Name: Wasatch Lacrosse Club
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Focus: 6-12, Boys – Travel/Development
Social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
It has only been in recent years that the Utah lacrosse community has gathered much national attention. Sure, the game has been played at the club level at universities across the state, and Orem was even a stop on the now defunct LXM Pro Tour, but it wasn’t until now that they can boast a NCAA Division I program in the University of Utah. Long off the radar, when Utahans wanted to display their talents, they had to look elsewhere for competition.
That’s one of the first realities brothers Danny and Ricky Larkin, along with partner Adam Eddinger, focused on. Lacrosse in Utah, as a whole, was pretty good, but the upper echelon of players were separating themselves from the bunch. The next step was clearly to pack the bags and get take these athletes right to where they can be seen, instead of hoping one day a program would take a recruiting trip to Utah.
“We all have connections to the East Coast and know that that’s where the best lacrosse is played. To be the best, you have to play the best.” – Danny Larkin, Wasatch LC Founder
Wasatch LC was early to the scene and rose to the top as a well-rounded elite offering for the community. Not only does Wasatch LC focus on producing high-caliber travel teams, they host a local tournament in the fall (the Wasatch Invitational), camps, free clinics, and private lessons to grow their impact on the entire region.
Although they put serious emphasis on community outreach, Wasatch LC is nonetheless driven by taking their athletes to the next level. This is a field the staff of owners, directors, and coaches have direct experience with through playing and coaching at the NCAA DII and/or NCAA DIII levels. With a background in the field they’re aiming for results in, the mission to provide a distinct advantage in college recruiting. Wasatch LC prides themselves on going the extra miles to film games, record stats, clip highlight films, contact college programs, and so on. If their expertise isn’t a clear advantage, the little details are.
Hard work, fun, and dedicated coaching are the foundation of Wasatch Lacrosse Club. They say developing friendships between players and parents from various schools and communities are a key factor to the “Satch Lax” experience. This is the brand of lacrosse we like to get behind.
So, what’s next? The goal is to establish a pipeline of players coming into the middle school program and up through the high school program. Each step pushes Utah lacrosse to become the hotbed of the West. In the past five years, Wasatch LC has sent 60 players to the next level (NCAA, NJCAA, & MCLA). The class of 2018 had an impressive four NCAA DI recruits alone: Brandon Dodd – Air Force (Logan HS – Attack), JJ Pickard – Jacksonville (The Hill School – Midfield), Mike Sisselberger – Lehigh (Southern Lehigh HS – Midfield/FO), Taylor Mason – Utah (American Fork HS – Defense).
Not too bad for west of the Mississippi. Along with victories over teams from 19 states and counting is proof in the pudding that Utah lacrosse deserves on the map and Wasatch LC is putting them there.
Editor’s Note: Originally published on October 12, 2018 on LaxAllStars.com.