MCLA_Logo_copyAnother weekend is here for the MCLA teams from Idaho; Boise State, College of Idaho and the University of Idaho. The Broncos went 1-1 last week with a convincing win over Washington and a heartbreaking 15-16 overtime loss to Simon Fraser-SFU tied the game with one second on the clock to send the game to overtime. This weekend doesn’t get any easier for the Broncos. The Vandals lost to what may be the best team in the PNCLL, the Oregon State Beavers. The Vandals play another tough opponent in Simon Fraser this weekend. The College of Idaho opens their 2015 season the road on Washington. I stand by my prediction that both BSU and Idaho can make the PNCLL D1 playoffs and I want to add that I think this will be the year the College of Idaho makes the PNCLL D2 playoffs.

There is no school for the West Ada and Boise school districts Friday. I highly recommend you head down to Boise State and watch them play the Oregon Ducks (PNCLL D1) at 1pm on the Lincoln Turf Field; it should be a good game. Read More

MCLA_Logo_copyI know it is only the second week of the 2015 MCLA lacrosse season…but, this weekends games are very important for the post season.  The PNCLL has 8 teams and only 4 make the conference playoffs.  I think it might be possible for both Idaho and Boise State to make the playoffs.  I realize that neither team has ever made the playoffs, but I think that both teams have the potential to do in 2015.   Let me explain, I think the perennial powerhouse Oregon is in a rebuilding phase and the other powerhouse Simon Fraser already lost a game to #16 Sonoma State 8-11.  The new powerhouse Oregon State is off to a strong start beating #14 Arizona 8-7, but are beatable.  If Boise State and Idaho either win or play close games versus the top teams in the PNCLL, I think both teams have a shot at making the playoffs. Read More

ILA2015When: Saturday Feb 21st

Where: Hosted by The College of Idaho

When: 9am – 4pm

What: A time that the full lacrosse community can come together, plan, learn and begin the season with a bang.  Don’t miss out on any of the instruction.

More Info at www.idaholacrosse.org

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67af4e29ecfec4219dfa9eb2a7291004This article is past due and this week seemed like the perfect time to go over some of the changes in the Boise lacrosse community that have occurred in the past months.  I was inspired this past weekend after watching the David Bowie-Bing Crosby “Little Drummer Boy” video on YouTube which lead me to share other David Bowie videos with my daughter.  She recognized one of the songs, Changes, as the song from Shrek.

Boys High School

The 2014 TVLL experiment to divide into a division A and B was successful.  It was so successful that 2015 will see the TVLL and the NILL merge into the newly formed Idaho High School Lacrosse League (IHSLL). This will be the first time in Idaho history that teams from the Boise area and Northern Idaho will compete in a single league with two divisions.  Coeur d’Alene and Lake City opted to move to division 1 and Capital opted to move to division 2.  Sandpoint moves to the Montana league, Pocatello and Idaho Falls stayed in the Utah league.  Payette is a new high school team and will compete in division 2.

The top 4 teams from each conference will enter the playoffs and compete for a state championship.  The 2015 division 1 and 2 teams and conferences are the following; Read More

Draw-Squad-Utah-December-2014-flyerAttention All Girls Lacrosse Players And Coaches.  It’s Your Turn, The Draw Squad Comes To Utah

Girls lacrosse players in Utah will have an amazing opportunity on Saturday, December 20th  (Utah Indoor Soccer in Woods Cross) as one of the most decorated NCAA players of all-time will be in town to instruct players on the draw control specialization. Rachel Ray of Draw Squad brings her advanced draw control training system to the girls of Utah. Players will benefit from an unparalleled quality of instruction on one of the sport’s most critical, yet under coached parts of the game … the draw.

Coach Ray’s resume speaks volumes on what she has to offer players: Two NCAA Championship rings as a player and a third as a coach at Adelphi University, 3 First Team All-American accolades, Two-time Tewaaraton Trophy Nominee, record for assists in an NCAA Tournament and an NCAA Final Four MVP. Known for her positivity and enthusiasm, Coach Ray is now one of the most successful High School coaches on Long Island. In this training event, she will be taking players through all facets of the women’s draw and wing play.

All Youth, High School, and Club Coaches are welcome to attend this event, free of charge, to observe our teachings. Come see us do for the girls of Utah what we have done for the boys.

