By Mike Clark
Special to The Sentinel
BOYDS – The Maryland SoccerPlex and Discovery Sports Center in Boyds hosted top female high school-age lacrosse athletes from across the country in the second annual Girls STX Rising Showcase on July 10-11.
Coaches from 22 different colleges and universities, the two-day advanced training program was designed for top players destined to play lacrosse at the college level. University coaches that attended the event include Virginia, Syracuse, Colgate, Army and Bucknell.
The event brought hundreds of top players together for a showcase focused on player advanced development in preparation for the college game. The sessions also included the help from 3d Master Coaches. According to the organization, they use small-sided, fast-paced in-game situations to maximize a player’s skill level with repetition and advancing their game knowledge.
“We couldn’t be happier with our 2nd STX Rising Girls Showcase. We had a great group of players and an amazing cast of college coaches that pushed this event over the top,” Regy Thorpe, Chief Lacrosse Officer 3d Lacrosse said. “Our college coaches took the coaching to another level and the players and parents loved it.”
With the showcases put on by 3d, its teams have helped more than 2,000 student-athletes go on to play college lacrosse. According to National Director for 3d Girls Lacrosse Kristan “Kash” Ash, the odds of a girl lacrosse player to make an NCAA Division I roster are “30-1.”
The opportunities to work with college coaches before their high school season could improve their chances before the recruiting season beings.
“Programs like the STX Rising Showcase are designed to create an ultimate training and team play environment that will lead to more effective and purposeful recruiting,” Ash said.
The 3d Lacrosse program is new to the Maryland area as it recently acquired existing local teams to be a part of their youth and high school-aged boys and girls lacrosse system. Maryland’s 3d team draw boys and girls players from Montgomery, Carroll and Frederick counties and regularly sends top players to regional and national teams.
In addition to their training programs and camps, college coaching clinics, club-level games and tournaments, 3d holds several college-bound showcase events.
“Our 3d lacrosse Methodology Master Coaches did a great job implementing the offense and defense systems during training which led to a very competitive and organized showcase during our games on Day 2,” Thorpe, who is the former associate head coach for Syracuse and current head coach of the U.S. indoor lacrosse team, said.
This is the first of several lacrosse events scheduled for the Maryland SoccerPlex and Discovery Sports Center. So far, the venue, known for being the home field of the Washington Spirit, was the host site for five lacrosse tournaments during the summer months.
According to Executive Director Matt Libber, the addition of sports like lacrosse maximizes its potential and continue building relationships with different communities in and out of the Boyds/Germantown area. It was recently named the best soccer facility in the United States by a poll of experts conducted by Connect Sports.