Lacrosse fans won't soon forget 2015 — a year of historic achievements, paradigm-altering upsets and Internet-breaking highlights. But which players, coaches, games and moments stood out above the rest? You voted. We debated. Here are the winners.
With proper upkeep, synthetic fields are considered as safe as natural grass even though they can be used far more often. But routine maintenance like raking of the rubber pellets and tilling of the sand is required to ensure the field does not get too hard. Rubber pellets must be replaced when they wear away from goal creases and other high-use areas of fields.
Colgate and Boston U. also should contend. Colgate had a bad loss to Holy Cross early but rebounded down the stretch with wins in five of its last six games of the regular season. Heather Young was the Patriot League Coach of the Year. The Raiders also have a star back in Rookie of the Year Haley O’Hanlon in the midfield.
After three consecutive seasons, all capped off by hoisting the coveted NLL Champion’s Cup, the Rochester Knighthawks were forced to pass the trophy on. At the end of the 2014 season, it was hard to find a Knighthawks reference with out an allusion to the building of a “dynasty”.
The 2016 Face-Off Yearbook Division II All-Americans have been released. The lists — found in the Yearbook now on sale in the IL Store — are a consensus of IL's staff and longtime contributors. The Face-Off Yearbook ranks all 70 teams in DI, and it features DII, DIII, JuCo and women's rankings and All-Americans as well. DII preseason No. 1 Limestone has three payers on the first team and eight total. Merrimack, the preseason No. 2, has three first-teamers as well.
My son Gordon who runs officiating training for US Lacrosse in Baltimore recently published a face-off video (listed below) with Greg Gurenlian The 2015 MVP of the MLL.
Greg who runs Face-Off Academy is arguably one of the best face-off players in the world. What is more impressive is he won the 2015 USL/MLL Sportsmanship Player of the Year. This is important to note because in the video he shows officials how they can spot a cheater at the Face-Off X.
7. Johns Hopkins
Yep, seriously, but I think sometimes we take the rivalry for granted. The Hopkins-Cuse rivalry is easily the best in college lacrosse, and one of the premier rivals in all of sports. It evokes intense emotions between the teams and has provided us with some of the best games in the history of the game.
Expect the unexpected seemed to be the unofficial mantra for the Patriot League in 2015. Pandemonium ruled the day. Favorites fell to the pack. Close games were the norm. Nobody seemed safe from having an upset sprung on them at any given moment.
Princeton Day School (PDS) recently announced that senior Connor Fletcher has signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I Lacrosse at Cornell University beginning this fall.
Coach Rich D’Andrea noted, “Through his first three years as a midfielder on the boys varsity lacrosse team, Connor amassed 63 goals, 56 assists, (and) 156 ground balls.”
Rochester Knighthawks kicked off their Winter Clinics, powered by Under Armour®, this morning at Brighton Sports Zone. For three days, Knighthawks players and alumni will teach over a hundred youth lacrosse players the fundamentals of the game.
I still can’t get over the fact that the ACC has five men’s lacrosse teams now, but that Maryland isn’t one of them. Ok, now that we have the obligatory Terp/ACC mention out of the way, we can get to the five top level teams that are actually in the ACC for 2016!
Welcome to the thirteenth weekly column, “Too Embarrassed to Ask,” where we’ll examine a hot topic from the world of recruiting that parents and student-athletes may want to know more about, but may shy away from asking because it is considered assumed knowledge. Think of this column like a cheat sheet for those instances it is no longer acceptable to ask a question, say, having met someone three times but still not knowing their name. This week’s issue: The previous 12 posts in this series.
The National Lacrosse League, in partnership with FOX Sports, today announced that more than 50 games of the 2016 NLL regular season will be live streamed on FOX Sports GO. The NLL will have its own branded channel within FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on-the-go.
On Monday December 14th 2015, John Michael Night, only 17 years old, suffered a devastating brain stem stroke leaving him in what is medically referred to as Locked-In Syndrome (LIS). With Locked-In Syndrome the patient is fully aware with no mental impairment, but sadly cannot move his body or communicate verbally due to complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles in the body except for the eyes…
Just two weeks before his stroke, he signed a scholarship to play D1 lacrosse at Mercer University. This was the moment he always dreamed of and highlight of his young life… the reward for years of dedication and hard work on/off the field.
The 30th season of professional indoor lacrosse begins New Year's Day, when the Georgia Swarm visit the Colorado Mammoth in the National Lacrosse League's 2016 season opener. In the other game of opening weekend, the Saskatchewan Rush begin their NLL title defense at Calgary.
The top three teams in each division after 18 games will qualify for the playoffs. The first-place teams will get byes to two-game division finals, while the second- and third-place teams square off in a single-game elimination.
DIII preseason No. 1 Tufts has two payers on the first team, as does runner-up Lynchburg, RIT, Amherst and Salisbury. The DIII Top 25 can be found here. The first-, second- and third-team selections are on the first page, and honorable mention picks are on the next.
Feb. 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Women's Level 1 with PCA and Men's Level 1 with PCA - Saratoga Springs High School, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Women's Level 1 with PCA and Men's Level 1 with PCA - Watkins Glen High School, Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Having played my wild card last week with the old “Potpourri for $800, please, Alex” theme (cleverly entitled “Stocking Stuffers”), I was really at a loss for subject matter for this week’s RTD. The week between Christmas and New Year’s isn’t usually a busy lacrosse week – must be a D-I/D-II recruiting “dead period” or else we’d be hearing about this indoor (or outdoor!) tournament or showcase.
Colgate Men's Lacrosse once again is a popular pick with the national television networks.
The Raiders already are scheduled for three consecutive TV appearances, beginning March 26 at home against Army West Point on the American Sport Network. Back-to-back showings follow on CBS Sports Network, with an April 3 home date against Loyola and an April 9 visit to Navy.
The new National Lacrosse League season is just around the corner and now that final rosters are set, all that's left to do is count down the days until the opener. Well, that and take a look at each team and their expectations for 2016. That's where ILIndoor comes in, and we kick off our daily look at NLL teams today with the Buffalo Bandits. Check back daily for a new team as we barrel toward the opener.
