July 2020

Friday July 31, 2020 9:30AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Baltimore, Md. (July 29, 2020) -- Corrigan Sports Enterprises shifted its All-America lacrosse games to a regional format today to comply with current COVID-19 safety guidelines and travel restrictions from states represented by the tournament’s participants and teams. Boys and girls teams from both the Highlight (graduating classes of 2021 & 2022) and Command (graduating classes of 2023 & 2024) divisions will compete in the new format which features four Super Regions, with the winner of each Super Region ultimately advancing to the All-America championship weekend in the fall.

from NLL.com
Box forward. Field goalie. Expert chef. Blaze Riorden popped in to answer 22 Questions about life, lacrosse, and garbage plates!

from Spectrum News
Despite a shortened season (and just one home game), the St. Bonaventure women’s lacrosse team raised nearly $4,500 to benefit the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) Foundation.

Wednesday July 29, 2020 9:45AM
from the Canadian Lacrosse Association
OTTAWA, ON – No country has benefited more than Canada from the gift of lacrosse that has been bestowed upon the global sporting community from the Haudenosaunee people.

As such, the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) and Team Canada stands unequivocally in support of the Haudenosaunee’s inclusion in the upcoming 2022 World Games in Birmingham, USA and all other multi-country events that are sanctioned by World Lacrosse, the governing body of our sport. This support does not come just from the President and Board of the Canadian Lacrosse Association. Our support for the Haudenosaunee is confirmed by the social media postings from our players, coaches and fans, including many players from Team Canada. The Canadian lacrosse community stands strongly united in our support of the Haudenosaunee and their inclusion in all World Lacrosse events.

from The Peterborough Examiner
“We represent Indigenous communities around the world to some respect. Not just Haudenosaunee, not just First Nations,” said Leo Nolan, the executive director of the Iroquois Nationals. “Indigenous people around the world see this as a banner and we carry that responsibility.

“We are serious about making sure that banner is carried in a respectful, diplomatic way.”

from NNY360.com
Carthage native Mike Powell is one of seven members of the Class of 2020 for the North Country Sports Hall of Fame, which was announced Tuesday night.

Powell, who is 37, was a star lacrosse player at Carthage and then spent four years playing for Syracuse, where he was part of two national championship teams.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Consider the story of Kenny Jerkins.

Monday July 27, 2020 2:15PM
from Post-Journal.com
Williams pulled off a highlight-reel goal to seal the hat trick as he fought off a defender on the right wing. Sprinting towards the net, Williams pushed into the defender and spun off of him and dove towards the goal while sliding a backhand shot past the goalie. The amazing goal made it to the sixth spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10 list.

from the Globe and Mail
The Iroquois Nationals are, once again, fighting to be included in international competition for the sport they invented.

More than 25,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the Iroquois Nationals be permitted to play in the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Ala., after the team learned it had not been invited to the multisport competition as the sport of lacrosse tries to be included in larger events such as the Olympics.

from Canisius Athletics
The Jamesville, N.Y., native played four seasons in Blue and Gold from 2012-15, and he currently serves as a volunteer assistant on head coach Mark Miyashita's staff.

Saturday July 25, 2020 10:15AM
from Randy Staats / Lax All Stars
I’m upset. I’m pissed off. I’m hurt.

The Iroquois Nationals, who represent the Haudenosaunee and all Native peoples, have been excluded from The World Games 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama. The life-bringers of the game have been barred from competing on the international stage.

from the CBC
"Our players, supports and staff are working tirelessly towards realizing your dream to play our game on the world's biggest stage. Every voice of support is welcome as we work toward the goal of bringing our game to the world," said Leo Nolan, executive director of the organization that oversees the team and its development group in a statement.

