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It’s All About “Experience” In Year Two for the SUNY New Paltz Men’s Lacrosse Team

Dwayne Stewart is in his second season as the head coach of the SUNY New Paltz men’s lacrosse team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Sarah Swift)

By Matt Noonan

Dwayne Stewart seemed ready for his next challenge. 

After assisting Ryan Kuhn with starting a men’s lacrosse program at Lincoln Memorial University as both an assistant coach and offensive coordinator from 2015 to 2018, Stewart was ready for his next challenge, coaching a first-year varsity squad at the State University of New York at New Paltz

“I was excited because I was going to be the leader of a team,” said Stewart, who is currently in his second season with the Hawks. 

Being involved with a new program seemed “normal” to Stewart, who has aspirations of one day winning a championship – “I want to do that fast,” he said when introduced as the school’s first-ever men’s lacrosse coach on August 9, 2018. Stewart has won a championship before when he played midfield at the University of Albany in 2013 but as of Thursday morning, the Copiague, New York native seems determined to provide his squad with as much playing and practicing experience as possible this season.

SUNY New Paltz’s inaugural campaign was cut short last spring due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but the Hawks enjoyed a successful start, winning two of four matchups, including the team’s first varsity contest against Elmira College.

Stewart and the team used the lockdown, as well as the past few months to begin planning for this season – so far, the squad has competed twice, and despite dropping their initial State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) clash to the State University of New York at Plattsburgh (SUNY Plattsburgh) on Monday, Stewart and the Hawks were able to gain a better understanding of what they must work on, so they can be better prepared for future league matchups.

Joseph Bradbury attempts a face-off in his team’s first contest of the 2021 season last month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Sarah Swift)

“It was great to see the level of play (in the SUNYAC),” Stewart said of his team’s recent outing with Plattsburgh. “I am sure my guys learned a lot.”

The Hawks will gain more experience as the season progresses – in fact, they will learn a lot more over the next few weeks when they compete against other league foes, including the State University of New York at Potsdam (SUNY Potsdam), a team they will see next Monday, as well as later this month. But beyond the offensive and defensive reps, Stewart also plans to use these next few weeks to “instill” a team culture, as well as improve the system he is currently teaching the Hawks.

Like any coach, Stewart knows his system – and yes, his team’s goals – will be tweaked over time. But as for his vision – well, more his dream for where the Hawks can go from here is something his young team already believes in.

“You know, I pretty much sold them a dream (for this new program when I was hired in August of 2018) and they believed that dream and vision,” said Stewart when reflecting on his time the past few years with the program.

“We had a really strong showing (last February) against Elmira, and after we got that first win, along with an overtime win against SUNY Purchase, the team really started to buy into that message. And they’re feeding (into it more and more) as a second-year program.”

Lax Notebook: MLL Collegiate Draft Is TONIGHT!

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2018 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft is scheduled for this evening (Wednesday, April 18th).

Fans of the MLL can watch live coverage of the draft on Lax Sports Network (LSN), beginning at 5:30 p.m. The actual draft itself will begin at 6:30 p.m.

According to the MLL website, 63 players will be selected from the college lacrosse world this evening, including five current student-athletes by the Boston Cannons. Boston has the top pick in this year’s draft and will most likely select someone to join either their offense (attack) or defense with the selection.

The last time Cannons entered the draft with the top pick was in 2008 when they selected Paul Rabil from Johns Hopkins. Rabil would help the Cannons with their initial MLL crown three years later when Boston outlasted the Hamilton Nationals at Harvard Stadium.

Rabil no longer plays for the Cannons as he is currently a member of the New York Lizards. New York finished fifth overall last season with a 7-7 ledger.

In addition to the top pick, Boston also owns a quartet of picks, including a pair of selections in the third round (19th and 26th picks). The Cannons will also pick in the sixth (46) and seventh (55) rounds, too.

Expect the Cannons to use their initial pick on either an attack or defensive player, according to US Lacrosse Magazine. A possible first-round pick for the Cannons could be University of Albany’s Connor Fields, who currently leads the Great Danes this season in assists (32) and points (58). He is second on the team in goals (26).

A few other possible targets for the top pick include Trevor Baptiste (University of Denver), Connor Kelly (University of Maryland) and Justin Guterding (Duke University).


Pre-Draft Reading: Get ready for the 2018 MLL Collegiate Draft with some great stories from around the web!

Mass. College Hoops: Div. I Weekend Notes

By Brian Willwerth 

With conference play in full force, we begin our weekly look at the Division 1 schools in Massachusetts.

Men’s Hoops:

* Let’s start with Northeastern. They’re not just the Huskies; they’re the first-place Huskies. NU is a perfect 6-0 in the CAA, with four of those wins coming away from Matthews Arena. What’s more: their next four games are all at home. Joel Smith, averaging nearly 16 points per game, leads the Huskies. Is this the year Northeastern goes dancing for the first time since 1991?

* Speaking of teams dreaming about going to the Big Dance, that’s what they’re doing in Amherst. UMass is 12-5 on the year, and off to a 2-2 start in a loaded Atlantic-10 that now includes ranked powerhouses Butler and VCU. The Minutemen get the Bulldogs at home, but have to travel to Richmond to take on the Rams. You’d have to think UMass needs to win at least one of those games to get one of those so-called “quality wins” on its resume.

Women’s Hoops:

* At Boston University, the Terriers are ineligible for the NCAA tournament because they’re jumping to the Patriot League next year. So it’s easy to overlook the fact that the women’s hoops team is on a serious roll. With a comeback victory over UNH on Saturday, BU has won 13 in a row, and is 16-3 overall. The Terriers have a first place showdown coming up against Albany on Wednesday night at The Roof.