Starting June 6th, lacrosse student-athletes at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (CHCA) will gain a leg up on their training through a new, on-campus box lacrosse arena. The CHCA boys' lacrosse program has seen several noteworthy accomplishments this year, including earning the Middle School Division 6 State Championship this spring and several varsity players selected for All-MVC (Miami Valley Conference) and Division II All-Region. Varsity Head Coach Mark Lynch was named MVC Coach of the Year and Southwest Region Division II Coach of the Year. Coach Lynch, hired by CHCA last summer, is focusing on program development from youth through high school. Efforts clearly paid off this year, though Lynch is quick to point out that it is all about 'the team', stating, "Our program perspective on individual awards is that they are nice, however they are secondary to team accomplishments."
In a strategic effort to elevate team play at CHCA, the box lacrosse arena will be available for open training all summer, with designated hours for CHCA and non-CHCA LAX student-athletes in grades 3-6, grades 7-8 and grades 9-12. The Boys' Lacrosse Camp (grades 3-8) is being offered the week of June 26th from 9am-12pm at CHCA. Camp registration can be found at http://www.ultracamp.com/info/sessionDetail.aspx?idCamp=312&idSession=152088&campCode=chc.
The impact of box lacrosse is evident at all levels of the game. From youth all the way to college, players who get involved in box play greatly improve their field game. Lynch states, "The box environment promotes intelligent play. You have to be able to read, react, and create on the fly. It provides the ideal training environment for our athletes; more touches, physical play, and a faster tempo promote an aware, well-rounded lacrosse player." Lynch adds, "Players rooted in the box game, such as Canadians and the Iroquois, demonstrate the level of IQ and toughness we are striving for at CHCA." Box lacrosse is fast-paced and greatly enhances field skills as it focuses on vision, off-ball movement (the ball is never out of bounds), anticipation, and accuracy.
Lynch has lofty goals for the CHCA boy's lacrosse program, asserting, "Our ultimate goals is to build a consistent MVC and state championship program." Coach Lynch trains his student-athletes to demonstrate courage, resilience, and teamwork. He wants CHCA's lacrosse program to stand out by the way the boys play and the culture they create, inviting student-athletes to be a part of something as unique as the game of lacrosse.