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 only player in the program's history with at least 100 goals and 100 assists,
September 28's Melting Pot Tournament featured 12 programs, including four teams who finished the 2014 season ranked in Lacrosse Magazine's Top 20: Syracuse, Boston College, Louisville, and UMass. With several solid conferences represented, it was a good early fall ball test for teams expected to lead the pack again in 2015.
US Lacrosse, the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse, today issued the following statement in response to the mandates approved by the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors.
The Orange women's lacrosse program has released its schedule for fall and winter camps and clinics. All camps and clinics are open to all individuals ages 8-18, and will be held on the Syracuse University campus.
Voting in the seventh-annual Laxies is underway, and over the next two weeks Inside Lacrosse fans can decide which players, coaches, teams, goals and more were the best of 2014. So much action has unfolded since the calendar turned, and the Laxies is not only a great way to relive the memories, but also honor those that were a cut above.
5. Who are the Orange specialists? Syracuse should be the scene of a lively goalie battle between Bobby Wardwell and Warren Hill. Either way, it's a position of strength in the Dome. More importantly, who is going to play short stick defensive midfield and face-off? And what type of transition can SU generate from defense to offense?
He's back. The Buffalo Bandits have announced legendary forward John Tavares, the National Lacrosse League's all-time leading scorer, will return to the team for a league-record 24th season after reaching a contract agreement earlier this month.
The five-time World Champion Rochester Knighthawks are offering internships for the 2015 National Lacrosse League season, which will provide college students a great learning experience and prepare them for a future career in sports. Our internships present a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the daily operations of a professional sports team.
The evolution of headgear for girls' and women's lacrosse reached a significant milestone last week as the performance standard that will define the product's manufacturing specifications has gone to ballot among selected members of ASTM, the international organization that develops technical standards for products in the marketplace.
The program is made up of three levels of instruction and at each level you receive expert advice on coaching philosophies, team building, skill development, tactical and positive coaching techniques. Much of the instruction is taken online and there are a few in person classes you will have to complete. Trust me it is all very worth it. You will not only become a better coach you will also become a better person for completing this training.
This might sound strange, but I’m a fan of the New York Yankees. However, I am NOT a baseball fan – the last MLB game I watched that did not include the Yankees was back when Cal Ripken was breaking Lou Gehrig’s record for most consecutive games played. If the Yankees aren’t playing, I’m not watching.
Welcome to the first episode of That Old Lacrosse Head! Each episode will feature Connor Wilson restringing an old lacrosse head, and bringing it up to today's standard. Each of these heads was donated to CityLax in New York City, and CW is fixing them up so public school players in the five boroughs have sticks to play with. First up is an OG Brine Edge! Let's see what Connor does with this old favorite!
Chris Ryan (Irondequoit) sat at the table in the press conference room located in the bowels of Lincoln Financial Field and awaited the questions. It was 2013, and Ryan and his Mercyhurst team had just lost by a goal to Le Moyne in the Division II national championship game and, as part of the perfunctory postgame process, he awaited questions from the media.
The venue is A'nowara'ko:wa Arena, and for six months of the year it's a hockey rink. But to Kariwate Mitchell, "it's a lacrosse arena. . .and nobody puts on a tournament like Akwesasne." There's a big competition this weekend on Cornwall Island, and Mitchell is one of the organizers of the all-Native Nation's Cup competition that's expected to draw big crowds.
While the regular season is still several months away, women's lacrosse will kick its fall schedule into high gear this weekend with the Big Red Bonanza. Cornell will welcome last season's National Championship runner-up No. 2 Syracuse, as well as Top-30 team Delaware, for a round-robin tournament at Schoellkopf Field. Head coach Jenny Graap will get her first look of the 2015 squad in competitive action, as she leads the team into what promises to be another successful season this spring.
[Jim] Morrissey most recently spent four years at Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. where he led the Crusaders to seven victories in 2013, the squad's highest win total in 25 years. He was subsequently named the 2013 Patriot League Coach of the Year, the first Holy Cross men's lacrosse coach to garner that award. Morrissey furthermore mentored 18 student-athletes that were honored on the 2014 Patriot League All-Academic Team.
Casey Vock (Lowville), a former, full-time writer/editor for Inside Lacrosse Magazine will now serve as content editor for 3d Rising, a network of local partners across North America charged with finding, watching, evaluating and reporting on top and emerging lacrosse talent (http://rising.3dlacrosse.com/). The 3d Rising website includes fresh recruiting news, feature stories, analyses and more, all of which will become richer and more detailed under the purview of Vock and Matt Rowley, Director of 3d Rising.
Western New York-based Champion Lacrosse will be holding tryouts Oct. 5 at the Buffalo Bills’ AdPro Sports Fieldhouse for its 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade teams. The only program in WNY founded and run by professional lacrosse players, Champion will also be bringing in Mercyhurst head coach Chris Ryan (Irondequoit), a national champion in 2011, seven-time Final Four participant and the 2007 USILA DII Coach of the Year, for a seminar on college recruiting.
Jordan Hall will always remember his last game as a Rochester Knighthawk. It was just over two years ago that he raised the Champion’s Cup at The Blue Cross Arena, following an emotional comeback win over the Edmonton Rush. It was that memory, and the team’s run of three straight championships, that has Hall excited about his return to the teal and purple.
