Recapping a busy week: All-LI Hot Beds final; More major commits

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It was quite a week to wrap up a busy month. It included Duke landing a pair of top players from Long Island: Garden City’s Justin Guterding (above) and Chaminade’s Brian Dunne, as well as Ward Melville defeating Suffolk rival West Islip in the title game of the Hot Beds Tournament at the University of […]

Lacrosse goodwill tour in Cuba

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LaxLessons.com co-founder Ryan Rabidou is in Cuba. You’re probably a bit surprised. After all, lacrosse and Cuba are hardly synonymous. But the former Somers (N.Y.) High School and Loyola (Md.) College standout was asked to join a group of instructors whose missions is to introduce lacrosse in less than 10 days to a summer camp […]

Here are your Sound Shore League title-game matchups

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The Sound Shore League men’s league will wrap up its 32nd season of play on Monday night, Aug. 1 with a championship tripleheader at Purchase College. The league is made up of teams from Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Fairfield counties, as well as high school,  youth and masters leagues. Top-seeded No Limit and No. 2-seeded […]

Dunne becomes latest Flyer to decide on Duke

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A strong summer, including a solid outing at Jake Reed Blue Chip, helped cement defenseman Brian Dunne’s status as a target recruit for many of the nation’s premier programs. Dunne, a rising junior from Chaminade High School, verbally committed to attend Duke last week. He joins teammate Greg Rhodes, a rising senior midfielder, as a […]

Ward Melville beats West Islip to take Hot Beds title

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Ward Melville won the Battle of the Hot Beds championship for the second time in the last three years, defeating West Islip 8-3 in yesterday’s title game played at the University of Delaware. Ward Melville defeated the Florida Hammerheads 8-3 in the semifinals. West Islip advanced to the title game by pulling out a 5-4 […]

Bronxville’s Grass reflects on his choice of Hopkins

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 Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com It was an unforgettable season for Jack Grass and Bronxville. The Broncos won the Section 1 title for the first time. Grass, meanwhile, set a school record for points in a season with 104 and assists with 45. He finished the year with 59 goals. After two more varsity seasons, Grass […]

Here are your Hot Beds all-star teams

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All-star teams for the Battle of the Hot Beds Tournament at the University of Delaware have been selected, and there are lots of players from the tristate area. The games are at 8:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. today at University of Delaware Stadium. Here’s the rundown: 2012 teams Blue All-Stars BL 111 Menard, Chris South […]

Garden City’s Guterding decides on Duke

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Growing up in Garden City has provided Justin Guterding with plenty of real-life examples of what it takes to be a major Division I player. After all, six seniors from last year’s Class B state runner-up squad committed to Division I programs. Next season, the Trojans already have three Division I-bound rising senior recruits. Guterding, […]

Bronxville’s Grass decides on Hopkins

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If you checked our “Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown” this morning, you learned one of the nation’s top rising juniors has made his college choice. Bronxville attackman Jack Grass has given a verbal commitment to accept a scholarship offer from Johns Hopkins. Grass, who was recruited by many of the nation’s top programs, had […]

Chaminade star Lukacovic follows path of his dad, brother to D-I lax

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The list of programs in hot pursuit of Ryan Lukacovic reads like a who’s who of college lacrosse. Among them – Hopkins, Duke, Maryland, and ultimately, his final choice: national champion Virginia. The Chaminade rising junior, one of the nation’s most heavily recruited players, made his decision Wednesday, giving a verbal commitment to accept a […]

Fordham Prep’s high scoring Andreycak decides on Tufts

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If you’re looking for a player who epitomizes the term “pure scorer,” look no further than Ben Andreycak. The rising senior attackman was the leading scorer for Fordham Prep this past season, finishing with 57 goals and 38 assists for 95 points as the Rams went 13-7, won the CHSAA championship and beat rival Iona […]

Will Got Skillz live up to its name at Champ Camp?

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The Champ Camp has gotten under way today in Baltimore. Action lasts through Sunday. You can check out the seedings and brackets by clicking here. One team that especially bears watching — and may be the prohibitive favorite to win it all — is called Got Skillz. It is made up of premier talent from […]

Drexel-bound Fusco continues family tradition

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To say Yorktown’s Frankie Fusco was destined for lacrosse success also since birth would not be an overstatement. The Yorktown High School rising senior’s father, Frank Sr., was a defenseman and captain on the first Yorktown team in school history that advanced to the state championship game. So Fusco, a 5-foot-10 lefty attackman, was immersed […]

Hot Beds schedule, list of teams

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The Battle of the Hot Beds, one of the major events on the summer travel schedule, is scheduled for Sunday, July 24 through Wednesday, July 27 at the University of Delaware. For a look at the schedule, click here. Here’s a rundown of the teams that will be competing: 1763 Lacrosse Club 3D Select 2012 […]

