Archive for the ‘lacrosse’ category

USA GOING FOR GOLD

July 23, 2010

So you’re going to wake up Saturday morning, that is if you’re even able to go to sleep Friday night what with the excitement of looking forward to tomorrows Cannons game and all, and you’re probably going to be crawling up the walls looking for ways to pass the time until the huge game at 7 at Harvard Stadium.

Have no fear, there is no better way to fill your lacrosse fix in the morning than by watching Team USA take on Canada at 11am EST live on ESPNU. Don’t get ESPNU? You can watch it on your computer live here but note that it does cost around 10 bucks. Well worth it if the Championship is anything like the two teams first meeting.

In that meeting Canada squeaked past the US 10-9, the American’s first defeat in pool play…ever. And of course Canada upset the US at the last World Championship in 2006, in the gold medal game.

Canada is coming off a 15-6 win over Australia while the US beat Japan in their semi-final match 20-5. The Yanks were led by the Cannons Paul Rabil who contributed 4 goals and 2 assists, Ryan Boyle’s 2 goals and Kyle Sweeney who has continued to find the back of the net, his 5th in 6 games.

The United States is the historically dominant international lacrosse super power, but they have lost to Canada the last two times they’ve played. This begs the question, who do you think should be favored?

Team USA Downs Japan

July 20, 2010

Team USA continued to roll over non-Canadian competition as they rolled over Japan 19-5. Team USA was able to rest several key players including Cannons Kyle Sweeney and Ryan Boyle, as well as retired MLL goaltender extrordinaire Brian Dougherty.

Japan will play the Netherlands in a “cross over quarterfinal” tomorrow. The winner of that game will face Team USA in the semi-finals Thursday at 11:30 EST. Team USA advances automatically to the semi-finals thanks to their 4-1 record in pool play.

One stat that pops out is FO Specialist Alex Smith’s winning percentage. He was just 9-19 on faceoffs. Less than 50% against Japan, and no disrespect to Japan as they have proven in this tournament that they can be a formidable team, is still unacceptable. Smith is a beast, Team USA needs more Beast Mode.

Rabil leads USA

July 20, 2010

Sweeney is showing the magic touch in England

The Boston Cannons Paul Rabil tallied a hat trick in the first quarter for Team USA against Team England in pool play of the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships. Rabil added two assists.

The Cannons Kyle Sweeney must be enjoying his time abroad as he scored his 4th goal in 4 games. To put that in perspective, this season for the Cannons it has taken Sweeney 9 games to record 4 goals. Team USA is using Sweeney in transition more and he’s capitalizing.

So far in Pool Play Team USA has victories over Australia, England and Germany all by comfortable margins. Its lone loss came at the hands of 2006 Gold Medal Winner Canada by a score of 10-9

Team USA has outscored its opponents 69-24.

Team USA faces a surprising Japanese squad that upset Australia and is in contention to advance to the medal rounds. That game is at 8:30 am ET.

The Semi-Finals and Championship game will be held Thursday and Saturday. You can check out the Championship game live on ESPNU at 11 am ET…can’t think of a better way to get in the mood for the Cannons big home game that night at 7 at Harvard Stadium!

Remember, Matt Poskay is gearing up to break a plethora of Cannons single-season and career records this Saturday, July 24th and the Cannons can clinch a playoff berth with a win!

See you there!

Iroquois Lacrosse stuck in neutral

July 16, 2010

The odd/sad story of the Iroquois Lacrosse team drags on. You can read about it in todays Herald.

Basically there is a lot of beaurocratic politics going on and the victims here are the Iroquois Lacrosse team, ranked 4th in the world. Due to the delays/possible never happenings of the situation, the team has already missed its first game and its looking like they’ll miss at least their second game.

Of course you could say that the Iroquois have made this a big media circus by refusing a Canadien or American passport to play. You could say that the Iroquois should have updated their passport system long ago so that they could travel under their own passports.

I guess there’s two sides to every story but it’s sad that the World’s Premiere Lacrosse Event is missing one of its Premiere teams.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments section…

Cannons and Lax School Teaming up to Benefit MetroLacrosse!

April 8, 2010

The Boston Cannons and Lax School are teaming up to raise money for MetroLacrosse. The Cannons and Lax School will be offering prints of the above painting for $25 with a portion of proceeds going to support MetroLacrosse with their efforts to help Boston’s urban youth. Everyone who purchases a print will then be entered into a raffle for a chance to win the original painting by Tommy Johnson.

For those of you who don’t know, MetroLacrosse is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide sports development programs for Boston’s underserved urban communities. It’s an extremely worthy cause that the Boston Cannons are proud to be associated with.

Tommy Johnson, a former lacrosse player for National Champion runner-up Loyola University in 1990, has since gone on to a storied and successful career as an artist. Check out his web page to view his work, it’s really amazing and creative stuff. Tommy loves to paint his passions and lucky for us lacrosse is clearly one of them. He even paints for the Tewaaraton Award Foundation, the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy in College Football.

