Nike Boys Lacrosse Camp at Elmhurst College
TRAIN. COMPETE. IMPROVE.
AT NIKE LACROSSE CAMP
Come join Head Men's Lacrosse Coach, Mark Morrell, this summer at the Nike Lacrosse Camp at Elmhurst College. Just minutes from Chicago and a few blocks from downtown Elmhurst, the 48-acre campus provides the perfect setting for camp.
At the Nike Boys Lacrosse Camp, our goal is to provide each camper with focused, intensive, position specific training sessions essential to improvement. We are committed to helping each camper become a better lacrosse player and we hope all participants leave camp having established new friendships and more passion for the game.
- Complete Skills Camp for Boys Ages 9-18
- 8:1 camper to instructor on field ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamentals, position training, drills and scrimmages
- Team and sibling discounts available
- Special goalie instruction and discounts available
- Every camper receives a reversible Nike practice jersey
- Nike and STX Prizes for outstanding play, sportsmanship and improvement
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Camp Director Mark Morrell
Mark Morrell is entering his seventh season as the head coach of the Elmhurst men's lacrosse team.View Mark Morrell's Bio ⟩
Last season, Morrell guided the Bluejays to its best-ever season in the program's six-year history. Elmhurst finished the season with a 13-3 overall record and rattled off nine consecutive victories. The Bluejays placed second in the CCIW with a 5-1 record while also qualifying for the CCIW Tournament for the fourth straight season. Morrell took home CCIW Coach of the Year Honors while Mac Harden, Jacob Delgado, Trent Nyberg, Eric Langston, Carter Meyer, Noah Monahan and Marcus Yandall were all named to the all-conference team. Harden was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year while also taking home all-region accolades. Nyberg also earned all-region accolades for the Bluejays.
In 2017, Morrell guided Elmhurst to an 8-9 overall record and its third straight trip to the CCIW Tournament. A record six Bluejays earned all-conference honors with Mac Harden and Eric Langston receiving first-team honors and Nick Bonastia, Dan Curley, Ty Funderburk and Noah Monahan taking home second-team accolades.
In 2015, the Bluejays finished 7-9 overall and scored a trip to the first-ever CCIW Tournament. Four Bluejays earned all-conference accolades in 2014 including Jackson Mandli on the first-team and Brandon Bethran, Kalani Flowers and Nick Klenck on the second-team.
In just their second season as a varsity sport in 2014, Morrell coached a Bluejays' team that produced three all-conference selections, including Drew Wassenaar who was named the Midwest Lacrosse Conference's Rookie of the Year.
A former assistant coach at Wittenberg, Morrell guided Elmhurst to a 4-10 overall record in the team's debut season in 2013. Freshmen defender Jack Albertini was named to the Midwest Lacrosse Conference's honorable mention all-conference list.
Morrell spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Wittenberg. While at Wittenberg, he served as the Tigers' defensive coordinator while also assisting with face-offs and recruiting.
In Morrell's time as an assistant coach, Wittenberg won back-to-back North Coast Athletic Conference championships and earned consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2011. The Tigers finished the 2001 season ranked 15th in the nation and enjoyed four straight seasons with a winning record. As a defensive coach, Morrell's 2010 and 2011 Wittenberg squads ranked among the national leaders in goals against average. He also coached a pair of players who earned all-America honors, the first players in Wittenberg lacrosse history to achieve the honors.
Morrell joined the Wittenberg coaching staff after a four-year playing career at Wittenberg. A defender for the Tigers, he totaled 89 ground balls and a career face-off percentage of .540.
Morrell earned a bachelor's degree from Wittenberg and is completing his master's degree from Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife, Kelsi, reside in Elmhurst.
Assistant Coach Nick Bonastia
Nick Bonastia is entering his second season as a graduate assistant coach with the Elmhurst men's lacrosse team after a stellar four-year career at Elmhurst.View Nick Bonastia's Bio ⟩
A two-time second-team all-conference selection at goalkeeper, Bonastia started all 16 games for Elmhurst during the 2017 season while posting career bests in goals against average (7.60) and saves percentage (.576). Bonastia played some of his best contests against CCIW opponents, ranking third in the league in saves (55).
