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Updated Philly boys’ lacrosse events: Clinics, leagues, showcases, tournaments

Saturday, 17th September 2016

Categories Boy's/Men's, Clinics, Club, Events, Golf tourney, High School, Leagues, Recruiting, Showcase, Tournaments, Training, Youth  

Boys’ Events

Youth Clinics

Shipley School/GameBreakers Lacrosse Stickwork Academy for youth boys and girls. The Fall Stickwork Academy will be held at the Shipley Lower School Field Turf.
The session dates are Sundays: September 18th & 25th, October 2nd, 9th & 16th from 9:30am – 10:30am.
Times: 9:30 am – 10:30 am – Boys & Girls Ages 4 – 6.5
9:30 am – 10:30 am – Boys & Girls Ages 6.5 – 11
Click here for more information and to register
Clinic Director Mark Duncan, Head Coach at The Shipley Schoolboys-events

1st Start Lacrosse is a program where the basics to the game are broken down and taught in a fun and exciting environment. It’s for children, boys and girls, ages 4-7 and it will be coached by all former players now educators in the Philly area who have an extreme passion for the game.
1st Start features a 6-week program on Sundays starting September 24 where each session will be 60 minutes long. Lacrosse sticks (plastic) will be provided at every session along with a 1st Start STARTer pack, where each child will receive a 1st Start T-Shirt, Sweatband, and Sticker!
There will be 2 different 1st Start locations this fall: Sabold Elementary School in Springfield (Delaware County) and Swarthmore College.
To register please go to
Any questions about the program please contact John Bodnar at

Free youth clinics by The King’s College Men’s lacrosse team on Saturday, September 18th and Saturday, September 25th.
Both clinics are free and you can attend one or both. The clinics are open to any boy entering grades 3rd to 8th, regardless of lacrosse experience; the team wants to foster excitement about lacrosse in the NEPA. The Clinics will be conducted at Betzler Field’s McCarthy Stadium (King’s College Athletic Complex) 221 Highland Park Boulevard, Wilkes Barre, PA 18702 and will be facilitated and coached by the players of the 2016-2017 King’s Men’s lacrosse team.
You can register by emailing Head Coach Andrew Orlowski at Please include the players name, grade and position. We will also accept all walk-up registrations for both sessions. Please join us in making this Inaugural Mini Camp a huge success in accomplishing our goal of giving back to the lacrosse community and jump-starting our Fall Lacrosse Season.
One of the players organizing the event is Boyertown grad Brock Johnson.

Free Community Day Youth Clinic, by the St. Joseph’s University’s Men’s Lacrosse Program, on Oct. 8. Ages: Boys in Grades K – 8; Time: 10:00 – 11:00am (Check-in will be at 9:45am); Location: Sweeney Field; Parking: Available in the surface lot adjacent to Hagan Arena located off of 54th Street.
DESCRIPTION: The Saint Joseph’s University Men’s Lacrosse Team will be holding a free youth clinic on Saturday, October 8th from 10:00 to 11:00am on campus at Sweeney Field. Players of all skill levels from Kindergarten to 8th grade are invited to play and learn the game from SJU players and coaches. Following the clinic, all are welcome to stay and cheer on the Hawks at our annual Crimson and Grey Scrimmage. We hope you can join us for what will be a fun day of lacrosse on Hawk Hill!
For more info –
Free registration –

HS Clinics

Blue Ox Sport Psychology Mental Performance Training, Wednesdays, Sept. 28-Nov. 2. The clinics are open to boys and girls of all ages and will feature Theresa Giunta, MS, Mental Performance Coach. The mission of Your Limitless Mind, Mental Performance training is to aid athletes in their lacrosse development by using the skills learned on the field to build confident, team oriented and mentally tough individuals. The program will help players gain resilience and recovery from mistakes with a “never give up” attitude, confidence, enhance focus and maintain focus in the present moment, develop effective communication skills, the ability to cope in high pressure situations and work effectively with teammates: all skills that are essential to becoming a mentally strong and LIMITLESS lacrosse player. The goal is to inspire and empower players to reach their full potential both on and off the playing field using mental skills training.
The 6-week program includes sessions geared towards goal setting, awareness, growth from mistakes, communication, pressure and playing your roll on the field.
When: 830-9pm immediately following lacrosse training

