September 17, 2012

Joel Censer

Joel is a regular contributor to Lacrosse Magazine and

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Censer's Five Favorite Stories

  1. Crossover Skills: The Canadian-American Dynamic
  2. UnCensered: Confessions of a Half-Fieldophile
  3. UnCensered: Death of the Dodging Attackman
  4. UnCensered: Requiem for a Quarterback
  5. Thinking Inside the Box, College Coaches Find Parity in Pairs

Censer's Full Archive

April 4, 2013
UnCensered: A Few of My Favorite Things
Joel Censer takes a fresh look at a variety of topics, including offenses at Virginia and North Carolina, Duke's Luke Duprey and Harvard's bad luck.

March 21, 2013
UnCensered: If College Lax had a Trade Deadline
Joel Censer envisions a college lacrosse landscape with an April trade deadline. Who would benefit from a change of scenery this year?

February 28, 2013
UnCensered Returns: Since We Last Met...
Lacrosse Magazine contributor Joel Censer returns with his weekly column, and a look at offseason and early-season storylines.

January 24, 2013
Beyond the Story: Censer's Iroquois Reading List
Check out Joel Censer's five must-reads on the history of the game, which helped him write last week's feature on the Iroquois Nationals.

January 17, 2013
#LMranks: No. 12 Syracuse Orange (Men)
The Orange shook things up this offseason with a new offensive coach and transfer Nicky Galasso. But Brian Megill is familiar on defense.

January 14, 2013
For Iroquois Nationals, It's More Than a Game
The history of Iroquois lacrosse is as old as the game itself. The Nationals' first field win ever over the U.S. last summer added another chapter to the story.

December 4, 2012
Best of Lacrosse 2012: Censer's Take on the Rest
LM's Joel Censer has his own spin on end-of-year awards, handing out winners for Best Tweets, Most Candid, Best YouTube Moments and more.

October 17, 2012
HOF Week: Colsey, Hubbard Are Professional Grade
Roy Colsey played angry. Jesse Hubbard played smart. Each carved his path to stardom with unrelenting spirit and brought legitimacy to the MLL.

October 12, 2012
30 in 30: How Does UVA Look in Post-Stanwick Era?
With their longtime offensive leader gone, the 2013 Cavaliers are looking to return to the breakneck pace that Virginia built its reputation on.

October 8, 2012
Coaches, Players React to Rules Changes in Action
After a trio of major fall ball events this weekend, collected player and coach reactions to life under a new set of men's rules.

October 7, 2012
Princeton, Schreiber Impress at Play for Parkinson's
Joel Censer breaks down Saturday's Play for Parkinson's event with reports on up-tempo Princeton, new-look Virginia and Georgetown, and more.

June 28, 2012
Summer Email Exchange: Forman v. Censer Part III
What do European basketball and Brazilian soccer have in common with college lacrosse? Matt Forman and Joel Censer tie it all together.

June 27, 2012
Summer Email Exchange: Forman v. Censer Part II
Lacrosse Magazine's Matt Forman and Joel Censer debate the nation's best defenses and ponder a lacrosse parallel universe.

June 26, 2012
Summer Reading Email Exchange: Forman v. Censer
Lacrosse Magazine's Matt Forman and Joel Censer trade emails on Division I men's lacrosse storylines and stats, big and small.

June 19, 2012
Getting to Know U.S. U19 Throwback Midfielders
With the FIL Under-19 World Championships about a month away, Lacrosse Magazine takes a deeper, position-by-position look at the U.S. U19 squad.

June 11, 2012
UnCensered: Parity? Maybe. Growth? Definitely
Maybe the Mayans stumbled on to something. In 2012, predicting what was going to happen in late May meant ignoring both precedent and pedigree.

June 5, 2012
Wrap: Thoughts from Memorial Day Weekend
Something old, something new and some interesting questions about the future of the small school championships.

