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National175 Returning for 5th Year at RPI in Upstate NY

Mark down July 25-27th as National 175 showcase at RPI in Upstate NY is returning for it’s 5th year. This is one of the 3 most established showcases in the country. “It’s simple, there is a short window to be seen live by college coaches. That window closes at the end of July. If you
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Using the Way of the Dragon in Strength and Conditioning Exercises for Lacrosse

Bruce Lee is truly an embodiment of skill, hard work, and passion. He’s defined by more than just his lean yet muscular figure, but also of his overall persona as a dedicated person whose vision and mentality transcended generations. Aside from being a bona fide renaissance man, Bruce Lee brought to light a specific type
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Lacrosse Survey: Why 5,000 recruits in 2015 chose their travel team and how it’s helped with recruiting

We surveyed 5,000 recruits to learn what they’re looking for in a travel team and where they received the most or least help in terms of getting recruited. The survey was anonymous. It included 10 questions with the final two as open text responses (questions listed below). ~85% of respondents were graduating years 2016-2018. Our
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John Becker (2016 FO Mid) commits to Lafayette College

Congrats to John Becker of Mountain Lakes High School / Laker Futures & Jersey Thunder on committing to Division I Lafayette College. Why did you choose this college? Lafayette College has a great reputation for academics and an awesome lacrosse conference. I was totally impressed with the coaching staff and the facilities. What other colleges did you
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Recruiting Insight from Coach Alberici of Army

We recently spoke with Coach Joe Alberici at Army to get his advice for recruits and more specifically, recruits out West who are looking to go East for college lacrosse. Coach Alberici has had an impressive career including coaching at Duke where he helped strengthen the Blue Devils as one of the nation’s premier lacrosse programs.
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Recruiting Insight with Greg Zecca and Mike Cleary of Ohio Valley

We spoke with Ohio Valley (WV) head coach Greg Zecca and assistant Mike Cleary about their program and what they look for in recruits. Ohio Valley is a great example of a strong academic school where players can play lacrosse at a competitive level but more importantly, develop as men and position themselves for life
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Recruiting Insight: Roman Lao-Gosney of MLL’s Florida Launch

Growing up in Maine, Roman loved the game and worked diligently, passionately, and whole-heartedly to make it to where he is today. Roman was a co-captain at Lehigh University, played in the 2013 Champion Challenge for Team USA and currently plays in the MLL for the Florida Launch. His position as a midfielder makes him
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Recruiting Tips from Instructor Marcus Dent

Marcus Dent has been playing lacrosse his whole life, and can personally attest to the advantages the sport has brought him. After earning four letters in high school, Marcus went on to play in college, but his career was brought to an early close due to an injury. Afterwards, he took over the MCLA program at
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Recruiting Advice from Instructor Sam Talkow

Sam continues to be dedicated and work his hardest at improving his strengths and weaknesses, on and off the field. He has had the opportunity to play for team Israel in the 2014 World Championships and also works individually with players by personalizing his sessions towards the needs of the athlete. Check out what he has to
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Recruiting Advice from Instructor Mike Ruggerio

Mike began playing lacrosse when he was 11, and immediately fell in love with the game. In high school, he was not only a starter on his varsity team, but he became captain his senior year. After high school, he was recruited, and to this day continues to play college lacrosse. Mike is currently majoring
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Recruiting Insight: Navy’s Ryan Wellner

Recruits need to continuously elevate their game on the field and in the classroom. College coaches quickly recognize this drive and intensity within recruits and know it’s a crucial trait to succeed at the next level. We spoke with Ryan Wellner of the Naval Academy about how recruits can stand out from the crowded recruiting
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Recruiting Tips from Instructor Andrew Evans

Growing up in a lacrosse family, Andrew was no stranger to the game. He had played throughout his childhood on his father’s teams, and then continued to play at Salisbury School in CT, where he played at the highest level in New England Prep Schools. He was able to experience two New England Championships during
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Recruiting Tips from Instructor Patrick Payne

