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#6 Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Use Four-Goal 2nd Half Run To Defeat #7 Notre Dame 11-10 On Mar 29


 Lucy Dikeou scored four goals, including the winner with 4:05 left, to give No. 13 Stanford an 11-10 victory over No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday. With piles of snow lining the field on a chilly day, Stanford (8-1) scored four consecutive goals to erase a 9-6 second-half deficit.  “They’re fighters,” Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. “They go down swinging every time they step on the field.” With the score tied, 10-10, and Stanford up a player up because of a Notre Dame penalty, Dikeou found an opening on the right side and bounced a shot past goalie Liz O’Sullivan. “Lucy has great speed and is really quick with the stick,” Bokker said. “She creates a lot of opportunities, not just for herself, but for her teammates.” Stanford's Hannah Farr won the draw, but the Cardinal was unable to run out the clock when a missed shot gave Notre Dame possession. In the tense final stretch, the teams exchanged turnovers before Stanford's Megan Lerner drew a charge with 17 seconds left and the Cardinal was able to run out the clock. During the turnover sequence, Adrienne Anderson defended one of Notre Dame’s top offensive threats out of the play. “It was good team defense,” Bokker said. “They took good angles to the ball and were ready to help if they needed to.” Indeed, Lerner and Rachel Kalick closed down on Notre Dame’s Stephanie Toy, with Lerner getting to the spot first to draw the foul and create the turnover. Lerner then leaped into the air in triumph. Notre Dame (8-4) represented the highest ranked team Stanford will play during the regular season. The game also was a rematch of last year’s 7-6 Stanford victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Stanford’s first-ever NCAA victory. The game featured four lead changes and four ties. However, Notre Dame appeared to take command when it took a 9-6 lead with 21:12 left on the 29th goal of the season and third of the game by freshman Cortney Fortunato.  Stanford countered with a goal by freshman Kelsey Murray, who scored twice within 6:06 to draw Stanford even at 9-9, and Alexandra Crerend capped the rally by putting the Cardinal in front, 10-9, with 9:49 left.  “Possession was the key,” Bokker said. “In the first half, we were losing draw controls.” Stanford made adjustment, with Ashlynn Goerz playing a big role. The freshman earned two draw controls herself, but also did a strong job boxing out and allowing her teammates to gain possession.  Dikeou’s four goals tied her collegiate career high. She also caused four turnovers, had two ground balls, and earned a draw control. Murray and Farr each scored twice.  The rally was similar to Stanford’s rally from a 10-4 deficit at then-No. 14 Georgetown on the way to an 11-10 double-overtime victory on March 9. In fact, Stanford has beaten all four opponents currently ranked in the IWLCA top 20 and could be in line to play host to an NCAA tournament game if the Cardinal can take care of business in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. That task, however, will be difficult, with a visit from 2013 regular-season champion Denver on Friday (7 p.m.) at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

