Monthly Archives: September 2013

NCAA Div III Lacrosse: Bowdoin College (ME) Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Jason Archbell Discusses Coaching And Recruiting Philosophy (Video)

An interview with Bowdoin Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Jason Archbell.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse 14-11 Win Over Iroquois Nationals

Syracuse Men's LacrosseIn a fall ball matchup pitting the Syracuse Orange lacrosse team against the Iroquois Nationals, the Orange defeated to Iroquois 14-11. Check out these exclusive fall ball highlights, featuring some of the top players in college lacrosse and the international stage, with!

NCAA Lacrosse: Loyola Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Game Recorded By “GoPro Goalie Cam” (Video)

Loyola alum Trae Rodgers (Class of ’06) records some game play with a GoPro strapped to his chest.

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Lacrosse Fundraising: Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse Hosted “5th Annual Nicholas Colleluori Women’s Classic” Benefitting “The HEADstrong Foundation”

Nick Colleluori Women's Lacrosse Classic 2013

Nick Colleluori was a member of the Pride lacrosse team from 2004 to 2006 and graduated from Ridley High School (PA) in 2004. Nick may have lost his battle with blood cancer on November 28, 2006, but his vision has just begun.
The HEADstrong Foundation™ is dedicated to Nick’s life. He drew the logo as he was waiting to go into the operating room for a procedure. Because lacrosse was his passion and he can no longer carry the ball, his family and friends will carry the ball for him. Please join the HEADstrong Foundation’s effort to bring Nick’s vision to reality to promote cancer awareness, support research and help eliminate this disease.
To carry on the legacy and vision of HEADstrong founder Nicholas E. Colleluori through advocating, fundraising and supporting those affected by blood cancers and those working towards eliminating it.
The HEADstrong Foundation is committed to being a resource for blood cancer patients and their families. Dedicated to assist them navigate the harrowing ordeal of cancer by sharing our experience, lending guidance and providing essential services with emphasis placed on sustaining and improving quality of life during the process.
To learn more about the HEADstrong Foundation™, please visit their website at:

Hofstra Women's Lacrosse Nicholas Colleluori Classic

The Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse team hosted the fifth annual Nicholas Colleluori Women’s Classic on Saturday, September 28.
The event was the first of its kind on the women’s side to help raise funds and awareness for the HEADstrong Foundation™. Proceeds from the event will directly support the quality of life service offering provided by the organization to patients and families nationwide.
Participating in the tournament were 11 teams: Hofstra, Adelphi, Catholic, Central Connecticut State, LIU Post, Iona, LIU Brooklyn, Manhattan, NYAC, Stony Brook and Villanova.

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Inner City Lacrosse: “Brooklyn Lacrosse” Is A Two-Year Old Non-Profit Group Utilizing Top Former College, Professional Players To Coach Over 450 Girls And Boys, Ages 5 To 15, In New York City Area

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Our Mission is to bring the sport of Lacrosse to the youth of Brooklyn, emphasizing Fundamentals, Teamwork, Respect and Brooklyn. The essence of our organization is the belief that Lacrosse should be made accessible to all children, despite the various barriers of entry that exist in urban areas; such as cost, perception, and logistics.
Through community initiatives and outreach we strive to open up endless opportunities for the youth in Brooklyn through the sport of Lacrosse
We are the only Lacrosse Organization in Brooklyn whose coaches were National Champions (Div 1 and 2), Hall of Famers and Professional League Players.
Our program is open to boys and girls from Pre-K through 8th grade.

“…(Brooklyn Lacrosse) began with a free summer clinic in Prospect Park in 2012…Joe Nocella, 43, a former architect and lacrosse player at City College who now runs a bike shop in Gowanus, Brooklyn, started with 30 boys and predicts that 450 girls and boys will play this spring, the traditional lacrosse season. The practice sessions at Brooklyn Lacrosse, for ages 5 to 15, cost $99 for the season; they started on Sept. 8 and are to run through November. In the spring, teams will play tournaments…”



But across New York City, the image of lacrosse is shifting. Nonprofit groups have been attracting a racially and economically diverse population to play a sport, created by Native Americans, that has long been associated with elite prep schools and colleges.

Fall is the sport’s traditional off-season, but last Sunday, Joshua and Jordyn, 6, joined 300 other children on a turf field at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5, for practice with Brooklyn Lacrosse.

US Lacrosse First Stick GrantThe club is a two-year-old nonprofit group offering instruction at a reduced cost. It broke off from the Brooklyn Crescents, the borough’s longest running club, which has been playing since 2006 at Poly Prep Country Day School, in Bay Ridge. The Crescents, still thriving, enrolled 250 players this fall.

