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Category: New York Lacrosse

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    West Genesee boys lacrosse Mike Messere readies his team earlier this week against Auburn. With his 748th career win Thursday, Messere set the national record for most coaching victories all-time in the sport.

    Mike Messere and West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.) boys lacrosse will forever be synonymous for a variety of reasons. On Thursday, Messere added one more.

    Coaching the program he played for 50 years ago during his prep days, Messere became the nation's all-time leader in boys lacrosse wins with a 7-3 victory against Oswego (N.Y.). It was win No. 748 for Messere, who in his 36th year leading the West Genesee program, currently ranked No. 21 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Boys Lacrosse Rankings.

    As reported by The Post-Standard, dozens of former players attended the game in anticipation of the milestone win. After Messere broke the tie with former Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.)/Mount Sinai (N.Y.) coach Joe Cuozzo, his current team commemorated the moment by presenting him with a Native American Great Lakes lacrosse stick during a post-game celebration.

    "Everybody takes a part of it,'' Messere told the newspaper. "Everybody feels a part of it. It's great.''

    Although during his illustrious Hall of Fame career, Messere has won 15 state titles and 29 sectional championships, not surprisingly all he wanted to do after Thursday's win was get ready for the next game.

    "Gotta think about Saturday and Jamesville-DeWitt (Dewitt, N.Y.),'' Messere told The Post-Standard. "Can't think back.''

    To read more about the legendary Messere, check out the engaging profile by John Schiano from earlier this week.
  • Photo by Denis Gostev

    Jesse Bongiovi's dad knows how to rock. He knows how to win faceoffs for Poly Prep.

    It's refreshing to hear prep athletes credit their parents for their success or at least their work ethic.

    Photo by Denis Gostev

    Jesse Bongiovi

    This one is a gust of fresh air considering the parent is a rock star.

    Total generality here folks, but rockers don't often get credit for being "parent of the year" material largely because they tend to be caught up in their own fame and fortune. But the way Jesse Bongiovi tells it – or he told the New York Post - his dad Jon Bon Jovi taught him the key ingredients to be a successful prep athlete.

    The 5-foot-11, 180-pound junior is a starter on the Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn, N.Y.) lacrosse team and is also a member of the football team.

    "He has an unbelievable commitment that I look up to," Bongiovi said of his father to the Post. "He always (works) hard at the musical stuff. It inspires me to come out here and work hard."

    Like many teens, Bongiovi likes to sleep in on the weekends and he hears about it from his dad.

    "He'll be like, ‘I just ran 5 miles. What did you do today?' … My dad is always a big believer in working hard. If you work hard, you kind of get what you work for."

    Bongiovi, 17, is a junior faceoff specialist for Poly Prep, the defending NYSAISAA champion. According to the Post, he scored his first goal of the season in a 12-6 loss to Fieldston on Friday. He's won 33 of 65 faceoffs this season, including 13-for-17 against Collegiate. He's fielded five ground balls in three matches.

    He said his dad attends most of his games, but Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea Hurley have tried to keep Bongiovi and his three siblings out of the spotlight. Or at least dad's spotlight.

    Like the handful of celebrities I've talked to who have athletic children - like Denzel Washington here - the last thing they want is their kids' potential acclaim to be overshadowed by their own fame. But, at least for a while, it comes with the territory.

    Bongiovi has plenty of time to make a name for himself. And by all indications, he's on the right path.
    Photo by Denis Gostev

    Jesse Bongiovi