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August 16, 2011

ESPN's Kessenich previews 2012 MLL Draft

ESPN analyst and former Johns Hopkins All-American goalkeeper Quint Kessenich has been intently following the current Major League Lacrosse season as it unfolds.

But Kessenich has also been keeping an eye on the upcoming senior class, which will make up the incoming rookie class for next summer’s MLL campaign. With that in mind, Kessenich, writing for Inside Lacrosse, listed his top 10 players in the MLL Draft, which is scheduled to take place on Jan. 13 in Philadelphia.

At the top of the list is Cornell attackman Rob Pannell, a Tewaaraton Award finalist and the reigning United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Player of the Year who led the nation in points per game (5.2).

Kessenich put Virginia attackman Steele Stanwick at No. 2. Stanwick, a Baltimore native and Loyola graduate, paced the Cavaliers to the national championship en route to being named the Tewaaraton Award winner.

Duke defenseman Mike Manley sits at No. 3 despite missing last season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

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July 15, 2011

ESPN’s Kessenich eyes a pair of area recruits from “non hot-bed” spots

In the second of two reports for Inside Lacrosse, ESPN analyst Quint Kessenich highlighted seven recruits who participated in the Warrior 40 at Harvard University from what he described as areas not traditionally known as fertile soil for lacrosse.

Kessenich, a contributor to The Sun, singled out Johns Hopkins recruit and goalkeeper Ahmed Iftikhar, who just wrapped up his junior season at Detroit Country Day School. According to Inside Lacrosse, the 5-foot-9 and 160-pound Iftikhar considered Penn, Yale and Harvard before agreeing to join the Blue Jays. This is what Kessenich wrote of Iftikhar:

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July 13, 2011

Several area recruits catch attention of ESPN's Kessenich

Forty underclassmen from around the country took part in the Warrior 40 at Harvard University last week, and ESPN analyst Quint Kessenich singled out several players who have verbally committed to some area programs.

In the first of two reports for Inside Lacrosse, Kessenich, a contributor to The Sun, selected Navy recruit and midfielder Danny Simonetti as the second player who impressed him. Although a little undersized at 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, Simonetti, who will graduate next spring, is a two-way player who should fit in with the Midshipmen’s work ethic. “Simonetti is a do-it-all type midfielder who can get ground balls, play defense, carry the pill in transition and possesses flawless stick with both hands,” Kessenich wrote. “He scored 17 goals and added 19 assists for Cold Spring Harbor [in New York] last spring. He will be the ideal complimentary midfielder on a well balanced line.”

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July 12, 2011

Maryland gets a few representatives on national Under 19 team

After four days of tryouts at UMBC between July 7-10, US Lacrosse announced the 23-man roster that will seek to capture the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 Men’s World Championships in Turku, Finland.

The state has a few representatives on the team. They include defenseman Robert Enright, an incoming freshman at Johns Hopkins; midfielder Charles Raffa, an incoming freshman at Maryland; and midfielder Robert Zoppo, a soon-to-be sophomore at Towson.

Midfielder Stephen Kelly, who recently wrapped up his sophomore year at Calvert Hall, was selected to the U19 team. Midfielder Ryan Tucker, a Gilman graduate who will play for 2011 national champion Virginia, was also chosen.

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July 11, 2011

Michigan joins Loyola, Denver in ECAC

Life in the Eastern College Athletic Conference appeared to get more difficult with the news last week that Michigan has joined the league.

To be fair, this is the first year of Division I lacrosse for the Wolverines, and they have to deal with the likes of two-time ECAC champion and 2011 national semifinalist Denver, 2008 league titlist Loyola, and 2011 ECAC tournament finalist Fairfield.

Then again, Michigan had captured three of the last four Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association national championships and gone 241-44 in the 14 years that coach John Paul has coached the team. And the school carries the kind of Division I punch to become a major player on the recruiting scene sooner rather than later.

The Wolverines will compete next year as an affiliate member and will be eligible for the conference tournament in 2013.

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July 8, 2011

Review & preview: Three teams flying under the radar for 2012

The past four days have featured a premature attempt at the 2012 preseason poll. Friday’s entry includes three teams that did not finish above .500 and missed the tournament this past season. But what they do have is intrigue in either the form of returning players, a new head coach or a campaign that just fell short of the tournament. In alphabetical order, the teams flying under the radar are:

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July 7, 2011

ESPN’s Mark Dixon delves further into Division I coaching changes

Thursday’s edition of The Sun included an article on the spate of head coaching changes in Division I this year. The article included a few quotes from ESPN analyst and former Johns Hopkins midfielder Mark Dixon and a thumbnail look at a few selected schools that had hired new coaches or were in the process of doing so.

