The Knighthawks will hold open tryouts for the 2013 NLL season on Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Hagersville, Ontario. Batson was the latest athlete to crack the Rochester lineup after attending the Open Tryouts.
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Last year, Anthony Contento, a defenseman who graduated this past spring from Homer in Central NY, entered a team for the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament on the last day of registration, though he didn’t know if it would pan out.
In a move that Major League Lacrosse commissioner David Gross says "should have a positive impact on everyone associated," with the league, MLL will allow any lacrosse manufacturer to partner with the league and have its product worn on-field during games.
. . . with this contentious topic in mind, IL's Joe Sweeney and Terry Foy spoke with more than 20 of the Top DI coaches during the December 2011 IMLCA Convention in Baltimore about their thoughts on the early recruiting trend that prizes top sophomores as a priority. As to be expected the views were nuanced and often conflicting, but the evidence is clear that this paradigm has changed the recruiting landscape.
Heeyoung Leem is a well known stick doctor on The Lacrosse Forums. Known as Hawk30, he operates his own stringing service, Golden State Strings, and is a regular contributor on ILGear.com, where his custom stick stringing frequently appears in the Stringers Spotlight. Here, he shares his opinion on the NCAA's proposed changes to stick-stringing rules.
In partnership with PlayFullScreen.com, the 2012 Presidents Cup game will be available on a pay per view webcast. Check back each day for the schedule and keep an eye on your favourite team as they battle it out in the championship.
om Klosowski is a 2010 graduate of Gulliver Prep in Miami. He went onto win two national championships at Onongaga Community College and is now headed to play for Ohio State. We caught up with Tom and he was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.
“He’s one of the best shooters, probably the best shooter, I’ve ever played with,” Pannell said. “We had some fun together. Every time I’d feed him the ball, he would just shoot it and score. It was pretty fun playing with him. He’s a very talented player. You get to experience first-hand kinda what he was all about."
"Rob, can you give the LaxAllStars.com readers FIVE concrete pieces of advice on what you do to better your skills as a lacrosse player? For example, what can a young lacrosse player do in the off season to take his or her game to the next level?"
The winning bid receives the entire contents of Casey's equipment bag tonight, including the helmet he wore in the last game he played as a professional lacrosse player [MLL]. All of the proceeds go to benefit St. Andrews player Conor Logan, who was injured in a car accident on his graduation night.
The 2012 NCAA Division I men's national championship lacrosse team is joining the Patriot League for the 2014 season. Loyola University of Maryland has accepted an invitation to become the 10th member of the Patriot League, the organization announced Wednesday. It means the Greyhounds, who defeated Maryland 9-3 this spring to win the national title, will now be competing in the same league as Colgate.
As news broke this morning, Inside Lacrosse reached out to some current Patriot League coaches about adding Loyola to the ranks. One theme is clear: By adding the national champion to the mix, the already rising Patriot League just got a lot more interesting. Here's what Navy's Rick Sowell, Army's Joe Alberici and Lehigh's Kevin Cassese had to say:
This selective invitation only high school lacrosse national recruiting showcase will be held in Upstate New York on July 29th - 31st, 2013. We are very pleased to report that our 2012 showcase was very well attended by many of the top lacrosse programs in the country and many very talented lacrosse players. As we now gear up for next summer, we will continue to build on that success, review where we could improve, and focus some time on how to meaningfully enhance the overall experience.
“It’s been my dream school. Its where I wanted to go,” Ford said. “I’ve been an Orange fan ever since growing up. I love the area. They have the No. 2 business school in the country, which is good. It felt like it’s a good home for me.”
A gluttony of goalies has descended on the campus of Syracuse University to play lacrosse. When the Orange lacrosse team opens fall practice, head coach John Desko will have seven goalies in camp based on returning players and newcomers.
Head men's lacrosse coach Mike Murphy and the Colgate men's lacrosse program have added 15 new members to the squad in the Class of 2016. “My staff and I are very excited about the class of 2016,” said Murphy. “You only get one first recruiting class as a staff, and we think this group of student-athletes has the potential to be special. It was great getting to know these young men and their families during the recruiting process and we think that they will add quality to the Colgate community as a whole.”
Two members of Syracuse's national runner -up squad were named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Academic Honor Roll. Monika Klus and Heather Wentz both 2012 graduates, were two of 173 student athletes from 56 different institutions that were recognized for academic excellence, earning at least a cumulative grade point average of a 3.5.
Among all the players unaccounted for this past weekend (a few of them even played — you just wouldn’t know it) that could have made a big difference for his team one stands out: Boston Cannons' face-off man Chris Eck missed Championship Weekend with a seemingly mysterious injury and was unable to even make the trip. The injury turned out to be a cartilage tear and he should recover in about six weeks.
For those players who participated in the 2012 GULL League, I wanted to thank you for yet another great summer of lacrosse. With the addition of the Women’s league, The GULL was comprised of some, if not all, the best lacrosse players in all of Western, New York. We are very appreciative of the support from the team captains who organized the teams and made sure players were attending each week.
The St. Regis Braves roared to a 28-5 victory over Onondaga behind Miles Thompson, who had four goals and four assists. Jerome Thompson scored three goals and had six assists for St. Regis. Lyle Thompson scored a goal and dished out six assists. All the Thompson brothers are from the Onondaga Nation.
In some ways, lacrosse is still almost brand new to Nolan Callahan. In other ways, the rising junior at Avon Old Farms (Conn.) is already a student of the game. The goaltender, who did not start playing the sport until age 15, has crammed what many take years to acquire into what has turned into a meteoric rise. It’s resulted in Callahan, a Florida native, giving a verbal commitment to attend Syracuse University.
Jesse Perry (5'10, 190) East Syracuse Minoa, East Syracuse, NY
Jesse was a two-year varsity starter and finished his career with 15 goals and 30 assists. Jesse was a playmaker in high school, as he led the team his senior season with 20 assists. A natural lefty, Jesse helped lead his team to the NYS Class B Section 3 finals, where they lost to eventual NYS Class B champions Jamesville-Dewitt. Jesse also lettered in wrestling for four years.
"John [Lade] will no doubt continue his tremendous lacrosse success on this staff," says Manitta, who coached against Lade when he was in high school. "He's one of the most decorated defensive players that has played this game and a quality individual. Our guys will enjoy being around him and his contagious enthusiasm."
Dick Vermeil will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion. Vermeil, who coached the Philadelphia Eagles to the NFC championship in 1979 and the St. Louis Rams to the NFL title 20 years later, will kick off the lacrosse world’s largest educational and networking event at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
The 2012 high school season provided plenty of material for me to get through the “off-season,” but one particular game really sticks out. It had several bizarre situations that my partner and I had to decipher, requiring multiple stoppages where we got together to be sure we had things correct. To make it even more exciting, the game was between two neighboring towns, bitter rivals playing before a big crowd under the lights.
