Category Archives: Player Profiles

“Lacrosse Magazine” December 2014 Issue Released Featuring “Person Of The Year” Lyle Thompson & Lives Of Women’s Lacrosse Coaches

Every season, there are players that capture the attention and imagination of fans - some because they anchor championship teams, others because of amazing achievements and talent, still more for inspirational stories of how they got to be where they are at the top of the game. But seldom is there a player which captures the world of lacrosse the way Lyle Thompson did in 2014. A once-in-a-generation talent, the University of Albany and Iroquois Nationals star also celibrates the games roots through his heritage and has made it clear that he hopes to serve as an ambassador of its growth for the rest of his life.  Corey McLaughlin visited the Thompson family in New York for the feature story on the rising senior and his family, anchoring a look back at 2014 that includes our Stories of the Year and Best of Lacrosse nominations for the online fan vote, running through the end of November on

Every season, there are players that capture the attention and imagination of fans – some because they anchor championship teams, others because of amazing achievements and talent, still more for inspirational stories of how they got to be where they are at the top of the game.
But seldom is there a player which captures the world of lacrosse the way Lyle Thompson did in 2014. A once-in-a-generation talent, the University of Albany and Iroquois Nationals star also celibrates the games roots through his heritage and has made it clear that he hopes to serve as an ambassador of its growth for the rest of his life.
Corey McLaughlin visited the Thompson family in New York for the feature story on the rising senior and his family, anchoring a look back at 2014 that includes our Stories of the Year and Best of Lacrosse nominations for the online fan vote, running through the end of November on


From the Editor – Proud Coach’s Husband

by Matt DaSilva

As the husband of a woman who coaches both the University of Notre Dame of Maryland soccer and lacrosse teams after writing her name all over the school’s record books, I’m intimately aware of the sacrifices and rewards that living the dual coach/mother life brings.

His Space – Meet the Women of Walla Walla

by Bill Tanton

Another western outpost for the game springs up in an unlikely place – Walla Walla, Washington, where Whitman College begins play under Maryland transplant Kate Robinson. The game has come a long way since I first picked up a stick in 1947.

Her Space – Coaches, Moms and Mentors

by Kate Hickman

Some of the top coaches in women’s lacrosse – women like North Carolina’s Jenny Levy, Penn State’s Missy Doherty and Denver’s Liza Kelly – balance team duties with the raising of their own families. It’s a dual feat that deserves a ton of respect and an example for us all.



“Champion Magazine” Spring 2014 Issue Features Albion College Men’s Lacrosse Sr. Defenseman Carl Pressprich & Rebirth Of Michigan Auto Industry

Albion Men's Lacrosse Defenseman Carl Pressprich NCAA Champion Magazine Spring 2014Albion Men’s Lacrosse Sr. Defenseman Carl Pressprich is on the defense — in lacrosse and for the imperiled place he wants to call home.

An NCAA “Champion Magazine” Profile.

For months last year, Carl Pressprich worked behind two monitors and a laptop in a solitary cubicle at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, the nation’s largest science and energy lab managed for the U.S. Department of Energy. Pressprich engineered a lofty project: writing computer programming code that could one day help protect wireless networks – which control everything from the electric grid to hotel heating and cooling systems – from hackers and terrorists.

“Hackers already have the tools they need to hack into these networks,” Pressprich said. “Because the tools exist and are so readily available, we wanted to focus on a way to identify outsiders so the network can shut out that traffic and prevent it from causing damage.”

Pressprich, a defender on the Albion College lacrosse team who is working toward a career in engineering, worked mostly alone, even as an intern. His only co-worker: a supervisor who provided direction through email because his work often took him out of the office. The project was fulfilling, matched Pressprich’s skills and could become pioneering work in the field of network security.

Yet despite working so closely on the cyberthreats of the future, Pressprich sees his own future on a different path – one that many might consider to be an industry of the past: automobiles. Pressprich wants to be among the legions of young people who write the next chapter for Detroit, just 90 minutes east of Albion and the longtime capital of the American automotive industry.

“Why would I work in Detroit after school? Why would I stay in the auto industry when they’re struggling and companies are going bankrupt?” Pressprich asks. “I see it as a new problem to solve. How do you make new cars more efficient? How do you make them lighter, cheaper, safer? There are just so many different interesting problems to solve with an automobile.”

