November 2015
Monday November 30, 2015 12:15AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
When I was a kid, I learned the game of lacrosse as I went through the Lynbrook Titans youth organization. I was in elementary school, maybe 3rd or 4th grade. I was small and not particularly athletic, but I loved the game. My first stick was wooden.

I had teammates with last names like Kessenich, Cannella, Gordon, and Rainis, and each family had two to five boys that played lacrosse. Some of them went on to play at Navy, Hopkins, Towson, U Mass, Cornell, Virginia, and Hofstra. Our coaches were mostly dads of my teammates, and they seemed to know their stuff. I remember getting knocked around, playing with younger kids (not “playing up,” but “playing down”), selling candy bars for fundraising, and driving all over Long Island to play games.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Canandaigua Academy 2016 defensenan Adam Isaac has made a verbal commitment to play Division II lacrosse at Tusculum College.
Sunday November 29, 2015 12:15AM
from Syracuse.com
Williard is headed to Penn State to play lacrosse in the future. While he waits for spring, he dabbles in other sports - like soccer and ice hockey. As a senior, Willard decided to dabble in something completely different. For the first time in his life, he's playing football.

On Sunday, Willard will try and help the No. 1-ranked Cazenovia football team (12-0) win the school's first-ever state championship when it meets Schuylerville (12-0). Kickoff at the Carrier Dome is noon.

from Lacrosse Magazine
In 2012, the Lizards selected Rob Pannell with the first pick in the draft, but Pannell broke his foot in the second game of the season and returned for a fifth-year, delaying his MLL debut for another season. The following year, the Ohio Machine selected Peter Baum first overall but he decided to go play in the LXM Pro Tour. It wasn't until a deal was struck between the LXM Pro Tour and the MLL to allow players to compete in both.

from the Buffalo Bandits
The Bandits are back. After a disappointing 2015 season that ended with a first-round postseason loss to the Rochester Knighthawks, the Buffalo Bandits were together again for the first time on Saturday as they reported for Training Camp at First Niagara Center. A bulk of the last year’s squad returns and they all share a single-minded focus: to take a serious run at capturing the Champion’s Cup.
Saturday November 28, 2015 12:15AM
from SportsFive.net
Penn Yan has 3 more college players as Stewart, Gerhardt and Griffin choose college teams.

from FCANE
Friday November 27, 2015 10:15AM
from Justlacrosse Upstate
First there was Field lacrosse. Then came Box lacrosse. And more recently Speed lacrosse.
Now we bring you Board lacrosse!

A more than ten-year, on again, off again project to transform the fun and excitement of field lacrosse to a board game has culminated in our announcing today Faceoff Nation Board Lacrosse.

Multiple offensive and defensive player skill levels, faceoffs, stick checks, loose balls, sharp passes, fast breaks, double and triple-teams, the ability to set screens, a clearing game, missed shots out of bounds, substitutions on the fly, technical and personal foul penalties, and separate youth and varsity difficulty levels all included. Play on the regulation-scale field right out of the box, with the option to turn to your creative side to colorize it as you see fit.

Faceoff Nation Board Lacrosse is designed for gamers already familiar with the basic rules of field lacrosse. It gives players the ability to see the whole field from above, controlling not only the ball carrier, but also the players off the ball, positioning them for passes, setting screens, and backing up shots. Defensively, match up your better defenders with their offensive threats, work on your clearing game, struggle with the man-down situation. Check cards, charts, and the roll of the dice provide for multiple skill levels both offensively and defensively, loose ball placement, and spotting the ball after missed shots out of bounds.

We think Faceoff Nation Board Lacrosse is fun for all ages and skill levels, but we especially think it will excel as a tool for more experienced laxers to teach newer players the basic elements of the sport of lacrosse by slowing the game down and viewing the field from above.

With the exception of the field printout, each element of the game is printed and assembled by us so the number of games on hand will vary. For more information and to find out how you can become part of the Faceoff Nation, go to FaceoffNation.net.

8:30AM
from LaxAllStars.com
One major reason that lacrosse players come to the Sean Kelly Performance Center is to improve their ability to shoot accurately. I ask them right away what they recognize as their weaknesses when shooting and 8 out of 10 athletes say that their accuracy is very poor. What we have found at SKPC is that 90% of these players are technically not having trouble with their accuracy. They are having trouble AIMING. The proper way to aim is with your hips, YES YOUR HIPS!

from LacrosseRecruits.com
At its core, it is an extra year of high school offering student-athletes the ability to mature academically, athletically or more likely, both. It provides an extra year of coaching and individual athletic development, which can often be very helpful for “late-bloomers” in high school looking to keep their collegiate options open.
Thursday November 26, 2015 10:15AM
from SportsFive.net
Newark Head Coach Matt Groot recently announced that senior face-off midfielder Dylan Harmon has accepted an athletic scholarship and will play for the Belmont Abbey Crusaders after graduation next spring.

Victor Senior attackman Drew Collins recently announced his commitment to study and play lacrosse at Lycoming College.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Marist And Albany Commitments.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Corning's Kaitlyn Lembo signs her NLI to play at Siena College. (Photo)

12:15AM
from Powell Lacrosse
Since the launch of Powell Lacrosse back in July 2015 the company has proven they are a brand wholeheartedly committed to craftsmanship, pure fun and extreme attention to detail. Their website www.powelllacrosse.com at first glance appears to be more of an artistic look book than a sales platform. With some of the games greatest minds behind product development and brand direction, they’re already changing the way lacrosse products are marketed, displayed, tested and developed.

from SportsFive.net
The Victor Signing Ceremony, usually held in the cafeteria had to move to the auditorium this year as the Blue Devils celebrated seventeen student-athletes who will be moving on the play NCAA sports after graduation this spring. Ten boys from the New York State Championship lacrosse team were among the mix.

from Lacrosse Magaine
As of last week, when Division I, II and III coaches gathered at their annual convention in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., the IWLCA was still awaiting word from the NCAA on two ground-shaking proposals to stem the trend toward early recruiting.

from Lacrosse Magazine
On a sunny late summer afternoon in northern Maryland, US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program (CEP) trainers David Antol, Carol "Sam" Samuels and Kenny Snyder did what has happened nearly 500 times over the last decade — they shared their lacrosse knowledge with an eager group of coaches.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
By Andrea Chevalier – After a busy summer for many members of the Rochester Knighthawks, the team was reunited as they hit the turf over the weekend. The Knighthawks opened Training Camp with two sessions at Total Sports Experience in East Rochester.
Wednesday November 25, 2015 10:00AM
from Gaffer Elite Lacrosse
The youngest Gaffer Elite Team of 7th and 8th graders won their 2020 Division at the Mesa Fresh Tournament, which was played at Germantown Academy outside of Philadelphia, PA. This undefeated effort avenged a winless effort for the 2020 squad in 2014 at the same event.

from Gaffer Elite Lacrosse
On 11/15/15 the Gaffer Elite 2019 Team won the Championship of their Division at The Mesa Fresh Fall Brawl Tournament outside of Philadelphia, PA with a 3-0 record.

from Inside Lacrosse
CNY Road Hawk Matthew Gaudet, Hamilton, Ont. was chosen as one of 63 players invited to tryout for the Canadian U-19 Team Nov. 26-29, 2015 on the campus of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

from The Elmira Star Gazette
It is not often that a college recruits a defender in lacrosse but Corning senior Abigail Allard caught the eye of Ursaline head coach Ed Karasek during a fall tournament in Rochester. On Tuesday in Corning, Allard signed a letter of intent to play for the Division II Arrows program located in Pepper Pike, Ohio.

Photo, story from the Corning Leader

from LaxAllStars.com
The Mohawk Manufacturing Company was a huge name in lacrosse back when wooden sticks were the only available option, and over 40 years ago you could buy one in a hardware store for about $8 pretty much anywhere in Quebec or Ontario. At their peak, the Mohawk Manufacturing Company was making tens of thousands of sticks every year out of Cornwall Island, and many great players used one of these at some point in their career, usually when they were kids.

from LacrosseRecruits.com
Welcome to the debut 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.

12:15AM
from Marist Athletics
The defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Marist men’s lacrosse team and fifth-year Head Coach Keegan Wilkinson have announced the 2016 schedule. Marist was ranked no. 19 in the final Cascade/Maverik Media Poll of the 2015 season with an overall record of 14-4, including a flawless 6-0 mark in conference play. The Red Foxes have 14 games scheduled for the upcoming 2016 regular season, including six MAAC contests and two stops in Michigan.

from Gaffer Elite Lacrosse
Ian Chedzoy became the ninth member of the Gaffer Elite Class of 2016 to make his college commitment, which will be to attend Alfred University. Throughout his high school career Ian has excelled at three sports and was recruited by colleges for them all.

from LacrosseRecruits.com
The wait is maddening. You’ve sent an email to a college coach, but you have not heard back.

