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During the summer, the National Federation Rules Committee held their annual meetings and came up with some new rule changes for the 2015 season. The New York State Lacrosse Committees will need to ratify the changes (and they normally do so) before we get to March 2015. It was a "quiet year" for the committee with the most "dramatic", perhaps relating to the string of sticks. That rule may be delayed for a while. Another rules change allows a restart in the defensive end to be inside the goals area instead of in the "ally" outside of the goal area.

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Two Lacrosse Helmets Lose Certification

- The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) announced that two helmets currently in the field do not meet required NOCSAE standards. The two helmets are the Cascade Model R and the Warrior Regulator.

Federation rules require that all players use approved equipment. Both helmets were previously certified.

Players who own either of these models should contact the company at Cascade (1-800-537-1702); Warrior (1-800-968-7845).

Cascade almost immediately posted a message on their site suggesting that they are working with the committee and expect a fix shortly.

 

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Ryan Tait to St. John Fisher College

- Webster Schroeder senior offensive midfielder Ryan Tait decided to continue his education and lacrosse career at St. John Fisher College. Ryan, who is also a face off specialist for the Warriors plays for the Webster Lacrosse Club during the off season. He plans study to become a nurse anesthetist at St. John Fisher.

 

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Five Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent at Penfield

2014 Penfield NLI Signing

 - There is a lot of excitement in Penfield this year. Seniors are determined to make this a year to remember and have been working hard to make their dream come true.

Last week, during the National Letter of Intent week, five seniors signed their contracts in front of family and friends as they finalized their plans to continue to play lacrosse while earning college degrees. Midfielder Carter Jordan will be heading to Mercer University in Macon Georgia. Goalie Willie Klan, who transferred for his senior year from Webster Schroeder will go to Ohio State University. Defenseman Ethan Parks selected Cortland State. Attackman Max Spaan will be the closest to home when he leaves for Hobart College and defenseman Jack Taddeo will be playing at Bentley University in Waltham Massachusetts.

 

Carter Jordan - Mercer University

"As soon as I hit the campus, I knew I could see myself there for the next four years," said senior midfielder Carter Jordan about his decision to take his lacrosse skills to Mercer University (Macon, Georgia).

During his weekend visit, shared with other recruits, Carter felt the coaches and players were a perfect fit for him. "I really like the way the coaches handle the program and from what they told me [about their plans for the future] I think it's a good fit for me." Carter Jordan

The Mercer Bears are a relatively new D-I lacrosse program who joined the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2011. In 2014 the school completed a $30M stadium complex exclusively for football and lacrosse, and will move to the Southern Conference beginning in the spring of 2015. The Bears finished 7-7 under new Head Coach Kyle Hannan in 2014.

The four year Varsity midfielder will start the season with 20g-22a, even after missing part of last year with an injury. "I feel this year like Max [Spaan] and I will be able to take command of the offense. We work really well together and we have been playing together for years."

What does "take command mean"? "It means helping the younger kids out and if we need a play, coming through. It is saying I`m going to beat this guy one-on-one and make a play for my team. Whether it is making a goal or an assist or anything like that, I think it is important when you are a senior and a leader."

Before he heads off to college Carter plans on working on getting stronger and faster. "There is a big difference between high school and college. Working hard in those areas will benefit me."

He says he is thankful for his parents. "Obviously, Mercer is far away and they have supported me through all of this... including my injuries in high school. I want to thank Coach Schembri who has given me opportunities all the way since my freshman year. Playing for him for four years has really allowed me to grow." He also thanked his trainer, Kwasi Boaitley.

Early in his high school career he found himself looking up to player like Matt Bilak and Matt Condon. "On the field and off the field they were really good leaders. I remember, as a freshman, saying to myself, I want to be like them when I am a senior."

As for his last season with the Patriots, Carter says, "I do think we are going to be very strong. A lot of people thought that if we were going to do it, it was going to be last year, but I think this year people may be underestimating us and what we are going to bring in this spring.

 

Willie Klan - Ohio State University

Getting the obvious question out of the way, Willie Klan talked about moving to Penfield from Webster Schroeder, where he played in the goal for his first three years of high school lacrosse. Growing up, he played his youth lacrosse in Penfield and both in and out of season had many close friends with the players on the Patriots squad. When he had the opportunity to move to Penfield for his final year he was pleased. He says he has the highest respect for his Schroeder coaches Matt Petz and John McGurk. "I shed a few tears when I told them. We were really close. In the end, though, my best friends are on this [Penfield] team. I want to leave Rochester with a Sectional Championship with my best friends."

Klan and coachesWillie will be going on to the Ohio State University next fall. He committed to them as a fourteen year old after his freshmen year at Schroeder. He is expected to join a host of other Section Five players including a good friend from Pittsford, Brandon Barker.

He was taken by the school and the coaches at first look. Head Coach Nick Meyers is building an impressive program and recruiting excellent players. "The school is absolutely unreal. They have one of the best business schools." In addition, his father works in Cleveland and is a die-hard Ohio State fan, so I had a link there." Willian Klan and family

When asked about how he got this far Willie quickly credited youth coaches Paul Jordan (Carter`s Dad) and Rocky Delfino who worked with him from third through sixth grade. Coach Jordan "has been a big part of my career." At the modified level, his coach was his guidance councilor. "He was really there for me." Then it was on to Varsity at Schroeder. "Coach McGurk basically adopted my like a son. He busted my chops but I really had a good relationship with him."

