Monday November 23, 2020

2021 TOURNAMENTS

We are now listing 2021 Upstate NY tournaments. Please send your Upstate NY tournament information to . . . editor.justlacrosse@gmail.com
. . . in order to be listed.

2021 1812 Shoot Out - Boys

July 10 - 11 / Parade Grounds / Sackets Harbor NY
July 10 - Boys 5/6 grade, 7/8 grade, and Varsity July 11 - Boys 1/2 grade, 3/4 grade, and JV

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2021 1812 Shoot Out - Girls

July 17 / Parade Grounds / Sackets Harbor NY
Girls 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, JV, and Varsity

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12:15AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
I was 16 years old when Marty Seaman hired me to be the assistant cook at the summer camp she co-owned with her husband, Bob, and their partners Jac and Mary Kramer. Rawhide Ranch, located in Lake Hill, NY – just down the road apiece from Woodstock, on Rt. 212 – was a Western riding camp, where each 10-16 year-old Rancher was assigned his or her own horse for five or eight weeks.

from Major League Lacrosse
BOSTON - With a lacrosse stick placed in his hands as early as he could walk, Lyle Thompson evolved into an icon for players of all ages within the game. Proudly from the Onondaga Nation, one of the original five constituent nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, Thompson has represented the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse since 2014.

Friday November 20, 2020 9:30AM
from US Lacrosse Magazine
Every generation in NCAA men’s lacrosse possesses a few Black and Indigenous standouts who shape how offenses are run. In the mid-1980s, a brotherhood of three lacrosse pioneers was born on Hobart’s scenic campus. Hobart’s all-Black midfield line, dubbed the “Soul Patrol,” would help the Statesmen maintain their storied success as a small college program.

from WBNG.com
JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- Johnson City sophomore DJ Neer recently played in the Under Armour All-America games.

"It's really hard for a kid from a small town school to make a team like that," said Johnson City lacrosse coach Bo Flynn.

from The Oswegonian
The inductees this year included John “Jack” Michalec, Patrick Wittekind, Jill (Reimer) Halpin, Jamie (Clough) Drifill, Derek Popovich, Scott Ferguson and Tenkoran Agyeman.

Ferguson, a 2006 graduate and the lone lacrosse player on the list, was an All-American for the men’s lacrosse team during his tenure at Oswego State. He tied the single-season mark for points by an Oswego State midfielder twice with 52. Overall, he ended up the all-time leader in goals at Oswego State with 147. He’s third in career points with 183. Ferguson was Second Team All-SUNYAC in 2002 and followed that with First Team appearances in 2003 and 2004.

from WBNG.com
TOWN OF FENTON (WBNG) -- Chenango Valley senior Rory Thompson signed his national letter of intent to play lacrosse at Fairfield University. Thompson called playing a division one sport a "dream come true."

from US Lacrosse Magazine
SPARKS, Md. — Due to safety and health concerns related to the recent surge in cases of COVID-19, US Lacrosse has postponed the upcoming tryouts for the U.S. women’s national team. The tryouts had been scheduled to be hosted at US Lacrosse headquarters from Dec. 4-6, 2020.


Wednesday November 18, 2020 10:00AM
from TopLaxRecruits.com
John Jay 2022 goalie Aidan Summer of Gold Coast Lacrosse has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Siena College.

Lacrosse honors: Selected for Apex 60 Showcase -Selected for WPLL Futures Summit -Selected for Under Armour All-America CONNY Callback game -Selected for Under Armour Call Back Academy -Selected for D1 Und1sputed Showcase All-Star Game (out of 15 goalies, 1 of 2 selected)

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Mt. Sinai 2022 defender/midfielder Jordan DeBlasio of Yellow Jackets LI has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Syracuse University.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Bellevue (WA) 2022 midfielder Wiley Bryant of West Coast Starz Boys has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Colgate University.


Monday November 16, 2020 10:45AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
I opened with these song lyrics last week, and they still apply. From St. Bonaventure and Medaille (and I forgot about games at Buff State, UB, and one of my favorite venues, the University of Rochester’s Fauver Stadium from way back in the day) to Potsdam, Clarkson, Canton, SLU, and Plattsburgh, and then south to Hartwick and Oneonta, and virtually everywhere in between, I’ve been there.

from Cornell Athletics
Last evening the Ivy League Presidents announced that the pause on athletics competition will continue through winter as the global COVID-19 pandemic has worsened. The earliest any of our teams will have a chance to compete will be March 1, and only if conditions improve and are deemed safe to do so.

from Roshan Fernandez / US Lacrosse Magazine
Morgan Alexander knew her fifth knee surgery was inevitable. Driving toward the cage and executing a face dodge, she planted her left leg awkwardly and collapsed to the turf in Ensley Athletic Center. After four surgeries on her right knee since 2017, she knew the feeling. There was no official diagnosis yet, but that day in early Feb. 2020, she knew her left ACL was torn.

from World Lacrosse
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA — Delegates representing the membership of World Lacrosse approved the initial set of Official Playing Rules for the new, 6 v 6 discipline of lacrosse during Day Two of the international federation’s General Assembly, which was held today in a virtual format.

from the Premier Lacrosse League
LOS ANGELES, CA. (November 12, 2020) - The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) announced today that they have named Brian Silcott the Head of Player Experience.

