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NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Dom Starsia Nominated For “2011 ESPY” As Best Coach/Manager In Sports

Virginia men’s lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia is one of five nominees for an ESPY award in the category of Best Coach/Manager.

Virginia Men's Lacrosse Head Coach Dom Starsia

The ESPYs are LIVE this year and this is the one night where athletes from all sports join together to celebrate the best moments of the year. The ESPYs take place on Wednesday, July 13th at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles and will be hosted by Seth Meyers.

Also nominated in the category with Starsia is UConn men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun, Dallas Mavericks coach and UVa alum Rick Carlisle, Auburn football head coach Gene Chizik and Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

Starsia led UVa to the 2011 NCAA title with a 13-5 overall record. Virginia became the first No. 7 seed and five-loss team to win a NCAA men’s lacrosse title. Along the way he passed Jack Emmer (326) for most career victories all-time at a Division I school with a convincing 13-9 triumph over No. 2 seed Cornell in the NCAA quarterfinal round.

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Northern California Youth Lacrosse: South Valley Chiefs Lacrosse Coach Paul Kunzel Announced As Finalist For “Positive Coaching Alliance” (PCA) “Double-Goal Coach” Award

South Valley Lacrosse, the longest-running organization promoting the sport of boys’ lacrosse in the South Bay Area, today announced that one of its coaches, Paul Kunzel, has been named as a finalist for Positive Coaching Alliance’s (PCA) Double-Goal Coach® Award, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance.

South Valley Lacrosse is a family-based organization designed to help all players grow physically and mentally. Through hard work and discipline, players learn how to become successful not only in lacrosse but in life. South Valley Lacrosse’s tradition is based on respect, effort and sportsmanship.

According to PCA, thousands of people from 43 states helped nominate hundreds of coaches evaluated in its annual Double-Goal Coach Award program. In late February, PCA will name 20 winners from its list of 50 finalists.

“Becoming one of our finalists is a great tribute to Paul, considering there are 4 million youth sports coaches nationwide,” said PCA Founder and Executive Director Jim Thompson. “No matter which of our finalists win our awards, they already are winners, and so are the youth athletes they coach.”

PCA defines a Double-Goal Coach as one whose first goal is winning and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports. Double-Goal Coaches redefine “Winner” through a focus on mastery, rather than a scoreboard orientation. They teach players that a “Winner” makes maximum effort, continues to learn and improve, and is not stopped by mistakes or fear of mistakes. Double-Goal Coaches also fill players’ Emotional Tanks, refusing to motivate through fear, intimidation, or shame. Finally, Double-Goal Coaches honor the game by teaching respect for ROOTS (Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, Self).

“We are very proud that the Chiefs’ Paul Kunzel has been named a finalist for this award,” said Joy Bender, South Valley Lacrosse Manager. “Paul has coached in our club for several years and has always instilled good sportsmanship and the attributes of a Double-Goal Coach. His players always come out of the season with great lessons learned about lacrosse and life. It is due to our coaches like Paul that South Valley Lacrosse continues to grow and provide such excellent lacrosse and learning experiences for our area youth.”

About Positive Coaching AllianceFounded as a non-profit within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) has the mission of “transforming youth sports so sports can transform youth.” To that end, PCA has conducted nearly 9,000 live group workshops nationwide for more than 475,000 youth and high school sports leaders, coaches and parents. Workshop attendees have helped create a positive, character-building youth sports environment for roughly 3.5 million youth athletes.

PCA’s partnership network includes more than 1,700 youth sports organizations, cities and schools. In 2011, PCA will conduct roughly 1,300 live, group workshops across the U.S., while assisting tens of thousands of other individuals via online workshops at http://www.positivecoach.org/.

PCA trains coaches to be Double-Goal Coaches®, whose first goal is winning and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports. PCA also cultivates Second-Goal Parents™, who focus on life lessons through sports and helps produce Triple-Impact Competitors™, student-athletes who work to improve themselves, their teammates, and their sport as a whole.

PCA has the support of elite coaches and athletes on a National Advisory Board including Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers and dozens of others.

About the South Valley Chiefs Lacrosse ClubSouth Valley Lacrosse is a volunteer, non-profit organization established in 2005 to promote the sport of lacrosse in the South Bay Area. The club accepts boys ages 9 through high school of all playing levels. South Valley Lacrosse is not part of any single city or school district. It accepts players from all cities in the South Bay — from both public and private schools. The club is run by a volunteer staff and relies on parent participation, especially as it grows, who provide the players with a positive playing experience. The club is an affiliate of US Lacrosse of Northern California and a member of the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association (NCJLA). Team stats for all clubs are on the NCJLA website.

Go to http://www.southvalleylacrosse.com/page/show/45674-home for more information. If you would like to watch a game and learn more about the sport, please visit the website at http://www.southvalleylacrosse.com/page/show/45676-teams and select the team of your choice.

