Daily Archives: May 16, 2013

“2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships”: #2 Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse (18-2) Hosts #7 Penn State (14-6) In Quarterfinals On May 18

Northwestern Women's Lacrosse 2013 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships vs Penn State

Two familiar conference foes, No. 2 Northwestern and No. 7 Penn State, are also two of eight teams still standing in the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship and will square off Saturday in Evanston with a trip to the national semifinals on the line. The Wildcats will be trying to knock off Penn State for the third time this season and to secure a berth in the semifinals for the ninth consecutive year.
The game will be carried live to a national audience on the Big Ten Network, with veteran play-by-play announcer Mike Wolf joining 2005 Northwestern Lacrosse alum Ashley Gersuk on the call from Lakeside Field.
• Tickets to the final women’s lacrosse game at Lakeside Field this season may be purchased at the venue’s ticket booth for $8 (adults), $5 (senior citizens, students and youth) and $1 (infants). Once again, all Northwestern students will be admitted at no charge upon presentation of a valid WildCard, courtesy of Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller.

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“2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships”: #3 Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Takes On #8 Cornell In Quarterfinals On May 18 In College Park, MD

Ohio State Men's Lacrosse 2013 NCAA Lacrosse Championships vs Cornell

The No. 3-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (13-3, 5-2/3rd ECAC) will take on No. 7/8-ranked Cornell (13-3, 6-0 /1st Ivy League) in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Championship at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md.
Ohio State is the No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament and defeated Towson, 16-6, Sunday in Ohio Stadium in the first home NCAA game in program history. Cornell won at No. 6 seed Maryland, 16-8, Sunday in College Park, Md. The winner of the game between the Buckeyes and Big Red advances to the NCAA Championship semifinals, where it will face the winner of the quarterfinal game in Indianapolis Sunday between No. 2 seed Notre Dame and No. 8 seed Duke. The semifinals will be held May 25 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., with the national championship set for 1 p.m. May 27 in Philadelphia.

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“2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships”: #2 Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Faces #7 Duke In Quarterfinals Match On May 19 In Indianapolis

Notre Dame Men's Lacrosse vs Duke 2013 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships

• Sunday will be the seventh meeting between Notre Dame and Duke in the last four seasons. The Irish have won four of those six encounters, including the 13-5 win in Durham earlier this season.
• The Irish are averaging 8.8 goals in those six contests, while Notre Dame has limited Duke to a 5.8 average.
• This will be the third showdown in the NCAA Championship since 2010. Duke bested Notre Dame in the 2010 title game (6-5 OT) and the Blue Devils topped the Irish in the 2011 quarterfinals (7-5).
• Notre Dame’s first-ever NCAA Championship victory came at Duke, a 12-10 triumph in the first round of the 1995 tournament.
• Duke leads the all-time series with Notre Dame, 6-5. This will be the fourth meeting in the NCAA tournament.

Notre Dame Men's Lacrosse vs Duke 2013 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships game notes-page-001

NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Bill Tierney “Changed His Way Of Thinking” To Match Pioneers’ Offensive Tradition And Strengths; “Obsessed With Scoring 13 Goals To Win Now Rather Than Not Giving Up 7 Goals”

Denver Men's Lacrosse Logo“I was always so obsessed with not giving up more than seven goals to win, and now I’m obsessed with scoring 13 to win.”

“…I’ve said for 1,000 years, it’s much easier for a coach to change than it is for a group of players to change. If we’ve done anything ‘right,’ I think it’s that we’ve changed our way of thinking. We still only want to give up seven, but we we’re certainly willing and happy to win a game 13-11, as opposed to 7-5. It’s just who we are now….”

Bill Tierney, Denver Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach

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Joel Censer

Last fall, former Lacrosse Magazine writer Matt Forman interviewed Bill Tierney about his shift in philosophy from Fred Smith protégé/quick slide architect/defensive genius at Princeton to suddenly becoming the ringmaster of the greatest offensive circus on Earth at Denver.

Denver Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Bill Tierney

Denver Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Bill Tierney

“There was a very clear moment in time where that shifted: one of my first meetings with [assistant coach] Matt Brown here at Denver. When I came here four years ago, he was 28 years old, he had more maturity than I do. I sat down with him, and we were talking about him staying on my staff, and I said, ‘Matt, you know I’m a defensive guy, it’s hard to be an offensive coach. You might want to call [former Princeton, current Loyola offensive] coach Dave Metzbower. It’s hard to be an offensive coordinator when the head guy is such a stickler for ‘perfect’ defense. My goal has always been to keep opponents at seven goals or under.’

“And he said, ‘Coach, with these guys, you’ll never be able to play and win like that.’ I said, ‘Well, tell me what we can do then.’ And he said, ‘We can score a lot of goals. A lot of goals.’ Not begrudgingly, more out of due respect for Matt and our players, I didn’t want to change their mindset. It’s a positive, go-to-the-goal mindset.

Wow. If that quote doesn’t deserve its own standalone plaque somewhere in the coaching Hall of Fame, I don’t know what does.

Here’s a first-ballot Hall of Fame skipper, known for inventing a grinding, possession-oriented brand of half-field lacrosse, who quickly embraces another way to play. It takes a lot of confidence for a coach to admit that his schemes — schemes that, in Tierney’s case, won him national championships at Princeton — may not work at a place like Denver.

For more: http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/DI/2012-13/news/051613_uncensered_winners_arent_afraid_to_make_changes

NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Junior Defensive Middie Terry Ellis Is A “Big Part” Of Pioneers’ Success; First Black Lacrosse Player From St. Louis To Play At Division I Level

Denver Men's Lacrosse Logo“…Terry Ellis didn’t learn about lacrosse until he was a freshman at Clayton  High School outside of St. Louis…Here he is, a standout junior defensive midfielder for the University of Denver  and Denver Men's Lacrosse Defensive Middie Terry Ellisbelieved to be the first black men’s lacrosse player from St. Louis to play  at the NCAA Division I level…”

Ellis, who was bused from north St. Louis to Clayton High School, said  he hopes  many young kids  follow in his footsteps. He introduced lacrosse  to  an inner-city St. Louis boys club last summer.

The Denver Post

By Mike Chambers

DU has a 52-player roster, but coach Bill Tierney and his staff have only  12.6   scholarships to give, split up however they see fit. Ellis, who substitutes  whenever the Pioneers lose possession of the ball and is responsible for  defending and causing turnovers, is on a full ride. He’s a big part of a team  that is making its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals  this weekend.

Read more: University of Denver lacrosse coach finds gem in Terry Ellis – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/colleges/ci_23253629/university-denver-lacrosse-coach-finds-gem-terry-ellis#ixzz2TSzFQ8iq

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“2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships”: Denver Men’s Lacrosse (2,621) & Ohio State (2,358) Draw Record Home Game First Round Attendance

Record Attendance at Ohio State and Denver Men's Lacrosse 2013 NCAA First Round Tournament Games

Ohio State Men's Lacrosse 2013 NCAA Lacrosse Championships Attendance