Archived News Stories for November 2011


November 2011
Wednesday November 30, 2011 7:45AM
from The Corning Leader
Corning’s Whitney Corby signed a national letter of intent to attend and play Division I lacrosse at the University at Albany at a ceremony at East High School Tuesday.

from LaxLessons.com
Mike Skluth’s path to lacrosse success has been paved through hard work. The results speak for themselves. The junior is one of the top dfensemen on a John Jay team known for its defense. He’s also be continuing his career at the Division I level. Skluth, a junior, verbally committed to the University at Albany.

from NLL.com
The National Lacrosse League has announced a modification to the number of permitted video replay challenges. Beginning this season, teams will be permitted to challenge an on-field call once during each half of the game, for a maximum total of two challenges. A third challenge will no longer be permitted to teams that win the first two challenges during a game.

from Inside Lacrosse
[Grant] Catalino has his own take on why it was so effective. “Brian [Farrell] flipped it and before I could grab it he grabbed it,” he says. “That's probably why it worked so well, because I actually tried to grab it. After seeing the video of it, I don't think it could have worked out any better.”

12:15AM
from KARE11.com
Aron Lipkin grew up in the Twin Cities, and took up the sport of lacrosse as a 7th grader at Susan B. Anthony Middle School in Minneapolis. "I played hockey, I played baseball, and I was average at it. And lacrosse-- I was absolutely horrible at, but I was great," says Lipkin. Great, because no one knew the sport.


from Lacrosse Magazine
From November's Lacrosse Magazine, Syracuse star junior and Team USA member Michelle Tumolo talks pregame dance parties, Uncle Ben's, being part of the U.S. team and much more.

from The Marquette Tribune
While Wisconsin is historically more well known for its baseball, football and basketball, lacrosse has meant as much to Stephen Brundage as the Packers do to folks from Green Bay. Brundage grew up in Camillus, N.Y., a western suburb of Syracuse, and said Syracuse’s host of legendary lacrosse players served as heroes and icons to him as a youth.
Tuesday November 29, 2011 9:30AM
from Budd Baily / The Buffalo News
The Buffalo Bandits' offseason ended Sunday when the team met in First Niagara Center for its first training camp session in preparation for the 2012 season.

No one was happier to try to turn the page on the summer and fall than their coach and general manager, Darris Kilgour, although he still is feeling its effects.

from ILIndoor.com
“Take a look at the faces around you. These are the guys you’re fighting for your spot!”

Approximately 33 players and 4 goalies were at camp Sunday and several players won’t make the cut. “This is probably the toughest camp we’ve ever had and it’s only going to get harder from here, I hope they understand that,” said Kilgour.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Lacrosse Magazine rounded up eight stakeholders involved in a larger effort to diversify the game. Here's what they said.

from Liberty Athletics
Alyssa Kidder is coming off a productive 2011 season where she posted 27 goals and seven assists as she played as an attacker for the first time at Carthage High School. Previously playing midfield, the senior has tallied 45 groundballs in her three seasons of competition.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
[Joel] White will scoop ice cream at MaggieMoo’s in the Eastview Mall from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. to raise money for CURE Childhood Cancer Association. White will be joined by fellow Knighthawks’ draft choice and Syracuse star Stephen Keogh, and Knighthawks veteran Joe Walters. White described in detail the technique he will use that evening.

from XPlode Productions
Some footage from UPLAX lacrosse at Severna Park High School and Severn Park.

from YouTube
Twilight's Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene re-team in a story of young love and the true meaning of sportsmanship and life. Co-starring Chord Overstreet. Coming to select theaters and on Video On Demand December 2nd.
Monday November 28, 2011 8:30AM
from WWNY
Kirk Ventiquattro's life changed last summer when the legendary Carthage lacrosse coach was diagnosed with a late stage of prostate cancer.


from LILacrosseNews.com
Why did you choose Marist? “Marist is such an amazing school, from the stunning campus, to the rigorous academics, and to the outstanding athletic programs. I chose Marist because I knew that I would be getting an excellent education that would prepare me for my future while playing Division 1 lacrosse. Coach Jess O’Brien and Assistant Coach Jana Bradley are both very accomplished in the lacrosse community, and I am honored to be able to play on their team next year.”

from The Sun Chronicle
A bill proposed by Massachusetts State Sen. Richard Ross would require coaches be trained in CPR and sports first aid, while two other bills proposed by state Sen. Cynthia Stone would begin research on oral injuries as well as create a commission to monitor all student athlete injuries that would lead to regulations for all schools.
Sunday November 27, 2011 8:30AM
from the Buffalo News
Philip Kane was a defenseman on the Canisius High School hockey team who lived for the rough contact of a bruising sport. But not this year. After suffering at least six concussions on and off the ice, the South Buffalo teen struggles to read from a textbook. He's done playing hockey. And his dreams of attending college are in doubt.

from The Vacouver Sun
The Shockbox instantly alerts team officials — or parents — when a player suffers a dangerous blow to the head. The sensor uses Bluetooth wireless technology to send data on the magnitude of a head shot to subscribers’ smart phones. The data is processed by a web-based application, which issues a colour-coded message:

from 13WHAM.com
The Pittsford School District has commissioned a feasibility study after parents, student athletes and alums have requested the district upgrade their practice fields.

from Lacrosse Magazine
We've gotten a lot of votes already, and there's only a little bit of time for some more. Fan voting for LM's preseason players of the year, across all college levels, ends at 2 p.m. Eastern time Monday. The winners will run alongside our staff picks in the January issue of Lacrosse Magazine.
Saturday November 26, 2011 8:30AM
Danielle Spencer's Motivation
from Easton Lacrosse
See what motivates Easton Lacrosse athlete Danielle Spencer (Brighton) to work as hard as she does.


from Inside Lacrosse
There's talent through all levels of college lacrosse, as evidenced by this year's winners of the DII, DIII, Women's and MCLA Players of the Year for the 2011 Laxies.

While [Sam] Bradman’s (Canton) body of work for the season — 55 goals and 23 assists — is impressive, his seven goals and one assist in the national championship game lifted the Gulls to their ninth NCAA title and earned Bradman MOP honors.

from ILIndoor.com
IL Indoor has learned that the North American Lacrosse League has an expansion franchise lined up for their second season two months before the first season has even started.
Friday November 25, 2011 8:30AM
Binghamton University Men's Lacrosse: All-Access Workout
from Binghamton Athletics / YouTube
In preparation for the 2012 spring season, the Bearcats men's lacrosse team is hard at work in the weight room. Check out an all-access look with the Bearcats as they work with head strength and conditioning coach Bryan McGovern.

from MPNnow.com
College athletes need to budget their time between sports and classes. Canandaigua Academy graduate Evan Roth is taking on a bit more responsibility than the typical athlete.

Roth studies government at Harvard University, plays defenseman for the men’s lacrosse team and is enrolled in the Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.

from ILIndoor.com
Another National Lacrosse League season is just around the corner, which means teams are sharpening skills and ramping up community events. The Knighthawks are no exception and in case you ever wondered what the Build-A-Bear Workshop thing was all about for the Knighthawks, who have done this for several years, check out this video with Joel White, Grant Catalino, Joe Walters, Matt Vinc, Cody Jamieson and Jarrett Davis. (Video 1:49)

from
Penn Yan senior midfielder Dylan Yonts will be heading south a year from now, as the result of his signing a National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at St. Leo University in central Florida. "It's a small campus. It's very, very nice. The weather is nice, the academics are good and Dylan Yonts SIgnsthey play good lacrosse down there."
Thursday November 24, 2011 12:15AM
from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
James Spencer was a freshman at Clarkson University in Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, and was home visiting for the holiday, said his father, James Spencer of Boughton Hill Road in Mendon.

