December 2017

Sunday December 31, 2017 10:45AM
from BLaxFive.net
As usual, there is a great need for lacrosse officials for both the boys and the girls scholastic programs. Training programs have been announced and both will start in January. The training programs will allow participants to work games this season. Experience with the game is nice, but not necessary. Interest in learning is the only requirement.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks mustered an inspired effort Saturday night against the Georgia Swarm in a 14-11 loss. After overcoming travel issues, the Knighthawks showed up just prior to faceoff ready to play in Duluth, Ga.

from NLL.com
Starting their season with two straight losses, the Rock knew this game could be a crucial point of their season. In response, Toronto unleashed an offensive onslaught.

Saturday December 30, 2017 8:45AM
from the Buffalo News
The Bandits and Rock played each other at KeyBank Center during opening weekend, making Toronto the first repeat opponent on Buffalo's schedule this season. Goalie Alex Buque was outstanding in that matchup, making 55 saves in the Bandits' 13-9 victory.

The 2017 Georgia Swarmers

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Friday December 29, 2017 10:45AM
from TopLaxRecruits.com
Virginia commit Payton Cormier collected four goals and two assists – giving him 10 goals in two games – as Team Ontario (Canada) defeated Rochester (Team USA), 13-10, today to wrap up the U19 championship at The Brogden Cup at Jacksonville University.

from LaxAllStars.com
With a trio of excellent NLL games to watch over this past weekend, my comments in last week’s post were that you could not make a bad choice of which games(s) to watch. Well, depending on your rooting allegiances, you could have. There were two brutal routs and then a much closer game out in Colorado, but I’m examining the Rochester Knighthawks’ early season success!

Thursday December 28, 2017 5:00PM
from US Lacrosse Magazine
Max Seibald, the former Tewaaraton Award winner and two-time Team USA player, had a busy summer of 2017. He entered the summer as a member of the MLL’s Boston Cannons, but tackled much more than that commitment along the way.

from Inside Lacrosse
As the season gets longer, the excuses get shorter. Not that the National Lacrosse League rookies of this new season are offering any excuses. But the point is, the more you play, the more that’s expected of you. And there are several freshmen who are not disappointing in the least. Jake Withers of Rochester followed his impressive debut from two weeks ago with another solid outing, and Buffalo’s Chase Fraser also appears to be riding some momentum.

from The Lacrosse Network

from Paul Rabil
We took 130 shots. Started with box-out shooting in tight, then angled catch-and-shoot, step-down time-and-room, disorientation give-and-go's, then shooters choice. We're ready for 2018.

10:40AM
from TopLaxRecruits.com
For Team USA (Rochester), Ian Evans had three goals and an assist and Cian Collins, Alexander Reimer each had three goals. Casey Kelly scored twice and Phillip Barilla had a goal and three assists. Matthew Holowka had six saves and Patrick Cuddihy added three stops.

from

Had a day with the young bucks #Geny #shua

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from the Buffalo Bandits
With a healthy Cody Jamieson back in the lineup and goaltender Matt Vinc seeing the ball like a sheet pizza, the Rochester Knighthawks were simply the better team last Saturday against the Bandits. The 21-11 Rochester victory was no fluke as every aspect of their game was outstanding.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks will close out 2017 with their first road contest of the season, as they hit the road to take on the defending champion Georgia Swarm on Saturday, Dec. 30. The 7:05 p.m. contest, from Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Field inside Infinite Energy Arena, will be broadcast on 107.3 The Bull and on the iHeartRadio app.

The game is the Knighthawks’ first appearance of the season on Twitter. The Twitter Game of the Week will be streamed live at NLL.twitter.com and via @NLL, and simulcast on NLLTV.com.

Vs. Bandits Photo Gallery

from NLL.com
The 2017-18 NLL season could not have started any more different for the defending NLL champion Georgia Swarm and the Rochester Knighthawks. Georgia (0-2) has struggled to get back into championship form; meanwhile, Rochester (2-0) sits in the top spot in the East Division off its two dominant performances.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Haddonfield Memorial (N.J.) 2018 face-off specialist Mitchell Rothstein has committed to play Division I lacrosse at Cornell University.

Wednesday December 27, 2017 10:20AM
from CollegeCrosse.com
The Binghamton Bearcats are the 39th team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the fourth team from the America East. The Bearcats set a program records for wins in a season with 11 in Kevin McKeown’s first year as head coach.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
It’s early in the season, but it’s not too early to call Rochester the most improved NLL team.

“There’s a new vibe, a new culture, in our dressing room,” veteran forward Dan Dawson said of the 2-0 Knighthawks.

from Rich Barnes Photography
Rich chooses some of his best photos from 2017.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Th rosters and schedule for the Brogden Cup are below.

