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Notebook: Stevenson men's lacrosse named Team of Year by Annapolis Touchdown Club

FIL vote signals return to World Championships for Iroquois national team; Durham leaves Stevenson to become Hanover's first women's coach

The Baltimore Sun

6:21 PM EDT, June 12, 2013

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After winning the school's first-ever national championship, the Stevenson men's lacrosse team has been selected to receive the Henry Ciccarone Memorial Award by the Touchdown Club of Annapolis as the organization's Collegiate Team of the Year.

"For the past 40 years or so, the Touchdown Club has chosen one college lacrosse team in Maryland to receive this award," president Justin Mullen said. "There was no debate this year as Stevenson's outstanding 2013 season that culminated in the school's first Division III national championship clearly stood out above the rest."

The Mustangs finished with a school-record 22 wins this season and defeated the Rochester Institute of Technology, 16-14, in the national championship May 26 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. With 11 All-Americans, the Mustangs also went unbeaten in its first season in the Commonwealth Conference en route winning the conference championship.

Stevenson will be formally presented the Henry Ciccarone Memorial Award at the annual Touchdown Club of Annapolis Lacrosse Cookout and Awards Ceremony on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium before the Chesapeake Bayhawks' Major League Lacrosse game against the Denver Outlaws at 7 p.m.

The Touchdown Club of Annapolis event will be located in the Class of '53 Pavilion and begin at 5 p.m.

The Mustangs will then be recognized on the field at halftime that evening.

Stevenson currently has two former players on the Bayhawks' roster in Mike Simon '09 and Jimmy Dailey '11.

Henry A. "Chic" Ciccarone was the lacrosse coach at Johns Hopkins from 1975 to 1983, totaling a 105-16 record and winning consecutive national championships from 1978 to 1980. He was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1987.

After FIL vote, Iroquois likely headed to 2014 World Championships

The Federation of International Lacrosse has informed its members that a postal ballot has paved the way for the Iroquois national team to rejoin the World Championships in 2014.

The Iroquois did not participate in the 2010 games because of a passport issue.

According to an email, the ballot rejected Bylaw 11.1, which determines that the World Championship field is set by the previous tournament's outcome. The General Assembly vote from full member nations means the FIL will now have to redraft its criteria for seeding the championship field; it is a ringing endorsement that the Iroquois team — which appealed to be included in the Blue Division after the rules dictated they be placed in a lower group based on their absence from the 2012 World Championships — will be back among the tournament's elite ranks.

The email said the FIL Men's Competition Committee and interested parties will meet at July's Women's World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario, to plan the next steps.

The Canadian national team released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying: “Team Iroquois belongs in the Blue Division and Team Canada management and coaching staff are pleased with the FIL decision. Our players want to play the best opponents in the 2014 World Championship and we all have a lot of respect for the Iroquois people, players and coaches.” The 2014 World Championships will be held in Commerce City, Colo.
-- Inside Lacrosse

Hanover tabs UMBC's Durham as first coach

C.J. Durham (UMBC) has been hired as the first coach of the Hanover College women's lacrosse program.

Durham comes to Hanover after two seasons as a graduate assistant at Stevenson. She will recruit the first squad for the Panthers, who are slated to begin Division III competition in spring 2015.

Durham was a four-year starter for the Retrievers from 2008 to 2011. She played in 67 of the team's 69 games during the span, including 57 starts, and helped UMBC post three straight winning seasons and back-to-back appearances in the America East championship.