Northstar Invitational
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Northstar Offers Premier Girls Lacrosse Experience

Editor’s note: At LaxAllStars, we’re pleased to be partners with Summit Lacrosse Ventures, operators of the prestigious Northstar Invitational. Learn more about the event and what Summit is doing to provide a premier girls lacrosse experience below!

The BRINE Northstar Invitational, one of the nation’s premier recruiting and development experiences, will return for its sixth consecutive year to the Northwood School in historic Lake Placid. The Northstar Invitational combines concentrated talent, carefully engineered on-field sessions, college recruiting exposure, and overall high quality lacrosse competition, a combination which creates an exceptional opportunity for student athletes to prepare for the next level. Attendees are offered nearly as much experience off the field, with extensive focus on sports performance, leadership, inspiration, mental fitness, recruiting perspective, and a holistic approach to supporting student athletes in the endeavor to be their best.

Northstar evolves each year to ensure a unique format which maximizes both the depth and breadth of athletes’ development opportunity and exposure. We seek high quality student athletes and leaders, and then relish in the opportunity to contribute to their development and success.

– Northstar Co-Founder Ashley Gersuk Murphy

The 2017 Northstar Invitational selection process is under way, with recommendations coming in from well-respected high school and club coaches from across the map. If history dictates, competition will be as strong as ever. Invited student athletes will represent the highest caliber of 2019, 2020, and 2021 graduating classes from across the United States and Canada. Past Northstar athletes have left large shoes to fill, with over 200 Northstar Athletes having committed to Division I women’s lacrosse programs.

Murphy continued:

Each year, we are increasingly impressed with the talent, competitiveness, and maturity of our athletes. Each has dreams of competing at the next level; it is special to see them come together – be it from California, Canada, Illinois, Florida, or New York – and be surrounded by other individuals of their caliber, to challenge and learn from each other. We seek athletes who will rise to the occasion and follow in the footsteps of those before them.

Northstar features small-sided and full-field games, with a focus on teamwork, chemistry development, and maximizing team-oriented success. Other elements which make Northstar unique include the Northstar Performance Index (NPI), a partnership with both Victory Academy and Lacrosse Recruits, and a longstanding relationship with mental fitness professional, Dr. Mara Smith. Presenting sponsor, BRINE Lacrosse, ensures that Northstar athletes look the part.

2016 Northstar Performance Index Top 10
The 2016 Northstar Performance Index Top 10

As the recruiting process continues to evolve, Northstar is focused on the developmental opportunity presented by concentrated talent and streamlined information from individuals who have been there, and who know the process. We aim for Northstar athletes to leave Lake Placid as more informed, motivated, and confident leaders, with a sense of where they fall in the national landscape, and how best to allocate their resources as they navigate the waters, and aim to achieve their goals.

Here’s a list of the college coaches who will be in attendance next week:

Central Michigan Sara Tisdale
Clarkson University Ben Gaebel
Colgate University Katie Rhodes
College of William & Mary Hillary Fratzke
Dartmouth College Danielle Spencer
DeSales University Rachel Smith
Franklin Pierce University Maud Lonergan
Hilbert College Melissa Graham
Holy Cross Jamie Redding
Kennesaw State University Laura Maness
Marquette University Meredith Black
Northwestern University Tim McCormack
UMass Amherst Angela McMahon
UMass Lowell Carissa Medeiros
University at Albany John Battaglino
University of Colorado Kailah Kempney
University of Detroit Mercy Laurie Merian
University of Detroit Mercy Megan Callahan
University of Louisville Vicki Latino
University of Richmond Anne Harrington
University of Southern California Amanda Johansen
University of Vermont Sarah Dalton

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