Monday, January 15

[NLL MASH-UP] The Re-Nameing

Words by @BernasconiRich
NLL MASH-UP
It was an unusual weekend in NLL, as all four road teams came out with victories on Saturday night.  There have been only 5 other wins by the roadies all season long.  TORONTO was the lone home team to win this weekend. There was a lot of action going on at the same time, here are some observations from the weekend.

TOR def. ROC, 17 - 9
N.E def. ROC, 9 - 8
SASK def. COL, 17 - 12
GEO def. CAL, 15 - 12
VAN def. BUF, 11 - 10 OT

STEPHAN LEBLANC had his best game as a BLACKWOLF with 2g, 4a.  We’ve been saying all year if their left side can produce NEW ENGLAND will be a serious contender.

STONE COLD AARON BOLD was dialed in all night long with 48 saves.

CODY JAMIESON is looking like he will get stronger and sharper as the year goes on.  That would be the one silver lining for a rough 0-2 weekend for the KNIGHTHAWKS.  He finished the weekend with 4g, 8a.

Nice to see VANCOUVER show some personal and professional pride upsetting the BANDITS.  That is a terrible loss for BUFFALO.

As predicted, GEORGIA would be able to get on track shooting at the CALGARY goaltenders. They scored a season high 15 goals.

SHAYNE JACKSON may be the most underrated player in the league.   Had a solid night with 4g, 6a

LYLE THOMPSON was held to only 1 assist, shot 0/9, but came with 9 LBs.

TORONTO continues to stay on a roll as their offense continues to click since putting KIERAN MCARDLE and DAN CRAIG into the lineup. JONES 36 pts, SCHREIBER 31 pts & HELLYER 29 pts are #’s 1,2,3, in scoring.

THE ROCK also showed a devastating transition game this week.  CHALLEN ROGERS easily played his best game of the season with 1g, 4a.  DAMON EDWARDS, SHELDON BURNS, BRODIE MERRILL may give the ROCK the best transition game in the league.

SASK continues to dominate as they won comfortably in COLORADO.  Again, the only question for me at this point is, are they going to go undefeated?

JEREMY THOMPSON doesn’t show up in the stat sheet, but he continues to play really well on faceoffs and the transition game.  He has 2g, 3a with 33 LBs.  Also, has a plus 50% on faceoffs.
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Saturday, January 13

[LINKS] Team USA Blue vs White highlights, Roster and more ...

Team USA Spring Premiere | Blue vs White Highlights [youtube: US Lacrosse] 
  • ARTICLE: "US Lacrosse Announces Roster For FIL Men's World Championship" [uslaxmagazine.com]
  • ARTICLE: "Behind the 32-Year-Old National Lacrosse League’s Surprisingly Nimble Digital Strategy" [adweek.com]
  • VIDEO: "THE BOX - New England Black Wolves @ Rochester Knighthawks - Week 6" [youtube]
  • VIDEO: "RUSH TV Co-op -  What's in Your Cart? 'Game Day Meal' with CHRIS CORBEIL and KYLE RUBISCH" [youtube: Saskatchewan Rush]
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Friday, January 12

[LINKS] 'CUSE 2018 Linkage

"Head Coach JOHN DESKO, about his expectations for the upcoming season, SYRACUSE's talented freshman, and one of the toughest schedules in recent memory ..." [youtube]


"... senior BRENDAN BOMBERRY on the upcoming season, his move from midfield to attack, and what it means to be named an associate captain for the 2018 campaign." [youtube]
  • VIDEO: "JOHN DESKO Media Day Press Conference" [youtube: Syracuse Orange] 
  • ARTICLE: "Mumps, Underrated, New Goalie- What they were saying at SYRACUSE University Lacrosse Media Day" [cnycentral.com]
  • VIDEO: "Former SYRACUSE ORANGE midfielder and current Florida LAUNCH athlete, SERGIO SALCIDO on his time playing at Cuse, as well as his advice to young players looking to play at the elite level of the game." [youtube: STX Lacrosse]
  • PODCASTDR. FRED OPIE SHOW - "Life Lessons Learned In Box Lacrosse" [fredopie.com] 
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Wednesday, January 10

[NLL REPORT] Week 6 Recap and Week 7 Picks

Words by @BernasconiRich

Most outlets are doing power rankings. I'll save you some time, cut through all of the BS and attempt to spell things out in a language that everyone can clearly understand. 

