Saturday, May 31, 2014

Check out Lacrosse Film Room on YouTube

To check out some really amazing plays, and some wonderful video editing, check out Lacrosse Film Room on YouTube.  They do a great job isolating particular players, as well as outlining several plays that DI teams run.  It is also great fun to see Ty, Miles, and Lyle Thompson do their work!

Click HERE to see Lacrosse Film Room!




Check out Lacrosse Film Room on YouTube

To check out some really amazing plays, and some wonderful video editing, check out Lacrosse Film Room on YouTube.  They do a great job isolating particular players, as well as outlining several plays that DI teams run.  It is also great fun to see Ty, Miles, and Lyle Thompson do their work!

Click HERE to see Lacrosse Film Room!




Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Great Final Four Lacrosse Weekend in Baltimore!

Great weekend last weekend in Baltimore for the Final Four of Division I Men's and Women's Lacrosse, as well as the Finals for Division II and III Men's Lacrosse!



Great Final Four Lacrosse Weekend in Baltimore!

Great weekend last weekend in Baltimore for the Final Four of Division I Men's and Women's Lacrosse, as well as the Finals for Division II and III Men's Lacrosse!



Friday, May 23, 2014

From New England Lacrosse Journal: New England's Greatest Coaches #6 Benedict & Whitten

This is a great article on two great coaches from Connecticut.  I am glad to say that many years ago I had the opportunity to work with Coach Mike Pressler at his lacrosse camp, and also that I'm glad that my own son has had the benefit of Alex Whitten's coaching in clinics and camps.

~Peter M. Carey

New England's Greatest Coaches: #6 Benedict & Whitten

Guy Whitten was named the first head coach of the boys team at Wilton High in 1969. (Gretchen McMahon Photography)

Having one legendary coach at a high school in a given state is rare, but two coaching at the same time, against each other?
That’s something special.
That was the case for nearly 30 years in Connecticut when Guy Whitten at Wilton High School and Howard Benedict at New Canaan High School dominated the scene from the 1970s through Whitten’s retirement in 1995.
“Those two guys were the founding fathers of Connecticut lacrosse and had a huge part in the success the sport has had in that state,” said Andy Towers, the current Dartmouth men’s head coach, who played for Benedict at New Canaan and Whitten on the 1988 U.S. Under-19 team. “We’re just lucky to have played for them. The people that played in that rivalry were fortunate to be part of something very special.”
Whitten was named head coach of the first boys lacrosse team at Wilton in 1969. New Canaan made Benedict the school’s first lacrosse head coach in 1973, and he coached through 2007.
The two of them won a combined 19 Fairfield County Interscholastic Conference championships and 25 state championships. Their winning ways inspired many to pick up the sport and want to be a part of the success and tradition.
“Once the sport started to grow, the kids wanted to jump on the bandwagon,” Whitten said. “By the time (I retired), the sport had really caught on in Wilton. The best athletes, most of them wanted to play lacrosse. When you have that winning tradition, good athletes and pretty decent coaching — that was a formula for success.”

From New England Lacrosse Journal: New England's Greatest Coaches #6 Benedict & Whitten

This is a great article on two great coaches from Connecticut.  I am glad to say that many years ago I had the opportunity to work with Coach Mike Pressler at his lacrosse camp, and also that I'm glad that my own son has had the benefit of Alex Whitten's coaching in clinics and camps.

~Peter M. Carey

New England's Greatest Coaches: #6 Benedict & Whitten

Guy Whitten was named the first head coach of the boys team at Wilton High in 1969. (Gretchen McMahon Photography)

