The IWLCA (Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaching Association) has started a social media campaign to promote the proposed reforms for NCAA recruiting to make it a better process for student-athletes, families, coaches and programs. The two proposals are to reform the recruiting calendar for lacrosse and standardize the initial date for all communication between coaches and athletes to Sept. 1 of the junior year. With the current trend of sophomores and freshman jumping into the recruiting process, this would slow down the process and put the emphasis back into high school sports and not club programs.
Led by Northwestern attacker Selena Lasota (3 goals, 2 assists, 3 Draws, 2 Caused Turnovers) the Canadian U-19 National team led the Americans 5-4 at half and prevailed 9-8 at the final whistle. Canada had earlier lost to the US in pool play 15-9 and all save for the Canadian players and fans expected a repeat thrashing by the US team. Canada used fast breaks and overloads to break the US backer zone and often posted two shooters in the 8 to receive feeds through the holes created by the overloads. The experience of the Canadian girls in box style performance showed. Canada had 50% more shots than the Americans and the US had no saves in the second half compared to Canada`s 3. Look for Lasota to continue her offensive magic next spring in Evanston.
One might have expected a see-saw battle on the field with the two championship contenders trading goals back and forth, based on their stats to date. It didn't happen. Both teams cranked up their defenses, playing tough man defense as each team had 4 to 5 scoring threats so any zone defenses would have crumbled as they do when the cutters are fast and catch everything thrown at them. Hinsdale made it to their third state title game, last appearing in 2011, by bouncing New Trier 8-2 in Wednesday night's semifinal. Loyola was a perennial participant and was eyeing their 7th straight title and nothing seemed to come easy for the Ramblers as the outcome was in doubt for 43 of the game's 45 minutes.
No slow starting this afternoon for New Trier, as the Trevians scored in the first minute (24:09) of the opening half with a goal by Katherine Gjertsen on a feed from Kitty Keynon. The Trevs punched in two more to lead Glenbrook South 3-0 until Janet Brennan put the Titans on the board, 3-1, beating Danni LaServe by cutting into the eight and getting a pop pass from Sarah McDonagh on the right side at 18:09. GBS won the draw and used the same play two other times to score, pulling out the Trevian defenders to expose an iso top dead center in the eight. Olivia Engel curled through the left side to bury a shot at 17:50 to make it a game. New Trier`s Emily Carothers had other ideas, beating Autumn Kon for the next two scores, with the latter score having her come from back right to two o`clock and splitting between two Titan defenders to bury a shot past Koh`s right side, 5-2
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