July 2014
Thursday July 31, 2014 10:00AM
from The Auburn Citizen
The Auburn boys varsity lacrosse team didn't have to go far for its next head coach. Longtime Maroons assistant coach Matt Smith was recently named the team's new head coach, after Steve Crosby made the decision to retire after 21 years in the position.

from Lake Placid Lax
The Tournament is just around the corner and most everything is set in place for another great event. With that, we've recently completed the 2014, 25th Anniversary Program and have made it available digitally for downlaod.

from LaxLessons.com
"I am excited to be a part of Hobart. I am grateful for them giving me this opportunity and chance to be part of the Hobart family and hopefully be a contributing team-player."

from Vimeo
Twin athlete supermen leave small town Canada for America’s Lacrosse mecca, Syracuse, and deliver a 55-5 record and win three national championship games but have one stripped on a technicality. When the NCAA comes to reclaim the trophy, it’s vanished!

The Lost Trophy TEASER TRAILER from American ED TV on Vimeo.

from Lacrosse Magazine
We caught up with U.S. Women's National Under-19 head coach Kim Simons after today's 25-player training team announcement at Stevenson University [photos] to get her perspective on the tryouts and building a team identity as the red, white and blue embarks on the road to Edinburgh, Scotland for the 2015 FIL World Championship next July. Stay tuned to LaxMagazine.com on Thursday for a by-the-numbers look at the newly named training squad.

from Atlanta Lacrosse Official
Officiating provides a great foundation for strong friendships across wide distances and over long periods of time. Two summers ago I went out to the 2012 Vail Shootout for a LAREDO 3 officiating camp where I met several officials from all over the country. Four days of working and living with these officials started good friendships that we maintained after leaving for home.

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from Lacrosse Magaazine
After a three-day tryout that included 110 players at Stevenson University, US Lacrosse today announced the 25-player training roster for the U.S. Women's National Under-19 Team. Upstater Emily Hawryschuk, Churchville-Chili, 2016 makes the cut.

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from Mount Olive Athletics
Carolyn DeOrdio (Onondaga) is a junior defender transfer from Nedrow, N.Y. She helped the Onondaga Community College Lazers to a 15-3 overall record and a second place finish in the NJCAA National Championship. A junior attack from Syracuse, N.Y., Claire Wigler (Henninger) was a two-time First Team All-America at Onondaga Community College. She led Onondaga CC in points (93) and was second on the team in goals (51) in 2014.

from Major League Lacrosse
“It was humbling to be asked by the Colleluori family to be the Spokesman for the Year,” said White, “It was a no brainer to be a part of the HEADstrong family and do everything that I possibly could.”

from the Rochester Rattlers
The Rochester Rattlers are looking to lock up a home semi-final appearance in the MLL 2014 Playoffs this Saturday night August 2nd. The first place Ratz (9-3) take on the visiting Ohio Machine (6-6) and try to even the series at one apiece, as Ohio took the first meeting 18-13. Rochester is already guaranteed a playoff spot, but with a win they will clinch hosting duties on Saturday, August 16th.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
“I am extremely passionate about eating healthy and getting active, so I am really looking forward to getting started with Healthy Hawks," said Walters, who will do three appearances next week. “It should be a lot of fun and I think the kids will really enjoy it.”

from Atlanta Lacrosse Official
Officials want consistency through a whole game. Coaches may want it from game to game. Parents may want it from state to state or region to region. “There’s a disconnect in how each region officiates,” Corsetti said. “Having those national standards set by US Lacrosse is a huge step forward.”
Wednesday July 30, 2014 10:15AM
from the Rochester Knighthawks
The best high school lacrosse players in the state will head to Syracuse this week to play in the Third Annual Empire State Cup. The event, which is supported by the five-time National Lacrosse League Champion Rochester Knighthawks, is set for Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, August 3.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Lynbrook (N.Y.) 2016 defenseman Zach Barrett has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Binghamton University.

from Canisius Athletics
The Canisius College women’s lacrosse incoming freshman class keeps receiving honors for outstanding play. Freshmen Allie Stewart (Lancaster, NY / Lancaster) and Megan Maloney (Victor, NY / Victor) have both been recognized for their outstanding play on the field.

from Lacrosse Magazine
With $8 million raised toward its $15 million goal, US Lacrosse launched the public phase of The National Campaign for Lacrosse on July 11 at the FIL World Championship in Denver. The campaign seeks to build a new headquarters for US Lacrosse, the sport's national governing body, by 2016 while providing more opportunities for young people to play the sport and more resources in support of research to make the sport safer.

8:30AM
from Syracuse.com / America's Got Talent
In the lead up to her performance, Goodwin was introduced in a video showing her playing lacrosse on the girls team at C.W. Baker High School, playing piano at home, talking with her parents and sister in the family's kitchen and standing on the backyard deck at the family home.

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from NLL.com
The Buffalo Bandits have announced that the team has placed their franchise tag on forward Mark Steenhuis for the 2015 NLL season. Buffalo also avoided restricted free agency for all four of their potentially-eligible players when the team made qualifying offers to defensemen Steve Priolo and Rory Smith along with transition players Jay Thorimbert and Andrew Watt before the July 31 deadline.

from LaxAllStars.com
The reason for shaving down a wooden lacrosse stick is pretty simple: you want the shaft of your stick to be different than it currently is. Many sticks come to you a little fatter or thicker than you might be used to. By taking some more wood off the shaft portion of the stick, you can adjust the feel of the handle to your preferences.

from Atlanta Youth Lacrosse
Teams are silently, and not-so-silently, encouraged to run up the score whenever they can just so they don’t risk being on the losing end of a tiebreaker by the end of pool play. I see this consistently from U11 all the way to U19A division games over the summer. Every time I look over at the winning coaches and want to say – “Really? Does #12 really need to score seven goals?

from Major League Lacrosse
Kyle Harrison (Ohio Machine), Ben Hunt (Chesapeake Bayhawks), and Casey Powell (Carthage/Florida Launch) are the latest MLL stars to have their own life-size wall graphic. These players join the likes of Paul Rabil (Boston Cannons), Rob Pannell (New York Lizards) and Steele Stanwick (Ohio Machine) whose Fathead graphics are already available.

from ILIndoor.com
Soudan is the former Rochester Knighthawks forward [who] didn’t just rely on his hometown connections to win over fans in Rochester. His hard work and feisty approach put him over the top in the hearts of Knighthawks faithful.
Tuesday July 29, 2014 1:00PM
from Lake Placid News
For the third consecutive year, Lake Placid Lacrosse and WomensLax.com is holding the Northstar Invitational Lacrosse Camp at the Northwood School in Lake Placid. The 2014 Invitational will take place today through Thursday.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Championship scores at the Sweetlax (NY) Invitational, Pittsford.

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from the Onondaga Redhawks
The 2014 best of seven Can-Am finals begins Friday, August 1st at Newtown at 8:30, game two will be at Onondaga on Saturday, August 2nd at 7pm, an on Sunday, August 3rd, game three will return to Newtown for a 4pm game.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Niskayuna High School (NY) rising junior attackman Aidan Byrne has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Stony Brook University.

12:15AM
from The Denver Post
The offensively potent University of Denver men's lacrosse team will get more impressive once Connor Cannizzaro's transfer from the University of Maryland becomes official this week. Cannizzaro, the reigning Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year, has been given his release from Maryland and will join his older brother at DU, a college lacrosse source said.

from Lake Placid Lacrosse
We're just a week out from the start of the 25th Annual Lake Placid Summit Classic. At this point, the schedule has been built and released but we have been making some minor adjustments over the last week or so and more changes are possible. So, we highly recommend that you check regularly to make sure you have the game times, especially for your first game.

from Lacrosse Magazine
US Lacrosse today announced the 112-player tryout pool for the 2015 U.S. Women's National Under-19 Team, with tryouts getting underway Monday at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md. The three-day tryout will see girls high school players from 18 states compete for 25 roster spots on the squad that will defend gold at the 2015 Federation of International Lacrosse Under-19 World Championship in Edinburgh, Scotland.

from Syracuse.com
Nation athletes that competed with Team Haudenosaunee at the North American Indigenous Games in Canada brought home medals and memories. It was an experience that will last a lifetime, chaperones said.

from Brown Athletics
Marissa Hudgins
Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.
High School: West Genesee
Height: 5'10"
Position: Defense
Hudgins Facts: Tallied 25 goals, 15 assists, 42 draw controls, and 29 caused turnovers as a senior

from RPI Athletics
The 2014 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men's lacrosse team finished the season with a 90% conversion rate in man-down situations, which was the best in the nation and also the highest percentage in school history. The Engineers converted 36 of 40 opportunities throughout the season.

from the Rochester Rattlers
This week Jordan Wolf earned offensive honors for his five goal performance, helping the Rochester Rattlers defeat the Charlotte Hounds 13-9 and earn a spot in the playoffs, remaining in first place and undefeated at home during the 2014 season.

from The Eagle News
Amid the usual crowded lineup of lacrosse tournaments that dot the summer landscape, there’s West Genesee’s annual two-day festival that honors the game and its spirit. The 13th annual John Pepper Lacrosse Tournament takes place this weekend at West Genesee High School. Named in honor of former West Genesee lacrosse player John Pepper (who passed away in 2001), the event draws hundreds of players to Camillus.

from SportsFive.net
The Honeoye Falls-Lima School District has posted an opening for Head Boys Lacrosse Coach. They are looking for a candidate with experience and New York State Coaching Certifications.

from Lacrosse Magazine
On June 10, the Florida High School Athletic Association's board of directors voted to require mandatory use of helmets by girls' lacrosse players starting in 2015, a controversial decision that has stirred up one of the sport's longest running debates. Ann Carpenetti, US Lacrosse's vice president of games operations, called Florida's ruling, which did not specify the type of helmets or specifications of them, "short-sighted and vague."
Monday July 28, 2014 12:15AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
You can blame me for the US National Team’s second-place, silver medal performance in Denver last weekend. After defeating Canada 10-7 in the FIL’s 2014 World Championships first game back on July 10, the US went on to run the table on every other opponent, only to lose to that same Canadian team by an 8-5 score in the championship game on July 19.