Pressprich now wants to play defender for Detroit against an uncertain future. The Detroit of today might not seem like the place to focus a promising engineering career. The city, faced with $14 billion in long-term debt, filed for bankruptcy in 2013; an estimated 50 percent of its residents have no jobs; and the city is shrinking, with one-quarter of its inhabitants moving out between 2000 and 2010.

But for up-and-comers willing to take a chance on this Michigan city, opportunities abound: Entrepreneurism is contagious, with tech startups budding and young risk-takers flocking to take advantage of cheap real estate. Even the American auto industry is on the upswing: Americans’ appetite for buying cars is returning, and leaner, more efficient Detroit automakers are even outperforming foreign rivals by some measures for the first time in more than a decade.

Plus, Pressprich sees Detroit as more than just a problem to solve. A Michigan native and the grandson of two electrical engineers who worked in the automotive industry – one at Ford, one at General Motors – Pressprich wants to build a life in his home state and sees the rebuilding of Detroit as a charge for his generation of Michiganders.

“Most of our students are from Michigan, and their passion for and loyalty to the state of Michigan are incredible,” said Dr. Michael Frandsen, interim president of Albion. “They want to build a life here, and they want to invest their talent and their energy into helping Michigan be successful. Detroit has certainly taken a beating, in reality and in perception, and a lot of people want to be part of changing that.”

Photographed inside Caster Concepts, an Albion-based manufacturer that laser-cut hundreds of metal pieces for the “Comet!” sculpture in the college’s science atrium, Pressprich hopes his career keeps him in his home state.


Pressprich grew up in Ann Arbor as the son of two University of Michigan graduates. His dad is an accountant; his mother trained as a nurse. Among their children, Carl is the one their mother always calls upon to fix the dishwasher or the dryer because of his knack for taking things apart – and putting them back together.

As a boy, Pressprich enjoyed spending time with his maternal grandfather, Laurence Mieras, who worked in product development at Ford. Pressprich calls him a “method-driven man” and said he learns from his grandfather, now 79, just by listening to how he tackles a problem – whether he’s fixing engines or woodworking.

“I don’t have some story where I knew that I was supposed to be an engineer,” Pressprich said. “My whole life has kind of been constant reminders and constant inspiration drawn from my family, drawn from my teachers, drawn from the way I look at the world.”

Pressprich was in high school the first time he picked up a lacrosse stick. Already a football player, he realized that he performed better academically when he had a sport to help balance his time. He went looking for a spring sport – and found lacrosse.

“It’s a really physical sport, really fast-paced,” Pressprich said. “It was a real pressure environment. I loved it.”

Albion lacrosse coach Jake DeCola first met Pressprich while recruiting some of his teammates when Pressprich was a high school junior. DeCola was drawn to Pressprich’s size – 6-foot-1, 210 pounds – and told the high school student about Albion’s dual-degree program: Pressprich could attend Albion for three years, then transfer to an engineering school and finish in five years total with bachelor’s degrees from both Albion and the engineering school.

The Albion program fit Pressprich’s interest in earning a liberal arts education while also building personal relationships with his professors.

Physics professor David G. Seely said he has always been impressed by Pressprich’s ability to balance school obligations with his other interests, which are many and varied.

“Albion tends to attract students who have a lot of outside interests, and Carl’s not an exception,” Seely said. “But often, those students have a hard time balancing all their interests. Carl has always impressed me as being able to balance his schedule and do well in academics while at the same time participating in lacrosse.”

Pressprich learned in March that he had been admitted to his top-choice engineering school. His pick isn’t surprising: Michigan, a school that allows him to stay close to home and has myriad networking contacts in the city where Pressprich hopes to settle.

“My whole life, I’ve wanted to work in the auto industry or at one of the companies that work around Detroit to support the auto industry,” he said. “Detroit has shrunk so much, but there are so many people who are working so hard to make it an amazing city.”



NCAA Lacrosse: Louisville Women’s Lacrosse Senior Attacker Nikki Boltja Earned 3rd Team All-American Honors And BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award In 2013

Louisville LacrosseNikki Boltja proved once again why she is one of the most potent attackers in the country.  While being double and triple teamed most of the year, Nikki still managed to rack up 59 goals and 10 assists. 

