Over the course of his 16-year NLL career, Shawn Williams has developed a reputation as one the league’s strongest players. These days, Williams may no longer be considered the strongest person within his own household. That distinction belongs to Williams’ seven-year-old son, Tucker. The avid lacrosse and hockey player is the youngest of the three Williams’ kids that that reside in Oshawa, Ont. Tucker is now involved in one of the toughest battles of his young life.
As part of a series of events on Native American culture, John Evans and Sand Creek at the University of Denver this spring and fall, the Native American Students Association is showing The Medicine Game and sponsoring a panel about lacrosse, Wednesday, February 5th at 7 pm in Davis Auditorium at Sturm Hall (h/t Viki Eagle and Amanda Williams).
The televised schedule begins Sunday, March 9, with a rematch from the first round of last year's NCAA Tournament when Loyola Maryland hosts Duke at the Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore, Md., at 6PM.
Michael Borsz (West Genesee/Hobart), 32, comes from Wells College, where he worked as athletic director. He previously worked at Catholic University in Washington, DC, as assistant lacrosse coach, assistant athletic director and recruiting coordinator, and at Colgate University, where he spent two years as an assistant men's lacrosse coach.
Great programs don't rebuild. They reload. For the Big Red men's lacrosse team, which begins preparations for the 2014 season with its first official practice on Saturday, Feb.1, the time to reload is at hand.
Across the country, the 2013 freshmen class is getting ready to make an impact for their college teams. Scrimmages are under way and games the next couple of weeks will give these individuals the opportunity to prove that they are worthy of significant playing time. Regardless of how these freshmen do on the field, they are living proof that fewer college players come from the traditional hotbeds than ever.
Rochester area Hobart lacrosse alumni, members of the Statesmen Athletic Association, and team parents are invited to a luncheon hosted by the SAA at Oak Hill Country Club on Wednesday, Feb. 5 with special guest Hobart Lacrosse Head Coach Greg Raymond. The two-hour event is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.
Army attackman John Glesener (West Genesee) earned high praise on this morning’s Patriot League preseason teleconference as the junior collected Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year plaudits heading into the 2014 season. Sophomore face-off specialist Alex Daly joined Glesener on the preseason all-league team, while the Black Knights landed fourth in the conference’s preseason poll.
"My first reaction was that I was thrilled to get picked up by a team. It was not only another team in the league, but a rival of Buffalo,” said Hopcroft. “It’s definitely still nice to live at home and be able to travel back and forth to Rochester for the games.” - See more at: http://www.knighthawks.net/node/4143#sthash.e0mHMIxe.dpuf
Individual honors were also handed out as Army junior attacker John Glesener (West Genesee) was named Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Loyola senior defender Joe Fletcher (West Genesee) took home the Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year award.
As we approach the Spring season, it’s easy to let our excitement take over and forget about what got us to where we are. I’ve got FIVE basic rules that every player can follow, and I am willing to bet that if you follow these guidelines you’re going to experience a fantastic 2014! We’re hoping that everyone has a great Spring, and we hope this list assists you in getting it done.
Rutgers men’s lacrosse junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia) has been named to the 2014 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, the league announced Wednesday. The players were chosen by a vote of the league’s head coaches.
What a difference a month makes. For those of you in Banditland that braved the cold and greasy roads, and for those of you that listened and watched the Bandits hold off the two-time defending champion Rochester Knighthawks 11-10 last Saturday night, you can sense that something good is happening.
District 2 - Keuka College, Head Coach Jason Paige: The award exemplifies the tradition of sportsmanship in lacrosse by Ace Adams, the coach of the United States Military Academy (Army), University of Pennsylvania and University of Virginia in the 1960s to the 1990s. Adams won not only by being good a coach, but also by playing fair. He won several championships and the USILA Coach of the Year award in 1961.
As the publisher of an e-magazine about Disney trip planning, I cover sporting events at ESPN Wide World of Sports. This weekend I had the privilege of press access to the Champion Challenge, an event that in the past has been something of an exhibition, but this year was a career changer for all 51 of you . . .
Staats said, and John Desko confirmed, that the transfer from Onondaga Community College will compete for the Orange on Saturday during an exhibition game at Towson. Syracuse is scheduled to compete against both Towson and Bucknell.
St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) enters the 2014 varsity season on a mission after seeing its run of four straight CHSAA AAA titles ended last season. The Friars will have no shortage of college-bound players aiming to achieve that goal. St. A’s has 17 — count ‘em — 17 Class of 2014 commits alone. One of them, starting defenseman Dan O’Brien, will spend a post-grad season at Avon Old Farms (Conn.) in 2015 before enrolling at Army.
On Wednesday, Jan. 22, the SUNY Cortland men's and women's lacrosse teams kicked off 2014 by participating in America's Fastest Shot Contest, a fundraiser sponsored by Fields of Growth, a popular non-profit organization bringing lacrosse to communities in Uganda and Jamaica.
Consistent with its strategic goal to help foster increased diversity and inclusion efforts within the game, US Lacrosse has committed to being a charter member of the Urban Lacrosse Alliance (ULA), which pulls together like-minded organizations dedicated to expanding lacrosse opportunities for urban youth. US Lacrosse will partner with the ULA's other member organizations to grow the game through shared strategies and the exchange of best practices.
It’s good to see Matt Abbott (Nottingham) and Joe Fletcher (West Genesee) get so much praise for their hard work and solid play. They’ve both been hugely integral pieces to their teams, but they’ve never quite gotten the attention they deserved.
After missing the first seven games of the 2014 NLL season, Colorado Mammoth forward Casey Powell (Carthage) is set to return to the team this weekend. With the team looking to get back on track, Powell will make his season-debut against the Minnesota Swarm at Pepsi Center on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.
Lacrosse people are opinionated, and this is true when it comes to fans, writers, and yes, even TV announcers. Quint Kessenich (I’m a big fan!), Paul Carcaterra, and Eamon McAnaney do a great job with broadcasts, but they also say some rather interesting things from time to time, and here is where we sift through it all to find the hidden gems, and potentially missed points!
The Rochester Knighthawks gathered for their usual Friday team dinner, but on January 24th they made room for one more person at the table. Renowned speaker and author Eric Thomas joined the Knighthawks players and staff at the Embassy Suites in Buffalo.
For the first time in Washington state, student-athletes playing high school lacrosse will be recognized for their community service through a first-of-its kind “All-Community Team” being launched this spring.
With the start of the 2014 lacrosse season about three weeks away, the Hobart College Statesmen are busy preparing for their first preseason scrimmage. The 112th Hobart varsity team recently elected five captains, senior Cam Stone, senior Alex Love, senior Peter Bolte, senior Peter Zonino, and junior Taylor Vanderbeek.
We’re back with the Alphabetical 2014 NCAA D1 Previews! Like last year, we’ll go through all of the D1 men’s teams for 2014 (there are 67 this year!) and we are now moving on to the Hobart Statesmen, located in Geneva, NY.
