July 2010
Saturday July 31, 2010 Share 9:45AM
from Lacrosse Magazine
It's roughly three years until the United States will defend its Federation of International Lacrosse Women's World Cup championship. But with the sting of the 2005 runner-up finish not yet a distant memory, those involved in the U.S. program know that there is a lot to get done over the next three years.

The U.S. will begin building in earnest towards the 2013 FIL Women's World Cup when it holds tryouts for the 2010-11 U.S. team from Friday through Sunday at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
Friday July 30, 2010 Share 8:45AM
from US Indoor Lacrosse
US Indoor Lacrosse will hold its fourth annual Combine / Competition the weekend of August 28-29, 2010, at Turf City Indoor Sports Center in Wayne, NJ. The Combine / Competition is a two-day event, featuring agility testing, as well as indoor lacrosse drills & scrimmage play on Saturday, followed by an invitational tournament in front of pro GM's and scouts on Sunday.

Players participating in the Combine will have an opportunity to showcase their talents as they go through agility testing, drills and scrimmaging.
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from William Smith Athletics
William Smith Director of Athletics Deb Steward announced that Brighde Dougherty ’04 will return to the Heron lacrosse coaching staff for the 2011 season. The former head coach at Pomona Pitzer, Dougherty will assist US Lacrosse Hall of Fame Head Coach Pat Genovese.

“Brighde’s experience as a head lacrosse coach, passion for HWS, and educational background in the area of leadership make her a great fit to return to and make an impact on William Smith Athletics,” Steward said.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Highlights from Long Island's victory vs. Central NY in the Empire Games Championship. (2:30)
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from Inside Lacrosse
Highlights from Western's victory vs. Adirondack in the Empire Games Bronze Game. (2:52)
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from the Onondaga Redhawks
The Tonawanda box at Logan Field is the host site for the 2010 NAMLA Championships. The cummulation of the 2010 season will see 14 teams compete for 7 Championship banners beginning at 10am. While teams from Onondaga, Tuscarora, Newtown, and Allegany will excitedly make the trip to Tonawanda, lets quickly recall the events which led to the birth of NAMLA.
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from Inside Lacrosse
It's amazing to think that five years ago, Ric Beardsley was barely in touch with the game of lacrosse at all. He had basically disappeared. Nowadays, The Beast works for Maverik Lacrosse full-time, is playing with the Burnt Orange for the second straight year at the Lake Placid Summit Classic, is working with Steve Carcaterra on United Lacrosse in New Jersey and even has his own radio show in Syracuse. When he feels like it, he even blogs for InsideLacrosse.com.
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from Inside Lacrosse
On its first two stops, the LXM Pro tour brought a festival atmosphere to a pair of locations not known for lacrosse and had solid successes, drawing big crowds to its clinics/concert/gameday production. Now, the organizers hope they can surpass that success with their first stop on the east coast, bringing the roadshow to suburban Philadelphia on August 28th.
Thursday July 29, 2010 Share Headlines
from NLL Insider
Insider has learned from several sources that the Orlando Titans will not be operating during the 2011 National Lacrosse League season, although it’s unconfirmed at this time whether the franchise has completely folded or will remain on the sidelines in some capacity.

League representatives had no comment on the Titans franchise status when contacted by Insider earlier today, although it is believed a dispersal draft will be held in the near future, allocating the Titans’ roster throughout the league’s remaining ten clubs.
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from the Democrat & Chronicle
The National Lacrosse League Orlando Titans have ceased operations and a dispersal draft is expected to be held. The Rochester Knighthawks would have the third overall pick in a dispersal draft, and team president Lewis Staats on Wednesday confirmed that 2010 league MVP Casey Powell, goaltender Matt Vinc and Jordan Hall would be the three players on his wish list.

Friday is the deadline to declare franchise players. Each team has two slots for maximum-salary franchise players. Staats said John Grant Jr. and Chris Schiller are the players most likely to fill those spots.
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9:00AM
from Lacrosse Magazine
They helped invent the game. But on one of its biggest stages, they found themselves competing in the political arena, not the lacrosse field. Opinions vary, and now we want yours for the record. For this installment of “Sideline Chatter,” Lacrosse Magazine wants to know:
What do you think of the Iroquois Nationals missing the 2010 FIL World Championship?
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from Inside Lacrosse
. . . Gear Zone is here to take a look at what should have been — and there's no doubt they'd have been the talk of the tournament this summer, too (some pieces of warm-up gear, like shirts and shorts, were raffled off and raised over 1,000 pounds for Peru Lacrosse).
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from LaxLessons.com
. . . Rye’s Michael Collins, a rising senior defenseman who was a member of the Hudson Valley Empire State Games team, verbally committed to accept a scholarship offer from Binghamton University. Here’s a Q&A with Michael on his commitment:
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from LXMpro.com
Many Upstate connections on both ends of the field.
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from NLL.com
The Rochester Knighthawks have announced the re-signing of a pair of veteran defensemen in Kyle Laverty and Kevin Fines, while also agreeing to terms with the league's all-time saves leader, Pat O'Toole. "We are looking forward to having (Fines and Laverty) take it up a notch this winter." said Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks’ Assistant Coach Mike Hasen received some very valuable on-the-job-training this summer as the head coach Brampton Excelsiors. He now hopes his new skill set will help the club win its third straight Major Series Lacrosse title and Mann Cup championship.
Wednesday July 28, 2010 Share 9:00AM


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from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks defenseman Marshall Abrams and Assistant Coach Jason Johnson guided the Six Nations Arrows to a 4-3 win over the Whitby Warriors 4-3 and a sweep the best-of-seven Ontario Junior "A" Semifinal. The Arrows now advance to the Ontario Finals to take on the Orangeville Northmen.

“I am really happy with the guys,” said Head Coach Marshall Abrams. “We played well, smart and good defense.
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from Inside Lacrosse
What stood out for me was the talent level of some of the players from non-traditional locations - places like Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, California and Tennessee. Here are eleven 'hidden gems' who may find there way onto the field at the collegiate level in the near future.
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9:00AM
from LaxPower
The second round of LaxPower’s National Online Lacrosse Tournament features 16 games against teams from coast to coast. The teams were seeded by power rating on an S-curve to create tournament brackets and winners were determined based on votes from a panel of LaxPower experts and the LaxPower Power Rankings. Links to the original brackets and the first round results.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks John Grant Jr., Shawn Williams and Mac Allen will have little time to rest after spending two weeks in Manchester, England, playing in the 2010 FIL World Lacrosse Championships. The Knighthawks, along with 14 of their teammates, are arriving just in time as the Toronto Nationals are fighting to stay alive in the Major League Lacrosse playoff race.

“It is do-or-die for us. Some of us have a chance to win three-in-a-row. To not make the playoffs would be tough,” said Grant.
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from the Allentown Examiner
Matt Mueller said he’s been dreaming of playing in the Big East. “I always wanted to play against teams like Syracuse, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Connecticut. It’s a dream come true,” said the three-sport standout. The Allentown High lacrosse star who scored a career school record of 127 goals, gets that opportunity this fall when he begins a college career at Providence College, R.I., which is on the rebound from a winless season.
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from Major League Lacrosse
Are you planning or thinking about going to the 2010 MLL Championship Weekend? We have got you covered with direction, parking, tailgating information and more!
Tuesday July 27, 2010 Share 9:00AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Folks on hand in Buffalo Sunday morning for the bronze and gold medal games were treated to some excellent lacrosse, as Western and Adirondack played a closer contest than their first go-around and the championship game pitted Long Island and Central in a rematch of Friday night’s OT thriller, which ended with Central middie Tom Grimm’s blast to the top of the net that gave his team the 8-7 victory.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Early on, it appeared as though Adirondack might not be let into this game, as Western asserted control with goals by Hobart-bound attackman Zach Reed (Bath) and Syracuse-bound middie Mike Messina.
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from Inside Lacrosse
The Empire State Games, New York’s annual Olympic-style amateur athletic competition, returned this past week after a one-year hiatus, with the boy’s scholastic tournament taking place at Canisius College’s Demske Sports Complex in downtown Buffalo – home of the Bills, the Bandits, the Sabers, and THE original chicken wing.
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from Max Seibald/Inside Lacrosse
I just woke up from my first night back in my own bed and I slept amazing. I wasn’t sure I was going to get back yesterday because I didn’t want to take the gold medal off my neck for the security check in at the airport. But in the end, I was pretty excited to get up and out of Manchester, so I didn’t want to cause too many problems.

The past few weeks have been an unbelievable journey that I will never forget.
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from CNYCentral.com
Brine is voluntarily recalling about 7,000 youth and adult Brine VIP Lacrosse Gloves. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports the screen printing ink used on the gloves contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
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from GreecePost.com
I would like to send out a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who made my last lacrosse game at Fairport High School on Wednesday, May 26, so memorable.
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from RPI Athletics
Rensselaer head athletic trainer Anthony Ortolano is a gold medalist after the U.S. Men's National Lacrosse Team captured first place in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship. Ortolano served as the head athletic trainer for United States team.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks defenseman Marshall Abrams has his Six Nations Arrows team one win away from the Ontario Finals after defeating the Whitby Warriors 9-6 Sunday night. The Arrows have a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Ontario Junior "A" Semifinal.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Six Nations Chiefs opened their first-round MSL playoff series against the Ajax-Pickering Rock and earned an 8-6 victory tonight at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. Rochester Knighthawks forward Craig Point scored two third-period goals to help the higher-seeded Chiefs take the opener.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
Shawn Evans led his teammates, and the MSL, in points with 81 to capture the points championship. Evans was joined in the Top 5 by Craig Point (70), Scott Evans (64) and Jamieson (62). Shawn Evans will be on the Bob Matthews Show on Wednesday, July 28th at 6:45 p.m. on WHAM 1180-AM and
Monday July 26, 2010 Share 10:00AM

from Lacrosse Magazine
For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) spent much of the 2010 US Lacrosse Boys' U-15 National Championship living on the edge. In the championship game against the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), For the Love of the Game (FLG) finally stepped over the edge.
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from The Ithaca Journal
For two games, the loaded Central and Long Island men's lacrosse teams attacked each other with the ferocity of a state playoff game. By the time Sunday's gold medal game had ended, it was plain that not much separated the two teams.

But Long Island was more potent in one specific area -- third-quarter production. The Island netted three goals in the third Sunday, erasing a two-goal deficit in a 7-6 victory over Central at Canisius College. Central had beaten Long Island, 8-7 in overtime, in pool play on Friday.
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from the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
The Western Region women's scholastic lacrosse team's bid for an Empire State Games gold medal fell short in a 17-7 loss to Long Island in Sunday's championship game at Niagara University.
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from the Albany Times-Union
Look out, the rest of New York state! The Capital Region, and the Adirondack Region, are gaining on you.

That's the message the Adirondack scholastic women's lacrosse team sent Sunday by winning the bronze medal convincingly over Central 11-6 at Niagara University.
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from the Watertown Daily Times
Thomas Grimm smiled and shook his head Sunday afternoon at Canisius College. The Carthage High School senior seemed happy with his second Empire State Games experience. But that doesn't mean he got everything he wanted out of it.
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from The Post-Standard
After building a 4-2 lead at halftime, Central allowed perennial power Long Island to score four consecutive goals and dropped a hard-fought 7-6 gold-medal game to the Islanders.

Central fell behind Adirondack by three goals to start the bronze-medal game and eventually lost 11-6.
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from LaxPower
The first round of LaxPower's National Online Lacrosse Tournament features 32 games against teams from coast to coast. The winners from this round move on, and the second round of the NOLT will be unveiled soon. Check back to see how your favorite team does in high school lacrosse's best virtual national tournament!
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from PhillyLacrosse.com
The event, the first one on the East Coast, will run from 2-to-8 p.m. will feature a few live musical performances, a game involving 40 of the world’s top players, an autograph and instructional session and a youth clinic. The all-inclusive ticket-price is $20, or $75 for VIP treatment (food and drink included). The event will be held in the Radnor football stadium.
Sunday July 25, 2010 Share Headlines
from Mother Earth Journal
Journalist and commentator Valerie Taliman issued this press release today on behalf of the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse team and the team chairman, Oren Lyons.