The first roadtrip of the year – the school year, for me, that is – happened last Sunday when I jumped in my friend’s car in Syracuse and we drove to Storrs, CT to watch his daughter’s second D-I soccer game of the season. It was a long day, but we had a great trip. Maybe I can give readers some pointers, and explain how Brian’s roadtrips to see his kid play are much different than mine . . .
Andrew Schoeneck recently announced his decision to attend Bellarmine University after his senior year at Penfield. Schoeneck had a strong 2012 season where the left-handed attackman scored 46g-17a and was selected to the first team Monroe County D1 list.
The Chesapeake Bayhawks won their fourth Major League Lacrosse championship — their second since Brendan Kelly purchased the team in February 2010 — as Ben Hunt led all scorers with four goals in the team's 16-6 defeat of Denver in front of 7,384 fans at Harvard Stadium on Sunday.
Every summer it seems like we go through the same thing in the lacrosse world. Some of the elite level Division I coaches decide to recruit a player or two who is younger than any player they have ever recruited.
Justin Skaggs, the Lead Stringer over at Stylin Strings Lacrosse, was as interested by the proposed string rule changes as the rest of us, but unlike the rest of us, Justin actually got in touch with John Hind, the head of the Rules Committee, and had a very productive conversation about the proposed rule changes! See below for an in-depth update on where one of the biggest the proposed rules now sit!
Sports history was made Monday at Garden River First Nation near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. For the first time ever, the Stanley Cup and the National Lacrosse League’s Champion’s Cup appeared together at a Championship celebration.
The National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame Ceremony for the Class of 2012 will be held on Tuesday, October 2 in Toronto at The Westin Harbour Castle. Steve Dietrich was voted into the Hall of Fame in June and will be the lone inductee this year. Dietrich, who retired in 2011 after 18 seasons as a goaltender in the league, is now the General Manager of the Buffalo Bandits.
Most coaches will tell you that possession is everything — and they'd be right. If you have possession you have control and that simple principle wasn't more obvious than on May 27 at Stony Brook University. With anywhere between a one and two-goal lead in the second half of the NCAA Championship game against Syracuse, Northwestern dominated possession, content to hold the ball behind the net or swing it around the perimeter without making a hard effort toward the goal.
The All-Americans who will be inducted are Max King '02, men's cross country and track and field; Tom Nuttle '51, lacrosse; Olga Puidgemont-Sola '02, squash; Jaimee Reynolds '02, lacrosse and volleyball; Melissa Riggs '02, polo; Matt Underhill '02, ice hockey; and Frank Wydo '50, football.
The Mars Hill College Men’s Lacrosse Program will welcome the largest class in program history this fall with the addition of 23 newcomers, including Rashad Brown, Lockport / Genesee CC and Joe Masterpol, Marcellus.
Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional lacrosse league, announced Friday the players who have been named to the 2012 Lacrosse.com All-Major League Lacrosse team, recognizing the best players at each position. Named to the All-MLL team were:
A team that we showed a glimpse of while we were camped out up North, Mr. Boh Lacrosse is a Baltimore-based crew of guys who — well, as you can imagine — are fans of the National Bohemian brand of beer that is a staple in the Charm City and the surrounding region.
US Lacrosse is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Gerald J. Carroll, Jr. Exemplary Coaching Award through Nov. 15, 2012. A committee comprised of Carroll friends and family selects the recipient who is then recognized at the 2013 US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, Jan. 11-13 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Freshmen are reported to the campus of SUNY Cortland for the start of fall semester classes on Aug. 30. Which means a new group of players is joining the powerhouse Division III Dragons lacrosse team. No surprise, many of the newcomers have local ties.
Andrew Schoeneck, A, Penfield (N.Y.) has verbally committed to Bellarmine. The left-handed attackman from the Rochester area scored 46 goals and had 17 assists this past spring while earning first-team All-League honors and a spot on the Class A All-Section team. Schoeneck was also a member of the Rochester Brine All-American team that won the Brine National Classic this past July.
Silberlicht comes to the Polar Bears from Lynchburg (Va.) College, where he was an offensive assistant for the last two seasons. He joined the Hornets in 2010 after an outstanding career at Division I Hobart (N.Y.). A three and a half year starter for the Statesmen between the pipes, he climbed the ranks of the school's record books.
And while there's a good chance we'll see him play this coming winter in the National Lacrosse League, we felt it was appropriate to honor CP by having one of our top stick doctors from the Stringers Spotlight, Heeyoung Leem, whip up a special treat to honor the legendary Syracuse University alum, arguably the greatest to ever play the sport.
Lacrosse is a tradition of the Haudenosaunee nations, which includes the Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Seneca and Tuscarora nations. Lacrosse is known as the Creator’s game. WCNY explores the origins of lacrosse in the documentary “The Game of Life, Hearth and Spirit of the Onondaga,” which will air at 10:45 p.m. Saturday on the WCNY channel 24.1.
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The starting quarterback of the Christian Brothers Academy football team has lacrosse in his future at Syracuse University. J.R. Zazzara, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound midfielder entering his junior year of high school, made a verbal commitment this summer to join the Orange lacrosse team for the 2015 season.
If you’ve enjoyed your college career and gained a degree but don’t quite feel ready to get a job, then why not further your education in another country whilst playing lacrosse? A Masters degree in the UK could be an exciting and viable option. A Masters course takes just one year unlike the two year norm in the US which may also make it financially attractive to you.
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In advance of the NCAA men's rules committee's plan to reconvene this week to discuss its proposed rules changes announced Aug. 3, the US Lacrosse Men's Safety Education Subcommittee has weighed in with its opinion on the potential changes, voicing safety concerns relating to three propsals.
John Espey, as staff liaison, will be responsible for program-wide quality control, scouting operations and coordinating scrimmage teams. Currently an assistant coach of the MLL’s Long Island Lizards and a volunteer assistant at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Espey has 24 years of Division I head coaching experience at Duke (1976-81) and Stony Brook (1987-2004). A former player at Cortland State, Espey also has twice served as a selector for the U.S. men’s national team.
Another Camp Closing Ceremony in the books. Tired, smiling players wait eagerly for one more “I’m interested in your school” bump with staff coaches. SUV engines race, tinted windows up, AC cranked to ultra-feeeze. Fathers wait for sunburnt sons to load stinky gear in the back. Set the GPS to Next Tournament. Attach IV drip. Out.
I am no longer holding back when I talk about the early college lacrosse recruiting environment. I’ve tried in the past… I really have… and I always try to be open to other ideas and perspectives, but when it comes to college lacrosse teams recruiting 15 year old kids, I just don’t think I can do it anymore. I’m done with 13 year old prodigies, and I’m done with all the BS out there. It’s time to get real.
