Spring Team Registration Opens

The spring Blackhawks — for high school players whose schools do not have lacrosse teams — will soon take the field for its fifth season of competition.  This program provides high school players with an opportunity to play competitive lacrosse in the spring when they otherwise would not be able to play.  We welcome players of all experience levels (even new players) from public and private high schools and home schools throughout the region.  There will be an interest meeting for spring team candidates on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Cash-Bagley Fields, 4700 Old Hollow Road, Kernersville.  Registration for this unique spring program is now open at SPRING REGISTRATION.  More information is available at the SPRING TEAM PAGE.

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HUNGER GAMES BIGGEST YET

A Sampling of the Donated Food from Yesterday's Hunger Games

In the largest yet of the Blackhawks’ four charity tournaments held since 2010, sixteen high school teams and four adult teams brought their passion for the game of lacrosse to Saturday’s second annual Stick It To Hunger Lacrosse Classic at Cash-Bagley Fields in Kernersville.  They also brought close to two tons of non-perishable food to help fight hunger in the Triad and generated tournament proceeds of over $8,000 for charity.

The donated food will be distributed to families in need through the Greensboro Urban Ministry.  The tournament proceeds will

Youth Clinic at Hunger Games

benefit the Kernersville Christmas Relief Fund, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Triad inner-city lacrosse initiatives, and Wounded Warrior.

The event featured players representing 46 different high schools – including high schools from Fayetteville, the Raleigh

High School Game Action: Catching Fire vs 6M Kernersville

area, Alamance County, Stokes County, as well as local players from Forsyth and Guilford Counties.  The four adult teams were comprised predominately of present and former college players.  Kevin Drew, who plays for Major

Presentation of Check to Kernersville Christmas Relief Fund

League Lacrosse’s Charlotte Hounds , played in the adult division.  Each team played three games over the course of the event.

East Forsyth High School and West Stokes High School tied for most donated food in the high school division.  The “Old Goats” won the donated-food title for the second year in a row in the adult division.  The event also featured a free youth lacrosse clinic and a raffle of lacrosse equipment.

Fans Enjoy Lacrosse Action at Hunger Games

The event was sponsored by the Triad Blackhawks lacrosse club in partnership with Help Kick Hunger, a father-son organization that sponsors similar events in the soccer community.

6M Sports Lacrosse — through in-kind donations — and Olympic Products — which presented a check to the tournament in the amount of $1,500, were sponsors of the event.

For more tournament photos, please check out Betsy Siousset’s Shutterfly Page.  For the post-tournament press release, got to Hunger Games 2013 — Press Release.

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Slim Jim

"Slim Jim" Action

The fall Blackhawks introduced “Slim Jim” to its players yesterday at Cash-Bagley.  The game uses a 6-foot tall, 4-inch diameter pipe as a goal in a 4 v 4 game (no goalies) to accelerate the development of players in the fundamentals of the game.  The game results in lots of ball touches for the players, encourages tight defense, and discourages the unsound practices of sidearm shooting and overpowering of shots .  The narrow goal and large crease place a premium on shooting accuracy and make for an entertaining, fast-paced game.  Yesterday’s game lasted 12 minutes, non-stop, and the scores were 2-0, 4-1, and 1-0.  The players loved it!

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Fall Ball Registration Opens

My, how time flies!  It seems like just yesterday that the Blackhawks had their first fall ball session, way back in 2008.  We now embark upon our 6th consecutive session of fall ball, and registration is now open at FALL BALL 2013.  In addition to a Saturday morning program at Cash-Bagley in Kernersville that focuses on fundamentals and small-sided scrimmages (you can expect to play some “Chumash” lacrosse as well!) and a travel team, the Blackhawks will once again host and sponsor the Stick it to Hunger Games, this year on Saturday, November 23, at Cash-Bagley Fields.  See you on the fields!

