Monthly Archives: February 2014

NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Open 2014 Season Hosting Marist Feb 28; First Six Games At Home Before Trip To UMass On March 22

The USC women’s lacrosse program is in year two of existence, but time and tide don’t matter for the Women of Troy who are focused on improving each and every time they take the field. The team’s biggest mission during its first year was improvement and it was apparent by the close of the season that it had accomplished at least that much.

“Looking at our first game and then at our last game, we really improved and that was our mission. It was really important to us,” said head coach Lindsey Munday.

The Trojans battled their way to a 5-3 mark in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and claimed the final spot in the league’s postseason tournament. Despite the team’s overall 8-10 record, USC reached marked milestones on its journey into postseason play and is poised to take the next step as 2014 opens.

As a precursor to the season, Munday asked her Trojans to set aside goals. Instead, she hopes her team focuses on the process.

“In sports, it’s really easy to write down a goal,” said Munday. “But as a team, what’s most important is how we’re going to achieve goals. We’re going to focus on living out what it means to be a USC lacrosse player every single day, focusing on the process and not the outcome and controlling our efforts and attitudes.”

Several players return to the 2014 squad who were key to USC’s success in year one. Sophomore midfielder Amanda Johansen set MPSF records for draw controls in a single game (13 vs. Fresno State) and in a single season (100) on her way to IWLCA All-West/Mid-West Region First Team and All-MPSF first-team honors. Johansen was also chosen as the league’s Rookie of the Year and earned Rookie of the Week honors three times with 5.56 draw controls per contest.

On defense, the Trojans are led by All-MPSF first-team selection Courtney Tarleton. Tarleton was also a first-team All-MPSF selection and ranked second in the conference for caused turnovers (1.78 ctpg) and ground balls (2.22 gbpg). On the attack, sophomore Caroline de Lyra brings back some serious firepower as an All-MPSF second team choice. She led the team and was the MPSF’s second-leading scorer with 5.17 goals per game. In year one, de Lyra turned heads as she put up a team-high 93 points with 51 goals and 42 points.

In the net, sophomore Liz Shaeffer returns. Shaeffer was solid for the Trojans as she ranked fifth in the MPSF in save percentage (.393) and sixth in goals against average (7.39 gaa).

This year, the Trojans field a team of 37 players, including 13 true freshmen. USC played without a senior on the squad in its inaugural season and has just two on the roster in 2014. With the veteran leadership from last year’s team returning, the Trojans look to meld youth with experience as the top-10 ranked freshman class arrives on campus.

“It’s definitely exciting for us,” Munday said, “because we have some older girls, even sophomores, who are older now, as leaders. We’re trusting in our returning players to bring our newcomers along and to help them, and to grow as a unit together. It has been fun to see a mix of old and new.”

Despite the prevailing youth on the team, the Trojan staff knows that it can rely on the contributions of several key newcomers, as the season gets under way.

“We really have a strong group of freshman, this year,” Munday said. “On the defensive end Nina Kelty has been coming on really strong. In the midfield Michaela Michael, Kylie Drexel, Alex Moore, and Gabby McMahon are going to be the bulk of our midfield. In the front, we have Annie Ruland, Cynthia Del Core, and Shannon Nugent on attack. Across the board, we are going to have some newcomers come in and make statements right away.”

The Women of Troy take McAlister Field to open the book on 2014 with a Feb. 28 matchup against Marist. USC will play its first MPSF conference game as host to UC Davis on March 14. The Trojans upended the Aggies, 12-7, in last year’s meeting in Northern California. In other non-league action, USC hosts Boston College (March 6), LIU Brooklyn (March 9), Columbia (March 17), and Princeton (March 19).

USC plays its first road game on March 22, but must travel clear across the country to Amherst, Mass., for a noon game against Massachusetts. While the Trojans return home to play San Diego State on March 26, USC will brave a midseason trek that spans five conference road games. USC plays at Fresno State, Saint Mary’s College, and California, and then will make the trip out to the mountains for games against first-year program Colorado on April 11, and Denver (April 13). The Trojans and the Buffaloes will meet in a live Pac-12 Networks regional broadcast.

