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    It's unanimous: Virginia

    Although they remain 1-2 in this week's CaseyPowellLacrosse.com / JustLacrosse.com Division I Poll, the combination of Virginia's thrilling win over Hopkins and Syracuse's seemingly lackluster performance against Binghamton convinced our last holdout that Virginia should indeed be a unanimous #1. And except for the UMass debut at #19, and Ivy's Harvard and Brown moving up three spots each, to #13 and #14 respectively, and Colgate up two to #16, there was very little change in the D-I Top 20.

    Paying the price for those jumps were Army, Hobart and Georgetown, all moving down this week, and Albany who dropped out completely to make room for their 100-mile distant neighbor UMass.

    In an interesting sidenote, the point totals show each of the top nine teams has a solid hold on their position, while Hofstra just edged out UNC for the tenth spot. It seems after that, though, there is a huge drop off in confidence in the rest of the field.

    Our poll is voted on by a group of highly respected and knowledgeable individuals from the upstate lacrosse community. Links to our Pre-season Poll, as well as collective look at our group of voters can be found at our Poll Archives page.

    Others receiving votes: Albany, Villanova, Denver, Ohio St., Bucknell, Penn St., St. Johns


    Team Points First Place Last
    Virginia 340 17 1
    Syracuse 323
    Cornell 293
    Notre Dame 282
    Princeton 263
    Maryland 243
    Duke 231
    UMBC 216
    Hopkins 208
    Hofstra 176
    North Carolina 175
    Loyola 121
    Harvard 120
    Brown 110
    Navy 94
    Colgate 85
    Hobart 75
    Georgetown 63
    Umass 38
    Army 34


    Scouting Mercer Island

    The Mercer Island (Washington)  boy's lacrosse team, state champions in four of the last eight years, is coming east this spring on a road trip that will make stops at  Corning East (3/31), West Genesee (4/02), Guilderland (4/03) and Lakeland/Panas (4/04). Playing those four teams in the same week is an impressive undertaking!

    To get ready for the trip, Mercer Island hosted their fourth annual Northwest Invitational, a tournament featuring state champions from Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, and Washington's own Issaquah, as well as the runner-up from Tennessee, and other top schools from the northwest.

    Mercer Island finished the tournament at 2-0, with wins over Idaho state champion Timberline, and former Oregon champion West Linn.

    Below are links to write ups on each of those games. One observation I made from reading them is that Mercer Island seems to get stronger as the game goes on, and weather has no effect on their game.

    It should be interesting to get a look at one of the top programs from the northwest.

    Friday, March 13th: Mercer Island 16, Timberline (ID) 3

    Saturday, March 14th: Mercer Island 13, West Linn (OR) 8


    Disappointment in Camillus

    On Wednesday evening, a petition signed by over 1,100 people was presented to the West Genesee School Board in support of naming the new athletic fields on the West Genesee campus after the legendary, Hall of Fame varsity lacrosse coach Mike Messere.

    If ever a high school program in the entire United States epitomized the level of success that every team strives for, it is the West Genesee Wildcats boys lacrosse team.

    At least 14 former players are now head coaches at the college level, over 50 former players are now playing NCAA College lacrosse, and the success of the boy's program has, in part, has helped the girl's team to become national power in their own rite.

    The decision of the school board should have been a no-brainer. But unbelievably the board decided against naming the fields after Coach Messere, stating that it’s not policy to name fields or buildings in the district. I guess they are also saying that Coach Messere has not acheived the level of success, nor the level of respect from his players and colleagues, that would allow a CHANGE in policy.

    What do you think?



    Local Ladies Get Defensive

    It seems as if the lady goaltenders in the area aren't quite so lady-like on the playing field, as far as giving up goals to their opponents, that is. Here are the national goaltending rankings from the NCAA:

    In Division I games through March 15th:

    Save PTC. -  Kelly Fucillo, Le Moyne, 10th; Kristen Reese, Cornell, 17th; Liz Hogan, Syracuse, 19t.

    Save/Game - Kelly Fucillo, Le Moyne, 3rd; Lauren Scott, Binghamton, 10th.

    Goals Agst Ave - Kristen Reese, Cornell, 4th; Liz Hogan, Syracuse, 7th; Sara Drexler, Colgate, 17th.


    In Division III games through March 15th:

    Save PTC. - Kelsey Evans, RIT, 3rd.

    Save/Game - Lisa Isabella, Hartwick, 13th; Stephanie McClure, Elmira, 17th.

    Goals Agst Ave - Nicole Faulise, Fredonia, 1st; Kelsey Evans, RIT, 8th; Kate Fowler, Hamilton, 12th.


    Scholastic Lacrosse Gets Underway

    This week marks the beginning of the scholastic lacrosse season with several scrimmages scheduled throughout the region.

    Indian River kicked things off yesterday with a three-way scrimmage with Saranac Lake and Saint Lawrence Central up at SUNY Canton, and today there are three boy's and one girl's scrimmage lined up. The Westhill boys head into the city to face off against the Henninger Black Knights at 4PM. Oswego is making its way north to scrimmage with Watertown HS at 5PM, and just east of there Carthage will be playing host to Canton HS with a 5:30 start. And the newest team in the area, Blessed Virgin Mary, makes its way to Utica to shake the rust off of the Proctor boys.

    On the girl's side, IHC travels down I-81 today to face Corcoran for the ladies first scrimmage of 2009.

    There are many other scrimmages in the following days, including a four-way at West Point as Auburn will meet up with O'Neill, Haldane, and Pine Bush High Schools.

    And the first regular season game in central New York should be a good one - Section 5's Irondequoit comes in Tuesday to meet the defending Class A State Champion Wildcats at the West Genesee Stadium. That game is scheduled for 6:30PM.