Lucy Dikeou scored four goals, including the winner with 4:05 left, to give No. 6 Stanford an 11-10 victory over No. 7 Notre Dame on Saturday.
With piles of snow lining the field on a chilly day, Stanford (8-1) scored four consecutive goals to erase a 9-6 second-half deficit.
“They’re fighters,” Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. “They go down swinging every time they step on the field.”
With the score tied, 10-10, and Stanford up a player up because of a Notre Dame penalty, Dikeou found an opening on the right side and bounced a shot past goalie Liz O’Sullivan.
“Lucy has great speed and is really quick with the stick,” Bokker said. “She creates a lot of opportunities, not just for herself, but for her teammates.”
Stanford’s Hannah Farr won the draw, but the Cardinal was unable to run out the clock when a missed shot gave Notre Dame possession. In the tense final stretch, the teams exchanged turnovers before Stanford’s Megan Lerner drew a charge with 17 seconds left and the Cardinal was able to run out the clock.
During the turnover sequence, Adrienne Anderson defended one of Notre Dame’s top offensive threats out of the play.
“It was good team defense,” Bokker said. “They took good angles to the ball and were ready to help if they needed to.”
Indeed, Lerner and Rachel Kalick closed down on Notre Dame’s Stephanie Toy, with Lerner getting to the spot first to draw the foul and create the turnover. Lerner then leaped into the air in triumph.
Notre Dame (8-4) represented the highest ranked team Stanford will play during the regular season. The game also was a rematch of last year’s 7-6 Stanford victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Stanford’s first-ever NCAA victory.
The game featured four lead changes and four ties. However, Notre Dame appeared to take command when it took a 9-6 lead with 21:12 left on the 29th goal of the season and third of the game by freshman Cortney Fortunato.
Stanford countered with a goal by freshman Kelsey Murray, who scored twice within 6:06 to draw Stanford even at 9-9, and Alexandra Crerend capped the rally by putting the Cardinal in front, 10-9, with 9:49 left.
“Possession was the key,” Bokker said. “In the first half, we were losing draw controls.”
Stanford made adjustment, with Ashlynn Goerz playing a big role. The freshman earned two draw controls herself, but also did a strong job boxing out and allowing her teammates to gain possession.
Dikeou’s four goals tied her collegiate career high. She also caused four turnovers, had two ground balls, and earned a draw control. Murray and Farr each scored twice.
The rally was similar to Stanford’s rally from a 10-4 deficit at then-No. 14 Georgetown on the way to an 11-10 double-overtime victory on March 9. In fact, Stanford has beaten all four opponents currently ranked in the IWLCA top 20 and could be in line to play host to an NCAA tournament game if the Cardinal can take care of business in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.
That task, however, will be difficult, with a visit from 2013 regular-season champion Denver on Friday (7 p.m.) at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

Latest NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rankings From Lacrosse Magazine: #1 Cornell Followed By Loyola, Duke, North Carolina, Maryland And Denver


March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014

Who's Hot? Syracuse (+2): A win over Notre Dame — and winning the faceoff battle, no less — was a strong response to a shellacking at the hands of Duke a week earlier. Penn (+2): A 6-5 win over Yale could have gone either way, but the Quakers avoided dropping to 0-3 in the Ivy League. Fairfield (+2): The Stags quietly keep moving up the rankings but are far from a sure thing. Through the non-conference season, Fairfield beat UMass and Yale, but lost to Hofstra and Providence. A key ECAC tilt with Ohio State doesn't come until April 26. Who's Not? Princeton (-4): The Ivy League is competitive, but an 11-10 loss to Brown may say more about where Princeton is the national scheme of things. Albany (-3): You could say the Great Danes are like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're going to get. Albany lost to unranked Canisius 14-10 on Tuesday, just two games after the Golden Griffins had beaten first-year program Monmouth by just a goal. The Thompsons head to Homewood Field for a Friday night showdown with Johns Hopkins. Who's New? Hofstra (17): The Pride has clinched a CAA post-season berth already, a welcome note considering they missed the conference postseason all together last year. This Hofstra edition is looking rather strong as the calendar flips to April. St. John's (19): It's dangerous to use the transitive property, especially when it comes to teams ranked 15 and below. But, for comparison's sake, as St. John's enters the Top 20 they beat Providence 14-7. Bryant, ranked 13th, also beat Providence, but by a 7-6 score earlier in the week. Drexel (20): The Dragons return to the Top 20 after beating Delaware on Saturday, but their re-apparance has more to do with the season at large and circumstance, as Drexel holds wins over Albany and St. John's earlier in the year. Dropped Out? Penn St. (18): The at-large-or-bust Nits are below .500 after losing to Villanova. If this team's NCAA hopes weren't dashed this time last week, they are now. Towson (19): The Tigers had a chance to remain in the rankings with a matchup with Hofstra on Saturday night, but fell 9-7. Colgate (20): The gritty Raiders just missed the cut after playing Loyola tough in a 10-8 loss.

