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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.


Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Defenseman And Regis Jesuit Alumni (Denver, CO) Tanner Scales Earns ACC “Freshman Player Of The Year” Honors

Virginia Men's Lacrosse Defenseman Tanner Scales ACC Freshman Player of the Year

Born and raised in Denver, Scales spent his 11th-grade year at the Salisbury School in Connecticut, in part because of its hockey program. But an injury derailed his hockey career, and Scales returned to Denver for his senior year.

He graduated from Regis Jesuit High School, where as a freshman and sophomore Scales had played lacrosse with Rhody Heller and Tanner Ottenbreit, now his teammates at UVa. A fourth Cavalier, freshman midfielder Matt Florence, is also from the Denver area.

If history is any guide, the award handed out Tuesday to Tanner Scales bodes well for his career — and for the UVa men’s lacrosse team.

Scales, a 6-2, 200-pound defenseman, became the 11th Cavalier to be named ACC freshman of the year, as chosen by the conference’s coaches. Previous recipients from UVa include Tim Whiteley (1993), Michael Watson (1994), Conor Gill (1999), Tillman Johnson (2001), Danny Glading (2006) and Steele Stanwick (2009), some of the greatest players in the program’s history.

“It’s awesome to be mentioned in the same category as guys like Steele and Tillman Johnson,” Scales said. “Obviously all individual awards are secondary to the team success, but it’s very humbling. I’m very thankful that the ACC coaches look at me the way that they do.”

Virginia coach Dom Starsia is thankful Scales chose lacrosse over hockey. Not until Scales was in high school did he give up his goal of playing hockey in college and, perhaps, professionally.

Scales played defense on the ice, too, “I think the physicality of hockey really helped me with lacrosse, as well as how quick the game is,” he said. “So when I’m on the lacrosse field, I can slow things down. I’m just more calm because of the experience of playing hockey.”

“It’s great to see the explosion [of lacrosse] out in Denver,” Scales said. “It’s awesome, and I think it just speaks to the growth of the sport.”

Charlottesville is some 1,600 miles from Denver, and Scales marveled at times this year about how far he’d come, especially when he was on the practice field with Florence.

“I remember playing on the same summer team as Matt when we were in seventh grade or something like that,” Scales said, “and I never would have guessed that we both would have ended up here.”

Virginia’s 2013 roster also included players from such states as North Carolina, California and Illinois, none a traditional hotbed for the sport.

“I’ve had kids sitting in my office from these outlying areas,” Starsia recalled, “and they generally say to me, `I know you’re biased against me, Coach,’ and I say, `No, I’m not. The question is: Are you good enough? I don’t care where you’re from.’ I’ve never cared where they’re from.

For more:  http://www.virginiasports.com/sports/m-lacros/050213aaa.html

NCAA Lacrosse: The “2013 Men’s Lacrosse Championships” Will Be The First Held Without Either Johns Hopkins Or Virginia; “Three Of The Top Four Seeds Have Never Won A National Title”

2013 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships Philadephia

Consider Sunday’s NCAA tournament bracket unveiling the latest affirmation of lacrosse’s changes. Three of the top four seeds are Notre Dame, Ohio State and Denver — unsurprising choices based on the numbers but not what a fan from a decade ago would expect.

“…(don’t be surprised if) there’s a first-time champion for the third time in four years…Three of the top four seeds have never won a national title, and neither has eighth-seeded Penn State. Syracuse isn’t the traditionally imposing No. 1 seed the tournament has always enjoyed, though the likes of Ohio State and Denver have never experienced a national title game, either…”

In truth, this is as wide open as the regular season suggested it would be. The absence of a dominant team or two, far more than anything else, has created the opportunity for a team that simply strings its two or three best games together at the right time to win a title.

But where are Johns Hopkins, Princeton and Virginia? Finished with their seasons by the first weekend in May. In fact, it will be the first NCAA tournament ever without either Hopkins or Virginia.

Those decisions, too, were not shocking. Virginia’s fate was sealed with a losing record. Hopkins and Princeton simply didn’t muster deep enough resumes.

Instead, change continues to come. Over the last three years, 30 schools have reached the NCAA tournament. Bryant and Detroit will make their first appearances this year. Albany, Penn State and Towson are ending droughts of at least five years. And now, more than ever before, the turnover in the field is to be expected.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/DI/2012-13/news/050613_ncaa_division_i_mens_lacrosse_bracket_affirmation_of_lacrosse_new_era

NCAA Lacrosse: Virginia Men’s Lacrosse (7-7) Come Up Big With 13-6 Win Over #2 Maryland On April 26; Advance To ACC Championship Final