"I was very candid with her," said Taylor, a 2010 inductee into the Upstate New York Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. "You're on track to be a legacy, a Hall of Famer, a captain, a Division III leader in history to do what no one has done. If you leave, you will just be another great player that played there. You won't have that same legacy. If you come here, you might never be a captain. You may just be another great player that played at Le Moyne. If you break up with a school, you don't have the same imprint on the history of the school."
The Skidmore College men's lacrosse program will be part of the second annual "Faceoff for a Cause" at Siena College, a six-team scrimmage, youth clinic and fundraiser with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project ® (WWP) on Sunday, Oct. 12. Men's lacrosse teams from Siena, Colgate University, Pace University, Western New England University and Union College will take part in the event.
The Orange women are dedicated to getting better and focused on the fundamentals this fall. Syracuse opened up their fall ball practice last week and have been diligently working to improve and prepare for the upcoming season. With key losses on both sides of the field, the Orange look to a fill the gaps with sophomores and juniors who have seen limited time and a large freshman class – the Orange have the nation’s sixth ranked incoming freshmen class and bring in 16 newcomers.
It's that most wonderful time of year, when lacrosse comes back into the world for the brief fall active period for teams to get out and scrimmage and evaluate prior to going back into hybernation (or, rather, more practice) for the winter before the spring brings us wall-to-wall weekends of the sport. We'll be covering as much as we can here on LaxMagazine.com, but be sure to get out and see some yourselves.
Molly Wood, 5-10, Midfield, Skaneateles High School:
A member of the Skaneateles Lakers lacrosse team under coach Bridget Marquardt, where she was a four-year letterman and two-year starter … 2014 All-American … accounted for 100 goals during her junior and senior seasons … 2013 First Team All-League accolades … appointed captain for the 2014 team … scored the winning goal of the 2014 State Championship game … played club lacrosse for Midwestern as a midfielder for three seasons under coach Steve Wagner.
Grippy or not, the ball used in Major League Lacrosse games next season could get a new look. The league is experimenting with a few different colors, and the possibility of putting a stripe or two around the ball, with the goal of making it more visible on TV. “We have to find a way for the ball to be more visible on TV,” commissioner Dave Gross said last week in a phone interview with IL. “These guys whip this thing around very fast.”
Kelly Lickert-Orr has been named the women's lacrosse head coach at SUNY Cortland, according to director of athletics Mike Urtz. Lickert-Orr takes over for Kathy Taylor, who coached the Red Dragons from 2009-14 before becoming the head coach at Le Moyne College. Lickert-Orr served as women's lacrosse head coach at Keuka College for four seasons from 2011-14. She posted a 52-11 overall record, including a 32-1 mark in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).
On Sept. 17, the Boston City Council approved a health and safety ordinance for NCAA athletes who play in Boston. The measures will require local colleges to have an emergency medical action plan in place for all host venues and will also ban players from reentering a game if he or she suffers from a concussion or is suspected to have one. The city is believed to be the first in the nation to pass this type of law on behalf of college athletes.
Heading into the 2014 NLL Draft after a roller coaster of a season, the Buffalo Bandits had one dire need on their minds. “We need a lefty offensive guy – maybe two – and then fill some areas where we feel that we can get better at,” Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley said prior to the draft.
The second annual Room2Smile Fall Classic will be held on Sunday, October 5th at Le Moyne College and features three elite men's lacrosse programs from Upstate New York and The Hill Academy of Concord, Ontario. Serving as the host, Le Moyne will welcome The Hill Academy, RIT and Onondaga Community College to campus for a series of scrimmages beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Ted Grant Field.
The Syracuse men's lacrosse team will participate in a pair of events as part of its 2014-15 fall practice season. The program will host the fifth-annual Orange Alumni Classic on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Carrier Dome. In addition, Syracuse wraps up fall ball on Saturday, Oct. 11 with scrimmages against Bellarmine and Binghamton at the eighth-annual HEADstrong Foundation Nicholas Colleluori Fall Lacrosse Classic.
Dougherty had not picked up a lacrosse stick prior to high school, but the sport would make an impact on the rest of her life. "It was my freshman year when they offered girls lacrosse at Manasquan," said Dougherty. "We all kind of picked it up together. I fell in love with the sport." She earned first team All-Shore honors in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons in lacrosse and served as the team captain as senior. Dougherty also excelled on the tennis court, winning over 50 matches at first singles and first doubles at Manasquan.
Registration remains open for The Match (www.matchlax.com), a novel recruiting showcase/skills clinic that made its successful debut in 2013, focusing on elite players targeting Division III colleges. The event, open to all boys players, will be held on Sunday, October 19th at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA.
The Rochester Rattlers had a truly astounding 2014 season. The “Ratz” finished in 2013 under .500 with a record of 6-8, and knew they needed a change after finishing in the bottom of the barrel for the past few seasons. This year they came out swinging, finishing the regular season in first place after a convincing 18-8 win against the Boston Cannons.
Victor J. Cornelius Sr., 72, of Oneida, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at his home. He was a member of the Onondaga Nation's Snipe clan and Longhouse religion. Also known as Jim or Jimmy, he attended Onondaga Nation School and LaFayette High School. He was an avid lacrosse player member of the Onondaga Athletic Club and Onondaga Nation Warriors.
The Rochester Knighthawks have won the past three National Lacrosse League championships. Rochester will never be accused of resting on its past accomplishments. The Knighthawks were extremely busy before and during Monday’s NLL Entry Draft, highlighted by two major trades and the No. 2 overall pick.