Cornell interim head coach Matt Kerwich has announced that MJ Kiekebelt will join the Big Red staff for the 2014 season. Kiekebelt comes to East Hill after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater RIT. With the Big Red, Kiekebelt will work primarily with the face-off and defensive midfield units, while assisting on both ends of the field and running the substitution box on game day.
X-Factor: G Blaze Riorden (So.)
Riorden got his feet wet during his freshman season, and had some monster games (20 saves against Johns Hopkins and 13 against Syracuse). His continued development could help a defense that is vulnerable to as many transition chances as Albany creates.
Over the weekend, Paul Carcaterra offered his expertise on the U.S. Men’s National Team exhibition in Florida for ESPN. The former Syracuse All-American midfielder, who is on Twitter at @paulcarcaterra, will return to the college game to provide analysis when Ohio State visits Johns Hopkins on Feb. 9. Carcaterra shared some of his thoughts on the upcoming 2014 campaign.
The anti-bullying program, which is brought to you by Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning and Wellington Steele & Associates, will make its first stop at the St. Kateri School. On Tuesday, January 28th, Walters will speak to 165 students, grades K through 6, at 2:00 p.m. at the school located at 445 Kings Highway South.
The Rochester Knighthawks (3-1) are coming off of their first loss of the season after falling to the Buffalo Bandits in an 11-10 decision on Saturday, January 25th. This weekend, the Knighthawks will be traveling to Edmonton to take on the Rush, who are the only undefeated team in the National Lacrosse League. The 9:00 p.m. game can be streamed live on The Lacrosse Network’s YouTube Channel and broadcast via Sportsradio 950 ESPN and www.sportsradio950espn.com.
The Buffalo Bandits today announced that the team will host “Native American Night” at the team’s home game on Saturday, March 8th against the Minnesota Swarm. Special activities for the night will include traditional Native American music and dance ceremonies.
US Lacrosse recently joined more than 100 other organizations in endorsing a letter sent from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) to President Barack Obama, urging him to include comments in his State of the Union speech to promote the importance of physical activity as a way to create healthy lifestyles. Specifically, the ACSM letter respectfully asks the President to “dedicate a portion of your address to the benefits and power of physical activity.”
I’ve decided to do share my vision of both D-I and D-II this week, as there are only two D-II conferences that include CNY teams. Again, I don’t claim to have any significant insider knowledge – just a feel for a few programs and some good, old-fashioned “guess-timating.”
Let’s look at NCAA D-vision II first . . .
What are the common traits of Team USA lacrosse players? Traits you don't see are sloppiness with the ball and any sloth-like behavior at practice; there are no players walking or jogging off the field. These athletes are bigger, faster and stronger with the highest skill level, combined with an excellent lacrosse IQ. Stick work is exact. Talk is constant from all players in all drills, both on offense and defense.
With one final chance to shine for the U.S. men's national team coaching staff, Garrett Thul made the most of it, earning Most Outstanding Player honors after helping lead Team USA White to a 12-5 victory over Team USA Blue at Champion Challenge.
The Duke Blue Devils continue to rack up preseason honors after their national championship season. The Blue Devils come in at No. 1 in the preseason Warrior Division I Men's Media Poll, taking 15 of 19 first-place votes. Syracuse is right behind with four first-place votes.
Garrett Thul, who put up an impressive showing at the Play For Parkinson's intrasquad scrimmage event in the fall, had two goals on outside shots and was named the Champion Most Outstanding Player. The big, bruising former Army player who could be categorized as a "bubble" player, also had a big hit and made his physical presence known for the White team.
A timely Kelly Berger pass off a last-second free position found Katie Rowan on the doorstep, where she converted for her only goal of the game to lead the U.S. Women past North Carolina in a 16-15 overtime thriller at the Champion Challenge at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex.
The game, which will be televised live on Watch ESPN at 1:30 p.m. ET and rebroadcast at 10 p.m. on ESPNU, is the final on-field opportunity for members of the 51-player Team USA training roster to earn a place on the squad that will defend gold at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, July 10-19 in Denver.
John Tavares led the Bandits with four goals. The 45-year-old veteran continued to defy his age; but newcomer Joe Resetarits joined the scoring fray, recording his first career hat-trick on the evening.
Scott Self had some new jewelry to show to his former teammates with the Buffalo Bandits on Saturday night – a championship ring. Self was traded by the Bandits to Rochester in the middle of the 2013 season, and the Knighthawks went on to win the National Lacrosse League title.
The Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team opened the 2014 season on Saturday with a pair of preseason scrimmages at the Carrier Dome. The Dolphins took on the Hofstra Pride of the Colonial Athletic Conference and the Syracuse Orange of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Le Moyne fell to Hofstra in the day's first scrimmage, 10-8, and later to Syracuse by the score of 15-4.
The second-ranked Orange men's lacrosse team opened the 2014 season with a pair of scrimmage wins on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse knocked off Hofstra, 12-8, and defeated 2013 Division II national champion Le Moyne, 15-4. The exhibitions featured three regulation quarters and a fourth 15-minute quarter of running time.
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The freshmen from Jamesville-DeWitt High School, wearing the treasured No. 22, scored the first goal of SU's exhibition season with 12:00 left in the first quarter against Hofstra, but afterward he was quiet as he continued to learn both the Orange attack and midfield.
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The Buffalo Bandits (4-1) seized sole possession of first place in the East Division by holding on for an 11-10 home win over the two-time defending champion Rochester Knighthawks (3-1) before 13,339 fans at First Niagara Center on Saturday night.
JT Jennings is an outstanding individual talent, but his key to success as a defender is teamwork. “I would say my best skill is team defense and understanding when to slide and recover,” said the senior at Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School (N.J.). That skill set should serve Jennings well at the next level. The senior close defender will be attending Siena College.
Vinc’s connection to the area starts in St. Catharines, Ont., where he played goal in junior lacrosse. There he was recruited by Randy Mearns, the Canisius College coach who doubles as the Bandits’ radio commentator. “I knew I wanted to be a high school teacher, and Canisius offers a fine education program,” Vinc said.
With his commitment to Army, Condon becomes the third Washington state high school lacrosse player in the last two years to join the Black Knights and the 22nd from the state this school year to commit to an NCAA lacrosse program.
No. 3 Syracuse set a single-game school record for goals in a 25-0 victory against Stetson at the ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. It marked the third shutout in school history.
Mike Silipo, a 2011 Ithaca College graduate, joins the Bomber men's lacrosse coaching staff as an assistant coach under Jeff Long for 2014. Silipo returns to Ithaca after serving as an assistant men's lacrosse and football coach at Williams College since August 2011.
The Orange men's lacrosse team kicks off the 2014 season at the Carrier Dome with a three-way scrimmage against Hofstra and Le Moyne on Saturday, Jan. 25. SU will square off against Hofstra at 12 p.m. and meets Division II powerhouse Le Moyne at 2 p.m. The Pride and Dolphins start things off in the opening game at 10 a.m.
