Friday, March 27, 2015

Photos from UVA vs. VMI in Men's Lacrosse!










UVA vs. Richmond on tap tomorrow! New In-State Rivalry!

Getting ready for a new in-state rivalry between UVA and Richmond Men's Lacrosse!

Should be a good one!

From the Daily Progress:

Virginia, Richmond continue budding lacrosse rivalry


Rivalries often take years to form, but it appears Virginia and Richmond are well ahead of schedule.In its first Division I game last season, Richmond nearly upset UVa. 
“They carried the play to us, frankly,” said Virginia coach Dom Starsia, recalling his team’s 13-12 road win. “We were happy to get the ‘W.’” 
On Saturday, the schools meet at Klöckner Stadium. 
After losing to Notre Dame two weeks ago, No. 8 Virginia (7-2) has bounced back with wins over Johns Hopkins and VMI. 
Starsia said he expects the manner in which his team beat Hopkins — coming from behind on the road in a nationally televised game — to pay dividends. 
“Those are the kinds of things a young team can really build on,” he said. “It’s the kind of experience we need in order to develop the kind of confidence we’re going to require as we move into the latter part of the schedule.”So far, Greg Coholan, Zed Williams and Ryan Lukacovic have been Virginia’s offensive standouts.

Inside Lacrosse Previews the Cuse vs. Notre Dame matchup!






LaxFilmRoom Preview: No. 1 Syracuse vs. No. 2 Notre Dame


According to the Cascade/Maverik Media Poll it's No. 1 vs. No. 2, with Syracuse headed to South Bend to take on Notre Dame in an ACC showdown. To properly prepare for one of the year's best games, we asked IL contributor Patrick McEwen to put together a preview of the game with plenty of Vine clips mixed in.

Face-Offs 

Syracuse’s Ben Williams has been getting all the attention and, while he is a threat to score, in this game the advantage he brings to the Orange lies more in his ability to simply win the face-off and generate possessions.
Read the rest HERE


UVA's Casey Bocklet is ACC Player of the Week!

Wahoowa!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

#8 UVa Lacrosse Wins 17-3 at VMI



#8 UVa Lacrosse Wins 17-3 at VMI

Posted: Mar 24, 2015 10:32 PM EDTUpdated: Mar 24, 2015 11:07 PM EDT

Tyler German scores in Virginia's 17-3 win at VMITyler German scores in Virginia's 17-3 win at VMICHARLOTTE, NC (WVIR) -
 The #8 Virginia men's lacrosse team saw thirteen different Cavaliers score a point in its 17-3 win over in-state opponent VMI Tuesday (March 24). Virginia improved to 7-2 on the season and 22-0 all-time against the Keydets in its first trip to Lexington since 2009. UVa also extended its midweek game win streak to 36 consecutive wins.
“I thought it was a good effort overall,” said Virginia men's lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia. “It is gratifying to be able to get everyone in the game. We have a lot of guys who work very hard every day. The last four games we have won by a total of five goals and we have not been able to substitute a great deal. For these guys who have been working at this since January, its nice that they are able to get a little time out there with the game uniform on. I thought we were clean with our fundamentals, I thought we handled the ball and shot it pretty well. It's was a good day for us and now we have to turn around and get ready for a good Richmond team.”
Greg Coholan, Mike D'Amario, Joe French and Owen Van Arsdale each had hat tricks in the victory. Coholan, and Arsdale led the Cavaliers with four points. D'Amario scored his first collegiate goal late in the first half on a Van Arsdale assist. 
The Cavaliers took a 4-0 lead in the first quarter, and never looked back. They led 11-0 at halftime. 
Virginia returns to Klockner Stadium Saturday to host Richmond for a 1:00 PM faceoff. It's the first time since 1986 that UVa will play two in-state opponents from the Commonwealth in the same week.

