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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. # # #

Youth Club Lacrosse: NLL’s Colorado Mammoth And 3d Lacrosse Launch Colorado Box Lacrosse League; “Powerful Combination Of Training, Contacts, Players, Facilities And Operations”


Colorado Mammoth and 3D Lacrosse Launch Colorado Box Lacrosse League

The Colorado Mammoth and 3d Lacrosse announced today the joining of forces to launch the Colorado Box Lacrosse League, the definitive future of youth and high school box lacrosse in the state of Colorado.
The new league will be jointly owned, operated and managed by the two undisputed leaders in box lacrosse in the state. The Colorado Mammoth brings a world of assets including: professional players, the Pepsi Center, event management expertise, and associated resources to the partnership. 3d Lacrosse brings world-class training, leagues, club teams and event operations to the venture. Together, the new league sets a standard for box lacrosse that the combined parties believe is unsurpassed both locally and nationally.

3d Lacrosse BannerThe new Colorado Box Lacrosse League will begin operations this winter with youth and high school divisions accommodating recreational, elite, and high school teams in indoor rinks across metro Denver.  The Jr. Mammoth and 3d Lacrosse have consolidated their own individual leagues from past years to form the new league to build a bigger, brighter future for all players involved.  For more information on the new league and to register for this coming winter season, visit www.JrMammoth.com or www.3dlacrosse.com.

colorado mammoth“In just a few short years, 3d Lacrosse has altered the pre-collegiate lacrosse landscape on a national level,” said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. “The Mammoth and 3d Lacrosse will be exponentially more impactful to the development of lacrosse players by working together.”

“After working independently for a number of years, it was not too hard to figure out that a joint approach would better serve the community and players in the long-term,” said 3d Lacrosse Chief Operating Officer Greg Waldbaum.  “The combined resources of the two entities make for a powerful combination of training, contacts, players, facilities, and operations that is undeniable, and bringing it together makes all the sense in the world.  We are pleased and honored to be working with Steve and the Mammoth organization and look forward to a long and mutually-beneficial future.”

The new League and entity intends to operate year-round with league play, clinics, tournaments, and training all revolving around the game of box lacrosse.  3d Lacrosse has built a local and national powerhouse based on its own box / field hybrid methodology and the Colorado Mammoth has been one of the most successful NLL franchises in the history of the game.  Together, the two entities bring an enormous amount of experience and expertise around the game of box lacrosse.

About the Colorado Mammoth

The Colorado Mammoth is arguably the model franchise in the nine-team National Lacrosse League (NLL), a professional box lacrosse league that was founded in 1987. Playing at Pepsi Center to crowds of more than 16,000 fans per game in its 11-year history, the Mammoth boasts a passionate and loyal fan base. The Mammoth is wholly owned and operated by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, the same company that owns the NBA Denver Nuggets, NHL Colorado Avalanche, MLS Colorado Rapids and NDP Lacrosse.

About 3d Lacrosse

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, 3d Lacrosse has quickly become one of the premier training, event, and select club lacrosse operations in the country. Founded by former Division I coach Jamie Munro, 3d Lacrosse has operations, offices, teams and events throughout the nation.  Munro earned All-America honors at Brown, played professionally, coached at Yale and Denver, is a current men’s Division I analyst on ESPNU and is a regular contributor to Inside Lacrosse. For more information on 3d Lacrosse, please visit www.3dlacrosse.com.

Club Lacrosse: “3d Lacrosse” Continues Growth In California With Hiring Of Tom DeMaio As Director And Mike Hutnick As Manager In Orange County


3d Lacrosse3d Lacrosse continues to make waves in California.  After their entrance into San Diego and Northern California, they are bringing their unique training to Orange County with the hiring of Tom DeMaio as Orange County Director of Lacrosse & Mike Hutnick as Orange County Area Manager.

