8:50AM
from NLL.com
The National Lacrosse League mourns the loss of Toronto Rock general manager Terry Sanderson who passed away on Thursday at the age of 62. Earlier this month, the lacrosse legend became suddenly ill while vacationing in Florida.

from WLKY-TV, Louisville KY
On Oct. 4, on this KID field, during a lacrosse practice, 16-year-old Tanner Deming felt light headed and collapsed. His heart stopped. Little did Tanner or his family know that event would set off a community wide campaign.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks enter the 2015 National Lacrosse League season with their solid defensive corps in tact from last year’s championship team. It has been the team defense mentality that has helped Rochester win the last three Champion’s Cups.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Cicero-North Syracuse 2017 midfielder Nick Riccardi has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Hobart College.

from LaxAllStars.com
This is HUGE news, and it’s totally confusing, for a number of reasons. Let’s dig into this new NOCSAE issue headfirst!

The latest from Cascade

from Atlanta Youth Lacrosse
As a long time Coach and mentor I came across this article (see below) that I thought was both interesting and thought-provoking. I pride myself on connecting with young people and I have coached every level of player and almost every type of personality. The quiet, emotional, difficult, happy-go-lucky, I don’t care, enthusiastic, fiery, sulking, athletic, non athletic, and anxious to name a few. You name the adjective and I have probably coached it. And frankly most coaches display these same traits as well as parents. It’s what makes us part of the human race.

Thanksgiving Day, 2014 12:15AM
from Inside Lacrosse
While much has been written (and much more can and will be) about the exceptional year that Native American lacrosse players had throughout the sport, the fans have spoken and memories of 2014 will start and end with Lyle, Miles and Ty Thompsons’ accomplishments at Albany.

from The Webster Post
Webster Schroeder High School held a ceremony on Nov. 13 to honor two of its female student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent to play lacrosse at the collegiate level.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Diana Bradbury - Position: Defender - College Choice: Siena College

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The three-time defending National Lacrosse League Champion Rochester Knighthawks will give their fans a trio of options this holiday season. All three packs make great stocking stuffers for fans of all ages.
Wednesday November 26, 2014 9:25AM
from Penn St. Athletics
Kevin Hill (Webster), Nick Spillane (Franklin Square, N.Y.), Michel McClain (Canandaigua) and Thomas Wright (Garden City, N.Y.) from New York, New Jersey natives Matt Donnelly, Dean Lamela (Brick, N.J.) and Brandon Stern (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Robby Black (Lutherville, Md.) and Kevin Fox (Annapolis, Md.) from Maryland, Doylestown, Pa. resident Grant Ament and Canadian Dylan Foulds will join the Nittany Lions next fall.

from TWC News
Two Cazenovia Lakers signed on the dotted line Tuesday as they made their college choices. PJ Brown is head to Loyola to play lacrosse while Eli Mitchell will take his lacrosse talents to DIII Connecticut College.

from SportsFive.net
Webster Schroeder senior offensive midfielder Ryan Tait decided to continue his education and lacrosse career at St. John Fisher College.

12:15AM
from US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse has announced an opening for the Head Coach of the 2016 U.S. Men’s National Under-19 Team. The coach will lead Team USA in pursuit of a record eighth world championship gold medal at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 Men’s World Championship, July 7-16, 2016, in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

from Canisius Athletics
Canisius women’s lacrosse head coach Scott Teeter announced the six team captains for the 2015 season. Senior’s Tori Quinn, Tori Greco, Casey DePauw and Meghan Cuddy were named the team captains and senior Kayla Scully and junior Ashley Bull were named the SAAC Representatives.

from The Oneida Daily Dispatch
Cazenovia’s P.J. Brown committed to play lacrosse for Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. “I loved the coaches, the guys in the locker room,” said Brown. “They all just, kind of, make you feel at home.”

from Lacrosse Magazine
I wrote to you previously nine years ago, when I tried to describe the relationship between a parent and his son's college lacrosse coach. I received enough encouraging feedback to attempt to address an issue that has grown exponentially in our sport during this period of time since — the role of the club program in your son's development and his recruiting at the college level.

from US Lacrosse
Giving Tuesday is just one week away! We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. With your help, the US Lacrosse Foundation is helping to put sticks in new players’ hands, with the goal of raising $10,180 to underwrite the cost of one boys and one girls First Stick Program grant. Your gift on Tuesday, Dec. 2 will go directly toward giving kids their first lacrosse stick and planting seeds of growth in new lacrosse communities this holiday season.

from Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse values its long standing partnerships with both the Cascade and Warrior brands, and is confident both partners will work expeditiously and tirelessly to resolve any issues encountered regarding the certifications of those helmets, as well as develop procedures to assist consumers who currently use these models.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Lacrosse fans can now add Rochester Knighthawks merchandise to their Black Friday shopping list. Fans are invited to attend the Grand Opening of the Knighthawks Team Store on Friday, November 28th. The store, which is adjacent to the Knighthawks Office at 144 Exchange Blvd., will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the busiest shopping day of the year.
Tuesday November 25, 2014 9:00AM
from Cornell Athletics
The Cornell Athletic Department will be hosting a coaching clinic on Sunday, January 11th. Presenters include Matt Kerwick, Peter Milliman, Tom Howley, and Greg Gurenlian.

from TWC News
Two Carthage lacrosse standouts signed letters of intent to play Division Two college lacrosse---Matthew Rapp with Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and Chris DeRonda with Mercyhurst in Erie, PA.

12:15AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
You know that interview question, the reporter’s old standby that is supposed to reveal a lot about the person being interviewed: “If you could invite three people (living or dead) to dinner, who would they be?”

Well, at my fantasy Thanksgiving feast, I’m going to have more than three guests for dinner. I’m going to be joined by the past year’s top lacrosse icons . . . the Thompson brothers, Tony Seaman, Casey Powell, and collective voices from the FIL, New York State Section III, the Rochester Rattlers, etc.

from Cascade Lacrosse
The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) has announced that the Cascade R model lacrosse helmet no longer complies with NOCSAE standard ND041 and that Cascade's certification of compliance on that helmet model only is invalid.

We are working with NOCSAE to clarify the concerns and appropriately address the issue. However, our first priority is always our loyal Cascade customers.

from LaxPower
US Lacrosse, the national governing body for men's and women's lacrosse, has been notified by NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) that two lacrosse helmet models currently available in the marketplace -- the Cascade Model R and the Warrior Regulator -- do not meet the NOCSAE helmet standard, ND041.

from ATT U-verse
We continue following the Iroquois National Lacrosse team as they prepare for the World Lacrosse Championships. See how this underdog team stays among the world's elite through hard work and dedication to the game they love.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Pull up the gravel driveway toward what appears to be a plastic-sided two-story house and there's no immediate evidence to suggest you're about to visit anything but a normal home in the hills. A couple cars are parked in front, and a barking dog is leashed out back, but quickly items and surroundings more telling to the story of Lyle Thompson and his family appear.

from Siena Athletics
New Siena Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Bryana Borrelli has named her coaching staff for the upcoming 2015 season. Former UAlbany Head Coach Lindsey Svec and former Saint Morgan Will '13 will serve as the Saints' assistant coaches.

from Inside Lacrosse
Below, find an explanation on how the Iroquois National Team came to be from Oren Lyons, a Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nations and a longtime leader within the Native lacrosse community who was with the team throughout their expereince in Denver.

from Inside Lacrosse
. . . What's easier is to see the wave of the current influence of the Native American lacrosse community crested in 2014. The litany of accomplishments of Native players and teams led by or mostly comprising Native players is astonishing.

While their impact should be measured in more than records and championships, it's import to remember those moments. Click through the photos below to see some of the most remarkable moment from the Year in Native Lacrosse.

from the Buffalo Bandits
The beginning of a new training camp should signal a fresh start. However, the sting of last year’s playoff loss still hasn’t worn off for the Buffalo Bandits.
Monday November 24, 2014 9:00AM
from Lacrosse Magazine
Busloads of fans made the five-hour trip south from his home Onondaga Nation. They watched as Lyle (Salmon River/LaFayette) just happened to break the NCAA Division I single-season points record by scoring a tone-setting first goal of the game, one-on-one against fellow Tewaaraton Award candidate Joe Fletcher (West Genesee).

