Kudos to our lacrosse players for braving the cold and representing SJ Raiders well at yesterday's Fall Brawl lacrosse tournament. Congratulations team - and many thanks to Coach McMahon and Coach O for organizing such great off-season opportunities for instrumental and enjoyable practice and play!
The Winter "Red" period extends from Monday 11/5 to Friday 11/16. We will not have any team activities during this time. Off-season workouts will start back up on Monday 11/19 and will likely have optional workouts on 11/21 and 11/23.
~ Coach McMahon
The Brigade Youth Lacrosse program is asking for current high school lacrosse players to assist with lacrosse clinics this upcoming Sunday, September 23rd from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Grizzly Sports Complex. This lacrosse program feeds into all of the local high schools on our end of the county. I am hopeful that we can have as many current Stonewall lacrosse players volunteer at this clinic for several reasons. Assisting with this clinic will allow us to show these current youth lacrosse players, their parents, and the local lacrosse community how great of a lacrosse program we are. You the players and you the parents of these amazing young men have established an excellent brand of hard work, service to our community, and success in the classroom, on the lacrosse field, and after graduation from high school. Let's show the lacrosse community what we are all about and take advantage of this opportunity to invite others to join our Stonewall family. Please let me or Coach O know if you plan on helping out with this clinic.
Date/Time: Sunday, September 23rd from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Grizzly Sports Complex 10600 Determination Drive Nokesville, VA 20181
Boys Lacrosse Head Coach
Stonewall Jackson High School
Message from Coach McMahon: Please pay close attention to the incoming weather and school/event updates from Prince William County. If school or after school events are cancelled due to weather related conditions then we will not have after school workouts. I will try to send out an email as soon as possible cancelling lacrosse workouts as well.
Update from Coach McMahon: Fall workouts will begin on Monday September 10th. We will be working out/doing lacrosse activities on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Players please bring athletic gear, tennis shoes, and cleats. If there are any changes I will send out an email as soon as possible.
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I can't believe that we are already well into August! I wanted to send out another email to everyone to make sure we are up to date as a program. Tomorrow night a recruiting seminar will be hosted at SJHS and all high school athletes are highly encouraged to attend. The seminar will be held in Stonewall's auditorium and begins at 7:30 PM. Click HERE for further information on this event.
This is a friendly reminder of what our off-season schedule will look like. Summer workouts begin on Monday, August 13th at 6:30 PM. Summer workouts will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30 PM until 8 PM. I am working with Mr. Turner about establishing a workout schedule once school starts. We will most likely have workouts immediately after school and will occur at least three times a week.
Monday August 13th 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Tuesday August 14th 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Thursday August 16th 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Monday August 20th 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Tuesday August 21st 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Thursday August 23rd 6:30 PM - 8 PM
School starts August 27th
VEL player registration is currently open and we need players! Dues are currently $185 and prices will go up on September 5th. Again the goal is to have our own team however we need at least 21 registered players. We do encourage fall sport athletes to participate in VEL with the understanding that priority will go to a fall sport event if it conflicts with a VEL game. Please save the date for the Fall Brawl which is scheduled to take place on Saturday November 17th. This is a one day 7 v 7 tournament.
Finally the "One of Us" new student orientation is scheduled for August 23rd from 3 PM - 6 PM. The lacrosse team will have a booth and we would love to have as many players as possible representing our great program. Boys, you as current players are the program's best recruiters. You all have worked incredibly hard throughout your high school careers to establish a reputation of being organized, hard working, and successful young men and are often viewed as role models for others. Coach O and I will be in attendance and will provide jerseys for players to wear while working at the orientation. For those who have not heard my personal story about this orientation event, I attended my freshman "One of Us" orientation in August of 2005. I had played baseball for 10 years and assumed that I would play baseball for Stonewall as a high school athlete. The boys lacrosse team dominated the athletics booth area and naturally drew a lot of attention. Seeing so many current players give up one of their last days of summer to represent their program showed how important this program is. I quickly gathered as much Stonewall Lacrosse information at this event and the rest is history.