This past weekend the Iroquois Nationals held the organization’s second round of tryouts for next summer’s FIL U19 World Lacrosse Championships, which will be held in Coquitlam, British Columbia . . . At this point, it’s becoming perhaps a bit clear who some of the front-runners could be, at least from the perspective of 3d Rising staff. There are, of course, players currently in the college game who are young enough to compete and will most likely make this team.
Fairfield or Canisius? Canisius or Fairfield? The two top dogs in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference from a year ago look prepared to tussle once again in 2016, returning a good chunk of their rosters for another go at the NCAA tournament spot out of the MAAC.
By Craig Rybczynski – For the first time since the Rochester Knighthawks named their roster, the team hit the floor together to prepare for the 2016 National Lacrosse League season. It was a reward for all of their hard work in the offseason and during Training Camp. That was especially true for the six first-year Knighthawks.
On Friday, January 22, 2016, Major League Lacrosse will hold the 16th annual Collegiate Draft presented by Cascade Lacrosse in conjunction with the US Lacrosse Convention. This event will take place at 8:30 PM EST at the US Lacrosse Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.
Nate Watkins: He was a standout in football and lacrosse at Horseheads before graduating in 1998 . . . In lacrosse, Watkins was a three-time Section 4 all-star who went on to play at Maryland University, where he was an honorable mention All-American as a senior. He played professional lacrosse from 2002 to 2013 and now lives in Denver.
Watertown native Brendan Loftus was recently promoted to the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Budget and Finance at the University of Southern California. In addition to the promotion, Loftus was named USC’s Primary Sports Administrator for Lacrosse.
Siena Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Bryana Borrelli has released her program's 2016 schedule. The Saints' 17-game regular season docket is highlighted by a program record tying nine dates at Siena Turf Field this spring.
Was 2015 a changing of the guard season for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference? Marist captured its first league crown in a decade (and second overall) with a league finals victory over Quinnipiac, and then went on to earn a spot in the NCAA first round by knocking off NEC champion (and 2014 NCAA quarterfinalist) Bryant in their play-in contest.
ASN will begin its Patriot League coverage on Saturday, March 19, airing back-to-back contests featuring both the men and women’s programs from Loyola University Maryland and Navy. The men will clash at Navy Marine-Corps Stadium at 1 p.m., while the women will face off at the Ridley Athletic Complex, shortly after the conclusion of the men’s game, at 3:30 p.m. The third and final match-up airing on ASN will take place a week later between the men from Army West Point and Colgate at Crown Field at Andy Kerr Stadium in Hamilton, New York on Saturday, March 26 at 1 p.m.
Months after the Virginia men’s lacrosse team picked up the earliest verbal commitment from this year’s high school freshman class, Cavaliers head coach Dom Starsia was among those pushing for a new proposal to stem early recruiting.
The five finalists for the Division III women's Preseason Player of the Year are Vanessa Budd (Franklin and Marshall), Martha Griffin (Trinity), Hannah Jeffrey (Bates), Tara Monaghan (Cortland) and Laurel Pascal (Middlebury).
As we begin the Bandits' silver anniversary, I begin to reflect on the years and think about the number of games I've been fortunate to be part of. It's my 25th season too, so I obviously think about the initial years and championships in the Aud and the transition to the new building. I think about the championship in 2008 and all of the years and excitement the team and fans brought.
Renowned Cornell University strength and conditioning coach Tom Howley presents the exercises, drills, and programs he’s relied on to make the Big Red a perennial powerhouse. In Complete Conditioning for Lacrosse you’ll find a detailed individual assessment protocol that will help you identify strengths and weaknesses.
Noelle Patterson signed her letter of intent to play Division I lacrosse at Colgate. he's a five-year varsity player who has been a part of multiple sectional championship teams, and now she can add Division I athlete to her list of accomplishments. (Video)
In the last “How It Works” post, I explained the illegal body check penalty and how it is enforced under NFHS rules at the high school level. Before going into the adjustments and additions to the rule for youth play, I want to point out an overarching concept for all personal foul calls in the youth game.
The five finalists for the Division III men's Preseason Player of the Year are Matt Hossack (RIT), Quinn Moroney (Amherst), Austin Stewart (Lynchburg), John Uppgren (Tufts) and Luke Wooters (Nazareth).
The Rochester Knighthawks have announced the staff for the first-ever Box Lacrosse Prospect Day. In conjunction with Inside Lacrosse, the day-long event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 9th prior to the Knighthawks’ home opener against the Colorado Mammoth.
Lots of short items this week, so here goes…
Congrats to the newly-named coaching staff of the US National Men’s Team, which will compete for the FIL 2018 World Championships in Manchester, England a few years from now. John Danowski was named head coach back in November; this past week the rest of the coaching staff was announced, and the group definitely has a Long Island flavor to it.
. . . The Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Underclass Tournament will be held from June 30- July 3 in conjunction with the All-America senior games. For the first time, boys and girls regional teams from Canada and the Southwest will compete against teams from Baltimore, Long Island, Midwest, New England, New Jersey, Philadelphia, South, Upstate NY, Washington, D.C. and West.
Historically, the four aforementioned programs appear to be in the mix each year, but Cornell, which was one of the first teams out this past season, potentially robbed of an NCAA at-large bid, has been making itself known with top scorers. With Penn's losses to graduation, can the Big Red jump ahead of the Quakers?
Shelby Stack is from Syracuse, New York and attends Westhill High School. She is a three-time first team all-league selection who was also named the team MVP as a junior. Stack's athletic director at Westhill is Jen Smarelli (Cicero-North Syracuse) who was an all-conference lacrosse player at Towson. Stack also played soccer at Westhill, where she was a four-time all-league honoree. She helped Westhill win three straight league championships and advance to the state semi-finals as a junior. Stack plays club lacrosse for the Outlaws.
The Patriot League announced its CBS Sports Network schedule for the 2016 lacrosse season on Monday, with its largest schedule ever, featuring 11 total contests including both the semifinals and championship of the Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.
