Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Men's Lacrosse Announces Doug Knight as Assistant Coach
PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania's Head Coach of Men's Lacrosse, Mike Murphy, has announced the hiring of Doug Knight as a member of his staff."We are very excited to bring Coach Knight to the Penn men's lacrosse program," said Murphy. "Doug brings with him tremendous experience both as a player and as a coach. As a former National Player of the Year and national championship assistant coach, he will have a great deal to contribute to our offense and our attackmen specifically. But even more valuable than his experience is Doug's intelligence and his ability to build rapport with players and impart valuable insights, both on and off the field. We very much look forward to Coach Knight's contributions."
"I have been watching the Penn Men's lacrosse program closely for two years now, and am incredibly excited to join the staff," said Knight. "It has been great to watch this team mature in the last few years, and I am looking forward to assisting Cory Coffman with the offense. I had some terrific coaches over the years, and I am hopeful that I can have as positive an effect on the Penn players as my coaches had on me."
Knight currently works at the Haverford School, where he is the Associate Director of Admission and Tuition Assistance. He also served as Haverford's ice hockey coach and was an assistant coach with the lacrosse program which was voted the high school national champion last year. Knight has also served as a middle school math teacher and middle school athletic director at Haverford.
Prior to arriving at Haverford, Knight was at St. Paul's School For Boys in Maryland, where he was a head coach for the varsity ice hockey and lacrosse programs as well as the middle school soccer and ice hockey programs.
Knight was a member of the University of Virginia's men's lacrosse program from 1993-97, captaining the 1997 squad. He was the National Player of the Year in 1996 and a three-time All-America from 1995-97. He played on two teams that were NCAA runner-up, in 1994 and 1996.
Following his UVA career, Knight played professionally in Major League Lacrosse for the Boston Cannons and Philadelphia Barrage. He was also an assistant coach at UVA for a few seasons, including 1999 when the Cavaliers won the NCAA title. Knight was recently elected to the Virginia Chapter of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame and will be inducted in February.
A two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member, Knight earned his bachelor's degree in Anthropology at Virginia. He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Education School Leadership Program at Penn, expecting to graduate from that program in May.
Under Murphy, who enters his third season running the Penn program, the Quakers went 8-7 last year and earned a spot in the NCAA Championship field. Three players from that squad were subsequently drafted by Major League Lacrosse teams. The Red and Blue were picked 14th in this season's Inside Lacrosse Preseason National Poll, and will open their season on Friday, Feb. 24 at Duke. The home opener comes four days later against Lehigh.
Posted by Peter Carey at 8:00 PM
Monday, January 30, 2012
Lacrosse season starts for Fluvanna boys, girls
By: Roger Gonzalez | Daily Progress correspondent
Published: January 29, 2012
Published: January 29, 2012
For the past three years, young athletes interested in lacrosse in Fluvanna County have participated in a Parks and Recreation program, competing against each other in an effort to improve.
Now, they will be tested.
Fluvanna County High School has launched a boys and girls lacrosse program, which has already started winter conditioning, and practices will start on Feb. 20.
According to Fluvanna athletic director Scott Morris, kids and parents requested a lacrosse team.
“We believe all sports and opportunities for the student athletes of Fluvanna are important,” he said. “We have had a club team through Parks and Rec for the past couple of years with a great turnout, so when the parents came in to raise the money, it was a no-brainer. A grant was applied for through the U.S. Lacrosse foundation, and we have been told we were awarded 20 sets of equipment for both boys and girls. Haven’t seen it yet, but it is coming. The money amount I am not sure of. We are in the business of providing opportunity and it came here really quickly, especially in a time of economic cuts.”
On the boys’ side, Richard Little, who has 18 years of high school coaching experience, including coaching at Covenant, will lead the way. Little earned several honors while serving as coach of the Eagles, including VIC coach of the year in 2010 and U.S. Lacrosse Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009.
The new coach feels that the program has a lot of potential.
“I think the biggest thing is just the enthusiasm from the community, the amount of time and energy the parents and players have put in to raise the money and allow the school to start a new program,” said Little. “It’s just been very impressive.
“Although the talent is young and a little bit raw, just walking through the hallways at the school, you are quick to see that there are a lot of very nice athletes. Now, the key is just to get those athletes out to play the game of lacrosse.”
Jenny Payne, who played goalie at Mary Washington in the 90's before becoming a college and high school basketball coach, will direct the Fluco girls. Payne has also coached varsity basketball at the school.
“I think it’s a great opportunity,” said Payne. “It’s nice having the privilege of starting the program, getting to start it from scratch.
“It’s always fun starting a new adventure. I have a great group of girls that played club last year that will be playing this year.”
Payne only sees the sport growing in the area.
“I think it could be very big,” she said. “It’s one of the fastest-growing sports. The high school side keeps getting bigger.”
The teams will open the season on Mar. 13 against Liberty.
“Some of the girls have been meeting on their own at a park [to play] because they are so excited to get started,” Payne added.
For those who plan to participate, they can’t wait.