Who’s Hot?
Syracuse (+2): A win over Notre Dame — and winning the faceoff battle, no less — was a strong response to a shellacking at the hands of Duke a week earlier.
Penn (+2): A 6-5 win over Yale could have gone either way, but the Quakers avoided dropping to 0-3 in the Ivy League.
Fairfield (+2): The Stags quietly keep moving up the rankings but are far from a sure thing. Through the non-conference season, Fairfield beat UMass and Yale, but lost to Hofstra and Providence. A key ECAC tilt with Ohio State doesn’t come until April 26.
Who’s Not?
Princeton (-4): The Ivy League is competitive, but an 11-10 loss to Brown may say more about where Princeton is the national scheme of things.
Albany (-3): You could say the Great Danes are like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. Albany lost to unranked Canisius 14-10 on Tuesday, just two games after the Golden Griffins had beaten first-year program Monmouth by just a goal. The Thompsons head to Homewood Field for a Friday night showdown with Johns Hopkins.
Who’s New?
Hofstra (17): The Pride has clinched a CAA post-season berth already, a welcome note considering they missed the conference postseason all together last year. This Hofstra edition is looking rather strong as the calendar flips to April.
St. John’s (19): It’s dangerous to use the transitive property, especially when it comes to teams ranked 15 and below. But, for comparison’s sake, as St. John’s enters the Top 20 they beat Providence 14-7. Bryant, ranked 13th, also beat Providence, but by a 7-6 score earlier in the week.
Drexel (20): The Dragons return to the Top 20 after beating Delaware on Saturday, but their re-apparance has more to do with the season at large and circumstance, as Drexel holds wins over Albany and St. John’s earlier in the year.
Dropped Out?
Penn St. (18): The at-large-or-bust Nits are below .500 after losing to Villanova. If this team’s NCAA hopes weren’t dashed this time last week, they are now.
Towson (19): The Tigers had a chance to remain in the rankings with a matchup with Hofstra on Saturday night, but fell 9-7.
Colgate (20): The gritty Raiders just missed the cut after playing Loyola tough in a 10-8 loss.

Latest NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rankings From Lacrosse Magazine: #1 North Carolina Followed By Maryland, Syracuse, Boston College And Florida


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March 31, 2014

Who's Hot? Northwestern (+3): Back in the Top 10 this week, the Wildcats handed Massachusetts its first loss of the season, a little reminder that Northwestern is still out there for anyone who wants to conveniently forget about the seven-time NCAA champions. Ohio State (+3): With Northwestern netting a big win and the Buckeyes going 2-0 this week, Ohio State had nowhere to go but up, particularly since some teams ahead of them fell last week. Stanford (+2): If you didn't think the Cardinal were for real, perhaps the win over Notre Dame this week (and the improvement in stature of that wins over Ohio State and Vanderbilt got this week) will. Who's Not? Johns Hopkins (-4): A tough drop after reaching the Top 10 just last week, the loss to unranked (but tough) Vanderbilt and the weakening of last week's win over Georgetown gave them the double-hit. Massachusetts (-3): Another first-time loser, the Minutewomen stay in the Top 10, but won't face another team that was even considered for the rankings until the final regular-season game on April 27 against currently 9-1 Duquesne. Who's New? Louisville (18): Returning to the rankings once again, Louisville has only one win against a Top 20 team (Denver), but played Duke, Ohio State and Notre Dame tough and has gotten back-to-back quality wins over Vanderbilt and Georgetown. Denver (19): The only blemish for the Pioneers so far is a loss against Louisville at the beginning of March. Denver takes on Stanford in a huge MPSF battle on Friday night in northern California. Dropped Out? Georgetown: It's a tough call to say that the Hoyas aren't among the Top 20 teams in the nation, but right now, a 3-6 mark and three straight losses have them on the outs. Brown: Two losses this week leave Bruno on the outside looking in.

