Monday, May 23, 2016

Dom Starsia is out as UVA's Head Lacrosse Coach

Dom Starsia is out as UVA's Head Lacrosse Coach

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2016 6:27 pm
Virginia has confirmed the departure of longtime men’s lacrosse coach Dom Starsia via a press release.
“Dom Starsia is a Hall of Fame coach and I want to thank him for all he has done for Virginia men’s lacrosse, UVA athletics, the University of Virginia, and the Charlottesville community,” said Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage in a press release. “In addition to winning 73 percent of his games at UVa with multiple ACC and NCAA championships, Dom was committed to the development of student-athletes as his teams were cited for their sportsmanship and academic achievements. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked with and learned from Dom.
“These decisions are not easy and Dom and I have had a number of substantive conversations over the last several weeks regarding the future of the program.”
Said Starsia: “When our season ended, Craig informed me of his decision to make a coaching change. I wanted to take this moment to thank everyone who has been so gracious to me and my family during our time in Charlottesville. While blessed to have been part of some great teams, this experience has always been about the people and the relationships. I want to thank the players and their families who have been such an important part of my life. I would also like to thank all the coaches and staff who have propped me up over a lot of years, and especially to Marc Van Arsdale, who was here when I arrived 24 years ago. What a joy it has been to coach with my son Joe these past three years! I am very proud of all that we have accomplished here at the University of Virginia.”
Starsia’s contract was set to expire in January 2017, with Virginia still owing him approximately $400,000.
“In our search for the next head coach, we will be looking for a dynamic leader who clearly articulates a plan to build upon the tradition Dom and his staff created over the last two and a half decades and who can position our men’s lacrosse program to compete annually for ACC and NCAA championships while also achieving success academically,” Littlepage said.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dansegio's Proven a Valuable Pickup for Maryland Men's Lacrosse

May 19, 2016
From scout team to running the substitution box and his on-field play, Greg Danseglio has served multiple roles since his arrival at Maryland. (John Strohsacker)
From scout team to running the substitution box and his on-field play, Greg Danseglio has served multiple roles since his arrival at Maryland. (John Strohsacker)

Danseglio's Proven a Valuable Pickup for Maryland

by Patrick Stevens | | Twitter
Greg Danseglio arrived at Maryland last spring with no prospects of playing that season after an unexpected exit at Virginia. The defenseman, a contributor with the Cavaliers for three years, suddenly didn't have a role between the lines on game days.
But just outside the lines? That was a different story as Danseglio ran the substitution box for the Terrapins throughout a year that finished with a national title game appearance.
"It was hectic at first," Danseglio said. "Coach [John] Tillman thought I'd be good for the job. The first couple games were a little shaky — a couple offsides penalties and stuff like that. It was challenging at first because I was still trying to learn everyone's name, learn this, learn that."
It didn't take long for Danseglio to get up to speed, both in his sideline role and finding ways to contribute in his last shot as a college player this year.
He's arguably enjoying his best season. There's no question he was a vital addition for the top-seeded Terps (15-2), who bring a 14-game winning streak into Saturday's quarterfinal showdown with eighth-seeded Syracuse (12-4) in Providence, R.I.
Danseglio has a team-high 61 ground balls thanks to his regular work on faceoff wings as Maryland's primary long pole. It's a role he was tossed into after sophomore Matt Neufeldt suffered a season-ending torn ACL in the fall.
"To say he's been huge is an understatement," goalie Kyle Bernlohr said. "He's had a lot of experience at Virginia. He's a seasoned, veteran guy. When Neuf went down in the fall, we didn't know where Greg was going to go, if it was down low or midfield. He can fill in it any spot. The type of IQ he has, the type of on-field presence he has, he's just a great asset to our team."
When his time at Virginia ended in the fall of 2014, Danseglio didn't wait for schools to contact him. He did his homework, and knew Maryland was a possibility.
The Terps were another high-profile program, and their roster included Joe LoCascio and Charlie Raffa, two of Danseglio's high school teammates at St. Anthony's on Long Island. Danseglio also played with Raffa on the under-19 national team in 2012.
"I kind of understood where I was at along the process and I started to reach out to a couple schools," Danseglio said. "I thought Maryland fit me the best, especially with two of my friends being here. They told me what it was about, and just with the recent success they had made me want to come here."
Tillman has enjoyed some success with transfers during his time at Maryland, including with Mike Chanenchuk (another St. Anthony's product) and Henry West. He also recruited Danseglio to Harvard when he was still coaching the Crimson.
While it wasn't certain where Danseglio would play after sitting out 2015, Tillman felt comfortable with the addition.
"Based on the intel that we got from high school coaches, college coaches and people that we respected, he checked out with the character piece," Tillman said. "Playing against him, we knew he was a guy that had athletic ability. He's just a really smart player. His ability to play up top for us has been huge with the loss of Matt. He's given us depth that we sorely needed."

