Nike Top of the Class at Lawrence Academy
A CAMP BUILT FOR THE BEST
STUDENT ATHLETES IN THE COUNTRY
US Sports Camps, Inc. has partnered with the coaches from Harvard University, Stanford University and the University of North Carolina in offering the Nike "Top of the Class" Lacrosse Camps. The program is hosted at Lawrence Academy, located 31 miles northwest of Boston in Groton, MA.
TOP OF THE CLASS SHOWCASE
- 9th Annual showcase for the premier high school player
- The staff at Top of the Class is made up of terrific coaches from great academic institutions.
- Top of the Class is a great opportunity to work with top lacrosse coaches from some of the finest universities and colleges in the country.
This showcase camp differs from most in that each camper will receive individual instruction from each college coach in small station groups during camp. The showcase program focuses on advanced skills, position play, team concepts and an overall intense level of competition. Night games will be coached by the college coaches where you will get the opportunity to work with them in a competitive team atmosphere. The camp is open to any and all entrants.
The Top of the Class camp at Lawrence Academy must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health. Families have the right to request copies of the camp’s policies on background checks, health care and discipline policies as well as procedures for filing grievances.
- Showcase Camp Restricted to 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022s
- Superior instruction from NCAA College Coaches and Former Players
- 10:1 camper to instructor on field ratio and 24 hour supervision
- Special goalie instruction
- Every camper receives a reversible Nike practice jersey
- Nike and STX Prizes for outstanding play, sportsmanship and improvement
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Camp Director Lisa Miller
Head Women's Lacrosse Coach, Harvard University.View Lisa Miller's Bio ⟩
Lisa Miller, who built the Syracuse women's lacrosse program from scratch into a perennial NCAA tournament contender, has reenergized the Harvard lacrosse program over the last 10 years and is on the verge of bringing the Crimson program back to the national spotlight.
Through 20 years of coaching, Miller carries a career record of 185-130 (.587) into the 2018 season.
Miller has made a tremendous impact on the team in 10 seasons at the helm. The Crimson has won seven games against nationally ranked teams, including three in 2012. In 2011, Harvard received votes in the IWLCA poll for nine weeks before earning a spot, No. 20, in the final two polls of the season. It was Harvard’s first appearance in the rankings since 1997. Miller’s teams have boasted two Ivy League Rookies of the Year, 39 All-Ivy League selections and had the league's leading scorer three years in a row from 2009-2011, as well as again in 2014.
Camp Director Phil Barnes
Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach, University of North Carolina.View Phil Barnes's Bio ⟩
One of the nation’s most experienced assistant coaches and a keen-eyed recruiter, Phil Barnes has been a key part of Carolina’s women’s lacrosse success since 2004. In November 2012, the IWLCA named Barnes its assistant coach of the year.
On the field, Barnes works with the Tar Heel defense and goalkeepers, while also heading up the program’s recruiting efforts.
Barnes is a former head coach at Holy Cross and the University of Massachusetts who also has coached prep lacrosse. He was the head coach at UMass for three seasons (2000-02), capturing the Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament championships and leading the nation in scoring defense in 2000.
Barnes was an assistant coach at UMass during the 1998 and ’99 seasons prior to taking over as head coach. He was also the head coach at the College of the Holy Cross during the 1996 and 1997 seasons, earning Patriot League Coach-of-the-Year honors in ‘96.
Barnes earned a B.A. in history from Assumption College in 1998. He is a native of Milford, N.H.
Camp Director Amy Bokker
Amy Bokker is Stanford’s Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach and Assistant Coach for the US Elite National Team.View Amy Bokker's Bio ⟩
Since Amy Bokker joined the Cardinal for the 2009 season, she has established Stanford as the West’s premier program, consistently ranked among the country’s Top 20.
Bokker ranks first all-time among Stanford coaches in winning percentage (.710) and is three shy of tying Michelle Uhlfelder (2001-07) for the most victories. Bokker is 81-34 in six seasons.