Dixon surmised that the impetus to win immediately and frequently that administrations are putting on head coaches has resonated on the youth and high school levels of lacrosse.

"I think if you look at the landscape of the sport and when you take it down to the cellular level, the intense involvement of parents and the existence of club teams for kids who are 10 years old, the behavior at games of coaches toward referees, parents toward coaches, parents and coaches toward players -- these are things that youth football and club soccer have endured, and now we face these things in lacrosse," Dixon said. "I think as the game grows, more and more athletes are picking it up, and I think the biggest thing is that the majority of parents haven’t played the game.”

Dixon said university officials can point to Villanova as a case study. The Wildcats went 11-5 this past spring and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years despite not fielding a full-time coach.

“That team has not been fully funded with scholarships and the coaching staff has not been a full-time group,” Dixon said. “That’s when really established programs start taking a look at themselves and say, ‘Why can Villanova accomplish this, but we can’t?'”

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CORRECTED: Review & preview: Premature 2012 poll part 4

Here is the fourth installment of an attempt at a preseason and premature poll for next season.

The top 20 was broken up into four installments with Thursday’s post involving teams ranked from Nos. 5 to 1. Monday featured Nos. 20 to 16, Tuesday Nos. 15 to 11, and Wednesday Nos. 10 to 6. Friday will include three schools not mentioned in the poll that could make some waves.

Unless there are confirmed reports about certain players planning to use fifth years of eligibility, this space will assume that seniors in 2010 will not return next year. Unannounced fifth-year seniors and potential transfers will affect the rankings that come out next February, but here’s a spin anyway.

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July 6, 2011

Review & preview: Premature 2012 poll part 3

Here is the third installment of an attempt at a preseason and premature poll for next season.

The top 20 will be broken up into four installments with Wednesday’s post involving teams ranked from Nos. 10 to 6. Monday featured Nos. 20 to 16, and Tuesday looked at Nos. 15 to 11. Thursday will highlight teams ranked Nos. 5 to 1. Friday will include three schools not mentioned in the poll that could make some waves.

Unless there are confirmed reports about certain players planning to use fifth years of eligibility, this space will assume that seniors in 2010 will not return next year. Unannounced fifth-year seniors and potential transfers will affect the rankings that come out next February, but here’s a spin anyway.

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July 5, 2011

Review & preview: Premature 2012 poll part 2

Here is the second installment of an attempt at a preseason and premature poll for next season.

The top 20 will be broken up into four installments with Tuesday’s post involving teams ranked from Nos. 15 to 11. Monday featured Nos. 20 to 16. Wednesday will highlight teams ranked Nos. 10 to 6 and Thursday Nos. 5 to 1. Friday will include three schools not mentioned in the poll that could make some waves.

Unless there are confirmed reports about certain players planning to use fifth years of eligibility, this space will assume that seniors in 2010 will not return next year. Unannounced fifth-year seniors and potential transfers will affect the rankings that come out next February, but here’s a spin anyway.

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July 4, 2011

Review & preview: Premature 2012 poll part 1

With Virginia closing out 2011 with the program’s fifth national championship, the 2012 college lacrosse season is just seven months away. What better way to preface the upcoming campaign with a preseason and premature poll?

The top 20 will be broken up into four installments with Monday’s post involving teams ranked from Nos. 20 to 16. Tuesday will feature Nos. 15 to 11, Wednesday Nos. 10 to 6 and Thursday Nos. 5 to 1. Friday will include three schools not mentioned in the poll that could make some waves.

Unless there are confirmed reports about certain players planning to use fifth years of eligibility, this space will assume that seniors in 2010 will not return next year. Unannounced fifth-year seniors and potential transfers will affect the rankings that come out next February, but here’s a spin anyway.

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July 2, 2011

UMBC adds former Binghamton head coach to staff

Ed Stephenson, a former UMBC assistant coach from 1995 to 2000 who worked to beat the Retrievers as the head coach at Binghamton, has re-joined UMBC.

The university announced Friday that Stephenson has been added to Don Zimmerman’s staff as the associate head coach. Stephenson fills the void created when Pat Tracy, then the team’s defensive coordinator, left for High Point on May 31.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have Ed Stephenson return to UMBC,” Zimmerman said in a written statement distributed by the school. “Coach Stephenson is a person of principle and strong character. He has proven himself to be one of the top defensive minds in the game of lacrosse and is admired and respected by his colleagues. His ability to relate to players both on and off the field is invaluable to their growth and development.” 

