Youth sports reform advocate and former college and pro soccer coach John O’Sullivan ended the evening with a rousing keynote speech about “changes worth making” to improve the youth lacrosse experience, following an on-stage interview between pro lacrosse star Paul Rabil and US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen that highlighted the national governing body’s efforts to lead same.
. . . Wiegel was shocked then when he was pulled out of a pep rally to learn that Stevens had taken his own life April 9, 2015, only 18 days after he had turned 16.
"No idea at all, not at my end, or anybody's end," Wiegel said. "Not his parents or his girlfriend. It was out of nowhere. It was a quick decision."
An emphasis on the welfare of student-athletes—and more specifically restrictions on time demands for student-athletes—is engrained in the long-standing policies of The Ivy League. Following the tabling of a package of national time demands proposals by the Power Five conferences at the 2016 NCAA Convention last January, The Ivy League adopted two additional limitations to further ease the time demands on student-athletes, which went into effect for the 2016-17 season.
Dan Sheehan, the only coach at Le Moyne College to lead his team to a national championship, is in his 20th season as the men’s lacrosse head coach. One of the nation’s most successful lacrosse coaches, he has posted a 269-46 (.854) overall mark, including five National Championship game victories. Since the turn of the century, Sheehan’s Dolphins are 257-29 (.899). His 269 career victories are the 24th-most in the history of NCAA lacrosse.
Blaze Riorden was an all-conference goaltender in outdoor lacrosse for the University at Albany during his college career. He stayed at that position last summer with the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse.
Meanwhile, this winter he's a rookie for indoor lacrosse's Buffalo Bandits ... as a forward.
The Rochester Knighthawks will travel to battle the Saskatchewan Rush at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. The contest is the Knighthawks’ first road game of the season. More importantly, it is the first road trip for a quartet of rookies, who are taking the National Lacrosse League by storm this season.
Cascade, headquartered in Liverpool, N.Y., is the industry leader in lacrosse headgear. The company was the first to use the expanded polypropylene foam in helmets and launched a revolutionary women’s headgear product, the LX, in November. Its equipment has touched nearly every lacrosse field in America.
Attackman of the Year/Player of the Year: Ryan Lee, Sr., RIT
The senior attackman from Sharon, Ontario was the recipient of the Lt. Col. J.L Turnbull award as a sophomore. A three-time All-American, including first team accolades the last two seasons, Lee is poised to be the best player in the country in 2017.
The Buffalo Bandits (0-2) will look to get out of an early-season slump when the Vancouver Stealth (2-1) come to Buffalo on Saturday night. The game is the third and final game of a season-opening homestand that looked to be a dream for Bandits players and fans, but has felt more like a nightmare through the first two games.
Sheehan and the Dolphins won their fifth Division II championship last year, capping a 20-0 effort that could go down as one of the best in the sport's history. Then again, when it comes to Le Moyne lacrosse, perfection can seem kind of routine.
"We are excited to have Major League Lacrosse and the Rochester Rattlers return to the stadium they previously called home for over ten years,” Rochester Rhinos owners David and Wendy Dworkin said in statement to league. “The Rattlers will bring additional excitement and their loyal fan base to one of the premier outdoor entertainment venues in western New York.”
LaxPower's databases are now online with the first round of information we have received or gathered for where this year's high school sophomores - over 300 men and 250 women - will likely be headed to play lacrosse in college for the 2019-2020 season. Obviously, these are just verbal, non-binding commitments at this point.
All five Tewaaraton finalists from a season ago have departed the college game, ushering in a new era for the college game’s biggest stars. Reigning IWLCA All-American first-teamers Ellie DeGarmo, Cortney Fortunato, Marie McCool, Michaela Michael and Courtney Murphy headline this year’s ILWomen’s preseason Player of the Year Watch.
Our series titled My Five Best on MLL Press Box collects lists written by MLL players ranking five items of their choosing. This edition of My Five Best was composed by the man responsible for the most points ever in a single MLL season, Rob Pannell. The Cornell grad and former Tewaaraton winner ranks the five toughest defenders he's ever faced, and even includes a defenseman/goalie combination that has haunted him since college.
The HVCC Vikings tradition of success includes four Conference championships since 2001 and numerous All Conference and All Region honorees. This year’s mission is to return to the top tier of the Mountain Valley Conference standings and play deep into the postseason.
