ENDWELL, N.Y. - As national signing season continues, two more local high school seniors finalized their commitments for next year.
At Maine-Endwell High School Thursday, both Kaitlyn Kopansky and Danielle Edwards signed National Letters of Intent to play lacrosse in college.
Not long after Jillian Barnes helped transform a local club lacrosse team into a varsity program at Millbrook High School nine years ago, there was a name often mentioned to her: Claire Martell.
"I didn't know her yet, but I knew her parents and a lot of people involved in the youth lacrosse, and I heard so much about her," said Barnes, the Millbrook girls lacrosse coach. "It was, 'Wait 'til you get Claire!'"
"I can’t think of a more significant milestone in the sport’s history," said Steve Stenersen, CEO of US Lacrosse and vice president of the FIL. "This decision is a wonderful recognition of the efforts of so many individuals throughout the world whose commitment and passion over many years has positioned our sport for this moment.
The Binghamton Bearcats are the 34th team in our 2019 schedule preview series and the third team from the America East. The Bearcats finished 4-11 in 2018 and 1-5 in America East play. Binghamton failed to qualify for the America East Tournament after a fantastic 2017 season.
Laura Gump had accidentally hit her daughter in the head with a lacrosse ball while teaching her to catch in the backyard. For Gump, a member of the first Summit (N.J.) High School girls’ lacrosse team in 1981 and former University of Rochester player, the disheartening exchange inspired her to develop Swax Lax — a lacrosse training ball that’s the same weight and size as a hard regulation ball, only it’s softer.
BOSTON – Major League Lacrosse announced Thursday a robust 2019 regular season schedule, opening during the weekend of May 31-June 2, that includes a five-game slate highlighted by the defending champion Denver Outlaws facing the New York Lizards.
The National Lacrosse League and the Arena Lacrosse League have officially announced a formal working partnership between the two leagues. Complete details of the partnership have not been announced, but will include the continuance of player movement between the leagues, placement of game officials, and the development of potential future NLL coaches, management, and players.
I started playing lacrosse at 8 years old. If you had told me at my first practice 16 years ago that this sport would take me halfway around the world to Tokyo ever in my lifetime, I would’ve been shocked. I certainly wouldn’t believe that I’d get to make the trip twice in two years.
The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that the team has signed defenseman Luke Van Schepen to a three-year deal. The 22-year-old was the Knighthawks’ second-round selection (16th overall) in the 2018 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft.
VESTAL (WBNG) — Vestal seniors Matt Thrasher and Jared Butler signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday together at Vestal High School as they made their college decisions official. Thrasher is heading to Division I Sacred Heart to continue his lacrosse career, while his teammate, Butler, committed to Division II Mercyhurst.
WATERTOWN — Sitting at a table draped in a cloth featuring the Immaculate Heart Central seal, Amanda McElheran, wearing a University at Albany sweater, signed her national letter of intent to play Division I lacrosse at the University at Albany on Wednesday afternoon.
The Rochester Knighthawks are offering players the opportunity to play on an elite box lacrosse team this winter. The three Jr. Knighthawks teams will receive world-class training and compete in the USBOXLA-sanctioned Upstate Winter Shootout.
The Buffalo Bandits today announced the team has acquired forward Corey Small, a conditional second-round pick in the 2020 NLL Entry Draft and a conditional second-round pick in the 2022 NLL Entry Draft from the Vancouver Warriors in exchange for forward Mitch Jones, a conditional second-round pick in the 2020 NLL Entry Draft and a conditional second-round pick in the 2022 NLL Entry Draft, pending league approval.
SPARKS, Md. — US Lacrosse has opened the application process for the staff positions for the U.S. men’s national team that will compete in the 2022 Federation of International Lacrosse Men’s World Championship in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
The Buffalo Bandits today announced the team has signed goaltender Matt Vinc to a three-year contract, pending league approval.
A 13-year veteran, Vinc (6’1”, 212 lbs., 6/9/1982) is a three-time NLL champion and the defending NLL Goaltender of the Year. He also owns the league’s all-time postseason records for minutes and saves and is the active leader in regular-season minutes and saves.
