FALL REGISTRATION OPENS

The Blackhawks fall lacrosse registration is now open for 9th through 12th graders of all experience levels (including new players). For more information see FALL 14 LACROSSE.  The cost is $60 for registrations received by September 1 and $75 thereafter.

The program will take place at Cash-Bagley Fields in Kernersville on Sunday afternoons (4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) beginning Sunday, September 14 and continuing through Sunday, November 2. It will focus on drills, short-sided scrimmages, and maximum ball touches.  The emphasis for all players will be on playing the game — both individually and as a team — in a fundamentally correct way.

Registered fall players who are interested in playing against outside competition may be invited to participate on a Blackhawks fall travel team – either Team Apache for experienced players or Team Bravo for less experienced players — based upon commitment, effort, attitude, ability and other factors as determined in the Blackhawks’ discretion.

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The Blackhawks fall calendar will also include a return of the Stick it to Hunger Lacrosse Classic for high school and adult players on Saturday, November 22.  Registration for that event will open in mid-September.

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Meltdown Title Concludes Summer ’14

Blackhawks Team Apache, 2014 Meltdown Champions

The Triad Blackhawks concluded their sixth summer as four teams — U13, U15, HS Bravo, and HS Apache — participated in the first annual 6M Midsummer Meltdown at Oak Ridge Town Park today and yesterday.  Almost 50 players saw their first tournament action, and each of the teams played their best lacrosse at the end of the tournament.  The Apache team took home the high school championship with a grueling 3-2 win over the Greensboro Lacrosse Club.  The U13, U15, and Bravo teams each saved their best games for last and competed well in the tournament.  The U13 team, in particular, showed such heart and passion and enjoyment

Super U13's

of the great game throughout the tournament, even as they lost a key midfielder to an ankle injury, their goalie to a hip injury, and two other injuries that kept players off the field in the later games.   The improvement of each of these teams over the course of the weekend is a testament to the resilience and coachability of each of the players and the players-first developmental approach of our talented coaches.

Team Bravo Huddles Before Game

The high school championship game between the Blackhawks Apache team and Greensboro Lacrosse Club (GLC) proved to be one of the tournament’s most exciting games.  The teams battled it out to a scoreless tie at halftime, with Apache having outshot GLC by a considerable margin but consistently failing to get the ball past sterling GLC keeper Griffin Glover.   After GLC scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Northwest Guilford HS trio of midfielders — Robert Russell, Brian Miller, and Aaron Blake — each scored a goal, with Ragsdale attackman Austin Prairieproviding 2 assists — to edge GLC for the tournament title. The ‘Hawks ended up undefeated on the weekend, conceding only 19 shots on goal and 7 goals in 5 games behind

U15 Team, Future Champions

an active and opportunistic defense led by Ragsdale’s Z’Andre Minter and the solid goalkeeping of HP Central’s Jacob Freeman. The Blackhawks controlled possession in most games, as Brenan Romero and Aaron Parrish excelled at the faceoff “x” for the Blackhawks. Prairie, who had 2 assists in the championship game, led all attackmen in scoring with 8 goals and 2 assists for the weekend. It was the middie play of Miller (9 g, 4 a), Blake (7 g, 3 a), and Parrish (11 g, 1 a), however, that provided much of the offensive

Apache vs GLC in Title Game

spark over the weekend. This was truly a program win, as all 140 of the Blackhawks’ high school players this summer competed against one another in HOTT Lax during June to make each other better.

The Blackhawks conclude their sixth summer with a huge “Thank You!” to our players for the effort, sportsmanship, and teamwork that were the hallmark of the Blackhawks’ teams in the Midsummer Meltdown and to all the coaches and players who participated this summer.

