Two years ago, Katrina Dowd broke the hearts of the Syracuse players . . . But on Wednesday, Syracuse has another chance to "shock the world," as junior attack Michelle Tumolo said Monday. And this time, Dowd will experience the rivalry from the opposite perspective — now serving as an assistant coach at SU.
Junior attack Harry Hughes (Holtsville, NY/Sachem East) scored six goals to lead the Hartwick men's lacrosse team to a season-opening 14-3 win over Mount St. Mary on Tuesday afternoon. Hughes, who set the College record for goals in a season last year with 62, passed Pat McCormack '07 for ninth in the Hartwick record books. He is just two shy from the 100-goal mark for his career.
Syracuse University lacrosse coach John Desko said he will likely continue with the goalie rotation of sophomores Matt Lerman and Dominic Lamolinara when the No. 3 Orange travels to No. 1 Virginia for a 4:30 p.m. (ESPN) showdown Sunday.
When former Army standout Jeremy Boltus, the Major League Lacrosse rookie of the year last year, met Jimbo Moore at LaGuardia Airport in New York City on Feb. 17, the E.C. Glass senior knew he had arrived. Moore, a midfielder for the Hilltoppers, received and accepted his appointment to West Point earlier this month.
No. 9/11 Syracuse (1-1) faces its third ranked opponent in as many games when it hosts No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Northwestern (2-0) on Wednesday, Feb. 29. Game time in the Carrier Dome is set for 7 p.m. Admission is free of charge.
The game will be televised live on Time Warner Sports Cable in Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and New York City. The game will also be broadcast live on WJPZ 89.1FM in the Syracuse area. Fans can follow the action on SUathletics.com with live video and audio on Orange All Access as well as live stats. Subscriptions to Orange All Access are available at daily, monthly and yearly rates.
Hakeem Lecky figured he would give it a try.
The high school freshman hadn't perfected passing and catching with a lacrosse stick and cradling was a whole other challenge, but he started tossing the ball around for fun after school with his friends. Each drop slowed the game down, so with every catch, he focused on keeping it in the head of the stick and returning a crisp pass to maintain the game.
The Cornell men's lacrosse team needed to wait an extra three days to play its first game of the season, and apparently senior Rob Pannell bottled up all that energy. The reigning national player of the year exploded for a career-high 10 points and led No. 3/7 Cornell to a 17-12 shootout victory over Binghamton on Tuesday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field.
Binghamton (1-1) battled the third ranked Cornell Big Red (1-0) to the wire, but came up short late in the second half as they fell 17-12 at Schoellkopf Field in nearby Ithaca, NY.
The Bearcats held a 10-9 lead with 4:45 remaining in the third period before surrendering a 6-0 Big Red run that was propelled by senior all-american Rob Pannell, who finished the evening with a career-high six goals.
Syracuse rose to No. 9 in this week'sIntercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll, a three spot increase from the Orange’s preseason ranking. The Orange opened the season with a home triumph versus No. 12 Boston College, 23-12, before a 9-7 setback at No. 10 Virginia.
Gillette Stadium announced today that it will host two college lacrosse doubleheaders this spring. On Saturday, March 31, in the first women’s collegiate athletic event at Gillette Stadium, No. 1 ranked Northwestern University will face-off against 18th ranked Ohio State University and 12th ranked Syracuse University will play Harvard University.
Having reached the conference tournament in seven of the past eight seasons, the Clarkson University Men’s Lacrosse team has grown accustomed to post-season play over the last decade. With the addition of RIT to the Liberty League this year, joining three other teams from the conference in the pre-season top 20, the road to the league title got a little rougher. However, the Golden Knights have annually tested themselves with one of the toughest schedules in the country and are ready to take on the challenge en route to their first league trophy since 2004.
Union men's lacrosse head coach Paul Wehrum announced that senior goalie Sean Aaron, senior defenseman Matt Livingston, senior attack Ted McKenna, senior midfielder Jon Stidd, and senior defenseman Bob Sullivan will serve as captains during the upcoming 2011-12 season.
The Finger Lakes Flamingos are holding tryouts on March 4. The Flamingos are a lacrosse club created for girls in the Finger Lakes. Their goal is to provide a club opportunity for girls that contains a high level of competition and a lower level of time and financial commitment for families.
The Rochester Knighthawks will travel to play the Philadelphia Wings on Saturday, March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Sportsradio 950 ESPN and www.sportsradio950espn.com. Fans can watch the game on NLL.com.
All eyes will be on Big Red attackman Rob Pannell, who is a player of the year candidate and one of the best in the nation at his position. Midfielder Roy Lang is a big two-way threat for Cornell and a crucial part of the face-off unit.
Eight stall warnings against one team does seem excessive, but also clearly not that effective. But is the shot clock the only answer to the issue of slow-down or low-scoring lacrosse (the two are not always the same)? Or is there another, simpler solution out there?
Mercyhurst remained the unanimous choice for the top spot with all 11 first-place votes after opening the season with a 10-3 win at Wingate. 2011 NCAA finalist and NE-10 champion Adelphi, which opens its season at home against Saint Rose on Saturday, stays put in second with 117 points. Limestone, which has won its first three games by a combined score of 61-8, remains third with 107 points. Following the Dolphins, who picked up 101 points, is Dowling, which opens its season against Molloy on Wednesday.
The squad’s most daunting challenge when it faces the Mountaineers (1-0, Northeast 0-0) may lie in resisting the urge to overlook them ahead of Sunday’s battle with Syracuse (2-0, Big East 0-0). The perennial meeting between the Cavaliers and the Orange — a rematch of the 1999 title game, which Virginia won 12-10 — often results in fireworks and could affect the NCAA Tournament down the road.
“I think we ran our plays,” Desko said. “I thought we had some really good looks on the inside. I thought Tim Desko made a really nice shot but hit the goalie’s knee, so we had some opportunities, but the bottom line is it doesn’t count unless the ball is in the back of the net. In a game like this you watch the plays and you see the shots you think you’re getting, but you really have to watch the film to see if it’s a lack of understanding or we had the opportunities and just didn’t make the shots or we need to adjust the plays.”
For Binghamton (0-1), the offense was led by senior attack Lis Zuern, who scored three goals, and junior Katherine Hunsberger, who tallied two goals and an assist on 10 shots. Senior midfielder Allie Sabitus, junior defender Kristen Stone and junior midfielder Casey Bulman also recorded two goals apiece for BU, while junior attack Kimberly McGeever tallied a goal and two assists.
When I look at the first couple weeks of the season, it’s hard to fully embrace storylines or early successes or early failures because of the Ivy League’s late start and the Ivy League plays a pivotal role in landscape of college lacrosse. So late February is kind of tough to put a full gauge on things. But with that said, I was very impressed with Princeton’s first win of the season over Hofstra.
The Rochester Knighthawks will go back to school this week as they take their School Program to Penn Yan Elementary School and the West Ridge School in Greece. The team will conclude the week of community events by supporting the Gilda’s Club Rochester’s Walk for Wellness.
The Under Armour All-Stars will represent Baltimore, Long Island (NY), Upstate New York, the Midwest, Philadelphia, New England, New Jersey, the South, Washington, D.C., and the West. The teams will come to Baltimore on June 29th, 30th, and July 1 to participate in the tournament in front of lacrosse fans and college coaches. Each team will play four games in pool play with the top two seeds from each division advance to the Final Four to declare an Underclass Championship.
After playing for the East Division All-Stars in Saturday’s 20-18 loss to the West in Buffalo, Rochester Knighthawks forward Cody Jamieson talked about how fun the game was, his Air Gait move and what the Knighthawks need to do in the second half of the season. “We’ve just gotta finish. We’re putting some solid minutes together, but it’s not enough. Too many mental lapses. Just gotta keep plugging, and finish.”
Penn State's upset of Notre Dame, and the Princeton victory over Hofstra created most of the movement this week in our Division I poll. Penn St. broke into the Top 20 all the way down in the 14th spot, while Notre Dame dropped 6 places, from #3 to #9.
No. 6 Syracuse held off Army, scoring three of the game's final four goals to claim a 10-9 battle in front of 5,619 fans at the Carrier Dome on Sunday. The game with the Black Knights featured seven ties and four lead changes. Tommy Palasek and sophomore Derek Maltz paced the Orange offense with three points apiece. Photos of the action are by Rich Barnes.
The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) has announced its Division II Men's Lacrosse Coaches' Poll for February 27. The rankings appear below. They also appear on the Polls page, where you'll find a weekly poll matrix for the season as well as links to teams' schedules and scores.
The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) has announced its Division III Men's Lacrosse Coaches' Poll for February 27. The rankings appear below. They also appear on the Polls page, where you'll find a weekly poll matrix for the season as well as links to teams' schedules and scores.
Zach was an Adidas All-American, Under Armour All-American, and a member of the Western Empire State team. As he enters his senior season, Zach will attempt to become Corning's all time leader in face off percentage.
One of the Syracuse University lacrosse team’s biggest questions entering the season apparently is being addressed. The Orange will enter Sunday’s contest at No. 1 Virginia with a 64.4 percent success rate at the faceoff X a season after batting only .483.
Ryan Barber curled into an opening on the right side of the net, but he couldn't handle a pass from teammate Tim Desko. Moments later, Barber was the one with the ball, looking to make a play. The Syracuse midfielder ran behind the net on the left side and saw an opportunity. Luke Cometti stood waiting in between Army defenders in the same spot he had been earlier.
Civilians and soldiers cheered on their teams side-by-side at today’s lacrosse game between the Syracuse University Orange and the Army Black Knights. For its first Syracuse event, the nonprofit Operation Homefront, in conjunction with SU Athletics, offered 600 free tickets to soldiers at Fort Drum, located an hour and a half north of Syracuse. All of the tickets were quickly scooped up.
The College of Saint Rose faced its first and arguably one of its most daunting tasks of the year today that resulted in a 13-2 loss at sixth-ranked Le Moyne in the inaugural intercollegiate lacrosse match for the Golden Knights.
The No. 5/3 Cornell men’s lacrosse team is geared up to go for Tuesday’s home matchup against the Binghamton Bearcats (1-0). The Red was set to kick off the 2012 season away against Hobart (0-1) on Saturday; however, windy and snowy conditions affected the field’s playability and forced officials to postpone the game — much to the team’s dismay, according to senior midfielder J.J. Gilbane.
The theme of this week was near upsets — see North Carolina, Syracuse, Villanova and Fairfield. Penn State earned the biggest win, beating Notre Dame in a pitchers' duel, 4-3, in overtime. UMass, Princeton and Maryland took positive steps. Meanwhile, the America East conference is off to a putrid start at a combined 2-9.
Maverik Lacrosse is proud to announce WONDERBOY the latest video addition to the "Evolve The Player, Advance The Game" campaign. The film gives a unique behind the scenes perspective of the creation of Maveriks' signature shaft with a new look for 2013. Click HERE to view the video.
The No. 6 Syracuse University lacrosse team got a goal from junior midfielder Luke Cometti with 7 minutes, 36 seconds to play and made it stand up for a 10-9 victory over Army this afternoon before a crowd of 5,619 in the Carrier Dome.
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Junior attacker Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) registered a career-best eight points on five goals and a career high-tying three assists to lead the top-ranked Le Moyne College women's lacrosse team to a 17-1 win over Notre Dame College on Sunday afternoon at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex.
Junior attackman Tyler Prevost (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart/Onondaga C.C.) scored three goals and dished out two assists to lead the sixth-ranked Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team to a 13-2 win over The College of Saint Rose on Sunday afternoon in non-conference action at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex. The contest marked the first in the history of the Saint Rose program. (Video 0:49_
No. 12 Syracuse cut a four-goal deficit to two with five minutes to play but could get no closer in a 9-7 setback to No. 10 Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. on Sunday, Feb. 26. The Orange goes to 1-1, while the Cavaliers improve to 3-0.
The Morrisville State College men’s lacrosse team opened the 2012 season Saturday afternoon with a 10-8 non-conference victory over host SUNY Brockport at Nazareth College in Rochester. Freshman Jeremy Beresovoy (LaFayette) led Morrisville State with four goals, as Andrew Stein (Oswego) added three and assisted another in the win. Dean Priest (Hinesburg, Vt.) recorded a team high four assists in the win. Tom Longland (Dunnville, Ont.) had a team best five ground balls.
Nazareth was defeated by Springfield 15-7 in its season opener Saturday. Nazareth is now 0-1 on the season while Springfield improved to 2-0 with the win. Nazareth was led by senior C.J. Estes (Hebron Academy/Medfield, MA) and freshman Drew Simoneau (Kimball Union/Manchester, N.H.) who had two goals each for the Golden Flyers. The Pride were led by a five-goal game from sophomore Ryon Lynch and a four-goal game by senior Mike Delia.
Came across Nazareth’s FB page this afternoon. One team’s Facebook is another man’s blog post. For those of you that are just familiar with D1 and the MCLA, Nazareth is a Division III team in Rochester, New York. Prepare for a healthy dose of purple, yellow, and Warrior. Judging by the footwear, we are willing to bet assistant coach Donald Francis captured all these images.
