from Matt Kinnear, Editor-in-Chief at Inside Lacrosse
Congratulations to all of the Upstate IMLCA Award Winners!
DII Coach of the Year: Dan Sheehan, Le Moyne (West Genesee)
DIII Coach of the Year: Mike Mahoney, St. Lawrence University (St. Lawrence HS)
NJCAA Coach of the Year: Dave Stein, Finger Lakes
DII Assistant of the Year: Chris Burdick, U. Tampa Lacrosse (Cortland HS)
DIII Assistant of the Year: Tom Ryan, St. Lawrence University (Canton HS)
Doyle Smith Media Award: Paul Carcaterra (Syracuse University)
The IMLCA Awards Luncheon presented by Nike, annually provides a jovial respite from the business of the IMCLA Convention. The 2016 edition was no different, with emcees Jack Emmer and Richie Meade trading jabs about the Army-Navy game held this weekend on the other side of Baltimore’s Inner...
Good morning from the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association convention, Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore Maryland. It’s inspiring just to be around the top lacrosse coaches in the nation.
Tickets are now on sale for the Team USA Spring Premiere, a four-game showcase featuring the U.S. men’s and women’s senior teams competing against top competition at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., from Jan. 14-15.
Officiating is a perfect way to stay actively involved in the game and enjoy great camaraderie. The officiating community is the “third team” on the field and through officiating you can develop friendships and connections with others committed to the game.
The Rochester Rattlers agreed to contracts with Jeremy Boltus, Ned Crotty, John Galloway, John Lade, Jordan MacIntosh, Donald Moss and Joel White prior to the deadline for player movement on Wednesday. All seven players had engaged in the Player Movement Policy, allowing them to seek deals with other MLL teams.
With about 1,280 lacrosse balls sent down a nearly 1-mile section of the track just before 2 p.m., it was quite a sight for many at the World Cup who have never seen hundreds of lacrosse balls follow the same path the world's best luge athletes competed on just minutes before.
The Marist men’s lacrosse team and Head Coach Keegan Wilkinson have named six captains for the 2017 season. Seniors Frankie Brier, Jimmy Murphy, J.D. Recor
lancaster), and John Vigh, and redshirt juniors Nick Nye (Marcellus) and Brian Corrigan will lead the Red Foxes.
Ireland Lacrosse has announced its 18-player roster for the upcoming 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) graduate Erin Riley '15 has been selected. The World Cup is to be held at the University of Surrey, in Surrey, England from July 12-22.
The women's lacrosse team held its 12th annual dodgeball tournament to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society on Saturday, Dec. 4, in Bartels Hall. Eight teams entered the tournament, including two teams each from men's lacrosse, football, baseball, men's ice hockey, and the Cornell Greek Community.
One day after hosting the Georgia Swarm in their preseason finale, Rochester Knighthawks players Brad Gillies, Kyle Jackson and Mike Triolo will be back on the turf. The trio of Knighthawks will work with adaptive athletes at “Roll, Run and Shoot” on Sunday, Dec. 11 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Pinnacle Athletic Campus in Victor.
A native of Syracuse, Dr. Bill Sparks is a Pediatric Anesthesiologist at Boston Children's Hospital. He played college lacrosse at the University Of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). A sports injury is freshman year in ended his playing career and started his journey to become a physician. In this interview with host Fred Opie he Discusses sports injuries, his recruiting experience, the injury that ended his career and spun him into depression, and how he went to medical school without having to pay a dime.
"The deep roots of lacrosse combined with the patriotism in Upstate New York made it an easy decision to expand to Upstate New York," said Tyler Steinhardt, founder and executive director of Shootout for Soldiers, who was in Canandaigua last week to meet with CA boys coach Deven York and other volunteers who will help organize the event. "After talking with Deven York, it was clear that Canandaigua would be a perfect host for the event given the new facility development and central location to Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse."
Kelly gives a shout out to his coaches – Coach Arnold and his father, Coach Kelly. “Coach Arnold always did a great job keeping me in line and playing interference, when necessary, between my Dad and me. And my dad has been more than just my coach – he’s my dad, and he has always pushed me and expected more from me, which is something that I know will help me in the future.”
