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Denver Outlaws (5-0) Defeat Charlotte Hounds (1-4) 13-11 On May 30 At Sports Authority Field


 The Charlotte Hounds came into Denver looking to hand the Outlaws their first loss of the season—the Bocklet brothers had different plans. Down 12-11 in the fourth quarter, Matt Bocklet wound up, shot and scored to tie the game. Just 50 seconds later, his younger brother Chris found twine to give the Outlaws the lead, as they went on to win, 13-11, Friday night at Sports Authority Field. Charlotte got on the board first with a goal from John Haus, but Denver scored the next five goals en route to a six-point first quarter. With just more than two minutes left in the first, John Grant Jr. cradled the ball by Charlotte’s net, hesitated, then fired—behind his back without looking—to give him his second goal of the night and the Outlaws a 5-1 lead. Eric Law also scored a pair of goals in the first quarter to give Denver a 6-2 advantage heading into the second quarter. The Hounds found the net four times in the second frame, but late goals from Grant and Law gave each player a hat trick before half time, and sent Charlotte to the locker room trailing, 9-6. Cameron Flint was ready to get back on the field after the break. He netted a goal less than a minute into the second half, but then the Outlaws went dry for the rest of the quarter. The Hounds went on a 5-0 run, capped by a pair of two-point goals to give them an 11-10 lead with less than 10 minutes to play in the game. Then, the Bocklet brothers stepped in to tie the game, and eventually take the lead. Grant scored again late in the quarter for good measure—his fourth goal of the game. Aside from marking the Outlaw’s 25th straight regular-season victory, some individual players marked special occasions, too. Matt Bocklet picked up his 300th groundball in an Outlaws jersey and Anthony Kelly won his 1300th career faceoff. Fresh out of college, Colin Dunster and Jeremy Noble made their MLL debuts. Dunster took his first career shot on goal, and Noble picked up his first two MLL points on a pair of assists, the first of which came on a first-quarter dish to his former University of Denver teammate, Eric Law. The Outlaws return to action on the road against the Charlotte Hounds on Saturday, June 7, 5:30 p.m. MDT.

The Charlotte Hounds came into Denver looking to hand the Outlaws their first loss of the season—the Bocklet brothers had different plans. Down 12-11 in the fourth quarter, Matt Bocklet wound up, shot and scored to tie the game. Just 50 seconds later, his younger brother Chris found twine to give the Outlaws the lead, as they went on to win, 13-11, Friday night at Sports Authority Field.
Charlotte got on the board first with a goal from John Haus, but Denver scored the next five goals en route to a six-point first quarter.
With just more than two minutes left in the first, John Grant Jr. cradled the ball by Charlotte’s net, hesitated, then fired—behind his back without looking—to give him his second goal of the night and the Outlaws a 5-1 lead. Eric Law also scored a pair of goals in the first quarter to give Denver a 6-2 advantage heading into the second quarter.
The Hounds found the net four times in the second frame, but late goals from Grant and Law gave each player a hat trick before half time, and sent Charlotte to the locker room trailing, 9-6.
Cameron Flint was ready to get back on the field after the break. He netted a goal less than a minute into the second half, but then the Outlaws went dry for the rest of the quarter. The Hounds went on a 5-0 run, capped by a pair of two-point goals to give them an 11-10 lead with less than 10 minutes to play in the game. Then, the Bocklet brothers stepped in to tie the game, and eventually take the lead. Grant scored again late in the quarter for good measure—his fourth goal of the game.
Aside from marking the Outlaw’s 25th straight regular-season victory, some individual players marked special occasions, too. Matt Bocklet picked up his 300th groundball in an Outlaws jersey and Anthony Kelly won his 1300th career faceoff.
Fresh out of college, Colin Dunster and Jeremy Noble made their MLL debuts. Dunster took his first career shot on goal, and Noble picked up his first two MLL points on a pair of assists, the first of which came on a first-quarter dish to his former University of Denver teammate, Eric Law.
The Outlaws return to action on the road against the Charlotte Hounds on Saturday, June 7, 5:30 p.m. MDT.

