US Lacrosse will be holding their National Convention from January 11th to January 13th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. [lacrosse] Vermeil will be this year's keynote speaker at the Convention Center starting at 7:00pm on the opening night, January 11th.
US Lacrosse invites fans of all ages to experience the largest lacrosse-specific expo hall in the world, with nearly 150 exhibitors showcasing the hottest new sticks, equipment, uniforms, apparel and more. Fans will have an exciting opportunity to view demonstrations on two turf fields, featuring players from the U.S. National Teams and the Philadelphia Wings. They’ll stick around to sign autographs.
US Lacrosse Fan Fest Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grand Hall Entrance Pennsylvania Convention Center 1101 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA 19107
Ticket Prices • $10 per person • $5 for youth or high school players wearing team jerseys or fans of any age wearing a Philadelphia Wings jersey. • Youth age 6 and under are free.
Ticket Sales Fan Fest tickets will only be sold on-site Jan. 12 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the Grand Hall. You must purchase a ticket to gain entry to the expo hall, STX Live Field, Maverik/Cascade Demo Field and Bownet Goalie Cage. Ticket windows will accept cash and Visa, MasterCard or American Express cards.
Shannon Smith Named Speaker at US Lacrosse National Convention
Hofstra University women’s lacrosse coach to host clinic Jan. 12 in Philadelphia
US Lacrosse has named Shannon Smith, head women’s lacrosse coach at Hofstra University, a speaker at the US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion. Smith will join roughly 150 of the sport’s best coaches, officials and administrators as presenters at the lacrosse world’s largest professional development event Jan. 11-13, 2013, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
Smith will host “Stick Skills” for girls’ lacrosse coaches at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 12.
“Shannon Smith is one of the most recognizable names in women’s lacrosse and one of the game’s rising coaches,” said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse. “She got right into coaching after her national championship playing career at Northwestern, and we’re thrilled to welcome her as a presenter at the US Lacrosse National Convention.”
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to share some tips with other coaches at the US Lacrosse National Convention,” Smith said. “Attending the convention is one of the best things coaches can do to better themselves. I’m looking forward to a great event in Philadelphia.”
Joe Spallina Named Speaker at US Lacrosse National Convention
Coach of MLL’s Long Island Lizards and Stony Brook University women to host two clinics Jan. 12 in Philadelphia
US Lacrosse has named Joe Spallina, head coach of Major League Lacrosse’s Long Island Lizards and of the Stony Brook University women’s team, a speaker at the US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion. Spallina will join roughly 150 of the sport’s best coaches, officials and administrators as presenters at the lacrosse world’s largest professional development event Jan. 11-13, 2013, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
Spallina will host a clinic for boys’ lacrosse coaches entitled “Creating the Complete Player” at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12 on the Maverik/Cascade Demo Field. He’ll follow that up with a session for girls’ lacrosse coaches entitled “Transition Offense” at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12 on the STX Live Field.
“Joe ranks among the more talented young coaches in lacrosse with the knowledge and skills to coach in the men’s game and in the women’s game, and we’re excited to have him speak at our convention,” said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse. “US Lacrosse is very much focused on improving the lacrosse experience for young players by providing training and certification for coaches, and Joe will be a big part of that knowledge base at the convention. We’re looking forward to hearing his ideas and tips.”
“Helping to grow the game is a big goal of mine, and speaking at the US Lacrosse National Convention is a tremendous opportunity to do so,” Spallina said. “The convention is a great way for lacrosse coaches of all levels of play to kick off the season. It’s an honor for me to join an impressive lineup of speakers. I’m looking forward to seeing some old friends and making some new ones.”
MLL Collegiate Draft at Convention, Friday Evening
Major League Lacrosse announced that the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft will take place Friday, Jan. 11, in Philadelphia as part of the 2013 US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion. The draft begins at 8:30 p.m. in the Liberty Ballroom of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. The draft is open to the public, and admission is free.
“We’re delighted Major League Lacrosse will be returning its draft to our national convention,” said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse. “The draft had a very festive atmosphere at the convention last year, and should again be a popular destination following [lacrosse] Vermeil’s keynote address at 7 p.m. We always appreciate the opportunity to work with Major League Lacrosse on win-win initiatives such as this.”
“We’d like to thank US Lacrosse for working to include our collegiate draft into an impressive lineup of activities at the US Lacrosse National Convention,” said David Gross, commissioner of Major League Lacrosse. “I was thrilled with the atmosphere at our draft last year, and it’s a great evening for lacrosse fans of all ages as we find out who may be our League’s next stars. The 2013 draft should be quite strong.”
