Friday, May 18

[LAX LINKAGE] TGIF LINKS!

"TREVOR BAPTISTE & GREG GURENLIAN // Under The Helmet presented by Cascade - Before Greg Gurenlian formally passes the torch to Trevor Baptiste, the grizzled veteran and the hotshot rookie will team up for Team USA. Go Under The Helmet presented by Cascade." [youtube: US Lacrosse]
  • VIDEO: "Team ENGLAND Lacrosse Trip to ISRAEL | World Lacrosse Championship 2018" [vimeo: knockoutpr]
  • VIDEO: "NASSAU COMMUNITY vs ONONDAGA COMMUNITY | 2018 NJCAA National Title" [youtube: LaxDotComTV]
  • VIDEO: "Coach MESSERE's retirementWEST GENESEE lacrosse players share stories" [youtube: syracuse.com]
  • VIDEO: "ESPN Lacrosse Analyst PAUL CARCATERRA Talks Matchup with DENVER on Big Board Sports" [youtube: 104.5 The Team]
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Wednesday, May 16

[LAX LINKAGE] You want links? We got links.

HARVARD Lacrosse Locker Room Tour. [youtube: STX Men's Lacrosse]
    • VIDEO: "The Season 2018 - Chapter 8: Moments of Truth - OHIO STATE takes on The Team Up North to keep their Big Ten hopes alive, then Nick Myers decompresses with his sons. Syracuse sticks a dagger into NORTH CAROLINA's postseason prospects and secures the ACC No. 1 seed, and Ohio State tops MARYLAND to take another step forward. The ACC Tournament was an unwelcome trip to Charlottesville for DUKE and ’CUSE, but OSU's Senior Day win over RUTGERS puts them in the Big Ten Tournament." [youtube: The Season 2018]
    • VIDEO: "HIGHLIGHTS - BRUNSWICK School (CT) vs The SALISBURY School (CT)" [youtube: LaxDotComTV] ... New England Division 1 West.
    • ARTICLE: "Most accomplished high school coach ever? These numbers make a case for WEST GENESEE's MIKE MESSERE" [syracuse.com]
    • VIDEO: OLA JR A Lacrosse -  WHITBY WARRIORS vs Orangeville Northmen. [youtube: WarriorsJrA]
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    Monday, May 14

    [NLL MASH-UP] PLAYOFF EDITION


    NLL MASHUP

    It’s a PLAYOFF EDITION of the mashup as the season continues to roll on. First let’s look at the YumYumLax All-NLL squad. We don’t mess with 2nd team, honorable mention etc. 

    RF KEVIN CROWLEY, NEW ENGLAND - The BIG CAT carried the BLACKWOLVES offense all season long while being the only 50 goal scorer this season in the NLL. Also added 25 assists.

    
RF JOE RESETARITS, ROCHESTER: Broke the scoring record by an American player the an even 100 points (37g, 63a). His game made huge strides this season as he edges out SASKATCHEWAN’s CHURCH, 47g 60a and McINTOSH 46g, 34a for ALL NLL honors.

    
RF LYLE THOMPSON, GEORGIA:
    Got off to a bit of a slow start, but is there a hotter player in the league right now than LYLE? Finished with 46g, 40a. The goals were good enough for 4th in the league. Also led all forwards in LBs (123) and CT (21).  A legit candidate to repeat as MVP.

    
LF MARK MATTHEWS, SASK: The big lefty makes it look so easy for the RUSH. The leagues number one point producer with 32g, 84a for 116 points. Deadly on the leagues number one power play unit that led the NLL with 68%.

    
LF DANE DOBBIE, CALGARY: Let’s face it this guy deserves this spot. Had a great season in CALGARY leading his NECKS into the west finals. He had 36g and 49a for 85 points. He is one of the best off ball players in the league.  He has all the shots too, BTBs, around the world, twisters, you name it.


    D/T CHALLEN ROGERS, TORONTO: Put up huge points 15g, 14a out of the back door despite missing the first couple of games coming back from injury. Also scooped up 86 LBs and caused 15 TOs.

    
D/T ZACH CURRIER, CALGARY: The ROY Candidate came as advertised as he led the NLL in LBs with 200. Also, chipped in with 9g, 13a on the offensive end

    
D GREAME HOSSACK, ROCHESTER: Every time I saw ROCHESTER play this season this guy was a standout. A very tough cover man who can run the floor. Finished 3rd in the league with 163 LBs.

    
D ROBERT HOPE, COLORADO: The classic stay at home Defenseman was 4th in the league with 151 LBs. Not much on offense putting up 1g, 12a. But from strictly a defensive point of view the big man is rock solid.

    
G MATT VINC, ROCHESTER: Had the least goals allowed for the season as a team in the tough Eastern Conference. VINC was a huge part of this as he made saves at clip of 78.2%.

