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2010 California Lacrosse Convention: Los Angeles, Orange County And San Diego US Lacrosse Chapters Sponsor Premier California Lacrosse Event At Cal State Fullerton On Nov. 14


Register for the 2010 California Lacrosse Convention

California State University, Fullerton (map and directions)

 This is the premier educational weekend and networking opportunity for officials, coaches, players and fans to learn from recognized leaders in lacrosse from around the country!

Level 1:
Fair Oaks, Calif. (Bella Vista HS)
Nov. 14, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Monterey, Calif. (YMCA of Monterey)
Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Level 2:
Fair Oaks, Calif. (Bella Vista HS)
Jan. 30, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Please contact Nancy Sheinbein with questions at playlacrosse@sbcglobal.net. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are still available!

Visit www.californialacrosseconvention.com to register today.

Pre-registration: $20 (includes parking); $30 for registration on-site

Saturday, November 13, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
– “one of the top officials in the world!”
Also scheduled to present: Matt Striebel (Team USA), Michele Uhlfelder, Lorne Smith, Liz Connelly and Ginger Miles.
-Other highlights include Positive Coaching Alliance training for coaches, top recruiting advice for HS student-athletes, stat-taking classes, specialized youth drills, US Lacrosse panel on useful services and programs, presentation by US Lacrosse President and CEO Steve Stenersen, an outstanding Vendor Village and more!

Don’t miss the exciting schedule of classroom and hands-on demos covering all aspects of the game of lacrosse, including a vendor village.

Sunday, November 14, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Attend certified US Lacrosse training clinics for both coaches and officials for FREE!
FREE Level 1 Coaching Clinic:

Fullerton, Calif. (Cal State Fullerton)
Nov. 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Check out all the coaching clinics coming to California this fall and winter:


Western U.S. Lacrosse Tournaments And Clinics: Adrenaline Lacrosse Announces Four “Adrenaline Tournament Series” Events And Notre Dame Coaches Clinics In Phoenix, Las Vegas, Coronado And Los Angeles

Adrenaline Tournament Series (ATS)

Adrenaline Lacrosse is proud to announce the Adrenaline Tournament Series (ATS) accompanied by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Coaches Clinics and The LXM Pro Games.

The series will begin with four tournaments starting with two winter events (the Sun Devil Sizzler in Phoenix AZ, and the Sin City Classic in Las Vegas, NV). Summer events will be The Coronado Classic in Coronado, CA, and the LA Showtime in Los Angeles, CA.

The ATS is sponsored by industry heavy-hitters Warrior, Brine, New Balance, Adrenaline Movement, Lacrosse Recruits, South Swell Sports and Powerade. Media partners Inside Lacrosse and West Side Lax will also provide coverage of the series. The ATS will combine competition from every western pocket of lacrosse, desirable western locations, travel deals, extensive vendors, great atmospheres, affordable team pricing, world class clinics, live music and the highest level of professional games in the world.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Coaches Clinics

At each ATS event team coaches will have the option to participate in advanced coaching seminars & clinics from the coaching staff from NCAA Powerhouse and 2010 National runner up University of Notre Dame.  

“The tournament series is perfect for teams who want a great experience playing highly competitive games against teams from various western areas over a weekend for a great price. We are privileged that Coach Corrigan and the Notre Dame Staff chose the ATS as the venue to hold their valuable coaching clinics & seminars,” said Alex Cade President Adrenaline Lacrosse.  

Another exciting feature is the new partnership with the LXM PRO series which combines great music and the top players in the world into one festival setting.

For more:   http://www.adrenalinelacrosse.com/2009/index.php

Southern California High School Boys Lacrosse: CIF-Southern Section Lacrosse Los Angeles Division Features Mira Costa And Palos Verdes Who Will Challenge 2009 Champion Loyola

It’s the newest high school sport in the South Bay, so it’s the “fastest-growing” by default.

But to think of lacrosse as some sort of a fad is wrong. The sport has long been a staple of athletic programs on the East Coast and simply needed time to gain a foothold on the West Coast.

For those unfamiliar with the sport, it looks somewhat like soccer, requires its players to be as tough as football players and have hand skills like hockey players.

“It’s a fast-paced game,” Mira Costa midfielder Connor Murphy said. “You always have your adrenaline going. You’re not waiting for something to happen like in baseball. It’s exciting and fun to watch.”

And because the players carry sticks and can play behind the goalkeeper, it certainly has appeal for hockey enthusiasts.

“People who are new to the sport always ask to see the ball,” Mira Costa midfielder Nick De La Espriella said.

And people who are new to the game always marvel at how physical it is.

“It’s even more physical than football because you get to use the sticks,” Mira Costa defender Alex Dodge said.

West Coast lacrosse players tend to have family members who have played on the East Coast, but some just see people participating on a nearby field and decided to give it a whirl.

