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“Lacrosse Magazine” December 2014 Issue Released Featuring “Person Of The Year” Lyle Thompson & Lives Of Women’s Lacrosse Coaches


Every season, there are players that capture the attention and imagination of fans - some because they anchor championship teams, others because of amazing achievements and talent, still more for inspirational stories of how they got to be where they are at the top of the game. But seldom is there a player which captures the world of lacrosse the way Lyle Thompson did in 2014. A once-in-a-generation talent, the University of Albany and Iroquois Nationals star also celibrates the games roots through his heritage and has made it clear that he hopes to serve as an ambassador of its growth for the rest of his life.  Corey McLaughlin visited the Thompson family in New York for the feature story on the rising senior and his family, anchoring a look back at 2014 that includes our Stories of the Year and Best of Lacrosse nominations for the online fan vote, running through the end of November on LaxMagazine.com

Every season, there are players that capture the attention and imagination of fans – some because they anchor championship teams, others because of amazing achievements and talent, still more for inspirational stories of how they got to be where they are at the top of the game.
But seldom is there a player which captures the world of lacrosse the way Lyle Thompson did in 2014. A once-in-a-generation talent, the University of Albany and Iroquois Nationals star also celibrates the games roots through his heritage and has made it clear that he hopes to serve as an ambassador of its growth for the rest of his life.
Corey McLaughlin visited the Thompson family in New York for the feature story on the rising senior and his family, anchoring a look back at 2014 that includes our Stories of the Year and Best of Lacrosse nominations for the online fan vote, running through the end of November on LaxMagazine.com

COLUMNS

From the Editor – Proud Coach’s Husband

by Matt DaSilva

As the husband of a woman who coaches both the University of Notre Dame of Maryland soccer and lacrosse teams after writing her name all over the school’s record books, I’m intimately aware of the sacrifices and rewards that living the dual coach/mother life brings.

His Space – Meet the Women of Walla Walla

by Bill Tanton

Another western outpost for the game springs up in an unlikely place – Walla Walla, Washington, where Whitman College begins play under Maryland transplant Kate Robinson. The game has come a long way since I first picked up a stick in 1947.

Her Space – Coaches, Moms and Mentors

by Kate Hickman

Some of the top coaches in women’s lacrosse – women like North Carolina’s Jenny Levy, Penn State’s Missy Doherty and Denver’s Liza Kelly – balance team duties with the raising of their own families. It’s a dual feat that deserves a ton of respect and an example for us all.

 

Lacrosse Magazine October 2014 Issue Released Featuring Denver Outlaws MLL Championship, Big Ten Conference And Fall Ball Preview


COVER STORY — At Last - Outlaws are Champs Arguably the model franchise for Major League Lacrosse, Denver had never taken a title despite its success. But a spark from John Grant Jr. helped the Outlaws over the hump in a thrilling finals comback win over a great Rochester team. by Theresa Smith Online Coverage - Denver Takes Crown in Dramatic Fashion | Grant Sparks Denver | Championship Photo Gallery | MLL Leaves Mark on Atlanta FEATURES #Lacrosse is Trending Social media has changed the way that teams coaches and players operate day-to-day. Who are the key players? And how can you maximize social media? by Corey McLaughlin  Fallball: 30 in 30 The arrival of fall renews hopes for a great spring. We'll be looking at 30 burning topics over the course of 30 days on LaxMagazine.com - follow along! by LaxMagazine.com Staff  B1G Time The Big Ten Conference brings deep pockets, deep-rooted rivalries, new matchups and the promise of more TV exposure to both men's and women's college lacrosse. by Megan Schneider  "ALS Just Sucks" Five years after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, Georgia high school coach Mickey Beard still embraces the people drawn to his side. by Devon Heinen  Action Hero Jay Jalbert, the purveyer of the swim dodge and an electrifying talent of his era, heads into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame alongside seven other greats. by Mark Macyk  Goals Attained Erin Brown Millon joins husband Mark Millon as the only husband-and-wife tandem in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. How did she make her mark on the game? by Mark Macyk  COLUMNS From the Editor: Against Better Judgement His Space: Mitchell an LSM Trailblazer Her Space: Lacrosse Mind Games Boyle Point: Burn, Ballwatch and Batted Balls DEPARTMENTS Lifestyles  She used to make her mark on the fields for Boston University, but now her career has her working with the NFL - former Terrier Alex Mount talks about her work as a graphic designer in pro sports. Your Edge  Get power shooting jedi mind tricks from Syracuse star Kayla Treanor, while Matt Streibel shows how players can pick the right dodge to maximize their abilities. Give and Go  Entering his freshman year of college with one of the most famous names in the game and already a star after his MIAA career at Boys' Latin, we catch up with Shack Stanwick in this month's Q&A. The Scoop  The shot clock debate comes into focus while face-off specialists have to make more changes, Brodie Merril lands in Toronto with the Rock after the Wings head to New England and we look at how systems align with the U.S. Women's U-19 and Senior National Teams.

