June 2020

Monday June 29, 2020 12:15AM
from WIVB.com
We won’t see a change in the world unless we change ourselves and what message we spread to our community first. A slew of athletes have made their voice and presence known to address racism in our world today. One of those is Buffalo Bandit superstar Dhane Smith who recently used his platform in a powerful way.

from WWNYTV.com
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - What Jim Berkman has accomplished in his 32 seasons coaching the men’s lacrosse program at Division 3 Salisbury is incredible.

The Watertown native and St. Lawrence graduate is the winningest coach in NCAA Men’s Lacrosse history with 553 victories and his teams have won 12 national titles.

from North Country Now
School board members approved a sports merger request from Brasher Falls Central for girls’ varsity hockey and lacrosse, as well as modified and varsity boys and girls spring track.

Saturday June 27, 2020 10:15AM
from the USILA
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from The Corning Leader
HORSEHEADS - Big Horn Lacrosse Club, based in Chemung County, is slated to begin July 1 after months of uncertainty. Due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and state restrictions surrounding it, planning for the program has been frenetic for the club, which is in only its second year.

from the NLL
Randy Staats runs through the gamut of 22 Questions!

Friday June 26, 2020 9:45AM
from Summit Lacrosse Ventures
It is with extreme disappointment and sadness that we inform you that we are not permitted to host Session 1 (August 3-9) and Session 2 (August 10-16) Lake Placid Summit Classic in August. After an exhaustive effort of anticipating, planning, and turning over every possible stone, we have received the call we dreaded.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
This story initially appeared on Behind the Whistle, the official blog of the IWLCA, and is being republished with permission from the organization. Michelle Tumolo is the head coach of the Wagner women's lacrosse team. She is also a member of the U.S. national team.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Besides watching a lot of game film, Tim Soudan has devoted some of his free time during quarantine to woodworking. The Fairport, N.Y., native built pallet and flower boxes for his wife and daughter. He also nearly cut off his left index finger with a router.

from US Lacrosse
Just because your normal lacrosse competition isn’t what you’re used to, it doesn’t mean you can’t keep improving your game and have fun while you’re doing it. That’s why we created the Pickup Lacrosse game-builder.

from TapInto.net
SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Lakeland’s Matt Makar, a standout in both lacrosse and football for the Rebels and Hornets, will continue his lacrosse career this fall at SUNY Cortland.

“I’m looking to become a better lacrosse player,” Makar said. “I would also like to win a championship while I’m playing at SUNY Cortland.”

from Syracuse.com
This isn’t an all-star team, so to speak. The coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of spring high school sports this year, so the All-Central New York teams we usually pick couldn’t happen.

Instead, we chose some seniors who earned All-CNY status last year to share some of their feelings about their sport — and what they’ve missed most about what would have been their final high school season.

Wednesday June 24, 2020 9:45AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Hun School (N.J.) will hire Whipsnakes LC head coach Jim Stagnitta (East Syracuse-Minoa) to lead the Raiders' lacrosse program, the school announced in a press release on Monday evening.

from US Lacrosse
When you graduate from the Gary Gait school of lacrosse, as Michelle Tumolo did, even the most mundane exercises require a touch of ingenuity.

Tuesday June 23, 2020 9:00AM
from St. Lawrence University Athletics
Don coached the men's lacrosse team from 1970-1997. His teams won 253 games in 28 seasons. A 2004 inductee into our own Athletics Hall of Fame, Don was named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Man of the Year in 1997, and earned NCAA Division III Coach of the Year honors in 1979. He took his teams to eight NCAA Tournaments, with the 1979 team advancing to the NCAA Division II-III semifinals.

from Niagara University Athletics
Dear Lacrosse,

You have changed my life. I cannot begin to express my gratitude that I have for you. You have brought so many amazing people into my life and have put me on the path that I walk today.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Granite Bay (CA) 2021 goalie Evan Beland of Pinnacle Aces has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Siena College.

Saturday June 20, 2020 9:45AM
from Syracuse.com
Syracuse, N.Y. -- Rachel Perla’s desire to go into a lacrosse coaching career was born out of a personal crisis.

from NJCAA.org
Charlotte, NC - As the 2020-21 academic and athletic year approaches, the NJCAA has released a plan of action for the fall and winter sports season in response to COVID-19. The NJCAA National Office, along with the NJCAA Health and Safety Council, has also issued a list of safety protocol recommendations for member colleges during regular season competition and championship events.

from Lax Sports Network
Jeff Teat talks to Travis Eldridge about his choice to return to Cornell and his thoughts on the coaching change.

from The Times Telegram
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration published guidance in recent days expanding on his Sunday announcement that “low-risk” youth sports leagues can resume play early next month, easing COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place since March.

from Lars Tiffany / US Lacrosse Magazine
Truth, justice, equality. Our nation’s founders and charter documents clearly state the values the United States of America, and its citizens, will pursue and realize. Starting with the Declaration of Independence and continuing through modern times, we have such poetic, theoretical purity of opportunity-for-all and democracy found in the words from our government.

