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NCAA Lacrosse: Maryland Men’s Lacrosse Welcomes Freshman “Four-Pack Of Offensive Talent” As Terps Look To Compete In Extremely Competitive ACC Lacrosse Conference In 2014


Maryland Men's LacrosseThe Terps have not anointed any of the top freshmen as starters at this point and will leave that open until possibly early January, Tillman said, but they were certainly on the field as much as anyone in this particular practice.

“We didn’t want to make any final decisions until we felt like it was clear to everybody here. Right now, there are a lot of guys fighting for spots, and we’ve appreciated that,” said Tillman, who was also quick to point out the under-the-radar upperclassmen involved in those competitions, too. “That competition has really helped us. Like most freshmen, we’ve had some good days and some days where maybe the game was pretty fast for them, which is typical.”

by Corey McLaughlin

by Corey McLaughlin

About three-quarters through a lively two-hour practice on campus in College Park, Md., last Tuesday morning, Maryland’s senior goalie, Niko Amato, gobbled up a 12-yard left-handed shot from the right alley by heralded freshman attackman Matt Rambo.

“Popcorn,” Amato yelled in mock jest at the ease of his stop.

It was an appropriate food reference, although Amato probably wasn’t thinking it at the time. He just wanted to remind a freshman he was a freshman. (But don’t let the one scene fool you; Rambo looked impressive.)

But just as former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens alerted fans to watch him and “Get your popcorn ready,” when he joined the Dallas Cowboys, eyes will be

Heralded Maryland freshman attackman Matt Rambo is "definitely a really good player," Terps senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk said. "He kind of has the whole skill set. He's got both hands, he's really fundamental and he's a quick player, quick with his hands."  © John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com

Heralded Maryland freshman attackman Matt Rambo is “definitely a really good player,” Terps senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk said. “He kind of has the whole skill set. He’s got both hands, he’s really fundamental and he’s a quick player, quick with his hands.” © John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com

on the impact and development of Maryland’s highly-regarded rookie class. Although they’re not necessarily seeking out the attention, Maryland coach John Tillman said, like T.O. would.

Rambo, widely considered one of the top freshmen in the country after a decorated career at La Salle (Pa.), along with attackmen Tim Rotanz, Connor Cannizzaro and attack/midfielder Colin Heacock are a four-pack of offensive talent that could see plenty of playing time this spring in what figures to be an even more competitive year of ACC lacrosse. Notre Dame and Syracuse join the Terps, defending national champion Duke, North Carolina and Virginia in the fray.

Rambo, Rotanz, Cannizzaro (younger brother of 2013 Tewaaraton women’s finalist Kara, of North Carolina) and Heacock are among 13 true freshmen on the Terps’ roster who will help replace a battle-tested group of graduated seniors, including five of six offensive starters from the lineup that bowed out to Cornell in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Byrd Stadium.

For more: http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/DI/2012-13/news/100713_30in30_maryland_lacrosse_breaking_in_heralded_freshmen

Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Defenseman And Regis Jesuit Alumni (Denver, CO) Tanner Scales Earns ACC “Freshman Player Of The Year” Honors


Virginia Men's Lacrosse Defenseman Tanner Scales ACC Freshman Player of the Year

Born and raised in Denver, Scales spent his 11th-grade year at the Salisbury School in Connecticut, in part because of its hockey program. But an injury derailed his hockey career, and Scales returned to Denver for his senior year.

He graduated from Regis Jesuit High School, where as a freshman and sophomore Scales had played lacrosse with Rhody Heller and Tanner Ottenbreit, now his teammates at UVa. A fourth Cavalier, freshman midfielder Matt Florence, is also from the Denver area.

If history is any guide, the award handed out Tuesday to Tanner Scales bodes well for his career — and for the UVa men’s lacrosse team.

