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


Denver Outlaws vs New York Lizards Game

Denver Outlaws vs New York Lizards Aug 4 CBS Sports

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Major League Lacrosse

NCAA Lacrosse: First-Year Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Program Features Elite Players From 8 States, Upgraded Facilities For 2014 Season


Colorado Women's Lacrosse

Head Coach Ann Elliott and her assistant coaches, Colleen Magarity and Hannah Nielsen, played for the prestigious Northwestern program that has won seven of the past nine NCAA titles. Combined, the three own 13 championship rings.

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.

Colorado Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Ann Elliott

Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Ann Elliott

.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


University of Denver Lacrosse Players in MLL

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’.”

For more:  http://www.majorleaguelacrosse.com/news/8133/professional-pioneers-university-of-denver-graduates-take-mll-by-storm/

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


Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced today a comprehensive content and partnership agreement with The Whistle, the first sports entertainment network focused exclusively on entertaining young fans and athletes with engaging and appropriate content.  “We are truly excited and proud to be partners with The Whistle. They have built a solid team with great relationships and have shown real momentum,” says Major League Lacrosse Commissioner David Gross.  “This move ensures lacrosse will be an important part of the sports entertainment experience The Whistle delivers to young fans and athletes.  We look forward to growing with them.” “MLL is an exciting addition to our team of major league partners and investors.  As the fastest growing participation sport in the U.S. among today’s youth, there is a clear demand for lacrosse content from our audience and it makes a perfect fit to align with the top league. Our partnership will bring the best of on-field action, informative instruction content and key features from MLL’s  top stars ,” said Jeff Urban, The Whistle’s co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer.  The partnership gives The Whistle viewers access to game highlights, behind-the-scenes footage, how-to-tutorials, interviews with MLL stars, and a variety of opportunities to engage directly with their favorite MLL teams and athletes.  The league will also give the network full access to its library of existing content to repurpose for younger viewers. Major League Lacrosse joins The Whistle’s partners, the National Football League, the PGA Tour, US Soccer, the Harlem Globetrotters, IndyCar and Alli Sports. The network delivers a mix of professional, amateur and user-generated content across the multiple media platforms younger fans use each day with the goal of keeping them more engaged, informed and active. “Increased interest and engagement by young fans is the backbone of MLL and will continue to drive tremendous growth for our sport and our league. The Whistle understands this audience and is entertaining, engaging and connecting with them directly across multiple platforms. Whenever young fans turn to The Whistle to learn more about sports, they’ll find out how exciting lacrosse is when played at the professional level,” Gross said. About The Whistle The Whistle is the first sports network and community that's dedicated to entertaining, inspiring and equipping the next generation of fans and athletes with the critical life skills that sports provide. In addition to insights into and updates on professional and youth sports, The Whistle provides curriculum-driven content that focuses on fitness and nutrition, math and science and self-confidence and teamwork. Its owners and investors include sports heroes such as Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning, and Tim Wakefield, media pioneers including former heads of Nickelodeon and MTV, and league partners like the NFL, PGA Tour, US Soccer and now Major League Lacrosse. For more information, go to TheWhistle.com

Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced today a comprehensive content and partnership agreement with The Whistle, the first sports entertainment network focused exclusively on entertaining young fans and athletes with engaging and appropriate content.
“We are truly excited and proud to be partners with The Whistle. They have built a solid team with great relationships and have shown real momentum,” says Major League Lacrosse Commissioner David Gross. “This move ensures lacrosse will be an important part of the sports entertainment experience The Whistle delivers to young fans and athletes. We look forward to growing with them.”
“MLL is an exciting addition to our team of major league partners and investors. As the fastest growing participation sport in the U.S. among today’s youth, there is a clear demand for lacrosse content from our audience and it makes a perfect fit to align with the top league. Our partnership will bring the best of on-field action, informative instruction content and key features from MLL’s top stars ,” said Jeff Urban, The Whistle’s co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer.
The partnership gives The Whistle viewers access to game highlights, behind-the-scenes footage, how-to-tutorials, interviews with MLL stars, and a variety of opportunities to engage directly with their favorite MLL teams and athletes. The league will also give the network full access to its library of existing content to repurpose for younger viewers.
Major League Lacrosse joins The Whistle’s partners, the National Football League, the PGA Tour, US Soccer, the Harlem Globetrotters, IndyCar and Alli Sports. The network delivers a mix of professional, amateur and user-generated content across the multiple media platforms younger fans use each day with the goal of keeping them more engaged, informed and active.
“Increased interest and engagement by young fans is the backbone of MLL and will continue to drive tremendous growth for our sport and our league. The Whistle understands this audience and is entertaining, engaging and connecting with them directly across multiple platforms. Whenever young fans turn to The Whistle to learn more about sports, they’ll find out how exciting lacrosse is when played at the professional level,” Gross said.
About The Whistle
The Whistle is the first sports network and community that’s dedicated to entertaining, inspiring and equipping the next generation of fans and athletes with the critical life skills that sports provide. In addition to insights into and updates on professional and youth sports, The Whistle provides curriculum-driven content that focuses on fitness and nutrition, math and science and self-confidence and teamwork. Its owners and investors include sports heroes such as Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning, and Tim Wakefield, media pioneers including former heads of Nickelodeon and MTV, and league partners like the NFL, PGA Tour, US Soccer and now Major League Lacrosse. For more information, go to TheWhistle.com

The Whistle and MLL Partnerships

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


2013 US Lacrosse U15 Girls National Championship

Alec Barnes has been facing off since he started playing lacrosse in the second grade, but a summer of work on the craft helped second-seeded 3d Select National make history at the US Lacrosse Boys’ U15 National Championship, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

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.

Alec Barnes won 14 of 18 faceoffs and added a goal and two assists to lead 3d Select National to a 10-4 win over the Long Island Express Barracudas (N.Y.) in the gold medal game of the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. With players mainly from Colorado and California, 3d Select became the first Western program to win in the five-year history of the championship. Photo by ©Scott McCall

Alec Barnes won 14 of 18 faceoffs and added a goal and two assists to lead 3d Select National to a 10-4 win over the Long Island Express Barracudas (N.Y.) in the gold medal game of the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. With players mainly from Colorado and California, 3d Select became the first Western program to win in the five-year history of the championship. Photo by ©Scott McCall

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.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/boys/2012-13/news/072813_3d_select_wins_us_lacrosse_boys_u15_national_championship

Major League Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Denver Outlaws 14-12 Win Over Chesapeake Bayhawks


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


Denver Outlaws vs Chesapeake Bayhawks July 27

Another win, another league record for the Outlaws, who improved to 12-0 on the season with a 14-12 victory against the Chesapeake Bayhawks in Denver’s 2013 home finale.
Deadlocked at 10 entering the final tram, the Outlaws scored four goals in four minutes to open the period and take a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish on their way to clinching the Major League Lacrosse top playoff seed and setting a league record for best winning percentage in a single season.
“It’s awesome, but in reality, it doesn’t matter,” goalie Jesse Schwartzman said about clinching the No. 1 seed. “You have to win two games in two days against two good teams, whoever they may be so we’re happy to be there. We’re thankful for it. We put in a lot of hard work and it’s nice to see it pay off.”
At 12-0, the worst the Outlaws can finish is 12-2 (.857 pct.), which would top the previous 10-2 (.833 pct.) mark shared by four teams. Denver’s 12 wins tie the league mark and represent the most in the MLL since 2002.
Early on, it looked like the Bayhawks, who were playing to clinch a playoff berth, could end Denver’s league-record win streak at 17.
After midfielder Jeremy Sieverts started the scoring 43 seconds into the game, the Bayhawks responded with a 5-0 run to open up a 5-1 lead early in the second quarter.
Denver answered with a 4-0 run of its own that included a pair of goals from midfielders Drew Snider and Sieverts, who would finish with four and earn Player of the Game honors.

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