Billed as "Moneyball meets The Hangover," the book was written by All-American lacrosse player Dave Morrow and motivational speaker and Body by Jake founder Jake Steinfeld. The semi-autobiographical book chronicles three men -- a Hollywood fitness icon, a shy Ivy Leaguer, and a televangelist's son -- who start a professional sports league.
Darkness lifted for Rob Pannell in Vail , the tiny Colorado ski playground of the powerful so far away from the ancient lacrosse stadium at Schoellkopf Field on the campus of Cornell University. That’s where arguably the best player in college lacrosse took a rocky step back toward the game he has dominated. The Cornell attackman played in an elite tournament in July alongside some of the biggest names in the sport.
Canisius College women's lacrosse head coach Scott Teeter named seniors Morgan Leonard, Gina Molfetta and Lindsey Morgan plus junior Maria Kotas captains for the 2013 season as the Griffs attempt to become the first team in MAAC history to win three-straight championships.
The NCAA announced that the Division I women's lacrosse championships would be a 26-team tournament starting in the spring of 2013, the first adjustment to the bracket since the field expanded from 12 to 16 for the 2001 tournament. The move reflects the fast-paced growth of the sport at the collegiate level, with over 100 Division I programs set to take the field that year, marking the first time that sponsorship numbers at the Division I level have topped the century mark.
The SUNY Potsdam women's lacrosse team has been named an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Academic Squad for the 2012 season The Bears were one of 61 Division III teams to be recognized after posting a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better during the 2011-12 school year.
A drive for competition, a love for a sport or a search for a new way to get involved on campus pushes students toward the 44 different active club sports offered at Syracuse University. “It's a different way to get involved,” said 2012 graduate Bryan Sakakeeny, former captain of the club lacrosse team. “I think lacrosse not only gives the students a sport to play but an alternative way to find a niche or a group of friends.”
There’s no question how it looks. The coach is gripping the player’s helmet forcefully with two hands, nose inches from the goalie’s facemask, veins in the neck popping while giving the teenaged keeper an earful, the goalie recoiling in apparent shock at the coach’s attack during a timeout.
Onondaga Community College sophomore attackman Randy Staats, the reigning player of the year in junior college lacrosse, appears to be narrowing his choice of potential future schools to Syracuse, North Carolina and Denver.
Cornell University lacrosse junior midfielder Doug Tesoriero discusses a proposal by the NCAA to eliminate the motorcycle grip on faceoffs in college lacrosse. Tesoriero ranked 13th nationally last season in faceoffs with a .593 win percentage. (Video 1:22)
The Hamilton College women’s lacrosse program has been recognized by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) as having the highest team grade point average at the NCAA Division III level in 2012.
The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) has announced the Division III Academic Squads and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) was named one of the 61 institutions to earn the distinction for the 2012 season. To be recognized, teams must have a collective grade point average of 3.0 or greater.
The Capital Lacrosse Invitational will support and promote the Mario St. George Boiardi Foundation and its mission, the event's website says. The foundation honors Cornell's George Boiardi, who died in 2004 after being hit in the chest with a lacrosse ball.
Ryan Connors has a ton of experience in the college lacrosse world, and while Connor Wilson has already offered up his thoughts on the 2013 Rule Changes, more perspective is ALWAYS welcome! Check out what this former Mercyhurst defenseman has to say about the new rules!
. . . Cloudsplitter is one of them: a team put together back in the first year by tournament director George Leveille, his friend Anthony Ortolano — now the event's head athletic trainer — and others who saw the need for a place that more seasoned lacrosse players. That helped spur the birth of the Grand Masters and Super Grand Masters divisions in Lake Placid, which now draw teams from acrosse the country.
While playing with Hopkins lacrosse alum John DeTommaso (Deto), Larry Quinn, and Brad McClain I gleaned everything I could. After all they played for some of the best high school coaches on the Long Island and then for Jim Tierney at Hopkins and John and Larry made the 1986 National Team.
The Mercyhurst women's lacrosse team has announced the hiring of two new assistant coaches. Alyssa Littin and Amanda Martin have both accepted graduate assistant coaching position under head coach Cecil C. Pilson . . . Martin played at Queens University of Charlotte from 2007-2011, spending her junior and senior seasons as a team captain. The Geneva, New York, native played attack and midfield for the Royals. As a senior, she scored 51 goals to lead the team. She was a CollegeLacrosse.com NCAA Division II Women's All-American Third Team choice, along with earning All-Conference Carolinas First Team. Before transferring to Queens, she spent one season at Saint Bonaventure University.
Former Syracuse University 4-Time All-American Ric Beardsley has scheduled his 1st ever POWER-CLINIC for Boys in grades 5-12 at Ultimate Goal in Marcellus, NY starting 9/10 and running for 4 straight Mondays and Tuesday’s. The clinic will have 4 grade groups 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12.
. . . Alyssa Dausman was a three-sport standout for the Golden Knights, competing at a high level in women's lacrosse, women's soccer, and nordic skiing. It was during the winter that Dausman, who had a 3.797 GPA in civil engineering through seven semesters, excelled most, finishing in the top three at the USCSA National Championships in several races. On the turf during the spring, Dausman was an outstanding defensive midfielder, scoring 11 caused turnovers along with 31 draw controls and 30 groundballs. She also tacked on six points with three goals and three assists.
Larry Quinn, a two time Division Player of the Year and Goalie of the Year, was a Fordham Law School student when we became teammates on Long Island Hofstra lacrosse club in 1987. I don’t ever think I a saw Larry panic during a game.
As someone who has always been more academic than athletic, I’m positive I added more to the game of lacrosse in one season coaching the Roughriders than I ever did while suited up. At the MD Roughriders, we shape lacrosse players into men, not the other way around. After every game, we said the same thing to each other in the huddle, “Humble in victory, Proud in defeat.”
We're getting a kick out of all the hip summer club team gear surfacing in the last couple months. Here's another look at one of the teams we connected with up at the 23rd annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament, the team jointly sponsored by the Harpoon Brewery in Boston, Mass., and Native Staffing out of Baltimore.
Up next is Jake Hafner's Machine, a Syracuse-based club team that competed in the Men's Open Division during the week-long event in the Olympic village nestled in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. Shaun "Kaz" Kazimer and Erik Lemelbaum, who work at the Fayetteville, NY, Lacrosse Unlimited shop and two of ILGear.com's favorite contributors, are a part of this squad that started with a pack of SUNY Oneonta players and alumni and grew from there, now featuring a bunch of guys from the Syracuse area.
