July 2012
Tuesday July 31, 2012 8:15AM
from NLL.com
The National Lacrosse League has announced that Steve Dietrich has been voted into the league’s Hall of Fame, Class of 2012. The mainstay goaltender played nearly two decades in the league and continues to serve the game past his playing career, first as a goaltending coach and now as a general manager.

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from Inside Lacrosse
Anne Phillips, the selection committee chair for the women's senior team, provided some insight into the process of selecting the team. Each person on the committee who observed tryouts over the three-day period, was given only a list of pinnie numbers in an effort to eliminate any bias based on former knowledge of the players and keep the process as transparent as possible.

from LB3 Lacrosse
Former Syracuse University lacrosse star Tim Desko will join LB3 Atlanta as a full time coach this fall. The son of Syracuse head coach John Desko, Tim has worked with LB3 in the past as a club team coach and camp counselor during the Summer months but he will now be moving to Atlanta and add to the outstanding LB3 roster of coaches.

from Le Moyne Athletics
The Le Moyne College Gold Wave will enshrine the Hall of Fame Class of 2012 on Saturday, September 29th as part of John ‘Doc’ Joiner Homecoming Weekend. The Class of 2012 includes Mike Montesano ‘95 (men’s basketball), Susan Reilly ‘88 (women’s soccer), Ted Grant ‘51 (honorary) and the 2004 Men’s Lacrosse Team.

from Major League Lacrosse
The 2012 induction class comprises Jen Adams, Roy Colsey, Brian Dougherty, Missy Foote, Kelly Amonte Hiller, Jesse Hubbard, Tim Nelson and Cindy Timchal. These legends, approved by the US Lacrosse Board of Directors, will be officially inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, October 20, at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, MD. There, they will join the more than 350 lacrosse greats that are in the Hall of Fame, located at the Lacrosse Museum at US Lacrosse Headquarters in Baltimore, MD.
Monday July 30, 2012 8:30AM
from Lacrosse Magazine
Sunday’s announcement was especially sweet for Hogan, the 2010 IWLCA Goalie of the Year and Syracuse’s all-time saves leader who fell short in two previous U.S. team tryouts. “By nature I’m a competitive person. When someone tells me I can’t do it, that makes me want to do it,” Hogan said. Hogan was one of five goalies retained on the 36-player roster. She and Meagher are Team USA rookies, joining veterans Devon Wills, Megan Huether and Kendall McBrearty. “It’s like being a freshman all over again, trying to find that senior that’s going to carry you through,” Hogan said.

from Inside Lacrosse
Regardless of our rooting interest, our lungs fill and most of us hold onto that breath. Even with this restraint, the stands begin to swell with noise. It grows as the fast break crosses recognizable lines and confronts an opposition. Then it is over. Depending upon the allegiance of the stadium, the conclusion is attended by an eruptive roar or the gasping release of compressed human breath. It is the end of a beautiful collaboration between the game and its fans.

from LoHud.com
“It was two very good teams,” Hudson Valley coach Lew Janavey said. “They jumped out and it went back and forth. You have a one-goal game and two-goal game. They had a very good goalie; they have very strong, physical defenders. That’s just the way it goes.”

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from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
It’s the end of July; where else would I be headed than Lake Placid, site of the annual Summit Lacrosse Tournament? 2012 marks the 23rd edition of George Leveille’s tournament that boasts 198 teams this year, crowning champs in 14 different divisions – about 450 games played on 11 fields over a period of 7 days. I’ll be up there from Sunday through Sunday . . .

from the Empire State Cup
New York City topped previously undefeated Hudson Valley, 10-8, to win the 2012 Empire State Cup lacrosse event at Central Square Stadium. The game was tied 3-3 in the first half, but New York City pulled away with four straight goals and never looked back. Michael Rastivo, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, led all scorers in the gold medal game with three goals and one assist.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Following a three-day tryout featuring more than 80 of the top women's lacrosse players in the country, US Lacrosse has announced the 36-player roster for the 2012-14 U.S. women's national senior team. This group will serve as the training team pool for the team that will defend Team USA's 2009 gold medal at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario.
Sunday July 29, 2012 11:00AM
from the Watertown Daily Times
Carthage Central School lacrosse coach Kirk A. Ventiquattro may not be a biker, but that did not stop the local motorcycle community from holding a 100-mile ride in his honor Saturday.

from the Buffalo News
Josh Babcock is a shutdown defender, one who combines aggressiveness with sharp decision making that goes from the smarts under his helmet right down to his exceptional footwork. He helped lead Hamburg to the Section VI Class B championship this year, and he will play at the University at Albany next year.

from SportsFive.net
Irondequoit "two-way" middie. Ben Brooks has announced his commitment to play at Mercyhurst University after his up-coming senior year with the Eagles.

from LoHud.com
Chris Santangelo of Rye scored three goals to lead Hudson Valley past Long Island 10-4 to earn a berth in today’s lacrosse championship game of the Empire State Cup at Central Square Stadium, just outside of Syracuse.

from Syracuse.com
John graduated in 1983 from West Genesee High School, where he was an accomplished athlete in both football and lacrosse. His lacrosse team went on to win two NY State Championships in 1982 and 1983. At Cortland State University, John received a BA in economics. His aggressive play earned him the distinction of All-American Defender for the Red Dragons in 1987.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Several young up-and-comers stood out Saturday. Johns Hopkins midfielder Taylor D’Amore (Canandaigua) picked up several nice ground balls. Tewaaraton finalist Brittany Dashiell, a midfielder for Florida, initiated aggressively from up top.

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from Empire State Cup
The top two seeds of the Empire State Cup, Hudson Valley (6-0) and New York City (5-1), will meet in the Gold Medal Game on Sunday at 12:30 PM, after winning their respective semifinal games today at Central Square Stadium outside of Syracuse, New York. The two teams met in round-robin play on Friday, with Hudson Valley squeaking away with a 6-5 win.

from the Onondaga Redhawks
Redhawks Open up the game with a 5-0 lead. They kept pressure on throughout the game. By the end of the 2nd period, the Redhawks held a 13-4 lead. The Redhawks take Game 1 of the series with a 17-5 win. Tomorrow, the team will travel to Six Nations for Game 2 and a 7pm start. (with photos)

Below, Tyler Hill scores, with the assist to Neal Powless.

from the Rochester Rattlers
The Rochester Rattlers defeated the Ohio Machine 14-13 in Sahlen’s Stadium on Saturday night to remain in the hunt for a spot in MLL’s Championship Weekend. The Rattlers used a team effort to overcome Machine A Chazz Woodson’s five goal game. Veteran M Matt Striebel had a six point night with two goals (2 2-pt goals) and two assists. Rookie Rob Rotanz scored his first career hat trick and first year Rattlers M Jordan MacIntosh had four points (three goals, one assist).

from the Hamilton Nationals
The Hamilton Nationals and Kevin Crowley both had record nights, but it was not enough to defeat one of the top teams in Major League Lacrosse. The Nationals fell 21-12 to the Denver Outlaws at Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster University.

from Indian Country Today
Gewas Schindler, the youngest General Manager in Iroquois Nationals history, is very focused on keeping the “good mind” in lacrosse and in life. A citizen of the Oneida Indian Nation and grandson of an Onondaga chief, Schindler grew up surrounded by traditional leadership, playing lacrosse as a way of life, then and now.

from PhillyLacrosse.com
“I would like to thank my parents for their support and dedication in doing everything that was necessary in helping find the right school for me. I also would like to thank my St. Joe’s coaches, Coach Gregg, Coach Coyle, Coach Lennon, and Coach McGlone and my Tri-State coaches, Coach Whitlow, Coach Crocco, and Coach Green.”

from Indian Country Today
Since 2009, Lax-4-Life Inc., a national lacrosse campaign, has continually aimed to provide and support adolescent and young adult suicide prevention programs. Most recently, Lax-4-Life received national praise when they were honored at the White House during Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move in Indian Country” initiative in 2011.

from SportsFive.net
Derek Richards has made the decision to play at D-2 powerhouse, Mercyhurst University, after his graduation next spring. The attackman has been playing on Hilton Varsity squad since his freshman year and hit the century mark for points this year after posting a 21g-39a junior season. His career totals after three years are 42g-58a.

Saturday July 28, 2012 8:30AM
from the Buffalo News
For Spring Sanders, lacrosse has provided her a way to transition into a new community, an avenue to build friendships, and a vehicle that has helped her to college. And none of it would have happened if she didn't love the sport as much as she does.

from LoHud.com
After three more seeding-round wins Friday — including one-goal decisions over New York City and Western — the Hudson Valley boys lacrosse team is the only undefeated team at the Empire State Cup tournament in Syracuse, earning the No. 1 seed for today’s semifinals.

from US Lacrosse
A very good update on helmet discussion for girls lacrosse, with a look at how the Bullis School fared after their first season wearing rugby helmets.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres announced that the 2012 World Championships have acquired Paul Rabil in exchange for Jarrett Davis. The Knighthawks swung the deal with their 2012 Championship Game opponent, the Edmonton Rush.

from the Armonk Daily Voice
It was Prime Time’s third consecutive title. The three Daniello brothers scored five of the six goals as Mike, a sophomore at Syracuse, and Chris, 24, a Syracuse graduate, scored two goals apiece. Bronxville graduate and University of Notre Dame sophomore Jack Near had Prime Time’s other goal.

