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MCLA College Men’s Lacrosse: Loyola Marymount (LMU) Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Craig And Scott Hochstadt Are Building A Program To Compete With The Best In 2011

“I know I’d rather have a great experience at a high level in Division I of the MCLA than the 28th best player on an NCAA DI team. Of course it’s nice to say you played DI lacrosse and was recruited by a DI lacrosse team, but at the end of the day you’re still having to practice in the snow and fight for that roster spot.

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) lacrosse hired brothers Craig and Scott Hochstadt, Michael Gvozden and Peter Dante to take over the coaching duties.

Each coach brings four years of varsity NCAA DI lacrosse experience to the table coming from the University of Maryland (the Hochstadts), John Hopkins University (Gvozen) and Hofstra University (Dante).

“When you grow up playing any sport for as long as you can remember it’s built into who you are,” Craig Hochstadt, LMU’s head coach, said. “Out east, we started playing as soon as we could walk. It’s second nature. It develops a certain level of expectations for a lacrosse player and program.

“Out here, you sometimes need to take a step back and realize they may not have been playing lacrosse as long as you have or haven’t been playing forever. It’s not necessarily second nature out here. So you need to change those expectations you’ve developed.”

“The opportunity was perfect timing for Scott and me,” Hochstadt said. “The school is 5-10 minutes from our house in Manhattan Beach and building a lacrosse powerhouse in our backyard was extremely interesting. We know a lot of alumni and we love the school. We met with the kids and the excitement was mutual.”

Hochstadt is already starting to understand what drives his team and has identified what type of player he wants.

“We, of course, want great lacrosse players but I’m looking for great academic athletes,” Hochstadt said.

“Playing in the MCLA should as good as playing for a Top-25 DI team.”

Excitement at LMU has already fueled strong work ethic and determination.

“The quality of character on this team was a good surprise,” Hochstadt said. “I’m realizing more and more that education is the first priority – their education is their top priority but at the same time, they’re looking for a great college lacrosse experience.

“We don’t have the three/three and a half hour practices like we did at DI. They didn’t sign up for DI and they didn’t sign up for a job. We don’t make them puke but we go out for the time that we have and we work hard. We want to have that nice balance between working hard and winning.

“We’d like to make a splash and improve on last year’s season.”

Date Opponent Result
2/12 SAN DIEGO STATE 2:00 pm
2/18 BRIGHAM YOUNG 3:00 pm
2/20 SANTA CLARA 2:00 pm
2/26 at USC 2:00 pm
3/02 MICHIGAN 3:00 pm
3/06 OREGON STATE 1:00 pm
3/15 TEXAS STATE 4:30 pm
3/20 CHAPMAN 1:00 pm
3/23 ILLINOIS 4:30 pm
3/26 at Claremont 1:00 pm
4/02 UC SANTA BARBARA 2:00 pm
4/17 at UCLA 5:00 pm
4/21 SAN DIEGO 2:00 pm

For more:  http://www.collegelax.us/news/2010/12/30/exciting-era-begins-at-lmu/

LXM PRO Tour Events Will Brand “Lacrosse” As Mainstream Sport Providing Professional Lacrosse Players With National Exposure

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“We’ve created this model that will re-brand the professional lacrosse player and the professional lacrosse sport,” said Scott Hochstadt (third from right), one of the organizers of the event and a former Maryland player. “We’re going to give the players more mainstream PR and make them more of an X-Game athlete than an NBA player or even an MLL player.”

The professional lacrosse model up to this point has been a familiar one. Find investors to develop franchises branded to their respective cities, bring in the talent to field a winner and put butts in the seat. It’s a paradigm used by just about every North American team sport.

For the most part, it has worked. While the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse have dealt with labor dilemmas and expansion/contraction issues during their evolution, the NLL (indoor) is entering its 23rd season while the MLL will celebrate its 10th season in 2010.

LXMPro Ad2On Nov. 21, however, a new professional lacrosse prototype will be introduced when LXM PRO holds its first event, dubbed LXM 949 (coinciding with Orange County’s area code), in Southern California. It will consist of a professional “All-Star Showcase” sandwiched between a casting call for an upcoming lacrosse movie, a clinic by Kyle Harrison and Team STX and an MCLA exhibition between Chapman and UC Santa Barbara and capped off by a live concert featuring The Cab, Qwes and Akon.