At the club level, he spoke of Kevin Martin (SweetLax). "He saw my stats on Sportsfive and asked me to go to a tryout in Duxbury Massachusetts. I was on a team with Nick Weston (HF-L), James Burdette (Penn Yan), Bradley Voigt (Penn Yan) and Brandon Maciejewski (Penn Yan) and we all became great friends."

Blaze Riorden (Fairport) was someone Willie looked up to. "I wore number 7 because of him. I love the way he plays, the way he clears the ball, the way he stops the ball. He is always fun to watch." Willie has wanted to be a goalie for a long time. "I remember seeing Brett Queener (Penn Yan) and Mike Levin (Pittsford) who were splitting time in the goal for the Rattlers and I just fell in love with being a goalie. It was so cool to see them stop that ball."

As for the 2015 season, Willie is excited. "This is really going to be a big year. I`m back to Penfield. I have new energy. I love it."

 

Ethan Parks - SUNY CortlandAndrew Schoeneck

"Proximity to home, was a big thing" when Ethan Parks selected SUNY Cortland as his next lacrosse home. "It`s not too far and it`s not too close." He was attracted to the atmosphere and he liked the coaches. "Everything about it just clicked when I visited." He spent time at Drexel, Towson, Binghamton and Delaware, before making his final decision. "They are very similar, but Cortland just felt like the right place." After an official visit hosted by Jake Sproule (Penfield 2014) and Joey Scalise (Fairport 2014), he knew he would go to Cortland.

At this point in his career Ethan loves to be the kind of defenseman that is counted on. "I feel that is someone needs to rely on me to make the play, I am capable of doing that. I think I am strong as a one-on-one defenseman but I like to play as a team."

Ethan was quick to come up with a long list of people who helped him get to this point in his career. "I have to credit coaches, Coach Schembri, [Assistant] Coach Woody (Jeremy Woodworth) and Coach [Kevin] Randall. They have taught me some many aspects of the game." He also credits his parents for "taking me to all those recruiting tournaments during the summer and helping me to get my name out there." He also acknowledged his athletic trainer, "Without him, I wouldn't be in the shape I`m in today."

In the summer, after his freshman year, Ethan started to notice that as he was playing against better competition he could play with them. "I found that I could compete against these top level teams. I guess that is when I started to realize that I was good at what I did."

With one more year left in his high school career, Ethan looks forward to an exciting time this spring. "The team is looking strong. Although we graduated some guys last year, I think we have the talent to do well in the States and win a State Championship."

 

Max Spaan - Hobart College

"There is a great lacrosse tradition at Hobart and it was a good mix of athletics and academics," said attackman Max Spaan of his decision to go to Hobart College next year. "There are a lot of different majors to choose from there ... and my brother [Jonathan] is there too".

He considered Drexel, Stony Brook and Siena, but the size of the school was important to Max who also noted that "I just felt most comfortable with the coaching staff at Hobart. They just made me feel at home." Max Spaan and family

Max sees himself, moving into his senior year as an offensive finisher. "That means scoring goals." He likes to move from outside to inside, dodging and shooting. "That and trying to create my own shots," finding ways to get himself open to take a shot. In his two years at Varsity, he has ninety-nine points (69g-30a) with sixty-three last year when he scored in eighteen games.

Max credits his parents for contributing to his successes thus far. "They pushed me," in a positive way, "to be the best I can be, and then my brother and sister have always encouraged me. I've always looked up to my brother and have wanted to be like him." His brother, Jonathan, left Penfield after four years on the Varsity with ninety-five points (40g-55a).

He looked up to Connor Russell and Andrew Schoeneck in his sophomore year "when I played alongside of them. They were two of my brother`s friends. Then, last year I got to play with Mitch Standera in the attack". This year, however, Max knows that it is his turn to be the role model.

He knew, early in his career that he would be headed toward college ball. "My freshman year, when I got called up to Varsity, I saw players that were going to [NCAA] Division I, and I thought that I could be at that same level."

As for his last season, "I just want to keep going, and accumulate stats and help to win a Sectional Championship and then get to the [New York] State Championship. We have a core group of guys back from last year and great chemistry. We put in the work to get it done."

 

Jack Taddeo - Bentley University

Jack Taddeo looked at a number of educational opportunities like Dartmouth, Mount Saint Mary (Md), Yale and Hobart before deciding the Bently University (Waltham, Massachusetts) was the place. "It was definitely the combination of lacrosse and the education. Coach [Jim] Murphy and Coach [Chris] Marmiani were great and presented a great opportunity for coaching." Location was unimportant to Jack, but he admits that "it is fifteen minutes from Boston and yet it is a suburban campus. It is a great and welcoming place where I can see myself being for the next four years."Jack Taddeo

A senior defenseman, Jack likes team defense but also likes to control his one-on-one opponent. "Communication is a big part of my game. I like to direct players where to be and make sure everyone is on the same page." He likes playing point with Ethan Parks backing him up. "Ethan is taller and has a longer reach and I think he plays really well toward the crease. I think we work really well together. We have been playing together forever."

Jack quickly spoke of his family, when he was asked who helped to get him this far. "My Mom and Dad and Little brother [Dan], who plays attack actually. He is a freshman this year and I'm always in the back yard going against him." He then went on to mention, teammates, coaches and teachers.

