•There were no youth leagues in their native Warrenton, Va., when David and Matt Miller wanted to begin playing lacrosse.
And a journey that began in the backyard with their mother teaching them how to play while using the wooden women's sticks from her college days continues this weekend, with both brothers playing in the Division I men's semifinals.
David Miller is a senior at
"I know some of the powerhouse high school programs, and some of the hotbed programs up north boast multiple players in championship weekend. But for a small prep school in Virginia," said Middleburg coach Rob Horne, "it's an enormous deal for us."
•Offseason coaching changes continue in Division I lacrosse with an opening at the assistant level at
Harvard assistant coach Jim Finlay is no longer with the team. Finlay served as the Crimson's defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for two seasons. Prior to Harvard, he served as head coach at Division III Trinity. Finlay said he has decided to leave coaching to pursue a new career.
•Thirty states were represented by the 16 men's D-I
In last weekend's NCAA quarterfinals, there were high-impact players from Florida (Maryland's top long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt and Johns Hopkins first-line midfielder Lee Coppersmith), Kentucky (Denver top faceoff man Chase Carraro), Minnesota (Denver starting defenseman Carson Cannon), Missouri (Denver defensive midfielder Terry Ellis), Georgia (
"Every time I go into a game I look across the sideline and say, 'He didn't recruit me,' " Ratliff said about the difficulty getting recruited because of playing his high school ball in Georgia.
•With all the talk of shot clocks and stalling in college lacrosse — particularly after Maryland's 10-9 win over Hopkins in the NCAA quarterfinals — a patient offense is nothing new. The Terrapins won the 1973 national title with a 10-9 overtime victory over Johns Hopkins, which used a stall offense to keep the game close.