Archived News Stories for October 2011

October 2011
Monday October 31, 2011 7:30AM
Why did you choose school? “Union is the perfect fit for me—both academically and athletically. Since I will be playing both field hockey and lacrosse, the trimester schedule will be a big advantage when balancing my time. I felt very comfortable with Coach Jackson (head women’s lacrosse coach) and Coach French (head women’s field hockey coach) as well as many members of the teams. I was also very impressed by Union’s commitment to community service and their interdisciplinary approach to learning.”

from Justin Coffman / XPlode Productions


from Inside Lacrosse
This week's question follows something that recruiting guru Ty Xanders brought up in a Recruiting Mailbag earlier this month. Ty asked: What are the recruiting "hotbeds" these days?

from Lacrosse Magazine
They shared some common threads in their induction speeches, thanking family, past teams, and expressing a general joy for the game of lacrosse. But each inductee -- or, in one case, the person accepting on behalf of one -- to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Saturday night brought a unique story to share before an audience including family, friends and other Hall of Famers at The Grand Lodge in Baltimore County.

Bruce Allison: "There is special group of people to who I owe an everlasting thanks to for exposing me to this great game: the People of the Longhouse, the Haudenosaunee, the Iroquois Confederacy, epitomized by my good friend Oren Lyons, chief of the Onondaga Nation. We competed against each other for a period of 10 years.

from Inside Lacrosse
The players that stood out, according to the Gardner, were Kevin Crowley, Curtis Dickson, Stephen Keogh and Johnny Powless. Powless and Keogh are two of three Rochester Knighthawks on the roster, which also includes Jarrett Davis. “Kevin is our field general and our leader as the team captain,” said Gardner. “Johnny has been the player that has impressed everyone the most. His lacrosse sense is beyond his 18 years.”

Junior Goblin Games
from Justin Coffman / XPlode Productions

from Jordan Harris /
A short video of the BYU Lacrosse Annual Halloween Costume Practice.
Saturday October 29, 2011 9:00AM
from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Dirty Lacrosse Club will savor their first day of competition, which started with an emotional tour of Pearl Harbor and ended with a convincing victory in the 21st Annual Hawaii Invitational Lacrosse Tournament.

Later this afternoon, Dirty Lax hit the field for a friendly against the Samurai from Group A. The game ended with a convincing victory for The Dirty Lacrosse Club as they downed the team from Japan, 20-1. Rochester Knighthawks' top two picks this year, Stephen Keogh and Johnny Powless, led the offense. Keogh notched five goals and five assists, while Powless scored five goals and chipped in two assists. Six Nations product Warren Hill allowed just one goal behind a stifling defensive effort. Bob Snider was perfect at the faceoff X, winning all of his draws.

from Inside Lacrosse
R. Bruce Allison will be inducted as a truly great contributor. Allison was the head coach for Union College (1957-76) and then for Colorado School of Mines (1976-93). At both schools, he pulled double-duty by serving as director of athletics from 1972-1976 (Union) and from 1976-1995 (Colorado School of Mines). A former president of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association(USILA) and the USLCA, Allison is credited with developing and implementing the NCAA lacrosse playoff system (1971) and forming the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Lacrosse League (1978).

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Tennis great Andre Aggasi was correct when he said, “Image is everything.” That is especially true if you play a professional sport for your hometown team. On Friday morning, Rochester native Joe Walters and Webster native Grant Catalino did their part to get the image of the Rochester Knighthawks out into the community.
Friday October 28, 2011 12:15AM
from SUNY Oswego
Longtime SUNY Oswego soccer coach and Oswego resident Kenneth Peterson will join four other inductees of the Oswego Athletic Hall of Fame at a 12:30 p.m. ceremony Saturday, Nov. 12, in Hewitt Union ballroom on campus. Reservation deadline is Nov. 4.

Also part of the 2011 Oswego Athletic Hall of Fame inductions is former lacrosse player Ken Walker, a 1980 SUNY Oswego graduate. Walker is the all-time scoring leader with 201 points and was among the top 10 scorers in the nation in 1979 and 1980. The four-year player ranked first in career goals with 143 until 2004.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Jeremy Newman from WBEE announced this morning that the Rochester Knighthawks will award the franchise’s millionth fan a trip for two to Las Vegas, including airfare and accommodations. Newman revealed the prize pack, while in the company of the Rochester Knightingales Dance Team at the WBEE Studio in High Falls.

The Knighthawks will reach one million fans on opening night, which will highlight the Saturday, January 21st against the Buffalo Bandits at 7:30 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena.

from JustLacrosse Talkback
Dan Burnam, Todd Stratton, and Zak VanValkenburg enjoy coaching their 3/4 grade Green Machine travel team from Fayetteville. Teaching them the fundimentals and developing their skills against both central New York opponents and teams from other regions along the East Coast. And at the same time they are trying to teach an important life lesson by having the team earn enough money for tournament fees by collecting bottles and cans.

from the NCAA
The Division I Board of Directors continued the quick-action precedent set earlier this summer, adopting a package of proposals Thursday that toughen academic standards and provide increased academic and economic support to student-athletes.
Thursday October 27, 2011 8:15AM
from Maggie Reed / The Watertown Times
The interest at school began when DeRoche’s grandson, Jacob Turck, a JV football and varsity lacrosse player at Carthage, asked if she would knit some mittens for him . . . The hats became so popular that kids would line up after a game and yell out their uniform numbers to pick up their hats from DeRoche.


from Inside Lacrosse
According to coach Ben DeLuca, the Cornell roster remains a “jigsaw puzzle” that he and his fellow second-year coaching staff are still trying to put together this fall. “I think we have a lot of work to do,” DeLuca said. “But I think we’re excited with the tools we have and the potential of this team.

from Longwood Athletics
“I am extremely excited to welcome Taylor into the Lancer Lacrosse family,” said Stone. “She was an integral part of Albany's record-setting 2011 season, and our program will benefit tremendously from her experience. Taylor brings with her not only a deep understanding and extensive knowledge of the game, stemming from her storied playing career, but also the experience of building a team from the ground up. We are fortunate to have someone with such a tremendous work ethic and passion for the game on staff; I look forward to working with her both on and off the field.”

After the appearance of the story earlier today about the possibility of Casey Powell playing in the North American Lacrosse League in 2012, the National Lacrosse League has provided IL Indoor with its Standard Player Agreement (SPA).

It’s important to understand that I am not a lawyer and I’m just looking at the contract provisions discussed here from a common-sense perspective.

Great Valley junior defenseman Niall Durkan has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Colgate University.
Why did you choose school? Colgate is a great school academically. During my visit to Colgate, the coaching staff and the players made me feel very welcome. Colgate has a strong lacrosse program and play a tough schedule, which was important to me.

from the NLL
The National Lacrosse League has announced the playoff format for the 2012 season will remain at eight qualifiers in a single elimination system. New for this year's playoffs is the "Crossover" which will allow the 5th place team in the West Division to take the place of the 4th place team in the East Division if the 5th place team has a better record.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks’ fans have spoken loud and clear, selecting hometown favorite Chris Schiller as the winner of the Fan Choice Bobblehead for the 2012 National Lacrosse League season.

from Inside Lacrosse
Max Seibald stops by the IL offices and explains what he's been up to with MLL, NLL, Team USA, Nike, Hawaii and more.

from Inside Lacrosse
Wimmer Solutions is perennially one of the top two teams at the Hawaii Invitational, and this year should be no different. They will be without their arch-rival Crease Monkeys, who aren't bringing a team to the islands, but that doesn't mean Wimmer won't have another stacked lineup. And as we learned on Tuesday, it's a good thing since this new Dirty Lax team looks dangerous.

from LaxPower
According to the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data, which were released this week, lacrosse again fares extremely well compared to other sports for the 2001-2004 cohorts among schools in Division I (combined).

from ESPN
6. Mia Capone, Watertown (Watertown, N.Y.), Harvard Capone had 39 ground balls and had 39 draw controls. Capone helped lead the Cyclones to their first ever Frontier League title.
Wednesday October 26, 2011 10:00AM
IL Indoor has learned that star American forward Casey Powell is considering playing in the fledgling North American Lacrosse League. There are differing opinions on whether he would be able to because of his current contract situation in the National Lacrosse League.

