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NCAA Div II Men’s Lacrosse: Colorado Mesa And Dominican (CA) Are Picked As Co-Favorites In 2014 WILA Preseason Coaches Poll


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NCAA Div II Lacrosse: Lindenwood Women’s Lacrosse (MO) Begins First Year In 2014 As NCAA Program In Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA); Lions Play Adelphi On March 1


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The Lions went 15-2 last season, with their only losses coming at Adelphi and by one to Rollins. Both of those opponents reached the NCAA semifinals. But even if LU had gone undefeated, the Lions wouldn’t have joined them in the postseason, since they were in the final year of their transition to the NCAA.
On Sept. 1, that transitional period ended and Lindenwood became an official member of NCAA Division II. Along with it comes all the perks of membership, including postseason play. The Lions will will find out pretty quickly whether they belong there.

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by Mark Macyk

Adelphi (which has won the most NCAA tournaments, sort of the San Francisco 49ers of Division II women’s lacrosse) comes to town on March 1. Then LU takes to the road for most of the month with showdowns at South Region contenders Indiana (Pa.) and Pfeiffer highlighting the slate. By the time the Lions exit March with a big WILA showdown against Regis and then a return trip to Rollins, their postseason hopes could be firmly established or completely dashed.

Maddi Ossello, a sophomore from Colorado, had 35 goals and seven assists last year. © Don Adams, Jr.

Maddi Ossello, a sophomore from Colorado, had 35 goals and seven assists last year. © Don Adams, Jr.

In all, Lindenwood will face three of the South Region’s four playoff teams, and three of the team’s playing in the Final Four. It’s the kind of make your own luck strategy that’s necessary in Division II, where only eight teams make the postseason and even a great year can leave you sitting at home. Just look at West Chester last season.

“I relate it to college football,” Cribbin said. “You can have a loss, maybe two, but you have to go in with a mindset that you have to win all your games. With the ratio being so out of whack right now, it’s definitely a numbers game.”

So far so good this fall. Last weekend the Lions went up to Grand Valley State and went 3-0.

The Lions are stacked on the field and graduated just two starters. They return their leading scorer, Shelby Polk (58 goals) and assister, Lindsey Palmer (34 assists). This year will also see the emergence of LU’s huge junior class, which came to campus during the NCAA transition with the understanding that half of their college career would be spent building for 2014.

“It was tough at times,” Cribbin said. “Our juniors knew for the first two years they’d be ineligible. I’m excited for the whole team, but especially for a lot of those kids. We couldn’t be more fired up.”

For more:  http://laxmagazine.com/college_women/DII/2012-13/news/10_10_13_30_in_30_lindenwood

NCAA Div II Lacrosse: Notre Dame De Namur Men’s Lacrosse Announce Hiring Of Former All-WILA Defenseman Kevin Arabejo As New Head Coach


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The Notre Dame de Namur athletic department and Athletic Director Josh Doody are proud to announce the hiring of Kevin Arabejo as the new Head Lacrosse Coach.
Arabejo is very familiar with the NDNU program after playing defense for the Argonauts four years. He excelled at NDNU, earning All-Conference honors twice and was a two-time team captain. Arabejo garnered All-Academic honors twice and was a member of NDNU’s 2011 Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Championship team.
“I am extremely excited and eager to start the season.” Arabejo said. “I feel like we have the pieces in place to have a successful year. We have a good core returning and some promising freshman that will make an immediate impact.”
Arabejo has several years of coaching experience, including several elite club teams in the Bay Area. Most recently he finished his fourth year coaching Vitality Lacrosse and previously coached Blue Chip Elite and Golden Gate Elite.
Prior to coaching, Arabejo worked for various lacrosse companies in the Bay Area including Sling It Lacrosse and STX Lacrosse.
“We are very pleased to have Kevin join our department.” Doody said. “It is great to bring an alum back into the fold and help boost the program. I am excited to see what direction Kevin can take the team this year and beyond.”

