Girls Lacrosse Camp at Gould Academy

Gould Academy

Bethel, ME 04217


GameBreaker is excited to announce that we are going to hold a girls lacrosse camp at Gould Academy in Bethel, ME. Campers will enjoy playing on the school's athletic fields and staying in the dorms on campus.

About Our Coaches

David Keenan

Coach David Keenan was the first full-time women’s lacrosse coach in Saint Joseph’s history. He focuses on recruiting players who fit within the culture he has championed since his earliest days as a coach.

Coach Keenan has found success curating a team of strong and serious students who happen to be passionate about playing lacrosse. Most importantly, they buy into the team’s expectations and values, and are willing to provide support and encouragement to their teammates. The result of this proven formula is a team that loves to both play and spend time together, helping cement bonds that pay dividends on and off the field.

In addition to his regular full-time coaching duties at Saint Joseph’s, Keenan is heavily involved in his home and college communities, as he volunteers his time coaching at clinics and programs run by USA Lacrosse, universities, and club programs and serves as a coach at Wicked Lacrosse.

Most recently, Coach Keenan brought the Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse program to new heights in his first full season at the helm after overseeing the team during pandemic-shortened campaigns in 2020 and 2021.

Under Keenan's watch in 2022, the Monks posted a 20-1 record with a perfect 13-0 mark in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play. As the top seed in the GNAC Tournament, St. Joe's toppled Elms College, 20-4, in quarterfinal play and advanced to the conference championship game with a 12-7 triumph over Emmanuel College in semifinal action.

Hosting second-seeded – and four-time defending GNAC champion - Johnson & Wales University in the title bout, Saint Joseph's trailed for the better part of the contest but clinched the crown with three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter, winning 10-9.

Making their second NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2015, the Monks faced #23 SUNY-Geneseo in the opening round and suffered a 19-2 defeat at the hands of the Knights.

The 2022 Monks established numerous team records, including wins (20), points (510), shots (744), shots on goal (571), free-position goals (60), draw controls (330), and man-up goals (26), and several players broke longstanding individual season marks and garnered postseason accolades for their efforts under Coach Keenan's leadership.

The 2021 campaign was off to a similar start as Saint Joseph’s held a 6-2 record – including a 2-1 mark in GNAC play – when the pandemic forced the college to send students home in late April. The Monks’ two losses came at the hands of quality opponents – NESCAC foe Bates College and reigning GNAC Champion Johnson & Wales (12-11 in OT) – as the team looked poised to make a lengthy playoff run. Six players collected All-Conference honors.

In Coach Keenan's first year as the Monks’ clipboard carrier (2020), he led the Royal Blue to a 4-1 record with wins over Husson, Maine Maritime, Southern Maine, and UMaine-Farmington before the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Coach Keenan, joined the women's lacrosse program as an assistant coach in the fall of 2018, and prior to that had an impressive background - both playing and coaching - in the sport of lacrosse.

Keenan was instrumental in bringing girls’ lacrosse to the Lakes Region, where he began with a small youth team, eventually building and running a full, thriving lacrosse program that served local girls from 3rd through 12th grade. In 2018, just the fourth year of his Lake Region High School Girls’ Varsity program, his team won their first State Championship.

In Coach Keenan's playing career he was an All-American goalie at Bethpage High School in Long Island, NY and went on to earn a scholarship to play DI Lacrosse at North Carolina State University. After graduating with a degree in Agricultural Economics, he was drawn to Naples, Maine, where he started a successful small business and lives with his wife and two daughters.

Camp Details

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

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

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

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*

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