The reigning East Division champion Buffalo Bandits tied the Colorado Mammoth for the best home record (8-1) in the NLL a season ago. On Saturday night in western New York, the Mammoth defense was supreme in Colorado’s 12-8 road win at KeyBank Center on Opening Night.
A hot goalie at one end of the floor cooled down the offense on the other end, as the Buffalo Bandits fell 12-8 to the Colorado Mammoth on Friday night at KeyBank Center. A late rally got the team to within four, but it wasn’t enough to salvage a game in which they never led.
“We say in the room 'everything is correctable',” Dawson said. “It's things that we can control. They deserved to win tonight. They were the better team, but a lot of that was on us. Getting beat to the bench, getting beat in transition, not finishing our chances, not making saves, not executing on the power play. Those are correctable things in the game, and that's the positive side of tonight.
Receiving 7.584% more votes than Trinity’s Martha Griffin, Cortland's Tara Monaghan is IL’s first-ever Laxies women’s Division III Player of the Year. Monaghan was named a first-team All-American and the SUNYAC Player of the Year after registering 80 goals and 14 assists in 2016.
Gather those you love in the coziest room in your home. You’ve battened down the storm windows and doors. You’ve defied the insidious commands of cyber shopping and supported local merchants. Breathe deep, relax and enjoy each other. I offer my annual Holiday wishes, glances, hopes for what has been and what may be.
Kylea Dobson and Andrea Fisher each had two goals and an assist and Canada won 12 of the 13 draws while holding off Team USA, 8-7, Friday night in the first girls’ game (U17) held at the Brogden Cup in Tampa, FL.
Bailey Konen (Massapequa, SUNY Geneseo commit) and James Hall (Massapequa) each had two goals and an assist to lead a balanced attack as team USA defeated Team Canada, 13-11, Friday in the opening game of the Brogden Cup at the University of Tampa.
Bryan Kelly has been the Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Calvert Hall College in Suburban Baltimore since 1996. He is a 3 Time Coach of the Year '96, '03, '12. Coached the Cardinals to 2 MIAA Championships. He was an All American Defenseman at The University of North Carolina where he captained the 1991 National Championship Team. He and host Fred Opie talk about setting healthy boundaries for your players, verbal commits, and FCA
By this time next week, it’ll be 2017. However, before tens of thousands of Buffalonians watch the ball drop from the top of the Electric Tower, tens of thousands of Bandits fans will pack KeyBank Center on Friday night to watch the ball drop on the 2017 NLL season.
Quinn Powless (2+0) and rookie Josh Currier (1+1) led the Knighthawks with two points each. Currier, though he wished for a better outcome at the end of the game, was happy to make an impact in his first game in the teal and purple.
The Buffalo Bandits will open up the 2016-17 season Friday night when they host the Colorado Mammoth. The Bandits were two wins shy of winning their fifth Champions Cup last season after they made it to the finals last season. In the end they lost a tightly contested series with the Saskatchewan Rush 2-0, with both games decided by two goals or less.
The spring sports season is just around the corner, and with that in mind, the Elmira College women's lacrosse team has released its slate of games for the upcoming 2017 season. Led by second-year head coach Alexa Tardif, the Soaring Eagles will navigate their way through a 17-game regular season that will include 10 home contests, the most in Elmira's 18-year history.
The Knighthawks missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 2010, so what did Curt Styres do? The team owner and general manager retooled a Rochester roster that has undergone one of the biggest overhauls in team history.
The Rochester Knighthawks will open their 23rd season in the National Lacrosse League on Thursday, Dec. 29 when they battle the rival Toronto Rock at 7:30 p.m. at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena.
With the 2017 opener Thursday night in Rochester, though, let’s get to what our staff sees. The teams are ranked in order, 1 through 9, with points awarded thusly: 9 points for No. 1, 8 points for No. 2, 7 points for No. 3, etc.
The police officer spied the five-liter Ford Mustang peeling down the Ontario highway, some 80 kilometers over the limit, and gave chase with his siren blaring. Expecting some speed-thirsty punk behind the wheel, the officer instead found an embarrassed 19-year-old, who quickly offered an excuse for his haste. “I’m really sorry, officer,” blurted Gary Roberts. “Believe it or not, I’m trying to race back to play in a championship lacrosse game.”
With heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures across the country, it may seem like winter is here to stay, but hopes of warmer weather is only a few months away, as is the 2017 spring sports season. With the upcoming year quickly approaching, the Elmira College men's lacrosse team has released its 2017 schedule, which will consist of 14 games, including six on Elmira's Campus Field.
A rising tide lifts all boats.
Seldom do you see college women's and men's lacrosse coaches collaborate the way they have in the effort to push through early recruiting legislation that seemingly had no shot, but now stands on the precipice of adoption. Throw US Lacrosse's reach and influence into that equation, and now you have a recipe to make a difference.
Defending champion Salisbury is the No. 1 team in the 2017 Face-Off Yearbook rankings. The Sea Gulls were nearly perfect last season, with one blemish to York on their resume en route to the national championship. In 2017, Salisbury returns its starting defense and attack as well as experience at the midfield.
