Video special: Top 5 moments in tristate varsity lacrosse

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The summer showcase season is well under way and the 2014 varsity season in the tristate is now one for the books. But what a season it was. It featured three first-time state champions, a team finishing unbeaten and plenty of dramatic moments along the way. Joe Lombardi (pictured at left) takes a look back […]

Video: Countdown to a state crown as Yorktown holds off Jamesville-DeWitt

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It seemed fitting that the ball was in the stick of Luke Palmadesso as Yorktown counted down the final seconds of its first New York state championship win since 2003, a 10-9 victory over Jamesville-DeWitt in the Class B title game at Hofstra University in Hempstead. The Villanova-bound Luke Palmadesso, a two-time All-American, won 19-of-23 […]

Video: Tristate Playoff Preview Special

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If the postseason is anything like the wild ride we’ve seen during the regular season, the next few weeks should be very exciting in the nation’s No. 1 hotspot for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region. Joe Lombardi hosts a comprehensive look at tristate teams to keep an eye on as the playoffs get […]

Lacrosse star turned filmmaker Jalbert produces open for ESPN lacrosse championship

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Former University of Virginia All-American Jay Jalbert, now a filmmaker, has create the open for ESPN’s men’s lacrosse championship tournament coverage. Jalbert explains how he became involved in the two-minute production in this Q&A. Have a recruiting commitment to report? Send an email to info@laxlessons.com, contact Joe Lombardi directly at joe@laxlessons.com or send a Tweet […]

Video special: Darien pulls away to win battle for first place in FCIAC

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Darien’s strengths as a team were on display Saturday as the Blue Wave pulled away to defeat Greenwich 10-4 in a showdown for first place in the FCIAC. Joe Lombardi spoke with three of the standouts: attackmen John Reed (three goals), Jack Kniffin (one goal) and Colin Minicus (three goals, one assist). Have a recruiting […]

Video special: 2013 Yorktown All-Americans Prestreau, Mariano make mark at the D-I level

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It didn’t take long for 2013 Yorktown High School (N.Y.) All-Americans Brian Prestreau and Nick Mariano to make their mark at the Division I level in lacrosse. Joe Lombardi caught up with Prestreau, an attackman/midfielder at Penn State, and Mariano, an attackman at UMass. You can watch the video here. Have a recruiting commitment to […]

Video special: Team spotlight on Ridgefield (CT)

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Ridgefield (CT) has picked up a pair of huge wins over NY powers Garden City and Yorktown. Here’s more on the Tigers from three of the team’s leading players: junior attackman Ryan Dunne, senior midfielder Micky Carbone and junior  goaltender Brendan Winne. Joe Lombardi caught up to the Tiger trio after Ridgefield’s 7-4 win over […]

Video special: Thoughts on East beating West in the Battle of Smithtown

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It may wind up going down as the game of the regular season in tristate lacrosse. Smithtown East beat unbeaten Smithtown West, the No. 1 team in the LaxLessons Tristate Top 25, for the first time since 2009 Thursday night. Moments after the Bulls’ big win, Joe Lombardi shared his thoughts on the impact of […]

Video special: Team spotlight on Manhasset (NY)

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We’re just over a week away from the renewal of the tristate’s premier rivalry game, the Woodstick Classic. This year’s Woodstick, between Manhasset and Garden City, is Saturday, May 3 at GC. Last spring, Manhasset won the teams’ Woodstick regular-season meeting, 9-7, at Manhasset. But in Woodstick 2, GC handled ‘Set 10-4 to win its […]

Video special: Team spotlight on Garden City (NY)

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Garden City is gearing up in its quest for a three-peat. The Trojans defeated Jamesville-DeWitt 13-8 in last year’s final to cap a 19-3 season that included a Nassau County Class B title-game win over archrival Manhasset. GC beat ‘Set  10-4 to take the Section 8 title after losing to the Indians 9-7 in the […]

Video special: Team spotlight on Darien (CT)

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Regular-season starts don’t get much better than the one Darien High School (Conn.) is off to this sprin. After beating national power Niskayuna 8-7 on April 12, the Blue Wave then picked off Manhasset 7-4. Manhasset has advanced to the Nassau County (NY) final 13 times the last 14 years. The win over ‘Set came […]

Video: John Jay pulls out dramatic win against Manhasset in an instant classic

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Nick Kells scored off a steal in transition with three seconds left in regulation to give John Jaya dramatic 6-5 win over Manhasset on Wednesday night at Manhasset. It was the second straight year John Jay beat Manhasset. JJ won 8-4 last season. Watch the last 52.5 seconds of the game here. Have a recruiting […]