He admits that he had great models in the class ahead of him, who helped him along the way. "Guys like Mitch Standera, Brian Wall, Jake Sproule, Jake O`Connor and of course Liam Guiton. He was my goalie for all of high school, pretty much."

The goal for his last year with the Patriots, "I think, as a whole, our defense will be ready to go out and take the ball away. I see us as a very good match up regardless of what offense we are going to be playing." Obviously, the goal is to win everything. We have been working hard off season [in the weight room] and in [Captains] practices. All of the off season things are important."

 

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John EckerAlex Mapstone Continues Tradition at Hobart

- Alex Mapstone will continue the family tradition and follow his father '91, and uncles 89' & 93' to Geneva.

A two year varsity player at midfield for HF-L, Alex has scored 59 points on 42 goals and 17 assists as he enters his junior year. Last year he had 32g-12a and added 72 ground balls for the Cougars.

Alex played in the summer and fall for the SweetLax Platinum Club team. He has been offered and is considering, a post-graduate year at the Salisbury School, in Salisbury CT to play for Bobby Wynne ('94-Hobart).

Playing summer lacrosse since middle school, last summer Alex saw another busy season as he played in the Maverick Showtime, Adrenaline Black Card, BIG 4, Crab Feast, Adrenaline Platinum Cup and SweetLax Invitational tournaments. In the fall he played in the Quaker Fest and Big 4 tournaments.

Hobart has seen lots of Mapstones play lacrosse. Alex`s father, Craig (LaFayette/Avon Old Farms) played midfield and was a three time National Champion for Hobart while his uncle David (Pittsford) played defense and won three National Championships for the Statesmen as well. Alex`s mother Pam, was an All-American at Gettysburg and was inducted into both the Gettysburg & US Lacrosse Rochester Chapter Hall of Fame.

Alex considered Colgate, Bucknell, Villanova and Army before choosing Hobart where he plans to study business.

 

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Jack DonnellyJack Donnelly Selects Susquehanna

- Webster Schroeder senior attackman Jack Donnelly recently announced his decision to attend Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

In his two years on the Warrior Varsity, Jack has 15g-18a, scoring 7g-10a last year and added fourteen ground balls.

In the off season Jack has played for the Webster Lacrosse Club.

Susquehanna is an NCAA Division III program in the Landmark conference. The have won their conference title the past two seasons and made to to the first round of the NCAA tournament both years. Their Head coach is Stewart Moan.

Before selecting Susquehanna, Jack considered Union, Oneonta, and Skidmore.

 

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Cam GebhardtCam Gebhardt Commits to Cornell

- With two years on the Varsity team at Fairport, junior attackman, Cameron Gebhardt recently announced his commitment to the application process with hopes to study and play lacrosse at Cornell University after his graduation in 2016.

In his sophomore year Cam recorded 31g-19a toward his Varsity career totals of 52g-23a for the Red Raiders. He scored points in nineteen of Fairport`s games last season.

Very busy in the off season, starting in 2010, Cam played for the Blaze Lacrosse Club for two years and then played for the SweetLax Lacrosse Club in the last two years. Last summer he played in the Adrenaline Platinum Cup, the Big4, Crabfest Maverick and SweetLax Invitational tournaments.

Cam also received a "Player of the Week" mention on the Inside Lacrosse web site.

Before choosing Cornell, Cam considered Siena,Providence,St Joseph`s.
  

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TJ Hendricks Commits to Ohio State

- The Buckeyes picked up another Section Five commit with the announcement that Fairport sophomore midfielder TJ Hendricks has decided to study and play lacrosse at Ohio State.

In his freshman year at Fairport, TJ gave the Red Raiders 8g-4a while scoring points in eight games including 1g-1a in their Semi Final win against Webster Thomas.

In the off-season, TJ has played for the SweetLax Lacrosse Club. Last summer he played in the Orange Crush Showcase where he was named to the All Star team. He also played in the Adrenaline Cup, the Big 4, Crab Fest, Sweetlax Invitational and Lake Placid tournaments. To fill in his empty weekends, TJ also played on the Under Armour Uncommitted Team and the Brine All American Tournament. He also played in the National High School Showcase while playing for Fairport.

Casey Vock was impressed with TJ`s performance at the Quaker Fest, calling him a "tenacious, highly effective midfielder". He also had a notice on the Inside Lacrosse web site for his performance at the SweetLax Tournament.

In the fall he played at the Tully Tournament with Fairport and the Big 4 and the Quaker Fest with SweetLax.

Before choosing Ohio State, he considered Syracuse, UMass, Bucknell and Rutgers.

  

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John EckerWayne Attackman, John Ecker to Syracuse

- With only his freshman year played at Wayne, attackman John Ecker has announced his commitment to play at Syracuse University after his graduation in 2017.

John finished last year with 10g-11a, scoring on forty percent of his shots on cage. He also won thirty-four of sixty-six face offs (51%) and picked up forty-six ground balls for the Eagles who finished their season with a 12-5 record.

Last summer, he played for the SweetLax Lacrosse Club in the Adrenaline Platinum Cup, Big 4,
CrabFest and Sweetlax Invitation Tournaments and also played in the Maverick Showtime tournament.

Casey Vock noted one performance for the Inside Lacrosse web site where he said, "He's quick, has a strong shot and made contributions in each game."

Before making his commitment to Head Coach John Desko, Ecker considered Vermont, Hobart, Loyola and Fairfield.

  

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BrockportGates Chili Needs An Assistant Varsity Coach

- The Spartans are looking for a Varsity Assistant.