When Jake Piseno describes himself as a Ric Beardsley-type player, it's pretty clear both to him and his coach at the Upstate Lacrosse Club what exactly the sophomore defender at Liverpool High School means.
"The kid's a throwback animal," said Beardsley, the former Syracuse University All-American, of Piseno said of the athletic and aggressive dynamo moments after Piseno verbally committed last week to St. John's University, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com's Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The game is a fundraiser for the Pirate Toy Fund, which supplies toys year-round to over 70 agencies that provide aid and comfort to thousands of children in the Greater Rochester region. Fans that bring in a new, unwrapped toy will receive a pair of tickets to the game. The contest will be broadcast on 107.3 The Bull, with the pregame show starting at 7:45 p.m. Fans can also listen on their mobile devices and computers by downloading the iHeartRadio app at iHeartRadio.com.
“It’s a great sport,” he said Wednesday morning. “Obviously, it’s such a great part of Baltimore and Maryland tradition. Crabs and lacrosse, that’s part of the big culture there. The new people that move into the area, they pick up on it pretty quickly and enjoy it and embrace it and see the way that the game is spread throughout this country and internationally really.
The Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game is returning to California in 2017. The 16th rendition of the game will be played on July 8 in Sacramento at Bonney Field, the home pitch for Sacramento Republic FC. It will be the first ever MLL All-Star Game in Northern California. Tickets for the All-Star Game can be purchased here beginning on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 a.m. PT.
The Skidmore College men's lacrosse head coach Tucker Kear has announced the hiring of John Maloney (Victor / SUNY Albany) as his assistant coach for the 2017 season. Maloney will assist in recruiting, player development, as well as serve as an offensive coordinator for the Thoroughbreds.
In the eight year history of men's lacrosse in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, Keuka College played in the conference championship game seven times, winning five championships. The path has been set for the 2017 team as their schedule for the spring season has been released.
US Lacrosse today announced the schedule of speakers for educational sessions and demonstrations for lacrosse coaches and officials at the 2017 US Lacrosse Convention. The convention is scheduled for Jan. 20-22 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
US Lacrosse and U.S. men's senior team head coach John Danowski today announced the U.S. men's national team roster for its exhibition against the University of Notre Dame at the annual Team USA Spring Premiere in Bradenton, Fla. The game is set for 1 p.m. ET Sunday, Jan. 15 at IMG Academy. Those with Upstate ties include:
Ned Crotty, Rochester Rattlers, Duke 2010 *^
Rob Pannell, New York Lizards, Cornell 2013 *
Joe Walters, New York Lizards, Maryland 2006 #
Joel White, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse 2011
Joe Fletcher, New York Lizards, Loyola 2014
Joe Nardella, Boston Cannons, Rutgers 2015
John Galloway, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse 2011
US Lacrosse announced Monday the 30-player roster that will play Notre Dame at the annual Team USA Spring Premiere Jan. 15 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. And while certainly there will be familiar faces — including eight players that suited up for the U.S. In the 2014 FIL World Championship and many others who have participated in training events — there also will be new names in the mix as coach John Danowski and his staff continue to evaluate players in preparation for the 2018 FIL World Championship in Manchester, England.
Here are five takeaways upon first look at the group that will represent Team USA in Florida.
She’s one of the most decorated lacrosse players of all-time.
Kayla Treanor graduated from Syracuse as the program’s all-time leader in goals (260), ranks fourth on the NCAA Division I all-time scoring list with 393 points, and her 217 draws in 2016 were a single-season NCAA record. She’s a four-time first-team All-American, three-time Tewaaraton finalist, and three-time ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Additionally, she’s been a member of the U.S. national women’s senior team since 2013, and debuted for UWLX’s Boston Storm last summer.
As the number of lacrosse programs in the Section Five area continues to grow, there continues to be a need for Certified and properly trained officials at the scholastic and youth levels. The Genesee Valley Lacrosse Officials Association provides officiating services for all Section Five contests.
Two things about how, when and why I share my opinions: 1. I don’t like to provide solutions for problems that aren’t actually problems and 2. I don’t like calling out problems without offering solutions.
