Most great athletes are defined by the marks they set and the awards they win. Ask Cornell University senior lacrosse captain Rob Pannell what he thinks will define his career in five to 10 years, however, and after a whole slew of team achievements, what he might offer as an answer will probably not be the one you expected: a nomination for an award he never stood a chance of winning.
Former Virginia attackman Connor English confirmed to Inside Lacrosse on Thursday afternoon that he has gained admission into Cornell University. He will begin classes on January 23rd and will be eligible to play in the spring. A Manhasset (N.Y.) native, English withdrew from Virginia after the Cavaliers' 2011 championship season and spent the fall semester taking classes back on Long Island.
The Friends of Drew Webb paid tribute to the memory of one of Houston’s best lacrosse players last January, organizing a 7-on-7 lacrosse tournament in honor of the former Episcopal High School and Cornell University. The event was a success and is back for a second year.
The Syracuse University lacrosse team lost four senior offensive midfielders following last season. It lost one starting attackman and has four with substantial game experience returning. Coach John Desko has done the math, which is why junior JoJo Marasco likely will be playing up top this season.
“He played there a lot in the fall,” Desko said. “We need to bolster that position.”
Most great athletes are defined by the marks they set and the awards they win.
Ask Cornell University senior lacrosse captain Rob Pannell what he thinks will define his career in five to 10 years, however, and after a whole slew of team achievements, what he might offer as an answer will probably not be the one you expected: a nomination for an award he never stood a chance of winning.
Former Virginia attackman Connor English confirmed to Inside Lacrosse on Thursday afternoon that he has gained admission into Cornell University. He will begin classes on January 23rd and will be eligible to play in the spring.
A Manhasset (N.Y.) native, English withdrew from Virginia after the Cavaliers' 2011 championship season and spent the fall semester taking classes back on Long Island.
The Friends of Drew Webb paid tribute to the memory of one of Houston’s best lacrosse players last January, organizing a 7-on-7 lacrosse tournament in honor of the former Episcopal High School and Cornell University. The event was a success and is back for a second year.
The Syracuse University lacrosse team lost four senior offensive midfielders following last season. It lost one starting attackman and has four with substantial game experience returning. Coach John Desko has done the math, which is why junior JoJo Marasco likely will be playing up top this season. “He played there a lot in the fall,” Desko said. “We need to bolster that position.”
The magazine tabbed defending NCAA Division I champions Virginia men and Northwestern women to repeat in 2012, alongside defending Division II men's champion Mercyhurst and Division III champions Salisbury men and Gettysburg women. Le Moyne earned the preseason No. 1 ranking in NCAA Division II women.
Division I Preseason Player of the Year: Rob Pannell (Cornell)
Division III Preseason Player of the Year: Sam Bradman (Canton/Salisbury)
Once again, Max Maxwell (Hamburg)has exhibited that he belongs among the older athletes. Maxwell will be one of only three high school juniors from Team Rochester playing as a representative for his country against the top team from Canada in the Brogden Cup 19-and-under championships from Jan. 6-8 at the University of Tampa Stadium in Florida.
On Tuesday night, the team assembled for the first time since the roster was announced last week. The Knighthawks completed a three-hour practice at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena at Six Nations. For veteran Pat McCready, it was an opportunity to get back to work.
For the past two decades, John Tavares has been the one constant on the Buffalo Bandits’ roster. As the National Lacrosse League’s all-time scorer enters his 21st season, he says that when he was growing up, he never imagined that he would have the opportunity to even play lacrosse professionally.
Special thank you goes out to all the photographers who you see on the website and in the magazine. While we're in the press box, they're in the heat, the cold — and in the case of that MLL Championship Weekend — hurricanes to get us the best shots.
Give me your thoughts on the 2012 schedule. Opening up with Towson, Navy/ Sunshine Classic and Duke; playing Michigan and the MAAC conference.
JZ: I think that this schedule is tailored for us to be the most successful that we have been. We play a majority of our games at home, which will help us. Opening with three tough opponents will be a true test for us and determine how strong we are competitively with top tier talent. However those games do not mean as much as conference play does, that is where the true test lies.
Laura Zimmerman (Westhill), a senior from Syracuse, NY, discusses the 2011 fall season and a look forward to the 2012 spring season. UNC will host the South of the Border Tournament (exhibition) on February 5 which is a full day event. The Tar Heels will then open regular season play at home against Florida on February 11 and will host eight home games this spring with the ACC Tournament then being held in Durham, NC. on April 19-22. Stay with TarHeelBlue.com throughout the year for stories and updates on the team. (3:26)
Regarded as one of the greatest face-off specialists of all-time, [Paul] Cantabene (Irondequoit) has bulit Stevenson into one of the elite programs in Division III. In seven seasons, he has totaled a 97-30 record while leading the Mustangs to three consecutive NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship appearances, the 2010 CAC title and the 2006 ECAC South Championship. A native of Rochester, N.Y., Cantabene is married to the former Tracey Whetstone and the couple currently resides in Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania with their two children, daughter Lilly, and son, Curry.
Many different companies advertise the adventurous side of Costa Rica, but Adventuras Mundo, in the beautiful rainforest near Volcan Arenal, is simply the best. They advertised a series of 12 or 14 high speed ziplines with the longest being almost a mile long and about 500 feet above the jungle floor.
Each year has its goals and accomplishments. I remember one of my first jobs right after college required us to write down our yearly goals at the start of the year. That requirement made it feel like a lot of people going to the gym after January 1st of every year, only to slow down and lose interest of the goal in sight. I sometimes think goals should be made at the end of the year, believing in the old adage that “hindsight is 20/20”.
George Washington would have been a great lacrosse player. He had the flow, swag, confidence and leadership. The George Washington University lacrosse team, dubbed the Brolonials, has paid tribute to the First President's lacrosse skill sets with their new HeadWrapz.
All proceeds will go toward helping Coach 24 offset expenses he accrues expenses on his mission to beat cancer. The lacrosse community has joined forces to help the Upstate New York coach, and you can help, too.
Vito approaches Atsap. He takes a closer look at the “HOF Inductee” badge hanging from Atsap’s neck. Two Italian men from Rochester who have not seen each other since a magical season shared decades ago. One an extraordinary molder of young men who could never have known in 1974 that his influence would set the other on the path that transformed the boy’s life and brought them all back here tonight. “So,” the teacher smiles to his former pupil, “you decided to become a coach.”
