Close to 60 athletes took part on the first of a three-day high school lacrosse camp held at Patriots Park on a rainy Monday.
The camp, put on by the Augusta Lacrosse Club Inc. and East Coast Supreme By Flyte Lacrosse, started the week going over fundamentals, putting the campers through different drills and ended with a scrimmage.
“It was different,” said Greenbrier sophomore Tanner Everhart of playing in the rain. “It’s harder when it’s wet. It’s fun, though.”
Along with Greenbrier lacrosse head coach Jeff Becker and alums of Lakeside and Greenbrier, acting as instructors were Phil Castronova and Jack Reilly.
The duo were sophomores at Johns Hopkins University in 2012 and a part of the school’s Division I Final Four team. They led the high school camp just days after putting elementary- and middle-school pupils through their paces.
Part of the intent of the camp was to raise awareness of the sport and help mine an untapped talent base.
“We want to come down here and give the kids the opportunity to get a head start and bring lacrosse down here,” said Reilly. “To come here and teach these kids the skills and fundamentals to kind of jump start and spark a new revolution in lacrosse.”
Castronova wanted much of the same thing from his teaching experience.
“We are here to try to spread the game of lacrosse down South,” said Castronova. “It is the fastest growing sport in America and there is so much potential down here with the great athletes that just don’t know the skills and the game like the kids up North who have been playing since they were young.”
Becker was happy to have the pair.
“It gives good credibility,” said Becker of Castronova and Reilly. “They tell them a lot of the same things we tell them, but from them it has weight. ... In a short period of time, these guys have been coached by the greats and they know things that we don’t know and I think that’s what these guys are going to learn. These guys will take Greenbrier and Lakeside to the next level up.”