Silcott has a deep lacrosse background, having played and coached for over 40 years. At Nazareth College, Silcott was a 2x All-American and won a National Championship before going on to play 11 seasons as a pro. After his playing career, Silcott served as the National Men’s Game Director for US Lacrosse, and is currently the Director of Operations for Jamaica Lacrosse in addition to coaching in Northern California.

From the archives: Inside Lacrosse, Looking back with ... Brian Silcott, 2010

from TopLaxRecruits.com
2022 defenseman/LSM Louie Germain of 3D Upstate has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at St. Bonaventure University.

from LaxAllStars.com
Episode 23 is another great one as we talk with Florida Southern head coach Marty Ward. Marty is one of the best and most thoughtful coaches in the game, and he speaks with us about growing up off the reservation and having lacrosse be a major link to his heritage and culture. He also talks about how COVID has affected his scheduling and practice planning this year, plus gives us some hints as to what players within the Iroquois program are primed to make waves in college this year.

from LaxAllStars.com
Ric has countless accolades to his name, he was a 4x All-American 2x National Champion at Syracuse, is currently the head coach at CBA (an elite boy’s high school program in upstate New York), a master clinician, and he recently became an assistant coach for ATLAS LC of the PLL.

Thursday November 12, 2020 11:00AM
from US Lacrosse
Earlier this year, US Lacrosse issued a set of Return to Play recommendations to assist lacrosse organizations throughout the country with sport-specific guidance to mitigate infection risks as competition returned. In conjunction with directives from local public health agencies, many community lacrosse organizations began resuming activities in the summer using these recommendations. Additionally, over 25 US Lacrosse sanctioned tournament operators utilized our guidance at more than 100 youth events over the summer and fall.

Still, there are parts of the country where the sport has not returned. One of the barriers to lacrosse returning in some states is that boys’ lacrosse has been classified as a “high risk” sport due to physical contact being permitted in the sport. In some of these states, girls’ lacrosse has been classified as a “moderate risk” sport.

You can help with this effort by reaching out to the Governor to share how you feel about the guidance, request the modification to change their risk classification for lax to "moderate risk" and share how important lax is to you. Contact Gov. Cuomo here.

from Inside Lacrosse
When CJ Kirst committed to Cornell in late July of 2019, he was the highest-ranked player in the class who was still uncommitted.

Showing such patience suggests a person who’s comfortable in his own skin, confident in the opportunities awaiting him. It’s understandable how Kirst, the fourth of five boys whose three older brothers play Division I lacrosse, would be able to read the college recruiting process similar to the way the 6-1, 190-pound attackman surveys a defense.

from CNYCentral.com
In a year where nearly all social gatherings are being canceled, one continued as planned at C.W. Baker high school in Baldwinsville.

The Baldwinsville athletic department obeyed the proper COVID-19 protocols in place, staggering the student-athletes and their parents each five minutes apart from one another.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nation United Foundation, nonprofit affiliate of Nation United Lacrosse, launches “The Incident Report” for the purpose of increasing awareness and addressing acts of racism in lacrosse. The organization began beta testing the portal on August 3, 2020.


Wednesday November 11, 2020 10:15AM
from TopLaxRecruis.com
Williamsville East (N.Y.) 2021 defenseman/LSM Ryan Roesch of Bison Lacrosse has made a verbal commitment to play Division II lacrosse at Georgian Court University.

from Faceoff Factory
Face-off training will be led by Coach Connor Russell. Coach Russell was a 4 Year Letterman with the University of Albany Great Danes (2013-2017).


Monday November 9, 2020 10:30AM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
“And I said, ‘Listen, I've traveled every road in this here land…
I've been everywhere, man; I've been everywhere, man…
Of travel I've had my share, man; I've been everywhere.’”

Apparently man cannot live on Bruce Springsteen alone, so thank you, Johnny Cash, for helping me to introduce this week’s RTD journey . . .

from Syracuse.com
Syracuse, N.Y. -- The Syracuse lacrosse team is knee deep into trying to figure out how much of the momentum of a thrilling but abbreviated 2020 can carry over into a spring of even greater expectations and pressure.

The Orange was 5-0 and ranked No. 1 last season when the season was shut down because of the coronavirus. SU, which returns almost every key player from that team, is in the midst of a revamped return to fall ball practice now.

from LacrosseBucket.com
In 2019, the Syracuse Orange lost to the Loyola Greyhounds in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. That loss marked their second straight first-round exit. Since that loss, Syracuse has done a complete one-hundred-eighty degree turn and in the span of less than a year looked like serious NCAA title contenders.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
The women of the Haudenosaunee Nation are fighting not only for a spot on the world stage. They’re fighting to change the perception of women in their communities.

from US Lacrosse
Join Dr. T of MTI as he connects with Syracuse graduate, National Lacrosse Hall of Fame player, and current IMG Academy Director of Lacrosse, Tom Marechek to discuss creating balance to increase motivation and mental endurance as an athlete. The discussion will touch on navigating long seasons, the pressures of school, recruiting, family and friends at all levels from youth through professional lacrosse.