9 AM – Sports Studio Casting 
Athletic Actors are encouraged to tryout for roles in future Hollywood productions. Lace up for a spot in the upcoming lacrosse feature film, Crooked Arrows.  Interested applicants must register at http://bit.ly/CastingCallLXM to secure a spot.
1 PM – Pre-Game Clinics
Kyle Harrison & Team STX conduct a special clinic. Learn the game from the best in the world!
2 PM – MCLA College Lacrosse 
Watch MCLA national powerhouse Chapman Univ. match up against UC Santa Barbara.
5 PM – LXM Professional Showcase Game
40 of the best players in the world compete in an All-Star game.
7 PM – Live Concert
602 N Flower Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703

The competition featuring professional lacrosse players is part of an overall experience, as opposed to the main focus of the event.

“We’ve created this model that will re-brand the professional lacrosse player and the professional lacrosse sport,” said Scott Hochstadt, one of the organizers of the event and a former Maryland player. “We’re going to give the players more mainstream PR and make them more of an X-Game athlete than an NBA player or even an MLL player.”

As opposed to the MLL pattern and its traditional focus on the team, the LXM tour will be a traveling festival that aims for success through the name recognition of participating professional players as opposed to fan allegiance to a particular franchise.

Hochstadt believes that while popular, professional lacrosse is still a niche sport, demonstrated by the fact four franchises formerly located in California – the MLL’s L.A. Riptide and San Francisco Dragons and the NLL’s Anaheim Storm and San Jose Stealth – were unable to establish a loyal following. They ended up moving or folding.

“But if those teams came out once a year, it would be a different story,” said Hochstadt. “You’d have everyone coming out to see the event. That’s kind of what we’re creating here.”

That’s where the X-Games example comes in. The LXM tour will visit certain venues — similar events are planned in Austin, Texas, Portland, Ore., Columbus, Ohio and St. Louis, although dates have not been set — once a year and put on big show featuring professional lacrosse. Instead of highlighting a schedule of home and away dates, there will be just one huge home event each year.

Attempting to drive a team sport through its individual players is a new concept, but LXM has rounded up some of the biggest names for its first go. All three Powell brothers, Scott Urick, Kyle Harrison and Trevor Tierney will be in Los Angeles in hopes of drawing lacrosse savvy fans in the area.

While the LXM founders believe their event is a good fit for professional lacrosse players — “They aren’t making a ton of money, so they’d rather train for one of these events, kind of like a marathon,” said Hochstadt — they are going out of their way not to compete directly with the other pro leagues, especially the MLL.

None of the LXM events will be held during the traditional MLL season, which runs from late May to August, and none will be held in cities currently featuring an MLL franchise.

The players participating in Los Angeles either did not play in the MLL this past season, such as the Powell brothers, or were left unprotected for the MLL supplemental draft on Dec. 9. Those players on teams’ protected rosters are not eligible to play in L.A.

After Feb. 28, 2010, when MLL contracts expire from the ’09 season, all professional players will be eligible for LXM PRO events up until the start of the regular season.

MLL representatives were unavailable for comment.

Hochstadt and the LXM PRO organizers have set relatively modest attendance goals for Nov. 21. For the events leading up to evening concert, the quest is for 4,000-6,000 paying fans, which is reasonable considering the MLL averaged 5,500 fans per game in ’09. The musical portion of the festival is expected to draw another thousand fans or so, according to Hochstadt.

Hochstadt himself has become a bit of a Hollywood lacrosse icon. He worked as a technical coordinator to authenticate the lacrosse scenes in the new “90210” and has gotten face time from People Magazine with girlfriend and “The Hills” cast member Lo Bosworth.

The success of LXM 949 will be an intriguing case study about the viability of this new pro lacrosse business model. Not only are the organizers eschewing the traditional vehicle for delivering the sport and attempting a different, player-centric marketing campaign, but they’ll do it in the teeth of a relatively daunting economic climate.

If the event meets or exceeds expectations, it could force a reappraisal, if not an overhaul, of the accepted pro lacrosse format. Until the numbers come back from L.A., Hochstadt is putting a low-key spin on the LXM PRO festival.

“It’s about the professional players and it’s about building up the professional lacrosse player in the sports entertainment world,” he said. “We’re bringing some good lacrosse to the area and we hope to have a good turnout.”


“90210” Lacrosse Update: New Episodes Coming…


So we’ve been pushing the new 90210 recently, not only because our boy Scott Hochstadt (see above) is the main man producing the lax scenes for the new CW show, but also because it’s the only place right now that you can watch lacrosse in TV or film (and Samuel L. Jackson’s new movie does NOT cut it). Oh, and the scenes are very realistic and pretty slick.

We got the word that there’s going to be some new lax storylines on 90210this week’s episode (No. 11 on the season, if you’re counting), featuring Tristan Wilds‘ character Dixon (see above shot), so head over to the CW on Tuesday night at 8 pm to check it out.

