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College Lacrosse: “Recruiting Advice For West Coast Players” From Stevenson Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Paul Cantabene And ConnectLAX

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Recruiting Advice For West Coast Players

     College recruiting is a challenge for even the best player’s; finding the right fit on campus and on the field is no easy task. Doing so from outside the traditional lacrosse hubs is even harder given there are not as many footsteps to follow. However, with passion and a plan, you can identify and get your game in front of the right coaches.

     ConnectLAX helps you create a target list of schools that match you on and off the field and use your mobile recruiting profile to put your game at the fingertips of college coaches who are always on the go.

      Every recruiting plan is different, but yours should include the following: invest in your game and in the classroom, create a realistic list of target schools and initiate contact with coaches you are interested in, both online and by attending their camps.

      Recruiting is supply and demand and the number of roster spots is growing much slower than the number of top players. Recruits should maximize the number of available schools by getting the grades and test scores needed for eligibility. Practice with your team, practice alone, race your dog… just keep training. Coaches want to see you have the speed to play at the next level, so work with a training ladder.

      Lacrosse should be one of many factors in your college decision. Save time in the process by finding teams you can contribute to and colleges you’d attend exclusive of lacrosse. Keep an open mind. Get on campus as much as possible and try to meet the coaches and players.

      No one likes rejection, but guess what, the coaches do not simply come to you so you need to proactively reach out to them. Coaches get a lot of inbound traffic so make sure your information is well organized and in one place so they can make a decision.     Paul Cantabene We spoke with Paul Cantabene, head coach of Stevenson University, the 2013 DIII champion, about his recruiting advice for West Coast players.

 1.      What advice do you have for West Coast players interested in Division III schools, which are primarily located on the East Coast?

 Initiate contact with the schools you are interested in. It’s important to include Youtube clips and let them know where you’ll be so they can see you in person.

If a coach gets in touch with you, get back to them in a timely manner. College coaches are still surprised that players don’t always understand a response is necessary whether you are interested or not.

2.      What is the best way for West Coast players to get on your recruiting radar?

Our graduate assistant makes at least four West Coast trips a year. They hit the major recruiting tournaments. However, do not be discouraged if you are unable to participate in those.

If you are heading East and in the Baltimore area, let us know ahead of time, include your video and if we see something we like, we’ll always invite your on campus.

3.       What type of player’s do you primarily look for, a raw athlete or refined lacrosse player?

We look for speed and athletic ability. If we have a feel for a player, even if it’s based off of a single play we saw in a highlight video. We’ll reach out to that player. Even if they are not from a traditional lacrosse hub, we’ll coach him up. Sometimes we’ll move an attackman to middie. We’re looking for complete athletes.

4.       What areas of player development would you recommend West Coast players focus on to help get on par with their East Coast competition?

We feel West Coast players have really caught up a lot. Young players should focus on their stick skills and not bank on just being a good athlete. Players need to watch the game, become a student of the game, and listen to announcers point out what they’re seeing. Rewind the game to watch where the defense slides from and really try to break the game down.

5.      How has the accelerated recruiting landscape impacted your approach to recruiting?

We are getting better athletes as more late bloomers are looking for a college home. We are recruiting younger as well. The key is for players to know what they want and realize with only 61 or so Division 1 teams, they need to also be looking at Division 2 and 3, where there are hundreds of teams.

ConnectLAX.com helps players maximize their recruiting exposure with mobile recruiting profiles linked to their team roster. Recruits can create their recruiting profile and target list of colleges for free. ConnectLAX team recruiting helps coaches manage and promote their players. Learn more about registering your team at Connectlax.com/recruiting. ConnectLAX is a third party recruiting service and not affiliated with or endorsed by Stevenson University.

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College Lacrosse Recruiting: “Networking Tools That Advance The College Search For Prospective College Athletes” By Tom Kovic

Networking Tools that Advance the College Search for Prospective College Athletes

By Tom Kovic

The college search for athletes is a marathon, not a sprint and the recruiting process can, at times, be exhilarating and uplifting, especially when your personal plan is working on all cylinders. That said, even the best executed plans can run into roadblocks or even stall completely.

