Around The Crease

83 EpisodesProduced by Mike Loveday

The Around the Crease podcast from covers all aspects of boys’ high school lacrosse. Whether you want to stay up-to-date on prep lacrosse during the season, hear Mike Loveday and Michael Ward’s hot takes on the latest topics in lacrosse or get recruiting information and tips. This is … read more

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83 Episodes | 2016 - 2019

Lacrosse Championships Feature Familiar Foes (This Week in Lacrosse)

June 16th, 2019


Several high school lacrosse teams added to their trophy cases last week, including Brother Rice from Michigan, Pinkerton from New Hampshire, La …

TWIL: State Associations Decisions Take Center Stage

June 9th, 2019


This Week in Lacrosse is subbing in for the usual Around the Crease podcast this week and Mike talks about two state association's decisions from the final weeks of the season. In Pennsylvania, the PIAA decided to …

Recapping the 2019 High School Lacrosse Season (And Predictions)

June 2nd, 2019


Michael Ward and Mike Loveday recap their thoughts of the 2019 high school lacrosse season. They discuss what it was like for Ward to be a reporter …

Is Calvert Hall The Greatest of All Time? (and more high school lacrosse news)

May 30th, 2019


Is Calvert Hall the greatest MIAA A Conference team of all-time? This Week in Lacrosse dives into the discussion along with the biggest upset in New Jersey, New Canaan (Conn.) winning its first title in six years along …

Playoffs (Who Gets It Right, Wrong and What Can Fix Them)

May 26th, 2019


This week's special guest is Sheldon Shealer from ... yes, you read that right. Mike and Michael have a soccer guy on to talk about lacrosse playoffs. Why? Shealer is a long-time friend of Mike …

Pennsylvania Championship History (And Why It Matters)

May 19th, 2019


This episode was recorded in November 2018 with Chris Goldberg of to discuss the evolution of the Pennsylvania lacrosse playoff …

Transitioning From High School to Summer (Recruiting Help)

May 12th, 2019


Chris Garland from Detroit Country Day (Mich.) and Juiced Cherries rejoins the podcast this week to talk about creating a plan to maximize your summer and recruiting. He lays out tips for every graduation year. We also …

This Week in Lacrosse: Geico Lacrosse Game Recaps (And Big News!)

May 8th, 2019


New to the Around the Crease channel is This Week in Lacrosse - a weekly news recap show on YouTube, released on Monday's. We're releasing an audio version for those that rather catch up on the latest happenings from …

Florida Lacrosse Predications & Lacrosse Pontifications

May 5th, 2019


With the playoffs abound, this week's two-segment podcast features some Florida lacrosse predications and general lacrosse pontifications. Lee Roggenburg from joins for the first half. Mike and …

Parents Gone Wild

April 28th, 2019


This week Michael Ward discusses the parental behavior he's seen so far this season. Also, Mike and Michael discuss their trips to Long Island.

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Yelling At Referees

April 21st, 2019


This week's episode is different. Instead of Michael Ward, Mike Loveday has Matt Noonan on as a guest to talk a little about New England lacrosse, but also what it's like to be a referee. Let's be honest, at some point …

Colorado Mesa Lacrosse and R.I.P. LaxPower

April 14th, 2019


On Episode 61 of the Around the Crease podcast, Mike Loveday and Michael Ward discuss the 52-0 Colorado Mesa lacrosse win and when enough is enough. …

A Match to be Made, Not a Prize to be Won

April 6th, 2019


Detroit Country Day (Mich.) head coach Chris Garland joins the podcast this week to talk about what parents and players should, and should not be …

Will the NCAA Change the Lacrosse Recruiting Rule?

