Four players return from the gold medal-winning 2010 FIL World Championship squad that defeated Canada 12-10 in Manchester, England, to earn the United States’ ninth world title. Returners include attackmen Ned Crotty and Brendan Mundorf (All-World) as well as midfielders Paul Rabil (MVP and All-World) and Max Seibald (All-World).
The Watertown Daily Times is hosting the inaugural Times All-North Banquet tonight at 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn. The inaugural event will honor high school athletes from the Frontier League selected to the All-North first team in their respective sports this past school year.
“That’s stupid.”, “That’s a stupid rule.”, “We don’t use those rules, they’re stupid.” When I hear these comments from players, coaches, fans, parents, program administrators, or tournament organizers I always take a breath to settle myself. This prevents me from starting an argument that I have no hope of winning.
Today we are expecting the final roster, 23 players and 2 alternates. If the US Men’s Team barely eeks out a win against the MLL All-Stars, after going about 26 minutes without scoring a goal, should we be concerned as we head out to Denver (or tune into ESPN) for the World Games in less than two weeks?
Schwan, a native of Burnt Hills, N.Y., comes to Morrisville State from Buffalo State College where she served as the interim head coach of the women's lacrosse program for the 2013-14 season. She joined the Bengals in 2012 as assistant coach, after spending a season with the Ithaca College Bombers program.
The Rochester Rattlers (6-3) defeated the Denver Outlaws (7-2) 19-14 Sunday afternoon at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, NY. It was an impressive and deserving win for Rochester against the number one team in the league. The question before this afternoon's game was simple: would the Rattlers be able to hang with the elite Denver Outlaws? The answer is yes. The Rattlers have become a team to beat in the MLL.
Jake Pulver changed his game for the Fayetteville-Manlius Hornets this spring.
The long-stick defender, free to use his speed and athleticism to maul opposing attackers and middies as a junior, was asked by Hornet lacrosse coaches to put brains before brawn and become an anchor on defense.
It took Joe Walters (Irondequoit / Maryland) a couple games to re-acclimate to the outdoor game after playing professional indoor lacrosse deep into May. The 10-year Major League Lacrosse veteran has found his comfort level and that's good news for the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Walters went wild Saturday night, accumulating four goals and four assists to propel Chesapeake to an 18-11 victory over the Florida Launch at Florida Atlantic Stadium in Boca Raton.
In 2010, Kevin Leveille was an alternate for the United States at the Federation of International Lacrosse Men's World Championship in Manchester, England. He had the pleasure of watching his younger brother, Mike, who was on the field for the team.
This Sunday, June 29th the Rochester Rattlers will be hosting an eventful day of summer fun at Sahlen’s Stadium. In addition to the much publicized “Rattlers Carnival Day” and the home debut of rising rookie sensation Jordan Wolf, the franchise will honor one of their very own for accomplishing a career milestone, Kevin Leveille’s record breaking feat of 271 career goals to become the All-Time Goals Leader in MLL history.
When mother-daughter duo Marion and Harlie Decker of Horseheads boarded a plane last week, it was the first time either one of them had traveled abroad, let alone for an international sporting event. They are in Germany until June 30 while Harlie, a member of the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse team, competes for the Prague Cup.
Former Raiders Peter Baum '13 and Chris Eck '08 played big roles in the game, as did current Colgate volunteer assistant coach Matt Abbott. Baum scored a goal for the Major League Lacrosse All-Stars, while Eck was 12-of-17 in the faceoff-X for Team USA. Abbott on the defensive end helped Team USA rally from a 6-5 deficit entering the final period.
US Lacrosse today announced it has signed Coaches Aid (coachesaid.com) as a web streaming partner for the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice, the US Lacrosse Regional Championships and the US Lacrosse U15 National Championships.
Summer lacrosse teams from all of the country have swarmed to the Gettysburg College campus this weekend to take part in the Gait Cup National Tournament. In all, 56 teams are participating in the four-day tournament, which is broken into three divisions: players who'll graduate in 2015, 2016 or 2017.
Matt Kerwick, The Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Cornell Men's Lacrosse, has announced the incoming class of 2018. The Big Red will add 12 players that hail from five states to next year's squad, including six midfielders, three defenders, two attackmen, and one long stick midfielder.
UAlbany men’s lacrosse commit Connor Fields has been named an Under Armour All-American, solidifying him as one of the top high school players in the country. This is his second-straight Under Armour All-America yearly award. Along with the honor, Fields will suit up for the North Team in the annual Under Armour All-America Boys Classic on Saturday, July 12th at 5 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.
Willie Scroggs, a former three-time NCAA men’s lacrosse championship coach, was approved as the new secretary-rules editor for the sport by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Wednesday. Scroggs, who won national titles with North Carolina in 1981, '82 and '86, will succeed Don Zimmerman, the head coach at UMBC, in the position as secretary-rules editor, which is an eight-year term.
Pat McCready played 17 seasons in the league from 1996-2012 including eight seasons with the Buffalo Bandits and seven seasons with the Rochester Knighthawks. McCready recorded 384 points (141+243) over his career along with 1,593 loose balls, third-most in NLL history, and ranks third in the league all-time in penalty minutes (468) and seventh in games played (219).
Perry will join South Jefferson teammates Sidney and Molly Hall and Madison VanHorn, as well as Watertown High School teammates Morgan, Jillian and Lauren Girardi, representing the Syracuse region in the event, which runs from June 30-July 3.
Face-Off Factory is amid the first leg of our summer tour. Our coaches, who are some of the top Division 1 face-off specialists, have already trained players at events in California, Florida, and Texas.
Despite a third quarter that USA head coach Richie Meade called "a very sloppy third quarter," they scored four fourth quarter goals, including Rob Pannell's goal with a mere 6.9 seconds remaining to take the 10-9 win over the MLL All-Stars at Harvard Stadium.
The 2014 MLL All-Star Game was a matchup of stars that remained tightly contested until the final seconds, but it was Coca-Cola All-Star Game MVP Rob Pannell who scored the game-winning goal, with just seven seconds to spare in the game, to give Team USA the 10-9 victory over Team MLL.
“I teach my players to play body defense,” said Hall. “If you introduce helmets, players will start to take more risks and change the way they play the game. Additionally, college coaches will start to look away from Florida players because they won’t play the same way as the rest of the country.”
MLL Fan Zak Dorn qualified to partake in the 2014 MLL Fastest Shot contest shooting 107 mph in the Rabil Warrior Challenge.
Dorn then went on to first tie Mike Sawyer's world record 114 mph shot and then break the world record with a blistering 116 mph.
The NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rules Committee at its June 2-4 meeting in Indianapolis recommended an experimental rule for the 2014 fall non-traditional season that requires the attacking team to keep the ball below or inside the 30-yard restraining line.
Every time the family gets together, JP, now 5, regales us with kids-say-the-darnedest things moments. But my ears perked up especially when I heard he wants to grow a long braid out of his preppy-looking blonde hair.
"Mom, do you think my hair is long enough to braid like the Thompson brothers?" he asked.
#3: Lyle Thompson, Onondaga Nation
Sam Fettuccia loves lacrosse. The Norwell fifth-grader especially adores college lacrosse and counts University of Albany players and brothers Lyle and Miles Thompson as his heroes. So it came as no surprise to Sam’s mother, Evan, when Sam chose to give a presentation to his Vinal School class on the Thompsons and their superiority on the field . . .
The Marist men’s lacrosse team and head coach Keegan Wilkinson have announced the addition of 10 players to the roster for the 2015 season. The Red Foxes come to Poughkeepsie from New York, North Carolina and Ohio.
"I wanted to leave everything on the field and I think I did," said Kocis, who will play lacrosse at Binghamton. "That's it. That's the last time I'm putting on a football helmet. This is an indescribable feeling. I couldn't have asked for more."
Rochester Knighthawks forward Joe Walters will hit the turf tonight at Harvard Stadium in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game. Walters, who plays for the Chesapeake Bayhawks, will suit up for Team MLL, as they host Team USA at 7:30 p.m. in Boston.
We kicked off our 32-man “tournament” on Tuesday to find out who you think is the best American to ever play in the National Lacrosse League. Casey Powell took on Keith Cromwell and today, we bring you another product of Syracuse lacrosse as Roy Colsey takes on Eric Martin.
Americans born between the 1980s and 2000s have been lumped together as the Millennial Generation. Depending on the conversation, it can be an affectionate or derisive term. Millennials have developed a reputation of being dependent, entitled and in need of affirmation — traits that require more than just the tried and true when it comes to coaching.
