Roberts and Calandra were presented plaques Wednesday night by the Rome City School District, in honor of their quick reaction that helped to save Cochran's life. "Our goal as coaches is to win a section title or a state title someday," said Coach Roberts. "This is bigger than any of that." The incident has given the American Heart Association a new example in making the case to add CPR to the curriculum. It's something they've been trying to get the State Legislature to pass for years. (Video 2:03)
Five players with local high school ties include Drew Hays and Derek DeJoe of Fairport along with Jake Bailey and Ryan Williams of McQuaid, Michael Messina of Aquinas and Ryan Yunker of Churchville Chilli.
Tim Soudan will lead the Rattlers for the first time on Saturday night at 7:30PM on the road against Chesapeake. The Rochester Rattlers travel to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday July 2nd, 2011 at 7:30PM to play the defending Major League Lacrosse Champion Chesapeake Bayhawks.
At first it seemed to be more of a disaster than a chance for someone to step up. The Stags fell behind 9-5 with under a minute remaining in the third quarter. Then with 20 seconds remaining in the third, the opportunistic door began to open slightly. Greg Downing, then a sophomore, scored his second goal of the game, to bring Fairfield within three. It began a 7-2 run, but it also the started a career.
Grant Catalino didn't waste any time making Major League Lacrosse history. The 2007 Webster Schroeder graduate and Rochester Rattlers rookie tied the league's single-game record with nine goals on Friday.
The boys' and girls' U-19 tournaments took to the fields of Avon and Edwards for the third day of their tournaments. On the boys' side, the semifinals took place on the banks for Nottingham Lake, and the Baltimore Crabs and Fellowship of Christian Athletes both advanced to the finals. On the girls' side, the first day of bracketed play got underway, as the ladies split into Gold, Silver and Bronze divisions; the girls' Gold Bracket Championship will be between M&D 2012 Black and Team HLA.
Rain stopped play tonight, huge storm, we had an amazing recruitment talk by the college coaches at camp and the players got an idea of what level they should be playing, how much to expect to pay, other options like Post Grad years at the Hill Academy and also Junior college and what the process involves. The feedback I have received is amazing and I have been blown away by how impressed everyone is with our boys.
Keegan Wilkinson was named head coach of the Marist men's lacrosse team, it was announced Tuesday by Director of Athletics Tim Murray. Wilkinson had spent the past four seasons as the program's top assistant, helping guide the Red Foxes to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Lacrosse League Tournament each of the last two years.
"I'm excited to give this opportunity to Coach Wilkinson," Murray said. "He's worked extremely hard in his time at Marist, and he's been very loyal. I have great confidence that he will continue the growth of our men's lacrosse program."
A group of girls and boys lacrosse players from Section III are part of the Upstate New York All-Star teams that will participate in the 2011 Under Armour Underclassman Games, this Friday to Sunday at Johnny Unitas Stadium on the campus of Towson University in Towson, Md.
"I'm going to put guys in positions where they're going to be successful and they feel empowered and they can go and make plays without anxiety, without any stress," Soudan said. "At this level, you have to really buy into that as a coach. That's going to be my philosophy going into working with these guys."
The girls' senior game will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, giving fans a chance to see the best of next year's crop of freshmen. Heading out to Towson for the festivities? Here are a few players to keep an eye out for.
I love lacrosse for the opposite reason: I think of it as fast-paced. And for that reason, I’m a proponent for either eliminating the sideline horn, or adding a shotclock. While I may like the latter idea in concept, the shotclock is expensive (think of the DII, DIII and MCLA schools, and ALL the high schools that would have to buy one) and requires electricity at each field. But eliminating the sideline horn?
Rochester Knighthawks team President Lewis Staats announced a new ticket campaign on Monday called the “Drive for Five in Fifty Five.” The goal of this ticket initiative is to sell 5,000 season tickets for the Knighthawks' 2012 season in 55 days (starting on July 1st and ending on August 24th).
They have treaties. The U.S.–Canada border slices right through their ancestral lands. But Joyce M. King, director of the Akwesasne Justice Department for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, almost couldn’t make it into Canada on June 18, according to a report in the Daily Courier-Observer of Potsdam and Massena, New York.
Onondaga Community College Men's lacrosse, the 2011 NJCAA National champion, is announcing their Summer Camp and two Winter Clinics.
The Summer Camp is for boys 8-14, and will be held July 18-22, from 9AM - 3:30PM. The Camp Director is OCC head coach Chuck Wilbur, who has an 132-15 record, winning 9 consecutive Mid-State Athletic Conference Championships, 6 consecutive Region III Championships, and 4 National Championships. Chuck was named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year in 2006, 2007, and 2009, and has been named conference coach of the year for 6 consecutive seasons.
North Team: Kevin Rice, Attack, Skaneateles (N.Y.), Syracuse
South Team: Brandon Mullins, Defense, Coppell (Texas), Syracuse
Before they suite up as teammates in the Carrier Dome, Rice and Mullins will be on opposing sides during the Under Armour All-America Classic. Rice is a talented scorer, dropping 136 points during his team's 17-2 run in 2011. Mullins is a physical specimen, using his 5A Texas Football Defensive Player of the Year's size to intimidate opposing offensive players. Would love to see how a shifty shooter like Rice would work around Mullins' athleticism.
A strange voice identified himself as Guy Calandra, one of the coaches with the lacrosse tryouts. Danielle said the caller was frantic and began rattling off information like a telemarketer.
“I have Daniel here on the field,” he said. “He’s in cardiac arrest. We’re doing CPR on him. We’re going to hook up an AED.” Danielle, who works for Rural Metro as a bookkeeper, could not process or understand the message.
“I looked at the phone and said, ‘excuse me. Who is this?’” she said, using an irritated voice reserved for prank callers. “He went over it again. He said the hospital of choice is University Hospital. My mind just went blank.”
The lessons began on the field, and continued after the final whistle, but the U.S. women’s U19 team was up to the task and defeated a team of college all-stars 14-9 in an exhibition game at the Episcopal Academy on Tuesday night.
Pace-of-play issues are discussed by the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Rules Committee "every year," but any new rules to address the issue will not be implemented until the 2013 season because of a two-year rules cycle, which essentially locks in the rules for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
On lacrosse's biggest stage of the year (featuring one of its traditional run-and-gun programs), the debate that had been brewing all season came to a head, for the second season in a row: What can be done to combat slower pace of play?
With 14 teams carrying full rosters and with multiple family members in player tow, the Supermasters truly has become a jewel of the Vail Lacrosse Shootout. Over 40 teams play an excellent brand of lacrosse for the most part, and there are many famous names mingling in these game.
The Rochester Rattlers announced today that the club has named former Rattler Tim Soudan as Head Coach, replacing BJ O’Hara, effective immediately.
Soudan is a legend in the Rochester lacrosse community for the passion and emotion he displayed during his 11 year career with the Rochester Knighthawks (NLL) and three year career with the Rochester Rattlers . . . Soudan is a member of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Rochester Knighthawks’ Hall of Fame. He served as the Knighthawks Assistant General Manager in 2008.
This year's All-Star game will showcase a new twist as the two winners of the MLL Ultimate Fan Fantasy Contest will be the captains of the two All-Star teams. Additionally, the two winners, Nathan Solomon and Michael Hatala, will get to hand pick their teams.
Won two NJCAA National Titles at Monroe CC. A 2011 All Western New York Athletic Conference second team defensive selection. A three sport athlete [at Midlakes] high school playing soccer, basketball, and lacrosse.
It was the first of four championship days at the 2011 Vail Lacrosse Shootout as winners were crowned in two Men's divisions. For the third year in a row the Eldest Statesmen claimed Victory in the Grand Masters division (50+ age group), and Team Hulu earned their first Vail title in the Masters Bracket.
The Red Rams had the most team success during the 2010-11 sports season, winning state championships in boys basketball and boys lacrosse. J-D also won sectional titles in boys and girls soccer, girls cross country, girls gymnastics, boys basketball, boys and girls indoor track, boys lacrosse, girls golf and girls track and field.
After getting the kit last night, it has become obvious that we have gelled so well as a team, we are all getting on so well and the banter is flying!
Today we found out that the Americans struggle to pronounce Bracegirdle at the Registration this morning and after numerous attempst we had to help Bill Hardy (the owner of the camp) to say it.
Sources are telling Inside Lacrosse that former Rattler and current Fairport High assistant coach Tim Soudan will be taking over for B.J. O'Hara as Rochester's head coach this week, in the wake of the franchise's 0-6 start to the 2011 Major League Lacrosse season.
Soudan played for the Rattlers in their original 2001 MLL season, and spent 11 years with the NLL's Rochester Knightawks, before returning to a role as assistant GM in 2008. The two-time UMass All-American and Rochester native played for the 1994 and ’98 U.S. Teams, and also founded Blaze Lacrosse, a Rochester-based travel lacrosse program.
Catalino became the fifth player in Major League Lacrosse history to score nine goals in one game. The question for Grant Catalino and the Rochester Rattlers going forward - what is it fair to expect from him for the remainder of 2011 and the rest of his Major League Lacrosse career? Examining the careers of the other four MLL players to score nine goals in a game might give us some insight on what to expect from Catalino this year and in the years to come.
Rochester Rattlers attack Grant Catalino won the Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week Award for Week six after his Major League Lacrosse single-game record tying nine goal performance on Friday night against the Hamilton Nationals at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York.
