How Early is too Early

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.

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Life After Lacrosse

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…

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…

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

How to: The “Time and Room” Shot

We’ve all seen it, maybe even done it.  Your defender is late with the slide.  You crank back and let it fly, the ball skims the goalie’s ear and slides just under the pipe, that crazy equalizer goal.  These are the types of goals that change the entire momentum of a game and get us amped.  There’s an entire science behind the shot.

When watching someone take the shot, it looks like it’s all in the arms.  However, your entire body needs to work together in order to execute the Time and Room shot and put one in the back of the net when you need it the most.  Here are some tips on how to make that happen.

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13 MLL Players Donate Their Brains to Science

Last week was Major League Lacrosse’s Concussion Awareness Week.  Hundreds of athletes have suffered a concussion at some point during their careers, a fair share coming from lacrosse.

“I was speaking gibberish…I was saying all I wanted to do was eat a large pizza and have a bath.”

-Kevin Crowley, Midfielder for the Charlotte Hounds (MLL)

“In college, one of the other goalies on my team, when I was a sophomore, got two concussions and had to take the year off.  My senior year, my college roommate had concussion symptoms as well. It impacted his life greatly, being able to concentrate and sitting in a dark room.”

-Tyler Fiorito, Goalie for the Boston Cannons (MLL)

Most lacrosse players have either seen or experienced the harsh effects of a concussion, so some major league players have decided to do something about it.

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A Laxer’s Guide: 8 Ways to Beat the Heat

The summer season is literally heating up and you have to play at your best in front of hundreds of coaches ALL day…what do you do to keep your cool?

Well, player safety is key so taking of your pads won’t help, but we’ve thought of  EIGHT ways to MAXIMIZE your performance!

1.) Dress for Success – Wear light colored Dri-fit clothing and make sure you bring extras! Wet clothes contain heat and increase body temperature.

2.)  Let ’em Breath – Wet pads can have the same effect as wet clothes, so putting them in the sun between games is an efficient way to keep them dry and prevents you from becoming the smelly kid.

3.) Drink, Sip, Chug –  Drink AT LEAST 16oz. of water or your favorite sports drink in the morning. If you’re playing for an hour or less you should sip 4-8oz. of water every 15 minutes during play. And if you’re playing all day you should switch between water and a sports drink every 15 minutes. After the day is over you should drink half a gallon of water before going to bed.

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Rumors DII Dowling Will Close Doors

Many of you might remember when underdog Dowling College walked into Gilllete Stadium in 2012 and upset Limestone 11-10. Ever since then the team has struggled to make another appearance, and now the college is struggling to keep it’s doors open.

According to an AP story the institution is apparently over $54 million in debt, and enrollment has dropped 50 percent since 2009. The AP also reports that “President Albert Inserra says in a statement that the school will cease operations on Friday.” So far, there is no evidence on Dowling’s website that indicates that the school is officially closing, but they have announced that both Summer sessions are cancelled.

This comes at an unfortunate time as well for the Dowling Women’s lacrosse team as they advanced to the second round of the tournament this year.

What would you do if your school closed its doors? Comment Below. 

Recruiting Insight from Drexel Head Coach Hannah Rudolff

Hannah Rudloff begins her third year at the head of the Drexel women’s lacrosse team (@DrexelWLax) in 2015-16 season. She was named the head women’s lacrosse coach in July of 2013 after putting in three admirable seasons as assistant coach from 2010-2013, in which she worked very closely to fine tune the Drexel attacking unit.  Rudloff proved to be a strong head coach from the very start as she led the team to victory over Philadelphia’s rivals. Her teams have gone 4-1 against local rivals in her two years, including a perfect 2-0 mark against Villanova and La Salle in 2015.

Rudloff won her first game as a collegiate head coach in the Dragons’ opener in 2014, swiftly taking down George Washington 12-7. She would add victories over local rivals La Salle and Saint Joseph’s making a name for herself right from the beginning.  Rudloff’s 9-8 win over Towson was just another highlight in her career to prove that she was the right choice for the head coach at Drexel.  That victory handed the Tigers just their third regular season CAA loss in the past four seasons.

