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Team Jamaica Competing in International Lacrosse Showdown

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – JLA President, Calbert Hutchinson, is excited to announce that a Jamaican team of over 40 athletes has formed to compete in the 2017 International Lacrosse Showdown this coming weekend at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, USA. The event has been coordinated by the Israel Lacrosse Association, who earlier this week held a press conference in Tel Aviv to announce the details of their plans to host the 2018 FIL Men’s World Championships. (Click here for coverage of this announcement.)

“Participation in this event is an important next step in our engagement of Jamaican lacrosse players in the Diaspora,” said Hutchinson. “While local, home-grown development here is Jamaica has and always will be our top priority, we are really excited to engage with Jamaicans living abroad in the USA, Canada and the UK to give them an opportunity to support and connect with their roots.” 

The roster for this weekend’s event is comprised largely of Jamaican-American heritage players, all of whom are eligible to compete for a spot on Jamaica’s 24 man roster for the the 2018 FIL World Championships. 

Hutchinson continued, “Ultimately this weekend is not about the 2018 team, it is about fostering a sense of fellowship and family among Jamaican lacrosse players living abroad. The roster for the 2018 Championships is going to be a balance of top local talent here in Jamaica with the most talented players in the diaspora, but we really want to encourage the Diaspora to keep participating in events like these throughout the year.” 

Donald Wilson of Bridgeport, CT, who hails for Westmoreland will be coaching the team alongside Skip Darden (Hobart). Former NCAA All-American, Evan Redwood (Amherst), led the charge in forming the team for this weekend’s event. Evan’s parents hail from Kingston, and now reside outside Baltimore, MD. 

The schedule for this weekend’s event is: 

FRIDAY, May 26
6pm – Israel vs Portugal
7pm – Israel vs Greece
8pm – Greece vs Portugal

SATURDAY, May 27
7am – Hungary vs Puerto Rico
7am – Greece vs Jamaica
8am – Philippines vs Jamaica
8am – Hungary vs Portugal
9am – Philippines vs Portugal
9am – Greece vs Puerto Rico

SUNDAY, May 28
7am – Israel vs Jamaica
7am – Greece vs Philippines
8am – Israel vs Hungary
8am – Puerto Rico vs Portugal
9am – Philippines vs Puerto Rico
9am – Hungary vs Jamaica

MONDAY, May 29
7am – Israel vs Puerto Rico
7am – Hungary vs Greece
8am – Hungary vs Philippines
8am – Jamaica vs Portugal
9am – Israel vs Philippines
9am – Puerto Rico vs Jamaica

Team Jamaica’s roster for this weekend is: 

No. First Name Last Name Position Current or Most Recent School or Team
0 Nashwan Hoffman Midfield Adelphi College
1 Rob Kelly Defense University of Richmond
2 Peter Fell Midfield Bates College
3 Anthony Little LSM Rutgers / Charlotte LC
4 Aston King SSDM Frostburg State
5 Zavier Luddington LSM Newmarket Redbirds
6 Deshaunte longley Midfield Johnson & Wales
7 Shakir Saunders Midfield East Coast Dyes
8 Jalen Paul Midfield Franklin Pierce
9 Chris Wong Attack  
10 Donneal Green Midfield Howard CC
11 Brendan Murphy Midfield Rochester River Monsters
14 Joshua Duperly Midfield Coral Reef HS
15 Josiah Wilson Attack Denison University
16 Shakeim Golden Midfield Georgian Court
17 Tyrrell Halliman Goalie Onondaga
18 Courtney Morgan LSM Connecticut College
20 Khary Dennis Midfield Williams College
21 Hakim Thompson Midfield Princeton
22 Shawndel Evans II Midfield Thiel College
23 Jordan Bogle Attack Anderson Broaddus
25 Mark Dwyer Midfield Stevenson
27 Tim Saunders FO Midfield Brunswick School
28 Justin Ashman Defense Suffolk CC
35 Mike Hicks FO Midfield Bergen Catholic
37 Brian Bristol SSDM Bowdoin College
38 Manzu-Lyn Cain SSDM Staffordshire University
39 Jamar Hall SSDM Stockton University
40 Wayne Johnson Attack Suffolk CC
43 Colin Shea Attack Stockton University
47 Nes Geffrard Midfield University at Albany
48 Brian Mahadeo Midfield University of the Cumberlands
50 Justin Ashman SSDM Suffolk CC
52 Jordan Williams Attack Brooklyn Dodgers LC
54 Alex Kelly SSDM Monmouth University
60 Joel Brown Midfield Florida Southern
TBD Mark Darden Midfield Hobart
TBD Elijah Darden Midfield Mt. St. Mary’s
TBD Timothy Swaby    
TBD Raymind Swaby    
TBD Doug Clemmon Midfield Western Connecticut

Team Jamaica Heritage Squad forming for Intl Tournament

The Jamaica Lacrosse Association in excited to announce that Jamaica will be represented at the 2017
International Men’s Lax Showdown, scheduled to take place in New England on Memorial Weekend (May 26-29) alongside the NCAA Lacrosse Championships.

