May 2020

Saturday May 30, 2020 9:00AM
from US Lacrosse Magazine
Influential faceoff specialists Greg Gurenlian, Joe Nardella and TD Ierlan ‘s comments on social media suggest that the NCAA Rules Committee, which concluded the last of four virtual meetings Friday afternoon, has voted in favor of proposing these changes to the faceoff:

from RocheserFirst.com
The ‘band of brothers’ is all heading to the University of Albany together in the fall to play Division I lacrosse. Endres was the first to commit to play for the Great Danes, and helped convince Hay and Pezzimenti to also come after they de-committed from Syracuse and Ohio State respectively. Tanner Hay, Camden’s older brother, also attends Albany and was another huge influence on the boys.

from The Daily Orange
The reunion was more than a year away, but Gavin MacLachlan, Jim Morrissey and a group of their 1995 Syracuse teammates started planning the celebration during a high school lacrosse game last May.


Friday May 29, 2020 9:30AM
from US Lacrosse
Cobie Cree (Mohawk Nation, Akwesasne Territory) and Yanenowi Logan (Deer Clan, Seneca Nation) were elected by the Tewaaraton Foundation as the 2020 recipients of the Tewaaraton Native American Scholarships, presented by US Lacrosse. These recipients will be recognized along with the next year’s recipients at the 2021 Tewaaraton Award annual ceremony as this year’s event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

from US Lacrosse
SPARKS, Md. — US Lacrosse has announced a set of return to play recommendations to assist the lacrosse community in following the appropriate steps to mitigate the risk for all participants in the COVID-19 environment. Highlights of the recommendations and a link to the full white paper developed by the committee are available on the Return to Play webpage.

from Ipswich Local News
While in the service, he was a member of the Air Force swim team, and after was on the Syracuse University lacrosse team and boxing team . . .

Don had a second and concurrent career as a college, semi-professional and professional hockey referee. He also had an extended concurrent career as head college lacrosse referee and later a men’s high school referee. He concluded his refereeing career as a women’s high school and youth referee well into his 70’s.

Thursday May 28, 2020 10:00AM
from Lacrosse-TV
Longtime Onondaga CC coach Chuck Wilbur presents options and understanding that local community colleges provide

from Canadian Lacrosse Association

from Canadian Lacrosse Association

from the Georgia Swarm
Join 2017 NLL MVP Lyle Thompson for a special Instagram Live with Richard G. Sneed, Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, as they discuss their heritage and lacrosse’s impact upon both of their lives.

We’ll have a special educational video from Swarm Native players – Brendan Bomberry, Zach Miller, Randy Staats, Kason Tarbel, Lyle Thompson, Miles Thompson, Zed Williams – where they discuss their cultural sport and how it’s impacted them in their lives go live on Wednesday morning and a special giveaway set-up for a chance to win a Swarm Cherokee-themed uniform, which recognizes the Cherokee’s native sport of stickball.

from NunesMagician.com
The defensive unit added another piece Wednesday night, when former Furman defender Cole Horan (Flora Park) announced that he’ll be transferring to Syracuse, according to our old buddy Chris Jastrzembski.

from Lacrosse Bucket
A native of Carthage, N.Y. and product of Carthage High School, where he now serves as the head boys lacrosse coach and football coach . . .

In addition to being part of the first two national title-winning teams at Salisbury, Coffman also racked up plenty of personal hardware, as well. The attackman was a four-time first team All-American (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996) and was a two-time Player of The Year (1994, 1995).

from Tucker Glass / US Lacrosse Magazine
Growing up in Central New York, I was blessed to have many opportunities and experiences to learn and engage with the historical and cultural roots of the game. These included getting the chance to play on the Onondaga Nation Reservation, watching in awe as current Colgate University head coach Kathy Taylor’s Fayetteville-Manlius High School varsity teams moved the ball with stunning precision, and last but not least, seeing the joy and passion that Diane Geppi-Aikens coached with when I had the privilege to watch her Loyola Greyhounds team beat my hometown Syracuse Orange during her final season at the helm.

from BLaxFive.net
Although every player this season has missed their opportunities, the senior class, in many cases, had been looking forward to their last year for many years. As a small recognition of their accomplishments, the Coaches of Section V have helped to put together a list of the more than 320 members of the senior class of 2020.

from LaxAllStars.com
Editor’s Note: Join us to welcome the Six Nations, Syracuse, and Iroquois Nationals lacrosse star, now turned pro, Brendan Bomberry, to LaxAllStars.com. Through part of our collaboration with MSN Lazer to bring completely custom lacrosse memorabilia to the community, we are working alongside the athletes to record some of their most cherished memories of their lacrosse careers. Current Georgia Swarm and Chespeake Bayhawks offensive threat, Bomberry is the first player to share his story.

