Recruiting Insight with Cedar Crest’s Head Coach Danielle Bay

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Danielle Bay just finished her first season as head coach of the
women’s lacrosse at Cedar Crest College, where she is also the Director of Compliance. Coach Bay graduated from Centenary College in 2012 and finished as the All-Time Leader in points and caused turnovers.

We sat down with Coach Bay to learn about her growing program at Cedar Crest and what makes the DIII experience so great.

What advice do you have for players interested in DIII schools?

Continue to explore your DIII options for schools. All of the schools are completely different, some are more intense, some are bigger, others smaller. Academics are the number one priority in DIII. Academics always come first at Cedar Crest, but there are still high expectations set that players are expected to reach on the field as well.

What is the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?

Email, call, message, carrier pigeons, smoke signal, anything to let me know that you’re interested in Cedar Crest. I’m usually in the office so just call and I’m more than happy to answer all and any questions. I give my cell phone out to many of the recruits so they can contact me at any time and I’ll even text. Just show interest, that’s the most important part.

What type of players do you primarily look for and where?

Raw athletes as well as refined lacrosse players. Raw athletes can be molded into players that fit perfectly into the program. Refined players are helpful because Cedar Crest is a growing program so they can immediately help the program reach new heights and be impact players. By going to a lot of high school games during the spring, mainly within a two hour radius around Cedar Crest, it offers an advantage of becoming extremely familiar with players as they grow. I go to a ton of camps and clinics and basically every tournament. If you email us about a tournament, chances are we’re already attending.

What areas of player development would you recommend players focus on to elevate their game?

Stick skills! Stick skills are an issue at every level of the sport, regardless of division. It is very important that players work on their stick outside of scheduled practice time because players do not get enough touches in during that time. You can never be too good at stick skills! An hour a day outside of practice does wonders to improve ones’ skills.

How has the accelerated recruiting landscape impacted your approach to recruiting?

The accelerated recruiting landscape has not affected Cedar Crest and myself much. If girls are truly more interested in their academics then they’ll be looking at DIII anyway, which is what is wanted at Cedar Crest because academics always come first.

Are there any last pieces of advice for players and families you’d like to share?

TAKE YOUR TIME. There is no need to rush through the process. Take your time researching schools and figure out what you actually want in a school, with academics and in the actual school itself, but make sure to take the time to visit. Many people get a special feeling when they walk on a campus and instantly know where they belong, but you should still try to stay overnight to see if you truly love the atmosphere and go to classes to see if it’s a fit. Most importantly, take your time.

ConnectLAX is a third party recruiting service and not affiliated with or endorsed by Danielle Bay or Cedar Crest University.

Loyola Hires Van Arsdale to Lead its Offense

Loyola University Maryland head men’s lacrosse coach Charley Toomey announced the hiring of an assistant coach with more than 30 years of NCAA coaching experience on Tuesday when he tabbed Marc Van Arsdale as the Greyhounds’ offensive coordinator.

Van Arsdale most recently spent the last 15 seasons as an assistant at the University of Virginia, the previous 10 as the Cavaliers’ associate head coach. On the Charlottesville sideline, Van Arsdale helped the Cavaliers win three NCAA Championships (2003, 2006 and 2011) while mentoring three Tewaaraton Trophy winners (Steele Stanwick, Matt Ward and Chris Rotelli).

All told, Van Arsdale has been a member of 11 NCAA Championship teams as a coach and player. In addition to the three at Virginia, he was a player on four title teams at Hobart College (1982-1985), and he assisted four Statesmen championship teams (1987-90).

“We are very pleased to get someone with of the character and coaching caliber of Marc Van Arsdale, and we look forward to welcoming Marc and his wife, Karen, to the Loyola family,” Toomey said. “Marc has been a part of championship teams, is a terrific recruiter and evaluator of talent, and he has coached some of the best offenses in the game. We are excited for him to hit the ground running here at Loyola and become a part of the Greyhound men’s lacrosse program.”

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Down Under: Opportunities with the ALA

After one month of international play, Dan and Paul have been lighting up the stage with multiple points per game and leading Williamstown Lacrosse Club to a 3-0 start. After their third game, other American imports joined together with Dan and Paul and played a little USA vs. Australia matchup. Joined by Dan and Paul was Harvard defensemen Jack Breit who caught media attention this year after blasting a hole through the Yale goalie’s stick and scoring.

Many great players like Jack jump at the opportunity to play abroad and I think everyone should look into it. Dan and Paul have been working in a restaurant and a warehouse during the day and having practices and hanging out with their teammates in the club house at night. The two are staying with separate families that are a part of the Williamstown Lacrosse Club and have been more than enjoying their time with them.
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                                                   Dan Murray (4) Paul Werner (2)

I think more lacrosse players should look into this AMAZING opportunity to experience an entire different realm of lacrosse and culture. CLICK CONTINUE READING to learn more about this opportunity and how they got started!

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UNC Defensive Coordinator Feifs Named Vermont Coach

Chris Feifs, the defensive coordinator for the 2016 NCAA Division I national champion North Carolina Tarheels, has been named the seventh head coach of the University of Vermont men’s lacrosse program. Incoming Director of Athletics Jeff Schulman made the announcement of the hire on Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s a great pleasure to welcome Chris to the University of Vermont and the Department of Athletics. Chris is a highly respected professional who has played and coached at the top level of collegiate lacrosse while remaining steadfast in his commitment to the scholar-athlete model,” said Schulman.

