April 20, 2014 |
Charles Kelly whacked the pair of lacrosse sticks against the turf. He tried pulling them apart with his gloved hands. Kelly's stick was latched to his opponent's, and his efforts were futile. He dropped the sticks, threw his arms up, and ran off the field. The Malvern Prep junior is one of the nation's premier faceoff specialists, using a technique that snatches the ball with quick precision. Wednesday, his speed was a detriment. He won the faceoff so fast that his opponent's net got tangled on a small crack in the head of Kelly's stick.
April 25, 2013 |
Alex and Mackenzie Hlesciak remember the early years, before they were lacrosse players. "Actually," Mackenzie said as a smile crossed her face, "we were supposed to play golf. " "Yup," Alex said. "We actually went to a golf academy for a couple years. " The twins paused for a second, seemingly to envision themselves about to tee off on a par-4. All they could do was burst into laughter. "It's just weird to even think about now," Alex said, still laughing. "Golf definitely was not for us. It's too slow.
March 7, 2013 |
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration touched off a firestorm Tuesday by announcing that passengers can carry small pocket knives, golf clubs, toy baseball bats, and hockey and lacrosse sticks on board airplanes. Since the September 2001 terrorist attacks, the items have been banned in carry-on luggage. TSA Administrator John Pistole, speaking at a conference in Brooklyn, N.Y., announced the policy change to permit knives with retractable blades of less than 2.36 inches (6 centimeters)
May 18, 2010 |
IT WAS once considered a novelty fringe sport, played by rich kids at elitist prep schools or at public schools in well-to-do socio-economic areas. Until recently, it was perceived as a haven for high school spring athletes who couldn't catch up to a fastball or catch up to anyone running on a track. Drive by a high school field anywhere during the spring, whether you're in Delaware County, the Main Line, Northeast Philadelphia, Bucks or Montgomery counties, and there's a good chance you'll see kids - boys and girls - with lacrosse sticks in their hands, either involved in games, practicing or participating in a clinic or camp.
April 19, 2008 |
Chris Wakely has been a member of the lacrosse community since he first began playing at age 12. Now he's witnessing the power of that community. Five years ago, Wakely learned he had multiple sclerosis. He told few people and continued coaching the Lehigh men's team until last June, when Wakely decided he could no longer coach at a desirable level. With the help of his wife, Danielle, Wakely broke the news of his condition to Lehigh's athletic administration, his team and the community, which has rallied in support.
May 28, 2001 |
Lacrosse was unknown to corporate marketing strategist Kevin Milici four years ago when his 10-year-old son said he wanted to play. Today, Milici not only plays and coaches the sport, but is a big reason his son, Brian, and other teenage boys in the Central Bucks School District will have a chance to play lacrosse at the varsity level next year. In January, the Central Bucks school board added boys' lacrosse to the list of varsity sports at Central Bucks East and West High Schools, starting in spring 2002.
June 26, 2000 |
The lacrosse sticks are almost as long as some of the girls who are carrying them. Otherwise, the scene during a recent sun-washed afternoon on one of the fields at the United Sports Training Center in Downingtown is pretty much the same as it has been in previous years: Coaches barking instructions; players splitting into groups to test what they have learned. "When I was 7, I was playing basketball," camp director Kathleen Geiger said. "These 7-year-olds are getting a chance to play a sport I didn't play until I was twice that age. " Not that lacrosse is in its infant stage in the area.
June 10, 1999 |
Lacrosse players may graduate from the Barry Ashbee Lacrosse League in eighth grade, but nobody really leaves. The Ashbee League celebrated its 25th anniversary this spring and recognized cofounder Norman Treinish at a special reunion on May 23 at the Merion home of Walter and Nancy Herman. More than 150 Ashbee alumni, players, parents and coaches turned out for the event, which featured commendations from Lower Merion Township and the state House of Representatives. The first Norman and Robyn Treinish Award was presented to Treinish and his wife for their outstanding contributions to the organization.
May 22, 1998 |
She's the little blur who snakes her way through a maze of defenders, often wearing a squint that Clint Eastwood would be proud of. The shots come from awkward angles, and when defenders converge on her, she bounces off them like a pinball. Don't mess with Nikki Leone. Oh, sure, she stands just 5 feet tall, but the muscular former gymnast can squeeze through slivers of daylight to evade defenders or just blow by them. She has one job on the field: to score. Leone, a senior second home, has scored 56 goals for North Penn this season while helping the Maidens sweep through the Suburban One League National Conference with a perfect 14-0 record (14-2 overall)