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US Lacrosse Announces “2014 WCLA Lacrosse National Championship” Seedings: #1 Pittsburgh, Florida Club, Ohio State Club, Georgia And UCLA


Pittsburgh University earned the top seed in the Division I bracket of the 2014 US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships, presented by Harrow Sports, while University of North Carolina Club earned the No. 1 seed in the Division II bracket.

Pittsburgh University earned the top seed in the Division I bracket of the 2014 US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships, presented by Harrow Sports, while University of North Carolina Club earned the No. 1 seed in the Division II bracket.

Division I

No. 1 University of Pittsburgh
No. 2 University of Florida Club
No. 3 Ohio State University Club
No. 4 University of Georgia
No. 5 University of California Los Angeles
No. 6 Santa Clara University
No. 7 Colorado State University
No. 8 University of Michigan Club
No. 9 Towson University Club
No. 10 University of California Santa Barbara
No. 11 University of Colorado Boulder
No. 12 Virginia Tech University Club
No. 13 University of Texas
No. 14 University of Delaware Club
No. 15 Boston College Club
No. 16 Oregon State University

Division II

No. 1 University of North Carolina Club
No. 2 James Madison University Club
No. 3 University of Utah
No. 4 Loyola University Maryland Club
No. 5 Gonzaga University
No. 6 Duke University Club
No. 7 Southern Methodist University
No. 8 Oakland University
No. 9 University of Denver Club
No. 10 University of California San Diego
No. 11 University of Minnesota Duluth
No. 12 SUNY Cortland Club

The event, featuring the top women’s collegiate club teams in the country, takes place May 7-10 at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex & Stadium in Virginia Beach, Va. The Division I bracket includes 16 teams while the Division II bracket has 12 teams. Both tournament fields are comprised of a combination of teams earning automatic qualifiers as league champions and teams earning at-large berths. Division I and II seeds are listed below.

Pittsburgh brings a 17-1 overall record and nine-game winning streak into the WCLA championship tournament, including a 14-12 win last weekend over Ohio State Club in the championship game of the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) tournament. The Panthers were WCLA national quarterfinalists last year and are making their ninth overall appearance in the US Lacrosse WCLA National Championship.

Defending Division I national champion Colorado State, which has won the national title four times, is seeded seventh and is making its 11th consecutive appearance in the championship. The Rams beat UC Santa Barbara 14-4 in last year’s national championship game.

In the Division II bracket, University of North Carolina Club earned the top seed and brings an unblemished 11-0 overall record into the WCLA National Championship. The Tar Heels won the Mid Atlantic Women’s Lacrosse League (MAWLL) Division II title last week with a 15-14 overtime win over James Madison University Club, last year’s Division II national champion. James Madison is the number two seed in this year’s championship.

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 Regis Jesuit, Foothill-Santa Ana, La Costa Canyon, Mercer Island And Bellevue


April 22, 2014

April 22, 2014

1 . Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 11-0
The Raiders have not played since bearing Fort Collins (Colo.) on April 12. Regis Jesuit will battle a 9-2 Kent Denver (Colo.) team this week in a game that will help determine playoff seedings in another deep Colorado league.

2. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 12-1
The Knights extended their winning streak to seven games with impressive victories over St. Margaret’s Episcopal and San Ramon Valley. Foothill has another tough test this week against No. 3 La Costa Canyon.

3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 9-4
The Mavericks returned to California after a productive trip to the East Coast and beat San Ramon Valley (Calif.) 21-11 and St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.), 11-6. La Costa Canyon has two big showdowns on the horizon with games against J Serra Catholic (Calif.) and Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.).

4. Mercer Island (Wash.), 13-1
The Islanders returned from their successful trip to the East Coast with a 17-6 victory over Bainbridge Island (Wash.). Mercer Island plays an in-state schedule the rest of the way and this week takes on Bothell-Inglemoor (Wash.).

