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2021 and 2022 TOURNAMENTS

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2021 RUDOLPH RUMBLE Indoor Lacrosse Tournament

December 18-19 / Hudson Valley Sportsdome / Milton, NY
Girls play on Saturday, December 18th
Boys play on Sunday, December 19th
Divisions: Boys & Girls Grades: 1/2 3/4 5/6 7/8 JV High School

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2022 Hudson Valley
Fast-Break Indoor Lacrosse Tournament

January 17 / Hudson Valley Sportsdome / Milton, NY
Divisions: Boys & Girls Grades: 1/2 3/4 5/6 7/8 JV High School

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2022 Northstar Capital Winter Classic

Januaey 22, 2022 / Afrim's Sports Park / Albany NY
Girls: 14U 2026-27; 2022-24 Gold; 2022-25 Silver; 2022-25 Bronze

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2022 Power Sevens

Januaey 23, 2022 / Afrim's Sports Park / Albany NY
Boys: Varsity; JV; Modified

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2022 LAXABUNGA Indoor Lacrosse Tournament

February 26 & 27 / Hudson Valley Sportsdome / Milton, NY
Girls play on Saturday, February 26th --- Boys play on Sunday, February 27th

Boys 3/4 • Boys 5/6 • Boys 7/8 • JV Boys • HS Boys
Girls 3/4 • Girls 5/6 • Girls 7/8 • JV Girls • HS Girls

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2022 Northstar Capital City Classic

June 25-26, 2022 / Albany NY
Girls - 10 Divisions

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2022 Saratoga Lacrosse Shootout

June 25-26, 2022 / Saratoga Springs NY
Boys 2022-30 - 7 Divisions

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2022 Lake Placid Summit Youth Classic

June 27-29, 2022 / Lake Placid NY
Boys 2024-31 - 6 Divisions

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2022 Niagara Lacrosse Classic

July 16-17, 2022 / Youngstown NY
Boys 2022-32: 9 Divisions

Girls 2022-26: 2 Divisions

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2022 Northstar Showcase Classic

July 27-28, 2022 / Afrim's Sports Park / Albany NY

2022 Happy Lax Tournament

July 29-31, 2022 / TBD New York State
Men 18 and over

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2022 Lake Placid Summit Classic

August 1-7, 2022 / Lake Placid NY



from Dan Witmer
More like The Twilight Zone…

Imagine, if you will, three rival high school coaches… boys’ varsity lacrosse coaches with more than 1100 combined career wins, not to mention 15 combined Sectional championships. Among them, more than 95 years of teaching and approximately 75+ years of head coaching experience…

from Dan Witmer
Believe it or not, this just might be my 500th weekly Road Trip Dad blog. Congratulations to me! Light those candles!

from Dan Witmer
Note: the following RTD blog first appeared on November 12, 2012. I have re-run it from time to time over the past ten years, and I feel that it’s time to share it again.

from Dan Witmer
This is my circus; those are my monkeys.

A three-ring circus is probably as good a metaphor as any other. This past week, three completely independent events in my old-school NYSUT calendar/planner converged on the first week of November and resulted in roughly six days of chaos and joy.

from Dan Witmer
This one might be a little more difficult.

Not because of Coaches Urick and O’Hara. Not because they don’t deserve the RTD “Who’s Who of Upstate Lacrosse” treatment . . .

from Dan Witmer
Last week I went to the 2021 induction of the Upstate Lacrosse Foundation, formerly the Upstate Chapter of US Lacrosse, Hall of Fame inductions at Traditions, the banquet hall at The Links at Erie Village golf course in East Syracuse. And let me tell you – it was great to see the band getting back together again.

from Dan Witmer
. . . But here’s another possible misconception: Ithaca’s renowned annual Turkeyshoot and Gobble/Goblin Games youth lacrosse tournaments are also still alive and kicking (or, still gobbling, or goblin-ing, as the case may be…).

