Inside the December Issue of LM
|Lacrosse Magazine: December 2010|
Person of the Year:
The mother is crying. The father is telling Tim Goettelmann that, yes, in fact, I know who you are -- because typically many are unfamiliar. And Andre, the middle school-aged patient in a hospital bed at Long Island's Cohen Children's Medical Center, is talking lacrosse shop with The Monster, trying to remember what type of shaft he uses, but to no avail.
Goettelmann doesn't know why Andre is in the hospital. He doesn't ask. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Long Island Lizards attackman stands bedside in the bland, white-walled room wearing a green No. 9 Lizard jersey and khaki pants. This is a moment of escape for the kid.
Goettelmann's visit is part of his commitment to support the efforts at the hospital. The other part -- Monster's Kids -- is his charitable organization to raise funds.
A personification of the spirit of lacrosse, Goettelmann, also a rare 10-year MLL veteran who won't quit, is Lacrosse Magazine's 2010 Person of the Year.
US Lacrosse has expanded its popular Under-15 National Championships and Lax Fests for 2011 to include four regional championship tournaments in the weeks leading up to July's national showdown at Disney.
Lifestyles: Patrick Orr
Patrick Orr, a native Oregonian, is used to the misty, rainy, green Pacific Northwest. But now he lives in a desert town near Ica, Peru, working as a Peace Corps volunteer. It's been a culture shock, but he has at least one constant -- lacrosse.
Zip It: 10538
LM's series spotlighting lacrosse in your hometowns moves to Larchmont, N.Y., the latest pocket to materialize in the Empire State's strong lax lineup.
US Lacrosse News & Notes
US Lacrosse has joined the NFL and CDC in an important concussion education initiative. Plus, prepping for the 2011 season with the U.S. women's national team and a countdown to Convention.
Death of the Dodging Attackman
When John Christmas was playing with the Boston Cannons, teammate Mikey Powell would challenge him during pregame. "John, you feeling quick?" Powell wanted to know if Christmas still had the wheels to dance. Because Powell knew that despite Christmas' injuries, they weer among the select few who knew what it was like to square up a defenseman and blow past 72 inches of aluminum.
Smart Phone, Smart Coach
Barbara Waltman didn't get to be the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division II women's lacrosse history by drawing up plays in the dirt. She knows a good evolution when she sees one. That's why Waltman jumped at the offer from US Lacrosse manager of coaches' education and training Chris Snyder to be a part of a work group that has developed, in her words, a "great technology for the coaching community." The US Lacrosse Mobile Coach app launched in November.
POWER OF '10: STORIES OF THE YEAR
Stories of the Year
Events surrounding the lacrosse world in 2010 put many on a rousing emotional rollercoaster, stirring passion seemingly with each day the calendar turned. The May 3 murder of Virginia women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love, allegedly at the hands of Virginia men's lacrosse player George Huguely, was paramount. The Iroquois Nationals' nationally-sensationalized passport dispute. Team USA taking back the gold. CJ Costabile's five-second dart into lacrosse history, delivering Duke's first NCAA title. Maryland's miraculous rally to dethrone Northwestern. Dave Cottle getting canned -- after making it to the NCAA quarterfinals. Indeed, an emotional year for lacrosse.
Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year
Ned Crotty, Duke/Machine/Team USA
Let's forget for a moment that he led the NCAA in assists (63), threaded that money pass to Max Quinzani for the game-winning goal in the waning seconds of Duke's NCAA semifinal win over Virginia, won the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation's top collge men's lacrosse player, was the top pick in the MLL draft and won MLL Rookie of the Year honors with the road-show Machine. Even with those laurels, no one could have foreseen what Crotty did in the fourth quarter of Team USA's FIL championship game victory over Canada.
Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year
Mike Daly, Tufts
Think winning a championship is easy? Try asking the 166 NCAA Division III men's coaches that led their teams into action last spring. Of that group, only two -- Cortland's Steve Beville and Salisbury's Jim Berkman -- had ever won an NCAA championship. Make it three. Tufts' Mike Daly joined the exclusive fraternity when he led the Jumbos past Salisbury 9-6 in the NCAA title game.
Men's Lacrosse Performance of the Year
Scott Rodgers, Notre Dame
Scott Rodgers' Ruthian presence between the pipes is not just about his size. Though the 6-foot-4, 254-pound frame gets plenty of ink in media and scouting reports, Rodgers' greatest asset is his moxie. He plays big in big games. Rodgers put forth an effort to match his mass on the sport's grandest stage, the NCAA tournament.
Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year
Caitlyn McFadden, Maryland
LM's Player of the Year award is just one of many that Caitlyn McFadden hauled in during her senior season. The senior midfielder led Maryland to its first NCAA championship since 2001. She repeated as both a first-team All-American and the ACC Player of the Year. She was named 2010's IWLCA Midfielder of the Year. She took home the Honda Sports Award and the Suzanne Tyler Award. She did it all with an unflappable demeanor and personal modesty that belies the overstuffed trophy case.
Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year
Cathy Reese, Maryland
Cathy Reese and the University of Maryland have been a good match. Reese has won eight national championships as a Terp -- four as a player, three as an assistant coach, and now, her first as a head coach. In her fourth year as head coach at her alma mater, Reese did something many observers were starting to think might never happen: she ended Northwestern's dynasty.
