IMG Nationals, a lacrosse national championship series, is gearing up for its inaugural season-ending event at IMG Academy, Nov. 23-24, 2013. Elite teams from all across North America will contend for the U15, U17 and U19 national titles.
The IMG Academy Lacrosse National Team brought home their first trophy of the year after dominating the 2013 Veteran’s Cup U19 division championship. The team went 6-0 on the weekend, outscoring their opponents by a combined 53-11 margin. The Championship game against Ponte Vedra was a rematch from the Pumpkin Shootout semifinals in October, and IMG Academy crushed the perennial state title contenders, 8-1.
Over the weekend, the IMG Academy Varsity and National lacrosse teams competed in Dave Cottle’s 2013 Fall Lax Invitational in Edgewater, Maryland. With more than 100 college coaches in attendance, IMG Academy left its mark with a 5-1 combined record, and certainly caught the attention of many of the coaches.
Pleased with his teams’ performances, Head Coach Bill Shatz remarked, “I thought the weekend was characterized by great teamwork and having fun.”
MaxPreps, one of the nation's top high school sports websites, featured IMG Academy on it's homepage and showed off photos of the facility as well as declared it one of the top high school facilities in the country! You can read the full article below and see the photos here.
Jonathan Thelen was the leading scorer, with more than 90 goals, on the highest scoring team in the entire country in 2013, leading the IMG Academy Lacrosse program to an 11-1 regular season record, including several wins over nationally ranked teams. This week, Thelen verbally pledged to Lynn University. The Lynn Fighting Knights recently expanded their athletics department, and will play their first lacrosse games in 2014.
The lacrosse camps at IMG Academy utilize a customized, position-specific program to develop individual and team skill and are a part of the only full-time lacrosse academy dedicated to North America’s fastest growing sport. The IMG Academy lacrosse program offers individual, technical, and tactical instruction from elite lacrosse coaches in a world-class training setting.
Every year Canada holds the U16/Midget Box Lacross championships. This year, led by IMG Academy's own Ben French, Team Ontario went undefeated at the mid-August tournament held in Whitby, Ontario, Canada. In the final, Ontario knocked off Team Iroquois by a 6-5 margin in overtime. French is one of only two attackman in Canada selected to play in both the Box (Indoor) and the upcoming Canadian National Field Lacrosse Championships, to be held in Montreal during the last weekend in August.
Every week of camp, IMG Academy selects the Athlete of the Week sponsored by Gatorade. The honoree is bestowed the G-Award in recognition of the athlete who displays Heart, Hustle and Soul, and exhibits a true desire to reach their true athletic potential.