December 2010
Friday December 31, 2010 Share 8:45AM
from the Rochester Knighthawks
Traffic might be a little slower on the west side of Rochester today, as a car wrapped in Rochester Knighthawks Hall of Fame photos hit the streets his afternoon. Laurie Hauser and Rich Cullen of Gates stopped by The Blue Cross Arena to show off their “new” car. The couple's 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander is the first of 10 vehicles that will be covered in Knighthawks imagery as part of a mobile marketing effort by Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres.

“I think they did an amazing job with this car,” said Hauser about the wrap that was produced by ASC Graphics. “It looks gorgeous. I feel like a celebrity driving it.” The car is covered with images of the Knighthawks’ six Hall of Famers: Tim Soudan, Duane Jacobs, Randy Mearns, Paul Gait, Paul Day and Jody Gage. Hauser, who has been a season ticket holder since the first year of the team in 1995, admitted Fairport native Tim Soudan “has always been her favorite.”
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
With nine days until the season opener in Minnesota, the Rochester Knighthawks went to work last night at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. The two-hour session was the first time the team practiced since the 23-man roster cut down last week.

“It is a change in here. The guys responded well and there was a good flow. A little more teaching to go, but we will be ready next week,” said first-year Knighthawks Head Coach Mike Hasen about the January 8th opener against the Swarm.
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from Inside Lacrosse
One of the biggest announcements in professional lacrosse took place last month: Major League Lacrosse moved its collegiate draft from the beginning of June to the middle of January. What’s more, the change would be put into effect immediately for the 2011 MLL season.

The most obvious question is — Why do this now? . . . Major League Lacrosse Commissioner Dave Gross gave some specific reasons for the change, some of which may surprise you.
Thursday December 30, 2010 Share 8:45AM
from the Rochester Knighthawks
The days after Christmas usually mean days off and crazy discounts at the mall, but this holiday season you won’t find the Rochester Knighthawks strolling around their local shopping malls or relaxing at home.

The Knighthawks, in conjunction with Arrows Express Sports, are hard at work at the “Hawks” Camp at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena at Six Nations, teaching the next generation of National Lacrosse League stars what it takes to be a pro and how to have fun playing the game they love.
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from Elizabeth Doran/the Post-Standard
The F-M Community Sports Facility Association, a group of about 25 residents spearheading the drive to raise private donations for a new all-weather turf field, needs to raise $1.8 million by March 1. The group has raised about $1.1 million so far.

“We’ve got a lot of momentum going into the end of the year,” said Kevin Hanlon, who chairs the group. “We’re getting a lot of support even from families who live outside the district and want to help.”

For more information or to make an online donation, go to FMTurf.org.
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from Gazettenet.com
It used to be that athletes were "knocked silly" or "had their bell rung." Big hits were featured in highlight packages. Now, they're part of warning videos.
Wednesday December 29, 2010 Share 12:15AM
from Lacrosse Magazine
Since deciding to transfer from Syracuse after his freshman year, Harmatuk has become a big fish in a small pond at Division II Le Moyne. The scrappy 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior attackman has earned first-team All-America honors in two seasons and is the reigning USILA Attackman of the Year with 33 goals, 11 assists and 24 ground balls last year.

"I think it worked out pretty well," he said.
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from LoHud.com
The Horace Greeley High School lacrosse team has begun an awareness campaign against bullying called “Brave Heart” and is raising money with the sale of Brave Heart bracelets.

The goal is to sell the bracelets to students in Chappaqua as well as to the broader community, said Danny Gladstone, a volunteer parent supporting the lacrosse team. The money will go to charitable organizations involved in bullying prevention and awareness programs and to funding the program at Greeley.
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from ESPN RISE
Competition for roster spots is fierce with Division I schools receiving commitments from athletes before they are juniors. Players who opt to take their time when making a college decision discover that there are more opportunities to play Division II or III lacrosse.
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from the Buffalo Bandits
Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced the team’s 23-man roster for the 2011 National Lacrosse League season. There will be six new faces on the roster: forwards Tracey Kelusky, Brenden Thenhaus and Chad Culp, defensemen Scott Self and rookie Travis Irving, and faceoff specialist and transition player Jay Thorimbert.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
What players did you look up to while growing up?
I looked up to a lot of the guys that I am now in the dressing room with. Obviously, every kid looked up to Gary and Paul Gait. But guys like Driscoll, and Rubel for sure.
Tuesday December 28, 2010 Share 12:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
After breaking through as a sophomore, Matt Chadderdon (Auburn) put up a 2010 campaign that earned him a Laxie nomination for DII Player of the Year. With 88 career points, he’s heading into his senior season not just looking to get back to Championship Weekend, but also to get Le Moyne back to the top of DII.
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from Inside Lacrosse
The new No. 22, JoJo Marasco will take over the reins of the Orange offense in his sophomore season after putting up 17 points last year, missing five games because of injury and running out of the midfield because of a stocked Syracuse attack.

IL’s former No. 5 recruit will be one to watch at this year's Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic against Georgetown on March 12. And, Marasco and the Orange will take on the defending champions in the Big City Classic on April 3.
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from Inside Lacrosse
With the New Year, and a new season of high school lacrosse approaching, IL's Recruiting Roundup wanted to take a moment to provide and update for the Top 50 Young Gun Juniors and their verbal commitment process. Already, the majority of the YG Juniors have committed to universities.
Monday December 27, 2010 Share 12:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
A smart offensive player and quarterback of the Army attack, Boltus put together one of the best offensive seasons in Army history in 2010, leading the Black Knights with 67 points and 38 assists and helping the team to a first round upset of Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA tournament. He finished third nationally with just over two assists per game and earned Honorable Mention All-America honors and was a first-team All-Patriot selection.

A Syracuse native, Boltus was a two-year captain for Baldwinsville High School, leading Section III in goals as a senior.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
For 23-year-old forward Chase Williams, Christmas came two days early as he learned he was selected to the Rochester Knighthawks’ 23-man roster Thursday afternoon.

“It was a great Christmas present,” said Williams. “I am very happy. I have heard great things about the organization and one of my best friends, Jarrett Davis, plays for the team. I am hoping things work out well.”
Friday December 24, 2010 Share 12:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Former Johns Hopkins attackman Tom Palasek is set to join the Syracuse Orange for spring 2011. Tom Palasek was recently admitted to the university, and will be eligibe to play during the 2011 season, said his father, Tom Palasek Sr. A junior, Palasek should have two seasons of eligibility remaining in his career.

Both Tom, then a sophomore, and younger brother Matt Palasek, then a freshman attackman at Johns Hopkins, were granted their release from the Blue Jays last May. During the fall, Matt Palasek announced that he would be joining the UMass Minutemen program this spring.
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from Syracuse Athletics
The Syracuse women’s lacrosse program has reached out to assist those who are less fortunate during this holiday season. Head coach Gary Gait, the coaching staff and players adopted a local family through the Elmcrest Children’s Center. They provided gifts and household items for a family whose circumstances would have made a special holiday celebration difficult or impossible.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres will have No. 1 overall pick around for a long time, a decade to be precise. Six Nations and Syracuse University star Cody Jamieson signed a 10-year deal this afternoon, which is unprecedented in National Lacrosse League history.
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from The Daily Freeman
An extension of the policy that shortens the high school sports season passed easily Tuesday, according to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. The association put the shortened-season policy in effect two years ago as a way to help school districts save money due to the shaky economy.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks have set their final roster for the 2011 National Lacrosse League season, which is scheduled to open on Saturday, January 8th in Minnesota against the Swarm.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
Pat O’Toole, one of the greatest goalies in National Lacrosse League history, will embark on the next stage of his career in 2011 with the Rochester Knighthawks. O’Toole will enter his 14th season in Rochester, and 18th in the league, as the Knighthawks’ goaltend
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from the Boston Blazers
The Boston Blazers announced today the team’s final 23-man roster for the 2011 season. The professional indoor lacrosse squad returns 13 members including team captain and the 2009 National Lacrosse League MVP Dan Dawson, All-Stars Anthony Cosmo and Mitch Belisle.
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from NunesMagician.com
I had a nice little Thursday planned: Toss on my old Sitrus rugby, throw back some Woodford Reserve until I was bleary-eyed and sauced-sophisticated, and maybe catch up on a P.J. O'Rourke book that's been sitting on my desk for the better part of December.
Thursday December 23, 2010 Share 8:45AM
from Inside Lacrosse
The Boston Blazers signings of Casey Powell and Josh Sanderson this offseason might not have had their own TV special, but it was certainly huge news in the lacrosse world when the third-year franchise cobbled together the three players who finished 1-2-3 in National Lacrosse League MVP voting last year. (Powell won the award, while Dan Dawson, the 2009 MVP with the Blazers, was second and Calgary Roughneck Josh Sanderson was third.)
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from Lacrosse Magazine
The Hamilton College and lacrosse communities are mourning Alexander Paganelli ’12, who died on Dec. 19 as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident near his home outside Boston. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 3 p.m., at the Dover Church, 17 Springdale Avenue, in Dover, Mass.

