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“2014 ALL-MPSF Women’s Lacrosse” Team Selections: Player Of The Year Hannah Farr (Stanford) & Coach Of The Year Liza Kelly (Denver)


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MPSF Women's Lacrosse 2014 Major Awards

MPSF Women's Lacrosse First and Second Teams 2014

“2014 All-BIG EAST” Men’s Lacrosse Team Awards Features Six Denver First Team Selections


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All-BIG EAST Team and Major Awards in Men’s Lacrosse

Attack Player of the Year – Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, Sr.
Midfielder of the Year – Jeremy Noble, Denver, Sr. (&)
Defensive Player of the Year – John LoCascio, Villanova, Sr., LSM
Goalkeeper of the Year – Ryan LaPlante, Denver, Jr.
Coach of the Year – Joe Amplo, Marquette

First Team All-BIG EAST
Wes Berg, Denver, Jr., A ^
Tyler Melnyk, Marquette, R-Sr., A
Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, Sr., A ^
Erik Adamson, Denver, Jr., M
Jeremy Noble, Denver, Sr., M ^
Peter Conley, Georgetown, Fr., M
Christian Burgdorf, Denver, Fr., D
B.J. Grill, Marquette, R-So., D ^
Chris Conroy, Villanova, Sr., D
John LoCascio, Villanova, Sr., LSM ^
Tyler Knarr, Georgetown, Gr., FOS ^
Jamie Faus, Denver, Sr., GK (at-large selection)
Ryan LaPlante, Denver, Jr., GK

Second Team All-BIG EAST %
Jack Bobzien, Denver, So., A
Scott Bieda, Rutgers, So., A
Kevin Cernuto, St. John’s, Sr., A
Kyle Whitlow, Marquette, R-So., M
Anthony Terranova, Rutgers, R-Sr., M
Ryan Fitzgerald, St. John’s, Sr., M
Jack Curran, Villanova, So., M
Nick Contino, Rutgers, Sr., D
Mark DiFrangia, St. John’s, Jr., D
Chris Piccirilli, Villanova, Sr., D
Liam Byrnes, Marquette, R-So., LSM
Joe Nardella, Rutgers, Jr., FOS
Dan Willis, Villanova, Fr., GK

Key
& – unanimous selection for Midfielder of the Year
^ – unanimous first-team selection
% – second team included four midfielders because of a tie in the voting

MCLA Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Poll Features #1 Arizona State Followed By Colorado, BYU, Chapman, Colorado State And Boston College


April 29, 2014

April 29, 2014

MCLA Men's Lacrosse Poll April 29

College Lacrosse: “Recruiting Advice For West Coast Players” From RIT Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Jake Coon And ConnectLAX


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This week we chat with RIT Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Jake Coon. His Tigers currently boast a 15-0 record and are no. 1 in the USILA DIII poll. Coach Coon has amassed a 68-13 record in only four years at the helm of the RIT men’s lacrosse program. In that time the Tigers appeared in four straight NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the National Championship in 2013.
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RIT Men's Lacrosse Head Coach Jake Coon
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When it comes to the recruiting process, Coach Coon believes players need to demonstrate initiative and be proactive in order to find the best fit school. If a player works hard and is willing to be coached, then Coach Coon can find a role for that player on his team. Finally, there’s a lot of competition throughout college lacrosse. Young players need to become dynamic players that always look to refine their skill set.
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What advice do you have for players interested in playing Division III lacrosse?
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When considering Division III schools young players have a lot of options both academically and athletically. They need to do their homework. Find out what majors a school offers and see if the academics match their needs.
Aside from a Division III label, you are still going to play high level lacrosse. It’s very competitive and demanding. RIT often scrimmages and beats Division I programs in the off season.
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What is the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?
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Be proactive with emails and phone calls. We typically want to see a recruit play over their fall and summer seasons. Again, be proactive. We like young men who reach out to us and express their interest. 

Yes, the coach has some responsibility to recruit the player, but in the end players should initiate and maintain contact throughout their recruiting process. 

What type of player do you look for–raw athlete or refined lacrosse player?

