The Buffalo Bandits (3-2) held off a second-half comeback by the Minnesota Swarm (2-2) for a 15-12 win at First Niagara Center on Friday night. The game marked the first time rookie brothers Jerome and Miles Thompson faced off as NLL opponents. Miles has had a strong start to his campaign with the Swarm while Jerome slid back into the lineup for Buffalo to replace the injured John Tavares and made the most of his opportunity.
Photos by Bill Wippert
Jerome Thompson (LaFayette), scratched for last Friday’s loss to the Toronto Rock, returned to the lineup in heroic fashion with three first-half goals, finishing with four goals and an assist in total. Mark Steenhuis led all Bandits scorers with three goals and four assists, and Ryan Benesch (3+2) and Dhane Smith (0+5) each contributed five points to the winning effort.
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Team USBOXLA is proud to present one of the most demanding U18 schedules in American Lacrosse history. An eight-day tour playing the top U18 Box Lacrosse players in the world in British Columbia, Canada, based off the ultra successful 2014 summer BC tour.
Cortland had a rare flameout in the NCAA quarterfinals when they got manhandled by Tufts, but the Dragons have a tradition of bouncing back strong. They've got the schedule of a contender, but can a retooled defense hold up under the strain of that slate along with the improving SUNYAC competition? This will be a telling year for Dragons.
Davis Bird recently announced that he will be heading to Ithaca after his final season this spring as a goalie for the Webster Thomas Titans.
Junior midfielder Hunter Duford has made a verbal commitment to study and play lacrosse at the Virginia Military Academy (VMI) after his graduation in 2016 from Hilton.
Making the final 18-player roster was Canisius women’s lacrosse freshman Erica Evans, of Peterborough, Ontario. Evans, was named to the team as a midfielder, the position she will also play for the Golden Griffins.
The Hofstra University men's lacrosse program announced today that Saturday's scrimmages against Hobart College and Rutgers University will be closed to the public due the snow storm that occurred earlier this week.
Heading into their second home contest of the season, the Buffalo Bandits will be without the services of their captain, forward John Tavares. Tavares was placed on injured reserve this week, and Buffalo added forward Tyler Ferreira from their practice roster.
2014 MLL Coca-Cola MVP Casey Powell is excited to announce a partnership with Savoy Sports Advisors, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority and US Lacrosse Houston Chapter to run the Casey Powell All-Star Shootout in conjunction with Major League Lacrosse. This tournament will take place in Houston, Texas during Major League Lacrosse All-Star Weekend June 12-14, 2015.
Tim Raschdorf couldn't stand to watch the images on his television 3,000 miles away. After Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on his home region, Raschdorf felt the impulse to act, joining the Red Cross to help rebuild.
This is an outstanding opportunity for girls to work with one of the top lacrosse instructors in Central New York. Coach Dennis Kennedy and staff will teach lacrosse fundamentals: passing, catching, stick handling, and play small sided games. These are two hour clinics over February Break (Feb. 19th) for 3-6 Grades, and 7-12 Grades
The Rochester Knighthawks will host the Buffalo Bandits on Saturday, January 31st at 7:30 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena. The contest will be broadcast online on NLL LIVE in the US and on TSN.ca in Canada. The radio broadcast is available on 105.5 The Team and online on theteam.fm. - See more at: http://www.knighthawks.net/node/5624#sthash.hauti5xa.dpuf
www.lax.com - With the 2015 college lacrosse season kicking off this weekend, Lax.com wraps up our preseason countdown with ESPN analyst Paul Carcaterras' top ten teams. Check out numbers 10-6 of Pauls' countdown and look back tomorrow for the top five with Lax.com.
IL is counting down the season by previewing the top teams in the Face-Off Yearbook, as well as breaking down the biggest storylines, themes and more of 2015. Below is a look at Albany, ranked No. 13 in the Face-Off Yearbook.
The Canisius women’s lacrosse team was picked to repeat as MAAC Champions for the fifth straight year in the preseason coaches’ poll, which was announced by the conference on Thursday afternoon. In addition, senior Tori Quinn was named the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year.
As of early today (Thursday), we had entered a little over 70% of boys' and 20% of girls' estimated total games for the 2015 season. If your team's schedule posted at LaxPower is incomplete, please submit any missing games as soon as you can.
About one week before the 2015 Major League Lacrosse Draft, which took place in Baltimore last Saturday, I had the opportunity to meet with MLL Commissioner Dave Gross and record a 1-on-1 interview with him. The interview . . . features discussion about the upcoming 2015 MLL season, challenges the league has faced, and future growth of the professional field lacrosse league as a whole.
The Buffalo Bandits (2-2) head into an important back-to-back weekend against two East Division opponents in NLL Week 5. On Friday, the Bandits host the Minnesota Swarm (2-1) at First Niagara Center before travelling a few miles east to play the Rochester Knighthawks (1-2) at the Blue Cross Arena on Saturday. Watch both games live on NLL LIVE in the U.S. and TSN.ca in Canada.
In three matchups between these two teams last season, the home team came out on top each time. Buffalo won 12-9 at First Niagara Center on March 8, while Minnesota defeated the Bandits by identical 10-9 scores at Xcel Energy Center on March 23 and April 12.
The Rochester Knighthawks have signed transition man Marty Hill to a one-year deal. The 24-year-old from Six Nations comes to the Knighthawks after spending two seasons in the National Lacrosse League.
Thompson is not the first Section III player to be taken No. 1 overall in the draft. Carthage's Mikey Powell was the No. 1 overall pick in 2004. Carthage's Josh Coffman was the No. 1 overall pick in 2002. Both went on to play at Syracuse.
The Army lacrosse team was picked to finish second in the Patriot League in the annual preseason poll, while senior attackman John Glesener (West Genesee) was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win offensive player of the year honors.
Riding an aggressive defense and an attack featuring Tewaaraton finalists Kayla Treanor and Alyssa Murray, the Orange got right to the cusp of their first NCAA crown a year ago, falling to Maryland in the final at Towson University. It's a new year, and Murray and several other key contributors are gone to graduation. Can the Orange shine once again in a Maryland-free (but still brutal) Atlantic Coast Conference?
Reigning America East champion University at Albany, the 12th ranked team in the nation, is the preseason favorite to retain its league title as the Great Danes were the unanimous pick in the preseason poll by the league’s head coaches Wednesday afternoon.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) junior longstick midfielder John Phillips was named to the 2015 Preseason All-America Second Team by Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off Yearbook. It is Phillips' second-straight preseason honor by Inside Lacrosse, as he was an Honorable Mention All-American last season.
There's no doubt Union is one of the premier teams in the country, but it is still the second-best squad in its own conference, as the three losses to Liberty League rival RIT showed. With the best goalie in the country, the Dutchmen should once again be a stingy bunch, but the question still remains: can they get past the Tigers?
With [Brett] Queener gone and former goalie Alyssa Costantino having graduated, Richardson has usurped a leadership role within the position group and will take over the 30 minutes she used to split with Costantino in games. During the offseason, Richardson physically and mentally prepared for the season and is set to take on a new leadership role for SU.
It’s nothing new to have a Buffalo Bandits left-handed forward leading the NLL in goals. What is new, however, is for that Bandits player to be someone not named John Tavares. But Ryan Benesch is off to a red-hot start to his 2015 campaign, leading the league with 14 goals and adding eight assists as well.
Instead of one dinner in New York, we are holding a series of small and informal “21 Dinner” gatherings in various cities this Saturday, January 31st. These events are meant to be small local reunions and celebrations, not fundraisers, and no tickets will be sold. We hope that . . .