March 31st, 2019


On episode 59 of the Around the Crease podcast, Mike and Michael discuss whether the NCAA will change the lacrosse recruiting rule regarding the …

Greg Gurenlian Talks Face-offs and High School Lacrosse Recap

March 24th, 2019


Greg Gurenlian guests on this week's show to talk about the evolution of the face-off, the new Weapon X head by East Coast Dyes and who some of the …

Lacrosse Rankings with Ty Xanders

March 17th, 2019


Ty Xanders from Inside Lacrosse joins Mike and Michael on the podcast this week. Xanders discusses the process he takes in compiling lacrosse rankings, east coast bias and what it takes to be a ranked team.


This …

Going to California and What to Do With Culver Academy

March 10th, 2019


Jim Loftus from comes onto the show to talk California lacrosse and Mike and Michael discuss private versus public school, including …

It's Good To Be King

March 3rd, 2019


Latest episode This week's podcast features Durham Academy (N.C.) head coach Jon Lantzy to talk about the Brine King of Spring and how the teams compete off the field to raise money for charity. 

Mike and Michael talk …

How To Just Win

February 23rd, 2019


Coaches from Derryfield (N.H.), Middle Creek (N.C.) and Summit (N.J.) talk about leading their teams on extensive winning streaks and what it takes …

Ep. 53: Going Live With Headstrong

February 17th, 2019


On Sunday, Feb. 10, LaxRecords went live with Jeff Baxter from HEADstrong and former Florida State lacrosse player Dawson Allen. We discussed HEADstrong's #GoLime campaign and how players can get started pledging their …

Ep. 52: North Carolina Preview & College Lax Talk

February 9th, 2019


This week, Damian Hall of comes on to talk about the 2019 North Carolina high school season. Mike and Michael talk about watching …

Do They Know Who You Are?

February 2nd, 2019


This week Mike and Michael have three head coaches who are new to their respective programs this season: Zach Burke from Westlake (Texas), Pat …

Giving It That Little Bit Extra

January 26th, 2019


In episode 50, Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) head coach Sean McGinnis talks about what their upcoming game against St. Xavier getting moved to the University of Cincinnati means to Ohio lacrosse. Also, …

The Beasts in the Southeast

January 19th, 2019


Mike & Michael talk with’s Lee Roggenburg about Florida lacrosse and Blythewood (S.C.) head coach Jason Cuzzupe about the …

Was It A One-Off or Change in Power?

January 11th, 2019


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 …

Recruiting Options for Lacrosse Players

January 5th, 2019


Mike & Mike talk with Louisville men's lacrosse coach Ryan McCauley about the program and then they talk about recruiting options for student …

2018 Year in Review

December 29th, 2018


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.

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Forward Thinking: 2019 Preview

December 22nd, 2018


Today, Mike & Mike talk about expectations for the upcoming season and what they are most looking forward to seeing.


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Lacrosse in the Olympics?

December 15th, 2018


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.


The Future of Lacrosse

December 9th, 2018


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 …

New Opportunities For D-III Experiences

October 12th, 2018


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 …

Make It Easier to Get Noticed With ProspectCNNCT

September 12th, 2018

18:01 teams up with ProspectCNNCT and Arizona mens lacrosse coach Matt Blamey to provide athletes with more options to get noticed by …

Event Season

July 14th, 2018


Mike and Tom are back together this week discussing their favorite things from the Under Armour All-America weekend, recapping the Apex Lacrosse …

I Love The Pace of the Game

July 7th, 2018


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 …

Episode 3: We Have Opinions

June 23rd, 2018


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.


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June 16th, 2018


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 …

Early Recruiting Real Talk

June 9th, 2018


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 …

Stylax Stat Leaders: March 24, 2018

March 24th, 2018


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 …

Stylax Stat Leaders Daily Update: March 22, 2018

March 22nd, 2018


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 …

Stylax Stat Leaders: March 19, 2018

March 19th, 2018


Another coaching milestone highlights today's Stylax Stat Leaders as longtime McCallie School head coach Troy Kemp notches a career milestone. Also …

Best Known Performers: March 9, 2018

March 9th, 2018


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.


Challenged By Casey Powell

March 8th, 2018


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.


