November 2016
Wednesday November 30, 2016 12:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Dear Lacrosse Community,

As I walked today, I reflected on our game of lacrosse, worrying that the larger the game gets the further we get from the knowledge and understanding of its Native American origins. The game of lacrosse is a gift from the Creator of the Americans native to this country, which fortunately has been shared with us to play, coach and watch. Coaches I know across all levels, including myself, make attempts to translate this history, along with our profound respect for the game to our players, parents and fans. My recent trip to the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota with Onondaga natives, Lyle Thompson; his wife, Amanda; their three young daughters; and Bill O’Brien provided me with the unique experience of participating in the game as it was intended — as a medicine game, played for healing and peace — which I hope will improve my own translation. However, at this time just improving that translation is not enough. Action is needed. (more)

from The Big East
Providence and Villanova will host the BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Championship presented by Jeep for 2017 and 2018, respectively, as announced by the conference on Tuesday.

from The Daily Freeman
Kingston High standout Johnny Loughlin will be playing collegiate lacrosse after recently signing his National Letter of Intent to attend the Division II College of Saint Rose in Albany.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
US Lacrosse today announced the schedule for the annual Team USA Spring Premiere, which kicks off the 2017 lacrosse season in grand style with the senior men's and women's national teams competing against top Division I programs. The event will take place on the weekend of Jan. 13-15 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
The deal is the first marquee signing of Major League Lacrosse's new player movement policy. Walters fielded offers from nearly every team in the league over the last couple months; to see professional lacrosse players have the same decision-making power other professional athletes have is refreshing.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
In our annual "Best of Lacrosse" contest, US Lacrosse Magazine has identified five finalists each in nine categories. Fan voting begins Monday, Nov. 28 and ends Monday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. Eastern. US Lacrosse Magazine staff selections will be published along with the voting results Dec. 27. The fan vote does not determine the winners.

from the Rochester Knighths
The Rochester Knighthawks closed out the second day of this weekend’s training camp Sunday, leaving the players and coaches excited for what the next phase of the preseason schedule will have to offer.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) 2019 LSM/defenseman Brandon Gibson has committed to play Division I lacrosse at the United states Military Academy at West Point and begin the admissions process.

UNITY LACROSSE Hosting Girls New Year's Eve Tournament
from Unity Lacrosse
UNITY LACROSSE will be hosting a small festival style tourney for girls December 31st at the 481 Sports Complex in Syracuse. All teams are guaranteed 3-25 min games. All games will be played 8v8... 3/4-JV. Tourney fee is $250.00 per team. Deadline to register is 12/14. Call 315-290-2442 to register or email unitylacrosse@yahoo.com
Tuesday November 29, 2016 12:15AM
from Syracuse.com
Jonathan Diaz graduated in 2008 from Onondaga Central High School, where he played football and lacrosse. His team won a national championship in lacrosse at Onondaga Community College and he played football at the SUNY College at Brockport, according to his obituary.

from Niagara University Athletics
The Niagara University lacrosse team and head coach Wendy Stone announced the 2017 regular-season schedule on Monday. The Purple Eagles' 17-game schedule includes eight home games, including the season opener Feb. 20, 2017 against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. Niagara's schedule is also highlighted by non-conference home matchups with Colgate, Yale, and Binghamton.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
The Colleluori family, who lost Nick to non–Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2006, helped the Boyers however they could and shared stories of their son with Brody and his grandmother, Pam Dutton, who stayed with him for his 35 days at Nick's House.

from the Buffalo Bandits
The National Lacrosse League (NLL), the largest men’s professional indoor lacrosse league in North America, today announced that it has partnered with Sportsrocket, a leading provider of custom media solutions to the sports industry, to continue its commitment to elevating the fan experience through digital programming.

from the Buffalo Bandits
It was great to be back in the stands for the start of Bandits training camp, where we a month long sojourn of evaluating players through drills, scrimmages and pre-season game. Thirty-seven total players, which included 15 new faces and 22 returning Bandits, reported for physicals, meetings, and on-field physical testing Saturday morning at the Key Bank Center.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
The United Women's Lacrosse League (UWLX) announced today that it has partnered with Gillette Stadium to serve as a promotional partner of the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship. The tournament finale, which crowns the college lacrosse national champions, will be held on Memorial Day Weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
After acquiring the biggest name in lacrosse July 1 from the New England Black Wolves in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NLL Draft, Toronto Rock owner, president and general manager Jamie Dawick announced Saturday that Paul Rabil was moved to the protected player list and will not play during the 2017 season.

from The Lacrosse Network
Colin and Samir unbox a bunch of new lacrosse gear.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Cambridge Central School (NY) 2017 goalie Christian Hunt has committed to play NJCAA lacrosse at Onondaga Community College.
Monday November 28, 2016 10:00AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
Funny how one word can have such different connotations. “Leftovers again?” is what the family fears all year long, but for this week – I think you’ll agree with me here – for the next few days at least, leftovers means lots more good eats.

from Monster Elite Lacrosse
The Monster Elite Girls Lacrosse Club has its first 2020 commit. LaRen Blakesley from Canandaigua has made a verbal commitment to play lacrosse at the University of Maryland.

