Lakeshore’s National Premier Travel program will require your biggest commitment, athletically and personally. We promise it will bring out your absolute best as a player—and maximize your visibility to recruiters. This is an opportunity for our most competitive athletes to play in national and local tournaments.
This program consists of graduation year specific teams: Team 2019, Team 2020, Team 2021, Team 2022, Team 2023, Team 2024, and Team 2025.
Pending tryout results, a second team may be formed at combined graduation years.
Team Practices: Players advance their individual stick skills, develop team work, master game concepts and have fun while working with the best coaches around—they all played collegiate-level lacrosse, some are certified officials and many are coaches of high school varsity teams. Teams practices are on Saturday mornings in a central location (please note, HS teams practice on Sunday mornings in the fall) as well as Wednesdays. HS teams practice in the Glenview area on Wednesdays; youth teams practice in the Glenview area during the summer and regionally (Hinsdale and Glenview) in the fall.
Games: Teams participate in spring scrimmages and tournament play on select weekends where they put into action the strategies emphasized on during the team practice.
The National Premier schedule allows players interested also playing Chicago Stars the flexibility to participate in both programs.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
- Top flight coaches committed to each player’s growth
- More practice opportunities to mesh as a team
- More game/scrimmage experience
- Personalized written/verbal performance evaluations
- Added uniform options for increased visibility and a complete team look
To see where we travel, check out our tournament index.
NATIONAL PREMIER TRAVEL POLICIES
If a player is selected for a team and she agrees to take a spot on the roster, the player is committed to Lakeshore Lacrosse. She may not play with any other club team (practice or games). Anyone found “double rostering” will be removed from the Lakeshore team. Please note, this does not apply other Lakeshore Travel Teams (Midwest Select or Chicago Stars) or IGLA programs, as those teams would not be attending the same tournaments. It also does not apply to playing with your high school team. The player is also expected to attend all practices and tournaments.
▪ Team 2019 has 11 players already committed to Division 1 schools
▪ Team 2019 was the only team from the Midwest to play in the highly competitive Vail Shootout with one of our players making the All-Tourney team with the country’s best players.
▪ Team 2023’s Coach won the 1st ever IHSA State Championship for Hinsdale Central. (The majority of girls on the team play or have played for Lakeshore!)
▪ Teams 2018 has 12 of its members playing NCAA lacrosse this fall!
▪ Team 2014’s Frankie Kamely was named to All-Patriot Leauge, 2nd team, for the 2018 season.
▪ Our 2018 teams have 1-2 former Division 1 players coaching them, including 3 NCAA Championship winners, 1 Chris Zorich winner, and 2 that were invited to U.S. National Tryouts!
A Letter from National Premier Travel Coordinator
There are many travel teams and opportunities to play. At Lakeshore, we want you to learn the subtle differences that separate the good from the great in order to grow correctly within the women’s game. We have the resources to accomplish this. We have the hands down best and most comprehensive coaching staff in Illinois. Our coaches played and coached at the highest level of women’s lacrosse. We try to have at least one former Divison 1 player coaching for every National Premier team level. Each set of coaches has their own team so that every girl gets the attention she deserves. We also have the capacity to coach the highest level private and small group lessons for anyone who needs extra attention, including draws, defense, and goalies.
Most of Lakeshore’s dedicated coaches have “real” jobs or are currently college players (in summer season). This is something they love to do and want to share. Our coaching staff is full of former Lakeshore players and we could not be more pleased about that! We feel it is important to have as many different influences and mentors for girls and young women as possible. These women are physical therapists, chemists, teachers, computer wizards, etc. We want them to learn the grit and hard work that will carry them through school and in their life as an adult!
Lakeshore coaches have made a terrific name for themselves. The more clinics we host, coaches we talk to, and tournaments we attend, the more they know us. Our recruiting specialists have formed great relationships with college coaches, who come watch our Lakeshore games. Those coaches have learned to trust ours based on their history with Lakeshore.
From Division 1 through Division 3, much of the recruiting process is how you have progressed until September 1st of your junior year. Guidance throughout is key. We start meeting with families about the process at the start of Freshmen year, so that everyone is one the same page and everyone is prepared! The process has slowed down, but doing the things to become the best player, athlete, and STUDENT, through junior high and high school has not changed. Most D3 and D2 players typically commit in senior year and some spots still remain or open up at D1 schools.
We will tell you when you need to worry about the recruiting process. If you ever have a question, all you need to do is call or email Michelle Sebastian. We have done this before and can help your family!