Who’s Hot?
Northwestern (+3): Back in the Top 10 this week, the Wildcats handed Massachusetts its first loss of the season, a little reminder that Northwestern is still out there for anyone who wants to conveniently forget about the seven-time NCAA champions.
Ohio State (+3): With Northwestern netting a big win and the Buckeyes going 2-0 this week, Ohio State had nowhere to go but up, particularly since some teams ahead of them fell last week.
Stanford (+2): If you didn’t think the Cardinal were for real, perhaps the win over Notre Dame this week (and the improvement in stature of that wins over Ohio State and Vanderbilt got this week) will.
Who’s Not?
Johns Hopkins (-4): A tough drop after reaching the Top 10 just last week, the loss to unranked (but tough) Vanderbilt and the weakening of last week’s win over Georgetown gave them the double-hit.
Massachusetts (-3): Another first-time loser, the Minutewomen stay in the Top 10, but won’t face another team that was even considered for the rankings until the final regular-season game on April 27 against currently 9-1 Duquesne.
Who’s New?
Louisville (18): Returning to the rankings once again, Louisville has only one win against a Top 20 team (Denver), but played Duke, Ohio State and Notre Dame tough and has gotten back-to-back quality wins over Vanderbilt and Georgetown.
Denver (19): The only blemish for the Pioneers so far is a loss against Louisville at the beginning of March. Denver takes on Stanford in a huge MPSF battle on Friday night in northern California.
Dropped Out?
Georgetown: It’s a tough call to say that the Hoyas aren’t among the Top 20 teams in the nation, but right now, a 3-6 mark and three straight losses have them on the outs.
Brown: Two losses this week leave Bruno on the outside looking in.

“Lacrosse Magazine April 2014” Issue Released Featuring Team USA’s Lee Zink, Duke Men’s Casey Carroll And US Lacrosse “First Stick Program”


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COVER STORY – Worth the Wait They’ve toiled for years in pursuit of the opportunity that lay before them now – to represent their country on home soil. With the FIL World Championship just three months away, LM profiles three U.S. Team hopefuls on destiny’s doorstep- Lee Zink, Kevin Leveille and Chris Eck. FEATURES Casey’s Homecoming After four deployments as a U.S. Army Ranger, 29-year-old defenseman Casey Carroll feels lucky to be a Duke Blue Devil again. by Corey McLaughlin | Online Extra – “Tuesday’s With Corey” column on Carroll from earlier this spring. “I’m Kind of Unique” An injury at birth left Liberty’s Natalie Emery with limited use of her right arm, an obstacle the powerhouse lefty and Tennessee native now considers a gift. By Laurel Pfahler First Stick in Key West Not everyone in the Florida Keys is on vacation. Devoid of lacrosse in the southernmost point of the continental U.S., a few transplants used the US Lacrosse First Stick Program to get the sport off the ground. By Paul Ohanion COLUMNS From the Editor: Sports and Geopolitics His Space: Legend and Spirit Honored Her Space: For the Love of Lacrosse Boyle Point: The Trouble With Labels DEPARTMENTS High School Rundown Gaze on the early-season stars from the South and marquee games that could cause tectonic shifts in the Nike/US Lacrosse National Top 25 polls. The Scoop The Army-Navy rivalry comes to women’s lacrosse, the MLL and LXM Pro Tour play nice and former Princeton star Sean Hartofilis breaks into the movie business. World Lacrosse 2014 Navy’s Old Goats will be out in full force for the World Festivals in Denver. Your Edge Former Florida star and current Team USA midfielder Brittany Dashiell gives her tips for play between the lines. Give and Go Team USA assistant and Penn State University head coach Jeff Tambroni is on the hot seat this month. What did the former Hobart midfielder have to say to our questions?

Denver Men’s Lacrosse (8-2) Gets Offensive In Dominating 17-9 Win At Georgetown On March 29


Led by a career-high performance from junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.), the No. 6/6 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team defeated Georgetown 17-9 on the road on Saturday afternoon at the Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C. The win brings the Pioneers to 8-2 on the season, while the Hoyas falls to 3-7. Denver is also 2-0 in BIG EAST play.   “I’m really proud of these guys,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “We had a lot going against us this week in traveling to the east coast where the weather was a little ugly, and playing with different offensive personnel than we normally do. Georgetown is a hungry team and really made it difficult for us in the beginning. Credit goes to Wesley Berg for stepping up when we needed him to and for our entire team in filling in where we had some holes.” Berg tied his career-high of nine points off a career-high six goals and a career-high three assists. Berg previously tallied nine points in the Pioneers’ NCAA Tournament First Round win over Albany on May 11, 2013. Berg’s six goals also gives him his first sock trick of the season, fourth of his career. Sophomore transfer Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) also tied his career high in points, finishing with six off four goals and two assists. Freshman Dallas Bridle (Orangeville, Ontario) started his first collegiate game for the Pioneers, scoring a career-high three goals for his first hat trick. Senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) finished with two goals and an assist for three points, while junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and sophomore transfer Bryce Parietti (Centennial, Colo.) both finished with a goal each. Parietti’s goal was the first as a Pioneer. Freshmen Max Planning (Alexandria, Va.), Tyler Pace (Mission, B.C.) and Mike Babb (Denver, Colo.) all finished with an assist each. Sophomore face-off specialist Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) won 5-of-13 face-offs and grabbed three ground balls, while sophomores Christian Thomas (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Joe Bano (Dublin, Ohio) also saw action. Junior Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) finished with six saves in the first half, while senior Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made two saves. Sophomore Joey Gigantiello (Shamong, N.J.) made two saves. Junior Garret Holst (Fishers, Ind.) caused a career- and game-high three turnovers, while Noble and sophomore Pat Karole (Glen Ridge, N.J.) both finished with two caused turnovers each. Denver remains on the road, traveling to Villanova, Pa., to take on the Wildcats on Friday, April 4 at 5 p.m. MT. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.

