ALBANY — The growth of lacrosse in the Capital Region doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
The sport received another shot in the local arm Wednesday, as US Lacrosse publicly announced its decision to make Albany the first-ever site of its Lacrosse Communities Project, a program through which US Lacrosse “seeks to create self-sustaining, multi-generational lacrosse programs” in underserved urban areas.
For Matt Hommel, a Ballston Spa grad and current member of the Limestone college lacrosse team, learning is something he’s done quite a bit of on and off the field. Hommel not only earned a 4.0 GPA as Psychology major in his most recent semester — he also helped the Saints to the Division II National Championship.
BROCKPORT, N.Y. – The NCAA announced on Thursday that Zach Cook (Vestal) was crowned the 2017 NCAA Division III Statistical Champion for Face-Off Winning Percentage for The College at Brockport men's lacrosse team.
These are the best statistical performances in New York high school boys’ lacrosse for the 2017 season as reported to LaxRecords.com. Where do these players rank in terms of nationwide statistical performances?
Top 4 in Points are . . .
PTS. PLAYER YR. SCHOOL STATE G A
147 Ryan Archer Sr. Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt) NY 71 76
127 Alex Calkins Sr. Christian Brothers Academy (DeWitt) NY 77 50
127 Ben McCreary Sr. Christian Brothers Academy (DeWitt) NY 78 49
121 Griffin Cook Jr. Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt) NY 86 35
There is no mandate, or plan to mandate, the use of women’s headgear by US Lacrosse or the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). That’s one of the primary points of clarification in a new informational video produced by US Lacrosse, featuring Caitlin Kelley, senior manager of the women’s game. The video addresses some of the questions directed to US Lacrosse in recent months about women’s headgear.
US Lacrosse’s Adirondack Chapter held its annual Hall of Fame & Honors banquet Wednesday night (June 21, 2017) at the Shaker Ridge Country club. This years Hall of Fame inductees included Marylou Vosburgh, and Cort and Blake Kim. Legendary former University of Virginia Head Coach Dom Starsia, was the key note speaker for the event and he was fantastic.
Ken Neville was a midfielder for Hobart from 1928 to 1931. He played with some notable old school players such as Galbraith, Van Giesen, Wheat, Bootay, and O’Connor under coach Babe Kraus. Afterword, he fought in World War 2 and became a Major in the Marine Corps. This is where the story takes a really cool turn.
It’s been a while — well, not really — since Maryland lacrosse stars Matt Rambo and Zoe Stukenberg received an award. So it’s only natural the Terps duo earned nominations for this year’s ESPY awards after leading their respective teams to national championships over Memorial Day weekend and earning Tewaaraton Awards, given to the nation’s best male and female college lacrosse players.
LAKE PLACID — Summit Lacrosse Ventures is ready to bring a pair of developing tournaments to Lake Placid to help the village kick off its summer season. Both tournaments represent offshoots of the August Lake Placid Summit Classic, a mainstay in the village for the past 27 years.
(Lax Dreams Lacrosse Academy-- June 20, 2017) Lax Dreams standout Drew Rankin (2021), has been named as a 2017 National Lacrosse All-Star and has been selected to represent the State of New York at the National Lacrosse Academy and Brine National Lacrosse Classic to be held July 18-21, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia at the River City Sportsplex.
Taylor, who recently completed her third season in charge of the Dolphins, begins her term as President on July 1. Taylor has served on the IWLCA Board of Directors as a Division II representative since last Summer to finish a departed representative's term. Taylor served as a Division III representative from 2012 until taking the reins of the Dolphins in July 2014. She has also been a member of the All-America Regional Committee since 2012 and the IWLCA Rules/Safety/Games Administration Committee since 2013.
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — There are many families where sports are passed down from generation to generation. However, there are few families that could match the excellence of the Fusco family when it comes to lacrosse. Yorktown senior girls lacrosse standout and captain Rilea Fusco, who is Syracuse University-bound, continued the family tradition in fine style this spring as she was named All-American.
US Lacrosse, the sport’s national governing body, announced today the launch of the Lacrosse Communities Project – a program developed to create a vertically-integrated series of opportunities for children to participate in lacrosse from grade school through adulthood. The initiative aims to expand the reach of US Lacrosse programs into underserved urban populations while propelling the organization’s mission of providing accessibility and opportunity for kids across the country. The Lacrosse Communities Project will begin its multi-city rollout in Albany, N.Y., on June 21, with subsequent launches planned in Cleveland and Brooklyn, N.Y.