One of the odd parts about life in the National Lacrosse League is that the summer goes quietly, and then there's a ton of activity around draft day in September. From there, it's back to mostly quiet until training camp starts. Having more or less caught my breath, here are a few quick thoughts about the weekend:
UAlbany lacrosse alumni Miles Thompson and Ty Thompson were selected in the 2014 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Entry Draft on Monday night. Miles Thompson was selected third overall by the Minnesota Swarm and Ty Thompson was chosen 26th overall by the New England Black Wolves.
A total of 55 players heard their names called at the 2014 National Lacrosse League Draft at Toronto Rock Athletic Centre on Monday, Sept. 22. The Edmonton Rush selected Ben McIntosh from Drexel University with the first overall pick while Jeremy Noble (University of Denver) to the Rochester Knighthawks and Miles Thompson (LaFayette/University at Albany) rounded out the top three picks.
John Tavares still isn’t ready to retire quite yet. Bandits general manager Steve Dietrich said at the National Lacrosse League draft in Toronto on Monday that the 46-year-old superstar will return for the 2015 season.
After taking Jeremy Noble with the second overall pick, the Rochester Knighthawks selected four players with ties to championship teams from Six Nations in today’s 2014 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. Rochester chose defenseman Brier Jonathan (27th overall), forward Ian Martin (37th overall) and defenseman Anthony Patterson (46th overall) from the 2014 Minto Cup champion Six Nations Arrows. The Knighthawks also picked transition man Zach Williams from the 2014 Founders Cup champion Six Nations Rebels.
On Saturday, September 27th, 15 collegiate women's lacrosse teams will meet at Hofstra University to face-off against blood cancer in the 6th Annual Women's Nick Colleluori Classic. The event has become an annual fall lacrosse tradition on campus hosted by Hofstra to raise funds and awareness to support the HEADstrong Foundation. It is ironic the event falls on the 27th, as that was the number HEADstrong founder Nick Colleluori wore while playing at Hofstra.
At the start of his third year on the Knight Varsity, Jarrett has accumulated fifty-five points (44g-11a) after a breakout junior year (32g-7a). For his effort he was named to the first midfield all-league list. He scored points in sixteen of eighteen games last season.
Coaching a new sport can be overwhelming. As lacrosse explodes into new geographic areas and permeates the youth sports scene, the demand for qualified coaches will continue to grow. Even if you’re new to the game, you might be asked to step in and help out. While you might not be an expert on the X’s and O’s right away, there are universal coaching principles that can empower you to succeed in this role.
Just hours before the 2014 NLL Draft at Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, Ontario, the three-time defending champion Rochester Knighthawks and Vancouver Stealth have announced a trade. The Knighthawks have traded Johnny Powless and Joel McCready, along with the 9th and 23rd overall selections in the 2014 Draft, to the Stealth in exchange for Vancouver's 2nd and 11th overall selections in 2014 along with their first-round picks in the 2015 and 2017 NLL Drafts.
The National Lacrosse League has announced the NLL Champion's Cup Finals will expand to a best-of-three game series effective for the upcoming 2015 season. The change was unanimously approved today by the NLL Board of Governors.
The annual UAlbany men’s lacrosse alumni game has been moved up to noon on Saturday, September 27th. All fans are welcome to attend the game for free at John Fallon Field. All those attending will need to park at Indian Quad due to the home football game on the same day.
Women's Lacrosse Fall Game vs. Niagara (Demske Sports Complex) - 2:30 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse Alumni Game (Demske Sports Complex) - 4 p.m.
Men's Lacrosse - Ed Van Tine Alumni Game (Demske Sports Complex) - 5:30 p.m.
Men's Lacrosse vs. Young Alumni Game (Demske Sports Complex) - 6:30 p.m.
After about 15 years of working at other people’s lacrosse camps, noting what I liked and what I thought could be improved, I started think that I could, in fact, build a better mouse trap. I created and went on to direct what was at the time Oswego State’s only overnight teaching camp – the Oswego State Lacrosse Camp.
Bob Streeten and his wife Suzanne had already planned a post-retirement trip to Uganda, where they would connect with a young woman who they had forged a long-lasting, long-distance relationship with. So when the idea of having the trip double as a chance to do his part in helping grow the game of lacrosse globally, Streeten - the longtime varsity coach in Corning - was more than happy to serve as a lacrosse ambassador.
The complete summary of award winners, including NLL All-Pro and All-Rookie Teams, are listed below:
Most Valuable Player – Cody Jamieson (Rochester Knighthawks) Jamieson won the 2014 NLL scoring title with 108 points, tied for second in the league in assists (72) and tied for sixth overall with 36 goals. Jamieson recorded at least six points in
The Cornell women's lacrosse team welcomed alumni, friends and family of the program for the team's annual alumni weekend Sept. 13-14. Despite some inclement weather to kick off the events of the weekend, it was a fantastic two days for the Big Red, as it held the annual alumni game on Saturday and awards banquet on Sunday. The banquet gave friends and family of the program a final chance to recognize the accomplishments of the 2014 squad, while also look forward to a spectacular 2015 season.
US Lacrosse has announced the 24-player U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the Seatown Classic, to be held Saturday, Oct. 18 in Seattle, Wash. Team USA will square off against NCAA runner-up Notre Dame in the team’s first action since claiming silver at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Denver this summer.
