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Around The Crease

By Mike Loveday
Around the Crease podcast is presented by and covers boys’ high school lacrosse. From the latest news during the season to interviews with college coaches, Around the Crease brings you the information you want.
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Across the Pond with English Knights Lacrosse

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Loyola Commit Talks Decision
Ryan McGorry from St. Joseph’s Collegiate (N.Y.) is doing a prep year at Salisbury School (Conn.) before heading to Loyola University. McGorry joins Mike Loveday to discuss his recruiting process and how he came to choose the Greyhounds.
September 20, 2020
Players Discuss Race and Lacrosse
Carter Henry, a Class of 2020 McCallie School (Tenn.) graduate and future Yale student, along with Wilson Perez-Vasquez from Immokalee (Fla.) who is committed to Wheeling, join Mike Loveday to discuss their experiences as men of color playing lacrosse. 
June 28, 2020
Coach Chris Garland Discusses Black Lives Matter
Detroit Country Day Head Coach Chris Garland discusses Black Lives Matter along with race and lacrosse in this special episode of Around the Crease. Some ways you can help • Text "Floyd" to 55156 • Donate to the Equal Justice Initiative at • Visit to learn about how to respond to injustices Joe Ehrman Link that Coach Garland Discusses: PLL Podcast with Kyle Harrison:
June 14, 2020
2020 Season Updates and Player Interviews
Eric Malever from Woodward Academy and Brooks Baro from McIntosh join this week’s show to discuss the end to their high school careers and Mike Loveday gives an update on the status of the 2020 season around the country.
April 26, 2020
Did the NCAA Make the Right Call?
This Week in Lacrosse went live with Michael Ward and Lee Roggenburg last week. This is the full rebroadcast of the live show where we discuss the state of high school lacrosse, the NCAA decision to allow seniors to return for another year of school. We also share our favorite things from the shortened 2020 season.
April 12, 2020
Ponte Vedra Discusses Maryland Trip
This episode of Around the Crease features Ponte Vedra (Fla.) Head Coach Tom West, Notre Dame commit Carter Parlette and Utah commit Davis Smith. The Sharks discuss their trip to Maryland where they took on Gilman (Md.) and Boys' Latin (Md.).
March 29, 2020
Gabe Smith Honors Family Friend
Gabe Smith from J.H. Rose High School in North Carolina shares the emotional story of family friend Pete Quinlan and his impact on Smith’s lacrosse life.
March 22, 2020
Who's Talking About Playoffs?
New playoff formats in Indiana and Florida add additional topics to the start of each season. Both states are moving to a two-division classification, which should provide more teams with an opportunity. But is it all a net positive? Mike Loveday discuss with IHSLA President, Charlie Berry and's Lee Roggenburg.
February 23, 2020
Across the Pond with English Knights Lacrosse
This week's guest is Scott Weddell, the Director of English Knights Lacrosse in England. LaxRecords connected with Scott after one of his players, Daniel Jones, committed to High Point. We talk about he Knights program, how it started, what its like bringing their best players to America every two years and what the landscape of lacrosse is like in England.  English Knights Lacrosse Online Twitter @engknightslax Instagram: @english_knights_lax Facebook:
February 09, 2020
Bearcats Year One
Lander University head coach Tony LePore joins Mike Loveday this week to talk about building the Bearcats program and what it's like building a Division II lacrosse program from the ground up.
January 04, 2020
Starting From Scratch
This week's guest is Illinois Tech head coach Dan Sharbaugh. Illinois Tech will begin its first year as a Division III program in 2020, and I sit with Sharbaugh to discuss what its like beginning a program from scratch, what goes into building a program and what it's like waiting to play the first game in program history.
December 22, 2019
Player Profiles and the Happy Days Spinoff
Mike and Michael dive deep into the new player profile feature on and the duo discuss the relevance of Joanie Loves Chachi to our audience ... 
December 08, 2019
Recruiting for Transylvania Lacrosse
Transylvania lacrosse Associate Head Coach John Otto joins the podcast this week to talk about what it's like recruiting at a Division III program.
December 01, 2019
John Odierna Answers Your Recruiting Questions
Manhattan Associate Head Coach John Odierna joins Mike Loveday on this week's podcast to discuss recruiting. We cover some familiar topics like how to choose events and getting noticed, but we also dive into the role highlight videos and social media play into recruiting.  Manhattan lacrosse Manhattan lacrosse on Twitter Manhattan lacrosse on Instagram
November 17, 2019
Resurrecting a Program
St. Dominic's (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) head coach Tom Rooney discusses his coaching path that brought him to helping resurrect a program. We discuss what it's like to play lacrosse on Long Island and if it's really the king of all sports. We also talk about why he decided to start a new club program in an area of the country that's renowned for its talented programs.
November 02, 2019
High School versus Club Lacrosse Pt. 2
Detroit Country Day head coach Chris Garland join this week's podcast to discuss the roles of high school and club in lacrosse recruiting, the possibility of a spring club team happening and more. This is Part 2 of a two-part series where we talk with high school and club coaches about the role each players in a lacrosse player's career. Part 1 featured special guests, Andy Kay of MICDS (Missouri) and Kevin Benages of Naperville North (Illinois) and can be found via this link.
October 20, 2019
Duke Commit Discusses Lacrosse Recruiting Process
Reed Landin, a Class of 2021 lacrosse player at Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas), joins the show this week to talk about his lacrosse recruiting process. We discuss everything from how he got involved with lacrosse to how he went about contacting college programs and the process that ultimately led him to selecting Duke.
