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NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Top-Ranked In MPSF Preseason Coaches Poll Followed By Denver, USC, Oregon, Cal And San Diego State


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Stanford collected 78 points and seven first-place votes in taking the top spot in the 2014 Preseason MPSF Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Poll for the fifth consecutive year. The eight-time and defending conference champion returns 11 of 12 starters, and 96 % of its scoring (260 of 272 goals) from last year’s second-round NCAA Tournament Team.

MPSF 2014 Preseason Poll

All-MPSF midfielders Anna Kim, Hannah Farr, Nina Swanson, and Lucy Dikeou return for the Cardinal, as does Rachel Ozer on attack.  Denver, another second-round NCAA Tournament participant, placed second in this year’s poll with 74 points and two first-place votes. The Pioneers put together a 15-game win streak last year and ran the table during the MPSF regular season. Jill Remenapp and Hannah Hook return, with the former leading the nation in assists (74) last year, and tying for the second-most single-season assists in NCAA history, and the latter ranking first nationally in saves (90) and third in save percentage (.514).

Stanford and Denver rank 14th and 16th respectively in the preseason IWLCA coaches’ poll. Taking third is USC with 66 points and one first-place vote. The Trojans come off five MPSF wins in their inaugural year of 2013, and reached the MPSF Semifinals. Every starter returns, including MPSF Rookie of the Year Amanda Johanson (MPSF record 100 draw controls), along with all-conference honorees Courtney Tarleton and Caroline de Lyra.

Oregon is fourth with 53 points, returning 10 starters, three of which picked up a second-team All-MPSF award last year (Shannon Propst, Carly O’Connell, and GK Caroline Federighi). California (47) and San Diego State (45) finished close together in the poll, and with six teams headed to this year’s MPSF Tournament, the coaches’ project both to be amongst the field.

UC Davis (34), Colorado (23), St. Mary’s (16) and Fresno State (14) rounded out this year’s preseason conference poll. The Buffalos will be in their inaugural year of competition. The 2014 season begins Feb. 9 when Oregon visits Stetson, while the first conference game is on Feb. 19 when Colorado makes its conference debut at Denver. The MPSF Championship Tournament is May 1-4 at Denver, with the champion receiving an NCAA Tournament Automatic Bid.

“Lacrosse Magazine February 2014” Issue Released Featuring Albany’s Lyle Thompson, Preseason Players Of The Year And College Season Preview


Lacrosse Magazine February 2014

COVER STORY – Lacrosse Magazine 2014 College Preview
Spring is here, and that means it’s time for teams across the country to prepare for the road that culminates in May with the elusive NCAA tournament. Lacrosse Magazine takes an in-depth look at teams across the spectrum of men’s and women’s lacrosse with scouting reports, analysis and more.
Lacrosse Magazine #LMRanks Online Previews
Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Players of the Year
Men’s DI: Lyle Thompson – Albany
Women’s DI: Alyssa Murray – Syracuse
Men’s DII: Andrew Wagner – Mercyhurst
Women’s DII: Jackie Sileo – LIU Post
Men’s DIII: Corey Elmer – Cabrini
Women’s DIII: Ashton Wheatley
COLUMNS
From the Editor: Women’s Game Has Momentum
His Space: The Denver Experiment
Her Space: My Post-Lacrosse Life
Boyle Point: Climb Out of the Chaos
DEPARTMENTS
Lifestyles
Denver Broncos VP Mac Freeman credits his short-lived lacrosse career for where he is now as one of the top team officials in Denver and President of the Denver Outlaws MLL franchise.
The Scoop
Two-time World Cup gold medal winner Devon Wills attempts to make her way into the MLL after earning a shot with the Long Island Lizards; Philadelphia’s Wings reconstruct radically but keep core of American talent; Erin Smith’s 10 years at US Lacrosse help education programs build for betterment.
Your Edge
Pass Interference
Boston Cannons defender and Triology Lacrosse rep Mitch Belisle demonstrates how to cut off skip planes after defending on ball.
The Sweet Spot
Princeton’s Erin McMunn – the Ivy League Attacker of the Year – is good in close quarters. How can you emulate her success?
Give and Go
Brittany Coppa is an All-ACC senior midfielder, but that doesn’t mean she won’t pull the odd prank on certain North Carolina assistant coaches.

NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Women’s Lacrosse Picked To Finish Second In MPSF Coaches Poll


The University of Denver women’s lacrosse team was picked second in the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Preseason Poll, the MPSF announced Friday.

The University of Denver women’s lacrosse team was picked second in the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Preseason Poll, the MPSF announced Friday.

The Pioneers, who were ranked No. 15 in the deBeer Media Poll and No. 16 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll in the preseason, received 74 points and two first-place votes in the MPSF poll, just four points behind Stanford.

mpsf-08-mast-leftDenver put together a 15-game winning streak last year and ran the table during the MPSF regular season. Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) and Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) return, with the former leading the nation in assists (74) last year, and tying for the second-most single-season assists in NCAA history, and the latter ranking first nationally in saves (90) and third in save percentage (.514).

Stanford collected 78 points and seven first-place votes in taking the top spot in the 2014 Preseason MPSF Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Poll for the fifth consecutive year. The eight-time and defending conference champion returns 11 of 12 starters, and percent of its scoring (260 of 272 goals) from last year’s second-round NCAA Tournament Team. All-MPSF midfielders Anna Kim, Hannah Farr, Nina Swanson, and Lucy Dikeou return for the Cardinal, as does Rachel Ozer on attack.

Taking third is USC with 66 points and one first-place vote. The Trojans come off five MPSF wins in their inaugural year of 2013 and reached the MPSF Semifinals. Every starter returns, including MPSF Rookie of the Year Amanda Johanson (MPSF record 100 draw controls), along with all-conference honorees Courtney Tarleton and Caroline de Lyra. Oregon is fourth with 53 points, returning 10 starters, three of which picked up a second-team All-MPSF award last year (Shannon Propst, Carly O’Connell, and GK Caroline Federighi).

California (47) and San Diego State (45) finished close together in the poll, and with six teams headed to this year’s MPSF Tournament, the coaches’ project both to be amongst the field. UC Davis (34), Colorado (23), St. Mary’s (16) and Fresno State (14) rounded out this year’s preseason conference poll. The Buffalos will be in their inaugural year of competition.

DU finished the 2013 season with an 18-3 record and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Denver went undefeated at home and had a perfect 8-0 record in the regular season against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams.

The Crimson and Gold opens its 2014 schedule against Colorado at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. Additionally, Denver will host the 2014 MPSF Tournament from May 1-3 with the champion receiving an NCAA Tournament Automatic Bid.

Rank Team Points (First-Place), 2013 Record/Conference Finish

1 Stanford, 78 (7), 14-6 Overall; 6-2 MPSF/#2T (MPSF Champion)

2 Denver, 74 (2), 18-3 Overall; 8-0 MPSF/#1 (MPSF Final)

3 USC, 66 (1), 8-10 Overall; 5-3 MPSF/#4 (MPSF Semifinal)

4 Oregon, 53, 8-9 Overall; 3-5 MPSF/#5T

5 California, 47, 9-7 Overall; 6-2 MPSF/#2T (MPSF Semifinal)

6 San Diego State, 45, 8-8 Overall; 3-5 MPSF/#5T

7 UC Davis, 34, 6-9 Overall; 3-5 MPSF/#5T

8 Colorado, 23, First Year

9 St. Mary’s, 16, 4-9 Overall; 2-6 MPSF/#8

10 Fresno State, 14, 2-13 Overall; 0-8 MPSF/#9

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NCAA Lacrosse: #4 Denver Men’s Lacrosse Picked To Win 2014 BIG East Conference Title


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The No. 4 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team was picked to win the BIG East in its first season as an affiliate member, the league office announced Wednesday. Denver topped the poll with 36 points and six first-place votes, while St. John’s took second with 31 points and the last remaining first-place vote.

