Dialed In: Your Lacrosse Fix for Tuesday, Sept. 26

Barbara Sullivan, a defender for the UWLX's Philadelphia Force and a former two-time Tewaaraton finalist at Notre Dame, had some pointed remarks about the UWLX-WPLL dynamic. (Photo by Matt Cashore)


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

1. The UWLX and WPLL continue to compete for players. Barbara Sullivan, a defender who on Monday re-upped with the UWLX’s Philadelphia Force, had a pointed response to the division between the semi-professional women’s lacrosse leagues. Sullivan, a former two-time Tewaaraton finalist at Notre Dame, tweeted that she was “disappointed” and “confused” by the two-league setup.

The UWLX recently completed its second season. 3d Lacrosse took over league operations earlier this month, stabilizing a league that appeared to be in peril given the advent of the WPLL. Since the announcement, the UWLX has been busy finalizing team staffs and locking up players for the 2018 season. The league will host a supplemental draft Saturday — the same day the WPLL is scheduled unveil its product with a showcase game at US Lacrosse.

2. Pardon My Take, a Barstool Sports podcast with a massive fan base, nominated ESPN’s Quint Kessenich as a finalist for its “Football Guy of the Week” after he held up a piece of toast during a broadcast of the Stanford-UCLA game to symbolize that the loser was toast.

Kessenich, the former Johns Hopkins lacrosse All-American goalie and mainstay on ESPN lacrosse productions, also has become a fixture on college football and wrestling broadcasts.

3. Harlem Lacrosse will stage its annual benefit and honor Jim Brown Thursday at Chelsea Piers in New York. It’s not just about creating opportunities, Joel Censer writes about the organization’s work in five cities. It’s about creating a culture.

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4. The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Induction Celebration brought some legends out of the woodwork to celebrate this year’s inductees. The gala at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md., included 50 current Hall of Famers plus nine members of the Class of 2017, with several more lacrosse celebrities in tow. There’s even a Mikey Powell sighting in this photo gallery.







WHAT WE’RE READING

  • The Heritage Cup, an international indoor lacrosse friendly Oct. 21 between the U.S. and Canada in Hamilton, Ontario, is getting a lot of buzz on both sides of the border. The NLL’s Rochester Knighthawks have six players competing in the event.

  • Syracuse will be among NCAA men’s lacrosse teams experimenting with a 60-second shot clock this fall.

  • There will be a lot of lacrosse in central New York this weekend, starting Thursday with the Lacrosse All-Stars North American Invitational, an indoor tournament that will include teams featuring Thompsons and Powells.

  • Lax Sports Network will broadcast live the Colleluori Classic Oct. 14 at Hofstra.

  • The Statesman gets up close and personal with Westlake (Texas) girls’ lacrosse coach Casey Bocklet, the former Northwestern and Virginia attacker.

  • Youth and high school lacrosse programs will have the option of using unified fields for boys’ and girls’ lacrosse in 2018.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

Jim Scherr, the first CEO of the Federation of International Lacrosse, recently visited US Lacrosse headquarters and we sat down and chatted with him about his impressions of the sport and lacrosse's Olympic future in our “Give and Go” series.

Scherr, named to his new role in May, has a deep connection to the Olympics. He wrestled for the United States in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, went to serve as the executive director of USA Wrestling and then was the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee from 2005 to 2009 after a stint as the interim CEO.

“I think lacrosse is an ideal Olympic sport,” Scherr said. “It’s a great sport. It’s visually exciting, it’s growing around the world — huge presence in the U.S. market, which is the key market for the Olympic family. Not only that, but the values associated with the sport are tremendous.”

 

 

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