Lacrosse Pro Harrison Helping Youngsters at Blue Ridge

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

For the second year in a row, the Blue Ridge School is hosting a summer lacrosse camp headlined by a high-profile name in the lacrosse world.

Major League Lacrosse great Kyle Harrison is back at the school helping area youngsters like Culpeper 12-year-old Spencer Maryk improve their game.

Like most lacrosse players his age, Maryk says scoring goals is his favorite part of the game.

"All the interesting goals and just the tricks you can do," Maryk said.

If he's looking to become a better scorer he came to the right place.

Harrison led Johns Hopkins to the 2005 National Championship, the same season he won the Tewaaraton Trophy as the country's best collegiate player. He was also the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 MLL Draft.

He says this week's camp is his chance to help the next generation of players.

"There was a time not so long ago that I was going to camps and I was learning from college guys and being taught the right things about the sport, the way to handle yourself on and off the field," Harrison said. "All the things we try to teach these kids."

That's made easier by the low number of campers, which Harrison says is by design, and allows for more personal training.

"You're really able to interact with the kids one-on-one, you're able to watch them grow literally from session to session," he explained. "One kid might improve from the morning session to the evening session and you'll see a huge improvement in him. I think in a huge group, maybe I wouldn't notice that."

That one-on-one interaction is helping kids like Spencer improve their skills and go home better than when they arrived.

"I hope to leave definitely a better lacrosse player and that I can be able to dodge and score a lot more," Maryk said.

And for Harrison, it's about giving back to the game that's given him so much.

"One, I hope they have a good time. Clearly, you came out here to compete and all those good things but number one on the list is you came out to have fun," Harrison said. "So hopefully they fall in love with the sport and understand how much it can do for them."

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