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“2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships”: Cornell Men’s Lacrosse Defense Limited Ohio State And Maryland To 25% Shooting, Seven Goals-Against Average And Zero Man-Down Scores

Ohio State and Maryland shot just 25.5 percent (14-of-55) against the Big  Red, and the unit has given up zero goals in eight man-down Cornell Men's Lacrosse 16-6 Win over Ohio State 2013 NCAA Lacrosse Championshipssituations…Senior goalkeeper A.J. Fiore has registered a .611 save percentage and a 7.00  goals-against average, and sophomore defenseman Jordan Stevens and Noble have  caused six and four turnovers, respectively.

Cornell (14-3) – which will meet seventh-seeded Duke (14-5) in a NCAA tournament  semifinal this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia  – has surrendered a total of 14 goals in victories over the third-2013 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships Philadephiaseeded  Buckeyes and sixth-seeded Maryland in the postseason. It is the best two-game  stretch since the defense allowed 14 goals in thrashings of Siena and Dartmouth  on April 26 and 30, respectively.

Coach Ben DeLuca said the defense’s strength is not limited to one area.

“I think we play with a good amount of tenacity,” he said during a conference  call Tuesday morning. “Our guys are tough, and they work extremely hard. I think  we have a good amount of team speed. I think that’s one of our strengths on the  defensive end. I also think we’re very versatile. I think we have some guys that  can play up at the midfield, between the lines, and we also have guys that can  play down low. … And intelligence. I think when we’re playing at our best, we  play a very intelligent, disciplined brand of lacrosse.”

Cornell will face a tough task in the Blue Devils, who have scored 24 goals  in two NCAA tournament contests. But Noble is optimistic about the defense’s  chances.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/lacrosse-blog/bal-cornell-defense-overlooked-but-unit-playing-its-best-lacrosse-20130521,0,7694655.story#ixzz2TxR5rwuu

High School Girls Lacrosse: “Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Top Ten” Ranks Amador Valley Girls Lacrosse #1 Followed By Carondelet, Cherry Creek, La Costa Canyon And Centaurus

Nike US Lacrosse West Region High School Lacrosse Top 10

Cherry Creek looking for 11th state championship
As the most dominant program in Colorado girls’ lacrosse, Cherry Creek opens each season with a huge bulls-eye on its back. And each season, the players respond in a dominant way. The Bruins advanced to their 16th consecutive state title game by knocking off defending champion Air Academy. Cherry Creek, which has also played in every state championship game since the sport was sanctioned in 1998, is looking for its 10th overall title.
Los Alamitos picks up two titles
Los Alamitos captured the US Lacrosse Southern Section South Division championship for the fifth consecutive season. The Griffins knocked off a tough Beckham (Calif.) team 15-12. Breezy Hastie scored five goals, while Caitlin Derry and Grace Schmidt-Beck each scored four times. Los Alamitos followed that up with a 19-4 victory over Agoura (Calif.) in the US Lacrosse Southern Section finals. The Griffins handed the Chargers (18-1) their first loss of the season.

1. Amador Valley (Calif.), 20-1

The Dons wrapped up the regular season without losing a game to any in-state teams and earned the top seed in the playoffs. Amador Valley kept the momentum rolling into the post-season by knocking off San Ramon Valley 20-6 in the second round of the North Coast section playoffs.

2. Carondelet (Calif.), 15-3

The Cougars closed out the regular season with six consecutive victories after a 10-9 loss to Amador Valley. Carondelet entered the North Coast section as a No. 2 seed and beat Dublin (Calif.) and Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.) to advance to the quarterfinals.

3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 15-2

The Bruins continue to be one of the top programs on in the West. Cherry Creek has advanced to the state title game since the sport was sanctioned in 1998 and did so again this year with a 13-9 victory over defending state champion Air Academy (Colo.).

4. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 17-2

Season Complete: The Mavericks had another impressive season with 12 consecutive victories. La Costa Canyon ended the year by winning the San Diego Section Open Division championship with a 12-5 victory over Coronado (Calif.).

5. Centaurus (Colo.), 15-2

The Warriors have put together their most successful season in program history. Centaurus advanced to its first-ever state championship game with a 16-15 victory over Regis Jesuit (Colo.) in the semifinals.

6. Air Academy (Colo.), 15-2

Season Complete: The Kadets beat Chaparral 15-11 to advance to the state semifinals. However, Air Academy will not defend its state title after being knocked out of the playoffs by perennial power Cherry Creek.

7. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 19-1

Season Complete: The Griffins finished the season unbeaten in California, and suffered their only loss to 2012 Colorado state champion Air Academy (Colo.). Los Alamitos continued its dominance in the post-season and won its fifth consecutive US Lacrosse Southern Section South Division title with a 15-12 victory over Beckham and then beat Agoura in the Southern Section finals.

8. Coronado (Calif.), 17-4

Season Complete: The Islanders ended another solid season. Coronado advanced to the the San Diego Section Open Division finals where it fell to a tough La Costa Canyon team, ending a four-game winning streak.

9. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 15-3

Season Complete: The Raiders’ successful season came to an end with a 16-15 loss to Centaurus in the state semifinals. However, Regis Jesuit remains one of the top teams in the region and handed Cherry Creek its only in-state loss in the regular season.

10. Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.), 19-1

Season Complete: The Gators closed out one of their best seasons in program history. Sacred Heart Prep was co-champs of of the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division and handed Menlo (Calif.) its first league loss since 2007.

For more: http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/girls/2012-13/news/052113_nike_us_lacrosse_west_region_report

“2013 NCAA Div III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament”: RIT Men’s Lacrosse (19-2) Faces Stevenson (20-2) In Championship Game On May 26 After 10-9 Overtime Win Over #1 SUNY Cortland In Semifinals (Video)

RIT Men's LacrosseFor the first time in the program’s illustrious history, the RIT (19-2) men’s lacrosse team will play for the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse national title thanks to Allister Warren (Toronto, Ontario/Malvern Collegiate Institute)’s overtime goal with 1:55 left, giving the Tigers a 10-9 win over top seeded and previously undefeated SUNY Cortland (19-1) in the semifinals on Sunday. RIT will face Stevenson University (20-2) in the championship game on Sunday, May 26 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. at 4 p.m.

“I’m so excited and proud of the guys,” said an elated Head Coach Jake Coon. “It was a typical RIT/Cortland game that came down to the end. We stuck with our game plan and were able to come up with the plays down the stretch. This is a great day for our team, alumni, students and administration.”

Warren scored off the hidden ball trick with the assist going to Taylor Wisman (Seattle, WA/Inglemoor) with 1:55 to play in overtime. Warren and Wisman crossed at the top of the box. Warren appeared to flip the ball to Wisman, but kept it himself. Cortland goalie Mike Kaminski followed Wisman, allowing Warren to fire a shot into the open net, sending the Tigers onto the championship game.

“We had a pick play called in the huddle,” said Warren. “Coach WIlkens and Coach Dutton said if that didn’t work go with the hidden ball trick. I saw the goalie follow Taylor so I fired it into the open net.”

RIT ties a single-season school record with 19 wins, also set in 2011. The Tigers enter the national championship game having won 13 straight games and are 68-12 since the start of the 2010 season.

Eddie Kiesa (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-Dewitt), Jack Krzyston (Bedford, NH/Bishop Guertin) and Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf) each had two goals for the Tigers, while Wisman finished with three assists. Pat Johnston (Norwell, MA/Norwell) picked up his 19th win of the season, making 10 saves, including three late in the fourth quarter after Cortland made a run to tie the game.

“2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships”: “Goalie Play” Will Be Critical For The Winner In The #1 Syracuse Vs #4 Denver Semifinal; “60% Save Rates” Keyed Both Teams Quarterfinal Victories

2013 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships Philadephia

Jamie Faus, Goalie, Denver

Denver Men's Lacrosse Goalie Jamie Faus Michigan

Denver Men’s Lacrosse Goalie Jamie Faus finished the game with 11 saves on his way to an astounding 68 percent save rate. In the fourth quarter, he was able to stymie a lethal UNC attack unit and prevented them from extending their lead late in the game.

Faus replaced Ryan LaPlante in Denver’s dramatic come-from-behind victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels in the quarterfinal round. He provided a spark off the bench after Denver trailed by six early in the game.

Faus finished the game with 11 saves on his way to an astounding 68 percent save rate. In the fourth quarter, he was able to stymie a lethal UNC attack unit and prevented them from extending their lead late in the game.

If Denver is to take down Syracuse, it will need excellent play in goal. Although LaPlante was the go-to guy for most of the season, Faus’ recent success will earn him the start in Philadelphia.

Denver has a great chance of beating the No. 1 seed, Syracuse, but a good game from Faus could make the feat much easier for the Pioneers as they look to hoist their first national championship trophy this weekend.

Dominic Lamolinara, Goalie, Syracuse

Dominic Lamolinara helped Syracuse reach the Final Four with a win over Yale on Saturday. (Dick Blume | dblume@syracuse.com

Dominic Lamolinara helped Syracuse reach the Final Four with a win over Yale on Saturday. (Dick Blume | dblume@syracuse.com

Syracuse needed all four quarters to take down a gritty Yale team in the quarterfinal round. The game was a defensive battle that the Orange eventually won by a score of 7-6.

Lamolinara kept Yale at bay as Syracuse’s offense struggled for most of the game. He made six stops in the second and third quarters when SU failed to score and also intercepted the Bulldogs’ final desperation pass into the middle with four seconds left to close out the game.

“Dom, week in and week out, is playing on his head,” senior defenseman Brian Megill said. “He really bailed us out at the end with that doorstep save and then picking off that last pass with four seconds left. My hat goes off to him.”

Lamolinara made eight saves in the victory over the Bulldogs, but will surely see more shots against a fast-paced Denver offense. Denver scored 19 goals in the first round against Albany, followed by 12 against UNC.

Denver will look to push the pace in this game, especially after watching the ‘Cuse defense struggle against Yale’s Brandon Mangan. Lamolinara will provide the last line of defense and must make saves to keep his team in the game.

If Lamolinara can achieve a 60 percent save rate, Syracuse will have a chance. If he does not, it may be a long day for head coach John Desko and the Syracuse Orange.