Clash of the Titans

In less than 24 hours the U-19 world games will get underway. The best prep players from around the world will be strapping up their pads and throwing on their nations colors.

For the boys in the red, white, AND blue this week is all about restoring pride. In last few years a very skilled team Canada has beaten team USA in a series of heart breakers.

In the 2014 FIL U-19 world games team Canada defeated team USA 8-5 to claim gold. Last year, in the indoor championships, team Canada defeated USA 12-8 to claim another gold medal. And earlier this year, team Canada once again beat team USA 14-13 in an OT thriller.

“The tradition of this event as a whole, what it means to put on the Red, White and Blue, and the responsibility we have crossing that border are all things that are very important to us. At the end of the day, it’s not a pressure situation. It’s an exciting opportunity. We appreciate it for what it is. We understand the challenge that lies ahead, and we look forward to attacking it.”

Nick Myers, Head coach Team USA

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Little Giants: Lax Edition

Imagine playing on the biggest stage the game has to offer, with free gear thrown your way, and ESPN announcers calling your name after making a HUGE play. For some U13 players this fantasy became a reality at the 2nd Annual Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse (WSYL).

That’s right, a swarm of teenage lax bros, and lax gals now, were treated to an amazing weekend of lacrosse by the Denver Outlaws and the founder of the MLL, Jake Steinfeld.

The teams that attended the event were selected by a blue ribbon panel of youth lacrosse coaches. The chosen teams then competed in regional qualifiers for the chance to play in Sports Authority Fields at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.

“Creating the pinnacle of youth lacrosse as we did for the professional game is another dream come true. Bringing great partners and friends like The Coca-Cola Company, Warrior, MET-Rx, Wheels Up, the Denver Outlaws organization and ESPN will make this the greatest youth lacrosse experience on the planet.”

Jake Steinfeld, Co-Founder of the MLL

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Down Under: Opportunities with the ALA

After one month of international play, Dan and Paul have been lighting up the stage with multiple points per game and leading Williamstown Lacrosse Club to a 3-0 start. After their third game, other American imports joined together with Dan and Paul and played a little USA vs. Australia matchup. Joined by Dan and Paul was Harvard defensemen Jack Breit who caught media attention this year after blasting a hole through the Yale goalie’s stick and scoring.

Many great players like Jack jump at the opportunity to play abroad and I think everyone should look into it. Dan and Paul have been working in a restaurant and a warehouse during the day and having practices and hanging out with their teammates in the club house at night. The two are staying with separate families that are a part of the Williamstown Lacrosse Club and have been more than enjoying their time with them.
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                                                   Dan Murray (4) Paul Werner (2)

I think more lacrosse players should look into this AMAZING opportunity to experience an entire different realm of lacrosse and culture. CLICK CONTINUE READING to learn more about this opportunity and how they got started!

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Nat175 Best of the Best Standouts

This past week National 175 held its tournament, Best of the Best,                                               on Long Island. After talking to some of theCmOA4wFWQAAZFH2 kids playing out there and watching play myself, I can definitely say the competition was fierce. The divisions ranged from 2017 all the way to 2024, which makes me feel extremely old. The CT Chargers (2017 & 2020), Team LI (2018 & 2024), and LI Outlaws Select (2022 & 2023) all had multiple teams win their divisions, while ADVNC SAC 2019 and the Dukes 2021 won their divisions as well. Game play was held in multiple locations including Garden City, Uniondale, and Hicksville depending on the age group. Sadly, I only had the chance to watch the older divisions so this article focuses on them.

There were definitely some standout players at the tournament. This list is only a few of the vast numbers of talented players and athletes.

Class of 2017

Mike Pullano, M, 32 / Manhasset High School, NY

Mike is a middie but also a face-off guy. He did a great job on the face-offs because of his aggression and clear heart. It is impossible to win a game if you cannot possess the ball, and winning face-offs leads to more possessions.

Class of 2018

Eddie Arnold, D, 32 / Manhasset High School, NY

Eddie was a starter for his varsity team as a freshman this past year. He’s extremely athletic and fast. His stick and ball handling skills were impressive and he was clearly an asset for 32 coming out of the back end.

DJ Baraniuk, M, Thunder / Mount Olive High School, NJ

DJ truly controls the tempo on the offensive end. His ability to calm his teammates and amp them up when need be was astonishing to see in a player his age. DJ’s great at pushing the ball out of transition and his vision enables him to get the job done.

Class of 2019

Connor Drake, M/A, CT Chargers / Wilton High School, CT

Connor was clearly one of the most dominant players on the field. He was fast and electric, making it extremely difficult to guard him. His feeding capabilities and outside shooting made him a threat all over the field.