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Mountaineers Ascend to Title

'Neers with Trophy

The Mountaineers beat the Flying Donkeys of Nubbinsville, 6-2, in tonight’s high school HOTT Lax final at Cash-Bagley. The title represents a repeat of sorts, as Coach Andrew Allison coached both the Mountaineers and last year’s undefeated champion Allison’s Assassins. This year, as last, was a total team effort. Among the keys for the champions were the midfield play of Luke Mulvey (4 goals in 2 playoff games), Sean Glass, and Ian Miller; the offensive work of Paul Gulledge (3 goals in title game) and Zach Vaughn (3 goals in playoffs); the defensive prowess of Trevor and Matthew Woods and Cade Justad-Sandberg; and the steady goalkeeping of Nathan White (saved 2 of 4 shots on goal in title game) that allowed Allison’s latest edition to ascend to the title. The 4th-seeded Donkeys — coached by Hugh Fiery and led by Joseph Floyd (4 goals, 2 assists in playoffs), Jacob Hales (2 goals, 1 assist in playoffs), Razaun Dantzler, and all-star goalie Matt Miller

Title Game Action

(saved 15 of 26 shots on goal in playoffs)– beat Buggie, 4-3, in the quarterfinal and then knocked off top seeded but shorthanded K Vegas Rock, 5-2, in the semifinal, while the Mountaineers beat FP Mafia, 6-4, in the other semifinal. Great job by all teams! Congrats to the ‘Neers!

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HOODATS IN A THRILLER!

Hoodats Hoist Trophy

Former NW Guilford and Wingate star David Lee scored his fourth goal of the game with 9 seconds remaining to complete a 7-6 heartstopping comeback win over the Adult Hawks in tonight’s Adult HOTT Lax championship game at Cash-Bagley Fields. The Hoodats trailed 4-1 in the first half and 6-4 with under 4 minutes left in the final, but used the combined offensive firepower of Lee and of Derek Watts (2 goals, 4 assists) and the tenacious ground ball play of Owen Thomas, Aaron Hales (Hampden Sydney), and Rob Thomas (Mt Olive) to earn the trophy. Holden Shelton (Liberty Univ.) tied the game on a goal off of a Watts feed inside 2 minutes to set up Lee’s heroics.

The Adult Hawks were the defending champ, but slumped late in the regular season and came into the playoffs as the fifth seed. The Hawks pulled it together for the playoffs, however, upsetting the Land Sharks, 8-3, and then stunning top seed Skeeps, 8-5 in the

Playoff Action was Intense

semifinal. The Hoodats reached the final by knocking off 3rd seed K-Dogs 12-5 in the semifinal.

Congrats to the Hoodats on a well-deserved championship!

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K Vegas Rock, Skeeps Earn Top Seeds

Adult HOTT Lax Action, July 10

K Vegas Rock cruised to the top seed this high school HOTT Lax season, while Skeeps won twice on Wednesday night to edge Hoodats on goal differential for the top seed in adult Hott Lax.

Adult playoffs take place this Monday, and top seed Skeeps and second-seed Hoodats — each loaded with current and former college players — will get a bye in the first round. The Skeeps are led by player-of-the-year candidates James Furlow (13 g, 19 a) and Henry Farlow (29 g, 9 a, 60% shooting) and top goalie Tyler Abernethy (54% saves).   The Hoodats are led by Derek Watts (17 g, 6 a), Aaron Hales (37 gb) and defender Brett Hewitt (11 loose balls caused).

One of the hottest teams of late is the K-Dogs, who have climbed into the third-seed spot behind league ground ball leader Michael Campbell and the late surge of last summer’s scoring champ Jake Johnson (13 g, 8 a).

High school playoffs will take place on Tuesday, and the real question is whether K Vegas can be knocked off their rock.  Brian Miller (21 g, 12 a, 43 gb), Thomas Barreca (12 g, 7 a), Robert Russell (7 g, 3 a, 27 gb), and Spencer Dollman(9 g, 4 a) lead the high-

Jonathan Cole scores for Finger Puppet Mafia, HS HOTT Lax, 7/10/13

scoring favorites, who have played with consistency and pulled away from the pack this season.