Faceoff and Shooting training by pro standout Matt Mackrides of Blue Ox Lacrosse and Philly Faceoff co-founder John Bodnar, at Maine Line Sports center in Berwyn, starting Sept. 24. The class will be capped at 20 players. Each week one group will receive 45 minutes of intense shooting drills with Coach Mackrides, while the other group receives 45 minutes of faceoff training with Coach Bodnar before you switch it up. All ages are welcome to register. The clinics will be he;d on Saturday mornings from 9 to 10:30 AM at the Main Line Sports Center. Any questions or concerns about the clinics please email John Bodnar at or Matt Mackrides at
To register for the clinics please click here:

Prospect Days

Chestnut Hill College Prospect Day on Oct. 16 for players in the classes of 2017 to 2020.
9:00 AM – Registration/Arrival To register online click Online Registration.
You will also have to fill out the Athletic Participation Form and bring it with you.
9:30-11:00 AM – CHC Style Practice, positional work, drills, situational scrimmages
11:30-12:15 PM – Lunch
12:15-12:45 PM – Group meeting and Q&A with the coaching staff
1:00-2:30 PM – Full field scrimmages
2:30 PM – Optional campus tour/departure
Cost $100 (includes lunch-see Registration Form for payment details)
Contact Head Coach Brian Dougherty ( or Asst. Coach Joe Karpinski ( for registration info.

Rutgers Division 1 Experience Lacrosse Camp prospect day on Oct. 16 for boys in the Classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019. The Division 1 Experience Lacrosse Camps were designed to bring you the college game and experience as coached by the Division 1 Rutgers University Coaching Staff. The camps are open to any and all players and will allow them to go through all aspects of a Division 1 practice. The thought behind the Division 1 Experience camps is to give players fundamental concepts, division 1 coaching, as well as preparing them to play the game at the highest level. Rutgers head coach Brian Brecht and his staff will conduct college-level practice teaching the game and preparing players as they look to take the next step with their game both mentally and physically. Whether you are going into your senior year, or if you’re a junior/sophomore looking for an up-tempo camp to get ready for the upcoming season, this is a great opportunity for you!
Registration: Click here (faceoff and goalie will go on wait list)
Contact: For questions e-mail

Belmont Abbey College Crusader Prospect Camps for boys in the classes of 2017 and 2018, Oct. 8 at the campus in Belmont, N.C. Address: Belmont Abbey College 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd., Belmont, NC 28012.
Register At:
The Belmont Abbey College Men’s Lacrosse program invites you to attend our “Crusader Prospect Camp” on either August 27th, 2016 or on October 8th 2016. These events are an excellent opportunity for you to visit the campus, meet the coaching staff, and showcase your skills as a lacrosse athlete.
What’s included: -Personal Coaching and instruction from the Belmont Abbey College Men’s Lacrosse coaching staff.
-On campus, all-you-can-eat lunch in our NEW dining facility!
-Live scrimmaging.
-Crusader lacrosse t-shirt for you to keep!
-Campus tours available after the camp concludes.
-Access to our men’s lacrosse locker room before and after the on-field activities.
Staff: Chris Barrett – Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach at Belmont Abbey College; Tont LePore – Offensive Coordinator at Belmont Abbey College; Joe Perruzzi – Defensive Coordinator at Belmont Abbey College


Pennsbury Boys Lacrosse Fall League, running September and October, Pennsbury High School, 705 Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills, PA
Sundays, September 18 – October 23 (Rain dates 10/30 and 11/6 if needed) 9:00 AM-12 Noon (may be modified based on the number of teams registered)
Ages: Varsity, Junior Varsity (9th – 12th grade boys) – Teams can be mixed
Description: Games are played on a full field with 10 v 10; Two 27 minute running half’s with a 3 minute halftime; 2 certified referees per game; Reversible pinnies provided for all players; Players must play the ball, take-out checks are not permitted; Bravehearts will be used to break ties
There will be an All Star game during the last weekend of the league. Coaches will select all stars from each team
Registation link:
Fees: $85.00 per player; $95.00 after September 2nd. Coaches can register their team by contacting Brian Abraham at
All skill levels are welcome. Notes: If a player doesn’t have a team registered, we will assign them to a team. Please register by September 2nd in order to secure your spot in the league. All teams must have an adult coach on the sideline with the team.

