Keep Fighting Every Day

Gunnar Miller a lacrosse player for Army sat out most of the 2016 season due to a heart condition called myopericarditis. When you think of the stories you’ve heard of players dying on the filed for court, well this is exactly what most of them faced. Miller was devastated when he found out just how serious myopericarditis could be. Myopericarditis is caused by a virus that causes inflammation of a sac-like membrane that wraps around the heart. The conditions can be life threatening that even light jogging could accelerate his heartbeat and be very fatal to his health. Sometimes this heart condition can go untreated and will eventually go away over time but due to Miller being a competitive athlete his case was much more severe and needed immediate attention. This virus is treatable sometimes my surgery or medication, but in Miller’s case he needed medication. It couldtake up to 3-6 months or even longer before Miller would see the lacrosse field again. Although Miller was devastated with the results he never gave up he keep fighting. Miller went practice every day, watched film, gave advice to midfielders, and helped with Continue reading…

KateReagan Costello (’19 Attack) Commits to Winthrop University

Congratulations to KateReagan Costello from Gulf Breeze High School on committing to play Division 1 Lacrosse at Winthrop University! Read a little bit more about her below:

Why did you choose this college?
The coaches were amazing! Team is something special I can not wait to get there!

What other colleges did you consider?
Ohio State, St. Joe, Highpoint , Catholic University

Lacrosse honors:
All District team, Lead team in assists,

Academic honors:
Student Government History fair winner

KateReagan would like to thank her family, coaches and her teammates for their support and guidance throughout her lacrosse career!

ReLax Making a Difference in Lacrosse

Since 2012 ReLax has made amazing contributes to the game of lacrosse and provide high schools across the nation with the equipment they need. Such schools consist of RKA-Bronx High School, PA Men of Excellence Youth Lacrosse, and local student athletes. Relax has made great strides over the years in providing equipment for schools in need and they have collected over $150,000 in either new or used equipment that has been donated to young athletes in five different countries. Not only does ReLax reach out to these schools but they also cover the shipping expenses. ReLax mission is simple they want to encourage the success of the athletes on the field and in the classrooms. Athletics change the entire atmosphere of a school by developing athlete’s sense of persistence, time management, and success rate. Without the help of sports student can tend to drop out and fall into poverty. The graduation rate for athletes is 98% which is 10% higher than non-student athletes. In New Jersey One high school out of ten of the worst graduation rates play lacrosse.  Also the ten high schools in New Jersey with the best gra Continue reading…

5 Reasons Why Lacrosse is the Fastest Growing Sport in America

“It’s a virus in a good way. Once you pick up a stick, you’re with it for life.” – David Gross, Commissioner of Major League Lacrosse

 

Lacrosse is at the top of the list of fastest growing sports in America, but why? As one of the oldest sports in the country, why now has it started to expand so rapidly?

 

5 Reasons Why Lacrosse is the Fastest Growing Sport in America:

 

1. Four-Year Colleges are Starting to Catch On

A more literal #throwbackthursday this week. #TBT

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Over 70 four-year colleges started varsity lacrosse teams within the last 2 years, and 50 more are slated to start by the 2019 season.

 

2. The Feeder System is Growing

State Semi Final Game Day. #LeaveNoDoubt

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Lacrosse has been the fastest growing sport at the High School level for over a decade, but the fast five years have been huge. No other High School sport topped the 10% mark for growth in the past five years.

 

3. Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime

#WallBallWednesday with @willmanny1 at Zion National Park 🏔 #TLNnation

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“It’s fun to practice, just have a catch, to throw against a wall by yourself. Any body size can play. You don’t have to be 7-feet tall to play the game, we’ll find a place for you on the field. It’s perfect.” – David Gross, Commissioner of MLL

 

4. Moving West

Trophy on the line today at #PeterBartonLS #DENvMARQ set for 2:30p on Fox Sports 2 in the BIG EAST Final

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While traditionally the sport has been popular in the northeast, the rest of the country is seeing large spikes in growth. Denver was the first Men’s Division I Lacrosse team not within the Eastern timezone, and since then many other schools in the midwest and west coast have installed varsity programs.

 

5. Growing Professionally 

Don't wish for it, work for it #motivationmonday

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Although the professional level is growing much less rapidly than the lower levels of lacrosse, the MLL has plans to expand to 16 teams within the next 10 years.

 

Source: http://www.boston.com/sponsored/2016/04/12/lax-attack-lacrosse-continues-explode-across-sports-landscape/QEN7fY443eumKIbUfp2FpO/story.html

Young Harris College Lacrosse Program Founder Kirk Rogers Steps Down

Young Harris College is an up and coming Division II program with a lot of potential. The Director of Athletics at Young Harris released a statement today in regards to the sudden departure of the men’s lacrosse coach Kirk Rogers:

“Over the past five years, Coach Rogers has served as the head men’s lacrosse coach and compiled an overall record of 30-29. I truly appreciate his commitment to building a strong men’s lacrosse program at YHC, his tireless work ethic, and putting YHC on the map for men’s lacrosse. I wish Kirk only the best as he has decided to embark on new career opportunities and spend more time with his family at this time in his life.”