Virginia Men's Lacrosse vs Maryland

Mark Cockerton scored four goals and Matt White tallied three of his own and three assists to elevate the Virginia Cavaliers (7-7) to the ACC Championship final with a 13-6 triumph over the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins (9-3), Friday afternoon at North Carolina’s Kenan Stadium.
Virginia will play for the ACC title for the first time since winning it all in 2010 and it will be the Cavaliers’15th all-time appearance in the ACC title game since the tournament’s inception in 1989.
“Today was a good game, a hard-fought win,” said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. “I told ESPN at halftime that the game wasn’t a work of art early on, but we saw the two teams were working at it. The key for us – for the most part – was that we felt we could defend them most of the day. I never felt that we were ever in any peril defensively – every time it seemed like Maryland could seize the game, it appeared like defensively we had it under control.”
The game began as a defensive juggernaut as Cockerton’s goal 59 seconds into the contest was the only score by either team in the opening stanza. Maryland finally broke through at the 13:50 mark in the second quarter on a Mike Chanenchuk unassisted goal after the Terrapins did not find nylon in the game’s first 16:10.
The game’s only tie was short-lived, as UVa scored 35 seconds later when Ryan Tucker found Cockerton for the junior’s second goal. Shortly after, UVa took the lead and never relinquished it when Greg Coholan ripped a goal on a White pass for the Cavaliers’ only extra-man opportunity.
Maryland cut UVa’s lead to one goal, 3-2, when John Haus scored unassisted at 6:27. Virginia closed out the half on a two-goal run via a Rob Emery tally and Cockerton’s third goal of the game on a Nick O’Reilly pass, sending UVa into the intermission with a 5-2 lead. The goal gave Cockerton his 12th career hat trick, his eighth of the season and his fourth in a row.

NCAA Lacrosse: Virginia Men’s Lacrosse (5-6) Are Unranked And Have Lost Five Straight For First Time Since 1966; Only One Losing Record In 21 Seasons Under Head Coach Dom Starsia

Virginia Men's Lacrosse

Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Dom Starsia overseen the men’s lacrosse program at Virginia since the early 1990s and was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2008. In 21 seasons under Starsia, the Cavaliers have won four NCAA titles — in 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2011 — and 245 games.
UVa, which finished 12-4 in 2012, won its first four games this season and entered March ranked No. 6 in the USILA coaches’ poll. That makes the Wahoos’ subsequent fall more shocking.
With two regular-season games remaining, the ‘Hoos (5-6) are unranked and have lost five straight for the first time since 1966. If they don’t prevail Friday night in Durham, N.C., against No. 7 Duke, which has won 12 of the past 13 games in the series, the `Hoos will have lost six straight in a season for the first time since 1939.
“This is just a little different for us,” Starsia said Monday.
Only once under Starsia have the Cavaliers finished with a losing record: in 2004, when they went 5-8. That’s also the only time Virginia has failed to reach the NCAA tournament during his tenure.
To earn a ninth consecutive invitation to the NCAAs, UVa may have to beat Duke on Friday night and Bellarmine on April 20 and then win the ACC tournament, which starts April 26 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
His latest team, Starsia stressed, has little in common with those 2004 Cavaliers.
“That was a team that had other issues that made the lacrosse-playing piece of it more complicated,” he said.
“This team is very much on the same page and pointed in the right direction and does what we ask. They listen, they’re attentive in practice. Over spring break, we practiced one day and I remember saying to the kids afterward, `When I retire, this is what I’m going to miss.’ It’s really fun to practice with these guys.”
As the lacrosse world knows, the Cavaliers rebounded from their 2004 debacle to reach the NCAA semifinals in ’05. A year later, Virginia went 17-0 and won the NCAA title in Philadelphia.
So Starsia isn’t panicking. Only three seniors play regularly for the `Hoos — defenseman Harry Prevas and midfielders Matt White and Charlie Streep — and five other players are redshirting because of injuries: freshmen Carlson Milikin, Will McNamara, Dickson Smith and Michael Howard and, most notably, All-America middie Chris LaPierre. Moreover, a highly regarded recruiting class will join the program this summer.

Virginia men's lacrosse 2011 banner

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse 15-8 Win Over Virginia

The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays top the Virginia Cavaliers at the 2013 Face Off Classic 15-8.

NCAA Lacrosse: Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Outlasts Weather And Virginia 11-10 On March 16

Ohio State Men's Lacrosse defeats Virginia

The No. 12-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team posted an 11-10 victory at No. 9/11 Virginia, 11-10, Saturday at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. The Buckeyes improve to 5-1 on the year, while Virginia is now 5-3.
“I’m proud of the effort we got out of our men today,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. “We faced several moments of adversity including a long weather delay but stayed the course, dug in and got a road win.”
The Buckeyes held a 10-8 lead after three quarters before the game was delayed for an hour and 43 minutes because of weather. The Cavaliers scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter, tying the game with 1:48 remaining but the Buckeyes caused a turnover after the ensuing faceoff and senior Dominique Alexander was able to score to put Ohio State back ahead, 11-10, 17 seconds later. Ohio State held Virginia scoreless the rest the way, including on a 30-second EMO chance in the final minute. Junior goalie Greg Dutton made three saves in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.
Ohio State trailed 4-1 late in the fourth quarter but went on a four-goal run to take a 5-4 lead with 3:30 left in the first half. The teams traded goals in the final 1:10, with freshman Tyler Pfister scoring with 12 seconds remaining for a 6-5 Buckeye lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Ohio State scored the first goal before Virginia tied the game at 7-all at 10:09. Ohio State again responded quickly and Carter Brown put the Buckeyes ahead eight seconds later. The Cavaliers deadlocked the score at 8-all with 7:46 left but goals from David Planning (at 5:29) and Logan Schuss (with 4 seconds left) regained the Buckeye lead.