Saturday, June 30, 2012

2012 Gait Cup Quarterfinals: Both Outlaws teams win!

Quarterfinals: Outlaws 2014s down 4-1 at the end of the 1st quarter, but fight back to win, 7-6!
Outlaws 2013s down 4-0, but fight back to win, 6-5!

Bracket showing 2013s and 2014s in Final Four
2013s in action

Both teams on to the semi-finals tomorrow morning at 9AM. That's right, two of the four teams in the Gait Cup semi-finals are Outlaws.
2014s to play Dallas Select 2013s
2013s to play Laxachusetts Green

Go NorCal!

2012 Gait Cup: All-Stars

The following Alcatraz Outlaws made the All-Star team at the Gait Cup:

Cam Bowlby San Ramon Valley 2013
Liam Bourke Redwood 2014
Will Ernst University HS 2014
Frankie Hattler Sacred Heart Prep 2014
Joe Lang Saint Ignatius 2014
JJ Ntshaykolo Thacher 2013
Joe Reid Casa Grande 2014
Jerome Rigor Foothil High School 2013
Aran Roberts San Ramon Valley 2014
Josh Wellman Oakridge 2014

Both teams (2013s and 2014s) play in the Quarterfinals tonight.

Semis and Finals take place tomorrow morning. Go Outlaws!

Summer recruiting camp news

Inside Lacrosse on Joe Lang at Jake Reed:
Another guy to watch with a high upside is Joe Lang (St. Ignatius Prep, Calif.), the younger brother of former Cornell standout, Roy. He's effective in 'catch and shoot' situations but is still working on his success rate on 
the run. Pretty special end-to-end player.

Inside Lacrosse on Peter Tagliaferri at Jake Reed:
California native Peter Tagliaferri (San Ramon Valley, Calif.) is also a raw athlete, but can face-off and plays scrappy otherwise.

Monday, June 25, 2012

2012 San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic - Teams announced

The San Francisco Lacrosse Classic, Presented by Levi's, has set the date and teams for this year's event. On Sunday, October 21st 2012, Lehigh will meet The Ohio State University at Kezar Stadium, with the opening FaceOff taking place at 2PM. We hope that Will McKee, formerly of St. Ignatius, who plays for the Mountain Hawks, will see some action in this game!

Lehigh ended the season as the #9 team in the country, while Ohio State was ranked #18. This should be another great contest. Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased at:

Sunday, June 24, 2012

King of the Hill All-Stars

Here is a list of All-Stars from the King of the Hill tournament:

Class of 2013*:
Jack McGovern  Close D St. Ignatius
Jerome Rigor Attack Foothill

Class of 2014^:
Will Ernst Goalie University
Joe Lang Attack St. Ignatius
Joe Reid Casa Grande
Aran Roberts San Ramon Valley
Patrick Tracey Attack Redwood

*I heard from a Dad that Coach Edwards promoted only those who were uncommitted
^ I believe I am missing one or two All-Stars from the Class of 2014. Please send me a comment if you know the names of the remaining All-Stars from this Class.

Thanks to a commenter, I have added Joe Reid and Aran Roberts to the 2014 All-Stats at King of the Hill. 6/29/2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

King of the Hill: Outlaws are 10-2

In the first event of their whirlwind tour of the East Coast, both the Outlaws 2013s and the Outlaw 2014s finished with 5-1 records. As a club, the Outlaws were 10-2 at King of the Hill! The 2014s finished 3rd in their age group.

The 2014 team finished in third place after a dominating win over arch-nemesis Laxachusetts. Last year the Outlaws had a single combined team. It lost only two games, one at King of the Hill and the other at the Gait Cup. Both losses were to Laxachusetts. Nice to see the 2014s get a little revenge!

