January 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010 Share 4:30PM
from Inside Lacrosse

Duke women lose to Team USA. Check ESPNU listing for delayed coverage of both games.
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from Dave Rahme/Syracuse.com

If work ethic alone could guarantee greatness, Jovan Miller would be the next superstar on the Syracuse University men’s lacrosse team. "There were people who saw Jovan last year after some of our games out on a high school field shooting on a goal," SU head coach John Desko said recently. "I’m talking about after one of our games. He’s one who works very hard on his own. He’s constantly trying to improve his game."
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from St. Bonaventure Athletics

Amherst, Irondequoit, Corning West, West Genesee, Jordan-Elbrige, RFA, and Huntington all represented.
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10:00AM
from Inside Lacrosse

Army defenseman Bill Henderson (Tully) was named the first Junior Captain in school history for the 2010 season. His hustle in Saturday’s exhibition allowed him to earn his squad extra possessions and he recorded an assist at 4:30 of the second quarter on Boltus’ second goal.

“It means everything to me that I have the respect of my teammates and coaches,” Henderson said. “It means a lot to me to be able to go out and help my teammates.”

Coach Alberici was quick to mention that Henderson earned the rank of captain not only for his play on the field, but for his character as a person. “Bill commands respect because of how he handles himself on and off the field,” Alberici said. “He’s not the type of guy that’s going to walk in the locker room and give a Knute Rockne inspirational speech, that’s not his style it is much more about his actions.”
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from the Auburn Citizen

When Laurie Handley called around asking for help with Saturday's Jim Bennett benefit dinner, her sales pitch consisted of just two words. "As soon as I said 'Jim Bennett,' they'd say, 'What can I give?,' she said. Bennett, a 57-year-old father of three, was diagnosed in November with advanced-stage adrenal cancer. Hundreds of friends and family members packed the Ukrainian National Club in Auburn Saturday afternoon for a fundraiser to help provide for his family and his medical expenses.
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from Inside Lacrosse

The Army lacrosse team started its preseason preparation for the 2010 season with a busy day of scrimmaging on Saturday at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. As part of the Champion Challenge, sponsored by US Lacrosse, the Black Knights took on the US National Team in an exhibition game, after starting the day with a controlled scrimmage against Duke.

"I wanted us to compete and I felt we got that," said Army head coach Joe Alberici, who also serves as an assistant coach for the US National Team. "We played everybody on the team and I was pleased with the intensity that everyone of them played with."
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from Inside Lacrosse

It was a big day of lacrosse down in Florida, as Team USA and Army faced off, with Notre Dame and Florida’s women’s squads also taking on the National Team at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex. Photographer Scott McCall was there to record it all, so here’s a selection of the shots he was able to gather. Check back tomorrow for a fresh set of photos from the Sunshine State.
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from Lacrosse Magazine

On the men's side, Team USA defeated Army, 15-7, in its first exhibition since naming the 23-man roster that will travel to Manchester, England for the FIL World Championships this summer. On the women's side, the U.S. Elite Team cruised to a 23-7 victory over Notre Dame, while the U.S. Developmental team downed Florida, 17-8.
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from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Early as it may be, the Rochester Knighthawks were desperate for a victory Saturday night, and in what ranks as their most impressive performance of the year, they got one, blowing out the previously undefeated Toronto Rock 16-8, in front of 6,676 fans at Blue Cross Arena.
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from Inside Lacrosse

Dove was the second part of the one-two Orange crush last year next to Katie Rowan. She notched 59 goals (including seven game-winners), as well as 21 assists and 51 draws. With Syracuse’s style and Rowan’s departure, Dove could be set for big offensive production this spring.
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from Inside Lacrosse

The Big East was last year’s most improved conference, putting four teams in the top-15, three of them in the top-10. Syracuse (14-5) returns seven starters and looks to find a way to replace Katie Rowan’s production. They are led by senior All-Americans Christina Dove (59, 21) at midfield and Halley Quillinan (45, 7) at attack.
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from the Ashville (NC) Citizen-Times

The National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations has discussed the issue, and its board of directors could offer a recommendation in April. At the state level, N.C. High School Athletic Association associate executive director Rick Strunk said his organization hasn't discussed IMG's plan but has concerns.
Saturday, January 30, 2010 Share 2:45PM
from North Carolina Athletics

"I am really excited about my attack this year . . . Kristen Taylor (F-M) is going to be our leader up front. She is really healthy and feeling good, which is great since she was sick and not able to play at full strength the last couple of years. We will rely on her as a leader because she is tough as nails and a true competitor.

"We also want to make some room for Laura Zimmerman (Westhill), who really came on strong at the end of last season and has continued to get better every single day. Laura can be a tremendous threat for us all over the field. Laura has become a tremendous player. Her quickness, toughness and competitive fire separate her on the field.
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from LaxPower

The first Men's Division I scrimmages were scheduled for today. Navy moved up its match with UMBC from 11:00 to 10:00 a.m. because of the snow that's blanketing much of the Mid-Atlantic region. The weather beat them to the punch, and the scrimmage was played far in less than ideal conditions, as you can see from the shots below. Photos are courtesy of Ben Mackey.
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from Inside Lacrosse

The University of Delaware saw their Men’s Lacrosse team scrimmage against the Colgate University Raiders on a brisk, 22 degree Friday afternoon at Rullo Stadium. The Blue Hens are coming off of a disappointing season in 2009 as they finished with a 5-10 record overall and a 2-4 CAA Conference record. Likewise, Colgate is coming into the 2010 season after what some would call an up and down season marked by winning and losing streaks, finishing 9-6 overall and 5-1 in the Patriot League.
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from Syracuse Athletics

Senior Christina Dove and volunteer assistant coach Katie Rowan will compete at the 2010 Champion Challenge this weekend at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Buena Vista, Fla. Dove will compete with the US developmental squad, while Rowan is a member of the US senior national team.
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from Inside Lacrosse

It’s not even the second month of 2010, and I’m very happy to be able to say there’s gonna be a lot of lacrosse to keep track of this weekend, and we’ll be bringing you as much of it as we can right here on InsideLacrosse.com.

ESPNU Champion Challange Coverage
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from Lacrosse Magazine

Matt DaSilva:
Welcome to Lacrosse Magazine's live blog from the fifth-annual Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event in Orlando, Fla. That's right, while the rest of LM's acolytes are back in Baltimore bearing winter's brunt in 20-degree blasts and the city's paralyzing traffic due to President Obama's visit to Charm City, I'm sittin' pretty at sunny and 70 . . .
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from Lacrosse Magazine

Only in the National Lacrosse League could one of its biggest stars also be considered a journeyman. In Orlando, however, Titans captain Casey Powell (Carthage) feels he has finally found a home.
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from Syracuse Athletics

With the season opener three weeks away, the Orange women’s lacrosse team is preparing for the 2010 campaign. Syracuse welcomes back seven starters from last year’s squad that finished the season with a 14-5 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the third consecutive season. In addition, the roster includes many new faces who could have an immediate impact.
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from Lacrosse Magazine

The U.S. men, along with the U.S. Elite and Developmental women’s teams, highlight a seven-game schedule that will draw top college teams to Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Jan. 30-31. US Lacrosse announced Tuesday that Sunday's games between the U.S. men's and women's national teams and their Duke opponents will air on delay on ESPNU.
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from Lacrosse Magazine

U.S. men's national team defenseman Shawn Nadelen, a player considered to be an antidote to Canada's John Grant Jr., tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) last week in a National Lacrosse League game for the Philadelphia Wings, forcing Team USA to shuffle its roster for this weekend's Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event.
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from Inside Lacrosse

ESPN/IL analyst Quint Kessenich previews the 2010 season for the Brown Bears. (Video 3:01)
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from Inside Lacrosse

Brown head coach Lars Tiffany talks about the 2010 season and losing his starting goalie. (Video 1:56)
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from the Niagara-Gazette

The Buffalo Bandits are learning what life without star John Tavares might be like after the National Lacrosse League’s all-time leading scorer retires. And frankly, it’s no fun.
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from the Edmonton Sun

Ryan Powell might be the only American player on the Edmonton Rush, but he's far from feeling singled out. As for lacrosse being an official Canadian sport, he's quick to point out to any of his teammates exactly who won the IIHF World Junior championships earlier this month.
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from NLL Insider

Casey Powell gave a special guest a very special tour of the team’s pre-game warm-ups at Amway Arena. Check out Powell and some other Titans as they introduce Drunky the Bear of The Monsters of the Morning talk radio show in Orlando to what the National Lacrosse League is all about.
Friday, January 29, 2010 Share 9:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse

The stern barking echoing off Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium comes from players and coaches alike. In a way it has set the theme for the start of practice. You could argue that the theme would be adjusting—as in the players adjusting to a new coaching staff and the coaches adjusting to the Denver players. But the barking represents what head coach Bill Tierney describes as a “business-like attitude.” The adjusting period has already happened and now the position battles have begun. “I’m real proud of these guys for having already bought into our system,” said Tierney. “I couldn’t have asked for a better start.”
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from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

And it won't be easy because this is one of the toughest weekends the Knighthawks face all season. Tonight they are in Orlando to take on Steve Donner's Titans, formerly the New York Titans, who last season beat Rochester in three of four meetings including 11-10 in the first round of the playoffs. Then, the team has to fly back to Rochester Saturday morning and take the floor at Blue Cross Arena for an 8:05 p.m. rematch with the Rock.
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from Colgate Athletics

The Colgate University men's lacrosse team scrimmage at Delaware has been moved to Friday (Jan. 29) at 4 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday (Jan. 30) at 1 p.m., but due to weather conditions has been moved ahead one day. The Raiders open the 2010 regular season at Binghamton on Feb. 20. The game is set to begin at noon.
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from LaxPower

Taylor D'Amore (Canandaigua Academy): Ranked #3 among rising seniors by Inside Lacrosse ... two-time US Lacrosse All-American ... named Greater Rochester Player of the Year by both the Democrat and Chronicle as a junior ... two-time Daily Messenger Co-Player of the Year ... three-time team MVP and First Team Finger Lakes League selection ... two-time member of Western Empire State team ... helped team to state semifinals as a junior ... plays club lacrosse for Lady Roc ... also plays basketball ... set the school record for steals as sophomore ... two-time captain ... named first team all-league as a junior after helping team to state semifinals ... played soccer for two years before joining cross country team for final two seasons ... named an AP Scholar ... Girls State nominee ... awarded Custodian of the Flag, highest honor awarded to a senior boy and girl at Canandaigua ... member of the National Honor Society.
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from ESPN