“I haven’t had direct contact with Jacksonville but have expressed interest in the NALL and talked with other teams,” he wrote. “I like the idea of the league and the opportunity it provides young American players to learn indoor and play professionally post collegiately.


from Inside Lacrosse
The Syracuse Orange enter the 2012 season with a different look, having bid farewell to one of their most decorated classes in years. The team was booted from the NCAA Tournament by the Maryland Terrapins, and the Orange saw the careers of some of their most important leaders come to an end in a 6-5 overtime loss in the quarterfinals.

“Those guys will be remembered for everything they contributed to the Syracuse tradition, and they’ll definitely be missed,” junior JoJo Marasco said of the 2011 Syracuse senior class, which included seven All-America selections, three of them first teamers. “But now it’s our time to step up.”

from US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse is accepting applications for the position of Head Coach of the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Senior Team. This highly visible position has the primary responsibility to oversee the performance of the Men’s Senior Team in the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship. Links to complete job description and application form are here. The application deadline is Thursday, November 3, 2011.

from 9WSYR-TV
A Syracuse University lacrosse player is facing numerous charges after allegedly driving drunk and leading police on a car chase through the city's Westcott area. Police say he crashed the vehicle before getting into a physical confrontation with an officer early Monday morning.

According to police, 21-year-old Kevin Drew was driving a car owned by men's lacrosse coach John Desko. His son Tim Desko, who is also a lacrosse player, uses the car. Neither John Desko nor Tim knew Drew was driving it.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Lacrosse fans in Hawaii may not know it, but they will get a sneak peek at some of the young stars that will play in the next FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Denver. Prospects from Canada and the Iroquois Nationals will populate The Dirty Lacrosse Club roster this week in Honolulu with an eye on the 2014 games.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Jamie Batson proved this weekend what scouts have known for years: The kid can flat out run. Batson beat the entire team in a full-length sprint to set the stage for the final day of the Rochester Knighthawks Open Tryouts.

from the Buffalo Bandits
Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced the team has traded a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft to the Minnesota Swarm in exchange for forward Mat Giles, pending league approval.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres has his holiday plans set after qualifying for the Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions Tournament in late December.
Tuesday October 25, 2011 8:15AM
from Daniel J. Cassavaugh / The Watertown Daily Times
Kirk Ventiquattro has dedicated his life to coaching, especially high school lacrosse.
He taught the importance of preparation, practice, dedication and overcoming adversity to achieve success. He will now fall back on his own strength and that of the greater community as he battles Stage 4 prostate cancer, a disease that, when caught in its early stages, has 100 percent survival rate.

from AP /
NCAA President Mark Emmert says he supports a proposal to allow conferences to increase grants to student athletes by $2,000, "to more closely approach" the full cost of attending college, beyond the athletic scholarships athletes receive for tuition, fees, room, board and books.


from Mark Macyk / Lacrosse Magazine
Know This Name: Kailah Kempney. Kempney was an All-American who recorded 118 goals and 27 assists as senior at Carthage High School in New York. The highly-touted recruit has been scoring in bunches this fall and will have an immediate impact.
"She's gonna score a ton of goals," Gait said.

Highlights from Cornell's fall ball game against Colgate at the Catamount Classic.

If you could go back to your junior and senior year in high school, and you knew then what you know now, would you do anything differently?

To be completely honest, I may have chosen to not play a sport at all, or maybe Division III. I think that you have to possess the right mindset and understanding of what being at a school like Syracuse requires. I was more than happy with my career at Cuse, but I had no clue about the backlash I would receive in the circumstances of a loss, or for defending myself in the media world.

"We were excited to obtain Jeremy in the draft this year as he has outstanding talent and great character," Owner and President John Arlotta said. "However, he has recently discovered that his obligations with the U.S. Army won't allow him to travel long distances at this time, and that limits his ability to play for the Swarm this season. We are hopeful that this will change at some point in the future."

from Rutgers Athletics
Rutgers men’s lacrosse head coach Brian Brecht has named the Scarlet Knights’ team captains for the 2012 season. The newly appointed captains are Jacob Fradkin (Owings Mills, Md.), Will Mangan (Maplewood, N.J.), Zachary Zenda (Monmouth Jct., N.J.) and Nicholas Zerrillo (Central Square). The RU squad’s leading foursome is a group of seniors who together have amassed 134 career game appearances.

A while back I mentioned on my Facebook page that I was going to have a new piece coming out titled “Unto the Breach”. It is a line from William Shakespeare’s “Henry the V” and I also mentioned that it would have the lacrosse goalie element somehow mixed in. English class back in school did not appeal to me considering it was the class I spent the most time doodling lacrosse players in my notebook.

from Russia Today
Lacrosse has been a surprising revelation for Russian audiences. Despite having few domestic players and just two big clubs – one each in Moscow and St. Petersburg – the sport's stature is growing and every match between the rivals is a big event. (Video 2:53)
Monday October 24, 2011 8:30AM
from Genesee CC Athletics
The National Junior College Athletic Association Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association has announced that Dave Hoover of Genesse Community College is the 2011 recepient of the Scott D. Livie Memorial Award/Coach of the Year. Hoover, will be honored at the IMLCA/USILA Luncheon at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore on Dec. 2, 2011.

In 2011, Genesee finished with a 14 – 4 record, competed in the Region III Championship game and was selected to participate in the NJCAA lacrosse Championship final 4. Coach Hoover was also voted the Region III Coach of the Year for the 2011 season.

from Inside Lacrosse
After a tough first quarter, the Saints settled into a grinder of a game with Loyola, thanks to the team's physical defense. Senior goalie Tom Morr was impressive in cage once settled, playing big and forcing shots that he wanted to see.

St. Anthony’s senior defender George Deignan has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Binghamton University.

Hauppauge senior attack Jenna Vinci has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Binghamton University.

Why did you choose school? “I chose Binghamton University because of the excellent education I will receive while playing for a growing Division 1 lacrosse program.

from the Los Angeles Times
"Big night!" James Denson, the team's star player, shouts three times. At 6-foot-3, he's taller than most, a muscular 208 pounds and square-jaw handsome. His team, Beaver Dam, is just minutes away from playing in the championship game of an ancient and violent sport known as stickball, a cousin of lacrosse that is defiantly true to its American Indian roots.
Sunday October 23, 2011 1:30PM
Knighthawks Cody Jamieson interviews Stephen Keogh
from Knighthawks' YouTube

from the Rochester Knighthawks
It was back to work for the Rochester Knighthawks as the coaching and lacrosse staff spent the evening at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Hagersville, Ontario, reviewing their draft picks and walk-ons at their annual Open Tryouts. “For a bunch of young kids coming in with little experience their fitness level was pretty good and their intensity level lasted pretty much the three hours we spent on the floor,” said Mike Hasen.