The SaveJDSports committee announced on its website that it reached its short-term goal of raising $48,000 by Dec. 31. The group’s next goals are to raise an additional $21,000 by May 2012 and $48,500 by Dec. 31, 2012.
Why did you choose Siena? “Committing to Siena College was a big decision for me and my family. The first time I stepped foot on campus I loved the school. I was looking for a small school and Siena was very appealing to me. The coaching staff made me feel right at home. After spending some time learning about Siena’s acedemic programs and seeing the science facility, I was very excited about the school.
Inside Lacrosse has a history of decking out the Most Valuable Players at its events with some pretty sweet swag, including a medal from LaxMedals.com. For this year's events, LaxMedals.com has given us three options for the medals, and we're going to let the fans vote on the design.
For 20 years, Chris Driscoll has hauled his lacrosse equipment to arenas to prepare for another season in the National Lacrosse League. [Tuesday] will be no different, but his bag will be much smaller and his responsibilities much different.
The losses to graduation are daunting, and the schedule is unforgiving. For most teams, such a one-two punch of adversity would signal a rebuilding season. It is a luxury John Desko and his Syracuse University men’s lacrosse team will never enjoy thanks to the bar it has established over the last three decades. Play in 16 Division I NCAA title games starting in 1983 and win 11 of them, and “rebuild” is replaced by “reload” in the vocabulary.
Luke Pearson fell in love with lacrosse early on, so it is no surprise that the Hastings High School junior has taken an early giant step toward his future as a college athlete by making a commitment to attend upstate Binghamton University in the fall of 2013.
Why did you choose school? “I chose Binghamton University because of its excellent academic reputation. I felt an instant connection to the lacrosse coaches as well as the team members while visiting. I was impressed by the athletic facilities on campus and all the other opportunities Binghamton University has to offer. I cannot wait to be a part of the Bearcat Family!”
“I am excited for the opportunity to coach at Brockport,” said Wagner. “I have been keeping an eye on the program for the past several years and I've seen the hard-working mentality. I am excited to coach a team with that kind of work ethic.”
Casey Powell will not be playing with the Rochester Knighthawks this season, that we know. Last season in Boston, Powell broke the record for most goals by an American NLL player with 254. But now that he will no longer be playing in the Indoor game, who is the best American player in boxla?
“We are so very excited to be able to expand our services into Clifton Park,” Taylor said. “Choices for quality lacrosse gear and knowledgeable, expert service related to the sport can be limited in the Capital District. We see Clifton Park as an easy-to-get-to option for all the families who are lacrosse and sports enthusiasts like ours.”
Not only is Wimmer Solutions one of the top masters and elite lacrosse teams in the post-collegiate lacrosse world, but they are a respectable organization as well. Besides winning titles in Hawaii this year, a bunch of the players ran a free clinic for local kids. In honor of those titles, Wimmer Solutions has chosen four charities to support and will be sending players from the teams to personally deliver funds: $20,000 in total to organizations hand-selected by the players.
If you're tired of the way Upstate Spring weather treats your pocket, you might want to try Miracle Mesh. An idea from 'stick doctor' Alex Lesins, Westhill grad and current OCC Lazer, Miracle-Mesh is designed to "allow players to perfrom at the top of their game in all weather conditions with great consistency."
Find out more at Miracle-Mesh.com.
Hobart College Lacrosse Head Coach T.W. Johnson recently announced the team captains for the 2012 season. Seniors Matt Campbell, Bobby Dattilo, Ryan Korn, and Sam Miller and junior Jake Silberlicht will lead the Statesmen in their 110th varsity season.
“It's an honor to announce our captains for the 2012 season,” Johnson said. “Sam, Bobby, Matt, Jake, and Ryan represent what it means to be a Hobart Statesman and I'm more than confident in their ability to lead this year's team. These five men know being a captain is an important responsibility and this group is looking forward to the opportunity that is front of them. The thoughtfulness and detail our players put into the voting process makes me proud and says a lot about their focus heading into the season.”
Richie Meade can still remember the times he spent as a kid in Kelleher Park in Williston Park shooting a lacrosse ball against a fence and fantasizing about his future exploits in lacrosse. Last week Meade achieved something he'd never imagined - he was named head coach of the U.S. men national senior lacrosse team for its title defense at the International Lacrosse World Championship tournaments in Denver in July 2014.
The roster looks even better than it did then, with 17 players returning to the active roster to start the season and six newcomers hoping to provide the push needed to get over the hump and back to the Champions Cup.
Scott Frederick, a longtime lacrosse official who founded the National Collegiate Lacrosse League, died last week from accidental injuries sustained in a fire, according to the Southern Lacrosse Officials Association. He was 75.
The Rochester Knighthawks have announced their roster for the 2012 National Lacrosse League season. Rochester is headlined by All-Rookie Team selection and 2011 team leading scorer Cody Jamieson and back-to-back NLL Goalie of the Year Matt Vinc.
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Falling one game short of reaching the championship game last season, the Buffalo Bandits are back to work and feel like they’re ready to reach that next level. The team worked out in front of their fans Saturday afternoon in an open practice at the First Niagara Center.
The Bandits return 17 players from their 2011 squad including veterans Mark Steenhuis and John Tavares. Six new faces will fill out the roster: forwards Kevin Buchanan, Mat Giles and Luke Wiles, transition players Kyle Sweeney and rookie Jeremy Thompson, and rookie defenseman Jeff Cornwall.
The Powerball Lacrosse Tournament is for men’s and women’s adult club teams. In addition to men’s and women’s open competitive divisions, a men’s masters division, and a men’s grand masters division that summer tournaments traditionally field, Powerball will feature an elite men’s division with a cash purse of $25,000 awarded to the top finishers.
Lacrosse is one of the oldest games in the World. It evolved in North America among the Native American Tribes and references to the native game were made by the early settlers in Canada as early as 1636 among whom was Jean de Brebeuf, a Jesuit missionary, who reported upon a Huron contest in Ontario. However the native game was being played in many other areas of North America. The Artist, George Catlin, travelled widely in America recording scenes of Native American life, and states that in his travels over several thousand miles he witnessed a number of games between native teams often consisting of several hundred players, and surprisingly to the same rules.