To the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL);
To the Leadership of all participating national teams;
To the boards, coaches, staff, and support groups of each of them;
To the players: you who carry the honor of your nations, and the spirit of this game;

We, the Iroquois Nationals, salute you one and all! Congratulations on your successful 2010 FIL World Lacrosse Championships. To the champions of each respective division – congratulations!

To all competing nations, congratulations!

To the gold medal winners (USA), to the Silver medal winners (Canada), to the Bronze medal winners (Australia), we send our congratulations. And we all know, regardless of the championship outcomes, it is the game of lacrosse that is the ultimate winner.

As the grandfathers of the great game of Deyhontsigwa’ehs (lacrosse), our team and our organization are there with you in mind and spirit. We thank you all for your steadfast support of Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team, and we encourage you to play on!

We are not going away – we will meet the challenges that face us. It is our intention to be on the field, fit and ready for the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships of 2011 and every tournament after that.

Peace and goodwill to all of you. Jah-guh! (Play on!)

Respectfully yours in the great game of Lacrosse,
Oren Lyons, Chairman
Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse
Haudenosaunee
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from Dave Rahme/The Post-Standard
Two hours after the fact, Ryan Powell had yet to share his joy with brothers Casey and Mike. He was too busy celebrating. "He has 24 new brothers now," Team USA goalie Brian Dougherty said. "He’s been celebrating with them."

The cause for the party was Team USA’s 12-10 victory over Team Canada on Saturday in the Federation of International Lacrosse world championship final before a crowd of 4,651 in Manchester, England. The victory avenged a 15-10 upset four years ago to the defending-champion Canadians and a 10-9 loss a week ago to them in pool play.
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8:00AM
from YNN.com
The United States beat Canada for its ninth world lacrosse title. One team the U.S. didn't have to worry about was the Iroquois Nationals, who ranked fourth in the world but didn't make the tournament because of passport issues.
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from The Troy Record
Mick Dyer has been playing in the Mohawk Lacrosse Club since 1981. In fact, his son Bryan, who just recently graduated from Guilderland High School, also plays in the league. What’s more impressive is that the league is “America’s oldest men’s lacrosse club.”
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from Boxscorenews.com
The game of lacrosse may hold the answer to one of the greatest questions in North American history. Did early Norse explorers reach the Great Lakes? It is long believed lacrosse originated as early as 800 AD among the Huron and Iroquois tribes of the Great Lakes Region. If so, how did the Norse come to play an almost identical game if cultural contact did not occur between the two groups?
Saturday July 24, 2010 Share Headlines
from the Associated Press
All might not be lost for the Nationals this year. Jemison said that as a result of the publicity the team has been invited to play in several tournaments. One is in Bermuda, where organizers say passports should not be an issue.

Also on the table is a proposal for what would amount to a quasi-North American championship at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse this fall. The tournament would feature the Nationals, the U.S., Canada and potentially three of the country's top college teams.
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from Onondaga Redhawks
Tsha'Honnonyendakwha' will be the host site of the 13th annual Iroquois Nations Cup featuring all-Haudenosaunee teams from across Turtle Island on September 17-19th, 2010.
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from The Ithaca Journal
For the first time since Ithaca High standout Dave Grossman backstopped the Central Region to victory in 2004, the boys in light blue lacrosse jerseys celebrated an emotional win over four-time gold medalist Long Island.

But Central will need to do it again Sunday to walk away champions.
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from SportsFive.net
The second day of the 2010 Empire State Games closed with Central holding the top Spot. Central (4-0) is the only remaining undefeated team after four games in round robin play. Long Island (3-1) brings up the second spot with their only loss coming during a sudden victory overtime loss against Central. The next group down includes Western (2-2) and Adirondack (2-2). Hudson Valley (1-3) and New York City (0-4) round out the tournament.
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9:45AM
from Neil Kerr/The Post-Standard
In an upset, Central (2-1) squandered a two-goal halftime lead, bowing to host Western 14-11 Friday afternoon.
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from The Troy Record
They went from playing the BEST team in the morning to the WORST team in the late afternoon. And predictably, the results were mixed. The Adirondack Region Scholastic men’s lacrosse team rebounded from a whipping earlier in the day to hammer New York City 10-3 on Friday afternoon at the Empire State Games at a steamy Canisius College Athletic Complex.
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from the Democrat & Chronicle
The Gates Recreation and Parks Department is offering a soccer camp at the Gates Chili High School girls freshman soccer field for girls entering grades seven through 10.
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from The Sachem Patch
"You're not going to find this at too many other places," said Perritt, who scored more points than any other player in Sachem history (276) – combined at East or North. Joining Perritt as instructors were his brother Bill, who graduated from Sachem and also won two titles at Syracuse, as well as Syracuse stars John Galloway, Joel White, Jovan Miller and Adam Vogl, who all won two titles a piece at Syracuse in 2008 and 2009. (Video 2:17)
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from SportsFive.net
Central demonstrated that they are the team to beat in the tournament with an overtime win over Long Island 8-7.

Central came out to a 5-0 lead before Long Island got on the board. Long Island scored four straight unanswered goals to bring the score to 5-4.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Six Nations Arrows took a 1-0 lead in their Ontario Lacrosse Association Junior “A” Semifinal series with an 8-6 win over the Whitby Warriors last night. The Arrows netted five of the game’s last seven goals to erase a 4-3 second-quarter deficit en route to a victory on their home floor at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.
Friday July 23, 2010 Share Headlines
from SportsFive.net
There were a number of outstanding performances throughout the first day of games. Of note include face-off men Jake Froccaro (Long Island) and Tim Edwards (Central). Froccaro finished two rounds with 24 wins (67%) and Edwards finished with 23 wins (85%). 2010 appears to be the year of the goalie, as a number of teams stood out with exceptional goalie play. David Scarcello of Western finished with three saves in the shutout against NYC. Both Long Island goalies finished with impressive percentages: Zach Oliveri (10 saves – 71%) and Tom Cordts (8 saves – 53%). NYC’s Chris Fiore finished with a tournament leading 23 saves and Adirondack’s Bob Wardwell finished with 19 saves.
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from cnycentral.com
The Seneca Nation of Indians has donated $10,000 to pay for travel expenses and hailed the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team for refusing to travel to England on non-Native passports.

Seneca president Barry Snyder Sr. credited the players for "standing their ground" when they refused U.S. or Canadian passports. He presented them with a check on Thursday at the Empire State Games in Buffalo. (Video 2:04)
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from Lacrosse Magazine
One spoke softly. The other carried a big stick. Together, they helped clinch the gold medal.

Team Spirit used early faceoff dominance from Robert Abbott (Bullis (Md.) School) and some late defense from a stingy group led by team MVP Maxx Meyer (Half Hills East (N.Y.) HS) to defeat Team Freedom, 15-12, to win the gold-medal game of the 2010 Champion High School Showcase (HSS).

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from Lacrosse Magazine
For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) spent much of the 2010 US Lacrosse Boys' U-15 National Championship living on the edge. In the championship game against the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), For the Love of the Game (FLG) finally stepped over the edge.
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1:30PM
from the Onondaga Redhawks
The Redhawks host Allegany Friday July 23rd at 8:00. This is game 1 of a best of 3 series. If necessary, Game 3 will be back at Onondaga on Sunday July 25th time:TBA.
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from Stony Brook Athletics
2010 first-team All-Leader … 2009 New York State Nike Team Member … played in U19 Championships in England … scored 45 goals and 38 assists as a junior.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
Some of the most devoted lacrosse fans in Rochester will travel to Hatfield, Pa., to compete today in the Ninth Annual Fann Cup. The Krewhawks will represent the Rochester Knighthawks at the charity tournament to benefit the Laurel House.
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from LaxPower
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
While Rochester Knighthawks defenseman Marshall Abrams and Assistant Coach Jason Johnson were preparing their Six Nations Arrows team for tonight’s playoff game, they received some encouraging news from The Ontario Junior “A” Lacrosse Council.

The coaches were notified that Arrows players had captured one individual award, a goaltending honor and two All-Star selections. The awards are testament to the hard work of the team, according to first-year Head Coach Marshall Abrams.
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from Neil Kerr/The Post-Standard
Bolting to a 17-0 halftime lead, a strong Central scholastic girls lacrosse team opened play in the 31st edition of the Empire State Games with a 21-0 shutout of New York City. Pacing the winners with seven goals was senior shotmaker Kailah Kempney of Section III Class C champion Carthage.

Like the Central girls, the Central boys lacrosse team (2-0) opened play with a 14-6 win over . . . New York City, 14-6. Ari Waffle from Fayetteville-Manlius netted three goals for Central, backed by Kevin Rice (Skaneateles) with two goals and four assists, plus Dylan Donahue (West Genesee) with two goals and one assist.
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from The Buffalo News
After a rocky beginning to Thursday's matchup against Long Island, the Western scholastic boys lacrosse team settled down and trailed by one goal by halftime. But any dream of upsetting Long Island quickly faded after the start of the third quarter.
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from The Record
Under a gathering of gloomy and threatening storm clouds, Adirondack Region Women’s Scholastic Lacrosse coach Marylou Vosburgh told her just vanquished team, “It’s all right to be ticked off.” The Adirondack team probably was angry after dropping a wild and wooly 20-18 barnburner to the Central Region team in the Empire State Games on Thursday.
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from the Watertown Daily Times
Even Katie Ferris misses the goals sometimes. But her opponents at this week's Empire State Games shouldn't expect the speedy attacker to make it a habit. She made that perfectly clear in the Central Region's second game Thursday afternoon at Niagara University.
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from The Brighton/Pittsford Post
Goodberlet, of Henrietta was a three-time All-American in lacrosse at Nazareth and amassed 153 career points, including 129 goals. Goodberlet was a first-team All-American selection in 2001 and was named Division III Player of the Year after compiling 43 goals and 11 assists.
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from Insdie Lacrosse
The LXM Pro Tour will be in the City of Brotherly Love on August 28 for the third stop of the tour, which began in late 2009. The Philadelphia event will be held at Radnor High School and tickets are still available.
Thursday July 22, 2010 Share Headlines
from Tom Leo/The Post-Standard
As the Empire State Games get set to make their return . . . with opening ceremonies in Buffalo, there is talk the Olympic-style event for amateur athletes could be back in Syracuse in 2012.

“We’d very much like to come back to Syracuse,” said Frederick Smith, the ESG executive director. “We’ve told our Syracuse people we’d like to have a decision by the end of 2010.”
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from Cornell Athletics
"Our Big Red program prides itself on hard work, and these seven women are all fighters," Graap said. "My assistants and I look for speed and toughness in our recruits and the Class of 2014 is a strong group of competitive athletes. We look forward to welcoming each of them into our Cornell Lacrosse family."

D'Amico was a three-time all-league player at Oswego HS, earning IWLCA All-America and first-team All-Central New York honors as a senior. Helmer was a two-time first-team All-Central New York selection at Fayetteville-Manlius HS. A four-year letter winner and three-year starter, Helmer was a two-year captain and three-time all-league selection.
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from Fields of Growth International
Mara and I are about 2 weeks into our trip and have already done and seen some life changing things. The villagers have welcomed us with such warmth and hospitality that it has quickly begun to feel like a home away from home.