5. Bellevue (Wash.), 12-1
After shutting out state foe Liberty (Wash.), Bellevue handed West Linn (Ore.) its first loss of the season, 13-4. Bellevue gets back to in-state action this week with a tough matchup against a 10-2 Issaquah (Wash.) team.

6. Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 12-1
The Bells dropped Foothill (Calif.), 13-10, and St. Francis (Calif.), 15-9 in their games last week. Bellarmine faces a tough league matchup against Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.), which is 9-3 on the season.

7. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 10-2
The Bruins flexed their muscle with a dominant 14-5 victory over defending state champion Arapahoe (Colo.). The victory is a huge boost for Cherry Creek’s playoff seedings. The Bruins could earn the top seed if they can knock off No. 1 Regis Jesuit on April 29.

8. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 11-2
The Dons continued to roll with a 9-7 victory over The Bishop’s School (Calif.) and a 19-3 victory over Mira Mesa (Calif.). Cathedral Catholic is in store for a tough week with games against a 10-2 Marin Catholic (Calif.) and and a 12-2 J Serra Catholic (Calif.) squad.

9. Corona del Mar (Calif.) 10-1
The Sea Kings won their fourth consecutive game, including an 8-5 victory over a tough J Serra Catholic. Hoyt Crance came up huge with 12 saves. Corona del Mar has two hard contests looking this week against Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.) and St. Margaret’s Episcopal (9-5).

10. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 11-0
The Crusaders remained undefeated this season with victories over Mount Si (Wash.) and Auburn-Riverside (Wash.). Eastside Catholic has yet to allow more than eight goals in a game this year. They take on Kennedy Catholic (Wash.) this week.

Notes

De La Salle (Calif.) took down rival St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) this week in one of the biggest games in California. The teams traded goals for much of the game before heading into overtime where Brett Rideau got the game-winner for the Spartans. Cade Bailey (Bryant) had three goals and an assist, while Brett Inglesby and Andy Evans also had goals. Johnny Perlite finished with 13 saves. Peter Alimam led St. Ignatius with two goals and Cyrus Scott had 11 saves.

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Mountain Vista (Colo.) picked up its first-ever victory over rival Kent Denver (Colo.) last week. Bryan Hancock, Shane McKenna and Alec Womback each had three goals for the Golden Eagles, who improved to 10-2 on the season and are primed for a deep playoff run.

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Girls Top 10: #1 Centaurus Followed By Chatfield, West Linn, Foothill-Santa Ana And Bishop’s School


April 22, 2014

April 22, 2014

1 . Centaurus (Colo.), 10-1
The Warriors handed Denver East (Colo.) its first loss of the season with a dominant 20-10 victory. Sarah Brown (Colorado commit) led the way with six goals and four assists, while Ellie Meyer had four goals. Katherine Burns, Sarah Meyers and Olivia Holmes each had a hat trick. Centaurus plays Thomson Valley (Colo.) this week.

2. Chatfield (Colo.), 11-0
The Chargers ran their unbeaten streak to 11 games with victories over Ralston Valley, Conifer and Golden by a combined score of 61-19. Chatfield looks to expand one of its best seasons in program history with three games this week, including a tough test against Arapahoe (Colo.), which is 7-1.

3. West Linn (Ore.), 9-0
The Lions continued to roll with victories over Oregon Episcopal (Ore.), 19-6, and Lakeridge (Ore.), 15-4. West Linn faces a rematch this week with last year’s state runner-up Lake Oswego (Colo.), which it handled 15-11 in its prior game this season.

4. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 10-1
The Knights have not played since suffering its first setback of the season with a 16-15 loss to Corona del Mar (Calif.). Foothill-Santa Ana is back in action this week with a Esperanza and Yorba Linda.

5. The Bishop’s School (Calif.), 8-0
The Knights extended their unbeaten streak to eight games with victories over Santa Fe Christian (Calf.) and Pacific Ridge (Calif.). The Bishop’s School has three games this week, starting with La Jolla (Calif.) and then rematches against Francis Parker (Calif.) and La Jolla Christian Day School (Calif.), both of which they handled earlier in the season.