While leading the Nationals to a weekend sweep of the Rattlers, Boltus scored nine goals in their two games. In the Nationals’ 19-16 victory over Rochester on Friday night, he set a team single-game record by scoring seven goals, including four goals in the first half. The Baldwinsville, NY, native also added a pair of goals in the Nationals’ 15-14 overtime victory on Saturday night, marking Hamilton’s third win over Rochester this season.
The 40 select players for the 2011 Sports Authority Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game were announced Monday. The All-Star game will be held at Harvard Stadium in Boston, MA on July 9 and will feature the very best that the MLL has to offer.
The Maverik Showtime Lacrosse -- “National Recruiting Spotlight” is the brain child of ESPN color commentator Paul Carcaterra, Joe Ceglia and Mike Springer who all achieved All-American and National Championship careers at Syracuse University, and are immersed in lacrosse as coaches at the high school and collegiate levels, are nationally recognized camp directors, broadcasters and are professional lacrosse players.
The Nationals defeated the Rochester Rattlers 15-14 in overtime on Saturday night at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario. Former Rattler Brett Bucktooth combined with former Rattler Brodie Merrill, both members of Rochester’s 2008 MLL Championship team, to score the game winning goal for Hamilton 7:41 into overtime.
The Nationals got out to a 14-6 lead with 5:11 seconds left in the third quarter only to see the Rattlers score seven consecutive goals, including a Matt Striebel two-pointer with 3:29 left in regulation, to tie the game and force overtime. Attack Jeff Colburn (Cicero-North Syracuse) had three goals, rookie Brian McBride added two more, and Rattlers leading scorer Ned Crotty added four assists to fuel the eight point rally.
Brett Bucktooth won it at 7:41 to deny Rochester the completion of one of the greatest comebacks in Major League Lacrosse history. The Rattlers rallied with eight straight points over the final 18 minutes to erase a 14-6 deficit and force overtime. Rodgers and Stefan Schroeder (East Syracuse-Minoa) both made stops in the extra session, including a Rodgers’ save that led to the fast break by Merrill and the feed to Bucktooth.
Rochester got five-point nights from Ned Crotty (1+4) and Jeff Colburn (3+2). John Galloway took the loss, while making five stops. Schroeder made his pro debut in the third quarter and ended the game with four saves. Rochester fell to 0-6 with the loss. Nats defenseman Sid Smith shut down Grant Catalino, who entered the game one day removed from tying the MLL single-game goal mark of nine.
Jason Ketchoyian and Ben Dunlavey of Corning will represent Section 4 at the three-day U.S. Lacrosse event, which will draw 96 high school seniors and juniors nationwide. It will be held at ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista as part of the ESPN RISE Games.
This week’s Lax Her Essential focuses on providing lacrosse dads with helpful pointers taken from high school and college womens players as well as tips from collegiate coaches. The pointers are designed to help keep daughters on their coaches' good side along with motivating and challenging her to push herself to the limit.
The 39th Vail Lacrosse Shootout began [Saturday] with action in the men's Masters, Supermasters, and Grandmasters divisions. The beautiful views of the snowcapped Gore Range were enhanced by the wonderful weather. Thirty teams across the three divisions began their hunt for a Vail Shootout Championship today and all thirty will return to action tomorrow. The majority of the favored teams advanced today as most of the games ended with lopsided final scores.
Jeremy Boltus’ record-tying performance spurred a second-half comeback that guided the Hamilton Nationals to a 19-16 win over the Rochester Rattlers tonight at Sahlen’s Stadium. Boltus scored three times during a 9-0 run over the final two quarters to help Hamilton improve to 2-3. Boltus finished the game with seven goals, tying Merrick Thompson’s team record set in 2009. The Nationals also equaled their most points scored in a game also set in 2009.
Rookie attacker and Webster native Grant Catalino set a Rattlers team record and tied a MLL record for goals in a game with his nine scores on Friday, but it was not enough to lead Rochester past Hamilton. The loss was the second to Hamilton in two weeks for the Rattlers. Hamilton defeated Rochester 14-13 at Sahlen’s Stadium on June 10.
Game Notes for Saturday's Matchup
The Knights are Coming! The Knights are Coming!
As you read this, one of the most enthusiastic Syracuse Lacrosse fans on the planet is making his way across the Atlantic, and this time he's bringing a few friends along.
Whether you know him as Scott, or Woody, or WoodyUK, if you are a huge Orange lacrosse fan you've at least heard of Scott "Woody" Weddell. And if you're a long-time visitor to JustLacrosse, then you should already know his story.
This visit marks the fulfillment of a dream Woody has had been working on for some time. It began as a way for Under-18 English lacrosse players to both develop their skills and have a chance to be seen and evaluated by the top college coaches in the United States. That dream, clearly spelled out in this TopJLax.com article from August, 2010, comes to fruition, at least in part this weekend, as Scott brings his English Knights Under-18 Elite team to the All-American Lacrosse Camp being held at Colgate University, and then on to Gettysburg for the Gait Cup National Tournament .
Scott plans to chronicle the trip on the Knights Lacrosse Tour 2011 blog, and we'll be providing links to those blog posts throughout their visit to America.
Rising-senior Rob Pannell, the reigning USILA Player of the Year, has been nominated for a 2011 ESPY in the category of Best Male College Athlete. The ESPYs, an award show hosted by ESPN, is a celebration of the best sports moments and athletes of the year. The 2011 ESPYs will be hosted by Seth Meyers and will take place on Wednesday, July 13th at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, Calif.
The BIG EAST Conference has announced the 24 winners of the 2010-11 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards, which recognize academic and athletic achievement as well as community service. Villanova's Brian Karalunas (J-D) has been named the Men's Lacrosse recipient for the second straight year after winning the same award for the 2009-2010 academic year.
Three BIG EAST athletes, representing three different schools were named to the men’s 2011 Capital One Academic All-America University Division teams as announced Tuesday. Senior Brian Karalunas of the Villanova men’s lacrosse team earned a first team nod, while seniors John Galloway and Tyler Davis of the Syracuse men’s lacrosse and the Notre Dame men’s tennis teams, respectively, picked up second team accolades.
. . . Sometimes, though, you’re pretty sure you’ve glimpsed championship coaching in action. There’s one recent example in particular I’ve been anxious to bring up before it recedes any further. It’s almost lablike in its contours, an experiment that concluded two weeks before the N.B.A. finals ended, on Memorial Day, when the University of Virginia’s men’s lacrosse team, coached by Dom Starsia, won this year’s N.C.A.A. championship.
Staats said that Styres will continue to operate the Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League in downtown Rochester, assuming they can agree on a new lease. But with the Amerks out of their financial equation, the group now surely wants a bigger cut than the current 11 or 12 percent of concessions. “We only have eight games to make money,” Staats said of the relatively short NLL home season.
This week we’re changing things up and getting a live action look at Old School in action. The team names aren’t included and neither is the score. But that won’t keep me from watching all of the footage and getting a feel for what it was like to play the game with real bucket helmets and wood sticks.
With Monday’s announcement that Stony Brook had hired Jim Nagle as its head coach, there are still five Division I programs with head coaching vacancies. Those schools are Colgate (Nagle resigned to coach the Seawolves), Siena (Brian Becht left for Rutgers), Marist (Scott Nelson left for Binghamton), St. Joseph’s (Pat Cullinan resigned on June 15) and Bellarmine (Bart Sullivan became the interim coach after the death of Jack McGetrick).
Plattsburgh State athletics director Bruce Delventhal has named Ryan Cavanagh to the interim position of head men's lacrosse coach announced Wednesday. Cavanagh assumes the role following the departure of P.J. Kavanagh, who has been named head men's lacrosse coach at the University of Mount Union. A national search to fill the position will take place this summer.
Queener, 28, enters his second season with the Nationals and third in the MLL. He played in a career-high five games with the Nationals in 2010 and recorded four goals and one assist. In his career, he also played for the Rochester Rattlers during the 2006 season, appearing in four games. The Georgetown product was the Rattlers’ third-round selection (27th overall) in the 2006 MLL Supplemental Draft. The Penn Yan, NY, native was a four-year starter at midfield on the men's lacrosse team which reached the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals all four years. He is the older brother of Nationals goalie Brett Queener.
“For Matt to be elevated to the associate head coach position after just one season at Cornell speaks to what a special young man he is and how big of an impact he has had on our program,” said DeLuca. “I would like to thank Dr. Murphy and Mr. Noel for giving the support to our program necessary for a promotion like this. Matt's energy, passion and knowledge, as well as his ability to buy into our system in his first year, had a tremendous impact on our players and program and we're excited to continue the momentum we created as we head into next season.”
The Rochester Rattlers are hosting the Hamilton Nationals on Friday, June 24 at 7:30PM in Sahlen’s Stadium. The Nationals defeated the Rattlers 14-13 in their first-ever meeting in Rochester on June 10th. Rochester’s one goal loss was the closest margin of defeat that they have suffered this season. The Rattlers have lost their last two games by a combined three goals.
The word helmet can illicit passionate responses in the women's lacrosse community. According to the Associated Press, US Lacrosse proposed the development of a women's lacrosse helmet standard to an athletic equipment testing organization last weekend. That is not true.
The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team won two NCAA statistical championships for the 2011 season. The Orange set a school record and led the country in man-down defense (.817) and posted the nation’s best winning percentage (.882), finishing with a 15-2 overall record. In 17 contests, the Orange successfully killed 49-of-60 extra-man opportunities to eclipse the previous record of 81.2 percent (69-85) set by the 2002 squad.
