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Geoff Shannon

Six Seconds and A Lifetime for Lowe’s Senior Class Award Winner C.J. Costabile

by Geoff Shannon May 28, 2012 in Lacrosse,

Six seconds can change a life. Duke’s C.J. Costabile knows this. Six seconds and the 2012 Lowe’s Senior Class recipient went from a known lacrosse talent to the creator of one of the greatest lacrosse moments in the history of the modern game.

By all available indicators Costabile has established a decorated career in men’s lacrosse. To wit: He’s been named a four-time USILA All-American and this year was the recipient of the 2012 Lt. Donald McLaughlin, Jr. Award… Continue Reading Geoff Shannon

Men’s Lacrosse: Looking beyond the numbers behind this year’s Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidates

by Geoff Shannon March 07, 2012 in Lacrosse,

We’re a true ‘Money Ball’ society now, aren’t we?

The number crunching revolution, exemplified by author Michael Lewis’ aforementioned book about the deep-level statistical analysis used to keep the early-2000s Oakland Athletics baseball team competitive (Brad Pitt just starred in the movie version, but you knew that), has fixed itself into every last crevasse of the sports world. Lacrosse is no exception. Any extended analysis of the Fastest Game on Two Feet, and it’s… Continue Reading Geoff Shannon

Balancing the “student-athlete” equation is a matter of philosophy

by Geoff Shannon May 31, 2011 in Lacrosse,

Socrates. Plato. Aristotle.


Philosophy majors are a rare breed in lacrosse, a sport that usually funnels players into lucrative careers on Wall Street or Madison Avenue. So, when peering over Villanova Wildcats’ Brian Karalunas’ resume, his collegiate major, so often tied to the image of tweedy professors with leather-patched corduroy jackets, definitely stands out.

“It wasn’t my intention to be a philosophy major,” Karalunas says,… Continue Reading Patrick Stevens

Serve. Lead. Influence. The message the Catalino brothers will use to give back to community

by Patrick Stevens May 09, 2011 in Lacrosse,

As Maryland attackman Grant Catalino rode home to Webster, N.Y., last winter with his brother Michael, the two considered just how they could help pass on their appreciation of lacrosse and the opportunities it provided to others in their hometown and the rest of the Rochester area.

Soon, the brothers took a common idea and gave it their own twist—- a lacrosse camp about more than simply lacrosse.

And so the concept of Harvest Lacrosse was born. Michael Catalino, who helped… Continue Reading Clare Lochary

A trip to Africa gives Ryan Flanagan a new global perspective

by Clare Lochary March 07, 2011 in Lacrosse,

Most people look up to Ryan Flanagan. They kinda have to. He’s 6-6.

“If you’re physically bigger than someone, they’re going to look up to you. It’s human nature. Standing out can be a strength,” said Flanagan, a senior defenseman for the nationally ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.

Being a leader is important to Ryan Flanagan. On the field, it comes naturally to him. The senior is a first-team All-American and the current co-winner of the Schmeisser Memorial Cup, an award… Continue Reading Geoff Shannon

Lacrosse winner Maisano glad the “desk job” can wait

by Geoff Shannon June 07, 2010 in Lacrosse,

There was a point this season, Black Knights midfielder and 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award recipient Andrew Maisano remembers, when the Army men’s lacrosse team’s season ambitions were bleak. The team had just lost its fourth consecutive game, dropping a heartbreaking 8-7 overtime loss to rival Air Force.

Of those four early season losses, two were in overtime (Air Force, Cornell) and a third ended in a one-goal loss in regulation (Bryant).

Stuck in this early… Continue Reading Patrick Stevens

Quinzani’s decision to stick with the Blue Devils has proven to be a wise one

by Patrick Stevens May 24, 2010 in Lacrosse,

Four years ago, the future of the Duke lacrosse program was in flux. Its season was suspended and most of its recruiting class scattered to other high-profile schools in the sport.

Max Quinzani stuck with his commitment. And now, on the eve of his final NCAA tournament, the senior attackman is one of the more prominent players in his sport and a crucial element for the Blue Devils behind the scenes.

“When you hear Max’s name for us, the first thing you think about is that Max… Continue Reading Geoff Shannon

What Makes an Ideal Lowe’s Senior CLASS Candidate? Let’s Look to the Past

by Geoff Shannon April 21, 2009 in Lacrosse,

Lacrosse, for a variety of circumstances, sits at the lower end of the totem pole among collegiate sports. This, arguably, is a great position for the sport to find itself in.

Lax enthusiasts have been able to follow the careers of this year’s candidates from the first moment they stepped on their respective campuses through this season. Every groundball scooped, every goal scored, every defensive turnover forced and every goal saved has been savored, all pieces of wonderful four-year… Continue Reading Bob Vlahakis

An Opportunity for College Sports to Seize the Day

by Bob Vlahakis February 24, 2009 in Lacrosse,

In these troubled economic times,  with scandals on Wall Street and substance abuse once again rearing its ugly head in major league baseball, Americans are yearning for some pure, honest, loyal heroes to emerge. There is an opportunity for college sports to seize the day.  Sparked by President Obama’s call for young Americans to come forward and give of themselves, the playing field is wide open for senior student-athletes in collegiate sports to step up to this challenge across… Continue Reading

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