Wednesday May 27, 2020 9:30AM
from Global Lacrosse Summit
At noon today, a talk by Chuck Wilbur, Retention Officer | Former Head Coch, Onondaga Community College. Register before noon.

from Overtime with Paul Carcaterra
Joe Alberici has always been a leader. He’s been lucky enough to serve as head coach at Army, a school that produces leaders at a higher clip than almost any other institution. The grandson of Italian immigrants, Alberici has been known for his compassionate approach to coaching the Black Knights, and he’s used his degree in education to help him build a quality Division I program.

This Memorial Day, Alberici talks with Paul Carcaterra about what it’s like to teach at a service academy and whether he believes he can bring Army to the NCAA promised land.

from LocalSyr.com
SKANEATELES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Video Courtesy of Skaneateles Athletics - Monday morning, Skaneateles Director of Athletics Stephen Musso held a virtual signing day ceremony for eight students athletes at Skaneateles High School. Here is the complete list of the athletes going on to play at the Division I or Division II level next year:

from NunesMagician.com
We know you missed lacrosse over the Memorial Day weekend so this seemed like the perfect time for our next installments of the $44 challenge. In this one we want you to select the best Syracuse Orange men’s lacrosse squad.

You need to pick five players total and stay within the $44 budget. Remember any player not listed carries a $2 charge and with the Orange’s lacrosse history there’s a number of quality options there.

from NunesMagician.com
With Memorial Day weekend over this seemed like the perfect time for our next installments of the $44 challenge. In this one we want you to select the best Syracuse Orange women’s lacrosse squad. You need to pick five players (one from each line) and stay below the $44 budget. Remember any player not listed carries a $2 charge.

from US Lacrosse
The following article is part of a content partnership with TrueSport, a positive youth sports movement powered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). TrueSport has partnered with more than 20 sport NGBs to promote a positive culture of youth sport with expert content and programming.

Tuesday May 26, 2020 8:00AM
from Kirk Ventiquattro
Coach V tries to do justice to the memory of his dad and all others who served this country. He in particular tries to honor those who lost their lives in service. You may learn a bit about the origin of Memorial Day, as well as learn some of the protocol concerning our flag.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Bishop Timon St Jude 2020 midfielder AJ Santana of Performax has made a commitment to play NJCAA lacrosse at Harford Community College.

from Syracuse Athletics
In this installment of the video series in which we reach out to different Syracuse student-athletes & alumni to see how they are dealing with these challenging times, Brian Higgins talks with men's lacrosse alum and former Navy SEAL Rorke Denver about Orange lacrosse, service, acting and more.


Monday May 25, 2020 7:30AM


Saturday May 23, 2020 9:15AM

12:15AM
from Hobart Athletics
Lucchesi was the sixth pick of the fourth round, 24th overall. Bayhawks' Head Coach Tom Mariano is excited about adding the Garden City native to the roster and praised his Hobart career.

from NNY360.com
The South Jefferson graduate was injured once again in February during the lacrosse season, but is determined to get back out on the field one last time for the Orange in 2021.

from LocalSyr.com
Friday morning, F-M Director of Athletics Scott Sugar held a virtual signing day ceremony for 18 students athletes at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. Here is the complete list of the athletes going on to play at the Division I or Division II level next year:

from US Lacrosse
ESPNU will feature the women’s national championship games from the past six years beginning at noon Sunday, then follow with the past six men’s national title games on Monday beginning at noon.

from Syracuse.com
From 1981 to 2000, Fetterly worked as the equipment manager for SU lacrosse. Since then, he has provided color commentary for the Orange’s radio broadcasts. Between the two jobs, Fetterly has seen in person all 11 of Syracuse’s NCAA title-clinching games.

