Having a lot of fun with this road trip. And a good night for the Launch too. Tom Mariano named Coach of the Year! Tucker Durkin named Defensive Player of the Year! Kieran didn't win his category and Denver's Jack Kelly mentioned that Austin Kaut did deserve a nomination. Retiring MLL Commissioner David Gross is stepping down and there was some nice video tributes to him. I was able to talk to Rob Wallace of LSN and we are close to receiving their affiliate marketing proposal and that will be a relationship we hope proves long term and fruitful! Got to spend some time with MLL founder Jake Steinfeld. His son was at the ACC Coaches Showcase in Parkland back in January and we got to catch up some on family. The first time I met Jake we had a lot of fun swapping
as per press release from MLL - photo via MLL Here are the nominees for the 2017 Warrior Offensive Player of the Year: Kieran McArdle, Attack, Florida Launch In 10 games with the Launch this season, McArdle averaged 4.6 points per game, the fifth-highest rate in the league. He led the Launch with 46 points total (32 goals, 14 assists) and had at least five points in half of his regular season games. On July 29 at Boston, after the Cannons took a 17-16 lead, McArdle scored the tying goal and picked up the assist on Nick Mariano’s game-winning goal. The win secured Florida’s first ever trip to the postseason. Eric Law, Attack, Denver Outlaws Law finished the regular season tied with Peter Baum for the league lead in points, with 52 (
via MLL press release - photo via MLL Here are the nominees for the 2017 Warrior Defensive Player of the Year: Tucker Durkin, Defense, Florida Launch Durkin appeared in all 14 games for the Launch for the third straight season, helping lead them to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. He finished the year with 13 groundballs and three caused turnovers. On May 20, Durkin and the Florida defense limited the Rattlers to a season-low eight goals and Rochester managed just 25 shots on goal. The Launch fell to Ohio in the MLL Semi-Finals despite Durkin contributing with two groundballs and a caused turnover. Joel White, Defense, Rochester Rattlers White helped lead one of the stingiest defenses in the league, as the Rattlers finis...
via UT press release - photo via UT web site TAMPA, Fla. - University of Tampa women's lacrosse player, Mallary Weinsz returns to campus after traveling abroad for two weeks in order to grow the game and teach lacrosse to the youth of Malaysia. The Worthington, Ohio native is no stranger to working with children, as she used to work as a youth lacrosse referee. Weinsz was given this opportunity through a nonprofit called Kids Lacrosse the World founded by Elliot Couch. Their mission, "to grow the love of lacrosse at an international grassroots level by building long-term sustainable programs as a means of youth development through empowerment and leadership education". To commemorate her experience, Weinsz wrote a blog that is now being featured on IWLCAs Behind the Whis
Author's Note: If you are looking at getting recruited you need to know who Ty Xanders is and be familiar with his website Recruiting Rundown. I've gotten to know Ty over the years and he pretty much covers the entire country to give you the best information about recruiting available (you'll note that we carry Ty's Twitter feed on this page so you can get the latest from him). Ty first published this article in 2015 and recently re-ran it. I think it is a terrific piece of advice for every family out there who is looking at playing at the college level. Note: This article originally ran in July 2015 Excerpt: Over the past few years, highlight reels have become an essential part of getting recruited. They won’t make or break the recruiting process (re
via the Launch web site/Mercedes Espina - pictures via MLL Author's Note: The breakout season for the Florida Launch came to an end last night in an 18-13 loss to Ohio in a game that showed both the best of what the team accomplished with the simultaneous issues that cropped up at times during the season. First, a shout out to all those that attended the Launch watch party at Brass Tap, which was filled up with Launch fans on an August Saturday night and those fans were certainly into the game! Thanks to the Launch management and operations for their foresight and planning to make this a fun night for all! The game itself had all the hallmarks of a possible memorable night for the Launch fans. A slow start was answered in style, as the team overcame two early Machine goal
Here is Wells Dusenbury's article last night on the curious case of Samantha MacCurdy's termination yesterday from St. Thomas Aquinas. The picture was taken by Wells at the FHSAA Championships in April. Excerpt: Three months after leading St. Thomas Aquinas to its first girls lacrosse state final, Samantha MacCurdy is out as head coach. MacCurdy, 24, spent two seasons with the Raiders, accumulating a 32-6 overall record. St. Thomas finished this past season as state runner-up, falling to Orlando Bishop Moore 13-12 in the title game. MacCurdy said she was stunned by the school’s decision not to bring her back. “I was told it was a lack of communication with the athletic director,” said MacCurdy, who earned Sun Sentinel Coach of the Year honors twice. “I w