COVER STORY — At Last – Outlaws are Champs
Arguably the model franchise for Major League Lacrosse, Denver had never taken a title despite its success. But a spark from John Grant Jr. helped the Outlaws over the hump in a thrilling finals comback win over a great Rochester team.
by Theresa Smith
Online Coverage – Denver Takes Crown in Dramatic Fashion | Grant Sparks Denver | Championship Photo Gallery | MLL Leaves Mark on Atlanta
FEATURES
#Lacrosse is Trending
Social media has changed the way that teams coaches and players operate day-to-day. Who are the key players? And how can you maximize social media?
by Corey McLaughlin
Fallball: 30 in 30
The arrival of fall renews hopes for a great spring. We’ll be looking at 30 burning topics over the course of 30 days on LaxMagazine.com – follow along!
by LaxMagazine.com Staff
B1G Time
The Big Ten Conference brings deep pockets, deep-rooted rivalries, new matchups and the promise of more TV exposure to both men’s and women’s college lacrosse.
by Megan Schneider
“ALS Just Sucks”
Five years after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Georgia high school coach Mickey Beard still embraces the people drawn to his side.
by Devon Heinen
Action Hero
Jay Jalbert, the purveyer of the swim dodge and an electrifying talent of his era, heads into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame alongside seven other greats.
by Mark Macyk
Goals Attained
Erin Brown Millon joins husband Mark Millon as the only husband-and-wife tandem in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. How did she make her mark on the game?
by Mark Macyk
COLUMNS
From the Editor: Against Better Judgement
His Space: Mitchell an LSM Trailblazer
Her Space: Lacrosse Mind Games
Boyle Point: Burn, Ballwatch and Batted Balls
DEPARTMENTS
Lifestyles
She used to make her mark on the fields for Boston University, but now her career has her working with the NFL – former Terrier Alex Mount talks about her work as a graphic designer in pro sports.
Your Edge
Get power shooting jedi mind tricks from Syracuse star Kayla Treanor, while Matt Streibel shows how players can pick the right dodge to maximize their abilities.
Give and Go
Entering his freshman year of college with one of the most famous names in the game and already a star after his MIAA career at Boys’ Latin, we catch up with Shack Stanwick in this month’s Q&A.
The Scoop
The shot clock debate comes into focus while face-off specialists have to make more changes, Brodie Merril lands in Toronto with the Rock after the Wings head to New England and we look at how systems align with the U.S. Women’s U-19 and Senior National Teams.

