3d Lacrosse Celebrates Tenth Anniversary with Busiest Year Yet: A Look Back at 2019
DENVER — 3d Lacrosse celebrated its tenth anniversary with a thrilling run in 2019, fueled by a constant stream of exciting news and accomplishments that speak to the growing network of coaches, athletes and partners that make up the 3d family.
From new partnerships to NCAA success stories, the year that was 2019 was chock full of milestones and achievements that serve as a testament to 3d Lacrosse’s decade of dedication to training and developing lacrosse players.
Here’s a look back at the stories that helped define our tenth year—our best year yet.
Six 3d Lacrosse Alumni Invited to 2020 U.S. Men’s U-19 Tryouts
Six 3d Lacrosse alumni were among the 105 athletes invited in the spring to tryouts for the 2020 U.S. Men’s U-19 team: Graham Bundy Jr. (3d Colorado), Alex Slusher (3d Oregon, 3d Colorado), Lance Tillman (3d Colorado), Ben Hull (3d Georgia), Owen Murphy (3d New England) and Charlie Weitzel (3d New England). In the fall, three of them—Bundy, Slusher and Tillman—advanced to the 26-man training roster.
Eight 3d Lacrosse Alumni Chosen in 2019 NLL Entry Draft
3d Lacrosse celebrated as eight former 3d Select players were chosen in this year’s NLL Entry Draft. Chosen were former 3d New England players Ryder Garnsey and Mikey Herring, former 3d Ontario players Warren Jeffrey, Jake Fox, John Wagner, Luke Kennan and Jordan Caskinette, and former 3d Colorado player Kyle Marr.
3d Alumni Celebrate Successes Far and Wide Across NCAA Landscape
3d Alumni competing in the NCAA ranks had their best collective year yet, highlighted by Division I All-America honors for a number of former 3d Select players. Among them, University of Pennsylvania freshman Sam Handley (3d Oregon) earned first-team All-America honors, while Johns Hopkins defender Patrick Foley (3d New England) was named a second-team All-American and Richmond attackman Ryan Lanchbury (3d New England) earned Honorable Mention All-America honors. On the girls side, 3d New England alumna Dempsey Arsenault was not only a first-team All-American, but also a finalist for the coveted Tewaaraton Award. Dozens of additional 3d Alumni received additional honors and recognition at the DI, DII and DIII levels.
3d Lacrosse Celebrates Huge Presence in the Inside Lacrosse Power 100 Freshman Rankings
3d Lacrosse alumni had their biggest presence ever in the annual Power 100 Freshman Rankings put out by Inside Lacrosse. Six players were named in the top 100: Graham Bundy Jr. (3d Colorado), Scott Bower (3d Dallas), Alex Slusher (3d Oregon, 3d Colorado), Owen Murphy (3d New England), Graham Blake (3d NorCal, 3d Colorado) and Lance Tillman (3d Colorado). In total, 3d Lacrosse saw eight alumni named to the top 50 incoming attackman list, as well as two midfielders and two defenders in the respective positional rankings. Meanwhile, Bundy was named the top incoming midfielder.
3d Select Tryouts Reach Record Numbers in New England, Colorado
3d Select, 3d’s longstanding club team offering, saw record numbers at tryouts held over the summer and fall by two of the company’s oldest regions: 3d Colorado and 3d New England. More than 620 boys and 165 girls attended tryouts for 3d Colorado, while more than 450 boys and about 175 girls attended 3d New England tryouts.
Denver Shootout Sees Twenty Champions Crowned at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
The Denver Shootout, 3d Lacrosse’s largest tournament and now in its sixteenth year, crowned 20 champions at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park the weekend of June 17 and 18. Featuring boys and girls squads from all over the country and Canada, the Denver Shootout also featured three All-Star games and the annual Unified Lacrosse game for special-needs athletes.
Read the full recap of the Denver Shootout via 3dlacrosse.com.
FLG in 3d Event Series, Now in Year Eight, More Impactful Than Ever Before
The FLG in 3d series, a partnership between 3d Lacrosse and Long Island-based For the Love of the Game, has become an important mainstay in the lacrosse event sphere with three major tournaments held throughout the year, including the wildly popular FLG in 3d Summer Shootout that annually draws more than 130 teams to Maryland.
3d CLO Regy Thorpe Named Head Coach of New York Riptide NLL Expansion Franchise
Regy Thorpe, 3d Lacrosse’s Chief Lacrosse Officer, was named the Head Coach of the New York Riptide, one of two National Lacrosse League expansion franchises for the current 2019-2020 season. Coach Thorpe was tasked with, among a long list of tasks, building the team’s roster and bringing the franchise to life this fall.
Follow the Riptide’s progress all season at newyorkriptide.com and nll.com.
STX Rising DI Showcase, Girls Showcase Have Largest Turnout Yet
This summer’s STX Rising DI Showcase and the STX Rising Girls Showcase drew about 400 boys and 120 girls, respectively, to Maryland for two days of training and competition in front of college coaches. The events have quickly become two of the premiere offerings of the summer.
