Although a late rally would leave the game in doubt to the very end, the Buffalo Bandits' efforts fell short as they dropped a 15-11 decision to the New England Black Wolves at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night.
“The boys battled back really hard these last two games,” rookie forward Randy Staats said. “We didn’t fail when adversity hit us, I think that was the biggest thing from this weekend. Our opponents came back and battled back to keep up the score there, and we did a good job of handling it and answering offensively.”
Staats finished with a team-high eight points (2G, 6A) Saturday, and is tied for the team lead in points (26) during his first-year in the NLL. Afterward, Staats was quick to point out that the Swarm’s offense prides itself in moving the ball as a unit, and that no-one is worried about individual accolades despite having many high-profile scorers.
The Cornell Lacrosse Team and the Dream Factory of Central New York are working with the American Red Cross to co-sponsor their 11th annual blood drive to kick off the 2016 Save the Day campaign for critically and chronically ill children.
Head coach John Desko rolled through a number of player combinations all across the field as the team prepares for its season opener on Feb. 13. The day was highlighted when Syracuse's offense exploded in their second contest of the afternoon against their local opponent. The Orange defeated the Dolphins 10-1 in just one half after the two squads agreed to shorten their second scrimmages of the day.
Syracuse held its first scrimmages of the preseason on Saturday in the Ensley Athletic Center. The Orange defeated Le Moyne, 10-1, in the only half of play that was open to media members, and lost earlier in the day to Hofstra, 9-8.
With the departure of seven starters and both wings on the faceoff unit from last season, Syracuse head coach John Desko is still doing plenty of mixing and matching. Here are three takeaways from Syracuse’s first games of 2016.
In the Hofstra game, Tim Barber scored three times for the Orange, Gale Thorpe tallied twice and Matt Lane contributed a goal and two assists. Ben Williams was 7-of-13 on faceoffs and Cal Paduda was 3-of-8.
The Georgia Swarm (2-2) showcased its offensive firepower in a 20-17 road victory Friday night against the Toronto Rock (0-5) at Air Canada Centre in front of 10,345 fans. Georgia clinched the regular season series versus the Rock in the process (2-0) and returns to action Saturday evening for a 7:30 p.m. showdown against the Rochester Knighthawks (2-1) at The Blue Cross Arena, which can be seen live on the FOX Sports GO app.
Forwards Shayne Jackson (4G, 6A) and Lyle Thompson (Salmon River/LaFayette/SUNY Albany) (2G, 8A) led the Swarm in scoring as both posted career-highs in points with 10.
Nick Garofano attended Yorktown schools through grade 8; then Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers; then Williston Northampton in Easthampton, Mass., where he holds career and season football records.
I agree. I disagree. I agree to disagree.
Connor Wilson put out an article that is just all over the map of lunacy. If you were to draw a world of lacrosse based on what Connor suggested and then compared that world to the system as we know it now? The two would look nothing alike and cats and dogs would definitely be cohabitating. Are any of the suggested practices in Connor’s article that outlandish that they simply could not exist?
With the MLL draft now in the rearview mirror, and the MLL 2016 season starting in just 12 short weeks, we take a look at what these teams have done this offseason so far and what moves helped them the most. Who’s ready to battle for an MLL Championship this year?
Starting with the 2017 season, there will be four playoff divisions in high school boys and girls lacrosse. The 22-member executive committee of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association approved the proposal this morning in a teleconference vote.
The Hofstra Men's Lacrosse team will continue their preseason preparations on Saturday, January 30 when the Pride travel to Syracuse, NY for scrimmages against the Orange of Syracuse and the Dolphins of Le Moyne College at the Ensley Athletic Center on the Syracuse campus.
Due to space and safety concerns, both scrimmages at Syracuse are closed to the general public.
Anthony Malcom is feeling a little like a celebrity these days. Malcom is one of the first-year players on the Buffalo Bandits, who play at New England against the Black Wolves on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., Radio 550 AM). The rookie moved to Buffalo at the start of the season, and he’s a little surprised to meet fans who recognize his name and know something about the team.
Following a decisive home victory over the Toronto Rock this past Saturday, the Buffalo Bandits will go on the road this week looking for a second consecutive win over another divisional rival. In a battle of 2-1 teams, the Bandits are set to take on the New England Black Wolves this coming Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena.
US Lacrosse e-learning has undergone a 2016 makeover, and now the world’s largest library of lacrosse-specific online learning tools features over 24 unique courses for training, certification and ongoing professional development.
The Binghamton women's lacrosse team has announced that ten high school athletes will join the program in the fall 2016 semester.
"We are very excited about the addition of these bright and talented young ladies to the program," stated head coach Stephanie Allen. "The incoming class adds depth that will undoubtedly impact what we can do out on the field, especially with the shot clock implementation for the 2017 season. These student-athletes come from some of the most competitive programs in New York State and we look forward to their athleticism and strong work ethic adding tremendous value to our team next year."
Six are from Upstate.
Enjoy some great athletics for a good cause this weekend, as 85 teams from around the Northeast and Canada converge at the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex for the annual John Mack Southern Tier Shootout Lacrosse Tournament.
The three-time defending America East champion UAlbany men’s lacrosse team had been predicted to finish first in the conference in 2016 in the league’s preseason coaches poll. This is the third straight season that UAlbany was predicted to finish first in the America East. UAlbany earned five out of a possible six first-place votes for 35 points in the poll.
Syracuse women's lacrosse coach Gary Gait said on Thursday that he supports proposed NCAA legislation establishing age limits for the recruitment of athletes.
But until such rules are adopted and implemented, he's going to recruit to what the rules allow.
The MAAC championship last year pitted two rising programs in a 16-14 contest that was one of the more exciting conference tournament atmospheres in DI lacrosse. The title picture may seem upside down from a few seasons ago — Detroit, Siena and Canisius are projected to vie for the last tournament spot as opposed to leading the MAAC — but a few goals could flip things back.
Inside Lacrosse Editor-in-Chief Matt Kinnear catches up with Women's Editor Halley Quillinan on her preseason No. 1, way-ahead Tewaaraton finalists, rookies who should make an immediate splash and more.
Penfield/Schroeder goalie Willie Klan (Ohio State) was named to the final roster of the 2016 U.S. Men’s National Under-19 Team that will play in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, July 7-16 in Coquitlam, British Columbia next summer.
The preseason poll and individual awards were voted on by the men's lacrosse coaches and sports information directors from each institution, with restrictions of voting for their own team and student-athletes.
The University at Albany, which lost to Stony Brook in the 2015 America East title game, was picked second with 31 points, UMBC came in third with 23 points, followed by Vermont in fourth with 22 points. New Hampshire (18) and Binghamton (11) came in fifth and sixth, respectively. UMass Lowell, which is in its second season as a program, rounded out the poll in seventh.
For the fourth consecutive season, University at Albany women’s lacrosse was picked for the No. 2 spot in the America East Preseason Coaches Poll, the conference announced Wednesday afternoon. The Great Danes garnered a total of 31 points with one first-place vote.
John Czarnecki, the Director of Athletics at Hilbert College, is pleased to introduce Molly Devine as the new interim head coach of the women's lacrosse program, effective immediately. Melissa Graham will also join Devine's staff as an assistant coach and will balance her coaching responsibilities between the women's lacrosse and women's basketball teams.
