5th Annual Tewaaraton Outstanding Native American Scholarship Announced

Washington, D.C. – Over the past four years, The Tewaaraton Award has proudly given over $40,000 in scholarships to Native American high school lacrosse players through its Tewaaraton Outstanding Native American Scholarship Program. These $5,000 scholarships are awarded annually on a highly competitive basis to one Native American female and one Native American male lacrosse player who are enrolled members of a U.S. tribe. All awards are not only based on the student’s athletic performance, but also on their merit, academic achievement and ambition.

“The Greater Washington Sports Alliance is honored to carry on this remarkable tradition. The future and vast potential of our youth is a central mission to the everyday workings of the Sports Alliance. Without financial opportunities like the Tewaaraton Outstanding Native American Scholarship, which afford the chance for young adults to attend an institute of higher education, I believe we severely disadvantage our leaders of tomorrow,” stated Robert Sweeney, President of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.

One of the primary goals of the Tewaaraton Outstanding Native American Scholarship is to honor Native American roots, which is why the selection committees weighs heavily on the essay portion of the application, which asks the applicants to articulate what lacrosse means to them as a Native American player. 

“The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is extremely proud of The Tewaaraton Award winners past, present and future and is honored to host them at the nation’s foremost Native American museum,” said Kevin Gover, director of the museum.  “The outstanding achievements of these young men and women honor their tribal communities, their schools, and their sport.”

The selection committees, one for the male award and one for the female award, are comprised of past Tewaaraton winners, retired collegiate coaches and exemplary members of the Native American community. The two winners will be invited to attend the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony to be part of the celebration in Washington, D.C. on June 3rd, 2010 and to accept their award.

For more information on the Tewaaraton Award, tickets to the ceremony, of for a Tewaaraton Outstanding Native American Scholarship application please visit: www.tewaaratonaward.org.

About The Tewaaraton Award:

The Tewaaraton Award was formally established in August of 2000 with the inaugural presentation talking place at The University Club of Washington DC in June of 2001. Honoring the Native American heritage, the Tewaaraton Trophy symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American history. Tradition dictates that each year the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy: the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, and the Tuscarora. Today, the Tewaaraton Trophy is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award honoring the nation’s top male and female collegiate lacrosse player for their extraordinary achievements on the field. www.tewaaratonaward.org.

About Greater Washington Sports Alliance:

Established in 2003, The Greater Washington Sports Alliance (GWSA) is a regional non-profit sports commission created to foster economic development and civic pride through the power of sports. The Sports Alliance’s mission encompasses the attraction of sporting events to the region, the promotion of the regional professional, collegiate and amateur franchises, the support of youth investment organizations and the branding of Washington, D.C. as a world class sports destination. For more information please visit www.gwsportsalliance.com.

Ona R. Madonia 
Program Coordinator
Greater Washington Sports Alliance
1725 I Street, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
T: 202-857-5996
F: 202-223-2648
E: omadonia@gwsportsalliance.com
W: www.gwsportsalliance.com

The Greater Washington Sports Alliance Announces the 7th Annual Baltimore/Washington High School Watch List

Washington, D.C. – For the past seven years, The Tewaaraton Award has proudly named a “High School All-Tewaaraton Team” comprised of men and women from the Baltimore/Washington Region. The watch list nominees are screened and selected by Selection Committees comprised of regional high school coaches. Between now and the June 3rd Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, these students are assessed for their performance on the field. At the end of May, a team of 12 men and 12 women are invited to attend the Tewaaraton Banquet and they are presented with the “High School All-Tewaaraton Team” plaque.

 “It is inspiring to know that lacrosse touches so many young individuals in our communities. These are the players of tomorrow, many of which I believe we will see in a few short years contending for the ultimate award in lacrosse – the Tewaaraton. I look forward to the ceremony in June where we will to present the “High School All-Tewaaraton Team” plaque to these promising young individuals,” stated Robert Sweeney, President of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.

