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NAIA Lacrosse Weekly Update, March 9
03/11/2016
Missouri Valley women's team playing well. March 10, 2016 By...
2016 Men's Lacrosse Coaches' Top 10 Poll – No. 2 (March
03/09/2016
March 08, 2016   By Scott Barker, Communications...
Continue Your Lacrosse Career at an NAIA School
03/09/2016
Have you ever heard of the NAIA?  The National Association...
2016 Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Top 10 Poll – No. 2 (March 8)
03/08/2016
  SCAD...
Week Three NAIA Lacrosse Report
02/23/2016
February 22, 2016 By Tom Flynn, Author and Freelance...
2016 Mens Lacrosse Coaches Top 10 Preseason Poll
02/02/2016
Davenport (Mich.) starts season at No. 1   February 02, 2016   By...
2016 Womens Lacrosse Coaches Top 10 Preseason Poll (Feb. 2)
02/02/2016
SCAD Savannah (Ga.) starts season at No. 1 February 02, 2016   By...
Preseason AAC Poll Has Reinhardt (Ga.) as #1
01/28/2016
Reinhardt Eagles ready to prove they deserve the number one ranking...
VisitGreenvilleSC to Host Lacrosse Invitational
01/28/2016
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate...
Davis Named President of NWLCA
01/27/2016
Coach Brandon Davis will serve as the second president of the NWLCA...
Missouri Valley is the Favorite in the Mens Preseason Fan Poll
01/14/2016
1 Missouri Valley College  6707  7% 2 Davenport...
Georgetown is the Favorite in the Womens Preseason Fan Poll
01/14/2016
Georgetown College is the Favorite in the Women’s Preseason...
Vote in the NAIA Fan Poll
01/03/2016
Vote in the NAIA Men's & Women's Fan Poll by clicking...
NAIA Lacrosse Coaches Convene in Baltimore
12/16/2015
Lacrosse coaches from across the country gathered for the annual...
New Faces Joining NAIA Lacrosse Rosters
12/10/2015
This week we'll take a look at the new faces that have joined...
Union Adds Lacrosse to Sports Offerings; Craver to Coach Men
12/03/2015
Bulldogs announce the addition of men's and women's lacrosse...
Coaches, Schedules in Place for the Ottawa (Kan.) Braves
11/19/2015
Braves have set their inaugural schedules for their men's and...
Veteran Leader Joins Great Falls (Mont.) Men’s Lacrosse
11/11/2015
Argos new Head Coach Fred Boekel brings over thirty years of lacrosse...
Sierra Nevada (Nev.) Men's Lax Excels, Adds WLAX
11/04/2015
Eagles' Men's team enjoys success while new women's team...
Concordia (Mich.) Tabs Reiter as First WLAX Head Coach
10/28/2015
Cardinals counting on Reiter's experience to lead new women's...
Madonna (Mich.) Lax Preps to Enter WHAC in 2016-2017
10/21/2015
Madonna University begins the building process for men's and...
Siena Heights (Mich.) WLAX Works its Way to Excellence
10/14/2015
Women's lacrosse program underscores the prevailing wisdom that...
Montreat (N.C.) Making Mark in Men’s Lacrosse
10/07/2015
2015-2016 Cavaliers will draw momentum as they head into their second...
Saints’ Goalie Grows the Game
09/24/2015
Saints' junior goalkeeper Genni Terrana, spent time this past...
Aquinas (Mich.) Retools for 2016 Campaign
09/17/2015
Saints squad improving skills competing in both the MCLA's Central...
SCAD Savannah (Ga.) WLAX Follows Up on Success
09/10/2015
Adrienne Berkland is the head women's lacrosse coach at SCAD...
 
NAIA Lacrosse Weekly Update, March 9

March 10, 2016

By Tom Flynn, Author and Freelance Journalist.

Check out his new book Men's Lacrosse in Maryland

KANSAS CITY, Mo– From the women's side on February 28, Missouri Valley bested Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.), 8-3. April Hennen had 12 stops for the Vikings (2-1) in cage, and goals were spread out between Alexis Haney, Aliana Rodriguez, Mary McInnis, Myleka Booze, and Amy Nelson. The Vikings later followed up the win on March 5th with a second over Benedictine (Kan.) (2-1) at home, 12-11. Hennen had 15 stops for the Vikings in the victory.

Columbia College (S.C.) is on a nine-game winning streak after dropping their season opener to Reinhardt (Ga.), 7-6. The Fighting Koalas most recently beat Aquinas (Mich.), 17-3, and are vying with Reinhardt for the top spot in the AAC.

From the men's side Lourdes University’s Danny Bichsel and Conner Mishler took home WHAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for the Gray Wolves. Lourdes is out of the gate with a 3-0 mark, with wins over the USCAA’s Cleary (MI), the MCLA’s Wofford, and #5 St. Andrews (N.C.).

Bichsel has 20 goals and five helpers through three games, and picked up seven ground balls. His nine scores against Wofford matched a school record. He added five more scores as Lourdes beat St. Andrews.

Mishler posted a .717 save percentage in goal in the three victories.  He made 38 saves while notching a 5.00 goals against average.  His 20 saves against Saint Andrews are the second most in school history for a single game.

In the KCAC, Clarke University (Iowa) broke out their new program with a 9-8 victory against cross-town rival University of Dubuque. After falling to Ottawa (Kan.) in their second outing, the Crusaders (1-1) face Benedictine (Kan.) (1-3) on March 9. The Ravens are also a first-year NAIA program.  

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by posted 03/11/2016
2016 Men's Lacrosse Coaches' Top 10 Poll – No. 2 (March

March 08, 2016
 

By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Davenport (Mich.) is No. 1 in the second regular-season edition of the NAIA Men’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Top 10 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Panthers claimed five first-place votes and 117 points. The third regular-season installment will be released March 15.

Men’s Lacrosse is in year one of a two-year process towards becoming an NAIA National Championship sport. Throughout the season, 27 Men’s programs will fight for eight spots in the first-ever national invitational tournament May 4-7 in Greenville, S.C. Eight regular-season polls will be conducted, as well as a final and postseason poll.