But why do such past and current values not reflect the reality for so many Americans?

Thursday June 18, 2020 11:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
“When you started to see the protests, everything that happened with George Floyd and so many other killings, it rips you apart because I love our country so much,” Maryland coach John Tillman said last week amid a growing national conversation about racism and protests coast to coast. “I appreciate the freedoms we have and take a lot of pride in the fact that we can do things in our country that others can’t. I don’t take that for granted. There’s a lot of people who make sacrifices so that can happen.

from Major League Lacrosse
BOSTON - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced today a partnership with Powell Lacrosse to become an Official Equipment and Apparel Partner of the league.

“We are very pleased to announce this partnership with Powell Lacrosse for the upcoming season,” said MLL Director of Sponsorship, John O’Leary. “The Powell brothers were instrumental on the field in bringing this league to what it is today. To be able to carry that rich tradition by delivering their innovative products to our league and fans is something that we are very proud of.”

from SUNY Cortland Athletics
SUNY Cortland Athletics has announced that its 52nd annual C-Club Hall of Fame induction ceremony, scheduled for Sept. 12, 2020, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be moved to the fall of 2021 on a date to be determined . . . posthumous inductee James Burke '78 (men's lacrosse).

from News10.com
ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Niskayuna’s Dylan Pantalone and Albany Academy’s Maurice Tessier are both coming back for one last season with Siena Lacrosse.

from OneNewsPage.com

from Inside Lacrosse
One of the teams vying for the title is the Chrome. Last season, the War Boys didn’t exactly make it to Valhalla all shiny and, well, Chrome. They won two games, but they weren’t absolutely blown out in their losses. Still, the league brought in longtime pro coach Tim Soudan to galvanize the team in the offseason. He’s made sweeping changes to the defense and brings an organized, but fun, team philosophy to the organization as the ultimate player’s coach.

Wednesday June 17, 2020 10:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
To kick off Pride Month, Michelle Tumolo—one of Team USA’s biggest stars and an openly-gay advocate for greater LGBTQ+ inclusion in the sport of lacrosse—launched her namesake brand, MT35.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
The Premier Lacrosse League Championship Series begins July 25, and the 16-day, 20-game tournament will begin with a 14-game group play session ending August 2.

Monday June 15, 2020 12:15AM
from CNYCentral.com
Alibrandi Stadium has seen so many tremendous athletes. Greg Paulus to Bruce Williams to Stevie Scott -- and so many more in between -- but perhaps the most unique was Jovan Miller.

A stud football and lacrosse player at Christian Brothers Academy, choosing to ultimately play the latter, and what a decision that turned out to be.

from Upstate Lacrosse Associatio
The ULA announced on June 8th in a Zoom meeting with our member Organizations that the 2020 Season is cancelled. This very difficult decision was made after long and thoughtful consideration using guidance from local Health experts, US Lacrosse, County, State and the Federal Governments.

from Inside Lacrosse
Former Colgate attackman Nicky Petkevich will spend his fifth year of eligibility at Georgetown in 2021, he confirmed earlier today.

from LaxAllStars.com
The dynamic duo we are about to welcome to LaxAllStars.com need a little introduction, but the community will know what they’re all about soon enough.

Friday June 12, 2020 9:45AM
from Cornell Athletics
ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Cornell University Department of Athletics and Physical Education has announced that it will cancel all mandatory athletics activities on Election Day – Tuesday, Nov. 3 – in an effort to encourage student-athletes, coaches and staff members to exercise their constitutional right to vote.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
US Lacrosse Magazine has confirmed a report from Chris Jastrzembski stating that Jeff Teat plans to return to Cornell for the 2021 season. Plans are still being finalized, the source said.

from the Premier Lacrosse League
LOS ANGELES, CA. (June 11, 2020) - The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) announced today that Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah will host the upcoming PLL Championship Series Powered by Ticketmaster. The three-week quarantined and fanless tournament is scheduled to run from July 25th through August 9th, with players arriving a week in advance, and all 20 games presented live across NBC, NBCSN, and NBC Sports Gold. The PLL was the first professional team sports league in the US to announce a return to play, unveiling its plan for the Championship Series on the TODAY Show in early May.

Wednesday June 10, 2020 11:00AM
from US Lacrosse Magazine
Nat St. Laurent knows what it's like to be a black man in America, and he's ready to speak out and inspire change. The son of a black father and white mother, St. Laurent's youth teammates' comments about his race almost caused him to leave the sport entirely.

