Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lacrosse Recruiting - What Coaches Look For

Another NY team playing in NJ

Pro lacrosse team plans to play at Pru Center in Newark

Source: www.nj.com

Posted by pcox November 11, 2008 11:31AM

Professional lacrosse is coming to Newark.

The New York Titans will play five of their seven home games at the Prudential Center this season.

Casey Powell of the New York Titans

The Titans play in the 13-team National Lacrosse League and normally play their home games at Madison Square Garden. Last season the team reached the league semifinals.

The team is led by Casey Powell, a former three-time All-America for Syracuse University.

The Titans are scheduled to play at the Prudential Center on Jan. 10 against Boston; Feb. 8 against Chicago; March 14 against Calgary; April 4 against Philadelphia and April 11 against Buffalo.

The team also plans to provide instruction and equipment to local schools as part of a community outreach project.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

National Recruiting Fall Ball Tourney - MD

A few NJ, NY, and PA teams will be participating in the National Recruiting Fall Ball Tourney in Baltimore this weekend. As of this writing, the confirmed teams include:

In the “A” division, the competitors will be Alexandria Travel, All State, Archbishop Curley, Bishop Shanahan High School, Breakers, Bucks Select, Burnaby Mountain Selects Junior Elite, Burnaby Mountain Selects Senior Elite, Burning River Lacrosse Maroon, Celts Lacrosse Club, Central PA Dawgs, Delaware Silverbacks Elite, FuZe Blue, FuZe Gold, Greene Turtle OC, Hot Shots Lacrosse Club, Jagslax, LB3 Blue, LI Lax, Long Island Storm, Meltdown Lancaster Select, Mesa Fresh 2010, Morris Select, North Arundel Gold, Penn East, Potomac School, Rebel Elite, Renegades Gold, SMS Lacrosse, Springfield High School, St. Paul’s, Team Langley, Thomas S. Wooton HS, Trilogy NJ, Vipers Elite and West Chester East High School.

In the “B” division, you’ll see A.O.D. Richmond, Blue Mountain, Burning River Lacrosse Navy, Downingtown West PA, FuZe Select, FuZe White, Harford Renegades (Betsill), LB3 Silver, LB3 White, Long Island Saints, Madlax Sophomores, North Arundel White, St. Paul’s I, St. Paul’s II, Team Charlotte Orange and Trilogy.

We are curious to see how NJ talent holds up against some of the better competition across the East.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Schmidt Added to Coaching Staff

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - After a stellar playing career at Rutgers, Nick Schmidt returns to ‘the Banks’ as a volunteer assistant coach on the Scarlet Knights staff in 2009. He will focus primarily on player development, working directly with the attack. He’ll be focusing on teaching fundamentals with shooting and dodging and analyzing practice and game film to help teach proper techniques. . .

See the full press release here.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A few schedule highlights for 2009

The boys high school season is starting to take shape for 2009. Only a handful of schools have their schedules completed (about 10%), but here are a few interesting matchups so far:

4/4/09 Chatham @ Hunterdon Central - How will Chatham do with a new head coach?

4/8/09 Moorestown @ Montgomery - A solid early season test for both teams. Both teams lost some good players; are the younger players ready to step it up?

5/8/09 Montclair @ Ridge - Ridge was young last year and still had a decent season. Will Montclair rise above the craziness that surrounds their program and improve on last season?

Check back here often ..... we'll post new schedule highlights as the teams finalize their schedules . . .

Paul Cantabene Face-off Instructional (Part 1)

Paul is a face-off legend. This video provides basic instruction aimed at beginning face-off middies.

Monday, October 20, 2008

John Christmas Training Video

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Rutgers Announces 2009 Schedule

Rutgers men's lacrosse head coach Jim Stagnitta has announced the Scarlet Knights schedule for the upcoming 2009 season. The slate includes matchups with three teams that advanced to the 2008 NCAA Tournament, including defending national champion Syracuse.

Full story and schedule here.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Lacrosse was fastest growing high school sport for boys in 2008

Source : ESPN

INDIANAPOLIS -- More high school students than ever before are playing high school sports, according to a group representing the country's state high school athletic associations.

The National Federation of State High School Associations, citing figures from its 50 members and the District of Columbia, said a record 7,429,381 students took part in high school athletics in the 2007-08 school year. That represents 54.8 percent of students enrolled in high schools last year, according to the study.