Led by a career-high performance from junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.), the No. 6/6 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team defeated Georgetown 17-9 on the road on Saturday afternoon at the Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C. The win brings the Pioneers to 8-2 on the season, while the Hoyas falls to 3-7. Denver is also 2-0 in BIG EAST play.
“I’m really proud of these guys,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “We had a lot going against us this week in traveling to the east coast where the weather was a little ugly, and playing with different offensive personnel than we normally do. Georgetown is a hungry team and really made it difficult for us in the beginning. Credit goes to Wesley Berg for stepping up when we needed him to and for our entire team in filling in where we had some holes.”
Berg tied his career-high of nine points off a career-high six goals and a career-high three assists. Berg previously tallied nine points in the Pioneers’ NCAA Tournament First Round win over Albany on May 11, 2013. Berg’s six goals also gives him his first sock trick of the season, fourth of his career.
Sophomore transfer Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) also tied his career high in points, finishing with six off four goals and two assists. Freshman Dallas Bridle (Orangeville, Ontario) started his first collegiate game for the Pioneers, scoring a career-high three goals for his first hat trick.
Senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) finished with two goals and an assist for three points, while junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and sophomore transfer Bryce Parietti (Centennial, Colo.) both finished with a goal each. Parietti’s goal was the first as a Pioneer.
Freshmen Max Planning (Alexandria, Va.), Tyler Pace (Mission, B.C.) and Mike Babb (Denver, Colo.) all finished with an assist each.
Sophomore face-off specialist Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) won 5-of-13 face-offs and grabbed three ground balls, while sophomores Christian Thomas (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Joe Bano (Dublin, Ohio) also saw action.
Junior Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) finished with six saves in the first half, while senior Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made two saves. Sophomore Joey Gigantiello (Shamong, N.J.) made two saves.
Junior Garret Holst (Fishers, Ind.) caused a career- and game-high three turnovers, while Noble and sophomore Pat Karole (Glen Ridge, N.J.) both finished with two caused turnovers each.
Denver remains on the road, traveling to Villanova, Pa., to take on the Wildcats on Friday, April 4 at 5 p.m. MT. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.

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Denver Women’s Lacrosse Wins Close, Defensive Battle 10-9 Over George Washington On March 28


University of Denver women's lacrosse senior Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) had a hat trick and two assists, sending the Pioneers to a 10-9 win over George Washington on Friday evening. Senior Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) added two goals and an assist for the Pioneers (8-1, 2-0 MPSF), while Kiki Boone (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.), Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.), Rachael Dillon (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) and Monica Lucas (Kensington, Md.) had two points each.  “There were a lot of improvements from our last game,” head coach Liza Kelly said. “We did a really good job on our clears, and there was a lot of improvement in the draw controls for us. Defensively, I thought we did some really nice things, holding a good team under 10 goals. But we had a lot of uncharacteristic turnovers, and that’s something we need to work on.” Denver jumped to a quick 2-0 lead, but George Washington (4-5) scored three goals in a 1:16 span to take a 3-2 lead with 21:45 left in the first half. The Pioneers, however, ended the half with four unanswered goals, including a pair by Harris, to take a 6-3 lead to halftime. After the Colonials scored to open the second half, Etzel and Harris scored, giving DU an 8-4 advantage with 23:36 to play. The teams alternated the next five goals before George Washington surged in the final 8:40. The Colonials scored three goals to cut the lead to just one goal with 34 seconds left. GW’s Casey Dell’Isola won the final draw control, but DU defender Ali Proehl (San Diego, Calif.) forced a turnover to seal the game for the Pioneers. The Pioneers led 27-22 in shots, 12-8 in ground balls and 11-10 in draw controls. Denver concludes the current homestand with a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation meeting with Saint Mary’s on Sunday at 1 p.m. MT.