Overtime with Paul Carcaterra - Nat St. Laurent | S3 E17

from Tariro Audrey Kandemiri / Inside Lacrosse
I started my @OfficialLaxGirl Twitter account eight years ago, when I was 15. It was my second year of playing lacrosse, and I had decided to make an account dedicated solely to the game, so I could post however many times I wanted and connect with others who were deeply passionate about lacrosse. Having grown up in Montgomery County, Md., after my family immigrated from Zimbabwe in 2004, I was used to seeing diversity in my everyday life.

from Amari Pollard / Inside Lacrosse
Six years later, the exact steps that led me to participating in my first protest in 2014 during the fall of my sophomore year at Le Moyne College remain cloudy in my mind, but the reasons are everclear.

from News10.com
“It’s really easy for white people to say, ‘Oh yes, black people are disadvantaged,’ but what’s really hard is to admit that you are the one receiving those benefits,” Treanor, who majored in Cultural Foundations in Education at Syracuse, explained. “So you might not be partaking in racism verbally, but by benefiting from the systems in place, you are partaking in it. And that’s a really hard think for people to come to terms with.”

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Kayla Treanor is a member of the U.S. women’s national team and an assistant coach on the Boston College women’s lacrosse team. The former Syracuse standout was a four-time first-team All-American, a three-time Tewaaraton finalist and a three-time IWLCA Attacker of the Year.

The current national conversation surrounding racial injustice has inspired Treanor to speak up on the subject, both with her Boston College players and national team teammates. Treanor shared a message from the national team on her Twitter account on Sunday.

from Syracuse.com
Syracuse, N.Y. -- The coronavirus crash of the 2020 college lacrosse season landed particularly hard on players like Brett Tenaglia and Cole Horan. They not only lost a large chunk of their games with Furman, but, eventually, their entire program as well.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Hampton Bays 2021 midfield/attack Cassidy Moore of the Brookhaven Bandits has made a commitment to play Division III lacrosse at SUNY College at Oneonta.

Monday June 8, 2020 9:45AM
from Harlem Lacrosse
The recent killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans have left us feeling outrage, sadness, and pain. These senseless deaths are a predictable result of centuries of racism and hatred in this country that have led us to this point. Many White Americans like to think—and raise their children to believe—that America is a meritocracy. It’s not.

from Adrenaline Lacrosse
Adrenaline is proud to announce a streaming deal with ESPN, for the 2020 Adrenaline All American Games. In a high school senior send-off game more meaningful than ever, the Adrenaline All American Games will bring together the top boys and girls players from across the western U.S. for the annual Best in the West lacrosse event.

Saturday June 6, 2020 9:30AM
from NNY360.com
Mallette, who has competed in lacrosse for the Cyclones for four years, was announced as the first winner of the award, named in honor of longtime former Watertown lacrosse coach Branski, who died in January.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
I’m not quite sure how this conversation begins. So I’m just going to let the words come and write unplugged.

I’m angered that some of you still don’t care to understand why so many black Americans and people of color feel the way they do, I’m frustrated that the looting and rioting has taken away from the real message, and I’m not surprised that some are using the looting and rioting to pivot away from the original intent of the protest.

Thursday June 4, 2020 10:00AM
from Inside Lacrosse
IL's Editor's Note: During a week in which the national discourse has once again turned toward the systemic issues of racial injustice, black lacrosse players have voiced their thoughts and concerns on social media. Perhaps none of the messages have been more nuanced and compelling than Jules Heningburg's. A Rutgers alum and attackman for the PLL's Redwoods, Heningburg gave permission to IL to reprint his essay in full below. Quite simply, it is a must-read.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
SPARKS, Md. — Gait Lacrosse has signed a multi-year partnership agreement with US Lacrosse that will make it an official partner/equipment supplier of the U.S. Women’s National Team, an official partner for the US Lacrosse National Convention for the next four years and an official sponsor of the 2021 World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship, which will be hosted by US Lacrosse from July 7-17, 2021 at Towson University.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA – World Lacrosse announced today that its senior-level Men’s World Championship, originally scheduled for 2022, is being moved back one year to 2023 in response to other changes in the international sport calendar, to better accommodate athlete availability and to ease financial burden on its member National Governing Bodies.

from News10.com
For that senior group, their state championship dreams died with the cancellation of their final high school season, but a pair of Eagles won’t stop calling each other teammates. Lindsay Ayres and Caroline Wise are both headed to UMass next year, and they agree it softens the blow a bit.

Tuesday June 2, 2020 10:15AM
from US Lacrosse Magazine
Once again, we are saddened and angered by the stark and tragic reminders of racial inequity that persist in our society. Lacrosse has been associated with this cultural divide throughout its modern history, from the systematic exclusion of Native American players in the late 19th century to the lingering perceptions and supporting examples that our sport remains exclusive to a community of privilege today.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee has proposed eliminating the motorcycle grip and having both players start faceoffs with only their feet, gloves and sticks touching the ground beginning in the 2020-21 academic year.

The committee recommended making the goal-mouth area restricted for offensive players.