Ithaca went to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2016 and is No. 2, followed by RIT, York and Tufts.
Forgive me if I offend, but we’ve all received over-bearing – but well-intended – annual summaries from friends and family at this time of the year, highlighting, and often bragging just a little, the family’s accomplishments over the past 12 months. For this purpose, I created the Turners, a fictional lacrosse family who perhaps overdoes it a bit. Faithful RTD readers read their 2014 letter and then their 2015 letter. Here, then, is their greatly-anticipated 2016 letter:
Lacrosse fans won't forget 2016, a year full of history-making and record-shattering moments. But which players, coaches, games and moments stood out above the rest?
You voted. We debated. Here are the winners.
And they all have one goal in mind: getting back to the Finals, and this time finishing the job. The drive for five has officially begun, settling for nothing less; no dress rehearsal, no late bus, no excuses.
The Le Moyne Dolphins are No. 1 in the 2017 Face-Off Yearbook rankings. The Dolphins are the reigning champions following a 20-0 season in 2016. A young group has 17 new faces, but Le Moyne has shown an ability to reload consistently.
Epoch Lacrosse, a manufacturer of innovative technologically advanced lacrosse equipment, is proud to announce the signing of their first endorsed National Lacrosse League professional lacrosse player, Ryan Benesch, to a multi-year deal. Ryan is an elite forward for the Buffalo Bandits who has a reputation for being a deadly goal scorer, leading the league in goals in 2011.
In just three days, the Rochester Knighthawks will open their 2017 season against the Toronto Rock. Knighthawks players Brad Gillies, Dan Lomas and Dan Dawson, however, started their Opening Night preparations a couple of days early.
The 31st season in the storied history of the National Lacrosse League begins this Thursday, December 29th, as the Toronto Rock head south of the boarder to take on the Rochester Knighthawks in a battle of East Division rivals. Faceoff is set for 7:30 P.M. ET at the Blue Cross Arena.
Here are a list of Coaching Opportunities that have been brought to our attention. If your team requires additional Coaching Staff you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Updated to included Churchville-Chili (12/19) and Newark (12/25).
Perviously a number of teams had NLI signings for their upcoming classes. Webster Thomas, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor and Pal-Mac have all had players sign to continue playing lacrosse in their college years.
“It has been such an incredible honor to serve as Commissioner of Major League Lacrosse for all these years,” Commissioner Gross said. “To be a part of building a league from the ground up has been rewarding and has given meaning to my professional working career.”
The Gloversville Enlarged School District is talking about the possibility of creating a girls lacrosse program for the spring sports season. During Wednesday’s meeting, Athletic Director Michael DeMagistris told the district’s board of education that he was looking into creating the junior varsity level program after having extra funding left over.
The Rochester Knighthawks announced today the signing of Torrey VanEvery to a one-year deal. The Six Nations product is no stranger to the team, having first signed with Rochester in October of 2012 after attending the team’s tryout camp.
The Syracuse men's lacrosse team will duplicate its entire 2016 slate in 2017, highlighted by seven home dates. 2016 NCAA Tournament participants Albany and Duke and longstanding rival Virginia are set to visit the Carrier Dome this season.
For the first time ever in a professional lacrosse game (Guinness World Records application has been submitted), four siblings will all compete in the same game when the “Thompson Brothers” hit the floor. Lyle, Miles and Jerome from the Swarm will square off against their oldest brother, Jeremy, and the two-time defending champion Rush.
The United Women's Lacrosse League (UWLX) announced on Thursday that Michele DeJuliis will be stepping down as UWLX Commissioner after serving in that role over the past year. In conjunction with the announcement, former National Lacrosse League (NLL) Commissioner George Daniel has been named advisor to a transitional team that will lead the search for the next league commissioner.
Five home games, matchups with four NCAA Tournament teams, and six Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contests highlight the 2017 Canisius Men’s Lacrosse schedule, head coach Randy Mearns announced Wednesday.
Host Fred Opie talks with wife and husband Jennifer and Adam Silver who were student athletes at West Point Military Academy. They have a son who is a student athlete at West Point, and two younger children at home, one male one female. We delve into the recruiting process in light of decision-making ability of teenagers, setting reasonable club and tournament restrictions, concussions, gender differences in coaching youth sports, and the biological changes that happens in athletes between the ages of 13 and 20.
Syracuse head women's lacrosse coach Gary Gait has put together the most challenging schedule in school history for his 2017 Orange. Fourteen of the 18 regular-season games are against teams that participated in last year's NCAA Tournament, including national champion North Carolina.
"We are really excited to kick off the season at home this year and while we see some familiar teams on our schedule, I think having some fresh opponents will challenge us and best prepare us for conference play," stated head coach Stephanie Allen.
"We're very excited about this year's schedule," said head coach Bryana Borrelli. "Our out of conference opponents will challenge us and push us to be at our best day in and day out. This is exactly what we need in order to get one step further to a MAAC Championship. With 10 new additions to our roster, coupled with the returning talent to our team we know that this 2017 campaign will be a special journey."