Maryland Women’s Lacrosse Middie Taylor Cummings Receives 2014 Tewaaraton Award


After guiding the Terps to a 12th national championship last weekend, Maryland sophomore midfielder Taylor Cummings captured the 2014 Tewaaraton Award on a historical night Thursday at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. Cummings became Maryland’s fifth overall winner and its fourth in the last five seasons after compiling a tremendous sophomore campaign for the Terps. The Ellicott City, Md., product led Maryland with 63 goals, 128 draw controls, 37 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers and ranked second on the Terps fourth-ranked scoring offense with 24 assists and 87 points. Cummings, who is also a U.S. Women’s National Team member, is a two-time IWLCA First Team All-American and earned All-ACC honors for a second time. She was tabbed to the ACC All-Tournament Team as Maryland captured its sixth consecutive conference title. Cummings was named NCAA Championship Most Valuable Player after a pair of superior performances in Maryland victories against Northwestern and Syracuse in the Final Four. Cummings joins Jen Adams (2001), Caitlyn McFadden (2010) and Katie Schwarzmann (2012-2013) as Terrapins to win the nation’s top collegiate individual honor. She is the first female sophomore to ever win the Tewaaraton. Syracuse’s Mike Powell was the only other sophomore winner, taking the first of his two Tewaaraton awards in 1992. Native American brothers Miles and Lyle Thompson, the University of Albany stars who each broke the Division I lacrosse record for most points in a season, were co-winners of the Tewaaraton Award on the men’s side. They became the first Native Americans to win the coveted Tewaaraton trophy, which derives from the Mohawk name for the game and the progenitor of present day lacrosse.

After guiding the Terps to a 12th national championship last weekend, Maryland sophomore midfielder Taylor Cummings captured the 2014 Tewaaraton Award on a historical night Thursday at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
Cummings became Maryland’s fifth overall winner and its fourth in the last five seasons after compiling a tremendous sophomore campaign for the Terps. The Ellicott City, Md., product led Maryland with 63 goals, 128 draw controls, 37 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers and ranked second on the Terps fourth-ranked scoring offense with 24 assists and 87 points.
Cummings, who is also a U.S. Women’s National Team member, is a two-time IWLCA First Team All-American and earned All-ACC honors for a second time. She was tabbed to the ACC All-Tournament Team as Maryland captured its sixth consecutive conference title. Cummings was named NCAA Championship Most Valuable Player after a pair of superior performances in Maryland victories against Northwestern and Syracuse in the Final Four.
Cummings joins Jen Adams (2001), Caitlyn McFadden (2010) and Katie Schwarzmann (2012-2013) as Terrapins to win the nation’s top collegiate individual honor. She is the first female sophomore to ever win the Tewaaraton. Syracuse’s Mike Powell was the only other sophomore winner, taking the first of his two Tewaaraton awards in 1992.
Native American brothers Miles and Lyle Thompson, the University of Albany stars who each broke the Division I lacrosse record for most points in a season, were co-winners of the Tewaaraton Award on the men’s side. They became the first Native Americans to win the coveted Tewaaraton trophy, which derives from the Mohawk name for the game and the progenitor of present day lacrosse.

Albany Men’s Lacrosse Attackers Lyle & Miles Thompson Honored As Co-Winners Of 2014 Tewaaraton Award On May 29 In Washington DC


After dazzling the lacrosse world with amazing talent and ability, Miles Thompson and Lyle Thompson, brothers, teammates and Native Americans, were honored as co-winners of the 2014 Tewaaraton Trophy. This honor was bestowed at the Tewaaraton Ceremony at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.  Honored guests included the many of the Thompson family, the UAlbany coaching staff, plus numerous lacrosse supporters and players and coaches from around the country. This is a historic day for the world of lacrosse, with the Thompsons, members of the Onondaga Nation, becoming the first Native Americans to be honored with the Tewaaraton Trophy. “It is the best feeling to share the award with my brother and be the first Native Americans to win it,” said Miles Thompson. “No words can express this feeling.” “Words cannot describe how happy I am, it brought tears to my eyes,” said Lyle Thompson. “To share the award with my brother is an honor.” Since its inception in 2001, the Tewaaraton Trophy, on the men’s or women’s side, has never been awarded to a pair of players.  The Thompson brothers become the first pair to achieve such a feat.  Each gave a speech to the crowd, bringing both, as well as many in the audience, to tears. “We grew up together, we stuck together throughout high school, and it shows how close we are,” said Miles Thompson. “For us it is about bringing a positive influence and helping people, not just Native Americans, but everyone,” said Lyle Thompson. “It is just humbling, it is an amazing honor to our university and program, honoring the players and coaches,” said UAlbany head coach Scott Marr. “It is great to have the first Native Americans winning the honor.  I cannot imagine how special it is for these two to win it together, for all of their family and teammates.” This is the first Tewaaraton Trophy to players from the America East since 2001, when Hofstra’s Doug Shanahan was selected as the award’s first recipient. Lyle Thompson, the USILA DI Outstanding Player of the Year, Outstanding Attackman and America East Player of the Year, finished with the top single season in Division I history, earning a DI-high 77 assists plus 51 goals to total 128 points, leading all of DI with 7.11 points per game.  He earned at least four points in all 18 of UAlbany’s games, including at least seven points in 11 games, including three goals and five assists in the win over Loyola against Joe Fletcher, a fellow Tewaaraton finalist. Miles Thompson, a USILA First Team All-American, America East Tournament MVP and All-America East First Team attackman, earned a DI-single season record 82 goals to lead DI with 4.56 per game, adding 37 assists for 119 points, the second-best all-time single season tally only to Lyle Thompson.  He earned at least four points in 17 of UAlbany’s 18 games, including six games with at least six goals.  He earned seven goals and two assists apiece in each America East Tournament victory.