The RUSH are head and shoulders above the league, while the ROUGHNECKS and VANCOUVER STEALTH are the two worst teams in the league.  In fact, SASK is the best squad I have seen in a number of years.  They posses the best defense, the best transition play and the best offense.  They have a league best +25 goal difference.  I, like many others,  are wondering whether they'll make it through the season unbeaten. Interestingly, they have beaten all Eastern teams and have not even faced the two worst teams out West.

Speaking of the two worst teams let’s start with CALGARY.  Their 1-3 record isn’t a complete disaster, but they are tied with VANCOUVER  as the leagues worst offense.  CURTIS DICKSON, DANE DOBBIE and WES BERG are the only three ROUGHNECKS with double digit points over the first 4 games.

VANCOUVER is a dumpster fire at this point.  After allowing the final seven goals against NEW ENGLAND a week prior, they gave up 11 consecutive goals in a row during a historically futile first half.  Things devolved after that as a number of fights broke out, where it seemed as if even coaches were challenging the TORONTO bench.
  
After that, the remaining six teams are all on equal footing.  All posses some good components and all have their weaknesses.  You have heard the cliché, "on any given day" ... well that pretty much sums up NEW ENGLAND, TORONTO, BUFFALO, GEORGIA and COLORADO.

This Week’s picks

Went 3-0 with last weeks picks - Season record so far stands at 11-5.

ROCHESTER at TORONTO  
 I’ll go with the red hot ROCK at home.  After failing to break the 10 goal mark the first two games they have broken the 20 goal mark.  TOM SCHREIBER has been on a roll, putting up 19 points in the last two games.  Rochester has the league’s best power play AND penalty kill.  MATT VINC is playing at a All-Pro level.

NEW ENGLAND at ROCHESTER
This is a great spot for the BLACKWOLVES, I’ll take them since ROCHESTER will be playing back to back.  We’ll see how the KNIGHTHAWK offense deals with the improved NEW ENGLAND defense.

VANCOUVER at BUFFALO
I’ll take Buffalo, that’s all.

GEORGIA at CALGARY
The SWARM are 1-3, but they have lost to all quality teams (NE, SASK, COL) and two have been on the road.  Look for their offense to break out against the suspect CALGARY goalies.  I’ll go with the SWARM.

SASK at COLORADO
Can’t go against the RUSH here. The MAMMOTH also come in unbeaten at 3-0, Although two of the wins are against VAN and CAL.  The loudhouse will be rocking, I still can’t bring myself to pick them.  RYAN BENESCH has been on fire on the power play for COLORADO.
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Friday, January 5

[TOP 10] BEST INDOOR & OUTDOOR PLAYERS OF 2017

Words by @bernasconirich

LYLE THOMPSON

Georgia Swarm / Chesapeake Bayhawks 


A no brainer for the YumYumLax top pro player of 2017. Lyle lit up the NLL this past year finishing 1st in scoring on 45g & 71a for 116 points. When it was all said and done he was regular season and post season MVP, as his Georgia Swarm took home the Champions Cup.

Lyle suited up for the Chesapeake Bayhawks in MLL in the summer of 2017. His Bayhwaks didn't qualify for the 2017 post season. He put 20(1)g 8a for 29 points in only six games. MLL availability will always be an issue for Lyle. Realistically he will only be playing half a season with his NLL commitment.

Look for Lyle to be a mainstay for the Iroquois Team this summer at the World Games. Once again Lyle showed he is a player that is capable of dominating a field or a box lacrosse game.

 

TOM SCHREIBER 

Toronto Rock / Ohio Machine


Lit it up during both the NLL and MLL 2017 campaigns. NLL Rookie of the Year for 2017, his first season playing competitive box lacrosse. Schreiber finished with 33g & 61a for 94 points good for 7th in the NLL.

He joined the Ohio Machine midway through the season, which led to his second consecutive MLL MVP. The Machine took home the Championship as well.
Schreiber is also a member of Team USA field and box teams. 

SHAWN EVANS 

New England Blackwolves / Chesapeake Bayhawks / Peterbourgh Lakers

Most casual field lacrosse fans may not know too much about Shawn Evans. His 2017 highlight has to be walking away with his 5th Mann Cup title, in addition he was named MVP of the series which his Peterbourgh squad won 4 games to 2.

For the Blackwolves he remains one of the top right handed forwards in the league. Finished 5th in league scoring w 38/65 for 103 points. That was his 5th consecutive season going over the century mark.

He surfaced in MLL as well in 2017 for Chesapeake. He appeared in 4 games scoring 9g's and adding 5a. Also, a member of the Team Canada box set up. He is also on Team Canada field roster that has yet to be cut down to the final 23 man squad.

