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Denver Men’s Lacrosse (15-2) Never Trail In 9-5 Win Over North Carolina On May 10; Pioneers Advance To NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals On May 18


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In front of a record-breaking crowd at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, the No. 5 seed University of Denver men’s lacrosse team defeated North Carolina 9-5 in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships on Saturday evening. “I couldn’t be more proud of this team’s performance out there tonight,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “From offense to defense our guys left it all out on the field and really played a great game. Credit to UNC for really playing us tough and not letting up throughout the game.” Freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) and junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) led Denver’s offensive effort with a combined five points, each recording two goals, while Miller adding an assist. Denver extended its win streak to 12 games, tying its longest winning streak in Pioneer history. This is the second-straight year that the Pioneers (15-2) have hosted an NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship First Round game and the third in program history. This was the third consecutive season that the Pioneers played North Carolina (10-5) in the NCAA Tournament, coming out on top in all three matches. Sophomore Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) led the Pioneers with four points off one goal and an assist, while junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) and senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) both tallied a goal and an assist. Junior Sean Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and freshman Dallas Bridle (Orangeville, Ontario) all added to the Pioneers’ scoring force as they each picked up a goal. Sophomore face-off specialist Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) won 7-of-16 face-offs, while grabbing two ground balls. Bobzien tied his career-high of five ground balls, while Noble picked up five as well. Securing the win, junior goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) improved to 10-0 on the season, making three saves on the day and helped Denver into the locker room with a 5-1 lead at half, while senior goalie Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) also had three saves, allowing four on the evening. Tar Heels goalie Kieran Burke made 11 saves on the evening. UNC’s Joey Sankey led the Tar Heels with two goals, while Chad Tutton led the way in points off one goal and two assists. Denver held the advantage in shots (38-28), ground balls (26-19), while the Tar Heels led in saves (11-6) and won 9-of-16 face-offs.

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rankings From Lacrosse Magazine: #1 North Carolina Followed By Maryland, Syracuse, Northwestern And Boston College


April 7, 2014

April 7, 2014

NCAA Women's Rankings April 7

Who’s Hot? Denver (+7): A trip to California gave the Pioneers a huge boost this week, as they edged Stanford to wrest control of the MPSF race to the conference tourney and improved to 11-1 on the year. Albany (+5): Thought they lost their unbeaten status during the week, the Great Danes proved they belong in the conversation by playing tough in a loss to Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. That, plus a lot of other teams shuffling around due to losses, move them up the table. Northwestern (+4): Rumors of the Wildcats’ demise were greatly exaggerated, as they handed North Carolina its first loss of the year and took wins over ranked Penn State and Penn teams this week as well. Only an earlier head-to-head loss to Syracuse kept them from pushing even higher. Who’s Not? Stanford (-7): A rough drop for the Cardinal, as a loss to Denver gives the Pioneers the inside track in the MPSF race. Notre Dame (-7): Nobody said joining the ACC would be easy, as a loss to unranked Virginia forces the Irish out of the Top 10. Who’s New? Virginia (20): With as tough a schedule as you can have, the Cavaliers struggled out of the gate but have rebounded since, reeling off three straight wins including this weekend’s toppling of then-No. 7 Notre Dame on the road. Dropped Out? Navy: A tough pill to swallow for the Mids – who still have only one loss on the season, but don’t have any wins over teams even in consideration for the Top 20, making them the team that had to drop to make room for the Cavaliers.

