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“New England Lacrosse Journal” May 2014 Issue Released Featuring Boston College Women


New England Lacrosse Journal May 2014

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2014 WCLA Women’s Lacrosse National Championship Second Round On May 8 Features #1 Pitt, #3 Ohio State, #5 UCLA And #15 Boston College Advancing To Semifinals On May 10


Three of the top five seeds and one longshot are the last four teams still chasing the Division I crown at the conclusion of day two at the 2014 Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships. And while it's still unclear which of the four semifinalists – Pittsburgh, Ohio State, UCLA or Boston College – will eventually emerge as the champion on Saturday afternoon, one thing is known at this point. The WCLA will have a first-time champion in 2014. Only UCLA, which finished as national runner-up in 2011, has advanced this far previously.

Three of the top five seeds and one longshot are the last four teams still chasing the Division I crown at the conclusion of day two at the 2014 Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships. And while it’s still unclear which of the four semifinalists – Pittsburgh, Ohio State, UCLA or Boston College – will eventually emerge as the champion on Saturday afternoon, one thing is known at this point. The WCLA will have a first-time champion in 2014. Only UCLA, which finished as national runner-up in 2011, has advanced this far previously.

Thursday’s WCLA Division I Results

No. 1 Pitt 11, No. 8 Michigan 9
No. 5 UCLA 9, No. 4 Georgia 8
No. 3 Ohio State 12, No. 6 Santa Clara 11
No. 15 Boston College 12, No. 10 UC Santa Barbara 11

Thursday’s WCLA Division I Consolation Bracket Results

Towson 19, Oregon State 5
Texas 13, Virginia Tech 9
Delaware 10, Colorado 7
Florida 19, Colorado State 10

Tight games were the rule of the day as none of Thursday’s winners had an easy trip to the final four. Three of the four quarterfinals were decided by one goal.

Proving that yesterday’s upset of No. 2 seed Florida was no fluke, No. 15 seed Boston College continued its magical run with a 12-11 victory over No. 10 UC Santa Barbara. BC led 8-4 at halftime, but UCSB tallied three straight to open the second half and eventually moved ahead 11-9 with just over five minutes remaining. Back-to-back goals by BC’s Kristina Howe and Kaitlin Brown just 36 seconds apart knotted the score with 3:03 left, and set the stage for more late-game BC heroics. As the closing seconds ticked away, senior Meghan Conley found a cutting Nicole Wei on the crease and Wei deposited the game-winner with just 12 seconds left.

“We were killing some time on that last possession, then it was just a quick shot,” Wei said. “We’re super pumped right now and feel like we’re right there with any of the other teams.”

Next up for the Eagles will be No. 3 seed Ohio State, which also earned a 12-11 victory with its own comeback. Trailing No. 6 Santa Clara by three goals with seven minutes to play, the Buckeyes scored five times in a stretch of four minutes to rally for the win. One day after her 12-point performance in the opening round, senior Eve Tranchito was at it again, scoring a team-high five goals to fuel the Buckeye comeback. She scored four of her five markers in the second half. Goalie Tricia Hengehold added 10 saves for OSU, which earns a semifinal berth in its first-ever appearance in the national championship.

Conversely, No. 1 Pitt is no newcomer to the tournament, with seven previous appearances, but the Panthers had never advanced to the final four – until Thursday. Despite being one player short for the final 5:48 due to a second yellow card, Pitt held off No. 8 Michigan for an 11-9 victory, providing coach Gary Neft with a fitting birthday present.

2014 WCLA Women’s Lacrosse National Championship First Round On May 7 Features #15 Boston College Upset Win Over #2 Florida Club


Boston College, seeded 15th among 16 teams in the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division I National Championship, pulled off the biggest surprise of the opening day, eliminating No. 2 seed Florida, 18-16. The Eagles built a 9-6 halftime advantage and then withstood a second half rally from the Gators to secure the win and advance to Thursday's quarterfinal round.

Boston College, seeded 15th among 16 teams in the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division I National Championship, pulled off the biggest surprise of the opening day, eliminating No. 2 seed Florida, 18-16. The Eagles built a 9-6 halftime advantage and then withstood a second half rally from the Gators to secure the win and advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal round.

