Platinum Cup 2018: Team Spotlights

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Only two weeks away from the most elite lacrosse weekend of the summer, and we can’t wait to get back east to watch these programs compete. Platinum Cup consistently brings together the top programs from across the U.S. to one location. With over one hundred college coaches in attendance, this is a must-attend event to gain maximum collegiate exposure and see how your talent stacks up against the other best club programs in the country. Learn more about the teams attending below!

West Coast Starz

West Coast Starz is the premiere national club lacrosse program west of the Mississippi. Since its inception in 2006, WCS has been the #1 club in the West and has produced more NCAA players than any other club program in the country.  The club has also produced countless NCAA All Americans and a Tewaarton award winner. West Coast Starz begins in sixth grade and runs through senior year of high school. Rosters are made up of the most elite players of strong character and academic prowess who aspire to play at the collegiate level. Players join WCS by participating in a formal tryout, are recommended by local and college coaches, and are evaluated at Adrenaline events over the year by the Adrenaline Evaluation Team (AET). WCS players compete in the nation’s top summer/fall recruiting events against the best clubs in the country where they receive the ultimate collegiate exposure. We have players from over 11 western/non-traditional states.

Notable Alumni:

Peter Baum- 2013 Colgate University ( Tewaarton Winner)

Jackson Burton- Yale University ( NCAA National Champion)

Cade Van Raaphorst- Duke University 2X All American ( NCAA National Finalist)

Bubba Fairman- Maryland- Big 10 ROY. #1 recruit out of High School

Justin Anderson- UNC 2 year starter

Tucker Dordevic- Syracuse- ACC ROW, Team Rookie of the Year

Tre Lelcaire- Ohio State- All American attackman

Wes Berg- Denver University- 2x All American. National Champion ( Denver Outlaws MLL)

Eddy Glazener- Notre Dame University 3 year starter, team captain. ( Atlanta Blaze MLL)

Kieran Eissler- Johns Hopkins 2 year starter. ( Charlotte Hounds MLL)

John Duffy- Loyola University- 3 year starting midfield. Team captain

 

Notable Coaches:

John Paul- Former University of Michigan Head coach. First coach in program history, pioneer in growing the game.

Jono Zissi- Torrey Pines High School Head Coach. 3x Champion, National ranked team. NCAA Champion coach 2010 Tufts University.

Jesse Foss- San Diego State Head Coach. Former La Costa Canyon High School Coach. 3X champion.

Blake Atkins- Alcatraz Outlaws Director. Redwood High School Coach

Adam Ghitelman- University of Utah Asst. Coach. Atlanta Blaze (MLL) Goalie. Former Harvard University Asst. Coach

John Upgren- Tufts University Assistant Coach. Atlanta Blaze ( MLL) Attackman. Tufts Univeristy 3x All American, NCAA Champion, Program All Time Leading Scorer

Lewis Ratcliff- Seattle Starz Director. 14 year NLL pro player for Washington Stealth

 

NJ RIOT

NJ Riot Lacrosse started in 2013 and expanded in 2016 to Bergen County, NJ.

NJ Riot started with a purpose to provide a club program from a complaining parent’s point of view.  Shortly after, it seemed that people liked how we did things and new teams were added.  We work for every player in our program not just a few.  Starting with our first class at 2016, we helped 22 Players commit to play College Lacrosse and have had 20 plus classes ever since.

Notable Alumni:

Brett Kennedy , Syracuse 2016

Cooper Telesco, Cornell 2016

Wes Moshier, Lafayette 2016

Owen Mead, Rutgers 2016

Charlie Messineo Colgate 2017

Michael Wilson Cleveland State, 2017

Ryan Kaye Quinnipiac 2017

 

Notable Accomplishments:

Our notable accomplishments are 20 plus Recruiting classes in 2016 (first class), 2017, 2018, 2019 (currently have 18 commits).

 

LOONEY’S

Looney’s Lacrosse club was founded in 2008.  Looney’s draws players mainly from Baltimore, Howard and Harford Counties. Looney’s Lacrosse Club has a strong foundation and have become one of the premier lacrosse clubs in our area! 

We strive to create a challenging, exciting environment in which boys will have fun, make great friends, and learn to play lacrosse at a high level. We will achieve this through encouragement, positive coaching, strong technical instruction, and a commitment to long-term individual development. Our goal is to develop outstanding lacrosse players and confident young men who excel individually and collectively on and off the field.

