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28 August 2016: of Dallas Cowboys at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Photo by James D. Smith/Dallas Cowboys

 

After much success in year one of the highly touted Western Prime event, teams are returning for more with the addition of new boys programs and girls divisions. This three-day championship-style tournament will spotlight three grad years- 2019, 2020, 2021. Each division is laded with NCAA-bound athletes from western clubs that continually boast growing commitment numbers. Participating boys clubs include RC Lax & San Diego United from the western hotbed of San Diego, DOCO out of Colorado coached and operated by MLL Pro Matt Bocklett, ADVNC Lacrosse from Northern California founded by Tewaaraton winner Chris Rotelli, Chaos & Ironhorse Lacrosse featuring the best that Texas has to offer, Vegas Strong from Nevada, Venom KC from Kansas. On the girls side, NorCal, SoCal, Washington and Texas are all represented via Tenacity Lacrosse, West Coast Starz, Seattle Starz, Iron Horse Lacrosse and GRIT Lacrosse, respectively.

Learn more about the top boys and girls clubs competing for the ultimate western title in this boutique, one-of-a-kind event at The Star in Frisco, TX!

Boys Club Programs

SD United

What year was the club founded? 2016

About: The San Diego United lacrosse club was created to give high school athletes in San Diego County an opportunity to play with & against the best players.  We wanted to provide players with an affordable, yet competitive offering with the goal of player development and recruitment opportunities.  In two short years, this has become one of the best clubs in Southern California, placing in several of the more competitive Western tournaments.  SD United is committed to setting the bar for club teams in the West.

Notable Alumni:  Nate McPeak (Syracuse), Easton Gormican (Bryant), Andrew Beacham (Towson), Nick Lemus (Air Force), Jack Rahier (Colorado Mesa), Tent Nyberg (Elmhurst), Chris Laethem (Denison)

Recent Commits:  Jake Brophy (Holy Cross), JJ Sillstrop (Denver), Wynton Bastian (Providence), Colin O’Connor (Towson), Hunter Binney, (Quinnipiac), Louie Fiacco (Holy Cross), Justin Nguyen (Elmhurst), Dean Ladrido (Swarthmore), Sam Dooley (Wesleyan), Blake Sterger (Southwest), Blake Amiatu (Colorado Mesa), Jared Friesen (Ohio Wesleyan), Matt Beddow (Tampa), Tyler Santos (Southwest)

Notable Coaches:  Adam Morawski (Rancho Bernardo HS Head Coach/Sonoma State University), Bryan Bome (San Diego State Assistant Coach/Hobart College), Steven Bogert (San Diego State University/Penn State University), Jesse Foss (San Diego State Head Coach/Stony Brook University)

Notable Accomplishments:  Won the ADRLN Challenge (Elite Division) in 2017 and the Blackjack Classic (HS Division) in 2016

Highlight Video:  Watch HERE

 

DOCO Lacrosse Club

What year was the club founded? 2012

About: DoCo Lacrosse Club was founded by professional player, Matt Bocklet, of the Denver Outlaws. Based out of Douglas County, in Colorado, we have now grown all over the Denver Metro area. Our program provides training opportunities, tournaments, and club teams for youth and High School boys and girls from all over Colorado.

Notable Alumni: Hunter Graefe (Johns Hopkins), Tommy Mott (Hobart), Nate Miller (UNC), Jack Calderone (Loyola), Caleb Espinoza (Cleveland State), Nate Sikierski (Albany)

Notable Coaches: Kevin O’Brien (Colorado HS Coach of the Year 2015), Brent Adams (Denver Outlaws), Jon Cohen (Outlaws Asst GM), Ken Clausen (4X AA at UVA)

Notable Accomplishments: Have spent the past few years supporting the Denver City Lax program

 

ADVNC Lacrosse

What year was your club founded? 2012

About: ADVNC Lacrosse is the leader in lacrosse training and development, designed and directed by Tewaaraton Award winner and MLL All-Star Chris Rotelli. In collaboration with the world’s best lacrosse players and coaches, ADVNC offers camps, year round club teams, tournaments, leagues, college recruiting, and other game-elevating tools for beginners to high schoolers.  Our mission is to maximize player potential, enjoyment of the game, and to help our athletes play lacrosse in college.