Rudloff has been responsible for coaching three All-CAA performers and an IWLCA All-Region honoree during her time as the Dragons’ head coach, and also played a huge part in mentoring 2014 Mary Semanik Award winner Amanda Norcini. Under Rudloff’s strong leadership during her time as an assistant, the women’s lacrosse team made notable strides in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Dragons made the 2011 CAA Championship tournament for the first-time in program history, while in the next two years the Dragons continued to play in the post-season, after achieving the program’s most CAA wins with four.

In her previous years before becoming a huge impact at Drexel, Rudloff served as the assistant coach at Marist for the 2010 season for both the offensive and defensive units. She provided the team with strong insight about the game as well as her affective leadership. Rudloff helped the Red Foxes defeat Fairfield in the MAAC Championship Final to earn an NCAA Tournament entry.

Rudloff’s skills do not stop short at coaching as she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, where she fueled the Quakers to three undefeated Ivy League seasons. Rudloff and the Quakers moved on to the NCAA Final Four in each of her final three seasons at UPenn. This included reaching the NCAA championship game in her junior season. She attended nearby West Chester East High School where she earned First Team All-America selection in 2005.

nmfRE8hB1) What advice do you have for players interested in Division I schools?

My best advice is to think about why you’re really interested in playing Division I.  It’s a big commitment, it’s fiercely competitive, and at the end of the day it will be the bulk of your college experience.  Have a good answer for why you want to play DI as opposed to DII or DIII.  If your focus is becoming the best individual lacrosse player you can be, and you are excited by the prospect of working extremely hard to help your team win championships, then you’re on the right track.  I love it when a recruit comes into my office and isn’t afraid to say that they are willing to do what it takes to win a championship.

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

All college coaches get emails all the time, but the best way to get on my radar is to include two things in the body of the email – 1) A specific reason why they are interested in my school and program.  It could be that we offer a certain major, it could be location, it could be that you are excited by the schedule we play.  This piece shows effort on your part and shows us that we’re not just getting a blast email.  But more importantly it tells me that I wouldn’t be wasting my time if I choose to recruit you, because you genuinely already have thought about why you’d want to attend my school.  2) Include a short highlight video.  Stats can only tell so much.  If I can watch a couple minutes on you, that will at least give me a baseline of your athletic ability – speed, agility, awareness, etc.

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

We like to recruit a mix of players that are raw athletes and players that are refined in their skills.  There are a lot of roles to be filled on the field, and there are a huge variety of types of players that can fill those roles.

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

I’d focus on the mental side of the game as early as you can.  Can you push through the last rep of a tough workout?  Can you make a great play to get the ball back after you turn it over?  Can you understand the flow of a game and make decisions appropriately on the field?  These are skills that are vital at the highest level of the game, and ones that take the longest to develop, so we as coaches definitely look for signs that you are mentally tough and focused as we watch you play.

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

I think the accelerated recruiting timelines have lead us to do a lot more homework before we become invested in a player.  A player might look flashy early on, but we want to know if she’s playing other sports, if she has the work ethic to keep improving over her high school career, if she’s applying herself in school. We talk to their club coaches, their high school coaches, anyone who knows the player.  The kids that have had the most success coming through our program are ones that their coaches can’t stop talking about, and so we really take that into consideration early in the process.

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

As much as coaches like to think we’re in control of the process, we aren’t. You hold the keys to the car.  Take as much time as YOU want to make a college decision.  It’s human nature to want to keep up with teammates who may be making commitments, but if you (or your daughter) hasn’t found a fantastic fit for her yet, don’t stop looking.  If you can’t picture yourself at the school if lacrosse wasn’t in the picture, or if there was a different coach, you should really think hard about whether that school is the right place for you.

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