Former U.S. U19 member Greg Danseglio has been a valuable addition at Maryland for the last two years. (John Strohsacker)

Danseglio spent all of last year on Maryland's scout team, a different task for a guy who played in every game at Virginia in his first three years. Rather than one game every weekend, Danseglio viewed his job as stitching together a 10-hour game over the course of five practices.
Little wonder he was a bit nervous when he appeared in a game for the first time in nearly two years when Maryland opened its season in February.
"We knew his experience was going to be invaluable," defensive coordinator Kevin Conry said. "Obviously, we're a little bit different from what Virginia used to be when he was there, but we knew he was versatile and I think that's something that can be said about a lot of our guys."
That's perhaps the most vital trait he brought to the Terps. Danseglio played long pole in high school and as a sophomore at Virginia before moving to close defense full-time as a junior.
While Maryland had other options to fill the void Neufeldt's injury created, Danseglio was a logical choice.
"A guy with his IQ and caliber of play, he's a guy who can plug in pretty smoothly," said Bernlohr, a fifth-year senior. "I think even when he was practicing with us last year, it was an easy transition. I felt like he was part of us for four, five years already. This year was no different. It's hard to believe he's only been here for a year. It almost feels like I almost came in with him."
Danseglio's imprint in his stint at Maryland is considerable. An honorable mention all-conference pick, Danseglio was also part of the Big Ten's all-tournament team, and his reliable wing play has helped Maryland withstand some injuries in the faceoff game.
It's all happened inside the lines, where things are every bit as hectic as Danseglio's in-game assignment last year. And ultimately, it's proven to be a perfect fit for both him and the Terps, who are seeking their fifth trip to Memorial Day weekend in the last six years.
"I couldn't have asked for anything better," Danseglio said. "Coaches gave me a great opportunity to come here and I've cherished every bit of it. I just want to stay with this group of guys. We have a lot of fun and I just want to be with them until the end."

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dom Starsia speaks to youth lacrosse players in 2011

Just days after winning the NCAA Championship for his fourth time in 2011, Head Virginia Men's Lacrosse Coach Dom Starsia speaks to Charlottesville youth lacrosse players.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Five years ago today: UVA beats Bucknell in overtime!

Five years ago today: UVA beats Bucknell in overtime!

Five years ago UVA beat Bucknell in Overtime after a long rain delay, and we were there...great fun!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

UVa AD Littlepage noncommittal on Starsia's return to UVa lacrosse program

Littlepage noncommittal on Starsia's return to UVa lacrosse program

By Whitelaw Reid in the DailyProgress

Virginia lacrosse coach Dom Starsia’s return for a 25th season looks up in the air.
The Hall of Famer doesn’t have a contract for next season, and late Tuesday night UVa Athletic Director Craig Littlepage was noncommittal when asked about his status.
“[We] evaluate our coaches and sport programs on an ongoing basis,” Littlepage wrote in an e-mail to The Daily Progress. “One of the goals for the Department of Athletics is to win conference and national championships and our [lacrosse] program has won 3 ACC and 3 NCAA championships since 2003. 

“In recent years we haven't played at a championship level so we're now in the process of determining what's necessary for our men's lacrosse program to be successful and reach our desired goals.” 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

DIII Rundown: Assessing The NCAA Tournament Picture

DIII Rundown: Assessing The NCAA Tournament Picture

(Photo: Larry French)
The conference championships will have all concluded by Sunday afternoon and the automatic bids will have all been handed out. This week I’ll take a look at all the conference tournaments for the leagues that receive an AQ into the NCAA tournament. 
I’ll also take a look at who might have the resume to receive one of the six coveted pool c bids to the tournament. 