Interested candidates should contact the Varsity Head Coach, Jake Johnson at jakej40@yahoo.com.

  

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Pittsford Goalie, Alex Starr to Mercyhurst

- Pittsford goalie, Alex Starr recently announced his commitment to Mercyhurst University Head Coach Chris Ryan. The current junior, with two years on the Panther Varsity, will join a host of Section Five players who have chosen to play for the Lakers.

Last summer, Alex played for the SweetLax Lacrosse Club, playing for them in the Adrenaline Platinum Cup, Long Islands Fest and Crab City Invitational tournaments. He also played in the Maverick Showtime tournament.

Before considering Mercyhurst, Alex considered Tampa, Le Moyne, USMA and Saint Joseph`s University.

Mercyhurst University is an NCAA Division II school, playing in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. Last season they ended their season with a 12-4 record after winning the conference title and making their fourth straight NCAA appearance.

  

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Carter Jordan to Play and Study at Mercer

- Senior Penfield attackman and midfielder Carter Jordan has committed to study and play lacrosse at Mercer University, an NCAA D-I program in Macon, Georgia.

Carter was a second team All County (MC-d1) selection at midfield last year and is a four-year varsity player. He played club lacrosse with Blaze for the past five years and has also played for various FCA teams, Brady’s Bunch, JHawks, Nike Rising and Brine Upstate teams, making the All Star Team at the 2014 Brine Championships.

The Mercer Bears are a relatively new D-I lacrosse program who joined the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2011. In 2014 the school completed a $30M stadium complex exclusively for football and lacrosse, and will move to the Southern Conference beginning in the spring of 2015. The Bears finished 7-7 under new Head Coach Kyle Hannan in 2014.

Carter considered several other schools at all levels before choosing Mercer University, where he will study Sports Business and Accounting at the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics.

  

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Rochester Chapter Installs 21st HOF Class

- The Greater Rochester Chapter of USLacrosse held their 2014 Hall of Fame dinner Friday night at the Burgundy Basin Inn in Pittsford. Hall of Fame

Just under one hundred lacrosse fans and celebrities gathered to honor the twenty-first Hall of Fame Class.

As Chapter President, Al McLiverty was ill, the evening started with Master of Ceremony, Mike Riorden welcoming the HOF fans and families. After acknowledging that many in the room had connections to Rush-Henrietta, he told a number of stories about the players in the room, who would visit Principal Don Loughlin, one of the inductees.

He made comments about the inductees and about playing in the "double knee-brace" division of "Old Men's tournaments". He then welcomed the class of 2013 and their families, friends and the large group of lacrosse "dignitaries" that included many former Hall of Famers.

Ed Hilton started off the celebrations as he presented his friend and colleague, Craig Chamberlain who has seen great success with the The MCC women's team. Paula Summit (HOF Class of 2004) was a teacher who worked with Don Loughlin and she introduced him. John Hayes (HOF Class of 2012) introduced his friend and former teammate David McNaney and Doug Hendee introduced his teammate Scott Schwind.

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Craig Chamberlain

 

 

Ed Hilton

 

 

 

 

Don Loughlin

 

Paula Summit

Mike Riorden

 

David McNaney

 

 

John Hayes

 

 

 

 

Scott Schwind

Doug Hendee

Doug Hendee

Craig Chamberlain

MCC Assistant Coach Ed Hilton introduced his friend and Head Women`s Coach Craig Chamberlain.

He listed some of Craig`s accomplishments that included his twenty-three years in lacrosse. At Rush-Henrietta, he was the boys Junior Varsity coach for three years and the Varsity girls coach for eleven years with a record of 151-39.

He finished his introduction with a story about a game a few years ago when after a number of calls went against his team, he voiced his complaint and was issued a yellow card. The official told him that a player would have to come off the field. "Coach thought for a moment and then said, Take number 7 white off. The official turned to the field and turned back, saying, Coach, you have to take one of YOUR players off the field. Coach responded, well you asked me to take someone off the field!"

Craig then took the podium and opened his remarks by saying that he always try to make one point to anyone who will listen. "Athletics does not owe you anything. You owe athletics for everything you get from it. Whether it is the opportunity to compete or whether it is friendships or anything else.We owe it so much."

After a tough start in his first year at R-H with a record of 1-15, Craig said he was able to with fourteen games the next year.They lost a number of Sectional Tournament games but in 2005 the girls took a 1-8 deficit in the first half and won a semifinal game in triple overtime. Just before the start of the finals, the team told Craig to turn to face the stands, where a large group of players and fans held a sign saying, "We love you Coach. Thanks." Craig recalled that event as one he will always remember.

He was later asked to start the women`s program at MCC. He won the regional championship in his first year and was ranked third in the country.

He thanked all his former athletes, coaches and officials and acknowledged Patti Queener (HOF Class of 2012) and Linda Michele (HOF Class of 2008) for their efforts to take women`s lacrosse in Section Five to the highest levels. He ended his talk by thanking each member of his family.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 126-16 record in eight years at MCC
  • Seven Regional Championships
  • Four National Championships
  • Two undefeated seasons
  • Four-times Regional Coach of the Year
  • Four-times National Coach of the Year
  • Twenty-Six All America

Don Loughlin

Master of Ceremonies, Mike Riorden began the segment for Don Loughlin with a story about how he and some classmates at R-H were "missing class time" to practice lacrosse shots out on the field. Principal Don Loughlin approached the kids and made a deal with them such that if he could hit the top corner, they would go back to class. Much to their surprise, Don picked up a stick and sent one right into the corner.