"He was an amazing kid. He was just a leader and had a tremendous amount of friends," his father said this morning.

from Sean Kirst / The Post-Standard
The Onondaga Nation has an offering that could be just the fix for area runners looking to burn off that Thanksgiving turkey: There'll be a 5K trail run Friday at the nation, just behind the firehouse on Route 11A. It's an informal run, although a clock will be available at the finish line for runners seeking to keep track of their times.

from Casey Vock / Inside Lacrosse
Kirk Ventiquattro has put his heart and soul into every endeavor he's embarked upon in his lifetime. As a father, he's led by example, living a healthy and wholesome lifestyle. As a physical education teacher, he's taught students to strive for excellence. And as the Carthage Central School District's long-time boys' lacrosse coach, Ventiquattro has cultivated some of the game's best players.

from Brighton-Pittsford Post
Jaclyn Fraum might be the closest thing to a lacrosse lifer. Which is why last Thursday may not have been too surprising for those who know the Pittsford Sutherland senior. Fraum signed her national letter of intent to play lacrosse at Villanova University for next year. The goaltender will be in her second season as a starter next season.

from The Chronicle-Express
It’s always a big day for parents when a high school athlete signs a letter of intent to play collegiate sports. But when that athlete’s last name is Yonts, the whole family turns out for the occasion at Penn Yan Academy.

from LaxPower
University of Delaware head coach Kateri Linville, who led her team to within one game of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament a year ago in her first season at the helm of the Blue Hens, has announced her second recruiting class, with 11 high school standouts signing NCAA?National Letters of Intent.

from MPNnow.com
Adam Fingar got his first taste of Division I lacrosse last spring. The Canandaigua graduate appeared in four games for the University of Hartford as a freshman. The Hawks went 11-7. Fingar, a defenseman, plays along side fellow Canandaigua graduates Austin Rogers, Ben Knapton and Scott Bement.

from Inside Lacrosse
Two other key plays from seniors — middie Kevin Coholan's (Rochester) go-ahead goal with seconds remaining before halftime and defenseman Matt Scherer's (Pittsford) desparate clear as time expired — came on just as big.

from LacrossePlayground.com
On Saturday, November 19 at American Legion Memorial Stadium, a group of regional lacrosse players organized by the Hounds and Doug Little, Director of SCOG Lacrosse, took the field for the first ever Charlotte Hounds Foundation fundraiser. At precisely 8:00 AM ET, Hounds Blue and Hounds White faced off and took aim for the 12 hour, 8 minute Guinness World Record for Longest Marathon Playing Lacrosse (male).
Wednesday November 23, 2011 8:00AM
from LILacrosseNews.com
“I’d like to thank my parents because without them I would never have had the opportunity to play lacrosse. Without them believing in me I would be nowhere, not only on the lacrosse field but in life. I would also like to thank Coach (Ed) Manly and Coach (Kevin) Krause for a great high school lacrosse experience.”

12:15AM
from Lacrosse Magazine
Ventiquattro, the longtime lacrosse coach at Carthage High in upstate New York, has helped develop some of the most prolific lacrosse players the sport has known. Names like Powell, Coffman and Grimm have all been groomed under his tutelage.

"I'm not the smartest guy in the world. I don't know more than anybody else," Ventiquattro said. "But I've always said and lived by this motto: If all it takes is hard work, I can do that. And that's what I'm going to do."


from SportsFive.net
There was celebration at Fairport High School on Monday night as four lacrosse players were honored for their recent signing of Nation Letters of Intent. Chris Bechle and Brian Martin, who both will be attending Binghamton along with Derek DeJoe (Syracuse) and Blaze Riorden (Albany) signed their letters last week and then hopped on the bus to Boston for their senior class trip.

Photos

from JustLacrosse Talkback
The first annual Upstate Cup was held this past Saturday at Penn Yan Academy. The weather was great and the teams were excited to play against top-notch competition for a championship. The competition on the day proved to be fierce as there were four overtime games and a championship game that was a one goal game until the last two minutes.

from Army Athletics
Forty members of the Army lacrosse team spent Sunday, Nov. 20, traveling to New York City to participate in "A Run Down Hero Highway." The memorial run is described on the Lead the Way Fund'swebsite as "A fun-filled, patriotic event that pays tribute to a local hero and helps raise money for the families of Army Rangers who have been killed, disabled, or are currently serving in harm's way."

from Vinnie Ricasio / LaxAllStars.com
Every team has its version of an “enforcer” somewhere in the line-up. I believe in displaying sportsmanship during competition. I also believe in showing an opponent that you will not take anymore of their cr*p at a certain point.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks are back in town this weekend for two days filled with practices, bears and brunch with the second week of Training Camp set for Saturday, November 26th to Sunday, November 27th.

from Inside Lacrosse
Lacrosse is evolving right in front of us. The game changes subtly from year to year, almost invisible to the eye. But those shifts are easily detectable at five- and 10-year increments. Why do shifts in strategy occur? What are the causes and effects? Here are nine recent trends that are impacting college lacrosse.

from US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame will host a storytelling and book signing event for "Lacrosse – The Ancient Game" on Thursday, Dec. 1. Featuring Native American lacrosse historian and storyteller Delmor Jacobs as well as the book’s publisher and co-author Jim Calder, the event will take place at the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in Baltimore from 12-2 p.m. as part of the newly created Keeper of the Game Project. The event is free and open to the public.

from LaxPower
The IWLCA has announced the recipients of the organization's service awards as well as the national assistant coaches of the year awards as the organization held its annual convention in Naples, Fla.

from LaxPower
University of North Carolina sophomore All-American attackman Nicky Galasso underwent surgery to repair a fracture in his left foot last Friday and will be sidelined for approximately two months, UNC head coach Joe Breschi and men's lacrosse athletic trainer Nina Walker announced Tuesday.
Tuesday November 22, 2011 8:00AM
from The Auburn Citizen
Having one high school athlete on a team sign a letter of intent to play collegiate sports is impressive, but three from a team is special, especially when all three sign at a Division I school. Auburn girls lacrosse had three players sign letters of intent Monday.

from 9WSYR


from Trevor Tierney / TIER Lacrosse
One of my first blogs that I wrote on this website was entitled, "Winning Does Not Matter", so the title for this blog might surprise you a bit . . . or maybe not as we all know this feeling! My point in that first blog was that I do not believe we should put all of our energy into simply trying to win, but more so into trying to be our absolute best. When we do this, many times we will find ourselves in the win column if we have an adequate level of skill and talent. However, there are also a lot of times when we may try our best, but we come up short.

12:15AM
from Syracuse Athletics
Syracuse University men’s head lacrosse coach John Desko released the team’s 2012 schedule on Monday, Nov. 21. This year’s 14-game regular-season slate features six home games, seven road dates and a neutral-site clash with Duke at the2012 Konica Minolta Big City Classic.

Syracuse opens the season at home against Albany on Feb. 19. The game is part of lacrosse tripleheader at the Carrier Dome that also features Air Force versus Rutgers at 11 a.m. and Hobart versus Siena at 5 p.m.


from Inside Lacrosse
Bob Carpenter, Publisher of Inside Lacrosse Magazine, announced plans for IL’s third signature event scheduled for the 2012 season, the Mile High Classic. Diehard lacrosse fans already circle the dates for the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic (March 10) and the Konica Minolta Big City Classic (April 1) on their calendars each year. Fresh for 2012, IL introduces the Mile High Classic, placing lacrosse center stage out West.

from LoHud.com
Senior Brian DiBetta of Katonah will look for a big final season with the Ithaca lacrosse team in the spring, and if his past is any indication, it's not only possible, it's likely.

