Daily Archives: September 14, 2013

NCAA Lacrosse: Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Incoming 19 Freshman Student-Athletes Feature Players From Colorado (4), New Jersey (4), California (3), Massachusetts (3), New York (2), Illinois, Indiana, And Maryland

Colorado Women's Lacrosse

The inaugural University of Colorado lacrosse team arrives on campus Thursday after completing successful senior seasons this spring.
Three of the 19 student-athletes who signed national letters of intent last November earned All-American honors their senior seasons. Three of the student-athletes capped their prep careers by earning Academic All-American honors, and six were named to All-State teams.

Perri Baker, Bay Shore, N.Y. (Bay Shore) – Baker excelled in her senior season. In lacrosse, the Marauders picked up their second Suffolk County Championship in three years. In Bakers’ final two seasons, she received back-to-back honors as an All-County selection, an Academic All-American and an MVP. In tennis, she was a four-time All-County selection and a team captain and MVP as a junior and senior. In her fourth season with the basketball team, Baker was honored as an Academic All-County selection.

Emily Bresnahan, Wenham, Mass. (St. Paul’s School) – In four seasons with the St. Paul’s School lacrosse team, Bresnahan scored 92 goals and contributed 80 assists. Bresnahan was the team’s third leading scorer her senior year, helping her team go undefeated, claim the Independent School League title and earn the No. 1 ranking amongst New England prep schools. In her final season, she was also selected as an All-League honorable mention. Bresnahan was also a four-year letter-winner in ice and field hockey. On the pitch, Bresnahan earned first-team All-League honors her senior year.

Amelia Brown, Hingham, Mass. (Notre Dame Academy) – In her senior season with the Notre Dame Academy lacrosse team, Brown helped lead the squad to the fiercely contended Division I State Championship title, finishing the season with a 24-2 record. Brown won four consecutive Ski East Girls Championships, while also being named to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic Alpine Ski Team all four years. Her accomplishments on the ski slopes and both lacrosse and soccer fields helped her to the Notre Dame Academy Outstanding Athlete Award, given to the school’s top athlete over a four-year career.

Cali Castagnola, Alamo, Calif. (Carondelet) – In her fourth year on the varsity lacrosse squad, Castagnola was a California Scholastic Federation honoree and North Coast Section Scholar Athlete selection. For the third consecutive year, Carondelet claimed the NCS championship and Castagnola was named to the CIF Scholastic Championship Team. She also earned first-team All-East Bay and second-team East Bay Athletic League honors. Castagnola claimed the Coaches Award in recognition of the 2011-13 NCS Playoffs/Championships, where she scored 42 goals and contributed 12 assists.

Maddie DeWinter, Parker, Colo. (Chaparral) – DeWinter capped her prep career with U.S. Lacrosse first-team All-American and Academic All-American honors. She was named first-team All-League for three consecutive years and received academic All-State honors in back-to-back seasons. In her final season, she was also named first-team All-State.

Sophia Gambitsky, Wantagh, N.Y. (Wantagh) – Gambitsky was a four-year letter-winner, three-time Scholar Athlete and two-time All-County honoree at Wantagh. In her final season, she was her team’s captain, leading Wantagh to the semi-finals of the Nassau County Class B Championships.

Maddie Hunt, Catonsville, Mass. (Catonsville) – Hunt won back-to-back Maryland 4A Regional Championships in 2012 and 2013. She also received back-to-back All-Division I honors, and was named the Catonsville Co-Athlete of the Year her senior season.

Emily Knapp, Fair Haven, N.J. (Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) – In four seasons at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional, Knapp scored 84 goals and contributed 41 assists for a total of 125 points. She had a strong senior season, scoring 25 goals and adding 15 assists.  Knapp helped lead the Bulldogs to three Shore Conference Championship titles in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Knapp and the Bulldogs also took home a Division Championship in 2013 and made their third South New Jersey Group II State Championship appearance, taking home the runner-up prize.

Maddy Krause, Centennial, Colo. (Regis Jesuit) – Krause was a four-year lacrosse letter-winner and three-time first-team All-League selection at Regis Jesuit. In her senior season, Krause took home a conference championship with the Raiders and was named to the All-State defensive team.

Tori Link, Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek) – Link helped Cherry Creek to four straight Colorado state championships, including titles in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Receiving first-team All-League honors in back-to-back seasons as a junior and senior, Link was also named honorable mention All-State and Academic All-State as a senior. Link ended her prep career by graduating with honors, earning both academic honors and receiving the Athletic Honor Award.

Katie Macleay, Sherwood Forest, Md. (Annapolis) – Macleay averaged 5.5 points per game in her four years at Sherwood Forest. In her final season, she led the team in points, scoring 29 goals and contributing 49 assists. She topped her Anne Arundle County record for most assists with 49 in 14 games. She also set an Annapolis high school record for the most assists in a single game, contributing seven against Southern High School. In her final prep game, she had one goal and five assists as the Panthers fell in the second round of playoffs to the eventual Maryland state champions.

Claire McCain, Winnetka, Ill. (New Trier) – McCain earned back-to-back All-Conference and All-State honors in her final two seasons of lacrosse at New Trier. She captained both New Trier’s lacrosse and ice hockey teams as a senior.