Rogers introduced the lacrosse program to Young Harris College in 2012, and has served as the men’s lacrosse coach since its induction. Over the past four seasons the Mountain Lions saw a rise each year in total wins, from just 5 in their inaugural year to 10 this past season.

Rogers released his own statement saying, “I am excited to start a new chapter in my life and spend more time with my family and my fiancée,” said Rogers. “I will continue to follow the Young Harris lacrosse program from afar. I know what they are capable of and I expect great things.”

For now, assistant coach Forrest MacConnell will serve as interim head coach of the men’s lacrosse program.

Recruiting Insight with NECC Coach of the Year Otero

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Thomas Otero just finished his second season as Head Coach of Southern Vermont. He has led the team to two tournament appearances in as many years of the team’s existence. Coach Otero was named NECC Coach of the Year and he also coached the NECC Player of the Year this year. Coach Otero has been coaching for forty years and worked as an educator for thirty.

1. What advice do you have for players interested in DIII schools?

You have to pick a school that you want to go to for your educational choices first and then your athletic choices second. You have to research the schools that you want while gaining the most information possible by talking to current students at those universities.

2. What is the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?

We’re a small school and mostly regional in the northeast area. We also get some people from Florida and California as well because of the lack of small, DIII schools in those areas. Personal emails also do a lot because it shows true interest. Filling out the recruit me questionnaire continues to show interest and phone calls are great as well.

3. What type of players do you primarily look for, a raw athlete or refined lacrosse player?

I want the athlete who is dedicated, has great work ethic, and will push themselves to be a good student, a good person, and a good lacrosse player. Sometimes that person is the raw athlete and sometimes it’s the seasoned athlete that I can teach new things in order for them to become a better athlete.

4. What areas of player development would you recommend players focus on to elevate their game?

Number one—STICK SKILLS!! Wall ball is the best. If you can do 15 minutes of wall ball everyday then your stick skills will dramatically increase. You must be ambidextrous at the collegiate level to bring your game to the next level. The game of lacrosse is highly technical and stick skills are at the center of that.

5. How has the accelerated recruiting landscape impacted your approach to recruiting?

Being a small school, sometimes we get pushed out into the fringe. There’s a lot of push right now to modify the recruiting profile and I think that is most likely on the horizon.

6. Are there any last pieces of advice for players and families you’d like to share?

This is a big decision for the athlete. Go and see the schools! Experience them! Look at class size and location. They need to ask themselves, “Are they going to be happy here if they don’t have lacrosse in their life?” And if the answer to that question is yes, then that school most likely is a great fit. It should not be a snap decision, it should be timely with a lot of thought process.

ConnectLAX is a third party recruiting service and not affiliated with or endorsed by Thomas Otero or Southern Vermont College.

Standouts from East Coast Lacrosse Classic

On July 6th and 7th some of the best club teams congregated in Aston, Pennsylvania to play in the East Coast Lacrosse Classic. This summer was the premiere of the ECLC and it put an emphasis on quality games, great officiating, and high college coach attendance. This list includes only some of the talent that was there that weekend.

Class of 2017

Nicolas Torres, M, Silverbacks SelectDSC_0461

Nico grinded out there. He was always hustling and his grittiness made him a force to be reckoned with.

Matt Connolly, D, Silverbacks Nationals

Matt’s extremely physical and gives every attacker a hard time. His toughness made him hard to beat. Continue reading…

Niagara Recruiting Showcase Standouts

It’s not very often that the word “beautiful” gets thrown around when someone talks about an event in Buffalo, but man the Niagara Showcase was blessed by the lacrosse gods! The weather was great, the talent was TREMENDOUS, and the parents and coaches had a little fun tailgating in between games.

Teams from Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Canada made the trip, and even a team from the state of Maryland came. It was a day filled with highlights and impressive play, but a few names were mentioned throughout the day by several college coaches.

Class of 2019 Standouts: 

Keelan Mckouen, M, Clarkston HS

With a name like Keelan Mckouen you’ve gotta be smooth, and let me tell you this kid has a number flawless dodges in his arsenal. He also has an accurate lefty on the run shot, and A LOT of potential. Overall, a must watch hailing from Michigan.

Class of 2018 Standouts:

Thomas Cecere, A, Grand Island Senior 

I would compare this guy to the lacrosse version of Aaron Rodgers. He’s got a strong right hand with amazing vision, and he has a knack for getting his teammates involved. Overall, a great ball handler and even better teammate.

Christian Rodriguez, D, West Seneca East

As our only defensemen on the list, Rodriquez is a play maker. College coaches say he is a tall, rangy defender who can throw devastating checks from all over the field. After stripping his attackmen he also gets the ball moving in transition. Overall, everything this guy does is purposeful and efficient.

Class of 2017 Standouts:

Patrick Sullivan, A, Orchard Park

Patrick Sullivan is a big kid who plays just down the road at a very good high school program. He knows how to play in tight spaces and he knows how to use his body. Even when under pressure he can still finish. Overall, he’s a an offensive bully around the crease.