Blakesley is the first girl to commit to Maryland from Rochester since Kate Faas (Rush Henrietta) played there in 2008. Blakesley is also the first girl to commit from the Monster 2020 team.

from Monster Elite Lacrosse
The Monster Elite Lacrosse Club finished its fall tournament season with a strong finish at the Mid Atlantic Showcase tournament in Maryland. The Monsters were represented by their 2022, 2021 and 2020 teams. The 2022s ended up losing in the championship game to tournament host M&D Black.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
"I admire the way he plays," Lizards head coach and general manager Joe Spallina said. "He's a high-end player, a superstar, a top-five talent, but he's the ultimate team player. He plays hard. He plays with emotions. He cares. He makes the players around him better. He'd rather get the helpers than the goal. He checks all the boxes for me."

from The Lacrosse Network

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks hit the ground running as the team with 13 newcomers began Day One of Training Camp at Total Sports Experience in East Rochester Saturday night. “We Can and We Will” was the motto printed on the back of every camp attendees’ shirt as the team kicked off the two-day camp with fitness testing early in the afternoon.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Episcopal Academy (PA) 2018 midfielder Olivia Tuma has committed to the admissions process at Cornell University.
Sunday November 27, 2016 12:15AM
from TopLaxRecruits.com
Eastlake (CA) 2017 goalie Nathan McPeak has signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I lacrosse at Syracuse University.
Friday November 25, 2016 12:15AM
from CaseyPowellLacrosse.com
We’re going to take take the holiday literally here at TWOSLETTER Headquarters and then take a page out of Jon Gordon’s “Say Thank You” book. Jon made up a great 5 step process for gratitude that works great at Thanksgiving. Try them by themselves or all at once:

from CapitalDistrictLax.com
Height: 5’11” Weight: 185
Position: Defense
School: Ballston Spa High School
Varsity Coach: Luke Snow

from Dr. Fred Opie
UVA men's lacrosse coach Lars Tiffany talks with host Fred Opie about the theme of transition in its multiple meanings.

Thursday November 24, 2016 12:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Lyle Thompson and Scott Marr are bringing a much-needed Medicine Game to the people at Standing Rock.

Marr and Thompson, along with Bill O’Brien and Thompson’s three young daughters, trekked to North Dakota, the focal point of the controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline and where authorities and protesters have clashed over the oil pipeline that many say would threaten Native American sacred grounds as well as the local water supply.

They arrived Monday, and on Tuesday were hosting a game, using wooden sticks that Thompson brought.

from LaxAllStars.com
Being who we wanted to be was all we thought about during the earliest games of Speed Lacrosse on record in our Carthage backyard. You know my brothers. You know Jason Coffman from Salisbury University ’96 who has the NCAA scoring record with 451 points? He was in the yard with Ryan and Mike and I digging through the leaves for our 400th ground ball of the day and we were all looking to run up the score.

from Canisius Athletics
The seven newcomers (five freshman and two transfers) join 19 returning letter winners from the 2016 campaign, which saw the Griffs win the their fifth MAAC Championship in six years over Monmouth 17-5. The Griffs went a perfect 8-0 in MAAC play for a second straight season, before eventually losing to Cornell 15-11 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

from Inside Lacrosse
The New York Lizards on Wednesday signed veteran midfielder Joe Walters, who engaged in the Player Movement Policy after three seasons with the Chesapeake Bayhawks. In a separate transaction, the Lizards acquired the Ohio Machine’s first-round pick in the 2017 MLL Collegiate Draft (8th overall) and their seventh-round pick (71st overall) in exchange for the seventh selection in the first round.

from Colgate Athletics
Colgate women's lacrosse alumna Courtney Miller '12 has been named to Israel's Women's Lacrosse National Team for the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup scheduled for July 2017.

from Israel Lacrosse
"Seeing different cultures and countries from around the world unite at the 2013 FIL Women's World Cup -- over their love for lacrosse -- was one of the most unique and incredible experiences of my life. I am so excited to again have the opportunity to play a sport that I love for a country that I love."

from Cornell Athletics
Former women's lacrosse standout Jessi Steinberg '12 was recently named to the Israel Women's National Team that will compete at the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse Women's World Cup in July 2017. Steinberg will be coached at the FIL World Cup by another former Big Red player in Halsey Diakow '09, who is serving as an assistant coach of Team Israel.
Wednesday November 23, 2016 12:15AM
from The Daily Gazette
After roughly 27 hours of driving, University at Albany men’s lacrosse coach Scott Marr and his former player Lyle Thompson reached the scene early Monday evening of the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D. Walking around the camps set up within the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Marr said the situation was unlike anything he’d previously seen.

from Marist Athletics
The Marist women’s lacrosse team and seventh-year head coach Jessica O’Brien have released the 2017 regular season schedule, which includes three teams that competed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

from Skidmore Athletics
The day's events will include lunch in the dining hall, a Q&A panel with both current players and coaches, an info session with a representative from the Skidmore College Admissions office, a campus tour and will conclude with a clinic led by current players. Last year, students traveled from all over the nation including Colorado, Florida, Ohio, New Jersey, Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Georgia to join the Thoroughbreds on campus.

from US Lacrosse
As we all know, coaches can play a powerful and impactful role in the life of youth players. In some cases, coaches spend more time with young athletes than parents and teachers. Coaches help youth in developing their skills and abilities, but also in coping with many of life’s ups and down, including winning and losing games.

from NLL.com
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) has announced rule changes for the upcoming 2017 NLL season. One of the most noticeable changes this season will be the addition of another official to the field for all NLL games. There will now be four officials presiding over every game, three of whom will be in the field of play.

from The Lacrosse Network
Samir travels to his fathers hometown of Hansi India.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Ever wonder what the players listen to before big games? At the gym? On the way to a road trip? We’ve got you covered. Check out our new segment with #TuesdayTunes. This week we take a look at Dan Dawson’s playlist

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks will open training camp this weekend at Total Sports Experience in East Rochester (435 West Commercial Street). This year’s training camp could be one of the most competitive yet with 32 players battling for the 20 spots on the team’s active roster.