Poll Methodology:

- The ratings committee is comprised of eight raters – two raters per conference/A.I.I./group
- Each conference/A.I.I./group produces a conference rating from which raters will use to compile their national ballot. Only teams represented on the conference rating are eligible for the national ballot.
- Each rater will submit a top 15 ballot, which will be used to produce the Top 10 national rating and a list of other teams receiving votes.
- For additional details on the national rating, please consult the coaches’ manual – Men’s | Women’s

NAIA Men’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Top 10 Poll – No. 2 (March 8)

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1st place votes) Record * Final Points
1 1 Davenport (Mich.) (5) 2-0 117
2 3 Reinhardt (Ga.) (3) 4-0 114
3 2 Siena Heights (Mich.) 1-2 103
4 4 Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 2-0 98
5 7 Indiana Tech (Ind.) 0-0 88
6 RV Lourdes (Mich.) 1-0 73
7 8 Ottawa (Kan.) 2-1 68
8 6 Missouri Baptist 1-1 61
9 9 Missouri Valley 1-1 60
10 5 St. Andrews (N.C.) 5-1 46

 

Dropped from the Top 10: Lawrence Tech (Mich.) (No. 10)

Others receiving votes: Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 39; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 33; St. Gregory’s (Okla.) 26; Aquinas (Mich.) 10; Michigan-Dearborn 8; Robert Morris (Ill.) 6; Tennessee Wesleyan (5; St. Mary’s (Kan.) 4.

^ Ranking based off the NAIA Men’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Top 10 Coaches' Poll (March 1)
* Record includes games against NAIA schools only


by posted 03/09/2016
Continue Your Lacrosse Career at an NAIA School

Have you ever heard of the NAIA?  The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is a governing body of small athletics programs.  The NAIA is not new, they have been around since 1937 and currently provide over 60,000 student athletes the opportunity to compete in 27 different sports.  While many NAIA schools have had lacrosse it is just now becoming a “recognized sport” in the NAIA.

In the past, NAIA lacrosse programs have competed against MCLA teams and even been able to participate in MCLA championship tournaments.  This season, lacrosse’s first as a recognized sport, has “invitational” status.  This means that at least 25 NAIA programs have committed to attending a national championship event.

The NAIA’s Lynn Meredith explains, “Our classifications are based on the amount of members who commit to attending a sports national championship if they qualify. To have a championship administrated by the NAIA, 40 members have to commit even though more than that number may participate in that sport. In order to work new sports opportunities into the NAIA, we have an ‘Invitational’ status that requires 25 member to commit to attending a national championship. This give legitimacy to the sport as it gains traction with other NAIA members. The NAIA participates in these championships with our coaches and sports associations, but does not fully administrate them until the 40 number is reached.”

One interesting side note on this “invitational” season is that athletes may have the opportunity to play for two national championships this year.  They can compete in the MCLA tournaments as well as the NAIA Invitational Championship tournament.  Currently 29 women’s programs and 27 men’s programs have indicated they will play for the invitational championship.

While scholarship limitations have not been established by the NAIA yet, Many NAIA athletes receive scholarships.  More information about Scholarships can be found on the NAIA.org website.


by posted 03/09/2016
2016 Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Top 10 Poll – No. 2 (March 8)

 
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SCAD Savannah (Ga.) hangs on to the No. 1 ranking

March 08, 2016
 

By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – SCAD Savannah (Ga.) holds the No. 1 ranking in the second regular-season edition of the NAIA Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Top 10 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Bees received six first-place votes and 90 total points. The third regular-season installment will be released March 15.

Women’s Lacrosse is in year one of a two-year process towards becoming an NAIA National Championship sport. Throughout the season, 30 women’s programs will fight for eight spots in the first-ever invitational tournament May 4-7 in Greenville, S.C. Eight regular season polls will be conducted, as well as a final and postseason poll.

Poll Methodology:

- The ratings committee is comprised of eight raters – two raters per conference/A.I.I./group
- Each conference/A.I.I./group produces a conference rating from which raters will use to compile their national ballot. Only teams represented on the conference rating are eligible for the national ballot.
- Each rater will submit a top 15 ballot, which will be used to produce the Top 10 national rating and a list of other teams receiving votes.
- For additional details on the national rating, please consult the coaches’ manual – Men’s | Women’s

NAIA Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Top 10 Poll – No. 2 (March 8)

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1st place votes) Record * Final Points
1 1 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) (6) 5-0 90
2 2 Georgetown (Ky.) 3-0 83
3 7 Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 3-2 75
4 4 Tennessee Wesleyan 4-0 70
5 3 Davenport (Mich.) 0-1 66
6 6 Robert Morris (Ill.) 2-0 64
7 7 Reinhardt (Ga.) 3-1 47
8 6 Indiana Tech 0-0 40
9 8 Columbia (S.C.) 8-1 38
10 10 Siena Heights (Mich.) 0-1 32
 

Dropped from the Top 10: None

Receiving Votes: Missouri Valley 25; Missouri Baptist 25; Midland (Neb.) 16; Point (Ga.) 15; Lourdes (Ohio) 12; Aquinas (Mich.) 8; Cumberlands (Tenn.) 2.   

^ Ranking based off the NAIA Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Top 10 Preseason Poll (March 1)

 
 
 
 

by posted 03/08/2016
Week Three NAIA Lacrosse Report

SCAD Savannah (Ga.) women's lacrosse makes statement with 2-0 start
February 22, 2016

By Tom Flynn, Author and Freelance Journalist.

Check out his new book Men's Lacrosse in Maryland

KANSAS CITY, Mo– Week Three saw the first action, and victories, in history for several men’s programs including Cumberlands (Ky.) and Benedictine (Kan.). On the women’s side the SCAD Savannah (Ga.) continued to prove why they were 2015 National Women’s Lacrosse League (NWLL) champions.

Men’s

Cumberlands (Ky.) (1-1) opened their program’s history with a 22-8 victory over Montreat (N.C.) (0-3) in Montreat. They extended their stay in North Carolina and faced off on Saturday against nationally-ranked St. Andrews (N.C.) (3-0). The Patriots fell, 11-8, to the Knights but played closely throughout. Cumberlands’ head coach Pete Campbell said of the program, and the start, “Although we weren’t pleased with the result from the second game, we were pleased with the way the guys came out and competed against a top-10 opponent in our second game ever. We have some things we need to work on, however, we’re pleased with the effort from both games.”

In their opening game, freshman attackman Phil Procida (Cumming, GA) paced the Patriots with seven goals and two assists.