 

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Fire Ants Sting Hawks in OT

Fire Ants -- 2014 Adult HOTT Lax Champs

James Furlow’s 18-yard guided missile from the top right side in sudden death overtime — his 4th goal of the game —  stunned the top-seeded Adult Blackhawks, 9-8, and earned the Fire Ants the 2014 Adult HOTT Lax championship tonight at Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville.  Furlow, last year’s Adult HOTT Lax player of the year, and league scoring leader Randy Brooks scored 7 of the Fire Ants’ 9 goals in the championship game.  Furlow’s game-winning heroics followed a clutch save by steady Fire Ants keeper Cam Davis and sent the Adult Hawks to a heartbreaking title-game defeat for the second year in a row.  The Fire Ants’ win also overshadowed a hat-trick performance

Down but not out, the Adult Hawks reached the title game for the third year in a row

by Adult Hawk newcomer Michael Thomas.

The Fire Ants advanced to the final with a 10-3 victory over Team Voltage as Brooks scored 5 goals and Furlow scored twice and had 3 assists, while the Adult Hawks rode the strong goal-keeping of Markis Harrison and a hat-trick from Henry Farley to reach the title game with an 11-3 victory over the Old Goats.

Voltage rallied to beat the fiesty Old Goats, 8-7, in the third-place game.

Title Game Action, Adult HOTT Lax

 

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HOTT Lax Awards

HOTT Lax 2014 Player of the Year Tracer Leonard is flanked by 2013 Coach of the Year Erick "Boogie" Smith (left) and 2014 Coach of the Year Sam Newland

At the Blackhawks’ final position clinics on Wednesday, July 2, Tracer Leonard won HOTT Lax Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year; Brian Miller was named Offensive Player of the Year, and Sam Newland won Coach of the Year.  Both Leonard (McMichael HS) and Miller (NW Guilford HS) are multi-sport athletes and rising seniors at their high schools.  Miller took offensive honors for the second straight year, finishing top among all players in the Blackhawks “Hott Lax Impact Quotient” Rating System.  Miller and Leonard along with thirty-one other players — selected from among the 150 players in the Blackhawks’ high school program –were named to the All HOTT Lax Team and received invitations to participate on the Blackhawks Summer Travel Team that will

Awards Presentation, July 2, 2014

participate in the upcoming Midsummer Meltdown in Oak Ridge.

For the summer, the leaders in each statistical category were:

  • Goals — Aaron Parrish (16)
  • Shooting % — Spencer Dollman (63.6%)
  • Assists — Brian Miller (11)
  • Offensive Points — Miller (24)
  • Ground Balls — Brenan Romero (29)
  • Loose Balls Caused — Tracer Leonard (17)
  • Goalie Save % — Tyler Perkins (70.6%)
  • Goalie Saves — Thompson Vickers (40)

For more statistics, go to Team/Individual HOTT Lax Statistics

Congratulations to all of the award winners as well as to the many others who helped bring about another exciting summer of HOTT Lax.

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Cheese Louise!

Top Cheese, 2014 HS HOTT Lax Champs

Fifth-seeded Top Cheese pulled a shocker last night with three straight upsets — including a gritty 3-1 defensive win over top-seeded Wi Nots in the semifinals — to capture the 2014 Fiery Cup in the high school HOTT Lax playoffs tonight at festive Bagley Field. Spencer Dollman led the Top Cheese’s league-best offense with 6 goals and 2 assists on the night, with scoring help from Brian Miller, Aaron Blake, Lucas Duncan, and Talon Terry, but it was the aggressive defense of Ethan Chisholm, Brenan Romero, and John Lindstrom in front of goalie Jacob Freeman(12 saves, 67% saves) that turned out to be the difference in the impressive run to glory. The title game pitted Top Cheese against the up tempo Fire Breathers, the 2nd seed, but the defense kept things close before Dollman, Miller, and Duncan provided a key boost with

Fire Breathers, HOTT Lax Runners Up

unselfish offensive play to account for the 7-3 final.  Of interest in the final was the matchup of two of the league’s top freshman — undersized middies Eric Miller of Top Cheese and Aaron Harrell of Fire Breathers — who proved that they can compete with the “big” boys. Congratulations to Top Cheese Head Coach Erick “Boogie” Smith and the team-oriented, work ethic culture he developed with his resilient team.  Top Cheese led the league in two categories that the Blackhawks emphasize — assists and ground balls — and it proved key in a magical playoff run. Congrats Top Cheese!

