Daily Archives: March 2, 2011
March 2011 “MCLA Lax Magazine” Issue Features St. Mary’s Men’s Lacrosse Photo Shoot By Zach Heffner Of Verdict Photography
COYNE: Are we to believe that Michigan will be going with the goaltending platoon of seniors Mark Stone and Andrew Fowler for the entire year? Me, I’m not buying it. I think we’ll see that experiment end this weekend when the Wolverines and Panthers renew the top rivalry in the MCLA (at this point). It’s not that I necessarily think one goalie is better than the other, but if you’ve got a goalie who is lights out in the first half, it would be crazy to pull him for the sake of the rotation.
I’m predicting a big performance out of Mark Stone, especially in the first half to keep the Wolverines on top of a tightly contested game, and he’ll get the nod in the second frame, as well. There will be a couple of critical goals out of Chad Carroll and Michigan will keep their mastery of Chapman intact. Maize & Blue, 10-9.
However, while flipping through the pamphlets that came in my acceptance packets, Santa Barbara had beautiful women, beautiful weather, marine science, and great lacrosse. Sorry JP, I guess you can’t control that. So I have always felt a connection to Michigan and secretly rooted for them. And in many cases, I favor them over my SLC teams.
These two teams have both played Oregon, and Chapman has the edge in that area. However, if history tells us anything, this game will be something like 13-11 in favor of Michigan. The Wolverines have owned Chapman over the last four years. And how can you pick against the reigning national champions? I’m going all in for Michigan.
COYNE: That Michigan story never gets old, no matter how many times you tell it. Seriously.
UMass Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Greg Cannella Previews This Weekend’s Game Against Brown.
NCAA Lacrosse: Oregon Women’s Lacrosse (2-1) Heads East To Face Louisville and Cincinnati On March 5,7
The Ducks (2-1, 1-0 Mountain Pacific) travel east to face Louisville and Cincinnati on Friday and Sunday. Friday’s game at Louisville starts at 5 p.m. Eastern (2 p.m. Pacific) and Sunday’s tilt with Cincinnati begins at 11 a.m. Eastern (8 a.m. Pacific).
Oregon recorded a pair of decisive home victories over the weekend, dominating MPSF foe Fresno State, 18-5, and downing Jacksonville, 15-9, at Pape’ Field. Bina Barrett led the Ducks’ attack with 13 points on six goals and seven assists in the two wins. Alex Breiner tallied her first four goals of the year against Jacksonville on Sunday while Jess Drummond poured in four goals of her own against Fresno State on Friday. The Ducks have scored 44 goals (14.67 per game) and allowed only 26 (8.67 per game) in their first three games.
Louisville is off to a 2-0 start to the season after posting a 12-7 win over Old Dominion on Monday. The Cardinals are receiving votes in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll. UL is led offensively by Bergan Foley’s 13 goals while Katie Oliverio has 11 points and paces the team with eight assists. In goal, Ashley Herbst has a 5.50 goals against average and has stopped 20 of the 31 shots she has faced for a .645 save percentage.
Cincinnati is 1-2 entering play this week with losses to Jacksonville (18-10) and High Point (15-7) and its victory against Davidson. Eight players have scored three goals or more this season with Katie Liberatore, Kylie Ramsland and Laura Simanski tied for the team lead with four goals apiece. Jen Walsh has logged all 180 minutes in goal for the Bearcats entering this week and sports a 14.33 goals against average with a .442 save percentage.
Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Rankings Feature #1 Colorado Women’s Lacrosse (6-0) Followed By Florida Club, UC Davis, Santa Clara And Lindenwood
No Team Record Points Place Week
1 Colorado 6- 0- 0 239 11 1
2 Florida Club 6- 1- 0 213 2
3 UC Davis Club 4- 1- 0 203 3
4 Santa Clara 7- 1- 0 199 4
5 Lindenwood 2- 1- 0 191 1 5
6 UC Santa Barbara 5- 2- 0 185 6
7 Cal Poly SLO 4- 3- 0 157 7
8 Pittsburgh 5- 2- 0 150 8
9 Georgia 5- 1- 0 144 9
10 Brigham Young 2- 2- 0 127 10
11 Texas 8- 1- 0 116 11
12 UCLA 3- 3- 0 95 12
13 California Club 6- 2- 0 87 14
14 Colorado State 1- 3- 0 81 15
15 Central Florida 5- 1- 0 66 13
16 Virginia Tech Club 1- 0- 0 57 17
17 Michigan 2- 4- 0 42 16
17 South Carolina Club 4- 1- 0 42 19
19 Miami (OH) 4- 0- 0 38 18
20 Minnesota 2- 0- 0 27 NR
College Lacrosse Recruiting: “Creating Closure To The College Search For Athletes” By Tom Kovic Of Victory Collegiate Consulting
Creating Closure to the College Search for Athletes
By Tom Kovic
The college search for athletes is an enduring process with a definite starting and ending point and just like a well run race, the successful student-athlete will remain focused until she breaks the tape. Below are some simple tips to consider when heading down the homestretch in the college recruiting process that will assist families in remaining diligent in “closing out” a very important life decision.
Whether a prospect is looking for an athletic scholarship or support in admissions, it is important to remain committed to the relationship you have cultivated with the coaches. By the time you reach this point, you will have likely narrowed your college choices down to a select few and trust me…So have the coaches.
Review Your “to do” list
A key component of your college search organizing system will be a list of your target areas moving through each phase of the recruiting process. Heading into the final turn you want to “sharpen the tool” and review your final target points for clarity and accuracy. By this time, you have devoted yourself completely to a worthy and successful effort and now it’s time to close out the experience.
We have all heard coined phrases such as “dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s,” “polish the effort,” “sharpen the tool,” leave no stone unturned” etc. This is the time to execute. This is the time to begin your final kick to the finish line. Highlight important contacts you plan to make with the coaches and organize any additional information Coach has requested and mark it on your calendar and execute.
One of the first things I attempt to get the boys and girls I advise to accomplish is to write a personal statement. This is not only a great way to get a glimpse of how you see the college experience playing out for you, it shows self awareness in the eyes of the college coaches and in the current recruiting climate, trust me…the best recruiters are looking at this component carefully.
It is a difficult concept to wrap your arms around but I suggest taking three simple steps to reach this end. Firstly, take 20 minutes to simply become “introspective.” The first few moments will be turbulent, but when you settle down, try to envision your interpretation of how you would like your college experience to unfold. From this point, simply write down “operatives” that define that experience. Moving forward, polish the statement into no more than a 1 page document you can share with the coaches.
Remember, there are 3 primary attributes college coaches are looking for in prospects: Good students, strong athletes and self-aware, high character kids.
College coaches attempt to cover every base they can in evaluating every prospect they recruit and if they happen to be in a “grey area” with a grouping of recruits, they will be looking for a “tie breaker” to solidify the rankings.
Your high school and/or club Coach can make a difference here and as long as you have provided the college coaches with the tools he has needed to do a thorough and regular evaluation (updated transcripts, test scores, video etc.) of your talent as a student-athlete, this would be a prime opportunity for your current Coach to connect directly with the college coaches in an effort to support your commitment to a particular program.
At this point in the process if you do not have a “firm” commitment from Coach to where you stand on his recruit priority list, I suggest you find out. There are several tough questions families and prospects encounter throughout the college search and the well prepared and organized prospect will have the best chance in reaching out to the coaches for straight answers.
If you practiced an honest, truthful and consistent recruiting effort, you can expect the same in return from the college coaches. Whether you’re hoping for that financial aid pre-read or feedback on where your application stands in admissions, do not be anxious about approaching Coach. It is his position and obligation to assist families. That said, coaches and good recruiters are brutally honest and there may be cases where the answer you receive is not the one you were anticipating.
In closing, the family that approaches the college recruiting process with integrity, persistence and an organized approach will build mutually strong and respectful relationships with college coaches and position themselves best to navigate the college search. And like a great race, game or competition, the best athletes remain focused and committed from start to finish. The brass ring is out there and it is different for every prospect. Focus on the process and remain diligent in your approach… Everything else will take care of itself.
Tom Kovic is a former Division I college coach and the current director of Victory Collegiate Consulting, where he provides individual advisement for families on college recruiting. Tom is the author of “Reaching for Excellence, an educational guide for college athletics recruiting. For further information visit: www.victoryrecruiting.com.