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Recent Posts re: NCAA Division I Women

June 4, 2014
Munoz: Clearing Up a Few Things Since Last Time
Lyndsey Munoz doesn't want you to think anything else than she loved her time at Stanford. She wouldn't have it any other way.

April 14, 2014
McNelis: A Meaningful Senior Day at BC
Kelly McNelis couldn't believe it was time for her Senior Day. The Eagles emerged victorious against Virginia Tech.

April 7, 2014
Munoz: Treating the Statistics Headache
Cardinal goalie Lyndsey Munoz writes about the anguish she felt after making just one save in Stanford's loss to Denver. And how she plans to overcome it.

April 2, 2014
Munoz: Our Cold (But Valuable) Spring Break
Stanford spent spring break in colder climates, but it paid off, writes Cardinal goalie Lyndsey Munoz.

February 24, 2014
McNelis: BC 'Out for Wins'; Big Week Ahead
The Boston College women's lacrosse team is off to a strong start to the season and hopes to keep it going.

January 30, 2014
McNelis: BC's Preseason Prep, Trip to Newtown
Boston College is getting eager for the season to start Feb. 15 against Notre Dame.

December 28, 2013
Former UConn Goalie Testa Dies in Car Accident
Brittney Testa, a senior goalkeeper last spring for the UConn women's lacrosse team, died Friday after losing control of her vehicle on River Road in Willington, Conn. She was 24.

October 6, 2013
Louisville's Young Accused of Abusive Tendencies
University of Louisville head coach Kellie Young has been accused of several instances of abusive behavior by former players/parents in an extensive story from today's Courier-Journal.

May 8, 2013
Thornton a Finalist for SI College Athlete of Year
What does Northwestern senior midfielder Taylor Thornton have in common with Trey Burke, Brittney Griner and Khaled Holmes? They are all finalists for Sports Illustrated's College Athlete of the Year award.

April 24, 2013
Cardinal Heading Down the MPSF Stretch
Stanford goalie Lyndsey Munoz checks in from California with an update on the Cardinal and a look the rest of the season.

February 14, 2013
VCU to Add Women's Lacrosse in 2015-16
Virginia Commonwealth University showed some love for women's lacrosse, voting to add the sport to its varsity roster beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.

December 13, 2012
Big East, NEC, MAAC on Realignment Carousel
The wheel of conference realignment keeps on turning. The Big East is on center stage with the NEC and MAAC also on board.

November 28, 2012
Conference Realignment Watch: Louisville to ACC
Louisville's move to the ACC adds another women's program to an already strong conference and leaves the Big East weaker.

October 3, 2012
Five Players to Watch at USL's Stars & Stripes
With seven teams, 18 games and five days of action set to begin at Stars & Stripes in California, there are plenty of players to watch.

August 15, 2012
NCAA Women's Tournament Expands to 26 Teams
The NCAA has announced that the Division I women’s lacrosse championship bracket will expand from 16 teams to 26 teams beginning in 2013.

August 1, 2012
STX Seeks Captains for New Elite Women’s Team
Lacrosse equipment manufacturer STX is putting together what it’s calling the first ever elite level women’s lacrosse team, and the company is seeking recent college graduates to fill the roster. And three captains to help pick it and be featured in a web-based series.

July 19, 2012
Former UNC Star Dies After Delivering Twins
Kellie Thompson, a former three-time All-American women’s lacrosse player at North Carolina, died Monday from complications following the delivery of her twin daughters. She was 31.

July 16, 2012
Ivy League Issues Concussion Recommendations
With growing concerns about concussions in lacrosse and the potentially harmful short- and long-term effects they can have on college players, the Ivy League positioned itself as a leader on the issue Monday by approving a series of recommendations for lacrosse and soccer.

June 15, 2012
Boston University Headed to Patriot League
Boston University, a charter member of America East, is taking its men's and women's lacrosse programs to the Patriot League.

May 21, 2012
This Week's NCAA Tournament Dates, Times, Matchups
The updated dates, times and matchups for this weekend's NCAA tournaments.

May 21, 2012
USL Meets Injuries in Women's Game Head-On
The eyeballs on women’s lacrosse will reach an annual crescendo with this weekend’s US Lacrosse National Tournament and NCAA semifinals and final. It’s a great time to be involved in the game, and an important time to highlight what US Lacrosse is doing in the area of player safety.

May 14, 2012
This Week's NCAA Tournament Dates, Times, Matchups
The updated dates, times and matchups for Division I, II and III men's and women's tournaments.

May 7, 2012
Munoz: Dealing With A Painful End to Season
Stanford's season ended with a loss to Oregon in the MPSF championship. Just like that, there's no more practice or games and a lot of time to fill.

April 25, 2012
UMBC Defeats Blue Jays Under Acting Coach Giro
UMBC rallied to defeat Johns Hopkins, 7-6, winning its first game under acting head coach Tony Giro and earning its first victory over the Blue Jays since 1998.