Athlete of the Year: Mike D'Amario, Niskayuna
Mike D'Amario had a lacrosse stick in his hand by age 5. When he was a waterboy for the Niskayuna lacrosse team, he dreamed of one day playing for the decorated program.
Sisters Morgan Girardi, Jillian Girardi and Lauren Girardi of Watertown High School will be joined by South Jefferson’s Sidney Hall and Molly Hall, and teammate Madison VanHorn to represent the Syracuse Region at the game. The Brine National Classic brings together some of the top high school players in the country at one venue, where regional teams compete to become national champions.
Giving a week off at the start of the World Championships meant taking a week away somewhere else. Typically the league has a week off for the All-Star game but this year the All-Star game was moved to mid-week – this Thursday night – and MLL teams will be back on the field two nights later for league play. It puts a little extra work on the table for the coaches in charge of Team MLL.
The final rankings were compiled using LaxPower's CCR rating formula, which combines the national computer ratings with a national poll. The computer ratings used for the rankings are based on 28,750 game scores for 3,746 high school teams. The poll is a product of rankings by 28 high school coaches from around the country. Each of these parameters represents 50% of the final tallied results.
Detailed information for all teams can be found at the link below. The combined CCR ranking, computer ratings, results of poll voting, members of the coaches poll panel, and a detailed explanation of the computer formula are available. Results for the Top 25 on each of the components and overall are presented below.
Abraham Lincoln never got the chance to see a World Lacrosse Championship played on American soil, but the Great Emancipator would certainly have appreciated the offense Team USA could send to Denver. Like Lincoln's famed presidential cabinet, which brought together three of his former political opponents for a common goal, the American attack unit, as it stands now, is a Team of Rivals.
Even though the high school lacrosse season is over, a summer that’s full of tournaments, club teams and other activities is in full swing. And two stars from Cazenovia –Sarah Willard on the girls side, T.J. Connellan on the boys side, – are drawing some national attention.
While she entered last season’s lacrosse highlight video, Lane said she is already working on this season’s version paying tribute to the state championship team. As well as game clips, the videos feature the team lineups and coaches and players dancing and singing in front of a green screen.
The 1,900 participants for the 2014 Brine National Lacrosse Classic have been selected from a pool of candidates from across the nation. The selected individuals will play July 1-3 in a three-day event at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds, Maryland.
A dozen players from the Upstate girls lacrosse team have been invited to the second round of tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Under-19 team that will play next summer at the World Cup in Scotland.
Fundamentals such as posture, angles and communication were all the rage at the camp's first session Monday evening, which culminates with Thursday's MLL All-Star Game (7:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network) at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. The game serves as one final opportunity for players to prove they belong on the 23-man U.S. roster at the FIL World Championship, July 10-19 in Denver.
Chavez provided comprehensive coverage of the league and sport over the past 12 months while serving as co-editor of IL Indoor in addition to his role as sports and copy editor with the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. With almost 20 years experience covering the game, Chavez has demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to lacrosse reporting since his start in 1995.
Regular season Boston Cannons teammates Jordan Burke and Kevin Buchanan will not be playing on the same side of the field this Thursday at the 2014 MLL All-Star Game, but there is one thing they will still agree on: this game this season will be different.
The Rochester Knighthawks, in conjunction with Rochester Youth Camps, will kick off their first camp of the summer on Monday, June 30th at McQuaid Jesuit High School. Knighthawks stars Joe Walters, Brad Self and Cory Vitarelli will serve as instructors at the Boys Lacrosse Camp, which runs from June 30th to Thursday, July 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Our seasons have been over for more than a month, but Oswego boys’ varsity lacrosse coach Doc Nelson and I still hadn’t had the chance to sit down and talk about how my JV season went. We promised one another that we’d get together “sometime” so we could talk personnel, highlights and lowlights, etc. – you know – the past, the present, and the future of Buc Boys’ Lacrosse.
Well, Saturday night we finally did it.
The 2014 Iroquois Nationals announce their 2014 roster that will be competing in the FIL Championships in Denver, Colorado. The team consists of players from the Haudenosaunee communities and two players from the Ojibwa and Cherokee Nation.
“Making this National’s team is quite an accomplishment,” said GM Gewas Schindler. “From top to bottom, our athletes were competing at the highest level to make this team.”
When Allie Stewart’s dad dropped her off for her first varsity girls lacrosse workout, he almost had to literally drop her off. Stewart was a talented seventh-grader who was asked by Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri to work out with the varsity during their Monday night winter sessions. Still, she was a seventh grader and walking into that gym was understandably intimidating.
Imagine making the All-Western New York girls lacrosse team all four years in high school? Allie Stewart doesn’t have to. The Lancaster senior garnered the honor again in 2014 making her the only player in the 19-year history of the team to four-peat.
All-WNY girls lacrosse team for 2014
For seasoned Major League Lacrosse goaltenders Drew Adams, John Galloway and Jesse Schwartzman, it’s been a while since they’ve been in a proper battle for a job. But since the job in question involves tossing on a their country’s jersey and taking the net as the backstop for the U.S. men’s national team in its attempt to capture gold on home soil at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Denver, none shows even a moment’s hesitation at the effort being made to secure it.
Five members of the SU men's lacrosse squad have been named to the 2014 All-ACC Academic Men's Lacrosse Team. Redshirt junior Peter Macartney, redshirt sophomore Brandon Mullins, junior Kevin Rice and seniors Derek Maltz and Billy Ward were picked to the 32-player team announced by Commissioner John Swofford on Tuesday, June 24.
Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres has been named one of three finalists for the 2014 National Lacrosse League Executive of the Year Award. Styres, who is also in the running for NLL general manager of the year, was a top vote recipient in the executive category, along with John Bean from the Calgary Roughnecks and Bruce Urban from the Edmonton Rush.
Jordan Wolf was awarded his second Cascade Rookie of the Week honors as he and the Rochester Rattlers downed the Florida Launch 18-13 last Friday night, June 20thin Boca Raton, Florida. The first year attackman netted two goals and accrued five assists, upping his season total to six goals and six assists in merely two games played as the Rattlers won their first road game of the season.
The Iroquois Nationals have released the team's 27-man roster for the upcoming FIL World Lacrosse Championships to be held in Denver, Colorado, from July 10 to July 19. The Iroquois roster includes the final list of players from which the 23-man roster for the world championship event will be assembled.
The three earned their place on the Iroquois Nationals roster after being named to the training roster in March. The current 27-man roster will be lowered to 23 before the tournament begins. Miles and Lyle Thompson represent the Onondaga Nation, while Ty Thompson represents the Mohawk Nation. The trio will be joined by Miles and Lyle’s brothers Jerome and Jeremy Thompson on the roster.
"Joe oozes confidence without a hint of arrogance. He's so grounded," Loyola head coach Charley Toomey said. "He came up to me after the Colgate game [a 10-8 win in late March] and apologized for missing a ground ball. I mean, what do you say to that?"
Team USA will play a minimum of five games on ESPNU and be featured in the event's pool-play opener against Canada at 9 p.m. ET Thursday, July 10, on ESPN2. The game is a rematch of the 2010 championship game, which Team USA won 12-10.
Senior Alyssa Murray '14 has been named the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Women's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Murray is one of a league-best seven members of the Orange on the All-ACC Academic Team.
“Brittany comes to us from one of the top high school programs in Central New York. She is a true athlete who plays strong defense and has the stick skills to make our transitions up field. We are very excited to have her come in and help anchor our defense.”
Livia Harrienger will enter campus as a dual athlete in lacrosse and soccer. The Watertown, New York native plays attack and midfield on the lacrosse field and forward in soccer. She helped her team win the Frontier League from 2011-2013 while also being named a team captain for the Cyclones. Livia graduated from high school as an Honor Roll Student in the accelerated student program.
High school lacrosse has been on a rise in both girls' and boys' participation since the early 2000s — more significantly since 2010. Section 5 had 11 girls varsity teams and seven boys varsity teams named to the top 25 rankings by the New York State Sportswriters Association in 2013.
Seeking enthusiastic individuals in advance of and during the event who have a passion for athletics, previous event experience, and/or knowledge of the Denver community.
Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.
Lacrosse experience is not necessary.
In his four games with the Lizards, [Joe] Fletcher (West Genesee) has been solid on defense, shutting down top offensive players on opposing teams and grabbing 12 groundballs. During his senior year, Fletcher made the US National Team try-out roster and has survived two cuts, landing him on the current 30-man roster. Fletcher will play for Team USA in the MLL All-Star Game.