This is the second installment of Cuse.com's preview of the upcoming 2015 men's lacrosse season. Part I focused on the attack and midfield. Part II features an overview of the team's defensive midfield, close defense, faceoff specialists and goalies.
It should come as no surprise that Lyle Thompson and Myles Jones grace the cover of the February issue of Inside Lacrosse magazine. Their sheer joy for competition and jaw-dropping skills delight fans and send opposing coaches scurrying for answers. They are dominant individuals and valued teammates that define their success as inextricable from the team mission.
On Friday, Jan. 23, Hobart College attackman Alex Love was selected by the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the 2015 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. The Bayhawks chose the Geneva native in the fifth round with the 33rd overall pick. The fifth-year senior was also drafted by the Bayhawks in the 2014 draft . . .
Colgate had three seniors on the Preseason All-League squad as attacker Megan Ark, defender Jenna Frost and goalkeeper Jennie Berglin all made the list. Lehigh junior midfielder Kendall Garden and senior defender Lauren Willcox made the team along with Navy senior attacker Loren Generi, Boston University junior midfielder Jill Horka and Holy Cross senior midfielder Laura Ryan.
Max Seibald is clearly one of the best the MLL has seen. The past Tewaaraton winner and dominant midfielder has changed the game, creating an atmosphere of fast-paced, high scoring lacrosse. We’ve seen what he can do on the field, but here’s a peek into Seibald’s life off the field.
The University at Albany, which lost to the Seawolves in the 2014 America East title game, was picked second with 29 points. The University of New Hampshire came in third with 27 points, followed by the University of Vermont in fourth with 21 points. UMBC (17) and Binghamton University (11) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. UMass Lowell, which is in its first year as a program, came in seventh.
"It’s getting the point where Miles [Thompson] is just being Miles," Chavez writes. "He didn’t have a hat trick for the first time this season, but he still had a big impact for the Minnesota Swarm. He scored a career-best 7 points on 2 goals and 5 assists to lead the way in the Swarm’s big road win . . . "
In 2014, Kevin Brownell was an inconsistent presence, falling in and out of the lineup in his first full season on the active roster. Although it is still early in the 2015 season, Brownell has already established himself as one of the Bandits’ most-trusted transition players, a crucial cog in a team that tries to create quick scoring opportunities as often as possible.
As the Rochester Knighthawks took to the turf for their second home game of the season on Saturday night, a new face began to make a name for himself as a Knighthawk – forward Joel Matthews. After being activated prior to the matchup, Matthews showcased his strength and scoring ability in the 8-6 victory over the Toronto Rock.
Pitts, who lives in Hockessin, Delaware, has a lifetime of experience that spans the entire spectrum of the sport: player, coach, educator, camp director, administrator and international pioneer for women's lacrosse. A 1959 graduate of St. Lawrence (N.Y.) University, Pitts played club lacrosse for the Philadelphia Bandits and the Philadelphia Women's Lacrosse Association. She was a member of the U.S. Women’s Team and U.S. Reserve Team from 1964-74.
The Orange will be a tough team to tangle with in their offensive end, as they so often are. But questions remain on face-offs and the defensive half just like last season where the Orange were shocked in the NCAA's first round at home by Bryant. Will their goalie duo of Bobby Wardwell and Warren Hill shine? Will they be able to keep a brutal as always lineup of foes out of double-digit territory? If those answers are yes, expect the Orange to be a factor once again in May.
Defending national champion Limestone College starts off the season ranked first in the poll after collecting eight of the nine first-place votes. LIU Post, which fell to Limestone in the national title game, checks in third after the Dolphins.
The anti-bullying presentation, brought to you by Wellington Steele, is slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the school located at 3800 North Main Street Road. Walters will share his personal story of bullying with the grade 6 Holley students.
In the fifth of the Lax.com Countdown pieces, Lax.com visited the University of Albany to see how the Great Danes are preparing for the 2015. With the reigning 2014 Tewaaraton Award winner, Lyle Thompson, leading the Danes fast paced offense and a strong core of senior captains, the Danes are primed for a deep postseason run in 2015.
Tufts took all 16 first-place votes to headline the USILA's Preseason Coaches Poll for Division III men, released on Monday afternoon. The defending NCAA champions outpaced fellow North Region school RIT with 320 total points, 22 ahead of the Tigers. Salisbury, Stevenson and Washington College rounded out the Top 5.
At the 2015 NCAA Convention held over the past weekend, the NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) proposed and approved four different rules that affect the playing and practice season rules at all Division II institutions.
The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) has made a leadership gift commitment to US Lacrosse that will help fund construction of the new National Lacrosse Center in Sparks, Md. In appreciation of the gift, the new US Lacrosse building within the facility will be named the "IWLCA Building at US Lacrosse Headquarters."
Former Syracuse stars Oren Lyons and Brad Kotz have been announced as the 2015 honorees for the Spirit of Tewaaraton and Tewaaraton Legends awards, respectively, announced by the Tewaaraton Foundation on Monday afternoon.
Army lacrosse coach Joe Alberici (Auburn) is focusing on the little things — the details to take his team to the next level. It makes sense when you look at the Black Knights’ 2014 schedule: 9-5, with all five losses by one goal, including the Patriot League semifinal against Lehigh and the season’s final game against Notre Dame. Similarly, three of their wins last season were by one goal — meaning there could have been a significant wins and losses swing either way with just a few plays.
Brett Queener traveled to Florida to participate in the Champion's Challenge with Team USA. He provides his colorful interactions and impressions of the travel, play, and personalities of his teammates through the perspective of QUEENER CAM.
Kyle Barrett and Paul Wilson will once again offer a clinic for team statisticians. This year the clinic will be held on Thursday, February 26th at 6:00 PM at the Pittsford Community library (24 State Street, Pittsford, NY, 14534).
This is an opportunity to learn how to keep lacrosse stats and how to create "Full Stats" for games played in Section Five.
This year’s convention and fan fest drew a record 7,631 attendees and participants, shattering the previous mark of 7,066 set last year in Philadelphia. The attendance figure included a record 2,563 for the fan fest Saturday, and a solid 320 walk-up coaches and officials for the full convention.
Physical education teachers, forgive me. I know “gym class” makes you cringe and insults your profession. Please believe me when I say that when I talk to my students and team members, I always refer to your class as PE.
The final day of the US Lacrosse Convention didn't skip a beat. This year's event had a record 7,631 attendees/participants, passing the old mark of 7,066, after setting another record crowd of 2,563 at the annual Fan Fest yesterday.
The NCAA tournament field expands to 32 teams this spring, so who has the juice to earn a spot in the brackets? It'll be a question on the line from Valentine's Day through Cinco de Mayo as the contenders square off. Below is a closer look at the candidates ranked No. 11 through No. 20 in this year's Lacrosse Magazine Division III men's preseason poll.
Tom Cincebox reached a professional milestone on Opening Night, as he began his 20th season with the National Lacrosse League’s Rochester Knighthawks. The team’s Director of Player Relations has seen the team rise to prominence in its first three seasons and maintain a level of excellence for two decades.
Senior attackman/midfielder Bailey Eigbrett has announced his decision to study and play lacrosse at the Tate University at Canton after his final year, this spring, at Avon.
He will be going off to college, but not far, when junior attackman Zeus Doser graduates from Hilton and head off down the road to Roberts Wesleyan College.
