High School lacrosse season underway

Catching little fanfare, high school lacrosse kicked off the current season last weekend. Starr’s Mill, McIntosh and Whitewater have fielded teams along with the Fayette County Lacrosse Association.( http://www.fayettelax.com/) They will be playing many teams that field teams in their respective regions in other sports, the big difference being that many schools are playing at the club level, hoping to be recognized as varsity programs next year.

McIntosh is by far the best on this side of town, Starr’s Mill has improved and Whitewater has a young and hungry team. Many will be crisscrossing the metro Atlanta area during the season, with most games being played on Sundays. One or two season ending tournaments are scheduled as well.

Lacrosse has experienced tremendous growth; Atlanta being one of the top five markets in the U.S. and with this comes the growing pains many new sports contend with: lack of space where practices and games can be held.

Check with your local school and come out to a game this season, it is contagious!

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Submitted by borntorun on Mon, 02/12/2007 - 10:16am.

Couldn't agree more, Cat....it's a great sport if you like one that requires action, speed, passing on the run and stick skills and hard hitting.

The Fayette County Recreation Club and McIntosh High are very fortunate to have two coaches who know the sport.

Pete Cramblet is the coach of the county rec club...Cramblet attended the United States Military Academy in 1967 where he was required to play on the freshman lacrosse team. In 1968, Cramblet's first year of varsity play for Army, he earned First-Team All-American honors as an attackman. Cramblet received First-Team All-American honors again in 1969 and 1970, and was a member of the Army 1969 National Championship team. He represented Army in the 1970 North/South Collegiate All-Star game. In 1970, Cramblet was the recipient of the Turnbull Trophy as the nation's outstanding attackman and the coveted Enners Award as the outstanding collegiate lacrosse player in the country. He was voted into the NCAA Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Mike Muetzel is the head lay coach at McIntosh. Muetzel played his High School Lacrosse at Worthington HS (74) in Columbus Ohio and played under legendary High School Coach, John Galipault, and was a Captain on the first Midwest HS Championship team. In 1974 he was selected as All League, and All Midwest, played NCAA Lacrosse at Ohio Wesleyan as well as Bowling Green State University and was a member of the All Midwest College All Star Team following his senior year.
He went on to play for Cleveland Lacrosse Club until the age of 38, winning 2 Midwest Championships, and a 2nd Place finish Hamburg NY National Club Tournament. He also played for the Midwest All Star Team in the early years of the Vail National July 4th Tournaments, and served two years as President of the Worthington Alumni Lacrosse Association awarding scholarship funds to HS Lacrosse players in need.
Muetzel overall HS Boys Lacrosse Coaching record is 23 – 13 in three years of coaching since moving from coaching youth players to the High School level. In 2004 he coached the PTC HS Boys to a Silver Medal in the Georgia Games and in May of 2006 was selected to coach the “Red Team” in the DiVarsity Georgia Senior All Star Game to an 8-6 victory.

My son has had privilege of playing for both of them and is currently a member of the McIntosh High varsity club which is predicted to be one of the top ten teams in the state this year. Pretty good for a school that fielded it's first team three years ago.

If you'd like more information on the McIntosh Lacrosse team, vist their website www.mcintoshlacrosse.com or better yet come catch a game......I promise you'll love it!

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