Girls GameBreaker Lacrosse Camp at The Ethel Walker School

The Ethel Walker School

Simsbury, CT 06070

About Our Coaches

Jill Mountford

Coach Jill Mountford is in her first year as head coach of The Ethel Walker School lacrosse program. Prior to Walker’s, Coach Mountford was the Head Lacrosse Coach and Assistant Soccer Coach at Gann Academy in Waltham, MA, rebuilding the programs after Covid-19. Coach Mountford has also coached with 3d New England for numerous years, even coaching the 2025 3d National Team in the Summer of 2022. She has a USA Lacrosse Level 1 Coaching Certification and earned her bachelor's degree from Bentley University. As a high school athlete, Coach Mountford was a three sport varsity athlete playing soccer, field hockey and lacrosse. She was a two time First-Team All-State lacrosse player in Connecticut during her career as well. 

Camp Details

Check in/out: All campers check in daily at 8:45 am with check out at 12:00 pm.

Age & Ability: Our camp is open to girls ages 6-16, all ability and levels are welcomed.

Camp Curriculum:

Fundamental Stick Work- Specialized stick routines and targeted fundamental drills

Position Specific Training-

Defense- including a rotation of midfielders
Footwork - pivoting, recovery and angles
Stickwork - clearing, carrying, grounds balls and stick protection
Field Awareness - man up or man down situations, on and off ball defensive play
Body Positioning - ABCDs of defense (for 1 on 1 defense)

Situational Awareness - spacing, vision and offensive flow
Shooting - 8 meters, on the run, shot placement and selection, and faking before shooting
Dodging - from X, face dodge, split dodge, roll dodge
Transitioning- Riding the ball

Situational Awareness - spacing, vision, and offensive flow
Shooting - 8 meters, on the run, shot placement and selection and faking before shooting
Dodging - from X, face dodge, split dodge, roll dodge
Defensive Play - body positioning and field awareness
Transitioning- Riding the ball, fast breaks both offensively and defensively, settling

Communication - ball positioning, dictating the defense’s positions and player positioning
Mechanics - placement in cage, off stick and stick-side movement, reaction time, hand/eye coordination
Clearing - moving the ball quickly, communicating where to go with the ball and stick work

Draw Specialist-
Mechanics - footwork and body positioning
Taking the Draw - pushing , pulling, or self-drawing, ball tracking
Circle - speed work, ground balls, ball tracking, and reaction time

Unsettled Situational Game Play, focused on special awareness specific to game-like situations-
2v1, 3v2- Fast play from the elbows and X
Crossfield 3v2 continuous play
3v4 off ground ball and clears
Full field transitional continuous play

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 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, lacrosse tic-tac-toe racing, lacrosse head-shoulders-knees-toes-ball, and other leadership and team building activities

Game Play- 7v7, small sided games, full field scrimmage, situational gameplay, clearing and riding the ball

Chalk Talk- Reviewing techniques and game theories regarding specific positioning and game-like situations

*Curriculum Varies Per Location and Director*

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

Reviews (3)

reviews-10 Jacqueline Q.

As a parent, I was thoroughly impressed with GameBreaker Lacrosse Camp. The coaches were incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the sport, providing personalized attention to each camper. My child not only improved their lacrosse skills but also gained confidence both on and off the field. The emphasis on teamwork and sportsmanship was evident throughout the camp. Highly recommend for any young lacrosse player looking to take their game to the next level.

reviews-10 Georgina A.

GameBreaker Lacrosse Camp was an empowering and educational experience from start to finish. I appreciated the focus on both technical skills and mental toughness, as well as the emphasis on leadership and sportsmanship.

reviews-10 Katherine O.

My daughter had an amazing experience with this camp. Not only did the instructors make playing lacrosse exciting, they also guided my daughter with tips on how to improve her skills. She will definitely be attending the camp again next year!

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