An update (11/17 — 5:55 PM): Got in touch with Adrenaline’s Justin Smith, who’s informed me that all the players in the upcoming episode will be wearing the iconic Adrenaline socks. They hope to get more equipment in the show in the future….

Check back for more on Wednesday morning…


Scott Hochstadt Interview On “90210” Lacrosse Scenes And Other Lacrosse Movie Projects

 “…There are a couple of lacrosse movies being filmed in the next couple of months. We have an entertainment group and we’re working on that movie. We also shot a pilot in June or July and Xander Ritz [doubled] as the star in the pilot. One of the guys who was cut from the lacrosse team in 90210 is playing the lead…”


But, after not seeing lacrosse on the show for a couple of weeks, we started to get concerned that it might have been a one-shot deal. Then Hochstadt sent us this photo (above) and we asked him to fill us in on all the details…

IL: You’ve got two weeks of shooting under your belt now, but you hadn’t done much with the show since the first two episodes (they’ve just aired the 8th one). How far in advance to you get notice for these shoots?
SH: It’s weird. They don’t tell me an exact time in advance. They called me this time the week before, but they didn’t tell me the exact time when we were shooting. Then they finally did and I had to staff 20-25 players and stunt doubles in like 24 hours. It’s crazy.

IL: So how do you get all these guys together? Who did you use this time?
SH: Well we have a lot of Starz program alumni playing at local programs like Chapman, Loyola Marymount and Cal State-Fullerton. We use them for the action scenes and the pro guys as stunt doubles for the main characters.

It was pretty cool this time, we had a bunch of diving around the world shots for game winners and the cast and crew were pretty impressed.

Jimmy Burrell’s a little more active this time as a double for Dustin Milligan’s character, Ethan. And Xander Ritz has a bit to do with it as well. There’s an African-American kid who’s been in the Starz Program and has been playing for a year, Johnny McDonald, who jumped in as Tristan Wilds’ character. And we had Michael Watson and former Maryland goalie Danny McCormick.

IL: Do you ever step in and suit up?
SH: We were really close to being understaffed, but it didn’t come to that, so I didn’t step in. I work with the directors and assistants on the shoot. I sit with them and look at film and help make it look legit when it comes out. But they do the editing and they’ll take shots from three different angles and put it together. I don’t approve the final cut or anything.

IL: Last time we spoke, we didn’t get a chance to touch on the anatomy of shooting these scenes, so let’s do that now. What’s the process of scripting and shooting these lacrosse scenes like?
SH: They send me the script ahead of time and I have an idea of what we need to do with the scene from there. It’s usually at 6-on-6 situation.

I’ll block it out and do it first. I dummy it and jump in there and then have the stunt double do what I did in live action. Usually we’re filming about 30 seconds of lacrosse, but it could take up to 6 hours to get it right, because of the different types of shots…we’re going from 6:30 AM to about 6 at night and sometimes having to reshoot at the end of the day.

And they’re very specific about what they want. They’ll say this is a practice, this is a game. Or, Dustin scores the game winner and make sure he lands in the crease so they can jump on him with the crowd in the shot and make sure the crowd stays in the shot as the team runs off the field. It’s pretty detailed.

IL: That makes sense. You watch a show like Friday Night Lights, and it seems like they just get a bunch of people into a stadium and basically shoot a full game or something close to that. This seems more focused.
SH: Yeah, we really have only one bleacher full of fans and you have to shoot in that direction the whole time. There’s really nothing else around the field but that.

IL: So we really haven’t seen lacrosse since the first two episodes of the season, are we going to be seeing more in the coming weeks?
SH: Yeah, they’ve been getting the acting down lately, but now that they’re doing better, they feel more comfortable with the lacrosse. The people up top are saying, ‘this is cool — let’s make the show that much more exciting.’

And the actors are getting into lacrosse…Tristan [Wilds] and Dustin are calling me to train — they want to do their own stunts.

IL: How close are they to getting that down?
SH: They’re still a couple of months away from doing it. They’re filming six or seven days a week now, so there’s not much time to get into training. Eventually I see Tristan getting into it more. He was shooting a scene where his character was hogging the ball and having four defensemen beating on him…he really enjoyed shooting that.

IL: So the program got extended for two more episodes — that makes 24 for the season. What does that mean for you?
SH: Everybody was excited to hear about it. The more it’s on and the more they want to film, the better for us. We’re getting more apparel for them to wear in the off-field scenes and are doing more with those opportunities.

Like, we did some cafeteria scenes with uniforms (see above pic), shooting a pep rally and the guys throwing around in the cafeteria.

