Amber Bustard

Amber Bustard (’19 Goalie) Commits to Loyola University MD

Congratulations to Amber Bustard of Roland Park Country School on her commitment to the DI program Loyola University MD!

Why did you choose this college?
The coaching staff is phenomenal. Not only do they push you to be the best player on the field but they support your successes in the classroom which I adore. Loyola is close to home and very personal with less than 6,000 students attending the college. It’s all I could ever want in a school.

What other colleges did you consider?
University of Louisville, Northwestern University and Syracuse Univeristy.

Lacrosse honors
Brine National Classic All American.

Academic honors
Ben Carson Scholar Nominee, Njhs, Honor Roll.

 

Big 4 HHH Prodigies Powered by Under Armour

The very best players of the class of 2019 have been invited to train with the nations top coaches, compete against elite players, and showcase their talent in front of NCAA coaches at Under Armour’s Headquarters in Baltimore. Players were selected based on recommendations from NCAA and club coaches for the event that took place June 27-29, 2016.

As if the event wasn’t already stacked with outstanding players, here are a few STANDOUT players from the class of 2019.

Jordan Anderson, M, Australia, Lakers Select (MN), Prior Lake High School

Jordan is strong and powerful player who is very fun to watch. Her great stick skills make her good on the draw. She is able to win it down the line easily and get it to herself, which is very dangerous, especially in girl’s lacrosse. If you win the draw it becomes make it take it.

Olivia Dirks, M, USA, Phantastix, Episcopal Academy

Olivia is newer to lacrosse than others being a big soccer player, but that does not stop her from standing out on the lacrosse field. She is super fast and awesome on the draw. Her speed and natural athleticism makes her dangerous in the midfield with the ability to create a lot of fast breaks.

Emily Wills, A, USA, Ultimate, Mt. St. Joseph’s

Emily is a strong left attacker and is very quick inside the 8. She is fun to watch because she is strong with her dodges but also very soft with finesse inside when there’s pressure on her so she’s able to put away a lot of shots when she gets double-teamed. Emily also plays behind the net. Being fast and powerful allows her to trick people out behind there.

 

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National 175 Liberty Bell Challenge Announcement!

We are pleased to introduce the 2nd annual Liberty Bell Challenge individual showcase TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY, JULY 8TH FROM 10am-5pm, at PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH HS IN PHILLY (same facility as the Liberty Bell Challenge tournament being held on Saturday andSunday.

 

ATTENTION ALL PLAYERS SEEKING TO PLAY AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL THAT ARE NOT YET COMMITTED IN GRAD YEARS 2017-2020.

 

THIS IS OPEN TO ALL PLAYERS WHETHER YOU ARE ATTENDING THE LIBERTY BELL TOURNAMENT OR NOT.  IF YOU ARE SEEKING TO INCREASE YOUR VISIBILITY WITH THE COLLEGE COACHES COMMUNITY, THIS IS AN OPTIONAL SHOWCASING OPPORTUNITY.

WE ARE EXPECTING OVER 75 COLLEGE COACHES FROM A GREAT MANY OF THE TOP PROGRAMS IN D1, D2 AND D3.  WE CANNOT SHARE THE NAMES OF COLLEGES THAT WILL BE THERE UNTIL THEY SHOW UP BUT IF YOU GO TO OUR WEBSITE, YOU WILL GAIN PERSPECTIVE AS TO THE VOLUME AND QUALITY OF COACHES THAT HAVE SHOWN UP AT ALL OF OUR EVENTS.

 

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“IF YOU ARE NOT YET COMMITTED AND ARE SEEKING TO PLAY ON THE COLLEGE LEVEL, YOU SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT MAXIMIZING YOUR EXPOSURE IN THIS SHORT RECRUITING WINDOW.”

