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3d Lacrosse Launches Major California Expansion In 2014 With New Offices, Club Teams, Leagues, Events And Staff To Develop Western Players


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Westward expansion has long been part of the American ethos, even before scores of optimistic fortune seekers set their compasses towards the setting sun at the height of the Gold Rush in 1847. 3d Lacrosse, the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse training, club and events Company began its own version of California Gold® in 2008, developing the two-day event as the West’s premier college recruiting showcase. And with renowned lacrosse advocate Pete Worstell at the helm, 3d Lacrosse has operated “Be the Best” camps during the same period.

To date, 3d Lacrosse has served more than 5,500 players in northern and southern California. Today, the Company announces a major expansion in the state to better serve players in California and the Western region with: 

  • New Offices and Staff: 3d Lacrosse has opened new offices in San Diego, Orange County, San Francisco and, very shortly, Los Angeles. Each is staffed with top- rated coaches dedicated to developing Western players;   
  • New Events: The Oceanside Hustle, a twice-yearly tournament (June and December) modeled after the Western powerhouse Denver Shootout, and The Cable Car Classic, a tournament for boys and girls in grades 4 – 8, scheduled for June. 
  • New Camps: The Adventure Series, which will combine top lacrosse instruction with surfing and other outdoor fun will take place in August, while “Be the Best” camps will expand statewide; and
  • New Club Teams and Leagues: Increased development of up to 30 nationally- competitive club teams, plus the inaugural season for a Temecula-based Box League.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our first-class operations, instruction, leagues and events in California,” said 3d Lacrosse CEO Jamie Munro. “To date, California and Western players have embraced our instructional methodology and welcomed our organized staff and top-rated coaches.

Our mission in California continues to reflect that of the entire organization: to foster developing talent with winning skills that will differentiate these players from their competitors and to train further the best players in the world.”

Greg Waldbaum, President and COO noted that, “We have been growing steadily in California for several years and we are now forwarding the increased interest we’ve seen in 3d Lacrosse into investments in people and programming.”

Western Success: Major Victory Increasing interest and participation has also netted significant results. “3d Lacrosse is the first club west of the Mississippi to have won the US Boys ESPN U15 Lacrosse National Championship with a team comprised entirely of players from California and Colorado,” added Munro. “We’ve proven that Western players are a force to be reckoned with and our new plans have been developed to broaden these winning ways.”

New Events: The Oceanside Hustle & Cable Car Classic Adding to current company events such as California Gold (July 8 – 9 in Danville), 3d Lacrosse is launching a new twice-yearly tournament, The Oceanside Hustle (June and December). Modeled after the nationally-recognized Denver Shootout, western teams can anticipate top-level clinics and multi-game tournament play across an exciting lacrosse- packed weekend. Founded in 2008, the Denver Shootout now hosts 4,000 players (U9 through High School Elite) and 60+ college coaches.

The Oceanside Hustle will take place at the new, highly-coveted SoCal Sports Complex in Oceanside, a 97-acre outdoor recreational facility that includes 22 multi-use athletic fields.

Also new is the Cable Car Classic, a tournament for boys and girls teams from 4th through 8th grades, (June 21 – 22). It will be the first-ever lacrosse event to take place at the beautiful Pleasanton Sports Park which boasts 12 multi-purpose grass fields.

New Camps: Adventure Series New for action-fueled lacrosse players who also love the ocean and water sports, 3d Lacrosse is introducing an Adventure Series Camp (August 1 – 5) at the Academy by the Sea (the Army and Navy Academy) in Carlsbad, Calif. for players of all abilities. While not on the lacrosse field for morning drills or late afternoon scrimmages, campers will learn to surf from professional instructors prepared to introduce the sport to beginners and to boost the skills of the experienced rider.

In addition to surfing, players will learn team building and leadership skills directly from military staff committed to teamwork on and off the field. Evenings will include beach barbeques, movie and game nights, trips into town and plenty of time to laugh and make new friends with players from across North America.

In northern California, 3d Lacrosse will continue to build on the success of the Company’s “Be the Best” camps. Directed by Pete Worstell, Be the Best has offered solid instructional training for players of all abilities since 2001.  This year’s camps will take place June 7 – 8 in San Jose, featuring John Grant, Jr., and June 17 – 18 in San Rafael featuring Paul Rabil.

New Leagues: Winter Box 3d Lacrosse owns and operates box lacrosse leagues throughout the nation, including its newest venture, a novel partnership between 3d and the NLL’s Colorado Mammoth in Denver. 3d Lacrosse launched its inaugural box league season this winter in Temecula and will continue to grow throughout 2014 – 2015.

New Club Teams With 3d Lacrosse select club teams now operating, training and competing in the San Diego, Orange County, and San Francisco Bay area, the Company anticipates fielding 25 – 30 nationally competitive California teams in 2014. From the summer 2013 3d Lacrosse California club roster, five Class of 2016 players have already committed to Division I schools.