    
MVP: 

    I picked MATTHEWS at the start of the year and I will stick with him. With the season the RUSH had combined with his overwhelming numbers he narrowly edged CROWLEY and THOMPSON.

    
ROOKIE of the YEAR: 

    JOSH BYRNE, BUFFALO. This was also a very close race with ZACH CURRIER and JAKE WITHERS of ROCHESTER who led the league with 67%  FO.  For me personally I valued the offensive game more than transition play and face offs.  BYRNE led all rookie scorers with 26g, 37a and had some highlight reel goals in the process.
     

    
DEFENSIVE PLAYER of the YEAR: 

    HOSSACK is the guy for me. He was a major factor for ROCHESTER all season long.  Scored 7g and dished out 7a, also had 163 LBs and 34 CT.

    
GOALIE of the YEAR: 

    VINC. Narrowly edged out DILLON WARD who had a great season as well.  Also have to mention STONE COLD AARON BOLD who led the league in saves with 712.
     

    
COACH of the YEAR: 

    MIKE HASSAN. I picked ROCHESTER to finish last this year at the start of the season. But the KNIGHTHAWKS were a big surprise. He added a number of rookies to the offensive lineup and were consistent all year in the tough EASTERN CONFERENCE.


    The Picks:
 

    We were 2-0 last week as both winners were selected. I felt bad for NEW ENGLAND as they were tasked with beating the same team four times in one season. CALGARY is playing very well and had a little too much offense for the MAMMOTH to handle.  For the season we stand at 51-32 for 61.4%.


    ROCHESTER at GEORGIA 
GEORGIA is hot at the right time, their roster is set with players back from injury and absence. They have won six in a row as they look to defend their title.

    When talking about the SWARM it obviously starts with LYLE, but the offense is so balanced and has so many weapons they will be tough to beat. 

    CALGARY at SASKATCHEWAN 
The NECKS are hot right now and bring a loaded offense led by DICKSON and DOBBIE. But I can’t bring myself to go against the RUSH. If CALGARY is to win they must stay out of the box and keep the lethal RUSH PP off the floor and CHRISTIAN DEL BIANCO has to be the better goalie. The 20 year old led the league with a 10.50 GAA and .793 save PCTSASK swept the season series 3-0.

    
So, if am correct after a topsy turvy season it will come down to the same two teams as last season. As things are winding down they are the two best teams out there. Would I be shocked if there is an upset? Of course not, but I see the cream rising to the top.  GEORGIA, SASK in a rematch!

    Thanks for the time!, follow on TWITTER @bernasconirich


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    Tuesday, May 8

    [LAX LINKAGE] The links just keep on coming !

    "MARCUS HOLMAN Sets MLL Record with 11 Goals - Marcus Holman of the Ohio Machine set a Major League Lacrosse Record by scoring 11 goals vs the New York Lizards on April 29, 2018." [youtube: Lax Sports Network]
    • VIDEO: "DENISON Men's Lacrosse defeats OWU for the 2018 NCAC Tourney Championship" [youtube: DenisonSportsNetwork]
    • VIDEO: "SUNY OSWEGO's Men's Lacrosse Playoff Run" [youtube] 
    • VIDEO: "Varsity Media Lacrosse Minute (Week 5 Highlights)" [vimeo: VarsityMedia]
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    Monday, May 7

    [LAX LINKAGE] Get your links here!


      CORNELL vs YALE - 2018 IVY LEAGUE Tournament FINALS  [youtube: LaxFactor]
      • VIDEO: "JOHNS HOPKINS 2018 Big Ten Tournament Helmet Drops" [youtube: CascadeLacrosse]
      • VIDEO: "SALISBURY vs YORK | 2018 CAC Final | 2018 College Highlights" [youtube: laxdotcomtv]
      • VIDEO: "BOSTON CANNONS [MLL] Morning Walkthrough Presented by St. Elizabeth's Medical Center" [youtube: BostonCannons] 
      • VIDEO: "MARCUS HOLMAN // Under The Helmet presented by Cascade" [youtube: USLacrosse]
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      Friday, May 4

      [NLL Post-Game] Kevin Crowley and Lyle Thompson interviews!

      We caught up with KEVIN CROWLEY and LYLE THOMPSON after the GEORGIA SWARM defeated the NEW ENGLAND BLACKWOLVES this past Sunday. Check it out ... KEVIN CROWLEY , PART 1 KEVIN CROWLEY, PART 2 LYLE THOMPSON
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      Saturday, April 21

      [NLL MASH-UP] Week 18!


      NLL MASH-UP - Week 18

      We are in the home stretch for the 2018 NLL season. Still, nothing settled in the EAST where all five teams are still alive!  Three big games this weekend, so things should be more clear after the action.