Having one legendary coach at a high school in a given state is rare, but two coaching at the same time, against each other?
That’s something special.
That was the case for nearly 30 years in Connecticut when Guy Whitten at Wilton High School and Howard Benedict at New Canaan High School dominated the scene from the 1970s through Whitten’s retirement in 1995.
“Those two guys were the founding fathers of Connecticut lacrosse and had a huge part in the success the sport has had in that state,” said Andy Towers, the current Dartmouth men’s head coach, who played for Benedict at New Canaan and Whitten on the 1988 U.S. Under-19 team. “We’re just lucky to have played for them. The people that played in that rivalry were fortunate to be part of something very special.”
Whitten was named head coach of the first boys lacrosse team at Wilton in 1969. New Canaan made Benedict the school’s first lacrosse head coach in 1973, and he coached through 2007.
The two of them won a combined 19 Fairfield County Interscholastic Conference championships and 25 state championships. Their winning ways inspired many to pick up the sport and want to be a part of the success and tradition.
“Once the sport started to grow, the kids wanted to jump on the bandwagon,” Whitten said. “By the time (I retired), the sport had really caught on in Wilton. The best athletes, most of them wanted to play lacrosse. When you have that winning tradition, good athletes and pretty decent coaching — that was a formula for success.”

From Newsday: Long Island's Myles Jones making an impact for Duke lacrosse





Long Island's Myles Jones making an impact for Duke lacrosse

Duke lacrosse player Myles Jones, formerly of Walt
Duke lacrosse player Myles Jones, formerly of Walt Whitman High School. (Credit: Duke Athletics)

From Newsday online
When Duke midfielder Myles Jones, a 6-4, 240-pound package of agility and power, weaves his way toward the cage at top speed, he looks like a mobile quarterback dodging defenders.
Been there.
When Jones backs his big frame into the crease area for a slam-dunk goal, he looks like a power forward fighting for position in the low blocks.
Done that.
"He's a multisport athlete with transitional skills," Duke coach John Danowski said of Jones, who starred in football, basketball and lacrosse at Walt Whitman High School.
As a sophomore this season, Jones has emerged as a genuine force for the Blue Devils, the defending national champions who are in the Final Four this weekend for an eighth straight season.
"Myles is extremely hardworking and one of the most coachable people I've ever been around. He has a really high athletic IQ. You can see his progression. We saw his potential, but he's certainly surpassed where we thought he would be at this point."

From Newsday: Long Island's Myles Jones making an impact for Duke lacrosse





Long Island's Myles Jones making an impact for Duke lacrosse

Duke lacrosse player Myles Jones, formerly of Walt
Duke lacrosse player Myles Jones, formerly of Walt Whitman High School. (Credit: Duke Athletics)

From Newsday online
When Duke midfielder Myles Jones, a 6-4, 240-pound package of agility and power, weaves his way toward the cage at top speed, he looks like a mobile quarterback dodging defenders.
Been there.
When Jones backs his big frame into the crease area for a slam-dunk goal, he looks like a power forward fighting for position in the low blocks.
Done that.
"He's a multisport athlete with transitional skills," Duke coach John Danowski said of Jones, who starred in football, basketball and lacrosse at Walt Whitman High School.
As a sophomore this season, Jones has emerged as a genuine force for the Blue Devils, the defending national champions who are in the Final Four this weekend for an eighth straight season.
"Myles is extremely hardworking and one of the most coachable people I've ever been around. He has a really high athletic IQ. You can see his progression. We saw his potential, but he's certainly surpassed where we thought he would be at this point."

Thursday, May 22, 2014

McWilliams Headlines UVa's Six USILA All-America Honorees Cockerton, Emery, LaPierre, Pannell, Scales also honored

McWilliams Headlines UVa's Six USILA All-America HonoreesCockerton, Emery, LaPierre, Pannell, Scales also honored

