June 18, 2009


Cortland host for lax festival

SUNY Cortland will play host to the Upstate Lacrosse Association’s Shane Lynch Memorial Opening Weekend Friday and Saturday.
There are 170 teams from across Central New York who will compete in this ULA event that has produced a number of current collegiate stars and four of the top eight picks in this year’s Major League Lacrosse draft. Teams from as far north as Oswego will come to the southern most point, Cortland, in the ULA.
Among those who have competed in this two-day youth lacrosse event in the past were Watertown’s Kenny Nims, Nottingham High’s Matt Abbott, Tully’s Dan Hardy and Cortland High’s Joel White, who all play at Syracuse University. Chittenango’s Brandon Corp, who starred at Colgate University, also played in this event as a youngster along with a number of local college players at Cornell, SUNY Cortland and other schools.
“This is one big lacrosse festival,” said Cortland Youth Bureau Director John McNerney. “We last hosted the event with the Homer/Cortland Youth Lacrosse Association in 2007 and had 147 teams that year. There will be a CNY Collegiate Lax Stars autograph session, the STX Hardest Shot contest, individual and team photographs, plus opportunities to win lacrosse gear and memorabilia. The Powell brothers (Ryan, Casey and Mike) will be here with information about their upcoming camp. All of this isn’t possible without sponsors Merrill Lynch, Graph-Tex, STX Lacrosse and Lacrosse Unlimited, plus all those involved in the Homer/Cortland Youth Lacrosse Association. A big thanks also to SUNY Cortland and Barry Elementary School for the use of their facilities.
“ULA is former the BULL lacrosse program that kids participated in,” McNerney added. “ULA is also one of the largest youth lacrosse programs in the nation.”
There are 11 fields in the vicinity of the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex, plus two fields at Barry Elementary School, that will host competition for both boys and girls in three different divisions. There are third-fourth grade, fifth-sixth grade and seventh-eighth grade divisions for the boys and girls with games beginning Friday at 5 p.m.
Homer and Cortland will each have teams in the third-fourth grade and fifth-sixth grade boys’ division with a combined Home/Cort teams in seventh-eighth grade boys, third-fourth grade girls and two teams in fifth-sixth grade girls. There are no local teams in the seventh-eighth grade girls division.