Friday May 22, 2020 12:15AM
from US Lacrosse
John Desko (West Genesee)
Desko will be inducted as a truly great coach. He has recorded a 258-86 record in 22 seasons at Syracuse University, and led the Orange to NCAA national championships in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2009.

from Syracuse Athletics
John Desko is a proven winner who helped build and continue the tradition of Syracuse lacrosse as the sport's preeminent program, with a tremendous list of accomplishments in the sport – now he can add Hall of Famer.

from NunesMagician.com
As the Syracuse Orange men’s lacrosse team looks to reload for a non-interrupted run at a national title in 2021, they’ve added another piece on the defensive end. Late last night, TNIAAM alum Chris Jastrzembski reported that Utah defenseman Nick Hapney is transferring to SU.

from Inside Lacrosse
In addition to having learned that Silver Creek High School was located on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation just south of Buffalo, I heard that they had a junior who had obliterated all the state scoring records. To say that my interest was piqued would not nearly do justice to how much I was looking forward to this C Division game. Cazenovia High School from Syracuse was the opponent, and they came on to the field to warm-up with close to 40 players, all decked out in red, from head to toe.

from Inside Lacrosse
Zed Williams has been a pro in the National Lacrosse League, Premier Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse since graduating from Virginia in 2017. Dom Starsia details his journey below.

from Inside Lacrosse
In the fourth installment, Govett brought on all-time greats Gary and Paul Gait and a conversation unfolded like you rarely have heard them — extended, casual, reminiscing with an old friend.

from Lax All Stars
The year was 1987 and the late, great Paul Schimoler was only a sophomore for the Cornell Big Red men’s lacrosse program. Staring down Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, Schimoler posted a record-breaking 31 saves in what was one of the greatest performances between the irons caught on film.

Monday May 18, 2020 9:45AM
from Dr. Fred Opie
A 1959 graduate of St. Lawrence University, Hall of Famer Jackie Pitts played club lacrosse for the Philadelphia Bandits and the Philadelphia Women's Lacrosse Association. She was a member of the U.S. Women’s Team and U.S. Reserve Team from 1964-74. She later served as the head coach of the U.S. women’s squad from 1979-87, winning the first World Cup in 1982.

from Straight From the Goal Mouth
Conversations between lacrosse coaches with the goal of being informative, insightful and helpful for coaches at all levels. Hosted by Andrew Daly, head coach at Wells College, and Ian Gallagher, associate head coach at the University of Mary Washington.

from Colgate Athletics
The four attacks, three defenders, one midfielder, and one goalkeeper are to join the 20 returners to the program for the 2021 campaign. The Class of 2024 hails from three different states, including six New York natives, two from Massachusetts, and one from New Jersey.

from Syracuse.com
Syracuse, N.Y. — Mitch Wykoff was among the first to know. He had a source, and a good one at that, who texted him while his Gettysburg lacrosse team traveled to play Washington and Lee on March 11 that the season would soon be cancelled because of the coronavirus.

from News4Jax.com
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Miles Silva first picked up a lacrosse stick when he was 4 years old. Now, the former Ponte Vedra High School lacrosse star is embarking on a career in the sport after being selected in the Major League Lacrosse draft earlier this month. Silva was selected by the Denver Outlaws.

from NNY360.com
Hall, a senior at Le Moyne, has chosen to return for another season of lacrosse at the school, after the NCAA ruled that seniors in all spring sports throughout the country have been granted an extra year of athletic eligibility.

from
Nagle’s first head coaching experience was at Oneonta State, where he led the Red Dragons to a No. 11 ranking and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, earning USILA Division III Coach of the Year honors for his efforts . . . Nagle also served as head coach at Colgate University where the team had a 86-64 record in 10 seasons, making him the winningest coach in Raiders history as well as a two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year.

from US Lacrosse
This week we have seen more states partially reopen, with some restrictions lifted on gatherings and businesses opening. This has triggered feelings of hope and fear as we continue to battle this pandemic. Several professional sports have begun to publicize their plans for the return, and some youth sports have announced their tentative returns to play - which has caused many in our community to question - what about lacrosse?

Friday May 15, 2020 9:45AM
from US Lacrosse
Reflecting back on my years of coaching 14U to high school-age girls in lacrosse, small-sided games (usually in the form of stations) were the best parts of practice. Why? They were short, fun, and highly impactful for players.

from Syracuse Athletics
He first trusted himself that he could contribute in the sport's most successful program and transfer to SU in 2017. That decision has already led to career that could have been capped with an All-America nod during the shortened 2020 season. But Rehfuss decided to trust his gut once more, deferring law school admission and putting post-collegiate life on hold to return in 2021 to see if he can fulfill what he says he's always dreamt of.

from Cornell Athletics
ITHACA, N.Y. – For the second time in just as many weeks, Cornell men's lacrosse's Jeff Teat saw his name appear on a draft board for a professional lacrosse league, as he was selected 12th overall in Wednesday night's Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) College Draft by the Chaos LC.


Wednesday May 13, 2020 10:00AM
from NYSPHSAA.org
Latham, NY – The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has selected members to serve on a COVID-19 Task Force (see attachment) to examine potential impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the fall 2020 season and the 2020-2021 school year.

from Inside Lacrosse
Merrimack senior attackman Charlie Bertrand (Baldwinsville) has decided to play his fifth year of eligibility at Virginia, confirming the news to Inside Lacrosse on Monday night.

