August 2020

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Victor (N.Y.) 2021 faceoff specialist Logan Callahan of Sweetlax Upstate 2021 has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Johns Hopkins University.

Friday August 28, 2020 10:15AM

from Sunshine State Lacrosse
College lacrosse is filled with dominant programs. Maryland’s men and women teams are consistently in the final 4, Syracuse won title after title in the late 80s, and now Yale has emerged as a perennial title challenger. But if you look beneath the surface of NCAA lacrosse, you can find another program who’s dominance is almost unfathomable. That program is Onondaga Community College. Over the last 15 years, the junior college (JUCO) located in Syracuse, NY has become the most consistently dominant program in all of college lacrosse and is the unparalleled king in modern JUCO lacrosse.

Wednesday August 26, 2020 9:30AM
from Monster Elite Lacrosse
"It was time for me to direct my energy towards some other opportunities, so there was no better organization to hand the reins over to than Monster." said Gait. “They have a huge club based in Rochester that has all of the resources to grow the Syracuse brand. They play at the top level in the most high-profile tournaments, they train their athletes year-round, and they have their own dedicated training center in Baldwinsville. All of their players go on to play lacrosse in college.”

Monday August 24, 2020 9:30AM
from Lacrosse
Coming into the 2021 season, Canisius loses two of their top players to graduation in Mathieu Boissonneault (13G/4A) and Carter Stefaniak (5G/1A) but they have a lot of youth returning, which could see help them bounce back strong.

Friday August 21, 2020 11:30AM
from Lacrosse Recruiting 101 Podcast
Luke sits down with Dylan Donahue, Owner of Platform Lacrosse and associate head coach for the OCC Lazers. They discuss all things lacrosse and what it takes to get to the next level.

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from Richmonde Athletics
RICHMOND, Va. – University of Richmond men's lacrosse head coach Dan Chemotti (West Genesee) announced the promotion of assistant coach John Hogan (Cornell) to the program's offensive coordinator. Hogan is part of Chemotti's coaching staff that includes associate head coach/defensive coordinator Paul Richards (Baldwinsville) along with assistant coach Logan Greco.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
At the center of that advantage was Joe Nardella (Cazenovia). The Paul Cantabene Faceoff Athlete of the Championship Series consistently tilted the field in the Whips’ direction with a 72 percent win rate. But that eye-popping number doesn’t fully capture Nardella’s influence on the game and the Whipsnakes’ undefeated run to their second consecutive title. Nardella led the league in ground balls with 65 (almost doubling Connor Farrell, the second-place finisher) and tallied three goals and three assists in six games.

from Clarkson Athletics
The Clarkson University Athletic Department is pleased to announce the addition of CJ Alesandrini (Colonie/Hartwick) as assistant coach for the Clarkson University Men's Lacrosse team for the 2020-21 season. A graduate of Hartwick College in 2020 with a degree in Business Administration, Alesandrini was a three-time Empire 8 Second-Team All-Star at goalkeeper for the Hawks.

Thursday August 20, 2020 10:45AM
from Cornell Athletics
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell women's lacrosse team will welcome 11 newcomers for the upcoming 2021 campaign. The group, comprised of 10 freshmen and one sophomore transfer, will attempt to help head coach Jenny Graap's squad earn the program's third Ivy League regular season title and qualify for the conference tournament for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons this coming spring.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 8:45AM

Sean Greenhalgh '05, Men's Lacrosse
Greenhalgh earned All-American honors twice during his career, taking home a third-team selection as a senior after an honorable mention nod as a sophomore. He was the 11th Cornellian to earn Ivy League Player of the Year honors when he won the award in 2005, joining Paul Schimoler '89 as just the second player in program history to follow up an Ivy Rookie of the Year accolade with the league's top honor.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Canadian Lacrosse Association announced today that Rochester Knighthawks General Manager Dan Carey has been named General Manager of Team Canada for the upcoming 2021 Men’s U19 World Lacrosse Championship, to be played June 17-26, 2021 at the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland.

from Inside Lacrosse
Premier Lacrosse League champion Tyler Warner shared his thoughts via Twitter on the Black Lives Matter, conversations with and thoughts on teammates who chose not to wear the BLM patch on their jerseys, and the continuing conversation in the lacrosse community.

