During much of its 33-year history, the Empire State Games served as one of the premier recruiting showcases for college lacrosse coaches.

Since the Games were suspended the last two years because of budget cuts, those coaches have gone elsewhere to find future players.

But ESG could be three letters back on every college coach’s summer calendar once again next year.

The Rochester-based Empire State Sports Foundation, which last fall agreed to terms with the state to assume control of the event, has now set July 24-28, 2013 for the 2013 Games.

While arrangements are not yet complete, officials have unveiled a new logo. (Shown here.)

Today’s schedule

* LaxLessons Game Day – Monday, 3-26

* Section 1 (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess counties) boys, girls (click on “Game schedule” tab and use the pull-down menu)

* Section 8 (Nassau County) boys, girls (click on “Game schedule” tab and use the pull-down menu)

* Section 9 (Orange and Ulster counties) boys, girls

* Section 11 (Suffolk County) boys, girls (click on “Schedule” tab and use the pull-down menu)

 * FCIAC (Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Association) boys, girls

Put those cell phones to good use

Be sure, as always, to weigh in with info/thoughts/scores on games you attend by posting comments here. And don’t forget to put those mobile devices to good use in providing in-game updates.

Weather Forecast

Click here for today’s weather and a look at the three days ahead.


MSG Varsity coverage (iO Channel 14, iO On-Demand Channel 614, msgvarsity.com)

Hudson Valley Preview

Connecticut Preview

Long Island Preview: Part I

Long Island Preview: Part II

Long Island Preview: Part III

Player’s perspective archive

* You can  check out the more than 100 stories by clicking here.

Schedules galore

* For a look at how schedules for teams from throughout the region for the 2012 season are shaping up, be sure to check out  the “Schedules scanner” thread.

Recruiting coverage

* Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown (for classes of 2012, ’13 and ’14)

* 2011 NLI Fall Early Signing Period commitment rundown

* Class of 2011 commitment rundown

* Recruit profile archive

* For a list of committed players with their profiles up, click here.

* To get your profile up, click here.

Connect with us

* Follow LaxLessons on Twitter by clicking here.

* Become a Fan of LaxLessons on Facebook now by clicking here.

Get in the game

* You can subscribe to LaxLessons.com’s playbook, featuring animated drills and plays for your team, by clicking here. 

Cast your vote in our latest poll

To vote, go to the right panel of this page. Then, scroll past the “New Comments” and “Popular” tabs and click on “Poll.” You will then see the poll questions and can cast your vote from the multiples choices, or, write in your choice if it’s not one of the choices.

Lacrosse for Dummies

Order a copy of the 330-page new edition of the book by Joe Lombardi here.

Posted In: Empire State Games

If you liked this article, please take this time to share it with your Facebook friends using the Facebook button (see Facebook post button to the left) or retweet it using Twitter (see retweet button to the left). You may also want to follow us or subscribe to the site to stay up-to-date with this article. If you'd rather follow us from your Facebook account, join our Facebook fan page.

9 Responses to “Empire State Games expected to be back in 2013 — with a new logo to prove it”

  1. Lets go there says:

    So what this years Empire Cup .Regional lax.tourney July in Syracuse??

  2. Good Thing says:

    This is good news. My son played on the last HV team that medaled and it was a very positive experience that opened the door for a tremendous school that he had not been engaged with prior to the games. The cameraderie among the boys from around Section 1 was a highlight of the experience- and playing the best kids from around the state (every Young Gun blue chipper from NY participated). I believe playing on the Empire team should take priority over a summer club team. My son had a spot on a club team if he didn’t make Empires but then opted out from the club team when he made the HV team. Also played teams from the Sound Shore league, the CT Chargers and the Iroquois U19 National team to prep for the games. Even the opening ceremony for the Games was memorable.

    • totally confused says:

      Glad your son had a good experience. That Iroquois game was a lot of fun.

      Something a lot of people won’t experience

  3. slacrosse says:


    Yes can you give us any detailed info on this summer’s games? Heard that coaches were being asked to nominate a few kids from their teams for try-outs (to avoid hundreds of kids trying out)

    • SirLaxalot says:

      The ESGames aren’t scheduled to return until 2013 – next summer. So what games are you referring to for this summer (2012) s-lacrosse?

  4. Lax n stuff says:

    Definitely big news. Hope it’s back for good this time!

  5. Bob Brackett says:

    Who will be coordinating the games? Are any of the HQ original state people involved .. Lisa, Ashley, Chuck Halligan??

Leave a Reply