Friday, March 30, 2012

Some great youth lacrosse! #careylax #cville #lacrosse #ymca .@abundantlax .@careylax

From "Lacrosse All Stars": SHOW LAS YOUR OLD SCHOOL: BATES LACROSSE

From "Lacrosse All Stars"

SHOW LAS YOUR OLD SCHOOL: BATES LACROSSE

Posted about 23 hours ago by Wilson

I’ve known quite a few Bates Lacrosse players over the years, and I can now add Peter Carey to that group, via the magical world of Facebook.  Peter has some unreal Old School Bates Lacrosse photos from back in the day to show off, and he keeps them in an album with the title “honor the game… lacrosse!”   Indeed sir!

One of the shots shows Peter dodging against my alma mater, Wesleyan.  We missed each other by about a decade.  So close!  Peter’s brother, Paul, played one year at Wesleyan before dropping the sport for ultimate frisbee.  That does happen.  The other shot has Peter cutting through the Middleburydefense.  It’s amazing how Middlebury’s uniforms basically haven’t changed at all since then.

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Love the all black shorts.

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Bates - Midd, back in the day!

A little NESCAC Old School action for you on a wonderful Thursday!

Have some Old School Photos worth showing off?  We’d LOVE to see them!  Send ‘em on in

 

From "Lacrosse All Stars": SHOW LAS YOUR OLD SCHOOL: BATES LACROSSE

From "Lacrosse All Stars"

SHOW LAS YOUR OLD SCHOOL: BATES LACROSSE

Posted about 23 hours ago by Wilson

I’ve known quite a few Bates Lacrosse players over the years, and I can now add Peter Carey to that group, via the magical world of Facebook.  Peter has some unreal Old School Bates Lacrosse photos from back in the day to show off, and he keeps them in an album with the title “honor the game… lacrosse!”   Indeed sir!

One of the shots shows Peter dodging against my alma mater, Wesleyan.  We missed each other by about a decade.  So close!  Peter’s brother, Paul, played one year at Wesleyan before dropping the sport for ultimate frisbee.  That does happen.  The other shot has Peter cutting through the Middleburydefense.  It’s amazing how Middlebury’s uniforms basically haven’t changed at all since then.

Bates_wesleyan_old_school_lacrosse-e1333028559285

Love the all black shorts.

Bates_middlebury_old_school_lacrosse-e1333028654603

Bates - Midd, back in the day!

A little NESCAC Old School action for you on a wonderful Thursday!

Have some Old School Photos worth showing off?  We’d LOVE to see them!  Send ‘em on in

 

There And Back: All Access With #Virginia #Lacrosse, Plus An Interview With #UVA Star Colin Briggs

from "SumoSkinny"...

 

 

NATIONAL > VIRGINIA LACROSSE

There And Back: All Access With Virginia Lacrosse, Plus An Interview With UVA Star Colin Briggs

 

 

 

Being a student is hard enough. Now imagine also being a D-1 athlete. University of Virginialacrosse player, Colin Briggs, lets us know what it’s like to be a bad-ass student athlete.

Q. Playing lacrosse in college is pretty big leagues. Did you always know you would take the sport to this level? 

A. I grew up playing lacrosse and always knew that 
I wanted to play college lacrosse, it was more just a matter of where I would end up playing. In high school I started getting recruited by colleges and fortunately I was recruited by the University of Virginia, which was a school I always wanted to play at.

Q. What is it like being a student athlete? Any special perks? What’s the hardest part?

A. I really enjoy being a student-athlete. It keeps you super busy but it’s a lot of fun being able to represent your school playing a sport you love. I guess a special perk we have is our academic center where we have people who can help us or tutor us in preparing for exams. We really do not have the free time that regular students have so it is difficult to get all your work done and have practice everyday.

Q. What do you do in the off-season?

A. Right after the season it is nice to get away from lacrosse for a little. I usually like to come home and spend some time at the beach. Most summers after the season I would teach lacrosse camps too while I was at home. But a lot of the offseason is spent preparing for the next season with just running and lifting. I am going into my last season now so we will see what I do after this year.

Related: Lacrosse Takes W In Drug Use

Q. You dominated in the National Championships this year. I heard one commentator say, “Goals are hard to come by in this game, unless your name is Colin Briggs.” How does it feel knowing you are the best-of- the-best?

A. Our team had a great run in the playoffs last year and we were able to finish the season with the W. Everyone was playing very unselfish and it was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. It was awesome though to be able to help my team win in that game. It was something I always dreamt about.

Q. What’s next for you after college?

A. This summer I intend on playing in the MLL and am excited about playing with some of my former teamates and other great players that I played against. I really want to move to San Francisco and have been job-searching out there so we will see how that goes.

Q. Finally, being a big time college player must have its perks with the ladies. Does that jersey treat you well?

A. I think that is a question that should be directed towards the big-time college sports like football and basketball. Lacrosse is still a smaller sport so I don’t think it helps all that much.

Q. If you were to give an incoming freshman athlete any advice, what would that be?

A. I would just tell them that it goes by faster than you think and to not take anything for granted. They should enjoy their time in school and playing a sport. They should realize that there may be a day they don’t feel like practicing but should know that any former player would give anything to be back playing in school. It really has been a great experience and some of the best times of my life.

 

 

There And Back: All Access With #Virginia #Lacrosse, Plus An Interview With #UVA Star Colin Briggs

from "SumoSkinny"...

 

 

NATIONAL > VIRGINIA LACROSSE

There And Back: All Access With Virginia Lacrosse, Plus An Interview With UVA Star Colin Briggs

 

 

 

Being a student is hard enough. Now imagine also being a D-1 athlete. University of Virginialacrosse player, Colin Briggs, lets us know what it’s like to be a bad-ass student athlete.

Q. Playing lacrosse in college is pretty big leagues. Did you always know you would take the sport to this level? 

A. I grew up playing lacrosse and always knew that 
I wanted to play college lacrosse, it was more just a matter of where I would end up playing. In high school I started getting recruited by colleges and fortunately I was recruited by the University of Virginia, which was a school I always wanted to play at.

