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With Baltimore ties, NCAA lacrosse panel to consider changes to shot clock, faceoffs

The Baltimore Sun

The No. 1 topic in men's college lacrosse this offseason is whether the NCAA will trade its "timer on" rule for a true shot clock.

Three men with local ties -- North Carolina coach Joe Breschi (Loyola High), Delaware coach Bob Shillinglaw (Severna Park) and Mount St. Mary's associate athletic director Mike Hardisky (Towson State) -- will be part of the nine-member NCAA rules committee that will decide whether to make that change, along with several other possible tweaks. The panel meets Monday through Wednesday at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.

In response to complaints about stalling and slow play, the committee adopted a "timer on" rule two years ago that gives teams 30 seconds to get a shot on goal once a stall warning is issued. But complaints have persisted about the nature of the timer, which is counted down by on-field officials and is not visible. There also have been questions about the consistency of stall warnings. A true shot clock, similar to the one used in the NBA, is one possible answer to those criticisms.

Faceoffs will be another topic on the table. Two years ago, the panel initially sought to outlaw the popular "motorcycle grip" and to experiment with moving players farther apart on draws. But after a major backlash that included an online petition, the committee backtracked on banning the grip. The committee also decided that moving players farther apart wasn't worth trying.

This year's committee is composed of nine coaches and administrators, including a nonvoting secretary-rules editor. On the panel are Breschi, Shillinglaw, Hardisky, D-I athletic director Bob Scalise (Harvard, Ivy), D-II coach John Jez (LIU Post, ECC), D-III AD Jon Hind (Hamilton, NESCAC), D-III AD Josh MacArthur (Babson, NEWMAC) and D-III coach Doug Misarti (Kenyon, NCAC).

Hind is the committee chairman, and his term ends in September. Breschi is also rotating off, while Misarti is beginning his term.

While the committee's agenda is not public, liaison Ty Halpin said topics include timer on/shot clock, faceoffs, crease plays and overall a full review of the game and impact of the changes made.

He also said the findings, results or decisions that the committee comes to could be released as early as Wednesday.

In college lacrosse, NCAA rules committees make changes every two years, alternating each year between the men's and women's games.

Parks to transfer from UNC to Towson

Midfielder-attackman Spencer Parks (St. Paul's) will transfer to Towson after two seasons at North Carolina, Inside Lacrosse reported Friday afternoon. 

Parks played in 12 games last season, starting four, and finished with seven goals and seven assists for the Tar Heels. Inside Lacrosse's No. 7 recruit in the nation coming out of high school, he has 24 career points.

As a high school sophomore in 2009, Parks became the first member of the class of 2012 to give an oral commitment to a college.

George Mason hires McDonogh's Morgan as head coach

George Mason announced Friday that former Virginia All-American Jessica Morgan (McDonogh) has been hired as the fourth women’s head coach in program history. The Baltimore native has spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater.

A recruiting and defensive coordinator for the Cavaliers, Morgan has coached two All-Americans and two defensive All-ACC players in her four seasons as an assistant. 

As a player, Morgan helped Virginia win the 2004 NCAA championship and three Atlantic Coast Conference titles.

Morgan began her college coaching career at Howard, where she was the head coach in 2009 and 2010.

On the national scene, Morgan was a two-time USA Developmental Team member and was voted the eighth-best African-American lacrosse player of all-time by Lacrosse Magazine in 2010.

Salisbury grad Church to coach N.Y. JuCo

ASA College, a junior college in Brooklyn, N.Y., announced that former King's College offensive coordinator Shaun Church (Salisbury) has been hired as the school's second-ever men's head coach.

Prior to his lone season at King's, Church was an assistant coach for a season at Eastern. Church is a 2012 graduate of Salisbury, where he won back-to-back NCAA Division III national championships. Before transferring to Salisbury, Church played two seasons of junior college lacrosse at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y., where he captained the 2009 National Junior College Athletic Association national championship team. Between Salisbury and Onondaga, Church was a member of teams that combined for a record of 78-3 and three national championships.

ASA’s 2014 schedule included CCBC Catonsville, Harford CC and Anne Arundel CC.

Inside Lacrosse contributed.

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