Who’d Make Up the Mount Rushmore of Loyola Men’s Lacrosse?

Loyola Maryland’s Men’s Lacrosse has always produced top players in the NCAA. Below are the four fantastic players that made the cut for the consideration of “Who would make up the ‘Mount Rushmore’ of Loyola Maryland’s Men’s Lacrosse.

1. Defenseman Joe Fletcher (2011-14) – Finalist for the Tewaaraton Award – college lacrosse’s version of the Heisman Trophy – and only the second defenseman in the award’s 15-year history to be named a finalist… Winner of the William C. Schmeisser Award given to the country’s outstanding defenseman in 2014… One of the university’s two multiple first-team All-Americans, in 2013 and 2014… Third in school history in career caused turnovers with 76.

2. Midfielder Mark Frye (1996-99) – University’s first two-time first-team All-American in 1998 and 1999… 12th in school history in all-time goals with 93… Greyhounds went 42-13 with Frye on the team and advanced to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals in each of his last three seasons.

3. Attackman Gary Hanley (1978-81) – Three-time All-American who achieved first-team status in 1981… School record-holder in career points (311), goals (151), and assists (160)…. Owner of top three single-season performances in points (89 in 1981, 86 in 1980, and 83 in 1979) and three of top four in assists (45 each in 1980 and 1979 and 42 in 1981)… Sparkplug who registered five goals and two assists in the 1981 squad’s 17-14 loss to Adelphi in the NCAA Division II tournament final.

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Schneider Gets The Nod to Become Full Time Assistant at UMass

University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella announced Doc Schneider has been promoted to assistant coach ahead of the 2015-16 school year. Schneider served as a volunteer assistant during 2014-15 after five years as an assistant coach from 2010-14 and four more as a starting goalkeeper for the Minutemen prior to that. Doc was an All-American while he was in uniform for the Minutemen.

Doc Schneider will fill the role of the offensive coordinator while being a mentor towards the goalies.

“I would like to thank Coach (Greg) Cannella for the opportunity to come back to UMass,” Schneider said. “This program has molded me into the person I am today and I could not be more grateful and excited to be back at a place I care so much about. I have no doubt that I have grown tremendously as a person from my experiences this past year and I believe this will lead me to become a better coach.”

Schneider worked with the offense while he served as a full-time volunteer in 2015 and simultaneously assisted in all aspects of on- and off-field preparations. Prior to the most recent season, Schneider was responsible for various components of the direction of the defense and goalie units during the 2010-14 campaigns.

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Players That Could Join Paul Rabil as the Face of Lacrosse

Even if you are not too familiar with lacrosse, you may have heard the name Paul Rabil.  Rabil has had tremendous success on and off the lacrosse field.  He has won NCAA Championships, MLL titles, and boasts a 112mph shot.  These traits, combined with smart business decision and a desire to grow the game, have made Rabil into lacrosse’s first millionaire and also the face of the sport.  However, a growing sport needs more than one marquee player.  Here are several candidates that could join Rabil as the face of lacrosse.

1. Kyle Harrison – A former teammate of Paul Rabil at Johns Hopkins and a current player for the Ohio Machine, Harrison has taken advantage of the MLL’s transition to more of an open market.  Endorsement deals with STX, Adrenaline Lacrosse, and Tomahawk Shades have helped Harrison establish himself.  Harrison also boasts a Twitter following that even Paul Rabil calls impressive (22.5k).

2. Rob Pannell – RP3 is only a few years into his MLL career but has already made a huge impact.  A teammate of Rabil’s in New York, Pannell has racked up deals with Brine and Wheaties.  Pannell also shares Rabil’s desire to grow the sport of lacrosse as well as his own personal brand. Continue reading…

Growing the Game: Face Off Clinics Soar in Japan

In a recent article, Chris Raffa (Maryland), Matt Schomburg (Adelphi/Team Australia) and Christopher Jinno (Team Japan) traveled to Japan as FOGOLAX to tech face off techniques to Japanese teens.

The trip signifies the spread of the sport and the interest the world has in it. The team was surprised to see the knowledge of American and lacrosse culture that the athletes had in Japan.  The clinic’s success provides hope for the sport as it continues to grow internationally. Watch the experience below:

 

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Rival Schools Excel on the Field and in the Classroom

“The Rivalry” dates back to 1884 in a football match up between Lehigh Mountain Hawks and the Lafayette Leopards resulting in pure domination for the Leopards. Since that day the rivalry has spanned across all athletics and academics. The power struggle in the Patriot League stems from these two esteemed institutions. The growing sport of lacrosse has always thrived as a game of strategy, talent and intelligence, where the majority of the schools hold their athletes to a very high standard.To be eligible for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League’s winter or spring championship sports.

Both Lehigh (@LehighLacrosse) and Lafayette (@LafayetteMLAX) managed to send 16 players each to this list.

Lehigh sent Cody Triolo, a sophomore Civil Engineering student to the list with an impressive 4.0, while Lafayette sent a record freshman class of 8 players to the Academic Honor Roll list.

Lehigh posted this video the night before the big game:

This year the two teams faced off in April and the game provided nothing less than what the fans wanted. The game ended in an 11-10 thriller win for the Mountain Hawks.

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Big Ten is a Big Win for Johns Hopkins Lacrosse

Johns Hopkins has always been a school that cherishes the game of lacrosse.  While the rest of athletes who wear the Blue Jay uniform compete at the Division III level, lacrosse is a Division I sport.  Johns Hopkins is one of the most storied programs in college lacrosse history, amassing over 40 national championships, including 9 modern day NCAA Division I titles.  Recently, the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team failed to make a NCAA tournament berth.  2013 marked the first time that the Blue Jays would not play in the postseason since 1971.  Soon after this development, the University decided to end its tradition of non-affiliation and announced that it would be joining the newly formulated Big Ten conference.  On June 17, 2015, Johns Hopkins announced that the women’s lacrosse program would also be joining the Big Ten conference beginning with the 2016-2017 season.

Although the lady Blue Jays are moving away from non-affiliation, a trait that has made them unique, there is a lot to be said for joining the Big Ten.  The men’s lacrosse team’s season has proved that Hopkins is able to flourish in a conference setting, earning the Big Ten’s first ever conference title with a 13-6 victory over Ohio State.  The Blue Jays went on to make a run to the NCAA tournament where they lost to fellow conference member and storied rival, Maryland.  Although a NCAA tournament run was cut short, the Blue Jays thrived during their first season in the Big Ten.

Furthermore, the Big Ten has emerged as one of college lacrosse’s premier conferences on both the men’s and women’s side. Continue reading…