Maryland’s Move to The Big Ten

http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2012/11/21/marylands-tillman-addresses-big-ten-move

The University of Maryland’s Board of Regents recently voted to accept an invitation to join the Big Ten and begin competing in this conference in the 2014-15 school year (ESPN). The Terps will have to pay a $50 million dollar exit fee, to leave the ACC (ESPN). Maryland obviously made this decision for the two main sports there, which are football and basketball. The Big Ten is very competitive in both of those sports and the move to this new conference will help raise money through those two programs.

How will this move affect the lacrosse program at Maryland though is a huge question. Coach John Tillman recently addressed questions about the future of Maryland’s lacrosse program. Tillman really has no clue what to expect. He is going in with an open mind, he states about the problem, “There’s so much that can happen that we’ve really kind of taken a wait and see approach to everything,” (Inside Lacrosse).

Maryland will be leaving the most respected lacrosse country in the country to join the Big Ten. The Big Ten is a powerhouse athletic conference but they do not sponsor men’s lacrosse. The Terps have many possibilities that could happen for them in the 2015 season. The first option is that with the addition of Rutgers and Maryland to the Big Ten, and the current conference schools of Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan playing in other conferences this gives the conference five teams (Inside Lacrosse). If the conference decided to sponsor men’s lacrosse and could find one more team, they would then meet the six-team rule for an NCAA automatic qualifier (Inside Lacrosse). Another option is that they could go independent after leaving the ACC, meaning they would still play many of their old rivals but do not have the opportunity for getting an automatic bid (Inside Lacrosse). The last option the Terps have is to be an affiliate member of another conference that sponsors lacrosse (Inside Lacrosse). This situation is risky though, considering they do not know the future conference shifts and the peculiarities of joining some conferences for only one sport.

Maryland right now has a great strength of schedule, which prepares them very well for the NCAA tournament, which can be seen with their back-to-back appearances in the National Championship. With this shift the Terps want to keep as much of their schedule as they can. They do not want to play weak teams all season then get to the tournament and be shocked, like teams such as UMass experience. It will be very interesting to see where Maryland’s new home will be for the 2015 season and how it will affect the team.

 

 

Sources: http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2012/11/21/marylands-tillman-addresses-big-ten-move

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8651934/maryland-terrapins-join-big-ten-rutgers-scarlet-knights-join-well-sources-say

 

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HEADstrong

Source: http://headstrongfoundation.org/about/headstrongfounder/nicks-story-introduction/#

Nicholas Colleluori grew up in the small suburb of Philadelphia, Holmes, Pennsylvania. He attended Ridely High School, where he earned 12 varsity letters in three different sports. These sports included football, lacrosse, and wrestling. Nicholas then went on to play college lacrosse at Hofstra University. He was a very determined, hard fought person who never gave up. This was shown when he started all 16 games as a freshman at Hofstra (HEADstrong Foundation).

In 2005 things took a turn for the worst for Nicholas. Towards the end of his freshman year he had complained about difficulty hearing the plays being called and his family cheering for him from the stands. One morning he woke up and had lost all hearing in his right ear. After a series of tests and having his adenoids removed, the tests showed that Nicholas had lymphoma, a blood cancer affecting the lymphatic system. Nicholas withdrew from school after the doctors told him that he only had three months to live. Nicholas’ hard fighting attitude helped him turn that three month span into  a 14-month hard fought battle with cancer (HEADstrong Foundation).

On November 28, 2006 Nicholas passed away (HEADstrong Foundation). This was not the end of him though; his legacy will live forever throughout the lacrosse community. After Nicholas had been diagnosed with cancer, he created the HEADstrong Foundation to raise awareness for blood cancer. While in the hospital he drew the logo for the organization and outlined the

Source: http://headstrongfoundation.org/about/headstrongfounder/nicks-story-introduction/

organizations mission through various letters.

Once the doctors told Nicholas that there was nothing else they could do to prolong his fight he approached his mother. He told his mother three things. The first was that he wanted to be cremated and buried. The second, he wanted a scholarship in his name at Hofstra and his high school. The final, that he wanted his family to carry out the foundation and take it where it needs to go (HEADstrong Foundation). He gave his blueprints to his mother for the foundation, and the Colleluori family has committed themselves to carry out his vision.

The foundation has been off to a great start. Since 2006 the HEADstrong Foundation has raised over $2 million to help find a disease for lymphoma (HEADstrong Foundation). The family states that they will never stop fighting for the foundation, just like their son never stopped fighting for his life. This foundation now sponsors club teams, collegiate tournaments, and multiple other lacrosse related events. This truly is a moving story that has created a foundation for a great cause. Personally knowing people that suffered from this terrible disease and being a lacrosse player, I am truly moved by Nicholas and his family.