Lacrosse Magazine September 2014 Issue Released Featuring Team Uganda And Full Coverage And Reporting At The FIL World Championships


Lacrosse Magazine Sept 2014 Issue

A month after capturing hearts and making history at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, Africa’s first national lacrosse team has landed on the cover of Lacrosse Magazine. The September edition of LM, which hits mailboxes next week, features Team Uganda captain Patrick “Pato” Oriana, goalie Allan Amone and defenseman Ronald Otim in a portrait staged by photographer Trevor Brown at the team’s University of Denver dorm. The cover adorns a special edition with 20 pages of world championship coverage, including more vivid photography and behind-the-scenes reporting with Team Uganda, Team USA and gold medal-winning Team Canada. Just three years after the first sanctioned lacrosse game in Africa, Uganda overcame financial, political and cultural obstacles to get to Denver, where the team’s story caught fire. Eight of the players come from the northern region of Uganda that was terrorized by the Joseph Kony-led Lord’s Resistance Army during the mid-1990s and early 2000s. Many come from poverty. Some, like Castro David Onen, sacrificed their jobs to play for Team Uganda. “In case of anything, I can pick up and finish my school,” Onen said. “If nothing, I hope to spread the word of lacrosse in Africa. Onen, a baker, scored in every game for Uganda, including the first goal in team history in its FIL opener against Ireland. He also scored the first goal in the first King’s Cup in 2011 in Kampala, Uganda. “I scored the first goal in Africa. I’m very glad to come to America, another continent, in the world games of lacrosse, and to score again the first goal,” Onen said. “It’s a moment I will remember for a long time.” Uganda’s debut was a moment the lacrosse world will remember forever.

“Lacrosse Magazine June 2014” Issue Released Featuring Team USA Men’s Preview And The Tewaaraton Award (The Heisman Of Lacrosse)


COVER STORY – Star Power The biggest names in the game come together this summer in Denver, where Team USA seeks to take home a second straight gold medal against a powerful slate of opponents headlined by 2006 world champion and 2010 runner-up Canada.  FEATURES The Heisman of Lacrosse  From its physical heft to its metaphorical meaning, the Tewaaraton Award carries some serious weight in the lacrosse world. Several past winners tell us the stories of their trophies. by Mark Macyk | Online Extra: 2014 Tewaaraton Finalists Team USA Preview  An in-depth intreview over oysters with lacrosse mega-star Paul Rabil, a feature on the self-dscribed dorky defenseman known as Fletch and the unlikely union of Rob Pannell and Steele Stanwick headline this special 15-page package leading into July's FIL World Championships in Denver.  Devon Wills' Pro Day  Lacrosse Magazine follows the world-renowned women's lacrosse goalie in her historic pursuit of a roster spot in Major League Lacrosse, becoming the first female to break the MLL barrier with the New York Lizards. by Corey McLaughlin | Online Coverage: Wills Impresses at Pro Day | Photo Gallery | Wills Makes History, NY Practice Squad  Jump to Inclusion  US Lacrosse hopes to 'move the nedle' to diversify the sport so it reflects the demographics of all communities. by Paul Ohanion  COLUMNS From the Editor: Season of Upstarts His Space: Don't Assume Anything Her Space: Checking Your Ego DEPARTMENTS Nike/USL High School Rundown  Who rules the roost as high school state playoffs go down to the wire? Keep up with the latest on LaxMagazine.com - Weekly Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 pool updates and more: Boys | Girls  Lifestyles  Once a member of New Hampshire's NCAA championship squad in the early 1980's, Katey Stone is a leading light in the women's hockey world, having coached the U.S. women at the recent Sochi Olympics. She talks on the similarities between players of the two sports and her expriences at the top of both games. Your Edge  Loyola's Australian Sensation Marlee Paton puts on a free-position shooting clinic, while Team USA's Ned Crotty breaks down how to victimize a short stick d-middie if you happen to find yourself covered by one. Give and Go  Penn State's Maggie McCormick wanted to be a marine biologist, but she's found herself on a career path that supports her aptitude for working with people. She answers our questions on lacrosse and life in this month's Give and Go interview.