During the second week of Maximum Lacrosse Camps in New York City, I arranged for some special guests to come in and provide additional instruction, and we’ve got a great video interview with one of those guys right now! Brian Karalunas, All-American at Villanova, Current player for the Long Island Lizards, and member of the LongStickMiddie.com coaching staff was at camp on Wednesday and the kids were eating it up! He agreed to do a little interview and it’s an LAS exclusive! (Video 2:18)
Sources are telling Inside Lacrosse that recently named head coach John Paul has hired former Bucknell assistant Judd Lattimore (Auburn) as an assistant at Michigan, and that Towson's Shawn Nadelen has brought former Navy assistant Anthony Gilardi on board.
Last weekend against the Cannons, the Rattlers starting attack unit consisted of second-year player Ned Crotty and rookies Grant Catalino and Jordan Mcbride. The same three will be suiting up against the Nationals. With that, the youth movement is officially in full effect. I doubt there is an attack unit in the MLL younger and with less experience than Rochester.
The Syracuse University lacrosse team is about to get substantially bigger at the midfield, where four seniors departed following the team’s 6-5 overtime loss to Maryland last month in the NCAA quarterfinals. A third addition for SU will be 2010 All-CNY Player of the Year Eric DeJohn of Jamesville-DeWitt. DeJohn scored 100 points (78-22) as a senior attackman and spent the 2011 season at prep school.
UA Team - Brandon Mullins
from Inside Lacrosse
Highlight reel of Under All-American Brandon Mullins, Syracuse recruit from Texas.
As another school year comes to a close, many graduates have a lot of accomplishments to be proud of. One in particular will attend Colgate University for her spectacular achievements in lacrosse.
“I’m excited for a new beginning,” said Auburn senior Abby Valentino.
There have been many standout lacrosse players to come through Hamburg High School before Eric Chadderdon and there are sure to be many more after him. Just days away from graduation, the senior is simply happy to have helped fill the shoes of some of the high level players that came before him.
The College at Brockport's men's lacrosse team is offering a week-long instructional camp for all interested area boys lacrosse players from July 18-22. Longtime Brockport head coach Ben Wineburg and his staff of assistant coaches invites any area boys between the ages of 6 and 14 to attend the week-long clinic.
Auburn native and recent Le Moyne great Matt Chadderdon will be offering private lessons to boy laxers in the central New York area. The three-time All-American was the 2010 Northeast-10 Conference and USILA Division II Player of the Year, and was the only Division II player named to the 2011 Tewaaraton Award watch list. Matt was drafted by Rochester in the eighth round of the 2011 MLL Draft.
Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced today that they will be adding another player to the Fathead Real. Big. wall graphic MLL roster as part of an evolving partnership with the leading brand in officially licensed sports and entertainment wall graphics, Fathead LLC. Rochester Rattlers’ attackman Ned Crotty will be joining Paul Rabil, Max Seibald, Kyle Dixon and Matt Danowski as a life-size wall graphic.
OFA and Heuvelton were well represented on the All Northern Conference Girls Lacrosse team led by first team all-star selections in Chelsea Martin of the Lady Devils and Danielle Tani of the Lady Bulldogs.
Colgate University head men's lacrosse coach Jim Nagle, who led the Raiders to 86 wins over his 10 seasons on the sidelines and a spot in the NCAA Tournament in 2008, has resigned to accept the head coaching position at Stony Brook University. A national search for his successor will begin immediately.
"I would like to thank coach Nagle for his ongoing contributions and strong recruiting to the Colgate men's lacrosse program," said Colgate Director of Athletics David Roach. "With one regular season title, a Patriot League Tournament Championship and the programs first trip to the to the NCAA Tournament in 2008, coach Nagle has helped place Colgate men's lacrosse on the national map. I believe coach Nagle's impact has turned this program into a promising destination for a head coach who will continue to compete for conference championships and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.”
I was bicycling through Fort Niagara State Park in Youngstown on Saturday morning when I came across thousands of young lacrosse players and their families, who had converged on the 16 playing fields there for a tournament. I later learned that I had stumbled upon the 6th Annual Lake Erie Lacrosse Showcase and Festival (which, despite the name, is held practically on the Lake Ontario shoreline).
Most lacrosse teams would be satisfied with just one landmark victory in a season. Silver Creek had two. The Black Knights' season was made after a stirring, 12-11 win over Orchard Park. They took a second helping in the postseason, becoming the first Section VI Class C team to win a Far West Regional game.
All-WNY Teams, AA's, All-League Teams
Haverford School of Haverford, Pennsylvania is LaxPower's national champion for 2011. The Fords capped off an undefeated InterAC championship season while playing one of the toughest intersectional schedules in the country. They finished in first place in both the coaches' poll and in the computer ratings. Haverford (23-0) received 29 of 33 first-place votes among the coaches. No. 2 Jamesville-DeWitt (NY) received 4 first-place votes and finished third in the computer ratings.Boys: 1-3212 |
Improved helmet design has helped reduce concussions in impact sports such as football and hockey, but it may be impossible to design a helmet that completely eliminates them, according to a panel of sports science professors outlining the latest findings.
Jordan McBride was one of the most prolific scorers in college lacrosse history in his four year career with the Stony Brook University Seawolves. It only took him 2:47 to record his first professional goal on Saturday night as he opened the scoring off an assist from Martin Cahill in the Rattlers 16-14 loss to the Boston Cannons. McBride ended up with four goals and two assists in his professional debut.
While helping the Long Island Lizards post a 14-11 victory over the defending MLL champion Chesapeake Bayhawks on Thursday night, Brian Karalunas (J-D) posted a season-high seven ground balls and was part of a Lizard defense that held midfielder Kyle Dixon without a goal for the second straight game. In addition, the Lizards limited Chesapeake to a season-low 11 points.
When a team is in the midst of a run through the playoffs, it's often easy to overlook just how monumental its season really was. That was the case with the 2011 Silver Creek Black Knights lacrosse team.
"I'm extremely pleased with how our team performed this year and how much hard work they put in," Brennan said. "I'm extremely pleased on how they finished against Cazenovia. They never gave up and kept on fighting."
Section V lacrosse added another team (Gananda) to its roster which now totals thirty-six teams and 1,076 players.
The top three seeds won Section V Championships this year with Pittsford's 8-5 win over #2, Fairport, Irondequoit's 18-8 win over #2, Churchville-Chili and Penn Yan's 12-6 win over #2 Bath. Pittsford capped a phenomenal undefeated regular season, the only undefeated team in the Section this year.
Both men and women play lacrosse, but only the men wear helmets. YNN's Erin Clarke takes a look at the debate surrounding whether helmets should be required for female players. (Video 1:46)
(Editior's Note: See Saturday's story below about Helemet Safety Research Grants and a request by US Lacrosse)
Lacrosse's lineage traces to the era of the birch canoe. Passion pockets eventually sprang up in Baltimore and New York, where they have played it for decades. And finally, inexplicably, it has found a following here on the West Coast, enjoying a growth spurt that might be a backlash to the just-win attitudes of other youth sports . . .
The Rochester Rattlers lost to the first place Boston Cannons 16-14 on Saturday night at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York. Cannons attacker Max Quinzani and midfielder Paul Rabil combined for seven goals and three assists to power the Boston attack, while MLL veteran attacker Matt Poskay scored five goals, including the 150th of his career. Rochester rookie Jordan McBride scored four goals in his MLL debut while second-year attacker Ned Crotty added two goals and one assist for the Rattlers.
Jordan McBride finished his MLL debut with four goals and two assists for the Rattlers. “We just need to close those small gaps between winning and losing. There were times out there today when we had seven rookies, two second-year players and one veteran. We’re getting there.”
Stanley Banazek Jr. lives three minutes from Burnet Park golf course, where he can be found four or five days a week. He strikes up conversations with the high school students who work there, and sometimes he wonders about their future. Dylan Smith, 18, was one of the kids he often wondered about.
Chuck Wilbur could highlight Matt Pratt’s physical strength. He could comment on Pratt’s unselfishness, or his insistent hustle. But when Wilbur frames Pratt’s potential contributions to Syracuse University, he condenses his critique to a single element . . .
“It’s funny because we watched the highlight film from last year and I really didn’t do much of anything last year except for shoot, and stand and shoot, because we had great players,” Rice said. “This year I had to be more of a balanced offensive player. I think I’ve gotten a lot better.”
Nick Piroli passes to Thomas Grimm and Carthage adds to its lead. It happened nearly every Frontier League boys lacrosse game during Carthage's remarkable 65-straight league unbeaten streak that continues into next year after the two seniors depart to Division I lacrosse.
With the clear sunshine cut with bit of a breeze Victor’s Amanda Kidder, with four goals and one assist, and Webster Schroeder’s Shauna Pugliese, with three goals and an assist, led the White team to an 18-8 win over the Blue team. The Whites led by an 8-2 score at the half.
Sources are telling Inside Lacrosse that Stony Brook will be hiring Colgate's Jim Nagle as its new head coach. Nagle just finished his 11th season at Colgate, leading the Raiders to an 11-5 record that included a 10-8 season-ending win at NCAA Finalist Maryland.
Board members of the organization that sets voluntary safety standards for athletic equipment approved $1.1 million in grants to research traumatic brain injury on Saturday, a step toward protecting athletes from concussions.
Representatives from U.S. Lacrosse also asked the organization to create standards for female lacrosse helmets. Standards exist only for men's helmets. Women have traditionally not worn headgear.
Brown men's lacrosse coach Lars Tiffany (LaFayette) and the Bears' coaching staff have released the Brown Lacrosse Recruiting Class of 2015. This outstanding group of 11 student-athletes is both talented and athletic, and will arrive on College Hill in September 2011.