Benedictine (Kan.) earned their first-ever varsity victory at home this past Saturday against Cleary University (MI) (0-4) by a final score of 18-4. In a day of firsts, freshman middie Kyle Tomc (Kansas City, MO) scored the first goal in program history and finished the day with four goals. Fellow freshman middie Ryan Heisner (Groton, MA) paced all scorers with six goals. Junior goalie Zack McGuff (Lenexa, KA) had eight stops for the Ravens (1-0).

Women’s

Benedictine (Kan.) women’s team will make its debut next month when they face Saint Mary (Kan.) on March 3 at home in Atchison. The Spires are 1-2 after falling to St. Gregory’s (Okla.) on Saturday. Both the Ravens and Spires compete in the KCAC.

The SCAD Savannah (Ga.) Bees are rapidly affirming their place atop the NAIA and the NWLL, as they are out of the gate with a 2-0 mark. The Bees head to Laurinburg on February 27 to face St. Andrews (N.C.). The Knights are 0-2 on the year and face Columbia College (S.C) on Wednesday in a midweek matchup.  

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by posted 02/23/2016
2016 Mens Lacrosse Coaches Top 10 Preseason Poll

February 02, 2016
 

By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Davenport (Mich.) is No. 1 in the preseason edition of the NAIA Men’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Top 10 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The first regular-season installment will be released March 1.

Davenport (Mich.) controls the first-ever Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Men’s Lacrosse is in year one of a two-year process towards becoming an NAIA National Championship sport. Throughout the season, 27 Men’s programs will fight for eight spots in the first-ever national invitational tournament May 4-7 in Greenville, S.C. Eight regular-season polls will be conducted, as well as a final and postseason poll.

Poll Methodology:
- The ratings committee is comprised of eight raters – two raters per conference/A.I.I./group
- Each conference/A.I.I./group produces a conference rating from which raters will use to compile their national ballot. Only teams represented on the conference rating are eligible for the national ballot.
- Each rater will submit a top 15 ballot, which will be used to produce the Top 10 national rating and a list of other teams receiving votes.
- For additional details on the national rating, please consult the coaches’ manual – Men’s | Women’s

NAIA Men’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Top 10 Poll – Preseason (Feb. 2)

Rank School Final Points
1 Davenport (Mich.) (7) 119
2 Missouri Valley (1) 113
3 Siena Heights (Mich.) 103
4 Reinhardt (Ga.) 94
5 Indiana Tech 82
6 Missouri Baptist 74
7 St. Andrews (NC) 71
8 Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 58
9 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 53
10 Lourdes (Mich.) 45

Others receiving votes: Aquinas (Mich.) 32; Tennessee Wesleyan 29; Ottawa (Kan.) 28; St. Mary’s (Kan.) 16; Michigan-Dearborn 15; Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 11; Robert Morris (Ill.) 7; Asbury (Ky.) 6; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 5; St. Gregory’s (Okla.) 2.


by posted 02/02/2016
2016 Womens Lacrosse Coaches Top 10 Preseason Poll (Feb. 2)

February 02, 2016
 

By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – SCAD Savannah (Ga.) holds the No. 1 ranking in the preseason edition of the NAIA Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Top 10 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The first regular-season installment will be released March, 1.

SCAD Savannah controls the first-ever Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Women’s Lacrosse is in year one of a two-year process towards becoming an NAIA National Championship sport. Throughout the season, 30 women’s programs will fight for eight spots in the first-ever national nvitational tournament May 4-7 in Greenville, S.C. Eight regular season polls will be conducted, as well as a final and postseason poll.

Poll Methodology:
- The ratings committee is comprised of eight raters – two raters per conference/A.I.I./group
- Each conference/A.I.I./group produces a conference rating from which raters will use to compile their national ballot. Only teams represented on the conference rating are eligible for the national ballot.
- Each rater will submit a top 15 ballot, which will be used to produce the Top 10 national rating and a list of other teams receiving votes.
- For additional details on the national rating, please consult the coaches’ manual – Men’s | Women’s

2016 NAIA Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Top 10 Poll (Feb. 2)

RANK SCHOOL (2015 Season) WON LOST FINAL POINTS
1 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 15 2 120
2 Georgetown (Ky.) 12 4 105
3 Davenport (Mich.) 16 4 103
4 Robert Morris (Ill.) 10 7 86
5 Tennessee Wesleyan 13 4 85
6 Indiana Tech 11 8 82
7 Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 11 7 68
8 Aquinas (Mich.) 8 9 58
9 Reinhardt (Ga.) 7 9 57
10 Siena Heights (Mich.) 8 6 49
 

 Receiving Votes: Missouri Baptist 38, Point (Ga.) 22, Lourdes (Ohio) 16, Asbury (Ky.) 15, Columbia S.C. 14, Midland (Neb.) 12, Truett-McConnell (Ga.) 2

*Records shown are from 2015 season and prior to the sport being designated by NAIA as Invitational status.


by posted 02/02/2016
Preseason AAC Poll Has Reinhardt (Ga.) as #1

January 28, 2016

By Tom Flynn, Author and Freelance Journalist.

Check out his new book Men's Lacrosse in Maryland

WALESKA (Ga.) – Reinhardt University (Ga.) is pegged as the favorite to win the Appalachian Athletic Conference’s (AAC) inaugural men’s lacrosse championship. The coaches’ poll has the Eagles in first place overall with St. Andrew’s (N.C.) and Tennessee Wesleyan rounding out the top three. 

Should the Eagles qualify for the league’s postseason, they’ll have the added benefit of playing on their home field as the AAC tournament is scheduled for April 29-30 at Reinhardt.

The Eagles went 11-4 last year and this year will again play a combined MCLA/NAIA schedule and also will include the NCAA’s Division II Shorter University among their opponents. They return Adelaide, Australia senior Jarrad Hinds to midfield and junior Austin Ambrose of Woodstock, Georgia in cage.

St. Andrews comes off a strong 2015 campaign that included decisive MCLA wins over The Citadel (15-9), Coastal Carolina (21-9) and College of Charleston (12-4). They narrowly fell to fellow-NAIA member Reinhardt, 8-7, in the MCLA’s postseason.

Tennessee Wesleyan finished up the 2015 campaign at 6-6 overall. They bring a bumper crop of 11 freshmen to campus and are led by Kevin Parker, who enters his eighth season. Parker is a graduate of Maryland scholastic power Good Counsel, where he later coached.  They open the season on February 6 against Alabama’s Huntingdon College.

Rounding out the league’s projected standings are a quartet of newer NAIA programs: Asbury (Ky.), Cumberlands (Tn.), Point (Ga.), and Montreat (N.C.). 

