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NXT LACROSSE ACADEMY

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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. 

We're looking for the area's most talented and intense players who are committed to getting to the next level. Last year's inaugural NLA sold out and featured players committed to MarylandNotre Dame, Lafayette, Stevens Tech, Salisbury, Ohio StateRichmondHofstra and more.  NLA Committed will be led by current and former college coaches who are familiar with the pace, level, and skills needed to excel at the next level.  

Only college-bound HS players will be accepted for the NLA Committed training program in order to ensure the highest level of competition. There is a two-step registration process with an application to ensure that the correct amount of players are enrolled in each group and position. 

SUNDAYS

  • 3 - 5 PM
  • 2020 & 2019 graduation years
  • The first 30 minutes of each session are whiteboard and video breakdown in the Main Line Sports Center Classroom directly next to the field. 

Main Line Sports Center
1340 Swedesford Road
Berwyn, PA 19312

NLA 2018

Take a look at photos from the 2018 NLA Committed!

CURRICULUM

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WEEK 1 | POSITION 411

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

WEEK 2 | EVEN NUMBERS

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

WEEK 3 | ODD NUMBERS

  • How do you play in odd-number situations?
  • 2v1, 3v2, 4v3, 5v4, 6v5

WEEK 4 | REVIEW & PLAYER ASSESSMENT TOOL

  • What did you learn?
  • How did you develop?
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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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COLLEGE COACHES

This year's college coaches include:

  • Evan Zielinski - Neumann University
  • Trey Wilkes - Delaware
  • Nick Taylor - Haverford College
  • Erick Kluge - Eastern / All-American at Salisbury
  • Charles Giunta - St. Joes
  • Steve Layne - Formerly at Richmond
  • Bill Leahy - PA HOF and La Salle Head Coach
  • Gary Mercandante  - Ursinus
  • David Alyanakian - F&M
  • PT Ricci - Former Loyola, Towson, and Cabrini
     
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