Xcelerate Nike Michigan Girls Lacrosse Camp at Albion College
Celebrating 16 Years of Boys and Girls
Lacrosse Instruction and Summer Camp Fun!
Come join Albion Head Coach, Laurie Merian, this summer at the Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camp at Albion College in Michigan. Centrally located, Albion is right off Interstate 94, between Detroit and Chicago.
Our top rated instructional lacrosse camp is ideal for all players in the state and beyond. You’ll train like a college lacrosse player, meet new friends, and have some big time fun!
- Free NIKE Lacrosse Head given to the FIRST 20 registered campers!
- The BEST Topnotch Lacrosse Instruction; 10 to 1 Camper to Staff ratio
- Girls ages 10-18: All Positions - All Levels of Play
- Specific Position Training
- Clean & Comfortable Dorm Rooms
- Xcelerate Nike Reversible Jersey & Lanyard
- Special Goalie instruction
- Xcelerate Nike Competition Prizes and Raffle on the last day of camp!
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Camp Director Laurie Merian
Laurie Merian, who was named the 2018 Southern Conference Coach of the Year after leading the University of Detroit Mercy to a share of the conference regular season championship, joined the Albion College coaching staff in the fall of 2018.View Laurie's Bio ⟩
Merian was on the Titans staff for four years, including the last two as head coach where the team achieved a 16-19 overall record.
The Titans were picked to finish fourth in the SoCon preseason poll, but they won six of their final seven contests, including three victories on the road.
Detroit Mercy broke 11 team records during the 2018 season, including goals (255), goals per game (14.17), assists (113), assists per game (6.28), points (368), points per game (20.44), shots on goal (438) and caused turnovers per game (9.83). Detroit Mercy 21st in the nation in points per game (20.44) and 23rd in NCAA Division I in scoring offense (14.17 goals per game).
The Titans’ 2018 success was validated with nine student-athletes gaining all-conference awards, including the Offensive Player of the Year, the Defensive Player of the Year and the Freshman of the Year awards.
In addition to their success in competition, the Titans were just as focused in the classroom, gaining recognition on the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad. Detroit Mercy was one of 13 Division I squads to have at least eight student-athletes achieve distinction on the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll.
Detroit Mercy finished the 2017 campaign by winning its last four contests. The Titans defeated Old Dominion University, the defending Atlantic Sun Conference champion, to ignite the winning streak.
A graduate of Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, Merian is no stranger to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. She got her start in the coaching profession as head coach at Alma College for three seasons. Hired in 2011 to start the program, she improved the Scots from six wins during the inaugural season in 2012 to 15 victories in 2013 and 13 in 2014. Alma finished second in the MIAA and advanced to the MIAA Tournament championship game in 2013 and 2014.
A four-year letter winner in lacrosse and a two-year letter winner in soccer at Belmont Abbey, she was a three-time all-region award winner in lacrosse. Her lacrosse honors included gaining first team status in the Conference Carolina all four years, as well as earning Freshman of the Year in the conference and being selected to the Rookie All-American Team and Belmont Abbey’s Female Freshman Athlete of the Year. Merian was named the team captain as a junior and senior and was the team MVP as a sophomore.
Our goal, at Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps, is to bring out the very best in every player we coach. We focus our energies on building self-confidence and improving skills through innovative drills, position training, small-sided games, and team driven competition. We encourage our campers to play hard, be creative, and have fun! At the end of the week, our campers leave with a higher lacrosse IQ, an enhanced skill set, new role models, new friends, and a true love of the game.
Monday, June 24th to Thursday, June 27th
Overnight & Commuter (Extended Day Camp 9:00AM to 9:00PM) options available.
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Reversible Nike practice jersey
EXTENDED DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Lunch & Dinner
• Reversible Nike practice jersey
• Camp hours: MON 4:00PM-9:00PM, TUE-WED 9:00AM-9:00PM, THURS 9:00AM-11:30AM
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 Monday, June 24th
Check-in between 3:00-4:30pm at Mitchell Towers. Camp will begin with an orientation at 4:45pm, followed by dinner and our first field session.
Check-out Thursday, June 27th
Check-out between 11:00am-12:00pm at Mitchell Towers.
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
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!
- Dorm: Mitchell Towers
- Bathrooms: shared
- Linens: Not provided
- Air Conditioning: No *No A/C in dorm - please bring a fan
- Suggested spending money: $40
- Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff during field sessions
Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS
- Monday, June 24th: Check-in between 4:00-4:30pm at Mitchell Towers. Camp will begin with a brief orientation at 4:45pm, followed by dinner and our first field session. First Day pick up time and location will be provided at check-in.
- June 25th & 26th: Drop off and pick up locations for extended day campers will be provided on the first day of camp. Lunch and dinner provided.
