posted 10.03.2011 at 11.44 a.m. by Matt DaSilva

Inside the October Issue of Lacrosse Magazine

The October issue of Lacrosse Magazine featuring cover boy Davey Emala (right), one of two high-profile men's lacrosse transfers to land at North Carolina this fall, mails to US Lacrosse members this week. Here's a more in-depth look at what they'll find in this edition. (Don't get the magazine? Join US Lacrosse and its 350,000-plus members today to start your complimentary subscription and reap countless other benefits.)

Cover Story

Final Four or Bust
North Carolina men's lacrosse coach Joe Breschi is eager to watch his second full recruiting class strengthen the backbone of a program he already has revived. But it's the two surprise additions to the Tar Heels that have given expectations a major boost in Chapel Hill. If Carolina makes a decisive move upward in the stacked Atlantic Coast Congerence and causes a stir in next year's NCAA Division I tournament, former Georgetown attackman Davey Emala and former Princeton attackman Jack McBride will each have a significant say in the matter. By Gary Lambrecht

The Scoop

The Olympic Dream: The FIL took significant strides this year by adding five associate member nations: Thailand, Hungary, Uganda, Israel and Russia.

Lifestyles: Will Yeatman
: LM talked hard knocks with NFL hopeful and former Maryland and Notre Dame lacrosse standout Will Yeatman right before he was signed by the Miami Dolphins.

ZIP It: 30030: People in Decatur, Ga., are changing the perception of lacrosse as an exclusively white sport.

US Lacrosse News: 'Absorb the Moment': An estimated 7,000 athletes and 9,000 coaches and lacrosse enthusiasts participated in USL events during the spring and summer of 2011.

Seven Degrees of Fame: A small-world experiment with this year's National Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductees reveals some eerie connections between them.

Features

Sweet Satisfaction: No more talk about winning it. No more pretending the bad history doesn't exist. The Boston Cannons won their first Major League Championship in 11 years as a franchise Aug. 28, edging the Hamilton Nationals by one goal in the league's title game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. By Corey McLaughlin

Grace Under Fire: It is one of the proudest, toughest rivalries in the game of women's lacrosse. It makes Duke-UNC look like a Phish concert. It makes Maryland-Northwestern look like yoga class. You didn't think Australia would go quietly in the FIL U19 women's world championship, did you? Read how Team USA, the likeable Goliath, withstood an Australian assault to win gold in Germany. By Clare Lochary

Great Sport: An in-depth look at priority No. 1 for US Lacrosse: an initiative to take the youth game to new heights. By Paul Krome and Brian Logue

Traditions of the Game: Cause and Effect: Our Champion-sponsored series concludes with a look at college fall ball events around the country whose outcomes are about more than just lacrosse.

Your Edge

Freeze Frame: Boyle vs. Rubisch: Watch Ryan Boyle and Kyle Rubisch if you want to learn how to engage your opponent above goal line extended.

Your Game: In Your Face!: Shannon Smith tells you how to beat that pesky face guard.

Your Call: Q&A with Matt Palumb: The former Syracuse goalie and respected official wants more players to follow his lead.

Voices

From the Editor: A Plea for Pro Women's Lax: Kristen Kjellman retiring at age 26? We need a professional outlet for women's players in their prime.

Her Space: Women's Game Struggles to Keep Pace: Leaders should look to grow lacrosse where there's strenght in numbers, writes Clare Lochary.

His Space: Look Who's Talking: Bill Tanton gets a surprise phone call from MLL front man Jake Steinfeld.

Give & Go

Jon Reese: The 2011 Hall of Fame inductee and two-sport Yale star left a 12-year Wall Street job after 9/11 and created his own non-profit foundation.