After dazzling the lacrosse world with amazing talent and ability, Miles Thompson and Lyle Thompson, brothers, teammates and Native Americans, were honored as co-winners of the 2014 Tewaaraton Trophy.
This honor was bestowed at the Tewaaraton Ceremony at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Honored guests included the many of the Thompson family, the UAlbany coaching staff, plus numerous lacrosse supporters and players and coaches from around the country.
This is a historic day for the world of lacrosse, with the Thompsons, members of the Onondaga Nation, becoming the first Native Americans to be honored with the Tewaaraton Trophy.
“It is the best feeling to share the award with my brother and be the first Native Americans to win it,” said Miles Thompson. “No words can express this feeling.”
“Words cannot describe how happy I am, it brought tears to my eyes,” said Lyle Thompson. “To share the award with my brother is an honor.”
Since its inception in 2001, the Tewaaraton Trophy, on the men’s or women’s side, has never been awarded to a pair of players. The Thompson brothers become the first pair to achieve such a feat. Each gave a speech to the crowd, bringing both, as well as many in the audience, to tears.
“We grew up together, we stuck together throughout high school, and it shows how close we are,” said Miles Thompson.
“For us it is about bringing a positive influence and helping people, not just Native Americans, but everyone,” said Lyle Thompson.
“It is just humbling, it is an amazing honor to our university and program, honoring the players and coaches,” said UAlbany head coach Scott Marr. “It is great to have the first Native Americans winning the honor. I cannot imagine how special it is for these two to win it together, for all of their family and teammates.”
This is the first Tewaaraton Trophy to players from the America East since 2001, when Hofstra’s Doug Shanahan was selected as the award’s first recipient.
Lyle Thompson, the USILA DI Outstanding Player of the Year, Outstanding Attackman and America East Player of the Year, finished with the top single season in Division I history, earning a DI-high 77 assists plus 51 goals to total 128 points, leading all of DI with 7.11 points per game. He earned at least four points in all 18 of UAlbany’s games, including at least seven points in 11 games, including three goals and five assists in the win over Loyola against Joe Fletcher, a fellow Tewaaraton finalist.
Miles Thompson, a USILA First Team All-American, America East Tournament MVP and All-America East First Team attackman, earned a DI-single season record 82 goals to lead DI with 4.56 per game, adding 37 assists for 119 points, the second-best all-time single season tally only to Lyle Thompson. He earned at least four points in 17 of UAlbany’s 18 games, including six games with at least six goals. He earned seven goals and two assists apiece in each America East Tournament victory.

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 Foothill-Santa Ana, Regis Jesuit, Cherry Creek, Issaquah And Cathedral Catholic


May 27, 2014

May 27, 2014

1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 20-1

The Knights were Orange County champions and CIF-Southern Section champions. That capped one of the most dominant seasons in program history. Foothill finished the year on a 16-game winning streak and looks to reload for next season.

2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 16-1

The Raiders won the the Colorado Class 5A state championship. It was their second state title overall. Aaron Horvat (Dominican) led the team with 68 points followed by Chet Dunstan (Air Force) with 64 points.

3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 15-4

The Bruins fell short in their bid for a 12th state title, falling 14-7 against Regis Jesuit. Cherry Creek has depth and will be in the championship hunt once again next season. The Bruins had previously won state championships in 1975, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1995, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2010.

4. Issaquah (Wash.), 18-3

The Eagles had little trouble in the Washington State quarterfinals, knocking off Emerald Ridge-Puyallup 17-1. Issaquah advances to the semifinals against Tahoma (13-5). The winner of the game earns a spot in the final against Bellevue (Wash.)/Eastside Catholic (Wash.).

5. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 18-2

The Dons are riding a 15-game winning streak with a 18-7 victory over Westview (Calif.) in the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship. Cathedral Catholic, the No. 2 seed, plays third-seeded Coronado in the CIF semifinals.