Champ Camp seedings, brackets

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Seedings and brackets have been finalized for this week’s Champ Camp, which will be played Thursday through Sunday in Baltimore. You can check out the bracket by clicking here. For a look at one of the more talented teams competing, Got Skillz, click here. Top Seeds Dukes 1 (Group A) Tri-State Black (B) FuZe Blue […]

Chaminade rising junior Lukacovic commits to UVa

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Chaminade attackman Ryan Lukacovic, one of the nation’s top rising juniors, has just verbally committed to national champion Virginia. Be sure to check back for more on Ryan’s commitment and be sure to check the “Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown.” There have been several new commitments within the last 24 hours. Have a recruiting […]

Colgate turns to Army assistant Murphy

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The chain reaction of coaching moves that started when Richie Meade resigned from Navy is now almost complete. Army assistant Mike Murphy was tabbed by Colgate today as its new head coach. Murphy, the defensive coordinator at Army under Joe Alberici, replaces Jim Nagle, who left Colgate to take over the head-coaching job at Stony […]

No Limit fall clinic set for Fox Lane

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No Limit Lacrosse will be holding a fall clinic “Lax-it-up” open to boys ages 8-14 on five straight Sundays beginning in September. “Lax-it-up” provides a combination of position specific instruction, team concepts, and games.  We urge you to sign up now, as spaces are limited and “Lax-it-up” has been sold out in the past. Here’s the […]

Busy week for commitments, recruiting events

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There was no shortage of Division I verbal commitments this past week. There were also plenty of recruiting events, highlighted by the Maverik Showtime National Recruit Spotlight all-star game at Western Connecticut State University. We discussed those topics in this Sunday’s column for InsideLacrosse.com. You can check it out now by clicking here. Have a […]

ESPY video interviews with Dom Starsia, Rob Pannell

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Photo by Vincent Briedis/UVA Media Relations Cornell star Rob Pannell (left) and Virginia coach Dom Starsia prior to Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. The lax world enjoyed another first this past week in the form of nominations for the ESPY Awards, which were held Wednesday in Los Angeles. Pannell was nominated for Best […]

Clarkstown South rising senior goaltending standout Alleyne reflects on commitment to Rutgers and new coach Brian Brecht

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Brian Brecht didn’t take long to tap into his Hudson Valley connections after taking over as Rutgers coach. Brecht, who recruited the region heavily during his tenure as Siena coach, landed a verbal commitment from one of the top goaltenders in Section 1 in rising junior Kris Alleyne of Clarkstown South High School. If you […]

Blue and Gold Classic at Hofstra will draw quite a crowd

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There will be no shortage of top-notch summer travel teams from the tristate area competing this week at the Blue and Gold Classic set for Saturday and Sunday at Hofstra University in Hempstead. For a look at teams participating — and the schedule for the weekend — click here. For a campus map, click here. […]

Teams flock to Yale for two-day tournament

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Yale University in New Haven, Conn., is the place to be this weekend when it comes to travel team lax. It’s the host site of the third annual Bulldog Bash Tournament. For a rundown of teams participating on Saturday, click here. For a list of teams playing on Sunday, click here. Each team is guaranteed […]

Davidoff plays role in lacrosse’s rapid rise in Hawaii

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Imagine being from one of the top hotbed towns for lacrosse in the continental United States and finding a place where the sport is played outdoors year-round. Randy Davidoff didn’t have to. The 1990 Yorktown graduate is living in the burgeoning lax paradise that is our 50th state. For the unitiated, Honolulu not only hosts […]

Siena turns to Svec as new head coach

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Brian Brecht built Siena’s men’s lacrosse team into a perennial MAAC champion and NCAA tournament participant. After Brecht left the Saints to take over the program at Rutgers, Siena was charged with finding someone who could build on that momentum. The Saints are hoping former Hobart and Albany assistant John Svec, a former standout at […]

Brewster's Erickson reflects on his selection of Albany

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If you checked our “Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown” earlier this week, you learned that Brewster rising senior Harry Erickson has made his college choice. The 6-foot-1, 171-pound Erickson, a defenseman who plays for the Prime Time summer travel team, has given a verbal commitment to the University at Albany. Here’s a Q&A with […]

Showtime National Recruiting Spotlight All-Star game review

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Most of the college coaches on hand for tonight’s Maverik Showtime Lacrosse National Recruiting Spotlight all-star game made a day of it. After watching today’s morning and afternoon sessions, they were back in plenty of time for the marquee event of the four days of action at Western Connecticut State University’s Athletic Complex. In my […]

Rye's Pickup's surge in lax ends with commitment to Princeton

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Brian Pickup had established himself as one of the top athletes at Rye High School long before he picked up a lacrosse stick. After all, that didn’t happen till just under two years ago. Following plenty of arm twisting from friends and teammates, the football/basketball standout gave lax a try. The immediate results were a […]

Maverik Showtime all-star game set for tonight

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It will be the best of the best tonite. The Maverik Showtime Lacrosse National Recruiting Spotlight all-star game, with players selected among the total of 160 from throughout the country competing in this week’s event, is set for tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Western Connecticut State University Athletic Complex in Danbury. The Showtime Spotlight has […]