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from the Empire State Cup
The playoffs begin on Saturday at the first ever Empire State Cup lacrosse event, at Central Square Stadium outside of Syracuse, New York. Top-seeded Hudson Valley is a perfect 5-0 in round-robin play, today edging New York City in a tightly-contested battle of undefeateds, before defeating Western in an overtime thriller.

from Lake Placid Lax
Plans are afoot to include this age group in the 2014 World Games in Denver, so anyone who will be 60+ in 2014 should start training now by playing on Thursday afternoon, August 2nd in Lake Placid (we will bend the age rules a little if you can prove at least one disability). If you are interested, contact Mike Held, 720-839-6994, jmikeheld@yahoo.com.

from Inside Lacrosse
The Northstar Invitational brought 150 of the top prep players in the nation to scenic Lake Placid from July 23-26. Use the arrows above to scroll through a selection of photos from the week and use the links below to see who stood out at the tournament.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Eighty-one of the best women's lacrosse players in the country will descend upon UMBC Friday through Sunday for the tryouts for the 2012-2013 U.S women's national team. From the field of 81, the selectors will choose a roster of 36 to 40 who will compete for a spot on 18-player team that will participate in the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup in Oshawa, Can.

from UNC Athletics
"The addition of Katrina Dowd to our staff brings new perspective and ideas which falls in line with our program's commitment to constantly challenge our players to reach higher levels of performance. She is an amazing player but also has the ability to teach. She is passionate about the game and helping individuals realize their potential. Katrina is a talented young coach and we are excited about her future at Carolina."

from Examiner.com
Rabil, known as "The Beast from the East," is considered among the top transition men in the game. Transition is one area that the Knighthawks have sorely lacked in the last few years so Rabil might be able change that. He had 44 points (14G + 30A) and 153 loose balls in his last full season with the Stealth in 2011. Washington then traded him to the Rush after five games last season in exchange for Athan Iannucci. But Rabil did not want to play for Edmonton and instead elected to hold out the rest of the year. Hopefully his career as a Knighthawk will be more successful.

from the Buffalo Bandits
Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced that the Bandits have acquired forward Shawn Williams, defenseman Brendon Doran, a 2012 first-round pick and two 2012 second-round picks from the Minnesota Swarm in exchange for Buffalo's first-round pick in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, pending league approval.

from Dr. Fred Opie
There was All American goalie Tom Nims (West Genesee) the father of All American attackmen Kenny. In the goal, Nimmer, as we called him, operated like a Clint Eastwood character without the aggression.
Friday July 27, 2012 8:30AM
from Tony Ventiquattro / Empire State Cup
The Hudson Valley and New York City regions are off to hot starts, as the first ever Empire State Cup lacrosse event is underway at Central Square Stadium outside of Syracuse, New York. The two teams, who are 2-0 in round-robin play, will meet on Friday at 12:30 PM as part of a busy schedule; each team will play three games to finalize Saturday's playoff seeds. Full tournament standings, schedules, results and statistics are capsulized here

from LoHud.com
Hudson Valley is off to a rolling start in this year’s Empire State Cup in Syracuse, opening the competition with victories over Central and Long Island on Thursday. The boys lacrosse team started the day with an 11-6 win over Central, the host region.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Imagine, if you will, being encouraged to do something you have been trained NOT to do your whole life. Eating dessert before dinner. Driving with no regard for the speed limit. Swinging a lacrosse stick at an opponent’s head.

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from Inside Lacrosse
The Northstar Invitational continued on Wednesday as players worked in small-sided game sessions to start the day. Unlike Tuesday's small-sided session, these were offset — each team worked on half field 4v3 and 5v4 before expanding to full field 6v5 and 7v6. The second two sessions were once again full-field 20-minute games between the teams.

from Inside Lacrosse
One of the most impressive teams at the 2011 Lake Placid tourney was the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' National High School team, which ended up winning the U-18 scholastic tourney 11-8 in a hard-fought battle against the Little Red of Ithaca High School.

from the Rochester Rattlers
The (2-9) Ohio Machine look to sweep the (6-5) Rochester Rattlers at Sahlen’s Stadium on Saturday, July 28 at 7PM. Rattler M Matt Striebel is coming off a career game in a 14-5 win against the Charlotte Hounds as he became the all-time leader in MLL regular season games played. Striebel tallied two goals and two assists in his record 133rd career game. Rochester is tied with Boston for the fourth and final playoff spot on the MLL table, and sits one game behind third place Long Island with three games left in 2012.

from the Hamilton Nationals
The Hamilton Nationals begin a three game homestand this weekend. The Nationals will host the Denver Outlaws on Saturday, July 28th at 7:00 p.m. The game will be carried live on ESPN3.

from Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Thursday it will host the 2013 MLL All-Star Game on July 13, 2013 at the American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. The stadium is home to the Charlotte Hounds, a 2012 MLL expansion team. This will mark the first time Major League Lacrosse will host a league special event in Charlotte.

from NLL.com
A young lacrosse player from the Pacific Northwest is recovering from a nearly fatal accident. Less than two weeks ago, 9-year old Travis Anderson of Snohomish, Washington nearly drowned in the Pilchuck River during a family outing. He spent 10 days in a medically induced coma, battling pneumonia while his family and friends prayed for his survival and recovery.

from Dr. Fred Opie
Reflecting on a question a reporter asked me about recent National Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee Tim Nelson. Was he the best player at Syracuse when you played? I informed the reporter that those 84 and 85 teams were stacked!
Thursday July 26, 2012 9:00AM
from LaxAllStars.com
Rosters from the 2013, 2014, and 2015 all star games at Hotbeds. Some 2016s played in the 2015 all star game. Recognize any names?

from metroWNY.com
The Buffalo Bandits have long been a centerpiece for the popularity of the sport of lacrosse in Western New York. These days, some former players are helping to maintain that tradition, while making it attempting to make it stronger. A group of highly-experienced coaches, including former Bandits Joe Smith and Frank Resetarits got together about three years ago to start Champion Lacrosse, which provides instruction and high-level competition for a collection of local high school lacrosse players.

from StlToday.com
Banks, an All American player at Syracuse in his college days, says he is excited to bring LB3 Lacrosse to the St Louis area, “We’ve had a summer camp here for seven years and I have always thought St Louis would be a great place for our program.

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from Lacrosse Magazine
Mission accomplished! After a turbulent start during round robin play, our team really came together to accomplish the goals we put in place over a year ago when we tried out for the U.S. under-19 men's national team.

from LaxPower
Marist, Siena Women, Hobart, Siena Men heading from Upstate.

from Inside Lacrosse
One of the most remarkable aspects of these junior college mentors is how quickly they transformed their often-challenged young men. Wehrum says: “We had to turn freshmen, who had probably screwed up, perhaps were not motivated, into ‘seniors’ in one year. They graduated from us to DI and rigorous academics at great schools.”
Wehrum also pursued Canadians before that trend. He benefited from mentors like Roy Simmons Jr., Tom Hall, Mike Messere and Sid Jamieson, who bestowed their essential appreciation for the Native roots. Herkimer uncovered jewels from upstate reservations that others missed.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
A group of dedicated Rochester Knighthawks’ fans will try to make history this weekend. The Fann Cup team of the reigning NLL Champions will travel to Blaine, Minn., to take part in the 11th Annual Fann Cup. The Krewhawks are bidding to become the first Fann Cup team to win a Championship the same year their NLL team wins the Champion’s Cup.

from Dr. Fred Opie
I received a call yesterday from a reporter from Lacrosse Magazine. He’s doing a story on recent Hall of Fame inductee Tim Nelson who I played against in high school and with at Syracuse University in the 1980s just before the arrival of the Gait Twins. The reporter asked me a question, which has led to the subject of this post a few more to come: Was Tim the team the best player on the team?

Wednesday July 25, 2012 9:15AM

from LoHud.com
Hudson Valley is not your typical travel lacrosse team. While there are plenty of summer lacrosse teams in this area, Hudson Valley has a singular purpose. The 23-man squad, including players from Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, will be in Syracuse Thursday to begin its quest for the Empire State Cup.

from the Onondaga Redhawks
The Redhawks will face off vs the Six Nations Slash - Friday July 27th at 8:30.

from the Onondaga Redhawks
The Onondaga Redhawks are proud to announce that Friday's playoff game vs. the Six Nations Slash will be broadcast live on LiveSportsVideo.com.

from Inside Lacrosse
Play began at the Northstar Invitational on Tuesday. The first session gave players a chance to show off their speed and agility as they were each timed in a 40-yard dash, 100-yard sprint, 300-yard endurance run and a pro agility test. The 150 players in attendance, ranging from the class of 2014-2016, were first given a speech by Ron Greenfield, a certified personal trainer who runs No Limits Fitness in New York and led the Northstar players through the various tests throughout the morning.

from the GULL
In Week 6 of The GULL, the brutal heat of July continued. The women’s division started off the day with a nice win for the Pink Team. The final score read 15-10, Pink Team. The second game of the women’s division was a close one. With the girls battling to the end, they headed into overtime. The final score of the game was 14-13, Red Team with the W.

from The Airdrie Echo
Like most Canadian lacrosse players, the pair play the box game during the spring and summer. But they each admit to enjoying field lacrosse - the game played in the U.S. - more. “Field is really fun to play,” said Granley, who is headed to Grade 10 at St. Martin de Porres High School next year. “You have so much more time and space on the field and can do more abstract stuff.”

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from Lacrosse Magazine
A balanced offense and outstanding second-half goaltending by Chelsey Sidaras led Team Freedom to a 16-13 win over Liberty in the championship game of the 2012 Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Freedom went 4-0 over the three-day event which featured 80 of the top high school players from around the country.

from PhillyLacrosse.com
Representing Upstate, Defenseman David Gullen (2015) - Baldwinsville, NY.

from Inside Lacrosse
Kendell Vecchio, M, Watertown (N.Y.) has verbally committed to Johns Hopkins. As a junior, Vecchio earned second-team all-region honors posting 21 goals, 18 assists, 107 groundballs and 64% from face-offs. Vecchio has also played attack in his career. This past summer Vecchio played for Team United, coached by Ric Beardsley and Steve Carcaterra, participating in Summer Slam (Pa.), MVP Tournament, Syracuse Shootout and Upstate Classic, making all-star honors at MVP and Summer Slam. Vecchio had attended General Brown H.S. but joins Watertown this fall.

from Marist Athletics
The Marist Women's Lacrosse program under the leadership of third-year Head Coach Jessica O'Brien announced on Tuesday the incoming freshmen class for the women's lacrosse team that will take the field for the first time collegiately in the spring of 2013.

from Major League Lacrosse
On Saturday July 28th, the Rochester Rattlers will be partnering with Urology Associates of Rochester and GoBuyRochester.com to hold the first-ever Rattlers men’s health helmet auction. The auction will feature special edition, game-worn, autographed helmets, and will run online from July 28th through August 4th at GoBuyRochester.com. All proceeds from the auction will go to benefit two organizations involved in the fight against prostate cancer: the Lipson Cancer Center at Rochester General Hospital and ZERO: The Project to End Prostate Cancer.

from Lacrosse.com
Be a part of the selection process for the 2012 LACROSSE.COM All-MLL Team.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Two-time defending national champion Yellow Jackets Team 1 (N.Y.) earned the top seed, cruising past Be More Lax (Md.), Triple Threat National (Calif.) and Lonestar (Texas). The Long Island Liberty (N.Y.), Yellow Jackets Team 2, Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.) and Top of the Bay (Md.) round out the top five seeds, each with a 3-0 record. Cardinal (Va.) and the StickBenders (Fla.) each posted 2-0-1 marks on the day.
Tuesday July 24, 2012 12:15PM

from Inside Lacrosse
Kyle Miller, the former Cornell University goaltender and backstop for Team Canada at the 2006 FIL World Lacrosse Championships, continues his valient effort to fight a rare form of bone cancer known as osteogenic sarcoma, which is one of the most common forms of cancer in children younger than 15.

from Inside Lacrosse
Hello again, this weekend the Top Gun's program traveled up to Baldwinsville, New York (not far from Syracuse University) where we participated in the Star Spangled Girls Lacrosse Tournament. Although the car ride was long we still had a really great time.

from Inside Lacrosse
Two-day lacrosse camp instructed by Division I, II, and III collegiate-level lacrosse players. The Horseheads varsity lacrosse coach, Elmira College coach, and many other community lacrosse coaches will be also instructing the boys.

from Lacrosse Magazine
It’s not something teams like to make a habit of, but Team Freedom seemed completely comfortable playing from behind on day two of the Champion Girls’ All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event. Freedom rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the morning to beat Liberty 20-8, and then came back from a 9-4 hole against Pride to win 14-13 in the afternoon.

from Lacrosse Magazine
The U.S. U19 men's national team beat Canada 10-8 to keep alive the streak of winning each of the seven world competitions contested since 1988.

from Inside Lacrosse
Led by Colgate at #1, seven of the top 17 fastest-paced schools call Upstate home.