Now, for those of you in the Northeast, or anyone who’s been to Lake Placid for the world-famous Placid Summit Classic, you’re probably thinking that this article is coming out a bit premature. You’re thinking in the back of your mind that Placid is at the end of the summer, right? It’s always the big sendoff that usually caps off a season of lacrosse, yeah?
You’re right, and I’m happy to clarify that this weekend’s High Peaks Summit Classic is a NEW tournament put on by the same great folks at Summit Lacrosse Ventures. This isn’t an event to supplant the world-famous Placid Summit Classic. Oh, no! Since “Placid” has grown to an astronomical size and scale, this is simply a return to simpler days.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure University Director of Athletics Tim Kenney has announced the hiring of Randy Mearns as the first Division I head coach of the Bonnies men's lacrosse program. A decorated coach and player, Mearns brings a lengthy resume to St. Bonaventure.
Athlete of the Year: Lucas Quinn, Niskayuna
Determined to conclude his career at Niskayuna with another Section II title after the Silver Warriors fell to Shenendehowa in 2016, Quinn accomplished his mission by leading this season's squad to a 18-6 triumph over Burnt Hills in the Class B final.
CORNING, N.Y. (18 SPORTS) - Corning freshman Elon Friends will have the opportunity of a lifetime. Friends will play in the Brine All-American Classic July 18 through the 21st. The 2020 Corning grad is a member of the Gaffer Elite Lacrosse Club. Friends is excited for the opportunity to carry on a great tradition of Corning lacrosse.
The last game of the 2017 boys’ lacrosse season was exactly what players, coaches and fans love to see – exciting, competitive and complete with a thrilling finish as Brunswick beat Scarborough 18-17 to win the Class A championship on Josh Dorr’s overtime goal.
That type of game was exceedingly rare this season. The average margin of victory ranged from 9.7 goals per game in contests involving Class A South teams to 5.8 for Class B North. Class A North had a goal differential of 8.1, and Class B South’s average margin was 9.2.
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Big Red women's lacrosse team will have four alumnae – Halsey Diakow '09, Cacki Helmer '12, Ashleigh Smith Gloster '06 and Jessi Steinberg '12 – participating in the upcoming FIL Rathbones Women's Lacrosse World Cup. Both Diakow (Israel) and Helmer (Ireland) will serve as assistant coaches, while Smith Gloster and Steinberg will take the field for England and Israel, respectively.
What do coaches want in a recruit? Assuming a high level character, what are the skills and athletic traits coaches go for? We asked many of the game's top coaches during a visit to the IL offices. Here's what they had to say:
BOSTON (June 19, 2017) – New York Lizards midfielder Joe Walters was named the Warrior Offensive Player of the Week for Week 9. Walters and the Lizards snapped a three-game losing streak with a 13-12 win against Rochester on Saturday night.
In 2009, DeMaurice Smith was unanimously elected as the NFL Players’ Associations Executive Director. Since then, he’s structured a new league CBA, created a $160M annual marketing division, co-founded ACE Media, and engineered the first athlete-driven accelerator, One Team Collective.
Smith is empowering the modern day athlete and entrepreneur through education, new platforms, and better working conditions. Throughout our conversation, Smith dives deep into the transactional trenches of negotiations with Roger Goodell, but it’s his advice on mentorship and transformational teaching that’s most impressive.
The Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame named eight new inductees as part of the Class of 2017 on Monday.
There will now be 232 men and women who have been inducted since the first ceremony in 1987.
The annual dinner and induction ceremony will be Oct. 16 at the OnCenter.
WATERTOWN — The North Country Sports Hall of Fame announced its inaugural induction class on Monday.
The Class of 2017 includes Salisbury University lacrosse coach and Watertown native Jim Berkman and Syracuse and pro lacrosse star Casey Powell, a native of Carthage.
Randy Mearns, who just finished his 19th season as the head coach at Canisius, is set to become St. Bonaventure’s first-ever men’s varsity lacrosse coach, sources have told Inside Lacrosse. Mearns last led the Golden Griffins to the MAAC title and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2012, and he led the Canadian National Team to the 2014 FIL World Championship in Denver.