“Rattlers Carnival Day is a culmination of what I was hoping to achieve at our final home matinee game” said team COO Brad Ford. “With the help from our strategic marketing partners, Clear Channel Radio and Time Warner Cable, we’ll be able to bring a fun and festive environment to families looking to spend a sunny summer afternoon together and of course watch their hometown team play” Ford continued.
Three SUNY Delhi men were named to the Metro roster for the Junior College Elite Lacrosse Showcase, which will take place for the first time during Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic weekend from July 11-13 in Baltimore.
Sitting across the table at a Baltimore restaurant within walking distance from the residence he shares with wife Kelly Rabil (maiden name Berger of the U.S. women's national team), the 28-year-old Rabil is now throwing back to the past in person, and looking into future.
Welcome to the 2014 Summit, our 25th anniversary event! We are looking forward to a great event in 2014 as we celebrate 25 five years of lacrosse in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains and the historic Village of Lake Placid. As part of our celebration, we will be recognizing the Legends of Lake Placid Lacrosse, individuals and teams that have made a difference by contributing their skills and sportsmanship to the success of the event. The following update is provided to keep you informed about the event and participant requirements.
One thing I’ve learned about Cascade Lacrosse through my experiences working with them is that the team in Liverpool genuinely cares about player safety and the real effectiveness of the end-user product. This is why the new Cascade CS-R helmet excites me – It might just be the answer to every youth lacrosse parent’s prayers for a correctly fitted, and most importantly, protective lacrosse helmet.
The Early Bird Special, which ends on July 1st, provides fans with a $50 per seat discount on the price of full season tickets, while offering a $25 per seat discount on Lax Packs. Prices for the Early Bird Special are $170 and $215 for full season tickets and $95 and $115 for Lax Pack tickets. Click here to take advantage of the Early Bird savings.
Julie Pierce rebuilt Corning’s combined girls soccer program into a sectional power, now she will take on the challenge of not only maintaining an established dynasty, but carry it further. Pierce was named the next head coach of the varsity girls lacrosse program, which had been under the guidance of Kim McNaney.
The Rochester Rattlers looked to took take sole possession of second place as they visited the Florida Launch in the sunshine state on Friday Night at FAU Stadium. Coming off a disappointing loss to the Ohio Machine last weekend, the black and gold hoped to rebound off of the great play of rookies Miles Thompson (3G) and Jordan Wolf (4G 1A).
[Chris] Eck (Colgate) has never served in the military. But some of his closest friends have. The respect and the admiration Eck has for those who protect this country runs deep. So as the 29-year-old faceoff man prepares for his first Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, the importance of representing the United States, even on a lacrosse field, is not lost on him.
Allie Stewart and Adam DiMillo are no strangers to the All-CPOWNY lacrosse banquet. The two have been mainstays at the end-of-year gala since its inaugural year in 2010, when both earned Newcomer of the Year honors as eighth graders.
The Grand Island Lacrosse Team had a very good year. 11-1 going into the final game against Williamsville North. This game was special. Mitch Weis has been the team manager and ball boy for four years. Mitch, who has down syndrome, loves the game and loves his team. He has never played in a game, but that was about to change.
Leska has authored quite a resume in girls’ lacrosse over the course of her four-year varsity career with the Golden Bears, one that recently was enhanced with her being named a U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American.
The 2014 MLL All-Star Game will pit the best of the best as Team MLL takes on Team USA next Thursday, June 26 in Boston. Team MLL will be featuring a special blackout look for this year’s All-Star Game against the US Men’s National Team. Team USA will be wearing their official white uniforms while Team MLL will wear custom created items from head to toe from some of MLL’s most prominent partners.
Following a successful five-year run at Le Moyne College, Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Beth Hewitt has accepted the Assistant Coach position at Vanderbilt University, an affiliate member of the BIG EAST Conference in women's lacrosse beginning next season
Face-Off Factory is entering the first leg of its summer tour. The coaches, who are some of the top Division 1 Faceoff specialists, have already trained players at events in California, Florida, and Texas. Now the Face-Off Factory is at the next leg of its summer tour, which includes Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Illinois, Oregon, and California. Due to the recent success it will also be adding more events in August.
Former William Smith lacrosse player Gretchen Lasda '04 (West Genesee) recently seized on an opportunity to get in touch with her Latvian heritage and remain involved with lacrosse. Lasda served as the head coach of the Latvian National Women's Lacrosse team for the 2013 World Cup that was held in Oshawa, Canada, last summer.
With the new invite-only tryout process for the 2014-15 U.S. women's national team comes a new structure in preparation for the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Surrey, England.
Rochester Knighthawks forward Cody Jamieson moved one step closer today to becoming the second player in team history to win the National Lacrosse League’s Most Valuable Player Award. Jamieson was among the MVP finalists announced this afternoon by the NLL, which also included Knighthawks goalie Matt Vinc and the Toronto Rock’s Garrett Billings.
With plenty of attention on the Blue Division and favorites like Team USA and Canada, Brett Amadon will be breaking down the other divisions in the lead-up to the FIL World Championships, kicking off next month in Commerce City, Co.
As two of only three teams with a winning record this season, Florida and Rochester currently share second place in league standings. That will change on Friday night, as one team will be forced back to .500 on the year, while the other will take strides towards distancing themselves from the pack.
Welcome to Episode 1 of Connor Versus! In this series, Connor takes on professional lacrosse players in a couple of different competitions, and will mostly embarrass himself in the process. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to compete against the pros, this is pretty much it!
Former Lincoln High lacrosse star Peter Baum (Colgate) has taken Major League Lacrosse by storm. The Ohio Machine’s No. 1 draft pick out of Colgate has 19 goals and 4 assists in seven games That was good enough to earn the rookie midfielder a spot in the MLL All-Star game.
It's a question that everybody wonders about from time to time if they've ever had aspirations of sporting glory growing up... What would it be like to throw on the Red, White and Blue and represent your country on the fields of whatever sport you play?
Rochester native Joe Walters will take the mound for the hometown Red Wings Thursday afternoon to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Wings will host the Pawtucket Red Sox in a Triple-A baseball game at 1:05 p.m. at Frontier Field.
Cosmo set a new league record with 752 saves this year and also led the NLL in minutes played (1063:36). The 14-year pro, the longest-tenured active goalie in the NLL, helped lead the Bandits back to the playoffs as the team allowed 200 goals, third-fewest in the league. Cosmo ranked third in save percentage (.797) and fourth in both goals against average (10.77) and wins (8).
With plenty of attention on the Blue Division and favorites like Team USA and Canada, Brett Amadon will be breaking down the other divisions in the lead-up to the FIL World Championships, kicking off next month in Commerce City, Co.
Speaking on a case of anonymity, IL Indoor has learned from a very reliable source that a new group is looking to form a new indoor professional lacrosse league in the summer of 2016. There have been circulating reports on the fan forum page about a new league and today, IL Indoor confirmed those reports and have learned that former CLAX founder Paul St John and NLL Hall of Famer Jim Veltman are heavily involved.
2013 Knight - Jake Weddell (OCC) has been selected (via tryout) to represent the North, in the first Under Armour All-American JUCO Elite Games on July 11th in Towson, MD, USA. It's an honour and proud moment to have a Knight and English player showcasing in these games! The USA, Iroquois and Canadian players have been well represented in the Under Armour weekend
in the past, Jake will be the first English Born player to take part!
US Lacrosse and Major League Lacrosse have named the Rochester Rattlers as the winner of the league’s monthly sportsmanship award for Weeks 1-4. The Rattlers, coached by Tim Soudan, were selected for the honor based on voting conducted among the league’s game officials.
After backstopping the Rochester Knighthawks to the first three-peat in National Lacrosse League history, Matt Vinc was named a finalist for the 2014 NLL Goaltender of the Year Award. The veteran netminder joins the Edmonton Rush's Aaron Bold and the Buffalo Bandits' Anthony Cosmo as a contender for the honor.
We’ve been asking Connor Martin questions about his new lacrosse training tip videos and he’s been responding in his own special vernacular. There’s no shortage of lacrosse knowledge being shared here, and this week we want to know how ConBroChill prepared for the MLL and what it takes to dodge!
The National Lacrosse League has announced three finalists for the 2014 NLL Transition Player of the Year award. The Minnesota Swarm's Jordan MacIntosh, Philadelphia Wings' Brodie Merrill and Edmonton Rush's Jeremy Thompson (LaFayette) were the top vote recipients for best transition play in the league this season.
