Thursday, May 21

[PRINTS' PICKS] NCAA TOURNAMENT - Greetings From The Kingdom Of Bahrain (Part 2)



For the second week in a row, our jet setting NCAA analyst, The PRINTS hits us from The Kingdom  Of Bahrain. This time submitting his picks, poolside. That's right NCAA lax fans, if you don't know by now, you'd better ask somebody, because NO ONE, lays it down, quite like THE PRINTS ...

Division 3
LYNCHBURG over Tufts: "LYNCHBURG coach STEVE KOUDELKA is due for a National Championship as a coach. He has one as a player already and this year feels right. His team overcoming a 7 goal deficit to Gettysburg last week is an indication that he has his team playing together at the right time. Attackman AUSTIN STEWART will look to extend his impressive All-American season. Defenseman ERIC LOMBARDO will be matched up against the Tufts best player, Minnesota Goal Machine JOHN UPPGREN. That is going to be something to watch! Look for LYNCHBURG to get in the record books as the D3 2015 National Champions"
 
Division 2
LeMOYNE over Limestone: "Limestone face off specialist KEVIN REISMAN is the best draw player in the D2 Nation. The only way to counter that is to have the best goalie and best attackman in D2. LeMOYNE has both of those in attackman KEVIN KELLY and goalie ALEX KRAWEC. Look for this one to be a 1 goal game or maybe even overtime. If REISMAN can control the x and MIKE MESSENGER can get nice match ups between the lines, this game will go down to the final seconds. And a bit of trivia, why is LeMOYNE located in Syracuse but their mascot is a Dolphin?"

Division 1 Final Four
NOTRE Dame over Denver: "Great game on the horizon here. Irish play maker MATT KAVANAGH is a baller. Watch for him to use his hockey skills to play rough and tumble against Denver's finesse players. I also think that ND defense coach GERRY BYRNES' defense can contain the Denver attack unit of CONNOR CANNIZZARO and WESLEY BERG. Don't miss this one"
 
JOHNS HOPKINS over Maryland: "If you dissect each team's schedules this season, you will see that they are on a crash course for an epic Final Four match up. What a perfect scenario. Both teams have been playing above their seed and both teams had colossal wins that got them to this point. I am siding in favor of the best coaching duo in lacrosse. DAVE PIETRAMALA and BILL DWAN, two HOPKINS Alumns who bleed Blue Jay blue and black. Their coaching coupled with the recent play of Baltimore natives SHACK and WELLS STANWICK (both on my All - Name Team) should be enough to squeeze past an incredibly gifted Terps defense led by CASEY IKEDA"

Wednesday, May 20

"All in The Family: Le MOYNE Lacrosse & The Taylor's" [youtube]
  • VIDEO: Highlights TAFT vs HOTCHKISS [youtube]
  • VIDEO: Highlights BERKSHIRE vs CANTEBURY [youtube]
  • VIDEO: Highlights DELBARTON vs CHATAM - MCT Championship Game (NJ) [youtube]
  • VIDEO: "ACC Offensive Player of the Year KEVIN RICE gives you a tour of SYRACUSE's locker room and facilities at Manley Field House." [youtube] ... So what, they lost. Still some cool insight.
  • [BONUS VIDEO]: "LaFAYETTE players bust out the wooden lacrosse sticks, even for LANCERS games" [syracuse.com]

Monday, May 18

"JOHNS HOPKINS seniors WELLS STANWICK, ERIC SCHNEIDER, MIKE PELLEGRINO and head coach DAVE PIETRAMALA discuss Sunday's 16-15 NCAA Quarterfinal win over SYRACUSE." [youtube]
SYRACUSE men's lacrosse head coach JOHN DESKO, DYLAN DONAHUE, KEVIN RICE and BEN WILLIAMS following the Orange's 16-15 loss vs. JOHNS HOPKINS in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals in Annapolis, Maryland. [youtube]
  • VIDEO: Highlights JOHNS HOPKINS vs SYRACUSE. [youtube]
  • VIDEO: Highlights PHILLIPS ANDOVER vs CHOATE. [youtube]
  • ARTICLE: "TOTTENVILLE boys defeat HUNTER COLLEGE HS, 7-3, to win second straight PSAL lacrosse city championship title" [http://highschoolsports.silive.com]
  • VIDEO: "Sport Science - Lacrosse Faceoffs. Sport Science examines all the elements that make for a great lacrosse faceoff." [youtube]