The Mountaineers – powered by scoring trio of Paul Gulledge (18 g, 5 a, 67% shooting), Zach Vaughn (14 g, 6 a), and Will Murphy (8 g, 6 a, 33 gb) and the defense of Trevor Woods (12 gb, 13 lbc) — went undefeated this week to pull ahead of the fading Biceps to grab the second seed.

Ground ball contest, HS HOTT Lax, 7/10/13

The Biceps have the high school league’s stingiest defense, but untimely injuries and inconsistent attendance led to 4 straight losses this week.  Defender Ryan McFetters (22 gbs, 12 lbc, 3 a) has carried the bulk of the defensive load for the Biceps, and Reece Parillo (35 gb)  has been commanding the midfield.  The Biceps’ Mason Murdock (8 g, 2 a) has been carrying the offensive load the last half of the season.

Here is the playoff schedule:

MONDAY, JULY 15 — ADULT PLAYOFFS
Game Time Field
Game 1: Old Goats (6) vs K-Dogs (3)
6:00 PM
Bagley 1
Game 2: Adult Haükes (5) vs Land Sharks (4)
6:00 PM
Bagley 2
Game 3: G1 Winner vs Hoodats (2)
6:50 PM
Bagley 1
Game 4: Game 2 Winner vs Skeeps (1)
6:50 PM
Bagley 2
Championship Game
7:40 PM
Bagley 1
TUESDAY, JULY 16 — HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFFS
Game Time Field
Game 1: FP Mafia (6) vs Biceps (3)
6:00 PM
Bagley 1
Game 2: Buggies (5) vs F Donkeys (4)
6:00 PM
Bagley 2
Game 3: G1 Winner vs Mountaineers (2)
6:50 PM
Bagley 1
Game 4: Game 2 Winner vs K Vegas Rock (1)
6:50 PM
Bagley 2
Championship Game
7:40 PM
Bagley 1
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HOTT Lax Sizzling!

Three weeks into HOTT Lax, and it has become no easier to predict the ultimate champion in the high school and adult divisions.

HOTT Lax Stats & Standings

In the high school division, offensive juggernaut K Vegas Rock and defensive power The Biceps are tied at the top with 5-1 records.  Rock is led by the offensive trio of Brian Miller, Thomas Barreca, and Spencer Dollman, the ground ball tenacity of Miller and Robert Russell, the defending of Drew Kwapil, and the “rock”-solid goalkeeping of Griffen Glover, while Biceps are led by aggressive midfielders Reece Parillo and Parker Ford, stalwart defenders Ryan McFetters and Isaac Shore, and goalie Mitch Grunwald.  Rock beat Biceps 5-4 in their only matchup, but the two HOTT Lax giants will meet again this Wednesday in the featured game with the top playoff seeding on the line.

Lurking back in the pack in the high school division are FP Mafia, Flying Donkeys, and Mountaineers.  FP Mafia is led by defenders Jeffrey Jefferson and Sam Knibb, and the Donkeys rely on lightning-quick midfielder Razuan Dantzler and goalie Matt Miller.  The Mountaineers have holes to plug on the defensive end but boast the league’s most efficient offense (37% shooting) behind Will Murphy, Luke Mulvey, and Zach Vaughn and emerging young defender Trevor Woods.  The Buggies, the fall champions, have struggled with player absences but are capable of making a run behind the magic of goaltender Josh Wonders (58% saves).

In adult play, the undefeated Hoodats (4-0), Skeeps (3-1), and Landsharks (and 2-1-1) are battling it out for the top spot, and the Adult Hawks (1-3), despite the stellar play of middie Erick Smith, are struggling in their bid to repeat as champions.  Waves of shorties –including James Furlow, Henry Farley, Chase Watts, Sam Newland, and Parker Ford — make the Skeeps a real force.  For the Hoodats, Derek Watts, Rob Thomas, David Lee, Aaron Hales, and defender Brett Hewitt have kept them within breathing distance of the top seed.  The Landsharks’ success has come on the backs of attackman Andrew Allison and middie Randy Brooks on offense and Josh Thompson and recently-acquired Garrett Swaim on defense.  The K-Dogs, even at 1-3, are poised to make a run, as they boast of the league’s ground ball leader (Michael Campbell), last summer’s scoring leader (Jake Johnson), and defensive wizard Brian Holden.  The K-Dogs recently added savvy middie Zach Frohne to its offensive repertoire.  The Old Goats are struggling with their aging legs, but their “old school” culture and new acquisitions are expected to give them at least a fighting chance.