May 30, 2012
UnCensered: Hawkins, Ratliff Fueled Loyola's Run
In the end, Josh Hawkins and Scott Ratliff’s dirty work between the stripes ignited Loyola's post-season engine, writes Joel Censer.

May 23, 2012
UnCensered: Requiem for a Quarterback
A senior season ending in quarterfinal purgatory doesn’t change a thing about Steele Stanwick’s accomplishments, writes Joel Censer.

May 18, 2012
UnCensered: Lacrosse's TV Potential on Display
With eight televised D-I men's games last weekend, lacrosse took a long look in the mirror. And it looked pretty darn good.

May 10, 2012
UnCensered: Mirror Image Matchups in First Round
Teams will square off against their doppelganger in the NCAA men's first round: Colgate-UMass, Denver-UNC, Syracuse-Duke and Notre Dame-Yale.

May 9, 2012
Coyne v. Censer: Predicting the Entire Tournament
It's the last edition of CvC for the year, so instead of pontificating about the tourney, Joel and Jac just pick all the winners.

May 3, 2012
UnCensered: Get Ready For Playoff Moments
Who is this year's Ryan Boyle or Mikey Powell? What team set up for a letdown? Joel Censer has some ideas.

May 3, 2012
Coyne v. Censer: Beauty of the Conference Tourney
Conference tournaments don't always reward the best team, but they are consistent with the mission of college athletics.

April 27, 2012
Coyne v. Censer: Choosing a School, Not a Coach
Every year coaches take new jobs. And every year student-athletes (and their parents) get angry about it. Here's the solution.

April 26, 2012
UnCensered: Evaluating Nine MD1 Contenders
In no particular order, Cornell, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Loyola, Maryland, UMass, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia are on Joel Censer's list.

April 20, 2012
Coyne v. Censer: Player of the Year Qualifications
There's a very good reason why the USILA chooses an outstanding player of the year as opposed to an MVP.

April 18, 2012
UnCensered: Taking In Johns Hopkins-Maryland
Joel Censer traveled north from Washington, D.C., to see first-hand the 108th meeting between the Terps and Blue Jays. He came away impressed.

April 13, 2012
Coyne v. Censer: The Death of a Rivalry?
After a magical four-year run, Stevenson and Salisbury part conferences next year. Will everything be different?

April 12, 2012
UnCensered: Know These X-Factors in the Midfield
The players that make or break teams aren’t always seniors or offensive midfielders, but often the unheralded workers between the 30s.

April 5, 2012
UnCensered: Looking Closer at Carolina's Game
North Carolina's win over Johns Hopkins was impressive, but it raises as many questions as it does answers for Joel Censer.

March 29, 2012
UnCensered: Does Hopkins Have The Right Stuff?
This year's Blue Jays are built like the title teams of 2005 and 2007, writes Joel Censer. The question is will that blueprint work today?

March 29, 2012
Coyne v. Censer: Making a Case for the NCAC
The NCAC moves out of Pool B next year, and while the league won't get three bids anymore, there's reason for optimisim.

March 22, 2012
Coyne v. Censer: Whittier Still California Dreaming
They were once the model for the potential of western lacrosse, but Whittier has been off the grid for nearly a decade. The Poets could be ready for a return.

March 21, 2012
UnCensered: Breaking Down No. 1 vs. No. 2
Joel Censer analyzes Saturday's Virginia-Johns Hopkins showdown as only he can, even reflecting on the "debris game" of 2005.

March 8, 2012
Coyne v. Censer: NESCAC's Degree of Difficulty
The NESCAC is already hamstrung by its own rules, but is still dominant. Should they make things more difficult...just to be fair.

March 1, 2012
Coyne v. Censer: Using Scheduling to Recruit
Scheduling neutral field games in traditional hotbeds is becoming more and more popular. But does it work?

February 23, 2012
Coyne v. Censer: The State of the Shoremen
They're still the only Centennial team with a national championship. Can Washington College get back to that level?

