29 May 2011

Title hopes rest with Stanwick

Title hopes rest with Stanwick

Tewaaraton Award finalist has expanded role in Cavs’ offense

Last Updated - May 29, 2011 7:16 GMT

BALTIMORE – On Thursday night, while meeting with members of the media in advance of Saturday’s NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse semifinal game against Virginia, Denver head coach Bill Tierney was asked if he had any special plans to stop Cavaliers attackman and Tewaaraton Award finalist Steele Stanwick.
“Yeah,” Tierney joked. “I’m asking the refs if we can use three defensemen on him. That would be the only thing that would be fair.”
In retrospect, it was appropriate that Tierney joked about the Virginia attackman, since it was Stanwick who played a leading role into turning the first semifinal at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday into a laugher.
Stanwick had three goals and two assists on Virginia’s first 11 goals, powering the Cavaliers to a 13-4 lead after three quarters of play and an eventual 14-8 win.
“He’s just a great, great player,” Tierney said. “He’s tough to guard. You slough in on him, he finds open guys. You cover him, he beats you for goals. He’s just so unselfish and such a good player, we didn’t have that today.”
Stanwick’s matched his offensive totals from last year’s NCAA semifinal, when he scored three goals and assisted on two more in a 14-13 loss to Duke in Baltimore. After being hampered by injuries and held scoreless in his last trip to M&T Bank Stadium – an 11-9 win against Cornell in March- Stanwick was thrilled to have a standout performance in a Cavaliers victory in his hometown.
“It’s a thrill to be back in Baltimore,” Stanwick said, “and to play well and get the win just means the world to me. We’ve been here two times in my career and haven’t been able to get over the hump. The job’s not done by any means, but we’re all excited, and we just couldn’t be happier for the opportunity.”
Stanwick’s performance against the Pioneers was actually his lowest point total of the season, as he had three goals and five assists in the first round of the tournament against Bucknell, and torched No. 2 seed Cornell for three goals and four assists in last week’s quarterfinal win. In four games since All-American midfielder Shamel Bratton was dismissed from the team, Stanwick has 25 points (9g, 16a).
“As we have retooled offensively in the last few weeks,” Virginia head coach Dom Starsia said, “what we do now is share the ball a little bit more. Frankly, we also say going into a game that the ball goes to Steele every possession, goes through his hands every possession, and nobody minds. Everybody understands that we’re going to run a meaningful offense when he touches the ball. When you have somebody like that, that point guard, that lifts everybody. You know that if you move smartly, you’re going to get the ball back in a better spot. He’s one of those really rare athletes who impacts all the people around him.”
Having watched the Cavaliers extensively in preparation for Saturday’s game, Tierney can appreciate the impact of Stanwick’s expanded role.
“Stanwick gets more touches now,” Tierney said. “When your best player gets more touches, more good things happen for your team. I thought they were a transformed team four or five games ago, and besides that, he got healthy. Jeff Brown did as good a job on him as he possibly could, and he’s just a great, great player.”
Stanwick now has 69 points on the season (32 goals, 37 assists), and ranks second in the country in total points behind fellow Tewaaraton Award finalist Rob Pannell of Cornell.
As the only Tewaaraton Finalist at this weekend’s championship – the other four finalists are Pannell, Army’s Jeremy Boltus and Syracuse’s John Galloway and Joel White – Stanwick continues to bolster his case for the Tewaaraton, and with 188 career points and a game left to go in his junior season, Stanwick has a shot at the program’s all-time scoring record, currently held by 1997 Virginia grad Doug Knight.
To Tierney, Stanwick is more than worthy of both distinctions.
“This is a guy who comes from a wonderful lacrosse family. Each one’s better than the next, and he’s always a gentleman. We had the opportunity to stay with the Virginia guys in our hotel this week, which is always interesting, but Steele, he’s a gentleman, and he’s a good person and a great lacrosse player.”
At the moment, however, none of the individual accolades matters. The main concern is the program’s first NCAA championship since 2006 – when, coincidentally, Matt Ward gave Virginia its second Tewaaraton – and Stanwick and his teammates will have the opportunity to bring that title home on Monday.
“Probably, six weeks ago, there’s not a lot of people who thought we’d be sitting here today having this conversation,” Starsia said, “but I think the guys in the locker room, I think that they never stopped believing.”
Come Monday, Stanwick and his teammates while look to take Virginia’s NCAA championship potential from a matter of belief to a matter of fact.