Notable Alumni: Sean Mayle- Denver,  Mikie Schlosser- Michigan, Charlie Ford- Georgetown, Peter Taglieferi- Georgetown, Cyrus Scott- Colgate, David Peterson- Lehigh, Jack McCormick- Dartmouth, Austin Colvin- Army, Joe Rodrigues- Fairfield, Frankie Hattler- Tufts, Will Ernst- Middleburry, Joe Reid- Denver, Joe Lang- Harvard, Aran Roberts- Princeton, Rowan Hart- Holy Cross, Joe Tabor-Loyola

Notable Coaches: Chris Rotelli- UVA, Greg Weigel- Denver, Chris Clements- UVA, Mo Ryan- Marquett, Mike Faby- Hopkins, Mikie Schlosser- Michigan, Ross Neisler- Drexel, Matt Kuglar- UVA, Matt Donovan- Cornell, Jack Huber- Albany, Max Feely- Cornell, Ryan Macri- UNC, Mike Hutner- Cornell, Connor Hunt- Cornell, Tim LeBeau – Cornell

Notable Accomplishments: 2017 Western Prime Champions 2019 & 2020

Highlight Video: Watch HERE  

 

Iron Horse Lacrosse

What year was the club founded? 2012

About: It is the mission of Iron Horse Lacrosse to develop each club member to the utmost of their playing and personal potential in an environment that stresses the importance of discipline, courage, character, moral excellence and fun.

Iron Horse will be open to participants across the country and membership links you with players and coaches nationwide. Making personal connections and enhancing geographic diversity gives the player and parents access to more information, teaching styles and naturally increases exposure to a variety of different programs to measure how well you are competing in the various hotbeds of lacrosse across the US.

Iron Horse will provide playing opportunities for its participants at varying skill levels all the while understanding that each year roster spots at the most elite levels must be earned. Iron Horse will dedicate itself to helping each player accomplish his or her goals and dreams in the sport of lacrosse by providing:

(1) passionate, positive and talented coaches that value each club member;
(2) team concept education;
(3) competitive tournament opportunities; and
(4) the best recruiting guidance and exposure when age appropriate.

Notable Alumni:

Dan Morris:  Goalie- Jesuit College Preparatory School, University of Maryland; NCAA Division 1 National Champion in 2017

Christian Carson Banister: Goalie- Jesuit College Preparatory School, Boston University

Jeremy Winston:  Midfield- Parish Episcopal, Jacksonville University

Dixon Smith: Defense- Jesuit Dallas, Jacksonville University

John Michael Priddy:  Defense/LSM- Jesuit  Dallas, University of Michigan

Jack Welding:  Defense- Southlake, University of Maryland; NCAA Division 1 National Champion in 2017

John Wheeler:  Midfield-Jesuit Dallas, Salisbury University; 2016 and 2017 NCAA Division 3 National Champion; Senior Captain in 2017/2018

Garrett Van De Ven:  Midfield- Jesuit Dallas, Duke University; NCAA Division 1 National Champion

Dominic Massimillian:  Face-off- Highland Park, Cornell University

Michael McCarney:  Defense- Dallas Jesuit, University of Maryland; Received the Big 10 Medal of Honor Award

Connor Mullen:  Goalie- St Marks School of Texas, Colgate University

Sam Romano: Midfield- Episcopal School of Dallas, Syracuse University

Notable Coaches:  Chris Surran, Dom Fin, Luke Cometti, Chris Delfausse

Notable Accomplishments: While we could rattle off the tournaments we have won, we feel our most notable accomplishment is the training, support and guidance we give our players throughout the recruiting process at the high school level.  Our practices are disciplined and fun, our players learn lacrosse skills and gain a vast lacrosse IQ to help them perform better with their spring teams, Iron Horse tournament teams or at the collegiate level.  We train young men to be better on and off the field and help our committed players get better so that they can get on the field in college.  We are not a lax bro club or culture.