 The award will be presented on June 3rd, 2010 at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Official Men’s 2010 “High School All-Tewaaraton Team Watch List” 

Alex

Blonsky

Georgetown Preparatory School

Rustin

Bryant

Hereford High School

Emmett

Cahill

Loyola Blakefield

Alex

Chay

St. Paul’s School

Matty

Collins

Georgetown Preparatory School

Logan

Connelly

St Mary’s High School

Brian

Cooper

Archbishop Spalding

Will

Cybulski

Madison High School

Chris

Daddio

Loudoun Valley High School

Paul

Danko

Gilman School

Hunter

DeButts

Episcopal High School

Connor

Doyle

Gilman School

Matt

Dusek

Hereford High School

Gregory

Dutton

Calvert Hall

Dennis

Foster

Gilman School

Patrick

Foster

The Boys Latin School of Maryland

Jeff

Fountain

St Paul’s School

Tyler

Frederick

McDonogh School

Tyler

German

Queen Anne’s County High School

Bobby

Gribbin

Georgetown Preparatory School

Jake

Haley

Queen Anne’s County High School

Patrick

Harbeson

DeMatha High School

John

Hogan

St Mary’s High School

Connor

Hunt

Severna Park High School

Duncan

Hutchins

Gilman School

Patrick

Keena

Landon High School

RG

Keenan

The Boys Latin School of Maryland

John

Kelly

The Bullis School

Wilson

Kistler

St Alban’s

Zach

Linkous

St. Paul’s School

Steven

Lusby

Severna Park High School

Joe

Meuer

McDonogh School

Chris

May

Gonzaga High School

Mark

McNeill

St Mary’s High School

Nathan

Miller

Annandale High School

Taylor

Morgan

Georgetown Preparatory School

Eric

Natale

Westminster High School

Brian

Patton

Urbana High School

Robert

Posniewski

Georgetown Preparatory School

Pat

Powderly

St. Paul’s School

Patrick

Rhodey

Calvert Hall

Tony

Rossi

Calvert Hall

Reid

Shepard

Wooton High School

Greg

Smith

Edison

David

Solomon

St. Stephens & St. Agnes

Wells

Stanwick

The Boys Latin School of Maryland

Garrett

Swankowski

Loudoun Valley High School

Ryan

Tucker

Gilman School

Justin

Ward

Old Mill Senior High School

Sean

Wright

Our Lady of Good Counsel

 
 Official Women’s 2010 “High School All-Tewaaraton Team Watch List”

Megan

Bell

Hereford High School

Maggie 

Bermingham

Annandale High School

Barb

Black

St. Paul’s School

Liza

Blue

Garrison Forest School

Lauren

Burke

Oakton High School

Abbey

Clipp

Marriotts Ridge High School

Brittany

Coppa

North Carroll High School

M.J.

Coyle

Holy Child School

Jody

Cumberpatch

Annapolis High School

Mackenzie

Cyr

Winters Mill High School

Liz

Dunwoody

Chantilly High School

KC 

Emerson

Sherwood High School

Taelar

Errington

Leonardtown High School

Meghan

Eshleman

Broadneck High School

Jenn

Etzel

The John Carroll School

Annabelle

Gilbride

Georgetown Visitation

Julianne 

Giles

Mount Hebron High School

Natalie

Glanell

South River High School

Beth

Glaros

Wilde Lake High School

Brooke

Griffin

South River High School

Shannon

Harkey

Loudoun Valley High School

Meg

Helm

Notre Dame Preparatory

Hannah

Hook

Severn High School

Kelsey

Horton

St. Stephens & St. Agnes School

Courtney

Hoyes

Archbishop Spalding High School

Elizabeth

Johnson

C. Milton Wright High School

Anna

Kim

River Hill High School

Brooks 

Lawler

McDonogh School

Shannon

Lechner

Our Lady of Good Council High School

Katie

Leech

Winters Mill High School

Sarah

Lloyd

Severna Park

Jillian

Magnotta

Dulaney High School

Morgan

Matz

Maryvale Preparatory School

Maggie

McCormick 

Liberty High School

Elspeth

McGarry

Langley High School

Lydia

Miller

Georgetown Visitation

Lyndsey

Munoz

St. Mary’s High School

Rachel

Obregon

WT Woodson High School

Grace

Parente

Bryn Mawr School

Chelsea

Rowe

St. Mary’s High School

Taelor

Salmon

St. Stephens & St. Agnes School

Caroline

Seats

Roland Park Country School

Molly

Shawhan

Our Lady of Good Council High School

Christina

Sheridan

Our Lady of Good Council High School

Erin

Silfer

South Carroll High School

Katie

Slater

Academy of the Holy Cross

Margaret

Smith

McDonogh School

Covie

Stanwick 

Notre Dame Preparatory

Nina

Swanson

Georgetown Visitation

Janet

Tela

Bishop Ireton High School

Erin

Tenneson

Chesapeake High School

Annie

Thomas

The John Carroll School

Courtney

Tomchik

Broadnecj High School

Amalie

Trentzsch

Winters Mill High School

Reilly

Woodman

St. Stephens & St. Agnes High School

 

 About The Tewaaraton Award:

The Tewaaraton Award was formally established in August of 2000 with the inaugural presentation talking place at The University Club of Washington DC in June of 2001. Honoring the Native American heritage, the Tewaaraton Trophy symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American history. Tradition dictates that each year the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy: the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, and the Tuscarora. Today, the Tewaaraton Trophy is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award honoring the nation’s top male and female collegiate lacrosse player for their extraordinary achievements on the field.

