Syracuse lacrosse has existed for 100 years and four coaches have taken the helm for the Orange during the last century. Laurie Cox (1916-30) started the program while Roy Simmons Sr. (1931-1970), Roy Simmons Jr. (1971-1998) and John Desko (1999-present) have built on Cox’s foundation. Since 1983, the Orange has won 11 NCAA national championships while another is not recognized by the NCAA. The Orange is amid a six-year championship drought, the longest in 33 years. Check out each head coach’s tenure.
Brielle DeJoe crouched behind the goal in her front yard and watched her older brother Derek fire shot after shot into the netting. She braved the oncoming barrage of lacrosse balls for the thrill of watching the numbers flash on the radar gun in her outstretched arm.
Standing on the turf in the middle of the 49,250-seat Carrier Dome, fans’ stares cornered Jordan Evans. Their eyes pleaded with him: What’s going on now? He caught the glares of people expecting him to play in Syracuse’s 2015 season-opener against Siena.
About 50 yards off the shores of Otisco Lake, Kevin and Dylan Donahue let the early evening breeze navigate their undersized, metal flat-bottom fishing boat.
Equipped with a couple of downriggers, rubber worms and a fish finder, it was all they needed to ease the sting of a NCAA tournament quarterfinals loss to Johns Hopkins that was hardly two weeks old.
Mariano received attention starting as a first grader by playing against sixth graders. He made it onto his future varsity coach’s radar as a fourth grader. He was the center of defensive game plans as Massachusetts’ leading goal-scorer in his first two collegiate seasons.
In Syracuse’s final preseason scrimmage against Brown, Nick Mellen poked the ball out of attack Henry Blynn’s stick to cheers of, “Nice hands Nick!” from the Orange sideline. The caused turnover was one of many in a tune-up game that doubled as an underclassmen showcase by the time the game reached an extended “fifth period.” Mellen, a true freshman defender, fit the description.
That feeling, the competitive itch to pick the lacrosse stick back up, hit Allie Murray whenever she played sports with the kids. After graduating from Notre Dame in three years, she worked in youth development for a university-affiliated community center in South Bend, Indiana.
Peter Jr. and Connor Fields, 11 and 8 years old, respectively, had just received new lacrosse sticks for Christmas. They went to their backyard, dusted off the snow and began to play catch. At a certain point, Peter’s hands went numb because of the cold. He decided to go inside, expecting Connor to follow him. Instead, Connor pulled out a bounce-back wall and told his older brother that he was going to keep shooting for a bit.
Connor stayed outside for another 45 minutes.
Syracuse women's lacrosse head coach Gary Gait has announced five captains for the 2016 season. The group features Erica Bodt, Taylor Gait (CBA-Syracuse), Ella Thorpe (Jordan-Elbridge), Kayla Treanor (Niskayuna) and Mallory Vehar.
The defense has a CNY flavor with Ithaca’s Eli Gobrecht (Ithaca HS) and Cortland’s Dave Foster getting the nod, along with Gettysburg’s Geoff Davis. Brian Neff, the backbone of Ursinus’ soul-crushing defense, winds up in the cage. RIT’s Matt Hossack, who was named the Player of the Year by the USILA, fills out the lineup at long-stick midfielder.
Coaches will still be allowed their two tickets, however there will no longer be a gate list at Gate B. In order to claim your tickets, you must now contact the lacrosse office at 315-443-4390 or email Theresa Bathen-Milazzo (firstname.lastname@example.org) in order to be added to the online system to be given tickets. Coaches will still enter through Gate B and need to show ID.
While the National Lacrosse League is still around, and enjoys a certain amount of renown, it is still small potatoes when compared to other major sporting leagues in North America. How can the NLL make three big changes to immediately improve their operations in the near future, and possibly beyond?
IL's February magazine is the Snow Lacrosse Issue, discussing the debate of how early the college lacrosse season should start. The early season in 2015 featured historically bad weather. Are we about to do it again?
