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Welcome to Blue Mtn Lacrosse 2013

Blue Mountain Lacrosse: Development and Competition!

2014 Fall Opportunties with Blue Mountain Lacrosse.  Get Busy Getting Great!
 


High School Players: Grades 9-12

U19 Fall League at Haverford School, Philadelphia, PA

Game Schedule:

Week 1 Sunday September 7, 2014
Week 2 Sunday September 14, 2014
Week 3 Sunday September 21, 2014
Week 4 Sunday September 28, 2014
Week 5 Sunday October 5, 2014
Week 6 Sunday October 12, 2014

I would like to take a team of 2015/2016's to be entered in the HS Varsity Division, and a team of 2017/2018's to be entered in the HS JV Division.  Given the talent level of the divisions, this makes the most sense.

If you'd like to be considered for one of these two teams, please email me back, click here:  bluemtnlax@comcast.net

Teams will be no larger than 20 players.  So if I need to make a second team of 20 players at each level, I will do so in order to maintain the 20 player limit.

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Fall Recruiting Tournaments

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 November.  It is why I do not schedule recruiting events until I know coaches are going to be there in the Fall.

Blue Mtn will be entering two teams on each weekend: 

1. Blue Mtn 2015/2016

2. Blue Mtn 2017/2018

These are two of the most attended Fall Tournaments by college coaches.

Cottle Invitational:    Sunday November 2nd

Ultimate Lacrosse:   Saturday November 8th or Sunday November 9th (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:  bluemtnlax@comcast.net

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Lacrosse Trivia

I've had the privilege to coach four  Tewaaraton Award nominees in my coaching career:  Kyle Wimer (UMBC), Corey Elmer (Cabrini), Tim Edwards (Canisus), Gunnar Waldt (Bryant).  Kyle and Corey played with Blue Mtn during their HS years, and I coached both Tim Edwards and Gunnar Waldt at the 2011 ESPN RISE HS All America Showcase.  Tim was the MVP of the tournament, and Gunnar helped lead us the tournament championship.

Central PA Pride: Elevate your Game and Elevate Your Region!

Blue Mountain Lacrosse Program

Program Director

Youth Players: Grades 4-8

US Lacrosse Age Groups

As September 1st approaches, you should be aware of the following:

All 2014-Spring 2015 Age Grouping Quick Reference Table

Birthdate Age Bracket
Born on or after 9/1/1999 U15
Born on or after 9/1/2001 U13
Born on or after 9/1/2003 U11
   

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Fall League at United Sports Training Center in Thorndale, PA

U15, U13 and U11 players are eligible to join our rosters for the Fall League at the United Sports Training Center in Thorondale, PA.  (Remember to use the new age grouping listed above). 

- September 7th to October 26 (No Games 10/12, Double-Header 10/5, Playoffs 11/2, Rain Date 11/9)
- 8 games guaranteed during 8-week season
- A & B Divisions (if enough interest)
- U11 Division, U13 Division, U15 Division
- Games played between 8am and 6pm on Sundays (depending on registration numbers, HS division early games)
- League will end with playoffs for qualifying teams
- Leagues scores and standings will be kept online

*If we get enough interest, it is our plan to enter Blue Mountain teams at each level for the Fall League.  Please note that the League schedules the Youth games later in the schedule so that it leaves room for families to attend church.  The cost per player would be $135.00, with a roster size of 20-21 players.

If you are interested in joining the Fall Lacrosse for U11, U13 and U15 please contact me here, click here:  bluemtnlax@comcast.net

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Fall Lacrosse Skills, Concepts & Strategies Clinics & Youth Athletic Training

Blue Mtn Lacrosse is holding Fall Lacrosse Skills, Concepts & Strategies Clinics & Athletic Training at Bucher Elementary, Sept-Oct, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for U11, U13 and U15 players, from 5-7pm.

Each age group will be scheduled once a week, for instance, U11 players may be scheduled Tuesday evenings, U13 may be scheduled for Wednesday evenings, and U15 players may be scheduled for Thursday evenings.  The reason I cannot pinpoint an exact day for each group is I'm awaiting Coach Lefever's schedule since he coaches at Elizabethtown College, and his Fall College practice schedule has not been set as of this writing.

I will be coaching and training the U11 & U15 groups at Bucher, with Coach Lefever, Coach Ondrusek and Coach Hornig assisting as his schedule 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 at Bucher Elementary, Sept-Oct, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for U11, U13 and U15 players, from 5-7pm,, please contact me here, click here:  bluemtnlax@comcast.net

The cost for this has not been set yet either, as I am awaiting the rental fee for the facility at this date.  However, if you are a Blue Mtn player, and you invite a friend to join us for these trainings, I will discount the fee that is set for bringing a new player to experience 'Blue Mountain Lacrosse' for your efforts.


Blue Mountain: 2014 PA Keystone Games High School Silver Medalists

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.


Where are Blue Mountain Lacrosse Players? Past, Present & Future


Blue Mtn's Trey Keeley gets a new gig as Ohio Wesleyan University Assistant Coach!

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.


How did Blue Mountain Lacrosse get its name?

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:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Mountain_(Pennsylvania)


Congratulations to Our 2014 Champions!


Blue Mountain U19 wins Philly Lax Cup!


Blue Mtn Players gain Summer Slam All-Star Honors

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).


Central PA Pride! Elevate your Game, and Elevate your Region!

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!


Kyle Watkins selects St. Leo University!

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.

Congratulations Kyle!


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2014 Lehigh Laxfest U13 Champions!



Did you know?

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.


Blue Mountain's new "Cascade R" Helmet coming soon to Angelo's Lacrosse Corner

2013 BlueMtn-PA Keystone HS Team wins Bronze Medal

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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    BlueMtn players who've made PA Keystone Games History!

    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.