 About Greater Washington Sports Alliance:

Established in 2003, The Greater Washington Sports Alliance (GWSA) is a regional non-profit sports commission created to foster economic development and civic pride through the power of sports. The Sports Alliance’s mission encompasses the attraction of sporting events to the region, the promotion of the regional professional, collegiate and amateur franchises, the support of youth investment organizations and the branding of Washington, D.C. as a world class sports destination. For more information please visit www.gwsportsalliance.com.

Ona R. Madonia
Program Coordinator
Greater Washington Sports Alliance
1725 I Street, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
T: 202-857-5996
F: 202-223-2648
E: omadonia@gwsportsalliance.com
W: www.gwsportsalliance.com

The short answer on legal masks in boy’s HS lacrosse

An interesting question popped up recently that had to do with the legality of facemasks in boy’s high school lacrosse.

The issue stems from a CLA technical bulletin regarding the use of certain masks, the NAMI Sr., ONTY Sr. & O’Neil masks in CLA sanctioned play.  CLA Technical Bulletin 07-03 states that the masks mentioned above will not be allowed in minor lacrosse at the midget level and below.

This presents a problem for boy’s high school lacrosse, where such masks are seen with regularity and that the age groupings are different from the Canadian Lacrosse Association.

From a referee perspective the short answer is that what is legal in the OLA is legal in boys high school lacrosse in OntarioThat is to say, if you are midget aged (15 & 16) and below, the facemask/helmet must conform to CLA Technical Bulletin 07-03.  However, those players older than midget are allowed to use the facemasks noted above. 

More information will be forthcoming on this issue, but I figured I would put the word out now just in case anyone has the same question.

2007 Coach and Umpire Clinics for Ontario Women’s Field Lacrosse

Please note that information (including registration forms) pertaining to the 2007 Ontario Women’s Lacrosse coaches and umpires clinics have been posted to the Ontario Women’s Lacrosse website at the following URLs:

2007 Coaches Clinics - 2007 Umpire Clinics

As well, have a look around at the ‘OWL’ site – it is very informative and one of the best lacrosse sites ‘out there’ on the web.

LOSSA Girls Field Lacrosse Schedule

The schedule for 2007 LOSSA Girls field lacrosse league has been posted to the LOSSA site and can be located here:

LOSSA Girls Field Lacrosse Schedule 

This year there are 2 divisions of 5 teams with the top 6 teams playing for the ‘A’ Championship and the bottom 4 teams playing in the ‘B’ Champsionship.

Wilson
Pereyma
All Saints
D O’C
St. Stephen’s

Sinclair
Anderson
Henry St.
Donevan
McLaughlin

Season starts Tuesday, April 24th.

1st Annual Rick “Tuggy” Passfield Memorial Field Lacrosse Tournament

The summer of 2007 will mark the 1st Annual Rick “Tuggy” Passfield Memorial Field Lacrosse Tournament. The anticipated dates are August 24th-26th 2007, and will be held in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. We are inviting U-16 aged teams from across Canada and throughout the U.S.A. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit HCM Research (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy), the heart condition in which Rick passed away from in 2005, at the age of 21. Rick played lacrosse here in the local community, and also helped with the development of younger players within the Durham Region.

Tournament fees have not yet been established, but we expect to release applications, fees, and final details by the end of March. Accommodations can be easily accessed for out of town teams at the Durham Residence Center located in Oshawa. We have been told teams will get the OLA discount rate for rooms. Our intentions are to provide transportation to teams flying into Toronto, and run a shuttle service to and from the residence to the fields.

Both “A” and “B” divisions will be divided to accommodate teams of a higher or lower caliber skill level. The tournament schedule will depend on the amount of response we receive by applications. We estimate to have 20+ teams, having 10+ teams in both the “A” and “B” divisions. We wish to include a Tournament All-Star Game with at least one representative from each team competing. All-Star players will be determined by a voting system of opposing coaches during the Round-Robin play. It is our intention to have a Canada vs. U.S.A match-up of the respective players voted.

Further details will be available in March and will be sent to those who respond to this invitation. Please pass along the information to any prospective teams which may be interested in attending. We foresee a huge interest level, and hope to host your team/organization. Spots will be limited so please respond ASAP. Thanks for your time.

