The No. 8 RIT men's lacrosse team (0-1) battled back, coming back from three goals down late in the fourth quarter, taking No. 2 Stevenson to overtime, but the Mustangs snuck out a 12-11 win in a battle of top-ten teams on Wednesday evening at Mustang Stadium. It was the season opener for the Tigers.
The Utica College men's lacrosse team earned its third consecutive season opening win on Wednesday night as the Pioneers toppled host SUNYIT 21-2 in non-conference action at the newly constructed Wildcat Field. The Pioneers improved to 1-0 on the year and they are now 6-0 all-time against their cross-town foe, SUNYIT. UC junior Joe Schoen (Whitesboro, NY/Whitesboro) led the way with a career-high seven points. Schoen, who now has 15 career multi-point efforts, totaled a career-high five assists, which is also tied for fourth on the College's single game assist list.
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After posting an 8-6 overall record a year ago, an already youthful Oswego State squad will use its limited experience as its driving force going into the 2013 season. The Lakers return 21 players from a roster that saw its first winning season since 2000. Oswego State started the season off by defeating seven straight opponents, including an 8-7 triple-overtime win over 18th-ranked Ithaca.
Wednesday night's CPR and AED training class was made possible by the Tyler Kopp Fund, " with us continuing on in Tyler's memory trying to make this better for the next kid should this happen is something that really does help to ease the pain and try to focus the energies from grief to prevention," explained Jeanne Delsigore, a parent of a lacrosse player.
All eyes will be on Rob Pannell and Peter Baum when Cornell and Colgate meet Saturday in Ithaca. Thursday and Friday the Post-Standard and syracuse.com will feature each in preparation for the showdown.
Michelle Tumolo had just started playing lacrosse, but she was already passing too hard. At a four-day all-girls lacrosse camp at Clearview Regional High School in New Jersey the summer before her freshman year, Tumolo caught on to the passing drill too quickly. Her partner couldn’t keep up.
Flying from Rochester to Philly after our game on the weekend, I read the Sports Illustrated magazine devoted to Michael Jordan. It was interesting to get a sense of what MJ is like now in his life after basketball. MJ the person is much different than MJ the basketball player. It really had me thinking about our perception of sport and athletes.
Lacrosse Magazine today rolls out exclusively on LaxMagazine.com the Nike/US Lacrosse Preseason National High School Boys' Top 25 poll. The boys' rankings will be updated every other week, starting next Wednesday, March 5, along with in-depth regional reports, featuring regional Top 10s, standout performers and games to watch.
The Hamilton Nationals announced today that the team has claimed 15 players from the Major League Lacrosse Player Pool. The list includes Nate Watkins, Brian Vetter, Christian Scuderi, Charles McComas, Joey Kemp, Sean Delaney, Jimmy Dunster, Josh Cittadino, Josh Coveleski, Zack Howell, MJ Kiekebelt, Jack McBride, Kenny Nims, Brandon Spillett and Joel Zalesky.
The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team dropped a double-overtime heartbreaker to visiting Lehigh 11-10, Wednesday evening from the Bearcats Sports Complex. After the Bearcats (0-2) struck first in overtime, the Mountain Hawks (2-1) netted the game’s final two goals, including the game-winner with 1:53 left to play in the second overtime,
Junior midfielder Ariana Parker's five-goal performance paced the University at Albany past Niagara, 19-6, on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at John Fallon Field. Junior goalkeeper Anna Berman recorded not only her first win of the season, but she also recorded her 200th career save at UAlbany.
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The Geneseo men's lacrosse team (11-9) rallied for its first win of the season, beating host Lycoming (0-3) 11-9 Wednesday. The Knights scored the game's last seven goals after the Warriors had taken a 9-3 lead with just 17:52 left in regulation.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Mercy College men's lacrosse team received a four-goal performance out of senior Joe Poppe (Jordan-Elbridge), while fellow senior Mike Marzocca (North Babylon, N.Y.) recorded a hat trick, en route to a 14-10 victory over the College of Saint Rose. With the win, the Mavericks improved to 3-0, while the Golden Knights slipped to 0-2.
Host Mercy scored six unanswered first half goals to upend The College of Saint Rose 14-10 this afternoon. The Mavericks (3-0) outshot the Golden Knights (0-2) 19-8 throughout the first half although Saint Rose manufactured an 18-17 differential during the final 30 minutes.
Highlighted by two Division I games on Saturday, March 2, the weekend features much more than just college action. In the first game of the doubleheader, two top-ten teams will collide as the sixth ranked Syracuse Orange will face the third ranked Florida Gators in a rematch of last year’s NCAA Tournament Semifinal. Their last meeting went into double overtime as Syracuse rallied from a seven-goal deficit to force overtime. With two minutes remaining in the second overtime, Syracuse found the back of the net and advanced to the National Championship Game.
A dose of sunshine and Miami heat is in store for the Syracuse women's lacrosse team this weekend. The No. 5/4 Orange take off Thursday night for a highlight match-up against No. 2/2 Florida on Saturday.
A rag tag group of box players and converted (or converting) field lacrosse guys travelled up to Syracuse, NY to play the Syracuse Stingers at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena last week, and few of us had any idea what to expect. What transpired might just have been the best box lacrosse game of all-time.
Entering his 25th season as head coach of the Clarkson University Lacrosse program, Bill Bergan will guide the Golden Knights into the 15-game 2013 campaign this Thursday when the Green and Gold travel to Rochester to take on the Cardinals of St. John Fisher College in a 4:00 p.m. non-league contest. This is the earliest season-opener in Clarkson's 54-year history.
The University at Albany come back home to play its home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 27 against Niagara at 2 p.m. This is the 11th meeting all-time between the two programs and the eighth in Division I with the Great Danes holding a 7-0 record in the DI era. The last time these two teams faced-off was on Feb. 18, 2012 at John Fallon Field, where UAlbany took the contest 19-9.
Of all the accolades West Genesee boys lacrosse head coach Mike Messere has earned, this one might be the most prestigious of all. Messere is part of the 13-member 2013 class of the National High School Hall of Fame, put together by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
After the offense took center stage in the Big Red men's lacrosse team's season-opening win over Hobart, the defense took its turn to shine in Tuesday's 11-6 home-opening win over Binghamton. The seventh-ranked Big Red improved to 2-0 on the season, while the Bearcats slipped to 0-2. Click photo for the gallery.
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The 2013 season brings many new faces to the William Smith College lacrosse team. The Herons return 12 student-athletes from last spring's roster and welcome 11 new players to the squad. Under the guidance of Interim Head Coach Brighde Dougherty '04, William Smith will begin the season on Friday, March 1, when it hosts St. John Fisher on Boswell Field at 5 p.m.
The Utica College men's lacrosse team opens up its 2013 campaign on the road Wednesday against cross-town rival SUNYIT at 5 p.m. The Pioneers are coming off one of their most successful seasons in program-history after tying the school's single season mark for wins (8-8) in 2012.
Le Moyne College junior attackman Chris Button (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) and senior goalkeeper Jeff White (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius HS) have earned Northeast-10 Conference men's lacrosse weekly honors, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.
Sophomore midfielder Mike Begley (Brookeville, Md.) of the Marist men's lacrosse team has been named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the conference on Monday.
Believe it or not, but Patriot League play in men’s lacrosse begins this weekend as Bucknell hosts Navy in the opener Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Bison will welcome the Mids to Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium, where both teams will hope to jump out to an early lead in the League standings.
Senior Jeff Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) set a career-high with nine points as the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team picked up its second road win of the season with a 11-7 win over St. John's on Tuesday. Tundo tallied six of his nine points in the first half for the Seawolves (2-2), who limited their turnovers to only nine through the first three quarters.
Numerous Golden Eagles athletes have already made it to the professional level this year and Saturday, Feb. 23 Brockport added two more. Former midfielder and attackman Brian Witmer (2009-12) announced he had joined the Rochester Greywolves via Twitter. Along with Witmer, Joe Matison (2011-12) will also have a spot on the team. Matison is also an attacker and midfielder.
The Toronto Rock (6-2) host the Buffalo Bandits (4-3) at Air Canada Centre on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. Watch live on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network, starting at 7 p.m. with a Google+ Hangout with Philadelphia Wings captain Brodie Merrill, who will also host a second Hangout at halftime.
It was a good week to take off, allowing the Bandits’ players to heal their mid-season bumps and bruises. And to give John Tavares one more week before he is evaluated to return. There’s not much time to rest as the Bandits approach a pivotal point in their season with back-to-back games: a rare Thursday night encounter in Toronto the ACC; and on Friday night at home with Philadelphia.
Maryland's win over Loyola, combined with Notre Dame's 2OT battle with Penn St., was enough to earn the Terps 11 of 12 first place votes in this week's Casey Powell Lacrosse Top 20. Notre Dame gathered that last first place vote, slipping back to #2, and strong showings by Johns Hopkins and Cornell bumped them ahead of the falling Loyola.
"It's pretty difficult. There's a physical toll, as well as an emotional toll, on our guys after a game like last night's game (agianst Hobart)," said head coach Ben DeLuca. "But at the same time it's great preparation for games later in the season like the Ivy League tournament, where we compete on a Friday and then again on a Saturday, and later on in the post-season, if we're fortunate enough to qualify for that.