28 May 2011

Gratitude is the most human sentiment ~ Elie Wiesel



“It is right, and a good and joyful thing always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.” Familiar words from the Eucharistic Prayer, the Great Thanksgiving.  It is, indeed, always good to give thanks; it is good to give thanks always.  And we who are blessed in so many ways have much to be thankful for.

I heard Elie Wiesel speak once in a synagogue near Chicago.  I remember him saying that gratitude is the most human sentiment.  He didn’t elaborate, but his words stuck with me.  Gratitude is the most human sentiment.  I think what he meant was that when we are in a state of gratitude, we are most fully alive in our humanity.  That such fullness of life and humanity is possible for us is yet more cause for thanksgiving.  We might pause to give thanks for the gift of gratitude itself, that we are capable of a sentiment so right and good and true.  Give thanks that we have the capacity to be thankful! 

Now, all things right, good and true have their origins in the heart of God.  If gratitude is the fullness of our humanity, and if we are made in the image and likeness of God, gratitude itself must have its origins in the heart of God. Just as our love has its source in the being of God, so must our gratitude. Our feeble thanksgiving must be but a pale reflection of something infinitely richer and more powerful in the being of God.

From a Sermon by Br. Mark Brown of the St. John the Evangelist Society


27 May 2011

U.Va. lax star Stanwick excelling in the family business

U.Va. lax star Stanwick excelling in the family business

Virginia junior attackman Steele Stanwick carries a family heirloom into every game, a stick hand-strung with leather by his father.

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Lacrosse is the family game in the Stanwick household, where there are eight kids, all standouts in the sport.
Six of them will return home to Baltimore on Saturday to watch Steele Stanwick and Virginia go for the family's first championship ring.
In his hand will be a piece of home — Stanwick's stick is hand-strung with leather by his dad, Wells.
"He didn't like the way they came from the manufacturer, so he would string them and keep them up throughout the season," Sheehan Stanwick Burch said.
Sheehan, the oldest of the eight, works as a lacrosse analyst for CBS College Sports Network. She said that Wells still uses leather, instead of the synthetic materials of the store-bought sticks that other players use.
"I think it's the kind of thing we all took for granted," she said of her dad's skill. "He does a really good job."
Steele said that Wells takes skill sets into account when he strings the stick, and makes them slightly different for each member of the family. He's not going into business, though — word of the sticks got out only recently, and he's humble about his contributions.
If Steele continues his recent tear this weekend, those sticks could be in high demand. The attackman leads the Cavaliers with 35 assists, but has transformed himself into more than a top-notch passer the past month, becoming a scoring threat that demands a constant double-team from defenses.
Thursday, he was rewarded when he was named first-team All-America, and he is a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy, the sport's top honor. He has 15 points in two playoff games, and single-handedly kept his team from being eliminated against Bucknell in the opening round.
"Steele's put us on his back in these playoffs," goaltender Adam Ghitelman said. "There's no doubt about it."
"He can just take over a game," attackman Chris Bocklet added.
Stanwick, a junior, fought leg injuries during the ACC portion of the schedule. He was unable to practice with the team, playing through the pain on game days but finding himself at less than 100 percent.
Now, with the pain gone, he's ready to go.
Sheehan said that her dad didn't have any lacrosse experience, but when the family moved to Baltimore, he picked it up as a sport he could play with his daughters.
Now all eight siblings are involved in the sport. One took a break when he was 7, but it lasted only a year.
"I would love to say that we had some kind of impact on Steele's play," Sheehan said. "But you could just tell from a very early age that he was going to be very athletic. It just came a little easier to him. I wish I had some of his natural skills."
Steele's two oldest sisters played in the Final Four. This will be Steele's third, his second in his hometown. There are plenty of high school titles to go around in the Stanwick household, but no NCAA rings.
This weekend is another opportunity to fix that, and Wells will have the equipment ready.

"This team can be as proud of what we've done this year as any in recent memory" ~ Dom Starsia

"For a lot of different reasons, as you can imagine, this has been a challenging period of time," said Dom Starsia. "I think win, lose or draw, this team can be as proud of what we've done this year as any in recent memory."

23 May 2011

Duke defeats Notre Dame in Quarterfinals in Men's Lacrosse

Duke defeats Notre Dame in Quarterfinals in Men's Lacrosse

Duke sophomore goaltender Dan Wigrizer made 14 saves to anchor the sixth-ranked Blue Devils to a 7-5 victory over fifth-ranked Notre Dame in front of 14,122 fans at the NCAA men's lacrosse quarterfinals at Gillette Stadium. Duke advances to the championship weekend for the fifth straight season and for the seventh time overall.

