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November 19, 2014
LaxTown: Bedford, N.H.
Facilities, feeder program spur suburb’s rapid rise

September 29, 2014
Get Reps: Brace yourself
Engaging your core muscles is an untapped resource for improvement

September 25, 2014
LaxTown: Dartmouth, Mass.
From humble start, high school evolves into winner

August 13, 2014
Get Reps: The 12 hands of lacrosse
Make your wall-ball routine fun and effective with a tip from a legend

August 10, 2014
Hangin' out with ... Josh Hawkins
Our Q&A with the Charlotte Hounds midfielder and Amherst, Mass., product

August 3, 2014
LaxTown: Stonington, Conn.
Breakthrough title shines spotlight on girls program

July 29, 2014
Get Reps: Don't panic, get dynamic

July 21, 2014
LaxTown: East Greenwich, R.I.
Overcoming obstacles, high school programs thrive

June 22, 2014
Follow these fueling rules of the road
Julie Nicoletti's Lacrosse Nutrition column

April 26, 2014
LaxTown: Simsbury, Conn.
Up north, high school programs stage uprising

March 28, 2014
LaxTown: Medfield, Mass.
It’s fair to say that a legacy of winning in lacrosse has become deeply entrenched in Medfield, Mass.

October 13, 2013
New England lacrosse select clubs directory
Here's where to get more information on more than 60 New England club teams, including the genders they work with and their home location.

September 27, 2013
10 tips for picking the right select club
Wh more than 80 clubs operating in New England, it’s tough to find an area where a player doesn’t have at least two club options within an hour’s driving distance.

August 12, 2013
LaxTown: Westford, Vermont
Tiny village makes outsized impact on region.

May 30, 2013
Opening Faceoff: Thursday, May 30
Check out today's opening faceoff, with some end-of-year looks at the college season that was.

May 27, 2013
Opening Faceoff: Monday, May 27
Check out today's Opening Faceoff, with some breakdowns of the men's NCAA Division I title game.

May 26, 2013
Opening Faceoff: Sunday, May 26
Check out today's Opening Faceoff, with looks at local high school games and the NCAA championships.

May 25, 2013
Opening Faceoff: Saturday, May 25
Here's today's opening faceoff, with a few different looks at the NCAA Final Fours taking place this weekend.

May 24, 2013
Opening Faceoff: Friday, May 24
Here's the Opening Faceoff for Friday, May 24, 2013.

May 23, 2013
Opening Faceoff: Thursday, May 23
Here's the Opening Faceoff for Thursday, May 23, 2013.

May 22, 2013
Opening Faceoff: Wednesday, May 22
Here's today's Opening Faceoff, featuring a look at this year's National Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductees, a tough matchup for the Cannons and more.

May 21, 2013
Opening Faceoff: Tuesday, May 21
Here's the Opening Facoff, featuring a look at Ryan Boyle's big week and some well-deserved honors for a few local Division 3 standouts.

May 20, 2013
Opening Faceoff: Monday, May 20
Here's the Opening Faceoff for Monday, May 20, 2013.

May 19, 2013
Opening Faceoff: Sunday, May 19
Here's Benjamin Woodward's Opening Faceoff for Sunday, May 19, 2013.

May 18, 2013
Opening Faceoff: Saturday, May 18
Here's the Opening Faceoff for Saturday, May 18, 2013.

May 17, 2013
Opening Faceoff: Friday, May 17
Here's a look at the lacrosse happenings throughout New England in the debut of a new daily feature: Opening Faceoff.

May 16, 2013
Opening Faceoff: Thursday, May 16
Take a quick look at the lacrosse happenings throughout New England in our new daily feature: Opening Faceoff.

May 15, 2013
Opening Faceoff: Wednesday, May 15
Here's a look at the lacrosse happenings throughout New England in the debut of a new daily feature: Opening Faceoff.

April 23, 2013
NELJ's 6th annual lacrosse camp guide
Once the regular season is over, the players’ focus will turn to what’s next. For many, that means summer camp.

October 5, 2012
10 tips to make the most out of your club tryout
10 club tryout tips

October 5, 2012
New England clubs' summer roundup
Casual lacrosse fans may think of the summer as “time off” or the time of the year to watch the pros from Major League Lacrosse play, but anyone who has a child with collegiate lacrosse aspirations ...

November 2, 2011
Recruiting: To get noticed, act like a champion
When it comes to recruiting players, it is obvious that coaches spend the vast majority of their time evaluating a player’s athletic ability and lacrosse skills. What is not so obvious is the attention ...