Video special: Team spotlight on Lakeland/Panas (NY)

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Lakeland/Panas outlasted Yorktown 8-7 in overtime to win the 2010 Class A title in one of the most memorable title games in New York’s Section 1 in recent history. The Rebels’ postseason run ended with a loss to West Islip in the state semifinals. The following year, the Rebels made it back to the sectional […]

Video highlights: John Jay pulls away to beat Rye

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Two of the top programs in Section 1 (NY) met in Cross River on Thursday as John Jay pulled away to beat Rye 10-5. Michigan-bound Shawn Smith led the way for the Indians with three goals and two assists. Ryan Lee had three assists. Rye got two goals each from Penn-bound Chris Santangelo and Cal […]

Video special: Team spotlight on Niskayuna (NY)

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Niskayuna reeled off 21 straight wins in 2013, drawing the consensus No. 1 national ranking. The Silver Warriors suffered their first loss in their last game, falling to eventual two-time New York Class B state champion Garden City 10-9 in the semifinals. Nisky will be back in Class A in 2014. One thing remains the […]

Video special: Team spotlight on Jericho (NY)

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Jericho High School (NY) is looking to take the next step after a breakout 12-4 season in 2013 — quite an accomplishment for a program that has shown steady improvement since going 5-10 in 2010. Can Jericho continue its upward climb in 2014? We continue our video team spotlights by checking in with four Jayhawks: […]

Video special: Team spotlight on Somers (NY)

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Over the next week, we’ll be spotlighting several team’s from the nation’s No. 1 lacrosse hotspot in video interviews. We start in New York’s Hudson Valley with Somers. The Tuskers last won a Section 1 title in 2009 when they were led by a well-balanced team that featured future Syracuse star JoJo Marasco. Somers begins […]

Video special: Five tristate under-the-radar teams

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You’ve seen both the Tristate Top 25 preseason and Week 1 rankings, now let’s give a shoutout to the underdogs. Here’s a look at five under-the-radar teams from the nation’s No. 1 lacrosse hotspot, the NY/NJ/CT tristate region, in the latest “Top 5 in 5″ video special anchored by Joe Lombardi. You can watch it […]

Video special: Tristate Top 25 preseason team rankings breakdown

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While lacrosse is growing rapidly nationally and continues to thrive in upstate New York and New England, and the sport’s proud and traditional home base of Baltimore is still more than competitive, there’s no place like the tristate when it comes to lacrosse. Not even close. So it’s always intriguing to pinpoint who the best […]

Video special: Highlights of the Tristate Top 100 preseason player rankings

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We are just over a month away from the start of official varsity tryouts and practices for the 2014 varsity season in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region. As we draw closer to the start of the season, we unveiled our inaugural Tristate Top 100 preseason player rankings. […]

Coming this week: Tristate Top 100 preseason player rankings, the video

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A week ago, LaxLessons.com unveiled its first-ever Tristate Top 100 preseason player rankings on our Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section. Coming this week, we’ll present a “5 in 5″ video overview of those rankings anchored by Joe Lombardi and focusing on the top storylines surrounding the rankings. If you missed our first “5 in 5″ […]

Video special: Top 5 offseason stories in tristate lacrosse

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Saturday marked the first day of winter. But the start of the varsity lacrosse season is right around the corner. The 2013 season ended Saturday, June 8 with championships being decided in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region. Here’s a rundown of boys and girls teams that took […]

Video special coming soon: A look at the Top 5 offseason stories in tristate lacrosse

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LaxLessons.com readers know better than anyone that much — perhaps even most — of the big news in tristate varsity lacrosse occurs in the nine months when games are not played. This year was no exception. Joe Lombardi anchors a “Top 5 in 5″ five-minute video presentation counting down the biggest offseason stories. Coming soon […]

Entrepreneur looks to make lacrosse a player in video-game industry

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The video-game industry is a big business. Can lacrosse become a part of it? Entrepreneur Carlos Sunseri sure thinks so. The former standout at Robert Morris College is aiming to make lacrosse a player when it comes to video games. For the story, and a Q&A with Sunseri, read this story from thelegalbiz.com. Have a […]

