NOR CAL Players in NCAA 2014

NOR CAL Players in NCAA 2014

Postby Daddy-O » Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:51 am

Former Davis High Blue Devil, Mikie Schlosser at Michigan:

http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-lacros/ ... 14aaa.html

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Re: NOR CAL Players in NCAA 2014

Postby Billax » Sun May 25, 2014 7:43 pm

We're down to two teams and one game to produce the NCAA Lax Champs in DI. DII and DIII played their Championship games this afternoon. No one from NorCal on either roster in the DII Championship, but we had one participant in the DIII game!

In DIII, where Tufts defeated LIU, 12-9, Ryan Le, a face-off middie for the Tufts' Jumbos, has been a contributor all season at the Dot. He was a standout F/O guy for Bellarmine and played on the NorCal U17 team among other travel teams. He went 1-2 at the Dot today.

In the DI game, the Duke Blue Devils have 2 NorCal brothers on the squad – Midfielder Dax Cohan and his younger brother Chad. Chad has been seeing plenty of PT in the latter part of the season. Dax was a starting middie and F/O guy for SI. He participated in the very first edition of the Alcatraz Outlaws.Younger brother Chad, was a HS All American Attackman who participated on the Alcatraz Outlaws in 2011. Both attended SI.

Chad Cohan got a little ink in the New York Times this morning. Here's the pic:
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On the other side of the field, Notre Dame's Bobby Gray, a lefty Attack, is also an SI alum, a 2X High School All-American and a member of the Alcatraz Outlaws in 2011. He was also selected to the 2010 Under Armour Underclass Midwest team. He's been seeing more PT lately, and will likely see the field in the NCAA DI Finals.
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Back when it was heaven on earth to attend the Final Four

Postby Billax » Sun May 25, 2014 7:51 pm

Dateline: Lamorinda 2005

The Lamorinda Lightning Youth Lacrosse program was pretty hot stuff at the time. Hot Stuff in that era meant you could come close to holding your own with the unbeatable Diablo Scorpions. The Club President at Lamorinda was Bill Baird, an investment guy from Baltimore. The key Coach was Kelly Quinn, an effusive Irishman from Yorktown High School, where he had played with several legends of the game - the Nelsons, and the Marrs (for those of you who require specifics.) The coach of my Son's team – Charlie Hildeburn – was a wonderful guy whose experience with Lacrosse began at UC Berkeley, where he played on the Cal B team. Knew a fair amount about the game and was WONDERFUL with the young guys.

So, feeling pretty good about how the club was performing, Bill Baird decided to purchase a box for the 2005 NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Philadelphia - first time it had ever been held in the City of Brotherly Love! He offered up seats for Lamorinda Dads and Sons - at cost. The box was configured with two rows of 8 seats, separated by a median aisle. Above and behind the glassed in seats was a kitchen with microwave, fridge, etc. and a tallish table in the socializing area around which one could have a drink and BS with friends. Food service gals would come by and ask if you wanted a tray of this appetizer or that plate of crackers and dip. You know, fancy high priced stuff for when the corporation was paying! ' Course, there was no corporation for this bunch. BUT IS WAS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE FOR DADS AND THEIR LACROSSE-PLAYING SONS. The 2005 Championships set an all-time attendance record, which moved irregularly – and slightly – higher over the next few years, before ESPN National telecasts hollowed out the Stadiums at the Championships, while millions watch on TV.

It was a memorable experience for me and for the boy. He was two years younger than two of the boys and one year younger than the third. He was Eleven - and just tryin' to figure out how the world worked. Kelly Quinn's former teammate and DI Coach, Scott Marr, was invited into the Box and sat through a game or two. He'd just been canned from his DI coaching gig (I forget where), but he was smart and nice to hang with. It's no surprise he ended up as the Head Coach at Albany and got to work with the Thompsons. Matt Oglesby, a Philly native, spent a lot of time in the Box with the Lamorinda folks. At that time, and likely today, Matt was the foremost teacher of LAX skills to younger guys - including my Son.

So, what's the point? Well, the young guys were able to see great players, be a part of the huge crowd that wanted to see great players, and see how the East Coast felt about Lacrosse. That was the point.

All four Lamorinda boys who went on that trip to Philadelphia played Lacrosse in college. Bill Baird's son, Billy Baird, plays NCAA DI Lacrosse at Army. Kelly Quinn's son, Logan Quinn, has just finished a great Lacrosse career at Arizona State, where this year he became a 4x MCLA AA. Can you imagine that? A four-time All American! Those two were a year older than Chase Hildeburn, who now plays at UC Davis, where he was recently named to the WCAL All-Conference team. My Son, the youngest of the bunch, was mostly a quiet observer of how the older guys acted. Still, he, too, kept playing and kept getting better. He plays college ball to this day.

Over the last decade, Lacrosse has been the fastest growing sport in America. I'm glad to have been witness to the growth of this amazing sport. And, I'm glad to have met those hundreds of guys who have helped Northern California become a hotbed of the sport. GO NORCAL!
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