Four Rochester Knighthawks played with the league's best at the First Niagara Center and combined for 11 points. Mike Accursi led the effort with two goals and three assists, while Cody Jamieson notched two goals and one assist. Rookie Johnny Powless scored one goal, and defenseman Mike Kirk collected one goal and one assist for the East All-Star team.
Junior midfielder Brett Overend (Laguna Hills, Calif./Laguna Hills) and junior attack Eric Valero (Princeton Junction, N.J./West Windsor Plainsboro) each scored three goals to power 19th-ranked Rensselaer to a commanding 10-4 victory over Montclair State at Sprague Field on Saturday afternoon.
Despite outshooting Dartmouth 40-27 in the game,the Raiders were unable to secure the win. Senior co-captain Jeff Ledwick and junior Peter Baum had three points each from two goals and one assist apiece while freshman Ryan Walsh added two points from a goal and an assist and senior Chris Zielinski tallied his first goal of the season.
"My favorite thing is seeing the results, seeing the kids play well on the field," says Billy Lombardi, sounding very much like the veteran coach he is after four years of working with the Greece Storm junior lacrosse program.
Trivia time: What college lacrosse team owns the most victories over Syracuse?
Johns Hopkins? Nope. Cornell? Guess again. Virginia? Not even close. The answer is Army, which owns 39 victories over the Orange entering today’s 2 p.m. contest in the Carrier Dome. SU is 500 games over .500 (822-312-16) overall but 19 games under (20-39) vs. the Black Knights.
Binghamton (1-0) fought through terrible snowy and windy conditions to power past Lafayette (1-1) 10-8 Saturday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Seven different BU players entered the scoring column, led by sophomore midfielder Michael Antinozzi, who recorded three goals for the Bearcats.
The top-ranked Mercyhurst men's lacrosse team won, 10-3, at Wingate (N.C.) Saturday afternoon. Brady Heseltine led the Lakers with three goals in the 2012 season-opener.
Hurst will host Chestnut Hill in the home opener on Saturday, March 3, at Tullio Field. The match is slated for a 1 p.m. start.
The nationally fifth-ranked Cortland men's lacrosse team built a 6-0 lead at intermission on the strength of four man-up goals and held off Widener in the second half to earn a 9-5 win in the season-opening game for both teams.
Seven different players scored for the Red Dragons led by senior Mike Tota (Webster Schroeder), who found the back of the net three times. Senior Greg Wright (Irondequoit) tallied a game-high four points on a goal and three assists, sophomore Joe Slavik (Seton Catholic) recorded a goal and two assists and freshman Matt Rakoczy (Albany Academy) contributed a goal and an assist in his first career collegiate game.
No. 12/12 Syracuse faces a ranked opponent for the second consecutive game when it goes on the road for the first time this season to face No. 10/6 Virginia on Sunday, Feb. 26. Opening draw is set for 12 p.m. The Orange is coming off a 23-12 victory against Boston College in its season opener, while the Cavaliers are 2-0 this season.
Last season perennial national title contender Johns Hopkins toppled the Saints by a 10-goal margin in a one sided affair. A program on the rise, Siena showed Saturday that the gap between them and the nation's elite is quickly shrinking. Third ranked Johns Hopkins scored the game's final three goals, fending off a serious threat from Siena in a 9-5 final at historic Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md.
Robert Church scored a game-high five goals to lead Drexel to a 13-8 win over UAlbany in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at John Fallon Field. With the loss, the Great Danes fall to 0-2 on the season, while Drexel improves to 1-1.
The Mustangs scored three goals in the first and fourth periods to stay ahead of Brockport. The Golden Eagles controlled nearly every offensive category including shots. Brockport outshot Morrisville 40-27 and had 14 shots in the fourth period alone. The Golden Eagles also held a 38-18 advantage in ground balls and won 16 of 22 faceoffs.
As part of a program for military families in the region, 600 soldiers from Fort Drum will attend the lacrosse game between Syracuse University and Army at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Carrier Dome. “We’re trying to show Fort Drum that Syracuse cares,” said Troy Scully, board chairman for Operation Homefront’s tri-state chapter. “The Syracuse-Army lacrosse game was a great opportunity to do that.”
It took six years to the day for the West Division to walk off the field of an All-Star game as winners. The West snapped a four-game losing streak in All-Star play by overcoming a slow start to beat the East 20-18 on Saturday night at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Geoff Snider of the Calgary Roughnecks won his second All-Star Most Valuable Player award after scoring four goals with two assists.
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) has announced ‘Right To Play’ as the official designated joint-charity of the NLL and the Professional Lacrosse Players’ Association (PLPA). The announcement was made today during the NLL All-Star Game Fan Fest at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. NLL player ambassadors for Right To Play, including Chris McElroy, Tracey Kelusky and Mike Accursi, joined Right to Play and league representatives in making the announcement.
The Cornell men's lacrosse season opener at Hobart scheduled for today at 1 p.m. in Geneva has been postponed due to high winds and snow. Both teams are working to reschedule. Details will be available at www.CornellBigRed.com as soon as they are available.
Syracuse hits the road for the fi rst time this season when it takes on No. 10/6 Virginia on
Sunday, Feb. 26. The Orange is coming off a 23-12 victory in its season opener against Boston
College in the Carrier Dome. The Cavaliers have opened the season with back-to-back wins at
home against No. 7/13 Loyola and Richmond.
Binghamton University men's lacrosse coach Scott Nelson plans to inject some offense in his first season, but he'll have to do it without the team's top scorer from last season. The Bearcats open their season at 1 o'clock Saturday against Lafayette College (1-0) in a non-conference game at the Bearcats Sports Complex.
Third-ranked North Carolina jumped out to an early lead and held on to it to remain undefeated after a 16-7 victory over No. 16 University at Albany Friday evening in Chapel Hill. Abby Friend notched four goals on five shots to lead the Tar Heels.
Third-ranked North Carolina jumped out to an early lead and held on to defeat 16th-ranked Albany, 16-7, on Friday evening at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels got four goals from Abbey Friend (Canandaigua) and three goals and one assist from Kara Cannizzaro (Cazenovia) in the win. [Laura Zimmerman (Westhill) scored a goal and added an assist.]
They may be two years removed from it, but the remaining members of the Syracuse men's lacrosse team are still bitter about losing to Army in the first round of the NCAA tournament and still use it as motivation heading into their latest matchup with the Black Knights. (Video 0:58)
Fresh off leading the Saints to a season-opening win Sunday over Hobart at the Carrier Dome, Siena Lacrosse's Danny Martinsen and Tom Morr were recognized for their performances. Martinsen was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week, while Morr earned Defensive Player of the Week honors.
One of the greatest nights in the lacrosse life of Mike Thompson will come with a catch. The Buffalo Bandits' veteran will be the starting goalie for the East squad in the annual National Lacrosse League All-Star Game, which will take place tonight at First Niagara Center (7 p.m., espn3.com). Yet as of this moment, he probably couldn't be considered the clear No. 1 goaltender on his own team.
Join the world’s best lacrosse players for the 2012 NLL All-Star game today at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo N.Y. The fun gets started at 4:30 p.m. ET with All-Star Fan Fest. Get autographs from your favorite players, test your lacrosse skills, enjoy live music in a party atmosphere for the entire family. The All-Star game begins at 7 p.m. ET, when the best of the East and West divisions square off at the home of the Buffalo Bandits. If you cannot make it to the game, watch it online on ESPN3 in the United States and on the NLL Network at NLL.com in Canada and around the world.
Three times the Rochester Knighthawks rallied to get within one goal, but the defending champs answered every time to earn a 16-12 win at the Air Canada Centre tonight.
The Knighthawks fell to 3-5 with their fourth straight road loss. The Rock rebounded from a loss to first-place Philadelphia last week to improve to 4-3.
Underserved youth athletes report more life skill and character development when their coaches place greater emphasis on creating caring climates instead of focusing on competition, according to research from Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports.
Featuring a lineup with several new faces at critical positions, Le Moyne (1-0) pulled away from Seton Hill in the second half for a 15-10 road victory last week. It will face a bunch of even newer faces at noon Saturday in its home opener when it tackles Saint Rose, which will be playing its first men’s lacrosse game in school history.
The Army Black Knights (2-1) visit the Carrier Dome Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. to face No. 6 Syracuse (1-0) in the annual regular-season meeting between the two teams. The Orange is coming off a 12-7 home win versus Albany in its season opener on Feb. 19. The Black Knights lost to Massachusetts (12-9) at home on Feb. 10 in its first game of the year. Since, Army has posted back-to-back wins, including a 14-8 decision against VMI in its most recent outing.
The Tewaaraton Foundation is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the annual Tewaaraton Outstanding Native American Scholarship, presented by US Lacrosse. Awarded to one male and one female each year, the scholarship honors high school students of Iroquois heritage who exemplify high character, leadership, and academics both on and off the lacrosse field. Applicants are requested to submit an essay describing what the sport of lacrosse means to them as a Native American as well as two letters of recommendation and a high school transcript.
In 2007, I wrote an article for Inside Lacrosse explaining my own struggles with alcohol abuse in college and for a few years afterwards. To make a long story short, I had fallen into the party culture of our sport as a college and professional player and it had completely dragged me down as a person. When I was 25 years old, I decided that alcohol was causing too many problems in my life and that I needed to make a change.
The UAlbany men's lacrosse team will open up its 2012 home schedule, hosting Drexel on Saturday at 1 p.m. at John Fallon Field. The Great Danes enter Saturday at 0-1 on the season after falling to #8 Syracuse, 12-7, on Sunday, Feb. 19.
The Cornell Women’s lacrosse team will travel to Rutgers this week to face the Scarlet Knights in its first game of the season this Saturday. Historically, the Red is 21-19 in season openers but is looking for its first opening game road win since 2008. The Red is 12-3 against the Scarlet Knights, but has not beaten them since 2009.
Cornell is looking to ride the momentum it gained at the end of last season when it upset the then No. 2 Florida Gators 9-6. The majority of that team has remained intact, with 10 of the 12 starters returning.
Game Preview from Cornell Athletics
Ryan Barber’s personality, publicly anyway, is reflective of his academic pursuit at Syracuse University – information management and technology major with a minor in global enterprise technology. Barber, a redshirt junior midfielder on the Orange lacrosse team, scored two goals in Sunday’s 12-7 season-opening victory over Albany in the Carrier Dome, twice as many as he had scored in two previous seasons. How about that, Ryan? Was that great or what?
Chris Ryan, coach of Mercyhurst's defending Division II champion men's lacrosse team, was riding through Virginia earlier this week with Jim Morrison thumping through his iPod when his cell phone rang. Someone wondered if it had been frustrating for him and the Lakers -- on the heels of their most historic season -- to have their season debut pushed back two weeks because a snowstorm forced postponement of a Feb. 11 matchup against Ohio Valley.
"It figures," said Ryan, en route with his team to North Carolina for Saturday's new season opener at Wingate, N.C. "We have the mildest winter weather in my 14 years in Erie, and on the day we're trying to play all hell breaks loose."
The 2012 NLL All-Star Game will have a distinctive Buffalo flair and not just because the event will be held at First Niagara Center on Saturday. The Bandits will have six representatives playing in the game, more than any other team.
“We’ve got such great fans, lacrosse fans that we thought going into this year, we really wanted to do something special,” said Bandits Governor and VP of Legal Affairs Dave Zygaj.
Based on the recent adoption of youth age and eligibility requirements, and the feedback we have been receiving from many of you, we have revised our age and eligibility requirements to be more closely aligned with US Lacrosse.
The NCAADivision I women’s lacrosse tournament bracket could expand from 16 to 24 teams possibly as early as 2013, a move that would eliminate most play-in games. D’Ann Keller, associate director of championships and alliances for the NCAA, said the expansion has been approved by the Division I championship and sports management cabinet. However, it still has several stages to pass through, including the budget committee, before it becomes certain.
The Rochester Knighthawks will travel to play the Toronto Rock on Friday, February 24th at the Air Canada Centre at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Sportsradio 950 ESPN and www.sportsradio950espn.com.
As a commercial/graphic artist my style is clean, simple and right to the point. A minimalist, if one must say. I have a “less is more” approach and direction in life, add in some “fillers just to bulk it up” and you may risk losing the main purpose or focus in general.
By Dr. Richard Hinton, Special to The Baltimore Sun
Historically, children have played sports for fun, with the wonderful byproduct of learning life's lessons. Today, achievement in a single sport seems to be the increasing focus. Some parents are choosing year-round lacrosse-only participation for their children long before they have experienced a wide range of other activities.
Joe Alberici says there is a simple explanation for the success of the large contingent of Central New York lacrosse players on his Army roster. “They usually come from a program where they’re used to working for what they get,” said Alberici, an Auburn native. “They never want the rewards before putting in the hard work, and that is why they’ve been successful here. We hope to continue it.”
