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October 26th, 2016
Champion Lacrosse Hosts First-Ever Ameri-Can Lacrosse Classic, Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Buffalo Bills’ Ralph Wilson Stadium
Champion Lacrosse today announced the first-ever Ameri-Can Lacrosse Classic, to be played Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2015 at the Buffalo Bills’ Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Middle school and high school teams from New York and Ontario will play in the inaugural event that will showcase some of the top American and Canadian lacrosse recruits.
“It’s been great to see such continued, exciting growth in the sport of lacrosse, and the Buffalo Bills couldn’t be happier to be hosting the Ameri-Can Lacrosse Classic,” said Bruce Popko, Executive Vice President/Business Development at Pegula Sports & Entertainment. “We’re glad to be able to showcase Ralph Wilson Stadium to these elite student-athletes and coaches, and attract top talent from outside Western New York to Buffalo.”
Champion Lacrosse will host the event, which plays the Middle School division (High School Classes of 2020 and 2021) on Saturday, Oct. 31, and JV (2018, 2019) and Varsity (2016, 2017) on Sunday, Nov. 1. Participating clubs include CNY Roadhawks, Edge Ontario, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Hamburg, Hill Academy, Orange Crush, St. Joseph’s and Western Door. Each team will get at least one game in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
“We’re excited to be able to not only bring top talent to Western New York but to give these up-and-coming players and their established programs a chance to play in a world-class NFL venue like Ralph Wilson Stadium,” said the founder of Buffalo-based Champion Lacrosse Joe Smith, who last month finished his second stint as a defender for the U.S. National Indoor Team. “Working with the Buffalo Bills to bring lacrosse to The Ralph is something we think will be huge for the sport and a tremendous opportunity for everyone involved.
Built in 1973, Ralph Wilson Stadium seats more than 71,000 fans, annually drawing more than 500,000 people to the home of the Buffalo Bills. In 2014, The Ralph underwent a $130 million renovation.
Recent Champion Lacrosse alumni include Connor Fields (Albany), Max Maxwell (UMBC), Connor Buczek (Cornell), Kyle Zittel (Penn State) and Cooper Stefaniak (Hobart). Champion’s staff includes three-time pro lacrosse champion Joe Smith and fellow U.S. Indoor Team and NLL/MLL veteran Joe Resetarits.
“There are a ton of excellent lacrosse tournaments out there, and we really wanted to give the talented players and teams in our general area a big-time recruiting event here in Western New York, while also drawing attention from outside the region to the emerging hotbed of Buffalo,” said Ameri-Can Lacrosse Classic co-founder John Jiloty. “Giving these young players a chance to play in an NFL venue is pretty amazing, and we are very appreciative for the cooperation from the Bills.”
About Champion Lacrosse
Champion Lacrosse is Western New York’s premier lacrosse training program, providing year-round clinics, travel teams, leagues and private, semi-private and small group lessons. Founded and coached by professional players, Champion’s staff has participated on Team USA, in Major League Lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League and at the highest levels of NCAA Division I, II and III lacrosse.
September 22nd, 2015
Champion Lacrosse will be holding tryouts for their 2016 teams on October 3rd and 4th at Sahlen’s Sports Park. To register click on “Registration Forms” on right side of the homepage.
2017’s and 2018’s – 9am – 11am
2019’s and 2020’s – 11:30am -2pm
2021’s and 2022’s – 9am – 11am
December 18, 2014
Forsyth Country Day School in partnership with Reagan High School are proud to host Champion Lacrosse for a weekend lacrosse clinic on February 14th and 15th. The two day clinic is open to boys in 4th – 12th grade. The cost of the clinic is $160 which includes both days. To register, click on “Registration Forms” on the right side of the homepage.
November 26, 2014
Due to damage to the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse, our training for tonight is cancelled. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 19, 2014
Due to the weather and travel ban in Orchard Park, our training at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse has been cancelled.