3d Spring Break Having a Major Impact on Scholastic Program Development
One of the most unique offerings in the sport, 3d Lacrosse hosted another group of scholastic teams at the annual 3d Spring Break training program over the course of two weeks in March. Based in St. Petersburg and utilizing facilities in the region, 3d Lacrosse helped programs from all over the map experience a hassle-free week of training and scrimmaging while 3d’s event staff handled all the logistics, meal planning and practice/game scheduling.
3d Lacrosse, Harlem Lacrosse Partnership Celebrates Year Six as Participation Booms, Recruiting Accelerates
In its sixth year, the partnership between 3d Lacrosse and Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership was highlighted a boom in girls participation, with total girl participants (485) edging boys participants (455). Additionally, recruiting accelerated for Harlem boys teams, now a mainstay at lacrosse tournaments where they fill the sidelines with coaches.
3d CLO Regy Thorpe, Methodology Director Logan Bobzien at the World Games
Two of 3d Lacrosse’s key coaches had the honor of representing the US last summer at the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. 3d’s Chief Lacrosse Officer Regy Thorpe and Director of Training Logan Bobzien traveled to British Columbia—Thorpe as Head Coach for the US squad, and Bobzien an assistant and video analyst. Thorpe and Bobzien brought home the bronze with Team USA, a tremendous honor for two members of the 3d family.
Read more about Coach Thorpe’s and Coach Bobzien’s experience at the World Games.
STX Rising DIII Fall Showcase Expands to Include Midwest Camp
In an expansion of the premiere opportunity for Division III prospects, the STX Rising DIII Fall Showcase was held in two locations in the fall of 2019—the Midwest camp taking place at Kenyon College in Gambrills, Ohio, and the Northeast Camp held outside of Boston at Noble & Greenough School. In total, more than 130 players had the opportunity to train under Division III coaches and interact with them.
3d Lacrosse, Inside Lacrosse Host First Annual Southern Retreat
A partnership between 3d Lacrosse and Inside Lacrosse, the first ever Southern Retreat was held Nov. 23 and 24 in Sanford, Florida, and it drew more than 50 college coaches and 25 of the top club teams to compete across three scholastic divisions. 3d New England, 3d Lacrosse’s Boston-based division, took home the championship in all three divisions.
Oceanside Hustle Returns to SoCal For a West Coast Celebration of Lacrosse
The Oceanside Hustle, 3d Lacrosse’s growing West Coast tournament, returned to the SoCal Sports Complex in the late fall and 11 champions were crowned just minutes from the Pacific Ocean. More than 90 teams and more than 20 college coaches were in attendance over the course of the weekend.
WBLL Celebrates Year Five with Top Scholastic Programs Competing for Titles
One of the 3d Lacrosse’s longest running box leagues now in its fifth season, the Winter Box Lacrosse League—hosted by Boston-based 3d New England—featured some of the best scholastic programs from the area. The Bulldogs (players from Noble & Greenough School) took home the WBLL North title, while Wellesley won the WBLL South championship in late February.
Jr Black Wolves Win First Program Championship at Junior NLL Tournament
A first for the New England South-operated box program, the Jr Black Wolves brought home a championship from the annual Junior NLL Tournament held in Ontario, Canada. The Pee-Wee Jr Black Wolves squad took home the title, and 3d was well-represented on the bench with 3d Georgia Director Bob Hamley leading the way with help from 3d NE South Director Seth Jacoby and 3d Upstate Manager Craig Lepiane.
3d Garden State Director Patrick Tuohy Named Stevens Tech Assistant Coach
In the fall, 3d Garden State Director Patrick Tuohy was name an Assistant Coach at Stevens Tech, an NCAA Division III school located in Hoboken, N.J. Coach Tuohy, who will serve as defensive coordinator for the Ducks, makes the move to the college ranks following 13 years at his alma mater, Westfield High School, including the last seven as Head Coach.
3d Lacrosse Partners with Just Play to Deliver Cutting-Edge Teaching Resources to Coaches
3d Lacrosse in June announced a partnership with Just Play, a leading provider of playbook and scouting software, in a move that allows the company to arm its legion of coaches with advanced teaching resources thanks to a digital and video platform that helps bring the 3d Methodology and its wealth of lacrosse knowledge to life.
3d Lacrosse Partners with Sisu Mouthguards
3d Lacrosse announced in the summer a partnership with Sisu Mouthguards, the creators of the most advanced mouth protection in sports. The partnership helps provide the industry’s best mouth guards to 3d program participants.
About 3d Lacrosse
3d Lacrosse is the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse services company, offering innovative training, premier events, select travel teams, showcases and leagues for boys and girls ages six through 18 at all levels of organized competition. Founded in 2009, the Company trains more than 35,000 athletes annually using its proprietary Box-Field Hybrid™ Development System that combines the tight stick-handling and ball control of box lacrosse with the team-based field strategies used in Division I college programs. In addition to lacrosse-specific training, professional coaches help players develop lifelong skills, including dedication, teamwork and critical thinking under pressure. Based in Denver, 3d Lacrosse also has offices in Annapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Hartford, Houston, New York, Portland, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa and Westfield, N.J. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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