In addition to being a lacrosse player and parent (father of former UAlbany goalie Blaze Riorden, and current Lycoming attackman Connor Riorden), Mike has been a prolific contributor to the game. These contributions over the years include service as a coach in the Fairport Youth Lacrosse program, initiator of the Fairport travel team, high school officiating, US Lacrosse youth tournament coaching, and more.
Priolo (6’5”, 234 lbs., 1/15/1989) led all NLL defensemen with 22 points (7+15) in the 2017 season and led all Bandits with a career-best 131 loose balls. His efforts earned him a nomination as a finalist for the NLL Defensive Player of the Year award for the fourth straight season.
It takes managerial guts to trade or cut a popular player, and nobody should question Steve Dietrich or Derek Keenan in that regard. Dietrich, general manager of the Buffalo Bandits, and Keenan, general manager and coach of the Saskatchewan Rush, were among the most active executives during a busy summer of player movement in the National Lacrosse League.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I have heard and agree with most of the arguments that criticize the “participation trophy” mentality surrounding today’s youth. However, when you are north of 65 years of age, any recognition hardware that involves physical exertion will land in an esteemed place on my mantle piece.
John Galloway, Goalie, Rochester Rattlers
Galloway was one of three goalies with at least eight wins this season and he ranked third in the league with an 11.57 goals against average and fourth in save percentage (.541).
Joel White, Defense, Rochester Rattlers
White helped lead one of the stingiest defenses in the league, as the Rattlers finished with the third-fewest goals allowed in 2017. In eight games, he totaled 28 groundballs and two caused turnovers.
Playing with Team Pure Performance, Shenendehowa Boys’ Varisty Lacrosse Head Coach Jason Gifford, recently took home MVP Honors from the Lake Placid Summit Classic 39+ division championship game. In the championship game, Team Pure Performance defeated Port Jeff Sports 8-6.
Fans clamoring for a shot clock in NCAA men’s lacrosse will get a good look at a proposed solution this fall.
The NCAA men’s lacrosse rules committee has asked teams to experiment with a visible 60-second shot clock in fall competitions. For teams choosing to use the experimental rule, the shot clock will start when possession is established. Teams will continue to have 30 seconds to clear the ball and enter the attack area.
US Lacrosse is accepting applications for its National Diversity Grant Program, which provides resources to local groups and organizations to support projects and events that promote lacrosse opportunities among non-traditional participants.
Six grant categories, with slightly differing goals and qualifications, are available: Girls’ Initiative, Urban Outreach, Community Impact, Event Support, Disability Access, and BRIDGE.
Dear US Lacrosse,
My athlete is 12 and a very highly skilled lacrosse player. I have been talking to our coach and think he/she is making a huge mistake by not letting my son/daughter play up at the 14u level this coming season. My son/daughter is equally capable with either hand, shoots the ball accurately, and can dodge around almost every defender he/she plays against. Can you please help me convince our coach that playing up is the best choice for my child and will help him/her reach the next level?
In case you missed it, Dom Starsia published a “Letter to Freshmen” this week, and it’s definitely worth reading. All his essays are; I’ve said that before.
He talked about behavior, about restraint, about personal accountability. He stressed the importance of honesty, getting up in the morning (every morning) and eating a good breakfast, and knowing when to say enough. He emphasized how important it was to learn not only from our own mistakes, but from others’ as well… all very good stuff. Make sure you sneak a copy of it into Junior’s laundry basket as he packs up the car this week.
DENVER — 3d Lacrosse, the nation’s leading provider of lacrosse training and development services, has named Regy Thorpe the company’s Chief Lacrosse Officer. A longtime presence in the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse, Thorpe will immediately begin overseeing all aspects of 3d Lacrosse’s Methodology as the head of 3d’s Master Coaching Circuit that spans a dozen markets around the nation.
William Smith College Lacrosse Head Coach Anne Phillips recently announced that Allie Flaherty will join her staff as a part-time assistant coach.
