Allie Stewart has known for quite some time where her path to playing college lacrosse would lead. Her first college visit, which was to Canisius, as a sophomore, turned out to be her last one. On Friday (Nov. 15), she officially signed her name on the National Letter of Intent but her decision was made long ago to play lacrosse at Canisius.
The Rochester Knighthawks have re-signed local lacrosse product Joe Walters for two more seasons. The former West Irondequoit High School star enters his sixth season with the Knighthawks in 2014 after enjoying back-to-back NLL Championships.
The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) membership has spoken. The Iroquois Nationals will play in a six-team Blue Division at July’s 2014 FIL World Championship, and Germany will not. The 28 full member nations voted in excess of a two-third majority to restore the Iroquois place in the event’s top division as a one-time exception to its existing bylaw on championship structure, and relegate the Germans to a lower division despite its sixth-place finish in 2010.
. . . Tim and Kevin also know a thing or two about pinching sticks, something they've done to thousands of sticks over the years for nearby box lacrosse players from Canada and the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation.
Veteran Mike Kirk renegotiated the final year of his previous contract as part of a new four-year deal with the two-time defending National Lacrosse League champions, making him a Rochester Knighthawk through the 2017 season. - See more at: http://www.knighthawks.net/node/3863#sthash.EFvGdFVb.dpuf
22 Lacrosse continues to add cutting edge lacrosse training programs with the announcement of the partnership with Power Train Sports. Tim Soudan and Heidi Rothfuss-Rasmussen will direct the lacrosse training portion of the Rochester Bootcamp series. This program has been created to provide the most intense training sessions to prepare elite players for their upcoming high school season.
For most of you veteran officials, the title of this article is a no-brainer. Safety in lacrosse is the most important priority. When officials are learning the game, trainers emphasize calling the safety fouls first and with consistency.
Brett Bucktooth is going to have a rather lengthy commute to get to one of his jobs, but the 30-year-old Oneida, who lives on the Onondaga First Nation in upstate New York, is not complaining. He’s done longer commutes before.
National Lacrosse Hall of Famer Dick Edell, affectionately known as "Big Man," is one of collegiate lacrosse's all-time winningest coaches. However, the battles he fought on the sidelines are nothing compared to what he's faced every day since being diagnosed in 2001 with Body Myositis -- a wretched disease that gradually destroys muscle fiber and tissues.
Voting is underway in the Lacrosse Magazine 2014 Preseason Player of the Year race, and the NJCAA finalists are chok full of Lazers. Onondaga Community College and head coach Chuck Wilber have pieced together a monster 70-game win streak and developed a pipeline to top programs in the process. That success is reflected with three of the finalists in the NJCAA category. Can anybody dethrone them?
With the explosive growth of lacrosse in Section V at all levels officials are needed for the 2014 spring season. The Genesee Valley Lacrosse Officials Association services Section V High Schools Men's Lacrosse at the Modified, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels. There also has been a tremendous growth in Youth Lacrosse programs over the past years which also requires trained officials.
Inside Lacrosse seeks qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Director of Events to work on the planning, organization and execution of all events. The position will work out of IL's headquarters in downtown Baltimore.
The Florida Launch, Major League Lacrosse’s newest team, and the 2013 MLL Champion Chesapeake Bayhawks have executed a blockbuster trade that sees three-time MLL Champion Casey Powell (Carthage go to Florida in exchange for All-Star midfielder Joe Walters (Irondequoit).
Le Moyne College seniors Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) and Kathleen Conese (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) have been nominated by Lacrosse Magazine as 2014 Division II Preseason Player of the Year candidates for their respective sports. Fans are asked to vote to decide the winner. The voting runs through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 20th on www.laxmagazine.com.
The process of selecting the 2014 Buffalo Bandits roster continued on Saturday as the team hosted their second camp date of the season at First Niagara Center. Entering the day of work, the selection process had become no less challenging for Bandits general manager Steve Dietrich and head coach Troy Cordingley than in the previous week.
This Saturday, December 7, the Buffalo Bandits will host the Philadelphia Wings in an exhibition contest beginning at 12 p.m. As previously announced, the scrimmage will be open to the public as a free, non-ticketed event with general admission seating. Parking for the day will be free of charge as well.
United Lacrosse is excited to announce the Capital Challenge Showcase Camp for Boys. Capital Challenge is a unique three day showcase event. Players will be coached by NCAA coaches and United Lacrosse directors. Capital Challenge will put a great emphasis on helping its participants showcase their skills in front of college coaches.
Major League Lacrosse and Fathead LLC announced today that they will be adding another player to the Fathead Real. Big. wall graphic MLL roster as part of an evolving partnership with the leading brand in officially licensed sports and entertainment wall graphics.