from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
I guess this week’s title sounds more like a Thanksgiving theme, but why wait until one random day in November to step back and take it all in?

from Dan Witmer
So much to talk about this week…

First, though, are the various upcoming Upstate Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Fall seems to be the favorite time of year for lots of different lacrosse associations to have their annual inductions, so it’s time to take off the sweats and Gore-Tex, lose the flip-flops or sandals and shine the dress shoes that you haven’t worn in months, and see if that suit still fits, because you’re going to want to dress to impress at these celebrations of lacrosse’s very best people!

from USA Lacrosse Magazine
For your convenience, we’ve compiled the following fall schedule from press releases, social media and direct outreach to sports information and media relations representatives for Division I men’s and women’s lacrosse teams — again with the caveat that things can always change.

from USA Lacrosse Magazine
It was an unusual summer for college lacrosse. The offseason chatter normally reserved for new rules, coaching changes and the glut of graduate transfers instead revolved around the breakthrough NCAA legislation that permits college student-athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness for the first time.

from LaxAllStars.com
Coming in at second is the team most would have picked based as Attack U on the names alone if forced to guess. That’s right, it’s Albany.

from JustLacrosse Upstate
Today marks the last edition of JustLacrosse Upstate as a service of searching for Upstate NY lacrosse news and sharing what we find with our visitors. For the foreseeable future we will continue to publish Dan Witmer's Road Trip Dad essays as often as he has them to share. Our site will stay up as well, with all the resources we've linked to, as well as a realtime flow from our Twitter account.

The technological advancements . . .

from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
The Best of Times? When I caught up with former Bishop Ludden and Fayetteville-Manlius head coach Chris Kenneally, he expressed the same sentiment I’ve heard over and over again when I talk with older Upstate coaches – and one I’ve been telling anyone who’ll listen – that we were so very fortunate to have played when we did, to have taught when we did, and to have coached when we did.

from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse.com
A not-so-funny thing happened on the way to the semi-finals of last weekend’s Interstate Box Lacrosse Championship in Lakeland, Florida.

I messed up the score.

from NunesMagician.com
This is just getting silly now.

On Friday afternoon, Syracuse athletics announced that the Syracuse Orange men’s lacrosse coaching staff is adding TD Ierlan as the team’s volunteer assistant coach.

from Syracuse.com
Syracuse advanced to the NCAA title game last May, despite those two significant injuries. And now, as the team prepares to play rotating scrimmages Saturday at either Wohl Field or the Ensley Athletic Center, the SU stars are slowly but surely inching their way back.

from Platform Academy
Registration is open for the Platform Academy's 3v3 league. Games will be held on Friday evenings. This league will run for 5 weeks and the 6th week will consist of a playoff for the teams with the best standings. If games are tied at the end of the game we will have a braveheart competition to decide the winner. Stats will be kept from the league.

from The Daily Orange
Syracuse women’s lacrosse will put its offseason progress to the test with its “play day” on Sept. 25. Syracuse will host UAlbany, Villanova and Army — all of which are coached by former Syracuse lacrosse players — in a round-robin tournament with quick exhibition-style matches. The coaches will gauge their players’ performances before the fall season begins.

from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
This weekend I’m in Lakeland, Florida for the fifth annual IBLA National Championship. Hey, this is Road Trip Dad, so – yes, of course I drove down. I’ve had this weekend circled on my calendar since last winter, when the IBLA announced its championship site. Lakeland? It’s where my parents live.

from Inside Lacrosse
Blaze did it.

Chaos goalie Blaze Riorden accomplished the rare feat of a goalie winning league MVP, his sensational season in the record books as only the second time in MLL/PLL history for a goalie to win the league’s highest individual honor.

