Saturday, August 31, 2013

LaPierre Invited to Team USA Tryouts for the 2014 FIL World Championships



LaPierre Invited to Team USA Tryouts for the 2014 FIL World Championships


VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM Chris LaPierre
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Chris LaPierre
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Aug 30, 2013


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia senior midfielder Chris LaPierre is one of eight current collegians participating this weekend in a 98-player tryout for the United States men's national team that will compete in the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship. The championships will be held next July at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

The tryout takes place at Goucher College in Baltimore, Friday though Sunday. The 40-man roster will be announced on Tuesday.
LaPierre (Medford, N.J.) returns to UVa in 2014 after receiving a medical hardship for 2013. He is a two-time USILA All-American and a two-time All-ACC performer. Collegians joining LaPierre at the tryout are: Thomas Schreiber (Princeton), John LoCascio (Villanova), Joe Fletcher (Loyola), Austin Kaut (Penn State), Brendan Fowler (Duke) and Kevin Massa (Bryant). The eighth collegian invited was Jordan Wolfe of Duke, but he pulled out of the tryout beforehand with an injury.

Six former Cavaliers are also in Baltimore at the tryout.  Attackman Chris Bocklet, goalie Adam Ghitelman, defensemen Matt Lovejoy, attackman Ben Rubeor, attackman Steele Stanwick and goalie Kip Turner join LaPierre this weekend.

There have been 21 former Cavaliers that have represented the United States in the FIL World Championship since 1967. Most recently, midfielder Kyle Dixon helped lead UVa to the gold medal in 2010.

LaPierre Invited to Team USA Tryouts for the 2014 FIL World Championships



LaPierre Invited to Team USA Tryouts for the 2014 FIL World Championships


VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM Chris LaPierre
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM
Chris LaPierre
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM

Aug 30, 2013


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia senior midfielder Chris LaPierre is one of eight current collegians participating this weekend in a 98-player tryout for the United States men's national team that will compete in the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship. The championships will be held next July at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

The tryout takes place at Goucher College in Baltimore, Friday though Sunday. The 40-man roster will be announced on Tuesday.
LaPierre (Medford, N.J.) returns to UVa in 2014 after receiving a medical hardship for 2013. He is a two-time USILA All-American and a two-time All-ACC performer. Collegians joining LaPierre at the tryout are: Thomas Schreiber (Princeton), John LoCascio (Villanova), Joe Fletcher (Loyola), Austin Kaut (Penn State), Brendan Fowler (Duke) and Kevin Massa (Bryant). The eighth collegian invited was Jordan Wolfe of Duke, but he pulled out of the tryout beforehand with an injury.

Six former Cavaliers are also in Baltimore at the tryout.  Attackman Chris Bocklet, goalie Adam Ghitelman, defensemen Matt Lovejoy, attackman Ben Rubeor, attackman Steele Stanwick and goalie Kip Turner join LaPierre this weekend.

There have been 21 former Cavaliers that have represented the United States in the FIL World Championship since 1967. Most recently, midfielder Kyle Dixon helped lead UVa to the gold medal in 2010.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Best of All Time Team: Virginia Lacrosse article written by cwdarney over at "Streaking the Lawn"