The Knighthawks/Inside Lacrosse Box Prospect Day will take place on Saturday, Jan. 9 at The Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. This one-day event is an opportunity for high school players to learn, develop and showcase their box lacrosse skills with NLL players and coaches in an NLL arena. In addition to college coaches in attendance, Inside Lacrosse’s award-winning staff of writers, evaluators and photographers will be there to cover the entire experience.
More NLL players will likely see time in Major League Lacrosse this season, but it wasn’t until last week that this became truly obvious. While they may seem like minor news stories to casual fans, the MLL Supplemental Draft and NLL Roster announcements both provided outstanding insight into how the MLL will look in 2016, and how many box players will see time out on the field
Everyone is urged to “be a leader,” to exemplify guys like Derek Jeter, Mark Messier or countless others that have made their names becoming leaders on some of the most successful professional sports teams ever. But how can this be accomplished?
The Swarm’s offense was clicking on all cylinders at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre, finishing 6-for-7 on the power play and featured a trio of hat tricks from ’15 No. 1 overall pick Lyle Thompson, Josh Gillam and Randy Staats. Forwards Kiel Matisz, Miles Thompson and Johnny Powless also added two goals apiece to help fuel the Swarm’s attack.
There's a growing sentiment among college coaches that the men's lacrosse championship does not need to be held on Memorial Day, and that moving the title game into June needs to be on the table in order to stem attendance issues.
One coach categorized talk of moving the game off Memorial Day during last week's IMCLA Convention as “more than ever.” It has progressed from outside-the-box idea to a growing reality, according to a number of conversations and interviews with coaches throughout the convention.
I’m very excited to see the Spirit Game – Pride of a Nation documentary. The film is slated for a Fall 2016 release, and it has been a long time in the making. Interviews and video have been collected for months on end, and during the 2015 WILC in Onondaga, the documentary crew was working at a fevered pace.
The Cazenovia College women's lacrosse schedule has been released for the 2016 campaign. The Wildcats finished a very competitive 2015 season at 7-9 overall and 5-4 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, missing the postseason tournament by just one game. Looking to build on the season the team had a year ago, the Wildcats will open up at King's College on February 27th to kick off the 2016 season.
Although she loves lacrosse, Jackie Williams wasn’t planning to pursue a collegiate career in the sport. That all changed when Williams, a senior at Carthage High School, was approached by one of the top women’s lacrosse programs in the country — the University of North Carolina.
To get the roster down to 20 players, the team placed Andrew Watt on injured reserve, places Steve Hinek on the holdout list and assigned David Brock, Tim Edwards, Craig England and Adam Will to the practice squad. Chad Culp will start the season on the suspended list.
The Rochester Knighthawks announced their 20-man roster today for the 2016 National Lacrosse League season. The roster has a familiar look to it as 17 of the 20 players are returning from last year’s team. The Knighthawks filled two of the remaining roster spots and half of their four-man practice squad with draft picks.
The Elmira College men's lacrosse team has released its 2016 schedule for the upcoming spring season. Elmira's 14-game regular season schedule is headlined with nine home contests, the highest number of home games the Soaring Eagles have had on their schedule in over 12 years.
Erica Geremia, Le Moyne, Sr. A
The former Division III (Cortland) star led Division II with 121 points in her first season, a full 21 more than the second-place finisher. In her senior year, the West Genesee (N.Y.) alum could lead Le Moyne to its first Division II title.
Shelburne, Ontario native Scott Teeter will take the reins of Canada's national team for a third time as the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) announces Teeter as head coach for the 2017 Senior Women's Field Team Canada. After leading the 2015 U-19 Women's Field Team Canada to a historic gold medal victory over Team USA, Teeter moves to the senior ranks to lead Canada on its run for gold when the world gathers in Guildford, England for the 2017 FIL Women's World Cup.
There has been a lot written lately about how parents can help their child improve on-field performance and by doing so, improve their child’s collegiate recruiting profile. However, for most student-athletes, academic performance will prove to be the critical determining factor in their success as potential college recruits.
"It's a great league. It's very deep. Everybody is returning some key players. We probably lost as much as anybody," Cornell coach Matt Kerwick said. "But it's wide-open. Where it starts and where it finishes could be any direction. The league is deep, talented and it's a great group of coaches. You have to go out and earn it each week."
There's been an interesting development in the last few days since the release of the 2016 Syracuse lacrosse schedule and roster. Several members from the 2015 Syracuse Orange are not listed on the 2016 roster.
The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team is going on a four-week, five-game tour of some of the best teams in the sport, and we’ll know a lot about its postseason prospects and success in the 2016 season after the brutal stretch.
Last season, Holy Cross made waves with one-goal wins over Loyola and Army, climbing to No. 20 in the Cascade/Maverik DI Media Poll. Later in the year, Lafayette snuck up on the Crusaders for the Leopards’ lone league victory. Second-year program BU won three Patriot League games and nearly qualified for the conference tournament. The point is that there are no easy games in the Patriot League anymore and securing a spot in the conference tourney isn’t assured until mid-April, regardless of where a team was picked to finish in the preseason or how many league titles are on a program’s mantle.
The Elmira College women's lacrosse team has released its 2016 schedule for the upcoming spring season. The Soaring Eagles play a total of 15 games this year, with eight of those scheduled to take place at Elmira's Campus Field.
Elmira opens the 2016 campaign on March 13th at 1:00 p.m. against Lycoming College, marking the third straight year EC has opened the season against the Warriors. The matchup with Lycoming is the first of three straight home games for the Soaring Eagles.
Among those teams that have volunteered for the AAF program the longest are women's basketball, women's rowing and gymnastics, while the recent involvement of football (10 families) and men's lacrosse (five families) has helped the program reach new heights.