IL photographer Rich Barnes captured a pair of scrimmages at the Ensley Athletic Center in Syracuse, in which the Orange topped Hofstra and Le Moyne. Check below for more details from Syracuse athletics.
The potential for poor weather proved to be erroneous, helping generate a record crowd of 2,563 at the US Lacrosse Convention's annual Fan Fest - well surpassing the previous mark of 1,848. The vendor areas and exhibitions alike swelled with lacrosse fans and coaches taking in the sights and sounds of the sport - including Lacrosse Magazine's staff working the room.
The Rochester Knighthawks (1-2) earned the team's first win of 2015 and handed its East Division rival Toronto Rock (3-1) its first loss with an 8-6 defensive battle victory at Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night. It was the second meeting between the two teams in the young NLL season, as the Rock took Week 1 opener by a score of 13-12 at the BCA. The night was a milestone night for Knighthawks forward Dan Dawson as the matchup was the league's active ironman's 200th consecutive game played.
Rutgers men’s lacrosse senior midfielder Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia) was selected by the Boston Cannons in the Major League Lacrosse Draft with the 36th overall selection in the 5th round Friday night. The 15th collegiate draft in MLL history was held at the 2015 US Lacrosse National Convention at the Hilton Baltimore.
The fourth-ranked Orange men's lacrosse team posted a pair of scrimmage wins on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Ensley Athletic Center. Syracuse knocked off Hofstra, 18-8, and defeated Division II powerhouse Le Moyne, 10-9.
Senior goalkeeper Bobby Wardwell said he thought he and Hill, a junior, would continue swapping halves throughout the preseason. "We've been comfortable with Bob and Warren has done well in practice, so it's all good to have that competition," SU head coach John Desko said.
A pair of Patriot League seniors were chosen in the first round and a total of nine on the evening as the 2015 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft was held Friday in conjunction with the US Lacrosse National Convention at the Baltimore Hilton.
Thompson is the highest-selected player from UAlbany in MLL Collegiate Draft history. Previously, UAlbany alum Jordan Levine was the lone Great Dane selected in the first round, taken 10th overall in 2008 by the New Jersey Pride.
Denver, a 13-year U.S. Navy SEAL and former All-American defenseman at Syracuse, generated his own buzz during an afternoon walkthrough of the convention that included posing for pictures with stickmaking legend Alf Jacques and tweeting a countdown until he was to take the stage to welcome and inspire attendees of the premier educational, networking and trade-show event in the lacrosse world.
"We want to be as transparent as possible," said Ryan Demorest, a Cascade brand manager.
And that's exactly the message Cascade hopes to portray at the US Lacrosse Convention. Tucked in the back of a massive exhibition hall showcasing the wares of more than 150 vendors, the company displayed a clear R helmet that now includes the NOCSAE certified modification. This helmet showcases the extra proprietary foam — Poron XRD — that fills the former gap between the old technology and the frame of the helmet.
Senior attackman John Glesener (West Genesee) was picked in the first round at No. 5 overall on Friday night at the Major League Lacrosse College Draft, while classmate Sam Somers was taken in the seventh round and 51st overall.
The Orange's five selections raised the program's number of all-time MLL draftees to 53, the most of any school. Syracuse has had at least one player selected in every draft since the league's inception in 2001.
Senior midfielder Tim Edwards (Jamesville-DeWitt) became the second Canisius College men’s lacrosse player ever selected in the Major League Lacrosse Draft on Friday night when the Chesapeake Bayhawks choose Edwards with the 41st overall pick.
Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced today the locations for its marquee special events, the 2015 All-Star Game and the 2015 Championship Game. The 2015 All-Star Game will be hosted at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston Texas on Friday, June 13. This will be the first ever MLL event held in the city of Houston. The MLL season will culminate once again in Georgia on Saturday, August 8 with the 2015 Championship Game hosted at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on the campus of Kennesaw State University.
In true rivalry fashion, the Buffalo Bandits and Toronto Rock gave fans a tightly-contested contest on Friday night at Air Canada Centre. In the end, the Rock picked up two shorthanded goals in the fourth quarter to push them over the top in a 13-11 victory.
The Rochester Rattlers had a total of 8 picks in the 2015 MLL Collegiate Draft, with 2 coming in the first round. See below for the Ratz draft results, round by round. More complete information on each player will be forthcoming. Check back soon for details.
SUNY Potsdam men's lacrosse coach Rick Berkman has announced his team's four captains for the upcoming 2015 campaign. Seniors Nick Waseleski (Victor, N.Y./Victor) and Jon Woodworth (Carthage, N.Y./Carthage) and juniors Pat Bonafede (Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) and Kyle Hauk (Sackets Harbor, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) have been selected to lead the Bears this year.
David Streeten (Corning East) was most recently an Assistant Coach at Jacksonville University during the 2013-2014 school year. He worked directly with the face-off unit and was a crucial component in recruit correspondence. David will join Sentry Lacrosse with his primary responsibility as Recruiting Coordinator, as well as helping build Sentry's foundation as the head coach for the K-2 programs.
Nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Saratoga Springs is one of the most desirable areas in all of New York. An area best known for health, history and horses, we aim to make it an annual destination for lacrosse players and families to visit for years to come. Whether you’re on the field competing in a championship bracket or off the field, players, coaches and families will quickly realize that this venue is a perfect setting for lacrosse and much more.
The annual US Lacrosse Convention is here, and the lacrosse world is descending on Baltimore's beautiful inner harbor for all the action - and we'll be here all weekend to share it with you if you couldn't tear yourself away from early-season practice to get here yourself.
Dan Dawson will reach a milestone Saturday night so rare it has only been achieved once in the 29-year history of the National Lacrosse League. When Dawson hits the turf at Connors & Ferris Field, he will play in his 200th straight regular season game, joining former Knighthawk Shawn Williams as only the second player to hit the ironman plateau.
As lacrosse grows and becomes more mainstream, more kids are trying it out. Therefore, more kids are picking up lacrosse sticks for the first time. Manufacturers always are looking to improve their products and make their brand stand out in the ever-growing marketplace. Players continue to look for any legal edge they can get that will improve their performance on the field.
The 2015 MLL Collegiate Draft will take place Friday, January 23, 2015 from 8:30pm to 11:00pm in the Baltimore Hilton’s Holiday Ballroom. This marks the 15th Collegiate Draft in the history of the MLL. The event will take place in conjunction with the 2015 US Lacrosse National Convention being held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md.
The draft is free and open to the public while space permits.
Billed as “The Saturday Night Shootout”, the Baltimore Box Lacrosse Showcase will faceoff Saturday night, January 24 at 8:30 p.m. at the William J. Myers Pavilion in South Baltimore. Better still for fans, both admission and parking are free for the event which is hosted by the Baltimore Indoor Lacrosse League (BILL) and co-sponsored by Tom Marechek’s All Pro Lacrosse Camps & Clinics.
Defending national champion Limestone College starts off the season ranked first in the poll determined by the staff of Lacrosse Magazine. The University of Tampa, which was the second seed in the South Region of the NCAA Championships last May, was tabbed second, while LIU Post, which fell to Limestone in the national title game, checks in third. Adelphi University, which was the top seed in the North Region and fell to LIU Post in the national semifinals, is ranked fourth, while the Dolphins start off the campaign ranked fifth in the Nike/LM Top 15.
Alex Kedoh Hill already has something in common with such professional athletes as Michael Jordan and Ken Dryden. The Buffalo Bandit took a year off in the middle of his career to pursue other interests, just like Hall of Famers Jordan (baseball) and Dryden (law school) did. But now Hill is back playing indoor lacrosse. He and the Bandits will be in Toronto tonight to face the Rock at the Air Canada Centre (7:30 p.m., Radio 1520 AM).