One of the most attractive elements of lacrosse is the sport’s traditional emphasis on character and sportsmanship. A great way to maintain and build on that tradition is to take a close look at the role character plays in the way you assemble your team and manage personnel.
The Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun offered the appropriate setting Friday as the new name for the National Lacrosse League franchise recently relocated from Philadelphia was unveiled. The team will be called the New England Black Wolves.
If anyone ever asks you if a lacrosse player has left college early to declare for the pros, you can now say, “yes, that has happened, and it was a D3 player from RIT named Casey Jackson, who left school and declared for the NLL Draft“. Then you would of course look up Casey Jackson at RIT and see this:
The National Champion Onondaga Community College men's lacrosse team was recently featured in the NJCAA Review, a monthly publication highlighting the very best that the National Junior College Athletic Association has to offer. The feature story highlights Onondaga's record-breaking season including its run to a sixth consecutive national championship after defeating Nassau Community College, 12-7, and its now 87-game winning streak.
The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that they have signed defenseman/transition man Zac Reid to a one-year deal. The former draft choice joins the Knighthawks after an impressive summer season with the Major Series Lacrosse Brampton Excelsiors.
Every few years, at least according to Lake Forest Lacrosse Association president Marc Thiergart, there are heroes of the lacrosse world who ignite greater interest in the sport. This year, it’s the four Thompson brothers . . .
He's the only living athlete in three Hall of Fames: Pro Football, College Football and Lacrosse. He qualified for the 1956 Olympics as a decathlete, but declined to participate in order to focus on football.
What happens when one of the best athlete’s the world has ever seen turns 78?
Since arriving at the Academy in June, Noto Family Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Kristen Waagbo has been working to transition the Army women’s lacrosse program to the Division I ranks. Waagbo brings a wealth of experience as a player and an assistant coach, including stops at Duke, Navy and UC Davis.
Matt Mancz says his current nickname, Muscle Matt, is a mixture of all three. First it was just the football team that called him that. Then men’s and women’s lacrosse followed suit. Muscle Matt isn’t just a nickname anymore, it’s a title that is both a product of his own physique, as well as the respect he’s earned from the athletes and staff at Syracuse since joining as a full-time as the assistant strength and conditioning coordinator.
LB3 Lacrosse Founder and former Syracuse star Liam Banks made a name for himself in college as one of the game's top feeders, still standing Top 10 all-time at SU for career assists. His ability to carry behind the goal and find the open man up top was crucial for Syracuse in their 2000 NCAA title, when Banks was the MVP of the Championship Game and an honorable mention All-American.
Join Duke head coach John Danowski and assistant coaches Ron Caputo, Matt Danowski and Ben DeLuca Tuesday evening for a two-hour session of learning about everything from practice habits, fundamentals, to building a cohesive unit. Those unable to attend or watch live can view the archived clinic on GoDuke.com. The archives will be available Wednesday afternoon.
Men's Division I collegiate lacrosse returns to Washington state this October when NCAA finalist Notre Dame faces off against the world runner-up U.S. National Team in the third installment of Seattle's annual NCAA Seatown Lacrosse Classic.
The National Lacrosse League has announced that the 2014 NLL Combine and 2014 NLL Season Awards Ceremony will air live on NLL.com on Sunday, Sept. 21 from Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario.
The National Lacrosse League has announced that the 2014 NLL Draft will air live on NLL.com and on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network (YouTube.com/TLN) starting at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 22 from Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario.
This past summer, the lacrosse world turned it's attention to Denver, CO for the 2014 FIL World Championships. With over 30 nations participating in the games and thousands of fans in attendance, lacrosse crowned a new champion when Canada defeated the United States. For the last piece in it's best of series, Lax.com looks back on the great moments,both on and off the field, in its Best of the 2014 FIL World Championships.
For the first time, US Lacrosse is heading up the staff and player selection of a team that will represent the United States in the 2015 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Indoor Championship. Tony Resch has been named head coach and will be assisted by Adam Mueller and Chris Schiller. Jimmy Butler will serve as general manager, Tim Soudan as assistant general manager, and Mike Fox as equipment manager.
US Lacrosse today announced that 126 schools and civic organizations across 32 states and Washington, D.C., have been selected as 2014 Soft Lacrosse Equipment Grant recipients. Each organization will receive modified “soft” lacrosse sticks and balls, as well as instructional guides and DVDs to help support the introduction of the sport in their curriculum.
The Rochester Knighthawks own the ninth overall selection in the 2014 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. The Knighthawks will have six picks in the six-round draft, which will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22 at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario. - See more at: http://www.knighthawks.net/node/5136#sthash.oFVYmRDN.dpuf
By the spring of 1975, Coach Al Hodish organized a team to compete throughout long island against other communities. The towns that surround Hempstead were both largely white and lacrosse power houses such as Garden City, Lynbrook, Elmont, Baldwin, Sewanhaka, Levitt Town Division, Manhasset, and many others.
From sometime around 1990 through 2009 – approximately 20 years – I served on the staff of the Top 205 Lacrosse Camp. More than any other camp (and if you’ve been reading RTD for the past three weeks, you know that I’ve seen many of them), this camp introduced me to so many great players, the best young and veteran coaches in the game, an annual dose of great, “textbook” lacrosse knowledge, and some lifelong friendships.
