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NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Dartmouth Women’s Lacrosse 11-10 Double-Overtime Win Over Princeton In Ivy League Semifinals On May 3

For the second time in as many years, the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team will play in the Ivy League Tournament Championship Game. This time it will be thanks in large part to the play of senior Hana Bowers in Friday’s semifinal match-up against Princeton at Franklin Field.

Bowers, a 2013 First Team All-Ivy League player, scored a free-position shot with 1:22 left in double overtime that gave her team an 11-10 victory over the Tigers, sending the third-seeded Big Green to the finals Sunday at noon against the hosts and top seed from Penn.

The final game of the weekend will serve as a rematch from last year’s championship that Dartmouth won, 6-4, over the Quakers. Penn advanced to Sunday’s tilt with a 10-5 victory over Cornell in the second semifinal. In four seasons of Ivy League Tournaments, Penn and Dartmouth have played for the crown three times (2010, 2012, 2013).

The game-winner was Bowers’ fifth of the day and her sixth point after also adding an assist on the first marker of the afternoon.

Dartmouth Women's Lacrosse

Concussions In Lacrosse: “US Lacrosse Sports Science And Safety Committee” Sponsors Study To “Understand Relationship Between Stick Checks And Head Injuries” In Women’s Lacrosse (Video)

Dr. Trey Crisco, a member of the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee, led a July 26 “crash test dummy” research session at Brown University, where several female lacrosse players, aged 12 to 28, were asked to take 36 swings at a headform.

“The primary aim of this part of our study is to understand the relationship between stick checks and head accelerations. This grant that we received through both US Lacrosse and NOCSAE is just one piece in trying to understand what the potential injury mechanism is for head injuries in girls’ lacrosse. Previously, there have been epidemiological studies and surveillance studies that have found that the majority of head injuries in girls’ lacrosse occur from the stick. These are inadvertent, obviously, and could be a result of follow-throughs from shots, or fore checks. Unlike the boys’ game, where head injuries are dominated by body-to-body or head-to-head contact, in the girls, we don’t see that; but we are seeing the stick impacting the head. So the goal of this study was to get an understanding of the relationship between the severity of the stick checks and the resulting head accelerations.”

“That’s the holy grail of concussion studies, to document the relationship between head acceleration and concussion. We’re not there yet. We know that above 90Gs or 120Gs, you are more likely than not to get a concussion, but there’s not a definitive threshold. It’s unlikely that there will be across all people because people are different and there’s variability. But there are other factors, like where you get hit and what your previous exposures were. We’re still in the process, through other studies, of coming up with that relationship.”

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/girls/2011-12/news/080912_study_leader_explains_crash_test_dummy_head_trials

College Lacrosse Recruiting: “Recruiting Strategies To Kick Off The New Year” By Tom Kovic


Recruiting Strategies to Kick Off the New Year

By Tom Kovic

The New Year offers change, new commitments, a clean slate and fresh opportunity to approach the recruiting process with renewed passion. Below are class by class suggested tactics.

The early decision and signing periods are behind you and if you were not picked up in admissions or offered an athletic scholarship you now have new life in the regular decision and regular signing pools.

Will the regular recruiting period be competitive? Yes. Will there be plentiful opportunities? No. Try not to focus on what was not accomplished during the early recruiting process, but re-group and control your playing field. Cast a narrow net in selecting the colleges you will pursue and focus on the following:

1) Meet all admissions application deadlines.

2) Update your personal profile with any pertinent academic and athletic information.

3) Edit your recruiting highlight video with footage.

4) Ping the coaches regularly and avoid incommunicado.

5) Ask your club or high school coach to reach out on your behalf to speak directly with the college coaches.

6) Take another road trip to your top schools and set a meeting with Coach.

Your strategy and operative should be fresh. Provide the coaches with the unique resources to help them see you in a new and different light that will convince them to recruit you earnestly. 

If there is an operative for juniors that should be referenced regularly as you build the recruiting effort it is “momentum.” As a junior prospect, you want to remain highly visible on the college coach’s radar and provide them with regular updates to your academic and athletic progress. I suggest you focus on the following:

1)  Update your YouTube video with new highlights that will get the attention of the coaches.

2) Be sure you are on target academically and registered for and preparing for standardized testing.

3) Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

4) Line up a campus visit and work with the college coach to include a possible overnight stay as part of the trip.

5) Cultivate relationships with each of the coaches you have connected with. The “grey area” character component can evolve here and help separate you from the rest of the pack.

Re-assess your recruiting strategy and look at the “end game.” Identify your ultimate goal in the recruiting process and use it as your catalyst. From here, work backward and identify working targets, each building and surging from one to the next until you reach your present point of reference. Now start from your new “launch point” and surge forward in building upon the plan, one brick at a time.

Information gathering and learning the “new language” of college recruiting should be the mantra for the sophomore prospect, but it goes further than that. As I mentioned early in this article, the college search for athletes has accelerated to a mind bending rate and one way to keep pace is to embrace and understand it. I suggest focusing on the following:

1) Develop a “cliff notes version of “impact” NCAA rules and procedures. Go to the NCAA website (www.ncaa.org) and download the recruiting manuals and pay attention only to the chapters on recruiting, financial aid and eligibility.