Signing a pledge is nothing new for college lacrosse teams. Teams often sign pledges in regards to abstaining from alcohol during the season, but the Brown University men's lacrosse team may have broken new ground by signing a pledge related to preventing sexual violence.
Lake Placid Lacrosse and WomensLax.com are pleased to announce that they have combined operations and forces to establish Summit Lacrosse Ventures LLC. Summit Lacrosse Ventures combines two leading lacrosse event management and marketing companies into a single entity which will continue existing events and programs while pursuing new market opportunities. All of the team members who made Lake Placid Lacrosse and WomensLax.com successful have joined Summit Lacrosse Ventures to continue to serve its customers, partners, and constituents and to drive expansion into new business areas.
In second place, there is a tie between Jack Mattei and Antonio Rey both clocking in at 92mph . . . Antonio is a junior from Liverpool, New York and is a junior at Liverpool High School. He has been playing lacrosse for 6 years and currently plays club for the Upstate Lacrosse Club. He plans to pursue a collegiate lacrosse career at Pace University, Merrimack University or Mercy College.
The Buffalo Bandits (2-1) head north of the border again, this time to visit the Toronto Rock (2-0) for the team's home opener at Air Canada Centre on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The East Division rivals are very familiar with one another after squaring off four times last season, including once in the playoffs. Watch live on NLLlive.com (U.S.) and TSN.ca (Canada) on "guaranteed win" night at the ACC.
The Bandits are riding high after a thrilling 14-13 win out west against the Vancouver Stealth. Buffalo has won two games in very different style this season, grinding out a strong 9-8 win over Edmonton on January 3 before turning on the jets offensively in Vancouver.
The Rochester Knighthawks (0-2) return to Blue Cross Arena for a divisional clash with the Toronto Rock (2-0) on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. Rochester is coming off a bye week that may have been exactly what the doctor ordered for the three-time defending champions who fell to the Rock by one goal in Week 1 before losing by 10 to the New England Black Wolves on the road in Week 2.
The US Lacrosse Convention and Fan Fest will bring thousands of lacrosse coaches, officials, administrators, players, industry representatives and fans to the Baltimore Convention Center Friday through Sunday.
Perseverance and consistency have paid off for Rush Henrietta senior Collin Waden who will be attending Roberts Wesleyan on an academic-athletic scholarship in Fall 2015. When Waden was four-years-old, he began playing lacrosse, the sport he has grown to love, in a Rush-Henrietta youth program and he has continued to play for thirteen years.
Somewhere along the line of my career, I was informed about the “CAC” method. Translated, this is confidence, attitude and conviction. It’s really quite simple and can be used in everyday life. From performer to athlete, company president to the person who runs a household, you’ve got to have “CAC.”
"As a former athlete, I can see how sports made such a positive impact on my life and shaped me into the person I am today," said Herons Assistant Lacrosse Coach Morgan Achilles. "Now as a coach, I am able to see that same impact on our student-athletes at William Smith. Herons are strong, competitive, disciplined teammates and leaders that serve as wonderful role models for local girls and young women."
How the teams view themselves plays a great role in how they will draft and can help those of us outside the war rooms deduct how things will go when they're on the clock. In advance of Friday's collegiate draft, what is each team looking like?
The Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft will be held 8:30 p.m. Friday in Baltimore. It can be watched live on ESPN3 if you can't make it in person at downtown Hilton. The IL staff members all wanted to give their take, so we all individually gave our takes on the first round. All the picks below were made independently of each other.
Last season, the Syracuse Orange advanced to the national championship game for the second time in three years. The team also claimed (along with Maryland), the ACC regular-season title, in its first year in the ACC. In 2014, Syracuse, ranked No. 2, came back from a seven-goal deficit in the national championship game against the Maryland Terrapins. They eventually lost 15-12, but ended their season with an impressive 21 wins (school record).
The National Lacrosse League has announced Buffalo Bandits forward Ryan Benesch as the "Pinty's Wingman of the Week" award winner for Week 3 of the 2015 NLL season. Benesch, who is tied for first on the Bandits with 16 points (9+7) this season, recorded a team-high four assists and added three goals in Buffalo's 14-13 road win over the Vancouver Stealth this past Saturday.
Rochester Knighthawks forward Joe Walters will bring the team’s “Healthy Hawks” program to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School #9 on Friday, January 23th. The presentation is slated to begin at 8:15 a.m. at the school located at 485 Clinton Ave.
US Lacrosse today announced the final 18-player roster for the 2015 U.S. Women's National Under-19 Team, which will defend gold at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Under-19 World Championship this summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Natasha Rahal, Queensbury, ADK, 2017 MF/DEF, Team Irish (champion)
What did you learn about your game that you can take into the season?
Rahal: “My coach was awesome and so supportive and she taught my team about some tricks to come out of a double team and it worked really well. I will bring that into my season this year!”
Jerome Thompson (Buffalo Bandits): The left-handed forward out of Nedrow, N.Y., scored his first NLL goal in Saturday’s road win over Vancouver. His goal in the third quarter, which finished a fast break, gave Buffalo an 11-8 lead. He also had an assist and scooped a pair of loose balls to help Buffalo improve to 2-1.
FCA Northeast has tapped coach Tom MacMillan as the new Northeast College Recruitment Coordinator. MacMillan helped coach the FCA 2018 this past fall and also is the Head Varsity Girls Coach at Rush-Henrietta. MacMillan brings over two decades of coaching experience to the FCA program.
The lingering memories from a silver medal finish at the world championships six months ago are still there for those involved in the U.S. men's national team program. But what other option is there than to keep moving forward?
The Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team brushed off the snow on Ted Grant Field and took to the turf for the first practice of 2015. The Dolphins are preparing for the upcoming season with little concern for the cold, focusing only on the season in front of them.
We are excited to announce we will be adding a second team for the class of 2023-FCA Rochester Orange. The Head Coach will be Zach Bednarz former RIT All-American midfielder and longtime FCA Coach. The team will compete in three top level tournaments this summer including the Irondequoit Invitational, WNY Championships and the Niagara Lacrosse Classic.
In game two, Team USA scored eight of the first nine goals and led 9-4 at halftime. The U.S. dominated the second half and defeated the Orange, 20-6. Junior Kayla Treanor did much of the damage for Team USA against her teammates, finishing with five goals and an assist.
Can Limestone put together another run to the crown? The Saints kick off 2015 as the No. 1 team in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division II Men's Top 15 after last springs 12-6 victory over LIU Post for the NCAA crown. The No. 2 spot goes to Tampa, which has rocketed up the charts in just its fourth year of existence, with LIU Post, Adelphi and Le Moyne rounding out the Top 5.
Defending NCAA champion Adelphi takes the top spot in our preseason Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Top 20 for Division II women's lacrosse, returning several key components to a team that swept to a 22-0 record, capped by a 7-5 win over Lock Haven for the national title. Lock Haven comes in at No. 2 having won 17 of its final 18 games in 2014, with Lindenwood (Mo.), Limestone and LIU Post rounding out the Top 5.
Unlike some of the other big lacrosse conference out there, the Patriot League has remained unchanged from last year to this season. All nine teams from 2014 are back and it’s going to be another good year of Patriot Lacrosse! Loyola (8-0), Army (7-1), Lehigh (6-2), Colgate (4-4), and Bucknell (4-4) all finished 2014 at .500 or better in the Patriot. Will they stay in the top half, or will Navy, BU, Lafayette, or Holy Cross make moves in 2015 and finish in the Top 5?
