Lax Links: Jan. 31, 2015

Hey, it’s been a while. I feel like all Lax Links posts lately have started that way. It’s whatever.


College Crosse previews the Big Ten. Unsurprisingly, Michigan brings up the rear of the predicted conference standings. Big Ten outlook from the Baltimore Sun, though not a word about the Wolverines.

The MAAC gets the same treatment, with Detroit pegged fourth by College Crosse. The official MAAC coaches’ poll also named Detroit fourth. Shayne Adams, Mike Birney, Paul Bitetti, and Jason Weber were named pre-season first-team all-conference. That was a league-leading number, with Siena, Marist, and Canisius (picked to finish atop the conference in that order) all earning two selections. The Baltimore Sun names UDM the MAAC’s team on the rise. Detroit has four pre-season All-MAAC selections, according to Inside Lacrosse. Shayne Adams, Mike Birney, Paul Bitetti, and Jason Weber get the nod.

Michigan’s head strength coach Bo Sandoval was the NSCA Coach of the Year. Sophomore faceoff specialist Brian Archer with his latest Under The Arch blog. Ladies’ version? Regan on the Record. The Michigan men have some free scrimmage action in Oosterbaan Fieldhouse today… as in now.

UDM attack Shayne Adams was Kyle Devitte’s No. 44 overall selection on the Inside Lacrosse mock MLL Draft. Adams was ultimately not drafted.

Get yer Titan tickets. UDM offense preview. And the same for the defense.

Season preview for the Detroit women. The Lady Titans will have a pair of transfers hitting the field this spring. The Detroit women are picked to finish third in the Atlantic Sun, and six Titans are preseason all-conference.

Michigan’s men’s and women’s coaches preview their 2015 teams with the Big Ten Network.


Adrian sophomore attack Eric Fannell was named a preseason honorable mention All-American by Inside Lacrosse.

Albion senior attack Julie Wood gets some ink on the Britons’ official site. She international, yo.


Detroit with the release on their 11 signees during the early signing period (and yes, that I’m writing about the early signing period in late January is probably not a good thing when it comes to my trial for Dereliction of Blogger Duties in the First Degree).

Recruit profiles on the Michigan women’s 2015 signees.

Grosse Pointe South 2015 midfielder Jared Brush committed to D-3 Emerson.

Central Michigan’s women’s team earned a commitment from 2015 Ontario (N.Y.) Wayne Central goalie Dominique Hamman.

2015 U-M commit Rocco Sutherland previews his team for the fall.

2016 Brother Rice defenseman Brian Cosgrove committed to Fairfield.

Brighton 2016 attack Dylan Mercier committed to Detroit.

Haneoye Falls (N.Y.) Lima 2017 attack Caitlin Muir committed to the Michigan women. The Lady Wolverines also picked up a pledge from 2017 goalie Arielle Weissman out of Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) High School.

Bryn Mawr (Pa.) Shipley School 2018 defenseman Devin Gilligan has committed to MichiganLaxLessons brings the goods on his game:

I would say that my strengths as a player are my physicality and speed. My speed allows me to keep up with attackmen or outrun them. My physical style of play is also a key factor. I always try to body up a person if I can. I also play very aggressively and attack the ball, forcing groundballs and turnovers.

LaxLessons has made it a pain to copy and paste segments of their stories. You’re on watch, LaxLessons. Recruiting Rundown talks about his game.

Recruiting Rundown looks at 2018 Michigan commit Luke Summers as part of the top 15 in the nation.

Speaking of 2018 commitments to Michigan, Portland (Ore.) Oregon Episcopal School goalie Jack Schlendorf… uh… is one. His coach opines on the skill set:

“Jack is extremely talented between the pipes,” says [Brennen] Green, a former face-off standout at DIII power Lynchburg College. “His ability to command the defense, stay composed and make saves, as well as get the ball up the field quickly makes him a complete player. He is always calling friends to shoot on him and competing on and off the field.”

Good grab. I guess. The kid is a freshman in high school. #cruitin’

Michigan also picked up 2018 Syosset (N.Y.) attack JP Lannig. Michigan picked up 2018 attack Alex Bamford of The Brunswick School (Conn.). Portland (Ore.) Lakeridge 2018 defenseman Emmett Jones committed to Michigan.


MSU and Albion will scrimmage next Friday at Detroit Country Day. previews the CCLA’s top division, with Michigan State looking strong to repeat as champion. 2015 Spartan schedule.

Episode 2 of the Crossefire podcast features Grand Valley defenseman Peter Treppa as a guest. Lakers schedule.

Aquinas named its captains for this spring. U-M Dearborn schedule. Davenport season preview on

Other Collegiate

Davenport will host the NWLL Championships in 2016-18. That’s the NAIA/Division-2-ish level on the ladies side, so it’s an exciting deal to bring some good lacrosse to the Mitten.

High School

There are 29 job openings posted on LaxPower. Get on it, aspiring coaches.

The Michigan girls’ team was named for the Brine National Lacrosse Classic, taking place this summer in Virginia.

The Next Level

Marquette faceoff specialist (and Brother Rice alum) K.C. Kennedy is a captain for the Golden Eagles this spring.

Former Northville midfielder Dylan Gelven was named an IL pre-season All-American.


FogoLax will hold a clinic Feb. 26 at Country Day.

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