2) Put yourself down on paper by creating a 1 page personal profile and developing a 4 minute highlight video.

3) Do a self-evaluation (I have a great 10 question assessment I ask all my students to answer before we launch) and get a grasp on what you are potentially looking for in the college experience.

4) Develop a group of 20-25 colleges, diverse in community, academic offering and athletic strength (D-1, 2, 3). Locate the home and athletic websites and poke around to get a feel” for the different environments.

5) Take 3-5 campus road trips during the year. Don’t just show up. Be sure you have introduced yourself to the coaches through regular communication and line-up a face to face meeting.

The start of 2012 presents new opportunities. Developing a positive mental boost, similar to gearing up for a new season is a proactive step in the right direction. When you break it down, what you create is simply a clean slate to begin again anew and with that, every opportunity to push yourself to achieve great things.

Tom Kovic
Victory Collegiate Consulting

Lacrosse Injuries: Study Shows Eye Injuries In Women’s Lacrosse Drop “Dramatically” After 2004 US Lacrosse Requirement For Protective Eye Gear

In 2005, after urgings from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and other groups, US Lacrosse required that girls and women wear eye protection.

Four of the five injuries that occurred after the eyewear requirement happened while the girls were not wearing the protective gear. The fifth injury involved eye inflammation.

“I am impressed, but not surprised,” said Dr. Stuart Dankner, a pediatric ophthalmologist who sits on the eye safety committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dankner, who was not involved in the new study, said that eye protection has reduced injuries in hockey, baseball and other sports.

“It’s just a shame that it took so long” to become mandated for women’s lacrosse, he added.

Men’s lacrosse, which is considered a collision sport, introduced eye gear before the women’s game, which is a non-contact sport.

Dankner told Reuters Health that he has treated cases of severe eye injury among girls who played lacrosse, either from getting smacked with the stick, colliding with another player, or getting hit with the ball.

The new study, funded by US Lacrosse, tracked eye injuries among 25 high school girls lacrosse teams for four years before the mandate and six years after the mandate.

From 2000 to 2003, there were 22 eye injuries, and from 2004 to 2009 there were just five. That corresponds to one injury per player per 10,000 practices and games versus 1.6 per 100,000.

Four of the five injuries that occurred after the eyewear requirement happened while the girls were not wearing the protective gear. The fifth injury involved eye inflammation.

“As long as the athletes are wearing it seems to be doing what we hope it would,” said lead author Andrew Lincoln, the director of sports medicine research at MedStar Health Research Institute in Baltimore.

Other injuries to the face and head also went down, from 33 before the mandate to 21 after.

For more:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/15/us-eye-injuries-down-idUSTRE7BE1PQ20111215

NCAA Lacrosse: Photo Of “New Penn State Men’s And Women’s Lacrosse Field” Scheduled To Be Completed For 2012 Season

Construction is underway for the future home of Penn State lacrosse. This multi-phase project will open for the 2012 season and will feature a new, synthetic astro field turf that sits lower in the ground for better sight lines. For the 2012 season, the facility will also include lights, a scoreboard and padded retaining wall.

College Women’s Lacrosse Tournaments: The “2012 Santa Barbara Lacrosse Shootout” Features 64 Teams From 16 States Competing On Feb 17-19

The 24th Annual Santa Barbara Shootout is more than two months away but 52 of 64 spots in the event have already been claimed. The Shootout is February 17 – 19, 2012 at UCSB, SBCC and Girsh Park. Participation in the tournament is capped at 64 teams across all divisions.

 Shootout teams will be descending on Santa Barbara from all over the United States …16 different states to be exact… from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The Shootout annually brings in about 1,200 athletes to Santa Barbara. More than 1,500 additional people come to town too in the form of family members, fans and officials.

Shootout Division Registrations Status
U.S. Lacrosse WCLA D1 Division 24 Teams Full 2 On Waiting List
U.S. Lacrosse WCLA D2 Division 18 Teams 6 Openings
WWLL B Team Division 5 Teams 1 Opening
Super Division (Po-Co, NCAA & Alumni Teams) 1 Team 5 Openings
Sweet Teen Division (U-19 / U-17 Teams) 5 Teams 7 Openings
Under-15 Division 0 Teams 6 Openings

The WCLA D1 bracket is full at 24 teams and has 2 teams on the waiting list. Spots are likely to be created in that division based on the open slots in other divisions. Divisions not filled by December 15th will reduced to a minimum number optimal to offer the division to allow for accepting teams on the waiting list in any division. The December 15th date for this adjustment lets waiting list teams know they’re accepted a full two months out from the tournament.

NCAA Lacrosse: The “2011 Catamount Classic – Lacrosse For A Cure For Cancer” Hosted 16 Men’s And Women’s Teams On Oct 9 In Massachussetts (Video)

This past weekend, America East headed over to Braintree, MA to attend the annual Catamount Classic. This year there were 16 teams, both men’s and women’s, as the tournament is part of an effort to raise awareness for cancer.