By any measure, 2014 was a tough season for Cornell in terms of off-field distractions. Following hazing allegations in the fall that resulted in the program skipping its scrimmage slate as well as the dismissal of coach Ben DeLuca, the Big Red lost five of their final seven games including a loss to Maryland in the NCAA first round. But coach Matt Kerwick had the 'interim' tag removed from his title during the off-season, and the talent is as good as always in Ithaca. Will Cornell return to the top of the Ivy League in 2015?
As a lacrosse coach, you know you’re in the right place when you see the entire West Genesee coaching staff, the Fayetteville-Manlius staff, the Fairport staff, the Ithaca staff, and so many others, sitting there not just listening, but taking copious notes and asking questions. I mean, if Coach Messere is sitting there looking like he’s learning something, why shouldn’t I be all ears, too?
With a pair of wins over Lacrosse Magazine preseason No. 1 team Maryland on Sunday at Champions Challenge, the U.S. women's national team completed a four-game sweep that left head Team USA coach Ricky Fried pleased with the progress the program is making as it lays the foundation for the next FIL World Cup in 2017.
The bathrooms are that way. There's a mirror you can use down the hall. Such is life as a tour guide when you're U.S. under-19 training team member Olivia Ferrucci, and a star-studded lacrosse event is being held on your hometown high school's campus.
The Buffalo Bandits (2-1) held on for a 14-13 road win over the Vancouver Stealth (1-2) in a back-and-forth instant classic at Langley Events Centre on Saturday night. In the spotlight as the only NLL game in Week 3, Dhane Smith (5+3) and Ryan Benesch (3+5) shined the brightest for the Bandits with eight points apiece. John Tavares made his presence felt in his return to the lineup with four assists, and Joe Resetarits chipped in with three goals. Anthony Cosmo picked up his second win of the season with 27 saves on 40 shots.
The Rochester Knighthawks will return home on Saturday, January 24th in a rematch of opening night as they battle the Toronto Rock at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena. The 7:30 p.m. contest will be broadcast online on NLL LIVE in the US and on TSN.ca in Canada. The radio broadcast is available on 105.5 The Team and online on theteam.fm.
Lacrosse Magazine's preseason No. 3 NCAA Division I women's team, Syracuse, scored five straight goals to tie Game 1 of a Saturday night doubleheader with Team USA shortly after halftime, but the U.S. women's national team ended on a 9-0 run to win 16-7.
And in the nightcap, the U.S. split-squad downed the Orange 20-6 to sweep the two games, played under international rules, at Champions Challenge at Barron Collier High School in southwest Florida.
The U.S. men's national team returned to action for the first time in 2015, with Team USA Blue defeating Team USA White 15-7 in an intrasquad exhibition held in front of 1,700 fans at Champions Challenge. The game included 38 of the nation's premier professional lacrosse players, including 13 members of the 2014 U.S. team that claimed silver at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Denver.
Fairport sophomore Isabel Hofford has been named to Canada’s U-19 Women’s Lacrosse team that will compete in the U19 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Scotland in the summer.
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Indoor pro lacrosse's all-time leading scorer was dinged up against New England on Jan. 2 and, at 46, sometimes needs a bit of extra time to recover from the battering he takes on the green carpet. The team had a bye last weekend so that helped.
Syracuse takes the field for the first time in 2015 when it takes on the U.S women's national team in a doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 17 in Naples, Fla. The first match will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the second at 7:30 p.m.
University of Michigan women's lacrosse head coach Jennifer Ulehla announced the hiring of assistant coach Alyssa Murray on Thursday, Jan. 8. The former two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist at Syracuse University and current U.S. Women's National Team member brings a wealth of knowledge and high-level experience to the program and will work primarily with the Maize and Blue offense.
So the Rochester Knighthawks are off to a 0-2 start? It’s safe to assume the 3-time defending champions would much rather be 2-0, but they’re not. And when it comes right down to it, red-hot starts to a National Lacrosse League season aren’t all that important when it comes to winning Champion’s Cups. After all, the Edmonton Rush were 14-0 last winter and they … well, they didn’t win a championship. So we’re here to ask, and answer, the question of how important the first 5 games of a season are to eventual NLL champs. Let’s take a look.
After a bye weekend last week, the Buffalo Bandits (1-1) ride out west to face off with the Vancouver Stealth (1-1) at Langley Events Centre on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET. Watch live on UniversalSports.com and TSN GO as the teams share the spotlight during the only National Lacrosse League game in NLL Week 3.
Galeazzi spent the fall working with the Marist women’s soccer team. She’s currently the trainer for the swimming and diving team and come spring, she’ll be on the sidelines for the Marist men’s lacrosse team.
The college lacrosse season has gradually moved from its beginning as a March-to-May sport into the depths of winter. The High Point-Delaware matchup Feb. 1 represents the earliest regular-season game in the history of the sport. The earlier starts are causing a considerable amount of concern among collegiate coaches.
Ladies and gentlemen the undisputed, unquestioned, irrefutable champion of the WOOOOORRLLLDDDD…Lyle Thompson. How good is Thompson? He’s so good that Florida is going to take him knowing full well that he probably wants to play in Rochester. Can you imagine that attack line? Casey Powell, Kieran McArdle and Lyle Thompson. That’s like locking Leonardo DaVinci, W.B. Yeats and Steve Jobs in a room and telling them to come up with something cool.
The Cabrini men's lacrosse team will play in one of the largest and most iconic college facilities in the nation when it faces Rochester Institute of Technology on March 14. The Cavaliers and Tigers will meet in the Carrier Dome on the campus of Syracuse University, as part of a Division I and Division III doubleheader.
There’s a popular adage that says it takes 21 days to create a new habit. Whether it’s getting up early, doing work without procrastinating, or getting in the groove of a fundamental skill, 21 consecutive days of repeated execution will set you up for maintaining a good habit. But according to a recent article in Forbes, habit formation is a process that happens in phases and could take much longer than just three weeks.
from The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment
The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) today released two updates related to its decision to void certification of Cascade Model R and Warrior Regulator lacrosse helmets in November 2014.
Upstate Lacrosse Club (ULC) has formed a partnership with Redefining Athletic Assessment System (RAPS). The Partnership was formed to offer ULC lacrosse athletes on it’s Elite teams an opportunity to shed light on their athletic ability and to show where they need improvement.
Team on top: Yes, the graduation losses from last season are huge for Albany, especially on offense where the team bade farewell to attackmen Miles Thompson (Division I record-tying 82 goals and 37 assists) and Ty Thompson (41, 12) and midfielder Ryan Feuerstein (22, 7). But the Great Danes . . .
In the only meeting between these two teams last season, Vancouver secured a home victory by a final score of 12-8. Buffalo never led in the game, as Vancouver used a six-goal effort in the second quarter to pull away.
Unlike the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft, in which six of the first 10 picks were defensive in nature, this one seems to be kiddie-pool shallow when it comes to that side of the ball. This year’s draft is like a fancy nightclub, and half of y’all are wearing flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts: Somebody’s going to have to vouch for you, or you might not be getting in anytime soon.
“To date we have received and retro fit approximately half the helmets that we expect to see. This is in line with our early expectations as there has been a lot of information on the topic in the market place and we were able to reach out to teams and larger organizations directly to start the process. We expect the rest to come to us over the next several months as the traditional spring lacrosse season gets underway.”
