Team 91 Lacrosse, one of the nation’s premier youth and high school select club teams has announced that beginning this October it will be expanding its brand of lacrosse education to California. Team 91 has partnered with NCAA National Champion Matt Cannone to head its California operations. Coach Cannone brings with him his extensive knowledge of the game as well as the organizational and training skills that have helped him become one of the most respected club coaches on the West Coast.
The Team 91 club program in California will include all of the same aspects that make their Long Island, Maryland, Texas and Westchester, NY affiliates unique; an educational commitment to both field lacrosse & box lacrosse, top-tier coaching staffs, convenient facilities and the newest gear on the club circuit. Based out of Orange County, Team 91 California is open to any and all players. Team 91 California will rely heavily on Coach Cannone’s box lacrosse background to integrate the skills acquired in its tight confines into the field game.
Matt was born and raised in Bayport, NY. At Bethpage High School he was two-time New York Empire player for Team Long Island. During his NCAA career Matt attended Salisbury University and was a four-year starter at attack from 2009-2012. He is one of the most decorated Seagulls of all time. Matt was selected as 1st Team All CAC all four years at Salisbury, and was Rookie of the Year in the CAC in 2009. Cannone was an Honorable Mention All American in 2009 and 2010, and finished his last two seasons as a 1st Team All American in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, Matt led the nation in points with 130 total points (63 goals, 67 assists) and was distinguished as the Division III Attackman of the Year. He finished his career at Salisbury with 2 National Championships (2011 & 2012), a combined 81-7 record, and finished 2nd in program history and in the country for career points with 369 behind Jason Coffman who holds the national record for all divisions. Matt has played for the New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse. Matt cut his teeth in coaching by spending three seasons as the offensive coordinator for Salisbury before moving to the West Coast to work with club players in the Los Angeles area.
“Our goal is to start a four pronged approach to player development and competition for Orange County and beyond,” said Cannone. “The first is the traditional club team model, Team 91 California, where players will try out for spots on our teams and be able to train and practice weekly in preparation for tournaments located on the West Coast. The second will be inclusion in the Team 91 National Program, where members of Team 91 California will have the chance to be selected to play with members of Team 91 from other regions across the county. These players will participate in a training camp with Team 91 Directors before participating in nationally recognized events. The third will be Team 91 West, where players from any organization can come together to prepare to play in events their clubs typically do not participate in, giving access for players to have an outlet to play more lacrosse. The fourth and the one I’m most proud of is the Team 91 Academy, which will provide developing players a place to train and meet their potential. These are typically players that do not find a home of competitive teams and are looking to hone their skills so that they may play on a select team further in their playing career.”
Team 91 California tryout dates will take place in October and will be released soon. Coaching opportunities are available. Please check out www.team91lacrosse.com to fill out an application. Registration for tryouts will be published shortly.
About Team 91
Team 91 was founded in 2007 by Brian Spallina as an elite club team for Long Island players to train and compete against some of the best talent in the country. Through dedication to core skill training, competing at the highest levels and numerous summer circuit victories, Team 91 has grown from its initial four teams to 53 boys teams and 17 girls teams and become one of the most recognized and respected club organizations on the East Coast. For more information on Team 91 Lacrosse, visit www.team91lacrosse.com.