Thursday, April 24, 2014

Superstars don't equal titles: Quint Kessenich: 13 emerging stars in college lacrosse



Superstars don't equal titles: Quint Kessenich: 13 emerging stars in college lacrosse




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Superstars don't equal titles: Quint Kessenich: 13 emerging stars in college lacrosse




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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2014 All-ACC Men's Lacrosse Team



Four-Time Honorees Amato, Wolf Headline All-ACC Honors

from Press Release
Maryland senior goalie Niko Amato and Duke senior attackman Jordan Wolf were among those honored as All-ACC selections by the league - each making the prestigious list for the fourth time in their careers. (John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Eleven student-athletes on the Tewaaraton Award watch list highlight this year's All-Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Team, as announced today by the conference office. The team was determined by a vote of the league's six head coaches who could not vote for their own players.
Maryland, the No. 1 seed for this week's 2014 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship, leads all schools with five selections to the All-ACC team. Duke, which shared the regular-season title with the Terrapins, joins North Carolina with four members on the squad. Notre Dame and Syracuse each have two All-ACC members, and Virginia one.
Niko Amato, Mike Chanenchuk, Mike Ehrhardt, Goran Murray and Charlie Raffa represent Maryland. Duke placed Deemer Class, Brendan Fowler, Myles Jones and Jordan Wolf on the squad. North Carolina's selections are Jimmy Bitter, Ryan Creighton, Joey Sankey and Chad Tutton.
Matt Kavanagh and Steve O'Hara are Notre Dame's first-ever All-ACC selections, while Brandon Mullins and Kevin Rice are the first to be named from Syracuse. Mark Cockerton represents Virginia on this year's All-ACC team.
Five members of the All-ACC teams are multi-year honorees as Duke's Wolf and Maryland's Amato collected All-ACC honors for the fourth times of their careers, joining only five other former ACC greats as four-time selections – NC State's Stan Cockerton (1977-80), Maryland's Pete Worstell (1977-78, 1980-81) and Virginia's Scott Gerham (1981-84), Roddy Marino (1983-86) and Michael Watson (1994-97). Duke's Fowler, North Carolina's Sankey and Virginia's Cockerton are repeat honorees having earned All-ACC honors in 2013.
Duke's Wolf (3.29) and Virginia's Cockerton (2.93) rank 1-2 among conference players and in goals per game. Wolf ranks third nationally, while Cockerton stands eighth. Wolf(4.79) and Syracuse's Rice (4.5) lead the ACC in overall scoring and rank a respective fifth and sixth among all NCAA Division I players.
Rice leads the ACC and is tied for sixth nationally with 2.33 assists per match, followed by Notre Dame's Kavanaugh at 2.0 per contest.
Maryland's Amato has been solid in the net again this season, ranking fifth nationally while allowing a conference-low 7.38 goals per game. Duke's Fowler (9.5) stands fifth nationally in ground balls per game, and Maryland's Raffa (8.3) ranks second to Fowler among ACC players. Raffa's .663 faceoff winning percentage leads the ACC and ranks third nationally.
The 2014 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship gets under way with two semifinal games Friday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Second-seeded Duke faces No. 3 Syracuse at 5 p.m., followed by No. 4 Notre Dame vs. No. 1 Maryland at 7:30 p.m. An "ACC Showcase Game" between North Carolina and Virginia will be played Saturday night at 7:30, followed by Sunday's 1 p.m. title game between Friday evening's winners.
ESPNU will televise the Friday evening semifinals and Sunday's championship game, while ESPN3 will show the "ACC Showcase" on Saturday.
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.