Saturday, May 16

[NCAA] The PRINTS' PICKS ~ Tournament Edition ~ Greetings From The Kingdom Of Bahrain


The moment you've been waiting for NCAA lacrosse fans ... Our nomadic friend The PRINTS, coming at you LIVE from The Kingdom Of Bahrain!

DIVSION 1

NOTRE DAME over Albany:
"MATT KAVANAGH will take over this game and show why he is the second best player on the field on Saturday. Coach GERRY BYRNE'S Irish defense will have to be on their game"

DENVER over Ohio State:
"Canadian WESLEY BERG is due for a big playoff game and he will deliver. Ohio State Cinderella season comes to end Saturday"

UNC over Maryland:
"Maryland's defense is top in the country but, I got 3 words for you. SANKEY, BITTER, GOLDSTOCK"

SYRACUSE over Johns Hopkins:
"This isn't going to be an epic GARY vs PETRO match up game but, it is Cuse-Hop none the less. 'Cuse runs away with this one"

DIVISION 2

LE MOYNE over Merrimack:
"I'm thinking LE MOYNE'S JOE CORAPI and KEVIN KELLY will overshadow the Florida sensation TUCKER SCHWARZ in this match up but, look for SCHWARZ to leave his mark on the LE MOYNE defense"

LIMESTONE over Lake Erie:
"Good game brewing here but, I'm not sure Erie's best player LUCAS SHAFER can carry them much more. He is a freshman sensation but, a final four playoff game is a lot to ask of him"

DIVISION 3

RIT over Tufts:
"Watch the match up of Tufts JOHN UPPGREN vs RIT's stud defenseman PATRICK HANNIGAN. RIT has had a habit of winning close games this year and this one will be no different"

GETTYSBURG over Lynchburg: "
Classic battle of an alumni coaching against his college coach. Coach STEVE KOUDELKA is a GETTYSBURG Legend and he will be getting his LYNCHBURG boys ready for the never aging HANK JANCZYK and the G'Burg Bullets"


Thanks PRINTS. Make sure you register for Blueprint Lacrosse Camp 2015: WESTERLY, RI.  Now for some overdue lax linkage ...
  • VIDEO: "UALBANY Men's Lacrosse took the field in Denver to get in their last practice before their NCAA Quarterfinal game with NOTRE DAME" [youtube]
  • VIDEO: TUFTS vs AMHERST - NESCAC Championship [youtube: laxdotcom]
  • VIDEO: SYRACUSE Lacrosse Equipment Room Tour 2015 [youtube: laxmagazine]
  • VIDEO: RYAN YOUNG's diving  goal from X in the BOSTON CANNONS loss to the NEW YORK LIZARDS last week at SHUART STADIUM on Long Island. YumYumLax was there to capture this one for you. [instagram.com/yumyumlax]

Thursday, May 14

[MLL] "Excelsior! Undefeated New York Gives Boston The Business For Second Time"

"Excelsior! Undefeated New York Gives Boston The Business For Second Time"

Words, photos and video by Laxwell Smart.

Rivalry check: Knicks / Celtics (check), Rangers / Bruins (check), Giants / Patriots (check), LIZARDS / CANNONS (check!) ...

Taking a bite out of the rotten apple isn't for everyone, and those of us Native New Yorkers who have been fortunate enough to survive that bite are automatically subject to an ample dose of hate from the rest of the continental U.S. NY sports fans are no exception to this rule and one of the prerequisites to considering one's self a New York sports fan, or a real New Yorker even, is to harbor an unhealthy disdain for all Boston teams.  In the 15th season of the Major Lacrosse League, we finally have the rivalry that pro lacrosse fans have been waiting for.