Desko said backup goalkeeper Bobby Wardwell has had an excellent preseason and is pushing starter Dom Lamolinara for playing time heading into the Orange's first scrimmage Saturday against Hofstra and Le Moyne.
“I would like to thank Ric Beardsly; he helped me the most with the recruitment process and he really knows his stuff. He is hands down one of thee best coaches I have ever had. Also, I would like to thank Guy Calandra, my high school coach. He helped me become the player I am today and noticed my potential at a young age.”
US Lacrosse is now accepting applications for 2014 grants to be used to significantly subsidize the cost of acquiring automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Teams, leagues and US Lacrosse chapters may submit applications through April 1, 2014. Grant recipients will receive one (1) Powerheart AED G3 Plus Automatic unit for the discounted price of $700.
The 2014 National Lacrosse League season started off strong for Knighthawks transition man Joel McCready when he set career highs in goals (2), assists (3), and points (5) in the team’s home opener on December 28th. McCready kept his nine-game goal-scoring streak alive as he netted another one against the Philadelphia Wings on January 11th.
My work paid off and I did well at the camp, but one clinician told me something I had heard many times before, but it never clicked until then. He told me, “Gordon, it is better to be slow and right than fast and wrong.”
I've always contended that Team USA tryouts provide a platform for the best lacrosse most fans will never see — until now. While Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., traditionally pits the U.S. team against final four-caliber college foes, Team USA coach Richie Meade has put a different spin on the nationally televised game.
U.S. vs. U.S.
For the first time ever, the Tewaaraton Foundation will announce the 2014 men’s and women’s watch lists at a special reception in New York City on Feb. 27, 2014. Join a host of former Tewaaraton winners, lacrosse stars and legends, and be the first to know who is in the running for the 2014 Tewaaraton Awards.
The SUNY Cortland men's lacrosse team took time over the winter break to organize a clothing drive to assist those in need this holiday season. Teammates worked together in their hometown areas to collect lightly worn and new articles of clothing and established a new team record with 97 bags.
The Rochester Knighthawks will hit the road for the first time this season when they battle the Buffalo Bandits on Saturday, January 25th at 7:30 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on Sportsradio 950 ESPN and online at www.sportsradio950espn.com. The game will also be carried live on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network.
Entering Saturday night, the Buffalo Bandits have been victorious in each of their last three contests. Things become more challenging for the Bandits this weekend as the defending NLL-champion Rochester Knighthawks come to the First Niagara Center on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Somewhere lost in Cornell's roller-coaster fall season — allegations of a freshman hazing incident, the suspension of outside competition and later the firing of coach Ben DeLuca — is the fact that the Big Red actually made the final four last spring.
Syracuse's Nicky Galasso will be limited by injuries for a third consecutive year. The transfer, who suffered through stress fractures in his feet in each if the previous two seasons, suffered an upper-body injury during Syracuse's first week of practice. "It's not season-ending," Syracuse head coach John Desko said in a statement. "He's being treated by our medical staff and we hope to have him back soon."
For the Thompson trio, Ty, Lyle and Miles, it’s always been about playing the Creator’s Game. The journey has been good and the national acclaim is mounting, but in the end, the University at Albany lacrosse players, Lyle Thompson (Onondaga), his brother Miles (Onondaga), and their cousin Ty (Mohawk) just want to play the game that the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy have played for centuries.
A high-scoring attack featuring the likes of seniors Alex Love (45G, 10A), Cam Stone (20, 29) and Jake McHenry (22, 3). Together, this trio's 129 total points was better than that of six of the returning groups listed in the 2014 Face-Off Yearbook top attack unit rankings.
Timing is everything. The Bandits’ 2,740-mile sojourn to Denver, Colorado last weekend, was, in effect, perfect timing. Everything went without a hitch. From the travel and accommodations, to the consistent play of the team that produced a 16-9 victory over the Mammoth.
US Lacrosse today revealed the US Lacrosse Central Hub, powered by ArbiterSports, a game management solutions and industry leading assigning products provider. US Lacrosse now hosts its Officials Education Program training content for youth and high school officials on the hub, a website housed within ArbiterSports.com. US Lacrosse will populate and manage the content of this website, which is provided in partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
Three practices into his Syracuse career, Staats is already earning significant praise from Syracuse head coach John Desko and adding to the Orange's abundance of offensive options. Desko said Tuesday that the Orange is likely as deep as he can remember, and Staats' emergence only adds to it.
Adrenaline Athlete Peter Baum took home the AllFightNoFlight MVP honors, carrying the load offensively all game long with seven goals and two assists. Baum's outstanding performance tied him with Sam Bradman for the overall points lead for the season.
Sophomore Kayla Treanor tallied a career-high 11 points to lead the No. 3 Syracuse women's lacrosse team to a 21-7 victory at Jacksonville in the season opener for both schools. It marks the seventh consecutive year that the Orange has won its first game of the season.
US Lacrosse today announced the U.S. Men’s National Team Blue-White rosters for the team’s evaluation game at the ninth annual Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event, Jan. 26 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The game, which will be televised live on Watch ESPN at 1:30 p.m. ET and rebroadcast at 10 p.m. on ESPNU, is the final on-field opportunity for members of the 51-player Team USA training roster to earn a place on the squad that will defend gold at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, July 10-19 in Denver.
Former Cornell head coach Ben DeLuca has joined the U. S. National Team as an evaluator and volunteer consultant and will wait out the 2014 college lacrosse season with an eye toward getting back into DI coaching this summer.
Le Moyne is using this growing population of gear fetishists to give fans of the Dolphins' program — alumni in particular — a small role in how the team will look. The athletic department has devised a "uniform creator" on its website that can be used to determine what the Dolphins will wear in their Feb. 15 season opener against Assumption. There are two helmet options and three each for shirt and shorts.
The third edition of men's lacrosse at The College of Saint Rose will get underway next month. The Golden Knights will take part in 14 regular-season contests, including 11 Northeast-10 Conference dates under the direction of first year head coach Mark Cometti(West Genesee).
US Lacrosse today announced Kim Tortolani as head coach of the 2015 U.S. Women’s National Under-19 Team. She will lead the team in its quest for a fifth consecutive world title at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup, July 23-August 1, 2015, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Rochester Knighthawks forward and hometown hero Joe Walters will join the NLL Live show on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network as a guest on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. Walters, a Rochester native who played high school lacrosse at Irondequoit, has won back-to-back championships with the Knighthawks.
Our good buddy Dan Holdridge, who's been working for Warrior and Brine in Central New York for as long as we can remember, always has outstanding custom high school goods for Section III teams to show us leading up to the start of the season.
Tim Clark (Henninger) says his life’s path has led him exactly to where he is meant to be. At each step of the journey, he has encountered a mentor who steered him in the right direction. That understanding and appreciation fuels his commitment today to enhancing the experiences of youth. Clark, 50, a former member of the US Lacrosse Board of Directors, has been chair of the organization’s diversity and inclusion task force since it formed in 2012. Clark and the other committee members strive to help the national governing body expand participation in underrepresented communities.