Seth Thornton is a junior lacrosse star for Scarsdale High in suburban New York (he has also played for the school’s football team). He’s also a heck of an athlete with a powerful base, as one recent foe found out the hard way.
The Canisius College women’s lacrosse team has officially released its schedule for the 2017 season, head coach Scott Teeter announced Tuesday. The schedule is highlighted by three matchups against teams ranked in the top-20 of the 2016 IWLCA coaches poll, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Syracuse and No. 10 Northwestern.
A group of Native American high school girls (Salmon River) defied tradition by playing—and excelling at—lacrosse. The documentary “Keepers of the Game” reveals both the triumphs and obstacles team and the girls individually experienced. In this inspiring and emotional encore presentation, we talk with some of the key people featured in the documentary. We also hear from the director about making the film and how it’s received by audiences and critics. We’ll also explore the history of lacrosse and what it means for girls to take up the sport.
The reigning national champion North Carolina Tar Heels dot the line at No. 1 in the 2017 Face-Off Yearbook rankings. Carolina has four first-team Face-off Yearbook All-Americans in Maggie Auslander, Maggie Bill, Marie McCool and Caylee Waters.
The Long Island native and son of former NY Giants star and Fordham head football coach Ed Danowski had a sucessful stint at Hofstra University before heading south to take over at Duke, where he has won three NCAA championships. He was recently tapped to be the head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team for the next World Championships. We caught him on our hot seat for this month's Give and Go interview.
The team will also be offering special ticket packages for the game that will feature a Bandits-themed tuxedo T-shirt. Those ticket packages include one 100 level ticket and T-shirt for $35 or one 300 level ticket and T-shirt for $25. For fans who already have tickets to the home opener, the tuxedo T-shirts will be available for purchase in the Sabres Store. Bandits season ticket holders can receive a 40 percent discount on the T-shirt by presenting their game ticket.
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The Denver Pioneers are No. 1 in the 2017 Face-Off Yearbook rankings. The Pioneers have three first-team All-Americans, with senior attackman Connor Cannizzaro, senior Tyler Pace and junior face-off specialist Trevor Baptiste all on the team.
Colgate women's lacrosse head coach Heather Young has announced the 2017 schedule featuring eight home games at Beyer-Small '76 Field. The Raiders will face a challenging schedule with teams from five different conferences, including a trip to Fresno State for Colgate's first trip to California since 2009.
The Wellesley, MA native started in all 16 games his senior season scoring on his only shot attempt of the season against Endicott College on March 3, 2016. The three-time Liberty League All-Academic selection also started all 18 games in his junior campaign scoring his first career goal against SUNY-Oneonta (March 5, 2015).
Allison Daley (Canisius '11 '13) joins the Blue Hens as an assistant coach while Dené DiMartino (Johns Hopkins '16) will serve as a volunteer assistant coach.
An IWLCA Regional All-American, MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-MAAC goalie at Canisius from 2008-11, Daley spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach and the director of recruiting at Binghamton University, where she mentored 11 All-Conference honorees.
The Buffalo Bandits are gearing up to compete in their 26th season in 2017, and they are looking to wash the taste of defeat out of their mouths. The Bandits had a resurgent season under third-year head coach Troy Cordingley in 2016. The team went 13-5 (including an 8-1 home record) and dispatched the New England Black Wolves in a two-game sweep in the East Division finals. However, they fell short in the Champion’s Cup Finals against Saskatchewan, losing 2-0 in the best-of-three series.
This is a big year for the USA, although the numbers aren’t staggering. 13 Americans will be suiting up with the starting rosters, combining with another 6 currently on practice rosters or injured. Of those 19 athletes, 11 of which are rookies, or without any regular season minutes. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
"We're very excited about this year's schedule," said head coach Bryana Borrelli. "Our out of conference opponents will challenge us and push us to be at our best day in and day out. This is exactly what we need in order to get one step further to a MAAC Championship. With 10 new additions to our roster, coupled with the returning talent to our team we know that this 2017 campaign will be a special journey."
The Patriot League and CBS Sports Network announced today its television schedule for the 2017 lacrosse season, which features nine nationally televised men's lacrosse contests including both the semifinals and championship game of the Men's Lacrosse Championship.
The side is highlighted by the return of the NLL’s reigning Most Valuable Player, Dhane Smith. Smith, who broke the NLL record for goals and points last year, will be joined by the rest of the team’s top seven leaders in scoring from last season. Joining the team for his first year with the Bandits is last year’s NLL Transition Player of the Year, Brad Self. Team captain Billy Dee Smith returns to the squad for his 15th season with the organization.
The Rochester Knighthawks announced their 20-man roster and practice squad today for the 2017 season. The Knighthawks have strengthened their roster by stocking this year’s club with draft picks, free agents and a key veteran.