6. Amador Valley (Calif.), 11-1
The Dons have now won seven consecutive games with a 21-9 victory over Los Alamitos (Calif.) and a 21-2 win over Granada (Calif.). Amador Valley looks to stay on track in the EBAL this week against a challenging matchup with Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) which is 6-3.

7. Denver East (Colo.), 10-1
The Angels bounced back from their first loss of the season – a 20-10 setback against No. 1 Centaurus – with a victory over rival Kent Denver (Colo.). Erin O’ Shaughnessy led the way with four goals. Denver East plays a non-conference game against Cleveland Heights (Ohio) before taking on perennial power Cherry Creek (Colo.) this week.

8. Marin Catholic (Calif.) 15-1
The Wildcats continue to control their own destiny for a MCAL regular season title with an 18-10 victory over Novato (Calif.). Marin Catholic has back-to-back games this week against Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) and Coronado (Calif.) before a big showdown with Amador Valley.

9. Air Academy (Colo.), 7-1
The Kadets dominated Chaparral (Colo.) and Liberty (Colo.) last week. Air Academy looks to get by Rampart (Colo.) this week, which is riding an eight-game winning streak, and the Sacred Heart Academy (N.Y.).

10. Carondelet (Calif.), 7-3
The Cougars bounced back from a five-overtime loss to Amador Valley with a 17-6 victory over Los Alamitos (Calif.). Carondelet has an intriguing schedule this week with three out-of-state games against Loyola Academy (Ill.), Bishop Ireton (Va.) and Milton (Ga.).

Notes

Centaurus has managed to stay atop the rankings with four victories over a seven-day span. The Warriors handed Denver East their first loss of the season with a 20-10 win. This came just five days after getting a scare from upstart Kent Denver before prevailing 12-10. It was Centaurus’ closest game since a 9-5 defeat at the hands of the Flint School in D.C. Sarah Brown led the way for Centaurus with five goals and one assist, while Andrea Kim added three goals. Dani Murray had three goals for Kent Denver.

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“Champion Magazine” Spring 2014 Issue Features Albion College Men’s Lacrosse Sr. Defenseman Carl Pressprich & Rebirth Of Michigan Auto Industry


Albion Men's Lacrosse Defenseman Carl Pressprich NCAA Champion Magazine Spring 2014Albion Men’s Lacrosse Sr. Defenseman Carl Pressprich is on the defense — in lacrosse and for the imperiled place he wants to call home.

An NCAA “Champion Magazine” Profile.

For months last year, Carl Pressprich worked behind two monitors and a laptop in a solitary cubicle at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, the nation’s largest science and energy lab managed for the U.S. Department of Energy. Pressprich engineered a lofty project: writing computer programming code that could one day help protect wireless networks – which control everything from the electric grid to hotel heating and cooling systems – from hackers and terrorists.

“Hackers already have the tools they need to hack into these networks,” Pressprich said. “Because the tools exist and are so readily available, we wanted to focus on a way to identify outsiders so the network can shut out that traffic and prevent it from causing damage.”

Pressprich, a defender on the Albion College lacrosse team who is working toward a career in engineering, worked mostly alone, even as an intern. His only co-worker: a supervisor who provided direction through email because his work often took him out of the office. The project was fulfilling, matched Pressprich’s skills and could become pioneering work in the field of network security.

Yet despite working so closely on the cyberthreats of the future, Pressprich sees his own future on a different path – one that many might consider to be an industry of the past: automobiles. Pressprich wants to be among the legions of young people who write the next chapter for Detroit, just 90 minutes east of Albion and the longtime capital of the American automotive industry.

“Why would I work in Detroit after school? Why would I stay in the auto industry when they’re struggling and companies are going bankrupt?” Pressprich asks. “I see it as a new problem to solve. How do you make new cars more efficient? How do you make them lighter, cheaper, safer? There are just so many different interesting problems to solve with an automobile.”