In an e-mail to Hamilton students and employees, President Joan Hinde Stewart wrote, “It is tragic when a student so beloved and of such promise dies so unexpectedly and our hearts ache for Alex and his family. In addition to touching our campus community, his death will be felt among our alumni, since Alex’s father (Paul Paganelli) is a member of the Class of 1977.”
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from SportsFive.net
So far this year, it appears that there will be seven or eight new coaches in Section Five, more than twenty percent of the positions. (scroll down just a bit from the top of the page)
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from Inside Lacrosse
The new No. 22, JoJo Marasco will take over the reins of the Orange offense in his sophomore season after putting up 17 points last year, missing five games because of injury and running out of the midfield because of a stocked Syracuse attack.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
Come join the Knightingales at their official Calendar Release Party on Friday, January 7th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Bugaboo Creak Steak House (Jefferson Road).
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from LaxPower
The University of Denver men's lacrosse team will face defending men's lacrosse National Champion Duke on April 9, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. MT/2:00 p.m. ET in Bethpage, N.Y., at the brand new Bethpage High School Lacrosse Stadium in Nassau County, Long Island.
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12:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
You can’t be afraid of making mistakes. Put simply, you’re going to mess up at some point. The question is when and how, and is it going to come at a crucial point in the game? Being able to minimize mistakes in the substitution box and subsequently reduce your team’s turnovers while maximizing substitution efficiency is the key—and could be the difference between a win and a loss.
Wednesday December 22, 2010 Share 12:15AM
from ESPN RISE
Competition for roster spots is fierce with Division I schools receiving commitments from athletes before they are juniors. Players who opt to take their time when making a college decision discover that there are more opportunities to play Division II or III lacrosse. The biggest difference between D-I and the others is there are no athletic scholarships available at D-III programs, but there are more opportunities.

In Division III, the number of schools offering lacrosse has grown from 70 in 1981 to 138 during the 2006-2007 season. Division II has increased from 18 to 32 teams in that same time. Division I added six teams in that time span. At an estimated 35 players per team, the chances for a high school athlete to play D-II or III is significantly increased.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
Crab cakes and football might be what Maryland does, but in Rochester it’s pizza and hard-hitting lacrosse – courtesy of the Rochester Knighthawks’ latest partnership with Mark’s Pizzeria.

The Knighthawks, in conjunction with Mark’s Pizzeria, announced today a new promotional package for the 2011 National Lacrosse League season. In addition to several other promotional offers this season, fans now also have the opportunity to take advantage of Family Value Nights. This special package offers fans four tickets, four T-shirts, one large one-topping pizza, two orders of jumbo wings and one two liter of Pepsi for just $69 from any area participating Mark’s Pizzeria location.
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from New Hampshire Athletics
Laura Puccia (Fairport) . . . served as lacrosse captain as a junior midfielder. In 2010, Puccia led her team to the state playoffs and her Fairport team finished as silver medalists at the Empire State games. During her breakout junior year, Puccia had 65 goals and 22 assists, secured 89 draw controls and corralled 42 ground balls to receive Monroe County All-League First Team recognition as well as All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention. Puccia also played for Lady Roc Lacrosse Club. She has been on the Honor Roll each year and is a National Honor Society member.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Getting the band back together is never easy. Especially not when the band consists of 40-plus players, coaches and staff members strewn about the country like pepperonis on a pizza. But that's exactly what we did last Friday when we invited the members of the 2010 FIL World Champion U.S. men's national team, their friends and family to the Cornell Club in New York to celebrate the team's achievements and receive their championship rings. Bling!
Tuesday December 21, 2010 Share 11:00AM
from WGRZ.com
Monday was a big day for West Seneca East senior Julia Suriani. She signed her letter of intent to play lacrosse at LeMoyne. Julia has been a scoring machine for the Trojans and head coach Rick Schmitt. She told Stu Boyar head coach Rick Schmtt is a big reason this has happened. "With some help from my coaches, notably Rick Schmitt, he really pushed me, I've become a much better player. I learned to love the game my sophomore season."
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from Inside Lacrosse
St. Lawrence's Caldwell Rohrbach is 3-time All-Name Team member. Albany, Plattsburgh represented on second team.
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from Inside Lacrosse
For the past four years, the Face-Off Yearbook All-Name team has been one of the most popular pieces of content Inside Lacrosse produces.
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12:15AM
from Justlacrosse Talkback
Sophomore Matt Pratt ’11, of Binghamton, has received a scholarship and letter of intent from Syracuse University to transfer in fall 2011. Pratt is a mathematics and science major at Onondaga and currently holds a 3.3 grade point average (GPA).

“It’s a dream come true – using what I learned here to play for a well-recognized University in our area,” he says. “It’s close to home and I grew up following their team.”
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, has released its annual preseason college rankings, predicting nine of 11 defending national champions to repeat as title winners in 2011. The magazine also named its Preseason Player of the Year in each division.

The rankings, compiled by Lacrosse Magazine staff after consultations with coaches, predict Maryland to win its second straight NCAA Division I women's championship. Syracuse has been tabbed the preseason favorite to capture the NCAA Division I men's championship.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
NCAA Division III women's lacrosse runner-up Hamilton edged defending champ Salisbury in Lacrosse Magazine's 2010 preseason rankings announced Monday. TCNJ's Alison Jaeger was named LM's preseason player of the year.
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from JustLacrosse Talkback
Edging out top rivals including Nassau, Herkimer and Broome, Onondaga Community College’s 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 National Champion men’s lacrosse team was named #1 in Lacrosse Magazine’s NJCAA Pre-Season Rankings.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Monroe Community College's Danielle LaDuca has been named Lacrosse Magazine's preseason player of the year in NJCAA women's lacrosse, with the defending champion Tribunes also taking the top spot in LM's preseason rankings.
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from Madison County Courier
The Oneida Nation’s Recreation Department will have an in-house lacrosse program for male and female players 6 to 17 years old. Practice will be held in the Nation gym on Thursdays from Jan. 6 to Feb. 24. The 6 to 10 age group will practice from 7 until 7:30 p.m. and ages 11 to 17 will practice from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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from PRWeb.com
Dan Sheehan, head men's lacrosse coach at Le Moyne College, was named Division II Coach of the Year.
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from MPNnow.com
Artificial turf has been sprouting up around the region, and Canandaigua may be the next community to have a synthetic play field for district and community use. School districts in Victor, Irondequoit, Penfield, Fairport and East Rochester, among others, have already opted for an artificial turf field.
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from Syracuse Athletics
Orange lacrosse fans can purchase 2011 men’s lacrosse season and individual game tickets now online at SUathletics.com or by calling the Carrier Dome Box Office at 1-888-DOMETIX or 443-2121.
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from LaxPower
US Lacrosse announced the U.S. Men's National U-19 Team coaching staff that at will join recently appointed head coach Tim Flynn. Jack Crawford, head coach at Loyola Blakefield (Md.) School; Tom Duquette, head coach at Norfolk (Va.) Academy, and Tom Rotanz, head coach at Shoreham (N.Y.) Wading River High School were named assistant coaches.
Monday December 20, 2010 Share 12:15AM
from the Utica Observer-Dispatch
Last year, Colgate tied the University of Notre Dame for the best graduation rate among the NCAA’s Division I athletic programs at 99 percent. This year, the Raiders are all alone on top, at 100 percent. The graduation rate for the general student population at Colgate is 90 percent.