Conestoga (PA) senior goalie Brody Shea has made a commitment to play Division III lacrosse at Union College.
Saturday October 22, 2011 8:45AM
from JustLacrosse Talkback
Jake Coon [Homer] enters his third season at the helm of the RIT men's lacrosse program. In 2011 Coon was named the Empire 8 Coach of the Year for the second straight season after leading the Tigers to their second Empire 8 Championship and a magical run to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championship. RIT Release

Chris Ryan [Irondequoit] has been the head coach of Mercyhurst Lakers since 2001 after spending two years as an assistant coach. Ryan led the Lakers to the program's first national championship in 2011, capping a 14-2 season. He holds a 123-31 career record, ranking him in the top-5 among active coaches in winning percentage.

from UMBC Athletics
The UMBC men’s lacrosse team has selected senior attackman Rob Grimm (Carthage), junior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) and junior long-stick midfielder Ethan Murphy (West Seneca East) as its captains for the 2011-12 season.

Grimm led the squad with 35 points on 17 goals and 18 assists in 2011. He has amassed 89 career points with 43 goals and 46 helpers . . . Murphy competed in all 13 games last season caused a team-high 12 turnovers. He recorded 27 ground balls and capped his season with a goal and an assist in the America East semifinal contest.

from Syracuse Athletics
Syracuse University head lacrosse coach John Desko and assistant coach Kevin Donahue have been friends, teammates and co-workers for more than 40 years. From their playing days at West Genesee High School to their time together on the SU sideline, the two have been inseparable. That’s why it’s fitting that Desko and Donahue will be inducted together into the West Genesee/Town of Camillus Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 22

A documentary following the trials and tribulations of the Iroquois Nationals’ lacrosse team as they weren’t able to go to the 2010 World Field Lacrosse Championships in England, and renewed their quest for world supremacy in a quest for the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships gold medal, will have its premiere this weekend.

from Inside Lacrosse
Zimmerman said the position battles are “wide open,” and that freshmen are in the running for time. But one particulary important new face on the UMBC sideline isn't a new face at all. Ed Stephenson returns to the Retrievers as associate head coach after six full seasons as the first head coach at Binghamton. Stephenson was an assistant coach from 1995-2000 and could be a boon to recruiting with his ties to the Baltimore area.

In Webster, NY, which is a suburb of Rochester, there is a box field that is getting better by the minute! Peter White tipped us off to the existence of this outdoor facility and added a little bit of color with some quick commentary:

I’ve been looking to add more solid “creativity” to the portfolio and I remembered from past US Lacrosse events of customers inquiring for a “Ref” piece. The following two images are new to The Art of Lax™ portfolio. They salute the men and women who wear the “stripes” and conduct the game we love to play.

The Art of Lax website
Friday October 21, 2011 10:00AM
from Inside Lacrosse
The Binghamton University Bearcats look to improve upon a promising 7-8 record during the 2011 season that ended in the America East semifinals to then No. 13 Stony Brook.

A host of starters return, but one new major addition is that of head coach Scott Nelson. Nelson, who most recently served at the helm of Marist University, brings 24 years of successful coaching experience to Binghamton.  First Fall Practice Video (3:11)

Officials are holding a ceremony to commemorate the construction of a new athletic field at Cazenovia College. The new synthetic turf field is expected to help the college's sports programs and may benefit the community as well. YNN’s Brad Vivacqua has more about the project. (Video 2:15)

Easton Lacrosse - Meet Guilderland Natives Cort and Blake Kim
from Easton Lacrosse / Inside Lacrosse
Guilderland natives Cort & Blake Kim of Easton Lacrosse look back at their early days of learning the sport that eventually changed their lives.

Grant Catalino Signs with Under Armour
from Under Armour / Inside Lacrosse
IL caught up with Webster-Schroeder's Grant Catalino as he was introduced to the Under Armour brand at the UA headquarters.

from Jac Coyne / Lacrosse Magazine
On Friday, I posted my thoughts on how the adoption of a shot clock by the NCAA Division I rules committee would be a bad decision . . . I received a couple of emails . . . and they all carried roughly the same question (and I'm paraphrasing): "Well, if not a shot clock, what's your solution to the current problem?"

It's a legitimate query. It's easy for an individual to point out the flaws in a proposal without offering one of their own, so it's only fair that I put myself out there.

from Inside Lacrosse
Inside Lacrosse was at the Under Armour headquarters for Grant Catalino's introduction to the brand new UA Lacrosse line. Catalino is Under Armour's latest sponsored athlete and will feature their new line of hard goods lacrosse equipment, apparel, and appear across various marketing platforms.

from the Utica Observer-Dispatch
Colgate University’s annual Native American Arts and Culture Festival will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 pm. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Sanford Field House, just off Route 12B on the Colgate campus . . . The festival is Free and open to the public, the festival will be fun for all ages and will be held rain or shine. All of the artists enjoy speaking with visitors about their work, and special craft demonstrations will take place throughout the day, including lacrosse stick making, stone sculpture, flute playing, and pottery.

from Chris Moore /
Laura Zimmerman (Westhill), who as a member of the U.S. national team, squared off against her Tar Heel teammates at the US Lacrosse Stars & Stripes event Oct. 8, scoring two goals in a Team USA 13-7 win, will look to become a force on the UNC attack earlier in the year this season.

from Stephen Stamp /
Buffalo Bandits and Peterborough Lakers fans cringed collectively when Patrick Merrill was checked into Mike Thompson early in the gold medal game of this year’s World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.

from Inside Lacrosse
Highlights from the 2011 Bowhunter Cup between Team USA and the Iroquois Nationals.

from Inside Lacrosse
Joe Walters talks about representing Team USA in the Bowhunter Cup with a lot of young teammates.

from Inside Lacrosse
MD Alum/Rochester Rattler attackman Grant Catalino talks about the MLL, NLL, and his growing camp business.
Thursday October 20, 2011 9:30AM
from Syracuse Athletics
Syracuse University head lacrosse coach John Desko and assistant coach Kevin Donahue have been friends, teammates and co-workers for more than 40 years. From their playing days at West Genesee High School to their time together on the SU sideline, the two have been inseparable. That’s why it’s fitting that Desko and Donahue will be inducted together into the West Genesee/Town of Camillus Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 22

from the Utica Observer-Dispatch
Colgate University’s annual Native American Arts and Culture Festival will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 pm. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Sanford Field House, just off Route 12B on the Colgate campus . . . The festival is Free and open to the public, the festival will be fun for all ages and will be held rain or shine.

The Wilkes-Barre Shamrocks have announced the first player to sign in the history of the North American Lacrosse League. Midfielder Josh Amidon has agreed to a contract, making him the first player to join the new league, which will begin play in January, 2012.

from Halley Quillinan / Inside Lacrosse
Just a year ago, John Battaglino took over as Albany’s head women’s lacrosse coach. With a roster full of fresh faces and veteran talent, alike, Battaglino began to build a machine. As the fall season progressed, senior leaders emerged and his team began to gel. When the 2011 season started, this same team took the Division I ranks by storm. An undefeated regular season and the program’s first conference regular season and tournament Championship, the Great Danes were the nation’s dark horse all season long.

from Plattsburgh Athletics
Plattsburgh State athletics director Bruce Delventhal has named Ryan Cavanagh to the position of head men’s lacrosse coach announced earlier this fall. Cavanagh assumes the role following the departure of P.J. Kavanagh, who was named head men’s lacrosse coach at the University of Mount Union over the summer.

from Tom Kovic / Inside Lacrosse
Nowadays, college coaches, in many cases are encouraging prospects to commit early to their institution in an effort to wrap up recruiting and outdistance the competition. This article attempts to shed light on a variety of “options” prospects and families can embrace moving forward in the ever changing college search for athletes.

from Plymouth (MN) Patch
Two weeks ago, Robbinsdale Armstrong senior Danny Dmohoski was looking forward to hockey season, he was being recruited by local colleges for hockey and lacrosse, and he says he was just a regular high school kid. Now Dmohoski waits to hear if he'll be charged with assault and if he'll be able to go back to school again.