Paula Summit, a long-time Rush-Henrietta teacher who worked for Don, then took to the podium to make some comments and then to read some thoughts for Don.

Both Paula and Don opened the "new" high school in 1968. R-H alumni are a close group, and Paula mentioned that although there would normally be a large group to attend the ceremony, there was another legendary coach, (Jerry Everling), being inducted into the Syracuse University Letterman Club at the same time. Paula passed on congratulatory messages from a number of others who were unable to attend the dinner.

Paula then read some remarks by Don which started with a description of his playing for Sewanhaka High School (Long Island) in 1942. Manhasset and Garden City were the only other teams in the area playing at that time although they did play in the Metro league which has three or four more teams. After accelerating his education, at seventeen, he was in the US Navy in the Pacific.

After his return to Long Island in 1946 he was admitted to Adelphi College, which has previously been only for women. There he was elected President of the Men's Athletic Association, a position he held for several years. He got together a number of interested students with little or no experience and formed a club team in 1947. The next year the school agreed to fund a Varsity team, and in his senior year, Don was named a co-captain and the team was ranked twenty-fifth in the nation.

After a couple of years working in the city, Don became a teacher at Huntington High School and after a number of years of work and an article on "Starting a New Lacrosse Team", which was published in Scholastic Coach magazine, he eventually coached their first team from 1957 to 1959. He had to give up coaching when he was appointed Vice Principal.

Although unable to coach, he continued his interest in the game as the head of the USILA stick loan program. This program, which continues even today (through US Lacrosse), loans lacrosse equipment to new teams.

For his many efforts in supporting lacrosse, Don was named USILA Man of the Year in 1966.

Don`s son, Ted, who played lacrosse in Pittsford, took the podium with his father and expressed his father`s thanks for the honor. "Lacrosse has been an important part of my life and I feel blessed to have been able to contribute to this wonderful sport."

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Coached the first team at Huntington (Long Island) High School where he was a teacher and later, Vice Principal.
  • Established the Donald A. Loughlin Founders Award at Huntington which is awarded each year to a deserving lacrosse player.
  • Managed the USLCA/USILA Kit Program which loaned equipment to schools all over the country who were trying to start new programs.
  • Organized and captained the first lacrosse program at Adelphi University.
  • Lacrosse Official.
  • Principal at Rush-Henrietta High School from 1968-1988.

 

David McNaney

John Hayes (HOF Class of 2012) presented his friend and former teammate at Hobart, David McNaney. He spoke of how the two of them met as freshmen, playing catch in the narrow hallway of their dormitory and how they eventually switched from lacrosse balls to tennis balls. They became life-long friends as teammates, captains, North/South game participants and fraternity brothers.

David began his speech by acknowledging the other inductees and then stated the importance of lacrosse in his life. "Lacrosse has played a pretty important part in my life", he said and then explained that his parents ran a small grocery, didn't make a great deal of money and didn't understand sports. His father earned extra money driving the Mynderse Academy teams to games and David tagged along. When it became his turn to play, he played football, basketball and lacrosse for the Blue Devils.

His first exposure to college lacrosse was when his high school coach, Al Henry (HOF Class of 2003) signed the boys up to sell hot dogs at the North/South game at Hobart. "seeing the skill level of these guys ...I was just hooked."

Jerry Schmidt recruited David and taught him a great deal. They both appreciated the roughness and toughness that was a great part of the game at that time. At the offensive end of the field, "There was never a bad shot. There were better shots, but never a bad one. And, every day we ran the same plays over and over until we had them perfected."

"The players were all very close, but I would run through walls for Coach Schmidt."

He acknowledged that playing for Team USA in the World games in 1978 was a wonderful thing, but said" I stand here before you as a small town kid who did well. One who was helped by his father and mother and his teammates and coaches and was able to play at the highest levels."

  

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • At Mynderse Academy: All State Lacrosse 1971-1973.
  • Mynderse Academy Hall of Fame Member.
  • At Hobart College:
    • First team All American 1976, 1977.
    • Outstanding Midfielder in the Country 1977.
    • MVP 1977.
    • Played in the North/South Game 1977.
    • Hobart Lacrosse Hall of Fame member.
  • USA Lacrosse team 1978
  • Outstanding Player National Club Championship 1982
  • California Lacrosse Hall of Fame Member.

Scott Schwind

Doug Hendee was on hand to present his friend Scott Schwind. He started his remarks by telling of a conversation with Scott just after they were notified of the HOF honor. "Scott said he didn't think he deserved the honor." Hendee responded, "It's not just about the words on paper, it's also about character", and this guy's character truly speaks for itself. "Words that describe Scott are tough, fierce and competitor. He is a guy who can be counted on."

Hendee talked about Schwind's twenty-six years as a teacher and spoke about the many students who would come to a club or indoor game to see him play and to support him. "They just want to be around him," he said.

After acknowledging the other inductees and Scott said, "You guys are really worthy of this honor. I am extremely humbled and honored by this."

Scott opened his remarks by thanking his family, starting with his mother, "the strongest person I know. She can find the good in any situation". He thanked his brother Bruce, who introduced him to the game and his sisters who helped raise him and "would always go to my games". He then thanked his wife, Cindy and daughter Julia, who both "allowed me to continue to play this game. Thank you for allowing me to do what I do and thanks for all of the support when I am limping afterwards."

