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Orange cuffs. Boom.

So much lacrosse to talk about!  I couldn’t put together 5 different posts on all this stuff so I’m going to knock ‘em out one story at a time, all in one post.  Craziness.

Stevenson Highlight

Stevenson is tearing it up pretty nicely in NCAA Division III laxland right now.  Jimmy Dailey is blogging on GoMustangSports.com, the ‘Stangs are winning, and winning big, and Paul Cantabene has these guys fired up to play lacrosse.  That much is evident.  Even in tighter games, they’ve come out victorious by good margins.  Of course, the season is still early.

One thing I noticed in their highlight is the sheer number of high hits, late hits, pushes from behind, gang tackles and more when the Mustangs are on D.  None of them were particularly vicious, which is good, but there were a LOT of them.  If I had been a ref, I may have thrown some more laundry than these guys did.  Stevenson had 6 penalties against Kean (this game film), and I definitely saw at least penalties there.  I am NOT talking smack about Stevenson here.  Trust me.  I was a bit reckless as a player and got penalties regularly.  I had 4 BAD slashes against WNEC as a Sophomore or Junior in only 3 periods of play I think.  Coach Raba pulled me.  And thank God for that.

My point of concern comes later in the year.  When Stevenson is playing Salisbury, Roanoke and others in the playoffs, can they contain their enthusiasm and cut the penalties down?  The top teams in DIII will rip most man-down defenses apart so it’s something for all of us D3 lax enthusiasts to keep an eye on!

Note To ALL Teams Playing Guilford

These guys love taking jump shots.  If they’re not scoring on you inside (and jumping), they’re shooting jump shots.  Goalies for the opposition take heed.  Seriously, am I the only who is amazed by the number of jump shot goals in this clip?

Princeton Gloves – Deceptively Custom

The Tigers Warrior kits have been getting, for the most part, rave reviews in 2011.  The tiger stripes on the shoulders aside, I think it’s all been executed to perfection.  The stripes aren’t perfect but they are far from disastrous!  It’s a good effort and pretty unique.  Well done.  The padding is where it gets really good.  The matte black helmets are obviously super.  I hope they come out with something else though as an alternate.  The black pads with a little orange trim look great and are distinctively Princeton, which is just what you want.

The gloves are black with a little bit of orange on them.  They look good, just like the rest of the padding.  But if you look closer, you’ll notice they also have an orange floating cuff.  I haven’t seen another team with anything like this yet.  Small detail, but as I’ve said before, that’s what makes you the king of custom!

Princeton Lacrosse

Orange cuffs. Boom.

More excellent Princeton – Johns Hopkins Photos on Lax.com

One of the Worst Hits I’ve Ever Seen

Seriously, do NOT watch this if you are squeamish.  It actually makes my stomach turn a little.  Evidently, John Rose of Harvard is ok.  There was some confusion over whether or not he walked off the field on his own, but from this, I would say he probably shouldn’t have been allowed to.  Just a brutal collision.  Jay Card was given a 2 minute penalty for the hit.  But honestly, like the hit in the Duke – Notre Dame game, I wouldn’t mind seeing the kid tossed for that on top of the penalty.

Lacrosse doesn’t need to be turned into some sort of headhunting, murderous blood sport.  It’s tough and violent enough without anyone taking a head shot like that.  I’m not even calling out Jay Card here because it is part of the culture of college lacrosse right now.  In order for it to be stopped, coaches, players, refs and the NCAA have to make it a real priority, which just means calling it right and teaching the game correctly, starting at youth and continuing on through college.

Headshots and concussions aren’t glamorous.  They cheapen a great game and we all need to make it a priority to get this stuff out of the game.  Teaching or coaching players to give headshots is thuggish and there is no honor in it, at any level of involvement.  Pretty simple.  I hope I never have to post another one of these.

I repeat, watch at your own risk.  Seriously.  This will be taken down in 3…2…1…

Untitled from Harvard Men’s Lacrosse on Vimeo.

