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NCAA Div III Lacrosse: Washington College Women’s Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Features Rowan, Dickinson, Haverford, Gettysburg And Swarthmore
NCAA Div III Lacrosse: Colorado College Men’s Lacrosse Falls To #11 Washington College 10-7 On May 8 In First Round Of NCAA Tournament
NCAA Div III Lacrosse: Colorado College Men’s Lacrosse Earns “At-Large Bid” To “2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championships”; Travels To #10 Washington College On May 8
NCAA Div II Lacrosse: Washington College Men’s Lacrosse (3-4) Competes In Tough Centennial Conference (Video)
A look at game day for the Washington College men’s lacrosse team.
|Feb. 26||at Goucher||W, 7-6||Final – OT||Boxscore Recap|
|Mar. 5||Washington and Lee||L, 5-4||Final||Boxscore Recap Photos|
|Mar. 9||York (Pa.)||L, 11-6||Final||Boxscore Recap Photos|
|Mar. 13||Wesley||W, 12-6||Final||Boxscore Recap|
|Mar. 19||McDaniel *||W, 9-7||Final||Boxscore Recap|
|Mar. 23||at Haverford *||L, 19-10||Final||Boxscore Recap|
|Mar. 26||at Franklin & Marshall *||L, 10-9||Final||Boxscore Recap|
|Apr. 2||Muhlenberg *||1:00 PM||Live stats Audio|
|Washington College Student Events Board “Flock Out”|
|Apr. 6||Ursinus *||7:00 PM||Live stats Audio|
|Apr. 9||Dickinson *||4:00 PM||Live stats Audio|
|Apr. 16||at Gettysburg *||5:00 PM||Live stats Video|
|Apr. 20||at Swarthmore *||7:00 PM||Live stats Video|
|Apr. 23||at Cabrini||1:00 PM||Live stats Video|
|Apr. 29||at TBD||TBA|
|Centennial Conference Semifinal|
|May. 1||at TBD||TBA|
|Centennial Conference Championship|
|May. 7||Salisbury||1:00 PM||Live stats Video Audio|
|War on the Shore – Charles B. Clark Cup/Senior Day|
Lacrosse In The 1960’s: Washington College Men’s Lacrosse Coach Donaldson Kelly Led The Small Maryland College Team Against Navy, Army, Johns Hopkins, And Virginia After A Hall Of Fame, 4-Time All-American Lacrosse Career At Johns Hopkins (Sports Illustrated March 27, 1967)
Throughout the school year they carry lacrosse sticks around the campus of Washington College, flipping the hard rubber ball back and forth as they walk between classes. But spring is the real season for the game, the time of informal practice on the green lawns and serious sessions on Kibler Field. Tiny Washington takes on many of the country’s top lacrosse teams, representing schools many times its size, and in 10 years it has had one losing season. Washington was founded in 1782 at Chester-town, Md., on the Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay, and it comprises a handsome collection of rosy-brick, white-framed Colonial buildings, a campus decorated with dogwood and cherry trees and 18th century black-iron lanterns, and a student body of about 600 men and women. If the atmosphere appears easygoing in the pictures on the following pages, there is nothing easy about getting into Washington and staying there; academic standards are high. Half of the 250-odd men take part in intercollegiate competition in at least one of eight sports, but lacrosse is Washington‘s pride, as it is at many schools in Maryland, starting at the grade-school level. At Washington, certainly, that pride is justified.
Lacrosse people talk about a “northern” game and a “southern” game as if there were a divider at the Mason-Dixon line, and the sense of distinction is reinforced by the traditional North-South All Star Game at the end of the season. The northern game tends toward power and combativeness, the southern toward speed and stick work, but in recent years these images have been blurred, if not obliterated, with the steady interchange of players and coaches north and south. Still, reasonable facsimiles of the original types can be found.
On the dirt field of New York City‘s cold Lewisohn Stadium in early spring, for instance, where City College players trip over the raised remains of baseball pitching mounds, teamwork seems to have become a lost—if ever discovered—art. The cheers and jeers of a handful of student rooters are in keeping with the general picture of college lacrosse, northern style: “Whadya gonna do, George, hit ‘im with ya pocketbook?” “Forget the ball, go after him.”
At Washington College, by contrast, the game is played in a treelined valley, on tenderly nursed turf punctuated by shiny orange-netted goalposts and surrounded by freshly whitewashed lines. The wooden grandstand and grassy banks are crowded with middle-aged adults as well as students, and their responses reflect a knowledgeable appreciation of the finesse on the playing field.