Whether it means scoring a goal, forcing turnovers, or perhaps in his most important role — face-off specialist — DiBetta gets the job done all over the field.

from Dan DeFrancesco / Inside Lacrosse
Hello again from the old Empire. It’s been awhile since my last blog post. For this I apologize. I got a bit caught up in work, and when I planned on writing a blog I came down with the flu.

from Inside Lacrosse
Dom Starsia describes the initial implementation of the zone defense the first week of April last year as "the scariest thing you could imagine." It was just after the Cavaliers had lost their third game of 2011, to Maryland, and that Tuesday they found out Matt Lovejoy was done for the season. (Audio 33:23)
Monday November 21, 2011 8:15AM
from YNN.com
Marist College lacrosse players raised money in memory of a fallen teammate. They held a flag football tournament to honor Edward Taylor Coombs, who died in a car accident over the summer.

Those who knew him best say Coombs had an amazing personality and a knack for making people around him feel good. His family says his loss has obviously been extremely painful and that events like this mean a lot. (Video 1:08)

from LaxLessons.com
The 6-foot right-hander is a strong stopper with good stick skills, clearing ability and communication skills.

What were the main factors in your decision?
When I chose Siena, I really felt that it was a great fit for me academically and athletically. One of the main factors was Siena’s relatively small size and its small class sizes. I felt that the class sizes weren’t that much different from a high school class, making it an easier transition into college life.

from DelMarvaNow.com
On the lacrosse field, Alexis Roskovich's positivity is one of the things that shines the most about her. It was that same positive attitude that she found exhibited on her visit to Canisius College. That was also what led her to signing a letter of intent to play Division I lacrosse at the Buffalo, N.Y., school.

"I think all of the people had a big thing to do with it," she said. "The coach was awesome, the girls were so inviting from the minute I stepped on campus. Wherever we went, everyone was smiling and so friendly."

from LILacrosseNoews.com
Northport junior midfielder John Glancy has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the University at Albany.

from Inside Lacrosse
Bob Carpenter, Publisher of Inside Lacrosse Magazine, announced plans for IL’s third signature event scheduled for the 2012 season, the Mile High Classic. Diehard lacrosse fans already circle the dates for the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic (March 10) and the Konica Minolta Big City Classic (April 1) on their calendars each year. Fresh for 2012, IL introduces the Mile High Classic, placing lacrosse center stage out West.
Sunday November 20, 2011 12:15AM
from Indian Country News / YouTube
Tom Vennum is a historian and senior ethnomusicologist emeritus at the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.


from Lacrosse Magazine
"There was a lot of back-and-forth, a lot of teaching," Team USA defenseman Stephen Jahelka said. "They were sharing experiences with us, guys from SMU [Southern Methodist University] and guys from the high schools. Instead of feeling bad for themselves, like they may have been at a disadvantage playing us, they greeted the opportunity with an open mind, did what they could and learned from what we had to say. It was really nice to see."

from LaxLessons.com
The 6-foot right-hander is a strong stopper with good stick skills, clearing ability and communication skills.
Saturday November 19, 2011 12:15AM
from JustLacrosse Talkback
On December 28, 29 and 30, the most decorated college lacrosse player of all-time brings his totally unique flair and unmatchable creativity to the beautiful campus of St. Andrews School in Boca Raton, Fla.

Considered by many to be one of the fiercest dodgers and most creative stick handlers the game has ever seen, Mikey Powell brings over 20 years of competitive lacrosse experience with him along with an abundant amount high-energy fun.

Powell says, “It is the greatest game on earth. Hands down. I truly believe that in order for a player to reach the pinnacle they must first experience how fun the sport can be. Fun is the foundation of true success. Which is why I have designed this product to provide lacrosse players of all skill levels with the spark that will trigger the inferno."

The Mike Powell Holiday Experience welcomes both girls and boys players and will feature a one-of-a-kind lesson plan designed to assure that athletes leave with amazing enthusiasm towards the beautiful game of lacrosse and a wealth of insider knowledge from one of the games greatest players.

Click here to register

from the Webster Post
The Rochester Knighthawks will begin preparations for the upcoming 2012 National Lacrosse League season with a 9p.m. to 11 p.m. practice session on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Total Sports Experience, in Gates.

The practice is the first of four over the course of two weekends, and are open to the public.

from the Brighton-Pittsford Post
When Maddie Silverman was playing lacrosse in the seventh grade she knew she wanted to play lacrosse in college. That dream took a bit of detour last spring though.

Katrina Dowd Clinic
On Tuesday, November 22nd, Katrina Dowd will be holding a clinic featuring shooting tips, dodging drills, and innovative stick work drills. It will be held at Liberty Lacrosse 243 East Main Street, Elbridge, NY 13060. There will be two sessions - 6-7PM and 7-8PM - and space is limited. Call 315-258-5299 to reserve your spot. The cost of the clinic is $25.

from the Buffalo Bandits
Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced the team has signed six players to one-year deals for the 2012 National Lacrosse League season.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks will hold their inaugural “Brunch with the Knighthawks” on Sunday, November 27th at the Stock Exchange Restaurant. Fans can meet the 2012 players, staff and coaches, while dining at the location situated on the first floor of the Federal Plaza.

from the Buffalo Bandits
Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced the team will hold an open practice event at First Niagara Center to offer fans their first chance to catch the Bandits in action before the start of the 2012 National Lacrosse League season.

from LaxPower
The University of Denver has positioned itself to leverage its recent lacrosse success for the expansion of the game's popularity in the western United States. Situated in one of the sport's emerging hotbeds, DU secured the intellectual property rights to the name "Lacrosse Capital of the West," formally depicted in the trademarked logo, as a symbol of the institution's commitment to the game's development.
Friday November 18, 2011 8:30AM
from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
There are six players on the Irondequoit boys lacrosse team that have been teammates since they were about eight years old. Earlier this week, Andrew Cordes, Nick Doktor, Connor Enright, Eric Fischer, Gunnar Miller and Garrett Warren signed national letter of intets to play for college teams.

from the Watertown Daily Times
Cody Kucharski used her time at the podium during her lacrosse scholarship signing ceremony to preach about dedication and hard work. She was speaking about academics, an aspect that greatly influenced Canisius College’s decision to offer the General Brown senior a lacrosse scholarship. Kucharski ranks in the top 10 of her class with over a 93 average.

from The Saratogian
Five Shenendehowa athletes [including Mike Jenkins to LeMoyne lacrosse] celebrated their commitments to the next level Thursday afternoon in the Shenendehowa High School East library.

12:15AM
from Lacrosse Magazine
We've narrowed it down to four finalists in each division. Who are your picks? Voting kicked with NCAA Division I men and women and continued with men's and women's NCAA Division II and III, and men's and women's club. We finish with the JuCo level.
Thursday November 17, 2011 8:45AM
from the Watertown Daily Times
General Brown’s Cody Kucharski will sign a scholarship today to play Division I women’s lacrosse at Canisius College . . .

from YNN.com
. . . Also signing were Tyler Cavanaugh to Wake Forest basketball, making him a future opponent of his now-teammate Coleman, Deke Burns to Harvard lacrosse and Taylor Bierwagen to Grand Valley State lacrosse. (Video 1:19)

from ESPN
Now, back to my very unscientific sample. The women I spoke with who play field hockey, lacrosse and tennis -- sports where skirts are traditional garb -- told me they prefer to practice in shorts but compete in skirts, even when given the choice.

from PRWeb.com
It took West Shore Technologies' SportsBoard Scout only a few months to make an impact on the sport of men’s lacrosse. Now the revolutionary iPad application designed to streamline the arduous tasks of scouting and talent assessment is ready for the women’s game. Today, West Shore Technologies announces the release of Lacrosse Scout for Women, and prominent women’s coaches at all levels are signing up.

from Mark Bialczak / The Post-Standard
The new displays include lacrosse players dressed in orange — Syracuse University’s colors — a jack-in-the-box and a peacock.

WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. today through Jan. 8 except for New Year’s Eve.