Monday August 17, 2020 10:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
The Iroquois Nationals have a confrmed path to compete at the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Ala., according to a statement released jointly by the International World Games Association, World Lacrosse and the World Games 2022 Organizing Committee.

from South China Morning Post
Hong Kong and China are among the members supporting their bid, with lacrosse having deep spiritual importance for the Haudenosaunee people

from Lacrosse Bucket
Coming into the 2021 season, the Bearcats will return a good chunk of their starters and heavy contributors on both ends of the field.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
After consecutive Premier Lacrosse League championships, it’s not a surprise to see a smile on Jim Stagnitta’s face. It’s a smile that carries extra joy because of the mountain the Whipsnakes head coach had to climb before reaching the summit.

Friday August 14, 2020 12:15AM
from The MAAC
The 40th Anniversary Women’s Lacrosse Team highlights some of the best student-athletes in MAAC history. MAAC Women’s Lacrosse traces back to 1997, with the first ever postseason tournament taking place in the spring of 2000. The 2000 season saw Manhattan College capture the first MAAC Championship with an 11-8 win over Niagara University. Since, Canisius College leads the conference with six championships overall, followed by Fairfield University with five championships and Le Moyne College, a former MAAC member, with four. The MAAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship is set to return April 30th through May 2nd in 2021, with games hosted by the league’s top overall seed.

from The MAAC
The 40th Anniversary Men’s Lacrosse Team highlights some of the best student-athletes in MAAC history. MAAC Men’s Lacrosse traces back to 2000, when St. Joseph’s College captured the first MAAC Championship with an 17-7 win over Manhattan College. Since, Canisius College, Siena College, and Marist College along with two former MAAC members in Mount St. Mary’s College and Providence College are all tied for the conference lead with three championships overall. The MAAC Men’s Lacrosse Championships are set to return May 6th through the 8th in 2021, with games hosted by the league’s top overall seed.

from Canisius Athletics
The five former Griffs honored on the MAAC 40th Anniversary Women's Lacrosse Team are Whitney (Card) Buchli '08, Erica Evans '18, Kristy Grossman '08, Tori Quinn '15 and Jourdan Roemer '19. Additionally, former head coach Scott Teeter was honored as one of the league's top coaches.

Each classification is good for two years and applies only to sectional and state playoffs.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
“All I really wanted to do was provide an opportunity for women to play professional lacrosse,” said DeJuliis, the league’s founder and CEO and former U.S. women’s national team captain. “I didn’t think it’d be as difficult as it was to gain the financial support that we’d need.”

from Paul Carcaterra
Zed Williams is understated, even quiet, but nothing about his game matches his personality. Williams, who grew up on the Cattaraugus reservation, has grown into one of the most dangerous offensive threats in professional lacrosse.

from Inside Lacrosse
“We, the MLL 4” begins a letter from Major League Lacrosse’s four Black players sent to the league’s front office in early August.

“People of color are demanding to be heard, and it is time for Major League Lacrosse to be part of the conversation” it says, outlining a list of recommendations and steps toward diversity and inclusion.

from US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse had adopted a detailed anti-harassment and discrimination policy that includes recommended steps for leagues, events and lacrosse organizations to follow when there are violations of the policy.