"This is more than a game — it's our heritage, our history, our medicine and our sovereignty."

from US Lacrosse Magazine
The Iroquois Nationals would not need passports to travel to Birmingham, Alabama. But the question of Haudenosaunee sovereignty — and the governing bodies that do or do not recognize it — has resurfaced once more with the omission of the team from the lacrosse competition at The World Games in 2022.

from BarstoolSports.com
There's nothing that lacrosse fans love more than to "Grow The Game". Grow the game, sport of the future, we constantly work towards spreading the game. But in order to grow the game, you first have to love and appreciate and respect the roots of it . . . Without the Haudenosaunee People, this game does not exist. So not only do you have to love and appreciate and respect the roots of the game, but you sure as hell can't turn around and completely try to cut the roots away from it.

from the Finger Lakes Times
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Rather than reach into the storied past of Finger Lakes athletics, as we have in recent weeks, this week we take a brief look at the 1990s before circling back to the present — and a meeting of local lacrosse minds for the 10-day whirlwind also known as Major League Lacrosse’s 20th season.

from Inside Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse fans got a preview of Saturday’s semifinal matchups, as both favorites were upset in what was a day where personnel was rotated and schemes were saved for another day.

from Syracuse.com
In a best-case scenario, starting in January Le Moyne and its Northeast-10 Conference peers hope to try to cram three sports seasons into a calendar of games and practices that normally would encompass roughly half that amount.

Friday July 24, 2020 10:30AM
from Syracuse.com
The former Skaneateles star said she’s applied to take a year off at the school, a plan that would delay her senior year to 2021-22. Princeton is collecting applications from students who want to hit that pause before deciding how many it can accommodate with a gap year.

from Wood Lacrosse Sticks
Only lasting one season of play in the original NLL, the Syracuse Stingers had an exciting start in 1974 only to take a bumpy ride to a rough ending. Excitement around the Stingers instantly surged after the league’s initial player draft, selecting one of the most electrifying rosters at the time, featuring all-time legends like Gaylord Powless, Johnny Mouradian, Terry Sanderson, Travis Cook, Bob “Buff” McCready and the greatest living lacrosse stick maker Alf Jacques.

from Brice Queener / LaxAllStars.com
If you’ve been watching the MLL this week, there is no shortage of highlight reel goals and assists, but something about the style of play feels. Something is different, and I’m here for it.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Friday is the final regular-season game day of the truncated Major League Lacrosse season, and there’s plenty to play for.

Wednesday July 22, 2020 9:00AM
from LaxAllStars.com
In week six, they finally did. The Chrome had a huge, 19-11, win over Chaos followed by a, 20-16, takedown of the eventual champion Whipsnakes two weeks later. Things were looking up, but there was no storybook ending for the Chrome.

from the San Diego Seals
The Ohsweken, Ontario native was a standout defenseman at Syracuse, ending his career ranking fifth in Syracuse history in caused turnovers (49). A two-time team captain, Bomberry was a USILA Scholar All-American as a senior and was a two-time member of the ACC All-Academic team. He ended his career with the Orange with 49 caused turnovers, 128 ground balls, two goals and three assists.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
[Ryan] Lee, the former RIT star, scored four straight goals to help give the Outlaws a 10-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Monday July 20, 2020 9:15AM

from LaxAllStars.com
Trying to keep up with the MLL and PLL and their rosters moves can make your head spin. We developed this resource to help bring everything together into one place.

Saturday July 18, 2020 10:00AM
from Alyssa Murray / Inside Lacrosse
It’s me. I’m the confused Club Director…and I doubt I’m the only one.

In the midst of all of the turmoil our country has been facing this past month, I am constantly reminded that oh yes, we are still in the middle of a global pandemic and it is not going away any time soon. This fact makes doing my job very difficult and I am sure there are hundreds of other coaches and directors that are facing the same frustrations and concerns as I am.

from the Georgia Swarm
“Joel White continues to be a disruptive force for our defense,” Swarm Head Coach Ed Comeau said. “His ability to come up with a key loose ball or knock down a pass or shot is an important part of our defense. His work ethic provides leadership to his younger teammates.”