Notable Alumni:

2015

Ryan Conrad, M, Loyola Blakefield (Md.) – UVA

Alex Roesner, A, Loyola Blakefield (Md.) – UPenn

Acie Newton, G, Loyola Blakefield (Md. ) – Brown University

2016

Cole Williams, A, Loyola Blakefield (Md.) – Johns Hopkins

Bryan Costabile, M, Mount Saint Joseph (Md.) – University of Notre Dame

Ethan Mintzer, M, Calvert Hall (Md.) – University of Maryland

Brendan Doyle, M. Loyola Blakefield (Md.) – Mount St. Mary’s University

Joe McSorley, G. Calvert Hall (Md.) – Boston University

Nicholas Griffin, D/LSM, Liberty HS – UMBC

Luke Hurley, A. Loyola Blakefield (Md.) – Drexel

Ryan Shaw, FO/Midfield. Boys Latin (Md.) – University of Delaware

Jack Kinnear, A. Calvert Hall (Md.) – Villanova

Eric Stout, D. Loyola Blakefield (Md.) – Towson University

Michael Fanshaw, M, Calvert Hall (MD) – Towson University

Notable Coaches:

Ryan Conrad, M, Loyola Blakefield (Md.) – UVA – Team USA

Acie Newton, G, Loyola Blakefield (Md. ) – Brown University

Cole Williams, A, Loyola Blakefield (Md.) – Johns Hopkins

Bryan Costabile, M, Mount Saint Joseph (Md.) – University of Notre Dame – Team USA

Ethan Mintzer, M, Calvert Hall (Md.) – University of Maryland

Brendan Doyle, M. Loyola Blakefield (Md.) – Mount St. Mary’s University

Joe McSorley, G. Calvert Hall (Md.) – Boston University

Jack Kinnear, A. Calvert Hall (Md.) – Villanova

Michael Fanshaw, M, Calvert Hall (MD) – Towson University

 

Igloo Lacrosse

Igloo started in 2010 – with one Second Grade Team

Team Igloo is an elite travel club lacrosse organization geared to providing a team oriented approach to learning the game. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and in our case “It takes a team to build a complete player”. Team Igloo puts a focus on players learning from other players, coaches, and developing an experience that last 9 quality months of each year. Team Igloo also makes the kids, parents, and their families feel they are apart of something more then just lacrosse.

Team Igloo has and will always continue to be about the players. We call Team Igloo the unofficial anti-travel team — travel team. We strive to provide coaching and team environments that build friendships, teamwork, and most importantly young gentlemen and ladies. We are completely transparent with our coaches, players and parents on costs and what each player will receive. Our program includes winter training, fall/spring/summer, tournaments, and team building events on and off the field.

If your looking for a different kind of experience for your son and daughter; an experience centered around team building, fun, competitive play and training; then Igloo is the right place for him and her. We are confident that your child will get better over the course of the year and enjoy themselves in the process.

Our elite travel program consists of many components with practices starting in the fall going through the summer. By far the best value for your dollar when you compare all the components with other teams.

Notable Alumni:

We haven’t had any of our boys graduate from High School Yet… In the next couple of years.

Notable Coaches:

Anthony Alexander – Former Hofstra Lacrosse All American, Saints, LI Lizards

Keith Cromwell – Manhasset Head Coach – Rutgers Alumni

John Calabria – Syosset Head Coach – Adelphi Alumi

Sean Smith – Former Hofstra Lacrosse Assistant

Jack Kaley – Former Four Time National Champion Coach for NYIT and IMLCA Hall of Fame

Steve Finnell – Garden City Head Coach – Duke Alumni

Tim Colbert – Former Hopkins Lacrosse All American

Alyssa Kildare – Former Hopkins Women’s Lacrosse All Star Defensive Player

Notable Accomplishments:

Building Igloo in 8 shorts years to a nationally recognized girls and boys program in the lacrosse community is a great accomplishment.  Being known for having talented, young men and women with one of the nations top coaching staffs is our biggest accomplishment.  Our boys 2022 team won the 2022 National Championship, MD in 2017, and so did our 2023 Girls win the u12 National Championship as well last year.

Legacy Lacrosse

Legacy Lacrosse started in 2012.

Legacy Lacrosse is one of the country’s premier lacrosse programs. Our goal is to provide our players with the complete lacrosse experience. Our organization is led by Tommy Zummo, former MLL All Star. We believe our strategy and vision is second to none. We offer competitive teams, professional coaching expertise, enhanced skill development, and unmatched training that will allow your children to compete at the highest level. Your child will develop and grow as a lacrosse player while being exposed to coaches who will instill values like teamwork, integrity, and hardwork.

