After a three-day tryout that included 110 players at Stevenson University, US Lacrosse today announced the 25-player training roster for the U.S. Women's National Under-19 Team. Upstater Emily Hawryschuk, Churchville-Chili, 2016 makes the cut.
Carolyn DeOrdio (Onondaga) is a junior defender transfer from Nedrow, N.Y. She helped the Onondaga Community College Lazers to a 15-3 overall record and a second place finish in the NJCAA National Championship. A junior attack from Syracuse, N.Y., Claire Wigler (Henninger) was a two-time First Team All-America at Onondaga Community College. She led Onondaga CC in points (93) and was second on the team in goals (51) in 2014.
“It was humbling to be asked by the Colleluori family to be the Spokesman for the Year,” said White, “It was a no brainer to be a part of the HEADstrong family and do everything that I possibly could.”
The Rochester Rattlers are looking to lock up a home semi-final appearance in the MLL 2014 Playoffs this Saturday night August 2nd. The first place Ratz (9-3) take on the visiting Ohio Machine (6-6) and try to even the series at one apiece, as Ohio took the first meeting 18-13. Rochester is already guaranteed a playoff spot, but with a win they will clinch hosting duties on Saturday, August 16th.
“I am extremely passionate about eating healthy and getting active, so I am really looking forward to getting started with Healthy Hawks," said Walters, who will do three appearances next week. “It should be a lot of fun and I think the kids will really enjoy it.”
Officials want consistency through a whole game. Coaches may want it from game to game. Parents may want it from state to state or region to region. “There’s a disconnect in how each region officiates,” Corsetti said. “Having those national standards set by US Lacrosse is a huge step forward.”
The best high school lacrosse players in the state will head to Syracuse this week to play in the Third Annual Empire State Cup. The event, which is supported by the five-time National Lacrosse League Champion Rochester Knighthawks, is set for Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, August 3.
The Canisius College women’s lacrosse incoming freshman class keeps receiving honors for outstanding play. Freshmen Allie Stewart (Lancaster, NY / Lancaster) and Megan Maloney (Victor, NY / Victor) have both been recognized for their outstanding play on the field.
With $8 million raised toward its $15 million goal, US Lacrosse launched the public phase of The National Campaign for Lacrosse on July 11 at the FIL World Championship in Denver.
The campaign seeks to build a new headquarters for US Lacrosse, the sport's national governing body, by 2016 while providing more opportunities for young people to play the sport and more resources in support of research to make the sport safer.
In the lead up to her performance, Goodwin was introduced in a video showing her playing lacrosse on the girls team at C.W. Baker High School, playing piano at home, talking with her parents and sister in the family's kitchen and standing on the backyard deck at the family home.
The Buffalo Bandits have announced that the team has placed their franchise tag on forward Mark Steenhuis for the 2015 NLL season. Buffalo also avoided restricted free agency for all four of their potentially-eligible players when the team made qualifying offers to defensemen Steve Priolo and Rory Smith along with transition players Jay Thorimbert and Andrew Watt before the July 31 deadline.
The reason for shaving down a wooden lacrosse stick is pretty simple: you want the shaft of your stick to be different than it currently is. Many sticks come to you a little fatter or thicker than you might be used to. By taking some more wood off the shaft portion of the stick, you can adjust the feel of the handle to your preferences.
Teams are silently, and not-so-silently, encouraged to run up the score whenever they can just so they don’t risk being on the losing end of a tiebreaker by the end of pool play. I see this consistently from U11 all the way to U19A division games over the summer. Every time I look over at the winning coaches and want to say – “Really? Does #12 really need to score seven goals?
Kyle Harrison (Ohio Machine), Ben Hunt (Chesapeake Bayhawks), and Casey Powell (Carthage/Florida Launch) are the latest MLL stars to have their own life-size wall graphic. These players join the likes of Paul Rabil (Boston Cannons), Rob Pannell (New York Lizards) and Steele Stanwick (Ohio Machine) whose Fathead graphics are already available.
Soudan is the former Rochester Knighthawks forward [who] didn’t just rely on his hometown connections to win over fans in Rochester. His hard work and feisty approach put him over the top in the hearts of Knighthawks faithful.
