Welcome to the Miles Thompson edition of our Lacrosse News And Video Explosion!
We got a great photo of Miles Thompson playing box lacrosse for the Minnesota Swarm courtesy of Larry Palumbo (the man behind Coyote Magic Action Shots), and with Miles breaking into the NLL, and the NLL season only a couple weeks away, it was about time we gave Miles some love. But it’s not ALL about Miles Thompson… there is plenty of news and video for everyone. More than enough to go around!
Miles Thompson – Looking Good Early
The Swarm took down the defending champion Knighthawks 14-8 in a scrimmage this past weekend in Rochester, NY. Miles Thompson had 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 total points. Thompson was the 3rd pick last year in the NLL Draft after winning the Tewaaraton alongside his brother, Lyle, while playing for UAlbany. Over 10,ooo fans came out for the scrimmages. That’s impressive too!
NY Times Weighs In – #Helmetgate
When the New York Times is talking about it, you know it’s a big story! Did I get quoted in there? I did? Huh, makes me feel like a real sports writer… just a bit.
Get Hurt, Win A Title, Go To Duke
Brad Smith plays QB for Mountain Lakes HS in New Jersey. They just won a title in football. Smith had sprained his MCL earlier in the year. Next year, he heads off to Duke… to play lacrosse! Sounds like this kid could be a real leader for that program in the future.
Paul Rabil’s Origin Story
Paul Rabil is from southern MAAAARyland. Did you know lacrosse wasn’t exactly huge there at the time? It’s true! Really cool story from Mr. Rabil about how he picked up the game. His first stick was a traditional! That’s just a little bonus. The whole thing is really pretty funny and fantastic. Paul’s stories are really pretty amazing, especially the one about his first game, where he was admittedly pretty awful.
Former NLL Commissioner Jim Jennings Passes Away
Jim Jennings was only 53 years old when he lost his battle with cancer, and the former NLL Comissioner (2000-2008) will be missed by many. Jennings was a fixture in the lacrosse world for many years, and also spent time with the New York Cosmos (soccer), the USBL, and the CBA. Our condolences go out to his friends and family.
Super Mom Saves Lacrosse Team By Coaching
When Susan Chlebowski found out her son’s high school team needed a coach, or it would fold, she didn’t complain, Susan just got to work! Coach Chlebowski learned the game, kept the team alive, and made this dream a reality! GREAT story!
STX Helmet Video
The Stallion 500 has created its own firestorm upon entering the market. STX has gone all out on marketing these helmets, and has kept a really tight lid on the product, reviews, and more. Here’s a little more of what they want you to see:
On some level, I have to say that videos like the above work. The helmet looks good, seems modern, and the company doesn’t show too much, or go into very much detail. Time will tell how good this helmet really is… and a hands on review. That will tell too. Some day!
Penn State Lacrosse Adopts Cancer Patient
The Nittany Lions have taken Gavin Royer under their wing, and it’s a touching story. Gavin was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and the team has signed him to a ceremonial letter of intent. He got a locker, filled with PSU Lacrosse gear, and he got to spend time with the guys on the team. Gavin has been in the hospital a lot, and it’s been tough on his family. To step up and show even more support, the women’s lacrosse team at PSU has adopted Gavin’s two sisters!
LMU Rallies Around One Of Its Own
Just read this story about Chris Smith and the LMU Lacrosse Team. That’s a hard year, but it must be nice to be surrounded by such caring people. Great job by Lacrosse Magazine’s Jac Coyne to bring this story to light.
Helmets Make Girls Lax MORE Dangerous?
It’s an interesting topic of conversation right now, isn’t it? This is worth reading if you’re a men’s or women’s player!
Princeton Club Lax’s Player-Coach
Ryan Cody plays as a Senior for Princeton’s club lacrosse team. He’s also the coach. Here is a little snippet of the interview I found amusing:
RC: I was the greatest eighth grade athlete, I think, in the country. Physically, I was as you see me now. I was a defensive end, outside linebacker, running back, kick returner, punt returner, part-time punter, as well as a lacrosse superstar. I was also on the soccer team and the basketball team.
DP: Four sports. How did you do that?
RC: I was unstoppable. Oh, in terms of timing. Well, I played soccer and lacrosse at the same time.
Face Off Academy Big Event Is Big Success
Facing off isn’t a skill, it’s a lifestyle. Greg Gurenlian should use that! FOA National Showcase is an impressive event, and it shows just how important face offs are to the game. It’s only getting bigger from here.
LAS Link City
That’s all, folks!