Walsingham Academy vs York (Scrimmage)

On an absolutely perfect night for High School Lacrosse, York played Walsingham Academy Boys Varsity in a first ever scrimmage. The Walsingham coaches and team were truly first class on and off the field and we are very grateful for their invitation to play such a talented team. We wish Coach Moran and his team great success in their season opener at home when they face Norfolk Academy and hope they have a great year. Coach Moran suggested that we should plan regular scheduled home and away games with them next season and we would certainly welcome that opportunity.

Both teams epitomized the values of “Respect the Game” and it is very rewarding to see our student/athletes as they continue to learn the power of team ball. The York team continues to improve every time they step out on to the field. Playing teams like Walsingham helps to improve the high school lacrosse experience for all the players. Most importantly, playing teams that “Respect the Game” build bonds that will last a lifetime.

Special thanks to Charlie Turner from Hampton Roads Chapter of US Lacrosse for being our only referee in a game that saw few penalties. Charlie has devoted tremendous time and energy to not only coaching youth teams but has been a huge asset in helping us to build our team at York.

We would also like to thank all of the parents that showed up to support the team, your support makes all of this possible. Huge thanks to York girl’s team that continue to show up and cheer for us. We would also like to give a huge shout-out to our faithful timekeepers and stat keepers. They provide a valuable  service to our team and their help is greatly appreciated.

We would also like to remind our players and parents that heat injuries and prevention are serious issues. Our team invested $116 in a Gatorade cooler and a set of bottles to keep our team hydrated during games. If any parents would like to donate powdered Gatorade mix you can get it from Sam’s at for less than $10. Each canister makes about (9) gallons which should cover us for a game. Not only is hydration an absolute necessity for the prevention of heat injuries, this is a far more economical solution for both players and parents, it is good for the environment, and keeps the trash off the field and out of the players equipment bags.

Here is a link to Heat Injury Prevention that I would encourage parents and players to read. We are all responsible for making sure that all of our players have a great lacrosse experience on the field while making injury prevention and safety a priority.

Have a Great Lacrosse Day!

Mark Moreno, VP York Lacrosse Club, Gatorade Mixer, & Coaches Helper

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All Winners, No Losers!

The rain chased up and down the entire tidewater area today creating a traffic nightmare but did little to dampen the competitive spirit of the York Lacrosse Club High School boys team. York met Grassfield of Chesapeake after a 30 minute delay on a rain soaked field in an incredibly exciting game.

York played it’s best team ball ever on every inch of the field. They dominated on face-offs and ground balls and limited penalties to end the game against a very good Grassfield team with a score of 3 -3.  The York boys did an awesome job creating turnovers on defense, tons of saves by our goalie,  cleared the ball very effectively, and if not for outstanding job by Grassfield’s goalie York would have chalked this game up as a win, but as it stands there were all winners and no losers.

Hats off to the entire Grassfield organization for demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship and respect for the game. Head Coach David Herman was an absolute gentleman and made a point to compliment our team which is the ultimate in sportsmanship. We should all look forward to playing their organization again.

Huge thanks to all the parents who braved the traffic and the weather to support our players, and continued thanks to our faithful stat keepers.  Our team really appreciates your support and we look forward to seeing everyone on Friday, March 23 at Warhill Sports Complex at 5:30 as we meet Walsingham Academy in an off – schedule game.

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York Lacrosse vs Tabb

York Lacrosse High School Boys played their fist official game at Yorktown Sports Complex losing to the Tabb JV team by a score of 10 – 0. Although the score was decidedly one-sided our team needs to learn from this game and walk away with their heads held high. As the game progressed it became more evident that our team was starting to gel. What we all witnessed last night was our team pulling together and learning how to play as one. All of our players are highly competitive, they are well conditioned, and are progressing very well. For highly competitive players losing never comes easy and emotions can sometimes run high. Our team proved last night that they could stick together through adversity.

For those that may not know, Hampton Roads Chapter of US Lacrosse designates first year teams as JV, therefore; our York team has been designated as a JV team because we are new as well as the fact that they know that we have a large percentage of our players who are first year players. Essentially they are trying to align teams more towards skill level than age or grade while still making every attempt to provide for the safety of our players.  For the other teams in our league who have a JV team the majority of their rosters are 9th and 10th graders and the team exists as a feeder for their Varsity teams. In many instances highly skilled JV players are advanced to the varsity level, but seldom are players brought down from varsity to JV.