I'd read that Under Armour's founder and CEO was 37 years old, which meant he and I could comfortably reminisce about Tecmo Bowl, Garbage Pail Kids and seeing "Star Wars" for the first time. But it wasn't even 7 a.m., and Plank sounded as though he'd been hooked to an IV full of sugar all night. (Video, too, 9:55)
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from Inside Lacrosse

Now under the ownership of St. Louis-based Jarden Team Sports, Gait Lacrosse is going through a transition this spring, and part of that includes putting more work into Gait’s Flow helmet, which is back in development.
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from Lacrosse Magazine

WHO'S NEW:
M John Greeley (LaFayette): Arguably the top recruit in the nation, people are eager to see how his skills translate to the college level. But as Pietramala does with all new middies, he will hammer a defense-first mentality. He offers speed on the faceoff wings, timely dodges and quick feet. He's good enough to step in opposite Kimmel on the first line.
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from AZCentral.com

Desert Vista High School lacrosse co-captain Brett Lawless never imagined he'd be working out to Latin salsa tunes, but he did last week at All-Star Gym as the team's practice field lay soaked and soggy. "It was pretty embarrassing at first, but it was fun to see who had rhythm and who didn't," said Lawless. "After about 10 minutes, though, my legs were burning."
from Inside Lacrosse

Cornell '09 alum Jake Myers gives us a tour of the Sono Field House indoor complex in Norwalk, CT. (Video 2:49)
Thursday, January 28, 2010 Share 4:30PM
from JustLacrosse Talkback

Syracuse University has been unanimously selected as the 2010 preseason favorite to win the inaugural season of the BIG EAST men’s lacrosse league. The league’s seven head coaches cast the votes and were not permitted to vote for their own programs. Syracuse’s Stephen Keogh has been named the BIG EAST Preseason Attack Player of the Year, while Georgetown’s Barney Ehrmann is the BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Keogh, a junior, was a USILA Honorable Mention All-American a year ago. Playing all 18 games, Keogh led the Orange and tied for seventh on the team’s single-season record list with 49 goals, while leading the nation with 12 man-up goals. Ehrmann appeared in all 14 games for the Hoyas in 2009 on the defensive line and led the team with 62 ground balls.
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from Lacrosse Magazine

Who's Back: A Rob Pannell (So.)
Hard to think of a better rookie campaign. Pannell (25g, 42a) developed awesome chemistry with Ryan Hurley, and the Big Red can only build on that familiarity. Pannell also saves his best for the best, averaging over four points a game againt top 10-ranked teams last year.
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from Inside Lacrosse

Jeremy Thompson runs at the front of the pack. The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team has started Hal Luther’s conditioning program to kick off the spring season, and Thompson has no problems keeping up with the back-to-back national championship team. Syracuse head coach John Desko said he remembers watching Thompson when he was still in high school, running laps around the track. Desko knew conditioning wouldn’t be problem for Thomspon, a distance runner in high school, as he adjusts to his new home at Syracuse.
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from The Patriot League

Defending Patriot League Champion Navy was selected as the preseason favorite in a vote of coaches and sports information directors. Navy senior Jaren Woeppel (West Genesee) was tabbed Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
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from Varsity 845

Ten losses. That number weighs heavily on a proud Army lacrosse program that had not reached that mark in 91 previous campaigns before last season. Fifth-year coach Joe Alberici would like his players to bury the past, but that's not easy for a team trying to regain its identity as a defensive stalwart while trying to rebuild an offense that lost nearly half its goal scoring.
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from CitrusTV/Inside Lacrosse

From CitrusTV, a preseason interview with Syracuse's junior goalie John Galloway. (Video 2:04)
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from Insdie Lacrosse

The stern barking echoing off Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium comes from players and coaches alike. In a way it has set the theme for the start of practice. You could argue that the theme would be adjusting—as in the players adjusting to a new coaching staff and the coaches adjusting to the Denver players. But the barking represents what head coach Bill Tierney describes as a “business-like attitude.” The adjusting period has already happened and now the position battles have begun.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks

The Rochester Knighthawks remain on the road for the third and final game of their season-high three-game road trip as they travel to play the Orlando Titans on Friday, January 29th at 7:35 p.m. The contest will be broadcast Live on The Zone 94.1 FM and thezone941.com. Fans can also watch the game live on NLL Network.
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from Providence Athletics

Class includes middie Tim Modesti (Fairport) and Ryan Martin (Webster Schroeder), defensive middie.
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from Lacrosse Magazine

A piecemeal defense comprised of Logan McGraw, Emily Bock, Carly Napora and either Blake Sheehan or Hunter must meld in time for Big East conference play. Napora, a sophomore, brings athleticism and leadership. Sheehan has improved in one-on-one defense. McGraw and Bock moved down from midfield.
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from NLL Insider

In the wake of a disappointing 0-4 start to the 2010 National Lacrosse League season, the Buffalo Bandits have released forwards Delby Powless and AJ Shannon, activating first round draft pick forward Kyle Clancy and defender Joe Smith on the team’s 23-man starting roster.
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from Inside Lacrosse

To all the Haters: I love ya! Thanks for telling me I suck at Lax, I am stupid, and Ugly. Did I miss anything? For my detractors this blog is surely going to push you over the edge and I cannot wait to hear your comments! To be honest, when the season starts I may actually write some serious lacrosse facts, but for now, let’s have some fun.
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from NLL Insider

A big theme this year heading into the 2010 National Lacrosse League season was obviously the impact having one less official on the floor was gonna affect the game.
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from NLL Insider

Everything was supposed to be different this year. Fans the world over were going to have all access to their teams via the NLL Network. No need for a TV contract when the NLL Network can reach fans worldwide, right? Well while most fans are starting to understand that it’s going to take a lot for this league to get that elusive national TV deal, they would all agree that NLL Network’s magic fix of live games broadcast over the internet has been anything but impressive.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Share 9:45AM
from The Daily Orange

Two-time national champion. Career leader in goals-against average at Syracuse. A 2010 third-team Inside Lacrosse preseason All-American. Those are all accolades that describe Syracuse men's lacrosse goaltender John Galloway, but a strong performance from his backup, Al Cavalieri, in the NCAA playoffs threw it all into question.
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from Lax.com

Expectations are high in Syracuse, as they are most seasons, yet the potential historical significance of success remains a skirted subject. “We don’t like to talk about the three-peat,” said Hal Luther, the Orange’s strength and conditioning coach. “This is a different team, this is the 2010 team, and they’re as hungry as any team in America.”
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from PhillyLacrosse.com

Conestoga senior goalie Peter Zonino has signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I lacrosse at Hobart College. Zonino was a Third Team All-Phillylacrosse.com pick last year for a Pioneers team that won the first District 1 championship and reached the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association finals. Zonino, who also played for the Mesa Fesh 2010 club that recently placed fourth in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions in Florida, liked the academics, the Hobart lacrosse history and the setting at its Geneva, N.Y, campus.
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from PhillyLacrosse.com

Former Villanova lacrosse captain Eddie DiDonato, shot six times during an Old City altercation on Jan. 17, has been upgraded to fair condition this afternoon following several successful surgical procedures at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, a spokesperson said. DiDonato, 23, of Blue Bell, had been making a strong recovery after coming into the hospital in critical condition following the shootings. But after being upgraded to fair condition late last week, he suffered an infection during the weekend that brought his temperature as high as 106 degrees, according to his best friend, Rob Forster, who relayed information from the family.
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from Canadaigua Lacrosse

Registration for the 2010 Canandaigua Boys Youth Lacrosse season has begun. Check out our FAQ page for more information about our program.
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from LaxLessons.com

The last few days have been a whirlwind for Tim Schurr . . . I had a wide-ranging discussion with Schurr this morning. During that time, we touched on a variety of topics. Here are some of his thoughts:
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Share 1:15PM
from Dave Rahme/Syracuse.com

While the men’s lacrosse teams at Syracuse, Le Moyne and Onondaga Community College are already deep into preseason camp, a fourth local team that has shared the national spotlight with its three regional neighbors has another week to wait before commencing practice.
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from Lacrosse Magazine

Lacrosse fans making the trip this weekend to the Champion Challenge in Orlando may enjoy a relaxing visit to Disney World and a respite from winter’s grip, but the U.S. teams don’t see relaxation on their travel itinerary.
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from US Lacrosse

ESPNU and US Lacrosse announced today that the sports network will air the U.S. men’s national team vs. Duke and the U.S. women’s national team vs. Duke games, part of the 2010 Champion Challenge at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The U.S. men’s national team game will air on Jan. 31 at 10 p.m. with an encore presentation on Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. The U.S. women’s national team game will air on Feb. 1 at 12 a.m. with a re-air on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.
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from Inside Lacrosse

MLL/NLL star Joe Walters gives us a tour of his new downtown Rochester diner, Union Station Diner. (Video 2:55)
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from LoHud.com

When the news broke about Tim Schurr getting the job at John Jay last week, a busy schedule prevented him from talking about the new opportunity. He was in Florida over the weekend playing in a masters lacrosse tournament, but spent a little time on the phone with me this morning.
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from Union Athletics

The 2010 Union College women's lacrosse team's schedule is undoubtably one of the nation's top schedules in any division. The Dutchwomen, 15-4 and NCAA Regional participants in 2009, will face 10 teams that ended the 2009 season ranked in top 20 national polls.
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from GilletteStadium.com

On April 3rd, 2010, Gillette Stadium will host the New England Lacrosse Classic; a lacrosse double-header featuring all-Ivy League action with Cornell vs. Dartmouth and Princeton vs. Brown.
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from Lacrosse Magazine

Will the players recruited and trained in the Bill Tierney regime adjust to Chris Bates' new schemes, or is rebuilding in the works? Replacing the Dean Smith of lacrosse is no enviable task.
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from the Albany Times-Union

Saint Rose announced Thursday it will add a Division II men's lacrosse program beginning with a limited varsity schedule in 2011-12. The team will play at the $4.2 million Plumeri Sports Complex that Saint Rose is constructing at Hoffman Park in Albany. The facility will contain baseball and softball diamonds, and a multipurpose field for soccer and lacrosse.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks

What do a Stormtrooper and John Grant Jr. have in common? They both wear white helmets and are both featured performers on Star Wars Night on Saturday, January 30th. The Knighthawks will take on their rivals from North, the Toronto Rock, in a galactic battle beginning at 8:05 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena.
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from NLL Insider

Not a lot went right for the Rochester Knighthawks during their National Lacrosse League Week 3 showdown in Toronto on Saturday, the Rock stunning the previously unbeaten K’Hawks in an epic 17-3 thrashing. Rochester goaltender Pat O’Toole talks about the loss and what needs to be done when Toronto comes to Rochester in Week 4. (Video 1:33)
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from Lacrosse Magazine

Syracuse has retooled its defense behind a new coordinator, Regy Thorpe, a former Syracuse great and teammate of Gait's in the National Lacrosse League. Thorpe has coached and served as general manager for the Rochester Knighthawks. The knowledge is there, but how much will get lost in translation to the women's game?
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from UConn Athletics

"We are thrilled to announce Ashley Mitchelides, Katie Devaney (Fayetteville-Manlius) and Lauren Sparks as our team captains for the 2010 season. All three women bring passion, hard work and leadership everyday both on and off the field," McMahon said. "I have complete faith that these three will do a phenomenal job representing the University, the local community and our lacrosse program."
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from NLL.com

Wings Team President Mike French also commented on the trade. "He has the character and selflessness that matches perfectly with our team and how Dave [Huntley] runs our team. I have known Max since his freshman year at Cornell and I saw how he was capable of single handedly carrying that team on his back. He is a player we wanted to get at the draft, it didn't work out, but we are delighted to have him as part of our team now."
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from PhillyLacrosse.com

Former Villanova lacrosse captain Eddie DiDonato, who had made much progress toward recovery after being shot six times eight days ago in Old City, suffered a setback over the weekend and has been downgraded to critical condition at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, a spokesperson said.
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from LacrossePlayground.com

We got a look at a few prototypes of metallic and colored Cascade face masks at the U.S. Lacrosse convention in Baltimore this weekend. Below is a look at some of the helmets from Cascade, including an all orange helmet, a Boston Cannons helmet with metallic red, and Hopkins and Carolina helmets with a metallic light blue face mask.
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from ESPN

High school is a critical time for educating your body on the correct way to prepare for, perform and recover from exercise. Running sports like basketball, lacrosse, soccer, track and cross-country involve similar movement patterns and quick changes of direction, which can put stress on joints. So it's important to keep the stabilizing muscles around the joints -- ankles, knees and hips -- flexible.
Monday, January 25, 2010 Share 12:45PM
from USA Today

Sports, entertainment and marketing giant IMG will announce today that it is stepping into the arena, joining a Pennsylvania-based high school coaches' association in launching a series of national championship events (including lacrosse) — most involving state all-star teams — at its Bradenton, Fla., training academy.

Don McPherson , the former Syracuse, NFL and Canadian Football League quarterback who has taken on the role of social activist isn't sold.
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from Inside Lacrosse

While the University of North Carolina hasn’t captured an NCAA title sinc 1991 and hasn’t even made it to championship weekend since 1993, there’s one junior in Chapel Hill that has already raised a championship trophy in his college career; JUCO transfer Ed Prevost (IHC).
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from the Utica Observor-Dispatch

Requests by the Utica and Rome school districts to move many of their varsity and junior varsity sports teams from the Central New York Counties League to the Tri Valley League have once again been denied by TVL officials.
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from Inside Lacrosse

The close of the 2009 season marked the end of an impressive streak for the Albany Great Danes: A loss to Stony Brook in the America East semifinals kept the team out of the conference championship game for the first time since joining the league before the 2002 season. In an attempt to reverse his team’s fortune, Albany coach Scott Marr has changed up his spring practice philosophy, taking two weeks to focus solely on conditioning and light stick work before putting his team through its first full practice on Feb. 1.
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from NLL Insider

It was an important weekend for a number of teams in the National Lacrosse League. Boston and Colorado were able to dodge that bullet that would have dropped them to 0-4. The Blazers defeated the Titans for their first victory, and a few days after firing their head coach Bob McMahon, the President, GM, and now interim coach Steve Govett was able to lead the Mammoth to two overtime victories on the road.
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from JustLacrosse Talkback

Lacrosse brings together two girls from extremely different backgrounds.
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from The Canadian Press

Rookie sensation Garrett Billings scored five goals and goaltender Bob Watson was outstanding as the undefeated Rock crushed the Rochester Knighthawks 17-3 Saturday night. Team owner Jamie Dawick pledged $1,000 to World Vision for every Rock goal so a cheque for $17,000 goes to the charity's efforts in Haiti.
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from HudsonHubTimes.com

“I am very excited to play lacrosse at the collegiate level and Albany is the best place to start that experience,” she said. “I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without the push and help of my parents and coaches.”
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from U of Dallas Athletics

The University of Dallas Athletic Department announced today that Matt O'Connell (West Genesee) has been hired as the University's first men's lacrosse coach. The 2006 graduate of SUNY-Cortland who played lacrosse all four years at the school, worked most recently as an assistant lacrosse coach at his alma mater. O'Connell, who won NCAA DIII national championships at SUNY-Cortland as both a player and coach, also served as an assistant coach at Morrisville State College.
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from the Buffalo News

The lowest point in Buffalo Bandits franchise history arguably came Saturday night at the Rexall Center as the Bandits were thoroughly outplayed in an 11-7 loss to the Edmonton Rush before a home-opener crowd of 7,102.
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from NLL.com

The Boston Blazers (1-3) got into the win column Saturday night after notching a 13-9 victory over the Orlando Titans (1-1) in front of 7,812 fans at TD Garden in Boston. Goaltender Anthony Cosmo made 29 saves while forwards Dan Dawson and Daryl Veltman each finished with one goal and five assists.
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from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Joe Walters of Irondequoit is a co-owner of Union Station Diner, 309 University Ave. The diner, open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, offers breakfast and lunch all day. Walters, a midfielder, had an outstanding collegiate lacrosse career before turning professional in 2006. He was a four-time All-America and the only college player to make the U.S. team competing in the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship.
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from NLL Insider

NLL Insider has learned from numerous sources that the Boston Blazers and Philadelphia Wings are close to finalizing a deal that would see highly regarded hold-out first round draft pick Max Seibald sent to the Wings in exchange for an unconfirmed amount of draft picks, potentially a future first round entry draft selection.
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from LacrosseAll-Stars.com

And now what you’ve all been waiting for: Lou Holtz keynote clips! We’ve got a whole roll of footage we’ll be releasing over the next couple weeks. Starting now. The quality isn’t amazing, but it does the job.
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from PhillyLacrosse.com

The Villanova men’s lacrosse team received a jolt harder than any check one could sustain on the playing field Sunday when the Wildcats learned that former teammate Eddie DiDinato had been shot six times and was hanging on for his life. ”We all heard about it pretty much together,” said Villanova junior attackman Chris Aitken, a Haverford School graduate. “We were with a bunch of the guys at the Villanova basketball game (against Georgetown Sunday at the Wachovia Center). “We heard he had been shot six times and we were just shocked. We didn’t know if he was alive. But word got to us that he was alive and we knew if anyone would pull through, it would be him. “It’s pretty incredible how lucky and strong he’s been the past couple of days. It’s miraculous.”
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from Inside Lacrosse

Albany head coach Scott Marr talks about the 2010 season and the expectations for his attack unit. (Video 3:22)
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from Jacksonville Athletics

Hobart transfer Jeremy Tissenbaum and Le Moyne transfer Jake Ziegler (Webster) two of three chosen to lead the brand new team.
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from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Despite evidence to the contrary, Toronto Rock general manager Terry Sanderson isn't ready to proclaim that his team is all the way back. "I don't think we've turned anything around just yet," Sanderson said, even though he has watched his re-tooled team jump out to a 2-0 start in 2010.
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from the Toronto Sun

Like the Rock, the Knighthawks have started 2010 with victories in each of their first two games, but Rochester coach Paul Gait wants to spread his offence around a little more. Of the Knighthawks’ 23 goals, 14 have been scored by John Grant Jr., Craig Point or Gary Gait.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks

Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres announced today that the team has activated veteran defenseman Marshall Abrams and released forward Jason Henhawk and defenseman Donny Moss. The moves are pending league approval.
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from the HeraldNet.com

Sedgwick’s four goals, including a pivotal power-play tally that broke a 7-7 tie with 8 minutes, 35 seconds remaining in the third period helped propel Washington to a 13-11 victory over the Bandits in front of 2,879 fans at Comcast Arena.
Friday, January 22, 20109:00AM
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from JustLacrosse Talkback

Maverik Lacrosse (www.maveriklacrosse.com) and Maverik Films director Jay Jalbert today released "Soldiers Exposed -- Dan Hardy," the second video in a series of player profile interviews.

In "Soldiers Exposed -- Dan Hardy," the 6’ 4” attackman from Tully, NY, who lead Syracuse University to back-to-back NCAA Division I Mens Lacrosse National Championships shares how he mentally prepares for big games. Hardy explains that he likes to in-vision the entire game in his head, to think about the apposing team’s tendencies, his defenders and what he wants to do when he steps on the field.
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from PhillyLacrosse.com

John Nostrant's (Baldwinsville) Haverford School will face Brodie Merrill's Hill Academy as part of the Big City Classic on April 10th. The very first event ever held at the new stadium will be the game featuring Lawrenceville (N.J.) and Texas state champion Highland Park, which preceeds the Haverford game.
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from the Gloucester Daily Times

Which place has worse winter weather: Wolfeboro, N.H. or Syracuse, N.Y.? In a little over a year, Manchester native Jon Siderewicz can answer that meteorological question for you since he'll have just survived a winter at Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro) and a winter at Le Moyne College (Syracuse). A midfielder, he played lacrosse at St. John's Prep in Danvers for the first three years of high school before transferring to Brewster — a prep school that has one of the best boys' lacrosse teams in New England — this past fall for his senior year.
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from PhillyLacrosse.com

The event was created last year by Haverford School coach John Nostrant (Baldwinsville), a survivor of prostate cancer, and his college teammate and close friend, Georgetown Prep coach Kevin Giblin. Giblin is currently recovering from colon cancer. The matchups include Haverford School vs. Chatham (N.J.) and Radnor vs. Hatboro-Horsham at 10 a.m.; Georgetown Prep (MD) vs. La Salle (PA) and Conestoga (PA) vs. Darien (CT) at noon; and Delbarton (N.J.) vs. Fairfield Prep (CT) and Yorktown (N.Y.) vs. Garden City (N.Y.) at 2 p.m. Conestoga and Haverford School also will play a JV game.
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from LoHud.com

