Thursday, October 15, 2020

2025 and 2026 NCAA Lacrosse Championships Return To Gillette Stadium


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2025 and 2026 NCAA Lacrosse Championships Return To Gillette Stadium


Lacrosse fans…thank you! With your help, the NCAA has chosen Gillette Stadium and Harvard University to host the 2025 and 2026 NCAA Men’s and Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championships.

NCAA Lacrosse Returns to Gillette Stadium
for the Sixth and Seventh time in 2025 and 2026
Gillette Stadium will once again welcome the nation’s best lacrosse programs to Foxborough, hosting the 2025 and 2026 Men’s and Division I Women's Lacrosse Championships.

“We are honored to have earned the privilege of hosting the 2025 and 2026 NCAA Men’s and Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championships, building on Gillette Stadium’s and New England’s rich lacrosse tradition,” said Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group. “After first bringing the men’s and women’s lacrosse communities together at Gillette Stadium for the 2017 championships, we cannot wait to welcome fans from across the country and the nation’s best lacrosse programs back to Foxborough for another landmark weekend for the sport. Lacrosse is especially important to our family, as my son Dan played collegiately at Tufts University, and my three grandsons have all enjoyed playing the game in the past. We have an extremely passionate community of lacrosse fans across New England, and have seen that enthusiasm for the game shine through each of the five previous times we have hosted this great event, setting attendance records and welcoming thousands of fans to Gillette Stadium.”

Gillette Stadium will once again bring the lacrosse community together, hosting the men’s and women’s championships in 2025 and 2026. These landmark weekends mark just the second and third times in NCAA history that the Division I men’s and women’s lacrosse championships will be hosted at the same venue, with Gillette Stadium serving as the host venue for each occasion.

Ticket, hospitality, reunion opportunities and fan activity information will be announced at a later date after finalizing details with the NCAA. For more information check

Thanks again for your passion for the game and interest in attending the NCAA men’s and women’s lacrosse championships at Gillette Stadium. We look forward to welcoming the lacrosse community to the home of champions for a tremendous weekend of family fun, entertainment and lacrosse.
What They're Saying:
Gerry Byrne, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse – “New England will once again welcome the nation’s best teams to Gillette Stadium for the NCAA lacrosse championships. Hosting the NCAA championships provides all New England youth, high school, college and post-graduate players with a great opportunity to enjoy the games with their friends and families and continue the incredible growth of the game across the region.

Devon Wills, The Carole Kleinfelder Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Lacrosse – “It truly is a privilege to be the host institution as we bring together the men’s and women’s championships at Gillette Stadium, creating an impactful and exciting weekend attractive to all the young girls and boys playing the game. We are excited for the opportunity to promote women’s lacrosse to the entire lacrosse community through this landmark weekend for the sport.”

Mike Daly, Rothman Head Coaching Chair for Men’s Lacrosse at Brown University – “New England once again is privileged to be hosting these great championships at Gillette Stadium. It is an exciting time for all the college, high school, youth and club programs to join the celebration of our sport and realize the impact hosting the championships has on the continued growth of the game in the region”

Greg Cannella, Men’s Lacrosse Coach at UMass – “This is the biggest event in our game and to again host the championships at Gillette Stadium is very special. The event has been a tremendous success each year Foxborough has hosted the championships, and this championship weekend will provide more memorable experiences for the teams and the fans.”

Amanda Belichick, Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Holy Cross – “The NCAA’s decision to bring the men’s and women’s lacrosse championships to Gillette Stadium is great news, and I know that many are very enthusiastic about this opportunity. The 2025 and 2026 championships will be a great opportunity to showcase the men's and women's games at a great venue together. To bring these championships back to Gillette Stadium, where the first combined championships took place in 2017, is especially exciting.”

Jim Murphy, Bentley University Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach – “I am excited for all the youth, high school and college players to have an opportunity to watch the best of the best play in the NCAA Championships at Gillette Stadium. Championship experiences in a championship venue is a win for everyone involved.”

Jim Dalton, President of Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League – “The Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse family, comprised of 12,000 players, 2,000 coaches and over 800 teams from 160 towns across Massachusetts truly looks forward to having this great event in our backyard once again. Our families really enjoyed themselves during the past five championships at Gillette Stadium and I know our organization will actively promote the opportunity to enjoy another great experience.”

Christine Habermann, Executive Director of Mass Bay Girls Lacrosse League – “Hosting the women’s and men’s championships in a combined format is outstanding for our game and region. This incredible event is a great opportunity to promote the values of lacrosse to entire families across the country. I am excited to get our programs and their families involved in what will be a terrific experience for all.”

Paul Griffin, The Founders Girls Lacrosse League – “The Founders League members are so excited to watch the women’s and men’s championships at Gillette Stadium. Combining the championships in to a festival concept will generate tremendous value for the girls’ game here in Massachusetts.”

Casey D’Annolfo, The Mike Daly Head Coach of Men’s Lacrosse at Tufts University – “It is so exciting to welcome the NCAA lacrosse championships back to Gillette Stadium and the New England region. The teams will enjoy the opportunity to play in a great venue and the fans will have an outstanding experience with all of the excitement surrounding the games.”

Thank you for staying in touch with Gillette Stadium and the Premier Lacrosse League on social media during this time.