Natasha Rahal, a 2017 midfielder from ADK and Queensbury High (N.Y.), said she learned a lot about her skills from the event. “One of my goals coming in was to just improve on anything and always do my best,” she said. “I really enjoyed it; it made me realize everything I need to work on, and I realized all my hard work will pay off.”
The South Jefferson girls' varsity lacrosse club plans to go to Disney World for spring break to play lacrosse. Morgan Alexander and Stephanie Green were on 7 News This Morning to raise awareness for one of a series of fundraisers the team is having. (Video 2:11)
Jack Reilly stepped on the lacrosse field for the first practice of his senior season with his teammates at Johns Hopkins just over a week ago, but the Niskayuna native already has his plans set for the next phase of his career.
Family and friends of a lacrosse media member who was robbed, carjacked and badly beaten last week in Baltimore have launched an online fundraising drive to help pay for his medical costs. Jon Fogg, the lacrosse editor at The Baltimore Sun, suffered six skull fractures and broken bones in both hands.
The Rochester Knighthawks will be traveling to Buffalo on Saturday, January 25th to take on their thruway rivals, the Buffalo Bandits, at the First Niagara Center in a battle first place in the East Division. The 7:30 p.m.game can be streamed live on The Lacrosse Network’s YouTube Channel.
Don’t get me wrong here. I love all of the players, parents and families that I get to work with in sports. I would not want to be doing anything else with my life! But lately, I have been bewildered by a phenomena that seems to be growing in youth athletics. There is a constant search amongst parents and players to be on the “best team” that wins the most games and tournaments.
#3 Syracuse takes the field for its 2014 season opener on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Jacksonville. Opening draw is set for 5:30 p.m. The Orange is looking for a return trip to the championship game after losing in the national semifinals last season.
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At the age of 3, Joe Resetarits found himself among thousands of fans cheering on the Buffalo Bandits at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. His father, Frank Sr., purchased season tickets in 1992 and it proved to be a decision that that motivated Resetarits to think about playing lacrosse at an early age.
Families of two Maryland high school lacrosse players have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against school officials alleging that the teens were suspended for having dangerous weapons after an unconstitutional search of their sports gear bags turned up two small knives and a lighter.
My “expertise” is really with the four NCAA Division III conferences across Central New York, but I’ll try my hand at the D-I and D-II leagues, too. This week I’ll cover the D-III conferences, next week I’ll tackle the D-I, and the week after that I’ll cover the D-II leagues – and there are more of them than I thought.
The Canisius College men’s lacrosse team named its team captains for the 2014 season, announced by head coach Randy Mearns on Friday. Seniors Kevin Collins (Orchard Park) and DJ Giacobbo and juniors Adam Donner (Niagara Wheatfield), Tim Edwards (J-D) and Alex Govenettio are set to serve as captains for the 2014 campaign.
Entering the 2014 season, Bandits defenseman Steve Priolo had four goals in 51 career games. However, 2014 has been different story for the 6-foot-5, 232-pound defenseman. Priolo recorded a career-high three goals before the end of the first quarter, as the Buffalo Bandits recorded their third consecutive victory, defeating the Colorado Mammoth 16-9 at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Saturday.
Team Israel announced its 46-man travel roster for the upcoming World Championship. The team will later be cut down to 23 players for the tournament. Wolf, a former player for Team Israel, was announced as an assistant coach for head coach Bill Beroza.
The back-to-back NLL champion Rochester Knighthawks (3-0) started the season with three wins for the first time since 1998 by beating the Toronto Rock (1-2) at home by a score of 12-8 before a crowd of 8,136 at Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night.
"I don't mean it as a knock, but you probably have the team's worst lacrosse player being the most important player on the field, and that's the faceoff guy," Desko said. "Rarely do you see the faceoff guy stay out and play offense. Rarely do you see the faceoff guy stay out there and play defense. So you've got this guy who doesn't play offense or defense who might have the biggest impact on the result of the game."
Syracuse's national championship rematch at Duke on March 23 will be shown on ESPNU, as will the semifinals and finals of the ACC Tournament. The Orange will have at least five games broadcast on ESPN platforms, including the March 1 visit to Virginia and March 15 trip to Johns Hopkins.
A decision that Andrew Watt made when he was only 10 years old is still paying dividends. “I grew up in Kitchener, Ont.,” the Buffalo Bandits transition player said. “I was a baseball player until I was 10. Then a buddy of mine asked if I wanted to play lacrosse. I quit baseball on the spot.
The 2014 college lacrosse coverage across ESPNU and ESPN3 features a schedule of nationally-ranked programs and top-caliber games including 29 men's and two women's regular-season games, as well as the crowning of the ACC, America East and Ivy League tournament champions.
"We will be in great shape as a team with the leadership capabilities of our captains. Pierson, Marc and Sam have earned the respect of their teammates with their positive guidance both on and off the field," said Coach Mahoney.
Peter Bluvol had plans May 11, 2013. He was supposed to travel from Columbus, Ohio, back to his native Long Island for a first communion. A college lacrosse official, Bluvol thought his season was over—until his phone rang with a call from area code 315.
“Who do I know in Syracuse?” he thought.
US Lacrosse today announced the 36-player roster U.S. Women's National Team for the ninth annual Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Jan. 24-26, 2014.
Our friend and ILTelevision contributor Justin Coffman always makes sure we get a look at the gear to be worn by the Ithaca Little Red — he's an assistant there, so he's always gets his camera on the gear ahead of time.
Yale Assistant Coach Andrew Baxter will work with Cornell Assistant Coach Peter Milliman as they present a free clinic for coaches on January 25th form 10:00 am to 1:00pm. Both coaches are Brighton alumni.
The Rochester Knighthawks have moved goalie Angus Goodleaf to the active roster from the physically unable to perform list (PUP). Goodleaf, 26, enters his second season with the Knighthawks after winning the first Champion’s Cup of his career in May.
Procopio is a junior who also handles faceoffs and will sign with the Friars next fall. He'll enter college in the fall of 2015. Procopio said he picked Providence over Massachusetts, Lehigh and Cornell.
“He's been accepted to school here, has been enrolled in winter classes here and he's joined our team for the spring semester," said Miller, who recruited DeJohn when he was at Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.).
One of the behind-the-scenes reasons Randy Holden thrived for many years as head football coach at Corning East and in his first season guiding the Corning boys lacrosse program was the in-school interactions he would cultivate with so many of his players. When Holden retired as a math teacher at East last June, he admittedly did not anticipate the massive impact his absence from everyday school activities would have on his ability to continue coaching.
After starting 3-0 on the heels of its 2012 NCAA Quarterfinals appearance, a 19-3 wake-up-call loss to Cornell ended Colgate's early momentum, then a 1-5 finish ended whatever hope the Raiders had at another trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Vernon L. Doctor, 77, was called by the Creator on Jan. 15 at Upstate University Hospital surrounded by his loving family . . . In 2004, he and his teammates were inducted into the Upstate NY Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame as members of the undefeated Onondaga Nation Box Lacrosse Team from 1951-1953.
