Archive for the ‘U.S. Indoor Lacrosse’ Category


OTCB Podcast: Wings great Jake Bergey finally gets his time in the spotlight

Jake Bergey ranks as the third-highest American scorer in NLL history. (Photo: Len Redkoles)
Jake Bergey ranks as the third-highest American scorer in NLL history. (Photo: Len Redkoles)

I’ve told this story a few times so bare with me; a while back I posted a tweet where I said that Casey Powell was one of the greatest Americans to ever play indoors. In retrospect, I should have said he IS the greatest American to ever play indoors but it was Phil Sanderson’s tweet that made it even more impactful. Powell is absolutely one of the best players to ever step foot on the merciless turf of the National Lacrosse League. With that being said, Jake Bergey needs to start being put in that conversation as the Philadelphia Wings get set to retire his No. 66 to the rafters of the Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday night. READ MORE »


First Niagara Centre to play host to qualifying tournament for US box nationals

The American Indoor Lacrosse Association (AILA) today announced that the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY, will host a regional qualifying event on November 30 and December 1 for the inaugural IMG Nationals Indoor Championship. U15, U17 and U19 indoor lacrosse teams from the greater Buffalo area will be going head-to-head to determine which team will move on to the IMG Nationals Indoor Championship in Philadelphia on Jan. 10 – 12. “The Buffalo Bandits and the First Niagara Center are very pleased to host the AILA Qualifier on November 30-Dec 1.,” said Scott Loffler, tournament director. “This is extremely exciting for the Buffalo area and a unique opportunity for the WNY youth lacrosse community. One of our main goals is to grow the game of indoor lacrosse in our region. This tournament helps us achieve that.” READ MORE »


Last but not least, Johnny Mouradian stops by for the final installment of the GM Talks on this week’s Off the Crossebar Podcast

As coach and general manager, Johnny Mouradian likes the direction the Wings are headed. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
As coach and general manager, Johnny Mouradian likes the direction the Wings are headed. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

Nine general managers in 10 weeks isn’t that big a deal but to have them all agree to actually come on this show and talk openly and candidly about their roles as team puppeteer is a remarkable feat. OK so maybe it’s not remarkable but it’s been a great journey around the National Lacrosse League as we wrap things up this week with the final episode of the GM Talks. With a combined five NLL/MILL titles on his resume, Johnny Mouradian is the winningest GM in pro indoor lacrosse and he’s anxious to build on that list with the Philadelphia Wings. The Wings had a pretty decent season if you ask the man more commonly known as “The Gypsy,” but in any sport not winning it all has to be looked at as a bit of a shortcoming. READ MORE »


Off the Crossebar Podcast with Ryan Baker: The fastest game on two wheels, wheelchair lacrosse could be coming to a city near you

Former Knighthawk Shawn Williams gets a new perspective on lacrosse recently with the guys from Wheelchair Lacrosse.
Former Knighthawk Shawn Williams gets a new perspective on lacrosse recently with the guys from Wheelchair Lacrosse.

Imagine not being able to play lacrosse. Not because you lost your pads, stick, or you don’t have a team in your area. But because you are a paraplegic.  Known as the fastest game on two feet, having the use of your legs is a very logical and integral part of playing lacrosse. Well, a group of athletes in the United States has not let the inability to run stop them from playing the game we all love.

The boys over at wheelchair lacrosse, are starting a movement, it’s gaining momentum and with four teams established in the U.S., they’ve already made some amazing and progressive steps to growing wheelchair lax into anther popular and fast growing version, with plans to get even bigger. Ryan Baker joins me this week to talk about the inception of the game, how he got started and even talks about playing against some of the game’s best players, on their turf.