Valuable lessons have already been learned by both Mara and myself, like don’t ride your bike over the coffee beans that are drying in the sun because a wipe-out is inevitable, and never drop your keys into the latrine hole because you will never see them again (I’m sad to report we speak from experience on both accounts).
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from the Press & Sun-Bulletin
After getting washed away by New York state's economic downturn in 2009, the Empire State Games returned with vigor on a blustery Wednesday night at University at Buffalo Stadium as headlining band Third Eye Blind and a fireworks display greeted nearly 6,000 athletes to the 32nd staging of the Games.
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from John Mariani/The Post-Standard
The Seneca Nation of Indians will present a $10,000 check to (Iroquois Nationals) officials at 1:30 p.m. at the Rev. James M. Demske S.J. Sports Complex on the Canisius College campus. The athletic center is the venue for men’s lacrosse at the Empire State Games.
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from YNN.com
The Le Moyne College women's lacrosse team has been in Division-1 since it started in 1994, but next season, it will join the majority of the Dolphins' other programs in Division-2 and the Northeast-10 conference. (Video 1:06)
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from Inside Lacrosse
There's an inherent risk in tinkering with a game often referred to as “The Creator's Game.” Will the hubris of those taking on the established traditions, sacred to many, be their epic downfall? Well, IL's never been afraid of falling off the edge, and with that in mind, here is our take on how to take lacrosse to the next level.
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from The Palladium Times
Three Mexico I girls tallied three goals apiece in a 15-13 victory over Oswego Blue recently in the Oswego County Girls Lacrosse League. League play is each Sunday at the Route 481 turf field between Oswego and Fulton.
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from Press & Sun-Bulletin
On the eve of the 2010 Empire State Games, Ithaca High School rising senior Riley Lasda let it be known he's given a verbal commitment to play lacrosse at Penn State under former Cornell head coach Jeff Tambroni.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Nike Iroquois jersey. Unfortunate we didn't get to see these at the World Championships.
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from NLL Insider
he Vitarelli family is legendary in Peterborough lacrosse circles so it’s natural that Cory Vitarelli would grow up to be a good lacrosse player, and he is good enough that Rochester picked him in the very strong ’06 draft. He’s never played a game in the league, though, even with some solid seasons for the Peterborough Lakers under his belt.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Team Spirit followed the right path from the Northeast, and they'll play for the gold medal in Central Florida.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Defense may or may not win this championship, but if Nor Cal wins the US Lacrosse 2010 Boys' U-15 National Championship, it certainly will be because of defense. In five tournament victories, Nor Cal has allowed just a combined six goals. Nor Cal, only scored four in the quarterfinals, but the defense made that stand up in a 4-2 win over Next Level (Md.).
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from Examiner.com
Bill Olin (Horseheads), a four-year starter in men’s lacrosse at Rutgers University, has been selected as the men’s lacrosse and golf assistant coach at SUNY Potsdam, men’s lacrosse and golf head coach Rick Berkman announced.
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from LaxPower
LaxPower is happy to announce the second annual National Online Lacrosse Tournament (NOLT), the virtual national high school lacrosse championship. Sixty-four teams qualified for the 2010 NOLT with the following teams receiving berths:
Wednesday July 21, 2010 Share Headlines
from The Wall Street Journal
Ball after ball scooted toward Canadian sticks, then got dumped into the American goal. It was the fourth quarter of the final game in the 2006 lacrosse world championships and as the seconds spun off the clock the Americans stared in disbelief. They had lost.

From the stands, Larry Powell watched his three sons find each other on the field, bowing their heads in defeat.
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from SportFive.net
SportsFive is taking a four person crew to the games this year and plans to have extensive coverage of all seventeen games. After the last game of each day, the team will start publishing the complete stats for each player and stories will be published for each game. At the end of the tournament we will try to figure out why teams won and lost in the wrap up story.

In addition to the game stories and photography, we are planning score-by-score blogging for each of the games as well. Nan Robinson and TJ Huffsmith will be on hand, backed up by Kyle Barrett's stats. If you can't make the games, you will be able to follow your team or the whole tournament on the blog.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Tom Hall, the NYSPHSAA Boys’ Lacrosse Chairman and State Coordinator, organized Upstate Risings. . . Hall said he used his contacts to organize an upstate version of such a tournament, in which players are allowed to tryout only by way of a recommendation from a high-school coach.

I was able to get a good look at most teams. The only ones I’ve excluded below are the Section 6 rising juniors and the Section 5 rising sophomores, which I did not get a chance to watch for more than a few minutes, regrettably.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Standing just 5-feet, 4-inches tall, Bellando is confident he's the shortest player in this week's Champion High School Showcase. But he shined brighter than anyone else Tuesday night, scoring five goals and registering two assists to lead Team Freedom to a 17-10 victory over Team Liberty on the first day of competition at ESPN Wide World of Sports in the US Lacrosse event.

Cornell-bound Douglas Tesoriero led Liberty's offense with two goals and one assist with both goals coming directly off face-offs he won.
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from The Corning Leader
Aniello’s Pizzeria and Beartown LLC closed the summer box lacrosse season with titles Tuesday. Aniello’s defeated Michele’s Hair & Nail Studio 7-5 to win the Adult League championship. Beartown LLC followed with a 7-6 win over Lax World to claim the Over-30 title.
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from Inside Lacrosse
A clinical finisher on the field, Kevin Leveille is always thinking, considering the angles and keeping defenders on their toes. Off the field, he’s a jokester that keeps people on their heels. He gave IL a glimpse into the world of both.
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from Inside Lacrosse
So which is it - is lacrosse a house of cards or an unstoppable freight train rolling toward the land of North America's most popular sports?
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from Inside Lacrosse
As part of the Inside Lacrosse August issue, we as a staff put our heads together to come up with as many ways as possible to make lacrosse better. We threw the question out to everyone in the IL offices from our editorial staff to sales and marketing to art design and events. We asked coaches and players from high school to college to pro. We got opinions from IL/ESPN analysts Quint Kessenich and Mark Dixon. We asked friends and family who know and love the game. It seems, the only thoughts we have left to get on the subject are yours!
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Nor Cal allowed just three goals in victories over the Oregon Reign, Jersey Ridgers and St. Paul's Wolves (La.) to earn the No. 1 seed after pool play at the 2010 US Lacrosse Boys' U-15 National Championship.
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from getitdoneconsulting blog
You’re man-down. The ball moves across the crease to an attackman who is alone on the left side. He catches it and begins to reach back for a ten-yard blast. As he is setting his feet to rip the upper corner, what are you thinking? How will you respond?
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from The Corning Leader
Rico’s Pizza and Peaches & Cream each earned Corning Summer Box Lacrosse titles Monday – with identical 8-7 scores. Rico’s Pizza downed OIP 8-7 in the Modified League championship game, while Peaches & Cream topped Radisson in overtime to take the High School championship.
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from The Toronto Star
The National Lacrosse League will cancel the upcoming season on Monday if this weekend's bargaining session with players fails to produce a new collective bargaining agreement. NLL deputy commissioner and CEO George Daniel said neither side has spoken directly to the other since last December and conceded "we're fairly far apart at this point" on issues such as salaries, free agency and length of the CBA.
Tuesday July 20, 2010 Share Headlines
from CNYCentral.com
The Iroquois lacrosse players who refused to travel on passports issued by the U.S. and Canada are set to travel overseas next year and this time around they will be using newly issued passports the Onondaga Nation says will meet "every international security measure" currently in place. Oren Lyons of The Onondaga Nation tells CNYcentral the Nation has spent $1.5 million to upgrade the Confederacy-issued passports.

Includes video interview with Oren Lyons (4:38)
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from Lacrosse Magazine
The 2010 FIL World Championships here in Manchester have been marked as much by the absence of one nation as it has the presence of 29 others.

“You work for four years to get to this point and then all that works for nothing,” said assistant coach Mark Burnham, the Iroquois team captain in five previous world championships. “It’s unfortunate that politics were involved in something that should be the farthest point from the game or sports.” (5:38)
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from Lacrosse Magazine
. . . top performers in the championship game included Kathryn Webster (Liberty), who scored a team high four goals for Liberty. Webster, a midfielder from Christian Brothers Academy in New York, will attend Syracuse in the fall.

Another New Yorker, Spirit midfielder and Johns Hopkins recruit Taylor D'Amore (Spirit/Canadaigua), scored a goal and registered four assists on her way to earning team MVP honors.
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from The Brantfors Expositor
"I'll tell you one good thing to come out of this is that it brought us all together," Cam Bomberry, coach of the Iroquois National Lacrosse Team, said Monday. "All that time together in close quarters -on a bus and in a hotel -it brought us together. It was great for team unity. We're stronger than ever and it really would have been something to see us compete on the field after all of this."
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from The Brantfors Expositor
-Six Nations Arrows lost scoring stars Randy Staats and Pierce Abrams to knee injuries prior to the start of this season. However, head coach Marshall Abrams saw the absence of his star players as an opportunity for his younger players to shine.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
The complex, located on Disney property, features some very nice Bermuda-type turf fields for lacrosse and several stadiums/indoor facilities, including Champion Stadium (the Atlanta Braves spring training home), the Jostens Center and the Milk House. The later two facilities are hosting AAU basketball championships. Earlier in the week were AAU track and field championships and USSSA baseball championshipa, all part of the ESPN RISE games, along with lacrosse.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Bob Carpenter, founder of IL magazine, on media, LXM, and the future of lacrosse.
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from Hobart & William Smith Athletics
Hobart and William Smith recently hired Ian Lockwood to serve as the strength and conditioning coach for the Statesmen and Herons. He replaces Willie Danzer who recently accepted a similar position at Youngstown State University.
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from Roots of the Game: A Syracuse Lacrosse Memoir by Dr. Fred Opie
The Iroquois National team declined to travel to England on any other passport but Iroquois Federation passports to compete in the 2010 Lacrosse World Cup. I say kudos to them for taking a stand as a sovereign nation.
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from MaxPreps.com
Guards Curtis Aiken (43 points) and Dwayne “Pearl” Washington (45) dueled in a 1982 scholastic game that basketball fans still talk about. Tim Green, a former NFL star and now the incoming football coach at Skaneateles, pinned four straight opponents in 45 seconds or less en route to a wrestling gold medal nearly three decades ago.

The common thread? They all did it at the Empire State Games, which returns to the athletic schedule Wednesday night with the opening ceremonies in Buffalo. More than 5,000 athletes will gather to compete at several Western New York venues through Sunday in 25 scholastic and/or open division sports.
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from The Buffalo News
I put it together to help plan our coverage and my travels this week. 'll have more links and info leading up to the Games and we'll have a ton of info in our preview edition on Wednesday.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
A battle for state bragging rights, a traditional power and a team on a 3,000-mile journey highlight Tuesday's girls' semifinal matchups in the 2010 US Lacrosse Under-15 National Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Fourteen teams have survived five games in two days of soaring heat, setting the stage for tomorrow's final day of competition.
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from PointStreak.com
Scoring leaders in the Ontario Junior A League Joey Resetartis, Lyle & Miles Thompson, and Grant Catalino.
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from LaxPower
Below are the box scores for the final games of the girls' Champion High School Showcase, a US Lacrosse event at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
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from LaxPower
Chesapeake Bayhawks president Brendan Kelly announced on Monday that renowned college lacrosse coach Dave Cottle has joined the team as a consultant. Kelly, who took on the role of head coach last week, said Cottle will advise the staff on topics ranging from player evaluation to game strategies.
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from Roots of the Game: A Syracuse Lacrosse Memoir by Dr. Fred Opie
The Iroquois National team declined to travel to England on any other passport but Iroquois Federation passports to compete in the 2010 Lacrosse World Cup. I say kudos to them for taking a stand as a sovereign nation.
Monday July 19, 2010 Share 10:00AM
from WKBW-TV
The Iroquois Nationals say even though they didn't get to play a single game in this year's international lacrosse world championships because of a passport fiasco, they are still winners.