Lacrosse, by nature, is a physical and aggressive sport. I love that about the game, but because of this physical nature, things can spiral out of control quickly and devolve into WWE-style shenanigans for a number of different reasons. As players, teammates, parents, refs, fans or coaches, it is our collective responsibility to keep an eye on such things, because when we don’t our future players suffer the most, and that puts the game in jeopardy.

from Bellarmine Athletics
The game is free of charge, but donations will be accepted at the gate. Money raised will be split between the two program's and go to a donation of their choosing.
Wednesday October 19, 2011 12:15AM

from Cornell Athletics
“We are very excited about our schedule for the upcoming 2012 season,” said DeLuca. “It's great to have seven home games scheduled in front of our fans at Schoellkopf Field and we are proud to be included for the second straight season in one of Inside Lacrosse's marquee events at the Face-Off Classic.”

For the third straight season, the contest with Hobart will kick off the men's lacrosse campaign, as the Big Red will travel to Geneva for the 133rd meeting with the Statesmen on Saturday, Feb. 25. The Big Red holds an 82-47-4 advantage in the all-time series, which began in 1896. After the Big Red dropped five consecutive meetings with Hobart from 1996-2000, the Big Red has won 11 of the last 12 meetings.

from Syracuse Athletics
Redshirt senior Tim Desko, senior Bobby Eilers and juniors Brian Megill and JoJo Marasco have been named captains for the 2012 season, head coach John Desko announced on Tuesday, Oct. 18. All four were elected in a vote by their teammates and will serve in the role for the first time.

from Lacrosse Magazine
The Denver Outlaws have agreed to terms with Jim Stagnitta (East Syracuse) to become the fifth head coach in franchise history, the team announced on Tuesday. He replaces Tom Slate, whose contract expired after the 2011 season. Stagnitta comes to Denver after spending the past 10 years (2002-11) as the head coach at Rutgers University.

from the Crooked Arrows
While we were filming Crooked Arrows we were very serious about capturing the best lacrosse action we could on film. Now that the movie is coming together and we’re starting to see what it’s looks like, we can’t even describe how excited we are because know we know FOR SURE that this is the best lacrosse action that you will ever see on the big screen. (Video 2:28)

The Rochester Knighthawks drafted Joel White out of Syracuse because of his size, speed and defense. But he worked with a long stick on the field. Can he make the transition to box lacrosse? Hear him talk about his excitement for the NLL after playing a solid game for Team USA in the Bowhunter Cup loss to the Iroquois Nationals on Sunday. (Video 1:34)

Time to Vote Again
from Lacrosse Magazine
Lacrosse Magazine's annual "Best of Lacrosse" edition is set to hit US Lacrosse members' mailboxes in December. We've narrowed our categories down to four finalists each. LM is conducting a fan poll to help shape the debate from here.

Best Men's Player, Coach and Performance of 2011
Best Women's Player, Coach and Performance of 2011
Best Game, Biggest Upset, Breakthrough of 2011

Metal. Classic Rock. ’80s. Pop. Trance. House. Rap. You name it. There was something for everyone Sunday night at the Bowhunter Cup.

from Inside Lacrosse
In this episode, the guys trade a full day of labor in a welding shop in exchange for 2 surfboard racks on their motorcycles. (5:04)

from Inside Lacrosse
Gear Zone introduces the first ever flavored mouth guard by MoGo. The MoGo Performance Series Mouthguard is the mouthguard you will want to keep in your mouth.
Tuesday October 18, 2011 8:15AM
from Rich Barnes /
The 2011 Bowhunter Cup has been awarded to the Iroquois Nationals after their tight win over the United States, by a score of 14-13. Grant Catalino and Cody Jamieson had the hat trick, for the opposite sides.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
It was a historic day for the Rochester Knighthawks, as the team announced it will host a home National Lacrosse League preseason game at The Blue Cross Arena for the first time in nearly a decade. The team also revealed it will hit one million fans on opening night and signed Jeremy Newman from WBEE to its roster as part of its new radio deal with Entercom Radio.

The Knighthawks also announced it will reach one million fans on opening night, which will highlight the Saturday, January 21st against the Buffalo Bandits at 7:30 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena. That night, one lucky Knighthawks’ fan will win the trip of a lifetime on opening night as the franchise reaches the milestone. Stay tuned for details on the prize pack.

from Hartford Athletics
University of Hartford men’s lacrosse coach Peter Lawrence and his coaching staff welcomed 10 newcomers to the Hawks’ roster for the upcoming 2012 season, a class that is headlined by nine high school standouts and a two-time NJCAA Academic All-American honoree.

Considering the debacle of the 7-9 season in 2010 that saw the Knighthawks score a league-low 155 goals, despite the star firepower on the floor, it wasn’t difficult for the Knighthawks to improve in 2011. Yet talking about improving and actually executing the plan are 2 different things. But, credit to the team, that’s exactly what it did in posting a 10-6 record and a return to the playoffs.

Slovak lacrosse promo for Amstredam 2012
from Slovak Lacrosse
Slovak lacrossse promo for European lacrosse championship in Amsterdam.

Monday October 17, 2011 12:15AM
from Casey Vock /
Held Sunday night at the Turning Stone Resort Casino & Events Center, the second annual Bowhunter Cup was an exciting sequel to the first event as the Iroquois Nationals held on to defeat Team USA 14-13 in a back-and-forth contest that featured numerous lead changes and a flurry of highlight reel goals.

“I wasn’t part of it last year, but the boys in that locker room wanted to avenge last year’s loss,” said Iroquois Nationals coach Barry Powless.

from Inside Lacrosse
Bob Carpenter, Publisher of Inside Lacrosse Magazine, announced Monday that Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) has continued its commitment as title sponsor of two of the signature events in lacrosse, the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic and the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. The Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic will be played on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Konica Minolta Big City Classic will be played on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford, N.J.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Army played tough against Penn State, but got crushed by defending national champion Virginia. Two freshmen midfielders (John Glesener [West genesee] and Nathan Miller) played with mainstay Devin Lynch on the first midfield. Glesener has received rave reviews so far, and justified the hype, scoring a couple goals off alley dodges against Penn State. Senior goalie Zach Palmieri and junior Evan Danahy looked solid (but neither are Palesky). Photos

from Inside Lacrosse
The face-off X is an area where there is a ton of room for improvement, as the Black Knights only won three in the first game, and were easily bested later on against Virginia.

from JustLacrosse Talkback
The Iroquois Nationals avenged last year’s loss with a 14-13 victory over Team US in the Second Annual Bowhunter Cup tonight at Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino at the Event Center. The Iroquois Nationals edged a young Team USA to capture their second straight win over the Americans. Cody Jamieson (3+2), Brett Bucktooth (3+1) and Gewas Schindler (two goals, plus game-winner) had big games for the Nationals.

In-Game Blog

from Bob Chavez /
What’s cooler than being a professional lacrosse player in the National Lacrosse League? Being a professional lacrosse player and hanging out with Steven Seagal. And that’s exactly what several Rochester Knighthawks did on Thursday night in Hamilton, Ontario.
Sunday October 16, 2011 12:15AM
CNY Native Tony Silvaggio Invites Iroquois Lacrosse Program to 2011 Humboldt State University Lacrosse Camp
from G. Scott Magnus
Three members of the Iroquois Lacrosse Program visited Arcata to host the inaugural lacrosse camp for area youth in Humboldt County. More than 70 children, ages 8-18, attended the two-day clinic and learned about 'the fastest sport on two feet," and the history of the Native American game.

from Griffin Johnson / J-D RamPage
Three months after the accident, people are still asking, “Are you that kid?” For Junior Dan Cochran, his response may sound something like this: “Yes, I’m the one that died.”

