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All over the land, the upcoming weekend features great fall lax action!

October 23, 2009
Iroquois Nationals @ Hobart 7:30

October 23, 2009
Women: Georgetown @ UVa 7:00
Charlottesville, VA

October 24, 2009
Women: Boston University @ Connecticut 2:00
Storrs, CT

October 24, 2009
Women: St. Mary’s Fall Play Day
Moraga, CA
UC Santa Barbara, St. Mary’s, Cal

October 24, 2009
Women: Florida @ Duke 2:00
Durham, NC

October 24, 2009
Canisius @ Binghamton 1:00
Bearcats Sports Complex-Binghamton NY

October 24, 2009
Brian Houshower Lacrosse Festival (6th Annual) - A Fall Classic!

The 5th Annual Brian Houshower Lacrosse Festival will take place Saturday, October 24, 2009 at Downingtown Middle School, Downingtown, PA.

This 10 vs 10 Tournament is in a Championship format, 3 game minimum with openings for A & B Divisions. This tournament is competitive and has grown into one of the established high school boys Fall Tournaments in the region.
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Contact Andrea Beneke

October 24-25, 2009
Brine Indian Summer Lacrosse Tournament Youth Lacrosse Showcase
Come join us for a day of lacrosse to start off the Fall season. This day gives you a chance to get back together as a team in the fall and catch up with everyone. The event will be held at the Maryland Polo Fields in Jarrestsville, MD, a beautiful setting in Baltimore County in the fall. There will be Middle School and High School divisions for girls and U11, U13 and U15 divisions for boys. It should be great competition and great fun! For more information, visit the tournament web site.
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October 24 & 25, 2009
Halloween Havoc IV
Hershey, PA
7v7, Boys, U19, U15, U13
Contact Jeff Mauck (717-545-5514)
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October 25, 2009
Women: UC Davis Fall Play-Day
Davis, CA
UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, TBD

October 25, 2009
Women: Quinnipiac Invitational
Hamden, CT
Quinnipiac, C.W. Post, Sacred Heart, Manhattan

October 25, 2009
Women: Playday at Penn
Philadelphia, PA
Penn, Penn State, Vanderbilt

October 25, 2009
Women: Duke Fall Tournament
Durham, NC
Duke, Davidson, Louisville, Richmond, Florida, Virginia Tech

October 25, 2009
Women: Dartmouth Fall Festival
Hanover, NH
Vermont, New Hampshire, Dartmouth

October 25, 2009
Women: Hopkins Fall Tournament
Baltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins, Drexel, Lehigh, TBD

October 25, 2009
Smashing Pumpkin Shootout
The Swain School (Allentown, PA)
Boys ages: U-11, U-13 & U-15
November 16 - 7/8th grade Play Day
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October 25, 2009
1st Annual Long Island Fall Lacrosse Classic
Suffolk CC, Brentwood, NY
8:45 Suffolk CC vs. Adelphi, C.W. Post vs. Farmingdale
10:00 C.W. Post vs. Adelphi, Farmingdale vs. Suffolk CC
11:15 Farmingdale vs. Adelphi, Suffolk CC vs. C.W. Post
12:30 Suffolk CC vs. Morris, Briarcliffe vs. Army Prep
1:45 Briarcliffe vs. Morris, Army Prep vs Suffolk CC
3:00 Suffolk CC vs. Briarcliffe, Army Prep vs. Morris

October 25, 2009
First Annual Pirate’s Fall Invitational
Southwestern University-Georgetown, TX
Southwestern, Texas, Texas State, Sam Houston State

October 25, 2009
Le Moyne Fall Classic
Syracuse, NY
11:00 Lehigh ve Le Moyne
1:00 Lehigh vs. Providence
3:00 Providence vs. Le Moyne

The 2009 Price Modern “Lacrosse for Leukemia” Fall Invitational Tournament will be on Saturday, October 17th, 2009. In it’s 12th year, the tournament has raised close to $1 million for research. This years event will be held at Cedar Lane Park in Bel Air, Md