The Creator’s Game, of course, had been played by the Kanienkehá:ka (Mohawks) and the other five Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) nations for centuries, but it was in 1867 that the a dentist named George Beers, who learned the game in Caughnawaga (now Kahnawake) from the Mohawks, wrote a set of rules down in Montreal and created the modern game.
Well, the Rochester River Monsters Can-Am box lacrosse team underwent some changes this past week, due perhaps at least in part to their recent lop-sided losses. Son Brian told me he’d been promoted to team captain. I don’t think I could have been more proud.
As a player, Rich Barnes was a three time All-American goalie- 1987 Herkimer and 1988/89 CortlandVisit the LacrosseMonkey Closeout Section and Save Big. Shop Now! State. He served as an assistant coach at Ithaca 1991/92 and 1998-2004, his alma mater 1990, 1996, and 2005; and in 2006 as head coach he led Cortland State to a Division III National Championship. Rich currently works at Homer Central schools teaching physical education and coaching lacrosse. Rich can often be found now with his camera in hand roaming the sidelines of some of the biggest college lacrosse & football games out there. Rich took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for Capital District Lax.
DEXTER — Rivals on the wrestling mat this past season, Caleb Null and Luke Rogers have also squared off against each other on the lacrosse field numerous times through the years.
Now the two have finished up their scholastic careers as Times All-North co-MVPs for the Frontier League in boys lacrosse.
MASSENA — This year’s Watertown Times All-North MVP in boys lacrosse for the Northern Athletic Conference extended the run of Section 10 players from Massena and Salmon River with the surname ‘Sunday’.
Anthony Tebbano has never shied away from a lacrosse ball zipping toward him, or a young goalkeeper who is learning how to stop such a rip.The Shenendehowa senior remembers when he was that young goalkeeper.
“When I was a little kid the varsity guys would come over and ask how our season was going, show me a few things, and I thought that was the coolest thing,” Tebbano said. “So every chance I get, I’ll take that opportunity to give back to the program and work with kids. It’s my way of giving back.”
Brian Abbott is one of the top men’s lacrosse officials in the nation, having worked multiple NCAA championship weekend games in recent years. He also serves as a game official in Major League Lacrosse, and on occasion, will also work boys’ high school games. Regardless of the level of play, Abbott pinpoints the officials’ pre-game routine as being one of the most important factors in being able to call a good game.
There is no rest for the juggernaut Canisius College women’s lacrosse team. The Golden Griffins, who made their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in seven years in May, have a big summer ahead. Coach Scott Teeter and star Erica Evans will represent Canada in both the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in England July 12-22 and in the World Games in Poland July 27-30.
The Top 10 Clarkson University Athletic Department Highlights of 2016-17 were carefully selected by the Clarkson Sports Information Staff. Top 10 Clarkson highlights will be posted on Mondays throughout the summer.
We asked a handful of coaches who inspired to be a coach. Not surprisingly, their fathers were a popular choice. Watch above to hear what their dads mean to them, and Happy Father's Day from Inside Lacrosse. Coaches who appear:
John Tillman, Maryland
Andy Copelan, Fairfield
Brian Brecht, Rutgers
Ryan Moran, UMBC
Dan Chemotti, Richmond
Kevin Corrigan, Notre Dame
Andy Shay, Yale
Kristen and Kelly [Tormey] Taylor know far too well the power of family and lacrosse. And now, the two that teamed up to bring Fayetteville-Manlius to the top of the New York State Girls Lacrosse roughly one decade ago, are the same ones leading another pair of sisters to heights that they once saw as players.
"This is the first time that we have been able to extend it to the K-2's," ULA Program Administrator Kevin King added. "Over the past few years we've seen a really significant increase in those areas."
JILL GIRARDI (MVP), Watertown, Senior Midfield: “It probably starts with her instincts on the field. I’ve seen her do some things instinctively that I’ve never seen other girls do as far as where they position themselves to go after a loose ball. She’s always a play ahead, she’s always a step ahead of everybody else.”
