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  • Photo by Christian Wininger

    Jacob Mika, Waterford

    Buzzer-beating shots are not uncommon in basketball, but lacrosse is another story.

    Jacob Mika, a defenseman for Waterford (Sandy, Utah), pulled off the rare feat in a game against Riverton.

    With time running out in the period, Riverton attempted one final shot, which Waterford's goalie denied. Instinctively, Mika chased down the rebound and flung the ball high in the air down the field.

    It short-hopped into the net, past the unsuspecting goalie, giving Mika his first goal in 43 career games.

    Waterford went on to beat Riverton 17-3 and currently sits at 6-1 on the season.

    (H/T Bleacher Report)
  • Photo by Jeff Brocca

    West Ranch senior J.K. Torres set a state record with 12 goals on Monday.

    West Ranch (Valencia, Calif.) midfielder J.K. Torres is having an incredible senior season for the lacrosse team, but it's going to be hard to top what he did on Monday night.

    The 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior set a California record with 12 goals in Monday's 22-6 victory over Simi Valley.

    Photo by Jeff Brocca

    J.K. Torres, West Ranch

    "My teammates need to get credit as they kept the defenders honest and helped with the matchup I was getting. Could not have done it without them" Torres said after the contest Monday night.

    The total of 12 goals was just one short of the national record, set by Nicholas Treon of Danville (Pa.) in 2013, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.

    The team captain didn't know how close he was to the record until late in the game.

    "I didn’t even realize how many goals I had until after the third quarter when I saw I had nine," Torres told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal. "It felt like I only had three or four but the ball kept landing in my hands and I kept going."

    Torres, who is second in the state with 42 goals on the season, scored a previous season-high of seven goals in an earlier game against Valencia.

    The Wildcats will take a 7-2 record into their next game against Viewpoint on April 18.
  • Blake Bodreau scored just one goal during the week, but it was a huge one.

    File photo by Mark Camp

    Blake Bodreau, Bishop Guertin

    The recent graduate of Bishop Guertin (Nashua, N.H.) won the draw in overtime and scored the decisive goal to give the Pride a comeback 11-10 victory over the Liberty on Friday night during the title game of the Champion All-American Lacrosse Showcase in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

    Bodreau told Lacrosse Magazine, "Once I popped it forward, I knew I was going straight to the goal trying to get that game-winner. I was proud to represent New Hampshire and I'm going to Marist next year and I was proud to represent them."

    The three-day event drew more than 90 of the nation's finest lacrosse players, representing 27 states.

    The Pride trailed 5-0 early and were still down 10-9 until Middlesex (Concord, Mass.) graduate A.J. Lucchese scored the tying goal with just one second left in regulation. Lucchese, Nick Valentino and Kyle Borbi led the champs with two goals and an assist. A.J. Fish of Grayslake North (Grayslake, Ill.) paced Liberty with three goals and an assist.

    Pride coach Steven O'Donnell summed up the hotly contested event when he said, "In 35 years of coaching, that was one of the best games I've ever seen."
  • Rob Ambrose retired this week as the most successful boys lacrosse coach in Michigan history and one of the most successful coaches in the state in any sport.

    He is moving to New York to focus on his expanding paper company, Ambrose International.

    Ambrose guided Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) to the last nine state championships, having won every title since the state began sanctioning a state tourney in lacrosse. Counting the earlier years when lacrosse was basically a club sport, he won an overall 16 state titles and the national crown in 2008.

    He started the program in 1983, stepped down in 1985 to concentrate on his business, then returned in 1995 to revive the program which had slipped. The Warriors posted a 17-3 record in the first year. Fifty-seven of his players were named All-Americans and over 40 went to Division I colleges.

    Ambrose told Inside Lacrosse, "I'm really going to miss the players and parents that supported us, but, as the business grows, I have to make it my family's top priority. The names would change every few years, but the commitment of the players and their families never changed."

