Williamsburg Lacrosse

Posted: October 4, 2011 in HRLax, US Lacrosse
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If you live in Williamsburg and you want to play boys lacrosse at the high school level you have limited options.  Currently, the Williamsburg Warrior Lacrosse Club (HRLax Member) has  Boys teams from U9 to U15 playing in HRLAX. At the U9 level they have 2 teams now and at the U11 level we will field 3 teams in 2011. Almost every elementary school in Williamsburg-James City County has kids playing for the Warriors but none at the high school level.

Recently, HRLAX announced the formation of a York team that would allow Williamsburg boys an opportunity at the high school level. Practices will be held at York High School and the team would be a JV team coached by Anthony Brooks. Coach Brooks has over 20 years of high school coaching experience in Maryland and led teams to state championships. Both HRLax and area coaches have offered their full support to Coach Brooks and  HRLax has established an interest link on their website for players to register. The fee for the year is $110 PLUS $35 for US Lacrosse Membership with includes an insurance policy that supplements the players insurance. This is a great opportunity to begin the process for building a boys high school team in both York and James City County. Many believe that the goal for lacrosse in this area is to build teams that would compete in the Bay Rivers District at VHSL Level which includes the following schools:

Your other option would be to play for the Williamsburg Warriors Lacrosse Club (Non-affiliated), otherwise known as the “Blue Warriors”.  The team fee is for varsity is $525 and JV is $477 (non-refundable) and does not appear to include US Lacrosse Membership. (Those fees have increased approximately $100 over previous year.) The fees can be paid in three installments with the first payment due on July 1, 2011 according to the team’s participation agreement posted on their website. The team also offers a scholarship for those needing financial aid. The team’s coaches present the team as an “elite” team, often referred to as a travel/tournament team and they played several private schools last year that generally do not list the games in their official schedules. Essentially, this is a select team that recruits players from throughout the area and only accepts those players  that the coaches select.  Most of the player’s are experienced and play at a skill level that is comparable to some of the private schools in the state.

According to Laxpower the team finished the season at 15 – 5 and was ranked second among it’s non-VHSL counterparts in Virginia. The most noteable season highlight was a close loss to number one ranked Blue Ridge School with a score of 9 -12 at home. Unfortunately, none of the statistics are listed on either team’s website. At least five of their games required travel to northern Virginia and Charlotte, NC requiring overnight stays while the last game of their season was played against St. Albans School in downtown Washington, DC on a Monday night.

Generally, teams such as this operate in the summer after the normal lacrosse season and many are excellent opportunities for advanced players to be recruited at the collegiate level. Some good examples would be the Hampton Roads Ironclads, Peninsula Patriots, and Team Venom in Richmond which are  all coached by experienced coaches with extensive collegiate connections. The “blue warriors” team does not appear to have competed in any college recruiting tournaments nor do they list any of the coaches experience. They do have at least five former players that have made the lacrosse team at Virginia Military Institute, one of which is the varsity coach’s son.

Contacts:

JV- Monty Hill email: jamesmonroeus@cox.net cell: 757-869-5102

Varsity-Mark Hofmeister email: mdhof@verizon.net cell: 757-876-5222

Commentary:  My family has been actively involved in lacrosse for the past 11 years, we were huge supporters of recreational league programs in the Roanoke Valley and those programs are flourishing at all levels. At least two of the area high schools had lacrosse programs as well as two of the private schools but there was little opportunity for those kids that didn’t attend those schools. . Earlier this summer an expansion team beat Tabb in the first annual club team championship placing second in the tournament after losing to Atlee in Richmond. Regretably, there were only four boys team entered in the tournament; however, there were eight girls teams in the tournament.

All three of my sons have played for both recreation teams and select teams as well as having attended lacrosse camps at Roanoke College, Syracuse University, and a camp conducted by Jeff Tambroni who left Cornell last year to coach the Penn State Lacrosse team. They have played numerous tournaments in both the summer and the fall. Two of my sons played with the “blue warriors” as well as teams affiliated with Hampton Roads Lacrosse. My seventeen year old was accepted to Christchurch School this year and played with the Richmond Venom this summer in two highly ranked college recruiting tournaments as well as two other tournaments. He is now receiving inquiries from Division I, II, III colleges and has also received an invitation to participate in the National Lacrosse Classic  regionals. My 15 year old will be playing for the newly formed expansion team for HRLax.

It is my fervent wish that we can come together to build a lacrosse team that would enhance the Hampton Roads Lacrosse Chapter so that every kid that wants to play may have the opportunity to play. The number of kids playing at the pre-high school level is swelling but there has been limited or no growth at the high school level in Williamsburg. Right now that opportunity exists in York County and we need to get behind it as a community. I also believe that building towards VHSL status for the Bay Rivers District is a worthy goal and will benefit our community. Most importantly it will give area kids to play a truly great game wearing their high school colors.

Most importantly, I encourage lacrosse parents to learn all that they can about this sport. US Lacrosse is a great source of information as well as the governing body of lacrosse.

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