From his office in Millhiser Gymnasium, Dan Chemotti (West Genesee) can look out a window and see the artificial surface of Robins Stadium. That’s where the University of Richmond’s men’s lacrosse team, which Chemotti coaches, will play its inaugural game Feb. 8 against Virginia.
Brandon Mullins was on a track taken by the best defenders on the Syracuse men's lacrosse team. Since 2002, only five other Syracuse defenders had played every game in their true freshman seasons. Four of them went on to finish as at least honorable mention All-Americans.
With its move to the Atlantic Coast Conference, Syracuse’s road to a national championship won’t be an easy one — but it’s not out of the question for the Orange. SU comes into the season ranked No. 3 in Lacrosse Magazine’s Preseason Poll. It reached the Final Four last season, and returns most of the scoring talent from a team that ranked second in the nation in goals per game.
The head coach and the leading cast. Kerwick, the former Hobart and Jacksonville head coach and Georgetown assistant, had been in Ithaca for one season as offensive coordinator prior to DeLuca's firing in November. He takes over the helm for the entirety of the season, according to the Cornell athletic department. On the field, top players on last year's Big Red team — Pannell, Mock, defenseman Jason Noble and goalie AJ Fiore — were part of a 16-member senior class. It's a new era for Cornell in more than one way.
Lucas Shafer will have some familiar company and a slice of home, when he arrives at Lake Erie to attend and play lacrosse at the Division II college, next year. Not only does his brother Mitch Shafer play lacrosse at the school, but so does other 2012 Hamburg High School graduates Tom Lipomi and Ryan Jurek, who all made their freshmen debuts, last season.
The anti-bullying presentation, brought to you by Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning and Wellington Steele & Associates, is slated to begin at 8:45 a.m. Walters will share his personal story of bullying and will present the students with the Knighthawks’ “We Got Your Back” anti-bullying message at the school located at 485 North Clinton Ave.
If water boils at 212 degrees, then the Bandits were cookin’ this past weekend! This was good news for head coach Troy Cordingley who is using “212” as the team’s mantra this season. Water is in its normal state at 211 degrees, but it boils at 212. Cordingley is asking each Bandits player to give that one extra degree to make a difference, making sure that every player is committed to “212” all season long.
Where Staats lands will help Desko determine how to utilize the rest of his offensive weapons, a group that includes his three leading attackmen from last year, three midfielders who produced good offensive numbers, talented transfer Nicky Galasso and the country's No. 1 recruit, Jordan Evans.
Desko used basketball as a metaphor to explain why he cycles players between attack and midfield. Particularly, he assessed the role of Jordan Evans — the nation’s No. 1 recruit and the most notable in SU’s star-studded freshman class — who has been practicing at both positions since joining the team in the fall.
Two times the Schmeisser Award winner as NCAA Men's Division II Defensive Player of the Year, [Andrew] Wagner (Iroquois Central) is Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason Player of the Year entering his senior year, where he hopes to lead the Lakers to their second NCAA title in his tenure and first since his freshman year.
The Rochester Knighthawks have added veteran defenseman Jon Sullivan to the active roster from the holdout list, following an evaluation period. Sullivan was acquired from the Colorado Mammoth at the 2013 Trade Deadline, along with a third-round pick in the 2014 NLL Entry Draft, for veteran forward Casey Powell. Sullivan made his Rochester debut on March 30th against the Toronto Rock, but was then placed on the holdout list due to his work commitments with the Brampton Fire Department.
"I'm not personally the flashiest player but I try different things and do what works for me," Alyssa Murray said in a full-length preseason player of the year feature that will appear in the February issue of Lacrosse Magazine. "That's how you find your success."
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said today she has abandoned her request for as much as $200 million in state funding to build a $500 million sports arena in Syracuse because she could not persuade Mayor Stephanie Miner to endorse the project.
The Saints had the fourth-most productive offense in the land in 2013 (11.29 goals per game), and all but one of the team's key producers return, including four players with more than 39 points — a total of 184 among those players.
The Rochester Knighthawks will host the Toronto Rock on Saturday, January 18th at 7:30 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena. Tickets are currently available by calling the Rochester Knighthawks’ office at (585) 454-4295. The contest will be broadcast on Sportsradio 950 ESPN and online at www.sportsradio950espn.com. The game will be also carried live on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network.
Steve Priolo is not necessarily regarded as a typical goal scorer. Heading into the 2014 season, he had scored only four times in his first four seasons in the NLL. But last Friday, the 6-foot-5, 232-pound defenseman looked like a natural, posting two key goals in the Buffalo Bandits’ 12-10 win over the Toronto Rock at home.
The project for the FieldTurf only moves forward and is dependent on the passage of Proposition I, which is a $14.85 million project that will cover repairs, replacements and upgrades at the high school and two junior high schools.
Hilbert College is accepting applications for the part-time position of Assistant Lacrosse Coach to assist in developing a successful NCAA Division III lacrosse program. These areas include, but are not limited to, recruiting potential student-athletes, planning and supervising of practices and games, control of equipment and supplies, keeping statistics and general organization of the program.
Canandaigua senior defensemen, Preston Herbst recently announced his selection of the College of Saint Rose (Albany) where he plans to study and play lacrosse after graduation this spring.
Webster Schroeder junior midfielder/face off specialist Zachary Cooley recently recently announced his verbal commitment to attend and play lacrosse at Le Moyne College in Syracuse under Head Coach Dan Sheehan.
When the helmet registers the kind of shock powerful enough to cause a concussion - such as being dropped from a height - the device emits a strong red LED light visible from 30 yards away in bright sunlight.
Heather Ely's teammates say she was a fierce competitor on the lacrosse field, a goalie for Jordan-Elbridge High School who made 35 saves in one memorable game. To the people in Jordan and Elbridge she was an inspiration who's positive attitude in her daily struggle with cancer touched many.
Jordan-Elbridge High School will dismiss at 10:20 Tuesday morning so students and staff can attend the funeral of teaching aide and former student Heather Ely. The 28-year-old Ely was battling cancer (Hodgkin's Lymphoma) and passed away on Friday at Upstate University Hospital.
Overcoming challenges on and off the field, including two ACL tears, Six Nations product Randy Staats will continue the tradition of elite Iroquois players at Syracuse.
It almost didn’t happen for Randy Staats.
The rumor mill says a new stadium would be built with a combination of government and private funding. It could benefit Syracuse University basketball and football. It could benefit hockey. It could attract big-name concerts. There are details as specific as the cost. They are shooting for a 40,000 seat venue. It could have a retractable roof. There could be a parking garage.
These things are always fun to speculate about, especially when it is still in the rumor stage. But there appears to at least be enough smoke from this fire to start envisioning what a new arena/stadium could do for Central New York and if it could really happen. Allow me to ask a few questions about this project while our local politicians, sports owners, and athletic directors speak in code (or not at all) publicly about it.
"We've typically had a junior captain, and we had some excellent lead candidates this year as well," Murphy said. "Because the voting was so close for a third captain, we were going to just go with Jimmy and Bobby.
