Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/25/16
From Press Release
Filia Sports, a premier lacrosse program for girls K-8 in greater Philadelphia and Boston, has united with Mesa Lacrosse, a top lacrosse program for boys K-12 in greater Philadelphia, the two companies announced today.
The collaboration tops off a tremendously successful first decade for both Filia Sports and Mesa Lacrosse. Both companies were founded in 2006 and have provided thousands of K-12 boys and girls with the highest quality clinics, camps and club league play in lacrosse, with Filia also offering field hockey programs and serving Boston in addition to Philadelphia.
Working with Mesa Lacrosse, the new Mesa Filia girls program can continue offering the best clinics, camps and club lacrosse for grades K-8, while adding programs for high school age players, expertise in college recruiting, as well as new offerings in box (indoor) lacrosse for the 2016-17 season. Filia’s lacrosse programs will be known as Mesa Filia going forward and field hockey programs will continue to operate independently as Filia Field Hockey.
Filia’s co-founders Kim Richter and Lynn Dwyer will retain their same positions as heads of Mesa Filia and will collaborate with Mesa Lacrosse co-founders John Nostrant, Travis Loving, Mark Petrone and Bob Aitken. An exciting addition to the Mesa Filia team this fall is former Northwestern University midfielder Ali Jacobs Hagel, a three-time NCAA Champion and talented coach, joining the company as Director of Girls Lacrosse.
Richter and Lynn Dwyer have spent the last decade building and running Filia, their successful lacrosse and field hockey business. They truly enjoy providing high quality programs for thousands of young girls and helping them to develop as athletes and people. Prior to Filia, Richter coached lacrosse at various levels and was a First Team All-American lacrosse player at Tufts University. She holds an MBA from the University of Michigan. Dwyer played field hockey and lacrosse at Harvard, winning the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship her senior year. Dwyer has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
New Director of Girls Lacrosse Jacobs Hagel is a Massachusetts native and most recently, head lacrosse coach for St. Paul’s School for Girls in Maryland. While at Northwestern University, she and her teammates won three NCAA Championships. As a coach, Hagel has been praised for her ability to balance fun and competition, teaching younger lacrosse players basic fundamentals and more experienced players intricate drills designed to challenge them to play with intensity and intelligence.
During her time in Baltimore, Hagel coached for the powerhouse SkyWalkers Lacrosse Club and was invited to serve as Head Coach for the Baltimore Command Division team at the Under Armour All-America tournament.
Coaches Nostrant, Loving and Petrone are recognized as the architects of The Haverford School lacrosse program, widely viewed as one of the most successful boys’ high school lacrosse program in the United States. Nostrant, head coach of the Fords, was 2015 National Interscholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association (NILCA) Coach of the Year and his Haverford School team has been twice ranked #1 in the U.S. (2011, 2015).
Loving is currently in his 15th year as the defensive and goalie coach at The Haverford School. Petrone is currently in his 14th year as the offensive coach at The Haverford School.
Aitken is the co-founder of the Mesa Fresh lacrosse club, which has earned a reputation as one of the most elite high school club lacrosse programs in the country. Mesa players have earned recognition as USA Today High School All-Americans, Under Armour All-Americans, US Lacrosse All-Americans, as well as the honor of playing for US Lacrosse national teams.
“We are very excited to join with Mesa Lacrosse as we move forward into our second successful decade,” said Dwyer. “Filia and Mesa share the same philosophy and approach to lacrosse which is a strong focus on skill development, quality coaching, and of course, having fun. Mesa’s experience with player development at the high school level as well as college recruiting will enrich our offering for girls who are moving on to play at the most competitive levels in high school and college.”
“The Mesa Lacrosse team is looking forward to joining with the talented group at Filia to bring our collective experience and skills together to serve lacrosse families on the East coast,” said Nostrant, co-founder of Mesa Lacrosse. “We love the game at all levels – from the kindergarten boy or girl who is just learning to catch and cradle at one of our junior clinics to assisting top high school players with the college recruiting process.
“It will be a pleasure to work with Kim, Lynn, Ali and the rest of the team at Filia and we look forward to the 2016-17 season and beyond.”
Players and parents can meet Ali and celebrate the kickoff of the 2016-17 lacrosse season at Mesa Filia’s pre-season clinics in August. The clinics offer a great chance for players to work on fundamentals including dodging, feeding, shooting, offense, defense and numbers situations. The following sign-ups are open now:
*August 15, 16, 17 – Mesa Filia Pre-Tryout Clinics, http://www.mesafreshfever.com/tournament/mesa-filia-pre-tryout-clinics/, Girls in grades 3-7
*Beginning September 10 – Clinics for Mesa Filia Juniors, Boys and Girls ages 4-7 (girls and boys will have separate clinics), http://www.mesafreshfever.com/tournament/fall-fever-juniors/