2018 Brogden Cup: December 27-29, 2018 at D.B. Milne Field @ Jacksonville University, Florida. Streaming by LaxAllStars.com

Tuesday December 26, 2017 10:30AM
from the Finger Lakes Times
In a Dec. 13 interview, in his Bristol Gym campus office, Hobart College Athletic Director Mike Hanna reflects and gives voice to his life, both in out of the office. Hanna will be retiring at the end of the current academic semester. In this far reaching conversation, he discusses his professional work, 37 years as Hobart's AD and 47 years overall in intercollegiate athletics and on a more personal level, where he came from and the people in his life.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
This is a look back at Rochester’s championship win at the National Lacrosse Classic in July; the team will represent Team USA Wednesday through Friday at the Brogden Cup in Jacksonville, FL

from LaxAllStars.com
Teams representing the US and Ontario, Canada, will compete in a ?three? game? series ?combining points from the boys and girls divisions ??to decide which country tak?es? home the Brogden Cup. The U19 and U17 series – six games total – will be live streamed December 27-29 by Lacrosse All Stars.

from US Lacrosse
It’s a daunting tryout process that began three years ago and revved up intensity this past summer. But it’s one the players are willing to go through because of what representing their country in the sport they love means to them. We asked the players just what exactly wearing that Team USA uniform means. Here are some of our favorite responses.

from US Lacrosse
Kick off the 2018 lacrosse as 48 of the nation's best lacrosse players compete for a final roster spot on the team that will represent the United States in the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse Men's World Championship. Clinics will also be held for players, coaches and officials and you can meet the players during a special fundraising dinner.

Sunday December 24, 2017 11:45AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
Merry Christmas, everyone. This cute take-off on a Christmas classic first appeared back in December of 2012. I re-published it in 2014 and, last year, announced that it would become a semi-annual event. So, this was supposed to be a “bye” year, but with Christmas falling on a Monday and Brian being home from Israel for all of four days, we decided we’d spend the weekend at the in-laws – and fall back on “Twas the Night for Lax Santa” for this week’s RTD.

from Paul Rabil

from NLL.com
The Rochester Knighthawks (2-0) defeated the Buffalo Bandits (1-1) in front of 7,272 fans at the Blue Cross Arena Saturday night. The Knighthawks offense continued its explosive start to the season while goalie Matt Vinc continued his impersonation of a brick wall in net.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
“Everything’s been working in our favor,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “Defensively, we’re playing very well. ‘V’ (Matt Vinc) is making those big saves for us and keeping it out. We’re pushing and they’re dropping and offensively we’re moving the ball and moving our feet.”

from SUNY Plattsburgh Athletics
Julia Decker (Penn Yan/Brockport), Plattsburgh State's first-ever head women's lacrosse coach, is no stranger to the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC). Decker's ties to the SUNYAC trace back even before her collegiate career at The College of Brockport and her stint as an assistant coach at SUNY Geneseo.

from LoHud.com
The most prolific lacrosse team in Section 1 history is taking a quick winter’s nap, knowing that after the confetti is cleaned up on New Year’s Day the pursuit of another title begins in earnest.

from Inside Lacrosse
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Friday December 22, 2017 12:15AM
from SUNY Albany Athletics
The University at Albany women’s lacrosse team, ranked No. 18 in the Inside Lacrosse preseason poll, unveiled a challenging schedule Thursday that includes three matches against preseason top 10 opponents.

Because of facility maintenance at Fallon Field, the Great Danes will play each of their seven home matches at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.

from NLL.com
The Rochester Knighthawks (1-0) open up the 2017-18 edition of the Thruway Rivalry on Saturday December 23rd when they welcome the Buffalo Bandits (1-0) to the Blue Cross Arena at 7:30 pm ET. The Knighthawks return to action after a bye week following their home opener 17-6 over the Calgary Roughnecks. Meanwhile, the Bandits downed the Toronto Rock in their home opener 13-9.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Amy Altig, Alex Frank and Joe Spallina will serve as assistant coaches and Colleen Shearer will serve as the team’s assistant general manager. Altig will work the goaltenders and serve as the team’s defensive coordinator. Frank with the defense and draw specialists while Spallina will serve as the offensive coordinator. Shearer will work with Lance Basler, the operations manager for all of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams.

from the Buffalo Bandits
Off to a fast start, the Buffalo Bandits (1-0) hit the road to renew their I-90 rivalry with the Rochester Knighthawks (1-0) at Blue Cross Arena on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Last year, the Bandits and Knighthawks both missed the NLL playoffs for the first time in history, ending a 21-year streak that began when Rochester entered the league in 1995.

Thursday December 21, 2017 9:45AM
from ESPN
As she sat in the batting cage cradling her son Jack's head in her lap, Nancy Crowley knew he was dying. His face was turning blue. That awful unnatural blue no mother should ever have to see. As other parents screamed for an ambulance and grandmothers began to pray out loud, all Nancy could do was look into Jack's eyes, trying to memorize every detail in those blue eyes one last time before they closed.

from
The Ithaca High School Little Red girls lacrosse team would like to thank everyone for the support they received in sending 19 players, along with their four coaches, to one of the largest lacrosse tournaments in the country, recently held at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida.

Wednesday December 20, 2017 Noon
from Hobart Athletics
The 21st Hall of Fame class includes Stockton Buck '66, of Bolinas, Calif., Len DeFrancesco '56, of Geneva, Jeremy Foley '74, of Gainesville, Fla., the late Delivan "Augie" Gates '56, Bill Palmer '94, of Atlanta, Kent Smack '97, of Carlisle, Mass., Jeff Tambroni '92, of State College, Pa. These seven men will raise the Hobart Hall of Fame roster to 125.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Honeoye Falls-Lima High School (NY) 2019 attackman Andrew Mapstone has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Lehigh University.

from LaxAllStars.com
Lacrosse All Stars is pleased to announce a new media partnership with the National Lacrosse Classic -Brogden Cup that includes the live production and streaming of six international lacrosse games at the end of December. Fans worldwide will have the chance to watch USA top high school talent face-off against the best players from the Ontario Lacrosse Association.

