Davis Sampere (’16 Faceoff) Commits to High Point University

Congratulations to Davis Sampere of Leesville Road High on his commitment to the DI program High Point University!

Why did you choose this college?
I decided on High Point University because I thought it was the best opportunity for me, due to the fact that it has everything that I wanted in a college.  Small classes, great professors and an amazing campus plus it is close to home so my family can come.  The lacrosse team with its coaching staff has so much potential and is getting better and better each year.

What other colleges did you consider?
Mercer, Furman and Salisbury.

Lacrosse honors
4x First Team All-Conference
1x Conference Player of the Year
1st Team All-State
1st Team All-Region
2x N&O All-Metro
US All-American

Academic honors
A,B honor roll all 4 years

Other (special thanks, etc.)
I want to thank my family, coaches, and teammates for supporting me through this process I couldn’t have done it without all of you.

Davis Sampere

Cam Fiore (’18 Goalie) Commits to Brown

When I got back home from High Point this spring my brother had been hired as the Seton Hall Prep JV coach so I decided to help out at a couple practices and games. “Help out” was my excuse to shoot on this kid every day until my back gave out.

Having a solid senior goalie in net for the Pirates, (Colin Kirst, Lehigh ’20) who had been the starter for three years, Fiore had to spend his spring season getting reps for the JV squad. The first time I met him I was warming him up for a game and as it started getting closer to face-off I decided to start putting some heat on it, but Fiore stood tall and yelled, “Hey Coach, you can speed it up a little ya know!”

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His competitive nature is one of a kind and his work ethic off the field is CRAZY. He is ranked #1 in his class and it truly translates onto the field. He is a smart, confident, athletic goalie who has shooters banging their sticks on the ground over frustration. He added this in an interview about his recruitment process:

“I was always looking to set myself up to go a high-academic school. With that goal in mind, I forced myself to keep my grades high and I made sure to work on my game. Sometimes, that means other things have to take a backseat. When I’m doing seven hours of homework or I have to go to practice, that sometimes means I can’t go to a party or hang out with friends.”

I knew eventually someone would snag this kid and I’m glad it was the Final Four contending Brown Bears. Now I get to shoot on a Brown goalie during school breaks. Congrats Cam.

 

West Coast Best Coast

Back in 2013, I attended an Adrenaline showcase in San Diego, CA working as a scorekeeper and it was the first time I experienced the raw offensive talent of West Coast players. Behind the backs, ankle-breaking split dodges, and low to high shots are the arsenal of these dangerous athletes.

Since that tournament I have watched every Adrenaline All-American game and it never seems to disappoint. HERE are the highlights of this year’s matchup of the best players West of the Mississippi:

Not only was it a great showing of exciting lacrosse, but the players also got to debut the first look at Epoch’s new line of protective equipment, Integra. CLICK ‘CONTINUE READING’ FOR PHOTOS.

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Recruiting Insight with NECC Coach of the Year Otero

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Thomas Otero just finished his second season as Head Coach of Southern Vermont. He has led the team to two tournament appearances in as many years of the team’s existence. Coach Otero was named NECC Coach of the Year and he also coached the NECC Player of the Year this year. Coach Otero has been coaching for forty years and worked as an educator for thirty.

1. What advice do you have for players interested in DIII schools?

You have to pick a school that you want to go to for your educational choices first and then your athletic choices second. You have to research the schools that you want while gaining the most information possible by talking to current students at those universities.

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

We’re a small school and mostly regional in the northeast area. We also get some people from Florida and California as well because of the lack of small, DIII schools in those areas. Personal emails also do a lot because it shows true interest. Filling out the recruit me questionnaire continues to show interest and phone calls are great as well.

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

I want the athlete who is dedicated, has great work ethic, and will push themselves to be a good student, a good person, and a good lacrosse player. Sometimes that person is the raw athlete and sometimes it’s the seasoned athlete that I can teach new things in order for them to become a better athlete.

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

Number one—STICK SKILLS!! Wall ball is the best. If you can do 15 minutes of wall ball everyday then your stick skills will dramatically increase. You must be ambidextrous at the collegiate level to bring your game to the next level. The game of lacrosse is highly technical and stick skills are at the center of that.

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

Being a small school, sometimes we get pushed out into the fringe. There’s a lot of push right now to modify the recruiting profile and I think that is most likely on the horizon.

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

This is a big decision for the athlete. Go and see the schools! Experience them! Look at class size and location. They need to ask themselves, “Are they going to be happy here if they don’t have lacrosse in their life?” And if the answer to that question is yes, then that school most likely is a great fit. It should not be a snap decision, it should be timely with a lot of thought process.

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Hampton Pirates Find Gold in 1st Recruiting Class

When someone mentions Hampton University and sports never has lacrosse been a topic of conversation. Historically, Hampton has always been a basketball power house.However, that all might change soon for coach Lloyd Carter and his Pirates after taking a look at their first official recruiting class.

After looking through a few of the highlight tapes one word comes to mind when describing all of these players…ATHLETE. Not only can these guys  run like the wind, throw kids down to the floor, and switch directions before you see it coming. They also have a knack for putting the ball in the net with STYLE.

Right off the bat the Pirates grabbed two D1 transfers from St.John’s, Malcolm Flynn and Andrew Gray. They also snagged a JuCo transfer from ASA College, Kier Johnson, who has one of the most legit commitment videos I’ve ever seen.

