News & Notes: Stars gather for Newtown clinic; 2012 reviews

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Some of the biggest names in the lacrosse world gathered in Newtown, Conn., for a youth clinic held two weeks after the tragic events at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. You can read more in this story from InsideLacrosse.com. Here are some other lacrosse headlines from this past week: * Syracuse’s Daniello hospitalized  […]

Player’s perspective: Chandler Kirby, Jericho (NY) defenseman

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Few players in the tristate area are as entertaining to watch as Chandler Kirby. The senior defender/long-stick midfielder for Jericho High School (N.Y.) goes at it with a level of intensity and energy few can match. It’s one of the reasons the 5-foot-7 dynamo will be taking his all-out style of play to Cornell. But […]

Family ties play big role; Yorktown, Ridgefield each now have six senior commits

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Family ties played a big role in one of the top attackmen in New York’s college choice. Tristate powers Yorktown and Ridgefield, meanwhile, each saw their sixth senior commit. Those were among the big stories in New York/New Jersey/Connecticut lax from this past week — and are the topics of Joe Lombardi’s new column for […]

Player’s perspective: Brandon Lee, John Jay (NY) attackman

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The start of the 2013 varsity season is getting closer and closer, and for the John Jay Indians, the opening month of March will go out like a Lion indeed. After hosting a talented team from Columbine (Colo.), the Indians and archrival Yorktown squad off in the annual regular-season game of the year in New […]

Lakeland/Panas junior Prunty will follow brother’s path to Siena

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Brian Prunty was familiar with Siena College long before he ever stepped foot on campus for an unofficial visit. The Lakeland/Panas (N.Y.) junior attackman also knew plenty about the Saints’ men’s lacrosse program, including its coaches and players. After all, one of Siena’s leading players, sophomore midfielder Conor Prunty, is his brother. That played a […]

Warwick All-America defender Donnellan decides on Pace

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So you thought the final week of the calendar year would allow lacrosse players throughout the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate area a little bit of downtime before starting — or, in most cases, re-starting — rigorous preseason training and condition. While that’s true, some standouts from the region have made even more worthwhile use of […]

Player’s perspective: Jordan Lefranc, St. Anthony’s (NY) attackman

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We started our fourth annual “Preseason player’s perspective” feature by checking in with a pair of championship teams from this past spring — New York State Class A champion West Islip and Connecticut Class M champion Darien. Today, we visit with another title-winning team from 2012. And 2011. And 2010. And, of yeah, 2009, too. […]

Reilly opts for Oneonta to become Yorktown’s sixth senior commit

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Zach Reilly’s junior season was cut short when the goaltender suffered a broken collarbone injury in Yorktown’s sixth game of the 2012 campaign, a  loss at Smithtown West in a battle of New York state powers. But Reilly managed to return to action late in the season and now is back at full force for […]

Season’s Greetings from LaxLessons.com

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Amid all the gift giving, parties and cheer, the holiday season also provides us with an opportunity to reflect as we look back as well as look forward. As we get set for the start of a new year, we want to take a moment to wish you and yours a safe, happy and healthy […]

Ridgefield (CT) goaltender Molyneux decides on Western New England

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Chad Molyneux has strong stopping skills and good technique. For a goaltender, those ingredients are often the byproducts of success. Add ideal size, at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, and it should come as no surprise that Molyneux is the latest senior from 2012 Connecticut Class L state finalist and 2011 Class L state champion Ridgefield to […]

Schedules scanner: Men’s/women’s college, boys/girls HS

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Below are links to LaxPower.com’s college and high school schedule sections. COLLEGE Men’s Division I Division II Division III Women’s Division I Division II Division III HIGH SCHOOL Boys * CHSAA * New York City * Section 1 (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and parts of Dutchess counties) * Section 2 (Albany area) * Section 3 (Syracuse area) * […]

Ridgefield’s Shannon will make his saves for Richmond

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Conor Shannon has no shortage of lacrosse role models. The senior goaltender at 2012 Connecticut Class L state finalist and 2011 state champion Ridgefield’s older brother, Matt, is a defenseman at the University of North Carolina. Shannon’s coach at Ridgefield, Roy Colsey, is one of the game’s all-time greats and a recent inductee into the […]

With new year fast approaching, it’s time to look ahead to 2013

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It won’t be long now. With the start of the new year rapidly approaching, it’s time to start looking ahead to how the 2013 boys lacrosse season is shaping up in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region. How do defending New York and Connecticut state champions West Islip […]

Player’s perspective: Phil Huffard, Darien (CT) goaltender

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It was a season of comebacks for the Darien Blue Wave. A year after being denied in their quest for a seventh straight Connecticut Class M state title, the Blue Wave beat New Canaan 11-5 in the CIAC title game. That big win was the result of another comeback. After all, Darien had fallen to […]

Player’s perspective: AJ Ilchert, West Islip (NY) defenseman

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West Islip will be one of the major forces in high school lacrosse not only in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut region this coming season, but in the nation. That’s not exactly a bold statement. After all, the Lions beat Ithaca 12-7 in the New York State Class A title game on June 9 in Middletown […]