B.O.A.T. Team: Virginia Lacrosse

Steele Stanwick...one of the Best Of All Time at Virginia? - Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
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Presenting StreakingTheLawn.com's best Virginia Lacrosse team of all time
In honor of Sunday's Major League Lacrosse Championship game, we here at Streaking the Lawn figured now was as good a time as any to bring you your Best Of All Time: Virginia Lacrosse edition. In case you missed it, we are compiling the greatest Virginia athletic teams while simultaneously leaving ourselves at the mercy of the comment section.
Check out the B.O.A.T. teams we've done so far for football and basketball.
Compiling any B.O.A.T. team is difficulty by nature, but the overall success and domination exhibited by Virginia Lacrosse has made this near impossible. I was just short of making a chart full of names and throwing darts at the wall. I considered any player from 1971 on, seeing as this was the year the NCAA started sponsoring Men's Lacrosse, but most players I ended up selecting are from the '90s on. Virginia has four of their five program National Championships from 1999-2011 ('99, '03, '06, '11), leading to a real log jam of all-stars.
As for criteria considered, I looked at All-American selections, statistics (points, goals, assists, ground balls, etc.), National Championships, post season awards (Tewaaraton, All-ACC), and the intangibles such as importance of their role for their team. Feel free to substitute 'epic internal debate' where it says 'also considered'
No more stalling. Let's do this.
Attack
Steele Stanwick (2009-2012): Stanwick did it all for the Wahoos, racking up 269 career points, good enough for first place in UVA history (passing Doug Knight) and 18th in the NCAA record book. He was pivotal in the 2011 National Championship, scoring 21 points (9g, 12a) in the post season alone on the way to taking home the Tewaaraton Trophy. Three time All-American (2nd team in 2010, 1st team in 2011 and 2012), ACC Rookie of the year in 2009, and ACC Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012 (offensive). Oh, and his name is awesome.
Matt Ward (2003-2006): Like Stanwick, Ward was a Tewaaraton Trophy winner and three time All-American selection. Ward won National Championships in 2003 and 2006, helping lead the 2006 team to a 17-0 record with 42 goals and 25 assists. As if that was not impressive enough, he played all of the post season in 2006 with a broken hand...and was the leading scorer in all four post season games. He is third in UVA history with 139 career goals.
Michael Watson Doug Knight (1994-1997): This was literally down to a coin flip. Both Knight and Watson were phenomenal players in the mid to late '90s. Doug Knight comes in second in all time points at Virginia, behind only the aforementioned Stanwick, but still retains his first place standing with 165 career goals. A three time All-American ('95-'97), Knight never won a National Championship. The time frame that Knight and Watson were at Virginia, the 'Hoos lost in the finals twice (both in OT to Princeton...ouch).
Also Considered: Michael Watson, Conor Gill, Ben Rubeor, Tim Whiteley, Danny Glading, Garrett Billings, Tom Duquette, Chris Bocklet
Midfield
Jay Jalbert (1997-2000): Jalbert started at Virginia on attack, earning him an Honorable Mention All-American nod in 1998, but switched to midfield, making him a shoe-in for this list (it's a little crowded on attack). He settled in well as a middie, finishing as a First Team All-American in 1999 and 2000. Jalbert's 31 goals in '99 were good enough for first among the middies and second on the team overall en route to a Championship and a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament team.
Chris Rotelli (2000-2003): Another Virginia Tewaaraton winner and three time All-American. Rotelli dominated at midfield for the 2003 National Championship Cavaliers, contributing 24 goals and 10 assists for the Wahoos, eventually being named the ACC Player of the Year.
Kyle Dixon (2003-2006): Dixon started as a first year on the first line midfield with Rotelli and Canadian stud AJ Shannon, putting up 17 points over the season. At 6'4", 214lbs., Kyle was a solid two way player as physical and tough defender with a hell of an outside shot. A two time All-American, Dixon finished 2006 with 20 goals and 21 assists (2g, 1a in the 2006 National Championship). Dixon is currently a member of the reigning back-to-back MLL Champs, the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
Also Considered: AJ Shannon, Brian Carroll, Colin Briggs
Defense
Ryan Curtis (1997-2000): Three time All-American, including First Team for the '99 Championship team. Curtis was also named 1999 National Defensive Player of the year. A stalwart on the defensive end.
Brett Hughes (2001-2004): Hughes is one of the legends of Virginia defense. He always played tough man-to-man defense, but was a lynchpin in team D. Two time All-American, Brett was pivotal in the Cavaliers avenging their two regular season losses in 2003 to Maryland and Johns Hopkins (both 8-7 scores, funny enough), and leading the 'Hoos to the Championship in the mud-filled fest that was 2003. Oh, and he's a great guy.
Ken Clausen (2007-2010): Clausen is probably one of the best players for Virginia to never get a National Championship. Ken finished his career with 230 ground balls and 111 caused turnovers and had an unbelievable ability to clear the ball. Clausen was selected to the All-American team all four years he was a Wahoo, including first team from 2008-2010.
Also Considered: Mike Culver, Bruce Mangels, Boo Smith, Ricky Smith
Goalie
Tillman Johnson (2001-2004): Duh. Johnson finishes first in the Virginia record books with 700 career saves. Seven. Hundred. His performances in the semifinals and finals in 2003 were the stuff the Greeks wrote myths about, posting a save percentage of 85.7% on 18 saves against Maryland and 65% on 13 saves against JHU. Johnson earned first team All-American for his National Championship winning performance.
Also Considered: Rodney Rullman, Kip Turner, Adam Ghitelman, Chris Sanderson
Special Positions
Long Stick Midfielder- Trey Whitty (2000-2003): Another important member of the '03 Championship team, earning Honorable Mention All-American. Tough and gritty defender.
Also Considered: Mike Timms, Bray Malphrus
Face Off Specialists- Steve Kraus (1978-1981): I had fully intended this spot to go to Jack deVilliers, but Kraus was a machine. Steve holds the top spot in Virginia history with a 68% win percentage (325 of 478) and seventh overall in career wins with 325. Keep in mind Kraus only played 43 games. Kraus's 73.5% win percentage in 1980 is good enough for fifth in NCAA history for a season win percentage. Kraus also finished a two-time Second Team All-American in '80 and '81.
Also Considered: Jack deVilliers, Andy Kraus
Defensive Midfielder- Chris LaPierre (2010-Present): This was another very close call. JJ Morrissey (2003-2006) could easily take this spot as he was an unbelievable middie who was crucial to the success of the team throughout his time at Virginia. LaPierre, a two-time All-American, embodies the idea of the 'intangible'. 'Shocker' has only 20 goals and 18 assists in three seasons with the Wahoos, but has vacuumed up 206 ground balls and caused 26 turnovers. Until a knee injury ended his season last year, Chris was expected to see more time on attack, which hopefully means Wahoo fans will see more shots like the one he literally sent through the net against Cornell. Do you remember when he went Secret Service in front of that shot to preserve the NCAA Tournament opening win against Princeton in 2012? Ridiculous.
Also Considered: JJ Morrissey. Seriously...super underrated. Can I have two D Middies?
I get chills at the thought of if it was possible to get all of these guys in their prime on the same field. Unstoppable. Don't be surprised if you see the likes of Tanner Scales on this list in the next couple years. I expect big things out of him on the defensive end.
Think I missed anyone? Let me know! Discussion is welcome in the comment section!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