A successful recruiting effort will shore up as many “impact tools” in the team arsenal to get the attention of college coaches. That arsenal may consist of raw athletic talent, academic brilliance or a strong core character and this article focuses on using your inner network as an indirect, yet impactful addition to your recruiting tool kit to help elevate your position on the radar screen of the college coaches.

Networking Defined

Networking in the college search for athletes can simply be defined as “a coordinated and well-planned attempt to use outside assistance in effectively accelerating and influencing the chances of reaching one’s college goal.” If the prospect and family want to register high on the radar screen of a college coach, their networking plan needs 1) to be well timed and substantial and 2) It should originate from an outside source (club or high school coach etc.). If the aim is to increase a prospects chances in admissions or maximizing a financial aid package, current alumni or those with direct inside connections with college administrators can possibly facilitate the effort.

Regardless of the tactic or individuals you plan to enlist, one key element to successful networking is to keep the lines of communication open with the college coach and keep him in the loop with your strategy every step of the way.


Networking Strategy

If you happen to be (and there is a good chance you are) in a college coach’s active “B” recruiting file, you need to make a dedicated effort to rise above the other guys in the pack. Count on a large percentage of prospects that will directly compete with you in that grouping and the effort you demonstrate to go “above and beyond the rest” can make the difference between a marginal attempt and a productive emerging plan.

Networking, when well planned and executed flawlessly, can create a big boost to your college quest and help you break away from the rest of the pack. Make every attempt to use networking as a tactic that compliments your current recruiting effort without jeopardizing your progress. It is important to be sure to keep the college coach in the loop every step of the way with those people who will be supporting your effort.
Examples of Networking Team Members and Roles

The key to coordinating a worthy networking plan is to first identify those individuals who plan to speak on your behalf. Below is an example of networking team members to consider:

  • Club or high school coaches: Will have direct communication with the college coaches to speak specifically about your skill as an athlete and your strength of character.
  • College advisor: Works indirectly with admissions, but especially with select institutions where admissions is competitive, your counselor can possibly reach out to the regional admissions representative.
  • College Alumni: In many cases, alumni have a strong, vested interest in a college program and can speak strongly on your behalf.

These are just examples of some impact players who can potentially and significantly strengthen your case. Whether the connection is athletic, academic or in the area of alumni relations, the trick here is to plan all communications to compliment your current recruiting effort in a seamless manner.

Timing and Content

Communicating with college coaches is one thing. Offering them information that has “grip” is communicating on an altogether higher level and this is where your networking tactics can strongly come into play.

Your club and/or high school coach can have direct impact on how a college coach views you and these are key players you want in your corner. In the final analysis, college coaches are looking at 3 core qualities when evaluating a prospect: Strong academic tendencies, impact athletes and strength of character. If there is one person who can speak specifically to these 3 qualities, it is your current coach.

Remember, the college search is a marathon, not a sprint and your coach’s timing in connecting with the college coach is crucial. College coaches like information short, sweet and to the point. A good club or high school coach will have fresh information to deliver in a concise manner that builds strongly upon your college recruiting resume. For instance, if you have a major tournament or event that is fast approaching, your coach should initiate contact with the college coach closer to the event in an effort to not only speak highly on your behalf, but offer coach the chance to evaluate you at the tournament.

In the final analysis, all college prospects deserve every opportunity to reach their personal goal. That being said, each plan should be grounded and realistic in its approach. If plan “A” falls short, plan “B” is ready to be executed on a moment’s notice.

College coaches employ a very simple system to determine those prospects on the recruit priority list that will ultimately receive their support. Families and athletes can influence these decisions to a degree, but they will be required to step up to the plate and swing and make every effort to control that part of the playing field. Identifying individuals who can successfully speak on your behalf and network productively with the college coaches on your list can make a tremendous difference.

