What happens when one of the most prolific goal scorers in the history of men's lacrosse takes on its best goalkeeper? And how is the rivalry angled, when off-the-field, the two share a friendship and working relationship as coach and first assistant?
The Monster Girls Elite Club traveled to Boston last weekend to compete in the Harvard Summer Splash. With temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, the Monsters went on an 18 and 0 run within 4 divisions of pool play. Then after blistering through the semi finals in Bracket play, it was time for each team to play in the Championship games.
Block arrives in Eugene to familiar faces, having played with both Dowd and assistant coach Michelle Tumolo on the U.S. National Team. The three new Oregon coaches have tasted success together both with the national team and in 2012 at Syracuse when the Orange reached the title game with Dowd on staff as an assistant.
The Denver Outlaws (7-6) remained alive in the playoff hunt by winning their fifth consecutive game, defeating the Rochester Rattlers (6-6) by a score of 12-10 at Aquinas’ Wegmans Sports Complex in Rochester, N.Y.
On Monday, Kevin McKeown was introduced as the new head coach of the Binghamton University men's lacrosse program. The former Bearcat standout netminder - who still holds school records for goals against average, saves, save percentage, and wins - has a lot of work on his plate to turn around a team that is a combined 8-19 over the last two seasons. Just four days into his tenure, he knows there are two key areas he must focus on first.
The United Women's Lacrosse League began with a vision, which included growing the sport of lacrosse and providing women an opportunity to play professionally. So far, the league can put a checkmark next to both categories. Not only is the UWLX providing opportunities for current players, but it's also serving the younger generation.
No one expected John Tavares of the Buffalo Bandits to have a long wait to join the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame. He took the next-to-last step toward that status on Thursday. Tavares has been named one of five finalists for the Class of 2016 ballot.
To intercept, or not intercept – that is the question. With the vastly improved stick skills in today's game, it has become increasingly common for teams to have a designated feeder behind the cage. Think Brooke Griffin for Maryland or Alyssa Murray for Syracuse.
Three former Binghamton men's lacrosse players are participating in the 2016 European Lacrosse Championship, beginning this week. Eric Fischer (Israel), Drew Wichmann (Ireland), and Tom Wilmot (Italy) will represent their countries at this year's ten-day tournament, held in Budapest, Hungary.
Annually, the FCA Lacrosse Ministry swings by prior to the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic to let us get a look at what gear they'll be playing in when they head upstate. Check out the Under Armour gear from Lacrosse Unlimited and FCA's Cascade R with Zima Gear decals.
Like the Gait brothers before them and the Thompson family after them, the Powell brothers defined a significant period of lacrosse for a generation. This Saturday, Casey Powell will take the field for his final Major League Lacrosse contest. While Casey was recently named as an assistant coach for the Jacksonville Dolphins, his final MLL game will be the ending of an era in the field game.
On Friday, an alumni game between both boys and girls teams will take place followed by a reception. On Saturday, a dinner is scheduled and the night will be finished by a guest speaker series of former Corning lacrosse players and coaches. A few tickets still remain, but are very limited.
Tsieboo Herne, one of the athletes in the documentary, has gone on to play lacrosse at SUNY Canton since the film’s release. She’s studying health fitness, nutrition, and diversity communications, and is expected to graduate in 2020. She recently spoke with Indian Country Today Media Network about college and what it was like to be in such an emotional film.
The University at Albany has announced that it will induct Bob Ford, Michelle Simpson, Casey Halloran, Kevin Rae, Luke Daquino, and the 2003 men’s lacrosse team into the Athletics Hall of Fame this coming fall.
Two-time All-American Jordan Stevens '15 has joined the Cornell men's lacrosse staff as assistant coach and defensive coordinator it was announced today by Matt Kerwick, The Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Men's Lacrosse. Stevens replaces Chris Kivlen, who accepted the head coaching position at Queens University in May.
The IWLCA has named 276 schools across Division I, II, III, and NAIA as IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squads for the 2015-1016 academic year. In order to qualify for this prestigious honor, teams must have posted a 3.0 or higher team GPA for the year.
A talented group of first- and second-grade boys lacrosse players from the North Country were able to dominate every tournament they entered this summer, from the Watertown area to one near Rochester, and remarkably never lost a game.
The National Lacrosse League has announced the 2016 NLL Draft will take place on Monday, Sept. 26 at Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario. Watch live on NLL.com starting at 7 p.m. ET as the league welcomes its newest crop of rookies ahead of the 2017 season.
