The day is finally here to determine Major League Lacrosse’s champion, and anticipation is in the air. The upstart first place Rochester Rattlers take on long time powerhouse Denver Outlaws in a rematch of the 2008 championship game, where Rochester took home the Steinfeld Trophy as the league’s best.
Game time is 7pm and will air live on CBS Sports Network from Kennesaw State University’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Follow the game for updates on Facebook and Twitter @RattlersLax.
Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, has announced this year’s 2014 MLL All-Pro Team. The roster is voted on by MLL coaches and general managers, and is comprised of some of the best talent in the league, all of whom stood out at their respective positions.
But rather than vocalize their disappointment, these three players from Upstate New York — White from Cortland, Manley from Penn Yan and Galloway from Syracuse — let their play speak for itself this season, helping the Rochester Rattlers field the league's best overall defense (161 goals allowed, 11.5 per game) and earn the No. 1 seed in the playoffs on their way to this weekend's Steinfeld Cup matchup with Denver.
Zach Miller felt it this summer. He’s made an impression on his hometown. Miller, 18, a Seneca Nation member, returned to Salamanca for nearly a month after helping the Iroquois Nationals team earn bronze at the World Lacrosse Championships in Denver.
Fans attending the MLL Championship Game this Saturday, August 23 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga., will enjoy an added bonus to the pre-game festivities. The Silver Wings Skydivers will deliver the game ball during a special skydiving show just before faceoff. The Silver Wings are the official Fort Benning, Georgia, Command Exhibition Parachute Demonstration Team.
“Greg [Downing] (Auburn)is one of the most consistent performers on our roster,” Swarm Owner and Governor John Arlotta said. “While he may not always get the recognition that he deserves, Greg’s skills on the defensive side and his presence in the locker room are very valuable to our team. He’s well respected amongst his teammates and his work ethic sets a great example for our younger players."
After three years of planning and much anticipation, Harvest is excited to announce the Harvest Lacrosse Academy (HLA). The club program will be forming three teams for the 2014 - 2015 year. Harvest is a Rochester, NY based lacrosse organization run by former University of Maryland All-American and professional lacrosse player, Grant Catalino (Webster Schroeder).
The ILPreps gang is moving our commitment database from the InsideLacrosse.Forums.com over to our main site. Today we’re launching the 2016 rising juniors page. We already launched the 2017 page. Have you committed and don’t see your name? Rankings for this class will be posted as part of the 2014 Recruiting Issue. Email email@example.com and we’ll update the list.
“This is a great honor,” says Powell, in regards to receiving the award. “I would like to thank the coaching staff, my teammates and all the fans in Florida as well as the MLL Coaches and GMs who voted for me.”
What does Christmas mean to you? The correct answer is family, of course, but there are a million other answers as well. It depends on who you ask. Some kids might say presents and games and some beleaguered college kids on break will most definitely say that it’s the food. Christmas means something different to everyone. So does Lake Placid to the lacrosse community. The difference? I missed Christmas this year. I didn’t miss Lake Placid.
Julie Boglione of Greece has never played lacrosse, but she is a major player when it comes to helping others have the opportunity to play the game. Early this year Boglione founded the New York chapter of No Boundaries Lacrosse — an adaptive lacrosse program for kids in grades kindergarten through 12 with a mental, health, or physical disability that inhibits them from joining a mainstream lacrosse team.
The Rochester Rattlers will return to Rochester for the 2015 Major League Lacrosse season, league commissioner David Gross confirmed on Wednesday. The long-term future of the field lacrosse franchise in the region remains up in the air.
It's Throwback Thursday in more ways than one this week, with the Rochester Rattlers and Denver Outlaws set to square off in the Major League Lacrosse Championship Game on Saturday at 7 p.m. (live on CBS Sports), at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Throwing it way back, this game is a rematch of the last and only time Rochester has won the Steinfeld Trophy, in 2008 when they crushed Denver 16-6 at Boston's Harvard Stadium. This will be Denver's fifth shot at an MLL Championship.
To many MLL fans, this year’s Championship Game may seem like déjà vu. Almost six years ago to the day, Denver and Rochester faced off in the 2008 MLL Championship Game at Harvard Stadium. Although the teams were the top two in the league, the Rattlers crushed the Outlaws 16-6 to bring home the club’s first Championship win.
Don't miss the much anticipated rematch of the 2008 Championship Title Game when the 2014 regular season champion Rochester Rattlers take on the Denver Outlaws on Saturday, August 23rd in Atlanta, GA. The site of the contest is being hosted at Kennesaw State University's Fifth Third Bank Stadium at 7pm EST.