College Women’s Lacrosse Tournaments: The “2012 Santa Barbara Lacrosse Shootout” Features 64 Teams From 16 States Competing On Feb 17-19

The 24th Annual Santa Barbara Shootout is more than two months away but 52 of 64 spots in the event have already been claimed. The Shootout is February 17 – 19, 2012 at UCSB, SBCC and Girsh Park. Participation in the tournament is capped at 64 teams across all divisions.

 Shootout teams will be descending on Santa Barbara from all over the United States …16 different states to be exact… from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The Shootout annually brings in about 1,200 athletes to Santa Barbara. More than 1,500 additional people come to town too in the form of family members, fans and officials.

Shootout Division Registrations Status
U.S. Lacrosse WCLA D1 Division 24 Teams Full 2 On Waiting List
U.S. Lacrosse WCLA D2 Division 18 Teams 6 Openings
WWLL B Team Division 5 Teams 1 Opening
Super Division (Po-Co, NCAA & Alumni Teams) 1 Team 5 Openings
Sweet Teen Division (U-19 / U-17 Teams) 5 Teams 7 Openings
Under-15 Division 0 Teams 6 Openings

The WCLA D1 bracket is full at 24 teams and has 2 teams on the waiting list. Spots are likely to be created in that division based on the open slots in other divisions. Divisions not filled by December 15th will reduced to a minimum number optimal to offer the division to allow for accepting teams on the waiting list in any division. The December 15th date for this adjustment lets waiting list teams know they’re accepted a full two months out from the tournament.

The College Lacrosse Experience: “5 Famous People Who Played Lacrosse” By Natalie Dawson

5 Famous People Who Played Lacrosse

By Natalie Dawson

While it might be a relatively new sport, lacrosse has been around, especially in the collegiate world, for a long time.  Many promising young scholars and athletes play lacrosse in school, both for fun and as a way to help pay for college.  To prove it, we have listed below five famous people who used lacrosse as a stepping stone to greatness.

  1. John Kerry– A longtime senator from Massachusetts, he was the

    Senator John Kerry

      Democratic presidential nominee in the 2004 election.  While everyone knows that he served the military during the Vietnam War, most people don’t know that he played lacrosse at Yale University.  He also played on the same team with future FBI Director Bob Mueller.

  2. Jim Brown – Because lacrosse can help you learn other sports, he was one of the most famous in the whole game and played for Syracuse University.  He would go onto play football for the Cleveland Browns and be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.  One of his best quotes is “I’d rather play lacrosse six days a week and football on the seventh.”
  3. Bob Woodruff – He is the news anchor who replaced ABC’s Peter Jennings in 2006.  He is probably best known for being wounded that same year while covering the Iraq War.  A crucial part of his education was at Colgate University where he played lacrosse and scored a record 184 points before going on to law school.
  4. Geraldo Rivera – The talk show host turned journalist was also a lacrosse player.  He played on the varsity team at the University of Arizona as a goalie.  He would use this education to go on to earn a law degree from the Brooklyn Law School.
  5. Dave Grohl – He proves that lacrosse players can also rock.  The lead singer of the band The Foo Fighters, he was making hits on the field before he was in the studio.  He credits lacrosse as his favorite sport growing up and played in the goalie position.

Natalie Dawson owns the site <a href=http://www.mastersdegree.com>Masters Degree</a>. She enjoys writing articles about everything in the education field.

Western Club Lacrosse: Colorado’s “Team 180” Girls Lacrosse Team Will Place 18 Players At Top College Lacrosse Programs In 2012 Including Duke, Princeton And Stanford

Team 180 Coach Sam Bartron, center, is surrounded by talent: from left, Anya Gersoff, Lucy Dikeou, Emma Lazaroff, Miranda Beal. Photo by Aaron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

Lazaroff attends Fairview High but plays for the Boulder area’s unified team under the Centaurus banner. She had a staggering 111 goals for the Warriors as a junior and will sign with Duke.

