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.
Blue Mtn Lacrosse at all levels had a great season, learning lacrosse and learning to work together with new teammates from all over Central PA, as well as making incredible new friendships.
Our top U19 teams at tournaments had incredible success at Summer Slam, UP Lax, Summer Sizzle, Champ Camp, and at the PA Keystone Games and Chocolatetown Shootout USA tournaments.
Our U19 teams under that level faced adversity, great challenges and grew tremendously throughout the summer learning to play at a higher level of expectation, and certainly that growth was evident with the great success we claimed here on our last weekend of summer lacrosse.
On July 27 and 28, we had forty-seven (47) U19 players at work playing lacrosse, and had a combined record of 14 wins, 1 tie and 1 loss. That only loss was by one goal. One Chocolatetown Shootout USA Championship and one PA Keystone Games Bronze Medal effort.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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#37 Colin Riley cranking it up on the run lefty at Summer Slam!
Coach Jake Weber and Matt Curcio helped guide the Blue Mtn's HS team to the Tournament Championship this past weekend at Chocolatetown, with a 6-1 victory over the Bison Brawlers in the Championship contest.
More details to come, but an exclamation point on a great June and July of lacrosse for Blue Mtn, with great success at Lehigh Laxfest, Summer Slam, UP Lax, Summer Sizzle, Champ Camp and Chocolatetown. With multiple teams having success and battling adversity at our tournaments, the strong end of the year showing is really a testament to the sometimes humbling journey our players had on the road to great success.
A lot of great work helped Blue Mtn finish strong and make a statement on our process of helping grow and develop great lacrosse here in our backyard.
Click here to view the Championship Choclatetown roster.