Archive for February, 2009

Face-Off Classic: Terps Beat Duke

February 28, 2009

In the second game of the Face-Off Classic, Maryland controlled most of the game versus Duke and won 11-8. The only hiccup came in the second quarter when they allowed Duke to tie the game at three. Maryland’s Jeff Reynolds quickly won two face-offs which led to goals and a 5-3 halftime lead. After that, Maryland coasted to the win. I wasn’t surprised at all at the outcome of the game. Catalino and Yeatman did a good job as predicted, and Duke showed once again they don’t have the talent that the once had.

Face-Off Classic: Princeton Pounds Blue Jays

February 28, 2009

Princeton defeated Hopkins 14-8 in the first game of the FOC doubleheader. Don’t call it an upset though. I figured Hopkins needed to play a quality opponent before anyone could really figure out how good they were. I also thought Princeton would be the best team in the Ivy League this season. So I wasn’t shocked with the outcome. Hopkins is going to drop in the polls, and Priceton will find a spot in the top ten.

Trudie’s Watching: UVA vs Syracuse

February 28, 2009

#1 vs #2 no matter which poll you are looking at. Hopefully everyone else who is watching the webcast figured out the connection problems if they had the same problem I did. No audio for me…that’s been an issue since my computer crashed. However, the picture is great on this webcast. Starting line ups now.

1st Quarter-UVA wins opening face-off. Goal by S. Bratton 1-0 UVA. Save by Ghitelman, UVA ball. UVA turns ball over, ‘Cuse scores to tie it up. Joel White LSM scored the goal. Fast break to goal by UVA. Thompson scores 2-1 UVA. Orange tie it up off a Josh Amidon goal. 2-2. UVA in the crease, THIS IS GOING TO BE A GREAT GAME! ‘Cuse throws it away. I GUESS THERE ARE COMMERICALS ON THIS WEBCAST (I DON”T KNOW THE SOURCE). Good hit by ‘Cuse. Keogh should have scored on that! UVA goal by Danny Glading. 3-2 UVA. ‘Cuse on EMO…Don’t score. End of quarter. They got the classic little kid in a big kids jersey race…

2nd Quarter-UVA wins opening face-off. UVA on EMO. UVA takes a long time to clear, but gets ‘Cuse on another penalty. UVA is 0-3 on EMO today. THIS GAME HAS BECOME A DEFENSIVE BATTLE! Nice behind the back goal scored by Scott Kahoe 3-3 game. Virginia goal by Brian Carroll 4-3. Lots of turnovers…UVA is lucky they called time-out someone almost got lit up. Lots of shots, no goals being scored. Syracuse goal by Keogh 4-4. ‘Cuse calls timeout, will set up their last shot play. Don’t score…Halftime.

Halftime-UVA hasn’t scored on EMO, Syracuse hasn’t lead all game. These could come back to haunt either team. Syracuse’s jerseys are just as ugly as the UVA helmets! Just checked…JHU and ‘Cuse are also not televised, but should be webcast. Someone is missing out on a goldmine by not televising these games. There must be at least 8,000 at the game tonight, (just a guess though). The shootout contest reminds me of when I had to do Sumo Lacrosse for the halftime of the AZ Sting (NLL) about three years ago. That was interesting.

3rd Quarter-UVA wins face-off. Syracuse on EMO. Can’t score, throw ball away. UVA goal by Danny Glading, scores easily off the end line, curls around to a shot. Glading scores again off a fast break due to a shot of the pipe by ‘Cuse 6-4 UVA. Garrett Billings scores for UVA 7-4. Wahoos are running away with this one! Kenny Nims scores for Syracuse to keep it a respectable 7-5 game. Too many turnovers for ‘Cuse, might affect the outcome. Shamel Bratton scores again for UVA 8-5. Steele Stanwick high hit by ‘Cuse Matt Tierny. UVA EMO…Garrett Billings scores 9-5 UVA. Ghitelman made a sick save on Nims. Dan Hardy scores for ‘Cuse 9-6. Shamel Bratton scores again, he has a hat trick, 10-6 UVA.

4th Quarter-UVA wins opening face-off, they have dominated the face-offs in this game. UVA scored again, missed who it was 11-6. Kenny Nims scores for ‘Cuse 11-7. Scott Kahoe scores for ‘Cuse. 11-8. Garrett Billings scores on a spin-o-rama shot for UVA. 12-8. Haldy scores for UVA 13-8. UVA is definitely going to win this one. Dan Hardy scores for ‘Cuse 13-9. Kenny Nims scores for ‘Cuse 13-10. Kenny Nims scores off a fast-break pipe shot. 13-11. UVA. Two minutes left. ‘Cuse emo…lose ball, but get it back on the clear. Tim Desko scores for ‘Cuse makes it a one goal game 13-12. ‘Cuse ball with about 30 seconds left. UVA has the ball with 15 seconds to go. ‘Cuse may be out of luck. Game over!