Henry Schoonmaker didn't think too much of the flu-like symptoms. But when he started to climb the stairs in his house, it became apparent it was more than the flu. Schoonmaker passed out on the steps. Minutes later, an ambulance rushed him to Oregon Health and Science University. What ensued was a bout with E. coli that involved a loss of 30 pounds, a depletion of strength and an uphill climb against kidney failure.
CNY Road Hawks Lacrosse Club Organization is proud to announce the details of their alliance with Leo McInerney’s Lionheart Lacrosse Club. Along with this alliance comes the addition of McInerney and JT Pitcher as new coaches on the Road Hawks staff. This alliance will fill an important gap in the Road Hawk’s association commitment to player development in Central New York.
Johns Hopkins sophomore Taylor D'Amore (Canandaigua) scored four goals and doled out three assists to lead the Blue Jays to an 18-8 win at Mount St. Mary's Wednesday afternoon. Hopkins improves to 2-0 on the young season, while Mount St. Mary's drops its season opener.
The Syracuse University lacrosse team employed two goalies and three midfield lines Sunday during its 12-7 season-opening victory over Albany in the Carrier Dome. Coach John Desko said he would like to do so again when Army (2-1) visits the Dome a 2 p.m. Sunday. Desko left himself wide open to second-guessing – if it is possible to second-guess a coach with a 163-46 record and five national championships – when he replaced starting goalie Matt Lerman with fellow sophomore Dominic Lamolinara at the half with Syracuse leading 8-2.
Stevens earned a total of 46 points to claim the top spot, edging out Ithaca College, who received 43 points and two first place votes. Also receiving two votes was Nazareth College, who was chosen to finish third in the conference. The Golden Flyers were followed by St. John Fisher College in the fourth position, while Alfred University and Hartwick College tied for fifth. Elmira College and Utica College rounded out the preseason poll in seventh and eighth, respectively.
The No. 5/3 Big Red men's lacrosse team, under the direction of second-year head coach Ben DeLuca, opens its 117th season this weekend as it takes on its oldest rival, Hobart, on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Boswell Field at 1 p.m. The Statesmen opened their season last weekend, dropping a tight 13-11 contest to Siena at the Carrier Dome. Jason Weinstein will provide the call alongside Brian Delaney on WHCU 870 AM and on the internet as part of the RedCast subscription service.
US Lacrosse has received clarifications and corrections to the rules for high school boys' lacrosse in 2012 from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The NFHS is the rules-writing body for high school boys' lacrosse.
The Syracuse University standout joined the league in 2001, its inaugural year, and has played for the Long Island Lizards, Rochester Rattlers, and Hamilton Nationals. Powell is MLL’s all-time point leader with 392 points. He has a long list of accolades, including two-time MLL Champion and four-time MLL All-Star. He is seventh all-time in goals with 199. Powell was named the MLL Offensive Player of the Year in 2005 and is one of ten players in MLL history to earn at least ten Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors.
The National Lacrosse League has announced the reinstatement of Knighthawk players Tyler Burton, Jordan Hall, Travis Hill, Cody Jamieson & Sid Smith. The reinstatement for all five players is effective immediately. The league has lifted the respective suspensions pending the disposition of the criminal charges filed against them in Minnesota arising out of an incident on Monday, February 13. The league will determine the appropriate discipline in the case upon conclusion of the Minnesota proceedings.
With its 12-7 win against Albany, the Orange notched its school-record 16th consecutive season-opening victory, eclipsing the previous mark of 15 straight openers won from 1924-38. The last time Syracuse lost a season starter was 1996, 17-15, at Virginia.
The Division III season recently got started in select areas and will get started elsewhere in the coming weeks. This spring, Inside Lacrosse plans on having extensive coverage of DIII getting several new writers involved.
The IL Gear Zone's good friends at Graph-Tex in Cortland, New York, never have any shortage of great custom team jerseys and apparel to share with us. Ben Connery and the rest of the Graph-Tex crew continue to pump out some of the best customized work in the lacrosse industry, and their work isn't limited to the East Coast.
There's vacationing, then there's traveling, and then there's what Jake and I were doing. Without a map or a guidebook or a GPS, we got so far off of the beaten path that some of the places we stopped didn't even have a hotel.
The NCAA Division I Championship is returning to a 1 p.m. start time for 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., a move some were calling for after last year's final received less-than-stellar attendance. The NCAA released the times Wednesday, and they are as follows:
This weekend, our DU team (for which I am the volunteer assistant coach) lost our first game versus Ohio State. With all the hype that our team had coming into the season, it was a bit of an unexpected loss to lacrosse fans. But, we all knew that OSU has a great team this year, and it was even tough for us to beat them twice last year.
The boy at the center of this story is 10-year-old Nick Bates. His father, Chris Bates, is the head men's lacrosse coach at Princeton University, and right now, Nick is sitting in a locker room in the Caldwell Fieldhouse.
A year ago, Liz Hogan made goaltending one of Syracuse's strengths. With Hogan gone, the burden of trying to replace such a standout goalie fell upon Kelsey Richardson and Alyssa Costantino. Neither one holds the responsibility on her own. And in the Orange's season opener against Boston College, both made it clear SU won't be experiencing too much of a fall off.
Oren Lyons, faithkeeper of the Onondaga Turtle Clan and an inductee to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, addressed a crowded Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts Friday and detailed the history and culture of guh jee gawah hai — known colloquially as lacrosse. The renowned Native American leader spoke prior to Saturday's lacrosse game between the men's varsity lacrosse team and the U19 Iroquois National Team, which the Bears won 11-7 at Meister-Kavan Field.
University High School's boys lacrosse team opens their season this week on a high and low note. The team returns after their best season in the program's history. But they return without one of their teammates - Daniel Valenson (Glens Falls), who died of a heart condition Dec. 6 in the hospital after collapsing at lacrosse practice the day before.
Motivation- the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. Whatever the reason, motivation is something we all have. Motivation will not be a problem for the Marist Men's Lacrosse team in this upcoming 2012 season. On August 6th of this past year, former Marist attack man Edward "Eddie" Coombs passed away after being involved in a one-car crash in Horsham Township, PA. Coombs was a popular player around teammates and was known for his big smile and heart.
The Marist Red Foxes women's lacrosse team never fully recovered from a six game losing streak in the middle of the 2011 season. They finished just 2-4 in the MAAC and 6-10 overall, missing out on a chance to play in the MAAC tournament. This year, however, the team hopes to improve on that performance as they look to make a return to the MAAC Tournament, being hosted by Canisius this season.
Syracuse sophomore Alyssa Murray set a single-game school record with eight goals to lead the No. 12/12 Orange to a 23-12 victory against No. 13/8 Boston College on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse wins its season opener for the fifth consecutive year, while the Eagles go to 1-1.
“They came together and played a great game at both ends of the field,” said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. ”Our special teams were exceptional today.”
JustLacrosse is very happy to present the first of what will be many entertaining and informative essays from the very interesting perspective of Dan Witmer. Dan was the men's lacrosse head coach for SUNY Oswego for 28 years before stepping down in the summer of 2010 after the administration decided to make it a full-time position.
It's not a stretch to say that many of the daily visitors to JustLacrosse have either coached against Dan, or played for or against his teams at Oswego. Dan is beginning his second year with the freedom to be a lacrosse-parent of not one, but two college players, and all that entails, and he will be sharing his journey through the season with us.
I was out at lacrosse practice today from noon until 2pm with a team of freshman high school boys I coach in Brooklyn, NY. A topic we often cover is how to get to the next level in lacrosse and gain the opportunity to play in college.
When we talk about making it at the collegiate level, we try to stress points about both on-field requirements and off the field life, and the kids who have the most potential to play college lax are the ones who take it all in.
Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced that the Bandits and the National Lacrosse League have teamed up to host a “Fan Fest” before the 2012 NLL All-Star Game on Feb. 25 at First Niagara Center. The pre-game festivities, free for fans with a ticket to the game, will begin at 4 p.m. Fans are invited to help celebrate the first NLL All-Star Game ever held in Buffalo and will have the chance to meet some of the best lacrosse players in the world. Featured events for the Fan Fest include autograph sessions with NLL All-Stars and Bandits players and a La Nova chicken-wing eating contest with celebrity guest judges.
Florida freshman Nora Barry (Marcellus) was named American Lacrosse Conference Rookie of the Week this morning after two strong appearances on the field this past week. Barry is the fourth Gator to earn this honor and it marks the sixth time a Florida player has been named Rookie of the Week. Barry is the first to earn a weekly honor this season.
On Wednesday, February 22nd, three field lacrosse stars will host a boys & girls lacrosse clinic from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at TSE to benefit the Ricky Palermo spinal injury tournament. Knighthawk Stephen Keogh, Philadelphia Wings Brodie Merrill, and former NLL and MLL star Merrick Thompson will work with the kids from grades 7-12.
The Rochester Knighthawks will start three days of community events today with a visit to the Barker Road Elementary School. Joe Walters will give healthy living tips and a lacrosse demonstration to kids at 10:00 a.m. Later this evening, Walters and Stephen Keogh will hit the turf with Spencerport Youth Lacrosse at TSE at 7:00 p.m. The Knighthawks will give instructions and help the team run drills.
The IL Gear Zone rolls out more of the best college gear of 2012 as we inspect some of what the guys at West Point will be wearing on the field this season. The Army Black Knights' kits enter the Gear Zone showcasing custom items from Brine, Warrior and Nike.
Buffalo Youth Lacrosse is now registering boys ages 7 to 15 and girls ages 8 to 12 for its 2012 spring/summer season. Practices will be held twice weekly beginning Sunday, April 29. Boys games will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning in June. Girls will play games on Monday evenings.
The Syracuse University men’s and women’s lacrosse teams are in similar situations this season when it comes to goalies. Each is trying to fill a void left by the graduation of four-year starters in front of the net – All-Americans who rank among the best to ever play for the Orange.
And we’re back for another edition of Lettin’ It Rip! This time around I’m talking with another Cuse alum, Sean Lindsay. Sean has played pro lacrosse in the MLL and LXM and is a development officer for the Thai National Team. Check out our conversation below and get to know one of the most creative and fun to watch players from recent memory!
. . . trial testimony over the past two weeks from witnesses, most of them former U.Va. students, has repeatedly shown that Huguely, now 24, was part of a college culture where some young people drink before working on papers, "pregame" before going to bars and drink to get drunk almost every time.
Now that the regular season is underway, we've gathered the usual suspects for the first edition of the 2012 Casey Powell Lacrosse / JustLacrosse Division I Poll. Our group consists of well-respected coaches, program founders, media, and one highly knowledgable fan . . . all long-time members of the Upstate New York lacrosse family. Colgate, Syracuse, and Cornell represent Upstate in this first poll of 2012.
In the spring of 2008, Gary Gait’s first women’s lacrosse team at Syracuse University included players from Rochester and Binghamton but not one from an area high school. Four years later, the 33-player SU roster is roughly one-third local.
Meet some of the members of the Crooked Arrows team, how they found out about the audition and what being in the first lacrosse movie, and really the first mainstream movie to feature Native Americans as well, means to them.
Syracuse women’s lacrosse team opens the 2012 season when it hosts Boston College on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Orange begins its 15th season with an all-time record of 163-76. Syracuse is ranked No. 12 in both the IWLCA poll and the Inside Lacrosse media poll, while Boston College ranks 13th in the IWLCA poll and 8th in the Inside Lacrosse media poll.
The Syracuse University lacrosse team won the game, and a big reason was the game within the game won by Orange junior close defender Brian Megill. The only returning starter from last year’s SU defense held Albany star attackman Miles Thompson to a lone assist in Sunday’s 12-7 season-opening victory over the Great Danes in the Carrier Dome.
“I think they did a great job on my brother,” said true freshman midfielder Lyle Thompson, Miles’ current teammate at UA and former teammate at LaFayette High. “He’s pretty much our quarterback. They just did a good job on him.”
Greeley suffered a serious knee injury that raised concerns that he might have been forced to miss the upcoming 2012 campaign. Instead, there was Greeley taking his customary spot on the first line with junior John Ranagan and Rob Guida in the No. 4 Blue Jays’ 12-6 rout of Towson on Friday evening.
In the spring of 2008, Gary Gait’s first women’s lacrosse team at Syracuse University included players from Rochester and Binghamton but not one from an area high school. Four years later, the 33-player SU roster is roughly one-third local.
Syracuse University lacrosse junior close defender Brian Megill was named to the first Big East Conference Honor Roll of the 2012 season today for his performance in SU’s 12-7 season-opening victory over Albany. Megill anchored an SU defense that shut out the Great Danes for 40 minutes, 44 seconds in the middle of the game Sunday at the Carrier Dome.
Tickets can be purchased now at www.Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, or by visiting any Ticketmaster Outlet. Groups of 20+ may call the MLL office for assistance at 617-746-2233.
