Around The Crease

Around The Crease
Boys’ High School Lacrosse Podcast
The Beasts in the Southeast
Jan 18 • 80 min
Mike & Michael talk with’s Lee Roggenburg about Florida lacrosse and Blythewood (S.C.) head coach Jason Cuzzupe about the state of South Carolina lax. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Was It A One-Off or Change in Power?
Jan 11 • 44 min
This week, Mike and Michael welcome Tanner Demling from to talk about the upcoming 2019 lacrosse season in Kentucky, Tennessee and the Midwest. They cover some of the teams and players that will make the season special. Become a…
Recruiting Options for Lacrosse Players
Jan 5 • 142 min
Mike & Mike talk with Louisville men’s lacrosse coach Ryan McCauley about the program and then they talk about recruiting options for student athletes. Become a supporter of this podcast:
2018 Year in Review
Dec 28, 2018 • 44 min
Today, Mike & Mike take a look back at the 2018 season and discuss their favorite games, favorite players or highlights, offseason moments and pick a few overall favorites. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Forward Thinking: 2019 Preview
Dec 22, 2018 • 66 min
Today, Mike & Mike talk about expectations for the upcoming season and what they are most looking forward to seeing. Become a supporter of this podcast:
Lacrosse in the Olympics?
Dec 15, 2018 • 52 min
Today, Mike Loveday and Michael Ward discuss lacrosse getting preliminary approval to join the Olympics, what they think of changing the game to get it approved and they also share their favorite Olympic memories. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
The Future of Lacrosse
Dec 9, 2018 • 60 min
In today’s show Mike Loveday and Michael Ward discuss professional lacrosse and what they think it will take for the Paul Rabil led Premier Lacrosse League to succeed. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
New Opportunities For D-III Experiences
Oct 11, 2018 • 20 min
Today I talk with Kyle Donovan, an assistant coach at Cardinal Mooney (Fla.) and one of the founders of the Florida D3 Showcase. At the showcase,​ players will receive coaching from Division III coaches who will run each of the position stations, team…
Make It Easier to Get Noticed With ProspectCNNCT
Sep 11, 2018 • 19 min teams up with ProspectCNNCT and Arizona mens lacrosse coach Matt Blamey to provide athletes with more options to get noticed by college coaches. Become a supporter of this podcast:
Event Season
Jul 14, 2018 • 37 min
Mike and Tom are back together this week discussing their favorite things from the Under Armour All-America weekend, recapping the Apex Lacrosse event in New Jersey and taking a look ahead at where Tom will be in July. Tom talks with Apex Lacrosse…
I Love The Pace of the Game
Jul 7, 2018 • 13 min
This week Mike goes solo as Tom Peace takes a deserved vacation with the family. Mike recaps what’s coming up on and sits down with US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year Jeffrey Conner to talk lacrosse. Become a supporter of this…
Episode 3: We Have Opinions
Jun 23, 2018 • 54 min
There is no side-stepping in today’s episode as Tom and Mike discuss the TD Ierlan transfer and the reaction he received. Also on deck for today is the topic of parents’ behavior at events. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Jun 16, 2018 • 47 min
This week Mike and Tom discuss a hot-button issue after West Genesee’s Mike Messere said his players quit “a long time ago”. Also in this week’s episode, Tom talks about attending the Baltimore Summer Kickoff and the Mason Dixon Showcase. Become a…
Early Recruiting Real Talk
Jun 9, 2018 • 38 min
In Season 2, Episode 1 of the Around the Crease podcast, Tom Peace of the Peace Report Lax Blog joins Mike Loveday as co-host. The duo discusses storylines from the end of the 2018 season and what impact the end of early recruiting has on players and…
Stylax Stat Leaders: March 24, 2018
Mar 24, 2018 • 4 min
Friday, March 23 was a big night across the nation in boys’ lacrosse, especially on the East Coast. Owen Caputo hit 400 career points in North Carolina. Jef Hewlings reached 300 career wins in Pennsylvania and Eric Malever set the season mark for most…
Stylax Stat Leaders Daily Update: March 22, 2018
Mar 22, 2018 • 2 min
