Notes: Richmond hires Loyola's Steve Layne, sources say

At first-year program Richmond, sources said that Dan Chemotti has hired Loyola director of lacrosse operations Steve Layne. Layne, who was a defender for the Greyhounds during Chemotti's tenure, held the DOO position for the 2013 season. He's also the older brother of Chris Layne, a midfielder who just finished his career at Loyola.

Chemotti, who was hired to lead the Spiders in October, ran the national champion Greyhounds' offense that averaged 12.05 goals per game and finished sixth in offensive efficiency in 2012. He still has to hire another assistant; it's unclear whether he'll pursue a coach to help with the offense or defense and whether he'll hire a coach with more experience.

Baum heads to LXM PRO tour

Former Tewaaraton Award winner Peter Baum is heading back west to play for the LXM PRO tour.

Baum, a native of Portland, Ore., with strong ties to the founders of the West Coast league, was drafted No. 1 by Major League Lacrosse's Ohio Machine. He will instead take on a full-time job with Adrenaline, the lacrosse company that sports LXM and play in its summer tour.

Among LXM's professionals are former Johns Hopkins All-American and Tewaaraton winner Kyle Harrison and Salisbury All-American Sam Bradman.

FIL to hear Iroquois appeal

The Federation of International Lacrosse is soliciting votes from 27 full-member nations that will determine the the future of the Iroquois Nationals' appeal that they hope will grant them entry into the elite Blue Division in the FIL 2014 World Championships in Denver.

Because the Iroquois did not participate in the 2010 games because of a passport issue, they are not slated to compete in the elite Blue Division among the world's best squads.

The votes are due by June and require a two-thirds majority to overturn the bylaw that requires the Blue Division be set from the prior tournament's standings.

Iroquois general manager Gewas Schindler sent a statement to the FIL General Assembly in advance of the vote to inform voters of the Iroquois position.

"On behalf of the Iroquois Nationals, I am reaching out to call upon you, the FIL General Assembly, to allow us to participate in the Blue Division at the upcoming 2014 World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, USA. … We would like to retain our place among the teams USA, Canada, England, Australia, Japan and Germany. … It is our position that the FIL Bylaws, Regulations, Policies and Constitution are all silent on this matter, and no comparable past precedence exists. To make such a ruling on uncertain principles contradicts the spirit of international competition and the celebration of the Creator's Game. As a membership-driven organization, the General Assembly has the ability to overturn the FIL Board's controversial decision, and we are imploring you to perform that ability."

'West' routs for Denver

With the Denver roster boasting nearly 30 players from areas that would be considered "nontraditional," and roughly 20 of them hailing from "the West," the significance of what a national championship might mean to the broader expansion of the sport is not lost on this Pioneers squad.

"We're kind of the pioneers of lacrosse in the West. Coach [Bill Tierney] talks about it all the time; it would be great to bring a championship back to Colorado," said Denver senior defenseman Kyle Hercher. "For the growth of Colorado lacrosse and the growth of lacrosse in generally … it would be hugely impactful if kids from the West Coast can see Denver winning the whole thing, and maybe that will encourage the growth of the game into other states and other state schools."

But while coach Tierney and his players can certainly set a new precedent by bringing a title back to Colorado, they will need to focus on the moment at hand and let other priorities fade to the back in order to reach that goal.

"You kind of can't think of history when you're going through it. All you really think about is your players, your staff, your team, your opponent, their players, their staff," Tierney said. "I'm not downplaying what would be the importance of a team form this far out of the East Coast to win an national championship, and we certainly want and hope that that happens, but as you're preparing for it, you're not saying to your kids, 'You've got to do this for the sake of lacrosse.'

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