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As the 2017 NCAA Division I Tourament seedings were released on Sunday night, FCA MD Huddle Leaders had much to celebrate as they are blessed to be a part of play off lacrosse! We are very proud of our Huddle leaders from last year and this year as they prepare to make a run deep into the playoffs! 

Below is a list of Huddle Leaders and the schools they play for:

Ben Pridemore – Notre Dame

Brian Costabile – Notre Dame

Timmy Kelly – North Carolina

Stephen Kelly – North Carolina

Ben Corrigan - Lenoir Rhyne

Bryce Spruill - Stevenson

Riley Desmit – Hopkins

Chad Patterson – Towson

John Kelly – Ohio State

Joe Dipeso - Salisbury

Bryce Wasserman – Monmouth

Colin Riehl – Marquette

The first weekend in December was quite eventful for FCA MDLacrosse. While the 2021 and 2022 Blue teams were at UNC, the 2022 White, 2023Blue, 2023 White, 2024 and 2025 teams spent Friday evening and Saturday atRiver Valley Ranch in Manchester, MD. 

The FCA MD youth teams put down the lacrosse sticks for the weekend and spent time growing in their friendships and relationship with God. Teams participated in a variety of activities including paintball, ropes courses and RVR’s famous 1,500 foot zip-line throughout the weekend. 

Following the retreat, our High School teams came to RVR on Sunday for the FCA MD High School Summit. Players spent the day competing against one another in paintball, “Ninja Warrior” course races and dodge ball. Players on the winning team all received a Chipotle Gift Card. 

Former Navy SEAL and actor Remi Adeleke spoke to both groupsthis weekend, engaging them in a powerful message about his life story and theGospel of Jesus Christ. Players also spent time in team Bible studies wherethey discussed Remi’s message, titled “The Bridge to a Holy Relationship.” 

Following the retreat, a parent shared that, “[my son] wasso moved by the speaker Friday night.  He told us everything (Ithink maybe even word for word- my boy is a talker!) that Remi said.  He"YouTubed" him to share his story with us.  He said he was soincredible and respects him so much as a person and as a Christian.”

To see pictures from this weekend, click here to visit ourFacebook photo album. 

On Friday, December 3, our 2022 and 2021 teams loaded a charter bus to start their travel down South to the University of North Carolina Play Day. Throughout the weekend the teams were involved in many different events on the campus of North Carolina. 

Once the teams arrived in Chapel Hill, they had a meal at their hotel and then attended the UNC Men's playoff soccer game, where the Tar Heels won in double overtime. Following the game, the teams headed back to the hotel for a time of fellowship and huddles.

On Saturday, the 2021's and 2022's played in the UNC Playday at Finley Field, where the teams went a combined 4-2 on the day against some of the countries best competition. 

Following the day of lacrosse, our FCA program was blessed to break bread with current UNC and Duke Men's Lacrosse Players: Stephen Kelly, Jack Rowlett, Brian Balkam, Timmy Kelly, Tom Welch, Danny Fowler, Cade Van Raapohorst, & Greg Pelton. After dinner, the players held a panel discussion led by Coach Frank Kelly. Following the panel discussion, the collegiate players led huddle groups with the current FCA players, reflecting on the thoughts of the evening. 

Sunday morning began with a time of worship with FCA players and families, led by Coaches Frank Kelly, Andy Droney and leader of FCA North Carolina, Scott Hodgson.  Following the worship, the teams loaded the bus for a tour of the UNC Athletic Facilities that was concluded with University of North Carolina Head Men's Lacrosse Coach, Joe Breschi addressing the teams about Family, Academics and Lacrosse. 

Before the boy's loaded the bus for the long trip back to Maryland, they attended the UNC/Radford Men's Basketball game in Chapel Hill. 

The weekend left many fantastic memories for our FCA program on and off the lacrosse field. Below are a few thoughts from Coaches Frank Kelly and Andy Droney, followed by photos from the weekend!

Coach Frank Kelly: "It was an amazing weekend of and off the field. We had a great time together traveling on the bus, meals together and fellowship."

Coach Andy Droney: "I began my involvement with FCA at Calvert Hall in 1987 and have been involved with the program as a player and coach on and off for nearly 30 years. I can honestly say this was one of the best FCA events I have ever been a part of. Great lacrosse, great fellowship between players and parents, an incredible evening program with current Duke and UNC players all capped off with a tour of UNC and a Q&A session with UNC Head Coach, Joe Breschi."

On Sunday, October 23rd, FCA MD Lacrosse went to First Fruits Farm in Freeland, MD for their annual “Fall Service Day”. Over two hundred players, parents and siblings spent the afternoon harvesting potatoes for families in North Carolina and Virginia who were affected by Hurricane Matthew. By the end of the afternoon, 55,000 pounds of potatoes had been gathered.

Service is one of FCA Lacrosse’s four core values along with integrity, teamwork and excellence. FCA strives to model Jesus’ example of serving as explained in John 13:1-17. By partnering and working with non-profit organizations like First Fruits Farm, FCA Lacrosse hopes to make a positive impact in the community for the sake of Christ.

On October 8 and 9, FCA MD Lacrosse had two players compete at The Project 9 Lacrosse Training Camp. Brendan Tscherne in the 2017 class and Drake Schaffner of the 2018 class both experienced this amazing event.

During the event the players were able to work with many professional lacrosse players on improving the specific skills within their game as well as the “intangibles” of being a great lacrosse player and most importantly, a great person! Brendan noted that, “The coaches truly want to get to know you as a player and as a person. Over the last few years participating in Project 9 the coaches have gone out of their way to know me personally and that is truly special.”

Not only did Drake participate in this awesome event, but he won the Defensive MVP for the weekend!

We are extremely proud of both Brendan and Drake and congratulate them on an awesome weekend of representing themselves, their families and FCA Lacrosse!

2022’s Compete at University of Maryland

The FCA 2022 White team participated in a play day at the University of Maryland on October 8. Despite the dreary weather the team put on a great showing during their two games, going 1-1 against very good teams in Leading Edge and Long Island Express. Coach Torre Kasemeyer was extremely excited about how his team competed, “Our guys played hard. This weekend gave us a great look as to where we want to be as a team. I really like where we are right now!”

On top of some great lacrosse, the boys were able to watch the Terps practice in the morning as well as tour the campus of the school, giving them an idea of what a Division I lacrosse player experiences on a daily basis.

This was an all-around great event for our 2022 team. We are excited to see them continue their success as they build as a team through the fall months.