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:

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:

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:

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

ML_GilbertwebPfeiffer University graduate Elliot Gilbert Hired as Offensive Coordinator for the Vandals Lacrosse Team

An Upstate New York native, Gilbert was a 3-year member of Corning East High’s lacrosse team making two appearances in its state championship game. After high school Gilbert attended Division II Pfeiffer University where he went on to start all four years at attack and midfield. At Pfeiffer Gilbert was 1 of 4 members of his class to record over 100 points throughout their career. Elliot is currently attending the University of Idaho to get his Masters in Athletic Training. When asked about Coach Gilbert, Coach Sammy stated “We are very excited about Coach Gilbert joining our staff, he is a great offensive player and offensive mind. He will really help take the 2015 Vandals to the next level. We are very excited about the experience he brings to the table and feel he will fit right into our staff.” Coach Gilbert will be the offensive coordinator for the Vandals, Coach Uphus will be the defensive coordinator, and Coach Morse will continue to be the strength and conditioning coordinator for the vandals. Head Coach Sammy Seidenberg is very excited about his coaching staff, which he feels will really help propel the young Vandals to a great 2014-2015 season.

laxtags-4When Grady Clemons was just 8 years old, he was excited to go with his uncle and dad to Tribal West Lacrosse and picked out his first stick. Grady, who plays for Utah Elite, Venom, Patriot Starz, Boise United and Bountiful, like many of us, picked out a head, custom mesh, stylish shooting strings and slick sidewalls. The end result was perfect, except for the end of the stick. With just a simple black endcap, Grady was disappointed to find out there weren’t many options to customize the endcaps.

“I asked my dad if we could make our own,” said Grady.

Allen, Grady’s dad, researched making their own but deemed it too expensive to create traditional endcaps. However, after some more thought, the Clemons clan thought of making two-piece endcaps. Enter ‘LAXtag’. Read More

Eagle has become one of the top programs in Idaho in recent years, developing a rivalry with Boise in the process. (Courtesy Photo)

Written by Todd Karpovich in June 24, 2014

Over the past three years, the Eagle (Idaho) girls’ lacrosse teams has established itself as one of the premier programs in Idaho.

The Mustangs have won three state championships and compiled a 48-1 record. This season, the Mustangs averaged more than 15 points per game and allowed only an average of seven goals.

Eagle has a reputation for being able to move the ball well and score quickly, but coach Jon Craig said the team’s defense is also as a part of its strength. Read More

IMG_0844Timberline High School FO/Midfielder Drew Welch has signed his commitment letter to become a Vandal for the 2014-2015 season. During Drew’s senior season, Drew took 87 shots on goal, had 30 goals, and 20 assists, for a total of 50 points. He also collected 132 GB, and had 2.94 points per game.  Drew also took 244 face-offs and won 160 face-offs for a face-off win percentage of 61.4%. Drew has been a consistent player for the Wolf’s scoring consistently in every season at Timberline. Drew helped lead his team to the state championship and played a huge role in their successful season. Drew was also awarded one of four 2014 Idaho US All-American Award. When asked about Drew Welch, Coach Sammy stated, “We are very honored and excited to have Drew Welch join the Vandals for the 2014-2015 season. He is a incredible athlete, he is a great leader, he is a great finisher, face-off man, and is a very unselfish player. We expect great things from Drew as the #1 Vandal recruit for 2014. We feel he will fit right into our hard dodging system.” Go Vandals!