Dialed In: Your Lacrosse Fix for Wednesday, June 8

Ally Kennedy and the U.S. women's national team take on Sydney Watson and the Athletes Unlimited pros in an exhibition tonight at Stony Brook. (Nick Ieradi)


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

1. The U.S. women’s national team concludes training camp at Stony Brook with an exhibition against Athletes Unlimited tonight — exactly three weeks out from the World Lacrosse Women’s Championship opener against Canada. The 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) game will be streamed live on usalacrosse.com.

Athletes Unlimited unveiled its roster Tuesday. It’s a stacked squad that includes three recent college graduates in Aurora Cordingley (Maryland), Taylor Moreno (North Carolina) and Sydney Watson (UConn).

Cordingley is playing for Canada in the world championship. Moreno and Watson were part of the U.S. training team. As were Kerrigan Miller, Amanda Johansen, Kenzie Kent, Haley Warden, Ella Simkins, Sydney Pirreca, Kayla Wood and Lindsey McKone — all of whom will take the field for Athletes Unlimited.

2. More college coaches are on the move.

In women’s lacrosse, Johns Hopkins has tabbed Arizona State’s Tim McCormack as Janine Tucker’s successor. He was a two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the Sun Devils, who finished this season ranked No. 20 in the Nike/USA Lacrosse Division I Women’s Top 20.

UNC Charlotte, meanwhile, hired Clare Short as its first head coach. Short built Queens (N.C.) into a perennial Division II power in six seasons there. The 49ers start play in 2025.

In men’s lacrosse, vacancies remain at Bryant, NYIT, Providence, St. John’s and UMass Lowell.

Maryland offensive coordinator Bobby Benson has been linked to the opening at Providence, according to Inside MD Sports. Turner Sports’ Chris Jastrzembski tweeted Tuesday that Benson was the frontrunner for the job, threading several more tweets with candidates connected to the other five spots.

Former Bryant, Duke and U.S. national team coach Mike Pressler is headed to the high school ranks. He was announced as the new head coach at Highland Park (Texas).

3. The penultimate in-season update to the Nike/USA Lacrosse National Top 20s and Regional Top 10s for high school boys’ and girls’ lacrosse came out Tuesday. The New York state playoffs have reached the semifinal round, creating movement in the rankings.

4. National champions Tampa and UIndy finished on top in the final Nike/USA Lacrosse Division II men’s and women’s top 20 rankings, respectively.







WHAT WE’RE READING

  • Matt Hamilton’s training camp notebook from Stony Brook, including some sobering reminders of how distractions did in the 1986 and 2005 U.S. women’s national teams and homecoming vibes for several U.S. players.

  • The world is watching. As host country of the World Lacrosse Women’s Championship, the U.S. women’s national team’s purpose is twofold — to win gold and inspire awe.

  • “Extreme Makeover: Chrome Edition,” a feature by Pro Lacrosse Talk’s Hutton Jackson on how the Chrome are rebuilding following the retirement of several staples of Tim Soudan-coached teams.

  • Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun with original reporting on the McCormack hire at Hopkins, including his motivation to build on Janine Tucker’s legacy while making his own mark on the program.

  • Did Asher Nolting and Lyle Thompson just become best friends? Yup, writes PLL analyst Joe Keegan.

  • The Athletic on Jared Bernhardt’s journey from college lacrosse superstar to NFL hopeful.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

All the feels — a cinematic look back at Maryland’s NCAA championship game victory over Cornell.

WHAT’S ON TAP

Here’s a direct link to the USA-Athletes Unlimited stream. Sam Neidermann, the voice of Stony Brook athletics, will handle play-by-play duties and our own Beth Ann Mayer will handle color. The game will be dedicated to mental health awareness and will spotlight the nonprofit organization Morgan’s Message.

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