Notable Coaches:  Tom Zummo, Mike Taylor, Chris Fiore, Joe Brock, Kevin Hennessy, Kieran Mullins

Notable Accomplishments: 2016 World Series of Youth Lacrosse Champions

 

PA Roughriders

Started in 2014, the PA Roughriders practice out of Malvern Prep and Westtown School. Our team is made up of boys from a variety of schools in and around West Chester PA including Conestoga, Malvern Prep, Henderson, Rustin and West Chester East among others. Our coaching staff includes former players from UVA, Cornell, Notre Dame, Villanova, Penn State, Drexel, Penn and more. Our adult staff is joined by current Division 1 players, and our goalie staff includes current tenders at Yale, Harvard, Villanova and Lafayette. The club has earned a reputation for attracting great talent and providing excellent development opportunities.

Our Director Doug Corrigan played and was a captain at UVA and coached at Villanova and Widener as well as years of coaching with the MAB Paints team in the USCLA. Coach Corrigan also was a sideline coach during the 2004 world team tryouts and also served on the board of the US Lacrosse Foundation. He also served on the staffs of 3 Philadelphia Under Armour Underclass teams.

Our first team, 2017, saw players move on  to play at  Harvard, Drexel, Shenandoah, Washington College and Montclair. Our 2019 team features players committed to Penn, Penn State, Saint John’s, Holy Cross and Fairfield.

The team plays at some of the most competitive tournaments in the country including the Platinum Cup, the IMLCA, the NXT Invitational among others.

 

Predators Lacrosse

Established in 2010, Predators Lacrosse of Westchester, New York is an elite lacrosse program that helps the next generation of players discover and enjoy the game. The entire Predators Staff is incredibly grateful for the memories and opportunities lacrosse gave them, so they founded the Predators to emphasize player development, life lessons, and a love for the sport. The Predators strive to be the opposite of the all-too-common club lacrosse factory. Our founders work hard, and relish the opportunity to coach and develop our players. Our Staff was blessed with great coaching growing up in Yorktown, and have replicated that model for their team.

NOTABLE COACHES:

Conor Gately, Rattlers John Ranagan, Rattlers Charlie Cipriano, Hounds Nick Mariano, Launch Garrett Johnson, Rattlers

NOTABLE ALUMNI:

Chris Santangelo, Penn (’18) Laz Chavez, Syracuse (’18) Ethan Frieder, Brown (’18) Will Duncan, Providence (’18) Drew Abate, Georgetown (’19) Will Randell, Dartmouth (’19)

Same Welch, Cornell (’19) Ara Atayan, UNC (’21)
Matt McLaughlin, UNC (’21) Thomas Chai, Penn (’21) Davis Allen, ND (’21)

James Swartz, Harvard (’21) Will Cabrera, Yale (’21) Brendan Forst, Harvard (’21) Will Hynson, High Point (’21) James Corasaniti, Fairfield (’22)

SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS:

2015 NXT Summer Invitational 2017 Division Champions 2016 NXT Summer Invitational 2020 Division Champions 2016 Baltimore Summer Kickoff 2020 Division Champions 2016 FLG Spring Shootout 2020 Division Champions

2018 World Series of Youth Lacrosse Tournament 2023 Division

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO:

2017 TEAM HIGHLIGHTS (SUMMER 2016): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns4wTolHiE4

 

Harvest Lacrosse

Harvest was founded in 2010 by Grant Catalino. Our club program started in 2014. Harvest is a full time lacrosse club, with professional coaches who care about the game and helping young men reach their full potential, as both students and athletes. Our teaching is simple: In order to be excellent sometimes, you must strive to be excellent all of the time. “Live like a Champion.”  This means, be dedicated to living out a principled life on the lacrosse field, in the classroom, among your peers, and within your families.

Our first graduating team/class is our Harvest 2018s. All 22 player will be playing college lacrosse. List of school: Yale, Hobart, Johns Hopkins, Albany, Canisius, St. John Fisher, RIT, Fairfield, Mercyhurst, Roberts Wesleyan, Binghamton, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Geneseo, Cortland, Bowdoin.

About The Director- Grant Catalino: A 4-year starter on Attack while attending the University of Maryland. 3x USILA All-American. 2x Academic All-American. 2011 ACC Champion and tournament MVP. 7th All-time in Maryland school history with 119 goals. 10th All-time is Maryland school history with 187 points. Years of experience in the MLL.