Thursday November 5, 2020 11:15AM
from US Lacrosse Magazine
“Usually it is hard to find a person of color on any lacrosse magazine or news article or on the big lax pages, and it can be very discouraging,” Syracuse commit Superia Clark said. “I would say it should not matter what you look like. If you have the heart and can play the game, then so be it.”

from LacrosseBucket.com
When Liam Gleason arrived in Loudonville, N.Y., ahead of the 2019 season, the Siena Saints were coming off of a 3-9 2018 season in which they finished dead last in the MAAC. In just one full season and what we got of 2020, Gleason and his staff have already set the wheels in motion for this program to turn around and begin to climb the ranks in the MAAC.

from The Merciad
Logan Tousaw will be joining the coaching staff here at the main campus after spending the past two seasons as the head coach at Mercyhurst North East.

For his collegiate career Tousaw spent two years at Onondaga Community College winning back-to-back Junior College National Championships. He then moved on to play two years at Marquette University. Tousaw also had the opportunity to play professionally in Major League Lacrosse for some time with the Rochester Rattlers.

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from TopLaxRecruits.com
James Caldwell (N.J.) 2022 attackman/midfielder Peter Murray of NJ Riot Lacrosse has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Marist College.

from Dhane Smith / LaxAllStars.com
In 2002, the Buffalo Bandits drafted my cousin, Billy Dee Smith, with the No. 3 overall pick. I was a 9-year-old boy in Kitchener, Ontario, who immediately became the biggest Buffalo fan there was.

I grew up watching Billy Dee suit up for Buffalo. I always wanted to be a professional box lacrosse player like him. I remember how it felt cheering for him and the Bandits as a kid – the emotion, the intensity, the magic. Every winter, I couldn’t wait to get my Billy Dee and Buffalo fix.

Tuesday November 4, 2020 10:45AM
from LacrosseBucket.com
Entering their third season as a program, the St. Bonaventure Bonnies have one main goal in mind. That goal is to record their first win in program history. The Bonnies went 0-13 during their inaugural season in 2013 and were 0-6 when the 2020 season was cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. But just because they have yet to win a game doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been any growth within this program or that they haven’t been close to capturing that first win.

from WBNG.com
VESTAL (WBNG) - The NCAA is giving student athletes across the country the day off from practice on Election Day 2020. One team taking advantage is the Binghamton women's lacrosse team, led by head coach, Stephanie Allen. She said the team is 100% registered to vote.


Monday November 2, 2020 1:30PM
from Dan Witmer / JustLacrosse Upstate
I suppose I could ask the same question and fill in Lake Placid, or the 1812 Shootout, or any number of annual lacrosse tournaments we’ve all come to know and love, but the Tully Cornfield Classic, which began in 2005, has established itself as THE must-see/must-play/must-be-there high school lacrosse tournament in Upstate New York.

from US Lacrosse Magazine
Lacrosse star Lyle Thompson did not ask to be put in this position. He never signed up to become the sport’s spiritual advisor. But as the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer and someone universally regarded as one of the best players in the world, Thompson has come to embrace his voice and the responsibility to speak up on matters of Indigenous rights and, more specifically, the sovereignty of his people.

from Inside Lacrosse
The Iroquois Nationals have become a force in international lacrosse. Everyone knows established stars like Lyle Thompson and 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship MVP Cody Jamieson. You may have seen the incredible goal scored at that tournament by rising Iroquois star and UAlbany attackman Tehoka Nanticoke, a one-handed, underhand, between-the-legs on-the-run stunner.

What you may not realize, though, is that while the majority of Nationals players come from the two hotbeds of Six Nations and Onondaga, there are key contributors from other First Nations.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Half Hollow Hills East 2021 attackman Brandon Cosentino has made a commitment to play lacrosse at SUNY College at Cortland.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Kent School (CT) 2022 attack/midfield Hannah Kent of Dodgers Lacrosse has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Niagara University.

from TopLaxRecruits.com
Donald A. Wilson S.S. (Ontario) 2022 defender Briaunna D’Andrade of the Lady Blue Knights has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Canisius College



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New Commitments from Inside Lacrosse
Gavin Conlan G 2021 Aquinas Institute (Lake Erie

Ben Welch D 2021 Webster Schroeder High School Potsdam

Vince Lavarnway A 2021 Watertown Clarkson

David Young A 2021 IMG Academy (FL) Clarkson

Ben Calabrese A 2022 Wilton High School (CT) Army

Dan Anderson M 2022 Christian Brothers Academy (NY) Denver

Sean O'Brian LSM 2021 St John's Preparatory School (MA) Nazareth

Jackson Saulpaugh A 2021 Penfield Mercyhurst