December 2020

Monday December 29, 2020 9:30AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
“I've got a feeling twenty-one
Is going to be a good year
Especially if you and me
See it in together…”

“1921” by Pete Townsend

from Spectrum News
Victor boys lacrosse coach Jim Andre has stepped down after winning four NYS titles with the Blue Devils.

When last season was canceled, his son Will lost out on his final season and with his daughter Alaina having two more seasons, he didn't want to miss her playing.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
One of the top lacrosse athletes in the world, Thompson is striving to stay fit amid the isolation and uncertainty stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The two-time Tewaaraton Award recipient wants to be ready for when professional lacrosse resumes play.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
A fifth-year senior who was a first-team All-American and the Liberty League’s top player, Hare has a 58.8 career save percentage and allows just 8.01 goals per game. RIT has won all but one conference title since 2010.

Tuesday December 22, 2020 12:15AM
from Syracuse Athletics
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Preseason honors continue to roll in for Emily Hawryschuk and Sarah Cooper. The pair were named to US Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason All-America Team on Monday, Dec. 21. The list included 13 players from seven different schools.

from Canisius Athletics
Canisius men's lacrosse coach Mark Miyashita announced Monday that senior Ryan Cicci and juniors Jacob Buck and Isaiah Ricketts will all serve as tri-captains for the 2021 season.

from Cornell Athletics
ITHACA, N.Y. – US Lacrosse Magazine revealed its exclusive list of Division I Men's Preseason All-Americans on Monday morning, and it comes as no surprise that Cornell men's lacrosse attackman Jeff Teat was among the 13 student-athletes recognized.

from Inside Lacrosse
If you opened up my head and scooped out my brain I would still be able to remember Lyle Thompson highlights. It’s because they’re burned into my corneas. I’ve seen him play live, and I still don’t understand how his spine can twist when he executes that underneath spin move. This is just an appreciation of Lyle Thompson, if you don’t know about him and you’re reading this you must be an alien, in which case I suggest you check out some sweet Lyle Thompson highlights before you decide the fate of our planet. He’s the best we have to offer.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Official invitations have been extended by World Lacrosse to the eight teams that have been selected to compete in women’s lacrosse at The World Games 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA (TWG 2022). The selected teams are (in alphabetical order):

from US LAcrosse Magazine
GOALIE DRAKE PORTER, SYRACUSE: Porter has led the ACC in save percentage each of the last two years, stopping 57.7 percent of the shots he faced and averaging nearly 13 saves per game during the abbreviated 2020 season.

SPECIALIST TD IERLAN, YALE: A 2019 Tewaaraton finalist and the most decorated faceoff specialist in college lacrosse history, Ierlan owns nearly every meaningful NCAA Division I record for his position.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Unity Lacrosse is having a fundraiser. Club administrator Jonnie Adams says people can donate for a chance to win a Yeti cooler. Watch the video for his interview on 7 News This Morning.

Which four Upstae schools make the cut?

Monday December 21, 2020 12:15AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
How’s this for a different New Year’s Resolution? In what has become another Road Trip Dad tradition at the end of each year, here’s my annual plug for readers to consider getting involved with the game by getting certified to referee.

Joe Clement, a goalie at General Brown hasn’t yet played at the varsity level in lacrosse, but has already made his college choice. Clement, who is a senior at the school, has decided to attend Division III Western New England College in Massaschusetts for the next level of his education, as well as playing lacrosse.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
As lacrosse continues to develop in non-traditional areas, Justin Porter plays a key role in the Chicago area. The former MLL champion and Hobart midfielder created a club program named The Lacrosse School to provide players an authentic lacrosse and life experience.

from US Lacrosse
John Galloway, co-captain of the gold-medal winning 2018 U.S. team and the head men's lacrosse coach at Jacksonville University, will present "Big Picture Mentality: The Goalie Position Outside the Crease" at this year's virtual LaxCon.

Orchard Park 2022 attack Olivia Lucidi of Relentless Hustle NY Lacrosse has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Gardner-Webb University.

Pittsford Mendon (N.Y.) 2022 defender Kate Hennessey of Monster Elite Lacrosse has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at St. Bonaventure University.

Delran (N.J.) 2022 faceoff/midfielder Seamus Schofield of Blue Star Lacrosse has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Hobart College.

Thursday December 17, 2020 11:00AM
from US Lacrosse Magazine
The PLL will expand to eight teams, adding the Boston Cannons. The Cannons will be rebranded as the Cannons Lacrosse Club, and the roster will be set after an Entry Draft. The PLL will retain the rights to the other five teams in the MLL for future expansion considerations.

from Clarkson Athletics
Clarkson Athletics continues its latest feature, "Catching Up with Clarkson Coaches," this time with the Golden Knights' Women's Lacrosse head coach Ben Gaebel. Watch the video to hear about program updates from the fall, the team's first-year players, spring scheduling, and Let's CU Give 2020.

from Stanford Athletics
Originally committed to Cornell for Lacrosse, Reeder "flipped" to Stanford for football after he was admitted Friday. He attends St. Ignatius in San Francisco and the proximity to home was also a comfort.

"It’s definitely difficult for me to give up lacrosse. It’s a sport that I love and have been playing my whole life. However, I have a deep love for football and am so excited to continue playing at the next level.

Penn Yan offensive player, Ayden Mowry, has announced that he will sign his National Letter of Intent this spring, to study and play at Lenoir Rhyne University after his senior year.