COVER STORY – Star Power
The biggest names in the game come together this summer in Denver, where Team USA seeks to take home a second straight gold medal against a powerful slate of opponents headlined by 2006 world champion and 2010 runner-up Canada.
FEATURES
The Heisman of Lacrosse
From its physical heft to its metaphorical meaning, the Tewaaraton Award carries some serious weight in the lacrosse world. Several past winners tell us the stories of their trophies.
by Mark Macyk | Online Extra: 2014 Tewaaraton Finalists
Team USA Preview
An in-depth intreview over oysters with lacrosse mega-star Paul Rabil, a feature on the self-dscribed dorky defenseman known as Fletch and the unlikely union of Rob Pannell and Steele Stanwick headline this special 15-page package leading into July’s FIL World Championships in Denver.
Devon Wills’ Pro Day
Lacrosse Magazine follows the world-renowned women’s lacrosse goalie in her historic pursuit of a roster spot in Major League Lacrosse, becoming the first female to break the MLL barrier with the New York Lizards.
by Corey McLaughlin | Online Coverage: Wills Impresses at Pro Day | Photo Gallery | Wills Makes History, NY Practice Squad
Jump to Inclusion
US Lacrosse hopes to ‘move the nedle’ to diversify the sport so it reflects the demographics of all communities.
by Paul Ohanion
COLUMNS
From the Editor: Season of Upstarts
His Space: Don’t Assume Anything
Her Space: Checking Your Ego
DEPARTMENTS
Nike/USL High School Rundown
Who rules the roost as high school state playoffs go down to the wire? Keep up with the latest on LaxMagazine.com – Weekly Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 pool updates and more: Boys | Girls
Lifestyles
Once a member of New Hampshire’s NCAA championship squad in the early 1980’s, Katey Stone is a leading light in the women’s hockey world, having coached the U.S. women at the recent Sochi Olympics. She talks on the similarities between players of the two sports and her expriences at the top of both games.
Your Edge
Loyola’s Australian Sensation Marlee Paton puts on a free-position shooting clinic, while Team USA’s Ned Crotty breaks down how to victimize a short stick d-middie if you happen to find yourself covered by one.
Give and Go
Penn State’s Maggie McCormick wanted to be a marine biologist, but she’s found herself on a career path that supports her aptitude for working with people. She answers our questions on lacrosse and life in this month’s Give and Go interview.

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rankings From Lacrosse Magazine Features #1 Loyola, Duke, Denver, Syracuse, Notre Dame And Johns Hopkins


April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014

Who's Hot? Notre Dame (+4): How much hotter can a team be? The Irish began the week with their NCAA tournament at-large chances in question after a loss to Maryland. This week they edged Maryland in the ACC tournament semifinals and held off Syracuse in Sunday's ACC final to grab an NCAA AQ bid. Harvard (+3): The Crimson won the program's first Ivy League regular season title in 24 years by beating Yale by a goal on Saturday. Harvard hosts the four-team Ivy League tournament this week, which, if the Ivy regular season is any indication, will be three close games. Who's Not? North Carolina (-3): The Tar Heels' three-spot slip has more to do with Notre Dame's rise and Johns Hopkins holding serve with a win over Villanova, but UNC also fell to Virginia in the ACC Showcase on Saturday night, a matchup of the conference's fifth and sixth teams according to the regular season standings. Princeton (-3): It's all but official that the Tigers' season is over after losing to Cornell by two on Saturday. Princeton had an outside chance at the NCAA tournament, but with Notre Dame going on a tear coupled with a regular-season ending loss didn't do the Tigers any favors. Maryland (-2): What's up with the Terps? In its last three games, Maryland has scored six or fewer goals twice in losses to Johns Hopkins and Notre Dame, which sandwiched a win over Notre Dame two games ago. Who's New? Saint Joseph's (19): Coach Taylor Wray's bunch jumps into the Top 20 after a couple weeks at "also considered" status. Bryant, whom the Hawks beat earlier in the season in a key NEC tilt, lost to Brown and opened the door for St. Joe's, the top seed for this week's conference tournament. Its losses this year are to Penn on Feb. 25, a heating up Drexel team on March 25 and High Point in the season-opener.