Duke (14-5) will play unseeded Maryland on May 28 at M&T Bank Stadium at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2. It will be the third meeting between the two squads this season.

Photos of the game are by Ben and James Mackey.

“This is the fourth time I've played Notre Dame,” Wigrizer said.” I'm kind of used to it. Already the fourth time in two years with an out of conference team, which is an incredible amount of games. I was just excited to play them, I knew they were going to come out shooting. They were going to start taking shots right away, which they did. The first possession they had, they just kept shooting and shooting. Unlike last year, when they had 10 total shots on goal in the championship game, they got a lot of shots on goal today and I was just ready and prepared to be seeing shots the entire day and I just wanted to stay calm and relaxed and just let the shots come from them.”

From LAXPower

22 May 2011

Maryland defeats Syracuse in Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals

Maryland defeats Syracuse in Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals

Senior Grant Catalino scored with a low-to-high rocket from the right wing with 0:32 left in the first overtime to give the University of Maryland men's lacrosse team a 6-5 victory over No. 1 seed Syracuse in front of 14,122 Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.
The victory gives the Terps a 12-4 overall record this season and sends them to their first Final Four since 2006.
The overtime period started with sophomore Curtis Holmes winning his 11th face-off of the game on a big groundball by senior Dane Burns. But the Terps couldn't get the game-winner on that possession and the Orange had a chance for the win with just under 2:00 to go in OT.
Syracuse's Kevin Drew scooped up a loose ball and carried it into the Maryland zone. Drew dodged down the right alley on the transition chance, but his shot sailed right of the goal and the Orange failed to back-up the shot, giving possession pack to the Terps.

21 May 2011

Denver defeats Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Quarterfinals

Denver defeats Johns Hopkins to earn historic first Final Four Bid

Fueled by three-goal performances from senior Todd Baxter (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and sophomore Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario), the No. 6 seeded University of Denver men's lacrosse team defeated the No. 3 seeded Johns Hopkins Blue Jays 14-9 in the second game of the Hofstra quarterfinals held at the James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y.
With the victory, the Pioneers (15-2) advance to the first NCAA Tournament Semifinals for the first time in team history.
"I can't express to you how proud I am of these guys because they have just done everything that we as coaches have asked of them and more," head coach Bill Tierney said. "Johns Hopkins is an outstanding team and they gave us everything they had. It was a great showing for the sport of lacrosse and I am just so proud that our team has the opportunity to experience it and make history."
Read the whole article at "Inside Lacrosse" HERE

UVA beats Cornell in NCAA Quarterfinals

Coach Dom Starsia earns his 327th win...UVA Cavs go to Semifinals in Men's Lacrosse

UVA beats Cornell in NCAA Quarterfinals in Men's Lacrosse

 Junior attackman Steele Stanwick (Baltimore, Md.) had three goals and four assists, including a goal and four assists during a 7-0 second quarter, as seventh-seeded Virginia upset second-seeded Cornell 13-9 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University.
With the win, Virginia improves to 11-5 and advances to the NCAA Final Four on May 28-30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland against the winner of Saturday's second quarterfinal between Johns Hopkins and Denver. Cornell ends its season at 14-3 with the loss, while seeing its 11-game winning streak snapped.
Check out the story at "Inside Lacrosse" HERE

19 May 2011

High School Boys' Lacrosse Rankings

It's that time of year when my heart and soul turn to lacrosse...here are the top 25 rankings of High School boys' lacrosse teams...along with a photo of my own high school team - Middlebury Union High School - from this year (not in the dark ages when I played there...)

1. Haverford School (PA) (20-0) • The Fords continued their memorable season with wins over a few solid teams since our last installment. Haverford downed Malvern Prep, Episcopal Academy, Penn Charter, and Moorestown by a combined score of 50-26. Our #1 team finishes the regular season with a game over Hill School of PA. They'll advance to the Inter-Ac semifinals on Saturday against Lawrenceville.

2. West Islip (NY Sect 11) (15-0) • The Lions continued to dodge major bullets, defeating then-#20 Smithtown West in overtime on a goal by Tom Moore and then later escaping from a 4-2 third quarter deficit against arch-rival East Islip to win 11-7 on Thursday. They'll finish the regular season at disappointing Whitman on Monday and then wait to see who will draw them in the Suffolk A quarterfinals on 5/24. They could quite possibly face EI once again.