The 5-0 NEW YORK LIZARDS continued their winning streak beating the BOSTON CANNONS this week, after edging them by only a single goal last week. The atmosphere at HOFSTRA's SHUART STADIUM was electric for a Friday night 7:30 pm game under the lights and the high lacrosse IQ Long Island crowd was treated to an entertaining bout between these two North-East coast teams.

PAUL RABIL scored his 200th MLL career goal in this one, contributing two goals and an assist, but the shine was evenly distributed amongst the LIZARDS sqaudron stand-outs.

The back and forth began as the CANNONS fired first with goals from ROB EMERY and BRENT ADAMS, but TOMMY PALASIK answered the call with a pair immediately followed by a goal from ROB PANNELL. A couple of minutes transpired before RYAN YOUNG fired one past LIZARDS keeper DREW ADAMS. 42 seconds later, PAUL RABIL scored to put NY up by one. DAVID EMALA then tied the game with a CANNONS goal assisted by OWEN BLYE.

The 2nd period began with a quick goal by DUKE alum NED CROTTY. New York held on to the 1 point lead for a 5 minute stretch until the former SYRACUSE Orangeman, JOSH AMIDON tied it for BOSTON. A minute and change later JoJo MARASCO, a SYRACUSE alum himself, now wearing a LIZARDS jersey, scored the go-ahead-goal assisted by ROB PANNELL.

CORNELL alum and BOSTON CANNON, MAX SEIBALD answered back and the game was now tied at 6 for close to 5 minutes before another CORNELL alum, ROB PANNELL put the LIZARDS up, as both teams retreated to their respective locker rooms for half time. 


To the Long Island crowds delight, the second half opened up with 3 unanswered goals by RABIL, GIBSON and CROTTY until KEVIN BUCHANAN stopped the bleeding with an unassisted goal for the CANNONS.

About a minute later, TOMMY PALASIK scored a goal assisted by ROB PANNELL, followed by a goal by JoJo MARASCO giving the LIZARDS a 12-7 lead. Then SEIBALD and BUCHANAN contributed a goal each to bring the CANNONS to within 3, but just 10 seconds later HOFTSRA's own STEVE DeNAPOLI scored to make it 13-9 New York, going into the 4th stanza.

ROB PANNELL scored at 6:37 as both teams played with a sense of urgency while tensions rose on the CANNONS sideline. The game got physical and at times chippy and the makings of a true MLL rivalry were revealed.

OWEN BLYE and BRENT ADAMS would not be denied, each scoring goals at around the 12 minute mark for BOSTON, but JoJo MARASCO put the ball in the back of the net and nail in the coffin.  

FINAL SCORE: LIZARDS def. CANNONS, 15-12

Sunday, May 10

UALBANY goalie BLAZE RIORDAN goes coast-to-coast, splits double team throws fakes and scores on the run in win over CORNELL in NCAA Division 1 tournament. [youtube]
  • VIDEO: "Top-seed NOTRE DAME used a 6-0 run to come-from-behind and beat TOWSON 12-10 in its NCAA Tournament opener." [youtube]
  • VIDEO: Highlights ~ TUFTS vs MIDDLEBURY - NESCAC Semifinal [youtube] 
  • ARTICLE: "SYRACUSE lacrosse faceoff specialist BEN WILLIAMS will face unorthodox opponent against MARIST" [youtube]
  • PRESS RELEASE: "TEWAARATON Finalists Announced" [tewaaraton.com]

Wednesday, May 6

[NCAA] The PRINTS' PICKS - Bracketology - ROUND 1




















"I don't see any upsets in the Division 1 & Division 3 first round lax fans, however I do see TAMPA advancing past the Division 2 first round ... Prove me wrong." - The PRINTS