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NCAA Div II Lacrosse: WILA Men’s Lacrosse Releases Latest Standings & Players Of The Week


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Although there were no intra-WILA games last week, all four WILA teams played non-conference home games last week… COLORAOD MESA claimed perhaps the WILA’s most significant non-conference win, crushing Tampa (Fla.), 11-4 on Saturday (Apr. 20)… The Mavericks had dropped a 10-8 decision earlier in the week (Tuesday, Apr. 16) in St. Charles, Mo… Coming into the weekend, Tampa was ranked sixth in last week’s NCAA Division II South Regional Rankings… ADAMS STATE almost knocked off the same Spartan team, but fell 5-4 at home on Thursday (Apr. 18)… Meanwhile, NOTRE DAME DE NAMUR claimed its WILA-leading fourth non-conference win of the season, defeating in-state rival Whittier (Calif.) on Sunday (Apr. 21)… All four of the Argos’ wins this season have come by one goal… WILA Champion DOMINICAN also played Whittier, falling 9-8 on Friday (Apr. 19)… That loss snapped the Penguins’ school-record 5-game winning streak and prevented them from setting a new WILA mark for consecutive victories…

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NCAA Div II Lacrosse: WILA Men’s Lacrosse Releases Latest Standings And Players Of The Week Awards; Dominican Captures 2013 Title


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The DOMINICAN Penguins clinched their first WILA title on Friday (Apr. 12) as the Penguins defeated ADAMS STATE, 20-6 in San Rafael, Calif… The victory was the Penguins’ fifth straight overall win and improved their WILA record to a perfect 5-0… Their five consecutive wins are a school-record… The WILA has now had three different champions in the 3-year history of the organization as NOTRE DAME DE NAMUR won the inaugural title in 2011 while COLORADO MESA won last year’s crown on tie-breaking procedures… With each of the four WILA teams having just one WILA game left this season, the Penguins hold a 2-game lead over Colorado Mesa (3-2 in WILA play)… Adams State bounced back from Friday’s loss to post a 17-10 WILA win over Notre Dame de Namur on Sunday (Apr. 14), their second win over the Argos in eight days… The Grizzlies are now 2-3 in WILA play…

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NCAA Div II Lacrosse: Dominican Men’s Lacrosse (7-4) Wins First WILA Title With Impressive 20-6 Win Over Adams State On April 12


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The victory by the Dominican University of California men’s lacrosse team on Friday was more than a big win. It was a historic one.
With their 20-6 triumph over Adams State of Colorado, the first-place Penguins (7-4/5-0) clinched their first Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association title. In addition, the victory was the fifth consecutive win by the Penguins, the longest winning streak in the lacrosse program’s nine-year history at Dominican, and their 20 goals in the game matched a school record.
“It feels good, especially the way we played. That was one of the better games we played this year,” said Dominican head coach Ned Webster, who received a celebratory Gatorade bath when the game ended. “We have won games this year and I haven’t felt entirely good about them. I feel pretty darn good about the way we won today.”
Senior Cam Evangelho scored a career-high six goals and Dalton Copeland added five goals as the Penguins overcame a goal by the Grizzlies(2-7/1-3) just 19 seconds into the game to overwhelm Adams State with shooting efficiency. Dominican scored six goals on its first seven shots and twice in the game had streaks when they scored seven unanswered goals. The Penguins’ 20 goals came on their first 31 shots in the contest at Kennelly Field in John F. Allen Athletics Complex.
“We’re looking for high percentage shots and I felt like the reason we scored the way we did was simply because we were patient,” Webster said. “We took the right shots.”
Evangelho and Copeland had seven shots apiece. Joining them in the scoring column were Jake Fritz (three goals), Conor Doyle (two goals) and freshmen Grant Clifford, Trevor Garner and Cody Bernstein who each contributed a goal. Bernstein also had five assists, giving him a team-best 40 points and WILA-high 21 assists this season. Sophomore Kevin Powers, the only player on the Penguins to record at least one point in every game this season, had three assists and also teamed with Copeland to dump the Gatorade on Webster.
Four years ago, when they entered Dominican together, Copeland and Evangelho probably didn’t see a championship on the horizon. The Penguins had a record of 6-9 before they signed up and that 2009 season included some lopsided losses.

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DOMINICAN took two giant steps towards a 2013 WILA title as they claimed a 12-4 win at ADAMS STATE on Friday (Apr. 5) before claiming a 8-7 double-overtime win at COLORADO MESA on Sunday (Apr. 7)… That victory game the Penguins a season-sweep of the Mavericks, who had won the 2012 WILA title on tie-breaking procedures, for the first time… Dominican, a perfect 4-0 in WILA play thus far, has not yet officially clinched the WILA title, although Sunday’s result did eliminate the Mavericks (3-2 in WILA play) from title contention… Adams State (1-2 WILA) is the only other team that could win the WILA this year, but, to remain in contention, must defeat Dominican by at least eight goals on Friday (Apr. 12) in the re-match in San Rafael, Calif… The Penguins will clinch their first WILA title with a victory in Sunday’s game or even a loss by seven or fewer goals… For the Grizzlies to win the title, they would also have to win at NOTRE DAME DE NAMUR on Sunday (Apr. 14) and at Colorado Mesa on (Apr. 27) and have Notre Dame de Namur defeat Dominican on Apr. 27 in San Francisco

