Daily Archives: March 23, 2011

NCAA Lacrosse: #7 Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Dominates Cincinnati 20-8 To Stay Perfect At 7-0


No. 7 Stanford improved to a perfect 7-0 with a 20-8 win over Cincinnati on Tuesday afternoon. The Cardinal jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back, dominating the Bearcats for the full 60 minutes.

“I am really proud of the team’s energy coming off the break, especially in the second half,” said head coach Amy Bokker. “We had a ton of contributors on the offensive end and it was a great full-field team effort.

Stanford got the game’s first goal as Sarah Flynn scored her first of five on the day. The assist came from Lauren Schmidt, who had a big day with four goals and two assists.

Freshman Rachel Ozer added a goal three minutes later and Anna Boeri made it 3-0 Cardinal at the 21:15 mark in the first half. Cincinnati would respond with a goal, but never got closer than down by two the rest of the game.

At one point, the Cardinal scored nine of ten goals to push the lead to 14-5 early in the second half. Along with the five goals from Flynn and four from Schmidt, Leslie Foard added a hat trick, while Ann Kim, Ozer and Maria Fortino had multiple-goal games.

Jacqueline Candelaria and Karen Nesbitt joined Schmidt with two assists as the high-powered Stanford offense fired off 40 shots to just 19 from the Bearcats.

For more:  http://www.gostanford.com/sports/w-lacros/recaps/032211aaa.html

MCLA Lacrosse: Top Games Of The Week Feature #2 Arizona State Men’s Lacrosse At #3 Colorado State, #4 Chapman At #7 BYU And #10 UC Santa Barbara At #8 Michigan State


No. 2 Arizona State (6-0) at No. 3 Colorado State (4-0) – 7 p.m., Friday

COYNE: The teams considered the last two contenders to hand Michigan a regular season loss meet in Fort Collins on Friday night. Who’s going to win it? I’m going to take my cue from last year, when the Rams traveled down to Phoenix and beat the Sun Devils, 14-10.

That ASU team was better than this year’s team when one considers the losses: All-Americans Tyler Westfall (attack), Anthony LaFlam (middie) and Justin Krider (defense). This year’s Colorado State squad is nearly identical among its key players as last season, and the Rams boast the better faceoff man in Scott Gelston. Throw in home field advantage and this one is easy to call. The only wild card is Ryan Westfall. While I think he’ll go off, he won’t be enough. Ram tough, 13-12.

SCHOOLER: There is no question I am going with the red hot Sun Devils. Altitude? No problem. Snow? No problem. Sleet? No problem. ASU is the best team in the county. I am not on their jock or anything (Jac thinks I am), just stating the truth. And to be honest, I saw Colorado State play, and they have a lot of weaknesses, one being their defense.

But Alex Smith seems to know that, changing their playing style accordingly. They play a very slow game, similar to Michigan and the old Mike Allan UCSB squads. They hold the ball on offense to keep it out of their defensive end of the field. This could frustrate the Devils, but with their offense, they will score every time they get the ball. I’m going with Arizona State by 5.

No. 4 Chapman (6-1) at No. 7 BYU (9-2) – 7 p.m., Saturday

COYNE: In order to win this game, Chapman must keep BYU in single digits. Can they do it? A couple of weeks ago, I wouldn’t have thought so, but after this past weekend when the Cougars managed only six goals against Michigan and seven against Michigan State, I’m starting to believe it’s likely. Playing at home will certainly help, but the Panthers defense is probably the best one BYU will see all season.

Obviously, Chapman’s Achilles heel is they can’t score — an odd transition from the run-and-gun Panthers of the last three seasons. And the Panthers will be trying to double down, as they play Utah on Friday night. This raises serious concerns, but I’m going to assume the defense will carry the day. Chapman, 8-6.

SCHOOLER: If this game is in SoCal, I am going with Chapman. But since this is in Provo, the pick is BYU. Aside from the Duluth game, the Cougars have been solid at home. After a tough “double down” in Michigan, they are looking to turn things around. Ted Ferrin (34g, 28a) and Tyler Monteath (15g, 13a) are an unstoppable combo. The Panthers have some guns as well, but they do not have the depth to win in Provo. This game will be close throughout, but the Cougars will pull away in the fourth and hold for to victory.

No. 10 Santa Barbara (6-2) at No. 8 Michigan State (4-1) – 7 p.m., Thursday

COYNE: All things being equal, Michigan State is the deeper, more talented team. Add in the fact they are playing at home and will be sharper than the Gauchos — UCSB hasn’t played a ranked team in a month — and this is an easy pick.