With college coaches looking on, junior prospects often play out of their element and force situations they usually would not- all in an effort to impress college coaches. Sometimes it works in their favor, often times it does not. College Hopefuls certainly need to do the right things in order to get noticed, but forcing the situation can sometimes turn coaches off.
In 2016, we will have Athletic Trainer Katie Mathews and other staff share their tips for elite performance and overall health. This week, Katie discusses the best ways to gear up for the spring season.
Mike Riese has some mixed feelings about a state athletic association proposal that would create a fourth championship division in boys and girls high school lacrosse.
The veteran LaFayette coach has taken his Lancers deep into the Class C sectional playoffs on a regular basis - despite that fact that LaFayette has less than half the enrollment of the largest Class C lacrosse schools.
SUNY Geneseo head coach Jim Lyons (West Genesee) officially announced the 2016 men's lacrosse schedule, Wednesday. The Knights will face six teams who finished above .500 last year, including two who appeared in the NCAA DIII Tournament, as they look to make a return to the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament for the first time since 2012.
We are sending this information to FOGO players as well as potential FOGO players. FOGO positions are one of the top scholarship positions for college lacrosse. We highly recommend players who have not tried this position to attend the clinic because they may develop a skill that could help them get into college. This position can also put players in a better position to earn more playing time on the field for Sweetlax or their high school team.
Syracuse men’s lacrosse coach John Desko and his staff might be facing one of their most difficult preseason tasks in recent memory. I don’t envy them as they prepare the team for 2016. They’re looking for two new starting attackmen and three new first-line middies before the Orange open at home against Siena on Feb. 13—and the solutions may not even be settled by then.
Instead of throwing a tantrum on the bench last Saturday night to spark some enthusiasm into his players, Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley threw two red hankies out onto the turf. This slight physical execution of a forward pass motion, performed twice in the first half by coach Cordingley, changed the ebb and flow of the game – and subsequently the outcome.
It's real, and "SportsCenter" has taken notice.
ESPN's signature show will go on the road and broadcast remotely for two hours from the campus of Hampton University prior to the Pirates' men's lacrosse season-opener at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 against Division II Roberts Wesleyan College.
Following a series of four training camps over eight months, US Lacrosse and head coach Nick Myers have announced the 25-man final roster for the 2016 U.S. Men’s National Under-19 Team that will travel to the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, July 7-16 in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
Willie Klan, Penfield (N.Y.) 2015, Ohio State
For a third year straight and since joining the Patriot League, Loyola Maryland was chosen as the preseason favorite in the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse preseason poll announced on Wednesday. Individual preseason honors and a preseason All-Patriot League team were also announced.
The Face-Off Academy, led by Jerry Ragonese will be coming back to Monroe CC on February 17th. Many players that attended the first clinic have been asking when they will be coming back. We are excited to have them return to Monroe CC in February.
"I feel extremely lucky every time I walk out onto a court or field," said the three-sport athlete who plans to play college lacrosse at SUNY Cortland. Stegemann doesn't talk a lot about his condition. He said family members, coaches and close friends at school are the only ones who really know about it.
But that will change after tonight.
“This is another exciting opportunity for young lacrosse players to participate in one of the fastest-growing youth sports,” said Jeff Jarnecke, NCAA director of championships and alliances.
“In addition, they will be able to watch the best teams in the nation battle it out for the NCAA national lacrosse titles. It should be a great experience for everyone involved as we continue to explore future opportunities to provide youth with unique access to NCAA championships and their sport.”
DISCLAIMER: I am going to propose some straight up OUTLANDISH things in the next few sections. Some will never happen, but should. Some will never happen, and probably shouldn’t, but I’m saying it anyway. Others could happen, and who knows if they will! Keep an open mind and reply to me in the comments. I’ll holler.
The America East Conference only had two teams with overall winning records last year, in Albany and Stony Brook, but both of those teams provided plenty of excitement, and will likely do so again in 2016. Can Vermont continue its slow climb to competitiveness? Can UMBC become relevant again? Will Hartford pull out one of their trademark “up” years? Can they right the ship at Binghamton? What about relative newcomer UMass – Lowell? Are they ready to take the next step as a program?
If you've been following our Nike/Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Preview on LaxMagazine.com and on social media at #LMRanks, then there really should be no spoiler alert here. A year after Denver upheld its preseason No. 1 ranking by fielding the first NCAA Division I men's lacrosse champion from a non-East Coast school, we're looking west(ish) again at Notre Dame, whose Big Three of Matt Kavanagh, Sergio Perkovic and Matt Landis grace the cover of this special NCAA preview edition.
Tufts is the unanimous No. 1 pick in the USILA/Nike Division III Coaches' Poll. The defending champs took all 18 first-place votes, and they are followed by national runners-up Lynchburg. RIT is No. 3, followed by Amherst and Salisbury to round out the top five.
Looking back at the 2015 season from a face-off perspective, despite some remarkable individual performances, the historical record should start with the implementation of a new procedure and set of rules that were nearly universally acknowledged to have made face-offs more about skill and athleticism than a player’s ability to get away with cheating. Having to spend a much longer time down in a stance accelerated a trend away from stand-up neutral-grip stances and toward going motorcycle grip (both palms down) with one knee down.
The changed environment had two big effects.
The Rochester Knighthawks announced their Tickets for Troops program for the remainder of the 2016 National Lacrosse League season. The initiative is part of 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.
A group of 125 players competed on Jan. 16 in the United Lacrosse Syracuse Indoor Showcase at Syracuse University’s Ensley and Manley field houses. The experience was truly a unique one for the players who participated. The day featured training sessions with college coaches and games throughout the day. Players came from around the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Sothern regions as well as Canada.
The Cornell Big Red earned themselves an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament, after going 4-2 in conference and 10-5 overall. The Big Red suffered a 9-goal loss to the Albany Great Danes in the first round, highlighted by Albany goalie Blaze Riorden’s coast to coast goal. Most of their success depended on their top 4 scorers – Matt Donovan, Connor Buczek, John Hogan, and Dan Lintner. All four are gone to graduation.
I didn’t FORGET to do my homework. Honestly! The truth is that I never, ever, planned to do it in the first place.
The following paragraphs include my predictions for the quickly approaching Upstate NY college lacrosse season. Instead of doing hours of research about last year’s wins and losses, graduation departures and recruiting additions, returning scorers and pre-season all-league honorees, I went with the time-tested and scientifically insignificant method of just simply going with my gut.
Although it would’ve been fair to expect another tight game between divisional rivals on Saturday, that proved not to be the case at First Niagara Center. Thanks to a dominant defensive effort, and yet another big scoring night from Dhane Smith, the Buffalo Bandits coasted to a comfortable 12-6 victory over the Toronto Rock.
Post-game videos, photos, box score, winning raffle tickets.
So you didn’t make it to the 2016 LaxCon celebration because of all that snow. Neither did some of us! Bummer! We did manage to get a small contingent down there though, and with so many others in attendance, there will be plenty of video and content around. To give you a feel of what the scaled down 2016 Lacrosse Convention was like, we’re compiling videos from those who did make it to Baltimore.
The 2016 MLL Collegiate Draft was held Friday at the US lacrosse convention, with Duke midfielder Myles Jones going first overall to the Atlanta Blaze. Kyle Devitte’s team-by-team grades will follow shortly, but until then, here’s a look at a few trades, notes and marquee moves of the draft.