February 16, 2012
Coyne v. Censer: Starting with a Must-Win Game
Stevenson and Haverford must have Saturday's game. That's Jac Coyne's thesis, however Joel Censer dismisses the drama.

November 14, 2011
Crossover Skills: The Canadian-American Dynamic
Joel Censer examines how Canadians adapted to the men's field game, and what Americans can learn from their success.

June 13, 2011
UnCensered: Finishing Touches on Bizarre Season
It was only fitting Virginia won it all, writes Joel Censer, because that's about the last thing you would have expected two months ago.

May 29, 2011
Bradman, Mendes Stand Out Among Redeemed
Sam Bradman silenced the message board critics and journeyman Tony Mendes finally found his niche for NCAA champion Salisbury.

May 27, 2011
Censer: Six Players Who Must Rise to the Occasion
Some 100,000 lacrosse fans will have tons of eye candy in Baltimore, but Joel Censer's watching these six stars to see who delivers the trophy.

May 20, 2011
UnCensered: The Good, Bad and Downright Dirty
Joel Censer puts his DVR in overdrive to see how teams are trending after the first round and fashion his NCAA quarterfinal predictions.

May 18, 2011
Roanoke Stuns Stevenson with 14 Seconds Left
With just 14 seconds left in the game, Richard Lachlan scored to send Roanoke to the national semifinals and Stevenson home.

May 16, 2011
Bronzino, Noble Epitomize Brand of Big Red 'D'
Mike Bronzino and Jason Noble won't inspire awe in the gym. But they're fast, tough, skilled off the ground and smart. Sound familiar?

May 5, 2011
Censer: Brattons a Case of What Could Have Been
Virginia was right to dismiss Shamel and suspend Rhamel, but it stings to know their potential for greatness remains forever untapped.

April 28, 2011
UnCensered: Can't Deny the 'D' in D-I These Days
Exhibit A: Maryland won the ACC. Exhibits B and C, Syracuse and Notre Dame, play Saturday. The tide has turned to defense, writes Joel Censer.

April 28, 2011
Coyne v. Censer: Joel Can Put This Out of Reach
Censer is up two games with only two weeks to go, but if the Dutchmen, Cardinals and Bullets win, the script is flipped.

April 21, 2011
Coyne v. Censer: It's Time to Make a Move
There are just a few precious weeks left in this competition and just a game separates Coyne and Censer.

April 13, 2011
Hawley Reminds Us There's Good Lax Beyond D-I
David Hawley was breaking ankles in the NESCAC well before he became one of the Ivy League's most dangerous offensive players.

April 7, 2011
Coyne v. Censer: In Defense of the Centennial
In hopes of taking Joel's eyes off the prize, Coyne postulates that Censer's beloved Centennial is a one-bid league. Will the bait be taken?

April 1, 2011
Duke's Throwback Kid Jordan Wolf Knows No Fear
Jordan Wolf invokes visions of Mikey Powell, a shifty risk taker who won't back down from punishing hits on the crease, writes Joel Censer.

March 31, 2011
Coyne v. Censer: Joel Sees Parity, Huge Lead
Recent scores are making Censer believe there is parity. Not so much in this contest, where Coyne is struggling.

March 23, 2011
UnCensered: Confessions from a Half Field-Ophile
Don't hate on specialization, writes Joel Censer. It's led to the most exciting modern-day players. Plus, Syracuse-Hopkins observations.

March 17, 2011
Coyne v. Censer: It's a Southern Fried Weekend
All of the stars have aligned to take Coyne and Censer on a tour through the South this week. Who has the advantage?

March 3, 2011
Coyne v. Censer: Joel Rides the Centennial Wave
Censer rode the Centennial to a big week, crushing Coyne. Does Joel have the guts to take the Bullets this week?

February 24, 2011
Brown Men's Offense in Search of New Identity
The Bears were efficient, if unpredictable, in 2010. This year, they'll look to Andrew Feinberg and David Hawley to lead the way.