“I would imagine that our 2013 team success moved the coaches to vote the Pioneers as a favorite going into the 2014 season,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “We have such great respect and admiration for all of our BIG EAST opponents and their coaches, and are very aware of the effort it will take to be successful in this league. We look forward to our inaugural season and will do whatever it takes to convince our conference affiliates that they made the right decision in admitting us.”

Big East LacrosseVillanova was third with 25 points, followed by Georgetown with 22 points. Rounding out the poll were Providence and Rutgers, which tied for fifth with 12 points apiece, and Marquette in seventh with nine points.

Voting was conducted by the seven BIG EAST head men’s lacrosse coaches who could not cast ballots for their own players or teams.

The Pioneers enter the conference following two appearances in the NCAA semifinals in the last three seasons

St. John’s senior attackman Kieran McArdle was named BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Villanova senior long-stick midfielder John LoCascio was picked the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Denver placed a conference-high four on the preseason quad, including seniors Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) and Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.), and juniors Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) and Carson Cannon (Stillwater, Minn.).

“As we move into the BIG EAST Conference, our excitement for playing against new teams and their great players, is very high,” Tierney said. “We are always very proud of our players when acknowledged for their individual abilities, and these ballot results are especially honored because they are voted upon by the conference coaches.”

Georgetown and Villanova tied with three selections apiece. Senior defender John Urbank, junior attackman Reilly O’Connor and junior midfielder Charlie McCormick represented the Hoyas, while the senior defensive pair of Chris Conroy and Chris Piccirilli joined LoCascio from the Wildcats.

Providence (senior midfielder Andrew Barton), Rutgers (junior face-off specialist Joe Nardella) and St. John’s (McArdle) placed one student-athlete each on the team.

Denver (14-5, 6-1 ECAC in 2013) enters the BIG EAST as the favorite in 2014. The Pioneers’ 2013 season ended with a 9-8 heartbreaker to Syracuse in the NCAA semifinals at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. The Pioneers are ranked fourth in both the USILA Coaches and Warrior Inside Lacrosse media polls released on Monday.

2014 BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll

1. Denver – 36 points (6 first-place votes)

2. St. John’s – 31 (1)

3. Villanova – 25

4. Georgetown – 22

5. Providence – 12

Rutgers – 12

7. Marquette – 9

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, Sr., A ^

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

John LoCascio, Villanova, Sr., LSM ^

All-BIG EAST Team

Wesley Berg, Denver, Jr., A ^

Reilly O’Connor, Georgetown, Jr., A

Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, Sr., A ^

Jeremy Noble, Denver, Sr., M ^

Charlie McCormick, Georgetown, Jr., M

Andrew Barton, Providence, Sr., M

Carson Cannon, Denver, Jr., D ^

John Urbank, Georgetown, Sr., D

Chris Conroy, Villanova, Sr., D

Chris Piccirilli, Villanova, Sr., D

John LoCascio, Villanova, Sr., LSM ^

Joe Nardella, Rutgers, Jr., FO

Jamie Faus, Denver, Sr., GK

^ – unanimous selections

Denver opens the 2014 season on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Air Force at 1 p.m. MT. The Pioneers then travel to take on defending national champions Duke on Saturday, Feb. 15 in Durham, N.C.

Season tickets are on sale for the 2014 season for $70 (seven games). Single-game tickets are available for $9. Children, ages two and under, are free and can only sit on a lap. DU students are free with a valid Pioneer Card.

Tickets for the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic are also on sale. The two-day, four-game pass must be purchased in advance and is available for $20. Face-Off Classic single-day passes (two games) are $15.

To purchase tickets, fans can do so in person at the Daniel L. Ritchie Center Box Office, online at www.DenverPioneers.com/Tickets or at 303-871-2336.

For groups of 20 or more, tickets are available for a discounted price. To purchase tickets, fans can do so in person at the Daniel L. Ritchie Center Box Office, online at www.DenverPioneers.com/Tickets or at 303-871-2336.

With a donation of $300 and the purchase of a full-season ticket package, fans can experience the Peter Barton Stadium Gold Club, which offers a pre- and in-game buffet, private cash bar, mid-field seating area, game notes and the ability to purchase additional Gold Club individual tickets.