Women’s Schedule
Game Time
9:00am - 10:05am Towson vs Duquesne, JMU vs Hopkins, Duke vs Maryland
10:20am - 11:25am Towson vs Duke, Maryland vs JMU, Duquesne vs Hopkins, Temple vs Rutgers
11:45am CEREMONY
12:30pm - 1:35pm Loyola vs Rutgers, Temple vs UMBC, Mt. St. Marys vs American, Duke vs JMU
1:50pm - 2:55pm Loyola vs Temple, American vs Rutgers, Mt. St. Marys vs LaSalle, UMBC vs Duquesne
3:10pm - 4:15pm LaSalle vs UMBC

Men’s Schedule
Game Time
8:30am Washington College vs. Mt. St. Marys
10:10am Washington College vs. Towson, Mt. St. Marys vs. UMBC
11:45am CEREMONY
12:50pm UMBC vs. St. Johns, Towson vs. Air Force
2:20pm UMBC vs. Air Force, Towson vs. St. Johns

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I got this in the mail from Skip Lichtfuss today:

Anybody who ever had the privilege of meeting or spending any time with Peter Kohn will understand that today is a very sad day for the lacrosse world. I have many fond memories of Pete dating back to the great club days in the 70’s and multiple US Teams. Pete was unquestionably “one of a kind” and the lacrosse community has lost one of its most selfless, enthusiastic, committed, loyal, caring and unique characters of all time. We’ll never see the likes of him again. Despite his handicap, Pete not only persevered but excelled in his capacity as a team manager, supporter, counselor and mentor. He was so well-appreciated that he was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2004 as a Truly Great Contributor.

I urge anyone that has not viewed the documentary “Keeper of the Kohn” to take the time to see it. You will not be disappointed and I guarantee you that you won’t be able to keep your eyes from welling up. A link to the video follows the announcement below.

Here’s the Middlebury Release:

Beloved lacrosse manager and longtime Middlebury College friend, Myron G. “Peter” Kohn, 77, passed away on Aug. 5 at University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. The lacrosse legend was unable to recover from a heart attack he suffered on a fishing trip near his home in Cape May, N.J., on Aug. 1.

“Our world just lost one of its kindest souls, leaving us with the responsibility of carrying on his legacy of kindness and humility,” said Middlebury College Director of Athletics Erin Quinn.

Peter Kohn was one of the most beloved and unique figures in the lacrosse world. For more than 50 years he was connected to the sport. The subject of a much-publicized documentary, “Keeper Of The Kohn,” he started as a field manager for the Park School in Baltimore in 1954. He was manager of the U.S. teams from 1978 to 1998, for the North-South All-Star game for over 25 years and for club teams in the United States Club Lacrosse Association for over 20 years. Kohn worked in the equipment room at Middlebury from 1981-1988, while serving as a manager of the men’s lacrosse team. He later began to spend his winters in Florida and returned to campus each spring to work with the team. When time permitted, Kohn also enjoyed helping out with other spring teams at Middlebury as well as teams during his brief visits in the fall and winter. Kohn is well-known throughout the lacrosse world, having served as manager of the U.S. National Team several times at the World Games.

Kohn left an indelible impression upon those he met and inspired. He became known for his generous spirit and tireless loyalty and demonstrated a passion for lacrosse that touched generations of players. Today, the women’s field hockey and lacrosse field bears his name.
“He was the heart and soul of the lacrosse program,” said women’s lacrosse tri-captain Blair Bowie ’09. “You could meet any alumnus from the past 40 years of Middlebury lacrosse and talk to her for hours and hours about Peter; he brought people together like that. Essentially, he represented the epitome of pure love of sport for no other reason than the joy of playing.”

Kohn maintained a subtle but powerful presence throughout the lacrosse world. His far-reaching contributions to the sport were formally commended in 2004 when he was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Despite receiving numerous accolades and widespread recognition for his outstanding role in the lacrosse community, Kohn remained humble, genuine and focused on his players.