The reigning National Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year is returning to the Rochester Knighthawks. Pat McCready signed a 1-year deal with the team. “We are really glad he is coming back,” assistant general manager Landon Miller said in a statement. “Obviously, winning a league award shows he can still play at the highest level.
Back in mid-November, I reported that the NCAA was expanding its Division III men's tournament to 28 teams, with the at-large allocation (Pool C) expanding to eight bids and the independent group (Pool B) contracting to a pair of slots.
"We had a technology issue that misidentified institutions when we originally calculated the allocations," wrote Jeff Jarnecke, the director of championships for the NCAA, in an email. "The pools have changed. The change results in one position being moved from pool C to pool B."
As the 2012 preseason All-American list was released on Tuesday, a quick scan of the list, (first and second team) saw no Syracuse offensive players on the list. Strange for Syracuse, but could it be a good thing?
A two-time All-League selection, Bierwagen is a three-year member of the Jamesville-DeWitt program under head coach Phil Luckette. She is a two-time Scholar Athlete honoree for both lacrosse and volleyball, while leading the lacrosse team to three league championships. Bierwagen has 104 goals, 52 assists and 87 ground balls in her three seasons with the Red Rams.
Murphy does have a challenge ahead of him in 2012 as he lost three of his top scorers from 2011. Murphy will look to captains Jeff Ledwick and Kevin Gordon to help Baum out on the offensive side of the ball, as Ledwick is the only real threat (besides from Baum) from 2011 that returns. Ledwick had 12 goals and three assists last season from the attack position.
The players also enjoyed the atmosphere of the home preseason game, which was the first one at The Blue Cross Arena in nearly 10 years. Rookie Joel White had family and friends drive the two hours from Cortland, NY, to watch his home debut.
Hobart All-American and professional lacrosse player Tim Booth will lead an evening lacrosse clinic at the Geneva Family YMCA from 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 27. Booth lives in California and operates Booth Lacrosse, which works with players of all levels with an emphasis on team building.
Almost 3,000 fans fill “The Barn,” as the Salmonbellies call their home arena. It’s the biggest crowd in years, and Dan Richardson, the Bellies’ general manager and president, tells me excitedly that, for the first time, they’ve even pre-sold seats. It isn’t necessarily the team that draws these numbers (the Bellies have been in a demoralizing slump for over a decade). People have come to see the floor . . .
"Tom emerged as the leading candidate from a competitive applicant pool," said Don Blacklock, chair of the FIL Men’s Officiating Committee. "His diverse officiating background and previous international lacrosse experience make him a great fit for this position." Sutton grew up in central New York [LaFayette] and played lacrosse at Ithaca College. He resides in Eden, N.Y.
In the next two days, the Rochester Knighthawks will review DVDs, stats and scouting reports to determine the 26 players that will represent the team this season. For Head Coach Mike Hasen, the decisions are tough this preseason with such a young, talented crop of players in camp.
The @PhillyWings of the @NLLNetwork announced today that the team will be revolutionizing jerseys by using Wings players’ Twitter handles as their nameplate for the team’s game against the @NLLBandits at @WellsFargoCtr on Sunday, February 12 at 4 p.m.
When the head coach job for the U.S. men's national team opened, Meade decided to apply. He was excited about the opportunity of coaching the country's best. "I'm probably never going to get a chance to coach a team as talented as this team is going to be," he said.
In an interview Tuesday, Meade explained why he applied for the job, what he's doing now, his approach in leading the U.S. team, and the current climate for coaches in college lacrosse.
Bear Davis is in his first year as the boys lacrosse coach at Archbishop Spalding High, where he's also an Associate Athletic Director. He guided Robert Morris through their entrance into the DI ranks for seven seasons, stepping last summer. He'll provide IL with a periodic look at the game through his eyes as a coach with experience at multiple levels.
The Great Danes' 2011 success should warm the hearts of small schools with big ambitions. John Battaglino was abruptly promoted from assistant to head coach in August 2010 when Lindsay Hart resigned, and he went 18-1 in his first season at the helm, setting a program record for wins. The 18 victories included Albany's first America East championship, first NCAA tournament game and first NCAA tournament win.
We haven't mentioned this often in our materials regarding the 2012 US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, next month in Philadelphia, but the Jan. 13-15 event will mark a noteworthy anniversary.
Rochester Knighthawks individual tickets for the 2012 National Lacrosse League season will go on sale at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 19th at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, and at The Blue Cross Arena Box Office or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
Any time a league implements new rules, there’s a chance they’ll have the desired effects and a chance they’ll lead to unintended consequences. It’s early yet in the era of the rules the NLL enacted to try to speed up the game and create more scoring chances, but there’s been enough exhibition play to get a feel for how they may work, and so far the reviews are positive.
US Lacrosse has named Richie Meade the Head Coach of the 2014 US Men’s National Team, and while the press release is chock full of information and facts, it doesn’t really get into whether or not this is a good call. Obviously US Lacrosse thinks it was a good idea, or they wouldn’t have done it. So that’s where we come in handy.
Admittedly the quintessential system-oriented men's lacrosse coach, the legendary Bill Tierney says he's adjusted his outlook on coaching the game in order to facilitate the wide range of talent and skill sets he's brought together at the University of Denver.
It’s late in the game, and White is trailing when its goalie makes a save and runs out of the cage to scoop up the loose ball. The clock is ticking and the goalie’s time to advance the ball and beat the count is about to end, so he launches a full-field desperation pass . . .
Cody "Jammer" Jamieson led the way with six goals tonight, including three straight in the third quarter, to help the Rochester Knighthawks defeat the Minnesota Swarm 19-15 at a jammed Blue Cross Arena. The Knighthawks used 10 different goal scorers to improve to 2-0 in the preseason. Cody Jamison lead the way for the Knighthawks scoring six goals and adding three assists. Brad Self also had a strong game for Rochester, collecting three goals with two assists, and Jordan Hall chipped in two goals and two assists.