After more than 30 years, the National Lacrosse League (NLL), the largest men’s professional indoor lacrosse league in North America, has a new logo. The updated design was unveiled and streamed live on NLLTV.com as part of a special ceremony attended by NLL leadership and hundreds of fans at Mohegan Sun Casino. The announcement is part of a bold new chapter for the League as it continues investment in digital technology and strategic partnerships that will transform the traditional sports viewing experience.
Today we’re talking about the longest game in boys’ high school lacrosse history. On April 4, 1985, St. Anne’s-Belfield (Charlottesville, Va.) met Western Albemarle (Crozet, Va.) in the Dogwood Tournament. These teams played a 14 overtime game, which stands as the known record for the longest game played.
Dan Sheehan is in his 20th season as the men's lacrosse head coach at LeMoyne. One of the nation's most successful lacrosse coaches, Dan has posted a 269-46 (.854) overall mark, including five National Championship game victories. His 269 career victories are the 24th-most in the history of NCAA lacrosse.
Mike Mahoney took over the head coaching duties for men's lacrosse in the fall of 1997. Under Mahoney, the Saints experienced immediate success and have continued to excel. Following the 2016 season, Mike has posted a 201-93 (.684) record in the past 19 seasons, with 16 of those teams earning post-season bids including the 2016 team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament semifinal.
Marist men’s lacrosse senior captain Jimmy Murphy will wear no. 34 for the duration of the 2017 season in honor of the late Edward Coombs. Murphy will be the third player in program history to wear no. 34 for a full season, joining Dave Scarcello ’15 and Joseph Radin ’16.
In the winter of 1976 Ed Howard had just become the newest of a long list of, what Hobart All American and Associate Head Lacrosse Coach at the University Virginia, Marc Van Arsdale has coined, DNPs—guys who did not play in high school.
Following the 2014 Tewaaraton Award ceremony in Washington, D.C. — when Albany attackmen Lyle and Miles Thompson made history as the first-ever Native American recipients — Alie Jimerson returned home inspired.
Jimerson, who received the 2014 US Lacrosse Native American scholarship at the event, recognized the impact the Thompson brothers had made on the sport and wanted to “make a bigger impact on the women’s side,” she said afterward. She too was headed to Albany.
Harambe? Yes! Lacrosse stick? No. This makes people really upset. Only in the year 2016 could we reach a point where people are using all-caps words to describe their disgust at not having a pictogram to use in lieu of words. Bless millenials. (I am one.)
“You felt it in the environment; you felt it in the air,” says Bill O’Brien, a longtime friend and co-founder of Thompson Brothers Lacrosse, who joined Thompson on the trip from the Onondaga Nation to North Dakota. “People wanted to hear him speak. They wanted to know what he had to say.”
The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that they have signed Tyler Ferreira to a one-year deal. The 23-year-old was thrilled to get calls Wednesday night from Rochester head coach Mike Hasen and Knighthawks general manager Curt Styres. He got the nod just in time to make practice at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.
The National Lacrosse League (NLL), the largest men’s professional indoor lacrosse league in North America, today announced that it has partnered with Warrior Sports, a division of New Balance and one of the sporting goods industry’s premier manufacturers, in an agreement that will span the 2017-2019 seasons. As a key part of the partnership, Warrior will provide the NLL with stick handles and heads, as well as full equipment for players across nine teams in the United States and Canada.
MLL Press Box is collecting stories from some of the top players in Major League Lacrosse to learn how they started playing the game in our series titled: Introduction to the Game. These first-person narratives offer glimpses into how the top players in the world made it to the pinnacle of their sport and how they fell in love with the game.
This installment was penned by Ned Crotty from the Rochester Rattlers. Crotty faced a fork in the road as a teenager when deciding between pursuing athletic careers in lacrosse and hockey, but since then he has won the Tewaaraton Award and been named to multiple MLL All-Star Games.
Andre is the Head Coach of Victor High School’s undefeated (22-0), 2016 Class A, New York State Champion. This was Andre’s 2nd career State Lacrosse Championship in his four years as the helm of Victor HS, as his team also won the 2015 Class B, NY State Championship. Victor finished in a tie with McDonogh School (MD) and Darien (CT) for the No. 2 spot in the final C2C North America Boys’ Rankings.
Recent Le Moyne College men's lacrosse graduate Alex Krawec '16 (Kirkville, N.Y./East Syracuse-Minoa/Onondaga C.C.) was selected by the Denver Outlaws with the 91st selection in the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Supplemental Draft for the 2017 season on Wednesday afternoon.
Gural helped lead Brown to the NCAA Semifinals last season, where they lost to Maryland in overtime. He scored 11 goals in 18 games for the Bears in 2016 and won 270 of 386 face-offs (70%). In 43 career games at Brown, Gural had 19 goals, seven assists, 227 groundballs and won 527 of 834 face-offs (63%).
Draft, round by round
A member of the Rochester Rattlers (MLL) and Georgia Swarm (NLL), Joel White is one of the few American players currently on a roster in the professional indoor league. We asked the onetime Syracuse star and alum of the 2008 U.S. U19 and 2015 U.S. Indoor teams about the game and his experiences.
