Wednesday, February 6

[LINKS] Come and git it!

"The Crease Dive is Back - One of the greatest plays in SYRACUSE lacrosse history could make a comeback with a new crease dive rule. CitrusTV Reporter Nicole Weaving found out how the Orange will adjust at both ends of the field." [youtube: Citrus TV]
  • POST GAME: "BUCKNELL at MARYLAND Post Game presser JOHN TILLMAN - Join coach John Tillman, Curtis Corely and Logan Wisnauskas after the Terps top Bucknell 11-6 to open the 2019 season." [youtube: wayneterp] 
  • VIDEO: "POST GAME: 1-on-1 with LYLE THOMPSON" [youtube: Georgia Swarm] ..."Yeah, I always got my brothers back."
  • PRESS RELEASE: "Rising Star AUSTIN STAATS Honored As January Athlete of the Month by The World Games" [filacrosse.com]
  • PRESS RELEASE: "ESPN Reveals 2019 College Lacrosse Schedule" [espn.com]
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Tuesday, February 5

[LINKS] Lacrosse Linkage for days ...

"BRIAN HOLMAN reflects on UTAH Men's lacrosse Division I debut: 'We're not going to be pretty" ... Pac-12 Networks' Ashley Adamson catches up with Utah men's lacrosse head coach Brian Holman following the Ute's 21-6 loss to VERMONT in the program's first-ever NCAA Division I matchup. Holman began his collegiate head coaching career with Utah's club lacrosse team in 2017, and was named Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Utes to the 2018 RMLC Championship." [youtube]
  • FILM: "IROQUOIS LACROSSE Documentary" PART 1PART 2 | PART 3. [vimeo: Grant Smith Camera] ... #CreatorsGame
  • VIDEO: MIC'D UP With DUKE COACHES JOHN DANOWSKI | RON CAPUTO. [youtube: Duke Men's Lacrosse] ... Saucyyyy for 2019! 
  • VIDEO: "FOA Beast Lab - GREG GURENLIAN's Daily Stretch Routine" [youtube: GregGurenlian] ... 21 mins, 15 seconds running time.
  • VIDEO: "LOYOLA Men’s Lacrosse Throwback Helmet Reveal" [vimeo: Elena Kamely] ... Bringing that old Greyhound back. 
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Monday, February 4

[LINKAGE] YYL Can't Be Stopped, You Can Only Hope To Contain It ...

Throwing it back on a Monday [you know how WE do] with some 1996 [NLL] Action - Charlotte COBRAS vs Philadelphia WINGS. [youtube: Peter M Carey] ... Full game plus honoring MIKE FRENCH, TONY RESCH & DAVE EVANS. Listen to those Philly fans wild out while the National Anthem is being played ... 
 Charlotte COBRA Captain CHRIS BATES sporting the iTech face mask ... 90's flavor!
  • VIDEO: "RUSH TV - Episode 4" [youtube: Saskatchewan Rush] ... NLL. 30 mins running time.
  • ARTICLE: "US Lacrosse Announces Updates To Box Rules" [uslacrosse.org] ... On checking, helmets & the abuse of officials!
  • VIDEO: "Defensive Highlights DUKE vs FURMAN" [youtube: Lacrosse Analytics] ... NCAA D1.
  • VIDEO: "SALISBURY vs BERRY Lacrosse Highlights" [youtube: Lax Factor] ... NCAA D3.
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Friday, January 25

[NLL MASH-UP] As we stand the NLL season is approximately at the quarter mark ...


As we stand the NLL season is approximately at the quarter mark.  Some trends are starting to develop and contenders are emerging.  Here are some thoughts, feelings, reactions on the season thus far and what is going to happen moving forward.

EAST IS BEAST!  Looking at GEORGIA, BUFFALO and TORONTO
. I can’t see much difference between these three teams.  All three are solid in goal, defense and have balance on offense.  All three teams have put up 4 wins. If I have to pick between the three I select BUFFALO at this point.  Their balance and firepower to go along with the acquisition of MATT VINC make them the favorite.  Among the three teams the BANDITS lead in GPG averaging 14.4.  SHAWN EVANS is tied for the league lead in points (11g 26a), he has been in top form all season


There is a long way to go and injuries are always going to be a factor, I see three battling to the final night of the season.

NEW ENGLAND BLACKWOLVES.  This team is my biggest surprise of the season. They have answered all of the questions we asked of them prior to the start of the season.  Who was going to step up in goal?  Well, DOUG JAMIESON (77.9% save%) and ALEX BUQUE (76.5%) have shared the load and have been solid.  We wondered if new acquisition TYLER DIGBY would have a bounce back season.  He has made an impact with 7g,10a, 36.8 sht%.  Played great this past weekend versus GEORGIA, going for 2g, 3a. 

We questioned their left side.  REILLY O’CONNOR has come out of nowhere with 11g, 11a.  He scored only 7 all of last season. 

They have a very big mean, nasty defense as well.  The MOHEGAN SUN gives them a nice home field advantage.  I’m not ready to put them in the top group yet, you must be impressed by them.

SASKATCHEWAN RUSH.  How is it possible that the team that has won 3 of the last 4 titles is flying under the radar?  The have put together four wins in a row after losing opening night at NEW ENGLAND.  They are second in the league in goals per game 13.3, this is pretty much the same unit that has dominated in recent years.  You know the names ( MATTHEWS, CHURCH, MCINTOSH ETC).  MCINTOSH is shooting a ridiculous 31.9%, to go along with his 15g, 12a.

Despite all of the changes made on defense they are only giving up 10.25 goals per game.  I don’t see any team out west ready to knock the RUSH off yet.