Scales, a 6-2, 200-pound defenseman, became the 11th Cavalier to be named ACC freshman of the year, as chosen by the conference’s coaches. Previous recipients from UVa include Tim Whiteley (1993), Michael Watson (1994), Conor Gill (1999), Tillman Johnson (2001), Danny Glading (2006) and Steele Stanwick (2009), some of the greatest players in the program’s history.

“It’s awesome to be mentioned in the same category as guys like Steele and Tillman Johnson,” Scales said. “Obviously all individual awards are secondary to the team success, but it’s very humbling. I’m very thankful that the ACC coaches look at me the way that they do.”

Virginia coach Dom Starsia is thankful Scales chose lacrosse over hockey. Not until Scales was in high school did he give up his goal of playing hockey in college and, perhaps, professionally.

Scales played defense on the ice, too, “I think the physicality of hockey really helped me with lacrosse, as well as how quick the game is,” he said. “So when I’m on the lacrosse field, I can slow things down. I’m just more calm because of the experience of playing hockey.”

“It’s great to see the explosion [of lacrosse] out in Denver,” Scales said. “It’s awesome, and I think it just speaks to the growth of the sport.”

Charlottesville is some 1,600 miles from Denver, and Scales marveled at times this year about how far he’d come, especially when he was on the practice field with Florence.

“I remember playing on the same summer team as Matt when we were in seventh grade or something like that,” Scales said, “and I never would have guessed that we both would have ended up here.”

Virginia’s 2013 roster also included players from such states as North Carolina, California and Illinois, none a traditional hotbed for the sport.

“I’ve had kids sitting in my office from these outlying areas,” Starsia recalled, “and they generally say to me, `I know you’re biased against me, Coach,’ and I say, `No, I’m not. The question is: Are you good enough? I don’t care where you’re from.’ I’ve never cared where they’re from.

For more:  http://www.virginiasports.com/sports/m-lacros/050213aaa.html

NCAA Lacrosse: #3 North Carolina Men’s Lacrosse Outscores #6 Duke 18-17 In ACC Semifinal On April 26; Will Face Virginia In Final On April 28


North Carolina Men's Lacrosse vs Duke

Marcus Holman scored the game-winning goal with 1:28 to play and Kieran Burke saved David Lawson’s shot with six seconds remaining as third-ranked North Carolina defeated sixth-ranked Duke 18-17 Friday night in the ACC Tournament semifinals at Kenan Stadium.
A crowd of 4,567 fans witnessed the highest-scoring game in ACC Tournament history as the teams combined for 35 goals, exceeding the previous record of 33 goals set in a double overtime semifinal game in the 2000 tournament when Virginia beat the Tar Heels 17-16.
Second-seeded Carolina (11-3), which last won the ACC Tournament title in 1996, will play fourth-seeded Virginia (7-7), in the championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Kenan Stadium. The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU. UNC advances to the ACC Tournament championship game for the third time in Coach Joe Breschi’s five years after the Tar Heels failed to win an ACC Tournament game for 12 successive years from 1997-2008.
Holman’s late heroics overcame a monumental comeback effort by the Blue Devils (11-5) who had won nine straight games coming into Friday’s contest. UNC led Duke by as many nine goals early in the third quarter before the Blue Devils scored 11 of the next 12 goals to take the lead with less than seven minutes to play. North Carolina (11-3) scored the last two goals of the game to pull out the victory and win its eighth successive game.
Carolina achieved its nine-goal margin at 15-6 with 11:31 left in the third quarter before Duke ran off eight straight goals and 11 of the next 12 tallies to take its first lead of the game with 6:12 to play. But Jimmy Bitter tied the match with 5:01 to play and Holman, who was named Friday as a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee, scored the game-winner off Chad Tutton’s assist with 1:28 to play.
Duke had an extra-man opportunity at the end of the game and a chance to tie but Kieran Burke made a save on a point-blank shot by David Lawson with six seconds remaining and the ball bounced out of bounds before either team could gain possession as the clock expired.