Video: Growing the game of lacrosse in Thailand

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Lacrosse is much than a sport in Thailand. Much more. Bangkok-based Thailand Community Lacrosse uses the sport to help improve the lives of Thai. TCL’s staff, made up mainly of current or former players from the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, offers three programs: children’s, wheel-chair and adult club. For more on lacrosse in […]

Video: State finalist Bronxville does the Harlem Shake

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Bronxville’s New York state finalist boys lacrosse team is among the latest sports teams to record a Harlem Shake video. It was just posted today on YouTube. You can watch it here. Have a recruiting commitment to report? Email us at info@laxlessons.com. LAXLESSONS Links New iPhone/iPad and Android apps * Download for free the new […]

Here are your NY/NJ/CT state finals schedules for Saturday

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NEW YORK NEW JERSEY CONNECTICUT Among Saturday’s matchups, defending New York Class B state champion Garden City will be facing a Jamesville-Dewitt squad which has won three state titles since 2007. Our latest poll question asks who you think will win the game. To vote, go to the right panel of this page. Then, scroll […]

Video: America’s first sport has become its fastest growing

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It was played centuries before any explorers arrived in North America. It’s now being played in 45 countries. Today, the number of players has tripled over the course of the last decade. Those are some of the storylines surrounding the hour-long video “America’s First Sport,” by the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human […]

Watch video of high school player scoring on an 80-yard shot

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Stefan Bergman may now be known as the best long-range shooter in the lacrosse world. That’s because the La Salle High School (Pa.) senior scored on an 80-yard shot in an 11-9 win over Haverford (Pa.) on April 27. You can watch it here. LAXLESSONS Links * Download for free the new LaxLessons’ playbook iPad/iPhone […]

Watch video of Hopkins’ Ranagan delivering stick-shattering hit

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Johns Hopkins will be in action tonight at 7:30 p.m. against Army at Michie Stadium in West Point with the Blue Jays likely needing a win to be considered for an NCAA Tournament berth. It’s the Blue Jays’ first loss since an 8-4 setback to defending national champion Loyola on April 27. One of the […]

Former Fox Lane/Penn laxer sings a question to Taylor Swift

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Alex Weber, an All-America attackman at Fox Lane who finished as the third-leading scorer at Penn his senior year in 2009, is pursuing a career in acting. He’s already racked up some impressive gigs. In addition to appearing in several commercials, including Doritos’ “Crash the Super Bowl,” he also had cameos on NBC’s “The Tonight […]

Getting in the Halloween spirit

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We all have our own Halloween traditions. One college lacrosse program does too. Brigham Young’s team, which competes in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, holds an annual Halloween practice. We don’t know how this year’s will turn out yet. But here’s a look back at last year’s:   Follow Joe Lombardi on Twitter @joe_lombardi or […]

Check out these free instructional videos

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Many of you come here each day for the latest news and buzz from the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region. But there’s more to LaxLessons.com than that. Lots more. In addition to profiles by hundreds of current and former high school players from throughout the area — and, in […]

Video game puts it all in the hands of lax fans

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Imagine creating your own lacrosse video game. Now you can. Tom Kessler has sent to it. The former Hofstra University attackman has launched an ambitious initiative, My Lacrosse Video Game, that allows fans to play a prominent role in launching a lax video game. “A lot of people connected with the game have said they […]

Red Gray Tournament recap, video interviews, photo galleries

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You can check out video interviews from MSG Varsity with players and coaches from Saturday’s Red/Gray Tournament in Somers by clicking here. The event featured two defending Section 1 championships (Lakeland/Panas in Class A and Putnam Valley in Class C) as well as two teams that took titles in 2009 (Yorktown in Class A and […]

LaxLesson of the Week | 14 shark

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A 1-4-1 set play, with one side of the field setting picks and slips and the backside looking to attack opposite.

LaxLesson of the Week: 22 shark

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A set play out of a basic 2-2-2 that has screens/pops and allows for your playmakers to attack the unbalanced backside.

LaxLesson of the Week: Wall Ball Reflex Drill

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Thailand National Lacrosse Team shows us how they warm up their goalie before practice with a simple wall ball drill.

LaxLesson of the Week: Faceoff Stance

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All the way from Thailand, former Hofstra Pride and LI Lizard faceoff specialist Joe Mascaretti shows us the keys to getting into a faceoff stance.

LaxLesson of the Week: 3-Man Pop Shooting Drill

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Here’s a stickwork shooting drill that encompasses basic offensive structure out of a 3 man game that has the crease man popping up to move the ball down to the backside.