“I think it is a great thing,” said (quarterback Greg)Sullivan, who is a history major and is thinking of going to law school eventually. It definitely says a lot about the whole institution.”
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from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Time is running out on an effort to bring the Empire State Games back to Rochester this summer, while the winter version of the competition could make a comeback in Lake Placid. Rochester was scheduled to host the Empire State Games for a fourth time in July, providing the area a chance to welcome thousands of visitors and possibly generate millions of dollars of economic activity.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks ended their preseason scrimmage schedule with an 8-6 victory over the Boston Blazers today at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. Josh Ruys and newly signed Chase Williams each tallied two goals. Ruys added two empty-net tallies late in the fourth quarter to help the Knighthawks even their preseason record . . .
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from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Pat McCready last played for the Rochester Knighthawks in 2001. He wasted little time re-introducing himself to the team on Saturday, assisting on two goals in Rochester's 8-6 National Lacrosse League exhibition victory over the Boston Blazers on Saturday at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Eighteen of the 23 players who defeated Canada to reclaim the gold medal for the United States in the 2010 FIL World Lacrosse Championship convened with friends, family and supporters at the Cornell Club in New York on Friday night to celebrate the championship and receive their championship rings.
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from Ocala.com
Here are trends to expect in 2011: Expect lacrosse participation to soar. Lacrosse is the fastest-growing sport in the U.S., according to Jack Plunkett, CEO of Plunkett Research, a market research firm in Houston that produces an annual report on sports industry trends and statistics.
Wednesday December 22, 2010 Share 12:15AM
from ESPN RISE
Competition for roster spots is fierce with Division I schools receiving commitments from athletes before they are juniors. Players who opt to take their time when making a college decision discover that there are more opportunities to play Division II or III lacrosse. The biggest difference between D-I and the others is there are no athletic scholarships available at D-III programs, but there are more opportunities.

In Division III, the number of schools offering lacrosse has grown from 70 in 1981 to 138 during the 2006-2007 season. Division II has increased from 18 to 32 teams in that same time. Division I added six teams in that time span. At an estimated 35 players per team, the chances for a high school athlete to play D-II or III is significantly increased.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
Crab cakes and football might be what Maryland does, but in Rochester it’s pizza and hard-hitting lacrosse – courtesy of the Rochester Knighthawks’ latest partnership with Mark’s Pizzeria.

The Knighthawks, in conjunction with Mark’s Pizzeria, announced today a new promotional package for the 2011 National Lacrosse League season. In addition to several other promotional offers this season, fans now also have the opportunity to take advantage of Family Value Nights. This special package offers fans four tickets, four T-shirts, one large one-topping pizza, two orders of jumbo wings and one two liter of Pepsi for just $69 from any area participating Mark’s Pizzeria location.
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from New Hampshire Athletics
Laura Puccia (Fairport) . . . served as lacrosse captain as a junior midfielder. In 2010, Puccia led her team to the state playoffs and her Fairport team finished as silver medalists at the Empire State games. During her breakout junior year, Puccia had 65 goals and 22 assists, secured 89 draw controls and corralled 42 ground balls to receive Monroe County All-League First Team recognition as well as All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention. Puccia also played for Lady Roc Lacrosse Club. She has been on the Honor Roll each year and is a National Honor Society member.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Getting the band back together is never easy. Especially not when the band consists of 40-plus players, coaches and staff members strewn about the country like pepperonis on a pizza. But that's exactly what we did last Friday when we invited the members of the 2010 FIL World Champion U.S. men's national team, their friends and family to the Cornell Club in New York to celebrate the team's achievements and receive their championship rings. Bling!
Tuesday December 21, 2010 Share 11:00AM
from WGRZ.com
Monday was a big day for West Seneca East senior Julia Suriani. She signed her letter of intent to play lacrosse at LeMoyne. Julia has been a scoring machine for the Trojans and head coach Rick Schmitt. She told Stu Boyar head coach Rick Schmtt is a big reason this has happened. "With some help from my coaches, notably Rick Schmitt, he really pushed me, I've become a much better player. I learned to love the game my sophomore season."
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from Inside Lacrosse
St. Lawrence's Caldwell Rohrbach is 3-time All-Name Team member. Albany, Plattsburgh represented on second team.
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from Inside Lacrosse
For the past four years, the Face-Off Yearbook All-Name team has been one of the most popular pieces of content Inside Lacrosse produces.
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12:15AM
from Justlacrosse Talkback
Sophomore Matt Pratt ’11, of Binghamton, has received a scholarship and letter of intent from Syracuse University to transfer in fall 2011. Pratt is a mathematics and science major at Onondaga and currently holds a 3.3 grade point average (GPA).

“It’s a dream come true – using what I learned here to play for a well-recognized University in our area,” he says. “It’s close to home and I grew up following their team.”
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, has released its annual preseason college rankings, predicting nine of 11 defending national champions to repeat as title winners in 2011. The magazine also named its Preseason Player of the Year in each division.

The rankings, compiled by Lacrosse Magazine staff after consultations with coaches, predict Maryland to win its second straight NCAA Division I women's championship. Syracuse has been tabbed the preseason favorite to capture the NCAA Division I men's championship.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
NCAA Division III women's lacrosse runner-up Hamilton edged defending champ Salisbury in Lacrosse Magazine's 2010 preseason rankings announced Monday. TCNJ's Alison Jaeger was named LM's preseason player of the year.
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from JustLacrosse Talkback
Edging out top rivals including Nassau, Herkimer and Broome, Onondaga Community College’s 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 National Champion men’s lacrosse team was named #1 in Lacrosse Magazine’s NJCAA Pre-Season Rankings.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Monroe Community College's Danielle LaDuca has been named Lacrosse Magazine's preseason player of the year in NJCAA women's lacrosse, with the defending champion Tribunes also taking the top spot in LM's preseason rankings.
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from Madison County Courier
The Oneida Nation’s Recreation Department will have an in-house lacrosse program for male and female players 6 to 17 years old. Practice will be held in the Nation gym on Thursdays from Jan. 6 to Feb. 24. The 6 to 10 age group will practice from 7 until 7:30 p.m. and ages 11 to 17 will practice from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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from PRWeb.com
Dan Sheehan, head men's lacrosse coach at Le Moyne College, was named Division II Coach of the Year.
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from MPNnow.com
Artificial turf has been sprouting up around the region, and Canandaigua may be the next community to have a synthetic play field for district and community use. School districts in Victor, Irondequoit, Penfield, Fairport and East Rochester, among others, have already opted for an artificial turf field.
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from Syracuse Athletics
Orange lacrosse fans can purchase 2011 men’s lacrosse season and individual game tickets now online at SUathletics.com or by calling the Carrier Dome Box Office at 1-888-DOMETIX or 443-2121.
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from LaxPower
US Lacrosse announced the U.S. Men's National U-19 Team coaching staff that at will join recently appointed head coach Tim Flynn. Jack Crawford, head coach at Loyola Blakefield (Md.) School; Tom Duquette, head coach at Norfolk (Va.) Academy, and Tom Rotanz, head coach at Shoreham (N.Y.) Wading River High School were named assistant coaches.
Monday December 20, 2010 Share 12:15AM
from the Utica Observer-Dispatch
Last year, Colgate tied the University of Notre Dame for the best graduation rate among the NCAA’s Division I athletic programs at 99 percent. This year, the Raiders are all alone on top, at 100 percent. The graduation rate for the general student population at Colgate is 90 percent.

