Tag Archives: Men’s Lacrosse
Denver Men’s Lacrosse Releases 2015 Online Media Guide; Pioneers Have Reached NCAA Championship Weekend 3 Of The Past 4 Seasons
“Lacrosse Magazine” December 2014 Issue Released Featuring “Person Of The Year” Lyle Thompson & Lives Of Women’s Lacrosse Coaches
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.
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.
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.
The changing climate of college recruiting
By Tom Kovic
College athletics has changed dramatically over the past 20 years and coaches are under tremendous pressure to achieve two important goals: 1) Win and 2) Drive program revenue upward. The one directly affects the other. Alumni will enthusiastically support a winning team, but the opposite is also true. The changing climate of college athletics has had direct impact on the recruitment of prospective student-athletes and with that, a dramatic shift in organizing and managing student-athlete strategies in registering early and effectively on the radar of college coaches.
Recruitment is essential for college coaches to maximize future team advancement. This is achieved through active cultivation of strong relationships with high school and club coaches, prospects and their families. College coaches use many recruiting tools at their disposal, while abiding by strict NCAA rules and regulations.
Twenty years ago, the majority of prospective student-athletes were simply “found” and the volume of identifiable athletes was very manageable. Nowadays and with the surge of private sport clubs, the college recruiting arena has grown to gothic proportions and with increased competitiveness.
Decades ago, college prospects could comfortably launch their recruiting effort during the junior year in high school. Now, and especially with the increased popularity of verbal offers of athletic scholarships and admission to select, non-scholarship college options, prospects need to kick start the recruiting process as early as the ninth grade.
A good college coach will offer truthful and honest information regarding the university and the chances the prospect has as a potential team member and a scholarship athlete. He will work diligently to avoid gray areas, especially where it involves athletic scholarship and, in the case of non-scholarship schools, the prospects chances in Admissions. Through the use of skillful contacts, the college coach will attempt to cultivate a relationship that will hopefully result in matching a prospect with his or her institution in a mutually benefiting experience.
Likewise, a productive family effort will be well-planned and impeccably executed. It will involve a team approach that should consist of the following players: parents, prospect, high school/club coach, college advisor, guidance counselor and personal mentor. Each team player will have a specific role to play in order to ensure the prospect’s best chance in navigating the college search with success.
Advance goals should be set with clarity, purpose, and assist in the organizational structure of the recruiting process. The well-prepared approach will, in the end, have the best chance of achieving success.
The Verbal Offer
The verbal commitment is one where a Coach and a prospect agree there is a proper and mutual fit scholastically and athletically with the prospect and the institution. In many cases, there is an offer of athletic aid (scholarship), or in some cases, support by the Coach in admissions. The verbal commitment is a “gentleman’s agreement.” An old fashion handshake where both party’s offer their word to remain committed through either the signing of The National Letter of Intent or offer of admissions.
The verbal offer is “open ended” and a common question that prospects and parents have is “Can we back out of the agreement?” And the answer is yes. That said it is important to realize the flip side of the coin and although it is less likely, college coaches can back out of a verbal commitment, especially if the prospect shows a lack of progress on the field or in the classroom.
A knowledgeable consumer will have a clear edge over the general population in the pursuit of the attainment of any worthy product. I believe that the same holds true in the college search and that it is the obligation of the family to make every effort to make a commitment to accumulate pertinent information regarding this process and to execute well-designed plans.
Information is critical to the successful organization of any worthy project. Building a college recruiting information base can begin as early as the middle school years as a family hobby and increasingly grow into a highly organized, disciplined project by the beginning of the sophomore year in high school.
Begin by gathering information on potential college choices, including team and coach profiles, statistics, ranking, and academic standards. Continue to update and maintain selected e-files on your favorite college programs.
The college search for athletes has radically transformed during the past 20 years to a level where prospects need to maintain an accelerated pace with college coaches. It is a process that begins much earlier than most families realize and therefore a proactive approach to organizing early for the college search becomes essential in reaching your college goals.
College recruiting is both exciting and daunting. It requires a disciplined and yet flexible approach, especially when timelines get tight and situations become challenging. Active and regular communication is vital and the successful prospect will build mutually strong and respectful relationships with college coaches in an effort to identify and secure the ideal college match.
Tom Kovic is a former Division I college coach and the current director of Victory Collegiate Consulting, where he provides individual advisement for families in navigating the college recruiting process. For further information visit: www.victoryrecruiting.com.
NCAA Releases “2013-14 Women’s Lacrosse Sponsorship, Participation, Scholarship, Tournament, Graduation Rate And Budget Report”
CAL men’s lacrosse was born in 1964, the same year that the Free Speech movement rolled through Berkelely.
A celebration of the 50th anniversary of that event with some highlights from the past and present. Video was shown on the CAL Jumbotron during CAL’s defeat of Stanford in the lacrosse big game April 26, 2014.
Albany Men’s Lacrosse Attackers Lyle & Miles Thompson Honored As Co-Winners Of 2014 Tewaaraton Award On May 29 In Washington DC
Video Highlights Of Colorado Men’s Lacrosse 13-12 Win Over Arizona State To Win 2014 MCLA Lacrosse National Championship On May 17
Colorado held off a comeback by Arizona State to claim their first MCLA Division I National Championship title.
The Buffs took a 13-8 lead in the fourth quarter before the Sun Devils stormed back. They got within a single goal but were unable to score the equalizer as CU went on to win 13-12.
Before taking down No. 1 ASU, Colorado beat Michigan State and UC-Santa Barbara to reach the tournament finals.
Sergio Perkovic’s fifth goal of the game made it 10-9 with 49.6 seconds remaining. Duke won the ensuing draw, however, and Jordan Wolf scored with 23.6 seconds to go to clinch it.
Wolf finished with two goals and four assists, and the Blue Devils got goals from seven different players.
Duke earned its first title in 2010 with a one-goal win over Notre Dame. This one, an all-Atlantic Coast Conference matchup, looked to be a lopsided rout before the Irish rallied.
Notre Dame tied a record for fewest first-half goals in the championship game last set by Cornell in 1988. The Irish, who came in averaging 12 goals and 37 shots per game, took only 18 shots.
Duke’s swarming defense had a lot to do with that.
Notre Dame has played in 19 NCAA tournaments and reached the national semifinals on four occasions but still has not won the championship.
Duke, on the other hand, has the makings of a dynasty. The Blue Devils have played in each of the last eight national semifinals and reached the title game four times in that span under coach John Danowski.
Up 5-1 at halftime, Duke got a goal from Keenan with 17 seconds gone in the third quarter. After Perkovic answered for the Irish, the Blue Devils scored twice within a minute for an 8-2 lead.