Or with a donation of $600 and the purchase of at least two full-season ticket packages, fans can experience the Gold Club in addition to “Lax Zone” premium parking.

The “Lax Zone,” is located on the north side of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center in the surface parking lot and serves as the premium tailgating experience for fans, with the hopes of creating the best home-field advantage possible while also branding Denver, Colo., as the Lacrosse Capital of the West.

The “Lax Zone” features season-long reserved spaces for fans to host their friends and family and share in the Pioneer spirit prior to face-off. Fans who have a “Lax Zone” tailgating spot will receive one parking space just steps away from Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

To secure your Denver Lacrosse Gold Club and/or “Lax Zone” parking space for this season, please contact Ryan Lowe, Director of Development at (303) 871-3720 or Ryan.Lowe@du.edu.

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WCLA Lacrosse: Westminster Women’s Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Features BYU, Texas, Michigan State, Michigan, UCLA, Colorado & Colorado State


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The Westminster College women’s lacrosse team has a slate of 13 regular season games set for the 2014 season. The schedule includes four home games and features six teams that qualified for the 2013 WCLA DI National Championship.
For the fifth straight season, Westminster will open the year at the Santa Barbara Shootout. The Griffins open with Michigan State and Pittsburgh on Feb. 15. They will them face Santa Clara on Feb. 16 and a yet to be announced team on Feb. 17.
Westminster’s first home game comes on March 8 when Utah State visits Dumke Field for the first of three straight games against teams from the state of Utah. On March 15, the Griffins play at Utah Valley before a March 21 home game against Brigham Young in the RMWLL opener.

Westminster Women's Lacrosse 2014 Schedule

NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Ranked #4 In USILA Coaches 2014 Preseason Poll


Denver Men's Lacrosse 2014 Preseason Rankings

The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team is ranked No. 4 in both the USILA Coaches’ and the Warrior Inside Lacrosse Media Preseason Polls that were released on Monday.
Denver finished last season with a 14-5 overall record and its second trip to the NCAA Tournament Semifinals in three seasons.
The Pioneers claimed 215 points in the USILA Coaches’ Poll, sitting behind Syracuse (240), North Carolina (236) and Duke (230). In the Warrior Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, Denver has 319 points and sits behind Duke (374), Syracuse (346) and North Carolina (337).
Seven of the Pioneers’ 2014 opponents are ranked within the top-20 in both polls, while Air Force is receiving votes in the Coaches’ Poll and Georgetown is receiving votes in the Media Poll.
To view the USILA Coaches’ Poll, click here.
To view the Warrior Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, click here.
Denver opens the 2014 season on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Air Force at 1 p.m. MT. The Pioneers then travel to take on defending national champions Duke on Saturday, Feb. 15 in Durham, N.C.

NCAA Lacrosse: North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse Releases 2014 Season Media Guide


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NCAA: #11 Notre Dame Women’s Lacrosse 2014 Season Preview In Lacrosse Magazine


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Best Case: Fortunato is as good as advertised — “She’s a game changer,” Halfpenny said — becomes just the fourth player in this millennium to earn IWLCA first-team All-American honors as a freshman and puts Notre Dame in the national championship conversation. The Irish also get Lindsay Powell and Margaret Smith back to full health in time for a run to the final four, despite a hiccup or two in the powerful ACC.
Worst Case: Aggressive faceguards force the Irish to seek other options other than Fortunato on an unproven attack line and they are unable to generate enough offense from the midfield to keep up with the likes of North Carolina, Maryland and Syracuse. They go 1-6 in the ACC, beating only Virginia Tech, make the NCAA tournament on strength of schedule and fall in the first round for the third straight year.

Vitals

2013 Record: 12-5 (5-3 Big East) Coach: Christine Halfpenny (3rd year) Record at Notre Dame: 25-10

Power Ratings

Offense: 3 Defense: 4 Goalkeeping: 3 Draw Control: 4

Top Returner

D Barbara Sullivan (Jr.) The youngest first-team All-American in Notre Dame history will anchor the Irish’s high-pressure defense, continue to take the draw and get the toughest 1-on-1 assignments. Look for entertaining matchups against Maryland’s Taylor Cummings and Duke’s Taylor Trimble, among others, and more of a presence from Sullivan in the transition offense in 2014.

