October 6, 2009

Inside the October Issue of Lacrosse Magazine

COVER STORY

Geoff Snider in a Magneto helmet? Brilliant.

Lacrosse Magazine: October 2009

Stephen Peyser flying faster than a speeding bullet? If anybody deserves the Superman connotation, it’s Mr. Versatility.

Anthony Kelly in beastly green gloves? The Incredible Hulk would be proud.

No bells or whistles for Alex Smith? Doesn’t need ‘em. He’s the excellence of execution.

Nervous about the robed and hooded figure named Peter Vlahakis? You should be. The Silent Assassin only shows himself when he’s ready to strike.

Broad-jawed Shane Walterhoefer? The New Guy has certainly taken his licks.

The apparitions surrounding Stephen Hoar? Fitting. Most don’t know this outcast’s capabilities.

Is that one of the Incredibles or Chris Eck? Both need to abandon their heroic roles and adapt to regular life.

Together, the are the X-Men – an elite group of professional faceoff specialists who have risen thanks to increased emphasis on their position in the 21st century. Though they share a bond through their craft, familiarity breeds contempt, and there’s plenty of that to go around, too.

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THE SCOOP

Great X-Pectations
Faceoff guns Chris Eck and Alex Smith are under the spotlight in Team USA’s answer to Team Canada’s Geoff Snider.

Lifestyles: Christopher Hill
Christopher Hill arrived in Baghdad on April 24 as the new U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and he didn’t even make it from the airport to the embassy before he found a fellow lacrosse player.

SPECIAL PULLOUT SECTION

2010 Gear Guide
Get the skinny on the latest and best men’s and women’s lacrosse equipment on the market with the 2010 Lacrosse Gear Guide, presented by SportStop.

SIDELINE CHATTER

LM’s Question of the Month: What is one feature a lacrosse video game must have?
As Carlo Sunseri’s “College Lacrosse 2010” puts on its finishing touches for a fall rollout on Xbox Live’s Community Games platform, LM’s putting you in charge of product development. Forget limitations on technology and budget: what’s one feature a lacrosse video game must have?

RECRUITING U

Are You the Diamond in the Rough?
If Sept. 1 didn’t bring the deluge of calls or letters from major college coaches you expected or hoped for, it’s time to take a deep breath, regroup and strategize. “Recruiting U” returns.

OFF THE FIELD

Alex Tickner, Cal-Berkeley

LM's October issue provides an off-the-field look at Alex Tickner's digs in Berkeley.

© Matt Lehman

Another hippie on the left coast? Not this Cal Bear. Midfielder Alex Tickner takes LM on a trip through life in Berkely.

FEATURES

Bro-fficials
LM’s Jac Coyne chronicles the story about two brothers, Greg and Will Lorenz, whose stint as officials made playing the game easier.

Magic Trix
Northwestern’s Katrina Dowd put the lacrosse world on notice with an explosive junior season, including a prolific postseason and miraculous game-tying goal in the NCAA semifinals. What’s next for Trix? We wait with bated breath.

Their Game?
In its first year of existence, the Toronto Nationals -- the MLL team based north of the border -- put together a roster of 15 native sons and captured the league title. Could a game popularized right here in the good ole USA be seeing its power slowly shift to neighbors to the north?

RUNDOWN

Men’s College: Home Field Advantage
Loyola and Notre Dame took their 2009 matchup on the road to Atlanta to help grow the game and escape February temperatures in Baltimore and South Bend, Ind. Don’t expect them to repeat that plane trip anytime soon, not with each team opening up new homes in the 2010 season.

US Lacrosse: Building Bridges in the Rocky Mountains
West of the Mississippi River, Denver is the undisputed capital of lacrosse. The Mile High City has another source of lacrosse pride – Denver City Lax.

International: Sport a Safe Passage in Guatemala
When Bob Stuart first arrived in Guatemala City in 2005, the veteran youth lacrosse coach was unsure that lacrosse would be a good fit. He was wrong.

YOUR EDGE

Your Game: Ding Dong, the Dodger’s Dead

Ding dong! Nats defenseman Joe Cinosky rings up his favorite check.

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Toronto Nationals defenseman Joe Cinosky demonstrates the proper form and circumstance for his ding-dong check.

Your Game: Stick Tricks Part II
Michi Ellers and Kelly Coppedge pick up where Lindsey Biles and Katie Chrest left off, with Ellers’ “And One” and Coppedge’s “Gravitron” making the cut.

Your Body: Add Speed Training to Your Practice
Rashad Devoe runs two complete speed-training circuits that can conquer conditioning in less than 10 minutes.

Your Style: Au Naturale
Stylin’ Strings chops up a new head to give it a traditional appearance.

Playbook: Second-Goal Parents Focus on Priority No. 1
Parents of high schoolers should help teach life lessons in sports, Jim Thompson writes. Plus, a women’s lacrosse pressure clearing drill from Scott Biron, Kateri Linville and Janine Tucker.

GIVE AND GO

Tyler Fiorito
Princeton goalie Tyler Fiorito professes his love for cheesesteaks – including Hoagie Haven’s heart attack special that comes with french fries and mozzarella sticks on the sandwich – and projects his own future in LM’s book-end Q&A series.

COLUMNS

To Our Members: Shake on It
What’s in a handshake? The American Football Coaches Association’s (AFCA) institution of a mandatory pre-game handshake has LM editor Paul Krome trumpeting lacrosse’s sound, time-tested perspective on sportsmanship.

Open Space: My Festival Memories
Laura Frankenfield of Wissahickon (Pa.) High School chimes in with a guest column chronicling her experience at the US Lacrosse U-15 Youth Festival.

His Space: Oh, You Again
“Lacrosse guy, huh?” the stranger asked as he approached LM’s Bill Tanton. “You got a weird sport, man. There must be some rule that Syracuse and John (sic) Hopkins have to win all the championships.”

Her Space: Girls Rule; Let’s Prove It!
According to anecdotal evidence from the sports industry, girls’ youth sporting events consistently have greater economic impact than comparable events for boys. Unfortunately, this economic girl power peters out after the youth level. LM’s Clare Lochary prescribes her antidote for change.


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