Sunday night was the annual Hall of Fame “induction celebration” for the US Lacrosse Upstate Chapter’s class of 2014. Eight local honorees were recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to the game.
The Knight Cup is given annually to the player who has played the game of lacrosse to the best of his ability, who has, by example, inspired or led his teammates both on and off the field and who, above all, has consistently demonstrated the qualities of unselfishness and loyalty to his team and Rutgers University. This year’s recipient was Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia), who earned Second Team All-BIG EAST honors for the second-straight season and will be one of four Rutgers captains for the upcoming season.
The McGill men's lacrosse team suffered a rare loss on Saturday, falling 18-10 in non-conference play to the Plattsburgh State Cardinals. It snapped the team overall win streak at 10 but because it was a non-conference game, the Redmen streak remains intact in regular season play at10-0 in the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association.
Syracuse head women's lacrosse coach Gary Gait '91 will host the "Night of Lacrosse Legends and Stars" on Tuesday, November 11 at The Savory Tavern in Merrick, N.Y. The event runs from 7 – 10 p.m. with a VIP hour starting at 6 p.m.
The 6-foot-1 Magnan, who started for the Foxes' varsity team as an eighth-grader, is Syracuse's second-ever freshman commit and the earliest player to ever give a verbal to the Orange -- a source of pride for the athletic lefty.
The Buffalo Bandits have announced the team has agreed to terms on one-year contracts with Brandon Goodwin, Cody McMahon and Rance Vigneux. With Goodwin’s signing, the Bandits have now agreed to terms with all five of their draftees selected in the 2014 NLL Draft this past September.
The Rochester Knighthawks will receive one final honor commemorating their historic run to a league-record third straight championship. On Thursday, the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation will recognize the Knighthawks with the Sports and Recreation award for having a positive impact in the community. - See more at: http://www.knighthawks.net/node/5268#sthash.jYAud5Hd.dpuf
As time passes, Eddie Coombs’ legacy continues to grow.
“People were concerned that after his (college) senior class graduated that it might start to slow down and talk would slow, but it’s only gotten stronger,” said Marist College men’s lacrosse coach Keegan Wilkinson. “That’s a testament to what a strong young man Eddie was.
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The Buffalo Bandits have matched the New England Black Wolves' offer sheet to restricted free agent defenseman Drew Petkoff for a one-year contract for the 2015 National Lacrosse League season. Buffalo had 72 hours to match New England's offer for the defender who possesses a scoring touch.
In terms of offense, Maryland transfer Connor Cannizzaro (Cazenovia) seized the opportunity with a three-goal, two- assist effort, and fellow sophomore Tyler Pace scored twice with a pair of assists. Freshman Trevor Baptiste scored one goal and set up another, and a trio of freshmen each scored late: Sean Mayle, Joe Reid and Connor Donahue.
The Third Eddie Coombs Fallball Shootout was held Saturday at Hatboro-Horsham High School near Philadelphia, honoring the fallen Marist player and Hatboro-Horsham alum. Marist and the Edward Taylor Coombs Foundation hosted DII powers Le Moyne, Merrimack and NYIT, as well as a host of women's programs on Saturday, and will host numerous DIII programs Sunday at the high school.
In its third year, the annual Seatown Classic saw Team USA claw out a 17-14 win against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, in front of a record 3,687 attendants. This Team USA roster was altered from the 23-man World Championships this summer, allowing for a fresh group of faces to step up. World Championship Outstanding Midfielder Paul Rabil and veteran Kyle Harrison did not dress, instead taking on sideline coaching roles for their team.
Hobart College Hall of Famer David McNaney '77 is a member of the four-man class of inductees to the US Lacrosse Great Rochester Hall of Fame. He will be honored on Friday, Nov. 7, at the Burgundy Basin Inn in Pittsford, New York.
"What has it been, seven years since we first talked about it?"
Jim Lyons asks this rhetorical question when the subject of a long-anticipated artificial turf field is broached. Lyons has been the head coach at SUNY Geneseo for 15 years, and nearly half of them have involved the quest to provide an all-weather field option for his program.