Pressprich now wants to play defender for Detroit against an uncertain future. The Detroit of today might not seem like the place to focus a promising engineering career. The city, faced with $14 billion in long-term debt, filed for bankruptcy in 2013; an estimated 50 percent of its residents have no jobs; and the city is shrinking, with one-quarter of its inhabitants moving out between 2000 and 2010.

But for up-and-comers willing to take a chance on this Michigan city, opportunities abound: Entrepreneurism is contagious, with tech startups budding and young risk-takers flocking to take advantage of cheap real estate. Even the American auto industry is on the upswing: Americans’ appetite for buying cars is returning, and leaner, more efficient Detroit automakers are even outperforming foreign rivals by some measures for the first time in more than a decade.

Plus, Pressprich sees Detroit as more than just a problem to solve. A Michigan native and the grandson of two electrical engineers who worked in the automotive industry – one at Ford, one at General Motors – Pressprich wants to build a life in his home state and sees the rebuilding of Detroit as a charge for his generation of Michiganders.

“Most of our students are from Michigan, and their passion for and loyalty to the state of Michigan are incredible,” said Dr. Michael Frandsen, interim president of Albion. “They want to build a life here, and they want to invest their talent and their energy into helping Michigan be successful. Detroit has certainly taken a beating, in reality and in perception, and a lot of people want to be part of changing that.”

Photographed inside Caster Concepts, an Albion-based manufacturer that laser-cut hundreds of metal pieces for the “Comet!” sculpture in the college’s science atrium, Pressprich hopes his career keeps him in his home state.

 

Pressprich grew up in Ann Arbor as the son of two University of Michigan graduates. His dad is an accountant; his mother trained as a nurse. Among their children, Carl is the one their mother always calls upon to fix the dishwasher or the dryer because of his knack for taking things apart – and putting them back together.

As a boy, Pressprich enjoyed spending time with his maternal grandfather, Laurence Mieras, who worked in product development at Ford. Pressprich calls him a “method-driven man” and said he learns from his grandfather, now 79, just by listening to how he tackles a problem – whether he’s fixing engines or woodworking.

“I don’t have some story where I knew that I was supposed to be an engineer,” Pressprich said. “My whole life has kind of been constant reminders and constant inspiration drawn from my family, drawn from my teachers, drawn from the way I look at the world.”

Pressprich was in high school the first time he picked up a lacrosse stick. Already a football player, he realized that he performed better academically when he had a sport to help balance his time. He went looking for a spring sport – and found lacrosse.

“It’s a really physical sport, really fast-paced,” Pressprich said. “It was a real pressure environment. I loved it.”

Albion lacrosse coach Jake DeCola first met Pressprich while recruiting some of his teammates when Pressprich was a high school junior. DeCola was drawn to Pressprich’s size – 6-foot-1, 210 pounds – and told the high school student about Albion’s dual-degree program: Pressprich could attend Albion for three years, then transfer to an engineering school and finish in five years total with bachelor’s degrees from both Albion and the engineering school.

The Albion program fit Pressprich’s interest in earning a liberal arts education while also building personal relationships with his professors.

Physics professor David G. Seely said he has always been impressed by Pressprich’s ability to balance school obligations with his other interests, which are many and varied.

“Albion tends to attract students who have a lot of outside interests, and Carl’s not an exception,” Seely said. “But often, those students have a hard time balancing all their interests. Carl has always impressed me as being able to balance his schedule and do well in academics while at the same time participating in lacrosse.”

Pressprich learned in March that he had been admitted to his top-choice engineering school. His pick isn’t surprising: Michigan, a school that allows him to stay close to home and has myriad networking contacts in the city where Pressprich hopes to settle.

“My whole life, I’ve wanted to work in the auto industry or at one of the companies that work around Detroit to support the auto industry,” he said. “Detroit has shrunk so much, but there are so many people who are working so hard to make it an amazing city.”