Major League Lacrosse held the 2016 Collegiate Draft presented by Cascade in conjunction with the US Lacrosse Convention on Friday Afternoon and with the seventh overall pick, the Rattlers selected Matt Dunn, defenseman from the University of Maryland.
The beginning of the 2016 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft went exactly as planned: the expansion Atlanta Blaze kept the first overall pick and used it to select Duke midfielder Myles Jones.
The Charlotte Hounds, owners of two of the next three picks, then threw everyone a curve ball.
The first snowflakes began falling a little before four in the afternoon, but that did little to dampen the enthusiasm of lacrosse participants that were able to make it to the opening of the 2016 US Lacrosse National Convention at the Baltimore Convention Center, which features lead sponsors Under Armour, STX, Nationwide, and Buffalo Wild Wings and has Visit Baltimore as the event’s official CVB partner.
On Friday afternoon, Penn men’s lacrosse practice concluded with some welcome news as senior attackman Nick Doktor (Irondequoit) learned he had been taken by the Charlotte Hounds with the 18th pick of the 2016 Major League Lacrosse draft.
The Tewaaraton Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 Tewaaraton Legends and Spirit honorees. The 10th Spirit of Tewaaraton recipient is Tina Sloan Green, and the 2016 Tewaaraton Legends are former Penn State star Candace Finn Rocha and former Maryland star Frank Urso.
Senior attackman Vince Gravino became the third Canisius College men’s lacrosse player selected in the Major League Lacrosse Draft on Friday afternoon when the Ohio Machine chose Gravino with the 59th overall pick.
Redshirt senior Eric DeJohn (J-D/Syracuse) became the sixth St. John's lacrosse player to be selected in the Major League Collegiate Lacrosse Draft on Friday afternoon as the attackman was selected by the Rochester Rattlers in the seventh round.
Maloney (Victor), a midfielder, was selected 22nd overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks and will join UAlbany alum Matthew Bertrams on the team. Riorden (Fairport), a goalkeeper and native of Fairport, will play for his hometown team the Rochester Rattlers after being selected 51st overall and joins alum Ty Thompson (Salmon River).
Marist men's lacrosse senior attack Joseph Radin was selected 45th overall by the Charlotte Hounds in the sixth round of the 2016 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft on Jan. 22 at Hilton Baltimore. The draft had been moved ahead to 2 p.m. today due to impending inclement weather.
We count at least 13 players with Upstate ties.
Impending bad weather pushed the start of the 2016 Major League Lacrosse draft up a tad, but show went on at the US Lacrosse National Convention. Eight rounds. Nine teams, and the expansion Atlanta Blaze had the first overall pick. They used it to select Duke midfielder Myles Jones first overall.
When Vancouver Stealth hype man Mikey C tries to rev up the Langley Events Centre crowd Saturday night with his staple “This is our house,” chant, he may want to keep Colorado Mammoth sniper Adam Jones out of microphone range.
“It feels like a home game there for me,” said the left-handed Jones, who was based out the rink for summer club ball in 2013 as a member of the Langley Thunder of the Western Lacrosse Association.
Hitachi is showing off its college pride as its Z-HD5000 HDTV broadcast cameras are being utilized by Syracuse University to produce broadcasts of Syracuse Orange athletics for ESPN3, ESPN’s online streaming service. Some of the athletic events being covered with the Hitachi cameras include men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s lacrosse from the university’s Carrier Dome.
Welcome to another installment of our weekly column, “Too Embarrassed to Ask,” where we’ll examine a hot topic from the world of recruiting that parents and student-athletes may want to know more about, but may shy away from asking because it is considered assumed knowledge.
The 2016 MLL Collegiate Draft presented by Cascade will now begin at 2 p.m. (ET) due to the severe inclement weather concerns surrounding the Mid-Atlantic Region and East Coast.
The Collegiate Draft will be streamed LIVE on Lax Sports Network from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning with a special announcement made by Commissioner David Gross. Lax Sports Network will then re-air the Collegiate Draft from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fans can also follow along on our Twitter page using #MLLdraft and check out our website for updates.
Monroe Community College men’s lacrosse coach Justin Ross announced the Tribunes’ 2016 schedule this week, complete with seven home games and seven away games.
“We’re really excited about the upcoming challenges we have ahead of us this year” Ross said. “This season we’ve added Herkimer College and Jefferson CC back to our schedule. Also, ASA College will be coming to Monroe CC in early April. We look at this as a great opportunity to get better, each practice and each game.”
The Monroe CC Tribunes will scrimmage St John Fisher College on Wednesday, February 24th at 4pm at SJFC.
If Buffalo handles their business they will move into a three-way tie with Rochester and New England for 1st in the conference. 12 different Bandits have score at least 1 goal in the team’s only two games.
Check out this video in which Navy SEALs discuss how their experience as lacrosse players in high school and college contributed to their profession as elite special operators today. Teamwork and the warrior mentality are shared by both SEALs and lacrosse players.
Former Hobart College Head Lacrosse Coach Clayton A. "Bud" Beardmore Jr. died on Jan. 20 due to complications related to Parkinson's disease. He was 76. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30 at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park, Md.
Hosting the event will be Oxbridge Academy and it will feature a lacrosse triple-header, highlighted by the 135th meeting between Cornell and Hobart, among the oldest rivalries in all of college lacrosse.
Seth Oakes (Salmon River / OCC) has been officially cleared to play in the 2016 season for the UAlbany men’s lacrosse team. Oakes was not with the team in the fall and was cleared by the NCAA to play in 2016.
The Skaneateles Girls Lacrosse Association is slated to host the Snowflake Development Clinic for girls in grades 7-9 at the Ultimate Goal in Marcellus Sunday, Jan. 31. The Snowflake Development Clinic will feature teaching sessions and demonstrations by the Skaneateles girls’ varsity coaching staff and returning varsity scholar-athletes.
Kathryn Smith (CBA-Syracuse) made history on Wednesday night when the Buffalo Bills named her special teams quality control coach, making her the first female to earn a full-time coaching job in the NFL. The achievement is both admirable and historic, and Smith, 30, got here by climbing the NFL's proverbial ladder the way anyone else might.
Last month, I wrote an article about some of the less talked about aspects of recruiting for student-athletes. I thought this month I could focus on a parent's role in their daughter’s recruiting process, since I often get asked a lot of questions by parents who are trying to navigate the process. If this is your first child going through the recruiting process, you will soon learn that it can all be very daunting and confusing. Hopefully I can help clarify things a bit in order to keep your head from spinning too fast!
The 2016 MLL Collegiate Draft presented by Cascade will take place Friday, January 22, 2016 from 8:30pm to 11:00pm in the Baltimore Hilton’s Holiday Ballroom. This marks the 16th Collegiate Draft in the history of the MLL. The event will take place in conjunction with the 2016 US Lacrosse National Convention being held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. The draft is free and open to the public while space permits.
The UAlbany lacrosse team is about to learn what life is like without a Thompson on the roster. Lyle, Miles and Ty -- who together dominated college lacrosse in recent years while also drawing droves of fans to the sport -- have now each graduated to the professional ranks.