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July 1, 2011

What ESPN's Mark Dixon intends to look for in Saturday's All-America game

On Saturday night, 44 of the nation’s top prep lacrosse players will descend upon Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium to take part in the sixth annual Under Armour All-America Classic, and ESPN analyst Mark Dixon will have a front-row view of the action.

The former Johns Hopkins midfielder will provide commentary for ESPNU’s broadcast of the game, which he said must be treated as an all-star game.

“So you can’t base how a person is going to fare on the collegiate level based on one game,” Dixon said Thursday afternoon. “Last year, Nicky Galasso, playing for the North [team], scored one goal. He was the No. 1 recruit coming in, and people were wondering, ‘Wow, is he not that good?’ And then he’s just dynamite as a freshman at Carolina where he becomes a first-team All American. So you can’t put too much stock into it. But I get excited just to see what we can look forward to in college lacrosse the next four years.”

Dixon said the group of attackmen headlined by North Carolina recruit Jimmy Bitter, Maryland’s David Solomon and Johns Hopkins’ Mike Daniello has the potential to be “special.”

Dixon said he’s also intrigued by the corps of midfielders led by Virginia recruit and The Sun’s All-Metro Player of the Year Ryan Tucker and Albany’s Lyle Thompson.

“The midfield seems to be the position that doesn’t have as many marquee guys anymore,” Dixon said. “It just so happens that the attack has had the dominant collegiate players over the last few years. So I’m interested to see how some of these midfielders can do.”

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June 30, 2011

Columbia native assumes head coaching role at Marist

Columbia native Keegan Wilkinson is the new coach at Marist, marking the eighth different Division I head coach named in 2011.

The school, which made the announcement Tuesday, promoted Wilkinson from assistant coach -- a role he had served over the past four seasons.

Over that same span, the Red Foxes have improved their record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference each year and qualified for the league tournament in each of the past two seasons.

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June 29, 2011

Review & preview: Salisbury

Here is the seventh and final installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to evaluate the past and offer a glimpse into the future. Friday, we take a visit with Salisbury.

REVIEW

The good: For much of the 2011 campaign, the Sea Gulls (21-1 overall and 7-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference) had done a pretty good job of refraining from talking about last year’s 9-6 loss to Tufts in the NCAA tournament final. But after beating Roanoke in the semifinals and guaranteeing a rematch with the Jumbos, the players openly relished another shot at Tufts and exacted a measure of revenge with a 19-7 thrashing. “The year before, I think in everybody’s minds and the players especially, we didn’t give our best effort that day,” coach Jim Berkman said. “We didn’t mentally or physically play up to our capabilities. It’s one thing to get beat when you don’t play well, and obviously, Tufts did some things to not allow us to play well on that day, but the performance that we exhibited there in 2010 was nothing remotely like we had played down the stretch. Scoring six goals which is kind of unheard of from us, but again, credit has to be given to Tufts. By the same token, we had some kids that hadn’t been there before, and when the lights were on, they didn’t play very well. In 2011, some of those same guys played unbelievable because it was their second time there and they were a little more comfortable.” … Several players had career years, including sophomore Ryan Clarke, who joined junior Sam Bradman and senior Shawn Zordani on the first midfield. Clarke registered 10 goals and 12 assists and meshed well with Bradman (55, 23) and Zordani (31, 29), who got more touches than Clarke. “To see Ryan Clarke go from the second midfield to the first midfield down the stretch and get big goals, he just really, really blossomed,” Berkman said. “And it’s scary to see how good he could really become if he works on his shooting.” … After graduating faceoff specialist Ryan Finch (211-of-349 for .605 and 146 ground balls), Salisbury didn’t miss a beat with the insertion of Tyler Granelli. The sophomore went 220-of-337 for .653 and collected 110 ground balls despite not playing much in 2009 as a freshman at Cortland and sitting out 2010 after undergoing knee surgery in the preseason. “After each game, he just got better and better,” Berkman said. “… For him to play that well and continue to improve during the course of the season and really grab that role, I had no idea how good he was going to be. EspeciaIly with him coming off of knee surgery the year before, and he virtually had no college experience because he really didn’t play at Cortland.”