If the devil is the details, in sports those details tend to be statistics. Luckily Inside Lacrosse statistics guru Brian Coughlin has been tracking pace of play trends for several seasons and has developed a unique yet comprehensive formula to determine the pace of play for Division I teams based on average offensive and defensive possessions per game.

from The Palladium Times
Mikayla Place netted 12 goals and Kaitlyn Armstrong scored 10 to lead Oswego Pink to a 27-17 victory over Fulton recently in a varsity level game Summer Girls Lacrosse League action at the 481 Northeast Sports Source complex.

from Inside Lacrosse
“I still feel as strong about this university and our program as I did when I came on board,” he said Monday afternoon. Among the strongest reasons to remain assured is the NCAA mandate that with the fine and other sanctions, no program besides football would experience a drop in funding, be it for scholarships, budget, travel or any other expense.

from TCPalm.com
The 16-year-old lacrosse player from Jensen Beach cracks a little smile as the opposing players, coaches and fans are left scratching their heads at what just happened. Perhaps they figured they would take it easy on him at first — give him a little head start, let him feel good about himself and then take the ball from him. But the whistle blows for the next faceoff and moments later Jackson has scored again.

from the Positive Coaching Alliance
Hear from Dr. Jeff Mjaanes (Director of the Chicago Sports Concussion Clinic and sports medicine physician, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush), Mike Overturf (president of the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association) and Jim Osborne (Member of the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists, volunteer at the Council on Brain Injury and certified PCA Trainer) on the latest in concussions research, prevention, signs/symptoms and treatment.

Monday July 23, 2012 9:35PM
from JustLacrosse
The John Pepper Memorial Athletic Fund, now in its 11th year, is proud to announce that Scott Sidnam is the recipient of the fifth annual John Pepper Memorial Award. Scott is a resident of Camillus and a 2012 graduate of West Genesee High School. He is the son of Fran and Lisa Sidnam of Camillus, NY and was the goalie for the Wildcats. Scott will attend Ithaca College this fall and plans to continue his lacrosse career playing for the Bombers and Coach Jeff Long.

from JustLacrosse
The John Pepper Boys Lacrosse Tournaments are almost here! The 9th Annual John Pepper Wildcat Invitational for high school varsity teams and the 11th annual John Pepper Lacrosse Tournament for 10th grade and under will take place on Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th respectively.

The John Pepper Memorial Tournament was established in memory of John who was tragically taken in an automobile accident in 2001. In 2002 a group of people, friends of the Pepper family, gathered together to start a lacrosse tournament in memory of John Pepper. The proceeds from the tournament promote the sport of lacrosse in the local community including the annual John Pepper Award.

from Lacrosse Magazine
When Mother Nature relinquished control of the Champion Girls' All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event, back to the talented players Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, future Duke University Blue Devils made their presence felt the most.

Irondequoit's Lisa Rogers had an assist in the Team Freedom victory. She is headed to Syracuse in the Fall.

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from LaxPower
Oneonta State Director of Athletics Tracey Ranieri has announced that Alison Pollock has been selected as the women's lacrosse coach. Pollock served as the interim coach this past season and led the Red Dragons to a turnaround season with an overall record of 12-4. Pollock helped guide the women to an 8-0 start in 2012, which was the program's best start in its history. At the end of the season, Synapse Sports chose her as the Division III Coach of the Year.

Sunday July 22, 2012 12:15PM

from YNN.com
Some of the greatest athletes say that they got their start playing sports as kids and that's why the Jamesville-DeWitt Youth Athletics Association thinks it's so important to make sports accessible at an early age. As YNN's Erin Clarke tells us, the organization held a lacrosse festival that brought in about 1400 players to raise money for youth sports. (Video 1:44)

from the Watertown Daily Times
Plenty of lacrosse balls were flying through the air during Saturday’s annual 1812 Shootout at Madison Barracks.

from X-Plode Productions / YouTube

from X-Plode Productions / YouTube

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from PhillyLacrosse.com
Albie DiPasquale scored with less than 10 seconds to play as Rochester successfully defended its Brine National Lacrosse Classic High School title, beating Washington, D.C. 6-5, today at the Maryland Soccerplex.

from the Hamilton Nationals
The Hamilton Nationals were eliminated from the Major League Lacrosse Playoff Race following a 19-12 loss to the Long Island Lizards tonight at James M. Shuart Stadium. Hamilton (3-8) needed to win its final four games to guarantee a playoff berth for the second straight season and third time in the franchise’s four-year history. Long Island, however, ended the Nationals’ postseason aspirations to improve to 7-4.

Rookie Tommy Palasek notched career highs (six) in goals and points (seven), go to along with five-point efforts from Stephen Peyser (3+2+0) and Max Seibald (2+3). Hamilton got four goals from David Earl, three goals from Stephen Keogh and three-point nights from Joe Resetarits (2+1) and Brodie Merrill (1+2).

from the Steuben Courier
Bath Youth Lacrosse sent 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8 teams to Sackets Harbor this past weekend to compete in the 1812 Shoot out. Each Bath team was placed in an 18 team bracket with the 5/6 and 7/8 teams playing on Saturday and the 3/4 playing on Sunday.
Saturday July 21, 2012 8:30AM
from the Watertown Daily Times
From Lt. Col. Robert Ryan, who serves as player/coach, to several other officers, sergeants, enlisted personnel as well as a few civilians make up the squad in its first season in the North Country Lacrosse League. The 10th Mountain Division contingent is one of five teams competing this year in the NCLL, which has become a summer tradition on evenings on the fields at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

from Inside Lacrosse
22 collegiate men’s lacrosse programs, 10,000 supporters and a large group of volunteers will descend upon Nick’s home field, Ridley High School to be apart of the 6th Annual Nicholas Colleluori Classic.

This year the Division I line-up includes the following programs: Colgate University, High Point University, Hofstra University, Lehigh University, Marist College, Marquette University, University of Michigan, Mount St. Mary’s University, Robert Morris University, St. Joseph’s University and Villanova University

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from Lacrosse Magazine
US Lacrosse announced Friday the U.S. men's national senior team roster for the "Duel in Denver." Team USA will face Team Canada Sept. 8, 2012, in an exhibition game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. The game will take place at 7 p.m. Mountain time and will feature the top two lacrosse teams in the world.

from Syracuse Athletics
Former Syracuse University midfielders Matt Abbott and Steven Brooks have been named to the U.S. roster for the "Duel in Denver," an exhibition game that pits Team USA against Canada on Sept. 8, 2012 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

from the Rochester Rattlers
Rattlers M Matt Striebel became the all-time leader in MLL regular season games played in Rochester’s 14-5 win over the Charlotte Hounds on Friday, July 20th in Sahlen’s Stadium. Striebel led Rochester with two goals and two assists in his 133rd career game. Rookie Roy Lang added two goals and two assists and Rattlers star A Ned Crotty had two goals and one assist in the victory.

from Inside Lacrosse
The 2012 Northstar Invitational will bring 150 of the top players from across the nation in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes to Lake Placid for three days. The roster of players spans all corners of the country, ranging from the traditional hotbed areas of New York and Maryland to Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia and Illinois to emerging hotbeds of California, Texas, Minnesota, Georgia and Michigan.

from The Palladium Times
Former Oswego High School varsity boys lacrosse players are invited to play in this year’s Buc Lacrosse Alumni Game at noon July 28 at the turf field on Route 481.

from The Brighton-Pittsford Post
Mackenzie Jordan stands on the field demonstrating the correct technique for getting a ground ball. In front of her stands 40 youth lacrosse players, eager to try out the skill for themselves.

from metroWNY.com
The Buffalo Bandits have long been a centerpiece in the popularity of the sport of lacrosse in Western New York. These days, some former players are helping to keep that tradition getting stronger and stronger. A group of highly-experienced coaches, including former Bandits Joe Smith and Frank Resetaritss started Champion Lacrosse about three years ago.
Friday July 20, 2012 9:00AM
from the Hamilton Nationals
The Hamilton Nationals will travel to Long Island to play the Lizards at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 21st. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network. (pdf)

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from Donnie Webb / The Post-Standard
Section III champions Jamesville-DeWitt and Liverpool are among the high school boys lacrosse teams scheduled to participate in the John Pepper Memorial Lacrosse Tournament July 28-29 in Camillus. Teams from Georgia and North Carolina are also back to participate in the annual tournaments.

from LaxPower
Head coach Heather Young and the Colgate women's lacrosse program will be welcoming seven newcomers to the team in the Class of 2016. The incoming freshmen are all from the Northeast with four New Jersey natives, while there are rookies from Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania.

from The Chronicle Express
Action in the boys box league last week. Brian Hobart and Jason Paige are once again coaching the boys leagues. Starting with the middle schoolers sixth-eighth grade skills and games between Trombley Tires, Coach and Equipment and the Remax teams were competitive and well attended.

from Inside Lacrosse
For their game Friday vs. Charlotte that'll help determine whether Rochester move solidly toward a playoff spot or the Hounds are chomping at their heels, the Rattlers will wear a custom helmet that'll be auctioned for charity.

from TheRecord.com
Steve Dietrich has been retired from the National Lacrosse League for two seasons, but the 18-year pro continues to make waves. The 42-year-old Kitchener man they call “Chugger” was named general manager of the Buffalo Bandits on Thursday.

from US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse will bring four lacrosse events and more than 1,400 athletes to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., next week as the Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event, and the fourth annual US Lacrosse Under-15 National Championships, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, join the ESPNHS Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Thursday July 19, 2012 8:00AM
from the Buffalo News
How did Hamburg land six out of the 14 picks on the 2012 All-Western New York boys lacrosse team? They were that good.

from the Buffalo News
The fourth Tom Borrelli Memorial Award Golf Tournament will feature the presentation of new awards and scholarships for the second straight year. The Borrelli Award will be presented to the top senior boys player and top senior girls player in Western New York (the girls award was added last year).

from Inside Lacrosse
It is that time of year again. Time for some of us crazy “old guys” to strap on our helmets and pretend we’re still D-I caliber athletes… In less than three weeks the Big Red Steelheads will take the field with not one, but two teams, playing in the most competitive divisions in the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse tournament – the preeminent club lacrosse tournament on the East Coast, if not the country.

from NLL.com
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) and the Professional Lacrosse Player's Association (PLPA) have announced that the parties have reached accord with on a new one-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) covering the 2013 NLL season. The terms for the agreement were negotiated during a July 12th bargaining session held in Buffalo, NY. The parties have also agreed to continue negotiating on a long-term CBA for the 2014 season and beyond.

from Major League Lacrosse
As MLL gears up for Week 11, the fight for playoff spots is becoming more imminent. No teams are currently eliminated from a playoff run and no team has secured a spot, but this weekend will likely change that. Here, MLL breaks down the playoff scenarios for each team in Week 11

from the Rochester Knighthawks
World Championships give communities a sense of pride and accomplishment. For the National Lacrosse League Rochester Knighthawks, the Champion’s Cup Tour has shown them that their fanbase extends far beyond the team’s home in western New York.

from Upper Deck
The game of lacrosse is in the midst of an exponential growth in the United States, and the impact continues to be felt across the sports landscape. The attendance at the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship is up almost 300% from two decades ago and the game has done what the Manifest Destiny did some 200 years ago by rapidly sweeping west across the United States. While the collegiate game has generated a larger fan base than Major League Lacrosse, Upper Deck plans to bridge that gap.

