Monthly Archives: July 2013

Club Lacrosse: “2013 US Lacrosse U15 Boys National Championships” Feature “3d Select” And “Colorado” In Top 10 Championship Bracket

2013 US Lacrosse U15 Boys National Championship

Sean O’Keefe is hoping for a better ending to this year’s US Lacrosse Boys’ U15 National Championship, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, than he experienced last year. With 3d Select at 3-0 following Friday’s round of pool play and seeded second for the 24-team, single-elimination bracket, he’s in position to enjoy just that.

3d Lacrosse Boys

3d Lacrosse is committed to delivering a superior club team experience for Colorado lacrosse players and families. 3d believes that its combination of exceptional coaches who are carefully trained in the “Box / Field Hybrid Development System,” superior training followed by consistent instruction, and thoughtfully planned tournament competition is unique and unlike anything most players have ever experienced.

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

“2013 US Lacrosse Soft Lacrosse Equipment Grant Program” Designed To Initiate And Enhance Participation At Schools, Community Organizations; September 1 Deadline To Submit Applications

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Soft Lacrosse Equipment Grant Program  The 2013 US Lacrosse Soft Lacrosse Equipment Grant provides soft lacrosse equipment. The in-service workshop training explained above is not included in this option. This grant is designed to initiate and enhance participation in the sport by providing soft lacrosse equipment to schools and community-based organizations. A set of soft lacrosse equipment includes: 30 soft lacrosse sticks, 30 soft lacrosse balls, one (1) copy of the US Lacrosse PE Curriculum Guide and Reproducible packet.

Soft Lacrosse Equipment Grant Program
The 2013 US Lacrosse Soft Lacrosse Equipment Grant provides soft lacrosse equipment. The in-service workshop training explained above is not included in this option. This grant is designed to initiate and enhance participation in the sport by providing soft lacrosse equipment to schools and community-based organizations. A set of soft lacrosse equipment includes: 30 soft lacrosse sticks, 30 soft lacrosse balls, one (1) copy of the US Lacrosse PE Curriculum Guide and Reproducible packet.


Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws Host Defending MLL Champion Chesapeake Bayhaws On July 27 In Matchup Of League’s Top Offensive Teams; Preview Of Championship Game?

Denver Outlaws vs Chesapeake Bayhawks

With just three regular season games left this year, the defending MLL Champion Chesapeake Bayhawks look to serve the Denver Outlaws with their first loss of the season. The Bayhawks travel to Denver to face off against the Outlaws at Sports Authority Field at Mile High this Saturday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m. (EST).
The Denver Outlaws and Chesapeake Bayhawks last met during Week 7 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium when the Outlaws defeated the Bayhawks 13-9. Denver’s rookie attackman Eric Law shined netting a total of five goals on five shots. The Outlaws offense was further bolstered by a hat trick from midfielder Jeremy Sieverts and attackman Brendan Mundorf’s goal and two assists. Denver goalie Jesse Schwartzman held off the experienced Chesapeake offense putting up 17 saves. Seven Bayhawks contributed to the team’s overall nine goals with midfielder Matt Abbott netting two and attackman Drew Westervelt putting up one goal and two assists. Chesapeake goalie Kip Turner had an outstanding 19 saves between the pipes, holding the Outlaws to one of their lowest scoring games all season.
Chesapeake is currently ranked third in the league with a 7-4 record. The Bayhawks possess one of the most experienced and formidable defenses in the entire league. All-Star goalie Turner ranks second in the league with 145 saves between the pipes and a 10.05 GAA. Offensively, Chesapeake is ranked second in scoring with 142 goals netted this season. Ranked fourth in the league, Westervelt leads the Bayhawks with 25 goals so far this season followed by veteran attackman Ben Rubeor’s 24 goals. Part of what sets apart Chesapeake’s offense is their 2-point goals, the Bayhawks rank second in the league with twelve 2-point goals. If Chesapeake can step up offensively they have a real shot at outscoring Denver.

Club Lacrosse: “Long Island Top Guns” Capture “US Lacrosse U15 Girls National Championship”

2013 US Lacrosse U15 Girls National Championship

The Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.) had been knocking on the door of the gold medal game at the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, in each of the last two years. Thursday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, they kicked in the door.

Long Island Top Guns Girls Lacrosse

Long Island Top Guns has been established to provide a high competitive level of lacrosse for girl student-athletes across the Island.

