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Two of the greatest figures in the history of lacrosse are going to be memorialized on the Syracuse University campus. Roy Simmons Sr. and Roy Simmons Jr., a father-son tandem who combined to coach the men's lacrosse program from 1931-1998 and transform it into a national power, will have a statue erected outside of the Ensley Athletic Center. The joint statue's unveiling will take place on 5 p.m. on Oct. 14, following the annual men's lacrosse alumni game. The event is open to the public. The statue dedication is the culmination of a fundraising campaign, kicked off two years during the 100th year of men's lacrosse.
In the biggest pro-statue news of the year, Syracuse University announced that it will be unveiling a new statue outside of the Ensley Athletic Center at 5 pm on October 14. The ceremony will take place just after the Syracuse Orange men’s lacrosse alumni game. The Simmons family is the first family of Syracuse lacrosse, building the program into the gold standard of the sport. It says a lot that this athletics department decided to promote lacrosse in such a prominent position on campus, but this has been a long time coming.
You know that feeling, when all eyes are on you? As Sept. 1 approaches, college coaches, administrators, media and the NCAA are all watching to see how the lacrosse community handles the first cycle of delayed recruiting contact under the new NCAA Division I lacrosse recruiting legislation. You may think we are exaggerating. But we are not. The number of comments about this new legislation from coaches in other sports (“I wish we had that rule”), college administrators (“How will this be enforced?”), the doubters and the believers alike confirm they are all speculating about the new rule. They all are watching. The public consensus seems to be, “Let’s see how this goes.” And that moment is here. This Friday marks the first Sept. 1 when direct recruiting contact between coaches and prospective student-athletes who are now juniors may begin. What kind of moment will this be?
The Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) Jr. A league is considering adding a third referee in response to a pre-game brawl that marred the OLA semifinal series between the Brampton Excelsiors and Mimico Mountaineers. In light of the incident, which occurred during the warm-up of the July 24 game before the arrival of the referees, the OLA required a third referee be assigned to remaining games of the series with the third official present for the warm up. The teams paid the extra cost. Dean McLeod, longtime commissioner of the Jr. A league said a three-person committee has been established to study whether that rule should be applied for all games next season. McLeod drew some criticism that there were no suspensions handed out following the contest. A Brampton player, Andrew Borgatti, was arrested following the second period of the contest and charged with assault with a weapon.
Stop by Mansfield High School and you’ll notice the installation of a lacrosse wall. The wall, used by players to hit balls for practice drills, is a gift from Mansfield Youth Lacrosse. Parents and families in MYL worked diligently for three to five years to fundraise the $18,500, which they donated for the wall. “We’ll be seeing students practice their lacrosse skills soon,” said Superintendent Teresa Murphy, expressing her thanks. The School Committee approved acceptance of the gift, 5-0
Two new athletic fields at Quinnipiac University are game ready for the start of the fall semester and bringing in more fans. One facility is the home of the men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse teams and the other is home to the women’s field hockey team. Although some finishing touches will be made over the next few weeks, the fields are “ready and playable,” said Sal Filardi, vice president for facilities and capital planning at Quinnipiac. Teams have been training and holding scrimmage matches on the Quinnipiac Soccer Turf Complex since the preseason, according to men’s soccer head coach Eric DaCosta. The former soccer and lacrosse field near the student parking lot had limited bleachers. Players and coaches said the new facilities are a big improvement. “Everything is a massive upgrade,” DaCosta said. “In my opinion, it’s the nicest facility in New England.”
The arrival of a new professional lacrosse franchise in San Diego sparked speculation Wednesday that the team might build a new downtown sports arena. Mayor Kevin Faulconer welcomed the team, due to start playing in the fall of 2018, and his spokesman confirmed that a new arena is being considered.
“The team ownership is doing its due diligence on a possible new arena,” said spokesman Craig Gustafson. “Like any project, we look forward to reviewing a formal proposal when it’s ready.” [National Lacrosse League] announced Tuesday that it has awarded its 10th franchise to Joe Tsai, 53, a cofounder of Alibaba, China’s biggest online commerce company, and a sometime San Diego resident.
With the 2018 season around the corner and classes getting underway on campus, Harvard men's lacrosse has named seniors Sean Coleman and Joe Lang its captains for the 2017-18 academic year. "I am pleased to announce that Sean Coleman and Joe Lang have been chosen by their teammates as team captains for the 2017-18 team," said Chris Wojcik, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse. "They have earned the respect of their teammates through their character, hard work and their ability to make the players around them better. They will lead our team with help from a large senior class, and I look forward to partnering with them as we begin our preparations for the spring season."
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Rollie Massimino wanted to be in Houston last year to watch his protege, Jay Wright, coach Villanova to what he hoped would be the second national championship in school history. But Wright was concerned that the man he fondly calls “Coach Mass” would be putting his already fragile health in jeopardy.
“He was really sick during that Final Four,” Wright said Wednesday at the Davis Center, reminiscing about the former Wildcats head coach who died earlier in the day.
“He couldn’t make the semifinal game, and even our alumni who flew him on their plane, they were afraid on the way up that he wasn’t going to make it. Then when he got there, all of a sudden, the lights came on and he was on top of his game. I knew, and we all did, that it meant probably as much to him that we won it than when he won it.
“It was a struggle for him to get there. I know he wanted to be there for us, and it meant the world to all of us to have him there.”
Sad day. One of the all time greats, Coach Rollie Massamino passed away. I remember the "0ld" Big East. Great coach. Great basketball— David Pietramala (@CoachPetro43) August 30, 2017
Amazon.com Inc.’s acquisition of Whole Foods is coming at just the right time for Frito-Lay, the snack giant known for Doritos, Ruffles and Funyuns. The division of PepsiCo Inc. now has versions of 11 core chip brands without artificial ingredients -- including Lay’s, Tostitos and Cheetos -- and it’s aiming to break out of the traditional snack aisle and get into organic grocery stores. The lineup, marketed under the name “Simply,” meets all the criteria needed to be sold in Whole Foods, according to PepsiCo executive Jonathan McIntyre.
It’s all part of a push to build a more healthful reputation for Frito-Lay brands, a significant undertaking at a company famous for bright-orange cheese powder. Natural products are the biggest source of growth for the industry right now, said McIntyre, who oversees research and development for PepsiCo’s snacks. And Frito-Lay sees an opportunity to reach new customers -- and charge higher prices -- by targeting organic-food shoppers.
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