Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse Names NCS/CSS/NCJLA Boy’s High School All Americans
SAN FRANCISCO – May 31, 2013 - After a rigorous evaluation process, fifteen Bay Area high school lacrosse players have been named as US Lacrosse High School All-Americans. Players, who are nominated by their coaches and supported by their respective leagues, were voted on by a committee of Northern California lacrosse coaches and league representatives that included one representative from each League in the North Coast and Central Coast CIF sections and the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association.
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Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse Names Sac-Joaquin CIF/NCJLA Boy’s High School All Americans
Sacramento – May 31, 2013 - After a rigorous evaluation process, four Sacramento Valley high school lacrosse players have been named as US Lacrosse High School All-Americans. Players, who are nominated by their coaches and supported by their respective leagues, were voted on by a committee of Northern California lacrosse coaches and league representatives from the Sac-Joaquin CIF section and the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association.
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Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse Names Girl’s High School All Americans
SAN FRANCISCO – After a rigorous evaluation process, twelve Northern California high school lacrosse players have been named as US Lacrosse High School All-Americans. Players, who are nominated by their coaches and supported by their respective leagues, were voted on by a committee of Northern California lacrosse coaches and representatives of the umpires association.
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On Saturday, May 4th, the Monte Vista High School Men’s Lacrosse Varsity and JV teams visited Children’s Hospital in Oakland to meet with Ms. Shelley Hamilton, Manager of the Center for Child Protection, and Dr. James Crawford, MD. The Center for Child Protection handles all types of child abuse cases and provides therapy for children and their families. Unfortunately, due to the sensitive nature of the cases, Ms. Hamilton was not able to introduce the players to any of the patients. However, she and Dr. Crawford were able to give a tour of their department building, overview of the program, the therapy garden, and discuss the security in place to protect the young victims. Ms. Hamilton and Dr. Crawford informed the boys in a touching, but realistic manner of the need for help for these children and families.
The players presented Ms. Hamilton and Dr. Crawford with 100 teddy bears wearing a replica of the MVHS lacrosse shooting shirts worn by the players. These bears will be given out at Camp CCP - "a unique and innovative program that combines the rite-of-passage experience of summer day camp with group psychotherapy support for children and teens impacted by abuse and/or exposure to violence" - a camp of fun games, silly songs, and now a bear to take home to cuddle. The message on the MVHS lacrosse shooting shirts says FAMILY. These lacrosse players believe this message is true deep down in their hearts and the MVHS lacrosse "family" hopes the bears will bring the children comfort and a feeling of safety…something that comes with being part of a family.
2013 NATIONAL WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT: NORCAL TEAMS SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT
Woodside, CA – The two teams to represent the Northern California Chapter at the 2013 US Lacrosse National Tournament were selected following tryouts Sunday April 21nd at Woodside High School, in Woodside CA.
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Lorne Smith was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the US Lacrosse Class of 2013 Hall of Fame on January 19, at the Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, MD.
Smith graduated from Gilman School (Baltimore, MD) in 1995 where, under the tutelage of John Tucker, he led his team to two Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships. He was a 2 time All-American and honored as Baltimore Player of the Year in 1995.
Smith’s stellar collegiate career at Princeton University saw him coached by lacrosse legend Bill Tierney. He was a three time All-American Midfielder and Attackman on Princeton’s three NCAA National Championship teams from 1996-1998.
In 1996 he was selected to the U.S.A. Men’s Under-19 team which won the World Championships in Edogawa Japan.
After graduation in 1999, Smith moved to San Francisco where he began coaching, creating Warrior’s Players Club Experience camp program where he served as National Director from 2003-2006. In 2006 and 2007 he played professional lacrosse for the Major League Lacrosse’s LA Riptide.
Smith coached Stanford University’s men’s lacrosse team and directed their summer lacrosse camp from 2002 - 2007. After leaving Stanford, Smith established Lorne Smith Lacrosse where he directs youth camps and clinics, and offers free coaches clinics. His combination of professionalism, knowledge, experience, organization, and passion for the game has earned him a reputation as one of the top camp directors in the country.
Smith currently resides in the Bay Area with his wife and daughter where he works for Warrior and Brine Sports and is lead vocalist/guitarist for the San Francisco rock/jam band, Lorne and the Wayhighs. Smith continues to help in the development of West Coast lacrosse by offering coaching clinics and generously supports the Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse with equipment donations.
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Greater Baltimore Lacrosse
Greater Baltimore Lacrosse is a regional Chapter of US Lacrosse and has run the Greater Baltimore Hall of Fame since 1997. It is one of the central functions of the Chapter, to help protect and extend the heritage of lacrosse of Greater Baltimore and honor those individuals who have been most important in the development and continuity of this wonderful game.
Lorne Smith Lacrosse
Lorne personally directs each of his camps, and believes that this is the only way to provide a cohesive curriculum where the entire camp learns step by step the team systems that Lorne learned and used throughout his playing and coaching career. Lorne hand picks all staff members for their lacrosse background, work ethic, and most importantly for their ability to motivate, inspire, and work well with kids.
A Story About A Dad's Dedication To The Growth Of Rural Lacrosse
by Rowan "Rohawk" Chamberlain, Goalie
Triple Threat Varsity Team (#41)
December 19, 2012
My Sundays usually start with an early knock on the door reminding me it is time to get up and get on the road again. I grab a breakfast burrito, shower, then double check my gear. I toss my goalie bag in the trunk then curl up in the back seat with my blanket, pillow, and ipod. For the next three hours I sleep as we travel to the Bay Area for practice. When I'm awoken for the second time it will be time to get my game on: Two hours of goalie training with Julia Southard, lunch, two or more hours of training with Triple Threat varsity team, dinner, then homework as we make the three hour drive home. Believe it or not, this very long day is just the start my weekly ritual that includes daily conditioning before school and goalie training in the afternoons when weather permits.
In isolated west coast towns like Redding, lacrosse is a struggling rec-league novelty. Few play and fewer aspire to compete at college level. We don't have high school teams, travel teams, trainers, camps, or varsity clinics. The local sporting goods store doesn't stock goalie gear, and no one knows how to string a head. Forget about finding a referee within a hundred and fifty miles. So if you live in a town like Redding and want to be a D1 player, it is going to take some extra ordinary commitment from your family. Fortunately for me, my dad is all about that.
My father drives six to eight hours to get me to a practice or clinic. Twice that for an out of town game. He's the first to get up in the morning, and actually conditions with me before school each day. On weekends he packs our travel lunch and quietly fills the gas tank while I sleep. He keeps me focused when I'm frustrated, hydrated when training, and is never too tired to shoot yellow balls at me till the sun sets. While I am at school he's patching together a highlight video for us to study. When I'm tired his smile asks for "ten more". Somehow, he also finds time to work, serve on the school board, and volunteer for the local lacrosse program.
What my father does to support my dream surprises everyone, and I think that parents like him are unsung heroes in the story about the rapid growth of lacrosse. They are the roots of the sport that no one sees. I would nominate them for "lacrosse parents of the year", but if they are like my dad they probably think it silly to be recognized for doing what you love. Still, I want to acknowledge all the parents in isolated communities who silently make extra-extraordinary sacrifices. Their heart quietly feeds the soul of our game.
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NORCAL LACROSSE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD
With the ratification of the updated bylaws,the NCLF has elected new board directors and officers.
The officers are: Donald Aiello, President; David Bagdan, Vice President; Tony Grzejka, Treasurer; and Jin Peavey; Secretary.
Additional board members are: Michael Faryabi, Maria Flaherty, Betty Hartog, Jackson Hee and Nora Mitchell.