June 19, 2011
Improve your mindset; limit your weaknesses
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the June 2011 issue of New England Lacrosse Journal. The most frequent questions I get from young lacrosse players center on how to improve some ...

April 21, 2011
For safety's sake, hold on to helmets
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the April 2011 issue of New England Lacrosse Journal. Women’s lacrosse is growing so rapidly that it’s becoming a national topic of ...

February 16, 2011
How to get noticed by college coaches
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the February 2011 issue of New England Lacrosse Journal. In the course of my lacrosse experience — and after working numerous recruiting ...

November 12, 2010
Lacrosse could follow the soccer model
The high school vs. club team mentality

August 3, 2010
Building a plan for next year
The 2010 season is history, so it's time to make a plan for next year.

April 2, 2010
What makes a coach?
An elite perspective on what players want out of their coach.

March 4, 2010
It's up to the player
Improvement, from youth leagues to the pros, is in your hands (and crosse).

February 5, 2010
TV would be a boon
Televised games, coverage could help create buzz for women's game.

January 30, 2010
Mark Kastrud explains the big trade
In despair, Kyle asks Mark Kastrud to explain the Cannons' big trade with the Bayhawks.

January 16, 2010
Dos and don'ts while at the gym
Regular Kyle is a nice guy. You don’t know regular Kyle, though. You know the other Kyles. Coach Kyle. Laxer Kyle. Writer Kyle. Angry Kyle. I know you all think I’m basically a schizophrenic ...

January 5, 2010
For U.S. team, a golden opportunity
The U.S. men's team will have a golden opportunity when it takes on the world this summer.

January 5, 2010
For winners, easy doesn't do it
Easy doesn't do it for those who want to remain winners, our world champion writes.

January 5, 2010
To our sport's Mecca, and back
To our sport's Mecca, and back, with a veteran coach.

December 10, 2009
Analyzing the Supplemental Draft
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2009 MLL Supplemental Draft, presented by Kyle Devitte. For refreshing, ferociously honest, but witty repartee with the lacrosse world’s medium-sized stars, read ...

December 1, 2009
An interview with a lacrosse video game creator
If you have an Xbox you’re probably playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Or just finished playing Modern Warfare 2. I know I just did (first prestige, level 44, no big deal.) But if you’re ...

November 17, 2009
Upon further review, Team USA looks golden
I’m Afraid of Americans. I’m not going to do what you all think I’m going to do, which is (click here): Team USA announced its final 23-man roster on Nov. 2. Initial impression: This ...

November 10, 2009
Division 1 lacrosse is not for all
For many, playing at the Division 1 collegiate level shouldn't be a No. 1 priority.

November 5, 2009
Fantastic voyage for box beginners
Box newbies got their kicks in Vermont during the Voyageurs' debut season.

November 5, 2009
Marketing 101, for high schoolers
Coach Daye imparts Marketing 101 lessons for high schoolers hoping to play in college.

October 31, 2009
End of fall ball depression
Hurrumph. That’s it. Like your elderly grandfather on a Sunday evening after "60 Minutes," I am without purpose. Incontinence aside, I see little purpose in sitting around waiting for ...

October 24, 2009
Woe, Canada: Defense is lacking
I’m (Not) Afraid of Canadians. It’s coming. Our nefarious neighbors to the north are coming for us again in 2010. You can scoff/laugh/mock all you want. I’ll be the one zipping up the ...

October 15, 2009
Wishing he could pull some strings
The King is Dead. Long Live the King. When the death of the King was announced to us there struck a deep and solemn note in our lives which, as it resounded far and wide, stilled the clatter and traffic ...

September 30, 2009
For Devitte, cuts are quite painful
Hi folks.  Sorry about the rambling nature of last week’s column. It focused on fall ball (boring) and relied heavily on conjecture, sarcasm and circumstance. This column is about the 23-man ...

September 23, 2009
Going to town on some fall ball
Last week Inside Lacrosse magazine acknowledged Boston as the fourth-best lacrosse town in the United States. (What’s up, guys, thanks for the lead-in.) I took this as a huge leap forward, despite ...

September 12, 2009
2010 lacrosse heads: Player vs. Coach
There are two Kyles.  Kyle the player (who still thinks he’s fast and can play with anyone despite being out of college for six years) and Kyle the coach (who constantly tells people how long ...

September 12, 2009
Belichicks share love of lacrosse
Bill Belichick's love of lacrosse has rubbed off on his children.