University of Denver women’s lacrosse senior Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) had a hat trick and two assists, sending the Pioneers to a 10-9 win over George Washington on Friday evening.
Senior Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) added two goals and an assist for the Pioneers (8-1, 2-0 MPSF), while Kiki Boone (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.), Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.), Rachael Dillon (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) and Monica Lucas (Kensington, Md.) had two points each.
“There were a lot of improvements from our last game,” head coach Liza Kelly said. “We did a really good job on our clears, and there was a lot of improvement in the draw controls for us. Defensively, I thought we did some really nice things, holding a good team under 10 goals. But we had a lot of uncharacteristic turnovers, and that’s something we need to work on.”
Denver jumped to a quick 2-0 lead, but George Washington (4-5) scored three goals in a 1:16 span to take a 3-2 lead with 21:45 left in the first half.
The Pioneers, however, ended the half with four unanswered goals, including a pair by Harris, to take a 6-3 lead to halftime.
After the Colonials scored to open the second half, Etzel and Harris scored, giving DU an 8-4 advantage with 23:36 to play.
The teams alternated the next five goals before George Washington surged in the final 8:40. The Colonials scored three goals to cut the lead to just one goal with 34 seconds left.
GW’s Casey Dell’Isola won the final draw control, but DU defender Ali Proehl (San Diego, Calif.) forced a turnover to seal the game for the Pioneers.
The Pioneers led 27-22 in shots, 12-8 in ground balls and 11-10 in draw controls.
Denver concludes the current homestand with a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation meeting with Saint Mary’s on Sunday at 1 p.m. MT.

College Lacrosse: “Recruiting Advice For West Coast Players” From Denison Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Michael Caravana And ConnectLAX


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With an accelerated recruiting process young players feel more pressure to commit early rather than assess all their possible college options. The question on recruits’ minds is often where can I commit to play lacrosse? Instead young players should consider asking themselves where can I find the best balance between academics and lacrosse. The best ‘fit’ for a young player will be a school that allows them to develop into a well-rounded person who reaches their potential academically and athletically.

This week we caught up with Michael Caravana, the head coach of Denison University. Currently, the Big Red are 7-0 and are ranked 5th in the Division III USILA Top 20 Poll.

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Coach Caravana has been at the helm of the program for over 20 years and is one of the winningest coaches in college lacrosse. He draws his knowledge of the game from his playing experience at the University of Virginia, where he was a 4x All American, and from his coaching days as an assistant at Brown and an assistant for the U.S. Men’s National team.

Coach Caravana believes that good players become great players when they can compete at their best on a consistent basis.

This starts with preparation off the field and a strong desire to get better every day. What advice do you have for players interested in Division III schools?

It’s important for young players to realize that the level of competition at the top Division III programs is similar to the competition at mid-tier Division I schools.

Division III athletes may also find a greater life balance. In the offseason, there are less practices and players have time to do other things like study abroad. Ultimately, a player controls their commitment level and how much they will improve as a player in the offseason.

What is the best way for players to get on your radar?

Contacting a coach directly is always effective. Give the coach a highlight film so that the coaching staff can assess your game. Being a good student is important also. Coaches look at indicators like GPA and sometimes standardized test scores.

What type of players do you look for, raw athlete or refined lacrosse players?

It’s important to have a combination of athleticism and lacrosse skills. Being highly competitive and having the ability to play hard is great too. Most freshmen do not contribute to their teams as freshmen. But being able to compete and get better as a lacrosse player and an athlete ensures that a young player will develop into a contributing member.

What areas of development would you recommend players focus on to compete at the Division III level?