"I had full intentions on going and getting over there to play. The process was long, we were hoping to get over there and just about yesterday was when I figured we weren't even going to go," said Emmett Printup, a Iroquois Nationals player.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Cyr (Winters Mill (Md.) HS) scored four goals and added three assists in two games to help Spirit to a 2-0 start Sunday in the 2010 Champion High School Showcase (HSS), a four-team US Lacrosse all-star event, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The other matinee saw Liberty hang on for a 10-9 win over Pride. Kathryn Webster (Christian Brothers (N.Y.) Academy) scored four points (3g, 1a) for Liberty, while Pride goalie Anna Berman (North Rockland (N.Y.) HS) kept her team close with eight saves.
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from JustLacrosse Talkback
The Upstate Risings Tournament is the perfect example of the old saying that there is usually a silver lining in any dark cloud. Held at the Sunnycrest/Henninger Athletic Complex in Syracuse on Saturday, July 17th, this now annual tourney was born from the NYS Nike Shootout held here in 2009 as a replacement tournament for the cancelled Empire State Games.

This year's format was really two tournaments in one, with 2009-10 freshmen all-stars from NYS Sections 3-6 playing a round-robin schedule, followed in alternating hours with their counterpart sophomore all-stars. That's a pretty nice chunk of Upstate - everything west of a line from Carthage to Binghamton. With plenty of sunshine, beautiful fields, supportive fans, the great smells of sausage with peppers and onions coming from the concession stand, and great lacrosse, a finer summer day could not have been wished for.
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from Inside Lacrosse
In the words of Delby Powless, "It's one thing to lose a World Games medal to another team. It's quite another to lose to someone wearing a suit."
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from USA Today
The state of California announced a settlement Friday that requires artificial turf makers FieldTurf and Beaulieu to eliminate nearly all lead from their products which are widely used by schools, parks and daycare centers.

Additionally, according to Brown, the settlement requires FieldTurf, the nation's biggest supplier of artificial turf fields, to replace fields installed in California before November, 2003, at a discount if they test high for lead.
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from PhillyLacrosse.com
Frost was an honorable mention Central League pick last year for a Panthers team that shared Strath Haven rising senior Jenna Frost will play at Colgate the league title and advanced to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs. A three-year letter-winner, Frost plays club lacrosse for the Phantastix.
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from The Niagara Gazette
Finances may have killed last year’s Empire State Games, but this year the Games are back and happening all around us.
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from LaxPower
The Yellow Jackets (N.Y.) went a perfect 3-0, allowing just seven combined goals in their victories, to earn the No. 1 seed after pool play action at the US Lacrosse Girls' U-15 National Championship. The event is being held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as part of the ESPN RISE Games.
Sunday July 18, 2010 Share 9:30AM
from 9WSYR-TV
Video of the team returning at Hancock Airport, with short interview with Jeremy Thompson. (0:57)
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from The Associated Press/laramieboomarang.com
An American Indian lacrosse team's refusal to travel on passports not issued by the Iroquois confederacy goes to the heart of one of the most sensitive issues in Indian Country _ sovereignty.

The rights of Native nations to govern themselves independently has long been recognized by federal treaties, but the extent of that recognition beyond U.S borders is under challenge in a post-Sept. 11 world. (with 1940 file photo)
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from LoHud.com
To get from Canisius College to Niagara University you travel west on Route 198 before cutting north on Interstate 190 20 miles along the Canadian border. It takes half an hour or so, depending on traffic. It's a route that Dave McNally's tires will be intimately familiar with by the time the Empire State Games end.

McNally, the Hudson Valley boys lacrosse coach at the Empire State Games, has dual responsibilities this year. His primary one is to his team, where his faceoff man is his own son, Kevin. But whenever time allows, his plan is to speed up I-190 to watch his daughter Meg play with the girls scholastic lacrosse team at Niagara.
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from Roots of the Game: A Syracuse Lacrosse Memoir by Dr. Fred Opie
In addition to my thesis advisor Sarah Hughes at Shippensburg University, Mike Mc Tighe, Associate Professor of Religion at Gettysburg College is another person who mentored me on my road to becoming a scholar. We met in the faculty dining room following a paper I delivered on my master’s thesis on black abolitionist Henry Highland Garnet at a faculty colloquium on the Gettysburg College campus.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
On Saturday, it was hard to tell that 14 of the nation's top girls' youth teams were getting ready to compete for the US Lacrosse U-15 National Championship. Mickey Mouse, fireworks, and parading with athletes from a variety of sports – all part of the opening ceremonies for the 2010 ESPN RISE Games at Champion Stadium – can easily take the focus away from lacrosse.

Schedules, Standings, Results | Live Blog
Saturday July 17, 2010 Share 12:15AM
from John Mariani/The Post-Standard
An Iroquois lacrosse team blocked from traveling to a tournament in England because they refuse to use U.S. or Canadian passports has bowed out of the competition.

Team manager Ansley Jemison says the team no longer has time to make the tournament, which ends next Saturday. The 23 members of the Iroquois Nationals team have already missed their first scheduled game of the World Lacrosse Championships.
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from The Associated Press
Time ran out on Friday for a team of Iroquois lacrosse players who have been blocked from traveling to a tournament in England because of a passport dispute.

The 23 members of the Iroquois Nationals — whose ancestors helped invent the sport as much as 1,000 years ago — refuse to use U.S. or Canadian passports, and the United Kingdom won't recognize their passports issued by the Iroquois confederacy.
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from US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse is pleased to announce that more than 475 boys high school lacrosse players have been named US Lacrosse All-Americans and just over 200 boys have been named US Lacrosse Academic All-Americans for the 2010 season.

A US Lacrosse All-American is a player who exhibits superior skills and techniques as well as possesses exceptional game sense and knowledge of the game of lacrosse. A US Lacrosse All-American is considered one of the best players in the United States, while he also embodies excellent sportsmanship.
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from the Onondaga Redhawks
Friday, July 9th at Genesee Valley Arena.
Friday July 16, 2010 Share 9:30AM
from Mike McAndrew/The Post-Standard
With their chances of playing in the Lacrosse World Championships in England fading, the 23 Iroquois Nationals players stuck in New York could have been frustrated and angry.

But on a 90-minute bus ride Thursday evening in rush-hour traffic, there was no sobbing. No smashing of lacrosse sticks. Instead, the Native American team, with players from the Onondaga and five other Haudenosaunee nations, banged on a drum, shook rattles and sang their ancient songs.
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from The Narcosphere
It is day five of Britain refusing to honor the Haudenosaunee passports of the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team.

Meanwhile, the Iroquois Nationals team members have become heroes, symbols of resolute sovereignty.
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from The Buffalo News
The Seneca Nation of Indians announced Thursday it will donate $10,000 to the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team to help defray travel and legal expenses.
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from Neil Kerr/The Post-Standard
Let the countdown in Camillus begin. When coach Mike Messere West Genesee boys lacrosse team opens the 2011 campaign next March, the countdown to a national record will officially be under way.
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from Inside Lacrosse
For example, right at the finish of the final contest of the day, when the coaches had taken the reigns off their kids and were just letting folks do as they pleased (All-Star attackmen taking shifts at LSM, goalies coming out to play close D, etc.) . . . was a little hot-dogging from Mason Powell (Cazenovia, NY), who pulled the Shamel Bratton-style behind the back cradle on his way to the net. Regrettably the shot didn't fall (It was high), but it still got some oohs and aahs from the sidelines.
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from Medical News Today
Athletes who undergo arthroscopic surgery for a mechanical disorder of the hip have a good chance of being able to return to their sport at a high level of competition, according to a study that will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, held July 15-18 in Providence, R.I.
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Piroli to Brown

from The Associated Press
In the afternoon, team chairman Oren Lyons sounded a hopeful note. "There is movement in our discussions with the U.K.," the Onondaga Nation chief said in a statement. "We don't know if we can resolve the issues in time for us to make our next game."

Once out among the tourists, a few passers-by stopped to cheer the group, whose faces have been everywhere except England in the last few days as the dispute over their passports became an international issue.
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from The Toronto Star
A passport is more than a key to the world — it is an expression of national identity, say members of the Six Nations Confederacy who have been using their own special travel document for years.

A Six Nations committee is trying to make things easier by beefing up the passport with high-tech security measures by the end of this year, but negotiations to have the newer passports permanently recognized are slow-going in the U.S. and virtually non-existent in Canada, said Teyowisonte Thomas Deer, a technician on the committee.
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from Hobart Athletics
The eight member class includes Mike Charpinsky ’63, of Port Crane, Mike Cragg, of Geneva, Eddie Froelich ’55, of New York City, Hank Janczyk ’76, of Gettysburg, Pa., Jon Kraus ’55, of Yuba City, Calif., Larry Slattery ’64, of Naples, Fla., Harvey Wiltsey ’58, of Bellevue, Neb., and the late Don Bruno ’55.

After graduating with a degree in psychology, Hank Janczyk began a coaching career. His first lacrosse head coaching job was a three-year stint at Salisbury, followed by two seasons at Colgate. He left the Raiders to take over as head coach at Gettysburg, a position he has held for the past 23 seasons. Janczyk, who led the Bullets to NCAA Championships in 2001, 2002, and 2009, has won more than 340 career games.
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from Ohio Wesleyan University
When the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic kicks off August 3, more than 140 Ohio Wesleyan University alumni will take to the field during the six-day event. The Lake Placid tournament hosts more than 10 divisions of players, ranging from “under 15” boys and girls to “over 52” veteran players.

Steven Corrigan ’74, a former Battling Bishop varsity lacrosse player, keeps the Ohio Wesleyan fire burning every year at the New York event.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Whenever I lecture on college athletics recruiting, a primary area I focus on is using “deliberate” communication with college coaches in an effort to build sincere personal relationships. Although eligibility, financial aid and contacts and evaluations are all very important, I am convinced the area of communication is very important to the likelihood of success in the college search for athletes.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Brendan Kelly will become head coach of the Chesapeake Bayhawks effective immediately, the Major League Lacrosse franchise announced on Wednesday. Kelly, the team president, will fill the void left by the resignation of John Tucker earlier in the day.
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from LaxPower
Longley was an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-American and three-time all-region selection at Hamilton. She was the 2006 Liberty League player of the year and left the school as the all-time leader in assists. Longley currently ranks second with 87 career helpers, fourth all-time in points (197) and is tied for 10th in goals scored with 110.
Thursday July 15, 2010 Share 3:15PM
from Inside Lacrosse
“We're not giving up the fight now,” Jemison said. “We're trying to stay focused and positive about the sittuation. As long as we're able to get there and compete and get in, we're willing to do that. We don't want to be completely left out. As long as [the FIL] is willing to keep us in it, we're willing to fight to get there. We just want to play lacrosse.”

The Iroquois have extended their stay in Ozone Park, N.Y., and, in case they are still in the U.S. Thursday night, are working with Jemison's former Syracuse University teammate Tim Byrnes on a scrimmage in Bayville, N.Y., tonight.
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from Sports Illustrated
For the Iroquois, the only Native Americans who compete internationally as a sovereign people, lacrosse is more than a sport. It's a centerpiece of their centuries-old culture and a way to honor the Creator.
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from Mike McAndrew/The Post-Standard
Iroquois Nationals assistant coach Freeman “Boss” Bucktooth said Wednesday was the first day that the team did not practice since it arrived in New York on Sunday. Instead, the team held a meeting in the tiny breakfast room at their Comfort Inn to make sure that everyone stayed positive and was prepared to play hard if the team reaches England for the World Lacrosse Championships.
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from PRNewswire
Omnilert®, LLC, maker of RainedOut™, the first text message service for sports leagues and clubs, today announced that the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic embraced new mobile technology during their national tournament on July 3rd and 4th. The tournament was the first to use RainedOut's "mobile opt-in" technology that enabled fans, players, coaches and staff to register onsite for tournament alerts from a standard cell phone. Previously, subscribers needed a computer to register for alerts.
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Congressman Dan Maffei:
from The Buffalo News
Ever since he realized he had a knack for playing lacrosse, Chris Kane has wanted to play for Syracuse University. Kane, who recently graduated from Bishop Timon-St. Jude, will live out that dream this fall. His explosive offensive game fittingly caught the eye of the often-flashy Orange and the 10-time NCAA champion offered him a scholarship prior to his senior season.
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from Torch Tour 2010
We spent the morning at the headquarters of one of the Games' sponsors, BlueCross BlueShield. A large atrium near the front entrance set the stage for a full setup, allowing us to catch everyone entering the building. It was busiest around lunch time and we took some great photos!
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from The Akron Beacon Journal
The NCAA is demanding more of its member schools regarding concussions for the 2010-11 academic and athletic year, stating that formal policies must be in place and only qualified medical personnel be allowed to permit student-athletes to return to action.
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from CNN
With team interview video
The Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team is still being denied entry into the United Kingdom, even after the U.S. State Department granted the players a waiver to travel under their own passports Wednesday.