April 23, 2012
Stanford Prepping For MPSF Tournament
Seven-time defending MPSF tournament champ Stanford has come off a busy last week and is preparing to play Denver in the conference tournament semifinals, writes Cardinal goalie Lyndsey Munoz.

April 9, 2012
Working Off The Weekend: Five Things to Know
UVa showed its strength, 'Cuse started a freshman in goal, Lehigh and Bucknell's streaks ended and the UNC and Virginia Tech women earned big W's.

April 5, 2012
Howard Women's Lacrosse Season in Limbo
Howard University has self-reported NCAA rules violations by an unknown number of athletes and has suspended all intercollegiate activities.

March 29, 2012
On Spring Break With Stanford Women's Team
Where does a team from the West Coast go for Spring Break? Stanford goalie Lyndsey Munoz explains the Cardinal's trip to Boston.

February 23, 2012
Report: WD1 Tourney Could Expand to 24 Teams
The expansion of the NCAA Division I women's lacrosse tournament has been approved by the Division I championship and sports management cabinet, but must pass through several layers of approval, including the budget committee, before it becomes reality.

February 19, 2012
Fresh Faces Help Boost Florida to First Road Win
It’s hard to tell a lot after just three games but the Gators seem to have the depth to keep lumbering after the national championship that has been the program's stated goal since Day 1.

February 13, 2012
Working Off the Weekend: Five Things to Know
So what happened over the weekend the lacrosse world? Here are a few talking points on upsets, debuts and ... Twitter?

February 13, 2012
Munoz: How Do You Come Back From a Loss?
Lyndsey Munoz's Stanford team dropped two games over the weekend -- to top-ranked Northwestern, and then the Cardinal were upset by Ohio State. How to respond?

February 6, 2012
Quick Hits: Delaware, Duke; Huguely Trial to Begin
The Division I season kicked off Saturday with a pair of games, and the trial of George Huguely begins Monday in Charlottesville, Va., with jury selection.

February 5, 2012
Duke's Thomas Out Indefinitely After Foot Surgery
The injury bug has bitten the Duke women's lacrosse team again. Senior All-American midfielder Kat Thomas has opted to have surgery after spraining her foot the first week of preseason. A timeline for her recovery has not yet been determined.

January 30, 2012
LyndsLaxx: The Best and Worst of College Lax
Stanford goalie Lyndsey Munoz has a hard time finding a worst thing about being a college athlete, but she definitely knows the best: her teammates.

January 19, 2012
LyndsLaxx: Stanford Goalie Munoz Debuts Blog is excited to have Stanford sophomore goalie Lyndsey Munoz blogging for us regularly throughout the season. Check out her debut.

November 3, 2011
Inside the November Issue of Lacrosse Magazine
Cover girl Erin Fitzgerald offers us all tickets to the gun show, a special fitness edition that also features the gargantuan Scott Rodgers, NCAA Division II final hero Ian "Man Child" Wild and UMBC 's coaches Kelly Berger and Amy Appelt. If I were you, this would be my to-do list upon receiving this magazine.

October 28, 2011
Weekend Watch: Three Big Things To Look For
Fall ball is winding down, but there are a few events worth taking in this weekend before it ends, plus Hall of Fame inductions are Saturday.

October 3, 2011
Inside the October Issue of Lacrosse Magazine
The October issue of Lacrosse Magazine featuring cover boy Davey Emala (right), one of two high-profile men's lacrosse transfers to land at North Carolina this fall, mails to US Lacrosse members this week. Here's a more in-depth look at what they'll find in this edition.

September 17, 2011
Orange Moves: Syracuse Accepted Into ACC With Pitt
Syracuse has applied for membership into the ACC, according to reports. The impact of such a move would be felt in the lacrosse world, for sure.

July 15, 2011
Lacrosse Connection at FIFA Women's World Cup
As if you needed another reason to root for Team USA in Sunday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in the final versus Japan on Sunday: Defender and team captain Christie Rampone was (briefly) a laxer in college.

June 21, 2011
Cal Hires Virginia Alum Ginger Miles
In the fourth WD1 hire of the offseason, Cal has hired Ginger Miles, a two-year head coach at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) College and a former goalkeeper for the Cavaliers.

June 21, 2011
Detroit Mercy Hires Laura Maness
Detroit Mercy announced its new coach yesterday: Laura Maness, most recently head coach at Division II Lake Erie (Ohio) College.

June 17, 2011
Q&A with Stony Brook's Joe Spallina
After three straight Division II titles and many claims that the Adelphi Panthers could take on the best teams in Division I, Joe Spallina is going big league. The former Panthers coach and current Long Island Lizards assistant has taken the head coaching job at Division I Stony Brook – just down the road from Adelphi but a world away in terms of competition. Or maybe not.

June 6, 2011
Q-and-A: Tewaaraton Winner, NW's Shannon Smith
The Northwestern junior attacker talked to about the Wildcats' national championship season, how it happened and what to expect from the team next year.