Watch it live on CBS Sports Network, coverage starts at 7pm EST. Follow all the coverage on the Rattlers Facebook page and Twitter feeds @RattlersLax, and check back for updated information as the game grows near.
Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced today that Rochester Rattlers defenseman Michael Manley (Penn Yan) has been named 2014 Brine Defensive Player of the Year, as voted by MLL coaches and general managers.
Abi Cullinan * Attack/Midfield * 5-5 * Pittsford, N.Y. / Pittsford Mendon
Graduated from Pittsford Mendon High School in the spring of 2014 ... earned a total of 11 varsity letters for the Vikings, five in lacrosse, three in field hockey and three in basketball ... helped the lacrosse team to the 2011 state finals and two state semifinals, three western New York regional titles and a trio of sectional championships
Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league announced Florida Launch attackman, Casey Powell (Carthage) was voted the Warrior Offensive Player of the Year by the league’s coaches and general managers. Powell’s dominance in all aspects of the offensive game, in conjunction with his consistency and high performance throughout the season, earned him the prestigious title.
The IWLCA honored 238 student-athletes from 80 different institutions with inclusion in the 2014 IWLCA Division I Academic Honor Roll. All student-athletes were nominated by their schools and have achieved at least junior status academically and had a cumulative academic GPA of 3.50 or greater. Leading the way was the 2014 IWLCA Division I Scholar-Athlete of the Year Katelyn Miller from Bucknell University.
LaxPower is carrying periodic player reports from 3d Lacrosse. Field staff attend high school games around the country and provide player evaluations and ratings. The ratings are either legit (likely a Division I scholarship player), player (likely a Division I recruit), and watch list (has the potential to be a Division I player; need to see more, needs to grow, mature, or develop to be sure-fire D1).
This is a report covering players on several high school teams in Upstate New York.
Matt Kerwick, the Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Men's Lacrosse, has announced that Chris Kivlen will join the Big Red as an assistant coach for the 2015 season. Kivlen comes to East Hill following three extremely successful seasons as the head coach at Montclair State. He will assist the staff on both ends of the field and play an important role with the face off unit.
A memorial service will be held for Randy Lundblad on Saturday, September 6th at Hendricks Chapel on the campus of Syracuse University. Service will begin at 11:00 with a reception (location TBD) to follow . . . Randy passed away on March 5th, 2014 at the age of 51 after a two year battle with cancer. As an All American at both West Genesee and Syracuse University he will always be remembered as scoring the winning goal in the 1983 championship game vs. Johns Hopkins.
The Thompson name is synonymous with the sport of lacrosse. Ty Thompson and his cousins embody the heritage and tradition of the game by bringing a spirit and passion to the sport that has captivated the lacrosse world. Ty stopped by Studio 22 with a Thompson i6 in hand. We turned up the lights, started the cameras, handed him a fresh slice of Otter Mesh and let the man go to work.
US Lacrosse and Major League Lacrosse have named Chesapeake Bayhawks' Matt Abbott (Nottingham) as the winner of the USL/MLL Sportsmanship Player of the Year Award, and the Rochester Rattlers as the winner of the league's 2014 USL/MLL Team Sportsmanship Award. Both selections were based on voting conducted among the league's game officials.
Former Hobart College attackman Cameron Stone (Jamesville-DeWitt) was named an assistant coach with the Seton Hill University men's lacrosse program in August 2014. This will be Stone's first season with the staff.
The NLL Hall of Fame Ceremony for Class of 2014 inductees Pat Coyle and Chris Hall is set for Wednesday, Sept. 3 at Langley Events Centre at 7:30 p.m. PT. The event, which includes video montages, guest speakers/presenters, induction speeches and plaque unveilings, will take place in the LEC Banquet Hall with a limited number of seats available to the public.
Onondaga Community College has announced that former All-American men's lacrosse standout Cody Jamieson has been selected as one of four alumni to be added to the 2014 Alumni Faces display. The College established the annual "Alumni Faces" honor to recognize distinguished alumni for their professional achievements and contributions to the College and the community. The recipients will be honored at the annual "Celebration of Success" breakfast at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1 in the SRC Arena and Events Center.
Tim Barber (West Genesee/OCC), the 2014 Junior College Offensive Player of the Year, has signed to continue his college lacrosse career at Syracuse University, according to OCC head coach Chuck Wiibur.
I thought I was getting close to wrapping up my thoughts about the 25th Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament last week, but then I started making a list of a few other items I hadn’t gotten to. Well, that list got long – quickly, so here are a number of disorganized, but hopefully interesting, final thoughts . . .