Rarely in life do you get to speak to someone that you have idolized, I was lucky enough to have that opportunity. On August 18, 2012, Casey Powell announced he was retiring from Major League Lacrosse which obviously was a big story in the lacrosse world and I am sure many people wanted to speak with him to discuss his decision. (Audio 10:58)
There will be a new event on the fall recruiting landscape. The National Invitational 175, which launched this summer with a successful debut at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., has now added a fall showcase event, called the National Invitational Fall Select 175, which is now accepting applications. The one-day event for members of the recruiting classes of 2014, ’15 and ’16, will held on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn., located less than 10 miles north of downtown Hartford.
2002 Penn Yan attackman and Notre Dame alumnus (2006) Matt Karweck was recently appointed as an Assistant Coach for the Fighting Irish. Karweck, a Section Five All-Tournament player as a junior, helped the Mustangs win Sectional titles all four years and was part of the 2001 State Championship team as well. At Notre Dame he earned letters all four years while amassing 60g-32a in 52 games.
The 2012 World Champion Rochester Knighthawks are offering internships for the 2013 National Lacrosse League season that will provide college students a great learning experience and prepare you for a future career in sports. Our internships present a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the daily operations of a professional sports team in the NLL.
"It's such a competitive league. I've had some good games and I've had some bad games," said Bunker. "I've been back and forth in terms of my numbers, so being able to play at this level, against great lacrosse players and athletes, is something I really enjoyed."
The Redhawks wasted little time building a quick 2 to 1 lead early in the first period. Goaltender Ross Bucktooth settled in and deflected all shots allowing the offense to build a 7 to 1 lead at the end of the first period.
"The league was 100 percent designed to help college players and high school seniors going to college maintain and improve their skills during the summer. The only way to do that is to put them in a position where you're playing in a competitive, but also fun environment," said Grant Catalino, League Founder. (Video 0:51)
Rochester native and Knighthawks forward Joe Walters was back on the turf this week at Total Sports Experience. The Sharp Shooter Academy was the second and final local summer lacrosse camp hosted by the 2012 NLL Champion.
Brown has frequently expressed his love of lacrosse. And so, when the opportunity arose to buy a stake in the Long Island Lizards, he jumped at it. “My lacrosse background is very dear to me, I played it, I loved it,” he said. “And I would like to be part of its growth.”
Thousands (millions?) of college students are getting ready to head back to colleges and universities across the country, including my 20-year old son Eric. This weekend he’s loading up his 2000 Dodge Intrepid (also known as “the Millenium Falcon” or “the Interpid”) and heading back to Brockport for his junior year. Last year we rented a U-Haul truck and I made the road trip with his bed, dressers, a refrigerator, and more. This year is going to be easy... for him and for me!
Powell also has said he will try out for the 2014 U.S. men's national team that will defend its world title in Denver. He was co-captain of the 2006 team that fell short in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) world championship final against Canada in London, Ontario. His brother, Ryan, was co-captain of the 2010 "redeem team" that won back the gold in Manchester, England.
In her book Team of Rivals, Harvard Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin argues that Abraham Lincoln became one of the greatest U. S. presidents because he made his political rivals members of this cabinet and his closet advisors. I didn’t have as much wisdom and foresight as Lincoln but the same scenario happened when I joined the Long Island Hofstra lacrosse club in 1987.
The Dirty Birds were wearing sharp black and neon uniform with shorts from Nike and shooting shirts from Warrior. You'll also see that the Golden Flyers busted out some of their in-season gear, including custom Warrior TII helmets and custom Warrior Regulator gloves.
Barely two months after ending a 23-year sectional championship drought, the Liverpool boys lacrosse team picked up one more trophy. The Warriors were presented with the ‘Believe to Achieve’ Male Team Award for the spring sports season by the Syracuse Sports Corporation at a ceremony held last Thursday inside the Hank Sauer Room at Alliance Bank Stadium.
In an unusual twist, Baldwinsville’s annual Lacrosse Alumni Weekend got livened up with the first-ever coed alumni game, which turned into an exciting event full of fun on a hot Saturday morning, Aug. 4, at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.
Casey Powell has told Inside Lacrosse that he's retiring from Major League Lacrosse. One of lacrosse's all-time greats, Powell leaves MLL as its all-time scoring leader with 407 points. After playing in just the final two regular-season games last year for the Hamilton Nationals, Powell nearly led them to the 2011 championship.
The roster always turns over at Onondaga Community College, even while the school continues to rack up national championships with brutal consistency. The two-year junior college on Onondaga Hill in Syracuse won its fourth consecutive national championship earlier this year. For half the team, its time to move on. The outgoing sophomore class scatters to new programs around the country. They'll start classes at new schools and begin fall ball practice with their new teams any day.
While Burr was ready to attend a prep school before committing to a college, Syracuse came after the former Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School lacrosse standout. They saw him playing in a showcase and asked him to join their elite Division 1 program.
The NCAA men's lacrosse rules committee will reconvene via teleconference at the "middle or end of next week" to discuss in depth the proposals recommended earlier this month for the 2013 season and the feedback they've gathered since the announcement before it formally submits them for approval by the oversight committee in early September, committee chair Jon Hind said Thursday.
Organized lacrosse head dying sessions using a white plastic head, Rit fabric dye, and downing dozens of hot Buffalo chicken wings in the process represented an important part of SU lacrosse culture in the 1980s.
Chris Wojcik '96, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, has announced the addition of 10 freshmen for the 2013 season. The Class of 2016 has been ranked as the fourth-best recruiting class in the nation by Inside Lacrosse and features six student-athletes ranked in the top 100.
Derrick Rose (West Senaca West / Canisius), who has a total of four years of collegiate playing experience at NCAA Division I Canisius College, as well as four years of coaching experience in lacrosse, has been named as a new assistant men's lacrosse coach for Florida Southern College. Rose will join Rob Williams as an assistant coach underneath head coach Marty Ward.
Conner Phillips has all the attributes you would look for in a Division I defensive recruit. The rising junior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in New Jersey is 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds. In addition to his size, he has outstanding stick skills, especially for a defenseman. His talents are on full display on his highlight film. But perhaps most important, Phillips knows in order to reach his potential at the next level, he needs to work hard to improve — in all areas.
The 2011 Rochester Rattlers were not good. There isn’t any other way to put it. They finished the season at 2-10, 7 games back of the first place Cannons, and allowed the second most goals in the league (154) while scoring the third least goals in the league (134). So, how did the worst team in the league last year come back to finish 7-7 this season and compete for a playoff spot until the final week of the season?
Playing lacrosse with the Onondaga Redhawks is pretty much a family deal for Brett Bucktooth. As the former Syracuse University midfielder runs through the 23-man roster of the Onondaga Redhawks indoor box lacrosse team, he says its filled with relatives.