The Trojans close the home schedule with games against Oregon (April 18) and defending conference champion Stanford (April 20). USC and the Cardinal will tangle at the Coliseum in front of a live national television audience on the Pac-12 Networks. The Trojans will then close the year on the road with a history-making game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field where perennial power Northwestern hosts the first-ever lacrosse game at the Friendly Confines. USC and the Wildcats will meet on the Big Ten Networks for the Trojans’ third televised game of the season. USC’s regular season closes with a contest at Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis. (April 27).

“Lacrosse Magazine March 2014” Issue Released Featuring San Diego’s Jake Seau, Nike/US Lacrosse High School Preview And US Men’s National Team

Lacrosse Magazine March 2014 Issue

COVER STORY – Jake Seau – No Regrets
Jake Seau, the son of late NFL legend Junior Seau, has carved out his own niche in lacrosse as one of the nation’s top high school players out of San Diego.
Nike/US Lacrosse High School Preview
Lacrosse Magazine canvasses the country for the top stories, teams and players in the Nike/US Lacrosse High School Preview
Boys’ National Top 25
Girls’ National Top 25
Region Top 10/Player of the Year Watch Lists
Northeast: Boys | Girls
Midwest: Boys | Girls
South: Boys | Girls
Mid-Atlantic: Boys | Girls
West: Boys | Girls
American Hustle
On a U.S. training team featuring some of the biggest names in lacrosse, everybody’s talking about Matt Abbott. Find out why, and get starry-eyed with analysis of the 30 players to advance.
by Sean Burns and Corey McLaughlin
7-Point Check
As lacrosse explodes nationally, parents encounter more questions than answers. LM consulted some of the sport’s brightest minds and most respected leaders and came away with seven keys to a positive experience.
ACC Eclipse
Don’t avert your eyes, just enjoy the show, with the best lacrosse conference in history going at it this spring.
by Corey McLaughlin
From the Editor: Don’t Be That Guy
His Space: Call Geppi-Aikens to the Hall
Boyle Point: Specialization’s False Logic
World Lacrosse 2014
Four years into its existence, the Israeli Lacrosse Association is thriving on a simple precept: “If you’re Jewish, you’re Israeli,” ILA founder Scott Neiss said.
The Scoop
Six years after surviving an explosion, Connor McKemy finds his calling at high point, and ageless wonder John Tavares remains as tenation as ever in the NLL.
Off the Field
Hang out with Albany’s Miles Thompson and learn a thing or two about Native American heritage – and why he trashed his Washington Redskins blanket.

Nike/US Lacrosse 2014 Preseason West Region High School Girls’ Top 10 Features #1 Amador Valley Followed By Carondelet, Cherry Creek, Torrey Pines And La Costa Canyon

Nike US Lacrosse West Region High School Lacrosse Top 10

Nike US Lacrosse 2014 Preseason West Region High School Girls Rankings

MCLA: Cal Berkeley Men’s Lacrosse Celebrates 50th Anniversary As Club Sport In 2014

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By Martha Morrissey, The Daily Clog (Cal+Blog)
This season marks the 50th anniversary of Cal men’s lacrosse as a club sport. To celebrate this milestone, local high school and youth lacrosse players from all over Northern California will create a human “50″ on the field during the club’s March 7 game against University of Florida, which will take place at 7 p.m. at California Memorial Stadium.

Born in 1963, Cal men’s lacrosse was started by Rick Rickerson and C. Hackett Bushweller, two graduate students at UC Berkeley. Interested players responded to an ad in The Daily Californian, Cal’s head football coach outfitted the men in old football jerseys and Stanford’s team provided some old practice gear and the team was born.

Rick Rickerson, co-founder of the Cal men’s club lacrosse team.

Rick Rickerson, co-founder of the Cal men’s club lacrosse team.

To create publicity for the young team, Rickerson persuaded Abercrombie and Fitch to sponsor the team’s very first scrimmage against Stanford.  Agreeing, Abercrombie and Fitch created a “broken-stick trophy” that would be awarded to the winning team, reminiscent of “The Axe.” Much to Stanford’s surprise (but not ours), Cal’s team was victorious! The game became an annual tradition, but unfortunately, the original trophy was lost. However,  a new “broken-stick trophy” has been created for this year’s Cal vs. Stanford game, which Cal will host on April 26.