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from Binghamton Athletics
Head coach Scott Nelson announced his first recruiting class at Binghamton signing 14 incoming players for the upcoming 2013 spring campaign. This group offers a sizable amount of versatility, specifically on offense, where six midfielders and four attackers are set to join the program.

from US Lacrosse/Rochester Chapter
Using a grant from US Lacrosse and matching funds from the Rochester Knighthawks, the US Lacrosse Rochester Chapter's ROC-E6 program held a January 2012 clinic at Total Sports Experience for inner city youths.

from Casey Vock / Inside Lacrosse
ILPreps was in Syracuse this past weekend, where the annual Nike Upstate Risings event was held at Hennninger High School (right near my old stomping ground of Eastwood). The event brings most of the best rising players from New York's Section 3 (Syracuse/Central NY), Section 4 (Southern Tier), Section 5 (Rochester/Finger Lakes region) and Section 6 (Buffalo/Western NY) to compete in front of a bunch of college recruiters. The event is broken into three classes: rising sophomores (2015), rising juniors (2014) and rising seniors (2013).

from Inside Lacrosse
The in-depth and nuanced look at the Pace of Play issues in the collegiate ranks produced some intriguing conversations and a collection of varying opinions about what may or may not be wrong, but even more interesting was some of the theories on how the game could be tweaked to quicken the pace.

from Major League Lacrosse
With this week’s game against the Charlotte Hounds (3-7), Striebel hopes to claim the title of All-Time Games Played by competing in his 133rd career MLL game. The Rattlers will host the Hounds at Sahlen's Stadium this Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised locally and on ESPN3.

from the Rochester Rattlers
The Rochester Rattlers have turned around their season with a 3-1 run after their 2-4 start to the season. They are currently one game behind the Boston Cannons and Long Island Lizards for the fourth and final Major League Lacrosse playoff spot with four games left in the regular season. On Friday, July 20th the Rattlers host the Charlotte Hounds in Sahlen’s Stadium at 7PM. Charlotte has a 3-7 record in their first year in the league, but one of those three wins came against first place Chesapeake.

from The Palladium Times
Eric Cooper netted four goals as Oswego Sub Shop edged Dain-Cullinan 12-11 recently in Oswego Box Lacrosse League action. Steve Czarnecki notched three goals, while Matt Donovan and Eric Witmer scored two each. Brian Witmer added one goal.

Wednesday July 18, 2012 9:15AM
from the Onondaga Redhawks
The 2nd seeded Onondaga Redhawks open up the 2012 Can-Am playoffs against Niagara on Friday at 8:30.

from MML / YouTube
Chantel McCabe caught up with Jeremy (Baldwinsville) to discuss his both his careers and how he balances them.

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from Inside Lacrosse
ILGear.com recently took another road trip, rolling with @ILPreps to Canada for a couple days then over to Syracuse for the Nike Upstate Risings event at Henninger HS, which pools most of the best players from New York's Sections 3, 4, 5 and 6 high schools for one day of competition and a chance to get in front of a bunch of college recruiters.

from US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse is accepting applications for the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Team support staff and medical staff through Sunday, July 29. Support staff openings include general manager, assistant general manager, equipment manager and videographer. Open medical staff positions include head athletic trainer and assistant athletic trainer.

from Inside Lacrosse
The Big Red Steeleheads' uniforms are in production and the team won’t get them until the end of July in advance of Lake Placid, rest assured — they're sublimated and the tanks are reversible.

from Bentley Athletics
[Meredith] Hart was a three-year starter and senior captain at Fairport High, earning a second team All-County selection as a junior. A defensive midfielder, she was a three-time New York State Scholar Athlete and represented Western New York at the US Lacrosse National Tournament.

[Caitlin] White captained Irondequoit High as a senior and earned All-Conference honors her sophomore season. She was among the team leaders in goals, assists and ground balls as a junior and senior while taking on a defensive role. But Medeiros envisions using her dodging abilities and athleticism in the midfield.

from The Chronicle Express
The fifth annual Herb Fitch Lacrosse Senior All-Star Games allowed the top lacrosse players in Section 5 to play in one last high school game before they go off to college. The boys and the girls games were held Saturday at Sahlen’s Stadium.
Tuesday July 17, 2012 8:30AM
from The GULL
With temperatures reaching the 90’s in Week 5 of The GULL, we had some heated games ending in one goal victories. The Five Eight Five Guys vs. Teen Mom was the first game to lead off the men’s division. The score was tight in the first half but the halftime score of 4-1 showed that the defending champion, Teen Mom, was not ready to give up their title.

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from Syracuse Athletics
The BIG EAST Conference and Syracuse University today announced that both organizations have reached an agreement on Syracuse's departure from the BIG EAST and move to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Under the terms of the agreement reached between the BIG EAST and Syracuse, the BIG EAST members will vote, in accordance with the BIG EAST's bylaws, to terminate Syracuse's membership in the BIG EAST effective July 1, 2013, at which point Syracuse will join the ACC. In addition to other consideration, Syracuse will make a total cash payment to the BIG EAST of $7.5 million.

from Dave Rahme / The Post-Standard
Call it the land of the giants. The addition of the Syracuse University men’s lacrosse team to the Atlantic Coast Conference will create a five-team alliance that has won 23 of the 42 national-championship games played since the NCAA began overseeing the sport in 1971. “Lacrosse-wise, you aren’t going to find any better competition than you will in the ACC,” SU coach John Desko said.

from Ivy League Sports
The Ivy League presidents accepted a series of recommendations made by the League's Multi-Sport Concussion Review Committee aimed at limiting the incidence of concussion in men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s soccer.

from Inside Lacrosse
Inside Lacrosse's Prep Files continues with Canandaigua Academy midfielder Kendall D'Amore, who has committed to Penn for the class of 2013.

from Lacrosse Magazine
In its third and final match of the North American Challenge Cup, the U.S. women's national team got its toughest challenge of the tournament Sunday, rallying from a first-half deficit to defeat Canada White 15-11.

from the Buffalo Bandits
The National Lacrosse League today released the six nominees for the NLL Hall of Fame Class of 2012, three of which represent the Buffalo Bandits. For the first time in NLL history, a team is among the nominees, as the 1993 Buffalo Bandits have been nominated for induction. The other two former Bandits nominated are goaltender Steve Dietrich and forward Chris Driscoll.

from Inside Lacrosse
Rhino Lacrosse plows it's way into the Gear Zone with their sick Cascade Pro 7 lids wrapped up by none other than HeadWrapz.

Rhino Lacrosse was founded in 2005 in Portland, Oregon, by professional lacrosse player and instructor Ryan Powell. Ryan is the first fully endorsed Nike lacrosse athlete. In 2010 he was captain of Team USA when they won the Gold in the FIL World Lacrosse Championship.
Monday July 16, 2012 8:30AM
from the Onondaga Redhawks
Despite having a short bench, Onondaga ends its regular season with a 12-10 win over Niagara in Fort Erie, Ontario. With the Redhawks leading 11-5 after the 2nd period, the Niagara Hawks tried staging a comeback in the third but could get no closer than two goals down.

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from SportsFive.net
Churchville-Chili rising junior attackman, Trevor Hodgins announced today that has made a verbal commitment yo play at Ohio State after his graduation in 2014. The prolific offensive midfielder started playing on the Saints' Varsity team as an eighth grader, scoring 13g-8a. In his freshman season he added 30g-30a and last season he scored 38g-19a and was named to the Monroe County D3 All League first team midfield.

from Lacrosse Magazine
In the final minute of the U.S. women's national team's 21-4 win Saturday over Canada Red, Canadian goalkeeper Katie Donohoe stepped out of the crease to pick off a pass. She gained possession but had only a few seconds to enjoy it before American attackers Kelly Berger and Katie Rowan pounced on her and forced a turnover.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Most weekdays, U.S. women's national team midfielder Jenn Russell rises early and either lifts or runs before she goes to work. After putting in eight hours as a prospect manager for the annual giving team at the development office at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, she'll lift or run, whichever one she didn't do in the morning, and put in some time playing wall ball.

from Major League Lacrosse
After losing on their home field against the Ohio Machine on Friday night, the Hamilton Nationals returned the favor on Saturday night and earned a 14-12 victory over Ohio at Selby Stadium. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Nationals and marked their first win since June 9 against Rochester. Meanwhile, the Machine lost for the sixth time in the last seven games.

from Inside Lacrosse
Optometrist, Dr. Robert Buonfiglio, drops some knowledge on ILGear about eye-hand, eye-foot and eye-body coordination.
Sunday July 15, 2012 9:45AM
from Andy Malnoske / WENY
WENY-TV Sports pays tribute to retired Corning lacrosse coach Bob Streeten in the feature piece, 31 Years of Glory.

from 13WHAM.com
You must choose "Sports - Local" from the dropdown box just below, left of the video player.