College Lacrosse Awards: United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Announces 2010 “Special Lacrosse Awards”

LT. Donald MacLaughlin Jr. Award – Outstanding Midfielder

  • Division I – Joel White, Syracuse University
  • Division II – Matt Chadderdon, LeMoyne College

Fran McCall Award – Outstanding Midfielder

  • Division III – Sam Bradman, Salisbury University

Long Pole Midfielder of the Year

  • Division II – Joseph Biondolillo, Dowling College
  • Division III – Steve Simmons, Roanoke College

Lt. Col. J. I. Turnbull Award – Outstanding Attackman

  • Division I – Robert Pannell, Cornell University
  • Division II – Jack Harmatuk, LeMoyne College
  • Division III – Steve Kazimer, Stevenson University

Specialty Player Award

  • Division II – Michael Cama, C.W. Post College
  • Division III – Tom Burke, SUNY Cortland

Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award – Outstanding Goalie

  • Division I – John Galloway, Syracuse University
  • Division II – Cory Spinale, Merrimack College
  • Division III – Dennis Costanza, SUNY Geneseo

William C. Schmeisser Award – Outstanding Defensive Player

  • Division I – Ryan Flanagan, University of North Carolina
  • Division I – Ken Clausen, University of Virginia
  • Division II – Drew Bezek, LeMoyne College

William C. Stiles Memorial Award – Outstanding Defensive Player

  • Division III – Sam Love, Roanoke College

Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award – Outstanding Player

  • Division I – Kevin Crowley, Stony Brook University
  • Division II – Matt Chadderdon, LeMoyne College

Iroquois National Award – Outstanding Player

  • Division III – Chris DeLuca, SUNY Cortland

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Student-Athlete Profile: Holy Cross Men’s Lacrosse Sr. Brandon DeLisio Received “Vanhook-Vidulich Acedemic Research Award” As Top Chemistry Student

“Most student-athletes coming into a good school like Holy Cross have already done really well in high school to get here,” he said. “They should already be aware of the commitment they are making.”

 “My coach is really helpful, I’ve missed practices to do stuff for school and I have never been penalized,” DeLisio

Brandon DeLisio received the Vanhook-Vidulich award, which is given to a fourth year student for an excellent research thesis and presentation. DeLisio received the award as just a junior, an impressive oddity among other award recipients.

explained. “He brings recruits over to the lab to show them the opportunities available for them at Holy Cross as students, and I think it’s great that he can turn to me for stuff like that to get them interested.”

Holy Cross senior lacrosse player Brandon DeLisio has never had difficulty understanding that there is a reason why “student” comes first in the label of student-athlete. With the support and influence of his parents, DeLisio earned National Honor Society recognition while juggling commitments to both varsity football and lacrosse at Kingston High School. “My parents kept me involved in a lot of things,” said DeLisio. “I was always in the middle of doing stuff while school was going on, it was just the standard.”

DeLisio has maintained that mindset throughout his years thus far at Holy Cross, which can account for three successful varsity seasons as a Crusader and recognition for his academic research through his recent honor with the Vanhook-Vidulich award.

With his priorities already in order and a newfound interest in the field of chemistry, DeLisio set off on the college search. “There were a lot of schools that I could have played lacrosse at, but had weak chemistry programs. Or other schools had very strong chemistry programs, but I wouldn’t have been able to play lacrosse.” DeLisio found the best of both worlds at Holy Cross, one of the nation’s top producers of chemistry graduates certified by the American Chemical Society. “That fact was actually the number one thing to get me here,” said DeLisio.

From the get go, DeLisio took complete advantage of any opportunity Holy Cross had to offer. “My interest in research actually began at my orientation,” he said with a laugh. “I asked a lot of questions.” It was at his orientation in the summer of 2007 that he found out that research opportunities at Holy Cross were offered to undergrads. Something that “huge” (as DeLisio considered it) is a rarity among other colleges and universities.

For more:  http://www.goholycross.com/sports/m-lacros/2010-11/releases/20100723dna54m

Southern California Lacrosse: US Lacrosse Names Henry “Hank” Nunez “Program Administrator Of The Year” For His Work With Orange County Lacrosse Association And In Founding Tustin Youth Lacrosse


 Program Administrator of the Year
Henry ‘Hank’ Nunez – Tustin, C

US Lacrosse

Henry "Hank" Nunez

Henry "Hank" Nunez

This award is given to an outstanding administrator of a league or program who runs a program of excellence that upholds the mission and vision of US Lacrosse. Hank Nunez is the founder of the Hewes Middle School and Tustin youth lacrosse programs. He is the commissioner for the Orange County Lacrosse Association boys’ teams where he coordinates fields, divisions, playoffs and training. Nunez ensures the proper growth of the game, making sure that new programs in his area are started in the right way by providing leadership and resources. Nunez plays a large role in making lacrosse one of the fastest growing sports in Southern California.



Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Lauren Schmidt Honored As Second Team All-America And Aimee Willard Award Winner As Outstanding Collegiate Player In U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament

Stanford Women's Lacrosse Lauren Schmidt, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year, had 35 goals and 22 assists for a team-leading 57 points and was on the watch list for the Tewaaraton Award, the Heisman Trophy of women's lacrosse.

Stanford Women's Lacrosse Lauren Schmidt, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year, had 35 goals and 22 assists for a team-leading 57 points and was on the watch list for the Tewaaraton Award, the Heisman Trophy of women's lacrosse.

Stanford junior midfielder Lauren Schmidt earned a pair of awards over the weekend as part of the Women’s National Championships in Maryland.

Schmidt was honored as a second team All-American recognition as bestowed by WomensLacrosse.com.

She was also awarded the Aimee Willard Award as the outstanding collegiate player in the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament held at Cedar Lane Sports Park in Bel Air ending Sunday. Mid-Atlantic won the title.

Cardinal freshman defender Paige Farmakis was named to WomensLacrosse.com’s All-Rookie team.

A tradition since 1933, the WDNT showcases a variety of age-group divisions during an intensive two-day, 14-field tournament.

Stanford won the Mountain Pacific Sports Tournament championship and was ranked 14th in the final national poll, yet did not receive a bid to the NCAA tournament.

Despite a strength of schedule rating of 38, the Cardinal earned an RPI rating of 16. Stanford was 1-4 against the NCAA field, beating national semifinalist Penn.