Among the rest of the Team 180 roster, Cherry Creek’s Anya Gersoff is headed for Princeton, Air Academy’s Miranda Beal for the Naval Academy and Kent Denver’s Lucy Dikeou for Stanford.

After Emma Lazaroff played her first lacrosse game for Centaurus High School, she got a phone call. A very British-sounding Sam Bartron told Lazaroff, then best known as one of the top young ice hockey goalies in Colorado, that she was impressed with the young player’s lacrosse skills. Lazaroff recalls that Bartron excitedly said: “You have to play for Team 180! It will get you exposed that much better.”

That’s the plan when girls sign on to play for Bartron, who moved to the U.S. from her native England in 1992, came to Colorado in 2000, was the first coach of the Mullen High girls’ team and founded the Team 180 club program in 2004.

The young lacrosse players are hoping to refine their games and play in college, perhaps on partial or full scholarships.

 The plan works. Lazaroff, who picked up the sport with a natural’s touch after first playing on a team in seventh grade, was a late arrival to Bartron’s program. From first grade on up in the club’s age-group levels, girls come from up and down the Front Range to work at various practice sites in the Denver area with Bartron, at one time the captain of England’s national Under-19 women’s team, and ultimately play in national tournaments that serve as scouting and recruiting showcases for college coaches.

Today, 18 members of Team 180’s high school class of 2012 are expected to confirm their college choices on the early national letter-of-intent signing day.

Lazaroff attends Fairview High but plays for the Boulder area’s unified team under the Centaurus banner. She had a staggering 111 goals for the Warriors as a junior and will sign with Duke.

Among the rest of the Team 180 roster, Cherry Creek’s Anya Gersoff is headed for Princeton, Air Academy’s Miranda Beal for the Naval Academy and Kent Denver’s Lucy Dikeou for Stanford. Gersoff and Dikeou are also expected to play field hockey for their universities, and that’s another of the trends at Team 180 — it draws all-around athletes who either play multiple sports or eventually specialize in lacrosse. (Judging from the college choices, too, Team 180 probably would win most battles of SAT scores.)
Read more: Team 180 turning things around for lacrosse players – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/preps/ci_19294315#ixzz1dDbCiG6M

MCLA Lacrosse: Montana Men’s Lacrosse Finishes Fall Schedule With 16-7 Win Over Montana State On Oct 22

The men running around the frozen tundra field are members of the University of Montana Griz lacrosse club team. Already this fall, the team has played a few fall scrimmage games before the cold sets in. The Griz faced off against the Montana State Bobcats on Oct. 22 at Dornblaser field in Missoula, coming out with a 16-7 win. This year, the team welcomed nearly 10 freshmen who gained valuable collegiate playing time in the MSU game. "It went well," third-year head coach Tucker Sargent said. "Everyone got in, everyone contributed, and all the new guys are learning the system. Conditions were tough on the field with it being hard and muddy." Sargent mentioned some fresh faces that had strong performances, like freshman JD Chappman and Jake Drum. He also mentioned senior captain Kent Davis, who has great control in the midfield tempo and junior captain Henry Bishop, who scored a few goals. Even though lacrosse is a spring sport, the team has been rebuilding itself the past three years. Sargent said they were a winning team four years ago, but most of those players graduated. Since then, they have been rebuilding, and he said the juniors have been leading the charge along with the sophomores, who are taking their place.

MCLA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Oregon Men’s Lacrosse Game Against Michigan In Quarterfinals Of The 2011 MCLA National Championships In Denver

Senior physicist at LBNL and lacrosse parent for University of Oregon player. Started on Super 8 in the 70's. Now use a Sony SR-12 or a Canon XA10 , Imac with external firewire drives and FCP7. I shoot lacrosse highlights and game summaries, but interested in all types of video. Outside of Vimeo, my videos are under the name bhsvideodad.