    Brother Rice principal Brother Michael Segvich added, "We were very blessed to have a coach that made sure his players were more than just winners on the field. He made sure they were leaders in the community and demanded academic excellence from them as well. His entire staff was made up of alumni that wanted to come back and pay it forward to the next generation of students."
  • The McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) girls lacrosse machine continues to grind out victory after victory.

    Photo by Keith Burgess

    Megan Whittle

    Ranked No. 1 in the nation, the Eagles flew past Severn (Severna Park, Md.) 16-9 on Friday to celebrate Senior Day, raising their record to 13-0 and their nation-leading winning streak to 86 games. The record is believed to be 103 games.

    Junior Megan Whittle, who already has committed to the University of Maryland, led the way with five goals. She also is the season leader with 43 goals. Sophomore Elizabeth George aded three goals.

    Coach Chris Robinson told MaxPreps that Whittle "has been kind oif our go-to person in a lot of our big games. She's been the focal point of a lot of teams on defense."

    Senior captain Sammi Burgess is second with 34 goals during the 13-game campaign, while senior Casey Black is the leader with 18 assists. Senior goalie Allison Silber has made 72 saves off 119 shots on goal.

    The Eagles can play a maximum of five games before the season is completed. They will graduate 17 seniors with five starters coming back.
  • Photo by Jim Stout

    Coach Matt Plitnick will bring his Columbine (Colo.) boys lacrosse team to Newtown, Conn., on Thursday for a memorial service. Columbine is on a three-game tour of the New York-Metropolitan area, one which opened this morning at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

    If any school can relate somewhat to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., it's probably Columbine (Littleton, Colo.).

    The suburban Denver high school, which endured a deadly school shooting in 1999, is presently on a three-game boys lacrosse trip to the New York City area, and will spend some time visiting nearby Newtown, site of the recent horrific school shooting that left 20 students dead.

    According to Mike Dougherty of The Journal News, the trip was already in the works when the shooting at Sandy Hook, Conn. took place in December.

    Columbine opened its tour with a game against Yorktown at West Point on Wednesday before taking on John Jay and Fordham Prep on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

    Tonight, teachers from Sandy Hook will be preparing dinner for Columbine at its Danbury, Conn., hotel, and members of the community will present the team with ribbons to wear during pregame warm-ups.

    "It actually was brought up that having them do something for us would benefit them more than us doing it for them, which at first doesn't make sense, but really it does," Columbine head coach Matt Plitnick told MaxPreps.

    Columbine will then join the Newtown community on Thursday for a short prayer before its game against John Jay in Cross River, N.Y. The trip concludes in the Bronx on Saturday with the Fordham Prep game.

    "Being from Columbine, we received a tremendous amount of support after our tragedy and if we can show that a community can rise up and become stronger, then we are happy to help," Plitnick said. "This is something we are very passionate about."
  • Stephen Kelly stands alone, so to speak.

    The Calvert Hall (Baltimore) lacrosse standout, who just completed his junior year, was the only high school player selected to the Under-19 U.S. National Men's Lacrosse Team. The U.S. team will compete in Finland at the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships later this month.

    As reported by The Baltimore Sun, Kelly outlasted more than 120 other hopefuls to earn one of the 23 roster spots. A midfielder, Kelly helped the Cardinals to the No. 2 ranking nationally in the final MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Rankings.

    "Playing against these guys and coming back for my senior year, it's going to be 'Wow!' because this has helped me get so much better," Kelly told the newspaper. "It's just a different speed than the high school level and I'm excited because it's going to improve my game."

    Click here for the complete U.S. roster.

  • File photo by Daniel Coppola

    Kelci Smesko (26) of Ridgewood, N.J. scored five goals for the South team in the 7th annual Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Classic on Saturday.

    Nearly 90 of the nation's top boys and girls lacrosse players descended upon Towson University on Saturday, and it was a pair of local products who made the most impact at the 7th annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic.

    Taylor Cummings of McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) and Gordie Koerber of Gilman (Baltimore) were selected the MVPs of the girls and boys games, respectively, in leading their South teams to victory. Each game featured 44 senior All-Americans who were selected by Inside Lacrosse magazine. All have signed to play at Division I programs this fall.