PETER BAUM

Ohio Machine 
 
To me, Baum broke out and showed his full potential in 2017 as his Machine captured the MLL title. Teammate Schreiber captured the MVP, but my vote would have went to Baum. He tied for 1st in scoring with 31 (2)g & 19a for 52 points, tops for midfielders. Also suited up for all 14 games.

He didn't try out for Team USA however and doesn't play in the NLL.
 

PAUL RABIL

New York Lizards

May not be the devastating downhill dodger he was a few years back, but has added many more facets to his game. To me his step down shooting, passing and off ball play has improved greatly. 

His 2017 Lizard stat line was 26 (3)g & 19a for 46points good for 5th best in MLL.
Although he hasn't played in the NLL in a number of seasons he suited up for Team USA box for the Heritage Cup. Look for him to lead Team USA field squad this upcoming summer in Israel.
 

JOEL WHITE

Georgia Swarm / Rochester Rattlers
 
Has established himself as one of the top longsticks in the game. Also was integral in the Swarm's run to the NLL title. Plays for Team USA in field and box. White is the only long pole to crack the list.
 

ROB PANNELL

New York Lizards

Was slowed by injuries in 2017, but may be the best field lacrosse attackman out there. He still managed 23g & 26a for 49 points good for a 3rd place tie despite missing 3 games. Found it interesting he played competitive box for the first time at the Heritage Cup. Look for him on Team USA this summer at the World Games.
 

MARCUS HOLMAN

Ohio Machine 
 
Scored 34g & 15a for the Champion Machine. Earned Championship Game MVP going off for 4g & 2a, including a 4th quarter hat trick. Member of Team USA. Doesn't play in NLL.
 

MARK MATTHEWS

Saskatchewan Rush / Atlanta Blaze
 
The best lefty on the planet now that John Grant Jr has retired. His Sask team came up a little short falling to the Swarm in the NLL finals, but still had a tremendous season finishing second to Lyle Thompson in points with 113 (40g/73a). 

Played little for Atlanta this summer only appearing in six games going for 13g & 7a in MLL action. Look for him to be a mainstay on Team Canada as they look to hold on to their World Title this summer.
 

CURTIS DICKSON

Calgary Roughnecks / New York Lizards / Peterborough Lakers

Member of the Mann Cup winning Peterbourgh Lakers this summer. He had 14g & 13a in the six game Mann finals.

Dickson continued his busy summer playing in six MLL games for the Lizards. He had 13g & 6a.

For Calgary he led the NLL with 54g, finished 4th in points with 107.

Look for Dickson on the Team Canada roster this summer.

There are six Americans, three Canadians and one Iroquois. Also, three members of the MLL Champion Ohio Machine, two members of the NLL Champion Georgia Swarm and two members of the Mann Cup winning Peterbourgh Lakers.
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Monday, January 1

[PRINTS PIX] NCAA DIVISION III PICKS FOR 2018

Words by @BlueprintLax

YumYumLax RESIDENT NCAA PICKER THE PRINTS, IS BACK WITH HIS SIGNATURE YOUNG BLOOD RESEARCH AND NAME DROPS ...   

NCAA DIVISION III PICKS FOR 2018

1. CORTLAND

Upstate NY squad returns prolific scorers DEVIN PHELPS (CHITTENANGO) and THOMAS McNANEY (MARCELLUS). The duo combined for over 150 pts in 2017 so, the firepower is there. In goal, not too many are better than JOE SCALISE who is very tough to score on.

 

2. SALISBURY

Yes, the Gulls lost plenty of their studs from 2017 but, Sr. Mid GARRETT REYNOLDS is unstoppable through the box. He is a force between the lines and will pace the Gulls this season in all categories. SALISBURY never has to rebuild, they just reload!

 

3. DENISON 


The incredible 2017 season was no fluke! The Big Red is loaded again this year. Sensational attackman SPENCER BUTLER (MILLBROOK SCHOOL) returns to the front line and middle JAKE WAXTER (GILMAN, MD) will handle the midfield again in 2018. LSM JOSIAH WILSON (KENT SCHOOL) is a GB machine and an excellent shut down speedster. FOGO HENRY DeCAMP (DEERFIELD) will be a first teamer in 2018. Final 4 team here with a possibility of National Championship written all over it!
 