Empire 8
The Empire 8 held their semifinal matchups on Wednesday afternoon and the number one-seeded Ithaca Bombers took care of the fourth-seeded St. John Fisher Cardinals 17-6. In the two versus three seed game Nazareth hosted Stevens and fell to the Ducks at home 21-18 in a high scoring affair. Ithaca will host the championship game on Saturday. The Bombers won their regular season matchup with the Ducks by a score of 17-7. As the currently ranked No. 1 team in the country Ithaca is a big favorite to win the Empire 8 again after being the runner-up in 2015. 
Pool C?: If Ithaca loses the championship they are a lock for a Pool C bid. The rest of the E8 did not do enough to earn a shot at the NCAA’s. 
The SUNYAC semifinals featured number one-seeded Cortland against fourth-seeded Potsdam. The Red Dragons beat the Bears by a score of 12-3 to advance to the SUNYAC championship again. In the other semifinal matchup Brockport defeated Plattsburgh 7-6 to advance to their first ever SUNYAC championship. Cortland has won every title since 2008 and has won 24 total in their program history so they are certainly the favorite heading into the championship game. Cortland defeated the Red Dragons 11-3 in the regular season. 
Pool C?: Cortland has a shot at a pool c bid if they don’t win the title but it is not a lock like it has been in the past. With only one win over a ranked opponent on their resume if they get upset in the SUNYAC championship their season could be ending earlier than they are used to. 
The NESCAC has whittled its way down to their final 4. Tufts is hosting the NESCAC championship and the first game features the Jumbos against Williams. The second game is Bowdoin versus Middlebury. The winners of the semifinal games will play for the title on Sunday afternoon. Tufts has won the last six NESCAC titles and entered the tourney as the number one seed and defeated the three other remaining teams during the regular season. Middlebury played the Jumbos the closest out of the semifinalists losing 12-10 back in early March. 
Pool C?: Williams would have to win the championship to get invited to the NCAA’s but the other three remaining teams have good shots at securing one of the pool c’s. Amherst who lost in the quarterfinals also has a strong case for bid with their 12-4 record and their No. 11 ranking in the USILA coaches’ poll. Bates also had a strong season including handing Tufts one of their only two losses but they most likely didn’t do enough to earn a bid. All said and done the NESCAC could possibly have as many as four teams in the NCAA’s again. 
Montclair State was the number-one seed in the Skyline tournament and handled Kean 17-3 on Wednesday. Stockton took care of Farmingdale 10-9 in a close matchup in the other semifinal game. Montclair won the regular season game 15-9 and if they can win the rematch they will advance to their eighth straight NCAA tournament. 
Pool C?: No. 
Great Northeast
The GNAC started their tournament Wednesday afternoon with the third through sixth seeds in action. Both higher seeded teams advanced to the semifinals when Johnson & Wales defeated Mount Ida 14-9 and Norwich knocked off River 19-11. J&W will travel to the top seeded Emanuel Saints for a Friday game. Norwich will head to face the second seeded Lasell Lasers. The championship will be held on Sunday at the highest remaining seed. 
Pool C?: No. 
Western New England and Endicott will once again face-off for the CCC title and the trip to the NCAA tournament that goes to the winner. WNEU advanced to the title game with a win over New England College by the score of 17-5. Endicott advanced with their 15-6 win over Roger Williams. WNEU won the regular season game 12-10 handing Endicott their only CCC loss of the season setting up a great rematch for the title game. WNEU has had a much more successful season to this point but all Endicott needs to do is win this game and they can preserve what would be considered a down season for the Power Gulls at 8-8. 
Pool C?: If Endicott can pull the upset WNEU has a nice shot at taking one of the bids. 
Union will travel to RIT to face the top-seeded Tigers and RPI will travel up to face St. Lawrence on Friday in the Liberty League semifinals. The winners will then play on Sunday afternoon at the highest remaining seed. RIT once again went through their Liberty League schedule without a blemish and just one loss all season. St. Lawrence has only one loss this season and that was in their regular season game with RIT, a 16-12 loss. St. Lawrence shouldn’t look past their game with RPI though because they needed OT to defeat them during the regular season. RIT cruised by Union 19-6 in early April. 
Pool C?: RIT and St. Lawrence should be locks to make the NCAA’s. RPI has a shot at the postseason if they can advance to the championship game of the Liberty tournament. 
Little East
The Little East began their tournament this past Tuesday where the six-seed played the three-seed and the fourth-seed played the fifth-seed. Both higher seeded teams advanced to the semifinals which will be played on Thursday. UMass-Dartmouth will travel to Keene State and Plymouth will head to Eastern Connecticut. The winners of those games will faceoff on Saturday for the championship. Keene State enters the tournament with a prefect record in conference play and is the favorite to earn the AQ.
Pool C?: If Keene State is upset they might be able to grab a pool c with their 12-3 record and three wins over ranked opponents. 
The two top seeded teams advanced in their semifinal games on Wednesday. Springfield ran by Wheaton 17-3 and Babson squeaked out a 12-11 win over MIT. Saturday is the championship game that will be hosted by Springfield. The Pride defeated the Beavers 10-9 in overtime in the regular season setting up what should be a hard fought matchup. 
Pool C?: No. 
North Atlantic
The NAC began their six team tournament last Saturday and they are now left with two teams who will be playing for the right to head to the NCAA tournament. Castleton and New England College both win big in their semifinal games on Wednesday to set up the rematch of another regular season OT game that the Pilgrims won 11-10.
Pool C?: No.
North Eastern
For the third straight season Keuka and Morrisville State will meet for the North Eastern athletic Conference title. Both teams won big in their semifinal games on Wednesday. Keuka will travel to Morrisville for a 1pm game this Saturday. 
Pool C? No. 