USA U-19 ROSTER:

from ProWomensLax.com
Key to the WPLL’s mission is not only providing the professional players of today with a top-tier league to compete in, but also helping the next generation of female lacrosse talent grow into strong, confident leaders. The WPLL’s Future’s Program is designed to expose high school players across the country to lacrosse and leadership experiences that will prepare them for any challenges they may face.

from The Lacrosse Network

from Us Lacrosse
The sport’s national governing body focused some of its developmental resources for officials in the West by hosting Nov. 3-5 in Los Angeles its inaugural Officials Leadership Conference. The US Lacrosse Officials Development Program staff joined several of the organization’s most experienced and tenured officiating clinicians in putting on a variety of professional development classroom and on-field activities for more than 50 officials based west of the Mississippi River.


Tuesday December 19, 2017 7:35PM
from Syracuse Athletics
The camp is available to both commuters and overnight campers, who stay right on the Syracuse University campus. The goal of the camp is to develop campers skills, while also providing a fun learning environment and a great time for the campers.

from Inside Lacrosse
In 2018, www.InsideLacrosse.com will be bringing you boys high school scores.

In the wake of Laxpower’s announcement last week that they’ll be contracting many of the familiar services they’ve provided the lacrosse community, and in our effort to enhance our scoreboard and recruiting database, our in-house design and development team is currently working on the back-end technology that will allow coaches, parents and/or fans to upload their high school team’s schedule and input scores at the conclusion of games.

Having watched from afar as Dan Larsen, George Baldassare and Larry Feldman undertook the labor of moderating Laxpower’s boys high school scoreboard, we know how reliant the success of this endeavor is on the community of lacrosse coaches, fans and parents, and we hope you’ll see the service we intend to provide as one worth supporting.

from Dr. Fred Opie

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Opening night was the homecoming Cody Jamieson has been dreaming about since last year. Playing in his first home game in 19 months, Jamieson’s performance electrified the crowd and sparked the offense to a record-setting night.

from Siena Athletics
Siena Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach John Svec will be a key speaker at the BSN Sports Lacrosse Albany Coaching Clinic. The clinic will take place on December, 21 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Siena College.

The even begins with a dinner at 6 p.m. After that, those in attendance will get to hear from head coach Tucker Kear of Skidmore College, head coach Jim Morrissey of Saint Rose and coach Svec.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Boulder (CO) 2018 goalie Connor Thornton has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Ithaca College.

Monday December 18, 2017 7:25PM
from Syracuse Athletics
'Cuse fans will soon have another way to follow the Orange, as well as it's conference rivals. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and SiriusXM announced today that they will launch SiriusXM ACC Radio, a new and exclusive audio channel dedicated to the ACC. The 24/7 channel will deliver fans and alumni across the country in-depth and comprehensive access to ACC-focused sports talk and news, plus an extensive schedule of live ACC events.

from Cornell Athletics
Interim Head Coach Peter Milliman has announced that Kevin Reisman has joined the Big Red men's lacrosse staff as a volunteer assistant coach for the upcoming 2018 season. A four-time All-American as a face-off specialist, Reisman won three DII national championships with Limestone College and spent this past summer winning an MLL title with the Ohio Machine.

from Inside Lacrosse
Inside Lacrosse is proud to unveil the Top 25 DIII men's rankings from the Face-Off Yearbook. The defending champs start on top, with Salisbury leading the way. The back-to-back champs will go for title No. 13 in 2018.

from The Lacrosse Network

from the Buffalo Bandits
After the departure of captain Billy Dee Smith and fellow veteran Ryan Benesch, the Buffalo Bandits entered the 2017-18 NLL season with somewhat of a void. Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley left it up to the players to determine who would fill the open leadership positions. As was the case in 2015, a team vote would decide it.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Join us on Saturday, December 23rd as we host the Buffalo Bandits at 7:30 PM on Christmas Eve Eve. To celebrate, the Knighthawks are offering a ticket special. For $25 you will get a ticket to the game, a rally towel and 2 beers (valid from 6:30pm-7:30pm in upper atrium only). Or for $20 you can just get the ticket and the rally towel.

8:55AM
from the Albany Times Union
The University at Albany men's lacrosse team will make Casey Stadium its full-time home next season and possibly beyond that.

The Great Danes, ranked No. 2 in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook preseason poll, announced on Thursday their 2018 schedule. They're playing all seven home matches at Casey Stadium, usually the home of Great Danes football and soccer, while John Fallon Field undergoes maintenance.

from The Lake Placid News
. . . USA Luge will hold its third Running of the Balls benefit race in which more than 1,000 "adopted" lacrosse balls make their way down the nearly 1-mile course. Fans may enter as many balls as they'd like. The cost is $10 per ball or three balls for $25. USA Luge is selling tickets at Lake Placid retail outlets and at USA Luge headquarters at 57 Church St. in Lake Placid. Or people can register at go.teamusa.org/2ibwRoC. Cash and prizes from USA Luge sponsors will be offered for the top 10 balls, as well as the last-place ball.