The Cornell men's lacrosse team will face Binghamton on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. at Schoellkopf Field. The Crescent stands WILL NOT be open due to the snow and ice build-up on bleachers and stairs. Spectators will be able to view the game from the West stands adjacent to the parking garage.
After opening the season with a 16-3 win over then-#9 Chestnut Hill, the Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team jumped to second in this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) coaches poll, as announced by the association on Monday morning.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK -
PETER BAUM, COLGATE Sr., A, Portland, Ore.
Baum etched his name in the Patriot League record book - again - with a game-high four goals and six points in the Raiders' 13-10 victory at Dartmouth Saturday. The senior attackman broke the Patriot League career record for goals and now stands at 139, one better than the old mark of 138 held by Bucknell's Justin Zackey, who graduated in 1994. Baum scored early in the second quarter to cut Dartmouth's lead to 3-2, and netted his second with 1:05 left before the half to give the Raiders the lead for good at 5-4. He's tied for second in the League in points (4.67) and goals (3.00) per game.
For the 10th time in his career, Rob Pannell has earned one of the Ivy League's weekly honors, as he was named the conference's Player of the Week this afternoon. The senior attackman was named Rookie of the Week twice during his freshman season and has gone on to pick up eight Player of the Week awards.
Syracuse senior defenseman Brian Megill was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career Monday, Feb. 25. Megill earned the honor for his effort in Sunday's win against Army.
Bowles, recovering from season-ending injury from last season, came off the bench and scored four of the seven UAlbany goals against the No. 3 ranked team in the nation, the University of Florida, in a 17-7 loss. The Cicero, N.Y. native played in two games last season and scored two goals before falling to an injury and qualifying for a redshirt right after.
Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league (MLL), and ELEV|8 Sports Institute, announced today that the Hamilton Nationals home game against the Rochester Rattlers will be played at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. on Saturday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. MLL returns to Palm Beach County for the second consecutive year, after a successful All Star Game in 2012.
Senior attackman, Matt Kaser recently stated his decision to attend and play lacrosse at SUNY Binghamton after his final season with the Rangers. Last's year's MC-D3 "Player of the Year", Kaser was selected as a second team All-Section Five player and was named to the MC-D3 first team All League list.
Kyle Barrett and Paul Wilson will once again offer a clinic for team statisticians. This year the clinic will be held on Thursday, February 28th at 6:30 PM at the Pittsford Community library (24 State Street, Pittsford, NY, 14534).
Paul Schimoler was truly one of the best people I ever met in all my years of lacrosse encounters. News of his death shocked and then saddened me this past week, and I found myself trying to put my finger on exactly what it was that set him so far apart from so many other great people.
Senior Rob Pannell stepped back onto the lacrosse field like he had never left. Hobart wished he had just taken a few more days to heal up. Pannell recorded four goals and five assists in his first game since missing the final 11 games of 2012 with a broken foot and the Big Red offense scored 12 second half goals to pull away from the Statesmen 19-11 on Sunday evening at the Carrier Dome. Cornell won its season opener, while Hobart fell to 1-1.
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No. 2/6 Syracuse came back from a four-goal first-half deficit to defeat No. 8/7 Virginia, 10-9, in the Carrier Dome on Sunday, Feb. 24. Both teams are now 2-1 this season.
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Freshman Kayla Treanor busted through a double-team and bounced a shot past Cavaliers goalkeeper Kim Kolarik to pull the Orange ahead 10-9 with five minutes left in the game. SU would hold on for the win.
No. 18 Syracuse (1-1) rebounded from last weekend's season-opening loss to Albany with a 6-2 victory against Army (2-2) on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Carrier Dome. The Orange did it with defense, holding the Black Knights scoreless for 21:45 to start the game and shutting them out in the second half.
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Megill matched up with Thul and ended the attackman's nation-leading goal streak at 42 games. The last time Thul was held without a goal was March 30, 2010. Megill gave credit to the entire defense. He said preparation and execution were key in the defensive improvements from last week.
Redshirt-freshman midfielder Rachel Bowles recorded her first career hat trick but it was not enough as the University at Albany fell to the University of Florida, 17-7, on Sunday, Feb. 24 at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. The Great Danes look to prepare for their home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 27 against Niagara at 2 p.m.
Another relaunch of the summer Empire State Games will have to wait. The Empire State Sports Foundation, which was created last year to revive the Olympic-style sports event for state residents, announced a lack of funding prevents the return of the summer Empire State Games in Rochester this July.
"I'm definitely proud of the way our young group competed today," said Canisius head coach Randy Mearns. "At the same time the loss stings. We were in this game throughout and didn't capitalize on some glorious opportunities. We will certainly build from this.
The fourth-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team got 11 goals and nine assists from its starting attack and first midfield and senior Mike Poppleton (Fayetteville-Manlius) won 17-of-18 faceoffs to fuel a 17-8 win over visiting Michigan at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The win improves Hopkins' record to 3-0, while the Wolverines slip to 0-3. The meeting was the first between Johns Hopkins and Michigan in men's lacrosse.
The Cornell Big Red take the field for the first time this weekend with a classic matchup against their in-state rival Hobart Statesmen, safe from the Upstate New York weather in the Carrier Dome. While Inside Lacrosse was told on Friday that Cornell would not be donning these sweet new custom HeadWrapz on their Cascade CPX-R helmets against Hobart, we didn't want to wait to get you a first look at the decals they will be wearing at some point this spring.
Chris Ryan's players can't forget the memory of losing a fourth-quarter lead in the loss that ended their 2012 season. Ryan, the longtime men's lacrosse coach at Mercyhurst University, has other issues to deal with that have caused some sleepless nights.
The Philadelphia Wings defeated the Rochester Knighthawks by a final of 10-8, taking sole possession of third place in the East Division on Saturday night at The Blue Cross Arena. Drew Westervelt scored the game-winning goal 5:36 into the fourth quarter, Philadelphia’s only power-play goal of the game. Brodie Merrill added an empty-netter with 0.1 seconds.
Junior attackman Chris Button (Fairport) tallied a career-high seven points to lead the third-ranked Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team to a 16-3 win over ninth-ranked Chestnut Hill College on Saturday afternoon at Ted Grant Field.
The outdoor turf was cleared of snow, but the temperatures still remained chilly Saturday afternoon as No. 3 Le Moyne hosted No. 9 Chestnut Hill in both team's season openers. The Dolphins topped the Griffins 16-3.
The Colgate men's lacrosse team improved to 3-0 with a 13-10 win at Dartmouth Saturday afternoon. Through two quarters, the Raiders had just a one-goal lead, but they opened the second half with a 5-2 run. The Big Green mounted a comeback, bringing the game within two in the fourth before Colgate scored to seal the win.
Siena Lacrosse spotted Binghamton the first four goals before rallying for a 9-8 win Saturday afternoon at Siena Turf Field. Red-shirt junior Kyle Curry scored the game-winning goal, capping off his first career hat trick.
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A three-goal lead entering the second half was good, but the Big Red women's lacrosse team was not comfortable with just that. No. 16 Cornell exploded for three goals in the first 80 ticks of the second half in its season opener at Canisius on Saturday afternoon and went on to a 16-10 victory over the Golden Griffins.
Ten different players scored goals as the nationally second-ranked Cortland men's lacrosse team opened its season with a 16-4 win at rainy Albright College Saturday afternoon in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Albright (0-1) is currently coached by ex-Cortland assistant Jake Plunket.
Despite nine total points from Lyle Thompson, #16 UAlbany fell to Drexel, 20-19, in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon. Thompson scored three goals and handed out six assists to lead the Great Danes, who move to 1-1 on the season, while Drexel also moves to 1-1 on the early season.
On the back of a four goal, one assist performance by sophomore Mike Begley (Brookeville, Md.), the Marist men's lacrosse team came away with a 15-12 victory over Sacred Heart Saturday afternoon at Tenney Stadium.
The Army Black Knights (2-1) visit the Carrier Dome on Sunday, Feb. 24 to face No. 18 Syracuse (0-1) in their annual regular-season meeting. The Orange is coming off a 16-15 season-opening loss to Albany in double overtime on Feb. 17 and is looking to avoid its first 0-2 start since 1974.
The University at Albany begins the 2013 season against the same team it ended the 2012 season, the University of Florida, on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 12 p.m. The Great Danes and the Gators faced off in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Florida came out on top 6-4, but UAlbany arguably had its best defensive performance of the season by holding the then-number one overall seed to a season-low 11 shots.
The inaugural Knighthawks Upstate Indoor Lacrosse Championships appropriately featured two teams from Rochester in the first two Finals at The Blue Cross Arena Saturday afternoon. The games followed a similar pattern as the Gold Team defeated the White Team in the 11-12 and 13-14 age groups.
After a weekend of high-scoring games and dramatic, overtime thrillers, it is safe to say that lacrosse is back. And even as coaches, players, referees and fans adjust to the new rules, it appears as though the pace of play has improved.
The No. 7 Big Red open the season Sunday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse against Hobart (1-0). With 16 seniors, including the return of scoring dynamo Rob Pannell, the Big Red will seek to erase the bad memories of last season and start a new postseason streak.
