Monthly Archives: July 2013
Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws (12-0) Travel To New York Lizards (3-9) On August 4; Game Broadcast On CBS Sports Network
NCAA Lacrosse: First-Year Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Program Features Elite Players From 8 States, Upgraded Facilities For 2014 Season
To prepare for the spring season, CU is making both short- and long-term upgrades to the team’s facilities. The Buffs will open their first season with a game at Folsom Field in mid-February before moving to their home at Kittredge Field, a space the team will share with club lacrosse and recreational sports teams.
This summer, the field was resodded in a project that cost $500,000, Manning said. The scoreboard and lighting also will be upgraded before the season starts.
.When the University of Colorado announced the addition of a women’s lacrosse team in 2012, it created a new opportunity for Coloradans in one of the area’s fastest-growing sports.
But for the team’s first roster, coach Ann Elliott recruited players nationwide.
“You can go to any state and find a great lacrosse player that can play at the Division I level,” Elliott said. “Our vision is not to limit ourselves, and I think the university attracts people from all over the country.”
Among the 20 players on CU’s roster, only four are natives of Colorado.
“This first year, we got such a late start that many of the very elite players had already selected where they wanted to go,” CU associate athletic director Julie Manning said. “We’re really seeing the Colorado players disperse all over the country.”
CU coaches hope to stock the roster with in-state talent in the near future. They have been in contact with area club coaches, and expect to sign a much higher number of Colorado players in the next few recruiting classes, Manning said.
Although the team is in its first season, the university is providing it with the full 12 scholarships allowed for equivalency sports.
Read more: Colorado lacrosse builds first Buffs roster with nationwide talent – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/colleges/ci_23756543/cu-lacrosse-builds-initial-roster-nationwide-talent#ixzz2adEV9tzm
Major League Lacrosse: University Of Denver Men’s Lacrosse Graduates Mark Matthews, Cam Flint, Chase Carraro And Eric Law Have Entered League And Made Immediate Impacts For Their MLL Teams
A relative unknown in lacrosse until recent successes, the University of Denver has produced MLL’s newest and most talented athletes: Mark Matthews (New York Lizards), Cam Flint (Boston Cannons), Chase Carraro (Ohio Machine), and most notably Denver Outlaws attacker Eric Law, have all entered the league and have made immediate impacts for their respective teams.
Despite Law’s successes early on in his professional career, he is not the first Denver graduate that made an immediate impact. In 2012 the Denver Outlaws selected Mark Matthews, a shifty Canadian lefty who made a name for himself with his highlight reel goals. During his time in college, Matthews became Denver’s workhorse leading his team to a pair of NCAA tournament appearances. Now a member of the New York Lizards, Matthews continues to score goals, but maintains that growing the game is the most important goal of all.
The Western part of the United States is historically known for its legendary gold rush, outlaw cowboys, and sharp shooters who became famous for their incredible aim and accuracy. Now, in 2013, there is a new breed of sharpshooters emerging from the Wild West, only now they’re suiting up in MLL uniforms.
Traditionally in the lacrosse community, the schools that produce the majority of MLL talent lie on the east coast of the US. Schools like Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, and Cornell are known for molding their athletes into Major League Lacrosse’s stars of the future, but as the game continues to grow at an exponential rate there is a new lacrosse program churning out some of MLL’s brightest young stars, the University of Denver.
The story for Denver started in 2009 with the arrival of legendary coach, and father of MLL champion goaltender Trevor, Bill Tierney. Despite some serious doubt by lacrosse experts across the country, Tierney left his well-established Princeton program to join the Pioneers, a decision that has grown the game in Colorado, and has ultimately produced some of the professional game’s finest young players.
“So many things drew me to Denver after 22 wonderful years at Princeton,” said Tierney. “A chance to coach with my son, Trevor, a chance to help get a relatively new program, albeit a program that was left in very good shape by Coach [Jamie] Munro, get to the next level in an area where it hadn’t been done before. A chance to be an ambassador for the game as it grows in so many different areas, and a new beginning to recharge my personal ‘professional batteries’.”
Major League Lacrosse: MLL Partners With “The Whistle” Sports Network To Bring Game Highlights, Behind-The-Scenes Footage, Informative Instruction And Interviews To Young Fans And Athletes
Club Lacrosse: Colorado-Based “3d Select” Wins “2013 US Lacrosse U15 Boys National Championship” With 10-4 Win Over Long Island Express; First Western Team To Win Title
Barnes won 14 of 18 faceoffs and a stingy defense held top-seeded Long Island Express Barracudas (N.Y.) scoreless for 30:31 as 3d Select became the first Western-based team to win the gold medal in the five-year history of the event with a 10-4 defeat of the defending champions in the title game Sunday.
