GameBreaker Girls Lacrosse Camp Western Connecticut State University

Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, CT


Overview

GameBreaker Girls Lacrosse Camp returns to Western Connecticut State University which offers both turf and grass fields and campers will stay in the campus dorms and eat meals in the dining hall. Join us for a great week of lacrosse training and new friends!


About Our Coaches

Jennifer Thomas

Jennifer Thomas is the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Western Connecticut State University.

Thomas, a native of Waterford, Conn. was and Assistant Coach at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa. and had the honor to coach a First-Team All-American, a First-Team All-Star student-athlete, four IWLCA Region players, a pair of North/South Senior All-Stars, seven All-Conference (PSAC) stars and 10 IWLCA All-Academic Honor Players. During her tenure at Mercyhurst the team was named Top Team GPA in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference for three consecutive years, IWLCA Academic Honor Squad, and received the 2015 Academic Merit Squad Award for the top GPA in the country within NCAA Division II.

Prior to her appointment at Mercyhurst, Thomas was an assistant coach at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. While with the Lyons, she mentored three All-NEWMAC players, two IWLCA All-Region players and two ECAC First-Team All Stars. MHC received IWLCA Academic Honors and appeared in the NEWMAC Tournament during her tenure.

Thomas began her collegiate playing career at American International College (AIC) in Springfield, Mass. as a scholarship student-athlete. For the Yellow Jackets, she starred in the midfield and in the defense side of the field. She then transferred to Springfield College and was a draw specialist for her junior and senior year. Thomas led the Pride to back-to-back New England Women's Conference Championships and led Springfield to two straight trips to the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament. She was named team captain for Springfield for her senior campaign.

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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.

Age & Ability: Camp is open to 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

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 1

Fundamental Stick Work Specialized stick routines 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 – 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
Clearing and Riding

 

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 and field awareness

 

Goalie

Communication - ball positioning, dictating the defense’s positions and player positioning
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

 

Draw 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

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

 

Afternoon Training Session 2

Game Play - Clear ride scrimmage, full field scrimmages, camp championship tournament, 7 vs 7, small field lacrosse tournament, situational game play

 

Daily Award Ceremony


Reviews (3)

reviews-10 Dominick T - Parent

As soon as we got to camp my daughter could not wait to play. I am pretty sure she did not stop smiling all week. As a parent that is the exact atmosphere you want to see at a summer camp. Very well done camp. See you next year.

reviews-10 Stacy K. - Camper

I had such a good time at camp. The coaches were great, and so was the food. We had so much fun staying in the dorms like we were in college.

reviews-10 Kim C. - Parent

My daughter came home from camp and could not stop telling me about what a blast she had. Thank you GameBreaker, I will recommend this camp to all of the other moms on the team. See you next year!!

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