X-Factor

M Casey Pearsall (Fr.) Pearsall tore her ACL playing basketball last February, forcing her to sit out her senior season in lacrosse—a year after she set two school scoring records and was named Connecticut’s top player. With Cortney Fortunato stealing the headlines in this Notre Dame freshman class, Pearsall is an under-the-radar pick to do big things in South Bend this spring.

NCAA Tournament Trend

2009 – Quarterfinals 2010 – First Round 2011 – Did Not Qualify 2012 – First Round 2013 – First Round

What’s New?

What’s not? Notre Dame moves from the Big East to the ACC, Halfpenny’s old haunts. (She played at Virginia Tech and was an assistant at Duke.) “I’m thrilled. I have, like, an immature giggle about it,” Halfpenny said. “It’s such an edgy conference. Every player in that conference, they’re the best of the best.” Additionally, the Irish will deploy a more midfield-heavy lineup and plan to unveil a nontraditional uniform with a slightly altered color scheme. Fortunato, Persall and Alex Dalton all likely will start as freshmen. “Everything’s new,” Halfpenny said. “We’re traveling to new venues. We’re playing new opponents. I’m excited because I know it. I know what’s coming. It just gets me really fired up to share that with them.”

Telling Number

3 Freshmen that could be in the starting lineup for Notre Dame’s season opener Feb. 12 against Cincinnati: Cortney Fortunato (82 goals, 36 assists at Northport (N.Y.) High), Casey Pearsall (41 goals and 77 assists in 2012 at Wilton (Conn.) High) and Alex Dalton (70 goals, 79 assists at Notre Dame (Mass.) Academy) are the real deal.

Enemy Lines

What Rival Coaches Say “Cortney Fortunato has finally arrived and has everyone excited to see if she can carry this team to a national championship.”

“Lots of talent, but haven’t lived up to the hype in recent years, Maybe 2014 changes that?”

“A lot of key players are returning in every position. The GK Allie Murray will be a player to watch in cage.”

“Top recruiting classes along with strong veterans will help Coach Halfpenny win a lot of games.”

“They have a lot of talent.”

“Had a few head-scratching losses last season. Fortunato could be enough to turn a few of those games into Ws.”

“Solid blend of experience and youth.”

“They have the talent and will hopefully put it together this year.”

“Not that they won’t be ready for it, but playing in the ACC will be an adjustment for anyone.”

“They have a highly touted freshmen class, so they have some great talents there and will look a little different, I’m sure, than we saw them last. They are a really athletic team, and certainly with (coach) Christine (Halfpenny) now being there a couple years, I’m sure they are starting to get into their systems a little better.”

2013 Recap

In a Nutshell: For the second straight season, Notre Dame started off scorching hot, only to cool significantly down the stretch. The Irish won their first 10 games, their best start since 2004, and rose to as high as No. 5 in national rankings. But they stumbled through the Big East, losing four of their last six regular season games. The late-season slide was punctuated by an NCAA tournament first-round loss to Stanford. In that game, Notre Dame rallied from three goals down to go ahead 7-6 with 5:07 remaining. Stanford tied it with just under two minutes remaining and won it on Hannah Farr’s free-position goal with four seconds remaining, the result of an Irish shooting space violation.

High Point: A 13-12 victory over Big East foe Georgetown on April 14 made it look like the Irish’s late-season luck might change. They were outplayed in most statistical categories, but showed remarkable resiliency and offensive efficiency. Goalie Ellie Hilling made 14 saves and Caitlin Gargan scored four second-half goals in the win at Arlotta Stadium.

Low Point: It couldn’t feel much lower than losing an NCAA tournament game on a free position, due to shooting space, of all things. Stanford’s Hannah Farr drew the foul with 8 seconds left in the teams’ first-round encounter and scored the game-winner with 4 seconds remaining, sending Notre Dame packing in the first round for the second straight season. “A shooting space call with 8 seconds left was very difficult to swallow,” Halfpenny said. “You have to take your lumps. That was one of them. We’re not defeated by that loss. We’re motivated by that loss.”

