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Irondequoit Lacrosse Documentary Screening

For many months, we at Animatus have been doing post production on Howard Nielsen's latest feature length documentary, Irondequoit: Lacrosse Town U.S.A. You may remember Mr. Nielsen's last film, When Football Was Bigger Than Life, about Aquinas football, also produced at Animatus. Well, now he's turned his attention to the history of high school lacrosse in upstate New York, with a focus on his alma mater, Irondequoit.

The documentary will have its premiere screening at Irondequoit High School on November 24th at 7pm. A donation of $5 per person will be taken at the door.

To pre-order your copy of the upcoming DVD, visit, or see some online news coverage at and


CONTACT: Howard Nielsen, Single Wing Productions
PHONE: 585-451-0066
EMAIL: howie(AT)


Rochester, NY, November 2006

Restaurant owner Howard Nielsen is back in the movie business with an all new documentary. After covering Aquinas football in his last project, Nielsen has now set his sights on another local sports phenomenon, Irondequoit High School's legendary lacrosse program.

Two years in the making, "Irondequoit: Lacrosse Town U.S.A." will premiere to the public on Friday, November 24th at 7:00 PM in Irondequoit High School's 600 seat auditorium. Admission will be five dollars at the door.

Nielsen says taking on an enormous movie project just eight months after opening his second restaurant, Sticky Lips Pit BBQ, has taken a toll on him. "It was my son's senior year at Irondequoit, and this would be my last chance to pull off a movie idea that I had been thinking about for a few years. This is my gift back to the Irondequoit community and Section V lacrosse, which has done so much for my son Danny and myself."

Even though the main focus is on Irondequoit, it really is a story about Upstate New York and Monroe County Lacrosse. Lacrosse is North America's oldest and fastest growing team sport.

Take a trip back in time and witness the start of high school lacrosse in upstate New York by way of Irondequoit High School's legendary program. Witness firsthand 50 years of lacrosse history, including the fierce rivalry between coaches Erni Lisi of Irondequoit and Joe Corcoran of Corning East, whose teams dominated upstate New York in the 1970s.

Irondequoit lacrosse teams have won 28 championship titles and have produced 30 High School All-Americans, plus a long list of college lacrosse coaches. Its alumni include such legends as Jeff Long (Navy and Team USA), Paul Cantabene (MLL Baltimore Bayhawks), Andrew Whipple (Maryland), and Joe Walters (Maryland and Team USA).

Relive your high school days as we follow the entire 2005 Irondequoit Lacrosse season through its challenges and successes with the can-do spirit of its players. This full-length documentary includes rare archival footage, photos, articles, and stories from players and coaches, past and present. See clips from the first NCAA championship title in 1971, Cornell vs. Maryland! Plus, a tribute to one of Lacrosse's true greats, Eamon McEneaney, who tragically lost his life on 9/11.

Feel the town's passion for the Indian game of lacrosse. Irondequoit: Lacrosse Town U.S.A. marks the first time any high school lacrosse program has been the subject of such an in-depth documentary.

The documentary will soon be available on DVD for $24.95. Pre-orders will be taken the night of the premiere. For additional information on "Irondequoit: Lacrosse Town U.S.A." contact Howard Nielsen at (585) 451-0066 or visit

ABOUT HOWARD NIELSEN - Mr. Nielsen is the owner of Chester Cab Pizza and Sticky Lips BBQ in Rochester. His first documentary, released in 2000, "When Football Was Bigger Than Life," took an in depth view into the famed Aquinas Institute football program during post-war America.


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