The prints will be available soon so check back for ordering information and don’t miss your chance to support a cause near and dear to the Cannons!

A MESSAGE FROM CANNONS GM MARK KASTRUD

April 1, 2010

Interesting stuff this week from the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association…  Lacrosse participation continues to rise while most team sports have experienced declines in the past year.  Our sport has received a lot of hype over the past decade for its tremendous growth and Im proud that Major League Lacrosse and the Cannons have been able to contribute to that growth nationally and in New England.  Of course, the caveat to these growth numbers is the relative small size of the lacrosse population…it’s much easier to grow quickly when you start small. 

That said, comparing lacrosse participation numbers to other sports is a valuable measure of our progress.  Consider ice hockey, widely considered the “4th major professional” sport in the US.  The parallels between lacrosse and hockey are plentiful, from the requisite skills to the geographic concentration of each sport’s core fan bases to the life-long commitment of participants evidenced by each sport’s healthy 30+ and 40+ men’s leagues.  Ice hockey participation increased in 2009 to 2.1 million.  Lacrosse participation increased in 2009 to 1.2 million.  We have almost 60% of hockey’s total participation.  Considering the relative attention garnered by each sport from the mainstream media, that bodes well for lacrosse.  We are largely ignored by traditional media outlets (with a few notable exceptions) while hockey enjoys consistent coverage on network and cable TV, newspapers, and on-line. 

Take a look back 12 years and you see that hockey has arrived at its 2.1 million participants via a 12% decline over that period.  Over the same 12 year period, lacrosse has more than doubled to its current total of 1.2 million participants. 

The trend for lacrosse is positive indeed. 

Since 2001, when Matt Dwyer and a group of dedicated lacrosse fans launched the Cannons, part of our mission has been to support the growth of the game.  We will continue to do so by:

  • sharing our collective lacrosse experience through Coaches Clinics such as those we have helped run with MBYLL over the past 10 years
  • promoting all high profile lacrosse games in New England as we have with the NCAA Championships at Gillette Stadium in 2009 and 2009, the High School State Championships at Harvard in 2009, and the New England Classic and Harvard-Duke games this weekend
  • encouraging Cannons players to get out in the communities and work with our future lacrosse stars
  • inviting youth lacrosse teams to play at Harvard Stadium before our games, fueling kids’ aspirations to one day play for the Cannons
  • televising all Cannons games on ESPN, Universal Sports and ESPN3 on-line, providing more opportunities for non-lacrosse fans to see our game and get hooked

 

The list can go on.  I’ve said many times in many venues that we take seriously Matt Dwyer’s charge to support the growth of the game.  Im glad to see the data is pointing toward success.  We will continue our efforts to expose more athletes to lacrosse and encourage all of you to join us. 

See you at Harvard tomorrow night and Gillette Stadium on Saturday…

Team Sports Participants Continues to Erode
SportsOneSource Media     Posted: 3/29/2010

According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association’s Sports, Fitness, and Recreation Participation Overview (2010 edition), baseball, football and basketball all continued to show notable declines in participants in 2009. Outdoor soccer and outdoor softball saw smaller declines. But notable gains were seen in lacrosse, rugby and ice hockey.

Baseball participation was down 7.9% in 2009 to 13.9 million, and is now down 12.7% over the nine-year period since 1988.  Basketball was off 8.6% to 24 million participants in 2009 and is now off 8.4% since 1998.

In the football category, tackle was down 11.7% to 6.8 million participants last year. No figure was available for the nine-year trend. Touch football was down 14.6% to 9 million in 2009; flag football slid 10.4% to 6.6 million.

On the brighter side, ice hockey participants increased 12.2% to 2.1 million in 2009 although it remains down 12.3% since 1998. Lacrosse participants added another 6.2% to 1.2 million and has increased a whopping 131.1% since 1998. Also seeing growth was rugby, which gained 8.7% to 750,000 participants in 2009.

Outdoor softball lost 3.7% of its participants to 13.7 million although indoor softball grew 3.7% to 4.9 million participants. Similarly, indoor soccer participants gained 3.7% to 4.9 million but outdoor soccer participants slid 3.7% to 13.7 million.

Field hockey was down 4.7% to 1.07 million in 2009.

Cheerleading was down 2.2% to 3.1 million in 2009 but has grown 15.2% since 1988.

Court volleyball decreased 11.3% to 7.3 million and grass volleyball was down 4.6% to 4.9 million but beach volleyball increased 7.3% 4.5 million. Beach volleyball, however, is down 14.7% since 1998.

Wrestling participation declined 11.2% last year and is now down 20.3% since 2008.

Mark Kastrud

BOSTON CANNONS