The Spencerport District has posted an opening for their Boys Lacrosse program. Preferred credentials include NYS Teacher Certificate and/or NYS Coaching Certificate, NYS Coaching first aid, adult CPR.AED and successful previous coaching experience with strong leadership skills.
Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE: UA) and Corrigan Sports Enterprises, Inc. announced the North roster for the new Junior College (JUCO) Elite Lacrosse Showcase. Three teams (North, Metro, South) will compete at the JUCO Elite Showcase on Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic weekend in Baltimore July 11-13. Each team will play two games on the evening of July 11.
Zack DeBottis (CNS) scored three goals to lead United CNY to an 8-4 victory over the WC Rustin Knights (PA) in the Rising High School Championship. “I was having fun and wanted to win the ‘ship,” said DeBottis, a 2015 attackman at Cicero-North Syracuse. “I was just having fun out there.”
Garrett Thul stands 6-foot-4, weighs 240 pounds and always was the big kid, so it really came as no surprise that when Army recruited him to play lacrosse and be a cadet at West Point, coaches didn't know if he was a defenseman or an attackman. They weren't the only ones.
Scoring this past spring in Men's Division I dipped just slightly, from 20.6 to 20.4 goals/game. That's still the second highest average since 2000. For the full report and graphs of the data from 2000-2014, please see the 2014 NCAA Scoring Analysis page. This link also appears on the Special Analyses & Reports page, which can be accessed from the Resources main navigation button.
OK, so Brockport’s season has been over for more than a month. My JV team’s season ended just over a month ago. The NCAA champions were crowned three weeks ago. The high school season ended last week.
At the conclusion of a three-day tryout at Georgetown, US Lacrosse announced Sunday the 38-player roster for the 2014-15 U.S. women's national team. Upstate connections:
Alyssa Murray, Syracuse 2014
Kayla Treanor (Niskayuna), Syracuse 2016
Michelle Tumolo, Syracuse 2013
Katie Webster (CBA-Syracuse), Syracuse 2014
Laura Zimmerman (Westhiil), North Carolina 2012
Becca Block, Syracuse 2013
Kasey Mock, Syracuse 2014
Liz Hogan (Victor), Syracuse 2011
After three long days of tryouts filled with scrimmages, drills and timed fitness tests, the players' anticipation reached its peak in McDonough Arena, the home of Georgetown University's athletic department, as the announcement they wanted to hear all weekend was finally made – 38 women now earned the honor of sporting the red, white and blue as members of the 2014-15 U.S. women's national team.
The Genesee Valley Lacrosse Officials Association celebrated fifty years of service at their Year End Gathering last week. Organization President, Jim Malloy led the group as they held their business meeting and the presented a number of awards.
DALTON ROUNDPOINT, Salmon River, Sr. - Defense - SUNY Albany - 12 goals-4 assists
“He plays excellent positioning and he’s an excellent takeaway. He can pressure the ball and he has good speed. He’s scored quite a few goals with his longstick.”
- Jim Barnes, Salmon River coach
“My kids are getting older and I just don’t want to have regrets,” McNaney said of her reason for stepping down. “I’ve already missed so much. I just don’t want to have that (regret). I want to be able to be there for them. It’s stressful, but my kids – that’s the main reason.”
“He’s been the backbone of our program for the last four years,” Watertown coach Brian Navarra said of Syracuse University-bound McKinney. “We started at the varsity level at the same time, me as a coach and Brad as a freshman. A lot of the things I’ve wanted to implement in the program, he’s been a true leader and helped mold the program into what I wanted it to be.”
“It felt really good to receive the Tewaaraton Scholarship, it’s quite an honor,” Tarbell said. “And watching Miles and Lyle do so well has definitely had an effect on me. I’ve really looked up to them.”
The talker, the scorer and the initiator — three Skaneateles High School lacrosse seniors — will have some new nicknames next year: Nazareth Golden Flyer, Dickinson Red Devil and University of Tampa Spartan.
The Rattlers took the early lead from a Jordan MacIntosh goal, and continued to control the first half of the game as rookie Jordan Wolf, appearing in his MLL debut, tallied a hat trick in the first half. Wolf is a two-time NCAA Division I champion with Duke and finally joined Blue Devils alumni Mike Manley, Justin Turri and Dave Lawson on Rochester’s roster.
The three-day tryout process for U.S. women's natonal team at Georgetown University had an unexpected slow start due to thunderstorms, but the pace soon picked up as the skies cleared. It catapulted players — and coaches — into a competition-filled afternoon donning the red, white and blue.
Tomorrow marks three weeks since the NCAA Division I women's national championship between the top two programs in the country – Maryland and Syracuse. The Terps were crowned champions with a 15-12 victory over the Orange, but it is no question that these two squads boast the top talent in women's lacrosse.
BRYANNA FAZIO - General Brown - Junior - Attack - 67 goals, 55 assists, 157 draw controls, 21 ground balls
“She’s such a strong, all-around player and she’s not just scoring, she’s putting up the assists, too. She’s very much a team player, which I think only gains respect from her teammates.”
She is a four-time All-Western New York first teamer and a two-time All-American who has been a pivotal part of Lancaster's championship program every year, which is why she has been named the Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls lacrosse.
Sue Gallagher is not only the longest tenured girls lacrosse coach in the Frontier League, she is also the coach that started it all before there was even a girls varsity league in the area. Now after 16 seasons as head coach of the Carthage girls varsity team, Gallagher is stepping down as head coach.
Hartwick men's lacrosse coach Bill Bjorness will serve as the Offensive Coordinator with the Dutch National Team at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Denver, CO from July 10-19, announced on Friday. Bjorness is no stranger to coaching on the international level after serving on the Iroquois Nationals staff on five separate occasions.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls lacrosse standout Nicole Beardsley was named a first-team All-American for the 2014 season on June 11. The North Western-bound senior attack was the Section II leader in assists with 47 and her 86 goals were second only to Shaker’s Julia Lennon who netted 93.
Joelle Fiorini says that her family will have a hard time adjusting to life without Baldwinsville varsity lacrosse. From the time she was a little girl, Fiorini said, she would attend most every game and watch her father, Pete Fiorini, coach the Bees. Often, she and her sister would ride the team bus when they were younger to watch their father.
Kristen Waagbo has been named the Noto Family Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Army, Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan announced Friday. Waagbo will begin building her staff and recruiting cadet-athletes immediately in preparation for Army’s inaugural 2016 season.
A big sporting event in Plattsburgh Saturday is the second annual Lacrosse Jamboree The Plattsburgh Lacrosse Club is hosting the all day tournament. Nearly 500 players will be running up and down lacrosse fields on the U.S. Oval in Plattsburgh.
Friday marks the first day of tryouts for the U.S. Women's National Team at Georgetown University, home of Hoyas and Team USA coach Ricky Fried. With only nine players returning from last summer's championship squad, which took home the gold medal with a 19-5 win over team Canada at the FIL World Cup in Oshawa, Canada, Fried will be looking to fill the void of those who opted not to try out, including one of the program's traditional leading scorers, Katie Rowan, and top defender, Amber Falcone.
Four area boys’ lacrosse players and five girls’ lacrosse players have been named to Under Armour Underclass Tournament Upstate New York rosters. The tournament runs July 11-13 and takes place in Towson, Md.
The 2014 Major League Lacrosse rookie class has settled in nicely with their new teams. They’ve scored goals, been threats on defense and have proved that they can be contributing factors in team wins. Here is a look at the rookies who have already started, and those who are predicted to join their teams in the coming weeks:
Welcome to a Baby Oil Leather Traditional Thursday! Today I’m showing you how to weatherproof your leathers at home using the all important baby oil. It’s a tried and tested method, and I learned it from Jeremy Thompson, so you know it’s good.
US Lacrosse Vice-President of Games Operations Ann Kitt Carpenetti issued comments on the vote by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) that mandates the use of helmets by high school girls lacrosse players in Florida, effective with the start of the 2015 season. Carpenetti’s comments:
Where does the best lacrosse talent come from? While the sport of lacrosse is growing, most of the talent is pooled into what is known as “hotbeds.” Traditionally, the hotbeds in the northeast produce the most talent, although we have recently seen players emerge from California, Florida, Texas and other regions.
“Don’t be afraid of The Big Bad Wolf” is how the bedtime story goes. Come this Saturday night the Ohio Machine will be the first to find out if there is anything to be worried about. Jordan Wolf, the two-time NCAA Division I Champion and 2014 title game Most Outstanding Player is eventually making his way to Rochester. He joins the visiting Rattlers when they play the Machine in Selby Stadium this weekend, and will play one more game on the road before he makes his home debut in Downtown Rochester.
