NORTH NJ

GIRLS

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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.

  • 3 Fall Events
  • 20+ hours Fall lacrosse training
  • Field Rentals
  • Top Level Coaching (NCAA, NLL, MLL, PLL)
  • Access to First Class online platform for all of our athletes
  • Player Insurance Coverage
  • Fun and Competitive Lacrosse in a Great Coaching Environment
  • Advanced, Fast Tempo, Organized and Professionally Run Practices

Fall Training

In addition to team training, Mad Dog NNJ offers a number of training options during the fall months to help players become more rounded, or learn the game:

  • FitLAX: our wildly popular 8 week lacrosse-focused strength and conditioning program that focuses on endurance, speed, technical stickwork, as well as injury prevention and confidence.
  • Mad Pups: our tons-of-fun 8 week learn to lax program for grades 3-6, helping new players fall in love with the game we love, making new friends along the way!!
  • Individual and position-specific training: available for both groups and individuals

Winter Training

Mad Dog NNJ offers a number of training options over the winter months to help players maintain and improve their game:

  • LaxOn:  our 8 week, team-focused training program that focuses on team concepts such as offensive sets, defensive formations and slides, and communication, as well as fundamentals, stickwork and footwork.
  • FitLAX: our wildly popular 8 week lacrosse-focused strength and conditioning program that focuses on endurance, speed, technical stickwork, as well as injury prevention and confidence.
  • Mad Pups: our tons-of-fun 8 week learn to lax program for grades 3-6, helping new players fall in love with the game we love, making new friends along the way!!
  • Short-sided League:  our middle school short-sided 8 week league is a great way to develop the whole player while having a blast.  Short, fast-paced games where everyone must play both offense and defense – watch your skills soar!
  • Individual and position-specific training: available for both groups and individuals
  • Early spring Team Placement evaluations for summer teamsUnlike other programs, we don’t set our summer rosters until spring, to allow for player development over fall and winter.
  • Dedicated, highly qualified head coach and assistant coaches for each team, with low player to coach ratio
  • Minimum of 14 two hour practicesin Wayne, NJ starting Sundays in spring, switching to 2 weekdays in June
  • Participation in high level tournamentsin June through mid-July (specific tournaments will be announced as confirmed)
  • Opportunity to participate as a member of one of our National Girls teams, which combine our best players across the country to compete together at elite events (invitation only)
  • Access to elite training clinics conducted by the very best in the game, including Team USA and Team STX players
  • Self empowerment sessions that provide tools for not only lacrosse, but for life as well, conducted by outside professionals
  • Dedicated recruiting support included in your program fee (high school players only) including recruiting seminars, FREE ConnectLAX account, and game video for selected tournaments
  • Custom mobile app for keeping track of schedules, managing account, registering for programs
  • Dedicated customer support
  • Custom gear package, including sublimated uniform and practice pinnie
  • Team zoom calls 

Sign Up for our Summer Program: http://northnjgirls.leagueapps.com/clubteams/1765642-nnj-2021-summer-registration

Several times each season, Mad Dog invites well known collegiate coaches to conduct one hour clinics with our players, sharing technical insights, tips, tricks, as well as a little about their career, program and the recruiting process.  The goal of our LBC clinics is to expose our players to different programs and coaching techniques to help them both grow their game, as well as gain greater knowledge to inform their own recruiting process.

In late July, Mad Dog NNJ offers both a traditional week long, ½ day camp, as well as a more intense, combine camp for our higher level players.

Fall/Winter 2020:

NNJ Girls 2022 Black – Coach Lex Haarmann, Coach Alyssa Sebesto

NNJ Girls 2023 Black – Coach Lex Haarmann, Coach Gabi Toohey

NNJ Girls 2024 – Coach Missi Holland, Coach Jim Montegari

NNJ Girls MS – Coach Josie Pagano, Coach Maddie Dill

 

NJ Sports Academy, Ramsey, NJ (indoor)

Barbour Pond Turf Fields, Wayne, NJ (outdoor)

Torne Valley Sports Complex, Hillburn, NY  (outdoor and indoor)

OUR STAFF

NORTH NJ GIRLS

Sue Montegari

North NJ Girls Director

Lex Haarman

North NJ Girls Assistant Director

Josie Pagano

NJ Girls Goalie Coach

Mary Carugati

North NJ Admin

Sue Montegari

North NJ Girls Director

Lex Haarmann

Assistant North NJ Girls Director

Josie Pagano

North NJ Girls Goalie Coach

Mary Carugati

North NJ Admin

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

TESTIMONIALS

SUMMER 2020 TRYOUTS

Date: Sunday, March 1st

Location

Cathedral Catholic High School
5555 Del Mar Heights Rd
San Diego, CA 92130

Grad Year / Time

2027 - 2030 | 9:00am - 10:30am
2026 - 2024 | 10:30am - 12pm

Pricing

• $25 Early Bird registration fee until February 23rd
• $40 registration fee from February 24th to March 1st
• $50 walk up fee day of tryout