I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Fighting alone isn’t the biggest problem in box lacrosse. In my opinion, fighting is much more a symptom of a rough, and often under-referreed game, where players can take unseen liberties, and possibly inflict serious bodily harm through the pace of play. As it stands now, with small referee crews and, at times, loosely interpreted rules, it allows the players to sort things out themselves, and maintain some sense of order and safety.
Author Archive | Connor Wilson
After this last weekend’s MLL games, a knowledgeable little bird hit me up on Twitter, and told me to look closely at the Denver – New York highlights. Someone in the MLL might be using a pull string!
When it comes to top level defensive recruits, it often seems like the junk throwing, slap check happy, risk taker is a thing of the past. Most of these top level recruits are athletic and tough position guys, who have great feet and excellent size… but every once in a while we get a throwback, and I’m thinking Michael Moriyama fits that mold pretty nicely.
Today, at 2PM ET, LaxAllStars will be hosting a LIVE Google Hangout on the subject of stringing, traditional, mesh, and how it can all impact your game! Our knowledgeable guests will include Greg Kenneally (of East Coast Dyes), Joe Williams (of Throne of String), and Justin Skaggs (of Stylin Strings)!
Kliff Kingsbury is now the youngest coach in the BCS, at only 33 years of age. He was the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M last year, and helped propel Johnny Manziel to a Heisman worthy season, so trusting his knowledge and approach should be a little easier, even if you’re an age-ist.
Caelahn Bullen isn’t the biggest goalie in the world. but he definitely impressed me with his positioning, as well as his ability to react to shots from in close. I’ll let you decide if you think his game is on point or not (I think it is), but there are a couple of other points about this young prospect that make me think of him as a winner…
Tucker Durkin’s high school highlight tape quickly became a thing of legend (at least in my mind) because of the sheer ferocity on display. Durkin thinks man first, and makes the opposition pay time and time again. If you haven’t seen it, it’s truly worth a watch or ten. He just knocks over everybody out there.
New York City has now claimed their second straight Empire Cup title, and after years of being the doormat of the Empire Games (the EC’s predecessor), the City’s region team rise is definitely something worth noting. I got to catch up with NYC’s coach, Ben Kaminow (a Syracuse club player in the 80s), to discuss the team, and how the New York City lacrosse landscape is rapidly changing, and improving.
Rob Pannell has signed a five year deal with Brine, and this lengthy contract should help keep Rob going in lacrosse full-time for the foreseeable future. We spoke with Rob about the deal, what it means to him, and why he chose to go with Brine.
1) String a stick in the car or subway… …On the way to the beach or to grandma’s house! If it’s a long trip, string the stick two times or more. Practice makes perfect! 2) Introduce the game to a friend… ….Someone who has never played before. Coaching someone else will help YOUR game improve. Guarantee it! 3) Watch some high level lacrosse… …The MLL, LXM, WLA, MSL, Can-Am and more all going on right now. There are games on…
When I say man-child, I mean man-child. Cole Miller is a 6’4″, 215+ pound player out of Ridgewood, NJ, who will be attending Avon Old Farms next year. Nothing too crazy so far, but unlike most guys approaching six and a half feet, Cole doesn’t play defense.
Today, at NOON ET, LaxAllStars will be hosting a LIVE Google Hangout on the subject of Recruiting, Elite Teams, and Travel Lacrosse! Our knowledgeable guests will include Trevor Tierney (of Tier Lacrosse), Xander Ritz (of Adrenaline Lacrosse), and Lee Southren (the founder of the NJ Riot).
When a goalie decides to take the ball up the field themselves, you always figure they’re going to pass it. Unless I’m playing against Brett Queener or Marty Dunn, that’s what I would expect, at least. In the clip below, I’d be thinking the same thing… this kid is going to pass it, but he doesn’t.
I took in the New York Lizards – Denver Outlaws game on Sunday evening, and a couple of things really stood out to me. I’ll go through some of the bigger story lines for the game, and provide a couple of Game Photos to support each avenue of discussion.
Meet Cody. He plays for Newtown’s Pee Wee box lacrosse team, and is never afraid of dropping someone with a quick cross check. I just love watching this grom run around and lay people out. Turns out he can also score some goals, but Cody’s forté is clearly bringing the pain…
I have seen Kyle Harrison give this demo (see below), or a demo very much like it, a couple of times now in my life, and I always enjoy the experience. He hits on a bunch of important points in his speech, shows the kids how he does it, and rips a couple crank shots, which always impresses the kids.
Connor Wilson noticed that Jeremy Thompson was using an interesting one twist pita/traditional variation earlier this Summer in the MLL, and had to give it a shot and try to figure it out for himself. What do you think of his effort?
Connor Wilson has found another diamond in the rough high school lacrosse recruit. Derek Andrews is a 2014 that can ball. It’s backhand box goal city!
At 2pm Eastern (US) Standard Time, head on over to the LAS YouTube channel for a European Box Lacrosse hangout with Simon Krause of Limegreen Lacrosse, Sean Gibson of the European Lacrosse Federation, and hopefully Jamie Plunkett of the Deutschland Adler Lacrosse Club, as well as Artjom Merjasch, a German national team hopeful!
Oregon’s new football facility is absolutely preposterous. It’s better than most NFL facilities, and makes a mockery of many other college facilities. With all this Nike money, when are the Ducks going to add men’s lacrosse? If you’ve got $68 Million for a football building, you must have $10 Million to start a killer varsity lacrosse program!