Former Corcoran High School star James Cathers and a team of standouts from the Iroquois Nationals U19 team that played at the world games in Finland this summer headline the incoming class of freshmen lacrosse players at Onondaga Community College.
Lisa Miller, the head coach for Crimson women’s lacrosse, has recruited players from five different states. The incoming freshman comprise of two attackers, three midfielders, one midfielder/attacker, one midfielder/defense and one defender.
The US Lacrosse Board of Directors recently endorsed the creation of a set of national standards for youth lacrosse leagues. These standards will form the basis for the US Lacrosse Gold Stick program, which is currently in development. These standards present a framework of operational and cultural benchmarks that establish high, but attainable standards of quality and safety to which all lacrosse programs should aspire.
The NCAA has announced that the Division I women’s lacrosse championship bracket will expand from 16 teams to 26 teams beginning in 2013. It is the most significant expansion of the championship field since 2001, when the total number of tournament teams rose from 8 to 16.
“The whole faculty and staff here has completely welcomed me in and made it a very easy transition,” said Bliss, who was a football assistant and boys lacrosse coach last season at Tully, his alma mater. He will also coach lacrosse at OCS.
The Class of 2016 reports to campus on Friday at Cornell University for the start of fall classes. In their ranks will be a handful of students who will play lacrosse for the Big Red. Among the freshmen class of Cornell lacrosse players is West Genesee High School's Matt Schattner, a 6-foot, 180-pound midfielder who earned All-America honors as a senior.
Team Lax World wins the championship in the first ever U19 division of the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic. Team managers Ray White and John Tokar organized an elite team of current and future NCAA players, many of whom are All Americans and Division 1 players from the Upstate NY area. Lax World was coached by Commander Craig Washington from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
Last month I had the opportunity to address the Men’s US U-19 national team before they headed to Europe to compete in the 2012 world championships. What I said to them on that day on the turf at Bryant College in Rhode Island brings me full circle to themes I've been writing about the past couple of days—the importance of boys and men developing authentic and honest relationships with other boys and men.
Taylor Cummings (McDonogh, Md.) sits atop this year's top 25 rankings. While there could have been arguments over who should be No. 1 in most years, this class is the exception. Cummings has been one of the most touted recruits in recent memory and is without a doubt the top player in this class.
Inside Lacrosse is pleased to present the 2012 Recruiting Issue Top 40 Attackmen, as featured in the September Recruiting Issue with detailed info. For more information, or to pick up your copy of the Recruiting Issue visit InsideLacrosse.com.
Kathleen Lloyd is not trying to change girls' lacrosse.
"I've been coaching for 17 years. I played without goggles or boundaries. I'm old-school," she said. "I don't want to see the game change or see hard helmets." But Lloyd, director of athletics and head coach at Bullis (Md.) School, did generate considerable dialogue in the girls' lacrosse community when she decided — after consulting school administrators, athletic trainers, parents and coaches — that all members of her varsity and JV teams would wear rugby helmets in the 2012 season. Officials at US Lacrosse believe the Bulldogs became the first girls' lacrosse program in the nation to mandate its players wear headgear.
The Canadian Lacrosse Association announced today that John Grant Jr., Mark Matthews, Jordan McBride, Brodie Merrill and Jeremy Noble will headline Team Canada’s roster for the "Duel in Denver". In a prelude to the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, Canada's Men's National Team will head to the United States to take on Team USA for an exhibition game September 8, 2012.
On the shorts, Danielle [Spencer] said "I thought it made our team [Northwestern] unique because at the time we first started wearing the shorts in 2008. No other teams were wearing them, so I thought we were kind of the leader of the revolution of wearing shorts." She also mentioned that while she is on board with shorts now, at first she and her teammates were not. She said that they liked their skirts, and even thought they looked better in them.
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich today announced that the Bandits have acquired transition player David Brock and forward Mike Hominuck from the Philadelphia Wings in exchange for Kevin Buchanan and a third-round pick in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft.
My former Syracuse University (SU) lacrosse teammate John Schimoler (Class of 1985) died unexpectedly in his sleep at his home in Anne Arundel, Maryland on Sunday August 12, 2012 . . . He entered Syracuse as a member of a talented freshman class which included Fred Cambria, Brad Kotz (National Hall of Fame), Frank Lanuto, Derek Maltz, and Emmett Printup, and Eric Jeschke.
The Onondaga Redhawks won the first 3 games of the best of 7 Can-Am series Championship this weekend . . . The Redhawks looks to close out the series beginning with a home game this Friday night (August 17th) at 8pm at Tsha'Honnonyendakwha Arena. If necessary, Game 5 is scheduled at Newtown at 7pm and Game 6 is is schedule at Tsha'Honnonyendakwha on Sunday at 4.
For the first time, Syracuse tops Inside Lacrosse's top 10 class rankings. The Orange bring in four players ranked in IL's Top 25 Rising Freshmen and an additional three who come in on the watch list. Duke's incoming class comes in at No. 2 for the second straight year and Maryland, North Carolina and Florida round out the top five.
One hundred and forty-six NYS lacrosse teams were named this spring, with Babylon HS (Section 11 once again taking the highest honors, this year with a team average of 95.417. In Section V, twelve of the thirty-seven teams were honored, which is down from eighteen from 2011. They are as follows:
Tyler Ford, M, Owego Free Academy (N.Y.) has verbally committed to Syracuse. A leading scorer on his varsity team since the eighth grade, Ford has twice been an All-Section 4 Division II selection, putting up a total of 57 goals and 34 assists in his years on varsity. A member of the CNY Roadhawks, he participated in Jake Reed's Blue Chip, NSCLA Champions Cup, Brine Shootout and Upstate Risings. Also a standout in basketball, Ford strongly considered Denver, Ohio State, Colgate and Rutgers.
Inside Lacrosse is pleased to present the 2012 Recruiting Issue Power 100 Freshmen, featuring the 100 top incoming college players as selected by IL. For more info, or to grab your own copy of this year's Recruiting Issue, visit InsideLacrosse.com.
The World Champion Rochester Knighthawks will have five picks at the 2012 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. The event will take place in Toronto at the Westin Harbour Castle on Monday, October 1st. The draft starts at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on The NLL Network at NLL.com.
The National Lacrosse League has announced that the 2012 Draft will take place on Monday, October 1 in Toronto at the Westin Harbour Castle. The draft starts at 7pm Eastern and will be broadcast live on The NLL Network at NLL.com. The Edmonton Rush currently hold the first overall selection in the Draft. The current order of selection for the six round draft is listed below. Attendance is free of charge.