2014 All-ACC Men's Lacrosse Team

Deemer Class, So., M, Duke
Brendan Fowler, Sr., M, Duke !*Myles Jones, So., M, DukeJordan Wolf, Sr., A, Duke %*Niko Amato, Sr., G, Maryland %*Mike Chanenchuk, Sr., M, Maryland *Mike Ehrhardt, Sr., D, Maryland *Goran Murray, Jr., D, MarylandCharlie Raffa, Jr., M, MarylandJimmy Bitter, Jr., A, North CarolinaRyan Creighton, Sr., M, North CarolinaJoey Sankey, Jr., A, North Carolina !*Chad Tutton, Jr., M, North Carolina *Matt Kavanagh, So., A, Notre Dame*Steve O'Hara, Sr., D, Notre Dame *Brandon Mullins, R-So., D, SyracuseKevin Rice, Jr., A, Syracuse *Mark Cockerton, Sr., A, Virginia !*
% Four-time All-ACC Team selection
! Two-time All-ACC Team selection* 2014 Tewaaraton Award Candidates

2014 All-ACC Men's Lacrosse Team



Four-Time Honorees Amato, Wolf Headline All-ACC Honors

from Press Release
Maryland senior goalie Niko Amato and Duke senior attackman Jordan Wolf were among those honored as All-ACC selections by the league - each making the prestigious list for the fourth time in their careers. (John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Eleven student-athletes on the Tewaaraton Award watch list highlight this year's All-Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Team, as announced today by the conference office. The team was determined by a vote of the league's six head coaches who could not vote for their own players.
Maryland, the No. 1 seed for this week's 2014 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship, leads all schools with five selections to the All-ACC team. Duke, which shared the regular-season title with the Terrapins, joins North Carolina with four members on the squad. Notre Dame and Syracuse each have two All-ACC members, and Virginia one.
Niko Amato, Mike Chanenchuk, Mike Ehrhardt, Goran Murray and Charlie Raffa represent Maryland. Duke placed Deemer Class, Brendan Fowler, Myles Jones and Jordan Wolf on the squad. North Carolina's selections are Jimmy Bitter, Ryan Creighton, Joey Sankey and Chad Tutton.
Matt Kavanagh and Steve O'Hara are Notre Dame's first-ever All-ACC selections, while Brandon Mullins and Kevin Rice are the first to be named from Syracuse. Mark Cockerton represents Virginia on this year's All-ACC team.
Five members of the All-ACC teams are multi-year honorees as Duke's Wolf and Maryland's Amato collected All-ACC honors for the fourth times of their careers, joining only five other former ACC greats as four-time selections – NC State's Stan Cockerton (1977-80), Maryland's Pete Worstell (1977-78, 1980-81) and Virginia's Scott Gerham (1981-84), Roddy Marino (1983-86) and Michael Watson (1994-97). Duke's Fowler, North Carolina's Sankey and Virginia's Cockerton are repeat honorees having earned All-ACC honors in 2013.
Duke's Wolf (3.29) and Virginia's Cockerton (2.93) rank 1-2 among conference players and in goals per game. Wolf ranks third nationally, while Cockerton stands eighth. Wolf(4.79) and Syracuse's Rice (4.5) lead the ACC in overall scoring and rank a respective fifth and sixth among all NCAA Division I players.
Rice leads the ACC and is tied for sixth nationally with 2.33 assists per match, followed by Notre Dame's Kavanaugh at 2.0 per contest.
Maryland's Amato has been solid in the net again this season, ranking fifth nationally while allowing a conference-low 7.38 goals per game. Duke's Fowler (9.5) stands fifth nationally in ground balls per game, and Maryland's Raffa (8.3) ranks second to Fowler among ACC players. Raffa's .663 faceoff winning percentage leads the ACC and ranks third nationally.
The 2014 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship gets under way with two semifinal games Friday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Second-seeded Duke faces No. 3 Syracuse at 5 p.m., followed by No. 4 Notre Dame vs. No. 1 Maryland at 7:30 p.m. An "ACC Showcase Game" between North Carolina and Virginia will be played Saturday night at 7:30, followed by Sunday's 1 p.m. title game between Friday evening's winners.
ESPNU will televise the Friday evening semifinals and Sunday's championship game, while ESPN3 will show the "ACC Showcase" on Saturday.
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.

