Inside the July/August Edition of USA Lacrosse Magazine

Cicadas must love lacrosse.

Brood X went underground 17 years ago, shortly after Navy made M&T Bank Stadium rumble with its near-upset of mighty Syracuse and Mikey Powell exited stage left.

They surfaced this spring to see another transcendental talent in Charlotte North emerge from her exoskeleton with never-before-seen stick skills, while also heralding in K18’s last ride as Kyle Harrison gets set to retire after the Premier Lacrosse League season.

Forgive our bug-eyed friends for questioning the concept of parity. They were sucking xylem from tree roots as nymphs beneath the earth when Johns Hopkins (2005), North Carolina (2016) and Maryland (2017) ended long NCAA championship droughts and when Duke (2010), Loyola (2012), Denver (2015) and Yale (2018) crashed the party.

They might even be disappointed to find a world in which the national champion still wore some shade of orange — considering either Princeton, Syracuse or Virginia had claimed every NCAA title from 1992-2004 — if it were not for the fact that this year’s Maryland-UVA final might have been the best game they’ve ever witnessed.

Boston College? National champs? When the cicadas last saw daylight, the Eagles were 6-11 and winless in the Big East — perennial bottom-dwellers like themselves.

Personally, I don’t remember the great cicada invasion of 2004. I was a senior in college. That might explain why.

But there was also a great lacrosse invasion that year. From 2003 to 2004, total participation in the sport increased 16.7 percent to more than 350,000 players nationally, according to USA Lacrosse research. In lacrosse parlance, “fastest-growing sport in the country” became as ubiquitous as “fastest game on two feet.” Today, that number is closer to 835,000.

Thanks to the career longevity provided these days by the PLL, USA Lacrosse and now Athletes Unlimited, the cicadas need not fret about missing generational talents like Rob Pannell, Paul Rabil, Lyle Thompson and Taylor Cummings — they’ll be plenty active this summer. The clumsy fliers might not get over to Europe to see Pat Spencer dunk on pros, but they’ve had enough excitement for one outing, wouldn’t you say?

— Matt DaSilva, Editor in Chief

This article appears in the May/June edition of USA Lacrosse Magazine. Join our momentum.

Brood X went underground 17 years ago, shortly after Mikey Powell exited stage left. They surfaced this spring to see another transcendental talent emerge from her exoskeleton.

The Open
July/August 2021

We Are USA Lacrosse
They Represent Us. We Represent You.

The faces and voices of the new USA Lacrosse brand. 
By Matt DaSilva

Life After Lax
One Missed Shot

For former W&L star and renowned orthopedic surgeon Wiemi Douoguih, motivation is the operative word.
By Brian Logue

Game Ready
May/June 2021

Side Hustle
How Athletes Unlimited, STX and U.S. team athlete Megan Douty trains for lateral movement

Foot positioning, body positioning, shuffles, drop steps, strength and conditioning — everything you need to become an elite defender.
By Matt DaSilva

Level Up
Wheelchair lacrosse tips, presented by Swax Lax

Ground balls win games. That timeless lacrosse maxim holds especially true in wheelchair lacrosse, a discipline of the sport most frequently played on boarded rinks and courts.

Life Savers
Why you shouldn't wait for the 2022 mandate on shoulder pads

Commotio cordis is no joke. Just ask Peter Laake. USA Lacrosse urges boys' and men's field players of all ages to being using SEI-certified chest protection as soon as they can. We've compiled a list of all products that currently meet the NOCSAE standard ND200.
By Matt DaSilva

The Worst Evaluation Ever
Three ways to become a better lacrosse official

Boost your mechanics, don't read the rulebook and know your why — tips from an accomplished lacrosse official and educator.
By Gordon Corsetti

The Benefits of Box Lacrosse
Why more field coaches (and kids) are embracing the indoor game

Box lacrosse participation is booming in the U.S. Coaches who espouse its benefits gravitate to three principles: player development, pace of the game and its combination of physicality and creativity.
By Paul Ohanian

July/August 2021

A League of Their Own
Athletes Unlimited

Athletes Unlimited brings player-centric model to pro women's lacrosse.
By Kenny DeJohn

Authentic and True
Premier Lacrosse League

What it takes to coach in the PLL.
By Phil Shore

We Needed That
NCAA Champion: Virginia

Players danced, fans cheered and the pandemic became but a footnote as Virginia defeated Maryland in an NCAA championship game for the ages.
By Nelson Rice

K12 the 11th Man
NCAA Champion: Le Moyne

Le Moyne wins sixth NCAA title in memory of Kaiden Tubbert.
By Matt Hamilton

Sun Up to Sundown
NCAA Champion: RIT

RIT's commitment to mindset renewal reflected in one of its brightest stars.
By Kenny DeJohn

Champs At Last
NCAA Champion: Boston College

Making its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Final, Boston College finally came away with its elusive title.
By Ella Brockway

A Lacrosse Oasis
NCAA Champion: Lindenwood

The making of a national champion — in St. Charles, Missouri.
By Paul Ohanian

The Sea Gull Whisperer
NCAA Champion: Salisbury

How Julie Talbert kept her Salisbury teammates together in times of isolation.
By Paul Ohanian

May/June 2021

Take Me Back
New Wave Blue Wave

From one Darien native to another, a conversation with U.S. training team goalie Caylee Waters.
By Sophie Haas

Puzzles and Games
The Olympic Dream

Olympic-themed word play, crossword, hidden items and grid puzzle.
By Matt Hamilton and Alyssa March

Lax Works
Metamorphosis and Breakthrough

Featuring the artwork of Aiden Arrington, 14, of Marietta, Ga., and the prose of Caroline Ungashick, 13, of Overland Park, Kansas.
By Aiden Arrington and Caroline Ungashick

Ground Balls/Lax Out Loud
Numbers and Quotes

College coaching legends hanging up their whistle, why Emma Ward wears No. 44 and Acacia Walker the dream weaver.
By USA Lacrosse Magazine Staff

Trending and Social Media

Syracuse trades one legend for another, the One Love movement and Michelle Kirst the ultimate lax mom.
By USA Lacrosse Magazine Staff

Give & Go
Tucker Durkin

Thirty and thriving, Atlas LC and U.S. team defenseman parasails into our Q&A
By Matt DaSilva