It is no wonder that at Washington lacrosse facilities are flawless and the game’s intricacies understood. The school annually fields the best small-college team in the country, emerging frequently at year’s end with a ranking in the nation’s top 10, regardless of classification. Last season Washington won its division (Strobhar) title for the fourth straight time, and three of its players—Bruce Jaeger, Paul Rudolph and Dave Svec, all from Baltimore—were chosen to play for the South in the All Star Game. The South’s coach was Washington‘s
Donaldson Kelly. After his team beat the North 13-5—Jaeger led the scoring with three goals and two assists—Kelly was chosen Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
In his own playing days at Johns Hopkins, 54-year-old Kelly won 11 varsity letters—in lacrosse, basketball and football—and was a four-time lacrosse All-America. He owns a Chevrolet-Buick agency in Chestertown—which is fortunate, since his monetary rewards as coach are approximately equal to those received by his players—and there are no athletic scholarships at Washington. Kelly’s coaching philosophy is disarmingly simple. “You can’t be tough,” he says. “These boys are not paid for this. You have to make them accept the challenge of playing above themselves. We have always had big schools on our schedule—Navy, Army, Johns Hopkins, Virginia—and I try to make them want to do as well or better than the big ones. Meantime, I just try to teach lacrosse skill.” Many of the large schools on Washington‘s schedule recruit football players for their lacrosse teams. Despite their lack of experience, footballers can quickly learn to play midfield and defense positions, where size and stamina often count for as much as slick skill. Washington does not even have a football program, but this does not faze Kelly. “Bigness isn’t important, as it is in football,” he insists. “In lacrosse it’s all physical ability and smartness.”
Kelly’s star for the next few years is likely to be Attackman Ron Regan, a graduate of Baltimore‘s Boys’ Latin School. (Younger brother Bruce Regan, the best high school player in Maryland in 1966, won a scholarship at Harvard, where he will contribute to the further breakdown of North-South differences.) Ron is the ideal Kelly-type player—fast, shifty and a brilliant stickman. He is surrounded by enough skillful teammates to insure another title for Washington in 1967. This year, too, Don Kelly enjoys the luxury of an official assistant for the first time, former Washington College Defenseman Bob Pritzlaff. Pritzlaff will be paid to coach, but, then, he has to handle wrestling also. Which, in a way, is what the game is all about on the Eastern Shore.
Injuries In Women’s Lacrosse: Washington College Women’s Lacrosse Player Is Completing Comeback From “Compartment Syndrome” Surgeries And Plays In Pain
Playing with pain. All athletes at some point in their careers play with pain. Sometimes some rest and medicine is all they need to overcome the pain, but in other cases surgery is needed. For Washington College junior women’s lacrosse player Brooke Paulshock, the latter was needed to overcome the pain.
Paulshock had surgery on both legs during different times during the summer of 2010 to take care of a condition known as compartment syndrome.
Washington College Assistant Athletic Trainer Candy Baker explained the type of compartment syndrome that Paulshock suffered from and it was Exertioanal. That is one of the two major types of this syndrome, the other being acute. Acute is caused by a direct blow to the body. The injury primarily occurs in the shin/lower leg area.
“Common among athletes is exertional compartment syndrome which occurs when there is an increase in tissue pressure that obstructs the neurovascular network in the leg,” says Baker. “The condition typically causes exercise-induced pain, swelling and, in severe cases, disability in the leg. It is most common among athletes who participate in sports with repetitive movements such as running, biking and swimming. Treatment for the condition includes rest, ice and the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. However, in severe cases where symptoms persist, a fasciotomy, which is a surgical procedure that cuts muscle fascia to allow the muscle to expand, may be performed to relive the built-up tissue pressure in the leg.”
Head women’s lacrosse coach Julika Blankenship says Brooke has been an inspiration for her teammates.
“Brooke has shown to her teammates that she can push through the pain and will do whatever it takes to play,” says Blankenship. “Brooke has helped her teammates to see that you need to take advantage of every opportunity that you get to play because that can be taken away from you at any time.”
For Paulshock, compartment syndrome was not the beginning of her injury problems here at Washington College; a stress fracture in her right tibia curtailed her first season.
“I started getting in shape during winter break, such as running (and weight training)” said the junior. “My calves hurt when I ran, but I just thought my legs were just sore from not running for a while. I dealt with the pain during preseason (the month of February). I went to (head athletic trainer) Thad (Moore) and he said it was just shin splints.
The lower leg problems continued during the 2009 season. Paulshock described the pain in her lower legs as “like somebody was giving me an Indian burn in the inside of my leg. I would get bruises on the boneline of my right leg on my tibia. I dealt with this until I could not anymore. I finished my last timed mile and stopped due to a stress fracture.”
Paulshock stopped playing when an x-ray confirmed that her right tibia was centimeters away from snapping in half.
She missed the final seven games in 2009 due to the stress fracture after starting the first nine contests. The injury also cost her fall ball season for her sophomore season.
After she was cleared to play and started training for the 2010 season, the pain returned.