WCLA Division I Championship  May 7 First Round Scores

#1 Pitt 20, #16 Oregon State 6
#4 Georgia 14, #13 Texas 7
#5 UCLA 15, #12 Va Tech 10
#8 Michigan 9, #9 Towson 8
#15 Boston College 18, #2 Florida 16
#3 Ohio State 12, #14 Delaware 11
#6 Santa Clara 12, #11 Colorado 11
#10 UC Santa Barbara 15, #7 Colorado State 5

Thursday’s Quarterfinals (Games begin at 1 pm)
Pittsburgh vs. Michigan
UCLA vs. Georgia
Ohio State vs. Santa Clara
UC Santa Barbara vs. Boston College

Thursday’s Consolation Bracket (Games begin at 4 pm)
Oregon State vs. Towson
Virginia Tech vs. Texas
Delaware vs. Colorado
Colorado State vs. Florida

Sophomore midfielder Kaitlin Brown led the BC offense with five goals and two assists, while senior Nicole Wei added four goals. At the other end, goalie Marina Guigli, a transfer from NCAA Division III William Smith, stopped 11 shots to help keep the Gators’ at bay. Florida pulled to within one goal twice in the second half, the last time at 16-15 with 10:50 remaining, but never pulled even.

The Eagles will face another upset victor – No. 10 seed UC Santa Barbara – on Thursday. The Gauchos disposed of the defending national champion, No. 7 seed Colorado State, 15-5. UCSB controlled play from the outset in this rematch of last year’s national championship game, jumping to a first half lead of 8-1 and maintaining a comfortable working margin throughout. Senior Blair Evans led UCSB with six goals and one assist, while Amanda Shoemaker added four goals, including three straight at one point in the second half.

UCSB coach Paul Ramsey credited his team’s aggressive approach against Colorado State’s zone as the key to the game.

“We didn’t want to be content in just passing the ball around the outside of the zone,” he said. “We were focused on having somebody beat somebody so that we could attack.”

No. 3 seed Ohio State needed a heroic effort from attacker Eve Tranchito to stave off another upset by a double-digit seed, specifically, No. 14 Delaware. The Buckeyes trailed 6-1 midway through the first half and 8-4 at halftime before Tranchito took matters into her own hands. The senior had a part in all eight second half goals for OSU – scoring five times and assisting on the three others – to lead Ohio State to a 12-11 win. Tranchito finished the game with 12 points (7g-5a), the second highest single-game total in tournament history.

“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.

NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Hosts #7 Boston College At McAlister Field On March 6


The Women of Troy will play the second of six straight home games to open the season when USC hosts No. 7 Boston College (4-1) at McAlister Field on Thursday, March 6, at 3 p.m. PT. The Trojans dropped their season opener to Marist, 12-10, on Cromwell Field at Loker Track Stadium after the game was moved due to inclement field and weather conditions. USC faced four ranked opponents in its inaugural season and struggled against each of them. A win over the Eagles would be the Trojans’ first over a ranked team. USC will have two days between matches before LIU Brooklyn comes to visit for a Sunday matinee (1 p.m. PT) on March 9. The Trojans defeated the Blackbirds, 23-8, in Brooklyn, N.Y., last season.

The Women of Troy will play the second of six straight home games to open the season when USC hosts No. 7 Boston College (4-1) at McAlister Field on Thursday, March 6, at 3 p.m. PT. The Trojans dropped their season opener to Marist, 12-10, on Cromwell Field at Loker Track Stadium after the game was moved due to inclement field and weather conditions.
USC faced four ranked opponents in its inaugural season and struggled against each of them. A win over the Eagles would be the Trojans’ first over a ranked team. USC will have two days between matches before LIU Brooklyn comes to visit for a Sunday matinee (1 p.m. PT) on March 9. The Trojans defeated the Blackbirds, 23-8, in Brooklyn, N.Y., last season.

The Trojans exceeded expectations in their first year as a member of the MPSF. Picked to finish seventh, USC completed year one with a 5-3 mark in league games to claim the fourth and final spot in the federation’s postseason tournament.

Though everyone is a year older, the Women of Troy are still a squad dominated by youth. The Trojans welcomed 13 recruits to campus in the fall; a class touted as the 10th-ranked group by InsideLacrosse.

