January 2021

Wednesday January 27, 2021 11:30AM
from Houghton Athletics
HOUGHTON, N.Y. – Houghton College will discontinue its men's and women's lacrosse programs following the spring 2021 season, Highlanders Director of Athletics Matthew Webb announced Thursday. The move allows the athletics department to reallocate resources to programs with the potential for greater strategic impact and growth for the department and college.

from Inside Lacrosse
Having broken the news himself on 'The Post Game Podcast' on Tuesday morning, Ierlan confirmed his hopes to join Bill Tierney's program in a phone interview with IL, mentioning that there are "still a lot of hoops to jump through" in order for him to play for the Pioneers.

from Athletics
IL's first rankings of the season reflect an offseason of change. Typically, IL produces its first rankings in the fall, but due to the unique nature of this offseason deferred to now to account for as much player movement and news about the forthcoming season as possible.

from Niagara University Athletics
The Purple Eagles opens the season at Fairfield on March 12, followed by a two-game home set with the Siena Saints on March 19 and March 21. Niagara will then play its next three games on the road against Manhattan (March 27) and Marist (April 2 and 3).

from SUNYACSports.com
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – State University of New York Chancellor Dr. Jim Malatras has requested that the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) develop a plan, for the presidents' consideration, to resume spring intercollegiate athletic competition safely.

from Canisius Athletics
Canisius head men's lacrosse coach Mark Miyashita announced Thursday that former Hobart standout Frank Brown has been added to his staff as an assistant coach. In his role with the Golden Griffins, Brown will work with the program's attackman and assist with game planning and recruiting.

from Canisius Athletics
Canisius women's lacrosse head coach Allison Daley has announced the addition of 10 freshmen to the roster for the upcoming 2021 season.

from Canisius Athletics
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has announced that the MAAC Council of Presidents have approved spring competition schedules for the sports of soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball, and lacrosse. Competition is to start no sooner than March 6 for these sports.

from Cornell Athletics
ITHACA, N.Y. – A season unlike any other was punctuated by a banquet unlike any other for the Cornell women's lacrosse team. The 2020 Big Red celebrated and memorialized a season lost and many lessons gained when they gathered virtually on Sunday, Jan. 17.

from Syracuse Athletics
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse will face another challenging schedule in 2021 as 10 of its 14 games will be against teams ranked in the preseason top 20. The No. 3 Orange open the season at No. 5 Loyola on Saturday, Feb. 20.

from The ACC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its spring Olympic sports and ACC Championship schedules on Tuesday. In addition, ACC fall sports will play a spring schedule in advance of NCAA Championship competition, which also will be held this spring. Every ACC team continues to follow the health and safety protocols outlined in the ACC’s Medical Advisory Report.

from Syracuse.com
Syracuse, N.Y. -- Patrick Emmer has a notable family coaching lineage to further, and he took another step toward that on Tuesday. The former Skaneateles standout was named an assistant coach at UMass-Lowell. Emmer spent the last five seasons on the staff at Furman University.

from Siena Athletics
LOUDONVILLE, NY – The Siena Men's Lacrosse program and head coach Liam Gleason have announced four captains to lead the program this year, as Jack Kiernan, Braedon Labar, Dylan Pantalone, and Nick Pepe were selected by their teammates to lead the Green and Gold during the 2021 season.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Connor Buczek knew he was entering uncharted waters — for himself and largely for the Cornell lacrosse program. The 27-year-old took over for former Big Red coach Pete Milliman in early May and went about continuing the progress made in the previous regime.

Monday January 25, 2021 11:30AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
. . . Well, here we are, almost three years and a pandemic later, and today I’m proud to announce the publication of my third book, which just happens to be another “Best of RTD” collection. The Best of RTD – A Lacrosse Coach’s Handbook is 410 pages consisting of 58 blogs posted at JustLacrosse.com between 2012 and 2020, and its target audience is any and all lacrosse coaches near and far, young and old, from the youth level to college (maybe pro?).

from Goucher Athletics
Abbie McHerron grew up with a lacrosse stick in her hand. Even as a baby, she was in the cradle of a lacrosse stick, and she has the pictures to prove it. Growing up the daughter of a former lacrosse player and women's lacrosse head coach is all that she has ever known.