That’s right – it’s all my fault.

from the Rochester Rattlers
Rookie Attackman Jordan Wolf continued his incredible streak of top level performances, powering the upstart Rochester Rattlers (9-3) to the peak of the MLL standings as sole bearers of first place and also their first playoff appearance since 2008. The Ratz took on the visiting Charlotte Hounds at Sahlen’s Stadium on Saturday night, and clinched that playoff berth with a 13-9 win.

from LaxPower
Canada defeated Team USA to win the crown at the recent 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Denver. Here is how the 38 teams participating in the tournament stack up in terms of their computer ratings. For comparison, the final placement results are also shown below.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00AM
from the Democrat & Chronicle
"You know what's great about him? He's such a competitive kid, that if you challenge him, like we did at halftime, he steps it up," Rochester coach Tim Soudan said after Ortolani, a former Division III standout at Endicott College, won 9 of 12 faceoffs in the second half. Fowler won 9 of 14 faceoffs in the first half as Charlotte (4-8) controlled possession.

Final Stats
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:30AM
from The Lacrosse Network

from the Buffalo Bandits
Over 300 boys and girls learned the game of lacrosse during a three-day camp at First Niagara Center.

from The New England Lax Journal
Boston Cannons faceoff specialist Chris Eck (Fairfield, Conn.) stepped onto the field at Harvard Stadium for a faceoff after a first-quarter goal. It was not for the Cannons, however; Eck was playing for Team USA at the MLL All-Star Game last month, going against a team of MLL All-Stars. Stepping opposite Eck was his former backup, John Ortolani (Billerica, Mass.), who is now with the Rochester Rattlers.

12:15AM
from The Sun News
The Athletics Department at Hilbert College, under the leadership of John Czarnecki, is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Katelyn Fass as the new head coach for the women’s lacrosse program. Faas is currently finishing up her summer camp/clinic commitments but is extremely excited to assume her first collegiate head coaching position effective July 28th.

from William Smith Athletics
This summer, William Smith Lacrosse Assistant Coach Morgan Achilles traveled abroad for 10 days with rising seniors Hayley Braun and Katie Sipple to compete in the Prague Cup. Achilles helped coach a USA Athletes International (USAAI) team that was made up of mostly New York colleges. In addition to Braun and Sipple, the team included student-athletes from Nazareth, Elmira, Cortland and Oswego.

from The Sun News
Back in 2009, Alie Jimerson, a seventh grader at the time, was a young lacrosse standout on Lake Shore’s modified team that dreaded the fact that she was too talented to compete on that level. Instead of making the jump to junior varsity, Jimerson wanted to stay with her beloved coach, Hannah Wawrowski, and best friends, Shelby Stevens, Danielle Williams and Savannah Jackson. But with a little convincing from her coaches and parents, she joined the JV team.

from LaxAllStars.com
A major topic of discussion out in Denver was Olympic Lacrosse. It was talked about at FIL meetings, by players, coaches, and fans, and it was brought up on several of the ESPN family-of-channels broadcast. It’s a flash point of conversation, but also one that can be murky, confusing, and incredibly drawn out.

from The Sun News
Coaches Erik Johnson, Bill Lavelle and Rick Demarco took their Hamburg team to Watertown, New York as they went 4-0 to capture the championship of the prestigious Sackets Harbor 1812 Shootout tournament on July 12.

from Atlanta Lacrosse Official
I officiated 31 games in 10 days while working the youth and men’s club festival games in Denver, Colorado. I officiated every age level from U11 to 55+, and worked nearly all of the games with partners I had never worked with before. The sheer amount of games gave me a great opportunity to work on two adjustments to my officiating:

from North American Indigenous Games
Team Eastern Door & the North downed Team New York 15-5 for the Gold.

from the Democrat & Chronicle
Section 5 Boys All-Stars.

from the Democrat & Chronicle
Section 5 Girls All-Stars.
Friday July 25, 2014 9:00AM

from North American Indigenous Games
Team New York downed Team Saskatchewan 9-3 in yesterday's Placing Game, and has gone undefeated in the Tournament.

from Le Moyne Athletics
New Le Moyne College women's lacrosse head coach Kathy Taylor sat down for an inteview with the Le Moyne Dolphins Sports Network to talk about her excitement joining Le Moyne, her expectations for the program and the style of play will employ. Taylor was named the fifth head coach in progam history early this month.

from the Rochester Rattlers
The Rochester Rattlers return home this weekend in a first place tie (8-3 with Denver) and riding an undefeated home winning streak this season. They take on the visiting 4thplace Charlotte Hounds (4-7), who come to town on a two game losing streak. Both teams hope to use this weekend’s game to continue their march toward the 2014 MLL playoffs.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks were named the city’s “Best Local Sports Team” this morning after winning WHEC TV's “Rochester Rocs” contest. The finalists were the Knighthawks, Rochester Red Wings, Western New York Flash, Rochester Lancers and the Rochester Americans.

from Inside Lacrosse
Many college players participated in this year’s FIL World Championships. It would be my expectation that a good portion of these guys will see their game improve greatly for this upcoming season. Below is a list of some of the college players who impressed at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships, organized by their college team:

from SportsFive.net
Hilton has a summer commit as rising senior midfielder Justin Goodrich announced that he will attend and play lacrosse at Seton Hill (Pennsylvania). Justin will be playing his fourth year on the Varsity this spring.

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from Army Athletics
Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Waagbo rounded out her assistant coaching staff on Thursday with the hiring of Bria Eulitt. Eulitt comes to Army after two seasons as the top women's lacrosse assistant at George Washington University.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Sweetlax (N.Y.) will host the first annual Sweetlax Summer Invitational in Pittsford this Saturday and Sunday. The tournament will feature some 35 elite club teams and approximately 1,200 total players from the United States and Canada competing in five age divisions: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
TOP GOALIE - #22 Vapor – Asa Goldstock, Goalkeeper, Niskayuna, NY (Niskayuna, Syracuse)

from Inside Lacrosse
The Under Armour All-America game has been the premier event for graduated college seniors for a number of years, and this year was no different. The girls game had a North and South roster filled with talented players who wanted to close out their high school lacrosse careers with a bang, and South defender Kathy Rudkin was no different. I asked Kathy about her experiences at the game, and what she’s looking forward to as she heads to Syracuse in the fall :)

from TopLaxRecruits.com
St. Dominic High School (NY) rising junior defender Isabel Van Wie has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Colgate University.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Ridgewood High School (NJ) rising junior LSM-defenseman Brett Kennedy has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Syracuse University.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Bishop Timon St. Jude High School (NY) rising senior LSM-defenseman Brian Slomba has made a commitment to play Division III lacrosse at the State University of New York at Oneonta.
Thursday July 24, 2014 8:45AM
from North American Indigenous Games
Scores and roster.

from the Rochester Rattlers
vs. Charlotte Hounds, July 26th@ 7pm Sahlen’s Stadium

from Paul Rabil / YouTube

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from Gaffer Lacrosse
On July 14 through 19th Suzanne, Duncan and Bob Streeten were able to travel to Denver, Colorado for the World Lacrosse Games Festival. This is an event that occurs every four years and rotates between countries with Manchester, England hosting in 2018. Although the US did not repeat as World Champions (Canada won) it was a wonderful time of tons of lacrosse and lots of reunions with long time friends.

from Syracuse.com
Team Haudenosaunee U16 lacrosse team won gold Tuesday at the North American Indigenous Games in Canada. Eight members of the team are from the Onondaga Nation.

from the Iroquois Nationals
The Haudenosaunee Woodden Stick Festival will be held on September 27-28 at Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool, NY. The event is free and open to the public. The festival will feature wooden-stick exhibition games, as well as clinics put on by Thompson Bros. Lacrosse and members of the Onondaga Redhawks lacrosse team. There will be live stick-making demos, Native American arts and craft displays, live entertainment, and food and apparel vendors, all on site.

from LaxAllStars.com
Lacrosse withdrawal is a serious thing, and if you were out at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championhips in Denver, CO, this Summer, you’re probably feeling it pretty hard right now. Another option is that you’re just thankful for the break, and still recovering your energy. I’m honestly stuck somewhere in the middle myself, as the utter exhaustion of the WLC has caught up with me, but the overall feeling of community has not dissipated in the least.
Wednesday July 23, 2014 8:30AM
from SUNY Cortland
The State University of New York College at Cortland, a member of the NCAA Division III competing in the SUNYAC, is seeking applicants for a full-time, ten month Women's Lacrosse Head Coach position.

from the Rochester Rattlers
Major League Lacrosse announced today that the first ever “Burn Cancer” week will be held July 31 through August 2, in support of the HEADstrong Foundation and to raise awareness for all forms of blood cancers.

from LaxAllStars.com
Canada Lacrosse beats a seemingly unbeatable Team USA 8-5 in the World Lacrosse Championship finals and all hell breaks loose. Honestly, I’d expect nothing less! To break through some of the static noise out there, I’ll take an in-depth look at the 2014 FIL games, explain how it all went down, and then offer up some thoughts on why we are seeing such a crazy and diverse reaction to the end results.

12:15AM
from Lacrosse Magazine
"Hands down, this is the best field team [the Iroquois] have ever put together," [Brett Bucktooth] said. "From 1983 when Oren Lyons put this organization together, it's been great and the future is in good hands with the Thompson boys, Zach Miller, Randy Staats and Warren Hill. Some of the guys I was with in 2006 are still here, but it's great to see the young guys coming up and growing into the leaders on this team.

"I see gold in our future."

from The Empire State Cup
Central Girls and Boys rosters have been announced.

from Syracuse.com
Led by Syracuse University women's lacrosse assistant coach Regy Thorpe and three of his players, Ella Thorpe, Gabby Jaquith and Mallory Vehar, 80 girls learned lacrosse skills at the Champions for Life Girl's Lacrosse Clinic.

from Atlanta Youth Lacrosse
I went to Denver to ref games, and I came back with an entirely new perspective on lacrosse. . . . There is no way to recap every great moment I experienced while at the World Games, but here are the experiences that were just too cool:

from Thompson Brothers Lacrosse
"Thank you Denver and 2014 World Lacrosse Championships we had an excellent time! Thank you everyone who supported not only the Iroquois Nationals but Lacrosse as a whole!"

from Laxpower
Arizona State University Men's Lacrosse announced that Joseph Thon of Rochester, NY, (McQuaid Jesuit) has been named as the team's new head coach. Thon is a 2007 graduate of Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., where he was a two-time NCAA Division II lacrosse All-America selection, and team captain, Academic All-American, Scholar Athlete of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in 2007.

from E.R. Lacrosse
E.R. Lacrosse, Central New York's premiere lacrosse program is traveling to Rochester, NY, to watch the Rochester Rattlers take on the Charlotte Hounds on July 26 at 7:00. Event costs $15 which includes ticket to the game, pre game handshake line with the team and post game autograph session. To partake in the event please contact E.R. Lacrosse at rthayer22@aol.com or mention ER Lacrosse at the Sahlen's Stadium box office for discounted event tickets.