3. Calvert Hall (MIAA) (16-1) • The Cardinals have continued their run to the championship since our last installment, winning four straight games. That includes blowouts of McDonogh and St. Mary's as well as an 11-4 drubbing of St. Paul's in the semifinals, thanks in part to Hopkins-bound Ryan Brown's six goals. They will face Gilman on Friday night at Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium for a chance at their first MIAA championship since 2003.

4. Ward Melville (NY Sect 11) (14-1) • Since giving up that overtime goal to Kyle Turri, the Patriots have won seven straight games, including a back-and-forth 14-11 win over Sachem North on May 3rd. They'll travel to East Islip for the Redmen's senior day festivities on Monday and then likely draw the #2 seed in the Suffolk A tournament.

5. Deerfield Academy (MA) (13-0) • The pride of the NE West 1 has continued to dominate the past two weeks. Deerfield has won each of their past five games by eight or more goals, including three by over 12. The Big Green face their stiffest challenge of the year at a 9-2 Salisbury squad (W 11-7) before challenging a surprising Phillips Exeter Academy.

6. Conestoga (PA) (17-1) • The Pioneers haven't had a whole lot of trouble ever since their loss to Haverford, going 5-0 with notable wins over La Salle and Garnet Valley by scores of 10-8 and 10-6, respectively. On Thursday, 'Stoga will have their season finale at home against barely .500 Hatboro-Horsham before they begin the playoffs, where they remain the favorite to grab a second consecutive PIAA title.

7. McDonogh School (MIAA) (15-4) • All good things must come to an end. However, for the MIAA faithful, many did not expect it to come so soon for the Eagles. McDonogh shocked the region and became the top-ranked team in Maryland after beating Calvert Hall on 4/21. The Eagles then proceeded to drop a game to Calvert Hall before being ousted in the quarterfinals of the MIAA playoffs by Boys' Latin.

8. Jamesville-DeWitt (NY Sect 3) (15-0) • The Red Rams are keeping pace with West Islip, as they extended their winning streak to 37 with five easy victories over the past two weeks. Included among them was an impressive 8-2 victory over Homer. J-D should finish off an undefeated regular season on Tuesday against New Hartford and then await their draw as the top seed in the Section 3 Class B tournament.

9. Garden City (NY Sect 8) (12-2) • The Trojans haven't been challenged since ending Manhasset's 45-game winning streak in the Woodstick Classic on April 30 and have won eight straight since their loss to St. Paul's on April 9. Things don't figure to get much more difficult this week with their season finale against Roslyn on Monday, nor when they begin their playoff run as the #1 seed in the B-I division of Nassau Class B on Thursday.

10. Manhasset (NY Sect 8) (13-1) • After rival Garden City snapped their winning streak, Manhasset has won four straight, including a somewhat surprising 3-2 home win over Chaminade in the Jimmy Regan game. The Indians won "Reg's Rock" for the third consecutive season by defeating the Flyers in the game honoring the former Chaminade and Duke star and Army Ranger who was killed in Iraq in 2007. Manhasset finishes the season with Glen Cove on Monday and then will be the top seed in B-2, beginning play on Thursday.

11. Chaminade (LI CHSAA) (14-2) • The Flyers bounced back from a tough loss to Manhasset to earn two solid wins, first over arch-rival St. Anthony's, sweeping the regular season series between the teams for the first time since 2006. Chaminade then defeated Delbarton for the third straight year, 6-5, on Saturday. With the win over St. Anthony's, the Flyers clinched the top seed in the CHSAA-AAA playoffs and thus will avoid third-seeded Holy Trinity in the semifinals. They do, however, play the Titans in the final game of the regular season on Tuesday.

12. Darien (CT) (13-2) • Domination over lesser opponents has been the theme of the past two weeks for the Blue Wave. Darien has outscored their last five opponents by a combined score of 87-16. Connecticut's best team faces two more cupcakes this week in Westhill and Norwalk before hosting a talented Ridgefield squad in their regular season finale.

13. St. Paul's School (MIAA) (13-7) • The Crusaders ended their season on a low note, losing three of their last five games, including a 10-7 loss on Senior Day to Loyola Blakefield and a heartbreaking double overtime loss at home to archrival Boys' Latin. Then, on Tuesday night at Johnny Unitas Stadium, St. Paul's was met by a Calvert Hall team that was firing on all cylinders and ended up falling 11-4 to end the season.