The City of Rochester, and Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren, acknowledged the team’s historic achievement by proclaiming June 10th “Rochester Knighthawks Day.” With the 3-2 victory over the Calgary Roughnecks in the mini-game, Rochester became the first team to win three straight NLL titles. The Knighthawks also secured a spot in local sports history, becoming the first team in Rochester to earn a three-peat. The Championship was the fifth in the team’s 20 seasons of professional lacrosse. - See more at: http://www.knighthawks.net/node/4810#sthash.XNq1V1n4.dpuf
. . . the idea was to play the best team they could find early on, and then all of the other games would be easy, at least by relative standards. While this didn’t quite work out [for Cortland St.](Hobart was the top team in D3 that year), it’s a great mentality. Cuse ended up winning this game comfortably, but there is no question it helped make Cortland better.
Jake Antonucci often worried about continuing to play lacrosse after having absorbed a blow to the head. Had he suffered a concussion? Now, he worries less. This spring, Antonucci, 13, and his teammates on an eighth-grade select team in Westwood are piloting Checklight, a sensor produced by Canton-based Reebok International Ltd. that measures the impact of hits to the head sustained by athletes.
On June 10, the Florida High School Athletic Association ruled that all participating members of the FHSAA will have to wear helmets in 2015. The mandate makes Florida the first state to rule in favor of implementing helmets, as the participating FHSAA programs will be the only teams in the nation state-mandated to wear this form of protective head gear. In response, the ILWomen staff and key contributors all chimed in on their "for" or "against" arguments. Here's what they had to say:
Homegrown Lacrosse started in Minneapolis in the mid-2000s as an organization focused on camps, clinics and league play. It now has expanded its reach to inner-city schools and community organizations. Staff members teach lacrosse in elementary and middle school physical education classes around the state, as well as in after-school programs and city community centers. Most schools are receptive to Homegrown Lacrosse’s outreach efforts, since it subsidizes most costs.
Andy Noel, the Meakem*Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education, has announced that Matt Kerwick has been named the Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Men's Lacrosse at Cornell University. Kerwick, who served in the position on an interim basis during the 2014 season, becomes the 11th head coach in the programs' 122-year history.
It’s official: helmets have been mandated in the state of Florida. On June 10, the Florida High School Athletic Association ruled that all participating members of the FHSAA will have to wear helmets in 2015. The mandate makes Florida the first state to rule in favor of implementing helmets, as the participating FHSAA programs will be the only teams in the nation state-mandated to wear this form of protective head gear.
The South squad defeated the North squad 15-11 in the first game, while the West squad defeated the East squad 11-7 in the second game.
South Defensive MVP - Nick Edinger, Onondaga Central
South Offensive MVP - Andrew Romagnoli, CBA 1g, 3a
North Defensive MVP - Alex McCaffery, Central Square 4g, 1a
North Offensive MVP - Brad McKinney, Watertown 4g, 1a
East Defensive MVP - Dan Lewis, Eat Syracuse - Minoa
East Offensive MVP - Jesse Ondrako, New Hartford 2g, 1a
West Defensive MVP - Jack Sweeney, Westhill
West Offensive MVP - Tyler Fraffo Cicero - North Syracuse 2g
This week we're catching up with some of the players selected to the 2014-2015 U.S. Women's Team Tryout Pool. Here's what former North Carolina All-American Laura Zimmerman ('12)(Westhill), a three-year member of the National Team, had to say in preparation for this weekend's tryout:
This week we're catching up with some of the players selected to the 2014-2015 U.S. Women's Team Tryout Pool. Here's what former Syracuse All-American Liz Hogan (Victor), a current member of the U.S. National Team, had to say in preparation for this weekend's tryout:
When Inside Lacrosse travels up to Empire State each season for the New York State high school championships, we come back with lots of gear pics to share. One of the teams we checked out at the Upstate Semifinals in Cicero, just north of Syracuse, was the Fairport Red Raiders, a perenial Section V (Rochester area) Class A powerhouse.
Mike Hasen of the Rochester Knighthawks has been named one of the three finalists for the 2014 National Lacrosse League Head Coach of the Year Award. The other coaches in the running for the Les Bartley Award are the Edmonton Rush's Derek Keenan and the Calgary Roughnecks' Curt Malawsky. - See more at: http://www.knighthawks.net/node/4807#sthash.nfTAANUW.dpuf
Marcellus senior Grace Nolan scored nine goals and added two assists, but her Red team was edged, 26-25, by the Blue in Tuesday night's exceptional senior all-star girls lacrosse game at Marcellus High School.
It's that time of year when the lacrosse is over and school's almost out for the summer. One task left - picking the All-Central New York teams. That means choosing approximately 15 of the area's finest players. And one of them will be named player of the year.
Section girls lacrosse was pretty good in 2014 - producing a pair of state champions and a semifinalist in a third division. So as we start the process of selecting 15 girls for our All-Central New York lacrosse team, we ask you this - who was the best player out there last season? Who was indispensable to their team's fortunes?
The Rochester Chapter of USLacrosse has announced the 2014 Herb Fitch Lacrosse All Star Game final player selections. This year's contest, featuring some of the best of the graduating seniors will be held on Friday, June 13th at Victor High School.
Since the start of On Deck Nation, I have wanted to post a write-up for the players I played with at RIT who have gone on to play in the pro's, because let's be honest, the average D3 collegiate athlete doesn't get the chance to watch guys they played with at the next level, let alone a handful like I do.
Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced the Team MLL roster for the 2014 MLL All-Star Game today. The 24 players selected will compete against Team USA in the MLL All-Star Game on Thursday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Historic Harvard Stadium in Boston, MA. The team will be coached by Chesapeake Bayhawks head coach David Cottle. New York Lizards head coach Joe Spallina will serve as his assistant.
Syracuse sophomore Kayla Treanor was named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Attacker of the Year at the organization's All-American banquet. Treanor is the fourth member of the Orange to earn a national player of the year award and the second to be named Attacker of the Year.
When head coach Joe Alberici and the 2014-15 edition of Army lacrosse takes the field for fall ball, for the first time in a quarter century, it will do so without Mac Diange. The Black Knights’ long-time assistant coach stepped down following the 2013-14 campaign, but didn’t go far, taking over as an Assistant Athletic Director and head lacrosse coach at the United States Military Academy Prep School (USMAPS). Located just inside West Point’s Washington Gate, Diange’s commute is now five minutes shorter, but his impact will continue to be felt up the hill at Michie Stadium as it always has over the last 25 years.
The National Lacrosse League has announced three finalists for the 2014 NLL General Manager of the Year Award. The Calgary Roughnecks' Mike Board, Edmonton Rush's Derek Keenan and Rochester Knighthawks' Curt Styres were the top three vote recipients for their roles as general managers with their respective teams.
The party started late Tuesday morning with a parade from the Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial to City Hall. Knighthawks owner and general manager Curt Styres, who has been named a finalist for the league's GM of the Year award, then received a proclamation from the city. (Photos, too)
Hey, some days you’re the bug, and some days you’re the windshield. If sports teach us anything, humility is near the top of the list. There are days when everything goes right, and then there are days when . . . well, you know.
Two Queensbury girls lacrosse players brought concerns about the program to the attention of the school board at Monday night’s meeting. Junior midfielders Mary Rahal and Christie Raymond expressed concern about scheduling, a lack of assistant coaches and cited an “inequity with the boys (lacrosse) team.”
A four-year letter winner in football, Aleksiewicz also won three letters as a midfielder in lacrosse while helping the Statesmen capture the Colleges' first national championship, the 1972 USILA College Division Championship. During the title run, the Statesmen beat defending national champion Cornell 11-10 thanks to back-to-back goals, the last with just 13 seconds remaining, by Aleksiewicz. "The legend of A-to-Z was born, not just by the accumulation of gaudy statistics, but the fact that they occurred in big moments," Raleigh said. "The famous 13 seconds vs. Cornell is a prime example."
Some of the area's best girls lacrosse players will take the field one more time in their high school careers Tuesday night in the 2014 Section III Exceptional Senior Game. The annual all-star game starts at 7 p.m. at Marcellus High School. Gates open at 6:30.
A pair of boys lacrosse games Tuesday night at West Genesee High School will showcase the area's top senior high school players. Ninety-two players from Section III schools will make up rosters for the Gordon Ohstrom Memorial games on the Wildcats' turf.