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by posted 01/28/2016
VisitGreenvilleSC to Host Lacrosse Invitational

Sirrine Stadium in Greenville, S.C., to serve as venue for 2016 and 2017 events

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that the 2016 and 2017 NAIA Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse National Invitationals will be hosted by VisitGreenvilleSC in Greenville, S.C. The events will be played at Sirrine Stadium with the 2016 invitational taking place May 4 – 7. The 2017 event is slated for May 3 – 6.

Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse are currently in year one of a two-year process towards becoming an NAIA National Championship sport. Specific benchmarks developed by the NAIA’s National Administrative Council, which is represented by member athletic administrators, will help guide the sports through the protocol, cumulating in championship status as early as the 2018 season.

“We are looking forward to opening a new chapter in NAIA history with the sport of lacrosse and the partnership with Greenville,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. “We’re confident that with the community’s track record of supporting local sporting events that our student-athletes, coaches and fans will get a first-class experience.”

Sirrine Stadium has a long and established history in the Greenville community. The venue was a joint project between the city of Greenville and Furman University in the mid-1930’s. Sirrine Stadium saw its first official game played on Oct. 31, 1936, as the Furman football team defeated then-Davidson College (S.C.).

The stadium, which recently underwent renovations to the stadium entrance and press box, is now the home of the Greenville Senior High School Red Raiders. The venue regularly hosts football, soccer and lacrosse events. It now has a capacity of 15,000.

VisitGreenvilleSC is a non-profit, economic development organization that is responsible for promoting the greater Greenville area as an attractive destination for meetings, conventions, tradeshows, sporting events, and leisure travelers. As the official sales and marketing organization of the City and County of Greenville, the goal of VisitGreenvilleSC is to increase visitor-generated revenue from local, regional and national markets, thereby strengthening Greenville’s economy.

“Greenville’s excited to host the NAIA’s Lacrosse Championships,” Chris Stone, President of VisitGreenvilleSC, commented. “Our community has a strong track record of sports event successes, including Lacrosse. Teams and attendees will find Greenville a delightful surprise!”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the NAIA and to host their Inaugural Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse National Invitationals,” said Robin Wright, VisitGreenvilleSC Senior Sales Manager. “As Lacrosse is a growing sport in the Southeast, Greenville has a vibrant, passionate lacrosse community that is eager to step up to assist to make sure this is hugely successful.”

There are 27 men’s lacrosse and 30 women’s lacrosse programs that compete in the NAIA. The 2016 invitational format for both men and women is an eight-team, single-elimination event. Four automatic berths will be given to the affiliated conferences/groups, while the four remaining spots are for at-large teams, determined by the final Coaches’ Poll on April 24.

Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall educational experience. In 2000, the NAIA reaffirmed its purpose to enhance the character-building aspects of the sport. Through the Champions of Character program, the NAIA seeks to create an environment in which every student-athlete, coach, official and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

To learn more about NAIA lacrosse, click here.

To learn more about VisitGreenvilleSC, click here.

 
 
 
 

by posted 01/28/2016
Davis Named President of NWLCA

January 27, 2016

By Jenny Elder, Georgetown College Sports Information Director 

Georgetown (Ky.) – Georgetown College women’s lacrosse is set to enter its second varsity season, playing as full members of the National Women’s Lacrosse League as well as having the option to play in some tournaments and games in the NAIA.

Currently NAIA schools such as Georgetown have been forced to play in leagues such as NWLL, but soon those teams will be able to join the rest of their schools teams in the NAIA governing body. One move was to create a coaches’ association to begin to help shape the formation of this growing sport.

The Tigers’ national prominence or Coach Brandon Davis’ vast knowledge of the game has not been lost on the NAIA in its development stages as it recently announced he will serve as the second president of the National Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.

“It was a huge honor to be nominated let alone voted into this leadership role as we lay the foundation of lacrosse in the NAIA,” Davis said. “We have a lot of great coaches with backgrounds steeped in facilitating and running these types of organizations. We are all ready to get to work and add these responsibilities into our coaching lives in order to help the NAIA get things going right from the start.”

Davis is no newcomer to the leadership or responsibilities of heading up a group of coaches. Before coming to Georgetown he served as president for the Kentucky Girls’ Lacrosse Coaches’ Association. He has also served on the Kentucky Lacrosse Association Board of Directors and been the lacrosse program director for Stealth Youth Sports.

The NAIA will play a championship tournament this spring following the conclusion of the NWLL postseason. From there the 2016-17 year will be the first as a full flagship championship sport in the NAIA.

“There is a lot to be done in a little amount of time, but none of us are unaware of the tasks at hand,” Davis said. “As this sport is one of the fastest growing in America today, many of us have been on the front side of helping that process along. This is another step and it’s exciting to have the NAIA recognize the sport and add it as a championship opportunity.”

The Tigers hit the turf noon Feb. 13 to kick off the 2016 season as they try to take the next step from this past years third-place finish in the nation.


by posted 01/27/2016
Missouri Valley is the Favorite in the Mens Preseason Fan Poll

1

Missouri Valley College 

6707 

7%

2

Davenport University 

6685 

7% 

3

Siena Heights University 

6627 

7% 

4

SCAD Savannah 

6398 

7% 

5

Reinhardt University 

5663 

6% 

6

Indiana Tech 

3945 

4% 

7

St. Andrews University 

3587 

4% 

8

Lindenwood University 

3582 

4% 

9T

Ottawa University 

3546 

4% 

9T

University of the Cumberlands 

3546 

4% 


by posted 01/14/2016
Georgetown is the Favorite in the Womens Preseason Fan Poll

Georgetown College is the Favorite in the Women’s Preseason Fan Poll

1

Georgetown College 

2542 

9% 

2

Indiana Tech 

1761 

6% 

3

Lindenwood University 

1450 

5% 

4

Lawrence Technological University 

1409 

5% 

5

Johnson & Wales University 

1277 

4% 

6

Lourdes University 

1271 

4% 

7

Missouri Baptist University 

1145 

4% 

8

Midland University 

1133 

4% 

9

Montreat College 

1081 

4% 

10

SCAD Savannah 

1052 

4% 


by posted 01/14/2016
Vote in the NAIA Fan Poll

Vote in the NAIA Men's & Women's Fan Poll by clicking the survey link on the right side of the page.  The poll ends Friday 1/8 at Midnight Pacific Standard Time.  Any submission that does not include a 1-10 ranking will be removed from the final standing.  Be a good sport and vote for more than just your team!


by posted 01/03/2016
NAIA Lacrosse Coaches Convene in Baltimore

December 16, 2015

By Tom Flynn, Author and Freelance Journalist,
check out his new lacrosse book Men's Lacrosse in Maryland

BALTIMORE, Md. – At Baltimore’s Waterfront Marriott Hotel, hundreds of lacrosse coaches from across the country gathered for the annual Intercollegiate Men’s Coaches Lacrosse Association (IMCLA) convention last weekend.