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from The Henrietta Post
The fifth annual Herb Fitch Lacrosse Senior All-Star Games allowed the top lacrosse players in Section 5 to play in one last high school game before they go off to college. The boys and the girls games were held Saturday at Sahlen’s Stadium. The White team won the girls game 13-7 and the White team won the boys game 18-12.

from
The Chesapeake Bayhawks dealt the Rochester Rattlers their first home defeat 13-7 at Sahlen’s Stadium on Saturday, July 14. Bayhawk midfielder Michael Kimmel finished with four assists and a goal, and attackman Danny Glading added two assists and two goals. Attackman Kevin Leveille led the Rattlers in points notching three goals. The Rattlers now sit in fifth place on the MLL table, one game behind Boston and Long Island, for the final playoff spot. The loss ends the Rattler’s three-game winning streak.

from the Hamilton Nationals
The Hamilton Nationals edged the Ohio Machine 14-12 tonight to stay alive in the Major League Lacrosse Playoff race. With the victory, the Nationals split the home-and-home series with the Machine. Hamilton improved to 3-7 with the win, and Ohio fell to 2-8.

Saturday July 14, 2012 8:00AM
from the Watertown Daily Times
The lacrosse community again showed its tradition of rallying around its members on Friday in Carthage’s second annual fundraiser to help former players in need. This year, proceeds of the event, which included four alumni games, went to assist former Carthage High School players Sara Gallagher and Travis Ames.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Goals: USA - Etrasco 6, Dowd 3, Schwarzmann 2, Bullard 2, Tumolo 2, Zimmermann 2, Rowan, Berger, LaGrow.

Assists: USA - Rowan 4, Schwarzmann 2, Bullard, Carey, Dowd, Hertsch, Tumolo, Walker.

from the Democrat & Chronicle
As a Divison III athlete, Jordan MacIntosh faced an uphill battle in becoming a professional lacrosse player. He has also evolved into a professional repairman, mending, restoring and reviving every lacrosse team he has played for. The 22-year-old RIT graduate’s latest project: the Rochester Rattlers.

from the Hamilton Nationals
The Hamilton Nationals’ final shot was smothered by Ohio Machine goalie Brian Phipps in a 13-12 loss tonight at Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster University. It was the second one-goal in past four games for the Nats.

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from Lacrosse Magazine
Urick went 223-99 and led the Hoyas to 11 straight NCAA tournaments from 1997 to 2007, including a final four appearance in 1999, but have not made the playoffs since. Georgetown was 7-6 in 2012. Urick never had a losing season at the helm. He will remain with the university as a special assistant to the athletic director.

from the Rochester Rattlers
The Rattlers will be hosting both the boys and girls Herb Fitch Section V lacrosse Senior All Star games before their game against the Bayhawks at 7 PM. The girls will take the field at 1:30, and the boys will start at 3:30. Final rosters for the girls’ team and the boys’ team are available. Photographs and order forms will be available from US Lacrosse online after the games. All proceeds will go to fund US Lacrosse activities. Fans can purchase tickets that include both All Star games and the Rattlers game for $10.

UOLL - Lacrosse video from james domroe on Vimeo.

from Inside Lacrosse
Former Towson University All-American Joe Smith, who went on to play in Major League Lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League and later competed in the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, is focused these days on coaching young players in his old stomping ground of Western NY.

from Dr. Fred Opie
According to seven time Australian National Team Midfielder (wow, that’s got be a record!) and two time Adelphi University All American, Gordon Purdie credits allot of what he learned about lacrosse as a youth player from Croton native and University of Maryland All American midfielder Clay Johnson.

from Inside Lacrosse
Among the other things was Charlotte's surprising upset over Chesapeake, and middie Jovan Miller stopped by to discuss the win and his season as a Hound.

Friday July 13, 2012 10:30AM
from JustLacrosse
Here are some of the rosters for Saturday's Upstate Risings Tournament being held at Henninger HS beginning at 10AM. Teams are from NY Sections 3-6. The round-robin style tournament will consist of two 23-minute halves with a 5-minute halftime, with no overtime.

from SportsFive.net
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle announced their 2012 All-Greater Rochester Lacrosse team today. The list features the top sixteen players and another seventy-four honorable mentions were led by Fairport senior goalie, Blaze Rioden who was named "Player of the Year".

from Lake Placid Lacrosse
Last year, we had four locations in play. This year we are down to three. We no longer will have any games played at The Barkeater Inn which was a little bit out of the way. Our three field locations are: North Elba Athletic Fields (1-6, Main Tent), North Elba Horse Show Ground (7,8,9) and The Northwood School (10, 11). All fields are within 5-7 minutes of each other.

from LaxLessions.com
There was plenty of drama in this year’s fourth annual Long Island Showcase, with both the Rising Senior and Rising Junior games being decided by one goal. A goal by Casey Hickey on a sidearm shot from the perimeter in transition gave Suffolk a 6-5 overtime win in the Rising Senior game. Needless to say, that performance led to increased recruiting interest in the Westhampton midfielder, who committed to Marist this week.

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from JustLacrosse
On June 23, the Loveland Box Lacrosse League (CINCINNATI, OH) opened the first dedicated outdoor box lacrosse facility in the Midwest. Since 2006, 180-200 youth through HS boys have been playing ‘virtual’ box lacrosse in Loveland every summer (box rules with box goal & box goalies, but no box). Director Mike Cotsonas (LaFayette) led the effort to complete the project and bring a true outdoor box facility to the Midwest. (with link to dedication video)

from Inside Lacrosse
Matt Lane, A, Montclair Kimberly (N.J.) has verbally committed to Syracuse. The 6-foot-8 attackman finished the high school season with 37 goals and 63 assists, helping his team win the Waterman Division, Prep B Tournament and first Non-Public B State championship. Earned first-team all-conference and other honors. Plays for NJ Diesel, and participated in the MVP Team Camp, Crab City Challenge, Tri-State National and Hofstra Blue & Gold camp. Also attended Jake Reed NIke Blue Chip Rising Seniors camp.

from The Sun News
The U.S. women’s national lacrosse team’s visit to Hamburg on Tuesday (July 10) wasn’t just a convenient stop on the way to a tournament in Canada, it was also an opportunity for a community to embrace a game it’s already quite fond of and many of its youngsters and coaches to learn from and watch the best this country has to offer in the sport.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Gathered at picnic tables, the U.S. women's national team shared a farm-to-table meal next to the fields where they had picked their own vegetables just before eating Wednesday. After they finished, and as the sun slipped behind the rows of corn, an important era in Team USA history ended and another began.

from Inside Lacrosse
ILWomen's "Meet the U.S. National Team" series continues with Syracuse attacker and 2012 Tewaaraton finalist Michelle Tumolo.

from Lacrosse Magazine
England will host its third Women's World Cup in 2017 when the event moves to Guildford, Surrey, the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) announced Thursday. Previous World Cups in England were in 1982 and 2001.

from Dave Rahme / The Post-Standard
Future Syracuse University lacrosse players Jeff Desko, nephew of Orange head coach John Desko, and Ryan Palasek have been selected to play in the Champion All-American Showcase later this month in Florida as part of the ESPNHS Games.

from Half Hollows Hills Patch
Powerhouse attack-man Jesse Parker verbally committed to play lacrosse for Division I Binghamton University this week. The rising senior at Half Hollow Hills High School East scored 60 goals and made 24 assists this past season for a total of 84 points, ranking him the fifth top scorer on Long Island.

from the Rochester Rattlers
The Rochester Rattlers have won three consecutive games, and they are now two games behind first place Chesapeake in the Major League Lacrosse standings. They host the Bayhawks on Saturday, July 14th at 7 PM in Sahlen’s Stadium with a chance to cut Chesapeake’s lead at the top even further. The game marks the beginning of a four game home stand for the Rattlers in Sahlen’s Stadium.

from the Hamilton Nationals
The Hamilton Nationals will embark on a home-and-home series with the expansion Ohio Machine on Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th. The Friday game marks the inaugural meeting between the two teams, and will start at 7:30 p.m. at McMaster University. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

from Major League Lacrosse
For his renowned contributions to the personal fitness industry, MLL Founder Jake Steinfeld was selected by Coca-Cola as an official Olympic torch-bearer in preparation for the upcoming Summer Olympics in London. Steinfeld was honored to carry the Olympic torch through the streets of Reading, England early Wednesday morning.
Thursday July 12, 2012 9:00AM
from Lacrosse Magazine
While its brave U.S. under-19 men's counterpart travel across the Atlantic to Turku, Finland for the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 World Championship, a 24-player U.S. women's national touring team is taking a much shorter international trip to Oshawa, Ontario, for the North American Challenge Cup. Team USA will play Canada and the Haudenosaunee this weekend at the Civic Recreation Complex.

from the Democrat & Chronicle
Shortly before their season opener, Irondequoit assistant coach Sarah DePeters delivered a message to Lisa Rogers. A former Irondequoit player herself, DePeters wanted Rogers to know what she and coach Mike Smock thought of the senior midfielder. “We think you’re the best player in Section V,” DePeters said, “and now you have to go out and prove it.”

from the Democrat & Chronicle
The guys on the Fairport boys lacrosse team call the team’s fun-loving goalie “Meatball.” No one is sure why. They also call Blaze Riorden “King,” for more apparent reasons. “He’s just the man,” Fairport senior Derek DeJoe said. “He gets it done. Standing in front of 90 mile per hour shots is not something I want to do. He steps up when it matters.”

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from Inside Lacrosse
Hamilton Nationals coach Regy Thorpe started off quietly in the weekly Major League Lacrosse coaches' conference call. "I don't have much to say; we're a 2-6 team. I don't have much to say." he said for his opening statement.

from Dave Rahme / The Post-Standard
Three future Syracuse University lacrosse players are among 40 of the nation’s top high school lacrosse players selected by a panel of lacrosse experts and coaches to compete in the 2012 ESPNHS Warrior 40 Competition.

from Inside Lacrosse
Here are the rosters for [last night's] Maverik Showtime All-Star Games, which will take place at Western Connecticut State University. At 6:30, the 2015's (rising sophomores) will meet, followed by the 2014's (rising juniors) at 7:45.

from MPNnow.com
There is no offseason for Palmyra-Macedon lacrosse player Ben Reeves. Last winter, Reeves shoveled out an area to practice shooting in his backyard and took a few hundred shots each day.

from Kirk A. Ventiquattro / LaxAllStars.com
When I interviewed Myles for this story, his answers surprised me. The first question I asked Myles was “why lacrosse?” His answer was simple. He described lacrosse as the “tree” he could climb. Living in Maryland, one of the nation’s biggest lacrosse “hot beds”, he discovered fitting in with his friends meant playing lacrosse. (Video 4:15)

from Inside Lacrosse
The tournament that got going back in 1990 and has become the most enjoyed summer lacrosse event in the Northeast, the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic is just a few weeks away. Known as a great place to show off your best summer lax threads, the Summit Lacrosse Classic draws a collection of the toughest, most skilled adult teams on the summer circuit. One of the best-known of those teams is the Burnt Orange, the Syracuse University alumni team that has had success in the Masters division in Lake Placid.

from Inside Lacrosse
From championship glory to heartbreak losses and everything in between, there’s not much Boys’ Latin (Md.) head coach Bob Shriver hasn’t experienced in his 30-plus years coaching high school lacrosse. This year, however, Shriver has been forced to deal with a brand-new dynamic: high school sophomore commitments.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Etrasco is one of three current college players on the 24-player roster that participated in an intersquad scrimmage Tuesday at Hamburg (N.Y.) High School. The others are Syracuse attacker Michelle Tumolo and Maryland midfielder Katie Schwarzmann, both Tewaaraton Award finalists. The scrimmage was in preparation for this weekend's North American Challenge Cup, an international tournament where Team USA will face the Canadian and Haudenosaunee teams in Oshawa, Ontario.
Wednesday July 11, 2012 9:00AM
from the Buffalo News
Sweat glistened as the wide-awake sun grinned on Hamburg High School, but there was no room for taking it easy. Professional athletes were at the helm and they had a clear message to send: You don't reach their level without outworking the competition.

from the Albany Times-Union
The Tech Valley Lacrosse Club kicked off their inaugural season this year by traveling to the Irondequoit Lacrosse Tournament in Rochester. Head coach Eric Padelford and his assistants brought two teams to the tournament to play in the under-8 and under-10 divisions. "Although they didn't place in the tournament, it was an experience of a lifetime," said Padelford.

from Inside Lacrosse
Maverik employees and former 'Cuse All-Americans Paul Carcaterra, Mike Springer and Joe Ceglia run this event and have done a seamless job with this showcase's new format. 2014's (about 220 rising juniors) and 2015's (about 120) are split up for the first time this year, with four games running each session on two separate fields.