South Bay programs play in the Bay League, which includes Mira Costa, Palos Verdes, Peninsula, Redondo, Chadwick, Culver City, Beverly Hills and Downey.

The CIF Southern Section does not have a sanctioned playoffs for the sport yet, but the top 12 teams from Los Angeles County play a postseason tournament with the winner taking on the winner of a 16-team all-Orange County team tournament.

The winner earns the right to call itself the “CIF champion.”

Last year, Mira Costa reached the L.A. County final before losing a 9-8, sudden-death, double-overtime match to Loyola.

“Oh yeah, we want to get there again – and farther,” defender Cole Russert said. “This year, we have more athletes, a bunch of kids who like to play lacrosse. It’s given us more depth.

“Last year, our goal was to win the Bay League. But we set that bar too low. That was our original goal. Now, it’s CIF and we believe we have the best team in L.A.”

Those new players appear to be buying into the program.

“A lot of guys have committed more time toward getting better at lacrosse,” Dodge said.

As the team gets ready for the season and expects to duel with a strong PV team, another goal is to expand the sport within the South Bay.

“Out here, it’s slowly coming,” Mira Costa coach Dave Vinci said. “We have about 70 teams in the Southern Section (120 are needed for a sanctioned playoffs). When I first started, we had about 30 teams. It’s really blowing up.”

Palos Verdes: The Sea Kings return nine starters and should provide a legitimate contender to Mira Costa’s Bay League throne. Six-foot-four senior defenseman Zach Rodgers is a wall in the middle of the field and already has committed to Division I Providence College. Seniors Josh Carroll, a two-year starter, and Ian Powell, who started every game last season, form a strong defensive nucleus. Coach Lane Jaffe’s team features All-Bay League selection Matt Schladen at goalkeeper. Jaffe said Schladen, who has started every game since his sophomore year, is the best goalkeeper in the league. Brandon Lim, a returning all-league pick, leads a strong offense. Joining him on the attack are senior Mike Cocke, who is making the move from midfielder, and senior Peter Loddengard, who has returned from shoulder surgery. Jaffe said his attackers have played together since the eighth grade. Senior Erick Trelenberg and sophomores Zach Henkhaus and Zack Fixen are the midfielders.

Peninsula: In his first year, Coach Christian Sears took the Panthers to the playoffs. Now, they’re thinking about a league title. The top returners for the third-year program are on defense – senior goalkeeper Barrington Wilson, senior defensemen Daniel Tarr and James Park. Senior midfielder Spencer Winter is being recruited and midfielder Blake Allman is strong on faceoffs and can contribute on offense and defense. Sears said senior midfielder Ching Kao and junior Kodiak Spybell are solid. The team also returns senior attackers Jason Yamanaka and Scott Spelman.

Redondo: Coach Phil Comito said the Sea Hawks may not have the firepower to compete with Mira Costa and Palos Verdes just yet, but he indicates his team is poised to make a run at the top half of the league standings. Seniors Nate Roth and Josh McClendon anchor a defense that is the team’s strength. They are supported by senior midfielder Regan Riggs and juniors Dillon Guth, Zac Inzer and Taylor Romero. Senior attackers Michael Cross and Bennett Trotter lead the offense. Comito said the future looks bright with a strong group of sophomores ready to contribute.

Chadwick: First-year coach Alex Caldwell said he has a tough task, but that the Dolphins have a lot of talent. Seniors Mark Kasfardjian and Michael Mavredakis anchor the defense in front of sophomore goalkeeper Zach Goodman. The remainder of the team is young and Caldwell expects the team to battle in league play. Caldwell believes his squad can finish close to the elite trio of Mira Costa, PV and Peninsula if the young players step up.

Culver City: With the birth of the Bay League, 10th year coach Casey Chabola is happy he doesn’t have to travel as much as he used to in past years. Playing in Orange County was nice, but he’d rather stick closer to home, he said. The Centaurs are experienced on the attack and on defense, but are soft in the middle of the field. Composed of mostly seniors and sophomores, the team could see some growing pains. Senior attacker Alek Fabijaniak is expected to be the go-to scorer. Goalkeeper Phil Beer is solid, as is senior defenseman Andrew Baird. Senior midfielder Matt Gima is expected to provide leadership for the younger players.


Southern California Boys Club Lacrosse: Beach Head Lacrosse Club Aims To Train And Compete At The Highest Level In Los Angeles Area

Beachhead Lacrosse is committed to providing the most comprehensive lacrosse training around. In addition to teaching and refining skills, we will focus on conditioning, agilities and strength training. We have some of the best coaches around, which include College Coaches, High School Coaches, Professional Players, College Players and High School All Americans. Lacrosse is the fastest growing high school sport in the country and we are dedicated to putting LA Lacrosse on the map. Our philosophy is simple, start with a strong foundation and build upon it. As players progress they will see marked improvement in their stick skills, field vision and foot work. That coupled with a strong staff to player ratio ensures that each player will receive the attention he needs.