The convention included a number of instructional and inspirational speakers, including current NCAA Division I champion head coach Bill Tierney of Denver University.

A sizeable gathering of NAIA coaches met together for the first time, and all three conferences including the WHAC (Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference), KCAC (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference), and the AAC (Appalachian Athletic Conference) were represented in Baltimore. Representatives of NAIA independents were also in attendance.

The meetings were well-led by NAIA lacrosse leader A.J. Stevens, who also serves as the first-ever lacrosse director at Ottawa University (Kan.).

Stevens talked the group through a range of topics, including the upcoming 2016 lacrosse invitational, and some of the championships at the conference level. The group also discussed some of the current lacrosse world hot topics on the men’s side, including the potential future role of a two-point arc and visible shot clock.

Keeping up with the rate of growth in NAIA lacrosse was an important topic, and fittingly Ed Craver was in attendance. Craver is an experienced coach with Division I Holy Cross on his impressive resume. The Bulldogs will add lacrosse on both the men’s and women’s side in 2017.

All left Baltimore with new colleagues among the growing ranks of head coaches and eager to foster the rapid ascent of the sport across the country, with the new excitement, character and opportunity that the NAIA brings to the centuries-old game.  

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by posted 12/16/2015
New Faces Joining NAIA Lacrosse Rosters

December 10, 2015

By Tom Flynn, Author and Freelance Journalist,
check out his new lacrosse book Men's Lacrosse in Maryland

University of St. Mary (Kan.)Brandon Newman, a defenseman and long-stock middie from Bixby, Oklahoma, signed with the Spires earlier this year and is now a freshman on the Leavenworth, Kansas campus. The 6’0” 180 lb. Newman played his club lacrosse for the Tulsa Bulldogs program in high school. This fall, he was a member of the Spires’ squad that went 3-0 in the Donnie Tillar Lacrosse Classic in Manhattan, Kansas against Creighton University (MCLA), Kansas State University (MCLA) and new KCAC rival Benedictine College (Kan.).

St. Andrews University (N.C.) – In July the Knights women’s lacrosse team added three new recruits: Shirley Bachini of Beverly, Massachusetts, Journey Carrion of Raleigh, North Carolina and Ellie MacNiven of Oban Argyll, Scotland. Bachini and Carrion will double at both midfield and attack, while MacNiven will double on both the soccer and lacrosse fields for St. Andrews. All three are now members of the 2015-2016 squad.

Asbury University (Ky.)Rebecca Teeples signed early in 2015 with the Eagles and is a freshman this year on the women’s lacrosse team. The Farmington Hills, Michigan native is a middie and faceoff specialist and was a three-year letter winner for Farmington Hills High School. She is also expected to contribute on attack for Asbury.

Lawrence Tech (Mich.) – The Blue Devils added freshman midfielder Alex Schlueter to their 2015-2016 roster. Schlueter hails from Oxford, Michigan will add depth to a midfield as Lawrence poises to build on their 5-7 finish in 2014-2015.    

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by posted 12/10/2015
Union Adds Lacrosse to Sports Offerings; Craver to Coach Men

December 03, 2015

By Jay Stancil, Union College Director of Strategic Sports Communications 

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College Director of Athletics Tim Curry announced Tuesday the addition of men's and women's lacrosse to the catalogue of Bulldog sports programs, bringing the total number of offerings to 26. Union will begin competing in men's lacrosse in the spring of 2017 with women's lacrosse taking the field in 2018.

"We are excited about bringing to lacrosse to Union College," said Curry. "This is a sport we have been looking to add for some time now as it is one of, if not the fastest growing sports in college athletics right now."

With Union competing in men's lacrosse in a little over a year, Curry also announced Ed Craver as the program's first head coach.

"Ed brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will undoubtedly be beneficial to us as we build our lacrosse programs," said Curry.

A search for a women's lacrosse coach will be held in the coming months to begin recruiting for the 2018 season.

Craver has three years of head coaching experience at the collegiate level and over 20 years at the high school level. 

"I would like to thank Union College Director of Athletics Tim Curry for his commitment to bringing lacrosse into southeast Kentucky," said Craver. "As a lifelong player and coach, I am excited about the opportunity to add Lacrosse to the quality athletic program at Union."

In three years as a college coach, Craver owns a 14-28 career record. He spent two years at NCAA Division I College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., compiling a 7-22 record. In 1995, Craver coached Assumption College, a NCAA Division III team in Worcester, to a 7-6 mark.

Craver has coached boys' high school lacrosse at five different schools. He is currently coaching at Barron Collier High School in Naples, Fla., and has 20 years of experience of working summer camps and clinics.

"Lacrosse is a unique, fast moving team activity to play and to watch," said Craver. "It combines many elements from other sports, such as the discipline of football, the fluid movement of hockey and the precision passing of basketball."

Union will compete in the NAIA and in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Lacrosse is recognized as an Invitational Sport by the NAIA, which means 25 or more institutions have declared intent to participate in postseason competition and the NAIA's National Administrative Council has approved the sport's request for Invitational Sport status. This is the first year lacrosse has been identified as an Invitational Sport in the NAIA. Once the sport has over 40 or more institutions, lacrosse can apply to become a Championship Sport.

The 2015 season is also the first year for lacrosse to be recognized as a Championship Sport in the AAC. Currently, there are seven men's lacrosse programs and nine women's lacrosse teams in the AAC. 

"With the conference now sponsoring lacrosse, this sped up the process for us to add it here at Union," said Curry. "This allows us to compete against schools we are already familiar with."

Competing in men's lacrosse in the AAC are Asbury University, University of the Cumberlands, Montreat College, Point University, Reinhardt University, St. Andrews University and Tennessee Wesleyan College. Those seven institutions also compete in women's lacrosse along with Columbia College and Truett-McConnell College.

