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Raleigh LaxFest Partners With NCLA and Carolina Flight to Bring Women’s Lacrosse to Annual Tournament for 2017

Raleigh LaxFest has partnered with North Carolina Lacrosse Academy (NCLA) and Carolina Flight to bring knowledge and expertise of the women’s game to the 2017 tournament being held November 11-12, 2017.

Raleigh LaxFest, a US Lacrosse Sanctioned event that welcomed 28 men’s teams in 2016, will be adding women’s divisions for 2017. The addition will expand the tournament into the premiere lacrosse tournament in North Carolina. NCLA and Carolina Flight will be recruiting teams to come to the tournament and executing other details of the event specific to the women’s game.

“We are pleased and excited to be partnering with Raleigh LaxFest to bring more women’s lacrosse to the Triangle region,” said Neal Camak, NCLA’s director of women’s programs. “With the growth of lacrosse across the country, it was only a matter of time before a North Carolina event was added to the calendar. Our coaches and organizers are ready and willing to make this event a success.”

Raleigh LaxFest will take place November 11-12, 2017 and will feature 10 men’s divisions and 5 women’s divisions, all in 3rd grade through high school age ranges. Games will take place in Holly Springs across three field locations.

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North Carolina Lacrosse Academy Youth Girls Host Harlem Lacrosse for Scrimmage at Duke University

Durham, North Carolina – The girls youth teams from North Carolina Lacrosse Academy (NCLA) have a full Spring schedule competing against local programs. But over Spring Break, 21 girls from NCLA decided to play for fun at Duke University as the girls 12U and 14U recreational teams welcomed the youth girls from Harlem Lacrosse to town.

Harlem Lacrosse brought 26 players from Promise Academy II and PS 149 The Soujourner Truth Academy in Harlem, NY, plus one coach, down to Duke University for a two-day stay. Looking for local teams, they sought out NCLA for a scrimmage. The teams combined and played a friendly scrimmage on the Duke lacrosse practice field, followed by refreshments and some good old-fashioned hanging out.

“We were excited to be invited to play with Harlem Lacrosse and for our girls to see how the sport has reach beyond just the Triangle,” said coach Mary Hart MacLeod of NCLA. “All of the girls had a great time and I think really enjoyed finding common ground through the game of lacrosse with other young people who are from so far away.”

The event was organized by Evan Vosburgh (of the Harlem Lacrosse Board) and Rick Vosburgh (a Durham-based professional with ties to Duke.) This is the second year Harlem Lacrosse has visited Duke, but the first year that they have brought a girls team.

“Our girls programs have really grown in the Triangle region, which is on par with the growth of the sport across the country,” said Neal Camak, Director of the NCLA Girls Program. “We are proud to be sought out as a resource by groups like Harlem Lacrosse and to be part of a growing community that is bringing up girls in the sport that we love.”

About the Harlem Lacrosse trip: Promise Academy II and PS 149 Soujourner Truth girls lacrosse players traveled to Duke University during Spring Break. Members of the Duke Community hosted students during their stay to tour the campus, attend lacrosse practices and play in lacrosse clinics run by Duke's Men and Women's teams. Additional leadership, educational, and career exploration activities/sites were planned throughout both days.

About North Carolina Lacrosse Academy: NCLA was established in 2002 and is the pioneer lacrosse organization in North Carolina, offering year-round lacrosse programs for boys and girls of all ages from beginners level to elite travel teams. Our goal is to build strong and confident student athletes of character by providing the opportunity to participate in the fastest growing sport in America.

About Harlem Lacrosse: Harlem Lacrosse is a 501(c)(3) organization that offers full-time, school-based academic intervention, lacrosse programming, and admissions counseling at programs in New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and the Boston area. 

Since 2011, Harlem Lacrosse students have maintained a 100% on-time middle school graduation rate, have passed their core classes at a rate 20% higher than that of their peers at our school sites, and have earned over $22 million in scholarship offers to independent schools and colleges. 

Harlem Lacrosse alumni have earned admission with scholarships to institutions including Bates College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Gettysburg College, Haverford College, Hobart College, Tufts University, the University of Virginia, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and College of Wooster. 

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