"This is certainly another great report on the interest of high school sports in our nation's schools," NFHS executive director Robert F. Kanaby said. "The fact that we experienced all-time records for both girls and boys reflects the fact that the high school sports participation experience is more viable than ever and is of great interest to our nation's young people." The 2007-08 numbers also set all-time highs along gender lines, with 3,057,266 girls and 4,372,115 boys participating in 2007-08. The girls' figure surpassed the total of 3,021,807 set in 2006-07, while the boys' figure eclipsed the former record of 4,367,442 set in 1977-78.

According to state-by-state results, Texas had the most high school athletes with 779,049, followed by California (735,497), New York (380,870), Ohio (346,571), Illinois (336,646), Michigan (315,734), Pennsylvania (286,992), New Jersey (256,837), Minnesota (230,068) and Florida (227,157).

Among girls, basketball remained the most-played sport with 449,450 participants, followed by outdoor track and field, volleyball, fast-pitch softball and soccer. Competitive spirit squads gained the most female participants in 2007-08, followed by soccer and cross country, according to the report.

For boys, football was the most-played sport with 1,108,286 participants, followed by basketball, outdoor track and field, baseball and soccer, according to the report. Lacrosse gained the most participants among boys, followed by soccer, swimming and diving, and cross country.

When numbers for boys and girls are put together, the largest-growing high school sport in 2007-08 was bowling, with a 17 percent overall increase in participation. Lacrosse was close behind with a 14 percent increase, according to the report. The NFHS has compiled the survey from its member associations since 1971. The full report is available at the association's Web site.

Monday, September 1, 2008

NJ Pride Close Team Offices

Source: Inside Lacrosse Blog

The New Jersey Pride have closed their offices and general manager Steve Ferretti will be managing the Pride as the team’s only full-time employee throughout the offseason, sources confirmed this week.

The Pride are one of a number of teams looking to solidify ownership issues over the coming months, leading to widespread speculation about relocation for at least three teams around the league.

The Pride have been owned by a limited liability company associated with New Balance since June, and played a game against the Barrage in Portland, Ore., on August 9. The Pride’s situation is markedly different from the Barrage, who were owned and operated by the MLL all season and are also looking for a new home.

“From what I understand, the game we had in Portland was hosted by the Lumberjax, and every layman can figure out maybe Portland wants to own a team, but it’s a very fluid thing that changes week to week,” Ferretti said.

The coaching staff and team roster remain in tact, though a number of players have expressed concern over how many of their teammates would be willing to play home games on the other side of the country.

When reached for comment, MLL Commissioner Dave Gross said he was not in a position to comment on any of the clubs’ ownership.

Friday, August 15, 2008

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

A matter of Pride for New Jersey's lacrosse team - Star Ledger

Sunday, June 29, 2008
Star-Ledger Staff

As Major League Lacrosse attempts to expand -- in number of teams as well as popularity -- the New Jersey Pride face growing pains. As a result, it is one of the franchises MLL Commissioner David Gross said the league is "monitoring."

"New Jersey is an interesting market to say the least," Gross said.

In 2007, the Pride ranked second-to-last in attendance, averaging 2,647 fans per game. In New Jersey's first two home games this season, the average crowd was 2,343 -- last in the league.

The Pride have played in four stadiums since 2001, so venue has been an ongoing battle. The current venue, Rutgers' Yurcak Field, boasts a top-notch playing surface, but has bleacher seating and is not permitted to sell beer. On the other hand, the team that draws the most fans, the Denver Outlaws, plays at INVESCO Field, where fans and players enjoy all the amenities of an NFL stadium -- including beer.

The Pride is also one of two MLL franchises not centered in a city -- the Long Island Lizards are the other -- and Pride acting GM Stephen Ferretti believes the commuter-driven crowd has taken a hit due to rising gas prices.

"But the biggest hurdle we have, being in the New York-area," Ferretti said, "is that we are in a super-saturated sports market."

This summer, Philadelphia is a road team, playing its "home games" at test markets including Dallas and Virginia Beach. Gross said the league hopes to add six new expansion teams over the next decade -- but there is always the possibility, he added, of a new market replacing a current one instead. . .

Read the full article here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Big East Lacrosse Debuts in 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The BIG EAST Conference will formally begin sponsoring the sport of men's lacrosse beginning in the spring of 2010. The announcement about the Conference adding its 24th sport was made today by Commissioner Michael Tranghese following a unanimous vote by the league's 16 Directors of Athletics during their recent annual spring meeting.