      THE ROOKIE RACE:
      Last week we looked at the MVP race, this week it’s the ROOKIES turn.  Who are the candidates for ROY?

      JOSH BYRNE, BUFFALO: 
      The #1 pick hasn’t disappointed. Currently he leads all rookies in scoring with 24g, 34a for 58 points. He has shown explosive athleticism in many of his goals. If you want to complain you can say he has shown some inconsistencies, but on balance 2018 has been outstanding season for the lefty.

      He was also MLL ROY for his work with the CHESAPEAKE BAYHAWKS last summer, breaking the rookie goal scoring record in the process with 39.

      Would fully expect him to be playing for TEAM CANADA at the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in ISREAL this summer.

      JAKE WITHERS, ROCHESTER: 

      On draft night we criticized this pick when the KNIGHTHAWKS chose WITHERS over ZACH CURRIER. However, he is proving to be a great pick up. He is the NLLs top FO man at is 243/365, 66.5%. Has also chipped in with 6g, 5a and 137 LBs.  Also, he is a top defender for the KNIGHTHAWKS.  He should also be in ISREAL this summer.


      ZACH CURRIER, CALGARY: 

      The aforementioned CURRIER has been as advertised. He is leading the NLL in loose balls with 172, tallying more than 20 ahead of his next competitor, JEREMY THOMPSON.  He also ranks 5th in CT with 28. I still would have taken CURRIER if I had the 2nd pick, but obviously couldn’t go wrong with his summer league teammate from  the PETERBOURGH LAKERS, WITHERS.  Both earned a MANN CUP title last summer.  Also, a strong contender for a TEAM CANADA spot.


      AUSTIN SHANKS, ROCHESTER: 

      Has been moving up the rankings now stands at 23g & 23a. Got it to a bit of a slow start but really has settled in the KNIGHTHAWKS lineup.  Plays for the BROOKLIN REDMEN in MSL in the summer, also played in NCAA FINALS for OHIO STATE last spring.


      COLTON WATKINSON, NEW ENGLAND: 

      The. Blackwolf 1st round pick has paid immediate dividends. His stat line is 4g, 8a with 61 LBs. He shows a tremendous upside with his size and athleticism. I wouldn’t look for him to win the prize, but he deserves to be mentioned among the top 5 for his play out the back.


      The Picks
Last week another solid 3-2 week bringing our season mark to 43-30, which is .589%.

      TORONTO (7-9) at BUFFALO (8-8)


      It’s simple, if the ROCK lose they are out of playoff contention. Last week saw the return of TOM SCHREIBER from injury and he did his part with 4g, 1a. But that wasn’t enough as they lost to ROCHESTER 11-14.

      The BANDITS dropped a 17-14 game at CALGARY. 
Once again the deciding factor for me will be if TORONTO can get some offense out of the back. They were unable to do that last week as EDWARDS, ROGERS, HARRIS and BURNS were goal less.

       
      I see the ROCK outscoring BUFFALO in this spot.  I see a lot of offense coming, but not sure of the BANDIT goaltending.  The loser of this game probably won’t make the postseason.


      NEW ENGLAND (8-8) at ROCHESTER (9-7)


      The BLACKWOLVES came up with a huge road win in COLORADO last weekend, 10-6. They used the formula that has worked best for them throughout the season. Great goaltending from STONE COLD AARON BOLD (36 Saves) and great team defense to go along with the shooting of KEVIN CROWLEY and his league leading 49 goals.

      With CROWLEY leading the offense the BLACKWOLVES need a couple more guys to step up.


      CALLUM CRAWFORD is starting to get some chemistry with CROWLEY and figures to play a big role in the game. If the left side can scoring a couple of goals,  will go a long way.

      COLTON WAKINSON & MARK COCKERTON have been providing some offense from the defensive end.  COCKERTON has impressed since moving back to defense after struggling out the O door.

      They hold a 2-0 advantage over ROCHESTER for the season.

      From the ROCHESTER point of view they can clinch a playoff berth with a victory. Their destiny for 1st place is in their hands if they win the final two.  JOE RESETARITS is looking to break the record for most points by an AMERICAN for a seasonRecord is 94, set last season by TOM SCHREIBER, - RESETARITS comes into the game with 92.

      MATT VINC and his defense have only given up 186 goals -- good for second in the league (COLORADO, 184)

      The BLACKWOLVES must stay out of the box and keep the lethal ROCHESTER PP (63.3%) off the floor.
 NEW ENGLAND is still alive for the top spot if they win out as well. Who would have thought that two weeks ago?!  They also carry that ugly -48 goal difference.   I still believe in CROWLEY & BOLD and will select NE in a tight defensive battle.

      
CALGARY (7-9) at VANCOUVER (2-14) 


      Meaningless game, I got CALGARYVANCOUVER is a disaster area, clearly the worst team in the league

      
As always thanks for the time!
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