Buzzeo named new boys coach at New Canaan HS

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New Canaan High School (Conn.) has handed the keys to its varsity boys lacrosse program to one of its own. Chip Buzzeo, a 1996 New Canaan graduate who went on to play at Princeton University, has been named the Rams’ new head coach. Buzzeo takes over for Alex Whitten, who led NCHS to the Fairfield […]

Get set for return of preseason “Player’s perspective” feature

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The official start of practices for high school teams in the nation’s No. 1 lacrosse hotbed, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region, will be here before you know it. For the fourth straight year, we’ll be going right to the sources to get an early read on how teams are shaping up — the ones […]

College lax doubleheader set for Citi Field on St. Pat’s Day

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The New York Mets announced today that they will host the first NCAA Division I lacrosse games at Citi Field and it will be on St. Patrick’s Day. The inaugural Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic will feature the University of Michigan playing Colgate University, and the College of the Holy Cross battling the U.S. Naval Academy on […]

St. Anthony’s Concannon will make his stops for Hofstra

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Jack Concannon’s journey to the world of Division I lacrosse started at age 4 when he first started playing the sport. That early start helped the St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) junior goaltender develop exceptional stick skills and quick hands. When he developed athleticism and size to go with those skills — he’s now 6-foot-2 — he […]

Latest Gait headed to D-I, Michigan’s soph commits top news

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Another member of the Gait lacrosse dynasty will be playing lacrosse at the Division I level. But it won’t be at Syracuse. The upstart University of Michigan, meanwhile , broke into the high school sophomore class by landing three big commitments. Those are among the topics in Joe Lombardi’s latest column for InsideLacrosse.com. Have a […]

News and notes: Long Island Lizards rebrand as New York Lizards

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The Lizards have extended their reach. The Major League Lacrosse team that was known as the Long Island Lizards have rebranded. The team will now be known as the New York Lizards. And they have a new logo to prove it. That announcement was made yesterday and was among the top headlines from this past […]

Michigan-bound Shima latest Philly area underclassman to verbal

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National HS power Haverford (Pa.) made news late last month when Forry Smith verballed to Johns Hopkins to become the first freshman to ever commit in D-I lax history. Soon after, another ninth-grader Jack Reilly, a defenseman at Conestoga, verballed to Virginia. Earlier this week, another Philly area underclass standout made a commitment. He’s Brendan […]

Garden City’s Leto eager to help Richmond launch D-I lacrosse

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Sometimes, a player’s outlook on the college he is planning to join changes after making a college commitment. But few have experienced the scenario Matt Leto did. The senior midfielder at defending New York State Class B champion Garden City decided to continue his lacrosse career at the University of Richmond. The decision was based […]

Greenwich sophomore Curran sets his sights on Michigan

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Greenwich (Conn.) coach Scott Bulkley describes Decker Curran as one of the most athletic attackmen he’s coached. “Decker has a tremendous shot both spotting up and on the run,” Bulkley said. “He is a tenacious rider and creates scoring situations with his consistent hustle. I love how hard he plays.” Bulkley will get to admire […]

College commits by HS freshmen drawing more attention

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When Syosset (N.Y.) senior goaltender Ryan Feit verbally committed to Johns Hopkins in October, 2010, a decision first reported here at LaxLessons.com, it signaled the start of a trend. One that was the talk of the lax world for months — until it was no longer unique. Now, sophomore verbal commitments are almost commonplace. But […]

Marino is latest Smithtown East standout off to Army

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What do you get when you combine good size with great stick skills? The essential ingredients of a major Division I attackman. Tommy Marino has those attributes — and then some. “I would say I have a big frame, good work on the crease, fast outside shot and good inside finishing,” the Smithtown East (N.Y.) […]

Central New York standout Gait finds perfect fit in Princeton

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Braedon Gait is a rare type of player. The junior midfielder from Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.) can control a game from midfield. Gait is a technically sound player who can break down defenses with his dodging ability and outstanding shooting and stick skills. Those traits are synonymous with Braedon’s surname. After all, his father, Gary, […]

Michigan breaks into sophomore class with Sorenson’s decision

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The newly launched Division I program at Michigan enjoyed a breakthrough recruiting weekend, securing its first-ever verbal commitments from sophomores in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region. Both were reported in real time on Twitter.com/joe_lombardi, starting with Pingry School (N.J.) midfielder JC Sorenson’s decision. That was followed by […]

LaxLessons, ArchLevel announce International partnership

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LaxLesson.com and ArchLevel Lacrosse have officially announced a partnership in a new coaching development program for the United Kingdom and European communities. The rapidly growing lacrosse development company, ArchLevel Lacrosse, has been systematically developing the game on every level throughout the UK and Europe over the past three years. Offering unprecedented programs in that part […]

Dunn decides on Dartmouth after decommitting from Maryland

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With the accelerated recruiting process leading to players making verbal commitments as early as freshman year of high school, it’s important to remember those commitments are not binding. Circumstances change, and sometimes, decisions are altered as a result. Case in point, Alec Dunn. Following his sophomore season at the Westminster School (Conn.), the standout defenseman […]