The Rochester Knighthawks have re-signed Angus Goodleaf to a one-year contract. During the 2018-19 campaign, the goaltender will play in his seventh season with the Knighthawks.
Goodleaf remains on a team that finished one win away from raising the National Lacrosse League Cup. Coming so close has the veteran excited about this year’s possibilities.
Binghamton, N.Y. - Chenango Valley Senior Nathan Lehr signed his National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Limestone College (Div II) in south Carolina. The goalie has been a two time All-Section goalie and ranks in the top of the state for saves in a career.
Officials, referees, umpires – you name it; they’re in short supply. All sports are going through the same situation. Young officials are walking away from the game, and older officials aren’t being replaced by enough newer, younger officials.
Practice is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and fans will have the opportunity to get autographs from their favorite players following the conclusion of practice. The event is open to the public as a free, non-ticketed event with general admission seating. Parking for the day will be free in the KeyBank Center parking garage.
Let there be lax.
The National Lacrosse League and Professional Lacrosse Players Association have finalized a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement, ending the bitter labor dispute that forced the NLL to cancel the first two weeks of the 2018-19 season.
FULTON — Three Fulton lacrosse players penned their National Letters of Intent on Monday to further their careers in lacrosse at the college level.
Keara Patterson and Kylie Jones, members of the Red Raiders girls lacrosse team, respectively signed to play Division I lacrosse at Quinnipiac University and Liberty University.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! My wife and I are hours away from seeing our two sons – together, all four of us in the same place – for a rare Holiday celebration, so I’m feeling pretty lucky and very grateful.
"We are very excited to announce the signing of our seventh recruiting class," Stone said "This group is incredibly athletic, and their talents on and off the field will help take the Niagara women's lacrosse program to new heights. We are expecting big things from this group on the field, in the classroom, and within the Niagara community. We are confident that they will have an immediate impact on our program. We are thrilled to officially welcome Rachel, Mickey, McKenna, Lucy, Kendall, Maddie, Eliza and Amanda into the Purple Eagle lacrosse family."
Many years ago I had my worst experience on the lacrosse field. I was officiating the final youth game in the Atlanta Youth Lacrosse League on a chilly Saturday evening in November. For the first few minutes, the game was uneventful. It was just a bunch of kids enjoying their time on the field, and parents happy that their kids were happy.
Then, the hit happened.
BALTIMORE, Md. (Nov. 19, 2018) – Shootout for Soldiers, the 24-hour lacrosse event, will continue to grow, coming off an $800,000 summer, adding Jacksonville, Fla. to the 2019 schedule, on Veterans Day weekend.
The tour will grow to 12 events, including previous locations in Atlanta, Raleigh, Baltimore, Boston, Washington D.C., Long Island, Canandaigua, Dana Point, California, Philadelphia, and Ohio. In 2018, the event raised over $800,000 with the help of over 13,000 players and 75,000 attendees.
Alex Simmons signed to play Division II lacrosse at St. Rose.
Simmons plays defense for the Express and has been a part of the Elmira lacrosse program since he was in 7th grade.
Simmons also plays club lacrosse in Corning for Gaffer Elite Lacrosse and Lax Dreams Select Lacrosse.
SALAMANCA — He’s actually never played a minute in the sport at Salamanca High School, but Keelan Seneca hopes to have a senior lacrosse year to remember since moving back home from North Carolina this summer.
Seneca took a big step in what he hopes will be a memorable year by making his college plans official, signing a Letter of Intent Wednesday to play lacrosse at the University at Albany. While attending Heritage High School in Wake Forest, Seneca earned attention from Albany coach Scott Marr during fall tournament play two years ago.
Trumbull High senior captain Andrew Tinnesz has committed to Ithaca College to play Division III lacrosse.
“Andrew’s been a varsity starter for three years and his senior year should be his best,” Trumbull head coach Jim Kammerman said.
Whenever I am presented with an opportunity to speak with younger lacrosse players, I always talk about the sense of community within our game. It is a very real phenomenon not readily found within the foundation of many other similarly diverse organizations. I truly believe it has to do with the Native American roots of the game and the spirituality that accompanies our participation. There is a “Spirit in the Stick” (author Neil Duffy) that extends throughout a life in the game. I am forever repeating the mantra that “if you treat the game with respect, it can be your friend for a long time.”