The team that York faced last night included a number of varsity players from Tabb, both on the offensive and the defensive ends of the field. Currently Tabb lists 25 players on their varsity roster and 27 players on their JV roster so they probably did not need the varsity players to fill out the roster for the game.

In our game last night the Tabb team was coached by Mike Hehir who is currently listed as the Tabb varsity coach. Although, playing varsity players on a JV team may not be against the league rules it is in my opinion a disservice to players on both teams. I think that Tabb’s decision to field varsity players on Friday is potentially a poor display of good sportmanship but most likely a sign of respect for our team. We will face their JV team again on March 30th  at 5:00 pm and Tabb’s Varsity plays Menchville at 7:00 pm. It is highly unlikely that they will field the same team against us on the 30th as they did on the 16th. Going forward it is my hope that HRLax will require only rostered players for the JV team to compete at a JV level.

I will recommend to Rich Blovad, HRlax High School Boys Commissioner that any player that is included on a varsity  roster will become ineligible to compete at the JV level without league approval and that any such approval would be disseminated to all coaches in the league. Additionally, any player rostered on a Varsity team who plays in a JV event would be ineligible to compete on a Varsity level.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the parents on the sidelines cheering for our players, special gratitude to the parents who volunteered for sideline duties including time keeping and stats, and a big shout-out to our girls varsity team who always finds a way to come out and cheer us on.

For any of the parents that have photos that they would like to share please post them to the York Lacrosse Facebook Page. Our kids love them, they will tag them and in many cases use them as their profile pictures.

Going forward I encourage all players and parents to learn everything you can about the game of lacrosse.

Thank you for your support,

Mark Moreno, VP York Lacrosse Club

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 Huge thanks to Eric Moore of River City Lacrosse for  sponsoring the High School Boys Lacrosse Clinic on Sunday, March 4th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Warhill Sports Complex in Williamsburg. The clinic was a huge success with the players and not only did they receive first class instruction but some really sick lacrosse gear donated by River City. Prizes for the event included Maverick heads, lanyards, tshirts, a complete stick, balls, and tons of really nice stuff. In total over $800 worth of gear was given to the players as door prizes.

The coaching staff from the University of Richmond Mens Lacrosse Team was there teaching  shooting skills, both offensive and defensive skills, foot work, and so much more.

Williamsburg’s Fielding Crawford, Offensive Coordinator was there to instruct shooting skills, dodges, and some really fancy footwork, Fielding Crawford is a 1999 graduate of Christchurch School. In high…

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High School Boys Lacrosse Clinic Update

 Huge thanks to Eric Moore of River City Lacrosse for  sponsoring the High School Boys Lacrosse Clinic on Sunday, March 4th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Warhill Sports Complex in Williamsburg. The clinic was a huge success with the players and not only did they receive first class instruction but some really sick lacrosse gear donated by River City. Prizes for the event included Maverick heads, lanyards, tshirts, a complete stick, balls, and tons of really nice stuff. In total over $800 worth of gear was given to the players as door prizes.

The coaching staff from the University of Richmond Mens Lacrosse Team was there teaching  shooting skills, both offensive and defensive skills, foot work, and so much more.

Williamsburg’s Fielding Crawford, Offensive Coordinator was there to instruct shooting skills, dodges, and some really fancy footwork, Fielding Crawford is a 1999 graduate of Christchurch School. In high school he was All-American. He played for two years at the University of Delaware, then completed a B.S. degree in history education at East Carolina University in 2004. Crawford is now a high school social studies teacher at Warhill High School in the Williamsburg-James City County public schools system.

Crawford’s coaching experience includes an assistant coach position with the East Carolina men’s club team in 2004. He served as coach at Lafayette High School in Williamsburg from 2005–07, and as JV head coach at Deep Run High School in Richmond from 2009–10.

It was really cool to have Coach Crawford at the clinic, he has a calm cool demeanor and the bite of a cobra when that stick is in his hand.

