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NCAA Lacrosse Recruiting: Interview With Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Freshman Attacker Brendan Gaughan (La Costa Canyon, CA)


Next up for the Class One Q&A is Brendan Gaughan of Carlsbad, Calif., who discusses knowing teammate Andrew Hayden, the welcoming nature of the team and choosing to attend Michigan.

On knowing teammate Andrew Hayden from high school (La Costa Canyon in Carlsbad, Calif.)… “Knowing someone from a school who is on the same team and just having a familiar face eases the whole process. He is most definitely a

Brendan Gaughan

role model to me, not only on the lacrosse field, but in general. On and off the field he is a great friend and a great person all around.”

On fitting into Coach Danehy’s new offense when the season starts … “I’m definitely not going to take anything for granted. Everyone is fighting for a spot here, lefties, righties, and even players from the X position. No matter what, Coach Danehy is going to start the people that deserve to start. I’m not saying that it is going to be anyone in particular. Everyone is fighting for a spot. I trust in Coach Danehy to put the best people on the field.”

On participating in the Under Armour All-American game… “It was a huge honor to play in the game. But I’m also not going to take that for granted. There are a lot of people in San Diego and California in general that deserved that spot just as much as I did. It was a very humbling experience when I was chosen for this game out of all the West Coast. The game was pretty fun, and then we got cool gear, but sharing the experience with other kids who are going DI was the best. We started new friendships, got phone numbers, and still keep in touch. Meeting everyone around me was a pretty cool experience.”

On being on the cover of Lacrosse Magazine… “Well to tell you the truth I was not expecting that. Lacrosse Magazine just mentioned that they wanted to take a couple of photos of my friend (Kiki Gibson). We had no clue it was going to be on the cover whatsoever. We thought we’d have a good time with it, and the picture that was chosen was chosen.”

On being part of Class One… “I feel like it’s a huge honor. I’ll speak for every other freshman that is coming to Michigan. We are all really excited to help create a new team brand and legacy. The guys already on the team have done outstanding jobs preparing this team for us to join. We learn from them. They are our role models, and they are great leaders as well. We look up to them, most definitely.”

On what drew him to Michigan… “The academics are second to none, one of the top 10 schools in the nation, if not top five. Ann Arbor is so lively and so happy. You walk across the street and glance at someone and they smile and wave back at you. Back in San Diego, that doesn’t happen, and I love the welcoming presence here. The athletics are unbelievable, that is the only word I can use to describe it. The support system is unlike any other school in the nation. I am really happy that I chose the University of Michigan.”

For more: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-lacros/spec-rel/092512aab.html

NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Middie Hannah Farr Profiled In Lacrosse Magazine


Hannah Farr is the first athlete in Stanford history to play both soccer and lacrosse. In 2012, she started every lacrosse game as a freshman, scored 20 goals and was a first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation player. On the soccer team, Farr was a reserve midfielder who played in six games in 2011 for the NCAA champion Cardinal.

Cardinal sophomore midfielder Hannah Farr has played in each of Stanford’s seven women’s soccer games this fall. She will return to the lacrosse team in the spring. “I only focus on one season at a time, so I have never felt overwhelmed,” Farr said. Photo by Gani Pinero

When Stanford women’s lacrosse player Hannah Farr goes after ground balls, you can tell she plays soccer too. She’s a small, shifty midfielder who appreciates the value of unsettled opportunities.

“In soccer, 50-50 balls are everything. Whoever wins the disputed balls usually controls more possession and in general, has more control of the game.” Farr said. “One of my strengths in lacrosse is winning 50-50 ground balls and just being scrappy.”

This fall, Stanford is 6-1-1 heading into its Pac-12 opener on Sunday against Arizona State. Farr has played in all seven games thus far as a reserve, registering one point.

“I really love switching back and forth from one sport to the other, because it keeps things fresh and exciting,” she said. “I’ve done it my whole life and play both to make me better.”

Farr started playing soccer as a young girl growing up in Northern California and picked up lacrosse in fifth grade. Her early lacrosse instruction came from her older brother Jack during mini-stick games they played in the backyard of their Bay Area home.

“We have a perfectly placed and surprisingly cushiony bed of ivy along the grass that I remember getting decked into countless times,” she said.