The boys are now off to the Gait Cup. Good luck, fellas!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lake Tahoe Lacrosse Tournament

The 22nd Annual Lake Tahoe Lacrosse Tournament (LTLT) will take place on July both, 21st, and 22nd. Groupings have been announced and are shown below:

Each team will play 4 games, with the two teams in the finals playing five. Here is the schedule of games, times, and fields. (Click to enlarge)

2 NorCal laxers make Academic All Ivy-League

Parker Brown and Roy Lang were named to the Ivy League's All-Academic team yesterday. Most of us know these two for their amazing Lacrosse exploits, but it is a significant accomplishment to be stellar academically while playing a NCAA DI sport. In addition, these two players have been named to All-Ivy Lacrosse teams for their on-field performance. To me, these guys epitomize the scholar-athletes that the Ivy league seeks.  A sound mind in a sound body is the way this dualityt is sometimes put. I believe these two are role models for all NorCal players and I feel lucky to have watched them play! Thank you for setting such a high standard to which younger laxers can aspire.

All -Ivy

Providence, RI – The Ivy League released its list of student-athletes selected for 2012 spring Academic All-Ivy. Recipients needed to be starters or significant reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average.
Parker Brown

Parker Brown, Sr., Men's Lacrosse, Public Policy & American Institutions (San Francisco)
Honorable Mention All-Ivy; co-captain; 113 career points, including 63 career goals; led team with 40 points in 2012, including a team-high 20 assists; NEILA Scholar-Athlete.
Roy Lang

Roy Lang, Sr., Men’s Lacrosse, American Studies & History (Mill Valley, Calif.)
Third-team All-America; first-team All-Ivy; finished with 22 points on 16 goals and six assists, while recording 23 groundballs and seven caused turnovers.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

US U19 team whips LI All Stars 12-4: Mike Tagliaferri stars

The United States U19 team that will compete in Finland this summer, took on a Long Island All-Star team and defeated them 12-4. US Lacrosse magazine covered the event and had many nice things to say about Michael Tagliaferri, who scored two goals in the game.

Money quote: "...the U19 teams reaction to Tagliaferri's second goal, a rocket from in front of the cage, was familiar in any language: A team-wide whoop of awe."

You can read the article here:

St. Ignatius makes top 25 in the nation

LaxPower's final rankings have been released and the St. Ignatius Wildcats have, once again, been named one of the Top 25 teams in the nation. They placed #25 in the Computer ranking and also were #25 in the Combined Coaches and Computer ranking. Only two other Western teams made the top 25. They are Arapahoe, CO and La Costa Canyon, CA who were 19th and 24th respectively.

Congrats to SI, its coaches, and its players. The Wildcats had a fine season at 21-1, defeating a number of powerhouse teams along the way!

This year, there were 3,366 Boy's High School Lacrosse teams in the United States. That translates into  St. Ignatius being ahead of 99.25% of all the teams in the country!

This is not the first time St. Ignatius has been a top 25 team in the country. Over the last six years St. Ignatius has been ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation on three occasions. No other HS program outside the East Coast has achieved such heights. Congrats to the Wildcats on this year's achievements and on their sustained excellence as a lacrosse program.

3D Denver Shootout report

Here are some excerpts about NorCal laxers from Inside Lacrosse write-ups on the Denver Team Camp:

Class of 2014
Joe Rodriguez, Attack, Team NorCal Elite (Bellarmine Prep, Cali.) – Fast, aggressive and working well from X, this kid stood out as a quarterback-type attackman who was the best creator from the attack position on his team, and then went on to look solid the All-Star game. A righty with nice vision, good feeding abilities, athleticism 
and able to go right and left, he’s another Cali kid to watch.

Class of 2013
Eric Stagg, Midfield, Team NorCal Elite (Canyon Crest, Calif.) - A prototypical future Division I midfielder, Stagg's got all the tools to excel at the next level of play. Tall (estimating about 6-2), athletic, and a strong dodger, showing some great speed down the lanes, Stagg is an example of the players coming out of the West these days, especially, California. He's also got a nice long-range shot, scoring on a big righty blast in the All-Star contest. He drew top long-stick middies throughout the first couple of days, and really looks the part of and plays like a 
Division I midfielder.