6. Bellevue (Wash.), 18-2

The Islanders beat Auburn-Riverside (Wash.), 7-3, in the quarterfinals of the Washington state playoffs. Hank Bethke (Ohio State) led the way with three goals and two assists. The victory sets up a showdown with undefeated Eastside Catholic in the semifinals.

7. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 14-5

The Wildcats topped Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) 12-1 and then beat Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 10-6, for the West Catholic Athletic League Tournament. St. Ignatius plated one of the toughest schedules in the region and will reload for next season.

8. Coronado (Calif.), 13-4

The Islanders dropped Poway (Calif.), 11-10, in the quarterfinals of the CIF San Diego Section 2014 Boys Lacrosse Championship. Coronado earned a spot in the final against Cathedral Catholic (Calif.). Coronado entered the tournament as a No. 3 seed but have the depth and talent to make a run at the title.

9. Eastside Catholic (Wash.), 17-0

The Crusaders remarkable unbeaten run continued with a dominant 19-11 victory in the quarterfinals of the Washington state tournament over Mercer Island (Wash.), last year’s state runner-up. Eastside Catholic faces its toughest test of the season in the semifinals against Bellevue, the two-time defending champion.

10. Marin Catholic (Calif.), 16-7

The Wildcats beat top-seeded Acalanes (Calif.), 7-6, in overtime to win the Division II North Coast Section finals with Chris Hill getting the game-winner. Marin Catholic won the tourney as a five seed and toppled Novato (Calif.), 11-10 in overtime in the semifinals.

News and Notes

Marin Catholic was battle-tested heading into the Division II North Coast Section finals. The Wildcats played one of the tougher schedules in California so the team remained confident heading into the postseason. Despite being a No. 5 seed, Marin Catholic was strong in the playoffs, beating University SF (Calif.), 14-9, and then Novato, 11-10 in overtime, to reach the finals against top-seeded and defending champion Acalanes. The two teams were old foes, meeting for the third time in the section finals. Marin Catholic trailed for much of the game and were down 6-3 midway through the fourth quarter before rallying. Austin Colvin scored twice, including the game-tying goal, and Jake Burnham added another to send the game into overtime. From there, Chris Hill needed just 21 seconds to get the game-winner. It was Marin Catholic’s second title since 2012.

 

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Girls Top 10: #1 Amador Valley, Air Academy, Cherry Creek, Lake Oswego And West Linn


May 27, 2014

May 27, 2014

1. Amador Valley (Calif.), 20-1

As the top seed, the Dons rolled to the North Coast Section Division I title. Amador Valley dominated California (Calif.), 17-4, in the semifinals and then dropped Carondelet (Calif.) in the final, 8-6. It was the second time this season the Dons beat Carondelet this season, winning a 7-6, 5 OT thriller in April.

2. Air Academy (Colo.), 17-2

The Kadets won the Colorado state championship with an 11-10 victory over Cherry Creek (Colo.). McEllen McDonough had a hat trick, while Natalie Berg and Emily Trousil each finished with two goals. Jaycee Davis finished with 17 saves.

3. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 12-7

Cherry Creek fell short of winning its 11th Colorado state title, falling 11-10 to Air Academy in the final. Still, it was an impressive run for the Bruins, who used their playoff experience to make another impressive run. Olivia List had a game-high four goals for the Bruins.

4. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 20-1

The Lakers won their third Oregon state championship in the past four years with a dominant 11-5 victory over defending champion West Linn (Ore.). Madeline Reece led Lake Oswego with three goals, avenging a loss to the Lions in last year’s state final.

5. West Linn (Ore.), 17-2

The Lions fell short in their bid to defend their Oregon State title, falling to rival Lake Oswego in the final. West Linn defeated Lake Oswego, 19-13 in last year’s state final. The teams split their regular season games.

6. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 11-7

The Wildcats closed out the regular season with an 8-6 victory over Carondelet (Calif.). St. Ignatius avenged an earlier 11-7 loss to the Cougars on April 2. All of the Wildcats’ losses were to ranked teams in the West region or out-of-state programs that hover around the national rankings.

7. Carondelet (Calif.), 13-4

The Cougars got by Marin Catholic (Calif.) in the North Coast Section semifinals, 9-6, setting up a second meeting with No. 1 Amador Valley, where they fell just short, 8-6. Still, the Cougars had another impressive season with two of their losses coming against out-of-state powers Bishop Ireton (D.C.) and Milton (Ga.).

8. Marin Catholic (Calif.) 22-3

The Wildcats had their season end in the North Coast section semifinals with a tough, 9-6 loss to Carondelet. Nonetheless, Marin Catholic had another solid campaign, suffering just three losses — falling twice to Carondelet and once to top-ranked Amador Valley.

