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NXT LACROSSE ACADEMY

About the NLA

The NXT Lacrosse Academy (NLA) is for high-performing lacrosse players driven to take their game even higher. Our program matches a player’s intensity with small-group, position-based instruction built on Division I training curriculum. This isn't time to run through the motions in your average drill. Our goal is measurable improvement.

Players in 2024, 2025, and 2026 grad years are welcome to apply for their spot in the NLA. There is a two-step registration process with an application to ensure that the correct amount of players are enrolled in each group and at each specific position. 

 

CURRICULUM

Each week prior to working on the field there will be a college level film review led by our NLA staff. Film watched will be relevant to the skills and drills being implemented during the training session.

DAY 1 | POSITION 411

  • What do you need to do to be elite at your position
  • Position-based skills taught and drilled in small groups

DAY 2 | EVEN NUMBERS

  • How do you play in even-number situations?
  • 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4  

DAY 3 | ODD NUMBERS

  • How do you play in odd-number situations?
  • 2v1, 3v2, 4v3, 5v4, 6v5
  • What did you learn?
  • Each player will receive a handwritten positional evaluation at the completion of the program

BY POSITION

ATTACK

• Advanced stickwork for the complete attackman
• Getting to the island and scoring
• Crease play: cutting and finishing.
• Dodging through change of direction at X and on the wing
• Creating space from your defenseman
• Feeding technique and accuracy
• Time and room shooting
• 2-man games
• Mastering playing without the ball

MIDFIELD

• Advanced stickwork for the complete midfielder
• Dodging to create space through change of direction
• Feeding technique and accuracy
• Crease play: cutting and finishing
• Defensive approaches and short-stick defense
• Time and room shooting & shooting on the run
• Mastering sliding & recovering

DEFENSE

• Advanced stickwork for the complete defenseman
• Approaches: behind, wing and up top
• Nothing Top Side: playing the arc
• Shutting down wing dodges
• Fire, Fill and Find: sliding and recovering
• Defensive ground balls and escapes
• Checks: what and when to throw

FACEOFF MIDFIELDERS

• Advanced stickwork for the complete midfielder
• Feeding technique and accuracy
• After the Draw – the tough ground ball
• Defensive approaches and short-stick defense
• Shooting on the run
• Eyes on the prize: playing offense in transition

GOALIES

• Advanced stickwork for the complete goalie
• Tracking the ball and hand-eye quickness
• Footwork, angles, and positioning
• Making saves on island shots and time and room shots.
• Leading a Defense: communicating Fire, Find and Fill.
• Get the Break Going: outlets and starting transition.
• Tennis ball & reaction ball training

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VP of Boys Lacrosse
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