It's been a tense month, but John Jay took a step toward getting back into a familiar routine by recommending Tim Schurr to fill the boys lacrosse coaching vacancy. He was approved by the school board on Thursday night. "I'm really excited about him," said Jameson Pickel, a standout defender who is committed to play at Johns Hopkins after the upcoming season. "I know that he's got a huge wealth of knowledge. It was definitely kind of stressful for our whole team waiting for this decision to be made."
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from Inside Lacrosse

At attack, Mario Ventiquattro (Carthage) is back after potting 24 goals a year ago, and is looking like he’ll be joined by British Columbian Mike Pires (19, 7) and freshman Jeff Tundo (Orchard Park) out of Western New York . . . Pires has that box influence to his game that players like Dalgarno brought to the table in the past at OSU, but Myers likens Tundos game to the big Canadian. “[Tundo] is that big lefty, 200-pounder. He likes to dodge and that takes the pressure off the other guys like Mike who are more off-ball guys.”
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from Loyola Athletics

Tayloy Ebsary (Amhearst) has been a key member of Loyola's midfield unit since coming to the school as a freshman in 2007. He has played in 40 games during his career and last season set career highs with 46 ground balls and nine caused turnovers. He was in the top 70 nationally in ground balls per game and also chipped in with a goal and four assists.
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from LaxPower

The Tewaaraton Award Foundation has announced that Oregon head coach Jen Larsen and Dick Edell, retired head coach from Maryland, will serve as the 2010 Tewaaraton Selection Committee Chairs.
Thursday, January 21, 201010:00AM
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from Inside Lacrosse

The Black Knights struggled to a 6-10 record in ‘09, playing strong enough defense to stay close (8.91 goals against, five losses by just one goal including three in OT) but never quite clicking the way coach Joe Alberici wanted them to. Offensively, the team will have to lean on their depth to make up for key graduations. Army kicked off their spring preseason Monday, Jan. 18, and IL caught up with Alberici as he guides his team through their first week together.
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from Colgate Athletics

The Colgate Athletic Ticket Office has announced that season and single tickets are now available for the upcoming 2010 men’s lacrosse season. Come out and see your Colgate Raiders in action for a 7-game home schedule. This schedule includes Patriot League foes Lehigh, Lafayette, and nationally-ranked Navy coming to Andy Kerr Stadium to face-off with your Raiders.
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from Mark Bialczak/Syracuse.com

Music writer Mark Bialczak's Music Notes video interview with musician Mike Powell" "I was always known as 'the lacrosse guy'." (Video 4:29)
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from the Rochester Knighthawks

For the second straight week a member of the Rochester Knighthawks has been honored by the National Lacrosse League. Bobby McBride was named the Transition Player of the Week, joining goalie Pat O’Toole as a Rochester award winner this season.
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from the Brandon (ON) Sun

The Bob Watson-Pat O'Toole goaltending matchup is always a highlight of Toronto-Rochester games in the National Lacrosse League and the showdown at Air Canada Centre on Saturday night should be especially intense with both clubs off to 2-0 starts in the new season.
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from RocNow.com

Boys and girls from kindergarten to sixth grade can get tips from certified Gates Youth Lacrosse league coaches in an indoor program starting Saturday that is sponsored by the Gates Recreation and Parks Department.
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from the Lewisboro Ledger

John Jay Youth Lacrosse will be holding its annual Kick-Off Day on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 10 to 2 in the John Jay Middle School cafeteria. Players and parents are invited to meet coaches and to obtain information about the program and the upcoming season.
Wednesday, January 20, 20103:15PM
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from PhillyLacrosse.com

Eddie DiDonato - the former Villanova lacrosse captain and All-American at La Salle College High – has been upgraded to fair condition at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as he attempts to recover from six gunshots during an altercation in the Old City section of Philadelphia Sunday morning, a hospital spokesperson said.
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from LaxPower

The first event will take place over the weekend of March 5th, 6th, and 7th. It will include a boys' and girls' youth tournament for grades 4-9 and a Division III college game between Haverford College men's lacrosse (pre-season #4) and St. Lawrence (pre-season #16) at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 6th. The second event will take place on May 8th and will feature perennial powerhouse Maryland taking on Colgate.
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from Cornell Athletics

The fifth annual 21 Dinner, which annually celebrates the life and legacy of George Boiardi, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30 at Bridgewaters, located at 11 Fulton Street in New York city. Registration for the event closes on Friday, Jan. 22 at 5 p.m.
Ticket Information & Event Details
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from Inside Lacrosse

The fifth annual 21 Dinner to celebrate the life and legacy of George Boiardi will take place on January 30 at Bridgewaters in New York City. A community leader and a standout defenseman while at Cornell, George passed away on the lacrosse field in a March 22, 2004 game against Binghampton. To find out more about the dinner and to reflect on George’s impact in the lacrosse world and beyond, Jon Brand caught up with members of the 21 Dinner Steering Committee.
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from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Goodbye, grass stains. Artificial turf is coming to Webster schools. Voters approved a $7.9 million capital project Tuesday that will provide for the building of a new turf stadium between Thomas High School and Willink Middle School, as well as a conversion of Schroeder High School's grass field to artificial turf.
Details from a Monday article
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from The Daily Orange

When John Desko was assured that joining a potential Big East lacrosse conference wouldn't water down his schedule, he finally relented and decided his program would become a member.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks

The Rochester Knighthawks (2-0) continue their three-game road trip with a stop at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday, January 23rd against the Toronto Rock (2-0). The 7:00 p.m. contest will be broadcast live on The Zone 94.1 FM and thezone941.com. Fans can also watch the game live on the NLL Network.
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from NLL Insider

From weeks 1 & 2 of the 2010 season.
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from the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Jim Brown is now 73, often walks with a cane and only when he speaks can you tell the true power of this man. But once upon a time, Jim Brown was LeBron James. That's why James greeted Brown by saying, "What's up, legend?"

But not even James may know that Brown earned 13 high school letters in five different sports. He averaged 38 points a game as a senior in basketball. He broke records in track. He averaged 14.9 per carry in high school! Brown was such a gifted lacrosse player that he dominated the sport at Syracuse and is a member of the College Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He also averaged 13 points in two years of varsity basketball. At 6-2 and 232 pounds, Brown was the strongest, fastest and most frightening back that college football had ever seen.
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from LacrosseAllStars.com

After reading the article on “toughness” in college hoops, I instantly put it in terms of college lacrosse. As a player in college, I, (like Mr. Bilas) thought I was tough. I wasn’t. If it weren’t for some incredible teammates my career probably would have fizzled out after my sophomore year. I’ve had old coaches tell me that lacrosse is a game wasted on the youth. Maybe I’m just getting old, but I’m starting to see their point.
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from PhillyLacrosse.com

“Today they did some internal (procedures), for anything that was life threatening,” said Forster, who was with the DiDonato family throughout the surgery. “It’s amazing - everything went great. They fixed his colon, his lungs and his hand. “Everyone is upbeat. It’s a miracle. He is ahead of schedule.
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from Inside Lacrosse

The Dutch National Lacrosse Team will be holding a one day tryout for eligible North American based players on February 28th. The tryout will take place in Baltimore, Maryland and is compulsory for players wanting to attend the World Games this summer in Manchester, England. All eligible players are welcome but please come to the tryouts expecting a fiercely competitive process.
Tuesday, January 19, 20109:30AM
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from Colgate Athletics

Colgate University men’s lacrosse head coach Jim Nagle announced that seniors Michael Crown (Winnetka, Ill.), Tim Harrington (Lutherville, Md.), Ian Murphy (Central Square), Andrew Parieti (Seattle, Wash.) and junior Rob Bosco (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) will serve as captains for the upcoming 2010 season.
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from Inside Lacrosse

As part of our 2010 NCAA Player Preview in this month’s issue of Inside Lacrosse, we broke down the loaded attack corps by player, duo and unit, with a special focus on what our staff percieved to be the top of each category heading into the season. Cornell’s Rob Pannell and Ryan Hurley got the full breakdown for the ‘Dynamic Duo’ category, and here’s what Mark Dixon, Jamie Munro and Quint Kessenich had to say about the Tar Heel sparkplug.
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from The Palladium Times

Former Oswego lacrosse player and Oswego State women’s lacrosse coach Scott Tucker has been named an assistant coach for the Under 19 Canadian National Women’s Lacrosse Team. Tucker, the head coach of the Limestone College women’s lacrosse team, will coordinate the offense and assist with scouting and game planning.
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from Inside Lacrosse

One of the most versatile players both on the rug and the field, the Fairfield grad’s been THE surprise in a draft class full of surprises, becoming a mainstay for both the Blazers and Cannons. Here, Greg Downing (Auburn) talks about the sticks he’s used to take the next step at the next level.
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from Inside Lacrosse

Moving through the RootB22 system and the ABCD Pick Drill in the December and January issues of IL, all the diligent offensive players out there have learned about ballhandling, stick protection, screening and getting open. Now it’s time to learn the next step. (Video 3:53)
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from Inside Lacrosse

Chicago Machine/Team USA attackman Mike Leveille talks about the mix of young guys and veterans. (Video 1:20)
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from Inside Lacrosse

Denver Outlaws/Team USA middie Max Seibald talks about being selected to the 23-man roster. (Video 1:37)
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from Inside Lacrosse

Team USA coach Mike Pressler talks about the difficult process of selecting the team that will represent the country. (Video 2:12)
Monday, January 18, 20101:30PM
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from PhillyLacrosse.com

The best friend of 23-year-old Eddie DiDonato, who was shot six times during an altercation in the Old City section of Philadelphia early Sunday morning, said the former Villanova men’s lacrosse captain and scholastic All-American from La Salle College High remains in critical condition but is coherent and squeezing the hands of family and friends.