After a successful Crown Family Challenge in 2013, Colgate University Board of Trustees member Nancy C. Crown P'10 is pleased to sponsor another challenge through her family for the men's lacrosse team.
Last year was big for the Marist Red Foxes. The MAAC squad earned double-digit wins for the first time in a decade. Coach Keegan Wilkinson and his team topped Towson in overtime early in the season, and Marist was recognized with votes in the media poll.
Conference re-alignment has placed the Syracuse men's lacrosse team in what is likely the most powerful conference in the sport's history. It has also cost Syracuse fans one of their favorite rivalries. Syracuse and Princeton won't play this season for the first time in 16 years, potentially ending an excellent rivalry between two of the sport's most prestigious programs.
Coming off a season in which he finished with 113 points, one shy of the NCAA Division I men's single-year record, Albany attackman Lyle Thompson is Lacrosse Magazine's 2014 Preseason Player of the Year.
Heather E. Ely, 28, of Elbridge, passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at University Hospital surrounded by her family and friends. Heather was a 2004 graduate of Jordan-Elbridge High School, where she was an outstanding lacrosse goalie. In 2006, she graduated from Herkimer County Community College, where she was named to Junior College All American Lacrosse team as a goalie. Heather continued her education at Siena College and Dominican College.
Carl Runk was the head men’s lacrosse coach at Towson University for 31 years, from 1967 until 1998. The first time I ever saw him was when he served as the master of ceremonies at the national lacrosse coaches’ convention; back then there was just one speaker and just one main room for coaches’ presentations, and Runk would get up and introduce each speaker, usually telling a fantastically drawn-out joke for each coach. He made a great first impression, and I stole every joke I could remember.
Some top teams from cold weather climates clashed at Towson for the Fall Autumn Gold Showcase in early November. In these highlights, two 2015 squads, the Syracuse-area CNY Roadhawks and the Edge program from Canada squared off. The footage comes courtesy of GameTimeFootage.com
NLL legend John Tavares scored five goals including the game-winner in overtime to help the Buffalo Bandits (2-1) spoil the Philadelphia Wings (1-2) home opener with a 12-11 road win at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon.
The game, played before the start of today’s National lacrosse League contest between the Philadelphia Wings-Buffalo Bandits, capped a tripleheader of title games in a three-day tourney that drew teams from throughout North America. Games Friday and Saturday were played at a suburban Philly site.
Alex Love and the Hobart lacrosse team begin their season just over a month from now — Feb. 15 to be exact — at home against Siena College. The high-scoring Love draws plenty of attention from opponents. The Geneva native was noticed by the elite of Major League Lacrosse Friday.
Syracuse's quest for its first national championship is officially underway as the Orange opened practice for the 2014 season on Friday, Jan. 10. SU returns nine starters from last year's squad that advanced to the national semifinals for the third time in four years.
The Rattlers pegged LaCrosse — the 60th pick overall in the draft — as their third and final midfielder. LaCrosse has been a key member of the Penn State lacrosse team since graduating from Canandaigua Academy in 2010.
Below, have a look at some more great gear and more from the convetion. We've seen enough, and photographed so much of it, that we'll be serving content up online for you early this week too, and beyond.
A trio of Syracuse University seniors were selected in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft on Friday, Jan. 10. Defender Matt Harris was taken in the third round (No. 21 overall) by the defending MLL champion Chesapeake Bayhawks, while the Ohio Machine used consecutive picks to select midfielder Scott Loy in the fourth round (No. 27 overall) and attackman Derek Maltz in the fifth round (No. 39 overall).
Miles and Ty Thompson will stay local this summer, being picked by the Rochester Rattlers in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Entry Draft on Friday. Miles Thompson was selected in the third round and 20th overall by Rochester, then Ty Thompson was drafted in the fourth round and 28th overall by the Rattlers.
When asked about his impressions of the draft, head coach Tim Soudan responded positively, stating that the Rattlers “addressed a lot of our needs, being able to come away with one of the top two offensive guys in the nation right now, Jordan Wolf, is going to help us tremendously.”
Loyola's Joe Fletcher (West Genesee) was the first defenseman taken in Friday night's Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft. A record six defenders were taken with the first ten picks, and seven in the first 12.
Major League Lacrosse, The premier outdoor lacrosse league held its 14th Collegiate Draft on Friday night at the U.S. Lacrosse Convention in Philadelphia, Pa. Overall 64 college seniors were selected over eight rounds with 2013 NCAA Champion Duke leading the pack with six athletes picked followed by Maryland and Johns Hopkins with four each
FieldTurf announced the winners of the 8th annual FieldTurf Lacrosse Awards for 2013 today. Award-winners were named in seven categories, including six college coach of the year winners and one team of the year winner. This year’s winners are:
There were a panopoly of lacrosse-related events going on during Friday's opening day at the US Lacrosse National Convention, including the U.S. Women's ring ceremony, diversity and inclusion panel, and keynote speaker Bill Clement. Photos by John Strohsacker
The Buffalo Bandits probably were a little rusty when they took their postgame victory lap in First Niagara Center on Friday night. After all, they hadn’t done it since January 26, 2013. The Bandits ended a franchise record seven-game home losing streak when they defeated the Toronto Rock, 12-10, before 11,404.
The Buffalo Bandits won’t have much time to rest until their next start. It comes on Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. On the other hand, they’ve got it better that the Wings do. Philadelphia plays tonight in Rochester, so it will play two games in less than 24 hours.
Despite all their success, highlighted by four championships and four runner-up finishes across nearly two decades in the National Lacrosse League, getting a season off to a fast start has been somewhat of a foreign concept to the Rochester Knighthawks.
The Rochester Knighthawks (1-0) continue their 20th anniversary season with a Week 3 matchup against the Philadelphia Wings (1-0) at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Click here to watch the game live on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network.
Adelphi edged the defending champion Dolphins for the No. 1 position. Le Moyne went 18-2 en route to the championship and won the NE-10. National runner-up Mercyhurst comes in third, followed by defending ECC champion LIU Post. Returning Conference Carolinas winner Limestone rounds out the top five.
14th-year UAlbany head coach Scott Marr has released the 2014 schedule, including eight home games. The 14-game schedule includes a full-conference slate, three ranked opponents and three that went to the NCAA Tournament in 2013. Lacrosse Magazine ranked UAlbany #10 in its preseason rankings, while Inside Lacrosse had the Great Danes at #12 in the Face-Off preseason rankings.
The Inside Lacrosse team has set up shop at the 2014 US Lacrosse Convention at the Philadelphia Convention Center, where thousands of lacrosse industry representatives, players, coaches and fans will be spending a weekend devoted comletely to the game.
Attack: Superstars Rob Pannell and Steve Mock, debatably the best tandem in college lacrosse (Thompson Trio, that’s one more) last season, have been lost to graduation. However, last year’s third starter was Matt Donovan. Donovan is now a junior, and the former Ivy League Rookie of the Year will be the #1 attackman in Ithaca.