NCAA Lacrosse: Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse 2014 Season Preview Features Ten Incoming Freshman Balancing Loss Of Two-Time MPSF POY


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A mix of veterans and 10 incoming freshmen gives head coach Ginger Miles and the Cal lacrosse team a lot of depth and opportunities for her Bears to shine in 2014.
Cal will miss the departed two-time MPSF Player of the Year Megan Takacs, but Miles said that while filling the void of losing a player like Takacs will not be easy, her roster is filled with upperclassmen with experience and hungry newcomers looking to make a big impact.

“I think the team is looking really well,” Miles said. “With 10 freshmen joining the team, there was a lot of foundational stuff that we were working on during the fall, and I think our freshmen caught on pretty quickly. I was really impressed with their progress, and really happy that our team did such a great job of integrating them into our system.

“We’re going to have a much tougher time deciding on our lineups from week to week because there are so many more people in the mix. I’m excited about how much more depth we have at all positions this year.”

Seniors Paige Gasparino and Marissa O’Meally and junior Gaby Christman will be the team captains this year.

Gasparino and Christman are both midfielders, while senior Amelia Burke will also be in the mix to make a big impact. Miles said Gasparino will be a “floater” and will likely end up on a lot of team’s scouting reports as an offensive threat. Freshmen Charlotte Biffar and Caroline Schlegel will also be in line to boost the midfield.

O’Meally anchors the defense with returning starters Grace Parente and Jacqueline Pelletier. Junior Casey Reid and sophomore Michele DeVincent will also provide depth on defense.

Takacs wasn’t the only big loss from last season. The also-departed Melissa Humphrey had been the team’s leader in assists. Sophomore Lizz Lavie will take over Humphrey’s role as the feeder. Miles said Lavie spent a lot of time learning from Humphrey last year and she feels like Lavie is ready to become Humphrey’s heir apparent. Not only Lavie, but Miles is also counting on sophomores Brynn Gasparino and Nicole Beck, as well as incoming freshmen Bella Huther and Jena Fritts to make big contributions on the line of attack.

With the loss of goalkeeper Megan McGinnis, sophomore Helen Hansen will step in and start in the cage for the Bears. Miles said Hansen learned a lot from watching McGinnis last year and she’s confident that Hansen will help strengthen the defense.

As always, the Bears will be striving for the all-important MPSF Championship and a berth into the NCAA Tournament. The MPSF is getting stronger year after year, with 2013 champion Denver and perennial contender Stanford always posing as threats to Cal’s success. There are a number of Bears who have yet to enjoy a victory over those teams and Miles said she’d love nothing more than to see her team notch a couple big wins over those teams this year.

“We always want to win the conference; that’s our main goal,” Miles said. “We’ve come really close the past couple years. I think we’ve got a great group of veteran leaders on this team and some younger players who have been through the ups and downs. Our conference continues to get stronger every year. We can’t take a single team for granted. You go through the schedule and your opponents, and I’d say the majority of the games on our schedule are pretty unpredictable at this point. We will have a lot of games that can go either way.”

The 2014 season marks the 15-year anniversary of the Cal lacrosse program. The Bears will celebrate the anniversary during the April 6 match against USC. In addition, this season also marks the 10-year anniversary of when Cal won its’ lone MPSF title in 2004. Miles is hoping these benchmarks in the history of the program will help inspire the Bears to reach new heights this year and bring home their second conference championship.

“This being our 15 year anniversary, we’re a relatively young program in comparison to some of our counterparts across the country,” Miles said. “We’re really proud to be where we are. To look back at our history and see how far we’ve come, and to be a team that we think is capable of competing every year for an MPSF Championship is pretty remarkable. We’re at our 10 year anniversary of winning our first title back in 2004. We’d love to get our second one this year.”

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MCLA Lacrosse: UCLA Men’s Lacrosse Releases “2014 Season Schedule Poster”


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