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9/11 – Still Fresh In My Mind & The Rest of the Lacrosse World

9/11 – Still Fresh In My Mind & The Rest of the Lacrosse World

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  No high school lacrosse player was alive when this happened.  Watching video after the fact can't capture fully the mood we felt as a nation watching the day unfold.  The sport you played produced some heroes that day as well as some heartache.  None of your parents will ever forget this day, it is our generation's Pearl Harbor.  Like so many of us I lost a close friend that day in the South Tower.  Thankfully, my brother decided to go to the gym early that day in his New Jersey home and didn't head out to his office, where he would have had to exit the transit under the WTC.  One friend did make it out of the Towers that day.     19 years ago. Luckily working from the house for the first Tuesday in many weeks.  The routine back then was to get on a plane on Sunday ...
Freaky Friday Video!  Rabil & Harrison Break Down Lacrosse Scenes in Movies!

Freaky Friday Video! Rabil & Harrison Break Down Lacrosse Scenes in Movies!

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  Came across this today as it was posted a week ago on YouTube.  I believe it is from GQ Sports, which has done a series of these for other sports, asking professional athletes to analyze the quality of the performance of actors and actresses playing a sport in a movie.  I did watch the Hockey version a while back and laughed at Rob Lowe's Youngblood scenes and Goldberg's Knuckle shot for example (although I do give Rob credit for doing pretty well on skates and having him, Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves on the same junior Canadian team - Keanu is the goalie - was a nice historical fact). Anyhow, it leads with American Pie and goes from there, so enjoy it!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHC1oUJ2MLg    
Western HC Doug Shanahan Featured By His Alma Mater!

Western HC Doug Shanahan Featured By His Alma Mater!

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  Author's note:  very nice interview with Doug from the Hofstra web site.  To be simultaneously playing for Team USA in a World Championship while also nearly making an NFL team as an undrafted signing is quite the double and likely never happens again!   Where Are They Now: Doug Shanahan, Men's Lacrosse/Football By Nick Kapatos 8/7/2020 11:00:00 AM   Excerpt: Recruited out of Sachem North High School in Sachem, New York, Doug Shanahan enjoyed a distinguished career on both the football field and the lacrosse field as member of the Hofstra football and men’s lacrosse teams from 1997 to 2001. Shanahan was a part of six NCAA Tournament appearances for the Pride – three in football and three in lacrosse – including a quarterfinal appearance in lacrosse in 200...
Choosing Compassion Over Hatred:  How Gabe Clark Overcame Racial Adversity

Choosing Compassion Over Hatred: How Gabe Clark Overcame Racial Adversity

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  Lee’s Note:  Gabe Clark is a very impressive young man.  Never mind the fact that he is a top-notch player who is looking at a possible D1 lacrosse future or that he is looking at several terrific academic institutions that are D3.  Or that he is a leader among his peers.  None of that prepares you for the unexpected life event that propels you to prominence; life does not always run on your chosen timetable.  Sometimes life choses you, not the other way around.  I’m confident Gabe understands that, as you will see below. For the few reading this and wondering about what this is about, there was a youth club lacrosse event in Orlando last weekend and during the semifinals of one of the two high school brackets an incident occurred where racial slurs were used by a few members ...
An Update On The Last 24 Hours

An Update On The Last 24 Hours

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  Well, it's been a pretty intense day.  And as the situation plays out I want to bring the readers up to date as well as make sure a few things are addressed right away. The fact gathering is continuing and Sweetlax Florida has put out a tweet this afternoon: https://twitter.com/Sweetlax_Fla/status/1288200445937299458 This is an acknowledgement and those words were likely carefully chosen to indicate that they are taking full responsibility for what is found out and the fact that a club team is named in this makes it clear where the investigation is pointing to.   And that leads me into an important point that needs emphasizing, because I didn't mention it in my last post: There is no reason whatsoever to attach any blame on the event itself, or the organizers o...
My Turn to Apologize

My Turn to Apologize

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  Late yesterday, after the Orlando Faceoff event ended I was informed that racial slurs were sent at 3 players from another team and that one of the families would reach out to me to give me details.  I have not heard from that family yet as I write this. The story has been sent through social media to Kyle Harrison, who published the following on his Twitter:     I clicked on the tweet and started to read the comments and came across a comment by Jeff Katz, which I assumed was the details of what happened. This is what I read: One of my U11 players was called the N-word. He told me. I called a TO and told the opposing coach. He talked to his player. The player walked over & apologized. Then he was sent home from the tourney. He was the their best...
Ransom Everglades’ Chazz Woodson Named Head Coach at Hampton University!

Ransom Everglades’ Chazz Woodson Named Head Coach at Hampton University!

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Author's Note - Congratulations to Chazz for being hired for this position.  I didn't get to spend a lot of time with you down here but enjoyed every minute of it when I did.  We had lunch together coming home from LaxCon a few years ago and talked about increasing minority participation in the sport.  It's a story that has no easy answers but you are one who I have a lot of faith in to make a difference.  You have taken on quite the challenge here, and all of us in the Florida lax community wish you well! via press release HAMPTON, Va. -- Chazz Woodson, a former Major League Lacrosse standout and Hampton Roads native, was announced today as the new Hampton University Head Men's Lacrosse Coach. "It is my extreme pleasure to welcome Mr. Chazz Woodson to the Hampton University family," sai...