Brad Self has made a home for himself in Rochester with the Knighthawks. A former professional hockey player, he was acquired by Rochester on October 27, 2010. Self quickly established himself as one of the team’s most versatile members.
Northeast Conference men's lacrosse coaches have picked Bryant to win its fifth consecutive NEC title in 2016 as revealed in the annual preseason coaches' poll released Tuesday. The four-time defending NEC Tournament champion Bulldogs were picked first in five of the seven polls.
Officials are needed. Those that played or coached the game are at a distinct advantage because they understand the game and how it is supposed to flow. They just need to be taught the rules and how to approach the game from an official's perspective. Those that officiate other sports and want to start officiating lacrosse benefit from knowing how to manage a game, and need to be taught the intricacies of lacrosse.
Please welcome OfficialLaxGirl to LAS for a guest post! We asked Tari to reply to Connor Wilson’s “Can Lacrosse Become Mainstream?” article, and she’s continuing the discussion with us, by raising some really goos points! Check out CW’s article, and take a look at another response, from Brian Witmer. Both are worth a read. We also have responses from Ryan Conwell and a certain pro player coming down the line, so keep your eyes peeled for that as well.
Fans interested in watching the Orange's 100th year of men's lacrosse will have plenty of opportunities to do so as 12 of Syracuse's 13 games are currently selected to be broadcast by various networks. Syracuse will have five games shown nationally on ESPNU, four on Time Warner Cable Sports and three on ESPN3, beginning this Saturday against Siena at 1 p.m.
March 4 — at Virginia
March 19 — at John's Hopkins
March 26 — at Duke
April 2 — vs. Notre Dame
April 16 — vs. North Carolina
The game against the Tar Heels will be shown live exclusively on ESPN3 and replayed on tape delay on ESPNU the following day.
Feb. 13 — vs. Siena
Feb. 28 — vs. Army
March 12 — vs. St. John's
Time Warner Cable Sports
Feb. 21 — vs. Albany
April 6 — at Hobart
April 20 — vs. Binghamton
May 7 — vs. Colgate
Nick Mariano didn’t feel comfortable at midfield even after practicing there throughout the fall. He spent all but three days in Syracuse over Winter Break to work out, but still felt unstable. With three weeks left until the season, he was still learning.
The University at Albany men's lacrosse team knows it can't truly replace Lyle Thompson, the leading scorer in Division I history. However, Great Danes head coach Scott Marr believes there is a player who can electrify his teammates the way Thompson did during his spectacular college career that ended last spring.
The Liverpool lacrosse community is hoping to score a game-winning goal this spring! The Liverpool Youth Lacrosse Association (LYLA), along with the Liverpool High School boys and girls lacrosse programs, are coming together to raise money for the construction of a new box lacrosse arena at LHS. The goal is to improve the quality of lacrosse for the youth of Liverpool.
The University of Maryland remains atop the IWLCA Division Coaches Poll for the week of February 8, with all 20 first place votes. Several top teams saw action last week, including North Carolina, Northwestern, Duke, and Florida, who all remained in the top 10. The only change near the top of the poll were Northwestern and Duke swapping positions after the Wildcats took down the Blue Devils 11-8 in Durham yesterday.
Rochester Knighthawks will try to ground the Vancouver Stealth when they collide on Saturday, Feb. 13th at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena. The 7:30 p.m. contest concludes Rochester’s three-game homestand.
A new study that collected data on boys’ youth lacrosse injuries during the 2015 season found that most injuries were to the lower extremity. The findings were recently published in Injury Epidemiology, with Dr. Andrew Lincoln and Dr. Shane Caswell, two members of the US Lacrosse Sports Science & Safety Committee, serving among the researchers.