If you are really interested in this school, you will likely want to reach out again to ensure your message was received, to see where you stand, or some combination therein.
Tuesday November 24, 2015 10:45AM
from US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse and head coach John Danowski are seeking assistant coach and support staff applicants for the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team.

The staff will include three assistant coaches, a general manager, assistant general manager, equipment manager and videographer. The U.S. men’s nation team coaching staff is primarily responsible for the selection, training, coaching, and leadership of Team USA in preparation for the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Manchester, England.

from Inside Lacrosse
Syracuse lost not only the [NCAA Quarterfinal] game [to Hopkins], but also all of the aforementioned seniors to graduation. The biggest loss clearly is Rice. The super feeder-attackman ran the Orange offense from X, leading the team with 84 points, 48 of which were assists. “Kevin had an outstanding season for us,“ says Desko. “For Kevin to win the Turnbull Award as the top attackman over Lyle Thompson says it all. He was very valuable for us and will be missed.”

So who replaces him?

“It will be a team effort to fill his shoes,” says Dylan Donahue, the redshirt senior coming off of a 50-goal season; 15 of those were man-up goals, leading the nation. Donahue’s 50 goals were the most at Syracuse since Tom Marachek’s 53 tallies in 1991.

from the Elmira Star Gazette
Catherine Quinlan became the second Corning-Painted Post High School girls lacrosse player within a week to commit to division I Siena College.

Quinlan, who is a two-year starter for the Hawks, signed a letter of intent to play for the Loudonville, New York-based school in Corning on Monday.

from the Watertown Daily Times
Watertown senior Olivia Miles will sign her letter of intent today to attend the Division I University of Connecticut to play lacrosse.

from the Rochester Rattlers
The Rattlers will again call Shriver Stadium on the College at Brockport campus their home. Schedule is below, home games are highlighted.

12:15AM
from US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse today announced John Danowski as head coach of the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team. A three-time NCAA champion coach at Duke University, Danowski will lead Team USA’s pursuit of a record 10th gold medal at the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Manchester, England.

Orange Crush 2019s Honored
from Orange Crush Lacrosse
Playing in the NXT Philly Freshman Showcase on Nov.21st, 2 upstate NY Orange Crush players were selected to the FAB 40 All Star Team. Joe Stirpe attack from Vestal and Zach Neufang defense from Liverpool, were selected to the team from over 250 players from around the country. Both players play with the 2019 Orange Crush team, coached by Steve Scaramuzzino.

from Major League Lacrosse
Opening Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2016. The League’s newest team, the Atlanta Blaze, takes the field at their new home, Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University, against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. MLL fans will also see a rematch of the 2015 final, as the MLL defending champion New York Lizards, host the Rochester Ratters. Opening Day action rounds out with the Ohio Machine, heading south to face-off against the Florida Launch, while the Boston Cannons travel to Charlotte to battle the Hounds.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester native Joe Walters has re-signed with the Rochester Knighthawks for an additional four seasons. Walters, who played his high school ball at Irondequoit, will enter his eighth season with the Knighthawks in 2016.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks signed their final draft pick Saturday morning, inking highly-touted defenseman Graeme Hossack to a two-year deal. Hossack, who was the second overall pick in this year’s draft, hit the turf this past weekend at Training Camp.

from Lacrosse Magazine
NLL training camps are in session. Check out the action from the Knighthawks' first weekend back on the floor at Total Sports in Rochester. Photos by Larry Palumbo.
Monday November 23, 2015 9:05AM
from The Cornell Daily Sun
The indigenous people of North America invented the game Deyhontsigwa’ehs, widely known today as lacrosse. According to Haudenosaunee history, the Creator bestowed Deyhontsigwa’ehs upon the people, as a mode of honoring and entertaining their God. Chief Paul Waterman underscores the healing energy of the competition, citing the game’s potential for settling disputes and creating peace.

from The Saratogian
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake seniors Carly Grant (Marist), Haley Schultz (Notre Dame), and Lexie Ball (Louisville), made their college commitments Wednesday, Nov. 18 in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake gymnasium.

from The Press Democrat
PTEALUMA CA - Craig Backman was refereeing his fourth lacrosse game of the day Saturday in Petaluma when he suddenly collapsed on the field in front of players and spectators.

The 69-year-old Martinez resident was having a heart attack. The next day, from a hospital bed, he credited the rapid response of bystanders, the skilled determination of firefighter-paramedics and four jolts from a defibrillator for saving his life.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
J.T. Stirpe, A, Vestel, NY, Orange Crush, Zach Neufang, D, Liverpool, NY, Orange Crush, and Canyon Birch, A, Manasquan, NJ, Upstate Lacrosse Club earn Nike Philly Freshman Showcase Fab 40 status.

12:15AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
. . . I’m certainly not going to equate the clinic that my son Brian and I gave to some Tasmanian lacrosse enthusiasts with the efforts given by all the names I mentioned above – believe me, we’re talking small potatoes here. But who knows? Maybe someday, someone somewhere will say, “Remember when we had those two Yanks show us how to dodge?” or “Let’s do that shooting drill the American father and son showed us in 2015.”
Sunday November 22, 2015 12:15AM
from B.J. O'Hara
On Saturday, January 9th, the 4th Annual Greater College Showcase for girls will be held from 10:00am-3:00pm at the Ultimate Goal, 3800 Lee Mulroy Rd. in Marcellus, NY. Last year’s event drew over 90 outstanding players and over 50 college coaches, representing Division I, II, III and JUCO schools from all over the country.

from Common Goal Lacrosse
It started like this, the CGL 2019 Orange Team won the championship at the ?#?NorthernRise?! The prize was awesome Nike backpacks, donated by Nike Lacrosse! Chrissy Arnold, a mom on the team came up with a great idea! Since Nike was so generous to us, why don't we pay it forward!?

from WGRZ.com
Emma Hubert – will be signing to play lacrosse at Mercyhurst. Emma has been one of our leading scorers on the lacrosse team the past 2 years.

from NLL.com
The wait is almost over. The preseason for the 2016 NLL season, the National Lacrosse League's 30th anniversary year starting on New Year's Day, has officially begun as three teams started activities this weekend ahead of more teams opening up with training camp and exhibition games in the coming weeks. Preview Stephen Stamp's NLL training camp guide below with more in-depth coverage for every team on IL Indoor.

from Inside Lacrosse
When I arrived at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Wednesday morning, it marked my second consecutive year attending the IWLCA Convention since taking over as the Women’s Editor at Inside Lacrosse. Last year proved to be an eye-opening experience, as the sport’s most brilliant minds endlessly discussed topics they felt would help our sport continue to develop and grow. Heading into a “rules year,” as many referred to this past summer’s NCAA Rules Committee recommendations and PROP approvals, there were a number of topics at the forefront during last November’s meetings: How do we speed the game up? How do we maintain safety? How do we make lacrosse more fan-friendly? Can we please get rid of empty stick checks? How, about body balls? The list goes on, and on… and on.
Saturday November 21, 2015 9:00AM
from NXTSports.com
t helps to be the son of the head coach of one of the most famous high school programs in the country. Archer's dad, Jamie, mans the helm at Jamesville DeWitt in upstate New York. Archer is playing as an individual on Saturday, then gets the chance to square off against defending national champion Haverford School and Inter-Ac Challenge semifinalists Malvern Prep and Episcopal Academy in Sunday's Philly Fall Invitational.

On Sunday Jamesville-DeWitt faces '15 National Champion Haverford, Malverne Prep, and host Episcopal Academy at the 2015 Nike Boys Philly Showcase

from Inside Lacrosse
Starting Friday, November 20th Powell Lacrosse will launch the Black Friday Deals Week. Customers will be able save a few bucks on select products like the Mighty Black and Flight 22 shafts as well as their flagship head, the Powell Pioneer. Powell Lacrosse will also be offering exclusive package deals featuring brand new, never before seen products.

from Inside Lacrosse
Experts have looked for a solution that could work to protect the brain internally; they drew inspiration from the woodpecker, which slightly restricts its jugular vein to increase blood pressure in the head before pecking. This week, Performance Sports Group, the parent company of lacrosse equipment manufacturers Maverik and Cascade, publicly unveiled a band that can be placed on the neck and applies light pressure to slightly increase the volume of blood in the cranial cavity and minimize the sloshing of the brain within the skull.