Teammates said when that happened, the whole team believed even more about what they could do. His brother, Miles (Salmon River/LaFayette), who is a big part of this story, too, broke the previous points record in the same game and pulled within five scores of the single-season goals record, which he later tied in Albany's epic quarterfinal loss against Notre Dame.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks convened Day Two of training camp at Total Sports Experience in East Rochester on Sunday morning. The 30 players wrapped up the two days of workouts by running breakout drills and simulating game situations.

from NLL.com
After the Colorado Mammoth and New England Black Wolves opened the 2015 National Lacrosse League preseason last week, four more teams got into gear this past weekend as the Buffalo Bandits, Edmonton Rush, Rochester Knighthawks and Vancouver Stealth all opened training camp in preparation for a run at the Champion's Cup.
Sunday November 23, 2014 11:45AM
from TopLaxRecruits.com
Liverpool High School (NY) 2016 midfielder Cassidy Hall has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Wagner College.

from SportsFive.net
Last week, during the National Letter of Intent week, five seniors signed their contracts in front of family and friends as they finalized their plans to continue to play lacrosse while earning college degrees. Midfielder Carter Jordan will be heading to Mercer University in Macon Georgia. Goalie Willie Klan, who transferred for his senior year from Webster Schroeder will go to Ohio State University. Defenseman Ethan Parks selected Cortland State. Attackman Max Spaan will be the closest to home when he leaves for Hobart College and defenseman Jack Taddeo will be playing at Bentley University in Waltham Massachusetts.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks began their quest for the Champion’s Cup [Saturday] with the opening of Training Camp at Total Sports Experience in East Rochester.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
“It’s exciting. It’s something that you’re not expecting to happen,” he said. “It comes out of the blue, you get an opportunity and you have to jump at it.”
Saturday November 22, 2014 8:35AM
from Siena Athletics
The seven member Siena Women's Lacrosse Class of 2018 is well underway into their freshman years at Siena College. Lauren Anglim, Maggie Cifarelli, Emily Conway (Delmar), Claudia Crist, Bailey Groves (Mexico), Kaitlin Handley and Katherine Kelly comprise the class which will first take to the field as Saints this spring.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Forward Todd Kozak has signed a one-year deal with the defending National Lacrosse League champion Rochester Knighthawks. Kozak will now attend the team’s Training Camp this weekend in Rochester. “I couldn’t be more excited. I am just grateful for the opportunity,” said the 23-year-old. “I am just looking forward to going out there and working hard.”

from Major League Lacrosse
With the 2015 Supplemental Draft scheduled for Wednesday, December 17, 2014, it offers the opportunity to reflect on how former draftees like Chris Mattes (FO), Bobby Dattilo (FO), Pierce Basset (G), and many others, are continuing to thrive in the sport. Every year, at the end of the season, each team secures 23 players on a protected roster. Those players who were not selected are placed into the Player Pool for the upcoming Supplemental Draft, with several other eligible players registering for it in hopes to be selected by a team.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Miller Place High School (NY) 2017 LSM-defemseman Joseph Bartolotto III has made a verbal commitment to the admissions process of Cornell University.

12:15AM
from Army Sports
The men's lacrosse team continues its fall ball slate this Saturday with visits from Manhattan and St. John's to Michie Stadium. The Black Knights open the day with Manhattan at 11 a.m., followed by St. John's.

from Inside Lacrosse
Upstate coaches include: Matt Kerwick — Cornell; Mike Murphy — Colgate; Paul Wehrum — Union College

Key topics that have been discussed on the panel in years past include: early recruiting, timelines, Division I vs. Division III recruiting, Division I vs. Division III commitment throughout the year, verbal commitments, admissions process, academic index as it applies to the admission process at Ivy League and NESCAC schools, as well as other topics that are frequently inquired about. The session opens up to a Q&A with the panel, and as always parents are welcome to join their sons.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The Rochester Knighthawks have announced the signing of Kyle Potter to a one-year deal. Potter, whose brother Andrew played with the Knighthawks, will arrive in Rochester tonight to prepare for Training Camp.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
The 25-year-old Holmes was a standout for the Six Nations Slash, who finished one win away from reaching the 2014 Can-Am Finals. The Mississauga, Ontario native finished the season with 15 goals and 20 assists in 11 games. His 35 points were tied for fourth on the Slash. Holmes also chipped in two goals and one assist in the Can-Am All-Star Game.

from the Buffalo Bandits
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich today announced the team and defenseman Steve Priolo have agreed to a three-year contract, pending league approval. “We are thrilled to have Steve re-sign with the Bandits for three years,” Dietrich said. “Steve has proven to be one of the top defenders in the league and his sole focus is to help the Bandits bring the Champions Cup back to Buffalo.”