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NCAA Div II Lacrosse: Dominican Men’s Lacrosse (6-4) Come From Behind To Defeat Colorado Mesa 8-7 On April 7; Two-Game Lead In WILA Standings


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Novato High School product Dalton Copeland capped a thrilling come-from-behind win for the Dominican University of California lacrosse team on Sunday, scoring a sudden-death goal at the 2:34 mark of the second overtime period as the red-hot Penguins rallied from a 3-0 halftime deficit to an 8-7 victory at Colorado Mesa University.
The win, the fourth in a row by Dominican, pushed the first-place Penguins (6-4/4-0) into a two-game lead in the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association standings with two games remaining. They beat Colorado Mesa (5-4/3-2), defending WILA champions, for the second time this season and avenged a bitter 5-4 loss to the Mavericks in Grand Junction exactly one year ago, a defeat that denied Dominican of winning the tiebreaker.
However, the Penguins needed a remarkable rally and a game-tying goal by freshman Cody Bernstein with 1:17 remaining in regulation to force overtime.
“We beat a very good team on their home field. It’s not easy,” said Head Coach Ned Webster. “I’m just proud of the guys being down at halftime and believing that the ball was going to find the net. We just believed we didn’t need to do anything special. We just needed to play [well].”
Copeland, senior Cam Evangelho, and freshmen Grant Clifford and Cody Bernstein tallied two goals apiece. Clifford set up Copeland for the game-winner in overtime after teammates Jake Fritz and Jake Craycraft took aim at the net but thought better.
“To be mentally tough, sometimes you have to pass up a good shot for a great shot,” Webster said. “We swung it to Dalton and he’s a big strong guy and he had a head of steam going down the alley and he stuck it.”
Copeland’s game-winner was made possible by Cody Bernstein’s dramatic game-tying tally after Colorado Mesa had come back from a 6-4 deficit to grab a 7-6 lead with three minutes to go. Older brother, Jake, assisted on Cody’s goal.

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NCAA Div II Lacrosse: Adams State Men’s Lacrosse (2-6) Tops Notre Dame De Namur 16-7 On April 7


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Senior Kevin Bertrand (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) scored a season-high four goals while sophomore Seth Stowell (Lakeside, Calif.) netted his fourth hat trick of the season, to lead a prolific Adams State University offense in the Grizzlies’ 16-7 Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association win over visiting Notre Dame de Namur (Calif.) University, Sunday here at the ASU Lacrosse Field.
The Grizzlies, who snapped a 5-game slide while picking up their first WILA win of the season, scored at least three goals in each quarter as they posted a dominant 52-20 advantage in total shots while improving to 2-6 overall and to 1-2 in the WILA.
NDNU fell to 3-6 and to 0-4 in the WILA with the loss.
The Grizzlies’ 16 goals are second most in the program’s history and the most they have ever scored in 19 all-time WILA contests.
Throughout the day, the Grizzlies claimed a 55-31 edge in total ground balls while killing all four of the Argos’ extra-man opportunities.
Bryden Pelletier (Lantzville, British Columbia, Canada) also did a good job on face-offs winning 12 of 18. Grizzly freshman Tanner Brown (Cedar Park, Texas) also went 6-for-7 at the spot as the Grizzlies won 20 of the 27 re-starts, a big factor in the win, their third straight against the Argos over the last two seasons.
The Grizzlies never trailed and broke what was a 2-2 dead-lock with a 6-1 spurt over a good chunk of the first half as the Bertrand brothers— Brian and Kevin— scored just 1:30 apart to put the Grizzlies in front for good.
Stowell also scored less than a minute after Kevin Bertrand’s second tally of the game to give the Grizzlies a 5-2 lead that was trimmed slightly to 5-3 at the end of the first quarter.
The Grizzlies then scored three more goals, including a man-up tally from Alexander Rainey (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), to go up 8-3 before NDNU’s top player Kevin Nguyen broke what was a NDNU scoring drought of 14:58 to pull the Argos within 8-4 at the half.
Dan Bentley then pulled NDNU to within 8-5 with the second half’s opening goal before Mike Telles (Henderson, Nev.), Stowell and Bertrand all netted shots putting the Grizzlies in front 11-5.

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NCAA Div II Lacrosse: WILA Releases Latest Men’s Lacrosse Standings And Players Of The Week


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