On June 15, Cochran died. While trying out for a Section III select lacrosse team at Fayetteville-Manlius High School for rising juniors, Cochran was hit on the left side of his chest just underneath his pads with a lacrosse ball. He fell face first to the ground, dead.

from Casey Vock /
The Iroquois Nationals and Team USA have been the silver and bronze medal winners, respectively, at the last three world indoor games. Last May in Prague, the Iroquois edged the Americans 11-10 in round-robin play, a defeat Team USA players say they’ll have fresh in their minds as the first whistle sounds Sunday night.

from XPlode Productions
Saturday October 15, 2011 8:00AM
from Inside Lacrosse
This week's announcement that the 2013 NCAA Men's DI Quarterfinals would be a at Byrd Stadium and Lucas Oil Stadium came as a shock to many lacrosse fans, and spurred a lot of questions about the future of the men's tournament.

from Inside Lacrosse
As the LXM PRO Tour prepares to announce eight dates for 2012, ensuring the top talent is on the field at each event remains a key focus. In an effort to find the best players available LXM PRO will host an Open Run on Friday, Dec. 2, the night before the Las Vegas, LXM 702 event.

from Lacrosse Magazine
NCAA Division I lacrosse is the flagship of the entire sport. There's really no argument about this. The two pro leagues, for all their hard-work and former D-I players, are nothing but novelties. Everything begins and ends with Division I. As such, those in involved in D-I should continuously examine the product they are putting on the field, but it shouldn't involve the addition of a shot clock. Why? There are a myriad of reasons, both big and small, but there are two key ones.

If you are ACC Commissioner Jack Swofford, you are in a unique position to offer Notre Dame what they want and get so much more in return than the present opportunities out there for the ACC. The ACC would have a six-school lacrosse league that features all top-10 programs (Notre Dame, Syracuse, UNC, Virginia, Maryland and Duke).

from the Rochester Knighthawks
On Tuesday, October 18th, Rochester Knighthawks’ draft choice Grant Catalino will take over the team’s Facebook page for one hour to chat with fans. Fans can hop online at to message Catalino, who grew up a rabid Knighthawks fan.

The best way to prove you are a good lacrosse player is to play with and against good players. For the most dedicated lacrosse athletes, that doesn’t happen at their high school. Instead, it’s why they play “select” or “elite” lacrosse, joining a club program that promises the chance to raise their game and their college prospects by matching them with and against good players in settings where they can prove themselves worthy of a roster spot — or a scholarship — at the next level.

from LaxPower
Johns Hopkins will participate in the Play for Parkinson's Lacrosse Series on Saturday, October 15. The game schedule for the day has been altered since its original release. Johns Hopkins will now play its games at 1:00 pm (Penn State) and 3:00 pm (Georgetown) instead of 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
Friday October 14, 2011 12:15AM
from JustLacrosse Talkback
Players from the 2011 National Championship OCC Lazers will be receiveing their Championship rings Saturday, October 15, immediately following the annual men's alumni game at Murphy Field on the OCC campus.

Ithaca High's Top 20 Goals of 2011
from Justin Coffman / XPlode Productions

from Inside Lacrosse
LB3 Lacrosse is pleased to announce the addition of Former Syracuse great and current Duke University Assistant Coach John Galloway to the LB3 Team. John will be joining LB3 staff members and former Syracuse standouts, Liam Banks, Pat Perritt, John Zulberti and Adam Vogl.

“I’m very excited to have John join the LB3 Staff” said Liam Banks. “John was not only selected best college Goalie in the Nation twice, but also continues his success in the professional ranks and now as an Assistant Coach at Duke.

from Zach Brown / The Daily Orange
There was a touch of regret as JoJo Marasco talked about Syracuse's departure from the Big East. Just a hint of disappointment as he thought about the steps the conference's members had made during the last two years to improve as lacrosse programs. But that little bit of lament quickly dissolved into excitement when the Orange midfielder's discussion moved on from the Big East to the new-look Atlantic Coast Conference.

from the Times-Union
“The (America East) conference has been — particularly in our sports of lacrosse and soccer and basketball — a fantastic home for us,” McElroy said. “What we want to do is figure out how the NCAA is changing and how it fits what we do going forward over the next several years.”

from Niagara Athletics
“The upcoming spring schedule is tough,” said Hill, a Syracuse ’09 alumus. “We have a lot of good opponents and we open with Albany who competed in the NCAA tournament last year. It will certainly be a gauge for how far these girls have come. They have been working diligently every day and once we get into the spring season they will be working even harder. The schedule will definitely bring out our strengths and weaknesses.”

from Inside Lacrosse
Another big weekend of fall lacrosse is on the horizon. Take a look at the fallball check-ins we've done and a schedule of some of the key fall events here.

The North American Lacrosse League announced last night the draft picks for their 2012 season.

from Lax All-Stars
Inside Lacrosse recently named their Top 100 NCAA freshman for 2011-12 and while I’m NOT going to nitpick players on the list, the list itself did raise some serious questions: Did EVERY single one of the Top 100 freshman choose to go D1 this year?

from LaxPower
The National Interscholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association (NILCA) has announced that its initial annual awards will be presented during its inaugural meeting conducted at the IMLCA Convention December 2-4 in Baltimore, Maryland. The annual awards that will be presented in December include the NILCA Coach-Of-The-Year and the Milestone Awards.
Thursday October 13, 2011 9:45AM
Cornell Fall Ball Review
from Cornell Redcast
Head Coach Ben DeLuca disucsses the team's performance at last weekend's Nick Colleluori Classic, which ended the Big Red's fall ball practice schedule.

from Inside Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse teams have trimmed their rosters to their final protected lists ahead of the Expansion Draft for the new 2012 teams: the Ohio Machine and Charlotte Hounds. The rosters are below, as are the unprotected players.

Ahead of the final cuts of the rosters, there had been a flurry of trades. Those are below the rosters.

from Oswego St. / JustLacrosse
The Oswego State men’s lacrosse team wraps up its fall season at 1 PM on Saturday with their fourth annual Coaches vs. Cancer intrasquad scrimmage. Dubbed the “Green/Gold/Pink Game,” the game is a fundraiser for The American Cancer Society. Donations will be accepted during the game, and halftime contests will also yield all proceeds to The American Cancer Society.

When the Lakers had their first Coaches vs. Cancer Game in 2008, they were the first college lacrosse program in the Central New York area to dedicate a game toward this cause. Today, high school and college teams in almost every sport hold similar contests.

from Syracuse Athletics
Anthony Paskevich, 1966 (Lacrosse)
Tony Paskevich, a two-time lacrosse letterwinner (1965-66), earned a B.A. in literature in 1966 and an architecture degree in 1972. He served as captain for several games during the 1966 season and received the most improved player award that year.

After receiving his degree from SU, Paskevich was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Vietnam from 1968-69 and was honored with the Navy Cross in 1973 for heroic action in 1969 as a helicopter pilot.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
For the first time in team history, fans will have an opportunity to choose the Rochester Knighthawks’ player whose bobblehead will be given away at a game this year. Fans can select their favorite player via the team’s official Facebook page from Wednesday, October 12th through to Friday, October 21st.

Live blog from yesterday's NALL Draft.

from The UT Minaret
With the new school year comes a brand new addition to the University of Tampa’s Division-II athletics department. Coach Rory Whipple (Irondequoit / Cortland St.) makes UT his fifth head coaching job and his third school to start a lacrosse program from scratch.

Lists, Lists, Lists
from ESPN & Inside Lacrosse
Wednesday October 12, 2011 8:30AM
Chronicles of McGonigle - Season 2 Premiere
from LaxPower
Check out the first episode of season 2 of Chronicles of McGonigle. Sean is in Panama and planning his surf trip back to San Diego.

from the NCAA
The NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Committee has selected College Park, Md., and Indianapolis to serve as hosts for the 2013 Division I Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals. Maryland will host games at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on May 18, while Notre Dame and the Indiana Sports Corporation will host quarterfinal matchups in Lucas Oil Stadium, on May 19.

