Elizabethtown High School's athletically gifted and talented midfielder, Tommy Poulos, has given his verbal commitment to Saint Joseph's University! St. Joseph's University Hawks are an NCAA Division I program and are led by Head Coach Taylor Wray and competes in the Northeast Conference.
Tommy has transformed himself from a highly gifted athlete into an incredible force on the field as a lacrosse player. He dominates the faceoff, and has developed into an dangerous threat on offense every time he touches the ball, both in terms of creating offense and finishing.
What you may not know about Tommy is that if he is given a long pole to play close defense, he becomes an incredible defender. His potential on the lacrosse field in college will be governed only by his will and determination. He has learned to accept discipline as a tool to guide his potential to the top, and I have no doubt about where his attention to discipline and will, will take him in college.
St. Joseph University in my opinion has found an excellent player and young man who isn't even near his potential yet!
Hershey High School's imposing defensive stalwart Doug Templeton has selected the NCAA Division III, Landmark Conference Elizabethtown College Blue Jays. The Blue Jays are led by Head Coach Drew Delaney and assisted by Blue Mtn's Rich Lefever as the Offensive Coordinator.
Doug is a tough, no nonsense defender, who is very quick, and has become a stealthy and excellent defender; and someone who is able to get the ball off the ground and help with the clearing game. He is very strong and sturdy, really an imposing force as a defender, who will continue to become even better under Coach Delaney's teaching. He has blossomed as a top defender with Blue Mtn Lacrosse, and will serve Elizabethtown College very well.
Doug is a very personable young man, quite well spoken and respectful. On the field, Doug is a true competitor; his physical presence and imposing ability causes headaches for the opposition.
Why I chose Elizabethtown College: I chose be a Blue Jay, and I will be playing lacrosse. I chose Elizabethtown because of the academic and athletic opportunities the school has to offer. In addition to being a great fit in the classroom and on the field. I'm really excited about the direction Coach Delaney is taking the program. It is also close enough for my parents to come to my home games.
Doug writes: I would like to thank all the Blue Mountain Coaches who have helped me throughout the years, in particular my position coaches Norris and Ketchum. I would like to especially thank Coach Bailey help me progress as a player and young man. In addition to helping me develop as a player Coach Bailey has helped me immensely with the recruiting process. Also, I would like to thank my high school coaches Schein, Lelek, and Briggs. Coach Briggs has coached me since I began playing lacrosse, and I want to thank him so much for always pushing me to do my best on the field. And last but of course not least I want to thank my parents for always supporting me with everything I do. My parents were supportive in whatever endeavor I wanted to go on in college, but are very happy I'm playing lacrosse. My parents have sacrificed so much of their time for my lacrosse and I cannot thank them enough.
Tryouts/Evaluations for 2015 Blue Mtn Lacrosse Summer/Fall Teams at U19, U15, U13 and U11 levels is scheduled in January 2015.
Conestoga Valley HS defender Denver Comp has selected Eastern College in Philadelphia, PA to continue his education and lacrosse career. The Eastern College Hawks compete in NCAA Division III, and the MAC Freedom Conference, where they have been a powerhouse over the past few years. They are coached currently by Head Coach Kevin Wallace.
Denver will join senior defenseman, and Blue Mtn Coach Jordan Norris (Manheim Township HS) on the Eastern University Men's Lacrosse team.
Denver has played midfield and attack for Conestoga Valley, as well as defense. His athleticism, versatility and ability to play those different positions is what makes him such a good find for Eastern University. He literally is still learning all the nuances of defense, which is his most natural position on the lacrosse field. Don't let that fool you, Denver makes great things happen on defense, and is a playmaker there. As I stated before, Eastern has made a great find! He will be a superb college player.
Denver is also a unbelievably fantastic young man who is polite as well as outgoing, is well spoken and just a delight to coach.
Why I chose Eastern: I chose Eastern University because it was the college that made me the most comfortable when I visited. I had an overnight stay there and got to meet the team. They were a big family and had only been together for 2 months since the freshman had just arrived for Fall classes. Along with the team, Coach Wallace made me feel welcome at Eastern. Also, Eastern offers academic opportunities that will benefit me in my studies.