In an exclusive interview with Phillylacrosse.com, Rob Forster - who played with DiDonato on La Salle’s 2004 state championship team - said his friend’s fight to live is a “miracle” and that doctors at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital remain optimistic he can survive a stunning incident that saw him get shot in both shoulders, the abdomen, the spine and the hand.
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from Inside Lacrosse

Coach Michael Corrado has to make some key decisions as the team gears up for practice on January 18th. He’ll have to address the loss of 12 seniors, many of who played key roles in last year’s tournament run, but he’s confident in the leadership and talent that’s returned to campus. Coach Corrado gave IL some insight into the decisions that need to be addressed, as well as his mind-set heading into a new conference.
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from WPVI-TV

Philadelphia police have arrested a 28-year-old man in a shooting that occurred outside the FOX 29 studios in the city's Old City section. 23-year-old Eddie Didonato was struck six times in the chest and abdomen, police say. He was taken to Jefferson University Hospital.
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from Oswego County Today

The Oswego Lacrosse Club is holding an open meeting for all stakeholders (players, parents, and coaches) at 11:45 am on Saturday, January 23, 2010. The meeting will take place in the Oswego High School cafeteria. Whether your involvement was this past year or back when the Club first took root in the 1980’s, we value your experience and opinions.
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from the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

Gina Giurastante, a senior at Johnson City High School, excels both academically and athletically. She has received the Good Sportsman and Academic All-Star awards for both cheerleading and lacrosse. She is described by her guidance counselor as positive and organized, possessing a good work ethic and strong leadership qualities.
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from NLL Insider

It’s only week two of the NLL season and believe it or not, there are already a few teams who could see their playoff chances slip away if week three doesn’t go well. I’m talking about Buffalo, Colorado and Boston – three playoff teams from last season.
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from LacrosseAllStars.com

Don’t worry. We made sure we got our feet wet in the US Lacrosse Convention’s vendor river. Yes, we followed the current and kept a lookout for the best and brightest uni’s in attendance. We threw out the line, hooked a couple keepers and brought em on home to share with our readers (that’s you, duh).
Sunday, January 17, 201011:00AM
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from Dave Rahme/Syracuse Post-Standard

When is a conference not really a conference? When there is no reward for the winner. That is the current state of the Big East men’s lacrosse conference, which will debut this season with seven teams - Syracuse, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s and Villanova. Without an automatic qualifier to the 16-team Division I NCAA Tournament field this season, the conference will basically go through a dress rehearsal, with each team playing a six-game round-robin league schedule.
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from Tom Leo/Syracuse Post-Standard

Caron says Cathers has the skills and ability to play Division I hockey in college, although Cathers — 6-foot-2, 230 pounds — is more leaning toward his other sports love, lacrosse. He says Syracuse University and Albany are possible destinations.
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from Inside Lacrosse

Our thoughts go out to Bucknell’s Tom Thibeault and family this weekend, after the sophomore attackman collapsed during a workout and had to be rushed to the hospital. He was found to have an aortic dissection and needed several hours of open-heart surgery.
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from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Exactly one year ago to the night, the Rochester Knighthawks walked off the floor at HSBC Arena looking very much like the worst team in the National Lacrosse League. On that night they suffered the most lopsided loss in franchise history, an embarrassing 23-6 meltdown at the hands of the arch-rival Bandits. "It's a whole different year," Penfield's Chris Schiller said Saturday.
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from the Denver Post

Brian Langtry promised that once the Colorado Mammoth starts winning, fans will forget fan favorite and franchise scoring leader Gavin Prout, who was traded away on Halloween in a youth movement. At least for now, Prout is far from forgotten. A Pepsi Center crowd of 15,178 cheered his return Saturday night. (Ryan Powell 1-4)
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from Inside Lacrosse

With the losses of Nielsen and Hilary Bowen on the offensive end, the Wildcats have more than 100 goals to replace this season and Amonte Hiller will once again have to find a way to mold new player and fit different personnel into her strategy . . . The offense now lies in the hands of seniors Danielle Spencer (Brighton), who at 6-2 provides a matchup nightmare for any opponent, and Katrina Dowd, who led the team with 75 goals in 2009 and 22 in the postseason.
Saturday, January 16, 201010:00AM
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from Lacrosse Magazine

Lou Holtz, the only coach in the history of college football to lead six different teams to bowl games, dazzled the lacrosse crowd with Rodney Dangerfield-like one-liners and sobering stories of his past as the keynote speaker at the US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion.

"Coaching is coaching," said Holtz, following obligatory references to lacrosse's growing stature, its place at Notre Dame under Kevin Corrigan and NFL great Jim Brown's roots in the sport. "You help other people be successful. That lasts a lifetime."
from UMBC Athletics

Taylor Robinson (Fayetteville-Manlius) was selected to the 2009 Under Armour All-American Upstate New York Underclass Team after scoring 29 goals and adding 16 assists, 17 draw controls and 112 ground balls as a junior. She was also named to the All-Central New York Colonial League First Team last season.
from JustLacrosse Talkback

You can watch most of the January 14th John Desko press conference at the SU Men's Lacrosse website (scroll through the audio/media file menu on the right side of the article and look for the Press Conference option). However, the video ends about 5 minutes early. You can listen to the remaing 5 minutes here, including comments about replacing qb Kenny Nims, adjusting for the lack of Matt Abbott, playing so many road games, and Joel White' role this season.
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from MPNnow.com

Any sports fan can tell you some sure signs that spring is on the way — the Daytona 500, the opening of Major League spring training camps, the Masters with or without Tiger. Locally, there is another sure sign — the talk turns to college lacrosse.
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from LoHud.com

"We have a meeting on Tuesday with all of the kids, and we're going to start doing the box lacrosse on Thursday where they come in once a week until the season starts," Nick said. "The biggest thing is, we want the kids to look the part. We're going to outfit the kids like we did at John Jay. It helps the kids feel pride about the program."
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from LaxLessons.com

After being relieved of their duties as lacrosse coaches at John Jay on Dec. 15, Nick Savastano, his older brother Vinny Savastano and Erik Hoaglund were prepared to sit out at least one season. “I don’t think our wives would have minded,” Nick Savastano told me yesterday. But sometimes, opportunities come when you least expect them. Late last month, Savastano was approached by officials at John F. Kennedy Catholic in Somers about taking over their varsity program.
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from the Syracuse Post-Standard

In Campbell's tenure, the Dome has hosted the Big East Tournament, the Big East Track Championships, NCAA Tournament games, the NCAA lacrosse championship, New York state high school football championships, and numerous concerts including the Rolling Stones, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. The Dome also holds the NCAA record for the largest crowd to witness a college basketball game at an on-campus arena.
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from NLL Insider

A great feature the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and Livestream added to their live game broadcasts in 2010 has been the integration of social media. The league announced last week that in addition to broadcasting its games live for free on the NLL Network, fans now also have the ability to interact seamlessly with NLL action via Facebook and Twitter.
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from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Last week in the season-opening 10-5 victory over Buffalo, the Knighthawks trotted out Grant, Williams, Evans, Gary Gait and Shawn Evans on the majority of their offensive possessions, giving Rochester one of the most talented and dangerous fivesomes in league history. Yet when the night was over, no one was talking much about the offense, not after the often-underrated defense had held the Bandits to a regular-season franchise low for goals.
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from the Niagara-Gazette

When Derek Graham left the Buffalo Bandits’ coaching staff for a chance to assume the position of associate general manager, he knew game time would have an entirely different feel. “I’m used to either being on the playing surface or behind the bench,” Graham said. “Sitting up in the stands and watching, and not being able to be right at guys and tell then what you think is a tough thing. I found myself a lot busier in the off-season.”
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from the Toronto Star

A night after the much-anticipated rough stuff between the Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs failed to materialize, the lacrosse tenants turned the place into a boxing ring. The Toronto Rock and Boston Blazers slugged it out – literally – and the home side won the game, when they finally got around to playing it, 8-7 in overtime before 11,502 fans.
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from the Canadian Press

Luke Wiles and Rhys Duch each scored hat tricks and Matt Roik had 54 saves as the Washington Stealth defeated the Edmonton Rush 15-7 on Friday in the Nationa Lacrosse League.
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from the Canadian Press

Tim Campeau and Aaron Wilson scored twice and added two assists each as the Minnesota Swarm edged the Calgary Roughnecks 12-10 on Friday in National Lacrosse League action.
Friday, January 15, 201010:30AM
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from Syracuse Athletics

The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team hit the field to kick off its 2010 campaign at the Carrier Dome on Thursday. The Orange had a conditioning session in the morning, followed by its annual media day and its first full practice in the afternoon. Head coach John Desko previewed the upcoming season in his introductory news conference, while student-athletes participated in interviews and posed for photos on the field.

During the news conference, Desko about preparing the team for a schedule that features eight road games, as well as replenishing a midfield corps hit hard by graduation. In addition he offered his views on the incoming freshmen class and how he keeps the team motivated coming off of two straight national titles.

Coach Desko Quotes | Player Quotes
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from the Syracuse Post-Standard

The Post-Standard's Dave Rahme reports from the Dome. (2:11)

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from Cornell Athletics

it was quite a decade for the Big Red men’s lacrosse team. The program won seven Ivy League championships and advanced to the NCAA Final Four twice, including an appearance in last year’s national championship game. During the span from 2000-2009, Cornell compiled a 107-38 record overall (50-10 Ivy), had 39 All-American honors, 37 first-team All-Ivy selections, four Ivy Players of the Year, three Ivy Rookies of the Year, one Tewaaraton Trophy winner, one USILA National Player of the Year, two USILA National Midfielders of the Year, one USILA National Defender of the Year and one USILA National Goalie of the Year.
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from US Lacrosse press release

On Jan. 14, the US Lacrosse Board of Directors unanimously approved a new organizational structure for US Lacrosse that will better serve its members, constituents and the sport. The new structure will strengthen its focus on youth and chapters.
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from Inside Lacrosse

As part of an effort to help Bellarmine head coach Jack McGetrick with medical expenses, coaches throughout the country will be conducting clinics on January 24th and beyond to raise money for the Cortland grad. As we get information about the various clinics throughout the country (and any other McGetrick-related fundraisers), that information will be posted here. To submit anything, email info@insidelacrosse.com with the details.
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from Dave Rahme/Post-Standard

Many words were spoken Thursday afternoon during the Syracuse University lacrosse team’s annual media day in the Carrier Dome. The one uttered most often, though, was the one head coach John Desko and his players least wanted to hear.
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from NLL Insider

So the National Lacrosse League season officially is upon us for 2010 and we got our fix. No more shakes. No more sleepless nights. No more suffering. It’s all good and it all got started with nary a hitch, unless you count the Wings and Titans both wearing white jerseys in Orlando Friday night.
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from mlive.com