from Gaffer Elite Lacrosse
The Freshman Gaffer Elite Team went undefeated at the prestigious FLG in 3D Tournament in Delaware. On the day they were able to beat three 2020 opponents: Mad Lax, Mad Dog and Bone Yard. They were able to finish the fall and summer seasons with a combined record of 17-3 and two Championships.
Tuesday November 22, 2016 12:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Powell Lacrosse, a cutting edge lacrosse manufacturer, is please to announce the launch of their 2017 shaft line. One of the most recognizable names in the game, Powell Lacrosse successfully launched operations in July 2015 and in just over a year and a half has created quite the buzz in the lacrosse community. Their mission is to make the very best lacrosse sticks in the world by guaranteeing care and detail goes into all of their products.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that they have signed free agent Wayne Van Every to a one-year deal. The hard-shooting lefty forward is the fourth player signed from the Knighthawks Rookie Camp.

from BLaxFive.net
Brighton Lacrosse celebrated recently as senior attackman Brett Randall and his parents Rob and Barb witnessed the signing of his National Letter of Intent to attend and play lacrosse at Richmond University.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Academy of the New Church (PA) 2019 midfielder Bailey O’Connor has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the United States Military Academy at West Point and begin the admissions process.
Monday November 21, 2016 12:15AM
from Dan Witmer / JutLacrosse Upstate
Hard to believe, but I think I’ve written some 200-250 Road Trip Dad articles for www.justlacrosse.com since starting in February of 2012, so the first of many THANKS this week goes to owner/editor Dennis Pettit for giving me the opportunity to write about lacrosse, myself, my sons, coaching at the high school and college level, and so many of the great Upstate NY people I’ve come to know through the game we all love.

from CollegeCrosse.com
The Statesmen keep the same opponents they had from last season, and their first eight games in the order they were from 2016. They’ll begin the season with scrimmages against Towson and Bucknell on January 28, followed by one against Hobart February 4. Hobart is “home” for all three games in February, and home is in quotations because “home” is the Pinnacle Athletic Complex in nearby Victor. It’s an indoor facility that hosted last year’s high school game between IMG Academy and Hill Academy.

from Inside Lacrosse
Since the National Hockey League started keeping track of primary and secondary assists (or first and second assists) as separate statistical categories, there has been a growing consensus in the hockey community that secondary assists are a relatively meaningless statistic.

from Capital District Lax
Although now living in California, twin brothers Cort and Blake Kim left permanent impressions in the Capital District lacrosse community, including induction into the Guilderland High School Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2011, and the UAlbany Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
The Kiski School (PA) 2017 midfielder Matt Wiechers has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Saturday November 19, 2016 12:15AM
from Insiude Lacrosse
With the Florida High School Athletic Association mandating that girls lacrosse players wear protective headgear and the recent completion of an ASTM standard to formalize legal headgear within the sport’s rules, Cascade has unveiled its first-ever headgear designed for women. Inside Lacrosse Women’s Editor Halley Quillinan spoke to Jenna Abelli, the Category Launch Manager overseeing the release of the Cascade LX, about some of the most pressing questions before the product release in advance of the 2017 season.

from Colgate Athletics
Colgate women's lacrosse head coach Heather Young has announced Isabel Kreitler (Fairfield, Connecticut), Sarah Bowles (CNS) and Natalie Washuta (Chatham, New Jersey) as captains for the 2017 season.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Rush Henrietta High School (NY) 2019 attack Gabriella Garrett has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at University of Louisville.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester Knighthawks Holiday Packs make the perfect gift for the lacrosse fans in your family. The Knighthawks rolled out a pair of options today for the 2016 holiday season.

from LaxLessons.com
Just as National Letter of Intent Fall Signing Week came to a close on Wednesday, the number of sophomore commitments for 2016 NY Class B state finalist Yorktown doubled. That's because defender Chris Perrino's commitment to Cornell's admissions process, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com.

from the Moultrie News
South Carolina isn’t quite the high school lacrosse hotbed Jack Davies grew up in back home in New Jersey.

“But to see the sport boom down here over the past five years has been something special,” said Davies, who moved to Mount Pleasant in 2010. “It was different coming down here and playing, but to see what’s taken place is incredible. It’s really special to be a part of that and to be part of this group from Wando signing to play in college.” Davies signed a letter of intent with Army last Wednesday, becoming the first boys high school lacrosse player from Charleston to commit and sign with a Division I school.
Friday November 18, 2016 8:45AM
from US Lacrosse Magazine
Since he entered the league in 2014, Jordan Wolf has run the Rattlers' offense. The secondary forms of initiation around him have changed annually: from Jordan MacIntosh and Miles Thompson running pick-and-rolls to Randy Staats posting up on the wing to Kevin Rice inverting while Jordan Wolf outverts. All of those are excellent forms of offense stand on their own, but none have complemented Wolf the way that Marasco could.

from LocalSyr.com
Lacrosse legend Mike Powell is one of five singer/songwriters taking part in the Acoustic Guitar Project. They passed one guitar around, each one getting a week to write an original song. They'll all gather Friday night at May Memorial Unitarian Society on East Genesee Street to share their songs. The show starts at 8 p.m.

from IWLCA.org
The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) held its 2016 Honors Banquet presented by Nike this evening at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The event is one of the highlights of the IWLCA’s Annual Meetings, providing the membership with the opportunity to honor those that have contributed to the women’s collegiate game during the past year. Liza Kelly, head coach at the University of Denver served as the master of ceremonies for the evening.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks and SportsNet announced today that they will host “Roll, Run and Shoot” on Sunday, Dec. 11 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Pinnacle Athletic Campus in Victor. The free lacrosse clinic is open to athletes of all ages and abilities, and includes instruction from Knighthawks players.