"We are excited to have Allie as a member of our coaching staff this year," said Phillips. "Last season, Allie was a captain, the Player of the Year in the Liberty League and a first Team All-American. She will be a great mentor, leader and role model for players. Allie understands and has executed all of our lacrosse systems. She will be a tremendous asset to our staff in helping to develop our 2018 team."
A first quarter filled with nervous energy and copious turnovers eventually gave way to a dominant performance from the defending MLL champion Denver Outlaws, as they posted a 15-8 victory over the Rochester Rattlers.
OBETZ, Ohio — A candidate to win the league MVP award and the Ohio Machine’s leading scorer, Peter Baum has made his share of important goals this season.
None was bigger than the one he threw into the net from just behind the two-point arc late in the third quarter of his team’s 18-13 victory over the Florida Launch in a Major League Lacrosse semifinal Saturday night at Fortress Field in Obetz.
(August 12, 2017)… The Jr. Knighthawks came out flying to open their inaugural Upstate Box Lacrosse Tournament today at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex. The three Rochester Knighthawks junior teams combined for five wins to set the stage for an exciting final day on Sunday.
ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell women's lacrosse head coach Jenny Graap '86 has announced that 10 newcomers will join the Big Red roster for the upcoming 2018 season. The group hails from six different states and provides incredible balance with three attackers, three midfielders, three defenders and one goalie.
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. I like to stay away from computers, phones, and screens as much as I can this time of year and really focus on the people I’m spending time with. I like to soak up the surroundings wherever I’m spending it. You know, I’m trying to slow the clock down. I got to see so many incredibly special souls in the last few weeks I thought I’d share some stories with you all.
The Rochester Rattlers travel to Denver to take on the Denver Outlaws for the third time this season. Top seeded and defending champion Denver, finished the season at 9 & 5. Rochester won four straight to make the MLL play-offs as the fourth seed.
POUGHKEEPSIE, New York – The Marist men's lacrosse program and Head Coach Keegan Wilkinson have announced the addition of 10 incoming freshmen for the 2018 campaign. Two are products of the Hudson Valley and the entire group hails from four different states: Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
The Le Moyne Dolphin team was made up of mostly former 'Phins graduating between 1993 and 2010. While many Dolphins have played individually on teams in Lake Placid over the years, this marked the fourth time they were able to enter a collective team in support of Room2Smile and sponsored by BSN Sports. There were 23 players on the roster with most bringing their friends and family for a great reunion weekend.
A wave of U.S. talent is about to kiss the NLL shore via the annual entry draft.
“I see a significant uptick in interest by American players,” said Brian Lemon, NLL vice president of lacrosse operations. “There have been more enquiries from American players than in year’s past.”
It’s been an eventful few months for Anthony Benyarko since he became the Maryland men’s lacrosse team’s trainer in February. After the Terps captured their first national championship since 1975 on Memorial Day, Benyarko proposed to his girlfriend on the Gillette Stadium field. The intense emotions that Benyarko felt on that joyous day were rivaled by what he experienced on a lacrosse field in Lake Placid, N.Y., last Wednesday, when he helped save a man’s life.
The Mercer Island (Wash.) boys and a handful of Russian lacrosse players maneuvered their way through the tourist crowds Aug. 5. Still in the uniforms they wore when the teams faced off just hours prior — after the metro ride from Sokolniki Park back to the heart of Moscow — the players passed the State Historical Museum, walked along the entrance to the historic GUM department store and eventually settled on a spot of the stone pavement that made up Red Square.
Bernie wants to know how to address a lack of social IQ among teammates and coaches. In answering this callers questions, Host Fred Opie provides 3 keys to team growth that can be used for athletic teams, organizations, companies, departments, marriages, and businesses.
Kevin Leveille (Albany Academy) might just be the best inside finisher and pure scorer to ever put on the red, white, and blue. He was a prolific scorer at UMass where he was selected as a 3-time All American. Leveille then played 11 super successful seasons in Major League Lacrosse, while also being selected to the 2014 USA men’s lacrosse team, and serving as the team captain.