October 18, 2019
High School versus Club Lacrosse
Special guests, Andy Kay of MICDS (Missouri) and Kevin Benages of Naperville North (Illinois) join this week's podcast to discuss the roles of high school and club in lacrosse recruiting, the possibility of a spring club team happening and more.
October 06, 2019
Marc Zolchonock Takes Us Inside Lacrosse Recruiting's Most Asked Questions
Wagner Defensive coordinator Marc Zolchonock joined the podcast this week to take us inside lacrosse recruiting's most asked questions. We discuss several topics, including the best way for players to choose which recruiting events to attend and what the evaluation process is like for college lacrosse coaches.  Here's a full list of the questions we cover: 1. How should players pick which events to attend?  2. How do players get evaluated by college coaches? 3. Does getting noticed differ for players on the East Coast versus the Midwest, Southeast or West? 4. How early should a player start trying to get in front of a college coach (what year in high school)? 5. What non-athletic factors feature heavily in recruiting? 6. Is Walking On a thing at D-I lacrosse programs? 7. What’s the No. 1 thing a recruit can do to make themselves the most recruitable player possible?
September 22, 2019
By Any Means Necessary
William Penn (Iowa) mens lacrosse coach Luke Christiansen joins Mike Loveday to discuss recruiting on this week's episode of Around the Crease. We cover the following questions and a few more:  1. How do you get noticed by college coaches? 3. Does getting noticed differ for players on the East Coast versus the Midwest, Southeast or West? 4. How early should a player start trying to get in front of a college coach (what year in high school)? 5. What non-athletic factors feature heavily in recruiting? 7. What’s the No. 1 thing a recruit can do to make themselves the most recruitable player possible? Links:  William Penn Lacrosse Twitter William Penn Athletics Twitter William Penn Athletics Website William Penn University Website
September 08, 2019
Prospect Days Do's and Don'ts
Mike and Michael discuss some things to consider when looking at college prospect days. Also this week, they revisit their ideas surrounding the Premier Lacrosse League.
August 24, 2019
Delaware Coach Answers Recruiting Questions
University of Delaware Assistant Coach Trey Wilkes joins the podcast this week to discuss recruiting. We discuss the following topics; 1. How do you get noticed by college coaches? 2. Does getting noticed differ for players on the East Coast versus the Midwest, Southeast or West? 1. What about if you’re from a small place that no one knows about? 3. If so, what can players in non-traditional areas do to get on a coaches radar? 4. What non-athletic factors feature heavily in recruiting? 5. Is Walking On a thing at D-I lacrosse programs? 6. What’s the No. 1 thing a recruit can do to make themselves the most recruitable player possible? Description: Full links to items discussed during podcast Prospect Days Prospect Questionnaires
August 17, 2019
Paul Rabil a Warrior No More
On this week's podcast, Mike and Michael discuss the kerfuffle between Paul Rabil and Warrior, selecting the All-LaxRecords teams and the summer lacrosse recruiting season.  Links to some of the items we discuss: Lacrosse MVP Loses Lucrative Sponsorship After Launching New League NHSLS coverage LaxRecords on Twitter Michael Ward on Twitter
August 04, 2019
The Coaching Carousel Continues
Coaching changes around the high school lacrosse world are changing the landscape of the sport in various states. This week Mike Loveday digs into it. Chris Goldberg from guests on today's show to talk about how the Top 2 coaches in the state (in terms of wins) moving on will impact the area.
July 07, 2019
Recruiting Q&A With Division I College Coaches
Coaches from St. John's, Detroit-Mercy, Princeton and Manhattan gave a Q&A at the iD Lacrosse Showcase for players and parents. LaxRecords had exclusive access to record the session. The coaches covered everything from how to get noticed to what the scholarship process is really like. Please note that the audio in some sections may be quiet due to the nature of the venue and equipment. 
June 29, 2019
PLL Fights, Inside the Box and Lacrosse Showcase Recaps
Mike and Michael are back and this week they talk about the PLL fights in addition to other Premier Lacrosse League topics after they discuss the lacrosse showcase events they attended over the last two weeks.
June 22, 2019
Lacrosse Championships Feature Familiar Foes (This Week in Lacrosse)
Several high school lacrosse teams added to their trophy cases last week, including Brother Rice from Michigan, Pinkerton from New Hampshire, La Salle College in Pennsylvania and more. In this week's episode of This Week in Lacrosse, Mike takes a look at the teams and where they rank in their state's history.
June 16, 2019
TWIL: State Associations Decisions Take Center Stage
This Week in Lacrosse is subbing in for the usual Around the Crease podcast this week and Mike talks about two state association's decisions from the final weeks of the season. In Pennsylvania, the PIAA decided to cancel a one-goal game between Palmyra and Mt. Lebanon instead of pick it up the next day. In Illinois, the newly-sanctioned sports experiences growing pains as the two best teams in the state don't meet for the state title. Also this week, highlight player performers from state title and playoff games and how you can help promote your players this summer. 
June 09, 2019
Recapping the 2019 High School Lacrosse Season (And Predictions)
Michael Ward and Mike Loveday recap their thoughts of the 2019 high school lacrosse season. They discuss what it was like for Ward to be a reporter for the first time ever, pick their favorite moments and make some predictions for the championship games that were played on Saturday, June 1.