SUNY Cortland senior Jessica Lavelle (Fayetteville-Manlius) has been named the national Division III Defender of the Year and sophomore Erica Geremia (West Genesee) has been selected as the national Division III Attacker of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). The awards were presented at the IWLCA All-America Banquet on Saturday, June 7, in Valley Forge, Pa.
Syracuse's dynamic duo of senior Alyssa Murray and sophomore Kayla Treanor (Niskayuna) have been named Co-Attackers of the Year by Inside Lacrosse magazine. Both were Tewaaraton Award and Honda Award finalists and led the Orange to a third consecutive trip to the Final Four.
Partial ticket packages and single-day tickets for most dates are now on sale for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice. The 10-day event is the largest international lacrosse championship in history and features a record 38 nations playing 142 games over 10 days from July 10-19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
The three state finals — Massapequa vs. Fayetteville-Manlius in Class A, Yorktown vs. Jamesville-DeWitt in Class B and Bronxville vs. Cazenovia in Class C — featured lots of well-known players who've already committed to schools. Some of those players, as well as some lesser-known names and a handful of younger players who are just showing up on the recruiting radar, played big roles in their team's success.
Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Week 6’s Warrior Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week and the Cascade Rookie of the Week today. This week, Kevin Leveille was awarded honors for his offensive efforts in helping the Rochester Rattlers defeat the Chesapeake Bayhawks in double overtime.
This year, we take another major step with the first Borrelli Awards presented by the Buffalo Bandits, a banquet that will honor our traditional award winners as well as the All-Western New York first teams in boys and girls lacrosse.
The Monroe County (and Division I) Player of the Year was Nick Panara. The Division II Player of the Year was Eric Munn and the Division III Player of the Year was Trevor Hodgins. The MC and Section Five Bob Scott Award winner was Ryan Kelly (HF-L).
By now, you have either seen the Thompsons’ back yard set up, or you live under a rock. Assuming you don’t actually live under a rock, you know that the Thompson family grew up playing a lot of backyard lacrosse, and you know that Jerome Thompson, the patriarch of the family, put a plywood board in front of their goal to promote accurate shooting. But this isn’t just ANY plywood board, this board has a HOLE in it, and that makes it a Thompson Target.
When the Empire State Games met their demise several years ago, the Upstate lacrosse community came together and created a similar event, the Nike Upstate Risings Tournament with Tom Hall as its director, which brought three all-star teams each from Sections 3-6 to Henninger to provide the recruiting exposure to college coaches that disappeared along with the ESG's.
This year that format, three all-star teams of incoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors from each section, has been replaced . . .
Last night at the 2014 IWLCA All-American banquet, the IWLCA honored 12 student-athletes as positional players of the year in each division. Those honored included SU's Kayla Treanor, and SUNY Cortland's Erica Geremia and Jessica Lavelle
Joining . . . former Bills’ standouts is local lacrosse star and Rochester Knighthawks forward Joe Walters. On May 31st, Walters helped the Knighthawks win their league-record third straight National Lacrosse League title. In 2014, Walters recorded career highs in goals (15), assists (26) and points (41). The six-year pro was also named the team’s Community Service Award winner for the fifth time in his career (2010-14). The Irondequoit High School grad was honored by the Press-Radio Club last year with the Elliot Cushing Award for promoting his sport on a national level. - See more at: http://www.knighthawks.net/node/4788#sthash.dLQUwrUV.dpuf
It’s surprising his parents didn’t take a page from Native American tradition and place a miniature lacrosse stick in his crib hours after his birth. After all, Roy Simmons Jr.’s father was coaching Syracuse University lacrosse at the time and had developed a canyon-deep appreciation for the sport’s sacred ties to Native culture during his many visits to the Onondaga Nation, just seven miles south of campus.
Hannah Powers led Skaneateles with five goals and was given the game ball by her coach. She hoisted the Lakers on her back and scored three in succession during the second half when the Lakers rallied from an 8-5 deficit.
Winning Goal Video
[Hannah Elmer] scored four goals, had five assists and was named most valuable player as the West Genesee High School girls lacrosse team downed West Islip 15-10 to win the Class A state high school championship.
. . . Section VIII's Manhasset from Long Island stormed back to win, 11-7, holding Victor (19-3) without a goal for the final 34 minutes of the game. The Blue Devils had to play the final five minutes down a player after picking up a fourth yellow card.
The Red Rams overcame several deficits, including trailing by 4-0 after the first quarter. But J-D just couldn't get over the hump against Yorktown in a 10-9 loss at Hofstra University's Shuart Stadium.
[Alana] Navaroli scored three goals, dominated the draw control circle and sparked her lacrosse team in the second half as Skaneateles defeated Honeoye Falls-Lima 16-6 in a girls Class C high school lacrosse state semifinal game at Cortland Stadium.
Sophomore Lexie Meager took a feed from Riley Donahue coming down the left slot and buried the winning goal just inside the right post to give West Genesee a 10-9 sudden death victory in three overtimes on Friday in the Class A girls high school state lacrosse semifinals.
The Victor girls lacrosse team showed they aren't afraid of playing on a big stage or facing big-time competition. The Blue Devils dominated defending state champion Christian Brothers Academy-Syracuse in the semifinals, earning an 11-1 win at SUNY Cortland on Friday.
Bursting with youthful confidence, the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team strode onto the turf at SUNY-Cortland Friday morning trying to move one step closer to repeating as state Class B champions. But it was soon apparent that Section V champion Victor had no intention of aiding in making the Brothers' wishes come true.
This year’s finals in New York’s Class A, B and C brackets should be outstanding matchups, including a rematch of last year’s Class C championship as Cazenovia and Bronxville meet for the second time in as many years. In Class A, one of two teams that have never won state titles — Fayetteville-Manlius out of Syracuse and Nassau County’s Massapequa — will walk away first-time champs. And two of the most storied programs in Class B — Jamesville-DeWitt out of Syracuse and Yorktown out of the Hudson Valley — will meet for the first time in the state finale since the Cornhuskers downed J-D 10-6 in the 2003 championship.
New York's high school playoffs are coming to a head this week. The Upstate and Downstate semifinals in Class A, B and C were held Wednesday at Cicero-North Syracuse and at Hofstra University. Inside Lacrosse was on hand for the games. In the upstate portion of the bracket, Section III (Syracuse region) teams beat Section V (Rochester region) teams in all three contests. Below, read about the trio of games that took place in Central New York. And stay tuned to InsideLacrosse.com for coverage of the New York State finals this weekend on Long Island.
The leading scorer in the history of the men’s lacrosse program, James “Jim” Nee was selected as the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore in 1997. A three-time Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference First Team selection, Nee registered 247 career points on 109 goals and 138 assists.
The procession begins at 11:45 at Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial and will conclude at City Hall, 30 Church St. Knighthawks owner and general manager Curt Styres will receive a proclamation from the city.
Rochester will be losing attackman, and current MLL All-Time Goal Scorer, Kevin Leveille, midfielder Dave Lawson, and goalie John Galloway to Team USA. While those players would have likely been top picks for the Team MLL lineup, we believe there are other potentials for Rochester.
Section III boys lacrosse teams went three-for-three on Wednesday in state semifinals. Friday, it's the girls' turn. West Genesee, Christian Brothers Academy and Skaneateles play Friday at SUNY Cortland for a spot in the state finals on Saturday.
The scoreboard watching began soon after the final horn sounded. Bronxville was not shy about expressing a rooting interest after securing a return trip to the NYSPHSAA Class C championship game with a 13-7 win over Babylon on Wednesday at Hofstra University. “I hope we play Cazenovia,” Broncos attackman Henry Grass said. And in a matter of minutes, the collective wish came true.
The final Lynbrook shot went wide of Austin Graham and a happy green wave rolled from the Yorktown bench in the goalie’s direction to celebrate behind the cage at Shuart Stadium. The Huskers hadn’t been to a state final since beating Jamesville-DeWitt in 2003 for the program’s sixth championship, and now they’re finally back, ready to play the same Section 3 team for the Class B crown in this stadium Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Rochester Rattlers attackman Kevin Leveille scored the game-winner in the first ever double-overtime game in MLL History, to give the Rattlers (4-2) an 8-7 win over the Chesapeake Bayhawks (1-5) on Thursday night. With the tally, Leveille broke the MLL All-Time Goal scoring record, previously held by Tim Goettelman. The MLL veteran also tied Goettelman for All-Time game-winning-goals with his 14th career game winner.
