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Notebook: Bayhawks' Bernhardt named MLL Defensive Player of the Week

Coaches' group recommends experimenting with physical shot clock in 2014; VCU hires ex-UMBC star Kasper O'Brien as first women's coach

The Baltimore Sun

5:51 PM EDT, August 5, 2013

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Rookie long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt (Maryland) was chosen as the Warrior Defensive Player of the Week after the Chesapeake Bayhawks’ 12-8 win over the Rochester Rattlers on Saturday night, Major League Lacrosse announced Monday.

“Jesse Bernhardt continues to improve each week and this was his best game of season in my opinion,” Bayhawks coach Dave Cottle said. “He played great on-ball defense and did a tremendous job of rotating, sliding, and continues to impress me with picking the ball off the ground. He had an outstanding game.”

Bernhardt led a swarming defense that forced Rochester into a slew of turnovers and poor decisions. Chesapeake turned their defense into offense, capitalizing on multiple transition goals.

The Bayhawks conclude the regular season Saturday against the Charlotte Hounds at 7 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet and streamed at ESPN3.com.

IMLCA recommends experimenting with physical timer-on clock

The Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association has recommended to the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee that schools be permitted to use a physical timer-on clock on an experimental basis in 2014, the coaches’ group emailed to its membership Monday morning.

The IMLCA — which notes that the 2013 rule changes were positive in speeding up the game and “putting the two-way midfielder back in the game and adding many exciting situations for the enjoyment of the fans” — said the home team would seek approval of the visiting team to use a physical timer-on clock.

Mutual consent would be required to use the physical clock in a game. Rules are adjusted in two-year windows, meaning those passed before last season will remain for 2014. The recommendation is to use the physical timer-on in an “experimental” phase.

The IMCLA also says that “of specific interest prior to the 2015 season will be consideration of implementing a shot clock similar to basketball.” The group is not encouraging schools that do not own clocks to purchase them while the rule is in experimental state.

Cost — especially given the varying financial viability across the NCAA’s three divisions — is one of the main deterrents of the implementation of a physical clock.
Inside Lacrosse

VCU hires former UMBC star Kasper O’Brien as first women's coach

Virginia Commonwealth announced the hiring of Jen Kasper O’Brien (UMBC, South Carroll) as the first coach of its women’s lacrosse program, which will begin Division I play in 2015-16.

“Starting the program on the right track from day one was our goal, and that’s what we’re getting with Jen. We’re excited to have a proven winner to build the foundation of our women’s lacrosse program,” athletic director Ed McLaughlin said. “She brings a tremendous amount of energy to VCU and has a outstanding track record as a coach as well as a player. She also has great ties to the Maryland region, which is known nationally as a hotbed for lacrosse.”

Kasper O’Brien spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Johns Hopkins in charge of the offense. She helped the Blue Jays rank in the top 40 nationally in goals per game over the past five seasons.

Before her time at Hopkins, Kasper O’Brien spent one year at Stanford, serving as the co-head coach and helping guide the Cardinal to a 12-8 record and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament championship.

The Eldersburg native had a stellar four-year playing career at UMBC, where she was a four-year starter, two-time captain and twice earned second-team All-America East honors. She finished her career with 86 goals and 56 assists and, as a senior, led the team in assists (18) and points (44). Her 56 assists ranked fourth in school history when she graduated.

Locals join Richmond women

Three players with Baltimore-area ties have joined Richmond’s 2013-14 roster.