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

Sunday, 30th October 2016

Categories Banquet, Boy's/Men's, Charity, Clinics, Club, Events, Leagues, Recruiting, Showcase, Tournaments, Training, Tryouts, Posted 10/30/16

Boys’ Events

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Free clinic, Episcopal Academy boys’ lacrosse program, for Grades 7 and 8 on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square. There is an EA Open House later that day for those interested. The clinic will include solid fundamental instruction and well as good competition. Interested players can RSVP to coach Chris Bates at

Club Tryouts

Duke’s National Team Evaluations Training Camp on Nov. 5 at Episcopal Academy. The 3-hour camp is for boys in the Classes of 2022 through 2025 and will be held from 2-5 p.m. Cost is $60. Visit to register.
Location: Episcopal Academy 1785 Bishop Drive, Newtown Square, PA 19073


Philly Faceoff Academy SJ Draw Day, Nov. 3, for boys in Grades 6 and up at the Field House in Moorestown NJ. Time: 8pm-930pm
Location: The Field House. 605 Glen Ave. Moorestown, NJ 08057
Ages: Grades 6 and up. College players welcome (split up by age/ability)
Description: Featuring Coach Mike Gurenlian. FOA warmup, movement sets, technique analysis, live reps, tournament mode. $50. Walk up registration. for details

Holiday Lacrosse Clinics for Middle School and High School boys, by Mesa Lacrosse on Dec. 27-28. A good portion of the proceeds will go to Mesa selected charities, #10ve and Checking for Cancer. Other proceeds will go to the Mesa Fresh Lacrosse Scholarship fund named for George Aitken, who passed 10 years ago from cancer. Aitken played at Penn Charter, Delaware and coached Eagles Eye, MAB and at Shipley, Germantown Academy and Abington Friends. Mesa U team members will run the clinics. After more than 2 hours of skills training there will be a pizza party and Mesa coaches will talk about their experiences in high school and college and what it takes to play at the next level.
Times: Middle School: 9:00am-12:00pm & High School 1:00pm-4:00pm
Session 1 – December 27, 2016 at Main Line Sports Center, 1340 W. Swedesford Rd, Berwyn, PA
Session 2 – December 28, 2016 at MapleZone Sports Institute, 1451 Conchester Highway, Garnet Valley, PA
*A portion of the proceeds will go to Mesa Charities including #10VE and Checking for Cancer
Click here to register –
Both Sessions Include: • Morning sessions for middle school ages • Afternoon sessions for high school ages • College level coaching from MesaU players • Finest indoor facilities in the area • Position training
• Contests • Special Mesa Lacrosse shirt • Player experiences in college and Team USA • Pizza social with players
• Contribution ceremony for causes • Mesa Store featuring the best gear from Nike • Press coverage

Box leagues

Fusion Lacrosse winter box league at Bucksmont Indoor Sports Center. This is a 9 week-program with two weeks of box instruction followed by highly competitive league games with champions. Saturday mornings, Dec 3rd- Feb 25th
Divisions: 5/6th, 2022, and 2021
5/6 games 7:30-8:30,
2022 8:30-9:30
2021 9:30-10:30
Cost: $2000 *Mandatory USBOXLA membership required for each participant
Rulebook and Gameplay: Official USBOXLA rulebook and officiating. 3, 15 minute periods with timeouts and time serving penalties.
Email: to check availability
eague Website:
Past and current League participants include: Fusion, HHH, Wisslax, Bucks Select, Team 11, North Stars, Boyertown, Twist, Rising Sons, Deep Run.
About the league: Fusion Lacrosse has been the leaders in responsibly growing the box lacrosse game since 2013. Fusion lends value to the league and the growth of box by providing every team with two training seasons that provide players and coaches with the tools to play the game successfully and safely. Fusion also provides USBOXLA rulebook and certified referees that have been working with Fusion leagues over the past 3+ years, making them the most accomplished box referees in the state.
League games are longer than typical league games, taking place in an hour block. This allows for substantial team warmups and timeouts adding significant value to the league experience!
Please direct Questions to: SHOLMES@PLAYFUSIONLAX.COM

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.

Fall Tournaments

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

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.

Warrior Diamond Showcase for boys in the Classes of 2017 to 2020 on Nov. 19 at St. Paul’s School, 11152 Falls Rd, Brooklandville, MD 21022. The Warrior Diamond Showcase is the ideal recruiting opportunity for the well-rounded student athlete that hopes find the right fit to play in college. Top Coaches from DI, II, III will be there to recruit and coach the participants, as well as provide off-the-field seminars for parents and players. The entire event takes place over three adjacent fields to ensure optimal exposure to the college coaches in attendance.
Registation link:
Fees: $275 per player
The Warrior Diamond Showcase is one of the longest running fall recruiting showcases in the country. This is the ideal recruiting opportunity for the well-rounded student athlete that hopes to excel on the field and in the classroom in college. Directors put an emphasis not only on top lacrosse programs and also top academic schools in the DI, DII, and DIII levels. Space are limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come basis.
The showcase is held on the turf fields at St. Paul’s School near Baltimore. This event provides a better value than your average college prospect day because you will have the opportunity to play for and get coached by several coaches at different college levels during the day. The showcase features positional clinics and coaching seminars from college coaches. Parents will also have the opportunity to learn about the recruiting process directly from the college coaches.
Other key info: Coach Bill Dwan, the Associate Head Coach from Johns Hopkins University will speak about Division I recruiting process. Renowned Strength and Conditioning Coach Jay Dyer from JHU will open the day with a stretch and training session. Coach Dyer will be available to answer strength and conditioning questions from parents and players during his seminar.

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.


The Fifth Annual EVANFEST Lacrosse Banquet will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17 at Drexelbrook Catering in Drexel Hill. Once again, the event will feature big-name speakers and a program that fittingly honors a youth tournament and foundation in Evan Brady’s name that has raised $1 million in funds and helped 250 families with children that have life-threatening diseases. Individual banquet tickets are $95; the event runs from, 6:30-9 p.m. Click here to purchase a ticket. The first hour of the program features an open bar and time for attendees to mingle.
This event is a celebration of the Philadelphia Lacrosse Community and its dedication to recognizing the many ways the community assists in helping people’s lives off the field as well as on the field. Evan Brady was a youth lacrosse standout who battled osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) for several years until passing away at the age of 19 in 2005. The 10th annual EVANFEST lacrosse festival will be held in April 2017 at Malvern Prep. EVANFEST draws more than 40 boys’ youth lacrosse teams in the U-15 and U-13 divisions.
The Master of Ceremonies for the event again is Philly lacrosse standout goalie Brian Dougherty, the head coach at Chestnut Hill College and a recent inductee into the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The special guest speaker is popular Philly comedian Joe Conklin, who makes guest appearances frequently on WIP 94.1 sports talk radio in Philadelphia, and is known in the Philadelphia area for impersonations of local athletes as well as national celebrities.

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!

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