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOMMark Cockerton, along with his father Stan, hold the father/son goal-scoring duo record with 318 career goals.
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM
Mark Cockerton, along with his father Stan, hold the father/son goal-scoring duo record with 318 career goals.VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM
May 22, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Earning second-team honors, Virginia senior defenseman Scott McWilliams headlines six UVa men's lacrosse players who were named to the 2014 USILA All-America team, as announced by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
Mark Cockerton, Rob Emery, Chris LaPierre, James Pannell and Tanner Scales also earned USILA All-America honors. In addition, Emery was named a USILA Scholar All-American, which requires a student-athlete with senior year academic standing to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, while also being an All-American athlete. UVa now has had 12 scholar All-Americans over the past 10 seasons.
McWilliams (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) is now a three-time All-American. It marks the second season in a row McWilliams was named a second-team All-American. The defenseman also earned honorable mention honors in 2012. McWilliams finished his senior season with three goals and one assist, while picking up 28 ground balls and causing 24 turnovers.
Cockerton (Oshawa, Ontario) was named to the third team. It is the second year in a row that the UVa attackman earned third-team All-America honors. Cockerton led UVa with 47 goals and 63 points in 2014.  He concludes his collegiate career with 125 career goals, tying him for No. 8 all-time at UVa with fellow Canadian Garret Billings. Cockerton, along with his father Stan, hold the father/son goal-scoring duo record with 318 career goals.

 

 

Scales (Denver, Colo.) earned his first career All-America honor, landing on the third team.  The sophomore defenseman caused 22 turnovers and picked up 49 ground balls in 2014.

Emery (San Francisco, Calif.), senior midfielder Chris LaPierre (Medford, N.J.) and sophomore attackman James Pannell (Smithtown, N.Y.) rounds out UVa's All-America selections on the honorable mention squad. The honors for Emery and LaPierre are each player's third career All-America nod. Emery was also an honorable mention recipient in 2012 and a third-team mention in 2013. LaPierre earned third-team honors in 2011 and second-team recognition in 2012. This is Pannell's first career All-America accolade.

Virginia and North Carolina tied for the second-most All-America honorees in the nation with six. Duke leads all teams with 10.

McWilliams Headlines UVa's Six USILA All-America Honorees Cockerton, Emery, LaPierre, Pannell, Scales also honored

McWilliams Headlines UVa's Six USILA All-America Honorees

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOMMark Cockerton, along with his father Stan, hold the father/son goal-scoring duo record with 318 career goals.
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM
Mark Cockerton, along with his father Stan, hold the father/son goal-scoring duo record with 318 career goals.VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM
May 22, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Earning second-team honors, Virginia senior defenseman Scott McWilliams headlines six UVa men's lacrosse players who were named to the 2014 USILA All-America team, as announced by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
Mark Cockerton, Rob Emery, Chris LaPierre, James Pannell and Tanner Scales also earned USILA All-America honors. In addition, Emery was named a USILA Scholar All-American, which requires a student-athlete with senior year academic standing to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, while also being an All-American athlete. UVa now has had 12 scholar All-Americans over the past 10 seasons.
McWilliams (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) is now a three-time All-American. It marks the second season in a row McWilliams was named a second-team All-American. The defenseman also earned honorable mention honors in 2012. McWilliams finished his senior season with three goals and one assist, while picking up 28 ground balls and causing 24 turnovers.
Cockerton (Oshawa, Ontario) was named to the third team. It is the second year in a row that the UVa attackman earned third-team All-America honors. Cockerton led UVa with 47 goals and 63 points in 2014.  He concludes his collegiate career with 125 career goals, tying him for No. 8 all-time at UVa with fellow Canadian Garret Billings. Cockerton, along with his father Stan, hold the father/son goal-scoring duo record with 318 career goals.

 

 

Scales (Denver, Colo.) earned his first career All-America honor, landing on the third team.  The sophomore defenseman caused 22 turnovers and picked up 49 ground balls in 2014.

Emery (San Francisco, Calif.), senior midfielder Chris LaPierre (Medford, N.J.) and sophomore attackman James Pannell (Smithtown, N.Y.) rounds out UVa's All-America selections on the honorable mention squad. The honors for Emery and LaPierre are each player's third career All-America nod. Emery was also an honorable mention recipient in 2012 and a third-team mention in 2013. LaPierre earned third-team honors in 2011 and second-team recognition in 2012. This is Pannell's first career All-America accolade.