The first game is still several weeks away, but Division II men's lacrosse coaches and administrators are bracing for an announcement from the NCAA committee that will outline its recommendation for altering the memberships within the two regions to make it more numerically even. The proposal is expected to be released in the coming weeks.
One of the biggest stories of 2014 was the monster year put up by co-Tewaaraton winners Miles and Lyle Thompson, who led the Great Danes to within an eyelash of the NCAA semifinals and won the hearts of fans just about everywhere. But as is the nature of the collegiate game, people graduate, and Lyle will be joined by two new wingmen on offense, neither of whom shares the name Thompson on the back of his jersey.
Three new players all with one mission – help the Orange men's lacrosse team get back to Championship Weekend.
Sophomore Ben Williams and juniors Tim Barber and Warren Hill are all in their first year at Syracuse after joining the program in the fall. Williams is a faceoff specialist who spent his freshman year at Holy Cross. Barber and Hill were the NJCAA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, last season at Onondaga Community College.
New Siena Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Bryana Borrelli has appointed tri-captains heading into her first season this spring. Senior Julia Sirianni and juniors Morgan Gallagher and Lauren Smith have been selected to lead the 2015 Saints as team captains.
There are many iconic photographs from the night that the Rochester Knighthawks made National Lacrosse League history by winning their third straight Champion’s Cup. But one shot in particular captured the enthusiasm of three friends who strained as they reached over the glass to get the smallest touch of the league’s championship trophy.
The midfielder is constantly going, they never stop running. They should be good dodgers, and be able to shoot while on the run. They should also be good outside shooters. The midfielder controls the game by starting and stopping the offense. The faster they run, the faster the pace of play will be. Midfielders should be the most athletic on the team because of all the running/dodging involved.
The ATT’s Sport Network coverage of the Iroquois Nationals concludes with Part 3: 2014 World Lacrosse Championships held in Denver, Colorado. View the Iroquois Nationals Field Lacrosse team enjoy a history making medal delight. Niawenha to Brad Hennegan and the ATT U-Verse network for the 2014 WLC three part episodes on the Iroquois Nationals – “everyone’s lacrosse team.” Done:toh.
Rochester’s Justin Turri helped lead the Rattlers to one of their best finishes to date, leading the team in points (34) and assists (13). The fast and tenacious midfielder challenged opposing defenses to try to keep up with his speed and skill, helping his team achieve high stats on offense, and earning himself 2014 Warrior Most Improved Player honors. Now, Turri gives us an inside look at how he gets ready to take down opponents.
Don't be fooled. The NLL standings have been turned upside down in the first two weeks of the new season but nobody wins the Champion's Cup in January. There are 16 weeks to go, which leaves a lot of room for change. That said, here are some first impressions:
Another week, another 3 goals. Is this something we’re going to get used to from Miles Thompson (LaFayette)? The hype coming into the 2015 National Lacrosse League season was nothing short of immense, and it appears Mr. Thompson is living up to it. Because not only did he notch a second straight 3-goal game for the Minnesota Swarm last weekend, but he scored 1 beauty of a goal that landed him – and the league – on ESPN. Winning while growing the game. That’s not a bad combination as we head into our Rookie Report for Week 2 of the NLL.
. . . Flash forward to 2014, and Jerome was once again fighting for a roster spot in Buffalo throughout the preseason. [Jerome] Thompson (LaFayette) was strong in his first game action in the preseason, picking up two goals and three assists in a 10-9 win over New England. His offensive body of work throughout the preseason convinced the Bandits coaching staff that he could be an impact player in the regular season.
Youth lacrosse organizations often rely on parent volunteers to coach the league’s teams. A typical scenario has mom or dad registering a young child in a youth sports organization, which then asks parents to volunteer. The parent might consider him or herself capable of being an assistant coach, and then all of a sudden is named a head coach!
Colgate began its men's lacrosse practice schedule here Monday with a pair of workouts inside Sanford Field House. With another challenging schedule beginning less than one month from now, head coach Mike Murphy knows his squad has no time to waste. Murphy said he was pleased with the first-day effort.
3dR: As a guy who comes from Central New York and played Division I lacrosse, how have you seen the recruiting process change for kids from Upstate New York?
JG: The recruiting landscape has changed drastically and seems to be the hot topic in every conversation I have. Unfortunately, for Upstate kids I believe the evolution of recruiting has negatively affected them. Upstate New York lacrosse . . .
A pair of teams from the north head up the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 20 for Division III men, as reigning NCAA champion Tufts takes our top spot, followed closely by No. 2 Rochester Institute of Technology, with 2014 runner-up Salisbury taking the No. 3 ranking. The high-flying Jumbos scored more goals than any other team in NCAA history (423), and will once again be a handful for any team on their always-tough NESCAC schedule.
For three straight seasons, Division III women's lacrosse has finished its year with Salisbury and Trinity facing off in the NCAA final. The Bantams took the title in 2012, with the Gulls winning in 2013 and again last season, which is the way the pair begin 2015 - atop the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division III Women's Preseason Top 20.
. . . Cortland, which also has a new coach at the helm in Kelly Lickert-Orr [,comes in at #4].
Denver keeps racking up preseason accolades. After earning the No. 1 spot in IL's Face-Off Yearbook publication, the Pioneers are atop the coaches' first poll of the season. The USILA DI Coaches' Poll continues with Notre Dame at No. 2, followed by Duke, Syracuse and Johns Hopkins.
Look outside your window, Upstaters. Check the temperature out there. Did your school district have a snow day, or a one- or two-hour delay last week? Did you receive an “All afternoon or evening activities canceled” message once or twice? Anyone getting tired of shoveling or shivering yet?
Have no fear – the college season is just 17 days away. That’s right; I said 17 “days.” Not “weeks” – days.
The New England Black Wolves (2-0) carried over momentum from the team's season opener and stunned the three-time defending NLL champion Rochester Knighthawks (0-2) with a convincing 17-7 home win on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. Coming off an impressive debut against the Buffalo Bandits last week, the Black Wolves let the fur fly again, this time against another division rival in the Knighthawks.
. . . Minnesota went on to put three more past Rush goaltender Aaron Bold, including the incredible game-winning goal scored by Miles Thompson. While facing away from the net, Thompson threw the ball over his shoulder into the top corner while falling down for the highlight-reel goal:
“I chose Syracuse because they have a tradition of excellence in lacrosse. They work really hard. They have great coaching. They win championships. I like how Coach (Lelan) Rogers and (John) Desko teach the game. I also really enjoy the school and it’s a great place to be. I have a sister who currently attends SU and she loves it, so I feel comfortable there.”
The New Year is here, and that means it’s a good time for an update on my favorite rule myths in boys’ lacrosse, using the 2015 NFHS Boys Lacrosse rulebook. This post is meant for everyone involved in boys’ lacrosse, including officials. I’ve seen officials make incorrect rulings on just about all of the myths listed here, and I have also misapplied the rules on several of these myths as well. Learn from my mistakes and dig into the rulebook!
When it was over last Saturday night at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial and the Knighthawks let their season opener slip through their fingers in a 13-12 loss to Toronto, Rochester coach Mike Hasen said some of his players tried to do too much on their own.
Wilson broke into the National Lacrosse League in 2005 with the Toronto Rock, where he spent four seasons and won two Champion’s Cups. In 2009 he split the season between Rochester and Minnesota. With the Knighthawks, he appeared in six games and notched 15 points (9+6).