“The coaches are real friendly, they’re awesome, they helped me out with everything that I’ve really needed so far,” he said of the visit. “Some of the players that I know I’m going to be playing with next year, they’re really cool. They said they’ll help me out with everything around Cazenovia. I like the campus. It’s nice and small, kind of like still living in Salamanca. It’s nice little town there.
[Max] Maxwell (Hamburg), a three-year starter on the attack unit, ranked tenth nationally and second in America East in assists per contest with 2.14 last spring. He tied a career-best with 15 goals and set a personal mark with 30 helpers and needs just five more assists to move into the all-time UMBC top ten. Maxwell became the 11th Retriever to post 30 assists in a single season and has amassed 106 career points.
When his phone lights up, Steve Lawrence admits to having a few “not now” moments upon looking at the caller ID. But when he sees Richie Moran’s name on the screen, he always answers. It’s almost mandatory.
The event drew elite teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York and featured an hour-long clinic by Syracuse women’s coaching legend Gary Gait and three of his former star players followed by tournaments in five age groups.
Local officials and experts appear in the film, which provides a roughly chronological story of the lake, beginning with the Haudenosaunee, or the Iroquois Confederacy. The film connects the Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace with suffrage, lacrosse and environment cleanup.
US Lacrosse and U.S. women’s senior team head coach Ricky Fried today announced the 18-player U.S. Women’s National Team that will compete in the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women’s World Cup, July 12-22 in Guildford, England.
Kayla Treanor, Syracuse 2016
Michelle Tumolo, Syracuse 2013
Laura Zimmerman, North Carolina 2012
Rebecca Block, Syracuse 2013
This past weekend, Sweetlax 2021/2022 & 2023/2024 teams attended the Fusion Winter Classic in Lansdale, PA at the XL Sports Campus. In the second year with box lacrosse, Sweetlax walked away from the tournament weekend with 2 Championship trophies, undefeated teams and a weekend of memories.
BALTIMORE, Md. – The Ithaca College men's lacrosse team continued to garner national press from respected media outlet Inside Lacrosse this past week. In what has been a running series over the past few weeks, as the organization has unveiled segments of its 2017 Face-Off Yearbook online, the IC men placed four team members on the media outlet's Preseason All-American release.
Fields was chosen to the Second Team, and is a preseason All-American for the second straight year, while Sims was placed on the Third Team. UAlbany is the only America East squad with multiple members on the combined First, Second and Third Teams.
The Syracuse Orange received its lowest preseason ranking yet on Tuesday with the release of the Nike/US Lacrosse Preseason Top 20. SU landed eighth on the list after being ranked fifth in the USILA/Nike Preseason Coaches’ Poll and seventh in the IL Face-Off Yearbook Top 20.
If the NCAA passes the proposal to limit early recruiting this April, what do you think will be the most tangible outcome?
If all the scholarships are gobbled up by rising high school freshmen, what type of incentive does that newcomer have? I can hear the high school football coach in Texas telling his 5-10, 180-pound freshman safety that he's better off lifting and running than playing lacrosse.
In memory of Jeff Milano-Johnson, the 14 year old lacrosse player from Pittsford New York who died in 2007 of a cerebral aneurysm while warming up for a varsity lacrosse game AND in support of the Rochester Kids and the JMJ Memorial Fund. For more information go to: contact Mary Jane Milano at email@example.com or Mike Cross at Mcross9095@outlook.com or go to www.jmjlacrossetournament.org
All it took was one glance at the roster for everyone to realize that the 2016-2017 Rochester Knighthawks were going to be different. The usual suspects on offense were nowhere to be found. 2014 MVP Cody Jamieson and Cory Vitarelli were missing due to lingering injuries. Stephen Keogh was moved to the physically unable to perform list with the flu prior to the opener. Craig Point was cut. Joe Walters did not report to the team. Even after the first week, changes were made as Dan Dawson suited up for the opener but was placed on the holdout list prior to the Knighthawks' second game.
So you might be asking yourself, what is a Powell Pathfinder. The answer is simple – Pathfinders are people that embody and represent what we stand for here at Powell – If lacrosse is in your blood, then you are a pathfinder. We’re very excited to introduce 6 professional players that fuel our sport with creativity, innovation and positivity.
The Rochester Knighthawks will kick off a three-game road stretch on Saturday, Jan. 21 in Saskatoon, as they battle the Saskatchewan Rush at 9:30 p.m. The game features the last five winners of the Champion’s Cups with Rochester capturing the hardware from 2012-14, and the Rush winning the last two NLL titles.