Education, exercise, ethics, equality, empowerment, and exposure; these are the six E’s that ROC E6 strives to achieve through their program which teaches academic and athletic instruction for children in the surrounding Rochester School District through classroom instruction, hands on learning, exposure to community programs, mentorship programs, fields trips, sports, and healthy activities.
The whistle blew and 20 men sprinted toward the court's center line to grab a palm-sized foam ball. Their immediate goal: Pelt their opponent. Their broader goal: Raise money to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the Seventh Annual Dodgeball tournament run by the Cornell Women's lacrosse team.
The team, yet to be named, has been purchased by the Massachusetts based PrimeTime Lacrosse, LLC. PrimeTime Lacrosse is co-managed by Tyler Low and Jason Wellemeyer, both former collegiate lacrosse players. The team is expected to play in the Boston area.
The Binghamton men’s lacrosse program released their 2012 schedule as announced by new head coach Scott Nelson. The 13-game schedule features eight non-conference match ups and the normal slate of five America East games. BU will play host to six home games at the Bearcats Sports Complex and will be on the road for a total of seven games.
Recently, the RIT men's lacrosse team gave back to the Rochester community, participating in the Annual Joe Benet Memorial Kazoo Fest to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times. The Tigers helped raise $6005.00 at the Eastview Mall loaction in Victor, New York. All of the proceeds from the Annual Kazoo Fest benefit Camp Good Days for children, adults, and families whose lives have been touched by cancer.
A 2011 graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, MD), Burst was a three-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Academic team member majoring in International Studies with a concentration in political science. Burst played in 27 games during his career with the Division I Mountaineers and was a key member of the team’s man-down defense. Mount Saint Mary’s reached the NCAA Tournament in 2010 after posting a 12-5 record, and the Mountaineers produced 32 victories during Burst’s career with the program.
Tops Friendly Markets donated $2,750 in Tops gift cards to the Food Bank of Central New York on Friday, Dec. 16 as part of the “Score for the Food Bank” partnership between Syracuse University and Tops.
The Hobart and William Smith athletic departments have put a great deal of time and effort into giving back to the community, through fundraisers, clinics and volunteer work this year. Everyone from student-athletes to coaches and staff took part in a variety of projects.
This week, the Gear Zone was invited to Liverpool, New York — just outside of Syracuse — to tour the Cascade Sports headquarters, which includes the company's production facility. The 75,000-square foot space is a lacrosse-lover's paradise, full of Cascade relics from as far back as the mid-1980s, old lacrosse sticks and, of course, more shiny, customized Pro 7 and CPX-R lids than you can possibly imagine.
The William Smith lacrosse team will be hosting a winter clinic for coaches and players on Saturday, Jan. 21 in Hobart and William Smith's Bristol Field House at the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation. The clinic will feature sessions for coaches as well as beginners and advanced players.
“When coach first mentioned it I just kind of laughed,” said senior Jake Fegley. “I didn’t think he was serious. You think of yoga class and you think it’s a girls’ thing but it’s really hard. It stretches every muscle, ones you didn’t even know you had.”
Army and Air Force will meet in the third annual Beating Cancer with a Stick Lacrosse Classic on March 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm in Houston, Texas. The major match-up will take place at the Kinkaid School in Houston and marks the first time these competitors have met on a neutral field.
Sid Smith and Jarrett Davis of the Rochester Knighthawks now have spots with the Nationals. Hamilton grabbed defensive midfielder Brice Queener in the fifth round. He played in eight games with Hamilton this past season. Former Cornell standout Jack Dudley was picked up in the sixth round. Brandon Spillett was taken in the seventh round. The attackman is a former standout at LeMoyne College and won an MLL championship in 2008 with the Rochester Rattlers.
Siena Men's Lacrosse will play a 14-game regular season slate in 2012, which includes three games against teams which finished last season nationally ranked and two games against programs which played in the NCAA Tournament. The Saints host a total of five home games at Siena Turf Field this spring, all of which will be broadcast throughout New York State on Time Warner Cable Sports.
The McDonald’s Family 4-Pack includes four 300 level tickets, 40 Chicken McNuggets, four medium fries and four medium soft drinks. The package is priced at $89 and will be available to fans for all Bandits 2012 regular season home games and the 2012 NLL All-Star Game.
Rochester Knighthawks’ Stephen Keogh, Joel White and Jordan Hall will join forces with the Ronald McDonald House Saturday, December 17th. The players will participate in the canned food drive at the West Henrietta Road McDonald’s.
The Rochester Knighthawks will host the Minnesota Swarm on Saturday, December 17th at 7:00 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena. The game will be broadcast live on Sportsradio 950 ESPN and www.sportsradio950espn.com.
US Lacrosse has teamed with several of lacrosse’s leading equipment and apparel companies on sponsorship agreements that will enhance the experience of coaches and officials attending the sport’s largest educational and networking event, the organization announced today.
US Lacrosse has named Richie Meade head coach of the 2014 U.S. men's national senior team. Meade will lead Team USA in its title defense at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, hosted by US Lacrosse and held in Denver, Colo., July 10-19, 2014. He becomes the 12th head coach in the history of the U.S. men's senior team program.
Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced Wednesday the MLL Supplemental Draft results following the second of three drafts slated to take place prior to the 2012 season, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. All players were selected from the MLL Player Pool. Each of the league’s eight teams made selections in 18 rounds (144 total picks), beginning with attackman Chazz Woodson, who was the first overall selection by the Ohio Machine.
“Our players and coaches are looking forward to the competition that awaits this spring,” Graap said. “Playing in the Ivy League is intense, and we hope to fight our way back to the top of our conference in the months ahead. We added a few new opponents in 2012, and we welcome the challenge of each and every contest.”
William Smith Head Lacrosse Coach Pat Genovese recently introduced Morgan Achilles as the newest member of her coaching staff. Achilles will assist with all aspects of the program, with an emphasis on working with the defense and goalies. A Geneva native, Achilles played four years of collegiate lacrosse, primarily as a goalie. She played for two years at Monroe Community College and then transferred to St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C. In her first season at MCC, the team logged a 13-3 record, won the NJCAA regional tournament and advanced to the national semifinals.
