ROCHESTER, N.Y. (June 24, 2017) – Randy Staats' goal 6:42 into the overtime period lifted the Blaze to a 14-13 win over the Rattlers at Capelli Sport Stadium on Saturday night. After a fourth quarter that saw the teams combine for five goals in the final two minutes of regulation, it was Staats who ended the game with his fourth goal of the evening.
Auburn's Alex Burgmaster is as versatile as it gets. When the Maroons needed a goal, he provided it. When they needed a defensive stopper, he did that too.
Burgmaster, The Citizen’s Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year, finished his senior season with 29 points on 24 goals and five assists as the Maroons advanced to their third straight sectional championship game in 2017.
Each and every year, rookies step up to the occasion. On Monday, we announced Kelly Larkin as our 2017 Division I National Rookie of the Year. Here's a look at ILWomen's annual team of All-Rookie performers.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 24, 2017) – The Machine extended their winning streak to five games - the longest winning streak in MLL this season - in a 15-13 win over Chesapeake on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Rookie Connor Cannizzaro scored a career-high four goals, and less than a minute after Matt Danowski brought the Bayhawks to within a goal late in the fourth quarter, Cannizzaro scored his fourth goal to secure the win.
There definitely isn’t a coach with more wins than West Genny’s Mike Messere, who has more than 800 career wins and will retire after next season. Here’s a lengthy list of goalies who have started as freshmen during Messere’s tenure: Luke Staudt. That’s it.
The Lake Placid Summit Youth Classic will take place this coming Monday through Wednesday (June 26-28, 2017). This will be the second annual running of the youth specific tournament, coming back to reclaim it’s straight-A report card from the inaugural run.
June 22, 2017 - Finger Lakes end of season awards come in with 25 First and 24 Second Team All County Players. There are also 20 Honorable Mention Players. In addition, there were 2 All Americans and 2 Academic All Americans. As well as Defense Player of the Year, a Midfield Player of the Year and an Attack Player of the Year.
There is a quote of mine on the wall in the locker room at the new US Lacrosse Headquarters: ”The wins and losses are fickle at best. It is the relationships that stand the test of time.” I am here to confirm for you that the sentiment is true. If I coached my last college lacrosse game in April 2016, my career will have ended as the all-time winningest coach in Division I history, having won four National Championships and having been selected as the USILA National Coach of the Year in three different decades.
Still, I did not win enough.
ROCHESTER, NY (June 22, 2017): We continue our Q&A series with Defenseman Matt Dunn. Dunn has been key this year for the Rattlers defense. Matt was just named as one of the Rattlers players that was voted into the MLL All - Star game. Congrats Matt.
“I’m just excited to keep playing,” Williams, 22, told ICMN. “It means more to me for the kids. I really appreciate every single Native American fan I have. I’m going to continue to get better and be there for the kids and show them that lacrosse will take them places.”
You’re heading up to Lake Placid for lacrosse! You lucky person, you! Whether it’s to watch, play, referee, or you’re some other facet of the Lake Placid family. We’re so excited for you to be heading up to one of the most beautiful and iconic locations in American sport history. Guess what? We’re there too! Come say hey to Team LaxAllStars this weekend, you can even run with us if you’re up to it.
ALBANY, N.Y., June 21, 2019 — Many gathered at Albany High School yesterday to celebrate the launch of the Lacrosse Communities Project – a US Lacrosse program developed to create a vertically-integrated series of opportunities for children to participate in lacrosse from grade school through adulthood.
Joining US Lacrosse at the celebration were representatives from many organizations around the city of Albany, including Mayor Kathy Sheehan, City School District of Albany superintendent Kimberly Wilkins, and members of the Albany Police Athletic League.
SKANEATELES — The storybook ending Kyla Sears dreamed of came true.
The senior, who was sidelined her entire junior year with a knee injury, capped a comeback with an overtime goal late in the first overtime to lift Skaneateles to a 12-11 win over Bronxville in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D championship game at SUNY Cortland earlier this month.