Post Game-I know I got a little cocky thinking UVA had the game won when they were up 13-8, but I think they just started playing poorly and it wasn’t Syracuse suddenly playing better. Although I credit ‘Cuse with being able to take advantage of their opportunities. As far as this game goes, its a little revenge for UVA after the 2008 semi-final loss to ‘Cuse. However, I am betting these teams will meet again in Boston for either the semi-final or final game. Pipe shots were the key to both UVA and Syracuse going on game changing runs. UVA was just lucky time ran out before ‘Cuse took take full advantage of the momentum shift. Just checked the Syracuse website…16,595 people were at the game. Twice as many as I thought! That’s a good amount for a regular season lacrosse game.

Carthage: The Hot New DIII Lacrosse Destination

February 27, 2009

http://www.carthage.edu/athletics/mens/lacrosse/

Carthage College, Wisconsin’s only college with an NCAA lacrosse team just won its first ever game on Thursday. Just checking out their schedule, they might be a place to go if you’re a future DIII level player. They travel all over the country to fill out their schedule. Their first two games are in Pennsylvania, then they go to Missouri, next its off to Alabama, then to Arkansas, followed by trips to Indiana, Colorado, Michigan and Ohio.

Seems like the majority of DIII lacrosse conferences only play games in a handful of states, but if you played for Carthage, it would be an excellent opportunity to see America. Plus most of the places Carthage plays at they play a few teams within a weekend.

While I Wait For the UVA vs Syracuse Game to Start…

February 27, 2009

Hopefully there is video for the ‘Cuse game…that is a concern.

In the meantime…I noticed a few notable game scores:

Manhattan 8 Robert Morris 11-Robert Morris has won three straight games after losing its opener to UNC. Still on my radar as the sleeper team of 2009.

Carthage 10 Alvernia 8-This was the first ever DIII game for Carthage. Not too shabby picking up the W.

Notable Scores

February 25, 2009

For a Tuesday in February, there was actually a decent amount of good games. Here a some of the better ones:

Bryant 12 Dartmouth 9-Nothing like playing lacrosse in New Hampshire in February! Bryant is showing that they can hang with DI teams, two straight wins since losing their first DI game. They are 2-1 so far as a DI school.

Mt. St. Mary’s 2 Virginia 10- The Mount is no match for UVA’s superior talent. A warm up game for the Wahoos before they play ‘Cuse.

Hampden Sydney 17 Randolph 0-Not to be confused with nearby Randolph-Macon. Randolph College used to be all women until just a few years ago. This is the lacrosse team’s first season. Not a great start, probably will go winless this season. But people like going to school in the South so they should get some players in the next few years.

Lacrosse Balls Near the Bandsaw

February 24, 2009

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=3928837

The tough economic times have not quite hit college lacrosse, but there have been some near misses already. First it was the announcement from Major League Lacrosse that they would contract four of their teams for the 2009 season. So this summer they will feature six teams instead of ten. Now comes word from the world of college baseball that Northern Iowa is eliminating its baseball program, which I saw on ESPN earlier today.

 Many college lacrosse players, fans, and coaches will be walking on egg shells for at least this season if not longer hoping there isn’t a lost opportunity. The good thing for college lacrosse is that there aren’t that many teams to begin with. 60 Division I teams in 2010. Lacrosse has continually shown to be a growing sport and several DI teams would like to add programs if it wasn’t for Title IX and financial issues. In my opinion, lacrosse is just behind football and basketball as far as in demand sports go for the NCAA. After all, the Final Four in lacrosse is just as popular as the basketball Final Four and several Bowl Games, so it is very unlikely that a DI team will cut its lacrosse program.

Teams that will probably get cut are baseball, wrestling, swimming, golf, and tennis. I see these sports with very low spectator value, and the cost is high. Sure they might bring in some tuition dollars, but more people are going to sit down and watch a college lacrosse game than they will a swim meet or golf tournament. As I’ve said before, it doesn’t cost that much to field a lacrosse team, just some goals, balls, and a field in addition to fairly inexpensive protective gear. I just hope I am not wrong!

UVA vs Syracuse on Friday Night Worth $6

February 24, 2009

http://www.suathletics.com/member/login.aspx

Syracuse plays Virginia on Friday night at 7:30pm EST at home in the Carrier Dome. Both teams are debated in separate polls as the #1 team in college lacrosse. Both teams have disgustingly good teams and could easily go undefeated if they didn’t have to play each other. Both teams will probably play each other in the Final Four, if not for the national championship.

