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Lacrosse Profiles: Former Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse All-American LSM Rorke Denver Wrote “Damn Few: Making The Modern SEAL Warrior”; Former Head Of Basic And Advanced Navy SEAL Training

 Former Syracuse men’s lacrosse All-American and current Navy SEAL Lt. Commander Rorke Denver

Former Syracuse men’s lacrosse All-American and Navy SEAL Lt. Commander Rorke Denver was a long-stick midfielder at Syracuse. Denver received honorable mention All-America laurels as a senior in 1996. He was a member of the 1993 and 1995 Orange national championship teams and captained the squad his senior season.
Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs–the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow’s soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed.
Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees. He recounts his experience evolving from a young SEAL hopeful pushing his way through Hell Week, into a warrior engaging in dangerous stealth missions across the globe, and finally into a lieutenant commander directing the indoctrination, requalification programs, and the “Hero or Zero” missions his SEALs undertake.
From his own SEAL training and missions overseas, Denver details how the SEALs’ creative operations became front and center in America’s War on Terror-and how they are altering warfare everywhere. In fourteen years as a SEAL officer, Rorke Denver tangled with drug lords in Latin America, stood up to violent mobs in Liberia, and battled terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. Leading 200 commando missions, he earned the Bronze Star with V for valor. He has also served as flag aide to the admiral in charge and spent the past four years as executive officer of the Navy Special Warfare Center’s Advanced Training Command in Coronado, California, directing all phases of the basic and advanced training that prepare men for war in SEAL teams. He recently starred in the film Act of Valor. He is married and has two daughters.

Former Syracuse Men's Lacrosse LSM All-American Rorke Denver played from 1993-96.

Former Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse LSM All-American Rorke Denver played from 1993-96

NCAA Lacrosse: Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Adds Colorado Club Team Standout Sarah Lautman To Varsity Roster; Chemical & Biological Engineering Major Scored 32 Goals As A Two-Year Starter

Colorado Women's Lacrosse Adds Sarah Lautman to 2013 Roster

University of Colorado head lacrosse coach Ann Elliott has added former CU club lacrosse standout Sarah Lautman to her first roster, bringing its total to 23 student-athletes.
Lautman, a 5-2 midfielder from Reading, Mass. joins the Buffs after spending two seasons with the CU club team. She was a four-year letter-winner in three sports at Reading Memorial High School.

IN THE CLASSROOM: Lautman majors in chemical and biological engineering.

Colorado Women's LacrosseCOACH ELLIOTT ON LAUTMAN: “Our staff is very excited to have Sarah join our program. We have gotten the opportunity to get to know her over the last year when she was a member of the CU club lacrosse team. Sarah has proven she is very driven and committed to playing at the Division I Level. She has a great attitude and work ethic. Sarah has the ability and athleticism to play many different positions for us and will add more depth to our smaller roster.”

SOPHOMORE (2013 with CU CLUB LACROSSE): Lautman was a two-year starter with the CU club lacrosse team, scoring 32 goals. Her sophomore season, the Buffs finished the season with a 7-10 overall record.

FRESHMAN (2012 with CU CLUB LACROSSE): The Buffs recorded a 13-7 record, finishing second in the Rocky Mountain Women’s Lacrosse League and entering the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Tournament as the No. 5 seed.

For more: http://www.cubuffs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=659147&SPID=104095&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209266787&DB_OEM_ID=600

Legends Of Lacrosse: “The Chris Sanderson Project” Celebrates The Courageous And Inspirational Life Of The Former Virginia Men’s Lacrosse And Team Canada Goalie Who Lost His Battle With Brain Cancer In 2012 (Video)

Team Canada Goalie Chris Sanderson

Team Canada Goalie Chris Sanderson

Chris Sanderson was a lacrosse coach and member of the Canadian team defending their world championship.. Sanderson was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Wings in the National Lacrosse League from 2005 to 2007 season. Sanderson played for parts of five seasons as a goaltender.

Chris was a member of the Sanderson family of Orangeville, Ontario. He is the cousin of current NLL players Josh, Phil, and Nate, and was the nephew of both Wings GM Lindsay Sanderson and Calgary assistant coach Terry Sanderson.