SPARKS, Md. — A pair of coaches that led the United States to Federation of International Lacrosse world championships in dramatic fashion will return for a second term coaching in the U.S. National Team Program.
While the physical goals and sticks were still the same, there were few other similarities between the game that is currently played at the college level and the experimental FIL rules. The game consisted of four eight-minute quarters with a 45-second shot clock. Six players from each team were on the field at one time including a goalie but only four players were allowed in the attacking and defending end, while a player from each team was held behind the midfield line.
These days, Atsap sometimes finds himself narrating his own story more than ever. Voices that only he can hear provide questions, comments and counsel. Atsap imagines that every human experiences moments when he exist simultaneously in front of and behind the camera that is capturing his life’s movie.
ALBANY ? Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) held a special signing ceremony in the CBA Alumni Library on Thursday, November 15 at 2:00 PM as five athletes sign letters to play college lacrosse.
CBA’s athletics program is supported by a commitment to academics. CBA’s athletes have a 100 percent college acceptance rate, and are just as successful on the field as they are off the field.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The final scoreboard showed three victories for the U.S. women's national team on Saturday night, but that wasn't what had head coach Jenny Levy excited.
"It's really great to play Blue-White and FIL rules," Levy said. "It's really great to play the trial Olympic rules, but what has pushed it over the edge is the amount of kids and parents and all the fans that have come out to watch the U.S. team play over the past three hours. We're in Disney, so I'm going to call it magical."
Toward the end of the 2018 season, East United Coach, Sean Banks asked if the Eagles were the first City team to play in a sectional lacrosse tournament. I mistakenly said yes but later remembered that Marshall High School did play in the 1970’s under Coach Joe Munno. In fact, they played in in at least three tournaments including 1977 where they beat Webster 6-5 in the first round.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – - Season ticket holders for the Buffalo Bandits are losing the first two games of the season. Right now, the National Lacrosse League and the players' union are at a stalemate in contract talks. Season ticket holders holders have been in the dark so far about the season's disruption.
The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association inducted three coaches into the organization's Hall of Fame on Nov. 15. The IWLCA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held in conjunction with the IWLCA Annual Meetings at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Patricia Price Genovese, Gillian Rattray, and Suzanne Tyler represent the second class of inductees. Collectively, this group has 70 years of collegiate coaching experience and has won 724 games.
The three U.S. Women’s National Team games at the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) President’s Cup this weekend in Florida will be streamed on ESPN3.
The President’s Cup, a signature event of the IWLCA, will feature more than 300 teams competing at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort Nov. 16-18 in one of the sport’s biggest recruiting showcases.
The Army West Point Black Knights are the 24th team in our 2019 schedule preview series and the second team from the Patriot League. The Black Knights finished 5-8 in 2018 and 2-6 in Patriot League play. Army failed to qualify for the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since its inception in 2005.
When you think about it, it’s pretty crazy how hyped people are for the PLL when we still know so little about it. We know the players committed to playing, we know it’ll be on the NBC suite of networks, and we know the headquarters is in Los Angeles. And of course the touring model. There’s still so much to be revealed. Just thinking about it got me thinking about my wish list for a pro lacrosse league.
For the good of everyone including players, owners and our fans, we are attempting to run the League as a business so that its long-term health and success is assured. We have seen steady, but only incremental success. This nascent growth will only continue if ownership, management and players all work together to achieve it.
NISKAYUNA — Gabe Nish and Drew Collins joined the Niskayuna youth lacrosse program when they were in third grade. Dan Brownell and Nick Fraterrigo picked up sticks when they were in fourth grade. A year later, Matt Frankel started playing the sport.
"When you're a little kid, you have no sense of time," said Nish, who, like his lifelong friends, is a now a senior at Niskayuna High School. "You think you'll always be playing together. Like it's never going to end."
Section V Athletes Announce Intentions To Sign NLI's To Continue Lacrosse In College
The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) held its 2018 Honors Banquet today at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The event kicked off the organization’s 2018 Annual Meetings, providing the membership with the opportunity to honor those that have contributed to the women’s collegiate game during the past year. The event was hosted by Halley Quillinan Griggs, Women’s Director at ILWomen, who served as the master of ceremonies.