June 02, 2019
Is Calvert Hall The Greatest of All Time? (and more high school lacrosse news)
Is Calvert Hall the greatest MIAA A Conference team of all-time? This Week in Lacrosse dives into the discussion along with the biggest upset in New Jersey, New Canaan (Conn.) winning its first title in six years along with news out of Pennsylvania and high school lacrosse championship recaps from California. You can watch the original, with video highlights on YouTube -->
May 30, 2019
Playoffs (Who Gets It Right, Wrong and What Can Fix Them)
This week's special guest is Sheldon Shealer from ... yes, you read that right. Mike and Michael have a soccer guy on to talk about lacrosse playoffs. Why? Shealer is a long-time friend of Mike Loveday and in addition to covering high school soccer and football for almost 30 years, he worked as the interim Director with the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (MPSSAA) for one year. He provides some insight into playoff systems around the country and why the formats are the way they are.
May 26, 2019
Pennsylvania Championship History (And Why It Matters)
This episode was recorded in November 2018 with Chris Goldberg of to discuss the evolution of the Pennsylvania lacrosse playoff format. With all the discussion about playoff formats, especially in states that are growing, it's a good episode to listen to how an established state had its own share of growing pains and how it's continuing to modify its format.
May 19, 2019
Transitioning From High School to Summer (Recruiting Help)
Chris Garland from Detroit Country Day (Mich.) and Juiced Cherries rejoins the podcast this week to talk about creating a plan to maximize your summer and recruiting. He lays out tips for every graduation year. We also discuss the controversy surrounding the Michigan high school lacrosse playoffs.
May 12, 2019
This Week in Lacrosse: Geico Lacrosse Game Recaps (And Big News!)
New to the Around the Crease channel is This Week in Lacrosse - a weekly news recap show on YouTube, released on Monday's. We're releasing an audio version for those that rather catch up on the latest happenings from around the country in audio form. This week Mike Loveday recaps the GEICO Lacrosse Showcase games, takes a look at big news from around the country and dives into some of the best plays from the last two weeks in high school lacrosse. 
May 08, 2019
Florida Lacrosse Predications & Lacrosse Pontifications
With the playoffs abound, this week's two-segment podcast features some Florida lacrosse predications and general lacrosse pontifications. Lee Roggenburg from joins for the first half. Mike and Michael discuss their trips to Long Island and attempt to answer the question of how East Coast lacrosse got so good and what it would take for other areas to mimic it. Links: FLX on Twitter: Parents Gone Wild Podcast: LaxRecords on YouTube:
May 05, 2019
Parents Gone Wild
This week Michael Ward discusses the parental behavior he's seen so far this season. Also, Mike and Michael discuss their trips to Long Island.
April 28, 2019
Yelling At Referees
This week's episode is different. Instead of Michael Ward, Mike Loveday has Matt Noonan on as a guest to talk a little about New England lacrosse, but also what it's like to be a referee. Let's be honest, at some point in our lives, whether in person or in our living room, we've yelled at or about a referee. This week, I have a newly-minted lacrosse referee Matt Noonan to talk about why he got into it and what his experience has been like so far. Find Matt online at
April 21, 2019
Colorado Mesa Lacrosse and R.I.P. LaxPower
On Episode 61 of the Around the Crease podcast, Mike Loveday and Michael Ward discuss the 52-0 Colorado Mesa lacrosse win and when enough is enough. Also, with most of the season under their belts, the duo discusses how the loss of LaxPower has impacted the lacrosse community. 
April 14, 2019
A Match to be Made, Not a Prize to be Won
Detroit Country Day (Mich.) head coach Chris Garland joins the podcast this week to talk about what parents and players should, and should not be doing, with recruiting. We also discuss some of the top teams in Michigan.
April 06, 2019
Will the NCAA Change the Lacrosse Recruiting Rule?
On episode 59 of the Around the Crease podcast, Mike and Michael discuss whether the NCAA will change the lacrosse recruiting rule regarding the contact timeline and if the change would benefit the lacrosse recruiting process. Also this week, the duo go around the country to look at big games, players and results. 
March 31, 2019
Greg Gurenlian Talks Face-offs and High School Lacrosse Recap
Greg Gurenlian guests on this week's show to talk about the evolution of the face-off, the new Weapon X head by East Coast Dyes and who some of the up-and-comers are in high school. In the second half of the episode, Mike and Michael recap where Michael has been for the last week and they talk about results and players from the last week in high school lacrosse. 
March 24, 2019
Lacrosse Rankings with Ty Xanders
Ty Xanders from Inside Lacrosse joins Mike and Michael on the podcast this week. Xanders discusses the process he takes in compiling lacrosse rankings, east coast bias and what it takes to be a ranked team.
March 17, 2019
Going to California and What to Do With Culver Academy
Jim Loftus from comes onto the show to talk California lacrosse and Mike and Michael discuss private versus public school, including what to do with Culver Academy's prep program. Links: Donate to LaxRecords: Inside Lacrosse Preseason Rankings:
March 10, 2019
It's Good To Be King
Latest episode This week's podcast features Durham Academy (N.C.) head coach Jon Lantzy to talk about the Brine King of Spring and how the teams compete off the field to raise money for charity.  Mike and Michael talk about sportsmanship and if the issue of 'running up the score' is as cut-and-dry and some argue it is. Check out Follow on Twitter: Follow on Instagram:
March 03, 2019
How To Just Win
Coaches from Derryfield (N.H.), Middle Creek (N.C.) and Summit (N.J.) talk about leading their teams on extensive winning streaks and what it takes to keep high school athletes focused and motivated.