Chris Sanderson, 36, a native of Orangeville, Canada who presently resides in Pennington, New Jersey with his wife and two daughters, was diagnosed with brain cancer in December 2008. But that has not stopped his plans to play in his 4th consecutive Lacrosse World Championships this summer. Follow his blog and learn about his training and preparation, hear about his health and treatment, and receive fundraising updates.  http://chrissanderson2010.blogspot.com/p/chris-story.html

Chris Sanderson, 36, a native of Orangeville, Canada who presently resides in Pennington, New Jersey with his wife and two daughters, was diagnosed with brain cancer in December 2008. But that has not stopped his plans to play in his 4th consecutive Lacrosse World Championships this summer. Follow his blog and learn about his training and preparation, hear about his health and treatment, and receive fundraising updates. http://chrissanderson2010.blogspot.com/p/chris-story.html

Sanderson led the University of Virginia Cavaliers to two NCAA Final Fours. He has played in four world championships with the Canadian National Team, and has coached the U-19 Canadian team to a world championship. He also teaches at the Pennington School in Pennington, NJ, and owns a lacrosse company and club team known as True North Lacrosse Company.[1]

He was originally diagnosed with a grade IV malignant brain tumor called Glioblastoma Multiforme in December, 2008. The 2006 ILF gold medalist fought back, miraculously representing Canada at the 2010 FIL World Championships in England, helping the Canadians to a silver medal.[2] Sanderson was named to the All-World Team at the goaltender position in the 2010 FIL WC.[3]

Sanderson lost his battle with brain cancer on June 28, 2012 at the age of 38.


Lacrosse Heroes: ESPN Video “Man In The Red Bandana” Memorializes The Heroic Efforts Of Former Boston College Lacrosse Player Welles R. Crowther In Leading People To Safety During Terrorist Attack On World Trade Center On Sept 11

Ten years later:  Remembering Welles R. Crowther, the man who led people to safety after terrorists struck the World Trade Center on September 11th  — a former Boston College lacrosse player whose trademark was a red bandana.

Welles R. Crowther Firefighter World Trade Center Hero Sept 11 2001

Man In Red Bandana Welles R. Crowther

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NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Freshman Attacker Kelsey Murray (New Trier HS, IL) Brings High-Scoring (72 Goals) And Academic Achievement (4.96 GPA) Resume To The Cardinal

Stanford Women's Lacrosse BannerKelsey Murray falls into the ahead-of-the-curve category. Going from a decorated high school career in Illinois to a promising college career on the West Coast at Stanford qualifies as much.

Stanford Women's Lacrosse Kelsey Murray 2013

Illinois standout Kelsey Murray is taking her talents to Stanford. Photo by © Scott McCall for Lacrosse Magazine

But her goals are familiar.

“I loved that the athletics were so important there. It’s definitely a big part of the culture,” Murray said. “You walk around and there are these banners that say ‘Home of Champions’ everywhere. It’s not something that’s necessarily on the side. It’s something that’s really important to them, and I like that aspect.”

Murray scored 72 goals in her senior season at New Trier (Ill.), where she already owned the school’s single-season and career scoring records as a junior. She was Lacrosse Magazine’s Midwest Player of the Year in 2012 and a US Lacrosse All-American this year.

Academically, Murray compiled a 32 ACT and possessed a 4.96 GPA on New Trier’s 4.0 scale.

By Corey McLaughlin

By Corey McLaughlin

Stanford returns all but two players from the team that won the MPSF title and a first-round NCAA tournament game, but Murray will compete for time with a group of 10 incoming freshmen.

“I’m going to go and work and play where they tell me to play,” she said.

For more: http://www.laxmagazine.com/genrel/2013_freshman_15s_college_freshman_lacrosse_players_to_watch

NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Freshman Zach Miller (Hill Academy, Ontario, Canada) Is The “Total Package”, A Left-Handed Swingman Who “Can Play Attack, Middie And Take A Few Faceoffs”

Denver Men's Lacrosse LogoDenver coach Bill Tierney speaks about the expectations for Zach Miller in simple terms: “You can bet when the starting lineup is announced, Zach Miller will be in it.”

Denver Men's Lacrosse Freshmand Attacker Zach Miller 2013

Zach Miller is the total package, said Denver coach Bill Tierney.
Photo by © John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com for Lacrosse Magazine

Miller is that special, the total package, Tierney said. The left-handed swingman could play attack, midfield and take a few faceoffs in his freshman year.

Miller is the latest product of the pipeline of future Division I stars developed at Brodie Merrill’s Hill Academy in Ontario, Canada. Merrill called Miller a complete player and a unique recruit. He played attack his freshman year, then was a two-way midfielder before returning to attack for his senior season. The Hill went 18-4 this season, with victories over power programs like Calvert Hall (Md.), Gonzaga (D.C.) and Landon (Md.).

“He was kind of something that we never had before,” Merrill said, “an X attackman who could control the play and really attack defensemen. He would either score unassisted goals, or draw a lot of attention and pick you apart with his feeding ability.”

By Corey McLaughlin

By Corey McLaughlin

Originally from Allegheny, N.Y., just outside Buffalo, Miller played for the 2012 Iroquois Nationals under-19 team. Credit Denver assistant Matt Brown for spotting and landing Miller.

