As the high school season approaches, the club season draws to a close. With several club teams in the state, we sent a questionnaire to each club director to tell us what they did in the past few months and where they are headed in the future. First up is Wasatch LC.
ULN: Give us a brief introduction of your club.
WLC: Wasatch Lacrosse Club is made up of a distinctive group of young men who are each hand-picked for their on-field talents and off-field display of character. Players are selected from across the state of Utah to showcase their abilities to NCAA and MCLA coaches at the highly competitive tournaments we attend. To be a member of Wasatch Lacrosse Club you must strive to play lacrosse at the highest level and always play selfless, with a team first mentality. You must also represent the community you live in and high school you attend with a sense of pride and responsibility.
Our mission is to provide a distinct advantage in College Recruiting to players on our club over other teams. We go the extra miles with filming our games, recording stats, making highlight films, emailing and calling college programs for you, and so on. Hard work, fun, and dedicated coaching are the foundation of Wasatch Lacrosse Club. Developing friendships between players and parents from various schools and communities are a key factor to the “Satch Lax” experience.
• Promote the sport of lacrosse at a high level of competition and promote our players.
• Have individuals who are better people than they are lacrosse players.
• Team recognition, player recognition, prepare for collegiate experience.
ULN: What tournaments and trips did your club attend this year?
*U19 Vail Lacrosse Shootout (2016 dates: June 26-29)
A week in Philadelphia that included Tri-State National Lacrosse Festival Senior A Division (2016 dates: July 5-12)
*Las Vegas Lacrosse Showcase HS Elite Division (2016 dates: November 4-6)
ULN: What were the highlights of your club’s season?
Playing the Baltimore Crabs in Vail. Playing Dukes LC to a one goal loss. We also made it to the championship of each tournament we entered.
*U19 Vail Lacrosse Shootout Division II Championship vs. Minnesota Chill.
*Tri-State Senior A Championship vs. Tri-State Black.
*Las Vegas Showcase High School Elite Championship vs. Zip-It Elite.
Carter Bean’s (Desert Hills HS/2015/Utah Valley University) around the world goal against Brady’s Bunch.
Payton Kimber’s (Spanish Fork HS/2015/Southern Virginia University) 6 point performance vs the Crabs, and Charlie Valuck’s (Cherry Creek HS/2016/Beloit University) diving save vs. True Idaho.
ULN: What trends, strategies, playing styles, etc. are you seeing from around the country that the Utah lacrosse community should be aware of?
WLC: The style of play and the confidence of the top players from around the country also stands out. We have been lucky enough to scrimmage Dukes LC (PA) the last three summers. With 95% of their players committed to play Division 1, our team has learned a lot from studying how their players play and how they are coached to react in specific situations on the field. These scrimmages have really helped our players elevate their play. Plus it also shows that a team of all players from Utah, who are not committed to Division 1 colleges, can compete with top teams around the country.
In scrimmages, Wasatch LC has lost one-goal games to top east clubs Looney’s LC (MD), Twist Black (PA), and Dukes LC Lite (PA). In our eyes, trends are starting to show that Utah lacrosse is catching up with the rest of the country, and it is only a matter of time before we are able to beat top clubs along the east coast.
ULN: What players from your club will turn heads during the high school season this year (maybe mention players who have been flying under the radar)?
Ian Elson – Riverton HS/2016/M
Kade Weathers – Bonneville HS/2016/M
Skyler Weathers – Bonneville HS/2018/M
Peter Williamson – Waterford School/2016/D
Payton Carson – Juan Diego HS/2016/LSM
Cam Folkerson – Brighton HS/2016/LSM
Andrew Olsen – Northridge HS/2016/D
Sutton Caplan – Logan HS/2018/FO
JJ Pickard – will be competing back east for The Hill School (PA)/2018/M
Stewy Tulane – Syracuse HS/2016/A
Zach Hamel – Bonneville HS/2016/LSM
ULN: What do you anticipate for the high school season/way too early predictions?
WLC: To watch some of our under the radar players open eyes across the state and to recruit new players into the Satch Lax family.
-Anything else we didn’t ask about (tryouts for next season, etc.)?
If you are interested in joining Wasatch LC, please fill out the Recruiting Questionnaire and send it to WasatchLC@gmail.com.
Once you have submitted your Recruiting Questionnaire, the coaching staff will contact you to see when we can watch you play, or individual private evaluations may be scheduled.
See our website for more details.
“Playing for the Wasatch Lacrosse club was a unique opportunity for me. Having coaches who have played at high level and share a passion for the game allowed me to progress rapidly as a player. Every minute of every game has been filmed, analyzed, and used to increase my lacrosse IQ and gain knowledge of what I was doing right or wrong. On the road, the coaches always put the players first. We traveled to different NCAA ranked lacrosse schools, toured them, and saw where we could potentially play one day. They opened my eyes to what lacrosse really is and what it takes to play at the next level. These guys put their heart and soul into everything they do.” – Casey Rose (Rutgers University ’19). Read more testimonials here
How do I join Wasatch LC?