Tuesday July 22, 2014 9:30AM

from Inside Lacrosse
Upstaters at the Ride: Along with student athletes Cole Willard, Cazanovia, and Asa Goldstock, Niskayuna, are Coaches John Nostrant (Baldwinsville)[Haverford] and Mike Torrelli [Fairport], Jeremy Thompson, Max Seibald, Alyssa Murray.

Photos

12:15AM

from Lacrosse Magazine
His 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists) leave him tied with Michael Powell (2006) at second all-time for a member of Team USA in a tournament, nine behind Mark Millon's record of 41 set in 1994.

from The NCAA
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved an experimental rule in women’s lacrosse for the 2014 fall non-traditional season that requires the attacking team to keep the ball below or inside the 30-yard restraining line.

from Lindenwood Athletics
Jenna Battaglini (Vestal) comes to Lindenwood after spending the last two years competing at Junior College powerhouse Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. Bailey Knapton (Canandaigua) joins the Lady Lions after recently graduating from NCAA DI Marist College in Poughkeepsie. She will enroll in Graduate School and will have one year of eligibility remaining.

from NLL.com
At the Combine, players will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in a practice setting through structured games and take part in an interview process with NLL general managers and coaches. All prospects who participate in the Combine will be subject to a series of tests that will evaluate their endurance, reaction times, strength, agility, speed, and lacrosse-related skills. The testing will be conducted by Sport Testing Inc., a provider of athlete assessment technologies and services.
Monday July 21, 2014 8:30AM
from the Rochester Knighthawks
Local lacrosse players will learn from one of the best in the business at the upcoming Rochester Knighthawks Boys Lacrosse Camp. Three-time National Lacrosse League champion and Knighthawks forward Joe Walters will serve as an instructor at Victor Dryer Road Park from Monday, July 21st to Thursday, July 24th.

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from Onondaga CC Athletics
The postseason accolades continued for Warren Hill of the 2014 National Champion Onondaga Community College men's lacrosse team as the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region III named the Oshweken, Ontario native its Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday after an outstanding 2014 campaign.

from MPNnow.com
“As a senior, she gained confidence, composure and the ability to play with a face guard on her back 95 percent of the time,” Smith said. “During the majority of the games this year she was face guarded by Monroe County's elite defenders. Even with this type of high pressure, Megan still had the ability to be one of the top players in our county and Victor's leading scorer.”
Sunday July 20, 2014 9:45AM
from Lacrosse Magazine
The sounds of Canada's championship celebration echoed down a hallway at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and around the corner to the quiet United States chamber. It was stunned silence for Team USA in the moments after an 8-5 gold-medal game decision in favor of the Canadians on Saturday night, the end of a two-week tournament and year-plus effort in earnest to win a world title.

from The Denver Post
You've never heard of your hero. Perhaps that only adds to his mystique, his myth. He's not this conspicuous sports specimen. He's seldom on the sports page — he doesn't even have a Wikipedia page. But meet Garrett Thul. In fact, have a seat with him here, in his quiet dorm room. You'll learn all about him — you'll even learn a little something about yourself. And you'll get a new hero out of the deal.

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from Lacrosse Magazine
Canada goalkeeper - fresh off helping backstop his team to its third FIL World Championship and first since 2006, was named MVP of this year's tournament, an honor last earned by the late Chris Sanderson in 2010, also for Canada.

United States had the other three position winners, as Rob Pannell was named Outstanding Attackman, Paul Rabil outstanding midfielder, and Tucker Durkin Outstanding Defenseman. The honors were the first for all but Rabil, who was both outstanding midfielder and Most Outstanding Player four years ago when the United States took gold in Manchester, England.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Behind four points each from Miles (3G, 1A) and Lyle (2G, 2A) and a 11 save afternoon from goalie Warren Hill, the Iroquois National Team ran away with a 16-5 win over Australia, securing its first-ever medal at a senior world championship and breaking the Sharks' streak of a podium finish at every event dating back to 1967.

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from Inside Lacrosse
After the Iroquois Nationals Bronze Medal Game victory.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Miles Thompson (LaFayette) and Randy Staats (OCC/Syracuse) each posted hat tricks while Lyle Thompson (LaFayette) posted two goals and two assists. Zach Miller (Steamburg) and Mike Lazore (Carthage) chipped in a pair of scores as well.

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from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
Well, tonight the US faces a rematch with Canada in the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Games; the winner gets the gold medal and bragging rights for the next four years, and the loser takes silver. In all, teams from 38 nations have played their way into 38 positions (I’ll talk more about teams’ placements next week, once the dust settles).

from Syracuse.com
Jen Smarrelli (CNS) has been hired as the new director of athletics at Westhill High School. She replaces Matt Whipple, who retired this summer after 32 years with the district, 30 as athletics director. Smarrelli comes to Westhill after 13 years as a physical education teacher in the North Syracuse Schools, where she also served as a dean the past two years. Smarrelli . . . officiates women's lacrosse at the collegiate and high school levels . . .
Saturday July 19, 2014 8:45AM
from Inside Lacrosse
I can’t help but appreciate the fact he wasn’t falling over his feet to schmooze with some of the stars, though his mom did capture a pic of him and fellow nominee Jameis Winston. Lyle didn’t win the award; it went to basketball player Doug McDermott from Creighton. (And Lyle’s yet to receive the gift basket that was promised to all the nominees.) But the fact he was even nominated and attended the event is just another page in the incredible story that this special group of Iroquois lacrosse players have been writing these past few years.

from The Denver Post
In what is a surprise to no one, once again the lacrosse world will be watching the U.S. and Canada duke it out for a championship. For the fifth consecutive tournament and eighth time overall, the two biggest international lacrosse powers will meet Saturday in the title match of the World Lacrosse Championships at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

from the Albany Times-Union
The Thompson brothers received widespread national media coverage while leading UAlbany to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament this season, and were named co-winners of the Tewaaraton Trophy, given annually to the nation's top collegiate lacrosse player.

from Laxpower
The championship game will cap a tripleheader on Saturday. Scotland, already assured of its best finish ever, takes on England in the fifth place match at 11:00 a.m., and that will be followed by the Iroquois Nationals against Australia at 2:00 p.m. Both of those games will take place on Field 10 and then a brief closing ceremonies session will begin at 5:15 in the main stadium, followed by the warm-ups for the championship game with faceoff at 7:00 p.m. An awards ceremony will take place immediately following the championship game.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Though it was the highest placement game on Friday's slate and a battle for seventh place amongst a record FIL World Championship field of 38, the contest between Israel and Japan was a bit of a bitter pill for both teams to take. Both missed a spot in Saturday's fifth place game – and the 2018 championship tournament's Blue Division, if the six-team top tier format in place since 2006 remains – by the slimmest of margins in overtime losses on Thursday.

from MPNnow.com
COACH OF THE YEAR - Jim Andre, Victor, Years coaching: 2

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from Inside Lacrosse
Dylan Maltz has been granted a release from Syracuse University and plans to enroll at Maryland for the fall, according to the sophomore attackman's family.

from The Lacrosse Network
Lacrosse analyst Paul Carcaterra runs you through his keys to the World Games Final for both teams.

from MDSportsInsider
Ty Thompson of the Rochester Rattlers following the Rattlers 10-7 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Thompson scored his first ever Major League Lacrosse goal in this game.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
On Thursday night, 13WHAM TV honored Hurricanes Lacrosse as the Team of the Week, recognizing the organization for not only succeeding on the field, but off the field with their anti-bullying stance.

from Lacrosse Magazine
There are a few border-stradlers on the Canadian men's national team. Midfielder David Earl was born in Connecticut. Defenseman Dillon Roy is from Denver.

from SportsFive.net
Another Victor junior recently made a college commitment. Blue Devil attackman, Max Lambert, has announced his commitment to the University of Massachusetts.

from MPNnow.com
Coaches chose Canandaigua's Eric Munn and Palmyra-Macedon's Ben Reeves as Academic All-Americans for the 2014 season. The two seniors are the Daily Messenger's 2014 Boys Lacrosse Co-players of the Year.
Friday July 18, 2014 4:15PM
from the Rochester Rattlers
The Rochester Rattlers (8-3) moved one game closer to securing a spot in the 2014 MLL playoffs with a 10-7 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks (3-8) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD, thanks to rookie Mark Cockerton’s five-goal performance. The Rattlers, one of the hottest teams in the league winning four straight games, now sit alone atop the MLL standings.

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from Lacrosse Magazine
A dominating performance across the board saw Team USA jump out to a 7-0 lead after one quarter and never look back, stunning Australia with a 22-3 win to advance to the finals of the FIL World Championship.

LM Photos | Denver Post Photos

from Lacrosse Magazine
Lyle Thompson was ready to walk off the field at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, helmet on, sticks in hand and already gazing toward the locker room. But then he paused for a moment. Soon after, what has become a normality after a lacrosse game involving a Thompson, continued. Lyle, his brother Miles, along with Syracuse rising senior Randy Staats and incoming Orange goalie Warren Hill, were some of the last players to leave the field, signing autographs and taking pictures for about 15 minutes for young fans who stuck around.

"Even though I was a little upset I didn't want to leave the fans upset, with kids standing around," Lyle Thompson said. "They've waited all week to get my autograph. I'd like to give that to them, at least."

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from Lacrosse Magazine
Vinc, 32, again demonstrated amazing versatility playing long pole defense on a vast field when he's best known for stopping shots in close quarters as a box lacrosse goalie for the National Lacrosse League's Rochester Knighthawks.

from The Denver Post
Kevin Leveille's (Delmar) journey to the World Lacrosse Championships was tumultuous. He tried out for Team USA four times in 12 years. It wasn't until his fourth attempt, which came this year, that he made the final 23-man roster.

from LaxAllStars.com
Watch as Uganda Lacrosse reflects on their first ever international lacrosse victory! Uganda topped South Korea 10-9 to claim their first win at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, CO on July 14, 2014.

from OregonLive.com
Cole Willard (Midfield), Cazanovia, and Asa Goldstock (Goalkeeper), Niskayuna are representing Upstate at The Ride.

from The Democrat & Chronicle
The Spencerport boys and girls lacrosse teams, modified through varsity, joined together in May to raise funds for the Golisano Children’s Hospital. Children in grades K-12 played in Spencerport and raised more than $4,000 for “Stick it 2 Cancer” through the More Than a Game Foundation.

from The Chronicle-Express
Brice Queener, Lacrosse, Football, Basketball, PYA Class of 2001:

Brice Queener will be inducted into the PYA Athletic Hall of Fame this September. During his PYA years, Brice was a fierce competitor in every sport he played and he starred in every sport he played.