Alex Krawec (ESM/OCC/LeMoyne) heard a snap and a pop, and then he fell to the ground. The last thing he remembers was looking down and seeing his right leg bent all the way to the left. He picked it up and dropped it back down; it was completely limp.
Each member of the U.S. women's national team wrote one entry in their "Mission Log," a blog series sharing their experiences as they aimed for – and won – two gold medals at the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse Women's World Cup in Guildford, England, and the 2017 IWGA World Games in Wroclaw, Poland. Relive the exciting journey by reading excerpts from each of their blogs below. Their full entries are linked within their bylines.
(August 10, 2017)… The Rochester Knighthawks announced that they have traded Adam Bomberry to the New England Black Wolves in exchange for Brandon Robinson and the 14th overall selection in the 2017 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft.
As many of you who have been following my Instagram may know, I've been spending some time climbing rocks. This may seem like something out of the ordinary, but for as long as I can remember, I've wanted to climb whatever I could get my hands on.
As a high school lacrosse player, Ryan Figueroa seemed to be fast on his feet and always in heart of the action. But on July 13, the senior midfielder from Northville High School found himself in a life and death situation when he walked into Scores Haircuts for Men.
There’s no shortage of stories, photos, Instagrams, and Facebook memories of last week’s Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament. If you were there, you’ve spent the past few days not only recovering, but sharing your great times with others. If you weren’t there, you’ve probably read at least one summary or swiped through a few photos.
This account might be a little different. It’s not intended for those who were there or those who weren’t – it’s instead for my regular RTD readers, the ones who know me, my sons, my background… the ones who’ve been reading RTD for a while (thank you for your loyalty!)…
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Hartford men's lacrosse team has named Corey Bulken (Baldwinsville) an assistant coach, Head Coach Ryan Martin announced today. Bulken, who has been brought on as the Hawks' top assistant, will serve as the team's recruiting coordinator, offensive coordinator and faceoff coach.
When you talk of lacrosse legends, there is Paul and Gary Gait, and then there is everyone else. More than any other two players, these identical twins are credited with helping lacrosse become one of the fastest-growing team sports in America.
Dr. Richard A. Anderson, 90, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2017 . . . Dick was born in Albany, N.Y. to Rose and Arthur Anderson (deceased) and attended the Albany Academy. After graduation he enlisted in the Coast Guard at the height of World War II, and was trained as a radar technician. By the time the war ended, he had served his country and was a fully-trained landing craft commander. After military service, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y., graduating with a bachelor’s degree as a member of the Class of 1949. As an undergraduate, Dick loved playing football and lacrosse, and competing in track and boxing. While continuing his studies as a post-graduate, he served as an assistant coach for the RPI football and lacrosse teams.
Brittany Philip, a champion of the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM), grew up in upstate New York as a four-year lacrosse standout at Corning-Painted Post East High School. When her school’s girls’ basketball coach approached her, asking her to play, her response was simple.
“No, I’m a lacrosse player,” she said.
CLIFTON PARK — One of the area’s top rising seniors in boys’ lacrosse is leaving the area. Matt Stucchi, a Loyola commit who has played the past three springs for Shenendehowa’s varsity, is headed to play his senior year of lacrosse at The Hill Academy, a school in Ontario, Canada.
(August 8, 2017)… The Rochester Knighthawks, through a partnership with the US Box Lacrosse Association (USBOXLA), will host their inaugural Upstate Box Lacrosse Invitational at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex from Saturday, Aug. 12 to Sunday, Aug. 13.
On Sunday August 6th, the Cloudsplitters 45+ team claimed third place in the 2017 Lake Placid Summit Classic’s 44+ Gold Division. Cloudsplitters Captain Jeff Purner told Capital District Lax that the team expected to be in the Silver bracket, and were surprised by their seeding in the Gold bracket.
Section 5 Coaching Vacancies
McQuaid Jesuit and Brockport High Schools are both looking for Varsity Boys Head Coaches. You can find contact information over at