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Random Iowa Lax Update

0 - Published February 22, 2012 by in Box, CILA, Des Moines, High School, Iowa Colleges, MCLA, Nebraska League, Summer League, Valley, Youth

The third season of the Central Iowa Lacrosse Association Box Lacrosse League wrapped up earlier this month, leaving Des Moines with little lax to discuss. There has been some stuff going on behind the scenes and practices have started for area colleges and Valley High School.

Here are a few items of interest:
-The West Des Moines Sports Authority store is having a lacrosse weekend this Saturday and Sunday.  Central Iowa laxers can present this coupon for 15% off of their entire purchase (some exclusions apply).  Sports Authority is a sponsor of US Lacrosse and Major League Lacrosse; the local store wants to become more involved in our programs as well.  Coach Jaacki DuPass, head of the CILA womens program and Waukee girls team, has met with store management to increase the lacrosse selection.

 

-Preseason training is currently underway for the Valley Tigers.  The varsity seasonbegins with a home game at Valley Southwoods Stadium on March 31.  Most of last year’s team will return; only a handful of players graduated in 2011.  The Tigers look to improve upon last year’s third place finish.

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-The Iowa State Cyclones opened their season last Friday at the bubble in Iowa City against the Hawkeyes.  Iowa defeated State 12-7.  The Cyclones fell 23-3 to UMLL foe and national power Minnesota Duluth on Sunday.

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-The Iowa Hawkeyes are 3-0 so far this season.  In addition to their victory over the Cyclones, the Hawkeyes defeated St Cloud State (9-8) and GRLC foe Wisconsin (8-7).  Former standout player Alex De La Pena has taken over as head coach and has to be excited about the team’s performance thus far.

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-Cornell College, Dordt, and Palmer Chiropractic will begin their seasons in early March.

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-The Drake Bulldogs are trying to bolster their numbers as practice gets underway.  Team captain Pat Bradley told me that there has been a drop off since fall ball and the team’s dwindling attendance at Box Lacrosse games provided further evidence.  Regardless, the team will start its competitive season in late March.

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-Progress is still being made on the revamped boys lacrosse program.  To maximize our resources, the program will not start until after Memorial Day.  We are still going forward with a stronger league structure that many players and parents requested.  In order to strengthen the long term prospects of lacrosse in the metro, we hope that parents volunteer as assistant coaches.  Discussions with outside entities for support are still underway as well.

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2011 SLL Champions - Gargoyles

-We are also revamping the summer league for men.  Those plans are in the very early stages.  Among the items being considered are organized league vs pick up games – or some combination thereof, number of players on the field, roster make up, and duration.  There is a real possibility that the adult league takes a few cues from our youth and box leagues…

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-Barry Von Ahsen is currently completing certification to officiate boys lacrosse.  Von Ahsen will be the city’s first certified lacrosse referee.  Our goal is to build a pool of local referees.  We cannot generate real growth at the high school level until we have more local officials.