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PressBox High School Lacrosse Newsletter Vol. 60

August 31, 2016
PressBox's high school lacrosse e-mail by Todd Karpovich brings you all the best in local lacrosse -- boys and girls, private and public schools, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Check it out, pass it on and  tell us what you think

Club Lacrosse Is As Competitive As Ever

In early August, about 96 boys lacrosse players gathered at a private school in the Baltimore area to compete for four available spots on an elite club lacrosse team. That meant 92 players went home disappointed, while four others could briefly celebrate before turning their focus to actually earning playing time.

This is just one example of the new normal for lacrosse players across Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Families spend weekends throughout the summer traveling to states as far as California and Colorado for tournaments.

The talent level has gotten so deep that some players have to re-tryout for their own teams as more boys and girls enter the fray. The costs for playing club lacrosse can also be high, sometimes more than $1,000 per player.

Despite the challenges, club lacrosse is widely regarded as a key component for growing the sport.

"Club programs have been vilified because they represent a shift in the culture of the sport, and they present a free-market economy approach to youth sports," Steve Stenersen, president and CEO of US Lacrosse, said on his organization's website. "However, I don't think that club programs are necessarily the evil empire. There are a lot of club programs out there that are doing great stuff. We just have to be vigilant about making sure that we're being good consumers."

As club lacrosse teams continue to grow, the opportunities at the next level are increasing with them. A report released by the NCAA last year showed lacrosse is the fastest growing college team sport in the nation. The women's game grew from 225 teams in 2000 to 470 in 2014 (109 percent), while the men's game grew 72 percent.

To read the full article, click here

PNC  Lacrosse Spotlight:  Severn Midfielder Brooke Robbins

Severn senior Brooke Robbins was one of the most dynamic players in the region last season and was selected to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland All-A Conference Team. Robbins, a midfielder, was also ranked as one of the top juniors in the nation. She was at her best in the biggest games, as she tallied five goals and two assists during a key matchup against Notre Dame Prep. Robbins has committed to play lacrosse at the University of Maryland.

PressBox: Overall, how would you assess your 2016 season with Severn and earning IAAM All-Conference honors?

Brooke Robbins: This season was a great season. Our team was very fun and competitive, and we had great chemistry on and off the field. Everyone looked forward to practice and game days. Making it to the semifinals this year and losing to Roland Park by one is a game I'm sure everyone will remember. It is an honor to be recognized as an All-Conference IAAM player.

PB: What goals have you set for yourself for next season?

BR: My goal is to assist Severn to another winning season and get to the finals.

PB: Why did you pick the University of Maryland to attend college?

BR: I chose the University of Maryland because I love how great and competitive the lacrosse program is, and it is also a great school. Maryland is a big school, which I loved about the campus. It is nice to be close to home, making it easy to see family members.

For more from Robbins, including her experiences playing club ball this summer and how she balances sports and academics, read the full interview here.

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