The Athletics Department at Hilbert College, under the leadership of John Czarnecki, is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Katelyn Fass as the new head coach for the women’s lacrosse program. Faas is currently finishing up her summer camp/clinic commitments but is extremely excited to assume her first collegiate head coaching position effective July 28th.
This summer, William Smith Lacrosse Assistant Coach Morgan Achilles traveled abroad for 10 days with rising seniors Hayley Braun and Katie Sipple to compete in the Prague Cup. Achilles helped coach a USA Athletes International (USAAI) team that was made up of mostly New York colleges. In addition to Braun and Sipple, the team included student-athletes from Nazareth, Elmira, Cortland and Oswego.
Back in 2009, Alie Jimerson, a seventh grader at the time, was a young lacrosse standout on Lake Shore’s modified team that dreaded the fact that she was too talented to compete on that level. Instead of making the jump to junior varsity, Jimerson wanted to stay with her beloved coach, Hannah Wawrowski, and best friends, Shelby Stevens, Danielle Williams and Savannah Jackson. But with a little convincing from her coaches and parents, she joined the JV team.
A major topic of discussion out in Denver was Olympic Lacrosse. It was talked about at FIL meetings, by players, coaches, and fans, and it was brought up on several of the ESPN family-of-channels broadcast. It’s a flash point of conversation, but also one that can be murky, confusing, and incredibly drawn out.
Coaches Erik Johnson, Bill Lavelle and Rick Demarco took their Hamburg team to Watertown, New York as they went 4-0 to capture the championship of the prestigious Sackets Harbor 1812 Shootout tournament on July 12.
I officiated 31 games in 10 days while working the youth and men’s club festival games in Denver, Colorado. I officiated every age level from U11 to 55+, and worked nearly all of the games with partners I had never worked with before. The sheer amount of games gave me a great opportunity to work on two adjustments to my officiating:
New Le Moyne College women's lacrosse head coach Kathy Taylor sat down for an inteview with the Le Moyne Dolphins Sports Network to talk about her excitement joining Le Moyne, her expectations for the program and the style of play will employ. Taylor was named the fifth head coach in progam history early this month.
The Rochester Rattlers return home this weekend in a first place tie (8-3 with Denver) and riding an undefeated home winning streak this season. They take on the visiting 4thplace Charlotte Hounds (4-7), who come to town on a two game losing streak. Both teams hope to use this weekend’s game to continue their march toward the 2014 MLL playoffs.
The Rochester Knighthawks were named the city’s “Best Local Sports Team” this morning after winning WHEC TV's “Rochester Rocs” contest. The finalists were the Knighthawks, Rochester Red Wings, Western New York Flash, Rochester Lancers and the Rochester Americans.
Many college players participated in this year’s FIL World Championships. It would be my expectation that a good portion of these guys will see their game improve greatly for this upcoming season. Below is a list of some of the college players who impressed at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships, organized by their college team:
Hilton has a summer commit as rising senior midfielder Justin Goodrich announced that he will attend and play lacrosse at Seton Hill (Pennsylvania). Justin will be playing his fourth year on the Varsity this spring.
Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Waagbo rounded out her assistant coaching staff on Thursday with the hiring of Bria Eulitt. Eulitt comes to Army after two seasons as the top women's lacrosse assistant at George Washington University.
Sweetlax (N.Y.) will host the first annual Sweetlax Summer Invitational in Pittsford this Saturday and Sunday. The tournament will feature some 35 elite club teams and approximately 1,200 total players from the United States and Canada competing in five age divisions: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The Under Armour All-America game has been the premier event for graduated college seniors for a number of years, and this year was no different. The girls game had a North and South roster filled with talented players who wanted to close out their high school lacrosse careers with a bang, and South defender Kathy Rudkin was no different. I asked Kathy about her experiences at the game, and what she’s looking forward to as she heads to Syracuse in the fall :)
On July 14 through 19th Suzanne, Duncan and Bob Streeten were able to travel to Denver, Colorado for the World Lacrosse Games Festival. This is an event that occurs every four years and rotates between countries with Manchester, England hosting in 2018. Although the US did not repeat as World Champions (Canada won) it was a wonderful time of tons of lacrosse and lots of reunions with long time friends.
The Haudenosaunee Woodden Stick Festival will be held on September 27-28 at Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool, NY. The event is free and open to the public. The festival will feature wooden-stick exhibition games, as well as clinics put on by Thompson Bros. Lacrosse and members of the Onondaga Redhawks lacrosse team. There will be live stick-making demos, Native American arts and craft displays, live entertainment, and food and apparel vendors, all on site.