John Tavares of the Buffalo Bandits and John Grant Jr. of the Colorado Mammoth have been named captains for the 2012 NLL All-Star game. Tavares, the league’s all-time leading scorer, will be making a record 10th All-Star appearance He will be assisted on the East Division squad by Pat McCready from the Rochester Knighthawks. The NLL's reigining Defensive Player of the Year is a three-time All-Star selection.
This spring, girls’ lacrosse players across the country will take to the field in what some have called "the fastest sport on two feet." To help keep these players safe from injury, George Mason University researcher Shane Caswell embarked on a new study that used video analysis to take a closer look at the common interactions of the game that lead to head injuries, such as concussions or contusions, in high school girls’ lacrosse players.
The Orange prevailed 12-7 against the University of Albany in the teams first game of the season. The victory was paced by a strong showing from all three lines of the Midfield. Early in the game when the Attack was struggling to generate offense the middies, lead by JoJo Marasco's three goals, shouldered the burden of scoring. After the game coaches and players talked to CitrusTV's Chip Angeles about how the defense Albany employed help the midfielders find the net.
Tommy Palasek's confidence in Syracuse's attack never waned. After the Orange yielded two early goals on man-down situations to start the game, Palasek knew it would take one simple spark to overcome the adversity early in the first quarter.
After several weeks into his Syracuse University lacrosse career, Skaneateles High School graduate Kevin Rice is becoming accustomed to the program and the difference between the two levels. Having four exhibition games and a regular season game under his belt with the eighth-ranked team in the country; Rice has already noticed the difference.
The questions will wait. The answers supplied by the Syracuse University lacrosse team this afternoon made them moot.
Sporting a lineup that featured three midfield lines and a goalie rotation, the Orange used a 10-goal run over nearly 41 minutes to down Albany 12-7 Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 5,805 in the Carrier Dome.
No. 8 Syracuse (1-0) scored 10 consecutive goals and cruised to a 12-7 victory against Albany (0-1) in the season opener for both teams Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Carrier Dome. Eight of the Orange’s 12 goals came from the midfield, including all eight in the first half.
story from Albany Athletics
New Year, new coach, same result. Siena Lacrosse reeled off six unanswered goals in the third quarter and held on late for a 13-11 season-opening win over Hobart at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. The victory is the first in the head coaching career of new Siena Head Coach John Svec.
story from Hobart Athletics
After postponing yesterday's game, the Colgate women's lacrosse team was able to play out its home opener this afternoon, but Hofstra spoiled the first game of 2012 on Tyler's Field with a 9-8 defeat of the Raiders.
Some would call it intriguing. Others would call it weird. Either way, it got a lot more interesting recently. It is the ECAC men’s lacrosse league, an eight-team hodgepodge of extremes. At one end are Ohio State and Michigan, BCS football giants. At the other are Bellarmine and Hobart, schools that play in Division III in every sport but lacrosse and boast undergraduate enrollments in the low 2000s.
Syracuse completes a fitness training session every practice. A 300-yard shuttle run followed by a mile run. But 15 minutes after finishing the training at the start of a Jan. 18 practice, the team was asked to run again.
The warning signs are everywhere as the No. 8 Syracuse University lacrosse team prepares to open the season. A new goalie, a rebuilt defense, a revamped midfield. You name it, and the Orange seems to be experiencing it.
The No. 19 Colgate men's lacrosse team secured its second win of the season on Saturday afternoon when it defeated Vermont 10-6 at Andy Kerr Stadium to improve its record to 2-0. Senior co-captain Jeff Ledwick led the way with four points from three goals and one assist while classmate Colby Wilson and junior Peter Baum also recorded a hat trick in the game with three goals apiece. Junior Matt Baker also added one tally while freshman Ryan Walsh had his first collegiate multi-point game with two assists.
The Marist women's lacrosse team fell in its 2012 season opener by a score of 8-5 at Lehigh on Saturday afternoon. After falling behind 6-0 before halftime, the Red Foxes fought furiously to turn the game into a one point contest with five consecutive second half goals. Senior Shannon Haas (Farmingdale, N.Y.) led the Red Foxes with two goals scored.
All Joe Walters has been looking for is a chance with the Rochester Knighthawks, and they haven’t come too often for the hometown guy from Irondequoit. One of the best field lacrosse players to come out of the Rochester area, who went on to a record-setting career at the University of Maryland, it has been a struggle for Walters to break into the regular playing rotation for the Knighthawks during his four years with the team.
story from the Knighthawks
Upstate Game of the Week
from JustLacrosse Upstate
This season we're going to provide to you an interactive "ticket" to what we feel is the "Upstate Game of the Week". Whether you plan to attend in person, watch the video, listen in, follow the Live Stats or Live Blogs, our ticket will have the links to the sites you might need leading up to and during the game. Team pages, rosters, schedules, directions, game notes, ticket information, NCAA information . . . if it's on the web, it will be just a click away.
And what better way to kick off the season than with a double-header Game of the Week? Part of a D-I triple-header at the Dome today along with Rutgers/Air Force, Albany meets Syracuse at 2PM, followed at 5PM by Siena and Hobart.
Senior attackman Sean Connors (Marcellus) scored a career-high three goals to lead the sixth-ranked Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team to a 15-10 win over 11th-ranked Seton Hill in the season opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon.
After the teams were tied at seven at the half, the Dolphins outscored the Griffins, 8-3, in the second half for the victory. With the win, the Dolphins have won their season opener each of the last 13 seasons.
There are still way too many times where we equate the terms of battle with sporting events, even as America winds down from conflict on two fronts. But there are a handful of elite athletes who effectively mix the metaphors because they have earned the right to do so, serving in defense of one's country around the experience in intercollegiate or professional athletes.
One of these true warriors is featured in the upcoming film "Act of Valor," which hits theaters next week, just as lacrosse season is getting started. His name is Rorke Denver, and before becoming a Navy Seal, he starred for Syracuse University as an honorable mention All-American and member of two NCAA Championship teams for the Orange.
Senior attackman Conor Hayes scored a career-high five goals, while classmate Garrett Thul tallied four of his own as the Army lacrosse team used a hot start to dispatch visiting VMI, 14-8, on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium.
Video Report (1:18)
Today's women's lacrosse game between Colgate and Hofstra was postponed and the two teams have agreed to return to Tyler's Field tomorrow at 12 p.m. to replay the game (When postponed Colgate led 7-5 with 24:35 left in the second half.)
Ariana Parker scored six goals to lead #16 UAlbany to a 19-9 win over Niagara in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at John Fallon Field. The game was the season opener for both programs.
story from Niagara Athletics
Bath Youth Lacrosse entered a team in the fifth annual John Mack Southern Tier Shoot, held in Binghamton this past weekend. The tournament was held on Saturday and Sunday in honor of John Mack, a Binghamton area lacrosse player that died while playing lacrosse. This year’s tournament featured 87 teams from New York, Pennsylvania, and Canada.
The Buffalo Bandits, in the midst of a four-game losing streak, have taken a decisive step in an effort to change their fortunes. The Bandits acquired goalie Anthony Cosmo from the Minnesota Swarm on Friday. In return, Buffalo gave up first-round draft choices in 2013 and 2014.
Coming off of a 16-3 season that ended in a 10-9 loss in the NCAA quarterfinals to Tufts, the pre-season No. 6 Cortland Red Dragons and coach Steve Beville are looking to return to the National Championship at Gillette Stadium for what would be the fifth time since Beville took over the program in 2006. The Dragons have a strong returning core of players that will give them another strong opportunity to play on Memorial Day weekend.
The Syracuse women’s lacrosse squad hosted its annual media day after practice on Friday, February 17 in Manley Field House. Head coach Gary Gait and the student-athletes previewed the 2012 season, which begins on Feb. 21 against Boston College. This year’s team returns seven starters and 22 letterwinners from the 2011 squad that posted a record of 10-8 and won a share of the BIG EAST regular-season title. The Orange welcomes 10 newcomers this season.
The Syracuse men's lacrosse program has won all nine of its meetings with UAlbany, but with the Orange replacing most of their defense this season and the Danes returning most of their offense this year's matchup could be difficult for SU. (Video 1:02)
Army squares off against its military brethren VMI for the fourth year in a row this afternoon at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights have won the previous three meetings and combined to out-score the Keydets 40-18 in those contests. Today's game marks the end of a busy stretch for Army, which has played three home games in the last eight days.
University at Albany women's lacrosse team will open its 2012 season on Saturday by hosting Niagara University at 1 p.m. at John Fallon Field on the UAlbany campus. The game will also mark the season opener for Niagara. Live stats will be available for those unable to attend.
Like clockwork, Regy Thorpe and Pat Cougevan would hop into a car twice a week for the commute to practice and games. For 11 years, the duo shared deer jerky, stories and country music to pass the time on interstates in New York and Canada. At the time, neither of them realized their final destination as lacrosse players - until now.
The Knighthawks have suspended Tyler Burton, Jordan Hall, Travis Hill, Cody Jamieson and Sid Smith for breaking the prime directive of the Rochester Knighthawks’ team policy. The team will be activating Ryan Cousins, Craig Point, Jamie Batson and Joe Smith for Saturday’s game. The moves are pending league approval.
The Chesapeake Bayhawks, Rochester Rattlers and Long Island Lizards agreed to a three-way trade Friday that landed John Grant, Jr. with the Bayhawks, second-year pro Grant Catalino, the rights to Yale attackman Matt Gibson and Chesapeake's 2013 second-round draft pick with the Lizards, and Long Island's 2013 second-round draft pick with the Rattlers, according to league sources.
Warrior Sports has filed yet another patent infringement lawsuit in federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan. This time Warrior has sued Tribe7 Lacrosse for infringing six (!!) patents which Warrior asserts as protecting its lacrosse gloves.
The IL Gear Zone continues its coverage of NCAA gear as the 2012 season gets rolling. The Hobart Statesmen are up next, and the team from Geneva, New York, boasts a pretty sharp kit, including items from Cascade, Gait and Under Armour.
There’s a section in my resume titled, “Misc./Other/Etc”. In that section I list personal interests and achievements outside from relevant and professional experiences as a way to keep me from being a one-dimensional person. One of those subjects are my experiences in starting and running my post-collegiate club lacrosse teams and have been topics of conversations in past interviews and discussions with current work clientele. In retrospect, starting and running club lacrosse teams have introduced me to the harsh realities and great rewards of the leadership role.
“Fortunately I have been doing this for a number of years,” [Head Coach John Desko] said earlier this week. “And when you have a new group they’re going to make more mistakes. It is what it is. We’ve practiced hard. We did more than we ever had in the fall. It’s not like we didn’t know we had an inexperienced group coming in.”
. . . I also recall my experience of playing hockey in high school. I had never really even skated until that first practice my freshman year. I was HORRIBLE! I was like a tripod on the ice! But, I decided that even if I never played a second my entire high school career, that I was going to be the hardest worker on the team. I rode the pine almost every game in high school.
Last season, Merrill was named as the Warrior MLL Defensive Player of the Year for the sixth straight season, a league record. With 77 ground balls in 12 games, he led MLL for the third time in his career. He scored 17 points in 12 games with the Nationals and was the team’s eighth-leading scorer (he led all MLL defenders).
Golden Goal® Sports Complex, the premier soccer, lacrosse and field hockey facility, located just minutes from Lake George, NY announces new management. Golden Goal’s current board named Jonathan Jossen, Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.
Cornell senior attackman Rob Pannell has been named one of 20 finalists for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The award, given to a senior Division I student-athlete, must have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
Pannell will graduate from Cornell this spring with a bachelor of arts degree in applied economics and management with a specialization in finance and maintains a 3.2 GPA. While he is still interviewing for positions, this past summer Pannell got real-world experience with a prestigious internship with Citigroup in New York City.
“Since joining Major League Lacrosse, the Denver Outlaws, in my opinion, are one of the premier organizations in the League and are first class in every respect,” O’Hara said. “As an MLL coach, I have had many outstanding battles against the Outlaws over the years and I am really looking forward to being on the Outlaws’ sideline and helping the team to strive toward its ultimate goal of bringing the Steinfeld Cup to Denver.”
January was a whirlwind of recruiting showcases, verbal commitments and participation in recruiting seminars and panels. As we at LacrosseRecruits.com have grown, Matt [Wheeler] and I are asked to participate in more and more seminars and panels. (US Lacrosse National Convention, Chargers, STEPs, Elite 120, North American Showcase -- it was a busy month!) Below are three of my favorite questions from the Men's and Women's Recruiting Panels that I moderated at US Lacrosse National Convention:
Penn State men's lacrosse head coach Jeff Tambroni announced in conjunction with his counterparts at Michigan (John Paul) and Ohio State (Nick Myers) the establishment of the Creator's Trophy, which will be an annual award among the three Big Ten schools that sponsor men's lacrosse.
Junior attackman Garrett Thul registered his 100th career point, 17 different players scored at least one point and the Army lacrosse team registered its most goals since 1991 in a 24-7 rout of visiting Wagner on Wednesday afternoon at Michie Stadium.
