Busloads of fans made the five-hour trip south from his home Onondaga Nation. They watched as Lyle (Salmon River/LaFayette) just happened to break the NCAA Division I single-season points record by scoring a tone-setting first goal of the game, one-on-one against fellow Tewaaraton Award candidate Joe Fletcher (West Genesee).
Teammates said when that happened, the whole team believed even more about what they could do. His brother, Miles (Salmon River/LaFayette), who is a big part of this story, too, broke the previous points record in the same game and pulled within five scores of the single-season goals record, which he later tied in Albany's epic quarterfinal loss against Notre Dame.
The Rochester Knighthawks convened Day Two of training camp at Total Sports Experience in East Rochester on Sunday morning. The 30 players wrapped up the two days of workouts by running breakout drills and simulating game situations.
After the Colorado Mammoth and New England Black Wolves opened the 2015 National Lacrosse League preseason last week, four more teams got into gear this past weekend as the Buffalo Bandits, Edmonton Rush, Rochester Knighthawks and Vancouver Stealth all opened training camp in preparation for a run at the Champion's Cup.
Last week, during the National Letter of Intent week, five seniors signed their contracts in front of family and friends as they finalized their plans to continue to play lacrosse while earning college degrees. Midfielder Carter Jordan will be heading to Mercer University in Macon Georgia. Goalie Willie Klan, who transferred for his senior year from Webster Schroeder will go to Ohio State University. Defenseman Ethan Parks selected Cortland State. Attackman Max Spaan will be the closest to home when he leaves for Hobart College and defenseman Jack Taddeo will be playing at Bentley University in Waltham Massachusetts.
The seven member Siena Women's Lacrosse Class of 2018 is well underway into their freshman years at Siena College. Lauren Anglim, Maggie Cifarelli, Emily Conway (Delmar), Claudia Crist, Bailey Groves (Mexico), Kaitlin Handley and Katherine Kelly comprise the class which will first take to the field as Saints this spring.
Forward Todd Kozak has signed a one-year deal with the defending National Lacrosse League champion Rochester Knighthawks. Kozak will now attend the team’s Training Camp this weekend in Rochester. “I couldn’t be more excited. I am just grateful for the opportunity,” said the 23-year-old. “I am just looking forward to going out there and working hard.”
With the 2015 Supplemental Draft scheduled for Wednesday, December 17, 2014, it offers the opportunity to reflect on how former draftees like Chris Mattes (FO), Bobby Dattilo (FO), Pierce Basset (G), and many others, are continuing to thrive in the sport. Every year, at the end of the season, each team secures 23 players on a protected roster. Those players who were not selected are placed into the Player Pool for the upcoming Supplemental Draft, with several other eligible players registering for it in hopes to be selected by a team.
The men's lacrosse team continues its fall ball slate this Saturday with visits from Manhattan and St. John's to Michie Stadium. The Black Knights open the day with Manhattan at 11 a.m., followed by St. John's.
Upstate coaches include: Matt Kerwick — Cornell; Mike Murphy — Colgate; Paul Wehrum — Union College
Key topics that have been discussed on the panel in years past include: early recruiting, timelines, Division I vs. Division III recruiting, Division I vs. Division III commitment throughout the year, verbal commitments, admissions process, academic index as it applies to the admission process at Ivy League and NESCAC schools, as well as other topics that are frequently inquired about. The session opens up to a Q&A with the panel, and as always parents are welcome to join their sons.
The Rochester Knighthawks have announced the signing of Kyle Potter to a one-year deal. Potter, whose brother Andrew played with the Knighthawks, will arrive in Rochester tonight to prepare for Training Camp.
The 25-year-old Holmes was a standout for the Six Nations Slash, who finished one win away from reaching the 2014 Can-Am Finals. The Mississauga, Ontario native finished the season with 15 goals and 20 assists in 11 games. His 35 points were tied for fourth on the Slash. Holmes also chipped in two goals and one assist in the Can-Am All-Star Game.
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich today announced the team and defenseman Steve Priolo have agreed to a three-year contract, pending league approval. “We are thrilled to have Steve re-sign with the Bandits for three years,” Dietrich said. “Steve has proven to be one of the top defenders in the league and his sole focus is to help the Bandits bring the Champions Cup back to Buffalo.”
