CT Cardinals Consolidate Operations Under 3d New England South To Increase, Enhance Lacrosse Opportunities
GLASTONBURY, Conn. — 3d Lacrosse and the CT Cardinals Lacrosse Club have joined forces to expand the 3d New England South footprint and to provide more training and development opportunities for boys and girls in Connecticut.
Beginning immediately, the CT Cardinals will merge their operations into 3d Lacrosse and its Glastonbury-based 3d New England South division. Based in Middletown, Conn., the CT Cardinals have operated boys and girls youth and high school-aged travel teams, fielding more than a dozen teams in total this summer.
The consolidation will grow the 3d New England South high school Select and youth travel team opportunities for the fall of 2017 and will spur the formation of a new 3d Lacrosse Club offering, LC Connecticut River.
“We are thrilled to welcome student-athletes and families from the CT Cardinals program and we know we can meet their needs in terms of lacrosse development as well as on the recruiting front for those interested,” said 3d New England South Director Seth Jacoby.
Jacoby, who hails from Connecticut, has worked alongside CT Cardinals founders Rick McCarthy and John Raba for many years in a variety of roles, including working in the past with the coaches at nearby Wesleyan University.
“I consider Rick and John close friends and mentors of mine, and they have put tremendous passion and dedication into the Cardinals program,” he said.
“They’ve done a fantastic job of not only teaching lacrosse but also helping the players develop off the field with great character and integrity. I want to thank them for giving 3d Lacrosse and 3d New England South the opportunity to move forward and continue what they started.”
McCarthy, who with Raba formed the CT Cardinals in 2007, said he didn’t take the decision to merge his program with 3d New England South lightly. He considered the different and evolving needs of the CT Cardinals families and boys and girls players.
With a focus on training, skill development, lacrosse IQ and honoring the game, 3d Lacrosse’s values and mission resonated with McCarthy and Raba, who brought similar philosophies to the Cardinals organization.
“We feel that 3d Lacrosse, being a national program that offers a range of programs suitable for players of different levels of ability and interest, will be best suited to accommodate the varying needs of our Cardinals families,” McCarthy said.
“Seth knows us as program and as people, respects our coaches’ dedication to teaching the game the right way, and understands the value of the relationships our families have developed over time.”
With the formation of LC Connecticut River, 3d Lacrosse will be in a position to continue to provide training for all former CT Cardinals players and teams.
“It’s our hope that our families will trust our decision to move forward with Seth and 3d Lacrosse,” McCarthy said. “We know they will be able to provide a fantastic opportunity for all our players and families and I look forward to seeing the continued growth and development of our former CT Cardinals players.”
Additionally serving as 3d Lacrosse’s Division III National Director, Jacoby has worked extensively to create opportunities for players looking to play lacrosse at the NCAA Division III level. He helped bring to fruition the STX Rising DIII Showcase and Fall Showcase, as well as 3d Lacrosse’s nationally renowned DIII Road Trip.
He’s formed strong ties to college programs throughout the region, including many of the NESCAC schools and other institutions from the Northeast.
“This is an exciting time for Seth Jacoby and 3d New England South and we want to give a warm welcome to all of the CT Cardinals lacrosse families who join us,” said 3d Lacrosse CEO Greg Waldbaum.
“We are proud that Seth has been given this opportunity. He’s put a lot of work into establishing the 3d Lacrosse brand in southern New England and building relationships. He truly understands the needs of families and student-athletes in the region and he’s rooted in the area’s lacrosse culture.”
3d New England South will be holding information sessions in the coming weeks to give parents and student-athletes the opportunity to learn more about 3d Lacrosse, Jacoby and his staff.
Former Cardinals CT boys and girls players are invited to participate in the LC Connecticut River open clinic and tryout to be held in September. All former CT Cardinals players will be offered the opportunity to participate this fall. 3d New England South’s goal is to keep the CT Cardinals teams intact with the addition of new players from the area that are interested in joining the 3d family.
Former CT Cardinals boys and girls teams will continue to operate out of Middlesex and New London counties with practices and teams, in particular the boys teams, practicing in both locations.
“We’re excited to work with the loyal CT Cardinals families to continue to develop more skilled and higher-IQ lacrosse players,” Jacoby said.
“We’re looking forward to training boys and girls who are seeking focused and fast-tempo training. We hope to pique the interests of players who want to have fun but want to work hard to improve their chances of playing lacrosse in high school and college and put themselves in a better position to succeed in life.”
Learn more about the LC Connecticut River opportunities at https://3dlacrosse.com/lc-connecticut-river. For more information on 3d New England South and the program’s offerings, visit https://3dlacrosse.com/training/find-your-market/new-england-south.
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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 and San Francisco. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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