Visiting Nazareth outscored 14th-ranked Springfield 6-3 over the final 15 minutes Friday to come away with a hard-fought 15-13 win over the Pride in a non-conference men's lacrosse game. The game was rescheduled to Friday in the anticipation of inclement weather in New England this weekend.
The St. John Fisher College men's lacrosse team scored seven-straight goals over a span of nearly 26 minutes, as the Cardinals defeated visiting SUNY Geneseo 12-3 on Tuesday at Fisher's Growney Stadium. The win marked Fisher's sixth victory in a season opener in the last seven years and marked the program's third-straight win over the Blue Knights.
Abbey Friend (Canandaigua) led the Tar Heels with three goals, including Carolina's final two goals of the game in the last 15 minutes as it held off the Wildcat rally. Friend's goal with 1:13 to go in the contest essentially iced the victory for Carolina. Kara Cannizzaro (Cazenovia) scored twice and had 3 ground balls. Mallory Frysinger (Corning East) grabbed 3 ground balls as well.
Late last May, as the Virginia women’s lacrosse team mourned its season’s early termination in the NCAA Tournament’s first round, Syracuse was rehearsing for one final act. Following a 17-16 squeaker against No. 5 North Carolina and a seven-goal comeback against No. 1 Florida that required two overtimes, the Orange found themselves in the national championship game against Northwestern.
The lacrosse community in Webster, New York is planning a series of 50th Anniversary events commemorating the sport’s 1964 beginnings in the town and its expansion over the past five decades. To be held the weekend of May 9-11, 2014, the celebration will feature games and social events including a banquet.
The Tewaaraton Foundation has announced the 2013 Tewaaraton Award men's and women's watch lists. The lists include the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award.
Among 2013 watch lists returnees are reigning Tewaaraton Award winners Peter Baum (Colgate) and Katie Schwarzmann (Maryland), as well six former finalists. On the men's side, 2012 finalists Will Manny (Massachusetts) and Mike Sawyer (Loyola) are joined by 2011 finalist Rob Pannell (Cornell). Three 2012 women's finalists Brittany Dashiell (Florida), Taylor Thornton (Northwestern) and Michelle Tumolo (Syracuse) all return to the watch list this year.
Lacrosse season has arrived. After nearly 10 months since the team's last game, the Big Red women will open their season on at Canisius. It will be just the second meeting in the teams' history, and the No. 16 Big Red is expecting to challenge for an Ivy League crown in 2013. Saturday at 2 p.m., the team's quest for the postseason begins.
Army (2-1) heads to No. 18/18 Syracuse (0-1) for the 61st meeting between the two storied programs on Sunday, Feb. 24, for a 4 p.m. start. It will mark the Orange's second-straight home game and the Black Knights' second road test against a nationally ranked opponent this season.
UAlbany visits Drexel for the second game of the 2013 season. Today marks the 11th all-time meeting between the two programs, with the Great Danes holding a slight 6-5 advantage in the series. The Dragons won the last matchup between the two programs, a 13-8 win in Albany last season.
The Virginia Beach Sportsplex in Virginia Beach, Va. will host SUNY Cortland (preseason No. 7) and Stevens Institute of Technology (No. 2) in a NCAA Division III lacrosse game on March 13, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, 2181 Landstown Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23456.
Five of the top six goal scorers return, including top returning scorer, junior attackmen Brett Carroll (Bishop Timon-St. Jude), who had 23 points on 22 goals and an assist last season, and Caleb McCaig (Corning West), who shared the team lead in assists with 15.
This spring, the Big Red are sporting custom Cascade CPX-R helmets, Nike Hypercool Elite game jerseys, Nike Vapor Elite gloves and arm protection and STX Shadow gloves and arm protection. The Big Red are also sporting Nike footwear this season as they look to improve upon last season.
The Rochester Knighthawks will look to make it 11 straight over Philadelphia when they host the Wings on Saturday, February 23rd at The Blue Cross Arena. The Knighthawks defeated the Wings 20-10 in their first tilt on February 8th, which stills hold the National Lacrosse League’s 2013 record for most goals scored in a single game (20) and the largest margin of victory (10).
(Bruce) Murdock, an original member of the 1974 National Lacrosse League Syracuse Stingers, wore red, white and blue. The sweaters donned by the new Syracuse Stingers were the typical bumblebee black and yellow. Murdock was joined by former teammates Russ George, Alfie Jacques and Travis Cook to be honored with new jerseys during the Stingers exhibition game Thursday night against the New York City All-Stars. Syracuse won 19-8.
Entering its second season under head coach Scott Nelson, the Binghamton men’s lacrosse team hopes to build off what it began last year. After redshirting last season, junior attack and captain Matt Springer returns in 2013, set for the Bearcats’ campaign to get back to the America East tournament. After last season’s 4-9 record precluded the Bearcats from reaching the America East tournament for the third consecutive season, the coaches and players are focused on returning to the postseason.
Binghamton University begins its season at 1 on Saturday against Siena College in Loudonville. Six starters and 30 total players return for a BU squad that went 4-9 overall last season and 1-4 in America East Conference play. (Video 1:57)
A fourth state crown will be a goal this spring for the talented duo, which will be their final season as MKA lax teammates and fellow attackmen before each embarks on a Division I college lacrosse career: Lane at national power Syracuse University and Phillips at the University of Vermont.
US Lacrosse has released its newly created “Men’s Game Officiating” and “Women’s Game Officiating” online courses, as well as its freshly redesigned US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program (CEP) Level 1 online courses, “Men’s Fundamentals of Coaching” and “Women’s Fundamentals of Coaching.” These courses are a free benefit to all current US Lacrosse members.
Tyler Burton will spend his Friday at a lacrosse arena, but he won’t be working on his own game. Instead, the Rochester Knighthawks defenseman will step behind the bench to coach kids from Upstate Indoor Lacrosse as they compete for the inaugural Knighthawks Upstate Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
Hamilton Nationals fans craving the excitement of lacrosse can drive to Rochester, NY this Saturday to see some of their favorite players. The professional indoor lacrosse game features 10 Nationals stars as the defending NLL Champion Rochester Knighthawks host the Philadelphia Wings.
Cortland returns the bulk of veterans, and head coach Steve Beville said a good core group of younger guys gained valuable experience last year. The Red Dragons enter the season ranked No. 2 in the coaches poll behind Salisbury, and Beville said he expects to make another push to the championship game. Cortland opens 2013 on the road in Reading, Pa., to play Albright at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
If you’ve been following Twitter.com/joe_lombardi, you know that the travel program run by Duxbury High School (Mass.) varsity coach Chris Sweet has had three Division I commitments in just over 24 hours. Matt Kaser is among the trio. The senior attackman/midfielder from Spencerport High School (N.Y.) in the Rochester area committed to Binghamton University.
The Big Red women's lacrosse team had a high level of success in 2012, finishing the year in the national rankings after an 11-5 season. The team reached the Ivy League Tournament with important conference wins over Harvard and Princeton, and it knocked off multiple teams ranked in the top 20. Still, Cornell just barely missed the NCAA Tournament and graduated a prolific class of nine seniors.
Paul Dawson has earned the reputation as a hard-nosed defender with his ability to disrupt the game of an opposing forward with his stick and his fists. So when he walked into the Build-A-Bear Workshop® in Eastview Mall, it was probably the last place you would expect to see the 6-foot-5 Rochester Knighthawks defenseman.
University at Albany men's lacrosse coach Scott Marr can tell people look at his program differently now. He knew that much by the 95 text messages he had on his phone right after Sunday's milestone win and by the emails he received from high-school recruits in the days afterward.
Katie Ferris (Carthage) led UMass to a 2-1 start with a 16-4 loss to No. 1 Northwestern, an 18-9 win over Southern California and a 21-8 win over Long Island. The junior attacker from Carthage, N.Y., posted her fourth career game with 9-or-more points and was one shy of her career-high in the win over USC. She had an assist against the Wildcats along with a groundball and a draw control. Along with her nine points (6g, 3a) against the Trojans, she added a groundball and a caused turnover. Against Long Island, she posted her three goals and two assists in just the first half and did not play in the second.
The loss gives Salisbury (1-2) its first two-game losing streak since the 2009 season and dropped the Seagulls under .500 for the first time since 1989. It was also SU's first home loss since a 16-12 setback to Stevenson on April 16, 2011. Additionally, the six goals were the fewest scored by the Seagulls since a 9-6 loss to Tufts in the 2010 National Championship game.
As a former D1 athlete and study abroad alum, I can say I am lucky and grateful to have had the opportunity to do both. Playing lacrosse and studying in a foreign country shaped my college career in aspects that will stay with me throughout my whole life. I wouldn’t give up either experience for the world, and I’d encourage anyone interested in studying abroad to find a way to make it happen. It might change your life.
Colgate (2-0) saw the junior Alison Flood (Liverpool) tie her career-high with five goals. Monica White contributed with four goals and Emily Peebles (LaFayette) tallied her first two collegiate goals. Lauren Gorajek also netted her first goal in her Raider career. Kate Sheridan recorded five points on two goals and a game-high four assists.