The seven conference schools that will participate in the newly formed league are Georgetown, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, St. John's, Syracuse and Villanova. The teams will play a six-game single round-robin regular season schedule. The BIG EAST will apply for an automatic bid to the 16-team NCAA Championship field.

Syracuse won the 2008 NCAA Men's Lacrosse national title, the program's 10th, after earning an at-large bid as a Division I Independent. Notre Dame also garnered a berth into the national tournament as an automatic qualifier from the Great Western Lacrosse League. Currently, Georgetown, Rutgers and St. John's are part of the ECAC, Providence is a member of the MAAC and Villanova plays in the Colonial Athletic Association.

"We are looking forward to the excitement that men's lacrosse will bring to the BIG EAST Conference," said Commissioner Tranghese. "We have schools with established and successful programs, which want to come together and compete under the BIG EAST brand."

Men's lacrosse will be the BIG EAST's 11th men's sport while the Conference conducts 13 women's sports.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

NJ Varsity Playoff Schedule

Date & TimeSiteHomeAway
5/29/2008 17:00 Watchung HillsImmaculataMorristown-Beard
5/29/2008 19:00 Watchung HillsDelbartonBergen Catholic
5/30/2008 17:00 RidgeWest MorrisMoorestown
5/30/2008 17:00 Johnson RegionalMountain LakesChatham
5/30/2008 19:00 RidgeRidgewoodMontgomery
5/30/2008 19:00 Johnson RegionalHunterdon CentralBridgewater
6/2/2008 17:00 BridgewaterTBATBA
6/2/2008 19:00 BridgewaterTBATBA
6/4/2008 17:00 Kean UniversityTBATBA
6/4/2008 19:00 Kean UniversityTBATBA
6/7/2008 13:00 RutgersTBATBA

Friday, May 2, 2008

NJ Boys Varsity Lacrosse Schedule for 5/4/08

Date & TimeHomeAway
5/4/2008 Sun 1:00 PMSeton Hall PrepNewark Academy
5/4/2008 Sun 1:00 PMMontclairMontclair Kimberle...
5/4/2008 Sun 1:00 PMWest EssexGlen Ridge
5/4/2008 Sun 2:00 PMColumbiaCaldwell
5/4/2008 Sun 4:00 PMBergen Catholic (@Ramapo)Don Bosco
5/4/2008 Sun 6:00 PMRidgewood (@Ramapo)Glen Rock

NJ Boys Varsity Lacrosse Schedule for 5/3/08

Date & TimeHomeAway
5/3/2008 Sat 11:00 AMSt. Josephs (Montv...Boonton
5/3/2008 Sat 1:00 PMBernardsSt. Peters (JC)
5/3/2008 Sat 2:00 PMIndian HillsWayne Hills
5/3/2008 Sat 2:00 PMSt. Josephs (Metuc...Old Bridge
5/3/2008 Sat 2:00 PMNutleyPascack Valley
5/3/2008 Sat 2:00 PMMorristown-BeardRidge
5/3/2008 Sat 2:00 PMRed Bank CatholicBrick Memorial
5/3/2008 Sat 2:00 PMLawrence HighNew Egypt
5/3/2008 Sat 2:00 PMJackson MemorialManasquan
5/3/2008 Sat 2:30 PMMoorestown FriendsShipley
5/3/2008 Sat 2:30 PMNorth HunterdonBridgewater
5/3/2008 Sat 2:30 PMMonsignor DonovanSt. Rose (Belmar)
5/3/2008 Sat 2:30 PMSummitChatham
5/3/2008 Sat 3:00 PMOld TappanDemarest
5/3/2008 Sat 3:00 PMMorris CatholicGlen Rock
5/3/2008 Sat 3:00 PMKinnelonRamapo
5/3/2008 Sat 3:00 PMMountain LakesNorthern Highlands
5/3/2008 Sat 3:00 PMFair LawnBlair
5/3/2008 Sat 3:00 PMDelbartonMontclair
5/3/2008 Sat 3:00 PMPeddieSouth Brunswick
5/3/2008 Sat 3:00 PMEast BrunswickNorth Brunswick
5/3/2008 Sat 3:00 PMPrinceton HighMoorestown
5/3/2008 Sat 3:30 PMNewark AcademyCaldwell
5/3/2008 Sat 3:30 PMKingswayCamden Catholic
5/3/2008 Sat 4:00 PMDePaulNorth Warren
5/3/2008 Sat 4:00 PMToms River SouthSt. John Vianney
5/3/2008 Sat 7:00 PMRandolphMadison
5/3/2008 Sat 7:00 PMWest MorrisMendham
5/3/2008 Sat 7:00 PMToms River EastJackson Liberty