14. West Genesee (NY Sect 3) (14-1) • The Wildcats have outscored their last four opponents 81-9 leading up to their regular season finale on the road against rival Fayetteville-Manlius, which sports an identical 14-1 record. The winner will claim the top seed in the Section 3 Class A tournament. The 'Cats have won six straight since falling to Jamesville-DeWitt on April 23.

15. Summit (NJ) (18-0) • Though they faced a scare, the mighty Hilltoppers' winning streak is alive, rolling through opponents in the past week. They've grabbed recent one-sided wins over Governor Livingston, Columbia, A.L. Johnson, and Cranford. Last Tuesday, they clinched their first one-goal win since May 2009 when Summit traveled to knock off Ridgewood, 7-6. The group tournament will kick off this weekend, where Summit, of course, received a first round bye and top seed.

16. Pittsford (NY Sect 5) (14-0) • Since the last rankings, Pittsford has knocked off quality opponents Brighton and Fairport and remains undefeated and on track to be the top seed in the Section 5 Class A tournament. They'll finish the season with games against Rush-Henrietta and Spencerport on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, and are a good bet to finish the regular season undefeated.

17. Georgetown Prep (MD IAC) (18-3) • The Little Hoyas finished their season in style, winning eight straight games and avenging their two league losses. After defeating Bullis 8-6 in the semifinals, Prep came back from a halftime deficit and forced overtime when Bobby Gribbin converted this shot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zuMt4oJ9rc) to win the IAC championship over hated rival Landon, who defeated Prep 10-5 earlier in the season.

18. St. Anthony's (LI CHSAA) (12-3) • By any measure it has been a disappointing season for the Friars, as they lost to rival Chaminade for the second time early last week, this time at home in South Huntington. The Friars did bounce back to defeat Yorktown on a Sean McDonagh goal with four seconds remaining in regulation at Charlie Murphy Field, 12-11. They'll finish the regular season on Wednesday with a home game against Fairfield Prep and enter the CHSAA playoffs as the #2 seed, where they'll likely face Holy Trinity in the semifinals.

19. Comsewogue (NY Sect 11) (14-0) • The Warriors are Long Island's only other undefeated team besides West Islip, and they haven't been challenged since beating rival Shoreham-Wading River, 12-9, on April 30. That could change in the regular season finale on Tuesday, when they head south to face the upstart Islip Buccaneers, who defeated SWR in their last outing. Regardless of the outcome, Comsewogue has earned the top seed in Suffolk B and will play their first-round game against the #8 seed on Friday.

20. Salisbury School (CT) (9-2) • The Crimson Knights had rattled off three straight wins over NE West Foes before taking a 8-7 loss to South Jersey's St. Augustine Prep, a formidable opponent. They also fell 11-7 to Deerfield on Wednesday, a game we didn't account for in our rankings, losing two straight for the first time since 2008. Salisbury will head to Avon Old Farms on Saturday for a prime matchup.

21. Smithtown West (NY Sect 11) (12-3) • The Bulls were without star attackman Kyle Keenan for most of the last two weeks but still managed to take #2 West Islip to overtime before falling. Connetquot gave them trouble last Thursday, but the Bulls scored four late goals to win 7-6 and retain the #3 spot in Suffolk A. On Keenan's return, he recorded seven points and Smithtown West beat intra-district rival Smithtown East, 17-7 on Saturday. They'll head to Northport for the Tigers' senior day on Monday and then play the winner of the 6/11 game on Tuesday 5/24 in the Suffolk A quarterfinals.

22. Gilman School (MIAA) (11-5) • The Gilman boys racked up three wins since our last batch of rankings, including a 12-11 thriller over Boys' Latin. The Greyhounds also dismantled Spalding and Severn by a combined score of 27-12. Gilman faces Boys' Latin for the third time this season in the MIAA semifinals on Tuesday (W 7-6 OT). Both of the meetings between these teams have been decided by a goal. They'll face Calvert Hall in the championship on Friday night at Towson.

23. Landon School (MD IAC) (19-3) • The Bears continued their impressive 18-game winning streak, defeating SSSA, Urbana, and Episcopal on their road to the championship. In the title game, however, they were ousted 7-6 in overtime to end their season. This year's Landon team was just the second squad in school history to win 19 games in a season.

