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Registration open for Philly region International Lacrosse Challenge tryouts at Shipley School on June 18

Thursday, 21st May 2015

Categories Boy's/Men's, Events, Tryouts, Posted 5/21/15
From Press Release

Registration remains open for tryouts for the International Lacrosse Challenge featuring Team Stars and Stripes vs. Team Maple Leafs and other international teams.

Attention: Players in grad years 2016, 2017 and 2018. Welcome to the 2015 Team Stars and Stripes tryouts, for Philly region and surrounding players at Shipley School on June 18.

As many of you are well aware, last year we challenged TEAM MAPLE LEAFS of Canada in their 2015, 2016 and 2017 grad years to an international border BATTLE challenge.Stars and stripes 1

Each of the games were very competitive and to really get a true feeling for playing on a team like this, you need simply inquire with the limited group of players selected that played on it last year at which point you will likely hear them beam with pride.

This year, we intend on competing once again against Canada’s Team Maple Leafs and in addition, there will likely be teams from Israel, and from Europe competing. trying out for this team and actually making it will most likely not interfere with any other clubs or events you are doing this summer, and it is certainly an honor to make this team and compete. And, while it is not a recruiting event, there will be college coaches attending and certainly making this team is an honor.

While the sport of lacrosse in the US is simply experiencing robust growth, Canada’s field lacrosse is growing equally as rapidly along with their leadership position in box lacrosse and now Israel is seeking to make lacrosse their national sport along with tremendous growth throughout Europe.

Ted Garber

Ted Garber

Link to register to tryout:


An international challenge like this is not easy but it is quite special and it is rapidly coming together. if you want the chance to make the roster for the Stars and Stripes team, you need to attend one of the tryouts. Everyone is welcome to try out.

“Last year’s inaugural Stars and Stripes International Border Challenge was a huge success. It was not only a tremendous coaching experience for me, but most importantly, the players who participated made it known that it was one of the best lacrosse endeavors that they had been part of in terms of the outstanding competition they competed against as well as the special camaraderie that they had developed amongst their teammates. Based on my 40 years of unique lacrosse coaching experience at the secondary, collegiate and professional levels, I would absolutely urge and recommend any aspiring secondary school level lacrosse player to be part of this unique lacrosse opportunity as a way to represent the United States against exceptional International competition.” – TED GARBER

Garber’s bio:
•Two time Hall of Fame Lacrosse Inductee
•New England Collegiate Coach of the Year
•New England Prep School Coach of the Year
•New England Prep School Man of the Year
•Honored by Major League Lacrosse for outstanding contributions to the game of lacrosse
•Only coach in the history of the game who has been a head coach at the Professional, Collegiate, Secondary and Youth levels
•National Clinician and College recruiting advisor
•Holds All-time winning percentage as head coach in UMass lacrosse history
•Vincent Lobello lacrosse Sportsmanship Award winner
•Honored by Major League Lacrosse outstanding contributions to the game of lacrosse

“The 2nd annual Stars & Stripes International Challenge Lacrosse Games are gearing up for another exciting event set to take place on July 27-28th at RPI in Troy, NY. The best-of-the-best high school lacrosse players from the US, Canada and even some international players will earn the right to compete in a great event that promises to be exciting and highly competitive. Last year’s event was tremendous with games that went down to the wire at all three levels. The competition was fierce, but even better was the experience. Can’t wait to see the level of talent this year!” – JEFF BRAMEIER

Brameier’s bio:

Jeff Brameier

Jeff Brameier

• Is finishing his 32nd year as the only Head Coach at Darien High School
• Amassed over 519 wins in his career while winning 10 state titles and 13 FCIAC championships
• CT Coach of the year 5 times
• Served as President of the CT High School Lacrosse Coaches Association for 27 years
• Founder and director of the CT Charger Lacrosse Club program which is nationally recognized
• Coached 77 CT High School All Americans, 131 CT High School All State Players and 8 CT Players of the Year in his career
• Inducted into the CT Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2011
• Recognized as the National Coach of the Year in 2012 by the NHSCA
• Recognized as the National Coach of the Year in 2014 by the NILCA
• Selected to the FCIAC Hall of Fame Class of 2015
* 31 years at Darien High School: 506-127 (.796), 10 state titles, 13 league titles, 6 state runner-ups & 25 consecutive trips to the State Final Four

At this point, we are building our list of player evaluators at each of the tryout locations. we have compiled the a team for regional evaporators that represent the leading high schools and clubs in each region, many of which you will know by reputation. This highly accomplished diverse group of lacrosse coaches will be part of evaluation of players at these tryouts.

Evaluating talent and skill in the lacrosse community is a very difficult task but based on the interest already generated, we believe everyone will be granted a fair evaluation regardless of the region they are from, high school they play for or the club they are associated with, and we urge everyone that believe they are strong players to attend the tryout.

Link to register to tryout:

Canada is a powerhouse in box lacrosse and its national sport is lacrosse. Its players are now, more than ever, competing for roster spots in top US college lacrosse programs and they recently won the international FIL tournament in Denver. We launched a high school challenge last year and the games were very close at every grad year…of the 3 grad years, Stars and Stripes were victorious in two and were defeated in one of our grad years, but all games were close. This year, we are seeking to sweep and we will be hosting tryouts throughout the northeast hotbeds to identify the strongest players seeking to compete.

Due to demand, we are further considering having players elect to play for team Shamrocks (Ireland) and team Gladiators (Italy) as we assemble the international field to compete. This is not a college recruiting event but it is expected to have a strong turnout of college coaches attend and we will provide college coaches player information.

Tryouts for the Team Stars and Stripes, Team Shamrocks and Team Gladiators will take place in select venues throughout Eastern USA.

After the teams are selected, the teams will compete on July 27-28th in a fantastic international competition in upstate, NY.

Regional Tryout Dates:
June 11th – New Jersey @ Madison High School
June 14th – Westchester/Ct @ Choate
June 18th – Mid Atlantic Region @ Shipley – Pa/Md
July 2nd – Long Island @ Mitchel Athletic Park, Long Island

Regional Per Try-out Fee: $125

Tryout Times & Games: This will depend on location/facility & turnout/sign-up

Video Option: All games will be filmed for purchase / All games MAY be used for evaluation.

If you cannot attend any of the try-out dates, you may submit video for evaluation.

Players are urged to attend a tryout. If you live in a region of country that makes attending a tryout impossible, you may send in a video for evaluation for $50, but we urge you to attend one of the tryouts if you live within 2-to-6 hour drive of any of the tryout locations.


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