12:15AM
from Skidmore College
Colby head men's lacrosse coach and former Skidmore head coach Jack Sandler died Thursday night while working out on a recruiting trip, according to a statement from Colby College president David A. Greene. He was 35.

Sandler coached eight seasons at Skidmore before moving to Colby in fall of 2013.

He was the Liberty League Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2011 and let the Thoroughbreds to Liberty League title games in 2007 and 2010. His 2011 team was ranked as high as 11th in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Assication (USILA) poll.

Visiting hours will be on Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, 26 Franklin Ave, Glen Cove, N.Y. 11542. A service will follow at 12 p.m.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Colby men's lacrosse head coach Jack Sandler died Thursday night while on a recruiting trip, according to university president David Greene. He was 35. Sandler reportedly collapsed while on a treadmill in a hotel.

Sandler was in his third season leading the Mules after spending eight seasons as head coach at Skidmore College. He led Colby, located in Waterville, Maine, to the NESCAC playoffs in each of his first two years as coach.

from Cornell Athletics
Matt Kerwick, the Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Lacrosse, has announced the Big Red's schedule for the upcoming 2016 men's lacrosse season. The slate is an exciting one with seven home games, highlighted by visits from Penn State, Virginia, and Syracuse.

from Oswego County Today
Fourth graders from the Fulton City School District had the opportunity to meet a world-renowned lacrosse stick maker, Alfred Jacques of the Onondaga Nation’s Turtle Clan.

from Oneida Daily Dispatch
Vernon-Verona-Sherrill’s Therese Pitman signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I women’s lacrosse at the University of Binghamton earlier this week, while Cazenovia’s TJ Connellan, Jake Lewis, Jake Stowell and Brendan Whalen revealed their Division I plans as well.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks have invited Angus Laborgne (la-BORN) to Training Camp, which opens on Saturday, Nov. 21st at Total Sports Experience in East Rochester. The 28-year-old forward will now have a chance to show off his skills to the Knighthawks coaches and lacrosse staff.

“I have been dreaming about playing in the NLL since I was a kid,” said Laborgne. “As a young (Mohawk) boy, that’s the top. That’s it.”

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Close to 200 players competed last weekend in United Lacrosse’s Capital Clash showcase at the University at Albany. United Lacrosse Owner Steve Carcaterra said it was the best fall showcase/tournament has had to date.

from LacrosseRecruits.com
Writing a message to a college coach it vital. Since this likely serves as your introduction to the coach, it can be slightly nerve-wracking to compile. This is your signal to the coach of your interest in their school, while allowing them to see if you are a fit for their program. Here are five things to include that should help you on your way to sending your message.
Friday November 20, 2015 9:45AM
from 3d Rising
I had the pleasure of taking in the second day of the Iroquois Nationals U-19 open tryouts, which were held this past Sunday. The weather was a perfect 55 degrees and sunny at the Nichols School in Buffalo.

Approximately 80 players attended the tryout and the skill level was extremely high. This event gave us a great look at some of the Iroquois players that aren’t actively involved in the recruiting process and might not frequent recruiting events.

9:30AM
from Lacrosse Magazine
On paper, 16 new rules may look daunting. They may appear to completely change the face of women's lacrosse.

But the difficulty – or perhaps, the lack there of – of implementing each of the 15 new rules affecting game play in 2016, plus the one "big shebang" of the possession clock coming in 2017 for Division I, said NCAA rules committee chair Julie Myers, was not as apparent as NCAA coaches expected.

from LaxPower
Teeter, Lickert-Orr, Gait recognized by IWLCA.

from US Lacrosse
Over the last decade, the college recruiting process has been trending earlier and earlier on an annual basis. Even parents that have been through the process before find the changes dramatic just a few short years later. US Lacrosse is here to help you navigate the process with our recruiting handbooks.

from the Elmira Star Gazette
The evolution of the Elmira High School boys lacrosse program was on display again Thursday afternoon, with senior Joe Cerio signing a National Letter of Intent to play at Division II Mercyhurst University as family, friends and teammates filled the school's community/media room to show their support.

from Georgetown Athletics
Emily Ehle from Baldwinsville, and Christian Brothers Academy among eight players moving on to Georgetown.

from SportsFive.net
Webster Thomas senior attackman Travis Ford signed his NLI, and Spencerport senior Chris Cottom and Victor sophomore Connor Keenan commited to college programs recently.

from LacrosseRecruits.com
One of the most important steps in a student-athlete’s college decision is visiting a school, meeting the people there and getting a feel for the campus.

There is no better way to know which school is the best fit than to visit the campus. You’ll instantly see a snapshot of the school, the culture and more.

12:15AM
from Finger Lakes Lacrosse Club
Jordyn recently committed to the College of St. Rose. Jordyn is a 3 sport athlete at LaFayette HS. He is a leader on the field at attack for the LaFayette Lancers lacrosse team. Jordyn excelled for the Finger Lakes Lacrosse Club during the summers. We wish Jordyn continued success as he takes his talents to the Golden Knights program next year.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that they have invited free agents Ty Thompson and Tim Bergin (bur-GIN) to Training Camp. The forwards will join the Knighthawks on Saturday, Nov. 21st as they open camp at noon at Total Sports Experience in East Rochester.

from Virginia Athletics
Jared Conners is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound defenseman from Pittsford, N.Y. Connors is a 2015 high school All-American. He is the only high school pole on the U19 USA squad that will play at the World Championships next summer in Coquitlam, British Columbia. Conners is a 2014 and 2015 all-county selection and a 2015 Under Armour All-Star. Conners helped Pittsford High School win the Section V Class A championship in 2015 with a 19-1 record.

from WWNYTV.com
And South Jefferson's Sydney Hall signed with LeMoyne College in Syracuse, where she'll continue to play lacrosse. As a midfielder during her junior year, Hall scored 19 goals and added three assists. 7 News went to both signings, and you can see both by clicking on the picture above.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Webster Schroeder High School (NY) 2018 midfield-attack Maddie Bell has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Central Michigan University.

from Lacrosse Magazine
The United Women's Lacrosse League (UWLX), the semi-professional post-collegiate women's lacrosse league in the U.S., today announced its first commissioner, Michele 'DJ' DeJuliis from Princeton, NJ. The UWLX will launch four teams in Baltimore, Boston, Long Island and Philadelphia in May 2016. DeJuliis brings 25 years of experience playing and coaching women's lacrosse.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Ever since the Atlanta Blaze franchise was named as Major League Lacrosse's ninth team, the expansion draft was a huge point of discussion for MLL front office staff, players, media and fans alike. Protected rosters were announced. Who would stay? Who would go?

Then, after 27 minutes on Wednesday, it was all over.
Thursday November 19, 2015 9:45AM
from Lax.com
As one of the premier fall lacrosse tournaments held each year in Upstate New York, the Tully Cornfield Classic features some of the top club lacrosse talent from the Northeast and beyond. Check out Lax.com's first highlight from the event featuring The Hill Academy, Duke's Lacrosse, and Niskayuna!

9:00AM
from The Depew Bee
Anna Orlando, Hannah Nagowski, Riley Lucarelli, Anna Donnelly, Jenna Hagen and Olivia Potts all signed their National Letters of Intent to play lacrosse at the collegiate level.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Come join the Rochester Knighthawks as we kick off the 2016 National Lacrosse League season with a preseason game vs. the Georgia Swarm. All tickets to this exhibition will be free of charge - tickets are required for entry. Seating will be general admission on a first-come-first-serve basis. Tickets do not guarantee entry, please arrive early to secure seats! Season Ticket Holders will be allowed to enter 15 minutes before the general public.

Please use the form . . . to order your tickets.

12:15AM
from the Elmira Star Gazette
Ian Cook said he could catch and pass a lacrosse ball before he could walk. His dedication to the sport, and to his education, helped him land a scholarship to Division I Binghamton University.

from The Rome Sentinel
Therese Pitman, a senior at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School, has earned a scholarship to play Division I lacrosse for the Binghamton University Bearcats next year. She signed her national letter of intent to Binghamton University Tuesday morning at VVS with family and friends attending the signing.

from Major League Lacrosse
The first selection in the 2016 MLL Expansion Draft was Boston Cannons goalie Adam Ghitelman. The Atlanta Blaze stuck with the Boston roster as they went back for picks two and three, with Brodie Merrill and Ryan Tucker respectively. Boston was afforded a small measure of relief in being able to protect Mitch Belisle after loosing there of their players.

from SportsFive.net
Coach Brian Hobart helped three seniors celebrate the signing of their NCAA Division I National Letters of Intent on Tuesday.