Hyman, who is an assistant professor of management at George Washington University, likes to compare the situation to what might happen in the business world with the same kind of fallout. "If 70% of Walmart's customers walked out of the store and said, 'This is not for me. I'm not coming back,' the status quo would not stand. Walmart would figure out a different business model but in youth sports, we seem to be very satisfied with a 70% dropout rate."
Shootout for Soldiers, the 24-hour lacrosse event, will continue its national expansion in 2016 by adding locations in Texas, Colorado and Georgia. This expands the Summer Tour schedule to eight events in total, including previous locations in Maryland, New York, Ohio, Massachusetts, and California. In 2015, the organization raised $408,000 through the support of over 6,000 players and 46,200 attendees.
Ridgefield was this close to coming away with its first state championship since 2011 last season, falling to two-time CIAC champ Darien in the Class L title game. For a look at the 2016 Tigers, we turn to Peter Dearth. The midfielder, who committed to Syracuse University in February 2014, is one of the nation's top seniors. The 6-foot-2 righty has been a member of the Orange squad since his freshman year.
Now, here are Peter's perspectives on the upcoming season.
The MLL Collegiate Draft coverage from IL continues: We've brought the Team Needs, Parts I and II of the Position Primer, and now we have Kyle Devitte's Big Board — ranking the Top 50 (and a few more) players available.
Take a moment and think about the legacy of the Buffalo Bandits. In reflection of the team’s silver anniversary season, 216 players and counting have worn the orange and black. They are proud and humbled, and to a man, they will be the first to say it’s truly an honor to be a member of the organization. It’s about celebrating the tradition, and continuing with a focus on the future.
"How'd you get a job at The Lacrosse Network?" kids often ask 26-year-olds Samir Chaudry and Colin Rosenblum. After all, the channel's nearly 100,000 subscribers make it the largest lacrosse destination on YouTube.
There's one thing the America East conference doesn't have this year: Lyle Thompson. That's good news for the rest of Albany's competition as the Danes have won the league for three-straight years. But with Connor Fields (66G, 22A) and Co., coach Scott Marr's team is still picked to finish atop the conference.
Sweetlax kicked off their Box League with a 2020/2021 win at the MadLax Capital Box Tournament in Sterling, VA this past weekend. The 2020/2021 team took home the title in an exciting 9-4 win to the Capital North Star team. The team was coached by Sweetlax Coaches Anthony Pezzimenti and Brad Gillies.
John Svec is entering his fifth season as the head mens’ lacrosse coach at Siena College. A two-time Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year, he led the Saints to the MAAC Championship game in each of his first three years as well as a pair of regular season titles (2012, 2014).
It was a home game. We were down 4-3 and I rolled the next line for the final shift. I heard it from the stands – it wasn’t the group of kids they wanted on the ice to close out the game. I wasn’t surprised.
The final buzzer sounded and I felt an anxiety wash over me, because I know that after I tell my players that I’m proud of the way they battled and praised them for positive moments in the game, some of the parents would have a different message – for me and for their kids.
UAlbany men’s lacrosse head coach Scott Marr has announced the team captains for the 2016 season: Derrick Eccles (Corcoran), Blaze Riorden (Fairport), John Maloney (Victor) and James Burdette (Penn Yan). The captains were voted on by the players during the preseason.
Baldwinsville girls lacrosse coach Doug Rowe sees the evolution of a new wave of parents in his sport. He's decided he doesn't want to change his approach to meet the demands of what he terms that small but sometimes vocal group. So Rowe is getting out.
Perhaps no team in the Ivy League was hit harder by graduation losses than Cornell. Its top four scorers from 2015 are gone. So is its top defenseman. The Big Red will have a new look, but it's hard to count them out in the dog-eat-dog Ivy race.
The new National Lacrosse League season began seven months after Cody Jamieson underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon in his right foot and, with 25 points in three games, he leads the league in scoring points. Amazing. So, Cody, was some kind of miracle rehab involved?
The Rochester Rattlers announced today that they have traded attackman Mark Cockerton to the Ohio Machine. In addition to trading Cockerton, Rochester has also traded their first round (8th overall) pick in the 2016 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. Rochester received Ohio’s first round pick (7th overall) in the trade.
With the US Lacrosse Convention kicking off in Baltimore this week, I mark my first year working for US Lacrosse. I am happy to say that I feel more passionate about the game and the opportunity that lacrosse offers young women today than I did a year ago. What I have learned in one year at US Lacrosse has truly changed how I see the game and, most importantly, has helped me to have a newfound respect for all those who keep the game going.
For fans of Syracuse University, CUSE.TV is all things Orange. Whether it's basketball, football, or lacrosse, you'll find all of the men's and women's sports here. The channel is a mixture of free and premium content. Most offerings are video, but some content is audio only. If you decide to subscribe for premium content you will need to register and link your Roku.
The DI Player of the Year race for the past two seasons was all Lyle Thompson, who overshadowed some stellar competition (including January cover subject Wes Berg) on the way to back-to-back Tewaaraton awards. Now it's time for the next crew to step up, led by dominant presence Myles Jones and others.
Who's on your Player of the Year shortlist?
A number of Mohawk Valley-area high school lacrosse players are raising funds to travel and play in Germany this summer.
Tito Seoane – an assistant varsity coach of Rome Free Academy Lacrosse – is heading up a group of local athletes who will compete under the America’s Team brand. He and some team members joined the Keeler in the Morning Show to discuss fundraising for the August trip.
College Coaches Choose Greater Syracuse College Showcase All-Stars
LaxPower's databases are now online with the first round of information we have received or gathered for where this year's high school sophomores - well over 300 men and 200 women - will likely be headed to play lacrosse in college for the 2018-2019 season. Obviously, these are just verbal, non-binding commitments at this point.
Seeing as that we’re just a few days removed from the largest Powerball jackpot in history, it’s only appropriate that we now find ourselves eagerly anticipating the 2016 MLL collegiate draft. Sure, there have already been two drafts leading up to the 2016 season (the expansion draft took place November 18; the supplemental draft, followed on December 16), but the collegiate draft is an entirely different animal.
The Syracuse University-bound defenseman was enjoying an outstanding year in 2015 before the season was cut short by a torn ACL injury. After months of rehab, he's back at 100 percent for his final varsity.
Last week I took a close look at the 17 Upstate NY Division III men’s lacrosse programs in the Empire 8 and NEAC conferences and highlighted what I thought would be the biggest, most important games of the 2016 season. This week I’ll do the same with the 15 teams in the Liberty League and SUNYAC, as well as CNY’s two “independent” teams…
The Rochester Knighthawks (2+1) completed a two-game sweep of the Toronto Rock this week, following a 12-5 win against their division rivals tonight at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena. The victory was the second over the Rock in three days.
In what was an exciting, back-and-forth game throughout, the Bandits (1-1) let a two-goal lead in the fourth quarter slip through their fingers. The Mammoth, who are now 3-0, managed to capitalize and finish off the visitors thanks to Mike Burke’s game-winner 3:25 into the extra session.
Sweetlax is proud to announce Randy Staats has joined the Club as Director of Player Development. Staats has been responsible for overseeing the Sweetlax Box Lacrosse Program this winter and will continue to work with Sweetlax players in the Northeast and the recently opened Florida program. He is a member of the NLL Atlanta Swarm and also plays professionally with the Atlanta Blaze.