February 23, 2019
Ep. 53: Going Live With Headstrong
On Sunday, Feb. 10, LaxRecords went live with Jeff Baxter from HEADstrong and former Florida State lacrosse player Dawson Allen. We discussed HEADstrong's #GoLime campaign and how players can get started pledging their 2019 high school lacrosse season stats to help raise money for families affected by cancer.
February 17, 2019
Ep. 52: North Carolina Preview & College Lax Talk
This week, Damian Hall of comes on to talk about the 2019 North Carolina high school season. Mike and Michael talk about watching college lacrosse games and what makes it challenging.
February 09, 2019
Do They Know Who You Are?
This week Mike and Michael have three head coaches who are new to their respective programs this season: Zach Burke from Westlake (Texas), Pat Kennedy from Culver Academy (Ind.) and Jay Sothoron from Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas). The coaches talk about the challenges of joining a new program and what it’s like learning new players, parents and fans.
February 02, 2019
Giving It That Little Bit Extra
In episode 50, Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) head coach Sean McGinnis talks about what their upcoming game against St. Xavier getting moved to the University of Cincinnati means to Ohio lacrosse. Also, Director Ryan Cassidy joins us to talk about the teams to watch in Texas for 2019.
January 26, 2019
The Beasts in the Southeast
Mike & Michael talk with’s Lee Roggenburg about Florida lacrosse and Blythewood (S.C.) head coach Jason Cuzzupe about the state of South Carolina lax.
January 19, 2019
Was It A One-Off or Change in Power?
This week, Mike and Michael welcome Tanner Demling from to talk about the upcoming 2019 lacrosse season in Kentucky, Tennessee and the Midwest. They cover some of the teams and players that will make the season special.
January 11, 2019
Recruiting Options for Lacrosse Players
Mike & Mike talk with Louisville men's lacrosse coach Ryan McCauley about the program and then they talk about recruiting options for student athletes.
January 05, 2019
2018 Year in Review
Today, Mike & Mike take a look back at the 2018 season and discuss their favorite games, favorite players or highlights, offseason moments and pick a few overall favorites.
December 29, 2018
Forward Thinking: 2019 Preview
Today, Mike & Mike talk about expectations for the upcoming season and what they are most looking forward to seeing.
December 22, 2018
Lacrosse in the Olympics?
Today, Mike Loveday and Michael Ward discuss lacrosse getting preliminary approval to join the Olympics, what they think of changing the game to get it approved and they also share their favorite Olympic memories.
December 15, 2018
The Future of Lacrosse
In today’s show Mike Loveday and Michael Ward discuss professional lacrosse and what they think it will take for the Paul Rabil led Premier Lacrosse League to succeed.
December 09, 2018
New Opportunities For D-III Experiences
Today I talk with Kyle Donovan, an assistant coach at Cardinal Mooney (Fla.) and one of the founders of the Florida D3 Showcase. At the showcase,​ players will receive coaching from Division III coaches who will run each of the position stations, team practices and games. The showcase is open to players in the Classes of 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 and each of the showcases will be played on one field, allowing college coaches to see everyone.
October 12, 2018
Make It Easier to Get Noticed With ProspectCNNCT teams up with ProspectCNNCT and Arizona mens lacrosse coach Matt Blamey to provide athletes with more options to get noticed by college coaches.
September 12, 2018
Event Season
Mike and Tom are back together this week discussing their favorite things from the Under Armour All-America weekend, recapping the Apex Lacrosse event in New Jersey and taking a look ahead at where Tom will be in July. Tom talks with Apex Lacrosse Director Shane Doss and Mike and Tom try not to yammer on about bad parent behavior ... they really did try.
July 14, 2018
I Love The Pace of the Game
This week Mike goes solo as Tom Peace takes a deserved vacation with the family. Mike recaps what's coming up on and sits down with US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year Jeffrey Conner to talk lacrosse.
July 07, 2018
Episode 3: We Have Opinions
There is no side-stepping in today's episode as Tom and Mike discuss the TD Ierlan transfer and the reaction he received. Also on deck for today is the topic of parents' behavior at events.
June 23, 2018
This week Mike and Tom discuss a hot-button issue after West Genesee's Mike Messere said his players quit "a long time ago". Also in this week's episode, Tom talks about attending the Baltimore Summer Kickoff and the Mason Dixon Showcase.
June 16, 2018
Early Recruiting Real Talk
In Season 2, Episode 1 of the Around the Crease podcast, Tom Peace of the Peace Report Lax Blog joins Mike Loveday as co-host. The duo discusses storylines from the end of the 2018 season and what impact the end of early recruiting has on players and parents.
June 09, 2018
Stylax Stat Leaders: March 24, 2018
Friday, March 23 was a big night across the nation in boys’ lacrosse, especially on the East Coast. Owen Caputo hit 400 career points in North Carolina. Jef Hewlings reached 300 career wins in Pennsylvania and Eric Malever set the season mark for most points in a game in Georgia. All this and more in today’s Stylax Stat Leaders update.
March 24, 2018
Stylax Stat Leaders Daily Update: March 22, 2018
Of the four player updates in today's Stylax Stat Leaders, three still have at least one left in their high school careers. Players from Kennesaw Mountain (Ga.), Western (Fla.), and Rancho Cotate (Calif.) are featured in today's update.
March 22, 2018
Stylax Stat Leaders: March 19, 2018
Another coaching milestone highlights today's Stylax Stat Leaders as longtime McCallie School head coach Troy Kemp notches a career milestone. Also today, players from Summit Country Day (Ohio), Male (Ky.), Boone (Fla.) earn updates.