12:15AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
Well, here we are again – yet another one of our “most wonderful times of the year.” Happy Holidays, everyone! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

For the next two weeks I’m going to continue a couple of RTD traditions. This week is the latest (fictitious) annual Christmas letter from the Turner Family, and next week I’ll re-visit the parody of Clement Clarke Moore’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas” I first shared back in 2014.

from SUNY Cortland Athletics
The SUNY Cortland men's lacrosse team was one of four participants that helped raise $11,712 for the Room2Smile Fund at the Upstate Cancer Center during the Fifth Annual Room2Smile Fall Classic. Cortland, Le Moyne College, Onondaga Community College, and RIT participated in the tournament on Sunday, Oct. 1 at Le Moyne.

from CollegeCrosse.com
The Syracuse Orange are the 28th team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the first team from the ACC. The Orange went undefeated in ACC regular season play and went to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third straight season. They also went 9-2 in one-goal games last season, including seven straight.

Saturday December 16, 2017 11:00AM
from Syracuse.com
If you are a fan of local high school or Syracuse University sports, chances are that Tom Winiecki's voice has been in your ear.

For 37 years, Winiecki has been announcing games for Fayetteville-Manlius High School. Through the years, the physical education teacher at Mott Road Elementary has branched out to work various lacrosse and basketball games for Syracuse University.

from Inside Lacrosse
There are few groups in sports that have achieved a level of success like last year’s graduating class at Limestone. That class won three NCAA Tournament championships, including last year’s 11-9 victory against Merrimack. That group only had four losses (81-4), and arguably, the 2016 team that lost to Le Moyne in the championship was the most talented of the bunch.

from CollegeCrosse.com
Army Black Knights assistant coach Kyle Georgalas spent a day with junior defenseman Johnny Surdick.

from the Buffalo Bandits
People who have a specialized vocation are called masters of their craft. They spend hours, days, months, years…OK, they never stop honing their craft. They use books, videos, real-time situations, and, practice, practice, practice.

Last week, we witnessed what that type of dedication can do for a group of guys who just happen to be some of the finest indoor lacrosse players in the world – 38 in total when you combine both teams. These guys spend so much time always trying to get better, which is nothing short of amazing.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Knighthawks defeated Calgary 17-6 on Opening Night.

Friday December 15, 2017 1:45PM
from The Patriot League
The semifinal and championship rounds of the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be televised by CBS Sports Network for the 10th-consecutive season. The semifinal round is set for Friday, April 27, with the championship game scheduled for Sunday, April 29. All three games will be hosted by the tournament’s top overall seed. The Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Championship will also be televised live by CBS Sports Network on Sunday, May 6 at noon.

from Inside Lacrosse
Sergio Salcido, the Syracuse Orange standout who's now embarking on an MLL career, roams the streets of New York City, stick in hand, in the lastest original from WOLACO. He keeps his phone and his cash safe with WOLACO's sweatproof pocket right inside their state-of-the-art compression shorts.


Thursday December 14, 2017 5:05PM
from
The most challenging schedule in recent memory awaits the 2018 Syracuse men's lacrosse team, with the Orange set to face nine teams ranked in Inside Lacrosse's preseason poll, and 11 of Syracuse's 13 opponents starting the year in the top-30.

from SUNY Albany Athletics
Coming off their fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the Great Danes are set for a 14-game regular season slate.

The schedule includes three Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Preseason top 10 ranked teams (Maryland, Yale and Syracuse), along with the ever-challenging America East schedule. Due to facility maintenance at Fallon Field, all seven home games will be played within the confines of Casey Stadium this year.

10:10AM
from SUNY Albany Athletics
The UAlbany men’s lacrosse team earned its highest placement ever in the annual Inside Lacrosse Preseason Face-Off Yearbook Rankings, being at #2 in the 2018 publication.

from SportTechie.com
Ultimately, we felt Paul Rabil of the New York Lizards was most deserving of recognition for being the Most Tech-Savvy Athlete. Known as the “LeBron James of lacrosse,” Rabil uses the growing platform of professional lacrosse to build a thorough tech-focused brand to achieve new business and career opportunities. His secret in the digital space is authenticity.

Wednesday December 13, 2017 7:00PM
from Inside Lacrosse
The 2018 Face-Off Yearbook is available for purchase now. Here is the DI Top 25. The rankings are compiled by IL's staff and contributors. The team descriptions are from Quint Kessenich.