Thul led all players with five points (4G, 1A) and registered his 100th point with a goal early in the second half (12:23). Senior attackman Conor Hayes completed his second career hat trick (3G, 1A), while senior attackman Devin Lynch, freshman midfielder John Glesener, sophomore midfielder Nate Gustafson, junior attackman Andrew Boyd, sophomore midfielder David Tarsa and freshman attackman Alex Newsome finished with two goals apiece.
The Albany Great Danes have released the team's newly designed helmets for 2012. The helmets — custom Cascade Pro 7 lids — feature a design created by Zima Gear and Breakaway Sports in Latham, just outside of Albany. The new decal features Albany's one-of-a-kind Great Dane logo spanning the length of the right side of the Pro 7, and includes purple and yellow stripes running over the top of the helmet along the vents.
[Dominic] Lamolinara is a sophomore goaltender on the Syracuse University lacrosse team. His performance in the Orange’s preseason scrimmages has vaulted him into an intense duel with redshirt sophomore Matt Lerman and true freshman Bobby Wardwell to become SU’s starter when the team opens the season at 2 p.m. Sunday vs. Albany in the Carrier Dome.
Freshman Nora Barry (Marcellus) led the team with five goals and a school record-tying six draw controls, while the Gators put up a total of 10 assists, their second most in team history. Goalkeeper Mikey Meagher (Liverpool) led the Gators with four ground balls, followed by three each from Barry and Sam Farrell (Millersville, Md.). Farrell also was the lone Gator to force multi-turnovers (2).
As a freshman, Cara Canington started every game for Florida, while fellow freshman Mikey Meagher saw just more than 83 minutes of action. Last season, Meagher took control of the starting job for the entirety of the season after Canington suffered a broken finger on her right hand during the fall.
For Rochester native Joe Walters, lacrosse has always been a way of life. Walters first started playing lacrosse in a Pittsford youth league when he was just 8 years old, and has been a natural ever since.
A gift by Dr. Lawrence A. Feldman, founder of LaxPower, Inc., to the US Lacrosse Foundation, the philanthropic arm of US Lacrosse, will allow US Lacrosse to honor four collegiate non-varsity players that demonstrate excellence on the field and in the classroom annually, the organization announced today.
[Sunday, 11AM] “Air Force is going to be one of the most well-coached programs both offensively and defensively that we are going to play this year. At a service academy, they are going to play hard and are going to be relentless with all the hustle plays and physical on defense,” Brecht said. “You get into the flow of the game and you see some things you can’t prepare as much. The one thing we can prepare for is a hard-fought game. We are going to have to meet the physicality and meet the hustle.”
Rutgers enters this weekend's game with an 0-1 record on the season, after dropping a 16-8 decision to third-ranked Duke in their season opener. The Scarlet Knights are coached by Brian Brecht, in his first year at the helm of the program. Leading Rutgers' offense against the Blue Devils was senior Will Mangan, who registered three points (2g, 1a), while Nick DePaolera and Mike Diehl (Flemington, N.J.) added two goals each. Meanwhile, junior goalkeeper Rudy Butler was credited with 16 saves against Duke.
Operation Baggataway was started two years ago by members of the North Shore Lacrosse Club to address the recreational needs of our soldiers abroad. Club President Kevin Kaffl read an article in Lacrosse Magazine about a group of soldiers in Iraq who were looking to start a lacrosse team for recreational purposes.
Brown University is pleased to host Oren Lyons, National Lacrosse Hall of Fame player, Onondaga Turtle Clan Faithkeeper, and University of Buffalo faculty member to speak about the cultural and spiritual role of lacrosse, "the little brother of war," as a way of maintaining international tribal relations, and in contemporary times the role this game has played in the debates around tribal communities as sovereign nations within the borders of the US and Canada. Lyons will speak at an open forum on Friday, February 17 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 p.m. at the Granoff Center, located in the heart of the Brown campus. All are invited to attend.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.
Upstate Candidates include:
Bobby Dattilo Midfielder Hobart
Tom Morr Goalie Siena
Bryan Neufeld Attacker Siena
Rob Pannell Attacker Cornell
Jake Ziegler (Webster-Thomas) Defenseman Jacksonville
As the college lacrosse season is just getting underway across the country, The Tewaaraton Award is pleased to announce the 2012 Men’s and Women’s Watch Lists. The lists include the top players across all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award.
At least seventeen men and nine women included on the watch lists have ties to Upstate New York.
Hobart College senior midfielder Bobby Dattilo has rightfully drawn a great deal of attention in the build-up to the 2012 lacrosse season. The Face-Off Yearbook preseason second team All-American was taken with the first pick in the fourth round of the Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Rochester Rattlers. Two more accolades came Dattilo's way today.
For the Kopp family of Brighton, it will be the empty seat at the dinner table. For my son, and many other students at Twelve Corners Middle School, it will be the empty seat in science and English class. These small reminders of the tragic death of 12-year-old Tyler Kopp will be painful to face for family, close friends and the Brighton community for some time to come.
. . . And that got Staats to thinking that having a player in the front office, selling tickets and making contacts in the community could only help the organization, so he decided to hire rookie Joel White and veteran Joe Walters, who hails from Irondequoit, to join Keogh.
All three members of Syracuse's new-look first-midfield line have different experiences, and in turn, different expectations. So when JoJo Marasco, Bobby Eilers and Hakeem Lecky come together this season to form the line, it will be a test for them to mesh together.
"I thought for that early in the season, it was what we needed to do," Gait said. "It was a chance to get out there and play against a real team, real competition, a very athletic team. I thought we played OK, not great. It was more of just execution than anything else, but it gave us things to focus on.
The Syracuse University lacrosse team received improved production from its attack unit in Sunday’s 11-9 preseason victory over Maryland in the Carrier Dome even though sophomore crease attackman Derek Maltz sat out the game with a lower body injury.
An Onondaga father and son make lacrosse sticks in the traditional way. Filmmaker Jack Ofield writes "Lacrosse Stick Maker features Alfie Jacques and his father, Lou Jacques. Alfie was in his early 20s when I filmed him. He is seen actually making the stick. His father is seen lacing up the leather thongs." (Video 6:07)
The Tigers are following a hallmark year for the program in which RIT finished 19-1 on the season, with the only loss coming to in the semifinals to eventual National Championship runner-up Tufts. Now, the true question for reigning USILA Coach of the Year Jake Coon and company is whether they can simply reload like other powerhouse programs in the country, or begin a rebuilding process around a veteran defense and untested offense entering the 2012 season.
Not exactly the news the National Lacrosse League was looking for as the season moves forward in what is one of the tightest years in history. Earlier today Il Indoor was informed of an incident that took place late Sunday night, early Monday morning at a TGI Friday restaurant in Bloomington, Minnesota.
As the sole captain of Cornell's 2012 roster, senior Rob Pannell is now equal parts offensive superstar and team leader. The two-time Jack Turnbull Award winner as Division I's top attackman heads a Big Red roster loaded with depth, talent and playing experience. Pannell played in the national championship game as a freshman in 2009. This 2012 team is similarly equipped to make a title run.
Army meets Wagner for the second time in program history and second consecutive year at Michie Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Army handled the Seahawks a year ago, as 10 different players scored in a 14-1 victory.
The 40-year-old former National Lacrosse League star now prepares goalies Matt Vinc and Jake Henhawk for games and serves as a mentor and coach. On Sunday, before the Knighthawks game in Minnesota, O’Toole commented on his coaching position, his playing days and Hall of Fame Night.
Face-Off machine, Chris Eck of the Boston Cannons and Team USA, breaks down his Weapon of Choice for dominating the face-off X. From the type of head he uses, to number of shooting strings, to superstitions - The Ecks factor tells all.
As we were sitting at dinner in Managua, Nicaragua, a kid came walking past us with a bandaged arm and a slight limp. Later on in the night Jake and I started talking to him, of course curious as to what had happened. He said he had injured himself trying to break the speed record “Volcan Boarding” up north in Leon.
Anyone who watched the Syracuse University lacrosse team last season knew freshman Matt Harris was being groomed to replace All-America longstick midfielder Joel White. Peter Macartney believed he knew differently.
Anyone who watched the Syracuse University lacrosse team last season knew freshman Matt Harris was being groomed to replace All-America longstick midfielder Joel White. Peter Macartney believed he knew differently.
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Monday that Hamilton Nationals Attackman Joe Walters has renewed his contract for the 2012 MLL season. Walters is a two-time MLL Champion who won the Steinfeld Trophy with both the Rochester Rattlers in 2008 and the Hamilton Nationals in 2009.
Don't worry…I am just as much of a curmudgeon on Valentine's Day as the next guy (my girlfriend will be the first to tell you), so this blog is not about THAT type of love. But, this is a writing on love in sports, as odd as that may seem. As I have mentioned in some of my past couple blogs, I have been reading the book "Inside Out Coaching" by Joe Ehrmann.
The Cortland women finished 21-2 last season and advanced to the NCAA Division III “final four” before losing 13-11 to eventual national champion Gettysburg (Pa.). The Red Dragons have won State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) title and have played in the NCAA tournament each of the last 13 years.
The Cortland men, led by sixth-year head coach Steve Beville, will open the season at Widener University (Pa.) on Feb. 25. The Red Dragons' next four games will be against ranked teams – home versus 13th-ranked Union on March 3, against 12th-ranked Gettysburg (Pa.) March 10 in Massapequa on Long Island, home versus seventh-ranked Stevenson (Md.) March 17 and against 10th-ranked Middlebury (Vt.) in Albany March 20. Cortland will also face fifth-ranked RIT and 17th-ranked Nazareth as part of its non-league schedule.
To quell the jittery and frenzied at home, representatives from the Big Red athletic program adamantly downplayed Pannell’s absence on Saturday . . . English dazzles in debut: The former Virginia standout ran the offense flawlessly against the preseason’s second-ranked defensive unit in the nation, according to IL’s Quint Kessenich.
The Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team opens the 2012 on Saturday traveling to Seton Hill for a 1:00 p.m. face-off. The Dolphins enter the season ranked sixth in the country as released by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) on Monday.
February and March polls are sketchy. At this point of the year I'm trying to figure out: Who is a national title contender? Who is an NCAA tournament contender? Where does a team stack up in its league?
Craig Jaeger was a two-time All American and National Champion at Nassau Community College. After Nassau, he was a two-time All-Ivy and All-American midfielder at Cornell. Helped the 1977 team to NCAA championship and runner-up finish in 1978. Selected to play for the U.S. in World Championships in England, 1978. After College, Jaeger has been selected into Cornell Hall of Fame and the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame.
The 2012 US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, drew a record 7,064 participants to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia Jan. 13-15, as announced today by US Lacrosse. The figure set a record for the convention, which annually is the largest educational and networking event in the world for lacrosse coaches, officials, administrators, players and fans. The previous mark was 6,448 in Baltimore in 2011.
The Edmonton Rush and Washington Stealth completed a major trade on Monday. Washington has traded Paul Rabil, one of the National Lacrosse League’s top transition players, along with a first-round pick in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft to Edmonton in exchange for forward Athan Iannucci and a second-round pick in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft.
Nearly nine months have passed since Maryland knocked Syracuse out of the NCAA tournament. On Sunday afternoon, the memory of that day was as present as ever as the Terrapins seemed to be controlling the Orange in just about every way once again.
Mercyhurst is the unanimous No. 1 in the USILA Division II Coaches' Poll for the preseason. Coach Chris Ryan was also selected USILA Coach of the Year for Division II after last season, and he hopes to defend the Lakers' title. The Lakers open their season on Feb. 25 against Wingate, after this past weekend's game against Ohio Valley was postponed.
The Syracuse University lacrosse team scored three goals in the final 49 seconds to defeat Maryland 11-9 this afternoon in the Carrier Dome. The game-winner was scored with 16 seconds to play when midfielder Matt Pratt found true freshman attackman Kevin Rice cutting free on the crease and fed him for the dunk.
Sophomore Ricky Buhr won the ensuing faceoff, streaked into the box and scored with 7 seconds left to ice it.
The Colgate women's lacrosse team kicked off its 2012 season on Saturday and Courtney Miller finished with five points, but it wasn't enough as Stony Brook came away with the 13-10 win over the Raiders. Colgate (0-1) got four goals and one assist from Miller, while Katie Sheridan was credited with a career-high four assists off the bench. Amanda O'Sullivan and Kelly Mason enjoyed a good day as well. O'Sullivan scored twice and added a helper for three points and Mason had her best game as a Raider with a goal and three assists. Greer Goebels, Alison Flood and Megan Ark also scored for Colgate. Christina Roa made six stops in her first start of the year.
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The eighth-ranked Orange men’s lacrosse team split two games in its final preseason scrimmage Sunday, Feb. 12 in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse defeated No. 7 Maryland, 11-9, in its opening game before losing to Canisius, 11-10, in the second half of the doubleheader. Both contests featured four regulation quarters and each game was decided in the final moments. Syracuse rookie Kevin Rice scored the game-winner against the Terps with 16 seconds left, and Canisius found the cage with one second remaining to win the second game.