With four different divisions and seven different fields, there was a lot to observe and digest — some of the top youngsters were on hand, and there were plenty of uncommitted players in the 2015 and 2016 classes too, including attackman Percy Booth from Onondaga Nation (Lafayette, N.Y./Road Warriors 2015) and goaltender Will Perry from Colorado (North Cross, Va./3d Select Colorado 2016).
Many of you may already know or have heard about one of our most beloved Roadhawk families, Bolton's, and their daughter Alexa, who is fighting bone cancer. Both Empire North and Southern Wine Distributors have teamed up and organized a fundraising event at Rosie's Sports Pub - 1443 W Genesee St (at W Fayette St), Syracuse, NY 13204 on Tuesday, December 9th from 6pm to 10pm.
Every season, there are players that capture the attention and imagination of fans - some because they anchor championship teams, others because of amazing achievements and talent, still more for inspirational stories of how they got to be where they are at the top of the game.
But seldom is there a player which captures the world of lacrosse the way Lyle Thompson (LaFayette) did in 2014.
This week has been all about growing the women's game and sharing success from one coach to another. Coaches across all divisions – I, II and III – are in attendance before heading to the ESPN Wide World of Sports for the IWLCA Recruiting Tournament this weekend.
Basil Aburn, A, Boys’ Latin (Md.) has verbally committed to Syracuse. After transferring from MIAA rival McDonogh and repeating his freshman year (summer highlights can be seen here), the righty finisher has appeared to look very comfortable with the Crabs 2018?s.
Joe Fletcher (West Genesee), a standout on the lacrosse field and in all areas of collegiate life, will receive the NCAA's highest accolade for a student-athlete in January. He has been named a 2015 recipient of the NCAA Today's Top 10 Award and will be honored at the upcoming NCAA Convention.
Arthur L. Johnson’s senior student athlete Matt Pedicine signed his letter of intent to continue his athletic and academic career at the collegiate level, where he will continue playing lacrosse at Hobart University. The senior midfielder had an outstanding season for the Crusaders as a junior as he led his team to a State Championship in lacrosse.
Where and when did you first begin playing lacrosse?
I picked up my first lacrosse stick when I was in 5th grade, however, I started playing lacrosse in the spring of 6th grade. I played for my town team, Half Hollow Hills Youth Lacrosse under Coach Greg Dean.
Moments after Aidan O’Brien signed his name to a paper that promised he’d play lacrosse at UNC Chapel Hill, his three siblings rushed down to join him in a photograph, all dressed in his future school’s light blue.
More than 70 teams braved some typical Upstate NY weather and played lax in 30-degree temps this past Sunday in Albany for the Capital Clash, a recruiting event hosted by United Lacrosse. Nine fields were adjacent to one another, and another three were a short walk away. Games started at 7:30 a.m, when temps were probably below the freezing mark, and ran until 3:20 p.m. – but I didn’t make it that long; I left around 3 p.m., after watching the 2:10 game, my seventh game of the frigid day.
Levick was one of the top performers at the 2014 NLL Combine, which preceded this year’s NLL Entry Draft. During the past two years, he has played for the Brampton Excelsiors of Major Series Lacrosse and for the Senior “B” Brooklin Merchants. Prior to making the jump to senior lacrosse, he registered impressive numbers at the Junior “B” level, scoring 111 goals and adding 124 assists in just 83 games.
Following the success of previous Gaffers, Austin Cates (Richmond) and Spencer Passmore (Hobart), Dan O'brien has signed a letter of intent to play at Division Two Pace University. For the last 2 seasons he has supplied offensive firepower for his Gaffer travel team from midfield and attack.
Lacrosse players and fans need not to worry as well. With the eminent removal of the current box, a new road was constructed to lead people around the proposed youth center and softball fields to the far end of the AC field where the new box will be constructed.
As a junior midfielder, [Morgan] Girardi totaled 36 points, including 30 goals, in leading the Cyclones to the Section 3 championship game in the Class B tournament for the second consecutive year. In the final, Watertown lost to eventual state champion Christian Brothers Academy, 17-10.
Three lacrosse athletes committed on Wednesday including Trevir Honis (Le Moyne), Molly Kern (Boston University) and Hannah Wise (Sacred Heart). Honis led the Blue Streaks in goals and assists as a junior and is joining a Dolphins’ squad coming off a NCAA Division II National Championship. “Le Moyne was the first school I talked to, they have a really good business school I wanted to go to,” Honis said. “We all got to know each other on our visit so it seems like it’s going to be a good time.”
