Man! Ball! Release!
July 10 – 14
Special half-day program 8 a.m. - noon
For kids ages 8 - 12 (Bantams, Juniors and Seniors)
Mini-laxers will gain skills from an NCAA two-time National Champion attackman. An intense, instructional program teaches one new skillset each day. This is a rare opportunity for young mini-laxers aspiring to learn from a lax legend!
Monday, 8 – 8:30 a.m.
First day special camp orientation meeting and equipment check. Parents are invited to join the campers for this meeting. A detailed schedule for the week will be distributed.
8 – 8:45 a.m. (other days)
Warm-ups and conditioning exercises
8:45 – 9:15 a.m.
Instructional wall ball
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Stick skills, ground balls, offensive & defensive skills, shooting, stick protection
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Fun Lacrosse Drills
11 a.m. – noon
Program Coordinator Coach Mike MacDonald grew up in Syracuse, N.Y., in a family who loved lacrosse, so naturally he was involved in the sport from a very early age, competing at the youth levels each summer and developing a deep passion for the sport.
Coach Mac’s talent caught up with his passion when he played lacrosse for Anthony A. Henninger High School, home of the Black Knights. The Black Knights were the first team in the Section III New York State Public High School Athletic Association to win a State Championship in lacrosse. Coached by Upstate Hall of Famer, Tom Acee, Coach Mac was a 1st team All League Midfielder and an All-American his senior year. He was also MVP of the 2003 Upstate Senior Game.
Coach Mac went on to play lacrosse and further his education at Syracuse University from 2004-2008. He played lacrosse under current legendary Coach John Desko and was on the lacrosse team when Syracuse University won two National Championships (2004 and 2008). During his time at Syracuse, Coach Mac became a student of the game and continued to develop his passion for the sport of lacrosse.
With a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, Coach Mac returned to his high school alma mater to coach and teach the Black Knights. Under his leadership, the Black Knights made it back into playoffs after being absent for five years.
Coach Mac moved into college coaching for the 2011-2012 lacrosse season, as the offensive coordinator for LeMoyne College, a Division II lacrosse powerhouse in New York state. While coaching the offense and man-up team, Coach MacDonald helped the Dolphins bring home a Northeast Conference Championship and make a Final Four appearance, posting an overall record of 17-1. In 2012, Coach MacDonald also earned his master’s degree from LeMoyne College.
Currently, Coach MacDonald is the Boys’ Varsity Coach at Wilbraham & Monson Academy (WMA). During his first year coaching at WMA, Coach Mac helped the Titans return to the semifinals after being absent for 16 years in the playoffs. He continues to teach and spread the love of lacrosse while helping student athletes develop as players and further their educational opportunities in college. Coach Mac received the 2015 Bevan Dupree Assistant Coach of the Year Award for WNESSLA Division II.
Some of the colleges that Coach Mac’s players have attended for academics and/or athletics are: Syracuse University, LeMoyne College, State University of New York at Cortland, Onondaga Community College, Cazenovia College, St. Lawrence University, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Fairfield University, College of the Holy Cross, Limestone College, Marquette University, Merrimack College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Army, Navy, Rutgers University, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Being both a coach and a teacher, Coach Mac knows what it takes to balance education and sports. He promotes learning on the lacrosse field by integrating leadership skills, communication skills, camaraderie, endurance, strength (mental and physical), and knowledge to all his athletes.