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College Lacrosse: “Recruiting Advice For West Coast Players” From Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Andy Copelan And ConnectLAX


ConnectLAX LogoAs we are all aware by now, lacrosse is no longer just the fastest game on two feet; it is also the fastest growing sport in the US. With that said, it is much more competitive to find a college roster spot than it was in the past, but with the right plan, drive, and determination, the collegiate experience as a lacrosse player is closer than you think.
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ConnectLAX has the resources to help players find schools that fit their personality, academic and athletic goals as well as their financial parameters. Players can create a list of target schools for free and coupled with their recruiting profile, can start taking control of their recruiting process with confidence and direction.
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With more and more players looking for a limited number of roster spots, coaches are looking for players that can stand out on the field and in the classroom. This means players need to work not only harder, but smarter. Training more outside of practice, not being content with natural ability and striving to reach their full potential as a player all while remaining focused on their academics.
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Hard work, strong academic standing, and versatility ultimately are key. Coaches are looking for athletic ability and speed, which comes from personal training when the stadium lights are off, not just playing in another game.
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Focus on getting your game in front of the coaches you’re interested in: know where the camps they host are and try to attend as many as you can, make sure your academic and athletic information is well-organized in one place, and be realistic and positive. If you plan ahead and execute properly, your decision will ultimately be one you cherish for a lifetime.
We sat down with Head Coach Andy Copelan of Fairfield University, a team that has year-over-year reeled in some of the most talented players in the country, to get his recruiting advice for West Coast players.
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1. What advice do you have for West Coast players interested in Division I schools, which are primarily located on the East Coast?
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Be sure to contact coaches with your highlight film, contact information and also be sure to have a list of references. More importantly, have a plan on how you plan to get noticed. Playing Division I is unrealistic without having a plan on how to go about getting in front of a coach.
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2. What is the best way for West Coast players to get on your recruiting radar?
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Again, have a plan and also be sure to show initiative. One of the best ways to do this is to attend the prospect days (camps) of their school. This will require you to travel, but this way you can guarantee you will be getting in front of that particular coach, most of whose summer schedules are challenging and many times unpredictable. Also have 5-8 schools on your list so you can make your trip worthwhile.
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3. What type of players do you primarily look for, a raw athlete or refined lacrosse player?
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The first thing we look for is speed and raw athletic ability and after that it really depends position to position. Defense for example, we want someone big, an imposing presence, but then for attack, we look for someone who is quick, unselfish, has good intuition, can play with two hands and puts up points. Something else we look for are players that have a versatile set of skills and aren’t just a “one-trick pony.” This means not relying solely on that one move that works every time, be versatile. Lastly, an important common theme in all our players that is a must are those who are mentally and physically tough. Players that have that “old school” mentality, guys who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and go to work regardless of the circumstances.
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4. What areas of player development would you recommend West Coast players focus on to elevate their game?
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Something I believe to be true that I first heard from Coach Cottle when I was the assistant at Maryland, was, “if you stay the same, you get worse.” The best thing a West Coast player who is not exposed to a lot of competition can do is become a better student of the game. Watch game film and off-ball movements. It’s easy to follow the ball around, but so much more happens outside of that. Play on teams that have a variety of players from other areas to learn through experience other styles of players. Don’t fall into the “lax-bro” mentality and play only because it’s cool, play because you love the game and challenge yourself, find where the best competition is and play both with and against them.
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5. How has the accelerated recruiting landscape impacted your approach to recruiting?
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We try and not pass judgment because everyone has their reasons; we just choose not to participate in it. Right now we feel that it’s a buyer’s market for coaches, there are plenty of talented players and right now we would rather take the best 10 than the first 10. We also feel it is also important that players go through the recruiting process, look at schools and make the right decision.
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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 Fairfield University.

