Mass Elite Lacrosse is a competitive club lacrosse program that has been dedicated to developing the talents of youth and high school girls’ lacrosse players since 1999. Mass Elite teams compete in local tournaments and showcases as well as on the National recruiting tournament circuit. Over the past 20 years, Mass Elite players and coaches have contributed to the rapid growth of lacrosse in New England. Mass Elite players are among the strongest and most dedicated student-athletes in New England. The players are understated, fearless and humble; they stand out because their skill, sportsmanship and competitive spirit are obvious to all who watch.
The primary goal of Mass Elite Lacrosse is student-athlete development. The Mass Elite coaching staff, comprised of the top high school and college coaches in Massachusetts, understands the importance of hard work, commitment, and teamwork both on and off the field. Our coaches are not only passionate about improving the athleticism and skill set of each Mass Elite player, but they assist our high school student-athletes in building self-confidence and creating lifelong friendships. Our coaches are instrumental in assisting Mass Elite student-athletes with navigating the college recruiting process. The success achieved by Mass Elite alumnae at the college level and beyond is evidence that the experience of the Mass Elite coaching staff combined with the multitude of practice and tournament opportunities offered to our student-athletes is an invaluable combination.
Founded in the fall of 1999, Mass Elite was the first club lacrosse program for female athletes in Massachusetts. Mass Elite began as one elite girl’s travel team for players in grades nine through twelve. Former Scituate High School varsity coach, Paula Evans, and former Westwood High School varsity coach, Leslie Frank, created Mass Elite in order to provide high school student-athletes an opportunity to play lacrosse year-round. Paula and Leslie recognized that in order to develop athletes’ into skilled lacrosse players, Massachusetts lacked two key components: higher levels of competition and more play opportunities. So Paula and Leslie began to look for tournaments in the lacrosse “hot-beds” of the country: Long Island and upstate New York and the Mid-Atlantic region including Maryland, Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia. With one group of very dedicate athletes (and aspiring lacrosse players), Paula and Leslie traveled the east coast hoping to inspire their players to reach the next level, expose their athlete’s to an increased speed of play and encourage the growth of lacrosse throughout Massachusetts.
Today, Mass Elite has become a nationally-respected lacrosse club. We are comprised of female student-athletes in grades three through twelve from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Each grade level rosters between two and three full teams. Additionally, due to the growing success of Mass Elite teams and players, our club has also welcomed players from California, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee and North Carolina.
Mass Elite is dedicated to the growth and development of each one of our players in four key areas: athletic performance/skill, competition, leadership and sportsmanship. We challenge every player to maximize their potential with intense fitness and practice sessions designed to improve stick stills, enhance field vision and teach game strategy. We embrace the competitive spirit of our teams while promoting the importance of sportsmanship and ability to win with grace and lose with class. Moreover, Mass Elite players are encouraged to be leaders on the field, in the classroom and in their communities.
Mass Elite Club Lacrosse teams have similar expectations to most high school and college teams; we expect our players to be committed and to make every attempt to be at all practices as well as participate in three to four tournaments per season. The players that succeed in our program recognize that their skill and athletic development is directly proportionate to the amount of time they practice and play. Mass Elite challenges players to work hard and to never rest on their accomplishments. Athletes wake up every day knowing that they need to push themselves to be better athletically and academically. All college opportunities begin with a strong academic profile; players that are strong students are smart lacrosse players. We teach our athletes the importance of teamwork, camaraderie, leadership, honesty, fairness and competition. Great players are understated, humble and quiet; they standout because their skill, sportsmanship and team play are obvious to all who watch.