“This is the biggest and most exciting weekend of the year for lacrosse fans around the world,” said JLA President, Calbert Hutchinson. “It is an ideal opportunity for the extended Jamaica Lacrosse family to get together and represent Jamaica, while still being able to catch all the excitement of NCAA Championship Weekend.”

Hutchinson and his team have seen lacrosse grow by leaps and bounds on the local front, as their Kingston based HS Lacrosse league exploded to fourteen teams this past year. Now is the time to see if the many talented Jamaican-American lacrosse players living abroad can rally together and form a heritage team of players eligible to represent Jamaica under FIL rules for this important event.

Heading up the effort to form the team for the 2017 International Lax Showdown is Evan Redwood,a Manhattan based heritage player, whose parents xanaxlowprice.com hail from Kingston, Jamaica. Redwood grew up in Baltimore where he attended lacrosse powerhouse Gilman. He went on to prolific career at Amherst College, where he starred as an All-American attackman. Redwood now works as a Business Development Coordinator at ZEFR.

Eligible players can CLICK HERE to join the team and can send questions to jamaicalacrosse@gmail.com 

The tentative game schedule for 2017 International Lax Showdown is below. *Note that the games are scheduled in the morning so players can attend the NCAA Championship games that take place later in the day. 

SATURDAY, May 27
7am – Hungary vs Puerto Rico
7am – Greece vs Jamaica
8am – Philippines vs Jamaica
8am – Hungary vs Portugal
9am – Philippines vs Portugal
9am – Greece vs Puerto Rico

SUNDAY, May 28
7am – Israel vs Jamaica
7am – Greece vs Philippines
8am – Israel vs Hungary
8am – Puerto Rico vs Portugal
9am – Philippines vs Puerto Rico
9am – Hungary vs Jamaica

MONDAY, May 29
7am – Israel vs Puerto Rico
7am – Hungary vs Greece
8am – Hungary vs Philippines
8am – Jamaica vs Portugal
9am – Israel vs Philippines
9am – Puerto Rico vs Jamaica

KC & St. Hugh’s Shine in Exciting Opening Day of HS Lax Champs at Hillel

Kingston, Jamaica – The atmosphere was electric as fourteen different teams marched on to the sports grounds of Hillel Academy for the start of the 2017 Jamaica High School Lax Champs competition earlier today. When the dust settled on over five hours of intense lacrosse competition, two teams went undefeated to claim the top rankings heading into next week’s play-offs at St. George’s College. Kingston College claimed the top spot for the boys, topping Jamaica College and Wolmer’s, while defending Maroon Cup Champions, St. Hugh’s cruised past Alpha and Wolmer’s to keep hold of their top ranking.

“The sport of lacrosse won today,” stated Calbert Hutchinson, President of the Jamaica Lacrosse Association (JLA). “These young men and women are falling in love with the game and starting to compete at a high level, but most importantly, they are having fun.”

One thing is for sure, it was certainly a fun, high energy atmosphere on the beautiful grounds of Hillel Academy. The day was very well organized and the energy levels stayed high from start to finish as all the teams in attendance put on a show, entertaining the spectators with the fast paced sport of lacrosse (dubbed around the world as the “fastest game on two feet”). If you were observing the sport for the first time here in Jamaica, it would be hard not to think that this sport could be “The next big thing” here in Jamaica.

Boy’s match results:
Hillel over Campion, 5-1
St. George’s over Wolmers, 8-5
KC over JC, 6-2
Excelsior over Calabar, 4-3
St. George’s over Hillel, 5-1
Excelsior over Campion, 6-2
KC over Wolmers, 6-5
Calabar over JC, 4-3
 

Girl’s match results:
St. Hugh’s over Alpha, 9-3
Excelsior over Wolmers, 4-3
Hillel over Campion, 2-0
St. Hugh’s over Wolmers, 9-5
Alpha over Campion, 4-2
Excelsior over Hillle, 4-2
 