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It really depends on our current team. If we’re losing 4 midfielders, then we’ll look for 2 offensive and 2 defensive midfielders. We generally try to match our needs.
Our players tend to be grinders. They’re very skilled as well. Being physical off-ball and having a scrappy mindset is important for us. If a player is willing to be coached, then we can find a role for them.
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What areas of development would you recommend players focus on to compete at the Division III level?
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Players should get out of their comfort zone. Become dynamic players. Many kids come into college with only one hand. An attackman that masters the question mark dodge, for example, should look to develop another move. Defensive players who are really good at ground balls should look to improve their footwork or other areas of their game. Always be thinking, “What’s next?”
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How has the accelerated recruiting landscape affected your approach to recruiting? 
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We try not to let it affect us. We do get early commitments and we also pick up kids late in the process who are very talented. During the season I don’t do much recruiting at all.
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Some final thoughts from Coach Coon:
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There’s a lot of parity in college lacrosse. We see a lot of great teams and a lot of great, developing programs each year. The competition remains very high among all college teams, even those that aren’t ranked. Our cross town rival, Nazareth, isn’t ranked but they still play us close each time we meet.

Bottom line, if you have talent you can find a home in the lacrosse world.

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#2 Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Heads To MPSF Championships On May 1-4; Cardinal Will Face Winner Of #3 Colorado Vs #6 San Diego State


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Stanford has received a first-round bye in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s lacrosse tournament and will open play Friday in the semifinals in Denver. Stanford (13-3 overall, 7-2 MPSF) completed its regular season with an 18-7 victory over California on Thursday, but needed a loss by Oregon in either of the Ducks’ final two games to receive a first-round bye in the six-team conference event. The Ducks obliged Friday, with an 11-5 loss to first-place Denver, ensuring that the winning Pioneers will receive the No. 1 seed at home. Oregon lost again on Sunday, to Colorado, 10-9, finalizing the seeding. Stanford has won eight of the past nine MPSF tournament titles. The tournament winner earns an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.  Here are the MPSF tournament matchups, in Denver (all times Pacific): Thursday First round Game 1: No. 3 Colorado (10-7) vs. No. 6 San Diego State (7-9), 3 p.m. Game 2: No. 4 Oregon (10-7) vs. No. 5 USC (9-8), 6 p.m. Friday Semifinals Game 3: No. 1 Denver vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m. Game 4: No. 2 Stanford vs. Game 1 winner, 6 p.m. Sunday Championship: Semifinal winners, 10 a.m.

Stanford has received a first-round bye in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s lacrosse tournament and will open play Friday in the semifinals in Denver.
Stanford (13-3 overall, 7-2 MPSF) completed its regular season with an 18-7 victory over California on Thursday, but needed a loss by Oregon in either of the Ducks’ final two games to receive a first-round bye in the six-team conference event.
The Ducks obliged Friday, with an 11-5 loss to first-place Denver, ensuring that the winning Pioneers will receive the No. 1 seed at home. Oregon lost again on Sunday, to Colorado, 10-9, finalizing the seeding.
Stanford has won eight of the past nine MPSF tournament titles. The tournament winner earns an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
Here are the MPSF tournament matchups, in Denver (all times Pacific):
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First round
Game 1: No. 3 Colorado (10-7) vs. No. 6 San Diego State (7-9), 3 p.m.
Game 2: No. 4 Oregon (10-7) vs. No. 5 USC (9-8), 6 p.m.
Friday
Semifinals
Game 3: No. 1 Denver vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 4: No. 2 Stanford vs. Game 1 winner, 6 p.m.
Sunday
Championship: Semifinal winners, 10 a.m.

#1 Seeded Denver Women’s Lacrosse Hosts MPSF Championships On May 1-4; Pioneers Face Winner Of #4 Oregon Vs #5 USC Quarterfinals Match


