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NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Looks To Reclaim MPSF Championship And Return To NCAA Tournament In 2013 As It Returns 16 Players


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As the Stanford lacrosse team prepares to open the season, it returns to the field with a sense of motivation, driven by the desire to reclaim its position atop the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal dealt with a 2012 season filled with challenges. The team competed against one of the most difficult non conference schedules in the nation, playing its first five games against top-20 opponents, and dealt with injuries to key players while relying on a talented but youthful group of players to fill the gaps.

Stanford finished 8-10 and, for the first time in eight years, was not the MPSF champion, falling to Oregon in the conference title match, 13-10.

Don’t expect Stanford to dwell on the past. The adversity produced a 2013 team that is loaded with experience and prepared to prove itself as one of the nation’s elite teams.

“Our team is really excited about the season ahead, we did not accomplish our goals that season and that has left us very hungry for the start of a new season,” said head coach Amy Bokker, who enters her fifth season with the Cardinal. “An MPSF championship is a goal of ours this year. Also, with the expansion of the NCAA bracket, that’s something we really want to focus on, getting back in the NCAA tournament.”

Stanford returns 16 letterwinners, including nine starters, and welcomes 11 freshmen. The Cardinal will be led by captains Elizabeth Adam, Carolyn Bradley and All-MPSF selection Anna Kim.

“Our two seniors bring a lot to the table as far as being vocal and helping organize on the field,” Bokker said. “Both of our seniors are even-keel and have balanced personalities. That’s something our team really needs in times of adversity on the field, in times of high-pressure situations.”

Kim missed seven games for Stanford in 2012 but managed to record 25 goals in just 11 games.

The Cardinal also boasts a talented junior class to help lead a team that includes 18 underclassmen.

“Our junior class is strong and many of them have been involved since their freshman year as far as playing time is involved,” said Bokker. “They’re going to be a huge help to our two seniors.”

Stanford will again embark on a challenging non conference schedule with games against NCAA Tournament regulars Notre Dame, Ohio State, Georgetown and defending national champion Northwestern.

“We want to challenge ourselves with a tough schedule,” said Bokker. “Opening with Notre Dame, we’ll have a true test right away. We’re really putting ourselves up against a high level of competition. It’ll give us a chance to see where we are and what it takes to compete at that level if we do get into the NCAA Tournament.”

Stanford also will have to navigate an increasingly talented and growing MPSF that adds USC this season.

Stanford will get its chance to avenge its MPSF championship loss when it hosts Oregon toward the end of its regular season on April 19, in a match that will likely have seeding implications.

As the season approaches, Bokker is confident in her team’s preparation and believes in the team’s potential for a successful season.

“I really praise the work ethic of our team in general,” Bokker said. “They’re on a mission and have really taken it upon themselves to bring the energy and have the discipline to do what it takes to be a championship team. Our team wants to win a national championship. That’s a goal we have for ourselves, along with a conference championship.

“Our team puts high standards on itself but I feel those can be accomplished if we stay focused.”

Attack

The attack will be led by junior Rachel Ozer and sophomores Emily Newstrom, Kyle Fraser and Meredith Kalinowski. Ozer played in just five matches in 2012 but is expected to be a major contributor this season after recording 15 goals and nine assists in a full 2011.

Newstrom, Fraser and Kalinowski all finished in the top 10 in points for Stanford as freshmen last season. Newstrom led the group and was second overall for the Cardinal scoring 28 goals with four assists for a total of 32 points. Fraser (20-6) and Kalinowski (5-0) posted 26 and 5 points, respectively.

Midfield

Stanford will run two lines at midfield. However, Bokker said the exact pairings have yet to be determined. All-MPSF selections Anna Kim and Hannah Farr will lead the talented and deep group.

Kim missed seven games of the 2012 season but managed to finish third on the team in points racking up 25 goals and adding two assists in just 11 games. Farr had an outstanding freshman campaign, recording 23 goals and four assists.

Bokker also expects sophomore Rachel Hinds and freshmen Lucy Dikeou, Meg Lentz and Adrienne Anderson to add dimensions to the center position.

Defense

The backline will likely be headed by seniors Elizabeth Adam and Carolyn Bradley. They will be joined by junior Megan Lerner and sophomore Rachel Kalick. Freshmen Hannah Smith, Cyerra Holmes and Callie Farmakis are expected to contribute as well.

