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“Lacrosse Magazine” December 2014 Issue Released Featuring “Person Of The Year” Lyle Thompson & Lives Of Women’s Lacrosse Coaches


Every season, there are players that capture the attention and imagination of fans - some because they anchor championship teams, others because of amazing achievements and talent, still more for inspirational stories of how they got to be where they are at the top of the game. But seldom is there a player which captures the world of lacrosse the way Lyle Thompson did in 2014. A once-in-a-generation talent, the University of Albany and Iroquois Nationals star also celibrates the games roots through his heritage and has made it clear that he hopes to serve as an ambassador of its growth for the rest of his life.  Corey McLaughlin visited the Thompson family in New York for the feature story on the rising senior and his family, anchoring a look back at 2014 that includes our Stories of the Year and Best of Lacrosse nominations for the online fan vote, running through the end of November on LaxMagazine.com

Every season, there are players that capture the attention and imagination of fans – some because they anchor championship teams, others because of amazing achievements and talent, still more for inspirational stories of how they got to be where they are at the top of the game.
But seldom is there a player which captures the world of lacrosse the way Lyle Thompson did in 2014. A once-in-a-generation talent, the University of Albany and Iroquois Nationals star also celibrates the games roots through his heritage and has made it clear that he hopes to serve as an ambassador of its growth for the rest of his life.
Corey McLaughlin visited the Thompson family in New York for the feature story on the rising senior and his family, anchoring a look back at 2014 that includes our Stories of the Year and Best of Lacrosse nominations for the online fan vote, running through the end of November on LaxMagazine.com

COLUMNS

From the Editor – Proud Coach’s Husband

by Matt DaSilva

As the husband of a woman who coaches both the University of Notre Dame of Maryland soccer and lacrosse teams after writing her name all over the school’s record books, I’m intimately aware of the sacrifices and rewards that living the dual coach/mother life brings.

His Space – Meet the Women of Walla Walla

by Bill Tanton

Another western outpost for the game springs up in an unlikely place – Walla Walla, Washington, where Whitman College begins play under Maryland transplant Kate Robinson. The game has come a long way since I first picked up a stick in 1947.

Her Space – Coaches, Moms and Mentors

by Kate Hickman

Some of the top coaches in women’s lacrosse – women like North Carolina’s Jenny Levy, Penn State’s Missy Doherty and Denver’s Liza Kelly – balance team duties with the raising of their own families. It’s a dual feat that deserves a ton of respect and an example for us all.

 

“Lacrosse Magazine May 2014” Issue Released Featuring Boston College Women’s Lacrosse, NCAA Tournament Preview And MLL Breakdown


COVER STORY – BC on the Brink Once an ACC laughingstock, Boston College has May Madness on the mind. Can the Eagles rise to the occasion behind stars like Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick? FEATURES Our Lacrosse Angel  Twenty-one yars after her tragic death, Heather Leigh Albert remains a source of inspiration to her family, the lacross community, and the HLA Award winners who excel in her memory at the US Lacrosse National Tournament  by Brian Logue  May Madness  A special 13-page package has stops at Boston College, North Carolina, Johns Hopkins, Virginia, Bryant and Cornell, plus a trip back in time with stories of NCAA tournament lore told by past champions.  by Lacrosse Magazine Staff  Understanding Impact  A US Lacrosse-funded accelerometer study with the Princeton men's and women's lacrosse teams could change the way we think about head injuries in our sport.  by Paul Ohanian  Matchup Nightmare  At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, Garrett Thul was an unstoppable force at Army, a status he has maintained in the MLL and as one of the 30 hopefuls for the U.S. Men's National team.  by Corey McLaughlin  MLL Breakdown  Kyle Sweeney and Brodie Merrill have reunited in Boston. But are the Cannons Contenders? LM's MLL preview breaks down all eight teams. Chesapeake Bayhawks Denver Outlaws Boston Cannons Charlotte Hounds Florida Launch New York Lizards Ohio Machine Rochester Rattlers  COLUMNS From the Editor: As Good as Gold His Space: A Pitch With A Catch Her Space: Straight to the Source Boyle Point: The Two-Man Trend DEPARTMENTS Lifestyles  Chatting about life, lacrosse, and everything with former Franklyn & Marshall player and current NFL agent Peter Schaffer.  Your Edge  Defensive tips from Triology Lacrosse and MLL stalwart Chad Wiedmaier and midfield work from the notebook of Duke and U.S. Women's Taylor Trimble.  Give and Go  With the US Lacrosse WCLA Natioinal Championships on the horizon (May 7-10 in Virginia Beach, Va.), LM shoots the breeze with Georgia peach Kelly Arnhardt.