— Watertown coach Tim Burr
In a school board meeting Tuesday, Stillwater unanimously voted to add Boys’ JV Lacrosse for the 2018-2019 school year. The vote makes the Stillwater Warrriors Section 2’s newest lacrosse team. Stillwater is a class D school that plays out of the Wasaren League. Other schools within this conference who offer a JV program are: Greenwich, Hoosick Falls, Cambridge, Voorheesville and& Johnstown.
Siena Lacrosse will be holding a prospect day on Thursday, June 29 from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Siena Turf Field. The Siena Saints Lacrosse experience is open to all high school lacrosse players and will focus on skill and athletic instruction along with live drills and competition.
To start right here, there would be noTwosletter without Gary Gait so this story would never be told. If Gary Gait didn’t go to Syracuse and set the world on fire, with 4 NCAA All-America honors, 3 national championships, and 2 Lt. Raymond Enners Awards in ‘88 and ’90 wearing the #22, I don’t go to Syracuse and wear #22, doing my best to follow in those exact footsteps.
Seth Grottenthaler (Lax Dreams 2020) has recently made the highly-selective Under Armour All-America Team. Seth will be competing on the Upstate NY Command team in the Under Armour Tournament held in Towson, MD June 29th – July 2nd.
What do Skaneateles Girls Lacrosse, Liverpool Baseball, Christian Brothers Academy Boys Lacrosse, and Solvay Softball have in common? All of them are high school state champion teams this season. Countless hours of hard work, full seasons of winning games, and long playoff struggles have paid off for these four groups of student athletes and their coaches. (5:45)
Team USA attacker Michelle Tumolo was tested in 2013. The All-American Syracuse senior narrowly missed the cut for Team USA as it prepared for the 2013 FIL World Cup. Coach Ricky Fried and his staff carried four attackers, and Tumolo was one of the final cuts.
“If you’re any bit competitive, it’s going to fuel the fire a little bit,” she said.
Even after nearly a quarter-century of existence, the Upstate Lacrosse Association (ULA) has continued to thrive in the second decade of the 21st century and then some. The co-ed lacrosse group for children of all ages hosted by Auburn Lacrosse and Champions for Life Inc. will hold its annual opening weekend Friday and Saturday and the anticipated numbers could be record-breaking.
ROCHESTER, NY (June 14, 2017): Rochester Rattler rookie Zed Williams (Virginia) is your Ratz Player of the Week. Williams had two goals against the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Saturday night including the OT game winnner.
The Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Weekend will take place from June 29 to July 2, 2017 at Towson University, Towson, MD. Following regional tryouts, players were selected to play in the Command division (2020 & 2021 graduation year players), and Highlight division (2018 & 2019 graduation year players). These regional teams will compete in a pool play tournament for the Under Armour Underclass Championship title.
SARANAC LAKE — At the beginning of the recently completed season, head coach Dermott Morgan said he’d love to see his Saranac Lake boys lacrosse team be more successful when it came to being competitive against the traditional powerhouses in Section X.
Although the Red Storm didn’t take down the Cantons, the Salmon Rivers and the St. Lawrences of the league, they did make the statement that Saranac Lake lacrosse is on the upswing and a bright future may lie ahead.
Sure, Jeremy Boltus led the Rattlers with five goals, and that’s perfectly fine and all, but here’s the far more important thing: Boltus ran to the goal and grabbed the ball for not one, not two, but three different rookies (Eric Fannell, Zed Williams and Ryan McNamara) after they scored their first career goals.
Sarah Honan, a 2017 graduate of William Smith College, participated in the CPOA clinic held in conjunction with the IWLCA New England Cup presented by New Balance last weekend. “We completed classroom training on Friday and then were able to get on the field on Saturday. We started by ‘shadowing’ a more experienced official in the morning, then built up into making some of the calls in a game with help from the experienced official,” Honan said. “We worked up to doing a game by ourselves with consistent feedback from the trainers throughout the game, until the last game, when we officiated solo to attain a rating.”