“The committee felt moving one of the quarterfinals to a different geographic part of the country would aide in growing the sport of lacrosse, which is one of our most important goals.

from Colgate Athletics
Colgate men's lacrosse head coach Mike Murphy welcomes 11 newcomers to the 2012 roster from five different states, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York and Texas.

“I have been very impressed with this group from the first day I met them," stated Murphy. “Even though I did not recruit most of them, it has been very easy to build relationships with these young men and I have been pleased with their attitude and work ethic. Many of them will see immediate action as we gear up for the 2012 season.”

from Casey Vock / Inside Lacrosse
Joe Alberici says he’s never experienced a fallball as competitive as what he’s seen transpire over the last few weeks at West Point. The seventh-year Army head coach is optimistic about the leadership displayed thus far by several of his returnees, but also about the competitive nature of the freshmen and sophomores he’ll look to in filling several vacancies left by the departure of last year’s senior group, which included some of the best players to ever put on the Black Knights jersey.

from Casey Vock /
Jeremy Thompson plays lacrosse like he lives his life, appreciating each opportunity that comes his way and striving to make the most of all he takes on. The former Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College star brings much more to the table than just experience at the highest levels and a voracious desire to win.

LXM610 - Dante and Mikey Powell
from LaxPower
Actor Peter Dante interviews Mikey Powell after his return to pro lacrosse at LXM610 in PA. (3:17)

from Ty Xanders / Inside Lacrosse
Tommy Hollenback, M, Calvert Hall (Md.) has committed to Syracuse . . . Hollenback also considered High Point, Hofstra, Johns Hopkins, Maryland and North Carolina.
Christian Knight, G, Boys' Latin (Md.) has committed to the admissions process at Cornell. He also considered Brown, Dartmouth, Delaware, Loyola, Michigan and Villanova.

from Drexel Athletics
[Joelle] Hartke comes to Drexel from Clarence Center, N.Y., where she was named First Team All-Western New York and Women's Division National Tournament All-Star in 2011. The three-year varsity letterwinner also received First Team ECIC honors as a junior and senior. In 2010, she was selected to the 2010 Women's Division National Tournament team.

from Lacrosse Magazine
"I don't have a problem with a shot clock, as long as we can substitute the way we want to," Urick said. "When you are taking [purposely errant] shots that are intended to get a horn and substitute, I don't think that's what you want for the game. Both teams were doing it. One guy must have shot it about eight miles over the cage."
Tuesday October 11, 2011 8:00AM
from LaxPower
Hamilton College has announced the hiring of Drew Bezek as an assistant coach for the men's lacrosse program. Most recently in 2011, Bezek was interim head coach for Vassar College .

Bezek was a four-year letter winner at NCAA Division II Le Moyne College from 2007 to 2010. He was voted the Division II defensive player of the year in both 2009 and 2010. Bezek was a three-time first team All-American from 2008 to 2010.

from Inside Lacrosse
The Greater Rochester Chapter of US Lacrosse announces the Class of 2011 Hall of Fame Dinner. November 4, 2011, Burgundy Basin Inn, 1361 Marsh Road, Pittsford, NY. Registration and social 6 PM, Dinner 7:15.

from the Watertown Daily Times
The youngsters won again, 13-5, at the sixth annual Jefferson Community College alumni lacrosse game, which was tied into the inaugural JCC Alumni Weekend this year.

The Alumni Weekend, which is part of JCC’s 50th anniversary celebrations, kicked off Friday night with a social gathering at the Jefferson County Historical Society on Washington Street.

from Inside Lacrosse
Fans were provided with tremendous displays of athleticism and creativity which lived in the passion and efforts of two highly talented teams. The game ended in a 15-13 affair with the Mikey Powell, Zack Greer and Thomas Muldoon led Team Cascade past the Kyle Harrison, Bratton Twin, Chazz Woodson and Brett Hughes led Team STX. The line combinations alone were enough to give coaches Peter Dante and Ric Beardsley nightmares.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Joe Breschi, Nick Myers and Jimmy Bitter sound off Sunday after an 11-11 tie between North Carolina and Ohio State in a fall lacrosse scrimmage featuring a 60-second shot clock.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks General Manager Curt Styres announced today that the team has acquired two-time Defensive Player of the Year Ryan Cousins, and forwards Alex Kedoh Hill (pronounced kid-doe) and Andy Secore from the Edmonton Rush in exchange for forward Shawn Williams, goalie Aaron Bold and a second-round selection in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft.

from ESPN
A lacrosse recruit's attributes aren't always readily apparent. He may not be the most flashy or athletic. To that end, ESPNHS asked six college coaches their opinions on how they discover that needle in a haystack, or that player who, once a part of their program, displays the intangibles that allow him to blossom into more than what he initially appeared to be.
Monday October 10, 2011 8:15AM
from Chris Iseman / The Daily Orange
The Orange played against members of its storied past, with players like Kenny Nims, Chris Daniello, Matt Abbott and Gary Gait representing the Alumni. Desko said some of the current players mentioned wanting to get some autographs after the game from the players who may have influenced their decision to come to Syracuse.

from Inside Lacrosse
“He’s one of the best ever, if not the best,” Greer said of Powell. “You have to always watch him because he does some surprising things on the field.”

from Inside Lacrosse
"I think not being able to sub on the fly is interesting, the kids aren't used to that and it forces kids to be out there longer. Longsticks were on offense and some possession shots weren't too pretty. It did get the ball going up and down the field and that's something you gotta give them credit for. This week in practice, we just got the guys used to staying on the field more," UMBC coach Don Zimmerman said.

“I was excited and surprised. They’re a great organization,” said Tackaberry, who met Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres after the Minto. “I remember being seven or eight years old and watching the Knighthawks play the Rock on TV in the NLL Finals.”

Rochester sends long-time Hawk and captain Shawn Williams along with backup goalie Aaron Bold to Edmonton in exchange for Alex Kedoh Hill, Andy Secore and Ryan Cousins.

from Casey Vock / Inside Lacrosse
I counted nearly 50 different players taking the field for the Syracuse Orange Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. They were competing against a who’s who of Syracuse players from past years on a day that can seem as much like a festival as it does a fall scrimmage. If you were to take a glance at the rosters of the Alumni All-Stars and the Blue and Orange teams competing in the earlier Old Timer’s Game, you’d probably say that’s a fair assessment.

“Maybe the reason they chose Syracuse was because of some of these guys on the field,” the coach said.

more photos from Rich Barnes

from Inside Lacrosse
Some teams got answers, while others were faced with more questions after the Fifth Annual Nick Colleluori Collegiate Classic, held Saturday at Ridley High School.

The two-day event, which featured nine Division I schools playing Saturday, plus a number of Division II and III schools on Sunday, is held each year in honor of Colleluori, the former Hofstra player who died of cancer November 28, 2006.

from Rick Woelfel /
The Albright Lions made history at the 5th annual Nicholas Colleluori Fall Classic today.

Albright coach Jake Plunket, a graduate of Homer High (N.Y.) and a standout at Syracuse University, was hired on Oct 1t of last year and has been working to build the program’s foundation ever since. In a conversation with, Plunket’s enthusiasm was readily apparent.

from Chris Goldberg /
Thousands of people took in a perfect sunny day Saturday to witness nine Division I teams playing fall ball lacrosse games at Ridley High, home of the late Nick Colleluori and the HEADstrong Foundation's never-ending fight against blood cancer.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Drew Westervelt tallied four goals, while Kevin Leveille and Matt Danowski added three each to lead Team USA to a 21-9 victory over the Duke Blue Devils Sunday at the US Lacrosse Stars & Stripes Weekend.