The Rochester Knighthawks are proud to renew their Tickets for Troops program for the 2017 National Lacrosse League season. The initiative renews a yearlong partnership with the Veterans Outreach Center and Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning to honor the local men and women in our community who defend our freedom.
Ryan Conwell’s story below is not a “How To Guide”, nor does it provide ALL the resources you might need to build your own box lacrosse facility, but it DOES provide a framework, and points of reference, and it’s a must read for anyone looking to grow the box game here in the US!
Learn about our passionate and dedicated USA based team, what went into the making of the LX headgear along with how our team went about designing and developing a revolutionary new piece of protective equipment designed to bring added safety to the sport:
The Rochester Knighthawks used an explosive first half to edge the Georgia Swarm 17-15 in their preseason finale tonight at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena.
“It was great,” said Knighthawks rookie Kyle Jackson, who finished off the night with six points (1+5). “It was good to get my feet wet in this facility and kind of jump into things and come out with the win.”
Only weeks away from the start of the college lacrosse season, Jimerson, one of University of Albany’s best players, is preparing to transfer to her old school’s rival and powerhouse, Syracuse University. Since withdrawing from Albany last spring, the 20-year old has spent the past months training and taking classes at home.
Sheehan was honored as national coach of the year for the third time in his tenure at Le Moyne after also receiving the award in 2000 and 2013. A seven-time Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year recipient, Sheehan guided the Dolphins to the 2016 Northeast-10 Conference Championship (their 11th in the last 16 years) and then the 2016 NCAA National Championship (the program's fifth in the last 13 years) with a 20-0 record.
Moments after Team USA put the finishing touches on a convincing 20-5 victory over Canada in a rematch of the 2013 FIL Women's World Cup final Oct. 9 at US Lacrosse, Canadian assistant coach Gary Gait found his daughter, Taylor, chatting with his former Syracuse players turned U.S. stars Michelle Tumolo and Alyssa Murray in the tunnel leading from Tierney Field into the IWLCA Building.
Gait grabbed Tumolo and Murray playfully by their shoulders. "Stop picking on us, you two," he said.
A pair of 2017 Marist men’s lacrosse captains were selected Preseason All-American Honorable Mention by Inside Lacrosse Magazine. Senior J.D. Recor (Lancaster) and redshirt junior Brian Corrigan earned the recognition.
Defenseman Mike Kirk announced his retirement from the National Lacrosse League this afternoon. The 34-year-old Orangeville, Ontario native played 10 seasons, spending five of them with the Rochester Knighthawks.
Its MLL Supplemental Draft time, folks. Yes, 2 p.m. Dec. 14 the nine MLL teams will gather via conference call to bolster thier rosters. It’s not the most exciting event on the league calendar, but there are a few players out there in the ether that can play a role this summer.
The sign is handwritten, with letters that start in green ink and, where a pen appears to run out, switch to black.
"Reserved for the Creator's Game."
On a post stuck in frozen ground, the sign marked an open patch of ground in the heart of Oceti Sakowin, the protest camp on the high plains of North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.
While it’s been a highly competitive Bandits training camp, the remaining candidates for this year’s team are now in need of an audience. The practices and preseason games have been grueling with tempers on edge, and of course, anticipation.
After a seven-year hiatus, I returned to the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association’s annual convention and coaches’ clinic this past weekend. Although I was disappointed with the overall breadth of the three-day clinic, it was nice to get back into the fold and see so many old friends.
Terry was a 1987 graduate of Corning East HS and outstanding attackman for the Trojan's Sectional Championship Team. He graduated and played lacrosse at RIT in 1991 and joined the DEA 1998 and has been an unsung hero in America's war against drugs.
Comsewogue High School 2017 defenseman-LSM Robert Free has committed to play Division III lacrosse at SUNY Cortland.
Friday December 9, 2016
IMLCA Convention: Awards
from Matt Kinnear, Editor-in-Chief at Inside Lacrosse
Congratulations to all of the Upstate IMLCA Award Winners!
DII Coach of the Year: Dan Sheehan, Le Moyne (West Genesee)
DIII Coach of the Year: Mike Mahoney, St. Lawrence University (St. Lawrence HS)
NJCAA Coach of the Year: Dave Stein, Finger Lakes
DII Assistant of the Year: Chris Burdick, U. Tampa Lacrosse (Cortland HS)
DIII Assistant of the Year: Tom Ryan, St. Lawrence University (Canton HS)
Doyle Smith Media Award: Paul Carcaterra (Syracuse University)
The IMLCA Awards Luncheon presented by Nike, annually provides a jovial respite from the business of the IMCLA Convention. The 2016 edition was no different, with emcees Jack Emmer and Richie Meade trading jabs about the Army-Navy game held this weekend on the other side of Baltimore’s Inner...
Good morning from the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association convention, Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore Maryland. It’s inspiring just to be around the top lacrosse coaches in the nation.