Rice had been considering Jacksonville, Hofstra and Loyola. His dad, Steve, started the Jordan-Elbridge boys lacrosse program and coached there for 25 years. His sister Stephanie played at Hofstra. Despite his heavy lacrosse lineage, Kevin Rice preferred basketball.
Jamesville-DeWitt High School sophomore Dan Cochran returned to school on Friday, a day after he was released from University Hospital and two days after he was revived by CPR and a defibrillator following an accident in which he was struck in the chest by a lacrosse ball during a tryout for a summer all-star team at Fayetteville-Manlius High School.
Cochran said Friday afternoon that he was “actually doing just great” and planned to resume playing lacrosse after the incident Wednesday night during tryouts for the “Upstate Risings” teams.
Final Section 3 Stat Compilations Coming Soon
Here's a look at the Top 5 in Points from Syracuse.com as of June 17th. We'll have a complete look at the end of season stats very soon.
The importance of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) at athletic events was clearly evident this week as a high school lacrosse player's life was saved by an AED.
"We're ecstatic that this case had such a positive outcome," said Joshua Christian, managing director, sport development at US Lacrosse. "This was a prime example of the importance of having trained medical personnel and the appropriate equipment at a venue."
Three years ago, in 2008, former Cornell University Big Red lacrosse player, David Holder, passed away after a courageous battle with a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. David wore number 28 on the lacrosse field and David touched the lives of many of us and was a great competitor on and off the lacrosse field.
Greetings from ER Youth Lacrosse. This summer ER has camps up and running in Geddes, Marcellus, Dewitt, Oneida, Sullivan, Cicero and Lafayette. The program is for children 4-8 years of age. Children will learn the basics of lacrosse in 5 one hour sessions.
“I knew I wanted to play D-I lacrosse. I just didn’t know how good of a school I could have went to,” Hatem said. “It was hard getting looks. It’s kind of luck. Then, after the state championship, I had a really good game. A bunch of schools started to contact me.”
A former assistant at Rutgers (2001, when the Knights achieved a No. 18 national ranking), Brecht led Siena to the 2011 NCAA Tournament, their second in the last three years, and a program-record 13-5 mark. The 1995 Springfield College grad and Long Island native has also been an assistant at Loyola, Army, Penn and DIII Hartwick. (with Video interview 7:52)
During Wednesday evening tryouts for a summer all-star team, a sophomore lacrosse player was hit in the chest with a ball and went into cardiac arrest. Thanks to the quick response from coaches and athletic trainers, the teen survived.
Daniel Cochran's heart was restarted with the help of a defibrillator. He was taken to University Hospital, but released less than a day later with only a bruise and a hospital bracelet as outward signs of how close he'd come to death.
Three Syracuse freshmen have been named to Inside Lacrosse’s 2011 All-Rookie Team announced on Thursday, June 16. Natalie Glanell, Alyssa Murray and Katie Webster were among 13 players honored. The Orange’s three selections were the most for any school in the nation.
Glanell played in all 18 games this season, making 10 starts. She registered 11 draw controls, eight ground balls and eight caused turnovers. Glanell helped Syracuse’s defensive unit hold its opponents to less than 10 goals in eight games in 2011 . . .
Lax All-Stars' Editor’s note: I got to spend the weekend with Chazz Woodson and some of the Thai National Team. Chazz and I talked a lot of lax, and if there is one thing that I am certain of, it’s that Chazz Woodson is a passionate believer in lax. Today, he has some advice for the Syracuse Lacrosse Nation.
There’s no denying the fact that the Syracuse #22 has taken a major hit the past few years. It belonged to a first team All-American from 1996 – 2004, and it hasn’t been worn by one since. In the post-Powell era of ‘Cuse lacrosse, everyone who’s worn it has been second-guessed and bashed by message-board haters on a daily basis. It’s been years since the jersey was worn by a legend, but the Orange can’t retire the #22. Want to know what would happen if they did? You’re in luck, because we’ve already seen it.
This year, US Lacrosse implemented a three-tiered recognition process to accommodate for the different high school lacrosse playing seasons across the country. The second and third boys' groups will be announced in June. After all three groups are named, US Lacrosse will select 24 players as US Lacrosse first team National All-Americans and an additional 24 boys as US Lacrosse second team National All-Americans.
Ithaca High senior midfielders Joe Bucci and Riley Lasda were named to US Lacrosse Boys High School Regional All-Americans on Thursday. The Little Red duo, along with Corning goalie Tyler White, represent the New York/Southern Tier region.
Rutgers reached into its past to find its men’s lacrosse coach of the future. In fact, the Scarlet Knights considered a pair of coaches who had previous ties to the program. In the end, Rutgers hired Siena’s Brian Brecht to replace Jim Stagnitta, who stepped down last month after compiling a 58-82 record over 10 years.
The Rochester Rattlers host the Boston Cannons this Saturday night, June 18th, at 7PM at Sahlen’s Stadium. Rochester’s second-year attacker Ned Crotty had the best game of his professional career last Friday night at Sahlen’s Stadium. Crotty scored five goals and added two assists for seven points in the Rattlers 14-13 loss to Hamilton. “There were a couple of times there where we needed a goal and I just went for it. I was feeling pretty good. My stick felt good. I felt like I had a pretty good step on my guy. I just felt confident.” Crotty said
A Jamesville-DeWitt High School lacrosse player was revived with CPR and a defibrillator after he was struck in the chest by a shot from another player on Wednesday. The incident occurred at Fayetteville-Manlius High School during tryouts for a Section III team that will participate in a July event called the Upstate Risings.
Sophomore Dan Cochran, a member of the J-D junior varsity this past season, was in stable condition Wednesday night at University Hospital, according to a nursing supervisor. Red Rams head coach Jamie Archer, whose team just won the Class B state lacrosse championship, said Cochran was joking around “like it never happened” when he called the hospital to check on his player.
Head Coach Phil Luckette said, “Upstate New York will be bringing an outstanding team again to the tournament. We have a group of young women that are very athletic, highly skilled, and relentless competitors. It was evident right from the start that this group has a high level of lacrosse intelligence- they are experienced players from high quality programs across the State. They are really looking forward to the challenge of competing against the best that the nation has to offer.”
The coach who put the Siena lacrosse program on the national stage is taking on a new challenge.
A high-ranking official at Rutgers tells a central New Jersey newspaper that Brecht will officially be announced as the programs head coach later today. He'll replace Jim Stagnetta, who resigned on May 16th following a 6-9 season.
He would make the hour-long pilgrimage to the Carrier Dome in much the same manner the Powell brothers journeyed before him. Tom Grimm’s outsized memories of those trips fixated on Mike Powell’s magical performances. Powerhouse programs like Virginia and North Carolina recruited Tom Grimm, himself the youngest of a trio of lacrosse playing brothers from Carthage. But there was really never any doubt about which college the precocious talent would choose.
I'll be honest: when the subject of the Tewaaraton Trophy honoring Jim Brown with the inaugural Tewaaraton Legend Award first came up I never thought we'd be able to get him to Washington, D.C., for the ceremony. But clearly, lacrosse still holds a firm place in his heart. And he still has the utmost respect for fellow Hall of Famer Roy Simmons Jr., his Syracuse teammate in the late 1950s and the guy who definitely deserves an assist for getting "Big Jim" to D.C. (Thank you also to Jim's wife, Monique, and the Tewaaraton Committee for making it happen.)
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John Lade was a two-time US Lacrosse high school All-American, later a member of the U.S. Under-19 team and a sought-after college recruit. But in 2007 when the future Syracuse defenseman and Major League Lacrosse draft pick played in the US Lacrosse all-star event now called the Champion All-American Showcase, Lade was not quite the headliner that, say, North Carolina's Nick Galasso or Northwestern's Kara Mupo were last summer, when those top-ranked incoming freshmen played in the event.
The Rattlers host the league-leading Cannons Saturday at 7PM. The game will be televised by TWCS, and carried on ESPN3. The Section 5 Exceptional Seniors games preceed the MLL contest, with the girls playing at 1:30, and the boys at 4PM.
This week on Inside The Rattlers we check out highlights from week 4, catch up with MLL Experts Dave Ryan and Evan Washburn after a tough home loss to the Nationals and look ahead to the Rattlers week 5 match-up with the Cannons. (Video 8:09)
Cascade Rookie of the Week: Jeremy Thompson, Hamilton Nationals
Making his MLL debut, (Jeremy) Thompson scored two goals to help the Nationals earn their first victory of the season, a 14-13 win over the Rochester Rattlers on Friday night at Sahlen’s Stadium. He scored his first career goal just 51 seconds into the second quarter to give Hamilton a 4-3 lead before adding a goal in the third quarter, which gave the Nationals a 9-7 cushion. The sixth overall pick in the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft, Thompson helped Syracuse University reach the NCAA quarter-finals as a senior.
Growing up, the net in my backyard was definitely a favorite hangout for myself, my brothers, friends and sister as we continually caused property damage to our house and our neighbors after ripping holes in an improperly strung up net.
The Section III Girls Lacrosse Exceptional Senior Game., held on Monday, June 13th at Marcellus Senior High School, raided $900 to benfit Joy Zimmerman. Joy was diagnosed in August 2010 with Metaplastic Carsinoma. Story includes rosters and scoring information
Sparked by a dominant first quarter of action, Brother Rice defeated Forest Hills Eastern, 15-4, on Saturday to claim its seventh Division 1 boys' state championship in a row. The Warriors scored a pair of goals just six seconds apart within the first minute of action en route to a 6-0 lead by the end of the opening quarter. The Warriors then stretched their lead to 10-0 by halftime and even forced a running clock for the majority of the fourth quarter.