Lacrosse withdrawal is a serious thing, and if you were out at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championhips in Denver, CO, this Summer, you’re probably feeling it pretty hard right now. Another option is that you’re just thankful for the break, and still recovering your energy. I’m honestly stuck somewhere in the middle myself, as the utter exhaustion of the WLC has caught up with me, but the overall feeling of community has not dissipated in the least.
Major League Lacrosse announced today that the first ever “Burn Cancer” week will be held July 31 through August 2, in support of the HEADstrong Foundation and to raise awareness for all forms of blood cancers.
Canada Lacrosse beats a seemingly unbeatable Team USA 8-5 in the World Lacrosse Championship finals and all hell breaks loose. Honestly, I’d expect nothing less! To break through some of the static noise out there, I’ll take an in-depth look at the 2014 FIL games, explain how it all went down, and then offer up some thoughts on why we are seeing such a crazy and diverse reaction to the end results.
"Hands down, this is the best field team [the Iroquois] have ever put together," [Brett Bucktooth] said. "From 1983 when Oren Lyons put this organization together, it's been great and the future is in good hands with the Thompson boys, Zach Miller, Randy Staats and Warren Hill. Some of the guys I was with in 2006 are still here, but it's great to see the young guys coming up and growing into the leaders on this team.
"I see gold in our future."
Led by Syracuse University women's lacrosse assistant coach Regy Thorpe and three of his players, Ella Thorpe, Gabby Jaquith and Mallory Vehar, 80 girls learned lacrosse skills at the Champions for Life Girl's Lacrosse Clinic.
I went to Denver to ref games, and I came back with an entirely new perspective on lacrosse. . . . There is no way to recap every great moment I experienced while at the World Games, but here are the experiences that were just too cool:
Arizona State University Men's Lacrosse announced that Joseph Thon of Rochester, NY, (McQuaid Jesuit) has been named as the team's new head coach. Thon is a 2007 graduate of Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., where he was a two-time NCAA Division II lacrosse All-America selection, and team captain, Academic All-American, Scholar Athlete of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in 2007.
E.R. Lacrosse, Central New York's premiere lacrosse program is traveling to Rochester, NY, to watch the Rochester Rattlers take on the Charlotte Hounds on July 26 at 7:00. Event costs $15 which includes ticket to the game, pre game handshake line with the team and post game autograph session. To partake in the event please contact E.R. Lacrosse at email@example.com or mention ER Lacrosse at the Sahlen's Stadium box office for discounted event tickets.
Upstaters at the Ride: Along with student athletes Cole Willard, Cazanovia, and Asa Goldstock, Niskayuna, are Coaches John Nostrant (Baldwinsville)[Haverford] and Mike Torrelli [Fairport], Jeremy Thompson, Max Seibald, Alyssa Murray.
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved an experimental rule in women’s lacrosse for the 2014 fall non-traditional season that requires the attacking team to keep the ball below or inside the 30-yard restraining line.
Jenna Battaglini (Vestal) comes to Lindenwood after spending the last two years competing at Junior College powerhouse Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. Bailey Knapton (Canandaigua) joins the Lady Lions after recently graduating from NCAA DI Marist College in Poughkeepsie. She will enroll in Graduate School and will have one year of eligibility remaining.
At the Combine, players will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in a practice setting through structured games and take part in an interview process with NLL general managers and coaches. All prospects who participate in the Combine will be subject to a series of tests that will evaluate their endurance, reaction times, strength, agility, speed, and lacrosse-related skills. The testing will be conducted by Sport Testing Inc., a provider of athlete assessment technologies and services.
Local lacrosse players will learn from one of the best in the business at the upcoming Rochester Knighthawks Boys Lacrosse Camp. Three-time National Lacrosse League champion and Knighthawks forward Joe Walters will serve as an instructor at Victor Dryer Road Park from Monday, July 21st to Thursday, July 24th.
The postseason accolades continued for Warren Hill of the 2014 National Champion Onondaga Community College men's lacrosse team as the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region III named the Oshweken, Ontario native its Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday after an outstanding 2014 campaign.
“As a senior, she gained confidence, composure and the ability to play with a face guard on her back 95 percent of the time,” Smith said. “During the majority of the games this year she was face guarded by Monroe County's elite defenders. Even with this type of high pressure, Megan still had the ability to be one of the top players in our county and Victor's leading scorer.”
