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Playing on Home Turf

Wednesday March 22, 2016 was a historic day for the program. It marked the first time a home game has been played at Dunwoody High School on the field behind the school.  There was good turn out from both students and parents/fans.  Unfortunately, St. Pius walked away with the win 11-1, but Dunwoody never gave up and it was encouraging to watch the amount of hustle exhibited until the final whistle was blown.

David Wachtel sets up the play during the first game played at Dunwoody High School vs. St Pius

David Wachtel sets up the play during the first game played at Dunwoody High School vs. St Pius

 

The first game played at Dunwoody High School vs. St Pius

The first game played at Dunwoody High School vs. St Pius

 

 

 

Coaches Corner

All players that came on the trip to play Benedictine were respectful and played hard for our teams. In all it was a very successful trip that showed that our program is capable of participating in this type of event for years to come. Both teams lost but the team work and effort that was exhibited at the games will help ensure our future success this year as a program.

The Junior Varsity played a tough game against Benedictine, losing 7-0. Even with a loss like this it was great to see new players getting a chance to play due to our low numbers. Our JV has developed so much over the season and it is great to see our new JV players mixing with JV players who have been playing lacrosse for a longer period of time. This group of players constantly demands hard work and focus, while having an understanding side as they are invested in each other, making sure each player is on the same page. One thing that the JV team needs to work on is moving the ball around the outside of our offensive set and also learning the responsibilities in our defense. Once again it is great to see our young players stepping up and getting playing time for our JV in hopes that their next game will be better and ultimately one day they will be a part of our varsity.

Our varsity game was great even with the loss. It was one of the first times this season that the coaches were able to see the direct coloration of our hard work and effort in practice translate to the game. In the first quarter the score was 5 to 1, Dunwoody. This game represents the kind of start that we need game in and game out. Defense and offense were both making plays, helping us to go into half time with a score of 10-6. In the second half Dunwoody was able to sustain our lead until the last two minuets of the game.  Going into the fourth quarter it was 14-9. In the fourth quarter Benedictine got hot offensively and was able to make a come back, ultimately winning the game 16-15. In all a loss was not the result we were looking for although we could take multiple positives out of the game such as; six different scores, seven different players with an assist, new players making an immediate impact, offense and defense taking pride within their units and rising up to the occasion collectively, and lastly the correct execution of team plays which we called in critical situations.

With a loss, moral and players attitudes tend to become more negative, but in this case I believe that all of our players understand why we lost the game but more importantly understand that if they play to their full potential then we can compete on a very high level. Things that we need to work on still are; team offense/defense, riding and clearing, extra man offense, extra man defense, two minute offense, two minute defense, and most importantly hot to close out a win. I believe that after this game our team is more focused and determined to achieve these goals and continue to grow and get better.

As a program we are looking forward to today as we take St Puix at home at March 22nd at 5:00pm. This  marks the first day in program history that the varsity lacrosse team will play at Dunwoody High School. I look forward to a big crowd and support from our community as we take on our cross town rivals. Look for Dunwoody to play to a fast start, play good defense, and scrap hard for every ground ball as well seek victory.

Go Wildcats!!
Coach Sopko
Dunwoody Lacrosse

UVA head coach shares thoughts on role of club lacrosse in player development

This open letter to parents from Dom Starsia, UVA Head Coach, first appeared on Lacrosse Magazine website – http://laxmagazine.com/college_men/DI/2014-15/news/112514_dom_starsia_a_second_letter_to_parents

Dom Starsia: A (Second) Letter to Parents

Dear Parents,

Let’s call this letter No. 2.

I wrote to you previously nine years ago, when I tried to describe the relationship between a parent and his son’s college lacrosse coach. I received enough encouraging feedback to attempt to address an issue that has grown exponentially in our sport during this period of time since — the role of the club program in your son’s development and his recruiting at the college level.

There seems quite a bit of anguish and misconception surrounding this topic in the lacrosse community. Let me begin by saying that one of my chief concerns over the growth of the club system is that it would certainly seem to favor those who have the means to participate. Those who can afford to join the most expensive club program and meet all of the affiliated costs of equipment, travel, tournament fees, etc., clearly have an advantage over those who cannot afford this same exposure. When you combine that with the availability of repeating a year and/or moving to a private school, those expenses and subsequent advantages become considerable and obvious.