The men's and women's lacrosse teams will play their home matches on campus at Williamson Stadium. 

For more information on the lacrosse program, contact Craver at .


by posted 12/03/2015
Coaches, Schedules in Place for the Ottawa (Kan.) Braves

November 19, 2015

By Tom Flynn, Author and Freelance Journalist,
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Ottawa, KS – Directed by one of college lacrosse’s most experienced coaches in A.J. Stevens, the Ottawa (Kan.) Braves have set their inaugural schedules for their men’s and women’s lacrosse programs.

The Braves will compete in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) in 2016. The spring season will be the first for the conference with lacrosse as a championship sport. The men’s side will include six teams  (Benedictine (Kan.), Clarke (Iowa), Missouri Valley, Ottawa, Saint Gregory’s (Okla.) and University of Saint Mary (Kan.)) and the women’s will host seven (Benedictine (Kan.), Clarke (Iowa), Johnson & Wales (Colo.), Midland (Neb.), Missouri Valley, Ottawa, and University of Saint Mary(Kan.)). 

Stevens serves as Ottawa’s Director of Lacrosse and will also coach the men’s team. He joined the Braves after a highly successful stint at Colorado Mesa University of the NCAA’s Division II, where he was the program’s first head lacrosse coach. His previous coaching stops include Dartmouth, Roger Williams, and Indiana University. As an undergraduate Stevens played three years of varsity lacrosse for UMass-Dartmouth.

Brittany Frankenfeld will lead the women’s lacrosse program into its first campaign. Frankenfeld is a Baltimore native and first played at CCBC-Catonsville, a local community college. From there she went on to a standout career in goal at Missouri’s Lindenwood University.

The men’s program will play their first regular season games against the MCLA’s Dallas Baptist University on February 6 at Dallas. The Braves will turn around and play the NCAA’s University of Dallas on February 7. The women’s team will open their season on the road against the University of Dallas on the same day as the men’s squad.  

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by posted 11/19/2015
Veteran Leader Joins Great Falls (Mont.) Men’s Lacrosse

November 11, 2015

By Tom Flynn, Author and Freelance Journalist,
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Great Falls, MT – Earlier this year, the Great Falls (Mont.) Argos added over thirty years of experience to their sidelines when they announced Fred Boekel as the new head coach of the men’s lacrosse team. The Argos compete as a Division II member in the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PWCLL) of the MCLA. The team is part of an NAIA athletic program.

Boekel played as a collegian for Colorado State University’s club team, graduating in 1980. Since then he has coached at a number of top Colorado high school programs, including Littleton, Regis Jesuit, and Grandview. He led his squads to three state championships and earned multiple Coach of the Year honors during his high school tenure. He also served as president of the Colorado High School Lacrosse Association and Coaches Association. Most recently, Boekel was the offensive coordinator at the state’s Castle View High School. 

"The lacrosse program has a great group of players to build on and with the commitment shown by the university, I feel there is nothing but upside and potential for the success of the team," Boekel said of joining the Argos.

The Argos went 3-6 in 2015, winning two of their final three games. On April 4, they topped the University of Wyoming Cowboys of the MCLA, and they closed out the campaign on April 19 with a 13-12 overtime victory over Washington’s Whitman College. In that game, Pennsylvania native Joseph Moser had a season-best four goals for the Argos from midfield. The 5’10” senior will be one of the key returners for Great Falls in 2016.  

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by posted 11/11/2015
Sierra Nevada (Nev.) Men's Lax Excels, Adds WLAX

November 04, 2015

By Tom Flynn, Author and Freelance Journalist,
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Incline Village, NV – The Sierra Nevada (Nev.) Eagles’ men’s lacrosse team completed its inaugural season in 2014 with an unblemished 7-0 record while competing in the MCLA’s Division II. In 2015, they built upon that success with a 10-2 overall record and a #10 national ranking from laxpower.com. That mark included a victory over Southern Oregon University, another NAIA athletic program whose men’s lacrosse team competes in the MCLA.

The Eagles played a loaded schedule this fall and came away with an 8-1-1 mark under new head coach Matt Blamey. In an SNC announcement, Blamey said, “We made a lot of progress this fall in defining what it means to play Eagle Lacrosse. We have an amazing group of guys who are very hungry for success. We'll take a week off and then get back at it for winter workouts. I am excited to see how things shake out this spring." The Eagles posted wins over MCLA teams from Stanford, Pepperdine, and Southern Cal in their fall exhibition season.

In August, SNC announced the hiring of Sean Hansen as the head coach of their new women’s college lacrosse team. Ms. Hansen is a former player from the University of Redlands and a native of Bend, Oregon, one of the West’s burgeoning hotbeds for lacrosse. A 2015-2016 schedule has not yet been announced by SNC.  

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by posted 11/04/2015
Concordia (Mich.) Tabs Reiter as First WLAX Head Coach

October 28, 2015

By Tom Flynn, Author and Freelance Journalist,
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A week ago, Concordia University (Mich.) announced the addition of both men’s and women’s lacrosse to their athletic offerings beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year.

“The growing popularity of lacrosse, especially in Michigan and the Ann Arbor area, made it the perfect sport to add to CUAA,” Athletic Director Lonnie Pries said through a University press release.

Samantha Reiter was also announced as the first women’s lacrosse head coach in CUAA’s history. She spent her undergraduate years at Concordia University Wisconsin, graduating in 2015. While still an undergraduate she returned home to her native Stillwater (Minnesota) and assisted with the varsity high school program there.

At CUW she was a midfielder for the Falcons before moving forward to attack after suffering an ACL injury. In her senior campaign, Reiter tallied 26 markers for CUW and added 19 assists.

"It is a great honor to become the first women's lacrosse coach at CUAA," said Reiter in the release.

Concordia will become the latest addition to the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC), joining Aquinas, Davenport, Indiana Tech, Lawrence Tech, Lourdes and Siena Heights. They will play their home games at the University’s new Cardinal Stadium. As covered last week, Madonna University will also add women’s and men’s lacrosse, and join the WHAC, in 2016-2017.

“I’m very excited about joining the WHAC. There are a great teams in the conference, and we’re happy to become part of its tradition,” said Reiter.

Potential college players can find out more information at concordiacardinals.com, and for women lacrosse players they can also contact Coach Reiter directly at .

CUAA is currently is in the process of hiring for the men’s head coaching position. Players interested in the men’s program should also visit the concordiacardinals.com website. 

