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wrote on October 3, 2015 at 1:52 pm:
yes, travel teams help improve skills in a "team" environment not hog ball kids trying to impress and get recruited. go to recruiting camps at the school your kid wants to attend for that.
wrote on October 2, 2015 at 7:55 pm:
I think the best team in the state is RJ Reynolds. Last years young team brought them deep in the playoffs and they ultimately lost in the semis to Catholic. This team is really something special and honestly Reynolds played very poorly against Catholic, and I think Retnolds should have won.
wrote on October 2, 2015 at 6:56 pm:
When do schools start posting their schedules? when is the King of Spring schedule posted?
wrote on October 2, 2015 at 12:37 pm:
I agree seeing Conf. 3&4 teams play robust OOC schedules will be great

Hopefully the perennial powers find opportunity to play in KOS or find other ways to play top in and out of state teams.
For the developing programs I really hope they are able to find great competition against other emerging teams.
Maybe this will be able to limit the 20+ point statistic inflating blowouts we saw last year
RE: Spring wrote on October 1, 2015 at 2:03 pm:
Triangle conferences (3&4) will be very interesting.

both conferences have 10 teams and looks like everyone will play each other once, leaving 8 non conference games to be scheduled. This should give the conference games more importance and more matchups to see in nonconference games.

conf. 4 has complete makeover with only 2 coaches from last year returning. Enloe, sanderson, and Garner still looking for coaches. Pre-season rank: Leesville, Broughton, Enloe, Wakefield, Millbrook, Heritage, Wake forest, Sanderson, Rolesville, garner.

Conf. 3 brings strong '16/'17 classes back. MC has long time holly springs assistant Holota as new coach. GH adds C.O.Y. Kaznowski to staff. Conference is up for grabs but preseason rank: Apex, MC, GH, Athens, HS, Apex Friendship, PC, CARY, pinecrest, Fuquay. Same great matchups but maybe some teams with a different look.
laxaholic wrote on October 1, 2015 at 1:18 pm:
season is close, how about some conversation about the spring? the club lacrosse conversation always goes the same, it is just the same thing every single year, people always feel insulted if their club isn't considered the best...and have to justify everything their kid does. people are way to sensitive on the topic.
wrote on October 1, 2015 at 12:08 pm:
Disagree. As Jim Martin shared, let your kid play travel lacrosse because he wants to be on a good team with other good players playing against other good players on other good teams. It's a great way to improve. If your interest is getting recruited get invited or sign up for the numerous recruiting camps. Most college coaches host their own.
wrote on September 30, 2015 at 3:07 pm:
No reason to argue about TC or its players, coaching etc Coach Price and staff do a great job. Most of the travel teams have good coaching but at the end of the day its what tournaments they play in. If you want your son's recruited they need to play in tournaments where college coach's are attending. Gait Cup, Hotbeds, NXT, Under Armor, FLG and Terrapin Classic to name a few. They are all up North where your sons can play against players from the North. If they show well there they will be recruited.
wrote on September 29, 2015 at 7:10 pm:
Good article on tying football and lacrosse together, even if Swanson did give up lacrosse his junior year in HS.
http://espn.go.com/blog/detroit-lions/post/_/id/19023
Steve from Charlotte wrote on September 28, 2015 at 10:29 pm:
Here are some recent Providence High grads who have done well in college in recent years.

Tim Brady, 2014, Gettsyburg D3, goalie lax power freshman of the year and second team all conference.
Andrew Chinigo, 2014, Methodist D3, starting goalie as a freshman
Jack Pedernales, 2013, Florida Southern, D2, plays middie, LSM and does faceoffs
Drew Thompson, 2013, Wingate D2, long pole, has started every game, all conference honorable mention as a freshman, first team all conference as a sophomore (only non senior on the first team)
Brandon from Charlotte wrote on September 28, 2015 at 7:26 pm:
Lax4U & Noah Strong

In support of a local Charlotte lacrosse player, Noah Hays and his fight with Rhabdomyoscar Cancer, we have partnered with the Noah Strong Foundation. Lacrosse has always had a strong sense of family and community in helping one another when in need. We have a chance to help a member of the lacrosse family.