IL: Ok, so we’ll catch up with you later next month. Anything else you’re working on that we need to know about?
SH: There are a couple of lacrosse movies being filmed in the next couple of months. We have an entertainment group and we’re working on that movie. We also shot a pilot in June or July and Xander Ritz [doubled] as the star in the pilot. One of the guys who was cut from the lacrosse team in 90210 is playing the lead.

Starz Lacrosse’ Scott Hochstadt Interview: 90210 Lacrosse Consultant


The question of the day here at the IL offices is whether or not you watched the debut of the CW’s 90210 remake last night.

Not only because we were interested in seeing Brenda and Kelly again (Shannon Doherty and Jennie Garth reprise their characters as adults), but also because lacrosse is prominently featured at West Beverly Hills High.

From the casual mention of lacrosse practice to a solid on-field sequence, it seems that lax has replaced water polo as the IT sport for west-coast high schoolers.

Each week the show airs a new episode, we’ll come up with some analysis of the lacrosse scenes for you.

This week, we’ll start things off by introducing you to the man behind the lacrosse on 90210, Scott Hochstadt. Later in the day, we’ll get you our analysis on the first episodes.

Hochstadt, a three-time All-American attackman at Maryland (’99), currently wears a lot of hats in the L.A. area. He started Starz Lacrosse Club in 2004 and consults with films and TV producers on lacrosse scenes through Happy Madison, a production company founded by Adam Sandler.

He started working on the show when the producers contacted him about consulting for the remake.

Inside Lacrosse: What was your production background like? Have you done anything like this before?

Scott Hochstadt:
Actually, I worked on an episode of House where lacrosse was the main theme. Basically this star player has a panic attack or something on the field in the beginning and then comes back and scores the game winner. I was actually in it – I played the guy who scored the game winner. So I’m out here getting involved in various things. I actually had a speaking part in that episode, but they cut it. Though I still get some money every time it comes on the air.

IL: I know that airs on USA network in reruns, so that must be pretty cool.

SH: Yeah and it actually airs internationally as well.

IL: So what have you been doing for 90210?

SH: Basically I’ve been working on a series of lacrosse scenes in the episodes that you see now and ones that are coming up. I’m trying to spread the game and get it out into the public this way. You’ll see it more and more in the show and it’s cool. They use lacrosse terminology throughout, like, “I have go to lacrosse practice” or “ I checked him at the dinner table.”

IL: How did you prepare the actors for the scenes?

SH: We did some training twice a week for a month or so and then spent a bunch of time together off the field.

IL: Did you take them to any pro games, like the Riptide?

SH: No, we basically kind of watched a lot of game films at the house and our weekends were kind of limited, so it would have been hard.

IL: Did any of the actors ever play the game before?

SH: No, but one of the guys, Dustin Milligan (who plays team captain Ethan on the show) is Canadian, so he knew about it. But he never played. Tristan Wilds (who plays newcomer phenom Dixon), well, he’s from NY originally, so he got his first taste here.

IL: Tristan Wilds spent some time in Baltimore shooting seasons four and five of HBO’s The Wire, but he didn’t pick up lacrosse there at all?

SH: No, I don’t think so.

IL: So how did Warrior get involved? It looks like they’re sponsoring a bunch of the equipment.

SH: I connected Warrior with the show, but the show doesn’t own the equipment. It’s actually owned by Happy Madison Productions, Adam Sandler’s company. They bought a sports wardrobe company, SportsRobe, which houses all the sports memorabilia. They basically provide the equipment for every big sports movie you’ve seen. Rudy, Miracle, any big sports movie, you name it, they’ve probably done it.

So they created an aisle for all the lacrosse gear we have and now when anything needs to be shot using lacrosse equipment, they come there.

IL: In last night’s episode, there were a couple of practice scenes. What else will we see?

Right now it’s just the guys on the field practicing but we’re going to get into some games. There will be someone who scores goals and becomes a star.

IL: How involved in the scenes are you?

SH: I direct the scenes and the action on the field. We use some stunt doubles for the more advanced moves. Xander Ritz, Jimmy Borell of the L.A. Riptide and Jason Leneau were in it. Leneau was the stunt double for Tristan Wilds, they have the same frame.

Then, after each scene, I’d go in the tent and break down the angles with the director and re-shoot if we need to.

IL: The action scenes are much more interesting than in any previous lacrosse sequence I’ve seen. Why did you decide to go with the roll-dodges and swim moves?

SH: I wanted to spice it up and make it look like it’s legit. We didn’t want it to look like American Pie where he’s running down the field and he’s got the chinstrap covering his nose.

IL: So what does the future hold for lacrosse in this show? When’s the next big lax episode?

We’re just done filming some more of the show, but I don’t know when it will be in it. It will probably be in five of the ten coming up, but I’m not sure. I’ve got to meet with them this week.