Tickets are now on sale for the Team USA Spring Premiere, a four-game showcase featuring the U.S. men’s and women’s senior teams competing against top competition at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., from Jan. 14-15.
Officiating is a perfect way to stay actively involved in the game and enjoy great camaraderie. The officiating community is the “third team” on the field and through officiating you can develop friendships and connections with others committed to the game.
The Rochester Rattlers agreed to contracts with Jeremy Boltus, Ned Crotty, John Galloway, John Lade, Jordan MacIntosh, Donald Moss and Joel White prior to the deadline for player movement on Wednesday. All seven players had engaged in the Player Movement Policy, allowing them to seek deals with other MLL teams.
With about 1,280 lacrosse balls sent down a nearly 1-mile section of the track just before 2 p.m., it was quite a sight for many at the World Cup who have never seen hundreds of lacrosse balls follow the same path the world's best luge athletes competed on just minutes before.
The Marist men’s lacrosse team and Head Coach Keegan Wilkinson have named six captains for the 2017 season. Seniors Frankie Brier, Jimmy Murphy, J.D. Recor
lancaster), and John Vigh, and redshirt juniors Nick Nye (Marcellus) and Brian Corrigan will lead the Red Foxes.
Ireland Lacrosse has announced its 18-player roster for the upcoming 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) graduate Erin Riley '15 has been selected. The World Cup is to be held at the University of Surrey, in Surrey, England from July 12-22.
The women's lacrosse team held its 12th annual dodgeball tournament to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society on Saturday, Dec. 4, in Bartels Hall. Eight teams entered the tournament, including two teams each from men's lacrosse, football, baseball, men's ice hockey, and the Cornell Greek Community.
One day after hosting the Georgia Swarm in their preseason finale, Rochester Knighthawks players Brad Gillies, Kyle Jackson and Mike Triolo will be back on the turf. The trio of Knighthawks will work with adaptive athletes at “Roll, Run and Shoot” on Sunday, Dec. 11 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Pinnacle Athletic Campus in Victor.
A native of Syracuse, Dr. Bill Sparks is a Pediatric Anesthesiologist at Boston Children's Hospital. He played college lacrosse at the University Of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). A sports injury is freshman year in ended his playing career and started his journey to become a physician. In this interview with host Fred Opie he Discusses sports injuries, his recruiting experience, the injury that ended his career and spun him into depression, and how he went to medical school without having to pay a dime.
"The deep roots of lacrosse combined with the patriotism in Upstate New York made it an easy decision to expand to Upstate New York," said Tyler Steinhardt, founder and executive director of Shootout for Soldiers, who was in Canandaigua last week to meet with CA boys coach Deven York and other volunteers who will help organize the event. "After talking with Deven York, it was clear that Canandaigua would be a perfect host for the event given the new facility development and central location to Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse."
Kelly gives a shout out to his coaches – Coach Arnold and his father, Coach Kelly. “Coach Arnold always did a great job keeping me in line and playing interference, when necessary, between my Dad and me. And my dad has been more than just my coach – he’s my dad, and he has always pushed me and expected more from me, which is something that I know will help me in the future.”
When Jake Piseno describes himself as a Ric Beardsley-type player, it's pretty clear both to him and his coach at the Upstate Lacrosse Club what exactly the sophomore defender at Liverpool High School means.
"The kid's a throwback animal," said Beardsley, the former Syracuse University All-American, of Piseno said of the athletic and aggressive dynamo moments after Piseno verbally committed last week to St. John's University, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com's Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The game is a fundraiser for the Pirate Toy Fund, which supplies toys year-round to over 70 agencies that provide aid and comfort to thousands of children in the Greater Rochester region. Fans that bring in a new, unwrapped toy will receive a pair of tickets to the game. The contest will be broadcast on 107.3 The Bull, with the pregame show starting at 7:45 p.m. Fans can also listen on their mobile devices and computers by downloading the iHeartRadio app at iHeartRadio.com.
“It’s a great sport,” he said Wednesday morning. “Obviously, it’s such a great part of Baltimore and Maryland tradition. Crabs and lacrosse, that’s part of the big culture there. The new people that move into the area, they pick up on it pretty quickly and enjoy it and embrace it and see the way that the game is spread throughout this country and internationally really.
The Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game is returning to California in 2017. The 16th rendition of the game will be played on July 8 in Sacramento at Bonney Field, the home pitch for Sacramento Republic FC. It will be the first ever MLL All-Star Game in Northern California. Tickets for the All-Star Game can be purchased here beginning on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 a.m. PT.
The Skidmore College men's lacrosse head coach Tucker Kear has announced the hiring of John Maloney (Victor / SUNY Albany) as his assistant coach for the 2017 season. Maloney will assist in recruiting, player development, as well as serve as an offensive coordinator for the Thoroughbreds.
In the eight year history of men's lacrosse in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, Keuka College played in the conference championship game seven times, winning five championships. The path has been set for the 2017 team as their schedule for the spring season has been released.
