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Virginia Uses Grit To Bring Home A Lacrosse National Championship

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Virginia Wins College Lacrosse National Championship

On paper, it was hard to envision Virginia being able to contain Yale’s fire power, the defending champions that averaged 15 goals per game for the entire post season. Even with veritable stars in their own right with the likes of attackman Matt Moore, Dave Smith, Matt Kraus and midfielder Ryan Conrad, Virginia had their work cut out for them in slowing the offensive juggernaut that is the Yale Bulldogs.

So how did Virginia not only slow Yale’s high tempo, high powered offensive attack, but stymie it? By turning the National Championship game into slug fest that they clearly were on the winning side of.

Right out of the gate, Virginia played aggressive defense, double teaming the ball at every opportunity, swarming ground balls, and delivering big hits; meanwhile managing to bring their hard nosed style of lacrosse yet staying out of the penalty box.

The result was Yale being taken out of their rhythm, often off balanced, and losing possessions. It also did not hurt that Alex Rode played outstanding in the goal, earning the most valuable player honors.

Even when Yale seemed to return to the form we have been accustomed to when they closed the gap to 6-4 right out of the opening of the second half, Virginia stayed the course in unwavering fashion and just kept playing their game. Virginia reminded us today that as much as lacrosse has changed with the rules scaling back some of the brutality of the game for safety’s sake, there is still plenty of room for playing tough, aggressively and physically dominating the other team from ground balls, to defensive traps and aggressive rides.

Make no mistake, Matt Moore, Matt Kraus, Ryan Conrad and company displayed some incredible feats of lacrosse skill to bring to Yale today. But in the end, it was the focus on the basic fundamentals of boxing out, scrapping for ground balls, playing great individual and team defense, and being physical that won the day today.


Dr. Roger Welton is a practicing veterinarian and well regarded media personality through a number of topics and platforms.  In addition to being passionate about integrative veterinary medicine for which he is a nationally renowned expert, Dr. Welton was also an accomplished college lacrosse player and remains to this day very involved in the sport.  He is president of Maybeck Animal Hospital , runs the successful veterinary/animal health  blogs Web-DVM andDr. Roger’s Holistic Veterinary Care, and fulfills his passion for lacrosse through his lacrosse and sport blog, The Creator’s Game.


Behind Marcus Holman’s Extraordinary Effort Ohio Machine Battles For First MLL Championship

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Ohio Machine MLL Champions - Marcus Holman Enjoying The Franchises First MLL Title!

They came up one game short last year, but in this year’s MLL championship rematch, they used that experience to battle the Denver Outlaws to a franchise first ever Major League Lacrosse Championship. Ohio star attackman, Marcus Holman stated after the game, “I’d be lying if I said we didn’t learn from that and use it as experience and fuel.  I love these guys, and I’m very thankful to be a part of this organization and this team.”

Although Holman and his teammates savored the championship win, it was a tough battle until close to the end.  Behind distributor in chief, attackman Matt Kavenagh (who finished the game with 6 assists) drew defenders to dump to open teammates Eric Law and Wes Berg who easily finished with respective goals and gave the Outlaws a 10-6 lead with 5:25 left in the third quarter.

In his post game interview, Marcus Holman vented some frustration he was feeling with his team’s performance at that point in the game.  “I’m not going to lie. I kind of got into the guys,” Holman said in a post game interview on CBS Sports Network. “We were playing selfish lacrosse, I thought. We got here by playing team ball.”

Peter Baum provided the spark the Machine needed at that moment with with a goal at the 2:45 mark.  He then followed that by assisting line mate Kyle Harrison, then finished with another goal off a feed from Mark Cockerton.

Kavenagh would score twice to open the fourth quarter, but the rest of the game would be dominated by the Ohio Machine which included 4 consecutive goals by Marcus Holman (he would finish the game with 4 goals, 2 assists).

The final score was 17 – 12, capping off a great season, payback from falling short against Denver last year, and bringing the championship to Columbus, Ohio for the first time in Franchise history.

Dr. Roger Welton is a practicing veterinarian and well regarded media personality through a number of topics and platforms.  In addition to being passionate about integrative veterinary medicine for which he is a nationally renowned expert, Dr. Welton was also an accomplished college lacrosse player and remains to this day very involved in the sport.  He is president of Maybeck Animal Hospital , runs the successful veterinary/animal health  blogs Web-DVM and Dr. Roger’s Holistic Veterinary Care, and fulfills his passion for lacrosse through his lacrosse and sport blog, The Creator’s Game.