4. TUFTS 
The Jumbos make it back to the Final 4 in 2018. They lost some close games last year only because they were not as deep as year's past. But, in 2018, they should be on point. They will be led by attackman DANNY MURPHY (HAUPPAUGE). MURPHY is bringing 95 pts with him from 2017. He should build on that total as a goal scoring machine similar to TUFTS great JOHN UPPGREN.


5. RIT 

Another school that seems to reload every year. The Tigers always seem to have a Canadian stud on the team. 2018 will be the year of AIDEN MILBURN (BC, CANADA). The offense will run through him. He has incredible mitts and can move the goalie with his slick inside moves. Possible Attackman of the Year candidate who will carry RIT deep into the playoff race again this year.

 

6. WESLEYAN (CT)

Another surprise school from 2017 is stacked again for 2018! Big HARRY STANTON (NEW CANAAN) brings 115 pts from 2017 with him to the new season. He plays similar to NEW CANAAN HS great ANDY TOWERS. Strong and unstoppable, STANTON is another name to watch for Attackman of the Year 2018

 

7. GETTYSBURG 


The Bullets have a lethal combo on offense with JACK HARVEY (NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ) and TOMMY HELLER (LIVINGSTON, NJ) which makes it impossible to shut down both with even the best defenders. HARVEY is slippery and HELLER has a way of finding room to shoot even when smothered. These guys are fun to watch play off each other. Must be a New Jersey thing! Between the pipes, G' Burg is solid with returning stopper TIM BRADY (PROVIDENCE CHARLOTTE). He reminds one of Bullets great BRIAN SULLIVAN (HOLY CROSS, WATERBURY).
 

8. AMHERST 

Another tough stacked team out of the NESCAC, they have balance. Look for AMHERST legacy midfielder ANDREW FORD (DELBARTON) to quietly stack up points. Not only is FORD a "both ways" middie, he has a knack for GB's. He plays hard and can shoot with both hands off the run. 

9. STEVENSON 

A very young team but, very gritty. Led by young guns ETHAN CHRISTENSEN and Florida recruit GRAY KING (BOLLES SCHOOL), look for this youthful movement to pick up  some big wins in 2018!

 

10. YORK

The heavy Pennsylvania laden roster is composed of the best players from western Philadelphia. BRENDAN McGRATH (WARRINGTON) and CAMERON LEECH (ABINGTON) are Philly products that keep it local in recruiting for COACH CHILDS. With a touch of Maryland at midfield THOMAS PFEIFFER (BEL AIR), this will be a very good team in 2018.

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Sunday, December 31

[NLL REPORT] BLACKWOLVES def. STEALTH, 13 - 9

BLACKWOLVES def. STEALTH,13-9

It was a game of runs at Mohegan Sun Friday night as the BLACKWOLVES outlasted the VANCOUVER STEALTH, 13-9. The run started with the STEALTH scoring the first two goals of the game. The BLACKWOLVES finally answered with two goals of their own in the final minute of the first. REILLY O’CONNOR put one past BRODIE MacDONALD followed by JAY THORIMBERT who scored directly off the FO for the marker in the final minute. 

The BLACKWOLF right side woke up a bit to start the second as KEVIN CROWLEY and KYLE BUCHANAN each scored twice to extend the BLACKWOLVES lead to 6-2 capping off a 6-0 run. Then it would be the STEALTH’S turn for a run. They would score the next 7 goals to take the 9-6 lead heading into the 4th. 

The 4th would be all BLACKWOLVES as they finished the period outscoring VANCOUVER, 7-0 for the 13-9 Final



Transition and Face offs were the Catalyst. 

Once again THORIMBERT was an unsung hero winning 16/26 draws, including many timely ones in the decisive 4th. He also stuffed his stat sheet with a goal and an assist with 15 LBs for good measure. The BLACKWOLF transition was huge in the 4th as ADAM BOMBERRY (1g) and COLTON WATKINSON (1g, 2a) led the charge. JOEL COYLE also had a great shorthanded transition goal as well. BOMBERRY scored on a beautiful feed from goalie AARON BOLD and his freshly painted mask for maybe the nicest goal of the game. To me this was BOMBERRY’S best performance in a BLACKWOLF uniform. The BLACKWOLVES were also able to take advantage of the short change in the final frame as well. 


SHAWN EVANS was able to come directly off the bench for a shorthanded goal and put pressure on VANCOUVER throughout the fourth. 


The BLACKWOLVES held a 70-56 loose ball advantage. They also had a slight lead 50-48 on shots on goal. The BLACKWOLVES are in action next at ROCHESTER on January 13, while winless (0-3) VANCOUVER hosts TORONTO on January 6

 
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