The ability to constantly get better is important. This starts with practice habits and preparation. Do not give your coaches mediocre effort. At the college level, lacrosse becomes AP lacrosse, not Honors lacrosse. Good students cannot expect to do well when they turn in B or B- work. Students need to turn in A or A+ work in order to truly succeed. The same goes for lacrosse.

How has the accelerated recruiting landscape impacted your approach to recruiting?

With top Division 1 programs picking their players earlier on we’re given another pool of lacrosse players. We have the ability to identify good recruits, but also find players who fit academically. It becomes less about lacrosse and more about where a student fits as a person and as a student-athlete.

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UC Davis Women’s (6-3) Lacrosse Rolls To A 13-2 Road Victory Over Detroit On March 27


 Junior midfielder Elizabeth Landry tallied five goals while freshman Melissa Kellan and Carly Voris each added hat tricks, helping UC Davis forge a 13-2 win over Detroit in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Titan Field Thursday afternoon.  The Aggies snap a three-game losing skid in improving to 6-3. The Titans slip to 1-8 overall.  Landry, who also had an assist and a game-high six draw controls, led her team's overall 13-for-23 shooting. Kellan shot a perfect 3-for-3 for the day while Voris added three caused turnovers to her three-goal output. Sophomore Ellie Delich accounted for the remaining two UC Davis scores. Junior Meghan Jordan and sophomore Courtney Neff each tallied two assists. Defensively, Voris' three steals matched that of senior Rachael Mack and junior Allie Lehner for the team lead.  Detroit suffered offensively with just 2-for-14 on shots. Sophomore Kylie Birney and senior Erin Campbell netted one apiece.  UC Davis never trailed in the contest, scoring five unanswered during the first 21:35 to seize control of the game. Landry assisted Kellan in the fourth minute for the game's first goal, Voris added a second just two minutes later, then Landry hit the first of her five scores in the seventh for the initial burst.   Annie Mendoza assisted Campbell to put the Titans on the board with 5:22 remaining in the first half, then her ensuing draw control set up Birney's eight-meter goal to cut the Aggie lead to 5-2 just 29 seconds later. However, that froze the Detroit side of the scoreboard for the remainder of the game, as the hosts shot 0-for-10 the rest of the way.  UC Davis won seven of the eight draws in the second half, pulling away from a 6-2 halftime lead en route to the victory. Neff assisted Voris and Kellan on goals within the first two minutes after the break. Landry had four of her goals in the second frame.  The two goals allowed stands as the lowest since April 23, 2010, when UC Davis took down Fresno State by a 17-1 final.

Junior midfielder Elizabeth Landry tallied five goals while freshman Melissa Kellan and Carly Voris each added hat tricks, helping UC Davis forge a 13-2 win over Detroit in non-conference women’s lacrosse action at Titan Field Thursday afternoon.
The Aggies snap a three-game losing skid in improving to 6-3. The Titans slip to 1-8 overall.
Landry, who also had an assist and a game-high six draw controls, led her team’s overall 13-for-23 shooting. Kellan shot a perfect 3-for-3 for the day while Voris added three caused turnovers to her three-goal output. Sophomore Ellie Delich accounted for the remaining two UC Davis scores. Junior Meghan Jordan and sophomore Courtney Neff each tallied two assists. Defensively, Voris’ three steals matched that of senior Rachael Mack and junior Allie Lehner for the team lead.
Detroit suffered offensively with just 2-for-14 on shots. Sophomore Kylie Birney and senior Erin Campbell netted one apiece.
UC Davis never trailed in the contest, scoring five unanswered during the first 21:35 to seize control of the game. Landry assisted Kellan in the fourth minute for the game’s first goal, Voris added a second just two minutes later, then Landry hit the first of her five scores in the seventh for the initial burst.
Annie Mendoza assisted Campbell to put the Titans on the board with 5:22 remaining in the first half, then her ensuing draw control set up Birney’s eight-meter goal to cut the Aggie lead to 5-2 just 29 seconds later. However, that froze the Detroit side of the scoreboard for the remainder of the game, as the hosts shot 0-for-10 the rest of the way.
UC Davis won seven of the eight draws in the second half, pulling away from a 6-2 halftime lead en route to the victory. Neff assisted Voris and Kellan on goals within the first two minutes after the break. Landry had four of her goals in the second frame.
The two goals allowed stands as the lowest since April 23, 2010, when UC Davis took down Fresno State by a 17-1 final.