The Marist men’s lacrosse team has named its captains for the upcoming 2014 season. Head coach Keegan Wilkinson has announced that seniors Kevin Dondero (Smithtown, N.Y.), Michael Linehan (Rye, N.Y.), Gannon Osborn (Canandaigua, N.Y.) and junior Dave Scarcello (Buffalo, N.Y.) have been named captains.
Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced that it will postpone the 2014 Supplemental Draft to Wednesday, December 11 at 2:30 p.m. The league has also announced that the Player Pool Registration deadline has been extended to Friday, December 6 at Noon.
As winter is upon us, we want to let you know about our in store turf facility and how you can benefit using it to get an early start to your 2014 season. We are currently offering hour long blocks for team or small groups at a very competitive rate. Our space is perfect for walk-through discussions, shooting and goalie work, as well as face off and draw drills.
Elite lacrosse programs across the country are shifting their training programs to include indoor lacrosse (box style) as part of their coaching and player development. The American Indoor Lacrosse Association is proud to announce their first group of AILA Integrated Programs.
The class of 2017 includes three high school All-Americans and numerous All-State and All-Conference honorees. Ten freshmen hail from the state of New York, with Massachusetts (1), New Jersey (1), Ontario (1) and Virginia (1) also represented in this year’s group of newcomers.
In 1978, Lacrosse Magazine debuted as the first feature magazine devoted to the sport. Thirty-five years later, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse endures. Welcome to the cover vault. Witness the metamorphosis of the nation's fastest-growing sport, and check back here each month for new covers and links to more from the cutting-room floor.
Voting commences at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 2 and runs through 5 p.m. on Friday, December 20th, so be sure to cast your votes and share with friends to support your picks. We'll be running details about each player in the running throughout the voting period, so be sure to check back and do your homework for the tops in the game. The winners will be featured in the February issue of Lacrosse Magazine.
Lacrosse has caused Rick Giancola to get misty-eyed twice in the 30-plus years the Syracuse native has lived and helped to foster the growth of the sport in Colorado. The first time offered potential for the second, which will likely yield a third next summer.
The Rochester Knighthawks will officially kick off the National Lacrosse League preseason on Saturday, December 7th when they take on the Minnesota Swarm at home at The Blue Cross Arena. The game is set to begin at 8:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network.
Wednesday evenings at the Sports Zone at Pine Grove Golf and Fitness, 4050 Milton Ave, Camillus, NY. This program will feature high level technical and tactical training, geared to the High School player serious about developing their game to the next level and preparing for the 2014 HS Season.
After I listed all the people I was thankful for last week, I realized I had forgotten a rather large group of people who helped me tremendously in my coaching days, and now I’m embarrassed to admit that they didn’t come to mind as I wrote last week. Some might have been around for a single semester; other stuck around for years. Most of them were volunteers, and the ones who did get paid didn’t get paid anything close to what they were worth.
I’m talking about all the assistant coaches I had during my 28 years at Oswego State. Forgive me if I leave one or two out, but I’m going to try to name them all.
The NLL Hall of Fame Ceremony for goaltender Pat O’Toole, the lone inductee of the Class of 2013, will take place this weekend prior to the Rochester Knighthawks’ preseason home game against the Minnesota Swarm on Saturday, Dec. 7 at The Blue Cross Arena. - See more at: http://www.nll.com/news_article/show/314792?referrer_id=389123#sthash.SHt4OVGp.dpuf
Top Area Coaches will be teaching specialized lacrosse skill training including: Shooting, Faceoffs, Dodging, Defensive Techniques, Goalie, Lacrosse-Specific Strength/Agility, Team Play, etc. Coaches include: JD Jones, Jon Bang, Joe Bedell, Jesse Long, Brian Shanley with guest players from Top College Programs.
Jammer, who's also a Jimalax sponsored pro player, recently got a big box of stringing materials in the mail from the Arizona-based company — with lots of purple and turquoise items. The former Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College star gave us a look a few of the first Under Armour Charge 2 heads he's strung up for Rochester's training camp, which you can see here on a variety of Under Armour handles.
Their cornfields had been burned by invading colonial soldiers. They were about to lose most of their territory in a deal they still maintain was a fraud. A disease that came from Europe had killed off much of their population. But in 1793, the people of the Onondaga Nation saved the tiny village of Salina - which would grow to eventually become what is now Syracuse.
[Tim] Clark’s high school football coach, Tom Acee, who also coached lacrosse, introduced him to lacrosse as a junior at Henninger (N.Y.) High. Clark’s first lacrosse season ended with the school’s first and only state title.
His career continued as a two-sport athlete at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., where he was part of the Statesmen’s run of 12 consecutive NCAA Division III championships.
