Notebook: Notre Dame, Denver to play in first Pacific Coast Shootout

The inaugural Pacific Coast Shootout, featuring the men's lacrosse teams from Notre Dame and Denver, will be played Saturday, March 8 at 3 p.m. at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif.

The Fighting Irish (11-5 in 2013) reached the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA tournament but lost, 12-11, to eventual national champion Duke. The Pioneers (14-5 in 2013), meanwhile, saw their season end in the national semifinals with a 9-8 loss to Syracuse.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series with Denver 14-3.

The Irish will be making their third regular-season appearance in Southern California and first since a 9-7 victory against North Carolina in 2005 at the Home Depot Center in Carson.  

The Pacific Coast Shootout also will feature a game between the Loyola Marymount and  Cal-Santa Barbara club teams at 6 p.m.

"It's no secret. West Coast lacrosse is booming," said the event's executive director, G.W. Mix. "Each year, more and more players from California are appearing on the rosters of traditional college lacrosse powerhouses. The ultimate goal of the Shootout is to promote the high quality of lacrosse being played in California and the West while exposing these developing players and programs to the best collegiate programs in the game. With this matchup between Denver and Notre Dame we are well on our way."


FIL votes to keep Iroquois in top division for 2014 world games

A two-thirds majority of Federation of International Lacrosse member nations have voted for the Iroquois Nationals to remain in the elite Blue Division for the 2014 World Championships, a letter from president Stan Cockerton to voters confirmed Thursday.


The Iroquois were left out of the 2010 championships in England because of a passport problem; Germany replaced them and finished sixth overall. According to FIL bylaws, the results of each world championships determines the division lineup for the next time the event is held.

Because the Iroquois did not play in 2010, they finished 30th and would have been left out of the Blue Division. Last month, the FIL issued a postal ballot that would allow the Iroquois an exception.

In the letter, Cockerton stated: "This means that WC2014 will continue with a six-team Blue Division with the inclusion of the Iroquois Nationals and not Germany."

The result essentially ends the first phase of the German national team's appeal to find a suitable solution that would include them in the top division, a promise German general manager Tim Gruenke said the FIL made to him after their fill-in appearance in 2010 world championships.

Gruenke said before the vote was issued that he'd wait for the result before pursuing a further course of action, which could include an appeal to SportAccord, an international governing body of which the FIL become last year. Gruenke was not immediately available for comment. Gruenke has said he would resign if Germany were voted out of the Blue Division for the world championships, which will be held in July at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

--Inside Lacrosse