Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/31/11
Two Philly lacrosse legends, Brian Dougherty and John Christmas, will go viral tonight in a Live Stream event for the public at Lacrosse Evolution.
The two will be available to take “how-to” and other questions beginning at 8 p.m. by logging onto www.livestream.com/accesslacrosse through accesslacrosse.com, a Philly-based website that focuses on lacrosse videos and media.
“This is a chance for anyone to be interactive with us and ask us ‘how-to’ questions on any area of lacrosse,” said Dougherty. “We are happy to talk to anyone that wants to know how to learn about being a better lacrosse player.”
About Access Lacrosse
Access was an idea that took a couple years to develop – and finally went on line November 24, 2010 – The Access concept is not to have game video sitting around and collecting dust, but to put the game footage out there and let it be seen – as told by our tag line ” Watch , Emulate, Excel” .
Since lacrosse is still mainly an underground sport in comparison to Baseball, Football and other sports, and since it has no dedicated full time 24/7 broadcast network we came up with Access Lacrosse – a 24 hour on line site where people can view games at no charge.
Why we developed Access is the rate the sport is growing – at first, the initial exposure for most current youth players is they had family member play, a friend who signed up or just a person who thought it looked interesting and they received a school flyer and wanted to give it a try. As in any sport, we imagined how much better the players would/could be if they were able to watch the next level of lacrosse and raise/accelerate their sports I.Q.
Brian Dougherty, known by most as “Doc” is considered one of the most decorated goalies in the history of the sport. An Episcopal Academy alum who now is the head coach at Chestnut Hill College, he was a two-time recipient of Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award as the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Goalie of the Year (1995 and 1996).
He helped lead Maryland University to the NCAA Division I Tournament Championships in 1995, earning himself the title of Tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP). He was a two-time, First Team, All-American while playing for the Terrapins from 1993-1996.
He was inducted into the Maryland Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
Following college, Dougherty went on to unprecedented success as a goalie at the professional and international levels. After a couple seasons in the National Lacrosse League (NLL), Dougherty’s Major League Lacrosse career spanned from 2001 to 2009.
As a member of the Rochester Rattlers, the Long Island Lizards, and the Philadelphia Barrage, Dougherty took home the league’s Goalie of the Year title in 2003, 2006, and 2007, eventually earning him the goalie position on the MLL All-Decade Team for 2001-2010. He also was a member of the Barrage’s MLL champions in 2006 and 2007.
On the international level, Dougherty won two Foundation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Gold Medals as the goalie for the United States of America (USA) at the 1998 and 2010 FIL World Championships. He also helped lead GMH Philadelphia to the 2010 American Lacrosse League championship.
Dougherty also does training for Lacrosse Evolution.
John Christmas first built his legacy at Lower Merion High (322 career points) where he was a three-time All-American, the first in state history. He led the Aces to their last state title, in 1999. He then starred at the University of Virginia where he was a two-time USILA All-American (95 career goals) and helped lead the Cavaliers to the 2003 NCAA Division I Championship.
Christmas was selected by the Philadelphia Wings in the fifth round (49th overall) of the 2005 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. He spent six years with the Wings and became one of the most popular players on the team – perhaps mostly because of his work in the inner-city.
In 2009, Christmas and Eric Gregg founded the LEAPS lacrosse program, a non-profit created to build lacrosse programs in the underserved areas of Philadelphia and beyond. He decided to take off a year of playing NLL lacrosse to get the project started off right.
In the two years of operation, LEAPS has teamed with several other organizations to build a strong infrastructure of lacrosse in the city through youth clinics and camps, professional development and training in the Philadelphia public schools, and help in development of the first high school league for boys and girls.
Christmas also has played six years in Major League Lacrosse with the Boston Cannons and Chesapeake Bayhawks. He has served as volunteer assistant coach at Penn and Lower Merion and continues to coach with the nationally-ranked Duke’s Lacrosse Club. He also is owner of 141 Lacrosse and co-owner of Dukes Triple H, two companies for lacrosse training.
Christmas also does training at Lacrosse Evolution.