At the banquet, head coach Matt Kerwick announced that seniors Connor Buczek, Matt Donovan, Dan Lintner and Jordan Stevens will serve as team captains for the 2015 season. He also announced the award winners for the 2014 season, including Donovan who was named the team's most valuable player, while Buczek and Stevens were named the offensive and defensive MVPs, respectively.
Several Division II and III lacrosse programs have made announcements in the last few weeks regarding assistant coaches for the 2015 season. The releases included in this post are from Pace and Brevard (D2) and Union, Stevens, Colorado College, and Berry (D3).
We are disappointed to have to cancel this year's Wooden Stick Festival. Our sponsors from last year were not able to support us this time so we have decided to cancel for this year. We also need to have this break to do the fundraising, design, planning and building of the new Skä·nońh—Great Law of Peace Center, which is the sponsoring organization for the Wooden Stick Festival.
The Six Nations Chiefs are Mann Cup champions again. The Chiefs built a 5-1 lead and never looked back en route to a 9-4 victory over the Victoria Shamrocks in Game Six of the best-of-seven series.
Knighthawks forward Cody Jamieson collected one goal and two assists to lead the Mann Cup with a 26 points (12+14). Fellow Knighthawk Johnny Powless, who also won a Minto Cup this summer, netted the game winner as he raised the Mann Cup for the second straight season.
Officials often do not look at themselves as leaders. But when you think of the different roles we adopt over the course of a season or career, you realize we are constantly providing leadership. Whether it be as a head official, local association president, trainer, assigner, volunteer or any other number of positions that an official may fall into, everyone at some point or another will be asked to lead. A veteran NBA official once told me that there are three E’s to leadership: excellence, empowerment and enthusiasm.
This week's #TBT includes a Young Gun shot of Steele Stanwick, Adam Ghitelman, Ryan Young, Bray Malphrus, Mike Manley, Jovan Miller, Max Quinzani, Brian Phipps, Ken Clausen and Jeremy and Jerome Thompson, so click through the photos above for a trip down memory lane.
If you’re on the road enough over the summer, there’s a good chance that you’ll compete against the same club more than once and even a club from the same region. Mix the phrase, “familiarity breeds contempt,” with 90 degree weather and stressed out parents and you could have a very exciting forty minute contest.
To kick off Season 2 of the Club Directors Panel, we asked our participants if rivalries did in fact exist and whether or not they got a sense that their boys really wanted to win certain games more than others.
Cascade and Maverik Lacrosse have signed the University of Michigan men’s lacrosse program to a four-year equipment deal that will put each brand’s most advanced equipment into the hands of every player on the team. Entering its fourth season as a Division I program, the team is poised for its most successful season yet competing in the NCAA.
Plans to move forward with an estimated $3 million capital project to update the main athletics stadium at Jamesville-DeWitt High School were approved by the J-D Board of Education at its Sept. 8 meeting. The project, which is scheduled to be presented to the public Sept. 22 and put to a vote Oct. 28, will cause a slight increase in taxes for residents, according to the district.
The already strong connection between the Prunty brothers and Siena College lacrosse has gotten even stronger. That's because Lakeland/Panas HS (NY) attackman/midfielder Kevin Prunty committed to the Saints, where he will follow the lead of brothers Conor and Brian, as first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com's Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
"There's a few that will likely play right away for us and the others we think will help us in the future," Desko said of the incoming class. "This is probably the biggest and physically strongest class, in terms of their size, that we've had at Syracuse University in a long time. There are some real physical specimens in this group."
US Lacrosse is serving as one of the collaborating organizations in the formation of the new Collegiate Women’s Lacrosse Officiating Association (COA), a nonprofit designed to serve as the central hub for all aspects of collegiate women’s lacrosse officiating.
EIGHT LEGENDARY LACROSSE FIGURES will be inducted into the Upstate NY Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame at the chapter's annual induction dinner scheduled for Sunday, October 19th at Traditions at the Links in East Syracuse. The honorees are: Alf Jacques, Brian Keith, Bridget Marquardt, Michael Schattner, Tommy Smith, Mark Webster, Frank Welch and Phil Willard.
Peter Lasagna's piece below was originally published in the October 2011 issue of Inside Lacrosse magazine.
When bombs were detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in 1993, Eamon heroically guided 65 co-workers to safety. He helped colleagues form a human chain and led them from the 106th floor, through thick, black smoke, down endless stairs to safety below. When the World Trade Center was attacked again in 2001, McEneaney was one of nearly 3,000 who died.
The Cornell men's lacrosse program will host a Fall Prospect Day on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The clinic is open to all high school boys in the graduating classes of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The clinic will be held on Schoellkopf and Alumni Field and will be run just like a Cornell practice, including instructional sessions, drills and 10 vs. 10 games. Participants MUST register in advance. The cost for the clinic is $125 and each participant will receive a reversible practice jersey. All participants should bring their own equipment.
The Greater Rochester Chapter of US Lacrosse is pleased to announce that registration is open for their Level One Coaches Clinic on Sunday, December 7th, 9AM-4PM, at Pittsford Sutherland HS. A few highlights, that the potential attendees should know:
I've been talking about fall ball reflecting on my first days on campus at Syracuse University (SU) in 1983. My orientation to SU lacrosse happened organically with a very talented 1983 recruiting class.