from 3dLacrosse.com
With four different divisions and seven different fields, there was a lot to observe and digest — some of the top youngsters were on hand, and there were plenty of uncommitted players in the 2015 and 2016 classes too, including attackman Percy Booth from Onondaga Nation (Lafayette, N.Y./Road Warriors 2015) and goaltender Will Perry from Colorado (North Cross, Va./3d Select Colorado 2016).
Friday November 21, 2014 10:15AM
from CNY Road Hawks
Many of you may already know or have heard about one of our most beloved Roadhawk families, Bolton's, and their daughter Alexa, who is fighting bone cancer. Both Empire North and Southern Wine Distributors have teamed up and organized a fundraising event at Rosie's Sports Pub - 1443 W Genesee St (at W Fayette St), Syracuse, NY 13204 on Tuesday, December 9th from 6pm to 10pm.

from Georgetown Athletics
The attackers include Taylor Gebhardt from Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Mariah Matheis from Darien, Conn.

from Central Michigan Athletics
Samantha Cannon, Defense, Baldwinsville, N.Y., C.W. Baker HS.

from Lacrosse Magazine
Every season, there are players that capture the attention and imagination of fans - some because they anchor championship teams, others because of amazing achievements and talent, still more for inspirational stories of how they got to be where they are at the top of the game.

But seldom is there a player which captures the world of lacrosse the way Lyle Thompson (LaFayette) did in 2014.

from Lacrosse Magazine
This week has been all about growing the women's game and sharing success from one coach to another. Coaches across all divisions – I, II and III – are in attendance before heading to the ESPN Wide World of Sports for the IWLCA Recruiting Tournament this weekend.

from Recruiting Rundown
Basil Aburn, A, Boys’ Latin (Md.) has verbally committed to Syracuse. After transferring from MIAA rival McDonogh and repeating his freshman year (summer highlights can be seen here), the righty finisher has appeared to look very comfortable with the Crabs 2018?s.

12:15AM
from Loyola Athletics
Joe Fletcher (West Genesee), a standout on the lacrosse field and in all areas of collegiate life, will receive the NCAA's highest accolade for a student-athlete in January. He has been named a 2015 recipient of the NCAA Today's Top 10 Award and will be honored at the upcoming NCAA Convention.

from NJ.com
Arthur L. Johnson’s senior student athlete Matt Pedicine signed his letter of intent to continue his athletic and academic career at the collegiate level, where he will continue playing lacrosse at Hobart University. The senior midfielder had an outstanding season for the Crusaders as a junior as he led his team to a State Championship in lacrosse.

from FCA Northeast
Where and when did you first begin playing lacrosse?

I picked up my first lacrosse stick when I was in 5th grade, however, I started playing lacrosse in the spring of 6th grade. I played for my town team, Half Hollow Hills Youth Lacrosse under Coach Greg Dean.

from YourNiskayuna.com
Moments after Aidan O’Brien signed his name to a paper that promised he’d play lacrosse at UNC Chapel Hill, his three siblings rushed down to join him in a photograph, all dressed in his future school’s light blue.

from Dan Witmer / 3dRising.com
More than 70 teams braved some typical Upstate NY weather and played lax in 30-degree temps this past Sunday in Albany for the Capital Clash, a recruiting event hosted by United Lacrosse. Nine fields were adjacent to one another, and another three were a short walk away. Games started at 7:30 a.m, when temps were probably below the freezing mark, and ran until 3:20 p.m. – but I didn’t make it that long; I left around 3 p.m., after watching the 2:10 game, my seventh game of the frigid day.

from RecruitingRundown.com
Seven Upstaters sprinkled among the twelve teams of outstanding freshmen.

from the Rochester Knighthawks
Levick was one of the top performers at the 2014 NLL Combine, which preceded this year’s NLL Entry Draft. During the past two years, he has played for the Brampton Excelsiors of Major Series Lacrosse and for the Senior “B” Brooklin Merchants. Prior to making the jump to senior lacrosse, he registered impressive numbers at the Junior “B” level, scoring 111 goals and adding 124 assists in just 83 games.


Two Recent Commits
Marcus Larvarnway, a 2015 attack from Watertown High School and a CNY Road Hawk, has commited to play lacrosse at Clarkson.

Nick Riccardi, M, Cicero-North Syracuse has verbally committed to play lacrosse at Hobart. Riccardi plays for Orange Crush Lacrosse and attended Nike Blue-Chip, Maverick Showtime and Orange Crush Showcase.
John Mack Southern Tier Shootout
We are working on our 2015 Tournaments page, to be up soon. But kicking off the tournament year is the John Mack Southern Tier Shootout. For more information and registration, check here