He was named Jim Brown Most Valuable Player in a ceremony Friday night, in addition to Oren Lyons Goalie of the Year.

from LacrosseBucket.com
Gary Gait’s inaugural Syracuse men’s lacrosse recruiting class got a little bit stronger on Friday night with the Hill Academy (Ont.) defenseman Donny Scott verbaling to the Orange.

from Ithaca.com
ITHACA, NY -- For the past two decades on Sept. 11, Richie Moran — the coach who led Cornell to three national championships over the course of his 29-year Hall of Fame career — has made a pilgrimage to the campus to hang a wreath at the plaque honoring Eamon McEneaney.

from USA Lacrosse Magazine
Over the course of the past decade, Tumolo has helped elevate the women’s lacrosse game to new heights. The former Syracuse star turned U.S. women’s national team gold medalist has made a lasting impact on the sport that she found as a teenager in Mullica Hill, N.J., and that impact will continue long after her playing career.

from USA Lacrosse
“We’re excited to get the coaching staff back together and see some new guys and get a feel for their personalities,” Danowski said. “We’ve got a sprinkling of guys from the 2018 team and we’re looking to them to show the culture that we’ve established. It’s important for us to carry that momentum forward.”

from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
I don’t do podcasts (very much). I don’t watch YouTube videos all day long. I don’t stream, Tweet, or Insta. I still rely on Spectrum cable for my TV watching (I did buy a Roku thingamabobber this week, but as I write this, it’s still in its package).

Old school? Call me a caveman.

from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
Twenty years... college freshmen hadn’t been born yet, and college seniors were still in diapers. Despite all the years that have now passed, like so many other Americans, I remember 9/11/01 like it was yesterday . . .

from Inside Lacrosse
The influx of talent from the MLL and college draft into the PLL this season culminated in one of the more unlikely championship matchups after some exciting end-to-end action at Subaru Park on Sunday: A rematch of the Championship Series title game.

from Outlaw Ladies Lacrosse
Tryouts for the 2021-22 season (October through July) will be held on September 18 and 19 at the Santaro Memorial Park lacrosse fields, 4979 Velasko Road, Syracuse, NY 13215.

from USA Lacrosse Magazine
The Iroquois Nationals were victorious on the women’s side, dominating the competition with an undefeated run that culminated in a 17-9 win over Puerto Rico in the championship match.

The women finished the tournament with a plus-64 goal differential — a showcase of the team’s might in the new Sixes discipline.

from NunesMagician.com
Jake, a face-off guy and midfielder out of Mt. Sinai High School on Long Island, is the younger brother of Syracuse commit and No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2022 Joey Spallina.

from Hofstra Athletics
A highly-decorated student-athlete during her career at Syracuse, Majorana was a two-time Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-American, including earning first team honors in 2015. She also earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team accolades in both 2015 and 2016. As a senior she totaled 70 points on 40 goals and 30 assists and was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List.

from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
Hah! – another Upstate coaching icon who did NOT learn to play lacrosse at Cortland State! There are a few! Pete Fiorini was a three-sport athlete at CW Baker High School in Baldwinsville, NY.

from SI.com
Syracuse men's lacrosse picked up a commitment from 2023 do it all elite prospect Jake Spallina on Sunday. Spallina is a skilled at faceoffs, can attack and defend. He "does everything" according to his brother Joey, who is the number one player in the 2022 class and is also committed to Syracuse.

from LacrosseBucket.com
Coming into the 2021 season the Marist Red Foxes were thought to have the best roster in the MAAC and clear favorites to win the conference . . . However, things didn’t go exactly as planned for the Red Foxes.

from USA Lacrosse Magazine
SPARKS, Md. — Although Liz Hogan has had a hand, or literally two, in Charlotte North’s unprecedented success, she tried to downplay her role Tuesday evening after the first day of the U.S. women’s national team training camp wrapped.

from Army West Point Athletics
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Newly appointed Army West Point women's lacrosse head coach, Michelle Tumolo, has added two new faces to her staff in preparation for her first season in West Point. Katrina Dowd and Ella Simkins will join the Black Knights program as assistant coaches for the 2021-22 season.