Catie Woodruff was named to the Inside Lacrosse Postseason All-Rookie team on Thursday. Woodruff, a 2016 Skaneateles graduate, played in 18 games for the University of North Carolina this season. The freshman defender picked up nine ground balls, had six draw controls and caused five turnovers.
In Episode 40, I answer your questions from the Rating and Reviews on Apple Podcasts. Thanks for your support! I'm digging our new show, "Suiting Up with Paul Rabil", and plan to answer your reviews and questions from Apple Podcasts each week on #AskPaul.
"The 2017 Siena women's lacrosse season didn't go exactly as hoped so I wanted to make something special for the three seniors before their Senior Day game. In the weeks prior to the game I contacted their housemates, best friends from home, family, teammates and even coaches to come sit down in the interview chair. On the day before the game I asked the girls to come down for an interview but little did they know what they were in for. The video shows a few of those many reactions and people involved. - Noah Friedman"
Host Fred Opie interviews Cornell University All-American and Metro Lacrosse CEO Aaron Jones. In his senior year at Hempstead High School, the University of North Carolina and the University of Maryland offered Aaron Jones a scholarship to play defensive back but his mother, an English teacher at the time, at Hempstead High School, insisted on Ivy League academic excellence over ACC football.
(June 22, 2017) It’s time for Penn Yan Summer Box Lacrosse again! Leagues are set to begin the first week of July at the new lacrosse box at the Yates County Community Center on North Main Street. Sing up Saturday 9AM - Noon.
Albany, NY – The Sage Colleges has selected Ryan Lanigan (Ronkonkoma, NY) as its first head coach of the Gators' new men's lacrosse program. Lanigan will coach his first game for Sage in the spring of 2019 when the team competes as a member of the Empire 8.
B.C. has always been a hotbed for lacrosse. So perhaps it’s only fitting that the best lacrosse player in history comes from Victoria.
“Over the years, Gary Gait has been described as the Michael Jordan of the sport and the game’s Pavarotti or Nureyev,” wrote The Vancouver Sun’s Gary Kingston in 2011. “His identical twin brother, Paul, is often ranked just behind him.”
The Grays continue a recent wave of area athletes who have gone on to play for Syracuse women’s lacrosse, a national power. While former Niskayuna star Kayla Treanor graduated from Syracuse in 2016, head coach Gary Gait’s program included three players — Niskayuna’s Asa Goldstock, Guilderland’s Cara Quimby and Queensbury’s Mary Rahal — with ties to Section II-area schools this past season.
On Sunday June 18 the Gaffer Elite 2020 Team was part of a program sweep with three Championships at the SUNY Albany campus. The team won all four of their games in closely fought battles with strong opponents.
The campus at Le Moyne provides one of the best venues in the Northeast. Our staff of coaches come from the best high school, college and professional programs in the country. Teaching the fundamentals of the game is our number one priority.
BOSTON (June 22, 2017) – Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier outdoor professional lacrosse league, announced the roster for the 2017 MLL All-Star Game. The second consecutive game in the state of California will take place on Saturday, July 8 at Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
St. Bonaventure announced Tuesday that it was hiring former Canisius and Canadian national team coach Randy Mearns to lead its newly founded men's lacrosse program. Mearns, who won the 2014 FIL World Cup gold medal with Canada, spent 19 seasons at Canisius before making the short jump to St. Bonaventure. During his time with the Golden Griffins, Mearns advanced to two NCAA tournaments and had nine players selected in the MLL or NLL drafts.
Mearns spoke with US Lacrosse Magazine about his vision for the Bonnies lacrosse program, which will officially begin playing at the Division I level in 2018-19, and his excitement for a new challenge.
ALBANY — The growth of lacrosse in the Capital Region doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
The sport received another shot in the local arm Wednesday, as US Lacrosse publicly announced its decision to make Albany the first-ever site of its Lacrosse Communities Project, a program through which US Lacrosse “seeks to create self-sustaining, multi-generational lacrosse programs” in underserved urban areas.