Monday December 14, 2020 11:30AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
I once heard a keynote speaker use the term TLA in a professional development presentation at OCC years ago, and he had me and the rest of his audience puzzled. Some over-achieving teacher taking notes in the front row boldly raised her hand and interrupted him to ask what a TLA was.

from Clarkson Athletics
Clarkson Athletics continues its latest feature, "Catching Up with Clarkson Coaches," this time with the Golden Knights' Men's Lacrosse head coach Bill Bergan. Watch the video to hear about program updates from the fall, the team's first-year players, fifth-year players who returned to the program after missing most of their senior seasons, and Let's CU Give 2020.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Although the 2017 Chaminade lacrosse media guide listed Buchanan’s position as “Athlete,” he turned into a force at the midfield, scoring 10 goals his junior year on the Red Devils’ run to the state championship.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Abigail Rehfuss first thought of her brother when the 2020 lacrosse season was canceled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, her heart went out to all 29 of her players on the Siena women’s team. Your family, though, is your first team. At least that’s the way the Rehfusses have always operated.

LaSalle Institute (N.Y.) 2022 midfielder Louis Zalucky of Sweetlax Lacrosse has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at St. Bonaventure University.

West Babylon (NY) 2021 midfielder/attackman Logan Vilardi of Recon Lacrosse has made a commitment to play Division III lacrosse at SUNY College at Plattsburgh.

Wednesday December 11, 2020 4:15PM
from the Monroe County Post
Churchville-Chili Senior High School varsity lacrosse player Patrick Mitchell signed a letter of intent to play for Canisius College’s NCAA Division I Golden Griffins lacrosse team in Buffalo.

Rhino Lacrosse Hosting 3 Great Upstate Snow Games
from Rhino Lacrosse
This year Rhino Lacrosse will have 3 locations for the games. Deferiet, Syracuse, and Rochester.

Deferiet | Syracuse | Rocheser

from Cold Brook Lax
Cold Brook Lacrosse Club will be holding tryouts on Monday, December 28, 2020 at the JM McDonald Sports Complex in Cortland.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – As the global pandemic brought about by the COVID-19 virus continues to disrupt the international sport calendar, World Lacrosse has, regrettably, made the decision to postpone its two World Championships originally scheduled for 2021 by one year and will instead stage the events in 2022.

US Lacrosse Magazine
Nine years after Joey Spallina first garnered national attention for a flurry of trick shots at the MLL All-Star Game festivities in 2011, he found himself again at the center of the lacrosse world. He sat with his dad and the rest of his family in front of Mount Sinai (N.Y.) High School on the eve of Sept. 15, ready to announce his verbal college commitment. The buzz was palpable. Thousands of eager lacrosse enthusiasts checked into Instagram Live broadcasts and waited for word from the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2022 according to Inside Lacrosse.

Just two years ago, Molly Long '18 capped off a strong career for the Ithaca women's lacrosse team by leading the defense in a strong campaign which saw the Bombers finish second in their inaugural Liberty League campaign. Now, Long is continuing to make a difference on the lacrosse field, this time in a different role. Since graduating, Long has become very involved with Harlem Lacrosse, an organization striving "to provide opportunities, relationships, and experiences that activate the skills and traits to put youth on a path to success as students, athletes, and citizens" and "to empower the kids who are most at risk for academic decline and dropout to rise above their challenges and reach their full potential."

Cicero North Syracuse (N.Y.) 2021 defenseman Kyle Toms of Finger Lakes Lacrosse Club has made a commitment to play Division III lacrosse at SUNY College at Cortland.

Monday December 9, 2020 10:30AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
As Monty Python used to say, “And now for something completely different...”

‘Tis the season, RTD faithful, so here’s the first of several gifts I’m placing beneath your tree…

The Thompson Brothers’ 4 The Future Foundation inspires youth by encouraging the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle while promoting the attributes of the student-athlete.

Our focus is on creating programs for indigenous and underserved communities where lacrosse meets culture, to create community-based opportunities that provide a pathway for the next generation to achieve their dreams.

from Queener Lax Podcast
We talk about “goalie wars” on the Queener Lax podcast A LOT and how we and other top players really believe it is the best game you can play to get better at lacrosse, get the absolute most reps. All while learning to compete and have fun!!

Ridgefield (WA) 2021 LSM Khoi Dawkins of Madlax Oregon has signed a National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Siena College.

Wednesday December 2, 2020 10:30AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Creating a non-profit for underserved Indigenous youth has been a long-standing wish of the Thompson Brothers. It’s been a pleasure to watch Jeremy, Jerome, Myles and Lyle build the “4 The Future” Foundation from the ground up.

from Alyssa Murray Cometti / Inside Lacrosse
And while yes, I hope most people would hear about a parent running on a field and tackling a high school player would be horrified, there are many other ways that parents can negatively influence a players’ experience in sports in less obvious ways.

from the Taunton Daily Gazette
Alana Tavares' love for lacrosse began in the second grade. The Taunton resident traveled faithfully to Lakeville as a youth to work on her skills. Now, Tavares' hard work has paid dividends in the long run.

from Monster Elite Lacrosse
Monster Lacrosse is hosting the Upstate Holiday Positional Camp on December 28th, 29th, and 30th at The Athletic Campus in Rochester. There is a great lineup of college players working this Camp, There will be specialized coaching for goalies and draws as well. Limited to 30 players per position.

East Islip 2022 defenseman/LSM Stephen DeAmicis of East Coast Elite has made a commitment to play Division III lacrosse at SUNY College at Cortland.