Harford Lacrosse Camp for boys enjoys 31st year

All-Americans on hand to assist in teaching

July 29, 2011

Harford Lacrosse Camp completed its 31st summer camp for boys ages elementary through high school at the 4-H Camp in Rocks State Park last week. This year the campers were treated to world class instruction from the game's very best coaches and players. The camp hosted the 2011 Tewaaraton Award winner, Steele Stanwick. The Tewaaraton Award is lacrosse's version of the Heisman Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's top collegiate lacrosse player. Stanwick was an All American attackman on the national champion University of Virgina team that defeated the University of Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium on Memorial Day Weekend.

Joining Stanwick at Harford Lacrosse Camp was 3rd Team All American faceoff specialist RG Keenan from the University of North Carolina. The Harford County resident returned this summer to give back to the game. He spent his time coaching faceoff techniques at Harford Lacrosse Camp and with the Harford Mavericks, a middle and high school club lacrosse program based in Bel Air.

Two professional lacrosse players were at Harford Lacrosse Camp. Peter Mezzanotte, 2011 captain at Towson University and member of the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse, spent the week instructing high school players. Andrew "Buggs" Combs, All American attackman at the University of Maryland and former member of the Chesapeake Bayhawks of the MLL, visited camp to show campers the newest equipment and shoes on the market made by Brine and Warrior.

Tony Seaman, 2010 Conference Athletic Association Coach of the Year from Towson University, paid a visit to the campers on Monday to share wisdom about the keys to being a successful student-athlete. Seaman, former coach at Johns Hopkins and University of Pennsylvania, was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2011.

Head Coach Paul Cantabene of Division III powerhouse Stevenson University and former U.S. World Team midfielder stopped by camp to share his message about the amount of time and dedication it takes to be exceptional. Cantabene, a product of Loyola College, hammered home the message that success is measured by your performance as a student and citizen, not just a lacrosse player. Before departing he taught players new faceoff techniques.

Camp Directors John Grubb and Frank Mezzanotte have hosted the instructional camp with overnight or day camper options at the 4-H facility for 31 years. The camp began on July 17 and ended on July 20 with an awards ceremony. During the week campers participated in three practices per day with high school coaches, youth coaches and college players. Each camper competed in the fastest shot contest and faceoff championship. Campers also had the opportunity to custom dye stick heads, tie dye shirts and swim in the pool. Athletic training services were provided by Union Memorial Sports Medicine.

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