Date, site for first Michigan-Ohio State lax battle set

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With Yorktown star Conor Gately’s commitment to Marquette still very much in the news, we have more news on upstart Division I programs in the Midwest. The University of Michigan, which like Marquette of the Big East, will be debuting its program in 2012. The Wolverines have decided to compete in the ECAC, which includes […]

Yorktown leading scorer Gately, latest tristate standout bound for upstart Marquette, reflects on his commitment

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A steady stream of college commitments have been coming in the last week as the summer travel season reached the midway point. On Sunday, we reported here that Yorktown’s leading scorer, Conor Gately, has given a verbal commitment to accept a scholarship offer from Marquette University. In case you missed that story, click here. Gately, […]

White House was a lax hot spot today

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An event to promote the growth of lacrosse to a new generation was held on the South Lawn of the White House today. For more, check out these stories: * InsideLacrosse.com: “Lacrosse Goes to the White House” * LaxMagazine.com: “White House Hosts Lacrosse” You can email us at info@laxlessons.com. LAXLESSONS Links Recruiting coverage * Updated […]

Thirteen of 23 players selected to U-19 team are from tristate

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From 122, we now have 23. And more than half of those 23 are from the tristate area. The four-day tryout at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to select the U-19 team that will compete in the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse U-19 World Championships in Turku, Finland has ended and today, the final […]

Yorktown's Gately commits to Marquette

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If you checked our “Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown” earlier this evening, you learned that Yorktown rising senior Conor Gately, the state semifinalist Huskers’ leading scorer this past season, has made his college choice. The 5-foot-10 attackman has given a verbal commitment to accept a scholarship offer from the newly formed Marquette program that […]

Maverik Showtime Recruiting Spotlight set for WestConn

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The Maverik Showtime Lacrosse National Recruiting Spotlight has emerged as one of the major events on the summer travel calendar. It’s back this coming week for its fourth year at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury this coming week. Action is set for Monday through Thursday, highlighted by the All-Star game on Wednesday. It’s among […]

Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown for Classes of 2012, ’13 and ’14

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Our “Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown for the Classes of 2011, ’12, ’13 and ’14″ sure served us well. But now, the Class of 2011 has spun off into its own universe — as college freshmen. For a last look at those commitments,click here. With commitments for the Classes 2012, ’13, ’14 — and […]

Class of 2011 college choices

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With our focus now firmly on the classes of 2012, ’13 and ’14 as far as recruiting commitments go, we thought we would mark the transition by taking a last look at the college choices of the recently graduated Class of 2011 from the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region. […]

Mahopac's Berardis reflects on his selection of Stony Brook

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If you checked out our “Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown” post at this time yesterday, you learned of the commitment of one of the leading players in the Hudson Valley. Rising senior star Anthony Berardis of defending Section 1 Class A champion Mahopac, a member of the 2010 HV Empire State Games team, gave […]

High-scoring Cirillo sets his sights on Salisbury

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The summer travel season has hit the midway point, and we are expecting a steady stream of recruiting commitment the next few weeks and months. One happened today. Tom Cirillo, one of the premier scorers in the Hudson Valley region, gave a verbal commitment to attend Division III national champion Salisbury. Cirillo is a rising […]

U-19 U.S. World team tryouts start today at UMBC

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A four-day tryout to select the U-19 team that will compete in the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse U-19 World Championships in Turku, Finland starts today at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. There’s no shortage of players from the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate area that will participate. Here’s a rundown of the 122 players […]

‘Crooked Arrows’ final casting call set

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The lacrosse-themed movie, “Crooked Arrows” will conclude its national casting next week with a stop in the Boston area. The Reebok-sponsored casting call is set for Sprague Field at 14 Calvin Road in Wellesley, Mass., at the following dates and times and for the following age groups: * Monday, July 11, 10 a.m. to noon: […]

New England downs Long Island to wrap up eventful Under Armour Underclass Tournament in which West beats Baltimore

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The parity and unpredictability that has marked the rapid growth of lacrosse at the high school and collegiate levels was also evident the last few days at the Under Armour All-America Classic and Underclass Tournament in Maryland. For starters, the South team beat the North for just the second time in six years to win […]

Shenendehowa's Wardwell saves the day in Under Armour All-America game as South rallies to beat North 11-9

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It was a night featuring the best players that high school lax has to offer, and the down-to-the-wire finish was a testament to the high level of talents of all 42 players incoming college freshmen competing. Shenendehowa star Bobby Wardwell, playing for the South team, made nine fourth-quarter saves to highlight an 11-9 victory over […]

Under Armour All-America game, Underclass Tournament highlight July 4th lax weekend

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Memorial Day Weekend has become synonymous with lacrosse The last few years, so too has July 4th Weekend. There is plenty going on lax-wise the new few days as the Under Armour All-America Classic and Underclass Games are set for Towson University in Maryland. For rosters for the sixth annual All-America game, which will be […]