Gananda High School celebrated with two seniors who signed National Letters of Intent on Monday morning.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Nyack (N.Y.) 2017 goalie Will Ramos has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Albany.

from US Lacrosse
The US Lacrosse Board of Directors recently adopted a new three-year strategic plan that will shape the organization’s priorities from 2016-2018. The adoption was a key step in the planning process that began in the summer of 2014.

“We’ve done a thorough review of where we are and what we want to try to accomplish in the next three years for the sport and the organization,” said Rich Morgan, chair of the US Lacrosse Board of Directors. “The lacrosse landscape is changing, and we’re adapting our programs and services to extend our reach to help the sport grow.”

The plan focuses on four key areas:
Wednesday November 18, 2015 9:45AM
from the Onondaga Nation
Saturday’s events include Haudenosaunee singing and dancing demonstration at 12:20 by Chris Thomas as well as crafters such as Brandon Lazore, Tracy Thomas, Dawn Doctor and lacrosse stickmaker Alfie Jacques.

from The Chronicle-Express
Sean Emerson, attack, and goalie Gage Ponsetti will attend Siena College located near Albany, and midfielder Austin Fingar will attend Cornell University in Ithaca.

CBA girls lacrosse made history on Tuesday afternoon. The school held a special signing day ceremony to honor a record ten student-athletes to major college programs in one day. Here is a list of the players who will be taking their skills to the next level in 2016. CBA will be a dominant force this season, with so many high caliber players on their roster.

from The Post Star
The girls lacrosse team was most represented with four players: Mara Bureau (University at Albany), Lexi Gordon (University of Vermont), Jill Rizzo (Ohio State University) and Lindsey White (University of Oregon).

from The Niagara Gazette
Lexi Mediak, of Nichols, became the newest Purple Eagle when she signed her National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse for Niagara University.

from The Daily Gazette
Christian Brothers Academy seniors Elliott Raimo, Chris Willox and Jack Zilgme will be signing national letters of intent Wednesday. Raimo is headed to George Washington University to play baseball. Willox and Zilgme, who compete in lacrosse, are bound for Merrimack College and The College of Saint Rose, respectively.

from The Eagle News
Four laxers sign, including Sam Mueller (Hobart College).

Thompson & Sons is run by Mike Thompson out of Akwesasne and he does the carving of the sticks. As a player, Thompson has played in the NLL, for the Iroquois Nationals (most recently at the 2015 WILC), and has two Mann Cups to his name from his time with the Peterborough Lakers. Mike also makes an incredible wooden lacrosse stick!

from Inside Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse welcomes the Atlanta Blaze for the 2016 season, and the inaugural roster will soon begin to take form. The MLL Expansion Draft will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday via teleconference; it is 15 rounds with three minutes per pick for the first five rounds and two minutes after that. Each of the eight current MLL teams protected 12 players and left nine unprotected, for a total available pool of 72 players . . .

from SportsFive.net
"Family" is a word that is often used in association with athletic teams, but it is somewhat unusual to hear it from a group of seniors who are celebrating their individual accomplishments as they sign their National Letters of Intent. It was the case, this week, when six Penfield seniors met to discuss their plans to attend and play lacrosse after graduation.

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from Hobart Athletics
Hobart lacrosse will host two events in December for high school lacrosse players. Friday, Dec. 18 is the prospect camp and on Dec. 19 and 20, the Statesmen will host the program's annual Indoor Winter High School Tournament.

from Navy Athletics
Former Syracuse standout goalkeeper Dom Lamolinara has joined the Navy men’s lacrosse staff as its volunteer assistant it was announced by fifth-year head coach Rick Sowell on Tuesday.

from HigherEdJobs.com
St. Bonaventure University, an NCAA Division I institution and member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, has an immediate opening for a Head Women's Lacrosse Coach. This is a fulltime, 12-month appointment which reports to the Deputy Director of Athletics.

from The Eagle News
Cazenovia High School seniors Olivia McEntee and Sophie Goris last Friday announced their respective plans for where they plan to attend college and play lacrosse.

from The Eagle News
Five senior members of the Cazenovia High School boys lacrosse team last week announced their respective plans for where they plan to attend college and play college lacrosse. T.J. Connellan, Jake Lewis, Jake Stowell, Brenden Whalen and Derek White participated in a press conference, where they either made announcements or signed National Letters of Intent concerning their college plans.

from Faceoff Factory
Faceoff Factory will be returning to Syracuse, New York this year for our Christmas combine. This 3 hour clinic at 481 Sports Center will be held by Joe Nardella (Cazenovia), Mike Poppleton (Manlius-Manlius), and Tim Edwards (Jamesville-DeWitt).

Face-off Factory is also excited to announce the addition of specialized goalie training for this event. This 3 hour clinic will be coached by Alex Krawec (ESM/OCC/Le Moyne) and Ben Romagnoli (Cazenovia).

from Lacrosse Magazine
This year, nominations will be accepted via social media (@Tewaaraton on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) before finalists will be narrowed down and given to our list of 25 former Trophy winners for final selection. For the first time, the Tewaaraton Foundation will honor a men's and women's Legend Award, at our ceremony for the 16th Annual Tewaaraton Award, presented by Under Armour, June 2, 2016 in Washington, DC.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The homepage includes direct access to the team’s Twitter and Instagram accounts to follow up-to-the-minute scores and highlights. A new video portal also showcases the latest goals, interviews and player features. The website features an extensive video archive and direct access to the team’s photo gallery, along with a more comprehensive Hall of Fame section – complete with photos and historical information.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Ryan Walsh, A: The second-year player from Colgate is a monster and a match-up nightmare. He's an imposing six-feet-four-inches tall and 235 pounds and he knows how to finish. After scoring at least 30 goals in each of his four collegiate seasons, he jumped right into the MLL scoring 10 goals in seven games.
Tuesday November 17, 2015 9:15AM
from Syracuse.com
Bob Elmer, who coached the West Genesee girls lacrosse team to 313 victories and seven state championships over 16 seasons, has resigned from teaching and coaching.

West Genesee schools superintendent Chris Brown said that Elmer, a social studies teacher in the district since 1993, has submitted his resignation. It will be accepted by the Board of Education at Wednesday night's meeting.

from WBNG-TV
Jared Nelson committed to Binghamton University . . . and not only does Jared's brother, Jake, also play for Binghamton, but older brother Tucker played through 2015 in Vestal -- and the head coach is their father, Scott.

from the Elmira Star Gazette
Girls player Kaitlyn Lembo is headed to Division 1 Siena College while boys defenseman Darek Blaser will attend Alfred University.

from the Fairfield Patch
Ali Tritschler, left, will be on the equestrian team at the University of Georgia, and Ingrid Backe, right, will be playing lacrosse for Colgate University.

from Inside Lacrosse
Blaze Riorden’s (Fairport) coast-to-coast goal against Cornell in the NCAA Tournament First Round ran away with the Laxies award for Highlight Reel Goal of the Year.

And rightfully so. The goal went viral immediately, gracing Deadspin, Barstool, Sports Illustrated and others shortly after it aired on ESPNU, then earning the No. 5 spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10. The image of the 6-foot, 215-pound goalie sprinting downfield, splitting the defense with a nifty spin move, pump-faking and then burying some high heat captivated non-lacrosse fans as much as diehards.

As color commentator Paul Carcaterra put it, “Are you kidding me?”

Also, PotY and DI PotY Lyle Thompson (LaFayette), John Nostrant's (Baldwinsville) Haverford HS Team of the Year, Bill Tierney (Cortland St.) Coach of the Year and Denver TotY.

from
Irondequoit High School 2016 goalie Max Eismann has made a verbal commitment to play Division II lacrosse at Seton Hill University.

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from LaxAllStars.com
Why mention his college career? It’s worth bringing up because there are no eye-popping stats, no national postseason accolades, and no highlights reels floating around YouTube. He simply played one of the most unheralded roles in lacrosse very well for four years… at Syracuse.

That makes what Jenkins did when put on the world stage with a small program was nothing short of remarkable.

from Gaffer Elite Lacrosse
The 2019 Gaffer Elite Team went 3-0 at the MVP Tournament held at Rider College in New Jersey on 11/8/15.

The leaders on the offensive end were attackmen Connor Kinney, Drew Cartwright, Brendyn Hogue, Brady Hope and Billy Kozloski. This high scoring unit got support from the hard working midfielders: Joe Chedzoy, Colin Neally, Andre Guccia, Tyler Phelps, Jarred Calice and Aaron Tebo.

from The Saratogian
Zach Pierce has been a key member of the varsity football and basketball teams since he was a sophomore and the lacrosse squad since his freshman year. By the time he graduates next spring, he will have played 10 varsity season with the Black Horses.

