Layne Smith is a 2015 attackman who also plays a whole lot of box lacrosse. He’s not the tallest kid in the field, but he’s thick (5’11″ and 195) and uses his strength and balance to his advantage very well. He also has a super stick, and finishes inside with a flurry of fakes.
Last week I took in a clinic in Ridgewood, NJ put on by the American Indoor Lacrosse Association. John Mouradian, General Manager of the Philadelphia Wings, was running the show, and youth to high school players were learning the concepts of box lacrosse, and how many of them can translate out onto the field.
One man can accomplish a good deal on his own. With hard work and dedication, almost anything is possible, but it rarely comes easy. A team, or large group can accomplish much more, but that’s not always an option… Sometimes it’s just you and a friend. Let’s talk about The Power Of Two!
Bonus spotting! We’re bringing you a second spotting today because our own Connor Wilson found this awesome clip from the AMC television show Hell on Wheels. The show, described on its website as a depiction of “the traveling town known as Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot that follows and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad,” find its protagonist in a game of “stick ball” with Native Americans in this episode from season three.
An official and Game Grower down in Atlanta, Gordon Corsetti has been answering great questions about lacrosse rules for us, and his responses have been in-depth, entertaining, and informative. Now Gordon is back on LAS with an account of the original lacrosse game, through the eyes of history and books, and he’s also researching and answering some intriguing “WHY” questions we simply needed answered!
I love an overtly physical defenseman! Any good team can use a guy who is looking to bring the heat on hits, and when the guy can also play solid one on one defense, use his stick to move the ball, AND has a good lacrosse IQ, you have to think you’ve found a winner.
Oh my holy goon-fest. You know it’s bad when every reaction is, “oooahhh.” That was Jack Lingo playing in the OC tourney. They had some top names on the squad like Bradman and Harrison, but also some real meatsticks, like Josh Rachman. Bringing the pain in a serious way. Ouch. Ok, now that the pain train has left the station, let’s all face it together: Summer is over. Sad face. I know, I know, you’re as bummed as I am….
The Chesapeake Bayhawks just won their second consectutive Major League Lacrosse championship, and their league-best fifth overall title. If they don’t deserve photo of the week honors, I don’t know who does. In fact, they get a double dose, first with this gem from Cascade’s Instagram and then this awesome t-shirt design the Hawks created.
A few weeks ago, spotter Ben Halleran shared this Hyundai Equus commercial with us on Facebook. A dad and son can be seen playing catch in their front yard at the 0:16 mark, right when the car drives by and distracts the dazzled dad…
So what happened at the MTV VMAs? At least *N’SYNC reunited right?…Although summer may be fading out, world-renowned 23 year old DJ Avicii is set to release his new album in September.
With the 2013 season officially over (fall ball may fall in 2013, but we see it as practice for 2014), we are taking some time to reminisce in all things 2013. When we read Michael’s post on the Top 10 Warrior Lacrosse Gloves, a question came to mind – who is the hottest manufacturer right now?
Today marks the end of my summer as I start fall classes once again at Boise State. This week I thought I’d share some tracks from or featuring artists that have passed away. So rest in peace summer and these following artists. Their music will live on.
The 2013 CityLax Southampton Shootout went off on Saturday, August 24th without a hitch. Teams showed up ready to play, the weather was beautiful, the fields were cleanly lined and mowed, and the lacrosse atmosphere was ideal!
Sometimes you get lucky and capture a fantastic highlight reel goal in a meaningless Summer game. That really doesn’t make it any less awesome. Glenn Adams (Wesleyan ’06) tucks a behind the back stinger on the crease after dodging through the defense with a flashy double spin move.
When I say a player is the next Brett Queener, one must assume I’m talking about a goalie who makes big saves, but can also run the field, spark transition, and drop the occasional assist, or goal. One has assumed correctly. Hayden Walsh is a 2015 Canadian Keeper who plays for Edge Canada and he LOVES to push the ball upfield… at least that’s what his highlight tape says!
The semifinal highlight videos were excellent. No surprise there! Now we’re on to the Finals, Eric Law’s 9 goal semifinal performance and much, much more. If you didn’t check out the game in person (unfortunately, less than 4,000 people did so), or catch the game on TV the first time around, YouTube has you covered. Phew.
Major League Lacrosse’s Championship Weekend presented by Smartlink has already provided some huge story lines, and great games, and we’ve still got the Finals to go! If you’re not in Philly yourself, check out the game on ESPN2 at 3pm.
In honor of Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend, this Stick Trick Saturday features an stick trick I learned watching the MLL. Kevin Buchanan pulled this one out at the Freestyle competition during All-Star Weekend in Charlotte. Be careful with this one, it could get destructive! Work on those soft hands. This trick will help immensely with hand-eye coordination and hand speed. Keep it up and I will see you next week! P.S. – Before you step outside to give this Stick Trick…
2011 saw the Boston Cannons win their first Major League Lacrosse title, and although it took the team from Beantown a while to grab their first Steinfeld Cup (they’re an original franchise!), when they did, it was special! It took a great game from Jordan Burke in goal, and a heck of a day shooting by Matt Poskay, but the Cannons pulled out the 10-9 win.