But a British Border Agency representative said later, "We would be pleased to welcome the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team, but like all those seeking entry into the U.K., they must present a document that we recognize as valid to enable us to complete our immigration and other checks."
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from the BBC
The UK has said it will refuse to allow a Native American lacrosse team to travel to the country using passports issued by the Iroquois Confederacy.

Officials told the team they would be granted a visa at immigration only with documents considered valid by the UK, including US or Canadian passports. (with Video)
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from Inside Lacrosse
After four days of scrambling and hope, the Iroquois Nationals will not be traveling to Manchester to participate in the 2010 FIL World Championships, the Associated Press is reporting Wednesday night.

The report cited a British Consulate spokeswoman who said that the United Kingdom would only allow travel on passports they consider valid, and the Haudenosaunee-issued documents don't meet that standard.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
The Champion High School Showcase, a US Lacrosse event featuring the top high school boys' and girls' lacrosse players in the nation, will be featured on the ESPN networks. The Champion High School Showcase begins on Sunday, July 18 from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and runs through Thursday, July 22.
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from the Press & Sun-Bulletin
After his team nearly tripled its victory total from the season before, Broome Community College men's lacrosse coach Corey Behlen earned his share of coaching awards. But none bigger than his latest award.
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from Syracuse Athletics
The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team nabbed two NCAA statistical titles for the 2010 season. The Orange led the country in scoring defense, allowing just 7.4 goals per game in 15 contests. In addition, SU goalie John Galloway was the national leader in goals-against average. He set the school single-season record with a 7.16 mark.
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from Dr. Fred Opie
I've been talking about the slow transition from athlete to scholar that I experienced. In reflection I realized that in 1991 I started acculturating into academia similarly to how I had to acculturate into the lacrosse world back in the late 1970s.
Wednesday July 14, 2010 Share
from the CBC
The British government has refused to allow an Iroquois lacrosse team to travel to England using passports issued by the Iroquois Confederacy. The decision Wednesday means the team will miss a world championship lacrosse competition in Manchester.

A British Consulate spokeswoman says the team would be able to travel only with documents the United Kingdom considers valid.
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from Inside Lacrosse
The Iroquois Nationals received clearance from the U.S. State Department around noon on Wednesday that they can travel using their Haudenosaunee passports, GM Ansley Jemison confirmed. The team is now awaiting clearance from the Canadian government for the players from Canada, as well as the British visas, Jemison said.
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from WIVB-TV
Talks are under way between the State Department and an Iroquois team that refuses to use U.S. passports for travel to the Lacrosse World Championship in England.
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from Charles McChesney/The Post-Standard
(Joe Heath, attorney for the Onondaga Nation) said Haudenosaunee passports were honored as recently as this spring when Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons and others visited Sweden on their Haudenosaunee passports. They met with the U.S. ambassador to Sweden Matthew W. Barzun. Barzun recounted the event in his online blog.

A Mohawk, Kenneth Deer, is in Switzerland with the United Nations right now on a Haudenosaunee passport, Heath said.
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from the AP
Members of an Iroquois lacrosse team who refuse to travel on U.S. passports were barred from getting on a flight Tuesday to the sport's world championship tournament.

Jemison said he was confident tribal leaders could work out an arrangement with the U.S. State Department, get the necessary visas from the United Kingdom and make it in time for their first game, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Manchester.
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from Syracuse Athletics
The July 19 issue of Sports Illustrated hits newstands Thursday. Included in the magazine is a feature story by S.L. Price detailing the relationship between the game of lacrosse and Iroquois culture entitled "Pride of a Nation."
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from WIVB-TV
"Oh we're ready to go. We just had an opening ceremonies meeting this morning and it looks good. Its gonna be great. The kids are all set, the teams are picked, ready to come to Buffalo. Of course we have our Western New York delegation right here raring to go. So its exciting," Galanti said.

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from American Chronicle
"When you lose, you need to rethink every element. We wound up revamping the entire process of how the team is selected and prepared," said Mike Pressler, who was named head coach of the U.S. program in September, 2008.
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from JustLacrosse
Under-18, Under-15, and Under-13 developmental teams meet at RPI Saturday and Sunday. Teams include Adirondack Empires and Ontario Edge.
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from The Mirror
An England captain is rallying his troops for World Cup glory but lacrosse player Mark Reynolds is a world apart from the nation's soccer millionaire flops.
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from The Peterborough Examiner
Peterborough's John Grant Jr. put on a first-half offensive show for Team Canada in a world field lacrosse exhibition game against Scotland on Tuesday in Manchester, England. Grant Jr. only played the first half but scored two goals and added several assists. The game is a prelude to the world field lacrosse championships which start later this week. Canada, looking to defend its 2006 world title, opens against Japan on Friday.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Endearingly nicknamed the Sharks, Team Australia sends a relatively young, internationally inexperienced group to Manchester, England. But team officials believe there's enough veteran mix to help balance the team in their quest to reach the FIL medal rounds.
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from A Syracuse Lacrosse Memoir by Dr. Fred Opie
The 1991 1992 academic year I learned a very simple but important lesson—someone is always watching you so do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.
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from A Syracuse Lacrosse Memoir by Dr. Fred Opie
I’ve been talking about my transition from athlete to scholar in the early 1990s while at Gettysburg College (see my earlier post follow along here). As it turned out, I did not get accepted to any of the Ph.D. programs largely due to my low GRE scores, low undergraduate GPA, and not having an undergraduate degree in history.
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from A Syracuse Lacrosse Memoir by Dr. Fred Opie
NPR reported that the US government is preventing members of the Iroquois National team from traveling to England on Iroquois Federation passports to compete in the 2010 Lacrosse World Cup. I played on the 1990 US National team that faced off against the Iroquois in their first ever Lacrosse World Cup in Australia. I recall meeting with Oren Lyons, Traditional Chief of the Iroquois Confederacy, who like me is a Syracuse University Lacrosse alum, in his hotel room in Australia.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Probably my favorite play of this contest came between Cody Radziewicz (Christian Brothers Academy, Manlius, NY) and Blake Krowicki (Centennial, NV), when Radziewicz made a good dodge from behind the cage, then hit Krowicki on the crease for a fancy behind-the-head finish.
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from Lacrosse Playground
Team Germany will be wearing a Black Cascade Pro 7 with Red chin and Yellow vent covers.
Tuesday July 13, 2010 Share 5:30PM
from Inside Lacrosse
The Iroquois Nationals were turned away from taking their flight overseas Tuesday afternoon, and will try again Wednesday, GM Ansley Jemison confirmed to IL.
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from NY Daily News
Iroquois lacrosse players headed to Kennedy Airport on Wednesday, hoping the feds would agree to recognize their native passports in time for a 4 p.m. flight to an overseas tournament.
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from CNN
The clock is ticking on a government decision to grant the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team their own Haudenosaunee Confederacy, or Iroquois, passports.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson sent a letter to the state department and the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of the Nationals . . .

AP Video Report (w/Brett Bucktooth)
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Champions Choice Camp
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from the Rochester Rhinos
In an effort to bring more events to Rochester’s Marina Auto Stadium, Rochester Rhinos owner and CEO Rob Clark announced today that he is actively pursuing a Major League Lacrosse team which would begin play at the Stadium for the 2011 season. Clark, in his third year as owner of the Rhinos pro soccer club, helped bring an MLL regular season game to Marina Auto Stadium last month when the Chicago Machine played the Denver Outlaws.

“Last month’s game proved that Rochester is supportive of both soccer and lacrosse” said Rhinos CEO an owner Rob Clark. “I am committed to showcasing the highest caliber sports teams to our community, not just the Rochester Rhinos, who have never missed the playoffs in their 15 year history, but starting a new winning tradition with a lacrosse team featuring the best players in the world.”
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from the BBC
Thirty nations are competing in the city's biggest sporting event since the 2002 Commonwealth Games. But this sport - known affectionately by its native American founders as 'the little brother of war' - has a strong history in the city.
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from The Ithaca Journal
"When I was named head coach, I knew immediately that I wanted to bring in an offensive-minded assistant, and Matt is one of the great young offensive coaches in the country," DeLuca said in a press release. "He has had a lot of success at Hofstra and really helped that program to excel ... but it is his work ethic and character that set him apart in my mind."
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from AP/NPR
Asked whether the Iroquois passport could be acceptably modified to meet the stricter standards, Crowley referred questions to the Department of Homeland Security. That agency declined to discuss the specifics of the case. Matt Chandler, a Homeland Security spokesman, said his agency was working with the Department of State and others to resolve the issue.

One Iroquois player, Brett Bucktooth, said he would rather miss the tournament than travel under a U.S. passport. "That's the people we are, and that's our identity," he said.

NPR Story (4:49)
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from Inside Lacrosse
Tourney leading scorer Casey Powell talks about playing Vail for the first time since college.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Syracuse goalie John Galloway talks about the best part of the Vail Tournament.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Syracuse grad Sean Lindsay talks about Maverik sponsoring their team.
Monday July 12, 2010 Share 12:45PM
from Indian Country Today
For some 30 years, the Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse), often known as the Six Nations Confederation, have been accustomed to traveling internationally from and back to North America on Haudenosaunee passports. Now, however, the United States government has evidently taken issue with the Haudenosaunee passports.

Even under the George W. Bush administration, the United States government did not attempt to stop the Haudenosaunee from traveling internationally on Haudenosaunee passports.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Pick your poison: Stopping lacrosse balls fired over 90 miles-per-hour or relaying artillery fire orders in a battle in Iraq or Afghanistan. Adam Fullerton (Liverpool) chooses both. He turns away shots when he’s in goal for Team USA and the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, and he directs the artillery for an army unit preparing for deployment to the Middle East.
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from Torch Tour 2010
It was another busy day with perfect weather at the Taste of Buffalo! The crowds were even larger, and we took over 300 photos! A number of people said they saw us on YNN and came by for their free photo! Special thanks to Geenamarie Ruggiero for the extra help this weekend!
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from Inside Lacrosse
Anchored by a Finnish team that finished fifth as the host nation of the 2008 European Championships, the Yellow Division has one first-time participant (Poland) and three that are in their second World Championships event.
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from JustLacrosse Talkback
The Haudenosaunee Confederacy was formed by our Peacemaker over 1000 years ago, according to our Gayanashagowa, or Great Law of Peace; and it is the oldest continuous democratic government in North America. Our system of confederated government was acknowledged as the model for your government by the United States Congress in 1987.
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from Cornell Athletics
Ben DeLuca, the Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Men's Lacrosse, has announced the hiring of his first assistant coach as Matt Rewkowski will join the staff for the 2011 season as the Mario St. George Boiardi Assistant Coach of Men's Lacrosse. Rewkowski will serve as the team’s offensive coordinator and comes to East Hill following four seasons as an assistant coach on the Hofstra staff, where he worked primarily with the Pride offense and goalies.
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from the Onondaga Redhawks
The Rochester Grey Wolves hosted the Onondaga and fell to the streaking Redhawks 20-10.

