Growing The Game

Roughly 75 youth lacrosse players from all over Connecticut attended clinics run by New England Black Wolves’ veteran Jay Thorimbert and offensive coordinator Tracey Kelusky at Mohegan Sun Arena on Monday.

Thorimbert, who is one of the best face-off specialists in the history of the National Lacrosse League, worked with young players on the nuances of that important skill.

“We’re trying to grow the game, put some grassroots down in New England,” Thorimbert said. “These kids are the future of lacrosse. The NLL needs the US market to really blossom in box lacrosse. It’s big in Canada and doing well, but if we want it to grow as a sport and as a community, we have to build it in the U.S.”

A former NLL and University of Hartford star who is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Black Wolves, Kelusky worked on shooting skills and defense.

“I think it’s very important for our organization to help out with grass-roots lacrosse,” Kelusky said. “The growth of lacrosse starts at this level. It starts here. For us to be able to come out and help support our fans and some of the kids who are aspiring to be NCAA athletes or high level athletes is awesome.”