If you ask any college athlete they will tell you playing a sport in college is equivalent to having a full time job. Playing one sport is hard enough let alone trying to multitask two sports. Kenzie Kent is one of the very few superior athletes that is capable of managing two sports in college. Kenzie plays hockey and lacrosse for Boston College and she contributes incredibly at both. Kenzie helped Boston College’s hockey team make it to the national semifinal but would lose to Wisconsin 1-0. After that devastating lose she carries that pain and motivation onto the turf filed as she begins her lacrosse season. What Kenzie is accomplishing ispurely amazing considering the fact that she plays two sports that happen back to back. Hockey can be very demanding of someones body and then to jump right into lacrosse, well that shows passion for how much she truly loves these sports. Hockey runs from September through March and lacrosse runs from March to May, so the amount of wear and tear that Kenzie places on her body is astonishing. She always Continue reading…
Life & Lax
Chase LaDrido is 14 years old and has already made a commitment of where he wants to play lacrosse after high school. Chase decided to go with Johns Hopkins and Chase became the first west coast player of the 2020 class to commit to a Division 1 men’s lacrosse. Chase’s biggest reason for committing so soon was because of the agony of a high school recruiting process. Anyone who has been recruited out of high school knows this process all to well. The numerous phone calls, the constant promises, and the why our program is better. This can take a lot out of a high school student when they are trying to focus on grades and also improving their game for the next level. The NCAA are working elegantly on passing rule that would ban college coaches communicating with student athletes until their junior year and this could happen as soon as April. Chase’s parents are happy with his decision and think it will make it easier on Chase. They believe that not worrying about applying and making college visits will allow their son to dedicate more time improving in class and on the field.
Nowadays it’s normal to have a phenom freshmen on your team in any college sport. Usually you think of a senior being the vocal leader and carrying the team, but now freshmen can be expected to also carry this role. Although phenom freshmen may be a norm, it is controversial when the recruiting process should begin for these young stars. Bay Shore attack man Brennan O’Neill has committed to play lacrosse for Penn State in 2021 and Brennan is only a 13 year old eighth grader. Brennan is not the only one who has committed at an early age. Caitlyn Wurzburger and Justin Brown who were both in middle school committed to play college lacrosse. The reason coaches are recruiting this young is because they look at it as an advantage over their competitors.
Although it is illegal for college recruits to communicate with athletes until their junior year of high school, many college recruits are using a loop hole. Instead of contacting the Continue reading…
Coach Krzyzewski might be the first coach you think of when you think of Duke, but John Danowski is just as important or more. Before Coach Danowski came to Duke they were in turmoil due to three players being falsely accused of rape charges. As soon as Danowski took over he made sure that turmoil was put in the past and he quickly moved on. Danowski dominate start began at LIU-C.W Post where he was an assistant head coach. During his time as an assistant head coach it was a bit of a struggle financially, making only $4,000 and requiring his wife and him to live off meal passes for the semester. He would later go on to become the head coach at LIU Post and would have a record of 27-16. He would then become the head coach of Hofstra and would completely change the atmosphere, turning them into a powerhouse by piling up 192 wins. Danowski’s accomplishments didn’t go unnoticed at Hofstra, winning the F. Morris Touchstone Award for the Division 1 Coach of the Year. Along his journey Continue reading…
Wade Hoag was thrilled to get the opportunity to play the sport he loved at Hope college. Then the unthinkable happened one summer. Hoag was working on construction and was raised into the air on a metal platform by a forklift. The platform gave way and lead to Hoag plummeting 20 feet with the platform following him on his way down. As Hoag hit the ground the platform had his back pinched between the concrete. Hoag lived through the accident but it came with a price and that was stripping him of joy. Hoag was paralyzed from the waist down and was realizing that his lacrosse career was now over. Hoag missed most of his first semester due to being in the hospital and was constantly hoping to attend Hope college. Although Hoag’s nurse told him in no way was he capable of attending Hope college Hoag proved them wrong and attended Hope college and later became a member of the lacrosse team. Although Hoag couldn’t play Continue reading…
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LOWELL, Mass. –The UMass Lowell women’s lacrosse team is set to entertain Iona in its lone contest of the week beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
River Hawk Rewind
UMass Lowell (0-2) faltered last weekend, 12-7, at Boston University (1-1) in its first road tilt of the season. Offensively, the River Hawks were aided by sophomore attackers Jane Dudley (Duxbury, Mass.) and Austin Trasatti (Doylestown, Pa.). Dudley strung together her second consecutive hat trick, while Trasatti’s three-point performance (2g, 1a) marked a career high. The duo accounted for six of the teams eight points in the contest, playing a hand in all UMass Lowell goals except two.