Saturday, September 26, 2020

Bates Men's Lacrosse


Jamie Munro's "A Lacrosse Weekend"


A Lacrosse Weekend 9.26.20

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it!  

If you are a lacrosse coach, player or parent, you will love the analysis, the pictures and videos.  Click here to read my blog!

Podcasts this week:

This week I take A deep dive into the topic of my most recent solo podcast, The Art of Deceptionthinking about deception in Darwinian terms, military deception, and a new paradigm for me in terms of lacrosse deception: baiting! 

This week's videos:

  • The Monty Python Trojan Rabbit 
  • Chase Scanlan baiting a shorty
  • Matt Rambo baiting a double team
  • Jeff Teat pretending he's doing nothing off ball
  • Women's Lacrosse Drills that develop Baiting
  • 10 Deceptive Feeding techniques from pick up games
  • Time & Room Shooting Video on deceptive shooting 
  • Jesse King selling dodge and hammering a screen shot
  • Selena Lasota using hard pumps to freeze defenders

Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 24, 2020

Jamie Munro's "A Lacrosse Weekend"

 Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

I think you will love the blog this week!  It's full of videos, information and insights! Click here to read my blog!

This week:

  • Podcast with Maryland Head Coach John Tillman
  • Pro Skills & Sandlot Skills: a video of the sickest plays from PLL and MLL this summer and how they were duplicated implicitly in pick up by JM3 Athletes
  • JM3 Athlete Program Registration Window - only three spots left
  • Sacred Heart Head Coach John Basti Podcast
  • Inside Lacrosse Video Evaluation Tool and why it's important for every player!
  • JM3 Backyard Curriculum - How to become world class in your backyard!
  • College Lacrosse Recruiting Platform by JM3 Sports

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, July 25, 2020

MLL Hit by COVID-19

Breaking: MLL Records More COVID-19 Test, Teams Pull Out of Playoffs

(Photo Courtesy of Major League Lacrosse)

The Major League Lacrosse (MLL) playoffs were set to get underway on Saturday at 4 pm, but that will not be happening as two teams, Chesapeake Bayhawks and Connecticut Hammerheads, have pulled out of the playoffs following a total of four players testing positive for COVID-19, according to multiple sources. 

The Denver Outlaws and Boston Cannons will play for the MLL Championship on Sunday.

MLL announced earlier today that one player tested positive for COVID-19 last night and that they had conducted onsite testing of all players and staff. Those tests earlier today yielded three positives. According to multiple sources, the lone player who tested positive last night was a key member of the Chesapeake Bayhawks, who played against the Connecticut Hammerheads in their regular-season finale on Friday. 

Two teams, New York Lizards and Philadelphia Barrage, did not make the playoffs and had personnel leave the MLL bubble this morning. 

The MLL semifinals had been pushed back from 2 pm and 1 pm and 4 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to allow for the league to obtain the results of the onsite testing and make a decision on how they wanted to move forward. No. 1 seed Denver was set to face No. 4 seed Boston and No. 2 seed Chesapeake was set to play No. 3 seed Connecticut. Both games were set to be rematches of the final two regular-season games on Friday. 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

UVALax Family ~ Endless Summer

Endless Summer??

What a different time, and it continues.  The Endless Summer analogy is a stretch – right now it is hard to relate to a small group of surfers from the 1960s traveling around the world looking for the perfect ride.  But as I take a break from watching videos of summer events that have somehow found a way to happen, and wonder if tomorrow will be any different from today’s activities here at the house, that old movie permeates into my thoughts. 


Thank you to all of the alumni and alumnae who have shared their time and expertise into their careers with us.  We are wrapping up the Career/Sector project this week feeling more connected than ever with you.  Between these and the Rob Schmalz era-zoom calls, we have been able to learn a great deal while having a lot of fun at the same time.  Thank you!


We have two men who will be pursuing an advanced degree in the McIntire School of Commerce this upcoming school year.  Returner Jared Conners ’20 and transfer Charlie Bertrand begin their studies August 10th, two weeks prior to the undergraduate start of August 25th.  This is the first time in many years UVa lacrosse players have been able to pursue an M.S. in Commerce due to the mandatory May foreign travel component (Global Immersion Experience) that is typically in place.  For at least one year this requirement has been lifted, allowing Jared and Charlie access to this fantastic and highly-ranked graduate program.


The PLL and MLL are preparing to kickoff their seasons.  Virginia Lacrosse will be represented in the action with Adam Ghitelman ’11, Pat Harbeson ’14 and Zed Williams ’17 competing in the PLL out in Utah while Mark Cockerton ’14, Scott Hooper ’18, Michael Kraus ’20 and Justin Schwenk ’20 can be found in Annapolis playing with the MLL.


The Dead Period was extended again, now through the month of August.  What will September and the Fall semester look like in terms of recruiting?  Will visits by prospects and their families to Grounds be allowed?  It seems that the September 1 start date for contacts with the next recruiting class (2022) will remain in place.  Thus, we will most likely be making phone calls and sending texts and e-mails to recruits in September but what else?  Does a virtual tour do more than whet the appetite?  Do families jump in the car and drive down to Charlottesville, knowing they will not meet with anyone from our staff?  TBD…