2013 NEWS - FALL

BUCKHANNON - Sept. 15 - Karli Brentlinger, the Head Coach of the West Virginia Wesleyan's Women's team is forming boys and girls travel teams to give West Virginia players the opportunity for more playing opportunities and exposure to college coaches. The teams will be playing under the name Mountain Ridge Elite. The first meeting will be this Wednesday at Jackson Mill. Coach Brentlinger hopes to do some tournaments this fall.
      Coach Brentlinger can be reached at 301-602-1808 or


WHEELING - Sept. 18 - Wheeling Jesuit University has announced the selection of Kevin Dugan as their new men's head lacrosse coach. Dugan, a former midfielder on Notre Dame's 2001 NCAA Final Four squad, earned his MBA at WJU while coaching as a graduate assistant.
      Coach Dugan replaces Jay Sothoron, who went on to be an assistant coach at Robert Morris University, a D1 program. View full story

GREENSBURG, PA - Sept. 22 - Seton Hill University Women's Lacrosse will be hosting a girl's clinic September 29 and a 5v5 tournament October 27. Click links below for more info:

   5 v 5 TOURNAMENT  

BUCKHANNON - Sept. 23 - Wesleyan's Coach Brentlinger has provided a registration form and Fall and Winter schedules for the newly formed Mountain Ridge Elite travel teams. Events in pink are girls events, blue are boys, black are both boys & girls.



BUCKHANNON - Sept. 30 - The West Virginia Wesleyan College Women's Lacrosse Team will be hosting the second Bobcat Lax Blast on Sunday, October 13. Please join the WVWC Lacrosse team for a 5v5 "Queen of the Turf" style tournament. An instructional clinic will precede the tournament from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm. Tournament games will be played 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm.


Additionally, Coach Brentlinger is inviting high school athletes who come to the Bobcat Lax Blast to stay with a current player on the team that evening for an overnight visit! Monday, October 14, is Columbus Day, so the WVWC Admissions office will be putting on a Discover Wesleyan Day which will include a campus tour, an admissions presentation, the application process and financial aid. Prospective student athletes will also be provided with opportunities to learn about the college experiences of current Wesleyan students, academics and specific majors as well and enjoy lunch on Monday in the dining center.
     Anyone interested in staying overnight and attending the Discover Wesleyan Day, please let Coach Brentlinger know so she may register you for the event!
     Contact Coach Brentlinger at 301-602-1808 or

BUCKHANNON - Oct. 4 - Tomorrow is the first Mountain Ridge Elite practice at West Virginia Wesleyan on the intramural field by the lumber yard. Practice is from 4-6pm. If you haven't mailed in your registration or waiver form please bring that with you along with the club fee of $200 to the  practice. A great turnout is expected and everyone is excited to start practicing!
     Need more info? Look at the postings below or contact Coach Brentlinger at 301-602-1808 or

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Oct. 8 - The 15th Annual Big Shot 7v7 tournament is coming up November 3rd and will be held at Slippery Rock University again. Bear Davis, former RMU and Wheeling Jesuit Head Coach is the organizer. The tournament offers competition for high school teams and middle school teams. You can email Coach Davis at


KEYSER - Oct. 17 - Potomac State College has announced the addition of  men's and women's lacrosse! Athletic Director Shawn White says that his research shows the lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the nation. (We could have told him that!) They will begin their search for a coach immediately. Their website already has a links to questionnaires for prospective players.  View full Story

WHEELING - Oct. 20 - Eric Davis, Wheeling Park alumnus and current member of the Alderson Broaddus men's lacrosse team, was inducted into the Silverheels Lacrosse Hall of Fame recently. Having been selected to four West Virginia All State teams while at Park, Davis was also selected Player of the Year at the Silverheels Fall Lacrosse League as an 8th grader. He was a camp counselor at many of the lacrosse programs there and active in promoting the sport in the Wheeling area.
     As the 10th inductee in the Silverheels Hall of Fame, Davis joins two other West Virginians, Tyler Ross and Nate Freeland, both from Fairmont Senior High. The award is to honor past participants and players for their outstanding careers, willingness to help coach and teach the players in the Silverheels Youth Programs.
     Founded in 2004 by Coach Jarrott Brogdon, the Silverheels Hall of Fame will continue to recognize candidates in the future. A Hall of Fame plaque honoring the members is currently on display at the Vernon C. Neal Sports Center in Washington, Pa.
     Brogdon, a University of Maryland grad, coached several western Pennsylvania high school and youth programs including Trinity, Peters Township and Bethel Park. He finished his coaching career at Fairmont Senior, garnering WVSLA Coach of the Year in 2009 and a WVSLA Championshp for the Polar Bears the same year. He was also inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

MARTINSBURG - Oct. 23 - It was known that there was a high school lacrosse team in Martinsburg in the 70's. We now have a couple pictures to share with West Virginia's lacrosse community. We do not know how many years the team existed or who they played, but if anyone can provide that information, please email me at - Editor
     The Martinsburg area has had a resurgence of the game through the efforts of some dedicated people via the Panhandle Pride teams. We hope that Martinsburg will soon have a pure team to take the field. Until then, Martinsburg students can play on the Berkeley County area team.