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# 20 DENVER (16-1 Overall, 9-0 MPSF) won 11-5 at Oregon to finish the regular season undefeated in the MPSF. The Pioneers are this year's host of the conference championship tournament, seeded No.1, and advancing to Friday's semifinals at 4 pm against Thursday's Oregon-USC quarterfinal winner. Hannah Hook made 14 saves in Eugene, allowing just five goals, having been named to the Tewaaraton watch list earlier in the day. The outcome marked the second straight year Denver has run the regular season table in conference, and fifth time under Liza Kelly. Jill Remenapp is the national assist leader with 46 (2.71 A/G). Hook has the top goals-against average (7.39) and save percentage (.534) in the MPSF.  # 18 STANFORD (13-3 Overall, 7-2 MPSF) is seeded second, earning a quarterfinal bye, taking on the San Diego State-Colorado winner Friday evening at 7 pm. Mackenzie Tesei came off the bench to produce three goals, three caused turnovers, and five draw controls in the regular season finale 18-7 win over California. Hannah Farr also had a hat trick with five draws, while Kelsey Murray scored twice and dished two assists. Lucy Dikeou has scored 26 goals on the year. Lyndsey Munoz has an 8.77 goals-against average.  COLORADO (10-7 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) enters the MPSF Tournament in its inaugural season, seeded third and meeting No. 6 seed San Diego State to open the event at 4 pm (MT) Thursday. After a dramatic 10-9 sudden-victory OT win at Oregon to finish the regular season, the Buffs finished in a three-way tie for third in the standings, and received the top seed in that tied group by virtue of defeating both USC and Oregon during the season. Sarah Lautman delivered her third OT game-winner of the year. Goalkeeper Paige Soenksen averages an MPSF-High 10.35 saves, with a second-best .522 save percentage. Johnna Fusco, who recorded five goals (including an unassisted natural hat trick)) and five draws in the finale, has 54 points on the year.  OREGON (10-7 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) is the four seed in the MPSF Quarterfinals, facing No. 5 seed USC Thursday in the second game at 7 pm (MT). The winner will meet the host and top-seed Friday at 4 pm (MT). The Ducks ended the regular season tied for third, but received the four seed by virtue of a loss to Colorado and a win over USC during the season. Oregon is led by Shannon Propst with 41 assists and 68 points on the year. Caroline Federighi owns the second-best goals-against average in the MPSF at 8.00.  USC (9-8 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) Courtney Tarleton set a Trojan single-game record with eight ground balls against No. 5 Northwestern, the first-ever lacrosse game at Wrigley Field. USC ended the regular season with an 11-5 win at Marquette. Caroline de Lyra totaled nine points on the trip, including three goals and three assists at Marquette, while Alex Moore added seven points. The Trojans, seeded fifth this week, take on No. 4 seed Oregon in the MPSF Quarterfinals.  SAN DIEGO STATE (7-9 Overall, 4-5 MPSF) earned the sixth and final ticket to this year's MPSF Tournament with a 17-4 regular season finale home win over Fresno State. Grace Korandovich recorded a hat trick within the first 12 minutes of the game. Michaela Jarvis added a goal and dished three assists, while Felice Artuso collected five draw controls. The sixth-seeded Aztecs make their first-ever postseason appearance Thursday (May 1) at 4 pm, taking on No. 3 seed Colorado.