12:15AM
from Brighton-Pittsford Post
Sweetlax of Rochester is teaming with Joe Walters, a professional lacrosse player who founded JW1, for a winter box lacrosse program with the goal of using box lacrosse to improve field lacrosse skills.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Everest Academy (Ontario, Canada) 2019 attack Ashley Hill has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Niagara University.

from Syracuse.com
Westhill athletics director Jennie Smarrelli (CNS) will keep her job after all. Following a recommendation by Superintendent Casey Barduhn, the school board voted 5-0 last week to grant tenure to Smarrelli effective next July 1. The vote followed a two-hour executive session in the special meeting.
Thursday November 17, 2016 10:15AM
from The Ithaca Journal
Corning-Painted Post senior attack Aidan Olmstead has made official what has been in his heart for the last three years, signing a National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse for a Loyola University Maryland program four years removed from winning an NCAA Division I championship.

from WSYR-TV
Jamesville-DeWitt is the latest school to host a signing ceremony for its student athletes. Six seniors officially committed to colleges Wednesday, four of which were lacrosse players. The following players signed their letters Wednesday:

from The Post Star
The two boys lacrosse players were part of six Queensbury senior athletes signing partial athletic scholarships to attend universities. Also taking part in the ceremony were girls lacrosse players Devon Bolen, Caitlin Bolen and Natasha Rahal, as well as track and field athlete Emma Hayes. The Bolen sisters are attending Bryant University, Rahal is attending Binghamton University and Hayes is attending College of the Holy Cross.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
It was only recently that he and his brothers began venturing out into the discussion of Native American issues. They first began with an examination of the popularity of Native American mascots in sports - caricatures like Chief Wahoo of the Cleveland Indians, or the Washington D.C. football team being called the "Redskins." They simply didn't want to speak out until they had a chance to really look at the issues themselves in a deeper fashion.

from The Mercy College Impact
To someone who wasn’t familiar with the land that sits just 247 miles north west from New York City, he or she may think a large bear is somewhere among the trees, but they would be mistaken when they come across a hickory tree and Native American Alf E. Jacques stands there admiring, remembering mornings just like this one from his childhood.

from the Buffalo Bandits
The Buffalo Bandits today announced the team has signed forward Craig Point and defenseman Jon Sullivan, both to one-year contracts.

from the Rochester Knighthawks

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Archbishop Carroll (PA) 2017 defense Jessica Hewitt has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Siena College.

from US Lacrosse
“I don’t see how putting less kids on the field during games is going to help these kids learn to play real lacrosse. “

“The rule changes to youth lacrosse are going to set kids back, not move them forward.”

Heard any statements like that? We did. They came in as responses to the youth lacrosse rules, which were designed to align with the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM), specifically the small-sided competition portion of the model. In reality, small-sided competitions represent only roughly 17 percent of the entire LADM package. So to the skeptics of small-sided, I say “You’re right….kind of.” More on that later.
Wedbesday November 16, 2016 9:05AM
from SUNY Cortland Athletics
The SUNY Cortland women's lacrosse team will be holding its Red Dragon Winter Warm-Up 5 v 5 Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 in the Lusk Field House on campus. The tournament is for junior varsity and varsity level players. Teams must have a minimum of six players with a maximum of eight players and all teams are required to field a goalkeeper. Individuals can register to be on a "house" team.

from the Watertown Daily Times
As a junior forward, Romig generated 74 points, including 39 goals and 35 assists for the Comets, which reached the Class Section 3 semifinals for the third straight year in May.

from PressofAtlanticCity.com
St. Augustine Prep sophomores Brandon Gibson and Mitch McEntee have decided to serve their country and continue their lacrosse careers after verbally committing to the Division I United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
On Veteran's Day, US Lacrosse was the recipient of a piece of steel from the World Trade Center, given in honor of the victims of 9/11 who were also members of our lacrosse family.

from LongIsland.com
USA Luge has announced the second Running of the Balls (ROTB2) fundraiser, a fun and exciting initiative to help support the team’s athletes and programs. The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 3, shortly upon conclusion of the Viessmann World Cup luge event in Lake Placid. At the inaugural ROTB last March, over 900 lacrosse balls negotiated the nearly one-mile course down Mount Van Hoevenberg. The lax balls will be donated by Summit Lacrosse.

from The Lacrosse Network

Wednesday Morning Edition
from the Buffalo News
Edward Anthony “Tony” Stephens, of Williamsville, a special education teacher, died Nov. 9 in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, after a short illness. He was 49.

After earning his master’s degree in special education from Canisius College, he became a high school special education teacher for Erie 1 BOCES in 2000. He went on to be a special education teacher at Mill Middle School and coached lacrosse for Williamsville schools and the Amherst Lacrosse Association. He received the John “Wes” Patterson Sportsmanship Award in 2003 from the Niagara Frontier Lacrosse Officials Association.

from Gaffer Elite Lacrosse
The Gaffer Elite 2018 Team has become the most successful team of the top travel lacrosse program in the Southern Tier of New York. These three victories in the MVP Tournament at New Jersey’s Rider College brought their win streak to 26-0 (from the fall of 2015 to November 6, 2016). The program that they lead represents 21 different school districts and this fall was the first time that GEL has added players from the Syracuse area as their reputation has spread.

from Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier outdoor professional lacrosse league, announced its full 2017 regular season schedule today. Opening Day on Saturday, April 22 will feature four games, including the defending champion Denver Outlaws on the road against the Charlotte Hounds.

from RochesterFirst.com
At Pittsford Mendon, six athletes signed letters of intent to play Division One college lacrosse on Monday. Two of the girls are heading to top programs. Caroline Cullinan signed with Stanford and Jillie Quevedo is going to Virginia.