Virginia and North Carolina tied for the second-most All-America honorees in the nation with six. Duke leads all teams with 10.

McWilliams Headlines UVa's Six USILA All-America Honorees Cockerton, Emery, LaPierre, Pannell, Scales also honored

McWilliams Headlines UVa's Six USILA All-America Honorees

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOMMark Cockerton, along with his father Stan, hold the father/son goal-scoring duo record with 318 career goals.
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM
Mark Cockerton, along with his father Stan, hold the father/son goal-scoring duo record with 318 career goals.VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM
May 22, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Earning second-team honors, Virginia senior defenseman Scott McWilliams headlines six UVa men's lacrosse players who were named to the 2014 USILA All-America team, as announced by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
Mark Cockerton, Rob Emery, Chris LaPierre, James Pannell and Tanner Scales also earned USILA All-America honors. In addition, Emery was named a USILA Scholar All-American, which requires a student-athlete with senior year academic standing to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, while also being an All-American athlete. UVa now has had 12 scholar All-Americans over the past 10 seasons.
McWilliams (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) is now a three-time All-American. It marks the second season in a row McWilliams was named a second-team All-American. The defenseman also earned honorable mention honors in 2012. McWilliams finished his senior season with three goals and one assist, while picking up 28 ground balls and causing 24 turnovers.
Cockerton (Oshawa, Ontario) was named to the third team. It is the second year in a row that the UVa attackman earned third-team All-America honors. Cockerton led UVa with 47 goals and 63 points in 2014.  He concludes his collegiate career with 125 career goals, tying him for No. 8 all-time at UVa with fellow Canadian Garret Billings. Cockerton, along with his father Stan, hold the father/son goal-scoring duo record with 318 career goals.

 

 

Scales (Denver, Colo.) earned his first career All-America honor, landing on the third team.  The sophomore defenseman caused 22 turnovers and picked up 49 ground balls in 2014.

Emery (San Francisco, Calif.), senior midfielder Chris LaPierre (Medford, N.J.) and sophomore attackman James Pannell (Smithtown, N.Y.) rounds out UVa's All-America selections on the honorable mention squad. The honors for Emery and LaPierre are each player's third career All-America nod. Emery was also an honorable mention recipient in 2012 and a third-team mention in 2013. LaPierre earned third-team honors in 2011 and second-team recognition in 2012. This is Pannell's first career All-America accolade.

Virginia and North Carolina tied for the second-most All-America honorees in the nation with six. Duke leads all teams with 10.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Congrats to UVA's Jay Jalbert and the other 7 new USLacrosse Hall of Fame Inductees!


Stan Cockerton
Jay Jalbert
Erin Brown Millon
Steve Mitchell
Michele Uhlfelder
Peter G. Voelkel
Carole Wakefield (posthumus)
Marge Watson

More about UVa's Jay Jalbert at the UVA Lacrosse Twitter Feed at @uvamenslacrosse

Read more about these incredible inductees at LaxMagazine.com

Congrats to UVA's Jay Jalbert and the other 7 new USLacrosse Hall of Fame Inductees!


Stan Cockerton
Jay Jalbert
Erin Brown Millon
Steve Mitchell
Michele Uhlfelder
Peter G. Voelkel
Carole Wakefield (posthumus)
Marge Watson

More about UVa's Jay Jalbert at the UVA Lacrosse Twitter Feed at @uvamenslacrosse

Read more about these incredible inductees at LaxMagazine.com

From Lacrosse Magazine: Glory Days: Syracuse-Johns Hopkins '89 Title Game One for the Ages