This game is NOT on ESPNU or CBS College Sports. Besides either going to the game in person, the only two options you have to see it is on local TV in Syracuse, or do what I plan on doing. Paying for a 24 hour subscription to the Syracuse All-Access membership content where they show live home lacrosse games for Syracuse. The cost is six dollars, but that is probably near the cost of a game ticket. This may be one of the better games of the year to see and worth the price.

Hijacked! Pro Lacrosse Teams That Share Names With Other Pro Sports

February 22, 2009
http://www.majorleaguelacrosse.com/news/pressreleases/index.html?article_id=1276
 

 

 Last week, Major League Lacrosse announced it was contracting from 10 teams to six teams, as well as moving the 2008 Champion Rochester Rattlers to Toronto. Later, they announced the new name of the team, The Nationals. Featuring a maple leaf for Canada and a spear for the Iroquois Native Americans that live in the region.  The Nationals of course is the name of one of the worst teams in MLB. This isn’t the first time a pro lacrosse team has shared a mascot with another professional sport:

Toronto Nationals

Toronto Nationals (MLL)

Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals (MLB)

Boston Blazers (MILL)

Boston Blazers (MILL)

 One of the original pro indoor lacrosse teams, but came over a decade after the NBA team.

Boston Blazers (NLL)

Boston Blazers (NLL)

reborn in 2009
Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)

Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)

Baltimore Thunder (MILL)

Baltimore Thunder (MILL)

 One of the original professional lacrosse teams.

OKC Thunder (NBA)

OKC Thunder (NBA)

 Also known as the Seattle Supersonics

Orlando Thunder (WLAF)

Orlando Thunder (WLAF)

Thunder is a common team name.
New York Saints (MILL)

New York Saints (MILL)

Another original professional lacrosse team.
New Orleans Saints (NFL)

New Orleans Saints (NFL)

Was around before the pro lacrosse team.
New York Titans (NLL)

New York Titans (NLL)

Stolen from the old AFL team.
New York Titans (AFL)

New York Titans (AFL)

 The original.

Vancouver Ravens (NLL)

Vancouver Ravens (NLL)

Came after the NFL team, no longer in the NLL, but rumors have been around for a while they may make a comeback.
Baltimore Ravens (NFL)

Baltimore Ravens (NFL)

The original.
Ontario Raiders (NLL)

Ontario Raiders (NLL)

Now known as the Toronto Rock
Oakland Raiders (NFL)

Oakland Raiders (NFL)

The original.

Trudie’s Top 10: 2/23

February 22, 2009

For my top ten teams this week, I thought I would get a jump on the other polls as well as do some explanation of why I think these teams are in the top 10.

Teams that probably will or should go undefeated (if they didn’t have to play each other)-

1. Virginia-3-0 so far this season. However, haven’t really played any good teams. I still think they will beat everyone. Of course someone has to lose in the 2/27 game with Syracuse. Also play Mt. St. Mary’s on Tuesday.

2. Syracuse-Aside from possibly losing to UVA, I am confident that Syracuse can go undefeated through the rest of their schedule. If I had to pick a winner between Syracuse and Virginia. I would go with UVA. 3-0 for 2009 so far.

Teams that will lose a few games, but could still win a National Championship-

3. North Carolina-Won’t beat UVA, but can beat Duke and probably will beat Maryland. If they are lucky, they won’t have to play UVA in the NCAA Tournament. Only game this week is Saturday against Lehigh. Is 4-0 on the year.

4. Johns Hopkins-In 2008 they lost five games straight and still went to the Championship Game. In 2007 they lost four overall and three straight games and won the title. My theory is if Hopkins can win its first round tournament game, they will be in the Final Four. Regardless of who they play. Hopkins beat Siena in its first game of 2009, play Princeton at M&T on Saturday.

Teams that just aren’t good enough-

5. Maryland-Dominant attack was not able to beat Georgetown. Proved to me that they aren’t ready to be a top tier team in the NCAAs. Play Duke at M&T on Saturday. Should get the win over a lesser Duke team.

6. Navy-Lost by one goal to a much improved UNC team. Can still be one of the better teams in the NCAA, but not good enough to make it to the Final Four. Play Bucknell on Saturday.

7. Georgetown-Beat Maryland by three. Probably won’t beat some of the better teams on their schedule. They should make it to the NCAA tournament this year, but won’t be a Final Four team. Play St. Johns on Saturday.

8. UMBC-2-0 in 2009. Haven’t been tested yet. Play a good Colgate team on Saturday. If they lose, Colgate will replace them in the top 10.

Good, but not that impressive

9. Notre Dame-2-0 so far, but haven’t been tested yet. Play Dartmouth on Saturday.

10. Robert Morris-My sleeper pick of the year won big over Bellarmine. Play Manhattan on Friday and Detroit-Mercy on Sunday.