For the third consecutive year, Lake Placid Lacrosse and WomensLax.com is holding the Northstar Invitational Lacrosse Camp at the Northwood School in Lake Placid. The 2014 Invitational will take place today through Thursday.
The 2014 best of seven Can-Am finals begins Friday, August 1st at Newtown at 8:30, game two will be at Onondaga on Saturday, August 2nd at 7pm, an on Sunday, August 3rd, game three will return to Newtown for a 4pm game.
The offensively potent University of Denver men's lacrosse team will get more impressive once Connor Cannizzaro's transfer from the University of Maryland becomes official this week. Cannizzaro, the reigning Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year, has been given his release from Maryland and will join his older brother at DU, a college lacrosse source said.
We're just a week out from the start of the 25th Annual Lake Placid Summit Classic. At this point, the schedule has been built and released but we have been making some minor adjustments over the last week or so and more changes are possible. So, we highly recommend that you check regularly to make sure you have the game times, especially for your first game.
US Lacrosse today announced the 112-player tryout pool for the 2015 U.S. Women's National Under-19 Team, with tryouts getting underway Monday at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md. The three-day tryout will see girls high school players from 18 states compete for 25 roster spots on the squad that will defend gold at the 2015 Federation of International Lacrosse Under-19 World Championship in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Nation athletes that competed with Team Haudenosaunee at the North American Indigenous Games in Canada brought home medals and memories. It was an experience that will last a lifetime, chaperones said.
The 2014 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men's lacrosse team finished the season with a 90% conversion rate in man-down situations, which was the best in the nation and also the highest percentage in school history. The Engineers converted 36 of 40 opportunities throughout the season.
This week Jordan Wolf earned offensive honors for his five goal performance, helping the Rochester Rattlers defeat the Charlotte Hounds 13-9 and earn a spot in the playoffs, remaining in first place and undefeated at home during the 2014 season.
Amid the usual crowded lineup of lacrosse tournaments that dot the summer landscape, there’s West Genesee’s annual two-day festival that honors the game and its spirit. The 13th annual John Pepper Lacrosse Tournament takes place this weekend at West Genesee High School. Named in honor of former West Genesee lacrosse player John Pepper (who passed away in 2001), the event draws hundreds of players to Camillus.
On June 10, the Florida High School Athletic Association's board of directors voted to require mandatory use of helmets by girls' lacrosse players starting in 2015, a controversial decision that has stirred up one of the sport's longest running debates. Ann Carpenetti, US Lacrosse's vice president of games operations, called Florida's ruling, which did not specify the type of helmets or specifications of them, "short-sighted and vague."
You can blame me for the US National Team’s second-place, silver medal performance in Denver last weekend. After defeating Canada 10-7 in the FIL’s 2014 World Championships first game back on July 10, the US went on to run the table on every other opponent, only to lose to that same Canadian team by an 8-5 score in the championship game on July 19.
That’s right – it’s all my fault.
Rookie Attackman Jordan Wolf continued his incredible streak of top level performances, powering the upstart Rochester Rattlers (9-3) to the peak of the MLL standings as sole bearers of first place and also their first playoff appearance since 2008. The Ratz took on the visiting Charlotte Hounds at Sahlen’s Stadium on Saturday night, and clinched that playoff berth with a 13-9 win.
Canada defeated Team USA to win the crown at the recent 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Denver. Here is how the 38 teams participating in the tournament stack up in terms of their computer ratings. For comparison, the final placement results are also shown below.
"You know what's great about him? He's such a competitive kid, that if you challenge him, like we did at halftime, he steps it up," Rochester coach Tim Soudan said after Ortolani, a former Division III standout at Endicott College, won 9 of 12 faceoffs in the second half. Fowler won 9 of 14 faceoffs in the first half as Charlotte (4-8) controlled possession.
Boston Cannons faceoff specialist Chris Eck (Fairfield, Conn.) stepped onto the field at Harvard Stadium for a faceoff after a first-quarter goal. It was not for the Cannons, however; Eck was playing for Team USA at the MLL All-Star Game last month, going against a team of MLL All-Stars. Stepping opposite Eck was his former backup, John Ortolani (Billerica, Mass.), who is now with the Rochester Rattlers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.”
Lake Placid Summit
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