The sounds of Canada's championship celebration echoed down a hallway at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and around the corner to the quiet United States chamber. It was stunned silence for Team USA in the moments after an 8-5 gold-medal game decision in favor of the Canadians on Saturday night, the end of a two-week tournament and year-plus effort in earnest to win a world title.
You've never heard of your hero. Perhaps that only adds to his mystique, his myth. He's not this conspicuous sports specimen. He's seldom on the sports page — he doesn't even have a Wikipedia page. But meet Garrett Thul. In fact, have a seat with him here, in his quiet dorm room. You'll learn all about him — you'll even learn a little something about yourself. And you'll get a new hero out of the deal.
Canada goalkeeper - fresh off helping backstop his team to its third FIL World Championship and first since 2006, was named MVP of this year's tournament, an honor last earned by the late Chris Sanderson in 2010, also for Canada.
United States had the other three position winners, as Rob Pannell was named Outstanding Attackman, Paul Rabil outstanding midfielder, and Tucker Durkin Outstanding Defenseman. The honors were the first for all but Rabil, who was both outstanding midfielder and Most Outstanding Player four years ago when the United States took gold in Manchester, England.
Behind four points each from Miles (3G, 1A) and Lyle (2G, 2A) and a 11 save afternoon from goalie Warren Hill, the Iroquois National Team ran away with a 16-5 win over Australia, securing its first-ever medal at a senior world championship and breaking the Sharks' streak of a podium finish at every event dating back to 1967.
Miles Thompson (LaFayette) and Randy Staats (OCC/Syracuse) each posted hat tricks while Lyle Thompson (LaFayette) posted two goals and two assists. Zach Miller (Steamburg) and Mike Lazore (Carthage) chipped in a pair of scores as well.
Well, tonight the US faces a rematch with Canada in the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Games; the winner gets the gold medal and bragging rights for the next four years, and the loser takes silver. In all, teams from 38 nations have played their way into 38 positions (I’ll talk more about teams’ placements next week, once the dust settles).
Jen Smarrelli (CNS) has been hired as the new director of athletics at Westhill High School. She replaces Matt Whipple, who retired this summer after 32 years with the district, 30 as athletics director. Smarrelli comes to Westhill after 13 years as a physical education teacher in the North Syracuse Schools, where she also served as a dean the past two years. Smarrelli . . . officiates women's lacrosse at the collegiate and high school levels . . .
I can’t help but appreciate the fact he wasn’t falling over his feet to schmooze with some of the stars, though his mom did capture a pic of him and fellow nominee Jameis Winston. Lyle didn’t win the award; it went to basketball player Doug McDermott from Creighton. (And Lyle’s yet to receive the gift basket that was promised to all the nominees.) But the fact he was even nominated and attended the event is just another page in the incredible story that this special group of Iroquois lacrosse players have been writing these past few years.
In what is a surprise to no one, once again the lacrosse world will be watching the U.S. and Canada duke it out for a championship. For the fifth consecutive tournament and eighth time overall, the two biggest international lacrosse powers will meet Saturday in the title match of the World Lacrosse Championships at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The Thompson brothers received widespread national media coverage while leading UAlbany to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament this season, and were named co-winners of the Tewaaraton Trophy, given annually to the nation's top collegiate lacrosse player.
The championship game will cap a tripleheader on Saturday. Scotland, already assured of its best finish ever, takes on England in the fifth place match at 11:00 a.m., and that will be followed by the Iroquois Nationals against Australia at 2:00 p.m. Both of those games will take place on Field 10 and then a brief closing ceremonies session will begin at 5:15 in the main stadium, followed by the warm-ups for the championship game with faceoff at 7:00 p.m. An awards ceremony will take place immediately following the championship game.
Though it was the highest placement game on Friday's slate and a battle for seventh place amongst a record FIL World Championship field of 38, the contest between Israel and Japan was a bit of a bitter pill for both teams to take. Both missed a spot in Saturday's fifth place game – and the 2018 championship tournament's Blue Division, if the six-team top tier format in place since 2006 remains – by the slimmest of margins in overtime losses on Thursday.
Coaches chose Canandaigua's Eric Munn and Palmyra-Macedon's Ben Reeves as Academic All-Americans for the 2014 season. The two seniors are the Daily Messenger's 2014 Boys Lacrosse Co-players of the Year.
