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Women’s Lacrosse Holds Fall Clinic
Head coach Tony Zostant holds day of instruction for high school athletes
October 12, 2011Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y. - The women’s lacrosse program organized a fall clinic last weekend for about 50 high school players at the Beacats Sports Complex. Head coach Tony Zostant and his staff of Stephanie Allen and Ben Paige developed a program that instructed the girls in the morning and had them competing in four-on-four match ups in the afternoon. A handful of Zostant’s players were on hand to direct traffic, officiating games and demonstrating techniques, while also getting a chance to coach themselves.
“I believe it was a great day of lacrosse and was a win-win situation for everyone involved,” head coach Tony Zostant said. “From the feedback we received, the players attending the clinic had a great time, received solid instruction, and felt they were given coaching tips throughout the day that will help them progress.”
Hamstrung by not being allowed to travel to see potential recruits until November, Zostant and his staff opened their doors to girls from Long Island, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and area high schools including Union-Endicott, Maine Endwell and Vestal. A group of Zostant’s 2012 commits were among the 50 players as well as potential recruits from the 2013 class.
“I thought it was a great opportunity for our team to continue to grow the sport of lacrosse with the younger players,” Zostant continued.
Beginning at 8 a.m. the women’s lacrosse team was conducting a mini-camp of their own. Instead of being hounded by coach Zostant the team had a chance to hold the whistle for once. “You know I think its good for them to see it from a different point of view,” Zostant noticed. “Sometimes they forget how tough a job it is to be a referee, so it definitely gives them some perspective.”
Following the instructional portion of the day, the girls formed into teams and began banging sticks. Eight teams ran up and down the width of the complex that was split into two fields from about 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in round-robin play. Tallying the outcomes of group play, a bracket style tournament was composed with a champion being named at the end.
“Our current players had a chance to officiate throughout the day as well as coach all the teams from start to finish, and found it to be valuable in their own understanding of the game,” Zostant stated.
The women’s lacrosse team will be hosting a three-game round-robin style tournament at the Bearcats Sports Complex on Sunday, Oct. 16. Joining Binghamton will be St. Bonaventure, Le Moyne and Lafayette. Each team will play one game versus all participants with the tournament beginning at noon.