I think the number of DI games played in February and the negative trend of attendance at the NCAA Championship Weekend are problems, and their solutions are linked. As opposed to tackling the problems chronologically, examine them from a cause/effect and priority order.
Other titles I thought of for this week’s RTD included “Two Lacrosse Coaches walk into a bar…” (already used a few months ago) and “Working on a Team” (maybe more accurate, but the Springsteen song title gets lost). I’ll stick with The Boss – that’s never let me down yet.
Grace Fahey and Syracuse University women’s lacrosse waited for this day for four years.
In late November, Fahey signed a National Letter of Intent to move on and play lacrosse for the Orangemen. Syracuse got their verbal commitment before Fahey ever wore a Masco uniform, but they are certainly thrilled with her progression while with the Chieftains these last three years.
[Ryan] Hotaling, son of Jay and Sondra Hotaling, Syracuse, graduated in 2003 from Onondaga Central High School and in 2007 from Nazareth College, Rochester, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is a select account executive with Dell Technologies — EMC Division, and plays in the National Lacrosse League for the New England Black Wolves.
On June 22, former Army player Capt. Ben Harrow strapped on his prosthetic legs to play lacrosse for the first time since losing both of his lower limbs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. It was not a big media event, though Shootout for Soldiers went on to raise $465,000 in eight cities. But in his journey from the lacrosse field to the battlefield and back, Harrow represented the best of lacrosse. We are honored to tell his story ("All the Way," page 32) and feature him on the cover of this special edition.
The Rochester Knighthawks dropped a close 12-10 preseason decision to the Buffalo Bandits this afternoon at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Six Nations. Rochester was led by a six-point night from Dan Dawson (1+5) and three-point efforts from Cory Vitarelli (1+2) and Joe Resetarits (2+1), and rookies Josh Currier (2+1) and Kyle Jackson (2+1).
Keuka College will open the season at home, hosting Houghton College on Saturday, March 4 at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex. Overall, Keuka College's first four games will come against opponents from the Empire 8 Conference. After the Highlanders, the Wolves will travel to Alfred University and Elmira College, followed by a home game against Hartwick College.
The Rochester Knighthawks dropped a close 12-10 decision to the Buffalo Bandits this afternoon at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Six Nations. Rochester was led by a six-point night from Dan Dawson (1+5) and three-point efforts from Cory Vitarelli (1+2) and Joe Resetarits (2+1), and rookies Josh Currier (2+1) and Kyle Jackson (2+1).
It was quite a year for offseason coaching moves, with the following taking the reigns at new programs:
Binghamton, Kevin McKeown
Brown, Mike Daly
Hartford, Ryan Martin
Jacksonville, John Galloway
Princeton, Matt Madalon
UMBC, Ryan Moran
Vermont, Vacant Since May 9
Virginia, Lars Tiffany
In addition, Dylan Sheridan begins the era of Cleveland State lacrosse. We asked the question: Which one of these coaches will have the most success immediately, in 2017?
The Oswego State Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced it has hired Britt Howard (Oswego HS) as its next head women's lacrosse coach, effective immediately. Howard comes to the Lakers by way of SUNYAC-foe Brockport, where she was an assistant coach for the Golden Eagles' women's lacrosse program in 2016.
We all wear different sizes, styles and colors. But when we find the ideal fit, we go with it. That was the case for the eight Victor High student-athletes who on Wednesday marked the official next step of their athletic careers by “signing” their national letters of intent.
The Skidmore College Women's Lacrosse Team will host their annual Winter Clinic Series this January and February. Clinics are open to youth, middle and high school lacrosse athletes who are looking to improve their skills, athleticism and lacrosse IQ in a fun and competitive setting.
The Raiders open Feb. 11 at home against Marist, one of six nonconference games on the slate. Four of those are at home, with Hobart in town March 7, Siena here March 19 and Syracuse visiting May 6. Road nonleague games are against Binghamton and Cornell.
In a special edition of the Inside Lacrosse podcast, IL Founder Bob Carpenter interviewed award-winning actor and activist, Martin Sheen. Sheen is a representative for Native Vision, a unique sports camp which also teaches life skills to underprivileged Native American youth. This month the Tewaaraton Foundation and Native Vision began a crowd rise campaign to send 1,000 kids to camp in 2017.