"The Honors Banquet celebrates the achievements of our members over the past year and is the perfect event to kick off the Annual Meetings." said Kathy Taylor, head coach at Le Moyne College and IWLCA President. "Our membership is incredibly talented, and having the opportunity to gather to commemorate the successes of our peers supports our mission of promoting excellence in the sport."
With my Syracuse duties over with, I can now do some other fun things. This year, I’ll be a part of the Inside Lacrosse media vote for the weekly top 20 as well as media all-american selections. It’s a tremendous responsibility for anyone to have in the lacrosse world.
John Galloway, the gold medal-winning goalkeeper for the U.S. national team and co-MLL Goalie of the Year for the Dallas Rattlers, is the only active men's professional lacrosse player who doubles as an NCAA Division I head coach.
SPECTRUM NEWS VIDEO: Shaker held a letter of intent signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon. Seven student athletes put pen to paper to make their college commitments.
Will Pepe - UAlbany for Lacrosse
Jack Cheney - Siena for Lacrosse
Logan Souza - Saint Rose for Lacrosse
John Stewart - Stony Brook for Lacrosse
Katie Julien - Stonehill College for Lacrosse
The Jr. Knighthawks Youth Box Lacrosse League (YBLL) opened Monday night as 125 kids played in Rochester's first-ever real box lacrosse league. Powered by USBOXLA, the Rochester Knighthawks hosted five games in three age groups at Tri-County Sports Complex in Macedon, N.Y. (Photos by Dennis Joyce)
Morgan Schwab — Fairport, N.Y.
"The best advice I received was from one of my future coaches at Virginia, Colleen McCaffrey. She gave me such amazing advice while we were playing in the committed games at the Triple H Tournament, which was right before the USA tryout.
An old perfume ad used to say, “If you wanna capture someone’s attention, whisper.” Well, I’m a big believer in the other old maxim, “If you want to get a reader’s attention, quote the Spice Girls.”
Worked, didn’t it?
OLD WESTBURY, Long Island (WABC) -- A high-tech study of the men's lacrosse team at a local college last season shows subtle declines in memory and slower cognitive reactions because of repeated hits to the head. It's not football, but collegiate lacrosse is a contact sport. And just like football, head injuries are common.
Dr. Hallie Zwibel, with the New York Institute of Technology, was determined to know just how common.
POUGHKEEPSIE, New York – Marist men's lacrosse announces its 2019 schedule. The team will play a challenging non-conference schedule to prepare them for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. The schedule consists of five home games and nine away contests.
Webster-Thomas' Isabelle Robarge Commits To Robert Morris
Monster Proud: Isabelle Robarge has committed to study and play her collegiate lacrosse at Robert Morris University. Congrats! pic.twitter.com/BSe15kStEj
Olean, N.Y. (WKBW) - They're a large and young group all ready to be a part of history.
"It's kind of funny how we're all young and going through the same thing," freshman Andrew Hersey said. "We're all freshman, there's no one older than us so we're all going through it together."
Maryland women’s lacrosse coach Cathy Reese watched as Erica Evans raced from one end of the field to the other in an early fall ball game, then turned to her assistants in disbelief.
“Holy moly,” Reese said. “That was awesome.”
The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that they are once again teaming up with Villa of Hope. Through the partnership, the Knighthawks are launching a new school program, which supports Villa of Hope’s mission of empowering families and youth to rebuild, recover and renew their lives.
The Buffalo Bandits youth clinic and open practice previously scheduled for Saturday, November 10th at Kerr-Pegula Fieldhouse at Houghton College has been postponed at this time. The team is working to reschedule and will provide an update when possible.
I started ranting and rambling last week about youth, scholastic, and college lacrosse; about US Lacrosse, rule changes, and anything else I could think of – but then I cut the article short and promised to continue this week…
So, this time around, for Part 2, I want to throw out more unanswered questions…
Like the “threat” posed by Paul Rabil, his financial backers, and the Premier Lacrosse League, coming to various as-of-yet-unannounced cities this summer.