Syracuse, which is No. 7 in the 2012 Face-Off Yearbook Top 20 and No. 4 in the 2012 Coaches' Top 20, sits atop the Big East preseason coaches' rankings. As for All-Conference teams, the coaches have players spread among four teams: Notre Dame (5), Syracuse (3), Villanova (3) and Georgetown (2).
from the Genesee Valley Lacrosse Officials Association
With the explosive growth of lacrosse in Section V at all levels officials are needed for the 2012 spring season. The Genesee Valley Lacrosse Officials Association services Section V High Schools Men's Lacrosse at the Modified, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels.
So, since I am surfing every day down here in Costa Rica, as I described in my last blog, I'll be relating to that subject a bit more. This weekend, I went to watch my first surf competition. Even though it felt like the sun was going to melt me into the sand, it was a blast to watch! I was inspired from some of the interactions between the parents and their young surfers to write this blog . . .
We know people can live and thrive with diabetes and we know they can be active, but what about those who are playing competitive athletics? There are plenty of people living with diabetes who play sports and some are top-level athletes like Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler or cyclist Phil Southerland. I thought it might be interesting to feature an athlete who may not be as well known as the pros, but is excelling in sports while living with diabetes.
This Holiday Tournament will be held at the Sports Zone at Pinegrove CC, Camillus, NY, featuring 28,000 square foot synthetic surface. Full field play, not “box”. High School Boys and Men’s Open Divisions. Games will be played in afternoons and evenings of Holiday Week. For information, go to TopLax.org or contact B.J. O’Hara; 315 521-4988, email@example.com
Two part tryout evaluation during Academy and One indoor February tournament to make the top 19-20 Road Hawk Roster to attend minimum of two college exclusive exposure tournaments. For additional information go to www.cnyroadhawks.com
For boys and girls, to be held at the Sports Zone at Pine Grove CC, Camillus, NY. Two-hour sessions will be held Mon- Thurs, December 26-29, (afternoons). Directed by B.J. O’Hara, a member of 9 NCAA Championship Coaching Staffs, assisted by top area boy’s and girl’s high school coaches and standout players. Camp tuition-$155. For registration go to TopLax.org or contact B.J. O’Hara at 315 521-4988, firstname.lastname@example.org
Siena Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Andrea Duffy today released arguably the most challenging schedule in her program's 15-year history. The Saints will face a total of four teams that made the 2011 NCAA Tournament this spring including three teams which finished last year nationally ranked.
Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced Monday a trade between the Rochester Rattlers and Denver Outlaws that sent attackman Jordan McBride to Denver for the third round MLL Collegiate Draft pick (22nd overall). The Rattlers immediately traded the acquired third round pick and their second round pick (10th overall) to the Chesapeake Bayhawks in exchange for midfielder Dan Hardy and the second round MLL Collegiate Pick (13th overall). The trade comes one day prior to the 2012 MLL Supplemental Draft.
Supplemental Draft Live Blog
The Distillery Restaurant will host the Rochester Knighthawks' Kickoff Party on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The party for the professional lacrosse team begins at 4 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. at the restaurant, which is located at 1142 Mt. Hope Ave.
The use of protective eyewear in girls' lacrosse was associated with a reduction in the number of injuries to the eye, head, and face, according to a study funded by US Lacrosse and recently published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine.
Patriot League coaches have picked Bucknell as the team to beat in their conference. The Patriot League coaches' preseason poll and All-Conference teams are below, as Inside Lacrosse continues to unveil its 2012 Face-Off Yearbook content.
“La Casa de Edwin” as the restaurant was called, turned out to be true to its name as it’s owner, Edwin, invited us in for the night and gave us a place to stay. This was just one example of how the people who have the least to give often give the most, a theme that would be repeated throughout our journey.
The Rochester Knighthawks will honor 2 of their finest on Feb. 18 when they induct Regy Thorpe and Pat Cougevan into the team’s Hall of Fame. Thorpe made his name as one of the game’s nastiest and hardest-hitting defensemen, while Cougevan was no slouch himself in dishing out the punishment.
Meet some of the members of the Crooked Arrows team, how they found out about the audition and what being in the first lacrosse movie, and really the first mainstream movie to feature Native Americans as well, means to them.
A total of 56 regular season games will be played by the league’s eight teams including the Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, Hamilton Nationals, Long Island Lizards, Ohio Machine and Rochester Rattlers. The season will commence on Saturday, April 28, 2012 and will mark the league’s twelfth consecutive season since its inception in 2001.
Rochester Rattlers Schedule
The Marist Athletics Department released the 2012 women's lacrosse schedule on Monday afternoon. Coming off of a 6-10 season, the Red Foxes will face a challenging 16 game schedule that includes 10 out of conference matchups and nine road games.
The Rochester Knighthawks roared back with six fourth-quarter goals to win their preseason opener 11-8 against the Philadelphia Wings at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, NJ. In a battle of the first two picks in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft, the Wings' Kevin Crowley (first overall) scored two goals and added two assists, while the Knighthawks' Stephen Keogh (second pick) notched two goals and one assist. Johnny Powless also had an impressive debut with one goal and four assists.
The North American Lacrosse League held its inaugural National Draft today. 80 players were chosen during the 16 round draft which will round out team rosters as the league nears its January 2012 premiere.
The district would have had to purchase new uniforms this year at a cost of about $7,500, so that’s money saved that can be used for other athletic programs, said Rich Roy, F-M’s athletic director. . . Some area schools have been approached, but the deals haven’t been as enticing as F-M’s. Christopher Brown, West Genesee schools superintendent, said major suppliers proposed outfitting the boys and girls’ lacrosse teams, but in each case the deal’s fine print nixed any consideration by school officials.
The Save J-D Sports Committee [needed] to raise a total of $48,000 by December 31 in order to save all of the spring sports. If the money isn't raised, fewer students will be able to participate in lacrosse, track, baseball and softball come spring. The budget cuts will not only affect middle school sports, but high school as well. While high school teams won't be cut, there would be fewer coaches, which could mean smaller rosters for lacrosse and track. (with video, 2:16)
John Tavares is into his 21st season with the Bandits and the 43-year-old attacker who owns all of pro lacrosse's offense records sounds as eager as any rookie. "I still love the game," says Tavares. "Eventually, I will not be able to do it. My body has been telling me the last few years that I should probably stop but I still love it. Why not try to continue doing something you love? I'm going to savor every minute possible."