2014 All-ACC Men's Lacrosse Team

Deemer Class, So., M, Duke
Brendan Fowler, Sr., M, Duke !*Myles Jones, So., M, DukeJordan Wolf, Sr., A, Duke %*Niko Amato, Sr., G, Maryland %*Mike Chanenchuk, Sr., M, Maryland *Mike Ehrhardt, Sr., D, Maryland *Goran Murray, Jr., D, MarylandCharlie Raffa, Jr., M, MarylandJimmy Bitter, Jr., A, North CarolinaRyan Creighton, Sr., M, North CarolinaJoey Sankey, Jr., A, North Carolina !*Chad Tutton, Jr., M, North Carolina *Matt Kavanagh, So., A, Notre Dame*Steve O'Hara, Sr., D, Notre Dame *Brandon Mullins, R-So., D, SyracuseKevin Rice, Jr., A, Syracuse *Mark Cockerton, Sr., A, Virginia !*
% Four-time All-ACC Team selection
! Two-time All-ACC Team selection* 2014 Tewaaraton Award Candidates

Women's Tewaaraton Thoughts - from Megan Schneider at LaxMagazine



WD1 Notebook: Tigers Claw Back; Tewaaraton Thoughts

By Megan Schneider | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter
A 1-3 start had Princeton on the ropes, but a 9-1 stretch since has them back in the mix. (Kevin P. Tucker)
Before this season, Penn hosted the Ivy League Tournament every year since its inception in 2010. But the Princeton Tigers have pounced through the vines to clinch their first Ivy title since 2006 with wins over Penn and Dartmouth this past week.
"It just demonstrates how tough it is to win an Ivy championship," explained Princeton coach Chris Sailer, who now has captured ten with the Tigers. "Regardless of where people are ranked, there's so much tradition and rivalry within the league that it's not easy to win that title. We've come close many times and to finally win it, it's a great accomplishment for this year's team."
The Tigers weren't expected to take over the reign after a subpar 1-3 start to the season, but they are no longer endangered, securing the top seed and hosting duties.
No. 19 during the preseason, Princeton faltered with an opening day loss to Loyola, then took overtime losses to Georgetown and Brown that dropped them out of the rankings. But just in the nick of time, Princeton is back to their original spot, pushing Penn to No. 20. It is possible, however, for Penn to share the regular season title if it wins its final two games against Columbia and Cornell.
"You didn't quite know which way the season was going to go," Sailer described. "There's no resemblance to the team we were in the first week or two of the season versus how we're playing now."
In order to get a bid to the NCAA Tournament, Princeton needs to play well in its next three games, starting with its regular season finale against out-of-conference foe Penn State on Saturday and ending with the Ivy tournament.
Chances are the Tigers may face the Quakers again. For Sailer's squad, it will be a challenge but she hopes she can get a repeat win.
"Any time that you can win a league consistently and host the tournament over that amount of time, you know that you're doing something right," said Sailer on Penn's four-year reign as tournament host. "I have to give a ton of credit to our team for playing the game that they did against Penn on Wednesday night. We were able to hold them to five goals."
No. 2 Maryland also held the Quakers to five goals, Penn's second lowest number of goals all season long behind its all-time low of two in a loss to Northwestern.

