The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team is now in its second full week of fall practice under the guidance of head coach Dave Pietramala and assistants Bill Dwan, Bobby Benson and Jamison Koesterer. The Blue Jays will field one of the youngest teams in the nation in 2011 and the coaching staff is spending a majority of its limited time with the team teaching fundamentals and program philosophies.
While instruction has been a key part of the early workouts, the coaching staff and players are all looking forward to October 16, when the Blue Jays will participate in the San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic at Kezar Stadium. Johns Hopkins will play the University of Notre Dame that day in the second annual event to benefit the BAYS Foundation.
Prior to the start of the competition on October 16, free youth clinics will be held for boys 1st-8th grade, featuring coaches and student-athletes from the participating teams, and a free coaches’ clinic will be held for local youth and high school coaches with the coaching staffs from Johns Hopkins and Notre Dame. The clinics are being presented by Easton Lacrosse.
“Our lacrosse family is excited to travel to San Francisco to compete against a talented Notre Dame team,” Pietramala noted. This trip provides our program with a number of tremendous opportunities. Not only will we compete and be able to measure where we are against a talented team, we will also have the ability to help grow the game and make recruiting inroads in an area that is starting to explode.”