10:40AM
from Limestone Athletics
A few months removed from helping to guide the men's lacrosse team to its third NCAA Division II National Championship in four years, Limestone College's Brendan Storrier (LaFayette/OCC) has been named the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) Assistant Coach of the Year on Friday, December 8.

from The Salamanca Press
Salamanca native Frank Brown’s National Lacrosse League career began with two assists in a season-opening loss for the Georgia Swarm Friday.

from The Lacrosse Network


Tuesday December 12, 2017 6:45PM
from the Rancho Santa Fe Review
“I committed to Syracuse the day before Christmas and I remember it being the best present I have ever received,” Small remembers of his decision to verbally commit to the Upstate New York team. “When I got off the phone with Coach Rogers, I started bouncing off the walls. The rest of the day I was on cloud nine.”

from Inside Lacrosse
Chapter 3 of The Season 2018: Winterlude. As teams get ready to break for the holidays, Syracuse gets back to practice after its health scare, and we learn about the legacy senior Ryan Simmons is joining, as well as freshman Dami Oladunmoye's story. Ohio State takes on the Ohio Machine, Duke explains its approach to the fall and North Carolina cooks breakfast.

from US Lacrosse
Earlier today, the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announced its endorsement of Official Rules for Girls’ Youth Lacrosse published by US Lacrosse and, in particular, those rules focused on increasing player safety.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks ushered in the 2017-18 season with an impressive 17-6 win over the Calgary Roughnecks. The 11-goal margin of victory was the most dominating opening-night performance in franchise history.

2:50PM
from CollegeCrosse.com
Best Nonconference Game: @ Syracuse
After coming a post short of tying the game at the end of regulation in 2016, the Black Knights came out on the better end of a last-second shot by David Symmes. They’re always a tough team to prepare for on the Syracuse end, and they’ve slowly been making progress as a squad altogether.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Players representing the United States have qualified for selection by competing in the USSSA National Lacrosse Classic this past summer. The U19 boys’ team is comprised of players from NLC champion Rochester.

from SUNY Albany athletics
Two former UAlbany players, brothers Eli and Riley Lasda (Ithaca HS), were named to the Team Latvia training roster for the upcoming 2018 Men’s Lacrosse World Games this summer.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Buque, traded away by the Colorado Mammoth after sitting on the bench backing up Dillon Ward, intends to show he can be a No. 1. Exhibit A: Buque made 55 saves in playing a starring role in the Buffalo Bandits’ 13-9 home win over the Toronto Rock.

from US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse today unveiled the 2018 Boys’ Lacrosse Rules Online Course at learning.uslacrosse.org. The course covers the most important and most common National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations (NFHS) rules of play for high school boys’ lacrosse, which serve as the foundation for the age-appropriate US Lacrosse youth rules.

The new course replaces the original version developed in 2012. Officials enrolled in the US Lacrosse Officials Development Program must take the course in order to become certified by US Lacrosse.

from Dylan Donahue / The Platform
Beginning December 9th Dylan Donahue and The Platform present their College Elite Season Prep program, featuring 45 minutes of skill work and 45 minutes strength, speed, and conditioning each week. For more details email LaxSniperschool@gmail.com

Monday December 11, 2017 6:30PM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
Imagine the audacity of some people. I mean, just because I run into old friends like referees Spike Decker and Bill Hardy and Webster Thomas HS head coach Rob Ruller at the coaches’ convention in Baltimore this past weekend, they automatically assume I’m going to mention them in my next Road Trip Dad article . . .

from the Rochester Knighthawks

12:15AM
from NLL.com
The Rochester Knighthawks dismantled the Calgary Roughnecks 17-6 in front of 4,596 fans at the Blue Cross Arena Saturday night. The offensive explosion by the host Knighthawks flew in the face of the 2016-17 season. The 17 goals scored would have been their best effort by two goals, and they only managed to score double-digit goals in seven of the 18 games.

from The Auburn Citizen
"When I signed up my lacrosse coach looked at me and said 'All you need to do is stop the ball. You don't need to do any technical stuff or know the rules. Just stop the ball. That's all that matters,'" Lupo said. "My first game she throws me in there and I stop the ball — exactly what she told me to do — and I stood there in the crease like 'What do I do now?' Then there was a whistle and the ref says 'Goalie ball on the eight' and I had no idea where the eight is.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Tottenville High School (NY) 2018 goalie Thomas Casuccio has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Plattsburgh State College.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Sweetlax Lacrosse is thrilled to announce that Professional lacrosse player Randy Staats will be taking on a primary role with the Sweetlax family. Recently named Sweetlax Director of Box Lacrosse, Staats is a prime addition to the Sweetlax coaching staff. A longtime presence in the Lacrosse world and MLL, Staats will bring great insight with a focus on improving player development and lax IQ.

Saturday December 9, 2017 10:55AM
from the Democrat & Chronicle
When the Rochester Knighthawks take the field for their season opener Saturday, they will have Cody Jamieson back in the lineup after missing most of last season with a torn ACL.

from Inside Lacrosse
The ACC Tournament is switching its format starting with the 2019 lacrosse season, and it will now be played across two weekends. Also, the Patriot League coaches voted to move the league’s tournament back a week and into May, starting with 2019. That move is pending league approval, while the ACC switch is official. These moves would — assuming no other changes — put all of DI’s conference championships on the same weekend.

from NLL.com
The Buffalo Bandits (1-0) and Toronto Rock (0-1) kicked off their respective 2018 campaigns on Friday night in front of 11,516 fans at the KeyBank Center. The Bandits, with only 12 returning players from last year, showed their youth and speed in a convincing 13-9 win over their East Division rival.

