From Neal Powless at Nazareth to Marshall Abrams at Syracuse and the Thompsons at Albany, Iroquois men have forged a path from the Six Nations to the U.S. collegiate ranks, honoring a game rooted in their native traditions. They left their reservations with lacrosse scholarships in hand and returned as role models.
But what about their sisters and cousins, mothers and aunts? That's a loaded question.
Thoughts on this past HS lacrosse season/outlook for next season?
“This past season we had one of the strongest teams our program has ever had. Our outlook for next season is to be a powerhouse in both Section 6 and Monsignor Martin.”
College lacrosse coaches say they value athletes who play multiple sports over those who specialize exclusively in lacrosse. But do they follow their own advice?
We asked five coaches what other sports their kids play — and how they feel that has benefitted their overall youth or high school sports experience.
There is a world within the lacrosse world these days, and that world appears to be ruled by the Thompsons. That much was evident this past week the Presidents’ Cup in Coquitlam and on Sunday, and it was in your face. Miles Thompson led the way as Player of the Game for the Onondaga Redhawks, who won the 2014 gold medal with a 9-7 win over the Six Nations Rivermen.
Today we kick off a 4-part miniseries about an Idaho high school lacrosse player named Grant Koehl who’s journeyed coast to coast and hit the books hard to chase his dream. From Boise all the way over and up to Saratoga Springs, “East Bound & Found” explores Grant’s unique situation as a lacrosse recruit from a non-traditional area and puts many of the differences between the fastest game on two feet in the East and West on display.
All across Canada and Native nations, teams started the season with the goal of hoisting the President’s Cup. In 2014, the Redhawks earned that honor by defeating the Six Nations Rivermen 9-7 and became the second time they were crowned as President’s Cup Champions; the first title came in 2010.
In true Rochester Knighthawks fashion, the Junior Knighthawks took home the championship in two of the three divisions on Sunday. The Bantam and Midget teams came out victorious in their championship rounds, continuing the championship legacy created by their NLL Knighthawks.
When the University of Indianapolis lacrosse team steps on the field for the first time in 2016, among their inaugural team members will be Hilton`s Jarod and Shawn Kimble. The brothers recently made their commitment to attend and play at the new NCAA DII program.
Congratulations to the Onongada Redhawks for winning the 2014 CLA Presidents' Cup. The Redhawks overcame a 4-3 deficit after 40 minute to defeat the Six Nations Rivermen 9-7 in the Gold Medal game. Players of the Game were Miles Thompson for Onondaga and Wayne VanEvery for Six Nations. Congratulations also go out to Lyle Thompson of the Redhawks, who was named the tournament Most Valuable Player.
Last week I wrote about the vanishing “teaching camp,” summer lacrosse camps that seem to have gone the way of the dinosaur in this era of invitation-only recruiting camps, showcases, travel and club teams, and the ilk. Back in the day – roughly from 1986 through 2010 – I worked a number of such camps, and I can’t help but wonder if the lacrosse skills of today’s players – and coaches – have suffered because of the instructional camp’s loss of popularity.
The game has taken him from his younger days starring for Penn Yan Academy, to a national championship at Duke University, and now to a professional career with the Rochester Rattlers.
“I think about it all the time: I’m getting paid to play a game that I love,” Manley reflected.
You are a youth lacrosse program administrator, coach, or parent, and you’ve been reading and hearing about US Lacrosse’s Gold Stick Program for a few months now. And generally, it seems to make sense. After all, who doesn’t want the safest and most positive experience for its participants? But where do you go next? How can you get some more details about this initiative and have some of your basic questions answered? We’re glad you asked.
Playing multiple sports in high school is one of the best ways a young lacrosse player can increase his level of athleticism. Experiencing different coaching styles, different team dynamics, and remaining competitive year round are some of the direct benefits to playing multiple sports. Not to mention there are so many transferable concepts across sports.
When the week started, 7 Senior B teams had a shot at gold. Today, it’s just 2: The Six Nations Rivermen and the Onondaga Redhawks. The Rivermen defeated top-seeded Kahnawake 8-4 in Saturday’s first semifinal game. In the second semi, Lyle Thompson scored 7 goals to lead the Redhawks to a 10-7 win over St. Albert, setting up today’s championship game.
Head coach Jason Longo and assistant coach Tim Barth took their expertise to Scotland this summer to lead an American team in an international sports tournament. Three Morrisville State lacrosse players also represented the USA in lacrosse competition during the 10-day visit to Scotland which was arranged through USA Athletes International (USAAI).