Who’s Hot?
Notre Dame (+4): How much hotter can a team be? The Irish began the week with their NCAA tournament at-large chances in question after a loss to Maryland. This week they edged Maryland in the ACC tournament semifinals and held off Syracuse in Sunday’s ACC final to grab an NCAA AQ bid.
Harvard (+3): The Crimson won the program’s first Ivy League regular season title in 24 years by beating Yale by a goal on Saturday. Harvard hosts the four-team Ivy League tournament this week, which, if the Ivy regular season is any indication, will be three close games.
Who’s Not?
North Carolina (-3): The Tar Heels’ three-spot slip has more to do with Notre Dame’s rise and Johns Hopkins holding serve with a win over Villanova, but UNC also fell to Virginia in the ACC Showcase on Saturday night, a matchup of the conference’s fifth and sixth teams according to the regular season standings.
Princeton (-3): It’s all but official that the Tigers’ season is over after losing to Cornell by two on Saturday. Princeton had an outside chance at the NCAA tournament, but with Notre Dame going on a tear coupled with a regular-season ending loss didn’t do the Tigers any favors.
Maryland (-2): What’s up with the Terps? In its last three games, Maryland has scored six or fewer goals twice in losses to Johns Hopkins and Notre Dame, which sandwiched a win over Notre Dame two games ago.
Who’s New?
Saint Joseph’s (19): Coach Taylor Wray’s bunch jumps into the Top 20 after a couple weeks at “also considered” status. Bryant, whom the Hawks beat earlier in the season in a key NEC tilt, lost to Brown and opened the door for St. Joe’s, the top seed for this week’s conference tournament. Its losses this year are to Penn on Feb. 25, a heating up Drexel team on March 25 and High Point in the season-opener.

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rankings From Lacrosse Magazine Features #1 Maryland, Syracuse, Florida, North Carolina And Boston College


April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014

NCAA Women's Rankings April 28

Who’s Hot? Loyola (+4): The Greyhounds punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament with a dominant performance in the Patriot League, capturing the title in their first season in the league to run their streak to 12 straight after a rough patch early. Penn State: (+2): A narrow win over Princeton sends Penn State into what is sure to be a tough ALC tournament, featuring three Top 10 teams as well as the Nittany Lions. Who’s Not? Duke (-5): A week after upsetting North Carolina to make a big jump up, the Blue Devils take a slide back down after falling against Virginia in the ACC tournament. Stony Brook (-4): The Seawolves took one on the chin against America East foe Vermont over the weekend, falling by a goal as they enter the league tournament week. Ohio State (-3): A slip against ALC foe Johns Hopkins drops the Buckeyes a couple spot going into the league tournament, with the Blue Jays, Northwestern and Ohio State slotting to 5-6-7 in this week’s rankings.

“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.

Latest NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rankings From Lacrosse Magazine: #1 Loyola Followed By Duke, Denver, Syracuse And North Carolina


April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014

Who's Hot? Harvard (+1): Only a couple teams gained ground in the rankings this week, and one was the Crimson with its 8-7 win over Princeton. Harvard remains in first place in the Ivy League standings at 4-1 with a head-to-head win over Cornell, which is also 4-1. For the past couple seasons, Harvard has been pegged as a team to watch and it appears there is no more appropriate time than now. Drexel (+1): "We're doing our best to peak at the right time," Dragons coach Brian Voelker said after Drexel beat Towson 13-7 on Saturday night. His group locked up the second seed for the CAA tournament and has won five straight games. Who's Not? Princeton (-3): Princeton lost any chance of winning the Ivy League title when it lost to Harvard on Saturday. The Tigers are ineligible for the conference postseason tournament. The loss also hurt Princeton's NCAA tournament at-large chances as every other Ivy League foe ranked ahead of them could be compared more favorably by the NCAA tournament selection committee. Who's New? Albany (20): Albany returns to the Top 20 after downing UMBC 18-14 on Saturday. The Great Danes have an intriguing game with Binghamton this week to decide the top seed for the America East tournament. Both teams are 4-0 in league. Dropped Out? Air Force (previously 20): The Falcons made it a one-week stay in the Top 20, falling to Ohio State 8-6 in Columbus. Suddenly, the Buckeyes are 6-6 and right back in the ECAC and national conversation, sitting just outside LM's main list.

