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East Side Club Lacrosse PHILOSOPHY

Whether evaluating staff or players we look for three areas of ability:

1) Capability

A baseline of skills, lacrosse IQ and athletic ability are expected at varying degrees based on age and our focus is on helping players improve with each season. To do so, we go beyond our regularly scheduled practices and incorporate indoor training at our facility each week where we work on stick skills, stop/start speed, and strength. We pride ourselves in offering sports performance training that produces tangible results on the field.

2) Coachability

This is as important for our coaches as it is for our players and requires being open to learning and feedback as well as being able to act on it. At ESL we are constantly inspired by those around us including other coaches, peers and players and we strive to incorporate new approaches and learnings into our program—keeping it fresh and ensuring our teams and players are always improving. We are always welcoming of feedback as we believe it to be a valuable tool in our development and we expect the same from our players.

3) Accountability

The motto we live by is “Don’t sit back and let things happen, step up and make something happen!” We believe that every athlete is responsible for his or her own improvement, and the improvement of those around them and it is the responsibility of our club program to provide a challenging environment where the most learning and advancement can occur. We know that you learn more from a loss than a win which is why we pride ourselves on entering tournaments we know will challenge our teams and players, rather than going for the easy “W”. It is also our responsibility to guarantee that each of our players get enough time on the field to advance their skills which is why we cap our roster at 24 players for each team and have only one team per age group.

In the end, our goal is to have our athletes play lacrosse at the highest level. If the above philosophies align with your own, come check us out!


East Side Lacrosse (ESL) is run by Darren Murray, the 2012 US lacrosse (Potomac Chapter) Coach of the Year and 2015 OBGC/MDX Coach of the Year, and employs only the same like-minded coaches.

The ESL staff includes current and past college and professional players who possess the same mindset of assisting each individual in becoming the best they can be through detailed year-round positional and team training, access to the state-of-the-art East Side Athletic Training facility (Gaithersburg, MD), and playing against only top level competition.

With decades of experience coaching at the high school and youth levels, ESL promotes the opportunity for every lacrosse player to reach his potential on and off the field, by providing the following: 

  • Experienced coaching and support, from former players and coaches that have played and/or coach and are currently playing at D1 universities and some of the top tier high schools in the DC/Baltimore area.
  • Access to East Side Athletic Training (ESAT), a state-of-the-art training facility that trains athletes from elementary age to the professional ranks.
  • Specific positional training, year round, with coaches and players, that specialize in the functional training that affords each athlete to compete at the highest level on the field.
  • The opportunity to play in the best leagues and events in the nation, including the HoCo Spring League for youth and the biggest tournaments brought to you by NXT, Adrenaline, Aloha and Hogan Lax
  • Practices held in the Olney/Rockville/Gaithersburg area.
  • Personalized Recruiting and Showcase instruction from coaches and players that have actually gone through the process (High School only)
  • Video and film study sessions, for both the individual and team concepts, including cutting edge video capture recording/editing technology.










6am – 9pm Monday through Sunday

Visit Us: 8007 Cessna Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20879
(located in the Planet Cotton building) 

Call Us: (240) 801-8517

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