Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/17/13
The 2019 evaluations will be held 5:45pm – 7:15pm, and the 2018 evaluations will be held from 7:15pm – 8:45PM at Malvern Prep. Mesa Fresh is a nationally recognized elite lacrosse club that traditionally features many of the region’s best lacrosse players.
Following the evaluation sessions, Mesa Fresh will begin selecting top caliber players for its 2018 and 2019 teams. Each team anticipates playing in two or three tournaments in the summer of 2014 against other very competitive club teams from across the country.
Players will be selected based on their demonstrated mastery of fundamental skills, lacrosse IQ, game performance, character and contributions to their youth teams. All players attending the evaluations must have a recommendation from their youth coach or coaches.
Paul O’Grady and Scott Gabrielsen will be the Mesa Fresh 2018 coaches. Pat Carney will be the Mesa Fresh 2019 coach.
“The evaluations will focus on the critical lacrosse skills and concepts the coaches believe are essential to successfully competing at the high school level and beyond,” said O’Grady, Head Coach of Mesa Fresh 2018.
“Our coaching and playing style is a ‘We’ not ‘Me’ based approach and we look forward to meeting some of the best players in the area,” said Gabrielsen.
O’Grady is a former Philadelphia Wing and has had much success in the coaching ranks having coached at Episcopal Academy, Malvern Prep and the last seven years at The Haverford School where he led the defense and helped the team to a 29-0 record and a National Championship in 2011.
Gabrielsen will partner with his former Wings teammate to round out the Mesa Fresh 2018 Coaching Staff. Gabrielsen’s recent coaching success has been leading West Chester Youth Lacrosse where he helped guide the 2012 West Chester U13 A team to CCLA Championship and most recently the West Chester U15 A team to the 2013 CCLA Championship.
Carney, another former Wing and recent inductee into the PA Lacrosse Hall of Fame, has been coaching area youth, high school and college lacrosse for the past 20+ years and spent the past five years coaching the very successful Mesa Fresh 2014 team. Mesa 2014 won several national level tournaments, including the Dick’s Tournament of Champions, The Big 4 Champions League, Rider MVP, and has consistently beaten the top clubs from the U.S and Canada.
Please have all player registration forms completed by September 1. Any questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
A try-out fee of $40.00 is required per player and is due at Registration. If paying by check please make it payable to Mesa Fresh Lacrosse. Please make sure players provide their own equipment and mouth guards. the evaluations will be on Malvern’s artificial turf fields.
Check-in begins at 5:15pm for the 2019’s and at 6:45pm for the 2018’s. The number of slots at the evaluations will be limited, and Mesa may refine the final evaluation invite list. Players will be notified after Mesa processes all the registration forms.
About Mesa Fresh:
Mesa Fresh Lacrosse was founded in 2007 with the intent to showcase high school lacrosse players that are highly skilled but also of high character. Players are selected based on game performance and contribution to their youth teams along with recommendations by area coaches. All Mesa Fresh players are from the Philadelphia City and Suburbs. Each team has a preferred charity that it supports along with various community service events.
Since the inception of Mesa Fresh Lacrosse, the teams have won some of the strongest field tournaments including the Dick’s Sporting Goods National Tournament, Rutgers MVP Tournament, Battle of the Hotbeds, Lax Max, Summer Sizzle, Summer Slam, and Lava Lax to mention a few. In less than 6 years Mesa Fresh has over 40 players now playing in Division 1 colleges and over 40 that are currently committed to Division 1 colleges.