Serving the scholastic field hockey and lacrosse community since 1998

Archive for September 9, 2011

Sept. 9, 2011 — BULLETIN: Eastern vs. Wyoming Seminary, ppd.

Tomorrow night’s showdown between Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) and Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) has been postponed because of this week’s heavy rains. Potential levee weaknesses from a flood surge has sent the Susquehanna River up to 43 feet above flood stage, and has resulted in a mandatory evacuation order for Wilkes-Barre and vicinity.

Amongst the evacuees are the boarders at Wyoming Seminary, who have been moved to a location in Dallas, Pa. It’s not known when the waters will recede and when the school can reopen.

This meeting between two sitting state champions has not yet been rescheduled as of yet.

Sept. 9, 2011 — Jennifer Ulelha, the builder

Today’s Game of the Day
Maine-Endwell (N.Y.) at Marathon (N.Y.)
Marathon and star scorer Shelby Underwood are looking to continue the Olympians’ early-season momentum, borne of a dominating performance last weekend at the Marathon Invitational Tournament.

Jennifer Ulelha has been around a number of top programs whilst at their prime. Whether is has been as a player with the University of Maryland, an assistant at Princeton or Florida, or as a head coach with Temple and James Madison, success has seemingly followed the former Team USA member around.

And apparently, the success that she has helped to build recently at Florida is giving her the confidence she can do it again. Ulehla is going to oversee the ascension of the University of Michigan into women’s lacrosse from its current club status into a full varsity effort. The Maize and Blue will debut as a full varsity in the spring of 2014.

Like at Florida and like Lindsay Munday’s current efforts at starting the Southern California program, Ulehla is going to be burdened by the expectations heaped on the program. There will be lots of time and effort (and, presumably, a sizable budget) devoted to making this team successful.

And since Michigan is going to be competing in the American Lacrosse Conference alongside Northwestern, the Wolverines have a convenient measuring stick in conference play.

As was the case in Florida, the Michigan program is likely to jump-start the scholastic game. The number of public-school varsity teams was just eight in 2005, and numbers 64 today. Who knows how many young women are going to start picking up the sport the next decade?