The Redhawks controlled the game thoughout and now hold a one game lead in the standings to the second place Niagara Hawks. To date the Redhawks are scoring an impressive 14.5 goals a game while only allowing 6.25 goals.

Game Photos
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from 2009

from JustLacrosse Talkback
The John Pepper Boys Lacrosse Tournaments are almost here! The 7th annual John Pepper Wildcat Invitational for high school varsity teams and the 9th annual John Pepper Lacrosse Tournament for 14 year olds and under will take place on Saturday, July 31st and Sunday, August 1st respectively.

As in previous years, this year’s tournaments will be “THE PLACE” to be if you are a lacrosse fan! No one will want to miss out on the excitement the John Pepper Tournaments are known for each year.
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from Dan Leidl/Inside Lacrosse
Ireland is preparing for its third World Games, and I’ve been honored to be a part of each one. While every team is unique, this team is putting a significant effort into becoming a TEAM.

With players coming from Canada, the U.S. and throughout Ireland, the task of building chemistry and camaraderie is daunting. However, while we’re only into day two of training camp, we’ve worked through some strenuous practices and six sessions in less than 36 hours with smiles on our faces.
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from Dr. Fred Opie
Following the 1990 Lacrosse World Cup, I returned to Gettysburg to continue my several jobs at Gettysburg College (G-burg), and I completed my MA degree in history requirements in time for the December graduation ceremony at Shippensburg University. Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa served as the commencement speaker.
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from Indian Country Today
The scholarships, worth $5,000 each, are presented each year to one Native American female and one Native American male. In order to be eligible for the award, nominees must play high school lacrosse and also be a member of a tribe in the U.S.
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from Inside Lacrosse
With less than a week before the opening ceremonies of the FIL World Championships in Manchester, Inside Lacrosse will be breaking down each team (providing we hear back from their coaches in time) of each division, as well as a detailed breakdown of all six Blue Division squads.
Sunday July 11, 2010 Share 10:30AM
from MPNnow.com
Fairport’s Chris Button was just looking to have a little fun at the Herb Fitch boys All-Star lacrosse game on Saturday. What he got was the White team MVP award, netting six goals as his side held off the Blue team to claim a 15-12 victory.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
8:30a.m.: Assistant GM/equipment manager extraordinaire Jimmy Butler kicks of the team’s final meeting with some reminders about equipment needs.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Photos from Bryce Vickmark.
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from Inside Lacrosse
He debuts his newest venture, a documentary about Storme DeLarverie, who started the historic Stonewall Inn riot in 1969 in New York City that kicked off the gay rights movement on Sunday at New York's Webster Hall. DeLarverie is credited with being the Rosa Parks of the gay rights movement.

Editor's note: To hear a first-hand account of how the Stonewall riots began, go to StoryCorps.org.
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from Inside Lacrosse
More than 30 elite and travel high school-level teams fought through the heat and humidity Friday at the first session of the Syracuse Shootout 1, which took place at the Hookway Fields on the southern part of the campus. Teams came from as far away as Ohio, New Jersey and Long Island to participate in four games each and gain exposure to a host of college coaches from Divisions I, II and III.

Here are some notes from some of the games I caught:
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from Fernando Alfonso III/Syracuse.com
“This is the most difficulty we’ve had,” Barnes said. “We have traveled on the passports before; they’ve issued us visas. We’ve gone into Australia, Japan, participated in these international lacrosse world games. They are giving us a real hard time this time.”

“We’re anxious but optimistic,” (Ansley Jemison) said. “I don’t think a lacrosse team full of world-class athletes poses much of a threat to homeland security. All we’re doing is going to play a game and all we want to do is come home and have the United States and Canada be proud of us.”
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from Jeff Brewster/cnylink.com
Friday marked the start of the 11th annual Baldwinsville Star-Spangled Girls Lacrosse Tournament, a weekend-long festival and showcase for the area's top talent. The weather wasn't perfect, as it was hot and humid, but they got finished before the rains hit.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Lyle Thompson, A, LaFayette, N.Y. - Lyle is as fluid and smooth as you'll ever see. He looks like a slimmer Jereny Thompson (SU #4) with the native American ponytail hanging down his jersey.

Thomas Grimm, A, Carthage, N.Y. - Grimm has lightning in his legs and put up 69 points at Carthage last spring. I was impressed with his defensive technique.
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from Newzjunky.com
Lacrosse teams from as far as Michigan traveled to the Madison Barracks Polo Grounds in Sackets Harbor this weekend to compete in the 16th annual 1812 Shootout lacrosse tournament.
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from MPNnow.com
The White team took a 16-9 lead then held on to post a 19-17 victory over the Blue squad in the third annual Herb Fitch Lacrosse Senior All Star Game on Saturday afternoon at Victor High School.
Saturday July 10, 2010 Share 9:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
The Iroquois Nationals expected to be flying to England on Sunday to begin their run at a medal in the FIL World Championships that start July 15 in Manchester.

Instead they’ll be traveling to New York City so they can meet Monday with the British Consulate, in the hopes of clearing up the visa issues that popped up Thursday and threaten to prohibit them from making the trip at all.
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from The Auburn Citizen
Phil Cooper came to the Auburn Summer Lacrosse Camp six years ago as a seventh grader. He had never picked up a lacrosse stick, not competitively anyway, but a friend encouraged him to show up to the camp. Now, Cooper is attending the camp, not as a beginner looking up to the older players, but as one of those veteran players on the varsity lacrosse team.
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from The Wilton Bulletin
For the past four seasons, Brad Kamedulski had donned the red and white colors of Cornell University, and was part of the Big Red’s men’s lacrosse team that reached the NCAA Division I semifinals three times.
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from The Buffalo News
In one way, Andrew Maisano is like many of the local student-athletes who decide to attend college away from home; he misses his family, friends, and the food back in Buffalo. In every other way, the St. Francis graduate stands out.
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from DailyLocal.com
Every player who takes part in a lacrosse recruiting tournament, like the Adidas National Lacrosse Classic held this week in Boyds, Md., is looking for that one play, that one moment that can get him noticed by the scores of college coaches in attendance. For Max Carroll, the moment came late in a pool game Wednesday against Syracuse.
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from The Bennington Banner
Less than a week after the world's biggest sporting event wraps up in South Africa, a local All-Star lacrosse team will travel across the Atlantic Ocean to play against the best competition on Earth in its own World Cup.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
On the same day he was named captain of the U.S. men's national team, Ryan Powell potted the game-winner against the MLL All-Stars for a triumphant send-off to Manchester.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Following a summer of sporting underachievement, an extra £50 million of Lottery money will be injected into sports development. However, whilst this is good news for participants in mainstream sports in Britain, it ignores the seemingly endless problem of non Olympic sports being overlooked, stagnating their progress.

Lacrosse is one of these non-Olympic sports and so England’s representatives cannot get any funding from UK Sport for international events, despite being the current European Champions.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Like many of his MLL All-Star teammates, Long Island Lizards midfielder Stephen Berger played for pride Thursday night against the U.S. men's national team.
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from Harvard Athletics
Kieley O’Connor-Chapman (Fayetteville Manlius), Morgan Powell (Saratoga Springs), and Lauren Tomkinson (Rush Henrietta) join head coach Lisa Miller’s largest recruiting class at Harvard.
Friday July 9, 2010 Share 8:00AM
from Indian Country Today
NEDROW, N.Y. – The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse team is scheduled to play the opening game in the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships in England, but the British Consulate has refused to recognize the team’s Haudenosaunee passports and has delayed issuing travel visas while awaiting assurance from the U.S. State Department that the group will be allowed back into the United States.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Cassese, a three-time U.S. men’s national team member, and Powell, a two-time player, were voted captains Thursday by their teammates, Team USA coaches and support staff, according to head coach Mike Pressler.
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from JustLacrosse Talkback
So, you all enjoyed your three-day holiday last weekend, with great weather, cookouts, and fireworks. It's time to get back to lacrosse! Perhaps the busiest, most all-encompassing weekend of the upstate summer season is here with massive area tournaments for both boys and girls.

Baldwinsville's annual Star Spangled Banner Tournament begins Friday and runs through Sunday. Five divisions, 95 teams, and 347 games (give or take a few) makes for one busy weekend for tournament director Doug Rowe.

Syracuse University is back with their Summer Shootout I and Summer Shootout II Tournaments happening this weekend at the Hookway Fields on East Colvin Street.
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from JustLacrosse Talkback
The John Pepper Memorial Athletic Fund is proud to announce that Adam King is the recipient of the third annual John Pepper Memorial Award. Adam is a resident of Camillus and a 2010 graduate of West Genesee High School and is the son of John King and Annette King-Patriarco.

Adam will continue his education at Ithaca College and pursue a degree in Sports Media this fall. Adam will also continue his lacrosse career playing for the Bombers Men’s Lacrosse team.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Ryan Powell – who else – delivered the decisive goal for Team USA in its final and most important tuneup before heading next week to Manchester, England and the FIL World Championships. “It's certainly nice to get a win,” said Powell, who scored the game-winner with a minute even left in the game. “We'll feel very positive going overseas.
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from NESN.com
I dare you to attend a professional lacrosse game and not be hooked on the sport by the end of the first half. I'll even triple-dog dare you. The atmosphere at a lacrosse game is absolutely intoxicating, and if every game turns out like the one between the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) All-Stars and Team USA on Thursday, the entire nation will soon be immersed.
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from The Boston Globe
The barefooted lacrosse player slowly walked toward the back of the net. With the Harvard Stadium crowd rising to its feet, Kevin Buchanan took a deep breath. With three people — fellow All-Stars Greg Bice and Anthony Kelly, and Chesapeake coach John Tucker — between him and the back of the net, Buchanan sprinted over their backs toward the goal. Once Buchanan reached the top of the crossbar, he somersaulted over the net to score upside down.
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from Inside Lacrosse
The adidas All-American National Lacrosse Classic takes place from July 5-8 at the Germantown Soccerplex in Boyds, Md. Wednesday was an incredibly hot day, with temperatures on the turf exceeding 110 degrees, affecting the games. This was a great showcase event, but due to the record-breaking heat, play was somewhat sloppy, perhaps resulting in outcomes that one would not expect based on past year’s performance.
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from LaxPower
Here is LaxPower.com's 24-person All-Eastern Region team. The team features six attackmen, nine midfielders, six defenders and three goalkeepers who excelled during the 2010 high school lacrosse season. It is made up of players from nine different states across the Eastern region as well as Washington, DC.
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from The ECAC
In order to be selected to the team, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA through at least four semesters of work at his current institution, be a significant contributor to his team and have participated in at least 50 percent of the games (33 percent of the minutes for goalies).
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from LaxCoachMike.com
If you have ever been on the sideline and cringed as a player launched a shot in transition that missed the cage from 15 yards out only to go flying into the parking lot, and you did not have the shot backed up, you may want to read the rest of this article. (registration required)
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from USA Today
The deal also includes rights for women's basketball and other sports, such as lacrosse, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer. The agreement will begin with the 2011-12 season and run through 2022-23. Financial terms of the deal were announced, but recent reports have the agreement worth as much as $1.86 billion for the conference.
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from LaxPower
Here is the box score for the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic, played July 3rd in Towson, Maryland. The North All-Stars netted the last two goals of the game during the final 38 seconds to escape with a one-goal victory. Kaitlyn Brosco and Kara Mupo led the North team with 6 and 4 goals, respectively.
Thursday July 8, 2010 Share 9:00AM
from The Corning Leader
The logos were designed by Luke Pitcher, a graphic designer who graduated in 2002 from West High, where he was a lacrosse player.

