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I was intrigued by the article in the most recent issue of Lacrosse Magazine, “Growing Concerns,” about the recent growth of lacrosse nationwide. This got me thinking about how our sport is doing here in Utah, and what we can do to grow the game here. I am a geography professor, which means that I my first instinct for any problem is to use data and maps. So here are some of both.

Utah Lacrosse compared to . . .

First, this map shows the general state of boys high school lacrosse across the United States, looking at state sanctioning status (blue vs. orange) and participation (number of teams). As you can see, Utah is doing fairly well; we have the highest participation rate (16 teams per million population) anywhere outside the Northeast, with almost twice as many teams as our much larger neighbor to the south. Comparing this map and the statistics in the Lacrosse Magazine article, we would do well to look at states like Minnesota, Colorado, and Illinois as models that we might follow toward official status.

Brandon Plewe
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On behalf of the Boys U15 National Team we would like to say … Thank You, Thank You, Thank You !!!

Last Wednesday at Westminster College we had 2 great events take place:
First, the 2015 Boys U15 National Team held their final practice/tryout/scrimmage before selecting the remaining 4 spots for this years team. Team Northern Utah Thunder came down the I-15 to give the team their first look at what the players could do in game situations. There was some really great lacrosse on the field by both teams and a reminder of how bright the future is for Utah lacrosse no matter where you play.

Second, the first ever Boys High School All-State game was played. The game featured the best players and biggest names in the state all on 1 field. Invited to the game were All-State selections from Class A, Class B, and Class C. 53 players across Utah were invited to the game and 42 attended. The 9 that did not, all wanted to, but had prior commitments or injuries. The unique format included a draft 30 minutes before game time between Coach of the Year Nick Gradinger (Park City) and State Champion Coach Mark Davis (Corner Canyon). The game was scheduled for 15-minute quarters but was called with 2 minutes to go in the 3rd because of lightning in the area, but that did not stop the players from showing off their talents in this light-hearted affair. It was especially great to see some of the states seniors wearing their schools jersey one last time.

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Welcome to the Championship Edition of the ULN Dispatch. Here is a breakdown of all the NCAA Championships from the weekend and a rewind of our own championships as well as bracket prediction winners!

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MD1 – Denver’s Lacrosse Championship Means More For The Sport Than Just Another Trophy
MD1 – Denver’s NCAA Title Validates New-Wave Thinking
MD1 – Denver Stifles Maryland to Bring NCAA Crown West
WD1 – Cummings Leads Maryland to NCAA Title Repeat
MD2 – Limestone Dominates Late to Win Back-To-Back Titles
WD2 – Adelphi Wins Seventh Title on Mill OT Goal
MD3 – Down Early, Tufts Explodes for Second Straight Title
WD3 – Cortland Exorcises Final Four Demons With First Title
As Lacrosse Rises, Its Final Four Falls Fast

Tim Haslam
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Attention All Boys and Girls Lacrosse Players Grades 5-12
The FaceOff Club and Draw Squad are back and bringing more “Position Specific” training with them: Cage Club (goalies), Homeland Defense, and Triple Threat Offense.

When: June 9th and 10th
Where: Park City Sports Complex on the Turf
Registration and Additional Information can be found here. http://www.toptechlax.com/parkcity

Our staff is comprised of the youngest and brightest stars at all NCAA and Pro playing and coaching levels.

The Directors of Training:
Nolan Godfrey – MLL, NLL, & Canadian Box Veteran, Player at Merrimack (All-American)
John Ortolani – MLL All-Star & Veteran, Player at Endicott College (All-New England)

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Olympus LogoOlympus Girls Lacrosse is looking for a Varsity Head Coach to continue to progress the vision, competitiveness, and growth of the girls lacrosse program. This coach will be in charge of all lacrosse aspects of the program. Olympus has a rich history as one of the early members in the girls lacrosse community with a well developed and respected Division I program.
Ideal candidate should have:

  • At least 3 years of Varsity Coach experience
  • A thorough knowledge of girls lacrosse: through training, certification, playing the game, or extensive experience
  • Organizational skills to manage player’s as well as parents
  • The ability to develop and carry out daily practice plans
  • The ability to lead and motivate girls on the field and off
  • Experience working as a team player participating in board meetings being looked to for input in directing the program
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