“It’s a fast-growing sport that will bring excitement to the community,” senior goalie Elizabeth Jensen said. “I can speak for myself and my team. We are all very excited for this season. We have a great team and are ready to see what this season brings us. Lacrosse is such a great sport, and I love seeing it growing in my community.”
John Douma, who will be on the boys team, is as ready as ever.
“Everyone who has played lacrosse in Fluvanna is excited to be able to compete with schools like Charlottesville, Western, and Monticello, against players who most of us have played with and against in summer and fall leagues,” Douma said. “It also really makes me feel like it is something that is part of Fluvanna County now. Before when we were a club, we would play on whatever fields were open, sometimes on the high school field on Saturdays if it was open. Now as a school sport, we will be playing at night during the week, at our school, with Fluvanna County written on our jerseys and helmets, and that’s what I’m most excited for, being able to represent our school.”
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia men's lacrosse team will have eight regular season games, in addition to the ACC Tournament, broadcast on the ESPN family of networks during the 2012 season. The March 4 home game against Syracuse and the road April 7 game at North Carolina highlight the schedule, being televised on the ESPN.
"We are proud to find ourselves atop of Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off yearbook, to be playing the six of the next seven teams in their poll, seven of the 2011 NCAA teams overall and to be included in both the Face-Off and Mile High Classics," said head coach Dom Starsia. "In addition, the new agreement between the ACC and ESPN promises to put an increased number of our games in homes across the country."
Virginia's Feb. 25 home contest against Stony Brook will be broadcast on ESPN3 at noon, followed by the Syracuse ESPN contest at 4:30 p.m. on March 4. The Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic contest with Cornell will begin at 1:30 at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, the site of UVa's 2011 NCAA title run.
UVa hosts Johns Hopkins for the Doyle Smith Cup at Klöckner Stadium on March 24 and the contest will be seen on ESPNU. All three of UVa's ACC league games will be televised, beginning with a road tilt at Maryland on ESPNU at noon on March 31. UVa's ESPN game at North Carolina also faces off at noon on April 7. The Cavaliers host Duke on ESPNU on April 13 at 6 p.m.
The semifinal round and the championship game of the ACC Tournament, hosted by Virginia, will be seen on ESPNU. The semifinal round will be played at 5 and 7:30 p.m. on April 20. The ACC title will be contested on April 22 at 3 p.m.
UVa concludes the 2012 regular season in Inside Lacrosse's Mile High Classic, facing Penn at Denver's Sports Authority Field. That contest will be televised on ESPN3 at 7:30 p.m. EST.
The ESPN family of networks will televise all four rounds of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Complete UVa TV schedule (all times EST):
|Saturday, February 25||12 p.m.||Stony Brook at Virginia||ESPN3|
|Sunday, March 4||4:30 p.m.||Syracuse at Virginia||ESPN|
|Saturday, March 10||1:30 p.m.||Virginia vs. Cornell||ESPNU|
|Saturday, March 24||2 p.m.||Johns Hopkins at Virginia||ESPNU|
|Saturday, March 31||12 p.m.||Virginia at Maryland||ESPNU|
|Saturday, April 7||12 p.m.||Virginia at North Carolina||ESPN|
|Friday, April 13||6 p.m.||Duke at Virginia||ESPNU|
|Friday, April 20||5 p.m.||ACC Semifinal #1||ESPNU|
|Friday, April 20||7:30 p.m.||ACC Semifinal #2||ESPNU|
|Sunday, April 22||3 p.m.||ACC Championship||ESPNU|
|Friday, April 27||7:30 p.m.||Penn||ESPN3|
The Syracuse University men’s lacrosse team has 14 regular-season games scheduled for 2012, and 13 will be televised. Highlighting the TV schedule is a March 4 game at Virginia on ESPN.The network has also agreed to broadcast the inaugural Big East lacrosse championship, which will be May 3-5 at Villanova. ESPNU will air Thursday’s first semifinal and Saturday’s championship game live. Thursday’s second semifinal will be carried live on ESPN3 (online) and shown via tape-delay on ESPNU.
The only regular-season SU game not scheduled for television is at St. John’s on March 10.
Here's the TV schedule:Feb. 19, 2 p.m. — Albany at SU (TWCS/SNY)
Feb. 26, 2 p.m. — Army at SU (TWCS/SNY)
March 4, 4:30 p.m. — SU at Virginia (ESPN)
March 17, 4 p.m. — SU at Johns Hopkins (ESPNU)
March 21, 7 p.m. — Providence at SU (TWCS/SNY)
March 25, 2 p.m. — Villanova at SU (TWCS/SNY)
April 1, 4 p.m. — Duke vs. SU (ESPNU)
April 7, 4 p.m. — Princeton at SU (TWCS)
April 10, 7 p.m. — SU at Cornell (TWCS)
April 14, 11 a.m. — Rutgers vs. SU (ESPNU)
April 17, 7 p.m. — SU at Hobart (TWCS)
April 21, 3 p.m. — Georgetown at SU (ESPNU)
April 28, 5 p.m. — SU at Notre Dame (ESPNU)