Source:”Nick’s Story.” HEADstrong Foundation. N.p.. Web. 13 Nov 2012. <http://headstrongfoundation.org/about/headstrongfounder/nicks-story-introduction/

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ACC: The Best Conference?

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), is considered to be the premier men’s lacrosse conference in division I. Not every school in the ACC has a lacrosse team. The teams that play lacrosse in the ACC include the Maryland Terrapins, Virginia Cavaliers, North Carolina Tar Heels, and Duke Blue Devils.

The ACC is the most dominate conference in all of lacrosse. Looking at the 2010 season we can see why. All four teams in the ACC were selected for the NCAA tournament (UM Terps). This is huge because usually only the team that wins the conference and one other team that gains an at large bid makes the tournament. To have all teams in the conference make the tournament is stellar. Not to mention all four of these teams made it to the quarterfinal round (UM Terps). No other conference in the NCAA can pull this same act. These four teams were also all among the top five seeds in this 2010 tournament.

Another major point in the 2010 season is that the ACC teams finished 46-2 against non-conference opponents. The only two losses suffered by the ACC were head to head meetings between the other conferences (UM Terps). This shows us even further that the ACC cannot be touched, if only two teams in the NCAA can stop them.

Source:http://www.theacc.com

There are some changes going on with the ACC though for the 2013 season. The ACC will be adding Notre Dame and Syracuse. These two teams are highly recognized in the modern lacrosse world. Syracuse has always been a strong team, but now Notre Dame is emerging. The two teams will give the ACC even tougher competition, thus making the league even more dominant.

The following years for the ACC should reflect how powerful this conference is. They are definitely the power house in Division I lacrosse. Not to mention they do include The Maryland Terrapins.

Source: http://www.umterps.com/sports/m-lacros/info_guide/mlax_acc.html

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The Debate is Over: Approved Rules for 2013

After great debate, the rule changes have finally been made for the 2013 season. Some of the rules that were proposed have been reversed while others have been implied for the upcoming season.

The NCAA Rules Committee has reversed the ruling on changing the face-off rules. The rule would have banned the use of a motorcycle grip for facing off (Lax Power). This rule being banned helps players that specialize in facing-off, known as fo-gos, a great deal. Many players that specialize at facing-off have made a career off of the motorcycle grip, and if it would have been banned their whole game would have been ruined.

A new rule that will be implied on the face-off deals with repeated face-off violations. A face-off violation includes: false starts by either the wing players or face-off persons, illegal use of the hands, holding the other player, etc. The new rule calls for a penalty to be served after three violations in a half by a team (Lax Power). This rule will help imply cleaner face-off play and will help the game at the face-off x.

Another rule change that will be implied is that shooting strings (extra strings in the mesh) will not be allowed any lower then four inches from the top of the head of the stick. The original rule proposed a three and a half inch limit, but the committee changed the limit to four inches. This rule will help defenders out a great deal. With the sticks before it was really tough to check the ball out. A defender could throw a beautiful check on an attackman and the ball would not budge. Now with the new rule the ball will not stay in the stick as well, and if a defender throws a great check the ball will come out.

The biggest rule change that was approved is the addition of a shot clock after a stall warning is given.  The rule change puts a 30 second shot clock in after an official calls a stall warning. The original proposal called for a 20 second shot clock (Lax Power). This rule will definitely help the game out a lot with increasing the speed. The fast restarts were also approved. This rule states that when a ball goes out, or a play is blown dead the player will pick the ball up and go without waiting. This also means that all substitutions will be on the fly. This will increase the pace of play greatly as well.

Source: “Update on Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee Changes for 2013.” Lax Power. N.p., 13 2012. Web. 30 Oct 2012. <http://www.laxpower.com/laxnews/news.php?story=31079>.

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From Native Americans to Players Worldwide

Lacrosse is the oldest sport in North America. Lacrosse started as a game played by the Native Americans. The game was played to settle conflicts, heal the ill, and develop strong men (US Lacrosse).  Lacrosse also served as preparation for war to

Source:http://www.personal.psu.edu/mab5448/lacrosse.html

the Native Americans. They played the game with 1,000 players on each side, from either the same tribe or different tribes, who would take turns playing in the violent contest (US Lacrosse). These games would be played on fields anywhere from one to 15 mile long fields, and the games would some times last for days (US Lacrosse). Lacrosse to the Native Americans is considered “The Creator’s Game.” (US Lacrosse)

In 1636 the Native American game began to evolve into modern lacrosse when Jean de Brebeuf, a Jesuit missionary, watched a game in Huron country (US Lacrosse).  French pioneers then began to play the game in 1800s (US Lacrosse).  Then in 16867 a Canadian dentist named W. George Beers standardized the game by creating set field dimensions, limits to the number of players, and other basic rules (US Lacrosse). The game became very popular in Canada with these new rules and many people began playing. Lacrosse then spread from the Montreal area to how it is today, as one of the world’s fastest growing sports.