If you are interested in joining Wasatch Lacrosse Club, first please read our Mission Statement to confirm you are willing to abide by it if chosen to play with Wasatch. If so, contact our Coaching Staff with any information about your lacrosse career you can provide (accurate season stats, highlight or game film, coaches recommendations, etc.) and fill out our Player Information Sheet. Please email your Player Information Sheet and details about when Wasatch coaches can see you play to WasatchLC@gmail.com. The best ways for the coaches to watch you play is through holding a private tryout, playing in winter league, spring high school games, and/or the Repetition Lacrosse Summer Camps.
Why play for Wasatch LC over other Club teams?
We have an amazing team culture. By surrounding elite players with other elite players, we believe that the overall skill and level of play is greatly elevated. With over 50 years of playing and coaching experience, our coaching staff coordinates our talent for success on the field and success in college. We attend well respected tournaments and set up scrimmages against high quality competition. Each of our tournament games and scrimmages are filmed, and then we produce Highlight Videos to showcase our team, which are posted on to our website. Stats are also recorded from each game, as well the Spring high school season, and posted to our Stats page on our website for easy access to players and college coaches. At the end of each summer, the coaching staff puts together a recruiting packet with players academic accomplishments, lacrosse stats and awards, and coaches comments, which is sent to hundreds of NCAA and MCLA college coaches around the country.
What is Wasatch LC’s current win-loss record?
From 2012 – present our record is 37-19-1, which includes victories over teams from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Minnesota, Florida, California, Indiana, Colorado, Nevada, Wisconsin, Texas, Kentucky, and Nebraska. In 2015, Wasatch LC competed in three tournaments, played 18 games, and faced teams from 14 different states.
How does Wasatch LC help me get recruited?
We upload highlight film from all of our games and scrimmages onto our website and YouTube page. Unlike most clubs, Wasatch LC keeps statistical records of its players. Both high school season and club tournament stats are uploaded to our website. A recruiting packet is put together and sent out to hundreds of NCAA and MCLA coaches around the country that contains each players stats, lacrosse and academic accomplishments, and coaches comments. We respond promptly to any college coaches who inquire about our players. The coaches will write letters of recommendation for players on our team for their college search. Players and parents can request our staff contact college coaches and help counsel them through the college recruiting process.
Who are the Wasatch LC coaches?
Our coaches have won college National Championships in the United States (Danny & Ricky Larkin – Westminster College in 2008) and Canada (Rufus Frost – Mcgill University in 2012 & 2015). All coaches have played high levels of college lacrosse and have significant coaching experience. Our team General Manager, Adam Eddinger, is currently an Assistant Coach at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA (NCAA Division 2). See the Coaches page on our website for all of our coaches bios.
What tournaments does Wasatch LC attend?
• U19 Vail Lacrosse Shootout – Vail, Colorado (June 26 – 29, 2016)
• Tri-State National Lacrosse Festival – Princeton, New Jersey (July 9-10, 2016)
• Las Vegas Lacrosse Showcase – Las Vegas, Nevada (November 4-6, 2016)
What teams does Wasatch LC scrimmage?
Each summer we scrimmage 3-4 club teams besides our tournament play. These scrimmages are full length high school games. Teams we have scrimmaged: Dukes LC (PA), Looney’s (MD), Twist (PA), 380 Lacrosse (PA), Baggataway (PA), Black Bear (PA), and Grateful Heads (UT).
How much does it cost to play for the Wasatch LC?
We do not run this team to make a profit, therefore our team costs tend to be a lot lower than other teams. We do not have a yearly team fee. Fees are determined by tournament cost, hotel availability, meals, transportation, uniform, and snacks/water for team. Tournaments we attend cost between $400-$950 per player.
How old must you be to play for Wasatch LC?
Players going into their freshman up through senior year in high school.
How often does Wasatch LC practice?
We try to get in 4-8 practices leading up to each tournament. Scrimmages may substitute for practices. Players are encouraged to play as often as possible.
How do I contact Wasatch LC?
Facebook: Wasatch Lacrosse Club
2016 COLLEGE COMMITS
Ian Elson – Midfield – Riverton HS/Adams State University, NCAA D2
Charlie Valuck – Goalie – Cherry Creek HS/Beloit University, NCAA D3
Zach Hamel – Defense – Bonneville HS/Colorado Mesa University, NCAA D2
Caelahn Bullen – Goalie – Trinity Pawling HS/Cornell University, NCAA D1
FORMER PLAYERS CURRENTLY PLAYING COLLEGE
Luke Pyper – Midfield – Waterford School/University of Oregon, MCLA D1
Casey Rose – Midfield – Corner Canyon HS/Rutgers University, NCAA D1
Brody Bolerjack – Defense – Brighton HS/Utah State University, MCLA D1
Payton Kimber – Midfield – Spanish Fork HS/Southern Virginia University, NCAA D3
Bridger Fisher – Midfield – Olympus HS/Westminster College, NCAA D2
Tanner Duryea – Defense – Sky View HS/Westminster College, NCAA D2
Ryan Townson – Defense – Waterford School/Auburn University, MCLA D1
Dalon Hampshire – Goalie – Bountiful HS/Brigham Young University, MCLA D1
Mason Barnhill – Defense – Corner Canyon HS/University of Utah, MCLA D1