Loyola-Blakefield Goaltender Peter Juzwiak has selected the NCAA Division III, MAC Conference Messiah College Falcons as his lacrosse and academic home starting in the Fall of 2015. The Falcons are led by Head Coach Atsen Bulus. Peter is planning on a career in physical therapy.
Peter will bring cat-like quickness in the goal to the Messiah Falcons, and is an excellent leader of the defense as a "quarterback" within the 6 x 6 frame. He's an excellent stopper and has a superb work ethic that helps him continue to improve. Peter plays HS ball in the MIAA (one of the most competitive HS conferences in the nation), and his HS coach, Jack Crawford, is considered to be one of the best HS coaches in the nation.
Peter is a superb young man who has been impressive in the goal throughout his tenure with Blue Mtn Lacrosse, and has continually developed his abilities to the next level.
Why I chose Messiah College:
I will be attending Messiah College and playing lacrosse for the Falcons next fall. I chose Messiah because it is a great school academically, and I feel it will prepare me well for physical therapy school. I also felt that Messiah was a great fit for me on the lacrosse field. The guys on the team are very close and make it feel like a family, not just a team. Coach Bulus has a great vision for the program, and I look forward to being a part of it. Messiah is also located close to my family which is very important to me.
Peter writes: I would like to thank my Blue Mountain coaches, especially Coach Bailey, Coach Warmingham, and Coach Piper. Their coaching has played a big part in my progress on the lacrosse field. I would also like to thank my high school coach Jack Crawford, and my goalie coach Grant Zimmerman.
Lastly, I would like to thank my parents who have supported me all the way. From driving me to practice, to spending weekends at tournaments, my parents always made sure I was playing lacrosse and doing my best. Without their love and support, I would not be the player or the man I am today.
Fall U19 Pick Up Lacrosse on Sundays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at 1840 Municipal Dr, Lancaster, PA 17601 (our Summer practice facility) on field #4. Players fee is $75.00 for 6 sessions, Sept 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, with a rainout date if needed for Oct 19. All U19 players are invited, whether they played Blue Mtn or another program. The idea is to play here close to home against good competition for 2 hours with lots of playing/development time. Just please bring a check for $75.00 made out to Blue Mtn Lacrosse to the Pick Up Lacrosse League on Sunday.
Fall Ball in colleges usually ends by the end of October. Meaning that the majority of coaches recruiting at Tournaments in the Fall start in late October recruit through November.
Blue Mtn will be entering two teams on each weekend:
1. Blue Mtn 2015/2016
2. Blue Mtn 2017/2018
Brandywine Classic: Saturday October 25th (Philadelphia)
The following two of the most attended Fall Tournaments by college coaches.
Cottle Invitational: Sunday November 2nd (Annapolis)
Ultimate Lacrosse: Saturday November 8th or Sunday November 9th in Annapolis. (I don't know which date it will be yet). Make sure you can do either date at this point.
Each tournament will cost 100.00 per player per tournament. Fall Tournaments normally have 3 games per team.
Let me know if you are interested in joining us for these tournaments. Please email me here, click here: email@example.com
As September 1st approaches, you should be aware of the following:
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Blue Mtn Fall Skills, Concepts and Strategies will be held at at 1840 Municipal Dr, Lancaster, PA 17601. This is where we practiced this summer. We will be practicing on field 4, that is the field closest to the Paramedic/Ambulance Station/Parking Lot.
*We will have 8 sessions, starting next week. Cost is $90.00 per player. Please make your check out to Blue Mtn Lacrosse. Please give you payment to either me or Coach Lefever.
U15/U11 Blue Mtn Fall Skills, Concepts and Strategies start on Wednesday Sept 3, from 5-7pm. Remaining dates: Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22.
U13: Blue Mtn Fall Skills, Concepts and Strategies start son Thursday Sept 4. Remaining dates are: Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23.