from the Rochester Knighthawks
“Mike is a strong athlete who has a lot of character,” said Carey. “His experience is a welcome addition to our current roster. He’s familiar with the Rochester area as well as a few of our players, so it should be a seamless transition for him.”

from NNY360.com
BRASHER FALLS — Along with helping to shake off some coronavirus doldrums, Wednesday night’s opening of the 2020 Northern New York Box Lacrosse season at the Tri-Town Community Center offered a glimpse into the potential long-term future of organized sports at all levels.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
By all measures, Isaiah Davis-Allen leads an Instagram-worthy life. He’s a motorcycle-riding twenty-something who lives in Baltimore’s trendy Fells Point neighborhood and works odd hours as a project engineer for a commercial construction company. He plays professional lacrosse nearly year-round, as a defender for the NLL’s Philadelphia Wings and midfielder for MLL’s Chesapeake Bayhawks.

from Inside Lacrosse
Brock Behrman, A, Niskayuna
College coaches have often mentioned that they were incredibly curious to see which attackmen outside of Team Red impressed at the event — in my opinion, Behrman (9G, 6A) is awfully high up on that list.

Wednesday July 15, 2020 9:45AM
from the PLL
Austin Staats scored more points than nearly every player in the U19 World Games the summer before his freshman year of college. In that 2016 tournament, he outscored fellow Iroquois national teammate Tehoka Nanticoke by five points. He tallied eight and 14 more points than future All-American’s Jeff Teat and Michael Sowers, respectively.

But he never attended an Ivy League school or became a household lacrosse name like those he outscored. He never appeared in SportsCenter’s Top 10 or traveled to the Final Four on Memorial Day Weekend. Staats attended Onondaga Community College, won two national championships in front of a few thousand fans, and left for professional lacrosse.

from AxessSports.com
Axcess Sports spoke with New York Lizards head coach BJ O’Hara and discussed the upcoming season. Below are some highlights of the conversation.

from TownTopics.com
“We were doing really well, we felt like we had gotten back to the kind of Cornell lacrosse that made teams in the past here be so successful,” said the 6’3, 230-pound Fletcher, who starred in ice hockey and soccer in addition to lacrosse at PDS . . . But then the season turned into a nightmare as the COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the spring sports season in mid-March.

from NNY 360
BRASHER FALLS — The vast majority of sports facilities and playing fields in the North Country sit eerily vacant as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact summer youth and adult recreational schedules.

This evening, however, the Tri-Town Arena becomes one of the exceptions as the Northern New York Box Lacrosse League faces off for its 30th season.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Chaminade (NY) 2021 attackman/midfielder Trey Berry of Team 91 Lacrosse Boys has made a commitment to play Division III lacrosse at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Tuesday July 14, 2020 10:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Growing up in Central New York, lacrosse was all around me. It was one of the sports everyone seemed to play, and yet, I had no interest in it until my school’s varsity coach, Doug Rowe, approached me about giving it a try. In tennis I had Venus and Serena, in Basketball I had Lisa Leslie, players who signaled a space for me had already been carved out. But when I looked at the lacrosse field, I didn’t see any Black girls and so it was hard to fully imagine myself there.

from Inside Lacrosse
Brock Behrman, A, Niskayuna:
His father is the head football coach at Union and coached at Stony Brook, so Brock plays for Joe Spallina's 91 Smash team and has worked really well with his son, Joey, in the past.

from Cornell Athletics
ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Cornell men's lacrosse program will have quite a hand in the 2020 Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) Championship Series, as four teams will have a total of six former Big Red players on their rosters. The six former Cornellians on PLL Championship Series rosters are among the most of any school in the country.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
BOSTON, Mass. — The 20th anniversary season for Major League Lacrosse (MLL) will air on ESPN2 and ESPN+, beginning on Saturday, July 18. The abbreviated season, to be played at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, in Annapolis, Md., will include 15 games, followed by a four-team playoff (July 25), concluding with the championship game on Sunday, July 26, at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.

