Huge shout out to Coach Schmidt who has helped develop our Rising Star players.
Palm Beach Atlantic University has hired Jayson Schmidt as the first head coach of the varsity women’s lacrosse program as announced by PBA Director of Athletics Carolyn Stone on Monday. Schmidt graduated from PBA and has been part of the club lacrosse programs as a player and a coach.
Schmidt has been part of men’s club lacrosse program – which competed in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association - since 2006 when he began his playing career for the Sailfish. He has been a member of the coaching staff since he finished playing in 2011. As a member of the staff he’s taken on roles of offensive coordinator, head of recruiting and the director of operations.
Garrett Cooper, a senior defenseman at Vero Beach High School, has committed to play lacrosse at Liberty University. Garrett plays club lacrosse for FCA South Florida and South FL Prime.
“I would like to thank Coach Suds and Coach Jack East for encouraging, praying, and always believing in me. I also would like to thank my Prime coaches for providing me with outstanding coaching as well as giving me lots of guidance and support. To my parents, it wouldn’t have been possible without your unending encouragement, support, and love. I can’t wait to get to Liberty and begin a new chapter in my life.”
I’m excited to announce that this Tuesday and Thursday we will be conducting a stick drive for our FCA Urban Development program! We will be collecting both new and used lacrosse sticks, in fair to good condition, to be used for our inner-city outreach ministry. There will be collection bins available at the practice fields before all practice times this week.
Beginning on June 20th, we will be working with kids in Gaines Park, West Palm Beach to introduce these young athletes to lacrosse as well as the values of FCA. We hope to be able to provide a stick for each athlete to use this summer (with the hope of eventually being able to give each participant a stick).
Our goal within our Urban Development program is to provide the opportunity for all interested participants to be able to play lacrosse. We plan to host clinics, camps, and service projects throughout the summer and fall with the hope of beginning West Palm’s first recreational lacrosse league in the spring.
We want all of the FCA Family to have the opportunity to be involved as we move forward with these initiatives and will be certain to keep you all updated. For now, please consider donating any lacrosse sticks you are able to so we can kick off our program with the necessary equipment. We are also happy to take any non-complete sticks (shafts and heads, strung or unstrung).
Thank you all so much and, as always, I ask you keep this program in your prayers as we hope to grow God’s kingdom in our community.
This past holiday weekend, the University of North Carolina men’s and women’s lacrosse teams did what no other lacrosse program has done for more than 20 years, when the Tar Heels won both the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I Lacrosse Championships.
On Memorial Day in Philadelphia, the unseeded men’s team pulled off a major upset win over No. 1 University of Maryland, beating the Terrapins 14-13 in overtime. The women had beat No. 1 Maryland 13-7 just a day earlier and stayed in town to cheer on their counterparts. It was worth the delayed trip home, as UNC became the first school since Princeton in 1994 to win both the men’s and women’s Division 1 lacrosse titles in a season.
The victory was especially sweet for FCA, as 31 players in the men’s lacrosse Final Four were former FCA Lacrosse National Team Players. Five played for the University of Maryland, five played for Loyola University Maryland, four played for Brown University, and a staggering 17 played for UNC.
“All of us at FCA Lacrosse couldn’t be more thrilled for the UNC men’s and women’s lacrosse teams and coaches Joe Breschi and Jenny Levy,” said FCA Lacrosse Director Ryan Horanburg. “It’s especially exciting that 31 former FCA Lacrosse National Team Players were part of the Final Four. We know that each of these players carried the FCA values of Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence with them during their matches—and it certainly showed, especially for the Tar Heels. Congratulations to all the players and teams that saw success both on and off the field. We look forward to all that God has planned for FCA Lacrosse in the future and are grateful for the way He has allowed these players to glorify Him in the sport they love.”
On the UNC team, Breschi leads from the heart, with his faith at the center of his coaching, as well as the goal that his players’ grades stay just as high as the Ws in the win column. As a testament to the leadership within the team, senior captain Patrick Kelly, whose younger brother Timmy and cousin Stephen also play for the Tar Heels, has led a weekly team Bible study for the past two years.
The road to the most recent championship was a long journey for the UNC men, who had not been to the Final Four since 1993, making Monday a special day—for several reasons. At the championships, the 1991 undefeated UNC National Championship Team was honored at half time—the 25th anniversary of Carolina’s last championship team. And it was a family affair for the Kellys as well. Included in that recognition ceremony was Bryan Kelly—the Kelly lacrosse players’ uncle and head lacrosse coach at Calvert Hall College High School—who is actively involved with FCA in Baltimore, along with his family. Bryan’s brother, Frank Kelly, father of Stephen and uncle of Patrick and Timmy, serves on the national board for FCA as well as FCA Lacrosse. Stephen’s brother, Frankie, is also a UNC lacrosse alum.
This summer, FCA is kicking off its 2016 Camps season with more than 600 Camps—including lacrosse—in nearly every state across the country and in more than 35 countries around the world. This year, FCA is celebrating its 60th Camps season with the goal of providing coaches, athletes and teams a time of “inspiration and perspiration.” FCA Lacrosse will also welcome more than 600 players to its Camp in Gettysburg, Pa., July 10-14 for boys and girls ages 8 to 18. For more information, visit www.fcalax.com/gettysburg.
The 5th Annual FloridaLacrosseNews.com Senior All Star Game is coming up this Saturday at 1:00 at Jupiter High School. FCA South Florida is thrilled to announce that two former FCA players and now FCA South Florida Coaches will be on the field for the game.
Congratulations goes out to LSM Colin Hayek who is committed to Maryland and Attackman Trevor Keena who is committed to Palm Beach Atlantic. Good luck boys!
At this time every year Christians around the world remember the death of Jesus on Good Friday and celebrate His victory over death on Easter. ....we are Easter people ...we sow forgiveness where there is bitterness. ..we sow love where there is hatred....we sow hope where there is despair. ...we believe that because He rose we can rise above and beyond the darkest darkness...we are Easter people....
Join FCA Lacrosse and SAS for some preseason training!!
Starting in September join Coach Moe, Coach Kyle and Coach Cory as we start to prepare for the up and coming fall season. Each session will be an hour long. Each athlete will work on their stick work for half an hour and also half an hour of footwork and conditioning.
This program is being offered to any lacrosse player who wants to get stronger and faster. They also want to improve their stick work. We will be offering the training at Jupiter Christian School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm - 8pm. Cost per athlete will be $200.00. This will include the 10 sessions.
Huge shout out to Garrett Cooper playing at Blue Chip 225. This was a very good event for him. He made the All-Star team and played in the UMass stadium last night in front of about 60 college coaches. He was one of 12 out of approximately 112 defenders in his division to be chosen for the All-Star team. Garrett way to represent the family!!