September 2, 2009
Take a voyage to see the Voyageurs
I was really tempted to start this article with a Star Trek joke. Something like: "Box — the final frontier. These are the VOYAGEURS ..." etc, etc. Then I realized that if I did that ...

August 18, 2009
Cannons playoff preview
It’s playoff time in the MLL, and if you haven’t been paying attention, the matchups have changed since my last update two weeks ago. Boston will not be playing Toronto thanks to the Cannons' ...

August 13, 2009
Artist drawn back to lacrosse
What happens when athletic talent meets artistic talent? Meet Vincent Ricasio. A dominant goalie in the NYC club scene and an exceptional artist, he is the bridge between athleticism and cubism. And ...

August 3, 2009
Sorting through the playoff situation
Note: This article originally was written before this past weekend's games.  Please take note of all updates/comments in italics as I not only enjoy making fun of others, but also myself. Proceed. Playoffs? I ...

July 29, 2009
Youth coaches are out of control on the sideline
I attended a youth lacrosse tournament at the University of Massachusetts this summer and witnessed on a number of occasions coaches behaving like idiots. I have participated in a number of tournaments ...

July 27, 2009
Meet the lax bro
What is happening, lax fans? I have a treat for you today. Perhaps you have seen this video make the rounds. The "ultimate lax bro" is not only real, but he has a T-shirt line. I got a chance ...

July 17, 2009
All-Star Game running commentary
What are these guys wearing? Is the MLL sponsored by a tattoo shop now? We go from pink helmets to camo to dragons to tattoos? What is going on here? Group celebration! Yay! That was pretty awesome. ...

July 11, 2009
Lax in twitter
This is the question I get all the time when I tell people that I have a twitter account: “What’s twitter? Is that like Facebook?” What is twitter? What are you, like, 45? And if ...

July 7, 2009
Parents do not belong on the playing field
I attended a lacrosse tournament recently and watched a competitive U-13 girls championship game — a Massachusetts travel team vs. a New York travel team. The teams had played each other earlier ...

July 3, 2009
Lax news and notes
Well, ladies and gents, there have been many, many happenings in the world of lacrosse this summer. This week I’ve decided that instead of a traditional column, I’ll bring you all up to speed ...

June 24, 2009
All-Star insanity
We’re taking a quick respite from the 2010 head article series for this little diddy. I’ll be quick, swift and brutal. The MLL All-Star rosters are a joke. I warned them that I would do ...

June 19, 2009
Y2010: Part 2
Last article we dropped a little knowledge on you guys from the manufacturers about what heads are coming out. For this second part of the series I went to the guys who sell the heads. Yes, the manufacturers ...

June 18, 2009
Q&A with former Blazer Bruce Chanenchuk
Bruce Chanenchuk starred at Johns Hopkins in the mid-1980s, winning three NCAA championships. He went on to play eight years for the New England Blazers indoor team. He now lives in Natick, Mass., and ...

June 9, 2009
Stick schtick
Look, bro, you need to truly savor your last season of summer ball with your trusty spoon, because the rules masters at the NCAA are changing the stick dimensions for 2010. As of this moment, there only ...

June 3, 2009
Transition drills
THE GREAT DRILL The great drill is fantastic for working on the transition game. There are two coaches on the field. One coach is with the offensive players (in yellow) and another coach is with the defensive ...

May 25, 2009
Devitte's running blog
The Game. From here on out, I shall refer to the 2009 Division 1 championship game as “The Game” in all subsequent articles. I shall refer to it as such because it exemplified all that is ...

May 24, 2009
Syracuse and Sea Gulls
First things first, I went 13 for 14, I missed the Cornell pick. I DID say the game would be closer than people think, but I didn’t take into account UVA replacing the giant '80s style televisions ...

May 21, 2009
Semifinal sweetness
The Final Countdown It’s a sweetness that cannot be described. Being perfect, that is: 12 for 12. To my knowledge, no member of the lacrosse media has accomplished this. I haven’t put ...

May 17, 2009
Q&A with former Syracuse star Dave Desko
Dave Desko was one of the best midfielders ever at Syracuse. He played on Syracuse's first national championship team in 1983. His brother Jeff also was a member of that team, and his brother John was ...

May 12, 2009
No Cinderellas here
Eight for eight. That’s what I went last week with my playoff picks. My perfect playoff picks. You can go check if you want. Search your heart, Anakin, you know it is true. I’d like to ...