After reviewing the Cazenovia school district’s coaching roster and finding a lot of “breakage” — or newer coaches hired at a lesser salary than the coaches they replaced — the Cazenovia Board of Education last week decided there was enough budget savings found to allow them to reinstate the two boys lacrosse assistant coach positions that had been cut from the budget in the spring.
On Tuesday morning Cornell Lacrosse Alumni of NYC gathered at 5:00 AM in Columbus Circle to participate in the Turkey Trot. It is tradition every year that the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break at school, the Cornell Lacrosse team has its annual Turkey Trot (an early morning run) and then plays a game of football after. It’s a way of ending the fall on a high note with a productive yet fun event with your brothers on the team.
The back-to-back National Lacrosse League Champion Rochester Knighthawks will give their fans the opportunity to give the gift of lacrosse this holiday season. The Knighthawks unveiled their two Holiday Packs today, along with individual ticket pricing for the team’s historic 20th season.
The Whitby, Ontario native is coming off his 12th National Lacrosse League season and first as a member of the Bandits. After being signed on Nov. 12, 2012, Suddons tallied two points (1+1), 33 loose balls and four penalty minutes in 15 games during the 2013 season.
Avon Old Farms School student Nolan Callahan recently signed a letter of intent to attend Syracuse University next year to play on the varsity lacrosse team. Callahan is from Lighthouse Point, Florida and is a member of the Class of 2014.
I was on the far side in a game that I was working some time ago. Red player was legally body checked by the White player and I saw no reason to throw my flag. A spectator in the stands yelled out, “Don’t you have to take a class to ref? Maybe you should take it again.” I permitted myself a small smile. Unbeknownst to that particular fan, I am one of the officials responsible for teaching youth and adult officials classes for the entire state of Georgia.
Before the Rochester Knighthawks opened training camp with their first practice, Curt Styres went to lunch with his son Brandon. What happened that afternoon is something the Styres’ family may never forget.
Two of the top Division II college men's lacrosse programs officially added local talent Monday. Auburn's Brendan Entenmann signed a letter of intent to play for Le Moyne College next year, while Sean Lattimore put his name on the dotted line for Merrimack College in front of friends and family at the Auburn High School library.
Rochester Knighthawks forward Joe Walters will get ready for the holidays by giving back to his hometown. Walters and his teammates will offer a Free Lacrosse Clinic in exchange for a new or gently used winter coat to benefit the Rochester City School District. - See more at: http://www.knighthawks.net/node/3816#sthash.KV0oe3Vm.dpuf
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich has announced that the team signed the following players all to one-year contracts: Dhane Smith, Rory Smith, Mike McNamara, Steve Priolo, Joe Resetarits, Dylan Goddard, Jay Thorimbert and Andrew Watt. In addition, Buffalo has also agreed to terms with Ryan Benesch on a two-year deal.
Last December, I got an email from a reader in need of help. The guy had a young niece who played lacrosse, but her room was awash in One Direction posters. He wanted to get her some women's lacrosse posters as a Christmas present to inspire her to play more. (Best uncle ever, right?) He couldn't find any for sale, so I sent him some U.S. women's national team stuff. The niece was thrilled, and the guy's status as Best Uncle Ever was sealed.
I played college lacrosse eons ago, but I was the furthest thing imaginable from a Hall of Famer. That's probably why I'm in awe of some of the great players who do get to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. That goes double, even triple, for another category: Hall of Fame families, fathers and sons enshrined together among the sport's all-time greats.
I hope the coming week offers you a chance to gather with friends and/or family around a table full of food, and I hope the emphasis of your gathering isn’t orchestrating a strategic Black Friday strike or overdosing on 57 channels of televised football. Instead, I hope there’s at least a thought about giving thanks, about being grateful for what you have, about appreciating the bounty all around us.
When news broke Thursday that MLL was going to place a team in Florida, fans and insiders took to social media to welcome the new team to the fold. Below is a selection of the best tweets that came through.
Hummel, a Kitchener, Ontario native, was taken with the 38th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2012 NLL Entry Draft after renouncing his remaining NCAA eligibility following his sophomore year at Mercyhurst University. With the Division II Mercyhurst Lakers, he scored 15 goals and seven assists in his only season. Hummel was reunited with former Mercyhurst teammate Zac Reid, the Knighthawks’ 46th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2013 NLL Entry Draft, at Training Camp. - See more at: http://www.knighthawks.net/node/3807#sthash.WN4XvgCU.dpuf
A West Point cadet from suburban Detroit and goalie of Army's women's [club] lacrosse team is one of 32 Americans named Rhodes Scholars, giving them an opportunity to study at Britain's Oxford University.
The Rochester Knighthawks will officially kick off the 2014 season today with the opening of Training Camp at the new state-of-the-art Unity Health System Total Sports Experience location in East Rochester. The back-to-back National Lacrosse League Champions are bidding to become the first team in league history to win three straight championships.