Of the four player updates in today’s Stylax Stat Leaders, three still have at least one left in their high school careers. Players from Kennesaw Mountain (Ga.), Western (Fla.), and Rancho Cotate (Calif.) are featured in today’s update. Become a supporter…
Stylax Stat Leaders: March 19, 2018
Mar 19, 2018 • 3 min
Another coaching milestone highlights today’s Stylax Stat Leaders as longtime McCallie School head coach Troy Kemp notches a career milestone. Also today, players from Summit Country Day (Ohio), Male (Ky.), Boone (Fla.) earn updates. Become a supporter of…
Mar 19, 2018
Mar 19, 2018 • 2 min
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Best Known Performers: March 9, 2018
Mar 9, 2018 • 4 min
Two faceoff men earn spots among the season leaders after winning more than 70 percent of their opportunities on Thursday. Also today, another four-overtime​ game and a Missouri senior starts his season off strong. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Challenged By Casey Powell
Mar 7, 2018 • 13 min
Mikey Berkman became the 76th player in boys’ lacrosse history to reach 400 career points, but before he entered his freshman year the legendary Casey Powell issued a challenge - break his record. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Dethroning the King
Mar 5, 2018 • 8 min
Nicky Solomon, the brother of Syracuse sophomore, Nathan ‘King’ Solomon, talks about reaching 500 career points, what it means for Georgia and if his teammates think​ he’s better than Nate. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Player of the Week for March 5, 2018: Topher Bligh from St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.)
Mar 4, 2018 • 10 min
Bligh totaled 13 points on seven goals and six assists in two victories last week. The Brown commit scored eight points on five goals and three assists as St. Ignatius Prep defeated Sacred Heart Cathedral (Calif.) 16–1 in their season opener on Feb. 26.…
Best Known Performers: March 3, 2018
Mar 3, 2018 • 4 min
Centennial (Ga.) senior Nicky Solomon passed Mikey Powell to become just the 18th player in boys’ high school lacrosse history to reach 500 career points. Also in today’s update, a team from Nevada and players from California, Florida, Georgia, North…
Best Known Performers: March 2, 2018
Mar 2, 2018 • 4 min
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Best Known Performers for March 1, 2018
Mar 1, 2018 • 4 min
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Best Known Performers: Feb 27, 2018
Feb 27, 2018 • 3 min
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Why Is Your Mom Crammed In the Backseat?
Feb 23, 2018 • 26 min
Program note: This episode originally appeared using another platform and was Episode 32. Today, I talk with High Point head lacrosse coach Jon Torpey. We go over quite a bit in today’s podcast. Among today’s topics are: How do I get on a coach’s radar?…
Preparing for College and Social Media Usage
Oct 1, 2017 • 24 min
Tufts lacrosse head coach Casey D’Annolfo discusses how high school players can prepare for college early by taking their SAT/ACT tests as early as possible in today’s podcast. We also touch on social media usage, specifically how much coaches check out…
How to Get a College Lacrosse Coach to Notice
Aug 13, 2017 • 26 min
Today, I talk with High Point head lacrosse coach Jon Torpey. We go over quite a bit in today’s podcast. Among today’s topics are: How do I get on a coach’s radar? How, when, best way to contact a college coach? How do the new NCAA rules impact me? What…
2017 Player of the Year
Jul 17, 2017 • 40 min
Justin Shockey considered giving up lacrosse at one point. But with the support of teammates and mentors, he stayed with it to become the premier face-off man in the nation and earns’s first-ever Player of the Year. The future Navy face-off…
Cory Lund, California’s All-Time Assist Leader
Jun 18, 2017 • 34 min
Today’s podcast focuses on El Segundo (Calif.) athlete, Cory Lund who finished his high school lacrosse career as California’s all-time assist leader. The Williams College signee finished with 192 career assists and 370 total points. Lund averaged 7.87…
Cardinals Claim Crown
Jun 4, 2017 • 43 min
Calvert Hall (Baltimore) took home the MIAA A Conference championship in a 12-6 win over McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) on May 25. Head Coach Bryan Kelly spoke with me about that championship game, the season and how it came together during the year, what…
Who’s Got The Trophy?
