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Archive for December, 2009

Good Luck to Matt Kerwick and the University of Jacksonville’s Mens Lacrosse Program

Coach Matt Kerwick is putting together the Men’s Lacrosse Team at the University of Jacksonville.  We wish him the best of luck developing the program.

He has been successful recruiting some players from here  on Long Island (Robert Moore (A) – West Islip High School, West Islip, N.Y, and Kyle Rebman (A) – Baldwin High School, Baldwin, N.Y.) and All-American Peter Deluca (Goalie) – Penn Manor High School, Philadelphia, Pa.

JU starts this year (February 6, 2010) against UNC.

Go for it Coach.  Here is his recruiting video.

If you are looking to play D1 Lax, it’s worth taking a look. You can help build a winner.

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Great drawing of a lacrosse player by The Art Of Lax

Merry Chistmas and Happy Holidays to all.

I found the drawing below by “The Art Of Lax” (Crank-FB) in a lacrosse forum. (Described as a Male from Sunnyside NY. Click here for profile.)

Great drawing. I had to stare at it for a few minutes admiring it.  Kudos to “…Art..”

<In order to appreciate this art, you need to view it enlarged. Click to enlarge.>

Lacrosse lax art photo drawing by The Art Of Lax

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Want to play College Lacrosse? Lax Scholarship information

You play lacrosse in high school. Everyone dreams of playing high D1 college lacrosse at Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, UVA, UNC, Hofstra, Princeton, Maryland, or other top schools.

Is it realistic? Sometimes. Usually not.lacrosse money scholarships college

Per the National Collegiate Scouting Association (ncsa.org), there are 287 colleges offering Men’s Lacrosse and 356 colleges offering Women’s Lacrosse. That’s a lot of schools of varying “Divisions”, sizes, and qualities of programs. But it is a lot of schools so there is opportunity to play. You may not end up starting at UVA, but you can continue playing the sport you love after high school.

To get money and scholarships you need exposure. Participate in camps and programs. Get out there. Write letters. Get good grades. Network. Speak to your coach. Improve your skills.

Many of the Division III schools offer merit, academic, and need-base scholarships.

There is a lot of useful information on the web. A good place to start is ncsa.org.

Go for it!

Lacrosse Player considered best athlete of all-time

After implementing my quick-and-dirty survey, that indeed found that lacrosse players are the best athletes,  I started wondering who was the greatest athlete of all time.  Was it a lacrosse player? (Quick-and-dirty results and information are in previous posted called “Survey says…“)

Jim Brown: The Greatest Athlete of All Time

Long Island’s Jim Brown is often considered the greatest football player *and* the greatest lacrosse player of all time.  Jim Brown Best Lacrosse Player

Highlights:

  • 9-time NFL All-Pro (out of 9 seasons played)
  • Upon his retirement he held virtually every NFL offensive record including  12,312 rushing yards, 126 touchdowns and an average of 5.2 yards per carry.
  • The only NFL player to average greater than 100 rushing yards per game.
  • Member of the College Football Hall Of Fame
  • Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Member of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame
  • At Syracuse (lacrosse) he scored 30 goals as a junior and followed that with 43 goals and 21 assists as a senior midfielder
  • First-team All-America Lacrosse midfielder.

What about Bo Jackson?  Bo was a great athlete making all star teams in professional baseball and football but was never inducted into a professional sports Hall of Fame.

And Jim Thorpe? Prior to 1950, Jim Thorpe was undoubtedly the greatest athlete of his time. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Track & Field Hall of Fame. He has also won Olympic Gold Medals.

Let’s give Jim Brown the nod as the best athlete of all-time. Hejim brown best football player physically dominated his sports. He is often acknowledged as the best athlete in 2 sports.  While Bo Jackson and Jim Thorpe were great athletes, neither is, nor was, considered the best in their respective sports.

(photos foxsports.com and mkrob.com)

(photos foxsports.com and mkrob.com)

Native Americans Playing Lacrosse

Lacrosse is a sport originated by Native Americans.  I came across this interesting picture on http://www.mce.k12tn.net/

Also found on wikipedia…

"Ball-play of the Choctaw--ball up" by George Catlin, circa 1834-1835.

The Rise of Lacrosse named one of ESPN Rise’s stories of the decade

It’s about time the rest of the world figure out how great Lacrosse is…

ESPN Rise named it (The Rise of Lacrosse) one of the top stories of the decade!

15. The Rise of Lacrosse
Top recruits used to come out of the Northeast for the most part. The East Coast remains a hotbed for lacrosse, but states like Texas, California, Colorado, Florida and Washington have also emerged as lacrosse hotbeds. Now they’re producing big-time players, too.

The ESPN Rise List can be found here.

Survey says… Lacrosse players edge out Hockey players as best athletes

In a totally un-scientific survey… done by handing out paper to 30 Long Islanders (regionally biased), then taking the written results and manually entering them into MS Excel…

Lacrosse players edged out Hockey players as the best athletes.

Respondents were asked to rate players in each of these sports: (1) baseball, (2) basketball, (3) football, (4) lacrosse, (5)hockey, and (6) soccer.

The categories were (a) endurance & stamina, (b) hand-eye coordination, (c) speed & quickness, (d) toughness / strength, and (e) overall athleticism.

The ratings were 10 = best and 1 = worst.

Lacrosse players edged out Hockey players 40.7  to 40.5 average points respectively (out of 50 points.)

Of note:

  • Not surprisingly football players ranked highest in toughness / strength
  • Soccer players won the endurance & stamina category
  • Basketball players finished first in the overall athleticism category

Again, this is far from scientific and not statistically significant… but it was fun to see…

<Click on the image below to see the results>

sports survey shows lacrosse player best athletes