There was only one sport he wanted to play at the next level, however.

from MassLive.com
Minnechaug girls lacrosse midfielder Jordan Assad signed her national letter of intent with the University at Albany Monday.

Assad, a senior, scored 48 goals and added 41 assists for the Central-West Division I runner-up last season. While she verbally committed to the university as a junior, making things official Monday was an exciting experience for her.

from The Troy Record
Monday was a day to celebrate at The Albany Academies, as seven student-athletes signed their national letters of intent to play at the Division I level next year.

from SportsFive.net
The Sweetlax Lacrosse Club announced their eighth and ninth freshmen to make an NCAA Division I commitments.

from Niagara University Athletics
"Our 2016 schedule will allow us the opportunity to challenge ourselves both physically and mentally prior to heading into MAAC play," head coach Wendy Stone said. "The MAAC has improved top to bottom, and our out of conference schedule should prepare us well for our conference slate.

from Lacrosse Magazine
"I didn't expect this," Rabil said. "On so many levels, there are folks constantly contributing to our sport's bottom-line growth. It's an all-encompassing effort. I'm humbled by this moment, and I want to thank US Lacrosse and all of the nominees for continuing to drive our game's participation and success."

from Major League Lacrosse
“If you’re trying to figure out John Tucker right now, you’re not going to,” said one coach. “He’s just going to beat to his own drum and do his own thing.” There are at least 20 players whose names are thrown around regularly by coaches around MLL as potential Blaze picks. Narrowing that list down to 15 would be difficult enough; factor in Tucker’s tendency to stray from the norm, and it is nearly impossible.

from Lacrosse Magazine
The expansion draft takes place Wednesday and the Blaze will select 15 players (barring a trade involving any of their picks) to form the core of their team. No one knows the ins and outs of the process the Blaze will go through better than two of the men in charge from the previous expansion draft when the Charlotte Hounds and Ohio Machine went through the process in December of 2011.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester will open camp on Saturday at Total Sports Experience in East Rochester (435 West Commercial Street). The Knighthawks will hold fitness testing from noon until 2:00 p.m. and then hit the turf from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. The sessions are free and open to the public.
Monday November 16, 2015 9:15AM
from the Finger Lakes Times
Waterloo senior Vanessa Walters didn’t start playing lacrosse until seventh grade and began to compete at the goalie position only a year later. With three varsity seasons as a starter under her belt, Walters has earned a Division I scholarship.

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from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
Yes, I’m back after an amazing excursion to Australia to visit my son Brian, the well-traveled lacrosse nomad. I’ll talk more about the trip next week, especially how Brian somehow managed to turn it into a lacrosse expedition after all…

But this week I want to talk about some old friends, teammates and some of the first Lakers I had the pleasure of coaching.

from Syracuse.com
Longley has the most common type of MS known as "relapsing-remitting." Patients with this type of MS experience attacks of worsening neurologic function followed by periods when symptoms improve partially or completely.

Longley and his wife have one son, Aidan, 14, who goes to Cicero-North Syracuse High School and plays lacrosse. Longley says watching his son play lacrosse has become one of his favorite things to do in his free time.

from Lacrosse Magazine
The understated, casual post-game conversation between The Hill Academy coach Brodie Merrill and Cornell head man Matt Kerwick didn't tell the full tale.

"Quite a game by 7," Merrill said, walking up the ramp to their locker room at Ohio Stadium.

"He did OK, he did OK," a very happy Kerwick replied.

from Gaffe Elite Lacrosse
Sunday, November 8th, the Gaffer Elite 2016/2017 Team completed a 3-0 record to win their Division at the MVP Tournament at Rider College in New Jersey. The squad was led by the outstanding play of senior goalie Garrett Lazore and his defenders Chris Wieckhorst, Nick Velasquez, Spencer Hartman, Ian Chedzoy, Jake Carlson and Darek Blaser.

from SportsFive.net
The Genesee Valley Lacrosse Officials Association is once again providing training for people who would like to learn how to help conduct the boys game and earn some money in the process. The new official’s orientation classes will start in January. It is great opportunity for someone who is thinking about staying involved in the game and wants to learn what it takes to be a “certified” NYS HS Lacrosse Official.
Sunday November 15, 2015 12:15AM
from Lacrosse Magazine
And so almost 30 members of the U.S. under-19 men's national training team, minus a few still flying in from other parts of the country, sat around three banquet room tables at the Hyatt Place Columbus hotel in groups with shared backgrounds: Long Island guys together at one, college teammates at another.

The arrangement changed quickly.

from Gaffer Elite Lacrosse
Tate Stewart became the eight member of the Gaffer Elite Class of 2016 to make his college commitment, which will be to attend Alfred University. He has shown himself to be the most consistant attack scoring threat for the last two years.

from Cortlandt Daily Voice
[Mike] Smith, a senior midfielder for Solomon, has been a member of varsity since he was in eighth grade. Smith has been an All-Section midfielder for the Sailors, while already scoring more than 100 goals in his career. Smith is on the verge of becoming the all-time leading goal scorer in Hen Hud history.
Saturday November 14, 2015 9:30AM
from The Auburn Citizen
Before a crowd that filled Shotwell Park Wednesday morning, Skaneateles American Legion Post 239 Commander Eric Amberge – an Air Force veteran – echoed those sentiments and summarized those words, saying, “To say words of appreciation is one thing. To act upon them is much different.”

And acting upon their words is exactly what those gathered did on Veterans Day, as they turned out for the sixth annual Veterans Day ceremony jointly hosted by the Skaneateles American Legion and the Skaneateles Girls Lacrosse Association.

from Foster's Daily Democrat
In a span of six days, Julia Luff played in a state championship soccer game, signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I lacrosse in college, and had a graphic design she created selected to be the logo for the Portsmouth First Night celebration.

Luff will attend Marist (N.Y.) College and continue her lacrosse career on a partial athletic scholarship. Her signing ceremony – the actual commitment letter was inked and faxed out earlier this week -- capped a week that saw three Portsmouth seniors (Kobie Taylor and Katie Locandro were the others) sign NLIs to continue playing sports on scholarship in college.

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from Lacrosse Magazine
Ohio State head coach Nick Myers welcomes the U.S. under-19 men's national training team to the Buckeyes' home turf in Columbus this weekend for a three-day training camp. It culminates with a scrimmage against The Hill Academy (Ontario), the Canadian based power, at the Horseshoe at 10 a.m. Sunday.

from Gaffer Elite Lacrosse
Darek Blaser became the seventh member of the Gaffer Elite Class of 2016 to make his college commitment, which will be to attend Alfred University. He has shown himself to be a versatile lacrosse player by playing attack, pole and close defense over the four years with Gaffer Elite.

from WWNY-TV
Senior South Jefferson lacrosse player Lara Podvin made it official Friday, signing a letter of intent to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Albany. (Video)

from Tap Into Cranford NJ
Cranford High School senior Megan Power signed her letter of intent to continue her lacrosse career at Siena College, Wednesday Nov. 11, with many family, friends, coaches and staff looking on.

from Saratoga Today
Brit Douglas, JV lacrosse player and 10th grade student at Ballston Spa High School and Josh Porcell, owner and CEO of Rogue Lacrosse have teamed up with Warrior Lacrosse, King Dyes, Grunt Lacrosse, Darkstar Lacrosse Dyes, East Coast Dyes, The Siena Men’s Lacrosse Team and Swift Stix Lacrosse to support the troops.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The anti-bullying presentation, brought to you by Wellington Steele & Associates, is slated to begin at 8:40 a.m. at the school in Walworth, NY. Walters will convey the Knighthawks’ “We Got Your Back” anti-bullying message and share his personal story with the students, who range in grades K through 5. - See more at: http://www.knighthawks.net/node/6702#sthash.f3KUjaQa.dpuf

from NLL.com
The NLL 30th Anniversary Team will highlight the league's top 30 all-time players during the preseason starting on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The Team will be determined by a vote of the league's covering media whom will rank players #1-30 from the pool of nominees. The nominee list is comprised of NLL Hall of Famers and annual league leaders plus prominent active players with five or more years of NLL experience.

