Monthly Archives: August 2013
Major League Lacrosse: “2014 MLL Championship Weekend” Changed To A Single Final Game; Top Two Teams To Host Semifinal Playoff Games
NCAA Div II Lacrosse: Colorado State-Pueblo Adding Men’s, Women’s Lacrosse As Varsity Sports In 2014-15; 600-Seat Lacrosse Stadium To Be Built
Colorado State University-Pueblo will increase its athletics offerings to 22 starting in the 2014-15 school year, adding men’s indoor and outdoor track and field, men’s cross country, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse and women’s swimming and diving.
Announced as part of the University’s “On the Move” Foundation campaign, which was unveiled Thursday, the athletics expansion and enhancements includes not only the addition of six competitive sports, but a new soccer and lacrosse stadium, complete with a synthetic turf field, 600-seat grandstand, public restrooms, a concession area, press box, lobby, locker rooms, and offices.
“The stadium will look a lot like the ThunderBowl and be located right next door to it,” Dan DeRose, Chair of the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, said. “The soccer and lacrosse facility will be the nicest collegiate soccer facility in the state of Colorado.”
Also, a $2.5 million boost to the CSU-Pueblo Athletics scholarship fund is part of the campaign.
“Not only are student-athletes the best students, evidenced by their higher GPA and retention rates, but they also represent the University in the community,” DeRose said.
The first step to adding new sports is hiring coaches, and the men’s track and field and cross country coach had already been hired in July. Matt Morris, formerly the track and cross country coach at Carroll College (Mont.), will helm the University’s men’s and women’s track and field and cross country offerings. Coaching searches for the men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, and women’s swimming positions will begin soon.
Of the six sports being added next year, three – men’s indoor and outdoor track and field and men’s cross country – were each previously offered by the University. Before the programs’ elimination in 1993, the three programs had a stellar reputation, producing 34 track and field and three cross country All-Americans, including four individual national champions.
“This is another exciting day in the University’s history,” CSU-Pueblo Director of Athletics Joe Folda said. “The addition of these programs is a final step in this University becoming ‘The Jewel of the South’ in higher education in the State of Colorado.”
Approximately $5 million from the $25 million “On the Move” campaign will be used for athletics expansion, just one piece of a campaign that includes a major renovation to the Occhiato University Center, while another $15 million will be used to boost the University’s scholarship offerings for the general student population.
“Our goal of this campaign is to give more young men and women the opportunity to have the transformational experience of receiving a degree from a higher education institution,” CSU-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare said.
For more information on the CSU-Pueblo athletics expansion or its new sport offerings, visit GoThunderWolves.com or call (719) 549-2711.
Major League Lacrosse: “2013 MLL Championship Weekend MVP” And Chesapeake Bayhawks Attacker John Grant Jr. Credits “Experience And Leadership” For Third MLL Title In Four Years
through today against a younger team. Hats off to Charlotte, they played an excellent weekend and they’re going to be a team to reckon with in the next couple of years. You know, whether we played our best game or not, that doesn’t matter now—we played well enough to win.”
John Grant helped the Chesapeake Bayhawks win its second straight Major League Lacrosse title Sunday (Aug. 26), as they defeated the Charlotte Hounds 10-9 in front of nearly 4,000 fans at PPL Park in Chester, PA.
Grant’s four-goal performance helped pace the Bayhawks to victory, as the Peterborough native was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
“This was a big win for us,” says Grant.
The victory marks Grant’s fourth MLL championship, winning the title in 2008 with Rochester Rattlers, the Toronto Nationals in 2010 and with the Bayhawks in 2012.
“The first win is always the biggest,” he says. “The second was huge, because it came after my injury and this one was big because everyone had counted us out.”
The Bayhawks had an up-and-down season, finishing with a 9-5 record, but Grant says the team stepped up when they needed to.
“We stayed the course and dug down when we needed to and accomplished what nobody thought we could do this year,” he says. “People said we were too old and didn’t have the team to do it this year, but in the end we found a way.”
The 39-year-old says it was the team’s veteran experience that helped them, as they beat the undefeated Denver Outlaws 17-14 in the semifinals.
Grant was unstoppable in the tournament, and deadly accurate, playing the role of a sharp shooter, scoring six goals on just seven shots.
“I tend to usually take more shots in order to score,” he says. “But when I had the chance I was able to put the ball in the back of the net.”
The victory helps make up for the disappointing finish to the season Grant had with the Peterborough Lakers, after losing to the Brooklin Redmen in game seven of the Major Series Lacrosse semifinals at home.