halftime and 11-10 after the third quarter in a game in which they never trailed.
Stealth forwards Athan Iannucci and Rhys Duch both scored three goals and finished with seven points while goaltender Tyler Richards made 39 saves on 52 shots to help them get back to the title game.
Dickson finished with eight points (7+1) and was the first NLL player to score seven goals in a postseason game since Buffalo Bandits transition player Mark Steenhuis accomplished the feat in 2008. Dane Dobbie scored a hat trick as the only other Roughnecks player to score more than once. Calgary forward Shawn Evans, the NLL’s regular season scoring champ with 112 points, opened the scoring for the Roughnecks early in the second quarter but finished with just three assists the rest of the way.
”Two great lacrosse teams and some phenomenal lacrosse players,” Hall said. “You are watching some of the best athletes on the planet when you watch these two teams go at it.”
The first quarter set the scene for a physical battle in the “Rough House” with both teams setting the pace high and pushing for momentum. The Stealth went up 2-0 after the first quarter, despite the Roughnecks controlling for the better part of the first.