I didn’t plan to draw these picks out over four weeks, but we’re talking about 12 different conferences in D-I, D-II, and D-III here. I certainly don’t want to short-change anyone, but now I’ve drawn this out so long that teams have actually started their 2016 seasons before I even got the chance to make some predictions.
Lacrosse players often talk about how important it is to put in a performance for all 60 minutes of a game. On Saturday night, the Buffalo Bandits played extremely well for 50 minutes. It turned out to be just enough for a victory.
Coach Tucker Kear is the new Skidmore College lacrosse coach and is also a very accomplished lacrosse player in his own right. As the third coach of Skidmore's team in four years he has an uphill battle facing him to turn the program around, but he is ready.
This ground ball drill is one of my favorites, and I have used it for years. I find it particularly fun and effective for U13, U15, or as a "ground ball station" in your work in practice for varsity or more advanced skill level teams.
The Buffalo Bandits had something of a family reunion Saturday night.
It was Champions Night at First Niagara Center. The Bandits invited back the players from their championship teams in 1992, 1993, 1996 and 2008 to take a bow before the game, and then participate in an alumni game at halftime.
One week after a disappointing road defeat, the Buffalo Bandits followed a familiar formula to win the rematch and find redemption against the New England Black Wolves on Saturday. Despite a late rally that created a tense finish at First Niagara Center, the Bandits held on to defeat their divisional rivals 12-10.
Keuka College is changing its sports nickname after threats of legal action by North Carolina State University. The two schools both use the name 'Wolfpack' for their sports teams. After eight months of negotiating claims of trademark infringement, Keuka college has thrown in the towel. The school's sports teams are switching to the 'Wolves', and the campus is not taking the change lightly.
The No. 7 Syracuse men's lacrosse team wrapped up its preseason with a 12-10 victory over No. 10 Brown on Saturday, with Jordan Evans'(J-D) six point afternoon leading the charge for the 'Cuse offense.
Evans notched four goals and two assists in the win, with Nick Piroli (Carthage) chipping in two goals and two assists of his own against his former team.
The Cazenovia College men's lacrosse team's schedule is out for the spring 2016 season. The Wildcats finished the 2015 campaign with a good 8-6 record overall and 5-3 record in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, ending the season securing the fourth seed in the NEAC and earning a playoff birth. Looking to build on a playoff run from a season ago, Cazenovia opens up 2016 play in Florida on their spring trip.
Randy Staats (Six Nations/OCC/Syracuse) leads all rookies in goals (11), assists (15) and points (26), and is ranked among the top six leaders in all major scoring categories in the NLL. Staats' 26 points also is tied for first on the Swarm while his 11 goals and 15 assists rank second on the team. Staats had three hat trick performances and three six-plus point outings in January to go along with 22 loose balls. The Swarm finished the month 3-2 and in second place in the East Division.
The wise lacrosse guru that is Connor Wilson from Lacrosse All Stars sat down with Marcus Holman, attackman for the Ohio Machine and Team USA, to discuss how they think the 2016 NCAA season will pan out.
Hobart College Head Lacrosse Coach Greg Raymond recently announced that senior midfielder Cooper Stefaniak will serve as the team captain this season. One of three team captains last season, he is just the second Statesman to serve as a solo captain since 1995.
The 2016 Men’s Lacrosse season kicks off on Saturday, February 6 when the Manhattan Jaspers face Bryant University at 1:00 p.m. in Smithfield, RI. The first game of the season for women’s lacrosse takes place on Wednesday, February 10 at 4:00 p.m. when Monmouth travels to Maryland to take on Towson.
The Utica College women's lacrosse team released its three captains, Friday, as voted by the team. Seniors Briana Estabrook (Tully, NY/Tully ) and Courtney Wheeler (Ava, NY/Rome Free Academy) and junior Amanda Chruscicki (Utica, NY/Whitesboro) will lead the 2016 Pioneers.
