Select Team Program Shines as 3d Lacrosse Completes Another Busy Fall, Including Two New Southeastern Tournaments
DENVER — 3d Lacrosse recently put the finishing touches on another successful season that highlights the growth and strength of the 3d Select program as well as the impact of 3d’s lineup of fall events.
Operating club programs in 16 different regions nationwide, 3d Lacrosse’s Select program sent 153 lacrosse teams—119 boys teams and 34 girls teams—to different tournaments this fall season. That represents nearly 3,000 student-athletes from coast to coast who trained in the 3d Methodology and then put to use what they learned in competitive games against a long list of different club teams.
Additionally, 3d fielded three 3d Pacific teams that traveled east.
When the dust settled in the fall, 3d Lacrosse’s total of players committed to college had risen to 668, further proof of the company’s growing impact on more and more student-athletes who are looking to improve their skills and move on to compete at the collegiate level.
“It’s pretty amazing to see the growth and progress of our 3d Select program heading into the company’s tenth year,” said Matt Rowley, 3d Lacrosse’s National Club Director and one of the company’s original employees.
“We’re having a great impact on more and more players as we go and it’s sort of telling that now we have hundreds of college commits and most recently we celebrated two alumni—one from our boys program, one from our girls program—who were named preseason first-team Division I All-Americans. We have made progress by sticking to our mission to provide the best training possible and it’s really showing.”
3d Lacrosse teams traveled to upwards of 50 different tournaments nationwide.
Some of those trips were to 3d-operated tournaments, which this fall combined to draw more than 3,300 players from all North America.
“This was another strong season for us on the tournament side of things,” said Mike Bartlett, 3d Lacrosse’s Director of Events.
“It’s been exciting for us to see our events evolve to serve different needs of college coaches, club teams and the individual student-athlete. Our ability to organize and execute successful events in non-traditional areas, and our proven training and showcase model, allows us to create unique opportunities that help both college recruiters and event attendees to get the most out of their travel in what we know is a busy time of the year.”
Bartlett pointed to several of 3d Lacrosse’s marquee fall tournaments and their growth.
An increasingly popular event that spans two weekends, 3d Events and Boston-based 3d New England teamed up to present the Mayflower Invitational as a kickoff to the fall tournament season.
Drawing more than 50 high school teams on the first weekend, the Mayflower Invitational was held at two different Fore Kicks sports complexes outside of Boston.
The high school event, featuring some of the top teams from the Northeast and Canada, brought more than 75 college coaches for a two-day event, including some who led instruction for the opening clinic to start the first day. Following the training session, showcase attendees jumped into game play that ran throughout the afternoon. It culminated in the early evening with the now-annual All-Star Game featuring current standouts and alumni of the 3d New England and Top Gun Fighting Clam programs.
For the second consecutive year, the late McCrae Williams – a former member of the Clams and a netminder at the Noble & Greenough School – was honored before and after the All-Star Game.
“As we’ve been able to grow the Mayflower Invitational, we’ll aim to keep this as a longstanding tradition between 3d New England and the Clams,” Rowley, who doubles for 3d as the Director of 3d New England.
In the spring, Rowley is the head varsity lacrosse coach at Noble & Greenough, where he coaches McCrae through his high school career.
“It’s bittersweet that this tradition came out of the loss of McCrae but at the same time, I think he would have appreciated this and we know it means a lot to his family. He loved lacrosse and this event is becoming a celebration of the best teams in this region.”
The second weekend of action brought about 45 youth teams to the Boston area for a one-day event giving each team three games.
One of 3d Lacrosse’s staple autumn events, the FLG in 3d Fall Shootout was another successful weekend featuring outstanding competition in the form of 65 teams on Saturday and 91 going toe to toe on Sunday. The two days saw more than 150 college coaches checked in and camped out on the sidelines searching for talent.
Representing the seventh year of a partnership between 3d Lacrosse and Long Island-based FLG Lacrosse, the FLG in 3d series features a collection of events with an option to suit each age range.
“The Fall Shootout continues to be a tremendous opportunity for teams from all over the map to benefit from a combination of diverse competition and exposure to college recruiters from Division I, II and III,” said Bartlett.
“Much like the Summer Shootout, this event highlights the strength of the FLG in 3d partnership and the relationship we have with Mike and Corey Winkoff at FLG.”
3d Lacrosse’s premiere opportunity for girls players, the Fall Freshman Training Combine had its best year yet thanks to outstanding coaching and talented attendees from all parts of the country. Held November 16 in Central Florida, FFTC drew 250 girls for a day that featured training led by college coaches and 3d Master Coaches and then games the rest of the day.
Two new tournaments map the growth of the game and helped Events put the finishing touches on a busy fall slate.
The Sol Games, a youth girls team event, drew 24 teams to Florida for two days of competition on November 17 and 18. The Tropical Thaw, a tournament for scholastic-age boys, drew 22 teams and crowed four champions across four divisions.
The events represent 3d’s first tournaments in the Southeast.
“We’re being selective about establishing our tournaments and are working diligently to ensure that they grow the right way to allow us to provide the best experience for the teams and players,” Bartlett said.
“We want to create the same premium experience for all of our regional tournaments in the same way that we’ve set a standard with events like the Denver Shootout. It was really exciting for us to get a couple of promising new events off the ground as we head into 2019.”
To learn more about 3d Lacrosse and its lineup of national and regional events, camps, showcases and select club teams, 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, New York, Portland, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa and Westfield, N.J. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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