3d Lacrosse will establish Orange County club teams as well as implement training programs and clinics for the players who are looking for a unique brand of training.  3D is committed to delivering a superior club team experience for players and families with its combination of exceptional coaches who are carefully trained in the “Box / Field Hybrid™ Development System”.  Superior training followed by consistent instruction and thoughtfully planned tournament competition make the 3d Lacrosse unique and unlike anything most players have ever experienced.

Coach DeMaio has over 20 years coaching experience as a head coach at both the Collegiate and High School levels in Massachusetts. In addition to the hiring of DeMaio, 3D has also hired San Clemente Head Coach Mike Hutnick to assist DeMaio in developing players locally. Coach Hutnick in his first year with the Tritons led the San Clemente program to a 14-6 record this spring.

3D CEO Jamie Munro could not be more excited to have operations in Orange County.  “Bringing Tom DeMaio on board in the OC is a coup for 3d Lacrosse.  We pride ourselves on our position in the industry training coaches and players.  We need coaches like Tom DeMaio who has real coaching experience, tremendous passion for working with kids and a national network of contacts.  In addition, Mike Hutnick brings coaching experience, commitment to our core values, and a true entrepreneurial spirit.  Tom and Mike are tremendous additions to 3d.”

Club Lacrosse: Colorado-Based “3d Select” Wins “2013 US Lacrosse U15 Boys National Championship” With 10-4 Win Over Long Island Express; First Western Team To Win Title


2013 US Lacrosse U15 Girls National Championship

Alec Barnes has been facing off since he started playing lacrosse in the second grade, but a summer of work on the craft helped second-seeded 3d Select National make history at the US Lacrosse Boys’ U15 National Championship, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Barnes won 14 of 18 faceoffs and a stingy defense held top-seeded Long Island Express Barracudas (N.Y.) scoreless for 30:31 as 3d Select became the first Western-based team to win the gold medal in the five-year history of the event with a 10-4 defeat of the defending champions in the title game Sunday.

Alec Barnes won 14 of 18 faceoffs and added a goal and two assists to lead 3d Select National to a 10-4 win over the Long Island Express Barracudas (N.Y.) in the gold medal game of the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. With players mainly from Colorado and California, 3d Select became the first Western program to win in the five-year history of the championship. Photo by ©Scott McCall

Alec Barnes won 14 of 18 faceoffs and added a goal and two assists to lead 3d Select National to a 10-4 win over the Long Island Express Barracudas (N.Y.) in the gold medal game of the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. With players mainly from Colorado and California, 3d Select became the first Western program to win in the five-year history of the championship. Photo by ©Scott McCall

3d Select, with most of its players from Colorado and California, completed a 7-0 run through the field that included two wins over For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) and a 10-7 defeat of third-seeded Dukes HHH (Pa.) in the semifinals.

“This is huge, knowing that the West is rising and we’re making a huge impact on lacrosse,” said Barnes, a rising sophomore at Regis Jesuit (Colo.) High School. “We’re as good as everyone else.”

Or better. Barnes spent a part of the summer learning and honing techniques from FOGO Lacrosse, and the results showed. He won six of eight in the first half and eight of 10 in the second half against the Barracudas’ combination of Sam Nadjari and Kyle Portera.

“All I do really is clamp, try to pinch the ball in the stick and pop it out to start a break,” Barnes said.

Barnes added two assists in the first half, and his off-balance feed to Keaton Komatz with 2:19 left in the first quarter gave 3d Select a 2-1 lead it would not surrender. When Barnes didn’t win a faceoff or if 3d Select turned it over, its defense went to work. After yielding a goal to Daniel Rooney with 6:23 left in the first quarter – one which he bounced off Jimmy Littlefield – 3d Select shut down the Barracudas’ potent offense until 5:52 remained in the game, well after the outcome had been decided. Defenseman Will Weitzel joined goalie Otto Bohan on the Lacrosse Magazine All-Tournament Team (below) from 3d.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/boys/2012-13/news/072813_3d_select_wins_us_lacrosse_boys_u15_national_championship