"(Lyle) and I knew we wanted to play together in college," said Miles. "We had seen our brother at Syracuse and he said how great it was. But we wanted to go to a school that we could leave our own mark. Help move a program forward.
Gait called the loss to the Terps "a learning experience." He said the team has analyzed game film and found areas they need to work on, such as awareness, not forcing the ball on the offense, draw controls and defensive slides.
It hasn’t taken Richie Easterly to make his mark on the varsity level in both football and lacrosse. The sophomore at Westhill High School (NY) in Syracuse earned the starting quarterback job as a freshman. That followed a spring in which, as an eighth-grader, he earned a spot on the man-up unit, before going on to lead the varsity in assists as a ninth-grader.
The Rochester Knighthawks have teamed up with the American Cancer Society to help raise awareness and money for cancer research and patient programs. The Knighthawks have gotten involved with the cause by taking part in the Coaches vs. Cancer Flower City Cup, presented by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust.
Cosmo made 54 saves on 60 shots this past Saturday against the Rochester Knighthawks, backstopping the Bandits to a 10-6 victory at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester New York. His 54 saves were an NLL high in 2013 and his .900 save percentage in the win was the best in the NLL this season by a goaltender playing a complete game. Additionally, the six goals against tied for fewest in an NLL game this season.
Twenty NCAA student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate men's lacrosse. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.
So where can you see most of the games? Below is a list of live streams on team websites, as well as TV info. On the ESPN networks, Johns Hopkins is hosting Michigan on Saturday, a game shown on ESPN3 and re-aired on ESPNU.
I wanted to share this obituary I received this morning on the passing of one of my teammates. I played on the 1990 U. S. National Team with Paul Schimoler and with his brother John at Syracuse University. John passed last summer.
1. CORTLAND Cortland had one loss on its schedule last season, and it came at the hands of Salisbury in the national championship game. The Red Dragons return a ton from last season’s runner-up team and have the potential to be playing on Memorial Day weekend again.
For the second year in a row, McDonogh (Md.) enters the season in the top spot of the ILWomen Preseason High School Rankings. The Eagles maintained the No. 1 spot throughout last season as they cruised to the IAAM Class A Championship.
"Where did they play, out on the fields with the trees?" someone asked, wanting to know about how Native Americans played lacrosse in its early years.
Brian Patterson slightly smiled before answering, "They did play out on the fields. They played among the trees. There was no out of bounds."
“Playing Hobart is a great way to kick off our season, going against a traditional central New York rival,” said Ben DeLuca, the Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Cornell Men's Lacrosse. “But playing in February always poses the potential risk of having weather become a factor and unfortunately, we saw that potential become a reality in two of the past three seasons. We are thankful to Coach Desko up at Syracuse, the Orange administration and the Dome staff for working with us and we're excited to play the Statesmen in the Carrier Dome.”
Long Island lacrosse was born in the 1930s, when Manhasset High School and Garden City High School built boys teams to pit against each other. That began the island’s ongoing connection with the sport. Long Island has done nothing but produce quality lacrosse players since.
It came down to family, even though Randy Staats said his parents had no idea where he was going to commit to play Division I lacrosse next spring. Staats picked the Orange over Maryland and Hofstra this past weekend. "I think (my parents) even thought I was going to Maryland," said Staats. "But they are really excited to have me going to SU and are behind me 120 percent."
Hobart College first-year midfielder Frank Brown (Silver Creek)was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Rookie of the Week by the conference office late on Monday. He enjoyed a strong collegiate debut, producing four points and three ground balls as the Statesmen beat Siena 18-15.
First year women's lacrosse head coach Wendy Stone has announced the addition of eight new players in her first recruiting class. Joining the Purple Eagles for the 2014 season, as announced by head coach Wendy Stone. Joining the team will be Andrea Francisco, Murphy Newman, Taylor Wolf, Kara Martin, Sarah Fuller, Isabella Leon, Hannah Vause and Hannah Barnett.
The Syracuse men's lacrosse team is putting Sunday's game in the past. Now the focus is on Army. "It's a tough loss, Albany came in with a great game plan and they executed it great offensively and executed (defensively)," said JoJo Marasco. "But we have to put it in the past. I'm happy it's earlier rather than late (in the season) and now we just have to get after it in practice."
The season is just a week old, but already five of the seven Patriot League women's lacrosse teams have reached the win column in 2013. Colgate, Lafayette, Lehigh and Holy Cross all won their season openers last week, with Navy moving to 2-0 after claiming its season opener on Feb. 10 against Winthrop. Patriot League teams are a combined 6-4 early in the year.
Six of the seven Patriot League men’s lacrosse teams have picked up victories in the first two weeks of the season, and a pair will look to continue that momentum this week when they take the field Tuesday afternoon. Navy, which is 2-0 for the first time since 2009, will have its toughest test so far this season when it travels to No. 15/15 Fairfield Tuesday at 3 p.m. An hour later, Lafayette, which won 11-10 in overtime at Georgetown Saturday, hosts Stony Brook in its home opener at 4 p.m.
Twenty-six all-Conference selections are back and a new member joins the league as the teams are ready to engage in a two-month battle for the Empire 8 title. Two points separated first and second in the preseason coaches’ poll, but it was St. John Fisher who received five first-place votes and 46 points to claim the top spot narrowly edging out Ithaca (44 points and two-first place votes).
Diamond will follow the path to college lacrosse started by his brother, Brad Diamond, a sophomore attackman at Pace University, as well as many current and former JD players who have taken their talents to the D-I level, including current Syracuse Orange players Alex Hatem (freshman midfielder) and Eric DeJohn (freshman attackman) and SU-bound classmate Jordan Evans (attack/midfield).
I really didn’t know what to expect with the Bandits/Knighthawks game last Saturday night in Rochester. How did the team react to head coach Darris Kilgour in Tuesday night’s practice? What would their confidence be like? Would they react positively, picking themselves back up, dusting off and starting all over again?
IL Indoor's Brian Shanahan has released his National Lacrosse League Power Rankings after Week #7. While the Toronto Rock remained at the top for the fourth-straight week, the Buffalo Bandits and Edmonton Rush made the biggest jump by each moving up three spots in the poll.
The Rochester Knighthawks are preparing for their fourth straight East Division contest, as the Philadelphia Wings come to town this weekend. Rochester (3-4) and Philadelphia (2-3) are both two-and-a-half games out of first place, and will fight to move up the division standings on Saturday, February 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena.
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There were some crazy results this past weekend - or at least unexpected - and this week's Casey Powell Lacrosse Top 20 reflects many of those. We'll start at the top where Notre Dame and Loyola both jumped over Maryland. Unfortunately for Loyola they jumped from first to third even with the most first place votes. Loyola's support dropped off the map after that, whereas all of Notre Dame's votes put them in the top three. All but one of our pollsters put Maryland in the top three making them a solid #2.
Paul Schimoler '89, one of the greatest collegiate goalies to play the game, passed away on Friday evening after a brief battle with cancer. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m., at the chapel of St. Michael the Archangel on the campus of St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vt. There will be an additional memorial service in Long Island, N.Y., at a future date.
After scoring two goals and handing out a career-high six assists to lead UAlbany to a 16-15 double overtime victory over then 13th-ranked Syracuse, sophomore attackman Lyle Thompson has been named the first America East Conference Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday. In addition, the Great Danes have vaulted into the national spotlight, as they are ranked 16th on both the USILA Coaches' Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
Syracuse men's lacrosse senior midfielder JoJo Marasco was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Monday, Feb. 18 for his performance in the Orange's 16-15 double-overtime loss to Albany yesterday. Marasco scored a career-best eight points (three goals, five assists) against the Great Danes.
Many Syracuse fans have hit the panic button following Sunday's 16-15 double OT loss to Albany. It was the season opener. That might be a bit premature. As head coach John Desko said in the news conference following the upset, "we have a lot of things to work on moving forward." Here are some notable things I saw in Sunday's game:
Five squads picked up weekend victories in men's lacrosse, highlighted by Lafayette's come-from-behind overtime win at Georgetown and Lehigh's two-goal victory at Villanova. Garrett Thul paced Army to a pair of wins last week, while Colgate and Navy both improved to 2-0, the latter for the first time since 2009.
When Hakeem Lecky first arrived at Syracuse University, he went out to a practice field with some of his new lacrosse teammates. Most of them had been playing the game since they were 5 or 6-years-old. Attackman Derek Maltz said he knew Lecky had been an All American in high school, but Maltz and his teammates had no idea that Lecky had only been playing for four years.
The Rochester Knighthawks will kick off their Annual Boys Presidents Week Lacrosse Clinic on Tuesday, February 19th at Brighton Sports Zone. Kids can learn the game from Nazareth Head Lacrosse Coach Rob Randall, and Pittsford Varsity Coach Andrew Whipple.
It is not time to push the panic button, but there were a few things I saw yesterday that John Desko should be concerned about. On the positive side, JoJo Marasco looks like he is in for a big year and the face off issue may not be an issue anymore.
Ryan and Michael Powell will hold tryouts for five select boys' teams ranging from from elementary grades to high school.
The tryouts are February 24 at the Watertown Fairgrounds YMCA.