Niskayuna lacrosse player Aidan O'Brien finds the black pellets in his shoes, his socks and his equipment bag. They're tiny pieces of tire that are used in artificial-turf fields at the high school, college and recreational level in the Capital Region and all over the country.
The Canisius men's lacrosse 2017-2018 showcase has been cancelled. The event was scheduled for Sunday, October 19th. If you have any questions or concerns please email assistant coach Brendan Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ficarra and Basile met at SUNY Oswego, where Basile was a cheerleader and Ficarra a lacrosse player. She turned Ficarra down when he asked her out. They met a second time six months before his accident, and she again refused to date him.
Ty Xanders, former Inside Lacrosse columnist, left the firm last summer and has since started a web site devoted to recruiting. He recently published his lists of the top Juniors and Seniors in the country and several Section Five players made his lists.
Brine Lacrosse, a leader in quality lacrosse equipment manufacturing since 1950, announced today that it has signed a multi-year deal with US Lacrosse to become an official equipment supplier of the U.S. Women’s National Team Program and a presenting sponsor of all U.S. Women’s National Team events through 2017.
Colgate University’s annual Native American Arts and Culture Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The festival celebrates Native American culture with live music and dance, craft demonstrations, handmade Native American items and traditional foods for sale, and more.
New York’s Joe Fletcher (West Genesee) was one of the most talked about defensemen of the 2014 season. An All-American at Loyola College, Fletcher came into the year looking to build off of his college successes. The rookie was named to the USA Men’s National Training team roster, the only college player to be added to the team.
“‘Sully’ is a great steady ‘D’ man with an excellent lacrosse IQ. He can shut down the teams’ best players,” said goalie Matt Vinc. “We are great friends off the floor so it's unbelievable that I get to play with him again this season.”
For the first time ever in lacrosse, these rankings will get updated a handful of times each year. Kids are playing more lacrosse than ever (in favor of other sports), so with that said, it gets easier to make ongoing evaluations throughout all of the seasons.
Alf Jacques' workshop Onondaga Nation, May 16, 2014. Wooden lacrosse stick maker Alf Jacques works on carving a defenseman's stick for the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team in their upcoming World Lacrosse Championships in Denver on July 10, 2014.
The Rochester Rattlers Major League Lacrosse team raised $1,300 to benefit the Arc of Yates disaster relief efforts following devastating flooding in May. Top defenseman for the Rattlers and Penn Yan native Mike Manley introduced the fundraising idea which netted $1,300.
Coholan, a redshirt junior from Rochester, N.Y., started all 16 games in 2014 on the first midfield. He scored 13 goals and dished out 14 assists. Coholan scored a career-high three goals against Johns Hopkins, including the overtime winner.
[Stefan] Basile (Fayetteville-Manlius), named the 2014 USILA Division III Outstanding Goalie of the Year, led the Liberty League in goals-against averge (7.00) and save percentage (.641) last season. He posted a nine-game winning streak and was named to the USILA All-American First Team and tabbed Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year. This will be his second season as a captain.
Six Tuesday evening sessions - November 4, 11, 18, 25 December 2, 9 - with a coaching lineup that includes Dan Hardy (Tully), Kevin Leveille (Delmar), Ryan Powell (Carthage), Travis Morgia (Watertoen), Eric Wood (Carthage), and Matt Abbott (Nottingham).
As coaches, we teach kids how to dodge, but seldom analyze what it takes to become a great dodger. We show them the roll, face and split dodges, then leave them to their own devices to figure out which one to use and when. Help your dodgers take the next step with these instructions.
With leaves changing colors and a bit more nip in the air, it's time to begin the discussion of who might be Lacrosse Magazine's Person of the Year for 2014 — and there are several worthy candidates.
Below is a rundown of the people that we've had in our discussion thus far. Who makes the grade for you? Or do you have someone else you'd like to nominate? Let us know by voting or leaving comments, and we'll announce the winner upon the release of our December 2014 issue!