For Matt Hommel, a Ballston Spa grad and current member of the Limestone college lacrosse team, learning is something he’s done quite a bit of on and off the field. Hommel not only earned a 4.0 GPA as Psychology major in his most recent semester — he also helped the Saints to the Division II National Championship.
BROCKPORT, N.Y. – The NCAA announced on Thursday that Zach Cook (Vestal) was crowned the 2017 NCAA Division III Statistical Champion for Face-Off Winning Percentage for The College at Brockport men's lacrosse team.
These are the best statistical performances in New York high school boys’ lacrosse for the 2017 season as reported to LaxRecords.com. Where do these players rank in terms of nationwide statistical performances?
Top 4 in Points are . . .
PTS. PLAYER YR. SCHOOL STATE G A
147 Ryan Archer Sr. Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt) NY 71 76
127 Alex Calkins Sr. Christian Brothers Academy (DeWitt) NY 77 50
127 Ben McCreary Sr. Christian Brothers Academy (DeWitt) NY 78 49
121 Griffin Cook Jr. Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt) NY 86 35
There is no mandate, or plan to mandate, the use of women’s headgear by US Lacrosse or the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). That’s one of the primary points of clarification in a new informational video produced by US Lacrosse, featuring Caitlin Kelley, senior manager of the women’s game. The video addresses some of the questions directed to US Lacrosse in recent months about women’s headgear.
US Lacrosse’s Adirondack Chapter held its annual Hall of Fame & Honors banquet Wednesday night (June 21, 2017) at the Shaker Ridge Country club. This years Hall of Fame inductees included Marylou Vosburgh, and Cort and Blake Kim. Legendary former University of Virginia Head Coach Dom Starsia, was the key note speaker for the event and he was fantastic.
Ken Neville was a midfielder for Hobart from 1928 to 1931. He played with some notable old school players such as Galbraith, Van Giesen, Wheat, Bootay, and O’Connor under coach Babe Kraus. Afterword, he fought in World War 2 and became a Major in the Marine Corps. This is where the story takes a really cool turn.
It’s been a while — well, not really — since Maryland lacrosse stars Matt Rambo and Zoe Stukenberg received an award. So it’s only natural the Terps duo earned nominations for this year’s ESPY awards after leading their respective teams to national championships over Memorial Day weekend and earning Tewaaraton Awards, given to the nation’s best male and female college lacrosse players.
LAKE PLACID — Summit Lacrosse Ventures is ready to bring a pair of developing tournaments to Lake Placid to help the village kick off its summer season. Both tournaments represent offshoots of the August Lake Placid Summit Classic, a mainstay in the village for the past 27 years.
(Lax Dreams Lacrosse Academy-- June 20, 2017) Lax Dreams standout Drew Rankin (2021), has been named as a 2017 National Lacrosse All-Star and has been selected to represent the State of New York at the National Lacrosse Academy and Brine National Lacrosse Classic to be held July 18-21, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia at the River City Sportsplex.
Taylor, who recently completed her third season in charge of the Dolphins, begins her term as President on July 1. Taylor has served on the IWLCA Board of Directors as a Division II representative since last Summer to finish a departed representative's term. Taylor served as a Division III representative from 2012 until taking the reins of the Dolphins in July 2014. She has also been a member of the All-America Regional Committee since 2012 and the IWLCA Rules/Safety/Games Administration Committee since 2013.
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — There are many families where sports are passed down from generation to generation. However, there are few families that could match the excellence of the Fusco family when it comes to lacrosse. Yorktown senior girls lacrosse standout and captain Rilea Fusco, who is Syracuse University-bound, continued the family tradition in fine style this spring as she was named All-American.