In May, the Rochester Knighthawks made National Lacrosse League history after winning their third straight Champion's Cup. On Sunday, the Junior Knighthawks can duplicate that feat by winning three Cups at the Junior NLL Tournament. The Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams are a combined 10-0, and have all advanced to Sunday's Playoff round.
Leveille, who turned 33 earlier this month and is awaiting the birth of his first child, said he took being a "pioneer of the MLL" very seriously and, aside from racking up 273 career regular-season goals, was known as a player who cultivated team chemistry off the field, as shown in a video tour Leveille took Lacrosse Magazine on of Team USA's dorm at the world championships.
In the press release, incoming Connecticut coach Blane Harrison was quoted as saying: “We’re excited to have Brett Bucktooth in the line-up. He’s going to be a real positive addition to our right side. He’s got size and he can work well with Kevin Crowley. We like the fact that he’s a natural leader and will help in the locker room.
The Onondaga Redhawks went into today’s game knowing that they would have to play intelligent lacrosse to get past the undefeated St. Albert Miners. They did just in a 7-6 contest. The first and second period illustrated how close these teams are. At the end of the first period the game was tied at 3. At the close of the second, the game was knotted at 5.
Onondaga ended pool play with a 13-3 win over the Nanaimo Timbermen. The player of the game was Dustin Hill.
With the win the Redhawks move into the medal round. They will face the St. Albert Miners at 10pm EST for a birth in the goal medal game. Onondaga defeated St. Albert in pool play by a goal. The other semi-final features the first place Kahnawake vs Six Nations. Six Nations defeated Kahnawake earlier in pool play by a goal. This is lookings to be some great medal round games.
Kevin McKeown, a goalkeeper for the lacrosse team, was named America East Player of the year in 2004, as well as ranking third in the nation and helping the Bearcats win the conference title in the regular season. McKeown set multiple season and career records and became the head coach in 2011.
The Junior Knighthawks finished Day One of the 2014 Junior National Lacrosse League Tournament with a perfect record. The Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams all went 2-0 today at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario.
Lately, I have been bewildered by a phenomenon that seems to be growing in youth athletics. There is a constant search among parents and players to be on the "best team" that wins the most games and tournaments.
In all walks of life the time usually comes where a person figures out that the next chapter of their life needs to be opened, while turning the page on the story that they’ve already written. In the case of Kevin Leveille, that time has come and he couldn’t be more at peace with his decision. Leveille has officially announced his retirement from professional lacrosse, as he awaits the birth of his first child and looks to his future off the field.
All year on the coaches' call several coaches said there was no such thing as moral victories in this league, but looking back at the beginning of the year, many outsiders did not anticipate Rochester would even make it this far, or even remain in Rochester because of low attendance numbers.
The National Lacrosse League has announced the 2015 NLL regular season schedule. The 29th season of professional indoor lacrosse will open on Friday, Jan. 2 with the Buffalo Bandits visiting the recently-relocated Connecticut-based franchise at Mohegan Sun Arena. Seven more teams play their season openers on Saturday, Jan. 3 with the Edmonton Rush at Buffalo, Toronto Rock at Rochester Knighthawks, Colorado Mammoth at Minnesota Swarm and Vancouver Stealth at Calgary Roughnecks.
The Rochester Knighthawks announced their rosters and coaching staffs for the 2014 Junior National Lacrosse League Tournament. The Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario will host the tournament from Friday, August 29th to Sunday, August 31st.
The University of Pennsylvania’s women’s lacrosse team added a fourth member to its coaching staff today, with the announcement of Taylor D’Amore’s (Canandaigua) hiring as a volunteer assistant.
D’Amore is a familiar name to Penn fans as her twin younger sisters, Kendall and Lauren, are entering their sophomore season with the Quakers.
After falling to Kahnawake earlier in the day 11-9, the Redhawks were ready to erase that last lost. But in doing so they had to meet a team hungry for their first win of the tournament in the Tri-City Bandits. The Redhawks prevailed 11-6, but it wasn’t easy.
The UAlbany men’s lacrosse team will hold its annual alumni game at John Fallon Field on September 27th at 1 p.m. All fans are welcome to attend the game for free. The game will be part of the annual alumni weekend, which will take place from September 26th-27th. The team will scrimmage the Hill Academy on September 26th at 7 p.m. to kick off the weekend.
A native of Vestal, N.Y., Travis Harrington graduated from Bryant in 2012 with his Bachelor's degree in accounting and later completed his Master's degree in Business Administration at Seton Hill in 2014. His brother Chase is a sophomore on the men's lacrosse team at Ithaca College.
