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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
.@CuseMLAX gets another former @FURMANMLAX player. This time it's attackman Brett Tenaglia, who announced the decision on his Instagram.
The New Fairfield, CT native finished his 1st season with 11 Gs and 9 As, starting the final 5 games. Tenaglia joins Cole Horan to Cuse.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
We lost a season...but the stories will never fade. This piece never aired(the plan was to run it during a broadcast). I think it’s a fitting time to share with Memorial Day Upon us! @ArmyWP_MLax#Nichtern
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Evan is an intelligent, talented player. A good athlete, a skillful dodger with an ability to see the field and distribute. He can move the defense and create offense opportunities for himself. Evan will continue his lacrosse career at SUNY Oneonta. @JustLacrosse@CapDistrictLaxpic.twitter.com/J8h5DUyDr3
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.
A 3yr starter, Walter was relied on for his leadership, knowledge of the defense and aggressive sliding ability. He is skillful 1v1 defender and can guard both quick & power dodgers. Walt will continue his career at Division 2 power LeMoyne College @CapDistrictLax@JustLacrossepic.twitter.com/uXhTNj0hHJ
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.
“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.”
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?
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
Gettysburg’s Mitch Wykoff announced that he’ll do his 5th year at @CuseMLAX. He’s the No. 2 DII/DIII player in the portal per IL’s @dkaplan46, who called him an athletic “plug & play defenseman at any level” and posted 9G/92GB/23CT for @Gburg_MLax in ‘19: https://t.co/tUhC5CBe1N
IL’s No. 1 underclass transfer Jared Fernandez, a starting LSM for @CuseMLAX, just let me know that he’ll be joining @JHUmenslacrosse for his final two years of eligibility. Great addition for the Jays in the middle of the field: https://t.co/ps44mQiChS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
NYSPHSAA Extends Hosting Assignments
As a result of the cancellation of numerous state championships due to COVID-19, a one-year extension was approved for SUNY Cortland to host girls lacrosse through 2023, and Hofstra University to host boys lacrosse through 2023.
New Commitments from Inside Lacrosse
Loukas Sotiropoulos G 2020 Severn School (MD) Hobart
Billy Adams M 2021 The Episcopal Academy (PA) Army
Daniel Haag FO 2021 Pascack Valley High School (NJ) Cortland
Patryk Wojcik A 2020 Susan E Wagner High School (NY) Medaille
Matt O'Brien M 2020 Sweet Home Senior High School (NY) Medaille