The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) athletic program is seeking men lacrosse players who are interested in taking their skills to the next level.
The college is holding a LAX Prospect Day to introduce prospective players to the CSM Hawks’ Men’s Lacrosse program, as well as to CSM’s campus and the college’s academic offerings next month. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 15 at CSM’s La Plata Campus at the Athletic Field located behind the Physical Education (PE) Building.
Head Coach Steve Campbell said he hopes LAX Prospect Day will show players from the tri-county region that CSM could be a good academic and athletic fit for them.
“They might find it would be worth their while to start here before they move on,” Campbell said. “In addition, I want to put CSM on the table as a viable option for out-of-area student athletes.”
The day’s schedule will include a campus tour, information about admissions and financial aid and, after lunch, some warm-ups and drills as well as the chance to scrimmage.
“The day is designed to show high school coaches and players that we are serious about developing a competitive program here,” Campbell said.
Campbell said he is enthusiastic about the chance to build on the Hawks’ Men’s Lacrosse just-completed season. The team this year included players who had never played the game before as well as those with more than 10 years of experience. The Hawks went 4-4 overall in what Campbell described as a “rough but satisfying year.”
“The team definitely improved as the season went on,” he said.
Campbell encourages those who want to test their athletic ability at the collegiate level and be a part of this growing program to come out to CSM’s LAX Prospect Day.
“We are looking for good solid lacrosse players,” Campbell said. “If you come in with good basic skills — throwing, catching and keeping the ball off the ground — we can work with you to improve. Ideally a student athlete with a good attitude, good lacrosse IQ, a desire to get better and a good work ethic in the classroom as well as on the field is what we are trying to build our program on.”
Participants in CSM’s LAX Prospect Day are asked to bring with them a bag lunch along with their lacrosse stick, helmet, pads and cleats for a grass field. Goalkeepers should bring their equipment as well. Water and Gatorade will be provided. The cost of $65 will also cover a CSM men’s lacrosse pinnie.
Campbell is designing the team this year with an eye for camaraderie and all the intangibles that go along with college level athletics.
“We are going to stress family, brotherhood and pride — both in academics and athletics,” he said. “We ran a very structured practice plan this season and we’re going to build upon that. The players need to know that they can count on each other on and off the field.”
CSM enhances lives and strengthens the economic vitality of a diverse and changing region by providing affordable postsecondary education, workforce development and cultural and personal enrichment opportunities. For information about the college, visit www.csmd.edu. To learn more about CSM’s athletic programs, visit http://athletics.csmd.edu/landing/index.
CSM is one of the only multi-campus community colleges in Maryland where you can take classes online or on any campus and play in your choice of 12 NJCAA athletic programs. To register for CSM LAX Prospect Day, visit www.csmd.edu/student-life/athletics/lax-prospect-day.html.
CSM LAX Prospect Day. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., June 15. College of Southern Maryland (CSM), La Plata Campus, Athletic Field (behind the Physical Education Building), 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Prospective men’s lacrosse players are invited to participate in this introduction to CSM, along with the opportunity to run drills and scrimmage. Bring a bag lunch (water and Gatorade will be provided), stick, helmet, pads, cleats (grass field), and goalkeepers should bring their equipment. $65 (includes CSM men’s lacrosse pinnie). Scampbell1@csmd.edu. To register, visit www.csmd.edu/student-life/athletics/lax-prospect-day.html