June 25, 2015

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Inside the July/August Issue of Lacrosse Magazine

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As the excitement of May Madness fades off into the distance, we anchor our summer issue of Lacrosse Magazine with a look back at the thrills of the championship chase, headlined by Denver's historic march to the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse championship, the first for a team off the eastern seaboard. Also fit to print, we examine how the Maryland women won their second straight NCAA title and scope out the small college action.

Wesley Berg, Denver's senior attackman and the NCAA championship's most outstanding player, makes our cover, with a celebration shot by photographer Rich Barnes.


From the Editor: Color Me Stunned

by Matt DaSilva

In a historic decision, the NCAA women's lacrosse rules committee recommend that the sport adopt a 90-second possession timer by 2017 in Division I and by 2018 across all divisions.

Her Space: Men Coaching in a Women's World

by Kate Hickman

It's not uncommon for men to find their way into coaching positions in women's sports. Look no further than the monumental success of men like Geno Auriemma with UConn women's basketball, or lacrosse head coaches like Gary Gait (Syracuse) and Ricky Fried (Georgetown, Team USA). Longtime North Carolina assistant coach Phil Barnes and Elon head coach Josh Hexter, former college teammates, discuss how they made their way in the women's game.

His Space: Sizing Up Shriver's Legacy

by Bill Tanton

As he hangs up his whistle after 36 years and 507 wins as head coach at Baltimore's Boys' Latin, does Bob Shriver deserve consideration as the best high school coach in the country?

Boyle Point: Stacking the Deck

by Ryan Boyle

Robust rosters, sparkling facilities and coaching staffs give some teams a competitive edge in drawing the top talent in the land. How does this tip the scales in the favor of the priveleged few programs?


DI Men: A Win For the West

Bill Tierney delivered on his promise to bring a national championship to Denver. Have the Pioneers — the first western team to take home a title, doing so with a box-hybrid system of play — changed the game for good?

by Corey McLaughlin

Macyk Madness

Eleven games, five NCAA title bouts and four days to see it all. We tasked Mark Macyk with taking in all that there was to see during Memorial Day weekend in Philadelphia and nearby Chester, Pa. How did he manage to take in the whirlwind of action?

by Mark Macyk

John Uppgren set a Tufts record with 129 points, including four goals and four assists in the NCAA Division III championship game against Lynchburg. (Kevin P. Tucker)

DII Men: Red Means Go

Down in the fourth quarter against a tough Le Moyne squad at Lincoln Financial Field, Limestone relied on junior midfielder Mike Messenger to lead the way to its second straight NCAA crown.

by Jac Coyne

DIII Men: Next Man Up

With its second straight NCAA championship and third this decade, Tufts has built itself into a juggernaut by relying on a system that plugs in new parts as needed without skipping a beat. Its Darwinian success was never more apparent than in 2015, which wrapped with a dominiating NCAA final win over Lynchburg.

by Jac Coyne

Men's Moments of Madness

News and notes surrounding May Madness, including Albany's Blaze Riorden setting the internet on fire with a coast-to-coast goal, Lynchburg's Austin Stewart's setting the NCAA single-season goals record, Yale's controversial no-goal against Maryland and much more.

by Lacrosse Magazine Staff

DI Women: Now you Know

Sure, Maryland's women are reliant on back-to-back Tewaaraton Award winner Taylor Cummings' all-around game, but the Terps' comeback win over North Carolina in the NCAA championship game showed how important newcomer and Cummings' former McDonogh (Md.) running mate Megan Whittle has become.

by Megan Schneider

Emma Hayes-Hurley was one of three 90-point scorers for Cortland, which won its first NCAA crown. (Rich Barnes)

DII Women: New Coach, Same Result

With rookie coach Pat McCabe at the helm, Adelphi continued with its usual result of late, earning its seventh NCAA Division II championship in the past 11 seasons with a thrilling 5-4 overtime win over Lock Haven. 

by Mark Macyk

DIII Women: Curse Reversed

A steady semifinalist in recent seasons, Cortland had never broken through to an NCAA final until this May. Once there, the Red Dragons made sure it counted, routing Middlebury 17-6 for their first-ever NCAA title under first-year coach Kelly Lickert-Orr.

by Mark Macyk

Women's Moments of Madness

Middlebury's loss in the NCAA final caps the legendary career of head coach Missy Foote, York and Gettysburg play a controversial thriller, USC makes a history-making step in its first NCAA bid and much more from the women's side of the brackets.

by Lacrosse Magazine Staff


Scoop: Global Warming

Let lacrosse take you around the world as we prep for the FIL U19 Women's World Championship in Scotland and the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in New York and Canada in early fall. From service opportunities that can carry you to distant lands on behalf of the game to some curious alterations of the game in other countries, and much more.

Nike/LM High School Update

With the high school season coming to a close, we take one final look around the nation, with rankings and stars from the action on fields all over.

Nike/LM Final National Top 25: Boys' | Girls'
Nike/LM Region Reports: Northeast | Midwest | Mid-Atlantic | South | West

Your Edge

Want to find yourself on the pages of a future May Madness wrap edition of Lacrosse Magazine? We've got some helpful hints from some of the top players in the game to help you there. Recently graduated Johns Hopkins attackman Wells Stanwick gives his take on how to dodge and take your defender where you want him to go, with Team USA's Alex Aust providing tips on how to fake after amassing 221 points in her last two seasons with Maryland.

Give and Go: Charlie Raffa

The Maryland faceoff specialist and MLL fourth-round pick chats it up on his favorite athletes, warm-up tunes and the fact that he may have wanted to be a Power Ranger (or a hockey player) growing up. 

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