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from Lacrosse Magazine
Look to Lacrosse Magazine for the story later this evening.

from LaFayette Lacrosse Association
The LaFayette Lacrosse Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 8th annual Alumni Event will expand to include a girls alumni game starting at 11:30 am Aug 2 at Booher Fields, Rt 11 LaFayette. The alumni event is annual LaFayette Lacrosse tradition and features a free cookout & boys alumni games starting around 12:30. All LaFayette alumni (lacrosse player or not) are welcome. All proceeds go to the LaFayette Lacrosse Association.

from Lynn University Athletics
Standing at 5-foot-7 is goalkeeper Nick Nehring. A native of Corning, N.Y., he played three years of varsity lacrosse at Corning East High School. He was named an Under Armour Upstate All-American during his time with the Hawks.

from The Utica Observer-Dispatch
Former Hobart College midfielder and captain Jake Silberlicht (New Hartford) helped Team Israel with its first five games of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Denver, Colorado.

from Indian Country Today
In 2013, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) selected Hill as a player of the year and defensive player of the year. Hill also played on the 2012 All-World Team as a member of the Nationals’s U19 squad. That year, he helped the team take home the bronze. Hill, 22, who played for the Lazers at Onondaga Community College is headed to Syracuse University in the fall.

from The Sartogian
First Team bios, Second Team and HM's.

Thursday July 17, 2014 9:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Syracuse and Iroquois attackman Randy Staats (OCC/Syracuse) talks about the Nationals' 10-8 World Championships Quarterfinal win over Scotland, advancing them to the FIL Semifinals against Team Canada.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Four goals and two assists from Miles Thompson (LaFayette/SUNY Albany) helped the Iroquois Nationals hold off a game Scotland team gunning for a huge upset to advance to Thursday's FIL World Championship semifinals against Canada, 10-8. Goalkeeper Warren Hill (OCC/Syracuse) also had a starring role in the contest, making 12 saves.

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from The Denver Post
Between the auxiliary fields and the stadium at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, massive tents house convention-type booths at the World Lacrosse Championship. Everything about the game is supplied, sold or sponsored. It's a smorgasbord of lacrosse. What's missing is a lesson on the birth of the game — and the value of single-piece wooden lacrosse sticks produced by its founding people.

from NLL.com
Follow the journey of the Champion's Cup trophy from the league offices in New York City to the title game at Blue Cross Arena where the Rochester Knighthawks won their league-record third-straight NLL title by defeating the Calgary Roughnecks before a raucous home crowd. - See more at: http://www.nll.com/news_article/show/402852?referrer_id=389128#sthash.DxOLllmF.dpuf

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from Lacrosse Magazine
Indeed, the Syracuse-bound Hill, fresh from community college titles at Onondaga, stopped a Rob Pannell shot from his knees, turned away a low attempt by Kevin Leveille, and caught Max Siebald's high whipped shot, but had no answer for numerous cat-quick shots by Pannell nor the laser perimeter shots by Paul Rabil.

from Lacrosse Magazine
A very game Scotland squad packed it in on defense and got a big game from goalie Dean Stewart, but the Iroquois managed to pull through and win, 10-8. The win moves the Iroquois into the semifinals with a date against Canada Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (MT). Scotland slides down into the 5-8 bracket, where they will take on Japan Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The winner of that game will earn itself a spot in the Blue Division, as it will finish either 5th or 6th.

from Inside Lacrosse
Monday turned out to gorgeous day in the afternoon, so I was happy to be invited to join some of the Iroquois Nationals on a trip out to Red Rocks Park, which is about 20 minutes west of Denver. So I piled into a 12-passenger van with Brett Bucktooth, Travis Hill, Tom Montour, Junior Bucktooth, Taylor Smoke, Jerome Thompson Sr. and his wife, Deloris, and Iroquois assistant Cam Bomberry. Assistant Mark Burnam, who played at Syracuse in 1980s, took the wheel, entertaining/scaring us on the highway with some behind-the-wheel antics as we drove up into the colorful, jagged hills of the park.

from Lacrosse Magazine
From arranging for personalized dorm nameplates once the final roster was named just ahead of the competition, to starting a tradition of passing around a symbolic cowboy hat, named the USAward, to a player of the game after each contest, Leveille, the oldest player on the team at 32 and Major League Lacrosse's all-time leading goal scorer, has provided timely and diligent leadership.

from The Saratogian
A two-sport standout with a combined three Section II championships in both lacrosse and ice hockey, Marr has an ability to see how the game is progressing and do what he needs to, whether it’s take over a game himself or get teammates involved, in order to help his team secure a victory.

from Major League Lacrosse
Rochester’s success against Charlotte was due mainly to their execution on the defensive end of the field. If Chesapeake hopes to score any goals, they will need to get past a thick and cohesive Rattlers defense.
Wednesday July 16, 2014 8:45AM
from Lacrosse Magazine
Team USA head coach Richie Meade gathered his group after its 18-5 dismantling of the Iroquois Nationals and said, "That's the way we want to play." Start with the faceoffs, and work your way around the field: the U.S. defense squashed the Thompson-led offense, goalie Jesse Schwartzman made timely stops, two-way midfielders controlled possession and the offense lit it up, with Rob Pannell and Paul Rabil combining for 10 goals and four assists.

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from Lacrosse Magazine
As we await another lightning stoppage in play here on the FIL World Championship final night of Blue Division pool play, we have time to wonder – what are the tiebreaker scenarios that would roll out depending on tonight's results?

from Laxpower
Australia's James Lawerson opened the scoring four minutes into the game, but the Aussies then went scoreless for the next 45 minutes as Canada pulled away. Canadian goalie Dillon Ward made 10 saves while going the distance for the victory. Adam Jones led the offense with three goals and Mark Matthews had two. Anson Carter had two for Australia.

from Uverse.com
AT&T U-verse followed the Bandits through the second half of the season and the playoffs.

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from Inside Lacrosse
The Iroquois defense was disciplined and did a wonderful job covering the Australian cutters. The Nationals, after committing 13 fouls in Sundays 9-8 setback to Canada, only spent just 3:30 in the penalty box. Oakley Thomas (OCC) has become a full-time starter at close, and the slide packages and communication have been excellent in their last six quarters.

from Champions for Life
Champions for Life Sports Center in Auburn will host both girls & boys lacrosse clinics at Everest Park. (5343 North Rd, Auburn) Emphasis will be placed on stick work, game concepts & position specific techniques that will allow the players to develop the abilities necessary to play at a high level.

from Newsday
When Lizards defender Tim Henderson (Tully) gave notice that he would miss his team's July 3 home game, it was with good reason. He had a scheduling conflict with his other job -- helping to defend his country.

from Lacrosse Film Room
Lyle Thompson #4 beats Brodie Merrill #17 first with a behind the back move and then after his shot sails high uses a backhand shot to score.

from Stylin Strings
This video represents something bigger to the game of lacrosse than just this short film. Everyone playing the game that watches this, and those who don't, will feel a little more connected to nature, the sport and it's rich history.

from ILIndoor.com
While polls like this are hardly scientific, one of the things we like most about installments like these is the chance to remember players whose career wrapped up long ago. It’s easy to replay the great plays of current players, of course, so any time we can tip a cap to the American pioneers of the NLL, it’s wicked cool. It’s a way of letting them know their game may be gone, but it will never be forgotten. With that in mind, let’s roll into the next matchup, which features Joe Walters going up against one of the aforementioned old-timers, Brad Kotz.
Tuesday July 15, 2014 9:00AM
from Inside Lacrosse
After a two-hour weather delay, the Iroquois Nationals were able to outscore Australia 4-2 late Monday night to earn a 12-10 win and improve to 3-1 in the Blue Division at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships. Tied 8-8 with about two minutes and thirty seconds remaining in the third quarter, a thunderstorm rolled into Denver and led to a delay, that forced the Iroquois, the Australians and the fans in attendance to seek shelter in the main stadium while the rain came pouring down.

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from Sports On Earth
Among the sequence of young men, and wearing a backwards purple snapback, stands Zach Miller (Steamburg), a Seneca who grew up on the Allegany Indian Reservation in western New York with a stick in his hand since age 3. A product of The Hill Academy in Ontario, the 19-year-old is just off his first season at the University of Denver, a breakout 57-point (38 goals, 19 assists) campaign that garnered him Division I Freshman of the Year accolades in helping guide the Pioneers back to the Final Four for the third time in four seasons.

Zach Miller video piece from KMGH-TV

from the Rochester Rattlers
It’s pretty hard to be a per game, multi point contributor and go somewhat unnoticed on a red hot offensive juggernaut like the 2014 Rochester Rattlers. But that is what has happened to midfielder Justin Turri this season, and it may be a blessing in disguise for the big Duke Blue Devils alumnus and his first place team.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Academic Honors: 33 ACT (34 superscore) graduated from Liberal Arts Academy – Henry Clay High School. Identified as one of lexington’s top 40 youth leaders, multiple community service awards, co-founder/president Kids for Kids: Youth Social Ventures (non-profit), underclass academic excellence award.

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from JustLacrosse Upstate
Lewis and Clark, Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, Thelma and Louise? Jack Lemon and Sandy Dennis in The Out-of-Towners (or Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn in the re-make). OK, maybe even Clark Griswold in Family Vacation . . . (Disclaimer: I know; Lewis and Clark didn’t trek anywhere near Denver, Thelma and Louise may not be the most appealing (or accurate) imagery, and On the Road probably had as many references to beer and marijuana as it had to driving cross country . . . but hopefully by now you get the idea). It’s been the mother of all road trips so far . . .

from E.R. Lacrosse
E.R. Lacrosse, Central New York's premiere lacrosse program is traveling to Rochester, NY, to watch the Rochester Rattlers take on the Charlotte Hounds on July 26 at 7:00. Event costs $15 which includes ticket to the game, pre game handshake line with the team and post game autograph session. To partake in the event please contact E.R. Lacrosse at rthayer22@aol.com or mention ER Lacrosse at the Sahlen's Stadium box office for discounted event tickets.

from Lacrosse Magazine
The United States won its fourth straight game of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship on Monday afternoon, coasting past England 20-1 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Seven different players scored at least two goals and Kevin Leveille and Marcus Holman each posted hat tricks. Rob Pannell finished with two goals and two assists.