At St. Ignatius (Calif.) Prep, Farr rose through ranks in soccer and lacrosse and became a legitimate NCAA Division I prospect in both sports. Soccer commitments sometimes meant missing lacrosse games, and lacrosse kept her from participating in the Olympic Development Program in soccer, usually a key step for players with college ambitions.

But Stanford lacrosse coach Amy Bokker, who played lacrosse and field hockey at William & Mary, saw in Farr a rare quality to juggle two sports at the highest level.

“Students always ask if they can do two. It depends on the person,” Bokker said. “When I met Hannah, there wasn’t a doubt in my mind that she’d be able to succeed at both.”

Stanford women’s soccer coach Paul Ratcliffe also agreed to let Farr double down. It did not hurt that she had a 4.3 grade point average in high school. Though undeclared in her major, Farr is interested in economics, Spanish and a future profession in sports reporting. She has the highest GPA among Cardinal lacrosse players.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_women/DI/2012-13/news/092012_double_down_farr_plays_lacrosse_and_soccer_at_stanford

Lacrosse Profiles: Former Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Defenseman And “Comedian” Pat Stansik Creates Music Video That Goes “Viral” (Video)


Former Michigan club lacrosse player Pat Stansik’s hilarious “I Love You Denard” music video went viral last week— it was the talk of the college football landscape.

Stansik, a 2011 Michigan alum who played on the Wolverines’ club team after transferring from Bucknell, where he played two seasons, said he had a “crazy” week that included a story in USA Today and interview on ESPNU. Lacrosse Magazine also caught up with him.

Ann Arbor comedian Pat Stansik‘s new music video for his song “I Love You Denard”—a funny pop-folk hymn to the University of Michigan’s amazing starting quarterback—is already drawing plenty of views on YouTube. And last night, he was interviewed on “UNITE,” a new late-night entertainment show on ESPNU, the cable giant’s channel focusing specifically on college sports.

NCAA Lacrosse: Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Freshman Kyle Jackson Is First Canadian To Play For Team In Twenty Years


NCAA Lacrosse: Cornell Men’s Lacrosse Co-Captain And Sr. Middie Jack Dudley (Baltimore, MD) Talks About 2011 Season (Video)


A conversation with Cornell men’s lacrosse co-captain Jack Dudley ’11. Dudley talks about his team’s victory over Syracuse, the upcoming Ivy League finale at home against Princeton, the 21 Run, and a potential return to the Final Four.

NCAA Lacrosse Profile: Cornell Men’s Lacrosse Middie Roy Lang (Jr., St. Ignatius Prep, CA) Has Stepped Up To Lead The “Big Red” Midfield


One of the prize jewels of Cornell’s recruiting class, Roy Lang was a 2008 Under Armor All-American and the heir apparent to assume some of the offensive load from graduating senior midfielders Max Seibald, John Glynn and Rocco Romero.

It has not always looked pretty, but Cornell midfielder Roy Lang has emerged as the Big Red's latest end-to-end threat on the lacrosse field.

But to Matt Restaino, Lang’s game didn’t bring back memories of a Matt Striebel, A.J. Haugen or Paul Rabil. Sure, the California southpaw was big, athletic and Seabiscuit-like the way he could swallow swaths of turf with just a couple long galloping strides. But Lang’s side-armed slingshot and herky-jerky, upright motions differed from the way elite midfielders generally dangle their sticks.

“To be honest, it took a good week to admit to myself that his style of play was going to make an impact,” Restaino recalled with a laugh.

Now, the two are close friends, and any doubts about Lang’s game translating have long since been erased. If any question remains about the junior, it’s only to wonder he good he will be, and whether he’s ready to play lead dog for the Big Red midfield.

Lang’s unorthodox style can be traced in part to a lacrosse path that didn’t follow the traditional routes up I-95 or across I-90. A Mill Valley, Calif., native, Lang picked up the game early at the encouragement of his father, who played at Princeton. By his senior year of high school, Lang helped cement St. Ignatius’ legacy as a national power and flagship for Northern California high school lacrosse.