“Sickest goal ever”? Decide for yourself

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It’s been described as “the sickest goal ever.” We will let you be the judge of that.

Lax Lesson of the Week: Weave Shooting

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A great drill that hones in on both stickwork and shooting. Players weave and cut around each other for crisp passes and hard shots.

Blast from the Past: 1991 Murphy Cup

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On the right panel of this page, you can find the poll question asking you to pill the top rivalry in the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region. Among the leading vote-getters is the annual Lakeland/Panas vs. Yorktown Charlie Murphy Cup game. One of the most memorable games in the history of that rivalry came in 1991 […]

Belichick speaks out about his love for lacrosse

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The New England Patriots improved to 5-2 today by picking up a 35-7 win against Tampa Bay. Success in football is nothing new to the Patriots’ Bill Belichick, who has coached three Super Bowl champions.

City lax in the spotlight

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The growth of lacrosse in inner cities the last few years has been quite significant throughout the U.S. A soon-to-be released documentary focuses on just that, with Denver in the spotlight. Check out a preview by clicking here.

Video highlights from Lake Placid masters finals

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A “Dream Team” of former Syracuse stars that included Roy Colsey, the Powell brothers, Ric Beardsley, Rob Kavovit and Paul Carcaterra took on Rusty Red in the Division 1 championship game of the masters competition of the 20th annual Lake Placid Summit Classic this past weekend. Colsey had four goals for Burnt Orange but Rusty […]

Lacrosse on the TODAY show: Watch the video

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Lacrosse was featured this morning on NBC’s TODAY show. In case you missed the segment, you can watch it here.

Watch it here: White/Marasco double behind-the-back goal is No. 3 on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Week

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It should come as no surprise that when 44 of the nation’s best senior boys lacrosse players gathered for the fourth annual Under Armour all-America Senior Classic last night, there was plenty of scoring — and one unforgettable play. The South outlasted the North 19-16 before 2,364 fans at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium in […]

Blast from the Past: Somers vs. Manhasset 2003 OT state semifinal

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Hey gang – We’re starting a new feature here at LaxLessons.com. We’d like you to send along video highlights of any memorable games from the past or recent summer league or alumni games — whatever you want to share with all the folks who check this blog each day. To submit your video, just click […]

Class A state semifinal video highlights: West Islip 13, Yorktown 8

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Class C state semifinal video highlights: Manhasset 16, Putnam Valley 4

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LaxLessons.com all-region team: Who's the best attackman?

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Which attackman is going to get the first vote? We’ll find out tonight at the strike of midnight when week-long voting for our inaugural LaxLessons.com all-region team starts.

FCIAC championship video highlights: Ridgefield vs. Darien

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Here you go, gang. Video highlights of Ridgefield’s 7-6 overtime win last night over four-time defending state champion Darien in the Fairfield County Interscholatic Athletic Conference championship game played before an overflow crowd at Brien McMahon in Norwalk. • Click here for more info on the game • Click here for more post-game video interviews.

Video: John Jay vs. Syosset OT goal

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Sophomore Mike Daniello scored off the initial possession of overtime to give John Jay a dramatic 11-1- win over 2008 Class A finalist Syosset Saturday night. You can watch the goal here.

LaxLessons.com Top 25 regional rankings

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It’s been a stormy season on Long Island. And there were a few more bolts of thunder last night. Try these on for size: King Park 9, Shoreham-Wading River 8, 2OT. Glenn 12, Rocky Point 7. These results — and others — impacted our latest LaxLessons.com Top 25 regional rankings. • New York State Sportswriters […]

Tuesday's Top 5/Predictions/Score updates

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It’s the final Tuesday of April action, folks, and we have some good ones in store. So let’s get rockin’ and rollin’.

Video: Neighbors' road to Hopkins

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They’re next-door neighbors — and best friends. Kevin Interlicchio and John Ranagan also happen to be two of the best boys lacrosse players in the nation.

Everybody's all-Americans: Let's hear your thoughts

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Jack Doherty of Lakeland/Panas hopes to earn all-America honors for a second straight season. (Photo by Ray Gallagher) There’s a smattering of games on tap for today, folks, but nothing I would consider describing with our special LaxLessons.com term “mega matchup.” And with rain (and potentially lots of it) on the way any way, what […]

Video special: Faceoff drills you can do indoors

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It’s like a wrestling match for the ball. On the surface, faceoffs seem pretty straightforward. But there’s more to it than that. Lots more.