In 2012, Dr. Mariale Hardiman published a book entitled “The Brain Targeted Teaching Model for 21st Century Schools.” Dr. Hardiman and her team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University spent several years conducting and reviewing neuroscience research on how children’s brains function in the learning environment. From this research, Dr. Hardiman and her team constructed a model for classroom teaching that is based on scientific evidence of the best practices in teaching and learning. Brain Targeted Teaching® is based on six “targets” that educators should strive to address when preparing and delivering units, lessons, etc. The targets are as follows:
The Atlanta Blaze have made quick work in the offseason in preparation for their inaugural season at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Just one day following the 2016 Supplemental Draft, the Blaze have traded their first draft choice (No. 1 overall), Jeremy Boltus (Baldwinsville, in addition to John Ranagan and their 8th round pick in the 2016 MLL Collegiate Draft presented by Cascade. In return, the Rochester Rattlers send Atlanta Kevin Rice (Skaneateles), Conor Doyle and Graeme Hossack.
Last week Powell Lacrosse launched the first limited edition screen printed poster series featuring hand pressed, signed and framed lacrosse art prints. The handcrafted series was released on Powell’s creative platform, The WoodShop™, and it sold out in a matter of minutes. The newest brand in lacrosse has managed to break down the door on conventionalism and build a strong following of loyal members they refer to as “Pathfinders”.
Does your lacrosse league or program have a documented Concussion Management Plan (CMP)? And if so, are your program leaders and coaches committed to following it?
If you answered no to either of those questions, your organization may be vulnerable to financial risk, as evidenced by the recent record settlement against a Florida school district, chronicled in the publication, From the Gym to the Jury.
Grade 12 New Westminster Secondary student and avid lacrosse player Quinn Stanhope is heading south come next September. The 17-year-old lefthander recently accepted an offer to play lacrosse at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.
Follow #NLL30 and stay tuned to see which legendary players, past and present, will be highlighted as the top 30 all-time players to ever play the game before the quest for the Champion's Cup begins with the new year when the ball drops on a new season.
Jeremy Boltus (Baldwinsville), the 2011 MLL Rookie of the Year and last year's all-star game MVP, was picked first by the Atlanta Blaze in Wednesday's MLL Supplemental Draft. The league held the draft via conference call, as teams picked up talent from the player to get their rosters to 35.
Many, many Upstaters drafted - See entire list of draft picks
POUGHKEEPSIE – The Marist men’s lacrosse team and Head Coach Keegan Wilkinson have announced four captains for the 2016 season after a team vote. Senior Joseph Radin, junior J.D. Recor (Lancaster), senior Dillon Walker and senior Tyler Vallie will lead the Red Foxes.
Thanks, college lacrosse coaches, for trying to stop the madness, even if it's a small first step.
Watching from here on the sidelines, it appears we've ruined youth sports, but your recent appeal to the NCAA to close some early-recruiting loopholes may mean one less eighth-grader will be posting on Instagram about committing to Syracuse — years before he or she even heads to the prom. And while that may be sad for him or her, maybe, just maybe, they can get back to playing sports for fun.
US Lacrosse today endorsed recent actions by the collegiate men’s and women’s lacrosse coaches associations and urged the NCAA to adopt legislative proposals that restrict the recruiting calendar, inclusive of all communication between a coach and prospect, to after Sept. 1 of a prospect’s junior year of high school.
Le Moyne College graduate student goalkeeper Alex Krawec (Kirkville, N.Y./East Syracuse-Minoa/Onondaga C.C.) and senior attacker Erica Geremia (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee/SUNY Cortland), the reigning national players of the year at their positions, have been nominated by Lacrosse Magazine as 2016 Division II Preseason Player of the Year candidates for their respective sports. Fans are asked to vote on www.laxmagazine.com to decide the winner.
The start of 2016 is inching closer and with the opening whistles of practice for the next collegiate lacrosse season looming just on the other side of the holidays, it's time to take a look at who the best and brightest may be for the season to come.
US Lacrosse today announced the assistant coaches and support staff for the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team. Joe Amplo (Marquette University), Seth Tierney (Hofstra University) and Tony Resch (2015 Team USA indoor head coach) have been selected as assistant coaches. They will be led by John Danowski (Duke University), who in November was named head coach of Team USA, and will guide the team in pursuit of a record 10th gold medal at the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Manchester, England.
Quick Sticks has to be one of the greatest three-man drills to help you work on your communication, moving your feet and practicing soft hands all at the same time! Team USA and All-MLL midfielder Drew Snider is going to take us through another one of his hand-picked favorite drills!
This week we’re taking a look at a Patterson Youth Stick, and this Wood Stick Wednesday post goes back to the early 1970s!
John Wesley Patterson, of the Tuscarora Nation, grew up in New York State, played lacrosse, and went on to attend Springfield College in Massachusetts. He graduated in 1951, after being named All-New England twice, and once scored a combined 25 goals in two back to back games for the Pride.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Syracuse women's lacrosse team will take on three national semifinalists from the previous season. Overall, 11 teams that played in last year's NCAA Tournament are on the Orange's slate in 2016 as it looks to claim the program's first national championship.
The start of 2016 is inching closer and with the opening whistles of practice for the next collegiate lacrosse season looming just on the other side of the holidays, its time to take a look at who the best and brightest may be for the season to come. Lacrosse Magazine has selected five finalists for each division in NCAA and the MCLA and WCLA club ranks, and we want to know where you rank them. Fan voting will appear in the February issue of Lacrosse Magazine, alongside our staff picks.
Think of this column like a cheat sheet for those instances it is no longer acceptable to ask a question, say, having met someone three times but still not knowing their name. This week’s issue: Playing Division I.
Casey Powell (Carthage) is one of the most accomplished lacrosse players of all-time. Collectively, Casey and his brothers have made the Powell name one of lacrosse royalty. On Thursday, the former Mammoth forward was named to the National Lacrosse League’s 30th Anniversary Team (#NLL30), coming in as the 20th best player in league history.
Siena Lacrosse Head Coach John Svec has released his program's 2016 schedule. The Saints will play a total of 14 regular season games this spring, which includes five home dates and four matchups against 2015 NCAA Tournament participants.
Jason Coffman (Carthage)– Salisbury – 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 – Sure, Salisbury is D3, but Coffman was a 4-time 1st teamer, won two national titles, AND was a two-time player of the year. Oh, and did I mention his career point total of 451 is by far and away the most absurd stat ever?