Denver Women’s Lacrosse (7-1) Hosts George Washington On March 28 In Programs’ 7th Meeting


The University of Denver women’s lacrosse team continues its homestand when the Pioneers take on the George Washington Colonials at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. MT.   MEDIA INFORMATION Fans can follow play-by-play updates during the game through live stats by clicking here. HEAD COACH LIZA KELLY DU women’s lacrosse head coach Liza Kelly is entering her eighth season at the helm of the women’s program. The Pioneers are 96-40 overall and 41-4 in conference play under Kelly. The 2013 IWLCA West/Midwest Region Coach of the Year led DU to a perfect conference record in 2013 and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. SERIES HISTORY This is seventh meeting between Denver and George Washington. The Pioneers beat the Colonials 17-6 last season. THE 2013 PIONEERS (7-1, 2-0 MPSF) Junior Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) leads the team with 35 points off 25 assists and 10 goals. Senior captain Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) has 34 points off 26 goals and eight assists, placing 79.5 percent of her shots on goal. Defensively, senior Sonorah Vinyard (Denver, Colo.) has led DU on the draw, securing the ball 24 times, while adding nine caused turnovers. Additionally, Vinyard has 15 groundballs. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) has made 64 saves in 457:16 minutes played this season, facing 156 shots. SCOUTING GEORGE WASHINGTON (4-4, 0-0 ATLANTIC 10) The Colonials enter the game coming off a 10-8 loss against Delaware on March 22. George Washington is led offensively by Jamie Bumgardner’s 39 points off 15 goals and 24 assists. Bumgardner has placed 85.2 percent of her shots on goal. Defensively, the Colonials are led by Jenn Seitz’s 17 groundballs. Additionally, Seitz has 24 draw controls. Cara Dellavecchia has led the Colonials in caused turnovers with nine. Mackenzie Jones and Erin Long have split the time in the cage making a combined 83 saves on 182 shots faced. Jones is 3-3, while Long is 1-1. PIONEERS IN THE POLLS Denver is receiving votes in the Brine Women’s Media Poll.

The University of Denver women’s lacrosse team continues its homestand when the Pioneers take on the George Washington Colonials at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. MT.
HEAD COACH LIZA KELLY
DU women’s lacrosse head coach Liza Kelly is entering her eighth season at the helm of the women’s program. The Pioneers are 96-40 overall and 41-4 in conference play under Kelly. The 2013 IWLCA West/Midwest Region Coach of the Year led DU to a perfect conference record in 2013 and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
SERIES HISTORY
This is seventh meeting between Denver and George Washington. The Pioneers beat the Colonials 17-6 last season.
THE 2013 PIONEERS (7-1, 2-0 MPSF)
Junior Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) leads the team with 35 points off 25 assists and 10 goals. Senior captain Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) has 34 points off 26 goals and eight assists, placing 79.5 percent of her shots on goal.
Defensively, senior Sonorah Vinyard (Denver, Colo.) has led DU on the draw, securing the ball 24 times, while adding nine caused turnovers. Additionally, Vinyard has 15 groundballs. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) has made 64 saves in 457:16 minutes played this season, facing 156 shots.
SCOUTING GEORGE WASHINGTON (4-4, 0-0 ATLANTIC 10)
The Colonials enter the game coming off a 10-8 loss against Delaware on March 22. George Washington is led offensively by Jamie Bumgardner’s 39 points off 15 goals and 24 assists. Bumgardner has placed 85.2 percent of her shots on goal. Defensively, the Colonials are led by Jenn Seitz’s 17 groundballs. Additionally, Seitz has 24 draw controls. Cara Dellavecchia has led the Colonials in caused turnovers with nine. Mackenzie Jones and Erin Long have split the time in the cage making a combined 83 saves on 182 shots faced. Jones is 3-3, while Long is 1-1.
PIONEERS IN THE POLLS
Denver is receiving votes in the Brine Women’s Media Poll.