The Orange will play at home eight times this season. The 2015 home slate features highly-anticipated ACC matchups with Virginia and Duke, as well as non-conference games against Siena, Cornell, Army, Johns Hopkins, Albany and Hobart.
“We're looking to rebound on our effort from last week,” said Knighthawks coach Mike Hasen. “It's not the start we wanted. We had some good moments and some moments we've got to make sure we correct moving forward for this weekend in New England.
The U.S. senior women will bring a 39-player training roster to Florida and will compete against defending NCAA champion University of Maryland and runner-up Syracuse University in a total of four split-squad contests. The U.S. U19 women will take on Rollins University and Stetson University in what will be the team’s first game action since the 25-player training roster was selected in July.
Nazareth face-off specialist Drew Simoneau and Ithaca defender Eli Gobrecht represent the E8 on the second team, while Nazareth's Troy Haefele and Luke Wooters, Stevens Institute of Technology Tim Fair and Ithaca's Scott Sidnam were selected honorable mention.
The Purple and Gold will kick off the season on March 4th when the EC men host Cazenovia College. The Soaring Eagles will then hit the road to visit the 2014 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Tournament Champions Keuka College on March 7th. Four days later, EC will return home to host Oswego State.
Ticket booklets for the 2015 Syracuse women's lacrosse season are available for purchase. Lax Packs are available for $25, which includes 10 general admission tickets where each ticket can be used for any regular season home game.
The Orange had the highest on-campus attendance last season, averaging 996 fans per game in the Carrier Dome. A program-best 2,142 fans watched the Orange defeat No. 1 North Carolina, 12-9, on April 12.
An additional aspect of the new concussion protocol is the second year opt-in nature of required neurocognitive testing to establish baseline cognition for collision sport participants. Football, lacrosse, basketball, and wrestling are considered collision or contact sports, according to the athletic policy.
[Joel]White (Cortland), 25, was recently selected by his coaches to be the captain of what used to be the Philadelphia Wings, which says a lot about his potential since he has only five years of indoor lacrosse experience. He is from Cortland in central New York State, he helped Syracuse University win two NCAA field lacrosse championships, he lives in Manhattan where he is national brand manager for the BSN Sports lacrosse division, and he is the only American wearing a C on his chest in the nine-team pro indoor league.
[Cliff] Ensley is the last three-sport letter-winner for the Orange, earning honors in football, lacrosse and wrestling. A defensive back, Ensley set interception and special teams records for the football team and was a team co-captain and Most Valuable Player as a defenseman for the 1969 lacrosse squad.
US Indoor Lacrosse will select players for the 2015 Team USA Junior Indoor National Team by June 1, 2015. USIL is looking for the World Class Lacrosse Player (WCLP). We are looking for the top players in Box lacrosse and Field Lacrosse.
US Lacrosse has named the U.S. Men’s National Team rosters for the 10th annual Champions Challenge, Jan. 17-18, 2015, at Barron Collier High School in Naples, Fla. A total of 40 of the nation’s best men’s players will take the field in a Blue-White exhibition, Saturday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m.
The Rochester Knighthawks will hit the road on Saturday, January 10th as they take on the New England Black Wolves at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Fans can watch the 7:00 p.m. game on www.universalsports.com. The radio broadcast is available on 105.5 The Team and online on theteam.fm.
There is nothing like gearing up for the new Bandits season on the first day of the calendar year. Such was the case last Thursday, January 1, 2015, as Buffalo hit the road to play the New England Black Wolves. The day had arrived, after waiting since May, to try it all over again in pursuit of a championship. And the time spent together before the first official face-off worked out quite well – in the long run.
An annual destination for some of the best club programs from the U.S. and Canada each winter, NDP Lacrosse’s 2014 Dick’s Tournament of Champions was held last week in Wesley Chapel, Fla., just north of Tampa. 3d Rising was there for the duration of the event, which culminated on New Year’s Eve with the championships across the various high school and youth divisions. With so many players shining in the warm Florida sun, it’s worth a separate look at the names – some committed, some uncommitted – who we saw perform well over the three days in subtropical weather.
This past week the 2015 Sweetlax National team traveled to Florida to take part in the Dicks Tournament of Champions. With a roster of some of the top recruits from all over the country, the team went undefeated on the opening 2 days of the tournament and made it to the championship game on Wednesday.
While NLL Face Off Weekend 2015 provided us with a first glance of revamped rosters, none were more new than the rookies who hit the turf for their National Lacrosse League debuts in Week 1. Bob Chavez ranks the top 10 rookie performances during opening weekend, including the highly-anticipated first games for Jerome and Miles Thompson, on Inside Lacrosse.
When Sandi Dron received the news, she started to cry. That was her reaction – in the middle of Kohl’s – when the Rochester Knighthawks called to invite her and her family to take part in the team’s Championship Ceremony on Opening Night.
With two games on the docket for opening weekend of 2015, it didn’t take long for Billy Dee Smith to put an injury-plagued 2014 season in the rearview mirror. Ten minutes into Friday night’s opener at New England, Smith accomplished something he did not throughout all of last season: score a goal.
Brooklyn came to the North Country Monday. The Salmon River Central School District lacrosse program held a special presentation Monday night to introduce the girls lacrosse players to the movie men who plan to film a documentary about them.
The Orange men's lacrosse team kicked off the new year Monday with its annual Media Day inside Manley Field House. Head coach John Desko and the student-athletes previewed the upcoming season and posed for photos prior to Wednesday's first practice session in Syracuse's brand new Indoor Practice Facility.
Media Day Photos
Currently available schedule information for men's and women's Divisions I, II, and III, and high school boys' and girls' teams has been posted. For college, although many schedules are incomplete, about 95% of the total games involving NCAA teams have been entered. For HS, it's still very early, but an estimated 57% of boys' games and 15% of girls' games are on file already.
. . . “But we’re going to stop recruiting one of them,” the college coach said. Stunned, Fitch asked why.
“We found his Twitter account, looked through it and some of what we saw isn’t representative of what our university is about,” the recruiter explained.
Paul Rabil has been traded from the Boston Cannons to the New York Lizards, and while Major League Lacrosse was totally quiet on the situation for the longest time, you knew something big was in the works when they scheduled a conference call for a random Tuesday in January. Clearly, the lacrosse media and general public would have questions to ask!
Denver, a perennial title contender under coach Bill Tierney in recent seasons with a wealth of talent returning, is the No. 1 team in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 20, ahead of NCAA finalists Notre Dame (No. 2) and Duke (No. 3), which has captured two straight championships and three of the last five.
Reigning NCAA champion Maryland earned the top spot in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division I Women's Preseason Top 20. The Terps return the majority of their players, including Tewaaraton winner Taylor Cummings and finalist Megan Douty. They rank ahead of 2013 NCAA champion North Carolina at No. 2 and 2014 runner-up Syracuse at No. 3.
Syracuse men’s lacrosse kicked off the season with its annual media day in Manley Field House on Monday afternoon. Inside Lacrosse has the Orange ranked No. 4 in its preseason poll, and here are three talking points that arose on Monday heading into the 2015 season:
Syracuse men's lacrosse coach John Desko walked across the 110-yard field inside the university's new $13 million indoor practice facility on Monday. On Tuesday, his team will hold its conditioning test on it. And on Wednesday, the Orange will start two-a-days.
nside Lacrosse is proud to unveil the DII preseason All-Americans from the 2015 Face-Off Yearbook. Limestone, the No. 1 team in the Face-Off Yearbook, features three first-team All-Americans, as does NYIT.