“I think it is a great thing,” said (quarterback Greg)Sullivan, who is a history major and is thinking of going to law school eventually. It definitely says a lot about the whole institution.”
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from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Time is running out on an effort to bring the Empire State Games back to Rochester this summer, while the winter version of the competition could make a comeback in Lake Placid. Rochester was scheduled to host the Empire State Games for a fourth time in July, providing the area a chance to welcome thousands of visitors and possibly generate millions of dollars of economic activity.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks ended their preseason scrimmage schedule with an 8-6 victory over the Boston Blazers today at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. Josh Ruys and newly signed Chase Williams each tallied two goals. Ruys added two empty-net tallies late in the fourth quarter to help the Knighthawks even their preseason record . . .
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from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Pat McCready last played for the Rochester Knighthawks in 2001. He wasted little time re-introducing himself to the team on Saturday, assisting on two goals in Rochester's 8-6 National Lacrosse League exhibition victory over the Boston Blazers on Saturday at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Eighteen of the 23 players who defeated Canada to reclaim the gold medal for the United States in the 2010 FIL World Lacrosse Championship convened with friends, family and supporters at the Cornell Club in New York on Friday night to celebrate the championship and receive their championship rings.
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from Ocala.com
Here are trends to expect in 2011: Expect lacrosse participation to soar. Lacrosse is the fastest-growing sport in the U.S., according to Jack Plunkett, CEO of Plunkett Research, a market research firm in Houston that produces an annual report on sports industry trends and statistics.
Saturday December 18, 2010 Share 8:45AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Penn State coach Jeff Tambroni (West Genesee) and assistant Chris Doctor (Skaneateles) presented to room bursting at the seams during Saturday afternoon's sessions.

Coaches of every level gathered round to listen to one of most highly respected younger minds in the game. The Nittany Lions staff spoke on Developing an Attackman through Old School Fundamentals.
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from Inside Lacrosse
"I am thrilled that Saint Andrews School will be playing Don Bosco at the Konica Minolta Big City Classic," said director of lacrosse Casey Powell. "The opportunity to be apart of this event and play in such an incredible stadium is an experience like no other for our kids. We are equally excited to watch and learn from the best college programs in lacrosse."

Added Don Bosco coach Mike Springer, "Don Bosco is very excited about participating in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. New Meadowlands Stadium is an incredible venue and it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our student-athletes to play there.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Knighthawks made some roster space by trading Dan Hardy (Tully) and Ryan McClelland to the Philadelphia Wings for a second-round draft pick in 2012. McClelland was Rochester’s third draft pick in the first round (10th overall). The Rochester Knighthawks will conclude their preseason scrimmage schedule on Saturday, December 18th with a noon showdown against the Boston Blazers at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.
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from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Rochester Knighthawks fans received an unexpected holiday present Thursday when the team announced the return of six-time National Lacrosse League Most Valuable Player Gary Gait for the 2011 season. When asked if he has become the NLL's version of the NFL's Brett Favre, he added the NHL's Gordie Howe to the mix. "We share a passion for our sports," he said. "You walk away, but when a team asks you to play, you come back for as long as you can. I feel great. When I'm healthy, I can contribute."
Friday December 17, 2010 Share 1:45PM
from Syracuse Athletics
The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team, winners of two of the last three NCAA national championships, highlights ESPN’s 2011 college lacrosse schedule, released Thursday, Dec. 16 by the network. The Orange will make six national television appearances on ESPNU this season as part of the network’s men’s lacrosse coverage.
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from
Arcadia University has added men’s lacrosse as a varsity sport and plans to begin play in the 2012-13 year, Athletic Director Shirley Liddle said today. The university posted the position of a full-time men’s coach and will continue to run a club program this year and next year in preparation for an NCAA team that will compete in the Middle Atlantic Conference in 2013, Liddle said.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
Joe Walters talks about his favorite Christmas gift and his childhood memories. Walters enters his third season with the Knighthawks in 2011. The 12 Days of Christmas will also feature Craig Point, Cody Jamieson, Mike Accursi, Matt Vinc, Matt Zash, Josh Ruys, Chris Driscoll and Kyle Laverty.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Rumors have been circulating that a well-known NCAA Division I institution in the Midwest, whose name begins with an "M," will soon announce its intention to sponsor a varsity lacrosse program. That day came today, although it wasn't quite the "M" name many have anticipated.
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from AP/Syracuse.com
Marquette has retained former Loyola-Maryland and Maryland head coach Dave Cottle to serve as a consultant while the school creates its men's and women's lacrosse teams.
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from English Lacrosse
Sport England's latest survey has confirmed a substantial growth in lacrosse participation over the past two years. According to figures released by Sport England, once a month participation in lacrosse has risen by over 58% from 8,400 to 13,300 over the period.
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from JustLacrosse Talkback
ESPNU announces its 2011 college lacrosse coverage of more than 50 games – including a rematch of the 2010 NCAA National Championship game between Duke and Notre Dame in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 20, at noon on ESPN and ESPN3.com. The schedule includes 53 total games – featuring 35 regular-season matchups, 33 men’s and two women’s games and all 15 games of the NCAA Men’s Championship. Coverage begins on ESPN3.com – one of 12 exclusive games for the online network – with Johns Hopkins at Towson Saturday, Feb. 19 at noon ET. All games on ESPN and ESPN2 will also be simulcast on ESPN3.com.?
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from SportsFive.net
In an unassuming way, Irondequoit defenseman Colby Wehner sat at home and quietly signed his National Letter of Intent to play Division I lacrosse next year at Canisius College in Buffalo. "I think that Canisius was a good fit for me, not only academically but, I believe that they have an up and rising lacrosse program," said Colby when asked about his choice.

Playing time was hard to get last year as a junior, on a team that won the Class B Championship and advanced to the New York State Final Four and he was not sure about his chances to play after next year's season, but the then junior would not give up. "I always feel that the only thing I can control is my own effort and work ethic.
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from Marquette Athletics
"Lacrosse is a thrilling sport, loved by fans and participants, and a natural fit for Marquette," said Cottingham. "The national growth of lacrosse and Marquette's membership in the BIG EAST make this exactly the right time for us to move forward with lacrosse as a varsity sport at Marquette. We are confident we can build programs that compete successfully at the national level."
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from the Buffalo News
The Buffalo Bandits and Toronto Rock were supposed to play a full preseason game at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena at Six Nations, Ontario, on Wednesday night. They didn't really come close. The Bandits were leading the Rock, 5-4, in the third period, when a bench-clearing brawl broke out with 5:02.
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from JustLacrosse Talkback
Maverik Lacrosse today took the wraps off its NEW Website, www.maveriklacrosse.com, featuring Maverik’s new product line for 2011 including the “Prep” and “Rize” heads. The TEAM section of the site offers new photos, Q&A’s and bios for all of Maverik’s athletes.
Wednesday December 15, 2010 Share 2:00PM
from Albany Athletics
"Probably the most complete class we have recruited in my eleven years," Marr said. "There are a number of two-sport athletes who provide us with great athleticism in the middle of the field. The class is certainly highlighted by Lyle Thompson (LaFayette), but make no mistake we have surrounded him with an outstanding cast of classmates.

Derrick Eccles (Corocran) led Corcoran High to the Section III championship game and a 15-4 record last year. He was chosen second-team All-Central New York after recording 37 goals and 24 assists from his midfield position. Eccles, who has earned all-league honors as a ice hockey forward, was a member of the New York Shootout's Central squad.
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from Inside Lacrosse
"The high school lacrosse community is excited about the formation of the NILCA and what it will provide the game,” said Ren Pettinelli, head coach Lafayette High School (Mo.) and president of the NILCA. “We believe that the NILCA will be in a tremendous position to represent the boys' game, to create greater relationships with the NFSHSA and with the college coaches.”