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MCLA Quickie

Colorado demolished Kansas.  Good news from a team I picked to win it all!  They also took down DII Adams State earlier in a scrimmage.  But that doesn’t count.  Cal Poly rolls on and is looking solid while LMU took out Oregon State.  LMU looking a little up in 2011!  Nice to see.  Idaho snuck by Montana by 1 and I bet that was one heck of a game.  Lindenwood beat Wisconsin 11-6.  Wiscy doing all right but not taking the MCLA by storm yet.  Sonoma State beat Michigan State 15-14 in a crazy game from the sound of things but the biggest upset was on Sunday was Utah over Minnesota – Duluth by a score of 13-5.  Utah is for real this year, huh?!?!?!

Michigan State - Sonoma State in MCLA lacrosse action

Michigan State - Sonoma State

About the author

Connor Wilson

Connor is the Publisher of LacrosseAllStars.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his better half, continues to play and coach both box and field lacrosse in NYC as much as possible, and covers the great game that is lacrosse full-time. He spends his spare time stringing sticks and watching Futurama.

21 Comments

  • Holy S bombs. I think that dude from Hofstra is now listed in the dictionary under head hunting. What dummy taught him to lead into a hit with his freakin’ elbow?

  • What a gut-wrenching hit to watch. That is NOT how you play lacrosse. Hopefully Card has taken it upon himself to reach out to the kid and make sure he’s alright.

  • Think possibly Jay Card should be being called out here, absolutely disgraceful act in the first place, followed by him acting like a complete aloof dickhead once it becomes clear how brutal the challenge actually was. Is there procedure for potential bans implemented after games?

  • Brutal hit. Leading with the elbow is gutless.

    to switch gears though… Seriously Stevenson? I get the whole highlight reel thing, Save it for an actual GAME though. I could make a video where I continuously punch an infant from different angles and put it to hip hop but it doesn’t mean I should. If they do this against Tufts, Cortland or the Gulls I’ll change my tune.

    Me thinks a team in MD is high off themselves. Props where props is due but save this garbage till after you have the hardware in may.
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  • I’m not sure I agree that the hit was disgraceful. It looks to me like he led with his shoulder and the play happened so fast that I might give him a pass and say that he hit him higher than he intended. Your analysis about his reaction was right on the money though. He acted like a complete douche. How about, at the very least, feigning concern when the guy you just hit in the head is clearly unconscious? The other thing is that it looks like there was no possession, but the ref makes a half-assed release signal.

  • Harvard has removed the video from their Vimeo…can anyone scourge up a link to the video?

  • Why does a close win over OSU mean LMU is looking up from finishing last year in the top 15

  • How many yards from the restraining box to the half line? Card flat out ran him. It doesnt matter if you think he led with his shoulder he went head high, shoulder, elbow or helmet it was a head shot and nothing about that is ok.

    Somewhere along the line someone needs to be thrown, and I hate to sound like I am picking on Card, but this is exactly the type of hit that should break the ice, he charged this kid and made no attempt to put a clean hit on him. This should be an automatic expulsion and since there was no expulsion it should go under review by the NCAA and some sort of action should be taken.

  • Further more, the NCAA should take the tape of all head shots and use them for training purposes. This should not have been a two minute, and there have been some 1 min and uncalled hits that should have been. If they are serious about stopping these hits they cannot wait until the end of the season to re-evaluate and educate the referees and coaches.

  • I have to agree on this one, he is leading with his shoulder and I think the reason its a headshot is because the guy has his head down…I feel bad for the kid, but I saw a lot more disgraceful hits in that Stevenson “highlight” video (looked more like a video of penalties)

  • 1) It is a head shot, plain and simple. I will give you he slightly dipped his shoulder before laying him out with his elbow. But he hit him in the HEAD, but since he lead with his shoulder its ok… watch it again do you really think he attempted to lay a clean hit.
    2) Everyone who is saying he should keep his head up… really?? His head was up it was looking at the ball, Card hit him in the side of the head.
    3) The Stevenson video was a joke

  • excellent question. not my most reasoned sentence.
    I just mean LMU is still looking good, even with the losses to Mich, BYU and Santa Clara. Although the SC loss is a little troubling. Team can overcome that though. I think.

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