“During fall break (2009), I felt that something was not right in my legs and it had to be more than just shin splints. I went to four doctors and got tested for stress fractures, had vascular testing and finally it came down to doing the compartment testing. It took about a year for the doctors to understand what was wrong with me and what causes my stress fractures.”
Paulshock said that the test for the syndrome, which she had done in November 2009, took about an hour. They put 24 needles in both legs to test the compartment pressures in each leg before running and after running. She found out about three to four months later that she did have compartment syndrome. After her test, the doctor determined that surgery was needed for both legs, but they would not operate on both legs at the same time so she needed two separate surgeries. The first surgery was in May 2010 for her right leg and the second one was in August 2010 for her left one.
She said the first surgery (in May) took two hours and they cut five compartments open. The second surgery (occurred on August 12) took one hour and 45 minutes. “They went in through both sides of my legs, about two inches long, and cut the sheath that protects my muscle (about 12 inches). They made four slices on my left leg and five on my right. The sheath would not expand with my calf so once the doctor (Dr. Wilkens) slices the sheath, my calf muscle popped and finally could relax after all the pressure was built up.”
When it comes to rehabilitation Paulshock says, there is not one specific type. “There is no exact rehab but simply to wait. It is hard because you feel fine to run but the inside slices of your leg might not be healed and if you overwork yourself after surgery, then the surgery can be worthless and not pull through. After surgery they told me once you can walk without pain, do so because my calf muscle needs to build back its strength. I am allowed to bike and do the elliptical three weeks after surgery. I am allowed to run two months after surgery. The worst thing is you have to sit and wait to heal.”
Paulshock said that recovery time is usually three to four months, but varies by individual. She can start jogging on October 12.
Mount St. Mary’s versus Washington College Fall Ball 2009
Southern California High School Lacrosse Profile: Coronado Islanders Long-Pole Middie Johnny Poe Interviewed By Starz Lacrosse
How old were you when you first started playing lacrosse?
I was in 6th grade, I was about 12. We were on the Choctaw team with Coach Cade, we had about 15 kids on our team, and most of them lived on the Island and continued playing with me through high school at Coronado.
Has playing in Starz helped develop your game throughout your career?
Most definitely, constantly playing lacrosse in all season has helped, getting to play with different players with different styles. Playing on Laxdawgs elite has been great, Coach Chrismer and Meehan are the best coaches a player can ask for, and we’ve won four consecutive Starz Cups
What role has Starz played in the recruiting process, and getting accepted to play at Washington College?
They first talked to me up at Sonoma, I was playing for the Laxdawgs last summer. Recruiting can get pretty hectic, you have to wind down the number of schools you want to look at. I chose Washington College because both my coaches went there. They gave me a good perspective, and when I went to visit, I fell in love with the place because it’s exactly like the place I grew up.
What are your expectations of playing lacrosse and going to school on the east coast?
I expect myself to give all I can for the team. As far as going to school on the east coast, it’s going to be a big change from Southern California but I’m looking forward to it. I got a chance to preview it on spring break this year when we traveled to Maryland.
What was the highlight of your lacrosse career so far?
Definitely winning the championship this year with the Islanders, and the SD tropics in Sonoma. We [Coronado] were a younger team this year, but a lot of the younger kids played big roles, stepping up in spots where they needed to. And all the older guys helped bring them along, as the captains coached them in areas they weren’t too sure of.
You also coach for the Laxdawgs middle school team, what’s it like being on the other side of things and helping out with coaching as opposed to just playing?
It’s a lot better to be able to spread your knowledge of what your coaches have told you along the way, passing it on to another group of kids which are the future. It’s been a good experience, and a lot of fun.
Do you have any advice to any currents players looking continue playing lacrosse in college?
Try and get your recruiting done earlier, and definitely focus on your academics as well as lacrosse. Coaches look for you being a leader, and staying optimistic on the field.
Off the Field:
Do you have any pregame rituals?
I ate a pear before every game. I used to each peaches my junior year and then I switched to pears senior year.
Are you going to stick with that in college?
Most definitely sticking with pears, after winning a championship.
What’s your top five pump-up songs for a pre game mix?
Can’t be touched – Roy Jones Jr.
Second Coming –Julez Santana
Nado Lax – Colenium… he’s a former player from Coronado. He’s got some great stuff, check him out
Victory – Notorious B.I.G.
Eve of war – Jedi Mind Tricks feat. Gza
What’s your favorite thing to do other than lacrosse?
Go to the beach, run and work out, cliff jumping up in Sunset Cliffs
What’s your go-to restaurant?
Applebees – The cowboy burger with onion rings, Angus beef and BBQ sauce…. it’s delicious.
Will Washington College beat Salisbury in the next four years?
Yes, badly.. 20 -0.