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from Inside Lacrosse
I still haven’t had a chance to sit down with him and talk at length, but it certainly felt like a special opportunity to stand alongside Chief Oren Lyons during the Iroquois’ bushwhacking of Japan. Watching Warren Hill in the cage, I couldn't help but wonder what type of impact the Six Nations product could have next year at Syracuse University. Knowing the answer, I asked Lyons who the last Native American goalie was to start at Syracuse.

from Boston University Athletics
Jack Wilson (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius)
Played two seasons of varsity lacrosse at Fayetteville-Manlius … Led squad to first state title game in 21 years as a senior thanks to a school-record 67 goals … Was selected to 2014 US Lacrosse Academic All-All-America squad . . .

from Syracuse.com
After going 3-0 on Saturday, including an overtime victory over eventual tournament champion Baltimore, the Upstate team lost to New England on Sunday morning and fell to Long Island in the semifinals.

from Syracuse.com
The Upstate team lost games on Friday and Saturday to teams from Baltimore, New Jersey and the West before defeating Long Island on Sunday morning. The Upstate team did not qualify for the semifinals.
Monday July 14, 2014 3:15PM
from Lacrosse Magazine
On a turf field in Denver, under the Sunday night lights and in front of a crowd of more than 6,000 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Team Canada's Brodie Merrill chased Iroquois attackman Lyle Thompson around for 80 minutes in a matchup that brought the 32-year-old defenseman's mind back 10 years ago, when his college self at Georgetown marked Syracuse superstar Mikey Powell.

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from Gaffer Lacrosse
The oldest Gaffer Team from the Class of 2016 won their first Championship at the JV level with a 5-0-1 record in Maryland's Summer Sizzle Tournament, which qualifies them for the IMG Club Team Tournament in Florida in December. They outscored their six opponents 50-10 in a dominating two day effort.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Rob Pannell had a goal and five assists in the victory to anchor the offensive effort, while Chris Eck and Greg Gurenlian were near-perfect on draws, going a combined 23-for-26. Jesse Schwartzman earned the win in net, making four saves and allowing just the one goal, making way for Drew Adams after being hit by a shot in the third quarter. Adams made six saves and allowed two.

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from Lacrosse Magazine
In a game for the ages, Curtis Dickson scored a game-winning goal with 19 seconds remaining on the clock, lifting Canada to a 9-8 win over the Iroquois Nationals in front of a capacity crowd on Sunday night in FIL World Championship group play.

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from Lacrosse Magazine
Germany, the sixth-place finisher in Manchester in 2010, completed a perfect run through the Red Division with a 21-2 win over previously unbeaten Hong Kong. They'll be joined in the championship bracket by Israel, which won the Orange Division, and Finland, which won the Turquoise Division.

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from Lake Placid Lacrosse
The Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament, taking place Aug. 4-10, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with several ancillary events, including the Legends of Placid Lax tribute to those individuals who have enabled the tournament to grow from its modest beginnings.

from Lake Placid Lacrosse
We are less than month away from the 25th Anniversary of Lake Placid Summit Classic. We have built and posted the initial schedules for both the Scholastic and Adult divisions. We are using AES this year for our scheduling and results tool, so the look is different, but the ease of tracking your team, is just as easy as it's been in the past.

from Indian Country Today
This summer is a united front for the Thompson clan, but next year’s NCAA season will be a big change for Lyle. The co-Tewaaraton Award winner will be going at it alone in his final season at the University of Albany.

from Inside Lacrosse
Thirteen penalties cost the Iroquois in their 9-8 loss against Canada. Without question they have the ability, skill and athletes to make a run for gold. They will need to show better discipline if they hope to beat the USA and Canada.

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from the Iroquois Nationals
All photos by Kenny Frost

from Inside Lacrosse
Midfielder Kyle Harrison left the Australia game with a leg injury and did not return. He and Callum Robinson collided and it appeared as if the big koala's knee impacted with Harrison's quad. Harrison limped off the field on Saturday after running shifts on offense and defense.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Games at Towson University.

TJ Connellan Verbals to Penn State
from CNY Road Hawks
Cazenovia defenseman TJ Connellan has verbally committed to Penn St. He has played two seasons with the CNY Road Hawks.
Sunday July 13, 2014 11:30AM
from Lacrosse Magazine
For Australia, the sight of yellow flags flying into the twilight sky was exactly what they wanted to see Saturday. It started almost immediately, when goony-looking Callum Robinson nailed Team USA's Max Seibald with a late hit after Seibald scored and then baited Team USA's Brendan Mundorf into a shoving match less than two minutes into the game.

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from Lacrosse Magazine
"We're just the roadies," Iroquois assistant coach Marc Van Arsdale said walking from the field at Dick's Sporting Goods Park with head coach Steve Beville and fellow assistant Chris Doktor after the Nationals beat Japan 24-9 in blue division pool play Saturday afternoon. The headline attractions are the Thompsons. Beville surmised it's the lacrosse equivalent of traveling with the Beatles, and he's not far off.

from Indian Country Today
“I put a lot of pressure on myself… I just like to win; and I expect to win every time I play a game of lacrosse, that’s the kind of pressure I put on myself,” Jamieson told a blog site.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Barbara Zelaney tucked her blonde hair into her black cap and jogged onto the field with a purposeful gait. As the chief box official for the much-anticipated Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship opener between the U.S. and Canada, Zelaney, a native of Slovakia, took her position between the benches at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Shayna Pirreca (Mt. Sinai-NY, Florida) had three goals and two assists and earned MVP honors to lead the North to an 18-11 victory over the South Saturday night in the Under Armour Senior Girls’ All-American game at Towson University.

from LaxAllStars.com
From my vantage point, every single individual in attendance seems proud to be in Denver and ready to openly enjoy this once in a lifetime international lacrosse experience. From John Grant Jr., who’s faced as much personal adversity as anyone in our sport, down to the team ball boys and up to the elder statesmen of our game, everyone seems genuinely happy to be here as one worldwide lacrosse community.

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from Inside Lacrosse
The Iroquois Nationals dismantled Japan 24-9 Saturday afternoon at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Denver to improve to 2-0 in the Blue Division. After opening up the tournament Friday night with a strong defensive showing in a 15-4 win over England, the Iroquois offense exploded after what seemed like a slow start.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Some stars wilt under the spotlight and seek solitude. Thompson used to be that way, but he seems now to have fully embraced his role as an ambassador for the sport. It's amazing to think that just a year ago, this kid, who will turn 22 in September, had braces. It's amazing to think Thompson, who set the NCAA single-season scoring record this year at Albany, has another year of college lacrosse left to possibly challenge Rob Pannell's career scoring mark.

from Indian Country Today
The Syracuse alum has had an excellent MLL career. Jeremy, the eldest of the Thompson brothers, is in his third season with the Edmonton Rush and was acquired by the Hamilton Nationals in the first round, going sixth overall in 2011.

from Inside Lacrosse
It felt like this year’s rendition of the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic was going to get out of hand early. The North team, leaning on their face-off play and platoon of speedy scorers, built a daunting 9-2 lead over their Southern counterparts by late in the first half. The deficit seemed daunting even for an all-star game. Slowly, though, the South crawled its way back, holding the North to just three second half goals while scoring six of their own in that period.

With photos by Rich Barnes.

from The Sun News
Brandon May just finished his junior season as Bishop Timon-St. Jude’s top defensive player. As he becomes one of the few returners on next year’s lacrosse roster, May is a lot more confident in his athletic and leadership capabilities after participating in a national high school lacrosse circuit.

from Community Papers of WNY
You could say that Dennis Gilbert has sports in his blood. He played quarterback for his father, Dennis Sr., on the St. Joe’s football team. He is one of the top hockey players not only in Western New York, but in the country. Lacrosse, however, was a sport very new to him.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Games at Towson University

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Saturday July 12, 2014 8:30AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Iroquois Nationals coach Steve Beville said the offense — comprised largely of guys who’ve been playing box all summer — took a little time to adjust, but then quickly found their groove. “It’s a matter of getting these guys out of the box and their limited reps on the field. Every day we’re on the field they get better. Every day we’re on the field their timing is better, their spacing is better.”

Lacrosse Magazine Photos | Box Score

from Inside Lacrosse
Thanks to Taylor Smoke and his willingness to let me take over his room for the better part of an hour, I was able to photograph just about all of the Iroquois Nationals gear for the event, which includes a mountain of custom Vapor gear, the Nike Fast Break uniforms and tons of apparel and accessories from Nike, as well as two custom Cascade R helmets, including an awesome matte black one-off look featuring the seal that is on the back of the Iroquois passport (decals done by Zima Gear).

from WorldLacrosse2014.com
The weather also has forced adjustments to the schedule of games, including field assignments, for July 12. A revised schedule is available on the World Lacrosse 2014 Broadcast page.

from LaxPower
Weather delayed the nightcap doubleheader for more than 90 minutes to cap a day full of action with 18 games, but it was worth the wait. Australia rallied for a wild 14-13 double overtime victory against Japan. Australia scored twice in the final 1:09 of regulation to force overtime and then won it in the second overtime on Nigel Morton's third goal of the game. Morton's three goals led Australia and James Lawerson had two goals and an assist. Ryu Matsushita led Japan's offense with two goals and two assists.

from Lacrosse Magazine
The biggest event in international lacrosse history hit full stride Friday with 18 games, including FIL World Championship debuts for several teams. Photos by Scott McCall Photography.