Action resumes tomorrow (Monday) at Cash-Bagley — 5:30 p.m. for high school and 7:00 p.m. for adults.

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SUMMER ON FIRE!

The Blackhawks 5th summer campaign faced off on May 28 and has turned into the Blackhawks’ busiest summer yet.  As the 3rd week of the summer draws to a close, our high school and youth programs are the largest we have ever had and we have introduced the first-ever Blackhawks U21 team.  All of these activities, coupled with increased Adult HOTT Lax registrations and a Stokes County high school and middle school clinic, have kept things hopping for the Blackhawks.  We have already had among our outstanding guest coaches: former Greensboro College coach Dan Cetrone; Guilford College coaches Tom Carmean and Nate Bates; one of the leading goalies in the country, John Perrucci; former Syracuse player Brian Holden; and RJ Reynolds HS defensive coach George Costas.  The high school Hawks have entered two teams in this weekend’s Mid-Summer Classic and three teams in the upcoming Cardinal Cup in Martinsville, VA.  We have reaffirmed our focus on fundamentals, player development, and affordable “Leave No Man Behind” lacrosse, even as the Triad lacrosse community seems to trend toward “elite” teams.  We look forward to making this 5th summer the best ever!

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Spring Hawks Wrap Up 4th Campaign

Spring 2013 Team, End of Final Practice

The spring Blackhawks concluded their 4th season, finishing 3-10 at the varsity level and 3-2-1 at the junior varsity level.  This year’s team was the least experienced so far in the 4 years of spring Blackhawks, but probably had the best team cameraderie and willingess to sacrifice for the good of the team.  Some players drove up to 45 minutes each way for practice.  The players banded together after disciplinary issues cost the team its leading scorer early in the season.  As a result of scheduling conflicts — to be expected on a team that had players from 13 different high schools — the spring Hawks never started the same lineup in any game.  The team nonetheless played hard in every practice and game and saw a significant amount of improvement in individual players, several of whom were in only their first or second year of playing the game.   The won-loss record at both the varsity and jv levels marks an improvement over last year, a pleasant surprise after the

Rain Game vs. Fuquay-Varina, 4/28/13

graduation last year of All-Stars Harry Keefe and Cole Clifton.  Although this year’s team loses 9 players to graduation and 2 others who will return to their schools to play, a solid core of underclassmen will return next season.

At the season-ending team picnic at 4th of July Park in Kernersville last Thursday, May 16, the team got together to share food and company and to recognize some individual and team accomplishments from the seaason.  Each player received a Blackhawk dogtag to commemorate his participation in the Blackhawks unique spring program, which has beat the odds by competing for four straight years.  Among the award winners this season were the following:

  • Offensive Player of the Year: Colton Toth
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Isaac Shore
  • Midfielder of the Year: Faysal Ibrahim
  • Defensive Midfielder of the Year: Dylan Mabe
  • Ultimate Blackhawk: Zane Wiesman
  • Courage Award: Kyle Beinke
  • Unsung Hero: Brica Patrick
  • Semper Fi Award: Robert Miller
  • Most Versatile Player: Andre Carrano
  • Outstanding First-Year Player: Chris Short
  • Team Leader, Assists: Brandon Creasey
  • Most Improved: Cesar Grisales

This season marked the end of the careers of 4-year Blackhawks Robert Miller, AJ Hyatt, and Michael Yu.  Miller gave the team 4 years of aggressive defensive and ground ball play; AJ Hyatt became the team’s most efficient scorer at attack; and Yu was constantly recognized for his ground ball player and energetic defense as a short-stick middie.

Thank you to coaches Mike Toth, Brian Keefe, Brian Brown, and Rick Carrano, trainer Jeff Beinke, and videographer Robert Bailey for making this the most enjoyable spring season yet.

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