The Pirates have also recruited two phenomenal goalies, Josh Tarver (Centerville HS,) and Kevin Mondy Jr. (Hillcrest HS), both with lightning quick hands.

As well as attackmen John Tarver (Centerville HS) and Preston Randolph (Episcopal HS, Va) who can virtually score from anywhere.

 

 

Blaze Fire John Tucker After 10 Games

The Atlanta Blaze fired Head Coach and General Manager John Tucker on Thursday after less than one season at the helm. Tucker’s departure comes after the Blaze lost its third consecutive game to the Denver Outlaws on Saturday to move to 3-7, good for eighth place in the MLL.

Associate Head Coach Dave Huntley will assume the head coach role for the rest of the season, starting with a game on Thursday against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Spencer Ford, Director of Player Personnel, will take over the General Manager position in relief of Tucker.

“We appreciate the contributions that John Tucker made to the Blaze and wish him the very best going forward,” said Peter Trematerra in the team’s press release.

Tucker joined the Blaze as it began its inaugural MLL season, following two seasons as head coach of the Boston Cannons, where he won the MLL Brine Coach of the Year award in 2015. He also served as head coach of Los Angeles Riptide from 2006 to 2008 and the Chesapeake Bayhawks for 2009 and 2010.

Tucker made multiple coaching stops in the NLL, including with the Philadelphia Wings (now New England Black Wolves), where he replaced Huntley in 2010.

He also spent time in the high school ranks, as well, leading the Gilman School and Loyola Blakefield to four combined Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championships.

Tucker played at Johns Hopkins, winning the 1984 NCAA championship. He also won three gold medals with Team USA in 1986, 1990 and 1994. He starred with the Wings, leading them to titles in 1989 and 1990.

Bernhardt Named Princeton Defensive Coordinator

Jesse Bernhardt has been a Major League Lacrosse champion, a World Championships runner-up and a coach and player at the NCAA Final Four. He now brings that winning experience to the Princeton men’s lacrosse coaching staff.

Bernhardt, who most recently has helped the Rutgers program back into the national spotlight while coaching defense and face-offs, will become the Princeton defensive coordinator under head coach Matt Madalon.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity to part of Princeton lacrosse, ” Bernhardt said. “I want to thank Matt and Mollie [Ford Family Director of Athletics Mollie Marcoux] for the opportunity to be at an instituation such as this one. I’m looking forward to getting started and meeting the guys and helping to bring stability to the program.”

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About Time Women’s Lacrosse!

Week 7: The 411 w/ Halle Majorana.

This week I caught up with one of my former high school teammates and current lacrosse superstar Halle Majorana. Halle graduated from Syracuse University this past year. She was an offensive powerhouse in the ACC this year and was selected to the IWLCA All-American Team, the ACC All-American Team, and was an ACC All-Tournament Team selection. She finished this season with 45 goals and 34 assists, making her ranked fifth nationally in points. Halle currently plays for the Long Island Sound.

What was your first thought when you heard about the league and when did you decide you wanted to get involved?

When I first heard about the pro league I was very excited. I wasn’t ready to finish my career and to hear that I wouldn’t have to end it right away was amazing. The pro league is the change we need for women’s sports and it’s awesome to see them trying to turn the game professionally like they did with the guys game.

What was the transition like between playing for Syracuse, one of the best collegiate teams in the country, to playing for the Long Island Sound, ranked number one professionally?

The pro level is being played at such a fast pace so it definitely took a little bit of time to get used to the 90 second shot clock, but after a couple plays I really started getting used to it and really enjoyed playing at the quicker pace.

WOMENS LACROSSEFavorite pregame meal.

Does Iced Coffee count?

Favorite pump-up song.

All the Way Up

Favorite new rule.

Moving on the whistle!

 

 

What is it like playing with and against some of the lacrosse legends you grew up watching like Katrina Dowd?

It’s amazing getting to play against people that I grew up idolizing. Lining up on attack alongside Katrina Dowd is just insane. It’s crazy to think I grew up watching her play in college, idolizing her every move, and now get to play with her. I’m so lucky with where the game of lacrosse has taken me and the friendships it has given me along the way!

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Week 6: The Inside Scoop.

This week I had the pleasure to interview some of the professional players themselves on their drive down to Virginia. Colleen Magarity and Kasey Mock of the Boston Storm gave me the inside scoop on the UWLX!

Do you have any go to pregame rituals/meals?

When I was in college we always had pregame meals as a team, but now in the professional league it’s not as structured because people are traveling from all over. Oatmeal is my game day morning meal! And chugging water! Always!!

-Colleen

Do you have any pump up songs?

We’ve been listening to some great pump up songs on our drive down. Justin Beiber is always pretty great and Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling is one of my current favorites. I always listen to music before my games. We have to pick goal songs, which is kind of high pressure, and I chose Fortunate Son by Creedance Clearwater Revival.

-Colleen

I went with Missy Eliiot’s Gossip Folk even though it’s pretty rare that you’ll hear it since I’m a defender.

-Kasey

 

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Standouts from East Coast Lacrosse Classic

On July 6th and 7th some of the best club teams congregated in Aston, Pennsylvania to play in the East Coast Lacrosse Classic. This summer was the premiere of the ECLC and it put an emphasis on quality games, great officiating, and high college coach attendance. This list includes only some of the talent that was there that weekend.

Class of 2017

Nicolas Torres, M, Silverbacks SelectDSC_0461

Nico grinded out there. He was always hustling and his grittiness made him a force to be reckoned with.

Matt Connolly, D, Silverbacks Nationals

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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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