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from Inside Lacrosse
Towson men's lacrosse coach Shawn Nadelen (Rush Henrietta) was honored as the USILA Division I Coach of the Year Friday at the Nike Awards Luncheon as part of the IMLCA convention in Baltimore.

from US Lacrosse
An essential element of sport psychology is dealing with the emotions that come with competitive athletics. Whether you are an athlete, a coach, a referee, a parent, or a fan, the higher the level of competition, the higher the emotional level can become. And the higher the emotional level, the more important it becomes to control and manage those emotions.

Friday December 8, 2017 4:10PM
from WKBW.com
The Crusaders announced the hiring of Michael F. Albert, a U.S. Lacrosse Member Coach, an NSCA Certified Coach and a USA Hockey Member Coach.

from NLL.com
“It wasn’t a fun time last year, a lot of things went wrong. We’ve made a thorough sweep as a coaching staff and management, making sure we have everything covered. It’s going to be different this year. We’ve done a lot of soul searching, a lot of video was watched and a lot of players were talked to,” said head coach Troy Cordingley.

from WWNYTV.com
Jacob Vindiola is a 15 year old lacrosse player for Carthage Central School. He and his family moved to New Mexico a month ago. They'll come back when Jacob's dad, a deployed soldier, returns to Fort Drum.

from WKBW.com
Just hours ahead of their season opener, the Bandits announced the acquisition of forward Vaughn Harris from the Calgary Roughnecks in exchange for a 5th round pick in the 2019 NLL Entry Draft.

from US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse has opened the application process for the head coach for the U.S. U19 team that will compete in the 2019 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s U19 World Championship in Peterborough, Canada (Aug 1-10, 2019). This is a two-year appointment that begins in early 2018 and will run through the 2020 US Lacrosse Convention.

9:00AM
from The Corning Leader
“This experience is unbelievable,” said Guiles. “When I was a kid, I honestly didn’t think I was going to get to this spot right now. My family, friends, coaches and teammates have pushed me to multiple points that I never thought I could be on. It really is a dream come true.”

from The Peterborough Examiner
Growing up Jake Withers used to travel with a friend's family to see Rochester Knighthawks games at the Blue Cross Arena. He imagined himself one day playing on that floor as a National Lacrosse League player. Starting Saturday night he'll no longer have to imagine it.

from the Buffalo Bandits
The 27th season of Buffalo Bandits lacrosse opens at home with an East Division rivalry matchup against the Toronto Rock at KeyBank Center on Friday at 7:30 p.m. to kick off NLL Face Off Weekend.

Thursday December 7, 2017 7:45PM
from Syracuse.com
Syracuse lacrosse midfielder Danny Varello's off-season of work was significantly boosted by a letter from Matt Mancz, the team's strength and conditioning coach.

from Orange Crush Lacrosse
Orange Crush Lacrosse Program is excited to announce that registration is now open for our 2018 Indoor Girls Lacrosse Clinic directed by Hall of Fame Lacrosse Coach Bridget Marquardt of Skaneateles.

from Syracuse.com
The return of Navy to the Syracuse lacrosse schedule in 2018 could pit a pair of brothers on center stage in the Carrier Dome.

Although the Orange's full slate of games has yet to be released, the Navy athletic website lists that school as visiting the Orange on April 21. It will be the first meeting between the schools since the 2004 NCAA title game, won by SU 14-13.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
The IWLCA and NCAA have had talks since the new recruiting model was introduced, and according to IWLCA Legal Counsel Samantha Ekstrand, the coaches’ association will ask to be exempt from the earlier recruiting contact dates in the proposal.

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from LaxPower
LaxPower has now been around for 20 years, and the people running the site on a daily basis have remained the same since they came on board during the first few years. That will change by the end of 2017. Dan Larsen (who began in 1998) and George Baldassare (1999) will be leaving on December 15.

from the Altamont Enterprise
GUILDERLAND — The Rau family has farmed 120 acres on Settles Hill since 1799, valuing the open space and agricultural heritage. A new next-door neighbor, Paul Gait, a world-renowned lacrosse player, has gotten approval from the town to build an office and showroom on his property for the lacrosse equipment he makes elsewhere.

from Capital District Lax
Sage College and the Renegades have partnered to offer anyone who is interested – some great holiday fun lacrosse!

from the Orchard Park Bee
Registration is open for the Buffalo Indoor Lacrosse League for boys in grades 1-6, which will be held for eight weeks on Sunday mornings in January and February at Sahlen’s Sports Park, 7070 Seneca St, Elma.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Rochester Knighthawks: First-round draft picks Jake Withers, Austin Shanks and Eric Fannell, who were Ohio State teammates, were among five new players Rochester named to its 20-man active roster.

from The IWLCA
Welcome All of YOU… It is really great to be here with you in Florida. I am Kathy Taylor, the newly elected President of the IWLCA, Head Coach at Le Moyne College, mother of three, grandmother of two, and one more on the way. I, like all of you, wear many hats… daughter, sister, friend, colleague, coach, and the list goes on.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks will open their 24th season in the National Lacrosse League on Saturday, Dec. 9 when they battle the Calgary Roughnecks at 7:30 p.m. at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena.

from The Lacrosse Network


Wednesday December 6, 2017 6:15PM
from Monmouth University Athletics
EDISON, NJ – The reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men's Lacrosse Champions, Monmouth University, will host the 2018 MAAC Men's Lacrosse Championship from the newly renovated Kessler Stadium in West Long Branch, NJ.