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Until Miles Thompson took a feed from his brother, Lyle, and scored with 3:03 left to play in the second overtime the University at Albany had never beaten its bigger and more famed lacrosse older brother program about three hours to the west of the Great Danes’ campus in the capital.
Photos by Rich Barnes
On Saturday I watched a pre-season men's lacrosse scrimmage between a Division III program and a JUCO program; I'll keep their identities anonymous for as long as I can. It was a clear, sunny day, but the high was only in the mid-20s. It was cold enough that some players on both teams played in sweatpants and/or hoodies - cardinal sins in my book on any other day, but I forgave them as I shivered in empathy from the bleachers.
No. 2/1 Syracuse (1-1) had its eight-game winning streak in home openers snapped in a 19-11 setback to No. 4/4 Maryland (1-1) on Sunday, Feb. 17 in the Carrier Dome. The game was played in front of 1,445 fans, which is the third-largest attendance in school history.
Photo's by Rich Barnes
It was a fitting Thompson-to-Thompson ending, as Lyle passed the ball to Miles, who found the back of the net with 3:03 to play in the second overtime, giving UAlbany men’s lacrosse its first-ever win over Syracuse. The Great Danes defeated the 13th-ranked Orange, 16-15, in the 2013 season opener for both programs. It was just the second overtime game in 11 meetings between the two teams, and the first double-overtime contest. It was the first season-opening loss for the Orange since 1996.
Albany's Miles Thompson took a feed from his brother, Lyle, and scored with 3:03 left to play in the second overtime to lift the Great Danes (1-0) to 16-15 victory against No. 13 Syracuse (0-1) in the season opener for both teams Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Carrier Dome.
Freshman Troy Haefele scored a team-high three goals to lead visiting Nazareth in its season opener against third-ranked Stevenson in the men's lacrosse season opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon. The Mustangs outscored Nazareth 10-4 during the second and third periods to build their advantage.
Three days later and it was the same result for the Army lacrosse team - a 14-8 victory. The story Saturday, however, was senior attackman Garrett Thul exploding for a career-high seven goals and sophomore attackman Alex Newsome (six points) continuing his standout play. Thul added an assist to finish with a career-best eight points in a monster offensive effort.
The Hobart College lacrosse team used an 8-1 run, spanning the third and fourth quarters, to take control of today's season opener on the way to an 18-15 win at Siena College. It's the highest scoring game in Division I this season and the highest scoring total for the Statesmen in a season opener since the 1997 squad defeated Army 19-12.
The nation's longest home win streak no longer belongs to Siena. Hobart bridged the third and fourth quarter with a 7-1 run on its way to an 18-15 win at Siena Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Nate Barry had three goals and two assists to lead the Saints.
Lost in the hoopla of Sunday's overtime season opener were a pair of goals contributed by Colgate's Peter Baum. Those two scores in the middle of a see-saw affair not only helped the Raiders squeak past Bryant 14-13, they also made Baum Colgate's all-time leader in career goals with 132. He's now just six goals shy of the Patriot League record of 138.
The Buffalo Bandits (4-3) snapped the three-game win streak of the Rochester Knighthawks (3-4) with a 10-6 road win before a near-capacity crowd, many of whom were Bandits fans, at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night.
The Buffalo Bandits (4-3) avenged last week’s loss to the Rochester Knighthawks (3-4) as they left Blue Cross Arena with a 10-6 win thanks in large part to a 53-save performance from goaltender Anthony Cosmo and a hat trick from Luke Wiles.
While veteran forward Dan Dawson is two points away from his 900th career point, and Mike Accursi is five shy of 800, Rochester Knighthawks’ broadcaster Craig Rybczynski will reach a milestone of his own on Saturday.
There’s been a steady stream of sophomore college commitments we’ve been reporting on the last couple of weeks. One of them came from the Rochester, N.Y., area — Webster Thomas midfielder Kevin Hill announced his intentions to attend Penn State. Chalk up another one from a high school just a mile and a half away: Webster Schroeder goaltender Willie Klan, who has opted for Ohio State lacrosse.
Last July, Steve Dietrich received a phone call from a former lacrosse coach who has known him since he was 9 years old. “He said, ‘Did you hear the Bandits are looking for a general manager?’ I said no,” Dietrich said. “He said, ‘Did you ever think of throwing your name in the ring?’
Onondaga Community College sophomore Randy Staats, the reigning NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year and a decorated box lacrosse player from Six Nations, intends to enroll and play lacrosse at Syracuse University after graduating from OCC, Inside Lacrosse confirmed today.
UAlbany visits #13 Syracuse in the first game of the 2013 season. Today marks the 11th all-time meeting between the two programs, as they have played every season since 2004. Syracuse has won all 10 matchups, with all 10 games being played at the Carrier Dome. Last season, the Orange pulled out a 12-7 victory over the Great Danes.
Lost in the hoopla of Sunday's overtime season opener were a pair of goals contributed by Colgate's Peter Baum. Those two scores in the middle of a see-saw affair not only helped the Raiders squeak past Bryant 14-13, they also made Baum Colgate's all-time leader in career goals with 132. He's now just six goals shy of the Patriot League record of 138.
Five years ago, Hamlin was a redshirt freshman when the Orange won a second straight title. Now, he is a senior defenseman and one of seven returning starters on a 13th-ranked Syracuse team that opens the season against the University at Albany at 4 p.m. Sunday (Time Warner Cable) at the Carrier Dome.
The Canisius College men's lacrosse team named its team captains for the 2013 season, announced by head coach Randy Mearns on Friday. Seniors Kyle Bell and Hugh Weir plus junior DJ Giacobbo are set to the lead the Golden Griffins as the team looks to repeat as MAAC Champions.
A new study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine may help keep athletes safer by identifying and preventing the incidence of concussion injuries in boys’ high school lacrosse. The study, led by US Lacrosse Sports Science & Safety committee member Andrew E. Lincoln, ScD, MS, director of the MedStar Sports Medicine Research Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, used video analysis technology to take a closer look at the common game interactions responsible for concussions in boys’ lacrosse.
The Rochester Knighthawks and Buffalo Bandits will meet for the third time in seven games Saturday night. The 7:30 p.m. contest will be broadcast on Sportsradio 950 ESPN and online at www.sportsradio950espn.com. The games will be also carried live on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network.
The Buffalo Bandits (3-3) will look to snap a two-game losing streak Saturday night, as they travel to Rochester for the second time this season to take on the Rochester Knighthawks (3-3). This is the third of four times the two teams will meet this season.
Eight months ago Ryan Cousins raised the Champion’s Cup for the first time in his pro career. That’s what made his decision on January 30th even tougher for the 31-year-old National Lacrosse League veteran.
The 13th-ranked Orange (0-0), winners of three straight BIG EAST championships, host America East foe Albany (0-0) Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Carrier Dome in the season opener for both teams. The clash is the second game of a college lacrosse doubleheader at the Dome. The second-ranked SU women's lacrosse team hosts No. Maryland at 1 p.m.
"He loved lacrosse so we want the contributions, any donations, going to Holland Patent youth lacrosse association because right now the parents fund the team. Anusha was such an athlete he would love this. He's going to be in his lacrosse uniform at the wake," says Sharon Yagey.
A lacrosse game consists of countless plays, but the outcome can hinge on just a small fraction of them. And while heart and hustle do count, those plays will be made more often than not by the team with the superior talent. Here's a look at the 25 players in the country who give their squads the biggest edge:
Lots of black and white footage, a good amount of Easton Lacrosse, plenty of Powell, and some slow-motion perfection. Do you need more than Blood, Sweat, and Tears to play box lacrosse? This USA box lacrosse promo video is a killer 1:30 spot:
The 111th Hobart College lacrosse season begins Saturday, Feb. 16 at Siena. The Statesmen and Saints will face off at 2:30 p.m. in Loudonville, N.Y. On the heels of two outstanding recruiting classes, including the current crop of first-years that were ranked 20th in the nation by Inside Lacrosse, the team is deeper than it's ever been under fifth-year Head Coach T.W. Johnson and has its sights set on climbing higher in the ECAC Lacrosse League standings.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation will welcome ambassadors of the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse organization to Creek Country from February 16 to 18. The Iroquois and Muscogee cultures share a special bond through the related sports of lacrosse and Muscogee "stickball." Both of these games have deep roots in their respective cultures and are the oldest stick-and-ball games in North America.
Since graduation he has worked many jobs and was laid off at the closing production plant of Sikorsky. Since January 2012 he has had no health insurance and he suffered a stroke on October 24, 2012. Dan was in the ICU of Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for eight days.
It's been 258 days since the Syracuse women's lacrosse team fell to Northwestern in the national championship game. A title game that was a first in the program's history, and a game head coach Gary Gait and his players are certain they will play in again this year.
The Army lacrosse team will head south for its fifth game of the season to take part in the 2013 Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic on Saturday, March 2. The Black Knights will face Michigan for the first time in program history in the event's marquee matchup.
Without Galasso, Derek Maltz will now be the go-to finisher. Maltz had a breakout season last year with a team-high 28 goals. Syracuse needs him to produce again this year, and through three scrimmages (he rested against Holy Cross) he has looked to be on track to do just that.