CNY's Tom Hall is Awards Chair for the new organization.
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from Binghamton Athletics
The Binghamton men's lacrosse team has announced its captains for the 2011 season. Senior midfielders David Raliegh and Frank Donlon as well as senior defenders Adam Pardi (Niskayuna) and Derrick Danieu (Orchard Park) will lead the Bearcats into their 10th season as an intercollegiate program.

"I am pleased with the team's selection of captains this year, as each of the four captains perform brilliantly in the classroom, the community and on the field. They each help to uphold a Binghamton University tradition of academic excellence."
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from Cornell Athletics
Major League Lacrosse (MLL) held the 2011 Supplemental Draft on Tuesday, Dec. 14, and four players with Cornell ties were selected. Leading the way was MLL veteran defender Ryan McClay '03, who was selected in the first round (sixth overall) by Chesapeake.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
"US Lacrosse is vital to the future of the sport of lacrosse," said 2009 equipment grant recipient, William Spath of Green Tech High Charter School in Albany, N.Y. "Its youth programs, clinics, and equipment grants help so many people. Many programs and communities rely on US Lacrosse for leadership and support to give their young people opportunities to participate."
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Two years ago a slender sophomore attackman at North Carolina exploded from a reserve role into an All-American. Were the signs there for Billy Bitter? Who's lurking out there in 2011, poised to make big names for themselves? Maybe you've noticed a teammate putting extra time in after playing under the radar. Better yet, maybe your whole team is ready to raise your game.
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from The Corning Leader
For much of Jordan Frysinger’s electrifying senior season with the freshly-merged Corning district football team, the Hawks' leading rusher was resigned to the fact that he would in all likelihood play Division I lacrosse in college.

However, as his brilliant senior season - complete with video game-like rushing stats - began to take shape, Frysinger wondered if he might be of interest to a big-time college football program.
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from Siena Athletics
Siena women's lacrosse head coach Andrea Duffy issued her program's 2011 schedule this afternoon. The Saints' 15-game regular season ledger opens on Feb. 22 with a showdown at crosstown rival UAlbany.

"I am looking forward to getting our 2011 season underway," commented Duffy, the reigning MAAC Coach of the Year. "I am really happy with the competition this year and the way the schedule is set up. We open with two of our toughest competitors which will be a great test for us heading into the heart of our schedule."
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from Towson Athletics
Senior attacker Jess Dunn, senior defenders MaryEllen Elie (Orchard Park) and Megan Fitzgerald, and senior midfielder Ali Lathroum have been selected as the team captains for the 2011 Tiger women’s lacrosse team, it has been announced by Coach Sonia LaMonica.

Elie, who has played in 39 career games, has recorded 48 ground balls and 52 draw controls in her career. “MaryEllen really sets a standard when it comes to work ethic and focus,” Coach LaMonica said. “She is an exceptional athlete with high expectations for herself as well as her teammates. She will once again be a powerful asset and leader on our defensive unit this season.”
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
Scott Ditzell, Craig Point, Jarrett Davis, Tyler Burton and Joel Zalesky of the Rochester Knighthawks were selected in today’s Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft. The 12-round, 72-player draft began with the Toronto Nationals selecting Kyle Rubisch.
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from Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, held the 2011 Supplemental Draft on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 via conference call.
Tuesday December 14, 2010 Share 9:00AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Urick came to Georgetown after spending 10 years as the head coach at Hobart College. During his tenure at Hobart, Urick amassed a 122-30 record and won 10 consecutive NCAA Division III titles. He is one of only four coaches in the history of the NCAA to have won 10 consecutive national titles.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres announced two key signings today, as the team added rising lacrosse star Cory Vitarelli and veteran defenseman Ian Rubel to the team. Vitarelli signed a three-year contract, while Rubel agreed to a two-year deal. Both deals are pending league approval.
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from NLL Insider
The 2008 Buffalo Bandits and 2009 Calgary Roughnecks are fresh in the minds of many, so it shouldn’t take too much thinking on your part to vote on which one was the better champion.
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from InsideIllini.com
The Fighting Illini football team is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to recruit top football players. The latest commitment was a virtual unknown outside Upstate New York, but his potential is excellent. Jordan Frysinger had a phenomenal senior season as a running back, and he has accepted a scholarship to play slot receiver at the UI.

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from Denver Athletics
"We are very excited to announce our Class of 2015 at the University of Denver," Tierney said. "This group of young men, our second as a coaching staff, represents exactly what we are looking for when we set out to construct a recruiting class. They are first and foremost, fabulous young men from great families, who will devote their efforts to having a positive impact on our university."

Sean was a three-sport athlete at Cazenovia High School. He was named Third Team All-CNY his junior year and First Team All-League his sophomore and junior years. Cannizzaro also played hockey and soccer in high school, being named First Team All-League in hockey his sophomore and junior years.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Princeton and Cornell enter the season picked Nos. 1 and 2; not surprising, considering both have finished at least tied for the top two the last two seasons.

Cornell's Rob Pannell and Max Feely are named to the preseason All-Conference Team.
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from LaxPower
Roberts Wesleyan College is pleased to announce the hiring of Rocky Delfino as the new head coach for the men's lacrosse team starting in the 2011-2012 academic year. Roberts Wesleyan is also excited to have Coach Delfino's long-time assistant John Pratt joining him.

Coach Delfino comes to Roberts after nine seasons as head coach of men's lacrosse at Monroe Community College (where he will coach this spring), having amassed an overall winning record 105-32. Delfino was named Region III Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005 and NJCAA National Coach of the Year in 2005.
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from TSN.ca
"I am very excited to be able to be back into the MLL. I want to get to work right away," said Gage. "We need to evaluate players and coaches from last year. I am looking forward to the opportunity."
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from Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, will hold the 2011 Supplemental Draft on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010, beginning at 1:00 PM ET, via conference call. The Supplemental Draft will consist of 12 rounds with each team scheduled to make one selection per round. Teams will make their selections based on their 2010 record. The order for each round will be:

Player Pool here
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from Cornell Athletics
This past weekend, the Cornell women's lacrosse team held our annual Dodgeball Tournament in the Ramin Room at Bartels Hall. This tradition was started several years ago as a way for students across campus to take a break from studying for final exams and have some fun with friends, while also helping to support a great cause.
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from The Florida Times-Union
ESPN plans to broadcast from Jacksonville during the Sunshine Classic, a Feb. 20 doubleheader of college lacrosse games at EverBank Field. Organizers hope the Sunshine Classic will become an annual event that positions Jacksonville to score a share of fans who travel for lacrosse games, even if lacrosse doesn’t enjoy the same drawing power as football and basketball.
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from LaxAllStars.com
If you play collegiate lacrosse in Northern California, there are some green and white helmets you’re probably familiar with. They wear jerseys proudly when you only wear your penny, and they often give you nastier bruises than you get during regular season. Unfortunately, you only get to see these helmets between the months of October and December, when your team is engrossed in it’s fall season. You won’t see them again until next fall because they belong to the only lacrosse club in California representing a community college.
Monday December 13, 2010 Share 9:30AM
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from The Eagle News
Skaneateles natives Scott and Kevin Castle have been selected as 2011 Team Captains for their respective colleges in Rochester.

Scott, a senior, two time All-American and Empire 8 first team all-star will be one of four student athletes leading Nazareth College for the 2011 season. Kevin, a sophomore, returns for his second season at Monroe Community College where, as a top scoring midfielder, contributed 24G, 12A. He will be one of three student athletes leading the MCC Tribunes for 2011.

Scott and Kevin have two younger brothers and one younger sister that all play lacrosse, and Dad, Marty Castle, is an alumni of the 1975 Cortland State national championship team.
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from ZenoLink.com
Endicott, NY (December 7, 2010) – Ask any coach, trainer or athlete about how to prevent injuries and the importance of stretching will come up. However, there is little evidence to suggest it is that beneficial. A recent study published by USA Track and Field showed that there is virtually no difference with injuries between runners who static stretched and those that did not.