    Cummings, a midfielder who will play at Maryland, turned in a record-setting performance with eight points overall (five goals, three assists) in a 25-13 win for the South over the North squad. The 25 goals also were a record for the showcase, breaking the previous total of 17.

    "It was just really a team effort," Cummings told The Baltimore Sun. "Girls were moving for each other. We were passing when they were open and I think we worked really well as a team, which is why everyone was so successful."

    In addition to Cummings, attacker Kelci Smesko of Ridgewood (N.J.) broke the record for goals scored with five, while McDonogh's Corinne Etchison set the event mark with five assists. She also had three goals. Katrina Geiger of Haverford School (Pa.) added three goals and an assist.

    The North team was led by Samantha Tracy of Fox Lane (Bedford, N.Y.), who had two goals.

    Complete girls box score

    On the boys side, Koerber scored a game-best three goals to pace his squad to a 12-11 win. Koerber, who has signed with Denver, received help from Deemer Class (Loyola Blakefield (Towson, Md.)) and Calvert Hall (Baltimore) standouts Kelton Black and Ryan Brown. Each added two goals.

    "It was a good ending to my high school career but there's so many guys around me helping me tonight," Koerber told the newspaper.

    Devin Dwyer (Garden City (N.Y.), Jake Froccaro (Port Washington (N.Y.) and Mikey Morris (Salisbury School (Conn.) each scored two goals for the North team.

    Complete boys box score
  • Say the name Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) and the powerhouse football program immediately comes to mind.

    Don't look now, but the school's lacrosse program is making its move, as well.

    As reported by The (Bergen) Record, Don Bosco clinched the program's first title ever – in this instance the Gibbs Division crown – with a 14-3 win Thursday against perennial power Mountain Lakes (N.J.) The Ironmen improved to 11-0, the best start in school history.

    "They're one of the best teams in the state, so to do this against them is huge for us," junior attackman Jack Ray told the newspaper. "We've never won the Gibbs Division, and to beat a team like Mountain Lakes for it, with everything coming down to this one game, is great. We really showed up and played one of our best games all year."

    In South Carolina, the state crowned its first official boys lacrosse champion when Hammond (Columbia, S.C.) beat Heathwood Hall Episcopal (Columbia, S.C.) 12-6 last weekend. Hammond won the club title in 2010, but this season marked the first time the state championship was sanctioned by the South Carolina Independent School Association.
  • Photo by Chris Cecere

    West Genesee boys lacrosse Mike Messere readies his team earlier this week against Auburn. With his 748th career win Thursday, Messere set the national record for most coaching victories all-time in the sport.

    Mike Messere and West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.) boys lacrosse will forever be synonymous for a variety of reasons. On Thursday, Messere added one more.

    Coaching the program he played for 50 years ago during his prep days, Messere became the nation's all-time leader in boys lacrosse wins with a 7-3 victory against Oswego (N.Y.). It was win No. 748 for Messere, who in his 36th year leading the West Genesee program, currently ranked No. 21 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Boys Lacrosse Rankings.

    As reported by The Post-Standard, dozens of former players attended the game in anticipation of the milestone win. After Messere broke the tie with former Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.)/Mount Sinai (N.Y.) coach Joe Cuozzo, his current team commemorated the moment by presenting him with a Native American Great Lakes lacrosse stick during a post-game celebration.

    "Everybody takes a part of it,'' Messere told the newspaper. "Everybody feels a part of it. It's great.''

    Although during his illustrious Hall of Fame career, Messere has won 15 state titles and 29 sectional championships, not surprisingly all he wanted to do after Thursday's win was get ready for the next game.

    "Gotta think about Saturday and Jamesville-DeWitt (Dewitt, N.Y.),'' Messere told The Post-Standard. "Can't think back.''

    To read more about the legendary Messere, check out the engaging profile by John Schiano from earlier this week.