COVER STORY – BC on the Brink
Once an ACC laughingstock, Boston College has May Madness on the mind. Can the Eagles rise to the occasion behind stars like Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick?
FEATURES
Our Lacrosse Angel
Twenty-one yars after her tragic death, Heather Leigh Albert remains a source of inspiration to her family, the lacross community, and the HLA Award winners who excel in her memory at the US Lacrosse National Tournament
by Brian Logue
May Madness
A special 13-page package has stops at Boston College, North Carolina, Johns Hopkins, Virginia, Bryant and Cornell, plus a trip back in time with stories of NCAA tournament lore told by past champions.
by Lacrosse Magazine Staff
Understanding Impact
A US Lacrosse-funded accelerometer study with the Princeton men’s and women’s lacrosse teams could change the way we think about head injuries in our sport.
by Paul Ohanian
Matchup Nightmare
At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, Garrett Thul was an unstoppable force at Army, a status he has maintained in the MLL and as one of the 30 hopefuls for the U.S. Men’s National team.
by Corey McLaughlin
MLL Breakdown
Kyle Sweeney and Brodie Merrill have reunited in Boston. But are the Cannons Contenders? LM’s MLL preview breaks down all eight teams.
Chesapeake Bayhawks
Denver Outlaws
Boston Cannons
Charlotte Hounds
Florida Launch
New York Lizards
Ohio Machine
Rochester Rattlers
COLUMNS
From the Editor: As Good as Gold
His Space: A Pitch With A Catch
Her Space: Straight to the Source
Boyle Point: The Two-Man Trend
DEPARTMENTS
Lifestyles
Chatting about life, lacrosse, and everything with former Franklyn & Marshall player and current NFL agent Peter Schaffer.
Your Edge
Defensive tips from Triology Lacrosse and MLL stalwart Chad Wiedmaier and midfield work from the notebook of Duke and U.S. Women’s Taylor Trimble.
Give and Go
With the US Lacrosse WCLA Natioinal Championships on the horizon (May 7-10 in Virginia Beach, Va.), LM shoots the breeze with Georgia peach Kelly Arnhardt.

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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.”

 

 

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Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws Release 2014 Online Media Guide Featuring Drew Snider, Jesse Schwartzman And Lee Zink On Cover


Denver Outlaws 2014 Media Guide

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“Lacrosse Magazine February 2014” Issue Released Featuring Albany’s Lyle Thompson, Preseason Players Of The Year And College Season Preview