from Skidmore Athletics
Guiton was an assistant coach at The College of St. Rose, starting as a volunteer in 2018 then moving to head assistant coach in 2020.

from Canisius Athletics
Canisius men's lacrosse coach Mark Miyashita announced Tuesday that former High Point midfielder Dalton Sulver has joined the Golden Griffins' coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

from Alfred University Athletics
ALFRED, NY – The Alfred University women's lacrosse team will host open tryouts on Wednesday, September 8 and Thursday, September 9 with both events starting at 6:00 am and going until 8:00 am.

from USA Lacrosse Magazine
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA – USA Lacrosse, with support from World Lacrosse and participating Iroquois and Canadian federations, will play host to a historic “Super Sixes” tournament, October 23-24, in Sparks, Md.

from Inside Lacrosse
Lacrosse and Upstate New York have a long, intertwining history, as some of the game’s all-time greats hail from the vast area connecting the Hudson Valley north to the Canadian border and the state’s capital west towards Niagara Falls.

In recent years, Monster Elite Lacrosse has emerged as the strongest club program north of New York City and its Monster Purple ’23 team looks primed to etch its way into history books someday, too.

from Colgate Athletics
The weekend will begin with the inaugural fall banquet, honoring the classes of 2020 and 2021 for their hard work and dedication to Colgate women's lacrosse during their time as student-athletes. This event is only open to these graduating classes as well as current women's lacrosse players, and their parents.

from Coldbrook Lacrosse
For information, contact Director CJ Nye, 315-378-5754, or email coldbrooklacrosse@gmail.com.

from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
“I've been down this road before.”

For the past two-plus years, I’ve been listening to a lot of John Prine. I was aware of him and his music for decades, but a certain convergence of consequences brought him to the forefront of my musical playlist.

from USA Lacrosse Magazine
The lineup includes the reigning gold and silver medalists from the most recent men’s and women’s World Lacrosse championships, the reigning NCAA Division I champions in men’s and women’s lacrosse and some of the world’s best high school-aged players participating in the Brogden Cup.

from the Oneida Nation
Oneida youth lacrosse players Jamison Quiver, Daniel Stevens, Jonas Johnson, and Micah Good Eagle joined the Iroquois Nationals for the World Series of Youth Lacrosse in July. The acts of support and solidarity they received during their journey will stay with them for a long time.

from Canisius Athletics
A three-time team captain, Lucarelli (Lancaster) takes on her new role with the Golden Griffins after spending the previous five seasons (2017-2021) as a defensive anchor for the program. In 71 appearances, Lucarelli contributed 91 ground balls, 43 caused turnovers, and 39 draw controls. She was a two-time All-MAAC honoree, including a first-team selection in 2021.

from the Rome Sentiel
Leary, of Oneonta, is a 1985 Herkimer College graduate, earning his associate’s degree in social science before continuing his education at SUNY Oneonta. He comes to the college from Marian University in Wisconsin, where he served as an academic success liaison for athletics and head men’s lacrosse coach.

from Denver Athletics
DENVER – University of Denver Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Liza Kelly announced on Tuesday that Brice Queener has been promoted to Associate Head Coach of the program.

Queener, 38, is entering his third season on Kelly's staff after joining the Pioneers prior to the 2020 campaign. Queener will continue to serve as the team's offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.

from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
References to Field of Dreams might be popular these days, what with the recent Yankees/White Sox game played in the idyllic cornfields of Iowa, but, like protagonist Ray Kinsella, Harry Queener probably heard voices, too.

