3d Lacrosse Fall Freshmen Training Camp Sees Continued Success in Year Two
DAVENPORT, Fla. — More than 120 girls players gathered over the weekend for 3d Lacrosse's second annual Fall Freshmen Training Camp at Northeast Regional Park.
With the IWLCA President's Cup Tournament taking place less than 30 minutes away, the Fall Freshman Training Camp (FFTC) provided freshmen girls players an opportunity to join their older counterparts in the Orlando area to compete in a tournament style camp.
Players were immersed in training derived from the proprietary 3d Methodology and then were asked to implement the skills in scrimmages. Training sessions were led by 3d Lacrosse's experienced master coaches, including 3d's National Girls Director Melissa Rausch, 3d's Director of Methodology Logan Bobzien and 3d Southland Director Adam Sear.
"The Fall Freshman Training Camp was quite a remarkable success and a big weekend for girls lacrosse," Rausch said. "You look at the list of players and instructors we had here, and this was clearly a special weekend for the participants and the coaches."
Featuring 120-plus of the best rising athletes, the players spent the weekend learning from a long list of NCAA Division I coaches from all across the nation — nearly 30 of the game's biggest names.
"3d Lacrosse is working diligently to improve the level of training, coaching and overall understanding of the game as a whole, and girls lacrosse is a growing focus for us," said Bobzien, who is tasked with ensuring a high standard of coaching across all of 3d Lacrosse's offerings.
"This weekend provided all of these up-and-coming girls players with the same level of training that we're providing to boys players all over the country as well as exposure to some incredible lacrosse minds and respected college coaches. This is going to help make these girls better players and, hopefully, help them love the game more and constantly strive to be students of the game."
In addition to training and games at FFTC, attendees were provided an opportunity to attend a college recruiting panel with the FFTC coaching staff. Coaches from powerhouse programs like University of Southern California, University of North Carolina and Syracuse University, weighed in on recruiting tips and ways to become the ideal student-athlete for their programs.
Lisa Palmisano, a longtime lacrosse coach and the mother of two freshmen girls who attended the camp, helped organize a Florida-based team made of girls for the event and coached throughout the weekend.
"A coaching friend told me that my 2020 twins shouldn't miss the 3d Fall Freshman Training camp," Palmisano said.
"As soon as I read about the camp and the Friday night stations with college coaches, I knew that not only would my daughters love the 3d camp but we wanted to have a team from Florida join this fantastic opportunity in Florida's own backyard."
Palmisano praised the organization of the event as well as the coaching lineup, which included some of the women's game's most respected names.
"The camp was really well run," Palmisano said. "My daughters' top 'dream' schools were all at the camp. Rotating through the stations run by coaches like Katrina Dowd who jumped in and demonstrated the drill with the girls was an amazing experience and unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best. The round-robin games were a blast. In my opinion, this is the best freshman camp opportunity in the country."
In attendance this year were two Capital Lacrosse Club squads, Philly Blast 2020, STEPS Philly 2020, Cardinal Lacrosse Club 2020, 3d National 2020, Florida Select, and 3d National 2021 (training only).
"We were thrilled to have top clubs like Capital, STEPS, Philly Blast and more travel to Florida to train with our our talented 3d coaches and learn skills and concepts that are important components of the 3d Methodology," Rausch said. "For all these girls to receive this level of training and take what they've learned back with them, we hope that helps make a major impact on them as individual players but also filters to their teams and raises IQ and the level of play."
For 3d girls players in attendance, Rausch said, FFTC provided an important opportunity to showcase what they've learned in the 3d Methodology while training and competing with other talented players from around the country.
"For our 3d Girls, this was a crucial weekend for a variety of reasons," Rausch said. "They get to play with some of the best freshmen from all of our regions and then play against some of the best clubs nationwide, and really put what they're being taught to use. This is a unique experience with world-class instruction and exposure that we believe only 3d Lacrosse can really offer."
After two days of play, master coaches and club coaches gathered to vote on All-Star teams to compete on the last day of the camp. Following the All-Star game, Liz Harrison of Lax Maniax/Florida Select was named the game's MVP and was awarded an STX Crux 500 head donated by 3d Lacrosse's official gear partner, STX Lacrosse.
Here are this year's full All-Star rosters from the 3d FFTC.
*Update 11.28.16: Also named to the All-Star Rosters are Katherine Burke (Capital Lax), Camille Kuwana (Capital Lax), and Carleigh Armstrong (Capital Lax).
To view the list of college coaches that attend FFTC, click here.
For more information on the Fall Freshmen Training Camp, please contact 3d Lacrosse National Girls Director, Melissa Rausch, at [email protected]. You can keep up with upcoming programming by following 3d Lacrosse on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.