Lacrosse Magazine February 2014

COVER STORY – Lacrosse Magazine 2014 College Preview
Spring is here, and that means it’s time for teams across the country to prepare for the road that culminates in May with the elusive NCAA tournament. Lacrosse Magazine takes an in-depth look at teams across the spectrum of men’s and women’s lacrosse with scouting reports, analysis and more.
Lacrosse Magazine #LMRanks Online Previews
Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Players of the Year
Men’s DI: Lyle Thompson – Albany
Women’s DI: Alyssa Murray – Syracuse
Men’s DII: Andrew Wagner – Mercyhurst
Women’s DII: Jackie Sileo – LIU Post
Men’s DIII: Corey Elmer – Cabrini
Women’s DIII: Ashton Wheatley
COLUMNS
From the Editor: Women’s Game Has Momentum
His Space: The Denver Experiment
Her Space: My Post-Lacrosse Life
Boyle Point: Climb Out of the Chaos
DEPARTMENTS
Lifestyles
Denver Broncos VP Mac Freeman credits his short-lived lacrosse career for where he is now as one of the top team officials in Denver and President of the Denver Outlaws MLL franchise.
The Scoop
Two-time World Cup gold medal winner Devon Wills attempts to make her way into the MLL after earning a shot with the Long Island Lizards; Philadelphia’s Wings reconstruct radically but keep core of American talent; Erin Smith’s 10 years at US Lacrosse help education programs build for betterment.
Your Edge
Pass Interference
Boston Cannons defender and Triology Lacrosse rep Mitch Belisle demonstrates how to cut off skip planes after defending on ball.
The Sweet Spot
Princeton’s Erin McMunn – the Ivy League Attacker of the Year – is good in close quarters. How can you emulate her success?
Give and Go
Brittany Coppa is an All-ACC senior midfielder, but that doesn’t mean she won’t pull the odd prank on certain North Carolina assistant coaches.

NCAA Lacrosse: Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse 2014 Season Preview Features Ten Incoming Freshman Balancing Loss Of Two-Time MPSF POY


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A mix of veterans and 10 incoming freshmen gives head coach Ginger Miles and the Cal lacrosse team a lot of depth and opportunities for her Bears to shine in 2014.
Cal will miss the departed two-time MPSF Player of the Year Megan Takacs, but Miles said that while filling the void of losing a player like Takacs will not be easy, her roster is filled with upperclassmen with experience and hungry newcomers looking to make a big impact.

“I think the team is looking really well,” Miles said. “With 10 freshmen joining the team, there was a lot of foundational stuff that we were working on during the fall, and I think our freshmen caught on pretty quickly. I was really impressed with their progress, and really happy that our team did such a great job of integrating them into our system.

“We’re going to have a much tougher time deciding on our lineups from week to week because there are so many more people in the mix. I’m excited about how much more depth we have at all positions this year.”

Seniors Paige Gasparino and Marissa O’Meally and junior Gaby Christman will be the team captains this year.

Gasparino and Christman are both midfielders, while senior Amelia Burke will also be in the mix to make a big impact. Miles said Gasparino will be a “floater” and will likely end up on a lot of team’s scouting reports as an offensive threat. Freshmen Charlotte Biffar and Caroline Schlegel will also be in line to boost the midfield.

O’Meally anchors the defense with returning starters Grace Parente and Jacqueline Pelletier. Junior Casey Reid and sophomore Michele DeVincent will also provide depth on defense.

Takacs wasn’t the only big loss from last season. The also-departed Melissa Humphrey had been the team’s leader in assists. Sophomore Lizz Lavie will take over Humphrey’s role as the feeder. Miles said Lavie spent a lot of time learning from Humphrey last year and she feels like Lavie is ready to become Humphrey’s heir apparent. Not only Lavie, but Miles is also counting on sophomores Brynn Gasparino and Nicole Beck, as well as incoming freshmen Bella Huther and Jena Fritts to make big contributions on the line of attack.

With the loss of goalkeeper Megan McGinnis, sophomore Helen Hansen will step in and start in the cage for the Bears. Miles said Hansen learned a lot from watching McGinnis last year and she’s confident that Hansen will help strengthen the defense.

As always, the Bears will be striving for the all-important MPSF Championship and a berth into the NCAA Tournament. The MPSF is getting stronger year after year, with 2013 champion Denver and perennial contender Stanford always posing as threats to Cal’s success. There are a number of Bears who have yet to enjoy a victory over those teams and Miles said she’d love nothing more than to see her team notch a couple big wins over those teams this year.

“We always want to win the conference; that’s our main goal,” Miles said. “We’ve come really close the past couple years. I think we’ve got a great group of veteran leaders on this team and some younger players who have been through the ups and downs. Our conference continues to get stronger every year. We can’t take a single team for granted. You go through the schedule and your opponents, and I’d say the majority of the games on our schedule are pretty unpredictable at this point. We will have a lot of games that can go either way.”