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June 28, 2011

Gilman's Emala leaving Georgetown, possibly heading to North Carolina

Davey Emala, a Baltimore native and Gilman graduate, has withdrawn from Georgetown and is seeking to transfer to another school, according to a pair of sources.

A university spokesman confirmed the departure, and Emala is no longer listed on the team’s website.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound attackman recently wrapped up his sophomore campaign as the Hoyas’ leader in both points (48) and goals (35). He was named to the All-Big East second team.

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Review & preview: Stevenson

Here is the sixth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to evaluate the past and offer a glimpse into the future. Tuesday, we take a visit with Stevenson. (Coach Paul Cantebene did not return requests for an interview.)

REVIEW

The good: The Mustangs extended their streak of 17-win campaigns to three with 18 victories in 21 contests this past spring. The team stayed within the top five of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll for much of the season, losing once only to eventual national champion Salisbury, 2010 NCAA titlist Tufts, and Roanoke, and advancing to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the second consecutive year. … Stevenson had nine players earn All-American honors. The individual accolades were headlined by seniors Jimmy Dailey and Evan Douglass. Dailey, a Westminster native and Winters Mill graduate, was named Outstanding Player of the Year after leading Division III in points (118) and assists (58), which are school records. He also wrapped his career as the program’s leader in points (329) and assists (163). Douglass was selected as the nation’s Outstanding Defensive Player after leading Division III in caused turnovers (59) and setting a school record for caused turnovers in a career (136). … Another school mark was surpassed when senior Neal Barthelme scored 73 goals, obliterating the previous program mark of 59 goals by Richie Ford in 2008. Barthelme, a Towson native and Dulaney graduate, finished with 94 points, which was one point shy of Steve Kazimer’s school record of 95 points established last year.

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June 24, 2011

Five Division I coaching vacancies remain

With Monday’s announcement that Stony Brook had hired Jim Nagle as its head coach, there are still five Division I programs with head coaching vacancies.

Those schools are Colgate (Nagle resigned to coach the Seawolves), Siena (Brian Becht left for Rutgers), Marist (Scott Nelson left for Binghamton), St. Joseph’s (Pat Cullinan resigned on June 15) and Bellarmine (Bart Sullivan became the interim coach after the death of Jack McGetrick).

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June 23, 2011

Towson adds former defenseman to coaching staff

Shawn Nadelen announced Thursday his first official hire since succeeding Tony Seaman as Towson’s head coach, adding Dan Cocchi to his staff as the team’s new defensive coordinator.

Cocchi was a four-year starting defenseman for the Tigers, helping the school reach the NCAA tournament in 2001 and 2003. Cocchi, a three-time All-American selection who played in 55 career games, ranks second in program history with in ground balls with 283.

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Maryland leads pack in Under Armour All-America selections

Maryland fell just short of capturing the national championship, but the Terps will reload with one of the top recruiting classes in the nation.

The Under Armour All-America list was announced on May 26, and Maryland leads all Division I schools with seven players on that list.

Representing the Terps on July 2 at 8 p.m. at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium will be three attackmen in Jay Carlson (St. Paul’s), Kevin Forster and David Solomon, two midfielders in Bobby Gribbin (who reportedly has switched his commitment from Penn State) and Joe LoCascio, and two defensemen in Goran Murray and Eric Parnon.

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June 22, 2011

Review & preview: Goucher

Here is the fifth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to evaluate the past and offer a glimpse into the future. Wednesday, we take a visit with Goucher.

REVIEW

The good: The Gophers won’t be confused with in-state peers Salisbury and Stevenson, but the offense made some progress. Statistically, the unit averaged 10.7 goals this past spring after averaging 10.3 goals last season. Seven different players recorded at least 11 points, and five of those players scored at least 10 goals each. “We definitely made some improvement on the offensive end, and I think that had to do with the experience on that end because we returned so many offensive players,” coach Kyle Hannan said. “We have two attackmen that have started since their freshman year. That certainly helped and then with Matt Lynch in the midfield, I think that’s where we had the most game experience and continuity on the offensive end.” … The question mark heading into the season involved determining the successor to goalkeeper Chris Stricklin. That question was resolutely answered by the emergence of sophomore Conor Mishaw, who registered a 7.22 goals-against average and a .610 save percentage. Both of those figures tied him for 24th in the country in both goals-against average and save percentage. “He kind of played the way we knew he was capable of playing,” Hannan said. “He’s a very talented player, and he’s going to make a lot more saves for Goucher lacrosse over the next couple of years.” … Another individual highlight came from junior attackman Rory Averett, who scored 53 goals last spring and has deposited 138 in his career. He surpassed Phil Anthony for the school record for goals in a season (50 in 2002) and Anthony for gals in a career (132 from 1999 to 2002). Averett has consistently downplayed his achievements, but Hannan openly praised his attackman. “He really stepped up and did great things this year,” Hannan said.

