Dialed In: Your Lacrosse Fix for Tuesday, Aug. 15

The shot clock will loom larger in collegiate men's lacrosse as the NCAA has asked teams to experiment with a visible shot clock this fall (John Strohsacker photo).

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

1. Shot clock! The NCAA men's lacrosse rules committee yesterday announced teams will experiment with a visible 60-second shot clock during fall competitions. Perception indicates fans have been clamoring for this. It's not a rule change year for collegiate men's lacrosse, but the committee will study the experiment, among other announcements.

2. Mike Pellegrino was content to help the Boston Cannons try to reach the MLL playoffs this season, but then the Super Bowl champions called. He probably wasn't going to say no to Bill Belichick. And he didn't, though it meant departing the Cannons mid season. Pellegrino, a former, rare two-time lacrosse captain at Johns Hopkins, has rediscovered his love of football as a full-time defensive assistant with New England Patriots.



3. Picture time. Denver and Ohio will play for the Major League Lacrosse championship Saturday. US Lacrosse Magazine photographers were on hand to capture the Outlaws' semifinal win over Rochester and the Machine's semifinal win over Florida. Here's a sample of the galleries, this one from Isaiah Downing of Pretty Instant:

Denver vs. Rochester

4. Former Syracuse and Team USA player Fred Opie has released his latest podcastOpie addresses a caller's question about social IQ among teammates and coaches by promoting three keys to team growth: empathy, diverse training and investing.

5. Major League Lacrosse announced the finalists for its Brine Goalie of the Year Award:



  • Inside Lacrosse highlights 10 high school players that have changed their college choice and alludes to poaching by college coaches. Editorially, I disagree that poaching is a damaging trend. College coaches not honoring verbal commitments by prospects to other schools will help to render increasingly meaningless such announcements made by rising high school freshmen, and the like. Obviously, we'll see what effect the new recruiting legislation has in due time.

  • The Daily Freeman (N.Y.) profiles local product Brian Praetorious (great name), who will take over the men's program at Bard following a tenure as a women's assistant at Trinity.

  • The New Vision (Uganda) wraps up the East Africa Lacrosse 7s event.

  • The Carroll County (Md.) Times chronicles the first trip off the East Coast for local product Carli Bafford. It just happened to be with a team to compete in the World Cup Festival in England back in July.

  • It's great when athletes perform a "lacrosse-style" something in their respective sport. Check out coverage of hockey player Mason Raymond's lacrosse-style goal in the Sochi Hockey Open, courtesy of WDIV-TV in Detroit. 


US Lacrosse has continued its video releases of highlights from LaxCon in January, this time with Maryland women's coach Cathy Reese. The Terps would go on to win the national championship in May. Reese remains one of the popular speakers at the annual US Lacrosse Convention, registration for which is expected to open to the public shortly after Labor Day. LaxCon returns to Baltimore Jan. 19-21, 2018.


  • Not long ago, the NCAA approved free movement in women's lacrosse. What exactly does that mean? We'll take a look today.

  • Major League Lacrosse is scheduled to announce the finalists for its Warrior Defensive Player of the Year Award today.

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