May 8, 2009
NCAA predictions
Playoffs? Oh, yeah. Like I wasn’t going to use that clip — FOR SHAME! Have a seat, kids, it’s playoff time. See, what I wanted to do here was give the lines of the games. You know ...

May 3, 2009
Partner passing drills
TWO-MAN PARTNER PASSING DRILL Partner passing is a great drill to focus on the proper techniques of passing skills. This is a great drill because coaches can have players focus on proper mechanics without ...

April 30, 2009
EXTREME PLAYOFF PREVIEW
This article was supposed to be about the new stick rules for 2010. However, I failed to realize how much everyone at the equipment manufacturers hate me and thus I have been forced to change topics. ...

April 26, 2009
Q&A with lax legend Bill Beroza
Bill Beroza, a 1996 inductee into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, was a standout goalie at Roanoke College, in club lacrosse on Long Island, and in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League in the late 1980s. ...

April 23, 2009
Last looks at a legend
I have this nasty habit of assassinating my heroes. A few weeks back I put verbal .45 caliber bullets into the metaphorical faces of the Powell brothers. I jinxed UNC by prematurely slashing away at ...

April 16, 2009
Who is No. 1?
It’s a time-honored tradition to objectively rank the teams in Division 1. There are polls on top of polls sleeping with polls' moms and hitting on their daughters. It’s more than a bit overwhelming ...

April 15, 2009
Q&A with Blazers assistant coach Todd Francis
Todd Francis was an All-America defender at Cornell and played nine seasons for the original Boston Blazers. He now plays a new role as an assistant coach for the Blazers. Where did you grow up, and how ...

April 10, 2009
The Wonderful World of Goalies
Hey, keepers, I have a question. What is wrong with you? Seriously, what the hell is the matter with you? You throw on a pair of gloves, a helmet and a chest protector that rarely covers your entire ...

April 8, 2009
With youth lacrosse, remember your role
It is very important to remember what your role is or should be when attending or participating in a youth lacrosse game this spring. The coaches, players and officials are the participants. The parents ...

April 5, 2009
Garber lacrosse legacy continues in New England
If ever there was a patriarch of New England lacrosse, it would have to be Dick Garber. And if there’s a first family of New England lacrosse, it’s the Garbers, thanks to the effort by Dick’s ...

April 3, 2009
Attack shooting drills
These are just a few of the shooting drills we use in the EMass Jr. Minutemen program during the offseason when training our attackers. These drills focus on dodging from ‘X,’ getting hands ...

April 2, 2009
A year without Powells
This is not an April Fools joke. If it was, it would be a very bad April Fools joke and I would be ashamed to be associated with it. On April 1, Major League Lacrosse announced that all three Powell ...

March 26, 2009
The Gutless Era of lacrosse
So, college lacrosse at the Division 1 level is the best example of the game. Allegedly. You know I don’t believe this. I’m a seasoned MLL defender/apologist. But there are a lot of people ...

March 25, 2009
Bill Daye Q&A
Bill Daye is beginning his fourth season as coach of the Boston Cannons. A former Cannons goalie, Daye and his wife, Alison, have two daughters, Adison, 3, and Ollie 6 months. Where did you grow up ...

March 17, 2009
Kyle gives peace a chance?
So, Saturday morning I get an e-mail from Mr. Dan Freshman about attending the Blazers/Rock showdown at the Gahden that night. Freshman is my former colleague at Lax United and LaxNation and is (ironically) ...

March 12, 2009
Know what to expect before joining a new team
Former NHL player Jeff Serowik is the founder and president of Pro Ambitions Hockey, one of the best hockey training programs in America. Jeff runs a number of his programs with my brother, Jim Piatelli ...

March 12, 2009
Stat nerds, get your act together
Corey Zindel (Marist), Tommy Lee (Delaware), Andrew Kelleher (Vermont), Max Silberlicht (Hobart), Dom DeNapoli (St. John’s), Rob Pannell (Cornell). Ladies and gentlemen, those are your individual ...

March 4, 2009
The Devil is blue and he sucks
Quick personal primer: I’m a huge UNC fan. How does a kid from the Shire become a UNC fan? I had to make a choice. The rest of my family — besides my brother and I — all went to Indiana ...

March 3, 2009
Put protection where your mouth is
Lacrosse can be a dangerous sport, especially for boys and men. That’s why they wear helmets. If you’re looking to avoid a concussion, though, a helmet may not be enough to protect you. One ...

February 24, 2009
MLL is not dead
In case you have switched on your college lacrosse cap and have been too busy DVRing games only to see the scores reported hours before the games air, you may have missed the biggest lacrosse news of last ...

