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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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