Wednesday August 12, 2020 10:15AM
from US Lacrosse Magazine
Although the sport has grown in the past 50 years, Sloan Green knows there is still work to do. The recent national conversations regarding race have magnified the fact that lacrosse is not as diverse as it can be, and Sloan Green is hoping to take part in change.

from he Olean imes Herald
Growing up as a lacrosse-loving child in Salamanca, Frank Brown dreamed of playing for the Buffalo Bandits. Now, a new two-year contract signed by Brown on Friday formalized that dream coming true.

from US Lacrosse
In order to help prioritize its upcoming outreach strategies related to player equipment, US Lacrosse has created a short online survey to assess current equipment related knowledge. Survey feedback from members will help shape US Lacrosse’s equipment related initiatives, including rules.

from Sweetlax Lacrosse
Syracuse, NY - Sweetlax Lacrosse is excited to announce a partnership with the newly launched Salty Dawgs lacrosse program of CNY, spearheaded by Charlie Lockwood.

Free tryout information for Fall 2020 / Spring 2021

“It was definitely a different season but I think that we showed that if we all follow some simple rules and guidelines, you can be safe playing sports,” said Rose after wrapping up an abbreviated 2020 season last week at the Tri-Town Community Center. “It took some extra work and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of our volunteers.”

Today is Kaitlin Gaghan’s last day as the team’s head coach. She’s changing careers, according to athletic director Lori Anctil, who is now searching for a replacement.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
BOSTON, Mass. — Major League Lacrosse has announced all of the nominees for the league’s player and coach awards. Below, each of the nominees are recognized in connection with the identified award. The winners will be announced throughout the remainder of the week.

from Inside Lacrosse
As Zed Williams was handed the Premier Lacrosse League MVP trophy, he clutched his stick to his chest as if clinging to it for some unseen energy that allowed him to do the unthinkable on the field minutes prior.

It’s more than a lacrosse stick. It’s a connection to the Earth and beyond, it’s a connection to his late father. It’s a conduit to a better life, to support a family and to win championships and to graduate college.

Monday August 10, 2020 12:15AM
The head coach of the league's top team hails from Central New York, one of many coaches and players who look back fondly of their time growing up in Syracuse.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Zed Williams (Silver Creek) scored five of his PLL single-game record-tying six goals in the fourth quarter, including four in less than two minutes as the Whipsnakes offense sprung to life after a lackluster performance through three quarters.

from Inside Lacrosse
You can either adapt and evolve to become the best, or you can stay stagnant and fizzle out. Joe Nardella (Cazenovia) took the first route, and he put up an MVP-caliber season from the face-off X.

from Casey Vock / Inside Lacrosse
Zed Williams, IL's No. 5 senior, committed to Virginia this week. The Silver Creek standout was profiled by Casey Vock in the June issue of Inside Lacrosse, when he was on the verge of beating Casey Powell's New York state scoring record. He has since broken the record. You can purchase a copy of the June issue here.

Meet Miles Silva, a West Point graduate and professional lacrosse player in the MLL for the Denver Outlaws. In today’s episode of Going Offsides, Nick and Ryan learn more about what Army Lacrosse is all about, how Coach Joe Alberici (Auburn) runs a successful program, and the unique hurdles servicemen have to overcome to achieve their goals in sport.

Saturday August 8, 2020 10:30AM
from the Premier Lacrosse League
The Archers had a problem. He stood 6-foot tall with a stick in his left hand but looked more like the brick wall version of Superman. Nothing could get by him. The shots came from beyond the arc. They came from near the crease and in between the two. None of it, not even the shots planned to put the sun in the goalie's eyes reached nylon. At least, not consistently enough.

Blaze Riorden has just had that kind of tournament in net for the Chaos and on Thursday night it led his team to a 13-9 victory over the Archers.

