Notebook: Ex-Navy coach Meade reportedly in line to take over new Furman program

7 Salisbury men named All-Americans

IWLCA honors 6 Sea Gulls women

May 23, 2012|Courtesy of Inside Lacrosse magazine

Former Navy coach Richie Meade is expected to be named the first men's lacrosse coach at Furman, Inside Lacrosse reported Tuesday.

Meade and an official in Furman's athletic department declined to comment when reached; however, the Furman athletic department has confirmed that it has planned a news conference for Saturday in Boston to name its first head coach.

Inside Lacrosse reported on April 20 that Meade led a list of candidates that the newly formed South Carolina Division I men's program was considering, and sources have told Inside Lacrosse that Meade visited campus last week and has been in negotiations with the university.

Meade's expected hire comes after his much-publicized departure from the Navy sideline last May. Among the outspoken critics of the decisions that led to Meade's stepping down was Denver coach Bill Tierney, who outlined his arguments for Inside Lacrosse last year. When asked this week about the prospect of Meade's taking the reins at Furman, Tierney said: "If Richie Meade is the first coach at Furman, it's not that the wrongs of last year have been righted — it shows his tenure as a great lacrosse coach has shined through and he's had his effect on other people looking to build a great program, that others have recognized what he's done and what he's capable of doing."

After 17 seasons at Navy, during which he amassed a 142-97 record and led the Midshipmen to the 2004 national championship game, Meade spent the past year as a tenured physical education professor and teaching fellow in the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the academy. Earlier this year, Meade was named the coach for the U.S. team for the 2014 FIL World Championships in Denver.

Meade played lacrosse at North Carolina and coached for four seasons at the University of Baltimore before taking over the Navy program.

7 Salisbury men named All-Americans

Salisbury will meet SUNY-Cortland in Sunday's NCAA Division III men's tournament final with a 22-0 record, a 29-game winning streak and a history that features nine national championships, including last year's crown.

Perhaps as a reward for their season, the Sea Gulls led all Division III men's programs by placing seven players on the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America first team. Seniors Matt Cannone and Erik Krum headline the attack unit, while senior Sam Bradman and junior Ryan Clarke made the midfield. Also making the first team were senior defenseman Andrew Sellers (Archbishop Curley), junior faceoff specialist Tyler Granelli and senior short-stick defensive midfielder Dean Rossi.

Senior long-stick midfielder Evan Hockel (Archbishop Spalding) made the third team, and senior attackman Tony Mendes, senior short-stick defensive midfielder Parker Dickerson, sophomore defenseman Zeke Smith and sophomore goalkeeper Alex Taylor (Glenelg) were named honorable mention.

Stevenson was represented on the USILA All-America teams by junior defenseman Kyle Holechek (Loyola) on the second team, senior goalie Ian Bolland on the third team and junior attackman Tyler Reid, freshman attackman Stephen Banick, senior midfielder Justin Lea (Mount St. Joseph), senior midfielder Nick Rossi (Towson), junior defenseman Kyle Fendlay (Winters Mill), sophomore long-stick midfielder Ryan Rubenstein (Boys' Latin) and senior short-stick defensive midfielder Andrew McCrumb (Mount St. Joseph) as honorable mention.

Washington College, meanwhile, put junior attackman Bennett Cord on the second team and senior goalkeeper Peter Stewart (St. Mary's) as honorable mention. Goucher senior midfielder Matt Lynch was named to the third team, and attackmen Kyle Boncaro and Rory Averett received honorable mention.

McDaniel and St. Mary's each had two players named honorable mention: senior attackman D.J. Rickels (Boys' Latin) and senior defenseman Nick Sicuranza for the Green Terror, and junior midfielder Taylor Cook (St. Mary's Ryken) and senior long-stick midfielder Peter Windsor (St. Paul's) for the Seahawks. Also, Sicuranza will play for the South in the 71st annual USILA/LaxWorld North/South Senior All-Star Game at 3 p.m. Friday.

IWLCA honors 6 Sea Gulls women

Six Salisbury players were named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Chesapeake Region first team: junior attacker Katie Bollhorst (St. Mary's), junior attacker Lauren Feusahrens (St. Mary's Ryken), senior midfielder Alyssa Fowler (Arundel), junior defender Alyssa Hardesty, senior midfielder Allie Wheatley and senior goalkeeper Ashton Wheatley. Feusahrens, Ashton Wheatley and freshman Bethany Baer were also chosen to the Division III All-Tournament team after the Sea Gulls' 8-7 loss to Trinity (Conn.) — their first defeat of the season — in the title game Sunday.

Also chosen to the All-Chesapeake Region first team was Stevenson senior defender Lauren Taguding (Towson).

St. Mary's junior Erin Shackelford (Annapolis) and freshman Paige Decker (River Hill), along with Stevenson sophomore midfielder Marissa Meiklejohn (Old Mill), were named to the second team.

Baltimore Sun reporter Edward Lee and staff reports contributed to this article.

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