Tag Archives: Northern California

Northern California Lacrosse: Matt Ogelsby’s “All West Lacrosse” CampsTeach “Respect, Attitude And Effort” (Video)

Coach Matt Ogelsby talks about  All West Lacrosse.

Northern California High School Lacrosse: Monte Vista Boys Lacrosse Defeats De LaSalle 10-7 On May 27 To Win CIF-North Coast Section Div I Lacrosse Championship (Video)

California High School Lacrosse: Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse Names 2011 High School Boy’s Lacrosse All-Americans


Eleven Bay Area high school lacrosse players have been named as US Lacrosse High School All-Americans.  Players, who are nominated by their coaches and supported by their respective leagues, were voted on by a committee of Northern California lacrosse coaches and league representatives that included for the first time one representative from each League in Northern California and the NCJLA.

The following local players were named to the team (players listed in alphabetical order):


  • Jack Bodine, SR, Attack, St. Ignatius College Prep

  • Bobby Gray, SR, Attack, St. Ignatius College Prep

  • Jarrett Hassfeld, SR, Midfield, Monte Vista High School

  • Casey Hock, SR, Attack, Monte Vista High School

  • Connor Hunt, SR, Defense, De La Salle High School

  • Jordan Latendresse, SR, Defense, San Ramon Valley High School

  • JW McGovern, JR, Attack, St. Ignatius College Prep

  • Carson Mead, SR, Defense, Miramonte High School

  • Logan Rooney, SR, Midfield, South Valley Chiefs Lacrosse Club

  • Michael Tagliaferri, JR, Midfield, San Ramon Valley High School

  • patrick Worstell, JR, Midfield, San Ramon Valley High School

“We are extremely proud of our 2011 All Americans,” said Carlos Trujillo, Nor-Cal Chairman for USLacrosse Secondary School Division. “They are outstanding young men on and off the lacrosse field and represent the best of Bay Area lacrosse.  Their talents on the field further display the continued growth of the sport of lacrosse in our region. These young men earned the respect of their teammates, opponents and coaches.  Many of these players have Division I college commitments from schools like Syracuse, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Navy and we wish them well in their college careers.   We are equally proud of our Academic All American’s who represent the best and brightest in their respective classrooms.”

Also receiving awards were the following players and coaches:


  • Gabe Beaudoin, SR, Goaltender, Marin Academy

  • Jaime Goldfield, SR, LSM, Santa Rosa LC

  • Ryan Le, SR, Midfield, Bellarmine College Prep

  • Elliot Plant, SR, Midfield, Marin Academy


Blake Kim, Sacred Heart Prep


Chris Dean, Marin Academy


Todd French, San Ramon Valley High School

US Lacrosse will make their official announcement in early July.

Northern California High School Lacrosse: Menlo School Girls Lacrosse (9-4) Loses Wild Double-Overtime Game 17-16 To Rival St. Ignatius On April 12

The Menlo School girls’ lacrosse team jumped out to a 4-0 lead, gave up nine straight goals, battled its way into double overtime but still dropped a 17-16 nonleague decision to visiting St. Ignatius on Tuesday.

The loss marked the 12th straight year that Menlo coach Jen Lee has lost to the Wildcats. “Menlo came closer than ever, really and truly, to earn a regulation win against its local and legitimate nemesis — St. Ignatius,” Lee said.

Menlo School sophomore Ali Kim (center, white) fires in one of her four first-half goals during the Knights 17-16 double-overtime loss to St. Ignatius on Tuesday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Menlo (9-4) jumped out to a 4-0 lead on four straight goals by sophomore middie Ali Kim. The Wildcats, however, then scored nine unanswered goals to grab a 9-5 halftime lead. Menlo trailed by 11-5 with 18:07 left to play before launching a comeback with six straight goals in the span of 8:28 to tie SI at 11 with 8:03 left to play.

Menlo took a 13-12 lead on goals by Kacie Madeira and Michaela Michael, but SI forced overtime with a goal with just 14 seconds left. After SI took a 16-15 lead in the first overtime, Menlo’s Savannah McKinnon raced up the middle, was fouled and passed to junior Sophie Sheeline, who scored to make it 16-16 with just 10 seconds left to play. After taking a break before the second “sudden-victory” overtime, SI finally scored to end the marathon match.

For more:  http://www.almanacnews.com/news/show_story.php?id=8679

Northern California High School Lacrosse: St. Ignatius Prep Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Chris Packard Interviewed By LaxPower

After serving seven years as assistant coach for the nationally renowned Saint Ignatius Prep (CA) boys’ lacrosse team, Chris Packard had some big shoes to

St. Ignatius Prep Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Chris Packard

fill when he accepted the head coaching position in late 2008.