The Hobart and William Smith Colleges community is mourning the loss of Hobart Athletics Hall of Famer, lacrosse great Frederick "Rick" Blick '78. The three-time national goalkeeper of the year died unexpectedly on June 2. A celebration of Blick's life is tentatively scheduled for June 21 at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco.
A quick-handed finish from Kevin Leveille (Delmar) in close off a feed from Miles Thompson (LaFayette) gave Rochester the win over Chesapeake, and also give the veteran and Team USA hopefull the all-time Major League Lacrosse goals record of 271 at home on Thursday evening. Leveille had three goals on the game, with his game-tying goal in the fourth pulling him even with Tim Goettelman's record of 270 goals, then the OT winner giving him the record.
Syracuse attackman Kevin Rice became the fourth Orange men's lacrosse student-athlete to earn national academic All-America honors on Thursday, June 5 when he was selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Men's At-Large Second Team.
In 2011, Jill Ford and Hallie Fiore began their varsity careers at Hamburg. That same spring four years ago, Katy Ryan began her tenure as the head coach of the Lady Bulldogs’ varsity lacrosse program. The three have been inseparable ever since, helping Hamburg become the class of Class B this decade with four straight appearances in the Section VI title game.
The Buffalo Bandits today announced that members of the Bandits will conduct three days of summer lacrosse camps for boys and girls ages 5 to 16. The camps will be held from Monday, July 21 through Wednesday, July 23 at First Niagara Center.
"If you'd asked me in March if we could be here, I'd say no," Torrelli said. "I didn't know this was what would we do. Not that I didn't think we were good team, but our division was so difficult with Pittsford, Penfield and Thomas, any one of those teams could have won it. I'm proud that we were able to get here to this game."
The Class A Semifinals have been set as West Genesee plays Pittsford tomorrow at 2:30PM at SUNY Cortland. The winner advances to play either Suffern (1) or West Islip (11) in the Class A Championship game on Saturday at 2:30PM at SUNY Cortland.
With the World Championships just over a month away, it’s high time to start looking at some of the top contenders a lot deeper. While the US and Canada are still the clear cut favorites, and Australia has had a lock on the bronze (or silver) since the WLC inception in 1967, the Iroquois Lacrosse program seems to be putting forth a really competitive team for 2014, and we’re all curious to see if they can do better than a 4th place finish, which is their best finish ever at a world field lacrosse championship.
The tale will continue July 10-19 at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice, in Commerce City, Colo. Five Thompsons — Lyle and Miles, along with their older brothers Jerome and Jeremy, and cousin Ty — are in the running to make the final 23-man Iroquois Nationals roster. That would be 21.7 percent Thompson.
Lakers head coach Jim Longo said that he wondered, after the departures of Connor Cannizzaro and Ryan Cook, if his team could stay on top - and it has managed to go 22-0, with one game left. "I was cautiously optimistic," he said. "We were hoping to get back to this point, and we have."
The Skaneateles girls lacrosse team’s diverse attack, mixed with fast-break opportunities and draw controls, has led to the Lakers being one of the most potent offenses in the state. Over six playoff contests, the Lakers have outscored their opponents 91-18.
“The trend in field lacrosse has been to go and recruit box players,” he said, “so we’re also using this for the goal of getting as many college scouts in here as possible, so that they can get recruited and get to a good university.”
Mike Vorgang walked around and sought out his Niskayuna boys' lacrosse players individually underneath the bleachers at Hofstra University on Wednesday afternoon. After shaking hands with a few parents, Vorgang turned around and suddenly he was by himself. Vorgang then whispered, "Wow." The patriarch of the Silver Warriors' lacrosse program squatted down as he tried to contemplate what had just happened. Vorgang was in shock.
"We don't have a superstar, but we think we have six superstars on offense," said midfielder Carter Hawthorne, who scored three goals with four assists and was one of five Massapequa players who scored at least three goals. Ryan Tierney netted three goals with three assists; Paul Dilena and Ian Kirby had four goals and two assists each and Craig Berge notched three goals and an assist.
On that windy practice in mid-May, the duo could count the number of times they’d set the pace around the perimeter on one hand. But now, with their season over, the two have had time to reflect on their careers and perhaps, more importantly, their friendship — which seems more like something out of Hollywood than real-life high school.
The National Lacrosse League invites fans to suggest candidates for the next round of nominations for the NLL Hall of Fame. Fans can submit their suggestions via the National Lacrosse League's Facebook and Twitter pages until Tuesday, June 10, 2014. The Hall of Fame selection criteria is listed below.
Even before the blizzards stopped and local lacrosse teams were able to hit the field, most area fans fully expected Orchard Park and Clarence to play for the Class A Section VI championship. In the end, that’s exactly how things happened. But upstart Lancaster sure didn’t go quietly.
Massapequa (18-2), the Section VIII champions and ranked No. 3 in Class A, scored 15 goals on 22 shots in the first half and cruised to an easy 23-9 victory over the top-ranked Silver Warriors in the state semifinals.
"We're on Cloud Nine right now. But we've got another one to finish," said F-M senior Jack Wilson, who scored six goals for the Hornets, including the game-winner with 11 seconds left in overtime. "We can enjoy this one tonight, but we're starting to gear up tomorrow."
Video of Jack Wilson's game-winner
Once the Jamesville-DeWitt High School boys lacrosse team caught the wave on Wednesday, there was nothing Victor could do to stop its surge. The Red Rams rallied from a desperate hole, got momentum and rode it all the way into the New York Class B high school lacrosse championship game.
The Class C Semifinals have been set as Skaneateles plays Honeoye Falls-Lima this Friday at 12:00 PM. The winner advances to play either Bronxville (1) or Cold-Springs Harbor (8) in the Class C Championship game on Saturday at 12:00PM. Skaneateles is coming off a 17-2 victory over Owego in the Central Regional Final. Honeoye Falls Lima is coming off a 19-4 win over Lake Shore in the Far West Regional Final.
The Jordan-Elbridge lacrosse club is hosting its biannual alumni games on June 7 at the Jordan-Elbridge high school. All proceeds go to supporting the youth program and a annual scholarship to a senior boy and girl. Divisions are old men 1976-2000, young men 2000-2013,and all girls 2001 to current graduates. Jordan-Elbridge lacrosse programs have had some great high school, college, and pro men and women graduate, and they are willing to play in support of the youth programs.
Wow – that title’s a mouthful, but then, maybe it’s only fitting – I’ve got a lot to say about this final week of varsity lax in New York . . . First, however, I’ll finish my report on our great weekend in Baltimore . . .
The Class B state semifinals have been set as Christian Brothers Academy will square off against Victor in the first semifinal game on Friday, June 6th at 9:30AM. At the other side of the bracket, Burnt-Hills Ballston Lake will play Manhasset in the second semifinal game on Friday also at 9:30AM. Christian Brothers Academy is coming off a close 7-4 victory over Vestal from Section IV in the Regional Final. Victor is coming off a dominating 16-5 victory over Hamburg in the Far West Regional Final.
The Rochester Rattlers head into this Thursday evening’s contest with defending league champion Chesapeake Bayhawks with one simple goal in mind, stay undefeated at home. The Ratz are coming off the most impressive win of their season over the Florida Launch this past Sunday at Sahlens Stadium in downtown Rochester. The home team was down 8-4 mid way into the 2ndquarter until the boys in black and gold ripped off 5 unanswered goals leaving the Launch completely baffled going into the half down 9-8.
Colgate's Emily Speck is this year's national women's lacrosse recipient of the Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award. Speck graduated last month with a neuroscience degree and also earned Colgate's Gottesman Award for Excellence in the Sciences and Athletics. She played in 13 games this season with 12 starts on defense, and caused the team's third-most turnovers with 15.
From the Eight-time National Champions - 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
The OnondagaLacrosse Camp is a great chance for children to learn the game of lacrosse from coaches who played at the NCAA level, and are currently college coaches. In addition, children will learn in a fun filled environment.
The worlds of sports and culture will intersect at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Tuesday night, Aug. 5, as the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse presents the film “America’s First Game”, followed by a lacrosse symposium.
Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional lacrosse league, will work to raise funds and awareness for Wounded Warrior Project®(WWP), one of the leading support organizations for veterans and service members whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, and the official charity of the 2014 MLL All-Star Game.
What Rochester Knighthawks Cody Jamieson has achieved the past three seasons would rival anything in professional sports. Jamieson has led the Knighthawks to an NLL record three straight Champion’s Cup victories, while also teaching kids throughout the United States, Canada and First Nations communities about the game of lacrosse.
