Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Year Face-Off Went Away - InsideLacrosse article

Swezey: The Year Face-Off Went Away

Wednesday May 24th, 2017 4:30pm

(Inside Lacrosse Photo: Dave Anderson)
The NCAA Quarterfinal weekend was marked by several outstanding performances: Towson’s iron clad defensive midfield; Maryland’s precise, sleek sports car of a squad; Ohio State’s witheringly effective black-and-blue offense; Albany’s wonderful positivity even in the face of a 12-goal deficit.
But the performance I kept going back to was Denver junior Trevor Baptiste winning 21 of 22 face-offs in a 16-4 victory over Notre Dame. His dominance was such that, in a span of 20 minutes 24 seconds, the Fighting Irish did not take a shot. That includes their going without a shot for the entire second quarter.
It was Baptiste who was the main talking point on Sunday at Delaware Stadium and the co-talking point, along with Towson, at the MIAA Semifinals on Monday night at Homewood Field.
The question was the same: Have we ever seen anything like Baptiste winning 21 of 22 face-offs, in an NCAA Tournament game, against a team that had been ranked No. 1 earlier in the year? (The Fighting Irish, for what it’s worth, are the answer to the trivia question of which team was ranked No. 1 in the first poll in March; the drinker of that poisoned chalice has not won an NCAA title since 2005, a streak that continues into 2018.)
The excellent NCAA Tournament record book doesn’t appear to include face-offs. 
The closest I could find otherwise was from a long time ago. Then-freshman Ned Radebaugh won 20 of 22 face-offs to lead Johns Hopkins over Cornell, 13-8, in the 1978 NCAA Title Game at Rutgers Stadium. Radebaugh helped the Blue Jays to a 50-35 advantage on shots.
And his performance comes with the mother and father of footnotes. One, it ended Cornell’s 42-game winning streak, a steak that still is an NCAA Division I record.
And two, a few months later, a change in the rules was announced that virtually eliminated face-offs from the college game.

