Ante Up Alum Evan Mulcrone and the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes win the ECAC Championship
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State men's lacrosse team will host an NCAA tournament game for the first time in program history, taking on Towson (10-7) at 3 p.m. Sunday in Ohio Stadium in Columbus. The Buckeyes (12-3), who won the 2013 ECAC Tournament title Saturday to clinch the league's automatic berth into the championship field, received the No. 3 seed in the NCAA bracket. The game between the Buckeyes and Tigers will be televised live by ESPNU and available on WatchESPN.
Coach Duffy, John Grant Jr. (Team Canada, All World Team), and Ricky Pages (MLL All-Star) celebrate after Jr. scores an unbelievable goal that makes Sports Center's Top 10 best plays of the week at #2.
Ante Up Alum Evan Mulcrone (OSU D1) and Kevin Miller (St. Joes D1) Report for Fall Ball
Ante Up Alum Evan Mulcrone #39 Locker
Ante Up Alum Kevin Miller top left
Kevin Miller takes a wing during the Nick Colleluori Classic to help raise $180,000 for HEADstrong Foundation. Ante Up wishes both Evan and Kevin nothing but the best as both players enter their division one fall ball seasons. Evan reported back to OSU to find his locker stuffed with new gear for the 2012 fall season.
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Tim Duffy accepts Sponsorship check from Jeffrey Orloff
Tim Duffy, head lacrosse coach at Fenwick High School, has won a Gold Medal at the Lacrosse World Games as head coach of the USA All Stars.
Duffy and his USA team traveled to Manchester England, to compete in the Elite Open Division of the (FIL) Federation of International Lacrosse World Games Festival. The games took place in late July and was the largest International Lacrosse event in history. The Festival ran along side the World Championships, where the top professional and amateur/college players competed. This event which draws teams from 30 nations only takes place every 4 years and is considered the top lacrosse event worldwide.
The U.S. team won the Gold Medal by competing and winning all 6 games played and established an International Tournament record for number of goals scored in one game. Duffy and assistant coach Chris Desimone, hand selected from 250 Division 1 players and included 9 All-Americans. The Twenty-two team members represented 9 states, including Illinois and included players from The University of Maryland, UMBC, Towson, Loyola, Denver, Johns Hopkins, Lafayette, Vermont, Leigh, Hofstra, Rutgers, Albany, and other top collegiate programs.
The U-21 USA All Stars included starting Attackman and OPRF native, Seth Molek. Molek was scheduled to miss the championship game and underwent surgery the night before to remove an infection in his left pectoral. Surprisingly and against the doctor’s recommendations, Seth was released from surgery at 10am and played in the championship at 2pm. Seth had 4 goals and 3 assists in the USA All Stars 12-9 over England.
A standout All-American and All-State Lacrosse player at Oak Park-River Forest High School, Duffy graduated in 2002, went on to play at Ohio State University, graduated in 2005 and upon finishing was drafted for the inaugural season of Major League Lacrosse by The Chicago Machine. Duffy, who held his own as the second-youngest in a family of six athletically gifted kids, competed in hockey, soccer, football and baseball while growing up in Oak Park. He was drawn to lacrosse by the action and the intellectual challenge of the game. As a freshman at OPRF, he dropped soccer to focus on lacrosse.
"The appeal of lacrosse is the wide diversity of type of players," Duffy explained. "It's not like in basketball, where if you're tall you'll be a dominant player. Everyone has their own playing style you can admire. Some are small and fast and agile, and others are big and strong. The contact drew me in as well. Any sport where I can knock people around is a plus for me." He is in his final year at DePaul University School of Law and is passionate about coaching at Fenwick, as well as running one of the top lacrosse club programs in the U.S.
Duffy launched Ante-Up Lacrosse in 2006, with the focus on teaching and coaching the individual player and not just any one team. Ante-up Lacrosse now has camps throughout the United States and has the coaching expertise of the top lacrosse players in the world including John Grant Jr. (All World Team).
Ante-up provides aid to many of those who wish to play. Seth Molek, Jake Mann, T.J. Harris, and Kyle Leman were awarded the Ante Up Arthur Olsen Memorial Scholarship. In total Ante-Up offered $12,000 in scholarships in order to give those players the opportunity to take part in the FIL World Games.
Arthur Beck Olson Scholarship
Ante Up is proud to offer the Arthur Olson Memorial Scholarship. Arthur Beck Olson was committed to his Christian faith and ministry efforts and encouraged the education of all young people. He was an incredible athlete and this scholarship is one of the many ways we are able to honor the memory of this extraordinary young man who had a profound effect on all of us within the Ante Up family.
The Ante Up team out of Chicago took the Division I crown on Sunday (Casey Vock) 2009
By CASEY VOCK
Pinnacle vs. Ante Up out of Chicago
The tough play of Pinnacle’s goaltender, Stowell, carried over to the Division 1 championship game, as he came out with big saves in tight. But the Pinnacle offense ran into one tough defense in Ante Up, a team made of players from the Chicago area.
Quadear Mike continued to impress in the championship game, hustling in the midfield, scrapping it up for ground balls. He plays with heart, much like everyone, who seemed to be taking this tournament very seriously, making it enjoyable to watch.
Ante Up attackman Jake Mann, who has committed to Lafayette, was very impressive in the championship. He hustles, has good size, good vision, and has a knack for scoring, which he did early in the game. He and senior Ian Smith (Libertyville, Ill.) worked well together. Both, like most of the Ante Up team, seemed to be quite tough and in good shape. They could run all day. Smith was stuffed by Stowell early on, but he later drove the alley and scored on a bounce shot to make it 2-0.
Ante Up took a 3-0 lead to start the second half on a score from Mann, who isolated up top and let a big crank rip, putting it over Stowell’s right shoulder. Ante Up was up 4-0 before Pinnacle finally created offense when Ethan Thompson scored on a feed from Pat Tierney. Tierney came right back with another quick goal to make it 4-2.
Late in the game, Stowell came up big again with a great save on an Ante Up longpole and another huge stuff, stopping senior middie Hunter Rich in close.
But then it was Mann who scored again to make it 5-3 with little time left in the game.
The Ante Up defense was made up of senior longpoles Joe Simenolli, Garrett Van Schaick, Quinn Regan and James McKenzie, who all appeared to be well coached, constantly communicating and all playing physically. My first impression of the Ante Up defense was that it was one of the larger, most definitely taller, defenses I saw at the tournament. But they were also very tough and worked very hard against Pinnacle. It helped that both Ante Up goalies, senior Eddie Coyle in the first half and senior Josh Kohlman in the second, were solid. Ante Up was a very well-coached team.