Patrick Chisholm, G, NJ Riot

Patrick is a strong goalkeeper and a good, solid ball stopper. He was active in the clears and also showed leadership by directing traffic on the defensive end.

Black Ewaskey, LSM, Bucks Select

Black is aggressive offball which leads to many opportunities for groundballs. He went after gbs with the same aggression that he demonstrated throughout the game. He also seemed to be a great asset for Bucks Select in their clears.

DJ Kelly, A, NJ Riot / Bergen Catholic High School, NJ

DJ is a lefty attackman. His amazing vision allows him to string together feeds left and right making him a huge offensive threat.

 

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Tuft Decision for Mike Daly

When Lars Tiffany announced he was going to be the next coach for the University of Virginia the lax community threw him into the spotlight. But, now that all the hype has faded there comes a new question, who will be the man to fill his shoes?

While the light was shining bright on UVA, Brown found their man. Mike Daly, former Tufts coach, has just announced the he’ll be taking over for the bears.

“Mike Daly is a terrific coach, has a proven track record of success and is the architect of the offense that has brought Brown so much success over the last two years…He has experience recruiting quality student-athletes who excel equally on the field and in the classroom.”

-Jack Hayes, Brown Athletic Director

In his 18 seasons with Tufts, Daly has posted a record of 244-83, while winning 7 NESCAC titles and making 9 NCAA tournament appearances. And oh yeah, 3 national championships in 2010, 2014, and 2015. In 2014 he orchestrated an offense that set an NCAA record of 423 goals in a single season. AND Daly is among the top 10 active coaches for winning percentage.

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Under Armour finds “Shooting Stars”

Over 4,000 fans piled into Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University to watch 88 of the best high school players battle it out in the 11th annual Under Armour All-American game this Saturday, and boy did they get their money’s worth!

The North Controlled the game at the “X” winning 24 of 42 draws while the south only pulled in 18. The most impressive part was that there were no face-off violations the entire game! This shows serious poise for a group of incoming freshman playing in front of a crowd bigger than most regular season NCAA games.

The South got off to a quick 7-3 start, however, given their difficulties to gain possession. Cole Williams (4G/1A) , the MVP of the game, helped the south take the lead with 3 goals in the first quarter.

“We played well in transition, and I was able to get by my defender when the defense wasn’t set and put a couple in the back of the net.”

– Cole Williams, Loyola Blakefield 

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Growing the Game: Lax Goes International

Kids Lacrosse The World is an organization that focuses on growing the sport of lacrosse in rural communities throughout the world through community involvement and development at the youth level.  They strive to influence and impact the lives of youth through physical education and healthy lifestyles.  In May, Founder Elliott Couch and others visited the Butula Hekima Academy in Kenya, Africa to start a youth lacrosse program.

When they arrived, they started to build some lacrosse goals, made from a cut-down tree.   A crowd of students gathered around them, watching intently.  The students began to help lace the nets and in no time they constructed two full size, 6×6 working lacrosse goals.  The goals made the field, which was home to the grazing school cows and chickens, into the students’ very own lacrosse field.

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Tips for the Traveling Laxer

Summer is finally here, and with it comes recruiting season.  You travel all over the place to attend various tournaments and showcases, hoping to catch the eye of a coach.  As you get more serious about your recruiting process, you undoubtedly also make college visits to check out schools that interest you and sit down with coaches face to face.

For those of you that intend to fly to your destination, you know it can be pretty difficult for a lacrosse player to make the trip.  Here are a few tips that can make that flight easier and allow you to be your best when you reach the gate.

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Home of the Brave

Playing for your country is an honor only a few athletes ever get the chance to have. With the 2016 Summer Olympics coming up, many athletes around the world are getting ready to compete for their country and demonstrate their patriotism. Ironically, US Lacrosse just announced 105 names of people that will be able to compete for a spot on next year’s women’s national team. Tryouts will be held in early August, when the names will be wilted down to 36 following the three day try-out. The 36 athletes will train and eventually only 18 will represent the US in next year’s campaign for the world title.

The youngest people trying out graduate from college in 2019 and the oldest person is Devon Willis, who graduated in 2006. The age difference between players could potentially be more than ten years. One of the youngest people trying out is Lindsey Ronbeck, an attacker from Florida who was named Rookie of the Year by Inside Lacrosse. Ronbeck started every single game her freshman season and was third in points on Florida. She also had four game winning goals, showing she can perform under immense pressure. Ronbeck won silver with the U-19 team at last summer’s games.

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