Notebook: Denison hires pair of former Baltimore-area players as assistants

Denison has announced the hiring of former Loyola University and Loyola High player Keith Euker and former Maryland assistant and player Fran Gormley as assistant coaches.

"We are really fortunate to hire two top-notch people and coaches in Keith Euker and Fran Gormley," said head coach Mike Caravana. "Their teaching and coaching skills, as well as their love of the game, came across very strongly in their interviews. They also come to us with strong references within the coaching ranks. I am confident they will help us maintain and grow our place among the nation's elite Division III men's lacrosse programs.

"With both coming from Division I backgrounds," Caravana continued, "they bring with them new ideas that are on the cutting edge of our sport.  Their new ideas should really benefit our individual players and our program immediately.  I want to thank Denison athletic director Nan Carney-DeBord, and her leadership team for showing the support needed to attract people of this caliber. They are both outstanding young men that will be wonderful representatives of Denison and our men's lacrosse program for years to come."

Euker most recently served as a volunteer goalie coach at Michigan for the past two seasons. He was the head coach at Missouri from 2009 to 2011. During his time in Columbia, he was named Great Rivers Lacrosse Coach of the Year (2011).

Gormley comes to Denison after a two-year stint at the director of lacrosse operations for the Terps. In 2011, he was named Maryland's Comeback Player of the Year.

Gettysburg hires Speaks


Former Towson University defenseman Wes Speaks has been named as an assistant men's lacrosse coach at Gettysburg.

He will serve as the Bullets top assistant, working as the defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator and strength and conditioning coordinator.

Speaks comes to Gettysburg after serving a two-year stint at Centennial Conference rival McDaniel, where he was the defensive coordinator. At Towson, Speaks was a three-year starter and as a captain his senior year.

Hereford's Perzinski named Lynchburg assistant

Chris Perzinski (Hereford) has been hired as the first full-time assistant coach in Lynchburg program history.
Perzinski served as Gettysburg's first assistant coach in 2013, helping the Bullets to a 9-7 record while competing against the top schedule in NCAA Division III. His roles included defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator and strength and conditioning coordinator.

Perzinski is no stranger to Lynchburg, having served as an assistant coach for the Hornets from 2010 to 2012; the Hornets went 30-8 over that span.

Perzinski was selected to be a member and captain of the first Polish national team, which competed in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Games in 2010.

Pannell named MLL's top rookie; Hopkins grad Durkin third

New York Lizards attackman Rob Pannell edged out Ohio Machine attackman Logan Schuss for the Cascade Rookie of the Year Award in Major League Lacrosse, the league announced Tuesday. Hamilton Nationals defenseman Tucker Durkin (Johns Hopkins) was third.

On the league's all-time rookie scoring list, Pannell ranks fourth in goals scored (25), third in assists (17) and second in total points with (42).

He earned seven first-place votes out of a possible 16. Schuss was awarded five first-place votes, while Durkin finished third with six second- and four third-place votes.

Ryan joins coaching staff for Southwestern women

Southwestern women's head coach Matthew Grosso has announced the addition of Kelly Ryan to his staff for the Division III program's first season in 2014. Grosso was the top women's assistant at Goucher from 2001 to 2004.

Ryan got her start in coaching in 2012 when she spent the summer as the head coach with the Long Island Liberty before pursuing a master's degree from Frostburg State. She spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons serving as a graduate assistant for the Bobcats.

Licata signs to play at Missouri Valley

Bel Air native J.J. Licata has signed a national letter of intent to play at NAIA Missouri Valley in the team's inaugural season in the spring.

Licata was a three-sport athlete at Harford Tech, also playing soccer and wrestling.

St. Paul's to host first Philippines/Israel Lacrosse Festival


The Filipino-American Lacrosse Club will host the first-ever Philippines/Israel Lacrosse Festival at St. Paul's on Aug. 18. Tickets are available at philippineslacrosseassociation.eventbrite.com; all proceeds will support new youth lacrosse programs in the Philippines, which are launching this fall.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a joint youth clinic for boys ages 8-13 featuring players and coaches of the Israel and Philippines teams. The clinic  is $40 and includes a game ticket and an Israel Lacrosse pinnie for each participant. Proceeds from the clinic will be shared between the two programs to help support new youth lacrosse programs in Israel and the Philippines that are launching this fall.

Faceoff is at noon for the international exhibition game between Israel and the Filipino-American Lacrosse Club. The game will be broadcast live at livestream.com/accesslacrosse.

After the game there will be an on-field autograph session, and a postgame barbecue and tailgate hosted by the Filipino-American Lacrosse Club at about 2:30 p.m. Admission to the tailgate is $10.

Players and fans are encouraged to bring used lacrosse helmets, gloves, sticks and protective gear to donate. Equipment donors will receive a free Israel Lacrosse pinnie.