 

Chaos Lacrosse

What year was the club founded? 2013

About: C.H.A.O.S. (Constantly Harass And create Opportunities to Score) was originated within the Roanoke College Lacrosse system by Coach Bill Pilat in 1992. It is founded on the basic fundamentals of lacrosse, promoting ground balls, shots, ball movement and defensive pressure. Jason Gildea, former SMU Defensive Coordinator and a former Roanoke College player, helped to spread this style in North Texas along with the Chaos coaching staff.

While the core principles are important to all lacrosse programs, the Chaos Lacrosse program emphasizes drills, strategy and coaching styles that promote these core principles, allowing for a fast-paced style with creativity rewarded on the field. We believe the promotion of creativity helps all players love the game and find their confidence in all sports.

Our program specifically highlights two team statistics during games and practices; ground balls and shots. Each age group has a target before every game, helping to drive focus on the simple aspects of the game. We call it controlled Chaos. Building confidence in players means allowing them to try things on the field multiple times, knowing it may take many attempts before the outcome is positive. We believe the responsibility of a coach is to show players how they can do something better, not to prevent them from trying something new.

Notable Alumni:

  • Chaos 2016 Midfield – Michael Bruley – SMU
  • Chaos 2017 Midfielder – JP Morris – Mount St. Mary’s University
  • Chaos 2017 LSM – Alex Eubank – Lindenwood University
  • Chaos 2017 Midfield – Hudson Bearden – Jacksonville University
  • Chaos 2018 Defenseman – Jordan Sullivan – Lincoln Memorial University
  • Chaos 2018 Attack – Michael Anderson – Jacksonville University
  • Chaos 2018 Midfield – Phillip Watters – Lindenwood University
  • Chaos 2018 Attack – Alex Weis – Lindenwood University
  • Chaos 2018 Attack – Mike Bannon – Western New England University
  • Chaos 2018 Defenseman – Aidan Gildea – Southwestern University
  • Chaos 2019 LSM – Joey Rosen – Jacksonville University
  • Chaos 2019 Defenseman – Corey Healy – Colorado State University-Pueblo
  • Chaos 2019 Defenseman – Bauer Aucoin – Adams State University

Notable Coaches: Jason Gildea (Roanoke College) – 7 years Def Coordinator at SMU, Karl Lynch (Hobart College) – 7 years Head Coach at SMU, Josh Pico (Johns Hopkins), Patrick Diamonon (Hendrix), Mark Roidopoulos (Lindenwood)

Notable Accomplishments:

• Chaos 2022 – IMG U15 National Champions, Bradenton, FL

• Chaos 2026/27 – Lone Star Shootout Champions, Lewisville, TX

• Chaos 2017/18 Black – Adrenaline PA InvChampions – Downingtown, PA

• Chaos 2021 – Summer Slam Champions – West Chester, PA

• Chaos 2022 – Summer Slam Champions – West Chester, PA

• Chaos 2021 Beefsteak – Adrenaline Western Prime Runner Up – Frisco, TX

• Chaos 2020 – Texas Draw Runner Up – Plano, TX

• Chaos 2022 – Texas Draw (2021 AA Div) Champions – Plano, TX

• Chaos 2021 – NXT Wild Card Champions – Lewisville, TX

• Chaos 2025 – NXT Wild Card Champions – Lewisville, TX

• Chaos 2022 – Rip the Duck Champions – South Bend, IN

• Chaos 2022 – Adrenaline Blackjack Classic Champions – Las Vegas, NV

• Chaos 2025 – Texas Lax Festival Summer Champions – Lockhart, TX

• Chaos 2025 – Texas Lax Festival Winter Champions – Lockhart, TX

• Chaos 2022 East – Lone Star Shootout Champions – Lewisville, TX

• Chaos 2025 – Lone Star Shootout Champions – Lewisville, TX

Highlight video: Watch HERE

 

