Bragging Rights on the Line at WDNT
by Brian Logue | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff
BEL AIR, Md. - Sunny skies and warm temperatures greeted players and fans at the opening day of the 2009 US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament at Cedar Lane Sports Park. Approximately 1,500 players are participating in the event which wraps up Sunday with championship action in the eight divisions.
Some highlights from the first day of action:
Red White and Blue Update
U.S. women’s head coach Sue Heether was on hand, helping to oversee the action in the Stars & Stripes Division, which serves as the first round of tryouts for the 2009-10 U.S. team. Obviously more important to her is the upcoming World Cup, which takes place in less than a month in the Czech Republic.
“Excited, but ready to get them out of the country,” said Heether of her state of mind. The U.S. team has numerous players that serve as college coaches and several more that just finished or are getting ready to finish their collegiate seasons. Heether is anxious to have them fully focused on the World Cup.
The U.S. Developmental team easily handled one of the U.S.’s competitors in the exhibition game on Saturday night. The Devo team beat the Haudenosaunee Nation 20-0 as former Boston University star Lindsay Lewis contributed two goals and five assists. Current Syracuse midfielder Halley Quillinan and former C.W. Post standout Mallory Poole each had four goals for the U.S.
The new structure of the Schoolgirls Division has resulted in area bragging rights being on the line. Long Island, Philly and Northern New York were among the areas that shone on Day 1.
Long Island 1 beat D.C. Metro 13-9 in its first game and is 3-0 to lead Pool A of the Onondaga Division. Long Island 2 also went 3-0 in the Seneca Division.
Philly 1 is 3-0 and tied with Baltimore Metro 1 in Pool B of the Onondaga Division heading into Sunday’s games. Philly 3 is 3-0 in the Oneida Division.
Both Northern New York teams went undefeated in the first day of action, with Northern New York 1 going 2-0 in the Seneca Division and Northern New York 2 going 3-0 in the Tuscarora Division.
In the Mohawk and Cayuga brackets, several teams from relatively newer lacrosse areas are making strong statements. South Florida and Texas are both 3-0 in the Mohawk and Northern California and Washington state are both 3-0 in the Cayuga Division.
U.S. team goalie Devon Wills was named as the recipient of the Beth Allen Award at halftime of the U.S. Devo team’s exhibition game. Willis’ World Cup teammate Michele DeJuliis won the award in 2007 and her coach, Sue Heether, won it in 2005.
Longtime US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Teams Committee chair and women’s lacrosse publicist Chip Rogers was honored with the Nancy Chance Service Award.
Strath Haven (Pa.) High School’s Emily Garrity received the Beth Stone Award in the Seniors Only Division. Garrity’s Cranbarry Division all-star team overcame a 6-5 halftime deficit to win the Seniors Only All-Star game 14-11 on Saturday night. UConn recruit Mark Kate Gorman had three goals to pace the Cranbarry offense. Virginia recruit Kelly Austin had three goals for the Patterson All-Stars.
- Scores of college coaches were in attendance, including Penn’s Karin Brower who was back on the recruiting trail less than 24 hours after her team dropped a heartbreaking overtime game to Northwestern in the NCAA Division I semifinals on Friday night.
- Fresno’s Sue Behme was excited to have the chance to recruit. Behme was hired last summer to head up a program that began Division I varsity play this spring. Not surprisingly, the Bulldogs, made up primarily of players who had never played lacrosse, didn’t win a game this year, but Behme is relishing this “once in a lifetime opportunity.” Behme has eight recruits signed for next year, several others that have indicated they want to walk on to the team and a nucleus of returning players to build for year two.
- Mid Atlantic can wrap up the Regional Club Division can wrap up the President’s Cup with a win over Midwest on Sunday morning at 9:30. The Mid Atlantic team will also have an exhibition game against Canada’s World Cup team on Sunday afternoon. The Canadian team rolled its two opponents on Saturday by a combined score of 35-2.
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