Marie Moore, Brick, N.J. (Brick Memorial) – After three successful seasons at Brick Memorial, Moore sat out her senior year due to an ACL injury.

Annie Morsches, Columbia City, Ind. (Culver Academies) – Morsches helped the Culver lacrosse team to four consecutive state championship games, taking home the title in 2013. Morsches led the state with 60 goals and ranked second with 54 assists, helping her to first-team All-American titles from both U.S. Lacrosse and Lacrosse Magazine her senior season. The 2013 team captain, she was named a Culver Athlete of the Month and earned back-to-back first-team All-State honors and spots on the State Championship All-Tournament team. She was also named to the All-Tournament team at Western Reserve.

Molly Rovzar, Newport Beach, Calif. (Corona Del Mar) – Rovzar was a two-time first-team All-Pacific Coast League selection and Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week in four seasons at Corona Del Mar. As a senior, Rovzar was named her team’s MVP and an OC Register Player to Watch. She was one of the top 15 athletes at Corona Del Mar to receive the Chamber of Commerce Athlete Award and also received the Gratsinger scholarship, given to the player who best embodies leadership, hard work and community service within the lacrosse community.

Amanda Salvadore, Monroe Township, N.J. (Monroe Township) – In four seasons with the Monroe Township lacrosse team, Salvadore scored 122 goals and contributed 68 assists. She was a three-time first-team All-GMC selection and was also honored as an All-Area selection and Monroe Scholar Athlete. She was a three-year varsity starter for both the Monroe Township field hockey and track teams. As a senior, she was the field hockey team captain and earned second-team All-Northern New Jersey honors. She also earned back-to-back first-team All-GMC honors in field hockey.

Melissa Salvadore, Monroe Township, N.J. (Monroe Township) – As a three-year varsity lacrosse starter at Monroe Township, Salvadore scored 34 goals, contributed 22 assists and had 87 ground balls. Salvadore was her team’s captain and a first-team All-GMC selection her senior season.

Paige Soenksen, Encinitas, Calif. (La Costa Canyon) – Soensken had an outstanding senior season. In her final year, Soenksen and La Costa Canyon claimed C.I.F. Open Division and Avocado League Championships (the team’s second straight league title). Her team’s captain, she was named to the Western Girls Lacrosse All-American and Academic All-American teams (her second national academic honor). The 2013 Union Tribune Player of the Year, she also received her second Avocado League and C.I.F. Player of the Year honors. In her final two seasons, she was named her team’s MVP, first-team All-C.I.F. and an AP Scholar with Distinction. She was also a first-team Avocado League selection as a senior. In her four seasons at La Costa Canyon, she grabbed 132 saves and recorded a .512 save percentage.

Ella Stapp, Denver, Colo. (Mullen) – Stapp played four years of varsity lacrosse at Mullen. She was the team captain her junior and senior seasons, earning first-team Academic All-American honors both years. As a senior, she scored 38 goals and contributed 23 assists, ranking 10th in Colorado, and was named first-team All-State.

Legends Of Lacrosse: “The Chris Sanderson Project” Celebrates The Courageous And Inspirational Life Of The Former Virginia Men’s Lacrosse And Team Canada Goalie Who Lost His Battle With Brain Cancer In 2012 (Video)

Team Canada Goalie Chris Sanderson

Team Canada Goalie Chris Sanderson

Chris Sanderson was a lacrosse coach and member of the Canadian team defending their world championship.. Sanderson was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Wings in the National Lacrosse League from 2005 to 2007 season. Sanderson played for parts of five seasons as a goaltender.

Chris was a member of the Sanderson family of Orangeville, Ontario. He is the cousin of current NLL players Josh, Phil, and Nate, and was the nephew of both Wings GM Lindsay Sanderson and Calgary assistant coach Terry Sanderson.

Chris Sanderson, 36, a native of Orangeville, Canada who presently resides in Pennington, New Jersey with his wife and two daughters, was diagnosed with brain cancer in December 2008. But that has not stopped his plans to play in his 4th consecutive Lacrosse World Championships this summer. Follow his blog and learn about his training and preparation, hear about his health and treatment, and receive fundraising updates.  http://chrissanderson2010.blogspot.com/p/chris-story.html

Chris Sanderson, 36, a native of Orangeville, Canada who presently resides in Pennington, New Jersey with his wife and two daughters, was diagnosed with brain cancer in December 2008. But that has not stopped his plans to play in his 4th consecutive Lacrosse World Championships this summer. Follow his blog and learn about his training and preparation, hear about his health and treatment, and receive fundraising updates. http://chrissanderson2010.blogspot.com/p/chris-story.html

Sanderson led the University of Virginia Cavaliers to two NCAA Final Fours. He has played in four world championships with the Canadian National Team, and has coached the U-19 Canadian team to a world championship. He also teaches at the Pennington School in Pennington, NJ, and owns a lacrosse company and club team known as True North Lacrosse Company.[1]

He was originally diagnosed with a grade IV malignant brain tumor called Glioblastoma Multiforme in December, 2008. The 2006 ILF gold medalist fought back, miraculously representing Canada at the 2010 FIL World Championships in England, helping the Canadians to a silver medal.[2] Sanderson was named to the All-World Team at the goaltender position in the 2010 FIL WC.[3]

Sanderson lost his battle with brain cancer on June 28, 2012 at the age of 38.