She remembers when her father was the head women's lacrosse coach at Siena. She said she was on campus any chance she could, whether it was swim lessons, in the athletic office, practices, cheering the Saints on the field, or in the stands. Growing up in lacrosse is something that she embraces.

from Inside Lacrosse
While the 2021 version of the exercise carries with it the unique elements of this year (excited that games will occur, confused about when, where and featuring which teams those games will be, disappointment that it's not promoting a Face-Off Yearbook), we defy you to read this and not feel a sense of hopefulness for spring.

from Inside Lacrosse
No other players entered the Transfer Portal and sources tell IL that that disciplinary process has ended in the players’ favor and, while they have avoided the most significant negative outcome, some steps remain in order to ensure their ability to play this spring; those are also expected to end in a favorable outcome. As a result, Rehfuss has not yet withdrawn from the Portal, but it is expected that he will once the situation is fully resolved.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
TD Ierlan tried to play whistles on his phone during drills for his faceoff lessons last night. However, he soon realized it wouldn’t be a normal lesson — because Wednesday was no normal day for the NCAA’s all-time leading faceoff man.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
If there is one team that has the firepower to dominate the Division II scene, it’s Tampa, led by coach Rory Whipple. The Spartans boast the top faceoff man in the country in Ross Dickerson in addition to two All-American middies in Jake Mosher McGraw and Bryan McGraw. Add in two Division I transfers, and Tampa could be the team to beat.

from Inside Lacrosse
The first rankings of the season are here — finally— after a unique offseason with an incredible amount of player movement, and amid still-lingering questions about the 2021 schedule.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Jamesville Dewitt 2022 midfield/attack Kate Wilcox of Orange Crush Lacrosse has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Winthrop University.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Coach’s Comments: “Avery’s talents include her pure athletic ability, lacrosse skills and knowledge. She earned varsity as a freshman. She is coachable, driven, motivated, hardworking and leads by example. Her strengths include finding the goal, hard shot, good offensive skills and good defensive footwork. She is an excellent student in the classroom” – Jim DeWald

Monday January 18, 2021 10:30AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate

This all might have started when Walt Munze posted this old photo from the first All-American Lacrosse Camp on Facebook. From left to right, seven Upstate NY lacrosse icons… Walt Munze, Joe Corcoran, Roy Simmons, Richie Moran, Bill Wormuth, Jack Emmer, and Tom Hall. I’ve heard it was taken in 1970.

from Inside Lacrosse
Several Ivy League schools sent a letter updating their student-athletes and coaches, essentially reiterating the status quo as spring lacrosse competition nears and the COVID-19 trends surge.

from LaxAllStars.com
With polls beginning to drop for the 2021 campaign, there seem to be two teams considered above the rest, both hailing from the ACC. The Duke Blue Devils, consensus No. 1 among the polls so far, are the presumed favorite. Syracuse, meanwhile, finished 2020 as the No. 1 team and was the presumed favorite until Duke’s offseason acquisition of Michael Sowers.

Friday January 15, 2021 10:45AM
from LocalSyr.com
Thursday afternoon, Onondaga Community College telling NewsChannel 9 that they have cancelled their Spring Sports season. Earlier this academic year, the Lazers cancelled both their Fall and Winter Sports seasons.

from LaxAllStars.com
Eli Gobrecht (Ithaca) is the product of D3 Ithaca College, and he’s damn proud of it. His time at Ithaca prepared him, although be it through an untraditional path, for life as a pro lacrosse player. In this week’s episode, he sits down with the guys from Going Offsides to discuss what it’s like being a “full-time” professional player and what exactly that means.

from LaxAllStars.com
This week we have an absolute treat for you. His voice is immediately recognizable to anyone who has watched championship weekend over the past decade or so, but that’s not what defines him. Anish Shroff is much more than a broadcaster, he’s a father, a friend, a husband, and a proud Syracuse grad. Based on his story, it’s completely reasonable to say he didn’t choose lacrosse, lacrosse chose him.

from Syracuse.com
Syracuse, N.Y. -- Matt Hutchings and Olivia McEntee had the door of disappointment slammed on them in particularly harsh fashion last spring. Hutchings, a senior from Marcellus, was an attack on the Le Moyne College men’s lacrosse team. McEntee, a senior from Cazenovia, was a defender on the Dolphins’ women’s squad.

from The Daily Gazette
No matter how the season schedule shakes out, UAlbany is supposed to return to practice on Monday, Feb. 1, the first day of classes for the spring semester, and on Monday the America East will hold a conference call to nail down how the conference lacrosse schedule will look.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) announced today the official launch of its 2021 season. The announcement noted the PLL’s return to a tour-based format, including 43 total games over 11 weekends spanning from June 4 through the PLL Championship on September 19.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Ballston Spa 2021 faceoff specialist and goalie Gregg Dort of Albany Power Lacrosse Club has made a verbal commitment to play Division II lacrosse at Frostburg State University.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Niskayuna 2022 defender Chloe Lephart of Metro Lacrosse has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Coastal Carolina University.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Union Endicott 2021 midfielder/attackman Christian Masso has signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division II lacrosse at Caldwell University.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
The Kings Academy (FL) 2021 defenseman/LSM Jacob Webb of Sweetlax Lacrosse has signed a National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at SUNY at Albany.