Evan Kirk made 46 saves in his professional debut to help the Minnesota Swarm defeat the Rochester Knighthawks 9-6 at the Xcel Energy Center this afternoon. The win broke a five-game losing streak against the Knighthawks.
Sporting their Twitter handles on their jersey nameplates, the Wings got two goals Drew Westrvelt with less than four minutes to play, and held off the Buffalo Bandits 14-13 in front of 8,118 at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.
Junior Peter Baum led the way with a game-high five points from four goals and one assist while senior co-captain Jeff Ledwick tallied two goals and one assist. Senior Colby Wilson also had a multi-point game with one goal and one assist while junior Matt Baker and freshmen Ryan Walsh and Matt Clarkson scored one goal apiece. Junior Michael Thomas also added two points from two assists.
The opponent is Maryland, but the stakes this time are markedly lower. The team that eliminated the Syracuse University lacrosse team from the NCAA Tournament in the quarterfinal round last season will be in the Carrier Dome at noon today to help the Orange prepare for the 2012 season. “We’re not talking about that,” coach John Desko said when asked if last season’s 6-5 overtime loss provided extra motivation even though it is still the preseason.
Third-ranked North Carolina got four goals from Kara Cannizzaro (Cazenovia) and three from Abbey Friend (Canandaigua) on its way to an 11-9 win over fourth-ranked Florida on Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field in the season opener for both teams. The Tar Heels improve to 1-0 with the victory and won their first game of the season for the seventh year in a row. Florida falls to 0-1 with the defeat.
In addition to the scoring output of Cannizzaro and Friend, Carolina also got a goal and an assist from All-America Laura Zimmerman (Westhill) and single goals from Emily Garrity, Taylor George and Brittney Coppa. Becky Lynch had an assist.
A tournament held in [John Mack's] memory brings the spirit of competition together with awareness of the risks of the game. The sounds of the John Mack lacrosse tournament reminds parents, coaches, and the Mack family about the risks involved in playing the fastest growing sport in the United States.
[Ari] Waffle, a freshman attacker from Manlius, N.Y., scored all of his three goals in the second period as the Dolphins outscored Towson 5-2The Dolphins (0-1) scored five second-period goals to take a7-5 halftime lead.
Kyle Sweeney was looking forward to playing his first National Lacrosse League game as a member of the visiting Buffalo Bandits in Philadelphia today. After all, he grew up in that area and spent more than six seasons with the Wings.
Coming off a year where it finished 6-8 but defeated No. 2 Florida in its final game of the season, the Cornell women's lacrosse team is ready to make a push in 2012. With a group of 29 players that wants to attack and start games fast, the Big Red will be going full steam ahead and vying for a berth in the Ivy League tournament that it missed out on in 2011. “Every game is precious,” 15th-year head coach Jenny Graap said. “No one on our team is complacent. No one that thinks that anything is going to come easily in 2012.” Graap's group lost just two seniors to graduation, and this season's senior class is nine strong. The 2012 edition of Cornell women's lacrosse looks to be a tough, experienced group with a talented roster all around that will compete in the Ivy League this season.
Ferguson begins her first season with the Big Red with an extraordinary experience under her belt. She arrived on East Hill in August days removed from winning a gold medal as a member of the U.S. team at the Federation of International Lacrosse Under-19 Women's World Championship in Hannover, Germany.
Not so long ago Syracuse University was the furthest thing from Henry Schoonmaker’s mind and one of the farthest from his Oregon home. Pardon him, then, for having to pinch himself occasionally to make sure he is really playing on the second midfield line for one of the nation’s Division I lacrosse powerhouses.
In its first ever collegiate lacrosse game, the University of Tampa defeated Florida Southern College 7-4, in a Deep South Conference battle. Tampa goes to 1-0 on the season while Southern drops to 0-1.
Helping Coach Rory Whipple (Cortland St.) bring the University of Tampa a victory in the program's very first game were AJ DeSimone (Whitesboro/SUNY Delhi), who scored the programs first goal, Kevin Castle (Skaneateles/Monroe CC) with two goals, and Gregory Khanzadian (CBA-Syracuse/Roanoke) (1G).
Michigan may be an anomaly now, but there are many more successful lacrosse clubs out there, especially at Football Bowl Subdivision universities like Arizona State, Brigham Young, Oregon and Texas. “A lot of these big schools out west have the opportunity to build lacrosse tradition,” said Brian Myers, University of Texas’s club coach. “Hopefully, Michigan is just the first domino.”
Six different Army players found the goal, but it was senior attackman Will Manny of #11/13 Massachusetts with a career-high nine points (7G, 2A) leading the Minutemen to a 12-9 win over the Black Knights in the lacrosse opener for both teams on Friday afternoon at Michie Stadium.
Rookie midfielder John Glesener posted a pair of goals in his first collegiate contest, joining junior attackmen Andrew Boyd and Garrett Thul for the team lead in goals. Junior All-America selection Tim Henderson, senior co-captain Devin Lynch and sophomore attackman Matt Ghidotti also found the back of the net.
The No. 19 Colgate men's lacrosse team will open its 2012 campaign with a home contest against Bryant on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. The team returns two of its top-five leading scorers from last season. Junior Peter Baum completed the season with a team-best 49 points from 34 goals and 15 assists. He is on a 27-game point streak that started on Mar. 2, 2010, which is ranked 11th nationally.
Herkimer County Community College has announced the appointment of James "Jamie" Ireland, of Norwalk CT, as head men’s lacrosse coach for the spring 2012 season. An HCCC graduate with the Class of 2004, Ireland was a member of the Herkimer Generals 2003 national championship lacrosse team and was a two-time first team All American and 2004 NJCAA Player of the Year.
The eighth-ranked Orange men’s lacrosse team will play its final exhibition game on Sunday, Feb. 12 when it hosts No. 7 Maryland at 12 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. It’s the third year in a row these two lacrosse titans have tangled in the preseason.
To know Brian Kopp, a 4-time letter winner at Colgate University, is to know determination with humility, competition with sportsmanship and pride with class. And when you see values like that coming from the children of the Kopp family in Casey, Tyler and Megan, you know where they got it. You can’t coach speed or quickness, and you can’t coach instinct. But you can coach respect, and that’s what Brian and Julie did with their children.
Navy will rely heavily upon veteran close defenseman Matt Vernam and senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan) to manage the defense. Wickham, a former Penn Yan Mustang, who was a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee in 2010, is in his third season as a starter in goal.
Saturday’s game will be streamed online via Navy All-Access with live stats available at www.NavySports.com. this week’s All-Access feed will be provided free of charge, however, the remainder of the season will be subscription based.
Defense has become more about scheme and less about personnel, which means that the same teams consistently end up atop the scoring charts. Still, each system requires a different skillset, so matching style and talent is important. These defenses do that best.
"I think this is as much talent and depth as we've ever had," said Pannell, whose Cornell club is ranked No. 3 in the respected Inside Lacrosse preseason poll behind the last two national champions, Virginia and Duke. "We have a lot of veterans at each position and I have no doubt we can challenge for the title."
Bucknell, Colgate, Lehigh and Navy all open up their seasons on Saturday, and coaches from all seven League squads talked about their 2012 teams in the Patriot League Preseason Media Teleconference. You can listen to what every coach had to say about their teams on Patriot League All-Access and YouTube.
Cassese, Pietramala and Tambroni join the coaching staff led by head coach Richie Meade that will lead the U.S. men's national team at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships, hosted by US Lacrosse and set for July 10-19, 2014, in Denver, Colo. The U.S. men's national team is seeking its 10th world championship after reclaiming the gold medal at the 2010 FIL World Championships in Manchester, England.
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Rochester Rattlers attackman Ned Crotty has renewed his contract for the 2012 MLL season. “It’s definitely good to be with MLL and returning to Rochester for the 2012 season.” Crotty said. “We had a good finish to last season. We’re looking to pick up right where we left off last season and make a push for the playoffs this year.”
Syracuse University has produced some of the greatest names in the history of indoor lacrosse. Players like Marechek, Gait, Powell, Jamieson, Thorpe, Cougevan, Smith and others have excelled in the pro ranks after superb careers at SU. Stephen Keogh added his name to that list when he joined the Knighthawks’ lacrosse community in September when he was drafted by Rochester in the first round (second overall) of the National Lacrosse League Entry Draft.
Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced that the Bandits have acquired a second-round pick in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft and a second-round pick in the 2014 NLL Entry Draft from the Edmonton Rush in exchange for rookie defenseman Jeff Cornwall, Buffalo’s second-round pick (15th overall) in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft.
Tragic irony accompanies the timing of this weekend's sixth annual John Mack Southern Tier Shootout lacrosse tournament, which is expected to draw 1,500-plus participants to the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex.
The two-day event is to commence one day after a memorial service in remembrance of Tyler Kopp, a 12-year-old Brighton resident who died this week as result of being struck in the chest by a ball during a lacrosse game last week.
Army coach Joe Alberici has been around a lot of great lacrosse programs, and he believes senior Tim Henderson is the best "offensive" defensive midfielder in the country and perhaps the best he's ever coached. The coaches in the Patriot League have high regards for Henderson, too, voting him the preseason defensive player of the year. The media have named him a preseason all-American.
“I had just passed the ball,” Cometti said. “I don’t even remember how I got checked. Obviously it was accidental. It was a hard check and the hand went numb. It was bleeding, and I went in and they sewed it up. I went for an X-ray a couple days later and it was shredded. I got a couple screws put in there.
On a road trip to Clarkson last March, Rochester Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse coach Jake Coon watched the unranked Golden Knights race out to a 5-1 lead after the first quarter and still hold a three-goal advantage over his then No. 8-ranked Tigers late in the third quarter. RIT rallied for a 12-10 victory, but it was a harbinger of the challenges the Tigers will face this year when they join Clarkson in the revamped Liberty League.
Just days after Rick Sowell (Horseheads) accepted the Navy lacrosse coaching vacancy, he ventured over to the program’s hall of fame in the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium with assistant coach Ryan Wellner and longtime Navy assistant Mark Goers. Sowell knew he was taking over a different sort of program than at his first three head coaching jobs. The exhibits detailing the Midshipmen’s numerous All-America selections and long history as a national power brought that reality home.
Adelphi, which has won the regular season and championship title each of the two years it's been in the conference, received seven first-place votes and 137 total points in the poll. The Dolphins, who only lost to Adelphi last season in their first year of Division II play, also earned 137 points to tie for the top spot, while garnering five first-place votes.
Members of several Ithaca women's sports teams will be hosting a National Girls & Women In Sports Day activity Feb. 19 at the Athletics & Events Center on the Ithaca campus. The event will take place from 3-5 p.m. and activities will include soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, and tennis skills along with strength and conditioning and team building.
Play-by-play announcer Jim Moran will conduct interviews with four members of the Hamilton College athletic department during halftime of the men's and women's basketball games on Friday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 12.
The 2012 season has begun! Okay, it may be just a handful of games thus far, but the action will heat up quickly over the next few weeks. The hopes of teams and fans run high at this time of year, of course, but surprises both positive and negative await.
Up in Ithaca, the theme this spring is “unfinished business.” “We feel like we have some unfinished business to take care of this spring, and we just want to maximize our potential,” said Big Red coach Ben DeLuca in an interview this fall. “We want to do the best we can to work hard and to allow our fans, our family and our alumni to be proud of the product we’re putting on the field.”
It's a different year and Army will be a different team in 2012. The Black Knights suffered huge blows to graduation last May, but return a plethora of talented, eager players clamoring to fill those voids and continue a storied tradition of winning at West Point.
Army lifts the lid on the 2012 season on Friday, Feb. 10, when the team hosts preseason nationally ranked Massachusetts in the earliest season opener the program's 95-year history. The Black Knights received votes in both national preseason polls.
When Syracuse won back-to-back championships in 2008 and 2009, the Orange played fast, got up and down in a hurry, and relied on a whole host of offensive stars. But the past two years, goals haven't come as easy.
The lines are blurred in Division I lacrosse between attackmen and midfielders. It seems as if coaches have designated offensive players who play in the half-field sets, then run to the sideline on a change of possession. The game has become matchup based.
4. Cornell: Roy Lang (27, 9), Mike O'Neil (13, 4), Chris Langton (8, 7), Mitch McMichael (7, 7), JJ Gilbane (12, 2) are all back. Each had double-digit points last season. Lang was the No. 11 overall pick in the Collegiate Draft.
The Gear Zone welcomes its first piece of equipment from the NJCAA men's lacrosse field with a look at the Hudson Valley Vikings' custom Warrior Riot gloves to be used in the 2012 season. Located in Troy, New York, just outside of Albany, the Dragons compete in the Region 3 circuit of the NJCAA scene, one of the toughest groups of teams each season.
Evolving medical knowledge of the deleterious long-term effects of concussions has brought forth more stringent recovery procedures and reinforced equipment to protect athletes’ vulnerable brains. Rigorous new study should address the dangers of sports projectiles impacting the chest, and the efficacy of players’ protective gear.