12:15AM
from Syracuse Athletics
The U.S. Men's National Under-19 Team, featuring Syracuse freshman Ralph D’Agostino, will play in an exhibition game and host a clinic for youth players Nov. 18-20 in Dallas, Texas. This is the first Team USA training event for the squad as it begins preparation for the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Under-19 World Lacrosse Championship in Turku, Finland, in July 2012.

Team USA will take the field for the first time as a team in an exhibition game versus a team of Dallas area all-stars on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8:30 p.m. CST, in conjunction with the Dick's Lone Star Shootout, to be held at the Colony Five Star Complex in Colony, Texas. Admission to the exhibition game is free.

In addition to Saturday's exhibition, Team USA, led by head coach Tim Flynn, will host a national team player clinic for kids in grades 1-8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20 at McCullough Middle School. The cost for the clinic is $40 if pre-registered and includes a t-shirt and opportunities to win official Team USA gear. Walk-up registration, pending availability, is $50.

from the Albany Times-Union
A total of seven Niskayuna High athletes made it official last week when they signed their national letters of intent to compete at the Division I level in their chosen sports. Many of them made their decisions months ago, but Nov. 9 made it official.

from Inside Lacrosse
The Orange struggled to find consistency in 2011 as the relatively young roster failed to make it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four seasons.

from Inside Lacrosse
The National Letter of Intent period began on Wednesday and will run another three days. Continuing this week will be class-by-class breakdowns of the top conferences. Since Thursday, I've covered the Big East, Colonial Athletic Conference, ACC and the Ivy League. Today, we look at the 'Best of the Rest'.

from Inside Lacrosse
This is the first of a three-part series produced by Jason Donville featuring the top high school players in Canada in the Classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014. Today, we feature the Class or 2012 seniors. Check back Thursday for Donville's take of the Canadian Class of 2013 Juniors, and Friday for the Canadian Class of 2014 sophomores.
Wednesday November 16, 2011 8:30AM
from The Penfield Post
Three more VCS student-athletes announced their intention to play Division I college sports with another Blue Devil College Letter of Intent signing Tuesday afternoon. Sitting in front of another packed meeting room at the VCS high school, the signers were T.J. DiSanto, John Maloney and Mitch Rupp.

from The Auburn Citizen
Jordan-Elbridge senior Amanda Wheeler signed her letter of intent Tuesday to play lacrosse at Syracuse University next year.

from The Corning Leader
Mallory Frysinger signed a national letter of intent to attend and play lacrosse at the University of North Carolina at a ceremony held at Corning East High School Tuesday.

from ILIndoor.com
The Charlotte Copperheads have announced their 2012 schedule and, making a bigger splash, the signing of the first marquee player for the North American Lacrosse League. US national team member and former Boston Blazer faceoff ace Ryan Hotaling (Corcoran) has agreed to a contract with the Copperheads.

from Casey Vock / Inside Lacrosse
Today, the IL Gear Zone meets up with the Glory Days Blog as we bring you some photographs of an interesting vintage lacrosse stick that dates back some 40 years . . . Take a look at a fantastic piece of lacrosse equipment from the early days of the plastic stick.

from Inside Lacrosse
Sean and Jake go off-course a little to a great surfing spot in Costa Rica and tube down a river.

12:15AM
from NativeTelcom.org
The documentary Sacred Stick will be shown November 19th at the University of Buffalo's Noton Hall, from 6PM - 9PM. The screening is sponsored by the Native American Peoples Alliance, a student group at UB. Oren Lyons and Sacred Stick Producer/Director Michelle Danforth are guest speakers for the event.


from the Irondequoit Post
Any team would be thrilled to have one player continue their athletic career at a Division 1 college or university. Many years can pass before a program is able to produce talent along those lines. So the fact that the Irondequoit boys lacrosse team had six members sign national letters of intent- five to play Division 1 - is nothing short of amazing.

from Inside Lacrosse
The Big Red will bring in a pretty highly regarded class, drawing a balance between Canadians and players from top H.S. programs in the Northeast. Britton has a great upside at close defense and is a lockdown threat. West, Edmonds, Doyle and Schattner are part of an excellent offensive group that will head to Ithaca as Pannell, Lang & Co. depart.

from The Palladium Times
When Oswego High School senior lacrosse player Brittany Kearns graduates, she’ll trade her Buccaneer Blue for Syracuse Orange. Kearns on Tuesday officially made her commitment to attend Syracuse University and play for Coach Gary Gait’s NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse team. Kearns was a captain and defensive leader on Oswego’s Section III Class B championship team this past spring.

from The Palladium Times
For Oswego senior Mikayla Place, the opportunity to play NCAA Division I lacrosse is a dream come true. She will get that opportunity at St. Bonaventure University. Place formally made her college commitment during a National Letter of Intent signing ceremony this week at Oswego High School’s Faust Theatre.

from LacrossePlayground.com
For this issue of SS Lax Customs, Stylin’ Strings “Honored the Game” by completely customizing a Gait Torque to match the insignia of the Army’s Tenth Mountain Sustainment Brigade serving in Iraq.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Voting kicked with Division I men and women, and continues with men's and women's Division II and III. Check back to LaxMagazine.com throughout the week to vote on club men, club women and JuCo levels. Polls will close on Monday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Results will be published in the January issue of LM, alongside our staff picks. Don't get the mag? Join US Lacrosse and its 350,000-plus members today to start your subscription.

from LaxPower
LaxPower's databases have the information we've received or gathered for where men's and women's recruits – both apparent early commitments and others – will be headed for the 2012-2013 academic year. The lists currently have almost 1,000 men's and over 850 women's players and will grow fairly rapidly and steadily over the next six months.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
On Saturday, November 19th, at 1:00 p.m. the Knighthawks will add another recipient of their craftsmanship: General Sarge Gift-A-Bear Campaign. The campaign provides Build-A-Bear Workshop® animals to families of fallen heroes, to heroes wounded in action, or to military family children.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks forward Grant Catalino is going country Wednesday morning. The Webster native will hang out with Newman and the Bee Morning Coffee Club at 9:00 a.m. on 92.5 FM.
Tuesday November 15, 2011 9:30AM
from JustLacrosse Talkback
Originally scheduled to be played in Fairport, The Upstate Cup Tournament will now take place at Penn Yan Academy, 305 Court Street in Penn Yan. The date remains the same, Saturday, November 19th. The Tournament will feature some of the top teams in the North: The Hill Academy White, The Hill Academy Red, Jamesville-Dewitt, Pittsford, Corning, Penn Yan, Kahnawake Krunch, and Scorpion Elite.

from Inside Lacrosse
All seating locations at M&T Bank Stadium and MetLife Stadium will be reserved for these events. Fans are encouraged to make their plans now to secure tickets for these highly anticipated events.

from Tier Lacrosse
. . . Like I said before, he never ended up playing much for us, but he achieved his goal of helping us win a NCAA National Championship in 2001. He also became the greatest player and athlete that he was meant to become, just by being the best he could be for his teammates. He did not do it for the awards, or for the recognition of being in the papers and magazines, or to get noticed by the fans or alumni of the program. Simply being his best for his team and teammates was enough for him.