Villanova senior midfielder Brian Karalunas (J-D) has been named the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Men's Lacrosse Performer of the Year for the second straight year. Karalunas and Chris Ficke (Madison, N.J.) are two of 12 student-athletes selected to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Men's Lacrosse Team. The team is voted on by the sports information offices of the 28 area institutions from the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
If a picture is truly worth 1,000 words, then the photo above represents so much more than that for all those student-athletes luckily enough to have played for (Oswego native) Coach Robert Hartranft of Farmingdale High. In fact, this photo represents hundreds of emotions and countless memories for me and many others who donned the green and white.
In fact, this photo represents for me and hundreds of others who donned the green and white more than a 1,000 words, but 100s of emotions and countless memories. It reminds us of the man who did not need a New York State Championship to cement his legacy in the hearts of his former players.
Horseheads native Rick Sowell has been named head men's lacrosse coach at the U.S. Naval Academy.
"Today is a day about moving forward, not looking backward," Sowell said in a press release. "I am excited to have this opportunity and appreciate all that the United States Naval Academy represents: honor, tradition and integrity. These are the principles that I follow in life and know that my new team will reflect these values."
Corning High School's Ryan Schwartz scored three goals to lead the West team to a 15-5 win against the East in the Dave Sammon Exceptional Senior boys lacrosse game at Vestal High School on Monday night.
Duke's 13-11 regular season win over Virginia happened just a month and a half ago. But with the vast transformation the Wahoos made from April to May, that midseason ACC throwdown seems like it happened back when Bacharach bucket helmets were trending.
The New York state boys' lacrosse championship games were decided this past weekend, and two of those matches were extra-time thrillers. In Class A, Farmingdale defeated Ithaca, 12-11 in OT, to give head coach Bob Hartranft his first-ever state championship. In Class B, Jamesville-DeWitt also won in OT, edging Garden City, 8-7. Cazanovia Central captured the Class C title with a 14-6 victory over Bayport-Blue Point. Photos of each can be found at the links below.
Before his professional debut Friday, Syracuse University’s Jeremy Thompson was excited to play on the star-studded lineup of the Hamilton Nationals.
“I am very excited to be out here with the big names on this team that have made a name for themselves in the big leagues,” said the former Orange midfielder.
It didn’t take Thompson long to prove that he belonged in Major League Lacrosse, scoring 51 seconds into the second quarter. That goal would be the first of two he scored in his professional debut in a 14-13 win over the Rochester Rattlers. For his impressive first game, the MLL named him the Cascade Rookie of the Week.
Hamilton waived midfielder Brian Christopher, attackman Chris Daniello, defenseman Jon Sullivan and attackman Brandon Spillett. The Nationals . . . claimed midfielder Jordan MacIntosh from Division III RIT.
About 350 aspiring actors convened at Hempstead (N.Y.) High School on Friday night to audition for the upcoming lacrosse feature film, "Crooked Arrows," which begins filming in August in Boston. Producer J. Todd Harris said 28 who attended the Long Island casting call would receive callbacks to Boston for a final audition in July.
Head coach Jim Longo – who has been the only coach of the Cazenovia lacrosse program since he started it some 15 years ago – was hoisted high in the air by his players Saturday night as he held the school’s first ever New York State Class C championship plague into the air. Behind its typically relentless offense and a defense that has been underrated all season long, the Lakers rolled to a 14-6 victory over the Section 11 champion Bayport-Blue Point Phantoms.
Overcome with emotion, Longo was swarmed by his grandchildren – lacrosse sticks in hand – as he fielded questions from media members and his team continued to celebrate at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
The South swept all three North-South All-Star games as the IWLCA honored 110 senior student-athletes at the annual games, held in Downingtown on Saturday, June 11 at the United Sports Training Center.
Twelve days ago, Corey Herrington’s West Genesee Wildcats fell to Ithaca, 15-10, in the state quarterfinal boys’ lacrosse playoffs. It was a hard loss for the Wildcats, a traditional state power. Corey was still smarting when he took a call the next day from his grandfather, Joe Watson, who’d been at the game. He asked how Corey was doing and offered a gentle observation:
“You win some, you lose some,” Joe told his grandson, who understood — in all ways — what that meant.
He was recruited by West Point for lacrosse. “I was really excited by all the opportunities it had to offer,” he said. “Academically and with the military life afterwards. I was really lucky to get an appointment and get in.”
“They came off that second delay and they definitely went on a run,” Pittsford coach Heidi Rasmussen said. “They had four unanswered goals, so I think they came out a little bit stronger obviously. I thought the delay would be a great opportunity for us to recover and finish out the last eight minutes, but that wasn’t the case.”
“I’m excited to be a part of that tradition,” Sowell said Thursday afternoon. “Again, looking at it from afar, Army-Navy in any sport is just a special, special rivalry, and it’s no different in lacrosse. My good friend [Joe Alberici] is the head coach at Army, so that’s going to be different.
Jordan Evans never saw the ball pock the back of the net. But he heard the roar, the riotous exuberation that erupted from the Jamesville-DeWitt sideline. “The second the crowd cheered, I knew that was it,” Evans said. “And then I was getting trampled.” Evans’ goal, the one that came with 3.6 seconds left in overtime, lifted his Red Rams to a dramatic 8-7 victory over Garden City in the state Class B lacrosse championship game Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse.
Sean Cannizzaro, who injured his left shoulder in the state semifinals Wednesday night, scored three of the Lakers first four goals as Cazenovia dominated the Class C title game Saturday at C-NS. The Lakers, who won their first state lacrosse title in school history, led 9-2 at halftime.
Frank Welch's words proved prophetic. The Ithaca High School boys lacrosse coach said before Saturday's state championship matchup that Farmingdale would let it fly from almost anywhere on the field. Unfortunately for the Little Red, he was right.
Just a month ago, the notion that the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team would earn its first state Class C championship appeared absurd, with two key starters, Taylor Gait and Natasha Grant, sidelined for the season.
Yet on Saturday afternoon at SUNY-Cortland, with Gait and Grant offering loud cheers from the sidelines, the Brothers made it all the way to the top, coming from behind to edge Mount Sinai 9-8 in the state Class C title game.
It was a sixth straight state crown for Garden City (21-0), which has won a record 12. It also beat Brighton in the 2008 and 2006 final and the 2007 semifinals. The Barons, however, beat the Trojans for their only title in 2005.
Class A: Ithaca Little Red (Section 4) vs. Farmingdale Dalers (Section 8)
Class B: Jamesville-DeWitt Red Rams (Section 3) vs. Garden City Trojans (Section 8)
Class C: Cazenovia Lakers (Section 3) vs. Bayport-Blue Point Phantoms (Section 11)
The Brothers put on another clinic Friday, using a deep offense and a blanketing ride to shoo away Section V’s Marcus Whitman 13-9 in a state Class C semifinal at SUNY-Cortland. The game wasn’t nearly as riveting as the final score hints. The Brothers (19-3) got scores from six players and tossed a pressure defense at the Wildcats so debilitating that Marcus Whitman went a 14-minute stretch in the second half without clearing midfield.
The Brighton girls lacrosse team built an eight-goal lead by halftime and went on to beat Section III’s Oswego, 15-9, in today’s ClassB state semifinals at SUNY Cortland behind four goals from sophomore Meaghan Bowen and three goals and three assists from freshman Lauren Smolensky.
The Liverpool High School Boys Lacrosse Team will hold its Second Annual "Gotta Believe" Shootout in memory of Coach Dan Spillett on Saturday, June 18, beginning at 9 a.m., at LHS. Spillett served as a volunteer lacrosse coach at LHS for 12 years. He passed away in 2005 after a battle with cancer.
For the past two years, the Ithaca High School boys' lacrosse team has sat home on state championship Saturday because of disheartening defeats in semifinal-round games. Not this year. Coach Frank Welch may be bringing his best squad to Saturday's Class A New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship game, as the Little Red faces Section 8 champion Farmingdale at 11 a.m. at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
Led by four goals and an assist from attackman John Grant, Jr., the Hamilton Nationals (1-2) broke away from a 7-7 half-time tie to earn their first win of the season, a 14-13 victory over the Rochester Rattlers (0-3) at Sahlen's Stadium on Friday evening.
A year after losing in the Class A state lacrosse semifinals, the Pittsford girls are going a step farther. The Panthers edged Section III power West Genesee, 9-7, in a battle of unbeaten teams today at SUNY Cortland and will face Section XI’s Northport in tomorrow’s 2:30 p.m. championship back in Cortland.
The Barons answered Oswego’s opening goal with nine straight of their own en route to a 15-9 decision in a state Class B semifinal at SUNY-Cortland. “I was really glad, even though we did lose, to make it this far,” said Bucs junior defender Brittany Kearns. “It does stink to see the seniors leave. But we will be coming back with the same spirit. We should be back here next year.”
One team had to stay undefeated in the NY State Class A semifinals. The now 19-1 West Genesee Wildcats won't be that team after losing to Section V champions Pittsford in the NY state championship semifinal round, 9-7.
After the final whistle of the girls lacrosse State Semifinal game, tears trickled down the cheeks of every player on the Marcus Whitman team. The Wildcats (19-2) fell to Christian Brothers Academy Syracuse 13-9 at the State University of New York at Cortland Friday, but that’s not why the Whitman girls were crying.