# 20 DENVER (16-1 Overall, 9-0 MPSF) won 11-5 at Oregon to finish the regular season undefeated in the MPSF. The Pioneers are this year’s host of the conference championship tournament, seeded No.1, and advancing to Friday’s semifinals at 4 pm against Thursday’s Oregon-USC quarterfinal winner. Hannah Hook made 14 saves in Eugene, allowing just five goals, having been named to the Tewaaraton watch list earlier in the day. The outcome marked the second straight year Denver has run the regular season table in conference, and fifth time under Liza Kelly. Jill Remenapp is the national assist leader with 46 (2.71 A/G). Hook has the top goals-against average (7.39) and save percentage (.534) in the MPSF.
# 18 STANFORD (13-3 Overall, 7-2 MPSF) is seeded second, earning a quarterfinal bye, taking on the San Diego State-Colorado winner Friday evening at 7 pm. Mackenzie Tesei came off the bench to produce three goals, three caused turnovers, and five draw controls in the regular season finale 18-7 win over California. Hannah Farr also had a hat trick with five draws, while Kelsey Murray scored twice and dished two assists. Lucy Dikeou has scored 26 goals on the year. Lyndsey Munoz has an 8.77 goals-against average.
COLORADO (10-7 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) enters the MPSF Tournament in its inaugural season, seeded third and meeting No. 6 seed San Diego State to open the event at 4 pm (MT) Thursday. After a dramatic 10-9 sudden-victory OT win at Oregon to finish the regular season, the Buffs finished in a three-way tie for third in the standings, and received the top seed in that tied group by virtue of defeating both USC and Oregon during the season. Sarah Lautman delivered her third OT game-winner of the year. Goalkeeper Paige Soenksen averages an MPSF-High 10.35 saves, with a second-best .522 save percentage. Johnna Fusco, who recorded five goals (including an unassisted natural hat trick)) and five draws in the finale, has 54 points on the year.
OREGON (10-7 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) is the four seed in the MPSF Quarterfinals, facing No. 5 seed USC Thursday in the second game at 7 pm (MT). The winner will meet the host and top-seed Friday at 4 pm (MT). The Ducks ended the regular season tied for third, but received the four seed by virtue of a loss to Colorado and a win over USC during the season. Oregon is led by Shannon Propst with 41 assists and 68 points on the year. Caroline Federighi owns the second-best goals-against average in the MPSF at 8.00.
USC (9-8 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) Courtney Tarleton set a Trojan single-game record with eight ground balls against No. 5 Northwestern, the first-ever lacrosse game at Wrigley Field. USC ended the regular season with an 11-5 win at Marquette. Caroline de Lyra totaled nine points on the trip, including three goals and three assists at Marquette, while Alex Moore added seven points. The Trojans, seeded fifth this week, take on No. 4 seed Oregon in the MPSF Quarterfinals.
SAN DIEGO STATE (7-9 Overall, 4-5 MPSF) earned the sixth and final ticket to this year’s MPSF Tournament with a 17-4 regular season finale home win over Fresno State. Grace Korandovich recorded a hat trick within the first 12 minutes of the game. Michaela Jarvis added a goal and dished three assists, while Felice Artuso collected five draw controls. The sixth-seeded Aztecs make their first-ever postseason appearance Thursday (May 1) at 4 pm, taking on No. 3 seed Colorado.

Denver Men’s Lacrosse (12-2) Faces Rutgers At BIG EAST Tournament On May 1 In Villanova, PA


The No. 2/2/3 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team opens the BIG EAST Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed this Thursday against No. 4 seed Rutgers at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa. The Pioneers and Scarlet Knights will open the tournament with a 2:30 p.m. MT face-off. Rutgers is 8-7 on the season and 3-3 in BIG EAST Play. Denver has won nine straight games, sitting at 12-2 on the season. The Pioneers are coming off a 17-9 win over Marquette at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium to capture the BIG EAST Regular Season Title. The win-streak is the Pioneers’ longest since the 2011 season in which Denver won 12 straight games before losing to eventual NCAA Champion Virginia in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals (05/28/11). THE SERIES •Denver and Rutgers are deadlocked at 1-1 in the all-time series that dates back to March of 1999. • Earlier this season, Denver defeated Rutgers 17-11 at home in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,232 fans. SCOUTING RUTGERS •The Scarlet Knights come into Thursday’s contest with an 8-7 overall record. •Although Rutgers has lost three of its last five, the Scarlet Knights stole a 12-8 win over Georgetown over the weekend to seal its trip to the BIG EAST Tournament. •Scott Klimchak leads the Scarlet Knights with 42 points off 37 goals and five assists, while Christian Trasolini is close behind with 40 points off 27 goals and 13 assists. •Face-off specialist Joseph Nardella has won 199-of-306 face-offs for a 0.650 winning percentage, ranking him No. 4 in the nation. •Goalie Kris Alleyne leads the team with 116 saves, while also posting a .504 save percentage and an 11.03 goals-against average. •Rutgers averages 12.47 goals, 7.6 assists and 20.1 points per game off 38.8 shots per game. SCOUTING THE PIONEERS •Denver is coming off a 17-9 win over Marquette at home that improved the Pioneers to 12-2 overall, 6-0 in league play. •The Pioneers’ 12-2 start matches the best start for the program since 2011 when it advanced to the Semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. •Sophomore Jack Bobzien leads the Pioneers with 51 points and 34 goals, while also dishing our 17 assists. The transfer ranks No. 25 in the nation in points per game (3.64) and No. 27 in points per game (2.43). •Bobzien and junior Carson Cannon picked up BIG EAST Honor Roll honors after their performances in the Pioneers 17-9 win over Marquette. Bobzien tallied five points off four goals and one assist, while Cannon caused three turnovers and picked up two ground balls. •Junior Wesley Berg is second on the team with 48 points off 33 goals and 15 assists. •Senior Jeremy Noble leads the Pioneers with 27 assists and has 38 ground balls on the year. •Face-off specialist Chris Hampton has a team-best 42 ground balls and has won 95-of-195 face-offs so far this year. •Goalie tandem of Ryan LaPlante and Jamie Faus have been splitting time in net. LaPlante has 82 saves on the season, a .577 save percentage and an 8.90 goals-against average. Faus has 68 saves, a .540 save percentage and an 8.20 goals-against average. •Denver has the second-best winning percentage in the nation (0.857), the fourth-best scoring offense (13.36), the second best shot percentage (0.384) and the fifth-best scoring margin (4.71).