Class of 2012
Mike Hernandez, Midfield, Brady’s Bunch (2012/Michigan) - A tall (6-3), strong, fast midfielder, Mike Hernandez turned a lot of heads throughout the weekend, but broke a lot of hearts, too, when coaches learned he was already committed to Michigan. He had a tough game against Claremont, as the Canadians devoted lots of attention to him when he was on the field after scoring with ease at first. But the Michigan-bound California native is one to watch. Dodging from up top, he’s got a tremendous face-dodge and can finish down the lane with a hard, accurate shot. A real athlete from the midfield.

U13 AllStar selections:
Graham Blake Attack 3D California
Ryan Emerson Attack 3D California

2013 AllStar selections:
Max Kreig M NorCal
Eric Stagg M NorCal

2014 AllStar selections:
Joe Rodriques A NorCal
Henry Armistead M NorCal

Congrats to the guys for the great performances!
You can read an article on the Denver shootout at:

Sunday, June 17, 2012

NorCal laxers named to MCLA DI AA teams

Dylan Westfall 1st team MCLA DI All-American

Seven graduates of NorCal High School Lacrosse programs have been named to the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association All-American Lacrosse teams. They are:

2012 NorCal MCLA DI All-Americans

Honorable Mention:
FO Oisin Lewis UC Sant Barbara St. Ignatius
GK Casey Keenan Cal De La Salle
GK Nick Czapla Cal Poly Dublin

3rd Team:
M Logan Quinn ASU Acalanes
A Jack Farr Stanford St. IgnatiusI

2nd Team:
D Tim Desimone Cal Poly De La Salle

1st Team:
GK Dylan Westfall ASU Monte Vista

Congratulations to all these fine Lacrosse players!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Alcatraz Outlaws Alumni game

Each year, the Alcatraz Outlaws bring together the current team(s) and the alumni to have a little pickup game. It's great fun, and as you'll see, it's a great event for players,  parents, siblings, and coaches. Here are a few pictures of today's event:

Alex Capretta - Princeton grad
Connor Hunt - Cornell Undergrad
Carson Mead - news pending

Food by the truckload!
GOOD food, by the way!
The squad:
This year's players listen to Alums' advice
Speakers: Parker Brown, Jack Bodine, Alex Capretta, Rob Emery, Bobby Gray

The Outlaws with Alcatraz in the background
Players after the scrimmage

Parents, Fans & Future Outlaws:
Future Outlaw 
Parents and other fans

More of the crowd

From what I hear, a great time was had by all. Go Outlaws!

You can see the complete rosters of both Alcatraz Outlaw teams at:

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Chris Packard – US Lacrosse NorCal Chapter Coach of the Year

Chris Packard

The Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse named Chris Packard of St. Ignatius, "Coach of the Year." He has been the Head Coach at St. Ignatius College Prep since the 2009 season and was an Assistant Coach prior to that. During his tenure as Head Coach, his overall W-L record is 81-7, a winning percentage of over 92%.

As a college player, Coach Packard played for Cornell, where he captained the team his Senior year. Beyond his experience as a player and his record as a Head Coach, he is an inspirational coach, a fiery leader, and engenders the deep affection of his players.

Being named the NorCal Chapter's Coach of the Year is a most deserved honor.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Contra Costa Times names All East Bay Lax teams

The Contra Costa Times released their 2012 Boys' Lacrosse All East Bay teams. You can read the article at:

Michael Tagliaferri

They also did a story about Mike Tagliaferri, which can be read at:

Congratulations to all the guys named by the Contra Costa Times!

2012 season stats for NorCal NCAA DI players

Here is a compilation of season statistics for all NorCal NCAA DI players for the 2012 season. If I have forgotten any DI players from NorCal, please send a comment.