Playing in an emerging hotbed influenced Lang’s game. While quality lacrosse has arrived in the Golden State, Lang admitted his physical tools too often allowed him to run through double teams instead of having to learn read and react to them.

Whatever he lacked in seasoning as a Cornell freshman in 2009, Lang more than made up for with toughness and moxie between the stripes. Like San Diego native Spencer Wright, who proved to the Syracuse faithful more than a decade ago that you didn’t have to be indoctrinated at Shove Park to play the game well, Lang quickly carved out a role playing defensive midfield, with some spot duty on extra man.

As solid as Lang’s freshman campaign was (nine goals, two assists, 35 ground balls), it will probably be unfairly remembered for its last five and a half minutes. They came in the NCAA championship game against Syracuse. Lang caught the ball at the top of the box, ran right through a Joel White check and fired a sidearm scorcher from 12 yards out to put Cornell up 9-6. Lang’s late-game heroics, however, were overshadowed when he tipped a Matt Abbottt desperation pass to Syracuse attackman Kenny Nims with just four seconds remaining in regulation. Nims scored on the doorstep to send the game to overtime, and the Orange eventually won the game 10-9.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/DI/2010-11/news/030911_roy_lang_is_cornell_lacrosse_anti_lax_bro_from_california

Lacrosse Magazine Profile: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Defenseman Brendan DeBlois Returns To Form In 2011 After Serious Accident In 2010


Throwing checks sometimes hurts, DeBlois said, but he can handle that with some extra tape on his wrist. In general, he has a new perspective on the season and his career and life after being in accident that he said could have left him off a whole lot worse. He wasn’t wearing a helmet, but had no head injury. Tierney said he doesn’t remember seeing any blood at the scene.

Denver defenseman Brendan DeBlois, still nursing the effects of a February 2010 accident in which he was struck by a car while riding his bike, plays close defense Sunday against Tom Palasek of Syracuse. Bill Tierney hopes to bump DeBlois up to long-stick middie by the end of the season. Photo by Tommy Gilligan

Three days before the Denver men’s lacrosse teams season opener at Syracuse last season and the day before the team traveled east, Brendan DeBlois, then the Pioneers’ top long stick midfielder, embarked on what usually was a five-minute bicycle ride to an 8 a.m. class.

The car hit and fractured DeBlois’ right ankle. The accident also left him with a separated right shoulder, fractured shoulder blade and broken left wrist. DeBlois momentarily rose after landing in the street, saw traffic stopped, and went back down when he felt pain.

Police and EMTs arrived as DeBlois said he was about to pass out on the chilly pavement. It was February in Denver. First-year coach Bill Tierney, driving to the lacrosse offices when he got a call from assistant Matt Brown about the accident, arrived on scene a few minutes later to see DeBlois buckled onto a stretcher. One witness said DeBlois had flown 15 feet in the air upon impact. He had enough time to comprehend what was happening.

“It was very difficult for him,” Tierney said. “You’re in a wheelchair, your wrist is broken, your ankle is broken and your shoulder hurts. It’s difficult getting around, even in a wheelchair. The saddest part for me was when we left for our next away game against Notre Dame. He came to the bus, and you just felt so bad. It was really tough.”

DeBlois didn’t play as the Pioneers won the ECAC and qualified for the NCAA tournament. Instead, he underwent rehab with the athletic training staff.

But after missing last spring and also this past fall because of the injuries, finally DeBlois was on the field Sunday for Denver. At the Carrier Dome. Facing Syracuse. How about those circumstances? Tierney’s decision to schedule the best to open both seasons had unintended redemptive qualities for DeBlois’ story.

Sunday was just like the opener was supposed to be last year, except now DeBlois started at close defense, not long stick. Tierney said DeBlois’ body will take less of a pounding at that position, important since DeBlois still feels pain where he was injured.

DeBlois, still with junior eligibility, said he spends time in the training room “pretty much every day,” icing, stretching or doing balance and weight exercises to eventually feel 100 percent physically. He doesn’t feel that way now. He underwent a second surgery on the ankle about nine weeks ago to remove bone chips. That relieved some pain.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/blogs/mclaughlin/022211_tuesdays_with_corey_denver_lacrosse_defenseman_brendan_deblois_takes_nothing_for_granted