In a lot of ways, this sport has been a huge part of my identity for nearly 15 years. So it is with both excitement and sadness that I've made the decision to leave Inside Lacrosse to pursue a new challenge as Social Media Manager with The Martin Group, a growing, dynamic ad agency with offices in Buffalo and Rochester. I couldn’t be happier for this next chapter and to be returning home to Western New York to be closer to family.
I want to thank Inside Lacrosse and the entire sport for a phenomenal experience and, hopefully, a lifetime's worth of relationships.
Saturday morning it was 60 degrees and raining. One might not dub these “perfect lacrosse conditions,” but champions adapt. The U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Team could be found practicing throughout the D.C./Virginia area in this dreary weather and pouring rain. As the team walked off the field after the first long practice at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, each player appeared fatigued, yet a smile remained on their faces. Whether it was an experienced player who won the Gold Medal at the 2013 FIL World Cup, or a sophomore in college — every single athlete was excited to be there.
The more I watch goalies getting warmed up pre-game, pre-practice and at recruiting events, the more concerned I get. Shooting underhand worm-burners from 16 yards isn't accomplishing anything. Spending five rushed minutes in between the pipes isn't sufficient for a young goalie.
Player applications are now being accepted for the 2015 U.S. Men’s National Indoor Team. Interested candidates can apply for consideration to be invited to try out and will be evaluated by a selection committee including the current U.S. men’s national indoor team coaching staff, named in September and led by head coach Tony Resch.
US Lacrosse, the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse, has reached an agreement with the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) to provide the necessary education and training of women’s lacrosse officials to reach US Lacrosse certification status in time for the 2015 season.
Futia, a local product from Schenectady that went to Guilderland High, served as a close defenseman for the Great Danes from 2011 to 2014. A three-year starter, he helped UAlbany win a pair of America East titles in 2013 and 2014.
Dan McAvoy joins the Saints from lacrosse power Fairport High where he helped guide his squad to a peak No. 4 ranking in Lacrosse Magazine's Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Regional Rankings this spring. McAvoy was named to the Section V Class A All-Tournament Team and scored a team-high three goals in the state semifinals. He was named a 2014 Second Team All-Section and All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention selection.
“They’re a highly-ranked school, so the education was attractive for me. And after visiting the campus, I felt upstate New York is a great place to be,” Coles said, adding he had encouragement to play college lacrosse from fellow teammate Evan Condon, who will play lacrosse a few hours away at West Point.
Eric Holden, A, Lincoln Sudbury (Mass.) verbally committed to Hobart this past summer. A two-year varsity lacrosse player, Holden led his Div 1. state semifinalist program with 50 goals and 50 assists. selected first-team all-Dual County League. Plays club for Laxachusetts AA. All-star at the Legacy Invitational and at the Legacy Elite Showcase. Also attended Baltimore Summer kickoff and Philly Summer Invitational. Two-year varsity starter in hockey. League all star. Other schools considered include Boston U. and Fairfield.
Seven Sunday morning sessions with a coaching lineup that includes Dan Hardy (Tully), Kevin Leveille (Delmar), Ryan Powell (Carthage), Travis Morgia (Watertoen), Eric Wood (Carthage), and Matt Abbott (Nottingham).
The Rochester Knighthawks will return to Montreal’s Bell Centre for a National Lacrosse League preseason game on Sunday, December 14th at 2:00 p.m. For the second time in three years, Rochester will play the rival Toronto Rock at the home of the Montreal Canadiens. - See more at: http://www.knighthawks.net/node/5255#sthash.hSLcEVUj.dpuf
The Division I men's field at Sunday's Northeast Classic was smaller than year's past, but the tenacity was still high at the South Athletic Fields at Thayer Academy. Marist was the class of the fall ball tournament formerly known as the Catamount Classic, with a high competition level and physicality, but Sacred Heart and Holy Cross were close behind. The tournament saw a spirited entry from UMass Lowell, participating in their first games as a Division I program.