2013 MLL All Pro Team - including former #UVA star Chris Bocklet!

MLL Announces 2013 All-Pro Team From Press Releases - 8/23/2013 InsideLacrosse.com

Major League Lacrosse announced the 2013 MLL All-Pro Team, presented by LACROSSE.COM. 12 players were named to the 2013 All MLL team, representing the best players in their respective positions. Every year MLL partner LACROSSE.COM runs a poll allowing fans to contribute a third of the vote for the All-Pro Team, while the other two thirds are made up by MLL coaches and general managers. The Denver Outlaws lead the way with five of their current players named to the MLL All-Pro Team. Three players represent the Hamilton Nationals, while the Chesapeake Bayhawks, Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, and New York Lizards each had one player named to the roster. In goal, fans, coaches, and GMs chose Outlaws Jesse Schwartzman, a dominant goalie. This is his second time receiving the honor, as he also did so in 2009. In 2013 Schwartzman earned the all-time lowest single season goals against average at 9.67 and earned more wins than any goalie in MLL history.

Schwartzman's 14 wins and .597 save percentage were also recognized when he won the 2013 Warrior Goalie of the Year honors. Tucker Durkin, of the Hamilton Nationals, is the lone rookie to be named to the MLL All-Pro Team, but deservingly so. Durkin was named Warrior Defensive Player of the Week twice this season, for phenomenal performances and shutting out opposing offenses. Playing in 11 games this season, Durkin collected 24 ground balls and helped Hamilton achieve one of the lowest goals against totals in 2013.