Bokker has led Stanford to four Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament titles in six seasons and reached the championship game in all six – extending Stanford’s streak of
conference title game appearances to 17.
She also has coached Stanford to four NCAA tournament appearances in five years, and in 2013 coached Stanford into the second round for the first time in school history.
Bokker has coached three All-Americans (five total honors), 14 players to 19 IWLCA All-Region selections, 26 to 43 All-MPSF selections, 19 to 21 All-MPSF Tournament selections, four MPSF Player of the Year recipients (five awards total), four MPSF Tournament MVPs and one MPSF
Newcomer of the Year.
In 2013, Bokker helped coach the U.S. national team to the 2013 FIL Women’s World Cup title. After joining the staff as an assistant coach in 2010, Bokker helped coach the U.S. to its seventh world title as the Americans outscored opponents by a combined 127-34 over seven games in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
Bokker assisted the Canadian national team in the 2009 FIL World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, where it captured the bronze medal, the first medal the country had won in 28 years.
Building a program was nothing new to Bokker. She was in a similar situation when she took over the George Mason program in 1998 in Fairfax, Va., which at that time did not have a strong lacrosse tradition.
Bokker made an immediate impact, guiding the Patriots to the first winning record in school history, with an 8-7 mark. During her tenure at George Mason, Bokker's squads maintained their status as one of the nation's consistently strong programs, with six top-20 national finishes, including a final national ranking of No. 16 in 2008 when the Patriots went 12-5, setting a school record for single-season victories.
During her 11 seasons at George Mason, Bokker compiled an 86-94 record and left as the winningest coach in the program's history. At George Mason, Bokker coached nine All-Americans, two Academic All-Americans, a Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, two CAA Defensive Players of the Year and a CAA Rookie of the Year.
In all, Bokker coached 18 first-team all-conference players and her players totaled 48 all-conference honors.
Before her arrival at George Mason, Bokker served as the head coach at American for a season, leading the Eagles to a school-best 8-8 record, earning the 1997 CAA Coach of the Year. During her time at American, Bokker was also the assistant coach for field hockey.
The former Amy Umbach is a native of Phoenixville, Pa., where she was a three-sport high school star, in lacrosse, field hockey and swimming. She was a two-time All-CAA first-team choice at William and Mary, where she also played field hockey. She was also named a BRINE/IWLCA All-American her senior season.
She earned her master's degree from George Mason in exercise, fitness and health promotion in 2007.
Bokker is the sixth head coach in the 20-year history of varsity women's lacrosse at Stanford.
Staff Schools in attendance
Schools in attendance in 2018.View 's Bio ⟩
- Babson College - Michelle Smith, Head Coach
- Binghampton University- Steph Allen, Head Coach
- Colby College - TBD
- Colgate University - Katie Rhodes, Assistant Coach
- Cornell - Bill Olin, Assistant Coach
- Dartmouth - Danielle Spencer, Head Coach
- Franklin & Marshall - Mike Faith, Head Coach
- Hamilton College - TBD
- MIT - Ann Versprille, Head Coach
- UPenn - Melissa Lehman, Associate Head Coach
- William & Mary - Hillary Fratzke, Head Coach
This summer, Top of Class is offering two sessions of overnight and extended day camp (9:00am-9:00pm) on July 16-18 (Restricted to 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022s). Before each session, campers are asked to submit a one page bio, that will then be compiled in a booklet and distributed to every coach at camp (more info to come in the Spring regarding player bios).
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• Lodging on campus • All meals
• Night games coached by the college coaches
• Reversible Nike practice jersey
EXTENDED DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Lunch & dinner
• Night games coached by the college coaches
• Reversible Nike practice jersey
Our standard cancellation policy applies to this camp BEFORE July 1st, 2018. Due to the nature and demand of this camp, no camp vouchers will be issued after July 1st, 2018. If you have to cancel for any reason, please notify our office well in advance. Thank you!Show Less See More Camp Details
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. All health and release forms will be collected on the first day of camp.