The Rochester Knighthawks announced the theme nights for their historic 25th Anniversary Season. The Knighthawks will open their silver season on Saturday, Dec. 8 when they host the New England Black Wolves at 8:00 p.m. at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena.
Nearly three decades ago, when he was the head men’s lacrosse coach at Yale University and part of the NCAA men’s lacrosse committee, Mike Waldvogel thought the idea of making fundamental changes to his favorite game was a no-brainer.
“We’re putting together a small group of folks from all walks of life, native and non-native, who have expertise in Native American history or have thought carefully about how to grow the game,” Lee said. “Indian country is big, so we of course want to make a splash, but we’ve got to do it in a responsible way.”
The Niagara University women's lacrosse team and head coach Wendy Stone announced the 2019 regular season schedule on Wednesday. The Purple Eagles' 17-game schedule features seven home games, including the season opener on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. against the Saint Bonaventure Bonnies. The non-conference schedule is highlighted with road trips to two Big Ten schools.
The Greater Rochester Chapter of US Lacrosse held their twenty-fifth Hall of Fame dinner Friday night at the Burgundy Basin Inn in Pittsford.Hall of Fame
With more than one hundred and fifty in attendance, teammates, friends and family along with many members of the Hall of Fame, gathered to induct five individuals, and two teams into the Greater Rochester Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
After graduating from Stony Brook as a two-time Tewaaraton finalist and being selected No. 1 overall in both the UWLX and WPLL drafts, opting to play in the latter, Ohlmiller inked an endorsement deal with Brine/New Balance. She and Marie McCool are the new faces of the brand — joining the likes of Taylor Cummings (Under Armour), Kayla Treanor (Nike) and Michelle Tumolo (STX), among others, who hope to usher in an era of unprecedented exposure for the women’s game.
Cummings, McCool, Ohlmiller and Tumolo took time out of their busy schedules for a roundtable discussion on the state of the women’s game and its future.
So while the current team has promise for 2019, there’s been growing concern about future members of the Orange. In a span of 40 days, four top Orange recruits have decommitted and flipped schools. The list and where they were ranked according to Ty Xanders of Inside Lacrosse:
Scotland Box Lacrosse is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Witmer (Oswego HS/Brockport) as its General Manager. Brian comes to us with a wealth of lacrosse experience, both on and off the floor, and we’re very excited to have him on board. Brian will be at the November trials and looks forward to meeting everyone.
Cornell Men will play Penn St. at 8PM on March 8th, and Towson at 1PM on March 10th. John Galloway's Jacksonville Dolphins will be the fourth team involved.
THE SPORTSPLEX AT MATTHEWS, CHARLOTTE, NC
The Buffalo Bandits were scheduled to open training camp on Saturday, but the start has been postponed as the National Lacrosse League and its players have not negotiated a collective bargaining agreement. The regular season is scheduled to open Dec. 1, with the Bandits hosting the Toronto Rock.
The IL staff thought it would be fun to hold a draft and make their own teams based on the PLL player pool. IL Publisher Terry Foy, Editor-in-Chief Matt Kinnear, Digital Media Coordinator Dan Aburn, Gear and Lifestyle Editor Kyle Devitte and IL professional lacrosse experts Chris Rosenthall and Joe Keegan each had a chance to build their own team, picking 20 players each.
"We are excited for the challenges that await Cornell Women's Lacrosse in the spring," Graap said."The Ivy League competition is always intense, and our non-conference slate provides an opportunity for us to test our strengths. Coach Olin, Coach Corzel and I were energized by the examples of strong leadership set by our seniors and captains these past few months. Our fall season has been productive, and our players are investing in the hard work necessary to elevate their individual and collective levels of play."
A native of Owings Mills, Md., Leeds comes to the Engineers from Ferrum College in Virginia, where he was an assistant coach and defensive coordinator in 2017. In his one season with the Panthers, he helped them finish fourth in Division III in man-down defense (85%) and seventh in clearing percentage (89%).
International Indoor Junior Lacrosse (IIJL), in partnership with the Canadian Lacrosse League (CLL), has awarded the 4th edition of the international tournament to the Hamilton Lacrosse Association and the City of Hamilton, in partnership with Tourism Hamilton.