US Lacrosse, the sport’s national governing body, announced today the launch of the Lacrosse Communities Project – a program developed to create a vertically-integrated series of opportunities for children to participate in lacrosse from grade school through adulthood. The initiative aims to expand the reach of US Lacrosse programs into underserved urban populations while propelling the organization’s mission of providing accessibility and opportunity for kids across the country. The Lacrosse Communities Project will begin its multi-city rollout in Albany, N.Y., on June 21, with subsequent launches planned in Cleveland and Brooklyn, N.Y.
Now, for those of you in the Northeast, or anyone who’s been to Lake Placid for the world-famous Placid Summit Classic, you’re probably thinking that this article is coming out a bit premature. You’re thinking in the back of your mind that Placid is at the end of the summer, right? It’s always the big sendoff that usually caps off a season of lacrosse, yeah?
You’re right, and I’m happy to clarify that this weekend’s High Peaks Summit Classic is a NEW tournament put on by the same great folks at Summit Lacrosse Ventures. This isn’t an event to supplant the world-famous Placid Summit Classic. Oh, no! Since “Placid” has grown to an astronomical size and scale, this is simply a return to simpler days.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure University Director of Athletics Tim Kenney has announced the hiring of Randy Mearns as the first Division I head coach of the Bonnies men's lacrosse program. A decorated coach and player, Mearns brings a lengthy resume to St. Bonaventure.
Athlete of the Year: Lucas Quinn, Niskayuna
Determined to conclude his career at Niskayuna with another Section II title after the Silver Warriors fell to Shenendehowa in 2016, Quinn accomplished his mission by leading this season's squad to a 18-6 triumph over Burnt Hills in the Class B final.
CORNING, N.Y. (18 SPORTS) - Corning freshman Elon Friends will have the opportunity of a lifetime. Friends will play in the Brine All-American Classic July 18 through the 21st. The 2020 Corning grad is a member of the Gaffer Elite Lacrosse Club. Friends is excited for the opportunity to carry on a great tradition of Corning lacrosse.
The last game of the 2017 boys’ lacrosse season was exactly what players, coaches and fans love to see – exciting, competitive and complete with a thrilling finish as Brunswick beat Scarborough 18-17 to win the Class A championship on Josh Dorr’s overtime goal.
That type of game was exceedingly rare this season. The average margin of victory ranged from 9.7 goals per game in contests involving Class A South teams to 5.8 for Class B North. Class A North had a goal differential of 8.1, and Class B South’s average margin was 9.2.
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Big Red women's lacrosse team will have four alumnae – Halsey Diakow '09, Cacki Helmer '12, Ashleigh Smith Gloster '06 and Jessi Steinberg '12 – participating in the upcoming FIL Rathbones Women's Lacrosse World Cup. Both Diakow (Israel) and Helmer (Ireland) will serve as assistant coaches, while Smith Gloster and Steinberg will take the field for England and Israel, respectively.
What do coaches want in a recruit? Assuming a high level character, what are the skills and athletic traits coaches go for? We asked many of the game's top coaches during a visit to the IL offices. Here's what they had to say:
BOSTON (June 19, 2017) – New York Lizards midfielder Joe Walters was named the Warrior Offensive Player of the Week for Week 9. Walters and the Lizards snapped a three-game losing streak with a 13-12 win against Rochester on Saturday night.
In 2009, DeMaurice Smith was unanimously elected as the NFL Players’ Associations Executive Director. Since then, he’s structured a new league CBA, created a $160M annual marketing division, co-founded ACE Media, and engineered the first athlete-driven accelerator, One Team Collective.
Smith is empowering the modern day athlete and entrepreneur through education, new platforms, and better working conditions. Throughout our conversation, Smith dives deep into the transactional trenches of negotiations with Roger Goodell, but it’s his advice on mentorship and transformational teaching that’s most impressive.
RTD Heads Up
Road Trip Dad Dan Witmer is working on the road for the next two weekends, first at the Northstar Capital City Classic at SUNY Albany, then it's the Saratoga Springs Shootout. We look forward to hearing about how his summer begins, but know that his essys may be a day or two, or three even, off his regular schedule.