Box leagues

Maplezone Sports Institute Boys Indoor Box League, powered by Heritage Lacrosse. MSI and Heritage are pleased to offer a brand new winter indoor modified box lacrosse league format specifically designed to promote safe and fast play based on key box lacrosse fundamentals and concepts. The modified box rules benefit all lacrosse players. Attackmen and midfielders will learn to operate in tight spaces improving stick skills, passing and shooting accuracy. Long sticks are not allowed so defenders will learn to play with their body and feet, improving approach and angle play. Goalies will be instructed on proper box goaltending techniques, including positioning, angles, baiting, etc.
Click here for more information and team and player registration.
Prior to the season commencing, each team and coach will participate in a 1.5-hour training session with USA Indoor Coach Adam Mueller to learn fundamental box drills, techniques and concepts.
Format: Modified box lacrosse rules; 5v5 plus goalies (4’x4′ box goals and goalie equipment will be provided); Each team will play 8 games, followed by playoffs for the top 4 teams in each division; Each team will have one 1.5-hour box training session (in November) led by USA Indoor Coach, Adam Mueller; Training program will be for players and coaches and will focus on proper box techniques, including biomechanics, offensive/defensive angles, shooting/finishing, picks, screens, on and off ball play, proper box goaltending techniques; Once league registration is complete, teams will be notified with designated training date/time slot; League will provide/loan box goalie gear for teams; No long poles
5 Divisions (tentative groupings and target nights of play below, may be subject to change)
High School AA (top varsity level programs) – Mondays
High School A (varsity level programs) – Tuesdays
High School JV (primarily 9th and 10th grade, some 11th graders) – Fridays
Middle School Varsity (7th and 8th grade) – Wednesdays
Middle School JV (5th and 6th grade) – Thursdays
Location- MSI Fieldhouse, 1451 Conchester Highway, Garnet Valley, PA 19060
Registration Deadline – October 24. All teams must be registered and paid in full by October 24.
Training Sessions – November, 2016 – one weeknight training session (each team/coach will participate in one 1.5-hour box training session to learn fundamental box techniques/concepts)
League Play –Dec 1, 2016 – Feb 1, 2017 – weeknights – one game/week
Click here for more information and team and player registration.

Spring League

Maplezone Sports Institute Boys Atlantic Club Lacrosse League for Middle School and Youth teams. Maplezone Sports Institute (MSI) powered by Heritage Lacrosse is pleased to announce the launch of the Atlantic Club Lacrosse League, a youth boys spring league that will feature competitive travel club teams with players in the graduating classes of 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024. Doubleheaders will be scheduled for each team on alternating Sundays. Games are 12-minute running quarters with a minute-long break in between quarters and a five-minute halftime. Teams play eight regular season games before playoff Sunday that determines the league champion by graduating class. The dates are March 19; April 2 and 23 and May 7 and 21. All games are played on all turf fields at the MSI Sports Village located in Aston, PA. Schedules, results and standings will all be available real time.
The league uses modified Federation rules with minor tweaks. There is limited contact with an emphasis on player safety, especially when it comes to head contact and unsportsmanlike play.
League Overview: (8 games / team + playoffs); Each team plays 8 games, plus playoffs; Play 2 games/day, every other Sunday; Minimizes conflicts, maximizes value of each game day; Games comprised of four 12-minute quarters; Game Days – March 19, April 2, April 23, May 7 (Playoffs on May 21)
4 Divisions – (tentative groupings, may be subject to change) – 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
Location: MSI Sports Village, 4881 Chichester Ave., Aston, PA 19014
Click HERE to learn more and register!

Fall Tournaments

West Chester Fall Invitational Youth Lacrosse Tournament, by Fusion Lacrosse, in conjunction with West Chester Youth Lacrosse Association, October 22/23, 3rd-8th Grade Divisions, at Maple Zone Sports Village, Aston, PA.
This invitational is a youth-only tournament by design; All of the focus will be catered to younger age groups, which usually take a back seat to high schools at large tournaments. A one-day tournament with four games guaranteed and Championships for all groups except 3/4. This will be run by an elite, up-and-coming Event provider, Fusion Lacrosse highlighting appropriate pricing for all age groups.
When: October 22nd/23rd (Age groups play 1-day only)
Divisions: Saturday 3/4A, 3/4B, 2024, 2023; Sunday 2022, 2021
Format: All 3/4 divisions will play 3-game round robin. All other divisions have 4 guaranteed games with championships. All divisions are completed in one day.
Price: 3/4 division $700, All other divisions $950
Info and Register Here:

Valley Forge Laxfest, an annual fall festival for boys middle school and high school teams, Oct. 23, features strong competition on the centrally located and beautiful grounds of the Great Valley High School campus (Malvern, PA).
High School and Middle School Divisions (2017 – 2024)
3 Games / Certified Officials (family friendly scheduling – 1 game on, 1 game off)
Take Advantage of “Early Bird Special” (multiple team discounts available)
Professionally Staged Tournament Fields / Festive Setting (the event is run by Heritage Lacrosse, which operates Liberty Lacrosse Shootout™, Patriot Games™ and other popular events with a focus on the player/coach/parent experience!)
Click here to register