Mercy College will be debuting men’s and women’s lacrosse programs this coming spring. Both programs know that to be successful at the Division II level, they will need to attract talent from the area surrounding the school’s Dobbs Ferry campus. One of the prime targets in that territory is Yorktown.
The Distillery will be a buzz with local celebrities and professional lacrosse players from the Rochester Knighthawks on Wednesday, December 14th. The restaurant and neighborhood sports bar will host the Knighthawks Kickoff Party from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at its Mt. Hope Avenue location.
The North American Lacrosse League will hold it's inguinal National Draft on Sunday, December 11th at 1pm ET. Fans can follow along with the action by logging on to the League's official website at NorthAmericanLacrosseLeague.com/draft. The 16 round draft follows the succesful College draft held in October and further rounds out team rosters as they prepare to take to the field in January 2012.
The North American Lacrosse League is hoping smaller markets pay off big. The new indoor professional league, set to open its first season Jan. 19, 2012, features five teams in the small- to mid-sized markets of Charlotte, N.C., Hershey, Pa., Lexington, Ky., Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Jacksonville, Fla.
The boys from Texas were impressive on the final day of the tournament. Iron Horse, founded by former Syracuse All-American goaltender Chris Surran, is an elite travel team that has helped cultivate some of the Dallas area's top lacrosse talent in recent years.
Nine months after a shake-up involving several Jordan-Elbridge school district coaches, the school board Wednesday voted to restore order in the boys lacrosse coaching staff. The board voted 6-0, with one abstention, to appoint Richard “Rick” Young as the head varsity lacrosse coach and Patrick “Pat” Smart, as his paid assistant.
A former South Glens Falls High School student living in Orlando died Tuesday, a day after collapsing during a lacrosse practice. Daniel Valenson, 17, a senior, was in his first year at the University High School in Orlando. He was a student at the South Glens Falls Central School District until he moved to Florida over the summer.
Maverik Lacrosse is proud to announce that it has signed a multi-year equipment deal with Colgate University and its new head coach Mike Murphy. The Raiders are coming off an 11-5 record in 2011 which included a thrilling season-ending 10-8 win over NCAA Finalist Maryland.
In an event stacked with superstars, STX West beat Head Wrapz East, 10-8, as part of LXM 702’s run through Sin City last weekend. Former Salisbury star Mike Von Kamecke was a top player for STX West. STX West shooters Max Ritz and Brendan Corp led the scoring with three goals each, while Greg Peyser led Head Wrapz East’s offensive efforts with two goals.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Cornell is an incredible school and I wanted to find a school that would give me a challenge academically and athletically. Also, living in New York, I can attend a Land Grant school which definitely helped out with the finances.
Rochester Knighthawks’ goalie Matt Vinc has become accustomed to seeing signs and jerseys bearing his name in the crowds at lacrosse games. In August, Vinc met another fan, but this one was four-feet high sporting his signature No. 48.
Senior Matt Cannone, senior Sam Bradman and junior Tyler Granelli represent the Sea Gulls on the first team. Tufts has two players on the first team, and Roanoke, Amherst, Dickinson, Lynchburg, Conn. College, Middlebury and Union all have a representative.
As a part of their sweeping legislation that included the option of paying players a cost of attendance stipend a few weeks ago, the NCAA has proposed eliminating fallball competitions for spring sports, including men's and women's lacrosse, as a cost-cutting measuer. That topic of discussion hits home for several charitable organizations, like HEADstrong and Play for Parkinson's, that generate a lot of revenue for donations through their fall events. The hope is that the legislation won't go through (at least as is), or will include an exception for charitable events.
The National Lacrosse League has unveiled the logo for the 2012 All-Star Game. The game will be hosted by the Buffalo Bandits at First Niagara Center on Saturday, February 25th at 7pm Eastern. The game marks the first time that the Bandits will host the All-Star Game in the 21-year history of the franchise. The game will also mark the first All-Star Game to be played at First Niagara Center, which opened in 1996.
Dan Burns was picked No. 1 by the Rochester Rattlers before quickly being sent to Hamilton for Kevin Leveille and Hamilton's second-round Supplemental Draft pick. Jeremy Boltus, who was left unproteced by the Hamilton Nationals, was taken second overall by Charlotte.
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The Syracuse women’s lacrosse team and head coach Gary Gait will face seven teams that advanced to last season’s NCAA Tournament in 2012, including national champion Northwestern and runner-up Maryland. In addition, the Orange will play Harvard in Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL’s New England Patriots and two-time host of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship.
The Great Danes will play five games against America East Conference opponents. Five programs that advanced to last year's NCAA Tournament and five consensus preseason national top-20 teams are on the non-league portion of the schedule. UAlbany begins its 13th season as a NCAA Division I program on Sunday, Feb. 19. The Great Danes make their annual visit to the Carrier Dome to take on Syracuse. The Orange, who are ranked No. 4 in the Inside Lacrosse preseason poll, made their 31st NCAA appearance last year.
Maryland leads the way with four first-team All-Americans, including goalie Brittany Dipper and midfielder Katie Schwarzmann, who were both first teamers last year. Northwestern has the most All-Americans overall with five, two of which are on the first team.
1T: Laura Zimmerman (Westhill/UNC); 2T Kara Cannizzaro (Cazenovia/UNC); 3T Michelle Tumolo (Syracuse); 3T Danielle Tetreault (Guilderland/Harvard).
There is certainly more to be offered on this subject, but let’s make this truly democratic. Who is your First Family of Lacrosse? Should the title exist? Should it span generations or is one lifetime of accolades enough? Aren’t there more Canadian families that deserve consideration? What about Native Americans? Do you have a surprise candidate? What about families on the verge. Throw them all in the hat and let’s discuss it. When the dust settles, we will run features on some of the families that seem exceptionally noteworthy.
US Lacrosse has awarded 50 women’s game umpires and men’s game referees scholarships to attend the US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, in Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 13-15, 2012. Criteria for scholarship selection included: previous convention attendance, ability to help develop lacrosse locally and geography. The 50 recipients reside in 23 states.
