Daily Archives: October 3, 2013
“Lacrosse Magazine Oct 2013” Issue Features Sports Science & Safety, ACL Injuries, Hall Of Fame Class, Chesapeake Bayhawks’ John Grant Jr And Casey Powell, And Team USA Men’s Lacrosse
NCAA Lacrosse: Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Looks “Impressive” In 13-6 Loss To Denver As The “Buffs” Launch Inaugural 2013-14 Season
Although Denver prevailed 13-6, Colorado showed promise before a crowd of approximately 250 fans at Denver’s Peter Barton Stadium.
On a night of unofficial “firsts”, the first goal in University of Colorado lacrosse history was scored by Sarah Lautman, a player who was added to the roster just nine days ago.
While coach Ann Elliott and her staff have been recruiting players since April 2012 in anticipation of the Buffaloes inaugural season, Lautman has been trying to transform herself from a club player to a Division I player. The only “club” player on the 23-player roster, Lautman scored on a free position shot, aiming top right against University of Denver keeper Hannah Hook.
Her goal set off a spirited celebration among the Buffs, who were trailing 4-0 amid growing concern that they couldn’t compete against the established Pioneers, who started playing lacrosse in 1999.
“I was nervous for a couple of minutes, and then we scored and you realize you’re going to be all right,” said Colorado goalie Paige Soenksen. “We realized, we can compete; we can hang with them.”
“This was a great test of our ability to focus and to play hard,” said Elliott, a former Northwestern assistant and All-American player for the Wildcats, who is assisted by former Northwestern stars Hannah Nielsen and Colleen Magarity.
“We’ve been waiting to play for a long time,” Elliot said. “And a lot of the kids have been waiting for a long time too. It was great to kick off Colorado lacrosse. Fortunately, we have Denver just down the road. Denver is a great team.”
The Pioneers lost four key players off an 18-3 team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament last spring after sweeping the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with an 8-0 mark.
International Lacrosse: Uganda Lacrosse Union Partners With Fields Of Growth To Bring Team Uganda To 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships In Denver (Video)
The initiative is being launched through the Dream 2014 Campaign – a movement inspired through shared dreams and friendships that have been established via the popular Lacrosse Volunteer Corps program that Fields of Growth runs in Uganda and Jamaica. Over the past three years over 100 volunteers have traveled through this program in an effort to share their passion for service, education and lacrosse.
“We have hosted so many inspiring young men and women from the USA here in Uganda over the past three years. Together we have shared in the greatest gifts life has to offer; friendship, education, hope and dreams,” said Maurice Sserunkuma, Secretary General of the Uganda Lacrosse Union. “The youth of our country have a lot of needs, but no need is greater than the freedom to dream, and to act upon your dreams
through conscious endeavor and hard work. I am excited to see Team Uganda’s dreams realized through this campaign.”
Team Uganda has had no shortage of good coaching and support from a young and passionate group of supporters in the USA. The list of talented young Americans is inspiring and serves as a great reflection of the heart and character of the lacrosse community. Visits from the likes of Rob Pannell, Tom Schreiber, Chad Wiedmaier, Ryan Flanagan and John Christmas among nearly one hundred other volunteers have fueled the development and growth of the sport in the nation Winston Churchill once dubbed “The Pearl of Africa.”
“This initiative is all about a passion for life. The enthusiasm and love for the game embodied in the lacrosse community knows no boundaries,” said Kevin Dugan, founder of Fields of Growth. “Dreams tie mankind together. The power of dreams and sharing your passion cannot be underestimated – it serves to fuel a creative love that can help change the world.” The Dream 2014 Campaign aims to do just that. The theme One World. One Team. One Dream. was crafted by campaign director Aimee Dixon, a dynamic, young leader who played college lacrosse at Louisville and had a stint with the US Olympic Committee before moving to Uganda last year to create a development plan for the Uganda Lacrosse Union and a school for impoverished children. Together with a crew of college and high school students, Dixon is mobilizing a movement that will engage the entire lacrosse community, young and old, to extend the gift and power of a dream to Team Uganda.
For more information on how to support the Dream 2014 Campaign visit http://www.dream2014.org. Take action, get involved and be the change you want to see in the world.