The nationally recognized women’s travel lacrosse club “Lady Roc”, which is lead and operated by St. John Fisher Woman’s lacrosse coach Linda Michele, announced their 2015 Summer travel team tryouts will moved from January to an earlier fall date.
Drexel coach Brian Voelker reached out to IL to share his thoughts on the early recruiting trend. Below, is his Op-Ed on the issue. Voelker has been coach at Drexel since 2009 and led the Dragons to their first NCAA Tournament appearance last season. He has been head coach at Penn and in MLL, as well as an assistant at Princeton and Johns Hopkins. He was an All-American at Johns Hopkins and an All-World defensemen, and he has played in both MLL and the NLL. He has been a strong voice on recruiting issues within the IMCLA.
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.
Binghamton women’s lacrosse head coach Stephanie Allen has named her captains for the 2015 season. Seniors Alex Fisher (Brockport), Renee Kiviat, and Rachel Antelmi (Chittenango) as well as junior Allie Rodgers will provide leadership and expertise to the women’s lacrosse team during the 2015 season.
Started talking about my experience as a cocky Junior College recruit from Herkimer showing up at Syracuse University (SU) in the fall of 1983. I was coming off summer surgery on both knees for tendinitis and trying to get back in playing shape.
Today we’re talking about how to select the US Box Lacrosse Team for the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships (2015 WILC)! Some have speculated that the team is already decided, but with a year to go before the 2015 games, I find that contention more than a little doubtful. The time to select a team is quickly approaching, so what’s going to happen with the 2015 US Box Lacrosse team?
Major League Lacrosse has announced that the 2015 Supplemental Draft will take place on Wednesday, December 17. Several players selected in last year’s Supplemental Draft went on to make significant contributions to their teams.
Fall ball is all about the new kids on the block. Each September, Lacrosse Magazine picks 30 newcomers — 15 men and 15 women — poised to make an immediate impact for college teams that could utilize them in a big way right away.
The Iroquois Nationals is participating in the Federation of International Lacrosse’s “2015 World Men’s Indoor Lacrosse Championships” to be held in Onondaga Nation, Haudenosaunee and Buffalo, New York –Seneca Territory.
The Iroquois Nationals Board of Directors is accepting applicants to fill the voluntary positions of General Manager, Head Coach, Assistant Coaches, and Trainers. The Iroquois Nationals 2015 Men’s Indoor Lacrosse application consists of a letter of interest and a resume. The one page letter of interest should briefly address 2 points; first what it means to coach the Haudenosaunee National Team and secondly your lacrosse championship platform.
Class is in session, Syracuse lacrosse fall ball is near and the 2015 season is just a few snowstorms away. That means Orange fans are that much closer to having something tangible to help them forget the shocking 10-9 loss as a No. 2 seed to Bryant at the Carrier Dome in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Colgate Men's Lacrosse invites alumni to join the Raiders for a great weekend over Homecoming 2014. In addition to the range of University wide events, men's lacrosse alumni are invited to begin the weekend with Friday night's alumni game on Crown Field at Andy Kerr Stadium. That event starts at 7 p.m.
The Niagara women's lacrosse team and head coach Wendy Stone will be holding the Niagara Purple Eagles Fall Fest 7-v-7 Tournament and Clinic on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tournament will feature 7-v-7 contests as well as specialty skill clinics that will run throughout the day.
Fall ball is all about the new kids on the block. Each September, Lacrosse Magazine picks 30 newcomers — 15 men and 15 women — poised to make an immediate impact for college teams that could utilize them in a big way right away. We kick off with the men, and will run down the women on Tuesday. Players are listed in alphabetical order. Feel free to share your thoughts on who you think the impact freshman will be in the comments.
Lacrosse at the high school level has grown well over 100% just since 2001 and is continuing to expand while many other sports are not. Last year and again in 2014, girls' lacrosse cracked the top 10 in number of participants, with almost 82,000 players at schools covered by the recently released NFHS survey.
The First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY will host the Fifth Annual Bowhunter Cup on Saturday, October 4th at 7:30 p.m. The Iroquois Nationals will play the United States in the international exhibition game, which is being presented by Arrow Express Sports. The $20 general admission tickets will go on sale at the First Niagara Center and online at www.firstniagaracenter.com on Monday, September 8th.
Do kids even go to summer camps anymore? Remember Bill Murray and Meatballs? I can remember going to 4-H Camp in Suffolk County when I was a kid, and going to a week-long soccer camp somewhere in New Jersey the summer going into my senior year of high school. I worked at two different Girl Scout camps, first in the Adirondacks and then in northwestern New Jersey, when I was just 14 and 15 years old, and then I worked at a riding camp in the Catskills for seven years, getting me through high school AND college. I even met my wife at that camp.
The Bowhunter Cup - an indoor lacrosse team between the Iroquois Nationals and the United States - will be played in the First Niagara Center on Oct. 4. General admission tickets will cost $20 and will go on sale at the arena and through firstniagaracenter.com today.
BURN'EM LACROSSE is excited to announce the addition of Vinnie Alexander (Westhill H.S, OCC, LeMoyne) to its staff. Vinnie is a college All-American and won a National Champion at OCC. He went on to LeMoyne, where he currently coaches as a Graduate Assistant. The addition of Vinnie only solidifies an already strong BURN'EM Staff.