Tom "Hollywood" Marechek scored 183 Goals 82 Assists and 268 Total Points in his 7-year MLL Career. The 3-Time MLL All-Star is both a Cuse' and MLL Legend winning back-to-back Nationals Championships in 1989 and 1990 and one MLL Championship in 2002.
Welcome to the first Photos of the Week post of the new lacrosse season. Only a handful of games were in action last weekend (but they were exciting ones), but we've got a lot of good shots from DI, DIII, women's and scimmages.
Komer joins the Bandits after spending parts of two seasons in the Canadian Lacrosse League. He appeared in 11 games in 2012 for the Peel Avengers and has played in three this season with the Barrie Blizzard.
The Rochester Knighthawks are back on the road again, but this time it’s not to play a lacrosse game. The players will bring the team's “We Got Your Back” Anti-Bullying message to schools in East Irondequoit and Pittsford.
The two-goaltender system isn’t popular with many other teams. But Syracuse defender Natalie Glanell wouldn’t have any other system in the cage behind her. “I like it this way,” Glanell said. “Having two goalies is an advantage. If one of them is having an off day, switch them out. Or you know, both of them might be on fire, saving goals left and right. We look at it positively, not negatively.”
Playing football at Notre Dame was Brandon Mullins’ dream from the start. But one night in June of 2011, when that dream finally became a legitimate possibility, Mullins needed only a few hours to decline the offer and stay committed to Syracuse lacrosse. Though the juicy offer tempted those around him, Mullins remained steadfast, sticking with the school that came after him first.
Midway through the 2012 season, Bobby Wardwell finally found himself in the middle of Syracuse’s goaltending rotation. He finally earned a start. From his first day in net, Wardwell never relinquished the role.
When you sign up to play men’s lacrosse at Nazareth College, you do so knowing that the expectation for every season never changes. “We expect to go to the national championship game every year,” said senior goalie Tim Doyle, who played at Palmyra-Macedon and knows full well the glorious history of the Golden Flyer program.
This week we’re taking a look at 1997 and 1998, when Nazareth (NY) and Washington College (aka WAC, in MD), were the top dogs in D3, and battling for it all. Even with all the recent rule changes, the modern games looks nothing like this!
In the first meeting between the two programs, Army's offense clicked on all cylinders and handed visiting Manhattan a 14-8 loss in the Black Knights' home opener Wednesday afternoon at Michie Stadium. Senior attackman Garrett Thul registered his 24th career hat trick, while sophomores Alex Newsome and John Glesener added five and four points, respectively.
The goal is a national title. “Yeah, I think anything less would be a disappointment,” Syracuse women’s lacrosse head coach Gary Gait said at the Orange’s Media Day at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday. “It is a goal. It has been a goal for every team that has been here. These seniors want to win and that is the only thing that will be acceptable to them.”
The Syracuse women's lacrosse squad will play on television four times this season, beginning with its home opener on Sunday, Feb. 17 against Maryland. The contest, which is scheduled for 1 p.m., will be telecast on Time Warner Cable Sports and SNY.
The Syracuse defense refers to itself as "the forest." Why? "When you throw a lacrosse ball into the forest, into a bunch of dense trees, it's going to hit something," said captain Brian Megill. "So it reminds us to deflect passes, sticks up, intercept, all of that."
It's been a long off-season for the Cornell men's lacrosse team. It felt even longer because practices didn't get under way until Feb. 1., and the first scrimmage was pushed back an extra day to Feb. 10 due to the storm that blanketed the Northeast. Now Big Red is more ready than ever to get out and play.
The Marist men's lacrosse team opens its 2013 season Saturday afternoon at home against Stony Brook, the defending America East Champions, in a 1 p.m. contest. The game, as with all six home games this season, will be broadcast live on The Red Fox Network.
Tommy Gilligan shot the UMass – Army game for us last weekend, and caught a pretty rare sequence of events on camera. If you’re following us on Instagram, you got a taste of what we’re about to show you . . . Click through the photos to see a head break off a shaft frame by frame:
To say Lazarus Chavez’s best lacrosse is ahead of him would be hard to argue. “The sky’s the limit for his game,” said former Yorktown High School (NY) and Johns Hopkins defensive standout Chris Watson of Chavez, a junior defender at Rye High School (NY). Lazarus, an athletic, on-ball defender who excels in transition, verbally committed to Syracuse, as we told you yesterday.
Cody Jamieson, Rochester Knighthawks (2 GP, 5G, 11A, 5 LB): Jamieson recorded seven points (3+4) and two loose balls in Rochester’s 20-10 win at Philadelphia on Friday and nine points (2+7) and three loose balls in Rochester’s 15-7 win at Buffalo on Saturday.
Army and Manhattan meet for the first time in program history on Wednesday at Michie Stadium. It will be the second game of 2013 for both teams and also serve as the Black Knights' home opener. The Black Knights are coming off a 16-9 loss at No. 12 UMass on Sunday in a game that was delayed a day due to severe winter weather. The Jaspers also lifted the lid on 2013 on Sunday and fell 15-6 at Rutgers.
The Syracuse Roadhawks and Trilogy Lacrosse will be hosting a clinic in Cortland, NY on Monday, February 18. It will be run by Trilogy promotional directors Chris Boland (Hopkins/Boston Cannons) and Andrew Sellers (Salisbury/Rochester Rattlers).
Someone stole Con Bro Chill’s dance moves and the band can’t go on without them. The alter ego band of Ohio Machine midfielder Connor Martin released “Dance Thief”, its eighth video, on YouTube on Monday and already garnered over 7,000 views in just a few hours. Connor took some time to talk to MajorLeagueLacrosse.com while on his way to San Diego to start the band’s two-week west coast tour.
"It's definitely a new team and a new season, but you're going to remember that last game," said Cameron-Carter of an NCAA semifinal loss to Limestone. "If you go out there and remember every day how your season ended, and bring that taste in your mouth to the table, it's going to motivate you. And that goes a long way."
The Orange, playing in their last season of competition in the Big East before moving to the ACC, are sporting custom STX Shadow gloves, Shadow arm protection, Nike Vapor Elite arm protection, custom Cascade helmets (Pro7 lids shown here), custom Nike game jerseys and shorts and Nike footwear.
As the late, great Vince Lombardi would say when his Packers lost: “statistics are for losers.” I do think, however, you’ve got to accentuate the positive when you’re looking to recover from a bad loss. And statistics of the game will show areas of strength and areas where work is needed.
With a soft opening to the 2013 season this past weekend, our staff of Upstate lacrosse pollsters are ready to voice their opinions on the quality of Divison I men's lacrosse. All our voters have Upstate ties, but their lacrosse experience and love for the game cross all bounderies.
The Onondaga Community College men's lacrosse team has proven itself as a powerhouse on the junior college lacrosse scene. A 15-6 win over Nassau last year gave OCC its fourth straight NJCAA title win (and sixth in just seven years). The Lazers have won 52 consecutive games and enter the season on March 1 with the same goal: Go for title No. 5.
Five teams opened the season over the weekend, and four picked up victories to begin the 2013 campaign. Bucknell defeated Delaware for the first time since 1974, while Lehigh and Navy were big winners at home. Colgate earned an overtime win at Bryant, while Army fell on the road against Massachusetts. Army plays Wednesday at home, while this weekend’s slate features the openers for Holy Cross and Lafayette.
"I think they are both playing great," Desko said of Wardwell and Lamolinara. "And I think that competition for the starting job is going to continue. But right now, Bobby's played very consistent for us and as it looks right now, Bobby would start and Dom would back him up."
Army Lacrosse fans, welcome back to week 3 of the blog! Last week I went over the most popular nicknames on the team. A few of the folks mentioned in last week's blog will be mentioned again this week as I go over one of the most crucial aspects of team chemistry ... on-the-road roommates.
The Rochester Knighthawks continued their climb in Brian Shanahan's IL Indoor Power Rankings after Week #6 of the 2013 NLL regular season. Rochester, ranked last just two weeks ago, moved up four spots to third by getting back to .500 with two lopsided road wins this past weekend.
With a 20-10 win over Philadelphia on February 8th and a 15-7 victory over Buffalo on February 9th, the Knighthawks (3-3) evened their record at .500 and moved into a tie for second place in the East Division with the Bandits.
Brett Queener will be hosting 'The Queener Experience' at Liberty Lacrosse, 243 Main Street, Elbridge, on Wednesday February 20th. This is a completely FREE event designed with fun in mind on the turf inside Liberty Lacrosse.
The game showed NEC favorite Bryant, ranked 20th in the preseason by Lacrosse Magazine, has staying power and Colgate is big-game ready. But the way by which the teams reached overtime might have left the biggest takeaway for the rest of 2013.
The first USILA poll of the year has been released for Division II and there's already controversy brewing. Dowling and Mercyhurst are tied atop the polls, which isn't a huge surprise, but the fact that the Golden Lions have four more first place than the Lakers and are still knotted up means a couple of pollsters socked it to the defending champs.
Le Moyne College has been selected atop the 2013 Northeast-10 Conference Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll, as voted upon by the conference's head coaches. The Dolphins received nine first-place votes and 119 points to take hold of the top position in the voting.
A bill was introduced on February 8 in Maryland that would "require a girls' lacrosse youth sports program operated by a county board or public school in the state to require each athlete to wear protective head gear during practices and games . . .