Glory Days: Syracuse-Johns Hopkins '89 Title Game One for the Ages

As told to Gary Lambrecht | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter
A pair of future Hall of Famers squared off in the 1989 national title game, with Gary Gait and Dave Pietramala going head-to-head. (Syracuse Athletics)
Lacrosse Magazine gathered stories of NCAA tournament lore, straight from the mouths of champions, as part of our May 2014 edition. Extended versions appear here. Don’t get the mag?Join US Lacrosse and its 415,000-plus members today to start your subscription.
1989
Syracuse 13, Johns Hopkins 12
Byrd Stadium, College Park, Md.
When Johns Hopkins met Syracuse at Byrd Stadium to decide the NCAA title in 1989, the air was thick with anticipation. One of the sport's fierce rivalries was in full bloom, and a boisterous crowd of 23,893 — the largest ever to attend a lacrosse game at the time — was eager to see the next chapter unfold. An emerging sports network, ESPN, televised the event.
The Orange had come of age under coach Roy Simmons Jr. by beating the Blue Jays on Memorial Day in 1983. Johns Hopkins returned the favor in the next two title games and won it all again in 1987 with a young star named Dave Pietramala, who would become the most celebrated defenseman in the game
In 1988, a sophomore and budding superstar named Gary Gait had helped Syracuse win its second national championship.
In 1989, they clashed on center stage.

From LaxMagazine: Glory Days: Syracuse-Johns Hopkins '89 Title Game One for the Ages

The championship game in 1989 was an incredible one!  Gary Gait and Dave Petramala both reflect on the game between Syracuse and Hopkins in this great article at laxmagazine.com

Glory Days: Syracuse-Johns Hopkins '89 Title Game One for the Ages

As told to Gary Lambrecht | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter
A pair of future Hall of Famers squared off in the 1989 national title game, with Gary Gait and Dave Pietramala going head-to-head. (Syracuse Athletics)
Lacrosse Magazine gathered stories of NCAA tournament lore, straight from the mouths of champions, as part of our May 2014 edition. Extended versions appear here. Don’t get the mag?Join US Lacrosse and its 415,000-plus members today to start your subscription.
1989
Syracuse 13, Johns Hopkins 12
Byrd Stadium, College Park, Md.
When Johns Hopkins met Syracuse at Byrd Stadium to decide the NCAA title in 1989, the air was thick with anticipation. One of the sport's fierce rivalries was in full bloom, and a boisterous crowd of 23,893 — the largest ever to attend a lacrosse game at the time — was eager to see the next chapter unfold. An emerging sports network, ESPN, televised the event.
The Orange had come of age under coach Roy Simmons Jr. by beating the Blue Jays on Memorial Day in 1983. Johns Hopkins returned the favor in the next two title games and won it all again in 1987 with a young star named Dave Pietramala, who would become the most celebrated defenseman in the game
In 1988, a sophomore and budding superstar named Gary Gait had helped Syracuse win its second national championship.
In 1989, they clashed on center stage.


Read it all HERE at LaxMagazine.com

From LaxMagazine: Glory Days: Syracuse-Johns Hopkins '89 Title Game One for the Ages

The championship game in 1989 was an incredible one!  Gary Gait and Dave Petramala both reflect on the game between Syracuse and Hopkins in this great article at laxmagazine.com

Glory Days: Syracuse-Johns Hopkins '89 Title Game One for the Ages

As told to Gary Lambrecht | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter
A pair of future Hall of Famers squared off in the 1989 national title game, with Gary Gait and Dave Pietramala going head-to-head. (Syracuse Athletics)
Lacrosse Magazine gathered stories of NCAA tournament lore, straight from the mouths of champions, as part of our May 2014 edition. Extended versions appear here. Don’t get the mag?Join US Lacrosse and its 415,000-plus members today to start your subscription.
1989
Syracuse 13, Johns Hopkins 12
Byrd Stadium, College Park, Md.
When Johns Hopkins met Syracuse at Byrd Stadium to decide the NCAA title in 1989, the air was thick with anticipation. One of the sport's fierce rivalries was in full bloom, and a boisterous crowd of 23,893 — the largest ever to attend a lacrosse game at the time — was eager to see the next chapter unfold. An emerging sports network, ESPN, televised the event.
The Orange had come of age under coach Roy Simmons Jr. by beating the Blue Jays on Memorial Day in 1983. Johns Hopkins returned the favor in the next two title games and won it all again in 1987 with a young star named Dave Pietramala, who would become the most celebrated defenseman in the game
In 1988, a sophomore and budding superstar named Gary Gait had helped Syracuse win its second national championship.
In 1989, they clashed on center stage.