Upstate Recipients Dale Davis – Endicott; Derek Washburn – Vestal
Cornell and Johns Hopkins lead the way with three preseason first-team All-Americans each in the 2012 Face-Off Yearbook. Virginia, Duke and Princeton have two each. North Carolina, Maryland and Denver each have one player on the preseason squad. Tewaaraton finalist Rob Pannell and winner Steele Stanwick lead the attack.
The Niagara women’s lacrosse team and ADPRO Sports/Team Nike have teamed up to host the Purple Eagle Showdown from Saturday, Jan. 7 to Sunday, Jan. 8. The indoor tournament will feature 4v4 contests and the best instruction from Niagara University Division I lacrosse players and coaches. All high school players are welcome to participate. The junior varisty level will participate on Jan. 7 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. while the varsity level athletes take the field the following day from 4 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Seven home games, six contests against opponents that were ranked in the top 20 of last spring's final national polls and service-academy showdowns against Air Force in Texas and Navy at Michie Stadium highlight the 2012 Army lacrosse schedule, as announced on Tuesday morning.
The Binghamton University athletics department, along with local non-profit A Room to Heal and student group Colleges Against Cancer are proud to announce a new joint initiative coined Bearcats Buddies. The program is designed to improve the quality of life for children diagnosed with cancer.
Morgan Darrow (Auburn) is a three-year letter winner at Auburn High School under Head Coach Leanne Musso. Her career totals through 51 games at Auburn High School includes 13 goals, 27 assists, 114 ground balls, and 77 caused turnovers. Darrow was also recently recognized as a 2011 US Lacrosse Academic All-American.
The Rochester Knighthawks will heat up the holidays with their annual Knighthawks Boys Winter Lacrosse Clinic. Kids can learn the game from current Knighthawks players, as well as Nazareth Head Lacrosse Coach Rob Randall, and Pittsford Varsity Coach Andrew Whipple.
Let’s try to be honest here. Hazing has been a part of sports teams and general culture for much longer than I have been alive. I’m 31 years old and I’ve never known a day or time when hazing wasn’t at least a small part of my life’s general experiences. From ribbing the new kid at school to giving the new guy the dirty work, hazing is part of our lives. That doesn’t make it right, but it is important to note its relevance right at the beginning because I believe we often forget just how pervasive hazing can be in our society, and how hard it can be to root out.
Unlike the collegiate draft, which is straightforward and easy to decipher, the 2011 Major League Lacrosse Expansion Draft on Wednesday is a Wild West shootout. It will be a frenetic free-for-all, a feeding frenzy, certain to be unpredictable and that could evolve in many different directions.
Kristina Renner, who played for East Rochester and played club for Lady Roc, was a Western New York first team selection in 2011 and is a two-time first-team All-County honoree. In her high school career, Renner has totaled 105 goals, 36 assists, 100 ground balls, 81 draw controls and 67 caused turnovers.
US Lacrosse has announced that the two proposed rule changes for women's lacrosse approved at the September Board of Directors meeting are being withdrawn. The implementation date for those two rules will be delayed until at least August 2013.
Kevin Murphy, M, Brewster Academy (N.H.) has committed to Hobart. After contributing 20 points for the Bobcats, Murphy had a busy summer with the Top Gun Fighting Clams, attending King of the Hill, Rutgers MVP and Brine Shootout, as well as Maverik Showtime. In the fall, he made stops at the Mid Fall Classic, Hofstra Blue & Gold and Philly Showcase.
Shenendehowa senior soccer star Mike Jenkins decided to change directions before high school, pursuing a dream of playing college lacrosse. Inside the Shenendehowa High School East Library that became a reality during a National Letter of Intent signing celebration for the two-sport star, he committed to attend LeMoyne College.
When Brad Self arrived in the German port city of Bremerhaven last fall to continue his professional hockey career, it took him only a matter of days to realize he was in the wrong place at the wrong time in his life. “I knew as soon as I got there that it wasn't what I should be doing. At that point, I thought I had some lacrosse left in me and decided that I’d like to play full time in the NLL,” he said.
One of the top defenseman in the country didn't play a game last season. Duke's Michael Manley (Penn Yan) sat out the year while recovering from a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee. "The triad," he said, as if he's referred to the three injuries by that name before.
Sitting out a year was quite a change-up for a player who had started every game he could since arriving as a freshman. He was established as Duke's primary cover defenseman and scooped 101 ground balls in three years. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Manley figures to be one of the top two defenders selected in January's Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft. (Princeton's Chad Wiedmaier is the other.)
Irondequoit (N.Y.) senior attackman Nick Doktor has made a commitment to begin the admissions process to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania.
What is your HS team’s outlook for next year? “The outlook for my high school team is very good this year. We are returning a strong senior class that includes five other Division I commitments. I am confident that we will have another successful year, and I’m really looking forward to the season.”
One of the biggest problems that I see in youth lacrosse is that young players are learning to play with huge pockets. Here are the reasons why most youth players love having a bag in their stick and the disadvantages of each perceived "advantage" :
With the NCAA Rules Discussion looking like the seminal event of my day, I was able to snag a brief conversation with former rules chairman Brian Voelker, Drexel's head coach. While he is no longer part of the committee, the rumblings about pace of play are quite familiar to him.
We hit you up yesterday with a pretty extensive photo rundown of some sights from the first day of the convention. And as promised, we've got some more for you today, with a look at some of the gear, apparel and other lacrosse-related items on display that we couldn't fit in yesterday.
Wilde is from the Nichols School (Buffalo)and has been a member of the US Lacrosse WNY-Rochester National Tournament Team for two years while playing for the Lady Roc club team, too. Also a participant in field hockey and ice hockey, the attacker is an honor student and involved in Young Life and the H.E.A.R.T. Club.
Pittsford senior Tyler Aycock recently signed his National Letter of Intent to play at the University at Albany next year. Aycock Signs He is one of four currently planning on playing for Head Coach Scott Marr. "I know a bunch of the guys going out there. I'm really excited. They are really great players and I've played with them for a couple of years now. I'm very excited to head down there."
"It is a great school. I loved the coach. I like their business school a lot. It's very Sanna SIgnsnice," stated Pittsford seniordefenseman Kevin Sanna about his decision to sign his National Letter of Intent to play at Hartford University.
The U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association honored Doug Reeland, the late coordinator of sports medicine at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, with its Frenchy Julien Service Award at the IMLCA Nike Awards Luncheon in Baltimore today.