Israel Lacrosse, an organization dedicated to the development of the sport of lacrosse in Israel, has been officially recognized by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) as an Associate Member and Cornell alumni Howie Borkan has been selected to serve as the program's General Manager. Borkan has served as the color analyst for Cornell men's lacrosse broadcasts on radio and CornellBigRed.com since 2001.
Sure, the WSJ is an “elitist” publication that caters to the wealthier sections of our country’s population, and to some, this only reinforces the stereotype that all lacrosse players are wealthy sons of investment bankers. And while this stereotype is statistically true less and less true each year, it still makes sense that a paper like the WSJ would be interested in lacrosse, and here’s why: Because lacrosse is the next big sport that will create a serious return on investment.
Scoop It Up Lax today announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind 5-on-5 team lacrosse tournament, in partnership with Under Armour and Inside Lacrosse. The tournament, which is designed to allow participation from all age groups and experience levels, is spearheaded by former NCAA DI head men’s lacrosse coach for the University of Maryland and Loyola College, Dave Cottle, as well as former NCAA DIII head lacrosse coach at Gettysburg College, Hank Janczyk.
When it comes to Section 1 lacrosse, the Lakeland/Panas-Yorktown border rivalry is about as intense as it gets. The boys teams play for the Murphy Cup every year, and the girls teams square off twice per season. But as competitive as these lacrosse juggernauts might be, there is also a mutual respect that binds the Rebels and the 'Huskers. Perhaps the two most successful and decorated lacrosse programs in the area, the girls teams from each school have been trying something new this postseason — joint practices.
Scott Barker, athletic director for the Pittsford school district, was able to knock off something somewhat high on his to-do list recently. "I ran my truck over to get my oil changed," he said. "I was about 2,000 miles overdue, and I'm going to be driving all over New York state this weekend." Barker is not upset. If possible, Barker would like to go see the Pittsford girls lacrosse, Pittsford Sutherland baseball and Pittsford Mendon softball teams play in state tournament semifinals and finals.
Tradition dictates that New York is a baseball town. Fly into one of the region's airports and you'll see diamonds dotting every park and playground. This is the home of Alexander Cartwright and the Elysian Fields, a place where nearly eight million people a year click through the turnstiles of a ballpark. But beyond its cultural grip, baseball's days as the city's most functional pastime may be numbered. The sport that's coming to define the modern city more than any other is lacrosse.
Joe Walters will enjoy one of his shortest commutes to a Major League Lacrosse game this Friday, driving the five minutes from his downtown loft to Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, NY. He knows the route well having played there for three seasons. But this trip is different for the Rochester native.
The NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee at its meeting last week in Indianapolis recommended significant changes to the carding structure for players and coaches. One recommendation by the committee would require short-handed teams to play one person down on the offensive and defensive ends of the field below the 30-yard restraining line. Or in other words, four players must remain above the restraining line in the defensive zone.
The Friends of Ganondagan State Historic Site will host a sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the site, Route 444 at Boughton Hill Road. Proceeds from the sale will be used to help purchase wooden sticks for a lacrosse game set for Aug. 31, and other lacrosse programs.
The Syracuse Seven — as they were titled on the April 2011 issue of Inside Lacrosse — kept the Orange at the top of the Division I rankings for most of their final season, coming up just short in the extra frame to the ACC champions and eventual national runner-up, the Maryland Terrapins. It was over in an instant for the senior group that came into the regular season garnering the No. 1-ranking in Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook 2011 and receiving seven preseason All-American picks.
Potential opponents likely breathed a collective sigh of relief at the sight of the Orange’s early departure from the tournament, the second consecutive year that Syracuse failed to make it to the Final Four and an end to the program’s streak of 25 consecutive quarterfinal victories.
It was over, seemingly, after the opening quarter. Cazenovia rifled 20 shots at Silver Creek’s freshman goalie Connor Graves. Eight of those shots rippled the back of the net. The Lakers scored from outside, from inside. They scored off the face-off and off transition that happened so quickly, Graves could barely catch his breath in the sticky suburban air. Cazenovia scored, really, at will against an overmatched Silver Creek defense.
After being held in check for three quarters the Irondequoit boys lacrosse team’s offense finally got going in their New York State Class B semifinal game against Jamesville-Dewitt. It proved to be too little, too late though for the Section 5 champions.
His unruly hair was a little more unruly than usual, and sweat was pouring almost faucet-like down his face, creating a muck of a mess with the eye black Joe Bucci was wearing. The Ithaca senior midfielder had just scored one of the biggest goals of his career, one of the biggest in Ithaca's prominent boys' lacrosse history, and he looked at a group of reporters and said simply, "I'm a little tired right now."
The start of the state Class A boys' lacrosse semifinal at White Plains was delayed more than an hour Wednesday because of the incredible heat. Once play commenced, Shenendehowa found Farmingdale's attack was also off the charts.
Lacrosse fans can own a piece of US lacrosse history. The U.S. Indoor Lacrosse Team is holding a raffle of game-worn jerseys from the 2011 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, which ran from Saturday, May 21st to Saturday, May 28th in Prague.
"The Federation of International Lacrosse Board of Directors has voted to accept Israel as an Associate Member," said FIL Director of Development Tom Hayes. "We are extremely happy to include Israel as a member of the international community of lacrosse playing nations."
An afternoon that started slowly for Joe Bucci and the Ithaca High School boys lacrosse team's offense ended with Bucci's stick flying in the air and a pile of Little Red players on top of his sweat-soaked body. With Ithaca seeking its first state championship berth, Bucci netted the winner in double overtime to lift Ithaca over Pittsford, 6-5, on Wednesday afternoon at St. John Fisher College.
Perhaps the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team's 9-6 victory over Irondequoit in Wednesday night's state Class B semifinals at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester did not fit into the mold of other games the Red Rams have played in this post-season, as it mostly featured two strong defenses shutting each other down.
Still, J-D, boosted by Tim Edwards, McLaren Brady and a ferocious defense that shut out the Eagles most of the game, finished in front, despite Irondequoit's furious late rally, and by doing so extended its win streak to 43 and earned a shot at back-to-back state championships Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.
On a sticky Wednesday night at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester, the Lakers unleashed its high-octane attack on West Region champion Silver Creek in the first half, and then held on late to beat the Black Knights by a score of 15-13.
With that win, Cazenovia, at 21-1, earned a berth in Saturday's state championship game at Cicero-North Syacuse's Bragman Stadium, the game to start at 4 p.m. after Jamesville-DeWitt tries to win its second straight state Class B title at 1:30 against Garden City.
The Rochester Rattlers are back in action at Sahlen’s Stadium Friday June 10th at 7:30PM. The Rattlers
are off to an 0-2 start in 2011, but have reinforced their roster by adding seven draft picks. Rochester is
dressing rookies John Galloway, Jovan Miller, and Joel White for the first time this weekend. All three
hail from Syracuse University. “We’re excited about these three guys coming down the Thruway to help
us out. They’re all players who have the potential to step in and make an impact right away.” Rattlers
head coach BJ O’Hara said.
On average, shooters in the sport of girls lacrosse at the high school level can fire the five-ounce rubber ball anywhere between 50-60 miles per hour. Serving as the backstop for these incoming attacks is not a perk of the goalie position. Claudia Coleates, netminder for New York state Class C semifinalist Marcus Whitman, has crafted such a task thanks in large part to Jeff O’Donnell, the Wildcats’ goalie coach.
Corey Bulken is coming off a senior season at Le Moyne College during which he led Division II in face-off percentage, winning 69.2% of his draws, and was named the USILA Division II Specialty Player of the Year. Larry Kline spent the 2011 lacrosse season as an assistant coach at his alma mater - Binghamton University. His duties included assisting in all facets of practices, game preparation, and on field coaching as well as monitoring the team's academic work and providing necessary additional academic assistance and implementing a team goal-setting program. He also has experience as a coach and counselor at lacrosse camps.
To Austin Romantic, it feels like yesterday that he and the Ithaca High School boys lacrosse team lost in the state semifinals. When the Little Red fell back in 2010, and in 2009, Romantic said he remembers the silent locker room and the depressing bus ride back. To lose on that stage, he said, is something that is impossible to ever really get over.
New York legislative leaders are pushing new protections for student athletes who get concussions, immediately benching those who may have a mild traumatic brain injury and keeping them sidelined from sports or gym classes until they're symptom-free for at least 24 hours and get written authorization from a doctor.
Former Le Moyne College lacrosse standout Jack Venditti and University of New Haven graduate student Shannon Gagnewere named the 2010-11 Northeast-10 Conference Outstanding Scholar-Athletes of the Year by the Northeast-10 Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) Council as announced Tuesday evening at the annual NE-10 Awards Banquet.
The honor recognizes the conference's senior female student-athlete who has best distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.
Readers of this sports section, and sports fans in general, are surely familiar with anterior cruciate ligament tears. The ACL is the main stabilizing ligament of the knee, and they are often injured in college and professional athletes. But I doubt that many realize that stars like NFL quarterback Tom Brady are not the most common athletes to be sidelined by them.
Syracuse senior goalie John Galloway is the first two-time men’s lacrosse academic All-American in school history. Galloway was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Men’s At-Large Second Team for the second consecutive season on Tuesday, June 7.
Kailah Kempney, who will join the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team this fall, has been named to the Under Armour All-America team. Kempney will participate in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic on Saturday, July 2 at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.
Cortland's 1975 NCAA Div. II Championship Men's Lacrosse Team was honored during a ceremony at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, May 29, as part of the NCAA's new program to celebrate past NCAA title-winning teams.