Alicia Groveston has been named the first women's lacrosse coach at Grand Valley State. Groveston is a native of Annapolis, Md., and played lacrosse at Hartwick College for two years before transferring to Salisbury (Md.) University. She will begin her coaching duties at GVSU on Feb. 1.
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from LoHud.com

They will be co-head coaches with Erik Hoaglund assisting. I’m still doing some reporting, but it sounds like Andres Soltren, who coached the Gaels last season, went to the administration with the idea of bringing in the Savastanos after news broke about them being let go at John Jay.
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from the Albany Times-Union

The College of Saint Rose will be adding men's lacrosse beginning next year. The team will have a limited schedule for the 2011-12 season and will have a full Northeast-10 Conference schedule in 2012-13. Saint Rose plays in Division II.
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from Inside Lacrosse

Crooked Arrows, Hollywood’s first mainstream lacrosse movie, will have a big presence at the U.S. Lacrosse Convention in Baltimore this weekend. Producers J. Todd Harris and Mitchell Peck will be joined by Marketing Director Jacques Vroom and key regional supporters to promote its recent groundbreaking sponsorship agreement with Reebok, and to meet with investors in this broadly appealing movie that will be the long-awaited tipping point for lacrosse in America.
Thursday, January 14, 20109:45AM
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from Inside Lacrosse

Talking to Colgate coach Jim Nagle after just their first practice of the new year on Tuesday, it was still a little early (understatement alert) to get any definitive opinions on how the Raiders will address the issues presented by Brandon Corp and Kevin Colleluori’s graduation.
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from Watertown Daily Times

St. Lawrence University, Canton, will receive $748,882 to renovate dorms, upgrade the college's electrical system, refurbish its tennis courts and add an artificial turf field. "Because these projects will be funded partially by funding from the state, we were especially interested in any facilities that are used from time to time by the public," SLU spokeswoman Macreena A. Doyle said. "We wanted to plug in those projects that most directly affect the public."
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from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The FCA U15 National team finished an amazing season capturing three major tournament titles. The team Captured the annual Vail Tournament Championship in Colorado then later in the summer Traveled to Maryland to Capture the US Lacrosse National Championship trophy. After qualifying for the NDP tournament of Champions FCA traveled to Florida in Early January to participate. Capping off a great tournament season in fashion FCA's U15 team once again captured another championship. The New York FCA program was proud to have three of our athletes participate on the U15 National team.
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from MensHealth.com

You've probably never heard of post-concussion syndrome. Neither had Harry Carson or Pat LaFontaine or dozens of other former pro athletes. Then the symptoms started. In the beginning, there were dings. As in, "Back when I was coming up, it was like the Dark Ages," says NHL Hall of Fame center Pat LaFontaine. "You get a ding, you clear the cobwebs, and you skate right back out there."
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from the Baltimore Sun

Because lacrosse is a contact sport and one of the fastest-growing team sports in the United States - youth participation reportedly has grown by more than 500 percent since 1999 to nearly 250,000 - educating coaches and parents about concussions is seen as critical.
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from Inside Lacrosse

Ryan Yunker, A, (Churchville-Chili) has given his verbal commitment to play at Bryant University. Yunker has been a member of the Rochester Blaze Team for the last four years and was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Western Regional Team. He represented the FCA Elite Team in the North American Cup this summer in Canada. As an attackman for his Churchville team, Ryan has posted 68 total points his sophomore year and 48 his freshman year for a two year total of 116 points. He was a first-team all-league selection in 2009, 2nd Team All League in 2008 and honorable mention for All Greater Rochester (AGR) as a sophomore.
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from Inside Lacrosse

The breakfast will take place on Saturday, January 16th at 7:00 am at the Baltimore Hilton (401 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland), in the Holiday Ballroom. For the past 22 years, FCA Lacrosse has hosted a free breakfast to encourage and thank lacrosse coaches for their commitment to the game of lacrosse.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks

Rochester Knighthawks goalie Pat O’Toole was named the National Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Knighthawks to a 10-5 opening night win over the Buffalo Bandits on January 9th.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks

The Rochester Knighthawks will once again have air supremacy over the City of Rochester this week, as players hit the local radio circuit to talk about this Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Bandits. Rochester will swoop into Buffalo for a 7:30 p.m. contest at HSBC Arena looking for their second win in two weeks over the Bandits.
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from Inside Lacrosse

Warrior’s sure to outfit Team U.S.A. in excellent custom threads, and here’s the first look at it. More info and pics below.
From Warrior: “This product was developed in conjunction with Team U.S.A. and represents an unprecedented level of customization for lacrosse equipment.”
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from LacrossePlayground.com

UA’s getting it done in a very cool way. And to top it off, Paul Rabil is one of the featured athletes in the UA Green commercial. See how Under Armour transforms recycled plastic bottles into the next great performance T-shirt: the UA Catalyst T.
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from the Times Herald-Record

There is another potential problem holding back the new division — getting enough ballplayers to participate. According to Lacey, registration is down in District 19 about 15 to 20 percent in recent years. Leagues in the mid-Hudson are losing players to lacrosse, soccer and travel baseball programs.
Wednesday, January 13, 20102:45PM
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from JustLacrosse Talkback

The BIG EAST Conference, in conjunction with ESPN, has announced its 2010 national television schedule for the inaugural season of BIG EAST men’s lacrosse. The television package will feature 11 games and 15 appearances by Conference teams, all on ESPNU. Men’s lacrosse is the 24th sport sponsored by the BIG EAST and is the 11th men’s sport. The seven conference schools participating in the newly formed league are Georgetown, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Syracuse and Villanova. The teams will play a six-game single round-robin regular-season schedule.
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from Fairfield Athletics

ESPN Regional Television, Inc., a subsidiary of ESPN, announced today the creation of the ESPNU Warrior Classic, a doubleheader that will be played Saturday, April 24, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.

The doubleheader will feature No. 17 Denver vs. Fairfield at 11 a.m. ET, followed by No. 18 Massachusetts vs. No. 13 Georgetown at 1:30 p.m. Both games will be televised live on ESPNU.
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from Syracuse Athletics

Former Syracuse lacrosse All-American Steve Scaramuzzino (West Genesee) has joined the Orange coaching staff as a volunteer assistant, head coach John Desko announced on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Scaramuzzino will work primarily with the team’s offense and joins a group of coaches who are all Syracuse alums and played for Hall of Famer Roy Simmons Jr. during their collegiate careers.
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from NLL Insider

Sid Smith started his National Lacrosse League career with the Rochester Knighthawks the same way he ended his college career: with a win.
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from

LaxPower had an opportunity to pose a few questions to legendary high school coach Joe Cuozzo, author of the new book, The Ward Melville Diary (2005-2006), which chronicles a portion of the career that led to so many team championships and personal awards.
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from Lacrosse Magazine

The article corresponding to this video appears in the January issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Don't get the mag? Join US Lacrosse and its 300,000-plus members today to start your subscription. (1:05)
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from Lacrosse Magazine

The article corresponding to this video appears in the January issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Don't get the mag? Join US Lacrosse and its 300,000-plus members today to start your subscription. (1:19)
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from St. Louis Suburban Journals

To turf or not to turf is not so much the question but the situation. Athletic directors everywhere are delighted with the artificial turf that is currently installed - or, in some cases, on its way - to their school.
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from Syracuse Athletics

The Syracuse women’s lacrosse team is ranked No. 7 in Lacrosse Magazine’s preseason poll. The Orange is one of three BIG EAST teams ranked in the top 10.

Under the direction of third-year head coach Gary Gait, Syracuse returns seven starters from last year’s squad that won a share of the BIG EAST title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The Orange finished the season with 14 victories, the second-highest total in school history.
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from Inside Lacrosse

“US Lacrosse is excited to welcome lacrosse enthusiasts from all over the country to Baltimore,” said Steve Stenersen, president and CEO of US Lacrosse, the Baltimore-based national governing body of the sport. “The annual convention is filled with educational opportunities for lacrosse coaches, officials and industry leaders whether they’ve been involved with the game for 1 month or 40 years. We will have something for everyone all weekend long at the Convention Center.”
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from Inside Lacrosse

I work with athletes throughout the country in assisting them in putting their plans together for the college search. From place kickers in Southern California to midfield lacrosse players from Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, the one common thread that helps weave my college quest plans for the families I work with is the necessity to embrace persistence as a critical tool in the recruiting arsenal from start to finish.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks

The Rochester Knighthawks announced today the team has launched a weekly newsletter to complement its new-look website, knighthawks.net. The newsletter and website were made possible through the team’s partnership with national website company Infinity Pro Sports. (Editor's note: At press time, the link to sign up for the newsletter was not working.)
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from the Rochester Knighthawks

The Rochester Knighthawks (1-0) will complete the tail end of a home-and-home series with the Buffalo Bandits (0-1) on Saturday, January 16th. The 7:30 p.m. contest at HSBC Arena will be broadcast live on The Zone 94.1 FM and thezone941.com. Fans can also watch the game live on the NLL Network.
Tuesday, January 12, 20109:15AM
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from Inside Lacrosse

The Brogden Cup dates back a generation and has seen such greats as the Dave Pietramala, Gary and Paul Gait, Sid Smith, and Tom Marechek just to name a couple. This event was formally played between post-collegiate club players from their respective countries. The newer basis of the Brogden Cup is more geared for pre-collegiate players. Brogden Cup Director and Coordinator Joel Franklin explains “This has evolved into an event which allows U-19 players who do not have the opportunity to compete against really competitive international competition, being that the U-19 world games are held every four years, this takes place annually which enables those with an unfortunate birthdays to be able to experience some really good international play”.