“Improving coordination, not stretching, is what increases efficiency of movement and reduces stress on joints and therefore risk of mechanical injury,” says ZenoLink founder and biomechanical expert, Chris Welch.
Sunday December 12, 2010 Share 10:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Siena tops preseason coaches poll and has Bryan Neufeld, Duncan Steele, and Tom Morr named to preseason All-Conference team. Simon Giourmetakis and Adam Jones chosen from Canisius.

The coaches picked Matt Kerwick’s Dolphins to finish third in their first season in the conference. Given the Dolphins’ impressive inaugural campaign, that included an early-season upset of an NCAA Tournament team in Denver, that’s not necessarily a bold prediction.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
The 2011 Major League Lacrosse draft will be held in January, prior to the college season, league commissioner David Gross said, a move that breaks the previous standard of waiting until after Final Four weekend in May to draft eligible college players.

Teams will not offer players' contracts, and players are forbidden to sign agreements or even accept pro team gear (per NCAA rules) until after their college seasons end. But the change to an earlier draft date allows players uninvolved in postseason tournament runs to enter the outdoor pro league for the start of the season, instead of all players waiting until Weeks 3 or 4 like has been customary in the past.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Short glimpes behind the scenes as the best players in the world converged on the Islands in late October.
Friday December 10, 2010 Share 8:30AM
from The Corning Leader
There are two ways you can look at Tyler White’s (Corning) Div. I college signing. First, one can say that for the second straight year, a Corning East lacrosse player has committed to Towson University. Another way to look at it is that White will become the first member of the newly-merged Corning Hawks boys lacrosse team to commit to a D-I program.

Either way, it’s a big day for the White household. “I’m really excited. I like having the decision made – it’s like a weight off my shoulders,” White said Thursday at his signing ceremony at East High School.
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from Colgate Athletics
Madison Daly, Defense, Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Albany Academies: Named 2010 Academic All-American and Times Union First Team Sectional All-Star as a senior ... competed and received letters in three different sports including field hockey and alpine skiing ... team was 2009 and 2010 Lacrosse League and Sectional Champions.

Alison Flood, Midfield, Liverpool: Before Colgate: Scored 81 goals and had 16 assists in her high school career ... picked up 86 ground balls as well ... had 53 goals alone in her final season as team captain ... named a All-American as a senior and was selected All-Central New York First Team ... two-time all-league first team member ... competed at the Empire State Games both in 2008 and 2010 ... named to the Under Armour Underclassmen Upstate Team in 2009 ... also played soccer for the Warriors and was named first all-league last year.
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from Albany Athletics
UAlbany begins its 12th season at the NCAA Division I level on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at home against crosstown-rival Siena. The Capital Region programs will square off for the 14th time. The Great Danes travel to Penn State four days later. The Nittany Lions won 10 games and reached the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament 's semifinal round last year.
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from the Jacksonville Daily Record
In a deal that will highlight one of the nation’s fastest growing sports, Jacksonville will host a high-profile collegiate lacrosse doubleheader Feb. 20 at EverBank Field. The matches will be hosted by Jacksonville University, the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission and SMG in a joint venture that will feature hometown JU taking on Georgetown, followed by a repeat of last year’s national championship match of Duke and Notre Dame.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks are continuing their preseason tour of Rochester and the surrounding counties. In the next week, players will participate in four promotional events from Henrietta to Akron, NY.
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from Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse announces the league's return to Rochester in 2011.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Major League Lacrosse plans to announce in February the addition of two new teams that would begin play in the 2012 season, and league commissioner David Gross said it is "in the bank" that the league will also add two teams for 2013. The locations of the new teams were not disclosed, but Gross said Wednesday they would most likely be in the eastern or southern parts of the country, not the West Coast.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Major League Lacrosse plans to announce in February the addition of two new teams that would begin play in the 2012 season, and MLL commissioner David Gross said it is "in the bank" that the league will also add two teams for 2013. Of the 19 markets identified for expansion, where would you put an MLL team?
Thursday December 9, 2010 Share 10:00AM
from the Democrat & Chronicle
An artificial-turf athletic field would cost about twice as much as a natural grass field over 20 years, but the artificial surface could be used for many more events, a consultant said at a meeting at Canandaigua Academy yesterday.

A proposed $10 million capital project to improve athletic facilities in the Canandaigua City School District includes artificial turf at Canandaigua Academy’s Exhibition Field. The entire proposal will be voted on by residents on Jan. 25.
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from LaxPower
Each year the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association honors three outstanding individuals for their contributions to the collegiate lacrosse game.

Dave is the all-time winningest coach in college lacrosse with 331 wins, passing the legendary Jack Emmer during the 2010 season. Urick spent 10 years as the head coach at Hobart, where he won 10 consecutive national titles. The past 21 years Dave has been the head coach at Georgetown where he has brought the Hoyas program to national prominence and one of the elite programs in the country. Georgetown has made the NCAA Tournament in 11 of the past 14 seasons under Urick and during that stretch, the program advanced to the quarterfinals 9 times.
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from James Madison Athletics
Alison Curwin, Pittsford, N.Y., Pittsford Sutherland, Relentless Hustle Club Program, Midfielder:
Curwin is ranked 19th nationally among senior attackers by ESPN Rise. She is a three-time All-Monroe County First Team selection and a 2010 All-Greater Rochester honoree for Pittsford, which won the Section V championship last season. She played on the silver-medalist team at the 2010 Empire State Games and has twice been selected her high school team's Most Valuable Player. She also plays basketball and was named to the 2010 Section V All-Tournament Team. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a two-time Academic All-American.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks forward Jordan Hall underwent successful surgery today to repair a sports hernia. The Surrey, BC, native is expected to miss eight weeks, while he recovers from the surgery performed Dr. James Peacock, who is the Associate Professor of Surgery and Oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
The sixth annual Champion® Challenge will take place Jan. 29 – 30, 2011 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The event, organized by US Lacrosse, will feature the U.S. men's national lacrosse team, the U.S. women's national senior and U19 teams, the Notre Dame University's men's lacrosse team, the Maryland University women's lacrosse team, the University of Virginia women's lacrosse team, the University of Jacksonville (Fla.) women's lacrosse team and Rollins (Fla.) College women's lacrosse team.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
US Lacrosse named Ann Kitt Carpenetti managing director of game administration, a newly created position at the national governing body under its revised organizational structure. Carpenetti is responsible for providing strategic leadership to as well as establishing policy and program consistency across the Men's and Women's Game Committee structures.
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from the Baltimore Sun
Beth Mallon's son, Tommy, had his neck fractured by a hit in the last minutes of his final high school lacrosse game. The athletic trainer on the field saved his life, the San Diego mother believes, because he knew what to do. Tommy is now recovering with only minor physical consequences and has begun, with his mother, Advocates for Injured Athletes.
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from Inside Lacrosse
“I take great pleasure announcing the continuation of the relationship between Gait Lacrosse and the University of Virginia,” said Ren Pettinelli of Gait Lacrosse. “Gait’s mission is to design and produce high-quality, innovative equipment and is proud to be affiliated with one of the leading men’s lacrosse programs in the nation.”
Wednesday December 8, 2010 Share 10:00AM
from Inside Lacrosse
This year, it’s about as hard to imagine anyone unseating the Seawolves, who return pretty much intact. Albany, picked second by the coaches, brings in a nice recruiting class, and if coach Scott Marr’s team can stay healthy, they’ll be better than ’10. Hartford has talent in important places, but may be a year away and needs more depth. UMBC is young and doesn’t appear likely to duplicate last year’s down year, but needs to add talent.
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from The ECAC
The seven coaches in the ECAC Division I Lacrosse League have cast their votes and selected the 2011 Preseason All-ECAC Team, as well as preseason Defensive, Offensive, and Rookie of the Year honorees. (pdf)
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from Inside Lacrosse
Army tops the preseason coaches poll and has five players named to coaches preseason All-Conference Team. Colgate also represented.
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from Albany Athletics
University at Albany Vice President and Director of Athletics Lee McElroy announced on Tuesday, Dec. 7 the school's men's lacrosse schedule for the 2011 season. The Great Danes will play five games against America East Conference opponents. The non-league schedule features three teams who made last year's NCAA Tournament and five consensus preseason top-20 opponents.
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from ESPN RISE
As athletes commit to college earlier – many committing before the start of their junior year – the amount of information college coaches have to evaluate decreases. Because of the shortened window, freshman year grades have taken on a larger focus. It gives college coaches an idea of where that athlete will be academically once the admissions process begins.
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from Major League Lacrosse