Brandywine Classic, Oct. 29-30, at the Delaware Sports Complex, Middletown, DE. Run by Victory Events. Divisions: HIGH SCHOOL, Varsity A, Varsity B, JV (SATURDAY); YOUTH, 2021-2025/26 (SUNDAY)
Registration here by October 15
FOUR (4) Games Guaranteed; 22 minute running halves. Championship Format

Marple Newtown Halloween Lacrosse Tournament for boys’ high school teams on Sunday, Oct. 30. The games will be held at the Marple Newtown HS Turf and grass fields. Cost: $600 Per Team, 3 game minimal, Championship format
Please mail Checks to: Marple Newtown Lacrosse, 160 Poplar Rd., Newtown Square PA 19073
Info: Contact Rob Funk; Cell 1-610-809-3140;

Rutgers Men’s Lacrosse D1 Experience Fall Shootout and Instructional Clinics on Nov. 12-13 at Rutgers. Join us at this great event where High School athletes can showcase their skills to college coaches from Division I, II, and III schools.
DIVISIONS: 2017/2018, 2018, 2019, 2018/2019, 2019/2020
TIME: 9am – 3pm; Games are 2, 25-minute running halves; Teams are guaranteed 3 games
Team Registration: How to register
Location: Rutgers University – Busch Campus, Athletic Fields, Piscataway, NJ 08854

Strath Haven Lax Fest high school boys’ event on Saturday, November 19th (rain date Sunday, November 20th) at Strath Haven High School.
Festival format, no playoffs or championships
3 games guaranteed
Games are 2 x 25 minute running halves
2 levels of play: Varsity and JV
PIAA officials
Athletic Trainer on site
Team registration fee: $650 if paid in full before October 1st, $750 if paid after October 1st
go to to register

Fall Showcases

Summer Finish boys’ showcase on Sept. 17 at In The Net Sports Complex, Palmyra, PA. The Summer Finish is the newest event presented by Peixtin. This is a one-day event which aims to continue showcasing the growing talent in and around central PA. This individual-showcase follows a similar format to its marquee counter-part, the City Classic. We know that many players either get hurt early in the summer, or experience extenuating circumstances that inhibit their chances to exhibit their skill during the recruiting months. With the elite staff and schools that are represented, the Summer Finish provides players a chance to get one last look by collegiate coaches, and learn something for the upcoming season. The first part of the day features positional instruction by top D1, D2, and D3 coaches. Players are then divided into teams and will scrimmage in 20-minute halves in a round-robin format. Each player will be guaranteed 4 games and there will also be an All-Star game. This event is limited by position to the first 240 players, so make sure to register early.
Click here for registration and more information.

Last of the Titans D3 Showcase, by the Passport, Sunday, Oct. 23 at The Shipley School. The event is for a limited number of players in the classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019 that seek to play in Division III schools. The event will be held on two side-by-side turf fields. Once the spots are filled, you will be placed onto a wait list.
Link to register:
password: 2016passport
Directors are expecting well over 75 college coaches to be lining the sidelines seeking uncommitted players that would fit well in their programs. Click here to see the list of college coaches that attended the National 175 Summer Showcase.

The Match™, a recruiting showcase focusing on strong players targeting Division III colleges. The Heritage Lacrosse event, open to boys in 2017-2019 graduation years, will be held Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the new MSI Sports Village in Aston, PA. The Match™ is designed for players who are strong Division III candidates – athletically and academically.
The Match has been well-received by college coaches, players and families and has resulted in numerous successful recruiting outcomes/commitments. Over 400 athletes and coaches from 50 DIII schools have participated in the event since 2013.
Players/Parents: Interested players are asked to visit the website and register as soon as possible. Space is limited by position; total enrollment is also limited. Click here for REGISTRATION LINK.
Coaches: High school/club coaches are invited and encouraged to nominate strong candidates for The Match™ by completing the on-line nomination form. Players/parents will receive notification letting them know about the opportunity and providing a link to additional information. Click here for COACH NOMINATION LINK.
Where: MSI Sports Village, Aston, PA (on 3 adjacent turf fields); 12-5pm, which will permit day trips from hot beds in the region.
Format: Positional clinics, drills/station work, 7v7 games, full field scrimmaging, recruiting seminar/presentation on the DIII value proposition. The format makes the event informative and participatory for players and highly efficient from a college coach’s standpoint.
Colleges Attending: We expect solid group of coaches and schools from the Mid-Atlantic area (mostly) to attend The Match™; those that register and confirm their participation will be listed on the website as they sign up. Click here for COLLEGE COACH REGISTRATION LINK
CONNECTLAX Membership: Players who complete the registration process will be entitled to a free 3-month subscription to ConnectLAX – an online/mobile recruiting platform. Participants will receive a free 6-month subscription and have the chance to order game video/highlights to include on their profile. Click here for more info on ConnectLAX.