Goalkeeping

All-MPSF selection Lyndsey Munoz will guard the cage for the majority of Stanford’s season. The junior has been solid for the Cardinal in net and, according to Bokker, has improved out of the net as well.

“Lyndsey has done a great job as our stopper,” Bokker said. “She has really worked hard on her out-of-the-cage play, trying to mix it up from the defensive perspective.

Freshman Katie Wiseman had a strong showing in the preseason and provides the Cardinal with reliable depth.

Stanford opens its season at home against No. 9 Notre Dame at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Admission to all regular season home matches is free.

For more:  http://www.gostanford.com/sports/w-lacros/spec-rel/021313aab.html

NCAA Lacrosse: Marquette Women’s Lacrosse Opens 2013 Season Against Winthrop And Coastal Carolina On February 15,17 (Video)


Marquette's women's lacrosse team will face its first challenges on the field, as they begin their inaugural 2013 season - Alex Winey, Emma Salter and coach Meredith Black provide insight about what's ahead for the Golden Eagles.

Marquette’s women’s lacrosse team will face its first challenges on the field, as they begin their inaugural 2013 season – Alex Winey, Emma Salter and coach Meredith Black provide insight about what’s ahead for the Golden Eagles.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Marquette Women’s Lacrosse Releases “2013 Inaugural Season Schedule” Poster


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NCAA Lacrosse: Florida Women’s Lacrosse “Journey To The Top” Documents Third-Year Program’s Incredible Rise To A Top-Ranked Team


NCAA Lacrosse: Oregon Women’s Lacrosse Looks To Defend 2012 MPSF Title As It Returns 18 Players From Team That Advanced To NCAA Tournament


Oregon put together its best season in school history in 2012, finishing 14-5 overall and a perfect 7-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.  This spring, the Ducks return 18 players from last year’s team that advanced to the NCAA Play-In Game, including leading goal-scorer, Nikki Puszcz, a junior from Towson, Md.  Junior Goalie Caroline Federighi, who garnered MPSF Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors last year, is also back for Jen Larsen Beck’s club.  Six players from Oregon’s 2012 team will not be back, however, including Jana Drummond, the Ducks’ all-time leader in career goals scored.  Oregon’s 2013 schedule is highlighted by seven MPSF contests, which will feature an April 19 match in Palo Alto, Calif., against Stanford, a re-match of last year’s MPSF Tournament Championship game.  The Ducks will host this year’s MPSF Tournament at Papé Field on May 2 & 4, 2013.

Oregon put together its best season in school history in 2012, finishing 14-5 overall and a perfect 7-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. This spring, the Ducks return 18 players from last year’s team that advanced to the NCAA Play-In Game, including leading goal-scorer, Nikki Puszcz, a junior from Towson, Md. Junior Goalie Caroline Federighi, who garnered MPSF Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors last year, is also back for Jen Larsen Beck’s club. Six players from Oregon’s 2012 team will not be back, however, including Jana Drummond, the Ducks’ all-time leader in career goals scored. Oregon’s 2013 schedule is highlighted by seven MPSF contests, which will feature an April 19 match in Palo Alto, Calif., against Stanford, a re-match of last year’s MPSF Tournament Championship game. The Ducks will host this year’s MPSF Tournament at Papé Field on May 2 & 4, 2013.

2012 Overall Record: 14-5
2012 MPSF Record: 7-0
 
2012 MPSF Tournament 
Semifinals (April 27) vs. California — W, 14-11
Championship (April 29) vs. Stanford — W, 13-10
 
2012 NCAA Tournament 
NCAA Play-In Match (May 5) vs. Navy — L, 10-9 (OT)
 
Head Coach: Jen Larsen Beck (ninth season)
Associate Head Coach: Robert Bray, Jr. (ninth season)
Assistant Coach: Jen Derby (fifth season)

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of USC Women’s Lacrosse Season Opening Games Against Northwestern And UMass On Feb 9-10


NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Opens 2013 Season With 18-5 Loss To Top-Ranked Northwestern At L.A. Coliseum On February 9