The top four teams in the conference compete in the championship beginning with semifinal action on Thursday, May 3 with the championship final taking place on Saturday, May 5. Both semifinal contests air on ESPN3 with the championship final airing on ESPNU, for the second-straight season.

from Gaffer Elite Lacrosse
Gaffer Elite, Corning 2018 defenseman Zach Drewno has committed to play lacrosse at nationally ranked Division Two Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.

from Hometown Weekly
Two weeks ago, nine Medfield High athletes, including Liam Gately (UMass-Lowell) and Thomas Schofield (Bryant), committed to play a sport in college by signing their national letters of intent. This past week, another Medfield High lacrosse player made his college decision as senior midfielder and faceoff specialist Dylan McNally signed his NLI to attend Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Rob Pannell, the former Cornell star and current U.S. national training team member, spoke with US Lacrosse Magazine for the Player Spotlight in the December edition of the magazine.

from Syracuse.com
The top high school athletes from Central New York are going to be invited to walk the red carpet next June when Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists and syracuse.com presents the first All-CNY High School Sports Awards.

The event, set for June 14 at the Landmark Theatre, will highlight players and coaches from the 2017-18 school year who earn All-CNY honors in various sports.

from Canisius Athletics
First-year head coach Mark Miyashita announced the 2018 schedule for the Canisius men's lacrosse program on Wednesday, a 14-game game slate that features six home games, seven road dates and one neutral-site contest.

from Cornell Athletics
On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Cornell women's lacrosse team held its 13th annual dodgeball tournament to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Bartels Hall. The team is pleased to present the MS Society with a $730 donation on behalf of Cornell.

from LaxAllStars.com
The 2018 NJCAA lacrosse season is only a couple months away, and I’m LOVING how this year is shaping up already. There is a TON of talent, some 2017 scores to be settled, and a good number of teams who could be considered contenders. Are there favorites to take home the hardware? There are ALWAYS favorites! But until it’s all said and done, being a favorite doesn’t mean all that much.

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from the Watertown Daily Times
South Jefferson’s Madisyn Van Horn will sign her national letter of intent to attend Division II Franklin Pierce University to play women’s lacrosse today at 2:30 at the high school auditorium.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Pittsford Mendon High School 2018 attackman John Avery has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Utica College.

from SUNY Albany Athletics
Former UAlbany men’s lacrosse player Dwayne Stewart will suit up for the Jamaican National Team in the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Games this July.

from NLL.com
“We are thrilled to continue to build upon our historic broadcasting partnerships with the addition of CBS Sports Digital. The future of sports is an ever-changing digital viewing experience, and bringing in a world class organization and platform like CBS Sports Digital is truly exciting for our fans,” said NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz. “Last season we witnessed the additions of some major broadcasting partners and as a result more viewers are tuning in to NLL TV than ever before.”

from Major League Lacrosse
The Dallas Rattlers announced on Tuesday that All-Star attackman Jeremy Boltus (Baldwinsville/Army) and defenseman John Lade (Cuse) have agreed to contracts to remain with the Rattlers for the 2018 season. Both Boltus and Lade filed for Player Movement at the start of the offseason.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
It seems the hard work that Bohorad, US Lacrosse President & CEO Steven Stenersen and Tewaaraton Foundation Exectuve Director Sarah Aschenbach did last last year might be paying off.

from the Buffalo News
Despite the customary actions, the diehards know changes are coming. After a year of alluding to advances, commissioner Nick Sakiewicz's plan is finally in motion. Two expansion teams are joining the league in 2018-19 — the Philadelphia Wings and the San Diego Seals.

from Inside Lacrosse
This candid conversation covers a lot of ground about Wolf's career and his plans for LIU Post. The influence of his former coach and boss Scott Marr is apparent when detailing the positive, fun approach he plans on taking to get LIU Post back into the championship conversation. One highlight of the podcast is a discussion of the Thompsons, who Wolf coached at Albany in the season in which Lyle and Myles won the Tewaaraton. Wolf points out how that experience had a profound impact on his outlook on coaching.

from the Buffalo Bandits
Fans can donate toys beginning Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the KeyBank Center box office to help children in need in the Western New York area this holiday season. Donations should be new, unopened and unwrapped toys. Everyone who donates a toy will receive a voucher for a $10 ticket to any Bandits home game.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks and Smola Consulting announced today the creation of the “Saves for Kids” program. Through the partnership, Smola Consulting will donate $3 to the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI), an affiliate of Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, for every Knighthawks’ save made during the 2017-18 season.

Tuesday December 5, 2017 1:40PM
from Marist Athletics
Marist men's lacrosse has named Brian Corrigan and Nick Nye (Marcellus) as captains for the 2018 season.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Forty-eight of the nation’s top lacrosse players will have one final chance to impress U.S. national team head coach John Danowski and his staff when the Team USA Spring Premiere will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 4:30 p.m. at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

from Inside Lacrosse
We sat down with Syracuse legend Charlie Lockwood to talk about what it meant for him to wear the hallowed No. 22 during his time with the Orange and what the honor carries for others that share the same number.

from BLaxFive.net
Churchville-Chili Lacrosse recently celebrated as Jacob Buck and Corey Yunker signed National Letters of Intent and will play in NCAA D-I programs after graduation this spring.

from Siena Athletics
Senior attack and reigning MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Chris Robertson will be traveling to Australia for a team camp for the Australian National Team from January 3-7. He is part of a 43-man roster set to try out to make a 23-man squad.