The first 5 registrants get a FREE Brine stick head !!!

Secure your spot TODAY. This event will sell out quickly as enrollment is limited.

Registration can be found at: http://thefaceoffclub.com/drawsquadutah.html

IMG_8150Woodcreek High School (Roseville, CA) FOGO/Midfielder Alex Goss-Goal has signed his commitment letter to become a Vandal for the 2015-2016 season. Alex is the first Vandal commit for 2015. During Alex’s Junior Season, where Woodcreek went 11-6, Alex took 260 faceoffs, and won 177 faceoffs, for a faceoff percentage of .70%. He also collected 64 GB, and had a shooting percentage of 30%. Going into his senior year Alex was one of the top ranking FOGO’s in the west, but a torn ACL made Alex miss his senior season. Alex was a key player for the Woodcreek winning most of his faceoffs in every season at Woodcreek. When asked about Alex Goss-Goal Coach Sammy stated “We are very excited to have Alex Goss-Goal join the Vandals for the 2015-2016 season. He is a very talented player and is a threat whenever he is on the field or at the faceoff X. We feel he will fit right in to our fast paced, hard dodging system.”

FaceOff-Club-Utah-flyer-Dec2014Attention All FaceOff Specialists, Goalies, And Coaches

The FOC Is Back And Bringing The Cage Club With Them

After a wildly successful event this past October, the FaceOff Club (FOC) is coming back to Utah on December 20th 2014 at Utah Indoor Soccer in Woods Cross. Not only will the FOC be working with the state’s top faceoff athletes again, they are bringing along the goalie specific training of the Cage Club (CC) for the first time ever to the west coast to work with the keepers.

All Youth, High School, College, and Club Coaches are welcome to attend both events, free of charge, to observe our teachings.

The FaceOff Club:

MLL All-Star John Ortolani and NCAA All American Nolan Godfrey are very excited to come back to the Beehive State to advance players’ skill sets even further. It is a fact, the FOC has trained every 1st Team All-State, and All American FaceOff Specialist player in Utah for the last 3 years and the legacy is now growing to the next generation of dominant FO talent in the state.

 

Registration has already begun and over half of those that attended the first event have registered again at the Youth and HS levels. Players are encouraged to register ASAP to secure their spot. This event will sell-out again.

Registration can be found at: http://thefaceoffclub.com/utahtraining.html

Cage-Club-Utah-December-2014-flyerThe Cage Club:

NCAA DI coach Ryan Martin of the University of Hartford will bring The Cage Club to the west coast for the first time ever. The Cage Club has been an extremely popular event on the east coast and with limited goalie specific events in state, the timing is right to bring the advanced goaltender training system to Utah net minders. For over 10 years, Coach Martin’s tutelage has been creating top goaltenders that have succeeded at the college level. One of the best collegiate goalies of his time, Martin was a 2x DIII All-American at traditional powerhouse Ithaca College, leading the Bombers to NCAA Final Four’s while also garnering Empire 8 Player of the Year honors.

 

Only 15 goaltenders will be admitted to this phenomenal training opportunity with one of the nation’s top goaltending coaches.

Secure your spot for this exclusive training now. This event will sell-out as well.

Registration can be found at: http://thefaceoffclub.com/cageclubutah.html

idaho-transThe Idaho Chapter of US Lacrosse, better known as the Idaho Lacrosse Association (ILA), is recognized through the Chapter Recognition Program this quarter for their remarkable statewide leadership of the sport. Since 2011, the chapter has grown by 35% and currently serves almost 3,000 members. The chapter board is currently led by its president, Kristy Sligar, who works alongside a talented executive board. The ILA’s efforts are currently concentrated on education and sport expansion initiatives throughout the state.

To educate new and experienced coaches in the area, the Idaho chapter has hosted US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program (CEP) Level 1 and Level 2 clinics. They plan to extend the reach of the CEP program by hosting a coaching education clinic in North Idaho in early 2015. In addition to the training available through US Lacrosse’s coaching education program, the chapter also hosts an annual Idaho Coaches Summit. MCLA or collegiate coaches host clinics at the summit in order to help local high school and youth coaches improve. The chapter also hosts social nights for coaches in conjunction with the player clinics so that the coaches have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with experienced clinicians. Read More