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from Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced today that they have signed a multi year licensing agreement with Fathead LLC, to produce MLL player and Team wall graphics. “We are thrilled to be adding Fathead to our stable of license partners,” said MLL Commissioner, David Gross. “Fathead is the industry leader in high definition life-size wall graphics for professional sports. This product is something that our fans have been clamoring for and we are excited to partner with Fathead to bring it to them.”
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
One of the most exciting sports in Rochester now has one of the most exciting promotional schedules. The Rochester Knighthawks have seven giveaways over their eight-game National Lacrosse League home schedule.
Tuesday December 7, 2010 Share 9:00AM
from Inside Lacrosse
With the 2010 Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Convention behind us, it’s time to revisit the presentations given by some of the lacrosse world’s top coaches and mentors. Regardless of whether you’re a current player, coach or lacrosse junky, you’ll surely be able take something away from these great minds.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Here's the unedited run, the raw 170-plus images that struck our fancy either for no particular reason or for every important reason. They include cutting-room floor stuff from LM's staged shoots, reader submissions from "Picture This," thrilling game action and environmental portraits that might not otherwise make the pages of the world's most widely read lacrosse title.
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from the NLL
The National Lacrosse League is experimenting with a pair of potential rules changes during the preseason. At the recommendation of the league's competition committee, the NLL is using orange-colored lacrosse balls for all preseason games, and is also changing the position of sticks of the draw men during faceoffs.

"The Competition Committee is always exploring new ways to improve the game for the fans and the players", said Brian Lemon, NLL Vice President of Operations. "We are experimenting with the orange lacrosse ball to find out if it's easier for our fans to see and follow than the white ball. We'll also monitor how the players adapt to it as well." In previous efforts to make it easier for fans to see the ball, the league changed the color of the goal nets from white to black, creating a better contrast between the ball and the net when the ball entered the goal.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
US Lacrosse on Monday launched a live auction for autographed U.S. men's and women's national team memorabililia, the proceeds of which will go towards the Hannover, Germany-bound 2011 U.S. women's U19 team. Fans can bid via e-mail on a men's or women's collector's package.
Monday December 6, 2010 Share 3:15PM
from Cornell Athletics
The sixth annual 21 Dinner, which annually celebrates the life and legacy of George Boiardi, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29 at Bridgewaters, located at 11 Fulton Street in New York city. Registration for the event closes on Friday, Jan. 21 at 5PM
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from the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
Seton Catholic Central senior Jerry O'Brien will on Monday sign a National Letter of Intent to join the lacrosse program at Le Moyne College.

He was a first-team Division II all-star and a member of the Central Region's silver medal-winning team in the 2010 Empire State Games.
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from The Buffalo News
Buffalo's indoor lacrosse fans got their first look at the 2011 edition of the Buffalo Bandits when they staged an open practice in HSBC Arena Sunday morning. That means they had their 20th annual look at John Tavares, who is back for another season at age 42.
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from Inside Lacrosse
The possibility lacrosse becoming a varsity sport at the University of Michigan appears to be closer to becoming a reality. Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon, who spoke with IL Monday morning on the issue, has made unofficial comments regarding the potential of adding both a men's and women's lacrosse program, but did not officially comment as to when a decision will be made.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Thanks to all you Stick Doctors, there have been far fewer cases of “ugly stick” because of your remedies. Below are some of the best tips I came across on the popular Stick Doctor Lounge thread via www.forums.insidelacrosse.com. Thanks to all who shared their lax knowledge!
Sunday December 5, 2010 Share 10:30AM
from the Syracuse Post-Standard
[We are taking a moment to honor a superb performance by an Upstate team in a sport other than lacrosse. And congratulations to the F-M boys who finished second in the national competition.]

Fayetteville-Manlius’ one for the thumb was also one for the record book. The Hornets won their fifth consecutive girls national cross country championship with a record-low score Saturday at the Nike Cross Nationals at Portland Meadows.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks dropped a preseason scrimmage to the Edmonton Rush, 15-11, tonight at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. (Photo by Bruce Rakoczy)
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
One of the greatest athletes in Rochester sports history announced his retirement today as original Rochester Knighthawk Regy Thorpe ended his National Lacrosse League career after 15 seasons.

During his career, Thorpe served as one of the team’s most reliable defensemen and also worked behind the scenes as the team’s general manager for a season. It’s on the field, however, where Thorpe, 39, made a name for himself over 15 seasons. The Elbridge, NY, native spent his entire career in Rochester, where he stands as the team’s all-time leader in games played (193), loose balls (966) and penalty minutes (385). According to former GM and current VP of Player Personnel Jody Gage, Thorpe will go down in team history as one of the best ever.
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from Inside Lacrosse
The Inside Lacrosse staff is back on the convention floor for news and notes from Day 2 of the IMLCA Convention.
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from Inside Lacrosse
The IMLCA convention is underway at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in downtown Baltimore. In addition to meetings and presentations, the convention is also a great way for us to catch up with coaches about the upcoming season and the hot button issues being talked about in the game.
Saturday December 4, 2010 Share 10:00AM
from the Rochester Knighthawks
From spending time coaching Victor Gold Indoor Team at Total Sports Experience on Thursday, talking lacrosse and showing off their stick skills to the fifth graders at Brook Hill School in Fairport on Friday, to signing autographs at the grand opening of All Nations Lacrosse on Saturday, the Knighthawks have had a busy week leading up to their first preseason scrimmage of the 2011 season.
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from Inside Lacrosse
There are coaches and then there are COACHES. From the very beginning of the Glory Days Blog, folks have been requesting a conversation with Richie. Do you need to even ask, Richie who? The King of Cornell Lacrosse, Richie Moran, coached for almost 30 years in Ithaca and produced some incredible results . . .

Once you’ve met Richie, you’ll always remember him. And if you ever talk to any of his former players, you’ll hear the how they just love the man.
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from Georgetown Athletics
"These nine athletes have everything we're looking for in a Georgetown women's lacrosse player," said Head Coach Ricky Fried. "They'll add depth and talent at all positions and really increase our athleticism. They are the patented Georgtown student-athlete, great players but an even better people. We feel they'll really fit into the Georgetown system both on and off of the field."

Joining Seats is Mollie Caputo (Fayetteville-Manlius) who is also ranked among the top middies sitting at number six. She was a member of the 2010 Under Armour underclassmen team out of upstate New York. Both Seats and Caputo have a tradition at Georgetown with older sisters going through the program.
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from Inside Lacrosse
It's time for one of the proudest and most important projects of the year at IL: picking the All-Name Team. The tradition started as a way to blow off some steam after the epic undertaking that is the Face-Off Yearbook. It's taken a life of its own, becoming one of our most viewed pieces of content and actually causing controversy among players.
Friday December 3, 2010 Share 12:15AM
from The Patriot League
The 2011 men's lacrosse season is still two months away, but the recognition for Patriot League student-athletes continues to roll in. Ten players were named Preseason All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse Magazine, it was announced Thursday.