Taylor departed her position as women's lacrosse coach at Division III powerhouse SUNY Cortland to take the same job at Division II Le Moyne. One of the players she was leaving behind was Geremia, a sophomore out of West Genesee who was the national attacker of the year last season. Taylor called and broke the news to her star. Geremia cried for two hours.
The Redhawks dominated the Outlawz from start to finish to earn a 16-7 victory. Wade Bucktooth got the scoring going early on an Onondaga’s first possession after a Jeremy Thompson. Hiana Thompson quickly followed for a 2 goal lead.
[Kelly] Fucillo (West Genesee/Le Moyne) comes to Potsdam after spending the last two years teaching physical education and coaching lacrosse at Queen Anne's School in Caversham, United Kingdom. While in the U.K., she organized and taught lacrosse playing clinics and was a qualified referee. Her prior coaching experience includes serving as an assistant for the Star Riders Lacrosse Club in Syracuse and working at the Le Moyne/University of North Carolina Lacrosse Camp as well as serving as a counselor at the Rick Barnes Goalie Camp.
In addition to the Rock, the Buffalo Bandits, Colorado Mammoth, Edmonton Rush, Minnesota Swarm, Rochester Knighthawks and Vancouver Stealth, along with the Jr. Wings, will be represented across Peewee, Bantam & Midget teams in the competition. The teams will follow NLL playing rules in a family-friendly environment with plenty of NLL players, coaches and staff expected to be in attendance.
The Cornell men's lacrosse program is proud to announce its participation in the third annual Capital Lacrosse Invitational, presented by The Mario St. George Boiardi Foundation, to be held at the Landon School in Bethesda, Md., on Sunday, Oct. 12. The Invitational will feature an expanded field of six teams. Cornell, Lehigh, Penn State, and UMBC will return from prior years, and will be joined by Georgetown and Richmond.
RIT Hall of Fame Chairman Rob Grow announced the RIT Hall of Fame induction class for 2014 on Monday, August 25. This year's class features Peter J. Todd (Rochester, NY), former cross country and track coach; David Chachu (Kumasi, Ghana), tennis; Dave Doughty (Manlius, NY), lacrosse; Jeff Haskell (Arcade, NY), basketball; Simon Lambert (Ste. Therese, Quebec), hockey; Pinckney Templeton (Gulfstream, FL), lacrosse; Pete Van Peursem (Rochester, NY), football; and Tracy Wilt (Elyria, OH), volleyball.
Kids like Johnny and Jenny are clearly devoted to their sports. But they are not the only ones who are committed: so are their parents . . . It happens. Good people do bad things. Rational people have irrational moments. Here are a dozen dangerous ideas that can plague even the best-intentioned sports parents:
I had the good fortune to work as an instructor at various lacrosse camps for about 25 years. When I consider what I know about the game, best practices, game strategies, effective clears, rides, man-up plays, and man-down responsibilities, I quickly conclude that most of that knowledge came from the summer weeks spent at these various teaching camps.
Rochester Attackman Kevin Leveille On Denver’s performance: “Obviously they’re a great team. They’re not going to let anything slip. They’re not going to give up till the end. It just comes down to, looking back, probably a lot of little things we did wrong. I think we were right there, and it just comes down to hitting shots, ground balls, and saves. Somewhere along the line they got one-up on us, and that was it.”
In an exhilarating game, the Denver Outlaws won their first Major League Lacrosse Championship, defeating the Rochester Rattlers 12-11in front of a crowd of over 8,000 screaming fans at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on the campus of Kennesaw State University.
MLL veteran John Grant Jr., was named Championship MVP for the second year in a row, becoming the first player to do so. Head Coach B.J. O’Hara became the first coach in MLL history to win two championships with two different teams, the other being in 2008 when the roles were reversed and the Rattlers defeated the Outlaws.
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Denver Head Coach B.J. O’Hara on being the only coach to win the MLL Championship with two teams: “That means I’m old. I’ve been around a while. I’m so happy for the Denver Outlaws organization. They do it right. I appreciate the confidence they had in me to take over this year. I inherited a great bunch of guys that were dedicated from day one to getting themselves to this game and hopefully get ourselves a trophy, and that’s exactly what they did.”
Johnny Powless was named Tournament MVP, as the Arrows captain scored 29 points (8g, 21a) in six games.
"We've been working so hard for this trophy," said J. Powless. "I grew up with all these guys, they're all family. This means the world to us".
Canandaigua Academy (N.Y.) 2015 midfielder Ethan Marchitell has committed to play Division II lacrosse at Post University.
Memorial Service for Randy Lundblad
A memorial service will be held for Randy Lundblad on Saturday, September 6th at Hendricks Chapel on the campus of Syracuse University. Service will begin at 11:00 with a reception (location TBD) to follow.
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