It didn't take too long for it to be apparent that recent Syracuse commit Bradley Voigt (Penn Yan '14, N.Y.) has the best stick skills here. The lefty put on a show, showing off a gorgeous Indian pickup and spin-around finish in one quick motion.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Abs are crucial, just because of the whole rotational part of the game. Core strength is huge. I'm always trying to add a little weight or go a little faster on ab exercises, particularly on resistance bands. I'm always trying to get my body around faster — with a partner, doing side rotations with the bands. Also speed. I run a lot. I've got to trust my legs to get away from defenders, and that's a main part of my game.

from Major League Lacrosse
Through nine weeks of MLL play, nothing has been set in the chase towards Championship Weekend that will take place at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Mass. on August 25 and 26. Competitive balance has been the theme of this season as each team has shown the capability to beat any opponent in the league.

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from Penn Athletics
The University of Pennsylvania's Head Coach of Men's Lacrosse, Mike Murphy, has announced the hiring of Judd Lattimore to his staff. Lattimore will be the Quakers' top assistant and replaces Jason Archbell, who left the Quakers to become head coach at Bowdoin College.

This marks a return to Penn for Lattimore, who was an assistant coach with Penn for the 2006 season under previous head coach Brian Voelker. The Quakers went 10-4 that season and advanced to the NCAA Championship first round.

"I am very excited to welcome Coach Lattimore back to Penn," said Murphy, who will enter his fourth season running the Quaker program in 2013. "His offensive mind and his demonstrated recruiting ability will have immediate and positive impacts on our program. Judd will be a great role model for our players and an excellent representative of our program and the University of Pennsylvania. His passion for lacrosse and his competitive nature will be contagious as well. I very much look forward to working with him."

from Major League Lacrosse
Long Island Lizards midfielder and face-off specialist Greg Gurenlian is going to the ESPYS!

The ESPYS honor the greatest athletes, coaches, teams, and performances for their yearly achievements. Candidates are selected by a committee and winners are selected through fan-voting and receive the prestigious ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Award. This year the ESPYS are in Los Angeles, CA and new Lizards owner Jim Brown has chosen to take Gurenlian as his plus-one.

from the Milford-Orange Bulletin
On April 22, 1957, Brown and undefeated Syracuse came to town to take on Yale. Lacrosse didn’t get much coverage in the pages of the Register, but Brown’s appearance warranted a game day advance and a feature story (with a photograph of Brown) on the game.

from Inside Lacrosse
The selected Warrior 40 athletes will travel to Colorado to receive advanced one-on-one lacrosse instruction and learn life skills lessons from past and present Major League Lacrosse athletes.

from MPNnow.com
The Canandaigua Academy girls lacrosse team boasted one of the top offenses in Section 5 this spring. The leader of the Braves’ attack was Dakotah Savitcheff.

from the Onondaga Redhawks
Onondaga defeats Tonawanda 11-9 in Niagara Falls, NY. The Redhawks led throughout but the Tomahawks were never out of it and pulled within a goal with less than 5 minutes to play. Onondaga put the game out of reach with a breakaway goal with 3:20 remaining in the third.

from US Lacrosse - Rochester
Congratulations on your selection to the Herb Fitch Senior All Star team!

from the Buffalo Bandits
Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced that Darris Kilgour will no longer serve in his role as general manager, but will be retained as head coach of the team. The Bandits have also declined to renew the contract of Derek Graham, who has served as the associate general manager of the Bandits for the past three seasons.

from The Bleacher Report
Major League Lacrosse put on another great show at the 2012 All-Star weekend festival in Boca Raton. A portion of advertising and donations went to the HEADstrong Foundation, benefiting the fight against blood cancer. Here are the official results of the final donations:

from Dr. Fred Opie
The U 19 Lacrosse world championship is going on this week in Finland. It reminds me of my time at a similar world championship in Australia in 1990. As an African-American in Australia I felt like a museum piece with so many Aussies staring at me.
Tuesday July 10, 2012 9:45AM
from PhillyLacrosse.com
“As soon as I walked on campus, I knew it was for me. It’s the perfect size and their athletics are obviously outstanding. The location is right where I want it to be; it’s not too close to home but not so far.”

from the Rochester Rattlers
John Galloway, Tim Fallon, Tim Soudan Post-Game Interviews.

After you watch this, head on over to our Video Wall to watch MLL All-Star Post-game interviews with Casey Powell, Joel White, and Brett Queener.

from Oneida Daily Dispatch
VVS High School is conducting a lacrosse camp July 10, 11 and 12 for girls entering grades 4-12.

from ILTelevison.com
Toronto Rock star Garrett Billings teaches you the 'back hand' shot and pass.

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All-League Goalie Commits
from JustLacrosse Upstate
Section 3 National League Second Team goalie, Liverpool's Dominick Madonna, has given his verbal committment to play for Division II Merimack. He also considered offers from Le Moyne and Binghamton.

from Binghamton Athletics
Binghamton head men’s lacrosse coach Scott Nelson has added new assistants Matt Francis and Steve Settembrino to his coaching staff as announced by the University Friday afternoon. Francis, a former face-off specialist who played for Nelson at Marist, enters Binghamton after coaching two seasons at his alma mater. Settembrino, who played his college lacrosse at UMBC, joins the staff with two years of experience as an assistant coach at Division II power Mercyhurst College.

from the Watertown Daily Times
The Carthage boys and girls lacrosse clubs will host their second annual alumni fundraiser on Friday to benefit former players Travis Ames and Sara Gallagher. The event kicks off with four games at Carthage High School and continues into the evening with food and charity activities at the Elks Club.

from Inside Lacrosse
. . . all gear lovers should appreciate this photo dump, which includes shots of several of the cool custom team unis and helmets seen at the Syracuse Shootout. Some teams had complete kits, and you should keep your eyes peeled for those to appear soon on ILGear.com.

from Inside Lacrosse
The 2012 Northstar Invitational will bring 150 of the nation's top players to Lake Placid to compete in the premier, invite-only recruiting event. The tournament, which runs July 23-26 includes instruction as well as a competitive showcase opportunity in front of the NCAA's top coaches.

from Lake Placid Lax
Find Out Against Who?, Where? and When? You'll Be Playing Your First Game. The 2012 schedules are complete and have been sent to all registrered team managers. They can also be found at the SCHEDULES & RESULTS page under the Schedule Downloads button.
199 teams (most ever) 430+ games (most ever)

from The Victor Post
The team finished qualifying play with a 6-0-1 record. The championship game with Long Island North went back and forth before ending in 6-5 Rochester victory.

from Inside Lacrosse
When they board the plane leaving for Finland on Monday, July 9, you get the sense that the United States under-19 National lacrosse team is doing it for more than just themselves and their teammates. You get the sense that they’re doing it for more than every great American player that once donned the same uniform that they’ll wear with the USA etched across the front.

from Lacrosse Magazine
With just a few hours left before the U.S. under-19 men's national team takes off from New York for Finland, it's time to take a big picture look at what may transpire July 12-21 in Turku at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Under-19 World Championships. Here are five things I'll be watching. (This is a spinoff of "Working off the Weekend: Five Things to Know" for you dedicated fans out there.)

from Major League Lacrosse
. . . Galloway led a Rochester defense that helped the Rattlers earn a weekend sweep of the Long Island Lizards. He made 33 saves while allowing 21 goals in the two victories. In the Rattlers’ 13-8 victory over the Lizards on Friday night, he made a career-high 21 saves, including nine in the third quarter, as the Rattlers snapped Long Island’s five-game win streak. Galloway, who earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors for the second time in his career on Friday night, helped Rochester post a 17-15 win at Shuart Stadium on Saturday night by making 12 saves.

from OurSportsCentral.com
Some of the greatest names in the National Lacrosse League converged near London, Ontario Thursday to launch the "Right To Play" Lacrosse For Development summer season. The professional lacrosse players taught the "Creator's Game" to kids at the Oneida Nation of the Thames and the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.

from RPI Athletics
It was 64 years ago that the Olympic Games were last held in London and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was very well represented. The men's lacrosse team – a dominant force in collegiate lacrosse led by Ned Harkness – was selected by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association to represent the nation and the sport in those Games. The team did so admirably, not losing a contest while overseas.
Monday July 9, 2012 8:15AM
from Vail Daily
In a highly energetic game, FCA pulled out to a 5-0 lead that would prove too much for Team Colorado to overcome, and FCA won its first U-19 Vail title 12-10.