SLIPPERY ROCK, PA - Nov. 3 - Members of the Preston High lacrosse team participated in the 15th annual Big Shot 7v7 Lacrosse Tournament at Slippery Rock University on Sunday. The Knights went 1-5 in the varsity division versus teams from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Washington, Pa.. Their lone victory was a 6-3 contest against Pittsburgh's North Hills. Preston had a nail biter with the Trinity Hillers from Washington, Pa. The teams traded goals in the last minute of the game with Trinity coming out on top 9-8.
     The tournament was comprised of 10 teams in the Elite Division, 8 in the Varsity, 10 in the JV, and 7 in the Junior High Division. Western Pennsylvania teams made up most of the contestants, but Ohio and West Virginia were well represented. Wheeling Park and Morgantown were the other WVSLA teams. Wheeling Park competed in the JV Division, while Morgantown fielded 2 teams, one in the Varsity Division and one JV.

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Members of the George Washington team traveled to Columbus, Ohio last weekend to play in a 7v7 tournament held Ohio State's stadium. GW's Head Coach, Brad White, reported that the team held it's own with nearly 70 teams! 

CHARLESTON - Sam Sutton, Charleston Y's youth lacrosse coach has been working with Jeff Thompson, the West Virginia trainer of officials to set up a referee training session in the Charleston area. The date was set tentatively set for December 13 & 14.  Now Jan. 24 weekend.
       ANYONE wanting to be an boys/men's official in West Virginia should contact Jeff Thompson at  He will forward you information about the Allegheny Lacrosse Officials Association (ALOA) Board and an application. This should be done a couple weeks before the session, since training materials must be ordered.
       Officials are currently being paid $75 per varsity game and $60 for a JV game. This is a great opportunity for recent grads to make a couple extra bucks.

January 24 weekend, 2014
BOYS / MEN -  ALOA Referee Training
Charleston Area - More details soon!
For BOYS officials at ALL levels, youth,
middle school & high school

George Washington players at Ohio State

The Mountain Ridge Elite after their first game, a win!

VIRGINIA BEACH - The newly formed Mountain Ridge Elite, a travel team coached by West Virginia Wesleyan's Karli Brentlinger, played in the Halloween Havoc Tournament in Virginia Beach on November 2nd. Girls from  Buckhannon-Upshur, George Washington, Martinsburg, and University High Schools participated in the event. Coach Brentlinger was proud of how hard the girls worked and how they improved throughout the day. "We ended up with a winning record", said Brentlinger. "The girls really surprised themselves with how well they played".
       Mountain Ridge's next events are a 7v7 in Philadelphia on December 27 and a 12v12 in Charlotte, NC on January 4 & 5. Contact Coach Brentlinger at for more information.

Helping our friends to the north!
MOON, PA - November 14
- Moon Area Lacrosse is looking for a coach for their Sophomore boys lacrosse team for the 2014 spring season. If anyone is interested, please contact:
Harry Watts at

MARTINSBURG, Dec. 4 - Spring 2014 registration opens for new youth players on December 1, 2013. Registration can be completed in person, mail or online via Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Rec. Roster space may be limited so please register soon.
       A Lacrosse 101 meeting will be conducted for all prospective players on Thursday, December 5th from 6:30-7:30PM at the Berkeley 2000 Recreation Centers main gym. The meeting will provide a basic overview of the boys and girls games, the program's mission, team structure, cost, registration information, when and where we play. Parents are encouraged to attend.
       Contact Rodney Watcher at

WHEELING - Kevin Dugan, Wheeling Jesuit's men's head lacrosse coach, is has announced that David Lisi will return to WJU as an assistant coach. Lisi, a 2004 Jesuit grad, played midfield and attack for the Cardinals.  Read more on the WJU page

CHARLESTON - Dec. 22 - A Capital High Girls team is organizing to play this spring. A clinic last spring sparked the girls' interest and a successful student interest meeting was held in November. They will now be having a parent/player meeting on January 14.
The parent contact is Jessica Lane at


Glenn Klinker & Sam Sutton circa 1987

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