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from Inside Lacrosse

Rookie Dan Hardy reacts to his first NLL game in Orlando. (1:15)
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from Inside Lacrosse

Casey Powell comments on lacrosse, especially the NLL, is being received in Florida/Orlando. (1:05)
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from Marines.mil

At age 13, Christopher R. Castleberry first picked up a lacrosse stick and six years later he donned a Marine Corps uniform and picked up an M-16 rifle. The young member of the Snolqalmie tribe, now a sergeant serving as physical security specialist for the Marine Corps Reserve, has kept and shared his love for the sport alive throughout his Marine Corps career.
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from JustLacrosse Talkback

Baltimore, Md.- Lacrosse Playground today announced the official launch of LaxTweets.com, a site designed to keep tabs on how the lacrosse community is interacting online. LaxTweets.com allows users to see what a variety of lacrosse players and industry influencers are talking about on Twitter. It does so by providing one place to view and reply to an aggregate of short online exchanges within the lacrosse industry.
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from Lacrosse Magazine

The US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, comes to Baltimore this week, and the buzz about keynote speaker Lou Holtz got a little louder Monday morning.
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from The Hartford Courant

Mike Pressler couldn't believe what he was seeing on his first day of coaching the Bryant lacrosse team in the fall of 2006. "I just looked at my assistant and said, 'What did we get into?'"
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from Major League Lacrosse

The 2010 NLL indoor lacrosse season began this past weekend with 5 games. A number of Major League Lacrosse players are on NLL rosters this winter and each week we’ll update you on their progress here at majorleaguelacrosse.com as we get ready for the start of the 2010 MLL season on May 15th.
Monday, January 11, 20109:15AM
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Another report from the Brogden Cup

Team Rochester beat Team Ontario, two games to one, to take the Brogden Cup U-19 championship, held in Orlando, FL, this past weekend.

Saturday Results: Rochester 14, Ontario 9 ; Ontario 13, Rochester 8
Sunday's Result: Rochester 14, Ontario 7

Tournament MVP: Kenny Tomeno, midfielder, Webster Thomas HS class of 2010, committed to attend Marist College.

We are still waiting for official press releases.
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from Inside Lacrosse

Despite the new additions to the ECAC this year, Hobart’s intentions of winning the conference and its automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament remain the same. The 2010 Statesmen enter the new year hoping to improve upon last season’s 7-7 performance that saw them sprint to a 5-0 start, only to struggle through the latter half of the season, losing seven out of the final nine games. However, five of those losses came by a combined seven goals.
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from NLL Insider

Its time for the 2010 Power Rankings and I’ll say the same thing as that I said last year. Love ‘em or hate ‘em we know you like to read them. I also have to admit that my pre-season rankings are different than what I’m giving you today. Originally I had Boston ahead of Toronto, and Colorado ahead of Washington but a couple of lopsided victories forced me to make some adjustments. I’ve become so used to close games in the parity filled NLL that I’m kind of shocked at results from this weekend. In the 5 games of week one we had an average margin of victory greater than 7.
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from Lacrosse Magazine

The Calgary Roughnecks began defense of their 2009 National Lacrosse League title with a 12-7 win over the Minnesota Swarm in front of 8,112 fans at the Pengrowth Saddledome on Saturday afternoon. The game featured a pre-game ceremony in which the 2009 Western Division and Champion’s Cup banners were raised to the rafters of the ’Dome.
Sunday, January 10, 201010:00AM
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from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

There has been much preseason talk in lacrosse circles about how Rochester's offense could be one of the most potent in NLL history with John Grant back and joining forces with Gary Gait. Maybe so, but Saturday night at Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial belonged to the Knighthawks' oft-overlooked defense and a raucous crowd of 8,192 loved it, giving a standing ovation to goalie Pat O'Toole during a stoppage in play with 55 seconds to go.
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from the Sarnia (ON) Observor

A tournament to determine the best under-19 field lacrosse team in North America could be a stepping stone for Kyle Jackson. The 16-year-old Sarnian and Team Ontario gold medalist was called up along with six other members of his under-16 team to play in the Brogden Cup this weekend in Orlando, Fla. "There's a bunch of kids that are in university that couldn't make it," the Grade 11 St. Pat's student explained.
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from Dave Rahme/Syracuse Post-Standard

The Cornell-Hobart rivalry, one of the best in the sport and a fixture on the final week of the regular season, has fallen victim to the inaugural Ivy League postseason tournament. The game will be played this season at 1 p.m. Feb. 27 in Geneva.
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from the Buffalo News

The Buffalo Bandits picked up right where they left off last season … unfortunately for them. The Bandits dropped a 10-5 decision to the Rochester Knighthawks before 8,192 in Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night in the National Lacrosse League season opener for both teams.
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from the Buffalo News

Knighthawks coach Paul Gait is a little more relaxed this year than he was at this time last year. Shortly before the start of the 2009 season, Paul Suggate resigned as the Knighthawks coach and Gait replaced him. Gait said it took him "a long time" before everyone was comfortable with the new arrangement.
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from Inside Lacrosse

Because this is a No Evaluation Period for Division I coaches, the Adrenaline Challenge is focused on providing Division II and Division III coaches a chance to check out the breadth of talent that California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Nevada, Missouri and other western states are developing thanks to the growing high school and club program scene. Today I’ve seen coaches from Washington & Lee, Ferrum, Bates, Dominican College, Cortland, and dozens of others of DII, DIII and MCLA programs.

Seven Upstate colleges represented: Official list
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from HeraldNet.com

Washington and Colorado added another chapter to a heated West Division rivalry Saturday night at Comcast Arena. The Stealth scored early and often, showcasing a high-powered offense, and deflated the Mammoth 17-8 in a National Lacrosse League season-opening victory in front of 4,737 fans at Comcast Arena.
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from HeraldNet.com

The game is fast, spirited, emotional and exciting. And, yes, a bit puzzling at times. But if some fans at Comcast Arena were still trying to figure out the rules, strategies and nuances of the National Lacrosse League on Saturday night, they at least understood the outcome — a lopsided 17-8 victory by the Washington Stealth in the team’s debut game in its new hometown.
Saturday, January 9, 201011:00AM
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from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Curt Styres, the owner of the Rochester Knighthawks, isn't paying much attention to the fact that his roster includes some of the greatest indoor lacrosse players in the world. When training camp began, Styres had one message: "I told the guys 'practice doesn't start until someone pukes, and there's no way we're going to practice like an all-star team. Get rid of that right now.' That's our mentality. We're going to do whatever it takes to win a championship."
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from Lacrosse Magazine

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) today announced that the entire 2010 season will once again be broadcast live for free on the NLL Network. New features have been added on the league's 12 team sites allowing viewers to seamlessly interact using Facebook and Twitter while viewing the games. Fans will also be able to broadcast games from their Facebook page or any other website by embedding their team's channel on the site.
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from Lacrosse Magazine

Casey Powell (Carthage) scored four goals and goaltender Matt Vinc recorded 41 saves to lead the Orlando Titans over the Philadelphia Wings, 13-8, in front of 8,145 fans in the season opener for both teams at Amway Arena on Friday. Powell, who led the Titans (1-0) in scoring last year with 40 goals and 85 points, finished his night with five points and 12 shots on goal.
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from NLL Insider

. . . here are a few storylines to watch as we kick off the 2010 campaign.
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from LaxPower

Legendary high school coach Joe Cuozzo has amassed well over 700 victories, and his Ward Melville teams captured numerous championships during his tenure. A new book, The Ward Melville Diary (2005-2006), chronicles a portion of the career that led to so many team titles and personal awards.
Friday, January 8, 20109:15AM
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from JustLacrosse Talkback

We put a fan's perspective on all the stories we've seen in 2009, whittled it down to twenty-five, and then tried to give a fair ranking to each. Some will be obvious, while others may have passed you by as the year progressed.

Today - First year? Phenominal!, collapse of an Empire, and Max makes 4 (and 5), outstanding Red year, and no doubt Abbo(u)tt it.

Top Stories 21-25 | 16-20 | 15-11 | 10-6
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from Inside Lacrosse

IL has confirmed that Mike Messina, M, Aquinas Institute, has verbally committed to Syracuse. More with Mike in our Recruit 411 below.

Junior Zach Reed, A, Bath, N.Y. recently gave his verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Hobart. Reed has played for the Soudan’s Rochester Blaze Team for the past two years, and was part of the Western Regional FCA Team and the U19 Elite FCA Team last year, which competed in the North American Cup. He is ranked #3 in all of Section V (Rochester, NY) for assists in 2009 with 48 and he is ranked #9 in all of Section V for total points in 2009 with 76 as a sophomore.
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from Lacrosse Magazine

It was the fall of 1969, and new Cortland men’s lacrosse Jack Emmer was about to embark on a Hall of Fame career when he saw in one of his players a lot of the hardiness that made Emmer an All-American defenseman at Rutgers. The kid fashioned himself an attackman, but Emmer saw how he battled back from a head injury stemming from a car accident and envisioned him beating down on less resolute opponents.
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from LaxLessons.com

Casey will be the fourth member of her family to play D-I lax. Oldest brother Mike was an attackman at Fairfield. Matt was a defenseman at Johns Hopkins and Fairfield, and Chris is an attackman at Virginia.
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from Inside Lacrosse

Slowly, and without much fanfare, Siena has become a dominant force in the MAAC, and an emerging program in DI lacrosse. To the point, he Saints have a 32-18 record over the last three seasons, including a strong 12-6 run run in 2009 that ended with both a MAAC title win and a NCAA Tournament appearance, both program firsts.
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from Inside Lacrosse

Lacrosse star Ryan Powell (Carthage) shows you 2 drills that will help perfect your inside shooting. (3:53)
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from Loveland (OH) Magazine

“Loveland Youth and MS Lacrosse is excited and honored to host Coach Tiffany (LaFayette) at this year’s event. We invite the entire Southern Ohio lacrosse community to come hear him speak with players, parents and coaches from Southern Ohio’s youth, middle school and high school programs,” said Cotsonas.
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from Lacrosse Magazine

Lacrosse Magazine strength and conditioning coach Rashad Devoe provides a comprehensive speed and agility program requiring nothing more than a bosu ball, a couple dumbbells, a jump rope and an agility ladder. (5:36)
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from Inside Lacrosse

Rutgers coach Jim Stagnitta (East Syracuse) enters the first season in about five years in which he won’t have to rely significantly on freshmen to contribute. With seniors set to lead the attack and the midfield a lot of the fall was spent focusing on the defensive side of things as well as special teams.
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from the Niagara-Gazette

Their best player — and one of the league’s best — is locked into a new five-year deal. The circuit’s all-time scoring leader has determined he’s ready for at least one more shot at glory. And their coach, who made overtures after an abrupt ending to last season that he might be looking to step aside, has regained a coaching focus after handing off the general manager’s duties.
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from Inside Lacrosse

The Buffalo Bandits rolled into 2009 with their National Lacrosse League championship rings from 2008 and won their first 5, leaving little doubt as to which team was the best. But by the time the 2009 Champions Cup was being contested, the Bandits were spectators, trying to figure out just how the wheels fell off of a lacrosse team that was such a monster on defense and such a machine on offense.
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from Inside Lacrosse