3d Select, with most of its players from Colorado and California, completed a 7-0 run through the field that included two wins over For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) and a 10-7 defeat of third-seeded Dukes HHH (Pa.) in the semifinals.
“This is huge, knowing that the West is rising and we’re making a huge impact on lacrosse,” said Barnes, a rising sophomore at Regis Jesuit (Colo.) High School. “We’re as good as everyone else.”
Or better. Barnes spent a part of the summer learning and honing techniques from FOGO Lacrosse, and the results showed. He won six of eight in the first half and eight of 10 in the second half against the Barracudas’ combination of Sam Nadjari and Kyle Portera.
“All I do really is clamp, try to pinch the ball in the stick and pop it out to start a break,” Barnes said.
Barnes added two assists in the first half, and his off-balance feed to Keaton Komatz with 2:19 left in the first quarter gave 3d Select a 2-1 lead it would not surrender. When Barnes didn’t win a faceoff or if 3d Select turned it over, its defense went to work. After yielding a goal to Daniel Rooney with 6:23 left in the first quarter – one which he bounced off Jimmy Littlefield – 3d Select shut down the Barracudas’ potent offense until 5:52 remained in the game, well after the outcome had been decided. Defenseman Will Weitzel joined goalie Otto Bohan on the Lacrosse Magazine All-Tournament Team (below) from 3d.
The Denver Outlaws remain undefeated on the season after beating the reigning Major League Lacrosse Champions, the Chesapeake Bayhawks, by a score of 14-12 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Saturday afternoon win moves the Outlaws to 12-0, clinching them the number one seed at MLL Championship Weekend, presented by Smartlink.
Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws (12-0) Top Chesapeake Bayhawks 14-12 On July 27 To Clinch Top Playoff Seed And Set MLL Record For Best Winning Percentage In A Single Season
Club Lacrosse: “2013 US Lacrosse U15 Boys National Championships” Feature “3d Select” And “Colorado” In Top 10 Championship Bracket
O’Keefe, while playing for Norcal Talon last year, fell ill during the bronze medal game and missed much of his team’s eventual 9-8 loss to Florida. This year with 3d Select, which features players from California, Colorado and New England, the midfielder from Marin, Calif., has been a key ingredient on an opening-day run that included a 9-2 beating of For the Love of the Game (N.Y.), an historically strong team at this event.
“Sean has been giving a lot of assists and creating a lot of opportunities for us,” said 3d Select co-coach Lance Savage. “He’s an absolute stud.”
“Being here last year, I’m more accustomed to the weather, thank God,” O’Keefe said with a laugh after 3d Select finished pool play with a 15-3 defeat of Triad Elite (N.C.). “This is a great experience. You can play with your friends and have fun. Last year, I got to play with some older kids, which helped me in high school and with this team here.”
O’Keefe has had plenty of help. Henry Adams, a rising sophomore at Cherry Creek (Colo.) High, scored three goals in the win over FLG and five in the win over Triad Elite, which qualified for the national championship automatically by placing fourth in the US Lacrosse Southeast Championships in Raleigh in June. With 3d Select drawing from its three geographic-based programs, players who’ve faced each other in previous tournaments this summer now relish the chance to play alongside each other in pursuit of the national championship.
“We have a bunch of talented guys who can step up and who know how to win,” Adams said. “It’s nice to play with people besides your regular club team so you can get better.”
Joining 3d Select among six unbeatens is the defending national champion Long Island Express Barracudas (N.Y.), which surrendered just five goals in three games to capture the No. 1 seed. Dukes HHH (Pa.), Express Turtles (N.Y.) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Md.) gained seeds 3-5, while the Long Island Jesters earned the No. 6 seed after providing a healthy share of drama under mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures.
Seeds for Bracket Play
1. LI Express Barracudas (N.Y.) 3-0
2. 3d Select (Colo.) 3-0
3. Dukes HHH (Pa.) 3-0
4. LI Express Turtles (N.Y.) 3-0
5. FCA (Md.) 3-0
6. Long Island Jesters (N.Y.) 3-0
7. For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) 2-1
8. LI Express Piranhas (N.Y.) 2-1
9. NESLL (Mass./N.H.) 2-1
10. Colorado 1-1-1
11. New Jersey North East 1-1-1
12. Storm (Fla.) 1-2
13. Colorado 14ers 1-2
14. Next Level (R.I.) 1-2
15. C2C Black (Texas) 1-2
16. Brady’s Bunch (Calif.) 1-2
17. Utah 1-2
18. Maverick Select (N.J.) 1-2
19. Florida Swashbucklers 1-2
20. Green Machine (Ind.) 1-2