Archive for October, 2011


Jacksonville Bullies sign first four players


JACKSONVILLE BULLIES LACROSSE TEAM SIGNS FIRST FOUR PLAYERS

The Jacksonville Bullies announced that they have signed their first four players for the 2012 season.  Bobby Stockton of Jacksonville University, Thomas Compitello and Adam Rand of Stony Brook, and Scott Perri of Drexel University have all signed to play for the Bullies after being drafted to the team on October 12th. READ MORE »


The 2011 Buffalo Bandits: What went wrong, what went right

Mike Thompson was ILIndoor's Goalie of the Year in 2011 for the Buffalo Bandits. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Mike Thompson was ILIndoor's Goalie of the Year in 2011 for the Buffalo Bandits. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

The objective every season for the Buffalo Bandits really is quite simple: Win. Of course, the Bandits aren’t the only National Lacrosse League team to kick off each season with that goal. It’s just that the Bandits really do win. A lot. In their 20 seasons, they’ve had just 2 losing seasons. They’ve won 4 championships and they’ve been a playoff participant every season since 2003, when Darris Kilgour was named coach of the team. So yeah, the Bandits know how to win in the NLL. It has been 3 seasons since the Bandits hoisted the championship trophy, however, so by the standards set in Buffalo, you know the boys are hungry for another. But before we get to 2012, let’s look back at 2011 and see what went wrong, and what went right. READ MORE »


NALL’s Shamrocks sign John Lade

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Shamrocks announced that they have signed on John Lade of Syracuse for their 2012 season. Lade is the fourth Orange defender to win the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s most outstanding defensemen. He was named USILA All-American First Team for two consecutive years and was one of seven players to start every game. “It is great to be drafted by the Shamrocks of the NALL,” said Lade. “It will be a great opportunity to learn and play indoor lacrosse, which not many Americans are exposed to. I am sure it will be a great experience.” READ MORE »


NLL’s greatest goal-scorer fan poll: It’s Athan Iannucci vs. Paul Gait

Athan Iannucci is among the smoothest out there, but is he smoother than Paul Gait? (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Athan Iannucci is among the smoothest out there, but is he smoother than Paul Gait? (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

Looks like we have our first major upset of this offseason poll of National Lacrosse League fans. And that’s not to take anything away from Tracey Kelusky, who posted a victory over Gary Gait in the third installment of this poll. TK outpolled Gait, 1,764-1,355. TK can score goals among the best of ‘em, but Gait being sent home in the first round? That’s either an impressive feat for Kelusky or he’s got some rabid supporters stuffing the polls. Either way, TK moves on and maybe now Paul Gait can make it happen for the Gait brothers as he’s up against Athan Iannucci. READ MORE »


NALL’s Hershey Haymakers sign Capicchioni

Goalie Ginny Capicchioni helped Team USA win bronze at the 2011 world games in Prague. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Goalie Ginny Capicchioni helped Team USA win bronze at the 2011 world games in Prague. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

The Hershey Haymakers announced they have signed on Ginny Capicchioni of Sacred Heart as their goalie for the 2012 season. Capicchioni was a three-time Northeast Conference Goalie of the Year at Sacred Heart. She made her first start for Team USA at the 2010 Bowhunter Cup and is the first woman to sign with a men’s professional team and play for the NLL. “The last 5 to 6 years there has been no harder working American player than Ginny,” the Haymakers said in a news release. “In constructing a super-competitive team we started by getting the best goalkeeper we know — and it’s Ginny.” READ MORE »


CLax Notebook: Players will leave floor through door closest to their own goal

Veteran ref Bill Fox will be the Director of Officials for the Canadian Lacrosse League.
Veteran ref Bill Fox will be the Director of Officials for the Canadian Lacrosse League.

The Canadian Lacrosse League has refined its substitution rules and named a director of officials as it prepares for its player combine tomorrow at Ohsweken’s Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

Veteran National Lacrosse League and Canadian Lacrosse Association ref Bill Fox will be in charge of officials for CLax. Fox was an NLL ref from 1992 till 2010, serving as a crew chief for many of those years. He has officiated in world championship gold medal games, NLL championship games and Mann Cup finals. Last year he was awarded the Allen G Rae Builder Award by Sports Officials Canada. The honour recognizes a significant contribution to the development of sports officials and the advancement of the sports officiating profession. READ MORE »


Roughnecks’ Mike Carnegie honored as one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40; plus the links

When Mike Carnegie isn't running defenders into the floor, he's making the world around him better. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
When Mike Carnegie isn't running defenders into the floor, he's making the world around him better. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

We know the game of Mike Carnegie and what he brings to the National Lacrosse League and the Calgary Roughnecks. We also know what he does to make this world a better place, starting with help for those less fortunate in countries around the world. And it’s not that he’s exactly out seeking credit for his work, but he’s getting it. Avenue magazine in Calgary named the Riggers’ defender to its list of Top 40 Under 40. It’s a feature that recognizes the work and contributions of those in the Calgary community and if anyone out there fits the bill, it’s Carnegie. “As an athlete, you can get an ego and a sense of entitlement that I try not to carry,” he says. READ MORE »


Philadelphia Wings release Ryan Boyle

The Wings couldn't find a taker for Ryan Boyle, so they released the veteran forward. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
The Wings couldn't find a taker for Ryan Boyle, so they released the veteran forward. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

The Philadelphia Wings have released veteran forward Ryan Boyle after playing just 1 season with the National Lacrosse League team. The Wings acquired Boyle in the Orlando Titans dispersal draft of 2010, but Boyle posted career low numbers for goals (12), assists (31) and points (43) last season. Getting his start in 2005 with the San Jose Stealth where he was the NLL Rookie of the Year, Boyle played there 2 seasons before moving on to the Titans where he enjoyed his most productive seasons, scoring 82 points in 2007 and 62 points in 2008. NLL.com is reporting that the Wings tried to trade Boyle but had no takers and then made the decision to let him go.


Looking Back With … Gabby Roe

Gabby Roe played defense for the Wings, but is known for his check on John Tavares. (Photo: Mary Pat Dorr)
Gabby Roe played defense for the Wings, but is known for his check on John Tavares. (Photo: Mary Pat Dorr)

Gabby Roe didn’t score a lot of goals in his 4 years in the National Lacrosse League. Didn’t set up a bunch, either. Loose balls? Yeah, there were a few of those. Yet if you ask any Philadelphia Wings fan who’s worth his salt who Gabby Roe is, that fan is gonna look you in the eye and go silent for a moment before he mentions “the hit.” It’s a simple phrase, really, but if ever a player in the NLL were to carry a defining moment with him through his career and into life after lacrosse, it’s Gabby Roe and the hit he put on Buffalo’s John Tavares back in the mid-1990s. Turn the page to read what Gabby thinks of “the hit” as well as other thoughts from his time spent in Philly. READ MORE »


CLax and NALL both hosting combines in coming days

CLax will be holding a combine this Saturday at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.
CLax will be holding a combine this Saturday at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

Both of the new professional lacrosse leagues starting this winter have combines coming up. The Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) holds its player combine this Saturday, October 29 at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Ohsweken on the Six Nations Reserve. Players will undergo fitness testing by the Sporttesting group then will take part in at least two games using the CLax rules, which are adapted from CLA and NLL rules. The GMs and coaches of all six CLax teams will be on hand to scout players. The league will conduct its first entry draft November 6.

After the jump, see  more about the CLax combine plus news about USIL’s Kentucky regional combine. READ MORE »