from Utica College Athletics
The Utica College women's lacrosse team recently named seniors Amanda Chruscicki (Whitesboro) and Maggie Notter (Clifton Springs, NY/Midlakes) captains for the 2017 season. Chruscicki and Notter were selected by their peers, through a team vote, to guide the Pioneers this season.

from Lake Placid News
Just one year after debuting the Lake Placid Summit Youth Classic tournament in June, event organizers will introduce the High Peaks Summit Classic in Lake Placid next summer.

from Major League Lacrosse
The Rochester Rattlers have acquired midfielder JoJo Marasco from the New York Lizards in exchange for the Rattlers’ first-round selection in the 2017 MLL Collegiate Draft, the fourth pick overall.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Sachem North High School (NY) 2018 midfielder attackman Anthony Coppola has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Binghamton University.
Tuesday November 15, 2016 12:15AM
from Cascade, Maverik Lacrosse
LIVERPOOL, N.Y. – November 15, 2016 – Cascade Lacrosse, the leading head protection brand in lacrosse, and Maverik Lacrosse, a leading developer and manufacturer of lacrosse equipment and apparel, today announced three new NCAA partner programs. The United States Air Force Academy, Jacksonville University and the University of Richmond will all exclusively wear CASCADE and MAVERIK equipment for the upcoming 2017 season.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
US Lacrosse today announced the opening of the application period for head coach of the 2019 U.S. men’s national indoor team.

from WSYR-TV
Nine student-athletes from Christian Brothers Academy signed their national letters of intent to play Division I athletics. The following students signed their letters of intent on Monday:

from Inside Lacrosse
With the naming of John Galloway as the third head coach in Jacksonville University history and with the appointment of Casey Powell as assistant coach, the expectations and profile of the program been vastly increased. Following an early morning practice, senior defenseman EJ Thurmond described the atmosphere surround the program: “The atmosphere around the program is just excitement everywhere. No matter if you are watching film, on the practice field, or in the weight room everyone is just giving it 100%.”

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks completed a successful Rookie Camp on Nov. 7, which resulted in the team signing free agents Mike Triolo, Dylan Goddard and Chris Shevins (Chev-ins) to one-year deals.
Monday November 14, 2016 12:15AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
My wife’s Aunt Jean (Cammer) passed away last weekend. She was 80 years old, a retired teacher who had beaten cancer only to succumb to other ailments.

From the first time I met her, Jean was like a second mother to both of us. Sue lived with Jean in Webster for three years, after she graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh until we got married, and every time I drove out there to visit, Jean welcomed me with open arms.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Shipley School (PA) 2018 midfielder Ashleigh Gundy has committed to the admissions process at Cornell University.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Ottawa Hills High School (OH) 2017 midfielder Griffin DeMilt has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Canisius College.
Sunday November 13, 2016 12:15AM
from the New York Daily News
Lyle Thompson didn’t like what he saw.

So he started talking about it on social media, sharing thoughts, links, videos and messages about the injustice he saw unfolding against Native Americans in this country.

from the Watertown Daily Times
As a youngster and young adult, Michael Powell wielded a lacrosse stick to carry himself to fame, eventually becoming one of the most decorated college lacrosse players in history and playing professionally.

He now carries a guitar to find that fame. He’s had some poke checks along the way, but he is back on track to put his love of music on offense.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
LaFayette High School (NY) 2019 attack Mya DeJoseph has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Cornell University and begin the admissions process.
Saturday November 12, 2016 12:15AM
from US Lacrosse Magazine
Today, US Lacrosse was humbled and honored to receive a piece of steel from the World Trade Center, presented to us from our lacrosse family at the FDNY, NYPD and Port Authority. The lacrosse community suffered greatly from the tragedy on September 11, 2001 with more than 60 people with connections to the sport dying in the terrorist attacks.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks announced on Veterans Day that they are renewing their partnership with the Veterans Outreach Center (VOC). The deal marks the third straight season that the Knighthawks are working with the VOC, whose mission is to “provide comprehensive resources to current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families through direct service, community collaboration, and advocacy.”

from Skidmore Athletics
Skidmore College men's lacrosse will host a day-long elite prospect clinic on Dec 3, 2016 from 9a.m.-4 p.m. The clinic is for rising juniors (2019) and seniors (2018) who want to compete on the college level.

from Capital District Lax
2015 Second team All-Suburban Council
2016 First team All-American
Member of 2015 Empire State Cup Adirondack region team
Member of 2014 and 2016 Section II finalist team
Member of 2015 Section II championship team

from BLaxFive.net
Two former Section Five players, now seniors at the Salisbury School (Connecticut), signed National Letters of Intent recently as they made official their commitment to continue to play lacrosse in college.

from GLaxFive.net
Seven Webster Thomas senior girls recently signed National Letters of Intent.

from SUNY Brockport Athletics
St. John the Baptist High School (NY) 2017 attackman Peter Scavone has committed to play Division III lacrosse at SUNY Brockport.

from US Lacrosse
Kyle Carnaggio and Meghan Chaplick used to be the Secret Santas of lacrosse.

For five straight weeks starting after Thanksgiving, US Lacrosse’s two-person programs team would spend their eight-hour workdays in a Baltimore warehouse packing and shipping enough lacrosse equipment to outfit more than 3,000 high school and youth boys’ and girls’ players from head to toe. Last year, more than 100 teams received grants through the First Stick Program, a US Lacrosse grassroots initiative that seeks to expand participation beyond traditional boundaries to underserved communities.
Friday November 11, 2016 12:25PM
from WHEC.com
The National Lacrosse League’s Rochester Knighthawks announced a partnership this week with Rhino Lacrosse and The Blaze Upstate Lacrosse Club to grow the game of box lacrosse in the Rochester area.

from Casey Powell Lacrosse
We should always remember those who served and gave us the opportunity to be who we want to be. Our freedom is paramount so express some thanks to a military veteran today.