"They're the better team until we're able to beat them," said Le Moyne head coach Beth Hewitt, whose squad lost just three games last season, all to Adelphi. "They've lost a lot of players to transferring, but they have a number of players who could have been playing at any other school."
“I’d love to be able to do that (play three lines),” Desko said. “I think a lot of it is going to have to do with how other teams play us. There were situations in many of our games last year where we had a bunch of one-goal games and the other team was trying to hold the ball as much as possible. So I would love to be able to say we can get all three groups in there. I don’t know whether that’s going to be reality, depending on how other teams play us.”
Thoughts and prayers have remained with Tyler Kopp and his family for the past week. The 12-year-old boy passed away Monday at Strong Hospital. Last Thursday he was struck in the chest with a lacrosse ball during a youth league game at Total Sports Experience on Elmgrove Road in Gates. In the lacrosse community, thoughts and prayers have also been with the young boy who fired the shot that happened to strike Kopp in the chest.
He was only 12-years-old, but the impact Tyler Kopp made in the Brighton community was profound. The Brighton School superintendent talked about how Tyler’s death after collapsing during a youth lacrosse game is affecting the entire community and school district. The superintendent shared some beautiful stories that students have told him about Tyler.
The Rob Grimm experiment is no longer an exercise in possibility. UMBC coach Don Zimmerman confirmed that the senior will shift from attack to midfield for the coming season. Grimm (Carthage), who led the offense in assists (18) and points (35) last year, is expected to join a projected first line of juniors Dave Brown and Scott Hopmann.
John Greeley (LaFayette) has been cleared to return and has been practicing with the rest of his Johns Hopkins teammates after suffering a knee injury in the offseason. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the junior is a lock to start in the midfield.
The Syracuse University lacrosse team’s competition for the starting goalie position could be down a player thanks to a hand injury suffered by true freshman Bobby Wardwell in the days leading up to Sunday’s preseason scrimmage victories over Hofstra and Le Moyne in the Carrier Dome.
While there are a handful of top-shelf attackmen around the college ranks this season, the best units combine a cornerstone player with three or four solid contributors that execute their defined roles at a high level.
Receiving five of a possible six first-place votes, University at Albany women's lacrosse program has been picked to defend the America East Conference championship title. The preseason coaches' poll was released Wednesday, February 8th from the league office.
The Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team has been picked second in the Northeast-10 Conference men's lacrosse preseason coaches poll, as voted upon by the league's 11 head coaches and announced by the conference office on Wednesday afternoon.
US Lacrosse today announced its newly redesigned certification and training program for men’s lacrosse officials. The US Lacrosse Officials Education Program, developed in conjunction with the pre-existing Lacrosse Referee Development (LAREDO) program, has now expanded to include three levels for beginner-level to collegiate-level officials and requires annual recertification.
The National Lacrosse League has announced the additional 24 players (12 on each team) that will join the 12 starters in the lineups for the 2012 NLL All-Star Game, at First Niagara Center in Buffalo on Saturday, February 25.
The death of a 12-year-old lacrosse player has shocked the entire lacrosse community in Rochester. In response, some area coaches have encouraged parents to purchase heart or chest guards for their young athletes.
Tyler Kopp was an outstanding lacrosse player who knew how good he was. But his excellence didn’t warp his love for the game or diminish his drive to help other players improve, the father of a teammate said Tuesday after Tyler died of an injury suffered in a lacrosse game.
“When the best player on the team is also the most modest player on the team, that speaks volumes about that kid, and that was Tyler,” said Phillip McDonald of Brighton, whose son has played on teams with Tyler.
"The national lacrosse community mourns the tragic passing of Tyler Kopp today and, on behalf of US Lacrosse, I want to extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to his family and friends," said US Lacrosse President and CEO Steve Stenersen. "There is nothing comparable to the loss of a child for a family and a community, and we understand and respect the family’s request for privacy."
Without three key pieces from Syracuse's vaunted defense last year, the new-look unit got off to a slow start during fall practice. The players needed time to jell into one unit and over time they did.
Lacrosse has always been a family affair at Syracuse University, from the Gait brothers to the current tandem of head coach John Desko and son Tim. But the Deskos aren't the only pair with family ties on the team. (Video 2:05)
Delaware’s 19-6 rout of Detroit Mercy on Saturday kicked off the college lacrosse campaign, and ESPN analyst and former Syracuse midfielder Paul Carcaterra participated in a few conference calls Tuesday to prepare for the coming season. Carcaterra found some time in his packed scheduled to discuss interesting storylines.
Corning East graduate David Lisi recently signed a contract to play professional lacrosse with the Kentucky Stickhorses of the North American Lacrosse League. Lisi, a 1998 graduate of East, is the Director of Lacrosse at Northern Edge, Inc. in Chesterfield, Mo. and also serves as the head lacrosse coach at Ladue High School. Lisi’s position at Northern Edge centers around skill development camps, leagues, tournaments and teams around the Midwest.
During Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, Watertown’s lacrosse team was approved unanimously to attend a tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for a week. The resolution indicates the team is raising funds to cover rooms and meals.
Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced Tuesday it has partnered with the HEADstrong Foundation and will use the 2012 MLL All-Star Game as a vehicle to raise awareness and funds for those affected by blood cancer. The game will take place at FAU Stadium in Palm Beach County, FL on Saturday, June 30 at 7:30 PM, EST. The MLL All-Star Game will be televised live on ESPN2 and streamed on ESPN3.com.
The word sustainability gets thrown around a lot these days. Sustainable farming, sustainable housing, sustainable building, sustainable growth…the list goes on and on. But, my friend John Davie, who is starting his own company for martial arts' gyms was the first person who I ever heard say, "sustainable athletics". What would that even look like?
Do you want to learn from the best lacrosse players in the world? Well, now is your chance to train with the Rochester Knighthawks. The National Lacrosse League team announced today that it will hold three game-day clinics on the turf at The Blue Cross Arena. As an added bonus, the Knighthawks will conduct a three-day February Break Camp.
Here’s the interview I had with Lacrosse Talk Radio just prior to “kick-off” on Super Bowl Sunday talking about the start, growth and goals of The Art of Lax™. My piece starts at the 77:30 minute mark. Click on the link below:
Last year’s much-debated postseason awards were split by Rob Pannell and Steele Stanwick. Both attackmen return, setting up an interesting head-to-head battle with which DI lacrosse is familiar, like Danowski-Rabil and Powell-Boyle. Still, there are roughly a dozen other guys with the skills and resume to join the player of the year conversation by May.
The first 200 Army lacrosse fans through the gate for Friday's season-opener will be treated to free hot chocolate for the game, courtesy of the Army Athletic Association. Face-off is set for 3 p.m. at Michie Stadium.
As the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse world launches into a new season, a few questions and issues to ponder:
1. How loud will the hiccup sound coming from Syracuse? Without question, the Orange are in a regrouping mode after losing seven All-Americans to graduation, which broke up one of the better defensive units the school has ever produced.
Some coaches aim for the spotlight of Division I programs. It's the ultimate goal and best achievement. After all, one is better than three. Not for new women's lacrosse coach Stephen Wagner. Wagner has been to the holy land of D-I lacrosse and found it's not what he's looking for.
In a vote conducted by conference coaches, the Denver Pioneers have been selected to defend their Eastern College Athletic Conference Lacrosse League Championship in 2012 as the top team in the ECAC pre-season coaches’ poll.
As Jake and I were making our way North and deciding where would be our next stop, someone mentioned that we should check out "the people who live in the dump" near Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua. Thinking it was impossible that such a crazy thing could exist so close to the major hub of Nicaraguan life, we decided we had to check it out.
The National Lacrosse League has announced the starting lineups for the 2012 NLL All-Star Game, at First Niagara Center in Buffalo on Saturday, February 25. The East & West All-Star Team starting lineups were selected by a vote of NLL fans, the league’s General Managers & Head Coaches, as well as members of the media.
Colgate men's lacrosse head coach Mike Murphy has announced the addition of Matt Abbott to the coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach. “I am very excited that Matt has joined our staff,” stated Murphy. “We spent four years trying to defend him at my last job so it's nice to have him on our side now. Matt is still a great player in his own right and he has a great demeanor with our players, so I know he will really help our players get better. My hope is that he will help our midfielders reach their full potential.”
Vaughn, who grew up in New Haven, Conn., was introduced to the sport as a seventh grader and became a recruited athlete before too long. Yet, she chose a different path. She spurned the programs that had an interest in her game and opted for Cornell University, in part because of the school's black studies curriculum. As a player, she made the Big Red team as a walk-on freshman.
Hey guys, it is great to be blogging again. It feels like it has been forever. A lot has happened since my last post two weeks ago. When we got back from winter break, we began to start workouts right away in preparation for our "conditioning test." This is a battle of not only physical and cardiovascular training, but a test of mental strength. Days before the test, you will see members of the team trekking around campus, avoiding stairs, hills, or any extra walking at all costs that could potentially tire out the legs more than necessary.
The National Lacrosse League today announced that three Buffalo Bandits players have been selected to start for the East in the 2012 NLL All-Star Game on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at First Niagara Center.
The Rochester Knighthawks know they’re young but know they have talent, too. That’s why it was so important to break that 3-game losing streak heading into Saturday’s contest with the Minnesota Swarm. So, they did. (Video 2:10)
The Golden Flyers from Rochester NY decided to go with Warrior Regulator gloves for 2012. The color scheme is the schools colors in purple, gold and white with mascot Golden Flyer embroidered on the inner cuff.
Wheeling Jesuit University adds Scott Castle (Skaneateles/Nazareth) to the Lacrosse coaching staff for the 2012 season. He will assist with WJU’s offensive play, focusing at the midfield position. At Nazareth, he was a four year lettermen for the men’s lacrosse team and was named captain his senior year. Castle was a 3-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American and a 3-time First Team All-Empire 8 selection as a midfielder. He led the Golden Flyers midfield in points for three seasons, tallying 118 total points.
Several pieces to the puzzle that is the 2012 Syracuse University lacrosse team came into focus Sunday. Several others remained fuzzy. Blame the Orange players for some of the confusion during victories of 7-5 over Hofstra and 11-5 over Le Moyne before several hundred fans in the Carrier Dome. With a few notable exceptions SU players wore different jersey numbers than the ones assigned to them on the roster, making player identification a nightmare.
The eighth-ranked Orange men’s lacrosse team opened the 2012 season with a pair of scrimmage wins on Sunday, Feb. 5 at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse knocked off No. 14 Hofstra, 7-5, and defeated Division II power Le Moyne, 11-5. All three teams played two 90-minute games in a round-robin format. Each scrimmage featured three 15-minute regulation quarters and a fourth quarter of running time.
Hakeem Lecky cut through the offensive zone, running past the goal before quickly coming to a halt. He fought off two Hofstra defenders and took a hard shot into the top right corner of the net from about seven yards out to give Syracuse its fourth goal of the day.
The Orange faced off against Hofstra and LeMoyne in lacrosse scrimmage games, but the real story was the play of Matt Lerman. The redshirt sophomore staked his claim as the starting goalie for this years squad.
From Sunday, May 23, 2010: . . . Those two big triumphs by the West Pointers brought back memories of a game at Syracuse 53 years ago when the Cadets ran up against one of the best lacrosse players to ever wield a rawhide stick. That time, the Cadets tried hard as always but just could not overcome the greatest player of his day.
In a tune-up before the regular season begins, Cornell beat Colgate in a scrimmage at Andy Kerr Stadium, 15-14. Cornell squandered a 10-2 lead when the Raiders tied the game at 12 in the fourth, before the Big Red were able to re-capture the lead and hold on down the stretch. (Video 0:40)
The Thompsons are not to be triffled with. Miles made it look effortless working from X, frequently getting to GLE, and rolling his weight to shift his defenseman and create an angle to score. Be it a solid stick fake, a quick pass, or a well timed lean, this kid can figure out how to get points up.
Lyle is going to torment defenders this year (though he may start to pay the price when he gets up against bigger, nastier poles). He routinely took possessions behind, cradling and plotting his move. Once defenders started going for his stick, he would just flaunt his cradle almost, letting the defender whack him, the stick, whatever, almost to the point of taunting while not losing the ball. It worked well, as Lyle never did turn it over, drawing a few penalties instead.
It is only a dress rehearsal, but the directors will be watching closely to see how their new performers react when the curtain rises. “I think every year we always see what guys are doing in practice,” Syracuse University lacrosse coach John Desko said. “And then we see some different things happen in game situations with how different players react. Some rise to the occasion, and some take a step back.”
The Rochester Knighthawks rallied from three goals down multiple times to defeat the Minnesota Swarm 16-14 Saturday night at The Blue Cross Arena. With the victory, Rochester improves to 2-3 on the season, while Minnesota falls to 1-2 overall with the loss.
As Friday night showed the Buffalo Bandits, any team in the NLL can win on any night. The Washington Stealth came into First Niagara Center 0-3 and walked out with their first victory of the season with an 11-10 overtime win over the Bandits. The Stealth's triumph also set up the Bandits' first three-game losing streak since the start of the 2010 season.
