FGCU Boys Lacrosse Camp

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL


Overview

Join GameBreaker this summer as we return to FGCU for our 13th annual summer lacrosse camp.  Webber International University Assistant Coach, Ryan McAleavey joins GameBreaker Lacrosse for another week of great lacrosse instruction.  Campers will stay in air-conditioned dorms and play on the school's athletic fields.

Covid-19 Policy: Proof of Vaccination OR proof of negative COVID PRC tests within 72 of camp IS required prior to arriving at camp. In addition we ask ALL CAMPERS to bring in there health forms, Athletic Monitoring Form, and COVID Liability Waiver to camp check-in.

These forms can be found in the camper packet on the Forms Page


About Our Coaches

Ryan McAleavey

Ryan McAleavey served eight seasons as the head coach of the men's lacrosse program at Florida Tech from 2000-01 to 2018-19. “Coach Mac” has since moved back to Florida and reconnected with Coach Burdick, who recruited him to come on staff for Webber’s inaugural season in 2021.

McAleavey was named the Florida Tech’s first men’s lacrosse head coach on Friday, August 13, 2010, and the inaugural game took place on February 14, 2012, versus Saint Leo University. McAleavey finished with a career record of 46-53 at Florida Tech, was named the 2013 Deep South Conference Coach of the Year, and guided the Panthers to three SSC Tournament appearances. Additionally, he coached three All-Americans and had 15 first-team all-conference players, 12 second-team all-conference players, three all-conference honorable mention players and nine all-freshman team players during his time in Melbourne, Florida.

During McAleavey’s last season at Florida Tech in 2018, the Panthers went 9-6 overall and 6-1 in SSC play while ranking as high as No. 9 in the nation in the Nike/US Lacrosse Poll and No. 13 in the USILA Coaches Poll. Florida Tech rattled off a school-record eight straight wins over the final nine games of the regular season and took down No. 5 Tampa and No. 10 Mount Olive in consecutive one-goal victories during the streak and jumped out to a 6-0 mark in the league play, becoming the first team in SSC men's lacrosse history to reach six conference wins. The Panthers made their third appearance in the SSC Tournament but fell to Tampa in the semifinals. Logan Sweeney became the third player in program history to be tabbed an All-American, earning USILA All-American Honorable Mention honors.

In 2017, McAleavey led Florida Tech to an 8-7 overall record and a 3-2 mark in the SSC as the Panthers won six of their final eight regular season games and earned their second ever appearance in the SSC Men's Lacrosse Tournament. Florida Tech picked up its first-ever victory over a top-5 program, taking down Seton Hill 5-3. Florida Tech defeated Lynn 13-6 in the semifinals to reach their second league championship game in three seasons, where the Panthers fell to Tampa 12-8. Addison Abramson and Grant Hughes became the first student-athletes in program history to be named All-Americans. Abramson was a USILA/Nike Third Team All-American while Hughes earned honorable mention honors. Hughes then became the first Panther to be selected in the MLL Draft, taken in the 10th round with the 82nd pick by the Florida Launch.

Before his time at Florida Tech, McAleavey served as the boy’s head coach at Red Bank Regional High School in New Jersey, where he guided the Bucs to a top-four finish in their division after being picked to place last in the preseason poll. Prior to working with the Bucs, McAleavey roamed the sidelines at St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, New Jersey. After inheriting a team that was unable to tally a win the season prior to his arrival, he built a respectable squad, leading them to five victories on the playing field.

McAleavey served as the associate head coach/offensive coordinator at Suffolk Community College before moving on to Vianney High School. At Suffolk, he had the opportunity to coach a consistent top-five National Junior College Athletic Association lacrosse program. Two of his teams were region runner-ups and his 2006 club not only won its region, but advanced to the NJCAA National Championship.

The Brentwood, New York, native has experience in developing a program from his time at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield, Connecticut. As the institution’s first head lacrosse coach, he was responsible for all aspects of starting the program, and in each of his three years at Notre Dame Catholic, his teams consistently improved. By year three, the squad fielded 30-35 varsity players and it qualified for the high school’s Division II playoffs.