In the days following our talk on SiriusXM’s ‘The Lacrosse Show’, I nailed down Carc for a lengthy interview, hitting all sorts of areas regarding the changes in the sport. Thanks to Paul for taking time out of his busy schedule to chat with RR – we hope to have him back for a few more features going forward!
Senior midfielder Nicky Galasso was named the Syracuse recipient of the Nick Colleluori Award and said the speech made at halftime of the event by HEADstrong President Cheryl Colleluori brought tears. His mother, Cindy, passed away 10 years ago due to lung cancer and a brain tumor and he also was touched by Katherine Frega's inspirational story.
The Syracuse woman who was left in critical condition after a crash in Granby in late September has died. 20-year old Elizabeth Tully (Bishop Ludden/OCC) was riding in a car with her 38-year old mother Vicky Tully, when a FedEx truck veered into their path on State Route 3.
Just when I thought I’d seen it all . . .
I watched my first-ever college club lacrosse game on Saturday, and as I did, I felt a combination of both nostalgia and stuffiness. There were times when I caught myself looking down my nose at these “lesser laxers,” but I also saw a lot that hit home, especially considering my early years coaching at Oswego State.
Facing the 2014 championship squad Maryland, as well as Navy and Princeton at the Navy-Marines Corps Memorial Stadium, Team USA reconvened for their second training weekend since tryouts in June. This exhibition event is just one of many that the U.S. women will participate in as they prep for the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup in Surrey, England.
The euphoria of being among the top 25 players in the country was quickly put into perspective on Saturday, as the U.S. Women's Under-19 Team got to work at the squad's first training weekend in Washington, D.C.
One of the highlights of the first day of action at the 8th Annual Nick Colleluori Classic Saturday at Ridley was the halftime speech by HEADstrong President Cheryl Colleluori and the introduction of Katherine Frega, a junior at Syracuse who has been fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for five years.
My name is Matthew Baildon and I'm the president of a youth lacrosse club in Berlin, Germany. We are in desperate need for a girls coach for our program and there is the potential to play here in Germany, if so desired.
I played football, lacrosse, basketball at West Genesee. There were a lot of lessons, which I learned from the coaches in those sports, particularly at West Genesee where the lacrosse program is legendary . . . Whether it was Mike Messere or Vladimir Horyl, who was the JV coach, I learned about discipline, execution, and teamwork.
The Orange men's lacrosse team capped its 2014 fall season with a pair of exhibition victories on the first day of the eighth-annual Nicholas Colleluori Classic at Ridley High School on Saturday, Oct. 11. Syracuse defeated Bellarmine, 15-5, in its opening game and followed it up with a 13-6 victory against Binghamton.
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Binghamton:Coach Scott Nelson feels he has a good freshmen class and some have surfaced this fall in attack Steve Petrelli, out of Baldwinsville, N.Y., who came in with a great pedigree as a high school All-American. Nelson got to see him against live competition on Saturday.
“We knew Steve was pretty good coming in, but he’s turned out to be better than we thought, the same thing with [freshman midfield] Ben Kocis, both have done very, very well for us, as has Liam Reaume in the midfield,” Nelson said.
Veteran GVLOA member, Rob Cantabene, has been selected to receive a 2015 US Lacrosse Education Convention scholarship. Chosen because of his commitment to officiating excellence, the current Board Member has served as an official for over ten years and has recently been involved in helping to train new members.
The Canisius women’s lacrosse team and head coach Scott Teeter are set to host the Team Canada Under-19 women’s lacrosse team this weekend at the Demske Sports Complex. The events start on Friday, October 10 and go through Sunday, October 12.
Hakeem Lecky, Henry Schoonmaker, Kevin Rice, Tom Grimm and Dylan Donahue have been named captains for the 2015 season, head coach John Desko announced on Friday, Oct. 10. The quintet were elected in a vote by their teammates. Lecky will serve as a captain for the second year in a row, while the others are in the role for the first time.
The Rochester Knighthawks have announced the signing of defenseman/transition man Brier Jonathan to a one-year deal. Jonathan is the third draft pick to sign with the Knighthawks, joining Zach Williams and Ian Martin.