It’s an inspiring and cool story about how these guys are doing their part to grow the game and help spread the word about wheelchair lacrosse, all right here on the OTCB Podcast. READ MORE »


Casey Powell is back, so is Off the Crosse-Bar Podcast: Two great things all in one

Casey Powell hasn't been in the NLL for two season but now he's back hungrier than ever (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Casey Powell hasn't been in the NLL for two season but now he's back hungrier than ever (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

For those fans there were around back in 1999, you’ll remember a brash, flashy and at times cocky, NCAA record holder coming straight out of Syracuse University with all the accolades anyone can imagine. Picked  by the Rochester Knighthawks, Casey Powell came in with the expectations that any first overall draft pick would have but this time, it was a little different.  Powell was tagged as the best American playing the game of lacrosse at that time, maybe ever, and he was going to come into the National Lacrosse League and revolutionize the game and prove once and for all that Americans can handle playing inside the box. READ MORE »


Off the Crosse-bar Podcast: The NEW American Box Lacrosse Association

A few weeks ago we introduced you to Joe Ernst who is spearheading the Texas Box Lacrosse Association in hopes of growing the game in the south.  The indoor game in the US has had its ups and downs as evident with the NALL/Fall NALL/PLL debacle, but that’s not to say people aren’t playing inside the friendly confines of the box. Whenever I think of American box lacrosse the Baltimore Indoor Lacrosse League is at the forefront of my mind. The BILL has been around for many years and many top level American’s have played in it. Coast to coast more and more indoor leagues are popping up, more and more lacrosse academies are taking form and that means more and more bodies to look after. Well cue Joe Ernst again. With combined efforts of some dedicated people, the new American Box Lacrosse Association has been formed and is now the official governing body of indoor lacrosse in the United States. That’s right; the US now has their very own CLA! After the jump hear from Ernst about this ground breaking endeavor and how he hopes to build a nationwide lacrosse federation on this week’s Off the Crosse Bar Podcast. READ MORE »


Off the Crosse-Bar Podcast with Texas Box Lacrosse President Joe Ernst

Late last week, I received an email from TBLA President Joe Ernst, asking if IL Indoor would be interested in giving some love the Texas lacrosse movement- well of course we would. So after a few emails, we lined up a time and off we went on a fantastic chat about an area of North American that isn’t really known as a lacrosse hot bed. Well if the efforts of some great people, the game is growing and we’re starting to see a few more names creep into the news coming from the Lone Star State. So what’s next from Texas lacrosse? Well turn the page and have a listen as we discuss the growth of lacrosse in Texas and the new Texas Box Lacrosse Association all this week on the OTCB Podcast. READ MORE »


The Real Fall Classic: Denver U Elite vs. Cali*Lax All-Stars

The Cali*Lax ALL-STARS faced off against the Denver University Elite club this past weekend.
The Cali*Lax ALL-STARS faced off against the Denver University Elite club this past weekend.

This past weekend showcased a new movement of lacrosse in the USA. Denver University’s Associate Head coach Matt Brown brought his youth pee wee (U12), bantam (U14) and midget (U16) Box Lacrosse teams to California to battle America’s first youth box development and travel program — the Cali*Lax ALL-STARS.

The Cali*Lax ALL-STARS, the state of California’s elite Box Lacrosse program, are coached by 12 year National Lacrosse League pro, Shaydon Santos. READ MORE »


Bowhunter Cup 2011 delivers with great competition

The Iroquois Nationals outlasted Team USA 14-13 in the 2011 Bowhunter Cup. (Photo: Casey Vock)
The Iroquois Nationals outlasted Team USA 14-13 in the 2011 Bowhunter Cup. (Photo: Casey Vock)

Held Sunday night at the Turning Stone Resort Casino & Events Center, the second annual Bowhunter Cup was an exciting sequel to the first event as the Iroquois Nationals held on to defeat Team USA 14-13 in a back-and-forth contest that featured numerous lead changes and a flurry of highlight reel goals.

No team led by more than two goals throughout the match, which was hosted by the Oneida Indian Nation after being held at the War Memorial in Syracuse last fall. Billed again as an “international friendly,” the 2011 edition of the Bowhunter Cup delivered a terrific display of lacrosse and an intense matchup that left fans looking forward to the next meeting between these two teams. READ MORE »


2011 Bowhunter Cup: In-game blog, final score: Iroquois Nationals 14, Team USA 13

Will the Iroquois Nationals and their list of stars defeat a young Team USA squad? (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Will the Iroquois Nationals and their list of stars defeat a young Team USA squad? (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

ILIndoor.com is live from the Turning Stone Resort Casino & Events Center for the second annual Bowhunter Cup, an international exhibition between the Iroquois Nationals and Team USA. These two teams, respectively have won the last three silver and bronze medals at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, and the Americans come into this event having lost the last meeting between the two squads, an 11-10 loss during round-robin play in Prague at the most recent world indoor games. READ MORE »