Video beginning in the 3rd quarter

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from Casey Vock / Inside Lacrosse
I wanted to see as many different teams as possible, but also get a good look at some players that I knew we needed to track. So I didn't get to every team, and I couldn't talk about everyone that I would have liked, but here's a look at some of the players that stood out to me the most.

from Inside Lacrosse
Inside Lacrosse Prep Files continues with Canandaigua Academy midfielder Lauren D'Amore who is committed to Penn for 2013.

from LaxAllStars.com
First, he’s adding the two-pointer to his arsenal. Next, he’s inverting and distributing from behind the cage. The week after that, he’s jumping over children who throw him the ball. This week? He’s dunking with authority. Check out Jovan’s goal from Saturday night’s game against the Bayhawks, featured as #2 on SportsCenter’s Top 10.

from LaxAllStars.com
A goalie goal is rare, and a behind the back goalie goal is almost never seen. When a goalie runs the full length of the field, gets stripped on the crease, picks up the ground ball himself, then sticks one in tight, from almost no angle, AND do it behind the back, you just can’t believe your eyes.
Sunday July 8, 2012 12:15AM

from the Rochester Rattlers
The Rochester Rattlers edged the Long Island Lizards 17-15 at James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University on Saturday, July 7. Steven Boyle was named the Bud Light Player of the game with three goals and two assists. Jordan MacIntosh scored three goals, giving him 13 goals in the past three games. The Rattlers beat the Lizards for the second night in the row Saturday; sweeping the Lizards on the season. Last year, the Rattlers dropped both games to the Lizards.

from the Hamilton Nationals
The Hamilton Nationals were edged 15-13 by the Boston Cannons tonight in a back-and-forth affair at Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster University. Hamilton lost despite a career-high four goals and five points from Cody Jamieson.

from Indian Country Today
The Iroquois Nationals Under-19 team members, some of them as young as 16, will travel to the city of Turku, Finland, in early in July to play in the international lacrosse championships, which will take place from July 12-21.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Defenseman Stephen Jahelka, goaltender Zach Oliveri and midfielder Rob Zoppo have been named captains of the 2012 U.S. under-19 men's national team, head coach Tim Flynn told Lacrosse Magazine on Saturday.
Saturday July 7, 2012 8:15AM
from YNN.com
Baldwinsville has become a hotbed for lacrosse this weekend as they host the 19th annual Star and Stripes girls' lacrosse tournament. More than 120 teams are participating in the tournament that benefits the B'ville community. The teams will play more than 450 games over the three days of the tournament, with teams coming from as far away as Minnesota for the competition. (Video 1:00)

from The Elmira Star-Gazette
Brittany Phillip, an attacker on the Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.) women's lacrosse team, was named a first-team Division II All-American by Synapse Sports and a second-team All-American by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.

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Photos by Rich Barnes

from the Rochester Rattlers
Goalie John Galloway tied a career high with 20 saves against the Lizards, the most saves he’s had with a win in 2012. Galloway also only let in eight goals, the lowest number of goals he’s allowed in a game. Major League Lacrosse named Galloway the Bud Light Player of the game for his performance against the Lizards.

from Inside Lacrosse
Bradley Voigt, A, Penn Yan, has verbally committed to Syracuse. The lefty has put up monstrous numbers in his time at Penn Yan, including 62 goals and 46 points for the state runners up this spring. He also finished third in scoring in all of Section 5.

from Inside Lacrosse
ILGear.com caught up with Max Seibald recently to talk about his favorite formation to dodge as a righty midfielder, a play that he's been executing since his days at Cornell. If you're a big, fast middie who can shoot on the run, pay attention to what Max has to say. (Video 2:29)

from Lax.com / YouTube
Check out the first Vail Shootout semifinal game from the Men's Elite Division. Team Maverik lead by Tewaaraton award winner Peter Baum (#1) took on our very own Team Lax.com. There were some awesome goals in a very high scoring affair. Team Maverik also included Rob Pannell, Brian McGill, JoJo Marasco.

Friday July 6, 2012 9:15AM
from The Palladium Times
“I’m ecstatic,” Manitta said. “I’m very excited to get started and there’s a lot of work to do. There are talented kids on the returning roster, and the recruiting class is a very good one.” Manitta plans to attend and scout talent at the Syracuse Shootout this Friday and Saturday. The massive tournament includes high school teams from around the country.

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from MPNnow.com
The Rochester boys lacrosse team have won the Brine All-American Lacrosse National Classic, which took place June 30 through July 3. Matches took place at the Maryland Soccerplex, 18031 Central Park Circle, Boyds, Md.

from The Brantford Expositor
"The combination of talent and athleticism we have is pretty rare. It's a great chance for us to really make a breakthrough with this team." Powless said that the Nationals have a great opportunity to win gold for the first time.

"I'm pretty pumped. I can't wait," said Randy Staats (OCC), who is the leading scorer with the Six Nations Arrows .

from The Sun News
While school may be out for the year, Max Maxwell won’t be home much this summer. But the Hamburg junior midfielder is starting to get used to the travel to play high-level lacrosse.

from the Rochester Rattlers
Gates will open at 5:30PM on Friday night to start the Rattlers traditional pre-game happy hour. There will be $1 drafts and $1 hot dogs on sale on the concourse blacktop underneath the scoreboard. The Rochester, NY original blues-rock band Violet Mary will be performing live on the concourse stage during pre-game.

from Dave Rahme / The Post-Standard
Syracuse University lacrosse players Brian Megill and JoJo Marasco, Colgate’s Peter Baum and Hobart’s Alex Love were among the players honored this week at the annual Vail Shootout in Colorado. Each will be back with his college team next season.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Despite lightning and nature conspiring against us, the second half of the game showed Maverik Elite pulling ahead with an impressive shooting display from a deeply talented offensive squad that included Cornell's Rob Pannell, who returned to the field after the foot injury that kept him out for most of the 2012 college season.

from ILIndoor.com
The new inductees will bring the number of those honoured in lacrosse’s national shrine to 476 — 142 Builders, 210 Box Players, 82 Field Players and 42 Veterans (those who played prior to 1970).

Thursday July 5, 2012 10:15AM
from The Charlotte Hounds
Like many boys growing up in Syracuse, N.Y., Jeremy Boltus (Baldwinsville) had hopes of playing NCAA Division I lacrosse. After leading NYSPHSAA Section III in goals his senior year, and finishing amongst the top in points at the New York Empire Games, the recruiting calls for Boltus were sure to flood in. But the phone didn’t ring. It turned out the administration mistyped Boltus’ phone number on the Empire roster, so even if recruiters were trying to call, he never knew about it. Halfway through senior year, when he was “about 85% sure” he was going to attend LeMoyne College -- a Division II school in Syracuse -- Boltus finally got the Division I call he had been waiting for. Army head lacrosse coach Joe Alberici contacted Boltus and offered him the opportunity to attend and play for the United States Military Academy at West Point.

from Lacrosse Magazine
After the game, fans were treated to the city's only post-game fireworks show. And late in the game, there was another nice moment. The Outlaws made a switch at goalie, inserting backup goalie Adam Fullerton (Liverpool) into the game. Fullerton has not played in an MLL game in over a year because he was serving overseas in Afghanistan. Fullerton had his first save of the season, and the Outlaws sit in third place in MLL standings at 6-3.

from Inside Lacrosse
The United States has dominated the U-19 Tournament, winning all six since the inaugural event in 1988. This year’s team is once again stacked with tremendous NCAA and high school talent.

U-19 Team USA Roster

from The Sun News
Allie Stewart just finished her sophomore year at Lancaster, yet she has racked up enough honors to make for an entire glowing high school career. Already, Stewart has spent four seasons with the Lancaster girls lacrosse varsity squad. In that time, she has been part of three Section VI title teams, twice earned All-Western New York First Team honors and already verbally committed to play Division I lacrosse at Canisius College.

from the Rochester Rattlers
Superstar A Ned Crotty is expected to return to the line-up after recovering from an ankle injury that he suffered in a 16-12 loss to the Outlaws in Denver on June 16th. Crotty, who leads the team in points (14) and assists (6) while he is second on the team in goals (8).

from OurSportsCentral.com
Kids can learn lacrosse skills from the 2012 World Champion Rochester Knighthawks this summer at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. Arrows Express Sports Camp will present the Summer Camp with the Rochester Knighthawks from Monday, July 16th to Thursday, July 19th.

from Dr. Fred Opie
This time last summer I was 20 pounds heavier! So how did I lose the weight? I changed my habits and lifestyle and reflected on my days as a competitive athlete during my collegiate and post collegiate career. Almost 20 years ago, I developed the habit of working out as a Syracuse University (SU) lacrosse player and under the guidance of then SU strength coach Mike Woicik. Mike is now with the Dallas Cowboys.

from Casey Vock / ILGear.com
ILGear.com has its eyes peeled at all times for cool gear sightings. But what we saw on the way to work on Monday of this week was a bit unexpected. While stopped at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and President Street right near our offices, this writer realized that a random dude riding a scooter, stopped in front of him waiting to turn at the light, was rocking an older model Cascade helmet (what appeared to be the CPX model) for head protection.
Wednesday July 4, 2012 9:15AM
from the Albany Times Union
Editor's note: The new law took effect Sunday, July 1st.
The 27-page document formally ends the macho "get back into the game" mentality, replacing it with a stringent protocol for returning a student to sports after a head injury.

from the Press & Sun-Bulletin
A pair of recent high school graduates from Broome County have been chosen to participate in the 2012 Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse-sanctioned event to be held July 22-27 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

from The Denver Post
Army Capt. Adam Fullerton's (Liverpool) previous game as a Denver Outlaws goaltender was on May 21, 2011, in a 13-12 victory on Military Appreciation Night in Boston. Since then, he has been stationed in Afghanistan, most recently serving as an intelligence officer.

from TLN / YouTube
Cornell Lacrosse All Star Rob Pannell bursts by his defender and scores a one handed goal with Team Maverik in the Vail Shootout.

from LaxLessons.com
“I really learned the game there (at St. Paul’s), but I wanted to go to boarding school because I was looking for an opportunity to challenge myself athletically and academically,” Tautkus said. The move to Taft also gave Tautkus an opportunity to play hockey as well as lacrosse.

from LaxAllStars.com
. . . the USA U-19 men’s team has never lost a game… EVER. Over the course of the past six international U-19 tournaments, the boys in the stars and stripes have not only won every championship, but they have also won every single game they have ever played.