Thursday, May 1, 2008

NJ Boys Varsity Lacrosse Schedule for 5/2/08

Date & TimeHomeAway
5/2/2008 Fri 3:45 PMEasternRancocas Valley
5/2/2008 Fri 3:45 PMHowellManasquan
5/2/2008 Fri 3:45 PMOcean TownshipRobbinsville
5/2/2008 Fri 3:45 PMBarnegatWall
5/2/2008 Fri 3:45 PMWinslowSeneca
5/2/2008 Fri 3:45 PMCherokeeCherry Hill East
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMAllentownNorthern Burlingto...
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMMoorestown FriendsOcean City
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMWayne ValleyGovernor Livingsto...
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMGlen RockPascack Valley
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMHightstownRutgers Prep
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMNewark AcademyGlen Ridge
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMMontclair Kimberle...Jefferson
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMHun SchoolMontgomery
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMNew ProvidenceVerona
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMMorris KnollsPequannock
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMFreehold Twp.St. Rose (Belmar)
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMImmaculataSt. Josephs (Metuc...
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMSeton Hall PrepColumbia
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMJohnson RegionalDon Bosco
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMSpartaClifton
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMWestfieldCranford
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMBergen TechParamus Catholic
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMCherry Hill WestShawnee
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMRumson-Fair HavenColts Neck
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMWest OrangeLivingston
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMMarlboroSouthern Regional
5/2/2008 Fri 4:00 PMHopewell ValleyPennington
5/2/2008 Fri 4:15 PMWest Windsor SouthVoorhees
5/2/2008 Fri 4:30 PMWest Windsor NorthNotre Dame
5/2/2008 Fri 4:30 PMWayne HillsDemarest
5/2/2008 Fri 4:30 PMRoxburyWest Essex
5/2/2008 Fri 4:45 PMHunterdon CentralRidgewood
5/2/2008 Fri 6:00 PMKingswayPaul VI
5/2/2008 Fri 7:00 PMWatchung HillsPingry

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

NJ Boys Varsity Lacrosse Schedule for 5/1/08

Date & TimeHomeAway
5/1/2008 Thu 3:45 PMBrick TownshipToms River South
5/1/2008 Thu 3:45 PMBrick MemorialSt. John Vianney
5/1/2008 Thu 3:45 PMJackson MemorialToms River East
5/1/2008 Thu 4:00 PMMorristownRandolph
5/1/2008 Thu 4:00 PMSouth BrunswickJ-P Stevens
5/1/2008 Thu 4:00 PMNeptuneAllentown
5/1/2008 Thu 4:00 PMCaldwellMontville
5/1/2008 Thu 4:00 PMVinelandOcean City
5/1/2008 Thu 4:00 PMCliftonBergen Tech
5/1/2008 Thu 4:00 PMVeronaPassaic Valley
5/1/2008 Thu 4:00 PMNorth BrunswickOld Bridge
5/1/2008 Thu 4:00 PMMontclair Kimberle...Boonton
5/1/2008 Thu 4:00 PMDwight-EnglewoodPope John (Sparta)
5/1/2008 Thu 4:00 PMGovernor Livingsto...Somerville
5/1/2008 Thu 4:00 PMWest OrangeDePaul
5/1/2008 Thu 4:00 PMJackson LibertyMonroe
5/1/2008 Thu 4:00 PMMendhamMorris Hills
5/1/2008 Thu 4:00 PMLower Cape MayBishop Eustace
5/1/2008 Thu 4:15 PMPeddieHopewell Valley
5/1/2008 Thu 4:30 PMKinnelonVernon
5/1/2008 Thu 4:45 PMRidgeNorth Hunterdon
5/1/2008 Thu 5:30 PMHillsboroughPrinceton Day Scho...
5/1/2008 Thu 7:00 PMSouthern RegionalBarnegat
5/1/2008 Thu 7:00 PMEast BrunswickEdison
5/1/2008 Thu 7:00 PMMillburnNutley
5/1/2008 Thu 7:00 PMToms River NorthMonsignor Donovan

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