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from Lacrosse All Stars
Miles Thompson is a very focused and humble individual, learn how he prepares himself for lacrosse games and what Miles does to honor the Creator.

from Inside Lacrosse
On Thursday, I had to switch hotels and take care of some stuff for Inside Lacrosse at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, including cruise the vendor lot and check out all the different companies and products on display. I had a chance to catch up with Jerome Thompson Jr., aka Hiana, who is one of the best stories on the Iroquois Nationals roster.

from PressBoxOnline.com
Next up for the U.S. will be 2010 bronze medalist Australia, featuring Stevenson University defenseman Callum Robinson, at 7 p.m. July 12. The game will be broadcast on ESPU. Here are five things to expect from the Americans during the matchup.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
A total of 17 National Lacrosse League players competed with a strong showing in the opener between the two teams that won the last two titles in the international competition taking place every four years. But there's a third team to keep a close eye on and it's the Iroquois Nationals with a roster full of NLL talent.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
In front of a worldwide audience Thursday night, Rochester Knighthawks Matt Vinc and Team Canada opened the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Commerce City, Colo. The game against Team USA followed the opening ceremonies of the two-week event.

from LaxPower
Photos of the opening festivities and the USA-Canada game are courtesy of Mike Baldassare. (Note that photographers were kept a significant distance from the field during the game.)

from the Iroquois Nationals

from PressConnects.com
“I didn’t know there was any lacrosse in Russia,” said Milliman, 36, a three-time All-American at NCAA Division III Gettysburg who grew up in Rochester. “I didn’t know if there ever would be any. I’ve played a lot of lacrosse in a lot of different places and I’ve met a lot of people. That’s what made this opportunity sound so intriguing.”

from LaxPower
The NCAA Division I Administration Cabinet has appointed Siena lacrosse head coach John Svec to the Men's Lacrosse Rules Committee. Svec's appointment is effective September 1st.

from Army Athletics
Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Waagbo announced the first addition to her coaching staff on Friday with the hiring of Danielle Etrasco as an assistant coach. Etrasco arrives at West Point following one season as an assistant coach with Virginia Tech's women's lacrosse program.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The five-time National Lacrosse League Champion Rochester Knighthawks are partnering with the 2014 Empire State Cup to promote the game of lacrosse throughout New York. The 2014 event will be played from Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, August 3 in Syracuse. The High School Girls tournament will be held at Onondaga Community College and both Boys tournaments will be held at Sunnycrest Park.

from
Having only advanced to the semifinals once in their existence, the Upstate boys have the guns to do so in 2014 with loads of highly capable players. The attack will have a dangerous big/little duo of touted Canadian finisher Jake Fox (Hill Academy ’15 / Johns Hopkins) and diminutive and shifty threat Joey Sessa (Minisink Valley ’15 / Yale), as well as a number of uncommitted hoping to break through.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Games at Towson University

from TopLaxRecruits.com
National High School Lacrosse Showcase at two Columbia, MD sites
Friday July 11, 2014 8:45AM
from Lacrosse Magazine
Eight straight goals helped the United States open the 2014 FIL World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice, with a big win over Canada, its championship game opponent in each tournament since 1998. Flipping a 3-0 deficit early in the second quarter to an 8-3 lead deep in the third, the run powered an eventual 10-7 victory for the defending world champion.

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from Lacrosse Magazine
Paul Rabil and Rob Pannell might be rivals in the race for alpha dog of American lacrosse, but they sure looked good as teammates Thursday, leading Team USA to a 10-7 victory over Canada in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship opener before 11,447 fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

from The Denver Post
Denver's American Indian community welcomed the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team to Colorado this week with burning sage, eagle feathers and a traditional song honoring heroes.

"You guys represent our warriors. You are our role models," said Francis Sherwood, celebrating the world's only indigenous team competing internationally as a sovereign nation for the World Lacrosse Championships in Denver.

from JustLacrosse Upstate
. . . This year that format, three all-star teams of incoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors from each section, has been replaced with a newly named tournament featuring select high school teams representing Sections 3-6.

from Inside Lacrosse
The ninth annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic starts Friday at the campus of Towson University in Towson, Md., and Under Armour dropped the gear and uniforms on Thursday night. These will be worn by the top 88 graduating high school Class of 2014 players in the country when they take the field for the senior showcase games Saturday night. The boys play at 5 p.m., live on ESPNU, while the girls take the field at 7:30, both at Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium and both in the traditional North vs. South format.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Severna Park High School (MD) rising junior midfielder Ethan Carr has made a commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

from The Courier-Islander
A 2014 article in the medical journal Pediatrics summarized the current research and has concluded that a specific exercise routine, known as neuromuscular training, greatly reduces the risk of knee injuries in young female athletes.

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from Inside Lacrosse
This week, the Iroquois Nationals are preparing for the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Denver with what many believe is their strongest team ever, stacked with current NLL and NCAA stars, and with the memory of the 2010 debacle burning strong in the minds of the Iroquois staff and players. This Inside Lacrosse writer was fortunate to be invited to join the Iroquois Nationals for the length of the tournament as an embedded writer to help share the team’s story and progress throughout the event.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Games at Towson University.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The five-time National Lacrosse League Champion Rochester Knighthawks are partnering with the 2014 Empire State Cup to promote the game of lacrosse throughout New York. The 2014 event will be played from Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, August 3 in Syracuse. The High School Girls tournament will be held at Onondaga Community College and both Boys tournaments will be held at Sunnycrest Park.
Thursday July 10, 2014 10:15AM
from Le Moyne Athletics
Le Moyne College Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Bassett announced on Thursday morning the hiring of Kathy Taylor as the fifth head women's lacrosse coach in program history. Taylor replaces Beth Hewitt, who resigned last month after a successful five-year run in charge of the Dolphins to accept the Assistant Coach position at Division-I Vanderbilt University.

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from Lacrosse Magazine
What does it mean to play a game for Team USA is a question we've posed many of the hopefuls for the U.S. Men's National Team throughout the past several months on the way to the FIL World Championships. But the final episode of The Lacrosse Network's "Road to the Rockies" takes it one step further, looking at what it means to play in the biggest rivalry in international lacrosse - the USA vs. Canada.

from the Democrat & Chronicle
[Peter] Milliman, a 1996 Brighton High School graduate, is the volunteer head coach, and Koshansky, a current standout for the Rochester Rattlers, is the lone player on the 23-player team with professional experience.

from Inside Lacrosse
Team USA, Canada and the Iroquois are the clear top dogs in the FIL World Championships. But each team has its own set of questions and decisions to be made. The IL asked the biggest ones heading into the tournament. First up: Team USA.

from The Iroquois Nationals
On Monday, July 7, the Nationals held a meet and greet with members of the Denver area native community at Denver East High School.

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from CTV
The Iroquois -- a group that includes the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora First Nations -- are also known as the Haudenosaunee or the Six Nations and are primarily located in New York, Ontario and Quebec. The Iroquois invented lacrosse centuries before Europeans arrived in North America and participate as their own team in all international events.

from Indian Country Today
Marty Ward (Corcoran), Cherokee, is head coach of the Florida Southern College lacrosse team in Lakeland, Florida, where he is in his fourth season with the Moccasins.

from the Baltimore Sun
In May, Loyola Maryland's Joe Fletcher (West Genesee) received the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defender. Now he has the hardware to show he brought that same intensity and dedication to the classroom, too.

from SUNY Potsdam Athletics
Ryan Hanretty will become the eighth men's lacrosse player inducted in the 130-member SUNY Potsdam Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, July 12, at the Knowles Conference Center on campus at 11:30 a.m.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Attackman Kevin Leveille, team captain and oldest member of the U.S. set to play in his first world championships at age 34, lit a symbolic torch atop one of the buildings at the facility. At the start of the night, when a montage of U.S. Olympic highlights from over the years was shown to the team in an auditorium, training center staff mentioned the fact that lacrosse should be part of the video next time around.
from Lacrosse Magazine
He's the elder statesman, yet a first-time world championship participant, and now Team USA captain.

Attackman Kevin Leveille (Delmar), Major League Lacrosse's all-time leading goal scorer who was a Team USA alternate in 2010, was voted solo captain of the U.S. men's national team on Tuesday night in Colorado Springs, Colo., where the group is finishing off a four-day training camp at the Air Force Academy ahead of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, which begins Thursday.

from Aljazeera America
The 29 teams in Manchester were stunned when the Iroquois didn’t show up at the opening ceremony. “It was a bummer," said Randy Mearns, an assistant coach for Canada at the time. “You just knew they were going to be phenomenal.”

from the Rochester Rattlers
The Rochester Rattlers started the season in the cellar of the MLL Power Rankings, and now 10 weeks later are at the top of the heap. That kind of turnaround will yield some game by game accolades, and that has come in spades for the players in black and gold.

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from Cornell Athletics
Matt Kerwick, the Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Men's Lacrosse at Cornell University, has announced that Peter Milliman has been named the Mario St. George Boiardi '04 Associate Head Coach of Men's Lacrosse. Milliman served as an assistant coach a season ago and will continue in his role as the team's recruiting coordinator, as well as the defensive coordinator, assisting in all facets of coaching and program management.

from Orange Crush Lacrosse
Ryan Durkin, M, Jamesville-DeWitt (2015) and TJ Connellan, D, Cazenovia (2016) make college choices.

from Cornell Athletics
With the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship just a few days away, 13 with Cornell ties will have a role with the various international teams. The event will be held July 10-19 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

from Lacrosse Magazine
The U.S. Olympic Training Center hosted the U.S. Men's National Lacrosse Team for a tour of their expansive Colorado Springs facility.

from Lacrosse Magazine
With five episodes of its “Road to the Rockies” series on Team USA in the books, the Lacrosse Network just released No. 6 in the series, and it’s a great one. Centered around the final steps of the selection process, including the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game, its nine minutes of great insight into the men playing for their country starting this week.

from Indian Country Today
As the Iroquois Nationals get set for the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championship which starts on July 10 in Denver, Colorado, ICTMN is profiling each of the 27 players during the tournament -- which ends on July 19 -- for lacrosse fans (and all fans) who want to know a little bit more about each player on the Nationals’s roster. Brett Bucktooth is today’s featured player.

from Inside Lacrosse
145: Points scored by Albany recruit Connor Fields. The Bishop Timon-St. Jude attackman put up 198 goals and 37 assists this season after posting 129 goals as a junior. A tremendous athlete, Fields was named both the ice hockey player of the year and the lacrosse player of the year by the Buffalo News.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Local lacrosse players will learn from two of the best in the business at the upcoming Rochester Knighthawks Boys Lacrosse Camp. Knighthawks Matt Vinc and Joe Walters will serve as instructors at Victor Dryer Road Park from Monday, July 21st to Thursday, July 24th. - See more at: http://www.knighthawks.net/node/4922#sthash.Vbi6VxXs.dpuf
Tuesday July 8, 2014 9:00AM
from The DenverChannel.com
“This was Ute country at one time,” Frost said. “Our people roamed the mountains.” Frost presented the team with two eagle feathers.