Standouts from the 2016 Sound Lacrosse Summer Classic

Top players seen by Nicole Lyons of ConnectLAX at Sound Lacrosse Summer Classic on July 16th.

I hopped on the train at 8:02 am this Saturday headed to Fairfield University, alma mater of our resident Stag Nick Lattimore, to check out the 2016 Sound Lacrosse Summer Classic.  It was a beautiful day for lacrosse, and per usual plenty of college coaches lined the fields, jotting down notes and sweating through the 90-degree weather.

Needless to say, the athletes did not disappoint.  With the sun beating down on their backs, the players truly gave it their all, sprinting from endline to endline, battling for every ground ball, and dodging and juking around each check.  However, despite the cutthroat competition, some guys shone bright amongst the others.  One coach called the tournament a “great place to find hidden gems.”  And here they are!

Without further ado, here are the standouts from Saturday’s games.

 

Class of 2017:

Trevor Arganese, A, Trumbull Eagles 2017, Trumbull High School

Trevor definitely does his job as an attackman.  He moves well with the flow of the offense and carries the ball with confidence.  Defensemen definitely do not want to turn their backs on this guy.

 

Tyler Green, M/FO, Emass 2017, Thayer Academy

Not only is he a face-off ace, Tyler is a prolific feeder, shooter, and ground ball monster.  Tyler is committed to St. Joseph’s.  Check him out below.

 

@tyler_green18 PINCH 'n POP n' BURRRRN at the Sound Lacrosse Classic @fairfield_mens_lacrosse

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Class of 2018:

John Ruggiero, M, WWP Varsity, Daniel Hand High School

A commanding presence on the offense, John moves well and carries the ball with confidence.  He’s not afraid to take charge and gets the job done.

Noah Froio, M, Emass 2018, Cohasset High School

Noah is a college coach’s dream middie.  He’s a workhorse and goes after every 50/50 ground ball, not to mention winning all of them.

Ryan Kenney, A, Emass 2018, Landmark High School

A lefty, Ryan is a powerhouse attackman that drives hard down the alley and scores often, an absolute nightmare for defensemen.

Patrick O’Driscoll, G, Emass 2018, BC High School

As a goalie, your main job is to save the ball.  O’Driscoll does it well.  In fact, he didn’t give up a single goal against one of the more elite teams in the tournament.

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

Jake Liebowitz ’17, A, Trumbull Eagles 2017, Trumbull High School

Kyle Atherton ’20, D, Trumbull Eagles 2017, Trumbull High School

Recruiting Insight with Cedar Crest’s Head Coach Danielle Bay

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Danielle Bay just finished her first season as head coach of the
women’s lacrosse at Cedar Crest College, where she is also the Director of Compliance. Coach Bay graduated from Centenary College in 2012 and finished as the All-Time Leader in points and caused turnovers.

We sat down with Coach Bay to learn about her growing program at Cedar Crest and what makes the DIII experience so great.

What advice do you have for players interested in DIII schools?

Continue to explore your DIII options for schools. All of the schools are completely different, some are more intense, some are bigger, others smaller. Academics are the number one priority in DIII. Academics always come first at Cedar Crest, but there are still high expectations set that players are expected to reach on the field as well.

What is the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?

Email, call, message, carrier pigeons, smoke signal, anything to let me know that you’re interested in Cedar Crest. I’m usually in the office so just call and I’m more than happy to answer all and any questions. I give my cell phone out to many of the recruits so they can contact me at any time and I’ll even text. Just show interest, that’s the most important part.

What type of players do you primarily look for and where?

Raw athletes as well as refined lacrosse players. Raw athletes can be molded into players that fit perfectly into the program. Refined players are helpful because Cedar Crest is a growing program so they can immediately help the program reach new heights and be impact players. By going to a lot of high school games during the spring, mainly within a two hour radius around Cedar Crest, it offers an advantage of becoming extremely familiar with players as they grow. I go to a ton of camps and clinics and basically every tournament. If you email us about a tournament, chances are we’re already attending.

What areas of player development would you recommend players focus on to elevate their game?

Stick skills! Stick skills are an issue at every level of the sport, regardless of division. It is very important that players work on their stick outside of scheduled practice time because players do not get enough touches in during that time. You can never be too good at stick skills! An hour a day outside of practice does wonders to improve ones’ skills.

How has the accelerated recruiting landscape impacted your approach to recruiting?

The accelerated recruiting landscape has not affected Cedar Crest and myself much. If girls are truly more interested in their academics then they’ll be looking at DIII anyway, which is what is wanted at Cedar Crest because academics always come first.

Are there any last pieces of advice for players and families you’d like to share?

TAKE YOUR TIME. There is no need to rush through the process. Take your time researching schools and figure out what you actually want in a school, with academics and in the actual school itself, but make sure to take the time to visit. Many people get a special feeling when they walk on a campus and instantly know where they belong, but you should still try to stay overnight to see if you truly love the atmosphere and go to classes to see if it’s a fit. Most importantly, take your time.

ConnectLAX is a third party recruiting service and not affiliated with or endorsed by Danielle Bay or Cedar Crest University.