3d Lacrosse Joins Forces With Lax Factory, Announces Formation of 3d Maryland, 3d Virginia
FREDERICK, Md. – 3d Lacrosse has joined forces with Lax Factory, a Frederick-based provider of lacrosse coaching and training services, to form 3d Maryland and 3d Virginia.
Founded in 2011 by former Ohio State star and Maryland native Josh Funk, Lax Factory will immediately transition its offerings under the 3d Lacrosse umbrella, including its lineup of boys and girls teams, box travel teams, positional clinics, leagues, seminars and workshops.
Funk, who played professional box lacrosse in the National Lacrosse League, has seen his youth and scholastic teams evolve in the past few years. As an increasing number of athletes began to show more skill and desire greater opportunities to train and advance to play at the next level, he decided it was time to take his program to new heights.
“We’re excited to raise the bar for our Lax Factory athletes and families,” Funk said. “By joining forces with 3d Lacrosse, we are able to bring a higher level of resources to this region and keep opportunities available to our players as they get older and want to challenge themselves.”
Each year since its inception, Lax Factory has added additional teams, now fielding seven boys and five girls teams as well as four travel box squads. Funk and his fellow coaches see the opportunity to bring a more complete lineup of offerings to their customers.
Funk spent time in Canada competing for the Burnaby Lakers Junior A box lacrosse team, even battling for the coveted Minto Cup championship in 2007. His background and his approach to teaching both box and field lacrosse, he says, is a natural match with the 3d Methodology – a coaching paradigm built on decades of collective coaching experience on the field and in the box.
“3d Lacrosse has a reputation for helping youth and scholastic players reach their fullest potential and increase their chances to play college lacrosse,” Funk said.
“That’s what we want for our athletes and families. This will also allow us to take what we’ve done with Lax Factory and what we teach as coaches and also make our own contributions to the 3d Methodology. 3d has unmatched coaching resources and that should be a huge boost for all the coaches we work with.”
Beginning this summer, 3d Mid-Atlantic teams that have largely been comprised of athletes from Virginia will become 3d Virginia squads. Lax Factory teams will combine with 3d Lacrosse athletes from Maryland to form 3d Maryland teams.
Moving forward, the 3d Mid-Atlantic brand will be represented by teams made up of 3d Maryland and 3d Virginia players joining together to compete at local or national tournaments.
Spencer Ford, the Director of the 3d Mid-Atlantic region and a former star at Towson University and in Major League Lacrosse, said teaming up with Lax Factory will bring quality training and exposure opportunities to players in parts of Maryland and Virginia that tend to be more overlooked than some of the known hotbeds in the Mid-Atlantic.
“This helps us grow our ability to teach, coach and have a positive impact on more lacrosse players in an area that still has athletes who don’t have enough opportunities to get better and be seen,” said Ford, who is also the General Manager and an assistant coach with the Atlanta Blaze of the MLL.
Ford, who still holds the MLL’s all-time single season assist record, expects Funk and his approach to teaching the game to be great fits with 3d Lacrosse.
“We’re excited to work with Josh and look to raise the bar for lacrosse players throughout Maryland and Virginia,” Ford said.
“Along with Ryan Drenner, and Kristan Ash and Madi Green on the girls side, the 3d Maryland and 3d Virginia regions are staffed with great people who love this game and are in a position to do big things.”
Those interested in tryout information can find info here:
3d Maryland Boys: https://3dlacrosse.com/signup/3d-maryland-boys-fall-2018-tryouts
3d Maryland Girls: https://3dlacrosse.com/signup/3d-maryland-girls-fall-2018-tryouts
3d Virginia Girls: https://3dlacrosse.com/signup/3d-virginia-girls-fall-2018summer-2019-try...
To learn more about 3d Lacrosse’s lineup of training and player development offerings, visit 3dLacrosse.com.
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, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco and Westfield, N.J. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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