The Rochester Knighthawks are pleased to announce that they have shattered their Movember fundraising goal of $2,000 by raising $4,100 for the Gilda’s Prostate Cancer Support Group. The Knighthawks will present a check to Gilda’s Club Rochester prior to Opening Night on Thursday, Dec. 29 against the Toronto Rock.
If you ask almost anyone in the lacrosse world how to grow our sport, they will probably have an answer for you. It might be a specific set of steps we could take (Eamon McAnaney has some concrete ideas for the college game, for example), or it might be a more targeted strategy in a specific geographic area from groups like CityLax in NYC, or MetroLacrosse in Boston, where the focus is on a defined subset of potential new players.
USA Luge received 1,000 balls from Summit Lacrosse this week for its second annual Running of the Balls fundraiser, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 3 on the Mount Van Hoevenberg sliding track after Viessmann World Caup racing ends . . .
The 10th anniversary of HEADstrong founder Nicholas Colleluori’s passing combined with #GivingTuesday sparked an incredible last minute push for funds and a donation to Timmy Ahern of the University of Scranton pushed Lax Stache Madness over the $200,000, making campaign history.
The Binghamton men's lacrosse team has released its 2017 schedule, which begins with a Feb. 18 home game against Colgate. The 14-game slate includes seven home games as well as five opponents who were either ranked or receiving votes in the USILA Top 20 poll last year.
It's not often you see a sports star turn down the money and fame that comes with a professional career to follow a different dream. But one very famous Syracuse lacrosse star has. As Brian Dwyer reports, he's now hoping to make a name for himself on a different kind of stage. (with video)
Christian Brothers Academy is proud to announce that nine student-athletes have signed letters of intent to continue their intercollegiate athletic careers at Division I institutions next year. The following students signed letters of intent Nov. 14:
"Our Big Red squad is excited about the challenges that await in 2017," said Graap. "Competing against the best teams in the country only makes us stronger. We look forward to the intense battles within the Ivy League as we strive to win the conference title and defend our Ivy Tournament championship. "
The slate features six non-conference matchups in addition to their competitive Patriot League schedule. Army will play Massachusetts, Rutgers and Syracuse on the road, while hosting VMI, NJIT and Notre Dame for its non-league matchups. The Irish come to Michie Stadium for the second time in three years and that anticipated matchup is set for May 6.
Syracuse University legend Jim Brown and basketball greats Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will receive the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, Time Warner Inc. announced today. The three icons were chosen by the SI editors to receive the honor for their athletic achievement and decades of leadership as social activists. They will be recognized during SI's Sportsperson of the Year event on Dec. 12 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Canisius women’s lacrosse team has officially named three captains for the upcoming 2017 season announced Wednesday by head coach Scott Teeter. Redshirt senior Ashley Bull, along with junior’s Erica Evans and Nicole Nelson (Webster-Thomas) have been selected to lead the defending MAAC Champion Griffs.
Mr. Webster defines “volunteer” as “noun: A person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking,” continuing “A person who performs willingly and without pay.”
More about those last two words in a minute.7
The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that they have signed Hunyahdengowah (Gowah, pronounced GO-wah) Abrams to a one-year deal. The 22-year-old goalie was still trying to process the call he received from Rochester Owner and General Manager Curt Styres as he talked about joining the Knighthawks.
With the way things were 100 or so years ago, my most recent odyssey/fiasco would’ve been the stuff of legend. It’s not exactly legendary these days, but it’s an interesting story. If you don’t think it’ll be an interesting story, I’d find some cat video or Trump conspiracy theory to click on, because the remainder of this article details my 8.5k+ mile couple of weeks.
From the Earth Craft Fair
On December 17th, the annual From the Earth Craft Fair will be held at the Onondaga Nation School. Please come an support our great artists and have some great food. Click
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Best of 2016
Lacrosse fans won't soon forget 2016. Which players, coaches, games and moments stood out above the rest? Vote here .
Roll, Run, Shoot Dec 11
“The Knighthawks are excited to have the opportunity to again partner with SportsNet and continue our support of the growth of adaptive lacrosse,” said Knighthawks Executive Vice President of Business Operations Nate Snyder. Click here for more information.