December 27, 2014

Lacrosse Magazine - January 2015 Issue

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With all the potential in the world given his size and athleticism, Myles Jones was on plenty of people's radar before 2014. But after catching fire in the second half and becoming a key cog in Duke's second straight NCAA crown and third in five years, is the junior ready for the game's full spotlight in 2015?

Gary Lambrecht looks at Jones in the cover feature for the January 2015 issue of Lacrosse Magazine, which also takes an in-depth look at the Virginia women's program, hoping to regain the heights at which it once perched after a final four run in 2014. Neil Stevens breaks down the upcoming NLL season, while the MCLA and WCLA club forecasts kick off our college preview - continued in the February issue. 

Plus, columns from Matt DaSilva, Katie Hickman and Bill Tanton and the usual array of tips, trends and more make this another can't-miss issue for the lacrosse fan in you!

COLUMNS

From the Editor - Love-Hate With Twitter

by Matt DaSilva

Much like in other areas of modern communication, the zeitgeist of lacrosse can be found on social media - where fans can follow and interact with their heroes, in unfiltered fashion. But there is good and bad with that sort of instant communication, and fans and players alike would do well to abide by a few simple guidelines.

His Space - The One That Got Away

by Bill Tanton

A prototypical two-sport collegiate athlete - he was already a lacrosse star when he participated in and won an open tryout for the starting quarterback job at Maryland - Alex Pastrana may have been the key for the Terrapins had not a spring football injury sidelined him in the middle of a championship hunt back in 1967.

Her Space - Can't We All Get Along?

by Kate Hickman

The club-vs.-recreational league dynamic in lacrosse is growing, and in its current form, it imposes some difficult decisions on youth players. Is there a balance to be found between having some spring club play to prepare for summer tournament season and allowing players to stick with their rec leagues?


FEATURES

NLL 2015 Preview

Three-peats are rare in any sport. Is four in a row possible? Rochester has everything going for it, but Edmonton has other ideas - as does the rest of the league. We look up and down the east and west and see how teams shape up.
by Neil Stevens 

Myles the Man

A big guy with big personality, Myles Jones made a big step to the forefront of Duke's championship run as a sophomore. Is he ready for the prime-time spotlight as the Blue Devils aim for 'dynasty' talk in 2015
by Gary Lambrecht

Online Extra: Myles Jones cover shoot photo gallery by Peyton Williams

Is Virginia Back?

One of the strongest programs in the 1990s and early 2000s, Virginia made it back to the final four last spring. Is Julie Myers' team built to compete in the top eschelon once again?
by Megan Schneider

WCLA Preview

All signs point to an eastward movement in college club lacrosse. But LM's preseason No. 1 UCLA might have something to say about that as we break down the top squads in Division I and II.
by Paul Ohanian

MCLA Preview

Arizona State came painfully close a year ago. New coach Joe Thon can relate, going back to the fluky 2007 NCAA DII final. But will it be the Sun Devils year? We look at Division I and Division II as the preseason gets underway.
by Tim Haslam

Convention Sampler

Over 150 exhibitors will be on hand at the US Lacrosse National Convention in Baltimore, where the Fan Fest is open to the public on Saturday, Jan. 24. Check out a sampling of what's in store.


DEPARTMENTS

Scoop

NOCSAE deems two leading lacrosse helmet models unsafe (but remedies are quickly put in place), NCAA draw control records are in peril, and some lacrosse players in trouble with the law get some good news.

Off the Field

We go into the home of Stevenson's big Aussie defender Callum Robinson, where he has tastes of home down under, surfing paraphenelia and a pup named Tigger. Check it out!

Lifestyles

CNN anchor Erin Burnett may beam into millions of homes on her show "Out Front", but she was also a member of Middlebury's heartbreaking 1996 team that missed out on a potential title. Megan Schneider got the details on that, and more.

Rec-Less Abandon

With an ever-expanding world of club tournaments encroaching, is there room for recreational lacrosse? Why can't we have both?

Your Edge

Sure, it's 'cool' to fire at a 3/4 sidearm angle, but there's a lot of good reasons to shoot the way your coaches want - overhand. Johns Hopkins sniper Ryan Brown shares his tips for doing it the fundamental way. And one of the hardest gigs for a women's lacrosse goalie is facing down a free-position. Ohio State's Tori DeScenza gives her tips for giving yourself the best chance of the stop.

Give and Go

U.S. U19 midfielder and Barren Collier (Fla.) star Olivia Ferrucci loves quotes from Mario Andretti, zip-lining in Costa Rica, and wouldn't mind teleporting. What else did she say in our monthly Q&A?


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