John Grant Junior recently hit a huge NLL milestone: 600 career goals. Junior is only the third player to hit this mark, joining John Tavares and Gary Gait in the 600 club. A lot of well-deserved congratulations went out to the Mammoth star, but none funnier than this from face-off man Jerry Ragonese:
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Major League Lacrosse has seemingly gone away from using the grippy, neon orange balls that they have used in the past. This caused quite a stir on Twitter, especially from the Chesapeake Bayhawk’s head coach Dave Cottle. At first the rumor was that grippy balls picked up too much dirt, making them hard to see on TV. When the discussion turned to the color of the balls being the issue, the best tweet came in the form of Trevor Tierney appealing to Connor Martin.
Over the last few weeks Connor has been asking if the D1 lacrosse poll was serious, evaluating where teams are ranked from #1 to #20 and seeing if the voters got it right. But an interesting thought posed by one of our Twitter followers has us thinking: Is 20 the right number to rank?
The Thompson Trio is certainly well-known in the lacrosse world at this point. But are they the most exciting players since Mike Powell donned #22 at Syracuse? Kyle Harrison seems to think so!
In honor of me traveling to the East Coast this week and there being snow on the ground when I look outside, here’s an awesome tweet and photo from Notre Dame assistant coach Gerry Byrne from their game against Ohio State.
Welcome to a Throwback Spotted! We have found some YouTube footage of Dallas Eliuk, an NLL Hall of Fame goalie who played most of his career with the Philadelphia Wings, as a contestant on The Price Is Right, of course hosted by the legendary Barker.
While Twitter is usually a place for sharing news and links, it can also facilitate great conversations, 140 characters at a time. Such a conversation occurred surrounding one of Connor’s recent Hot Pot articles, which discussed the “Specialization Problem” and proposed a rule to fix it. Faceoff Academy cofounder Jerry Ragonese was part of the conversation, and had this particularly standout tweet.
There are a lot of camps and clinics for lacrosse nowadays, not to mention a ton of recruiting camps. If you’re interested in a new event that looks to be a truly elite one, make sure to read Connor’s interview with Adrenaline about their Black Card Showcase and Platinum Cup. But if you just want to know how to teach the game the right way in general, then look no further than the Beast for wisdom:
Goalies are incredibly important in lacrosse, and sometimes they just don’t get the love they deserve. As an attackman, I know that I’ve given out a few stingers and shots and rides. As long as it’s not a penalty, that’s just good hard play, but when it’s your own goalie, you need to give him props. In the end, you can’t play without a goalie, he’s your last line defense, and game after game he takes a beating.
Virginia vs. Syracuse is always one of of the games I circle on the calendar every season. The teams are perennial powerhouses in lacrosse, and their matchup is always entertaining. This year the game has more meaning with Syracuse joining the ACC, making it the first conference game between the Cavaliers and the Orange. There’s no other way to describe this one besides epic.
Of course the big news last week was that Adrenaline and LXM PRO had reached an agreement with Major League Lacrosse. There was a wide range of reactions to this, though the majority of people seem excited about the potential this deal has for impacting the growth of the game. Greg “Beast” Gurenlian, one of MLL’s best face-off men, had this hilarious comment about the MLL and LXM deal, and the possibility of Kyle Harrison’s return to the MLL.
I’m a firm believer in the fact that Twitter has helped #GrowTheGame of lacrosse. You can interact with fans across the world, you can follow games that you can’t watch on TV or in person, and you can find tons of links to learn and improve your game. Tom Peace of TopLaxRecruits.com agrees.
The Team USA 30-man roster was announced last night on The Lacrosse Network, culminating TLN’s “Road to the Rockies” miniseries documentary on the USAMLAX tryout process. And Bull Dodge Lax has a reminder for us: there are really no bad USAMLAX picks.
The entire sports world seemingly has zeroed in on one big storyline in the NFL. Richard Sherman’s interview, and the media fallout thereafter – which Connor examined yesterday – has intensified the Broncos offense versus Seahawks defense Super Bowl script. As lacrosse tough guy Tucker Durkin puts it…
In my opinion, there are two indisputable legends of the indoor game currently playing in the NLL. The first is John Grant Jr. The second scored an OT winner for the Buffalo Bandits last weekend while playing against the Philadelphia Wings. His name is John Tavares.