Wednesday, February 29, 2012

SI alum Rob Emery with 4 points against Mount St Mary's

Rob Emery, one of NorCal's two NCAA DI pre-season All-Americans, had a four point game today against the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers. The goal production was classic Rob – two shots, two shots on cage, and two goals. He added two assists to create his four point game. You can read the game report and see the Box Score at:

Rob has been a big contributor to the 'Hoos this season!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Former Bellamarine standout has hat trick in season opener for DII Colorado Mesa University

Austin Pridham

Austin Pridham, former standout Attackman for Bellarmine Prep has made the transition to NCAA DII look easy, In his first game for Colorado Mesa University, he had 3 goals in a CMU victory over Adams State. He was the team's leading scorer. You can read the game write-up at:

SI alum Giancarlo Sangiacomo at Providence

Giancarlo Sangiacomo

SI alum and former HS AA, LSM Giancarlo Sangiacomo has played in only one of the Providence Friar's games. Nonetheless, having 1 GB and 2CTs in that game is a strong performance. Go, Giancarlo!
Stats at:

UHS alum Parker Brown – 1G 1A in win over Quinnipiac

Parker Brown

UHS alum Parker Brown, team Captain, last year's team points leader, and two-time Ivy Player of the Week, had a goal and an assist in Brown University's season-opening victory over Quinnipiac.

You can read the story of Brown's victory at:

Tim Jacob, another fine NorCal player, played but did not record any statistical events.
Here is the Box Score:

SI Alum Alex Capretta – hat trick in assists in Hofstra game

Alex Capretta

Yesterday, in Princeton's season opener, the 19th ranked Tigers prevailed handily – defeating #14 Hofstra, 12-6. Former NorCal and SI great, Alex Capretta, had a hat trick in assists in this game. You can see the box score at:

Way to go, Alex!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lacrosse Magazine – top teams & players in the Western United States for 2012

Lacrosse Magazine's (LM) March 2012 issue forecasts the top 10 Western High School teams and lists five "Players to Watch." Five California teams made the cut, as did three Colorado teams. One team each, from Washington and Oregon complete the list. Two teams from NorCal are on the list – Saint Ignatius at #3 and Monte Vista at #8. Here's the list of Lacrosse Magazine's top 10 Western teams for 2012:
• Kent Denver CO
• Torrey Pines CA
• St. Ignatius CA
• Coronado CA
• Mercer Island WA
• Regis Jesuit CO
• Foothill - Orange County CA
• Monte Vista - Danville CA
• Lincoln - OR
Cherry Creek - CO

From the NorCal teams listed above,  Lacrosse Magazine cites important contributors to their teams as:
St. Ignatius
Chad Bell
Chad Cohan
Peter Doyle
Matt Emery
Spencer Evans
Charlie Ford
JW McGovern
Jack McGovern
Will McKee
LM lists seven of these players as already committed to NCAA DI programs and expects all nine to play DI lacrosse.

Monte Vista
Gus Gradinger
Sam Langon
Cameron Parsons
Jack Pederson
Austin Richardson
Andrew Simor

Lacrosse Magazine also lists 5 Players to Watch from the West. Four of the 5 are from California and one is from NorCal. The five, in the order LM lists them, are:
JW McGovern A St. Ignatius Yale commit
Zach Fixen, M Palos Verdes Maryland commit
Brendan Gaughan, A La Costa Canyon Michigan commit
Jack Bobzien, A Arapahoe, CO Hartford commit
Sean Doyle, A Torrey Pines Cornell commit

All four California boys played on the Under Armour Underclassmen All-American West team that did so well at the Under Armour tournament this past summer.

Parenthetically, I found it interesting that the three California Attackmen who are mentioned in the LM article first met at Jake Reed's Nike Blue Chip camp in the summer of 2009, just after finishing their Freshmen year. They were the only California Attackmen at that camp. Perhaps Jake Reed's "early-detection" sniffer is better than I thought.

Commenting on the NorCal player, LM quotes McGovern's coach, Chris Packard, as saying, "He is custom-built to play at X." LM goes on to say that McGovern "... has drawn comparisons to Virginia's Steele Stanwick for his ability to dissect defenses." 