The Rochester Knighthawks will look to close out their two-game series against the Toronto Rock with a victory tonight. Rochester defeated Toronto 12-7 Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre to take Game 1 of the two-game in three-night stretch against the Rock.
The name “Veltman” sounds familiar to veteran Buffalo Bandits’ fans - and not because someone with that name played for the team last week. Jim Veltman was on the Bandits from 1992 to 1996, winning three championships along the way and ranking as one of the team’s all-time greats.
“Jim’s my uncle,” said Daryl Veltman, one of the newcomers to the 2016 Buffalo roster.
Wagner head women's lacrosse coach Katie Rowan, who begins her first season on Grymes Hill in 2016, has announced the signing of 12 student-athletes who signed national letters of intent this past fall . . . Cassidy Hall - Midfield - Liverpool
Talented midfielder who earned Second-Team All Central New York Counties League (CNYCL) honors as a junior after picking up Honorable Mention honors following her sophomore year …
US Lacrosse has developed a unified field with shared markings and adjusted dimensions for boys’ and girls’ youth lacrosse. Two versions of the field have been developed – one that is 120 yards in length and another that is 110 yards long. The synchronized fields were developed with input from members of the US Lacrosse Men’s and Women’s Rules Subcommittees, and are presented as an alternate option for youth play.
Ringing in the new year means that the spring lacrosse season is around the corner. With that comes the pressure of your running tests and the return of that voice in your head, asking, “Will I make the team this year? Will I win the starting position? Will be selected as captain?”
As you make resolutions, specify some toward the sport you love. Two months is a perfect window to prepare for any major sporting event, so no matter where you see yourself now, you have time to get where you need and want to be. All you need is the right plan to get you there.
Continuing the Hilbert men’s lacrosse tradition of attracting top-level talent from the local area, Hilbert College recently announced that Justin Zwawa has committed to Hilbert College. Zwawa is a 6-foot, 215-pound defenseman at Frontier High School.
The UAlbany men’s lacrosse team has announced changes to the 2016 schedule and season ticket package. The team has added a game to the schedule as the Great Danes will travel to Amherst to take on UMass on Tuesday, March 8th at 3 p.m. This continues a rivalry that has seen a game between the two every year since 2001.
In addition, the home game between UAlbany and Canisius that was scheduled for March 12th will not be played.
Evans starts the season by returning to the position where he's potentially the most dangerous — attack. Coach John Desko played him there predominately in the fall and said [he] anticipates that he'll get the chance to earn regular minutes there heading into the spring.
Even without the most prolific scorer in NCAA history, the Great Danes are favored to win the America East and return to the NCAA tournament, where they've bowed out in consecutive quarterfinals against Notre Dame.
Cody Jamieson was unstoppable and Matt Vinc was impenetrable Thursday, as the Rochester Knighthawks spoiled the Toronto Rock's home opener with a 12-7 victory at Air Canada Centre. Jamieson factored in 10 of the Knighthawks' 12 goals with three goals and seven assists. Vinc saved 40 of 47 shots.
The IL Prospect Day series, presented by UN1TUS, had a new look last weekend as Inside Lacrosse teamed up with the Rochester Knighthawks for a Box Prospect Day held at the Knighthawks' home venue, Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial in Rochester, N.Y. On top of our great photos and analysis, we wanted an even more intimate look at the indoor game, so we popped GoPros on a few recruits to get a sense of being in the game. We put cameras on four players, two in the field, and two in the net:
Notre Dame is Inside Lacrosse's No. 1 team in the 2016 Face-Off Yearbook. They'll also have the nation's hardest schedule. Based on Face-Off Yearbook's preseason rankings, The Irish's top 10 opponents average the highest ranking. Taking a nod from the NCAA Tournament criteria, Strength of Schedule was determined be ranking the sum total of each team’s top 10 opponents (i.e. No. 1 was worth 69 points, No. 2 was worth 68 points, etc.).
Rochester heads north of the border tonight to battle the Toronto Rock at the Air Canada Centre for the first of the two-game set this week. On Saturday, the Knighthawks will return home to host the Rock at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena. The 7:30 p.m. contests are part of a three-game in eight-day stretch for Rochester to open the season.
On Jan. 7 Doug Rowe officially announced 2016 will be his last season as the head coach of the Baldwinsville girls' high school lacrosse program.
He was short and his belly was firmly round. He wore red, a lot, mainly because our school colors required it. He did he kind of reminded me of Santa Claus, minus the beard and substitute the long blonde hair. But every time he yelled, my urge to call him Santa quickly dissipated. His screams, which seemed to resonate from a cave incomprehensibly deep within the core of his belly, always served as a reminder of who he was: Doug Rowe.
1) Randy Staats (RF) - Georgia Swarm - 3-4-7 - 4 LB - 1 TO - 0 PIM - 0 CTO - 12 SOG
Someone tell Staats he's a rookie! The Six Nations native replicated his National Lacrosse League debut with yet another seven-point performance on Saturday night against the Toronto Rock. Staats was a threat every time he touched the ball, dominating at times really. Looking like a seasoned veteran, Staats showed his elite vision and playmaking skills along with a scorer's touch in tight.
It would be easy to look where he came from and assume David Mather was more likely to spend time in a batter’s box than as America’s great box lacrosse hope. His dad is the president of the Seattle Mariners, and he grew up in Washington State. Not exactly a traditional lacrosse background.
The 1969 U.S. Women’s Touring Team embarked on a two-month globetrotting trip to help promote women’s lacrosse worldwide. The team’s 30,000-mile trip included stops in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Amsterdam and London. The U.S. team toured with players from England, and in some places, the American and English players combined on one team to play against a local host team, and in other places, the U.S. played against England in an exhibition game. The players also hosted clinics for local players and officials.
"What we submitted was about 200 pages, and it's a big deal and we want people to understand how important it is, how passionate we are, how our entire coaching body wants this change," said Penn women's coach Karin Corbett. "We're asking the NCAA to make this change to save the kids."
Based on the popular boys site, SportsFive.NET, the new site for girls' lacrosse, GLaxFive.NET, will contain, over time, much of the same information. Beyond the schedules and results, other popular areas will include rosters, statistics and player profiles. Much of this information is in the formative stages and will be dependent of the willingness of coaches, parents, players and fans to submit the various types of information...
Williams, who rules on draws like few other players in the country, might evolve from the ''faceoff-get off'' guy to the "faceoff-enjoy the fruits of your success'' multi-threat. Orange coach John Desko strongly suggested that Williams will get a chance to play a larger role running midfield this season at media day on Monday.
All I could think about when I saw the U-19 boys playing was that the majority of them only have four of five more years of playing left. They’re all going to Division 1 schools, sure. I would assume that some of them will go on to the MLL and NLL, and a few might even get to play for the US National Team once or maybe even twice. Who knows…
But if Casey can play until he’s 40, and there are more and more guys playing longer and playing better and better at older ages, where exactly does the next generation think their spots are post-college?
The Marist women’s lacrosse team and sixth-year head coach Jessica O’Brien have announced the 2016 regular season schedule. The spring will include trips to Syracuse and Yale in the northeast and a three-game swing during spring break that includes stops in Oregon and Colorado.
During Buffalo's home opener against the Calgary Roughnecks, there were times John Tavares felt like ripping off his suit, pulling on his No. 11 jersey, strapping on a helmet, grabbing a stick and rushing onto the First Niagara Center floor to help the Bandits win.