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from 9WSYR-TV
Eight Christian Brothers Academy students signed letters of intent for NCAA Division I lacrosse programs on Monday. Four boys and four girls announced their intentions. (Video 0:54)

Laxers fron Bishop Ludden heading to Le Moyne, Binghamton. (Video 0:50)

from NLL.com
The National Lacrosse League has announced that the league has reached a two-year agreement with CBS Sports Network to air NLL games during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The national television package for the 2012 season features five regular-season and three post-season games, including the 2012 NLL Championship Game. All games will air live on Saturday evenings, marking the first primetime weekly television package in league history. All games will also be broadcast in High Definition.

from Cornell Athletics
Eight members of the Cornell women's lacrosse team and eight members of the men's lacrosse team volunteered at the first Black and Gold Gala to support Mira's Movement on Saturday. Mira's movement, a non-profit company, seeks to raise awareness of and help children suffering from cancer.

from Lacrosse Magazine
The numbers have been crunched at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, and for the fourth consecutive year, the Division III men's tournament will expand its field. The 2012 season will feature a 28-team bracket, up two from the '11 campaign, according to Jeff Jarnecke, the associate director for championships at the NCAA.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres led his youth team to a championship Saturday at the Junior Turkeyshoot in Ithaca, NY.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
“I am pleased to have re-signed with the Knighthawks. It’s a great organization,” said Driscoll. “I look forward to the opportunity to once again be a leader and mentor to the younger players. It’s an honor.”

from the Minnesota Swarm
“Greg was a strategic pick for us,” Associate General Manager Joe Sullivan said. “He will help our team better compete for loose balls, which is an area we are looking to have more success at in 2012. Greg’s speed and athleticism led him to a combined 179 loose balls in the past two seasons. We’re looking forward to watching his game develop now as a member of the Swarm.”

from NLL.com
Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres announced that the team has signed three draft picks, including fifth-overall pick Johnny Powless. Powless agreed to a three-year deal, while Kyle Andrews and Aaron Tackaberry signed one-year deals.

from Lacrosse Magazine
"Playing time reflects where you come from; the greater the field reputation, the greater the playing time. It's a shame because box players could and will have a big influence on the field game in the future. I know it" -- Former Syracuse attackman/box player Emmett Printup Sr., in American Indian Lacrosse: Little Brother of War, 1991
Monday November 14, 2011 8:15AM
from The Palladium Times
Oswego’s Taylor Giglio hopes to have a great lacrosse career with the Great Danes. Giglio recently committed to attend the University of Albany to continue her education and play for the Great Danes’ NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse program. “I am very anxious to get to Albany,” Giglio said. “I actually have some people I know playing on the team now. That’s making more even more anxious to get there.”

from The Palladium Times
When your last line of defense is an NCAA Division I talent, your lacrosse team is in pretty good shape. That’s the luxury the Oswego High School varsity girls lacrosse team has had with goalkeeper Tayler Bowman.

from the Watertown Daily Times
“To be honest, if you had asked me freshman or sophomore year if I would play Division I, I would have said no way,” Rick said. “I always wanted to and the interest was always there, but I never realized it could be a reality.”

from The Palladium Times
Walker (Class of 1980) has held the lacrosse program record for points with 201 since 1980. The four-year player ranked first in career goals with 143 until 2004. An all-conference first-team selection in 1979, Walker was among the top 10 scorers in the nation in 1979 and 1980. He was the MVP in 1980. He thanked his family, teammates, and coaches for their help and support. Walker also noted that the success of his siblings helped drive him to succeed.

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from The Washington Post
The academics at Johns Hopkins University are tough for any student, but for Paul Rabil, they were a special hardship. Rabil, 25, Major League Lacrosse’s 2011 Most Valuable Player, has a condition called auditory processing disorder that can make reading and writing an excruciating trial. Surviving the reading-intensive courses at Hopkins required accommodations available to students with learning disabilities, and time — lots of it — to read and reread material to absorb its meaning.

from Lacrosse Magazine
It's November, but Lacrosse Magazine has long been looking ahead to the spring college season. As part of our preseason coverage in January's magazine, we want your input for LM's preseason players of the year. We've narrowed it down to four finalists in each division. Who are your picks?

Voting kicks off with Division I men and women. Check back to LaxMagazine.com throughout the week to vote on preseason players of the year in men's and women's Division II and III, club men, club women and JuCo levels. Polls will close on Monday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Results will be published in the January issue of LM, alongside our staff picks.

from Inside Lacrosse
HIghlights from when Lafayette and Pittsford squared off in the Tully Cornfield Classic form Central New York.


from Inside Lacrosse
Highlights of the Hill Academy vs. Fairport from the Tully Cornfield Classic in Central New York.


from Inside Lacrosse
Highlights of the Don Bosco vs. Rome Academy game from the Tully Cornfield Classic held in Central New York.


from Inside Lacrosse
Highlights from when West Genessee and Medfield clashed at the Tully Cornfield Classic in Central New York.

Sunday November 13, 2011 9:00AM
from The Steuben Courier
In the past Bath Youth Lacrosse has sent one or two teams to tournaments in the fall. This year they are sending more teams and attending more tournaments as interest in lacrosse grows.

The program has been hosting open play every Sunday night since the beginning of September and it has been a great chance for new players to try the sport. The first tournament that the fall ball teams attended this past weekend was at TSE Sports complex in Greece. This was the first time Bath Youth Lacrosse has attended this tournament.

from Leif Elsmo / LaxNews.com
This was not premeditated murder. This was not the act of one evil, deranged person. There was no grand conspiracy and this will not generate a high profile court case. Yet, this might be the single most tragic thing to ever happen to the sport of lacrosse.

Without strategic planning or foresight, or proper guardianship or even the common caring you would give your favorite pair of shoes, we have stood by and watched the American Field Lacrosse game simply die. It’s gone. It’s dead. It does not exist in 2010.

from YNN.com
Rome Free Academy boys lacrosse players Dylan Sbarglia and Rich Stapleton signed letters of intent to play for Stony Brook and Canisius, respectively, on Thursday, doubling the number of Black Knights players who have/will play for NCAA Division I programs.

from Leif Elsmo / LaxNews.com
The death of American field lacrosse was an unplanned evolution driven by technology advances, while any resurrection solutions will require planning and consensus, which may be impossible. So, what do we do now?

from Easton / Inside Lacrosse
Zach Heffner and the Easton crew had an emotional and impactful trip to the Native Vision Camp on a Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico, teaching American Indian kids lacrosse. Read his thoughts and check out the important video from Easton Lacrosse . . . (12:04)
Saturday November 12, 2011 9:00AM
from Elizabeth Doran / The Post-Standard
When Jamesville-DeWitt seventh-grader Emilie Harley learned she’d made the modified soccer team at school, she was relieved but felt bad for her friends who were cut because of budget reductions. To avoid these cuts in the spring and down the road, a group of parents started the SaveJDSports committee, which is raising money to offset the coaching cuts at all levels, including modified. The group estimates about 150 students could be cut from the teams if the group can’t raise enough money.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres announced today that the team has signed three draft picks, including fifth-overall pick Johnny Powless. Powless agreed to a three-year deal, pending league approval, while Kyle Andrews and Aaron Tackaberry signed one-year deals.

“It was not that long ago that I was coaching Johnny in winter league,” said Styres. “It was almost seven years ago to the day. He was a prolific scorer in junior and now he signed with the Knighthawks. It feels great that we are reaping the benefits of Six Nations hard work.”

from The Palladium Times
For Oswego senior Mikayla Place, the opportunity to play NCAA Division I lacrosse is a dream come true. She will get that opportunity at St. Bonaventure University. Place formally made her college commitment during a National Letter of Intent signing ceremony this week at Oswego High School’s Faust Theatre. A key player on the Lady Bucs’ Section III Class B championship team last spring, Place chose St. Bonaventure after also considering Duquesne, Boston University, Rutgers, and Gannon.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks Grant Catalino and Joe Walters made some new friends today, visiting corporate partners and fans around Rochester as part of a ticket delivery campaign to promote the team’s National Lacrosse League preseason game against the Minnesota Swarm.

from Lacrosse Magazine
The pieces of plywood that at times are needed to fill the goal are "the best goalies in the state," Anchorage Lacrosse League operator Mike Driscoll said. The sport, by that snapshot, is far from fully developed, but there are at least some people playing lacrosse in Alaska.

from Matt Kinnear / Inside Lacrosse
. . . But that's not even half of his story. Krzyminski was recently selected as the Wing Commander at the Air Force Academy. He's basically the No. 1 cadet in charge of more than 4,000 other cadets at the Academy. And, he's a captain of the Air Force lacrosse team who will play long-stick middie and man-down defense this season.
Friday November 11, 2011 9:15AM
Corning's Tokar Verbals to Binghamton
from JustLacrosse
Jon-Michael Tokar, M, Corning has given is verbal commitment to play lacrosse at Binghamton University. As a sophomore, Tokar was one of Corning's leading scorers posting 25 goals and 9 assists. JM was an Adidas All-American as well as a NY Section IV All League midfielder. He was also a member of the Nike Upstate team as a freshman and sophomore and participated in the National Invitation 175 and the Top 205 camps. JM narrowed his search and ultimately chose Binghamton based on the university's strong academics, lacrosse facilities, proximity to his hometown, and the sincerity of Coach Nelson and his staff during the recruiting process. He plans to study Biology in the future at BU.

from JustLacrosse Talkback
Liverpool Superintendent of Schools Dr. Richard N. Johns releases the names of six lacrosse players to sign NLI's this week.

