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Lacrosse Players Get Homegrown Advice

Boys in the Weston Champs Camp ran, threw, passed, shot and defended during the final day, Monday, at Weston High School. Sixty players in grades 2 through 8 attended the three-day session. A staff featuring former Weston High players conducted the drills.

Josh Thornton, an assistant coach on the state champion Weston High School lacrosse team, ran Monday's drills with his staff. The camp is unique in that all of the instructors grew up in Weston before heading to college programs. "They see the guys here were on the championship team in 2007,'' Thornton said. "We have a very qualified staff."

Thornton said one of the camp's primary themes is to include drills that players can practice at home during the summer. The players who regularly do the drills end up being the high school stars of the future. "Once they leave the spring season a lot of them put the stick down for the season,'' Thornton said. "Hopefully, they'll do the drills in the summer and they can keep their skills sharp."

Weston has blossomed into another Fairfield County lacrosse hotbed. The high school team has played in the last four Class S state championship games and the Trojans won their second state title this spring under coach John Matthews. He worked with Thornton as the camp co-director. Tom Montelli, a Weston grad, played on the national championship team at Duke and worked with the campers for the first two days.

"They looked up to him even before he won it,'' Thornton said. "His reputation, growing up in the town, it's the kind of thing that makes it nice."

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