US Lacrosse today announced the schedule of speakers for educational sessions and demonstrations for lacrosse coaches and officials at the 2017 US Lacrosse Convention. The convention is scheduled for Jan. 20-22 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
US Lacrosse and U.S. men's senior team head coach John Danowski today announced the U.S. men's national team roster for its exhibition against the University of Notre Dame at the annual Team USA Spring Premiere in Bradenton, Fla. The game is set for 1 p.m. ET Sunday, Jan. 15 at IMG Academy. Those with Upstate ties include:
Ned Crotty, Rochester Rattlers, Duke 2010 *^
Rob Pannell, New York Lizards, Cornell 2013 *
Joe Walters, New York Lizards, Maryland 2006 #
Joel White, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse 2011
Joe Fletcher, New York Lizards, Loyola 2014
Joe Nardella, Boston Cannons, Rutgers 2015
John Galloway, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse 2011
US Lacrosse announced Monday the 30-player roster that will play Notre Dame at the annual Team USA Spring Premiere Jan. 15 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. And while certainly there will be familiar faces — including eight players that suited up for the U.S. In the 2014 FIL World Championship and many others who have participated in training events — there also will be new names in the mix as coach John Danowski and his staff continue to evaluate players in preparation for the 2018 FIL World Championship in Manchester, England.
Here are five takeaways upon first look at the group that will represent Team USA in Florida.
She’s one of the most decorated lacrosse players of all-time.
Kayla Treanor graduated from Syracuse as the program’s all-time leader in goals (260), ranks fourth on the NCAA Division I all-time scoring list with 393 points, and her 217 draws in 2016 were a single-season NCAA record. She’s a four-time first-team All-American, three-time Tewaaraton finalist, and three-time ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Additionally, she’s been a member of the U.S. national women’s senior team since 2013, and debuted for UWLX’s Boston Storm last summer.
As the number of lacrosse programs in the Section Five area continues to grow, there continues to be a need for Certified and properly trained officials at the scholastic and youth levels. The Genesee Valley Lacrosse Officials Association provides officiating services for all Section Five contests.
Two things about how, when and why I share my opinions: 1. I don’t like to provide solutions for problems that aren’t actually problems and 2. I don’t like calling out problems without offering solutions.
I think the number of DI games played in February and the negative trend of attendance at the NCAA Championship Weekend are problems, and their solutions are linked. As opposed to tackling the problems chronologically, examine them from a cause/effect and priority order.
Other titles I thought of for this week’s RTD included “Two Lacrosse Coaches walk into a bar…” (already used a few months ago) and “Working on a Team” (maybe more accurate, but the Springsteen song title gets lost). I’ll stick with The Boss – that’s never let me down yet.
Grace Fahey and Syracuse University women’s lacrosse waited for this day for four years.
In late November, Fahey signed a National Letter of Intent to move on and play lacrosse for the Orangemen. Syracuse got their verbal commitment before Fahey ever wore a Masco uniform, but they are certainly thrilled with her progression while with the Chieftains these last three years.
[Ryan] Hotaling, son of Jay and Sondra Hotaling, Syracuse, graduated in 2003 from Onondaga Central High School and in 2007 from Nazareth College, Rochester, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is a select account executive with Dell Technologies — EMC Division, and plays in the National Lacrosse League for the New England Black Wolves.
On June 22, former Army player Capt. Ben Harrow strapped on his prosthetic legs to play lacrosse for the first time since losing both of his lower limbs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. It was not a big media event, though Shootout for Soldiers went on to raise $465,000 in eight cities. But in his journey from the lacrosse field to the battlefield and back, Harrow represented the best of lacrosse. We are honored to tell his story ("All the Way," page 32) and feature him on the cover of this special edition.
The Rochester Knighthawks dropped a close 12-10 preseason decision to the Buffalo Bandits this afternoon at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Six Nations. Rochester was led by a six-point night from Dan Dawson (1+5) and three-point efforts from Cory Vitarelli (1+2) and Joe Resetarits (2+1), and rookies Josh Currier (2+1) and Kyle Jackson (2+1).
Keuka College will open the season at home, hosting Houghton College on Saturday, March 4 at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex. Overall, Keuka College's first four games will come against opponents from the Empire 8 Conference. After the Highlanders, the Wolves will travel to Alfred University and Elmira College, followed by a home game against Hartwick College.
The Rochester Knighthawks dropped a close 12-10 decision to the Buffalo Bandits this afternoon at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Six Nations. Rochester was led by a six-point night from Dan Dawson (1+5) and three-point efforts from Cory Vitarelli (1+2) and Joe Resetarits (2+1), and rookies Josh Currier (2+1) and Kyle Jackson (2+1).
It was quite a year for offseason coaching moves, with the following taking the reigns at new programs:
Binghamton, Kevin McKeown
Brown, Mike Daly
Hartford, Ryan Martin
Jacksonville, John Galloway
Princeton, Matt Madalon
UMBC, Ryan Moran
Vermont, Vacant Since May 9
Virginia, Lars Tiffany
In addition, Dylan Sheridan begins the era of Cleveland State lacrosse. We asked the question: Which one of these coaches will have the most success immediately, in 2017?