Photos from LaxPower

from LaxPower
The U.S. women's national senior team Blue and White squads played exhibition games against Navy on Sunday at Cardinal Gibbons High School as part of the US Lacrosse Stars & Stripes Weekend. No results were available at the time this was posted. Photos of the earlier of the two games are by Jack Tarr.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Playing fall ball on a spring-like Sunday in suburban Baltimore, perhaps the hub of lacrosse purity, the North Carolina and Ohio State men’s lacrosse teams scrimmaged under experimental rules, including a 60-second shot clock. The result: an entertaining, up-tempo game that ended unofficially in an 11-11 tie at Calvert Hall College High School.
Sunday October 9, 2011 12:15AM

from Syracuse Athletics
The 2011-12 Orange men’s lacrosse team used a balanced offensive attack to defeat a team of SU Alumni All-Stars, 12-4, in the second annual Orange Alumni Classic on Saturday Oct. 8 at the Carrier Dome. The event featured several past lacrosse greats, including four-time All-Americans Mike Leveille and Gary Gait, and 2011 standouts John Galloway, Joel White and John Lade, facing off against the current team.

"Some of our current players were talking before the game about getting the autographs of the alumni after the game,” SU head coach John Desko said. “They grew up watching these players and that may be part of the reason they chose Syracuse. That is the fun part of this event.

Review Casey Vock's Live Blog

from Donna Ditota / The Post-Standard
Seven lacrosse goalies, all of whom are vying for the starting spot vacated by All-American John Galloway, have coaches scrambling to evaluate each player auditioning for the role. Usually, SU finishes its fall season with a scrimmage game like Saturday’s in the Carrier Dome, which pitted SU All-Star Alums against the current Orange crop. But this time, SU coaches still have two more weeks to study and learn before the fall session officially ends.

One of the most heartbreaking and yet heartwarming stories coming out of today’s 5th annual Nick Colleluori Classic at Ridley High does not have to do with blood cancer. But it does concern the loss of a popular and successful member of the Philly lacrosse community.

from Inside Lacrosse
You'll see some of the best players in the world rocking customized Cascade CPX-R's with throwback Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles inspired decals . . .
Saturday October 8, 2011 7:45AM
from The Ithaca Journal
The $65.5 million building holds a field house, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, strength and conditioning room, an athletic training facility, offices, team rooms and locker rooms. There is an outdoor turf stadium and six new outdoor tennis courts.

from US Lacrosse
The induction class for 2011 for the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame has been approved by the US Lacrosse Board of Directors. This year’s class will be inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 29 at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md. The 2011 induction class includes Bruce Allison, Traci Davis, David W. Huntley, John “Jake” Lawlor, Suzanne Honeysett McKinny, Jon Reese and Sandra Lanahan Zvosec.

from Gizmodo
Stanford University's football team—the only college team in the country to do so—employs the mouthpieces, as do their women's lacrosse team. "Women's lacrosse is only second to football as the most common sport where concussions occur and it hasn't been closely studied," Dan Garza, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine and a medical doctor for the San Francisco 49ers, told TechNewsDaily. "We hope these tech tests will give us a lot more information about head injuries than we have right now."

from Inside Lacrosse
Mikey Powell made some waves with his return to competitive lacrosse at the 2011 Lake Placid Summit Classic as a member of the Open Division Champion Burning Orange squad. The four-time first-team All-American won NCAA, World and MLL titles before bowing out of the pro game after the 2008 season with the Boston Cannons.

Will this be a return to full-time lacrosse for MP? He says he's still deciding his next steps. But the most immediate one will be Sunday at the LXM Pro 610 event at Radnor High in suburban Philadelphia.

Some defensemen who have good size tend to lack mobility and range. Not George Deignan. The St. Anthony’s 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior, likes to pressure and pursue opposing offensive players he guards. That’s one of the attributes that made Deignan and his takeaway talents a target of several Division I programs.

He has committed to Binghamton University and its first-year head coach, Scott Nelson. Now, here’s a Q&A with George on his commitment:

from Chris Goldberg /
Rocky Point senior defenseman Ryan Palasek has made a commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Syracuse University.

from Chris Goldberg /
St. Anthony’s senior midfielder Brendan Conroy has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at West Point.

Why did you choose West point? “I knew I wanted to attend an academy. I chose West Point because of the incredible history and tradition. The combination of high level academics and lacrosse, made the choice obvious for me. The fact that the coaches are awesome just made it easier.”

from Inside Lacrosse
It's a big fall weekend in college lacrosse. Check out our fallball schedule for the biggest events going on, and the archive of all the fallball check-ins we've done thus far.
Friday October 7, 2011 8:30AM
As a player, Barry Powless (LaFayette) has won the Mann Cup and the MILL Championship, been MVP of the Presidents Cup and played in the World Field Lacrosse Championships. As a coach, he led the Knighthawks to the final MILL title before the league became the NLL (1997) and has won a worlds silver medal as an assistant with the Iroquois Nationals.

He’s a member of the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame and is part of one of the great lacrosse families the game has ever known.

from the NALL
The North American Lacrosse League has announced that the Wilkes-Barre Shamrocks will have the first pick in the College draft to be held on October 12th at 7:00 PM ET. Fans can follow the draft Live on

from Donna Ditota / The Post-Standard
Rob Mulligan, husband and father, will stand in goal on Saturday and face shots fired at speeds approximating 100 miles per hour. “I know,” he said. “Ridiculous, isn’t it?”

from The Art of Lax
My pride and joy of The Art of Lax™ is looking back at the painting titled “The Creators”, which was the FIRST piece of lacrosse art that I did during my senior thesis in art school. That piece launched it all. While my thesis was to display a historical account of lacrosse, it was only fitting to start it out right – at its roots.

from Cuse Town Connection
John Galloway, Jovan Miller, Tom Guadagnolo, and Joel White are joining forces to provide a great opportunity for kids to come out before the spring and learn from some top Division I coaches, All Americans, former captains of the SU men's lacrosse team, as well as professional athletes in both the MLL and NLL. Not to mention it's a great way to get the kids out of the house for a little bit before Christmas hits!

For complete information on the Christmas Eve Clinic at 481 Sports Centre, click here.

For registration information, click here.

from Inside Lacrosse
As Fallball 2011 kicks off in earnest this coming weekend, a leading topic has been the experimental rules that will be used.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Hermisms. If you’re into the NFL, you probably know them. If you’re into lacrosse, get used to them. US Lacrosse will welcome colorful ESPN NFL analyst Herm Edwards to the lacrosse world as the keynote speaker of the organization’s annual convention, set for Jan. 13-15, 2012, in Philadelphia.
Thursday October 6, 2011 9:00AM
After the cancellation of the “Fall Brawl For A Cure” at PPL Park, Loyola University will host men’s lacrosse teams from Stony Brook, Villanova and Siena College at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, October 22.

from US Lacrosse
It comes down to this. A growing number of ten- and eleven-year-olds are being told that they must make a choice about their athletic careers. They are told, "It's either soccer or lacrosse. It's either field hockey or lacrosse . . .

from the Rochester Knighthawks
This weekend, [Joel] White will be one of five Rochester Knighthawks that will head back to campus on Saturday, October 8th for Syracuse University’s Orange Lacrosse Alumni Weekend. Current Knighthawks White, Stephen Keogh, and past K-Hawks Regy Thorpe, Gary Gait and Roy Colsey will participate in the Second Annual Orange Alumni Classic.