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Dethroning the King

March 6th, 2018


Nicky Solomon, the brother of Syracuse sophomore, Nathan 'King' Solomon, talks about reaching 500 career points, what it means for Georgia and if his …

Player of the Week for March 5, 2018: Topher Bligh from St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.)

March 5th, 2018


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 …

Best Known Performers: March 3, 2018

March 3rd, 2018


Centennial (Ga.) senior Nicky Solomon passed Mikey Powell to become just the 18th player in boys' high school lacrosse history to reach 500 career …

Why Is Your Mom Crammed In the Backseat?

February 23rd, 2018


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 …

Preparing for College and Social Media Usage

October 1st, 2017


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 …

How to Get a College Lacrosse Coach to Notice

August 13th, 2017


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 …

2017 Player of the Year

July 17th, 2017


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 …

Cory Lund, California's All-Time Assist Leader

June 18th, 2017


Today's podcast focuses on El Segundo (Calif.) athlete, Cory Lund who finished his high school lacrosse career as California's all-time assist …

Cardinals Claim Crown

June 4th, 2017


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 …

Who's Got The Trophy?

May 21st, 2017


Today's podcast is all about rankings. Specifically, ranking philosophy and its application during the high school season.

My guest today is Sheldon …

The Best Rivalry In High School Lacrosse?

May 14th, 2017


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 …

Massachusetts High School Lacrosse

May 11th, 2017


This week's podcast focuses on Massachusetts high school lacrosse with Matt Noonan of

Matt is a good friend, going back to my …

Florida's 2017 Boys' Lacrosse Season Recap

May 7th, 2017


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 …

400 Point Club

April 23rd, 2017


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 …

1,000 Career Saves, Building A Program and Haverford School

April 16th, 2017


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, Records and All-Time Leaders

April 9th, 2017


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 …

Will It Ever Be Done Again?

March 30th, 2017


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 …

West Genesee Head Coach Mike Messere Talks Wins and History

March 26th, 2017


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 …

High School Lacrosse Roundup, March 23, 2017

March 23rd, 2017


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 …

Eight Is Great With Gonzaga Head Coach Casey O'Neil

March 19th, 2017


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 …

Podcast: Can McDonogh (Md.) Repeat in the MIAA A Conference?

March 12th, 2017


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 …

Brine King of Spring Lacrosse Classic Preview

March 5th, 2017


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, …

Philly Lacrosse

February 26th, 2017


digging deep into the Philadelphia lacrosse scene with Chris Goldberg of and

Chris has been a staple on the …

Rivalry, Sportsmanship and Advice from Rob Bordley

February 19th, 2017


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, …

This Team Is Bigger Than One Person

February 12th, 2017


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 …

Will Ponte Vedra Win It All?

February 5th, 2017


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 …

California Players and Teams to Watch for 2017

January 29th, 2017


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 …

Make Sure You Have a Great Stick

January 8th, 2017


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 …

The Longest Game In Boys' High School Lacrosse History

December 18th, 2016


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 …

Hotbed lacrosse with Paul VI Head Coach Bob Waters

December 11th, 2016


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 …

The Need for Speed

November 13th, 2016


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

What Does A Scholarship Cost

November 6th, 2016


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 …

What is the Role of Club Lacrosse in Recruiting?

October 30th, 2016


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 …

Can You Dodge in a Phone Booth

October 23rd, 2016


Current Medfield (Massachusetts) high school lacrosse head coach John Isaf spoke with in Episode 4 of the podcast.

We covered several …

Are You Coachable?

October 16th, 2016


St. Paul's (Brooklandville, Md.) head coach Rick Brocato talks about real-word tips to help players improve and make their lacrosse team. 

Whether …

Will You Work to Get to the Next Level?

October 9th, 2016


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 …

Hello, my name is ...

September 28th, 2016


The very first podcast, hosted by founder Mike Loveday. 

This episode goes over what you can expect out of this podcast series.

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