Women's Lacrosse Performance of the Year
Caitlyn McFadden, Maryland
Caitlyn McFadden started in all 86 games that Maryland played in the last four years, and No. 86 was arguably the best performance of the streak. The senior midfielder is probably best known for her laser-like outside shot, and McFadden did score twice in the national championship. But it was just the fancy scoring stuff. It was her speed in the midfield and her defensive efforts against Northwestern attacker Katrina Dowd, the highest scoring player in NCAA tournament history.
Game of the Year
Virginia 14, Towson 12 -- NCAA women's first round
With reminders of teammate Yeardley Love everywhere -- a 15-second moment of silence, her family in attendance, blue and orange ribbons abounding among 2,270 fans at Klockner Stadium -- host and sixth-seeded Virginia took the field May 16 for the first time since Love's shocking May 3 murder.
Upset of the Year
Army 9, Syracuse 8 (2OT) -- NCAA men's first round
Two-time defending national champion and second-seeded Syracuse presumably had everything on its side entering an NCAA first-round matchup against Army: in 30 NCAA tournament appearances, the Orange had lost just one home playoff game at the Carrier Dome; the Black Knights hadn't won a tournament game since 1993; Syracuse beat Army in the regular season, 12-7. Not to mention the Orange's top-ranked scoring defense. But that's why they play the game. Sure enough, unseeded Army rallied from deficits of 5-1 and 7-4, and sophomore middie Devon Lynch put a shocking end to the Orange's quest for a three-peat when he converted a Jeremy Boltus feed with five seconds left in double overtime.
Comeback Player of the Year
Chris Sanderson, Canada
You can't come back from much more than this. Doctors told Chris Sanderson he had nine to 12 months to live in December 2008, when he had a cancerous brain tumor removed from his frontal lobe. But the former Virginia goalkeeper didn't like the sound of that idea. He endured an aggressive battery of cancer treatments, including chemotherapy that he said caused him to feel terrible for about 10 days each month. He took IV drugs that caused his gums to bleed. Finally in May 2010, tests showed no advance of Sanderson's cancer. What did he do to celebrate? Start working in earnest to play for Team Canada in the FIL World Championships in July. He made the All-World team for the silver medalists.
Look of the Year
Former two-sport pro star Deion Sanders has said in the past, "If you look good, you feel food. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay you good." Carl Ray must've heard that when he conceived Team Illadelphia's uniforms for the 2010 Ocean City Lacrosse Classic -- bikini imprinted shirts as jerseys, out-styling the competition at the annual post-collegiate battle by the beach.
Hollywood Hook-Up of the Year
Just when the whole Iroquois passport situation could not get more high-profile (or more bizarre), it did. While 23 members of the Iroquois National team sat in a New York City hotel room waiting for bureaucrats to decide their fate, the bills were piling up. So Chief Oren Lyons reached out to film director James Cameron, whom he had met at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Cameron donated $50,000 to help the team defray the cost of their prolonged stay in New York.
Your Game: Candy Land
Shawn Nadelen never goes for the homerun check. He's more of a ho-hum, never-yield-defensive-positioning type. But that's not to say he won't take your candy if given a chance. The tough-as-nails defenseman for Team USA, the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Philadelphia Wings demonstrated four checks that require set-up: the ding dong, the can opener, the punch slap and the roll wrap.
Your Game: Shooting with the Stars
First-year Mount St. Mary's head coach Lindsey Munday and assistant coach Hilary Bowen put their players through the paces in the fall, with an emphasis on shooting. They showed LM some drills you can do with just a few friends and a bucket of balls.
Your Body: Five Offseason Conditioning Workouts
Wide grip pullups, barbell squats, dumbbell inner thigh squats, dumbbell Romanian dead lifts and box jumps add dynamic power exercises to body weight and anti-rotator training. Check 'em out, with instruction from LM strength and conditioning coach Rashad Devoe.
Your Playbook: Hopkins Up and Over
Teach players ball movement, positioning and shooting. Get the ball from a low wing up and across the field for a dodge to a shot on goal. This drill came directly from Homewood Field.
Your Style: Jake Byrne's Irish Inside-Out
Stylin' Strings tricks out its first por-sponsored stick: an Irish-themed thread for LXM Pro Tour attackman Jake Byrne.
GIVE AND GO
Goalkeeper, Mount St. Mary's
The Mountaineers' outgoing man between the pipes cites Tommy Scherr as his favorite athlete? And he wants to move to... Maine? There's more where that came from in LM's book-end Q&A session.
To Our Members: 2010 Vision
The end of the year always is a time for reflection -- public and private -- writes LM editor Paul Krome. What did lacrosse hold for you in 2010?
His Space: Hey There, Tough Guy
Toughest lacrosse guy ever? Who's to say? Too many to count. LM columnist Bill Tanton tries his hand, anyway.
Her Space: 'Tis Better to Give
Penn women's lacrosse coach Karin Brower instills in her players a spirit of giving back, a practice wise to emulate, writes LM columnist Clare Lochary.