The Baltimore native is the subject of a 2005 award-winning documentary, “Keeper of the Kohn.” The film’s title is drawn from a longstanding College tradition in which a “keeper,” typically a first-year lacrosse athlete, gets selected to care for Kohn-who suffered from mild autism-in the same way he tended the team. Few ever considered the keeper’s responsibilities a chore. To the contrary; to spend time with Kohn was to befriend a hero.

“Sorting through years of pictures and memorabilia from hundreds of teams, Pete had a story to go along with every single item,” said Jeff Begin ’10. “He had been with our program for much longer than we had, and knew more than we could imagine about what it meant to be a part of a team. Whether we were winning or losing, pre-game or post-game, or just huddling up after practice, Pete always kept us in check and reminded us that there’s more to the sport than the scoreboard.”

When information regarding a memorial service for Peter Kohn is available, it will be posted on the Middlebury College Web site.

They did it again! Somehow the Virginia cavaliers managed not to win the national championship, while fielding the best team in the country. Where did they go wrong? The face off X has been a problem for the Cavs for three seasons now. Delaware’s Alex Smith is a breathing example of just how important a consistent fogo can be to a teams NCAA championship run. Chad Gaudet did a fantastic job throughout the season as the starting draw man for the Cavs, but the problem was Virginia’s inability to be versatile at the face off X. It seemed Dome Starsia was hesitant to put in former starting draw man Garret Ince. Ince has an effective fogo move, in a rather interesting stance where his knees touch the ground. The lack of fluidity between the two fogos lead to a situation, in which the Cavs, with the firing power of senior all American seniors Danny Glading, Garrett Billings, and silky smooth Steele Stanwick, couldn’t get possession of the ball. The Cavalier midfield began to force shots, like those taken by Shamel Bratton, and it seemed they couldn’t settle till the third and fourth quarter, at which point Cornell had such a significant lead, not even Danny Glading could save the day. As an adamant UVA lacrosse fan, it was truly disappointing to see all those seniors go home without an NCAA trophy to finish their college careers, because they truly were the best team. Depending on the improvement of Ryan Benincasa this upcoming fall, a sophomore from Greenwich Ct (an area that seems to be mass producing division 1 lacrosse players as of late) and the consistency of Ince, it may be that the Cavs finally have their go to fogos. I find it difficult to argue that if the fogo situation had been tended to much earlier in the season, Virginia would be crowned champions once again. However, it won’t be back to the drawing board for Dom Starsia, next season’s team will be NCAA championship contenders yet again. The key to Virginia’s game is their speed Starsia himself has explained how he loves to break down opponents by playing a high speed game. The speedsters Rhamel and Shamel will continue to add a high power tempo, along with the maturing underclassmen, like shifty attackmen Chris Bocklet, and big man John Haldy. The midfield will be anchored by the Brattons and Brian Caroll, but it should also be expected that Maryland native George Huguely will be taking a leading role in his senior season, as a he was a big contributor to the Cavs this past season. Depending on their performance in the fall, Brian Pomper, and Brian Mclinden will make a big impact at the second midfield line. I strongly believe that Dom Starsia and the boys are taking home yet another NCAA trophy at the end of next season.

Jay Gats

Cornell Collapse

Cornell’s attempt to win their first title since 1978 falls short. Cornell had played brilliantly for the past 175 minutes. In their wins over Princeton, and UVA, Cornell controlled play from whistle to whistle. Even in the Championship game, Cornell looked dominating until the last 3:47 of the game.

John Glynn opened up the scoring with the first two Cornell goals, as it looked like it was going to be a long day for the Syracuse faithful. Syracuse finally got on the board with 5:46 left on a play that would epitomize Syracuse’s day. Daniello shot and was stuffed by Cornell goalie Jake Myers. In the ensuing scrum for the rebound behind the net, Daniello scooped up the ball drove around the other side of the cage and scored. Cornell would win the strategic game play, but SU would win the unsettled situations.

Each team would ad one more goal, so at the end of the first quarter it was 3-2 Cornell. While time of possession is not an official stat, by my estimate it would have been 10 minutes Cornel to 5 Syracuse.