GIRLS CLUB PROGRAMS

GRIT Lacrosse

About: GRIT is the premier club lacrosse club in Texas. We are based of out Dallas and preach four key values: Growth: On and Off The Field; Respect: Teammates, Coaches, Referees, and The Game; Integrity: Adherence to moral and ethical principles including honesty, sportsmanship, and hard work; and Team: We Share a Team-First Mentality.

Notable Alumni:

Charlotte North – 2021- Duke University; Leading Duke in points as a freshman & added to the Tewaaraton Watch List

Morgan Widner – 2020 – Syracuse University; 2nd in Nation with draws in 2017 (sidelined this season due to injury)

Berkeley Bonneau – 2021 – Arizona State University

Notable Coaches:

Molly Ford – Program Director/Owner, 3 x All American at Georgetown, US National Team Member 2011-2014

Maggie Koch – Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, All American at Georgetown, National Goalie of the Year, Syracuse Assistant Coach ’08’-’11

Sloane Serpe – Coach, 4 x Team All American at UNC, NCAA National Champion 2013, US Team Member 2014-2016

 

Tenacity Lacrosse

What year was the club founded? 2007

About: In 2007, Tenacity/Bearlax started in NorCal with 80 players, whose commitment and skill level represented a wide range. Today, The Tenacity Project has grown to include 800+ girls participating on 40 teams in 5 regions (Bay Area, Houston, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City), and thousands of players impacted by our camps, clinics, tournaments, and coach/player development initiatives throughout the country.

Tenacity is helping to build grassroots youth organizations, develop coaches and players so that “non-traditional” lacrosse areas can become powerhouses and go from having little representation on college and international team rosters, to equal representation. The Tenacity model allows for immediate distribution of cutting edge information through updated curriculum, highly trained coaches and access to the top players in the game. Tenacity players leave practice with skills to serve them both on and off the field. We are proponents of girls participating in multiple sports and cultivating a passion for playing.

Notable Alumni:
Jackie Gilbert​- USC (2019); ​MPSF All-Academic 2017, Gilbert is a member of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Lacrosse U19 national team... named one of the team’s assistant captains. ​2015 NCS Female Lacrosse Player of the Year 2015 Under Armour Senior All-American​... ​2015 US Lacrosse All-American​... was the only freshman named to the ​2012 Under Armour West All-Star Team​... named a ​2013 and 2014 Inside Lacrosse Top 20 Junior Recruit to Watch
●  Carly Bell​ Sr.- Boston College; Captain, 1st Team All-American (2014) ACC Defender of the week 2018 for No. 2 Ranked BC
●  Catriona Barry-​ Duke; Selected to the Under Armour All-American Game, Two-time Academic All-American, Totaled 182 goals, 80 assists and 246 draw controls over her four HS seasons, Three-time first team all-league selection, earning league Midfielder of the Year honors as a senior, Also played field hockey and ran cross country
●  Erin Jeffrey- ​SDSU; ​3 time All American
●  Lauren Goerz- ​UVA; 2 time all american, Academic All American, All-ACC Academic Team, VaSID All-State Team
●  Ashlynn Goerz-​ Stanford; IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll, NorCal Team 1 at
the 2011 Women’s Division National Tournament, Two-time Academic All-American
●  Kerianne Hunt- ​Brown; All-Ivy Team, Three-time US Lacrosse HS All-American and Academic All-American, Named the 2013 US Lacrosse Magazine Western Region Player of the Year
●  Morgan Castelein: ​Ohio State; B​ 1G Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten and 4x OSU Scholar Athlete.
●  Cambi Cukar​- Oregon; Oregon All-Time Assist Leader, No. 5 Assist Leader per game in NCAA, Oregon Single-Season Record-Holder - Assists (46, 2016), 2016 First-Team All-MPSF, 2017 Second-Team All-MPSF, 2017 MPSF All-Tournament Team, Two-time MPSF All-Academic (2016, 2017)
●  Allie DaCar- ​Stanford; IWLCA National Player of the Week (March 28), Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (March 26), Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (March 5), MPSF All-Academic team, IWLCA All West/Midwest Region second team, All-MPSF second team, MPSF All-Tournament team, MPSF All-Academic team, A National Merit Scholar and was selected as the NCS Scholar Athlete of the Year for spring sports
●  Kyra Pelton-​ Stanford; Two-time All-American, Earned eight letters in soccer and lacrosse, Captained soccer 2015-16, Captained lacrosse 2016
●  Mar Alvear​ UC Davis | All-league honoree in both lacrosse and soccer, Helped both teams to North Coast Section title games, Earned first-team honors all four LAX seasons, adding Western Athletic Conference co-MVP distinction as a senior.
●  Amanda Outcalt-​ UC Davis; MPSF Rookie of the Week honors, All-North Coast Section and All-East Bay Athletic League in both lacrosse and soccer, US Lacrosse All-America, NCS Player of the Year and East Bay Times Player of the Year honors in 2016
●  Sadie Grozier-​ Colorado Boulder;​ Two-time All-American, Amador Valley Female Athlete of the Year, U.S. Lacrosse Jackie Pitts Award, NCS Scholar Player of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area, NCS-CIF Scholar Athlete all four of her high school years and was an Academic All-American (2016 and 17).
●Lizzy Wagner​- USC;  U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American, also lettered in soccer