Ninety miles west of Syracuse three former Orange stars are helping build a lacrosse dynasty. Cody Jamieson, Sid Smith and Stephen Keogh led the National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Rochester Knighthawks to an unprecedented third consecutive Champion's Cup over the weekend.
Fairport quietly put together one of the best resumes of the remaining bracket teams, holding wins over fellow Section V champs/state finalists Victor and Penn Yan, and beating Pittsford (for the second time) and Webster Thomas. The Red Raiders are battle-tested from competing in a stacked Section V Class A bracket. The Fairport defense has been outstanding, holding 11 consecutive opponents to less than eight goals, including a shutout of Ithaca. Earlier in the season, Fairport held West Genesee to just one goal.
Following Rochester’s decisive victory over the Florida Launch this past weekend, the MLL gave out the most recent roundup of weekly top honors, presented by Warrior. Among the winners was Rochester’s own Mike Manley (D) who took home the Defensive Player of the Week, marking the second time this season he has earned the award. His first recognition came in week two when he helped lead the Rattlers to a win over the Boston Cannons in the team’s home opener.
It will be simple on the turf Wednesday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School - Section III against Section V. Thanks to sweeps by both sections in last week's state quarterfinals, all three state semifinal games will pit the Syracuse and Rochester-area schools. Here's a look at the matchups:
The All Star list is out recognizing the GRALL players for the 2014 season. Senior attackman, Alex Bianchi from Aquinas was selected as GRALL "Player of the Year". The GRALL coaches gave the Sportsmanship award to All GRALL Teams.
She already has well over 80 points for the season, and she wants a state championship. The Lakers play in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association semifinals against Section V's Honeoye Falls-Lime at SUNY Cortland Friday.
Championship Weekend sits at an important crossroads, after the NCAA decided not to select the locations of the 2017-18 Final Fours last December as part of an 82-sport championship process. Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field will host the 2015-16 events, and NCAA Associate Director of Championships Anthony Holman told Inside Lacrosse on Memorial Day that in August the NCAA Men’s DI Lacrosse Committee will meet to determine whether changes should be made to the bid process, in advance of ideally naming the 2017-18 events by the end of 2015.
After an inspiring return from injury, Dan Dawson helped the Rochester Knighthawks to a comeback of their own en route to their league-record third-straight title as 2014 NLL champions. On top of the right to again raise the Champion's Cup, Dawson was also rewarded with the championship series Most Valuable Player award.
Wow – that title’s a mouthful, but then, maybe it’s only fitting – I’ve got a lot to say about this final week of varsity lax in New York . . . First, however, I’ll finish my report on our great weekend in Baltimore . . .
F-M's Jack Wilson's balanced play keeps him in the Points lead with 112 (61g,51a). He's followed by two with 105 - Goal leader Griffin Feiner (J-D)(85g,20a) and Assists leader Andrew Romagnoli (46g,59a).
Miles Thompson’s Rochester Rattlers debut was a little quieter than expected. He finished with one goal and one assist. But his presence in the attack, along with the addition of Mark Matthews, diverted a lot of defensive attention and opened up shooting lanes for the midfield as the Rattlers rallied for an 18-11 win over the Florida Launch on Sunday in a Major League Lacrosse game at Sahlen’s Stadium.
It was a clean sweep for Section Five over Section Six today in Buffalo as Fairport beat Orchard Park 11-8, Victor defeated Hamburg 10-8 and Penn Yan beat Akron 19-4. The scene now moves to Cicero North-Syracuse High School on Wednesday for the semi final round. Fairport will play Fayetteville-Manlius (Section Three) at 3:30. Victor will play Jamesville-Dewitt at 5:30 and Penn Yan will Play Cazenovia at 8:00.
History was made at The Blue Cross Arena Saturday night as the Rochester Knighthawks became the first team in National Lacrosse League History to win the Champion’s Cup three seasons in a row after defeating the Calgary Roughnecks in Game Two and the 10-minute mini-game.
So many books with lacrosse as a theme are focused on the history of the game, and that’s great. But there’s a historical perspective that often is overlooked: teaching today’s youth about the history of this gift we call lacrosse, or baaga’adowe.
Orchard Park boys lacrosse coach Gene Tundo can recognize a good team when its in front of him . . . So after Fairport defeated Orchard Park 11-8 Saturday in the Class A Far West Regional, Tundo made a list of reasons the Red Raiders have the look of a champion.
The Penn Yan Academy boys lacrosse team has had no trouble this season scoring goals. The Mustangs have put up 241 tallies through 18 games thus far this year. Saturday, the Section V champion Mustangs would put that offensive prowess up against Section VI champion Akron, which scored 17 goals in its sectional final win over Salamanca.
Styres joined the mob scene on the field, hugging player after player as confetti fell and "We Are the Champions" played and you couldn't help but feel good for the man. With the likes of Donald Sterling, Mark Cuban and Jerry Jones stealing headlines in the sports world for ignorance or ego, a low-key owner like Styres has to do something pretty extraordinary to get noticed. And he has.
Niskayuna lacrosse midfielder Ryan Lawson stressed the importance of playing for the team's seniors following the Silver Warriors' Class A regional final against Section I's Lakeland-Panas on Saturday.
As expected, it was all Section V, all afternoon. The Rochester-area girls’ lacrosse champions dominated the Far West Regionals Saturday at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School, sweeping three matchups over their Section VI competition.
The quest for a state title never got out of Buffalo city limits for three Section VI boys lacrosse teams on Saturday. Hamburg and Orchard Park each saw one-goal games slip away, while Penn Yan continued its Class C dominance over Akron in front of a combined crowd of 2,600 at the Far West Regionals on Saturday at All High Stadium.
During the regular season, Victor girls lacrosse coach Jamie Smith took her team out for ice cream after a big win over Brighton. The players came up with the idea of their coach taking them to Las Vegas as a reward if they won a Section 5 title.
While the Victor Blue Devils trailed by a goal through the first quarter of the Class B boys lacrosse Far West Regionals, something was off. “The first quarter was somewhat sloppy,” said sophomore midfielder Michael DeMarco. “Well, I wouldn’t say sloppy. “I think we were too excited.”
Two goals - one at the end of the first half, one at the start of the second half - vaulted Christian Brothers Academy back to the Class B state high school semifinals in girls lacrosse next weekend at SUNY Cortland.
Miles Thompson and Ty Thompson have been added to the Rochester Rattlers activated list in Major League Lacrosse (MLL) and may make their league debut on Sunday. The Rattlers host the Florida Launch at Sahlen’s Stadium on Sunday, June 1 at 1 p.m. in Rochester.
“It’s definitely been crazy, especially after that loss,” said Thompson, who surpassed former UMBC attackman Steve Marohl’s Division I record for points in a season with 119 and tied former Yale midfielder Jon Reese’s 24-year-old record with 82 goals in a season. “I’ve been able to focus on working out and getting ready for Rochester. It’s something that I’m focusing on right now.
Ithaca High girls’ lacrosse coach Lyn Reitenbach had a feeling it would go like this. Senior midfielder Hannah Elmer had a hat trick and Syracuse University-bound classmate Riley Donahue was nearly flawless on the draw as West Genesee scored early and often in an 18-1 rout of the Little Red in the state Class A quarterfinals at Bredbenner Field.
It was one of the prettiest goals on a day when the nets rippled repeatedly. This one was memorable because of nice teamwork from two unusual members of the West Genesee High School girls lacrosse team.
The 16th-ranked Vestal girls lacrosse team went toe-to-toe with the defending state Class B champions, but No. 9 Christian Brothers Academy’s superior depth won out in the end as the Brothers scored a 7-4 victory Saturday in the state quarterfinals at Ithaca High’s Bredbenner Field.
The Cazenovia and Salmon River boys lacrosse teams are no strangers, meeting in the state regionals two times in the last four years, both wins for Jim Longo’s squad. On Saturday, the Lakers got the best of the Shamrocks again.
The Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team survived a scare today - but it didn't really have anything to do with the state Class B regional final against Massena. The Red Rams scored 14 first-half goals en route to an 18-4 victory over the champions from Section X on the turf at Potsdam High School. But the trip was stalled in Sandy Creek for more than an hour after a crow hit the windshield of the school bus carrying the team north on I-81.
The All Tournament Teams for 2014 were announced on Championship Tuesday. MVP for A, B and C were Justin Kesselring (Fairport), Mike DeMarco (Victor) and Rion Davison (Penn Yan). Players were selected on the basis of their performances in the Section Five Tournaments.
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