Joel Johnson
Tournament Organizer
badger525@hotmail.com
(905) 718-8901

Note: Joel is also looking for volunteers and Sponsors to assist with the tournament, so please spread the word. I personally knew Rick and his family. He always had the time to spend to help out the kids, and others across many associations. Let’s help out this cause in his memory……Marksy

Update: There is a meeting scheduled for volunteers on Wed. Feb 21 2007, 7:00 pm at Johnny’s Original Eatery (Corner of Thornton and Hwy 2 in Oshawa)

Katelyn Mandville seeks spot on Canadian field lacrosse team

Courtice resident Katelyn Mandville started playing lacrosse in high school and is now reaching towards playing for the Canadian National U19 team this Brad Kelly article in the local newspaper.

“Katelyn Mandville speaks with ease about her passion for field lacrosse, and her probable inclusion on the Canadian team that will compete at the World Championships this summer.

But it wasn’t always that way.

In fact, before she arrived at high school at Monsignor John Pereyma in Oshawa, she had no knowledge about the sport.

“When I was in Grade 9 the gym teacher asked me to come out to practice,” recalls the Courtice resident. “I had no idea what field lacrosse was even about.”” 

Congratulations Katelyn and good luck!  And thanks for showing what hard work and dedication can accomplish.

Taking on the World – Brad Kelly from This Week

Q & A with Roxanne Curtis

Roxanne Curtis is a teacher at Whitby’s Sinclair Secondary School  and is also the coach of the 5-time defending LOSSA and 2-time defending Ontario champion Sinclair Girls Varsity Lacrosse team.  Roxanne was kind enough to share with us in an electronic Q&A session recently:

Background

How did you get started in lacrosse and what was your involvement before starting the girls program at Sinclair?

Started coaching in 1989 under the guidance of Barb Boyes.  We were both teaching at Ajax HS, she was the coach of the Sr. National Womens Team at the time so she taught me the basics so I could coach the “Rookie Team” at Ajax and from there I was hooked.  She figured if I could coach basketball, then I could transfer that knowledge to field lacrosse…. that’s worked out fairly well for me!

Do you have other interests in lacrosse outside of the Sinclair program?

Yes, lots!

  • I am the Technical Director for Ontario Women’s Lacrosse – a role which involves setting up all coaching and officiating clinics.
  • Provincial Team Program Co-ordinator [Team Ontario]
  • NCCP Master Facilitator – instruct both Community Coach: Development Clinics and Competitive Coach: Introduction clinics
  • CLA coaching Committee – member
  • OFSAA Sport Advisory Chair for Girls’ Lacrosse – this year the Provincial Cup is a sanctioned event by OFSAA, we are moving in the direction of an OFSAA Festival….need more associations within OFSAA participating before this will happen!
  • Convenor of the OWL International Tournament – has attracted teams from England, Wales, U.S. and Canada in the past; held at Oshawa Civic Fields
  • I have 2 young boys…. so last year, was on son Kyle’s bench as trainer [OMHA Level 2 hockey trainer certification]

At Sinclair

Sinclair has a large player pool – how many teams does Sinclair field?

We run a Varsity team and a huge JV program, usually enough for 2 big teams; Varsity competes in the LOSSA league while JV is strictly for development and play an exhibition & tournament schedule only.

How successful has the Sinclair program been, LOSSA & OFSSA championships, etc?

Currently, we are 5-time defending champions of LOSSA and have captured the Provincial Cup in its first 2 years of existence, lacrosse is not currently a sanctioned OFSAA Championship sport so the Provincial Cup is our version of OFSAA.  In the school’s 13 year existence we have won the LOSSA championship 6 times (other in 1996).

How supportive is the school towards the program and do you see girls lacrosse growing as a varsity sport in LOSSA & Ontario?

Support – fantastic!  Growing – yes, LOSSA has grown to 11 teams this year; last year several new schools ran JV programs to introduce lacrosse to the girls.  Across Ontario – yes; three main areas – LOSSA, COSSA (Peterborough area), ROPSSAA (Peel region) but also in SOSSA (Welland, Cayuga, Hagarsville areas), CWOSSA (Orangeville & Brantford areas), GBSAA (Orillia area)

While I am sure there have been many memorable players over the years, have there been standout players that have had a positive impact on the other players and the up-and-coming players?

