Dialed In: Your Lacrosse Fix For Friday, June 11

Mackenzie Burns defends during the second day of tryouts. (Photo by Nick Ieradi)

Good morning. Here’s the latest from around the lacrosse world:

1. A big step.

Yesterday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board approved a recommendation from the IOC Sports Department to grant full recognition to the international federation for men’s and women’s lacrosse, pending a vote by IOC membership that could take place as early as July at the Tokyo Games.

The approval marked another major step forward for World Lacrosse in its continued growth and development.

More on the recommendation here.

2. Day two of tryouts is in the books.

The U.S. women’s national team tryouts picked up steam, but thankfully in slightly cooler conditions. Read more about Johns Hopkins defender and USA Lacrosse Division I Women’s third team All-American Trinity McPhearson and other storylines in the Day Two notebook from Kenny DeJohn.

Head over the U.S. women’s national team’s social accounts for other captivating content from the day’s activities.

The tryouts in Sparks, Md., yesterday also featured an hour-long live stream on Lax Sports Network, hosted by Sheehan Stanwick Burch and Kristen Kjellman.

3. It's a dream come true.

That’s how Gary Gait described the opportunity to become the fifth head coach in the history of the program that he still holds the goals record for and helped lift to three consecutive NCAA championships as a player. The head coach of the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team since August 2007, which he led to three national title game appearance (including this year), Gait’s introductory press conference was a look to the future but also to the past.

Hear more of Gait’s first comments as the Syracuse head men’s lacrosse coach here.

4. The transfer portal is already heating up.

  • Penn midfielder Mitch Bartolo confirmed to Inside Lacrosse that he will head to Rutgers as a grad transfer for his fifth year of eligibility.

  • College Crosse also tweeted that Brad Apgar, a second team All-American defenseman for D-III runner up Salisbury, will head to New Brunswick in the fall, too.

  • D-III All-American attackman Max Waldbaum, who tallied 129 points in 34 games at Tufts, will take his talents to Jacksonville.

5. The lacrosse community rallies again to help one of its own.

A GoFundMe was set up for former Cornell attackman Jake Thompson, who was diagnosed with ALS in December 2020. As of this writing, the page for Thompson, a 2013 Cornell grad from Orangeville, Ontario, had raised $83,000 on its way to a goal of $500,000.

6. The Premier Lacrosse League issued an undisclosed fine to Cannons Lacrosse Club defenseman Reece Eddy for his illegal cross check to the head of Waterdogs rookie attackman and two-time Tewaaraton finalist Michael Sowers.

Eddy was assessed a two-minute non-releasable penalty for the hit during the Cannons’ win. Sowers is listed as “out” on the week two injury report with a “medical” issue.


  • Florida defender Cara Trombetta helps you get game ready with some tips on how to stay out of foul trouble.

  • St. Anthony’s Johnny Maccarone realized his childhood dream in the CHSAA Class AAA championship game eight weeks after he underwent a kidney transplant.

  • The Daily Tar Heel takes a look at Jenny Levy’s Hall of Fame career.

  • More on Chris Hogan’s PLL debut Saturday in Atlanta.


Cue the Gladiator soundtrack. Charlotte North and Liz Hogan dueled in a showdown yesterday on the turf at Tierney field. Watch the results below. 


  • U.S. women’s national team tryouts enter their third and final day. Look for plenty of content on social media at @USAWLAX and @USALacrosseMag.

  • A pair of one-loss teams look to get their first win tonight when the Chaos take on the Waterdogs in Atlanta at 7 p.m.


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