“This is a gift,” he said. “We’re making a presentation from the Ute Nation to the Iroquois Nation. The feathers are blessed… as you travel, they will continue to carry the good will and the good words.”

from 9news.com
"We take tremendous pride in this game and this tournament and who we are and our heritage and our culture. It's spiritual to us. We like to call it a way of life," general manager Gewas Schindler told 9NEWS.

from US Lacrosse
"We’re honored to be selected for the award because good sportsmanship is something we do focus on as a team,” said Stan Ross, head coach of the Florida Launch. “We want to set an example for the youth in Florida on how the game should be played and we want to be the ones that kids can look up to. It’s important. We want to be leaders.”

from Marist Athletics
Spots are still available for the Marist Boys Lacrosse camp, held on July 21-25 at Tenney Stadium on the campus of Marist College.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Below are the girls’ Uncommitted Games rosters for the Under Armour games on July 12 at Towson University.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Below are the rosters for the Under Armour boys’ Uncommitted Games to be held July 12 at Towson University.

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from The Lacrosse Network

from Inside Lacrosse
The Blue Division is the elite group for the FIL World Championships, composed of the three favorites (Canada, Iroquois and United States) as well as the more experienced squads from around the world. Click the links to see the rosters, schedules and TV info for each team as you follow along online and on television. Also, click the numbers at the bottom of the page to scroll team by team.

from Penn Athletics
A player and later an assistant coach during the heyday of the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse program in the 1980s, Jim Stagnitta (East Syracuse) returns to the program as an assistant coach. The announcement was made recently by Penn’s James H. Greene, Jr. Head Coach of Men’s Lacrosse, Mike Murphy.

from Inside Lacrosse
The girls game will include a rematch from this year’s NCAA title game as Syracuse’s trio of Alyssa Murray, Natalie Glanell and Amy Cross lead the North team and look to avenge their loss to former Maryland Terrapin Beth Glaros who will lead the South. Duke’s Taylor Virden and Penn State’s Mackenzie Cyr join Glaros to fill out the South’s coaching roster.

from Syracuse.com
Syracuse University has terminated its multi-million dollar agreement with the sports marketing colossus, IMG. The reasons are not clear. IMG's multi-media rights contract with SU had extended through the 2020-21 season.
Monday July 7, 2014 2:45PM
from Lax.com
The 2014 Iroquois National team heads to the World Lacrosse Championship as one of the favorites to knock off the reigning champion United States. With five players and one assistant coach on the team, the Thompson family will look to lead the Nationals to the 2014 World Title. Check out Lax.com's preview of the Iroquois team, featuring the Thompson's explaining what it means to play on the World level as well as the importance of lacrosse in the Iroquois culture.

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from the Iroquois Nationals

from LaxLessons.com
The athletic two-way midfielder at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse is 6-foot-4, 200 pounds. He also runs the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds. If that’s not enough, he also has two more varsity seasons to refine his already impressive skills.

from Inside Lacrosse
Sunday was yet another perfect day at Gavin Park in Saratoga Springs for the final day of the second annual Saratoga Lacrosse Shootout. It was another excellent opportunity to take in lacrosse all day, meet people in lacrosse, learn about their programs and enjoy the beautiful scenery as July 4th weekend closed out.

from Lacrosse Magazine
It was almost déjà vu at the Lacrosse Vail Shootout, but this time around Lacrosswear went home with the hardware, edging out defending champion The Cage Goes All Out. Speaking of Deja Vu, Team STX took home the crown for the second straight year, routing Team CRSLax.com 15-3 in the finale.

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from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
Well, it’s finally here – the week my sons and I have been looking forward to ever since it was announced that Denver would be hosting the next FIL World Championships. We’ve circled the dates on our calendars, made some plans, and now… here we are. I’ll pick up Eric in Brockport on Tuesday around 9 AM and then we’re off . . .

from Syracuse.com
The all-league teams were selected by coaches from each division.

Frontier
Patriot
Liberty
Freedom
CNYCL

Sunday July 6, 2014 10:00AM
from Syracuse.com

from The Auburn Citizen
Just a few days removed from an emotional win over rival West Genesee that earned Auburn a home game in the Section III, Class A boys lacrosse tournament, the Maroons’ season came to an abrupt halt after an overtime goal by Corcoran in the sectional quarterfinals at Holland Stadium.

from The Hamburg Sun News
It is hard to imagine that a lacrosse player of Jill Ford’s caliber quit playing the sport once upon a time. Ford just finished her senior season at Hamburg High School this past year, but she had a difficult decision as to which sport she wanted to play in the spring back when she was a middle school student. So in the sixth grade, she traded in her stick for a bat.

from Indian Country Today
The Nationals' first game is on Friday, July 11 on ESPN3 against England. Here are five exciting athletes worth watching during the tournament.

from the Rochester Rattlers
The Rochester Rattlers (7-3) moved into a tie for first place with a thrilling 15-13 win over the hosting Charlotte Hounds (4-6) on Saturday Night at American Legion Stadium. Using a spin dodge off the top of the crease to score, Justin Turri got things going for the Rattlers red hot offense early on.

from The Hamburg Sun News
There were high hopes of what could become of the boys modified lacrosse team at Eden in 2014. Andrew Minier coached his modified team to an 11-0-1 record, marking the first winning record for the program that he is aware of. And he saw it coming all along.

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from Indian Country Today
The Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team began arriving in the Mile High City on July 3 to get acclimated and prepare for the 2014 Federal of International Lacrosse World Championship scheduled from July 10 to July 19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Opening ceremonies begin at 5 p.m.

from The Corning Leader
Ian Cook, So., midfield, Horseheads - Just as any sport does, lacrosse has specialists – those who excel at specific areas of the game. Cook seemed to have them all figured out this season. The sophomore Blue Raiders middie scored 37 goals, dished out 19 assists, won 64 percent of his faceoffs and ranked second in the Section IV Lacrosse League with 94 groundballs. To boot, Cook spent time on defense during certain situations.

from Inside Lacrosse
The second day of the Saratoga Lacrosse Shootout got into full swing Saturday morning as hudreds of lacrosse players and their families made their way into Gavin Park. Teaming up with George and Kevin Leveille, who've been hosting the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic, Ryan Powell is aiming to make the Saratoga Lacrosse Shootout a family-oriented tournament with a relaxing and fun environment. The scene at Gavin Park was like a lacrosse carnival, with young kids and their families enjoying the gorgeous weather and scenery, as well as lots of good food thanks to a great catering setup by Mazzone Hospitality and a Ben and Jerry's booth.
Saturday July 5, 2014 9:00AM

from Indian Country Today
Meet the staff for the 2014 Iroquois Nationals.

from Lax.com
The 2014 World Lacrosse Championship is only a week away and Team USA has announced the final 23 men that will look to defend it's title from 2010. Check out who made the cut and get yourself ready for what is sure to be the biggest lacrosse event in history!

from LaxPower
The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) announced today that forward John Grant, Jr. will not be playing for Canada in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Lacrosse Championships that begin next week in Denver, Colorado. He will be joining Coach Randy Mearns' staff on the sidelines to help Canada win its third World Championship and will be replaced on the 23-man roster by Burlington, Ontario native Jordan MacIntosh.

from The Brantford Expositor
“There are people who went down the same path I did and didn't get the help and met with some pretty horrific ends,” Grant told The Examiner Friday, after news broke he's pulled himself from Canada's roster. He made this decision after the FIL denied his application for a Therapeutic Use Exemption of his medication which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances. The denial came despite the approval by the Canadian Centre For Ethics In Sports (CCES) of a TUE for Grant to participate in Canadian Lacrosse Association events.

from The Auburn Citizen
The last play of Molly Wood’s varsity career is likely the most memorable. It was a dream scenario.

from the Rochester Rattlers
The Rochester Rattlers (6-3) are sitting comfortably in second place as the playoffs approach. The Charlotte Hounds are hungry for their third consecutive win. They are tied with the Boston Cannons for the fourth and final MLL playoff spot.

from OurSportsCentral.com
Walters was once again the offensive catalyst - firing in four goals and dishing off four assists to lead the Bayhawks in a back-and-forth affair that featured seven ties and five lead changes.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The lacrosse world is descending on Denver this week to prepare for the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships. Seven members of the three-peat National Lacrosse League Champion Rochester Knighthawks will compete in the international event, featuring 38 nations.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Huntington High School (NY) rising junior defender Hailey Bengston has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Syracuse University.

from CSNNE.com
Today is the day our country celebrates its independence. Last weekend, my son celebrated his. “Dad, can you stop yelling? It’s annoying. I’m doing my best.” Words from my 9-year-old lacrosse player that stopped me in my tracks.
Friday July Fourth, 2014 9:00AM
from WWNY-TV
The North Country Lacrosse League honored a long-time coaching legend Wednesday night before its 5th and 6th grade championship game at the Alex Duffy Fairgrounds.

from The Corning Leader
One of the best players to ever suit up for the Corning Hawks will move on to the next level. Division I Syracuse-bound Neena Merola was so talented for so long that she’s the last remaining player from an era gone by.

from SportsFive.net
Victor rising junior long stick midfielder Jack Callahan has announced his commitment to Bryant University. The second team All-League defenseman (MC-d2) was also named to the Class B All Tournament team his spring.