Friday November 13, 2015 8:50AM
from LoHud.com
“We try to educate the parents right off the bat,” [Albany Head Coach Scott] Marr said. “First, we only have 12.6 scholarships for the entire team. It’s not 12.6 per year. Second, we try to help out as many families as we can.

from Your Niskayuna
Within the group were five players moving on to play women’s lacrosse, with twin sisters Alexa Franze and Alissa Franze heading to Binghamton University, and each of Marisa DiVietro (University of North Carolina), Abbey O’Brien (University of Alabama in Huntsville), and Ellie Petraccione (Marist College) heading off on their own.

from SportsFive.net
Six seniors lacrosse players from Pittsford signed National Letters of Intent this afternoon in the gym at Sutherland High School.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Colonie Central 2017 attackman Matt Fisher has made a verbal commitment to play Division II lacrosse at College of Saint Rose.

from the Framingham Patch
Moy played lacrosse while at Ithaca College, and was an assistant coach at Cortland State College, when that team won the NCAA Division 3 national championship in 1975.

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from YourCliftonPark.com
A large crop of the student-athletes that have made such a stretch possible gathered Wednesday for the Plainsmen’s first National Letter of Intent signing ceremony of the school year. Together, the 17-strong cast was a starry one, a group whose collective resume already includes 32 Section II team championships.

from Hartwick Athletics
Members of the Hartwick College women's lacrosse team, including the coaching staff, took the 2015 Binghamton Polar Plunge on Saturday, November 7 at Chenango State Park to raise awareness for the Special Olympics.

from the Buffalo Bandits
The Buffalo Bandits today announced the team has finalized its training camp schedule for the 2016 season. The schedule is highlighted by three preseason scrimmages, as well as the team’s annual open practice and autograph session.

from Penn St. Athletics
Gerard Arceri (Saint James, N.Y.), Nick Cardile (West Grove, Pa.), TJ Connellan (Cazenovia, N.Y.), Colby Kneese (Dallas, Texas), Nick McEvoy (Bethesda, Md.), Mac O'Keefe (Syosset, N.Y.), Kane Randolph (Annapolis, Md.), Jack Rusboldt (Richmond, Va.), Mitch Schaefer (Canandaigua, N.Y.), Conor Smith (West Islip, N.Y.) and Barrett Sutley (Stevenson, Md.) are all set to arrive in Happy Valley.

from Major League Lacrosse
With Major League Lacrosse’s 2016 season just around the corner, coaches are planning and preparing for the MLL Expansion Draft to ensure the most competitive season yet. With John Tucker, formerly of the Boston Cannons, leading the newest team to the League, the Atlanta Blaze, it’s clear that this will be an unprecedented showcase of talent and skill.

from Syracuse.com
Photos of Section 3 signing ceremonies.
Thursday November 12, 2015 9:30AM
from Cornell Athletics
The Cornell women's lacrosse schedule, announced Wednesday by head coach Jenny Graap '86, features a number of elite level non-conference opponents, including the defending national champion and a 2015 national semifinalist, while the Ivy League slate contains a season-finale home matchup against Penn, who eliminated the Big Red from the Ivy League tournament in 2015.

from the Buffalo News
Amherst and Canisius High athletes make commitments today.

from Inside Lacrosse
IL staff members got unfiltered access to many of the top and most intriguing programs throughout the country with the Fallball All-Access series. Then, our writers, videographers and photographers were at all the biggest events. There was a lot to learn about the upcoming lacrosse season; here are a few of our biggest takeaways.

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from Colgate Athletics
The 16-game slate features six home games, highlighted by matchups with regional foe Cornell and defending Patriot League Champion Loyola, as well as 10 road contests.

from Canisius Athletics
The Canisius women’s lacrosse team announced its yearly award winners for the 2015 season this afternoon. The team went 13-6 this past regular season, while going undefeated in MAAC play. The Griffs were defeated in the MAAC Championship by Fairfield, 9-7, after winning the championship the previous four seasons.

from Indian Country Today
Iroquois Nationals head coach Ansley Jemison says the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Program is holding open tryouts this weekend in Buffalo, New York.

from Powell Lacrosse
We had an amazing time this past weekend at the 10th annual Cornfield Classic lacrosse tournament in Tully, NY. As our trucks and trailers came over the rolling upstate countryside littered with dairy cows and soaring silos we were welcomed to town by an old school sign that read “Lacrosse Families Welcome”.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Georgia, the youngest, is Albany's rising star in the cage. Maggie may be a quiet attacker, but don't let her sneak up on you when she gets to Johns Hopkins. And identical siblings Jamie and Lucy will stick together as midfielders for Drexel.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks announced their partnership today with DigitalShift to relaunch the team’s website, www.knighthawks.com. The new-look site will go live at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17th, which is just days before the Knighthawks open their Training Camp on Saturday, Nov. 21st.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Over a two-week period in September, Lacrosse Magazine's staff made the case for 13 finalists for its Person of the Year honor. As we prepare to announce our selection, here's one last look at the biggest newsmakers and influencers of our sport in 2015.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Rorke Denver, an All-American defenseman, played on two Syracuse NCAA title teams before joining the SEALs in 1998. After several combat tours, he was assigned as a senior training officer at BUD/S in the late 2000s when the Navy began looking at candidates' athletic backgrounds.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Liverpool High School (NY) 2016 midfielder Billy Campbell has committed to play Division III lacrosse at SUNY Potsdam.

from LaxAllStars.com
After a Twitter conversation a couple of weeks back with @RPDLacrosse and @Knights_MLAX basically asking “Has Major League Lacrosse improved?”, I had to sit down and really ask myself if the league was in a good place after 15 full seasons, as impartially as I could. I thought about it long and hard, and here is what I came up with. Stay with me if you can, this post is like a three-day bushwack. A safe return is not guaranteed!
Wednesday November 11, 2015 8:45AM
from Syracuse Athletics
The 87,000-square-foot Ensley Athletic Center features a full 120-yard field with a FieldTurf surface lined for football, men's lacrosse and women's lacrosse. The playing surface's footprint is the same as the Carrier Dome's floor. The facility has a 65-foot roof at the peak, enabling passing and kicking activities, and the roof features a one-of-a-kind alternating dormer system that allows in natural light. The Ensley Athletic Center opened in January 2015 as the latest major facility investment for Syracuse Athletics. Located near Manley Field House, just east of J.S. Coyne Stadium, the Ensley Athletic Center is part of the Lampe Athletics Complex.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Waterloo 2016 midfielder Keira O’Connor has committed to play Division III lacrosse at the State University of New York at Cortland.

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from Tri-City Lacrosse
An intermural lacrosse league that took root in the Mohawk Valley over three decades ago is still blossoming into something the area can be proud off. Tri-City Lacrosse LLC, a 501[c][3] organization, from humble beginnings in 1983, built an outdoor sports complex in Rome, NY, on Bartlett Road. Multiple fields will be ready for use in the summer of 2016. [pdf]

from Inside Lacrosse
This past weekend, four college club teams (SDSU, USD, UCLA & ASU) as well as two post-collegiate clubs (SDC and OC) gathered at USD to play in the “Goals for Greer” play day in memory and honor of Greer Goebels. Goebels, a former Colgate player and coach at University of San Diego, passed earlier this month, the day before her club team was set to play at the Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational. Her club won the championship at the event.

from Army West Point Athletics
Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Waagbo and her staff announced their team's 16-game 2016 schedule on Tuesday. The 2016 season will be Army West Point's first at the varsity level and the Black Knights will play all of their home games at Michie Stadium.

from SUNY Albany Athletics
It's 5 o'clock in the morning. Donna Honsinger sleepily tucks herself into a warm corner of the leather couch with a cup of coffee. Her husband, Jay, rubs her feet from the other end of the couch. Greta's tinkling collar breaks the silence in the great room of their yellow, center-hall colonial home on Rosemary Court in Clifton Park, N.Y.

from The Forecaster (ME)
South Portland senior boys’ lacrosse standout Jack Fiorini, joined by his brother, David, left, father and Red Riots coach, Tom, mother, Sally, uncle, John, and his teammates and classmates, signs his National Letter of Intent Tuesday afternoon to attend and play lacrosse for perennial powerhouse Syracuse University, where he plans to study either business or sports management.

from 1045theteam.com
Armen and Levack were live from the JP Honsinger fundraiser on Monday afternoon. And there, they caught up with several local sports figures, including UAlbany men’s lacrosse coach Scott Marr. While talking with Marr, our duo found out about life on the recruiting trail and the Great Danes schedule for next year. UAlbany will feature eight home games next season, an upgrade from last season.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that they have signed free agents Brendon Anger and Jake Lazore. The duo will join the team on Saturday, Nov. 21st, as the Knighthawks open their Training Camp at the East Rochester TSE.

from Lacrosse Magazine
The eighth annual US Lacrosse National Championships will be held July 19-21 (girls) and July 22-24 (boys) at Grand Park in Hamilton County, Indiana. The Yellow Jackets (N.Y.) and FCA National are the defending champions at the U15 level.

from Inside Lacrosse
Looking back at the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse tournament, it would have to be deemed a success.