The MLL Collegiate Draft will consist of eight rounds. The order for the first round of the draft is:
1. Ohio 2. Hamilton 3. Charlotte 4. Charlotte (from Rochester) 5. Long Island 6. Boston 7. Denver 8. Chesapeake
Round 1 1 Ohio Peter Baum A Colgate 2 Hamilton Chris LaPierre M Virginia 3 Charlotte Tucker Durkin D Johns Hopkins 4 Chesapeake* Jesse Bernhardt D Maryland 5 Hamilton* Josh Hawkins M Loyola 6 Boston Cameron Flint M Denver 7 Denver Brian Megill D Syracuse 8 Charlotte* Mike Sawyer A Loyola
Round 2 9 Boston^ Scott Ratliff D Loyola 10 Hamiton Jason Noble D Cornell 11 Ohio^ Logan Schuss A Ohio State 12 Ohio^ Marcus Holman A North Carolina 13 Ohio^ Chase Carraro M Denver 14 Boston Will Manny A UMASS 15 Hamilton^ John Haus M Maryland 16 Chesapeake Kevin Cooper M Maryland
Round 3 17 Rochester** John Ranagan M Johns Hopkins 18 Hamilton Casey Carroll D Duke 19 Denver** Davis Butts M Loyola 20 Rochester** Ryan Clarke M Salisbury 21 Hamilton** James “Garrett” Thul A Army 22 Boston Lee Coppersmith M Johns Hopkins 23 Denver Landon Carr M Maryland 24 Charlotte** Owen Blye A Maryland
Round 4 25 Rochester^^ John Kemp G Notre Dame 26 Hamilton Reid Actin D Loyola 27 Charlotte Mason Poli D Bryant 28 Charlotte^^ Matt White A Virginia 29 Denver^^ Eric Law A Denver 30 Boston Jake Smith D UMASS 31 Denver Roger Ferguson D Brown 32 Chesapeake Dominic Sebastiani M Delaware
Round 5 33 Ohio Dominique Alexander M Ohio State 34 Hamilton Mike Poppelton FO Johns Hopkins 35 Chesapeake*^ Adrian Sorichetti M Hofstra 36 Denver*^ Aaron Prosser M Drexel 37 New [lacrosse] JoJo Marasco M Syracuse 38 Rochester*^ Brett Schmidt A Mt. St. Mary’s 39 Denver Dante Fantoni A Lehigh 40 Rochester*^ David Lawson M Duke
Round 6 41 Ohio Joe Lisicky D Lynchburg 42 Hamilton Jake Tripucka M Duke 43 Charlotte Max Van Bourgondien M Cornell 44 Rochester Matt Miller D Notre Dame 45 Rochester^* Noah Molnar M Lehigh 46 Boston David DiMaria A Lehigh 47 New [lacrosse]^* John Antoniades FO Hofstra 48 Charlotte^* Brian Casey M Georgetown
Round 7 49 Ohio Colin Fleming M UMASS 50 Hamilton Cameron Mann M Jacksonville 51 Charlotte Michael McCormack D Yale 52 Rochester Peter Johnson D Yale 53 New [lacrosse] Steve Murphy M Notre Dame 54 Boston Brendan Buckley D Army 55 Denver Sam Snow M Fairfield 56 New [lacrosse]^^^ Mark Mullen D Hofstra
Round 8 57 Ohio Kevin Mack M Ohio State 58 Hamilton Nick Doherty M Villanova 59 Charlotte Kyle Feeney G Bucknell 60 Rochester Zach Palmer A Johns Hopkins 61 New [lacrosse] Jeffrey Tundo M Stony Brook 62 Boston Quinn Cully M Notre Dame 63 Denver Dillon Ayers D St. John’s 64 Rochester*** Marshall Johnson M Fairfield
With the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft in the books, the Lizards added eight new members to their squad. The Lizards walked away with some of the most notable trades of the night Friday in philadelphia, picking up David Earl and Steven Waldeck from the Hamilton Nationals, as well as Mark Matthews from the Denver Outlaws.
Earl and Waldeck were picked up in exchange for the Lizard’s fifth overall pick of the night. Last season with the Nationals, Earl tallied 27 points (18 goals, one 2-point goal, and 8 assists) and 15 ground balls in 11 games. The 2011 Notre Dame graduate was picked up by Hamilton in the third round of the 2011 Collegiate Draft. Steven Waldeck picked up 39 and 36 ground balls in the last two seasons with the Nationals, respectively. At Stony Brook University, Waldeck picked up 313 ground balls, 112 in in senior season, the third most in school history.
The Lizards second pick was scheduled to come in the fourth round at 29th overall, but the Lizards traded the Denver Outlaws the 29th pick and attackman Will Mangan in exchange for attackman Mark Matthews. In his first season in the League, Matthews played in nine games for the Outlaws, scoring 28 points with 19 goals and 9 assists.
With their first pick of the draft, at 37th overall in the fifth round, the Lizards selected Syracuse midfielder, JoJo Marasco. A coveted “22” at Syracuse, JoJo started all 17 games of both his sophomore and junior seasons, and led the Orange midfield with 31 points in 2012 (12 goals, 19 assists).
In the sixth round, the Lizards selected Hofstra face-off specialist, John Antoniades. Antoniades ranked fifth in the nation in face-off in 2011 with a .642 win percentage.
The Lizards selected Notre Dame midfielder, Steve Murphy at 53rd overall. In his three years with the Irish so far, Murphy has tallied 20 points on 15 goals and five assists in the 31 games he’s played in.
With the 56th pick, a trade from Chesapeake, the Lizards selected Hofstra defenseman, Mark Mullen. As a sophomore in 2011, Mullen played in all 16 games and tallied seven caused turnovers, including two against Johns Hopkins and Colgate.
The Lizards selected Jeff Tundo, a Stony Brook Midfield, with their final pick. The Ohio State transfer started in all 17 games as a junior in 2012. With 17 goals and 28 assists, Tundo lead the team in assists and was second on the team in points.
[lacrosse] Vermeil Delivers US Lacrosse Convention Keynote
[lacrosse] Vermeil built one of the most successful NFL coaching careers ever by developing relationships with his players that focused more on who they were as people. That made him a natural selection to deliver the keynote address at the US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, Friday night, given the lacrosse community's affinity for highlighting the long-lasting relationships that come with participation in the sport.
Vermeil shared his principles of leadership honed over a 50-year career that now includes his position as an executive in the wine industry, leading a team that bottles and sells Vermeil Wines, a long-time family tradition now enjoyed by the public.
"I always told people I don't coach football, I coach people who play football," he said. "You don't coach lacrosse, you coach people who play lacrosse."