Big12 Fall Lacrosse Invitational will be held on Sunday, November 13 at Blandair Park in Columbia, MD. The Big 12 event is developed and structured to provide high school club lacrosse participants in the freshman, sophomore and junior classes a tournament venue, schedule and program that provides a fall tournament experience combining ELITE level competition and NCAA DI, DII, DIII evaluation and recruiting exposure for the team/players participating.
Proceeds from the Big12 Fall Invitational will be donated to the Big12 tournament partner the Brigance Brigade Foundation (, whose mission is to equip, encourage and empower people living with ALS.
OJ Brigance is a retired CFL and NFL player and current Senior Advisor to Player Development for the Baltimore Ravens who was diagnosed with ALS in 2007, living today in humble fashion while overcoming many adversities using three key words: Faith, Focus and Fortitude.
Legacy Global Sports will remain a tournament infrastructure support partner for the event again this year.
If you are interested is supporting the Battle for ALS you can offer support by visiting the Brigance Brigade Foundation site at the following link:
Click here to register for the event.
The Big 12 Fall Lacrosse Invitational will be held at Blandair Park in Howard County Maryland on a 3 Turf Field Complex and the turf field at Oakland Mills HS (adjacent to Blandair). Directions to each locator and field maps are here.

National 175 Fall Showcase, November 20th, Avon Old Farms School, 500 Old Farms Road, Avon, CT 06601. This event was created to provide a showcase venue for the top players seeking to get recruited while competing against other top players. This one day showcase will offer a special opportunity for players in the 4 recruiting grades to be seen by what we expect to be a very large number of college coaches. The players will assemble early in the morning and be given teams to play on in a competitive venue whereby they will all play 3 games. The 2018 & “last chance 2017” players will compete with each other and the goal is to have the 2019 and 2020 grad years competing in separate divisions. In order to maintain the quality of this event, the showcase is committed to keeping each graduation year attendance to approximately only 175 players per graduation year. Click here for more information and registration.

Golf Tournament

24th Annual PLA Golf Classic, Columbus Day, Oct. 10, at Manufacturers’ Golf and Country Club in Fort Washington.
Individuals and teams are encouraged to register as soon as possible, “early bird” registration ends Sunday, September 18th. Space is limited. For more information regarding the event and to register, please visit
The event supports the PLA’s mission to promote the game of lacrosse in the Greater Philadelphia region, particularly its New Start Program, which provides technical and financial assistance to new lacrosse programs. Last year’s PLA Golf Classic at Manufacturers’ featured 100 golfers and 62 corporate and individual sponsors and helped the PLA raised over $25,000. The proceeds enabled the PLA to do the following:
• Support of the PIAA Public Lacrosse League and youth and middle programs in Philadelphia;
• Conduct/sponsor high school and youth coaches’ clinics;
• Sponsor area charitable tournaments that keep Philadelphia lacrosse in the spotlight (including the Katie Samson Tournament, the Nick Colleluori Classic, Checking for Cancer and EvanFest);
• Organize/underwrite the 3rd Annual PLA High School Awards Recognition Banquet at the Radnor Hotel, which featured over 300 attendees and brought both the boys’ and girls’ games together to recognize elite high school lacrosse players and others who made their mark on the 2016 high school lacrosse season;
• Support the HEADstring Project, which donated over 150 new and refurbished sticks to programs in the City and in Norristown (see; and
• Launch the PLA’s new website (see
The PLA is excited to return to Manufacturers! The club hosted the PLA’s first outing in 1993. The Club offers a majestic club house and other facilities and a traditional style parkland layout, featuring a great routing and scenic beauty throughout. Manufacturers’ is one of the “must play” courses in the Philadelphia area.
Sponsors: We would welcome your and your company’s participation and sponsorship to help ensure the outing’s success. All sponsors, patrons and (if applicable) their logos (and websites) will be promoted on tee-signs, in the event program, in press releases and on PLA website and the PLA Golf Classic website.
Please reserve your spot in the outing by registering for the event as soon as possible, but in any event before Wednesday, October 5th. Registrations will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Based on last year’s participation and the pace of registrations to date, we expect the outing to sell out.

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