Before he embarked on his coaching career, McAleavey was a standout attackman at Dowling College, pacing the team in goals all four years. Following a junior campaign where he scored 60 goals and dished out 15 assists, he garnered United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division II All-America Honorable Mention honors. Although his collegiate career concluded in 1999, McAleavey still holds school records for goals and points in a single-season and career.

Following his collegiate career, McAleavey inked a free agent contract with the New Jersey Pride. Shortly after signing, he was asked to join the coaching staff as an assistant. With one season of coaching experience under his belt, he still had a strong desire to play. In 2004, he was selected by the Pride in the ninth round of the 2004 Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft.  Even though his career was cut short due to injury, he remained on the team as an assistant coach.


Camp Details

Check in/out: Overnight and Extended Day Campers check in at 12pm on the first day of camp and Check out at 12pm on the last day. On the second and third day of camp the extended day campers will arrive at 8:45am and get picked up at 9:00pm.

Check-In is between 12pm-1pm at Osprey Hall in South Village Dorms are Triple Occupancy Rooms

For GPS directions use: 

FGCU - Osprey Hall 

10751 FGCU South Bridge Loop Rd

Ft. Myers, FL 33965

Age & Ability: Camp is open to boys ages 8-16, all ability levels welcomed.

Meals Provided: Overnight campers will be provided with all meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Extended day campers will be provided with Lunch and Dinner

Covid-19 Policy: Proof of Vaccination OR proof of negative COVID PRC tests within 72 of camp IS required prior to arriving at camp. In addition we ask ALL CAMPERS to bring in there health forms, Athletic Monitoring Form, and COVID Liability Waiver to camp check-in.

These forms can be found in the camper packet on the Forms Page

Camper Schedule: 

1st Day
12:00pm – Registration and Check in
1:00pm-2:00pm - Orientation
2:00pm-4:30pm - Afternoon Lacrosse Session
4:30pm-5:00pm - Team Building Activities
5:00pm-5:45pm - Dinner
6:00pm-9:00pm – Evening Lacrosse Session / Extended Day Pick up

10:00 – Lights Out

2nd and 3rd Days

7:45am-8:30am – Breakfast (Overnight Campers Only)
8:45am - Extended Day Drop Off
9:00am-11:30am - Morning Lacrosse Session
11:30am-12:30pm - Lunch
12:30pm-1:30pm - Group Activities and Games
1:30pm-4:00pm - Afternoon Lacrosse Session
4:00pm-5:00pm – Leadership Driven Group Activities
5:00pm-5:45pm - Dinner
6:00pm-9:00pm - Evening Lacrosse Session / Extended Day Pick up

10:00 – Lights Out

4th Day

7:45am-8:30am – Breakfast (Overnight Campers Only)
8:45am – Extended Day Drop Off
9:00am - 11:30am - Morning Lacrosse Session
12:00pm - Closing Award Ceremonies
12:15pm-1:15pm - Check Out

 

 

 

Morning Training Session

Developmental 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
Stick work – 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 the 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 cage, off 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

 

Afternoon Training Session

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

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

 

Grouped Position Specific Training- Attack vs. Defense, Midfield vs. Midfield and LSM’s

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

 

Evening Training Session

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

 

Daily Award Ceremony


Reviews (3)

reviews-10 Fred J. - Parent

GameBreaker put on a great camp this summer. All of the coaches were very helpful and hands on while coaching. They were key in making sure my son had fun.

reviews-10 Mike C. - Camper

The coaches were great! I had so much fun playing lacrosse with a bunch of the friends I made. They always had something for us to do. I never felt like I was watching and waiting in line for my turn.

reviews-10 Kenny C. - Parent

The GameBreaker Lacrosse camp we attended this summer was excellent. My son stayed overnight and he absolutely loved it. We hope our schedule matches up next year because he would love to come back.

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