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by posted 10/28/2015
Madonna (Mich.) Lax Preps to Enter WHAC in 2016-2017

October 21, 2015

By Tom Flynn, Author and Freelance Journalist,
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Livonia, MI - Madonna University (Mich.) President Michael Grandillo announced in August that along with three other new sports, the university would add men’s and women’s lacrosse.

Athletic Director Bryan Rizzo this week provided a quick summary of the lacrosse progress to date. “We have posted the job openings and expect to have coaches hired in the next couple of weeks. That will give them the remainder of 2015-2016 to have us up and running the next year,” said Rizzo.

Rizzo’s path to a varsity team is a successful and well-worn one, as lacrosse teams will frequently gather roster members to fill their ranks and assemble a staff during an initial school year following a program launch. The Crusaders will play on the turf field at the Madonna University Athletic Complex beginning with the 2016-2017 season. In 2011, when the field was installed, it included lacrosse lines in anticipation of the sport's arrival.

“The NAIA had lacrosse as an emerging sport with a national invitational next year (2016). If all goes according to plan we’ll be able to jump right in,” said Rizzo.

The Crusaders will compete in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC), which was the first NAIA conference to make lacrosse a championship sport. It includes Aquinas (Mich.), Davenport (Mich.), Indiana Tech, Siena Heights (Mich.), Lourdes (Ohio), Aquinas (Mich.), and Lawrence Tech (Mich.). Davenport was the 2014-2015 men’s champion with a 5-0 league mark, an 11-8 overall record, and a victory over Indiana Tech in the conference title game. The Panthers also claimed a Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) regular-season title when they beat Michigan State’s MCLA squad on April 25. 

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by posted 10/21/2015
Siena Heights (Mich.) WLAX Works its Way to Excellence

October 14, 2015

By Tom Flynn, Author and Freelance Journalist,
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Adrian, Mich. – The Siena Heights University (Mich.) women’s lacrosse program underscores the prevailing wisdom that hard work pays off. Few teams work harder than head coach Cindy Hill’s Saints, and the proof is in their success in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) and beyond.

Hill is the chair of the WHAC lacrosse committee, a member of the National Women’s Lacrosse League (NWLL)’s Oversight Committee, and was named the WHAC Coach of the Year for the past three years.

Her team will be heading into its fifth year of competition in 2016 and they are clearly on the rise, posting an 8-6 mark in 2015. With a current roster of 19, the Saints are also growing toward Hill’s ideal roster size of 25, the number that would provide sufficient players for full intrasquad scrimmages. “I need to make sure that everyone contributes with that number – happy players are those that get field time,” Hill caveated.

Multiple factors are contributing to the rapid acceleration of the talent level of NAIA’s women’s lacrosse as well as that of Siena Heights. “I think player commitment has improved each year. But also those first players are getting better and better, too,” said Hill.

Siena Heights regularly plays outside the NAIA and last spring they scrimmaged Detroit Mercy, an NCAA Division I program. “We definitely were able to compete with them. We also played Division II Urbana University (Ohio) and Division III Kalamazoo College (Mich.) and won both,” said Hill.

The matchups beyond the WHAC and the NAIA aid the Saints against stiff competition from within it. Five of the top ten ranked NAIA women’s lacrosse programs in the country make their home in the WHAC.

The Saints work out year round, including skills development during the roughly 10 weeks of the fall season in September and October. Fall practices are two to three times a week, and are augmented with yoga, swimming, and weight training. Part of the Saints’ running regimen includes “monster miles,” that are a run on a combination of bleachers and track.

Players’ performance in trackwork, sit-ups, push-ups, and other exercises is tested, and extra workout time is spent by those who may not hit a specified time or number. Hill sends home a workout routine with players in the summer.

The veteran coach can readily tell who has worked out in the summer, “Many of the players come back so much faster and stronger.”

The WHAC consists of six teams (Aquinas (Mich.), Davenport (Mich.), Indiana Tech, Lawrence Tech (Mich.), Lourdes (Ohio), and Siena Heights) and will expand to seven once the Madonna (Mich.) women’s lacrosse program is in place.

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by posted 10/14/2015
Montreat (N.C.) Making Mark in Men’s Lacrosse

October 07, 2015

By Tom Flynn, Author, Blogger, Freelance Journalist and Sportswriter,
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Montreat, NC – Montreat College (N.C.) and its Cavaliers lacrosse program are located in the picturesque Western hills of the state, roughly twenty miles east of Asheville. It was there that the men’s team notched the initial victory in the program’s young history earlier this year by defeating the MCLA’s Western Carolina Catamounts, 11-4.

It’s from that win that the 2015-2016 Cavaliers will draw momentum as they head into their second campaign. They’ll open the 2016 season with an exhibition game against Wake Forest University’s MCLA team at Montreat’s Howard Fisher Memorial Field. The field is centered in a new multimillion dollar athletic complex that is being completed this fall.

The Cavs regularly compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) in their other varsity programs, but 2016 will be the first for the AAC in featuring lacrosse as a championship sport.

Will McMinn, the school’s director of lacrosse and the head coach of the men’s team, will be at the helm for his second season. McMinn has ample experience growing a collegiate program, as he headed Concordia University Irvine’s MCLA team when it first began in 2009. The team started slowly at 1-8, but improved to 10-4 the next season and from 2010-2013 the Eagles won over 75% of their games. His tenure included 14 wins in 2013, and the development of Concordia into a perennial national power at the MCLA Division II level.

McMinn brought to campus seven freshman this year, including Ontario, Canada attackman Jordan Faubert and North Carolina native Andrew Marcum in goal. The Cavs are anchored on defense by former Marine and senior Charles Highley, a Whittier California native. Highley is joined on the back line by seniors Evan Harris (Hickory, NC) and David Joseph (Concord, NC).

In a state with a deep lacrosse history, and a coach with his own history of developing successful programs, the Cavaliers will head into 2015-2016 poised to make their mark in the sport. 

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by posted 10/07/2015
Saints’ Goalie Grows the Game

September 24, 2015

By Tom Flynn, Author, Blogger, Freelance Journalist and Sportswriter,
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Grand Rapids, MI - This week’s update comes from the same campus as last week’s – that of Aquinas College (Mich.) – but played out in a far more distant locale.

Genni Terrana is a junior goalkeeper for the Saints’ women’s lacrosse team who spent time this past summer in Jamaica mentoring young players on the techniques of the game.

