Lake Forest Academy Girls Lacrosse Camp

Lake Forest Academy

Lake Forest, IL


Overview

Known as one of the North Shore's favorite sports camps, GameBreaker returns to Lake Forest for this girls lacrosse camp. Campers will stay in the campus dorms and play on the school's varsity 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

Meghan McCarthy

Meghan McCarthy is the Head Coach at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago IL.

McCarthy had great success in the 2019 season, she led the team to a historic ending for the program. Finishing the year 11-4 and seated in 2nd place in the MWLC. Illinois Tech made it to post season playoffs for the schools first ever appearance.

As a student-athlete, McCarthy played lacrosse at Robert Morris University-Chicago and was very successful during her collegiate career.  She was named the NAIA Rookie of the Year in 2012, achieved First Team All-Conference and All-American awards in 2012 and 2013, and won a National Championship in 2014, where she was named the National Tournament MVP.

Prior to Illinois Tech, McCarthy was Assistant Coach at Elmhurst College and Davenport University. As the defensive coordinator for Davenport in 2015, the team won 16 games and proved to be one of NAIA's top teams, reaching the MWLL National Championship game. Brady has also served as Head Coach at two Chicagoland area high schools (Barrington and Fenwick) as well as coaches club for the American Youth Lacrosse Association and 1223 Lacrosse.


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

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
1:00pm - Registration and Check in
2:00pm-2:30pm - Orientation
2:30pm-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 - 10:30am - Morning Lacrosse Session
10:30pm - Closing Award Ceremonies
11:00am - Check Out

Morning Training Session 

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 - recovery and on ball play
Body Positioning - ABCDs of defense (for 1 on 1 defense)

Attack 
Situational Awareness - spacing, vision and offensive flow
Shooting - time and room, on the run, shot placement and selection, and faking before shooting
Dodging - from X, the ally and up top,
Transitioning- Riding the ball

Midfield
Situational Awareness - spacing, vision, and offensive flow
Shooting - time and room, on the run, shot placement and selection and faking before shooting
Dodging - from X, the ally and up top
Defensive Play - body positioning and field awareness
Transitioning- Riding the ball, fast breaks, settling

Goalie
Communication - ball positioning, dictating the defense’s positions and player positioning
Mechanics - placement in cage, off stick and stick side movement, reaction time
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

Afternoon Training Session 

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 activities

Evening Training Session 

Game Play – 7v7, small sided games, full field scrimmage, situational gameplay, clearing and riding the ball, camp championship tournament


Reviews (3)

reviews-10 Marvin B. - Parent

My could not believe how much better she got at camp this summer. The coaching staff was great and got the best out of the campers.

reviews-10 Janelle G. - Camper

I learned so much from the coaches as well as other campers. I feel like I learned more this week than ever before. The coaches did a great job teaching.

reviews-10 Caroline K. - Parent

The coaches all did a great job teaching different drills emphasizing all aspects of the game. My daughter plans on showing her teammates some of the drills she learned at camp.

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