Yes, Delaware and High Point played the first game of the 2013 season more than a week ago, but now we’re really underway. This past weekend we had games in D-I, D-II, and D-III, and now we can begin our Casey Powell/Just Lacrosse Poll with some real results instead of mere hunches.
Six different players scored goals, including sophomore attackman John Glesener's (West Genesee) second career hat trick, but turnovers and clearing struggles plagued the Army lacrosse team in a 16-9 loss at No. 12/13 Massachusetts. In a game delayed one day due to severe winter storm implications, neither team led by more than one goal over the first quarter of the game. The Minutemen used a 12-5 run over the final three quarters to put the game away.
Cory Vitarelli received national attention Saturday night after his diving catch and goal was selected as No. 7 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays. The Rochester Knighthawks forward, known as “Vit Dog,” has had a penchant for scoring highlight reel goals.
(Kara) Cannizzaro (Cazenovia) made a dazzling move inside the arc to set up a one-on-one meeting with Mikey Meagher (Liverpool). She faked right, and dropped the ball into the bottom left corner. Meagher was there. "Without Mikey in goal, we're not winning that contest," Florida coach Amanda O'Leary said. "But that's what we expect out of her. Every single time we ask her to come up big, she does, and she certainly came up big today making point-blank saves."
Rochester’s offense came alive with four goals in each of the last three quarters. The Knighthawks led by as much as eight in the second half. Cory Vitarelli led the team with four goals and Cody Jamieson finished with two goals and a career-best seven assists. Stephen Keogh added six points (3+3).
The Bandits came within two early in the 2nd quarter, as David Brock rushed up the floor after a Knighthawks turn over and ripped a shot over Vinc’s left shoulder to make it 3-1. Brock had two goals in the game. That would be as close as the Bandits got, however, as Mike Accursi scored just 28 seconds later, and Stephen Keogh added another goal two minutes later to give Rochester a 5-1 lead. Kilgour elected to pull starting goaltender Anthony Cosmo after that.
When 11th-year head coach Scott Teeter first started to shape the Golden Griffin women's lacrosse program, he envisioned starting a powerhouse program at Canisius. The program reached its first goal of a MAAC Championship with a title in 2011. The Griffs then proved that they weren't a one-year wonder and backed it up with a second-straight title in 2012.
Siena was outscored 9-2 in the second half, allowing No. 4 Johns Hopkins to pull away for the eventual 15-6 victory in the season opener. Sophomore Conor Prunty touched net four times, while senior Matt Sharp had a career-high 20 saves in the loss.
The seventh annual John Mack Memorial Tournament, the largest indoor tournament of its kind in the country, will starts today at the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex on Airport Road in the Town of Union.
The Buffalo Bandits (2-3) are set to conclude their three-game homestand Saturday night as the rival Rochester Knighthawks (2-3) come to town for a 7:30 PM faceoff. The Bandits are 1-1 on the current homestand after beating the Philadelphia Wings in the first game two weeks ago, and falling to the Toronto Rock, 14-12, last week.
Cornell is nearing the end of its first week of practice after getting underway last Friday and, weather-permitting, will scrimmage Albany on Sunday (pushed from Saturday because of snow). Coach Ben DeLuca said of his team that despite some players being on the sidelines with the flu or another kind of stomach bug, “in general it’s great to be on the field competing again.”
A year ago the Orange made history, becoming the first Syracuse women’s lacrosse team to advance to the national title game. Michelle Tumolo became the second player in school history to be named a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist. Alyssa Murray and Becca Block joined Tumolo as the trio were all named first-team All-Americans; marking the most first team nods the program has ever received.
Colgate men's lacrosse coach Mike Murphy is quick to point out that this year's team is a new team. It has to be. "This team's got to have its own identity," said Murphy following the team's outdoor practice Wednesday evening. "They have to realize that they have to be better.
Siena has won four straight MAAC Regular Season Titles and five of the past six. And according to the conference's seven head coaches, the Saints are the favorite to win again in 2013. Siena has been picked first in the MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll and senior captain Danny Martinsen is the conference's Preseason Player of the Year.
The Syracuse men's lacrosse team opens the season in a little more than a week. Another year full of high-profile competition in the Orange's last season in the Big East Conference, SU again opens the year with three consecutive home games before hitting the road. Here's how the schedule breaks down:
The Syracuse Orange seem to have gone through a whirlwind of change in just a few short weeks — adding superstar attackman Nicky Galasso, only to have news break last week that the North Carolina transfer suffered yet another injury and will miss the season. For Galasso, especially, the situation has to be incredibly challenging.
Earlier this week I brought up a couple of issues with the new rules that I saw as problematic. Today, I was able to speak with John Hind, the Chair of the Men’s Rules Committee, and he cleared the issues up for me quickly, concisely, and in a very friendly tone. It was a great conversation, and I learned a ton in only 15 minutes.
The Philadelphia Wings (2-2) host the Rochester Knighthawks (1-3) on Friday at 11 a.m. ET at Wells Fargo Center to kick off Week #6 of the 2013 National Lacrosse League regular season. Watch the game live on the NLL on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network. The early start might be unusual for the teams, normally accustomed to playing games at night, but both sides downplayed the effect of the timing of Friday morning’s game.
1. Who will play attack for Cortland?
Cortland comes into the season ranked No. 2 but will have to replace two-thirds of its attack. Mike Tota and Greg Wright graduated and took with them a combined 84 goals and 64 assists from last spring, with Tota being a three-time All-American and Wright Co-SUNYAC Player of the Year in 2012.
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No. 8 Stevens has been chosen by the coaches of the Empire 8 Conference to win its second consecutive conference title at the conclusion of the 2013 season. Stevens won a program-record 17 victories last season with a 6-1 mark in the Empire 8 en route to its first-ever conference crown and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship.
The Orange reached the NCAA final for the first time in school history last spring where it fell, 8-6, to Northwestern, but it was impressive in rallying from seven goals down to beat Florida in the semifinal. With that tournament experience and 10 starters back, the Orange has what it takes to go one step further.
Johns Hopkins is two days away from its season and home opener against Siena, and one of the few questions facing the Blue Jays is the status of senior midfielder John Greeley, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in an 8-2 loss to Navy on April 21.
For Fiore, a 2009 Ithaca High graduate, last season was spent nearly entirely on the sidelines after losing the starting goaltender’s job to then-sophomore Andrew West. Fiore was the starter in 34 of Cornell’s 35 games in his first two seasons on East Hill and compiled a 23-9 record, yielding about 8.5 goals per game.
The 2013 Army Lacrosse Media Guide is now available for download. The 92-page document is the most complete and comprehensive look into the 2013 Black Knights, featuring player and coach biographies, statistics, a look at the upcoming season, a record section and complete year-by-year results from every season in the program's history.
Colgate has two scrimmages in the books, heading to Delaware and playing the Blue Hens even two Saturdays ago before edging Albany by one in a five-quarter outing vs. Albany last weekend. It's now game week for coach Mike Murphy's squad as they prepare for Bryant on Saturday.
The Rochester Knighthawks will kick off their Annual Boys Presidents Week Lacrosse Clinic on Tuesday, February 19th at Brighton Sports Zone. Kids can learn the game from Knighthawks veteran Joe Walters, as well as Nazareth Head Lacrosse Coach Rob Randall, and Pittsford Varsity Coach Andrew Whipple.
Rochester Knighthawks goalie Matt Vinc has earned National Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season. In the 7-6 victory against Washington Saturday, he made 42 saves on 48 shots for a .875 save percentage.
Steve Ianzito could do whatever he wanted on the field in high school. He made contributions on both ends of the field. He got out in transition. He dominated on the wing. He played on the man-up and the man-down. And that’s exactly why he loves playing the up-and-down style of lacrosse Syracuse is known for.
For me, I follow the same enthusiasm I’ve had for 30 years covering teams with the “I can wait to get to the rink” attitude. As John Muckler, former Sabres head coach and general manager, used to tell me every game day, “this is the best day of my life.”
The college search for athletes has accelerated to the point where an early start is your best bet for success. Competition for scholarships, roster spots and admissions support is at fever pitch and the family who organizes best and executes their plan flawlessly will give themselves the best opportunity to succeed.
The Rochester lacrosse community welcomes to Rochester the inaugural edition of the Coaches vs Cancer Flower City Cup presented by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust. This unique lacrosse event includes 12 NCAA men's and women's lacrosse teams playing in a doubleheader format on the campus's of Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and St. John Fisher College. Each campus will feature a double header on both Friday, March 15th and Sunday, March 17th. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and contribute in the fight against cancer.
The LIU Post Pioneers, the reigning national champions, start their 2013 season where they left the 2012 campaign—in the No. 1 spot. Northeast-10 rivals LeMoyne and Adelphi sit No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, with 2012 national finalist West Chester from the PSAC starting the season at No. 4. The NE-10 and the PSAC both boast five schools in the top-15.
The men's lacrosse team will add 15 student-athletes in 2013, head coach Paul Wehrum announced on Tuesday. Union, ranked No. 17 by Lacrosse Magazine in its preseason poll, will open the season at home on March 2 against No. 1 Cortland. “I'm extremely pleased with this recruiting class,” Wehrum said. “With the graduating class last year being one of the finest in the history of the program, we have a lot of shoes to fill. We're extremely excited to see how they do.”