New Jersey steals tristate lacrosse spotlight

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New Jersey lacrosse is on rise. Anyone who doubts that must not have been paying attention the last week. That’s because six — count ‘em, six — boys lacrosse standouts from the Garden State made verbal commitments this past week. That’s among the topics Joe Lombardi covers in his weekly column on tristate lax for […]

News & Notes: Bocklet family featured; more headlines

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With four siblings who have played or are playing Division I lacrosse, the Bocklets may be the first family of lacrosse in New York’s Hudson Valley. News 12 anchor/reporter Pete Ruf takes a behind-the-scenes look at the Bocklets in this feature segment. That’s among the headlines from this past week. Here are links to some […]

‘X’ marks the spot for Delaware-bound attackman DiSimone

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If you’re looking for a letter that best describes Dean DiSimone’s game, there’s really only one that would work. X. That’s because the feeding attackman from St. Augustine Prep in South Jersey is especially effective from the X position. It’s one of the reasons the 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior drew interest from a variety of Division […]

Montclair standout Vanderford parlays flexibility into a D-I future

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Flexibility is a great attribute to have in all walks of life. Lacrosse is no exception. The photo above shows how Ryan Vanderford uses flexibility to his advantage. “No matter how ridiculous I might look trying to save a shot, I never give up on anything,” he said. And it’s helped the junior goaltender at […]

Don Bosco’s O’Sullivan is latest tristate sophomore to commit

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It’s been a busy stretch for tristate sophomore commitments. In fact, since late last month, there have been four of them. The last was made by Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) attackman Riley O’Sullivan, who verballed late last week to Georgetown, a commitment first reported at Twitter.com/joe_lombardi as were all three of the other sophomore verbals […]

There’s lots more to ‘rock star’ goaltender Chung than lacrosse

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Since moving from midfield to goaltender in seventh grade, Nate Chung has loved everything about his new position on the lacrosse field. He’s developed so much so, in fact, that the junior at Ramapo High School in New Jersey is looking forward to continuing to play the game at the College of Holy Cross. But […]

Hubler will take his lunch-pail work ethic to Hopkins

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If you’re looking to find an image that be shows what Chris Hubler brings to the lacrosse field, a lunch pail would be just perfect. “I am a blue-collar middie who is at my best between the restraining lines,” said the junior at Rumson-Fair Haven High School (N.J.) and Team United travel team standout. “I […]

Lacrosse has come to Colombia

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Lacrosse is not only spreading nationally but globally. No one knows that better than Ryan Rabidou, LaxLessons.com’s co-founder. The former Somers (N.Y.) High School and Loyola (Md.) College standout (shown at far left in photo) has just returned from a seven-day lacrosse goodwill trip to Colombia, where he spent time teaching the game to youngsters […]

NBC News focuses on program that teaches lax to inner-city kids

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Lacrosse can teach lessons that go beyond the playing field. That is the theme of an NBC News report that aired late last week. Reporter Ron Mott profiles a non-profit organization formed by New Haven, Conn., native Michael Gary (far right) that gives underprivileged children a chance to learn the game. Gary, who is the […]

Memorial services set for John Jay legend John Cunniffe

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John Cunniffe made an impact in many ways – lacrosse-wise and otherwise. The first All-American in John Jay High School history, Cunniffe went on to play at West Point. A Gulf War veteran, he gave back to the Katonah/Lewisboro community as a coach and board member of John Jay Youth Lacrosse. Cunniffe died peacefully on […]

Mountain Lakes’ Alec Orazietti will follow brother’s path to UMass

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It should come as no surprise that Alec Orazietti feels very comfortable with the coaching staff, the campus and the players at his future college destination. But when the attackman for New Jersey power Mountain Lakes and one of the top sophomores in the tristate region, verbally committed to UMass last week, he had another […]

Ridgefield 6-3 sophomore Volante hopes to help Army come up big

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If you enjoy watching defenders who value style over substance, Paul Volante may not be what you’re looking for. The sophomore at two-time Connecticut state finalist Ridgefield is all about being steady and not necessarily spectacular. “I am not a very flashy player,” Volante said. “I play smart with good fundamentals and always play for […]

Laxers play key roles in Garden City, Chaminade football titles

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Lacrosse has emerged as the hottest sport at the varsity level in much of the nation. That fact was apparent today as both Garden City and Chaminade won football championships on Long Island. Yes, football championships. You see, many of the leading players for both teams are Division I-bound for lacrosse — not football. For […]

House of Sports offers winter lacrosse training sessions

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Led by Ned Crotty and the rest of its world-class coaching staff, the Lacrosse Academy at the House of Sports is now training weekly over 500 of the best lacrosse players in the region. The sessions will be held in House of Sports’ state-of-the-art lacrosse center in Ardsley, right in the heart of Westchester County, […]

Young, a catalyst behind Tappan Zee’s rise, commits to Kenyon

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Tappan Zee is on the rise. The Dutchmen have emerged as a force to be reckoned with in Rockland County, N.Y., with four straight winning seasons, including marks of 12-6 this past spring and 14-5 in 2011. One of the catalysts behind TZ’s rise has been Zak Young. Now a senior, the attackman/midfielder was a […]