Matt Lefchik Defensive coordinator was there to instruct defensive skills. Coach Lefchik not only trained some really good defensive skills but emphasized the need to get good grades in school and the importance of character in everything you do. Coach Lefchik is a commanding presence and left quite an impression on all the clinic participants, we are glad to have him on our side and not the other way around.

Matthew Lefchik begins his first season as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach for the University of Richmond. He serves as the defensive coordinator for the team.

Lefchik grew up in Downingtown, Penn., where he played three years of varsity soccer and lacrosse at Downingtown High School. Lefchik’s passion for soccer transitioned when he became a fan and advocate of lacrosse in ninth grade. He began developing his athletic knowledge and lacrosse IQ the following summer. Lefchik’s lacrosse passion heightened when he converted to a defensive long pole player. He became a three-year varsity player, senior captain, all-conference team player, and achieved a spot on the Pennsylvania All-Star team.

Lefchik attended Widener University, where he served as a four-year starter, undefeated in the MAC conference for four years, two-year All-MAC conference player, and made the senior North/South team.

Lefchik continues to play in men’s lacrosse leagues and tournament teams. He currently coaches and trains youth and high school players for the Rebel Elite Lacrosse Club in Pennsylvania and Venom Lacrosse Club in Virginia.

 The University of Richmond’s Spiders  have impressive wins over Miami, East Carolina, and Central Florida to start the season at 3-0. On March 24, they will meet  Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia Tech sits atop the MCLA Division 1 rankings as is sure to be a great game. The Richmond Spiders are inviting everyone to come cheer them on when they meet West Virginia at home on April 20th. 

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The clinic also featured Jason Elkin, President of Elkin Sports Performance to teach proper warm-up, conditioning and agility  drills.  

Jason grew up in Richmond and competed in wrestling at Freeman High School where he found his passion for training. While attending Virginia Commenwealth University, Jason became an assistant strength coach at the University of Richmond.

As an assistant strength coach at University of Richmond, Elkin worked with all sports and trained future pro athletes including Sean Casey (Boston Red Sox), Shawn Barber (NFL  10 years) and Paris Lenon (Detroit Lions). He continued his education in the field of strength and conditioning by earning a Master’s degree in Exercise Science at the University of Tennessee.  While on the strength and conditioning staff at Tennessee, Elkin was in charge of the Baseball team’s training regimen.  During this time, the team broke, and still holds, the record for most home runs with 108 in one season. Elkin also worked with the football team, track and field program and basketball team. Jason had the privilege to train future NFL greats Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts, Super Bowl MVP), Leonard Little (St. Louis Rams), Al Wilson(NFL 8 years) and Deon Grant (Seattle Seahawks) to name a few.

Jason Elkin, PresidentElkin Sports Performance

Ryan Horton, Strength & Conditioning Coach was on hand to teach proper warm-up, stretching, and speed drills. ESP did a tremendous job in teaching the importance of conditioning and proper warm up drills. Elkin Sports Performance has trained student athletes, college athletes, and professional athletes.  Jason Elkin, ESP Founder and President trained 7 All Americans while at the University of Tennessee including  Payton Manning, Quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts. 

Rich Prado of Playin School College Recruiting Videos met with parents to give some tips on the college recruiting process. Rich has great results in the college recruiting game and we are really fortunate to have him share his expertise with the student/athletes and their parents. If you have questions about college recruiting for any sport please give Rich a call.

Rich Prado

Rich Prado of Playin School is a graduate of William & Mary and has been producing college recruiting videos for student athletes all over the US. Rich volunteered his time to produce some videos for Team Venom earlier this year and the players. You can check them out by clicking here.

York Lacrosse Club wants to give a big shout-out to Eric Moore, Jason Elkin, Ryan Horton, Glenn Carter, Fielding Crawford, Matt Lechik, Mike Moreno, Thomas Moreno, and all the folks who worked behind the scenes to make this clinic such a great success.

We would also like to thank the “blue” Warriors for allowing us to rent their field and canceling their practice so that we could conduct the clinic. We wish them a great season and are all looking forward to their home opener with Hampton Roads Academy on March 8, at 7:00 pm at the Warhill Sports Complex.

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