The No. 2/2/3 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team opens the BIG EAST Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed this Thursday against No. 4 seed Rutgers at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa. The Pioneers and Scarlet Knights will open the tournament with a 2:30 p.m. MT face-off. Rutgers is 8-7 on the season and 3-3 in BIG EAST Play.
Denver has won nine straight games, sitting at 12-2 on the season. The Pioneers are coming off a 17-9 win over Marquette at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium to capture the BIG EAST Regular Season Title. The win-streak is the Pioneers’ longest since the 2011 season in which Denver won 12 straight games before losing to eventual NCAA Champion Virginia in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals (05/28/11).
THE SERIES
•Denver and Rutgers are deadlocked at 1-1 in the all-time series that dates back to March of 1999.
• Earlier this season, Denver defeated Rutgers 17-11 at home in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,232 fans.
SCOUTING RUTGERS
•The Scarlet Knights come into Thursday’s contest with an 8-7 overall record.
•Although Rutgers has lost three of its last five, the Scarlet Knights stole a 12-8 win over Georgetown over the weekend to seal its trip to the BIG EAST Tournament.
•Scott Klimchak leads the Scarlet Knights with 42 points off 37 goals and five assists, while Christian Trasolini is close behind with 40 points off 27 goals and 13 assists.
•Face-off specialist Joseph Nardella has won 199-of-306 face-offs for a 0.650 winning percentage, ranking him No. 4 in the nation.
•Goalie Kris Alleyne leads the team with 116 saves, while also posting a .504 save percentage and an 11.03 goals-against average.
•Rutgers averages 12.47 goals, 7.6 assists and 20.1 points per game off 38.8 shots per game.
SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
•Denver is coming off a 17-9 win over Marquette at home that improved the Pioneers to 12-2 overall, 6-0 in league play.
•The Pioneers’ 12-2 start matches the best start for the program since 2011 when it advanced to the Semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
•Sophomore Jack Bobzien leads the Pioneers with 51 points and 34 goals, while also dishing our 17 assists. The transfer ranks No. 25 in the nation in points per game (3.64) and No. 27 in points per game (2.43).
•Bobzien and junior Carson Cannon picked up BIG EAST Honor Roll honors after their performances in the Pioneers 17-9 win over Marquette. Bobzien tallied five points off four goals and one assist, while Cannon caused three turnovers and picked up two ground balls.
•Junior Wesley Berg is second on the team with 48 points off 33 goals and 15 assists.
•Senior Jeremy Noble leads the Pioneers with 27 assists and has 38 ground balls on the year.
•Face-off specialist Chris Hampton has a team-best 42 ground balls and has won 95-of-195 face-offs so far this year.
•Goalie tandem of Ryan LaPlante and Jamie Faus have been splitting time in net. LaPlante has 82 saves on the season, a .577 save percentage and an 8.90 goals-against average. Faus has 68 saves, a .540 save percentage and an 8.20 goals-against average.
•Denver has the second-best winning percentage in the nation (0.857), the fourth-best scoring offense (13.36), the second best shot percentage (0.384) and the fifth-best scoring margin (4.71).