The first week of Cody’s Kids was launched before Rochester’s game versus Minnesota at the Blue Cross Arena on February 4. Eric, 12, attends the Buffalo Academy of Performing and Visual Arts and plays lacrosse. At the Academy Eric is part of the various plays and improv comedy acts that the school offers. Greg, 16 is a junior at Canisius High School who plays hockey for Canisius.
A 12-year-old boy is in guarded condition at Strong Hospital after police say he was hit in the chest with a lacrosse ball during an indoor game in Gates Thursday night. Ambulance crews performed CPR and used a defibrillator to restart his heart. For hundreds of local lacrosse players and their families, it's a strong reminder of how important player safety is. (Video 2:23)
If you're like me and are hoping that this "winter" weather we are experiencing is going to continue and that, before we know it, spring will be here, then rest assured: Although I might have just jinxed us all terribly, I also bring good news. Lacrosse season, believe it or not, is within sight. At Cornell, it's even more than that.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Chief Photographer Kevin Colton won first place in the Sports Action category in the November 2011 monthly image competition (MIC) of the University Photographers Association of America (UPAA). The shot captured William Smith diver Kaileigh Fowler at the apex of one of her 3-meter dives set against the background of the large American flag that hangs in Bristol Pool.
. . . most people don't know Herzlich as the star lacrosse player who was an All-Central League performer at Conestoga in suburban Philadelphia's lacrosse hotbed. Lacrosse, Mark's "go-to sport" growing up, has deep roots in the Herzlich family.
On a deep and talented Buffalo Bandits team, Jimmy Purves says he has no complaints. A fifth-round draft pick in the 2010 NLL Entry Draft, the 21-year-old transition player spent most of the 2011 season on the practice squad. This season, Purves has found himself playing in three of the team’s four games and is trying to leave his mark.
Was it really just three weeks ago that the Rochester Knighthawks scored 22 goals in their season opener and blew out the Philadelphia Wings? Since that Jan. 14 evening at the Wells Fargo Center when the Knighthawks looked unbeatable and the Wings looked unwatchable, Rochester has lost three games in a row and now resides in last place in the National Lacrosse League's East Division. Philadelphia has won twice and is sitting atop the division, also ahead of Toronto and Buffalo.
The Le Moyne College women's lacrosse team is tied for first place in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) preseason poll, as announced by the association on Friday afternoon.
The Dolphins, who finished last season 18-3 and appeared in the NCAA semifinals, is tied for the top spot with three-time defending national champion, Adelphi, which handed the Dolphins all three of their losses. The Dolphins and the Panthers each received seven first-place votes and 214 total points.
The Orange men’s lacrosse team kicks off the 2012 season on Sunday, Feb. 5 with a three-way scrimmage inside the Carrier Dome. The eighth-ranked Orange will host Hofstra at 12 p.m. and take on Division II powerhouse Le Moyne at 2 p.m. The Pride and Dolphins square off in the opening game at 10 a.m.
This marks the sixth straight season the Hofstra and Le Moyne have visited the Dome for a round of preseason exhibitions. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12-and-under. Parking is $10 per car in the surface lots located off Irving Avenue across from the Dome.
Syracuse junior Michelle Tumolo has been selected to the US Lacrosse women’s national senior team roster for the North American Challenge Cup, which takes place July 13-15 in Oshawa, Canada. In addition, former Orange All-American Katie Rowan ’09 and current assistant coach Katrina Dowd were also chosen to the 24-player roster. The team was selected from the 38-player 2011-12 senior team that most recently competed at the Champion Challenge in January.
Siena College finished second in the poll with 42 points. Marist was third with 34 points. Canisius and Jacksonville tied for fourth with 27 points each, followed by Manhattan College (13), and VMI (10).
Operation Baggataway is an organization that collects used lacrosse equipment and sends them to various U.S. military bases abroad so that American servicemen can play while deployed. To date, they have outfitted or help outfit at least five different bases in Iraq and Afghanistan with lacrosse equipment.
LaxAllStars Editor's note: Chris Rosenthall sits down with John Galloway, Syracuse goaltending legend, assistant coach at Duke, and MLL Pro. They cover Galloway’s new Wallball 365 initiative, coaching at Duke, working hard, playing in the MLL and so much more. Plus John is a pretty super American Gladiator! Better than Joel White anyway!
Meet Brandon Mullins, whose national letter of intent went to the office of Orange lacrosse coach John Desko rather than SU football coach Doug Marrone a year ago. Mullins will be playing close defense when Syracuse faces Hofstra and Le Moyne in a three-team scrimmage beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Carrier Dome.
LeMoyne Mens' Lacrosse is looking to get back into the final four this year after being left out a year ago. The Dolphins lost their top four scorers from a team that went 12-2 last year, but was not selected for the Division II final four.
The Orange lacrosse team is gearing up for their first competition of the season as they host LeMoyne and Hofstra for a scrimmage on Sunday. It will be the first game for SU since losing to Maryland in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
The Rochester Knighthawks have teamed up again with the Urology Associates of Rochester to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer. The team will hold an auction beginning on Saturday, February 4th as part of the fundraising efforts to benefit Zero - The Project to end Prostate Cancer and The Lipson Cancer Center at Rochester General. The Knighthawks will wear blue jerseys on Men’s Health Nights to shed light on a disease that affects one in every six men.
Interesting game in this brand of NLL indoor lacrosse; never a dull moment. Teams can go on goal scoring runs, racking up five, six, seven straight goals - only to lose. The power play is more important to the game. Players can score empty net goals from the length of the field. Goalies serve major penalties in the penalty box and long-standing statistical records can fall quickly. The “out of the ordinary” happens a lot in this game.
US Lacrosse has named the 24-player U.S. women’s national senior team roster for the North American Challenge Cup, to be held July 13-15, 2012, in Oshawa, Canada, host of the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup. The team was selected from the 38-player 2011-12 U.S. women’s senior team that most recently competed at Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event, in January.
It’s a big year for John Greeley. Following an eight-point freshman campaign, the former No. 1 recruit is healthy (after suffering a knee injury last preseason) and ready to take John Hopkins back to prominence with a young, hungry roster. Here, he talks about the tool he and the Blue Jays hope will help make the difference.
Twenty-year-old Hugh Weir, a scholarship athlete and lacrosse star at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York was back in Merritt over the Christmas holidays, visiting his parents who have returned to the Nicola Valley after a 13-year hiatus.
The US Lacrosse Regional Championships will bring boys’ and girls’ youth lacrosse teams from across the country at the U11, U13 and U15 age levels to Arizona, Texas and North Carolina in June. Coaches or team administrators should register their teams to participate at uslacrosse.org/2012regionals by March 15.
Suffern is no stranger to the Section 1 championship. In addition to having hosted the event (including last season), the Mounties have also played in it quite a bit – a total of nine times. The Mounties last appeared in the final in 2003, losing to Lakeland/Panas 11-7. If they are to make it back this year for the first time since then, Kevin McNally will be one of the main reasons why.
Major League Lacrosse (MLL) and CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) announced Thursday the television schedule for the 2012 season. The network will air live 14 nationally televised games in addition to all 18 episodes of ‘Inside the MLL,’ the League’s 30-minute magazine show.
There’s been little talk about Syracuse as a contender in 2012 — comparatively, there's lower expectations for this Orange squad, which in some ways makes the team reminiscent of the 2008 squad, when the Orange came in and stole the show after entering the season as the 11th ranked team in Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook.
When it was time to select a college to play lacrosse at, Auburn native Connor Entenmann had a variety to choose from. Being a standout in lacrosse, Entenmann had several colleges interested in his talents, but the sophomore chose his parents' alma mater - Cornell University.
When Syracuse takes the field in the Carrier Dome on Sunday, it will be searching for an identity. After losing seven starters and All-Americans from last season's roster, the Orange enters the season as an unknown in college lacrosse for the first time in years.
Colgate will challenge the Mids with a strong returning team that includes first-team All-Patriot League midfielder Courtney Miller and last year's Defensive Player of the Year, goalkeeper Christina Roa. Miller led Colgate with 72 points (36 G, 36 A) last season, and returns along with fellow senior and captain Katie Sullivan (32 G, 13 A, 45 pts.). Roa started all 16 games for the Raiders and finished with a 9-7 record and 13.03 goals against average, and also enters her senior year as a captain. The Raiders return 19 letterwinners and nine starters overall from last year's squad that went 5-1 in the Patriot League.
Passed on June 23, 1972, Title IX provides females with equal opportunities in athletics. It says that, “No person in the United State shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.’’
You may have seen Kenny around town. He works at the Panorama Home Depot and serves as the equipment manager for the high school lacrosse team. Most people know him, however, as the Penfield Patriot mascot.
The ESPNU Warrior Classic, a men’s college lacrosse doubleheader, has a new home at American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., home of Major League Lacrosse’s Charlotte Hounds. The third annual event will be played Saturday, April 14, and will feature Rutgers vs. No. 7 Syracuse in the first game at 11 a.m. ET, followed by No. 11 Hofstra vs. No. 6 North Carolina at 1:30 p.m. Both games will be televised on ESPNU.
Letting go of control and acceptance is one of the most valuable life skills that we could ever bring in to our own experience. What I notice a lot in youth sports is the exact opposite of acceptance though, and it is usually some parents who are modeling controlling behaviors for their kids. (I do want to say, a lot of parents out there are absolutely amazing and are not like this in any way, so the following does not pertain to everyone.)
PreGame Lacrosse, a college lacrosse recruiting service established by renowned college lacrosse coaches, Jim Stagnitta (East Syracuse) and Tony Seaman, is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Best of the West Lacrosse Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Hobart alumus Tim Clark '87 is featured on the website XVLIFaces.com. A defenseman for the lacrosse team during its unprecedented string of 12 consecutive national championships, he talks about his background in lacrosse and his volunteer efforts in the sport today. Clark coordinated the Super Bowl XVLI host committee's football and cheerleading clinic for Indianapolis area youth.
The No. 5/3 Cornell men's lacrosse team opened preparations for the 2012 season with its first day of practice today, Wednesday, Feb 1. The team plays its first game in just over three weeks, as the Big Red takes on its oldest rival, Hobart, on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Boswell Field in Geneva, N.Y. Face-off is slated for 1 p.m.
“We're ready to get started,” said Ben DeLuca, the Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Cornell Lacrosse. “This has been a long time coming and my staff and I am excited to get together with the entire team for the first time and focus on lacrosse. With so many returning players, we feel like we're young, but experienced, and we're excited because we feel like we can hit the ground running today.”
Here is a look at how the team will stack up.
This is the second installment of SUathletics.com's preview of the upcoming 2012 men's lacrosse season. Part I focused on the attack and midfield. Part II features an overview of the team's defensive midfield, close defense, faceoff specialists and goalies.
The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team will take on BIG EAST rival Rutgers in the opening game of the third annual ESPNU Warrior Classic Saturday, April 14 in Charlotte, N.C. The Orange and Scarlet Knights will face off at 11 a.m. in American Legion Memorial Stadium, home of the MLL’s Charlotte Hounds, as part of the doubleheader announced by the network today.
In case you're thirsty for more Champion Challenge content — if you haven't already, be sure to read our comprehensive coverage of the event — here are additional observations from the weekend. Or, in the spirit of Pat Forde... five notes, quotes, names, games and minutiae making news in lacrosse.
On Saturday, February 4th, the Knighthawks will host the Minnesota Swarm at 7:30 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena. The first 3,000 fans will take home a Chris Schiller bobblehead. The Urology Associates of Rochester will hold their annual Men’s Health Night. As soon as the game starts, fans can bid on the game-worn jerseys in-arena or at GoBuyRochester.com. The auction will stay open until Saturday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national partner of US Lacrosse, will host Webinars at 9 p.m. Eastern time Feb. 2 and Feb. 9 on the topic of preventing child abuse in youth sports. The Webinars are free, though advance registration is required.
When it was time for Skaneateles’ Kevin Rice to pick a college to play lacrosse at — it was simple. The attackman was going to Syracuse University.
“It has been a lifelong dream of mine to play here, it is definitely a good time,” Rice said. “I looked at Hofstra and Loyola primarily, but I was pretty set on Syracuse. I was ready for (Syracuse to give an offer) and when that moment happened, I was excited.”
For the past two seasons, JoJo Marasco hasn't been settled in one position. He's shifted back and forth from attack to midfield throughout his freshman and sophomore years. But this season, Marasco expects to remain exclusively in the midfield.
It is often said that elite programs reload. They don’t rebuild. With the departure of last year’s senior class, the winningest in school history with 60 victories over four seasons, and the loss of seven starters, that’s exactly what the 2012 Syracuse men’s lacrosse team is aiming to do – reload.
“The demise of Navy is greatly exaggerated,” Alberici said last week. “I know what they have, and I know the types of games that we’ve been in with them in recent years, and they were doing that with some very young players.