9. Centaurus (Colo.), 16-2

The Warriors had another impressive campaign earning the top seed in the Colorado state playoffs. However, Centaurus had its season end in the semifinals with a 12-11 loss to perennial power Cherry Creek.

10. Acalanes (Calif.), 16-6

The Dons defended their North Coast section Division 2 title with a 21-9 victory over Piedmont (Calif.). Chloe Landry led Acalanes with seven goals, while Katie Fellner scored five. Acalanes was dominant throughout the playoffs, outscoring its opponents 62-15 in three games.

News and Notes

Air Academy quietly put together one of the most impressive seasons in the West region. Centaurus held the region’s top ranking for several weeks and Chatfield (Colo.) finished the regular season undefeated, but Air Academy simply got better every game. The Kadets were playing their best lacrosse in the playoffs and handed Chatfield its only loss of the season in the semifinals. Air Academy then passed its final test by winning the Colorado state championship with an 11-10 victory over Cherry Creek. McEllen McDonough had a hat trick, while Natalie Berg and Emily Trousil each finished with two goals. Jaycee Davis finished with 17 saves. It was the Kadets third title since 2009. What was even more impressive is that Air Academy lost its leading scorer, Natalie Berg, early in the game with a leg injury.

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Amador Valley got over the hump this season, knocking off rival Carondelet, 8-6, to win its second North Coast Section Division I championship in California. The Dons fell to Carondelet in the final the past two seasons. Andrea Arden, Jackie Gilbert and Evan Murphy each had two goals for Amador Valley, which finished the season 22-1. Allie Decar had four saves for the Dons.

Video Highlights Of Colorado Men’s Lacrosse 13-12 Win Over Arizona State To Win 2014 MCLA Lacrosse National Championship On May 17


Colorado held off a comeback by Arizona State to claim their first MCLA Division I National Championship title.

The Buffs took a 13-8 lead in the fourth quarter before the Sun Devils stormed back. They got within a single goal but were unable to score the equalizer as CU went on to win 13-12.

Before taking down No. 1 ASU, Colorado beat Michigan State and UC-Santa Barbara to reach the tournament finals.

Duke Men’s Lacrosse Wins Third NCAA Title In Five Years With 11-9 Win Over Notre Dame On May 26


Duke won its second consecutive NCAA men's lacrosse championship, holding off Notre Dame's comeback with a goal by Kyle Keenan with 2:39 left to clinch an 11-9 victory Monday. The top-seeded Blue Devils (17-3) limited the Irish to one goal over the first 35 minutes, built a six-goal lead in the third quarter and held on to capture their third national championship in the last five years. It sure wasn't easy. The sixth-seeded Irish (12-6) closed to 9-8 with 5 minutes left and had the ball with a chance to tie. But after Duke goalie Luke Aaron stopped a shot by Jim Marlatt, Keenan scored on the other end for a two-goal cushion.

Duke won its second consecutive NCAA men’s lacrosse championship, holding off Notre Dame’s comeback with a goal by Kyle Keenan with 2:39 left to clinch an 11-9 victory Monday.
The top-seeded Blue Devils (17-3) limited the Irish to one goal over the first 35 minutes, built a six-goal lead in the third quarter and held on to capture their third national championship in the last five years.
It sure wasn’t easy. The sixth-seeded Irish (12-6) closed to 9-8 with 5 minutes left and had the ball with a chance to tie. But after Duke goalie Luke Aaron stopped a shot by Jim Marlatt, Keenan scored on the other end for a two-goal cushion.

Sergio Perkovic’s fifth goal of the game made it 10-9 with 49.6 seconds remaining. Duke won the ensuing draw, however, and Jordan Wolf scored with 23.6 seconds to go to clinch it.

 

Wolf finished with two goals and four assists, and the Blue Devils got goals from seven different players.

Duke earned its first title in 2010 with a one-goal win over Notre Dame. This one, an all-Atlantic Coast Conference matchup, looked to be a lopsided rout before the Irish rallied.

Notre Dame tied a record for fewest first-half goals in the championship game last set by Cornell in 1988. The Irish, who came in averaging 12 goals and 37 shots per game, took only 18 shots.

Duke’s swarming defense had a lot to do with that.

Notre Dame has played in 19 NCAA tournaments and reached the national semifinals on four occasions but still has not won the championship.

Duke, on the other hand, has the makings of a dynasty. The Blue Devils have played in each of the last eight national semifinals and reached the title game four times in that span under coach John Danowski.

Up 5-1 at halftime, Duke got a goal from Keenan with 17 seconds gone in the third quarter. After Perkovic answered for the Irish, the Blue Devils scored twice within a minute for an 8-2 lead.