In 198o, Cal’s team played an integral role in forming the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League. Since then, Cal’s team accomplishments include seven WCLL championship titles and a national championship title in 1998. Historic rivalries that continue today include those with Stanford (within the WCLL) and the University of Colorado.

But Cal’s lacrosse program  has more than just history to celebrate  the players are still an impressive group on and off the field. The team is made up of a diverse group of talented athletes, including a current Cal football player, a former rower and a fifth-year senior who is a NASA patent signatory. The combination of student leadership, alumni network, parent support and consistency in coaching staff are crucial components of the team’s success. The team sees all of its players graduate and has been named sports club of the year twice in the past five years. Last season, one player received the prestigious designation of second team All-American, and the team had an average GPA of 3.33.

The team’s goals for this landmark season include “making it to Nationals by winning conference,” according to head coach Daniel Nourse. Last year, the team finished 14th nationally, missing the national tournament by just one spot. In the future, an ultimate goal of the team is to become a varsity team. “We strive to work as hard as a D1 team,” said senior and team captain Eric Soenksen.

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MCLA: Video Highlights Of UC Santa Barbara Men’s Lacrosse 13-11 Win Over Cal Berkeley On Feb 23

Claude Lyneis

Claude Lyneis

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos travel north to take on the CAL Bears in an early season MCLA lacrosse game.  CAL jumps to an early lead in the first quarter before the Gauchos offense turns up the heat in the second quarter.  CAL’s freshman middie from Novato High, Max McKone, scores an incredible five goals and pulls CAL to within 2 goals late in the fourth quarter, but the Gauchos win their sixth straight game of the 2014 season, 13-11.

NCAA Lacrosse: San Diego State Women’s Lacrosse (2-0) Begin MPSF Schedule With Games Vs Cal Berkeley And Saint Mary’s On Feb 28, Mar 2

The San Diego State women's lacrosse team begins Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play this weekend, with conference road games at California on Friday, Feb. 28 beginning at 7 p.m. PT and at Saint Mary's on Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m. PT. Live stats for both games will be available on

The San Diego State women’s lacrosse team begins Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play this weekend, with conference road games at California on Friday, Feb. 28 beginning at 7 p.m. PT and at Saint Mary’s on Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m. PT. Live stats for both games will be available on

The Aztecs are off to a 2-0 start in 2014, which is the program’s best start in its three-year history. SDSU won two road games on the east coast in as many days to begin the season, defeating Davidson, 11-10, on Feb. 16 before knocking off Winthrop, 15-11, on Feb. 17.

– San Diego State is 3-0 all-time against Saint Mary’s, including a 19-6 victory over the Gaels last season. The Aztecs are still searching for their first win against California after suffering a narrow defeat to the Golden Bears, 13-11, at home in 2013. SDSU was picked to finish sixth out of 10 teams in the Preseason MPSF Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Poll on Jan. 31, just two points behind No. 5 California. Saint Mary’s was predicted to finish in ninth place.

– Junior midfielder Christina Ricciardulli (Poway, Calif.) was named MPSF Defensive Player of the Week following the Aztecs’ opening weekend on Feb. 17, as she recorded five draw controls, two groundballs, caused two turnovers and scored a goal in win over Davidson, and had six draw controls, two caused turnovers and two goal in the victory at Winthrop. It was Ricciardulli’s first-career weekly honor after being a second-team all-MPSF selection in 2013.

– Through two games this season, senior Meris Walsh (Easton, Md.) leads San Diego State with five goals on eight shots, while junior Michaela Jarvis (Annapolis, Md.) has a team-high nine points on four goals and five assists. Walsh scored two goals in the season-opener against Davidson and added three more against Winthrop, while Jarvis had a huge game in the victory over Winthrop, recording three goals and four assists.

– Defensively, Ricciardulli is pacing SDSU with 11 draw controls and is tied with junior Grace Korandovich (Columbus, Ohio) with a team-high four caused turnovers. Freshman goalkeeper Katrina Reeves (Granite Bay, Calif.) leads the Aztecs with eight groundballs, and has recorded 10 saves this season.

Nike/US Lacrosse 2014 Preseason Western High School Boys’ Lacrosse Top 10 Features #1 St. Ignatius Prep Followed By Torrey Pines, Arapahoe, La Costa Canyon, Bellevue And Cherry Creek

Nike US Lacrosse West Region High School Lacrosse Top 10

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