NCAA Lacrosse: #3 Denver Men’s Lacrosse Tops Fairfield 10-8 On May 2; Advances To ECAC Final


Denver Men's Lacrosse vs Fairfield ECAC Tournament

Led be a five-point effort from senior Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario), the No. 4/3 nationally-ranked and top-seeded University of Denver men’s lacrosse team defeated the No. 4 seeded Fairfield University Stags 10-8 in the first semifinal of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday evening at Boswell Field in Geneva, N.Y. The win advances the Pioneers to the Championship game on Saturday at 2 p.m. MT. Denver will face either Loyola or Ohio State.
“I am so proud of this team because they did not give up at any point in this game today,” said DU head coach Bill Tierney. “Even when Fairfield came back to tie it twice late in the game, these guys really rallied around each other and you could tell that they had the will to win. I also thought our goalie play was really good tonight with Ryan and Jamie in the net.”
Also scoring for the Pioneers was sophomore Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) who finished with his 10th career hat trick. Flint’s three goals, was good for his 13th career hat trick. Senior Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) finished the day winning 50 percent of his face-offs (10-of-20) and scoring his third goal of the season, while sophomore Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) netted his 22nd of the season.
Senior Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) finished with two points, scoring his 31st goal and tallying his 30th assist. Senior Taylor Young (Littleton, Colo.) rounded out the scoring for the Pioneers with his third goal of the season.
Sophomore goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) finished the first half with six saves, while allowing four goals, and junior goalie Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) recorded eight saves while allowing four goals.
Fairfield’s Eric Warden and Jordan Greenfield scored three goals each, while goalie Jack Murphy made 11 saves on the night.
Denver opened the scoring 1:40 into the contest as Young scored off a pass from Law and Berg made it 2-0 with 6:27 left to play. Fairfield tied the game with two goals within 61 seconds of each other and both teams ended the quarter deadlocked at two goals apiece.
Carraro opened the scoring in the second quarter as he scored a “thirty-second timer-on” goal with 6:55 remaining. Flint made it 4-2 a minute and a half later as he scored his first of the game. The Stags answered less than a minute later to make it a one-goal deficit, but the Pioneers stretched it back to two as Berg scored his second of the game with 3:49 to play. Fairfield scored in the final 1:53 of the quarter to make it a 5-4 Denver lead at the half.
Both teams were unable to find the back of the net until Flint scored his second of the game with 4:12 remaining in the third quarter to put DU up 6-4. Fairfield answered with 2:27 remaining and then tied it at 6-6 almost 3:30 into the fourth quarter.

NCAA Lacrosse: #3 Denver Men’s Lacrosse Faces Fairfield On May 2 In ECAC Tournament Semifinals


Denver Men's Lacrosse vs Fairfield

The No. 4/3 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team closed out the regular season with a 12-4 win over the Michigan Wolverines to clinch its third Eastern College Athletic Conference Regular Season Title since joining the league in 2010. The Pioneers also secured the No. 1 overall seed in the ECAC Tournament, that is set to begin this Thursday at Boswell Field at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., and will take on No. 4 seeded Fairfield in the first game of the semifinals.

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NCAA Lacrosse: #13 Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Defeats #20 Fairfield 14-8 On April 27 To Earn #3 Seed In ECAC Tournament On May 2-4