These results served to dictate the rankings for the start of the Jamaica HS Lax Champs eta-i.org/xanax.html play-offs next week at Emmet Park on the campus of St. George’s College. The game schedule is as follows:

Week 2: Saturday, Feb 18. Play-Off Round at St. George’s College, Emmet Park
*All teams play two games, except the top two girls seeds (They advance directly to the semifinals).
12:00 Arrival and warm up Field & Game Number
1:00  Boys #1 KC v #8 Campion Field 1. Boys Game 1 (Quartfinal Round)
1:00 Boys #2 STGC v #7 JC Field 2. Boys Game 2 (Quartferfinal Round)
1:00 Girls #3 Alpha v #6 Campion Field 3. Girls Game 1 (Quarterfinal Round)
2:00 Boys #3 Wolmers v #6 Calabar Field 1. Boys Game 3 (Quarterfinal Round)
2:00 Boys #4 Excelsior v #5 Hillel Field 2. Boys Game 4 (Quarterfinal Round)
2:00 Girls #4 Wolmers v #5 Hillel Field 3. Girls Game 2 (Quarterfinal Round)
3:00 Boys loser of game 1 v loser of game 4 Field 1. Boys Game 5 (Consolation Game for rankings 4-8)
3:00 Boys loser of game 2 v loser of game 3 Field 2. Boys Game 6 (Consolation Game for rankings 4-8)
3:00 Girls #1 St. Hugh’s v Winner of Girls Game 1 Field 3. Girls Game 3 (Semifinal Round)
4:00 Boys Winner of Game 1 v Winner of Game 4 Field 1. Boys Game 7 (Semifinal Round)
4:00 Boys Winner of Game 2 v Winner of Game 3 Field 2. Boys Game 8 (Seminfinal Round)
4:00 Girls #2 Excelsior v winner of Girls Game 2 Field 3. Girls Game 4 (Semifinal Round)

 

More about lacrosse in Jamaica:

Lacrosse is a new sport here in Jamaica, but is the fastest growing team sport in the USA and Canada. Jamaica is a member of the Federation of International Lacrosse and hopes to participate in World Championship events in the future.  For more information on the Jamaica Lacrosse Association, you can visit www.jamaicalacrosse.org. For more information on the Federation of International Lacrosse you can visit www.filacrosse.com

 

 

 

 

2017 Jamaica HS Lacrosse Championship Details Released

Full event format and schedule. (PDF)

Kingston, Jamaica – The Jamaica Lacrosse Association (JLA) is happy to announce the details surrounding the 2nd annual Taino and Maroon Cup high school lacrosse championships for boys and girls. The first round of competition kicks off at Hillel Academy on Saturday, February 11th, games will take place from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. The second week of competition features the start of the play-off rounds and is being held at St. George’s College on February 18th from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. The Championship and consolation round of games will be hosted by Wolmer’s School for Girls on February 24th from 2:00 – 5:00 PM.

“The excitement surrounding the second year of these competitions is incredible,” says JLA President, Calbert Hutchinson. “We have 14 teams participating this year. Interest and participation, along with the quality of play are up significantly from last year. We are working hard to create a High School lacrosse atmosphere that inspires and fuels the competitive eta-i.org/ambien.html spirit of all the young student-athletes that have started to play lacrosse in Jamaica.”

St. George’s College and St. Hugh’s are the defending champions but will have some stiff competition in their upcoming matches as the number of high schools lacrosse teams has more than doubled in the past year. Schools competing in this year’s competition include; Alpha Academy (girls), Calabar, Campion (boys and girls), Hillel (boys and girls), Excelsior (boys and girls), Jamaica College, Kingston College, St. Hugh’s, St. George’s and Wolmers (boys and girls).

More about lacrosse in Jamaica:
Lacrosse is a new sport here in Jamaica, but is the fastest growing team sport in the USA and Canada. Jamaica is a member of the Federation of International Lacrosse and hopes to participate in World Championship events in the future. For more information on the Jamaica Lacrosse Association, you can visit www.jamaicalacrosse.org. For more information on the Federation of International Lacrosse you can visit www.filacrosse.com

“Shoot Like a Pro Clinic” at Football Factory

Coach Nealon directing the offense at Gulf Coast HS in Naples, FL.

Pre-Registration is strongly encouraged! Click here to register online! 

The JLA is excited to announce a special opportunity for local male & female lacrosse players to get high level shooting instruction from guest coach, Luke Nealon along with local coaches and members of the Jamaica National Team. The clinic is open to all HS age boys and girls and will cost $1000 JA. The clinic will be held from 2-4 PM on Saturday, February 4th at the Football Factory  (Enter off Olivier Road, Kingston 8 by the Shortwood Football Field).