 

Road Warriors

Started in 2010, we are a Delaware Non-stock, non-profit 501(3)(c) that supports Native American families and their players. We combine players from around the country with Native American players providing field lacrosse opportunities that may not otherwise be available. We have players from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Florida, Texas, Utah, Chicago, Seneca, Onondaga, Akwesasne, Six Nations, Canada, and California.

Notable Alumni:

Lyle Thompson, Myles Thompson, Tehoka Nanticoke, Mitch Laffin, Randy Staats

Notable Coaches:

Mark Burnam, Head Coach IMG Nationals, Iroqouis Nationals

https://youtu.be/5Kvd_ENmwes

Notable Accomplishments:

5 Dick’s Tournament of Champions Finals, One Championship

Highlight Video:

https://youtu.be/dOE237xfbJg

 

L4 Lacrosse

L4 Select was founded last year and is an elite level High School club program consisting of the best players in the region. Our program is designed to give players the best opportunities to play at the next level by taking them to high level tournaments, providing them elite coaching, and consulting them through the recruiting process. L4 Select currently consist of teams in the 2020 and 2021 class.

Currently have players committed to Towson, Dartmouth, Amherst, Lenoir-Rhyne, Transylvania, & Centre in our program

Notable Coaches:

Reid Wesley- Director of L4 Lacrosse & former player at Bellarmine University

Dylan Gatt- Director of Box Lacrosse A.L.L player for the St. Cathrines Shockwave & former Jr. A box player, former attackman at Bellarmine University

Notable Accomplishments (last year since the program was formed):

June 2017 – Bluegrass Lacrosse Festival – 2020 – Champions

June 2017 – Bluegrass Lacrosse Festival – 2021 – Champions

June 2017 – Lax-n-nati – 2021 – Champions

July 2017 – Pipe City Chicago – 2020 – Champions

October 2017 – Laxtoberfest – 2020 – Champions

October 2017 – Laxtoberfest – 2021 – Champions

December 2017 – Pipeline Box Lacrosse Classic Jr. A Champions

December 2017 – Pipeline Box Lacrosse Classic Jr. B Champions

Notable player highlight tapes from last years blackcard:

Hillis Burns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjelQDG7-TE

Gavin Noland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F4eqQBUXr4

 

Texas Mustangs

The Texas Mustangs is a Dallas, TX-based team and was started as an unaffiliated select summer lacrosse program in 2008. The idea was to select boys that really enjoy lacrosse and  want to play in a very competitive team environment.  The mission of the team is to develop the talents of these young men and to become the premier youth lacrosse team in the State of Texas to compete in several national tournaments each summer.

The 2021 Texas Mustangs are coached by Carlos Navarro and Terry Kimener.  Both Carlos and Terry played Division I lacrosse and Terry recently retired from a 10 year career in the MLL.

The Mustangs have had a very successful track record as an organization and the 2021 team specifically has had several major accomplishments including several top 4 finishes and multiple players receiving all star honors and top showcase nominations.

Recent notable alumni of the Mustangs program include:

Cade Saustad, The University of Virginia

Scott Bower, The University of Virginia

Patrick Skalniak, United State Naval University

Tate Young, University of Notre Dame

Ramsey McCreary, University of Notre Dame

Grayson Hassell, United State Naval Academy

 

Next Level

Next Level Lacrosse began in 2005 with an intense focus on elite training and player development with our state of the art athletic performance facility, equipped with an indoor turf field and a full weight room.  This focus has given Next Level a terrific reputation for running the best clinics, camps, and small group training sessions in the business.  Next Level has recently expanded this focus by rebuilding our lower, middle, and high school Travel Team Programs, and these teams are quickly becoming some of the most competitive in the country.  Based just outside our Nation’s capital in Bethesda, Maryland, Next Level players are proud to wear the red, white, and blue.  Go Spartans!