National 175 has opened the application process for their fall and summer events, but vows to close applications when they reach 2,000 total for each event. Their goal is to ensure every player is given the opportunity to apply for a coveted spot. It is in their rigorous effort that they once again want to aggregate the 175 top college prospects per grad year from around the nation.
Brice Queener starred for the Penn Yan Mustang lacrosse team from 1998 through 2001. The Mustangs won Section V titles consistently during that time and won the New York State Class C title in 2001. Brice was a team leader and top scorer on those teams.
Qualifications: Experience coaching and/or playing at the college or equivalent level required. The successful candidate must possess leadership, role modeling, organizational, and interpersonal skills and must be knowledgeable of NCAA Division III rules and regulations. Must have a valid driver's license and be insurable through the College.
I played a lot of other sports growing up, hockey being one of them. Now, kids are lacrosse-focused. It's lacrosse 24/7, which is fine, but also don't limit yourself. Other sports, like hockey, can teach the same skills that you'll use on a lacrosse field. My versatility is my best strength as a lacrosse player. Being able to play effectively on both ends of the field defines who I am as a player today.
One of the early registrants is Tim Davies, the president of and a coach in Freedom Lacrosse, a youth program in Eldersburg, Md. Davies will attend at his third consecutive convention. “I can’t recommend it enough to coaches trying to increase their knowledge of game or reinforce what they’ve got,” Davies said.
The 2014 MLL season has been one of the most exciting seasons in the history of the league. With several off-season partnerships, more nationally televised games on CBS Sports Network, exciting close games up until the final whistle of the Championship Game, fans were held on the edge of their seats as they saw rookies take over, records being broken and a league veteran finally win his first Coca-Cola Most Valuable Player award. With 2014 in the books we sat down with MLL Commissioner David Gross to talk about the season that was, and the future.
Young lacrosse players in Western New York know that there are few opportunities to play box lacrosse in the area. For that reason and more, last weekend’s Junior NLL Tournament at the Toronto Rock Athletic Center was an eye-opening experience for the members of the three Jr. Bandits teams.
On the heels of this summer’s 25th edition of the Lake Placid Summit
Lacrosse Classic, organizers have released impressive economic numbers as the week-long
tournament takes its’ place among the top events hosted in the Adirondack region.
Parents drawing undue attention to themselves during their child's lacrosse activities may need to pause. Negative behavior could damage their kid's experience and eliminate opportunities before they even begin, especially in the college recruiting process for high school players.
"When we recruit, we recruit the whole family. So being a positive, enthusiastic parent only helps your daughter in the recruiting process," Johns Hopkins women's coach Janine Tucker said.
Don LaSala, a 2005 The College at Brockport graduate who led Adrian College (Mich.) to NCAA Division III Tournament appearances in each of his three seasons as head coach, will fill a Hartwick vacancy created by the departure of Bill Bjorness after 16 seasons.
The national champion Onondaga Community College men's lacrosse team has announced that its alumni game will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 11 at David W. Murphy Field. The Lazers will also present members of the 2014 national championship team with their championship rings and the team will also unveil its newest championship banner.
Lazers' Fallball Helmets
The Raiders coaching staff once again cast a wide net during its recruiting search, landing the Class of '18 from 11 different states. Three are from Massachusetts, two each are from Maryland and New York, and the states of Arizona, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Washington contributed one apiece.
FALLBALL’N Has been created for lacrosse players to maximize their strengths and recognize their shortcomings during the “off season”. United lacrosse truly believes that the 5 weeks of training that its athletes participate in will ultimately give them an advantage for the upcoming spring season that they will not get anywhere else. All of this will happen in a fun, positive and safe environment.
Many familiar events dot the fall ball schedule again this year. See the lists at the links below, which can also be found in the right-hand column on the home page. A limited number of tournaments and games have been announced thus far, and the Fall Ball pages will be updated regularly as new information is received.
The men's lacrosse alumni game will be held on Friday, September 19 at 7:30 pm with a game under the lights on the Bob Boozer turf field in Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium. The game is part of the Homecoming and Hall of Fame weekend at the College.
Due to the impressive response to IL’s original fall showcase dates in St. Louis, Greensboro and Atlanta, our editorial and event team has added the IL Upstate Boys Invitational in Syracuse, N.Y., the IL New England Boys and Girls Invitationals in Providence, R.I. and the IL Texas Boys and Girls Invitationals in Dallas, Texas. The IL Regional Invitationals give high school players a unique opportunity to be seen, get noticed and leave their mark.
"We are excited to welcome Pat McCabe as the new Head Coach of Adelphi University women's lacrosse program. Pat is a person of high character, who has won at every level of lacrosse" explained McCabe. "His extensive experience and knowledge of the game of lacrosse separated him from the rest of the candidate pool, along with his strong values and tireless work ethic. He and his staff will assist our student-athletes in excelling both on and off the field of play."
With more kids playing lacrosse, parents — some with experience in the game, others without — can be pressed into coaching. The US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program teaches adults how to coach lacrosse, but coaching your child's team can be tricky. Some tips for those doubling as parents and coaches:
Derek Witheford, a former Union College player entering his third season on the coaching staff, has been promoted to assistant head coach. The announcement was made by Union College Men's Lacrosse Head Coach Paul Wehrum.
[Meghan] Oswald (Penn Yan), a 5-8 midfielder, was a two-year captain of the Marcus Whitman CSD girls lacrosse team and also captained the soccer team as a senior, when she was tabbed to the Finger Lakes All-Conference First Team. She was recipient of the school's Female Outstanding Athlete of the Year and 12 Sport Athlete Award as a senior.