Willard Anderson, Menands, NY Albany Academy Mid-Field
Lucas Bennice, Ballston Spa, NY Ballston Spa Attack
Zachery Boyatzies, Ontario, NY Wayne Central Mid-Field
Gavin Carey. Hilton, NY McQuaid Jesuit Long Stick Mid-Field
Nicholas Cavellier, Carthage, NY Carthage Central School Mid-Field
Connor Cecala , Malta, NY Ballston Spa Long Stick Mid-Field
Andrew D'Allaird, Niskayuna, NY Niskayuna High School Goalie
Zachary Delaney, Syracuse, NY Onondaga Central Mid-Field
Regan Endres, Farmington, NY Victor High School Face-off
Cam Germain, Victor, NY Victor High School Defense
Seth Grottenthaler, Painted Post, NY Corning Painted Post High School Mid-Field
Camden Hay, Victor, NY Victor Attack
Cal Lambert, Victor, NY Victor Mid-Field
Ty McHerron, Burnt Hills, NY Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Attack
Ben Mitrano, Hilton, NY Hilton High School Mid-Field
Joey Pezzimenti, Victor, NY Victor High School Attack
William Rhodes, Austin, TX Westlake High School Defense
Jack Rice, Oswego, NY Oswego High School Mid-Field
Ethan Roberts , Victor, NY Victor Senior High Defense
Chase Rorick, Honeoye Falls, NY Honeoye Falls-Lima High School Defense
Travis Wagner, Penfield, NY Aquinas Institute Goalie
Nick Wamp, Skaneateles, NY Skaneateles High School Mid-Field
Bryce Benham, Lancaster, NY Lancaster Long Stick Mid-Field
Thomas Bragg, Cazenovia, NY Cazenovia High School Attack
Jacob Buck, Rochester, NY churchville-Chili Attack
Griffin Cook, Syracuse, NY Jamesville Dewitt Attack
Austin Deskewicz, Ballston Spa, NY Ballston Spa High School Face-off
CJ Goss, East Amherst, NY St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Long Stick Mid-Field
TJ Hendricks, Fairport, NY Fairport Mid-Field
Garrett House, Getzville, NY St. Joseph's Mid-Field
Chayse Ierlan, Victor, NY Victor High School Goalie
Ben Mazur, Lancaster, NY Lancaster Central High School Goalie
Luke McAnaney, Syracuse, NY Westhill Attack
Brady McDermott, Rochester, NY Brighton (NY) Attack
Jacob Morin, Auburn, NY Auburn High School Mid-Field
James Morris, Vestal, NY Vestal High School Defense
Dominick Natale, Homer, NY Homer High School Defense
Garrett Ruff, Honeoye Falls, NY Honeoye Falls Lima Mid-Field
Ryan Smith, Syracuse, NY West Genesee Mid-Field
Ryan Sposito, Ithaca, NY Ithaca High School Mid-Field
Drew Stoler, Penfield, NY Penfield High School Defense
Matt Stucchi, Rexford, NY Shenendehowa Mid-Field
Sam Swingruber, Malta, NY Ballston Spa Mid-Field
Christian Watts East Aurora, NY Bishop Timon St Jude Mid-Field
The way that parents interact with coaches has changed, and not necessarily for the better. In fact, 82 percent of the coaches surveyed reported that dealing with parents has gotten worse throughout their coaching career.
“We are always thankful when community members organize events to support our services and it’s even more impressive when young people think of us,” Hospice Director of Development Kellie Hitchman said in a news release. “We were more than thrilled to learn of Mattie’s project!”
I've shown you my technique for all three shots (check out www.paulrabilexperience.com). Today, I ask the kids. Follow along as my campers in Dallas, Texas reveal their favorite show. Also, the heat index on the day had to have been 200 degrees.
The lacrosse community is comparative to a close-knit family; the players have grown up together and spent much of their adult lives playing both with and against each other. Whether it be in college or at the professional level, these guys have all been teammates at one point. After an exciting weekend full of overtime games, we took a look at how the players celebrated with friends, family, and teammates on the field afterwards and on social media.
On June 21, 2017 US Lacrosse will launch the Lacrosse Communities Project in Albany, New York through a special event which serves as the national launch of this important initiative.
The Project aims to expand the reach of US Lacrosse programs into underserved urban populations while propelling the organization’s mission of providing accessibility and opportunity for kids across the country. Details regarding the launch event can be found below,
RTD Heads Up
Road Trip Dad Dan Witmer is working on the road for the next two weekends, first at the Northstar Capital City Classic at SUNY Albany, then it's the Saratoga Springs Shootout. We look forward to hearing about how his summer begins, but know that his essys may be a day or two, or three even, off his regular schedule.