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from Syracuse Athletics
Seniors Sarah Holden, Janelle Stegeland, Jill Cammett and junior Michelle Tumolo have been named captains for the 2012 Syracuse women’s lacrosse squad, head coach Gary Gait announced on Wednesday. Each of the four upperclassmen played in all 18 games during the Orange’s 2011 campaign.

Green/Gold/Pink Game scores dollars for Coaches vs. Cancer
from Oswego Athletics
The October 15 fall finale of the men’s lacrosse season raised more than $1,000 for Coaches vs. Cancer. The fourth annual Green/Gold/Pink intrasquad game divided the team but acted as a team bonding experience for all team members. Assistant coaches drafted their teams, and this year the Pink team defeated the White team by an 11-7 score.

Much of the money raised came through the team’s operation of concession sales held at the women’s volleyball tournament earlier in October. This year’s contribution total - $1,027 – went directly to Coaches vs. Cancer, which is operated by the American Cancer Society.

Junior midfielder/attackman Casey Balzer (Nassau, NY/Columbia HS) of the Pink team led all scorers with three goals and three assists, while senior goalie Tom Gropp (Fairport, NY/Fairport HS) led the White team’s efforts with nine saves in the first half. The Lakers are scheduled to open their 2012 season on Saturday, March 3 at 1:00 PM at SUNY Morrisville.

from Inside Lacrosse
Above is a photo of Culver Academy (Ind.) recruits Kyle Trolley, a Notre Dame commit, and Bud Graham, a Hobart commit, alongside coach Jon Posner.

from Inside Lacrosse
'Cuse fans were worried when the Orange weren't getting blue chip recruits, but this is a pretty talented group from where I sit. Palasek is a stud that can press out and wreak havoc, while Avallone has excellent size and positioning in goal. Gillis and Ciferri are two very underrated middies that committed most recently.

from Marist Athletics
The Red Foxes, who finished the 2011 season at 8-7 and a third-place finish in the conference, will play an 13-game schedule, including six Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Lacrosse League contests.

from Inside Lacrosse
We continue to bring you our MCLA Game Day gear coverage with Division I's No. 12 seeded team (in the tournament) the SUNY-Buffalo Bulls, a squad that0 finished 11-4 on the year.
Thursday November 10, 2011 8:45AM
from LaxAllStars.com
Welcome to the first ever Lacrosse The World Podcast, LaxAllStars.com’s newest podcast featuring interviews with lacrosse community leaders from all over the world who are doing their part to grow the game.

Over the past 6 years, Ryan Powell has played a huge part in growing the game of lacrosse in Portland, Oregon. His instructional company Rhino Lacrosse offers a wide range of off-season playing opportunities for players of all ages and skill levels. Powell’s commitment to his local community is undeniable, and we’re thrilled to kick this new podcast series of with him.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres announced today that the team has signed local lacrosse products Grant Catalino of Webster and Joel White of Cortland. The newest Knighthawks were both selected in the 2011 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. White agreed to a two-year contract, while Catalino signed a one-year deal. Both deals are pending league approval.

The Knighthawks will open their 2012 Training Camp at Total Sports Experience in Gates on Saturday, November 19th with a 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. session.

from the Watertown Daily Times
On Wednesday, wearing a navy hooded sweatshirt with Liberty stitched in red block lettering across the chest, [Alyssa] Kidder became the next Carthage Comet to commit to Division I lacrosse. She signed her LOI to Liberty University, a large Christian college located in Lynchburg, Va. Teammate Meghan Serota also signed her LOI with Division II Le Moyne.

from TheCircleNews.org
It could have been a pitched battle of Eagles, fought swiftly and without mercy. But the lacrosse game played on a recent hot summer day between the Eagles of Prairie Island Indian Community and the Eagles of Apple Valley was a friendlier affair, pitting two teams who respected the other's sportsmanship and reverence for the Creator's Game.

from PhillyLacrosse.com
Why did you choose school?: “I’ve always wanted to serve; throw in a good education and a great lacrosse team, and you’ve got the perfect match.”

from Bryant Athletics
Bryant University head coach Mike Pressler is pleased to announce the addition of 15 student-athletes to the Bulldog men's lacrosse roster for the 2012 season. The 14-member Class of 2015 and one junior transfer add depth and skill and look to have an immediate impact on the program in its second season with full NCAA eligibility. [The group includes] Brian Schlansker, Midfield (Glenville, N.Y. / Niskayuna) and Ryan Yunker, Attack (Churchville, N.Y. / Churchville-Chili)

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks gave ROC E6 lacrosse a big “assist” today with the presentation of a $4,000 check to the organization. The money will fund the inner-city lacrosse program in its goal of traveling to tournaments outside the Rochester area this summer.

from Lacrosse Magazine / Yahoo Sports Canada
Former Cornell goalie and Canadian national team goalie Kyle Miller has been told he has cancer for the second time. He was first diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma cancer his junior year at Cornell, and fought off the disease in 2003 and came back to be one of Team Canada's goalie in its historic 2006 win over Team USA.

from PRWeb.com
PreGame Lacrosse has partnered with a number of the top lacrosse club organizations across the country to provide an array of evaluating and recruiting services to high school lacrosse players.

from LaxNews.com
Lacrosse enthusiasts and casual observers alike contribute to a dialogue that encompasses a wide range of opinions and suggestions on how to celebrate the growth and popularity. I wonder how to do it without sacrificing the tradition. My experience during a tremendously rewarding thirty eight year association with lacrosse as a student athlete, coach, clinician, parent and official does not give me the magical answer but hopefully a balanced perspective.
Wednesday November 9, 2011 8:15AM
from SportsFive.net
The list of verbals from Section Five for next year stands at twenty-three, with more to follow before the end of the year. The "Recruitment List" still shows both last year's graduates as well as commitments from the classes of 2012 and 2013.

from Inside Lacrosse
IL's Mark Dixon explains the good and the bad that came out of this fall's experimental rule changes in college lacrosse.

from Inside Lacrosse
The adventure finally begins when Sean & Jake make it out of Panama and cross the border to Costa Rica after some minor trouble.

from Inside Lacrosse
Highlights from the Hawaii Masters Championship game between Wimmer Solutions and Crease Monkeys.

