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River City Lacrosse Winter League

Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by Derek Bahler
River City is offering local, competitive, and affordable JV and Varsity box leagues for the winter of 2012-2013!

SESSION 1: 11/5 - 12/17    SESSION 2: 1/7 - 2/25

League games will be on Monday nights - 7-9 for JV and 9-10 for Varsity

The JV league will have the traditional Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles North and St. Charles East teams.

The Varsity league will be a competitive pick-up style game each week.  Teams will change each week, so that players can learn how to adapt to different players.


Read below for some of the benefits of playing box lacrosse:

River City's format for indoor lacrosse places great deal of emphasis on players' stick skills and field awareness.  Having excellent stick skills is one the key traits that separates the great players from the rest of the pack at all levels of lacrosse, and the tight enclosures of the indoor playing field help players improve their skills with greater efficiency.

Indoor or Box Lacrosse is the National Spring Sport in Canada. Canadian players start Box Lacrosse as young as Kindergarten!  US college coaches have recently taken notice of Canadians advanced passing skills, field vision, shooting accuracy, and ball handling skills in traffic:

"Of the top 10 points producers in Division I lacrosse, six are Canadian. Stony Brook, a program that will make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2002, owns the nation’s No. 2 scoring offense and shoots a national-best 41 percent. Four of Stony Brook’s top five goal scorers are Canadian, including one of the five Tewaaraton Trophy finalists — Kevin Crowley. Canadian Curtis Dickson, another Tewaaraton finalist, leads the nation in goals (62). Logan Schuss, a freshman attackman from British Columbia, led Ohio State in points (24-24). Travis Comeau, a freshman attackman from The Hill Academy in Ontario, tied for Georgetown’s goal-scoring lead (25), despite starting just seven of 13 Hoyas games. Hofstra’s Canadian pair Jamie Lincoln and Jay Card sit 1-2 in points for the Pride. Denver attackman Mark Matthews leads the Pioneers in goals...

Five years ago, fewer than 50 Canadians played Division I, II and III lacrosse in the United States. Now, 195 Canadians 
play here*, said Jason Donville, a hedge fund manager who has extensively researched and blogged about Canadian lacrosse.  Robert Morris’ roster features nine Canadians. Bellarmine, based in Louisville, has 12 Canadians; Canisius has eight.  Most of them are scorers. By Donville’s calculations, 83 percent of the Canadians playing NCAA lacrosse last season were either midfielders or attackmen.

"Somebody seemed to figure out,” Donville said, “that Canadians had a certain style that was very impactful in the NCAA.” Everybody traces that style to the box, the strain of lacrosse that originated in Canada. To field lacrosse connoisseurs, the cramped quarters of the box, with its ice hockey boards, its permissive physicality, its tiny cage and cartoonishly padded goalie, seem claustrophobic and crude. But lacrosse insiders cite those very qualities as perfect breeding grounds for the college field game."

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