 

-Ebe Helm, DUKES LACROSSE PROGRAM unnamed-1

 

“I HAVE PERSONALLY BEEN TO ENOUGH EVENTS AND HAVE SEEN THE GOOD ONES AND BAD ONES.  I WAS PERSONALLY AT THE LIBERTY BELL INDIVIDUAL EVENT LAST YEAR, AND CAN TELL YOU THAT IT WAS A GOOD ONE AND THIS YEAR, I AM EXPECTING MANY COLLEGE COACHES WILL SHOW UP TO OBSERVE THE TALENT THAT WILL BE ASSEMBLED,  IF YOU ARE NOT COMMITTED AND WANT THAT ADDITIONAL EXPOSURE, YOU SHOULD BE AT THIS SHOWCASE ON FRIDAY.”

 

-Jeff Brameier, CT Chargers founder, Darien Head Coach unnamed-2

 

“I AM URGING MY PLAYERS THAT ARE NOT YET COMMITTED TO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER ATTENDING THIS INDIVIDUAL EVENT. THE RECRUITING WINDOW WILL END SOON AND THE OPPORTUNITIES TO GET THIS TYPE OF EXPOSURE WILL BE LIMITED.”

 

-Greg Flego, TWIST LACROSSE PROGRAM unnamed-3

 

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Growing the Game: Lax Goes International

Kids Lacrosse The World is an organization that focuses on growing the sport of lacrosse in rural communities throughout the world through community involvement and development at the youth level.  They strive to influence and impact the lives of youth through physical education and healthy lifestyles.  In May, Founder Elliott Couch and others visited the Butula Hekima Academy in Kenya, Africa to start a youth lacrosse program.

When they arrived, they started to build some lacrosse goals, made from a cut-down tree.   A crowd of students gathered around them, watching intently.  The students began to help lace the nets and in no time they constructed two full size, 6×6 working lacrosse goals.  The goals made the field, which was home to the grazing school cows and chickens, into the students’ very own lacrosse field.

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Dear NCAA Lacrosse: Please Bring Back The Dive Shot

Paul Carcaterra spits fire about bringing back to dive shot to NCAA lacrosse after former Denver Pioneer turned Outlaw Wes Berg makes the play of the game…

Paul Carcaterra on the Dive Shot:

“Sweet. That’s a goal.

That is a SportsCenter Top 10 nominee for Wesley Berg.

Yeah, this is beautiful.

For the Pioneers, that might get wiped out. For Major League Lacrosse it’s a goal and a highlight.

This is what I would love to see the college game adopt, because I really haven’t seen too many players get injured with the dive.

Berg here loses his angle. This is just a fantastic move. And if the ball crosses the plane, who cares what happens? The plays dead. It’s a goal.

Who Cares if he lands in the crease? I wish the NCAA would adopt this rule. The dive is magic. Look at that! That is a thing of beauty.

Wesley Berg, a dominant right-handed player, loses his angle, and out of desperation, just dunks it with his left.”

Business and Pleasure: 15-Year-Old Lacrosse Player Takes on “Shark Tank”

At the age of 12, Rachel Zietz decided she was tired of inadequate lacrosse equipment.  Expensive rebounders and goals seemed to deteriorate after just a few months.

“I knew I wasn’t the only lacrosse player out there who was let down by the available equipment, so I decided to design and manufacture my own, and thus Gladiator Lacrosse was born.”

-Rachel Zietz, Founder of Gladiator Lacrosse

Zietz began to sell rebounders and goals that would stand the test of time, built with 20 percent more steel and thicker netting than that of her competition.

She launched her business in 2012 and created a website by 2013. Zietz sold out of 500 rebounders and 1,100 goals within four months of January 2014. Continue reading…

Using the Way of the Dragon in Strength and Conditioning Exercises for Lacrosse

Bruce Lee is truly an embodiment of skill, hard work, and passion. He’s defined by more than just his lean yet muscular figure, but also of his overall persona as a dedicated person whose vision and mentality transcended generations. Aside from being a bona fide renaissance man, Bruce Lee brought to light a specific type of training method that can still be applied by athletes like lacrosse players.