Buffalo Youth Lacrosse (BYL) is a sports organization that has been steadily growing since its inception over a decade ago. Spearheaded by lacrosse coach/enthusiast Chris Mathias (lead image), BYL has been helping to encourage young people to take up the game as a way to get healthy, develop the social skills that come with team sports, and promote the game of lacrosse in Buffalo.
The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse, the premier outdoor professional lacrosse league, announced today that face-off specialist Joe Nardella (Cazenovia) has a signed a two-year contract extension through the 2018 season.
The Army West Point men's lacrosse family welcomed its newest member on Monday as Giovanni Toribio signed on to be adopted by the Black Knights. Gio is an energetic 4-year old from Ossining, N.Y., who was recently diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma and was connected with the Black Knights through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.
Five Syracuse All-Americans helped the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Team to a pair of wins at the annual Team USA Spring Premiere held last weekend in Bradenton, Fla. The squad defeated Florida, 20-19, on Saturday, Jan. 14 and Notre Dame, 22-5, on Sunday, Jan. 15.
Richie Moran, Head Coach Emeritus at Cornell, has authored his autobiography and fans are invited to attend a dual celebration of Moran's 80th birthday and the release of It's Great To Be Here, on Saturday, Jan 28, at the Moakley House from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Atsap did not believe that anything could dissolve his stalwart group of “brothers.” Devoted Rochester, N.Y., companions since the earliest days of youth, these pals bonded extra tight after Sept. 11. The “no time left to waste” attitude that many folks took away from that tragic shock re-connected these men through constant e-mail sharing.
The Jr. Knighthawks Bantam team ended their first day of competition at the 4th annual Capital Box Lacrosse Classic with a 5-2 victory. The two-day tournament at the Dulles SportsPlex, which kicked off this afternoon, features teams from around the northeast United States and Canada.
1) (2 last week) Georgia (2-0). The Georgia Swarm continued to impress by defeating the Buffalo Bandits, in Buffalo, by a final score of 18-14. Lyle Thompson had 5 of his 8 points in the first 5 minutes of the game as the Swarm used 3 power play goals to build a 5-0 lead over the hometown Bandits.
Saturday was a good day. For the first time since the Tully Cornfield Classic in November, I got to stand on a sideline and coach a lacrosse team. There was some yelling (positive and negative, all directed at my players, none at referees, opponents, or parents), and there was some teaching.
But was there any learning?
Rob Pannell scored all three of his goals during the decisive first half as Team USA defeated Notre Dame, 16-11, in a men's lacrosse exhibition as part of the Team USA Spring Premiere at IMG Academy Field here Sunday.
The balanced scoring reflected the importance of this two-day event, as 25 players took advantage of their final tryout opportunity before the roster is cut down to 20, inclusive of two alternates, as part of the team's preparation for the 2017 Federation of International World Cup July 12-22 in England.
It’s not a competition year for Team USA, but for coach John Danowski and his staff, preparations are already being made for next year. Sunday, Danowski got a glimpse of 29 of the top men's players in action at the Team USAs Spring Premiere on the campus of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Marie McCool's game-winning goal with 2:15 remaining lifted Team USA past a surging Florida and gave the host team a 20-19 victory in the first game of Team USA's Spring Premiere on Saturday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. McCool (North Carolina) tied for the team lead with three goals and added an assist.
After a Gators score, Team USA took the early momentum with a 3-0 run off of goals from Katie Schwarzmann (Maryland '13), Kayla Treanor (Syracuse '16) and Alex Aust (Maryland '13). All three finished with two goals on the day.
The U.S. women’s national team defeated Florida 20-19, despite a quick lead for the Gators just 59 seconds into the game. Team USA led 11-8 at halftime, but the turning point came with under 13 minutes left to play when Florida went on a five-goal hot streak, sparked by Mollie Stevens with back-to-back goals and capped with a Shayna Pirreca tally to tie it 17-17.
The Cazenovia College men's lacrosse team's schedule is out for the spring 2017 season. The Wildcats finished the 2016 campaign with a 8-7 record overall and 6-2 record in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, ending the season securing the third seed in the NEAC and earning a playoff berth. Looking to build on a playoff run from a season ago, the Wildcats open up 2017 with a trip down south.
The Buffalo Bandits (0-2) dropped their second home game in a row on Saturday night, losing 18-14 to the Georgia Swarm (2-0) at the Keybank Center in front of 13,915 fans. The Bandits struggled once again to find any rhythm while the red hot Swarm continued to score in bunches.
