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The Freshman Challenge 

The freshman challenge varies from player to player, but it’s fair to surmise that time management, speed and complexity of play and the massive amount of time invested as a D1 college lacrosse player are the three biggest mountains to climb.  The speed of games is exponentially faster in college. Therefore, the speed of decision-making, […]

Cheating in Lacrosse?

The allegations of cheating have become a major storyline of the 2023 college football season. Does cheating exist in D1 lacrosse? And if so, how? Let’s start with a face-off and face facts. Face-off cheating is rampant. Face-offs are within the play of the game and referees are supposed to control that domain. Turf trolls […]

2023 Fall Review

Autumn events are finishing up as the leaves age red to orange, fluttering in the breeze. Get out your rake. Fall is over, Winter is coming. That means the regular season is also creeping near. Just 15 weeks until real games. Three months before the winter portion of the schedule begins. What am I hearing? […]

Marquette Primed for 2024 Run

If they can turn one goal defeats into victories, the Marquette Golden Eagles, a.k.a. “Milwaukee’s Best” can win a Big East league title and qualify for the NCAA tournament. The Golden Eagles play their home games at Valley Fields, a gorgeous grass pitch that doubles as a soccer field, when the weather obliges, which is […]

The Power of Humility

We anticipate encountering mammoth egos. The expectation is for arrogance and entitlement. What you actually end up getting is the complete opposite. The jerks, narcissists and bad apples have been weeded out on their way up the lacrosse food chain to the PLL. Like insufficient skill, or being too slow, being selfish or a ‘non-team […]

Lessons Learned : PLL 2023

The 2023 PLL season was filled with lessons learned, strategies and thoughts to take forward into the offseason and future years. We learned the importance of confidence, belief and trust (Cannons) in a league of similarly talented athletes/teams. With a few free agent additions, and a new coach (Brian Holman), without Lyle Thompson, the Cannons […]

Archers are PLL Champs

Nobody on the field. Nobody in the stands. You can feel it as the rain turns to mist and the warm breeze becomes cold. The Archers are PLL Champs. PLL Champs Lacrosse 2023 is done. The PLL summer is out of reach. Archers won the PLL title on an overcast and rainy Sunday in Subaru […]

2023 PLL Championship

The PLL Cash App Championship game will be played on Sunday September 24 in Philadelphia PA at Subaru Park live on ABC at 3pm. You can also watch the game on ESPN+. Chris Cotter, Ryan Boyle, Paul Carcaterra, Katie George and I will be on-site for ABC. Please join us. ARCHERS Let’s start with some […]

Who won the transfer portal?

Unlike recent years when Rutgers and Notre Dame were clear-cut winners in the lacrosse transfer portal, this cycle’s crown is more tricky to quantify at the moment. Transfers are the new normal in college athletics. Florida State and Colorado football are two national stories and two programs that upgraded significantly during the offseason. Regardless of […]

PLL Semifinal Sunday – Long Island

The PLL Semifinals take place at Hofstra on Sunday September 10. ESPN’s Chris Cotter, Ryan Boyle, Paul Carcaterra and Dana Boyle will be on Long Island with the television coverage. PLL Semifinal Sunday Archers (-1.5) vs Redwoods 3:00pm, ABC & ESPN+ Archers (8-2) scored 12.8 goals per game during the ten-week regular season, averaging a […]

PLL Quarterfinal Playoff Preview

The PLL playoffs commence in Boston this weekend as six of the remaining seven teams square off in round one at Gillette Stadium. PLL Quarterfinal Playoff Preview Chrome Eliminated Chrome have left the building. It was a summer of offensive dysfunction. Expect changes. Saturday’s loss was marred by a fight. Russ saw it live in […]

PLL Heads West – Seattle Edition

I woke up this morning and summer was gone. Luckily for players, fans, and those of us covering the PLL, the season has four more weekends of action. Each game offers a glimpse of excellence, a hint of innovation, and competitive grit. Archers clinched a quarterfinal bye with their win over the Whipsnakes on Friday […]