Coach Messere has coached Lacrosse for over 40 years. He has a record of 803 wins and 71 losses. Besides coaching lacrosse he has coached football, wrestling, soccer and weight training.
John Nostrant (Baldwinsville) is the Athletic Director and Head Coach of The Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Coach Nostrant has served as the head coach of Haverford Lacrosse since 1991, winning more than 400 games, 3 state championships, and 10 Inter-Ac conference title.
It was an emotional homecoming for one local family at the Rochester Knighthawks preseason game Saturday night as Army Sgt. Jesse Fuller and his wife, Karen, pulled off the surprise of a lifetime for their three kids.
Hobart and William Smith recently completed two important improvements to the Colleges' strength and conditioning program. Support from John Hogan '88 has secured a two-person strength and conditioning staff while funding from Jeremy Foley '74, James Kraus '74, and Gordon Sweely '86 have allowed for substantial improvements to the Raleigh-Foley-Kraus Varsity Strength Training Center.
Dating back to 2009, Albany, Hartford, Stony Brook and UMBC have all won the America East Tournament and its automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament. Dating back to the first year of the conference tournament in 2000, neither Vermont nor Binghamton has won the whole enchilada. While there’s no question that Albany and Stony Brook are heavy favorites to return to the AE championship game, there’s a bit more of a question than previous years with the graduation of stars Lyle Thompson and Mike Rooney, respectively. Combine that with the league coaches’ confidence in the Catamounts, led by Cam Milligan and Ian MacKay, and things are shaping up for Vermont’s best shot at history.
The Buffalo Bandits today announced the team will continue its partnership with McDonald’s of WNY and NWPA by offering fans the McDonald’s Family 4-Pack during the 2016 National Lacrosse League regular season.
The Preseason All-ACC Team features 13 student-athletes representing all five ACC schools, with three selections each from North Carolina, Notre Dame and Syracuse, and two each from Duke and Virginia. Included on the Preseason All-ACC Team are 11 returning United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-Americans.
Last year I wrote a fictitious holiday letter from a non-existent Turner family summarizing their 2014 trials and triumphs. The bulk of their letter was, of course, all about their three children and their lacrosse experiences. I got some positive feedback, so I’m going to go the well again . . .
Hobart College athletics is giving dozens of local kids an extra merry Christmas this year.
The athletic department has adopted 31 families served by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester in Geneva and the surrounding area. Staff, students and coaches are buying them gifts, and will hold a holiday party for them Monday.
The Blue Cross Arena was buzzing with Knighthawks’ teal and purple for the first time this season, as a preseason record crowd of 9,688 fans packed the building. The game came down to the final possession as the Rochester Knighthawks were edged 12-11 by the Georgia Swarm.
News came out today that three time NCAA D1 All-American and 2014 Loyola graduate, Joe Fletcher (West Genesee), had been named as the new Director of Operations for Loyola Men’s Lacrosse. So what does a Director of Operations do for a college lacrosse team, exactly? Are they another coach? Do they plan and cook team meals? Are they in charge of the whole team?
Each year the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association honors three outstanding individuals for their contributions to the collegiate lacrosse game. The recipients for 2015 are the following:
The NCAA Division I men’s coaches voted Friday in support of a ban to restrict recruiting until after Sept. 1 of a prospect’s high school junior year, the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) announced, joining their women’s counterparts in the IWLCA in a proposal that now needs NCAA approval to go into effect.
The Rochester Knighthawks will return home for their preseason finale on Saturday, Dec. 12th, as they battle the Georgia Swarm at 8:00 p.m. at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena. It’s an opportunity for fans to see the reloaded roster before the team kicks off its 22nd season in January.
If all goes as planned before Olbrich's graduation from high school, the Greece resident will receive a nomination from a member of Congress to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and play Division I lacrosse.
A defender with three varsity seasons at Aquinas, Olbrich gave a verbal commitment to Army coaches last summer. Olbrich chose West Point in Orange County over six more common or traditional colleges.
The Rochester Knighthawks will be collecting donations at Saturday’s preseason game to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Rochester and its mission of creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.
The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) and the HEADstrong Foundation are proud to announce an historic partnership aimed at raising cancer awareness and funds for improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. The effort will focus around an annual USILA/HEADstrong Cancer Awareness Week. This spring, the landmark initiative will take place April 15 – 23, 2016, in which collegiate men's lacrosse teams nationwide will be asked to make a statement on the playing field by pledging a game, raising funds and wearing HEADstrong awareness accessories in support of the cause.
Johns Hopkins vs. Syracuse (Men's NCAA Quarterfinal)
The Blue Jays could smell the program's first final four appearance since 2008 and built a 16-12 lead over the game's first 59 minutes on a hot day at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Then Syracuse chipped away, one goal, then another to set up a faceoff with 23 seconds remaining that would either help Hopkins to Philly or send the game into overtime.
First thing’s first, the MLL Supplemental Draft is actually the THIRD MLL draft of 2015. It is set for Wednesday, December 16th at 2pm eastern and should be interesting! In January we were treated to the Collegiate Draft at LaxCon, in November we got the Expansion Draft (thanks Blaze!) and now we cap off the year with the 2015 MLL Supplemental Draft! Awesome!
The team loses twelve seniors, and the returning players are well aware that they must all step up to reinvent themselves collectively. That is why it is such an honor for Emile Sassone-Lawless to be named as a co-captain for next year, a title he worked hard to earn. In fact, Emile finished the season with 30 assists, which is a single-season record for McGill.
The 2016 NLL season opens up in just a few short weeks on New Year's Day as the National Lacrosse League celebrates its 30th anniversary year. Commemorating three decades of pro box lacrosse, the league continues the unveiling of the NLL 30th Anniversary Team with players ranked #16-20 as voted on by the league's media members.
The Cornell women's lacrosse team held its 11th annual dodgeball tournament to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society on Saturday, Dec. 5, in Bartels Hall. Twelve teams geared up to compete in bracket play, and in order to move on to the next round a team had to win two-of- three games.