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from Inside Lacrosse
Inside Lacrosse has confirmed via the player's family that attackman Mike Daniello has been granted his release from Johns Hopkins University and plans to transfer to Syracuse University for the 2013 season. Daniello, who was IL's 10th-ranked incoming freshman attackman last season, appeared in eight games for the Blue Jays during the 2012 season.

from The Post-Standard
"Coach Manitta impressed me as a 'can-do' coach with an excellent record of rapidly improving programs he takes over," Manhattan Athletic Director Bob Byrnes said. "He is extremely positive and enjoys an excellent reputation among other lacrosse coaches, which is invaluable in recruiting student-athletes to Manhattan. I feel fortunate to have Steve join us and know his impact will be very positive with the players."

from Lacrosse Magazine
Nearly 200 of the nation's top high school boys' and girls' lacrosse players have been selected by US Lacrosse to compete in the 2012 Champion® All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event. The boys' and girls' showcases will be held as part of the ESPNHS Games, July 22-27 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

from the Press & Sun-Bulletin
Class A, B, & C.

from Le Moyne Athletics
Rising senior Josh Klepfer (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) has been named the recipient of the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Student-Athlete Sport Excellence Award for men's lacrosse as announced by the conference on Tuesday, July 3rd.

from Lacrosse Magazine
US Lacrosse today announced the final two groups of boys' US Lacrosse High School All-Americans, All-Academic and Bob Scott Award honorees. A remaining 337 All-Americans, 161 All-Academics and 24 Bob Scott Award players were named from 52 US Lacrosse Areas across the country.

from Dr. Fred Opie
Its July 4th which reminds me of the Vail Lacrosse Tournament in Vail, Colorado. Over the years this has become an annual pilgrimage for those with lacrosse on the brain and lacrosse junkies. The Vail tourney, which has expanded exponentially since I played in it back in the late 1980s, also reminds me of the period in my life when I was lacrosse junkie and made what now seems like crazy decisions to play in some of the best lacrosse venues across the country back in the 1980s.

from the Hamilton Nationals
The Hamilton Nationals host the Boston Cannons in a Championship Game rematch on Saturday, July 7th. The 7:00 p.m. game at Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster University will be broadcast on ESPN3. The game will air locally on Sunday, July 15th at 7:00 p.m. For ticket information, contact the Nationals Ticket Office at (905) 768-2225.
Tuesday July 3, 2012 8:15AM
from Ohio State Athletics
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to become a member of the Buckeye Family,” Koesterer said. “It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of what Coach Myers and his staff have built In Columbus. I look forward to meeting the players and continuing the traditions of the Ohio State men's lacrosse program."

Prior to joining the JHU staff on the sideline, Jamison Koesterer (Cazenovia) worked for walax.com in Seattle, serving as the director of operations. The organization is the largest content site for northwest lacrosse and home to the Seattle Starz lacrosse program. While an undergraduate, he spent two summers coaching at All-American Lacrosse Camps in Colgate, N.Y.

from Major League Lacrosse
Lacrosse fans soaked up the festivities surrounding the MLL All-Star Game presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill in sunny Palm Beach County, Fla. at FAU Stadium in what was the league’s first-ever event in the state. The world’s top lacrosse players traveled to South Florida for one of the most anticipated lacrosse events of the year and created lasting memories with fans before competing in a high performance game.

Official Stat Sheet

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from GoLocalProv.com
Duke assistant and Syracuse legend John Galloway (West Genesee) is heading to Providence College to join new head coach Chris Gabrielli, according to sources. Galloway, 23, spent one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Duke after a storied career as a goaltender at Syracuse. He was a two-time All-American for the Orange, and won the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award as the nation's top goalkeeper in 2011.

from Donnie Webb/The Post-Standard
Bliss was an All-CNY lacrosse player at Tully before going to Syracuse, where he played on national championship teams in 2000 and 2002, the later as a co-captain of the Orange. He is currently a member of the Hamilton Nationals playing in his seventh overall professional season of Major League Lacrosse. Last year, he taught driver’s education at Tully, where he also served as the boys varsity lacrosse coach.

from Syracuse Athletics
Four members of the Syracuse women’s lacrosse incoming recruiting class took part in the Under Armour All-America Game on Saturday, June 30 in Towson, Md. Erica Bodt and Kelly Cross were members of the South team, while Kayla Treanor and Caroline Webster played for the North squad. The South defeated the North, 25-13.

from Hart Seely / The Post-Standard
After Syracuse (University) won the 2008 National Championship, we were talking with (SU player) Matt Abbott's parents and some friends in the parking lot -- having a tailgate party. A whole bunch of people were throwing out suggestions. We wanted a theme to inspire the players the following year to play as a unit. I was taking notes, and on the way home, I thought of using a tool belt as the visual: they would be lunch-bucket types, dedicated workmen with hard hats.

from Under Armour Lacrosse
Scores, standings, all tournament teams.

from Under Armour Facebook
Over 250 photos from the Underclassmen Games.

from Inside Lacrosse
Dominic Ricca, D/LSM, Harborfields (N.Y.) has verbally committed to the United States Military Academy. A varsity player since his freshman year, the 6-0, 185-pound Ricca plays for Harborfields Lacrosse Club.

Pat O'Brien, A, Smithtown West (N.Y.) has verbally committed to the United States Military Academy. O'Brien posted 27 goals and eight assists for Smithtown West this past season.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Team Old School edged Young Guns 18-17 on a Steven Brooks goal in the final minute. Stephen Berger was named game MVP with three goals.

from YouTube
BQ putting on a show at halftime of the MLL All-Star Game. He captures his second Freestyle Competition title by adding a little footwork to the trick. That ball just had to cross the line!

from Inside Lacrosse
Because of lagging attendance the Hamilton experiment should end with the summer of 2012. Why stick with it any longer? Cut bait and move on. It's apparent that playing in Hamilton isn't financially feasible and this location does not have upward trajectory. That's OK; every city can't work perfectly.

from CollegeCrosse.com
So, Canisius suffers through a brutal four-game losing streak that stretches from the end of March through mid-April -- including a 14-2 trouncing at the hands of Siena -- and somehow manages to pull off three consecutive two-goal victories (including a 12-10 defeat of Detroit in the MAAC semifinals) to draw Siena in the league final with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line. What does Canisius do?
Monday July 2, 2012 8:15AM
from Casey Vock / Inside Lacrosse
The Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic wrapped up Sunday with the Underclassmen Games championship, an event that in just its second year of featuring ten teams has become one of the hottest recruiting tournaments of the summer, after starting with four squads in 2006.

from Tier Lacrosse
I never know when I write something if it will resonate with others or not. My last blog, "The College Lacrosse Recruiting System Is Broken," certainly struck a chord with a number of readers, though. I received many emails, Facebook comments and Tweets replying back to the subject at hand. I think this matter simply rang true for a lot of individuals and families within our game.

An Unusual Save
from 2012 Crimson Lax Classic via YouTube

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from Lacrosse Magazine
Who are the stars of tomorrow? Lacrosse fans were offered a glimpse into the future Saturday, when 88 of the nation's top incoming college freshmen — 44 boys and 44 girls — finished their high school careers Saturday at the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic at Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium.

from Inside Lacrosse
Marisa Romeo, Attack, Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.), Upstate, 2013
Romeo’s size helps her on the draw, where she has had success all throughout the tournament. On the attacking end, she’s a strong player who goes hard to goal and has the ability to get through in traffic. Romeo is also a standout on the redefend, hustling through the midfield and causing turnovers.

from Inside Lacrosse
The 2012 Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic came to an end Sunday as the underclassmen tournament wrapped up. Long Island won the championship with a 9-8 win over New Jersey, who shocked Washington D.C. in the semifinals.

from The Saratogian
In a season where an up-and-coming Shenendehowa girls lacrosse team broke the record for most single-season wins in program history, it seemed only right that its best player eclipsed another school record.

from LaxAllStars.com
Session 1 all star rosters from the massive tournament in central Pennsylvania.

from LaxAllStars.com
All star rosters from the Saturday night contest at Brown University.

from Inside Lacrosse
The atmosphere on the field was joyous and exultant from both the players and the fans. A lot of complaints have been lodged against the halftime competitions but frankly I just don’t see it. Perhaps it is because the experience on the field is elating to the point of delusion; perhaps the grapes you’re all consuming are sour to the point of instant pucker.

from Inside Lacrosse
Jovan Miller
If we’re talking about technically proficient tricks, we’re talking about Jovan Miller’s first shot — a behind-the-back 360 Air Gait [respect] that was the height of Valhallan hubris. It was so ambitious that Mr. Miller missed the first attempt. He missed it so badly that it seemed almost too lofty a goal. But he stuck it on the second try and what a sight it was. Grade: A

from Lacrosse Magazine
In the U.S. under-19 men's national team's final exhibition before it leaves for Finland next week, it defeated a group of New Jersey all-stars, 9-4, in a weather-shortened, three-quarter game on the home turf of Mountain Lakes High in northern New Jersey, where Team USA head coach Tim Flynn has accumulated many of his state-record 552 victories.

from Inside Lacrosse
This might be the greatest collection of lacrosse photos ILGear will ever assemble. Thanks to my friends from the New Zealand Lacrosse Association for sending along these great photos courtesy of Auckland Libraries.
Sunday July 1, 2012 8:30AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Dominic Madonna, Goalie, Liverpool (N.Y.), 2013
Netminder posted a nice afternoon game against Long Island, making key saves during an inevitable L.I. offensive comeback. He held strong in net, leading to a 12-9 victory. Good communicator.

from Inside Lacrosse
After the completion of Staurday’s games at the 2012 Under Armour All-America Underclass Games, here are the standings:

from Under Armour Lacrosse
Upstate Boys are 2-2, downing South 13-11 and Long Island 12-9, and suffering one-goal losses to Philidelphia and New England. Upstate Girls are 1-2, with a 14-8 victory over South, and losses to New Jersey (11-8) and Baltimore (18-8).

from Inside Lacrosse
In a tight affair, the Under Armour boys' South team beat the North team 12-11, led by a fantastic surge of offense from a core group of former MIAA players.

from the Baltimore Sun
The South, which was just 1-5 all-time against the North entering the game, set numerous scoring records Saturday. The team shattered the previous scoring record of 17 goals, had two players eclipse the individual goals mark and even had a member set the assists record.

from Inside Lacrosse
Kayla Treanor, Midfield, Niskayuna (N.Y.), Syracuse
Despite the lopsided score, the draw controls were pretty even, and Treanor was a big part of that. She was extremely active on the offensive end, always looking up to feed a teammate or make a play. Showing her versatility, she was also strong on the defensive end, playing big and communicating to the rest of the defense.

from Casey Vock / Inside Lacrosse
ILGear.com has a look at a ton of cool stuff that we've seen over the weekend, including many Under Armour products and general sights.

from Inside Lacrosse
Another year, another nail-biter in the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game. Led by midfielder Stephen Berger of the Charlotte Hounds, the Old School All-Stars rallied to earn an 18-17 victory over the Young Guns All-Stars in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game presented by Moe's Southwest Grill at FAU Stadium on Saturday evening.

from The Daily Orange
Leave it to Jovan Miller to put on a show. The former Syracuse midfielder whose flair is affluent and whose personality is infectious seemed destined for the Bud Light Skills Competition at the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game. So when the crowd wasn’t loud enough prior to his second attempt in the freestyle competition, Miller sprinted down the field with his hand to his ear in an attempt to rally support for “Jovi Nation.”

from The Sun Sentinel
Major League Lacrosse made a strong first impression on South Florida during Saturday night's MLL All-Star Game, but more importantly, the South Florida community made an equally strong impression on the league.

from The Steuben Courier
On Tuesday evening the Bath Lacrosse community welcomed the traveling team from Flower Mound Texas (Dallas area). The Texas teams pull from over 450 lacrosse players to put together a couple teams to travel to New York and play in a couple of tournaments and face some of the local town youth programs.