10:20AM
from Oswego County Today
The faint scent of fresh cut wood loomed in the air as fourth grade students at CSI brought their studies on Native American culture to life with a very special visitor.

from The Troy Record
After years of competing together on the field, two sets of Christian Brothers Academy - Albany teammates committed to colleges as a group of five in the CBA Alumni Library Thursday.

from 13WHAM.com
It was a proud day for Pittsford lacrosse as 6 players signed their letters of intent to play in college.

from NLL.com
The National Lacrosse League has received plenty of interest in potential expansion franchises, but the league has no specific timeline for adding teams and won't rush the process, Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz tells IL Indoor.

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from Inside Lacrosse
The Tewaaraton Foundation and Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health are teaming up to raise support for the NativeVision sports and life skills camp for American Indian children and the Tewaaraton Foundation’s scholarship and educational enrichment programs. The goal of this campaign is to send 1,000 kids to NativeVision camps in2017.

from Dr. Fred Opie
Syracuse University All-American lacrosse player Matt Palumb. In Matt’s encore career he has served as a Division I basketball and lacrosse official. Matt shares his journey into the world of becoming an official while still in college.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Xerox Kans-4-Kids/Good Neighbor Program has joined the Rochester Knighthawks’ Movember efforts by donating $500 to their fundraising campaign. The money, which was raised by Xerox employees, will go directly to Gilda’s Prostate Cancer Support Group.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Holy Names Academy (WA) 2018 defense Haily Santorsola has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at United States Military Academy at West Point and begin the admissions process.

from Inside Lacrosse
Twenty years ago, there was no MLL, US Lacrosse or Tewaaraton Trophy. The only major equipment manufacturers were Brine and STX. No Final Fours in NFL football stadiums. No internet news. ESPN broadcasts left much to desire. This is the landscape into which Inside Lacrosse was born.
Thursday November 10, 2016 12:15AM
from The Auburn Citizen
Three Skaneateles girls lacrosse players made their college decisions official Wednesday.

Kyla Sears has committed to the process at Princeton University, Mae McGlynn has agreed to attend Elon University and Emily Baldwin will play in goal for Le Moyne College starting next fall, the players announced at a signing ceremony at Skaneateles High School Wednesday.

from JustLacrosse Upstate
Photos from Oswego vs. Webster Shroeder; Hamburg vs. Spencerport; Niskayuna vs. Vestal; and Irondequoit vs. Marcellus

from Your Niskayuna
Sixteen seniors at Niskayuna High School took part Wednesday in the school’s Division IA, IAA and II Signing Day fall ceremony.

from the Watertown Daily Times
“The Mohawk brand of lacrosse is very strong. It’s an opportunity to generate a significant tourist destination with the branding of lacrosse,” Mr. Robbie said.

from the Democrat & Chronicle
Wednesday was the opening day of the week-long National Letter of Intent signing period for several sports, but the most sought after senior in the Rochester area is still being chased by recruiters

from The Star Gazette
Richmond will continue her softball career at Division I St. Bonaventure University in Olean, Benesh signed to play lacrosse at Division I University of New Hampshire in Durham, and Mattison commited to play softball at Division II Le Moyne College, near Syracuse.

from NLL.com
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) has announced the 2016-17 NLL pre-season game schedule consisting of 12 games, including five games open to the public. Two of the exhibition games will be hosted at NLL home arenas, while the other three will be contested at nearby locations.

from The Lacrosse Network

Wednesday November 9, 2016 12:15AM
from The Ithacan
Student-athletes on the Ithaca College swimming and diving and lacrosse teams have joined the movement to spread awareness of relationship violence by holding workshops that educate and empower students to recognize warning signs.

from SUNY Plattsburgh
The Plattsburgh State men's lacrosse team has announced senior defender Joey Duckham (Poughquag, N.Y./Arlington), senior midfielder Austin Belz (Bayport, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point), senior defensive midfielder Matt Howard (Oswego) and junior defender Michael Van Bommel (Calverton, N.Y./Riverhead) as its captains for the 2017 season.

from the Buffalo News
It’s November. Do you know what that means? It’s time for the early college signing period for most non-football sports to commence. Several Western New York student-athletes will make their commitments official by signing letters of intent between Wednesday and Nov. 16.

from Syracuse Athletics

from The Capital Region Daily Gazette
In his three decades as a sports official Rick Nelson dealt with his share of sideline hecklers and coaches who were determined to make their point.

“I had a dream to throw my whistle in the stands, tell them, ‘You try it,’ and walk away,” Stillwater’s village mayor said with a laugh. “I never got the chance. I had it all planned out. God had another idea.”

from Inside Lacrosse
CAZENOVIA, N.Y. — The New York-based storyteller is at it once again with a nine-track release titled “Tied To The Rail.” On Aug. 22 of this year Mike Powell sat alone in an empty music club in Syracuse with a vintage electric guitar, a microphone, a harmonica and an amplifier. The result is a mellow, emotive and vibey record filled with honest and raw performances. This comes two years after his full band soul-styled album “Kapow” hit the shelves featuring a horn section, gospel singers and the rhythm section from the legendary local band Los Blancos.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The National Lacrosse League’s Rochester Knighthawks announced a partnership today with Rhino Lacrosse and The Blaze Upstate Lacrosse Club to grow the game of box lacrosse in the Rochester area.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Shenendehowa High School (NY) 2017 midfielder Tommy Sullivan has made a verbal commitment to play Division II lacrosse at The College of Saint Rose.

from US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse hosted more than 30 lacrosse and sports industry leaders Oct. 26 at its national headquarters in Sparks, Md., to address growing concerns over the sport’s flattening participation rate.
Tuesday November 8, 2016 12:15AM

from Lacrosse Magazine
After transferring from Maryland following the 2014 season, attackman Connor Cannizzaro reached new heights at Denver, setting the Pioneers’ single-season record for points en route to the program’s first NCAA title in 2015.