PREVIEW OF TEWAARATON FINALISTS

On Friday evening, the Tewaaraton Watch Lists will be narrowed to 25 men's and 25 women's nominees. Below are LM's predictions for the top five candidates to receive the award for the women:
Shannon Gilroy has been a force for Florida - enough to earn a spot in the Tewaaraton finals? We think so. (Greg Shemitz)
1. Kayla Treanor – Sophomore Attacker, Syracuse Orange
It is no question that the sophomore has been instrumental in the success of Syracuse as the strongest attacker in women's lacrosse. All season long, it has been a constant battle between Maryland, North Carolina and Syracuse, the top three teams in Division I as well as the ACC. When the Orange finally earned the No. 1 ranking for the first time in program history with a 12-9 win over North Carolina, Treanor scored a career-high seven goals in the Carrier Dome. That was the first time Syracuse defeated a No. 1 team since the 2012 NCAA semifinals against Florida. Through the end of the regular season, she leads her team in points and goals with a commanding 85 and 58, respectively. In NCAA Division I, she is No. 2 in total points and No. 3 in total goals.
Read the rest of this article at www.laxmagazine.com

Women's Tewaaraton Thoughts - from Megan Schneider at LaxMagazine



WD1 Notebook: Tigers Claw Back; Tewaaraton Thoughts

By Megan Schneider | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter
A 1-3 start had Princeton on the ropes, but a 9-1 stretch since has them back in the mix. (Kevin P. Tucker)
Before this season, Penn hosted the Ivy League Tournament every year since its inception in 2010. But the Princeton Tigers have pounced through the vines to clinch their first Ivy title since 2006 with wins over Penn and Dartmouth this past week.
"It just demonstrates how tough it is to win an Ivy championship," explained Princeton coach Chris Sailer, who now has captured ten with the Tigers. "Regardless of where people are ranked, there's so much tradition and rivalry within the league that it's not easy to win that title. We've come close many times and to finally win it, it's a great accomplishment for this year's team."
The Tigers weren't expected to take over the reign after a subpar 1-3 start to the season, but they are no longer endangered, securing the top seed and hosting duties.
No. 19 during the preseason, Princeton faltered with an opening day loss to Loyola, then took overtime losses to Georgetown and Brown that dropped them out of the rankings. But just in the nick of time, Princeton is back to their original spot, pushing Penn to No. 20. It is possible, however, for Penn to share the regular season title if it wins its final two games against Columbia and Cornell.
"You didn't quite know which way the season was going to go," Sailer described. "There's no resemblance to the team we were in the first week or two of the season versus how we're playing now."
In order to get a bid to the NCAA Tournament, Princeton needs to play well in its next three games, starting with its regular season finale against out-of-conference foe Penn State on Saturday and ending with the Ivy tournament.
Chances are the Tigers may face the Quakers again. For Sailer's squad, it will be a challenge but she hopes she can get a repeat win.
"Any time that you can win a league consistently and host the tournament over that amount of time, you know that you're doing something right," said Sailer on Penn's four-year reign as tournament host. "I have to give a ton of credit to our team for playing the game that they did against Penn on Wednesday night. We were able to hold them to five goals."
No. 2 Maryland also held the Quakers to five goals, Penn's second lowest number of goals all season long behind its all-time low of two in a loss to Northwestern.

PREVIEW OF TEWAARATON FINALISTS

On Friday evening, the Tewaaraton Watch Lists will be narrowed to 25 men's and 25 women's nominees. Below are LM's predictions for the top five candidates to receive the award for the women:
Shannon Gilroy has been a force for Florida - enough to earn a spot in the Tewaaraton finals? We think so. (Greg Shemitz)
1. Kayla Treanor – Sophomore Attacker, Syracuse Orange
It is no question that the sophomore has been instrumental in the success of Syracuse as the strongest attacker in women's lacrosse. All season long, it has been a constant battle between Maryland, North Carolina and Syracuse, the top three teams in Division I as well as the ACC. When the Orange finally earned the No. 1 ranking for the first time in program history with a 12-9 win over North Carolina, Treanor scored a career-high seven goals in the Carrier Dome. That was the first time Syracuse defeated a No. 1 team since the 2012 NCAA semifinals against Florida. Through the end of the regular season, she leads her team in points and goals with a commanding 85 and 58, respectively. In NCAA Division I, she is No. 2 in total points and No. 3 in total goals.
Read the rest of this article at www.laxmagazine.com

Sunday, April 20, 2014