Who’s Hot?
Harvard (+1): Only a couple teams gained ground in the rankings this week, and one was the Crimson with its 8-7 win over Princeton. Harvard remains in first place in the Ivy League standings at 4-1 with a head-to-head win over Cornell, which is also 4-1. For the past couple seasons, Harvard has been pegged as a team to watch and it appears there is no more appropriate time than now.
Drexel (+1): “We’re doing our best to peak at the right time,” Dragons coach Brian Voelker said after Drexel beat Towson 13-7 on Saturday night. His group locked up the second seed for the CAA tournament and has won five straight games.
Who’s Not?
Princeton (-3): Princeton lost any chance of winning the Ivy League title when it lost to Harvard on Saturday. The Tigers are ineligible for the conference postseason tournament. The loss also hurt Princeton’s NCAA tournament at-large chances as every other Ivy League foe ranked ahead of them could be compared more favorably by the NCAA tournament selection committee.
Who’s New?
Albany (20): Albany returns to the Top 20 after downing UMBC 18-14 on Saturday. The Great Danes have an intriguing game with Binghamton this week to decide the top seed for the America East tournament. Both teams are 4-0 in league.
Dropped Out?
Air Force (previously 20): The Falcons made it a one-week stay in the Top 20, falling to Ohio State 8-6 in Columbus. Suddenly, the Buckeyes are 6-6 and right back in the ECAC and national conversation, sitting just outside LM’s main list.

Latest NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rankings From Lacrosse Magazine: #1 Syracuse Followed By Maryland, Florida, Ohio State And North Carolina


April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014

Who's Hot? Duke (+5): You can never count out a rivalry game, but Duke wasn't expected to beat a suddenly reeling North Carolina team during the week. Whether they got way up just for their Triangle rivals will be determined in the ACC quarterfinals this week, when the Blue Devils take on Virginia. Penn State (+4): The season has been a bit of a see-saw for the Nittany Lions, but it's telling that their last loss to a team outside of the current Top 10 was back on March 5th to James Madison.  Loyola (+3): A four-game slide in late February/early March seems to be long gone, as the Greyhounds swept through their first Patriot League season unbeaten and are hosting the conference tournament this weekend before a date on the final Saturday of the year against former Big East rival Syracuse. Louisville (+3): Unbeaten in Big East play, the Cardinals have won eight straight since losing back-to-back games against Ohio State and Notre Dame. If they can get the job done in their regular-season finale against Marquette, they'll be the top seed in the Big East tourney, but have a tough potential final opponent in Georgetown, which stands at No. 2 in the league and is hosting the tournament the first weekend in May. Who's Not? Penn (-10): A steep drop for the Quakers this week, as a loss to Princeton means the Tigers will be league regular season champion for the Ivies this year. More importantly, Penn has zero wins over any team currently in the Top 20.  Notre Dame (-5): Two losses to top competition this week hurt, but the Irish suffer more because they're running cold at the worst time of the season - having fallen in four of their last five and are just 4-5 since back-to-back wins over Northwestern and Louisville in early March and 8-7 overall. The road doesn't get any easier this week, as Notre Dame drew No. 1 Syracuse for its ACC tournament quarterfinal opponent due to its 1-5 record in the brutal league regular season. Stanford (-5): A surprise upset at the hands of Lindsay Munday's USC Trojans, coupled with wins over Notre Dame and Georgtown not holding up as well as they once looked, knocks the Cardinal down a few spots,  North Carolina (-3): It was just a week ago that the Tar Heels relinquished the No. 1 spot for the first time all season, but all that matters right now is that coach Levy's team is 2-3 in its last five. We still wouldn't bet against them when all is said and done, given that they have shown that they can beat anyone when the things go right. They're just on a rough stretch and have to play a road game against ACC tournament host Boston College in the quarterfinals. Who's New? Princeton (19): After a 1-3 start, the Tigers have roared back with nine wins in their last ten, with the only loss coming against No. 2 Maryland by a goal. Clinching the regular season Ivy League title for the first time since 2006 this weekend, Princeton is getting hot at the right time.

