JHU Eyes Trip to San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic

BALTIMORE, MD The Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team is now in its second full week of fall practice under the guidance of head coach Dave Pietramala and assistants Bill Dwan, Bobby Benson and Jamison Koesterer. The Blue Jays will field one of the youngest teams in the nation in 2011, and the coaching staff is spending a majority of its limited time with the team teaching fundamentals and program philosophies.

While instruction has been a key part of the early workouts, the coaching staff and players are all looking forward to October 16, when the Blue Jays will participate in the San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic at Kezar Stadium. Johns Hopkins will play the University of Notre Dame that day in the second annual event to benefit the BAYS Foundation.

Prior to the start of the competition on October 16, free youth clinics will be held for boys 1st-8th grade, featuring coaches and student-athletes from the participating teams, and a free coaches' clinic will be held for local youth and high school coaches with the coaching staffs from Johns Hopkins and Notre Dame. The clinics are being presented by Easton Lacrosse.

"Our lacrosse family is excited to travel to San Francisco to compete against a talented Notre Dame team," Pietramala noted. This trip provides our program with a number of tremendous opportunities. Not only will we compete and be able to measure where we are against a talented team, we will also have the ability to help grow the game and make recruiting inroads in an area that is starting to explode."

Lacrosse is one of the nation's fastest growing high school and college sports over the past 10 years, and there are now more than 10,000 youth lacrosse players in California, an increase of more than 200% since 2001. Home to over 300 boys and girls high school teams, in addition to hundreds of youth teams, the Bay Area and California are ready to welcome back a world-class lacrosse event that will help showcase the excitement of the game to both seasoned fans, as well as those experiencing lacrosse for the first time.

100% of the proceeds from the San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic will go directly to the BAYS Foundation to support programs and organizations that provide opportunities and increase access for low-income youth in the Bay Area to participate in organized sports programs. Last year, BAYS made $50,000 in grants to five outstanding organizations as a direct result of the success of the 2009 San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic. More information about the BAYS Foundation and the programs we support may be found at www.sfbays.org


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