Patriot League: Interest in Navy coaches surges from other programs
A lot of interviews for Navy's coaches
Each of Navy's full-time coaches was considered for a job opening at another school. Coach Richie Meade interviewed with UNC officials in June; however, he says a mutual decision was reached for him not to be a candidate following the talks. Assistant Stan Ross, meantime, was one of four finalists for the Ohio State job.
Finally, Navy did lose one coach. Assistant Ryan Moran left the program last week for Maryland, his alma mater. Navy has not yet filled his spot.
A smaller squad for the Midshipmen
The Midshipmen had stringent cuts this year in an effort to cut down on the sheer number of players participating in practice. In essence, Navy is looking for more streamlined practices. Among those cut were a couple seniors. Navy will field a JV team, but it is likely to play fewer games than in the past.
Being all they can be
• Senior Cam Friscia, a reserve midfielder, spent part of the summer as an intern with the NYPD.
• Junior midfielder Steve Galbreath attended the Army's rigorous Air Assault school in Fort Rucker, Ala.
Assistants with an unusual trade
Judd Lattimore was hired as offensive coordinator. He previously had been at North Carolina. Lattimore's coaching experience includes stints on the Division I, II and III levels. He has coached at SUNY-Geneseo, Limestone, Penn, Delaware and UNC.
Lattimore's move represented a trade of sorts. He took over for Pat Myers, who left Bucknell to become the offensive coordinator at UNC.
Quieter than usual in Hamilton, N.Y.
Junior defenseman Harrison Tull transferred to Bryant. Tull played in two games as a freshman in 2007 but did not play last year.
Good summer for Crusaders
• Senior reserve defenseman Patrick Flynn spent part of the summer in Africa working with Habitat for Humanity.
• The Crusaders were given the Jim "Ace" Adams Sportsmanship Award for District 1. The award is voted on by all active lacrosse officials in the six New England states.
• Assistant Colin Hulme took a job as an assistant at Vermont. Holy Cross currently is looking to fill the opening on its staff.
Lax Back 2 School Special
• America East
• Ivy League
• Patriot League
The luckiest player in Division I lacrosse
Senior midfielder John Galassi had a pretty cool summer job: He was an intern for the New York Jets. He still works for the team during home games. His duty for home opener? To spend the day with "Jets Gameday" host Jenn Sterger. "Tough job," quips his coach, Terry Mangan.
Perhaps the best news for the Leopards was that sophomore attackman Tom Perini, the 2008 Patriot League rookie of the year, is back and healthy. He finished with 27 goals and three assists last year. Perini played the last month of the season with a stress fracture in his tibia and also needed surgery to remove his tonsils once the year ended. He was the first Lafayette player named as rookie of the year.
William McKinney was hired as an assistant coach in August. McKinney previously had coached at Penn Charter (Pa.) School.
Are you even reading this? Or still looking at the picture of Sterger?
When the DI recruiting calendar closed in early August, coach Kevin Cassese went back to his part-time job: As a midfielder for the Philadelphia Barrage of MLL. He scored a crucial two-point goal on a hidden ball trick (it was featured on ESPN's top 10 plays of the day) in a playoff-clinching win over Boston. He also played in the MLL semifinals, though Philadelphia lost in the semis.
A couple of defensive players transfered. Sophomore Michael Mizvesky transferred to Stony Brook and sophomore Rob Maiorano transferred to Bryant. Maiorano was a high school All-American at Fairfield Prep and played as a wing on faceoffs this past year.
Christian Swezey is a contributor to Inside Lacrosse.