One of the many teams catching our eyes with a spectacular custom kit was the Junior Black Rhinos, a team brought by Ryan Powell that competed in the scholastic Boys U15 division. The Black Rhinos, one of the teams out of Powell's Rhino Lacrosse program, battled all the way to the division finals before falling to Academy Mortgage in a 10-8 showdown.
The Upstate Indoor Lacrosse League is gearing up for their 3rd consecutive season being held at the Rochester Sports Garden starting this December. The UILL is committed to teaching the indoor lacrosse game to help better the players field game. The league consist of 12 weeks and beings with 2 instructional practices and followed by 10 league games. Players are provided with live game stats both team and individual through out the league, and have live game feeds during the season as well.
The Rattlers would have their last regular season game on Saturday, August 11th where they would fall in Charlotte by just one point, with final score of 14-15. Rob Rotanz led the team tonight with four goals and one assist. Jordan MacIntosh and Roy Lang finished with two goals each.
Jordan Barlow wrapped up an impressive varsity career this past spring by helping Kingswood-Oxford (Conn.) win the Fairchester Athletic Association championship with a 12-5 win over St. Luke’s (Conn.). The lefty attackman recorded 51 goals and 55 assists — numbers that bode well for his upcoming college career at Siena College.
The Hamilton Nationals saved their best for last, as they earned a convincing 18-8 victory over the Long Island Lizards tonight at McMaster University. Rhys Duch lived up to indoor nickname as the “Clutch” recorded a career-best five goals and seven points. He aided the Nationals as the 10-point win tied the franchise record for largest margin of victory last set in 2011. Cody Jamieson and Joe Walters also contributed with one goal and four assists each.
Burning Orange and Select Sector Spiders met at Lake Placid in the Semi-finals. Both teams had a lot of talent and Burning Orange had high expectations after winning the tournament last year. This game has some big goals and make sure you check out some GoPro Clips!
The NCAA Rules Committee is in the “reconsideration and consideration” phase of its process, and feedback from various parties is casting doubt on the face-off proposals, specifically the elimination of the motorcycle grip.
The Midsummer Night's Power Rankings – my annual offseason evaluation of teams, taking into account how they finished the previous season in combination with what they have coming back – was a far more fun experience this year. With the advent of the eight-team NCAA tournament in 2013, I no longer have to put together a ranking where three-quarters of the teams on the list won't make the postseason.
“I am extremely excited to be back for another year and looking forward to turning things around,” said Tavares. “We had an off year last season, but that will change in 2013. Banditland and the city of Buffalo deserve another championship and we are going to do everything we can to bring that to them.”
Last year at the 2011 Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament, the Buffalo Soldiers, then a group of the best rising high school players from Buffalo and Rochester, took the field in what became one of the most-loved team kits of the summer. As we explained last year, the team pays homage to Thomas Garnder, a former JV coach at Orchard Park who passed away in 1998, but left a huge impact on the Western NY lacrosse community.
Here, you're bound to fall in love with the kit worn by the Buffalo Soldiers Open II division team. The outfit starts with a helmet wrap from Gorilla Wrapz that features a blonde mullet, a blue do-rag and facial stubble down on the chin piece of the Cascade helmets the team was wearing. Like the other teams, this squad is rocking custom Warrior Riot gloves in a sweet Rasta color scheme.
Despite not being an official Olympic sport, English Lacrosse were able to contribute to the Olympic fever in London by running several taster sessions at BT London Live. With thousands of people visiting both Hyde Park and Victoria Park each day, there was a great opportunity to advertise the sport and allow as many people as possible an opportunity to try it out for themselves. Each session was around fifteen minutes long, with about 5-6 minutes of participants being taught the fundamentals of the sport, followed by getting straight into a ten minute game.
In addition to seeing all 198 teams through pool play, re-seedings, playoffs, and championships, the two competition directors also get to observe championship games and present post-game awards (the other competition director is Gary DiNola, a retired English teacher and school administrator – and father of three sons who all attended the US Naval Academy and played Navy Lacrosse).
The Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament is a fitting way to end the summer season, and ILGear.com was there all week long, taking in the action and getting shots of all of the fantastic custom uniforms brought by the nearly 200 teams competing over the course of the week.
Union men's lacrosse head coach Paul Wehrum announced that senior midfielder Kyle Christine, senior attack Nolan Connors, senior midfielder Joe Cordrey, and senior midfielder Alex Stone will serve as captains during the upcoming 2013 season. All four seniors are first time captains, elected by their teammates following the conclusion of the 2012 season.
The Colgate men's lacrosse team will be hosting Raider Days for high school players. These “practice” sessions will give high school age young men the chance to learn the game of lacrosse in a simulated college practice setting. The clinics are not meant to be just for young men interested in Colgate University, but for all players looking to improve their skills in a college level environment.
Josh Amidon has signed with LB3 Lacrosse as a coach and manager for their St Louis MO operation. Amidon was a two time All American at Syracuse University and currently is a midfielder for the Charlotte Hounds in the MLL. Originally from Lafayette NY, Amidon plans to move to St Louis full-time in early September and will get to work right away helping to run the LB3 Fall League for boys and girls.
While both are varsity standouts in the Syracuse area, they play for different high schools — Wright for Jamesville-Dewitt and Bedell for Fayetteville-Manlius. Little did the duo know when the summer began that their days on the Team United Knights would be a preview of what is to come. Both players verbally committed this week to the brand-new Division I program at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J.,
The casting call deadline was originally set for August 10 but has been extended to September 7, which gives applicants almost a whole extra month to put together their application and video. This week's Lax Her Essentials provides some tips on how to better your chances of being chosen and to ensure you put together the best submission possible.
Other than my next comment, this will not turn into a screed on the pro game, but I like my lacrosse with a little strategy and some change of pace sprinkled in. I am not ready for the game I love to be turned into a series of 110-yard dashes with a lacrosse shot at the end of each.
Late last month, after five months of product development, design and setup, finally came "game day" for Crisco and his team. Several female lacrosse players, aged 12 to 28, were asked to take 36 swings at a customized crash test dummy headform, which was fitted with an accelerometer that captured the resulting movement.
Crash Test Dummy Photos
In a star-studded contest that featured some of the best lacrosse players on the planet, Burnt Orange claimed the victory when Ryan Powell broke an 8-8 deadlock by cashing in on a feed from his brother Casey with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
Niagara Athletics has announced Buffalo, N.Y. native Wendy Stone as head coach of the Purple Eagle women’s lacrosse program. “Wendy came highly recommended and we discovered why throughout the interview process,” Associate Athletic Director Theresa Berg said. “She brings a wealth of coaching experience to NU, including on the national level. We are excited about her joining the Purple Eagles and we are confident that she will build our lacrosse program to consistently be a MAAC contender.”