24. Malvern Prep (PA) (12-5) • The Friars have had a solid past few weeks other then a 11-5 loss to Haverford, defeating Germantown Academy, Chestnut Hill, and Shipley. After an easy win in the quarters, Malvern Prep will face Penn Charter in the semifinals, perhaps setting up another championship game against Haverford School.

17 May 2011

The friendly forest

Leadership parables by Edwin Friedman - "Friedman's Fables" - a great book.  Here is an excerpt:

The Friendly Forest
Once upon a time in the Friendly Forest there lived a lamb who loved to graze and frolic about. One day a tiger came to the forest and said to the animals, "I would like to live among you." There were delighted. For, unlike some of the other forests, they had no tiger in their woods. The lamb, however, had some apprehensions, which, being a lamb, she sheepishly expressed to her freinds. But, said they, "Do not worry, we will talk to the tiger and explain that one of the conditions for living in this forest is that you must also let the other animals live in the forest."

So the lamb went about her life as usual. But it was not long before the tiger began to growl and make threatening gestures and menacing motions. Each time the frightened lamb went to her friends and said, "It is very uncomfortable for me here in the forest." But her friends reassured her, "Do not worry; that's just the way tigers behave."

Every day, as she went about her life, the lamb tried to remember this advice, hoping that the tiger would find someone else to growl at. And it is probably correct to say that the tiger did not really spend all or even most of its time stalking the lamb. Still, the lamb found it increasingly difficult to remove the tiger from her thoughts. Sometimes she would just catch it out of the corner of her eye, but that seemed enough to disconcert her for the day, even if the cat were asleep. Soon the lamb found that she was actually looking for the tiger. Sometimes days or even weeks went by between its intrusive actions, yet, somehow, the tiger had succeeded in always being there. Eventually the tiger's existence became a part of the lamb's existence. When she tried to explain this to her friends, however, they pointed out that no harm had really befallen her and tha perhaps she was just being too sensitive.

So the lamb again tried to put the tiger out of her mind. "Why," she said to herself, "should I let my relationship with just one member of the forest ruin my relationships with all the others?" But every now and then, usually when she was least prepared, the tiger would give her another start.

Finally the lamb could not take it anymore. She decided that, much as she loved the forest and her friends, more than she had ever loved any other forest or friends, the cost was too great. So she went to the other animals in the woods and said good-bye.

Her friends would not hear of it, "This is silly," they said, "Nothing has happened. You are still in one piece. You must remember that a tiger is a tiger." they repeated. "Surely this is the nicest forest in the world. We really like you very much. We would be very sad if you left." (Though it must be admitted that several of the animals were wondering what the lamb might be doing to contribute to the tiger's aggressiveness.)

Then said two of the animals in the Friendly Forest, "Surely this whole thing can be worked out. We're all reasonable here. Stay calm. There is probably just some misunderstanding that can easily be resolved if we all sit down together and communicate." The lamb, however, had several misgivings about such a meeting. First of all, if her friends had explained away the tiger's behavior by saying it was simply a tiger's nature to behave that way, why did they now think that as a result of communicaiton the tiger would be able to change that nature? Second, thought the lamb, such meetings, well intentioned as they might be, usually try to resolve problems through compromise. Now, while the tiger might agree to growl less, and indeed might suceed in reducing some of its agrgessive behavior, what would she, the lamb, be expected to give up in return? Be more accepting of the tiger's growling? There was something wrong, thought the lamb, with the notion that an agreement is equal if the invasive creature agrees to be less invasive and the invaded one agrees to tolerate some invasivenss. She tried to explain this to her friends but, being reasonable animals, they assured her that the important thing was to keep communicating. Perhaps the tiger didn't understand the ways of the lamb. "Don't be so sheepish," they said. "Speak up strongly when it does these things."

Though one of the less subtle animals in the forest, more uncouth in expression and unconcerned about just who remained, was overheard to remark, "I never heard of anything so ridiculous. If you want a lamb and a tiger to live in the same forest, you don't try to make them communicate. You cage the bloody tiger."

16 May 2011

Congrats to UVA head coach Dom Starsia

UVA Men's Lacrosse coach Dom Starsia has tied Jack Emmer for the most wins as a college lacrosse coach - 326 wins with an overtime win today here in Charlottesville.

Here are a few shots of Dom Starsia from long ago and from recent times...

From the Brown University website:

Dom Starsia '74, All-American in 1973 and 1974, captain of North-South All-Star and New England All-Star teams, Brown lacrosse coach, 1982-1991.

Dom Starsia, head coach of UVA - 1999, 2003, 2006 National Championships