Mat Levine, 61, known as lacrosse’s godfather in New York City, started his club, Doc’s NYC Lacrosse, in 1996, when his children were playing. Since then he has expanded the club from Manhattan to the Bronx and Queens. Mr. Levine, who grew up on Long Island and played lacrosse at Williams College, also founded a nonprofit group, CityLax, eight years ago to introduce the sport to high schools in underserved neighborhoods.

Participation in lacrosse in city high schools has nearly doubled since 2009, mostly because of girls’ teams, said Eric Goldstein, the chief executive of school support services for the Education Department (who played in the city’s first public program, at Jamaica High School in 1985). In the last school year, 1,169 public school students played varsity or junior varsity lacrosse, up from 679 in 2009. In the same period, girls’ varsity programs grew to 21, from 10; only girls’ wrestling is growing faster.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Duke Men’s Lacrosse Releases “2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Poster”

Duke Men's Lacrosse 2013 NCAA Championship Poster

NCAA Lacrosse: Michigan Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Jennifer Ulehla Discusses “Building A Championship Culture” During 2014 Season

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The University of Michigan’s first women’s lacrosse team arrived on campus nearly one month ago (Aug. 28) and has spent the past 10 days practicing as a team. Head coach Jennifer Ulehla, who spent the 721 days prior to Aug. 28, working diligently in her office and on the recruiting trail without a team, now has 28 talented and energetic players ready to be molded into a championship-level team.
In addition to getting acclimated to the many demands of being a college student, the 28 freshmen that make up the team’s roster are also adjusting to being collegiate student-athletes. When the Wolverines take the field on Sunday (Sept. 29) at Loyola University for their first fall ball games, they will have just 11 full team practices under their belt. Michigan will face Loyola at 10 a.m., directly followed by a matchup with Johns Hopkins at 11:20 a.m.

Michigan Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Jennifer Ulehla

Michigan Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Jennifer Ulehla

On how practice is going so far … “We’re a week and a half into practice now and we’re really making great progress. What I’ve said to the team is, each and every day we want to come in and work at 100 percent. We need them to compete at a level that is greater than what they’re used to in order to prepare them for the games that we’ll be playing this fall. Each and every day we’re learning and getting better. Our staff has been pleased with their attentiveness, their willingness to learn, their comradery and their work ethic. It’s always a challenge when you have 28 freshmen, to help them understand how hard they have to work to compete at this level. This weekend is going to be a great opportunity for them to get a feel for what it takes, not only to play at the top Division I level, but also how they need to compete in practice each and every day to get better.”

michigan_lacrosseOn the players adjusting to life as collegiate student-athletes … “Being part of Team One and establishing a program from the very beginning is challenging — it’s incredibly exciting — but it’s also very challenging. These young women have embraced this challenge and presented themselves in an incredibly mature manner. They are showing great character and have represented the University of Michigan and our women’s lacrosse program in a way that we’re proud of. They’ve done a great job dealing with the pressures of being a team of 28 freshmen, coming to college, being away from home, and having to adjust to new professors and an academically strenuous schedule, as well as the strength and conditioning aspect of our program, which is at a completely different level than in high school. They are getting to know our support staff and learning to take advantage of all the wonderful resources we have here at Michigan. We’ve had some great feedback from professors and all the other individuals that touch this program and we couldn’t be prouder. Like any program, there are times where mistakes are going to be made, but what I really love about this group is that they’re willing to admit to those mistakes and learn from them. That’s how we’re going to get better each day on the field and it’s how we’re going to get better off the field. It’s a process and we’re excited to continue to see them grow each and every day.”

On the team getting its first game experience against quality competition … “Being able to play two nationally ranked teams — Johns Hopkins and Loyola — is going to be a great opportunity for us to learn and see what we have been able to accomplish over the last two weeks. With all freshmen, we’re certainly going to take our bumps and bruises, but we’re going into it making sure that our focus is on our effort. We just want to get out there and compete and get an idea of where we are and what we need to work on from here. It’s a scrimmage, it’s not our first game, but it feels as if it’s been forever since I’ve actually coached a game. I’m really looking forward to having my staff out on the sidelines with me and coaching these young women who have been working so hard. For us, it’s going to be a day to remember. We’ll learn a tremendous amount and it will give us a bench mark we can use going forward. It will be an exciting day.”