Beach Head Lacrosse Club attacker Mike Marchand (Los Alamitos H.S.) is defended by Orange Crush defensemen Cole Sutliff (At right, Foothill H.S.) and Connor Cummins (#9, Foothill H.S.) in lacrosse scrimmage action Sunday, January 17, 2010. Photo by LaxBuzz

Beach Head Lacrosse Club 2010

Lane Jaffe – PV Head Coach 2007- present, UCLA head coach 2004-2007, former Rutgers University Goalie

Brian Dorry – PV JV Head Coach 2007-present, former Cortland State Defenseman

Marissa Hewitt – PV Girls Head Coach 2005-present, former Brown University player

Jimmy Borel – Assistant PV Coach, former University of Maryland Midfielder, current Denver Outlaws Midfielder

Charlie Garnsey – Syracuse University, PV middle school lacrosse director

Nolan Semel – Current Bryant College Midfielder, High School All American 2008

Sammy Romer – Current Stanford University Attackman

Zach Rice – Former Middlebury College Midfielder

US Lacrosse Los Angeles/Orange County Chapters: Disney Youth Lacrosse Invitational On October 3-4, 2009 In Whittier, CA; Lacrosse Athlete Celebration Experience At Disneyland

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USLacrosse LA Chapter

Disney Youth Lacrosse Invitational
October 3-4, 2009 in Whittier, California

Come be a part of this inaugural tournament and first-ever
youth lacrosse celebration on Main Street USA at Disneyland!

The Disney Youth Lacrosse Invitational features:

  • Admission into Disneyland® Park
  • Athlete celebration experience at Disneyland
  • Disney Tournament reversible jersey

For more information about this event, please click here to access the event flyer,

You are also encouraged to visit the official event web site or call 1-888-877-4445 for further event registration details. 

Event Web Site

Los Angeles County High School Boys Lacrosse (Video): Mira Costa Boys Lacrosse (9-2) Season Highlights That Included Bay League Championship

Mira Costa Boys Varsity Lacrosse had an amazing 2009 season with a 9-2 record and clinched the Bay League Championship

Los Angeles County High School Lacrosse: Agoura High School Lacrosse To Become CIF-Sanctioned

agoura lacrosseParent directed “club” lacrosse teams will be transformed into an official California Interscholastic Federation sport at Agoura High next year.

Junior varsity and varsity teams were approved by the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education on May 12.

The threeyear pilot program will start next spring, and will be funded by the parents who launched the club sport four years ago, said Mike Tusing, president of the Agoura Lacrosse Association.

“I am pleased we are at this point,” Tusing told school board members at the board meeting.

After four years operating the program, Tusing said parents know “exactly what (the) costs are.”

Demand for lacrosse teams has grown over the years, Tusing said. When the private club started, 33 high school students participated. Today, more than 650 students in the region play lacrosse, he said.

The third and fourthgrade students currently playing lacrosse on club teams will be the “feeder system” for the sport, Tusing said, adding that he foresees enough student interest in the game for teams to be fielded into perpetuity.

“Finding that light in financial darkness,” he said, will allow the sport to thrive at Agoura High.

The $28,000 yearly cost for the program is expected to rise to $30,000 by year three of the pilot program, said another parent.

“Lacrosse is a wonderful sport, and I have benefited tremendously from it,” said Tusing’s son, Mitch, a senior at AHS and longtime lacrosse player.

Parent Ziona Friedlander said that despite budget constraints, the school district manages to provide “exceptional education to every student.”

Sports, she said, were one such avenue.

Board member Cindy Iser said she was “fully supportive of the program.” The school board approved the program, 5-0.


Los Angeles County High School Boys Lacrosse: 2009 Mission League All-Team Lacrosse Awards

Mission League Lacrosse

All-Team Awards 2009

MVP:  Nick McCormack, Senior, Midfield, Loyola

1st team


Greg Myerson, Senior, Harvard-Westlake

Max Lightbourne, Junior, Loyola  

Zach Rodriguez, Senior, Loyola


Andy Kurstin, Senior, Loyola

Ben Mahony, Junior, Chaminade

Conor O’Toole, Junior, Harvard-Westlake

 Longstick Midfield

JD Johnson, Senior, Loyola


Sean Crane, Senior, Loyola

Dustin Doty, Senior, Crespi

Craig Seidenglanz, Junior, Chaminade


Barrett Meister, Junior, Harvard-Westlake


 2nd team


Joey Jacobellis, Junior, Chaminade

PJ Willets, Senior, Loyola

Cory Wizenberg, Sophomore, Harvard-Westlake


Anthony Daniels, Junior, Chaminade

Joe Edwards, Junior, Harvard-Westlake

Justin Tabit, Senior, Loyola

 Longstick Midfield

Riley Mate, Junior, Harvard-Westlake



Brad Lattanzio, Junior, Crespi

Kyle Milack, Sophomore, Crespi

Bryan Ruiz, Loyola



Sho Tsubakiyama, Senior, Loyola

Los Angeles County High School Boys Lacrosse Championship: Loyola-Los Angeles Boys Lacrosse Defeats Mira Costa 8-7 Sudden-Death Overtime To Advance To CIF-Southern Section Championship Game Against Foothill Knights