While I believe the demographic for participation in our game has slowly begun to broaden and diversify, many of the club programs would seem a reach back to unfortunate stereotypes. Read More→

Alex Schlosser, Signs with Division II Powerhouse and #1 Nationally Ranked Adelphi University

DHS  Senior Lacrosse Player, Alex Schlosser, Signs with Division II Powerhouse and #1 Nationally Ranked
Adelphi University

Adelphi Lacrosse

Back Row - L-R Principle Noel L. Maloof, Head Coach Evan Goldberg, Amy Schlosser, Joe Schlosser, Coach Ellery Miller Front Row- L-R Hannah Schlosser, Alex Schlosser

Back Row – L-R Principle Noel L. Maloof, Head Coach Evan Goldberg, Amy Schlosser, Joe Schlosser, Coach Ellery Miller
Front Row- L-R Hannah Schlosser, Alex Schlosser

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2014

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, senior Alex Schlosser will become Dunwoody High School’s first lacrosse player to sign a national letter of intent to play at a premier NCAA school.

Alex will be signing with Adelphi University, currently nationally ranked #1 in NCAA Division II lacrosse. The university, located in Garden City, is one of lacrosse’s most storied programs located in the game’s original lacrosse hotbed of Long Island, NY.  Alex will be the first player from Georgia recruited to this school. Head Coach Gordon Purdie had this to say about Alex: “Alex has good wheels and grit. Grit can’t be measured, not many players have grit.” Read More→

Long Island LAX Summer Camp Announced

Although we’re just about to face-off the 2014 season, this is the time of year when Coach Goldberg gets many inquiries about summer lacrosse as parents begin to think through vacations, camps etc. The Stix Board and the Coaching Staff are committed to making Dunwoody Lacrosse one of the premier Lacrosse programs in the state.  As such, we have enhanced our Summer and Fall programs as well as our Off Season Conditioning program over the last two years   For this upcoming summer, the coaches and board have weighed the numerous options and decided that one team camp and one tournament presents the best opportunity.

Read More→

Rise And Shine (Welcome To The Grind)

Rise and Shine (Welcome To the Grind) Get Ready for 2014 Boys – Expect To Win!

Inspirational Swimming Video Featuring Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Ian Thorpe, Cesar Cielo, Alain Bernard, James Magnusson, Nathan Adrian – (via YouTube Swim Fan)

Although this features primarily Michael Phelps as he prepares and trains for the sport of swimming, the message clearly translates into any sport – even Lacrosse.  Be inspired. Read More→

Fall Practice and Coaching Staff

Dear Parents & Players:

I wanted to take a quick moment to introduce our fall coaching staff.
We are very fortunate to have the assistance of four highly talented
individuals to help polish our skills and understanding of game
concepts. While not every coach will be present every Saturday, it
looks like we will have at least three coaches at most practices
(except for this weekend and another later this fall). Aside from this
Saturday, I will not be present in a coaching capacity. While I may
come out and watch a few practices, the coaching responsibilities will
be split between these individuals: Read More→

DHS Boys’ Lacrosse Has New Practice Field

Thanks to Joseph Keen, the Dunwoody Boys’ Lacrosse team will have a new place to call it’s own for practices.  As part of his Eagle Scout project, Joseph is planning to install a 16 foot high net and high-speed shooting area behind the current baseball field at Dunwoody High School.  He will need to raise approximately $3000 from local donors for this ambitious project.

Joseph Keen, DHS Lacrosse player, preparing to fertilize the new field area he is helping to create for his Eagle Scout project.

Joseph Keen, DHS Lacrosse player, preparing to fertilize the new field area he is helping to create for his Eagle Scout project.

As we all know field space is precious around Dunwoody and this new practice area will greatly help out the team!  A big THANK YOU goes out to Joseph Keen, His father, Joe Keen, John Hydrick, and all the team members and parents that came out on July 27th to help Bartlett Tree Experts clear around the edges of the new field. Read More→

DHS Lacrosse In The News

The Dunwoody Crier Article

The new sport that is sweeping across the South from the northeast has successfully reached
Dunwoody. Lacrosse teams for both boys and girls have been formed out of Dunwoody High
School in the past two years and are improving every time they step on the field. The boys’
team, the more established team, is on a three-game winning streak and has a season record of
3-3. The girls’ team is having a tougher time this year and is still looking for their first win in
their inaugural season.

The girls’ team was founded through the efforts of Coby Pearson and Marie Keith, both of
whom have daughters on the team. The first step in creating the team was seeing in there was
enough interest to sanction a full team. Read More→