CHECK-IN MONDAY, JULY 16TH
Check-in takes place between 11:00-1:00pm in the Field House Lobby. For Extended Day Campers (Commuter Campers) dinner will be provided and pick up takes place at the Field House at 9:00pm. 2 field sessions on Monday: 1:30-4pm, 6-8pm (dinner only).
TUESDAY, JULY 17TH
3 field sessions: 9-11:30am, 1:30-4pm, 6-8pm (all meals provided to overnighters, extended day campers receive lunch and dinner). Extended Day Campers should be dropped off at the lacrosse field at 8:45am sharp. Pick up for Extended Day Campers is approx. 9:00pm at the fields, except for the last day.
CHECK-OUT WEDNESDAY, JULY 18TH
The last session of camp will be from 9:00-11:00am. Check-out takes place at 12:00pm (breakfast only for overnight campers, no other meals provided on last day).
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
Campers stay in double, triple, and quad rooms within the various oncampus dormitories. Roommates are assigned by age and roommate requests. Please note: Due to the number of campers and unique housing set up at Lawrence Academy, roommate requests cannot be guaranteed!
The staff reside 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.
- BATHROOMS: shared
- LINENS: Not provided
- AIR CONDITIONING: No - Please bring a portable fan - Dorm does not have AC
- SUGGESTED SPENDING MONEY: $40
- MEDICAL FACILITY: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times
NOTE: LINENS ARE NOT PROVIDED. Overnight campers must bring Pillow, Pillowcase, Twin Sheets and Blanket or a Sleeping Bag. We also recommend you bring a Portable Fan (Dorm does not have AC).
CAMPERS FLYING TO CAMP
TRANSPORTATION IS NOT PROVIDED BY THE CAMP TO OR FROM ANY AIRPORTS. If your camper is flying to or from the Boston Logan Airport we recommend visiting http://www.gobostonshuttle.com/.
Special Goalie Instruction
Goalies will be given training involving development of their individual technique as well as instruction in game like situations. In addition to focusing on individual instruction, each goalie will participate in shooting drills as well as drills designed to include the goalies as an integral part of a team defense.
Lawrence Academy is seated upon 100 acres of rolling countryside, in Groton, Massachusetts, 31 miles northwest of Boston, eight miles south of New Hampshire. Architecturally, Lawrence's campus features a mix of historic Federalist-Era houses and Neo-Georgian academic buildings. From Lawrence's central quadrangle, one can see the outline of Mount Wachusett to the west, the pastures of Gibbet Hill Farm, (the site of colonial gallows and The Castle), to the north, and the fairways of the Groton Country Club to the east.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Had a great time!
July 19, 2017: As one of the youngest campers, my daughter loved being able to play at a higher level. She loved the coaches and just had a great time! She looks forward to coming back next year!
— Molly G. Parent
Really enjoyed working with all of the coaches!
July 18, 2017: My daughter felt that she learned a lot and really enjoyed working with all of the coaches. She was happy it was more focused on learning than a showcase; she also had Noelle from UMass as a coach which really made a huge impact on her. From her positive attitude and spirit, to telling the girls her story about how she wants to continue to play lax next year, my daughter was very inspired by her. It is a perfect example of why she loves lacrosse.
— Charlotte Y. Parent
We will back next summer!!
July 14, 2017: Great instruction and drills from great coaches (and current college players) at top notch colleges and universities! The player to coach ratio was awesome. We participate in a lot of the summer lacrosse circuit camps and this was by far my daughters favorite event. We will back next summer!!
— Sue C. Parent
July 14, 2017: Loved this camp. Quality coaches, high quality play and friendly players. Excellent recruiting exposure and girls played games unselfishly which is often not the case at showcases or in front if recruiters.
— Ciera L. Camper
My daughter loved this camp!
July 14, 2017: My daughter loved this camp! She thought the counselors and everyone involved with the camp were wonderful!
— Isabel K. Parent
Loved every coach!