February 17, 2011
Bucknell Better Equipped to Handle Adversity
Frank Fedorjaka enlisted a former Navy SEAL and special ops officer to make the Bison tougher. It will pay off in close games.

February 11, 2011
NCAA Division I Preview: No. 6 Princeton (Men)
Princeton's stacked at attack, defense and goalie. But Mike Chanenchuk's withdrawal left them perilously thin at midfield.

February 10, 2011
Joel Censer digs deep into the box lacrosse revolution and "pairs."

February 8, 2011
Thinking Inside Box, Coaches Find Parity in Pairs
Joel Censer digs deep into the box lacrosse revolution in the college field game. How does it work? And will it become the norm?

February 7, 2011
NCAA DI Preview: No. 10 Notre Dame (Women)
The Irish will look to Jackie Doherty and their defense this week, with a West Coast road trip to Cal and Stanford on tap.

December 29, 2010
TCNJ's Jaeger Grew Up Playing Boys' Game
Ali Jaeger, the top player in Division III women's lacrosse, pays homage to childhood boys' lacrosse with her unique style.

November 23, 2010
Reload: Censer's 10 NLI Signing Period Winners
Pen hit paper fast and furious Nov. 10-17. Joel Censer breaks down five men's and five women's teams looking good for 2012.

October 27, 2010
Georgetown's Touted Freshmen Learn on Fly
Have shoes, will travel. Joel Censer checked in on the Hoyas after an adventurous day of fall ball.

October 25, 2010
Panthers Prove Mettle Against Division I Foes
"The only thing D-II about us is that we're in D-II," Adelphi's Joe Spallina said after fall ball wins over Georgetown and Hopkins.

October 21, 2010
Seven Questions to Stew Over 'Till Spring
Joel Censer riffs on seven questions whose answers he thinks will have a major impact on the 2011 NCAA Division I men's lacrosse campaign.

October 21, 2010
UVA Women Make Strides in Return to Field
The Virginia women's lacrosse team seems to be enjoying common rites of passage this fall season, a welcome departure.

October 15, 2010
Censer's Seven Qs to Stew Over Till Spring
That burning sensation? Joel Censer's seven questions whose answers will go a long way in defining the D-I power struggle.

October 10, 2010
Princeton Steals Show at Play for Parkinson's
Even without Jack McBride (concussion), the Tigers were in midseason form Saturday. Censer checks in from Alexandria.

October 6, 2010
Read why college lacrosse might never again see the likes of a Mikey Powell.

September 21, 2010
Joel Censer: Death of the Dodging Attackman
We might not ever find the next Mikey Powell, writes Joel Censer, as rules and coaches have made his kind all but extinct.

September 21, 2010
The Death of the Dodging Attackman
When was the last time you saw a college attackman take it hard to the hoop? Joel Censer feels your pain.

July 15, 2010
Team USA's Rare Bird, Eric Martin, Uncaged
From LM's May cover, check out never-before-seen photos of Eric Martin, Team USA's surfin', stick-burnin' wild man.

June 9, 2010
UnCensered: 'City Lax' Shows Sport's Upside
The perfect remedy for playoff hangover? The new "City Lax" documentary puts it in perspective, writes Joel Censer.

June 4, 2010
Crotty, McFadden Win Tewaaraton Trophy
It was icing on the cake Thursday for Duke's Ned Crotty and Maryland's Caitlyn McFadden, who went home with more hardware.

May 30, 2010
Blog: Duke Wins Title on Costabile's OT Goal
CJ Costabile scored just five seconds into overtime to lift Duke to its first national title with a 6-5 win over stingy Notre Dame.

May 26, 2010
UnCensered: 'Lost' in Transition to Final Four
Here's lookin' at you Hurley. And no, we're not talking about the fat guy from "Lost." Joel Censer can't wait for new material.

