Daily Archives: September 27, 2013


NCAA Lacrosse: Duke Men’s Lacrosse Releases “2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Poster”

Duke Men's Lacrosse 2013 NCAA Championship Poster

NCAA Lacrosse: Michigan Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Jennifer Ulehla Discusses “Building A Championship Culture” During 2014 Season

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The University of Michigan’s first women’s lacrosse team arrived on campus nearly one month ago (Aug. 28) and has spent the past 10 days practicing as a team. Head coach Jennifer Ulehla, who spent the 721 days prior to Aug. 28, working diligently in her office and on the recruiting trail without a team, now has 28 talented and energetic players ready to be molded into a championship-level team.
In addition to getting acclimated to the many demands of being a college student, the 28 freshmen that make up the team’s roster are also adjusting to being collegiate student-athletes. When the Wolverines take the field on Sunday (Sept. 29) at Loyola University for their first fall ball games, they will have just 11 full team practices under their belt. Michigan will face Loyola at 10 a.m., directly followed by a matchup with Johns Hopkins at 11:20 a.m.

Michigan Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Jennifer Ulehla

Michigan Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Jennifer Ulehla

On how practice is going so far … “We’re a week and a half into practice now and we’re really making great progress. What I’ve said to the team is, each and every day we want to come in and work at 100 percent. We need them to compete at a level that is greater than what they’re used to in order to prepare them for the games that we’ll be playing this fall. Each and every day we’re learning and getting better. Our staff has been pleased with their attentiveness, their willingness to learn, their comradery and their work ethic. It’s always a challenge when you have 28 freshmen, to help them understand how hard they have to work to compete at this level. This weekend is going to be a great opportunity for them to get a feel for what it takes, not only to play at the top Division I level, but also how they need to compete in practice each and every day to get better.”

michigan_lacrosseOn the players adjusting to life as collegiate student-athletes … “Being part of Team One and establishing a program from the very beginning is challenging — it’s incredibly exciting — but it’s also very challenging. These young women have embraced this challenge and presented themselves in an incredibly mature manner. They are showing great character and have represented the University of Michigan and our women’s lacrosse program in a way that we’re proud of. They’ve done a great job dealing with the pressures of being a team of 28 freshmen, coming to college, being away from home, and having to adjust to new professors and an academically strenuous schedule, as well as the strength and conditioning aspect of our program, which is at a completely different level than in high school. They are getting to know our support staff and learning to take advantage of all the wonderful resources we have here at Michigan. We’ve had some great feedback from professors and all the other individuals that touch this program and we couldn’t be prouder. Like any program, there are times where mistakes are going to be made, but what I really love about this group is that they’re willing to admit to those mistakes and learn from them. That’s how we’re going to get better each day on the field and it’s how we’re going to get better off the field. It’s a process and we’re excited to continue to see them grow each and every day.”

On the team getting its first game experience against quality competition … “Being able to play two nationally ranked teams — Johns Hopkins and Loyola — is going to be a great opportunity for us to learn and see what we have been able to accomplish over the last two weeks. With all freshmen, we’re certainly going to take our bumps and bruises, but we’re going into it making sure that our focus is on our effort. We just want to get out there and compete and get an idea of where we are and what we need to work on from here. It’s a scrimmage, it’s not our first game, but it feels as if it’s been forever since I’ve actually coached a game. I’m really looking forward to having my staff out on the sidelines with me and coaching these young women who have been working so hard. For us, it’s going to be a day to remember. We’ll learn a tremendous amount and it will give us a bench mark we can use going forward. It will be an exciting day.”

On her expectations for the team this fall … “Going into the fall, our staff’s expectations are twofold — 1. to begin to build the championship culture that we want here at the University of Michigan for the women’s lacrosse program; and 2. to develop, individually and as a team, the skills that we need to compete at a top Division I level. We want to help each individual recognize their strengths and their weaknesses as a lacrosse player and how they can continue to grow and contribute to our team’s success. In addition to that, one of our main focuses since they arrived on campus has been for our players to get faster and stronger. Our conditioning and lifting, along with game experience in the fall, will help prepare them to compete at a high level in the spring.”

On going back to Baltimore, which is her hometown and home for many U-M players … “This couldn’t come at a better time. The team has been here for several weeks now and being able to spend some quality time with their parents, family and friends will serve them well at this point. For me, being able to go back to my hometown of Baltimore for our first scrimmage, representing the University of Michigan, is incredibly special and something I’m extremely proud of.”

On competing in the first fall game on her birthday … “After the game, we’re going to this great tailgate that our parents are putting together for our first scrimmage. We’ll be back in Maryland, and it’s my birthday, and if you’ve ever read any of our ‘101 Ways to Get to Know Women’s Lacrosse’, you’ll know that on my birthday my favorite cake is not birthday cake — it’s CRAB cake! I’m really hoping that all the parents out there are reading this and will remember that I love crab cake. I don’t need 45 candles in the crab cake though, one will do. I would be okay with them singing happy birthday to me with a crab cake (laughing).”

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NCAA Lacrosse: Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Releases 2013 Fall Schedule Featuring Denver, Navy, Boston College, Harvard And Delaware

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The inaugural University of Colorado lacrosse team will play three games and two tournaments for its fall exhibition season, head coach Ann Elliott announced Friday.
“I could not be more excited for the opportunity our team has this fall to compete against so many great teams,” Elliott said. “Our girls are very excited to play in their first collegiate game together and our program’s first as well. Our staff is really looking forward to finally have all our players on one team and seeing where we are at as a team. Each game we have is a great opportunity for us to challenge ourselves, gain experience and get better as a team.”
The Buffaloes open with a trip to Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 2. The Pioneers closed last season with an 18-3 record and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. DU notched perfect 8-0 marks in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and on their home turf.