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from Cornell Athletics
Paired with Cornell's Public Service Center for Flood Relief, Big Red women's lacrosse worked to clean up one area seemingly untouched since the flooding two months ago. With trash bags and gloves, the team cleared the woods of littered trash and other flood-damaged items from people's homes. The team even combined the efforts and muscle power to flip over a reversed shed in one resident's backyard.


from Cornell Athletics
US Lacrosse has announced that the U.S. men's national under-19 team, featuring Cornell rookie Connor Buczek, will play in an exhibition game and host a clinic for youth players Nov. 18-20 in Dallas, Texas. This is the first Team USA training event for the squad as it begins preparation for the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Under-19 World Lacrosse Championship in Turku, Finland, in July 2012.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Brown coach Lars Tiffany (LaFayette) said the raw talent is slightly down from years past, which is why his programs top priority for the 2011-12 school year isn't necessarily filling in holes on the field, but instead making sure they operate as one unit without individual agendas.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Mr. Tony is fast becoming a fan of lacrosse. Long Island native Tony Kornheiser, more popularly known as a co-host of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption," had Paul Rabil on a guest on his local Washington, D.C., radio show Tuesday morning.

from LaxAllStars.com
In our last episode of Lacrosse Mythbusters, we asked if eye black was just fashion, or if there was some actual function involved too. We didn’t truly understand what was going on with the product, but it certainly started some serious conversation. Some said it was just “the warrior look”, while others swore that eye black actually works. So what did we do? We checked with a scientist.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 1:45PM
from Crooked Arrows
Brandon Routh, star of the upcoming lacrosse movie, Crooked Arrows, talks about the movie and his experiences as the leading role in the film.


from JustLacrosse Talkback
The National Scholastic Club Lacrosse Association “NSCLA” announced today the organization has engaged MVP, llc to direct the Third Annual NSCLA CHAMPIONS CUP.

The NSCLA is a 501-C3 organization, which was formed in 2010 as an alliance of the top teaching/ recruiting focused lacrosse clubs in North America. Currently the membership includes: Edge Elite (Canada), CNY Roadhawks, New Hampshire Tomahawks, Progression Lacrosse (Ct. Hurricanes), LI Express, Patriot Lacrosse, Leading Edge, LB3, Madlax, Baltimore Lacrosse Club (Crabs), Roughriders, Carolina Select, True Lacrosse and Denver Elite. The NSCLA website is: http://www.nscla.com

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from Inside Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse and CBS Sports Network agreed to a televsion deal Monday that will see at least 14 games broadcast live nationally on the network in 2012. The deal is in addition to the six games already shown on ESPN2. “It's huge... our plan was to increase our national TV footprint, and this obviously goes a long way to meeting that objective getting six games on ESPN2 and 14 games on CBS sports Network,” Commissioner Dave Gross said Monday.

from the Toronto Globe and Mail
Rushing back to classroom after a concussion can be as harmful as rushing back to the playing field, the latest research shows. A private school in Toronto is taking this into account, developing a first-of-its-kind protocol to help students reintegrate academically after a brain injury. St. Michael’s College School will host a symposium in the spring to share the details of its Return to Learn program.

from The Palladium Times
The tournament hosted 60 varsity teams on 10 fields, with Oswego defeating teams from Frontier (score of 10-5), Johnson City (13-2), and Jordan Elbridge (7-2) at the daylong event.

from John Jiloty / Inside Lacrosse
Longtime Inside Lacrosse columnist and Bates College head coach Peter Lasagna was among four inductees to the Greater Rochester Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Friday night. Lasagna went in with Towson head coach Shawn Nadelen, Nazareth head coach Rob Randall and former Holy Cross player Jeanne DelSignore.

from US Lacrosse
NCAA champion lacrosse coaches John Danowski (Duke men) and Kelly Amonte Hiller (Northwestern women), National Lacrosse Hall of Fame umpire Jen O’Donnell, four-time Super Bowl referee Jerry Markbreit and ESPN analyst Herm Edwards highlight the schedule of speakers at the 2012 US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, as announced today by US Lacrosse.
Monday November 7, 2011 2:30PM
from Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced Monday a major television agreement with CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) that will provide fans with 14 nationally televised games in 2012. Each game will be shown live on CBS Sports Network.

“We are extremely excited to add CBS Sports Network as a television partner. Having 14 live nationally telecast games on the network is a tremendous step forward for the growth of MLL and for lacrosse in general,” said David Gross, MLL Commissioner. “Our hope is that through this agreement with CBS Sports Network, MLL will expose sports fans to not only the fastest growing sport in the country, but the fastest sport on two-feet. Additionally, our loyal fans have been campaigning for more nationally televised games and we’re happy to announce that our partnership with CBS Sports Network will bring the total number of live, nationally televised games to 20 in 2012.”

from Inside Lacrosse
NCAA Championships aren't won in November, but they can be lost between the end of fallball and the first day of practice in January.

November is defined by workouts with strength and conditioning coaches, supervised individual workouts with coaches and abbreviated team lacrosse segments. It's a time of the year that should be geared towards individual improvement.
Sunday November 6, 2011 8:35AM
from ILIndoor.com
The toughest part about polls like this is that some of the game’s greatest pull a tough draw and are eliminated earlier than they should be.

CP’s style has thrilled NLL fans for years now, although is own body may have something to say about that. His physical style and motor in his own end often has him taking an absolute beating from defenders. But there he is, time and time again, going to the cage. He knows no other way.

from Matt Coulter
The girls also had a major tournament Saturday as Corcoran hosted the Uptop Lacrosse Showdown with over 20 Varsity teams and more than 50 college coaches scheduled to attend. Matt Coulter has photos of the tournament posted on Facebook.

from the Boston Cannons
The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, today announced the 2012 Cannons Open Tryout presented by CroART Lacrosse and CATZ Sports Performance Center, giving local players the chance to earn an invitation to Cannons Training Camp and a potential roster spot for the 2012 season. The tryout will take place in March, with exact date, time and location to be announced at a later date.

All players interested in attending the 2012 Cannons Open Tryout MUST register in the MLL Player Pool by December 1, 2011. Registration is available on the MLL website at: http://www.majorleaguelacrosse.com/news/3765/mll-opens-player-pool-registration.
Saturday November 5, 2011 9:15AM
from Casey Vock / Inside Lacrosse
The 2012 season is bringing with it high expectations for head coach Scott Marr and the Albany Great Danes. After going 5-10 in 2011 and finishing winless in the America East, the Danes can only improve on their in-conference performance. But the program has made significant changes, brings on some new faces and returns a group of players who want to push Albany to the top of the college ranks in 2012.

from ILIndoor.com
IL Indoor has learned that the National Lacrosse is very close to reaching an agreement with CBS Sports Network to air league games in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The network, formerly known as CBS College Sports, reaches over 98 million homes in the United States and is also available in Canada. Games will begin airing in April and run through the playoffs and championship game.

from LaFayetteSchools.org
Onondaga Nation – On October 27, 2011, there was a different kind of fund raising event. Usually classrooms hold bake sales to raise funds for their end of the year trip. This time ONS was raising money for lacrosse nets.

from Greg Mason / the Post-Standard
Skaneateles High School girls lacrosse players Friday put 140 American flags in Shotwell Memorial Park and Clift Park in Skaneateles as a tribute to veterans.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
He is “as advertised and better.” Those were the words Rochester Knighthawk Jarrett Davis used to describe the play of 18-year-old rookie Johnny Powless at the Hawaii Invitational Lacrosse Tournament. “I can’t wait to play with him,” said Davis about teaming up with his fellow forward during the 2012 National Lacrosse League season.
Friday November 4, 2011 7:45AM
Practice Being Great
from MetroLacrosse

Practice Being Great - MetroLacrosse from MetroLacrosse on Vimeo.



from Inside Lacrosse
Johnny Rhudy, D, New Canaan (Conn.) has committed to Army. A 6-foot-2, 185-pound member of the CT Whalers, Rhudy attended Top 205, UMass Midsummer Classic, Bulldog Bash, UNC Team Camp and Hotbeds, where he made the All-Star Game.