He took a few moments to talk about the school principal and fellow teachers who declared the day "Mr. Schwind Day". They decorated the entrance to his classroom and all the teachers wore number 11 shirts to school.

He then thanked his teammates many who were in attendance. "We are still playing. We are still having fun. We are a family."

He ended his remarks with a story about three important people in his lacrosse life, all three in the first Hall of Fame Class of 1992. All three from Irondequoit helped shape his future. Jeff Long was a classmate of his older brother, who let the eight year old tag along. Vern Babcock, the legendary "father of lacrosse" in the area was his junior high school principal. "When I was called to his office, I was always able to change the discussion to lacrosse." The third was Ernie Lisi, who was his math teacher and although he did not play for him, he still learned a great deal from him.

Scott ended with a rewritten quote, "Any day you can play lacrosse with your very best friends is a good day."


HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Two-time All County and All Tournament Team at Irondequoit.

  • While at Cortland:
    • 4 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament appearances
    • Captain and Unsung Hero Award in 1988
  • After College:
    • Rochester Club Lacrosse, Rochester Grey Wolves
    • O`Loughlins Club, Jeremiah`s, Wellington Steele Club, Team Tarzan Club
  • Coached first Irondequoit Youth League Gr 4-6 team, 1991
  • Coached for Brighton, 1991
  • Coached for Irondequoit, 1998-99
  • Rochester Chapter Board Member, Vice President

 A copy of the dinner program is also available. For more pictures, check out the Gallery.

 

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Fall CommitsFall College Commitments

- Fall begins a new year at school, and with it, college decisions and commitments.

- Rush-Henrietta senior attackman Brad Schillinger has announced his decision to attend and play lacrosse at Dowling College (Oakdale, NY). continues...

- McQuaid Jesuit senior midfielder, Jarrett Cook, recently announced his decision to study and play lacrosse at Mercyhurst University after graduation next spring. continues...

- After playing on the Junior Varsity team last year as an eighth grader, Alexander Mabbett has announced his commitment to study and play at the Johns Hopkins University after his graduation from Victor High School in 2018. continues...

- Irondequoit freshman, John Lombardi recently announced his verbal commitment to study and play lacrosse at the University of Michigan after his expected graduation in 2018. continues...

- Senior midfielder, Max Paroda has announced his decision to continue playing lacrosse while pursuing his college education at John Carroll University. continues...

-Pittsford sophomore midfielder, John Galbraith has announced his commitment to study and play lacrosse at Colgate University after his graduation in 2017. continues...

- Webster Schroeder attackman Jared Griffin announced today his decision to study and play lacrosse at Le Moyne College after his graduation in 2016. continues...

- As he starts his senior year at Waterloo, Mark Campbell has recorded 1,372 minutes between the pipes for the Indians. Today he announced that after his graduation this spring he will continue his education and will play lacrosse at Onondaga Community College (Syracuse). continues...

- Gates Chili senior midfielder Austin Castre recently announced his decision to study and play lacrosse for Limestone College, the 2014 NCAA D-II Champions. continues...

- Long-Stick midfielder, Frankie Imburgia has recently made a commitment to attend and play lacrosse at Hobart College after his graduation from Pittsford in 2017. The current sophomore is planning to play his first year for the Varsity this spring, and was an integral part of the Junior Varsity football team this fall where he played RB/DB. continues...

- Current freshman, CJ Battaglia from Webster Thomas recently announced his commitment to the Penn State Lacrosse program after his graduation in 2018. continues...
 

Fall Commits

 

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Webster and Section Five Mourns the Loss of Don Bell

- It is with great sadness that Section Five learned of the recent death of long-time player, lacrosse coach and fan, Don Bell of Webster. Don coached the scholastic and collegiate arenas and after his retirement from the game, was a great fan and friend to anyone who loved the game as he did.

As a player at Penn State University in 1955 he was credited with 193 saves was a team captain in his senior year. After serving in the US Army in Korea he served as a teacher in Lyons and then the Rochester City schools. He then spent thirty-five years at Monroe Community College and after his retirement was named Professor Emeritus.

Don was the first coach for the Tribunes, staring with a club team in 1970. They took the field as a Varsity program in 1974 with four Webster players in starting roles. In attack was Bill Hartung, playing defense were Randy Hnyda and Dan May and in the midfield was Scott Steehler. Don was inducted into the MCC Hall of Fame in 2008.

In 2005 he was inducted into the Rochester Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He was presented by his son, Peter. During his remarks Don spoke about his family, many of whom were in attendance and spoke at length about wonderful relationships with players and fellow coaches.

When his coaching days were over, Don remained a constant visitor to games, especially his beloved Webster teams. Rarely sitting in the stands, he was most often found "hanging on the fences", conversing with other fans and the many friends he had created over the years. Always quick to pick up on a technical aspect of the game, we would be among the first to notice small details that would make a difference. In recent years he took great delight in watching his grandchildren play the game. Don Bell

Mike Stacy recounted a story (on the Webster Lacrosse web site):

"As legends go, there is always a great story  that seems to get better every year it is told. One story is that Don was one of the few goalies to ever shut-out Jim Brown, the legendary Syracuse University lacrosse player who happened to also be “THE” FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME Jim Brown who went on to play for the Cleveland Browns. As the story goes, Mr. Brown was rather displeased with Don’s work between the pipes that day or maybe his demeanor after the game and as such, he committed an act of very unsportsmanlike conduct toward Don during the post game handshakes."