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from Lacrosse Magazine
The unexpected partnership between University of Denver men's lacrosse coach Bill Tierney and his star freshman Zach Miller might not have worked. It involved a legendary coach with six national championships on his resume, building a power in the West, and the quietly determined left-handed Native American phenom from an upstate New York reservation. Native American players have traditionally stayed close to home, but Miller has never been one to follow the preordained path.

from LaxPower
Liz Hogan will join Stanford women's lacrosse as an assistant coach, as announced Thursday by head coach Amy Bokker. A current member of the U.S. Women's National Team, Hogan brings three years of Division I coaching experience to the Cardinal staff. She served as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech during the 2014 season after spending the two previous years at Colgate University.

from DigitalJournal.com
Baltimore-based STX, LLC, a global sporting goods leader, announced today the signing of eight new members to Team STX, the first elite post-collegiate women's lacrosse team. Syracuse All-American Alyssa Murray highlights the list of new signees, along with standouts Kirkland Locey, also of Syracuse, and Taylor D'Amore and Sammy Cermack, both from Johns Hopkins. Alternates include Nikki Boltja (Louisville), Sloane Serpe (UNC), Abbey Friend (UNC) and Sydney Peterson (Duke).

from Inside Lacrosse
Boys from all over the country and a handful from Canada took to the field this week at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic. On field the players not only battled each other, but also battled the hottest temperatures of the summer. Tuesday saw high 80s and into the 90s while Wednesday reached upwards of 100. Players from traditional hotbeds performed well, but here are some players from non-traditional hotbed areas who impressed:

from Lacrosse Magazine
In partnership with The Lacrosse Network, US Lacrosse has released the latest episode of “Road to the Rockies: Making Team USA”, presented by Marriott. Chronicling the team’s journey to Denver to defend gold at the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice, July 10-19 in Denver (tickets), the exclusive web series provides a behind-the-scenes look at the sights and sounds of what it’s like to play for Team USA.

from NLL.com
The National Lacrosse League has announced that the 2014 NLL Entry Draft will take place on Monday, Sept. 22 at Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario. The Edmonton Rush currently hold the first overall pick while the current order of selection for the entire six-round draft, which will begin at 7 p.m. ET, is listed below.

from LaxAllStars.com
Rochester native, Joe Walters, sent his unreleased Maverik Optik head to me and the guys at Throne of String for some tender loving care.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Nine champions were crowned today at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic – including three outright champs and six co-champs – as inclement weather caused the cancellation of the final three title games shortly after their 2 p.m. starts at the Maryland Soccerplex.
Thursday July 3, 2014 10:00AM
from US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse has announced the second of two groups of high school boys’ lacrosse players to be named as US Lacrosse High School All-Americans and All-Academic Team members, as well as winners of the Coach of the Year, Assistant Coach of the Year, Man of the Year and the Bob Scott Award. Over 600 players and 100 coaches in this group were recognized for their efforts on and off the field.

Upstate Awards by Region

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Wednesday’s Brine National Lacrosse Classic scoreboard from the Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, MD

from Lacrosse Magazine
Team Previews - The Cage Goes All Out
Key Players: Nick Ossello (Notre Dame), Billy Ward (Syracuse), Tyler German (UVa), Rhody Heller (UVa), Isaac Bock (Penn), Ryan LaPlante (DU), Greg Coholan (UVa), Tanner Ottenbreit (UVa), Peter McCartney (Syracuse), Sean Cannizaro (DU), Zed Williams (UVa)
Team Preview: The 2013 Vail Shootout Champions intend to go All Out again in 2014, with help from Vaught Oil and The Cage Sports

from US Lacrosse
I, like many of you, was field-hopping at my daughter’s tournament on a recent weekend. As I was walking back to my car, I witnessed a coach berating (with arms flailing) a 13-year-old girl. I was appalled. He was screaming at her, asking, “Why did you do this instead of doing that?”

from NLL.com
The 2014 NLL Season Award finalists have been announced as the top performers among the world's best lacrosse players are recognized for their efforts this past season. Check out all the nominees below to see which National Lacrosse League pros excelled at their position during the league's thrilling 28th year of action. 2014 NLL Season Award Finalists:

from the Baltimore Sun
I'm old enough to remember that it was a big deal when athletes were chosen to grace the front of a Wheaties box, yet I've never eaten a flake of it. General Mills would like to change that. The company has unveiled a promotion that, for the first time in the 90-year history of Wheaties, will allow the public to choose who's going on the iconic orange carton.

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from the Baltimore Sun
It was a tumultuous spring off the field for the NCAA, and the effect could change college lacrosse in substantial ways. The consensus to this point, however, is that there’s still so much to be determined that it’s impossible to project how lacrosse fans should ready themselves for the future. How this future looks could hinge on the development of two major storylines that might reshape college athletics:

from Syracuse.com
Former Le Moyne standouts Aaron Cahill (2013) and Jeff White (2013) have been selected to participate in the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships. White, the most outstanding player of the 2013 NCAA DII National Championship game, will particpate for the Iroquois National Team. Cahil, a midfielder, will compete for the Irish national team.

from Syracuse.com
Murphy, whose grandmother is German, was invited to try out for the team last year. Murphy flew to Germany for his audition with the team in November.

from World Lacrosse 2014
For a brief time in my adult life, I lived in Austin, Texas. I quickly learned to love and embrace the city's quirky motto: "Keep Austin Weird." Being a member of Team USA on three occasions, I would assert that Austin has a friend that shares its spirit — the FIL World Lacrosse Championship.

from Valley News Online
Coach Drew White said with so many younger players on his team, the seniors helped set the foundation for the future of Fulton girls’ lacrosse, teaching their younger teammates how to effectively prepare for year round activities.

from SUNY Potsdam Athletics
Any alums interested in playing should RSVP head coach Lauren Bruce via email at brucele@potsdam.edu.

from The Eagle News
Though the high school lacrosse season is completed, the curtain has lifted on a summer where top local players take part in all kinds of camps, clinics, travel teams and tournaments. And that even includes a bit of national recognition, especially when it comes to a talented core of girls players from Cicero-North Syracuse.

from The Eagle News
While the playoffs were still going on in late May, CBA’s Alexa Radziewicz, Emily Ehle and Maddie Cook went to Maryland with the Upstate girls lacrosse club team for the U.S. National Tournament, and Upstate won its division.

from SportsFive.net
Victor rising junior defenseman Patrick Barrow has announced his commitment to the United States Military Academy (West Point). The first team All-League defenseman (MC-d2) was also named to the Class B All Tournament team his spring.

from LaxAllStars.com
The video is rising 9th grade face-off specialist, Thomas Washington. Thomas is only heading in to his 9th grade year but the video shows his highlights from the 2014 Varsity HS Season at The Blake School in Minneapolis, MN.
Wednesday July 2, 2014 8:45AM
from Lacrosse Magazine
After a grueling tryout process that began with tryouts late last summer and continued through cuts to 52, then 30, the 23 men (and two alternates) who will represent the United States at the FIL World Championships have been selected. While there are plenty of familiar faces among th world's best, it never hurts to have a little memory refresh.

Photo Gallery

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from JustLacrosse Upstate
218 teams from all over the East Coast were entered with over 4000 girls playing to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness. There were 30 teams in the 2020 Division.

from Army Athletics
Army head lacrosse coach Joe Alberici added former Duke star Justin Turri as an assistant coach on the Black Knights’ coaching staff Tuesday morning. Turri helped Duke win a national title in 2010 and is currently in his third season playing in the Major League Lacrosse ranks.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Jackie Pitts Award Winners, All-Americans, and Academic All-Americans for Andirondack, Western and Upstate Chapters included.

All-American List

from Lacrosse Magazine
What constitutes whether or not an athlete is elite? Is it individual accolades? Is it the number of championships they've won? Those are strong discussion points, but let's not kid ourselves, a player hasn't officially made it until they've appeared on a box of Wheaties.
Tuesday July 1, 2014 8:45AM
from Inside Lacrosse
U.S. Lacrosse announced the 23-man roster that take part in the FIL World Championships that begin July 10 in Denver. Below is a unit-by-unit breakdown of the selections made by coach Richie Meade and his staff of Dave Pietramala, Jeff Tambroni and Kevin Cassese.

from Lacrosse Magazine
With $8 million raised toward its $15 million goal, US Lacrosse will launch the public phase of The National Campaign for Lacrosse on July 11 at the FIL World Championship in Denver. The campaign seeks to build a new headquarters for US Lacrosse, the sport's national governing body, by 2016 while providing more opportunities for young people to play the sport and more resources in support of research to make the sport safer.

from LaxAllStars.com
It’s Miles Thompson MLL Traditional time! Many of you noticed that Miles Thompson had stopped using a traditional pocket when he joined Major League Lacrosse’s Rochester Rattlers. Some said he was now a “mesh guy”, but the more likely explanation for the switch . . .

from the Buffalo News
One of the candidates for the top overall pick is Miles Thompson, the younger brother of Edmonton transition player and former Buffalo Bandit Jeremy Thompson.

from Atlanta Youth Lacrosse
We forgot how hard the game was starting off. We got to a point after a few years of playing where the game clicked and now we have trouble relating to those who don’t get it yet. We lost the perspective we had as children putting on unfamiliar equipment and stepping onto a large playing surface. We did not fully understand the game we were playing, and we weren’t supposed to. We were children, and then we grew up and forgot.

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from Syracuse.com
The All-Central New York lacrosse team was selected by Section III coaches and sports writers from syracuse.com/The Post-Standard.

from Syracuse.com
You'd think West Genesee girls lacrosse coach Bob Elmer might have trouble singling out one player. On a team with 17 seniors - one that went 20-1 and won the program's seventh state title while outscoring opponents by an average of 15-5 - it could be hard to choose an MVP. Not so much, said Elmer, who quickly points to senior midfielder Riley Donahue as a major key to the Wildcats' success.

from PressConnects.com
The team, announced Monday, was selected from a 31-player roster that attended training camp last week in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and competed in Thursday’s Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. The entire selection process spanned 11 months and started with 98 players.

from Syracuse Athletics
[Matt] Abbott (Nottingham) was a first-team All-American and finalist for the Tewaaraton Award in his senior season (2009) at Syracuse. One of the top defensive middies in MLL, Abbott led the Orange with 77 grounds balls as a senior and finished his career ninth in school history with 212 career grounders.

from Lacrosse Magazine
It’s a fully-loaded, star-studded lineup across the board, but there are a couple of players that bear watching a little closer starting with the opening matchup of the world games: the U.S. versus Canada on July 10 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Not just because of their skill sets, but also how they may be employed as the U.S. looks to defend its gold medal.

Meade, and assistant coaches Kevin Cassese, Dave Pietramala and Jeff Tambroni have talked about the importance of versatility throughout tryouts. Let’s call these six the Ultimate X-Factors:

from Army Athletics
It took 11 months, but Army's all-time leading scorer Garrett Thul '13 made the last cut and will represent his country on the field as part of the U.S. Men's National Team in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships this July.

from UMass Athletics
University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alum Kevin Leveille (Delmar) (2000-03) was one of 23 men chosen to the U.S. Men's Lacrosse National Team for the upcoming FIL World Championship, set to occur from July 10-19 in Commerce City, Colo. Leveille was one of six attackman selected for the travel roster, as announced by Team USA on Monday.

from The Patriot League
Eck, who led Colgate to the 2008 Patriot League championship as a senior, has been playing professionally with the Boston Cannons since being chosen with the 38th selection of the 2009 Major League Lacrosse draft.