Second Team: Bill Henderson (Tully), Army;
Third Team: Jeremy Boltus (Baldwinsville), Army; Charlie Streep, Bucknell; Jake Clarke, Bucknell; Michael Hirsch, Navy. Honorable Mention: Garrett Thul, Army; Stefan Bauer, Lafayette; Peter Baum, Colgate; R.J. Wickham (Penn Yan), Navy; Tom Palesky, Army.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
A motion that would have required men's lacrosse helmets to be worn in women's lacrosse was defeated, 7-2, Thursday in a vote by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYPHSAA), much to the relief of the sport's advocates.
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from 9WSYR-TV
A proposal to require female lacrosse players to wear the same style helmet worn by men was voted down Thursday by the state's Public High School Athletic Association. The topic has been debated for the last year after a rise in concussions among female lacrosse players.

John Rathbun, the executive director for Section 3, says there isn't yet any proof that helmets are the solution to the problem. "I think there is a perception out there that helmets will make the game safer. We just haven't found that research right now," he said.
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Stapleton to Rutgers
from JustLacrosse
Rich Stapleton, a Jr Defenseman at Rome Free Academy has verbally committed to play at Rutgers. He is a team captain and was a second team all league player as a sophomore. Rich also plays for the CNY Road Hawks as well.
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from Jacksonville Athletics
Austin Curtis, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound, defenseman from Whitesboro High School, earned Class B All-Central New York accolades last spring after leading the Whitesboro A. He tallied nine goals and four assists while also leading the team in ground balls and takeaways. One of the top defenders for the silver medal winning Central Empire team last summer, Curtis was also a three year starter on the basketball team.

Ari Waffle, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound attackman from Fayetteville-Manlius High School, is a three-sport star at and recently finished a great career for the Division Champion football team this fall where he earned “Special Teams MVP.” Last spring, Waffle led the lacrosse team in goals with 63 while tallying 18 assists for the 17-2 Hornets en route to earning first team all-section III honors. He tallied 48 goals, 12 assists while earning second team all-league honors as a sophomore. Waffle also started for the silver medal winning Central Empire Team last summer and earned a spot on the Under Armor Upstate New York team last summer.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
The US Lacrosse U15 National Championships will begin with four regional championship tournaments in the weeks leading up to the July national championships. The Central, Northeast, Southeast and West Regionals, also presented by Champion, will give teams opportunities to earn berths and higher seeding for the national championships, along with registration discounts.
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from US Lacrosse
The Champion Challenge, featuring the U.S. men's and women's national teams, returns to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in 2011.
Thursday December 2, 2010 Share 10:30AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Syracuse leads the way in the 2011 Face-Off Yearbook Preaseason All-America team. Four Orange players are on the first preseason team: midfielder Jeremy Thompson (LaFayette), longstick midfielder Joel White (Cortland), defenseman John Lade and goalie John Galloway (West Genesee). They are joined by Cornell's Rob Pannell and Maryland's Grant Catalino (Wesbster-Schroeder).

Be sure to check out the 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention teams for many additional Upstate players.
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8:45AM
from Inside Lacrosse
IL checks in with a West Coast recruit who's recently made a verbal commitment to the Big Red.
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from Yahoo Sports
For Coppell, senior linebacker Brandon Mullins, pictured at right, who leads the team in tackles, is such a good defenseman that he's headed for Syracuse, one of the sport's most stories programs.
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12:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
To steal a line from Shakespeare, the current skirmish taking place in New York over helmets in women's lacrosse could end up being much ado about nothing. Or, it could set in motion a chain of events that could change the women's game forever. And for the players involved in this issue, the stakes are high, with the future of the game in the balance.

Thursday night, members of the Safety & Research committee, representing the state's 11 designated high school athletic sections, are expected to hold a conference call to establish an agenda of recommendations to send on to the NYSPHSAA Executive Board, which will meet in person Sunday, Dec. 5 and Monday, Dec. 6. Theoretically, the Executive Board could vote to approve helmets this weekend, forever changing women's lacrosse in the Empire State.
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from Holy Cross Athletics
The College of the Holy Cross has named Jim Morrissey as an assistant men's lacrosse coach, as announced by head coach Adam Pascal and athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. Morrissey is a 1996 graduate of Syracuse where he was a two-time All-American and a member of two national championship winning teams. He will also serve as the program's recruiting coordinator.

In 2008, Morrissey founded the Finger Lakes Lacrosse Club in Syracuse which has 125 kids from over 40 different school districts in the program. He was also the head coach at Marcellus High School for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Morrissey was voted the 2009 OHSL Division II Coach of the Year. He led the school to its first sectional lacrosse win in 10 years. Morrissey was also selected to serve as the head coach in the 2009 and 2010 Section III Senior All-Star game. In the summer of 2010, he was the offensive coordinator for the Central Region lacrosse team at the Empire State Games.
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from Inside Lacrosse
The first difference is at the top, with the coaches picking the Atlantic Coast Conference's Virginia Cavaliers as the top team in the country. Syracuse, which topped the Inside Lacrosse poll, was voted second.

Cornell placed at #9 by the coaches, Army at #16.
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from Fairport-East Rochester Post
Ever wonder what is required to become a scholastic sports official? There is a huge need in the Rochester area, and Section 5 in general, for more officials in all sports.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
A three-time all-star and one of the few 10-year veterans of Major League Lacrosse since that professional league's inaugural 2001 season, Goettelmann broke two MLL records this year and led the Lizards to the league championship game. But it is work off the field that personifies the values of lacrosse that many who participate in the game hold so dear.
Wednesday December 1, 2010 Share 8:30AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Brett Queener's 20for20 segment from the Hawaii Tournament starts with a Gary Gait interview.
(Video 3:49)
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from Inside Lacrosse
Syracuse assistant coach Lelan Rogers explains why he comes out to scout in CA. (Video 1:48)
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12:15AM
from Albany Athletics
University at Albany head women's lacrosse coach John Battaglino announced on Tuesday, Nov. 30 that seven student-athletes have signed national letters of intent for the 2011-12 academic year.

"I am proud to announce an outstanding incoming class that is comprised of extremely athletic two-way players who possess great skill, foot speed, work ethic and competitiveness," said Battaglino, who was promoted to head coach from associate coach last August. "They will complement each other and their future teammates with explosiveness, athletic IQ and strength of character. Our current players have been terrific in their ability to incorporate new concepts and style of play over the past year and I expect the current group to continue that trend. We will be fun to watch."
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from Inside Lacrosse
In IL's preseason rankings released Tuesday, Le Moyne comes in at #2 in Division II, while Division III finds Cortland at #4, RIT #9, Geneseo #12, RPI #16, and Nazareth #17.
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from LaxPower
It is with grave concern that the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) is issuing this position statement responding to the impending vote in New York State mandating NOCSAE-approved men's lacrosse helmets with facemasks in women's lacrosse.
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from Providence
The Providence College lacrosse team will host Syracuse in a game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on Saturday, April 16, as part of the New England Lacrosse Classic. The Friars and Orange will meet in a regular-season BIG EAST Conference game at 4:00 p.m., followed by an Ivy League match-up of Dartmouth and Princeton at 6:30PM.

"Our program is thrilled to be a part of such a great day of lacrosse in New England. The BIG EAST Lacrosse Conference is re-defining the landscape for lacrosse and this event is just one indication of the direction that the conferences is heading," said Burdick.
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from Liberty Athletics
Kristin Boland is a three-sport athlete and two-year varsity starter for Churchville-Chili High School. In 2010, she was voted team MVP and was selected first team all-county and honorable mention all-greater Rochester. Boland will take the field as the team's captain for the 2011 season.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks individual tickets for the 2011 National Lacrosse League season will go on sale at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 1st at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, and at The Blue Cross Arena Box Office.
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from the Buffalo Bandits
The McDonald’s Family 4-Pack includes four 300 level tickets, 40 Chicken McNuggets, two large fries and four medium soft drinks. The package is priced at $79 and will be available to all fans for the 2011 regular season.