. . . along with the American Heart Association, the Acomporas are urging the New York State Legislature to pass a bill ensuring that high school students learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how to use a defibrillator. They are seeking the community's help in getting a bill passed that would require high school students to learn CPR before they graduate.
The Hamilton Nationals announced Tuesday that Stephen Keogh and Jeremy Thompson of Syracuse University, and David Earl and Kevin Ridgway of Notre Dame have signed with the Major League Lacrosse. Dan Burns, fresh off a trip to the NCAA Finals with Maryland, also signed with the MLL.
So I watched both hours of MTV’s new Teen Wolf series which premiered last night. The show itself is not bad, if you're into the whole supernatural genre, and if you're into lacrosse, well, it's just about the laxiest thing I've ever seen on television, barring an actual game. The action isn't perfect, but one thing that is kind of cool is that the lacrosse is pretty integral to the plot. Here's what I thought while watching the show.
Hartwick College senior Dave Aitchison played for the North squad in the Lax World/USILA North/South Division III All-Star Game on May 27 at Goucher College in Towson, Md.
Jeff Milano-Johnson Night at Rattler's Game on Friday
The Friday night game between the Rochester Rattlers and The Hamilton Nationals will benefit the Jeff Milano-Johnson Memorial Fund. Two dollars from each ticket you buy with the coupon will go to the foundation. A major foundation fundraiser, the JV tournament, was ended early last weekend due to weather issues and the group needs your support. Information on the foundation is available at their website.
The lacrosse teams at Pittsford and Irondequoit were hard at work on Monday. Two different teams, two different fields, but one common denominator between the
two teams. The coaches. Andrew (Pittsford) and Craig (Irondequoit) Whipple are brothers and have their teams just two wins away from state titles.
"It would be something magical if we could both experience a state championship or even state championship game together," Craig said at Irondequoit's practice on Monday.
June is a great time of year to be in high school and it’s especially sweet for some athletes at Irondequoit. Some high school athletes never win a sectional championship. At Irondequoit, there are a handful of kids who have won two or more this year. Irondequoit is a perennial contender in boys’ lacrosse. This Wednesday, the Eagles head to the state semifinals to face the team that eliminated them last year -- Jamesville-Dewitt.
For the last decade, lacrosse has been one of the fastest-growing team sports in the country. US Lacrosse chapters have been established in 42 states and nearly 625,000 people played on organized teams in 2010 compared to just over 250,000 in 2001. The sport is growing at almost every level of the game.
Attacker Abby Berretone comes to HPU from Penfield, N.Y. where she set the record for assists in a single game at Penfield High School with 10. She had 49 assists in her senior season, one shy of the school’s single season record.
After watching an 8-2 second-quarter lead become a 13-11 fourth-quarter deficit, the top-ranked Cazenovia boys lacrosse team rallied to beat previously-unbeaten and No. 3 Salmon River 14-13 in overtime in the state Class C quarterfinals Saturday at Potsdam High School. (Video 1:03)
In Saturday's Class B regional final against Section X champion St. Lawrence at Potsdam High School, the Red Rams did not repeat its slow start from the Vestal game, nor was there much drama as the Red Rams breezed to an 18-4 victory to run its win streak to 42 consecutive games.
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Many people throughout the nation are falling in love with lacrosse. In the past few years, several great high school lacrosse and youth travel lacrosse programs have sprouted in unexpected places like Texas, North Carolina, Florida and even California.
Player of the Week: Bobby Wardwell, Shenendehowa: Registered 17 saves Wednesday in the 9-4 Section II Class AA victory over Niskayuna and added 11 stops Saturday in leading the Plainsmen to a 8-5 triumph over Mahopac in the state regional play.
Alfie Jacques, Onondaga Nation stickmaker, will be a guest speaker/presenter this year. Alf will have his exhibit of traditional and replica sticks on hand, and will demostrate his world-reknown carving skills. He'll be located near the Leighton Elementary school from approximately 10:00 am - 1:00 pm on Saturday.
The Black Knights became the first Section VI Class C boys lacrosse team to advance to the state final four with a runaway performance in a 15-8 victory over perennial state power Penn Yan in the Far West Regionals. An estimated 1,000 at St. John Fisher's Growney Stadium watched the Black Knights play an excellent all-around game that featured not only their flashy stickwork on offense but patient possessions, terrific faceoffs from Zach Williams, big hits on defense and a 12-save outing from their freshman goalie, Connor Graves.
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“We’re playing absolutely phenomenal defense right now,” Shenendehowa goaltender Bobby Wardwell said after his 11-save performance. “Our defensive mids are playing phenomenal. Our close defense has been great. We want to keep it rolling.”
When the boys lacrosse Lakers needed John Greacen's goal 1:30 into overtime to fight past Salmon River 14-13 in Saturday's Class C regional final at Potsdam High School, it matched what the ice hockey Lakers did exactly three months ago when it beat the Shamrocks in the same round of the state playoffs.
Story from the Watertown Daily Times
Racing to a 9-1 first-period lead, No. 1 state-ranked J-D rolled past Section X champion St. Lawrence in a state Class B quarterfinal at Potsdam. It was the 42nd straight win for the defending state champs.
Section Five Class A Champion Pittsford defeated Section Six representative, Clarence, 6-5 in the first of today's contests. The game began an hour late after lightning and rainstorms came through the area. At 2:02 the first face-off whistle was blown and Clarence walked away with the ball. Peter Biondi picked up the ground ball and gave Jack Lally the face off win for the Red Devils. Lally finished at 73% (10/14) at the draw for Clarence.
The Silver Warriors played the entire second half of the state Class A regional final down one player, and ended it four players short. Despite a valiant effort, Niskayuna couldn't maintain a miraculously built three-goal lead and eventually dropped a gut-wrenching 12-11 decision to Lakeland-Panas.
Rob Eisenbart still can’t believe he stopped it. Even as the junior goaltender gets ready for Section V power Irondequoit he shakes his head recalling the final minutes of a frantic Class B title game.
Jim Jennings is the owner of a team in a league with currently no other franchises, playing a sport in an area with no traditional connection to the game. Wilkes-Barre Lacrosse team president Jim Jennings talks about North American Lacrosse League coming to the Mohegan Sun Arena. And, oh yeah, his team doesn’t have a name yet, either.
The Victor Premier Summer Lacrosse League (PSL) is now accepting teams for our third summer season of lacrosse at the Victor High School on Wednesday nights for U8, U10, U12 and new this year, U14 travel teams.
On behalf of the newly founded North American Lacrosse League (NALL), Commissioner Phil Evans announced on Friday the first team ownership group for the league. Based out of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the ownership group consists of Joe DeLuca, Jim Jennings, John "Jack" Manzella, Aaron Musselman, Anthony "Chip" Santye, Ron Costello and Tom Cataldo. The organization was officially announced at a 2:00 p.m. press conference at the Mohegan Sun Arena, a 9500-seat facility where the team will play its home slate of games.
Once the tandem of Oswego girl's lacrosse leading scorers Taylor Giglio and Mikayla Place got on track, so the entire Buccaneers team. In the end, Oswego pulled away with a 10-7 victory over Horseheads of Section IV and advanced to the second round of the Class B state regional playoffs. Oswego (10-9) will next play Massena of Section 10, 5 p.m. on Saturday at SUNY Canton in a quest to reach the state semifinals.
Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse coach Doug Sedgwick was concerned that his team’s biggest opponent Thursday night would be complacency. His players relieved him of that worry very quickly.
After clinching Section III Tuesday night against Baldwinsville, West Genesee coach Bob Elmer made several frantic phone calls and scratch together a scouting report. No Lady Wildcat player had seen a minute of game tape on Section IV winners Corning, their opponent in the regional rounds of the New York State playoffs.
Steele Stanwick punctuated an unlikely Virginia men's lacrosse national championship run and a late-season Tewaaraton Award campaign by taking home the greatest individual award in college lacrosse Thursday night at the Warner Theatre. The Cavaliers junior attackman won the Tewaaraton men's honor over finalists Rob Pannell (Cornell), Jeremy Boltus (Army), John Galloway (Syracuse) and Joel White (Syracuse).
Rachel Siciliano couldn't attend an awards dinner on May 23, the night she was to be honored as a Young Woman of Distinction. The Brockport High School senior had a sectional lacrosse game to play against Irondequoit High School that night. Dinner organizers instead brought the award to her during a surprise visit to her school that morning. Siciliano followed that up by scoring a hat trick — three goals — in the game.
Niagara-Wheatfield couldn’t have played much better of a first half, but had to hold on for dear life over the final two quarters before scoring in overtime in order to end Hamburg’s four-year reign atop Class B.
The Hobart lacrosse team headed to Logan International Airport today, marking the start of an eight-day sightseeing and playing tour to Europe. Returning student-athlete as well as members of the Class of 2011, coaches, and staff will visit France and Belgium.
Syracuse was well represented on college lacrosse’s biggest night. Seniors John Galloway, Joel White and Orange legends Roy Simmons Jr. and Jim Brown were all in attendance at the 2011 Tewaaraton Awards banquet held at the Warner Theatre on June 2. Galloway and White were two of the five finalists for this year’s Tewaaraton Trophy as the college lacrosse player of the year. Brown was there to receive the first Tewaaraton Legends Award, and Simmons, Brown’s teammate at SU in the 1950s, introduced him.
