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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).

Denver Men’s Lacrosse Earns 10-7 Win Over Notre Dame; Goaltending, Adamson’s 6 Goals Critical As Pioneers Are Outshot 46-29 (21-3 In 2nd Quarter)


Led by a career-high six goals from junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), the No. 11/12 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team defeated the No. 6/8 University of Notre Dame 10-7 on Saturday afternoon in front of 5,870 fans at LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in the Pacific Coast Shootout. “I’m really proud of all of our young men,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “Beating a team like Notre Dame is a phenomenal achievement in-and-of-itself. Coming off the loss last weekend to Penn and a rough week of practice, I’m proud of how this team pulled together to gut out a win. I can’t say enough about Ryan and Jamie, and how they kind of kept us in the game, especially when Notre Dame had those runs in the second quarter. Erik had a great game in front of his home crowd to lead us with six goals.”

Led by a career-high six goals from junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), the No. 11/12 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team defeated the No. 6/8 University of Notre Dame 10-7 on Saturday afternoon in front of 5,870 fans at LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in the Pacific Coast Shootout.
“I’m really proud of all of our young men,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “Beating a team like Notre Dame is a phenomenal achievement in-and-of-itself. Coming off the loss last weekend to Penn and a rough week of practice, I’m proud of how this team pulled together to gut out a win. I can’t say enough about Ryan and Jamie, and how they kind of kept us in the game, especially when Notre Dame had those runs in the second quarter. Erik had a great game in front of his home crowd to lead us with six goals.”
Adamson took eight shots on goal, scoring six goals, while also grabbing one ground ball. Freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) finished with two goals and an assist for three points, while junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) scored one goal and finished with two assists for three points. Berg also tallied a game-high three ground balls.
Sophomore transfer Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) finished with one goal and one assist for two points, junior Sean Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) finished with two assists and senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) tallied one assist and a caused turnover.
Junior goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made 10 saves and allowed four goals, while senior goalie Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made seven saves and allowed only three goals.
John Scioscia scored three goals for the Fighting Irish, while four others added goals each. Goalie Shane Doss made eight saves on the day.
Notre Dame held the advantage in shots (46-29), ground balls (36-20) and face-off wins (15-of-21 to 6-of-21). Denver capitalized on its lone man-up opportunity, while the Fighting Irish scored on three of its five chances. Denver also held the advantage in saves, 17-to-8.
Denver jumped out to a 2-0 lead off goals by Adamson and Bobzien before Notre Dame’s Westy Hopkins scored with 5:21 left in the first. The Pioneers added another with eight seconds left in the quarter as Adamson scored his season of the game, 10th of the season to put DU up 3-1.

NCAA Lacrosse: Sacred Heart Men’s Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Features Dartmouth, Providence, Hartford, Bryant, Vermont, Holy Cross And Saint Joseph’s


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Sacred Heart men’s lacrosse head coach Jon Basti released the 2014 schedule on Monday. The Pioneers will play seven home games at Campus Field this upcoming spring, beginning on Sunday, Feb. 16 against Binghamton.
“We’re excited to get the season going,” said Basti, who is entering his first season at the helm of the Sacred Heart men’s lacrosse program. “We have a very exciting schedule with a lot of good competition. Our conference is getting more competitive which makes those games even more crucial.”

Sacred Heart Men's Lacrosse 2014 Schedule

Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws And Chesapeake Bayhawks Make Blockbuster Trade As Brendan Mundorf, John Grant Change Teams


MLL Trade John Grant Jr.