The draft will consist of 12 rounds, allowing each team one selection from the player pool per round until they reach a maximum of 35 players. At the end of last season, each team selected a protected roster of 23 players. Any players who were not placed on a protected roster were automatically registered into the player pool.
Before the Thompsons and the Powells, there were, of course, the Gaits. Brothers Paul and Gary are legends, both Hall of Famers and, for Lacrosse Magazine vault purposes, cover subjects of the July 1988 issue. It chronicled Syracuse’s perfect season.
The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that they have agreed to a multi-year broadcast partnership with 107.3 The Bull, Rochester’s New Hit Country. The first broadcast of the season will be Saturday’s preseason contest against the Georgia Swarm at 8:00 p.m.
“We are excited to welcome the Knighthawks to 107.3 The Bull. It’s always fun when you can partner with a winning Rochester team with an avid fanbase,” said 107.3 The Bull Program Director JP Hastings.
There are a lot of things wrong with youth sports. But if you want to “fix” youth sports, you can’t live in the past. I read a lot of commentaries about how the rise of travel and club teams, the influence of overzealous helicopter parents and the needs of ego-hungry coaches are ruining youth sports. All of these commentaries seemingly conclude with a notion that we need to go back to the way things used to be.
This weekend, at the IMCLA convention in Baltimore however, the topic will once again be raised by the men’s coaches, and there does seem to be more movement towards addressing this issue on the women’s side. Hopefully, some complementary moves will be made on the mens’s side, but this conversation has happened before, and did not really lead to anything once it got to the NCAA level.
This Lacrosse Mustache Madness had unprecedented growth we had record breaking numbers in all categories. We hit a record breaking amount raised which was $170,000.00 – we would like to thank all participants!
The future of USA box lacrosse is not set in stone, but if you read a recent article in the New England Lacrosse Journal by Chuck Jaffe, you would likely believe that the US has little to no chance of improving their position in the box lacrosse world rankings any time soon. I know Chuck casually, I’ve called a WILC game as his color commentary wing man, and I respect his opinions on the game of box lacrosse greatly. He’s been involved for decades in the box, and on the field, playing and also teaching kids, and the man knows his stuff. His dedication to the game is absolutely unquestionable!
That being said, I do disagree strongly with his current assessment of box lacrosse in the US on a couple of levels, specifically on how it relates to US Lacrosse, and their supposed lack of interest in the game. Of course Chuck got some stuff 100% right.
The MCC women's lacrosse program will hold a ring ceremony for the 2015 NJCAA national championship-winning Tribunes on Friday, Jan. 8.
The event will be at 6 p.m. in the PAC Center. Immediately preceding the ceremony, MCC will hold an alumni game in the PAC. The game will start at 3:30 p.m.
EDISON, New Jersey – Senior Joseph Radin was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year and the defending MAAC Champion Marist men’s lacrosse team was picked at the top of the coaches’ poll during the conference’s inaugural Preseason Awards Show on Dec. 9.
The Canisius women’s lacrosse team has been selected to finish first in the MAAC in this year’s preseason coaches’ poll released this evening. Sophomore midfielder Erica Evans has also been announced as the 2016 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year. Evans, along with senior attacker Taylor Giglio, senior midfielder Ashley Bull, senior defender Sami Franco and sophomore defender Nicole Nelson have all been named to the preseason ALL-MAAC Team.
The Hamilton women's lacrosse team organized a drive during the fall semester to collect items on the Utica Rescue Mission's "most needed" list. On Dec. 4 senior captains Margaret Gabriel and Caroline McCarthy, and Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach Nora Fallon-Oben took the goods to the Utica Rescue Mission.
In addition to Cuthbertson, the Blue Streaks named Elaine Anton Lotruglio the new girls lacrosse coach, replacing Kelsey Allen.
Anton Lotruglio is a former Division I lacrosse player at Hofstra University where she lated served as a Director of Admissions and Assistant Dean of Student Support Services with the university in Hempstead, N.Y.
The Gaffer Elite 2018 Team was the final Team in the program of 5 squads to complete the fall season with a Championship on 11/21. They achieved an unbeaten record in Maryland at the Up-Lax Tournament run by Maryland University lacrosse coach John Tillman. Coach Tillman was a 1987 graduate of Corning West and later played lacrosse at Cornell University.
Lacrosse fans won't soon forget 2015 — a year of historic achievements, paradigm-altering upsets and Internet-breaking highlights. But which players, coaches, games and moments stood out above the rest?
In the past five seasons of Atlantic 10 women's lacrosse, Massachusetts was crowned the regular season champion. Why? The answer is easy. Since Angela McMahon took the reins as head coach in 2011, their conference slate has remained untouched, finishing with a perfect A-10 record each year.
The first, second and third teams are on the first page, and the honorable mention selections are on the next. Also, the lists are sorted by each individual team at the end. Preseason No. 2 Denver leads the first team with four preseason All-America predictions: Connor Cannizzaro, Tyler Pace, Trevor Baptiste and Christian Burgdorf.
Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse based in Baltimore, has an opening for an online editor. Reporting to the magazine's editor-in-chief, the online editor coordinates and produces content for LaxMagazine.com, a daily news website devoted to all levels of lacrosse and the online home of Lacrosse Magazine, the sport's first and most widely read feature publication.
"As much as we have said to the NCAA that we need further restrictions, the NCAA has not been willing to support us in developing those restrictions," Phil Buttafuoco, executive director of the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA), told The Times.
The reigning national champions enter the 2016 preseason ranks at No. 1 in the 2016 Face-Off Yearbook. Maryland is followed by its former ACC foe North Carolina in the No. 2 spot in the preseason rankings, which are available as part of the Yearbook on sale now in the IL store.
Syracuse, Albany, Cornell make the Top 25.
The Pioneers-Blue Devils tilt will start at 2 p.m. on Feb. 20, and be proceeded by Notre Dame-Georgetown at 11:30 a.m. and Hobart-Siena at 9 a.m. on the campus of Kennesaw State University. The venue has hosted multiple Major League Lacrosse games, including the last two championships and will serve as the home field for the league's expansion Atlanta Blaze.
Three-time All-American and reigning Major League Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year Joe Fletcher (West Genesee has joined the Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse staff as the program’s director of operations.