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Why Not?

Wi Nots & Gang of Blue Compete Last Night

Buried and left for dead in the middle of the pack last week, the Wi Nots won both games last night at Cash-Bagley to move into first place with a 4-2-2 record and take the top seed in next week’s high school HOTT Lax playoffs.  The “Shot Heard Round the World” was a top-shelf rocket to the back of the net by Wi Not’s Zach Ferguson — his fourth goal of the game — to beat Top Cheese 8-7 in a thriller.  The Wii Nots are led on offense by Ferguson, the Craven brothers (Drew and Riley), and Robert Russell, while league ground ball and loose ball caused leader Tracer Leonard and the timely goalkeeping of Parker Dotson lead the defense.

Perhaps the night’s best offensive performance was turned in by Top Cheese attackman

Spectators Enjoy Game Action at Bagley Fields Last Night

Ryan Bingham of Grimsley, who notched 4 goals and dished out 2 assists to keep Top Cheese in the game against Wi Not.  The Top Cheese feature the NW Guilford middie tandem of Brian Miller and Aaron Blake and the groundball and defensive prowess of East Forsyth’s Brenan Romero.

The Fire Breathers, playing without its top keeper last night, dropped two games but still hung on to second place and a first-round bye in the playoffs.  They enter the playoffs with the tough defensive line of Z’Andre Minter, Mitch Jackson, and Sam Knibb in front of goalie Jacob Pace and a balanced, up tempo scoring attack.

The Steamed Crabs struggled but still got a split last night as league goal leader Aaron Parrish and East Forsyth teammate Charlie Bugg lit up the scoreboard against a depleted Gang of Blue. The Gang of Blue struggled without its starting goalie and top-scoring attackman last night, but expect to be in full force for the playoffs.

Beastly Llamas – led by defensive whiz Tommy Fradenburg  of East Forsythhigh-scoring middie Andre Carrano of HP Central, and the steady goalkeeping of RJ Reynolds’ Nathan White – pulled themselves out of last place with two wins last night.

The playoffs take place on Monday evening at Cash-Bagley.

For stats, standings, and playoff schedule, go to the HS HOTT Lax Page.

 

 

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Defense Dominates Early HS HOTT Lax

HS HOTT Lax Action, June 11, 2014

Four games into this summer’s HS HOTT Lax action, tough defense and outstanding goalkeeping have kept scores low and games exciting.  Six teams are off and running in their quest to secure the HOTT Lax championship.

With Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over the Beastly Llamas and 6-1 pelting of the Gang of Blue, Fire Breathers (3-1) holds the early lead over Steamed Crabs (3-1) on goal differential.  The Fire Breathers have relied on balanced scoring (including Austin Prairie with 4 goals and 2 assists), the Ragsdale defensive duo of Mitchell Jackson and Z’Andre Minter, the full-field intensity of Trevor and Matt Woods, and the clutch goalkeeping of Jacob Pace (68% saves), while the Crabs boast the East Forsyth scoring tandem of Nike Blue Chip Aaron Parrish (8 goals) and cat-quick Charlie Bugg (5 goals) along with Jaden “Grins” Knowles (3 g, 1 a) and  a strong

Gang of Blue (in white) vs Fire Breathers

complement of Alamance County players.

Four teams — Top Cheese, Beastly Llamas, Gang of Blue, and Wi Nots — are tied with 1-2-1 records.  Top Cheese is led by last summer’s offensive player of the year, Brian Miller, and his NW Guilford teammate Aaron Blake along with top defensive middie Brenan Romero and goalie Jacob Freeman (79% saves).  Beastly Llamas have relied upon Tommy Fradenburg, Sam Burgmann, and Andre Carrano on defense and Stephen Arkiszewski and August Case on offense.  Llama keeper Tyler Perkins boasts an 85% save percentage.  The Wi Nots have struggled a bit offensively, but have stayed in games on the backs of defender Tracer Leonard and goalie Parker Dotson.  The Gang of Blue looks strong when goalie save leader Thompson Vickers is in a zone, and the goal-scoring capability of Isaac Shore and the full-field tenacity of middies Nieko Overton and Keyvon Davis has other teams on the lookout for a run by this team.

