Daily Archives: July 13, 2011

NCAA Lacrosse: Marquette Men’s Lacrosse Announces Innaugural 25-Man Recruiting Class Representing Ten States And Two Canadian Provinces

Marquette University head coach Joe Amplo announced today the first recruiting class in the history of the Golden Eagles’ varsity men’s lacrosse program.

Amplo’s inaugural class is comprised of 25 student-athletes — including 12 college transfers – who have signed a National Letter of Intent or an Acceptance of Admission form to attend MU this fall.

Amplo and his coaching staff welcome a broad range of talent from across North America in 2011, including players who have demonstrated different styles of play at a variety of positions. Ten different states and two Canadian provinces are represented in Marquette’s first recruiting class with a geographic footprint ranging from Long Island, N.Y. to as far west as California and north to Calgary, Alberta.

Name Pos.     Yr. Hometown High School Previous College
Steve Abba D     So. Niskayuna, N.Y. Niskayuna Hofstra
Bryan Badolato A     Jr. West Islip, N.Y. West Islip Sacred Heart
Matt Barry D     So. Rolling Meadows, Ill. Saint Viator Denver
Tyler Burhans G     Fr. Bayville, N.Y. Locust Valley
Michael Burke A/M     Jr. Caledon, Ontario Hill Academy Hofstra
Liam Byrnes D     Fr. West Islip, N.Y. West Islip
Cullen Cassidy M     Jr. Potomac, Md. Landon School Hofstra
Grant Dressen G     Fr. Wayzata, Minn. The Blake School
Ben Dvorak M     So. St. Charles, Ill. St. Charles North Bellarmine (Ky.)
Nick Fotsch D     Fr. Sausalito, Calif. St. Ignatius Prep
Charley Gargano D     Fr. Brightwaters, N.Y. Bay Shore
Tyler Gilligan M     Fr. Whitby, Ontario Hill Academy
B.J. Grill D     Fr. Bridgewater, N.J. Bridgewater-Raritan
Connor Hewett M     So. Westfield, N.J. Westfield Franklin & Marshall
K.C. Kennedy M     Fr. Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Brother Rice
Matt Melnyk M     Jr. Calgary, Alberta Bishop O’Byrne Presbyterian
Tyler Melnyk A     Jr. Calgary, Alberta Central Memorial Presbyterian
Dan Mojica D     Fr. Springfield, Pa. Springfield
Jerry Nobile D     Jr. Bay Shore, N.Y. West Islip Hofstra
James Ravaret M     So. Glen Ellyn, Ill. Glenbard West Hofstra
Travis Shelhorn D     Fr. Farmingdale, N.Y. Farmingdale
Andrew Smistad M     So. Calgary, Alberta Central Memorial Presbyterian
Alex Utt D     Fr. Terrace Park, Ohio Mariemont
Kyle Whitlow A     Fr. Coldwater, Ontario Hill Academy
Greg Willey M     Fr. St. Louis, Mo. Chaminade Prep

Lacrosse Movies: US Lacrosse Announces “Marketing And Publicity Partnership” With Producers Of “Crooked Arrows”

US Lacrosse President and CEO Steve Stenersen announced today that US Lacrosse has partnered with the upcoming mainstream lacrosse movie, “Crooked Arrows.”

In the spirit of classic underdog sports movies like “Hoosiers” and “The Mighty Ducks,” “Crooked Arrows” features a Native American high school’s unlikely run to a prep school lacrosse league championship.

“We’ve been watching ‘Crooked Arrows’ come together over the last year, and we’re convinced this movie is going to be an accurate and compelling representation of all the elements that are making lacrosse America’s fastest growing sport,” Stenersen said. “We think it’s a feel-good family movie that’s going to entertain lacrosse players and fans of all ages and be a great introduction to the sport for those who are just learning about it.”

US Lacrosse will provide marketing and publicity support to “Crooked Arrows,” which will provide the 375,000 members of US Lacrosse with film-related exclusive benefits.

“Having the sport’s national governing body support ‘Crooked Arrows’ is the perfect partnership for the movie,” said “Crooked Arrows” producer J. Todd Harris (“The Kids Are All Right”). “US Lacrosse has profound reach in the lacrosse world. We’re confident the movie will excite the lacrosse faithful who have been waiting for their seminal movie and help expand the sport’s audience awareness among the uninitiated.”

The script was written by Richmond, Va., resident and former Collegiate (Va.) School lacrosse player Todd Baird, and the film will be directed by veteran Hollywood director Steve Rash (“The Buddy Holly Story,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Bring It On: All or Nothing,” “Bring It On: In It to Win It”). Producers Harris and Mitchell Peck (“Priest”) recently announced Brandon Routh (“Superman Returns”) will star in the movie’s leading role.

“There’s a reason kids are putting down their baseball gloves in the spring and picking up lacrosse sticks, and when the general public sees ‘Crooked Arrows,’ they’ll understand why,” said Peck, a high school lacrosse teammate of Baird.

The movie’s producers held widely attended lacrosse athlete casting calls sponsored by Reebok in Baltimore, Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey, and they have scheduled similar events for the middle of July in Syracuse and Boston. The movie commences production in the Boston area Aug. 1 and will be released in theaters during the spring 2012 lacrosse season.  For more information on the movie, visit its www.crookedarrows.com or faceboook.com/crookedarrows.

About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse is the parent organization of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams program. US Lacrosse has 375,000 members in 63 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.
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Major League Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of The MLL All-Star Weekend And Preview Of Week 8 Lacrosse Games

This week we bring you highlights from all the events featured during the 2011 Sports Authority MLL All-Star Weekend and look ahead to the exciting return of MLL regular season action in week 8.