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Classes: 2021 - 2027 (5th-11th Grades)
Dates: July 22nd & 23rd
Location: Torne Valley Complex
Monday, July 22nd
2022 & 2023 (9th & 10th grades): 4:00 - 5:30 PM
2021 (11th grade): 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, July 23rd
2024, 2025, 2026, 2027 (5th through 8th grades): 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Sue Montegari, current IHA varsity lacrosse coach (since 2013), was a part of the original varsity squad as well as a three-year starter and team captain at Ridgewood High School. After college, Coach Montegari went on to coach at her alma mater, Ridgewood High School, as the assistant varsity lacrosse coach and the JV head coach from 2002-2008. Coach Montegari was the head varsity girls lacrosse coach at Ramapo High School from 2009-2011 where 2 of the 3 seasons Ramapo won their league, 2012-2013 a 3/4th grade coach for Mahwah Girls Youth. After her first spring season at IHA, Coach Montegari was named 2014 Bergen County Coach of the Year, 2014 All Suburban Coach of the Year, and in 2014 The Record Coach of the Year! During Coach Montegari’s first 5 years she has brought the team to 62- 37 program record and 2018 North 1 Group 3 Sectional Champions.
In addition, Coach Montegari was a member of the Team NJ Coaching staff for the Under Amour All-American Games (2014-2016) and evaluator from 2017-present), evaluator for North NJ Teams for the US Lacrosse National School Girls Tournament (2006-present), and is US Lacrosse Level I & II Certified. She is certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED. Coach Montegari become a Certified Personal Trainer and worked as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist 2002-2009 working with athletes that have attended and competed at the top institutions in the country. Sue was formally the Girls Lacrosse Director at Tristate lacrosse from 2009-2018.
Our mission is to develop our athletes into confident , strong young women who happen to be great lacrosse players and go out into the world to become leaders. As a result, many of our athletes go on to distinguished high school and collegiate careers and often end up giving back by coaching the next generation. Unlike other programs, we embrace multi-sport athletes, and try to work with each player so that they can continue to progress in lacrosse while gaining the well-documented benefits of participating in other sports. These are based on a case by case and a commitment to lacrosse must be the priority. Those athletes wishing to play lacrosse in college, however, will have to commit to a short fall recruiting season freshman, sophomore and junior years in addition to the summer tournament season.We also offer optional yearly training and conditioning programs to allow athletes some down time, but pursue the higher levels of our sport should they desire.
For our middle school players, we take a very different approach than other programs. Our goal for middle schoolers, especially those younger than 7th grade, is for them to fall in love with the sport, and develop solid fundamentals in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. We deliberately limit the number of tournaments our middle schoolers attend, but provide the option to add one or two more for the really motivated player. Thanks to our size, we often combine players from our various regions to compete together. During this age time we are looking to help these young athletes become confident leaders willing to make mistakes and try new things. We believe there is plenty of time to train more rigorously, and travel to overnight tournaments once they reach high school. Youth is the time to have fun, work hard, and love to just play.
Over the last 15 years we have worked hard to create a curriculum that is specific to optimal growth of the youth girls lacrosse player with their skills, physical strength, mental toughness and lacrosse IQ. We include ACL Prevention warmups, creative drills, self empowerment training and cross training opportunities with top level coaches whose goals are to train the whole player.
Cancellations must be in writing and received by email 48 hours before an event. You will receive a 100% credit for any future Mad Dog Event. Credit is also transferable to a family member. Cash refunds are not available.