Dialed In: Your Lacrosse Fix for Monday, Jan. 23

Ally Mastroianni poses for a picture with fans at #LaxCon2023. Mastroianni was also a presenter and received her ring as the 2022 U.S. Women's National Team was celebrated.


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

1.  An inspiring outlook from Hall of Famer and legend Paul Gait.

Paul Gait, injured in a fall while working on construction for a shipping facility for Gait Lacrosse, shared with USA Lacrosse’s Matt DaSilva on Friday details from the accident that has left him paralyzed and likely wheelchair bound for the remainder of his life. More importantly, he shared his positive approach to what lies ahead.
 

2. Education and inspiration – LaxCon2023

The USA Lacrosse Convention wrapped up yesterday in Baltimore, a weekend full of teaching, camaraderie and celebration – including rings for the U.S. Women’s National Team which won the world championship last July in Towson, Md – and discussions about deep topcis. Some of the moments from LaxCon:
 

3. Good is not good enough.

East Stroudsburg’s Emily Mitarotonda is the USA Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division II Women’s Preseason Player of the Year.

4. Defense a key for Ohio State?

Bobby Van Buren is back and Marcus Hudgins has been cleared to play. Will Ohio State have an elite defense in 2023? The Buckeyes are No. 11 in the Nike/USA Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division I men’s preseason rankings.

5. It starts with the draw and Duke has one of the best.

With dominant draw specialist Maddie Jenner back, Duke has the first step on continuing to build on its recent success. The Blue Devils checked in at No. 11 in the Nike/USA Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division I women’s preseason rankings.

6. Rochester stays unbeaten.

Rochester remained the lone unbeaten team in the National Lacrosse League, rallying to beat reigning NLL Finals runner up Buffalo 15-12 on Friday night. Also in Week 8 of the season, Las Vegas overcame an eight-goal halftime deficit to pick up the first victory in franchise history, beating Vancouver 15-14.

On Saturday, U.S. men’s team star Tom Schreiber had seven points as Toronto beat Philadelphia 14-5 and Jeff Teat’s 12-point game carried New York past Albany 16-10.







WHAT WE’RE READING

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

Let kids pick up a stick and play. USA Lacrosse CEO Marc Riccio’s presentation during LaxCon.

WHAT’S ON TAP

  • We’ve hit the Top 10 in our Nike/USA Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division I preseason rankings – come back for previews today on Denver (women) and Rutgers (men).

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