They were already a close-knit group, these special breed of players who start every game battling at midfield, and continue to swing momentum in one way or the other during the next four quarters, and perhaps overtime. Now they're swinging back at the NCAA men's rules committee's proposed changes for the 2013 season which, if approved in September, would dramatically change how the faceoff is taken and enforced.
Hamilton could determine the MLL Playoff seeding for Championship Weekend, as three teams vie for the final two spots. If the Nationals defeat Long Island, and Rochester beats Charlotte, the Rattlers will secure a playoff berth. Long Island would then need a Boston loss to make the Playoffs.
The Buffalo Lacrosse Academy was launched in 2004 with the goal of enhancing lacrosse in the Buffalo-Niagara area. Around the same time, the Buffalo Lacrosse Association (South Buffalo) program already had travel teams exposing its players to college coaches. For the next five years, the Buffalo Lacrosse Academy and South Buffalo lacrosse collaborated behind the scenes, while running two independent programs.
Seven days, 11 fields, 198 teams in 14 divisions, and some 435 games. Is there a bigger or better lacrosse tournament anywhere? Where else can you watch Gary Gait, John Zulberti, Matt Palumb, all three Powell brothers, Rob Pannell, Dom Starsia, Steve Beville, Jake Coon, Lars Tiffany, Reggie Thorpe, and Gerry Byrne all play?
Two or three consecutive wins in the faceoff X can get a lacrosse team running downhill ... and this summer, Hamilton-Wenham’s Elliott Burr experienced the recruitment equivalent of such a momentum swing.
In the wake of Friday's NCAA Rules Committee Proposals, IL reached out to a handful of the game's most seasoned face-off professionals to weigh in on their reaction to the recommendations. Below are the extended thoughts of Greg Gurenlian, Anthony Kelly, Paul Cantabene, Pete Vlahakis, David Tamberrino and Matt Schomburg — six players and coaches that are all over the lacrosse industry and have seen face-offs from the bottom levels to the top.
The CNY Road hawks 7/8 Team finished up their successful 2012 Summer Season by winning the 2012 Hershey Laxfest in the 15 and Under division. The team went undefeated for the entire tournament, and even more impressive was the fact that this team was composed entirely of 13 and 14 year olds. All of the opposing teams had 15 year olds making up half of their rosters. Jake Lewis (2016 Cazenovia) wa s named the Most Valuable Player at the end of the championship game on Sunday.
To say Jordan Lefranc has a tremendous upside would be an understatement. The St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) rising senior has good size at 6-feet, 185 pounds. He can play attack or midfield and is strong with either hand. He’s also an effective feeder and finisher. Lefranc’s best lacrosse is clearly ahead of him. After his senior season with the Friars, he’ll be spending it outside Albany, playing for Siena College.
Rochester Knighthawks forward Joe Walters has been added to the U.S. men’s national senior team roster for the “Duel in Denver.” The addition of Walters rounds out the 25-player Team USA squad that will face Team Canada on Saturday, September 8th in a 7:00 p.m. (Mountain time) exhibition game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
Veteran defensive midfielder Matt Abbott has been named the Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career for his performance against the Long Island Lizards at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday. “Matt is one of our most valuable players and most of the plays he makes don't show up in a stat sheet,” general manager Brian Reese stated. “We are happy that he is being recognized for his contributions.”
For four days this week in Indianapolis, the members of the NCAA men’s lacrosse rules committee sequestered themselves from normal life and went back and forth from their hotels to meeting rooms, all with the idea of potential new rules on their minds. “If there’s a discussion to be had, we probably had it,” committee chair Jon Hind said of the eight-member voting committee. “We weren’t out there with dead time, and four days is a long time.”
Leading the way on the field and off was junior Briana Kimble. One of only three girls lacrosse players in Western New York on the ESPN watch list for the graduating class of 2013, Kimble recently made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Robert Morris University for the fall of next year.
The Rochester Rattlers entered Saturday’s Major League Lacrosse game against the Denver Outlaws as one of the best penalty-killing teams in the league. The Rattlers had successfully killed 30 of 34 man-up opportunities, but they faltered in that area Saturday, allowing Denver to leave Sahlen’s Stadium with a 17-12 win.
Incoming senior and starting goaltender for Sachem North Boys Lacrosse John Quinn has commited to play at West Point when he graduates from Sachem North next summer, according to his coach, Jason Mauro.
One of his teachers is Head Coach Regy Thorpe, who sees a lot of promise in the young offensive star. “Joey is a great kid, has a bright future ahead of him. He meshes well with our guys having the box experience and having that experience in the field side. He is very explosive and makes good decisions. We are excited about the rest of the season with him.”
“This is a specialized clinic Joel White and I designed that thoroughly breaks down offensive and defensive skills, technique, and team strategy,” said Walters, who also plays for the Major League Lacrosse Hamilton Nationals. “I am very excited to team up with Joel. He is a terrific instructor, as we share the same values and emphasis on teaching.”
In an emergency podcast, IL's Terry Foy, Quint Kessenich and Mark Dixon discuss the Friday's dramatic NCAA rule change proposals, including a 30-second shot clock after a stall warning, faster restarts, the elimination of the horn, shooting string limitations and dramatic changes to the face-off mechanics. (Audio 30:20)
All rules recommendations by the committee, which met Monday-Thursday in Indianapolis, must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to meet via conference call in September. If approved, the change would be effective for the 2013 season.
“As a committee member who was on the championship committee for several years and chair of that committee, this is the most intensive, time consuming committee meeting I've ever attended,” said Hamilton College Athletic Director Jon Hind when reached Friday afternoon. Hind serves as the chair of the NCAA Rules Committee, and he provided us some insight as to how the group of coaches and administrators arrived at the recommendations made public today.
“The boys wanted to say Nyaweñha (Thank you) to the Onondaga Nation for all of your support,” said Coach Bucktooth. “And on behalf of the Iroquois Nationals, we would like to present to the Nation the ‘Spirit of Lacrosse’ award for not only your support this year, but for your continuous support of the Iroquois Nationals since the beginning.”
The LaFayette Lacrosse Alumni Association is pleased to announce the annual FREE Boys & Girls Youth Lacrosse Clinic Sat Aug 11 at 10 am at the Booher Fields (next to Fred Stafford Park) Rt 11 LaFayette. No registration required.
The (7-4) Rochester Rattlers play their final home game of 2012 against the (9-3) Denver Outlaws on Saturday, August 4that 7 PM in Sahlen’s Stadium. The Rattlers are 5-1 at home this season, and have gone 4-1 since their 12-16 loss to the Outlaws on June 16th. The Outlaws are on a four game winning streak since June 29th, and sit in second on the MLL table. Boston and Rochester are tied for the fourth and final playoff spot with two games left in the 2012 season.
