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East Ave Elite 2021-2022 #Wehavemorefun

East Ave Families - As we approach our our sixth season, we want to express our sincere gratitude to all of you who have helped us build this special community. We know that because of you, this season is going to be even more fun, rewarding, and successful than the last. You guys continue to amaze us, THANK YOU for being so awesome!

Table of Contents

This webpage is designed to give new and returning families a high-level overview of our program for the 2021-2022 season.

  • #WeHaveMoreFun
  • Leaders of young men.
  • #SCHOOLFIRST Recruiting Guidance
  • Nationally-ranked and recognized teams.
  • Exclusive access to East Coast-caliber competition only a drive away!
  • 2021-2022 Fall, Winter, & Summer Plans
  • Beast Ave Boxla
  • Team Illinois National Team
  • East Ave Elite tryout info

If you have any questions about our high school program, please contact Joe Opron at info@eastavelacrosse.com. If you have any questions about our youth program, please contact Dan Applebaum at Dan@eastavelacrosse.com.

We still have more fun!

Below you're going to read a lot about how our club has become a nationally-ranked Midwest powerhouse with a laundry list of commitments and trophies. We are incredibly proud of those accomplishments.

But we will never forget where we came from and our number one goal since day 1 - to provide young student-athletes with an amazing lacrosse experience that will foster a life-long passion for the sport.

East Ave Elite Coaches

Leaders of young men.

We pride ourselves foremost on being amazing role models and leaders of young men. We teach our boys to be fierce competitors with impeccable sportsmanship and respect for the game, the officials, the opposing team, and ourselves.

With a documented history of success.

Click the link below to see why our staff is the most decorated in the state!

TWENTY-NINE (29) #SchoolFirst Commitments in the 2021 class!

We help our boys reach their dreams! Coaches Opron and Morrell guide our boys through the entire recruiting process. We help our boys brainstorm a list of #schoolfirst college options, draft emails to college coaches, compile their highlight films, select the right mix of exposure events, negotiate scholarships, and MUCH more.

Simply put, we find an amazing home for ALL of our players who wish to play at the next level!

And our 2022 class is already making noise!

Zander Johnson - UMass - D1
Henry Thompson - Vermont - D1
Andrew Skifstad - Maryville - D2
Bryce Peake - Carthage College - D3
Ryder Maston - Swarthmore College - D3
Kyle McVittie - Hope College - D3
Kaiden Libby - Canisius College - D1
Michael Piotrowski - Maryville University - D2
Cal Reynolds - Wabash College - D3
Ike Harrington - Piedmont College - D3
Evan Stonis - Wabash College - D3

Nationally-Recognized

8 class of 2022 players have been featured in Inside Lacrosse Magazine's Recruiting Spotlight!
We go the extra mile to get our boys the recognition that they deserve!
Zander Johnson was the second East Ave player in two years to be named to the Under Armour All-American Midwest team, following in the footsteps of Michael Gaughan (St. Rita, St. Joseph's - D1)

Nationally-Ranked

Our top HS teams are consistently nationally-ranked. Most recently, our 2022AA team was ranked in the top 75 in the country.

Exclusive access to the best competition!

You do NOT have to travel to the East Coast for great lacrosse . . . if you play for East Ave!

East Ave is a proud member club of Team Illinois and Project Midwest, which provides our boys access to the only East Coast-caliber tournaments hosted right here in the Midwest!

TI member clubs are the ONLY Illinois clubs invited to participate in these exclusive events!

Project Midwest Fall and Summer Invitationals
Team Illinois Summer Invitational
CST Midwest Exposure Series
East Ave Elite 2022AA won the inaugural Team Illinois Midwest Invitational championship by a score of 7-1!

HS Fall 2021 - Summer 2022

High School Program

  • 8 months of training (September - February & June - July)
  • 2 practices per week in the Fall
  • 1 practice per week in the Winter
  • 3 practices per week in the Summer
  • HD Film for all events
  • Recruiting Assistance
  • 1 free highlight film
  • Expanded player packs (pinnie, shorts, shooter, sideline gear, travel polo)

High School Events

  • Fall team camp & games vs. Alpha (WI) - October
  • Project Midwest Fall Invitational - November 13-14 (St. Louis, MO)
  • Frozen Tundra - TBD (local)
  • Project Midwest Summer Invitational - TBD (TBD)
  • Team Illinois Midwest Summer Invitational - July 9-10 (Rockford, IL)
  • CST Midwest Exposure Series - TBD (Milwaukee, WI)

Classes of 2023, 2024, & 2025 (Fall, Winter, & Summer): $2,995 all-in.

Class of 2022 (Fall & Winter dues) - $1,495

Class of 2022 (Summer) - Free training for all players committed to play in college!

Youth Fall 2021 - Summer 2022

Youth Program

  • 8 months of training (September - February & June - July)
  • 2 practices per week in the Fall
  • 1 practice per week in the Winter
  • 3 practices per week in the Summer
  • Expanded player packs (pinnie, shorts, shooter, sideline gear, travel polo)
  • Custom East Ave Cascade helmet included!

Youth Events

  • Fall team camp & games vs. Alpha (WI)
  • Project Midwest Fall Invitational - November 13-14 (St. Louis, MO) OR Shootout on the Shore (St. Joseph, MI)
  • Frozen Tundra - TBD (local TBD)
  • Project Midwest Summer Invitational - TBD (TBD) OR Bardown Showdown - TBD (Kalamazoo, MI)
  • Team Illinois Midwest Summer Invitational - July 9-10 (Rockford, IL)
  • CST Midwest Exposure Series - TBD (Milwaukee, WI)

Youth dues (Fall, Winter, & Summer): $2,495

Beast Ave Box Lacrosse

Illinois's most successful and longest-running REAL USBOXLA-affiliated box lacrosse program is back!

November tryouts

18 practices, 2 top tournaments:

  • Resolute Classic (Columbus, OH)
  • Trilogy Great Lax Box (Detroit, MI)

*Subject to change based on team composition.

Dues: $1,275

Illinois's first USBOXLA affiliate!

Team Illinois National Teams

Top players in our program looking to take on the very best programs in the country, at the most elite showcases, can try out for Team Illinois. Tryouts are held each year in August after East Ave tryouts.

East Ave is one of 4 TI member clubs. Starting in 2021, players must be a member in good standing of a TI member club in order to be eligible for TI.

Ask about our discount for TI players!

East Ave Elite Tryout Info

All tryouts will be held on our home field, Langhorst Field at Elmhurst University.

August 14th - Youth

2030/2031/2032 - 5:00 - 6:00 PM

2029/2028 - 5:30 - 7:00 PM

2027/2026 - 7:00 - 8:30 PM

August 15th - High School

2025/2024 - 5:00 - 7:00 PM

2023/2022 - 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Cost: $20

Created By
Joe Opron
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