University of Washington Girls Lacrosse Camp

University of Washington

Seattle, WA


GameBreaker returns to Seattle for its 14th annual Washington girls lacrosse camp. Lacrosse sessions will emphasize individual stick work, positional training and team concepts.  We also scrimmage daily.  Join us this summer for a great week of lacrosse and new friends.  Full Day and Half Day camp options are offered.

About Our Coaches

Melanie Rizzotti

"We're excited to welcome Melanie into the Lute community as our first-ever varsity head coach. You couldn't ask for a better leader to navigate the women's lacrosse program's transition to a varsity sport and under her direction, I can't wait to see the team make their varsity debut in spring of 2025," said Athletic Director Mike Snyder.

"Melanie checked all the boxes we were looking for in a head coach. She has previous head coaching experience and understands the Division III philosophy as a former student-athlete at Whittier. An added bonus is her familiarity with the Pacific Northwest, having grown up in western Washington."

Rizzotti comes to Luteville after spending the previous two seasons at Division II University of Charleston. The Mukilteo, Washington native began her tenure with the Golden Eagles as a graduate assistant in 2022 before being elevated to head coach for the 2023 season.

Charleston tied a school record for wins in Rizzotti's first season at the helm, winning eight games while setting a school record for conference wins after closing the Mountain East Conference slate with a 7-3 mark. Rizzotti's Golden Eagles were edged in the MEC Tournament by eventual champion Notre Dame College.

"I would like to thank Mike Snyder and the hiring committee for the opportunity to join the PLU community and lead the first ever varsity Women's Lacrosse program," said Rizzotti.

"I'm so excited for the opportunity to continue to grow and elevate the game in my home state!"

Prior to Charleston, Rizzotti served as head junior varsity coach at Seattle Preparatory School for three seasons.

As a student-athlete, Rizzotti was named to the All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Team while playing at Division III Whittier College. A midfielder for the Poets, Rizzotti played in 61 games over her four year career, scoring 23 goals with seven assists and 79 ground balls.

Rizzotti graduated from Whittier College with a degree in sociology while earning a master's in business administration from Charleston.

Rizzotti will coach PLU's club women's lacrosse program this coming academic year before the program's varsity debut in the spring of 2025.

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*

Reviews (3)

reviews-10 Tina A. - Parent

My girls made so many friends at camp and couldn\'t stop talking about how great the staff was!

reviews-10 Kimberly J. - Camper

My favorite part of camp was when we scrimmaged. I can\'t wait to go back next summer.

reviews-10 Michelle B. - Parent

My daughter has been to many camps this summer and this one was her favorite. The staff at UW were energetic and always making sure she was learning and having a blast.

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