NCAA Lacrosse: Virginia Men’s Lacrosse (7-7) Come Up Big With 13-6 Win Over #2 Maryland On April 26; Advance To ACC Championship Final


Virginia Men's Lacrosse vs Maryland

Mark Cockerton scored four goals and Matt White tallied three of his own and three assists to elevate the Virginia Cavaliers (7-7) to the ACC Championship final with a 13-6 triumph over the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins (9-3), Friday afternoon at North Carolina’s Kenan Stadium.
Virginia will play for the ACC title for the first time since winning it all in 2010 and it will be the Cavaliers’15th all-time appearance in the ACC title game since the tournament’s inception in 1989.
“Today was a good game, a hard-fought win,” said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. “I told ESPN at halftime that the game wasn’t a work of art early on, but we saw the two teams were working at it. The key for us – for the most part – was that we felt we could defend them most of the day. I never felt that we were ever in any peril defensively – every time it seemed like Maryland could seize the game, it appeared like defensively we had it under control.”
The game began as a defensive juggernaut as Cockerton’s goal 59 seconds into the contest was the only score by either team in the opening stanza. Maryland finally broke through at the 13:50 mark in the second quarter on a Mike Chanenchuk unassisted goal after the Terrapins did not find nylon in the game’s first 16:10.
The game’s only tie was short-lived, as UVa scored 35 seconds later when Ryan Tucker found Cockerton for the junior’s second goal. Shortly after, UVa took the lead and never relinquished it when Greg Coholan ripped a goal on a White pass for the Cavaliers’ only extra-man opportunity.
Maryland cut UVa’s lead to one goal, 3-2, when John Haus scored unassisted at 6:27. Virginia closed out the half on a two-goal run via a Rob Emery tally and Cockerton’s third goal of the game on a Nick O’Reilly pass, sending UVa into the intermission with a 5-2 lead. The goal gave Cockerton his 12th career hat trick, his eighth of the season and his fourth in a row.

NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Kevin Corrigan Discusses Move To ACC Conference (Video)


Notre Dame men’s lacrosse head coach Kevin Corrigan reacts to Notre Dame’s acceptance of an invitation to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.

NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Becomes Member Of ACC Conference Joining Duke, North Carolina, Virginia And Syracuse


The University of Notre Dame accepted an invitation today (Sept. 12) to become a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in all sports except football.

Current ACC members are Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Pittsburgh and Syracuse will join the ACC on July 1, 2013.

Most Notre Dame athletics programs have been members of the Big East Conference since 1995 after previously competing in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, North Star Conference and as independents. Jack Swarbrick, vice president and director of athletics at Notre Dame, said the University will work with the Big East and ACC on a timetable to transfer athletic membership.

“We have monitored the changing conference landscape for many months and have concluded that moving to the ACC is the best course of action for us,” Swarbrick said. “This will enable us to maintain our historic independence in football, join in the ACC’s non-BCS bowl package, and provide a new and extremely competitive home for our other sports.

“We are immensely grateful to the members of the Big East, which has been a wonderful home for us the past 17 years. We also think that the conference has a strong future under the leadership of its new commissioner, Mike Aresco.”

“The ACC was founded on the cornerstones of balancing academics, athletics and integrity,” said Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford. “Our partnership with Notre Dame only strengthens this long-standing commitment. Notre Dame enhances the league’s unique blend of public and private institutions that are international in scope. The collective alumni and fan bases cover the entire country with exceptionally strong roots up and down the Atlantic Coast. This is a terrific milestone in the evolution of the ACC and showcases tremendous solidarity and vision by our Council of Presidents.”

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Duke Men’s Lacrosse 12-9 Win Over North Carolina To Capture 2012 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship


Duke rallied from a 4-2 halftime deficit to defeat North Carolina 12-9 and win the 2012 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship on a cold and rainy afternoon in Charlottesville, Va. It was Duke’s seventh ACC title in the tournament.