Oregon and Michigan meet for the 3rd time is less than two years in the quarterfinals of the MCLA Championship in Denver.  Michigan is number one seed and three time defending champion, but the Ducks have twice taken them to overtime.  Denver serves up some amazing weather including rain, hail and tornado warnings.  The Ducks up and down transition offense is in contrast to Michigan’s patient settled offense.  It’s Michigan’s last win in the MCLA as they go out in the next round against ASU and then announce a week later they will go NCAA D1 in 2012.

College Lacrosse Recruiting: “Decision Time-Lines For Prospective Student-Athletes” By Tom Kovic Of Victory Collegiate Consulting



Decision Time-lines for Prospective Student-Athletes

By Tom Kovic

November is fast approaching and with that, early deadlines for college applications. Current seniors who have dedicated themselves to connecting early on with college coaches in providing them with the necessary evaluation tools coaches need to determine “potential matches” have narrowed their list to a few or even one institution they feel is a perfect fit.

Nowadays, college coaches, in many cases are encouraging prospects to commit early to their institution in an effort to wrap up recruiting and outdistance the competition. This article attempts to shed light on a variety of “options” prospects and families can embrace moving forward in the ever changing college search for athletes.

Essentially, student-athletes have 3 choices in the college application process. They can 1) apply early decision or early action, 2) Consider a rolling decision option or 3) Choose to apply in the regular decision pool of applicants. Deciding which option to choose depends mainly on specific college admissions policies, one’s readiness and comfort level to apply and how far along they are in the recruiting process.

Early Decision/Action should be considered a viable option for prospects that have their ducks in a row in the college search. Based on early and proactive communication and giving Coach the opportunity to do a thorough and complete evaluation, prospects and families should have a strong feel for where they stand from an academic and athletic standpoint.

Typically early applications are due on or about November 1 of the senior year and prospects are bound to applying to only one institution. If everything works well with the early decision applicant, the prospect will be committed to attend. On the other hand, a positive response in admissions for the early action applicant allows the prospect the opportunity to apply to additional colleges during regular decision. Final decisions are mailed in mid-December of the senior year.

Rolling Decision provides prospects with the chance to get their applications in for an early read by admissions without being bound to commit. Simply stated, the sooner your application is received, the sooner you receive a decision from admissions.

Regular Decision applicants are read by admissions with a larger pool of students and applications are due on or around January 1. This is a fine option for prospects who might be a little behind or unable to pinpoint the “perfect fit” just yet! Final decisions are typically mailed in mid-April of the senior year.

Regardless of which application period one chooses, as an advisor, I always try to take a fun and informative approach with organizing my students for the college search. Below are simple and useful tips I utilize:

  • Exploration: This phase is really the launch phase of every college search effort for my students that includes a strong “information gathering” component. After students fill in a 10 question assessment (academic, athletic and personal college goals etc.) to determine their start point, I research and deliver a group of colleges that potentially match with the prospect. By navigating academic and athletic websites they begin to grow an appreciation for the different “flavors” the colleges offer.
  • Proactive Communication: Once the student gets a feel for each institution we grow a detailed contact list for all college coaches. From here we develop a plan of action moving forward where regular and concrete communication are tools prospects use to get on the radar and begin to build momentum.
  • Evaluation: College coaches are swamped with administrative tasks and team commitments. Considering the current state of college recruiting, it will serve prospects and families best to assist Coach in doing an initial student-athlete evaluation. Whether it is the provision of a personal profile, portfolio or a link to your YouTube skills video, providing Coach with a simple yet informative way to accomplish this can go a long way.

The college athletic landscape has shifted during the past 10 years and so too has the recruiting process. It’s downright competitive out there and early decision options are becoming more popular. Committing to a well-defined recruiting plan that is executed proactively and passionately will give prospects and their families a clear edge over the competition and position them best to determine the right and best admissions option moving forward.


Tom Kovic is a former Division I college coach and President of Victory Collegiate Consulting, where he advises prospects and families on college recruiting. Tom is the author of “Reaching for Excellence” An educational guide for college athletics recruiting. For further information visit: www.victoryrecruiting.com.

