The best 400 high school lacrosse players in the Classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021 will converge on IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 16-18 for the first-ever National Lacrosse Federation NLF Futures at IMG event. More than 40 club programs from 24 states will be represented, including NLF founding members Baltimore Crabs, Big 4 HHH, Laxachusetts, Leading Edge, Long Island Express and Team 91.
Top professional players serving as NLF Futures at IMG coaches include Mike Bocklet, Ryan Boyle, Joe Fletcher, Adam Ghitelman, Kyle Hartzell, Mike Chanenchuk, Scott Ratliff, Liam Banks and Brian Spallina. Running instructional work and serving as coaches, attending colleges include Boston University, Cornell, Cortland, Georgetown, Haverford, High Point, Harvard, Hofstra, Johns Hopkins, Loyola, Marquette, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Princeton, Providence, Rutgers, St. Joseph’s, Syracuse, Virginia and USC.
“The lineup of players and coaches we have is truly world-class,” said NLF Director Sean Morris. “We were blown away by the response of players interested in participating in this first-year event, and NLF can’t wait to watch as our elite coaches and pros instruct and improve these talented recruits.”
Lax Sports Network will air the Class of 2019 Championship Game on Jan. 20 at 2 p.m., and 5 p.m., EST. Ty Xanders of Recruiting Rundown will be on hand to help select the top 120 players in the Class of 2019 to advance to play at a showcase at Boys’ Latin School (Md.) June 28-30, 2016.
Additional club teams represented include IMG, West Coast Starz, Thunder, Eclipse, Upstate Lacrosse, Dukes, FCA, MadLax, 3d National, C2C, Carolina Cannons, Monsters, Texas Mustangs, Denver Elite, Resolute, Virginia Lacrosse Club, PrimeTime, True Lacrosse, Ironhorse, Madlax, Mesa Fresh, STEPS, BBL, NH Tomahawks and more.
The NLF Futures at IMG event features two days (Jan. 16-17) of development, training and games followed by championship-format games in each class (2019, 2020, 2021) on Monday, Jan. 18.
For more information, check http://www.nationallacrossefederation.com/futuresimg or follow the event live through NLF’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About National Lacrosse Federation
Founded in 2015, the National Lacrosse Federation brings together the six leading lacrosse clubs of the East Coast with the same values, professionalism and love for the game. Working with like-minded programs from around the U.S. and Canada, NLF is focused on running elite events for elite players and teams. Other NLF events include the 2017 Uncommitted Showcase at Tufts Oct. 18, Fall Frosh Tournament in Baltimore on Nov. 1, Fall Individual Showcase in Philadelphia on Nov. 7, NLF Super Summer Series June 11-12 on Long Island, the Futures Elite Showcase July 12-14 in Boston and the NLF Summer Championship on Long Island July 16-17.