 He is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Faith, his children, Bridget, Mary, Matthew (Kimberly) and Peter (Deanna) Bell, his grandchildren, Zachary, Madison, Manny, Jack and Sloane and his sister, Elaine (Richard) Fuller.

This grand old gentleman of the game will be greatly missed.

  

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Eleven from Section Five Make "Top Lists"

- Ty Xanders, former Inside Lacrosse columnist, left the firm last summer and has since started a web site devoted to recruiting. He recently published his lists of the top Juniors and Seniors in the country and several Section Five players made his lists.

On the October 15th list of the Top 75 Seniors were:

#47. Willie Klan, G, Penfield – Ohio State
#65. Brandon Barker, M, Pittsford – Ohio State
#74. Kevin Hill, M, Webster Thomas – Penn State

On the October 15th list of the Top 75 Juniors were:

#12. Jamie Trimboli, FO/M, Victor – Syracuse
#16. Jared Conners, LSM, Pittsford – Virginia
#47. Travis Ford, M, Webster Thomas – Fairfield

Finding their way to the Junior Watchlist were:

T.D. Ierlan, F/O, Victor – Albany
Mitch Schaefer, M, Canandaigua – Penn State
Ryan Maloney, A, Victor - Cornell

On the October 17th list of the Top 75 Sophomores were:

#41. Dylan Sulzbach, G, Pittsford – Penn State
#67. Colby Barker, M, Pittsford – Ohio State

  

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Rob Cantabene Receives Scholarship

- Education is important to the members of the Genesee Valley Lacrosse Officials Association, the local group that provides services for boys lacrosse in Section Five.

Veteran GVLOA member, Rob Cantabene, has been selected to receive a 2015 US Lacrosse Education Convention scholarship. Chosen because of his commitment to officiating excellence, the current Board Member has served as an official for over ten years and has recently been involved in helping to train new members.

GVLOA members attend the convention annually to further GVLOA's Officials training and development program.

The Association is currently looking for new members to serve the ever increasing number of youth, scholastic and collegiate players.

  

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OfficialsGVLOA Looking for New Lacrosse Officials

- The Genesee Valley Lacrosse Officials Association is once again providing training for people who would like to learn how to help conduct the boys game and earn some money in the process. The new official’s orientation classes will start in January. It is great opportunity for someone who is thinking about staying involved in the game and wants to learn what it takes to be a “certified” NYS HS Lacrosse Official.

"With the continued growth of lacrosse in Section Five at all levels, officials are needed for the 2015 spring season. The Genesee Valley Lacrosse Officials Association services Section V High Schools Men's Lacrosse at the Modified, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels. There also has been a tremendous growth in Youth Lacrosse programs over the past 2-3 years which also requires trained officials. We are currently looking for Individuals who are interested in becoming officials for the upcoming season. Candidates need no prior experience in officiating any sport and need not have had to played lacrosse."

More information is available on their training flyer.

 

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US LacrosseRochester Chapter To Sponsor Level 1 Coaching Clinic

- The Rochester Chapter of US Lacrosse has announced that they will bring a Level 1 Coaching Clinic to Rochester on Sunday, December 7, 2014. The program, part of the Level 1 certification process, will be held at the Pittsford Sutherland High School from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will include (if weather permits) both inside and outside activities.

The educational program, which has received high praise for both content and presentation, will be subsidized by the local Chapter. The normal price is $70 but the cost for this clinic will be $35.

All attendees must be US Lacrosse members and space is limited to 30 boy's coaches and 30 girl's coaches.

More information is available in this registration document and in this registering document. More information on the Level 1 certification program is available on the National US Lacrosse web site.

  

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WayneMore Coaches needed: Wayne Central

- The Wayne Central Athletic Department is looking for an Assistant Varsity Coach, a JV Coach and and Modified Coach for next season. Interested candidates should contact the Athletic Director, Chris Bourne at: CBourne@wayne.k12.ny.us

 

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BrockportBrockport Still Needs An Assistant Varsity Coach

- Updated  The Junior Varsity position was filled but the Blue Devils are still looking for a Varsity Assistant.

Interested candidates should contact the Varsity Head Coach, Scott Hopsicker at scott.hopsicker@bcs1.org.

  

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Penn Yan Tops Scholar Athlete HonorsPenn Yan

- At the end of each sport season, the NYSPHSAA honors those teams that excel in the classroom. For lacrosse, a team must have at least eleven players who have a 90% average or better during the spring season.

One hundred and forty-eight NYS lacrosse teams were named this spring, with Cold Spring Harbor HS (Section 11) taking the highest honors this year with a team average of 95.64. Penn Yan Academy took second place on the list with an average of 95.19. Fourteen other Section Five teams were award winners. The fifteen teams are as follows:
 

2014 Section Five Scholar Athlete Teams
Penn Yan 95.19 Pal-Mac 94.48
Victor 93.72 HF-L 93.51
Thomas 93.32 Penfield 93.29
Irondequoit 93.28 Geneva 92.52
McQuaid Jesuit 91.83 Canandaigua 91.60
Schroeder 91.38 Brockport 91.17
Spencerport 90.66 Livonia 90.54
Newark 90.11      
  

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- Section V lacrosse lost a team (Bishop Kearney) to its roster which dropped to thirty-six teams with 979 players.