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Chad Culp and transition player Jay Thorimbert on two-year contracts. The team has also signed defenseman Adam Will to a one-year deal.
The trip after a game takes your son or daughter from playing a sport he or she loves with friends and teammates to a real world of homework, dinner, chores around the house and family dynamics. Depending on the result of the game, that car ride can offer a safe haven of comfort and support or a catalyst for emotional turmoil. Parents play a significant role in determining which direction the ride takes.
One hundred and forty-eight NYS lacrosse teams were named this spring, with Cold Spring Harbor HS (Section 11) taking the highest honors this year with a team average of 95.64. Penn Yan Academy took second place on the list with an average of 95.19. Fourteen other Section Five teams were award winners. The fifteen teams are as follows:
NYS Spring Sports Listing
The lawn isn't quite as green as it once was, and the residual chill from last year's brutal winter has finally been forgotten. We're well into the solstice, and that means it's time for the annual Division II Midsummer Night's Power Rankings.
“Jammer” received the Johnny “Shooter” Davis Trophy as Playoff MVP after leading the Six Nations Chiefs back to the Mann Cup Finals. Jamieson notched 13 goals and 15 assists in the series. In Game Seven, he scored three goals and added three assists in a come-from-behind victory over the Peterborough Lakers. - See more at: http://www.knighthawks.net/node/5112#sthash.I5lATZYg.dpuf
From Neal Powless at Nazareth to Marshall Abrams at Syracuse and the Thompsons at Albany, Iroquois men have forged a path from the Six Nations to the U.S. collegiate ranks, honoring a game rooted in their native traditions. They left their reservations with lacrosse scholarships in hand and returned as role models.
But what about their sisters and cousins, mothers and aunts? That's a loaded question.
Thoughts on this past HS lacrosse season/outlook for next season?
“This past season we had one of the strongest teams our program has ever had. Our outlook for next season is to be a powerhouse in both Section 6 and Monsignor Martin.”
College lacrosse coaches say they value athletes who play multiple sports over those who specialize exclusively in lacrosse. But do they follow their own advice?
We asked five coaches what other sports their kids play — and how they feel that has benefitted their overall youth or high school sports experience.
There is a world within the lacrosse world these days, and that world appears to be ruled by the Thompsons. That much was evident this past week the Presidents’ Cup in Coquitlam and on Sunday, and it was in your face. Miles Thompson led the way as Player of the Game for the Onondaga Redhawks, who won the 2014 gold medal with a 9-7 win over the Six Nations Rivermen.
Today we kick off a 4-part miniseries about an Idaho high school lacrosse player named Grant Koehl who’s journeyed coast to coast and hit the books hard to chase his dream. From Boise all the way over and up to Saratoga Springs, “East Bound & Found” explores Grant’s unique situation as a lacrosse recruit from a non-traditional area and puts many of the differences between the fastest game on two feet in the East and West on display.
All across Canada and Native nations, teams started the season with the goal of hoisting the President’s Cup. In 2014, the Redhawks earned that honor by defeating the Six Nations Rivermen 9-7 and became the second time they were crowned as President’s Cup Champions; the first title came in 2010.
In true Rochester Knighthawks fashion, the Junior Knighthawks took home the championship in two of the three divisions on Sunday. The Bantam and Midget teams came out victorious in their championship rounds, continuing the championship legacy created by their NLL Knighthawks.
When the University of Indianapolis lacrosse team steps on the field for the first time in 2016, among their inaugural team members will be Hilton`s Jarod and Shawn Kimble. The brothers recently made their commitment to attend and play at the new NCAA DII program.
Congratulations to the Onongada Redhawks for winning the 2014 CLA Presidents' Cup. The Redhawks overcame a 4-3 deficit after 40 minute to defeat the Six Nations Rivermen 9-7 in the Gold Medal game. Players of the Game were Miles Thompson for Onondaga and Wayne VanEvery for Six Nations. Congratulations also go out to Lyle Thompson of the Redhawks, who was named the tournament Most Valuable Player.
Last week I wrote about the vanishing “teaching camp,” summer lacrosse camps that seem to have gone the way of the dinosaur in this era of invitation-only recruiting camps, showcases, travel and club teams, and the ilk. Back in the day – roughly from 1986 through 2010 – I worked a number of such camps, and I can’t help but wonder if the lacrosse skills of today’s players – and coaches – have suffered because of the instructional camp’s loss of popularity.
The game has taken him from his younger days starring for Penn Yan Academy, to a national championship at Duke University, and now to a professional career with the Rochester Rattlers.
“I think about it all the time: I’m getting paid to play a game that I love,” Manley reflected.
You are a youth lacrosse program administrator, coach, or parent, and you’ve been reading and hearing about US Lacrosse’s Gold Stick Program for a few months now. And generally, it seems to make sense. After all, who doesn’t want the safest and most positive experience for its participants? But where do you go next? How can you get some more details about this initiative and have some of your basic questions answered? We’re glad you asked.
Playing multiple sports in high school is one of the best ways a young lacrosse player can increase his level of athleticism. Experiencing different coaching styles, different team dynamics, and remaining competitive year round are some of the direct benefits to playing multiple sports. Not to mention there are so many transferable concepts across sports.