Cornell was methodical as their defense started playing a very tight zone. This kept SU from getting any good scoring chances in tight. Their offense was virtually running the clock. For all you youngsters out there, Cornell is a prime example of why backing up a shot is necessary. On almost every shot that went out, Cornell got the ball back.

The second quarter saw much of the same, as Cornell added another 3 goals and Syracuse 2, making it 6-4 Cornell at the half. Syracuse’s defense looked sluggish. They just weren’t getting it done at this point, and their man-down defense that had been so good all year was 50% as Max Seibald connected on an EMO chance in the 2nd.

The third quarter was boring. Cornell dominated the clock however, after halftime, SU’s defense seemed to wake up. Cornell only netted one goal in the third quarter and did not convert on their two EMO opportunities. While Syracuse only had 3 shots, one of them went in from Josh Amidon. At the end of the third, it was 7-5 Cornell.

All year long Syracuse scored in surges. Typically it came in the late second or third quarters. They might average 1-2 per quarter and then all of a sudden nail 4 in a short span of time.

In the fourth quarter, there seemed to be no spurt. When Roy Lang scored to put Cornell up by 3 with 5:31 remaining in the game, some even in the press box started to write Syracuse off…literally prepping their stories for how Cornell broke into the Fab4 of lacrosse. The SU faithful kept holding on for that late spurt. And then it came.

Tierney came with an over the head check on a Cornell player stripping the ball leading to a Hardy to Keogh goal. Syracuse was down by 2. Less than a minute later, Amadon found Cody Jamison for another goal. Syracuse down by 1 with 2:46 left.

The last 35 seconds of the game should be immortalized. Syracuse had the ball on offense and threw the ball away with less than 30 to go in the game. It all but sealed the fate of the game. Cornell had to clear the ball from their end line.

Max Seibald passed the ball up to defenseman Matt Moyer. Kenny Nims was all over Moyer, and in one fleeting diving check, knocked the ball loose. Somehow Keogh got the loose ball and hurled it up to anyone. Matt Abbott pulled the ball in and cheaped another pass in the general direction of the goal. The ball was tipped off of Cornell Middie Roy Lang’s stick right to Nims who gets a falling shot past Jake Myers for the game tying goal with 4 seconds left.

Sudden Death

Cornell won the faceoff and in a move I can not understand, they did not call a time out to set up a play and halt the SU momentum that had been building up. Instead Sid Smith stripped the ball giving possession to Syracuse.

Hardy drove in and looked like he wanted the take. As Cody Jamison’s defender slid to pick up Hardy, Hardy passed to Cody sitting on the side of the goal for an easy goal to win it in OT.

Syracuse won their 11th title. Cornell was denied history. Max Seibald will forever be haunted by the number 4. Max Seibald said, “Four seconds away … It seems to be a number that haunts us. When we sophomores, that was the number on the board when Duke scored on us. That makes it even tougher for us.”

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Syracuse came back from a late 3 goal deficit to defeat Cornell in overtime.

Hirbod Azmi checks in after the D2 championship game

Well the 2nd champion was crowned this afternoon, congratulations to C.W. Post on defeating Le moyne college 8-7 to win the division II national championship. Another great game to watch and it came down to the to the end but unfortunately Le Moyne was unable to tie the game with 1 minute to go. They had 3 great shots and 2 were saved and one went wide. The weather held up for the most part, it did start to rain again towards the end of the game and pretty hard during the trophy ceremony. After taking a bunch of celebration shots I grabbed all my equipment and headed for cover.

Thankfully the game ended when it did because on the ride back to the hotel it was pouring like no other, after 20 minutes of not being able see where we were going the sun came out and we got to see a full rainbow. I did not have my camera handy but Sparky came to the rescue so if the rainbow doesn’t look good it wasn’t me.

After unpacking and getting everything ready for tomorrow we decided to head into the big city of Boston for some post-lacrosse activates.

Cornell should walk off the field with their heads held high.  They had a great season and Jeff Tambroni is obviously a good coach.  But they really blew their chance.  And it was some coaching mistakes that are probably most to blame.