Q. What is it like being a student athlete? Any special perks? What’s the hardest part?

A. I really enjoy being a student-athlete. It keeps you super busy but it’s a lot of fun being able to represent your school playing a sport you love. I guess a special perk we have is our academic center where we have people who can help us or tutor us in preparing for exams. We really do not have the free time that regular students have so it is difficult to get all your work done and have practice everyday.

Q. What do you do in the off-season?

A. Right after the season it is nice to get away from lacrosse for a little. I usually like to come home and spend some time at the beach. Most summers after the season I would teach lacrosse camps too while I was at home. But a lot of the offseason is spent preparing for the next season with just running and lifting. I am going into my last season now so we will see what I do after this year.

Related: Lacrosse Takes W In Drug Use

Q. You dominated in the National Championships this year. I heard one commentator say, “Goals are hard to come by in this game, unless your name is Colin Briggs.” How does it feel knowing you are the best-of- the-best?

A. Our team had a great run in the playoffs last year and we were able to finish the season with the W. Everyone was playing very unselfish and it was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. It was awesome though to be able to help my team win in that game. It was something I always dreamt about.

Q. What’s next for you after college?

A. This summer I intend on playing in the MLL and am excited about playing with some of my former teamates and other great players that I played against. I really want to move to San Francisco and have been job-searching out there so we will see how that goes.

Q. Finally, being a big time college player must have its perks with the ladies. Does that jersey treat you well?

A. I think that is a question that should be directed towards the big-time college sports like football and basketball. Lacrosse is still a smaller sport so I don’t think it helps all that much.

Q. If you were to give an incoming freshman athlete any advice, what would that be?

A. I would just tell them that it goes by faster than you think and to not take anything for granted. They should enjoy their time in school and playing a sport. They should realize that there may be a day they don’t feel like practicing but should know that any former player would give anything to be back playing in school. It really has been a great experience and some of the best times of my life.

 

 

No. 3 #UVa Opens #ACC Play in College Park Against No. 9 #Maryland - #Lacrosse #UVA #Lax

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Full Game Notes - Maryland (PDF) Full Game Notes - Maryland (PDF)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia Cavaliers (8-1, 0-0 ACC), coming off their first setback of the season, are ranked No. 3 this week in the USILA coaches poll and No. 2 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll and will open up ACC play on the road against the Maryland Terrapins (5-2, 1-1 ACC). Maryland enters the game No. 9 in both the coaches and media polls. Faceoff is set for noon, inside Byrd Stadium. Live stats will be available on VirginiaSports.com.

There will be a live radio broadcast in the Charlottesville area on WINA 1070 AM, which will be simulcast as an audio webcast on VirginiaSports.com through Cavaliers Live. John Freeman will bring the play-by-play and Doug Tarring will provide the analysis. ESPNU will televise the game live in HD with Joe Beninati bringing the play-by-play, and Matt Ward and Ryan Boyle providing color analysis.

The contest is the first meeting between these ACC foes since UVa topped the Terrapins for the 2011 NCAA title at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. There are 15 Cavaliers who appeared in that game and who will be with UVa on Saturday in College Park. The Cavaliers have won three-straight games inside the home venue for Maryland, including a neutral site game against Duke during UVa's run to the 2010 ACC title.

The 2012 season marks the 64th-straight season the Cavaliers and Terrapins have clashed in a series that began in 1926. Maryland holds the all-time advantage with a 45-42 mark, however Virginia has won 10 of the last 12 meetings, including the NCAA title game, 9-7.

Steele Stanwick leads UVa with 28 assists and 39 points. His ratio of 3.11 assists per game ranks No. 1 in the nation. Chris Bocklet leads UVa with 22 goals, while six other Cavaliers are already in double figures. Rob Emery and Mark Cockerton are No. 2 and No. 3 on the team with 15 and 14 goals, respectively. Chris LaPierre leads UVa with 46 ground balls, which are the most by any player in the country who is not a faceoff specialist. Rob Fortunato is saving 59.9 percent of shots against him and posting a 7.57 goals against average in between the pipes.

Maryland head coach John Tillman is in his second season after a successful three-year run at Harvard and returns 26 letterwinners and five starters off last season's national runner-up squad. The Terrapins enter Saturday's contest with a 5-2 record and a 1-1 mark in ACC play. Joe Cummings, a former high school teammate of Stanwick at Loyola Blakefield, leads Maryland with 12 goals and 19 points. Owen Blye has a team-best eight assists. Jesse Bernhardt has a team-high 29 ground balls and Niko Amato is saving 61.5 percent of shots against him and posting a 6.61 goals against average in the goal for the Terrapins.

Virginia returns to action on April 7 when the Cavaliers travel to Tobacco Road to contest North Carolina. The contest will be televised live on ESPN in HD. Faceoff for the ACC tilt is slated for 1 p.m.

No. 3 #UVa Opens #ACC Play in College Park Against No. 9 #Maryland - #Lacrosse #UVA #Lax

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Full Game Notes - Maryland (PDF) Full Game Notes - Maryland (PDF)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia Cavaliers (8-1, 0-0 ACC), coming off their first setback of the season, are ranked No. 3 this week in the USILA coaches poll and No. 2 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll and will open up ACC play on the road against the Maryland Terrapins (5-2, 1-1 ACC). Maryland enters the game No. 9 in both the coaches and media polls. Faceoff is set for noon, inside Byrd Stadium. Live stats will be available on VirginiaSports.com.

There will be a live radio broadcast in the Charlottesville area on WINA 1070 AM, which will be simulcast as an audio webcast on VirginiaSports.com through Cavaliers Live. John Freeman will bring the play-by-play and Doug Tarring will provide the analysis. ESPNU will televise the game live in HD with Joe Beninati bringing the play-by-play, and Matt Ward and Ryan Boyle providing color analysis.

The contest is the first meeting between these ACC foes since UVa topped the Terrapins for the 2011 NCAA title at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. There are 15 Cavaliers who appeared in that game and who will be with UVa on Saturday in College Park. The Cavaliers have won three-straight games inside the home venue for Maryland, including a neutral site game against Duke during UVa's run to the 2010 ACC title.

The 2012 season marks the 64th-straight season the Cavaliers and Terrapins have clashed in a series that began in 1926. Maryland holds the all-time advantage with a 45-42 mark, however Virginia has won 10 of the last 12 meetings, including the NCAA title game, 9-7.

Steele Stanwick leads UVa with 28 assists and 39 points. His ratio of 3.11 assists per game ranks No. 1 in the nation. Chris Bocklet leads UVa with 22 goals, while six other Cavaliers are already in double figures. Rob Emery and Mark Cockerton are No. 2 and No. 3 on the team with 15 and 14 goals, respectively. Chris LaPierre leads UVa with 46 ground balls, which are the most by any player in the country who is not a faceoff specialist. Rob Fortunato is saving 59.9 percent of shots against him and posting a 7.57 goals against average in between the pipes.

Maryland head coach John Tillman is in his second season after a successful three-year run at Harvard and returns 26 letterwinners and five starters off last season's national runner-up squad. The Terrapins enter Saturday's contest with a 5-2 record and a 1-1 mark in ACC play. Joe Cummings, a former high school teammate of Stanwick at Loyola Blakefield, leads Maryland with 12 goals and 19 points. Owen Blye has a team-best eight assists. Jesse Bernhardt has a team-high 29 ground balls and Niko Amato is saving 61.5 percent of shots against him and posting a 6.61 goals against average in the goal for the Terrapins.

Virginia returns to action on April 7 when the Cavaliers travel to Tobacco Road to contest North Carolina. The contest will be televised live on ESPN in HD. Faceoff for the ACC tilt is slated for 1 p.m.

#UVa & #Hopkins' Game Garners Highest #Lacrosse Ratings Ever on #ESPNU

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Last Saturday's men's lacrosse game between Virginia and Johns Hopkins, a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2, was the highest rated college lacrosse game in ESPNU ratings history. The game's viewership surpassed all of ESPNU's NCAA Championship coverage as well.

"I am very glad to hear of this rating for a regular season game," said UVa men's lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia. "It speaks to the interest in this particular game and to the growth of men's lacrosse nationwide overall. This continues to be an exciting time in our sport."

Nearly 7,000 fans filed into Klöckner Stadium to see two of college lacrosse's most historic programs battle for the Doyle Smith Cup. Hopkins came out on top, 11-10, scoring the winning goal with five seconds remaining in the first overtime period. It was the largest Klöckner Stadium crowd since a capacity of 8,000 fans turned out during Duke's 2010 trip to Charlottesville.

All remaining games, regular season or post season, for the Cavaliers will be broadcast on the ESPN Family of Networks, starting with Saturday's contest at Maryland on ESPNU. Faceoff is set for noon. A list of UVa men's lacrosse's television schedule can be found by clicking here.

 

#UVa & #Hopkins' Game Garners Highest #Lacrosse Ratings Ever on #ESPNU

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Last Saturday's men's lacrosse game between Virginia and Johns Hopkins, a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2, was the highest rated college lacrosse game in ESPNU ratings history. The game's viewership surpassed all of ESPNU's NCAA Championship coverage as well.

"I am very glad to hear of this rating for a regular season game," said UVa men's lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia. "It speaks to the interest in this particular game and to the growth of men's lacrosse nationwide overall. This continues to be an exciting time in our sport."

Nearly 7,000 fans filed into Klöckner Stadium to see two of college lacrosse's most historic programs battle for the Doyle Smith Cup. Hopkins came out on top, 11-10, scoring the winning goal with five seconds remaining in the first overtime period. It was the largest Klöckner Stadium crowd since a capacity of 8,000 fans turned out during Duke's 2010 trip to Charlottesville.

All remaining games, regular season or post season, for the Cavaliers will be broadcast on the ESPN Family of Networks, starting with Saturday's contest at Maryland on ESPNU. Faceoff is set for noon. A list of UVa men's lacrosse's television schedule can be found by clicking here.

 

Duke lacrosse coach has Big Blue heritage

Duke lacrosse coach has Big Blue heritage
Father Ed Danowski led the Giants to two NFL titles in 1930's
By Eamon McAnaney / SNY.tv

Duke lacrosse coach John Danowski brings his team into MetLife Stadium on Sunday for the Big City Classic. (Duke)

When the Giants beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, Eli Manning became just the second quarterback to lead the franchise to two NFL titles. Yes, the second.

The first was Ed Danowski, father of Duke lacrosse coach John Danowski, who helped New York win it all in 1934 and 1938.

"It was awesome to hear people mention my dad again after the Giants won it this year," says John. "My dad was so humble and the NFL was a different animal then, but our family always took pride in his accomplishments. It was great for my mom to read about dad and hear people mention his name again and his career."

Ed Danowski grew up in Riverhead and starred at Fordham before playing for the hometown Giants. In his rookie year of 1934 he threw for one touchdown and ran for another in the famous "Sneaker Game" against the Bears. In the 1938 Championship, he threw the game-winning touchdown pass against the Packers.

Danowski was on the field at the Polo Grounds on December 7, 1941 when it was announced that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor. He would soon enlist in the Navy and serve in World War II.

When he returned from service, he became the head coach at Fordham and led the Rams from 1946 to 1954. Then he went back to Long Island and became a teacher and coach in East Meadow.

His son, John, followed in his footsteps. First as a quarterback, and then as a National Championship winning coach with more than 300 career victories at C.W. Post, Hofstra and now Duke.

"When I look back now and some of the things I say and believe I wonder "where did that come from" and it was my dad. Not so much in what he said, but how he led his life. When I was young, my dad was a junior high football coach. He knew his role was to prepare those players for the next level, so he stressed the fundamentals. Just overhearing him talk about his teams more than anything was the biggest influence on me."

As a former Giant, Ed Danowski received three season tickets which created a lifelong passion for Big Blue for his family. "Every Sunday three of us got to go the game, and then for the away games, the whole family was in front of the television at 1 PM. It was in our blood. Our seats at Yankee Stadium were in the upper deck of left field. We sat in front of a row of priests. I just remember it being a loyal group of people."

Last year Danowski led his Blue Devil club onto the field at the current home of the Giants for the Big City Classic against Syracuse. He will do that again this Sunday and he will allow himself to be nostalgic for a few moments.

"When my father passed we gave the tickets back because they weren't ours, they were his, and they created some great memories. The great teams of the 80's, the championship game against Washington in '86 comes to mind so last year was special; there was a connection."

Ed Danowski and Eli Manning have more in common than just two titles -- they both have done endorsements, although there is a slight difference in the compensation.

When Danowski appeared in a cartoon for Wheaties he received... Wheaties. Everything about the NFL in the 1930's and 1940's was on a much smaller scale than we have grown used to.

But there is another similarity between Manning and Danowski: both performed for a dedicated fan base.

"At my father's wake, an older man asked if he could come in. I was curious how he knew my dad," recounts Danowski. "He said he didn't know my dad, but he was a fan of my dad's. We were very touched by that; it was special. Ultimately, isn't that what this is all about?"

Eamon McAnaney is an on-air host for SNY and a contributor to SNY.tv. Follow him on Twitter@EamonMcAnaney.

Duke lacrosse coach has Big Blue heritage

Duke lacrosse coach has Big Blue heritage
Father Ed Danowski led the Giants to two NFL titles in 1930's
By Eamon McAnaney / SNY.tv

Duke lacrosse coach John Danowski brings his team into MetLife Stadium on Sunday for the Big City Classic. (Duke)

When the Giants beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, Eli Manning became just the second quarterback to lead the franchise to two NFL titles. Yes, the second.

The first was Ed Danowski, father of Duke lacrosse coach John Danowski, who helped New York win it all in 1934 and 1938.

"It was awesome to hear people mention my dad again after the Giants won it this year," says John. "My dad was so humble and the NFL was a different animal then, but our family always took pride in his accomplishments. It was great for my mom to read about dad and hear people mention his name again and his career."

Ed Danowski grew up in Riverhead and starred at Fordham before playing for the hometown Giants. In his rookie year of 1934 he threw for one touchdown and ran for another in the famous "Sneaker Game" against the Bears. In the 1938 Championship, he threw the game-winning touchdown pass against the Packers.

Danowski was on the field at the Polo Grounds on December 7, 1941 when it was announced that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor. He would soon enlist in the Navy and serve in World War II.

When he returned from service, he became the head coach at Fordham and led the Rams from 1946 to 1954. Then he went back to Long Island and became a teacher and coach in East Meadow.

His son, John, followed in his footsteps. First as a quarterback, and then as a National Championship winning coach with more than 300 career victories at C.W. Post, Hofstra and now Duke.

"When I look back now and some of the things I say and believe I wonder "where did that come from" and it was my dad. Not so much in what he said, but how he led his life. When I was young, my dad was a junior high football coach. He knew his role was to prepare those players for the next level, so he stressed the fundamentals. Just overhearing him talk about his teams more than anything was the biggest influence on me."

As a former Giant, Ed Danowski received three season tickets which created a lifelong passion for Big Blue for his family. "Every Sunday three of us got to go the game, and then for the away games, the whole family was in front of the television at 1 PM. It was in our blood. Our seats at Yankee Stadium were in the upper deck of left field. We sat in front of a row of priests. I just remember it being a loyal group of people."

Last year Danowski led his Blue Devil club onto the field at the current home of the Giants for the Big City Classic against Syracuse. He will do that again this Sunday and he will allow himself to be nostalgic for a few moments.

"When my father passed we gave the tickets back because they weren't ours, they were his, and they created some great memories. The great teams of the 80's, the championship game against Washington in '86 comes to mind so last year was special; there was a connection."

Ed Danowski and Eli Manning have more in common than just two titles -- they both have done endorsements, although there is a slight difference in the compensation.

When Danowski appeared in a cartoon for Wheaties he received... Wheaties. Everything about the NFL in the 1930's and 1940's was on a much smaller scale than we have grown used to.

But there is another similarity between Manning and Danowski: both performed for a dedicated fan base.

"At my father's wake, an older man asked if he could come in. I was curious how he knew my dad," recounts Danowski. "He said he didn't know my dad, but he was a fan of my dad's. We were very touched by that; it was special. Ultimately, isn't that what this is all about?"

Eamon McAnaney is an on-air host for SNY and a contributor to SNY.tv. Follow him on Twitter@EamonMcAnaney.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cavs prep for rivalry rematch - #UVA #Lacrosse #Maryland #Lax #ACC #Terps #Hoos

 

Cavs prep for rivalry rematch

 

Virginia opens ACC play against Terps; teams meet for first time since last year’s national championship

BY TONY OLMERT, STAFF WRITER on March 29, 2012

Coming off its first loss of the season against Johns Hopkins last weekend, the No. 3 Virginia men’s lacrosse team will look for a rebound win in its first ACC tilt of the season against No. 9 Maryland Saturday.

Virginia (8-1, 0-0 ACC) will try to get back to its winning ways in College Park after breaking a 14-game winning streak which included the team’s 2011 NCAA title run. The Cavaliers will have an added target on their backs this week as Maryland (5-2, 1-1 ACC) tries to avenge its 9-7 loss in its national championship matchup against Virginia last May.

Fifteen Cavaliers who appeared in the championship last year are back for the grudge match. “We’re not afraid to say that we want to repeat,” senior attackman Steele Stanwick said. “We know it’s hard. When you make the mistakes like we did [against Hopkins], you’re not going to win.”

The Cavaliers failed to close out a tight contest against then-No. 2 Johns Hopkins in last week’s battle of the top two teams in the country. The defeat kicked off a brutal upcoming schedule as the Cavaliers prepare to take on ACC opponents Maryland, Duke and North Carolina during the next 15 days.

“This is a stretch of games when we’re going to have our work cut out for us,” coach Dom Starsia said. “When I talk about playing our best game, that’s got to be our goal for next Saturday going to College Park. Maryland — we beat them last year in the championship game. They’ve got a chance to get us back at home. We’re going to have to be on our toes for that.”

Virginia will have to be ready to take on a Maryland team in need of a marquee win. After a hot start to the season, the Terps have dropped two of their last four games, to UMBC and North Carolina. The end of the North Carolina game ended in a fight which earned Maryland junior midfielder Kevin Cooper a suspension, keeping him out of Saturday’s contest.

The Cavaliers are hoping to expose a young Maryland defense which has been stingy so far, relinquishing only 7.43 goals per game. Virginia’s offensive firepower has come from a number of options so far this season, with veteran leaders such as Stanwick, senior attackman Chris Bocklet and sophomore midfielder Rob Emery being supplemented by the emergence of freshman Ryan Tucker as a serious offensive threat.

Bocklet leads Virginia with 22 goals while Emery is second on the team with 15 tallies. Stanwick leads the Cavaliers’ in points with 39. Tucker has now entered into the mix with 12 goals to his credit.

The infusion of Tucker and other young talent has contributed to the depth of a veteran-heavy squad with high aspirations for the season. Despite the loss last week, Starsia is pleased with the Cavaliers’ effort and response to heightened expectations so far this season. “Coming into this season the way that we did, as a defending national champion with everything that was going on — and kind of getting everybody’s best shot — I’ve got no complaints with our approach to things, the way we’ve gotten to work,” he said. “I don’t think it’s been a burden.”

Last week, Hopkins was one of the first teams this year able to consistently crack the zone defense Virginia has employed during much of the last two seasons. Virginia will look to regain its form behind the continued strong play of senior goalkeeper Rob Fortunato.

Maryland, on the other hand, will look to its multitude of scoring options with an offense which has surprised many this season after graduating a strong class after the championship loss. Only five current Maryland players started during last year’s title tilt.

Despite its variety of options, the Terrapin attack will still primarily rely on senior midfielder Joe Cummings. Cummings, a former high school teammate of Stanwick’s, leads Maryland with 12 goals and 19 points.

Virginia’s players and coaches hope to erase the memory of last week’s loss by putting together a full team performance in this crucial ACC road matchup to get back on track for another national championship.

“We definitely don’t shy away from that challenge,” Stanwick said. “It’s still a lot of lacrosse to be played. If you remember last year, I think we lost four out of the upcoming five, so we know we can learn a lot from [the loss to Hopkins].”

The game will be televised on ESPNU 12 p.m. Saturday.

 

Cavs prep for rivalry rematch - #UVA #Lacrosse #Maryland #Lax #ACC #Terps #Hoos

 

Cavs prep for rivalry rematch

 

Virginia opens ACC play against Terps; teams meet for first time since last year’s national championship

BY TONY OLMERT, STAFF WRITER on March 29, 2012

Coming off its first loss of the season against Johns Hopkins last weekend, the No. 3 Virginia men’s lacrosse team will look for a rebound win in its first ACC tilt of the season against No. 9 Maryland Saturday.

Virginia (8-1, 0-0 ACC) will try to get back to its winning ways in College Park after breaking a 14-game winning streak which included the team’s 2011 NCAA title run. The Cavaliers will have an added target on their backs this week as Maryland (5-2, 1-1 ACC) tries to avenge its 9-7 loss in its national championship matchup against Virginia last May.

Fifteen Cavaliers who appeared in the championship last year are back for the grudge match. “We’re not afraid to say that we want to repeat,” senior attackman Steele Stanwick said. “We know it’s hard. When you make the mistakes like we did [against Hopkins], you’re not going to win.”

The Cavaliers failed to close out a tight contest against then-No. 2 Johns Hopkins in last week’s battle of the top two teams in the country. The defeat kicked off a brutal upcoming schedule as the Cavaliers prepare to take on ACC opponents Maryland, Duke and North Carolina during the next 15 days.

“This is a stretch of games when we’re going to have our work cut out for us,” coach Dom Starsia said. “When I talk about playing our best game, that’s got to be our goal for next Saturday going to College Park. Maryland — we beat them last year in the championship game. They’ve got a chance to get us back at home. We’re going to have to be on our toes for that.”

Virginia will have to be ready to take on a Maryland team in need of a marquee win. After a hot start to the season, the Terps have dropped two of their last four games, to UMBC and North Carolina. The end of the North Carolina game ended in a fight which earned Maryland junior midfielder Kevin Cooper a suspension, keeping him out of Saturday’s contest.

The Cavaliers are hoping to expose a young Maryland defense which has been stingy so far, relinquishing only 7.43 goals per game. Virginia’s offensive firepower has come from a number of options so far this season, with veteran leaders such as Stanwick, senior attackman Chris Bocklet and sophomore midfielder Rob Emery being supplemented by the emergence of freshman Ryan Tucker as a serious offensive threat.

Bocklet leads Virginia with 22 goals while Emery is second on the team with 15 tallies. Stanwick leads the Cavaliers’ in points with 39. Tucker has now entered into the mix with 12 goals to his credit.

The infusion of Tucker and other young talent has contributed to the depth of a veteran-heavy squad with high aspirations for the season. Despite the loss last week, Starsia is pleased with the Cavaliers’ effort and response to heightened expectations so far this season. “Coming into this season the way that we did, as a defending national champion with everything that was going on — and kind of getting everybody’s best shot — I’ve got no complaints with our approach to things, the way we’ve gotten to work,” he said. “I don’t think it’s been a burden.”

Last week, Hopkins was one of the first teams this year able to consistently crack the zone defense Virginia has employed during much of the last two seasons. Virginia will look to regain its form behind the continued strong play of senior goalkeeper Rob Fortunato.

Maryland, on the other hand, will look to its multitude of scoring options with an offense which has surprised many this season after graduating a strong class after the championship loss. Only five current Maryland players started during last year’s title tilt.

Despite its variety of options, the Terrapin attack will still primarily rely on senior midfielder Joe Cummings. Cummings, a former high school teammate of Stanwick’s, leads Maryland with 12 goals and 19 points.

Virginia’s players and coaches hope to erase the memory of last week’s loss by putting together a full team performance in this crucial ACC road matchup to get back on track for another national championship.

“We definitely don’t shy away from that challenge,” Stanwick said. “It’s still a lot of lacrosse to be played. If you remember last year, I think we lost four out of the upcoming five, so we know we can learn a lot from [the loss to Hopkins].”

The game will be televised on ESPNU 12 p.m. Saturday.

 

Division I Position Rankings, March 28th - #lacrosse #uva #stanwick #briggs #fortunato

Division I Position Rankings, March 28
Terry Foy March 28th, 2012
38

InsideLacrosse.com



Peter Baum, Billy Eisenreich, Mike Sawyer, Thomas Schreiber, Kiel Matisz and Marcus Holman — six of the 14 offensive players have spent their time in college playing both attack and midfield. That reflects the changing nature of college lacrosse (and underscores the lamented loss of the feeding attackmen and two-way midfielders), and it also makes this type of exercise even more difficult.

To distill who plays where and how they stack up among the competition, IL took the opinions of opposing coaches divvied up attackmen and middies (and, for that matter, close defensemen and LSM, who'll have their own rankings in the next two weeks).
These players are in line for the USILA's spate of awards: Lt. Col. JL Turnbull (Attackman of the Year), Lt. Donald McLaughlin, Jr. (Midfielder of the Year), William C. Schmeisser (Defenseman of the Year) and Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. (Goalie of the Year).
ATTACK
1. Steele Stanwick, Sr., Virginia (11G, 28A in 9 games)
Stanwick is ninth in DI in scoring. He's had big moments and big games for No. 2-ranked Virginia, but based on what he's done in the past and the course the Cavaliers' season has taken, it seems the best is yet to come.
2. Peter Baum, Jr., Colgate (36, 13 in 9 games)
The toughest call for where to classify him, Baum's best described as an offensive player who doesn't leave the field. After registering only one assist as a freshman and a shade under one assist per game as a sophomore, Baum's picked up the distributing in his junior year.
3. Billy Eisenreich, Sr., Bucknell (23, 25 in 10 games)
After moving from midfield to attack to adjust to Charlie Streep's injury, Eisenreich has been a revelation for the Bison, who've rebounded from a slow start to win seven consecutive games.
4. Will Manny, Jr., UMass (26, 14 in 8 games)
Manny had 16 points in his first two games, hit a bit of a lull with only four combined points against Brown and Albany, but is back to his explosive ways after pouring in five goals and two assists Tuesday against Harvard.
5. Mike Sawyer, Jr., Loyola (29, 7 in 8 games)
Sawyer is maybe the best set-shooter in the game and a dangerous offensive player all over the box. His assist numbers can improve, but Sawyer can move the ball well in the Hounds' offense.
6. Logan Schuss, Jr., Ohio State (27, 10 in 9 games)
Schuss has accounted for 29% of the Buckeyes' offense — not an unheard of number for a star offensive player (for example, Rob Pannell's 89 points were 26.8% of Cornell's total offensive production last year), but not indicative of the level of support coach Nick Myers hoped he was going to get for Schuss this year. 
7. Mark Matthews, Sr., Denver (21, 11 in 8 games)
Matthews has a point in every game for Denver, and put up five against Penn State and Notre Dame. At 5-3, Denver's three goals away from being undefeated, but in each of their losses, they've been held to single-digits.
MIDFIELD
1. Colin Briggs, Sr., Virginia (13, 11, 8GB in 9 games)
Briggs' hot start has cooled some the last two weeks, but he's dangerous dodging down the alley and as a set-shooter. 
2. Thomas Schreiber, So., Princeton (16, 14, 20GB in 7 games)
Another dual midfielder/attackman, Schreiber's dangerous as a scorer or feeder from all over the box, so he can invert after coming on as a sub or set up opposite the ball for a redodge. After early losses to Hopkins and Carolina, Princeton's rebounded with three impressive wins.
3. Kiel Matisz, Sr., Robert Morris (26, 22, 22GB in 9 games)
Just unbelievable production for a Canadian middie that is good on groudballs, runs the two-man game creatively and plays at both ends of the field? He's this year's Kevin Crowley.
4. Marcus Holman, Jr., North Carolina (14, 19, 15GB, 6CT)
A tough-nosed, good distributor, Holman is a conduit for Carolina's offensive coaches on the field, routinely helping to control tempo, sets and looks.
5. John Ranagan, Jr., Johns Hopkins (8, 5, 9GB in 8 games)
Ranagan plays the more defense than anyone listed ahead of him, so his numbers deserve a bump. Add to that his overtime goal decided a matchup of top-ranked teams and he's been better since his early shooting slump.
6. Brent Adams, Sr., Fairfield (20, 6, 17GB in 9 games)Fairfield's primary dodger to go with attackmen John Snellman and Sam Snow, Adams is a traditional two-way guy who was selected No. 53 in January's MLL Draft.
7. Jeremy Noble, So., Denver (11, 8, 32GB, 6CT in 8 games)Playing alongside Chase Carraro (the face-off guy) and Cam Flint (the offensive initiator), Noble is the utility guy on the nation's most exciting midfield line. Any of the other two guys could slide into this last spot (as could a couple of Duke's middies), but Noble gets the bump for his versatility.
DEFENSE
1. Tucker Durkin, Jr., Johns Hopkins (17GB, 12 CT in 8 games)
A monster cover defender who supports his teammates and is not a liability off-ball — Durkin's at his best when he's patient and resists the urge to chase or slash. Against Steele Stanwick and Virginia last weekend, Durkin balanced controlling GLE with limiting Stanwick's ability to sit and feed.
2. Kevin Randall, Sr., Notre Dame (11GB, 6 CT in 7 games)The next in a growing legacy of staunch ND defenders, Randall doesn't cover as much ground on-ball as predecessors Kevin Ridgway and Sam Barnes, but he is excellent off-ball and makes plays like the groundball he picked up at the midline in the third OT versus Denver never that preserved possession and, ultimately, the game for the Irish.
3. Brian Megill, Jr., Syracuse (20GB, 17CT in 7 games)Megill has elevated from a third defenseman who did a nice job on the crease last year to a dangerous lead defenseman for whom opposing coordinators gameplan.
4. Joe Fletcher, So., Loyola (14GB, 8 CT in 8 games)Sneaky physical given his stature, Fletcher has an excellent stick and is a great compliment to Reid Acton and Dylan Grimm, bigger defenders who are better playing on the wings and crease.
5. Jordan Smith, So. North Carolina (11GB, 3CT in 10 games)Drawing top assignments this season, Smith has been a stabilizing force for a unit that's been shaky at times. 
6. Jason Noble, Jr., Cornell (24GB, 16CT in 7 games)Slick and fast in the defensive zone, Noble was part of limiting Matthews to three goals, and he's teamed with linemate Mike Bronzino to key one of the nation's stingier defenses.
7. Tom Celentani, Sr., UMass (13GB, 12CT in 8 games)A senior leader in the defensive end, Celentani's a tall, rangy, good-sliding defender that's helped ensure goalie Tim McCormick doesn't see too many high-quality shots.
GOALIE
1. John Kemp, Jr., Notre Dame (65.6%, 5.80GAA in 7 games)Though he's coming off his worst outing of the season against Rutgers, Kemp had staggering numbers (77%) through the first couple weeks of the season. He's capable of stonewalling lesser opponents and keeping Notre Dame within striking distance of any team in the country.
2. Niko Amato, So., Maryland (61.5%, 6.62GAA in 7 games)Amato hasn't been great in every game, but his overall numbers behind a rebuilding defense are too good to ignore, and he's shown flashes of the dominance that was on display down the stretch of last year's NCAA Tournament. 
3. Tim McCormack, Sr., UMass (60.7%, 7.01GAA in 8 games)Sound in net, McCormack serves as a representation of the undefeated Minutemen squad — the culmination of a multi-year building project whose biggest tests lie ahead.
4. Jameson Love, Sr., Bryant (62.6%, 7.84GAA in 8 games)A consistent presence for Bryant's entire DI existence, Love is off to a fine start as a senior while the Bulldogs threaten to enter the top 20.
5. Matt Poillon, Fr., Lehigh (62.6%, 5.57GAA in 10 games)The nation’s leader in goals against average, Poillon is the last line of a defense that has gotten outstanding play from close defensemen Mike Noone and Ty Souders.
6. Pierce Bassett, Jr., Johns Hopkins (58.4%, 6.03GAA in 8 games)Manning the crease for the nation's No. 1 team, Bassett is doing everything that's asked of him — running the defense and making the stops he's expected to make.
7. Rob Fortunato, Sr., Virginia (59.9%, 7.57GAA in 9 games)In his first year as a starter, Fortunato has stood tall against the nation's best offense in Cornell, but the ACC schedule remains.

Division I Position Rankings, March 28th - #lacrosse #uva #stanwick #briggs #fortunato

Division I Position Rankings, March 28
Terry Foy March 28th, 2012
38

InsideLacrosse.com



Peter Baum, Billy Eisenreich, Mike Sawyer, Thomas Schreiber, Kiel Matisz and Marcus Holman — six of the 14 offensive players have spent their time in college playing both attack and midfield. That reflects the changing nature of college lacrosse (and underscores the lamented loss of the feeding attackmen and two-way midfielders), and it also makes this type of exercise even more difficult.

To distill who plays where and how they stack up among the competition, IL took the opinions of opposing coaches divvied up attackmen and middies (and, for that matter, close defensemen and LSM, who'll have their own rankings in the next two weeks).
These players are in line for the USILA's spate of awards: Lt. Col. JL Turnbull (Attackman of the Year), Lt. Donald McLaughlin, Jr. (Midfielder of the Year), William C. Schmeisser (Defenseman of the Year) and Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. (Goalie of the Year).
ATTACK
1. Steele Stanwick, Sr., Virginia (11G, 28A in 9 games)
Stanwick is ninth in DI in scoring. He's had big moments and big games for No. 2-ranked Virginia, but based on what he's done in the past and the course the Cavaliers' season has taken, it seems the best is yet to come.
2. Peter Baum, Jr., Colgate (36, 13 in 9 games)
The toughest call for where to classify him, Baum's best described as an offensive player who doesn't leave the field. After registering only one assist as a freshman and a shade under one assist per game as a sophomore, Baum's picked up the distributing in his junior year.
3. Billy Eisenreich, Sr., Bucknell (23, 25 in 10 games)
After moving from midfield to attack to adjust to Charlie Streep's injury, Eisenreich has been a revelation for the Bison, who've rebounded from a slow start to win seven consecutive games.
4. Will Manny, Jr., UMass (26, 14 in 8 games)
Manny had 16 points in his first two games, hit a bit of a lull with only four combined points against Brown and Albany, but is back to his explosive ways after pouring in five goals and two assists Tuesday against Harvard.
5. Mike Sawyer, Jr., Loyola (29, 7 in 8 games)
Sawyer is maybe the best set-shooter in the game and a dangerous offensive player all over the box. His assist numbers can improve, but Sawyer can move the ball well in the Hounds' offense.
6. Logan Schuss, Jr., Ohio State (27, 10 in 9 games)
Schuss has accounted for 29% of the Buckeyes' offense — not an unheard of number for a star offensive player (for example, Rob Pannell's 89 points were 26.8% of Cornell's total offensive production last year), but not indicative of the level of support coach Nick Myers hoped he was going to get for Schuss this year. 
7. Mark Matthews, Sr., Denver (21, 11 in 8 games)
Matthews has a point in every game for Denver, and put up five against Penn State and Notre Dame. At 5-3, Denver's three goals away from being undefeated, but in each of their losses, they've been held to single-digits.
MIDFIELD
1. Colin Briggs, Sr., Virginia (13, 11, 8GB in 9 games)
Briggs' hot start has cooled some the last two weeks, but he's dangerous dodging down the alley and as a set-shooter. 
2. Thomas Schreiber, So., Princeton (16, 14, 20GB in 7 games)
Another dual midfielder/attackman, Schreiber's dangerous as a scorer or feeder from all over the box, so he can invert after coming on as a sub or set up opposite the ball for a redodge. After early losses to Hopkins and Carolina, Princeton's rebounded with three impressive wins.
3. Kiel Matisz, Sr., Robert Morris (26, 22, 22GB in 9 games)
Just unbelievable production for a Canadian middie that is good on groudballs, runs the two-man game creatively and plays at both ends of the field? He's this year's Kevin Crowley.
4. Marcus Holman, Jr., North Carolina (14, 19, 15GB, 6CT)
A tough-nosed, good distributor, Holman is a conduit for Carolina's offensive coaches on the field, routinely helping to control tempo, sets and looks.
5. John Ranagan, Jr., Johns Hopkins (8, 5, 9GB in 8 games)
Ranagan plays the more defense than anyone listed ahead of him, so his numbers deserve a bump. Add to that his overtime goal decided a matchup of top-ranked teams and he's been better since his early shooting slump.
6. Brent Adams, Sr., Fairfield (20, 6, 17GB in 9 games)Fairfield's primary dodger to go with attackmen John Snellman and Sam Snow, Adams is a traditional two-way guy who was selected No. 53 in January's MLL Draft.
7. Jeremy Noble, So., Denver (11, 8, 32GB, 6CT in 8 games)Playing alongside Chase Carraro (the face-off guy) and Cam Flint (the offensive initiator), Noble is the utility guy on the nation's most exciting midfield line. Any of the other two guys could slide into this last spot (as could a couple of Duke's middies), but Noble gets the bump for his versatility.
DEFENSE
1. Tucker Durkin, Jr., Johns Hopkins (17GB, 12 CT in 8 games)
A monster cover defender who supports his teammates and is not a liability off-ball — Durkin's at his best when he's patient and resists the urge to chase or slash. Against Steele Stanwick and Virginia last weekend, Durkin balanced controlling GLE with limiting Stanwick's ability to sit and feed.
2. Kevin Randall, Sr., Notre Dame (11GB, 6 CT in 7 games)The next in a growing legacy of staunch ND defenders, Randall doesn't cover as much ground on-ball as predecessors Kevin Ridgway and Sam Barnes, but he is excellent off-ball and makes plays like the groundball he picked up at the midline in the third OT versus Denver never that preserved possession and, ultimately, the game for the Irish.
3. Brian Megill, Jr., Syracuse (20GB, 17CT in 7 games)Megill has elevated from a third defenseman who did a nice job on the crease last year to a dangerous lead defenseman for whom opposing coordinators gameplan.
4. Joe Fletcher, So., Loyola (14GB, 8 CT in 8 games)Sneaky physical given his stature, Fletcher has an excellent stick and is a great compliment to Reid Acton and Dylan Grimm, bigger defenders who are better playing on the wings and crease.
5. Jordan Smith, So. North Carolina (11GB, 3CT in 10 games)Drawing top assignments this season, Smith has been a stabilizing force for a unit that's been shaky at times. 
6. Jason Noble, Jr., Cornell (24GB, 16CT in 7 games)Slick and fast in the defensive zone, Noble was part of limiting Matthews to three goals, and he's teamed with linemate Mike Bronzino to key one of the nation's stingier defenses.
7. Tom Celentani, Sr., UMass (13GB, 12CT in 8 games)A senior leader in the defensive end, Celentani's a tall, rangy, good-sliding defender that's helped ensure goalie Tim McCormick doesn't see too many high-quality shots.
GOALIE
1. John Kemp, Jr., Notre Dame (65.6%, 5.80GAA in 7 games)Though he's coming off his worst outing of the season against Rutgers, Kemp had staggering numbers (77%) through the first couple weeks of the season. He's capable of stonewalling lesser opponents and keeping Notre Dame within striking distance of any team in the country.
2. Niko Amato, So., Maryland (61.5%, 6.62GAA in 7 games)Amato hasn't been great in every game, but his overall numbers behind a rebuilding defense are too good to ignore, and he's shown flashes of the dominance that was on display down the stretch of last year's NCAA Tournament. 
3. Tim McCormack, Sr., UMass (60.7%, 7.01GAA in 8 games)Sound in net, McCormack serves as a representation of the undefeated Minutemen squad — the culmination of a multi-year building project whose biggest tests lie ahead.
4. Jameson Love, Sr., Bryant (62.6%, 7.84GAA in 8 games)A consistent presence for Bryant's entire DI existence, Love is off to a fine start as a senior while the Bulldogs threaten to enter the top 20.
5. Matt Poillon, Fr., Lehigh (62.6%, 5.57GAA in 10 games)The nation’s leader in goals against average, Poillon is the last line of a defense that has gotten outstanding play from close defensemen Mike Noone and Ty Souders.
6. Pierce Bassett, Jr., Johns Hopkins (58.4%, 6.03GAA in 8 games)Manning the crease for the nation's No. 1 team, Bassett is doing everything that's asked of him — running the defense and making the stops he's expected to make.
7. Rob Fortunato, Sr., Virginia (59.9%, 7.57GAA in 9 games)In his first year as a starter, Fortunato has stood tall against the nation's best offense in Cornell, but the ACC schedule remains.