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Athletes from Across the Continent Train, Compete at Summit Lacrosse Ventures’ Eleventh Annual Northstar Showcase

By SLV Staff, 08/02/22, 12:45PM EDT

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COLONIE, N.Y. — Nearly 100 athletes made their way to New York’s Capital Region for the eleventh edition of the Northstar Showcase, a girls training and recruiting opportunity featuring one-on-one instruction led by respected college coaches. 

Hosted by Summit Lacrosse Ventures, the Northstar Showcase drew members of the 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026 graduating classes to Afrim’s Sports Park just outside of Albany for a day of high-level training and competition, which included position-specific training with college coaches, along with full-field games and contests held in the “Sixes” format, widely considered to be a path to lacrosse in the Olympics. 

Established in 2012, the Northstar Showcase was created as a valuable opportunity for promising young lacrosse players to learn directly from outstanding, respected coaches and then put their skills and IQ on display in front of those coaches with the goal of playing at the next level. 

In addition to the college coaches, four current Division I college lacrosse student-athletes were on staff as counselors to serve as Northstar team coaches and to provide the athletes with both on-field instruction, and advice to navigate the recruiting landscape, develop as a student-athlete, and succeed at the next level. 

The day began with intensive positional training, and the athletes learned from and interacted with the dozen college coaches at breakout and buildup stations that progressed athletes from 1v1 to 6v6 play and then from 2v1 to 6v5 scenarios. Attackers and middies learned offensive techniques from some of our country’s all-time greats in USC’s Lindsey Munday, Army’s Michelle Tumolo, and Albany’s Katie Rowan. Defenders learned from Florida and Team USA’s Regy Thorpe, and Hopkins’ Tim McCormack, while goalies received dedicated training as well.

The second half of the day gave way to full-field games as participants were broken into four squads that built on the training sessions and put it all together on the turf. 

“We created the Northstar Showcase to offer an impactful, game-changing experience for the athletes,” said Summit CEO and President Ashley Gersuk Murphy, who was a standout at nearby Albany Academy for Girls before heading off to star at Northwestern University as a four-year Team Captain and All-American goalie. 

“There are so many young, talented girls lacrosse players coming up the ranks and for those who aim to play the game in college, the Northstar Showcase has become a crucial stepping stone. By working closely with college coaches, in an extraordinary ~5:1 ratio of athletes to coaches, and competing against other promising athletes, these girls better themselves and take a meaningful step toward playing at the next level. Lacrosse has given me so much personally, as an athlete, and professionally, and I love this opportunity to share what I have experienced with the next generation.”

During game play, college coaches lined the sideline to watch the athletes give it their all in the heat, under a beautiful partly-clouded sky. Attending institutions are hand-picked based on Summit’s relationships, to include the University of Southern California, Princeton University, the University of Florida, Johns Hopkins University, Colgate University, Army West Point, the University at Albany, University of Massachusetts, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Le Moyne College and more. “The lacrosse world is a close-knit community, and nothing is more important than the relationships built over time; we are very grateful for our friends and colleagues in the coaching ranks who support our vision for Northstar and make it such an exceptional experience for attending athletes,” said Murphy.

After game play concluded, coaches and staff met to tally votes for the day’s All-Stars, and teams were announced just before two All-Star games were held in the Sixes format, with college coaches lining the sideline between the adjacent small-sided fields.

Girls from as far away as Oregon, Colorado and Illinois traveled to the event, which was the eighth stop on the inaugural Find Your Summit (#FNDURSUMT) Tour sponsored by Gait Lacrosse, a company headquartered in New York’s Capital Region. 

“We even had Canadian representation as we appreciate that Northstar has become an important trip for girls who want to put themselves on an upward trajectory to play lacrosse in college,” said Murphy, who helped lead the Wildcats to their first NCAA championship in 2005. 

“Like every year, we had a world-class staff, including numerous coaches who’ve worked on professional and world teams, and we structure the Northstar Showcase similar to a college or pro training day. We’re thrilled to make a meaningful impact on the next crop of up-and-coming talented girls lacrosse players. The skill level and camaraderie this year was impressive and inspiring.”

To view photos of the 2022 Northstar Showcase, including the All-Star teams, visit the Summit Lacrosse Ventures Facebook page. Be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s Northstar Showcase, which will be announced shortly.

Use the hashtag #FNDURSUMT to follow Summit Lacrosse Ventures and our partners as we travel across the country hosting a total of ten different events this summer.