“Build it and he will come.”

from ForeignPolicy.com
Can the Haudenosaunee Confederacy become the first Indigenous nation to secure an Olympic berth?

from USA Lacrosse Magazine
Details regarding timing and location are still being discussed, Patricof said, but that information should become clear “in the coming months.” This summer’s five-week season was held in the D.C. metro area in Boyds, Md.

from the Premier Lacrosse League
At the forefront, along with veterans like Thompson and Rabil, is Rehfuss, and the unique bounce he has while dodging that Rabil called a “changeup” for defenders. He’s a nominee for the league’s Rookie of the Year award, sits third in the PLL with 43 assist opportunities and has carried over the success from his strong senior year at Syracuse — where he scored a career-high 26 goals and 56 points — into a role that keeps expanding with the Cannons.

from the Premier Lacrosse League
When it comes to Blaze Riorden we are watching a once in a generation talent in the present day

from Cornell Athletics
ITHACA, N.Y. – Connor Buczek '15, The Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Men's Lacrosse, has announced the addition of eight student-athletes to the Cornell men's lacrosse program for the 2022 season. The talented group of newcomers includes US Lacrosse High School All-Americans, High School National Champions, and all-state performers, among many other accolades that the class brings with them to East Hill.

from LacrosseBucket.com
The last time the Cornell Big Red took the field was March 8th, 2020 when they defeated Penn State, 18-17, in the Crown Lacrosse Classic in Charlotte, N.C.

from Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse
The fifth and final weekend of the inaugural season of Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse commences tonight with a pair of matchups. Team Cummings faces Team Ohlmiller at 5 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network, followed by Team Glynn vs. Team Waters at 8 p.m. on FS2.

from LacrosseBucket.com
Coming into 2022, Loyola is the likely favorite to win the Patriot League, and the typical names like Lehigh and Army follow them. However, after a strong showing to end the season and with as much talent back as the Raiders return, they look to have all the tools in place to possibly be the party crashers of the conference this spring.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Whipsnakes midfielder Matt Abbott was a junior during their first season at Cuse. The year before Galloway and White arrived, the Orange went 5-8 and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1982. He gave Galloway and White a lot of credit for the program’s turnaround.

from Powell Lacrosse
When I saw the first airplane rising over the North Elba fields with the mountains and Olympic ski jumps in the background, I finally felt why Lake Placid is such a special place for the lacrosse community.

With John Zulberti Lake Placid Memorial video, and the 2021 Legends of Placid Lax Ceremony video.

from Limestone Athletics
Storrier (LaFayette), who served as the head coach at Mars Hill University the last three years, spent eight seasons as an assistant coach with the Saints during a dominating run that featured three NCAA Division II National Championships (2014, 2015, 2017) and five national title game appearances overall. He was Limestone's recruiting coordinator starting in 2011 before taking the offensive coordinator role in 2014.

from Canisius Athletics
The Golden Griffins' all-time scoring leader with 259 career points (157g, 102a), Roemer was an integral part of Canisius' back-to-back Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship teams in 2016 and 2017.

from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
Depending on your terminology, the 32nd annual Lake Placid Summit Classic came to an end sometime last weekend. Compared to Summit Classics past, this one seemed to end with more of a limp, perfunctory fist-bump than a hugging embrace – but maybe that’s only fitting for these strange times.

from Inside Lacrosse
After providing elite-level defensive and transition play together for almost 15 years, it’s only right that they exit the pro game side by side.

from The Daily Gazette
ALBANY — The Premier Lacrosse League delivered an entertaining weekend at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium for the second time in as many trips, and Connor Fields made sure fans headed home on a high note.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
The Youth Lacrosse League (The YLL) starts this Fall of 2021. Each team plays 5 local/regional games in the Fall and 5 local/regional games in the late Spring/Early Summer.





September 30, 2021
Our Final Edition
Today marks the last edition of JustLacrosse Upstate as a service of searching for Upstate NY lacrosse news and sharing what we find with our visitors. For the foreseeable future we will continue to publish Dan Witmer's Road Trip Dad essays as often as he has them to share. Our site will stay up as well, with all the resources we've linked to, as well as a realtime flow from our Twitter account.

This Is Our Final Edition