The Oswego State Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced it has hired Britt Howard (Oswego HS) as its next head women's lacrosse coach, effective immediately. Howard comes to the Lakers by way of SUNYAC-foe Brockport, where she was an assistant coach for the Golden Eagles' women's lacrosse program in 2016.
We all wear different sizes, styles and colors. But when we find the ideal fit, we go with it. That was the case for the eight Victor High student-athletes who on Wednesday marked the official next step of their athletic careers by “signing” their national letters of intent.
The Skidmore College Women's Lacrosse Team will host their annual Winter Clinic Series this January and February. Clinics are open to youth, middle and high school lacrosse athletes who are looking to improve their skills, athleticism and lacrosse IQ in a fun and competitive setting.
The Raiders open Feb. 11 at home against Marist, one of six nonconference games on the slate. Four of those are at home, with Hobart in town March 7, Siena here March 19 and Syracuse visiting May 6. Road nonleague games are against Binghamton and Cornell.
In a special edition of the Inside Lacrosse podcast, IL Founder Bob Carpenter interviewed award-winning actor and activist, Martin Sheen. Sheen is a representative for Native Vision, a unique sports camp which also teaches life skills to underprivileged Native American youth. This month the Tewaaraton Foundation and Native Vision began a crowd rise campaign to send 1,000 kids to camp in 2017.
The Rochester Knighthawks are pleased to announce that they have shattered their Movember fundraising goal of $2,000 by raising $4,100 for the Gilda’s Prostate Cancer Support Group. The Knighthawks will present a check to Gilda’s Club Rochester prior to Opening Night on Thursday, Dec. 29 against the Toronto Rock.
If you ask almost anyone in the lacrosse world how to grow our sport, they will probably have an answer for you. It might be a specific set of steps we could take (Eamon McAnaney has some concrete ideas for the college game, for example), or it might be a more targeted strategy in a specific geographic area from groups like CityLax in NYC, or MetroLacrosse in Boston, where the focus is on a defined subset of potential new players.
USA Luge received 1,000 balls from Summit Lacrosse this week for its second annual Running of the Balls fundraiser, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 3 on the Mount Van Hoevenberg sliding track after Viessmann World Caup racing ends . . .
The 10th anniversary of HEADstrong founder Nicholas Colleluori’s passing combined with #GivingTuesday sparked an incredible last minute push for funds and a donation to Timmy Ahern of the University of Scranton pushed Lax Stache Madness over the $200,000, making campaign history.
The Binghamton men's lacrosse team has released its 2017 schedule, which begins with a Feb. 18 home game against Colgate. The 14-game slate includes seven home games as well as five opponents who were either ranked or receiving votes in the USILA Top 20 poll last year.
It's not often you see a sports star turn down the money and fame that comes with a professional career to follow a different dream. But one very famous Syracuse lacrosse star has. As Brian Dwyer reports, he's now hoping to make a name for himself on a different kind of stage. (with video)
Christian Brothers Academy is proud to announce that nine student-athletes have signed letters of intent to continue their intercollegiate athletic careers at Division I institutions next year. The following students signed letters of intent Nov. 14:
"Our Big Red squad is excited about the challenges that await in 2017," said Graap. "Competing against the best teams in the country only makes us stronger. We look forward to the intense battles within the Ivy League as we strive to win the conference title and defend our Ivy Tournament championship. "
The slate features six non-conference matchups in addition to their competitive Patriot League schedule. Army will play Massachusetts, Rutgers and Syracuse on the road, while hosting VMI, NJIT and Notre Dame for its non-league matchups. The Irish come to Michie Stadium for the second time in three years and that anticipated matchup is set for May 6.
Syracuse University legend Jim Brown and basketball greats Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will receive the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, Time Warner Inc. announced today. The three icons were chosen by the SI editors to receive the honor for their athletic achievement and decades of leadership as social activists. They will be recognized during SI's Sportsperson of the Year event on Dec. 12 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Canisius women’s lacrosse team has officially named three captains for the upcoming 2017 season announced Wednesday by head coach Scott Teeter. Redshirt senior Ashley Bull, along with junior’s Erica Evans and Nicole Nelson (Webster-Thomas) have been selected to lead the defending MAAC Champion Griffs.
Mr. Webster defines “volunteer” as “noun: A person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking,” continuing “A person who performs willingly and without pay.”
More about those last two words in a minute.7
The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that they have signed Hunyahdengowah (Gowah, pronounced GO-wah) Abrams to a one-year deal. The 22-year-old goalie was still trying to process the call he received from Rochester Owner and General Manager Curt Styres as he talked about joining the Knighthawks.
With the way things were 100 or so years ago, my most recent odyssey/fiasco would’ve been the stuff of legend. It’s not exactly legendary these days, but it’s an interesting story. If you don’t think it’ll be an interesting story, I’d find some cat video or Trump conspiracy theory to click on, because the remainder of this article details my 8.5k+ mile couple of weeks.