Whipsnakes Prevail Over Redwoods in Overtime to Reach Second Consecutive Title Game

from Niagara Women's Lacrosse / Twitter
Niagara features their incoming freshmen on Twitter, including Upstaters from B'ville, Fairport, Canandaigua, J-D, and Honeoye.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
[Matt] Palumb has earned the respect of coaches and players across the country, so he does not worry about his clout. Though he liked the video of his exchange with Kavanagh and talks about the clips with his 16-year-old son, Jackson, he stays away from the digital dialogue. He created a Twitter account in September of 2013, yet he’s never tweeted.

from Mercer Athletics
As a player, [Chad Surman] . . . won the 2011 and 2012 NCAA National Championships and helped Salisbury win 30 consecutive games in 2012. Surman started his collegiate career at Division II Le Moyne, advancing to the NCAA Division II National Championship as the defense allowed just 3.9 goals per game. He also boasts a NJCAA National Title with Onondaga Community College.

from the Buffalo Bandits
In his NLL career, Brown has totaled 22 points (8+14) and recovered 78 loose balls in 29 regular-season games, adding one assist in five playoff contests. Hailing from Salamanca, New York, Brown also won a silver medal with the Iroquois Nationals at the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.

from Mel Busler /
In this sports history lesson, we take a look back at the day in the fall of 1995 when Ryan Powell signed a letter of intent to attend Syracuse. Little did he know he would become a four-time All-America for the orange and have a pro career after that.

Thursday August 6, 2020 1:00PM
from US Lacrosse Magazine
Inductees for the 2020 Class include Bruce Allison (Union College, Colorado School of Mines), Ray Rostan (RIT, Ithaca College, Hampden-Sydney College), Dom Starsia (Brown University, University of Virginia), and Don Zimmerman (Johns Hopkins University, UMBC).

Bruce Allison, a native of Penn Yan, N.Y., began his lacrosse career at Cortland where he was a three-time letterman, the Red Letter Award winner, and two-time All-American mention. Following his playing career, Allison went on to begin his 19 years of service at Union College.

Prior to his coaching career, Rostan was a member of the 1973 Cortland State National Championship team. He later played professionally in the National Lacrosse League for the 1974 National Lacrosse League Champion Rochester Griffins and for the Long Island Tomahawks in 1975.

OSWEGO — Carson Colucci arrived at the Oswego High School outdoor courts, lacrosse stick in hand, for his normal routine of wall-ball when he saw the entrance blocked by a padlock and wooden boards. He then drove to the fields at Oswego State University to realize that the goals he was shooting on daily had been removed.

Sundown, a Basom, N.Y. native, arrived at Limestone in the spring of 2018 after playing his first two years of college lacrosse at NJCAA powerhouse Onondaga Community College, where he helped lead the Lazers to an NJCAA national championship in 2016. After redshirting at Limestone in 2018, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound attackman tallied 110 points (70G/40A) in 2019, shattering the Limestone single-season points record while helping lead Limestone to an NCAA DII national championship appearance.

(Philadelphia August 5, 2020) – The National Lacrosse League (@NLL), the longest running and most successful professional lacrosse league in the world, today announced that the 2020 Entry Draft will be held on September 17th at 7:00 ET. For the first time in league history, the Entry Draft will be done virtually.

from the Halifax Thunderbirds
(August 5, 2020) Halifax, NS - The Thunderbirds announced today that they have signed Thunderbirds Captain Cody Jamieson to a one-year agreement. He recently became an unrestricted free agent this past offseason for the first time in his professional career. Jamieson chose to return back to the Thunderbirds after signing the longest contract in NLL history back in 2010 in his rookie campaign.

BRASHER FALLS - The lower seeds got the upper hand in the semifinals of the Northern New York Box Lacrosse High School Division playoffs at the Tri-Town Community Center Wednesday night.

from Jamie Munro /
When I was trying out for the Colorado Mammoth in the fall of 2002 at 35 years old, Gary Gait was on the team and I noticed that every time he caught the ball, he would look at the head of his stick before he would shoot. I was like, "WTF" is he doing? Years later I happened to ask the GM at the time, Steve Govett, if he ever noticed and he said, "Oh yeah, that's the Victoria Look Back."

from Syracuse Athletics
Hiltz, a Peterborough, Ontario native, played his high school lacrosse at national power Culver Academy. He's tabbed as a top-three recruit in the 2020 class by Inside Lacrosse. Hiltz posted a pair of 100-point campaigns in his sophomore and junior seasons at Culver, netting 50 goals and 62 assists in 2019 for the co-national champions.

from Inside Lacrosse
The Women’s Professional Lacrosse League will close its doors after two seasons, WPLL CEO Michele DeJuliis has confirmed. Through strategic discussions with Athletes Unlimited, DeJuliis sees opportunity for the WPLL’s players to further their career in a professional women’s sport model that offers its players “profit sharing and a major role in decision-making.”

