MADLAX East coast Summer Showcase Team MVP Brian Wilmans 2019

Poolesville, MD – Brian Wilmans was awarded Team MVP at this year’s MADLAX East coast Summer Showcase, a tournament littered with 225 top-notch players representing 22 states and Canada along with over 20 college coaches.

Brian, a face-off midfielder with 20 wins over 3 games, felt that his choice to be smart with the ball helped lead him to gain Team MVP honors.

“I just think being smart with the ball, either popping it to myself or giving it to my teammates going up the field, not making turnovers”

Watch our interview with Brian Wilmans, a 2019 face-off midfielder from Bullis School School and MADLAX, to hear more of what he had to say after the showcase.

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MADLAX East coast Summer Showcase All-Star MVP David Dorsett 2018

Poolesville, MD – David Dorsett took home both Team MVP and All-Star MVP honors at this year’s MADLAX East coast Summer Showcase, a tournament littered with 225 top-notch players representing 22 states and Canada along with over 20 college coaches.

What was David’s (who just started playing lacrosse competitively) secret sauce for claiming the crown of All-Star MVP? With his 5 goals in 3 games, David’s answer was simple and unselfish: timing and his teammates…spoken like a true champion.

“I just made plays at the right time and got open at the right time and if it wasn’t for my teammates, both my of goals were certainly assisted by my teammates and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here”

Watch our interview with David Dorsett, a 2018 midfielder from Bishop Ireton High School and MADLAX, to hear more of what he had to say after the showcase.

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FCA Pulls Off Another National Championship Win

On Sunday FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) defeated L.I. Express north to win the U15 boys national championship for the third straight year. What separated FCA from the Express would be their efficiency at the Face-Off X. Jordan Ginder dominated at the X which would give FCA primary ball control for the majority of the game.

“Ginder did a great job and we had the ball a lot,” said FCA coach Bryan Kelly.

FCA pumped in 3 early goals to give them a quick lead thanks to the ball control at the X. The end of the first quarter was 5-1 in FCA’s favor. Express buckled down in the second though and only gave up two goals to make it 7-2 going into the half. Coming out of the half the Express scored 3 to make the score 7-5, but with 1:30 left FCA went on a serious run to seal the deal and scored 5 goals.

Both teams are known for the division one talent that they possess on their rosters, and neither team was ready to roll over during the game. Express showed great reliance and fight, which will always make a coach proud. The final score of the game ended up being 12-6 in FCA’s favor, FCA had a finishing record of 7-0.

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MLL Scoring Leaders Leading Teams to Big Results

It goes without saying that in order to win games, you have to score goals.  There are three players in the league that are currently doing that better than everyone else.  All three of these lacrosse stars are contributing greatly to their teams’ success and two of them are making strong contentions for MLL MVP this year.

1. Rob Pannell – RP3 has been lighting it up this season.  The former Cornell University attackman is part of the offensive storm that has propelled the New York Lizards to first place in the league.  Pannell has tallied 63 points so far this year, 37 goals and 26 assists.  These numbers are a huge reason why Pannell is in the 2015 MVP conversation.  With one week to go before the playoffs begin, it won’t be a surprise if Pannell continues to add to his already impressive totals.

2. Kieran McArdle – Although the Florida Launch are sitting in second to last place and short on a few wins, McArdle is by no means short of goals this season.  The attackman has netted 43 goals this season and assisted 15 times.  These impressive numbers, along with Lyle Thompson’s hot start to his MLL career spell good things for the Launch going into next season. Continue reading…

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.

Follow Doc and the rest of the Minutemen here @UMassMLacrosse !

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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Goaltending Powers Machine into Second Place in the MLL

The Ohio Machine only sit 2 games behind the leading New York Lizards in the MLL standings. Now tied with the Boston Cannons, the Machine are set to face the Rochester Rattlers on July 4th.

The Machine owe their recent victories (5-1 in their last 6 games) to the outstanding goaltending by Brian Phipps and Scott Rodgers. Phipps is second in the league in wins and is coming off a dominating performance between to pipes by making 22 saves on 34 shots against the Rattlers. Phipps stood on his head in the fourth quarter making 9 game clinching stops!

Phipps has proven to be a steady brick wall for the Machine as they continue to roll through the competition on their way to the playoffs. Scott Rodgers has appeared in one game this season and made 12 saves. Rodgers, the 2010 Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championships, has been doing a lot of off-field work with camps and young lacrosse players. The Notre Dame alum is very involved in growing the sport.


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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.