Since ‘09, Packard has led the Wildcats to a 45-5 overall record and most recently the inaugural WCAL title in ‘10. Packard recently spoke with LaxPower’s Adam Warner:

Talk about your background and how you eventually came to be the head coach at St. Ignatius Prep.
“I grew up on Long Island playing lacrosse and then went to Ithaca (NY) and played at Cornell under Richie Moran and Dave Pietramala. They were really influential on me in terms of giving back to the game. I eventually moved to California, ended up in San Francisco and got recruited by members of the Saint Ignatius alumni, and the position of assistant coach sounded like a fun idea to me. But when [former head coach] Greg Angilly left, things changed a bit. Everything pointed to me and I leapt into it.”

The program has a great tradition of success and only has posted eight total losses since ‘06. What’s the key in your mind to sustaining success over time and not just one season?
“It’s a lot of things. While we’ve been fortunate to have so many talented players over the years, we also haven’t changed our offensive or defensive philosophy since I arrived. It’s the same set defense and offense since I got here in ’02. I learned it at Cornell and adapted it as the game changed. So the freshmen learn it and play it for four years. We harp on being a fundamentally sound team and it’s been successful. The kids know that whether we are up 10 or down 10, we play the exact same way.”

Your program routinely features one of the toughest schedules overall for a West Coast team. How do you think Saint Ignatius Prep would stack up against some of the nation’s top programs in more traditional areas, such as Haverford School, McDonogh or Manhasset?
“I certainly think we could go toe-to-toe with some of those teams, but we’re probably a few steps behind in that our depth would be an issue. It will take some time, but the competition around is getting much better. Those squads are still a bit more skilled than we are, and the depth could end up wearing us down late in the game. But I would welcome playing any teams of that caliber. It would be a great experience.”

Talk about the differences in recruiting on the West Coast. Do you think it’s harder to garner attention in a non-traditional lacrosse region?
“We are blessed with an amazing community and school, and all of the guys we have sent to Division I programs have proven to the coaches that they are good players and good people. Overall, it’s not as difficult as one might think. When I get on the phone with a coach, I’ll tell him all about a kid’s character and background. It’s an easy sell when you know the player, his family and how much work he puts in on the field and in the classroom. We have sent many well-rounded kids to great colleges, and I think it has actually made the recruiting process a lot easier for us.”

How has high school lacrosse in California changed over the past 5-10 years? What’s in store for the future?
“I think we plateaued the last couple of years and now we’re on another upswing. You’ve got more people who are educated about the game – from a coaching and referee standpoint – and that allows youth leagues to flourish. Once you get an athletic kid with the proper skillset who understands the game, it’s easy to teach them how to develop their game as they get older.”

You lost some quality players to graduation last year, but still return a talented team in ’11 that includes the likes of Bobby Gray and Johno Gibbons. What’s the biggest difference between the two teams?
“The 2011 team doesn’t quite have the fanfare of last season’s team. They understand other teams are getting better, so they can’t rely on just one guy, they have to rely on the nucleus of the team. There’s a distinct difference about this group. They know that 30 guys have to be on point to be successful. We have firepower, but the kids realize that it’s 10 on the field and 20 on the bench.”

For more:  http://www.laxpower.com/laxnews/news.php?story=23078&page=2

Northern California High School Lacrosse: Menlo School Girls Lacrosse Defeated Palo Alto 9-8 On March 16

It was only a nonleague clash between two quality girls lacrosse teams, but Menlo School-Atherton and host Palo Alto played like it was the championship of the Peninsula. The Knights edged the Vikings 9-8 in a taut contest on Wednesday.

“It was a battle from the beginning,” Menlo coach Jen Lee said. Sophomore middie defender Nina Kelty fired one in to put Paly on the board first in the opening 44 seconds. Sixteen seconds later, Menlo center Michaela Michael, a sophomore, answered with a goal on a feed from junior middie attacker Elyse Adler.

Up 3-1 with 17:29 to play in the first half, Paly tied it 3-all with unassisted goals from Kelty and senior Emily Benatar. Menlo added a goal from junior middie attacker Sophie Sheeline on a free position shot, then again off a give-and-go sequence from sophomore attacker Brooke Bullington to sophomore middie Ali Kim. With 2:26 to go before the half, Kimmie Flather put in her first of three goals to finish the first half with Menlo leading 5-4. Following the halftime break, the fast pace continued with Paly challenging again in the opening minutes, tying the game again at 5-all. The lead shifted in Paly’s direction when they scored their sixth goal with 12:13 to play. Menlo answered one minute, 10 seconds later for 6-all. This time, the free-position shot was executed by Kim. Menlo went up 7-6, then Paly tied it 7-all.

For more:  http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_17633459?nclick_check=1

Northern California High School Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of San Ramon Valley Boys Lacrosse 11-10 Double Overtime Victory Over St. Ignatius On March 5

San Ramon Valley High School and St Ignatius Prep square off at St Ignatius in San Francisco, CA in this elite high school match up on March 5, 2011.

San Ramon wins 11-10 in double overtime.