There is room for the Gauchos to pull the upset. Sparty is not a dominant faceoff team and Oisin Lewis has proved to be a handful at the ‘X’ this season. This will allow UCSB to hang around, probably until mid-third quarter, but Michigan State will start to pull away at that point. All the Gauchos will have at the end of the contest will be insomnia — from the game as well as the three hours they lost on the flight out. Sparty, 13-9.

SCHOOLER: No question who I pick here, but I am honestly a little scared of Michigan State. The Spartans play very well at home and that is how they have emerged in the national picture. They have been able to catch some teams looking ahead to the Michigan game. Another factor in this game is UCSB’s rustiness: the Gauchos haven’t practiced or played in two weeks.

It’s one of the downfalls of attending a school with the quarter system. They just finished finals last week and are in the middle of spring break. On the bright side, that could also mean that some of the banged up Gauchos get healthy. CJ Jacobs, their best middie, has been nursing injury after injury all season. He should be back to 100 percent this week. I’m looking for Jamie Bridgman and Jacobs to be lights out in this game. Lots of top cheese from the Gauchos. UCSB in a close one.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/club/2010-11/news/032211_schooling_schooler_nick_takes_the_plunge

NCAA Lacrosse Recruiting Profile: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Senior Middie And Team Captain Andrew Lay Was A “Walk-On” For The Pioneers


Denver Men’s Lacrosse Middie Andrew Lay (Denver, Colo.), a senior captain for the Pioneers,  was a four-year letter winner during his prep career and the leading scorer on Denver East High School’s 2006 state-runner up team.

Denver Men's Lacrosse Sr. Middie Andrew Lay

As a senior, Lay was a first-team All-State selection for the Angels and was named the Denver Athletic Club’s Athlete of the Year.

 

 

Despite his prep success, Lay flew under the radar of many college lacrosse programs.

“There were some teams on the east coast that showed some interest,” said Lay, a marketing and international business major. “But as I was considering these schools I knew I would probably be going as a walk-on.”

Knowing that he was most likely not going to be awarded a scholarship, Lay decided to stay in the Denver area and give DU a shot.

“I knew [former head] coach Jamie Munro was not necessarily looking for walk-ons,” Lay added. “But I decided it would be smart to stay in Denver, go to a great school, and if lacrosse did not work out I would be able to make the next decision from a good place.”

Things did work out for Lay and for the Pioneers.

As a freshman, Lay saw action in seven games and tallied two points. Lay came into his own as a sophomore, scoring 15 points, including 11 goals and seeing the field in all of Denver’s 15 games. As a junior, Lay had earned his keep and started in all of the Pioneers’ contests, scoring 15 goals while adding five assists.

Lay, now a three-year letter winner has been a contributor for the Pioneers so far this season. He has amassed four goals and three assists, started in all games and continues to hold down the Pioneer midfield for head coach Bill Tierney.

“Playing here has been amazing,” Lay said. “Denver is a great school and playing for Coach Tierney has been a great experience.”

For more:  http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90265&SPID=10874&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=205121436&DB_OEM_ID=18600

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NCAA Lacrosse: Oregon Women’s Lacrosse (4-4) Falls Short 12-10 At #18 Dartmouth


Hat tricks from Jana Drummond and Alex Breiner brought the Oregon lacrosse team out of an early hole, but the Ducks were unable to completely erase their early deficit in a 12-10 loss to No. 18 Dartmouth on Wednesday.  

Breiner and Drummond combined for six of UO’s goals on the day. Jess Drummond tallied two of her own while Nikki Puszcz and Bina Barrett scored

Oregon Women's Lacrosse Middie Jana Drummond recorded one of two Oregon hat tricks against No. 18 Dartmouth on Wednesday.

the others for the Ducks, who drop to 4-4 on the season.

Kat Collins netted the first four goals of the game to put the Big Green up 4-0 with only 5:50 gone by. Jana Drummond ’s first marker of the day put the Ducks on the board at the 9:06 mark, but DU countered with three-straight tallies to make it 7-1 with 11:41 remaining in the opening stanza.

Oregon answered the Dartmouth spurt with three-unanswered goals of its own as Breiner got herself on the board 22 seconds later. Drummond and Breiner continued the comeback by each converting free-position attempts, cutting the deficit to 7-4 with 7:41 to go in the first half.

It appeared that UO would remain down three going into the break, but DU scored two goals in the final 22 seconds of the first half to extend its halftime lead to 9-4.

For more:  http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=4427&SPID=251&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=205122030

NCAA Lacrosse: Bucknell Men’s Lacrosse (6-1) Moves To Top Of Patriot League With 11-8 Victory Over Lafayette