The Behind The Back pass/shot when executed to perfection is the most beautiful thing to witness. Seeing the likes of John Grant Jr. fling a BTB on a rope to someones ear on the run is not only impressive, but a thing of art. Most of the time the BTB is seen as flashy, but there are plenty of opportunities in the game when it is the smart play to let it fly over the shoulder. Here’s a few hints and tips on how to properly execute a beautiful BTB.
You’re hearing it. The message is getting through to parents – Multi-sport athletes get recruited more than specialized athletes. Multi-sport athletes get injured less. Multi-sport is the way to go. Ooh, that athlete we love was also was a multi-sport athlete! But what does that mean and why?
Two of three Section III high school boys lacrosse champions from this past season including one team that won a state title will play in new classifications next season. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association approved on Tuesday the breakdown that accommodates the addition of a fourth classification.
We begin our Lake Placid Summit coverage with its own dedicated page. Lake Placid Tournament news will be posted here at JustLacrosse Upstate and also on the dedicated page, as well as the latest tweets from @lakeplacidlax.
The Herkimer College Generals recently suspended their women’s lacrosse and men’s tennis programs. We sat down with Herkimer College Athletic Director, Donald Dutcher, who explained the reason for the suspensions.
Bill Olin (Horsedheads), who spent the last three seasons building the Capital University Division III men's lacrosse program from the ground up, has been named assistant coach for the Cornell women's lacrosse program. Olin replaces Suzie Friedrich, who stepped down after eight seasons on head coach Jenny Graap's staff to pursue other interests.
A highly popular Central New York summer boys lacrosse event that has been around for nearly the entire millennium will continue its legacy this weekend. The 15th annual John Pepper Wildcat Invitational takes place on Saturday and Sunday at West Genesee Senior High School.
The two rosters feature ten former Syracuse Orange players including two current SU women's coaches in Regy Thorpe and Gary Gait. Thorpe, the 1991 Defenseman of the Year while at Herkimer Junior College, was an All-American on the 1993 National Championship team at SU and is currently an assistant coach on the women's side. His son, Gale Thorpe, is a currently on the men's team.
After the filming of episode one of Pathfinder’s I decided to make a return trip to Montana so I could spend time at Kevin Flynn’s family camp on the edge of Glacier National Park. If you had a chance to watch Pathfinders you know how passionate Kevin is about growing lacrosse and growing it properly. He spends his a great deal of time introducing lacrosse to new communities all over the state and beyond. I figured it would be a cool idea to take the concept one step further and a bit more literal.
Like many awards, it's a goal scorer's trophy to lose. Comparing rookies to each other has its inherent traps -- especially when using goals and assists as the main criteria. Those who bow out of the NCAA tournament earlier than others have a head-start; those on less talented Major League Lacrosse teams have extra touches for tallying those points that make voters drool.
If these words of Dr. Billy Graham hold true: “One coach will impact more young people in one year than the average person does in a lifetime,” then FCA’s lacrosse coaches are having a huge impact on a lot of youth in the Northeast Region of our country.
Kevin McKeown (Mc-CUE-en) was introduced as Binghamton University's men's lacrosse coach at a press conference Monday afternoon. McKeown graduated from BU in 2006 and then served as an assistant coach and interim head coach for the Bearcats.
Go behind the scenes, in the locker room and at the hotel with the U.S. men's national under-19 team as it continues play at the Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championship in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
Common Goal won the 2019 championship 18-2 over Top Side Snipers behind the stellar play of Northwestern commit Erin Coykendall. Coykendall was the offensive spark for Common Goal, recording four goals and five assists to be named MVP.
JustLacrosse Editior's note - Before most every school installed artificial turf, Solvay's used to be the busiest lacrosse stadium at a school with no lacrosse team. Thanks!
The field includes markings for lacrosse, even though Solvay does not field lacrosse teams. The school occasionally rents out its field for practice or games for other schools.
Teat scored just 14 seconds into sudden-death double overtime to lift the Brampton Excelsiors to a 14-13 win at Iroquois Park Sports Centre on Friday, July 22, spelling the end for the Warriors. Teat ended up with three goals and 10 points in the game and an astounding 34 points in the series, which was won by Brampton 3-1.
The duo from Hamburg was able to accomplish something incredibly special in their final years of eligibility for the Le Moyne men’s lacrosse team. Each pregame hug in the postseason was followed by a Le Moyne win, including an 8-4 victory over Limestone College May 29 to win the national championship and cap a 20-0 season.
