May 5, 2009

Inside the May Issue of Lacrosse Magazine 

Lacrosse Magazine: May 2009


Seriously, what is Dave Cottle feeding his attackmen in College Park?

The appearance of the Maryland offense can seem comical at times. The Terps challenge the normal dynamic of an attack unit with substantial size in Grant Catalino (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) and Will Yeatman (6-6, 260).

The third component, Ryan Young (a more traditional 6-foot, 170), affectionately calls them "hippos."

"Especially before the game when the three of us bring it in," Young tells LM's Jesse Baumgartner in the cover story of its May edition, "I feel like a baby in their arms."

The issue, which mailed to US Lacrosse members starting last week, explores how Maryland's oversized attack unit is changing the look of the game.

More highlights are below.

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The Human Element 

The NCAA Division I men's lacrosse selection committee, whose announced bracket Sunday created a stir, has made a philosophical shift to factor in advisory groups -- among other subjective criteria -- when selecting tournament teams.

Lifestyles: Peter Christman

Notre Dame's Peter Christman has a reputation among lacrosse junkies for sticking big shots. But his most significant contributions on campus have come off the field -- as a founder of GreenND, a student initiative on energy sustainability and environmental issues.


LM's Question of the Month: Where would you put the NCAA championships?

Through e-mails, and LM's Facebook page, you told us exactly where you would stage the sport's most visible event -- the NCAA men's lacrosse championships.


Ashby Kaestner
Junior midfielder Ashby Kaestner lives with teammates Emily Bock, Caitlin Formby and Blake Sheehan on Georgetown's Madras Row, a colorful strip of townhouses just off campus.

She gave LM the grand tour, and answered our questions about movies, magazines and more

If you're nice to her, she may even give you a ride on her special bike.

Transfer of Power

Although college lacrosse hasn't become the big-time business that college basketball and football have, a common thread has developed -- transfer students and the increasingly-pressurized world of recruiting among them.

Peer Review: Q&A with an Early Commit

Rex Sanders, a junior midfielder at Eastview (Minn.) High School, made waves when he made a verbal commitment to Johns Hopkins in November 2008. The Blue Jays' first recruit from Minnesota in the modern era, he spoke to LM about the early decision process.


At 20, Duke's Sarah Bullard earned a spot on the U.S. World Cup team headed to Prague, Czech Republic, next month. Find out how this young talent from Needham, Mass., has taken the women's lacrosse world by storm.



If you confuse Team Canada with Toronto's new MLL franchise, don't worry -- you're not alone.

LM's Corey McLaughlin gets behind the brain trust running the Nationals.

Also, catch up with Kyle Harrison, Chazz Woodson, Rob Scherr, Scott Urick, Brian Dougherty and Ryan Boyle, who are in their own transition games following the MLL's major offseason overhaul


Women's College: Playing for Keeps
The music has stopped, and Princeton goalie Erin Tochihara is sitting alone -- having seized the starting job and refusing to let go.

Men's College: The King of Clutch
Jay Card is Hofstra's ace in the sleeve. Seriously, is there a more clutch player in men's lacrosse today?

US Lacrosse: Perriello Praised for Work on Safety
Dr. Vito Perriello, chair of the Sports Science and Safety Committee, passed away March 1, leaving a legacy that will keep lacrosse players safe for years to come.


Your Body: No Gym, No Problem

LM's Rashad Devoe demonstrates how to strengthen lacrosse-specific muscles with nothing more than a medicine ball and dumbbells.

Your Game: Check Plus
Denver Outlaws defenseman Zac Jungers breaks down how to execute a legal, safe, effective -- and yes, impaling -- body check.

Your Game: Shoot Me Straight
"Straight Shooters" columnist and Long Island Lizards midfielder Matt Zash takes over, answering your most vexing questions about men's lacrosse.

Your Style: For the Love of Lax
It's black tie optional in this latest edition of the "Lax County Choppers" series by Stylin' Strings, with a wedding-themed stick dye job.

Your Playbook: Preparing Players for New Positions
PCA's David Jacobsen helps you transition your players to new positions. Plus, a pressure shooting drill with defense and the "Pentagon Drill" emphasizing dodges, passing and cutting in the women's game.

Your Call: Clinic Central
An update on opportunities for officials. Plus, it's OK to get on a tangent, and a rule bar about releasable penalties.


Acacia Walker
U.S. World Cup team midfielder and UMass associate head coach Acacia Walker is obsessed with Rajon Rondo and with pre-game mental preparation.

Oh, and she can't live without dresses and/or her 60 pairs of high heels.


To Our Members: Lax-onomics 101
LM editor Paul Krome tackles the economy -- and how it has affected our humble publication in an effort to maximize the value of your US Lacrosse membership dollars.

Her Space: Shall We Dance?
NCAA Division I lacrosse should have a joint championship weekend, writes LM's Clare Lochary.

His Space: What's Wrong with Us?
Freezing February games. Padded schedules. Over-coaching. Specialization. Same-old NCAA championship sites. LM's Bill Tanton questions the people running college men's lacrosse.

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