Pitcher – who studied graphic design at the Rochester Institute of Technology and worked in related positions for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats and Orlando Magic – recently returned to the area.
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from the Press & Sun-Bulletin
With a colorful nod to nearly five decades of history, the Corning-Painted Post School District unveiled a new logo Wednesday afternoon at a press conference at the district's administration building.

Within the eye of the gold hawk in the logo are Corning East maroon and Corning West green to honor the colors used by the separate teams for the past 47 years.
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from The Palladium Times
Recently graduated Mexico varsity lacrosse standout Stevie Lombardoni has chosen to continue her playing career at Gannon University under the tutelage of Coach Steve Wagner. Gannon finished this past season ranked eighth among NCAA Division II schools in the final Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Top 10 poll.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Albany commit Miles Thompson shows us his unusual stringing job.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
6:15 a.m.: Out for a morning jog in which I disarmed approximately 42,000 militant mosquitoes and, after three days on my feet cruising around Bryant’s campus, my legs felt like the cement girders which support the George Washington Bridge. I can only imagine what the guys must feel like after four hard practices in this East Coast heat and humidity.
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from NESN.com
"What makes lacrosse so great is that you don't have to be a certain size, unlike other sports like basketball where you have to be tall, or football where you need to be super strong," said Adam Werder, director of marketing for Warrior Lacrosse. "In lacrosse, you can be skilled at a few different things, and that makes you a good player."
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from Lacrosse Magazine
U.S. Indoor Lacrosse has announced Tom Ryan as the Team USA Head Coach for the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. Ryan returns for his second straight stint behind the Team USA bench, having guided the Americans to a bronze medal at the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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from Lax.com
Lax.com hit up Towson for Fourth of July weekend to check out some of the Under Armour Underclassmen Games, where eight teams of regional All Stars squared off in a round-robin tournament. We brought back some highlights of Saturday's action.

In one of the early games, New England beat Upstate NY, 9-6. Unfortunately for New England, as it would be their lone win, eventually taking eight place in the standings. Upstate would rally and go on to finish in third.
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from The Roots of the Game: A Syracuse Lacrosse Memoir by Dr. Fred Opie
As the first African American to play on a U S Men’s Lacrosse National Team in 1990, I now feel a kind of kinship with Jackie Robinson (without the threats and abuse he suffered so I didn’t have to endure so much hardship). But what’s interesting is that I am more consciousness of being the first African American on a National team now then back in 1990.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Let’s not kid ourselves. This game is about revenge. Not for Team USA – Team USA is 1-0 against the MLL All stars. In 2006 they waxed them 18-10 behind Kevin Cassese’s two goals, including a two-point bomb, and one assist MVP performance. Now, nearly every player on the MLL All Star roster either thinks they should be on Team USA, or wants to be on it in four years.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Along with some familiar names . . .
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from
A great scoop and score at #8. (You might have to load it twice)
Wednesday July 7, 2010 Share 8:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
IL reader and commenter Scott Weddell (AKA WoodyUK) has been living out in Manchester, UK and decided to help out our readers that may be heading out for the FIL World Championships this month with a handy guide to the city - from restaurants to bowling and everything in between (yes, even bars).

Manchester is a Lacrosse hotbed in the UK and 85% of the current England team are made up of players from the area, Welcome to all world Laxers enjoy the games and our city!
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from Army Athletics
The list of honors for recent West Point graduate Andrew Maisano (Lakeview/St. Francis) grew again on Tuesday as the 2010 lacrosse captain was named the Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Already named a first-team Academic All-America and the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner last month, the 2010 Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Scholar Athlete of the Year moved on to the overall ballot and emerged from the list of finalists from the 10 sports sponsored by the conference, as voted upon by the sports information directors of the conference.
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from Inside Lacrosse
In theory, any summer job/internship SHOULD be of the type that not only fills the hours, but also teaches you some new tricks and helps you get along in whatever career you would like to pursue upon graduation. In certain rare instances, you can also find one that helps the world around you, and Peter White has been able to do just that, working in New Orleans as a GIS specialist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico surrounding the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Like every good Navy man, always punctual, Bryant University President Ronald Machtley (yes, former Rhode Island Congressman Ronald Machtley) steps into the locker room at 8:45 a.m. sharp to welcome the team to campus and wish it luck on the journey ahead.
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from NLL Insider
They traded for Colin Doyle in early June, they just traded last week for Stephen Keough and Andy Secore is in the fold after 4 WLA seasons in Coquitlam, adding even more punch to a legit offense that already includes the likes of Roger Vyse, Cody Jamieson, Craig Point and Brendan Thenhaus.
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from The Roots of the Game: A Syracuse Lacrosse Memoir by Dr. Fred Opie
Female sports groupies are those women dedicated to stalking and hooking up with pro or suspected would-be pro-athletes. I saw them like flies on honey around SU football players and again after I graduated around New York Jets and Giants football preseason training camps back when those teams held camp at Pace University in Westchester County and Hofstra University in Nassau County.
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from The Roots of the Game: A Syracuse Lacrosse Memoir by Dr. Fred Opie
So here goes my only experience with groupies in lacrosse experience, this happened in 1990 during the Lacrosse World Cup in Perth, Australia. My teammate Jim Burke told me a nice looking Aussie was interested in me and wanted to meet me outside of the locker room after a game.
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from Syracuse Athletics
Three members of the Orange women’s lacrosse recruiting class have been named to the 2010 Under Armour All-America team. Alyssa Costantino, Katie Webster and Natalie Glanell were among the nation’s top high school seniors who earned the honor and participated in the fifth annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic on Saturday, July 3 at Towson University.
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from Cornell Athletics
Wade Bollinger '82: Bollinger was a three-time All-America honorable mention attackman in lacrosse. He was also a three-time All-Ivy selection, earning first-team honors in 1981, second team in 1982 and honorable mention in 1980.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
The 2010 US Lacrosse U15 National Championships head to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort as part of the ESPN RISE Games Presented by Target. The girls’ tournament takes place July 17-20 and the boys’ tournament is July 19-22 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in suburban Orlando, Fla.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Six months ago, there were serious doubts whether Shawn Nadelen would be ready for the FIL World Championships after he suffered a torn ACL in a game with the Philadelphia Wings.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Chris Sanderson has been given the green light to tend goal for Canada in its bid to win another world field lacrosse championship. Sanderson, 36, a native of Orangeville, Ontario, was a key contributor when Canada won the world title for the first time in 28 years in London, Ontario, in 2006. After having a brain tumor removed in December 2008, his life -- let alone his lacrosse career -- was in jeopardy.
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from The Roots of the Game: A Syracuse Lacrosse Memoir by Dr. Fred Opie
With the exception of the Canadian team that year with Kevin Alexander and the recently graduated Gait twins and Tom Marechek, Team USA had little competition in the 1990 Lacrosse World Cup.
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from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks focused on defense today, re-signing veteran defensemen Kyle Laverty and Kevin Fines, while also agreeing to terms with the league’s all-time saves leader, Pat O’Toole.
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from Finger Lakes Lacrosse Club
Lacrosse camp for boys 10-15 at the Pottery Road Fields with camp director Jim Morrissey, former Syracuse All-American.
Tuesday July 6, 2010 Share 9:45AM
from Lacrosse Magazine
Intrepid reporter -- and US Lacrosse Director of National Teams -- Nathaniel Badder is embedded with Team USA at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., as it heads into training camp to ready for the MLL All-Star Game and FIL World Championships. Check back to laxmagazine.com this week for continuing coverage.

7:08 a.m.: Entering the dining hall, there’s a sign that reads “Bryant University welcomes Team USA Lacrosse!” A very nice touch.
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from JustLacrosse/SportsFive.net
In 2007 and 2008, if you couldn't get to the Empire State Games the next best things was getting Men's lacrosse reports from the sidelines from Paul Wilson and his SportsFive.net gang. After missing the Games last year as we all did, Paul is ready to do it again, this time from the Men's lacrosse venue at Canisius.

Paul will give us as up-to-the-minute reporting as possible, but he needs our help. Join us at JustLacrosse and have your company help sponsor the SportsFive.net coverage. Donations from individuals are welcome as well. Click 'read more' for contact information. And thanks!
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from 9WSYR-TV
Sports Director Steve Infanti's Highlights from the High School All-American Lacrosse game focuses on the performances of local players.
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from The Daily Collegian
Having done it successfully before, Tambroni is ready to succeed another prominent coach in Glenn Thiel, and to make his own mark in Happy Valley. "I think it's gonna be a process and we'll certainly have to change some things, starting with the culture of Penn State lacrosse," Tambroni said. "But I don't think these kids are that far off. It starts with the attitude and the willingness to change certain things, to invest a little more discipline into the lifestyle of a Penn State student-athlete."
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Photos from Nathaniel Badder.
Monday July 5, 2010 Share 9:30AM




from Under Armour Lacrosse
The Upstate Girls' only loss, 12-10, came to tournament champion Baltimore in pool play. The Girls downed Washington DC, 9-7, in the third place game Sunday afternoon.

On the Boy's side, Upstate led their final pool play game 7-4 after three quarters Sunday morning, but Baltimore staged a furious comeback, earning their spot in the Tournament Championship game with an 8-7 win. That placed Upstate in the 3 place game where they defeated New Jersey 9-7.
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from Hobart Athletics
Two more Hobart lacrosse players recently learned they would be traveling to Manchester, England, to compete in the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships. Midfielder Mike Lazore and attackman Mike White earned a spot on the Iroquois National Team roster, joining goalie Evan Kirk, who made Team Canada’s roster.

“It’s an honor to be able to represent my heritage and have an opportunity to play against the best in the world,” Lazore said, a sentiment that White echoed.
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from Inside Lacrosse
The 9:00 game on Sunday morning featured Upstate New York (in yellow) against Baltimore (in orange) on Field 1 at Towson University. This matchup was not only intriguing because it was full of top flight D1 talent, but because it would also likely decide who from Pool A would advance to this afternoon’s underclass championship.
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from LaxPower
Miles Thompson 3-0 (5 GB's); Carl Zimmerman 2-1 (2 GB's); John Glesener 1-2 (F/O 1-3)(1 GB); James Cathers 0-1 (F/O 5-7)(3 GB's).
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from LaxPower
Maverik utilized their outstanding talent on both ends of the field to win the game. On offense, Vail Shootout All-Star Sean Lindsey (Syracuse '10) dominated with seven points on six goals and one assist. Tournament Offensive MVP Steve Keogh (Syracuse '11) used his great vision and Canadian style of play to score four goals and one assist.

On the defensive end for Maverik, All-Star and Tournament Defensive MVP John Galloway (Syracuse '11) finished with 15 saves, stopping 68% of the shots he faced on the day. Galloway was phenomenal all tournament, making save after save in each game.
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from Danielle Bernstein/Inside Lacrosse
Well, the 2010 Vail Shootout has come and gone. It's always about this time when I start to get a little sad that it's over. It's the best four days of the summer. I don't think I can tell you what teams are left in the World Cup or who won Wimbeldon or where LeBron is probably going to end up (although does anyone really know at this point?) and you know what - I'm totally fine with that.

Vail Lacrosse Home
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from LaxPower
Despite rainy and overcast conditions, a patriotic crowd of 23,433 lacrosse fans packed INVESCO Field to watch the Outlaws battle the Chesapeake Bayhawks in a physical 12-10 win.
Sunday July 4, 2010 Share 7:30AM
from the Baltimore Sun
For a game in which back-line muscle couldn't do much to stop attacking might, it was perhaps appropriate that an unexpected defensive stop proved the difference in Saturday's Girls Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic.

After a rare takeaway just past the draw circle by North midfielder Bre Hudgins (West Genesee/Brown) at Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium, attacker Jen Devito (Yale) beat goalie Barb Black (St. Paul's) with nine seconds remaining for the last of a record 33 combined goals in a 17-16 North win.
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from the Baltimore Sun
All-star games are often viewed as offensive showcases. Little defense is played while the top scoring threats put themselves in one-on-one matchups to showcase their skills.

