Daily Archives: October 10, 2013

NCAA Div II Lacrosse: Lindenwood Women’s Lacrosse (MO) Begins First Year In 2014 As NCAA Program In Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA); Lions Play Adelphi On March 1


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The Lions went 15-2 last season, with their only losses coming at Adelphi and by one to Rollins. Both of those opponents reached the NCAA semifinals. But even if LU had gone undefeated, the Lions wouldn’t have joined them in the postseason, since they were in the final year of their transition to the NCAA.
On Sept. 1, that transitional period ended and Lindenwood became an official member of NCAA Division II. Along with it comes all the perks of membership, including postseason play. The Lions will will find out pretty quickly whether they belong there.

by Mark Macyk

by Mark Macyk

Adelphi (which has won the most NCAA tournaments, sort of the San Francisco 49ers of Division II women’s lacrosse) comes to town on March 1. Then LU takes to the road for most of the month with showdowns at South Region contenders Indiana (Pa.) and Pfeiffer highlighting the slate. By the time the Lions exit March with a big WILA showdown against Regis and then a return trip to Rollins, their postseason hopes could be firmly established or completely dashed.

Maddi Ossello, a sophomore from Colorado, had 35 goals and seven assists last year. © Don Adams, Jr.

Maddi Ossello, a sophomore from Colorado, had 35 goals and seven assists last year. © Don Adams, Jr.

In all, Lindenwood will face three of the South Region’s four playoff teams, and three of the team’s playing in the Final Four. It’s the kind of make your own luck strategy that’s necessary in Division II, where only eight teams make the postseason and even a great year can leave you sitting at home. Just look at West Chester last season.

“I relate it to college football,” Cribbin said. “You can have a loss, maybe two, but you have to go in with a mindset that you have to win all your games. With the ratio being so out of whack right now, it’s definitely a numbers game.”

So far so good this fall. Last weekend the Lions went up to Grand Valley State and went 3-0.

The Lions are stacked on the field and graduated just two starters. They return their leading scorer, Shelby Polk (58 goals) and assister, Lindsey Palmer (34 assists). This year will also see the emergence of LU’s huge junior class, which came to campus during the NCAA transition with the understanding that half of their college career would be spent building for 2014.

“It was tough at times,” Cribbin said. “Our juniors knew for the first two years they’d be ineligible. I’m excited for the whole team, but especially for a lot of those kids. We couldn’t be more fired up.”

For more:  http://laxmagazine.com/college_women/DII/2012-13/news/10_10_13_30_in_30_lindenwood

NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Travels To 2013 Navy Fall Invitational To Face North Carolina, Delaware, Syracuse & Boston College On Oct 12; Cardinal Then Play Team USA On Oct 13


Stanford Women's Lacrosse 2013 vs Team USA

It’s only fall and the Stanford lacrosse team has only trained together for a short time in preparation for a season that begins officially in February. But this weekend is significant for the Cardinal.
On Saturday, Stanford plays defending national champion North Carolina and NCAA semifinalist Syracuse, among other opponents, at the Navy Fall Invitational.
On Sunday, the Cardinal plays the U.S. national team in a game that will air nationally on ESPN3.com from the Stars & Stripes Tournament in Towson, Md.

Stanford Women's Lacrosse 2013 Navy Fall Invitational Schedule

The Navy tournament is a 15-team affair, and includes eight NCAA tournament teams from 2012. Stanford is among them.

The Cardinal opens against North Carolina (10:30 a.m. ET, 7:30 a.m. PT), and follows with games against Delaware (11:30 a.m. ET, 8:30 a.m. PT), Syracuse (2:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 a.m. PT), and Boston College (4:30 p.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. PT). Only Delaware did not reach the NCAA tournament last year. Also, games will be 45 minutes long.

“It’s a great opportunity for our freshmen to get in right away and start to understand the speed at which the game at our level is played at,” Bokker said. “Syracuse and UNC are known as two of the fastest teams in the country.

“Playing those four high-caliber games in one day gives us an opportunity to get better throughout the day and work on different things that we’ve been working on at practice.

“Definitely, we won’t be results focused. We’ll be working on things that we’ve been working on in practice and put them into place, and try them against opponents who are going hard and fast and compete at a high level.”

On Sunday, Stanford heads to Towson University. Stanford will be one of four 2013 NCAA tournament teams that will play the U.S. national team that weekend. The others are Navy, Georgetown, and Towson.

Stanford opens against Towson (9:30 a.m. ET, 6:30 a.m. PT) and concludes with the U.S. (11 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. PT). It will mark the second consecutive fall that Stanford has met the U.S. Last year, the U.S. team played at Stanford.

“It’s awesome for our players to put themselves against the best,” Bokker said. “Quite a few have aspirations of playing at that level. It’s good for them to see what it takes to get there. They’ll get a really good sense of the high level of play, and it can build a lot of confidence if you can make a play or score a goal a goal against the best players in the world. “

The connection between Stanford and the U.S. team is Bokker, who recently extended her duties as a U.S. assistant coach through the team’s 2017 World Cup run. She helped the U.S. to the 2013 World Cup title.

Bokker will be scrambling to some extent. Her priority for the weekend will be her duties for the U.S. team, which means she will be on the U.S. sideline when the national team plays Stanford.