The Chesapeake Bayhawks and the Denver Outlaws have executed a trade that will send the 2012 League MVP Brendan Mundorf to Annapolis in exchange for John Grant Jr., Michael Simon and the Bayhawks Second Round natural selection (No. 16) in the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft.
“I consider myself very lucky to have coached John Grant Jr. and Michael Simon,” said Bayhawks Head Coach Dave Cottle. “They are great teammates and excellent players. They are being sent to a great organization that continues to be a contender. In Grant’s case he is moving to Denver and this will alleviate the schedule for him and his family.”
“As an organization we’re always looking to improve the overall quality of our program,” saidDenver Head Coach Jim Stagnitta. “At the same time we always consider the quality of life of our players. We traded a phenomenal leader in Mundorf, who will now be close to home, but at the same time we’re acquiring a great player in John Grant Jr. who is a proven leader.”
Selected 21st overall out of UMBC in the 2006 Collegiate Draft, Mundorf spent his whole career in an Outlaws uniform. In 90 games played he recorded 229 goals and 118 assists. He has been a consistent leader in the attack for Denver scoring no less than 20 goals per season.
“I have grown to respect the competitive nature of Brendan Mundorf,” Cottle continued. “I am very happy to have him in a Bayhawks uniform, something we have wanted for the last four years.”
One of the last MLL originals to still play the game, Grant Jr. has been a polarizing figure in Lacrosse and the League since its inception. He scored the very first goal in the Summer Showcase in 2000 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio and proceeded to be named MLL Offensive Player of the Year in the League’s inaugural season while with the Rochester Rattlers. He can be found in the top five of many All-Time Career records including points, goals and assists. Throughout his career he helped three teams win the Steinfeld Trophy, in 2008 with the Rattlers, the following year with the Toronto Nationals and this season with the Bayhawks.

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“Strong Of Heart” Video Profiles Life And Recovery Of Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Player Adam Sargent, Severely Injured After Car Accident In 1997


Strong Of Heart Profiles Of Notre Dame AthleticsWhen Adam Sargent arrived at the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 1993 from Brighton High School in Rochester, N.Y., he envisioned not only working with his teammates to achieve success on the lacrosse field but also looking forward to the day when he received his diploma in the shadows of the Golden Dome.

He could not have foreseen how this education would prepare him for the challenges ahead.

Sargent’s life was changed forever 13 years ago. At 8:30 on the morning of May 29, 1997, the 21-year-old senior, who had distinguished himself on a team that qualified for three straight appearances in the NCAA lacrosse tournament, was on his way to nearby Saint Mary’s College to take an exam when he was involved in a two-car accident at the intersection of Notre Dame Avenue and Angela Boulevard. The accident separated Sargent’s neck at the C-7 vertebrae and left him paralyzed from the chest down with somewhat limited use of his arms.

Sargent’s focus soon changed from winning games to learning how to live again.  He not only graduated from Notre Dame with a double major in history and anthropology in 1999, but also matriculated to become a valued member of the University’s Academic Services for Student-Athletes, counseling members of the football, ice hockey and women’s golf teams.

Major League Lacrosse: MLL Partners With “The Whistle” Sports Network To Bring Game Highlights, Behind-The-Scenes Footage, Informative Instruction And Interviews To Young Fans And Athletes


Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced today a comprehensive content and partnership agreement with The Whistle, the first sports entertainment network focused exclusively on entertaining young fans and athletes with engaging and appropriate content.  “We are truly excited and proud to be partners with The Whistle. They have built a solid team with great relationships and have shown real momentum,” says Major League Lacrosse Commissioner David Gross.  “This move ensures lacrosse will be an important part of the sports entertainment experience The Whistle delivers to young fans and athletes.  We look forward to growing with them.” “MLL is an exciting addition to our team of major league partners and investors.  As the fastest growing participation sport in the U.S. among today’s youth, there is a clear demand for lacrosse content from our audience and it makes a perfect fit to align with the top league. Our partnership will bring the best of on-field action, informative instruction content and key features from MLL’s  top stars ,” said Jeff Urban, The Whistle’s co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer.  The partnership gives The Whistle viewers access to game highlights, behind-the-scenes footage, how-to-tutorials, interviews with MLL stars, and a variety of opportunities to engage directly with their favorite MLL teams and athletes.  The league will also give the network full access to its library of existing content to repurpose for younger viewers. Major League Lacrosse joins The Whistle’s partners, the National Football League, the PGA Tour, US Soccer, the Harlem Globetrotters, IndyCar and Alli Sports. The network delivers a mix of professional, amateur and user-generated content across the multiple media platforms younger fans use each day with the goal of keeping them more engaged, informed and active. “Increased interest and engagement by young fans is the backbone of MLL and will continue to drive tremendous growth for our sport and our league. The Whistle understands this audience and is entertaining, engaging and connecting with them directly across multiple platforms. Whenever young fans turn to The Whistle to learn more about sports, they’ll find out how exciting lacrosse is when played at the professional level,” Gross said. About The Whistle The Whistle is the first sports network and community that's dedicated to entertaining, inspiring and equipping the next generation of fans and athletes with the critical life skills that sports provide. In addition to insights into and updates on professional and youth sports, The Whistle provides curriculum-driven content that focuses on fitness and nutrition, math and science and self-confidence and teamwork. Its owners and investors include sports heroes such as Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning, and Tim Wakefield, media pioneers including former heads of Nickelodeon and MTV, and league partners like the NFL, PGA Tour, US Soccer and now Major League Lacrosse. For more information, go to TheWhistle.com

Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced today a comprehensive content and partnership agreement with The Whistle, the first sports entertainment network focused exclusively on entertaining young fans and athletes with engaging and appropriate content.
“We are truly excited and proud to be partners with The Whistle. They have built a solid team with great relationships and have shown real momentum,” says Major League Lacrosse Commissioner David Gross. “This move ensures lacrosse will be an important part of the sports entertainment experience The Whistle delivers to young fans and athletes. We look forward to growing with them.”
“MLL is an exciting addition to our team of major league partners and investors. As the fastest growing participation sport in the U.S. among today’s youth, there is a clear demand for lacrosse content from our audience and it makes a perfect fit to align with the top league. Our partnership will bring the best of on-field action, informative instruction content and key features from MLL’s top stars ,” said Jeff Urban, The Whistle’s co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer.
The partnership gives The Whistle viewers access to game highlights, behind-the-scenes footage, how-to-tutorials, interviews with MLL stars, and a variety of opportunities to engage directly with their favorite MLL teams and athletes. The league will also give the network full access to its library of existing content to repurpose for younger viewers.
Major League Lacrosse joins The Whistle’s partners, the National Football League, the PGA Tour, US Soccer, the Harlem Globetrotters, IndyCar and Alli Sports. The network delivers a mix of professional, amateur and user-generated content across the multiple media platforms younger fans use each day with the goal of keeping them more engaged, informed and active.
“Increased interest and engagement by young fans is the backbone of MLL and will continue to drive tremendous growth for our sport and our league. The Whistle understands this audience and is entertaining, engaging and connecting with them directly across multiple platforms. Whenever young fans turn to The Whistle to learn more about sports, they’ll find out how exciting lacrosse is when played at the professional level,” Gross said.
About The Whistle
The Whistle is the first sports network and community that’s dedicated to entertaining, inspiring and equipping the next generation of fans and athletes with the critical life skills that sports provide. In addition to insights into and updates on professional and youth sports, The Whistle provides curriculum-driven content that focuses on fitness and nutrition, math and science and self-confidence and teamwork. Its owners and investors include sports heroes such as Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning, and Tim Wakefield, media pioneers including former heads of Nickelodeon and MTV, and league partners like the NFL, PGA Tour, US Soccer and now Major League Lacrosse. For more information, go to TheWhistle.com

The Whistle and MLL Partnerships

Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws (10-0) Travel To Rochester Rattlers On July 20


Denver Outlaws vs Rochester.

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St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Glen Miles Discusses The Importance Of Recruiting And Supporting Experienced Coaches To Maintain The Growth Of Western High School Lacrosse Programs


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St. Margaret's Episcopal Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Glen Miles. OCVarsity.com

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Glen Miles. OCVarsity.com

In the second part of an interview, Glen Miles, head coach of 2013 CIF-Southern Section Lacrosse Champion St. Margaret’s Episcopal Boys Lacrosse program, talks about the importance of “experienced and dedicated” coaching in Western High School Lacrosse.

