Archive for the ‘Field Lacrosse’ Category

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The 2015/16 school year is now past the half way mark and Donnan Lacrosse has shown excellent promise for it student-athletes. The program was built on the principle of providing a strong athletic foundation for its students while allowing them to enhance their lacrosse skills. The students have embraced this philosophy as they have been enjoying the different activities as well as the regular lacrosse training.

The Fall focus was on field lacrosse skill development as the students were instructed on the basic skills of the field game. This was the first exposure for many of the students to the field lacrosse sport and they took to it very quickly. Several of the students traveled to Denver in late October to play in their first ever field lacrosse tournament and their growth in the sport was clearly evident. It was a great experience and no one will forget spending Halloween in Denver.

When the snow hit the students moved indoors to start box lacrosse. The excitement and energy from field lacrosse carried over to the box game. Our focus continued to be on the fundamentals and it has become very clear that all the time dedicated to sticks skills has been extremely beneficial. The improvement in the skills has been phenomenal. Much of the credit goes to Jason Knight, our lead teacher at Donnan, who has been committed since Day 1 to helping the students improve in the classroom and the field.

We are now preparing to send many of our Donnan Lacrosse student-athletes to the Best of the West Tournament in Las Vegas. This will be another opportunity to experience the field lacrosse game and show our improvement. We are excited about this event and all the other events in the future that will be open to our Donnan Lacrosse program.

We are now in the process of recruiting for the 2016/17 school year for our next batch of energetic student-athletes. Donnan Lacrosse is open to all students entering Grade 5 or 6. If your child is interested in the program please contact Paul Rai at paul.rai@epsb.ca or call 780-465-5461 x185.

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Vimy Lacrosse has a lot to celebrate after dominating at the Best of the West Field Lacrosse Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada last week. The Vimy Lacrosse U15 boys team returns to Edmonton as Tournament Champions for their age group. In addition, the Junior Varsity girls team, who played their very first game at this large tournament, took second place overall in their 14 team division.

The Best of the West Tournament is held annually in Las Vegas and this year attracted more than 100 teams from across North America. The success enjoyed by the Vimy teams is a testament to the tenacity of these young players from the Edmonton-area who, unlike most of the other competitors, had to hone their skills indoors owing to our weather.

Going into the Best of the West Tournament, we knew our players were athletic, well prepared, and skilled. However, given that’s its winter here, their ability to practice on a full field has been virtually non-existent. Our practices have been confined to indoor facilities so it was terrific to see both teams step up and perform at such a high level among some very tough competition. Their speed, skill, and physical conditioning, as well as their desire to play at their best, allowed them to come out on top. Both teams exceeded our expectations with the female team displaying a level of lacrosse that impressed the entire tournament.

The strong performances at the Best of the West Tournament pave the way for the ongoing growth of Vimy Lacrosse. Participation in lacrosse continues to grow and exposure to strong competition, both in and outside of Alberta, will allow our athletes to develop to their full potential. The young Vimy Lacrosse players are realizing the opportunities that are available to them through the sport of lacrosse.

 

 

After nine weeks of intense field lacrosse training, the Fall Ball season comes to an end for Vimy Lacrosse.  The Fall at Vimy Lacrosse follows a similar structure that student-athletes would experience at an NCAA institution during the Fall season.  Student – athletes are welcome back to the school and quickly immersed in an intense field lacrosse curriculum that features individual work, team training, scrimmages and game situations.  Our students were able to participate in the first annual Harvest Cup hosted at Vimy Ridge, the U of A Field Lacrosse Tournament, the Spokane Northwest Classic and the Seattle Adrenaline Tournament.  Overall this Fall Season was the most successful season on record with our students playing in over 25 fall ball games.  This is the type of experience that we are striving for.  More game experience allows our students to implement what they are learning in our daily practices.  As we move forward we will continue to see the Fall season being an extremely important part of the students overall lacrosse development.

Having just returned from the Seattle Adrenaline Tournament with our Middle School team and our High School team we are quickly realizing the students are making significant progress in their development.  The Middle School team went 2 and 3 and the High School team went 4 and 1 over the weekend in Seattle.  Each game was extremely competitive with no blowouts.  In retrospect, it is clearly evident our players are improving in their overall skills, their understanding of the game and their execution.  We still need work in specific areas to make the next jump forward, but much progress has been made.  Clearing, defensive play, offensive sets, extra man offense, extra man defense and faceoffs are areas that need more focus.  The positive is that the students are better and have worked hard to improve.  If they continue this effort the the ceiling is very high.  It definitely has been a busy fall, but a very enjoyable one.  Now time for box lacrosse to start.

Check out below how far we have come.  Seattle in 2014 and Seattle in 2007.

Seattle 2014 (2)

 

Seattle 2007

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Watch below for great college fall ball action.  Make sure to look for Erik Turner, a Vimy alum,  in the Cornell game. Erik is making a strong case for a starting attack position at Cornell this season.

harvestcup-wrapThe 1st Annual Vimy Lacrosse Harvest Cup was a huge success this past weekend. The Vimy Ridge High School team was able to compete against great players from the Edmonton area, including some with NCAA lacrosse experience.

The temperature was beautiful and the games were intense. The Vimy alumni team made it to the finals of the tournament against a very experienced Triads men’s team who went on to win the 1st Harvest Cup.

Jason Knight, a teacher at our sister school Donnan, was on the Triads team as their goalie. Mr. Knight stood on his head the whole tournament and was the player of the game in the final.

It was a great experience for the students of Vimy Ridge, and most of the junior high lacrosse student-athletes turned out to support their friends on the High School team.

Vimy Ridge would like to thank everyone who made this tournament possible, including the Triads, St. FX school, the U of A, and the alumni of Vimy Ridge who took the time to come out and play.  Also a big thank you to the referees and volunteers that helped make this event so successful.

Congratulations to the Triads and good luck as we hope they return to defend their title next year.

watch this guy and play like he plays.  Jordan Wolf is fast, tough and incredibly skilled.  All 5’9″ of him.

Home today after a week of lacrosse in Denver with the Edmonton Razorbacks.  This video sums it up, just a very cool experience, probably one of the best lacrosse events I have ever been to.  More to come.