There are over 120 former BearLax and Tenacity players competing at many levels in college THIS spring, and 20+ in the class of 2018 committed to play in the NCAA. In 2017 alone, Tenacity players swept nearly all the US Lacrosse postseason awards in the regions they represent with 20 All-Americans, 15 All-Academic, and 2 Jackie Pitts.

Notable Coaches:
Theresa Sherry, Founder & CEO | 3x All-American at Princeton University
Theresa founded Tenacity Project as a way to empower girls through sports. She has won 2 NCAA Championships, 4 Ivy League Championships in lacrosse, and 3 Ivy League Championships in soccer. Theresa has dedicated the past 10+ years to empowering, training, and preparing young female athletes for the world, both on and off the field. She has coached at Smith College, Amherst College, and the University of California, Berkeley, earning MPSF Coach of the Year Honors in 2008 for Cal. Additional achievements include IWLCA Midfielder of the Year in 2004, the Ivy League Player of the year, and a Tewaaraton Finalist. In 1999, she was the MVP of the U19 World Cup Championship for the U.S. Team. 
Tenacity Project full time staff members & coaches have experience playing and coaching at the highest levels of the game. Our coaches and trainers have been on teams that have won World, NCAA, and Conference Championships. Tenacity staff members have been honored as high school and college All Conference and All American and moved to the sidelines as coaches to successfully develop nationally ranked teams, earn Coach of the Year honors, work with high school All Americans, and win conference championships. ​Collectively, our coaching corps represents more than 30 different college programs including; Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, Vanderbilt, Oregon, UMASS, Penn State, Mt Saint Mary’s, Marquette, Marist, Wagner, Duke, Ohio State, Cal Berkeley, USC, UC Davis... and more. 

To Name a Few:

Maggie HerrNeckar, Rob Bray, Beth Rogers Lester, Meredith Black, Amy Markwort, Eva Martire, Caroline Haggerty, Meredith Haggerty, Ashley Johnson, Chelsea Randall, Susan Isidor

 

Seattle Starz

About: Seattle Starz began 15 years ago and under current co-owners Lewis Ratcliff, Scott Kelly and Rich Schwartz has seen tremendous growth both in numbers and the preparedness of each athlete to play at the next level. The addition of a girls’ program six years ago under Director Lyndsey Gillis has solidified Seattle Starz as the premier lacrosse club for both boys and girls in the Seattle and PNW area.