The weekend will serve many purposes, including this one: “It’s important for our program to show that we’re willing to put ourselves up against the best,” Bokker said.

Plus, the exposure from ESPN certainly will help get the word out, particularly to the East Coast, that Stanford, winner of eight Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles in nine years, is a rising power in the sport.

Stanford will return home for its alumnae game (Oct. 19), and the Stanford Play Day, involving six schools in a series of short games on Oct. 26 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  The fall season concludes Nov. 1 with an intrasquad matchup (4 p.m.).

Stanford is coming off a 14-6 season that featured the program’s first NCAA tournament victory – an 8-7 triumph over Notre Dame. Stanford’s Rachel Ozer and Anna Kim are returning IWLCA All-Region players and were among six Cardinal named to the All-MPSF team.

So far, Bokker has been impressed with how the team’s five seniors –Kim, Ozer, Megan Lerner, Lyndsey Munoz, and Nina Swanson – have taken on leadership roles. Among the freshmen, Kelsey Murray and Elizabeth Cusick have been especially impressive.

“This will be a test to see how everyone fares, how they do against this high level,” Bokker said. “It will be really fun for us.”

For more: http://www.gostanford.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30600&ATCLID=209280559

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“Lacrosse Magazine” Editor Matt DaSilva Discusses Selection Of October 2013 Cover And Three Alternatives That “Fell To The Cutting Room Floor”


Lacrosse Magazine Oct 2013 Covers That Didn't Make The Cut

Questions I hear often as the editor (Matt DaSilva) of Lacrosse Magazine: How do you pick your covers? And how do you pick who makes the cover?
The answer to those questions vary from month to month. After each edition drops, I’ll use this space to share some insight into the cover that made it, as well as the alternatives that were axed before press, starting with the October issue.
This special Sports Science and Safety edition went in-depth on the scientific and human elements of concussions, ACL injuries and other lacrosse-related health and safety matters under the microscope here at US Lacrosse. There’s a lot we like about the cover we chose (at right). Thanks to the g28raphic design talents of Gabriella O’Brien, we were able to merge a Body Wars-like stock image of an anatomical figure with a lacrosse action shot. We liked that the head (concussion) and knee (ACL) were in the foreground, and we thought this image best illustrated the premise that as science has evolved, so has our understanding of its role in our sport’s safekeeping.

Lacrosse Magazine Covers That Weren't 2The first alternative featured an X-ray-like illustration from behind with an emphasis on the brain and spinal cord. We blurred the masthead as an effect, representing the blurry vision that could come as a side effect of a concussion. Ultimately, we figured, this image focused almost too much on the brain and did not address other areas at risk of injury in lacrosse — like the knees, chest, ankles and hands. (Did you know the thumb is the most commonly injured digit in lacrosse?)

Lacrosse Magazine October 2013 Cover

Lacrosse Magazine October 2013 Cover

The second alternative features Brad Ross, whose bout with persistent post-concussion syndrome anchors the Sports Science and Safety package, and the powerful quote Corey McLaughlin used to lead the story: “I’m 28 years old, and I’m worried about long-term brain issues.” It certainly grabs you, but it felt more like a public service announcement than a cover.

The third alternative was the best of several options where we depicted high and blind-side hits in men’s lacrosse — the biggest offenders in causing concussions. It’s a great photo by Kevin Tucker from the 2012 NCAA tournament game between Maryland and Lehigh. But would it be fair to single out one team or one player and make it or him the poster child of foul play? That did not seem right, especially since we do not know what consequences came of this particular hit.

What do you think? Did we make the right choice? Sound off in the comments. We are gluttons for punishment.

For more: http://www.laxmagazine.com/blogs/author/dasilva/10.10.13_at_10.10_a.m._by_Matt_DaSilva

NCAA Div II Lacrosse: Adams State Women’s Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Features Fort Lewis, Shorter Univ., Colorado Mesa, Lindenwood, Regis, Saint Leo, Florida Southern, And Tampa


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NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Faces Team Canada On Oct 12 At Canisius College (NY)


2012 Denver Men's Lacrosse Media Guide

The University of Denver men’s lacrosse program will take on the Canadian National Team in a fall ball scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 12 in Buffalo, N.Y. at Canisius College at the Demske Sports Complex. The Pioneers will take on Team Canada Red at 4:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. MT) and then Team Canada White at 7 p.m. ET (5 p.m. MT).
“The Denver Pioneers kick off their 2013-14 campaign in a very challenging and exciting way,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “Having the chance to compete against Canada’s best players, as they vie to make their 2014 National Team, is an unprecedented opportunity. We look forward to taking the field for the first time with this great group of young men, who begin their journey together as Denver Pioneers.”
Along with competing against the Pioneers, Team Canada will also take on Robert Morris and Canisius. The scrimmages are serving as a selection camp for the Team Canada 51-man roster that is competing for roster spots for the upcoming 2014 FIL World Championships that will be hosted in Denver from July 10-19, 2014.
Among the 51-man roster is current Denver men’s lacrosse senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) and junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.). Former Pioneers Geoff Snider, Dillon Roy, Cameron Flint and Mark Matthews will also wear the Red and White.
Noble will also be competing alongside his brother Jason Noble this weekend.
All sessions are open to the public and tickets are available for purchase at the gate for $5 per session.
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