March 19, 2018
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Best Known Performers: March 9, 2018
Two faceoff men earn spots among the season leaders after winning more than 70 percent of their opportunities on Thursday. Also today, another four-overtime​ game and a Missouri senior starts his season off strong.
March 09, 2018
Challenged By Casey Powell
Mikey Berkman became the 76th player in boys' lacrosse history to reach 400 career points, but before he entered his freshman year the legendary Casey Powell issued a challenge - break his record.
March 08, 2018
Dethroning the King
Nicky Solomon, the brother of Syracuse sophomore, Nathan 'King' Solomon, talks about reaching 500 career points, what it means for Georgia and if his teammates think​ he's better than Nate.
March 06, 2018
Player of the Week for March 5, 2018: Topher Bligh from St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.)
Bligh totaled 13 points on seven goals and six assists in two victories last week. The Brown commit scored eight points on five goals and three assists as St. Ignatius Prep defeated Sacred Heart Cathedral (Calif.) 16–1 in their season opener on Feb. 26.
March 05, 2018
Best Known Performers: March 3, 2018
Centennial (Ga.) senior Nicky Solomon passed Mikey Powell to become just the 18th player in boys' high school lacrosse history to reach 500 career points. Also in today's update, a team from Nevada and players from California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee earn spots on the Best Known Performances.
March 03, 2018
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February 27, 2018
Why Is Your Mom Crammed In the Backseat?
Program note: This episode originally appeared using another platform and was Episode 32. Today, I talk with High Point head lacrosse coach Jon Torpey. We go over quite a bit in today's podcast. Among today's topics are: How do I get on a coach's radar? How, when, the best way to contact a college coach? How do the new NCAA rules impact me? What can I do to stand out from everyone else? What events should I attend? How many events should I attend? What do coaches look for out of players at an event? What factors go into recruiting a class for your program?
February 23, 2018
Preparing for College and Social Media Usage
Tufts lacrosse head coach Casey D'Annolfo discusses how high school players can prepare for college early by taking their SAT/ACT tests as early as possible in today's podcast. We also touch on social media usage, specifically how much coaches check out potential recruit profiles, can a bad post cost you a scholarship and can you use social media to contact a coach. References States representing Tufts Tweet SAT Tweet Tufts Lacrosse website
October 01, 2017
How to Get a College Lacrosse Coach to Notice
Today, I talk with High Point head lacrosse coach Jon Torpey. We go over quite a bit in today's podcast. Among today's topics are: How do I get on a coach's radar? How, when, best way to contact a college coach? How do the new NCAA rules impact me? What can I do to stand out from everyone else? What events should I attend? How many events should I attend? What do coaches look for out of players at an event? What factors go into recruiting a class for your program?
August 13, 2017
2017 Player of the Year
Justin Shockey considered giving up lacrosse at one point. But with the support of teammates and mentors, he stayed with it to become the premier face-off man in the nation and earns’s first-ever Player of the Year. The future Navy face-off man put together one of the more impressive seasons in Landon (Bethesda, Md.) history. Shockey won 79.3 percent of his face-offs this season and chipped in 197 ground balls, leading the team in both categories. He scored 24 points on 14 goals and 10 assists and helped Landon go undefeated and win the regular and postseason IAC championships. You can read more about Shockey's stellar season in the Player of the Year announcement.
July 17, 2017
Cory Lund, California's All-Time Assist Leader
Today's podcast focuses on El Segundo (Calif.) athlete, Cory Lund who finished his high school lacrosse career as California's all-time assist leader.  The Williams College signee finished with 192 career assists and 370 total points. Lund averaged 7.87 points per game, with the bulk of his points coming in his final three years.  Lund and I talk about his freshman injury, how that helped him during his sophomore season, his recruiting process and why he chose lacrosse. You can check out the all-time California leaders' list in addition to the 2017 Stylax Stat Leaders to see where Lundy falls in the state and the nation.    
June 18, 2017
Cardinals Claim Crown
Calvert Hall (Baltimore) took home the MIAA A Conference championship in a 12-6 win over McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) on May 25. Head Coach Bryan Kelly spoke with me about that championship game, the season and how it came together during the year, what their best game of the year was and a quick look at some of the returning players for 2018. Links Week 13 Consensus Rankings What do you want to hear?    
June 04, 2017
Who's Got The Trophy?
Today's podcast is all about rankings. Specifically, ranking philosophy and its application during the high school season. My guest today is Sheldon Shealer, national editor at Yes, I talk with a soccer guy about lacrosse rankings. Shealer was my professor at Mount St. Mary's and has been my mentor for more than 12 years now. He is the one who taught me how to do rankings and has been my go-to when I have a question about placing a team. For that reason, I brought him on to talk about how national rankings are compiled, how he looks at a team's schedule to determine where they fit in the national scope and how picking that No. 1 team can be a challenge at times. You can find Shealer on Twitter @TDS_HS_Soccer and at  
May 21, 2017
The Best Rivalry In High School Lacrosse?