- Thursday, June 27th: Last day drop off and pick up locations for extended day campers will be provided on the first day of camp. No meals provided.
- Daily Schedule: MON 4:00PM-9:00PM, TUE-WED 9:00AM-9:00PM, THURS 9:00AM-11:30AM
Campers have the opportunity to pre-order an Xcelerate Nike t-shirt in the camp registration process throught May 1st. You will receive items purchased on the first day at camp check-in.
- Xcelerate Nike T-Shirt - Price: $25
- T-Shirt Sizes Available in Adult Small, Medium, Large and X-Large
Early Bird Discount: $50 - Offer Code: XLR819. (Available until January 31, 2019). You can call 1-800-645-3226 to receive the early bird discount over the phone or you can enter in the offer code XLR819 when registering via our secure website. The early bird discount cannot be combined with any other discount.
Goalie Discount: $100 - Offer Code: XLGK19. To ensure each session has enough goalies for drills and scrimmages, all goalies automatically qualify for a special $100 discount. You can call 1-800-645-3226 to receive the goalie discount over the phone or you can enter in the offer code XLGK19 when registering via our secure website. PLEASE NOTE: Once we’ve reached our quota of registered goalies the discount will no longer be available. The goalie discount cannot be combined with any other discount.
Team Discount: $25. 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.
Note: If qualified, you may choose ONLY ONE discount
We have three sessions per day. A great deal of instruction takes place in the early part of the day, demonstrations and instruction mid-day, and games during the evening session. We also like to throw in a number of ‘fun’ activities like our fastest shot contest, freestyle/skills competition, talent show, rec time, and camper vs. coach game. Below is a template and is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 AM Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 8:45 AM Extended Day Campers Arrive
- 9:00 AM Station Work, Drills, Position Work
- Noon Lunch
- 12:30 PM Rest Hour / Camp Store / Swimming
- 2:00 PM Demonstrations, Position Work
- 3:00 PM Small Group Scrimmages, Team Play
- 5:00 PM Dinner
- 6:15 PM Team Instruction / Games
- 8:45 PM Extended Day Campers depart
- 9:00 PM Free Time / Camp Store / Pizza
- 10:45 PM Lights Out!
The Albion College campus is 90 miles west of Detroit and 175 miles east of Chicago. It is just a quick bus ride (they have a Greyhound station), train trip (Amtrak stop, too), plane flight (airports in Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Detroit) or car trip (we’re right off Interstate 94) from just about anywhere.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
July 7, 2018: My daughter attended this year and last, and she absolutely loved it and can't wait to come back again next year. The Camp Director is great--organized, engaging, on top of it--and her assistants are fantastic too--a great mix of current and former Albion lacrosse players and coaches. We highly recommend this camp for the great coaching and the fun and challenging atmosphere. You will work hard, learn a ton, and have a blast!
— Georgia C. Parent
June 30, 2017: My daughter loved the scrimmages and made some great freinds at camp. My one suggestion for next year would be to find a way to not have a session after dinner.
— Zoey K. Parent
Improved upon my skills!
July 22, 2016: This camp was a great way for me to improve upon my skills, make new friends and get to know the coaches and players. I will be back next summer for sure!
— Lucia A. Camper
Never a dull moment!
July 27, 2015: There was never a dull moment during the camp. All of the campers, including myself, were always very engaged and were always learning something new. I really enjoyed the opportunity to be coached by people who have played competatively and know the sport. I also really enjoyed the campus and experiencing what it feels like to live in the dorms. Maybe one day I will go as far as they did!
— Amanda B. Camper
lots of one-on-one attention
July 24, 2015: Food was good and dorms were nice. The coaching staff was awesome and very helpful. I got a lot of one-on-one attention and was able to speak with them about specific questions I had. My game imporved a lot over the course of camp. I am definetly returning next summer.
— Kim C. Camper
The first of many overnight camps!
July 24, 2015: The coaches were very good at solving conflicts and making everyone feel safe. I was a little nervous, with my daughter being on the younger side, to leave her in the care of the coaches, but after meeting them at check-in I knew she was in good hands. Everything was very organized and efficient. My daughter didn't even have time to feel homesick because there were so many activities going on for all of th campers. When I picked her up she could not stop smiling and raving about her experiences and new friends. This is the first of many overnight camps my daughter will be attending!
— Steve M. Parent
July 22, 2015: Never has my daughter been so excited for her upcoming lacrosse season. After camp all she talks about is lacrosse and how she cannot wait to show off all her new skills. I am so pleased to hear her be this excited about a sport! Thank you for the lovely experience!
— Mattias K. Parent
Soo Much Fun!
July 19, 2015: This camp was sooo much fun! I loved the food and the instruction I received. I will be back next year!
— Georgia A. Camper