The 2020 US Lacrosse Convention has come and gone. That means another year before lacrosse lovers can attend LaxCon 2021. Those who enjoy the event will have to endure the wait, but in the meantime, we can look back at some of the best moments from previous US Lacrosse Conventions in the past to build excitement for the next time the sport hosts a weekend.
Wings Host Game During LaxCon 2019
In 2019, the Philadelphia Wings and US Lacrosse formed a partnership to help promote and improve LaxCon that year. For $23, fans could buy a general admission ticket to the convention’s fan fest and a reserved seat at the Wings game against the Georgia Swarm on Jan. 12, the middle of the weekend when Philadelphia would welcome the lacrosse world for the event. This was a bit of a momentous occasion as it was the first season that the popular Wings franchise had been reestablished in Philadelphia since the franchise left for New England in 2014.
— US Lacrosse (@USLacrosse) January 13, 2019
The Wings had a big presence at the event, with one of the team’s stars Trevor Baptiste seemingly showing up all over the place.
— Philadelphia Wings (@NLLwings) January 11, 2019
— US Lacrosse (@USLacrosse) January 21, 2019
And if getting a deal on a ticket for an NLL game wasn’t enough, attendees of the 2019 US Lacrosse Convention also got to enjoy the local delicacies.
— Jim's South St (@JimsSouthStreet) January 11, 2019
Snow Takes Over 2016 Edition
LaxCon 2016 took place in Baltimore, and the weather was not friendly.
A snowstorm ravaged through the city and much of the Northeast United States. The late-January storm made history, dropping 29.2 inches of snow on Baltimore and LaxCon, the most single snowfall the city ever recorded. In fact, the storm was so damaging, the federal government paid the state of Maryland more than $25 million to help with emergency work and repairs caused by the snow.
Do you think a little bit of snow stopped LaxCon, though? Of course not!
Sure, it may have made getting to and from Baltimore a bit more challenging, not to mention navigating the city during the weekend of the convention. But for lacrosse people passionate about their sport, not even record-breaking storms can stop them.
— JMOLax (@JMOLax) January 21, 2016
The snow was all anyone could talk about, and with good reason. But the 2016 US Lacrosse Convention still went on as a success and kept the annual weekend tradition going.
Duke and US Men’s National Team Coach John Danowski Speaks at LaxCon
John Danowski, the long-time men’s head coach at Duke and the boss of the US Men’s National Team, has been a feature at multiple LaxCons. He is the winningest coach in NCAA Men’s Division I history, boasts three national championships, and helped the United States bring home the title at the 2018 World Lacrosse Championships.
Needless to say: when he talks lacrosse, people listen.
In 2014, Lax All Stars cut together a video of some of Danowski’s most insightful and telling nuggets of wisdom for fellow coaches, from keeping your assistants on even footing to having team standards, not rules, and more.
Danowski has shared his knowledge at plenty of other LaxCons, like in 2015 when he talked to lacrosse lovers about his priorities as coach, among many other topics.
The coach was at LaxCon 2020, too, and you can bet he will be at future conventions as well. If he is someone you admire and you want a chance to hear from one of the best, you might have a decent chance at LaxCon 2021 or any future event.