“During the search process, Chris impressed us with his passion for teaching and strong commitment to the academic, personal and athletic wellbeing of his student-athletes,” Schulman noted. “His experience recruiting and coaching a national championship team at North Carolina certainly speaks to his ability to identify, attract and develop elite student-athletes who are capable of succeeding at the highest levels on and off the lacrosse field.”

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Tuft Decision for Mike Daly

When Lars Tiffany announced he was going to be the next coach for the University of Virginia the lax community threw him into the spotlight. But, now that all the hype has faded there comes a new question, who will be the man to fill his shoes?

While the light was shining bright on UVA, Brown found their man. Mike Daly, former Tufts coach, has just announced the he’ll be taking over for the bears.

“Mike Daly is a terrific coach, has a proven track record of success and is the architect of the offense that has brought Brown so much success over the last two years…He has experience recruiting quality student-athletes who excel equally on the field and in the classroom.”

-Jack Hayes, Brown Athletic Director

In his 18 seasons with Tufts, Daly has posted a record of 244-83, while winning 7 NESCAC titles and making 9 NCAA tournament appearances. And oh yeah, 3 national championships in 2010, 2014, and 2015. In 2014 he orchestrated an offense that set an NCAA record of 423 goals in a single season. AND Daly is among the top 10 active coaches for winning percentage.

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Ben Reeves’ Guide to Dangling Defenders

Attackman Ben Reeves of Yale men’s lacrosse was crowned Ivy League Rookie of the Year as a freshman and tallied 35 goals and 26 assists to rank 7th nationally (4.96 points per game) as a sophomore.  It’s pretty safe to say the guy knows a thing or two on beating a defender and putting the ball in the net, especially after having to match up against All-American defenseman Michael Quinn for two years.  Here’s a few of Reeves’ tips on how to carry the ball and read the defense from multiple angles. Continue reading…

Austin Henningsen About to Unleash the Beast

Team USA U-19 has just a few days to prepare for the FIL opening game against a powerful Canadian team. Luckily, for team USA, Austin Hennigsen has been preparing his whole life for this opportunity.

As a Long Island resident, Henningsen got to reap the benefits of living in a small world. Living next door to Henningsen and his grandparents was face-off guru and former Long island Lizard’s star, Matt Schomburg. From day one Schomburg preached the technique and Henningsen listened.

“I was doing pretty well in our league and it just really took off…I knew I was going to be a faceoff guy.”

-Austin Henningsen

From the first whistle of his first game as a freshman, Henningsen continued to dominate at the X for the Northport Tigers. Now, as a Maryland Terrapin he continues to dominate. In his first season Heeningsen with the Terps he won 151 of 256 faceoffs (59%) on the season. He also managed to win 19 out of 30 against North Carolina in this years championship game.

Don’t think he made a difference? Well, when Henningsen missed 4 games in the regular season the Terps face-off percentage dropped to 39%. And all of his coaches, including Tillman, speak highly of him.

“We liked that he was a little bit bigger…He’s a pretty physical kid. We knew in the conference that we play, those guys get beat up and we’d like to kind of use the same, very similar to a running back that takes a lot of hits. He’s a very durable guy. He’s got quick hands.”

-John Tillman, Maryland Head Coach

Henningsen is looking forward to the challenge he will face at the FIL world championships.

“It’s going to be fun to faceoff against him [Justin Inacio] in Canada, when it really counts…He’s a smaller dude. But he’s very scrappy-like. He likes to go out and run the ball. The past few times I’ve seen him, that’s what I’ve took from him.”

UVA Finds Their Man

When Dom Starsia was let go by the University of Virginia this year the lacrosse world was left scratching it’s head. This man had led his team to 13 NCAA appearances and won 4 national titles!

Who could possibly follow in Starsia’s shoes and repeat his 24 years at UVA? Well, why not try taking another coach from Brown and see what he can do?

This is exactly what UVA has done. On June 21, 2016 the University of Virginia announced that Lars Tiffany, the now ex-head coach of Brown, will being taking over for Starsia.

This may come as a shock to many because of the success Tiffany and the bears just experienced, but Tiffany says going to the final four was intoxicating and that he has a better chance of going with UVA.

“I want to keep going back. I want Brown to keep going back. But I think that can happen more consistently in Charlottesville.”

                                                  -Lars Tiffany

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NCAA Women’s Lacrosse is Adding a 90-Second Shot Clock

A visible 90-second possession clock is coming to NCAA women’s lacrosse competition.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved adding a possession clock in the sport by the 2017 season in Division I, and by 2018 in Divisions II and III.

Delaying the implementation of the possession clock is warranted because it provides schools time to budget for any financial implications. The Women’s Lacrosse Rules Committee is recommending using two clocks, one on each end of the field. However, one clock located at the scorer’s table will also be allowed.

Under the 90-second possession clock rule, the offensive team must register a shot within that window or the opposition will be awarded the ball at its location on the field when time expired.

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JU Names John Galloway Head Coach, Casey Powell as OC

Jacksonville University has landed a pair of lacrosse icons to lead its men’s program, as Providence College assistant coach John Galloway has been named head coach, JU Director of Athletics Alex Ricker-Gilbert said Friday.

Galloway, one of the young legends in the sport, has been at Providence four years after spending one year as a volunteer assistant at Duke and will bring one of the game’s most famous players ever, Casey Powell, as his offensive coordinator.

“John Galloway is exactly the right person to be the next head coach of our men’s lacrosse program,” Ricker-Gilbert said. “After an exhaustive search, there was no doubt in my mind that he is who we need to lead our young men forward. John has had success at every level both playing and coaching and his passion for student-athletes and the game was evident from our first conversation. He is a person of the highest character and that trait carries more weight than any other. I am thrilled to welcome John to the JU family.”

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