The Rochester Knighthawks signed free agent Tom Johnson to a one-year deal. The forward joins the back-to-back National Lacrosse League Champions for Training Camp this weekend. “It’s very exciting,” said Johnson. “You can’t ask for a better situation than signing with the team that’s won the championship the last two years.”
Second-year head coach Stephanie Allen has announced the 2014 Binghamton women’s lacrosse schedule, which features 10 repeat opponents from last season. The Bearcats are slated for 16 games with eight home games and eight road contests. Binghamton will play 11 non-conference contests in addition to its five-game America East schedule.
The Rochester Rattlers have released the schedule for the 2014 MLL regular season. The Rattlers will begin their campaign on the road as they visit the New York Lizards on Sunday, April 27 at James Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y.
. . . Upon receiving his silver medal, Thompson walked over to his friend Aaron Jock and gave it to him. Jock, who suffers from Down's syndrome, was so overjoyed that he told those in attendance he plans to have Thompson's medal framed.
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier outdoor professional lacrosse league, announced today the schedule for the 2014 season. “As we enter our fourteenth season, I believe this is a well-balanced schedule,” said MLL Commissioner David Gross. “Each week will offer great matchups that will showcase the best talent professional lacrosse has to offer.”
The Salt City Snipers Girls Lacrosse Club is excited to announce that they will be fielding a 2017 (freshman) Showcase Team for the summer of 2014. Salt City is also seeking additional committed 7th and 8th graders who will also be attending premier tournaments throughout the summer. All three Sniper teams will travel to several high profile tournaments as well as some Upstate favorites.
The B.J. O’Hara Lacrosse Academy will present a girls’ lacrosse clinic featuring Katie Rowan, Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Syracuse University and member of the U.S. National Team. Coach Rowan is one of the most decorated players in the history of Syracuse University and is the school’s only 3 time First Team All American.
For the past few years, I have come down to Florida in November for the IWLCA Meetings and President's Cup Tournament. It's one of my favorite events of the year — all of the NCAA coaches in one place, major topics of discussion and the big issues facing the women's collegiate game all being discussed by the most knowledgable people in the sport — what more could I ask for!?
Thank you to everyone who sent their photos to share their special day and congratulations to all the players who signed their letters. Below is the last batch of photos, and you can also check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
Major League Lacrosse, the premier outdoor lacrosse league, announced today that it will place a team in South Florida for the 2014 season. The team will be named the Florida Launch and will be coached by former Denver Outlaws assistant Stan Ross. It will play in Palm Beach County, a location where MLL has enjoyed recent success.
"The Nationals organization and Owner Curt Styres thank our loyal fans, the community and our partners for supporting us for the past five seasons," said Hamilton General Manager Stu Brown. "It is because of you that our team and players were a strong and vital part of Major League Lacrosse."
Niagara University's Division 1 women's lacrosse team will raise money at their game against Detroit Mercy on March 14, 2014. The proceeds from the Pink game will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Through this event, the lacrosse team hopes to involve the local community, student body and other athletes.
Two days before the U.S. men’s national team reclaimed the gold against Canada at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in July 2010 in Manchester, England, then-Team USA assistants Tony Resch and Rick Sowell (Horseheads)won a first-prize medal in another world championship level: the Grand Masters 45 and over division.
[Mike] D’Amario is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound attackman from Schenectady, N.Y. The Niskayuna High School student-athlete was a 2013 US Lacrosse All-America honoree after scoring 72 goals with 44 assists. D’Amario competed in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic Underclass Tournament after missing most of the 2012 season with an injury. D’Amario also participates in indoor track & field. His older brother Steve was an attackman at UMass and his older brother Alex plays lacrosse for Union.
"While I think it's important to have perspective regarding your incoming guys, I can confidently say that this is the most complete class we've brought to campus" said Andy Copelan (Pittsford). "Lacrosse accolades aside, they are wonderful young men from great families. It's an honor to welcome them into the Fairfield community and we're excited for their arrival."
[Nick] Panara, who hails from the same hometown as Copelan, is in his final year at Pittsford Sutherland High School where he is a two-time Under Armour All-America Underclassman, was ranked the 44th best player in the country by InsideLacrosse and earned All-Greater Rochester honorable mention from The Democrat and Chronicle. A 5-foot-10 defenseman, he finished his junior campaign with 44 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers and is 46th on StudentSportsLacrosse.com Top-50 list in 2014.
Green comes to Rochester after winning a Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) title in 2013 with the Iroquois Ironmen. The defenseman, who was the sixth overall pick in the CLax Draft, played in six games and collected six points. He also appeared in two of the team’s three playoff games en route to a Creator’s Cup Championship.
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