Seattle Starz is the preeminent lacrosse training program in Washington with a national reputation for player development and collegiate recruitment. Our program is proud to have developed some of the area’s best lacrosse players including numerous high school All-Americans.  We have over 100 players currently playing for prominent NCAA DI/DII/DIII college lacrosse programs and now have a couple alumni who are NCAA Champions. We utilize our proven track record of success and our network of college coaching relationships to assist our players in their recruiting efforts.  Seattle Starz has established a tradition of excellence within the game and is dedicated towards the athletic, academic and personal development of the next generation of student athletes.  “Play with the best, against the best.”

Notable Alumni:

Alex Steffens- 2019- University of Louisville, Tessa Guerra- 2018- Claremont Mudd, Scripps, Maddie McMaster- 2018- University of Florida, Sophia Cerino- 2017- Cal Berkeley, Olivia Jacobsen- 2017- Notre Dame, Nicole Victory- 2017- Navy, Maddy Hunter- 2017- ASU, Riley Hertford- 2017- USC, Korbyn Stahl- 2017- Army, Chaija Olsson- 2017- Mount Olive, Emma Rogers- 2017- Occidental College, Darya Gaglliardo- 2017- University of Mary Washington

*Over 15 Athletes committed before 2017 since the club’s inception.

Notable Coaches: Lyndsey Gillis (Bowdoin College), Ruth Bonner (University of New England), Kasey Uhlenhuth (Harvard), Helen Hansen (University of California, Berkeley), Stevie McNesby (Holy Family), Alex Foreman (USC)

Notable Accomplishments: The majority of the premier tournaments our HS teams travel to are round robin format and draw top level NCAA collegiate coaches. The HS Elite team has won the highest division at the Sandstorm tournament twice in the past four years.

 

West Coast Starz

What year was the club founded? 2010

Notable Alumni: 

2013: Emily Kift (Maryland), Vickie Porter (SDSU), Caroline Dineen-Carlson (Fresno State)

2014: Kathy Rudkin (Syracuse/Maryland), Kacey McKinnon (UNC), Emily Young (MIT), Kelsey DeJesus (UC Davis)

2015: Grace McGinty (SDSU)

2016: Bridget Knowles (Florida), Marissa Macrae (SDSU), Nicole Morris (VCU)

2017: Taylor Scornavacco (Stanford), Mackenzie Wallvand (Fresno), Ally Deremer (UC Davis),

Notable Coaches:

Rebecca Kingsbury- Director
West Coast Starz Director & Coach, 2013-Present
Canyon Crest Academy Head Coach, 2009-2015
• CIF Female Coach of the Year 2014
• CIF Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year 2014
• CIF Open Div. Runners-Up 2014
• CIF DI Champions 2013
• CIF DII Runners-Up 2012
• CA State Academic Champions 2014
San Diego National Tournament Team Coach, 2011-2014
Canyon Crest Academy Field Hockey Head Coach, 2013-2014
• CIF DII Champions 2013
WCLA Club DI Player, UCSD, 20015-2008 (Captain)
Colorado State HS Champion, 2004

Kaitlin Swagart- Director
Torrey Pines Heach Coach, 2010 – Present
• CIF Champions 2010, 2011
Under Armour All-American West Assistant Coach 2011, 2012
NCAA DI Player, University of Virginia, 2004-2008
• NCAA DI Champions, 2004
• NCAA DI Runners-Up, 2005-2006
• ACC Champions, 2004-2007
U19 National Team Member
High School All American

*The West Coast Starz coaching staff is made up of current and former NCAA players from various schools across the U.S, including but not limited to SDSU, Vanderbilt, USC, Oregon, and more!

Notable Accomplishments:

  • Boasts the top recruiting rate in Southern California
  • Back-to-Back SandStorm Champions

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