 Also contributing to a team with only 149 goals against, was Mike Evans of the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Evans is no stranger to this honor, making the All-Pro Team for the fourth time. Evans also earned a spot at the 2013 All-Star Game, a standout amongst defensemen in the League. In contrast to rookie Durkin, Brodie Merrill has earned this honor for his eighth consecutive season. Merrill not only defends Hamilton's territory, but he has also tied Mason Poli, for the most points scored by a defender in 2013, with 11. Merrill contributed nine assists and two goals this season. Lee Zink the final defenseman and the most decorated of the three. He has also been named this year's Warrior Defensive Player of the Year, his second season with the honor. Zink is the face, and stick, of the Denver defense, the best in the League.

Greg Gurenlian, the sole representative for the Lizards, has been a dominant faceoff specialist in his 10th season with the League. Gurenlian has posted the highest single-season faceoff win percentage, .640. This is his second consecutive season earning the MLL All-Pro Team honors. Denver's Jeremy Sieverts, joins the All-Pro Team for the first time, after playing in the League for four seasons. Sieverts collected 44 points on the season, and six two-point goals. He rests at eighth in the League in scoring, just below teammate Drew Snider.

 Midfielder Paul Rabil, has now earned the honor in five consecutive seasons, and continues to top the League in points earned. This season, he was the League's second highest scorer, with 54 points, on 32 goals and 19 assists. He led the Boston Cannons in both points and goals again this season and rests at 300 career points. Kevin Crowley, posted a League best, 55 points, and 38 goals. He boasts a .333 shot percentage and has posted at least one goal in all 14 games this season.

Crowley has emerged as the player stop and has scored at least three points in 11 games this season. To add to his 2013 honors, he was named All-Star MVP, Brine Offensive Player of the Year, and Warrior MVP.

 Tied with Crowley for 55 points on the season, Denver's Chris Bocklet is the first of the attackmen to make the team. He leads the League in both points and goals, scoring 42, and has also scored five or more points in eight games this season. He only failed to put up points in one game this season, but played in all 14 contests for the undefeated Outlaws.

Charlotte's captain, Matt Danowski has emerged as a true team leader for the young Hounds. Fourth in the League in scoring, Danowski has led his team to their first Championship Weekend. He grabbed 49 points on the season including 33 goals, and six two-pointers.

Brendan Mundorf has rounded off the Outlaws' powerful attack, contributing 23 goals and 18 assists in 2013. His 41 points this season bring his career total to 347. In 2013 Mundorf made the All-Star team for his seventh consecutive season, this will be his fourth season earning the honor of All-Pro Team.

Cumulatively the 2013 MLL All-Pro Team attack and midfield have scored 298 points on the season and 195 goals. As a whole this team presents some of the MLL's best talent, including both Schwartzman and Gurenlian who have broken single-season records at their respective positions.

 Ten of the 13 players named to the All-ProTeam will compete at Championship Weekend presented by Smartlink on August 24 and 25 in Philadelphia. Players named to the 2013 MLL All-Pro Team, presented by LACROSSE.COM Goalie: Jesse Schwartzman (Denver) Defense: Tucker Durkin (Hamilton), Mike Evans (Chesapeake), Brodie Merrill (Hamilton), Lee Zink (Denver) Faceoff: Greg Gurenlian (New York) Midfield: Kevin Crowley (Hamilton), Paul Rabil (Boston), Jeremy Sieverts (Denver), Attack: Chris Bocklet (Denver), Matt Danowski (Charlotte), Brendan Mundorf (Denver)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Constructive Defeat



I've learned that something constructive comes from every defeat. -Tom Landry

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

UVA Incoming Freshman AJ Fish impressed at the Champion All American Showcase

Incoming Freshman AJ Fish impressed at the Champion All American Showcase:

Quint: 10 Who Impressed at Champion All-America Showcase

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Eighty players representing 27 states were divided into four teams and played three round-robin games at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex for the Champion All-America Showcase. The teams consisted of high school all-americans, mainly seniors with some 2014s sprinkled into the mix.
The final was televised live on ESPNU on Friday night and featured a rousing comeback by the aptly named Team Pride,11-10 over Team Liberty.
Quint Kessenich was on hand to call the final for ESPNU, and here are his 10 Players Who Impressed from the weekend. All of the rosters can be found at this link.
Jack Beall, Midfield, 2013
Camas, Washington - Dominican University, CABeall is a huge steal for Dominican. This transition midfielder was terrific in the clearing game and blindingly fast in the open field. Between-the-lines he was a horse in the mold of Matt Abbott (Syracuse-Chesapeake).
Dominican is a DII program coached by Ned Webster (Notre Dame). Ned is the son of former Johns Hopkins great Mickey Webster, and Ned's brother John led UNC to an undefeated 16-0 record in 1991 and an NCAA title.
Christian Burgdorf, Defense, 2013
Westfield HS, N.J. - DenverHe's a big cover man with solid fundamentals and understanding of defensive concepts — not flashy, but more of a physical presence type d-Man.
The Pioneers' best returning d-man is Carson Cannon, and the other spots are up for grabs. This AA showcase featured a handful of good looking defenders down low including: Burgdorf, Chase Cowan (Colgate), Jake Kiernan (Drexel), Nathan Gorman (Villanova), and Adam Monticollo (Loyola).
AJ Fish, Attack/Midfield, 2013
Grayslake North HS, Illinois - VirginiaThis freak athlete was the overall MVP of this event. Fish is 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds with vision, body control and a ceiling that stretches upward to infinity. He was a standout high school quarterback with 17 passing touchdowns and 29 rushing TDs. I can see him challenging for time immediately at UVa as a passing midfielder who can dust shorties.
Lito Flanagan, LSM, 2014
San Antonio, TexasFlanagan got better as the game went on, showcasing energy and a play-making spirit. Lito runs well. Texas is producing stud defenders like Brandon Mullins (SU) and Chris Hipps (Duke) and the best teams in Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio are mandatory recruiting stops for DI coaches.
Sean Giampeitro, Midfield, 2013
Salesianum, Delaware - Ohio StateHis new nickname is "Baby Berger" for the striking similarities to longtime MLL All-Star midfielder Stephen Berger. Giampeitro was extremely bouncy, able to jab step and slice his way through double-teams and shoot seamlessly on the run. The Delaware state player of the year takes his game to Columbus to play for Nick Myers and will challenge for minutes right away.
Matt Ihm, Attack, 2013
Naples, Fla - PG Trinity PawlingIhm showed well in the final game, bagging two left-handed goals. He has grown 2.5 inches during the past year and the extra PG time will allow him to fill out. Matt inherited a strong lacrosse IQ from his dad, Jeff (Farmingdale, LI), who was a teammate of mine at JHU.
AJ Lucchese, Attack, 2013
Middlesex School, Mass. - BrownThe lefty scorer is terrific in transition, on EMO and around the goal from close or mid-range. Lucchese was the leading scorer in the ISL, and while not super fast, gets everything out of his race car. He will fit in with Bears Henry Blynn, fellow recruit Dylan Molloy, Bailey Tills and Kylor Bellistri. Brown's attack should sling the biscuit well in 2014.
Ryan McNamara, Attack, 2013
Eastview HS, Minnesota - MarquetteMcNamara has a hockey background. He makes up for his lack of size with supreme skills, vision and decision-making ability. He is able to process defensive data quickly and make the appropriate play. He scored 12 goals in a game last year and should challenge for playing time at Marquette, a team that ranked No. 5 in average home attendance in its first season under coach Joe Amplo. 
Luke Posner, Defense/LSM, 2014
Madisonville, LouisianaPosner runs like a gazelle and scored a goal in the title game. He is extremely light on his feet and played through a calf bruise after being pegged by a shot in the early rounds. The high school football player with adequate size has being playing for just four years, and if I were a DI program I'd be doing further research.
Repeat after me...great players come from everywhere. Louisiana now has 16 teams playing varsity lacrosse. The top squads are Jesuit (New Orleans) 15-4, St. Paul's 16-2 and Loyola (Shreveport) 12-1.
Eric Scott, Midfield, 2013
Ridge HS, N.J. - YaleThe New Jersey player of the year stuck goals off a right-to-right move and a right-to-left split dodge. He has excellent wheels and a shot on the run. Scott made clutch plays in critical games this spring and joins a Yale team that I have ranked in the pre-season Top 10. Yale's offense is loaded, and playing time might be difficult in year No. 1. 
Quint Kessenich covers lacrosse for the ESPN networks and can be followed on twitter @QKessenich