Ohio State Men's Lacrosse vs Fairfield

The No. 13-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team broke open a game tied after the third quarter to defeat No. 20 Fairfield, 14-8, Saturday on Senior Day in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ohio State trailed 7-6 late in the third quarter but used an eight-goal run to take command of the final regular-season game.
The Buckeyes move to 10-3 on the year, the most regular-season wins for the squad since the 2004 team had 12 and the fifth time in program history a team had double-digit wins during the regular season. The squad, on a four-game winning streak, finishes ECAC play 5-2 and will be the No. 3 seed in the ECAC tournament, taking on No. 2 seed Loyola in the semifinals Thursday in Geneva, N.Y. No. 1 seed Denver will face No. 4 Fairfield in the other semifinal, with the championship game set for Saturday.
The nine members of the senior class – Dominique Alexander, Mark Crawford, Nick Liddil, Kevin Mack, Patrick Riffee, Logan Schuss, Patrick Toohey, Dan Wertz and Trey Wilkes – were honored in a pregame ceremony. Alexander, Schuss, Liddil and Wertz all scored in the win and all nine saw game action, with Wilkes winning 11 faceoffs. Schuss and Alexander both had two goals and an assist for three points, while sophomore Turner Evans led the Buckeyes with three goals and an assist for four points. Freshman Carter Brown and sophomore David Planning each scored twice and sophomore Jesse King had two points on a goal and an assist. Junior goalie Greg Dutton had a career-high 15 saves for the second game in a row.
“Logan and Dominique have been staples for us for the last four years,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “It’s great to see all nine seniors finish here with a win. They made a real impact on this program and changed who we are. We are excited for the win and focused on what lies ahead (the ECAC tournament).”
Myers said the team came together offensively and defensively as it rallied for the win.
“We started making stops defensively,” Myers said. “On the defensive end we felt like we were giving them second chance opportunities and not making those one-stops we talked about. Greg was seeing the ball better in the second half and offensively we found a rhythm. I thought we played really unselfishly in the fourth quarter and found that extra man; we didn’t settle for the first shot.”

NCAA Lacrosse: #13 Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse (9-3) Hosts #20 Fairfield (8-5) In Season Finale On April 27; Buckeyes In ECAC Tournament


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NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights From #1 Denver Men’s Lacrosse Upset Loss To Fairfield On April 20


The No. 1 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team was upset by Fairfield University 10-9 in overtime Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 2,520 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

NCAA Lacrosse: #1 Denver Men’s Lacrosse (10-3) Upset By Fairfield 10-9 In Overtime On April 20


Denver Men's Lacrosse vs Fairfield

The No. 1 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team was upset by Fairfield University 10-9 in overtime Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 2,520 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The attendance was the fourth-highest in stadium history. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 10-3 on the year and 5-1 in Eastern College Athletic Conference action, while Fairfield moves to 8-5 overall, 4-2 in ECAC play.
Sam Snow found the net 56 seconds into the overtime period to give the Stags the victory.
Senior Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) led the Pioneers with four points on two goals and two assists. Sophomore Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, British Columbia) finished with two goals and one assist, while senior Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.) recorded two goals. Senior Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) tallied one goal and one assist.
Fairfield’s Eric Warden led all players with four goals. Snow tallied three points on two goals and an assist, while Colin McLinden finished with one goal and two assists.
Senior Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) went 10-of-20 on face-offs, while Fairfield’s Michael Roe went 12-of-22.
Scott opened the scoring for the Pioneers seven seconds into the contest, when a shot from Carraro hit the post and deflected off Scott into the net. The Pioneers followed that up with goals from Berg and Law to finish the first quarter with 3-0 lead.
After being held scoreless in the opening quarter, the Stags found the net six times in the second frame. Fairfield got on the board early in the second quarter on a goal from McLinden, but DU responded with a goal from Scott to make it 4-1 two minutes into the quarter. TJ Neubauer fired the ball past the goalie to cut the advantage to two with 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter. Denver bounced back with a breakaway goal from Law less than two minutes later, but the Stags tallied four-straight goals to take a 6-5 lead heading into the intermission.
Denver wasted no time in the third quarter, tallying a pair of early goals from Berg and Flint to take a 7-6 advantage 3:30 in. Fairfield retied the game with 3:50 left in the period, as Warden found the net to level the contest at seven.
The Pioneers regained the edge early in the closing quarter on a goal from junior Harrison Archer (Washington D.C.). DU followed that up with a goal from sophomore Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) to take a 9-7 lead, but the Stags tallied two-straight scores to tie the game at nine with five minutes remaining. Neither team was able to find the net again in regulation, and the game headed to overtime. Snow scored with 3:04 left in the first overtime period to close the game.