Penfield Head Coach John Schembri recently sent along pictures of two more players in his program signing National Letters of Intent at a signing ceremony last month: Senior long stick midfielder Justin Rehm and senior midfielder Matt Condon.
"It was a top Division I program and great academics and I really liked being near Washington DC. I liked how you could walk everywhere," said Corey Parke of his decision to sign a Parke SignsNational Letterof Intent to play at Georgetown next year.
Pittsford senior defenseman Derek Jamison knew from the moment he stepped on campus that he wanted to attend Mercyhurst College after high school. "I had my choices between Cortland and a lot of other SUNY schools as well as Mercyhurst and Le Moyne. I saw the campus and it was beautiful. I love the coach and everything."
The 2012 U19 Men’s Field World Championships will be held July 12th to 21st in Turku, Finland. Team Canada will be playing for gold against Australia, Bermuda, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Iroquois Nationals, Netherlands, USA and Wales.
Four current or future Cornell Big Red are named to the team.
The Inside Lacrosse staff has blanketed the IMLCA Convention in Baltimore. Between getting photos from the vendor area (coming soon) to interviews with head coaches in attendance and just casual catching up, we're bringing you news and notes from the event floor.
Day 1 Photo Dump
Mikey Powell making a return to Major League Lacrosse could be one step closer to reality. Inside Lacrosse has learned that the enigmatic star has registered for the MLL player pool, making him eligible for next week's Expansion Draft and the Supplemental Draft a week later.
The Rochester Rattlers have the first pick in the draft, the result of an October trade with the Ohio Machine that sent Greg Bice, Anthony Kelly, Stefan Schroder and Brett Garber to Ohio. The Charlotte Hounds have the second pick in the Expansion Draft.
The defending champion Cavaliers are on top in the preseason, as Virginia leads the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook rankings.
The Cavs lost some key leaders — Bray Malphrus, John Haldy and Adam Ghitelman — but the Cavs return reigning Tewaaraton and quadruple Laxie winner Steele Stanwick.
Cornell #3, Syracuse #7, Colgate #18
Rochester Knighthawks draft choice Joel White spent a great deal of time giving back to the community while playing at Syracuse University. One of his stops each season was back in his hometown of Cortland, NY. It is no surprise then that White and former Syracuse teammate and Knighthawks draft pick Stephen Keogh will head back to Cortland to launch the Knighthawks’ School Program on Friday, December 2nd.
The paper codifies US Lacrosse’s effort to combine existing medical literature with common-sense solutions during a year-long project to turn the focus of the youth game to player development, team play, sportsmanship and safety.
The Irondequoit girls lacrosse program celebrated three of their own who signed letters of intent to play the sport in college. Lauren Gerrie, Lisa Rogers and Caitlin White were all honored with a ceremony at the high school on Monday surrounded by friends and family.
The theme between these two athletes, parents, coaches, and trainer was commitment. Senior lacrosse players Iszy Wager and Emma Kern have both signed their letters of intent heading to two different division I programs.
“Kara is a great defensive player who is a three-sport athlete. She is all-region in upstate New York which is a top proving ground for college players. We feel her athleticism is going to take over in college running our system."
Think about this: Kids who commit as sophomores and juniors typically have never spent a weekend hanging with the team, haven’t sat in on a college class (if they even know what they want to study and that the school offers it as a major), haven’t sampled dorm food and don’t have the precise terms of any scholarship offer because the coach can’t make one yet. Even if they went to a camp, they visited campus when school was out, not a great representation of student life when the academics kick in.
The Buffalo Bandits are entering their 10th National Lacrosse League season of the Darris Kilgour era and perhaps the most impressive thing about this era is that the Bandits have never missed the playoffs with Kilgour as coach.
The publisher and co-author of "Lacrosse: The Ancient Game" visited Baltimore and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Museum Thursday afternoon, along with fellow authors Ron Fletcher and Delmor Jacobs, for a book signing and presentation about lacrosse's deep history, rooted in Native American culture and tradition.
Sometimes in order to break through, you have to fly under the radar. The 2011 Laxie Award Winner for Breakthrough Player of the Year has been underestimated the better part of his lacrosse career, but this year earned his due by beating out Brian Karalunas, Matt Dolente, Jordan Burke and Kitty Cullen for the award voted by the fans.
Growing up near Syracuse, Jeremy Boltus (Baldwinsville) had dreams of playing Division I lacrosse in the Carrier Dome, but had to idly watch as his Central Empire teammates were gobbled up by big-time programs. Army was his only Division I offer, and it wasn't until late in his rising senior summer that he was recruited.
After an intense two weekends of training camp, the Rochester Knighthawks made five roster moves today prior to the team’s preseason schedule. Knighthawks General Manager and Owner Curt Styres released Donny Moss, Josh Ruys, Zach Bowen, Chris Courtney and Scott Rouse.
“It was very competitive. All the players are good enough to play in this league, but we decided to go with more experienced people,” said Styres about the moves to trim the roster to 30 players.
Corrigan Sports Enterprises announced today the seventh annual Under Armour® All-America Lacrosse Classic will take place on Saturday, June 30th at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md. Each year only 88 of the nation’s top boys and girls high school seniors earn the sport’s most prestigious honor. A full weekend of events will be highlighted by the All-America boys senior showcase live on ESPNU Saturday evening at 8 p.m. The girls will face off at 5 p.m.
Because I had to work on the most sacred of American holidays I decided I might as well make the most of it by teaching some American history the young redcoats. At all my sessions that day I decided to start things off by asking if they knew why it was such a special day.
As a business owner, you want everything to be just right. But there are things you can and cannot control in life. Sometimes things don’t unfold the way you thought they would, even if you worked hard for it. Sometimes it’s other people (merely strangers) who determine your outcomes, instead of yourself. Coach Reece kept his promise of an opportunity to somebody very young and inexperienced. He was right… there will be a right time for everything in life.
I figured for the next few weeks going through the holiday season that I would start to write about some of the gifts that I feel lacrosse has brought into my life. This is my overall goal for this site anyway, so I'll probably only touch on a portion of those topics that apply. To start though, the first and greatest that came to my mind was the gift of learning to be present.