On her expectations for the team this fall … “Going into the fall, our staff’s expectations are twofold — 1. to begin to build the championship culture that we want here at the University of Michigan for the women’s lacrosse program; and 2. to develop, individually and as a team, the skills that we need to compete at a top Division I level. We want to help each individual recognize their strengths and their weaknesses as a lacrosse player and how they can continue to grow and contribute to our team’s success. In addition to that, one of our main focuses since they arrived on campus has been for our players to get faster and stronger. Our conditioning and lifting, along with game experience in the fall, will help prepare them to compete at a high level in the spring.”

On going back to Baltimore, which is her hometown and home for many U-M players … “This couldn’t come at a better time. The team has been here for several weeks now and being able to spend some quality time with their parents, family and friends will serve them well at this point. For me, being able to go back to my hometown of Baltimore for our first scrimmage, representing the University of Michigan, is incredibly special and something I’m extremely proud of.”

On competing in the first fall game on her birthday … “After the game, we’re going to this great tailgate that our parents are putting together for our first scrimmage. We’ll be back in Maryland, and it’s my birthday, and if you’ve ever read any of our ‘101 Ways to Get to Know Women’s Lacrosse’, you’ll know that on my birthday my favorite cake is not birthday cake — it’s CRAB cake! I’m really hoping that all the parents out there are reading this and will remember that I love crab cake. I don’t need 45 candles in the crab cake though, one will do. I would be okay with them singing happy birthday to me with a crab cake (laughing).”

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NCAA Lacrosse: Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Releases 2013 Fall Schedule Featuring Denver, Navy, Boston College, Harvard And Delaware

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The inaugural University of Colorado lacrosse team will play three games and two tournaments for its fall exhibition season, head coach Ann Elliott announced Friday.
“I could not be more excited for the opportunity our team has this fall to compete against so many great teams,” Elliott said. “Our girls are very excited to play in their first collegiate game together and our program’s first as well. Our staff is really looking forward to finally have all our players on one team and seeing where we are at as a team. Each game we have is a great opportunity for us to challenge ourselves, gain experience and get better as a team.”
The Buffaloes open with a trip to Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 2. The Pioneers closed last season with an 18-3 record and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. DU notched perfect 8-0 marks in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and on their home turf.

Colorado Women's Lacrosse Fall Schedule 2013

Colorado Women's Lacrosse

Lacrosse Magazines: “New England Lacrosse Journal” September-October 2013 Online Edition

New England Lacrosse Journal Sept Oct 2013 online edition

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NCAA Div III Lacrosse: Arcadia Men’s Lacrosse (PA) Hires Jim Stagnitta As New Head Coach Of Second-Year Program; Formerly With MLL’s Denver Outlaws

Jim Stagnitta Head Coach Arcadia Men's Lacrosse NCAA Div III

Arcadia University announced today that Jim Stagnitta, 2013 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Coach of the Year, is the University’s new head men’s lacrosse coach. Stagnitta begins his appointment on Oct. 7.
Stagnitta brings 26 years of experience and a proven record of success at the highest levels to Arcadia’s second-year program. He holds a career professional and amateur record of 220-128 for a winning percentage of .632, and has guided teams to seven NCAA tournament appearances and two MLL playoff appearances.
“We are thrilled to bring Jim on board,” said Brian Granata, director of Athletics and Recreation at Arcadia University. “He understands the importance of developing quality student-athletes, and his experience will benefit our team immensely. We have complete confidence in his abilities to develop a quality lacrosse program here at Arcadia.”
Stagnitta spent the last two seasons leading the Denver Outlaws to first-place finishes in the regular season with a combined 26-4 record. Denver went 11-3 and advanced to the MLL championship game in 2012 while establishing five team records, including wins and a single-season MLL record 229 goals. The Outlaws had another record-setting season in 2013, going 14-0 during the regular season before being upset in the MLL semifinals.
“I am honored to have been presented the opportunity to serve as head coach and continue to develop the Arcadia University lacrosse program,” Stagnitta said. “I was impressed with the direction and potential of the program, and the Athletic Department as a whole. The opportunity to work with Brian Granata and the staff of young coaches he has assembled is very appealing. I look forward to the challenge of leading the Arcadia men’s lacrosse program forward and building a strong foundation that will make the University, alumni, and student-athletes proud.”
Stagnitta’s last collegiate coaching stop was at Division I Rutgers University, where he led the Scarlet Knights to 58 victories in 10 seasons, placing him fifth on the program’s career victories list, and back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004. Stagnitta was named U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) and Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I Coach of the Year in 2003 after engineering the biggest turnaround in Division I lacrosse history, leading Rutgers to a 10-5 record after the team went 2-12 in his first season in 2002.