Syracuse and the surrounding area delivered a feel good environment for the competitors and had enough venues to make a great argument for the future that they should be the host city about every eight years. Tight East coast proximity for around half of the contestants provided easy access to the rootsy traditional feel and carnival atmosphere supplied by the host Onondaga Nation. The World Championships were a well-hosted tournament by all accounts, from what hear with those I have spoken with.
Tuesday November 10, 2015 9:05AM
from News10.com
Like most 12-year olds, J.P. Honsinger loves sports with basketball and lacrosse being his favorites. But he’s in the midst of a fight that most kids his age wouldn’t understand let alone encounter.

J.P. suffers from Niemann Pick Type C Disease or childhood Alzheimer’s.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (MA) 2018 defenseman-LSM Mark Synnott has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Hobart College.

from Dr. Fred Opie
I am an avid goal setter. I recall in my senior year at Syracuse University (SU) in 1985, I set my sites on becoming a public school teacher and lacrosse coach in a district where I could have an impact.

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from TheWrap.com
XLrator Media has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the inspirational feature documentary “Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation” for release on its Lifeframe documentary label in November 2016 to mark Native American Heritage Month.

The documentary follows The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team on the road as they compete in the 2015 World Box Lacrosse Championships.

from Syracuse.com
Another National Letter-of-Intent signing day is upon us. Schools throughout Section III are planning signing ceremonies this week for their athletes, who will sign binding agreements committing themselves to their new colleges and universities.

from Niagara University Athletics
Purple Eagles women's lacrosse head coach Wendy Stone named four players as team captains for the upcoming 2016 season on Monday. Senior defender Elizabeth Benedict, senior midfielder Danielle Maio (Rush Henrietta), junior defender Kara Martin (Victor), and senior midfielder Jaclyn Schreiber (West Seneca) will serve as the leaders of the team next spring.

from Sweetlax Lacrosse
During the day on Sunday the team defeated LI Express North (NY), Blue Star Lacrosse (NJ), and Edge Ontario (Canada). The team will be competing again this weekend at the Big 12 Fall Invitational in Colombia, MD.

from LaxAllStars.com
The US powered past Israel in the 2015 WILC Bronze Medal game, 15-4, to claim their fourth bronze medal in as many World Indoor Championships. While everyone pretty much expected the US to win the Bronze, very few people thought that Israel would made it to the Final Four. Except me. I don’t love to boast, but I did get this one absolutely spot on correct.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Lacrosse is the fastest-growing college sport in the nation, according to the annual NCAA Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report released Oct. 29, and boasts graduation success rates in the top five for men's and women's sports as announced by the NCAA this past week.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks forward Joe Walters will be back in the community on Wednesday, Nov. 11th, as he brings the team’s “We Got Your Back” anti-bullying message to Boy Scout Troop 474.
Monday November 9, 2015 9:30AM
from NYS Lax Shootout

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from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
Dan should be back from his version of a walkabout next week, but until then he'd like you to consider the value of community service . . .

I don’t mean that community service is no longer an option – I mean that it is no longer “optional.” I’ve said this before: if your team, or your kid’s team, doesn’t do some sort of community service project, then the captains and coaches aren’t doing their job. It’s that simple.

from SportsFive.net
The Greater Rochester Chapter of US Lacrosse held their 2015 Hall of Fame dinner Friday night at the Burgundy Basin Inn in Pittsford. Hall of Fame Just under one hundred lacrosse fans and celebrities gathered to honor the twenty-second Hall of Fame Class.
Sunday November 8, 2015 12:15AM

from Lacrosse Magazine
Lacrosse Magazine asked 12 Division I lacrosse coaches about the qualities that separate the good coaches from the great ones. With the 2016 season in sight, here are 10 tips to take with you to the sideline.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Seton Catholic 2018 midfielder Maddie Williams has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Albany.

from LaxPower
The NCAA issues an annual report on sports sponsorship, participation, and squad sizes. Their most recent report, which contains detailed information by gender and division for the period from 1982 through 2015, shows that 42.0% of NCAA member institutions sponsor women's lacrosse (up from 25.3% 10 years ago), and 31.3% sponsor men's lacrosse (up from 20.5% 10 years ago).
Saturday November 7, 2015 12:15AM
from Indian Country Today
The GA Swarm hosted a press conference on October 26th featuring the Thompson brothers and the first Georgia drafted player, local favorite Rick Lewis of Cumming, GA. The inaugural season for the NLL Georgia Swarm begins in January 2016.

from the Buffalo Bandits
The Buffalo Bandits today announced the renewal of the Buffalo Bandits School Program, which will return this December.

As part of the program, Bandits players Mark Steenhuis, Dhane Smith, Ryan Benesch, David Brock, Nick Weiss, Brandon Goodwin, Mitch Jones, Adam Will and Anthony Malcolm, as well as Bandits mascot Rax, will visit Western New York and Southern Ontario schools to deliver informative and interactive presentations for students.

from Finger Lakes Lacrosse Club
Ryan Agedal recently committed to Rochester Institute of Technology. Ryan is a 3 sport athlete at LaFayette HS. He is the quarterback of the football team, guard on the basketball team, and a 2 time captain at the midfield for the lacrosse team. Ryan excelled for the Finger Lakes Lacrosse Club during the summers. He is currently first in his class academically. We wish Ryan continued success as he takes his hard work ethic to the RIT tigers next year.

from US Lacrosse
The 10 a.m. game marks a rare opportunity for fans to get free admission to Ohio Stadium, also known as “The Horseshoe,” as America’s top high school and college lacrosse players take on Canada’s top prep school team. Team USA is led by Nick Myers, head coach of Ohio State’s men’s lacrosse team. Myers guided the Buckeyes to the Big Ten tournament championship game and NCAA tournament quarterfinals in 2015.
Friday November 6, 2015 12:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
The five-time World Champion Rochester Knighthawks are teaming up with Inside Lacrosse to host the first-ever Box Lacrosse Prospect Day. The day-long event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 9 at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena prior to the Knighthawks’ home opener against the Colorado Mammoth.

from Hobart Athletics
On Friday, Nov. 6, the Hobart lacrosse team will be run a skills clinic and demonstration for the Geneva Community Center Kids Night Out. "We're thrilled to support the Geneva Community Center," Hobart Head Coach Greg Raymond said. "As leaders on our campus and in this community, the Hobart lacrosse team continuously looks for creative ways to spend quality time with the youth of Geneva.

from Hartford Athletics
Rounding out the Hawks' captains is [Jake] Vogl (Aquinas Institute), a midfielder from Rochester, N.Y. Vogl saw his junior campaign get cut short in 2015 as he appeared in 10 games before suffering a season-ending injury against UMBC. During his career, he has logged time in 31 games, amassing 33 ground balls, eight caused turnovers and three an assist. Vogl is an accounting major who has earned America East Commissioner's Honor Roll status three times.

from Lacrosse Magazine
"It was simply a poor event, to the point of embarrassment." That was how Lacrosse described Los Angeles World Lacrosse '84, a six-day, 16-game event staged just ahead of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Also included in the November 1984 issue: A look at 1932, when lacrosse was last part of the Olympics, a profile of West Genesee coach Mike Messere, and a story on the Vail summer tournament.

from LaxAllStars.com
This week I fix up an Old Wooden Goalie Stick. Welcome to Traditional Thursday! It’s an old Bacharach Rasin wooden goalie stick… I think!
Thursday November 5, 2015 9:15AM
from LaxLessons.com
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Boland is a member of the Victor HS program that defeated Manhasset to win the 2015 Class B state title. Boland, who visited Penn State in early September, is an athletic player who also excels in football and ski racing.