Read it all HERE at LaxMagazine.com

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Expect Duke to win a second straight national title this weekend

Expect Duke to win a second straight national title this weekend

Top-ranked Blue Devils average 15 goals per game, have one of the top faceoff specialists in the country


There will be countless predictions and analysis leading up to the Division I men's lacrosse Final Four this weekend, but the only way Duke won't win a second consecutive championship is if another team can match up with the Blue Devils in faceoffs.
The Blue Devils simply have too much firepower to lose.
Duke beat Johns Hopkins, 19-11, in a quarterfinal game Sunday, and the two Blue Devils goalies contributed just four total saves. That's amazing, especially in the postseason. In the final 24 minutes of the game, Hopkins took only two shots.
Worse yet, Hopkins won only one less faceoff than Duke, and the Blue Jays still lost by eight goals.
The No. 1 Blue Devils (15-3) will meet No. 5 Denver (16-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday in one semifinal, and the Pioneers could be the team to pull off the upset. Denver's Bill Tierney is one of the best defensive coaches in the game, and he'll find some schemes to occasionally slow Duke.
The Pioneers also have a good offense, and they are patient enough to hold possessions for two or three minutes. But again, if Duke wins faceoffs, the Blue Devils will score.
It will take 13 or 14 goals to beat the Blue Devils, and the key will be to control Duke's Brendan Fowler, who has won 273 of 459 faceoffs (59 percent) this season. When Fowler is playing well, Duke is unstoppable. The Blue Devils have scored 271 goals this season, an average of 15 goals per game.
While Duke has the best offense of the four remaining teams, Maryland has the best defense and goalie in Niko Amato. The Terps allow only seven goals per game. Meanwhile, Notre Dame is the most athletic of the four teams, and the Fighting Irish have really aggressive short-stick midfielders who can transition from offense to defense.
Good argument for Notre Dame's Corrigan
Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan made a valid point Saturday when he complained to the officials that they weren't putting the timer on enough when Albany had the ball.
The officials clearly were allowing brothers Miles Thompson and Lyle Thompson to hold the ball too long without going to the goal as they waited for double teams and then attempted to pass. Loyola coach Charley Toomey could have made the same complaint the week before.
Some officials appear to be as mesmerized as the fans when the Thompsons, along with their cousin, Ty Thompson, play.
I admit, they are fun to watch, and they would have helped ticket sales here at the Final Four. Little kids flocked to watch them play, just like they did for the Gait brothers, Syracuse midfielders Paul and Gary, from 1987 to 1990, as well as Johns Hopkins midfielder Paul Rabil from 2005 to 2008.
Terps seek revenge Saturday
One person glad to see the Thompsons not play here this weekend has to be Maryland coach John Tillman. Because of their ball-handling skills and precision passing, the Thompsons force opposing teams to rearrange their defense.
No. 7 Maryland (12-3) will play No. 6 Notre Dame (11-5) at 3:30 p.m. in the other semifinal. The two teams have split a pair of games this season, but because of their familiarity with one another, Tillman won't have to focus exclusively on one or two players like he would have with the Thompsons.
Plus, Maryland has revenge working in its favor. Whenever Atlantic Coast Conference teams have played, the one that lost earlier in the season won the second game. Maryland beat Notre Dame on April 19, 12-8, and then lost to Notre Dame, 6-5, a week later in the conference semifinal.
It's Maryland's turn to win.
Depth key for top teams
Some of the smaller schools have closed the talent gap with the traditional favorites like Syracuse, Virginia and Johns Hopkins, but what still separates them is depth.


Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/lacrosse/bs-sp-preston-lacrosse-column-0520-20140519,0,7615615.column#ixzz32JgLxnXQ