Bill Olin (Horseheads) will step down as head coach of Capital University Men's Lacrosse in order to pursue an opportunity to be a top assistant for a nationally-ranked NCAA Division I women's lacrosse program. His departure is effective immediately, and a national search will be to find the next leader of Capital Men's Lacrosse.
Olin has accepted a position with women's lacrosse national powerhouse and defending Ivy League Tournament champion Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.). He will assume the role of the program's top assistant under head coach Jenny Graap, who has led the Big Red to a 180-120 record while at Cornell and has a plethora of accomplishments to her name.
Flashback to 1974 and Jim Croce’s title song from the posthumous album that featured his greatest hits, songs like “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” “Time in a Bottle,” “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” “Operator,” and “I Got a Name.” I was in middle school when Croce died in a plane crash, and when my friends were listening to disco and hard rock in the late ‘70s and ‘80s, I was spending a lot of quality time with Croce, Dan Fogelberg, Billy Joel, and Harry Chapin.
“Photographs and Memories” was running through my head all this past week, as I spent hours and hours cleaning out not only Brian’s bedroom, but stacks and baskets and bags and boxes of Brian and Eric’s belongings that have been piling up in the basement.
It was time.
Back on June 18th, the Rattlers squared off against the Denver Outlaws. Rochester won 19 to 11. Jordan Wolf scored six goals and four assists in the win. Both Jeremy Boltus and Jordan MacIntosh scored four goals and one assist a piece. John Galloway made seventeen saves in the win.
Hartwick College Athletics is grieving the loss of longtime head men's lacrosse coach, Bill Bjorness, who died unexpectedly earlier this week. He was 53 years old.
Bjorness served as the Hawks' head coach from 1999-2014 and is one of only two coaches in the history of the program to amass over 100 victories. He would lead his teams to seven ECAC Tournament appearances and two Empire 8 playoff berths.
The Rochester Rattlers fell to the New York Lizards, 16 to 15 in an overtime thriller. The largest crowd thus far this 2016 season at Wegman's Sports Complex was witness to a great MLL match-up that lived up to all of the hype.
Lacrosse Magazine Report w/video of game winner
Stories about how young lacrosse players announce college commitments at such early ages has been done before, but Newsday wrote about the subject this week better than just about anyone -- beginning with a telling quote from Duke men's coach John Danowski.
"I miss the days when we only talked to juniors and seniors," Danowski told the paper. "Coaches are like businessmen, always looking for an edge, a competitive advantage."
Bill Bjorness, longtime coach at the high school, Division III and international level, died unexpectedly this week. The New York native and member of the Rochester Institute of Technology's Athletics Hall of Fame was found in his apartment in Florida on Friday, with authorities indicating that he died of natural causes. He was 53 years old.
Four UAlbany men’s lacrosse alumni are playing in Lake Placid for a great cause and are asking for your support for the Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund.
Jimmy Haugen of the UAlbany class of 2014 and Matt Carrello, Kevin Glueckert and Anthony Ostrander of the UAlbany class of 2013 with compete with Team Army Ranger in the annual Lake Placid Summit Classic in support of the Lead the Way Fund.
3d Lacrosse, the nation’s leading lacrosse services company, is pleased to announce the formation of 3d Upstate, a Rochester-based market designation that will offer Select teams, high-level training, box immersion and other skill development opportunities to youth and scholastic players in Rochester and throughout Upstate New York.
Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, plans to deliver the League’s first ever Legends Alumni Game event at the 2016 Lake Placid Summit Classic. The inaugural event will take place at North Elba Athletic Field #1 Friday, August 5, at 6 p.m. EST, as part of the Lake Placid Summit Classic tournament festivities. The event is free to the public. The game broadcast will also be made available on LAX Sports Network at 7 p.m.
A 2008 Graduate of Guilderland High School, Aaron Cahill ranks 24th in career points in the 37 years of the program’s history. While at Guilderland, Cahill was a two-time member of the Empire State Games Adirondack region lacrosse team, and was selected to the 2008 US Lacrosse National Senior Showcase. Following high school, Cahill attended Onondaga Community College where the team won the 2009 NJCAA Championship. Cahill then moved on to LeMoyne, where he was a three year letter winner, and two year co-captain. Cahill’s college career was capped with LeMoyne winning the 2013 NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse Championship.