Stats and standings appear at HS HOTT Lax.

Plenty of games left before the “cream rises to the top.”

 

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Spring Team Finishes Strong

Hawks Pose After N Davidson Game, 4/24/14

The 2014 spring Blackhawks won their final four games of the season to ensure the team’s first winning record since 2011.  Under the direction of first-year head coach Sam Newland, the spring Hawks’s varsity team finished 6-5 while the junior varsity finished 4-2-1, giving the ‘Hawks an overall record of 10-7-1.  In addition to the weather issues faced by all area teams this spring, the ‘Hawks overcame an especially tumultuous spring that featured eighteen different roster changes and ultimately reduced an initial roster of 26 down to as low as 12 for a few mid-season games before return of some players raised the roster count to 19 players.  The group that remained was one of the most resilient, tenacious, and close-knit teams that the Blackhawks have ever had. Eighteen different

February Practice. Fields Closed, but not the Parking Lot ...

players scored goals, and sixteen different players took faceoffs. Last year’s top goal scorer was unable to play this spring.   Last year’s top defender became this year’s top goal scorer.  It was truly an amazing and rewarding spring season, a testament to what a team can do when they work hard and stick together.  Congratulations to Coach Newland and the spring Blackhawks!

 

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Summer Registration Opens

The Blackhawks are pleased to announce their 6th summer of lacrosse!

Registration for the program, which runs from early June (late May for high school players) to July, is now open at the Summer 14 tab on this website or directly at Summer Registration.

Hott Lax leagues return once again, with games and playoffs at Cash-Bagley Fields in Kernersville.  Last summer, 130 high school players and 100 adults competed for Hott Lax crowns in their respective divisions.  While it will be hard to top last summer’s improbable and exciting playoff runs, it won’t stop us from trying!  These leagues are open to players of all experience levels, including new players.

This summer features:

  • Sunday evening Adult Hott Lax.
  • Monday evening High School Hott Lax for rising 8th through 12th graders.
  • Tuesday & Thursday evening youth program, including 7 v 7 Hott Lax
  • Lacrosse “Olympics” for youth and high school players
  • High School skills clinics on Wednesday evenings.
  • Tournament participation for selected players.
  • Kernersville Youth Clinic during the week of June 23.
  • Northeast Youth Clinic in mid-July.
  • Various other clinics and scrimmages.

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An early bird discount is available for registrations received before midnight on Sunday, May 11.

See you this summer!

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Newland Takes Helm of Spring Blackhawks

Sam Newland, Spring Blackhawks Head Coach

Sam Newland, who headed up the Blackhawks tournament team last fall, has been named the head coach of the Spring Blackhawks as the team enters its fifth season of competition.  Newland, who hails from Vienna, VA, recently completed a successful 4-year career as a faceoff and defensive midfielder for the Guilford College Quakers where he was a member of the Student-Athlete Honor Roll.  He came to Guilford College from John Marshall High School in Falls Church, VA, where he also participated in football, basketball, and swimming.

In 2012, Newland was named defensive coordinator for the Blackhawks and has served as a coach of the Blackhawks travel teams each of the last two summers.

Newland is also a key performer for the Adult Blackhawks.

The spring Blackhawks is comprised mostly of players from high schools who do not field lacrosse teams.  It plays a competitive spring schedule while adhering to its developmental philosophy that every player, irrespective of experience, who works hard and has a good team attitude will play in competition.

Newland will be assisted this spring by coaches Brian Keefe, Brian Brown, Rick Carrano, and Justin Pearson.

Congratulations and good luck to Coach Sam and the spring ‘Hawks!

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