In 1877, New York University fielded the first college lacrosse team (US Lacrosse). In 1882 the first high school teams appear. Phillips Academy in Massachusetts, Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and Lawrenceville School in New Jersey were the he nations first high school teams (US Lacrosse). Today there are 400 college lacrosse teams and 1,200 high school teams across the nation (US Lacrosse).

From Native Americans to people worldwide, lacrosse started off as a traditional game and has transformed into a recreational sport for players around the world. The game has evolved greatly over time and is still evolving. It is amazing how a sport can begin as a way to prepare for war, and turn into the fastest growing sport in the world.

Source: “About The Sport.” US Lacrosse. N.p.. Web. 23 Oct 2012. <http://www.uslacrosse.org/UtilityNav/AboutTheSport/Overview.asp&xgt;.

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NCAA 2012 Highlights

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Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJWL_X79HRc

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The Sport Growing Internationally

Lacrosse is growing very rapidly and spreading all over the world, not only being known as a major sport in North America. Lacrosse is played in over 50 countries around the world (FIL). With the sport growing there needed to be some sort of committee to allow countries to play international games against other countries, and also create common rules for these games to be played. In August 2008 with the merger of both the men’s and women’s international lacrosse associations The Federation of International Lacrosse, also known as FIL was formed (FIL). The goal of this group is to have lacrosse become recognized and played by every single country worldwide and possibly become an Olympic sport.

Source:http://www.majorleaguelacrosse.com/press-release/975/get-world-championship-highlights-here

This federation is also responsible for the men’s and women’s lacrosse world championships which are held every four years. The men’s lacrosse world championships started off as only a four-team invitational to celebrate Canada’s centennial lacrosse celebration in 1967 (FIL). Then seven years later Australia celebrated its lacrosse centenary and invited the USA all-star team to compete in a similar international invitational tournament (FIL). At this Australian tournament the concept of holding a world championship every four years was conceived (FIL). In 2010 the world championships held in Manchester, England had grown to twenty-nine nations competing in the tournament (FIL). Throughout the years the championships trophy has never left North America, the USA has nine of the victories and Canada has the remaining two victories (FIL).

The International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Associations, also known as IFWLA was formed in 1972 to promote the game of women’s lacrosse internationally (FIL). The women’s world cup started in 1982 and is also an international lacrosse tournament that is held every four years (FIL). The first world cup was held in Nottingham, England. The women’s world cup is much smaller than the men’s with only eleven nations competing in the tournament (FIL).  Throughout the years the United States has won every world cup except in 1986 and 2005 in which they finished second behind Australia (FIL).

Lacrosse is trying to become a prominent sport around the world and the primary goal of FIL is to spread the sport internationally. The men’s and women’s world championships are two great ways to get the sport known around the world. Hopefully one day the big dream will come true and lacrosse will become an Olympic sport.

 

Source:

http://www.filacrosse.com/?fileid=about_history&menu=expanded

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Who is Michael Powell?

Source:http://lxmpro.com/teams/east/mikey-powell/

Michael Powell, mostly known as Mikey Powell is arguabally one of the greatest lacrosse players of all time. He went to high school in New York . After high school he attended and played lacrosse at Syracuse University. Syracuse is and has been a lacrosse power house for a great amount of time and it is a huge deal to play there. Powell then moved onto an interesting MLL career. This career was on and off while Powell was pursuing his music career.

Mikey Powell went to Carthage High School in Carthage, New York(Brine). He had a remarkable high school career. He  set the state records for most points in a season, points in one game, and assists in a season. He did this with 194 goals in the 2000 season, 15 points in a game during the 2000 season, and 120 assists in 1999(Brine). Powell was an All-American throughout his high school career(Brine).

Powell then enrolled at Syracuse University as one of the most anticipated recruits of his time. His two older brothers Casey Powell and Ryan Powell also played at Syracuse. Throughout his college career Powell was a four time All-American (US Lacrosse). He won the Jack Turnball Award, which is awarded to the top attackman in Divison I lacrosse, four times(US Lacrosse). He was also a four time finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy, basically the Heisman trophy of college lacrosse, and won the award twice(US Lacrosse). During his time at Syracuse he also led the team to two national championships and was named MVP in both of those championships(US Lacrosse).