A four-year starter in goal, he finished his career as Elmhurst's career record holder in ground balls (161), saves (594), wins (21) and goals against average (9.63).
Associate Coach Kalani Flowers
On staff this summer at Elmhurst College is Kalani Flowers.View Kalani Flowers's Bio ⟩
Currently Coach Flowers is a Operations Manger for US Lacrosse Events, in charge of managing Youth/High School lacrosse tournaments and showcases across the nation. He is also the Director of Western Springs Lacrosse and coached their youth lacrosse teams for the past 4 years.
Collegiality Flowers was a four year starter at Elmhurst College and a 3x CCIW All- Conference Selection.
Director Of Operations Dave Di Tomasso
Dave Di Tomasso is the Director of Operations for the Nike Lacrosse Camp this summer. Any questions regarding camp operations camp be sent to Dave at email@example.com.View Dave's Bio ⟩
Dave Di Tomasso is the head coach of the men's soccer team at Elmhurst College.
Located in a beautiful community minutes from Chicago, this four day camp attracts campers from DuPage County, Cook County and beyond. Campers ages 10-18 that are determined to get better this summer will walk away from the Nike Lacrosse Camp with improved stick skills, a higher lacrosse IQ, better overall athleticism, and hours of lacrosse enjoyment!
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Reversible Nike practice jersey
EXTENDED DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Lunch & dinner
• Reversible Nike practice jersey
• Camp hours: SUN 1PM-9PM, MON-TUE 9AM-8:30PM, WED 9AM-12 NOON
A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
Check-in takes place between 11:00-1:00pm on Sunday, June 30th. There will be a camp orientation meeting at 1:00pm and parents are welcome to join their campers for this meeting. A detailed schedule for the week will be provided at that time.
There will be a closing ceremony at the field on Wednesday, July 3rd at 11:30am. Overnight campers check-out from the dorm immediately following.
The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in all activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
ROOMMATES & HOUSING
2 campers per room. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, if you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
LINENS: Not provided
AIR CONDITIONING: TBD
SUGGESTED SPENDING MONEY: $40
MEDICAL FACILITY: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times
All meals are included for overnight campers. Lunch and dinner is included for Extended Day Campers. Meals start with dinner on the first day and end with breakfast on the last day.
EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS
On the first day of camp, extended day campers should arrive at the check-in time dressed to play. All other days, the arrival time is 8:45am. Extended day campers depart at 9:00pm (lunch and dinner included). Drop off and pick up locations will be provided at check-in.
DAILY SCHEDULE: SUN 1PM-9PM, MON-TUE 9AM-8:30PM, WED 9AM-12 NOON
TEAM DISCOUNT: If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $25 discount. Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
GOALIE DISCOUNT: To ensure each session has enough goalies for drills and scrimmages, all goalies automatically qualify for a special $50 discount. You can call 1-800-645-3226 to receive the goalie discount over the phone or you can indicate that you are eligible for the goalie discount in the “comments” field when registering via our secure website. Goalie discount cannot be combined with any other discount.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 AM Breakfast (Overnighters)
- 8:50 AM Extended Day Campers arrive
- 9:00 AM Stretching and Conditioning
- 9:30 AM Line Drills and Stations
- 11:00 AM Position Work
- Noon Lunch
- 1:00 PM 1v1, 2v2, fastbreaks and games
- 2:00 PM Drill stations, scrimmaging and games
- 5:00 PM Dinner and supervised free time
- 6:30 PM Back to field for games
- 8:30 PM Extended Day Campers depart
- 9:00 PM Fun Evening Activities
- 11:00 PM Overnight Campers to rooms; Lights out!
Home to the Elmhurst football, soccer, lacrosse and track and field programs, Langhorst Field serves as the college's primary outdoor facility. Renovated in 2002, the field is surrounded by an all-weather rubberized track. In the summer of 2011, the field was resurfaced with state-of-the-art FieldTurf. Permanent lighting was also installed in 2011.