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Ivy League Lacrosse: Brown Men’s Lacrosse 2014 “Behind The Scenes” Season Preview (Video)


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Ivy League Lacrosse: A Short Film Documenting “The Men Of Harvard Lacrosse” (Video)


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NCAA Lacrosse: Penn Men’s Lacrosse Releases 2014 Schedule Featuring Duke, Denver, Princeton, Cornell, Yale, Brown, Harvard And Towson


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The University of Pennsylvania’s head coach of men’s lacrosse, Mike Murphy, has announced the Quakers’ 2014 schedule. The Quakers will face another daunting slate that features eight teams ranked in the Inside Lacrosse preseason poll. Penn — ranked 11th in the Inside Lacrosse preseason poll — will open with the defending NCAA champion, face two of the other three semifinalists from last year’s tournament, and meet five 2013 NCAA teams in total.
“We are very excited about our 2014 schedule,” said Murphy, whose program boasted the No. 1 strength of schedule following the 2012 season and the No. 2 SOS following last season. “We have added a playoff team in Towson, along with St. John’s who has one of the best attack units in the country. So we will again have a very challenging road ahead of us this spring. We want to find out how good we can become, and the best way to do that is to play the best teams out there.”

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NCAA Lacrosse: A Video Tour Of Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Stadium, Practice Facility & Locker Room


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Lacrosse Recruiting: “Four Key Tips In Navigating Ivy And D3 College Recruiting” By Tom Kovic


Four Key Tips in Navigating Ivy and D3 College Recruiting

As a former Ivy League head coach, I was blessed with a successful career and many fond memories. Considering the selectivity in admissions and the high price tag of an Ivy League institution, my recruiting yields were consistently strong and I learned valuable lessons about prospects and the potential benefits they can receive in the admissions process.

Ivy League and D-3 college coaches are unable to offer athletic scholarships to prospects, but they can significantly influence the admissions process that can lend strong support to prospective student-athletes. That aside, it is important that prospects, families and high school advisors clearly understand the nuts and bolts of this process and make every effort to grow honest and strong working relationships with college coaches.

Admissions Index In many cases, academic select colleges use an “Admissions Index” that objectively analyzes a student’s academic qualifications. The AI is simply determined by combining core grade point average with standardized tests results (SAT I, SAT II, ACT).

A perfect Admissions Index would reflect impeccable scores on standardized tests and a top class rank at a prestigious high school with brilliant academic credentials. The lowest Admissions Index (The Floor) that is acceptable in Ivy League and D-3 Admissions will vary, depending on the school, division and conference).

Banding Typically, college sports program will be awarded an arbitrary number of “admissions support slots” to be used by the coaches to support athletic candidates. More popular sports tend to receive more “select” admission slots and in many cases, athletic directors will “tier” sports depending on the popularity and the level of success the team earns at the conference, regional and national level.

Athletic departments are encouraged to maintain an average student-athlete admissions yield that is no less than one standard deviation below the average AI for regularly admitted students. Many colleges have developed a system that subdivides the broader AI range into “bands” to assist coaches in recruiting prospects that potentially fall within coach’s allotment of support for any given recruiting cycle.

The number of admission slots coaches are allotted varies from sport to sport and college to college and based on the level of support, a coach’s recruiting strategy will be well-planned, systematic and precise. In addition, coaches are well aware that certain prospects will not be admitted, despite their level of athleticism if they are not up to the academic challenge at the institution.

Admissions Pre-Reads An admissions pre-read can provide prospects with a fairly accurate AI and a clearer idea of their chances in admissions. Coach will need a copy of your high school profile, transcripts and test results from the SAT and/or ACT. Following an early read, a good college coach will advise the prospect clearly to his chances in admissions and if the recruiting process should advance. Turnaround time for a pre-read is about 2 weeks and this information will help avoid “spinning of wheels” for the family, prospect and the college coach, especially if admission seems unlikely.

Likely Letters Likely letters are “near guarantees” of admission that can be sent to prospective student-athletes well before the regular population of applicants are read. The “likely” is a tremendous tool for college coaches who are competing with scholarship institutions for the same prospect, or “overlap” prospects who are applying to other Ivy League or D-3 institutions. Likely letters are limited to certain institutions, originate from the admissions office and offer families near-assurance and confidence that, barring any unusual circumstances, the prospect will be admitted.

Academic select institutions will admit a limited number of student-athletes who bring strong qualities that are identified as “important” to the admissions table. It is fair to point out that athletes, although identified as having a special talent, will be treated as any other candidate and will be admitted only if the applicants AI is in an acceptable range and they are capable of succeeding academically. That being said, talented student-athletes who offer solid academic credentials and have the ability to strongly impact an athletics program may be considered very favorably in Ivy League and D-3 college admissions.

Tom Kovic is a former 19-year head coach at the University of Pennsylvania and the current President of Victory Collegiate Consulting, where he provides individual advisement for families throughout the college recruiting process. Tom is the author of “Reaching for Excellence, an educational guide for college athletics recruiting”. For further information, visit: www.victoryrecruiting.com.

NCAA Lacrosse: Harvard Men’s Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Features UMass, Albany, Brown, North Carolina, Duke, Cornell, Penn, Princeton And Yale


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Chris Wojcik ’96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse, has announced the team’s 2014 schedule which features six home games in Cambridge and seven contests against opponents that finished the year ranked in the top-20.
“We are excited to announce our 2014 schedule and eager to begin the season,” Wojcik commented. “We have assembled a strong out-of-conference schedule which will test our team right away and position us to compete on a national level with some of the best programs in college lacrosse. In addition, the Ivy League will continue to be very strong and competitive. Each conference game will be a challenge, and we look forward to the opportunity to represent Harvard University in 2014.”

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NCAA Lacrosse: Dartmouth Women’s Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Features Yale, Boston Univ., Florida, Brown, Cornell, Penn, Princeton And Harvard


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