To continue reading click below to see the full list of honorees. Follow this historic rivalry and many more @ConnectLax on twitter!  Continue reading…

NYC Mayor’s Cup Recap

From May 30-31 New York City’s finest lacrosse players were showcased at the NYC Mayor’s Cup at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn. The high school athletes were broken up into teams based on their high school’s affiliation: Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL), Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) and independent schools.

On Sunday May 31st, both the Boys and Girls championship games took place.

The first championship game ended with an 18-7 dominating win for the Independent Girls over the PSAL Girls team. The MVP of the game was Julia Massaro (Stanford commit) with three goals and two assists. Morgan Dougherty (Washington and Lee commit) and Grace Bell (Vanderbilt commit) added to the overwhelming offensive presence for the Independent Girls in their romp of the PSAL team. The PSAL team although outnumbered in college commits, did have their own utilize their fire power during the game. Nicole Barbella (Georgian Court University commit) scored a goal while Monica Riskevich added two late in the game. However, it was the MVP who sealed the deal with the last goal of the game.

Independent School Girls 18 def. PSAL Girls 7

MVP: Julia Massaro (Rye Country Day/Stanford University)

Scoring Summary:
1st Half:
(IND) 24:32 goal by #29 Grace Bell (Poly Prep) assisted by #12 Alex Schein (Dalton)
(IND) 23:15 goal by #28 Morgan Dougherty (Convent of the Sacred Heart)
(PSAL) 21:30 goal by #6 Nicole Barbella (Tottenville)
(IND) 20:59 goal by #13 Shai Goodman (Fieldston) assisted by #4 Julia Massaro (Rye Country Day)
(IND) 19:58 goal by #8 Jane Kleiner (Poly Prep) assisted by Alex Schein
(PSAL) 19:14 goal by #7 Samantha Caruselle (Tottenville)
(PSAL) 16:30 goal by #10 Monica Gorlinsha (Brooklyn Tech)
(IND) 15:40 goal by Grace Bell
(IND) 13:59 goal by #16 Ella Boublik (Trinity)
(IND) 13:27 goal by Morgan Dougherty assisted by Grace Bell
(IND) 12:33 goal by Ella Boublik
(IND) 10:36 goal by Julia Massaro (Rye Country Day)
(IND) 10:16 goal by Morgan Dougherty assisted by Shai Goodman
(IND) 6:58 goal by Shai Goodman
(IND) 4:04 goal by Grace Bell assisted by Shai Goodman
(PSAL) 0:11 goal by #8 Cynthia Chu (Brooklyn Tech)

Second Half:
(IND) 22:38 goal by #3 Amanda Rosenstein (Hackley)
(IND) 20:20 goal by Julia Massaro assisted by Amanda Rosenstein
(IND) 18:23 goal by Ella Boublik assisted by Shai Goodman
(PSAL) 15:29 goal by #18 Jade Banham (James Madison HS)
(IND) 11:56 goal by #7 Mairead Gormley (Poly Prep)
(IND) 9:53 goal by Shai Goodman assisted by Julia Massaro
(PSAL) 7:59 goal by #14 Monica Riskevich (Midwood)
(PSAL) 5:48 goal by Monica Riskevich
(IND) 1:53 goal by Julia Massaro

The primetime game of Sunday was the NYC boys championship game. The CHSAA team was going to be down a few players due to their Iona Prep Allstars playing in the New York State championship. The game’s first half was highlighted by the outstanding goaltending by Paul Schwarz (Anna Maria commit). Schwarz had a 6 save first quarter and a solid second half leading into the break. The CHSAA coach then made a grave mistake by taking out his net minder which lead to the team’s demise. The second half was controlled by the Independent Boys and their sharp shooters. From the beginning of the game two standouts were, Cornell commit, Sam Welch and Tufts commit James Firpo as they worked the ball around elegantly and added some points on the board. However, it was Riley van den Broek (Williams commit) who stole the show with 5 goals and 1 assist to become the game’s MVP.