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from USA Today
While it is one thing for a teenager to say they want to play NCAA Division I college lacrosse some day, and another to make that happen, Pittsford Mendon’s John Galbraith Jr. had clues he was on track.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Liverpool High School 2016 midfielder Jon Jerman has committed to play Division III lacrosse at SUNY, Potsdam.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Granite Bay High School (CA) 2017 defenseman Spencer Carlson has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at University of Albany.

from Sweetlax Lacrosse
This past weekend the Sweetlax 2020’s traveled to Pasadena, MD to compete in the Battle on the Bay tournament. Sweetlax finished the first day 3--?0 with victories over Koopers (Maryland), Next Level (NY), and Texas Mustangs (Texas).

from Princeton Athletics
Braedon Gait (CBA - Syracuse) had three goals after not scoring at all as a freshman. Bonafede, J.T. Caputo and Austin Sims also had two goals each; none had a goal in the 2015 season.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks have signed two more free agents in preparation for the team’s Training Camp, which kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 21st. The Knighthawks latest invitees are forward Mike Mawdsley (MAUDS-lee) and defenseman Adam Yee.

from the Buffalo Bandits
Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-888-467-2273. Individual game tickets will go on sale on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 9 a.m. and can be purchased in person at the First Niagara Center box office, online at Tickets.com, or by phone at 1-888-467-2273.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Dirty Lax, a team comprised of Canadian and Iroquois professional players — including NCAA championship MVP Wesley Berg and the heralded Thompson brothers — defeated four-time defending champion Wimmer Solutions 9-8 in the men's elite final.

from Lacrosse Magazine
The historical significance of the addition — Hampton is the first historically black college or university since Morgan State in 1981 to field a Division I men's program — is not lost on anyone involved in the story, but to hear Marshall tell it, adding varsity men's lacrosse, as well as women's soccer for this season, was part of a broader enrollment strategy for the university.
Wednesday November 4, 2015 9:00AM
from RecruitingRundown.com
Danny Maltz ’19, A, SweetLax / Riverside (Va.) – Maryland
Isaiah Skidders ’19, A, SweetLax / Salmon River (N.Y.)
Jack Brennan ’19, A, SweetLax / Irondequoit (N.Y.)

Skidders, rocking the familiar braid that natives sport, played similar to a Thompson brother. He worked hard to create his own shot, using creative means to do it. He was a fearless dodger to the front of the net and once he got there, he finished. Brennan was the best off-ball player of the three, scoring at least three goals against NXT. He was crafty without the ball, back cutting his defenseman and simply found ways to put the ball in the back of the net. It will be fun to see these three grow and play together.

from US Lacrosse
Midfielders are do-it-all players. They run the offense. They command the defense. Most are driven by the desire to score rather than the desire to do full-field sprints, but they do it anyway because they know it’s their job.

But how many attackers know their role also overlaps with that of midfielders?

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from Powell Lacrosse
When I was in college I lived with Ansley Jemison for a while. Ansley is an Iroquois, a member of the Seneca Nation’s Wolf Clan and has been around lacrosse since birth. I will never forget the day we were checking out some old wooden sticks that were clearly over 100 years old. He picked one up and examined it, felt it and cradled with it. He said, “this stick belonged to a lefty”. I will never forget that moment.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Every lacrosse player has an injury story — that moment she realizes how much she appreciates the body that moves her up and down the field, because suddenly something happens and that same body is no longer as capable as it once was. Lauren Gorajek's story trumps most.

from Marist Athletics
The Marist women’s lacrosse team and head coach Jessica O’Brien have selected three captains for the upcoming season. Seniors Allison Gionta, Kara McHugh and Brittany Tricarico will lead the Red Foxes as determined by a team vote.

from Lacrosse Magazine
LeMoyne's Jessica Antelmi has primary responsibility for the Dolphins' offense, and in 2015 coached the IWLCA Division II Attacker of the Year, Erica Geremia, who was one of the team's five All-American selections. Antelmi helped lead the team to the NCAA Semifinals and according to head coach Kathy Taylor, LeMoyne is "just plain better for having her with us. She is hard working, intelligent, organized and efficient. Her loyalty is undeniable and she is all in on whatever task she takes on."

from Le Moyne Athleticsa
The Le Moyne College women's lacrosse team will be holding its inaugural Lacrosse Play Day on Sunday, December 20, 2015 in the Recreation Center on campus. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for 3rd-8th graders and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.for high school players. The play day will be conducted by head coach Kathy Taylor, assistant coaches Jessica Antelmi and Justin Demuth, as well as current Le Moyne student-athletes.

from LaxAllStars.com
By the end of this article I hope that you’re on board with giving a kid by the name of Matt Stem $35 of your hard earned money. Right now, there is potential for lacrosse to change lives within our surrounding communities who are struggling as they live in poor conditions most do not realize exist in the United States.

from LaxLessons.com
"There were many factors that influenced my decision. At the end of the process, I felt Army West Point was the right fit for me. The school has a great academic reputation, a great tradition of excellence and leadership, and it is close enough to home that my family can visit and see games. On top of that, I will have the honor to serve my country after graduation."

from LaxPower
The Division I lacrosse coaches have recently submitted proposed legislation to the NCAA to make September 1 of the junior year the initial date for all contact between a prospect/guardians and Division I coaches. As the NCAA is considering the proposal, we are trying to provide them with evidence that the proposal is supported by more than just coaches. If you agree that the recruiting process is starting to early, you can show your support by visiting this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JD7TK32
Tuesday November 3, 2015 12:15AM
from TopLaxRecruits.com
Patrick Sullivan figured no one would understand why he trekked from Upstate New York to compete in Sunday’s Southern Showcase in Mercer University.

But Sullivan had his reasons – and the results were fantastic.

from Lacrosse Magazine
After 37 consecutive wins that spanned 24 years and seven world championship events, the United States finally lost a game in Federation of International Lacrosse Men’s U19 world championship play. Canada upset the U.S. 11-9 in overtime during pool play in Finland. Three days later, the U.S. fell to the Iroquois Nationals 15-13.

The U.S. rebounded in heroic fashion, avenging both losses, to capture the world championship, its seventh straight, but a changing world dynamic was evident.

from Inside Lacrosse
The 25th anniversary year of the Hawaii Lacrosse Tournament is in the books. DirtyLax, which featured the Thompsons, beat Wimmer Solutions, 9-8, in the men's elite championship game. San Diego beat Breakaway in the finals. San Diego was playing for Greer Goebels (jersey No. 13), a fallen teammate who they honored with "GG" armbands.

San Diego Club players honoring their teammate and @ColgateLacrosse alum Greer Goebels who died Wednesday.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks fans can circle their calendars, as individual tickets for the 2016 season will go on sale on Monday, Nov. 16th at 10:00 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.com.
Monday November 2, 2015 9:00AM
from TopLaxRecruits.com
Ocean Township High School (NJ) 2018 defenseman Richie Bianchi has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Siena College.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Westwood High School (MA) 2019 midfielder Michael Swirbalus has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Cornell University and begin the admissions process.

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from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
Dan is still roaming the Outback, but he submitted this essay before he left

Never heard of this award? It’s an annual honor presented to two Oswego State lacrosse alumni who have made significant contributions to the Laker lacrosse program. As the plaque reads . . .

from SportsFive.net
Kyle O`Dea, a Victor Senior defenseman, recently announced his commitment to attend and play lacrosse at St. John Fisher College. While playing for the Cardinals, Kyle plans to study at Fisher`s brand new Health Sciences Building and Wegman`s School of Pharmacy.

from Inside Lacrosse
Check out Saturday's photos from the 25th anniversary of the Hawaii Lacrosse Tournament. Photos from Friday's Day 1 are here and for up-to-the-minute developments from the tournament, follow @HawaiiLax on Twitter. Photographer John Strohsacker is capturing the event all weekend. Stay tuned for photos from Sunday's action, as well as score results and more from the annual fall lacrosse getaway.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Looking to play lacrosse in college? Maybe you have a friend or family member you want to help reach the highest level in the sport, or perhaps you didn't make the team but haven't given up hope. Eight Division I coaches shared their top tips with Girls Lacrosse HQ to help young recruits reach the next level.
Sunday November 1, 2015 9:45AM
from RecruitingRundown.com
Champion Lacrosse will host the event, which plays the Middle School division (High School Classes of 2020 and 2021) on Saturday, Oct. 31, and JV (2018, 2019) and Varsity (2016, 2017) on Sunday, Nov. 1. Participating clubs include CNY Roadhawks, Edge Ontario, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Hamburg, Hill Academy, Navigator, Orange Crush, St. Joseph’s, Western Door and the Western Royals. Each team will get at least one game in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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from TopLaxRecruits.com
Cicero-North Syracuse High School (NY) 2016 defenseman Matthew Townsend has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Nazareth College.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Former Rochester Knighthawks forward Andrew Whipple will be among the five newest members of the Greater Rochester Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. On Friday, November 6th, Whipple will join Joseph Corcoran (posthumously), Terry Corcoran, George Forsyth and Joan Sitterly in the Class of 2015. The 22nd Annual U.S. Lacrosse Greater Rochester Chapter Hall of Fame Dinner will take place at the Burgundy Basin Inn at 1361 Marsh Road in Pittsford.

from Inside Lacrosse
The 25th anniversary of the Hawaii Lacrosse Tournament is here. Photographer John Strohsacker is capturing the event all weekend, kicking off with Friday's game action. Stay tuned for photos each day, as well as score results and more from the annual fall lacrosse getaway.