What is the best rivalry in high school lacrosse? On today's podcast I talk with St. Paul's (Brooklandville, Md.) head coach Rick Brocato and Director of Alumni Relations at Boys' Latin (Baltimore) Mac Kennedy about their programs rivalry. St. Paul's and Boys' Latin meet for the 100th time on May 16 and marks the final regular season game for Brocato. Both teams are heading into the playoffs and could meet one more time, but this 100th meeting is special. Why? Kennedy and Brocato fill in all those details. While we're on the subject, what's the best rivalry you have ever seen or been part of? I spent a number of years in Maryland, so I immediately think of Landon (Bethesda, Md.) versus Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) and McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) versus Gilman (Baltimore). The East versus West of the respective Smithtown's in New York also springs to mind. Send me a tweet @LaxRecords and let me know y
May 14, 2017
Massachusetts High School Lacrosse
This week's podcast focuses on Massachusetts high school lacrosse with Matt Noonan of Matt is a good friend, going back to my days at ESPN and he's been on the Massachusetts high school scene for a number of years. This week, we talk a little about some of the hot teams so far this season and about some of the teams that may be getting hot at the right time of the year.  Be sure to check out in addition to following Matt on Facebook and Twitter. Links below. Website: Twitter: @NoontimeSports Facebook:  
May 11, 2017
Florida's 2017 Boys' Lacrosse Season Recap
This week I talk with Lee Roggenburg from about the 2017 FHSAA championship, surprises from the season in addition to some players and teams that impressed him. Also this week, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) senior Kevin Crowley is a guest after winning a state championship and earning Player of the Week. Links: FloridaLX on Twitter Player of the Week
May 07, 2017
400 Point Club
Today's show revolves mainly around the 400-point club. I have four guests on today's show: Nicky Solomon from Centennial who is the latest player to reach 400 career points; Bryan Wallace, Solomon's head coach; Kirk Ventiquattro from Carthage (N.Y.) who has coached more 400-point scorers than any other high school coach in history. Also on the show this week is Severna Park (Md.) attackman and UMBC commit, Trevor Patschorke who earned last week's Player of the Week. For anyone who missed it, or wants to read it again, I posted a story in last week's notebook all about the players on the 400 point list, including where they end up in college and who could be next on the list. I also have tons of photos of some of the players on the list - some from their high school days and quite a few from college. Visit
April 23, 2017
1,000 Career Saves, Building A Program and Haverford School
This week's podcast has two guests, Nyack (N.Y.) senior goalie and Albany commit Will Ramos and Immokalee (Fla.) head coach Scott Rickard. In addition to my guests this week, I talk a little about the latest Consensus Rankings with Haverford School's move back into the Top 10 and why I think some schools get jumped. I also highlight just a couple of last week's best performances before getting into the interviews. Below are some links to some of the topics I discuss this week. Week 6 Consensus Rankings Will Ramos reaches 1,000 Chase Poplin becomes South Carolina's all-time goal leader Marc Galindo's Career stats
April 16, 2017
Rankings, Records and All-Time Leaders
In this week's podcast, I talk a little more about national rankings and what surprised me this week. Also, I talk with last week's Player of the Week, Bullis' Alex Trippi and highlight a few players who reached notable milestones over the weekend Links: Alex Trippi, Player of the Week Reid Smith, Player of the Week Latest Consensus Rankings
April 09, 2017
Will It Ever Be Done Again?
This week's podcast features a bit of follow up on last week's roundup where I talked about whether Torrey Pines (San Diego, Calif.) and St. Ignatius Prep (San Francisco) would make it into the nation rankings. I also talk about some of the team's that surprised in terms of how they're being ranked. I also give some shout-outs to players who stood out to me over the last week along with an interview with this week's Player of the Week, Clay Welch, from Ponte Vedra (Fla.). I also have Mac Kennedy, the Director of Alumni Relations at Boys' Latin (Baltimore), as a guest today. Kennedy is the guy when it comes to Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) history. He wrote the book on Boys' Latin history, literally, and has helped me compile the all-time champions in MIAA history in addition to former coach, Bob Shriver's, all-time win-loss record. Kennedy and I talk about why the MIAA is considered the best conference in high school lacrosse, will anyone touch St. Paul
March 30, 2017
West Genesee Head Coach Mike Messere Talks Wins and History
Today I’m talking to West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.) head coach Mike Messere. This was special for me because Messere has the most wins of any high school lacrosse coach, boys or girls, in history. He starts this year with 811 career wins and is the only coach in history to surpass 800. He has the most state championships of any coach in history with 15 and if that’s not enough, Messere also led the Wildcats to a 91-game win streak that stared in 1981 and ended in 1984. That streak is tied for most all-time and is sure to stand for a lot longer. To put it into a little perspective, the closest any team has come to that since 1984 was when Bedford out of New Hampshire won 72 straight from 2012 to 2015. Currently, Victor out of New York currently has the longest active streak at 44 games, so if they repeat what they’ve done that last two seasons, it will still take them another two seasons, plus three games just to tie the records. Quite the impressive feat.