I cannot wait for off-season work to begin! It will be a busy but productive off-season and our success as a program will be determined by everyone's participation. As always please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
Boys Lacrosse Head Coach
Stonewall Jackson High School
"Guiding the College-Bound Athlete" - Recruiting Seminar at SJHS auditorium this Wednesday August 8 @ 7:30pm
Parents and student athletes grades 9-12 interested in learning more about the college recruiting process - this Rick Ware/Dynamite Sport Recruiting Seminar is a great opportunity available right here at our school.
I wanted to provide everyone an update to our Summer and Fall off-season plans. Spring sports has a Red period (no contact with coaches/team activities) coming up. This period will start on July 30 and ends on August 8th. After the red period, we WILL start off-season workouts and skill building. Starting on Monday August 13th, we will have team activities on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30 pm - 8:00 PM at Stonewall. Players please bring athletic apparel (shirts/shorts/shoes etc) and equipment such as sticks, gloves, and helmets. Participation in off-season activities promotes individual growth, team chemistry, and will result in a more successful spring season. I am still working on arranging a Fall workout schedule and will let everyone know when the schedule is completed.
Additionally, I wanted to let all know that Stonewall is hosting a face to face concussion training tomorrow night (7/25/18) at 7 pm in the school's auditorium. Attending this face to face training is required for all NEW players/families and highly recommended for all returning players/families. Completing this annual training is required and it doesn't hurt to check this box sooner rather than later. Coach O and I will be present at this training as well and would love to meet all new and returning players and their families.
I am very excited to start our off-season program and hope to see as many players on the 13th!
Boys Lacrosse Head Coach
Stonewall Jackson High School
Dear Stonewall Boy's Lacrosse Family,
I would like to announce that I’ve accepted the Boy’s Varsity Head Coach position. I would also like to thank you all for your support and encouragement. I’m so excited about this amazing opportunity and I cannot wait for the spring season to be here.
Coach O and I have been talking about offseason plans and wanted to inform everyone as to what we have planned so far. I have recently registered Stonewall in the Virginia Elite Lacrosse (VEL) fall season. In order to have our own team we need at least 21 registered players. If we do not have at least 21 players registered we will be put on a team consisting of players from various schools. Participation with VEL is open to ALL (Varsity, JV, incoming freshmen) Stonewall players. VEL games will take place every Saturday from September 8th through October 27th. We will get at least 8 games and will have the chance to compete in a playoff. Games start every hour from 8:30 AM through 8:30 PM. Player registration opens on August 1st.
I am excited for our boys to play in this very competitive league and our participation will help individual players develop and will be beneficial for our program. Please let me know if your family will register for VEL’s fall league. I’m hoping that we will get more than enough players so we can focus on developing as a program this off-season.
Additionally, we will be competing in the Fall Brawl 7 v 7 event. This is an annual event that takes place at Robinson High School. This year's Fall Brawl is on the weekend of November 17th and 18th. The cost is $75 per player and this fee includes 6 games and a T-shirt jersey. Again we would love to have as many players participate for individual development and program growth.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions,
SJ Boy’s Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach
Stonewall Jackson High School's Boys Lacrosse Program is thrilled to announce and welcome our new head varsity coach Sean McMahon. With a long history of lacrosse as both a player and coach, Sean is excited to come back and give back to the Raiders! A 2009 Stonewall grad and VCU class of 2012 alumnus, Sean has a wealth of playing and coaching experience, which includes his role as assistant coach for our team last year. We look forward to a great season and future under Coach McMahon's leadership!
WHAT A NIGHT! A night for champions! The All-Raiders Alumni-Varsity Game was a tremendous success! A great show of sportsmanship, camaraderie and strong sense of pride for Stonewall Jackson High School. New friendships were made and a reaffirmation to what makes Stonewall such a special place was confirmed.