Morrisville State College Athletic Director, Greg Carroll, has announced the addition of Taryn Burkholder as assistant coach for the women’s lacrosse and field hockey programs for the fall 2014 season.
[Head Coach Tim] Soudan certainly did his homework in building the Rattlers over the last three-plus seasons, including a four-player rookie class this year with three productive attackmen and a long-stick midfielder. That new blood, a solid veteran core, and stout defense have the top-seeded Rattlers on the verge of their first Major League Lacrosse championship since 2008 after topping upstart Ohio, 15-11, in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon at Aquinas Institute's Wegman Stadium.
The stage is set for the 2014 MLL Championship Game next Saturday, August 23 at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. In a rematch of the 2008 Championship Game, the Rochester Rattlers and the Denver Outlaws will compete for the coveted Steinfeld Trophy. Tickets for the game start at only $20 and can be found HERE.
After a cold and rainy game, it’s the Rochester Rattlers who will be heading to Atlanta next week, following an exciting 15-11 come back win over the Ohio Machine. Rochester gained the No. 1 seed after their impressive 2014 season, losing only 4 times. However, two of those losses came to tonight’s opponent, Ohio, which made for a highly anticipated first semi-final match up.
When you look at his size 6-foot-2, 210 pounds and what he's
capable of doing in the weight room namely, bench-pressing 310 pounds
you might think Zach Kleinbaum is headed to play college football
rather than lacrosse. But the rising senior uses his size and strength to his
advantage on the lacrosse field as a physical and aggressive defender at
Half Hollow Hills East High School in Suffolk County (NY), and soon, at
the college level.
"I am not really a big-name guy, so it's pretty humbling to have a little kid come up to me, point out a play I made, and ask for my autograph," said Mike Lazore (IHC), a former Hobart standout. "It really shows how much this community has bought into our team."
The four-season veteran goalkeeper for Rochester earned 11 first place votes, making Galloway the obvious choice for the Warrior Goalkeeper of the Year title. Behind Galloway, Denver’s Jesse Schwartzman finished in second, followed in third by New York’s Drew Adams both with two first place votes.
Paul Gait (Albany, New York) – Born in Victoria in 1967, Paul Gait is widely regarded as one of lacrosse's all-time great players. Paul and twin brother Gary grew up playing all sports and both excelled at anything that they played -- soccer, basketball, rugby, track and field – and of course, lacrosse.
Gary Gait (Fayetteville, New York) – Gary grew up playing various sports with his twin brother Paul in their hometown of Victoria, BC. Arguably one of the best lacrosse players of all time, Gary revolutionized the game as we know it. Known as the Wayne Gretzky of lacrosse, Gary Gait, simply put, is the greatest lacrosse player the world has ever known.
"Coach (Suzie) Friedrich, Coach (Karrie) Moore and I are very excited to welcome Cornell's Class of 2018," Graap said. "Collectively the group brings excellent speed and intensity to our Big Red program. We value the work ethic and leadership traits each student-athlete has demonstrated. We look forward to adding their unique personalities and skill sets to our team."
The Rochester Rattlers finished first overall with a dominating win over the Boston Cannons and will face No.4 seed Ohio Machine one more time this season. The game will face off at 3:00 p.m. ET at Wegman’s Stadium in Rochester, as Sahlen’s Stadium was not available due to conflict. The winner will earn a trip to the Atlanta Area for the 2014 MLL Championship Game on Saturday, August 23 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga.
Another Road Hawk Commits
from CNY Road Hawks
Shane Majewski, a 2015 CNY Road Hawk and Johnson City Attack, committed to Robert Morris this Friday.
All Age Levels including High School (Club and Thoroughbred Teams) will be evaluated on September 7th, 2014 at Henninger High School Turf, Syracuse, NY. High School Thoroughbred Selects will be showcased at Top Recruiting Events.
This is the time of year when officials associations, boards and groups around the country start planning for next season, when we come to the table with big ideas about training, educating, assigning and recruiting lacrosse officials. The biggest topic no one likes to discuss is retention.
The NCAA rules committee’s decision on Thursday not to recommend a shot clock for the 2015 season drew a mixed reaction from a pair of area Division I men’s lacrosse coaches. A shot clock had been a heavily debated topic as players, coaches and fans bemoaned the slower pace of play associated with a game that has been called "the fastest sport on two feet."