John Desko can walk to the back of the Manley Fieldhouse lobby and watch much of his life unfold before him. There, on a timeline mural that is 36 feet long and 6 feet high, is the history of Syracuse University men’s lacrosse. (Video too, 1:22)
As fundraising events go, this one is a win-win-win. It is a win for children, who will get an opportunity to test their skills at football, basketball and lacrosse. It is a win for Syracuse University sports fans, who will get a chance to rub elbows with Orange legends and current coaches and players. And most of all it is a win for the Elmcrest Children’s Center, which will be the beneficiary of the third annual “Legends and Stars Day” from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Drumlins Country Club.
The CNY Family Sports Centre, is offering a lacrosse camp for boys in Grades K-2, from 9am-11am, and for boys in Grades 3-5, camp is from Noon – 2pm. The camp will be run by former State Champion, Lafayette HS coach, Greg Scott will be heading up the coaching staff. Also giving Coach Scott a hand is Eric Burns, and All-American and CNY Player of the Year. Coach Burns specializes in youth education and development, making him ideal for our camp. For more information, contact the CNY Family Sports Centre at (315) 638-8866, or www.cnyfsc.com.
from Rachel Stern / The Ithaca Journal (with sixteen photos)
Just 30 seconds into the second quarter, Ithaca High School boys lacrosse coach Frank Welch took a couple steps onto the field and signaled for a timeout. His team had just given up a fourth straight goal to West Genesee and the Little Red trailed by three. As Ithaca players trotted to the sideline he took off his hat, scratched his head, and pleaded with his team to remain calm. Message received.
Extending the state’s longest active winning streak to 41 games, No. 1 state-ranked J-D (19-0) rolled past the unranked Section IV champion Bears (12-6) in a Class B first-round state playoff game at Ithaca. Netting four goals each, Joe Nardella, Mason Powell and Sean Cannizzaro paced coach Jim Longo’s Lakers.
Despite losing every faceoff in the first half, the Shen defense completely shut down Niskayuna and the offense rolled out to the game’s first eight goals — with 7-0 lead at halftime — as the Plainsmen won 9-4 in dominating fashion on Wednesday night in Clifton Park.
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Vestal and Chenango Forks boys lacrosse teams ran into two buzzsaws on Wednesday night at Ithaca High, losing to teams ranked No. 1 in their respective classes by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
from Jeff DiVeronica / The Democrat & Chronicle (with ten photos)
Even when Heidi Rasmussen isn't talking, Pittsford's huddles aren't quiet. So when Penfield was pecking its way back into Wednesday's Section V Class A girls lacrosse title game, Panther players started yapping at halftime and timeouts.
Playing in its first game in June in its fifth year of existence, the Burnt Hills girls' lacrosse program made a resounding debut in state tournament play Wednesday, thrashing Section IX champion Saugerties in the first round of regional play.
One week ago at the UAlbany's John Fallon Field, it took a last-minute goal by one of the top players in the nation against winners of four consecutive sectional championships for Niskayuna to clinch the 2011 Section II Class A title.
Wednesday night at UAlbany's John Fallon Field, Section IX champion Red Hook (Dutchess County) kept Pericak from scoring for all of 21 seconds and managed to score just five goals, three of which came in the final two minutes of Albany Academy's 13-5 first round regional victory.
Frontier girls lacrosse coach Tim Myslinski has talked all season about what a special group he has. On Tuesday night, the Falcons sure did something special. Frontier won its first girls lacrosse championship in school history by dethroning six-time defending champion Lancaster, 6-3, in the Class A final at All High Stadium.
Tripodi had two goals and nine assists in the Wildcats' 18-10 win over Fayetteville-Manlius in the Section 3 Class A semifinals. She then added six assists Tuesday in the Section 3 championship game, an 11-10 win over Baldwinsville.
Syracuse sophomore Michelle Tumolo and freshman Katie Webster have earned All-America honors from Synapse Sports. Tumolo was named to the third team, while Webster was a member of the All-Rookie Squad.
Friday - Nationals @ Rattlers: The Rochester Rattlers are giving away autograph books to their fans, and then they are going to available to sign them after the game. Come out and get the autograph of Rochester legend Casey Powell as well as young guns Ned Crotty, John Galloway, Javon Miller, and Joel White. There is a pre-game party with $1 pre-game drafts. Local band The Brunt will be playing a pre-game show starting when the gates open at 6:00PM.
This week on Sport's Authority's Inside the Rattlers we take a look back at the Rattler's first home game since 2008, preview which Rattler's college draft picks are eligible to play this weekend and put Midfielder Martin Cahill on the hot seat with our Warrior 5 Questions.
Major League Lacrosse is giving two (2) fans an opportunity to experience the Ultimate MLL Fan Fantasy through an unprecedented promotion! Register today to win a trip to the 2011 Sports Authority MLL All-Star Game on July 9, 2011 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts.
Carthage's Kailah Kempney laid crumpled just outside Oswego's crease after completing the greatest single performance of her girls lacrosse career in the Section 3 Class B final on Tuesday. She scored her ninth goal of the game as time expired and briefly pleaded to the officials to add just a few more seconds to the clock.
Not to be outdone by the Genesee boy's triple overtime thriller on Saturday at Cicero North Syracuse, the one-seeded Lady Wildcats squeaked by two-seed Baldwinsville in a nail-biter Tuesday night at Liverpool High School, 11-10.
Irondequoit has reached the Section Five Finals CC at Ironequoitfor the past five seasons and have won three times (2011,2010 and 2007). This game earned Irondequoit their 15th title. Attackman Greg Coholan was named the Class B All-Tournament team MVP. He finished today's contest with 4g-2a (8g-3a for the Tournament).
On a day where play had to be stopped because of sweltering temperatures, the ice-water shower that Irondequoit lacrosse coach Craig Whipple got after the game felt extra special.
Irondequoit Post Photos
Pittsford defeated Fairport 8-5 to win their first Section Five Championship twelve years. The Panthers were last Class A Champions in 1999 when they defeated Irondequoit 9-8. This game was close until the fourth quarter when Pittsford added three goals and held Fairport scoreless. Leading the charge for Pittsford was midfielder Matt Gold who was named thePittsford - Fairport Class A All-Tournament MVP. He finished with 3g-1a in today's game (7g-5a in the Tournament).
After losing in the Finals last season, Penn Yan came into this season looking for redemption. Tonight they secured their 16th Section Five Championship with a 12-6 Bath-PYwin over Bath. The Rams reached the Sectional Finals for the first time in their program's history tonight. They finished 14-3 this season with their only losses from Penn Yan (twice) and McQuaid Jesuit.
Syracuse University lacrosse fans will have to wait until Thursday night to learn whether Orange seniors John Galloway or Joel White wins the 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy, college lacrosse’s version of the Heisman. Yet, SU will have a winner regardless at the annual banquet in Washington DC.
SUNY Cortland junior midfielder Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) and sophomore midfielder Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) have been selected to the 2011 Synapse Sports/womenslacrosse.com Div. III All-America squad.
Abbott was chosen to the All-America first team and was named the national Midfielder of the Year, while Di Fato earned All-America second-team honors. Freshman attacker Ashley Cook (Commack) was named to the national All-Rookie team.
"It's special because it's a new group of kids winning," Wilbur said. "Fifty to 60 percent of our team was not on last year's team. To see their expressions, to see them win at the end of the game when they are throwing up their helmets and gloves and going crazy – that's what it's all about. You watch them win and celebrate. It's emotional. I tear up thinking about it."
Shaking off a thumb injury Buccaneers goalie Tayler Bowman returned for the second half to make four critical saves and lead Oswego to their first-ever Class B girls lacrosse sectional title, 15-14 over defending champion Carthage at Liverpool High School. Oswego (9-9) will next play Section IV champion Horseheads (10-5), 4 p.m. Thursday at West Genesee High School.
For the first time, Section Five Lacrosse has selected first and second Mike Simonteam All-Section players. The 2011 first team lists nineteen players and includes the ten All-Americans previously announced. "Knowing how many to take was the difficult question," says Section Five Chairman, Mike Simon. "There are so many excellent players in the Section." The second team list includes eighteen more players.
The first tryouts for the Rochester team are to be held on June 13th for 11th graders and June 14th for 9th and 10th graders. There is a tryout fee and an application form which must be received by June 11th. The information package is available.
It’s been a frustrating spring for school sports teams. Ironically today, the problem for some districts wasn't the rain but the heat. Indoors is where most teams spent their spring -- in the gym. In Penfield that was the case again today.
The IWLCA Announces the 2011 All American and All Regional Awards
Former CA standout Brian Scheetz, a sophomore for the Lakers, scored once and dished out three assists, and junior Kyle Kallay tacked on a pair of goals. Teammates Brandon Thomson and Kyle Stanney — also former Braves — now have a national title to go with their 2009 state championship.
Harvard’s Jennifer VanderMeulen picked up another postseason honor over the weekend. The sophomore attacker was named second-team All-America by Synapse Sports. Earlier this month, VanderMeulen was named first-team All-Ivy and first-team All-Northeast Region.
Six SUNY Cortland men's lacrosse players, led by senior midfielder Chris DeLuca (Sayville) and senior defender Justin Schneidman (Katonah/John Jay-Cross River), have been selected to the 2011 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Div. III All-America team.
The IWLCA has honored 109 senior student-athletes with selection to one of the North-South rosters. The 2011 North-South games will take place at the Champions' Cup, held at the United Sports Training Center in Downingtown, Pa., on June 11. The event will precede the IWLCA All-American banquet, which will take place at the Crown Plaza Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa., later that evening.
Major League Lacrosse has announced it will open the Player Pool for all college seniors that were not drafted in the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft in January. Players who have completed their senior season and do not have any remaining eligibility are able to register for the Player Pool until Noon on June 7.