Jim Boeheim isn't the only coach up there on the big hill in town with staying power, you know. There is John Desko, who reported to the Syracuse University campus in 1976 and has never left. Player … assistant coach … boss. And all, season after successive season after successive season, since Gerald Ford was in the White House.
Any discussion about rookie performance in the NLL has to start with Randy Staats and his friends in Georgia. Lyle Thompson may have been the first overall pick in the draft, and even teammates Jesse King and Chad Tutton were drafted before Staats, but Staats is the one putting up the numbers early.
So you think your commute is bad? Try working a full week at your job, then driving across an international border, hopping a flight, maybe a layover to arrive in time for your other job.
That's what members of the Georgia Swarm do every week, and they do it with a smile.
Caitlyn Wurzburger, a 2020 attack at American Heritage-Delray, has verbally committed to Gary Gait and Syracuse University. Caitlyn was named to the Sun-Sentinel “All-Palm Beach team last season as a 7th grader. She becomes the first Florida Select player to commit.
Defending NCAA Division I men's lacrosse champion Denver is the top-ranked team in the USILA/Nike Division I Coaches Preseason Poll that was released Monday.
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Syracuse head coach John Desko talked about the upcoming season at SU’s media day on Monday. The Orange went 13-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play last season, making a run to the NCAA quarterfinals where it lost to Johns Hopkins, 16-15.
The Syracuse University men's lacrosse team opens practice for its 2016 season on Tuesday. Monday, head coach John Desko and several players shared their thoughts on the work that awaits for a team coming off a 13-3 season and a loss to Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal round.
Sleeper Pick: Emma Powlin, Midfield, So.
The sophomore enters 2016 after a solid rookie campaign with 16 goals in as many games. The 5-foot-6 midfielder is in a position to come out of the shadows and prove her worth. The Penfield, N.Y. native snagged an America East All-Rookie selection last year. Powlin is also was second in draw controls on her team with 35; an important start to get those valuable offensive possessions. After all, you can’t score without the ball. Keep your eye on Powlin as the season goes.
Last week I highlighted what I thought were the big games coming up this spring in Upstate New York’s NCAA D-I and D-II men’s lacrosse. This week we’ll start to take a look at the D-III programs in Upstate, and by that I mean pretty much anywhere north of the Tappan Zee Bridge (with one exception).
Syracuse jumped out to an early lead before the U.S. national team posted seven straight goals on its way to a 20-8 victory in the Team USA Spring Premiere at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday evening but was postponed to Sunday morning due to inclement weather.
1. It was Michelle Tumolo’s night.
The former Syracuse All-American was one of the last players left off a U.S. team that went on to win gold in 2013; but that’s only half of the story. Even if Tumolo had made the 18-player roster cut, she wouldn’t have been able to take the field in Canada. A season-ending ACL tear her senior year sidelined Tumolo, and it’s taken her some time to get back to full stride post-surgery. After the show (1g, 4a) . . . it’s hard to argue how Tumolo can be left off of the 24-player roster heading to England this summer — let alone the 18-player squad heading there next summer, as well.
An early Sunday morning start after waiting through five and a half hours of rain delays on Saturday did little to slow the United States women’s national lacrosse team, as the U.S. knocked off No. 3 Syracuse 20-8 to finish with a perfect 2-0 record in the Team USA Spring Premiere at IMG Academy.
It’s hard to imagine John Danowski’s debut as the head coach of the U.S. men’s national team program going any better. Team USA scored the first five goals of the game, led 14-1 at the half and downed defending NCAA champion Denver 22-6 in the Team USA Spring Premiere before a crowd of 1,250 at IMG Academy.
Johns Hopkins freshman Drew Supinski had just been the hero. His right-handed shot from 13 yards, center of the field at IMG Academy, gave the U.S. under-19 men's national team a one-goal lead over Canada with six seconds left in regulation.
Then came the fling and the prayer.
The IL Prospect Day series, presented by UN1TUS, went indoors this weekend, with Inside Lacrosse and the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League partnering for a box showcase. More than 60 players from six states and two provinces came out to the Blue Cross Arena on Saturday, Jan. 9 to show off their box skills and learn from some of the game's best.
Kelly Cross, the women’s lacrosse player who was indefinitely suspended due to a violation of team rules in late March 2015 and was not enrolled at SU in the fall, has been reinstated to the team, an SU Athletics spokeswoman confirmed Sunday evening. It was also confirmed that her indefinite suspension is over and she can play in regular season games.
What was originally designed as a late afternoon/early evening back-to-back doubleheader for a split-squad Team USA against national college powers Florida and Syracuse was condensed to just one nighttime tilt against the Gators. A 5 hour, 30 minute weather delay postponed the second game until Sunday at Team USA Spring Premiere at the IMG Academy.
All it took was mere seconds, 19 to be exact, for Knighthawks forward Cody Jamieson to prove that he was back and ready to take on a new season with his team. Though Rochester fell just short of the win against Colorado, 16-14, in the home opener, the season is sure to shape up to be a great one for the Knighthawks.
Georgia was led offensively by Powless, who added an assist to his four-goal night. Forward Shayne Jackson (2G, 3A) and rookie F Randy Staats (3G, 4A), who has recorded a team-high 14 points (6G, 8A) through his first two career games in the NLL.
Voters in the Auburn Enlarged City School District will head to the polls Wednesday to decide on a pair of proposals. One is to sell the district's vacant West Middle School building to an affordable housing developer and the other is to finance a $2.8 million capital project that's main focus is installing synthetic field turf at Holland Stadium.
For the second consecutive year, SportsRecruits sent a survey to its members on club teams. The goal was to gain insight into the thought processes of these families as they relate to their club sports experience, as well as expand on some of the things that were learned in the previous year.
"It is with great excitement that we announce Kara Cannizzaro (Cazenovia) as our next girls lacrosse head coach," Valor Christian athletic director Jamie Heiner said in a statement. "She brings a tremendous amount of talent in lacrosse and overall leadership, which will be a blessing to not only our student-athletes, but also our entire Valor community."
Voters in the Jordan-Elbridge school district will cast ballots Feb. 9 for, or against, a $9.7 million capital project. Residents, however, don't need to brace against a rise in their taxes to foot the bill.
Lacrosse is more than a game, Thompson Brothers Lacrosse lives' by this motto. Lacrosse is a medicine game and it is our goal at TBL to continue growing this medicine for all. This video features Jeremy Thompson, Hiana Thompson, Miles and Lyle Thompson all in a days work.
The 2015 State University of New York Student Opinion Survey results are in and The College at Brockport was ranked first among four-year State University of New York schools in three categories including athletic and recreational facilities.
The Cascade R helmet for Team USA Mens and U-19 team showcases the new Bold Custom options such as the Carbon Fiber SuperMonoTM shell finish and White Pearl R-Series facemasks. The National Team helmets also features custom “America” facemask word marking and custom logo chinstraps.
Three practices and two scrimmages – against Nike/Lacrosse Magazine's preseason No. 3 Syracuse and No. 10 Florida – stand between the U.S. women and a roster cut for a foreign tour this summer in preparation for the 2017 FIL Women's World Cup in Guildford, England.