Denver coach Bill Tierney was present at the NCAA Rules Committee meeting this week in Indianapolis as a non-voting representative of the IMLCA. He shared his thoughts with IL in the wake of Thursday’s announcement recommending a visible clock added to the current stall procedure, but not a shot clock on every possession, as well as changes to the face-off rules. “If you told me on Monday when I was flying to Indianapolis that there’d be no shot clock, I’d have told you you were out of your mind.
Compete with class. Honor the game.
That’s a mantra that US Lacrosse has been promoting for a long time in hopes of elevating sportsmanship. In recent months, several of US Lacrosse’s 68 chapters nationwide have found ways to help spread the message through grassroots initiatives.
Marcus Emerson graduated from St. Lawrence University in the spring of 2013, and returns to his alma mater to coach alongside Mike Mahoney and Tom Ryan for the men's lacrosse squad. Emerson, who earned a degree in history and minored in education, has been working to earn his Master's degree in teaching and is hoping to finish this summer. He has coached for the past year as an assistant at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY as well as at the Team United Lacrosse Club in Syracuse, NY.
Make no mistake, the voice of Pittsford school district athletic director Scott Barker had plenty of pride, as he shared that one of his sons is on track to play Division I men's college lacrosse.
There was something else in Barker's voice, too.
Nate Beutel has been named interim softball coach, as well as interim sports information director. Beutel coached women’s basketball and women’s lacrosse last season for the Thunderwolves, though he’s dropping women’s lacrosse to take over softball.
Kernell Warner and Joelle Taliento both tried some new things this Summer, and learned a lot from the game of lacrosse! Both of these guys are NYC (Brooklyn) natives, and they each got out of the City to hone their craft and learn about life. Turns out it was a great choice and experience for both of them!
The NCAA Men's Lacrosse Rules Committee recommended several changes to its stalling rules and faceoff tactics Thursday. The committee, which met Aug. 12-14 in Indianapolis, recommended a visible clock be used to time the 30-second stalling segment in facilities capable of displaying the clocks. That change would take effect in spring 2015.
Rather than go with a full-on shot clock, the committee recommended keeping the same 30 second 'timer-on' system in place, with an actual clock on the field to show the countdown. A bit more drastic, but still short of what some were hoping, they suggested making picking up and carrying the ball with the back of one's stick a violation, as well as using a body part to initiate contact with an opponent's stick.
Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced today that Rochester Rattlers Head Coach Tim Soudan has been named 2014 Brine Coach of the Year. Soudan led the Rattlers to a well-deserved No. 1 seed in the playoffs and a 10-4 record, guiding the team to its first playoff berth since 2008.
The Le Moyne Dolphin team was made up of entirely former 'Phins graduating between 1994 and 2007. While many Dolphins have played individually on teams in Lake Placid over the years, this marked the first time they were able to enter a collective team. There were 23 players on the roster with most bringing their friends and family for a great reunion weekend.
Utica, NY (August 14, 2014) – Utica College head coach Mike Parnell recently named Joe Schoen (Whitesboro) and Brandon Misiaszek (New Hartford) as athletic assistants for the men's lacrosse program. Schoen and Misiaszek will be responsible for assisting Parnell with all facets of the Pioneers' lacrosse program.
The Victor to Albany connection continues as rising junior TD Ierlan announced his commitment to study and play lacrosse at the UNiversity at Albany. He will be following previous Victor standouts, John Maloney and Mitch Rupp.
Winning 344 face offs last season (82%), TD was selected to . . .
He had one of the most decorated careers in the history of college lacrosse. After the completion of his All-County season at goalie in Mineola, Alex Rosier (Herkimer CC/Syracuse) went on to play at Herkimer Community College in upstate New York during the 1992 and 1993 seasons.
The pace of play in college lacrosse reached its lowest level in six years in 2014, continuing debate that perhaps it is time for the sport to adopt a shot clock similar to that of Major League Lacrosse. This pace, measured by the average number of offensive and defensive possessions per 60 minutes for each team, steadily declined for four years from 2009 to 2012. While the DI lacrosse world saw an increase in pace of play in 2013, the number went down to its lowest amount in 2014 at 59.85.
FCA Lacrosse defeated Mass Elite Red, 12-9, last week to claim the Girls’ 2015-2017A title at the Lake Placid Summit Tournament. Taylor Gebhardt, a 2015 midfielder from Baldwinsville committed to Georgetown, led FCA with four goals and was named MVP.
Fans of the Cornell men's lacrosse program are invited to join with the lacrosse alumni, family, and friends at the 14th annual Eamon McEneaney Memorial Golf Outing at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University. The outing will serve as the main event of the Big Red's Alumni, Family and Friends weekend, September 12-13. Golfing and sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event.
Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, has recognized Justin Turri for his 2014 performance with the Rochester Rattlers, awarding him with Warrior Most Improved Player honors as voted on by the League’s coaches and general managers.
There are loads of talented offensive players in the league, but, unlike the Defensive Player of the Year award, there is truly only one deserving candidate for Offensive Player of the Year: Casey Powell. Powell has played in a career-high 14 games this season for the Florida Launch and scored 30 goals and added 33 assists for a total of 63 points. That total led the league and was higher than Powell's 2005 total (26 goals and 30 assists for 56 points) when he last won Offensive Player of the Year.
Up first, we have the special one-off version of the Brine King V created for Kevin Leveille, the longtime star attackman with the Rochester Rattlers who also played for the US Team last month at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships.
The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that the team has re-signed Derek Hopcroft to a two-year deal. In 2014, the 28-year-old forward won his first Champion’s Cup in his first season in Rochester. “I'm excited and pumped to be back with the Knighthawks for another couple years to help the team win another championship,” said Hopcroft.
Two-time Division I All-American and Rochester Rattler rookie Ty Thompson (Salmon River) has signed an agreement with Epoch Lacrosse making him the company’s first endorsed athlete. The pride of the Mohawk Nation, N.Y., and the fourth all-time leading scorer at the University at Albany will be representing Epoch Lacrosse at camps/clinics nationwide and providing Epoch’s engineers with real world feedback in the development of future products.
The two-and-a-half-hour drive was always one of the most anticipated road trips of my summer and — while this year’s trek up north was a bit longer than it used to be — Lake Placid Lacrosse continues to provide for me so much of what it did nearly 10 years ago. I first took to the fields playing alongside a number of Northwestern standouts for Team Golden Girls and, yes, our post-game cheer was indeed “Thank you for being a friend.” I was a high school player then and absolutely in awe of the players I was running alongside: Sarah Albrecht, Ashley Gersuk, Kristen Kjellman, Lindsey Munday and Acacia Walker — to name a few.
ESPN the Magazine is giving readers the opportunity to call the shots on its upcoming “Fansourced” issue. Lacrosse is listed as one of five under-covered sports by the magazine. Fans can encourage lacrosse coverage by voting for the sport in a poll with wrestling, motorcross, rugby and softball.
Scoring this past spring in Men's Division I dipped just slightly, from 20.6 to 20.4 goals/game. That's still the second highest average since 2000. Scoring was unchanged in Division II at 21.0 goals/game and fell only a tenth of a point in Division III (20.2 to 20.1). The overall men's average was 20.3 goals per game vs. 20.4 in 2013.
Changes in computer ratings and rankings were computed for teams in NCAA men's and women's Divisions I, II, and III. Only teams that played in both years and in the same division were included. However, ranks were not altered to account for the deletions necessary to balance the lists. The teams with greatest positive change in computer ranking from 2013 to 2014 were as follows:
If I thought writing "I told you so" counted as an entire article, I would have been tempted to turn that in and go back to my one-room cabin in Lake Placid so I can throw more rocks at the geese on my deck that woke me up at 6 a.m. for the past week. Sadly, a more valiant effort is required of me.
The National Lacrosse League has announced the second annual Junior NLL Tournament, which features 21 youth teams representing eight NLL franchises, will return to Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario from Aug. 29-31.
Looking around various websites (especially www.justlacrosse.com), it looks like there has been no shortage of coverage of last week’s 25th Anniversary Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament. I’ll try not to re-tell stories that have already been posted; instead, I figured I’d tell a few personal highlights and memories that I’ll keep with me for years to come . . .
This week, Rob Pannell (Cornell) earned offensive honors for his leadership on the field in New York’s overtime triumph over the Denver Outlaws, as well as a five-point performance. Ohio defenseman Dana Wilber was outstanding in the Machine’s victory over the Launch, holding the Florida offense to only 10 goals, and helping to get his team to the playoffs. Rookie Miles Thompson (Salmon River/LaFayette/SUNY Albany) put up a season high five goals in Rochester’s win against Boston.
Not to use too much hyperbole, but what happens this week during three days of NCAA men's rules committee meetings could serve as a landmark moment for the college game. In the Magic 8-Ball of new rules, signs point to yes for the implementation of a shot clock after much chatter about pace of play over the last several years.
The Buffalo Bandits today announced that the club will host two online auctions to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Buffalo Jr. Bandits Youth Lacrosse Program. All items can be bid upon via Bandits.com beginning Monday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m..