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Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws All-Star Defenseman Lee Zink Has “Completely Dominated And Taken Opposing Attackmen Out Of The Game”; Frontrunner For MLL Defensive Player Of The Year
NCAA Lacrosse: “NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rules Committee” Recommends Allowing “Defender Marking Player With Ball” In Goal Circle With Goalie
Under the recommended new rules, only the defender marking the player with the ball within a stick’s length could remain in the goal circle. Once the ball is in the goal circle, only the goalkeeper or another defensive player would be allowed in the goal circle to play the ball.
The NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rules Committee has recommended several rules changes for next season, including that players on the defensive team be allowed to move through any portion of their goal circle when their team is not in possession of the ball.
Currently, only the goalkeeper is allowed to be in the defensive goal circle, with the exception of a player entering the crease after the goalkeeper has moved outside the goal circle.
The committee experimented with a modified version of this rule during the fall of 2012. Membership feedback indicated support for the change.
“The committee wanted to create more balance between offense and defense,” said Committee Chair Celine Cunningham, head coach and senior woman administrator at Stevens. “It gives defenders more freedom around the goal circle.”
All rules proposals must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which will discuss women’s lacrosse rules recommendations July 17.
Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws Defenseman Lee Zink Named “2012 MLL Defensive Player Of The Year”
Ivy League Lacrosse Profile: Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Senior Defenseman Matt Hull Talks About His Four-Year College Lacrosse Career (Video)
Harvard men’s lacrosse senior defenseman Matt Hull talked about playing lacrosse at Harvard and his four years with the program.
NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Defenseman Kevin Ridgway Named Big East Lacrosse “Defensive Player Of The Week”
NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Has “Arrived” As One Of The Country’s Elite Lacrosse Programs
And Notre Dame keeps finding these great goalkeepers. One year it is Joe Kemp, and the next it’s Scott Rodgers. Now the Fighting Irish might have another one in John Kemp, Joe’s little brother.
“By the end of the year, Notre Dame might be at or near the top again. They have a great defensive system in place, and the recruiting is going well. If they can get the offense together, and some of those guys to emerge, they’ll be closing the gap as far as moving into the elite division.”
Now, some teams that didn’t want to play the Irish in the past want them on the schedule. Notre Dame opened the season last week with a 12-7 win against Duke, and will finish the 2011 regular season with games at Syracuse and Virginia.
Upon arrival, Notre Dame had no paid assistants and scholarships. The Fighting Irish didn’t have any lacrosse facilities, and shared a locker room with four other teams.
But now, they are close to becoming an elite team. In the latest Baltimore Sun poll, the Fighting Irish are ranked No. 4 behind Syracuse, Virginia and Maryland.
And they are closing.
“Syracuse and the Atlantic Coast Conference teams have separated themselves at the top from the competition,” said Paul Carcaterra, lacrosse analyst from ESPN. “There are good teams in position to balance out the power from the No. 5 to No. 15 positions.
Notre Dame (1-0) has never gotten this kind of respect before. Despite reaching the Final Four in 2001, and consistently being ranked in the top 10 for most of the last decade, there were always questions about the Fighting Irish, especially their strength of schedule.
Even last year, there was debate about whether Notre Dame should be in the 16-team Division I playoff field because of a 7-6 regular-season record.
But in the tournament, the Fighting Irish beat Princeton, and upset both Maryland and Cornell before losing, 6-5, to Duke in overtime of the championship game.
They have arrived.