The top seeded teams won their Championships as Fairport (#1) beat Pittsford (#2) 7-6 in Class A. In Class B Victor (#1) beat Canandaigua (#2) 12-8 and in Class C, Penn Yan (#1) had a 17-5 win over Pal-Mac (#2).

The first games this year were played on March 22nd as Gananda defeated Bath 8-7 in overtime. The last regular season game was played on May 17th when the Greece Lightning beat the Greece Thunder 10-3. The 315 games played set up the league championships. In Monroe County it was Penfield (MC1) with a 4-1 record and a win over Fairport who also had a 4-1 record. Victor (MC2) was 4-0 and Churchville-Chili (MC3) was 9-0. Pal-Mac (13-1) took the Finger Lakes title and Aquinas (6-0) won the GRALL title. Penn Yan

At the end of the year, the Section Five Head Coaches met to select post-season awards. The coaches selected their All League players. Then, after selecting ten All Americans, three of them with excellent academic credentials were selected as Academic All-Americans. They were Eric Munn (Canandaigua), Nick Panara (Pittsford) and Ben Reeves (Pal-Mac).

The seven remaining All-American were Eddie Eddington (Geneva), Kevin Hill (junior, Webster Thomas), Trevor Hodgins (Churchville-Chili), Justin Kesselring (Fairport), Brandon Maciejewski (Penn Yan), Stephen Quinzi (Pittsford) and Bradley Voigt (Penn Yan).

The All Section lists were announced and the ten All-Americans were joined by six others on the first team and nineteen others were selected to the second team. "It's always difficult to choose from so many talented players," said Section Five Chairman, Mike Simon.

FairportThe Monroe County Players of the Year were Nick Panara, Eric Munn, and Harald Juergens.

Senior, Ben Reeves, for the third year in a row, was selected as Finger Lakes Player of the Year in attack. The Midfielder of the Year was Eddie Eddington from Geneva and the Defenseman of the Year was sophomore Dylan Joy from Gananda.

Senior attackman, Alex Bianchi from Aquinas was selected as GRALL Player of the Year.

Senior attackman Ryan Kelly from Honeoye Falls-Lima was selected as the Bob Scott Awards winner.

Penfield (Class A), Brockport (Class B) and Livonia (Class C) were awarded the Steve Morgan Sportsmanship Awards by the Genesee Valley Lacrosse Officials Association.

After the regular season, there are several championship opportunities for teams that qualify. Fairport (Class A), Victor (Class B) and Penn Yan (Class C) were the Sectional Champions in 2014.

All Tournament teams were selected for each Class. The MVPs for A, B and C were Justin Kesselring (Fairport), Mike DeMarco (Victor) and Rion Davison (Penn Yan).

The SportsFive Players of the Year were Bradley Voigt (Penn Yan) in offense and Nick Panara (Pittsford) in defense. The Sportsman of the Year was Rion Davison (Penn Yan).

The Western Regionals of the NYS tournament were hosted by Section Six at All High Stadium in Buffalo. Fairport beat Orchard Park 11-8, Victor defeated Hamburg 10-8 and Penn Yan defeated Akron 19-4. In the semi finals, held at Cicero- North Syracuse High School, Fairport lost to Fayetteville-Manlius in overtime (10-9). Victor lost to Jamesville-DeWitt (17-13). Penn Yan lost to Cazenovia (8-6).

Just as it was a clean sweep upstate, so it was a sweep for downstate vs the Section Three teams. In the championships at Hofstra, Massapequa (Section 8) defeated Fayetteville-Manlius 16-2 in Class A. In Class B, Yorktown (Section 1) defeated Jamesville-DeWitt 10-9 and in Class C, Bronxville (Section 1) beat Cazenovia 13-10.

  Fans in the Stands 2013

  

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New SportsFive Feature: Historical StatsGame History

- The programmer at SportsFive.NET has added a new feature for the study of team game results that maximizes the over ten years of data now available.

For each Section Five team, users can now look at the win/loss percentages for all opponents and then can drill down to look at performances against a single opponent over time.

The new feature is available from any team page and from the Game History central link.

SportsFive hopes to add specific links to game day scheduled this spring.

  

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NYS MapCollege Decisions

- Many lacrosse players have made the decision to combine their love of the game with post high school education and will be moving on to play at the college level. Some made verbal commitments long ago and some waited until the spring or summer to make their decision. Although some may sign contracts to play, many more simply enroll as students and play without scholarships.

Many of the players have made their decisions public and they have been published on SportsFive.NET. As the announcements move off this front page they are listed on the "Commitments Page" which are available from a button on the "Players Main Page".

  

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Twitter@SportsFive Ready for Twitter "Followers"

- Updated As many know, SportsFive.NET is always looking for new ways to serve the lacrosse fans of Section Five. Our Twitter page (@SportFive) features tweets of current lacrosse and web site news, scores and brief game highlights as well as story links to the multi-featured web site (SportsFive.net). Look for the Twitter link on the front page of the web site and "Follow" the 2014 season.

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- The general email newsletter that is usually published early each week during the season is now back up and available.

Sign up on from the "Features" page and you will receive in your email box each week, information on what`s happened.

A quick look at the weekly rankings, perhaps the "Games of the Week" or a quick look at some of the "hidden treasures on your favorite Section Five Boys Lacrosse site. It`s a great reminder of all things in Section Five Lacrosse. Sign up for your subscription here.
  

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