Superstar, Express North, Chargers all of have kids going to some of the best programs in the country- Hopkins Syracuse, Maryland etc.
None of these programs compare to a program like Sweetlax. Even combined they don't match Sweetlax, maybe that's an indictment of Westchester lacrosse more than the club programs abilities to place kids.
Is anyone developing players anymore or is it all about getting them seen?
Short answer...NO. Club programs teach split dodge, shoot for middies and attack is same. Get hands free and shoot--they don't teach how to play the game. They teach how to be seen in a prospect day environment, IMO, not one in the same.
Sweet Lax has some good teams and some great players, donít get me wrong, but consider that they draw from a much wider and more populated area than Westchester. Also, there are far fewer teams with whom they compete for kids. Who exactly does Sweet Lax have to compete with in Upstate NY? There are at least four or five good teams in Westchester that compete for the same top players. Sweet Lax also has kids from Long Island and Connecticut. Sweet Lax is a very different animal than the Westchester clubs and really canít be compared to them.
Based upon an IL Recruiting Invitational Spotlight article Sweet Lax has committed kids from the following towns: Niskayuna, Victor, Pittsford, Corning, Fairport, Penn Yan, Canandaigua, Wayne, Webster and Binghamton. These towns come from counties with a total population of 2.29 million (2012). Westchester has a population of only 991,670 (2012) so of course Sweet Lax has more commits. Itís just a numbers game. But thatís not all. Donít forget that several of their committed players come from outside Upstate New [lacrosse]. They have kids from Smithtown (NY), Manhasset (NY), Salisbury School (CT), Syosset (NY) and Walt Whitman (NY). When you draw from such a large area, itís nothing to brag about.
My son has played for a Westchester based team for the last several years and itís been all about skill development and team play, not just how to show off at showcases. With essentially the same players his team went from a good B team three years ago to a solid A team last year. We couldnít be happier with the team and coaching. They are always teaching the boys how to play a better team game. So yes, there are programs out there that teach kids how to play the right way. The lack of commitments is not always a good indicator of that.
Express North 2019 beat the loaded Sweetlax team this Fall. FWIW.