When strength and conditioning coach Matt Van Dyke joined Denver as associate director of sports performance last fall, bringing with him a philosophy that the body learns in the manner it is trained, he noticed Cannizzaro immediately.

from Inside Lacrosse
On Nov. 4, Nike unveiled their newest N7 collection. The N7 collection is an initiative to bring sport and all of its benefits to Native American and Aboriginal communities in the United States and Canada. Here, Inside Lacrosse Publisher Terry Foy takes a look at the N7 Air Jordan XXX1 — the newest signature Jordan shoe — sporting a white and navy upper, with N7 and Jumpman branding on the tongue. He also takes a look at the Men's N7 Hypermesh Jacket and the intricate packaging that Nike sent the items in.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
ORDER YOUR MOVEMBER T-SHIRT - Each shirt sold benefits Todd Baxter, Executive Director of the Veterans Outreach Center, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Baxter is a longtime friend and supporter of the Knighthawks.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Lenape (N.J.) 2018 attackman Drew Bregman has made a commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the United States Military Academy and begin the admissions process.
Monday November 7, 2016 10:30AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
Well, I made it.

I said good-bye to my son Brian in Park City, Utah on Monday morning and started to retrace the route we had driven on Sunday –from Fort Collins, CO, over the Continental Divide, and into Utah. Now I was in the Eastbound lane; the weather was good, traffic on I-80 was light, and I was on my way. “Oswego or Bust!”

from JustLacrosse Upstate
Photos from CBA vs. Johnson City; B'ville vs. Penn Yan; JD vs. Fairport; Webster-Thomas vs. Hill Academy 2; Carthage vs. Ithaca; Bishop Timon vs. Central Square; LaFayette vs. Saratoga Springs; Shenendehowa vs. Pittsford; and McQuaid Academy vs. Albany Academy.

from SportsFive.net / BLaxFive.net
The Greater Rochester Chapter of US Lacrosse held their 2016 Hall of Fame dinner Friday night at the Burgundy Basin Inn in Pittsford.Hall of Fame

With the largest attendance in the event's history, over one hundred fans, friends, teammates along with many members of the Hall of Fame, gathered to induct four individuals, and for the first time, two teams into the Greater Rochester Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

from A.V.Club
REVIEW WITH SPOILERS: Sometimes you watch an episode of The Simpsons do a number of little things well and realize that, by the end, you’ve seen a really solid episode of The Simpsons. As “There Will Be Buds” is a sports-themed episode, wherein the fickle fans of Springfield switch their allegiance from youth football to youth lacrosse, let’s go to the scoreboard.

from Capital District Lax
High School: CBA-Albany
HS Coach: Rich Scully
Graduation Year: 2017
Position: Midfield/Def
Club: United Lacrosse

from SportsFive.net
With the addition of the GLaxFive.NET site for the girls, we have decided to use SportsFive.NET as the “Hub” for the various sports we cover now, and perhaps others in the future. It also allowed for some major display changes for the popular website.
Friday November 4, 2016 7:00PM
from SUNY Geneseo Athletics
SUNY Geneseo Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Mike Mooney announced that Nick Fiorentino (Baldwinsville) has been named the head coach for the Knights' men's lacrosse team. No stranger to success, Fiorentino brings a resume that includes extensive experience working with some of the winningest coaches and programs in the country.

from Skidmore Athletics
Skidmore College men's lacrosse will host a day-long elite prospect clinic on Dec 3, 2016 from 9a.m.-4 p.m. The clinic is for rising juniors (2019) and seniors (2018) who want to compete on the college level.

from SneakerNews.com
November is Native American Heritage Month and we’ve come to expect Nike to honor that community and their resilience against adversity through the exclusive Nike N7 Collection. This year, lacrosse player Lyle Thompson (LaFayette) serves as an inspiration for the upcoming Nike N7 Spirit of Protection Collection.

from SportsFive.net
Senior long-stick midfielder, Adam Witscheber has announced his decision to study and play lacrosse at the Rochester Institute of Technology after his graduation from Penfield next spring.

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from Tully Cornfield Classic

from Lacrosse Magazine
US Lacrosse today announced John O'Sullivan, founder and CEO of the Changing the Game Project, as the keynote speaker of the 2017 US Lacrosse Convention (LaxCon).