LaxBuzz: University of Denver Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Bill Tierney has stated that it is critical for the continued growth and success of Western Lacrosse to have “high quality, experienced and dedicated coaches” (i.e. East Coast experience) to continue to take up positions with club teams and high school programs. Many top Division I players have been traveling back and landing at Western programs, but they lack the experience in coaching at top collegiate programs.

How do you see experienced “East Coast coaches” being lured to coming out west? Is it possible for top boys coaches to play MCLA or Div II or III college lacrosse at western programs and become top-level coaches?

Glen Miles: “Coach Tierney is 100% correct.  He has great interest in the California Lacrosse market.  Many of our highly skilled players will be attracted to Denver University for a variety of reasons.”

“First, he is a great coach, leader and mentor and he runs a great program.  Second, it is the closest DI program and if our players want to shoot for the highest level, it is a great place to go to school.”

“High quality coaching is very important.  Because we live in California and have arguably the most desirable climate on the planet, attracting great young lacrosse guys to California will not be too difficult.”

What will be difficult is keeping these coaches coaching High School Lacrosse.  It will not be difficult to keep them in California, but regrettably they seem to migrate toward club lacrosse and away from High School programs.”

“The reason for this is simple: the average High School coaching stipend is around $3000.  The job as it is structured right now is difficult for the little bit of money that they receive.  They are doing it for the love of the game and the love of the kids.  We can’t add additional stress to the job description.”

Booster clubs, steering committees and the like must be patient and be willing to accept some mistake as a young coach grows.  The guys that want to do this job understand that they must have a “real job” to make ends meet.  Sometimes their real job is lacrosse and sometimes it is not.”

“I think there are plenty of great coaching role models currently at MCLA, DII and DIII.  The issue of whether a young coach continues to grow is a factor of how committed we are to help him grow.”

NCAA Lacrosse: #3 Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse (12-3) Hosts #17 Towson (10-7) On May 12 In First Round Of NCAA Tounament; Buckeyes On 6-Game Winning Streak With Wins Over Loyola & Denver


Ohio State Men's Lacrosse vs Towson 2013 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships

The No. 3-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (12-3, 5-2/3rd ECAC) opens the 2013 NCAA Championship with a first round game vs. No. 17-ranked Towson (10-7, 4-2 CAA) at 3 p.m. Sunday in Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State is the No. 3 seed in the tournament and hosting a tourney game for the first time in program history.
The winner of the Ohio State vs. Towson game will take on the winner of a matchup between No. 6 seed Maryland (10-3) and Cornell (12-3) at 12:30 or 3 p.m. May 18 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. The NCAA Championship semifinals and final will be at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., May 25 and 27.

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NCAA Lacrosse: “2013 Women’s Lacrosse Championships” Announces Brackets With Maryland Ranked #1 Followed By Northwestern, North Carolina And Syracuse; Stanford Vs Notre Dame On May 12, Denver Vs Jacksonville On May 10


2013 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships

With a perfect 19-0 record, Maryland earned the No. 1 seed in the largest NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse tournament in history. The field expanded from 16 teams last year to 26 teams in 2013, in response the increased number of conferences sponsoring the sport. While the Terps are making their 29th postseason appearance, six other teams are in the big dance for the first time. Stony Brook, Denver, Jacksonville, High Point, Canisius and UConn will all play their first NCAA tournament games on May 11.
“I’m so glad we’re at 26, and I’m so glad we’re on the inside. It’s awesome and I’m so excited for the team,” Pioneers coach Liza Kelly said.
Kelly, who is also a longtime member of the NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse committee, said the IWLCA had been pressing for tournament expansion since she was an assistant at Towson in the late 1990s.
“We had enough quality teams that the tournament needed to expand. With the great expansion we’ve seen, especially in the Atlantic Sun and in the Big South, and having 100 teams overall, having a 16-team bracket just didn’t make sense. Under the old format, with that many teams, half the games would have been play-in games,” she said.
The Pioneers and the Dolphins will meet in a first-round matchup between first-time NCAA tournament participants in Gainesville, Fla. The winner of the game will advance to play No. 5 seed Florida in the second round.

2013 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships Brackets