After college Powell did not go straight to the MLL for the 2004 season though. Instead he decided to persue a profesional career as a musician. In 2005 Powell finally decided to join the MLL and was drafted by the Baltimore Bayhawks(US Lacrosse). In 2005 he was selected as MVP(US Lacrosse). In 2006 he once again sat out and did not play in the MLL. In 2007 he then came back and was drafted by the Boston Cannons(US Lacrosse). His last season in the MLL was 2011 with the Cannons. Powell now is a musician and a song writer with over 200 songs.

Sources:

http://www.uslacrosse.org/USLOLDArchives/2006USMensTeamBioMichaelPowell.aspx

http://www.brine.com/menslax/rd-team/Mikey+Powell/

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What is the MLL?

 

http://www.majorleaguelacrosse.com/about-mll/

MLL or Major League Lacrosse is the professional league in   lacrosse.   MLL is different from high school or collegiate lacrosse; this league is played in the summer rather then the traditional fall season and the league is small but growing at a rapid pace.

Major League Lacrosse became an idea in 1998, when Jake Steinfeld was inspired to start a professional outdoor lacrosse league. The idea to start this outdoor league came from the rapid growth of the sport. In 1998 Steinfeld gained a business partner from the president of Warrior Lacrosse, a major lacrosse equipment distributor. The MLL then launched in 2001. This was launched at the perfect time because the demand for the sport of lacrosse was at a high. Then in 2003 the MLL gained New Balance Shoe Inc. as another business partner (MLL).

This league is a hybrid of the traditional game of lacrosse. These adjustments bring the game to a higher level. The rule changes in this league are, first, a two point shot line. This line is located 16 yards from the goal on each side and if a player shoots the ball from outside this line and the ball goes in that team receives two points (MLL). The next rule change is a 60 second shot clock (MLL). Other then these couple of rule changes the MLL follows traditional lacrosse rules used in the NCAA and high school.

MLL is a small league; there are only eight teams in the league. These teams are both in the United States and in Canada. The league first started off with just three teams; The Chesapeake Bayhawks, Boston Cannons, and Long Island Lizards (MLL).  The league then expanded west in 2006 and added the Denver Outlaws (MLL). After that, as an international addition the Hamilton Nationals, who are from Toronto, joined the league (MLL). Lastly, just this past year in 2012 the Charlotte Hounds and Ohio Machine joined the league to bring it up to eight teams (MLL).

Overall, the MLL is a fairly new version of lacrosse that is very interesting. The league will definitely grow over time. It is a good source of lacrosse in the summer when there are no other leagues going on. It is also a modified version of the game that is a ton of fun to watch. As a lacrosse player myself going to the games are a great time and I really look forward to the summer time games.

“About MLL.” Major League Lacrosse. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Oct 2012. <http://www.majorleaguelacrosse.com/about-mll/>.

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Will Lacrosse Ever Become a Prominent Sport?

                                               alllaxcess.com

Everyone knows the three main sports: basketball, football, and baseball. Since a young age most children in the U.S. are taught about or play these sports. Lacrosse is different; lacrosse is only known in certain areas around the country and not considered a mainstream sport at all. Although, lacrosse is on the move, it is considered the fastest growing team sport in America (Craft) and has the potential to become a prominent sport in our country. As being a player and having a love for the game it would be great to see the game in the spotlight.

In lacrosse every player is bound to touch the ball multiple times, and see constant action throughout the entire game. Unlike in baseball where players go multiple innings without ever getting a ball hit to them. Also, players in lacrosse get to play offense and defense as opposed to football where players are assigned certain sides of the ball (Craft). This makes for an interesting and fun game that is easy for young athletes to become passionate about.

Lacrosse also is a very fast passed game. It is know as the fastest game on two feet. This fits the world we live in today perfectly. Today’s culture is very fast passed; people are always updating their tweets, sending texts, and changing their statuses. This means that other slower sports such as, baseball and football could lose popularity, while sports with continuous action can prevail. Sports such as lacrosse, soccer, and basketball (Craft). This is also similar to the change in warfare. Wars used to be fought where both sides would line up then fire upon each other. In football each team lines up each time and basically attacks one another, which is very similar to that style of warfare. Modern-day warfare is guerilla style where elusive plans and constant action is going on. In lacrosse action is also always going on. Going a long with the theory that life in the current world is faster paced and more action packed.

The real question here is whether lacrosse will break into the mainstream sport world or just stay on the outside? It is looking like it will come through and become a main sport in America. With the fast pace, combination of sports such as hockey, basketball, and soccer, and constant action what is to not like about it?

Craft , Kevin. “Will Lacrosse Ever Go Mainstream?.” The Atlantic. N.p., 06/13/2012. Web. 25 Sep 2012. <http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/04/will-lacrosse-ever-go-mainstream/255690/>.

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