For Syracuse to have any success, it will need a reliable faceoff game.
First: That statement is not true. It's a fact that the Orange were dreadful on draws last season and that the team's inability to win on the whistle (1) impacted Syracuse's overall possession margin, and (2) limited the Orange's percentage of opportunities earned through face-off wins:
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Kerwick came to East Hill with 15 years of head coaching experience under his belt and has worked primarily with the Big Red offense, helping Cornell to a 14-4 record overall and an undefeated Ivy League championship in 2013. He spent the 2012 season with Georgetown, working as an associate head coach on Dave Urick's staff. Kerwick played for Urick at Hobart College, where he was a two-time All-American, won four consecutive Division III national championships, and was named the 1989 NCAA tournament MVP.
"This is probably the best freshman class we've had here in a while," Desko said on Monday during the men's lacrosse team's media day. "As far as the depth and different positions, it's a good group. You're going to be hearing a lot about these guys in the freshman class, if not soon, then in the future."
Onondaga Community College has won five straight NJCAA men's championships and seven in the last eight seasons. When the Lazers defeated Nassau CC 15-11 in the championship game last May, they finished 18-0, and the victory was their 70th in a row, one more than the previous record for longest all-time streak held by NCAA Division III Salisbury.
Cortland, led by IWLCA Defender of the Year Jessica Lavelle, comes in at No. 2 this spring after making the NCAA semifinals in 2013. Trinity, which eliminated the Red Dragons in the semifinals before falling to Salisbury in the title game, is No. 3.
After defeating the Calgary Roughnecks in their opener, the Toronto Rock (1-0) are now faced with another challenge as they ready for a divisional battle on the road against the Buffalo Bandits (0-1) at First Niagara Center on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Click here to watch the game live on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network.
The Rochester Knighthawks continue their 20th anniversary season with a Week 3 match-up against the Philadelphia Wings at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday, January 11th at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Before the two teams clash on the turf, the organization will induct the team’s founder, Steve Donner, as the 12th member of the Knighthawks Hall of Fame.
After going 8-7 last year, Colgate will be looking to improve on their lack of postseason success this time around. The Red Raiders gained national attention due to 2012 Tewaarton winner Peter Baum, who has since graduated along with many other talented players. Can Colgate recover from these losses and a tough 2013 to make a run this season? Here’s a positional breakdown of who will be suiting up in Hamilton, NY this spring.
It was announced yesterday that Neal Powless has been named as the Head Coach for the Netherlands in the upcoming 2014 World Championships, so we spoke with Neal about his appointment, and what the future holds for Dutch lacrosse.
Founded in 2011, Guardian Caps has made considerable strides when it comes to safety in the football industry. The positive feedback from coaches, parents and trainers has inspired Guardian Caps’ expansion to the lacrosse market, bringing their technology to players of all levels across the country with the help of Level 2 Sports.
When the 2013 Keuka College men's lacrosse team captured its third straight North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship, the Storm did it with style, featuring one of the most prolific offenses in the country. But they also did it with respect and class, and their dedication towards playing the game the right way has earned head coach Jason Paige and his student-athletes the 2013 James "Ace" Adams Award for outstanding sportsmanship in District 2 by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's (USILA) Collegiate Officials Committee (COC).
How do you stop a team like Toronto? How do you hold Colin Doyle, Garrett Billings and Stephan Leblanc from scoring buckets of points? How do you plan for the crafty play of Josh Sanderson, Bandit beater Kasey Beirnes, and the coming-of-age Rob Hellyer? On the other end of the floor, how do you figure out the Rock’s defense and goaltending of Nick Rose?
Shortly after the end of the 2013 season, I asked MLL fans on twitter what changes they’d like to see the league make this off-season. Here are the most popular answers, along with a couple I added myself:
Coming off its third NJCAA national championship in program history, the Monroe Community College women's lacrosse team begins the season No. 1 in Lacrosse Magazine's NJCAA preseason rankings. Additionally, Monroe sophomore attacker Melanie Murphy has been named LM's NJCAA preseason player of the year.
An equally stacked RIT team stands at No. 2 after last year's NCAA runner-up showing, bringing back most of the roster that helped the Tigers set school records for goals (321) and points (503) last spring.
The US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, and the US Lacrosse Fan Fest, presented by TeamZila, STX and deBeer/Gait, will bring approximately 7,000 lacrosse coaches, officials, administrators, players, industry representatives and fans to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Friday through Sunday.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Friends of Drew Webb and its founder Dr. David Lintner '82, completed a successful 7's for 7 Lacrosse Tournament, raising more than $55,000 to benefit the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Greater Houston (DBSA). Held at the Houston Amateur Sports Park, the event featured 89 teams with 1,300 men's and women's players and more than 5,000 spectators.
Through an extensive evaluation process and close collaboration with coaches across the regions of Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Watertown, Utica and Binghamton, the experienced members of the Orange Crush staff have identified the top 54 potential college recruits in each class to compete in central New York's new premiere recruiting engagement.
The Rochester Rattlers announced today the hiring of Brad Ford as their new Chief Operating Officer. His responsibilities will include overseeing the team’s day to day operations, marketing, ticket sales department, creative, game day operations, fan development, community relations and all corporate partnerships.
Hartwick head lacrosse coach Bill Bjorness, who enters his 16th season at helm of the men's program, has added two assistant coaches to his staff. Jason Ohnsman and Rich Petillo join Bjorness on the sidelines this season.
Three time All-American and Indoor World Championship silver medalist Neal Powless has been announced as the head coach for the Dutch National Team that is headed to Denver, replacing Michael O’Neill, who was at the helm of the team during the 2012 European Championships held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Duke's Brandon Fowler was Syracuse's biggest problem in the national championship game, a seasoned faceoff man who left the Orange desperately searching for answers. This year, Syracuse and Cal Paduda hope Fowler can be part of the solution.
Monday was technically his first day on the job wearing it, but Jamesville-Dewitt grad Jordan Evans has known for quite some time that he would be handed the most famous number a Syracuse University men's lacrosse player can pull over his pads, the No. 22.
The Syracuse lacrosse team met the media Monday in full game uniforms, posing for pictures, videos and the like. It then departed for parts unknown. The real work began Tuesday with the team’s annual conditioning tests and runs. A double-session practice is scheduled for Wednesday.
Chuck Wilbur, the head coach at OCC, said Staats has already graduated from OCC and is finishing a final class to earn credits needed to transfer to Syracuse. Wilbur said the winter session ends in the middle of next week and he expects Staats to be eligible at Syracuse shortly after that.
After going 4-9 in 2012, the Bearcats upped their record to 5-9 in 2013. There were bright moments for Binghamton and a 6-2 win over Hobart followed by a 9-8 win over Delaware early in the season gave supporters hope.
LB3 Lacrosse will host a regular season Division 1 lacrosse matchup between the Syracuse Orangemen and St John’s Red Storm on Saturday March 8th 2014 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, GA as the featured event for the inaugural Cobb County Lacrosse Classic.