With those stats she earned IWLCA 3rd Team All-American, Synapse Sports 3rd Team All American, 1st Team all West/Midwest Region and 1st Team All Big East. 

Nikki’s excellence went beyond the field as she once again succeeded in the classroom.  

Because of her dedication in the classroom and on the field, Nikki earned the 2012-2013 BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award.  We can’t wait to see what Nikki’s senior year will bring!!

Louisville Women’s Lacrosse Newsletter


“Lacrosse Magazine” November 2013 Issue Released Featuring “Gym Rats”, Toughest Laxers, Duke Men’s FO Specialist Brendan Fowler And North Carolina Women’s Goalie Megan Ward

Lacrosse Magazine November 2013 Issue

Detroit Mercy’s conditioning paid off in 2013, just as a Syracuse trio hopes it will for them in 2014. Plus, grueling team workouts and a group of officials who know how to go the distance.
By Clare Lochary, Corey McLaughlin and Mark Macyk
In a region where most sports fans could probably tell you the pros and cons of the Montreal Canadiens’ 116th overall draft pick, but don’t know what a long pole is, a lacrosse renaissance has begun.
By Daniel J. Rowe
Coach Mindy McCord, assistant Paul McCord and star player Taylor McCord have made Jacksonville’s upstart women’s program a family affair.
By Laurel Pfahler
Yale was three minutes away from its first final four since 1990. Syracuse had other ideas. But this is no one-hit wonder. With a ton of talent back in 2014, the Bulldogs look like they’re here to stay.
By Gary Lambrecht
From the Editor: Remember the Titans
His Space: A Game Unlike Any Other
Her Space: Finding a Workout Common Ground
Early fall-ball contests pitted the Iroquois against Syracuse, Northwestern against Notre Dame (in Cortney Fortunato’s debut) and Denver against Colorado (in the Buffs’ debut). See them in action.
The Scoop
Yet another lacrosse team has been sanctioned due to hazing, a pervasive problem in college athletics. Plus, a Q&A with U.S. Olympic bobsled hopeful Chris Langton.
Your Edge
NCAA championship heroes Megan Ward of North Carolina andBrendan Fowler of Duke drop knowledge on goalie positioning and faceoff maneuvering, respectively.
Give and Go
Hamilton Nationals defenseman Tucker Durkin has consumed enough hot sauce to fry his taste buds, but he can still savor the pregame excitement.

NCAA Lacrosse: Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Face Off Specialist Keegan Michel Profile (Video)

Face off specialist Keegan Michel dissects the Crimson’s play at the X and discusses how improved play from the wings will benefit the team.

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Lacrosse Profiles: Former Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse All-American LSM Rorke Denver Wrote “Damn Few: Making The Modern SEAL Warrior”; Former Head Of Basic And Advanced Navy SEAL Training

 Former Syracuse men’s lacrosse All-American and current Navy SEAL Lt. Commander Rorke Denver

Former Syracuse men’s lacrosse All-American and Navy SEAL Lt. Commander Rorke Denver was a long-stick midfielder at Syracuse. Denver received honorable mention All-America laurels as a senior in 1996. He was a member of the 1993 and 1995 Orange national championship teams and captained the squad his senior season.
Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs–the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow’s soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed.
Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees. He recounts his experience evolving from a young SEAL hopeful pushing his way through Hell Week, into a warrior engaging in dangerous stealth missions across the globe, and finally into a lieutenant commander directing the indoctrination, requalification programs, and the “Hero or Zero” missions his SEALs undertake.
From his own SEAL training and missions overseas, Denver details how the SEALs’ creative operations became front and center in America’s War on Terror-and how they are altering warfare everywhere. In fourteen years as a SEAL officer, Rorke Denver tangled with drug lords in Latin America, stood up to violent mobs in Liberia, and battled terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. Leading 200 commando missions, he earned the Bronze Star with V for valor. He has also served as flag aide to the admiral in charge and spent the past four years as executive officer of the Navy Special Warfare Center’s Advanced Training Command in Coronado, California, directing all phases of the basic and advanced training that prepare men for war in SEAL teams. He recently starred in the film Act of Valor. He is married and has two daughters.

