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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: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Releases Full-Length “4 Days In Colorado” Video

See the full 15 minute feature covering our trip to Denver & Colorado Springs this past October during our Fall Break. Watch the team compete in our “Shamrock Series” Green Uniforms, meet with Alumni in Denver, hike “The Incline”, compete and work with the Air Force team and visit a Children’s Hospital. This video captures the essence and values of our program in action: Character, Culture & Community.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Air Force Men’s Lacrosse And Notre Dame Complete Successful Weekend With Scrimmage, Ropes Course And Football Tailgate

Air Force Men's Lacrosse scrimmage with Notre Dame Fall 2013

The Air Force lacrosse team’s last weekend of fall competition was a resounding success, as the Falcons took the field against a talented Notre Dame team on Friday, Oct. 25. Air Force had an impressive showing against the Irish, who have advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in four straight seasons and advanced to the Final Four in 2012.

Air Force Notre Dame Lacrosse“The fall season is a time to continue to come together as a team and for players to step up and fill roles,” said assistant coach Bill Wilson. “While this scrimmage was a good step forward for our team at this early point in the 2013-14 season, there is a lot of time before our regular season begins in February. The scrimmage was a good test for us to evaluate where we are as a team and what we need to do in the months ahead before our 2014 season opening game versus Denver.”

While battling on the field, the Falcons and the Irish came together off the field as well. On Saturday, Air Force helped facilitate Notre Dame’s journey through the Academy’s ropes course, while the two teams met for a pre-game tailgate before the Air Force and Notre Dame football teams faced each other on the gridiron.

Head coach Eric Seremet helped give the Irish another memorable experience before their journey back to South Bend, Ind., on Sunday, leading them on a sunrise hike up the Incline in Manitou Springs, one of the Falcons’ frequent training spots. 

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For more: http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-lacros/spec-rel/102913aaa.html


“Lacrosse Magazine” November 2013 Issue Released Featuring “Gym Rats”, Toughest Laxers, Duke Men’s FO Specialist Brendan Fowler And North Carolina Women’s Goalie Megan Ward

Lacrosse Magazine November 2013 Issue

Detroit Mercy’s conditioning paid off in 2013, just as a Syracuse trio hopes it will for them in 2014. Plus, grueling team workouts and a group of officials who know how to go the distance.
By Clare Lochary, Corey McLaughlin and Mark Macyk
In a region where most sports fans could probably tell you the pros and cons of the Montreal Canadiens’ 116th overall draft pick, but don’t know what a long pole is, a lacrosse renaissance has begun.
By Daniel J. Rowe
Coach Mindy McCord, assistant Paul McCord and star player Taylor McCord have made Jacksonville’s upstart women’s program a family affair.
By Laurel Pfahler
Yale was three minutes away from its first final four since 1990. Syracuse had other ideas. But this is no one-hit wonder. With a ton of talent back in 2014, the Bulldogs look like they’re here to stay.
By Gary Lambrecht
From the Editor: Remember the Titans
His Space: A Game Unlike Any Other
Her Space: Finding a Workout Common Ground
Early fall-ball contests pitted the Iroquois against Syracuse, Northwestern against Notre Dame (in Cortney Fortunato’s debut) and Denver against Colorado (in the Buffs’ debut). See them in action.
The Scoop
Yet another lacrosse team has been sanctioned due to hazing, a pervasive problem in college athletics. Plus, a Q&A with U.S. Olympic bobsled hopeful Chris Langton.
Your Edge
NCAA championship heroes Megan Ward of North Carolina andBrendan Fowler of Duke drop knowledge on goalie positioning and faceoff maneuvering, respectively.
Give and Go
Hamilton Nationals defenseman Tucker Durkin has consumed enough hot sauce to fry his taste buds, but he can still savor the pregame excitement.

NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Looks To “Canadian Box Lacrosse” Skill Sets In Its First Year Of An “Even Stronger 2014 ACC Conference”

 Notre Dame Men's Lacrosse Side Banner“Increasingly, in the last couple years, you look at getting better in the two-man game, and understanding that it’s a lot different than it was eight years ago.”

“[We want to] get a better appreciation for guys playing in space and guys playing in tight quarters as you see the influence of, call it box, call it Canadians, guys who bring a different skill set. We’re trying to incorporate that into our practices and preparation, both to become better at it ourselves and become better defending it.”

From a scheduled intrasquad indoor scrimmage in Denver later this week, to weekly pick-up box games starting on campus next week, to a visit from the coaching staff of the National Lacrosse League’s Minnesota Swarm, you could say the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are going clearly Canadian this fall.

by Corey McLaughlin

by Corey McLaughlin

While some prognosticators may be more interested in gauging how Notre Dame will fare in its first year in an even-stronger ACC conference — with Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia — it is more important for the Irish coaching staff to follow the on-field trends that can dictate wins and losses. And that, over the last decade or so in particular, has included the heavy influence of the indoor, or box, game on the field product in the United States.

While Canadians going back to Stan Cockerton, the Gaits and Tom Marechek, for example, have impacted NCAA lacrosse before, the influence of indoor-trained players is now shown in depth and numbers. As noted by Paul Tutka of the US Box Lacrosse Association in this insightful piece, since 2008 no fewer than 24 percent of the top 50 goal-scorers (single season) in NCAA Division I have been Canadians, a big jump from single-digit percentages in the 2000s. Last year, 60 percent of the nation’s top 15 scorers were Canadian or Iroquois.

Picks or screens have become hallmarks of college offenses, as they long have been in the tighter quarters of box games. This spring, in addition to the ACC slate, Notre Dame will play two teams in the non-conference — Denver and Ohio State — that count multiple Canadians among their top contributors.

“What things do we see that we’re going to have to defend, as far as trends in other teams that we’re playing?” Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan said on the topic in an interview last week.

For more: http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/DI/2012-13/news/102113_30in30_notre_dame_lacrosse_is_thinking_clearly_canadian

NCAA Lacrosse: Florida Women’s Lacrosse Presents “FLax Friday: Training Table” (Video)

Nora Barry and Kelsey Hart take you on a tour of the Gator’s Training Table! Four nights a week, Florida’s Athletes are treated to specialized meals for optimal performance on the field. This is the extended version including the men’s basketball team!

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NCAA Lacrosse: Jacksonville Women’s Lacrosse Participates In US Marine Corp Leadership And Fitness Training Program (Video)

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