The Crown Lacrosse Classic has partnered with The Faceoff Academy, Attack Academy and Drew Adams to offer the ultimate lacrosse clinic between The Crown Lacrosse Classic games on March 9 at The Sportsplex at Matthews. The clinics, which will be led by Team USA and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) veterans Greg “Beast” Gurenlian, Rob Pannell and Drew Adams, are designed for each specific position and open to all ages and skill levels.
“To have these incredible players down to Charlotte, bringing their level of knowledge and expertise, will be amazing for our lacrosse community,” said The Crown Lacrosse Classic co-founder Chris Schiller said. “Rob, Greg and Drew represent the best players in the world at their respective positions and I could not be more proud to host them here in the Queen City. We are continuing to add more top level experiences for our community to take advantage of. March cannot get here soon enough.”
The Faceoff Academy, featuring Gurenlian, is dedicated to developing the lacrosse skills of every athlete through the highest quality of instruction. The clinic will focus on building well-rounded athletes with the ability to contribute to their teams offensively, defensively, and at the faceoff x. Specific drills will include detailed stance & footwork, moves & counters, live reps & tournament mode and live shots vs. goalies.
Gurenlian will also offer VIP private training an hour before the scheduled clinic. The VIP Session is a separate, small group, first come, first serve training session and will focus on detailed stance and technique work. Every movement drill is recorded with video and studied amongst the group in session.
“I’m really excited to be partnering up with the Crown Lacrosse Classic,” said Gurenlian. “This event is huge for the sport of lacrosse and spreading it south. To have so many important people in our sport working together for an event like this is special and I didn’t want to miss it.”
Rob Pannell’s Attack Academy will teach players HOW to train. The Attack Academy focuses on high intensity circuit training for attackmen and midfielders. The training sessions are a hybrid between lacrosse, conditioning and speed & agility training. The lacrosse portion of the sessions are catered towards improving skills, increasing lacrosse IQ, and becoming a more efficient and effective dodger with an increased emphasis on footwork. The conditioning and speed & agility portion is focused on improving foot speed and quicker changes in direction while increasing endurance.
“As a Cornell alum, it is exciting to see them competing against great competition in an amazing environment that Crown Lacrosse has created,” Pannell said. “A Final Four atmosphere in March, what more could you ask for. I’m excited to be making my way down to Charlotte for an amazing weekend of lacrosse and working with the youth lacrosse players in the area as the Crown Lacrosse Pro Player Combine is amazing exposure for local players to some of the best players in the game!”
Adams will offer specific training for all attending goalies. The 2015 MLL champion is a five-time all-star and three-time goalie of the year. He’s also the MLL all-time saves leader and graduate of Penn State University, where he was a three-time All-American.
“Penn State Lacrosse is a family that extends far off of the playing field,” said Adams. “I am excited to join fellow PSU Alum, Chris Schiller, at the Crown Lacrosse Classic, and to route on the current Nittany Lions as they face off against Cornell and Jacksonville.”
For more information on each clinic or to register, visit the respective links below: