Monday, April 29, 2013

Jeff White: Trying Season Ends Early for Men's Lacrosse

Jeff White has another fine article about the UVA Men's Lacrosse team today:

Trying Season Ends Early for Men's Lacrosse

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The calendar still shows April, and yet the season is over for the UVa men's lacrosse team. Forgive Dom Starsia and his players if they feel out of sorts. For only the second time in Starsia's 21 seasons as their head coach, the Cavaliers will be spectators when the NCAA tournament begins in May.

"It's gonna be strange to wake up tomorrow and not be getting ready for practice," Starsia said Sunday afternoon at Kenan Stadium, where host North Carolina defeated Virginia 16-13 in the ACC championship game.
"It's gonna sting a little bit," said junior defenseman Scott McWilliams, who helped the Cavaliers win the NCAA title in 2011. "But mainly I feel bad that we couldn't get this done for the seniors, because there was never a lack of effort this season."

A win over second-seeded UNC would have given the fourth-seeded Cavaliers the .500-or-better record required for consideration for the NCAAs, and they battled from start to finish Sunday. But Virginia (7-8), which averaged 13.5 goals in its final four games this season, could not match the firepower of the Tar Heels (12-3), who are ranked No. 1 in the USILA coaches' poll. And so for the first time since 2004 the Wahoos will sit out the NCAA tourney.
"It's always frustrating when a season ends and you don't win," senior midfielder Matt White said after his final game for UVa. "I think we left a lot of good lacrosse out there, and it's a bummer."

On an afternoon when the `Hoos got historic performances from White (career-high seven goals) and junior attackman Nick O'Reilly (career-high seven assists), they still trailed for the final 34 minutes, 7 seconds Sunday.
"At the end of the day, we just weren't quite good enough, frankly," said Starsia, who has won four NCAA titles at Virginia. "But we worked hard trying to be, and it just didn't happen for us today."

Read it all HERE

Friday, April 26, 2013

Virginia Advances to ACC Final With 13-6 Win Over No. 2 Maryland

Virginia Advances to ACC Final With 13-6 Win Over No. 2 Maryland


April 26, 2013

Box Score

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Mark Cockerton scored four goals and Matt White tallied three of his own and three assists to elevate the Virginia Cavaliers (7-7) to the ACC Championship final with a 13-6 triumph over the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins (9-3), Friday afternoon at North Carolina's Kenan Stadium.
Virginia will play for the ACC title for the first time since winning it all in 2010 and it will be the Cavaliers'15th all-time appearance in the ACC title game since the tournament's inception in 1989.
"Today was a good game, a hard-fought win," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. "I told ESPN at halftime that the game wasn't a work of art early on, but we saw the two teams were working at it. The key for us - for the most part - was that we felt we could defend them most of the day. I never felt that we were ever in any peril defensively - every time it seemed like Maryland could seize the game, it appeared like defensively we had it under control."
The game began as a defensive juggernaut as Cockerton's goal 59 seconds into the contest was the only score by either team in the opening stanza. Maryland finally broke through at the 13:50 mark in the second quarter on a Mike Chanenchuk unassisted goal after the Terrapins did not find nylon in the game's first 16:10.
The game's only tie was short-lived, as UVa scored 35 seconds later when Ryan Tucker found Cockerton for the junior's second goal. Shortly after, UVa took the lead and never relinquished it when Greg Coholan ripped a goal on a White pass for the Cavaliers' only extra-man opportunity.


Maryland cut UVa's lead to one goal, 3-2, when John Haus scored unassisted at 6:27. Virginia closed out the half on a two-goal run via a Rob Emery tally and Cockerton's third goal of the game on a Nick O'Reilly pass, sending UVa into the intermission with a 5-2 lead. The goal gave Cockerton his 12th career hat trick, his eighth of the season and his fourth in a row.
The Virginia defense limited Maryland to only eight first half shots as the Terrapins committed eight first half turnovers.
Maryland started the second half on a 3-1 spurt to pull within one goal, 6-5. The second and third goals of the run came in extra-man fashion when UVa was stuck with two players in a full-time served penalty. Scott McWilliams was tagged with a slash, but it became a full-time served penalty when UVa's Pat Harbeson and Maryland's John Haus were simultaneously charged with matching full-time served unsportsmanlike conduct fouls. Official rules state that McWilliams slash also must be a full-time served foul because it happened at the same time.

With a thin 6-5 lead, UVa reeled off seven goals in a row to take a commanding 13-5 lead. O'Reilly tallied two goals and assisted one more during the run, while White scored twice and assisted two more. Charlie Streep and Emery also scored, while Cockerton stamped the run on an open-net with 2:53 left in the game. Owen Blye scored with 24 seconds left to finish the game's scoring.

Virginia scored the most goals any team has tallied on Maryland this season and the contest was the Terrapins most lopsided loss since losing to Duke in 2008 by a score of 15-7. Virginia assisted 10 of its 13 goals on the afternoon and scored eight goals in the second half on 16 shots.

Virginia won the shots battle (38-25), the ground ball battle (32-27) and Maryland won the faceoff battle (12-11). Maryland had 18 turnovers to UVa's 11 and Rhody Heller for Virginia made six saves en route to his second career victory inside the pipes.

Virginia will play the winner of No. 2 seeded North Carolina and No. 3 seeded Duke on Sunday at Kenan Stadium. Faceoff will be at 1 p.m. and the game will be televised live on ESPNU in HD.
Virginia 1-4-3-5-13 Maryland 0-2-3-1-6 Att-4567

Scoring (G-A) - V: Matt White 3-3, Nick O'Reilly 2-2, Mark Cockerton 4-0, Rob Emery 2-1, Charlie Streep 1-0, Greg Coholan 1-0, Owen Van Arsdale 0-1, Pat Harbeson 0-1, Bobby Hill 0-1, Ryan Tucker 0-1. M: Owen Blye 3-0, Mike Chanenchuk 1-2, Jake Bernhardt 1-0, John Haus 1-0.

Goalie Summary - V: Rhody Heller 60:00 mins. 6 saves 6 goals allowed. M: Niko Amato 54:30 mins. 10 saves 11 goals allowed, Kyle Bernlohr 5:30 mins. 0 saves 2 goals allowed.
Shots: V-38, M-25 

Ground Balls: V-32, V-27

 Clearing:V-195x22, M-20x20
 Faceoffs: V-11, M-12

 Penalties: V-2-2:00, M-2-1:30

 EMO: V-1x1, M-2x2

Thursday, April 25, 2013

LaPierre Leading from Cavaliers' Sideline by Jeff White

LaPierre Leading from Cavaliers' Sideline


April 25, 2013

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CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Chris LaPierre is in North Carolina with his teammates, and he'll do everything in his power to inspire them before and during UVa's game with Maryland in the ACC men's lacrosse tournament Friday night in Chapel Hill.
At times, LaPierre said with a smile this week, he finds himself yelling more from the sideline than Dom Starsia, the Hall of Fame coach who has guided the Cavaliers to four NCAA titles.
"I just try to be as engaged as possible," said LaPierre, UVa's sole captain this season.
LaPierre knows, however, that he can only do so much for the team when he's not on the field. He hasn't played since March 5, when a knee injury sidelined him for the second time this season. An All-America midfielder, he watched in frustration as Virginia, which won the NCAA title in 2011, his sophomore year, lost six of its final seven regular-season games this spring.
"It's been so tough," LaPierre said. "And I think my form of leadership is mainly leading by example and making the tough play or picking up the hard ground ball or winning the sprint, stuff like that. So I think not being able to go has definitely hurt a lot. But you just try to do whatever you can.
"For me, that's being more of a leader from the sideline and trying to be vocal and watching and paying attention and helping the guys, like [Ryan] Tucker and [Rob] Emery, as much as I can."
At 5 p.m. Friday, fourth-seeded UVa (6-7) faces top-seeded Maryland (9-2) at the University of North Carolina's Kenan Stadium. Third-seeded Duke (11-4) meets second-seeded UNC (10-3) in the second semifinal.
To be eligible for an invitation to the NCAAs, which they haven't missed since 2004, the Wahoos must win the ACC tournament. Had the 6-2, 210-pound LaPierre been healthy all season, the `Hoos almost certainly would be assured a ninth consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Three of the Cavaliers' losses have been by a single goal. Another, to Maryland, was by two goals. ESPN lacrosse analyst Quint Kessenich has opined that LaPierre is worth two goals a game for the Cavaliers, and "I think that's a pretty fair assessment," Starsia said. "It would be hard for me to overvalue Chris LaPierre."
From his first day on Grounds, LaPierre has been the Cavaliers' best defensive midfielder. As a boy, he picked up the nickname "Shocker" for his powerful presence on athletic fields, and it's not hard to see why when LaPierre plays lacrosse. He led the team in ground balls in 2011 and again last year after finishing third as a freshman.
"To me, he might be the best faceoff wing in the country," Starsia said.
LaPierre's role was expected to expand this year. After the 2012 season, several rule changes went into effect in college men's lacrosse. Designed to speed up the game, they enhanced the value of middies who could contribute at both ends of the field.
"It was almost as if they were the LaPierre Rules, the changes," Starsia said. "We thought that if there's any kid in the country that's going to be prepared to take advantage of these rule changes, it was going to be Chris. We were working him more on offense, because we thought he would be able to contribute there, too."
During the team's first full practice in January, however, LaPierre fell and landed awkwardly on his right knee after taking a shot. He got up slowly and was able to hobble to the sideline, but LaPierre knew something was wrong. UVa's medical staff, after testing his knee, suspected that LaPierre had injured his posterior cruciate ligament, and a MRI confirmed that initial diagnosis.
No surgery was required, and after missing most of preseason practice LaPierre played in the Feb. 16 opener against Drexel. But he was ineffective that day and then sat out Virginia's next three games. LaPierre returned to face Syracuse on March 1 in the Carrier Dome but again was no factor.
Four nights later, in a brief appearance against Vermont, LaPierre continued to noticeably favor one leg. After that game, the medical staff decided to give LaPierre more time off to see if his knee would improve.
"I was telling Coach I was like 85 percent," LaPierre recalled. "In reality I was closer to 50 or 60 percent. I wanted to play, but it didn't heal the way we were hoping for."
LaPierre, who's from Medford, N.J., returned home to have his knee examined by doctors there. They agreed that an operation wasn't needed but advised LaPierre to use the rest of the season to rehab his knee.
"They said, `You need to let it heal. You're not able to play on it right now,' which was true," LaPierre recalled. "I tried running, I tried cutting, it was just wasn't working out."
His final statistics for 2013: no goals, no assists, three ground balls. Because LaPierre appeared in only three games, he's expected to receive a hardship waiver that will allow him to play as a fifth-year senior in 2014.
For now, he works out regularly in the McCue Center weight room with strength-and-conditioning coach Everrett Gathron -- "I do a lot of upper body and core, no lower-body stuff," LaPierre said -- and rehabs his knee three times a week with athletic trainer Rebecca Vozzo. He was recently cleared to jog a couple of times a week.
"That stuff's going well," LaPierre said. "It's just a slow process, so you don't want to rush too much."
LaPierre is one of five Cavaliers redshirting because of injuries this season, along with freshmen Will McNamaraDickson SmithMichael Howardand Carlson Milikin, who was expected to contribute immediately in the defensive midfield.
With LaPierre and the 6-1 Milikin out, Starsia has used 6-3 Rob Emery and 6-2 Ryan Tucker on defense more than he'd planned to. Most often, though, the Cavaliers' defensive middies have been juniors Bobby HillBlake Riley and Pat Harbeson, who are listed at 5-8, 5-10 and 5-8, respectively.
"Against some of these [bigger, stronger] teams, we're biting you on the ankle and hanging on," Starsia said. "Shocker gave us that physical presence as a defender. He's not even that great an individual defender, but he's a big body, so he can bang a big middie, which we don't have that right now. But mostly when the ball was on the ground in the defensive end of the field, he was instant offense. He was a one-man clear. What we haven't been able to do is create enough easy scoring opportunities, and that's what he was always able to do for us.
"And so we've become more of a half-field team without him, because these other guys are pretty efficient picking the ball up and clearing it, but they don't attack the other end of the field the way Chris always did.
"It's hard to quantify his contribution, because it's just such an extended one. I'm not sure we've had a player that contributes in so many different areas as Chris does, in addition to his role as sort of the emotional leader of this team."
When LaPierre was shut down for the season, Starsia said, the coaching staff considered naming additional team captains. But Starsia wanted to keep LaPierre involved, "and I thought highly enough of him that I thought he could provide leadership for this team in spite of the fact that he couldn't play."
The Cavaliers have struggled this season, but their work ethic and practice habits have been superb, Starsia said, and LaPierre "gets some of the credit for that."
LaPierre, a history major, will receive his bachelor's degree next month. He hopes to then enroll in a one-year master's program in the Curry School of Education for 2013-14.
An intern last summer at the New York Stock Exchange, LaPierre is interested in finance, "but in terms of a full-time job I didn't really have anything lined up," he said. Another year at UVa will allow him to further explore his career options.
On the field, LaPierre figures to provide an enormous boost to a team whose regulars this season include only three seniors: defenseman Harry Prevas and midfielders Matt White and Charlie Streep.
Whatever happens the rest of this season, Starsia and LaPierre believe, the `Hoos should again be NCAA title contenders in 2014.
"There's no doubt in my mind we'll be back," LaPierre said. "People say we're having a down year, a rebuilding year, whatever you want to call it. At the end of the day, all of our losses are to top-15 teams, and three or four of them are one-goal or two-goal losses. So we're right there, just maybe one or two plays away. There's no doubt we'll be back."

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

2013 Men's All-ACC Lacrosse Team Announced


April 24, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Six student-athletes on the Tewaaraton Award watch list highlight this year's All-ACC Men's Lacrosse Team, as announced today by the conference office. The team is determined by a vote of the league's four head coaches.

Duke, Maryland, and Virginia are tied for the conference lead with three representatives apiece. North Carolina had two players recognized.

Jesse Bernhardt, John Haus, and Niko Amato were named to the All-ACC Team from Maryland, the top seed in this week's ACC Championship. All three players are repeat honorees, with Amato earning his third career accolade and the second for Bernhardt and Haus. Amato is just the second ACC goalie to earn three career All-ACC honors, following Virginia's Tillman Johnson (2001-2003).

Duke's Brendan Fowler, David Lawson, and Jordan Wolf were honored. Fowler, who ranks third in the nation in faceoff win percentage (.652), and Lawson were named to the All-ACC team for the first time in their careers. Wolf ranks ninth nationally with 2.67 goals per game and earns his third career recognition.

Three Virginia players garnered conference accolades. Mark Cockerton, who leads the country in goals per game (3.5), is joined by Scott McWilliams, who ranks third in the NCAA in caused turnovers per game (2.69). Nick O'Reilly earns his first career honor and is 12th nationally in assists per game (2.23).

North Carolina's Marcus Holman leads the conference and is fourth in the country in points per game (4.77) and repeated as a member of the All-ACC Team. Teammate Joey Sankey garnered his first career accolade.

The 2013 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship gets underway Friday with the semifinals at 5 and 7:30 p.m. at Kenan Stadium at the University of North Carolina. The championship game will be held Sunday at 1 p.m., and all three games can be seen on ESPNU. For more information on the ACC Championship, visit:



Individual awards, including Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Coach and Freshman of the Year, will be voted on by the league's head coaches following the ACC Championship.

2013 Men’s Lacrosse All-ACC Team
Brendan FowlerJuniorMidfieldDuke
David LawsonSeniorMidfieldDuke
Jordan Wolf*JuniorAttackDuke
Jesse Bernhardt*SeniorLSMMaryland
John Haus*SeniorMidfieldMaryland
Niko Amato*JuniorGoalieMaryland
Joey SankeySophomoreAttackNorth Carolina
Marcus Holman*SeniorAttackNorth Carolina
Mark CockertonJuniorAttackVirginia
Nick O'ReillyJuniorAttackVirginia
Scott McWilliams*JuniorDefenseVirginia
* 2013 Tewaaraton Award Candidates

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Seminole Lacrosse April 14th, 2013

Photos from the April 14th, 2013 Charlottesville Seminole Lacrosse 3rd & 4th grade game:

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