Who’s Hot?
Duke (+5): You can never count out a rivalry game, but Duke wasn’t expected to beat a suddenly reeling North Carolina team during the week. Whether they got way up just for their Triangle rivals will be determined in the ACC quarterfinals this week, when the Blue Devils take on Virginia.
Penn State (+4): The season has been a bit of a see-saw for the Nittany Lions, but it’s telling that their last loss to a team outside of the current Top 10 was back on March 5th to James Madison.
Loyola (+3): A four-game slide in late February/early March seems to be long gone, as the Greyhounds swept through their first Patriot League season unbeaten and are hosting the conference tournament this weekend before a date on the final Saturday of the year against former Big East rival Syracuse.
Louisville (+3): Unbeaten in Big East play, the Cardinals have won eight straight since losing back-to-back games against Ohio State and Notre Dame. If they can get the job done in their regular-season finale against Marquette, they’ll be the top seed in the Big East tourney, but have a tough potential final opponent in Georgetown, which stands at No. 2 in the league and is hosting the tournament the first weekend in May.
Who’s Not?
Penn (-10): A steep drop for the Quakers this week, as a loss to Princeton means the Tigers will be league regular season champion for the Ivies this year. More importantly, Penn has zero wins over any team currently in the Top 20.
Notre Dame (-5): Two losses to top competition this week hurt, but the Irish suffer more because they’re running cold at the worst time of the season – having fallen in four of their last five and are just 4-5 since back-to-back wins over Northwestern and Louisville in early March and 8-7 overall. The road doesn’t get any easier this week, as Notre Dame drew No. 1 Syracuse for its ACC tournament quarterfinal opponent due to its 1-5 record in the brutal league regular season.
Stanford (-5): A surprise upset at the hands of Lindsay Munday’s USC Trojans, coupled with wins over Notre Dame and Georgtown not holding up as well as they once looked, knocks the Cardinal down a few spots,
North Carolina (-3): It was just a week ago that the Tar Heels relinquished the No. 1 spot for the first time all season, but all that matters right now is that coach Levy’s team is 2-3 in its last five. We still wouldn’t bet against them when all is said and done, given that they have shown that they can beat anyone when the things go right. They’re just on a rough stretch and have to play a road game against ACC tournament host Boston College in the quarterfinals.
Who’s New?
Princeton (19): After a 1-3 start, the Tigers have roared back with nine wins in their last ten, with the only loss coming against No. 2 Maryland by a goal. Clinching the regular season Ivy League title for the first time since 2006 this weekend, Princeton is getting hot at the right time.

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 Foothill-Santa Ana, Regis Jesuit, La Costa Canyon, Mercer Island And J Serra Catholic


April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014

1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 10-1
The Knights enter the poll with a hard-fought 13-12 victory over previously undefeated J Serra Catholic. Foothill-Santa Ana is now riding a five-game winning streak and faces another tough game this week against St Margaret’s Episcopal (7-2).

2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 11-0
The Raiders remain atop the rankings with a hard-fought 9-7 victory over Colorado Academy (Colo.) and a 13-5 win over Fort Collins (Colo.). Regis Jesuit has an almost two-week break before taking on Kent Denver (Colo.) and Heritage (Colo.) in a span of three days.

3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 7- 4
The Mavericks had a respectable showing in a 13-7 loss to undefeated Georgetown Prep (Md.), ranked No. 3 in the Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Boys’ Top 25. La Costa Canyon also hung tough with nationally ranked Salesianum (Del.). In the final game of the week, La Costa Canyon fell to Haverford School (Pa.), 19-4.