Monday January 11, 2021 10:15AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
I received my copy in the mail on Wednesday. Quick Stick Harry and the Ball Hog is the first book in the Quick Stick Harry Series, and its author is one of our own. John Sardella is a former teacher, administrator, and lacrosse coach in the Liverpool Central School District, and he is one of the founding fathers of the Brine Upstate Lacrosse League (BULL), now the Upstate Lacrosse League, home of hundreds if not thousands of boys and girls youth lacrosse players each summer.

from Inside Lacrosse
The January 2021 issue is out now and is available for purchase. Syracuse's men's and women's programs grace the cover; an expanded version of this story appears in the issue. The February and March issues of Inside Lacrosse Magazine will be special NCAA Preview issues . . .

Friday January 8, 2021 10:45AM
from The Patriot League
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Patriot League has announced a plan for League schedules for baseball, field hockey, football, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball and volleyball during the 2021 spring semester. League play will be contingent on the League and its member institutions being able to conduct competitions in ways that protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staff members and their communities.

from Syracuse.com
Syracuse, N.Y. — Lacrosse has taken twins Madisyn and Kenzii Kittell all across the country, from their high school days together at West Genesee to their careers as college teammates at Florida. At the moment, few of those destinations seem as special as the confined space of their garage.

from Cornell Athletics
ITHACA, N.Y. – As the 2021 season nears closer, the Cornell men's lacrosse team is among the top teams to keep an eye out for, coming in at No. 9 in the Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Men's Preseason Top-20, US Lacrosse Magazine announced Wednesday morning.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Syracuse, which ended the 2020 campaign ranked No. 1, checks in at No. 2 in the 2021 preseason rankings. The Orange bring back just about everyone from their blistering start to last season, with midfielder Brendan Curry and goalie Drake Porter earning US Lacrosse Magazine Preseason All-American nods.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
U.S. senior women’s national team star Alyssa Murray is one of 24 candidates in the running for the “Greatest Athlete of All Time” award from The World Games, with the schedule to begin Friday, January 8. You can vote for your favorite candidate once every 24 hours.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Loyola, Syracuse and Stony Brook rank Nos. 3, 4, and 5, respectively.

from Inside Lacrosse
The goal was there since Day 1 on the job for Jim Andre, and all things considered, it was simple. Well, relatively simple in concept. He just wanted the Victor (N.Y.) boys to be better at lacrosse. Maybe even champions.

from US Lacrosse
Findings from a new research study measuring the effects of headgear in high school girls lacrosse indicate that headgear is associated with a reduction in the magnitude of overall impacts but not a change in the rate of impacts, how they occur, or how penalties were administered for impacts sustained during competition.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Horseheads (N.Y.) 2022 defender Jordyn Robinson of Salt City Snipers Lacrosse has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Winthrop University.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Deer Park (N.Y.) 2022 midfield/defender Kylie Kuhn of Lax On Elite has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Siena College.

Monday January 4, 2021 10:45AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
Weeks ago I was going down the rabbit hole of clicking on this link and then that, and I somehow managed to find a Syracuse Post-Standard photo and a preview of the 1974 high school lacrosse season, written by Neil Kerr. I recognized some names and faces from the photo, and as I read the article, I was amazed at the number of additional names of people I knew.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
US Lacrosse Magazine announced Wednesday its 2021 Division III Men’s Preseason All-Americans, part of the magazine’s immersive coverage leading to the upcoming spring season.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Thirteen student-athletes from 11 schools make up the preseason list, headlined by a three players from Middlebury.

from Inside Lacrosse
The story about Jake Steinfield standing on the SUNY Cortland sideline as a lacrosse midfielder in the rain and hail has been told before. It was 1977 and Steinfeld, a midfielder out of Long Island, made it clear he was not comfortable in that weather, and that was the moment he realized that lacrosse may not be for him.