USC brings back a solid core of experience led by 2013 MPSF Rookie of the Year Amanda Johansen who set new single game (13) and single season (100) conference records for draw controls as a freshman. Johansen’s strength in the midfield is matched in the backfield by sophomore defender Courtney Tarleton who joined with Johansen for All-MPSF first team honors. Tarleton was among the league’s leaders for caused turnovers (32) and ground balls (40) as a freshman. On the attack, second-team All-MPSF attacker Caroline de Lyra returns for the Trojans after leading the team in points (93) on 51 goals and 42 assists.

In the goal, USC looks to sophomore goaltender Liz Shaeffer who put up 133 saves as a freshman (.393) and grabbed 24 ground balls. The Trojans will likely look for immediate contributions from its freshman class including attacker Kylie Drexel, midfielders Alex Moore, Michael Michael, and Danielle Doherty, as well as defender Nina Kelty.

LAST TIME OUT: Despite facing a last-minute venue change and inclement weather conditions, the Trojans came out of the gates firing and scored the first two goals against Marist. The Red Foxes had fight in them as they came back to tie the score, five-all, at halftime. USC had a balanced attack with four players scoring two goals apiece, and out-shot Marist, 28-22, but the Foxes were able to stave off the Trojans for a 12-10 win. USC also had more ground balls, 16-13, and fewer turnovers, but was outdone in the draw circle as Marist shined with a 15-8 advantage. Trojans fought to within two goals at 11-9 before one more goal by the Foxes put the game out of reach in the waning minutes of regulation.

SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE: Seventh-ranked Boston College (4-1) is coming off an impressive 15-3 road victory over Connecticut and dropped its only game to No. 2 Syracuse by a two-goal margin, 11-9, on Feb. 26. The Eagles earned a 15-10 win over an 11th-ranked Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., to open the season (Feb. 15) and also dominated New Hampshire, 17-8. Junior attacker Covie Stanwick leads the team with 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists). Junior midfielder Mikaela Rix tops all Eagles with 17 goals but is effective all over the field with nine ground balls (second on the team) and 13 draw controls (tied for first on the team). Senior defender Claire Blohm leads the team with 10 ground balls and has also nabbed eight draw controls.  She paces the Eagles with five caused turnovers this season. Sophomore midfielder Sarah Manelly has scored 11 goals to go with six ground balls, five draw controls, and four caused turnovers. In goal, junior Emily Mata has produced 20 saves (.339 save percentage) to go with eight ground balls and holds a 10.04 goals-against average. This is the first meeting between USC and Boston College. Eagles head coach Acacia Walker matched a program record as she guided BC to 12 wins in her first year (2013). She was an assistant coach at Northwestern (2005-08) during USC head coach Lindsey Munday’s junior and senior seasons as a player and served alongside Munday as co-assistant coaches in 2007-08.

NCAA Lacrosse: Boston College Women’s Lacrosse Releases 2014 Schedule Featuring Notre Dame, Ohio State, Syracuse, USC, San Diego State, North Carolina, Harvard, Maryland, Duke And Virginia


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Boston College women’s lacrosse has released its 17-game 2014 spring schedule which features eight teams that made last year’s NCAA Tournament.
“We are lucky to be able to compete against such strong teams this year,” said head coach Acacia Walker. “Although we do not look beyond our first game against Notre Dame, every game will be a test of our mental strength and physical capabilities. I know the girls on the squad are looking forward to an extremely challenging schedule and it’s up to all of us to make sure we prepare properly for each opponent.”
The Eagles will play three of last year’s Final Four participants including defending national champion North Carolina (March 22), runner-up Maryland (March 29) and Syracuse (Feb 26) who lost in the semi-finals.

Boston College Women's Lacrosse 2014 Schedule

Lacrosse Heroes: ESPN Video “Man In The Red Bandana” Memorializes The Heroic Efforts Of Former Boston College Lacrosse Player Welles R. Crowther In Leading People To Safety During Terrorist Attack On World Trade Center On Sept 11


Ten years later:  Remembering Welles R. Crowther, the man who led people to safety after terrorists struck the World Trade Center on September 11th  — a former Boston College lacrosse player whose trademark was a red bandana.

Welles R. Crowther Firefighter World Trade Center Hero Sept 11 2001

Man In Red Bandana Welles R. Crowther

Man In Red Bandana 911