Bertrand, a two-time USILA Player of the Year in DII, joins the Cavaliers after racking up 18 goals and five assists for the Warriors in the program’s first six games at the Division I level. He finished with 274 points during his four-year career at Merrimack, including a sensational 78-goal, 19-assist campaign for the national champions in 2019.

from The Kenton Bee
“Our goal was to battle in Class A … and let’s be the fourth seed and have to go play at OP or at Clarence or at Lancaster,” coach Alex Perry said. “Let’s earn a right to go travel and play an away game on that first night of playoffs. That would have been a great thing for us.”

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Victor 2021 midfield/defender Hanna Kumpf of FCA Upstate has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Bryant University.

from Inside Lacrosse
Lacrosse has long expanded past the “hotbeds” of Baltimore, Long Island and Central New York when it comes to producing Division I recruits. But how much of a hold, if any, do Maryland and New York still hold on Division I lacrosse rosters?

from Syracuse Athletics
In this installment of a series looking at how Orange student-athletes are doing in these challenging times, we chat with the three men's lacrosse captains that have declared they will return for the 2021 season: Brendan Curry, Peter Dearth and Jamie Trimboli.


Monday May 11, 2020 9:30AM


Saturday May 9, 2020 10:30AM
from Johns Hopkins Athletics
BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins Men's Lacrosse Coach Peter Milliman announced the appointment of former Blue Jay Jamison Koesterer (Cazenovia) as the team's defensive coordinator today. Koesterer returns to Homewood after spending the last four years as the defensive coordinator at UMBC.

from Inside Lacrosse
Finishing his Statesmen career with 150 points, he was named to the Tewaaraton Watch List in February, a month during which Holden made even more of a name for himself on the national stage.

from Dr. Fred Opie
Moran served as a head lacrosse coach mentoring boys as they transitioned men at Manhasset High school, Elmont High School, and Cornell University. In 29 seasons at Cornell he lead his teams to three national championships and 15 Ivy League championships.


Wednesday May 6, 2020 11:00AM

from Major League Lacrosse
The 2020 MLL Draft, presented by Cascade is in the books! The 20th Collegiate Draft in MLL history was headlined by record-breaking faceoff TD Ierlan of Yale, the school with the most draft picks (5).

from Major League Lacrosse
With a ceremonial league selection, Major League Lacrosse is proud to announce today that our partner, Cascade Lacrosse (Liverpool), is the league’s Honorary Draft Pick. Cascade nimbly pivoted and re-opened their factories when the demand for personal protection supplies became apparent.

from RocheserFirst.com
Ashley and Taylor Sampone were born sixty seconds apart.

Taylor is the older one, a little louder, and she’s left handed. Ashley is a little more reserved, but wore the #1 on her Pittsford lacrosse jersey.


Monday May 4, 2020 10:00AM
from The Daily Orange
Nick Mellen, one of Syracuse’s primary cover defenders, will be one of the top draft choices available in the 2020 Major League Lacrosse Draft on Monday.

The two-time USILA All-American announced April 13 that he won’t return for a sixth year with the NCAA’s eligibility relief and entered his name into the MLL Draft portal.

from Canada Lacrosse
The Canadian Lacrosse Association is currently accepting applications for players with the Canadian Sr. Women's Field Lacrosse Team that will compete at the 2021 Sr. Women's Lacrosse World Championship in Towson, Maryland. Only those selected to attend the Evaluation Camp will be contacted.

from NYSPHSAA.org
Latham, NY – In accordance with Governor Cuomo’s announcement today that New York schools will be closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s 11 member Sections have cancelled all remaining spring sports. Sections 8 and 11 cancelled their spring regular seasons on April 21st. At present, 43 other state high school associations have cancelled their sports seasons in similar fashion according to media reports.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Connor Buczek certainly wanted to be a Division I coach at some point in his career. He just didn’t know it would come this early and at his alma mater.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
“That following year is always something because uneasy is the head that wears the crown,” Desko said. “Everybody works so hard to scrape up and get to the top of the mountain, but once you get there, it’s a whole other animal to stay there.”

from Kirk Ventiquattro
Game Changer....Coach 24 wants parents and players regardless of sports to re-evaluate their path toward excelling at their game. Choose programs wisely and become more well rounded as an athlete if you are not already! Play other sports, train your body outside your game and find programs that make sense for your child's goals.