Notable Alumni:

Pat Myers – Boston U 2017

Colton Rupp – Cornell 2019

Chris Hampton – Denver 2016

Ethan Powley – Duke 2017

Charlie Schnider – Fairfield 2016

Nick Carpenter – Georgetown 2017

Jimmy Ryan – Ithaca 2015

Pat Frazier – Loyola 2015

Pat Keena – Navy 2016

Justin Murphy – Princeton 2015

Notable Coaches:

Pat Myers – Boston U 2017

Will McGettigan – Brown 2006

Jarett Witzal – Bucknell 2019

Hunter Sells – Jacksonville 2020

Connor Reed – Johns Hopkins 2016

John Schiavone – Loyola 2010

Joe Fitzpatrick – Maryland 2016

Matt Hickman – Salisbury 2008

Timmy Monahan – Towson 2019

Jason Murphy – Virginia 2017

 

Notable Accomplishments:
2012 U-15 Vail Tournament Champions
2012 U-15 Denver Shootout Tournament Champions
2015 U-15 Denver Shootout Tournament Champions
2016 U-13 Denver Shootout Tournament Champions
2016 2020 Division MVP Rising Tournament Champions
2017 U-13 Denver Shootout Tournament Champions
2018 2023 Division World Series East Regional Qualifiers Champions

Highlight Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HHxd3ZPg3I&t=37s

NXT Philly

NXT LC was officially started in the fall of 2010 with our first team, NXT 2014. Our Philadelphia-based club teams develop and challenge elite players who are committed to lacrosse year-round. Expert coaches, modern curricula, elite competition and professionalism are infused into each NXT lacrosse club team. At the high school and youth levels we have one team per grade and draw players from public and private schools all over the Philly, New Jersey, Delaware and surrounding areas. At the middle school level, NXT fields two teams per grade. We pride ourselves on being “more than a club”!

 Notable Alumni:

Dylan Protesto F/O Hartford – NXT 2014

AJ Witherell Att Washington & Lee- NXT 2014

Justin Schwenk F/O Virginia – NXT 2016

Ryan Terefenko DM Ohio State- NXT 2017

Tommy Sopko Att Bucknell- NXT 2017

Notable Coaches:

Peter Lawrence- NXT CEO & Former Hartford University Head Coach

Bill Leahy- 28 year La Salle College High School Head Coach & U19 Team USA Assistant Coach

Marty Kupprion- University of Delaware alum, and Director of NXT Boys Lacrosse

PT Ricci- Former Loyola University, Towson University, & Cabrini University Assistant coach, Current 10 year MLL Pro and NXT High School Club Director

Brett Manney- 10 year NLL/MLL Pro & current New England Black Wolves Assistant Captain

Steve Layne- Former Loyola University All American, Loyola University & Richmond University Assistant Coach

Notable Accomplishments:

In our first six classes, NXT has had more than 100 players commit to collegiate lacrosse programs from 38 different Division I and 22 different Division III schools. Our High School club teams have won the Philly Summer Showcase, Platinum Cup, and MVP tournaments.

Highlight video: https://vimeo.com/252536674

 

Denver Elite

Established in the Fall of 2009, The Denver Elite field lacrosse program, powered by LXTC Lacrosse, is one of the top club associations in the country. Denver Elite is a member of the NLF, which is comprised of other premier club teams from all over the country. The Denver Elite experience is focused on athletic and skill development, personal growth, fun and support in the college search and recruiting process. Both the youth and high school teams experience intense college-level practices and play in local and travel tournaments against top competition throughout North America. Playing on Denver Elite is one of the greatest experiences that a young athlete will have in his sports career.

Notable Alumni:

2015 Dylan Johnson Denver Defense
2015 Colton Jackson Denver Midfield
2016 Chad Kruezer Furman Midfield
2016 Caleb Espinoza Cleveland State Goalie
2018 Josh James Towson Midfield
2018 Colby Moore Denver Defense
2018 Nick Williams Hofstra Attack
2018 Anders Erickson Furman Attack
2018 Jackson Harvey Denver Midfield
2018 Jake Hardy Canisius LSM
2018 Jared Hodell Bucknell Midfield
2018 Brett Boos Denver FOGO
2018 Tim Saffold Williams Midfield
2018 Kaleb Stroman Denver Goalie

Notable Coaches:

Trevor Tierney – Former NCAA DI First-Team All-American, MLL All-Star, and ILF All-World goalie with 2 NCAA National Championships (1998, 2001) with Princeton University, 1 MLL Championship (2005) with Baltimore Bayhawks, 1 ILF World Championship (2002) with Team USA as a goalie, 1 National Championship (2015) with University of Denver as an assistant coach.

Kenny Crowley – Played NCAA DI lacrosse with University of Denver and MLL with Boston Cannons. Purple-Hear recipient as a Former Platoon Leader in the Army with multiple deployments in Afghanistan.

Ryan LaPlante – Former NCAA National Champion (2015) with University of Denver as a goalie.

Many other former DU lacrosse players on staff.

 

A full list of team attending can be found here!

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