UAlbany men’s lacrosse assistant coach Merrick Thomson will be serving in the same capacity for the Under-19 Canadian Field Men’s Lacrosse Team for the 2016 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 World Championship.
The Fighting Irish start the 2016 season No. 1, earning the top nod in the 2016 Face-Off Yearbook. Notre Dame edges out defending champion Denver for the top spot in the preseason rankings, which are available as part of the Yearbook on sale now in the IL store.
Syracue, Albany, Cornell, Colgate nabbed for Top 20.
Women’s lacrosse and softball coaches separately sought approval from the N.C.A.A. this fall for proposals that would limit recruiting of younger students. Men’s lacrosse coaches are set to discuss doing something similar at their annual meeting this month. Ivy League universities have recently started sending letters of caution to young students involved in so-called early recruiting.
The Rochester Knighthawks took to the turf in the first of two preseason contests. In a game that was more about auditioning players than the final score, the Knighthawks were edged 12-11 by the New England Black Wolves this afternoon at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.
Rochester Knighthawks forward Joe Walters will bring the team’s “Healthy Hawks” program to Byron-Bergen Elementary on Tuesday, Dec. 8th. The presentation is slated to begin at 9:15 a.m. at the school located at 6971 West Bergen Rd.
The Greater Rochester Chapter of US Lacrosse will be offering the Level TWO Clinic on January 10, 2016 at Sutherland High School. The clinic, which is part of the program leading to certification, will be available for both the men`s and the women`s game. The local chapter will subsidize half of the cost. Local coaches will pay $47.50 for Level 2 instruction.
Last week I dusted off an anonymous version of “The Defenseman’s Bible,” and added some of my own comments along the way. This week I’ll give you one version of “The Attackman’s Bible,” also anonymous, and again include some of my own commentary
The Rochester Knighthawks took to the turf in the first of two preseason contests. In a game that was more about auditioning players than the final score, the Knighthawks were edged 12-11 by the New England Black Wolves this afternoon at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.
School was in session for the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team last week.
The Blue Jays, who have captured nine NCAA Division I championships, absorbed an 18-6 thumping, and it wasn't even close. The players were slow and running around in circles, and coach Dave Pietramala said at one point, “It's a beatdown.”
Ponte Vedra High School (FL) 2017 midfielder Clay Welch has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Binghamton University. Club Affiliations: Team Florida, CNY RoadHawks, Ponte Vedra Possums
Seven power-play goals helped the Buffalo Bandits push their way past the New England Black Wolves on Saturday in Buffalo’s first preseason match this year. Buffalo also opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run and held the Black Wolves to one goal in the fourth.
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) has announced the date and time of the 2015 Men's and Women's Lacrosse Preview Show. The shows will be presented on MAAC.tv on Wednesday, December 9, and will feature the 2016 preseason coaches polls and 2016 Preseason All-MAAC team selections and major award winners.
It’s time to break out those razors, say goodbye to those sweet staches and celebrate Lax Stache history. Lax Stache Madness Founder Ken Clausen is thrilled to announce that this year’s facial hair growing campaign has raised a record breaking $170,000 in support of the HEADstrong Foundation.
The Niagara University lacrosse program made one of its most significant signings in program history with the addition of Caralyn Renyolds, an 11-year-old girl from Grand Island, N.Y., through its partnership with Team IMPACT.
Nya’weh Skano I hope you are all doing well and are getting excited about the next U19 Iroquois Nationals Tryout.
PLEASE PAY ATTENTION AS DETAILS HAVE CHANGED. We are holding an OPEN TRYOUT on DEC. 19th from 5pm-8pm at the PINNACLE ATHLETICS CAMPUS in Victor, NY at the conclusion of that practice we will be POSTING A LIST of players that we will be inviting back.
. . . while Scott Marr’s program came a lot more recognizable because of one player, it wasn’t built exclusively on his talents. Albany brings back a 66-goal scorer in sophomore Connor Fields. It brings back goalie Blaze Riorden, who scored a memorable NCAA tournament goal last May but also stopped 56 percent of the shots he faced last season. It brings back John Maloney, its top midfield scorer.
The Buffalo Bandits today announced theme nights for select home games during the 2016 regular season.
In honor of the 25th season of Buffalo Bandits lacrosse, the team will take some special nights to reflect on past seasons. Saturday, Feb. 6 will be Champions Night and will honor the four Bandits championship teams in Buffalo history.
It's a short ride from Ballston Spa High School in upstate New York to the University at Albany. But it's a big leap in terms of level of play. And it's one Sam Swingruber is looking forward to making.
by Casey Powell | Unbeknownst to me, I was voted by Lacrosse Magazine as the preseason player of the year, back in 1996. I was heading into my sophomore season at Syracuse. It was early spring, and I get a call on my answering machine from Coach Simmons, asking to come down to his office.
All it took was 13 seconds for Rochester Knighthawks fans to get really amped up for the 2016 season. On the eve of Training Camp, forward Cody Jamieson posted a link showing off the fruits of his offseason rehab.
The Rochester Knighthawks have teamed up with the Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Rochester this holiday season. The Knighthawks will collect donations during the next two weeks to benefit RMHC and its mission of creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children.
The Buffalo Bandits today announced that former forward and current assistant coach John Tavares will have his No. 11 retired on Friday, March 11 when the Bandits take on the Rochester Knighthawks at First Niagara Center.
The Canisius College men’s lacrosse team named its team captains for the upcoming season, announced by head coach Randy Mearns following the fall season. Seniors Brendan Barren (West Seneca West, Vince Gravino, Rich Stapleton (Rome Free Academy) and Mac Tomkinson are set to serve as captains for the 2016 campaign.
College lacrosse’s most loaded league didn’t enjoy its best May last season. Duke and Virginia were hammered on their own fields in the first round. Syracuse lost a shootout to Johns Hopkins in the Blue Jays’ backyard. North Carolina hit its annual ceiling in the quarterfinals. Only Notre Dame advanced to Memorial Day weekend, and it bowed out in the NCAA tournament semifinals.
