Worcester State University Girls Lacrosse Camp

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA 01602


About Our Coaches

Kelly Downs

Kelly Downs was promoted to head coach of the Worcester State women’s lacrosse program in 2017 after serving as the Associate Head Coach in 2016. Prior to her promotion, she served as an assistant coach for three seasons and coached a total of fourteen all-conference players during her time at Worcester State. Coach Downs doubles as the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team and as the assistant field hockey coach.

While Coach Downs was on the sidelines, the Lancers have posted a trifecta of 13-win campaigns to tie the school record for wins in a season (2013, 2014, 2015). In 2014, the Blue and Gold earned a berth in the MASCAC Tournament title game and vied for the ECAC Division III New England Tournament trophy in the championship match. In Downs’ inaugural season, the team broke the school record for wins and saw appearances in both the MASCAC and ECAC semifinals.

Outside of Worcester State, Downs coaches the Bay State Bullets Club Lacrosse Program, which she has been a part of for the past three years. Prior to coming to Worcester State, Coach Downs served as the head coach of the varsity girl’s lacrosse team at Oliver Ames High for three seasons and served as an assistant coach for her alma mater, Bridgewater State. In both years, she helped the Bears earn a pair of LEC Tournament bids, two ECAC Division III Tournament berths and the squad won the MASCAC regular season title twice.

As an undergraduate at Bridgewater State, Coach Downs was two-year member of the women's lacrosse team and aided Bears in their run to the 2008 NEWLA Championship and ECAC Division III Championship game with 11 goals and two helpers in 20 games.

Downs was a three-time All-Little East standout defensive back for the field hockey team at Bridgewater State, as she was garnered with second team NFHCA All-New England honors in 2009. In 71 starts she totaled 16 defensive saves to go with seven goals and four assists for 14 career points. In each of her last three seasons she was among the LEC leaders in defensive stops. She also helped the Bears to the ECAC Division III New England Championship in 2007.

She was a recipient of the BSU Student-Athlete Leadership Award at the spring athletics awards banquet during her final semester.

Downs has served in the role of coordinator of student-athlete support services since 2014, where she helps with academic advising, student-athlete retention, and assisting with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Athlete Mentor Program (AMP). Coach Downs had previously served in a similar role at Worcester State as part of a position that had been funded through the NCAA Division III Ethnic and Minority Internship grant.

Coach Downs, who earned her Bachelor’s degree in business management from Bridgewater State in 2010, also holds her Master’s degree in athletic administration from Endicott College in 2012.


Camp Details

Check-in/out: All campers check-in daily at 8:45 am. The full-day campers will check out daily at 4:00 pm with our half-day campers checking out at 12:00 pm.

Age & Ability: Our camp is open to boys ages 6-16, Our half-day academy option is open to ages 6-10 and our full-day camp option is open to ages 9-16. All abilities and levels are welcomed.

Meals: Campers are to bring their own lunch to camp.

Camp Schedule:
8:45 - Campers arrive and check-in; Stretching and warm-up
9:15 - First Session - Individualized skill work
10:15 - Position specific training
10:30 – Break, team building, and leadership events
10:45 – Unsettled situational gameplay
12:00 – Supervised group lunch, Half-Day Campers depart
12:45 – Camp games and team building events
1:00 - Team Concepts – Settled game awareness and play
2:00 - Team games – Scrimmages
4:00 – Daily review and award ceremony - Full-Day Campers depart

Morning Training Session 1

Fundamental Stick Work - Specialized stick routines involving the box and targeted fundamental drills

Position-Specific Training

Defense - including a rotation of midfielders
Footwork – pivot, recovery, and angles
Stickwork – clearing, carrying, and stick protection
Field Awareness – slide, 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
Riding – drop back, pressure, and 10-man rides

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, field awareness, and sliding

Goalie
Communication - ball positioning, dictating the defensemen’s position and slides
Mechanics – placement in the cage, off stick and stick side movement
Clearing – Moving the ball quickly, communicating where to go with the ball, and stick work

Face-Off 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

Specialized Leadership Games and Events
Lacrosse capture the flag, lax baseball, lax water balloons, lax maze runner, ultimate lacrosse, and other leadership activities

Morning Training Session 2

Unsettled Situational Game Play, focused on special awareness specific to each type of situation

2v1 Fast play from the ally, X and Y
Crossfield 3v2 continuous play
3v4 off the ground ball and clears
Full-field transitional continuous play

Lunch

Chalk Talk - Reviewing techniques and game theories specific to the player's position and the week's on-field technical activities

Afternoon Training Session 1

Grouped Position-Specific Training- Attack vs. Defense, Midfield vs. Midfield, and LSM’s
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, box lacrosse tournament

Daily Award Ceremony


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