New York, NY, January 08, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- On the eve of debuting as a second-year member of the New York Titans professional lacrosse team, Ryan Boyle is featured in the book Weekend Warriors, Men of Professional Lacrosse ($15.95, New Chapter Press, www.newchapterpressmedia.com).
Written by Jack McDermott of Tallahassee, Fla., Weekend Warriors is a compilation of short life stories of 15 pro lacrosse players who star in the indoor National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse, the outdoor pro league.
Boyle is set to start his second season as member of the New York Titans, the second-year NLL franchise that play at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Titans make their home debut on Thursday, January 31 at 7:30 pm when they take on the San Jose Stealth. Tickets for Titan games can be purchased for as low as $15 at www.nytitans.com or by calling 888-8TITANS.
Lacrosse has recently been labeled by Sports Illustrated as “the fastest growing sport in the United States” and the National Lacrosse League has been labeled as “the fastest game on two feet.” Last year’s New York Titans home opener at Madison Square Garden featured a crowd of over 13,000 fans. Says Boyle in the book of playing lacrosse in New York City, “I play the fastest sport in the fastest city.”
Described by McDermott as “the poster boy” of the Titans, Boyle says it privilege to make lacrosse his main vocation. An excerpt from the book is as follows;
“I get to chase my dream,” he says. “Not only that, how many people can say they love their job? I do. Boyle calls himself a “nomad” for his traveling lifestyle. One month during the summer, Trilogy Lacrosse – which is based in Boyle’s current home of Austin, Texas -- took him to lacrosse camps in New Jersey, Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee, Lexington, Kentucky, Houston and Seattle; he also found the time to play in a tournament in Hawaii.
In Austin, what started as a consulting gig to train high school kids, draw-up plays, establish lacrosse drills and establish realistic practice schedules for high school students, has morphed into something much larger. Educators at Anderson High School have tapped Boyle and Trilogy to set up a youth program to develop talent at younger ages and act as a feeder program into varsity and junior varsity teams.
“I love working with younger kids,” says Boyle. “They are so intense and in this day of political correctness, bluntly honest, which is refreshing.” Boyle also likes to keep the fun in the game and encourages young kids to develop their own celebratory dance after each goal. He’s also learned to be careful about what he says.
Once, when the kids in the youth league asked Boyle what position they should play he said, “Attackers -- you get to score goals, celebrate, and pick up chicks.”
Soon after the practice ended, one of the player’s moms asked her ten-year-old what he’d learned that day. The young player repeated Boyle’s words verbatim. The mom had a good sense of humor, but Boyle heard about it, nonetheless. It was an important lesson.
Boyle, who played two seasons for San Jose before being traded to New York, is one of 15 players featured in Weekend Warriors. Other players featured include; Dan Ladouceur - Thunder Bay, Ontario, Regy Thorpe - Auburn, NY (Syracuse), Brian Langtry - Massapequa, NY (Hofstra), Gavin Prout - Whitby, Ontario (Loyola, Md.), Marshall Abrams - Syracuse, NY (Syracuse), Kyle Sweeney – Springfield, Pa. (Georgetown), Kasey Beirnes - Elora, Ontario, Del Halladay - Victoria, British Columbia (Loyola, Md.), Ryan McNish – Edmonton / Winnipeg, Chris McKay - Victoria, British Columbia (Butler University), Richard Morgan - Coquitlam, British Columbia (Boise State), Bruce Murray - Coquitlam, British Columbia - Arizona Sting, Armando Polanco - Oceanside, NY (Hofstra), Pat Jones - Oshawa, Ontario (Univ. of Western Ontario).
New Chapter Press is a independent publisher of books with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and New York, N.Y. Founded in 1987, NCP has published a wide variety of books of historical, comical and educational significance and has its books distributed by the Independent Publishers Group.