Denver needs to replace the production of departed attackman Eric Law and midfielder Cam Flint, and could use help on faceoffs after stalwart Chase Carraro graduated.

Miller can help everywhere.

“He does everything,” Tierney said. “He can face off, he can play midfield, he can feed, he can finish on the inside, he can play attack, he can play behind, he can shoot. This kid has it all.”

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/genrel/2013_freshman_15s_college_freshman_lacrosse_players_to_watch

“Strong Of Heart” Video Profiles Life And Recovery Of Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Player Adam Sargent, Severely Injured After Car Accident In 1997

Strong Of Heart Profiles Of Notre Dame AthleticsWhen Adam Sargent arrived at the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 1993 from Brighton High School in Rochester, N.Y., he envisioned not only working with his teammates to achieve success on the lacrosse field but also looking forward to the day when he received his diploma in the shadows of the Golden Dome.

He could not have foreseen how this education would prepare him for the challenges ahead.

Sargent’s life was changed forever 13 years ago. At 8:30 on the morning of May 29, 1997, the 21-year-old senior, who had distinguished himself on a team that qualified for three straight appearances in the NCAA lacrosse tournament, was on his way to nearby Saint Mary’s College to take an exam when he was involved in a two-car accident at the intersection of Notre Dame Avenue and Angela Boulevard. The accident separated Sargent’s neck at the C-7 vertebrae and left him paralyzed from the chest down with somewhat limited use of his arms.

Sargent’s focus soon changed from winning games to learning how to live again.  He not only graduated from Notre Dame with a double major in history and anthropology in 1999, but also matriculated to become a valued member of the University’s Academic Services for Student-Athletes, counseling members of the football, ice hockey and women’s golf teams.

NCAA Lacrosse Profiles: Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Senior Defenseman Jason Gonos (Video)

Harvard Men's Lacrosse BannerJason Gonos reflects as his career as a member of the Harvard men’s lacrosse team and tells how challenges from Chris Wojcik ’96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse, helped to get the best out of the team this year.

Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws Attacker Chris Bocklet Is A First-Time MLL All-Star In His Second Season; Leads League With 33 Goals

Denver Outlaws Attacker Chris Bocklet MLL All Star

In only his second year out of the University of Virginia, Denver Outlaws attackman Chris Bocklet has made his presence known throughout Major League Lacrosse. Chris has emerged as the perfect complement to perennial All-Star attackman Brendan Mundorf and the host of other offensively minded All-Stars on the Denver Squad. The attackman was strong from his 2012 MLL debut, scoring ten goals in his first three games, finishing off his rookie campaign with 17 goals and three assists in seven games.
Bocklet has added to the success of last season, improving all areas of his game; he now leads the league in goals with 33 and is second only to Paul Rabil with 42 points, an incredible feat for a second year player. Chris attributes his rise in production to his routine this offseason and the pressure he put on himself to get even better, “I kinda put a lot of pressure on myself, because I really wanted to play for the Outlaws. I enjoyed it and got a taste of it last year, playing in some games at the end of the season, and how fun it is, so I took the offseason as a time to get ready and prepare myself so that when the season came around I was confident in my stick and confident that I would play and be a starter for the Outlaws.”
When asked about what the selection meant to him, the second year attackman said, “First of all it’s an amazing honor to be selected. There are so many great players on every single team in this league, so it’s just an amazing honor to be selected as an All-Star. I just want to represent the Outlaws in the game, and I’m excited for it. It should be fun. I grew up watching it; it’s always been entertaining and I’m always looking forward to it every year, so I’m definitely excited to be a part of it now.”
Bocklet’s successes on the offensive end are a large reason his Outlaws have been of fire. Denver leads the league in goals for with 17.2 a game, an impressive 4.2 more than Boston, the next highest team. Not only are they scoring, they are scoring efficiently, leading the league in shooting percentage, converting on .358 of their shots—once again, good for the league lead. The incredible offense, lead by a plethora of All-Stars, coupled with stellar defensive play, anchored by the brick wall they call Jesse Schwartzman, has led to an impressive team record—the ’13 Outlaws now hold the best record to start a season, 10-0, surpassing the ’05 Baltimore Bayhawks for the best ever.

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Lacrosse Profiles: Highlands Boys Lacrosse Founder And Head Coach Mary Mattia Receives Texas High School Lacrosse League San Antonio District 2013 Person Of The Year Award (Video)

Mary Mattia Highlands LacrosseWatch the incredible story of how the Highlands High School lacrosse team in San Antonio, Texas came to be.

A lifelong lover of the sport, 2011 Corps Member Mary Mattia was curious if students would be interested in playing. She asked one student, who said yes, and that list quickly grew to 22 names. The rest is history.

Highlands High School Boys Lacrosse Team

Highlands High School Boys Lacrosse Team