Leading The Flock
So far this season, Jane Dudley is pacing all River Hawks with six points on six goals from the front line. Austin Trasatti and sophomore midfielder Kendyl Finelli (Southborough, Mass.) are chipping in with four points apiece, as well. UMass Lowell has recorded nine different point scorers, eight of which have found the back of the net at least once this year. Goalkeeper Courtney Barrett (South Burlington, Vt.) is first on the team with five ground balls, while three River Hawks are forcing a team-high two caused turnovers. Between the pipes, Barrett has denied 26 shots, while boasting a .531 goals against average.
The Gaels recently dropped to 2-3 overall, after suffering a 16-11 loss against Lafayette on March 1. Pamela Giordano is leading all Gaels with 13 points on 13 goals, while teammate Erin Pugh trails closely being with nine points (7g, 2a) thus far. Jenna Tolzmann is causing a team-best nine turnovers, while her 11 ground balls and 14 draw controls rank second. Time in net has been split between Samantha Tyo (1-1) and Shannon McCaffrey (1-2), who are posting 19 and 31 saves, respectively. Tyo is recording a .452 goals against average, while McCaffrey holds a .492 goals against average.
Saturday’s contest marks the second meeting between the two squads in the sport of women’s lacrosse. Iona currently leads the all-time series 1-0 after a 2015 meeting with the River Hawks programs’ inaugural season.
Sharing is Caring
On Saturday, Feb. 18, the River Hawks notched assists on six of the team’s nine goals against Dartmouth. The six helpers tied a program record for UMass Lowell, which was matched twice last season.
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…
LOWELL, Mass. – Although the UMass Lowell women’s lacrosse team (0-1) erased a five-goal, second half deficit, the team’s comeback was spoiled, as Dartmouth (1-0) earned an 11-9 victory in the River Hawks season opener.
After trailing 8-3 for 32 minutes of play, UMass Lowell tallied four consecutive goals to cut the score to 8-7 with 20:44 left in the contest. After a Dartmouth goal and back-to-back goals by sophomores Jane Dudley (Duxbury, Mass.) and Kristina Keith (East Kingston, N.H.), the River Hawks were able to knot the score, 9-9, with 12 minutes to play. With time winding down, the Big Green’s Courtney Weisse, who notched a game-high five goals, and Elizabeth Mastrio netted two late pivotal scores to help secure the 11-9 outcome.
“I am very pleased with today,” said Head Coach Carissa Medeiros. “This is a great season opener for us, and the best season opener we have had as a program. We opened up against Dartmouth last year, at Dartmouth, and that had a significantly different turnout. We focused on everything we said we were going to. We had goals of maintaining high energy and controlling the controllable and we did that. Also we managed the ball on offensive better than we ever had.”
Offensively, the River Hawks were led by Dudley and sophomore Kendyl Finelli (Southborough, Mass.) who posted a career high three goals and four assists, respectively. UMass Lowell matched a program best six assists in the contest, while seven players recorded points on the day.
The two teams traded goals early, as the scored was knotted 2-2 at 21:23 in the first. Dudley broke open the scoring for the season, tacking on the squads first goal just three minutes into the game.
After Dartmouth tied the score, 2-2, the visitors strung together a six-goal run, giving the Big Green their largest advantage of the game, 7-2. With nearly four seconds remaining in the first, sophomore Rebeca Idson (East Atlantic Beach, N.Y.) was able to get one back for the River Hawks as they trailed by four, 7-3, entering halftime.
UMass Lowell took control early in the second half, scoring four consecutive goals in the first ten minutes. Junior Taylor Sokol (Hopkinton, Mass) chipped in with two goals, before Dudley and Keith added a goal apiece, bringing their team within one, 8-7, with 20 minutes to play.
Dartmouth attempted to pull away, firing a free position goal past junior Courtney Barrett (South Burlington, Vt.) for a 9-7 differential, but failed to maintain its lead as the River Hawks evened the score once more with a pair of timely goals. Dudley and Keith provided their third and second goals, respectively, of the tilt to deadlock the contest, 9-9, with just over 10 minutes on the clock.
Down the stretch, UMass Lowell fought hard but the Big Green found a way to lace two more markers as they grinded out the 11-9 victory.
Barrett rejected 11 shots in the outing, while her counterparts combined for 10 saves in the bout.
UMass Lowell is back in action on Saturday, February 4 for a 1 p.m. matinee at instate foe Boston University.
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…
“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
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
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
“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
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
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.