Monday, February 20, 2012

2012 Under Armour Underclassmen games - West Team

Tryouts for the 2012 Under Armour Underclassmen All-American games were held in Southern California. Shortly afterward, the team was announced and can be seen at:

Of the 24 players on the squad,  1 is from Arizona, 1 is from Washington, 2 are from Nevada, 5 are from Colorado, and 15 are from California. Breaking down California, 1 player is from greater Los Angeles, while seven apiece come from San Diego and NorCal. Breaking down our NorCal guys, five are from SI, one is from Menlo School and one is from Davis. I believe all seven of the NorCal players have committed to play DI Lacrosse, though not all the players have made their selections public.

The five players to make the West team from Saint Ignatius is a high water mark for players from a single school selected by the West team. Interestingly, the prior high for players from a single school was three in 2011 and those three also came from Saint Ignatius.

Matt Emery becomes only the second player from NorCal to have participated on two Under Armour Underclassmen teams – JW McGovern being the first.

NYIT tops Dominican 11-8

NYIT travelled to NorCal to do battle with the Dominican Penguins. Pretty even game, so it seems, with Dominican winning the ground ball battle, 34-29, but losing the game, 11-8. A personal favorite of mine, Brian Raaka was a starter on D and scooped up 3 of those 34 GBs and plenty of NorCal guys played well.
Box score available at:

and game write-up can be read at:

Go Penquins!

Rob Emery's game-winner at Drexel

Rob Emery fired in the game winning goal with 4:48 remaining in UVA's contest with Drexel. The final score was 9-8. You can read a bit more about the game at:

Friday, February 17, 2012

2 NorCal laxers make NCAA DI Pre-season AA

Two NorCal laxers have been named as Pre-Season All Americans by Inside Lacrosse. Senior Roy Lang of Cornell and Sophomore Rob Emery of Virginia are the first-ever duo of NorCal guys to be nominated for this honor.

Both Roy and Rob played at Saint Ignatius (and played as teammates for two years) continuing a long line of SI players who have represented NorCal well at the NCAA DI level.

See the list of pre-season AAs at:

The Langkammerer Trophy

The Jerry Langkammerer Invitational is the most prestigious in-season High School lacrosse tournament in the Western United States. It is hosted by Saint Ignatius College Prep and annually gathers a top-notch field of teams from a bunch of states in the Western United States. This year will be no different. I've been fortunate to attend all the Langkammerer Invitationals. I wouldn't miss it. Last year I saw a flash of the new trophy for the Langkammerer and it looked great. Now, I've got a few pics of it. Here they are:

 Count on SI to do it right! This thing is 30 inches of limited edition bronze sculptures, brass plaques, and solid mahogany planks, and is a fitting trophy for a tremendous tournament. Every team that has ever participated in the Langkammerer is listed for the year in which they competed. This year's event should be just as good as ever!

Casey Hock - Queen's University season opener 2/18

Casey Hock

Saturday, February 18th, I'll drive about 2 1/2 hours west of my winter home to see Casey Hock and his DII teammates at Queen's University take on the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears (another North Carolina DII team) which is currently ranked #9 in the nation. This game will be the season opener for Queens and should provide a good test for the Royals, as it's an away game. I'm told by impeccable sources that Casey will get some field time, so off I go to Hickory, NC to see our NorCal HS AA in his first regular season college game. Should be fun.

Of course, I did see Casey in a fall ball scrimmage at Queen's, so this will be the second time I'll have seen him play in college. You might think that I'm a big Casey fan. You'd be right! I'll let y'all know how he looks.
Addendum: I drove over to the game between Queens and Lenoir-Rhyne and saw a good game. My sources turned out not to be impeccable. The outcome of the game was not determined until 30 seconds remained in the game and, as a consequence Casey did not see the field. I looked carefully at all the attack who played for Queen's and didn't see any reason why Casey won't get playing time soon. His stick skills and sneakiness are assets too valuable to waste. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ben Krebs in the Duke Blue v White Scrimmage

A couple of weeks ago, Duke Men's lacrosse held its annual Blue/White Intra-squad pre-season scrimmage. I was there to check it out. Actually, I was there the weekend before, too, to see the scrimmage between USNA and Duke. So, I've seen a fair amount of the Blue Devils this pre-season and they look pretty good. Inside Lacrosse has them at #3 in the country! Maybe so, but they've got a ways to go before they are a well-oiled machine.

Well, the reason for this post is that Ben Krebs,  NorCal's excellent goalie, was in the cage for the 4th quarter of the Blue v White game. He looked like he belonged on the field with a strong DI team. Yes, he let a couple in, but he kept a bunch out as well. Remember, the guys shooting on him were among the very best players in DI. Very nice performance, Ben. Congrats on a fine initial showing!