Friday July 10, 2020 10:15AM
from LocalSyr.com
(SKANEATELES, N.Y. ) – For former Skaneateles lacrosse star Hannah Powers, there is nothing like being on the field.

“Oh my God I miss it so much, everyday,” said Powers.

from Canisius Athletics
Two former Canisius men's lacrosse players, Tim Edwards and Holden Garlent, and assistant coach Kris Alleyne, have been named to Major League Lacrosse (MLL) rosters for the 2020 season, the league announced earlier this week.

from LocalSyr.com
One of the Sankofa Clinic Grants was recently awarded to Valley Lacrosse located here in Central New York. The Sankofa Clinics are targeted at boys and girls in underrepresented communities.

Valley Lacrosse

Wednesday July 8, 2020 10:15AM

from Syracuse Athletics
Ten former Orange stars will suit up for Major League Lacrosse teams this summer. The league, which recently announced plans to play as a nine-day tournament format in Annapolis in light of COVID-19.

from Inside Lacrosse
The Premier Lacrosse League Championship Series will feature four games on NBC in two weeks, starting with a rematch of last year’s title and culminating with the crowning of the 2020 champion.

Monday July 6, 2020 10:30AM
from The Ithaca Journal
Connor Buczek, 27, was named head coach of the Cornell men's lacrosse team April 28 after two seasons as a volunteer assistant for the Big Red and three as the team's assistant coach. He took over for Peter Milliman, who left to become head coach at Johns Hopkins. Buczek and Jordan Stevens, now Cornell's associate coach, were part of a staff that helped lead the Big Red to a 5-0 start and No. 2 national ranking earlier this year before the season was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic.

from Syracuse Athletics
In this installment of a series looking at how Orange student-athletes, coaches and alumni are doing in these challenging times, we chat with former men's lacrosse standout Jovan Miller, a 2x NCAA Champion for the Orange.

from Athletics
Mike Powell's last game for the Orange. M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore.

Friday July 3, 2020 10:30AM
from the Premier Lacrosse League
LOS ANGELES, CA. (July 2, 2020) - The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) announced . . . the final 22-man travel rosters for the upcoming PLL Championship Series in Salt Lake City, Utah.

from US Lacrosse
This season, beginning July 18, will be played entirely in the city of Annapolis, Md. The season will be one week long and will host all six MLL teams. The week will conclude with a final-four playoff, crowning the 2020 MLL champion the weekend of July 25-26. The Major League Lacrosse season will air on the ESPN Networks and ESPN+.

from US Lacrosse
Deciding when to use a sports drink, electrolyte-infused water, or plain water is important to your athlete’s performance, but it can also be confusing. Luckily, TrueSport Expert Kristen Ziesmer, a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, has six simple tips about when and how to help your child incorporate electrolytes.

Wednesday July 1, 2020 9:45AM
from BLaxFive.net
There are only two awards section-wide awards for the season that wasn't, one by Section V and one by US Lacrosse.

from Pittsburgh Athletics
"I am excited for this opportunity and can't wait to get started," Thorpe said. "The moment I first spoke with Coach Emily, I knew Pitt was the place I wanted to be. The athletic department's passion for and commitment to women's lacrosse was evident in speaking with them. I would like to thank Coach Emily, Heather Lyke, and Dustin Gray for their confidence in me. My family and I are excited and energized to be joining the Pitt family."

from Inside Lacrosse
Growing up, I never really cared about who I was or what people thought about me. Call it thick skin that my mom taught me, or just being a “punk” like coaches called me; but in high school, nothing really seemed to get in my way other than a little yellow lacrosse ball from time to time. That changed in college. As I found out, part of my “not caring” was really just not knowing who “me” was.

from NLL.com
Most Valuable Player: Shayne Jackson (OCC), Georgia
Goaltender of the Year: Doug Jamieson (OCC), New England
Sportsmanship Award: Lyle Thompson (LaFayette), Georgia
Tom Borrelli Award Media Member of the Year: Craig Rybczynski, Rochester