Maryland's schedule for the first Big Ten women's lacrosse season features some things old and some things new as the Terps leave behind a couple of storied rivalries to face a new conference and new foes, including a first meeting with Florida.
The defending national champion Terps, who return 11 starters including Tewaaraton Award winner Taylor Cummings, will begin a regular rivalry with Northwestern. The two are the most successful programs in Division I college lacrosse history and are coached by former Terps All-Americans, Cathy Reese at Maryland and Kelly Amonte-Hiller at Northwestern.
The Terps have won a record 12 national titles, including two of the past five and seven in a row between 1995 and 2001. The Wildcats, whose program was resurrected in 2002 after a nine-year stint as a club team, have won seven national championships in the past 10 years.
Last season, the Terps defeated the Wildcats in the national semifinals, 9-6. The Wildcats have been to 10 straight national...Read more
At some point, UMBC coach Don Zimmerman will consider retiring and riding into the sunset. But even he isn't sure when that will happen.
“I enjoy coming to work every day, and I think this job is certainly challenging,” the 61-year-old Zimmerman said Monday morning, days after the university announced agreeing to a two-year contract extension with Zimmerman that will keep him with the Retrievers through the 2016 season. “I’m excited for the challenges, and I’m going to keep going as long as UMBC wants me. I feel as though I’ve still got plenty of gas in the tank. I feel as though as the years go by, I’m actually getting better at what I do because I’m learning more. There’s an old saying that the more you teach, the more you learn, and it’s really true. I’ve been doing this for a long time, but I jokingly say that one of these days, I’ll get it right. I’m happy to come here every day and work with my guys and my staff and the people and the game of lacrosse.”
Zimmerman, who ranks...Read more
UPDATE -- Oct. 1
Jack McGlone wrote on his blog Monday that his brother Bill has been diagnosed with neurosarcoidosis, a rare condition causing inflammation in the brain, spinal cord and other areas of the nervous system.
No exact cause is known for sarcoidosis, including the neurological variety that Bill McGlone has. Generally, doctors think neurosarcoidosis might have a genetic link, according to MedLine Plus, and they also suspect that bacterial or viral infections, or contact with certain types of chemicals or dust, could trigger it.
In an update over the weekend, Jack said doctors at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia had "pretty much ruled out" cancer after a biopsy of a mass found on his brain during a CT scan.
On Monday, Jack wrote that he hopes his brother will be released from the hospital in the next week or so, and that Bill will have to undergo speech and physical therapies after surgery to remove part of his skull.
"Given the fact that Billy...Read more
In the sports world, the fall is generally associated with the NFL's regular season and baseball's postseason.
Autumn is also an exciting time in college lacrosse, because that’s when programs can shake off the cobwebs from an offseason that began in May and start to assess players, coaches and strategies.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as fall ball gets underway:
Fall ball is evaluation time for coaches. With a freshman class usually working out the kinks of college living, teams value the fall session as an opportunity to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their first-year players. It’s also a chance for returners who didn’t get much playing time last season to show coaches how much they have progressed since the spring.
Fall ball is not a strenuous time for returning starters. Players coming off injuries will use the time as a measure of their recovery process and may get some playing time to gauge their health. For players who played extensively last season, they may...Read more
Veteran midfielder Kyle Dixon was not among the 23 players protected by the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Friday.
The Archbishop Spalding product is coming off his worst season in Major League Lacrosse, playing in just five of 14 games and totaling five points on a two-point goal and three assists.
Dixon, the franchise’s No. 1 draft pick in 2006, has amassed 281 points during his nine-year professional career. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound midfielder, known for a wicked crank shot and the ability to dodge left or right with equal ease, has 133 goals and 93 assists.
The Millersville native holds the MLL all-time record with 55 2-point goals.
All eight franchises had to submit their 23-man protected list for 2015 to the Major League Lacrosse office on Friday. Players not protected go into a pool and can be selected by any team in the MLL Supplemental Draft.
Chesapeake protected the following players: Attack (4) – Drew Westervelt, Ben Rubeor, Brendan Mundorf and Jack Rice. Midfield (9) – Matt Abbott,...Read more
Maryland men’s lacrosse head coach John Tillman confirmed Friday that Navy offensive coordinator J.L. Reppert has agreed to take the same position with the Terps.
“I’m excited to have a guy like J.L. come to our program,” Tillman said. “Because of the type of leader and mentor and coach he is, to work with our young people is going to be great for our program. He’s a guy that I feel very comfortable with. I’ve known him for almost 20 years. So there’s a lot of comfort in terms of knowing what he’s all about, his knowledge of the game, our ability to work well together. I think a big part of a staff is the chemistry, and that was something that was factored in. There were some great candidates, and it was very difficult to choose one, but knowing that I had worked with J.L. before, there was a high level of comfort.”
Reppert, a Baltimore native and Loyola High graduate, was a four-year starting attackman for Navy, graduating with honors in 1999. The Midshipmen's offensive coordinator in...Read more