August 10, 2009

Inside the August Issue of Lacrosse Magazine

COVER STORY

Lacrosse Magazine: August 2009

Prague, an elegant old burg along the twisty Vltava River, has many nicknames. The City of 100 Spires. The Mother of All Cities. The Golden City.

In the old sections, you can’t swing a lacrosse stick without hitting some impossibly beautiful church, or take a walk across the cobblestones without tripping on 1,000 years of history.

That is not the city that Team USA visited.

The 18 women who came to Prague for the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup were not on a field trip or a vacation. They came on business, and their business was to get the gold back from Australia. The Americans would call Prague the Golden City, but for their own reasons.

They came to Prague as a bunch of international rookies. They left as World Cup champions. Team USA reclaimed its spot atop international lacrosse by staving off archrival Australia. From inside the "love huddles," to locker room comic relief and the thrilling finish, LM's Clare Lochary takes you behind the scenes from the Golden City.

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THE SCOOP

Anchoring in Annapolis
The Major League Lacrosse championship weekend begins a three-year tour of duty in Annapolis, Md., Aug. 21. Thanks to its prime Mid-Atlantic location and top-notch lacrosse facilities, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium has snagged the event through 2012.

Lifestyles: Caitlin Fitzpatrick
Caitlin Fitzpatrick makes a lot of saves. The rising senior goalie put up a stunning .637 save percentage during Adelphi's 18-0 NCAA Division II championship season. In her spare time, she volunteers with the Port Washington, N.Y., fire department, where she saves lives as an emergency medical technician (EMT).

ZIP It: 84098
The series takes us to Park City, Utah -- about 30 miles east of Salt Lake City -- where ski and long poles are becoming a more common sight.


SIDELINE CHATTER

LM's Question of the Month: What would you name the wild play at the end of regulation of the Cornell-Syracuse NCAA men's championship game?

It was perhaps the most dramatic sequence in lacrosse history -- 24 seconds of mayhem that Syracuse's Kenny Nims began with a ride and ended with the game-tying goal in the 2009 NCAA Division I final in Foxboro, Mass. LM wanted to know how you branded this never-to-be-recreated play in lacrosse lore, and more than 170 responses, a "Sideline Chatter" record, came in through laxmagazine.com.


FEATURES

Mission Accomplished
From love huddles to locker room comic relief and a thrilling finish, LM's Clare Lochary takes you behind the scenes of the U.S. World Cup team's jaunt in the Golden City. Plus, sidebars on Canada's first medal finish since 1982 and an impressive showing for South Korea.

Instant Classic
At first glance, nothing separated the Fellowship of Christian Athletes from the 31 other talent-stacked teams in the inaugural US Lacrosse U-15 Boys' National Championship. Only behind closed doors at the team's hotel -- where players gathered for daily Bible studies -- and in championship game hero Kacy Kapinos' conversation with head coach Frank Kelly III following the championship -- in which he asked to join a full-time Bible study program -- could you see FCA's mission in twofold.

Check-Hers Checks Out with Title
Carroll County (Md.) seat Westminster is perhaps best known in the sports community as the training-camp home of the NFL's Ravens, but thanks to recreation programs that began popping up in the late 1990s, the area now ranks among the state's most fervent girls' lacrosse communities -- a point well-taken with Check-Hers 2012 winning the inaugural US Lacrosse U-15 Girls' National Championship.

HS2K9
LM's annual high school recap features top 25 rankings and a look at the stories, players, events and images that shaped the 2009 season.

Boys: 1-5 | 6-10 | 11-15 | 16-20 | 20-25
Girls: 1-5 | 6-10 | 11-15 | 16-20 | 20-25

Best in Show
John Haus (Chapel Hill High School) and Tucker Hull (Providence High School) had played against each other several times as high school boys' lacrosse rivals in North Carolina. More head-to-head matchups are likely, with Haus headed to Maryland and Hull headed to Navy. But for one weekend, they were teammates for the South in the US Lacrosse National Senior Showcase. LM provides full coverage of the annual senior all-star event.

Lucky Number 7
Matt Poskay is a testicular cancer patient. Fortune smiled on him with a treatable type, and now the Boston Cannons speaks out about the benefits of early detection.


RUNDOWN

NLL: Flurry of Moves Mark NLL Offseason
What offseason? During a two-week span in July, the National Lacrosse League installed a permanent commissioner, sold one of its most successful franchises to a new owner, dispersed players from a 2008 Champion's Cup finalist that folded under economic restraints and saw a flurry of trades and coaching changes.

Men's College: Tierney Twister Touches Down
LM's Matt DaSilva details five ways in which Bill Tierney's decision to accept the head coaching position at Denver after 22 years and six NCAA championships with Princeton has changed or could change the game.

US Lacrosse: USL Helps Write Camp Stories
These days, with money tight and many families on a budget, lacrosse camps are a luxury. One of US Lacrosse's flagship programs, the Camp Scholarship program, alleviates that expense and provides opportunities for athletes that might not otherwise get the chance to experience summer lacrosse camp.


YOUR EDGE

Your Game: Hey Goalies, Get a Grip
US Lacrosse's own Rob Scherr, a two-time MLL all-star goalie, flashes his own handiwork between the pipes. Learn the proper hand position, stick position and grip.

Your Body: Youth Movement
Strength and conditioning guru Rashad Devoe has a special program to prepare young players for lacrosse's multi-planed challenges.

Your Style: Touch of Gold
Stylin' Strings honors the World Cup champions with a custom stick in the latest "Lax County Choppers" installment.

Your Playbook: Midfield Swarm Drill
Get your players to practice taking care of the ball in the midfield under heavy pressure. Plus, a special nod to those who honor the game, Audrey Wilcox and Brent Kephart.

Your Call: Know Your Boundaries
Boundaries are still failry new to women's lacrosse, so keep a few things in mind when resuming play after a ball goes out of bounds.


GIVE AND GO

Brandon Corp
You can't see me! If Boston Cannons and U.S. training team star Brandon Corp could choose any superpower, he would love to be invisible. Find out other quirky facts in this month's Q&A.


COLUMNS

To Our Members: Money Train
Many of you are members of US Lacrosse because you are required to be by a league in which you or your child plays. If that requirement wasn't in place, LM editor Paul Krome asks, would you still be a member?

Her Space: Pain? No Gain
LM's Clare Lochary offers up her own bit of parenting advice. Kids' muscles and brains require R&R every so often, which is hard to remember when your daughter has just been invited to join a really exclusive travel team.

His Space: Mid Mourning
LM's Bill Tanton celebrates the late Jim Carrington and his cohort, Charlie Guy.


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