March 26, 2017
High School Lacrosse Roundup, March 23, 2017
This special edition of the Podcast is a bit of a high school lacrosse roundup. That's right, this week we're talking real results. I highlight some of the teams, players and storylines from the 2017 season so far. Some topics covered in this week's podcast are: Jupiter (Fla.) quiet season full of big wins; St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) just keeps winning; Shout out to Reed Babcock from Regis Jesuit on his Player of the Week nod; Bishop O'Connell's landmark win and some California lacrosse talk. This week I also have Jim Loftus from on to talk about Torrey Pines (San Diego, Calif.) defeating St. Ignatius Prep (San Francisco) and then St. Ignatius defeating Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.). Links: Inside Lacrosse Preps Podcast |
March 23, 2017
Eight Is Great With Gonzaga Head Coach Casey O'Neil
Today I’m talking to Gonzaga head coach Casey O’Neil who looks to lead the Purple Eagles to their 8th straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship this season. Since he took over the program in 2008, O’Neil has won 15 games and compiled a 90-7 conference record. Gonzaga is a consistent Top 15, if not Top 10, national team. He’s was the Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year in 2010 and WCAC Coach of the Year in 2010, 11 and 12. Casey is a Gonzaga graduate and won a WCAC title as a player in 1993. He played lacrosse, basketball and football with the Purple Eagles and went on to play D-I lacrosse at Lehigh where he won a Patriot League title in 1999. Of course, I talked with him about his team outlook and how the WCAC looks to be impacted by Kevin Giblin’s arrival, but we also take a deeper look into what has made O’Neil such a terrific leader and some of the advice and habits that’s helped him along the way. Before we get into it
March 19, 2017
Podcast: Can McDonogh (Md.) Repeat in the MIAA A Conference?
Today we’re digging deep into the Maryland lacrosse scene with Derek Toney of Varsity Sports Network. For the sake of time, we focused in on the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, better known as the MIAA. The A conference gets a lot of attention, but we do touch on the B conference and some of the area public school programs. If you want the definitive teams and players to watch in Baltimore, this is your podcast. Plus, you can tell Derek and I how wrong we are when you get to the section where we make our picks for the MIAA A Conference champion. Be sure to follow VSN @VSN_Publisher on Twitter and on As usual, all links are in the show notes and on  
March 12, 2017
Brine King of Spring Lacrosse Classic Preview
Today we’re doing a preview of the Bring King of Spring Face Off Classic held in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill North Carolina and starts Thursday, March 9. For me, and even though the season is already well underway in Florida and some other states, the Brine King of Spring Face-off Classic has always been the unofficial signal that lacrosse season is here. There are 34 teams from 10 different states and Canada at this year’s event, which marks it’s 8th time. I’ve personally been to this even a number of years and it’s always a lot of fun. Jon Lantzy, who is the head coach at Durham Academy, and started the event sits down with me to talk a little about it’s history, the fundraising portion of the event, how it’s grown and how he does the matchups. For more information on the event, you can check out or
March 05, 2017
Philly Lacrosse
digging deep into the Philadelphia lacrosse scene with Chris Goldberg of and Chris has been a staple on the Philly lacrosse scene for more than two decades now and I’m thrilled to have him on today as we talk about the litany of players to watch for the 2017 season. Chris talks about the new championship format for the PIAA and his picks for sleeper teams.  We also talk about his national website,, where they just released a lot of their high school rankings in the last week. Most of probably already follow him, judging by 28,000 Twitter followers, but if you’re not already be sure to check them out. TopLax is also @TopLaxRecruits on Instagram. Also check out @Phillylacrosse on Twitter and Instagram.   Twitter: @TopLaxRecruits
February 26, 2017
Rivalry, Sportsmanship and Advice from Rob Bordley
Today I’m talking to Rob Bordley the head coach at Landon School in Bethesda, Md..  Bordley is 5th all-time with 622 career wins and I’ll be honest, if you’re not excited about lacrosse after listening to this podcast, it might be time to look for a different sport. Bordley is almost 70 years old, but I think you’ll agree he sounds like someone 1/2 that age in this conversation. His excitement for the sport is contagious.  Because he has such an impressive resume, we talk about more than just how the team will fare this season (they’re probably going to be pretty good), but we dive deeper into what has helped him be so successful.  What tidbit of information does have to pass along? What’s the best piece of advice he’s ever received?  We talk about the rivalry with Georgetown Prep and so much more.
February 19, 2017
This Team Is Bigger Than One Person
Today I’m talking to Tim Dodds the new head coach at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Alexendria, Va.) Dodds has been an assistant coach for St. Stephen’s since 2011 and was chosen after a nationwide search to be the next head coach of the Saints. Today’s podcast is a little different. Dodds and I talk about what he learned during the application process, what it was that made him unique among the other candidates and even what his morning routine is. We also talk about the best advice he’s ever received and of course, we talk about some of the teams to be in the IAC for the 2017 season. Dodds was an assistant coach for the Saints for the last five seasons under former head coach Andy Taibl. Dodds is a Wesleyan University graduate where he played lacrosse from 2007-2008 to 2010-2011 seasons. Dodd played high school lacrosse and soccer at Great Valley (Pa.). Taibl compiled a record of 156-76. He led the S
February 12, 2017
Will Ponte Vedra Win It All?
Today I’m talking to Lee Roggenburg, senior writer for Today we're doing our 2017 Florida Boys' Lacrosse Season Preview. Included in today's discussion are the players and teams that will make for another memorable season. Lee makes his pick for the team to win it all in 2017 in addition to giving his picks for the FHSAA Final Four. Plus, we look at many of the players that Lee expects to have good seasons. You can follow Lee on Twitter at FloridaLX. Florida Lacrosse does a great job of covering the state. If you preview your previews written, take a look at's early look ahead to the players and teams based on statistics and all-state selections. Subscribe to the podcast in
February 05, 2017
California Players and Teams to Watch for 2017
In this week's podcast, Jim Loftus from MaxLax Inc. and I are doing a rundown of teams and players to watch in our 2017 California Boys' Lacrosse Preview. Loftus is an editor at MaxLax Inc., which encompasses,, and Can Torrey Pines win it all this season with a team that’s loaded or will Poway come away with another section title? Can the Los Angeles teams continue their winning ways or will it be one and done? Jim and I discuss it all. And do yourself a favor, be sure to follow MaxLax at MaxLaxInc on Twitter. If you have more specific tastes, you can follow MaxLaxLA, MaxLaxSD and MaxLaxCO on Twitter for those specific sites.