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


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Who's Hot? Notre Dame (+7): The Irish are this week's big jumper, shooting up from 15th to eighth on the strength of two good wins -- beating Northwestern on the road during the week and topping Louisville over the weekend. Thus far, their only losses are to No. 5 Boston College and No. 1 North Carolina. Stanford (+7): A three-win week including a pair of thrillers over quality opponents on an East Coast swing moved the Cardinal into the Top 10. A 19-5 win over Fresno State started things, then Stanford paid visits to Towson (8-7 win in OT) and Georgetown (11-10 in 2OT) to improve to 5-1. Johns Hopkins (+5): Up to 7-0 on the season, the Blue Jays topped Towson in reasonably convincing fashion early in the week and then routed George Washington. While chaos has reigned for several teams in the parity-laden early season, the Jays have yet to hit a hiccup. Who's Not? Virginia (-7): Losing games against good competition is still losing games. Right now, Virginia has only Penn State and Richmond in the win column against four losses to the top tier. The only reason they stayed in and Loyola fell out is that their most recent win is closer than the Greyhounds (and was to a team that Loyola just lost by six goals to - trumping Loyola's head-to-head win, which must feel like it was ages ago for fans at Homeland. Northwestern (-5): Not an easy week for the Wildcats, who slip after being edged by Notre Dame and Ohio State, the latter of which hadn't topped Northwestern since 2003. Who's New? Ohio State: After suffering three losses as February turned to March (by a combined five goals), the Buckeyes roared back this week with one-goal wins over Louisville and Northwestern. Brown: A win over Princeton earns Bruno a spot in our rankings, a fair boost considering it was the first time the Bears had topped the Tigers since 1991. (The Lions have also already been dispatched on the season for Brown, which already topped Columbia in a previous week). Dropped Out? Loyola (14): Two weeks ago, the Greyhounds were 2-0 and sitting pretty at No. 7. After four consecutive losses, they've dropped out. I would bet they'll be back - three of the four losses were by one goal including Tuesday against No. 4 Florida - but it's tough to keep Loyola in at this point. Louisville (18): A week after jumping into the rankings, the Cardinals are back on the outside looking in after falling to Ohio State and Notre Dame.

Who’s Hot?
Notre Dame (+7): The Irish are this week’s big jumper, shooting up from 15th to eighth on the strength of two good wins — beating Northwestern on the road during the week and topping Louisville over the weekend. Thus far, their only losses are to No. 5 Boston College and No. 1 North Carolina.
Stanford (+7): A three-win week including a pair of thrillers over quality opponents on an East Coast swing moved the Cardinal into the Top 10. A 19-5 win over Fresno State started things, then Stanford paid visits to Towson (8-7 win in OT) and Georgetown (11-10 in 2OT) to improve to 5-1.
Johns Hopkins (+5): Up to 7-0 on the season, the Blue Jays topped Towson in reasonably convincing fashion early in the week and then routed George Washington. While chaos has reigned for several teams in the parity-laden early season, the Jays have yet to hit a hiccup.
Who’s Not?
Virginia (-7): Losing games against good competition is still losing games. Right now, Virginia has only Penn State and Richmond in the win column against four losses to the top tier. The only reason they stayed in and Loyola fell out is that their most recent win is closer than the Greyhounds (and was to a team that Loyola just lost by six goals to – trumping Loyola’s head-to-head win, which must feel like it was ages ago for fans at Homeland.
Northwestern (-5): Not an easy week for the Wildcats, who slip after being edged by Notre Dame and Ohio State, the latter of which hadn’t topped Northwestern since 2003.
Who’s New?
Ohio State: After suffering three losses as February turned to March (by a combined five goals), the Buckeyes roared back this week with one-goal wins over Louisville and Northwestern.
Brown: A win over Princeton earns Bruno a spot in our rankings, a fair boost considering it was the first time the Bears had topped the Tigers since 1991. (The Lions have also already been dispatched on the season for Brown, which already topped Columbia in a previous week).
Dropped Out?
Loyola (14): Two weeks ago, the Greyhounds were 2-0 and sitting pretty at No. 7. After four consecutive losses, they’ve dropped out. I would bet they’ll be back – three of the four losses were by one goal including Tuesday against No. 4 Florida – but it’s tough to keep Loyola in at this point.
Louisville (18): A week after jumping into the rankings, the Cardinals are back on the outside looking in after falling to Ohio State and Notre Dame.