Special thanks to our AD Kevin Turner for his unwavering support and making this a reality; to Patricia Schumaker of Stonewall Jackson Volunteer Fire Department for volunteering her time and EMT services (thank God her services weren't needed!); to A.J. Laban for his voice and wit serving as our evening's announcer; to John Becker and Coach Adam Ward for being our awesome referees; to Pat Hogan for being our evening's photographer; to Sean McMahon for overseeing fine details & coordination; to Coach Justin Orabona and Trevor Wilkinson for stepping up and playing goalie posts; and to Carma Becker and Julie Hogan for organizing and coordinating the event.
Most of all, we thank all our Raiders (past and present) AND all our families and friends who came out to watch. We are counting on all of you to continue to support our program. It most certainly takes a village... and we've got an amazing one. Let's continue to nurture it and help it grow.
CONGRATULATIONS TO MASON FINN, BEN GOODSON, BRENNAN HIGGINS AND TREVOR LECLAIR FOR MAKING THE US LACROSSE ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM! SPECIAL RECOGNITION GOES TO BEN GOODSON FOR ACHEIVING TOP HONOR BEING NAMED A US LACROSSE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN!
With tremendous pride, we salute our young men for inspiring excellence not just on the field, but first and foremost, in the classroom! To make the US Lacrosse All-Academic team, Mason, Ben, Brennan and Trevor all maintained over a 3.6 cumulative GPA while dedicating themselves to the sport of lacrosse, along with many other extra-curricular activities. They are stand out representatives of our school and community.
Ben Goodson achieved the highest honor being named US Lacrosse Academic All-American. He is one of only six young men (over 170 nominated) from our entire region who achieved this honor.
CONGRATULATIONS - RAIDER NATION!
ALUMNI-VARSITY LACROSSE GAME RESCHEDULED FOR THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 7 (6 PM WARM-UP & REGISTRATION - 7 PM GAME)
We're back on! This THURSDAY, JUNE 7th we play! For those who have already officially registered, look for an email later today. We ask that you reply back to the email (or post a comment in this blog below) letting us know if you can still play on Thursday. We'll update the Roster with confirmed players for the new date.
MANY THANKS TO OUR ATHLETIC DIRECTOR KEVIN TURNER FOR BEING SO INCREDIBLY SUPPORTIVE THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE PLANNING PROCESS!
Sadly, today's game is literally a wash. Fields are flooded. We are hoping to reschedule the game sometime this week, so stay tuned for updates.
Ready to Rumble? In about 24 hours, IT'S ON! An epic battle, brother against brother, the old guard versus the new, the quest for bragging rights... (Kidding!) Let's get together for a great time! Be sure to check out our website home page for our ever growing list of players! So far, we've got 25 alumni and 11 varsity players officially registered. An email will be sent to all of you later today. Main details for game day at SJHS Stadium follow:
* NOTE: ALL players MUST sign a liability waiver to participate. Players under the age of 18 MUST have parents sign this form. No one will be permitted to play without submitting this.
“I’m a pretty good winner. I’m a terrible loser. And I rub it in pretty good when I win.”
~ Tom Brady
What a thrill seeing how many Alumni have signed up to come back to our alma mater to play once more at Stonewall Jackson! In less than one week, we've got 23 alumni officially registered! Check out our website home page for the ever-growing roster.
And with growing interest and LOTS of good-natured rivalries going on between alumni and current varsity players, we are opening this game up to CURRENT VARSITY RAIDERS. If enough varsity players sign up, we may have an alumni-vs-varsity game! Be sure to register today!
Reminder to all players and parents:
We will be having a final locker room clean out and gear turn in today after school. If you still need to get anything out of the locker room, as well as turn in your helmet, equipment bag, or any borrowed gear, TODAY is the day to do it!
If you are interested in keeping something for the purposes of playing off-season lacrosse, you must either come after school and/or fill out the Gear Loan Agreement and scan/email to either Coach Ward or Coach Orabona.
Please be sure to REGISTER TODAY for the Alumni lacrosse game next weekend! There is no cost to play or watch - we simply want to get together for a day of fun & camaraderie. With any luck, this might evolve into an annual event which showcases and celebrates a great sport, program, school and community!