October 20, 2014
Boy’s Field Lacrosse Training @ Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse
Wednesday Evenings October 29th – December 17th
6:00pm – 7:30pm: 6th – 8th graders (12 spots remaining)
7:30pm – 9:00pm: 9th – 12th graders (10 spots remaining)
August 25, 2014
Tryouts for 2015 Champion Lacrosse Teams
When: Sunday October 5th, 2014
Who: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Graduating Classes
2016’s & 2017’s – 3pm – 6pm
2018’s & 2019’s – 6pm – 9pm
Where: Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse
One Bills Drive
Orchard Park, NY
**A recruiting seminar with Mercyhurst head coach Chris Ryan will also take place.**
June 10, 2014
Congratulations to Champion Lacrosse players Jack Seminara and Tristan Dougherty for being selected to the Under Armour All – Star Game. Both players are now finalist for being selected to the final roster.
June 6, 2014
2014 Champion Lacrosse Coaching Staff
Select: Joe Smith (Team USA, Denver Outlaws, Buffalo Bandits), Joe Resetarits(Buffalo Bandits, Albany), Geno Tundo(UMass)
Prep : Jake Giarrano(Canisius), Cooper Stefaniak(Hobart), Connor Buczek(Cornell)
Impact Red: Greg Michael(Canisius), Kole Robinson(Lake Erie)
Impact Blue: Billy Jacobbi(Canisius), Tim Garback(Geneseo)
Launch : Connor Fields, Greg VanRemmen
June 4, 2014
Congratulations to 12 Champion Lacrosse players honored with All – Western New York.
|All Western New York|
|First Team||First||Last||High School||College||Grade|
|Midfield||Mike||Franz||East Aurora||John Carroll||12|
June 3, 2014
Congratulations to all 23 Champion players honored with All – Catholic Honors.
Champion Player Connor Fields Selected as 2014 MMHSAA Offensive Play Of The Year.
|MMHSAA Lacrosse All-Catholic|
November 4, 2013
Champion Lacrosse Teams Select, Prep, and Impact finish the UMass Fall Classic with a combined record of 7-1-1!
August 8, 2013
Congratulations to Champion Select player Derek Andrews! Andrews was selected as a member of the Team USA Jr. Indoor Lacrosse Team.
August 8, 2013
Champion Select finishes the summer season with a record of 13-2!
June 12, 2013
Congratulations to Niagara Wheatfield and Champion Select player, Robert McMicking as he is the recipient of the 2013 Tewaaraton Outstanding Native American Scholarship. The objective of the Tewaaraton Outstanding Native American Scholarship is to recognize and reward exceptional students’ academic and athletic achievement. All awards are based on the merits of academic achievement, athletic performance and ambition. The award goes to one Native male and one Native female lacrosse player. McMicking received the award at the Tewaaraton Award Banquet in Washington DC on May 30, 2013.
June 6, 2013
Congratulations to Bishop Timon and Champion Select player Connor Fields for breaking the state record for goals in a season! Fields finished the season with 129 goals. The previous record was 108 goals set in 1986.
Connor scored six goals and two assists in the MMA Championship game against St. Joe’s.
Fields has accepted a scholarship to Division I University at Albany and looks to follow in the footsteps of Champion Lacrosse coaches Frank and Joe Resitarits who were All-Americans at UAlbany.
January 16, 2013
Four Champion Select Team Alumni have been discussed in recent Inside Lacrosse articles!
Penn State University sophomore, Kyle Zittel (Eden) was running on the second line during fall ball.
Canisius College freshman, Jimmy May (Frontier) has made an instant impression early on.
Hobart College freshmen, Cooper Stefaniak (St. Francis) and Jon Antonio (Lancaster) are part of an athletic group for the 2016 class.
November 20, 12012
Champion Select featured on Lax.com vs Connecticut Valley at the UMass Mid-Fall Classic Tournament. Champion Select finished the day 3-0 in the Elite Division.
November 2, 2012
MLL Hamilton National and NLL Calgary first round draft pick Joe Resetarits joins the Champion Lacrosse saff! The Hamburg, NY native and University at Albany product is the brother of Frank Resetarits who also played in both MLL and NLL. In addition to playing in both MLL and NLL Joe Resetarits is a member of the Brampton Excelsiors in the MSL, where helped win the 2011 Mann Cup.
Field Lacrosse Training #1 @ Sahlen’s Sports Park
Dates: 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24
7 – 8pm: 5th – 8th graders
8 – 9pm: 9th – 12th graders
Dates: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15
8:30 – 9:30pm: 5th – 8th graders
9:30 – 10:30pm: 9th – 12th graders