The Buffalo Bandits today announced the 25th Season All-Time Team. Select Bandits’ alumni, coaches, broadcasters and staff recently comprised a list of the 25 best players in franchise history.
The roster features 12 forwards, nine defensemen and four goaltenders. From this list, fans can cast their votes to select the All-Time Starting Lineup. Voters will choose six players, including at least one forward, one defenseman and one goaltender.
Tomorrow night, the Buffalo Bandits kick off their 2016 against the (0-1) Calgary Roughnecks. This will be the first season since 1992, the formation of the team, that John Tavares will not play a single game.
John Tavares thought about the question for a moment. Is there any way he’d come out of retirement to play for the Buffalo Bandits this season.
“I think if they were desperate enough ... but even then they’d ask someone else,” Tavares said. “No, my playing days are done with. I’m satisfied with my career. My new job is coaching, and I’ll try to help the team win in a different way.”
Aiden Early doesn't even like football. OK, he likes it, but it's not his favorite sport. He's more of a fan of lacrosse and basketball. But now the 9-year-old Greece resident has some amazing memories tied to the gridiron.
As part of Team USA Spring Premiere this weekend at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., the U.S. men's national team — under a new coaching staff led by Duke's John Danowski — will face the defending NCAA Division I men's champion and Lacrosse Magazine preseason No. 2 Denver — at 11 a.m. ET Sunday.
A matchup between the Canadian and American under-19 men's teams follows at 1:30 p.m. That comes after a Saturday in which the U.S. women's national team plays Florida and Syracuse. Here are five things to watch in Sunday's late morning game between Team USA and the Pioneers.
The road to the 2016 FIL U-19 World Lacrosse Championships kicks off in earnest this weekend, when the U.S. U-19 roster squares off against Canada’s U-19s at the Champion’s Challenge in Bradenton, Fla., a game that could be a preview of this summer's championship contest.
Duke men's lacrosse head coach John Danowski will be making his debut as the U.S. Lacrosse Men's National Team head coach Sunday when the national team takes on 2015 NCAA Champion Denver at the inaugural Team USA Spring Premiere. The game will be played in Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 10 at 11:00 a.m. The game will be streamed live on USLacrosse.org
The National Lacrosse League today announced Nick Sakiewicz has been appointed NLL Commissioner, effective immediately. Sakiewicz brings over two decades of experience working in Major League Soccer, most recently serving as co-founding partner and CEO of Keystone Sports and Entertainment, the ownership entity of the Philadelphia Union of MLS.
LaxCon, the US Lacrosse Convention and Fan Fest, will feature nearly 150 of lacrosse’s best coaches and officials hosting clinics on diverse topics, including X’s and O’s, strategies, drills, rules interpretations and more. Team USA and Duke men’s coach John Danowski, Team USA and Georgetown women’s coach Ricky Fried, defending NCAA champion and Maryland women’s coach Cathy Reese, and Team USA U19 and Ohio State men’s coach Nick Myers represent some of the many prominent speakers.
There has never been a team eyeing a third consecutive Division II men's national championship that is as stacked as Limestone. That’s probably why it hasn’t happened before, but this is looking like the year.
The Morrisville State College women's lacrosse program will be hosting a 5 versus 5 girls lacrosse tournament Saturday, February 6, 2016 for girls in grades 8 through 12 on the Morrisville State campus.
McQuaid Jesuit senior midfielder, Liam Hogan recently announced his decision to continue playing lacrosse in college after his graduation next spring. He will join the class of 2010 at Bentley University (Massachusetts) where he will compete in the Northeast conference in the NCAA Division II program.
The Bandits season starts this Saturday night at home with the Calgary Roughnecks. It’s been a long wait since that May mishap in the NLL playoffs. What I witnessed during training camp and pre-season games, this is a total “buy-in” ultimatum to the players with no addendums attached. You are either in. Or you’re out.
The National Lacrosse League is celebrating its 30th anniversary season with NLL Face Off Weekend 2016 presented by New Era Cap. Check out a preview of the NLL East Division by Hall of Fame writer Neil Stevens on Lacrosse Magazine with four more openers set for this weekend.
Here's a team-by-team breakdown of the East Division, in projected order of finish.
“We can’t wait to get the 2016 season started,” Mearns said. “Our schedule will provide our team with a chance to play six challenging non-conference games and we are certainly looking forward to another competitive season in the MAAC. It’s also exciting to break new ground with the first NCAA game in Canada and we look forward to putting on a good show there.”
Cortland overcame years of falling just short and won it all in 2015. Even at the press conference following the NCAA Division III women's lacrosse championship in Chester, Pa., first-year coach Kelly Lickert Orr talked about winning the next one.
Tufts is ranked No. 1 in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division III Men's Preseason Top 20, followed by 2015 runner-up Lynchburg. The second-ranked Hornets have NCAA record-setting scorer Austin Stewart (109 goals) back in the fold. RIT, Salisbury and Amherst round out the Top 5.
For the past 21 seasons, Opening Night has produced some of the greatest games in franchise history. For longtime fans, there was the thrill of the first opener back in 1995 when a sell-out crowd witnessed the Knighthawks defeat the New York Saints 12-8 at the Rochester War Memorial. For newer fans, it was the memory of Matt Vinc turning aside 45 shots in Rochester’s 8-6 victory at home to kick off the 2014 campaign.
"What an opening week it was for rookies across the National Lacrosse League," Mackley writes. "In Colorado, we saw the Georgia Swarm and their quartet of high-end freshmen make an immediate impact combining for eight of their team's fifteen goals. Meanwhile, the Mammoth's lone rookie to dress for the season opener, Jordan Gilles, put forth an eye-opening performance for those who had little idea just who this rookie from Richmond, BC was.
The 2016 schedule includes eight home games and four contests against teams that competed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. UAlbany will take on a number of big names in men’s lacrosse, including non-conference matchups against 2015 NCAA participants Syracuse, Cornell, Maryland and Yale. UAlbany will play games against five teams ranked in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off preseason issue plus a full America East slate.
. . . She also said she had been inspired by the teams she had been on during her service, from the lacrosse team she co-captained at the academy, to the command groups she served with since graduating in 1990.
Will 2016 be the Year of the Irish?
Notre Dame, coming off its fourth final four appearance in the last six seasons, is ranked No. 1 in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division I Men's Preseason Top 20. Denver, which outsted the Irish 11-10 in overtime in last year's national semifinals en route to the Pioneers' first national title, is ranked second, with Duke third, Maryland fourth and Syracuse rounding out the top 5.
Charles Bertrand // Attack // 6-3, 210 // Baldwinsville
CNYCL First Team All-League in 2015 … Totaled 59 goals and 14 assists as a junior in 2015 … Ranked second in goals and fourth in points in the CNYCL … News 9 Athlete of the week April 6-12 after scoring 17 goals and 3 assists ...Team United club lacrosse.
Chris Willox // Midfield // 6-1, 180 // Christian Brothers Academy Albany
Three-year varsity starter ... Named captain for 2016 season … Totaled 33 goals, 32 assists and 44 ground balls in 2015 at midfield … Albany Power club lacrosse.
[John] Nostrant’s(Baldwinsville) undefeated Haverford team went 26-0 this season and was ranked the No. 1 high school boys' lacrosse team in the country by a number of media outlets. Nostrant has served as the head coach of Haverford Lacrosse since 1991, winning more than 400 games, two state championships (2000 and 2005), and 13 Inter-Ac conference titles.