Late game coaching mistakes

  1. With roughly 8 minutes left in the game Cornell was trying to kill time when they were on man-up offense.  There was then a 2nd penalty and they were still content to hold the ball.  Cornell was only up 1 goal at that point.  With a man advantage and 8 minutes left, they should be trying to score, regardless of the size of the lead.  They never even attempted a shot on the 1st man advantage.  Another goal sure would have helped.
  2. Not getting a shot off when there is a delayed flag.  This is one of the most common mistakes in lacrosse these days - at any level.  Where there is a flag down and play-on situation, it’s a free shot.  Almost any shot is a good shot.  If you start paying attention you’ll notice how infrequently teams get off shots when there is a play-on penalty.  Cornell missed two free shot opportunities.  The players should be coach to recognize these situations and shoot the ball!
  3. Cornell was up 1 goal with about 1:30 left in the game.  They had the ball in Syracuse’s box and just needed to run out the clock.  Cornell’s Roy Lang (who Quint Kessenich refered to as awkward) had the ball covered by Abbott.  It was clear Abbott was working to take the ball away and that Lang was in trouble.  Cornell should have take the timeout.  Even if it meant Syracuse put a pole on the ball don’t you like any matchup with Seibald, Glynn,  or any attackman better?
  4. With roughly 25 seconds left in the game Cornell was given possession behind their goal to clear the ball.  They weren’t setup, they pushed the ball up field using a defenseman to try and dodge. Cornell should have taken a timeout and setup a clear. Or even brought Seibald down to run the ball.  This was the most obvious mistake at the end of the game.
  5. [EDIT] - The commenter made a good point which was meant to be on this list. When you get the ball in OT you call a timeout if you don’t have the best matchup on the field.  No reason to save the TO in OT.

Yes hindsight is 20/20, and being the head coach of a college lacrosse team playing on Memorial day is a monumental task. But making a different coaching decision on any of those three key 4th quarter situations likely wins the game for them.

Hirbod Azmi checks back in from the sideline.

Our first champion of the weekend was crowned, congratulations to the Cortland State Red Dragons. They defeated Gettysburg College by the score of 9-7. A great game to watch, there was some sloppy play at times but Cortland’s goalie Matt Hipenbecker played a great game which helped Cortland set a school record for most wins and a national championship.

With 2 minutes left in the game I was getting a little nervous because the black clouds were rolling in. you can hear the lightning and thunder but there refs didn’t call the game and I got lucky. Got the game winning picks in and ran upstairs to the press box just in time before the pouring rain.

Im sitting here in the press box watching the C.W. Post VS. Lemoyne game and writing this blog before I get back on the field to take some more picks. Lets hope the rain stops…

Where’s the Love for D2 and D3 Lacrosse?


SUNY Cortland celebrates their schools 2nd National Championship

The Division 2/Division 3 Championships had less of a turnout than the D1 semis. This is nothing new. Traditionally during the D2/D3 day, many families when in Balti/Philly would find something to do on their “off” day. Historically the attendance is less than half that during semi-day. Personally I don’t understand why. Traditionally these games are closer and more exciting than the D1 games. But don’t take my word for it:

As one fan, Gary Price put it, “We just finished having a game of pick up lacrosse and mocking the Virginia defense. About the D2/D3 finals, how do you not go if you are a lacrosse fan. They are usually better than the D1 games. There is a lot less substitution and a lot less B.S. It is more pure lacrosse.” This sentiment is echoed by not only other casual fans tailgating during the games, but also lacrosse legend John Grant Jr. He told E-lacrosse, that he prefers the D2/D3 games over the D1 games.


C.W. Post celebrates their 2nd National Championship - and first since 1996.

The D2/D3 championships are the epitome of the game. I know, the players might not be as skilled or as developed physically…however they are also not over coached. What I mean by this is that they have the freedom to play a run and gun style. There is also a lot of turnover and transition work. There is more “heart” in their play.

Since 2003, the D1 championship has been decided by 1 goal 3 times. Since 2003, the D2 championship has been decided by 1 goal 3 times, as well as the D3 championship being decided by 1 goal 3 times.

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