2nd Annual Battle On the Border
Martha Rivers Park Gastonia, NC
October 17th & 18th

Portions of proceeds will be donated to the Noah Strong Foundation

U-9, U-11, U-13, U-15, & HS Age Divisions U-9 will play 7v7 format

If you have any questions about our event, please send them to Contact@Lax4U.com

Thanks again for showing your support for Noah!
wrote on September 28, 2015 at 3:41 pm:
A positive example of the benefit of having multiple club teams is the performance of Jim Martin's son's former team Marvin Ridge. Marvin Ridge's players have played for both TC and the Road Warriors. The coaching and playing experience that those players have received from both programs have helped Marvin Ridge to be one of the best programs in the state. I don't think anyone has insulted TC's coaching or on field success. There have only been examples that top players can rationally make a choice other than TC.
Suggestion wrote on September 28, 2015 at 3:26 pm:
Hereโ€™s a suggestion, why not use the forum as indicated above โ€œhighlighting accomplishments of current and former playersโ€. Do we really need anyone posting here the names of kids that they feel arenโ€™t successful in college?? Regardless of intent, itโ€™s not โ€œpromoting the game in a positive wayโ€!
wrote on September 28, 2015 at 3:01 pm:
Lake Normans Matt Elder Commits to Hofstra. Second Hofstra commit in 2 years out of Lake Norman
wrote on September 28, 2015 at 2:29 pm:
Having 2 lacrosse players, I do think the advice of an earlier poster is important. The pressure to play lacrosse and travel all year long is getting out of hand. These kids should be two sport athletes.
Laughing Out Loud Too wrote on September 28, 2015 at 12:54 pm:
Putting down the accomplishments of other clubs in the state and their players is a non productive way to argue the merits of TC
John P from Charlotte wrote on September 28, 2015 at 12:54 pm:
First off, congrats to Jim and his son, sounds like he is doing very well in college.
Second, not sure how pointing out how recent TC recruits are doing in college is disparaging anyone when all they are doing is pointing out the facts.
I think Dave from Charlotte started this all when he responded to a list of some kids and he pointed out their level of success on the field for the schools that recruited those kids. That most have not contributed is just a fact. Too many local parents think that NC lax is top notch when in reality only about 2% of the college recruits come from NC.
I am a ex and probably future TC parent, I know they run an excellent program, care about the kids, push grades and school work. I also know from following the kids in college that my oldest played with and against in HS/club, that most are not playing or even on their schools rosters any more.

Personally I think the whole club/travel is out of hand with costs, travel all over, expectations and pressure to do well on the kids. Somehow we have gone from sports being a fun thing for our kids to do with their neighborhood friends and playing a different sport every season to a specialized year round for profit business.
Their is no need to play any sport year round, nor to specialize at a young age. In fact Drew Thompson who was all conference honorable mention his freshman year at Wingate(D2) and then followed that up with first team all conference honors as a sophomore, did not start playing lacrosse til his Freshman year at Providence High.
wrote on September 27, 2015 at 2:47 pm:
A few observations. In my experience, it's the coach, not the club, that has an impact on college coaches. The biggest factor is, of course, how well your child plays, but a good coach who has a lot of contacts and will advocate for your child is a big help. Find someone who will really get to know your child, because college coaches want to know about his personal qualities, too. Be aware that some clubs are primarily businesses. Do the math. Take what you're paying and multiply it by the number of kids on the team. If you get a figure that blows your mind, you should be really happy with what you're getting.

As others have said, even a great lacrosse player shouldn't expect to see more than minimal, if any, scholarship money without strong grades. The big money is academic money. When choosing a school, keep in mind that once he gets to college, your son will need to keep up his grades in classes where most of the students had the grades to get in without lacrosse, and they will have a lot more time available to study.