Former Syracuse Men's Lacrosse LSM All-American Rorke Denver played from 1993-96.

Former Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse LSM All-American Rorke Denver played from 1993-96

NCAA Lacrosse: Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Adds Colorado Club Team Standout Sarah Lautman To Varsity Roster; Chemical & Biological Engineering Major Scored 32 Goals As A Two-Year Starter

Colorado Women's Lacrosse Adds Sarah Lautman to 2013 Roster

University of Colorado head lacrosse coach Ann Elliott has added former CU club lacrosse standout Sarah Lautman to her first roster, bringing its total to 23 student-athletes.
Lautman, a 5-2 midfielder from Reading, Mass. joins the Buffs after spending two seasons with the CU club team. She was a four-year letter-winner in three sports at Reading Memorial High School.

IN THE CLASSROOM: Lautman majors in chemical and biological engineering.

Colorado Women's LacrosseCOACH ELLIOTT ON LAUTMAN: “Our staff is very excited to have Sarah join our program. We have gotten the opportunity to get to know her over the last year when she was a member of the CU club lacrosse team. Sarah has proven she is very driven and committed to playing at the Division I Level. She has a great attitude and work ethic. Sarah has the ability and athleticism to play many different positions for us and will add more depth to our smaller roster.”

SOPHOMORE (2013 with CU CLUB LACROSSE): Lautman was a two-year starter with the CU club lacrosse team, scoring 32 goals. Her sophomore season, the Buffs finished the season with a 7-10 overall record.

FRESHMAN (2012 with CU CLUB LACROSSE): The Buffs recorded a 13-7 record, finishing second in the Rocky Mountain Women’s Lacrosse League and entering the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Tournament as the No. 5 seed.

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Professional Lacrosse: MLL All-Star Paul Rabil Hires Global-Leader Marketing Agency Octagon To Represent His Personal Brand, Sport Of Lacrosse

Octagon Athletes And PersonalitiesThe 27-year-old Rabil in a telephone interview said he sought a long-term, global-minded partner capable of increasing not only his personal brand, but the sport of lacrosse at both the professional and development levels. Rabil is the first lacrosse player represented by Octagon, a unit of Interpublic Group of Cos., the second-largest U.S. advertising company.

Paul RabilKane said there are similarities between Rabil and Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. Phelps has endorsements with, among others, Louis Vuitton, Subway, Head & Shoulders, Speedo, Omega and Hilton. Octagon also manages the swimmer’s foundation.

Paul Rabil, the first professional lacrosse player to amass a million-dollar endorsement portfolio, has hired Octagon as his marketing representative.

By Scott Soshnick

By Scott Soshnick

Rabil said he’s joining the firm’s Personalities & Properties division and will be represented by agent Erin Kane, whose clients include Olympic softball pitcher Jennie Finch. The division includes Nascar driver Jimmie Johnson and former National Football League coaches Bill Cowher, Brian Billick and Herm Edwards. Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps is also an Octagon client.

“Octagon has a track record with other professional athletes whose sport has a growing participation at the youth level but low visibility at the pro level,” said Rabil, who had been represented by Baltimore-based attorney Ira Rainess.

“We envision having Paul alongside top athletes in other sports. It comes down to personality that captures imagination,” said Kane, adding that her first order of business is to perform a brand analysis of the two-time Major League Lacrosse Most Valuable Player. “Paul brings lacrosse out of the niche area.”

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NCAA Lacrosse: North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse 2013 Championship Team Experienced Success In Classroom As Well; Highest Student-Athlete GPA (3.801) In Final Four, 18 Players On ACC Honor Roll

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Lacrosse Heroes: ESPN Video “Man In The Red Bandana” Memorializes The Heroic Efforts Of Former Boston College Lacrosse Player Welles R. Crowther In Leading People To Safety During Terrorist Attack On World Trade Center On Sept 11

Ten years later:  Remembering Welles R. Crowther, the man who led people to safety after terrorists struck the World Trade Center on September 11th  — a former Boston College lacrosse player whose trademark was a red bandana.

Welles R. Crowther Firefighter World Trade Center Hero Sept 11 2001

Man In Red Bandana Welles R. Crowther

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