Alex Mapstone will continue the family tradition and follow his father '91, and uncles 89' & 93' to Geneva. A two year varsity player at midfield for HF-L, Alex has scored 59 points on 42 goals and 17 assists as he enters his junior year. Last year he had 32g-12a and added 72 ground balls for the Cougars.
Additional stories: Webster Schroeder senior attackman Jack Donnelly, Susquehanna; Fairport junior attackman Cameron Gebhardt, Cornell; Fairport sophomore midfielder TJ Hendricks, Ohio St.; Wayne attackman John Ecker, Syracuse; Pittsford goalie Alex Starr, Mercyhurst.
Hannah Powers has had the dream to play Division I lacrosse since she was really young. With lacrosse in her blood, the Skaneateles senior had a stick in her hand from an early age. But she knew it wouldn't be easy.
Players To Watch - Rachel Bowles, Albany, Jr., M #8
Albany can sometimes be the sleeper team in Division I lacrosse thanks to X-factors like Rachel Bowles who take them to the next level when it matters. She was the 2014 America East Co-Offensive Player of the Year, as well as a member of the all-conference first team and IWLCA Northeast All-Region first team. Bowles returns as the offensive leader with a team-high 44 goals and 24 assists.
Front-Runner - Siena:
Siena brings back enough of last year's NCAA tournament team, like second-team all-conference midfielder Nate Barry, to still be considered the MAAC favorite. (Bill Danielewski) The defending conference champ brings back league offensive player of the year, Richie Hurley, and faceoff specialist of the year, Casey Dowd, for senior seasons. Hurley led the MAAC in points per game (4.93) and assists (2.86) and Dowd finished 15th nationally in percentage, winning 58.8 of 391 faceoffs taken.
Baltimore-based STX, LLC, a global sporting goods leader, today announced that it has renewed the contract of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) All-Star Peter Baum through 2016. Baum’s role will include working with the STX Research and Development team to evaluate and improve products, represent key product lines and use STX gear on and off the field.
"We . . . almost fell out of our chairs. The video is unbelievable," Boward said. "It's hi-def, and we park that thing at about 50 feet in the air, aim that HD camera down, and it can see the whole field. You can see everything."
Would you be interested in having the Buffalo Bandits visit your school to talk to your students, put on a mini lacrosse demonstration, and give away prizes? If so, then you are in luck! As part of our mission to give back to the community, the Buffalo Bandits have put together an exciting, educational, and positive school program to do just that. Starting this December, Bandits players Mark Steenhuis, Dhane Smith, Ryan Benesch, and Brandon Goodwin will be visiting schools in the Western New York region.
In 2014, Canisius opened the season with strong out-of-conference opponents to prepare for MAAC competition. The Griffs may have been trampled by the Tar Heels and Syracuse Orange, but they defeated Ohio State 11-10 and played a close game with then-No. 5 Boston College, falling by only three goals.
Sure, the Great Danes lose a lot, not only on offense, but an entire starting close defense, too. But with the best player in the country back, Albany should be considered the team to beat in the America East. You see it time and time again in sports that a truly great player can lift a team to level that it otherwise wouldn't reach without him or her. Lyle Thompson is a once-in-a-generation talent who, through the fall, worked to develop chemistry with some underclassmen on offense who may play key roles, including lefty attackman Connor Fields.
With Training Camp and the 2015 National Lacrosse League season fast approaching, the Rochester Knighthawks are looking forward to a brand new season. After such a successful 2014 campaign, the team is coming back hungry for more as they embark on the journey to win yet another Champion’s Cup.
Rochester Knighthawks forward Joe Walters will be taking the team’s “Healthy Hawks” program to two different Girl Scout troops this week. The Rochester native and three-time National Lacrosse League champion will make his first stop of the week when he travels to 1010 English Rd. this evening. Walters will speak with over 60 kids at 6:30 p.m. at West Ridge Elementary School.
Jerry DeLorenzo, who was a member of the 1989 NCAA championship team at Syracuse University, will take the helm as the defense and goalie coach at Florida State University. DeLorenzo comes to FSU from LIU Post, where he was an assistant defensive and goalie coach for the past three seasons. Last spring, he helped guide the Pioneers as they fought for the NCAA Division II championship title against Limestone.
Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced the creation of the “Buffalo Bandits School Program,” which will debut this December. As a part of the program, Bandits players Mark Steenhuis, Dhane Smith, Ryan Benesch and Brandon Goodwin will visit Western New York schools to deliver informative and interactive presentations for students.
Alex Calkins, M, CBA-Syracuse (N.Y.) / Upstate Elite - Passing the eye test, Calkins is a big body who doesn’t beat defenders based on foot speed but with well executed dodges and a quick overhand release on his outside shot.
Senior Shane Majewski signed his national letter of intent in front of a full room of wildcats. This lacrosse star has scored 239 career goals with 96 assists and was named the Section 4 tournament MVP in 2013. (Video available)
[Sara] Grapevine, a two-year member of the Corning Hawks varsity lacrosse team, is a 2014 Under Armour Upstate Team selection, as well as a first-team selection for the All-Leader girl’s lacrosse team.
The Greater Rochester Chapter of USLacrosse held their 2014 Hall of Fame dinner Friday night at the Burgundy Basin Inn in Pittsford. Just under one hundred lacrosse fans and celebrities gathered to honor the twenty-first Hall of Fame Class. As Chapter President, Al McLiverty was ill, the evening started with Master of Ceremony, Mike Riorden welcoming the HOF fans and families.
Already one of college lacrosse's most talented players, Thompson bolstered that status this year while leading the Great Danes to the NCAA quarterfinals and the Iroquois Nationals to their first bronze medal in six appearances in the quadrennial Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship. Perhaps more importantly, he embodied the spirit of the game while representing the Haudenosaunee — natives of North America and originators of the sport now commonly called lacrosse.
Below, find an explanation on how the Iroquois National Team came to be from Oren Lyons, a Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nations and a longtime leader within the Native lacrosse community who was with the team throughout their expereince in Denver.
A member of the 2014 All-Atlantic Sun Tournament team, [Alex] Hatem (Jamesville-DeWitt) was one of 10 players to appear in all 17 games last season and only one of six players to turn in 15 or more goals for the season, ending at 19. The midfielder tied the season high with four goals in a single game, finding the back of the net four times in the A-Sun Tournament opener against Mercer at Mercer in May. He also scored the game-winning goal with 31 seconds remaining to beat Jacksonville 13-12 at home on April 20.
While some teams were opening Training Camp this past weekend, the Rochester Knighthawks were busy wrapping up the 2014 season. The players, management, coaches and staff gathered together for one final time to reflect on their historic third straight NLL Championship.
Caroline Crump is Division I bound. The Kingston High lacrosse and field hockey star has made it official, signing a National Letter of Intent to attend and play lacrosse at Division I Niagara University. (with video 0:40)
NOTE: I wrote last week about how captains are selected, how I’ve chosen my team leaders, and what makes a captain a captain. The article ran long, so we decided to cut it in half and give you Part 2 this week . . .
This weekend brings the FLG in 3d Fall Shootout to the campus of Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Md. Teams from across the continent will compete over the course of Saturday and Sunday, with players from the 2015 class all the way down to the 2020 class facing off on what is expected to be a cold weekend.
Professional lacrosse player Casey Powell invites some local kids to come play beach lacrosse with him on Siesta Key. CP is known throughout the lacrosse community not only as the most prolific scorer in the sports history but the best ambassador on the planet. He brings his passion for lacrosse with him wherever he goes and energizes lacrosse communities all over the planet. Follow him on instagram and twitter @caseypowell22
SweetLax eventually won the 2017 championship with a 10-6 victory over the Baltimore Crabs. SweetLax attackman Aidan Olmstead (Corning, 2017) was the star of the day for Kevin Martin’s team, notching eight goals and two assists on the way to the championship victory, including a goal and an assist in the final. SweetLax’s Michael Doxie (Niskayuna, 2017) added two goals in the victory.
Cliff Ensley has etched his name in the Syracuse football record book for his interception and punt return prowess in 1968 as well as serving as team captain and MVP of the 1969 lacrosse team. Today the Orange three-sport letterwinner ensures all former Syracuse student-athletes will forever be remembered by their teammates and the University.
Barron Collier senior, Emily Franklin, verbally committed to play college lacrosse for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Franklin plays defense for Barron’s varsity squad who earned their way to the State Final Four last season for the first time in program history.
Goalie Brandon Styres has signed a one-year deal with the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League. Styres will embark on his second straight Training Camp with the defending NLL champs and cannot wait to get back to work.