Finally, if your child's goal is to play college lacrosse, committing is just the first step. Not only will he face much tougher competitionto get play time, but there will be a lot more of it. Again, do the math. When teams are recruiting classes of 15-20 players or more in a single year, there are going to be a lot of guys who won't play.
Laughing out loud wrote on September 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm:
Putting down the accomplishments of TC and it's players is a non productive way to argue the merits of other programs in this state!!!
Raleigh Lax Fest from Raleigh wrote on September 27, 2015 at 1:07 pm:
Early registration discount for the Raleigh Lax Fest ends October 1st!

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High School division one day full field 10v10 format.
U9-U15 division two day championship format.
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Don't miss out on a great way to end your fall/winter season!
wrote on September 27, 2015 at 11:20 am:
Me Martin - 2 Thumbs up on your comments. Glad to hear your son is doing great!
wrote on September 27, 2015 at 10:28 am:
Jim

I agree that disparaging individual players is poor form especially on an anonymous internet forum

However you have selectively read through this board history. The origination of this discussion is a post by "long term coach" on September 2nd boasting that TC and TSL/Cannons are the only strong clubs in NC. Further asserting that all start up clubs are bad for lacrosse. The responses are not to shoot down TC, but rather prove that TC is indeed no better than rivals in the west and TSL no better than its rivals in the east. The boastful claims are wrong and were thoroughly disproven. No players who join Road Warriors, LB3, Hilltoppers, Bucktown, Red Devil etc... should feel that they are at disadvantage for not playing with TC or TSL. Further there is little evidence that players in the east benefit in any way from joining a club in the west. Raleigh and Charlotte are far enough away and the talent base in reach region is big enough that players can do very well playing in their own backyards
wrote on September 26, 2015 at 3:18 pm:
Coach Farabee,

If you are coming for the KOTS event, contact Jon Lantzy to see if any of the other out of state teams will/can play you on Sunday.
Jim Martin from Waxhaw wrote on September 26, 2015 at 2:57 pm:
I don't regularly visit this site anymore since my boy is now playing in College but when I did it often contained the same toxic, pessimistic and "sour grape" perspectives that I see posted currently.

First, don't have your kid play for Team Carolina if your only motivation is securing a NCAA lacrosse athletic scholarship.......My son was on Team Carolina for 2 years because he wanted continual challenge. He desired to compete against top talent across the country, and play lacrosse with and be coached by, some of the best in North Carolina. Looking back, that's exactly what he got.

Second, don't diminish the accomplishments of our boys my making ridiculous, relative comparison on your warped idea of success.........I judge my son success not by games he's plays (only 6 in his first 2 years) for Mercer University Men's D1 lacrosse team; nor that his 529 account has never had a withdrawal because his combined Academic and Athletic Scholarships has covered his full tuition every year at Mercer, not even that he's maintaining a near perfect 4.0 GPA in Engineering while playing NCAA collegiate lacrosse..........I measure my son's success on how hard he works and whether he achieves to his fullest potential in those things that he applies himself towards. Values taught to him by his parents, and reinforced while participating in programs like Team Carolina under Coach Price, Thompson and Murphy; and while at Marvin Ridge under Coach Dodd and DeLuca.

All you negative individuals posting comments anonymously, diminishing the efforts and accomplishments of these hard working North Carolina kids and programs like Team Carolina is pathetic!!

If you are proud of your views posted, please identify yourselves so we may all publicly comment on our opinion of you.
wrote on September 25, 2015 at 7:12 pm:
Congrats to former Charlotte Latin stud and current Brown freshman Carson Song on being named to Inside Lacrosse's Top 40 Freshman Attackmen List at #39. http://www.insidelacrosse.com/article/2015-top-40-attackmen-no-1-ryder-garnsey/33049