The Rochester Rattlers (8-3) moved one game closer to securing a spot in the 2014 MLL playoffs with a 10-7 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks (3-8) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD, thanks to rookie Mark Cockerton’s five-goal performance. The Rattlers, one of the hottest teams in the league winning four straight games, now sit alone atop the MLL standings.
A dominating performance across the board saw Team USA jump out to a 7-0 lead after one quarter and never look back, stunning Australia with a 22-3 win to advance to the finals of the FIL World Championship.
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Lyle Thompson was ready to walk off the field at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, helmet on, sticks in hand and already gazing toward the locker room. But then he paused for a moment. Soon after, what has become a normality after a lacrosse game involving a Thompson, continued. Lyle, his brother Miles, along with Syracuse rising senior Randy Staats and incoming Orange goalie Warren Hill, were some of the last players to leave the field, signing autographs and taking pictures for about 15 minutes for young fans who stuck around.
"Even though I was a little upset I didn't want to leave the fans upset, with kids standing around," Lyle Thompson said. "They've waited all week to get my autograph. I'd like to give that to them, at least."
Vinc, 32, again demonstrated amazing versatility playing long pole defense on a vast field when he's best known for stopping shots in close quarters as a box lacrosse goalie for the National Lacrosse League's Rochester Knighthawks.
Kevin Leveille's (Delmar) journey to the World Lacrosse Championships was tumultuous. He tried out for Team USA four times in 12 years. It wasn't until his fourth attempt, which came this year, that he made the final 23-man roster.
Watch as Uganda Lacrosse reflects on their first ever international lacrosse victory! Uganda topped South Korea 10-9 to claim their first win at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, CO on July 14, 2014.
The Spencerport boys and girls lacrosse teams, modified through varsity, joined together in May to raise funds for the Golisano Children’s Hospital. Children in grades K-12 played in Spencerport and raised more than $4,000 for “Stick it 2 Cancer” through the More Than a Game Foundation.
Brice Queener, Lacrosse, Football, Basketball, PYA Class of 2001:
Brice Queener will be inducted into the PYA Athletic Hall of Fame this September. During his PYA years, Brice was a fierce competitor in every sport he played and he starred in every sport he played.
The LaFayette Lacrosse Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 8th annual Alumni Event will expand to include a girls alumni game starting at 11:30 am Aug 2 at Booher Fields, Rt 11 LaFayette.
The alumni event is annual LaFayette Lacrosse tradition and features a free cookout & boys alumni games starting around 12:30. All LaFayette alumni (lacrosse player or not) are welcome. All proceeds go to the LaFayette Lacrosse Association.
Standing at 5-foot-7 is goalkeeper Nick Nehring. A native of Corning, N.Y., he played three years of varsity lacrosse at Corning East High School. He was named an Under Armour Upstate All-American during his time with the Hawks.
Former Hobart College midfielder and captain Jake Silberlicht (New Hartford) helped Team Israel with its first five games of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Denver, Colorado.
In 2013, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) selected Hill as a player of the year and defensive player of the year. Hill also played on the 2012 All-World Team as a member of the Nationals’s U19 squad. That year, he helped the team take home the bronze. Hill, 22, who played for the Lazers at Onondaga Community College is headed to Syracuse University in the fall.
Syracuse and Iroquois attackman Randy Staats (OCC/Syracuse) talks about the Nationals' 10-8 World Championships Quarterfinal win over Scotland, advancing them to the FIL Semifinals against Team Canada.
Four goals and two assists from Miles Thompson (LaFayette/SUNY Albany) helped the Iroquois Nationals hold off a game Scotland team gunning for a huge upset to advance to Thursday's FIL World Championship semifinals against Canada, 10-8. Goalkeeper Warren Hill (OCC/Syracuse) also had a starring role in the contest, making 12 saves.
Between the auxiliary fields and the stadium at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, massive tents house convention-type booths at the World Lacrosse Championship. Everything about the game is supplied, sold or sponsored. It's a smorgasbord of lacrosse. What's missing is a lesson on the birth of the game — and the value of single-piece wooden lacrosse sticks produced by its founding people.