July 29, 2016: My daughter has been playing select lacrosse for three years and this is the best camp/training she has experienced thus far. She appreciated the detailed instruction and break down in all the various aspects of lacrosse such as how to properly check, how to aggressively cover your opponent, face-offs, etc. She appreciated how the drills moved quickly and efficiently without waiting in long lines for your turn. She loved that she was always moving. She immediately noticed how amazing the coaches were in their ability to play and teach lacrosse. She loved every coach she was with all week!! She can't wait for next year!
— Karen C. Parent
I fully recommend going!
July 27, 2016: I fully recommend going to the top of the class camp next year because you are exposed to a lot of different coaching styles. Also you learn a lot from doing both clinics and games in each day. They prepare you for dealing with the recruiting process, by bringing in someone with recruitment experience to speak to us. Another thing that I liked about this camp is that the skill level was so high which challenged me as a player. The last thing that I liked was that I met so many new girls from around the country, and who were so nice. These are some reasons why you should go to the Nike lacrosse camp. Sincerely, A Camper
— Tabitha A. Camper
Supervised and safe!
July 14, 2016: My daughter attended the Nike Lacrosse Camp the past two summers. The program is very organized with excellent instruction. The venue for which it was held was supervised and safe. Parent of (happy) Camper
— Sandy P. Parent
Highlight of Summer
July 31, 2015: This was my daughter's second time attending camp and is the highlight of her summer. There is a lot of opportunity to play in front of college coaches. Also, the coaching staff does a great job to provide insight into the level of play expected at the collegiate level. you cannot miss this opportunity!
— Nina T. Parent
Highlight of the summer.
July 29, 2015: I came all the way from the UK for this camp and it had to be one of the best experiences. The coaching was excellent, but most of all I enjoyed making a lot of new friends. It was terrific. I aim to return.
— Rose B. Camper
July 16, 2015: I know I want to play lacrosse in college, and this program gave me a chance to work with a variety of college coaches, as well as a chance to improve my skills and learn what I need to work towards. The coaches motivated me to play hard and study hard so I can reach my dreams.
— Michelle T. Camper
Learned a lot.
July 15, 2015: The Top of the Class camp at the Governor's Academy had great directors and coaches and a high level of competition that enabled the girls attending the camp to learn and compete on a top level.
— Paula C. Parent
July 15, 2015: This camp is really fun and challenging. You are provided many chances to learn skills as well as display your own. The coaches and counselors are helpful and very approachable for any questions you have. I would recommend this camp to anybody who is interested in competitive lacrosse.
— Joanna M. Camper
Achieve your goals!
July 12, 2015: I would recommend the Nike Lacrosse Camp at Governor's Academy to any athlete focused on setting and achieving their academic and athletic goals. The facilities are first class and coach/player ratio provides the camper with great individual instruction with an emphasis on team play.
— Hayley W. Camper
August 1, 2014: I would recommend this camp to anyone who loves lacrosse and is interested in playing lacrosse in college! The coaches are fantastic and the drills always keep you busy. You get a lot of playing time, and it is a great opportunity to play in front of college coaches and the experience was awesome!
— Sam P. Camper
The instruction is excellent!
July 30, 2014: You get a lot out of it. You meet so many new people with the same passion for lacrosse as you. The instruction you get is excellent. You really get to interact with all the coaches, and overall it's just a lot of fun!
— Moinca C. Camper
July 16, 2014: The camp is a fantastic experience for all camper levels. The girls are challenged to push themselves out of their comfort zone to master tasks they would otherwise not have tried. This camp is not only developmental, but is a great opportunity for recruiting. They work with staff from many colleges who are there to make them better.
— Sonya S. Camper
Recommend to many
July 16, 2014: I would recommend this camp to others because it was amazing how so many coaches from all over came to help with stations and our night games. The college coaches really helped me and others. The night games also showed you the competition of lacrosse you are playing. they also did a good job of breaking the skills down so that I could understand why we do what we do. Nike camp was great and I recommend it to many.
— Rachel C. Camper
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