It's not substantiated, but Lacrosse Playground is tweeting that TCU may be adding NCAA D1 lacrosse very, very soon. TCU is the newest member of the Big East Conference. The Big East happens to sponsor lacrosse and fairly recently welcomed Marquette to the lax world. The implications of adding the Dallas based school are mind boggling, especially with the Frogs' growing national presence and intimate relationship with Nike.
Oh, and by the way... The formal announcement is rumored to be coming tomorrow.
First: Under Armour officially announced their upcoming product line today. You may recall that some products leaked earlier this month. Contrary to my previous report, the UA gear was not designed by Gait/DeBeer but was made in conjunction with Vertical Lax, Inc, making this deal sound similar to the recently failed marriage between Adidas and The Henson Group. I was less than impressed by the initial gear, but the pics of the new shaft look great. Connecting with the company's roots, the shafts incorporate the Flag of Maryland in their design
The UA website does not yet have any pics of the gear, but they should be coming soon. No word on how this deal affects Paul Rabil's endorsement deals with UA and Maverik Lacrosse...
The Tigers started the 2011 season with victories over Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation team Westside (Madison) Regents. Minnesota Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association members St. Louis Park (2010 champions) and Delano.
They followed this with three massive wins in conference play. Losing by a single goal to defending Nebraska High School Lacrosse League champion Creighton Prep was but a minor speed bump. Valley beat their next four opponents - including the team's first varsity win over Lincoln - by a combined score of 52-11. When the Tigers met the Blue Jays for the second time, first place overall was on the line. Unfortunately Prep prevailed, but Valley maintained third place in the league with their second win over (Omaha) Westside.
The Tigers met up with the Warriors again the following week in the first round of the playoffs. From here, the Tigers once again drew Prep for the semifinals. Hopes were high that the third meeting of the season would favor the Tigers, but First Team All State attackman Ted Crites was missing due to a back injury. Spirits fell when the Blue Jays completed their sweep, again by three goals. Saturday offered some redemption for the Tigers and a nice closure for the seniors as Valley defeated Millard West 12-2 for third place.
The Lincoln Rampage became the first team from outside of Omaha to win the NHSLL championship.
Valley had five players named to the All State teams, as well as two honorable mentions.
First Team - Ted Crites (9, A), Dylan Griess (12, M)
Second Team - Hunter Couch (12 G), Hunter Levis (11 A), Tanner McDougal (11 LSM)
Honorable Mention - Ben Arends (8 A), Nick Harrington (11 M)
Of the 25 players on the varsity roster, only 6 were seniors this season. Hunter Couch (G), Dylan Griess (M), and Jamie Tornberg (D) have been with the team since its inaugural JV season. Griess and Tornberg will be attending the University of Iowa this fall. Colin Mundus (D) and Dan Boyd (D) joined the team last season. Mundus will attend Grand View University to wrestle. Landon Loftsgard (M) joined the team this season. Boyd and Loftsgard have not shared their college commitments.
At this time, the entire attack unit will return; all three (Levis, Crites, and Ben Arends) are on the All State list above. Two-thirds of the starting midfield unit will return; both returning players (Harrington, McDougal) are on the All State List. Freshman Will Tornberg is the only starter returning on the defensive end of the field. The remaining varsity players, as well as the entire JV roster, are sophomores or freshmen.