But don’t worry. The Atlantic Coast Conference isn’t going that quietly.
(December 2, 2015)… The Rochester Knighthawks are back in action this week as they hold practice this evening before traveling to play their preseason opener this weekend. The Rochester Knighthawks will head up to the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena to resume practicing at 8:00 p.m. The two-hour session will kick off the second week of Training Camp.
The Syracuse Indoor Showcase is an individual one day showcase located indoors in the awesome Lampe Facility at Syracuse University. Players in attendance will receive top notch coaching and instruction led by Syracuse Coaching staff as well as other NCAA Division I, II and III coaches.
ROCHESTER, NY – December 3, 2015 – The Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be partnering with LacrosseRecruits, a software platform that will give players access to every college program in the country. As players communicate with their target schools, the platform enables them to see in real time which schools are viewing their profiles and videos, and ultimately secure them a spot at the college that is the right fit.
Solomon Bliss, FCA’s Regional Community/Camp Coordinator, compares the functionality of LacrosseRecruits to LinkedIn, “I have had several conversations with LacrosseRecruits to discuss the platform, and believe it is a good fit to assist our families, as well as a tool that will make our staff more effective in the recruiting process.”
ConnectLAX highlights videos are more than just your best plays with custom slides, player isolation and slow-motion replay. More than a mobile recruiting with your embedded video listed within our Recruit Finder database (http://www.connectlax.com/recruitsearch).
We have discussed video and highlight reels at length in this space. The importance of these is vital, so it is time well spent. However, it may also be helpful to discuss one of the underlying reasons of just why they are important, and how to solve this problem with reasonable, tangible action.
Welcome to the tenth installment of our weekly column, “Too Embarrassed to Ask,” where we’ll examine a hot topic from the world of recruiting that parents and student-athletes may want to know more about, but may shy away from asking because it is considered assumed knowledge. Think of this column like a cheat sheet for those instances it is no longer acceptable to ask a question, say, having met someone three times but still not knowing their name.
This week’s issue: Academic transcripts.
“We are excited to welcome back Matt, adding to the list of Great Danes into the coaching world,” said UAlbany head coach Scott Marr. “He added a lot to the team as a player, and he will be very helpful to our midfielders and the overall program.”
The College at Brockport lacrosse player Zach Cook has been selected as a national Student-Athlete Advisory Commitee (SAAC) member for NCAA Division III. Cook's three-year term will start at the conclusion of the January 2016 NCAA Convention and will run through the conclusion of the January 2019 NCAA Convention.
He will represent both the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) and the Empire 8.
Hiring John Danowski is a monumental step in the right direction. The Duke head coach is a players’ coach. His practices are grueling, but his mannerisms are jovial and celebratory during games. Compare how much Danowski yells during an NCAA game with any other DI head coach, and show me a guy who yells less. You won’t be able to find one. That’s what Team USA needs: A guy who will prep his players with purposeful practices, but then turn around and be supportive and assertive — not fire and brimstone — during the games.
The second step in rebuilding Team USA is looking at the talent that will be available for the 2018 run.
The Army West Point men's lacrosse team has announced the remainder of its 2016 slate, including trips to fellow storied programs Syracuse and Notre Dame.
"We were able to put together a tremendously competitive schedule for the upcoming season," head coach Joe Alberici said. "The Patriot League continues to be a tough conference from top to bottom, which along with our non-conference schedule, allows us to have a slate that is among the country's best."
As the 2015 NCAA runner-up and 2013 champion, North Carolina has been considered a top contender, both nationally and in the ACC for the past few years. While Maryland left for the Big Ten this past season, the Tar Heels were expected to lead the conference – and they did – until it came time for the conference championship. Syracuse, Lacrosse Magazine's early front-runner in 2015, threw UNC a curveball, leading the entire game and seeing three ties, to capture its first ACC title in double overtime.
Sports Illustrated Play, a new Time Inc. business devoted to youth and amateur sports, today announced a new partnership with US Lacrosse. Sports Illustrated Play will become the organization’s “Official League Management Partner,” providing registration and content management services to 450,000 US Lacrosse members nationwide.
The partnership will enable US Lacrosse member leagues to use Sports Illustrated Play’s proprietary software tools, which include online registration, roster management, scheduling, websites and background checks.
Rochester Knighthawks Lacrosse Academy, powered by Under Armour®, has announced its boys and girls Winter Lacrosse Clinics. At the two-day clinics, which will take place during the last week of December, kids will learn the game from an all-star lineup of players and coaches.
The Buffalo Bandits will stage their annual open practice on Saturday at the First Niagara Center. The workout will run from 11 a.m. to 1 ap.m., and fans will have the chance to obtain autographs from members of the team before the session from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Thanksgiving eve has a habit of bringing back together old high school buddies. Bars and restaurants are the normal locale for such meetups, but the turf field at Schenectady High School did the trick Wednesday for the Niskayuna boys’ lacrosse program’s annual reunion.
For an especially tight program, this year’s meetup of the fraternity Mike Vorgang heads was an extra special one. In front of upwards of 50 alumni ranging back to Niskayuna’s 1996 team, the members of the 2015 Silver Warriors received their rings for winning this past June’s state championship — the first in program history.
On Monday, Niagara lacrosse head coach Wendy Stone announced that seven players signed their national letters of intent to join the Purple Eagles in the Class of 2020.
"We are very excited to announce the signing of our fourth recruiting class," Stone said. "Their talents on and off the field will help take the Niagara women's lacrosse program to new heights. We are expecting big things from this group on the field, in the classroom and within the Niagara community, and know that they will contribute immediately to the development and success of our program.
The tournament is long way off, but he's already getting started in the role. Assistant coaches will be named in December and Danowski will lead a group of U.S. players against defending NCAA champion Denver at Team USA Spring Premiere on Jan. 10 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Lacrosse Magazine caught up with Danowski on Monday by phone from Durham, N.C., after he spent a few days on his native Long Island for Thanksgiving. He talked about what his approach will be leading the Team USA program, the U.S.-Canada rivalry and what he learned from a conversation with Duke and U.S. men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.