NCAA Lacrosse: North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse Releases 2014 Season Media Guide


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NCAA Lacrosse: “Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Women’s Top 20” Ranks North Carolina #1 Followed By Maryland, Syracuse, Northwestern And Florida


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Breaking through for its first NCAA title with a thrilling 13-12 win over rival Maryland in triple overtime, North Carolina will begin 2014 as the No. 1 team in Lacrosse Magazine’s NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse preseason rankings.
With most of the defense returning, including first-team All-American Sloane Serpe and offensive All-Americans Abbey Friend (attack) and Brittney Coppa (midfield), Tar Heels coach Jenny Levy has a full cupboard for the championship defense this spring.
The 2013 runner-up Terrapins, a game short of perfection (22-1), come in at No. 2 to begin the spring, with NCAA semifinalists Syracuse (No. 3) and Northwestern (No. 4) expected to return to form as well and challenge for the championship.

Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division I Women’s Preseason Top 20

1. North Carolina
2. Maryland
3. Syracuse
4. Northwestern
5. Florida
6. Duke
7. Virginia
8. Penn State
9. Georgetown
10. Loyola
11. Notre Dame
12. Stony Brook
13. Penn
14. Stanford
15. Towson
16. UMass
17. Denver
18. Navy
19. Princeton
20. Boston College

NCAA Lacrosse: North Carolina Men’s Lacrosse Releases “2014 Tar Heel Men’s Media Guide”


North Carolina Men's Lacrosse 2014 Media Guide

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NCAA Lacrosse: IWLCA Coaches 2013-14 Preseason Top 20 Poll Ranks North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse #1 Followed By Maryland, Syracuse, Northwestern And Florida


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NCAA Lacrosse: North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Features Florida, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Penn, Virginia, Georgetown, Northwestern, Maryland, Syracuse, Duke And Towson


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Head coach Jenny Levy has released the 2014 University of North Carolina women’s lacrosse schedule, a slate that will see the defending NCAA champion Tar Heels once again play one of the nation’s most challenging schedules in the new-look Atlantic Coast Conference.
Next spring, Carolina will play at least 11 games against teams that made the 2013 NCAA Tournament, including No. 1 seed Maryland, No. 2 seed Northwestern and No. 4 seed Syracuse (all of whom advanced to the NCAA semifinals last spring along with the third-seeded Tar Heels). UNC also will play No. 5 seed Florida, No. 6 seed Penn, No. 8 seed Georgetown, Virginia, Duke, Towson, Notre Dame and Boston College from the 2013 NCAA field.

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“Lacrosse Magazine” November 2013 Issue Released Featuring “Gym Rats”, Toughest Laxers, Duke Men’s FO Specialist Brendan Fowler And North Carolina Women’s Goalie Megan Ward


Lacrosse Magazine November 2013 Issue

COVER STORY — Gym Rats
Detroit Mercy’s conditioning paid off in 2013, just as a Syracuse trio hopes it will for them in 2014. Plus, grueling team workouts and a group of officials who know how to go the distance.
By Clare Lochary, Corey McLaughlin and Mark Macyk
FEATURES
VIVE LA CROSSE
In a region where most sports fans could probably tell you the pros and cons of the Montreal Canadiens’ 116th overall draft pick, but don’t know what a long pole is, a lacrosse renaissance has begun.
By Daniel J. Rowe
THE MCCORD ACCORD
Coach Mindy McCord, assistant Paul McCord and star player Taylor McCord have made Jacksonville’s upstart women’s program a family affair.
By Laurel Pfahler
BULLDOGS ON THE BRINK
Yale was three minutes away from its first final four since 1990. Syracuse had other ideas. But this is no one-hit wonder. With a ton of talent back in 2014, the Bulldogs look like they’re here to stay.
By Gary Lambrecht
COLUMNS
From the Editor: Remember the Titans
His Space: A Game Unlike Any Other
Her Space: Finding a Workout Common Ground
DEPARTMENTS
Starters
Early fall-ball contests pitted the Iroquois against Syracuse, Northwestern against Notre Dame (in Cortney Fortunato’s debut) and Denver against Colorado (in the Buffs’ debut). See them in action.
The Scoop
Yet another lacrosse team has been sanctioned due to hazing, a pervasive problem in college athletics. Plus, a Q&A with U.S. Olympic bobsled hopeful Chris Langton.
Your Edge
NCAA championship heroes Megan Ward of North Carolina andBrendan Fowler of Duke drop knowledge on goalie positioning and faceoff maneuvering, respectively.
Give and Go
Hamilton Nationals defenseman Tucker Durkin has consumed enough hot sauce to fry his taste buds, but he can still savor the pregame excitement.

NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Travels To 2013 Navy Fall Invitational To Face North Carolina, Delaware, Syracuse & Boston College On Oct 12; Cardinal Then Play Team USA On Oct 13


Stanford Women's Lacrosse 2013 vs Team USA

It’s only fall and the Stanford lacrosse team has only trained together for a short time in preparation for a season that begins officially in February. But this weekend is significant for the Cardinal.
On Saturday, Stanford plays defending national champion North Carolina and NCAA semifinalist Syracuse, among other opponents, at the Navy Fall Invitational.
On Sunday, the Cardinal plays the U.S. national team in a game that will air nationally on ESPN3.com from the Stars & Stripes Tournament in Towson, Md.

Stanford Women's Lacrosse 2013 Navy Fall Invitational Schedule

The Navy tournament is a 15-team affair, and includes eight NCAA tournament teams from 2012. Stanford is among them.

The Cardinal opens against North Carolina (10:30 a.m. ET, 7:30 a.m. PT), and follows with games against Delaware (11:30 a.m. ET, 8:30 a.m. PT), Syracuse (2:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 a.m. PT), and Boston College (4:30 p.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. PT). Only Delaware did not reach the NCAA tournament last year. Also, games will be 45 minutes long.

“It’s a great opportunity for our freshmen to get in right away and start to understand the speed at which the game at our level is played at,” Bokker said. “Syracuse and UNC are known as two of the fastest teams in the country.

“Playing those four high-caliber games in one day gives us an opportunity to get better throughout the day and work on different things that we’ve been working on at practice.

“Definitely, we won’t be results focused. We’ll be working on things that we’ve been working on in practice and put them into place, and try them against opponents who are going hard and fast and compete at a high level.”

On Sunday, Stanford heads to Towson University. Stanford will be one of four 2013 NCAA tournament teams that will play the U.S. national team that weekend. The others are Navy, Georgetown, and Towson.

Stanford opens against Towson (9:30 a.m. ET, 6:30 a.m. PT) and concludes with the U.S. (11 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. PT). It will mark the second consecutive fall that Stanford has met the U.S. Last year, the U.S. team played at Stanford.

“It’s awesome for our players to put themselves against the best,” Bokker said. “Quite a few have aspirations of playing at that level. It’s good for them to see what it takes to get there. They’ll get a really good sense of the high level of play, and it can build a lot of confidence if you can make a play or score a goal a goal against the best players in the world. “

The connection between Stanford and the U.S. team is Bokker, who recently extended her duties as a U.S. assistant coach through the team’s 2017 World Cup run. She helped the U.S. to the 2013 World Cup title.

Bokker will be scrambling to some extent. Her priority for the weekend will be her duties for the U.S. team, which means she will be on the U.S. sideline when the national team plays Stanford.

The weekend will serve many purposes, including this one: “It’s important for our program to show that we’re willing to put ourselves up against the best,” Bokker said.

Plus, the exposure from ESPN certainly will help get the word out, particularly to the East Coast, that Stanford, winner of eight Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles in nine years, is a rising power in the sport.

Stanford will return home for its alumnae game (Oct. 19), and the Stanford Play Day, involving six schools in a series of short games on Oct. 26 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  The fall season concludes Nov. 1 with an intrasquad matchup (4 p.m.).

Stanford is coming off a 14-6 season that featured the program’s first NCAA tournament victory – an 8-7 triumph over Notre Dame. Stanford’s Rachel Ozer and Anna Kim are returning IWLCA All-Region players and were among six Cardinal named to the All-MPSF team.

So far, Bokker has been impressed with how the team’s five seniors –Kim, Ozer, Megan Lerner, Lyndsey Munoz, and Nina Swanson – have taken on leadership roles. Among the freshmen, Kelsey Murray and Elizabeth Cusick have been especially impressive.

“This will be a test to see how everyone fares, how they do against this high level,” Bokker said. “It will be really fun for us.”

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