Roy Simmons Jr. is one of the most legendary coaches in the history of lacrosse, but he’s so much more. The former Syracuse great who led the Orange to five NCAA championships is a storyteller, artist and advocate for the rights of Black and Native people across the country.
He coached many All-Americans during his 27-year career as head coach, including Paul Carcaterra in 1997. Carcaterra sat down with his former coach and mentor for Season 4, Ep. 5 of “Overtime,” for an interview unlike any he’s done on the podcast.
Together, Carcaterra and Simmons Jr. talked about his beginnings with the game in the 1950s, the strength of Jim Brown against racism, his world travels and what it was like to meet Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
POTSDAM, N.Y. – Ten different players scored goals as the Cortland men's lacrosse team opened its season with a 14-6 non-conference win at Potsdam Tuesday afternoon. The game qualifies as non-conference due to the realignment of SUNYAC teams this spring as the Red Dragons are part of the West Division with Brockport, Geneseo and Oswego, while the Bears (0-1) have been placed in the East Division with New Paltz, Oneonta and Plattsburgh.
The No. 5 Syracuse men's lacrosse team will host Holy Cross on Saturday, March 20 at 12 p.m. The game is a replacement for the previously scheduled game vs. Hofstra after the Pride paused team activities last week due to COVID-19.
To prepare this week’s RTD blog, I spoke with former coaches Dave Bradman (Canton), Dave White (Salmon River) and Jeff Slack (Massena). Along with Tom Geagan from St. Lawrence Central Schools, who passed away in 2018, the four of them comprised the old guard that introduced the game to their schools and helped develop interest throughout their “corner” of the state (Coach Bradman said his kids playfully refer to it as “The NoCo”).
. . . one year ago . . . the SUNY Potsdam men's and women's lacrosse teams each posted decisive victories without realizing that they'd just played the final game of their 2020 seasons. [This] week, the same two programs will take to the turf for the first athletic contests played by any Bears teams since that day. The men will host SUNY Cortland at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and the women will welcome Morrisville State at 4 p.m. the following afternoon on St. Patrick's Day.
The Alfred University women’s lacrosse team is preparing for a spring season that brings along new hope. The team will be returning a roster that maintains leadership traits in their experienced veterans.
The top three teams — North Carolina, Syracuse and Northwestern — appear to be separating themselves from the pack. That was after a Thursday that saw Northwestern roll over Penn State and Syracuse win a game against Notre Dame that was not as close as the final score indicated.
Elijah Gash collected the ground ball and saw an open lane of turf in front of him. He didn’t hesitate, sprinting from Albany’s restraining line and into the offensive end. He face dodged one Hartford defenseman, then ran over another to score his first Division I goal and give Albany a 13-5 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
The Tar Heels rolled out of Charlottesville with a 16-13 defeat of Virginia, a final score that doesn’t do justice to the totality of North Carolina’s effort. Joe Breschi’s bunch led 11-3 late in the first half, and Virginia didn’t get within three until there was a little more than two minutes remaining in the game.
US Lacrosse is now accepting nominations for several of its 2021 awards, recognizing outstanding players, coaches, officials, and contributors from around the country. Online submissions can be made for Youth Awards, High School Player and Coach Awards, and the Gerry Carroll Award.
. . . we are happy to announce that our students have been approved to attend the Syracuse University women's lacrosse game vs. Notre Dame on Sunday, March 14, and the men's lacrosse game vs. Hofstra on Saturday, March 20. Per the University's pilot plan, as approved by the state, tickets to both games will be exclusively available to current Syracuse students.
SUNY Oneonta men’s lacrosse coach Pete Owens announced on Monday, March 8 that John Holland was hired to be the new assistant coach for the program beginning immediately . . . Holland has spent over a decade in the game of lacrosse dating back to his playing days at Shaker High School.
Note: Back in December I shared a guest RTD written by my son Eric, who continues to show his “chip off the old block” love for lacrosse and the open road. I hinted at the time that I hoped to someday share additional family stories, as Brian has been known to chronicle his adventures as well.
The win marked a milestone for Gait as it was his 200th career victory. Since taking over the helm of the program in August 2007, he has guided the 'Cuse to two national championship game appearances, seven Final Fours, three conference championships and seven regular-season league titles.
On Wednesday, 18 Sports had the opportunity to speak with Elmira College Athletic Director, Renee Carlineo, on the immediate changes impacting both men’s and women’s lacrosse. The school announced on Monday that both the men’s and women’s teams would be moving to club status after years at the varsity level.
Last Saturday, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound freshman attack from Victor cut straight to the goalmouth, caught a nifty feed from Jakob Patterson and coolly flipped the ball behind his back and into the top left corner past Colgate goalie Sean Collins.
I wrote a week ago that, if Syracuse and Section III was my front yard, then Rochester and Section V was my back yard. Sure, I can get to Cazenovia, Skaneateles, South Jeff, or Tully in about an hour, but I can also get to Webster or Geneva in that amount of time, too. Other Section V high schools or Rochester-area colleges take just a few minutes longer.
Canisius women's lacrosse coach Allison Daley has announced that seniors Riley Lucarelli, Emma Mryglod, Kaitlan Van Kessel and redshirt junior Emily Van Kessel have been selected as captains for the upcoming 2021 campaign.
. . . And there were football scores. Lots of football scores. Syracuse’s 20-10 drubbing of Virginia. Lehigh’s 24-10 thumping of NJIT. Duke 17-7 over Air Force. North Carolina 27-12 against High Point in a repeat of a much closer game a week-and-a-half earlier.
Syracuse has played two games this spring. Both have been against non-conference teams ranked in the top five of the Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Women’s Top 20. Both have been blowouts in favor of the Orange.