Mira Costa Loyola lacrosse(From DailyBreeze.com article)   What appeared to be shaping up as the upset of the season ended up being simply upsetting for the Mira Costa boys lacrosse team.

The Mustangs squandered a five-goal lead against top-ranked and undefeated Loyola, which went on to defeat Mira Costa, 8-7, in the second period of sudden-death overtime in Tuesday night’s L.A. County Tournament final.

Max Lightbourne scored the decisive goal one minute and 13 seconds into the second overtime period.

While the Mustangs’ deepest postseason run came to an end, the Cubs advanced to Friday’s L.A.-Orange County Championships.

“It’s hard to lose the way we just did,” Mira Costa coach David Vinci said. “But I’m so proud of these guys and how hard they worked all year.

“We had a great opportunity and it slipped through our fingertips. There’s no other way to put it. It hurts, it really hurts.”

The Mustangs (13-5), who lost to Loyola early in the season, bolted to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter.

Tom Farrell provided the first goal 90 seconds into the contest, firing in a close-range shot from directly in front of the goal during a man advantage.

Mira Costa’s Dakota Randall and Austin Dorr followed with goals before Nick McCormack scored Loyola’s first goal of the game.

with 3:54 remaining in the second quarter.

Mira Costa’s defense had been so effective that it held the Cubs (16-0) scoreless even when penalties left the Mustangs down three players early in the second quarter.

Momentum began to shift when Peter Willets cut the Cubs’ deficit to 6-2 shortly before halftime. Loyola went on to score six consecutive goals, with Willets’ second goal of the night providing the Cubs’ first lead, 7-6, in the fourth quarter.

Mira Costa’s Nick de la Espriella tied the score with 1:23 left in regulation for his second goal of the game.

The Mustangs took two shots in the final minute, but were denied.

“I thought we had two or three good shots there where we could have ended it in regulation,” Vinci said. “It comes down to inches. We felt good about it at that point, but in overtime it’s anybody’s game.

“They got a good shot and that was it.”

Goals by Nick McCormack and Joe Marinelli rounded out the Mira Costa scoring.

Lightbourne led Loyola with three goals.

“We knew it was going to be a battle,” Vinci said. “We played really hard in the first half, but we couldn’t keep the momentum.”


L.A. Watts Summer Games: Lacrosse Club Teams Wanted To Play In Los Angeles Post-Season Lacrosse Tournament On June 13-14, 20-21 At Los Angeles-Southwest College

Los Angeles Junior Chamber

Time is running out to get your teams involved for this really exciting opportunity to play some high quality lacrosse this summer!


This is an update from my previous e-mail. Lax In LA’s Kate Marks and I are the chairpersons for the newest addition to the world renowned L.A. Watts Summer Games… lacrosse!

The Games were started in 1968 as a response to the 1965 Watts Riots and consists of 17 boys and girls athletic events.

The LAWSG mission (very similar to Lax In LA’s) is to build bridges of understanding among high school youth. The games strive to promote positive interaction, respect and achievement through spirited competition in athletics and arts.

Participation at the games is expected to exceed 7000 students this summer (more competitors than the Olympics!). The LAWSG is the largest high school athletics competition in the country.

Please see: http://www.lawsg.org for more info.

The 2009 L.A. Watts Summer Games will take place on June 13-14 and 20-21 at the Home Depot Center, USC Galen Center, Los Angeles-Southwest College and several area high schools.

For lacrosse, the games will occur on the campus of Los Angeles-Southwest College. The plan for the boys’ side this year is to have a 16 team tournament, with a guaranteed 2 games per team. Currently registered boys’ teams are: Culver City, Palisades, Harvard-Westlake, Manual Arts and Huntington Park. We are open to out of state teams as well.

This tourney is fully cleared by the Southern and Los Angeles City Section CIF. Due to the tournament being in the summer period, CIF and Club teams may play each other! This is a great chance to play a few more games as a team after the end of your season.

Pricing per team is $150.

Please visit the LAWSG resgistration page: http://lawsg.org/Default.aspx?pageId=134066


Sean McKeon
President, Los Angeles Inner-city Lacrosse Association (Lax In LA)

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