Cornell ranked anywhere from No. 3 to No. 14 among the coaches that we polled. Clearly there is some uncertainty surrounding the Big Red. Is Rob Pannell going to be the Rob Pannell of old? That's the biggest question for Cornell and one that lingers in the minds of preseason prognosticators. It turns out the uncertainty isn't limited to the men's team; in Clare Lochary's #LMranks Division I women's analysis, the Big Red are also listed as The Big Question Mark.
Cortland sells itself to recruits. Nestled in the hills of central New York, smack between Binghamton and Syracuse, the school is known across the region as a destination for athletes, a testament to its history as a training ground for physical education teachers.
If you haven't been to Potsdam, you haven't lived. The Northern New York village is home to the SUNY Potsdam Bears, on top of many other fascinating sights and points of interest. Not too far from this writer's home town, it only makes sense that we give the Bears and their gear a look as we roll closer to the spring season and the ramp up of NCAA action.
The Colgate Raiders had a tremendous season in 2013, reaching the NCAA tournament and seeing their leading scorer — Peter Baum — win the coveted Tewaaraton Award as the nation's top overall player. The 14-4 record was one of the best the program has ever seen, and head coach Mike Murphy and his bright, rising coaching staff look to take the Raiders all the way to Memorial Day this year.
Three-time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart was an honorary captain for the Rochester Knighthawks during their 7-6 win over Washington at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday.
Not only was it Stewart’s first Knighthawks game, but it was the first lacrosse game he had attended live. Admittedly, he is now Rochester’s newest fan.
Rocchio has arranged for Tyson and his two best friends to be Broncos for the day and for dad to be there to watch from the sidelines. That, too, is a tall order. Tyler's in hospice care and today has willed himself to leave his sickbed and make an arduous trip across town.
Cornell men's lacrosse coach Ben DeLuca puts little weight on preseason rankings. But he admits being ranked in No. 6 in the preseason Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll and No. 8 in the USILA coaches' poll does feel good.
Central New York is the birthplace of lacrosse, known as “the Creator’s game,” making this event important to the history and culture of this area. Community members should take advantage of this opportunity to experience a sport that has greatly influenced the Onondaga Nation and understand its contributions to lacrosse.
Rochester Knighthawks forward Dan Dawson will be taking over the Rochester Knighthawks Twitter account for a live tweet session on Monday, February 4th at noon. He will be answering questions for a one-hour period. Fans can feel free to begin submitting questions via Twitter by mentioning @RocKnighthawks.
Thinking about pre-season practices and the Superbowl, I’m reminded of a phone call I received in 2007 on a Sunday night during the big game. It was the night before our first practice, and that year we were planning to kick things off with a 6 AM practice in Romney Field House on Monday morning. Mike Brewster ’09, one of our captains, was on the other end of the call, which went something like this:
"It was a long trip and there wasn't a lot of time wasted. We basically got off the bus, had dinner and then went to practice, and the next thing you know, we were up for a pregame breakfast. I think (the team) responded pretty well all things considered."
The Rochester Knighthawks avenged their one-goal loss in Week 1 in Washington with a one-goal victory over the Stealth at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday. The Knighthawks (1-3) defeated the Stealth (3-3) by a final of 7-6 in front of 7,914 fans, giving them their first win of the season.
The Buffalo Bandits (3-2) had their three-game winning streak ended on Saturday night against the Toronto Rock (5-1) with a 14-12 loss. The loss also ends a home winning streak of five games. The Bandits last loss at home came against the Rock as well.
"It was a great day, getting one of the top teams in the country out here," said UAlbany head coach Scott Marr, whose team was chosen as the preseason favorite in the America East Conference. "We had the Tewaaraton Trophy winner here today, and got everyone some good experience."
No. 13 Syracuse improved to 4-0 this preseason with a pair of scrimmage victories on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Orange defeated No. 19 Ohio State, 8-7, and Robert Morris, 18-10, at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
When first place is on the line in a sporting event, as it will be tonight when the Buffalo Bandits host the Toronto Rock, it’s always good to have an expert on the other team available. Fortunately for the Bandits, Glen Bryan is ready to help.
With a quarter of the 2013 NLL season in the books, the Bandits are eyeing the top spot in the division riding a three-game winning streak. All three of Buffalo’s wins have come in one-goal contests while the Rock are in the midst of a two-game winning streak..
Experience and versatility ... Those are the two words that best describe the 2013 edition of the Cornell men's lacrosse team. The experience comes in the form of 19 letter winners, including the return of arguably the nation's best attack unit, as well as every defender who saw significant playing time a year ago. The versatility comes in the form of depth and personnel that can play several different positions. Experience and versatility ... It is those two words that have fans of the Big Red using another two words – cautiously optimistic.
The lacrosse lights don't normally shine bright on Portland, Ore. — or Hamilton, N.Y., for that matter — so Peter Baum will have to get used to something new in 2013. All eyes on him. Winning the Tewaaraton Award in 2012 made Baum the focus of national conversation. How will he handle the pressure, the publicity and the expectations?
Syracuse head coach John Desko and his team will be on the bus for eight hours on Friday, traveling to Columbus, Ohio, for a pair of scrimmages. "We might have to rethink this one" in the future, Desko said.
Yesterday it was announced that a team of NYC-based Lacrosse All Stars would be taking on the Syracuse Stingers on Thursday, February 21st, in Syracuse, NY, at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena. As you may have guessed from the NYC team’s name, that team is us.
The defending champion Rochester Knighthawks (0-3) will be seeking their first win of the 2013 National Lacrosse League season when they host the Washington Stealth (3-2) at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET in a rematch of their season opener. Watch the game live on the NLL on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network.
The Rochester Knighthawks will be seeking redemption on Saturday, February 2nd as they host the Washington Stealth at The Blue Cross Arena in a rematch of the season opener. Since losing 13-12 in the final minutes to the Stealth (3-2) at Comcast Arena on January 5th, the Knighthawks (0-3) have fallen to their worst start since 2009, when they began the year with four straight losses. However, no one in the Rochester locker room feels the season is in jeopardy.
With one quarter of the 2013 National Lacrosse League regular season in the books, the Buffalo Bandits (3-1) and Toronto Rock (4-1) will play for first place in the East Division when the teams meet Saturday at First Niagara Center in Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. ET. Watch the game live on TSN and TSN Mobile in Canada, ESPN3 in the U.S., and on YouTube outside North America.
St. Petersburg, FL Game - 4.27.2013 Chesapeake Bayhawks' Midfielder Steven Brooks talks about his off-season, the growth of the game and about the Bayhawks' match up with the Rochester Rattlers on April 28th in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Although Black Sabbath certainly didn’t pen their hit song “Iron Man” with Bandits forward Shawn Williams in mind, people have begun to attach the title to Williams’ name. That’s because Shawn Williams just recently set an NLL record by playing in 200 consecutive games.
Neal Powless, a member of the Eel Clan of the Onondaga Nation and assistant director of the Native Student Program at Syracuse University, has organized a professional indoor lacrosse exhibition game at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena. The game will be played at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 and tickets go on sale Friday.
Playing a sport and getting a top notch education is the dream many parents have for their children. One of the biggest opportunities for girls is in lacrosse. Our area has become a “hotbed” for the sport, attracting the attention of many Division I colleges. (with Video, 3:13)
The Loyola men and Florida women claimed the No. 1 positions in Lacrosse Magazine’s 2013 NCAA Division I preseason rankings, released today. The release of the Top 20 rankings concludes a four-week countdown of daily profiles of the nation’s best teams on LaxMagazine.com/LMranks.
The Great Danes, who reached the conference's championship game for the ninth time in 11 years last season, received three first-place votes and 22 points to earn the poll's top spot. UMBC (one first-place vote) and Stony Brook (two first-place votes) are tied for second with 20 points apiece. Hartford is fourth (13 points), followed by Binghamton (10) and Vermont (5).
Danielle Bernstein of Inside Lacrosse was kind enough to answer a few questions of mine regarding Syracuse's home opener against Maryland. The deBeer Women's Media Poll has the Orange tabbed as the preseason No. 1, receiving five first place votes. The Terps are right behind them at No. 4.
United Lacrosse is excited to announce the Capital Challenge Showcase Camp for Boys, which will be held at the University of Albany July 19th through July 21st. The Capital Challenge is a unique three-day showcase event. Players will be coached by NCAA coaches and United Lacrosse directors.
Out of the frying pan and into the fire is how the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team might be feeling this preseason. After traveling to powerhouse No. 5 Johns Hopkins for a scrimmage last weekend, the team is set to host a doubleheader Saturday against two more nationally respected programs, No. 12 Syracuse and Robert Morris.
“I want to thank Curt, Glenn (Styres) and the entire Knighthawks organization for the invitation to attend my first lacrosse game,” said Stewart, who knows the Styres family from racing at their track at Ohsweken Speedway. “We’ve got some loyal fans in NASCAR, but I know the Knighthawks have a pretty passionate following as well. I’m looking forward to meeting some of these fans and enjoying the game with Curt and Glenn."