Penn State men's lacrosse head coach Jeff Tambroni along with alums Greg Gurenlian (2006) and Drew Adams (2009) will help the United States National Team against Canada on Sept. 8 in Commerce City, Colo.
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich today announced that the Bandits have acquired defenseman Glen Bryan and forward Jamie Rooney from the Toronto Rock in exchange for a second-round pick (14th overall) in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft and a fourth-round pick in 2013, pending league approval.
Oswego Sub Shop posted a pair of victories this week to finish with an 8-1 regular-season record in the Oswego Box Lacrosse League. Eric Smith and Steve Czarnecki led Oswego Sub Shop with 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the week.
The Cornell Department of Athletics and Physical Education has announced that senior men's lacrosse player Rob Pannell has been granted a fifth-year eligibility waiver through the Ivy League Office. Pannell will rejoin the Big Red men's lacrosse team when he returns to Cornell in the spring 2013 semester to complete his degree requirements.
Quick chuckle from my son Brian’s reffing experiences… at one tournament this summer, he threw his first flag, then his second, and then his hat, which is the correct mechanic for three penalties assessed on the same whistle. Apparently a lacrosse mom on the sideline was impressed with his actions, and said loud enough for him to hear . . .
The Oswego City School District is considering creating a new athletic position that would help student athletes transition into college. Superintendent Bill Crist says the Athletic Transition Coordinator would focus on helping student athletes find the right college programs and scholarships. The individual would also help athletes transition from local sports into the high school programs.
In advance of this year's meetings, the committee developed a coaches' survey to gain feedback across all divisions about issues regarding current and future rules. Of 291 men's head coaches asked to participate, 176 across Divisions I, II, and III responded. The results were recently made available, and shed light on the mood of the coaching body regarding several topics.
The Rochester Krewhawks advanced to the Finals of the 2012 Fann Cup last weekend in Blaine, Minn. They departed from Rochester to play in the 11th Annual Charity Lacrosse Tournament on July 28th . . . The Krewhawks mission was to become the first Fann Cup team to win a Championship the same year their NLL team won the Champion’s Cup. The six-team charity tournament was held at the Schwans SuperRink (National Sports Center).
Brodie Merrill is third in the MLL with 86 ground balls. He needs just two to break the team’s single-season record of 87. Right behind Merrill is teammate Matt Dolente, who enters the game with the 77. Dolente ranks third in the MLL with 193 faceoff wins. He stands just three wins away from breaking the single-season team record of 195 set by Geoff Snider in 2009.
Let’s go Joe: Walters is eight points away from passing his career high of 44 set in 2008 with the Rochester Rattlers. He is one assist away from setting a new personal single-season assist mark. He tied his career mark last week which he set last season.
From its humble beginnings in the early 1970s with 10 or so players on one field, Hamburg Youth Lacrosse, Inc., has grown into an organization with the ability to host a tournament that just this weekend drew 57 teams to the fields at the former Nike Base. Ed Van Tine oversaw the sport’s start as he introduced the game to Hamburg youth while working in the town’s Recreation Department when most in the area had yet to even hear of lacrosse.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the Oswego High School rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in summer tournaments and in Upstate Lacrosse Association (ULA) games. We’re done with our tournaments for the summer, but we still have this week and next week for our last two ULA games – this week against C-NS and next week vs. Skaneateles. Since my last article in late June, we’ve been to tournaments including Syracuse University’s Shootout, and both the JV and varsity 1812 Shootouts in Sackets Harbor the past two Sundays.
Meanwhile, White helped the Rattlers remain alive in the race for a spot in the 2012 MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior with a 14-13 victory over the Ohio Machine on Saturday night at Sahlen’s Stadium. White posted a team-high seven ground balls and anchored a Rochester defense that allowed just three goals in the first half. White, who was named as the MLL Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career, leads the Rattlers with 49 ground balls in 9 games this year. He has also scored four goals with six assists.
US Lacrosse today named the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., the site of the 2013 US Lacrosse Northeast Championships, a three-day youth lacrosse tournament for boys’ and girls’ teams in the U11, U13 and U15 age divisions. Event dates will be June 21-23, 2013, and teams may register online at uslacrosse.org beginning on or about Sept. 10, 2012.
Are you noticing young faces in stripes? It’s not by accident or happenstance, and it shouldn’t make you worry about whether the players are safe on a field managed by newcomers. Over the past few years, there has been significant growth in the youth-umpire programs across the country and particularly in New England. These are programs designed to get high school students — often current or former players — involved in umpiring youth games.
Dear players, coaches and fans: On behalf of referees and umpires everywhere — and as the rare official who has worked both men’s and women’s games — let me say, “I get it.” There are times when, from where you are, the call looks different from the one made on the field. Dramatically different.
In an announcement Tuesday, Baltimore-based STX opened up the application process for team captains and said winners will live, work and play in Baltimore and be featured in an original web-based series, "Love For the Game," that will chronicle their journey of training and preparing to lead the elite team during its first season.
Thomas McAndrew, A, MacArthur H. S. (N.Y.) has verbally committed to Binghamton. McAndrew has started at attack as a freshman and sophomore and was an all-conference selection both years. A three sport athlete (receiver in football, and point guard in basketball). He is a member of the Long Island Express. This summer he participated in the Rising Junior Nassau/Suffolk Showcase, NSCLA Championships, Tri-state Tournament, Maverick Showtime, and the Brine Shootout.
The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that Casey Powell has been designated as the team’s franchise player for the 2013 National Lacrosse League season. By using the franchise tag on Powell, the Knighthawks own his rights for the upcoming season.
Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres announced today that the team has re-signed two players from the 2012 World Championship team: Tyler Burton and Jake Henhawk. The Knighthawks shored up their defense with the signings, inking Burton to a three-year deal and Henhawk to a one-year contract.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the Oswego High School rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in summer tournaments and in Upstate Lacrosse Association (ULA) games. We’re done with our tournaments for the summer, but we still have this week and next week for our last two ULA games – this week against C-NS and next week vs. Skaneateles. Since my last article in late June, we’ve been to tournaments including Syracuse University’s Shootout, and both the JV and varsity 1812 Shootouts in Sackets Harbor the past two Sundays.
There’s a reason Charlotte’s Jovan Miller made our list of Pro Lacrosse Players to Follow on Twitter; after all, he’s a man of the people. Just a few hours before his game against the Lizards, he retweeted this fan’s “simple” request:
Mike Vescera ?@Mike_vescera88 @JoviNation23 can u score on an air gate again today so I can see it in person
The world is abuzz with the Olympics. With the U19 World Championships and European Lacrosse Championships just in our rearview — and news that the FIL joined SportAccord — lacrosse's place in the Olympics is often speculated.