I will be coaching and training the U11 & U15 groups at Bucher, with Coach Lefever, Coach Ondrusek and Coach Hornig assisting as their schedules will permit.
For those of you who don't know me as well as perhaps Coach Lefever, I teach Physical Education at Manheim Township, in particular Bucher and Schaeffer Elementary Schools, so I am very versed in working with students in these age groups, too.
If you are interested in joining the Fall Lacrosse Skills, Concepts & Strategies Clinics & Athletic Training, please contact me here, click here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to our team: Coaches: Mark Stratton, Jordan Norris and David Warmingham. Players: Warwick- Brogan Galbreath, Cam Epple, Alex Dagan, Shane Galway, Nate Owsinski; Elizabethtown- Gage Bootay, Griffin Hartz; Manheim Township- Nolan Sachs, Gianni Raineri; Lampeter-Strasburg- Max Warmingham, Teddy Mazaheri, Paul Hauser, Trevor King; Hempfield- Dylan Gillisse; Cedar Crest- Christian Brightbill; Penn Manor- Bennett Manning; Hershey- Doug Templeton, Joe Olives, Zach Shrift, Brook Briggs, Jake Wilson; Conestoga Valley- Denver Comp.
Blue Mtn's Trey Keeley has accepted an assistant coaching position with Ohio Weslyan University, a NCAA Division III Lacrosse program with a rich history of success.
Trey graduated from Conestoga Valley High School, Roanoke College, and just earned his MBA from Frostburg State University working as a graduate assistant lacrosse coach while attending school.
Trey was a Division III All-American at Roanoke College, and served as a coach with Blue Mtn Lacrosse since he was a freshman in college. Trey played for the Blue Mtn Lacrosse program as a high school student and has been an integral part of helping the Central PA area players grow and develop their game as a Blue Mtn coach and Program Director of 717 Lacrosse.
Congratulations Trey! I know many people who are not only proud of you, but very happy with you moving forward in your coaching career. You are a great coach! OWU made a great decision!
OWU has a prestigious coaching history too. Current Bryant University and former Duke University lacrosse coach Mike Pressler started his head coaching career at OWU and turned it into a top Division III program while he was there.
Blue Mountain is a geographical mountain that extends from the Poconos to North-Central Maryland through Pennsylvania; it divides the Appalacian Mountain Range from the lower valleys of South-Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Blue Mountain Lacrosse started as an organization assigned to take team(s) to the Pennsylvania Keystone Games competition, in particular players from the Lancaster Lebanon and Berks Counties.
Today, Blue Mountain offers student-athletes the chance to develop and compete on the highest level of club lacrosse in the country; we take pride in developing and providing opportunities for our student athletes to compete against the best players and teams in the United States and Canada, helping our players ready to play at the next level in college.
Blue Mountain Lacrosse also takes great pride in developing young coaches and helping all coaches who become involved with Blue Mountain become better stewards and teachers of the game.
Past and present Blue Mtn Coaches who are still coaching at HS or College:
Trey Keeley: formerly Frostburg State Univ, presently Ohio Wesleyan; Dave Ondrusek: formerly Lycoming College, presently Hempfield HS; Dave Warmingham: Lampeter-Strasburg; Preston Kethcum: Muhlenburg College; Jim Griffin: formerly York College, presently Post University; Rich Lefever: formerly Manheim Township HS and York College, presently Elizabethtown College; Kenny Snyder: Penn Manor HS; Jeremy Adams: Elizabethtown HS; Kyle Wimer: Manheim Township HS; and Doug Bailey: formerly Penn State Univ., F&M College, Kutztown Univ., Hempfield HS, Elizabethtown College and presently, well that's an announcement that is forthcoming.
Here's how Wikipedia describes the geographical area called Blue Mountain:
Congrats to: 2016 Goalie Jack Marks (Dallastown), and 2015 LSM Joel Skinner (Elizabethtown), Goalie Cam Epple (Warwick), Midfielders Tommy Ferguson (Berks Catholic) and Dylan Gillisse (Hempfield).