Samantha Geiersbach had six goals and an assist and third-year tournament participant Samantha Apuzzo added four goals and an assist to lift the seventh-seeded Top Guns to their first national championship with a 14-12 win over fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.) in an all-Long Island final. The Top Guns completed an 8-0 run through the tournament that included one-goal wins over NEM&D (Md.) in the round of 16 and defending national champion Sky Walkers 2016 (Md.) in the quarterfinals.

“I’m just really happy for the girls. They worked so hard for it,” said Top Guns coach Shannon Smith, whose squad lost in the semifinals in 2011 and 2012. “We came here with a goal and we achieved it.”

To do it, the Top Guns needed to get the Jackets out of their pressuring, “backer” defense which has Cara Trombetta trailing one-on-one matchups on the perimeter to help or double when needed. The Jackets used that to shut out fifth-seeded Long Island Liberty (N.Y.) in the quarterfinals and stifle top-seeded STEPS 2016 (N.J.), 12-4, in the semis.

Lacrosse Magazine All-Tournament Team
Samantha Geiersbach, A, Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.)
Allyson Mayle, A BearLax 2016 Blue (Calif.)
Sara Szynal, A, STEPS 2016 (N.J.)
Samantha Apuzzo, A/M, Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.)
Kaitlyn Cerasi, M, Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.)
Katie Hoeg, M, Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.)
Kerrigan Miller, M, Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.)
Taryn Ohlmiller, M, Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.)
Olivia Conti, D, Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.)
Manuela Cortes, D, Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.)
Cara Trombetta, D, Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.)
Julie Krupnick, G, STEPS 2016 (N.J.)

“Lacrosse Magazine August 2013” Issue Released Featuring Denver Outlaws Middie Drew Snider, Big Ten Lacrosse Conference, High School Lacrosse Season Review And MLL Championship Preview

Lacrosse Magazine August 2013 Issue

COVER STORY — West Side Story
Drew Snider has made the Denver Outlaws look like geniuses for taking a chance on him. Will it pay off in an MLL Championship this month?
By Corey McLaughlin
Road Map For The Future
The Big Ten is in the house. NCAA Division I men’s and women’s lacrosse landscapes will look vastly different in 2015, thanks to conference realignment. LM looks at the winners and losers.
By Clare Lochary and Corey McLaughlin
A Proper Introduction
US Lacrosse’s physical education/soft lacrosse program has picked up steam in its third year, giving the sport exposure in classrooms and youth centers.
By Paul Ohanian
Blast From The Past
Ward Melville (N.Y.) is back. The Patriots are No. 1 after a renaissance of a season that was capped by a 16-4 shellacking of West Genessee in the state finals.
By Mark Macyk
Georgia On Our Mind
Milton (Ga.) stars Lydia Cassada (Northwestern) and Annie Ruland (USC) are helped shift the balance of power in the south, making the world take notice.
By Clare Lochary
High School Lax Wrap
West Region: Boys | Girls
Midwest Region: Boys | Girls
South Region: Boys | Girls
Mid-Atlantic Region: Boys | Girls
Northeast Region: Boys | Girls
From the Editor: High School Pride
His Space: Fifty Shades of Jay
Her Space: Heartbreak and Healing
Tyler Steinhardt has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for wounded warriors and taken Uganda lacrosse under his wings – all before his 20th birthday.
Your Edge
Penn State’s Maggie McCormick shows how she finishes 1-on-1 shots (to the tune of 87 points), while Bayhawks defenseman Mike Simon flashes his range on back checks.
Give and Go
Former Johns Hopkins star and current LXM Pro Tour stalwart Kyle Harrison wants to fly like superman.

MCLA Lacrosse: Profile Of Coaches And Players From 2013 Michigan State Men’s Lacrosse Team

michigan state men's lacrosseProfile of the 2013 Michigan State Spartans Men’s lacrosse club team. Michigan State experienced a coaching change after making it to Nationals in 2012. This is almost unheard of. Watch as the program reaches new heights after a new attitude is instilled upon the team.

NCAA Lacrosse Profiles: Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Senior Defenseman Jason Gonos (Video)

Harvard Men's Lacrosse BannerJason Gonos reflects as his career as a member of the Harvard men’s lacrosse team and tells how challenges from Chris Wojcik ’96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse, helped to get the best out of the team this year.