Colorado Women's Lacrosse Fall Schedule 2013

Colorado Women's Lacrosse

Lacrosse Magazines: “New England Lacrosse Journal” September-October 2013 Online Edition

New England Lacrosse Journal Sept Oct 2013 online edition

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NCAA Div III Lacrosse: Arcadia Men’s Lacrosse (PA) Hires Jim Stagnitta As New Head Coach Of Second-Year Program; Formerly With MLL’s Denver Outlaws

Jim Stagnitta Head Coach Arcadia Men's Lacrosse NCAA Div III

Arcadia University announced today that Jim Stagnitta, 2013 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Coach of the Year, is the University’s new head men’s lacrosse coach. Stagnitta begins his appointment on Oct. 7.
Stagnitta brings 26 years of experience and a proven record of success at the highest levels to Arcadia’s second-year program. He holds a career professional and amateur record of 220-128 for a winning percentage of .632, and has guided teams to seven NCAA tournament appearances and two MLL playoff appearances.
“We are thrilled to bring Jim on board,” said Brian Granata, director of Athletics and Recreation at Arcadia University. “He understands the importance of developing quality student-athletes, and his experience will benefit our team immensely. We have complete confidence in his abilities to develop a quality lacrosse program here at Arcadia.”
Stagnitta spent the last two seasons leading the Denver Outlaws to first-place finishes in the regular season with a combined 26-4 record. Denver went 11-3 and advanced to the MLL championship game in 2012 while establishing five team records, including wins and a single-season MLL record 229 goals. The Outlaws had another record-setting season in 2013, going 14-0 during the regular season before being upset in the MLL semifinals.
“I am honored to have been presented the opportunity to serve as head coach and continue to develop the Arcadia University lacrosse program,” Stagnitta said. “I was impressed with the direction and potential of the program, and the Athletic Department as a whole. The opportunity to work with Brian Granata and the staff of young coaches he has assembled is very appealing. I look forward to the challenge of leading the Arcadia men’s lacrosse program forward and building a strong foundation that will make the University, alumni, and student-athletes proud.”
Stagnitta’s last collegiate coaching stop was at Division I Rutgers University, where he led the Scarlet Knights to 58 victories in 10 seasons, placing him fifth on the program’s career victories list, and back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004. Stagnitta was named U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) and Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I Coach of the Year in 2003 after engineering the biggest turnaround in Division I lacrosse history, leading Rutgers to a 10-5 record after the team went 2-12 in his first season in 2002.

Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws Announce Resignation Of Head Coach Jim Stagnitta And Promotion Of B.J. O’Hara, Who Has Spent 11 Seasons In MLL And 38 Years As Lacrosse Coach

Denver Outlaws 2013 Media GuideStagnitta resigns following a season in which he led the Outlaws to the first undefeated season in MLL history and earned the league’s

Denver Outlaws Head Coach Jim Stagnitta

Former Denver Outlaws Head Coach Jim Stagnitta

Coach of the Year Award. In his two seasons as the team’s head coach, Denver put together a league-best 25-3 record with the team’s 25 wins under his leadership representing the most in a two-year span in league history.

The Outlaws on Friday announced that they have promoted B.J. O’Hara as the team’s Head Coach after Jim Stagnitta stepped down from the position. O’Hara will enter his 11th MLL season in 2014 and his 38th overall as a lacrosse coach. O’Hara has posted a career coaching record of 231-170 (.576 pct.) through his first 37 years of coaching.

“We are very happy to announce the appointment of BJ O’Hara as the new head coach of the Denver Outlaws,” General Manager Tony Seaman said. “He has brought a great deal of MLL experience as well as college success to the Outlaws over the past two years as an assistant coach. We are all very excited that he is taking over the leadership role.”
Denver Outlaws Head Coach B.J. O'Hara
Denver Outlaws Head Coach B.J. O’Hara
O’Hara has served as an assistant coach for the Outlaws since 2012, helping the team post a league-best 25-3 record (.893 pct.). Denver has outscored opponents 465-307 in that time period with that 159-goal differential leading all MLL teams in that span.
O’Hara helped coach a team that set 21 team records and 10 MLL records in 2013 on its way to become the first in MLL history and just the fourth team in North American major pro sports to finish a season undefeated. Denver’s 14-0 record set a league mark for most wins in a season.
In his first season as an assistant coach for the Outlaws, the team set franchise records in in wins (11), goals (229), assists (116), ground balls (482) and shooting percentage (.348).
“I am extremely excited to be named as Head Coach of the Denver Outlaws,” O’Hara said. “I am especially grateful for the confidence that the Outlaws’ front office, in particular, Tony Seaman, showed towards me by offering this opportunity. I look forward to working together with the entire staff with the goal of bringing the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Championship to the city of Denver. We have a very talented and dynamic roster, and I know that this team is built to contend for the title. I can’t wait to get back on the field and work towards that ultimate goal.”
“We want to thank Jim Stagnitta for two outstanding years as the head coach of the Denver Outlaws,” Seaman said. “What he was able to accomplish this past year, no other MLL coach has ever accomplished. We want to wish him the very best of luck in his new endeavors.”

NCAA Lacrosse: Florida Women’s Lacrosse Presents “FLax Friday: Training Table” (Video)

Nora Barry and Kelsey Hart take you on a tour of the Gator’s Training Table! Four nights a week, Florida’s Athletes are treated to specialized meals for optimal performance on the field. This is the extended version including the men’s basketball team!

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