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June 21, 2011

Review & preview: Washington

Here is the fourth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to evaluate the past and offer a glimpse into the future. Tuesday, we take a visit with Washington.

REVIEW

The good: The Shoremen made slight progress from 2010, going 5-9 from 4-10, averaging 7.9 goals from 7.8, and surrendering 10.0 goals per game from 10.4. Coach Jeff Shirk, who completed his inaugural season at Washington, said he was more impressed with the team’s demeanor and work ethic. “I got a good feeling after the season because I liked the way the guys played,” Shirk said. “They played hard, they were physical, they gave us a chance to be in almost every game that we played. I think we had some hiccups along the way, some youthful growing pains, and I think that accounted for our four one-goal losses and a two-goal loss. I think if we move forward and continue to play hard and work hard but with a little more experience and better decision-making, I’m excited about the strides that we made this year.” … The offense continued to evolve despite the loss of starting senior midfielder Doug Herdegen, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in a 9-8 loss to Ursinus on April 6. Seven different players registered at least 14 points each, and five different players scored at least 10 goals each. “I think that just shows that we spread things out,” Shirk said. “… One guy would step up and then the next day, another guy would step up. Some guys, especially our freshmen, had ups and downs, where for some games, they showed up, and for other games, they just weren’t there. I think that’s going to bode well for the future, too, because we don’t rest everything on one guy’s shoulders. It’s everybody playing their part.” … The offense got more opportunities courtesy of an improved effort in clears. Washington successfully cleared 81.4 percent of the time, which is 7.2 percent better than last year’s showing. “We really focused hard on the clearing game because one of the things we stressed was not giving second-chance opportunities,” Shirk said. “So it might have just been a thing to the guys where it was new to them last year. With more practice this year, they understood it a little bit better. Maybe we explained it in a couple different ways where it clicked with them. But the guys definitely did a good job in the clearing game.”

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June 20, 2011

Stony Brook hires away Colgate's Jim Nagle

The coaching carousel continues.

Stony Brook announced Monday that it has hired Jim Nagle as its head coach. Nagle, who coached at Colgate for the past 10 seasons, succeeds Rick Sowell, who became the head coach at Navy on June 9. Sowell replaced Richie Meade, who parted ways with the academy on May 9.

“Coach Nagle is committed to continuing to build Stony Brook University men’s lacrosse into a national power,” athletic director Jim Fiore said in a written statement released by the school. “His infectious passion and competitiveness helped the Colgate program reach heights never achieved, and he has now come home to lead Stony Brook to exciting new places. We expect the men’s lacrosse program to continue its upward trajectory towards contending for a spot in the NCAA Championship under his leadership.”

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Review & preview: St. Mary's

Here is the third installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to evaluate the past and offer a glimpse into the future. Monday’s visit takes us to St. Mary’s.

REVIEW

The good: Record-wise, the Seahawks took a few steps back, falling to 6-9 overall and 4-4 in the Capital Athletic Conference after going 10-6 and 5-2, respectively, in 2010. But coach Chris Hasbrouck said the players are in place to continue the program’s evolution. “Even though the record didn’t maybe show it, I think we can see that we’re continuing to build the program and hopefully moving toward what might be a top-15, top-10 type of team,” he said. “It’s a work in progress, and I think we’re recruiting the right guys and they’re doing the right things to get there. … We can accept the 6-9 record as long as that is part of moving forward and becoming the team we want to be.” … For the third consecutive year, St. Mary’s advanced to the conference tournament semifinals. The Seahawks avenged a 7-4 regular-season loss to conference foe York on March 30 with a 14-9 victory in the tournament’s first round before losing to Stevenson, 16-7, on April 20. The advancement was an encouraging sign for Hasbrouck. “I’m not a moral victory guy, but to make the semifinals was good for these guys,” he said. “Now we need to move forward and get to the championship game.” … After limping out to a 2-7 start, the team went 4-2 after April 2. The rough start bothered Hasbrouck, but he also expressed satisfaction with the squad’s perseverance when the players could have folded. “I think our overall growth was solid, and I think we played our best lacrosse at the end of the year,” he said. “Everything was clicking a little bit better.”

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