Coach Kevin Martin knew his Sweetlax (N.Y.) team had the talent to win the Elite Division title last week at the Dick’s Tournament of Champions at Wesley Chapel, Fla. And once his squad began to mesh, there was little to stand in its way.
The 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft will take place on Friday January 10, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. in the Philadelphia Marriott's Liberty Ballroom. This will mark the 14th Collegiate Draft in MLL History. The event will take place during the 2014 US Lacrosse National Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The draft is free and open to the public.
Rochester native and Knighthawks forward Joe Walters will take the team’s anti-bullying message to State Road Elementary on Friday, January 10th. Walters will speak to nearly 560 kids in grades K through 8 about recognizing the signs of bullying and how to handle various bullying situations. The Knighthawks mascot, R. Thunder, will also be in attendance.
Since their inception into the Major Indoor Lacrosse League in 1995, the Rochester Knighthawks have found a formidable foe in the Philadelphia Wings. Twenty years of lacrosse battles have created a historical rivalry between the two East Division opponents.
With the Collegiate Draft just three days away, two teams are swapping high draft selections. The Rochester Rattlers have sent the No. 3 and 4 picks in the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft to the New York Lizards for midfielder Justin Turri along with the No. 2 and 32 overall picks in the draft.
Basketball season is in full swing, but lacrosse is right around the corner. The Orange men's lacrosse team kicked off 2014 this afternoon with its annual Media Day inside Manley Field House. Head coach John Desko and the SU student-athletes previewed the upcoming season and posed for photos prior to Wednesday's first practice session.
Coach Desko Press Conference / Player Interviews
The ACC Freshman of the Year with North Carolina in 2011, Galasso was relegated to a reserve in his sophomore season as he recovered from a stress fracture in one foot. He transferred to Syracuse before last season and expected to land in the starting lineup only to be diagnosed with a fracture in the other foot just before the year began.
Team Ontario has captured the Brogden Cup by defeating the USA team in the best of three-game series returning the Brogden Cup to Canadian soil. The competition was played at the Oshawa Civic Field House in Ontario, Canada January 2-5, 2014.
The Gananda boys lacrosse team is looking for two non-league Varsity games for this spring. The Junior Varsity team is also looking for two non-league games as well. If interested, please contact the Athletic Director, John Tichacek at JTichacek@gananda.org.
Last year was full of highs and lows for the Army Black Knights. They beat Colgate in stunning fashion on national television, but lost in the Patriot League semifinals, ending any hopes of an NCAA Tournament appearance. In 2014, Coach Joe Alberici’s squad is looking to bounce back and make a run.
Kyle Barrett and Paul Wilson will once again offer a clinic for team statisticians. This year the clinic will be held on Thursday, March 6th at 6:00 PM at the Pittsford Community library (24 State Street, Pittsford, NY, 14534).
Self, 34, was acquired from the Buffalo Bandits in a trade for Alex “Kedoh” Hill midway through last season, and made his debut in Rochester on March 16, 2013. He is in his 14th season in the National Lacrosse League after winning his first championship with the Knighthawks last year.
Two different e-mails, from two different referees, in two consecutive days. Something was up.
Steve Miller, a long-standing respected official at all levels of the game, was writing to me, wondering if I could help pass the word that there is a dire shortage of lacrosse officials, and that maybe some appeal through my Road Trip Dad forum could help the situation.
The very next day, Rick McCormack, another CNY lacrosse official and current Vice-President of the Central New York Lacrosse Officials Association (CNYLOA), and the man in charge of training new high school boys lacrosse officials, emailed me, too, also asking for my help in getting the word out that Upstate NY needs new lacrosse refs.
Coaches, players, and fans often compare sports referees to police officers when explaining the authority that a referee has over a game. While it is an easy comparison to make, everyone who makes it seriously understates the amount of authority that a referee actually possesses.
The ceremonial face-off between the two teams was officiated by Stan Cockerton, co-founder of the Brogden Cup and President of the Federation of International Lacrosse. “This is an historic and meaningful event for everyone associated with the game of lacrosse, especially here in Canada and in the United Statesm" said Cockerton in his opening remarks. “It not only brings together the finest athletes to compete in international field lacrosse competition, but promotes international fellowship between the players, parents, coaches and countries.”
The back-to-back World Champion Rochester Knighthawks have an opportunity to not only be the first team in National Lacrosse League history to win three consecutive championships, but also to be the first team in Rochester sports history to win three titles in a row. - See more at: http://www.knighthawks.net/node/4014#sthash.87F7gSNu.dpuf
Salisbury’s Jim Berkman discussed man up theory at the first presentation of the first IMLCA convention I attended. He opened the talk by saying if the folks in the audience took just one thing away from the presentation that he would feel like they did their job. My initial response was we’ll never be able to do anything they do, because we don’t have the same caliber of lacrosse players.
After spending the last 18 months in development, US Lacrosse’s Gold Stick Program is being unveiled to the full membership this month. The program seeks to provide the best experience possible for youth lacrosse players by outlining the best practices that should be incorporated by quality youth lacrosse programs.
The Bandits Pre-Game Party will be held at First Niagara Center in the Lexus Club before every home game. The party features a buffet that will run from 6 p.m. until the opening face-off for 7:30 games. (April 5th vs. Calgary will begin at 5:30 with a 7:00 PM start).
Now that we're three days in and some of the luster of turning the calendar has worn off, it's time to get to the nitty gritty — what do we think will happen in 2014? Also, we want to hear from you, so be sure to vote below.
Steve Donner's exit from Rochester four-plus years ago was certainly cumbersome and controversial, given his battles with City Hall and his creditors. But lost amidst all the bad blood that boiled when he relinquished primary ownership of the Amerks, Knighthawks, Rhinos and Rattlers was the fact that without Donner, perhaps none of those teams would still be operating in Rochester today.
At the close of last season’s training camp, Kevin Brownell may have been an afterthought to some. After all, the Buffalo Bandits rookie from Robert Morris University was a third-round selection and the fourth transition player picked by the team in that year’s draft. But Brownell worked hard in camp and earned a spot on the team's reserve roster, a chance that gave him an opportunity to learn from some of the more veteran players on the team.
Dan Dawson of the Rochester Knighthawks dove his way into the No. 4 spot on The Lacrosse Network’s Top 10 Plays for Week 1. His feaured goal was his first of the season, which staked the Knighthawks to a 4-1 lead. He would finish the game with two goals and four assists to lead the back-to-back champs to an 8-6 opening night victory over Minnesota.
The 2014 NLL regular season, the 28th year of professional indoor lacrosse featuring the world's best players, opened on Saturday, Dec. 28 with six teams in action. With the new year underway, three more teams will begin their seasons this weekend with two Face Off 2014 games on the schedule.
As we move into 2014 I would like to suggest some New Year’s resolutions for youth sports parents and encourage all of us to do our best to follow through on them, transitioning from a resolution to a way of life.
Six female officers assigned to these two units all played lacrosse together on the same team while cadets at West Point. To add to the uniqueness, all six women were also team captains during their respective senior years.