Patrick has coached both high school and youth lacrosse programs, and is currently traveling the country giving specific goalie instruction to all levels. Patrick encourages his players to stay focused, and to cover all concepts of the lacrosse game, but he also wants players to have fun and enjoy the game. Lacrosse has helped him throughout
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Recruiting Tips from Instructor Cody LeFevre

Ever since he picked up my first lacrosse stick in 8th grade Cody became a student of the game and has not stopped learning since. After getting cut his first year from his middle school team, he started on varsity at his high school just two years later going on to help his team to the best years in
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Recruiting Advice from Instructor Jason Andrews

Jason has played 4 years of college lacrosse, was a two-time captain, two-time all conference, two-time all-state team, and Randolph Macon Mens Athlete of the Year. Today, he continues to be a positive coach for kids ranging from 11- 18. Jason firmly believes in dedication and a hard work ethic. See what he has to
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Recruiting Tips from Instructor Mike O’Neil

In order to get to where he is today, Mike has focused on the core fundamentals of the game, and made sure that he was improving every day. He began his lacrosse career in Fayetteville, NY, became All American in high school, and played at an Ivy League where he helped his team win three
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Recruiting Tips from Instructor Demetre Lyras

Coming into the game a little late, Demetre began playing lacrosse his freshman year of high school. Continuing his career in college, Demetre gained the title of Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference, and Statistical National Champion by the NCAA with the highest winning face-off percentage in Division 3. Today he continues to coach
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Recruiting Advice from Instructor Charles Giunta

As a senior in high school, Charles was heavily recruited, and had played along side of players who had the opportunity to play for Duke, Denver, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio State, Army, Navy, and Bryant. Charles began his college career by playing as a starting defenseman. He continues to work and focus on very specific details
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Recruiting Advice from Instructor Mikey Diggs

Ever since graduating college, Mikey has had the opportunity to give back to the game he loves by coaching kids of the next generation. He focuses on the fundamentals as well as the nuances of the game and how to apply them on a situational basis. Check out what Mikey has to say about his
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Recruiting Insight from Richard Carrington of Tusculum College

Stand out and get noticed. Lacrosse is growing at the youth and high school levels at a faster rate than at the collegiate level, resulting in a slightly more competitive landscape in the college recruiting process. All players should be determined and prepared to work hard to impress college coaches and show them why you
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Recruiting Insight with Justin Axel of Eastern Connecticut State University

It’s the little things such as having a positive attitude on and off the field and brushing things off when the ball doesn’t bounce your way that helps coaches differentiate between good high school players and great college players. Anyone can score goals but being a great teammate and always hustling are just as important.
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Recruiting Interview: Nick Taylor of Cabrini College

Lacrosse can open doors to great colleges and universities but what are your plans for once your collegiate career is over? Nick Taylor, assistant coach at Cabrini College wants recruits to have this question being asked whenever visiting or speaking with college coaches. As much as it is about lacrosse and winning games it is
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Recruiting Tips from Instructor Rachel Romanowsky

Rachel was a four year started for her college team. She has been named co-captain, All-American, NESCAC Player of the Year, as well as led her team in assists and goals. Rachel has recovered from surgery and knows what it takes to make it big. She has stayed focused and dedicated in order to achieve her
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Recruiting Insight from Carl Haas of DePauw University

DIII lacrosse is a great fit for a lot of players looking to create a college experience not defined by lacrosse. We spoke with Carl Haas Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach at DePauw University about different opportunities such as study abroad programs or joining a fraternity that programs at the DIII can offer. Such opportunities are
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Recruiting Insight from Michael Fahey of Concordia University – Wisconsin

When making that ultimate decision about where your going to spend the next four years of your life take all factors into consideration. We spoke with Concordia University of Wisconsin Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Michael Fahey about the importance of picking the right school and finding the right fit. Be upfront and honest with yourself
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Recruiting Insight from Daniel Gold of Emerson College

