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    Tuesday
    Mar312009

    CaseyPowellLacrosse.com D-I Top 20 for March 31

     

    Despite needing seven OT's to down Maryland, Virginia remains the unanimous #1 at the CaseyPowellLacrosse.com / JustLacrosse.com Division I Top 20 Poll. In fact, there was no change until North Carolina swapped places with Johns Hopkins, with the Tarheels now at #9. The now #12 Brown moved up from #14, and UMass also climbed two places, from #19 to #17.

    Losses at Syracuse and to visiting Fairfield caused Hobart to fall the farthest this week, from #17 to #20.

    And back in the Top 20 this week on the strength of some outstanding freshmen play are the Albany Great Danes, in at #17.

    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: Army, Fairfield, Denver, Bucknell, Villanova, Ohio St., Towson, Penn St.

     

    Rank
    Team Points First Place Last
    1
    Virginia 340 17 1
    2
    Syracuse 323 2
    3
    Cornell 291
    3
    4
    Notre Dame 282
    4
    5
    Princeton 273
    5
    6
    Maryland 242
    6
    7
    Duke 226
    7
    8
    UMBC 221
    8
    9
    North Carolina 200
    11
    10
    Hofstra 195
    10
    11
    Hopkins 171
    9
    12
    Brown 127
    14
    13
    Loyola 123
    12
    14t
    Navy 111
    15
    14t
    Harvard 111
    13
    16
    Colgate 101
    16
    17
    Umass 69
    19
    18
    Albany 45
    n/a
    19
    Georgetown 37
    18
    20
    Hobart 28
    17

     

     

    Wednesday
    Mar252009

    Celebrating 50 Seasons of LaFayette Lacrosse

    The LaFayette Lancers are beginning the 50th season of their high school lacrosse program.

    Begun in 1960 by Karl Weist as an incentive for young Onondaga Nation men to stay in school, the program blossomed under Coach Gordie Ohstrom into one of the most successful and well-respected programs in the state. Despite having a very small enrollment, Coach Ohstrom and his Lancers managed a 41-game winning streak from 1967 through 1969.

    On April 25th, when Cazenovia comes to town to battle the Lancers, LaFayette  invites the entire lacrosse community to join them in celebrating their 50th season. Players from the inaugural 1960 team will be honorary captains during a pre-game ceremony, and the 1967 Hall of Fame Team, along with other notable coaches, players, and championship teams will be recognized at half-time.

    LaFayette Alumni can contact any of the people below for more information.

    Arnie Amidon ’79 Aamidon1@twcny.rr.com

    Mike Cotsonas ‘84 mcotsona@its.jnj.com

    Ralph D’Agostino ’82 rdagostino001@twcny.rr.com

    Dan Doster ’80 Daniel.Doster@navy.mil

    John Greeley ’77 buckmaster13084@yahoo.com

    Josh Groth ‘05 laxdude7@aol.com

    Jerome LaZore ‘84 tentsevents@twcny.rr.com

    Jake LaZore ’86 jlazore2@twcny.rr.com

    Andy March ’85 ajeamarch@verizon.net

    Brad Powless ’86 bpowless@lafcs.cnyric.org

    Brad Storrier ‘73 bacopper@aol.com

    Coach Mike Reisse lancerlax@gmail.com

    Lars Tiffany ’86 Lars_Tiffany@brown.edu

    Tom Scofield ’67 tomescofield@gmail.com

     

    Congratulations, LaFayette!

     

     

    Tuesday
    Mar242009

    Salisbury #1, Washington & Lee, Tufts make impressive moves

    In this week's CaseyPowellLacrosse.com Division III Top 20, the top six schools remained the same, with a little rearranging in the 2-5 positions. The big news is the jump Washington & Lee made in the past seven days. They are now 8-0, with only three of those games close ones. Tonight they face Middlebury, the team they are currently tied with at #7.

    Tufts University is also making some noise as they are on a 6-0 run this season. They debut in the Top 20 at #14. We'll find out if they can keep it going as they face #10 Wesleyan on Saturday.

    Falling from grace with our voters are Denison, St. Lawrence, and Stevens, all out this week, Clarkson dropping five places, and Lynchburg with a seven-place tumble to #17.

    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.

    Rank
    Team Points First Place Last
    1
    Salisbury 100 5 1
    2
    Stevenson(VJ) 93
    3
    3t
    Ithaca 87
    4
    3t
    Roanoke 87
    5
    5
    Cortland 78
    2
    6
    Endicott 77
    6
    7t
    Wash. & Lee 59
    15t
    7t
    Middlebury 59
    9
    9
    Washington Col. 55
    7
    10
    Wesleyan 50
    13t
    11
    Cabrini 40
    8
    12
    Gettysburg 36
    10t
    13
    Nazareth 34
    10t
    14
    Tufts 31
    n/a
    15
    Bowdoin 27
    18t
    16
    W New England 26
    n/a
    17
    Lynchburg 24
    10t
    18t
    Clarkson 22
    13t
    18t
    Haverford 22
    17
    20
    Geneseo 12
    n/a

    Monday
    Mar232009

    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

     

    Rank
    Team Points First Place Last
    1
    Virginia 340 17 1
    2
    Syracuse 323
    2
    3
    Cornell 293
    2
    4
    Notre Dame 282
    4
    5
    Princeton 263
    5
    6
    Maryland 243
    7
    7
    Duke 231
    6
    8
    UMBC 216
    8
    9
    Hopkins 208
    9t
    10
    Hofstra 176
    11
    11
    North Carolina 175
    9t
    12
    Loyola 121
    12
    13
    Harvard 120
    16
    14
    Brown 110
    17
    15
    Navy 94
    13
    16
    Colgate 85
    18t
    17
    Hobart 75
    15
    18
    Georgetown 63
    14
    19
    Umass 38
    n/a
    20
    Army 34
    18t

    Friday
    Mar202009

    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