A local Youngstown, OH, chiropractor’s patent-pending device that adheres to the outside of sports helmets could reduce brain injuries and concussions caused by helmet-to-helmet collisions.

from Wagner Athletics
Senior midfielders Carolyn Clark (Westhill) and Lauren Petrik (Baldwinsville), along with senior defender Denieda McCullough (Freeport, NY/ Freeport) and junior attacker Erika Bulken (Baldwinsville) have been named captains of the 2012 Wagner College women’s lacrosse team, head coach Cristina Curiale has announced.

from Albany Athletics
Gleason, a former UAlbany defenseman, played on the school's 2007 squad that won the America East Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. He previously was the head coach at the College of Saint Rose for one year.

from the Charlotte Copperheads
The Charlotte Copperheads today announced veteran player and former Boston Blazers coach Tom Ryan (Canton) as the team’s inaugural head coach and general manager. “Tom’s passion for the game of lacrosse and proven track record as a player, a coach and a general manager makes him the perfect choice to lead the Copperheads in this inaugural year and and in the years to come”, said Copperheads owner/president Graham D’Alvia.

from LaxPower
The NILCA was formed to provide dedicated service to high school lacrosse coaches throughout the United States. Issues the NILCA will address during its inaugural year include high school playing rules, the establishment of an all-America program, relations with the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association and identifying solutions to issues raised by high school coaches.

from Inside Lacrosse
Follow along with Syracuse alum Sean McGonigle on his motorcycle trip from Panama to San Diego in Season 2 of Chronicles of McGonigle.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 12:15AM
from JustLacrosse Talkback
Maverik Lacrosse today announced that two-time National Champion and All-American at Syracuse University, Jovan Miller has joined Maverik Lacrosse's growing roster of elite athletes becoming the latest player to ink an official endorsement deal with the lacrosse equipment and apparel brand.

“I truly am excited to join the Maverik team and to be work with what I feel is the best group of athletes to represent our sport,” said Miller. “I had the chance to meet the team over the past week and couldn’t be more grateful for their welcoming and for this opportunity to represent the brand."

from Syracuse Athletics
Former Syracuse All-American Paul Carcaterra has constructed a star-studded team of SU lacrosse alums for this weekend’s Orange Alumni Classic at the Carrier Dome. His team of Alumni All-Stars will take the field against the 2011-12 Orange on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 3:30 p.m.

Carcaterra’s 40-man roster includes some of the greatest players in the history of college lacrosse, including four-time All-Americans Gary Gait, Mike Springer, Mike Leveille, Roy Colsey, Ric Beardsley and Pat McCabe.

from Laxpower
When North Carolina and Ohio State scrimmage on Sunday in Towson, Maryland, a shot clock will be used. Teams will have 60 seconds in the first half and 75 seconds in the second half to put a shot on goal (and score or have the shot result in a save, rebound, or pipe). In addition, substitutions will not be allowed after a horn sounds.

When UMBC plays Georgetown on Saturday, a series of experimental rules will be in effect:

from the Rochester Rattlers
The Rattlers traded veteran defensemen Greg Bice, faceoff specialist Anthony Kelly, midfielder Brett Garber, and back-up goalie Stefan Schroder and the fifteenth overall pick in the 2012 MLL Draft to the Ohio Machine. The Rochester Rattlers received the first and twenty-fifth overall picks in the MLL Expansion Draft and the tenth and eighteenth overall pick in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Entry Draft from the Ohio Machine.

from Salisbury Athletics
[Sam] Bradman, the only returning captain from a year ago, was the Most Outstanding Player in the national championship game. The Canton, N.Y., native led the team with 55 goals, including a team-high 11 in man-up situations. The midfielder was second in points (78) and third in assists (23).

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks will get an early preview of their opening night opponent when they travel to play the Philadelphia Wings in a National Lacrosse League preseason game. Rochester will battle its East Division rivals on Sunday, December 11th at 1:00 p.m. at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, NJ.

The East attack features the likes of new addition Mikey Powell and Zack Greer, so get ready for some offense,
Tuesday October 4, 2011 12:15AM
from Crooked Arrows
We’re right in the middle of post-production for Crooked Arrows and are working our butts off to make sure we give you the best movie ever when Spring comes around next year. At the same time, we have a fantastic team that has collected hundreds of hours of behind the scenes footage that we’re sorting through and editing to give you an over-the-shoulder look at exactly what was involved during the shoot. We’ll be publishing a ton of videos from now until the Crooked Arrows debut in April.

from The Brighton-Pittsford Post
East Rochester 3-sport student-athlete Domenica (Lore) Marino is sowing the rewards of the dedication she is giving to her sport of lacrosse. Now, nine years after graduating from hometown ER, Marino finds herself in the enviable position of being responsible for building the new women’s lacrosse program at newly designated D-2 school, Roberts Weslyan.

from The Little Falls Times
. . . the college honored long-time athletic director and physical education professor Tom LaPuma, athlete and coach Sharon Gleasman-Howell, lacrosse player Dr. Frederick Douglass Opie, and basketball coach Jack Alofs, who was honored posthumously.

The final member of the class is Dr. Opie, who was twice named an All-American defenseman at Herkimer before transferring to Syracus University, where he appeared in two national championship games. Dr. Opie is now a professor of history at Babson College.

from US Lacrosse - Northern California
When Humboldt State University lacrosse head coach Tony Silvaggio decided to hold the first lacrosse camp behind the Redwood Curtain, he went back to the game's roots. Despite HSU fielding a men's club team since 1983, Silvaggio noticed a lack of elementary and high school lacrosse in the region and saw the Iroquois lacrosse program as a great opportunity to bring the sport to area youth, including the underserved communities along California's rural North Coast.

"Many of us have been hoping to build interest in developing youth lacrosse here, and when Heidi Faith, president of the Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse, contacted me about bringing the Iroquois Lacrosse Program out to Northern California, we figured this would be the perfect kick-off event to get things moving in the right direction,” Silvaggio said.

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from Inside Lacrosse
NCAA lacrosse is healthy. But how can we make the product on the field even better? What changes can make the game more fan-friendly? Here's a few suggestions:

Play a high school national championship tournament in June. Invite 16 teams. The NYS Class A, B and C champion, the MIAA champion from Maryland, the Washington, D.C. champ and the Philadelphia champion. Invite the Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Massachusetts champs, plus four wild cards. This would be better recruiting content for the college coaches than the garbage team camps and over-saturated all-star camps that have permeated the marketplace. Fans would eat it up.
Monday October 3, 2011 12:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, N.Y., is located about an hour’s drive south of the University at Albany. Great Danes coach Scott Marr has benefitted from that close proximity in landing commitments from the Admirals’ two top players. The most recent came late last week as junior goaltender JD Colarusso verballed to Albany. “It’s been my dream school since I have been a little kid,” Colarusso told “When I was younger, I always used to watch all of the Albany games and knew then I wanted to attend Albany.”

from The Patriot Ledger
Lacrosse fans will get an early look at top college teams from the Northeast at the fourth annual Catamount Classic Tournament on Oct. 9. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Thayer Academy off-campus turf fields at 1535 Washington St. The event will be held rain or shine. The women’s teams in the tournament are Vermont, Bryant University, Boston University, Brown University, University of Connecticut, College of the Holy Cross, Iona College and Siena College.
Saturday October 1, 2011 12:15AM
from Army Athletics
The Army lacrosse team will hold its final Black and White scrimmage on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 12:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will take place at the Black Knights' everyday home at Michie Stadium. Seventh-year head coach Joe Alberici and his staff will utilize a running-time format and play 25-minute quarters for the intrasquad scrimmage. Army continues fall practice for the next two-plus weeks with the workouts culminating in Army facing defending national champion Virginia and upstart program Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va.

from US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse has announced rule changes for high school girls’ and non-varsity college women’s lacrosse. The changes take effect for the 2012 season following their approval by the US Lacrosse Board of Directors at its September meeting.

from Bob Chavez /
Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., is home to some of the greatest moments in lacrosse history. But even the players there know the game had history long before it arrived at this campus.