Get to the point and ask questions that are pertinent to your future. Coaches want recruits that come armed with a plan for their next 4-years of college and have at the very least an idea of what their college or university is all about. Asking questions such as where do I fit within your
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Recruiting Insight from Gary Mercadante of Delaware Valley College

Be proactive and take a real interest in learning more about a specific university or college are the first steps for placing yourself on a college coaches radar. Asking specific questions and sending personalized emails to coaches are great ways to catch a coach’s attention and further increase the likelihood that you’ll be recruited. We
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Recruiting Advice from Instructor Connor Entemann

Where did you play college lacrosse and why did you choose that program? I played for the Cornell University Lacrosse Program from August 2010 to May 2014. There were a number of reasons why I chose Cornell. I was exposed to Cornell at a very early age because both my parents went there. My father
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Recruiting Insight from James Fritz of Queens University of Charlotte

The recruiting landscape is evolving and earlier commitments are creating a trickle down effect for Division II and III coaches. As a result of online recruiting services and email, players can more easily connect with coaches, allowing Juniors and Seniors to stay in the recruiting game to the end. This allows schools like Queens University
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Recruiting Insight from Corey Struss of North Greenville University

“The wall can pay for college.” Stick skills are not only important to develop yourself as a player, but also to secure your future in the academic and working world. The more you practice, and the more time you commit to hitting the wall everyday, the better chance you have of being noticed by recruiters
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Recruiting Advice from Instructor Sean Brown

Sean Brown admits that sports were never his natural talent, however, he has proven that hard work and dedication can take you a long way. After playing in high school, Sean got recruited and became a starter on his college team. Unable to leave his passion, Sean continued to play after graduation, playing in the American
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Recruiting Tips from Instructor Sean Feeley

Sean Feeley has played lacrosse for over eight years, and has continued to teach the game to dedicated players. Throughout his career, Sean played throughout high school, was recruited to play in college, and then had the opportunity to play for the USAAI in Berlin, Germany. Today, Sean continues to play as often as he
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Recruiting Insight from Martin Ward of Florida Southern

Stickwork. Stickwork. Stickwork. Basic stick skills and ball control are the most important components of lacrosse. No matter how many different schools you are interested in, lacrosse is played the same everywhere and all coaches will look for players who demonstrate excellent stick skills. Therefore it is crucial to practice as frequently as possible and
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Recruiting Insight from Kevin Arabejo of NDNU

Lacrosse is not a major. So researching the academic programs at your target schools is important to ensure that your future college fits you on and off the field. The recruiting cycle in lacrosse is fast-paced, but keeping in mind you’re going to spend more time in the classroom than on the field helps provide
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Recruiting Tips from Instructor Luke Aubrey

Growing up in Connecticut, Luke has played lacrosse for over 15 years. Starting in Norwalk Junior Lacrosse he has progressed into playing in college. Over the years, Luke has picked up a vast amount of lacrosse knowledge, worked at local lacrosse camps, and coached the Aquidneck Cannons U-13 Team to a successful 2013 summer record.
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Recruiting insight from Ryan Kuhn of Lincoln Memorial University

Keeping an open mind is key to finding success in the recruiting process. Coaches move around and doors open and close outside of your control. For high school athletes looking for scholarship opportunities and competitive lacrosse, Division II schools have a lot of teams at a wide range of institutions. College is a 40-year, not
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Recruiting insight from Mike Murphy of Colgate University

Top recruits who are well rounded and lead both on the field and in the classroom can use their grades to open doors, which in lacrosse recruiting is the number of colleges you can play for. We spoke with Colgate University, Head Coach Mike Murphy, about what young players can do in order to continue
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Recruiting Advice from Instructor Drew W.

