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The first seven games of the Cascade Cup are complete and, as in the Championship bracket, all the higher seeded teams have advanced. The final first round game, Marist @Lasalle Prep, will be Wednesday. The Quarter finals of both the Cascade Cup and Championship will be Friday (May 29th), game times and locations can be found on the OHSLA Schedule page. Both the Championship Bracket and Cascade Cup bracket can be found on the OHSLA Playoff Page. All eight games on friday will be on this page, updating as scores are submitted.
The 2015 All-Conference Teams have been published. Check the OHSLA Honors page for listings for each conference. As with last year there will be a chance for the players to compete in an OHSLA All-Star Tourney June 20-21st. The location and sign-up information will be announced here and on multiple places on the OHSLA website, please stay tuned...
Last year a page was created listing OHSLA Players in college during 2014. What was meant to be a couple hour project turned into days as our content advisor found more and more players across the country. Now there is a database that has every player that we know about playing in college today, in addition 2014. The OHSLA Alumni College database can be accessed here or from the OHSLA Alumni page. Readers can sort the more than 140 players listed for this year by high school, college, name, or College division. As time permits, players from further back will be added to the database so that readers can see just how much OHSLA has contributed to college teams across the nation. There are already more than 270 OHSLA alumni listed who have played for more than 55 colleges going back as far as 2005.
After finishing their season undefeated, the Oregon State Lacrosse team is on the way to the MCLA Division I playoff tournament! The 12-0 Beavers finished the season ranked 4th in the country, the highest ranking in program history. The sixteen team tournament will start on May 11th. However since Lacrosse is a club sport at Oregon State, the team will not be getting any funds from the University to travel to the tournament. Like every other club sport in college, OSU lacrosse is funded almost exclusively through player dues and the generous donations of families, friends and alumni. So the team has started a fundraiser to round up the $30,000 to cover a third of the costs for the team to travel to play in the National Tournament in Irvine California. As one can see from their fundraising page, as of May 5th the team has raised nearly $11,000 dollars towards their goal. A quick glance at the OSU roster reveals that more than 90% of the players on the team are OHSLA alumni. While the Ducks have travelled to the National tournament in the past, this will be a first for the Beavers and a true testament to the growth of lacrosse in Oregon. Please visit OSU fundraising page, to see in real terms what donations can provide, see the status of the campaign, and hear players' messages on what lacrosse means to them. Donations are tax deductible.
Some coaches have been contacting the OHSLA with questions about the 2015 rule changes as they have been described on other sites referenced in the article later on this page. In particular one rule, 1-7-3, which concerns stringing changes was not properly detailed in the LaxPower and NFHS articles. The NFHS has printed a clarification on this particular rule change here. In order for coaches to be ready for the new season the OHSLA strongly recommends that coaches all purchase a new (2015) NFHS Boys Lacrosse rulebook, unfortunately the book is on available online to those with a NFHS login ID. In addition, here are some resources to help clarify the new rules and help coaches get the information they need:
- 2015 NFHS Rules Video for Officials.
- OLOA Board Member Brian Platz has created a brief summary of 2014 & 2015 rule changes for OHSLA coaches (right click and select "Save Target As..." or equivalent to download file) that covers the rule changes and in particular the stringing changes.
- For those who might still have questions or want to learn more, on March 8th Brian will also hold a on-line Join.me conference call for OHSLA Coaches to discuss rule changes and answer any questions coaches may have. Since this is an optional meeting, Brian would like to know how many plan to attend so that he can properly configure the online portion of the meeting and send out instructions for coaches to setup their computers in advance, so please RSVP to Brian at email@example.com if you plan to attend.
The videos for Coach Seremet's presentation are now available on the 2015 Nike Clinic page, the slides will be up soon. Unfortunately Coach Hilgartner's slide set contained protected video content. The OHSLA is currently working with the website that owns the content, and as soon as those arrangements are complete, coach Hilgartner's complete presentation will also be made available.
The NOCSAE has approved a process for Cascade to get approval for recertification of it's Cascade R helmet. For those interested there is a paper on the NOCSAE site detailing the process. Cascade helmets also has a statement describing their solution on the Cascade Helmets website as well as a description of the steps helmet owners need to take to get their helmets recertified.
While their has been a good amount of press about Cascade's handling of the issue, the OHSLA has not found any information about what Warrior Lacrosse is doing to change the status of the Warrior Regulator other than this press release asserting that they are diligently working on a solution to get the helmet recertified. Players who own either of these helmets are encouraged to vist the Cascade Lacrosse or Warrior Lacrosse sites so that they can register to be contacted about the status of their helmets. The NOCSAE has also published a FAQ page about their deceritfication decision. As stated earlier on this home page until the a helmet has been recertified by the NOCSAE, it cannot be used in any OHSLA sanctioned game.
The NFHS has announced the rule changes for 2015, adopted at the national convention. Most notable - defensive restart from point of infraction; no need to restart outside the box, which will help speed-up the game. There will also be some subtle changes on stick stringing rules that are intended to make it easier for defenders to dislodge balls from sticks. For a complete list of all the rule changes, check the NFHS article or the LaxPower reprint online.
While Quin Kessenich may espouse the growth of lacrosse on the west coast of the US, the chart to the right clearly shows that the center of lacrosse remains the Northeastern States. While California has shown huge growth in the last few years, Long Island continues to rule as the producer of the most quality players in the NCAA. For more details check out Inside Lacrosse Magazine's story.
Source Inside Lacrosse Magazine
Like the College Application process, NCAA recruiting is a lot different than when most parents of current High School players were on the scene. This Inside Lacrosse video from Ryan Boyle is an informative strart for players who think they'd like to play at the college level. There is also a recruiting policy statement from US Lacrosse calling for collegiate lacrosse coaches to take steps to reform the process.
As documented in this LaxPower Scoring Analysis, last years scoring average was still 20.4 goals per game (gpg), slightly down from the 20.6gpg. the previous year. The chart to the right shows the scoring averages since the 2000 season. The good news is that the average goal differential has been 4.5-4.7 in the last six years in D-I, but D-II & D-II have had larger differentials 5.9-7.1 over the same period. Is it time to eliminate offset heads yet?
..but NCAA Women still outscore the Men.
OHSLA Alum Aaron Prosser (Lincoln '08) played for Team England in the 2014 FIL World Championships last week. Prosser, who was co-captain at Drexel in 2012, was amongst several former NCAA players on the English team. Prosser scored 11 goals in the tournament with two hat-tricks, including one in England's final game against Scotland which sealed England's fifth place finish in the tournament. Since graduating Drexel in 2012, Prosser has been on the LXM Pro Tour, the 2014 MLL Denver Outlaws practice team, and volunteer assistant coach at Lincoln HS.
LXM Pro Aaron Prosser