Monday, January 23, 2017

BOIARDI, GREER, CRAMBLET WIN TEWAARATON SPIRIT, LEGEND AWARDS

BOIARDI, GREER, CRAMBLET WIN TEWAARATON SPIRIT, LEGEND AWARDS


WASHINGTON – The Tewaaraton Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 Tewaaraton Legends and Spirit honorees. The 11th Spirit of Tewaaraton recipient is Mario St. George Boiardi, and the 2017 Tewaaraton Legends are former Virginia star Cherie Greer Brown and former Army star Peter Cramblet.
The Spirit of Tewaaraton is presented to an individual who has contributed to the sport of lacrosse in a way that reflects the spirit of the values and mission of the Tewaaraton Award. Past recipients include Dick Edell, Diane Geppi-Aikens, Sid Jamieson, A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard, Roy Simmons Jr., Richie Moran, Bob Scott, Brendan Looney, Oren Lyons and Tina Sloan Green.
After earning 11 varsity letters at Landon School, George Boiardi went on to become Cornell’s 2001 Rookie of the Year and a four-year starter for the Big Red. A captain of the 2004 team, George tragically lost his life on March 17, 2004 when he was struck in the chest with a ball during a game on Cornell’s Schoellkopf Field. As an accomplished student, athlete and campus leader who was committed to helping those less fortunate, George lived by the motto that “well done is better than well said.” George planned to serve with Teach for America on South Dakota’s Rosebud Reservation following his graduation, and his legacy lives on through the annual 21 Run, which benefits local literacy efforts in Ithaca, a cause dear to Boiardi’s heart.
“I am forever grateful for my experiences shared with George Boiardi while he was a player and captain of the Cornell lacrosse team,” said Jeff Tambroni, head coach at Penn State and the coach at Cornell from 2001-2010. “He was a soft-spoken, fun-loving, loyal and compassionate young man off the field. At the same time, he was a courageous, competitive, hard-nosed and humble leader on it. George offered his voice and opinions sparingly, but effectively, as he impacted and supported so many people around him. His legacy and spirit continues to grow in the hearts of so many former teammates, family and friends. He remains the most compassionate and impactful teammate I have ever coached. While we continue to mourn the loss of George, I take comfort in the time that we spent together and from the many lessons that were learned. I am grateful to be able to pass these lessons along to my children and current team today.”
The Tewaaraton Legends Award annually honors recipients who played college lacrosse prior to 2001, the first year in which the Tewaaraton Award was presented. Recipients are chosen on the basis that their collegiate performance would have earned them a Tewaaraton Trophy, had the award existed when they played. The previous five Legends Award winners are Syracuse’s Jim Brown (2011), Cornell’s Eamon McEneaney (2012), Johns Hopkins’ Joe Cowan (2013), Navy’s Jimmy Lewis (2014), Syracuse’s Brad Kotz (2015), Maryland’s Frank Urso (2016) and Penn State’s Candace Finn Rocha (2016).
The recipient of the 2017 Tewaaraton Women’s Legend Award presented by the IWLCA, Cherie Greer Brown was a three-time first-team All-American and the 1994 NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year at Virginia. A four-time member of the U.S. Women’s Team, Greer Brown was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Fame in 2009, and in 2000 was named to Lacrosse Magazine’s All-Century Team.
“Cherie Greer was simply the most outstanding lacrosse player to ever wear a Virginia uniform and the top collegiate and U.S. player of her time,” said Jane Miller, Greer’s coach at Virginia. “She played with grace, style, speed and skill. In her final year, she led the country in scoring while being named the ‘Defensive Player of the Year,’ a very unique accomplishment. Cherie always put the team first. She never took credit but she always shouldered the responsibility for the team’s success. You will not find a more humble superstar. Cherie Greer was a treasure we were fortunate to have at the University of Virginia for four years. She was a coach’s dream, a teammate’s dream, and now a very deserving legend.”
Pete Cramblet graduated from Army as the lacrosse program’s all-time leading scorer, having compiled 150 points. Cramblet became the first Army player ever to reach 100 career goals, finishing with a then-record 107 tallies. In Cramblet’s junior year, he helped Army to a share of the 1969 national championship when the Black Knights finished 10-1. His senior year was the season that etched his name into the Academy’s lacrosse lore. Cramblet, inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Fame in 1986, posted 33 goals and 19 assists, en route to earning the 1970 Jack Turnbull Award as the country’s top attackman and the Lt. Ray Enners Award as the nation’s most outstanding player.
“Prior to an Army-Navy game, we had a four-man rotation on attack: Marty Knorr, Tom Cafaro, Pete and Darby Boyle,” said U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Famer Ace Adams, who coached Cramblet at Army. “Darby was our captain and it was time for other three guys to start over Pete. I got the other three together and said, ‘This is Darby’s last game and I think he should start.’ Without hesitation Cramblet put his hand up and said, ‘I don’t have to start, Coach.’ At the start of the game Navy’s coaches were running up and down the sideline saying, ‘Where is No.  2?’ Later in the first quarter, he went in and scored four goals in Army’s victory. He was the top star and it has stuck with me that he so quickly gave his starting spot to Darby. He was very quick and could usually gain a step on his defender.”
All three recipients will receive their awards at the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony presented by Under Armour, June 1, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
The Tewaaraton Foundation will unveil the 2017 Tewaaraton Award Watch List live at a special fundraising reception in New York City on Feb. 28. Information can be found at https://www.501auctions.com/tewaaraton.
For more information on the Tewaaraton Legends Award or to attend these exciting events, visit tewaaraton.com. Like and follow The Tewaaraton Foundation at facebook.com/tewaaratontwitter.com/tewaaraton and instagram.com/tewaaraton.
About The Tewaaraton Foundation
First presented in 2001, the Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the preeminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. Endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and U.S. Lacrosse, the Tewaaraton Award symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. The Tewaaraton Foundation ensures the integrity and advances the mission of this award. Each year, the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy – the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora – and presents two scholarships to students of Native American descent. To learn more about The Tewaaraton Foundation, please visit www.tewaaraton.com.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Duke Announces 2017 Men's Lacrosse Schedule

Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Duke Announces 2017 Men’s Lacrosse Schedule
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/20/2016
DURHAM, N.C.—Duke men’s lacrosse head coach John Danowski has announced the program’s 2017 slate that features eight regular season home games and seven of the 15 other NCAA Tournament squads from 2016.
The Blue Devils have a busy home slate in February with four of the eight home games coming in the month. Duke also has a few long road trips, heading west to play Denver, north for an ACC game at Syracuse, up to Milwaukee again to meet up with Marquette and back to Long Island for a neutral site game against Boston University.
Danowski has added a couple of new opponents to the schedule with Saint Joseph’s and Cleveland State venturing to Durham.
Game-by-Game Breakdown
February 5 vs. Air Force | Durham, N.C. | 3:30 p.m.
This marks the earliest start in program history, opening one week earlier than it did in 2016 and two days earlier than 2015. The Blue Devils will be looking to avenge their overtime loss to the Falcons in this season opener. Duke is 6-3 overall against Air Force and 3-1 under head coach John Danowski. This is the third straight regular season the two teams have faced off.
February 10 vs. High Point | Durham, N.C. | 7:30 p.m.
Duke and High Point are meeting for the third straight season and fourth time overall. The Blue Devils have dominated the series against the new program, outscoring the Panthers by nearly 12 goals per game in the three previous meetings. Duke has scored 17, 16 and 17 goals in the three outings.
February 12 vs. Cleveland State | Durham, N.C. | 2:30 p.m.
The Blue Devils host first-year program Cleveland State in this Sunday afternoon contest.
February 18 vs. Denver | Denver, Colo. | 2:00 p.m.
In what has developed into a great rivalry over the past few seasons, Duke and Denver will meet for the seventh straight season. The Pioneers have had the better results overall, winning five of the six previous regular-season outings. The game also features two of the game’s best coaches in Danowski and Denver’s Bill Tierney with the pair combining for 738 career wins and 10 NCAA titles.
February 25 vs. Saint Joseph’s | Durham, N.C. | 1:00 p.m.
Saint Joseph’s head coach and former Blue Devil Taylor Wray returns to his stomping grounds for the first time as a head coach in this contest. It is only the second game between the two schools with the last occurring in 2007, an 18-4 Duke victory.
March 5 at Richmond | Richmond, Va. | 12:00 p.m.
March kicks off with another matchup against a former Blue Devil as Duke visits Richmond for the first time. The Spiders, led by former Duke standout Dan Chemotti, upset Duke last season for the biggest win in program history. It is just the second meeting between the two schools.
March 11 vs. Loyola | Durham, N.C. | 12:00 p.m.
The Duke and Loyola rivalry continues in 2017. The two squads will be facing each other for the 17th straight season. The Blue Devils are 18-12 all-time against the Greyhounds, including last season’s 15-6 win in Baltimore. However, Loyola avenged that loss with a 16-11 triumph in the NCAA Tournament in 2016, marking the first postseason win for the Greyhounds over Duke in three tries. Loyola last defeated the Blue Devils in Durham in 2001, a 10-8 victory.
March 13 vs. Jacksonville | Durham, N.C. | 1:00 p.m.
Former Duke assistant coach John Galloway brings his Jacksonville squad to Durham as a first-year head coach. It is the seventh game between the Blue Devils and Dolphins with Duke winning all six previous. Galloway was previously at Providence College with former Blue Devil assistant Chris Gabrielli.
March 18 at Georgetown | Washington D.C. | 12:00 p.m.
For the 25th time in the previous 27 seasons, Duke and Georgetown will face off. The Blue Devils are riding a seven-game win streak and have won nine of the past 10, including last season’s 20-6 victory. Head coach Mike Warne was a former player of Danowski at Hofstra, adding yet another Duke connection to the contest.
March 25 at Syracuse | Syracuse, N.Y. | 11:30 a.m.
Duke opens its grueling ACC schedule at storied program and two-time ACC champion Syracuse. The Blue Devils edged the Orange in an overtime thriller during the 2016 regular season, but Syracuse responded by taking the ACC Championship in April. Duke is 6-10 overall against the Orange and 2-4 since Syracuse joined the ACC.
April 2 at North Carolina | Chapel Hill, N.C. | 7 p.m.
Duke will take on the reigning NCAA Champion Tar Heels on their home field in hopes of resuming its winning ways. North Carolina has won the past two meetings after the Blue Devils dominated the series for 10 years with a 17-2 record. The Tar Heels’ past two wins have come by a single goal. This Sunday evening tilt will be the 73rd meeting between the two teams.
April 8 vs. Notre Dame | Durham, N.C. | 12:00 p.m.
Duke and Notre Dame battle for the 20th time with the Blue Devils holding a 12-7 edge in the series. The Fighting Irish have won the past two regular season contests, while the Blue Devils avenged those losses in the ACC semifinal each year. Duke is 3-4 at home against the Irish and last defeated Notre Dame in the regular season by a 15-7 score in 2014.
April 15 vs. Virginia | Durham, N.C. | 1:00 p.m.
Virginia will come to Durham with a slightly different look with Lars Tiffany taking over the coaching reins for the Cavaliers in 2017. The Blue Devils’ recent dominance in this series has been well documented and they look to make it 12 straight regular season wins against the Cavaliers. Virginia’s last win over Duke in the regular season came in 2004 while the last win in Durham was in 2003. The Blue Devils are 15-1 against Virginia under head coach John Danowski.
April 22 at Marquette | Milwaukee, Wis. | 1:00 p.m.
Duke will take a break from the grueling ACC schedule to play 2016 BIG EAST champion Marquette. The Blue Devils have never lost to the Golden Eagles and dominated them 16-1 a year ago in Durham. Duke’s average margin of victory over Marquette is just over 12 goals per game. The Golden Eagles will look to replace its first graduating class that featured 19 players who led them to the NCAA Tournament in four short seasons.
ACC Championship | April 28-30 | Durham, N.C.
The top four seeds once again will earn spots in the ACC Championship, while the fifth-place squad will play Penn on April 29. Duke has advanced to the ACC title game each of the previous two seasons and is looking to get back on top for the first time since 2012.
May 7 vs. Boston University | Bethpage, N.Y. | 1:00 p.m.
Duke returns to the stomping grounds of many current Blue Devils, including most of the coaching staff, to close out the regular season against Boston University in a neutral site contest. The Blue Devils are 3-0 against the new program.
NCAA Championship | May 13-29
The NCAA Tournament opens the weekend of May 13 on campuses of the top eight seeds. The quarterfinals will be hosted by Hofstra and University of Delaware the following weekend with championship weekend culminating at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Virginia Announces 2017 Men's Lacrosse Schedule