In college, Drew played both attack and midfield and served as a two-year captain while being honored as a two-time All-CCLA midfielder. Drew currently serves as the FCA Northern Maryland Varsity Head Coach. Drew has been on the FCA Lacrosse staff for the past seven years, coaching nationally acclaimed, championship-winning U15, U17 and U19 teams.
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Recruiting Advice from Instructor Michael Arena

Michael Arena grew up in Connecticut. As a passionate player, Michael played the positions of a long stick midfielder and defenseman. He went on to play the sport in college, and currently resides in Stratford, Connecticut, giving private lessons to children interested in improving their skills to get to the next level. Check out Michael’s
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Recruiting Tips from Instructor Tyler King

Tyler is a four-year D3 player who had the opportunity to be coached by a 4X All American and former US World Team coach. Joining the team as a reserve midfielder, Tyler worked his way to becoming a starter. Throughout his hard work, patience, and dedication, Tyler was able to find success through constantly refining
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Recruiting insight from Andrew Whitley of Fairfield University

Division I lacrosse players share a passion for the game and willingness to put the team and its system ahead of personal goals. This common trait is not by coincidence; college coaches look for this during the recruiting process and prioritize team-first players with great attitudes that can elevate the team by performing within the
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College By The Numbers: Understanding Financial Aid

For most kids balancing lacrosse and education is a familiar challenge. Once they get to the college level, they need to learn how to manage the sport with their education and with finances. Something you may be working through now. Each year, college lacrosse coaches will fill hundreds of roster spots with scholarship athletes. But
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Endorse Your College Program at ConnectLAX.com: The Yelp for College Teams

Finding both the right school and lacrosse program is a challenge, so help future recruits learn from your experience by posting a review of your college team. Your input helps recruits evaluate the over 1,400 college lacrosse teams listed in our directory and promotes your program to future recruits. During our Endorsement Challenge, the college
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ConnectLAX.com Recruiting Guide: A Free Resource to Get Ahead

Knowledge is power and the ConnectLAX recruiting guide provides practical advice to help you navigate today’s accelerated recruiting environment. This step-by-step guide helps you understand the process and in doing so, separate yourself from the pack. Download a free copy at ConnectLAX.com/guide. Lacrosse is a great tool in gaining admission to a top school. In
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Team Recruiting Maximizes Every Player’s Exposure

ConnectLAX mobile recruiting profiles already put your player info at the fingertips of college coaches, allowing them to evaluate your profile while watching you play. Now, with the addition of team recruiting, players can further maximize their recruiting exposure by linking to their team’s roster, allowing college coaches to review an entire team’s roster from
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College Endorsement Challenge!

The team with the most endorsements (reviews) of their lacrosse program by current and former players and staff will win free custom dress shirts by Imparali.com (men) or Ralph Lauren leather tote bags (women) for their seniors. This prize will help seniors make a great first impression at their new jobs or job interviews and
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HIIT Training = 4th Quarter Endurance

Class, practice, work, repeat…5 days a week. While all of us should be conditioning off the field, we’re probably not. When the pads come off then it’s on to the next part of the day and conditioning is easily forgotten. Insert social life and Game of Thrones. But agility, speed and strength don’t need to
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ConnectLAX Recruiting Profiles Go Mobile

Like everything else, college recruiting has gone mobile. Coaches don’t find you while surfing the Internet; they see you on the field. They look over their shoulder and say “hey, who’s that number 24.” As a recruit, you want to have that information at their fingertips, which is exactly what a ConnectLAX mobile recruiting profile
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Thanksgiving Throwdown: Generation Grudgematch

There are a lot of awesome things about Thanksgiving. Football, food and of course, beating on your siblings in the backyard. It’s fun to see the game played across generations and genders and still somehow make sense. The rules are simple, take everything back and lose a point if you hit the dog with a
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Connecting the Dots on Coaches Thoughts

Quint Kessenich recently wrote an article reacting to the decrease of age among high school recruits.  Here, he gives keen insight as to what college coaches are asking themselves when recruiting a player, and it’s not all about his/her lacrosse skills.  Let’s look at a few of the questions that stood out to me the
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