Nathan Blondino, A, St. Mary's Ryken (Md.) has committed to Army. Blondino had a big sophomore year, registering 38 goals and 39 assists for the Knights, also starting for the hockey team.

from Syracuse Athletics
Former SU lacrosse standout and current Rochester Knighthawks rookie Joel White is scheduled to make a public appearance at the American Hockey League (AHL) game between the Syracuse Crunch and Rochester Americans on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the War Memorial. White and fellow Knighthawk Jordan Hall will sign autographs in Memorial Hall prior to the game’s 7:30 faceoff and again during the first intermission.

from Jacksonville Athletics
This marks the second year in a row that Jake Ziegler (Webster Thomas) will be a team captain. The defenseman is entering his third year with the team and has started in every game since the inception of the lacrosse program two years ago.

As a junior, Ziegler was selected to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s all-conference first team and conference’s all-academic team. He finished second on the team with 18 caused-turnovers and ranked third on the team with 44 ground balls.

from John Mariani / The Post-Standard
As Matt Ficarra (West Genesee / OCC / UMass - Boston) lay at the bottom of Oneida Lake, he could see the sun gleaming through water. But he was absolutely unable to reach for it.

Hawaii 2011 - Elite Championship
from Inside Lacrosse
Highlights from the Hawaii Tournament's elite championship game between Wimmer Solutions and Dirty Lax.

Thursday November 3, 2011 12:15AM
from JustLacrosse Talkback
On November 19th, 2011 Laxisgr8 in is hosting The Upstate Cup at Center Park 1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, NY. The purpose of The Upstate Cup is to allow for another recruiting event for student-athletes, while allowing for an ultra-competitive tournament to determine who the best team in the north is.

from JustLacrosse Talkback
Dear Coach: I would like to invite you to play an important role in the 2012 National Lacrosse Classic presented by Brine, Gatorade and Lacrosse.com

Applications are now being accepted from coaches that are committed to growing the sport of lacrosse in their area, and helping high school athletes gain exposure to the college admissions and athletic recruitment process.

from Denver Athletics
University of Denver men's lacrosse head coach Bill Tierney announced today that the Pioneers will play the Cornell University Big Red on Tuesday, March 20 at Hofstra's James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y. Opening face-off is slated for 2 p.m. MT.

"The goal for the University of Denver Men's Lacrosse program is to play the best schedule and against the best teams available," Coach Tierney said. "Cornell University has one of the most storied programs in the country and its 2012 team will offer the Pioneers a huge challenge, but one we look forward to. When Coach DeLuca provided us the opportunity to compete with Cornell over spring break, on Long Island, we could not pass it up."

from Justin Coffman / XPlode Productions
Highlights from Ithaca's Varsity Goblin Games.
Wednesday November 2, 2011 1:45PM
from LaxUNation.com
Duke’s Coach, John Danowski, has been putting on free clinics for all those who attend. In this installment, take an inside look at what lacrosse at West Genny is like through John Galloway, while learning what a high school coaches role should be in the eyes of a D1 coach. It would seem they value discipline.(10:40)


from Halley Quillinan / Inside Lacrosse
The Heels always seem to find a way to make a run in late May and after their progress this fall, expect 2012 to be no different.

Whereas replacing Donohoe’s production will be nearly impossible, the trio of [Abbey] Friend (Canandaigua), [Laura] Zimmerman (Westhill) and Lynch form one of the most talented attacking lines in Division I lacrosse . . . Also returning, another US Team player, is middie Kara Cannizzaro (Cazenovia). Cannizzaro showed more confidence through her sophomore year and will be the Heels leader through the midfield this upcoming season.

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from Megan Badger / The Brockport Stylus
Student, friend and talented lacrosse player Jonathan Michael Fiorillo (Corning West / OCC / Manahttan) passed away Thursday, Oct. 27 at 22 years old.

"It's always a tragedy when we lose a member of the Brockport family, especially so early in life," Halstead said. "Jon had a significant impact upon his friends, classmates and members of the men's lacrosse team. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Jon's family and to everyone who cared so deeply for him."

from the Colorado Mammoth
Miller led his hometown Syracuse Orange to two NCAA national championships in his four-year career. The first Syracuse lacrosse African-American to be named an All-American since Jim Brown in the late 1950s, Miller received the honor twice during his career. Named an All-BIG EAST First Team honoree in both his junior and senior seasons, he tallied 46 of his 64 career points in his final two years.

“Jovan is coming off a stellar collegiate career in which he consistently showcased his tremendous athleticism and versatility,” said Mammoth President & General Manager Steve Govett.

from Lacrosse Playground
The Hawaii Invitational Lacrosse Tournament went off without a hitch this past weekend and we have photos from the beautiful event. Our bud, @Smittylax, sent us some sweet images from his weekend and now it’s your turn to check them out.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks Joe Walters and Grant Catalino signed the Hurricanes’ anti-bullying pledge this evening in-between providing lacrosse instruction to the three age groups at Total Sports Experience. In return, the two local lacrosse products, Irondequoit and Webster Schroeder, received bracelets to signify their support for the program.

from Inside Lacrosse
The real title of this episode should be "Welcome to my life: Panama edition”. I never thought I’d be camping in a junk yard, with my hammock strung between two rusty dump trucks, or that there would be a raging street party going on a few blocks away. But these are the way things go when you travel.

from Lacrosse Magazine
"I never knew if I'd get that feeling back," said Cottle, who joined the Bayhawks in July 2010 after 30 years of college coaching, most recently at Maryland, "where you really care about a group of people. I felt that same feeling after that game. We weren't as successful as we'd like to be, but I couldn't believe the character of the people in the locker room."

from the Buffalo Bandits
General Manager Darris Kilgour, the winningest coach in NLL history, is entering his tenth season as head coach of the Bandits. The Niagara Falls, NY native was a two-time All-American lacrosse player at Niagara Wheatfield High School and was Buffalo’s first draft pick in team history in 1991. A three-time All-Pro, Kilgour helped the Bandits win three championships in 1992, 1993 and 1996, and coached Buffalo to another title in 2008. He led Buffalo to an East Division regular season championship with a 10-6 record in 2011.
Tuesday November 1, 2011 8:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Wimmer Solutions won its second Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational title in a row, this time beating newcomer Dirty Lax 5-4 in the championship game Sunday at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu.

Other notable players on both sides included Gary Gait, Max Seibald, Mike Evans, Kyle Hartzell, Brett Queener, Anthony Kelly and Garrett Billings for Wimmer, and Kevin Crowley, Curtis Dickson, Stephen Keogh, Johnny Powless, Kyle Rubisch, Jeremy Thompson and Jarett Davis for Dirty Lax.

from Dan DeFrancesco (Plattsburgh St.) / Inside Lacrosse
Happy Halloween from England! This past week was half-term, which meant that children throughout England were off from school for the week.

After throwing around a couple of ideas we decided a trip to London would be our best bet. I had been in the country for two months and thought it was only fitting that I finally check out the capital, home to Big Ben, the Tower Bridge and of course Her Majesty the Queen.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks announced their Training Camp schedule today, which includes two weekends of practice at Total Sports Experience in Gates. The team will kick off preparations for the 2012 National Lacrosse League season on Saturday, November 19th with a 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. session.

from Bob Chavez / ILIndoor.com
The objective every season for the Buffalo Bandits really is quite simple: Win. Of course, the Bandits aren’t the only National Lacrosse League team to kick off each season with that goal. It’s just that the Bandits really do win. A lot.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Seven new members were added to the Hall of Fame Saturday night at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md. Photos by John Strohsacker.

from Will Hazlehurst / Inside Lacrosse
For over 30 years, the Tavern was the meet and greet host for Baltimore lacrosse, be it pre-game, post-game or off season. Of particular fancy was the night before Thanksgiving, commonly thought of as reunion night, when the college crowd reestablished connections. If you are part of a lacrosse family, you should ask your parents if they met at the Tavern. Too many did.