Friends of Panthers Lacrosse
Alumni Weekend - Nov 1, 2013
Pittsburgh, PA - The Panthers will be closing out the Fall Ball season with their annual Alumni Weekend this upcoming week!
The festivities will get started Friday night, November 8, as the current team takes on the alumni and coaches at the Cost Center at 8 pm.
The celebration will continue the next day with a team tailgate prior to the Pitt-Notre Dame football game with the location to be announced shortly.
If you plan on attending the event, please RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/183213591871921/ .
Any questions or concerns about the events can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope that any and all alumni, family, and friends of Panthers Lacrosse can attend!
Hail to Pitt!
Pitt Lacrosse Celebrates Halloween - Oct 31, 2013
Pittsburgh, PA - The Panthers were in the holiday spirit Wednesday night, as they celebrated Halloween one night early with their annual costume practice. Players participated in the nightly stretches drills, and competitions clad in various costumes, with a pair of bananas, a tiger, and a birthday present all making appearances. Highlights of the night included Ramzi Kurzum's revealing crayon costume and Kristian Nardozzi as Luigi. Even Coach Rickel was in costume for the night as he handed out candy to the winners of each drill.
The Panthers will conclude the Fall season with their annual alumni game on Friday, November 8. The game will be at 8 pm at the Cost Center, and all alumni, family, and friends of Panthers Lacrosse are encouraged to attend!
Hail to Pitt!
Panthers Go 1-1 In Fall Scrimmages - Oct 31, 2013
Pittsburgh, PA - The Panthers completed their Fall Ball schedule this past Sunday with an away win at Grove City. After months of practicing, starting shortly after the academic year began in late August, the team finally got to show their stuff against an opponent with two games in back-to-back weekends in October.
The Bobcats of Ohio University traveled to the Cost Center to take on the Panthers on Sunday, October 20. This fall's Pitt team looked a bit different the one that took the field last Spring, with the addition of Head Coach Jason Rickel, Assistant Coach Joe Grmusa (a former Pitt attackman) and fourteen new players added to the roster. As they took the field against the Bobcats, the Panthers saw these growing pains come to fruition early and often, struggling with turnovers and penalties. Despite a total of nine minutes of penalties, Pitt rallied in the second half to take the lead briefly before falling in the closing minutes, 13-11. The Panthers and Bobcats will meet again in the Spring in Athens.
On Saturday, October 26, the Panthers traveled to Grove City to take on the Wolverines. The early morning travel and cold, blustery weather may have stifled the Panthers' offense early in the game, as the team put up only two goals in the first half. A solid defensive performance kept the team in the game, however, as the Panthers conceded only four goals in the contest. The freshmen attack lineup of Colin Schultz, Mike Cikovic, and Matt Higgins propelled the offense in the second half, burying goal after goal to put the game away. The Panthers walked out with a victory, 9-4.
Pitt will close out their fall season with their annual Alumni Game on Friday, November 8. The game will take place at 8 pm at the Cost Center. All alumni, family, and friends of Panthers Lacrosse are encouraged to attend!
Hail to Pitt!
Buzzard Steps Down, Nationwide Coaching Search Underway - Jun 23, 2013
(courtesy of InsideLacrosse.com)
Pittsburgh, PA — The 2014 season will be one of transition and challenge for the Pittsburgh Panthers Men’s Lacrosse team. The Panthers will regretfully see Head Coach and 2013 CCLA Coach of the Year Sean Buzzard step down moving into the coming season. Buzzard took the fledgling Pitt program to new heights during his four year coaching tenure, which began in 2010. Under Buzzard, the Panthers recorded 37 wins and 23 losses, qualifying for the CCLA playoffs each year. Buzzard guided Pitt to the CCLA championship game in both 2012 and 2013 and led Pitt to their first ever trip to the MCLA National Tournament in 2012. Buzzard will remain close with the program, as he is transitioning into a more administrative role in the coming years.
Several assistant coaches, including 2012 MCLA D2 player of the year Jack Dumsa, will return to Pitt for the 2014 season. The plan is to maintain consistency with these returning coaches, a strong core of returning players, and with Buzzard assisting in a director of lacrosse operations role. Buzzard’s Director Role will stay intact temporarily yet indefinitely until a new coach familiarizes himself with the conference, league, campus, and club sports department.
Don’t look for a rebuilding year or step back from the Panthers. The defense will not miss a beat with returning All-Americans Max Carlson and Eric Bulgarelli coming back alongside Stephen Gill and 2nd team All-CCLA LSM, Burke Bodo. The team will also gain an experienced defenseman in T.J. Leo, a transfer from LaRoche college and their NCAA Division III lacrosse program. Travis O’Connor will return in goal after being named 2nd team All-CCLA in his freshman season. The main challenge for the 2014 team will be replacing Joe Grmusa and Tyler Novotny in the scoring column. Senior, Alex Powell and Sophomore, Chris Wetzel should be up for that challenge and get some help from Sophomore, Ryan McGoogan.
Panthers Lacrosse is now actively searching for a head coach for the upcoming season. Interested candidates can apply through the "Head Coach Application" link on the team website, www.pittpantherslax.com.
Michigan State Beats the Panthers 10-9 - Apr 6, 2013
The Panthers fell to Michigan State Unversity this past weekend with a final score of 9-10, MSU. #21 Joe Grmusa, a senior attackman, came onto the field with a strong presence during the first quarter, getting a hat trick within the first 9 minutes of the game. #2 Bryan Peck also contributed to the team substantially with an impressive fourth quarter shooting spree.
The first 5 Pittsburgh goals were scored early in the first quarter, kicking the game off with a strong start. Although MSU was able to take the lead during the second and third quarters, the Panthers did not stop fighting. With an impressive fourth quarter comeback, Pitt managed to put in 4 more goals, ending the game with a one-point deficit, final score 9-10.
Follow @PittPanthersLAX for live game updates during the recently added game versus Carnegie Mellon University this Wednesday evening.
Pitt Dominates Central Michigan with a 14-3 Victory - Apr 5, 2013
The Pittsburgh Panthers travelled to Michigan this weekend to take on Central Michigan on their home turf. From the very first whistle, the Panthers set the pace of the game, finding opportunities and capitalizing on them. The team utilized the entire bench throughout the game, with 10 players stepping up to contribute to the Panthers' 14 goals. Defenders Paul Razgaitis and Max Carlson also stepped up with 5 ground balls each, keeping Central Michigan to a miniscule 3 goals.
The University of Pittsburgh ended the game with a crushing victory, the final score being 14-3. This week the Panthers take on Carnegie Mellon University under the lights. Follow @PittPanthersLAX on twitter for team and game updates.
Pittsburgh Panthers Take Down Ohio University 18-11 - Mar 30, 2013
Pittsburgh ended the game with an 18-11 victory over the Bobcats. Next weekend, the team travels to Michigan to take on Central Michigan and Michigan State. Follow @PittPanthersLAX on twitter for live game tweets and other team updates.
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