Please note that I have included John Glesener, who played his Youth Lacrosse with the Diablo Scopions (and played for DLS as a Freshman). I also include Billy Baird, who played his Youth Lacrosse with the Lamorinda Lightning. Nineteen NorCal guys playing DI Lacrosse. A very few years ago, who'd have believed it!

NorCal DI category leaders are:
Goals: Rob Emery, 24, Alex Capretta 23, Parker Brown 20
Assists: Parker Brown 20, John Glesener 17, Alex Capretta 11
Points: Parker Brown 40, Alex Capretta 34, John Glesener 33
Ground Balls: Rob Emery 27, Roy Lang 23, Parker Brown 21
Caused Turnovers: Kevin Downs 8, Billy Baird 6, Giancarlo Sangiacomo 3

Sunday, June 03, 2012

First West Coast Laxer wins Tewaaraton

Peter Baum

Peter Baum, 1st team NCAA DI AA and winner of the Enners award for the most outstanding NCAA DI player, has been awarded the Tewaaraton trophy, as well. Peter played for Lincoln High School in Oregon. I first saw him play at the Jerry Langkammerer Invitational at Saint Ignatius in 2008. He was spectacular even then.

The times, they are a'changin! First, we have two NorCal guys make the NCAA DI AA teams and now the first ever Tewaaraton winner from West of the Mississippi!

Adrenaline AA game results and Gear Pix

A Dad who attended was nice enough to take this picture of both North and South squads together. The NorCal boys all played on the North squad in the dark Jerseys. The South team prevailed, 17-11. Click on images to get a larger view.

I hear Will McKee had a terrific game – 2G and 3A. JW McGovern dressed, but did not play due to the broken hand he suffered in the Foothill – Orange County game. I'll try and get a report on Chad Cohan's highlights, later today.
The Adrenaline All-American game is famous for its flamboyant gear that is given to participants. Arguably, the best gear in the country! Here are some helmet shots:

Bay Shore Athletic League – All League

Co MVP's
Mike Hernandez, Piedmont SR
Mikie Schlosser, Davis JR

First Team
Attack: Mark Bublitz (Piedmont) Jr, Henry Thomsett Berk,Sr Willie Hawkins,(Davis)Jr
Middies: Hunter Irwin Berk Sr, Ryan Ghiglieri Bishop O' Dowd Sr, 
Defense: Rudy Bhulman (Davis) Jr, Teddy Heafey (Piedmont) Jr Yashi Eusterbrock (Berkeley) Sr, 
Nick silly BOD Jr

Goalie:Henry Andersen(Piedmont) Jr

Second Team

Attack: Quinn Burnett (Piedmont) Fr, Adrien Neema (BOD) Jr Kevin Willefert (Davis) Soph 
Middies: Klan Reno (Davis) Soph, Ryan Ellis (Piedmont) Jr Chapin Rudd(Berkeley) Jr
Defense: Kelly Spore (Davis) Jr Charles Tuan (Piedmont) Jr Gideon Baum (Berkeley) Jr
SP: Carson Stone (Davis) Sr
Goalie: Will McPherson (Davis) Jr Jimmy Duval (Berkeley) Sr

Honorable Mention

Attack: Mark Bruemmer (D) Soph, Andrew Ball (B) Soph Gabe Patti (BOD) Soph Jack Moe (P) Jr
Middies: Dan Rowen (D) Soph Alex Rocha (BOD) Sr Chad Finkel (P) Soph
Defense: Peter Splitzer (D) Sr Ryan Jackson (B) Sr, Sean Kelley (BOD) Sr Brian Price (P) Sr
LSM: Jesse Gibson (B) Sr

DFAL All-League Honorees

A link to the All-League teams from the Diablo Foothill Athletic League All-League teams may be found at:

The MVP of the League was: 
Alex Rutan Midfield Las Lomas 12
who was also named a US Lacrosse All-American for Northern California.