Lacrosse Rules And Regulations: US Lacrosse Issues Rules Changes For 2012 Women’s Lacrosse Season Including Checking, Cross Checking, Fouls And Team Fouls

The US Lacrosse Women’s Game Rules Subcommittee has issued a set of rules change recommendations for the 2012 lacrosse season that will be voted on by the US Lacrosse Board of Directors in September. US Lacrosse rules govern all levels of women’s lacrosse played in the United States with the exception of the NCAA and international competition.

US Lacrosse will also be proposing standardized boys and girls youth (U15 and below) rule changes for 2012. More information on US Lacrosse youth rules can be found at http://www.uslacrosse.org/TopNav2Right/Rules/YouthRules2012.aspx

A summary of the major changes and points of emphasis for women’s lacrosse rules:


• A player may not check towards the body. (In 2011, checks towards the body were allowed as long as the check was deemed controlled and did not cause the crosse or ball to go into the sphere, which is defined as the roughly seven-inch perimeter around a player’s head).


• Defensive players may not reach into the sphere to make a check

• Offensive players will not be permitted to hold their crosses in the sphere so that a check can not be made. (This is not a rule change, but a change in emphasis).

Cross Checking

• A point of emphasis in 2012 will be that the use of a player’s shaft to hit, push or displace an opponent will not be permitted. (Previously, this foul was included under the Illegal Use of the Crosse section, but will not be stressed in its own category.

Carding Changes

• Any player or coach receiving two yellow cards will be suspended from the rest of the game. They may both participate in the next game. (Under the 2011 rules, anyone receiving two yellow cards would have been ineligible to participate in the team’s next game).

• A suspended player must remain in her team’s bench area for the entire game, including on-field, pre-game, game or post-game activities. If a player is suspended from her team’s next game because of a red card, that player may not be dressed in her game uniform for the next game.

• When a card has been issued, a player must leave the field for three minutes. Her team must play short in both the offensive and defensive ends of the field.

Team Foul for Offsides

• When the offensive team commits an offsides violation, the defender closest to the ball will be awarded a free position at that spot (no closer than 8m to the goal circle). The attack player that had the ball will go 4m behind, and the attacker closest to the restraining line will move back onside. Previously, the defensive team wwas awarded the ball 4m outside of the restraining line.

About US Lacrosse

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Concussions In Lacrosse: Ivy League Committee Releases 21-Page “Concussion Report” With Guidelines For Limiting And Assisting With “Sports Concussions”

The Ivy League announced Wednesday a set of rule changes aimed at lessening the chances of head trauma for its football players including limiting full-contact practices to twice a week, a 60% reduction from NCAA rules.

The report also recommended examining similar actions for lacrosse, soccer and ice hockey.

The league also gives the executive director the power to penalize players for helmet hits, with the possibility of suspension for intentional hits.

“To my knowledge we are front and center and way ahead of the curve of anybody else,” said Penn football coach Al Bagnoli, whose Quakers are two-time defending Ivy League champions.

Key “Recommendation” in the Report are in the “RECOVERY PROCESS”: 



Bagnoli was a member of an ad hoc committee formed by the league to examine the concussion issue and suggest a set of guidelines. The committee produced a 21-page concussion report, and its guidelines were accepted by Ivy League presidents. They will go into effect this season.

“The presidents formed the committee because they were deeply concerned that concussions are a significant injury in football and wanted the Ivy League to take an active leadership role in developing steps and measures to limit concussions, first in football and then in other sports as appropriate,” said Ivy League executive director Robin Harris.

The report also recommended examining similar actions for lacrosse, soccer and ice hockey.

“Because of the seriousness of the potential consequences, the presidents determined the League needed to take proactive steps in protecting the welfare of our student-athletes,” Harris said.

For more:  http://content.usatoday.com/communities/campusrivalry/post/2011/07/ivy-league-concussion-rule-changes/1