Monday December 4, 2017 9:30PM
from Syracuse.com
Several sons of ex-SU players have indeed followed such footsteps into the Syracuse program, and that bloodline pulses even stronger this season with the additions of (left to right) midfielder Owen Seebold, midfielder Brendan Curry and attack Connor Nelson. All three are sons of players who played prominent roles in the history of SU lacrosse.

from Capital District Lax
Lacrosse Honors:
Suburban Council & Times Union All-Star First Team Attack June 2017
49 G/14A Bethlehem Central Varsity Season 2017
Maverik Showtime Invitee June 2017
NXT Philly Showcase All-Star November 2017
Battle of the Hotbeds All-Star July 2017

from My Twin tiers
Corning Hawks senior lacrosse player Ericka Kimble signed her national letter of intent to play Division II lacrosse at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida on Monday.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Penn Yan Academy 2018 attackman/midfielder Austin Blumbergs has signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I lacrosse at St, Bonaventure University.

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from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
Friday can’t come soon enough. That’s when Oswego HS head coach Doc Nelson and I will be driving down to Baltimore for the annual IMLCA (that’s the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association) Coaches’ Convention – three days of Xs and Os, networking, vendors, and, well – total immersion in everything that is boys’ and men’s lacrosse.

from BUNewsService.com
On a crisp autumn day in 2007, Paul Dzintars Kalnins flicked a tennis ball from the webbing of his lacrosse stick, watching his German shepherd Ministrs bound after it. Raised in Brookline and a college lacrosse star at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the 1970s, he’s since reclaimed his grandfather’s farm in a rural section of midwestern Latvia and moved to the Baltic country.

A decade later, current Latvian national team head coach and Boston University men’s assistant coach Max Silberlicht (New Hartford) would label him the “godfather of Latvian lacrosse.”

Saturday December 2, 2017 9:40AM
from US Lacrosse Magazine
The newly founded Dallas Rattlers made its first roster transactions on Friday, picking up two of the franchise’s biggest names. Goalie John Galloway and defenseman Joel White, both MLL All-Stars and U.S. national training team members, joined the team for the the 2018 season.

Both Galloway and White filed for Player Movement this offseason, but rejoin the team where they’ve starred together for the past six seasons.

from The Corning Leader
Corning Hawks senior defensive midfielder Ryan Burns signed his National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse for Division I St. Bonaventure on Friday at the Corning-Painted Post High School cafeteria in front of packed crowd.

“It felt really really nice to have my friends here and my family come down and support me,” said Burns. “My grandpa drove down from New Jersey today, so that was pretty awesome.”

from College Crosse
Off the schedule are Hartford, Holy Cross, and Princeton. In comes Bucknell, Georgetown, Maryland, and Yale. Not too shabby at all. Earlier in the fall, we spoke to head coach Keegan Wilkinson about the team, and included some of these new additions near the end of the show, especially Maryland and Yale.

from Binghamton Homepage
The John Mack Foundation is receiving the Agency of the Year award from the Susquehanna Regional EMS Council.

from Lake Placid News
LAKE PLACID - As soon as USA Luge officials adopted their newest fundraiser in March 2016, they knew that the Running of the Balls benefit would need to be tweaked in the following years to get it just right. This year, more tweaking is indeed necessary.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
It’s time to break out those razors, say goodbye to those lip warmers and celebrate LaxStache history. Over the past six weeks, more than 1,395 college lacrosse players representing 77 teams united by growing their mustaches, raising money and participating in LaxStache Madness.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Nominations are being accepted for the The Cascade National Prospect Elite 80 on July 11-12 at the DE Turf Sports Complex in Frederica, DE.

Friday December 1, 2017 1:05PM
from Syracuse.com
To his family, Powless was a loving and supportive father and grandfather, who was quick with a joke and never let you forget that one time he knocked down the great Jim Brown with the hip check in a lacrosse game, said Neal Powless, his son.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Lyle Thompson draws every day. Whether it’s tattoos for friends or graphics for Thompson Brothers Lacrosse, Thompson, a two-time Tewaaraton winner at Albany and the reigning NLL MVP with the Georgia Swarm, is nearly as gifted wielding a graphite pencil as he is a Nike Lakota.

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from WICZ.com
Johnson City Senior Lacrosse Captain Nick Conklin signed his National Letter of Intent to play for St. Bonaventure next year.

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from the Buffalo Bandits
Week 3 of the Bandits training camp is in the books as the team continues to refine the systems being installed for the 2017-2018 season. The roster has been pared down to those who will start the season as active members of the club, and those who will be in reserve on the practice squad.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks will try to remain undefeated, as they take on the East Division rival Georgia Swarm in their preseason finale on Saturday, Dec. 2. The Knighthawks, who enter the contest with a 2-0 record, will host the Swarm at 6:00 p.m. at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA) in Six Nations.