Virginia Announces 2017 Men's Lacrosse Schedule

Dec. 19, 2016
• Full 2017 Virginia Men's Lacrosse Schedule 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va
. – Virginia men’s lacrosse head coach Lars Tiffany announced the team’s 2017 schedule on Monday (Dec. 19). The slate features 14 games, including seven home contests at Klöckner Stadium. Season tickets are now on sale and may be purchased online at VirginiaSports.com, by phone at (800) 542-8821 or in-person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office.
“Our program embraces opportunities to challenge ourselves against the nation’s best and our 2017 schedule exemplifies that philosophy,” Tiffany said.  “Our men, captains and staff know we have a significant amount of individual and team preparation before we are in a position to be successful against this year’s lineup.  We understand there is no substitute for exertion and toil during the preseason.”     
The 2017 home schedule includes contests against Drexel (Feb. 18), Siena (Feb. 21), High Point (March 1), Notre Dame (March 18), Cleveland State (April 4), North Carolina (April 9) and Robert Morris (April 11).
The Cavaliers will travel to Loyola (Feb. 11), Penn (Feb. 25), Syracuse (March 5), Johns Hopkins (March 25), Richmond (April 1) and Duke (April 15). Previously announced is UVA’s neutral site game with Cornell (March 11) at the Pacific Coast Shootout in Costa Mesa, Calif. The 2017 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be held at Duke on April 28 and April 30.
Games to be broadcast on ACC Network Extra will be added to the schedule at a later date.
The 2017 season will be the Cavaliers first under Tiffany, the 17th head coach in UVA men’s lacrosse history. He inherits two All-Americans from 2016, Zed Williams (Irving, N.Y.) and Michael Howard (Richmond, Va.)­. Williams led UVA’s midfield with 22 goals and finished with 27 points. He was one of the nation’s most versatile midfielders in 2016, finishing second on the team and fifth in the ACC with 3.60 ground balls per game. Howard ranked first on the team and fourth in the ACC with 3.80 ground balls per game. UVA’s leading returning scorer is attackman Ryan Lukacovic (Syosset, N.Y., - 20 goals, 16 assists).

 

 

2017 Men’s Lacrosse Ticket InformationA men's lacrosse reserved season ticket is $50, which includes bleacher seats in Section 3 in the grandstand at Klöckner Stadium. All blue chair back seats were sold out in 2016 as season tickets and are available for renewal only.
A men's lacrosse general admission season ticket is $30 for adults and $20 for youth, seniors and UVA faculty and staff. General admission seating for men's lacrosse is available in grandstand sections 1, 2, 4, and 5 and on the grass hillside.
Single-game tickets will go on sale Jan. 23.
Fans may purchase tickets online at VirginiaSports.com or through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for in-person or telephone purchases. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).

Dec. 19, 2016
• Full 2017 Virginia Men's Lacrosse Schedule 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va
. – Virginia men’s lacrosse head coach Lars Tiffany announced the team’s 2017 schedule on Monday (Dec. 19). The slate features 14 games, including seven home contests at Klöckner Stadium. Season tickets are now on sale and may be purchased online at VirginiaSports.com, by phone at (800) 542-8821 or in-person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office.
“Our program embraces opportunities to challenge ourselves against the nation’s best and our 2017 schedule exemplifies that philosophy,” Tiffany said.  “Our men, captains and staff know we have a significant amount of individual and team preparation before we are in a position to be successful against this year’s lineup.  We understand there is no substitute for exertion and toil during the preseason.”     
The 2017 home schedule includes contests against Drexel (Feb. 18), Siena (Feb. 21), High Point (March 1), Notre Dame (March 18), Cleveland State (April 4), North Carolina (April 9) and Robert Morris (April 11).
The Cavaliers will travel to Loyola (Feb. 11), Penn (Feb. 25), Syracuse (March 5), Johns Hopkins (March 25), Richmond (April 1) and Duke (April 15). Previously announced is UVA’s neutral site game with Cornell (March 11) at the Pacific Coast Shootout in Costa Mesa, Calif. The 2017 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be held at Duke on April 28 and April 30.
Games to be broadcast on ACC Network Extra will be added to the schedule at a later date.
The 2017 season will be the Cavaliers first under Tiffany, the 17th head coach in UVA men’s lacrosse history. He inherits two All-Americans from 2016, Zed Williams (Irving, N.Y.) and Michael Howard (Richmond, Va.)­. Williams led UVA’s midfield with 22 goals and finished with 27 points. He was one of the nation’s most versatile midfielders in 2016, finishing second on the team and fifth in the ACC with 3.60 ground balls per game. Howard ranked first on the team and fourth in the ACC with 3.80 ground balls per game. UVA’s leading returning scorer is attackman Ryan Lukacovic (Syosset, N.Y., - 20 goals, 16 assists).

 

 

2017 Men’s Lacrosse Ticket InformationA men's lacrosse reserved season ticket is $50, which includes bleacher seats in Section 3 in the grandstand at Klöckner Stadium. All blue chair back seats were sold out in 2016 as season tickets and are available for renewal only.
A men's lacrosse general admission season ticket is $30 for adults and $20 for youth, seniors and UVA faculty and staff. General admission seating for men's lacrosse is available in grandstand sections 1, 2, 4, and 5 and on the grass hillside.
Single-game tickets will go on sale Jan. 23.
Fans may purchase tickets online at VirginiaSports.com or through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for in-person or telephone purchases. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).