4. Mercer Island (Wash.), 12-1
The Islanders showed they can play with the most elite teams in the entire nation, going 2-1 on their trip to Connecticut. Mercer Island beat Joel Barlow, 12-10 and Xavier, 13-5 before falling to Wilton. 15-12. The Islanders appear to be surging to the playoff stretch.

5. J Serra Catholic, (Calif), 12- 1
The Lions continued their impressive run with a 15-10 victory over Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.). J Serra Catholic then fell in a showdown with Foothill-Santa Ana, which entered the game with only one loss — a tough 14-13 setback to Torrey Pines.

6. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 10-2
The Wildcats extended their winning streak to six games with victories over Serra San-Mateo (Calif.) and Redwood (Calif.). St. Ignatius plays one more in-state game against De La Salle (Calif.) before traveling East to take on St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) and Salesianum.

7. Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 10-1
The Bells won their third consecutive game with a dominant 18-2 victory over Archbishop Mitty (Calif.). Bellarmine takes on Foothill and St. Francis (Calif.) this week before another 10-day layoff.

8. West Linn (Ore.) 5-0
The Lions extended their winning steak to five games with a solid 9-7 victory over Jesuit Portland (Ore.). West Linn and Oregon Episcopal (Ore.) have established themselves as the class of the state. Unfortunately, the teams do not play in the regular season.

9. Arapahoe (Colo.), 9-1
The Warriors bounced back from their loss to top-ranked Regis Jesuit with dominant victories over San Clemente (Colo.) and Lincoln (Colo.). Arapahoe faces another big test this week against No. 9 Cherry Creek (Colo.) as they head to the playoff stretch.

10. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 8-2
The Bruins returned from Maryland and took down Cherokee Trail (Colo.), San Clemente (Colo.) and Eaglecrest (Colo.). Cherry Creek faces off with Arapahoe this week in a game that will have huge playoff implications as far as seeding.

Notes

Teams from Washington State showed they can play with anyone in the nation last week. Mercer Island traveled to Connecticut and beat Joel Barlow, 12-10, Xavier, 13-5 before losing to Wilton, 15-12, in a shootout. Issaquah finished 2-1 on its long trip to Texas. The Eagles beat Vandegrift (Texas), 9-5, and then knocked off Westlake (Texas), 7-4. Issaquah suffered a loss in the final game, 10-9, to Austin (Texas). Issaquah is now 9-2 on the season with its only other loss to Faith Lutheran of Nevada. Along with Bellevue (10-1), the playoffs in Washington State should be an interesting affair. Eastside Catholic (Wash.) ran their unbeaten streak to nine with a dominant 17-2 victory over Emerald Ridge-Puyallup (Wash.). Eastside Catholic plays back-to-back games against Mount Si (Wash.) and Auburn-Riverside (Wash.) before getting a 13-day break.

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West Linn (Ore.) knocked state rival Jesuit-Portland, 9-7, in the Fritz Hayes Classic, which honors a former longtime local, lacrosse official who was killed during a home invasion two years ago. All four of last year’s Oregon semifinalists – West Linn, Jesuit-Portland, Lakeside (Ore.) and Beaverton (Ore.) – all participated in the tournament. Colin Squires scored what proved to be the game-in winner with just over a minute left in regulation for West Linn, which improved to 5-0 on the season. Jack Sweitzer led Jesuit with two goals. West Linn also knocked off Portland Jesuit in the state semifinals last season. In the other game, Holden Catlett had three goals to lead defending state champion Lakeridge to a dominant 12-1 victory over Beaverton. The Pacers (7-3) beat West Linn, 15-7, in the finals last season.

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Waterford (Utah) defenseman Jacob Mika might have scored the goal of the year in high school lacrosse. As time expired in the first quarter against Riverton (Utah), Mika picked a loose ball in front of his own goal and then heaved the ball their entire length of the field over the Riverton goalie’s head and into the goal. Waterford won the game 17-3 and is 6-1 on the season