Nov. 28, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. –
Irish fans: University of Notre Dame women’s lacrosse is coming to a town near you this winter! Head coach Christine Halfpenny and her staff are heading to Greenfield, Massachusetts, (December 7) and Atlanta, Georgia, (December 20-21) for their annual Attack the Pipes Girl’s Lacrosse Camp.
“Lacrosse continues to be the fastest growing sport and our staff is excited to travel around the country and help grow the game,” said Halfpenny. “Having the opportunity to offer young girls a chance to learn more about the game and improve their skill set while bringing some of the best coaches in the country to their hometown is really awesome.”
“We take a lot of pride in teaching the game of lacrosse, a sport that has given my staff so many opportunities. The amount of fun youth players and future DI players are having during our clinics and camps brings great joy to our staff.”
The Attack the Pipes clinic in Greenfield, Mass., is first on the docket and will take place at Indoor Action Sports on 1385 Bernardston Road, Sunday, Dec. 7. The clinic is made up of two sessions, one that emphasizes individual skills and another that covers situational play. The first session is $65 and the second is $50, or $110 for both. Participants must register and pay online prior to the event.
The first session is on individual skills and runs from 9-11:30 a.m. It’s open to girls of all skill levels that are in grades 7-12. Skills covered during the two hour, 30 minute session will include shooting, faking, checking, ground balls, stick skills and draw control and will also show participants shooting and faking workouts in addition to wall ball.
Greenfield’s second session emphasizes small-sided situational play and runs from 12:30-2:30 p.m. This session is open girls of all skill levels that are in grades 9-12. It will include coaching on man-up and man-down opportunities, team offense and defense and crease offense and defense. This session will also feature a 5-on-5 tournament.
The second clinic is set for Cambridge High School in Milton, Ga., which is about 30 miles outside of Atlanta, the weekend of Dec. 20-21. There are three options.
– The two-day day camp is $250 per participant and is open to all girls in grades 8-12, with campers being grouped according to skill level. It will feature coaches from Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins, Army and Duke. Saturday lunch and a T-Shirt is included.
– Saturday’s session is set to run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Sunday lasting from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Skills emphasized during the two days will be individual play, small strategy and game-like situations with a camp tournament set to take place Sunday.
– There will also be a separate youth clinic in Georgia on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for second through seventh graders. That clinic is $55 per player and includes a free T-Shirt.
Participants in both clinics should bring their stick, goggles, mouth guard, water bottle and shoes for field turf surface. Goalies should bring all their usual equipment including pads and helmet.
Youth interested in either camp should have a parent or guardian register them at the official Attack The Pipes website atplacrosse.com, which has all forms and information readily available.
Any further questions can be directed to assistant coach Sarah Dalton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The 2014 season saw Notre Dame rise to a peak of No. 6 in the national polls, eventually earning the eight-seed for the NCAA Championship. The Irish were selected to host the first and second rounds of NCAA competition at Arlotta Stadium. The Irish led the ACC in both ground balls and turnovers last spring and return a pair of collegiate All-Americans in sophomore attacker Cortney Fortunato (third team, 2014) and senior defender Barbara Sullivan (first team, 2013).