Right from the very beginning of their unparalleled 25-year history in the NLL, the Buffalo Bandits have maintained a winning tradition. It began with back-to-back championships in their first two years in the League (then called the Major Indoor Lacrosse League), continued with a third in 1996 and, with key pieces still in place from those early teams, came full circle with a fourth title in 2008.
Whispers turned into a grainy image or two, and then social media got its usual hit of clips and revealing photos. Finally, the Evo Warp Lacrosse Head website dropped, and Warrior had officially released their newest product to the market. It’s not actually available anywhere yet, but the market knows it will be available sometime soon. The website says “Spring”, so that means some time between February and late May, according to the D1 lacrosse calendar. Zing!
The Huarache V Creator draws inspiration from lacrosse's origins. According to the Thompsons, "Our ancestors tell us a story that a game of Lacrosse was played for the Creator, between the grounded and the winged animals. Each animal brought something special to the game. The bear for its strength. The deer for its agility. The wolf for its predatory nature. And the eagle for its speed."
The Patriot League is tough sledding. First, out of sheer volume, with its nine teams its the largest conference in DI lacrosse. That means conference play starts in February — and by extension since the league games are on weekends, four Patriot teams are in action in this light opening weekend. Then there’s the style of play, where physical defensive battles are the norm, and the line between lower-tier and top-tier teams has blurred in recent seasons. Here is the best-case, worst-case for the Patriot League:
In June 2014, the former All-CAA defenseman at Delaware who went to the final four in 2007, was named a reporter for the NFL on CBS while also serving as a NCAA basketball reporter, studio host and lacrosse analyst for CBS Sports Network.
The panel will make a presentation titled “Gender & Sports” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Room 201 of Marano Campus Center . . . Bassett will discuss the gendering of lacrosse in Haudenosaunee communities, specifically in regard to sovereignty as well as Western imperialist representations of this gendering.
As the coach of the boys lacrosse team at The Haverford School (Pa.), John Nostrant (Baldwinsville) has witnessed the effect of early recruiting on young high school students and their families and is in favor of any effort to curtail recruiting freshmen and sophomores by college programs.
As the father of John Nostrant, a midfielder who committed to Penn State in February 2014 as a freshman, Nostrant acknowledged that his family benefited from the absence of rules prohibiting early recruiting.
At least 12 countries are expected to be represented at the preeminent U-19 international indoor lacrosse tournament, when the second annual World Lacrosse Challenge takes place from August 24-28, 2016.
The SUNY Cortland men's lacrosse team is ranked eighth nationally in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's (USILA) Division III preseason poll and 11th nationally in the preseason by Lacrosse Magazine.
The defending ACC champion Orange received five first-place votes en route to 61 total points, followed by North Carolina (one three-place vote, 59 points) and Notre Dame (45 points). One point separated the fourth- and fifth-place teams selected in the predicted order of finish, as Duke was picked fourth (31 points) and Boston College and Virginia each earned 30 points to tie for fifth. Louisville (24) was picked to finish seventh and Virginia Tech (8) eighth.
The Rochester Knighthawks announced their partnership today with the Jeff Milano-Johnson (JMJ) Fund. On Saturday, Feb. 13th, the Knighthawks will donate $5.00 from each ticket purchased, through the attached link, to the fund. That night, Rochester will host the Vancouver Stealth at 7:30 p.m. at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena.
Last year’s edition of the Patriot League was ferocious, and one of the best examples I have ever seen of teams in a conference cannibalizing each other throughout the season. Each game seemed like a virtual coin flip as far as who the winner would be.
These are games scheduled for Saturday. Very cold weather is forecast for the Northeast and may force scheduling changes.
Army vs. Massachusetts
Hampton vs. Roberts Wesleyan
Penn State vs. Hobart
Syracuse vs. Siena
Hampton vs. Roberts Wesleyan
Keuka vs. Alfred Scrimmages
Cornell vs. Marquette @Philadelphia
St. John's vs. Binghamton @Queens