Intense, skills-based, developmental training program for girls looking to take their game to the next level. All sessions are designed to bring out the best in players from all school and club players from the area.
1. Zed Williams (Silver Creek), Virginia M
Williams inherits a Rob Emery-like role as a midfield ball-handler with superior passing skills. After a long summer, preseason and season in Charlottesville, Williams chose not to pursue a spot on the Iroquois National Team last summer, favoring being at home with his family. He should arrive fresh and hungry for what will be a breakout sophomore season.
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich today announced the team has agreed to terms on three-year contracts with Ryan Benesch and Dhane Smith, and signed Jordan Dance, Jamie Rooney and Jerome Thompson (LaFayette) to one-year deals.
In his four-year UAlbany career, Newhouse served as the team’s primary LSM the last three seasons, compiling 86 ground balls, 41 caused turnovers and three goals. His junior season he scooped 44 ground balls and caused 22 turnovers. He was part of a UAlbany defense that helped the Great Danes win a pair of America East titles in 2013 and 2014.
from The Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association
The Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) today announced eight additional events that have been accredited thru the IMLCA Event Accreditation Platinum Standards Program. This group of eight joins the previously announced 24 events that have met the standards to utilize the IMLCA Accredited Events seal and have committed to provide quality experiences for the prospects, their parents, select programs and college coaches.
The Florida High School Athletic Association made a pair of decisions regarding the sport of girls lacrosse at its board of directors meeting on Sept. 29 — but not the one girls lacrosse players, coaches and aficionados around the state wanted.
They've combined to win 11 of 14 world titles since 1982, and they're only getting stronger. In a year of new beginnings, the U.S senior and under-19 women's national teams are building the continuity to sustain their dynastic success.
Senior midfielder, Max Paroda has announced his decision to continue playing lacrosse while pursuing his college education at John Carroll University. A three year varsity player for the McQuaid Jesuit Knights, the right-hander from Pittsford lost a great deal of playing time last year with a broken kneecap, but still managed to score 5g-1a for McQuaid.
With fall ball in full swing and the promise of another spring season on the horizon, we’re ramping up our efforts to educate new and experienced coaches across the country. In November, December and January alone, the US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program is offering 42 coaching clinics in 13 states, spanning all levels of the men’s and women’s games.
The Six Nations-based Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation provides grants and funding for First Nations' arts and culture, health, sports and recreation, and education. At the gala, the foundation presents awards to individuals in each of those categories. This year's recipients are Manitoba writer Tomson Highway, Queen's University assistant professor Duncan Cree, physician Darlene Kitty, and the Rochester Knighthawks lacrosse team.
Colgate University has announced new measures aimed at limiting sports-related head injuries. A release sent by the school details the new protocol that covers all varsity athletic programs, with emphasis on sports where the risk is highest including basketball, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, and soccer.
Since head coach John Battaglino has taken over the reins in New York’s capital, the sky has seemingly been the limit for the Great Danes at the University at Albany. In 2011, Battaglino’s inaugural year as the program’s head coach, Albany captured the program’s first-even America East Tournament title and earned a bid into the NCAA Tournament — also a first for the Great Danes’ program. A year later, Battaglino did it again.
The Liberty's steady evolution into one of the premier conferences in the country continued last spring with two more invitations to the dance along with a relatively deep cast of characters. RIT has established itself as a perennial player and Union is steadily approaching that mark, even if it has come up short against the Tigers every time.
The Skaneateles High School girls lacrosse team won the Class C state championship in the spring. And, well, that feel-good vibe lingers happily into the fall. It might seem crazy what I'm about to say, but the Lakers are still very, very Happy. It's the truth. Which you can feel and see in this video (posted above) produced by Elizabeth Lane, a defender for the championship Skaneateles team.
Celebrating its eight year of bring the nation’s top middle and high school lacrosse players together for a three-day event of competition and camaraderie, the Brine National Lacrosse Classic and Brine National Lacrosse Academy will be held on June 29-July 2, 2015.