Wednesday August 5, 2020 9:45AM
from Inside Lacrosse
Add another pair of cherished lacrosse games to the list of moments that didn't occur in 2020: the Under Armour All-America Senior Lacrosse Games were officially canceled, announced by event operator Corrigan Sports Enterprises on Tuesday.

Morgan Schwab, Fairport , Virginia
Jennifer Markey, Mt. Sinai (N.Y.), Syracuse
Katie Goodale, Riverhead (N.Y.), Syracuse

from Inside Lacrosse
Alongside the most of the NCAA season and the entirety of the NCAA Tournaments, the World Lacrosse U-19 Boys' Championship and every state high school championship, the 14th-annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game — originally scheduled for July 11 at Homewood Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins University — was a casualty of the global COVID-19 pandemic and its associated effects.

Casey McDermott, Brighton, Johns Hopkins
Owen Hiltz, Culver (Ind.), Syracuse
CJ Kirst, Delbarton (N.J.), Cornell
Andrew Dalton, St. Michael’s (Ont.), Cornell
Jack Follows, Hill Academy (Ont.), Cornell
Caleb Newman, Lebanon (Oh.), Cornell

from the Albany Times Union
“I’ve watched it all,” Marr. And why wouldn’t he? Ten of his former players are on PLL or MLL rosters. Marr said the exposure has been great for the sport in general and for his program, specifically.

from the Buffslo Bsndits
The Buffalo Bandits today announced the team has signed forward Vaughn Harris to a one-year contract, pending league approval.

Monday August 3, 2020 10:30AM
from US Lacrosse Magazine
Isaiah Davis-Allen and Chad Toliver approached midfield and stood together in front of a projected American flag on the jumbotron of Navy Marine-Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.

Two black lacrosse players stood in solidarity, with their teams on the sidelines during the national anthem — a song that has become, at times, as polarizing as the games themselves this summer.

New York Lizards head coach BJ O'Hara during a contest in 2019. O'Hara spoke with Axcess Sports and discussed coaching the abridged 2020 MLL Season.

from the Georgia Swarm
“We are happy to have Brendan back with the Swarm,” Swarm Head Coach Ed Comeau said. “He provides great versatility on our right side with his ability to play offense and defense. He continues to improve at the pro level, and we expect great things from him in 2021.”

"Greg (Auburn) is one of the league’s best defenders and a quality individual,” Glenn Clark, general manager and head coach said. “We are thrilled to have Greg back to help us build a championship contending team.”

Downing is a 12-year NLL veteran and returns for his third season with the Pack. The 6’1” defender was first acquired by the Black Wolves during free agency in 2018.

Muller served in the military for 24 years before retiring in June. He learned CPR near the beginning of his enlistment when he served eight years as an army medic. Throughout that time and another 16 years as a commissioned infantry officer who did two tours of duty in Iraq, Muller never had to administer CPR.

We introduced you to Connor Buczek just a few months back, now the head coach of the Cornell men's lacrosse program.

As for Ric Beardsley, he needs no introduction. Video 4:20

from US Lacrosse Magazine
John Haus (four goals, two assists) and Zed Williams (four goals, one assist) also starred on offense, while Joe Nardella won 21 of 30 faceoffs to finish group play at 75 percent, by far the best in the league. Williams’ 14 goals also top the PLL leaderboard.

from US Lacrosse
The US Lacrosse Board of Directors has approved equipment-related rule changes designed to enhance heart protection for youth players, specifically to reduce the risk of the rare yet potentially catastrophic injury of commotio cordis.