Boys GameBreaker Lacrosse Camp at Eastern CT State University

Eastern CT State University

Willimantic, CT 06226


About Our Coaches

Craig Gibson

Craig Gibson, an 18-year veteran as a Division I assistant and associate head men’s lacrosse coach, was selected as the seventh head coach in the 28-year history of the  men’s lacrosse program in July of 2023.

Having most recently served the past four years as the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Fairfield University, the South Salem, NY native replaces Marc Graham (five years/27-36 record) at Eastern. The Warriors finished 6-11 this past spring, 3-5 in the Little East Conference.

Upon Gibson's appointment, Eastern director of athletics Lori Runksmeier said that “I’m so excited coach Gibson will be joining the Eastern community. Craig’s proven expertise in developing explosive offenses emerged as a strength, and his ability to communicate with the athletes really made him stand out.”

“I would like to thank Lori Runksmeier and the members of the search committee for this opportunity to lead the men’s lacrosse program at Eastern Connecticut State University,” offered Gibson upon his selection. “I was impressed by the tradition of excellence that exists within the university, the family-like atmosphere and beautiful campus. I am extremely excited to join the campus community and begin preparing for the 2024 season.”

A former four-year starting midfielder at Springfield Coach (B.S. Degree in 2004), Gibson began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Division III Western New England University before moving on as an assistant coach at Colgate University for five years and as assistant coach and later associate head coach at Stony Brook University for eight years. In the summer of 2019, Gibson was named offensive coordinator at Fairfield under first-year head coach Andrew Baxter. This past spring, he was given additional responsibilities as associate head coach under Baxter.

Fairfield topped the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in scoring twice in Gibson’s tenure.

In 2022, Fairfield won half of its 14 matches – a seven-game swing for the better from 2021. With Gibson, the Stags led the CAA in 13.79 goals per game that year. The attack featured CAA Rookie of the Year Jack McKenna, who was the conference’s leading goal scorer as a freshman. The offensive midfield included All-CAA first teamer Taylor Strough and second team selection Mike Drake. That year, Fairfield also led the CAA and ranked fourth in the nation in man-up offense, converting 55 percent of its extra-man opportunities.

This past spring, McKenna ranked third in the CAA in goals per game (2.57) and junior attack Bryce Ford was fourth in points per game (3.04).  Ford, junior defenseman Zack Antoniou and freshman midfielder Will Consoli were named second-team All-CAA, with Consoli being recognized as CAA Rookie-of-the-Year.

During the COVID-abbreviated 2020 season, the Stags ranked eighth nationally with 16.43 goals per game and sixth in the nation at 26.71 points per contest.

Before being named at Fairfield, Gibson served as associate head coach for Stony Brook’s back-to-back America East regular-season championships in 2018 and 2019, and was also on the sidelines for the team’s 2012 America East title and NCAA postseason appearance.

As a collegian, Gibson helped the Pride to four NCAA Division III tournament appearances, including an 11-9 win over Eastern as the No. 5-ranked team nationally in the first round of the 2001 tournament and a two-goal loss to eventual national finalist Middlebury College in 2003. With Gibson, Springfield had a winning percentage of 74.7 (65-22), including a mark of 16-2 in 2001. A first-team All-Pilgrim League player, Gibson competed in the prestigious USILA North/South Senior All-Star Game and still ranks among the Springfield Top 20 in goals (9th/122), points (t-14th/188) and assists (t-16th/66).


Camp Details

Check-in/out: All campers check-in daily at 8:45 am. The full-day campers will check out daily at 3:00 pm with our half-day campers checking out at 12:00 pm.

Age & Ability: Our camp is open to boys ages 6-14, Our half-day camp option is open to ages 6-10 and our full-day camp option is open to ages 9-14. All abilities and levels are welcomed.

Meals: Campers are to bring their own lunch to camp.

Camp Overview


Fundamental Stick Work - Specialized stick routines involving box and targeted fundamental drills

Position-Specific Training

Defense - including a rotation of midfielders
Footwork – pivot, recovery, and angles
Stickwork – clearing, carrying, and stick protection
Field Awareness – slide, recovery, and on-ball play

Attack 
Situational Awareness – spacing, vision, and offensive flow
Shooting– time and room, on the run, shot placement, and selection
Dodging – from, X, ally, and up top
Riding – drop back, pressure, and 10-man rides

Midfield
Situational Awareness – spacing, vision, and offensive flow
Shooting– time and room, on the run, shot placement, and selection
Dodging – from, X the ally, and up top
Defensive Play – body positioning, field awareness, and sliding

Goalie
Communication - ball positioning, dictating the defensemen’s position and slides
Mechanics – placement in a cage, off the stick, and stick side movement
Clearing – moving the ball quickly, communicating where to go with the ball, and stick work

Face-Off Specialist
Mechanics – footwork and body positioning
Outlets – pushing the ball to wings, communicating how and where they should go
Draw – speed work, counter moves, and development of additional moves

Specialized Leadership Games and Events
Lacrosse capture the flag, lax baseball, lax water balloons, lax maze runner, ultimate lacrosse, and other leadership activities

Unsettled Situational Game Play, focused on special awareness specific to each type of situation

2v1 Fast play from the ally, X and Y
Crossfield 3v2 continuous play
3v4 off the ground ball and clears
Full-field transitional continuous play

Lunch

Chalk Talk - Reviewing techniques and game theories specific to the player's position and the week on-field technical activities

Grouped Position-Specific Training- Attack vs. Defense & Midfield vs. Midfield

1v1’s, 2v2’s 3v3’s, 4v4’s– from all positions on the field focusing on specific game philosophy, techniques, and spatial awareness

Specialized Team Building and Leadership Events
Lacrosse capture the flag, lax baseball, lax water balloons, lax maze runner, ultimate lacrosse, and other leadership activities

Game Play - Clear ride scrimmage, full-field scrimmages, camp championship tournament, 7 vs 7, box lacrosse tournament

Daily Award Ceremony

*Curriculum Varies Per Location and Director*

*For Sample Times of Daily Schedule, Visit Highlights Page*


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