May 19, 2010
Power 15: Heroes of the First Round
If peeing your pants is cool, consider me Max Feely. Cornell's stud long pole made the list for his triple-overtime heroics. Find out who else flirted with greatness.

May 19, 2010
Censer: Fifteen Guys Who Made a Difference
Joel Censer breaks down his Power 15 from an action-packed first round, plus NCAA Division I quarterfinal predictions.

May 12, 2010
Three Ingredients, Six People for Postseason Success
Playoffs? You want to talk playoffs? Playoffs? Yes, Jim Mora, I do want to talk about the playoffs. There are three things a team needs to ensure postseason success.

May 12, 2010
UnCensered: Three Ingredients to Win it All
Defense, possessions and players that draw slides determine postseason success. Here's looking at you, Sean DeLaney.

May 7, 2010
Censer: Huguely Not Only One Facing Trial
This month, Kent Squire-Hill finally faces murder charges in a curiously more obscure case involving a lacrosse star.

May 7, 2010
Censer: Huguely Not Only One Facing Trial
This month, Kent Squire-Hill finally faces murder charges in a curiously more obscure case involving a lacrosse star.

April 28, 2010
UnCensered: When Recruiting Becomes Coercion
If Justin Bieber had some nasty Canadian indoor box skills and was ready to forgo a lucrative music career, now would be about the time he’d have to commit.

April 28, 2010
Censer: When Recruiting Becomes Coercion
Verbal commitments before junior year of high school? Let's be honest, writes Joel Censer. That's just tacit coercion.

April 20, 2010
Censer: The First College Lax Big Board
Joel Censer channels his inner Mel Kiper, puts the hair gel on thick and projects the top 40 prospects in college lacrosse.

April 14, 2010
Censer: Alumni Bromance Only Goes So Far
Joel Censer saw more love handles than lore at the Haverford-Cabrini alumni game, and felt deflated by the Big City Classic.

April 14, 2010
UnCensered: Alumni Bromance Only Goes So Far
Arriving at the Haverford-Dickinson game a couple hours early, dudes with burgeoning love handles, corporate haircuts and practice pennies were on the field playing lax.

April 8, 2010
UnCensered: Why Haters Love to Hate
Final Four enmity for Duke basketball inspires LMO's Joel Censer to posture, who's drinking the haterade in lacrosse?

April 1, 2010
Censer: Hollywood Hasn't Done Us Justice
Imagine Governor O'Malley trying to coerce Steele Stanwick to commit to the Terps. Now that would be a plot line.

March 25, 2010
UnCensered: Who'll Win It All? Loaded Question
LMO's Joel Censer waxes poetic on whom he thinks are the top contenders in Division I, if only to buy more time mooching cable on his parents' couch.

March 25, 2010
Censer: Who'll Win It All? Loaded Question
LMO's Joel Censer does his best to answer it, if only to buy more time mooching cable on his parents' couch.

March 16, 2010
Censer: Money Baller in Need of an Edge
What raw, empirical data can quantify a lacrosse player's value? Joel Censer needs a "Moneyball" concept.

March 9, 2010
Censer: Jessie Spano Can't Touch Tigers
LMO's Joel Censer loves "Hot Tub Time Machine," Princeton's new-look offense and UVA's newfound street cred on defense.

March 9, 2010
UnCensered: Why Jessie Spano Can't Touch Tigers
Who knew a job market existed for a washed-up Division III player who overdosed on LaxPower message boards as a teenager?

February 27, 2010
Yeatman Sparks Dramatic Terps Comeback
Will Yeatman scored three goals during a 7-0 run that helped No. 7 Maryland top No. 12 Georgetown 15-13.

February 16, 2010
Wahoos Look to Each Other for Redemption
Scavenger hunts and gingerbread houses aren't normal components of an offseason routine, but maybe they should be.

December 9, 2009
Playing Opportunities on Rise, But Beware
With new D-III programs sprouting everywhere, recruits have choices galore. But expect growing pains, "Recruiting U" reports.

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