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from RIT Athletics
Members of the RIT men's lacrosse team, family, friends and alumni gathered during Brickcity Homecoming and Family Weekend for the annual alumni game and awards banquet. Nearly 50 alumni gathered to play in the Alumni Game on Friday evening. Saturday, many former and current Tigers gathered at Eagle Vale Golf Club in Fairport, N.Y. for the alumni golf tournament.

from Lax Sports Network / FOX TV
"Homer gets roped into coaching the kids' lacrosse team with Milhouse's dad, Kirk, who is in desperate need of a friend. When Kirk gets too clingy, Homer vents about how much of a loser he is. Kirk overhears his rant and disappears, right when the team needs him most: the championship game." Clip courtesy FOX-TV

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from IWLCA.org
The IWLCA announced the three Divisional honorees for the 2016 Assistant Coach of the Year Award. Cornell’s Suzie Friedrich, Florida Southern’s Marissa Higgins, and Middlebury’s Alice Lee have been selected as the Division I, II, and III recipients of the award and will be recognized at the IWLCA Honors Banquet on November 17 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The Assistant Coach of the Year award recognizes an assistant coach from each Division who has made a distinct impact on the success of their program through hard work, commitment, dedication, and sportsmanship.

from Syracuse Athletics
Two familiar faces will return to the Syracuse women's lacrosse sideline when the Orange take to the field in 2017. Allie Murray will serve as a volunteer assistant this season, while Halle Majorana returns as an undergraduate student assistant.

from SUNY Binghamton
Senior goalie Tanner Cosens (Maine-Endwell), senior midfielder Tyler Deluca and junior defender Sal Fama have been named the Binghamton men's lacrosse team captains for the 2017 season. The announcement was made by first-year head coach Kevin McKeown.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks announced their training camp schedule today, which kicks off the weekend of Nov. 26-27 at Total Sports Experience in East Rochester (435 West Commercial Street).

from Dr. Fred Opie
In this up abbreviated addition of the super seven I take you through the seven principles I teach on how to succeed on purpose instead of by accident on and off the field. These are principles I have tested myself a student athlete, coach, teacher, and parent. Why make stupid mistakes when you can learn from mine?

Thursday November 3, 2016 9:00AM
from The Cornell Daily Sun
Pannell and Seibald, who ended their careers as two of the most successful athletes in Cornell Athletics history, returned to Ithaca for a weekend of fun and reminiscing with friends. Coming back to Cornell and seeing former teammates is something the duo has always enjoyed.

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from Marist Athletics
The Marist men’s lacrosse team has released its regular season schedule for the 2017 campaign. The Red Foxes will play 14 games, eight out of conference and six Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchups. Six contests will be held in Tenney Stadium.

from US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse, announced today that the organization has awarded 36 new grants to support lacrosse participation in underrepresented communities. These awards, made through the Diversity & Inclusion Grant Program, will be utilized by local organizations to initiate and continue programs that promote lacrosse diversity.
Wednesday November 2, 2016 12:15AM
from US Lacrosse
Lacrosse legislators had a busy summer. We rounded up four leaders on the front line of the debates for their take.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Through a partnership with Gilda’s Club Rochester , the Rochester Knighthawks will grow mustaches to raise funds for prostate cancer research and spread awareness of the disease which affects about one in seven men.

from SGB Media
The Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) and US Lacrosse introduced a new certification program for women’s lacrosse headgear and goggles. The program was announced to manufacturers in a joint letter from SEI President Patricia Gleason and US Lacrosse Vice President of Lacrosse Operations Ann Kitt Carpenetti.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Pearl River (N.Y.) 2017 midfielder Mike Carbone has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Ithaca College.

from US Lacrosse
The solution for many, US Lacrosse illustrates in a new, member-supported video released last week, is to become an official — an avocation that provides lacrosse enthusiasts with flexibility, involvement in the sport, and additional income, among other perks.

from The Lacrosse Network
Colin and Samir head to the 3rd Annual TLN / Santa Monica Dragons Lacrosse Practice, This year its beach box lacrosse. Thanks to Coach Krum and the Dragons for another Awesome year!

Tuesday November 1, 2016 12:15AM
from US Lacrosse
The First Stick program seeks to expand participation beyond traditional boundaries and inspire kids to play hard, dream big and act responsibly within the sport of lacrosse and the game of life.

from WCVB.com
Exeter-based Performance Sports Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization Monday morning. Performance Sports Group manufactures and markets sports equipment and apparel under several brands, including Bauer Hockey, Mission Roller Hockey, Maverik Lacrosse, Cascade Helmets, Inaria, Combat and Easton.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Get to know Joe Walters of the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Rochester Knighthawks. What has he been up to since graduating from Maryland in 2006?

from Cornell University
Cornell dedicated a permanent memorial to the 21 alumni who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at a ceremony in Anabel Taylor Hall Oct. 28.

Family members, friends and administrators attended the private ceremony in Anabel Taylor Chapel, held before the memorial was unveiled in the Anabel Taylor rotunda on a wall near Cornell’s WWII memorial.

from Powell Lacrosse
Fall Ball is always a special time for lacrosse players. Meaningful games are still months away, but the feeling of team camaraderie starts to build from the first team meeting, and hitting the field on a cool, crisp autumn day with 45 teammates is a reward all on its own. The mere prospect of an impending full spring season is often enough to motivate players, but there is something bigger at play here, and for different teams an all-important transformation takes place, often at very different times.

from Georgetown Athletics
Emily Ehle
Freshman
Midfielder
Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy
Prior to Georgetown: A four-year starter at Christian Brothers Academy ... Served as captain as a senior ... Earned First Team All-CNY in 2015 and 2016 ... Named the All-CNY Player of the Year in 2016 ... A US Lacrosse All-American 2015 and 2016 ... Won Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Northeast Region Player of the Year as a senior ... Team won the Class B state championship in 2013 and the Class A State Championship in 2016 ... Scored 195 career goals and had 107 career assists ... A four-year letterwinner on the soccer team, served as captain her senior season.

from US Lacrosse
Aveson Smith heard a command from her coach: “Follow her!”

So the 9-year-old newbie to lacrosse did what many 9-year-old kids would do. Rather than guard her opponent, Aveson began trailing the attacker wherever she roamed throughout the attack zone, to include surrendering obvious positions of advantage to her foe. The story relayed by mom Erin Smith, director of education and training at US Lacrosse, drew a round of laughs at a recent staff meeting.