The 2014 season marks the 15-year anniversary of the Cal lacrosse program. The Bears will celebrate the anniversary during the April 6 match against USC. In addition, this season also marks the 10-year anniversary of when Cal won its’ lone MPSF title in 2004. Miles is hoping these benchmarks in the history of the program will help inspire the Bears to reach new heights this year and bring home their second conference championship.

“This being our 15 year anniversary, we’re a relatively young program in comparison to some of our counterparts across the country,” Miles said. “We’re really proud to be where we are. To look back at our history and see how far we’ve come, and to be a team that we think is capable of competing every year for an MPSF Championship is pretty remarkable. We’re at our 10 year anniversary of winning our first title back in 2004. We’d love to get our second one this year.”

NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Liza Kelly Introduces 7 Freshman Players


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The University of Denver women’s lacrosse team welcomes seven new faces to the program this year to help replace five graduating seniors from last season.
“This freshman class brings in a lot of size and speed,” said head coach Liza Kelly. “They are working really hard and being pushed to better themselves. This is a different team and these girls are ready to get the season started.”

Molly DankoA midfielder from Baltimore, Danko comes in with three years of experience with The Bryn Mawr School. Danko has been honored with numerous awards during her high school career, including being named to the 2013 Balimore Messenger Girls All-Star Lacrosse Frist Team and the 2013 Towson Times Girls All-Star Second Team. Additionally, Danko played in the 2012 Under Armor Underclassmen Games. Outside of lacrosse, Danko played four years of field hockey and basketball in high school, leading her team to the IAAM A Conference Championship and Final No. 1 ranking in the state of Maryland in 2009.

Hunter GrayA defenseman from Mount Laurel, N.J., Gray becomes a Pioneer after playing four years of lacrosse at Lenape High School. Gray is a two-time recipient of the All-South Jersey First Team and All-Conference First Team. Gray was also honored as a member of the All-County (Burlington County) First Team in 2012. Additionally, Gray played field hockey in high school, earning All-Conference Second Team.

Ellie KnottA midfielder from Baltimore, Knott enters DU after playing four years at The Bryn Mawr School. Knott chose Denver for its strong academics and competitive athletics. Knott also considered Boston College, James Madison, Virginia Tech and Virginia for lacrosse. In addition to lacrosse, Knott played four years of field hockey.

Nicole MartindaleAt attack from Brooklin, Ontario, Martindale led the Lady Blue Knights club team to six Provincial Lacrosse Championships. Martindale was named to the Syracuse Nike Cup All-Star Team in 2011 and 2012. Martindale also played ice hockey in high school, leading her team to three Provincial Hockey Championships.

Sybil PallaceA midfielder from Baltimore, Pallace led Mc Dough High School to four undefeated seasons and the No. 1 ranking in the nation. Pallace played seven seasons for the Skywalkers club team, winning the Charm City Tournament. Pallace also played soccer, tennis and basketball in high school.

Maddy StevensonA goalkeeper from Bainbridge Island, Wash., Stevenson led her team to a pair of Washington State Championships in 2011 and 2012. Additionally, Stevenson earned All-State First Team in four-consecutive years from 2010-13. Stevenson also played four years of volleyball in high school as an outside hitter.

Layne VoorheesA midfielder from Alexandria, Va., Voorhees comes to DU after playing three years at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School. Voorhees helped her team to three-consecutive VISAA State Championships from 2011-13.

DU finished the 2013 season with an 18-3 record, beating Jacksonville 14-7 in the NCAA Tournament first round. Denver went undefeated at home and had a perfect 8-0 record in the regular season against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams.

The Crimson and Gold opens its 2014 schedule against Colorado at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. Additionally, Denver will host the 2014 MPSF Tournament from May 1-3.

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Ivy League Lacrosse: Brown Men’s Lacrosse 2014 “Behind The Scenes” Season Preview (Video)


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