Three Stars as Selected by the Media:
1 - Lyle Thompson
2 - Jerome Thompson
3 - Mark Steenhuis
As the Rochester Knighthawks celebrated the roots of the game of lacrosse during the Native American Night celebration, the team had one of the most inspirational people in attendance at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena: “Savvy” Savannah Simon.
The 2017 lacrosse season will have its ceremonial beginning with the Team USA Spring Premiere from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., this weekend. Three games from the two-day event will be streamed live and free of charge on the US Lacrosse website:
Saturday, January 14 - 3 p.m. (Eastern): U.S. Women vs. Florida
Sunday, January 15 - 10 a.m. (Eastern): U.S. Women vs. Notre Dame
1 p.m. (Eastern): U.S. Men vs. Notre Dame
Section V officials, who sanction high school sports in the greater Rochester region, also became aware of the perception such disparity creates and began to examine postseason tournaments and championships about two years ago, including gifts and rewards given to student-athletes participating in these events.
If you follow lacrosse, you’ve definitely seen the goal. If you watch SportsCenter, you’ve almost ceraintly seen the goal. If you have a television, a computer, or a smartphone, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve the seen the goal. Just getting edged out by Odell Beckham Jr.’s one-handed catch in ESPY voting is a mark of its quality and absurdity.
The Buffalo Bandits (0-1) return to action this Saturday at the KeyBank Center against the Georgia Swarm (1-0) at 7:30 p.m. EST. The Bandits had week two off after a tough 12-8 loss to the Colorado Mammoth in week one. The Swarm come to Buffalo with a strong 18-10 victory in hand over the Saskatchewan Rush last weekend.
Craig Point played for the Rochester Knighthawks for almost eight full seasons. He didn't score every important goal for the Knighthawks when they beat the Buffalo Bandits, but sometimes it seemed that way.
With the announcement that Eamon McAnaney is taking a job that will prevent him from continuing to be the lead play by play voice for ESPNU's college lacrosse broadcasts, I put together some of his best calls in the biggest moments from the past couple of years.
[Dave Huntly] talks with host Fred Opie about Wayne Gretzky's lacrosse career, Huntley's road to John Hopkins, Canada's youth sports structure, how and why the Canadian national team coach suggested Hall Famers Paul and Gary Gait to Syracuse and Hall of Fame Coach Roy Simmons Jr, his son Kevin’s college visits and decision, and tailgating after games.
I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Mine was exceptionally fulfilling. I really embrace the hectic schedule and traveling that Christmas time brings, I love the clean slate of a new year, and I am excited to immerse myself in the everyday routine that just began here at Jacksonville U.
The Jim & Juli Boeheim Foundation and Life is Washable, Inc., are teaming up to bring Friendly Access Sensory Safety Kits™ to the Carrier Dome. Individuals with Autism, Dementia, Traumatic Brain Injury and various sensory challenges will now be able to enjoy all Dome events with the complimentary use of the Friendly Access kits, which are now available at Carrier Dome Guest Services. The Carrier Dome is the first venue of its size in the United States to offer sensory accommodations to its patrons.
The National Lacrosse League season rolls along with a four-pack of games Saturday, January 14th. As always, all games can be streamed live on NLL TV! The two-week free trial of NLL TV has now passed, so lacrosse fans will need a subscription to NLL TV to view live games. Fans can purchase a season pass, an individual team pass, or single game access.
The Syracuse men's lacrosse team is playing the exact same schedule of teams in 2017 as it did last year. But that sort of familiarity is likely to be soon tossed out the window. Goodbye Siena, Binghamton and/or St. John's?
The Ivy League and ESPN have agreed to expand the coverage of the 2017 Men's Lacrosse Tournament with all three games being nationally televised on ESPNU. The 2017 Tournament, which will be held May 5-7, will take place at the site of the tournament's top seed.
The men's Division III All-Americans from the 2017 Face-Off Yearbook have been unveiled online. Defending champion and Face-Off Yearbook No. 1 Salisbury leads the first team with three selections — attackman Nathan Blondino, and defenders Will Nowesnick and Kyle Tucker.
This year’s grants were provided to 69 boys’ teams and 59 girls’ teams, with a direct impact to over 2,500 players. The First Stick initiative is designed to assist new and developing youth and high school teams nationwide. High school teams received 47 grants, while youth programs received 81 grants.