May 21, 2017 • 49 min
Today’s podcast is all about rankings. Specifically, ranking philosophy and its application during the high school season. My guest today is Sheldon Shealer, national editor at Yes, I talk with a soccer guy about lacrosse rankings.…
The Best Rivalry In High School Lacrosse?
May 14, 2017 • 42 min
What is the best rivalry in high school lacrosse? On today’s podcast I talk with St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.) head coach Rick Brocato and Director of Alumni Relations at Boys’ Latin (Baltimore) Mac Kennedy about their programs rivalry. St. Paul’s and…
Massachusetts High School Lacrosse
May 11, 2017 • 27 min
This week’s podcast focuses on Massachusetts high school lacrosse with Matt Noonan of Matt is a good friend, going back to my days at ESPN and he’s been on the Massachusetts high school scene for a number of years. This week, we talk a…
Florida’s 2017 Boys’ Lacrosse Season Recap
May 7, 2017 • 37 min
This week I talk with Lee Roggenburg from about the 2017 FHSAA championship, surprises from the season in addition to some players and teams that impressed him. Also this week, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) senior Kevin…
400 Point Club
Apr 23, 2017 • 45 min
Today’s show revolves mainly around the 400-point club. I have four guests on today’s show: Nicky Solomon from Centennial who is the latest player to reach 400 career points; Bryan Wallace, Solomon’s head coach; Kirk Ventiquattro from Carthage (N.Y.) who…
1,000 Career Saves, Building A Program and Haverford School
Apr 16, 2017 • 43 min
This week’s podcast has two guests, Nyack (N.Y.) senior goalie and Albany commit Will Ramos and Immokalee (Fla.) head coach Scott Rickard. In addition to my guests this week, I talk a little about the latest Consensus Rankings with Haverford School’s move…
Rankings, Records and All-Time Leaders
Apr 9, 2017 • 19 min
In this week’s podcast, I talk a little more about national rankings and what surprised me this week. Also, I talk with last week’s Player of the Week, Bullis’ Alex Trippi and highlight a few players who reached notable milestones over the weekend Links:…
Will It Ever Be Done Again?
Mar 30, 2017 • 42 min
This week’s podcast features a bit of follow up on last week’s roundup where I talked about whether Torrey Pines (San Diego, Calif.) and St. Ignatius Prep (San Francisco) would make it into the nation rankings. I also talk about some of the team’s that…
West Genesee Head Coach Mike Messere Talks Wins and History
Mar 26, 2017 • 36 min
Today I’m talking to West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.) head coach Mike Messere. This was special for me because Messere has the most wins of any high school lacrosse coach, boys or girls, in history. He starts this year with 811 career wins and is the only…
High School Lacrosse Roundup, March 23, 2017
Mar 23, 2017 • 40 min
This special edition of the Podcast is a bit of a high school lacrosse roundup. That’s right, this week we’re talking real results. I highlight some of the teams, players and storylines from the 2017 season so far. Some topics covered in…
Eight Is Great With Gonzaga Head Coach Casey O’Neil
Mar 19, 2017 • 44 min
Today I’m talking to Gonzaga head coach Casey O’Neil who looks to lead the Purple Eagles to their 8th straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship this season. Since he took over the program in 2008, O’Neil has won 15 games and compiled a…
Podcast: Can McDonogh (Md.) Repeat in the MIAA A Conference?
Mar 12, 2017 • 41 min
Today we’re digging deep into the Maryland lacrosse scene with Derek Toney of Varsity Sports Network. For the sake of time, we focused in on the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, better known as the MIAA. The A conference gets a lot of…
Brine King of Spring Lacrosse Classic Preview
Mar 5, 2017 • 21 min
Today we’re doing a preview of the Bring King of Spring Face Off Classic held in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill North Carolina and starts Thursday, March 9. For me, and even though the season is already well underway in Florida and some other states, the…
Philly Lacrosse
Feb 26, 2017 • 38 min
digging deep into the Philadelphia lacrosse scene with Chris Goldberg of and Chris has been a staple on the Philly lacrosse scene for more than two decades now and I’m thrilled to have him on today as we talk about…
Rivalry, Sportsmanship and Advice from Rob Bordley
Feb 19, 2017 • 44 min
Today I’m talking to Rob Bordley the head coach at Landon School in Bethesda, Md.. Bordley is 5th all-time with 622 career wins and I’ll be honest, if you’re not excited about lacrosse after listening to this podcast, it might be time to look for a…
This Team Is Bigger Than One Person
Feb 12, 2017 • 31 min
Today I’m talking to Tim Dodds the new head coach at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Alexendria, Va.) Dodds has been an assistant coach for St. Stephen’s since 2011 and was chosen after a nationwide search to be the next head coach of the Saints. Today’s…
Will Ponte Vedra Win It All?