Coach Nealon is a native of Naples, FL and is in Jamaica as a development imagineear.com/pharmacy/ assistant to help oversee the upcoming Taino & Maroon Cup competitions. Nealon starred at attack for Barron Collier HS where he led his squad in points before moving on to play at NCAA DII powers Florida Southern & Lenoir Rhyne.

Nealon will be assisted by local coaches Dwayne Dunn (men’s) and Dale Walker (women’s), both of whom are fresh off of FIL Coaching & Leadership experiences at the US Lacrosse Coaching Convention.

Boys should bring their helmet, gloves and stick. Girls should bring their stick. Players should bring their own water bottles. The Football Factory will have snacks and refreshments for sale.

Email us at jamaicalacrosse@gmail.com with any questions.

Space is limited, so sign up today!

2016 – 17 High School Lacrosse Calendar Announced

The JLA Lays out Plans for a Blockbuster Year of High School Lacrosse 

The JLA is excited to announce an ambitious outline for their 2016-17 High School boys and girls lacrosse calendar. This year’s calendar sees a return of the Taino, Maroon and North Street Cup competitions, as well as the popular holiday training camps. However this year’s calendar also includes a fall program and competition aimed at developing experienced players and welcoming new players, teams and coaches to the lacrosse family. The new fall competition is dubbed the Matum Cup. Matum is a Taino word meaning friendship, which properly reflects the spirit and goals of the fall program, while continuing the JLA’s tradition of honoring indigenous people.

St. Hugh's celebrates a goal during the 2016 Maroon Cup Championship Game.
St. Hugh’s celebrates a goal during the 2016 Maroon Cup Championship Game.

Not outlined in this calendar are coaching workshops that will also take place in October, as well as national team training and development activities.

*This schedule is a general outline and players can expect and updated schedule with specific fixtures and practice dates and locations on October 9th at our HS Player’s meeting at STGC’s Emmet Park at 3:30 PM.

On the boys side, the JLA is hoping to add Hillel Academy and Jamaica College this fall. On the girls side, we are working to help Wolmers, Hillel and AISK form teams.

Get ready for an exciting year of high school lacrosse in Jamaica!