SAN DIEGO
.  If you read our preseason preview you know the start the expansion SEALS are off to isn’t a huge surprise.  We were impressed with the roster assembled.  The have such a nice mix of vets and rookies.  The home games have been well attended and there is a good energy in their building.


AUSTIN STAATS.  Speaking of rookies.  He has lived up to all of the hype and then some. Currently tied for the goal scoring lead with 18.  I would have to say the ROOKIE of the YEAR is a lock at this point.  Can he make a run at the MVP?  So far he is.


SAN DIEGO VETS
.  DANGEROUS DAN DAWSON has turned the clock back a few years.  The CALIFORNIA sunshine is doing him justice.  Comes in with 8g, 17a on 19.5% shooting.  He is their main main on the right side.


GARRETT BILLINGS
has resurfaced and he chipped in with 7g, 13a on the right side.


Don’t forget BRODIE MERRILL.  Continues to play at a high level and provide leadership on defense.  What a pick up to be the first captain of the franchise.  I don’t think they will have enough to overcome SASK, but this team will be a force in the future.

COLORADO (1-3) and CALGARY(3-4) STRUGGLE.  These two squads have been disappointing out west.  Both have a negative goal difference (COL-4, CAL -5).

CALGARY
has played a league high seven games.  They had a tough (0-2) weekend on the road.  Long term they will be in the playoffs. They haven’t got much offense outside of DANE DOBBIE, he leads the NLL in points (17g, 20a).  I expect CURTIS DICKSON to round into form after his holdout, he has only appeared in 3 games (2g, 7a) and is shooting a dreadful 4% Speaking of holdouts, where is WES BERG?  Still no sign of him as he continues to hold out. 


A return of a healthy JESSE KING would be a welcome addition too. 

The MAMMOTH finally got their first win of the season after dropping their first three.  You have to wonder where the offense is coming from.  They don’t have a player in the top 20 in scoring.  RYAN BENESCH (10g, 9a) is putting up decent numbers, but outside of him nobody is in form as of yet.  JEREMY NOBLE is shooting 6%...OUCH.

PHILLY STILL SEARCHING FOR FIRST WIN
.  Although they are off to a disappointing start record wise the WINGS have played pretty well at times.  #2 draft pick CHRIS CLOUTIER has been solid coming in with 7g, 11a.  Their biggest move was adding BIG CAT KEVIN CROWLEY from NEW ENGLAND.  He already has 5g in 2 games so far.  They need to tighten up their 13.6 goals against.


So as we look ahead to the rest of the season we see the EAST coming down to BUF, GA and TOR.  Out WEST it is still SASK and everyone else until further notice.

Thanks for the time.  @bernasconirich on TWITTER.
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Tuesday, January 22

[LINKS] You Want Links?

Beach Dogs Lacrosse !!! Learn the sport than by players and coaches from the Iroquois National Lacrosse Association!
  • ARTICLE: "Former UVA lacrosse coach STARSIA returns as a coach in the pro ranks" [Roanoke.com]
  • VIDEO: "One Last Ride: A Lacrosse Documentary - Director: David Merrill, Producer: David Merrill. View more PBA student films at: www.pba.edu/2017-award-winning-films" [youtube: Palm Beach Atlantic University]
  • ARTICLE: "PHILADELPHIA WINGS [NLL] Land Beer Partner." [bizjournals.com]
  • VIDEO: "HD Lacrosse - the must-have for any “Lax Rat” offers the absolute best in lacrosse simulation. Whether it’s a cannon off the pipe, or a finesse shot top cheddar, you’re going to love HD Lacrosse." [youtube: HDLacrosse]
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Monday, January 21

[LINKS] Tuesday Lax Linkage ,,,

"ALL ACCESS, CORNELL LACROSSE - Assistant coach, CONNOR BUCZEK, takes us through the CORNELL campus to show us where Big Red Lacrosse spends their days." [youtube: STX Men's Lacrosse] 
  • ARTICLE: "Inside Major League Lacrosse’s Deal to Track Players and Understand Information - A partnership with analytics software company Kinduct will allow MLL to track player health, hopefully leading toward new biometric findings in 2019." [frntofficesport.com]
  • ARTICLE: "STX named equipment provider of newly formed Premier Lacrosse League" [bizjournals.com]
  • VIDEO: "UAlbany men's lacrosse faces challenging schedule - Revamped roster will play five NCAA Tournament teams from last season." [timesunion.com] 
  • ARTICLE: "B/R Live suffers technical issues during NBA League Pass free preview and National Lacrosse League - Many missed out on basketball and lacrosse as B/R Live was down." [awefulannouncing.com]
     
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Sunday, January 20

[LINKS] More Lax links for the lacrosse lover in you ...

"World news | UGANDA's young lacrosse players dream of glory - Uganda's young lacrosse players dream of glory Uganda is the first African country to field a national lacrosse team at the sport's World Championships, and one player is now trying to keep the sport alive through the country's youth." [youtube: MMM News]
  • ARTICLE: "Two pro lacrosse players, including one from Baltimore, rescued from heavy surf in San Diego" [baltimoresun.com]
  • VIDEO: "MARQUETTE Lacrosse Coach Motivates Team By Keeping Bag Packed for Final Four" [si.com]
  • ARTICLE: "Box Lacrosse Set to Return to LONG ISLAND. Will It Stick This Time? Rise in grass-roots interest, stronger leaguewide ownership may spell success; ‘now’s really the moment for this sport’" [wsj.com]
  • VIDEO: "ProHOP Recognition Drill - This drill helps to reinforce using the prohop to give yourself multiple exit strategies and dialing in our "option quarterback" mentality after achieving the clamp." [youtube: GregGurenlian] ... on Face-Off play.
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