Boys Championship Game Results
Sunday, May 31

Independent School Boys 14def. CHSAA Boys 9

MVP: Riley van den Broek(Rye Country Day)

Scoring Summary:
1st Quarter:
(IND) 9:16 goal by #32 James Firpo (Hackley)
(IND) 7:39 goal by #8 Colin Shea (Horace Mann)

2nd Quarter:
(CHSAA) 9:24 goal by #22 Vito Barraco (St. Joseph by-the-Sea)
(IND) 9:06 goal by Colin Shea assisted by #1 Chris White (Fieldston)
(CHSAA) 7:41 goal by #19 Jeff Perez (Cardinal Hayes) assisted by #2 Chris Wilson (Cardinal Spellman)
(CHSAA) 7:20 goal by Vito Barraco
(CHSAA) 3:22 goal by #10 Will Randell (Fordham Prep)

3rd Quarter:
(IND) 10:00 goal by #5 Sam Welch (Hackley)
(CHSAA) 9:11 goal by #12 Roberto Rivera (St. Raymond) assisted by Vito Barraco
(IND) 7:08 goal by Colin Shea
(IND) 5:35 goal by #17 Riley van den Broek(Rye Country Day) assisted by Colin Shea
(CHSAA) 4:23 goal by Vito Barraco
(IND) 2:13 goal by Riley van den Broek
(IND) 1:30 goal by Sam Welch

4th Quarter:
(IND) 10:28 goal by Will Halloran (Rye Country Day) assisted by Chris White
(CHSAA) 10:07 goal by #21 Chris Kownacki (Iona Prep)
(IND) 9:03 goal by Chris White assisted by Riley van den Broek.
(CHSAA) 8:14 goal by #11 Eamon Coughlin (Fordham Prep)
(IND) 6:39 goal by James Firpo
(CHSAA) 4:17 goal by Chris Wilson
(IND) 3:54 goal by Riley van den Broek
(IND) 2:08 goal by Riley van den Broek

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Recruiting Insight: Josh Lambert of Otterbein Univ.

Josh is a first-year graduate assistant for the men’s lacrosse program at Ottberbein University.

Josh was a four-year letterman at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.V. He served as a faceoff specialist and defensive middie in college, compiling a .683 faceoff percentage and snagging 368 ground balls over his four seasons. In addition, he tallied nine goals and dished out 15 assists.

A 2009 graduate of nearby Hilliard Davidson High School, Josh earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Wheeling and will be working towards his master’s of business while at Otterbein. He hopes to ultimately enter into coaching at the college level or begin a career in the marketing field.

If you were a recruit right now how would you approach the DIII recruiting scene?

I would be open and willing to take as many visits as possible. It’s important to experience a lot of different college environments. There are no athletic scholarships involved in DIII and no fixed timeline for making a decision. So, I would take my time and explore every option. I would not feel rushed.

When looking at a lacrosse program it’s also important to understand the head coach. Is he a player’s coach or a performance coach? A player’s coach focuses on the all-around experience of his players. He looks to help or get involved in the classroom while making sure players excel on the field. A performance coach focuses mostly on the athletic development of his players. It depends what experience a student-athlete is looking for. It’s super important to understand the makeup of a lacrosse team as well.

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

Go to as many lacrosse events and recruiting functions as possible. Be sure to meet your target coaches and ask them questions.

Each school probably has a recruiting questionnaire on their website. Fill this out. It puts you directly into the recruit database. Then the coaching staff can start evaluating you.

What’s a question you wished recruits asked you more during the recruiting process?

Well, we generally ask recruits what they want to accomplish in five years and where they want to be. Most of the prospective recruits are seniors, so we choose five years because they’ll be seniors in college by that time. This helps us understand what a recruit wants to accomplish in their time at college.

Recruits should also ask the coaching staff where they will be in five years. This helps the recruits understand a particular coach’s commitment level. Head Coach Colin Hartnett was a DIII player, for instance. He coaches a DIII program now. He is a fixture in our program and will continue to be for a while.

For some young coaches, their current job may be a stepping stone to a top assistant role or even a head coaching job somewhere else. There’s nothing wrong with that, but as a recruit it’s important to know.

What indications help you determine if a good high school player will be a great college player?

First we watch the recruit’s highlight tape to see how skilled they are.

Then, in our initial meeting with the recruit we look for the intangibles. These attributes are evident in conversation. We can get a sense for a young player’s character and his interest in the program, for example.

What’s special about being a student-athlete at Otterbein?

Our location is great. We’re 10 minutes from downtown Columbus. This means players can get great internships when they’re not playing lacrosse. We also have top-notch facilities including a brand new astro turf field and a new state-of-the-art weight room.

The coaching staff is really special here. Each coach has a second responsibility. For example, Coach Hartnett helps market all the fall sporting events whether it’s through word-of-mouth or posting bulletins around campus. Our players also have interactions with other varsity coaches as well. The head volleyball coach advises our Student Athlete Advisory Council. The soccer coaches let our guys shag balls during the fall. It’s awesome how our players get to interact with coaches from other teams.

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