This is a fun drill emulating a scenario where we need to freeze the ball for the last minute in a tight game, or defensively we need to get the ball back when down a goal at the end of a game. You might try this drill with a lock on double team and adjacent tight or work on a scenario where your goalie might cover a man or double behind. Each segment is for one minute.
The Rochester Knighthawks will head out into the community twice this week, as they get young fans excited about Saturday’s home and season opener. The Knighthawks will bring their Lacrosse 101 and anti-bullying programs to over 340 students later this week.
Other MVP’s included: Natalie Pugliese (Team United), Nicole Orella (Long Island Yellow Jackets), and Madison Corcoran (Lady Roc) of the Wildcats; Kira Repich (Storm Elite), Kaitlyn Arcari (Capital Lacrosse), and Kathryn Kelley (Dynamite Lacrosse Club) of the Hawks; and Alyssa Wright (Hero’s), Morgan Akers (Ulax/Uproar/Revolution), and Sam Kreis (Black Dog Lacrosse) of the Eagles.
January 4, 2016 - Atlanta, Ga.- The Atlanta Blaze of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced today Liam Banks as the team's Vice President. Liam will assume his duties immediately and will oversee all day-to-day operations for the Blaze.
“Having someone as huge in the lacrosse community as Liam Banks is an honor and we’re very excited for him to be with us," said Blaze owner Peter Trematerra.
After capturing UAlbany’s first NCAA Division I at-large bid one season ago, University at Albany women’s lacrosse announced a challenging 2016 campaign on Monday morning. The Great Danes will play eight road games, seven home contests and face four NCAA teams from one season ago.
. . . He expects a fairer fight Jan. 10 when Team USA faces the Canadian U19 30-man roster at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., at Team USA Spring Premiere. Keep your friends, close but your enemies closer. Canada handed the U.S. U19 team its first-ever international loss in July 2012 in the preliminary rounds of the world championship, before the U.S. avenged the defeat in the gold medal game. The Canadians have owned the last two big gold-medal meetings of the lacrosse rivalry, winning the 2014 men's field title in Denver and, most shocking, the U19 women's title in Scotland last summer.
US Lacrosse has announced the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for this weekend’s exhibition against 2015 NCAA champion University of Denver at the inaugural Team USA Spring Premiere in Bradenton, Fla. The game is set for 11 a.m. ET Sunday, Jan. 10 at IMG Academy, and will be streamed live on USLacrosse.org.
Rob Pannell, New York Lizards, Cornell
Casey Powell, Florida Launch, Syracuse, Carthage
Jordan Wolf, Rochester Rattlers, Duke
Ned Crotty, Rochester Rattlers, Duke
Joe Fletcher, New York Lizards, Loyola, West Genesee
John Galloway, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse, West Genesee
The 2016 lacrosse season opens in grand style with three U.S. National Teams taking on top NCAA and international competition in the inaugural Team USA Spring Premiere at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Maryland is No. 1 until proven otherwise. The two-time defending NCAA Division I women's lacrosse champion — boasting two-time Tewaaraton winner Taylor Cummings — starts 2016 as the top-ranked team in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 20 released Monday.
Held each year at the end of December, the Hobart men's lacrosse team hosted it's annual Indoor Winter High School Tournament, featuring teams from across the state of New York and beyond. Check out highlights from the action with Lax.com!
On Saturday, it will be time to break out the face paint and jerseys once again, as the Rochester Knighthawks host the Colorado Mammoth on Opening Night. The Knighthawks will begin their National Lacrosse League season on Jan. 9th at 7:30 p.m. when they face off against the Mammoth (1-0) at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena.
Lacrosse continues to expand when most sports are not. And lacrosse is among the fastest growing sports that are in the top 15 in popularity. Data on school sponsorship and student participation are compiled annually by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
Last year at this time, most artificial turfs in Upstate New York were buried under (several) blankets of snow; this year, I’m guessing that most are bare, and pretty inviting. Yes, the weather forecast calls for some sub-freezing temperatures and more snow but, for the record, Oswego State’s turf is game-ready, and I’m guessing most of the others are, too...
“I wish I would have worked on my study patterns,” said Walkersville graduate Joe Pfister, who is a trainer at PFP and a junior lacrosse defenseman at Towson. “College is a lot different than middle school or high school. Start learning how to study. College is busy.”
ConnectLAX provides a complete view of each players recruiting activity and simplifies the process to drive better recruitment results.
Now that sounds like a corporate line. So let’s clarify. Our mission (we call it North Star because it guides all decisions) is to provide college coaches with one database to search for recruits instead of dealing with multiple recruiting services. They’ve asked for this.
Yesterday, we gave you the ILIndoor predictions for individual awards. Now, it’s time for the biggie: Predicted order of finish for our beloved 9 teams. Quite honestly, picking the No. 1 team was simple. All 7 of the ILIndoor staffers involved with this picked the Saskatchewan Rush and why not? Every player is back for the reigning NLL champs.
The Colorado Mammoth (1-0) rang in 2016 a little later than most, but the emotions made it seem like midnight had just struck, as the team edged the Georgia Swarm (0-1) by a final of 16-15 before a crowd of 15,090 at Pepsi Center in Denver on Friday night. John Grant, Jr. scored the game-winning goal with under one minute remaining in regulation in what was an instant classic to open NLL Face Off Weekend 2016 presented by New Era Cap.
The NLL 30th Anniversary Team was determined by combined voting of the league's media members ranking the top 30 players from the pool of nominees. The nominee list was comprised of NLL Hall of Famers and annual league leaders plus prominent active players with five or more years of experience in the league.
All four of the Swarm’s first-round picks scored in their NLL debuts Friday night, with [Lyle] Thompson and Randy Staats (3G, 4A) leading the way with hat tricks. Staats posted a team-high seven points and Jesse King and Chad Tutton each added a goal apiece.
There appears to be a new high-school all-star event in the works. Victory Events has announced Texas vs. The World, a game which will feature the top rising freshman in Texas versus the top rising freshman from every other state. The game will take place at Russell Creek Park in Plano, Texas. Prior to the event, there will be clinics put on by the various coaches in attendance, and on the following day, the Texas Draw lacrosse tournament will commence.
Greg Downing has a new home this season. Sort of.
Downing, a 2002 Auburn High graduate, has lived more than three years in the Denver area and signed with the Colorado Mammoth in August. The 30-year-old defender is set to begin his eighth National Lacrosse League season Friday.
The Rochester Knighthawks didn't win the Champion's Cup in 2015 after taking three National Lacrosse League titles in a row. There's certainly no sense of panic in Knighthawkland, though. They return for the 2016 season with the same calm and patient approach, the same theme of family surrounding the organization, and almost exactly the same roster. Scroll down to see the minor tweaks they've made and a breakdown of why they really didn't need to change much to enter the new season full of confidence.
While it’s tradition to ring in the New Year at the stroke of midnight, the Colorado Mammoth look to do so in the waning hours of Jan. 1 with a win at Pepsi Center when the team hosts the revamped Georgia Swarm at 9:30 p.m. ET to open the 2016 NLL season as the National Lacrosse League celebrates its 30th anniversary year. Watch live on Fox Sports GO in the U.S. and on TSN GO in Canada.