Matum Cup (Taino word meaning friendship)
Fall lacrosse is seen as the “off season” and will be a chance to welcome new players, schools & coaches into the Jamaica Lacrosse family with a spirit of friendship. So while there are games and a fall competition for the Matum Cup, (Matum is a Taino word meaning friendship) the emphasis is on skill development and growing the game in a spirit of friendship, matum, that would honor the Taino People.
Monday, October 10, Player Meeting at STGC’s Emmet Park Pavilion for all boys & girls
Tuesday, October 11, Training
Wednesday, October 12, Training
Thursday, October 13, Training
Friday, October 14,
Saturday, October 15,
Sunday, October 16,
Monday, October 17, Training
Tuesday, October 18, Training
Wednesday, October 19, Training
Thursday, October 20, Game Day
Friday, October 21,
Saturday, October 22,
Sunday, October 23,
Monday, October 24, Training
Tuesday, October 25, Training
Wednesday, October 26, Training
Thursday, October 27, Game Day
Friday, October 28,
Saturday, October 29,
Sunday, October 30,
Monday, October 31, Training
Tuesday, November 1, Training
Wednesday, November 2, Training
Thursday, November 3, Game Day
Friday, November 4,
Saturday, November 5,
Sunday, November 6, Training
Monday, November 7, Training
Tuesday, November 8, Training
Wednesday, November 9, Training
Thursday, November 10, Game Day
Friday, November 11,
Saturday, November 12,
Sunday, November 13,
Monday, November 14, Matum Cup Round 1
Tuesday, November 15,
Wednesday, November 16, Matum Cup Round 2
Thursday, November 17,
Friday, November 18, Matum Cup Championships
Holiday Camp
The Holiday Camp is an incredible opportunity to develop your personal skills, while learning from international coaches. The camp is held at STGC’s Emmet Park, and is run by volunteers from the USA. It is also a great chance to play against, and develop friendships with visiting American players your own age.
Monday, December 26, Holiday Camp
Tuesday, December 27, Holiday Camp
Wednesday, December 28, Holiday Camp
Thursday, December 29, Holiday Camp
Friday, December 30, Holiday Camp
Saturday, December 31,
Sunday, January 1,
Monday, January 2, Holiday Camp
Tuesday, January 3, Holiday Camp
Wednesday, January 4, Holiday Camp
Thursday, January 5, Holiday Camp
Friday, January 6, Holiday Camp
Saturday, January 7,
Sunday, January 8,
Taino (boys) and Maroon (girls) Cup
This is the most premier-pharmacy.com/product/phentermine/ prestigious and coveted championships in the JLA annual calendar. The Taino Cup, named to honor the indigenous roots of the sports of lacrosse (The sport was first played by the ancestors of the Taino people in North America) is the boys HS Championship, while the Maroon Cup honors the roots of the perseverance of African slaves in Jamaica, and is awarded to the girls HS Champions.
Monday, January 9, Training
Tuesday, January 10, Training
Wednesday, January 11, Training
Thursday, January 12, Game Day
Friday, January 13,
Saturday, January 14,
Sunday, January 15,
Monday, January 16, Training
Tuesday, January 17, Training
Wednesday, January 18, Training
Thursday, January 19, Game Day
Friday, January 20,
Saturday, January 21,
Sunday, January 22,
Monday, January 23, Training
Tuesday, January 24, Training
Wednesday, January 25, Training
Thursday, January 26, Game Day
Friday, January 27,
Saturday, January 28,
Sunday, January 29,
Monday, January 30, Training
Tuesday, January 31, Training
Wednesday, February 1, Training
Thursday, February 2, Game Day
Friday, February 3,
Saturday, February 4,
Sunday, February 5,
Monday, February 6, Taino Cup Round 1
Tuesday, February 7, Maroon Cup Round 1
Wednesday, February 8, Taino Cup Round 2
Thursday, February 9,
Friday, February 10, Taino & Maroon Cup Championships
Tentative International Friendlies
The JLA is working hard to invite American HS teams to visit Jamaica during their spring breaks which take place from mid-February to April 1, depending upon which region of the USA the school is from. The JLA will announce the scheduled games as HS teams commit to travel to Jamaica.
Mid Feb – April 1 TBD Tentative International HS Spring Break Friendlies
North Street Cup
This is the oldest lacrosse competition in Jamaica and dates back to the spring of 2013 when Kingston College played St. George’s College in the first ever HS lacrosse game in Jamaica. The Cup is named after the small piece of North Street that separates these two prestigious schools. In recent years, all Kingston based HS lacrosse teams(boys & girls) have participated in competition.
Monday, April 17, Training
Tuesday, April 18, Training
Wednesday, April 19, Training
Thursday, April 20, Game Day
Friday, April 21,
Saturday, April 22,
Sunday, April 23,
Monday, April 24, Training
Tuesday, April 25, Training
Wednesday, April 26, Training
Thursday, May 12, Game Day
Friday, May 13,
Saturday, May 14,
Sunday, May 15,
Monday, May 16, North Street Cup Round 1 (Boys)
Tuesday, May 17, North Street Cup Round 1 (Girls)
Wednesday, May 18, North Street Cup Round 2 (Boys)
Thursday, May 19,
Friday, May 20, North St Cup Finals (Boys & Girls)
Summer Camp
Similar to the Holiday Camp is an incredible opportunity to develop your personal skills, while learning from international coaches. The camp is held at STGC’s Emmet Park, and is run by volunteers from the USA. It is also a great chance to play against, and develop friendships with visiting American players your own age.
Monday, July 3, Summer Camp 10-1
Tuesday, July 4, Summer Camp 10-1
Wednesday, July 5, Summer Camp League Games
Thursday, July 6, Friendship Games with USA Players
Friday, July 7,
Saturday, July 8,
Sunday, July 9,
Monday, July 10, Summer Camp 10-1
Tuesday, July 11, Summer Camp 10-1
Wednesday, July 12, Summer Camp League Games
Thursday, July 13, Friendship Games with USA Players
Friday, July 14,
Saturday, July 15,
Sunday, July 16,
Monday, July 17, Summer Camp 10-1
Tuesday, July 18, Summer Camp 10-1
Wednesday, July 19, Summer Camp League Games
Thursday, July 20, Friendship Games with USA Players
Friday, July 21,
Saturday, July 22,
Sunday, July 23,
Monday, July 24, Summer Camp 10-1
Tuesday, July 25, Summer Camp 10-1
Wednesday, July 26, Summer Camp League Games
Thursday, July 27, Friendship Games with USA Players
Friday, July 28,
Saturday, July 29,
Sunday, July 30,
Monday, July 31, Summer Camp 10-1
Tuesday, August 1, Summer Camp 10-1
Wednesday, August 2, Summer Camp League Games
Thursday, August 3, Friendship Games with USA Players