In a history-making moment, the USC women’s lacrosse team broke the seal on a new era in Trojan athletics on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the venerable Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Women of Troy and top-ranked two-time defending NCAA champion Northwestern faced off in the first-ever lacrosse game to take place in the Coliseum since it was built in 1923. In front of a crowd of 2,890 spectators, the Trojans took the field for their first competition since Athletic Director Pat Haden announced that lacrosse would become USC’s 21st intercollegiate sport on Nov. 18, 2010. “It was really exciting to get this first game,” said head coach Lindsey Munday. “You can never replicate that. These 26 players will go down in history. We did some nice things, today, but we have a lot to work on. I’m happy we competed. At the end of the day, we improved in the second half.” Up against a tough challenge, USC (0-1) fought hard against the seasoned Wildcats (2-0) but finished on the short end of an 18-5 result. Four different Trojans scored led by freshman midfielder Amanda Johansen who had two goals on three shots in the game. Johansen also collected two of USC’s three draw controls. “It was definitely the coolest day in my life,” said Johansen. “We’re so thankful for what USC has done for us. It’s special when you walk around campus and people cheer for us. It’s great to be able to show California what lacrosse is all about.” Three more freshmen contributed goals for the Trojans including midfielder Haleigh Dalmass, midfielder Paige Bonomi, and attacker Caroline de Lyra who faced her older sister Alexa de Lyra in her first collegiate game. Alexa is a senior attacker for the Wildcats. Freshman defender Courtney Tarleton led the Trojans with four ground balls.

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NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Set To Open 2013 Season At Home Against #1 Northwestern And #14 UMass On February 9-10


USC Women's Lacrosse vs Northwestern and UMass

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“Lacrosse Magazine” February 2013 Issue Released Featuring NCAA Preview And Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Attacker Westy Hopkins On Cover


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COVER STORY — NCAA Preview Edition: 100 Teams. Fifty-two pages of 2013 season preview coverage on all levels of the game. Did you follow #LMranks on LaxMagazine.com? Our Lacrosse Magazine previews go even more in depth. The annual preseason homage includes scouting reports, projected starters, rival coaches’ opinions and, of course, our Preseason Players of the Year.
By Lacrosse Magazine staff
Lax Player, Life Saver
Batman doesn’t grant interviews, but if he did, it would be something like talking to West Chester’s Tori Dugan, who donated bone marrow to a 50-year-old man with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and downplays it at every turn.
By Mark Macyk
‘A Better, Safer Environment’
Since the US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program launched in 2005, more than 20,000 people have completed an online course or instructional clinic. It’s good for coaches and parents, and great for the sport.
By Emily Gibson and Paul Krome
Off the Field: Demmianne Cook
What’s so tough about Division I? After dominating Division II, Cook made the jump with coach Joe Spallina from Adelphi to Stony Brook and made it look easy. The Long Island lifer granted us an all-access pass to her campus digs.
We Are US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse board member Scott Hugdahl has been integral to the growth of youth lacrosse in Minnesota, where one of 12 Gold Stick pilot programs will launch this spring.
Your Edge
Tewaaraton Award finalist Mike Sawyer shares shooting tips and superstition that have made him a star at Loyola, while Cortland’s Maria Di Fato deals advice on defense.
The Scoop
Rochester Rattlers coach Tim Soudan did a double take when he saw his old friend Mark Millon available. Can the 41-year-old former MLL MVP make a complete comeback?
Give and Go
Yale defender Adrienne Tarver waxes intellectual on Frank Lloyd Wright and Black Arts Movement.

Lacrosse In Spain: LMU Women’s Lacrosse Middie Hannah McDermott Spent Fall 2012 Semester Playing With University Of Madrid Lacrosse Club


LMU LacrosseMcDermott, a marketing major and president of LMU’s women club lacrosse team, studied in Madrid, Spain, this past fall. Together with her teammate and friend, junior graphic design major Kailey Strachan, McDermott decided it was necessary to continue playing lacrosse while they were overseas.

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Junior marketing major Hannah McDermott (left) and junior graphic design major Kailey Strachan (right) pose after practice at European University of Madrid.

Confused and a little nervous, LMU junior Hannah McDermott walked around the lit streets on the outskirts of Madrid without a clue of where she was headed. She had plans to meet up with other local lacrosse players, but navigating a foreign country at night is usually a difficult task.