People 3d Lacrosse has grown to nearly a dozen highly-skilled full- and part-time staffers in California (plus several dozen contract coaches). Much of 3d Lacrosse’s team has played professionally and in top NCAA programs, including:

  • Zack Burke, Director, San Diego (Philadelphia Wings, UMBC).
  • Brian Kelly, Director of Western Training (Anaheim Storm, San Francisco Dragons, Los Angeles Riptide, Whittier College); and
  • Kevin Cooper, Manager, San Diego (Chesapeake Bayhawks, UMBC).

“3d Lacrosse will continue to innovate, grow, and expand in California and the West,” said Waldbaum, “By the end of 2016, we expect to have additional operational hubs in Los Angeles, the Pacific Northwest, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.”

About 3d Lacrosse  Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, 3d Lacrosse has become the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse training, events, and select club lacrosse operations in the country. Founded by Jamie Munro, a former Division I coach, professional player, ESPNU analyst, and Inside Lacrosse contributor, 3d Lacrosse has operations, offices, teams and events throughout the nation and has trained more than 20,000 players since 2009. 3d Lacrosse is best recognized for its Box/Field Hybrid Development System, an instructional methodology which combines the best tight-stick handling and small-space skills from the successful Canadian Box game with the cutting edge tactics and strategies now employed at contemporary NCAA Division I programs. # # #

NCAA Lacrosse: #15 Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Previewed By Lacrosse Magazine


Ohio State Men's Lacrosse

2014 Preview
Best Case: If the question is what do they do next — and it has been amongst the team through the preseason — Ohio State answers emphatically. The Bucks will get the chance to prove themselves early on with a tougher than normal February slate, opening at Johns Hopkins and playing UMass at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Tougher games with Penn State, Hofstra, Denver and Notre Dame dot the schedule outside of ECAC play. But in any event, OSU runs the table in the final hurrah for the league. The offense finds it rhythm by midseason, and an experienced returning defense — three returning close defenseman, including MLL draft pick Joe Meurer, a starting goalie and multiple long- and short-stick midfielders — hold down the fort until then.
Worst Case: Ohio State misses last year’s senior class more than it realizes. The faceoff situation, probably the biggest question mark with a freshman and unproven sophomore, is never solidified and a stout defense and ever-improving offense have to play near perfect. Poor results in the early season snowball and the Buckeyes are unranked headed into ECAC play. But even with that, they start off conference play strong and face a surprise Air Force team for the conference title in Columbus, and a second straight NCAA berth on the line.

Vitals

2013 Record: 13-4 (5-2 ECAC) Coach: Nick Myers (6th year) Record at Ohio State: 44-35

Power Ratings (scale of 1-5)

Offense: 4 Defense: 4 Goaltending: 4 Faceoff: 2

Top Returner

M Jesse King (Jr.) King is set to fill the role once held by Logan Schuss, and Joel Delgarno and Kevin Buchanan before him, as Ohio State’s primary threat. The lefty Canadian can play attack or midfield. He will be a focal point no matter what in an offense that features tons of movement and high-percentage shots that play to the strength of top Canadian talents like King and fellow junior Turner Evans .King posted 32 goals and 23 assists last season even with Schuss around.

X-Factor

A Gordie Koerber (So.) The Denver transfer’s inside finishing skills fit with OSU’s Canadian pieces. The lefty has starting-lineup potential, but the amount of time he sees will depend on if the projected starting attack of Evans, sophomore Carter Brown and senior Adam Trombley, a fourth attackman last year, clicks early on.

NCAA Tournament Trend

2009 DNQ 2010 DNQ 2011 DNQ 2012 DNQ 2013 Quarterfinals

What’s New?

Life without two-time ECAC Offensive Player of the Year Logan Schuss, the No. 1 overall draft pick by the NLL’s Minnesota Swarm and a second-round draft pick last year of MLL’s Ohio Machine, and do-it-all midfielder Dominique Alexander. Not only did Schuss score goals, and plenty of them, but he organized Ohio State’s offensive sets out on the field for two-plus seasons, and Alexander was an important part of Ohio State’s fabric the last four years.

“There’s a little bit of a new personality to the team,” Myers said. “This group understands the foundation that’s been laid, and the hard work, but I think they’re eager and hungry to turn the page and focus on this new journey.”

Telling Number

5 Number of teams in the ECAC this season, after Denver and Loyola’s departures to the Big East and Patriot League. But have no fear, the ECAC still has an AQ bid to the NCAA tournament. Air Force, Bellarmine, Fairfield and Michigan remain with Ohio State. The Buckeyes are the preseason favorite but Myers is guarding against complacency.

“People are probably underestimating the league on paper,” Myers said. “Fairfield is very well-coached and has a lot of guys back. This is maybe the best Air Force team in the last 10 years that I can remember. Everybody thinks they can win [the ECAC]. We only have five teams, we have an AQ. We had a 9-7 game with Bellarmine last year and our friends up north [Michigan] have done a real good job putting together more and more talent. They’ll be much more competitive this year.”

The Buckeyes take part in the inaugural Big Ten lacrosse season in spring 2015.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Army Men’s Lacrosse Releases 2014 Schedule Poster


Army Men's Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Poster