Tru Lax Syracuse, the first New York partner of Speed Lacrosse, introduces Speed Lacrosse to Baldwinsville laxers on Thursday, July 21, at Durgee Jr. High. 2 goals, a 15 second Rip Shot penalty, man-up, and an intercepted pass, all in 1:07
The boys in our campus residential program have made friends with the Marist
College Men’s Lacrosse team. The friendship began in October 2015, that’s when the
team started weekly visits to the Children’s Home.
“It is an honor for the IMLCA to introduce the inaugural IMLCA All-Region teams,” said Paul Cantabene, chair of the IMLCA Division III Advisory Committee and coach at Stevenson University. “With the continued growth of Division III lacrosse, this important program expands the opportunities to promote the great players who compete across the country.” The All-Region teams were identified based on the All-Conference teams associated with all conferences sponsoring lacrosse.
Scores of the most talented high school girls lacrosse players in the region will take to the West Genesee High School fields this weekend for the annual John Pepper Wildcat Invitational. The action-packed, two-day spectacle kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday with Varsity Division play and wraps up in the late afternoon Sunday, with the JV Division, Modified Division, and 5th/6th grade Division playing out their contests.
For the second straight year, the Rochester Knighthawks will have two first-round picks in the National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. The Knighthawks currently hold the sixth and seventh overall picks in this year’s draft.
“The Presidents of the Colleges within the Empire 8 Athletic Conference voted unanimously to extend this invitation to The Sage Colleges,” said Dr. Margaret Drugovich, Hartwick College President and Chair of the Empire 8 President’s Council. “Our confidence is well earned - their athletic director Danielle Drews and President Susan Scrimshaw impressed us with their commitment to membership in the Empire 8 as well as their commitment to the transformative experience of Division III athletics. My presidential colleagues and I welcome them, their scholar-athletes, and their Sage colleagues to the Empire 8 Athletic Conference.”
McKeown knows the program and the area well despite spending the past two seasons at Bellarmine University in Kentucky. As McKeown makes his way back to the Southern Tier, he had this to say about his excitement for the position, and his goals for the program.
Navy's success on the lacrosse field has resulted in a contract extension for head coach Rick Sowell (Horseheads). Naval Academy athletic director Chet Gladchuk confirmed on Thursday that he has added another four years to Sowell's original contract, which had one year remaining. Gladchuk did not disclose specific terms of the new deal, which keeps Sowell in Annapolis through 2021.
Montana is often times referred to as the last best place in the world because of its undisturbed landscape. Episode 1 of our Pathfinders series documents the pavement pounding efforts of Kevin Flynn and an emotional trip through the Big Sky. The game is alive and well under the big sky.
Madeline Wnuk, Buffalo, N.Y.
Midfield, St. Mary's High School
Club Team: Stampede
Athletic Awards: Varsity lacrosse rookie of the year 2013; Varsity lacrosse offensive player of the year 2014;
Varsity lacrosse MVP 2015;
Varsity lacrosse MVP 2016
Rochester lost the first battle against the Lizards on April 23rd (16 to 19). Jordan Wolf led the Rattlers with five goals and one assist in that game. Jason LaShomb and John Galloway combined for 13 saves in the game.
The measure – first adopted by the IWLCA in August before getting similar backing from the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) in December – has been endorsed by 75 percent of the coaching membership on both sides, including the very coaches who are skirting the rules to scoop up young, blue-chip talent.
"The front office did a god job of getting the right pieces in place," he said. "This will be the first season here I'll be close to playing a full season. I really don't think about (individual awards). The reason I play is to just win championships. Some guys are in it to be the best player in the league. That's fine. I just want to be on a team that wins. That's why the past few seasons have been tough. We don't like to lose."
Several Section III alumni are among the 105 players invited to participate in tryouts for the U.S. women's national lacrosse team. The three-day tryout is Aug. 5-7 in Sparks, Md. The team will be cut down to 36 players, then 18 that will represent the U.S. at the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse Women's World Cup in England.
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel has approved changing three-second violations back to major fouls for the 2017 women’s lacrosse season.
The new rule, which was passed during the panel’s conference call on Wednesday, also tweaks how the penalty is administered. Now, the free position for a three-second violation will be administered at the spot of the ball. If the three-second call is made while the ball is in the 8-meter arc, an 8-meter free position will be administered.
Casey Powell Note
The Florida Launch's last scheduled game is Saturday, August 4 vs. the Cannons at Harvard Stadium. We contacted Casey via Twitter Thursday and he said "Boston is my last game."