York upset Salisbury last Saturday 10-9 to win their first ever conference title and handing Salisbury their first loss of the season at the same time. 
Pool C?: Salisbury is a lock to take one of the Pool C bids. Christopher Newport and Frostburg both had good seasons but it most likely wasn’t enough to get a pool c. 
The top two seeds advanced on Wednesday to get to the championship game. Gettysburg dominated Swarthmore 18-8 and Ursinus defeated Franklin & Marshal by a much narrower 15-12 margin. The Bullets and the Bears will meet in Gettysburg this Saturday at 1pm. Gettysburg won the regular season game 11-6. 
Pool C?: Gettysburg is a lock to receive a bid even if they lose the championship. Ursinus is on the fence and if they lose they will be rooting for no upsets in the other conference titles. 
Colonial States
Cabrini has won the last 15 CSAC championships and hasn’t lost a conference game in ages. They will face Gwyneed Mercy on Saturday at home in a game that feels very much like a technicality. The Cavs won the regular season game over the Griffins 19-3. 
Pool C?: No. 
Elizabethtown and Catholic won their semifinal games on Wednesday. They will meet this Saturday at 1pm at Elixzbethtown for the title. 
Pool C?: No.
MAC Commonwealth
Stevenson blew by Albright in their semifinal game 21-4 and Messiah squeaked out a 5-4 win over Widener. Stevenson has never lost a MAC commonwealth game but teams have been narrowing the gap on them. Messiah played the Mustangs to an 11-6 game in the regular season.
Pool C?: Stevenson should they lose their conference tournament still has a good chance to make the NCAA tournament. 
MAC Freedom
Misericordia snuck by Desales 7-6 and Eastern took care of Delaware Valley 14-6. The championship will be this Saturday evening at Villanova University. 
Pool C?: No.
The MIAA is kicking off their tournament on Thursday. Olivet will travel to Albion and Trine will be hosted by Alma. The highest remaining seed will host the championship game on Saturday. 
Pool C?: No.
The two top seeds in the MLC advanced to the championship game. Aurora defeated Beloit 17-5 and Concordia-Wisconsin got by Benedictine 12-7. The winners will meet Saturday at 1pm for the championship. 
Pool C?: No. 
North Coast
Denison got by Ohio Wesleyan 12-11 in overtime. The win game Denison their aq into the dance. 
Pool C?: OWU might be able to sneak in but with no wins over ranked opponents.
Third-seeded Otterbein upset Baldwin Wallace 5-4 to advance to the championship of the Ohio Athletic Conference. They will face the top seeded John Carroll who defeated Capital 15-8 in their semifinal matchup. They’ll play Saturday at 7pm. 
Pool C?: No.
The ODAC kicked off their conference tournament this past Tuesday. Lynchburg got by Virginia Wesleyan 20-10 and Hampden-Sydney beat Guilford 12-9. HSC will travel to Washington & Lee Saturday for one of the semifinal games and Lynchburg will be headed to Roanoke for the other semi. The championship will be played on Sunday at the highest remaining seed. 
Pool C?: Roanoke and W&L have each had good seasons but both will most likely need to win the ODAC in order to get into the NCAA’s. 
Sewanee won their second straight and third overall SAA conference title on Sunday Aplril 24th. They beat Centre 9-7 to earn their way into the NCAA tournament. 
Pool C?: No.