In case you missed this on Opening Night, here is the Rochester Knighthawks’ opening video from Saturday night’s game. Prior to the game against the Toronto Rock, Rochester celebrated its historic third straight Champion’s Cup.
Rochester Knighthawks forward Joe Walters will be taking the team’s “Healthy Hawks” program to Audubon School #33 to 100 students grades Pre-K through sixth. The presentation is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6th at the school located at 500 Webster Ave.
The Boston Cannons and New York Lizards have executed a trade that sends two-time MLL MVP midfielder Paul Rabil and midfielder Mike Stone to New York in exchange for veteran midfielder Max Seibald, veteran defenseman Brian Karalunas (Jamesville-DeWitt), a first and second round 2016 Collegiate Draft pick, and a first round 2017 Collegiate Draft pick.
Boston trades Karalunas and a seventh round 2015 Collegiate Draft selection to the Ohio Machine in exchange for defenseman Chad Wiedmaier and a first round 2015 Collegiate Draft pick.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, we’ve all received – and maybe even sent – those December tomes that attempt to summarize and highlight a family’s entire year. Some, I’m sure, might be interesting. Others, I know, are painful and filled with clichés, boasts, inane details, and slanted perspective.
This will be my attempt to be both.
A resident of Hamburg in the Frontier school district, Muldowney wanted to expose his son to the sport out in the town of Hamburg. But Hamburg High School’s varsity team, like many other top-notch varsity programs in Western New York, already had an established youth program of its own.
The Boston Cannons and New York Lizards have agreed to a trade that will send the two-time Major League Lacrosse MVP to New York as part of a deal that will ship multiple-time All-Star and fellow Team USA midfielder Max Seibald to Boston.
On a short night of rest, the Buffalo Bandits had a tall task hosting the Edmonton Rush in the second game of a back-to-back weekend. While Edmonton nearly rallied late with a massive power-play opportunity, the Bandits held on to win 9-8 Saturday night at First Niagara Center.
After the game, the Bandits took a bus to Boston and checked into a hotel … for, essentially a nap. The team had a very early wake-up call in order to get to the airport for a flight to Buffalo. Just to add some more drama, electrical problems on the plane delayed that flight.
The Rochester Knighthawks celebrated the beginning of their 21st season by raising their 2014 Champion’s Cup Banner in front of 6,421 fans before taking on the Toronto Rock at the Blue Cross Arena, but fell just one goal short in the 13-12 loss.
In a game where both teams were fairly balanced at even strength, the differential on special teams emerged as a deciding factor. Buffalo was 1-for-7 on the man advantage, with the lone goal coming at the tail end of a five-minute major penalty. New England, on the other hand, converted on four of nine chances.
The season will kick off with “One Buffalo Night” [tonight], Jan. 3, for the team’s home opener against Edmonton at 7:30 p.m. The first 10,000 fans through the gates tomorrow will get Bandits magnet schedules, and the team will be giving away 500 “One Buffalo” t-shirts throughout the game. The shirts will also be on sale in the team store.
The Rochester Knighthawks have become accustomed to making history. It was just one season ago that Rochester made league history by winning its third straight Champion’s Cup. Today, the Knighthawks made franchise history by announcing Connors & Ferris, LLP, as the naming rights sponsor for the team’s home field for the next three seasons.
The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse is asking perspective candidates for referee and assessor officiates for the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Indoor Lacrosse Championships (WILC) 2015 held on Haudenosaunee homelands at Onondaga Nation and Buffalo, NY on September 18-26, 2015.
The Buffalo Bandits open up their 2015 National Lacrosse League campaign with a tough back-to-back weekend, first in New England to face the Black Wolves at Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. ET live on WatchESPN (U.S.) and TSN.ca (Canada). Buffalo then heads home to host the Edmonton Rush for the opener at First Niagara Center on Saturday night. The Bandits are hoping to build on their undefeated preseason where they went 3-0 and look to use NLL Face Off Weekend 2015 as a springboard toward the goal of a Champion's Cup.
The Rochester Knighthawks welcome the Toronto Rock to the Blue Cross Arena on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET as part of NLL Face Off Weekend 2015 to open the National Lacrosse League's 29th season. Watch the opener live on NLL LIVE via NLL.com in the U.S. and TSN.ca in Canada.
The Wayne Central Athletic Department is looking for a Modified Coach for next season. Interested candidates should contact the Athletic Director, Chris Bourne at: CBourne@wayne.k12.ny.us.
The Spartans are looking for a Varsity Assistant. Interested candidates should contact the Varsity Head Coach, Jake Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A police officer responding to an emergency call early New Year's Day ran over and apparently killed a college lacrosse player lying in a road, authorities said.
Police said they don't know why Garrett Gagne was in the road or what his condition was before he was struck at 4 a.m. in Chatham.
He knows how to win championships.
And Joel White, a transition player and former high draft pick in the indoor (NLL) and outdoor (MLL) professional lacrosse leagues, is hoping he can help the New England Black Wolves get one, too.
The victors were crowned Wednesday afternoon at the Dick’s Tournament of Champions in Wesley Chapel, Fla., as the three-day event culminated on the final day of 2014. Put on by NDP Lacrosse, the tournament brought teams from all over the continent together to compete for championships across a number of divisions, including the talent-laden Elite, Rising Stars and U15 divisions.
Some would ask, why 18? We answer, why not?
Starting today, and for the next few days we'll be sharing what we think were the top stories of Upstate lacrosse for 2014.
Don't be disappointed if you can't quite remember hearing about them before. This is not a list of stories with the most hits, or most views, or most comments. Many times a death, an award, a project in progress or recently completed can affect many, many lives without much fanfare in the press. Many of these stories bring fond memories, give us hope for the future, or inspire greatness, many times with a smile or a tear.
As a writer, you always want to try to reveal or explain something about a person or topic that hasn't already been said. But at the end of 2014, when you're talking about Lyle Thompson, that's hard to do.
Alex Concannon (Syosset-NY, 2015 Johns Hopkins commit) scored off a Noah Taylor (Watertown-NY, 2015 Albany commit) feed in the first possession of overtime to lift SweetLax National to a 7-6 overtime win over Six Nations Wednesday in the HS Elite title game at the NDPLacrosse Dick’s Tournament of Champions at Wesley Chapel, FL.
As transitions go, as picking up where someone else left off can be done, the story of 23-year-old Dillon Ward's assumption of the role as Team Canada's starting goaltender is as unique as the so-Canadian denim jean jacket that came to symbolize the whole tale, and moreover the legacies of former Canadian world championship goalies Chris Sanderson and
Forget the sophomore slump, 2014 was all about top teams getting that sophomore bump. Never was that more clear than Memorial Day weekend, when second-year phenoms took center stage in both NCAA championship games.
On the women's side, Maryland's Taylor Cummings and Syracuse's Kayla Treanor lived up to the preseason hype and went toe-to-toe in an epic NCAA championship showdown that left Cummings' Terps as champions and fans clamoring for a rematch.
The Rochester Knighthawks welcome the Toronto Rock to The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday, January 3 at 7:30 p.m. to kick off their 2015 National Lacrosse League season. The Knighthawks are coming off their historical three-peat as league champions and return to the turf where they defeated the Calgary Roughnecks 3-2 in the decisive mini-game to end the 2014 season.
Training camp is over and the roster is set for the 2015 NLL season, which opens for the Bandits with back-to-back games. Buffalo hits the road to Connecticut for the season opener on Friday against the New England Black Wolves. They return to First Niagara Center on Saturday for the home opener against the Edmonton Rush. Game time in Banditland is 7:30 p.m.