From 412Lax: Five Mindset Tips for Attackmen



Five Mindset Tips for Attackmen

Five mental tips and one technical tip for the quarterback of the offense.
Number One Rule for Attackmen…Don’t Turn the Ball Over
Basic turnovers by an offensive player can be any of the following:
1. Stick side high shot
2. Stripped by a defender
3. Air mailing a pass
4. Jamming a ball to the crease to a teammate unwilling or incapable of catching a ball under pressure
Add these plays to an attackman’s turnover list:
1. Not telling a teammate a double team is coming
2. Not walking a middie through a fast break
3. Allowing a play to begin when all players are not on the same page
4. Not competing in the ride when a teammate turns the ball over
5. Not catching a poorly thrown ball by a teammate (If you’re an attackman, you have to catch any ball thrown your way, because that’s what attackman do.)
Unlike middies, attackmen have the advantage of being on the field the whole game and are standing still for a decent chunk of time. Attackmen don’t have to play defense, participate in the clear, run 40 yards, and then play offense. Attackmen are more dialed into the game then middies. Because attackmen are fresher physically and mentally, the mistakes listed above are unacceptable.
Don’t turn the ball over.
You’re in Control
Defenders may be bigger than you, they may be stronger than you, they may be meaner than you, and they certainly have a longer stick than you. But, you are in control. You have the ball. You know where you are going. He doesn’t. He’s covering you. He has no idea what you’re going to do next.
Do not let a goon defender speed you up. You’re in control when you have the ball.
Neutral Playmaking
Current Princeton assistant coach Chris Cooper told me you can be three things on the field. You can be a positive, neutral, or negative. Being a neutral is better than being a negative. Passing the ball to a teammate so we can live to fight another day is much better than you corkscrew dodging at X and ultimately throwing the ball away.
Consider the last game you played. If just 25% of your negative plays were neutral plays, how much better would your individual performance have been and how much would 25% more neutral plays changed the outcome of the game?
Watch a full game and rate every player you made as either positive, neutral, or negative. Don’t be afraid of the results. You need that baseline to make changes in your play. Find ways to eliminate negative plays.
Don’t Fret the Defender
Looking through the on ball defender allows you to identify where the slide is coming from, what teammates should be open if you’ve correctly identified the slide, and where the pick is coming from. Having tunnel vision with your defender prevents you from playing fast because you’re playing without anticipation.


Take Pride in Your Passing
Take one step back. If you’re pocket doesn’t allow you to throw a pass with a quick release, you have the wrong pocket.
Ever been in a shooting drill when a lower tier teammate threw the ball away and someone didn’t get a live rep? Behind every great shot is a great pass. You will not get a great shot without a great pass.
Take pride in being able to feed the ball on time and on target every time.
Everyone dreams of scoring the game winning goal but the ball has to get there. As the quarterback of the offense you have to be able to throw balls on time and on target to middies and attackmen of all shapes, sizes, and skill level.


Technical Tip
Make first contact with the defender. As soon as you get into his body, he’s no longer a pole. He’s a short stick. Defenders are used to being the bully. Their composure level and positioning changes very quickly when you hit them first.
Watch Staats use his elbow to push off the defender.


Justin Ward’s bounce dodging is about as good as it gets when it comes to soaking contact in order to free your hands for a shot or pass.

Tip for All
Don’t be the guy who says, “my bad” after a mistake in a game. Everyone knows you’re to blame. Silently accept responsibility and get back to work.

UVA defeats VMI in Men's Lacrosse - 17-3




LEXINGTON – Thirteen different Cavaliers scored a point as the No. 8 Virginia men's lacrosse team rolled to a 17-3 victory over VMI on Tuesday night.
Virginia (7-2) was efficient on offense all night, scoring 17 straight goals. The Cavaliers were eying their first shutout since 2007, but allowed VMI (0-10) to tally three scores in the game’s final 2:57. Virginia played 33 different players.
“I thought it was a good effort overall,” Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. “It is gratifying to be able to get everyone in the game. We have a lot of guys who work very hard every day. The last four games we have won by a total of five goals and we have not been able to substitute a great deal. For these guys who have been working at this since January, it’s nice that they are able to get a little time out there with the game uniform on. I thought we were clean with our fundamentals, I thought we handled the ball and shot it pretty well.”
UVa’s Mike D’Amario scored his first collegiate goal at 2:41 in the second quarter on a nifty behind-the-back shot courtesy of an Owen Van Arsdale helper. D’Amario finished with three goals for his first career hat trick. Jacob Dean scored his first career goal, while Tyler Breen and Matt Emery notched their first career assists. Will Railey saved his first career shot in the third quarter.
Greg Coholan, Joe French and Van Arsdale also tallied hat tricks in the win. Coholan and Van Arsdale led the way with four points.
Virginia won the battle of shots (38-31), ground balls (40-29), faceoffs (14-10) and saves (13-8).
Virginia returns to action on Saturday when the Richmond Spiders come to Klöckner Stadium at 1 p.m.

“It’s was a good day for us and now we have to turn around and get ready for a good Richmond team,” Starsia said.