Definitely – Grad. year in brackets:  Kristen Millar (2004) – currently on scholarship at the University of Vermont; Christine Comeau (2005) – currently on scholarship at the Longwood U.(Virginia); Veronica Johnston (2005) – a fantastic athlete who picked up lacrosse in Gr 9, was our MVP last season! Currently playing university hockey at University of Western Ontario; Amy Fincham (2003) – currently at Wilfred Laurier U., a member of their OUA Championship team.  Lynz Keys (1999) – currently assistant coach of the Junior National Team and coaching at Longwood U.   All of these players were team captains in their time – true leaders with great work ethic!  Our program has sent players to Wilfred Laurier, Brock U., Queen’s U., Western U., McMaster.

-There are many athletes which I still keep in contact with who are still actively involved in lacrosse as coaches, umpires & players in the OUA or in OWL summer league; many of these come back to help out with the High School tournaments we run in the spring.

Coaching

What roles do the other coaches play at Sinclair?  (i.e. do you have an offensive coach, defensive coach, etc.?)

Dan MacDonald and Mariette Rozon coach with me and they also co-ordinate the JV program.  If all three of us are on the field together we will generally break into three groups for drills, then run strategy together.  I wouldn’t say we have defined roles as Offensive/Defensive.

How do you keep the coaches/players fresh each year while still maintaining a high level of success?

We focus a lot on team cohesion, the girls truly enjoy each other’s company and motivate each other to keep the bar high!  Each season we introduce something new (offensive set, or a new defensive strategy) so even the veterans have to be sharp and are learning.  We set challenges for ourselves for the year and each game, then reward each one appropriately.

Is there any pressure on the coaches/players to ‘live up to expectations’ of success each year?

Our program is focused around expectations – both in the classroom and on the field, are they high, absolutely.  If you aren’t challenging your players to get better and improve, in my opinion, you’re not doing your job as a coach.  We keep that in mind every time we take the field – practice or game.  Do the players feel the pressure, I’m sure they do… as coaches we prepare them to face all challengers and to enjoy the challenge, reach our goals for the game so then the focus isn’t entirely on winning….so just in case we don’t, it won’t be the end of the world!

What schools do you see as Sinclair’s chief challengers this year?

In the first two years of the Provincial Cup, it has been an ALL LOSSA championship final; I think as a league this is a goal for us.  With that said, I expect that Donald A. Wilson will be our toughest competitors, last year the LOSSA Final was so intense and exciting…. it was AWESOME!  Same with the re-match in the Provincial Cup.  We know they will definitely be expecting to change the outcome this season!

Note:  Barb Boyes, the same who got me involved, now coaches at Donald A. Wilson,  so for us it’s a friendly rivalry.

Finally…

If you could have one wish for Girls Field Lacrosse what would that be?

That more areas would start teams for the girls in their schools; it is a fantastic game – inexpensive to start up (we don’t wear equipment), great for fitness, can offer a new sport to girls within their school … and as with other versions of lacrosse, it truly is the fastest on two feet!

Thanks again Roxanne for taking the time to share with us!

LOSSA Schools Declaring Lacrosse for 2007

Youth lacrosse is a growing sport in the Durham Region and this is reflected in the growth of the field game at the high school level.  Most folks would be pleased with the high calibre of play at the top levels of LOSSA lacrosse as well as the progress of the new programs just starting out.   Here is a snapshot of schools declaring lacrosse for 2007:

LOSSA High School Field Lacrosse Programs  (http://www.lossa.on.ca/index.php?pr=Lacrosse&=SID)

LAKE ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION – 33 Schools

Boys Varsity Lacrosse: 16 schools – All Saints, Bowmanville, Cartwright, Central, Courtice, O’Connor, Wilson, Donevan, Leo Austin, Holy Trinity, Pereyma, Notre Dame, Dwyer, Pine Ridge, McLaughlin, St. Stephens

Girls Lacrosse: 11 schools – All Saints, Anderson, O’Connor, Wilson, Donevan, Leo Austin, Henry St, Pereyma, Sinclair, St. Stephens, Uxbridge

Play this year will be divisional based upon strength of the program and size of the school.  Last year boys teams played in three divisions A, B & C and I suspect it will be the same this year.

Kenner High School in Peterborough puts on a high school field lacrosse tournament and this year there will be a Girls tournament on May 30-31st as well as the OFSSA Boys A/AA Championships on June 7th.  The AAA/AAAA Boys championships will be at St. Andrews College in Aurora on June 5th. 

(more info coming soon here:  http://www.ofsaa.on.ca/site/index.cfm?DSP=Section&ID=62

High School Lacrosse……

Our newest addition to the category section; High School Lacrosse.  While this is a huge game in the U.S. it seems to be still pretty isolated in hot spots throughout Ontario / Canada.

In any case, where there is lacrosse we are going to do our best to report on it.

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