Her efforts were channeled through Fields of Growth International, a lacrosse-centered non-profit premised on utilizing the sport as a vehicle for positive social impact. It was founded by former University of Notre Dame lacrosse player, Kevin Dugan.

Terrana’s service was part of the organization’s Lacrosse Volunteer Corps, which is currently two-pronged and focused on aiding the African nation of Uganda as well as Jamaica. The LVC’s Jamaican efforts are based in the island nation’s capital of Kingston.

LVC coaches and players teach local participants the skills of the game as well as sportsmanship and teamwork. They typically arrive with additional lacrosse gear for distribution to the community as part of Fields of Growth’s ongoing equipment drive.

“Currently in Jamaica there are two camps...both camps have been very successful over the past three years as more and more kids in the community get involved in the sport of lacrosse,” said Terrana in an Aquinas College release.

Given her rare, yet invaluable, skills as a goalie Terrana’s volunteer work was especially critical in establishing a balanced foundation for the sport in Jamaica. She noted that some players “walk or bike miles just to come to camp every day.”

“We are all very proud of Genni. She is an amazing example of the character values the NAIA strives to represent,” said Aquinas head coach Owen Blank. “Genni is a very giving person and that she would want to use lacrosse to give back to the community is very ‘her’,” he added.

This upcoming spring Terrana’s skills return to their more traditional home in Grand Rapids. The Saints went 8-10 overall in 2015 and 4-6 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC). Terrana was 3-2 in the five games she started and posted 48 saves. Clearly her impact is extending well beyond the lacrosse field. 

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by posted 09/24/2015
Aquinas (Mich.) Retools for 2016 Campaign

September 17, 2015

By Tom Flynn, Author, Blogger, Freelance Journalist and Sportswriter,
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Grand Rapids, MI - The Aquinas College (Mich.) Saints compete in both the MCLA’s Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) and the NAIA’s Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC). As reported earlier, the cooperative relationship between the MCLA and NAIA is proving a boon to both for developing players and ensuring full schedules for member teams.

Head coach Doug Seites enters his third season leading the Saints in 2015-2016. He took over the program in 2013-2014 and Aquinas posted a 10-5 mark that spring, its best record to date. This past season Aquinas went 7-6. It was the fourth time in the last five years they’ve finished above .500. Seites only expects that to improve.

“We are very excited about the upcoming season. We have a talented group of returning players and a freshman class ready to make their mark,” said Seites. The Aquinas alumnus (2010) played while an undergrad for the Saints and was one of the program’s earliest athletes. He continues to play at the post- collegiate level. Seites is joined on the sidelines by Dan Patrone. As defensive coordinator, Patrone helped guide the Saints to the lowest GAA in program history in 2015, when they yielded a scant 8.8 scores per game. He has previous college coaching experience at Ohio’s Wilmington College, and Taylor University (Ind.), a fellow NAIA school.

Fall ball in both lacrosse and baseball provides an early glimpse of what can be expected in the spring. “There has been a great energy around the team so far this fall and a real sense of purpose. Everyone has committed themselves to getting better every day,” said Seites.

Aquinas lost All-WHAC goalie Jimmy Watt in cage and All-WHAC midfielder Tim Hanson to graduation. Included among their returnees is standout long-stick middie Christian Van Drie on defense.

The Saints will add 12 freshman to bolster their ranks, including at least one player at every field position and Mack Baker (Plymouth, MI) in goal. 

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by posted 09/17/2015
SCAD Savannah (Ga.) WLAX Follows Up on Success

September 10, 2015

By Tom Flynn, Author, Blogger, Freelance Journalist and Sportswriter,
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Savannah (Ga.) - Adrienne Berkland is the head women’s lacrosse coach at SCAD Savannah (Ga.). In 2015, her first season leading the Bees, the team posted a 15-2 mark and captured the National Women’s Lacrosse League (NWLL) title. The NWLL is a lacrosse-only conference within the NAIA, and its 20 members also compete in a primary conference.

Over the past four seasons, the Bees are 59-10 and have captured three of the last four NWLL titles. Berkland stepped into a strong program and immediately maintained a tradition of excellence.

Nine freshmen arrived on campus this August and represented in their number are traditional lacrosse strongholds of Long Island, New Jersey, and Maryland, as well as emerging powers in Florida and Ohio.

Berkland played lacrosse as an undergraduate at Bridgewater State University (MA), and prior to arriving in Savannah coached at Georgia’s LaGrange College. We caught up with Coach Berkland to find out more about the program’s past success and preparation for 2016. 

Q: You played defense in college at Bridgewater State University (MA). In 2015 with the Bees you held your opponents to low scores, particularly late in the year. The team also scored a lot. That combo probably means you have a good midfield unit on both sides of the ball. Anything you can tell us about that going into 2016? 

Berkland: We graduated our main draw specialist last spring. With sophomore Shannon Flaherty (South Burlington, VT) and junior Torii Clark (Gainesville, VA) returning to our midfield I know we will have control over 50/50 balls in the midfield. Both of those athletes have the speed and aggression needed to get the ball.

We are also welcoming in a solid freshmen class that will build on our speed; you can expect to see a lot of them filling any holes in the midfield lineup.

Q: What was it like winning the NWLL last season after stepping into a successful program at SCAD Savannah (Ga.)?

Berkland: Coming in as a new coach to an established program was a challenge. Last season was a lot about getting to know the team and the team getting to know me. So winning the national title went beyond just being excited to win. There was a feeling that everything we did last year came together, and it made all the hard work and sacrifices worthwhile.

It was a great way to end the careers of our six seniors and even five months later I still feel the energy with the team and the excitement to continue the success.

Q: What does your fall workout schedule look like for players?

Berkland: We are fortunate enough to have a strength and conditioning coach who works with our team throughout the year. He developed our summer weight training plan. When we start back with fall ball on September 22 he will meet with them in person once a week and provide them with another workout which they will complete on their own.

Getting the team in the weight room twice a week has been a priority for me during the fall and preseasons. This gives us more time to focus on lacrosse at practice.

We owe a lot to the SCAD women's lacrosse alumnae for building this program. I’m really looking forward to having my first recruiting class in the mix and continuing to build off the success and traditions that have been established. With lacrosse becoming an NAIA Invitational Status sport, this is the perfect time for our program to showcase exactly what it means to be SCADLax.

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by posted 09/10/2015
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