NJ Riot Lacrosse
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Introduction of New Staff
As the 2021 Riot club calendar begins, Riot Lacrosse is pleased to announce that Coaches Matt Lane and Willie Klan have joined the Riot Lacrosse Club as Co-Directors of Youth/HS Training and Youth Community and Program Development.
Matt Lane, a graduate of Montclair Kimberley Academy and graduate and former Captain at Syracuse University, joined our program last spring, leading our virtual training sessions in June. Matt went on to coach in our HS Program this past summer and made an immediate impact. His passion, knowledge, and ability to connect with players is unmatched and his leadership ability will add to the maturation of all players in the Riot program. As a former midfielder with the Syracuse Orange, competing in the highly regarded ACC, Matt’s experience will lend to the overall lacrosse IQ of our athletes and their ability to play at the highest level. Matt’s technical training approach to shooting, dodging, and reading defenses will greatly benefit our Midfielders and Attackmen.
Willie Klan, a graduate of Penfield HS in Penfield, NY, and graduate of Syracuse University will begin his career with Riot Lacrosse this September. Willie is a former Team USA (U-19) team member and gold medalist, and goalie with the Syracuse University Lacrosse Program. This past summer, Willie began working with Riot goalies and the positive response was beyond impressive. His energy level, enthusiasm, and innovative training sessions created a buzz amongst the players and families and it was very apparent that he would have a positive impact on the Riot Lacrosse Program. Having a successful experience on the world stage, quarterbacking defensive schemes, and staring down international caliber shots, is a skill set not easily replicated and one that we wanted our players to benefit from. This skill set and knowledge base will be an asset to all defensive personnel in the Riot Program.
“The opportunity to bring Coach Matt Lane and Coach Willie Klan on board is yet another great step forward for our program. For years, Riot Lacrosse has been amongst the strongest clubs in this region, but with the addition of more year-round training and the support of some new and energetic trainers, we’ve added another reason for our families to be excited. Through experience, it is apparent that the club lacrosse landscape requires programs to self-evaluate and continuously evolve. We at Riot Lacrosse are choosing to evolve by embellishing the already player-centric experience that we have proudly and tirelessly created. These two young coaches are game-changers and we couldn’t be happier to have them on staff!” Lee Southren, Owner of Riot Lacrosse.
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Welcome to Riot Lacrosse
NJ Riot® Lacrosse, NJ Riot® North, NJ Riot® Rockland, and the Riot Lacrosse® organization were founded in 2012 and currently comprise skilled rosters of High School lacrosse players and youth teams in grades 3-8. Our players hail predominantly from North and Central NJ, as well as upstate NY and Pennsylvania.
The NJ Riot Lacrosse organization currently comprises teams in 2 geographical areas. Our NJ Riot teams (often referred to as NJ Riot Morris) encompasses players predominantly from Morris, Union, Essex, Passaic, Warren and Somerset counties. Our Riot Rockland teams are typically comprised of players from Rockland, Orange, Hudson and Westchester Counties in NY.
Tryouts for our Summer teams typically take place in July/August and players are welcome to tryout for any NJ Riot team no matter where they reside.
Our NJ Riot Morris teams typically practice at the Morris County Central Park Turf Facility in Morris Plains, NJ. Our Riot Rockland teams practice out at various high schools in Rockland County, NY and Bergen County, NJ.
NJ Riot Lacrosse offers numerous clinics, developmental and training opportunities throughout the year, as well as a competitive Box Lacrosse program during the winter months. All our teams are coached by the finest coaches, receive the finest equipment and attend the highest level events.
We provide high-level recruiting guidance to our High School players to assist the players and parents in navigating the college recruiting process and work tirelessly to help all our players achieve the dreams and goals of becoming a student-athlete at the collegiate level.
NJ Riot®, NJ Riot® North, NJ Riot® Rockland, and Riot Lacrosse® do not provide refunds for fees paid.
THE NJ Riot Mission
NJ Riot® Lacrosse was conceived by forward-thinking lacrosse parents who have lived in the trenches of the game since their boys were little. With years of experience under their belt, they were determined to create a new organization: one that encompassed all the positive aspects of prior organizations and one that eliminated the negative aspects. The NJ Riot Lacrosse goal was to change the existing club mentality and “corporate” structure of existing lacrosse organizations. Our mission today remains the same is it was upon our founding: to be a premier organization that focuses on high-level play year-round, creates a fun environment in which players consistently learn, and to foster a deep love of the game.
The founders of NJ Riot Lacrosse share the same vision not only for our children, but for all the boys we have raised in the game over the years, and the young men we intend to raise in the game in the coming years. We strive to honor the game by not just competing, but teaching as well.