Follow the journey of the Champion's Cup trophy from the league offices in New York City to the title game at Blue Cross Arena where the Rochester Knighthawks won their league-record third-straight NLL title by defeating the Calgary Roughnecks before a raucous home crowd. - See more at: http://www.nll.com/news_article/show/402852?referrer_id=389128#sthash.DxOLllmF.dpuf
Indeed, the Syracuse-bound Hill, fresh from community college titles at Onondaga, stopped a Rob Pannell shot from his knees, turned away a low attempt by Kevin Leveille, and caught Max Siebald's high whipped shot, but had no answer for numerous cat-quick shots by Pannell nor the laser perimeter shots by Paul Rabil.
A very game Scotland squad packed it in on defense and got a big game from goalie Dean Stewart, but the Iroquois managed to pull through and win, 10-8. The win moves the Iroquois into the semifinals with a date against Canada Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (MT). Scotland slides down into the 5-8 bracket, where they will take on Japan Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The winner of that game will earn itself a spot in the Blue Division, as it will finish either 5th or 6th.
Monday turned out to gorgeous day in the afternoon, so I was happy to be invited to join some of the Iroquois Nationals on a trip out to Red Rocks Park, which is about 20 minutes west of Denver. So I piled into a 12-passenger van with Brett Bucktooth, Travis Hill, Tom Montour, Junior Bucktooth, Taylor Smoke, Jerome Thompson Sr. and his wife, Deloris, and Iroquois assistant Cam Bomberry. Assistant Mark Burnam, who played at Syracuse in 1980s, took the wheel, entertaining/scaring us on the highway with some behind-the-wheel antics as we drove up into the colorful, jagged hills of the park.
From arranging for personalized dorm nameplates once the final roster was named just ahead of the competition, to starting a tradition of passing around a symbolic cowboy hat, named the USAward, to a player of the game after each contest, Leveille, the oldest player on the team at 32 and Major League Lacrosse's all-time leading goal scorer, has provided timely and diligent leadership.
A two-sport standout with a combined three Section II championships in both lacrosse and ice hockey, Marr has an ability to see how the game is progressing and do what he needs to, whether it’s take over a game himself or get teammates involved, in order to help his team secure a victory.
Rochester’s success against Charlotte was due mainly to their execution on the defensive end of the field. If Chesapeake hopes to score any goals, they will need to get past a thick and cohesive Rattlers defense.
Team USA head coach Richie Meade gathered his group after its 18-5 dismantling of the Iroquois Nationals and said, "That's the way we want to play." Start with the faceoffs, and work your way around the field: the U.S. defense squashed the Thompson-led offense, goalie Jesse Schwartzman made timely stops, two-way midfielders controlled possession and the offense lit it up, with Rob Pannell and Paul Rabil combining for 10 goals and four assists.
As we await another lightning stoppage in play here on the FIL World Championship final night of Blue Division pool play, we have time to wonder – what are the tiebreaker scenarios that would roll out depending on tonight's results?
Australia's James Lawerson opened the scoring four minutes into the game, but the Aussies then went scoreless for the next 45 minutes as Canada pulled away. Canadian goalie Dillon Ward made 10 saves while going the distance for the victory. Adam Jones led the offense with three goals and Mark Matthews had two. Anson Carter had two for Australia.
The Iroquois defense was disciplined and did a wonderful job covering the Australian cutters. The Nationals, after committing 13 fouls in Sundays 9-8 setback to Canada, only spent just 3:30 in the penalty box. Oakley Thomas (OCC) has become a full-time starter at close, and the slide packages and communication have been excellent in their last six quarters.
Champions for Life Sports Center in Auburn will host both girls & boys lacrosse clinics at Everest Park. (5343 North Rd, Auburn) Emphasis will be placed on stick work, game concepts & position specific techniques that will allow the players to develop the abilities necessary to play at a high level.
When Lizards defender Tim Henderson (Tully) gave notice that he would miss his team's July 3 home game, it was with good reason. He had a scheduling conflict with his other job -- helping to defend his country.
This video represents something bigger to the game of lacrosse than just this short film. Everyone playing the game that watches this, and those who don't, will feel a little more connected to nature, the sport and it's rich history.
While polls like this are hardly scientific, one of the things we like most about installments like these is the chance to remember players whose career wrapped up long ago. It’s easy to replay the great plays of current players, of course, so any time we can tip a cap to the American pioneers of the NLL, it’s wicked cool. It’s a way of letting them know their game may be gone, but it will never be forgotten. With that in mind, let’s roll into the next matchup, which features Joe Walters going up against one of the aforementioned old-timers, Brad Kotz.
Our World Games page can now be accessed at our Archives Page, as can most of our postings as far back as 2003! You can find it here
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