Forty-five minutes passed, and she still had no idea where she was going. Carrying her lacrosse stick, people passing McDermott on the sidewalk shot her glances of amusement and confusion.

Lacrosse is not a popular sport in Spain.

Noticing McDermott’s lacrosse stick, a car on the road pulled over to the sidewalk and asked her if she was off to practice and needed a ride.

“I told myself, I don’t know these guys, but they have lacrosse sticks, so I said ‘OK’ and jumped in their car,” McDermott said.

Four minutes later, McDermott was finally home.

In front of her was a lit turf field with other lacrosse athletes hanging out, waiting for practice to begin.

Getting lost and eventually finding her way on this one particular night is just one example of McDermott’s several memorable experiences while playing lacrosse in Spain.

While the two could have easily taken the four months off, staying in shape and keeping their skills in check were critical if they wanted to perform at a high-level back at LMU in the spring. On top of these practical reasons, playing the sport cured the pair’s inevitable homesickness.

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Hannah McDermott (bottom right) and Norwegian teammate Mimi Wikant (top right) pose after tournament in Cuenca, Spain, with the women’s club lacrosse team. The tournament took place in early December.

“Lacrosse was a part of LMU I could take with me to Spain,” Strachan said.

Along with attending an introductory clinic held in Madrid by Anna Sody, Germany’s national teams assistant coach, McDermott and Strachan attended weekly practices with the Madrid Lacrosse Club at European University of Madrid.

Though the team was composed of mostly native Spaniards, McDermott and Strachan also played with one girl from England and another from Norway.

McDermott immediately befriended her Norwegian teammate, Mimi Wikant. The two spent time together on and off the field in Madrid.

“Hannah really helped to raise the level of the game and the team. She has a way of spreading her motivation and love for the game to people around her,” Wikant said.

McDermott, Strachan, Wikant and other non-Spaniards quickly found out that the sport of lacrosse was just beginning to infiltrate the sports landscape of Madrid. Known for its propensity for soccer or fútbol as they call it across the pond, Spain currently only has three women club lacrosse teams and nine men’s club teams.

Playing with inexperienced players speaking different languages provided a challenge for both McDermott and Strachan.

“The language barrier was something I had to work around,” Strachan said. “The terminology for basic plays was different, I had to think and find other ways to communicate with the girls on the field.”

Strachan recalled how at the beginning of the clinic, cliques of the girls from Spain, Germany and America all formed.

“By the end of that day we were just all playing and practicing together with all those circles broken down,” Strachan said.

As a temporary member of the Madrid club, McDermott participated in the first organized tournament of its kind in Spain, bringing together the country’s women’s lacrosse clubs. McDermott and Wikant traveled with the club two hours east to Cuenca, Spain in early December.

The experience reminded McDermott of the sport’s beginning stages in Spain. The teams gathered for a meeting to explain the sport’s rules before the competitive play began. Additionally, players were swapped in between teams because some teams simply did not carry full rosters of players.

“The level of play our team and our opponents in Cuenca was [limited], but it’s always fun to play,” Wikant said. “Hannah did a great job at coaching everyone up.”

In the informal setting, McDermott appreciated her opportunity to experience a milestone accomplishment for the growth of lacrosse in Spain.

“Being from America and knowing the game for years, it was really awesome for me to see my Madrid teammates and the players we played against so stoked about this relatively new sport in Europe,” McDermott said.

To cap off her experience, McDermott traveled with her teammates to Bielefeld, Germany for a box lacrosse tournament, which is played indoors. While she vividly remembers the on the field action, the international environment caught her attention.

“It was cool hearing people yelling different things in different languages on and off the field,” McDermott said.

Lost at first, McDermott and Strachan eventually found another home on the lacrosse field in Madrid, despite being 5,827 miles away from Los Angeles.

“It was about stepping out of your comfort zone. Dealing and adapting to new situations,” McDermott said. “I loved it.”

Kevin Cacabelos, Asst. Sports Editor, Los Angeles Loyolan

For more: http://www.laloyolan.com/students-take-passion-for-lacrosse-abroad/article_9661b7f0-6b74-11e2-a3f8-001a4bcf6878.html