Mesa Fresh Joins National Lacrosse Federation

Updated: April 22, 2016

The National Lacrosse Federation (“NLF”) and its six founding member lacrosse clubs (Baltimore Crabs, Big 4 HHH, Laxachusetts, Leading Edge Elite, Long Island Express and Team 91) are excited to announce a two-year affiliation with four highly acclaimed lacrosse clubs.

Over the course of the next two years, the West Coast Starz, Edge Lacrosse, Mesa Fresh and Eclipse Lacrosse Club will be affiliated with the NLF and each club will attend all NLF events. According to Sean Morris of Laxachusetts, “An affiliation with clubs of this caliber is consistent with the NLF’s mission to create an organization of the most elite lacrosse clubs in North America.” Additionally, the affiliate clubs’ most talented players will be given invitations to all individual events hosted by the NLF.

“We want to play the best,” said Brian Spallina of Team 91. “From everywhere, and anywhere. Whenever we play. So a partnership with these four clubs had to happen.”

NLF team events will always consist of a small number of elite teams with talented players, such that every game is extremely competitive. “The NLF believes that this combination of skill and competitiveness is instrumental in attracting college recruiters,” said Billy McKinney of HHH. Adding these affiliate clubs to NLF events will provide the NLF with some of the best players from the West Coast, Canada, the Main Line of Philadelphia and Fairfield County, Connecticut; create an unrivaled level of play and allow the NLF to be very selective about the clubs it invites to signature NLF events.

“Gaining the West Coast Starz to evaluate and select the talent coming out of the West Coast, and Edge to do the same in Canada, streamlines and strengthens our selection process for the Futures event at IMG next January,” said Mike Chanenchuk of Long Island Express. “It’s exciting to think that our Futures event will be even more competitive next year.”

Mesa Fresh Founder Bob Aitken summed up the advantages for his club. “With the proliferation of lacrosse events across the entire year, it has become harder to identify the best quality events for our players and their families. The NLF agreement allows us to offer our players and teams consistently top-notch competition. The competitive landscape our players will be around is second to none.”


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