The Steel City is renowned for its strong athletic tradition and sports-crazed residents, a reputation we wear on our sleeves. In line with the growth of lacrosse around the country, and the world for that matter, Pittsburgh has seen tremendous boom in lacrosse interest. This should come as no surprise because lacrosse speaks to the very essence of Pittsburgh — it’s physical, fast and doesn’t interfere with football season (double bonus if there was a practical steel shaft available).
Thursday, January 7, 20105:00PM
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from Notre Dame Athletics

Kelly McKenna (Penfield) played in all 16 games one season ago and tallied career-high figures in points (7) and assists (4), while his three goals matched a career-best mark. He also picked up 11 ground balls.
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from Inside Lacrosse

Up next to receive your questions is Cornell midfielder Austin Boykin. Submit your questions in the comments - just keep in mind, we won’t be approving them. Instead, we’ll take them and pass them along to Austin to answer.
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from Syracuse.com

The Syracuse University men's lacrosse season will officially commence on January 14 when the two-time defending Division I national champions open preseason camp. The team's annual media day will also be held that day, followed by the Orange's first practice.
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from Yahoo Finance

David Metzbower, previously the Associate Head Coach of Princeton University and John Nostrant (Baldwinsville), Athletic Director and Head Lacrosse Coach of The Haverford School announced the creation of Gold Medal Lacrosse Recruiting (http://www.goldmedalrecruiting.com), the first professional recruiting consulting service run by coaches.
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from The BIG EAST

For the fourth consecutive year, the CBS College Sports Network will carry the BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Championship. This year for the first time, the network will carry the league's semifinals as well. The championship will be held in Piscataway, N.J. on the campus of Rutgers University. The CBS College Sports Network will televise the semifinals on May 6 at 5:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. In addition, the title game is set for 1 p.m. on May 8.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks

“Scott Evans has a lot to offer this great game of lacrosse. He has the heart of a mountain lion and the skills to match,” said Styres of the five-year extension. “Scott is a leader with grit, desire, commitment and strength that we are going to build the Rochester Knighthawks’ foundation around.”
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from NLL Insider

Any attempt to review the 2009 National Lacrosse League season for the Rochester Knighthawks involves one big question: Where to start? For a team that endured the season-long loss of its top two scorers in John Grant Jr. and Scott Evans, the loss of starting goalie Pat O’Toole for the first three weeks and the myriad of off-field issues, finishing with a 7-9 record and a playoff berth might be considered a minor miracle.
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from the Buffalo News

The Buffalo Bandits essentially stood pat in 2009 after winning the National Lacrosse League championship in 2008, changing the roster only slightly in an effort to repeat. It didn't work, as the Bandits were eliminated from the playoffs in the Eastern Division finals by the New York Titans. So change is in the air for Buffalo as it enters the 2010 season. Opening night is Saturday in Rochester.
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from the Orlando Sentinel

"It's a combination of football, basketball and hockey, and maybe even a little bit of [WWE] in there," said Casey Powell, the Titans' leading scorer last season and one of the greatest players in NLL history. "It's a lot of fun, and I think the fans are really going to take to it.''
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from the Buffalo News

No All-Star Game: The NLL does not have one on the schedule this year. There were reports that the game would have been played in Buffalo.
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from Lacrosse Magazine

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Wednesday, January 6, 20109:30AM
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from Inside Lacrosse

Spend a few minutes going over the stories that folks around the game of lacrosse will tell you about Jack McGetrick, and you’ll get the impression that the Bellarmine head coach is a cross between Paul Bunyan, Brodie Merrill, Dr. Phil and Bill Brasky. There’s the tales of his playing career at Cortland, where he came in as an elite attackman, became an All-American defenseman and was a captain of the soccer team in his spare time.
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from LaxPower

Listed below are the 2010 pre-season scrimmages/exhibtions that appear on the schedules of Men's Division I teams. If you have additions or updates, send us a note, but please supply the date, location, and time (if available) in addition to the teams. If you plan to attend a game, please check with the schools to confirm the date and time.
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from LaxPower

The 2010 US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, returns to the Baltimore Convention Center, January 15-17, 2010. Top men's and women's lacrosse coaches will mingle with lacrosse officials, former lacrosse players, U.S. men's and women's national teams players, and lacrosse industry retailers and manufacturers at the largest lacrosse-specific educational and networking opportunity in the world.
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from Major League Lacrosse

MLL Commissioner David Gross. The league’s 10th anniversary schedule features 36 regular season games between the 6 MLL teams, along with pre-season training camps and special events. Training camps will begin on Saturday, April 24th 2010 and the first weekend of the regular season starts on Saturday, May 15th.
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from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

A staple of the Syracuse skyline for nearly 30 years, the Dome has housed a wide range of memorable moments.
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from NLL Insider

The Titans surprised everyone but themselves with their run to last year’s National Lacrosse League title game, where they fell just short against the Calgary Roughnecks. The 10-6 mark in the regular season didn’t exactly make foes quiver in fear, but opponents quickly learned that if they didn’t respect the offensive style brought by Casey Powell, Jordan Hall and Pat Maddalena, they paid the price.
Tuesday, January 5, 20109:15AM
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from the Rochester Knighthawks

The Rochester Knighthawks will take over Rochester by land, ice and air this week as they get the word out about the team’s 16th season opener on Saturday, January 9th against the Buffalo Bandits. The three-prong attack begins with an assault on local airwaves as the Knighthawks appear on three radio stations and a local Internet show in a four-day span. (Schedule may also include a Wednesday in-studio interview). Knighthawks forward Shawn Williams kicks off the radio stops with a 4:05 p.m. interview on the John Di Tullio Show on WHTK 1280-AM, 107.3 FM and whtk.com.
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from the Utica Observer-Dispatch

College athletes tutoring youngsters, passing on the fundamentals of their sports, working in a soup kitchen for an evening, helping raise money for charity? In the past it might have been done on an individual basis now and then, but whole teams volunteering their time and energy to help out in the community was rare to non-existent.
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from Lacrosse Magazine

A series of wintry blasts nationwide has not kept LM fans from breaking out their gear in the latest batch of of readers photos.
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from 9WSYR-TV

Burnet Ice Rink has served the community for more than 30 years, but to call it an ice rink now is a bit inaccurate, turf was added to the facility a few years ago. “What we did was take old turf from Coyne field and lay it down and do indoor lacrosse, indoor soccer, and camp programs here on the turf,” said Pat Driscoll Syracuse Parks and Recreation Director.
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from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

As a soccer player, Doug Miller used to take risks to score goals and excite fans. As a businessman, the former star forward for the Rochester Rhinos took his biggest risk in August, buying the former Rochester Sports Dome, a combination soccer, golf and lacrosse facility, on West Ridge Road in Parma.
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from Lacrosse Magazine

Rules of Engagement: It's lacrosse's version of King of the Mountain. You snap the buckles on your helmet, step out behind the crease, turn towards the endline and face the ball carrier. it's you and him, one-on-one. You're the only line of defense between him and pay dirt. It's time to impose your will. Here's how, courtesy of Joe Cinosky.
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from NLL Insider

As has been the norm in recent years, the National Lacrosse League’s East Division came down to inches last year, the Orlando (then New York) Titans, Buffalo Bandits and expansion Boston Blazers knotting things up at the top of the heap with 10-6 records, a dog fight for the fourth post-season spot between the depleted Rochester Knighthawks and at times, equally depleted, Philadelphia Wings.
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from BleacherReport.com

A crossroads is approaching, and a team in an old league is coming to a new city. For the sport, it is new territory. Box lacrosse, to be exact. The indoor variety of the true heir to the term "America's game."
Monday, January 4, 20109:30AM
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from NDP Lacrosse

Record crowds gathered around the perimeter of Field 1, with great anticipation for yet another US-Canada elite division national championship game. This year, it was Edge Senior Elite (ONT) taking on Team Warrior (NC). Fans flocked to the stadium field, anxious to see the magic of the Thompson brothers. Early on, midfielder Lyle Thompson did not disappoint.

Schedules and results
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from NDP Lacrosse

In a game that included four ties and four lead-changes, Lyle Thompson (2g, 5a) won key face-offs late in the second half to gain extra possessions for Team Warrior. On the game’s final score with 11 seconds remaining, Lyle fed Miles on the crease. Miles put an exclamation point on the victory by scoring a behind-the-back, between-the-legs goal.
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from The Ithaca Journal

Ithaca College men's lacrosse player Nic Heckman has been named a third-team preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse's Yearbook Magazine. Heckman's teammates, goalie David Gal and faceoff specialist Michael Hennessy, were honorable mention selections by Inside Lacrosse.
Sunday, January 3, 201010:45AM
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from the Watertown Daily Times

Perhaps if Kenny Nims was in his living room last Memorial Day, watching the Syracuse lacrosse team in the NCAA championship game on his television, he would have hit the off button on the remote, too. It's an understandable reaction. SU had trailed in last May's finale against Cornell the entire game. The Big Red seemed to have the Orange in its clutches, practically dictating each move SU made. Cornell led by three goals with under four minutes to play in regulation. Fans had a right to give up. Even the pro-Syracuse faithful in Foxboro, Mass., was losing hope.
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from Inside Lacrosse

With clear skies and cool temperatures, day two of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions (TOC) continued Saturday. Although the ten fields of play continued to dry throughout the day from Friday morning’s downpours, it did not slow the action whatsoever. The second of the three-day tournament at Wesley Chapel District Park was highlighted by several exciting games as each bracket narrowed to its final four.
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from @danhardy22/Twitter

Dan Hardy (Tully) blogging at dh22.com .
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from Inside Lacrosse

Due to thunderstorms and torrential downpours early Friday morning in the Tampa area, day one of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions got off to a delayed – and soggy – start. With rain soaking the ten fields of play, the tournament at Wesley Chapel District Park was delayed two hours to allow for drainage.
Friday, January 1, 201010:15AM
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from OrthoSupersite.com

As many as 1 in 20 collegiate-level and 1 in 50 to 100 high school-level female athletes sustain an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury during any given year of varsity sports. The answer to the posed rhetorical question “do ACL prevention programs actually reduce risk?” is neuromuscular training has a significant effect, from 24% to 82% reduction of relative ACL injury risk in female athletes in high-risk landing and cutting sports like soccer, basketball, volleyball, and team handball.