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Oregon Lax Civil War
Saturday April 25, 6pm
This year the Ducks Lacrosse and Beavers Lacrosse closeout their seasons with the Lacrosse Civil War game in Lake Oswego HS on April 25. Both teams feature several players from the OHSLA, but have had different seasons so far. At the time of the writing of this blurb, the Ducks were having some trouble with a 1-7 record where the Beavers where undefeated at 7-0. So this year could be the chance for the Ducks to be the spoiler.
Some coaches have been contacting the OHSLA with questions about the 2015 rule changes as they have been described on other sites referenced in the article later on this page. In particular one rule, 1-7-3, which concerns stringing changes was not properly detailed in the LaxPower and NFHS articles. The NFHS has printed a clarification on this particular rule change here. In order for coaches to be ready for the new season the OHSLA strongly recommends that coaches all purchase a new (2015) NFHS Boys Lacrosse rulebook, unfortunately the book is on available online to those with a NFHS login ID. In addition, here are some resources to help clarify the new rules and help coaches get the information they need:
- 2015 NFHS Rules Video for Officials.
- OLOA Board Member Brian Platz has created a brief summary of 2014 & 2015 rule changes for OHSLA coaches (right click and select "Save Target As..." or equivalent to download file) that covers the rule changes and in particular the stringing changes.
- For those who might still have questions or want to learn more, on March 8th Brian will also hold a on-line Join.me conference call for OHSLA Coaches to discuss rule changes and answer any questions coaches may have. Since this is an optional meeting, Brian would like to know how many plan to attend so that he can properly configure the online portion of the meeting and send out instructions for coaches to setup their computers in advance, so please RSVP to Brian at email@example.com if you plan to attend.
The videos for Coach Seremet's presentation are now available on the 2015 Nike Clinic page, the slides will be up soon. Unfortunately Coach Hilgartner's slide set contained protected video content. The OHSLA is currently working with the website that owns the content, and as soon as those arrangements are complete, coach Hilgartner's complete presentation will also be made available.
The NOCSAE has approved a process for Cascade to get approval for recertification of it's Cascade R helmet. For those interested there is a paper on the NOCSAE site detailing the process. Cascade helmets also has a statement describing their solution on the Cascade Helmets website as well as a description of the steps helmet owners need to take to get their helmets recertified.
While their has been a good amount of press about Cascade's handling of the issue, the OHSLA has not found any information about what Warrior Lacrosse is doing to change the status of the Warrior Regulator other than this press release asserting that they are diligently working on a solution to get the helmet recertified. Players who own either of these helmets are encouraged to vist the Cascade Lacrosse or Warrior Lacrosse sites so that they can register to be contacted about the status of their helmets. The NOCSAE has also published a FAQ page about their deceritfication decision. As stated earlier on this home page until the a helmet has been recertified by the NOCSAE, it cannot be used in any OHSLA sanctioned game.
The NFHS has announced the rule changes for 2015, adopted at the national convention. Most notable - defensive restart from point of infraction; no need to restart outside the box, which will help speed-up the game. There will also be some subtle changes on stick stringing rules that are intended to make it easier for defenders to dislodge balls from sticks. For a complete list of all the rule changes, check the NFHS article or the LaxPower reprint online.
While Quin Kessenich may espouse the growth of lacrosse on the west coast of the US, the chart to the right clearly shows that the center of lacrosse remains the Northeastern States. While California has shown huge growth in the last few years, Long Island continues to rule as the producer of the most quality players in the NCAA. For more details check out Inside Lacrosse Magazine's story.
Source Inside Lacrosse Magazine
Like the College Application process, NCAA recruiting is a lot different than when most parents of current High School players were on the scene. This Inside Lacrosse video from Ryan Boyle is an informative strart for players who think they'd like to play at the college level. There is also a recruiting policy statement from US Lacrosse calling for collegiate lacrosse coaches to take steps to reform the process.
As documented in this LaxPower Scoring Analysis, last years scoring average was still 20.4 goals per game (gpg), slightly down from the 20.6gpg. the previous year. The chart to the right shows the scoring averages since the 2000 season. The good news is that the average goal differential has been 4.5-4.7 in the last six years in D-I, but D-II & D-II have had larger differentials 5.9-7.1 over the same period. Is it time to eliminate offset heads yet?
..but NCAA Women still outscore the Men.
OHSLA Alum Aaron Prosser (Lincoln '08) played for Team England in the 2014 FIL World Championships last week. Prosser, who was co-captain at Drexel in 2012, was amongst several former NCAA players on the English team. Prosser scored 11 goals in the tournament with two hat-tricks, including one in England's final game against Scotland which sealed England's fifth place finish in the tournament. Since graduating Drexel in 2012, Prosser has been on the LXM Pro Tour, the 2014 MLL Denver Outlaws practice team, and volunteer assistant coach at Lincoln HS.
LXM Pro Aaron Prosser
The inaugural 2014 OHSLA/Nike All Star Games of Oregon in Sisters were a tremendous success. Teams from five conferences made it to Sisters (Midwestern, Columbia, North Valley, Pacific and High Desert). Each team got four games in on Saturday & Sunday in an abbreviated tournament format. After the Saturday games there was lasagna dinner for all the players, followed by bonfire for the players sleeping in the yurts at Sisters HS. On Sunday, after a player breakfast, there were couple of closing games including random players game using the time old "sticks-in-a-pile" selection format. Despite some conferences not being able to muster teams for the weekend, by all reports a fun time was had by all. The OHSLA thanks the hard work of Jeff Melville for spearheading the logistics of the weekend, Bill Daye of Nike Lacrosse for uniforms, and most of all Sisters Park & Recreation, volunteers, and staff at Sisters High School for hosting this fantastic event. Check here for the weekend recap with some additional pictures from Coach Melville.
The teams before the final Sticks-in-a-pile game (click for larger picture).
The 2014 OHSLA State Champion is West Linn and inaugural Cascade Cup winner was Wilson. Recaps and photos can be found for Championship here and the Cascade Cup Final soon (still looking for pictures Cascade Cup Semo's & Finals, if you have any please use the Site Feedback page to let our webmaster know). Other recaps are available for the Championship Bracket Semi's: West Linn vs Jesuit here or the OES vs Lakeridge here. Recaps for the Cascade Cup Semi-finals will be on the site as soon as pictures become available. The OHSLA All-Americans and All-State teams that were announced at the Championship Final are now on the OHSLA 2014 Honors page.
Congratulations West Linn and Wilson!!!
Photo Courtesy Bob Miller
2014 OHSLA Champion West Linn Lions
Photo Courtesy Richard Calderwood
2014 Cascade Cup Winner Wilson Trojans
Photo Courtesy Richard Calderwood
Check the All-Conference section of the Honors page for player selections. Note: Several of the All-Conference teams have sign-up buttons to help coaches obtain contact info of players who can participate in the AllStar game Weekend in Sisters. If you are player who would like to play in that Tourney, please check your All-Conference page to see if the Coach wants you to sign-up.
Young people with undiagnosed heart defects, especially athletes, are susceptible to sudden cardiac arrest. Often there are no advance signs or symptoms and most routine physical exams will not pick up the defects. An electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) is usually necessary to uncover signs of heart irregularities, which is something normally not done in "well-child" checks or even some sports physicals.
In an effort to protect the hearts (and lives) of area middle and high school students, the Providence Heart & Vascular Institute is sponsoring the Play Smart program to provide free painless, non-invasive heart/health checks to youth aged 12-18. For more information check out our Play Smart details page.