January 29, 2017
Make Sure You Have a Great Stick
Today I’m talking to the newest member of the 400-point club, Henry Hunt of Old Lyme high school in Connecticut. Hunt finished his senior year by breaking the Connecticut state record for most career points, putting up 489. He passed former New Fairfield attack man Andrew Fiamengo.  Hunt set the state record with a 156 point season in 2015, then proceeded to break his own record with 157 as a senior. He is continuing his lacrosse career at Hamilton College. Hunt spoke with me in September and we talked about what the difference was between his 50 point freshman year and his breakout 126 point sophomore season. He also was kind enough to pass along some advice for some up-and-coming lacrosse players.
January 08, 2017
The Longest Game In Boys' High School Lacrosse History
Today we’re talking about the longest game in boys’ high school lacrosse history. On April 4, 1985, St. Anne’s-Belfield (Charlottesville, Va.) met Western Albemarle (Crozet, Va.) in the Dogwood Tournament. These teams played a 14 overtime game, which stands as the known record for the longest game played. Most Overtimes in high school lacrosse LaxRecords on Twitter LaxRecords on Instagram LaxRecords on Facebook Coach Doug Tarring bio Coach Mike Caravana bio  
December 18, 2016
Hotbed lacrosse with Paul VI Head Coach Bob Waters
Today we’re talking with Paul VI head coach Bob Waters. Coach Waters took over the Paul VI program in 2012 and his first season on the sideline was 2013 when he lead his team to a 20-win season. In four seasons, he’s led them to a 61-27 record while competing in one of the toughest regions in the nation, the Washington DC/Northern Virginia/Maryland area. The podcast is longer than previous versions because Coach Waters and I just sat and had a conversation about lacrosse. You’ll get information on what type of player he looks for, what physical and mental attributes specifically. You’ll also get some insight on how he went from a JV Head Coach and Varsity Assistant at a public school in Virginia to the head coach of a private school that plays in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and how he used his business acumen to be a consistent winning program.
December 11, 2016
The Need for Speed
As part of this week's show, I try to find out if the old adage of 'speed can't be taught' is true. I talk with Colin Quay, owner and President of Elite Athlete Training Services in Rockville, Maryland. Colin is a good friend of mine and I've known him for 10 years and he's been my personal trainer in the past.  E.A.T.S. Facebook E.A.T.S. Twitter E.A.T.S. YouTube  
November 13, 2016
What Does A Scholarship Cost
NCAA Division I men's Lacrosse teams have an average roster size of 45 players but only a maximum of 12.6 scholarships to award per team. This means the average award covers less than 30% of a typical athlete's annual college costs. Lacrosse is an equivalency sport for NCAA limits, so partial scholarships can be awarded as long as the combined equivalent awards do not exceed the limit. For example, an NCAA Division I school can award 24 women lacrosse players each a 1/2 scholarship and still meet the limit of 12 per team.  For more information see our page on scholarship limits.   Learn more from
November 06, 2016
What is the Role of Club Lacrosse in Recruiting?
Today's podcast is a rebroadcast of a Google Hangout I did with Casey O'Neil (Gonzaga), Tom Peace (, Lee Southern (NJ Riot) and Jono Zissi (Torrey Pines) in 2013. Over the course of the podcast, we discuss how club lacrosse has helped players get noticed earlier and how that role has grown. I have the original YouTube video hosted on my personal page.
October 30, 2016
Can You Dodge in a Phone Booth
Current Medfield (Massachusetts) high school lacrosse head coach John Isaf spoke with in Episode 4 of the podcast. We covered several topics, including what he looks for in players when they're trying out for the Medfield high school lacrosse program. Related: 5 Tips to Be a Better Lacrosse Player | Are You Making These 3 Mistakes? | All Podcasts |
October 23, 2016
Are You Coachable?
St. Paul's (Brooklandville, Md.) head coach Rick Brocato talks about real-word tips to help players improve and make their lacrosse team.  Whether you're a beginner who's looking to make the junior varsity or an experience player looking to make the jump to varsity, Brocato has more than 30 years lacrosse coaching experience for you to hear. 5 Tips to Make You a Better Lacrosse Player Past Episodes Be a Better Lacrosse Player  
October 16, 2016
Will You Work to Get to the Next Level?
Current Santa Fe Christian (Calif.) head coach Tom DeMaio. DeMaio grew up in New England and has been coaching lacrosse for over 25 years. A former Head Coach at Northeastern University in Boston, Coach DeMaio is regarded as one of the top teachers in the sport with an impressive track record of developing players both on and off the field. He talks with LaxRecords about what makes the difference between making your junior varsity and varsity lacrosse teams.  Please note, there were some audio issues with this podcast. It was the first attempt at recording and there was some noticeable dropout. I did my best to edit them out, but some remain. I apologize and future episodes do improve.  Links: 5 Tips to be a Better Lacrosse Player Be a Better Lacrosse Player page All Podcasts
October 09, 2016
Hello, my name is ...
The very first podcast, hosted by founder Mike Loveday.  This episode goes over what you can expect out of this podcast series. focuses on boys' high school lacrosse, specifically stats, history and education. 
September 28, 2016