June 3, 2011
Hall of Famer Jim Brown Honors Current ‘Young Lions’
The 11th annual Tewaaraton Awards included a rare awards ceremony appearance by National Hall of Famer and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, who turned the attention to this year's nominees upon receiving the award.

May 27, 2011
Select Comcast Networks Will Air Women's Games
All the action from Stony Brook will be available on Comcast, in addition to Big Ten Network and, it was learned Friday.

May 26, 2011
Notes, Quotes from NCAA Women's Lax Media Day
The lay of the land at LaValle, tales from the road, and the total number of Long Islanders playing in this weekend's games.

May 26, 2011
Confirmed: Big Ten Network to Air Women's Games
For the first time ever, the Big Ten Network will televise action from the semifinals and title game of the NCAA women's lacrosse championship

May 26, 2011
Big Ten Network to Broadcast Women's Final Four
The NCAA and the Big Ten Network are in negotiations to broadcast the 2011 women’s Division I lacrosse semifinals and the championship game on television.

May 25, 2011
USC's Munday Taps Bowen, Wills as Assistants
USC's head coach Lindsey Munday chose two former teammates to help her build up the Trojans’ program

May 18, 2011
Albany Women's Lacrosse the New Northwestern?
Twice on Wednesday I saw or heard references to the Albany women's lacrosse team as being similar to Northwestern when the Wildcats restored their varsity program in 2002. The first came from CBS College Sports analyst Sheehan Stanwick Burch in a prerecorded Lacrosse Magazine Podcast. The second came from Kelly Amonte Hiller herself.

April 29, 2011
Orange on a Roll
An upset of No. 7 Loyola makes it four Ws in a row for No. 18 Syracuse.

April 25, 2011
High Point Women Add Special Teammate
In addition to putting up a respectable 12-3 record in their first year of DI varsity competition, the High Point University women’s lacrosse team has adopted a special teammate, Mason LeVack.

April 20, 2011
Florida Fulfills Prophecy on 'Wall of Champions'
Clare Lochary provided the following account of the student-athletes' gym at the Swamp, tucked beneath the football stadium's soaring structure. "To get to the gym, you must walk down a long hallways lined with plaques for each of the Gators' 19 varsity teams, commemorating the collective 22 national titles they have won. Women's lacrosse comes last along the wall. The plaque is tantalizingly blank." Consider that prophecy at least partially fulfilled.

April 1, 2011
Clearinghouse: The Weekend Postponement Page
There's bad weather heading to New York, New England and the Mid-Atlantic this weekend, which will surely bring a slew of postponements and cancellations with it. We'll list them here.

March 26, 2011
IWLCA Wants Women's Championship Back on TV
The IWLCA delivered a petition Friday to the NCAA in hopes that it will reconsider its decision not to televise the 2011 Division I women's lacrosse championship. A contract between the NCAA and Turner Sports eliminated live television coverage of the event, which for the last several years has been broadcast live by CBS College Sports and its precursor, CSTV. Instead, the game will be streamed live by

March 22, 2011
New Deals
Nice that my first blog post on the redesigned has to do with my new job instead of my current one. I guess I should clarify. As you'll read in the May issue of Lacrosse Magazine, I'll be moving from the editor's chair into a PR/marketing position with US Lacrosse. Working on the magazine has been a very rewarding experience, but this opportunity presented itself, and it's time to tackle a new challenge.

March 22, 2011
Best Teams No One's Talking About, Take Two
Eleven days ago, I started a top-five-teams-no-one's-talking-about list. On it were Rutgers men, Albany women, Dartmouth men, Bucknell men and UMass women. All of these teams remain viable, but the shine has worn off on Rutgers (two losses in last three games) and, to a lesser extent, Dartmouth and UMass. Meantime, other surprises have surfaced in the Division I men's and women's lacrosse ranks.

March 16, 2011
LM with Sheehan Podcast Highlights
In just its second year of existence, the Florida women's lacrosse team is off to a 7-1 start and is ranked No. 10 in this week's IWLCA Division I poll -- the fastest team in history to hit the top 10. Sheehan Stanwick Burch and I had Gators head coach Mandee O'Leary on this week's Lacrosse Magazine Podcast.

March 11, 2011
Five Best Teams No One's Talking About
It's been a busy week here at Lacrosse Magazine, highlighted by another knowledge bomb-dropping appearance by yours truly on The Pulse Network. Check out the video clip to see why I'm sort of like Chuck Norris, why I'm still loving that UVA-'Cuse game, why Army and Ohio State have staying power and more. I love some me of me.

February 23, 2011
LM with Sheehan Podcast Highlights
This week's Lacrosse Magazine Podcast featuring CBS College Sports analyst and LM contributor Sheehan Stanwick Burch was chock full of information and insights on the latest developments in college women's lacrosse -- including an in-depth interview with Stanford star Lauren Schmidt, arguably the best player you've never heard of.