2014 Tewaarton Award Nominee and Cabrini 's Corey Elmer has been awarded NCAA DIII Player of the Year (Blue Mtn and Conrad Weiser alum); one many Central PA HS players proving you don't need to go "Philly" in the summer to become great or get recruited!
Corey originally was recruited and attended Division I Robert Morris University, and transferred to Cabrini after his first semester.
Congrats Corey for keeping the path to success open for Central PA players in the future!
Wilson-West Lawn HS's stealthy defender Kyle Watkins selects St. Leo University to study business administration and play lacrosse! The Lions of St. Leo University compete in the NCAA Division II Sunshine State Conference and are coached by Brad Jorgensen.
Kyle had a great 2013 summer with Blue Mtn, helping his team to a 43-8-2 record against some of the best competition in the nation. Kyle helped anchor a stingy Blue Mtn Premier defense at Summer Sizzle, as we finished in 2nd place in that tourney to go 8-1, and losing in the finals in OT, 5-4, to the Long Island Ballers. At the PA Keystone Games, Kyle's athleticism and stealth (speed, agility and strength) helped his team to a Bronze Medal, losing only one game in the State tournament by just one goal, finishing with a 7-1 record.
Kyle is quiet and determined, but don't let that fool you on the lacrosse field as he can play the field with anyone. This past Fall, he thought he might play football in college, but his heart has him focusing nowadays on becoming a great lacrosse player in college. After a superb summer of Blue Mtn and a great Wilson-West Lawn run into the state high school lacrosse playoffs this Spring, the game of lacrosse will get Kyle's great athletic ability.
Kyle write's: I just wanted to say thank you so much for the help that you've given me over the past year or so. I know I was only a one year player with Blue Mountain, but I will forever be grateful for what you have done for me in that year. I'm not sure if you have been made aware yet or not but I will be attending Saint Leo University to play lacrosse. Going south was always a dream of mine and I have you to thank for making that happen! Again, thank you so much, you did more than I ever could have asked for.
The Blue Mtn U19 Premier Team finished with 43 wins-8 losses-2 ties in the Summer of 2013. Blue Mountains top teams played in Lava Lax, Lehigh Laxfest, SummerSlam, Summer Sizzle, Champ Camp, Chocolatetown USA Shootout and the PA Keystone Games.
The 2013 Blue Mtn Keystone Games HS team sought gold, but came away with the Bronze Medal at Penn State University. Only going down in defeat once during the entire tournament, and in that defeat losing only by a goal, the Blue Mtn-Keystone HS team made their coaches proud of their great effort and heart, and will to work their game.
Blue Mountain made it to the semi-finals with a 6-0-1 record, dropping a 3-2 contest with a very good York Co. team in a great battle in the semifinal matchup. In the contest, York midfielder Colin George (also of Blue Mtn), scored 2 goals against the Blue Mtn-Keystone team. Blue Mtn then faced Delaware Co. in the Brnze Medal game, with Blue winning a hard fought battle 9-8 OT victory to claim the Bronze medal.
Lehigh Valley won the Gold medal over Silver medalist York Co., 7-5.
This tournament also marked the inaugeral 5th/6th grade (Youth) division. Blue Mtn's 5th/6th grade team was 2-2 in the tournament pool play and dropped a 9-8 decision to Lehigh Valley in the Bronze medal contest. After the game, Coach Adams summed up the team's first Keystone Games experience perfectly acknowledging defeat, but also clarifying the team's heart, and ability to battle and get better through the tournament play.
The 7th/8th grade squad finished the tournament with a 3-3 record, but challenged all but one of the Keystone Games squads throughout their tournament play.
Click here view Blue Mtn's rosters.
Elizabethtown College's and Ephrata's Tucker Keefer, played for the 2011 PA Keystone Games HS Blue Mtn Gold Medal team as well as the 2008 7th/8th grade team Gold Medal team; click here to read and learn more about Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks Co. players who have made lacrosse history with Blue Mountain at the PA Keystone Games.