Feb 5, 2017 • 37 min
Today I’m talking to Lee Roggenburg, senior writer for Today we’re doing our 2017 Florida Boys’ Lacrosse Season Preview. Included in today’s discussion are the players and teams that will make for another memorable season. Lee…
California Players and Teams to Watch for 2017
Jan 29, 2017 • 36 min
In this week’s podcast, Jim Loftus from MaxLax Inc. and I are doing a rundown of teams and players to watch in our 2017 California Boys’ Lacrosse Preview. Loftus is an editor at MaxLax Inc., which encompasses,, and…
Make Sure You Have a Great Stick
Jan 8, 2017 • 19 min
Today I’m talking to the newest member of the 400-point club, Henry Hunt of Old Lyme high school in Connecticut. Hunt finished his senior year by breaking the Connecticut state record for most career points, putting up 489. He passed former New Fairfield…
The Longest Game In Boys’ High School Lacrosse History
Dec 18, 2016 • 24 min
Today we’re talking about the longest game in boys’ high school lacrosse history. On April 4, 1985, St. Anne’s-Belfield (Charlottesville, Va.) met Western Albemarle (Crozet, Va.) in the Dogwood Tournament. These teams played a 14 overtime game, which…
Hotbed lacrosse with Paul VI Head Coach Bob Waters
Dec 11, 2016 • 56 min
Today we’re talking with Paul VI head coach Bob Waters. Coach Waters took over the Paul VI program in 2012 and his first season on the sideline was 2013 when he lead his team to a 20-win season. In four seasons, he’s led them to a 61-27 record while…
The Need for Speed
Nov 13, 2016 • 22 min
As part of this week’s show, I try to find out if the old adage of ‘speed can’t be taught’ is true. I talk with Colin Quay, owner and President of Elite Athlete Training Services in Rockville, Maryland. Colin is a good friend of mine and I’ve known him…
What Does A Scholarship Cost
Nov 6, 2016 • 30 min
NCAA Division I men’s Lacrosse teams have an average roster size of 45 players but only a maximum of 12.6 scholarships to award per team. This means the average award covers less than 30% of a typical athlete’s annual college costs. Lacrosse is an…
What is the Role of Club Lacrosse in Recruiting?
Oct 30, 2016 • 38 min
Today’s podcast is a rebroadcast of a Google Hangout I did with Casey O’Neil (Gonzaga), Tom Peace (, Lee Southern (NJ Riot) and Jono Zissi (Torrey Pines) in 2013. Over the course of the podcast, we discuss how club lacrosse has helped…
Can You Dodge in a Phone Booth
Oct 23, 2016 • 25 min
Current Medfield (Massachusetts) high school lacrosse head coach John Isaf spoke with in Episode 4 of the podcast. We covered several topics, including what he looks for in players when they’re trying out for the Medfield high school…
Are You Coachable?
Oct 16, 2016 • 26 min
St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.) head coach Rick Brocato talks about real-word tips to help players improve and make their lacrosse team. Whether you’re a beginner who’s looking to make the junior varsity or an experience player looking to make the jump…
Will You Work to Get to the Next Level?
Oct 9, 2016 • 25 min
Current Santa Fe Christian (Calif.) head coach Tom DeMaio. DeMaio grew up in New England and has been coaching lacrosse for over 25 years. A former Head Coach at Northeastern University in Boston, Coach DeMaio is regarded as one of the top teachers in the…
Hello, my name is …
Sep 27, 2016 • 14 min
The very first podcast, hosted by founder Mike Loveday. This episode goes over what you can expect out of this podcast series. focuses on boys’ high school lacrosse, specifically stats, history and education. Become a…