February 23, 2009
Q&A with Nate Evans
I had the chance to sit down with Boston Cannons midfielder Nate Evans, a native of Canandaigua, N.Y., who now makes his home in New England. Nate was an outstanding collegiate player at Le Moyne, helping ...

February 12, 2009
Back to school with the Blazers
Editor's note: We recently received an e-mail from a fourth-grader named Ryan who is working on a school project. At the risk of scarring the youngster for life, we forwarded the e-mail to Kyle Devitte ...

February 10, 2009
Take care of your stick
It is very important to take care of your equipment this time of year, especially your stick. The stick is your most important piece of equipment. The stick is what makes you tick as a lacrosse player. ...

February 6, 2009
Part 2: Vermont big on boxla
I like doing interviews. You never know what someone is going to say when you get them to talk about something they are truly invested in. Jeff Culkin is an upstate transplant and the inspiration for ...

February 4, 2009
Youth lacrosse should focus on fundamentals
Lacrosse season for youth players is about six weeks away. A number of youth programs across New England continue to have a record number of kids sign up (boys and girls). The King Philip youth lacrosse ...

February 1, 2009
In Charlestown, Mass., lacrosse is a learning experience
Stanley Leonard had a simple goal in mind when he laid the foundation for the Charlestown Lacrosse & Learning Center 12 years ago. He just wanted to keep his son from hanging out on the street corner ...

January 29, 2009
Vermont big on boxla

January 27, 2009
New England well-represented in Florida Classic masters tournament
I competed in a grand masters lacrosse tournament in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., this past weekend. I was on a team of current or former New England residents who range in age from 45-50. We came up a few goals ...

January 19, 2009
Blazers' debut a real experience
Well, I made it to Boston swiftly after convincing my roommate to make the trek to Massachusetts from the lax shack I call home. I've been to the Banksomething Garden literally a half a dozen times, but ...

January 19, 2009
Jack Baker on the road to recovery
Jack Baker is the son of Tom and Christine Baker. He is a very fortunate young man thanks to his parents and friends in the lacrosse community. The Baker family moved from Minnesota six years ago to start ...

January 15, 2009
Lacrosse community lax on podcasts
Where are the Lacrosse podcasts? If you type “lacrosse” into your iTunes search bar, you will get 113 results. Of those 113 results, you will find that 34 are podcasts. I love podcasts. ...

January 14, 2009
PrimeTime Lacrosse on rise
As the New England sales rep for Brine/Warrior Sports, I recently had a business meeting with two young entrepreneurs/lacrosse players from Babson College. I was immediately impressed with the energy and ...

January 6, 2009
Resolutions
This is my first column here at LaxJournal.com. I’ve been writing about lacrosse since 2003 when I was the feature writer at laxnation.com. Two years ago, I began writing for Major League Lacrosse. ...

January 5, 2009
Give your game a boost indoors
The warm days of summer are long gone. Our days have become shorter and colder. Almost all the youth lacrosse signups for spring ’09 have come and gone. It is the time of year when girls and boys ...

January 4, 2009
Young company makes clothes call
Aaron Pollock admires snowboarding and skater culture. Specifically, he admires the blend of sport and style, the way snowboarding and skater cultures have developed their senses of fashion. Pollock thinks ...

August 5, 2008
Schmitz a union man
When Peter Schmitz started playing lacrosse for the University of Massachusetts in the late 1970s, there was no professional league. No possibility of earning a living from lacrosse, and thus no union ...

July 2, 2008
Hot time in the 'Olde' league
Whenever you see the word “olde,” it implies something distinctive, worthy of the extra ‘e,’ which is true of the Olde New England Lacrosse League. ONELL is anything but old; this ...

April 3, 2008
Metro Lacrosse makes inroads
It could have been jai alai, for all she knew. Christine Higgins remembers sitting in gym class as a sophomore at Boston Latin Academy when a group made a presentation using sticks with nets on the end ...

March 2, 2008
Busy Busconi makes time for lax
From Harvard University to Tufts Medical School to Fenway Park to Iraq and Afghanistan, Dr. Brian Busconi has seen a lot, done a lot and learned a lot. But as much as anything else, Busconi credits his ...

February 2, 2008
UNH lax alumns won't give up
From Bob Stevenson’s first moments on this earth, UNH lacrosse was part of his life. From the second his father smiled upon his birth, Stevenson had made a connection with the Wildcats — his ...