The Boys Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic looked the part in the first quarter Saturday night, with the South leading 6-5 through 15 minutes. But early in the second quarter the offense was dampened and the exhibition turned into a competitive game in which the North proved to be the dominant team, winning, 17-12.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Another year, another Under Armour game is under our belts. The North goes 4-1 against the South in the series with a 17-12 victory thanks to a strong but balanced offensive performance from a plethora of shooters, combined with a physically dominating defense that attacked at all points. But while the game was solid, the real question is who is ready for the next level? IL presents the 10 Players Who Impressed:
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from Inside Lacrosse
The first morning the Under Armour underclass tournament featured a showdown between the Upstate New York and New England squads. When I arrived at Field #1, a lovely Bermuda grass field, the game was tied at one. The first half was very exciting, as the teams exchanged blows and several leads changes took place. Attackman Conrad Oberbeck (Brunswick School, CT), fresh off a top-notch performance at the Blue Chip Rising Senior camp, dodged from X and scored a nifty goal to put the New England team up 3-2.
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from LaxPower
In the first semifinal match-up of the day, Maverik Elite continued to show why many believe they are one of the best teams to play in the Shootout in several years with an impressive win over Team 21. Maverik led 7-5 at halftime behind the efforts of Casey Powell's (Syracuse '97) four points and John Galloway's (Syracuse '11) 10 saves. Galloway finished with 19 saves in an impressive performance that wrapped up in Maverik's favorm 13-6.
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from The Roots of the Game: A Syracuse Lacrosse Memoir by Dr. Fred Opie
The Iroquois, who play more indoor box lacrosse than outdoor, play a rough and physical brand of Lacrosse. However, on that day in Sydney it looked like they were taking revenge for centuries of European colonization of North America and the exploitation of native land and people.
Saturday July 3, 2010 Share 7:00AM
from Oswego Athletics
The Oswego State Athletic Department announced (Friday) that Ryan Martin has been named the head men’s lacrosse coach at Oswego. Martin joins the Lakers after having served as the assistant coach at Nazareth College for the past four seasons.

The Amherst, Mass. native served as defensive and recruiting coordinator for the Golden Flyers as well as film coordinator. His efforts helped Nazareth capture the Empire 8 Championship and receive trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2007 and 2009 and an ECAC Championship in 2008.
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from JustLacrosse Talkback
The Empire State Games return to the Buffalo Region for 2010. You can get the latest news at our Empire State Games page.

Here is the Central Team's men's lacrosse roster, to be coached by Tom Cottrell (Homer).
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from the Democrat & Chronicle
It was never about just her. Not when Taylor D'Amore was in second grade and the group of girls she would play lacrosse with for the next decade were just starting out on the same youth team. Not as she developed into a leader and star over four years on Canandaigua's varsity, and certainly not this spring when the Braves won a second straight Section V Class B championship and reached the state tournament for the second straight year.
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from The Vail Daily
Forget the summer solstice — the real arrival of summer at the Gashouse restaurant in Edwards is when the Vail Lacrosse Shootout players hit the valley. “It's just a great boost for Edwards, and the valley in general,” Gashouse owner Andy Guy said. I'd guess we've had between 70 and 100 players a day in this week.”
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from Danielle Bernstein/Inside Lacrosse
Vail can be a funny thing. In most cases, you show up and immediately meet 20 people you don't know or have never played with and then you jump out on the field and try to put together 60 minutes of lacrosse.
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from Inside Lacrosse
Lacrosse stars of tomorrow will be on display when the 5th Annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic takes place this coming Saturday at Towson University. The boys North and South All-Americans take center stage at 8pm in a game that will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
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from Inside Lacrosse
The Under Armour All-American Senior All-Star game is set for Saturday night at 8 p.m. at Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium. For fans in attendance and those watching at home on ESPNU, this game is usually the first introduction for many of the college game's stars of tomorrow. IL breaks down who and what to watch for in this weekend's contest in our Countdown to the Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Classic:

Meet the Boys
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from Inside Lacrosse
Forty four girls lacrosse players will take the field at Towson for the Under Armour All-America Classic. If you're in the area, head over to check out some of the sport's next stars.

Meet the Girls
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Ryan Powell has often ridden quietly through the success of his older brother Casey and the pure domination of younger brother Mikey. When all three made the U.S. team in 2006, it was a storyline for the ages.

Now four years later, Ryan is the only brother playing for the national team that will compete at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Manchester, England.
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from The Roots of the Game: A Syracuse Lacrosse Memoir by Dr. Fred Opie
With really bad tendonitis in my knees, (one of the reasons why I stopped playing after 1993) I volunteered to sit out the game after we played and beat the Aussies. Little did I know what a savvy decision that one was; we played the Iroquois Nationals in the next game and they had a serious bone to pick with Team USA in their first appearance in a Lacrosse World Cup.
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from VailLacrosse.com
Both the Men’s and Women’s Elite tourneys completed quarterfinal play on Friday as the Vail Valley was hit with intermittent rain storms. Luckily, the lightning stayed away and both divisions were able complete their schedules on time.
Friday July 2, 2010 Share 7:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Corrected story:New Penn State head coach Jeff Tambroni is expected to name Bryant's Peter Toner and Chris Doctor his new assistant coaches, Tambroni told IL's Terry Foy on Thursday night.

Doctor is a 2007 Rutgers graduate who spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Lafayette, where he led the Leopards' offense to the sixth-best goals per game output in the country this spring. Like Tambroni, Doctor is a Central New York product, hailing from Skaneateles, N.Y.
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from IMG Academy blog
Along with his two sons Tony (who played at UMass and SUNY Cortland) and Mario (Ohio State), Kirk Ventiquattro has made the Ventiquattro name synonymous with lacrosse success in upstate New York.

Kirk Ventiquattro on . . . how he got started in lacrosse: I was a baseball, football and basketball player when I was younger. I went to Cortland State, and baseball didn’t work out.
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from the Democrat & Chronicle
There are thousands of kids playing lacrosse around the country who possess mad stick skills and insane shooting ability, dozens upon dozens right here in the talent-rich Rochester region alone. And then there are kids — and not a lot of them, mind you — who just have an innate gift for scoring goals, and Fairport lacrosse coach Mike Torrelli has spent the past four years feeling blessed that one of those rarities has been on his team.
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from Delaware Online
The University of Delaware men's lacrosse team, which has a history of benefiting from Canadian imports, hopes another player from north of the border can have a similar impact. Toronto's Ryan Serville was eighth among NCAA Division I players in points per game (4.00) in 2010 at Jacksonville University.
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from LaxPower
One of the stronger teams looks to be Maverik Elite, which features Jovan Miller and John Galloway (current Syracuse players), Casey Powell and Sean Lindsey (old Syracuse players), and great players up and down the roster. Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear is likely the other favorite, but it took them some time to get it going against Sasquatch.

With links to the scoresheets.
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from The Roots of the Game: A Syracuse Lacrosse Memoir by Dr. Fred Opie
According to seven time Australian National Team Midfielder (wow, that’s got be a record!) and two time Adelphi University All American, Gordon Purdie credits allot of what he learned about lacrosse as a youth player from Croton native and University of Maryland All American midfielder Clay Johnson. I saw Clay for the first time in many years at the 1990s World Cup.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Al Roker is nothing if not consistent, whether he’s talking weather or lacrosse. The Manchester-bound U.S. men’s national team appeared Thursday morning on NBC’s “Today Show.” It was the second time in less than a year that lacrosse was featured on the national morning news and talk show, which averages between 5 and 6 million viewers daily.
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from Lacrosse Magazine
Joe Cinosky won a Major League Lacrosse championship last summer with the Toronto Nationals. He'll try to win a World Lacrosse Championship this month in Manchester, England, against many of his former Toronto teammates who are a part of defending champion Team Canada.
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from Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, and New Balance today announced a partnership that will use the upcoming Major League Lacrosse All Star game to raise funds and awareness for the Boston-based MetroLacrosse program, which is the largest urban lacrosse program in the US, serving more than 700 urban youths in Boston, Chelsea, Brockton and Lawrence.
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from LaxPower
The Lax Guys made their weekly National Boys' Lacrosse Rankings this spring, posted a variety of awards for teams, games and players for the 2010 season earlier today, and now offer their senior and underclass All-American teams.
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from LaxPower
The Lax Guys' made their weekly National Boys' Lacrosse Rankings this spring and have now posted a variety of awards for teams, games, and players for the 2010 season.
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from the Baltimore Sun
St. Mary's goalie will suit up for North team Saturday, while all of her high school rivals play for the South.
Thursday, July 1, 2010 Share 9:15AM

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from Chris Goldberg/PhillyLacrosse.com
Recent Ridley graduate Dale Smith (attackman) has committed to play lacrosse next year at junior college powerhouse Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y.

Smith helped the Green Raiders (13-7 overall) finish fourth in the Central League this year and advance Ridley's Dale Smith will play at Juco powerhouse Onondaga Community College to the second round of the District 1 playoffs. Smith was a three-year varsity player who helped the Delco team place second in the Keystone Games last year.
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from The Onondaga Redhawks
A hot and humid Sunday afternoon was the setting for the matchup of Can-Am rivals Onondaga and Newtown. Both teams played left it all on the floor as the Redhawks held on for a 10-9 win. With the win the Redhawks record improves to 10-1 and travel to 4th place Pinewoods on Saturday July 3rd.
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from LaxPower
LaxPower's databases are now online with the first round of information we have received or gathered for where men's and women's recruits – both apparent early commitments in November and others – will be headed for the 2011-2012 season. The lists have over 190 men's and 115 women's players and will grow fairly rapidly and steadily over the next nine months.
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from The Roots of the Game: A Syracuse Lacrosse Memoir by Dr. Fred Opie
The trip to Australia is grueling—about 20 hours of travel time. When we finally landed down under I was wiped out and not very mentally alert. My teammates and I picked up our identical team USA duffle bags and sticks and proceeded to customs. I was asked to follow a female customs official who struck up a friendly conversation with me as she politely and carefully searched my bag and asked me questions.
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from The Roots of the Game: A Syracuse Lacrosse Memoir by Dr. Fred Opie
Not sure if that first experience at the Sydney Airport started the momentum, but I remember feeling so marginalized off the field during the Lacrosse World Cup in Australia. It really was hard time for me and despite being on such an elite team I felt so lonely and misunderstood. I felt like a museum piece with so many Aussies staring at me an experience I had on the streets of Herkimer when I was in junior college.
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from The Roots of the Game: A Syracuse Lacrosse Memoir by Dr. Fred Opie
During the 1990 World Cup in Perth, Australia I ran into a lacrosse icon from my home town of Croton-on-Hudson in Westchester County, Clay Johnson who was standout quarterback and midfielder in high school and later for Hall Fame Lacrosse coach Buddy Beardmore at the University of Maryland in the late 1970s.
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from LaxPower
High school lacrosse ruled the day on Wednesday, as the Boys' and Girls' U-19 Divisions both finished up their competitions at the Vail Lacrosse Shootout. Both of the boys' and girls' tourney finals went into overtime, and Ford Field was laced with drama.
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from the Lake Oswego (OR) Review
The idea was hatched three years ago to take a Lake Oswego team to the Men's Lacrosse World Cup in Manchester, England. When the Junior Men's World Cup was in British Columbia in 2008, just a six-hour drive from Lake Oswego, it was a perfect trial run to figure out the nuances of traveling abroad with a youth sports team. The Lake Oswego U-16 team will be one of just two US teams competing in the U-16 bracket (the other is from Vermont).
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from Inside Lacrosse
IL's Editors Note: This is the second article in IL's 'Summer School' series, which will check in with various college lacrosse players that have interesting summer jobs/internships. If you've got one to submit, feel free to shoot us an email at info@insidelacrosse.com