His Training Methods and Application

The wise man that he is, Bruce Lee grouped his workout regimen based on similarities in movement and purpose. For one, he trained strength and conditioning at specific times of the week, and practiced Jeet Kune Do on the other days. In a way, it keeps things simple and efficient – staying to true to his martial art’s philosophy. Apart from these, Bruce Lee also understood the importance of proper weight training exercises. Though it’s rather frowned upon these days, he saw a function in a basic lift like bicep and reverse curls.

Another fundamental aspect in Bruce Lee’s training is cardio. In lacrosse, players normally run up and down the field at a fast pace, which means that improving in this area can result in better movement and – probably – more goals. He used to run outdoors, covering four miles thrice a week. During a typical day, Bruce Lee would do the Fartlek training method of mixing short burst sprints with regular pace strides. It’s more popularly known today as ‘High Intensity Interval Training’.

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His Martial Arts’ Mentality and Influence

Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee’s martial art principle, is a form of hybrid fighting style that takes advantage of simple practices and enhances them into effective techniques. One line in his 1973 movie ‘Enter the Dragon’ describes it best: “You can call it the art of fighting without fighting.” This belief even goes way past the world of martial arts into the awareness of modern pop culture.

Fitness trends like CrossFit and mixed martial arts organizations such as the UFC somewhat mirror Bruce Lee’s mentality and style. His story is also used in video games namely ‘Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story’ on the Super NES and ‘Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon’ on Xbox. Furthermore, Spin Genie has an online slot machine variant aptly named Bruce Lee and one of Tekken’s most famous fighters Marshall Law represent his likeness. Altogether, these manifestations are just mere testaments of his status as a global fitness icon.

It’s safe to say that Bruce Lee’s values in martial arts and life in general were way ahead of his time. What’s even more amazing is that up to this day, his portrait is still used in almost all modern technologies from console and online video games to strength and conditioning exercises for lacrosse and other sports. In the end, however, these only take up a small portion of the reasons why Bruce Lee is – and will always be – a true legend.

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Rumors DII Dowling Will Close Doors

Many of you might remember when underdog Dowling College walked into Gilllete Stadium in 2012 and upset Limestone 11-10. Ever since then the team has struggled to make another appearance, and now the college is struggling to keep it’s doors open.

According to an AP story the institution is apparently over $54 million in debt, and enrollment has dropped 50 percent since 2009. The AP also reports that “President Albert Inserra says in a statement that the school will cease operations on Friday.” So far, there is no evidence on Dowling’s website that indicates that the school is officially closing, but they have announced that both Summer sessions are cancelled.

This comes at an unfortunate time as well for the Dowling Women’s lacrosse team as they advanced to the second round of the tournament this year.

What would you do if your school closed its doors? Comment Below. 

North Carolina’s Aly Messinger Named Epoch/LM Player of Week

North Carolina‘s Aly Messinger might never have gotten the recognition she deserved during a decorated college career that included two NCAA championships and two IWLCA All-American nods, but never a first-team mention. Often overshadowed on her own team by Molly Hendrick and Marie McCool this year — and over the course of a career that coincided with transcendent and flashier talents like Maryland‘s Taylor Cummings and Syracuse’s Kayla Treanor — it’s easy to overlook how good the 5-foot-4 jitterbug attacker was during her time in Chapel Hill

But on the biggest stage, no one outshone Messinger.

Shredding up Maryland’s defense with precision passing, Messinger dropped four assists in the first half of the NCAA championship game and tacked on two goals for good measure to earn NCAA championship Most Outstanding Player honors after a 13-7 Tar Heels victory.

Unsurprisingly, Messinger, who also had two goals and two assists in North Carolina’s semifinal win over Penn State, is the final Epoch/Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week for the 2016 season.