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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.
More info
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.
More info

October 24 & 25, 2009
Halloween Havoc IV
Hershey, PA
7v7, Boys, U19, U15, U13
Contact Jeff Mauck (717-545-5514)
More info

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
More info

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

I’m watching the D3 championship before heading out to film more of the tailgate show we do each year. Gettysburg leads Cortland 4-2. I was surprised to see Gettysburg make the final after watching them get hammered by Stevenson earlier in the year, but I really like Hank Janczyk, the Gettysburg Coach, so I am glad he’s in. I can’t root for anyone up here in the press box, but I would root for the Bullets if I did. On the other hand there’s a chance for a total run of the table by upstate New York as Syracuse plays Cornell tomorrow and LeMoyne and Cortland have opportunities to win titles today. Remember that Onondaga already won the JUCO title last week. I’m not from upstate but I wouldn’t mind seeing them take all the titles again, rewarding the blue collar style of lacrosse they play up there.

I predicted Virginia to crush Cornell, but am so glad the opposite occurred. I really think certain sacrifices were made at Virginia over the last two years in the quest for a title that were errors in my judgment. A well rounded team with lots of experience would perhaps been able to recover against Cornell, but the guys with the skills to make that comeback were on the bench as they have been all year. I have nothing against the Brattons, either of them. But, neither has the abilities to carry a team to a title. That was obvious to me years ago when they played U-19 and should not have made that team. There are much better players, in my opinion, riding pine for UVa so that the twins can learn, on the field, things these other kids have known since 8th and 9th grade. This year, I thought UVa had enough talent all around to win anyway, but obviously not. If the Tewaaraton folks were watching I also think Glading is out of the running, as is Duke’s Ned Crotty as far as I am concerned. Enter Cornell’s John Glynn, who dominated Virginia even with an elbow injury. He’s not a finalist for the Tewaaraton award, but his excellent play may end up helping teammate Max Seibald win the award.

Cornell has a history of playing Syracuse tough so that may just be a great game and may even be a Cornell championship, which would be huge for the game and it’s escape from the grasp of the elite teams we see win year in and year out. So while I love the ‘Cuse and have since I was a kid, I want Cornell to win.

A few notes from the event in general. Yesterday, we tried to interview a guy leaving the Cornell Virginia game carrying a huge stuffed bear on his back. But when we caught up with him and asked for an interview after the Cornell win, he refused. No wonder. He was wearing Virginia shorts and shirt and had obviously stolen the bear mascot and was making an elusive exit from the stadium. I am sure that some Charlottesville frat house will be the new home of the Cornell bear. Some small consolation for a loyal fan who drove 10-15 hours to see his team choke.

There’s a guy for CBS College Sports on the field carrying a 50 pound TV camera on his back as he roams the sideline and runs on the field for close ups after goals and such. He will shoot both the D2 and D3 games with that monstrosity on his back. He is my MVP of the event. He just narrowly beats the excellent and friendly staff at Gillette Stadium. For the second year in a row they have performed exceptionally. One friendly employee really helped us out in navigation the complex parking lot to get from one spot to another amidst hectic traffic. She literally drove out of her way to let us follow her to the spot we needed to find. Thanks!

The press food at the D3 championship game is, for the first time ever, better than the D2 semis. I swear the chicken is garnished with leeks. There’s a Tomato and Mozzarella salad. I thought we might wait until San Francisco hosted the games in 2034 to get such fare at a lacrosse game. The pressure is on for Baltimore next year. I am thinking Crab dip and Berger Cookies.

The Patriot Place shopping area was completed in the off-season which makes the whole area a lot more convenient to be stranded for three days. An entire shopping mall and hotel complex now surrounds the stadium and the parking area seems to have doubled.

The only real mess up, from an organizational standpoint happened today, as the Sunday ticket received by all who bought the three day ticket package had the times of today’s games as 1:30 and 4:30 while the games really started at 12:00 and 2:30. The crowd has picked up considerably for the D3 game’s second half, many missing the first as they took their time getting to the venue because of the late start time they assumed was correct. Imagine sitting in a Denny’s eating your egg and bacon skillet while your team is playing without you after 8 hour drive to see the game.

I spoke to John Grant, Jr. and legendary Cornell coach Richie Moran today and they both love the D3 and D2 games. Jr. never goes into the D1 games, preferring the tailgate scene for Saturday and Monday. But he faithfully watches the Sunday games, saying they are just more exciting to watch. Coach Moran and I agreed that it’s the flaws that teams have and the exploitation of them that makes for great lacrosse and often at the D1 level, those are far and few between. It’s like the difference between college and pro basketball. I am addicted to college hoops and hate the pro game for exactly that reason and a couple others.

Yesterday, we passed an area where what looked like a carry on sized piece of luggage had been abandoned on the main concourse of the stadium. An announcement had been made to find the owner but the security around the bag was thick and dead serious, as it should be in a 50,000 person crowd with today’s post-911 sensibilities. So today, there are bomb dogs present at the venue. It feels weird but whatever they have to do for the safety of our community here in Foxboro, is ok with me.

Looks like Cortland is going to beat Gettysburg. It’s now 9-6 with 1:08 left and I am off to start today’s tailgate show. Talk to you tomorrow!

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