Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier outdoor professional lacrosse league, announced today the 2017 MLL All-Star Game will be played in Sacramento, CA at Bonney Field, home to Sacramento Republic FC of the United Soccer League on Saturday, July 8. The state of California will host the MLL All-Star Game for the second straight year after the 2016 contest was held in Fullerton.

“The sport of lacrosse is growing tremendously in Northern California,” MLL Commissioner David Gross said, “and this is another opportunity for MLL to showcase the best players in the world in front of passionate lacrosse fans.”

Located on the grounds of the Cal Expo, Bonney Field opened in 2014 and seats approximately 11,500 fans for soccer matches. The natural grass surface has also hosted several international soccer and rugby matches, including USA Rugby.

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212 Lacrosse, based out of Park City, participated in the Sandstorm tournament this past weekend under the beautiful setting of Empire Polo Grounds in Palm Springs, California. Sandstorm is one of the biggest club tournaments in the west, with 250 teams participating this year. 212 fielded teams in the Boys 2019, 2017 divisions and the girls 2021 division.

The teams were led by Mike Acee (UNC), Christian Pompoco and Thomas Sarjeant (Westminster), Lauren Schmidt (Stanford/Team USA) and Lauren Vanthof (Adrian College).

The 2019 boys team finished the weekend with a 2-2-1 record. The team recorded wins over RC 11-1 and 3D San Diego 8-2. They lost a tough battle to True Chicago 2-5 and lost to a very good Alcatraz team out of San Francisco 2-9 while tying ADVNC SF 7-7.

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East Meets West Lacrosse founder Drew Searl who is the first NCAA D1 player from Utah (4 year Syracuse University midfielder) and the only to go to a D1 National Championship game, is hosting a winter offensive & defensive clinic at Utah State University in Logan on Friday evening Jan 20th from 9pm- 11:45pm. The goal is to get Logan Lax players dialed in for their upcoming 2017 season.

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The Utah Lacrosse Club, Utah’s 3d Lacrosse affiliate, has released their 2017 summer program.  Registration opens on 1/15 for returning Warrior players and opens on 2/1/17 for any player to join and play on a Warriors Club team for the 2017 Summer Session.

Early registration is just $295 which includes multiple weekly practices and games, as well as participation in the local GULL tournaments (the Patriot Games and Melt Down).  The competitive-level of the club, “Warriors Select” will be attending the Ski Town Shootout, the Lake Tahoe Classic and the Aloha Salt Lax Tournament.

While registration opens on 2/1/2017 to any player in classes 2021 – 2026 but space is limited to just 22 players per team.  Those interested are encouraged to visit www.utahwarriors.org to learn about the club, the upcoming program and to register online.

Rick Kladis

Wasatch Lacrosse Club is holding tryouts at Olympus High School in Salt Lake City on Saturday, February 11th & 25th, from 11am – 1pm. Players who can attend are players who are currently in 9th-12th grade (graduating seniors are eligible to attend the U19 Vail Shootout).

We are pleased to announce our 2017 summer tournament schedule. Our focus is to get our players exposed to the best competition, and also have them exposed to college recruiters to build the name of Utah lacrosse. The U19 Vail Shootout (June 25-28 in Vail, Colorado) is consistently the BEST tournament in the West, bringing teams from all corners of the country. The Battle of Hotbeds (July 16-19 in Newark, Delaware) is an elite recruiting opportunity run by the coaches of University of Delaware and Yale University, where more than 110 college coaches are present, and over 60 teams play in one Varsity division.

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How many people want to play lacrosse but the barriers to entry are just too high? How many people would play lacrosse if it were less expensive, or if equipment more available? These are the questions Brandon Bednar, founder of Happy Lacrosse, asked himself when he decided to do something about it.

Happy Lacrosse is a company Brandon started because he simply wanted to help grow the game. Brandon a native of Centerville, Utah, currently studying at Purdue University, started the company Happy Lacrosse (Happy Lax) because he saw that the game he loves needs help to grow. I spoke with him about the company and what he hopes it can do for the lacrosse community.

Randy Everett

212 Lacrosse, based out of Park City, participated in the 3D Oceanside Tournament this past weekend in beautiful San Diego, California. The tournament attracted 100+ teams and 40 college recruiters with outstanding competition. 212 fielded teams in the 2019 and 2017 Elite division with players spanning grades 9-12.

The weekend proved to be another strong showing for the club led by former UNC Tar Heel Mike Acee, Westminster’s Christian Pompoco and Thomas Sarjeant.

The 2019 boys’ team finished the weekend with a 3-2 record. Their losses came to eventual tournament champion ADVNC team led by former UVA All – American Chris Rotelli and a tough one goal loss to So Cal Express led by Hall of Fame inductee Glenn Miles.

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university-of-utah-fiddle-stick-tournament-752x1024Utah Attackmen Aaron Fjeldsted and Josh Stout along with midfielder Jake Stout have organized a 3 v. 3 tournament to raise funds for local refugees.

Utah is currently the home to 60,000 refugees from 20 countries. This community grows by about 1,150 refugees every year. Some of these refugees struggle to meet basic food, clothing, and sanitary needs. All proceeds collected from this tournament will go to the local refugees in Salt Lake City.

Tim Haslam: What led you to put this together? What was the genesis of the idea?
Aaron Fjeldsted:
The idea came from playing fiddle sticks with the Stouts in the back yard, and we figured a lot of people would jump onto the idea of a “fiddle stick” style tournament. The inspiration to turn this idea into action came from the coaching staff. They are always encouraging us to focus on others.

Tim Haslam

finalmesquiterisingstarreleaseThe innovative Rising Star Sports Ranch is a new destination resort designed specifically to host traveling teams, sports camps, golfers, corporate retreats and traveling families.

MESQUITE, NEV. – The Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort is open in Mesquite, Nev., a burgeoning sports mecca that is attracting a wide range of sporting events, camps and tournaments, and tens of thousands of visitors each year. The Rising Star Sports Ranch was designed to be the hub of this sports town, and is perfectly located within close proximity to an impressive inventory of sports venues and golf courses.
Media tours are available upon request.

With the convenience of every sporting venue and golf course within a 10-minute drive of the Rising Star, the property is a one-of-a-kind sports destination in the United States. The Rising Star offers 210 rooms, many featuring bunk beds and adjoining rooms for parents and chaperones. The property also features ample conference and meeting space, a signature restaurant and arcade. The sports amenities at the ranch include a full size grass field for soccer, football, lacrosse and other field sports. A 30,000-square-foot field house, affectionately called “The Barn”, is currently under construction and will open in May 2017.

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