Burning River Lacrosse

Burning River Lacrosse was founded in 2005 to provide developmental lacrosse opportunities at all levels (introduction to the game, improvement of skills, national competition and college exposure) to Northern Ohio's lacrosse community. The company also hosts charity events such as the Fisher House Showcase (home away from homes for military families) and Shorting Cancer (Breast Cancer Research) to raise money and awareness for those in need and to teach participants about their responsibility to reach out and make a difference in the lives of others.

NCAA / NJCAA Champions

8 since '15

4 Pros, 2 MLL

Since '15

College Conf. Championships

66 since '15

Charitable Donations


Tournament Championships




High School
All Americans

51 Since '15

High School
All Ohio

173+ since '15

Burning River / Community News

Champions Weekend For BR Alums

It was an exceptional weekend for BR and regional alumni, who absolutely dominated by snagging an impressive array of trophies.…

N. Ohio HS Coaches Top 10 poll

St. Ignatius is the unanimous #1 after their win over Hoover. Wooster moves up to #5 with a win over…

Alumni Update – April 22, 2024

BR and N. Ohio alumni had a successful weekend at the college level. We wish all the athletes the best…

N. Ohio HS Coaches Top 10 poll

The voters are torn between St. Ignatius and Hoover for the top spot, resulting in a split decision. The showdown…

Alumni Update – April 15, 2024

Local alumni are absolutely killing it on the college field this week! They’re not just winning, they’re dominating with first…

N. Ohio HS Coaches Top 10 poll

St. Ignatius remains No. 1 in the latest N. Ohio Coaches Poll, narrowly beating out Hoover by one vote. The…

Alumni Update – April 8, 2024

As we move into conference play, it is exciting to see how our / N. Ohio alums are excelling at…

BR coach and alum Bill Holtzer named to the USILA/Blatant Team of the Week.

BR coach and alum Bill Holtzer, (Walsh/Wooster) was recognized for his outstanding performance by being named to the USILA/Blatant Team…

April 1 – Alumni Update

Wow, what a week for our N. Ohio Alum at the college level! A big shoutout to all of you…

N. Ohio HS Coaches Top 10 poll

St. Ignatius edges out Hoover to start the year at #1 in the N. Ohio HS Coaches poll. Wooster makes…


Harris Family – 2012 Graduate

“….With Hogan we chased the “best” opportunities for college exposure through ‘a Columbus/Indiana based program’ and ‘a Cleveland based program’.  Although ‘good’ lacrosse programs, neither of these organizations provided the honest feedback, the college recruiting guidance or the attention to our son in developing his game to hone his skills.  Although Hogan was an Academic…

Malloy Family – 2017 Graduate

“The BR program is exceptional. We are so impressed with the dedication and commitment of the BR staff.  It is clear that your goal is to make the boys better players.  We would definitely recommend this program to friends and family.  We couldn’t ask for a more positive experience.  Great coaches, great parents, great boys!  By…

Ganzhorn – 2014 Graduate

“…with hard work and expert feedback and coaching, Liam and his team each year realized many successes, and even when not successful, the team learned from its mistakes.  They were taught professionalism in success and defeat, and how to demonstrate great sportsmanship… I as a parent have always been impressed with the way each boy…

Outcalt Family – 2018 Graduate

“As a family we found that it was not so easy to wind our way through the landscape of travel lacrosse.  Our son Jeffrey played for a city sponsored team as well as numerous regional travel teams.  During this time we heard stories surrounding which programs were best- but it was difficult to assess the…

Sims Family – 2018 Graduate

“Coach Calleri has been a great lacrosse resource all throughout high school for Connor. Connor has battled 3 different injuries during summer lacrosse, but Coach Calleri never forgot about him. He made just as many phone calls (if not more) to college coaches for Connor. Coach Calleri truly cares about his players and is running Burning River for the…

Weber Family – 2013 Graduate

“… Coach Calleri and his staff give honest feedback, guidance, and persistent support and energy whether your son wants to play at the next level or just contribute more for his school team. Coach Calleri’s guidance during the recruiting process was invaluable. His experience, relationships, and professionalism give Northeast Ohio lacrosse legitimacy…”

College Coach

“As a college coach, I have always been impressed with the sportsmanship and competitive spirit shown by the players and coaches in the Burning River Lacrosse program. The players play at a high level and are prepared for top level college lacrosse from the coaching they receive and the tournaments they participate in. Coach Calleri…

Britton Family – 2018 Graduate

“We have been a part of the Burning River family for 7 years. I say family, because Woody and the coaches treat my boys like there own. From the youngest teams to the oldest teams, the organization, commitment and teamwork is above and beyond. There is something to be said about just having your son…

Happel Family – 2014 Graduate

“…What my sons learned at Burning River is priceless. From the demands of commitment and dedication they gained the understanding of what was necessary to play for a top lacrosse team and at levels comparable to the best there is available. They weren’t perfect but through their trials, they learned to play the game but…

Moriarity Family – 2019 Graduate

“I have a 11th grade son who has played Burning River since 6th grade. The program has been supportive of his development from middle school, high school and most recently the college recruiting. While meeting with college coaches several coaches spoke positively of Burning River and the players that have placed with the team. “We…

Brady Family – 2013 Graduate

“Burning River Lax has made all the difference in our son’s lacrosse experience. I can’t speak highly enough of what Coach Calleri and his program has done for the success of our son Colin…. Burning River is THE premier club in the Midwest. In addition, Coach Calleri is plugged in to the coaching staff of…

Dahlheimer Family – 2012 Graduate

“Our son is living his dream.  It was unimaginable to us a few years ago that a kid from Northeast Ohio would be noticed, recruited and then play lacrosse at a school like University of Virginia.  Yet that is what James is doing. We just returned from watching James play against Princeton and it was…

Caito Family – 2015 Graduate

“…There is no way he could have accomplished this without your guidance and support. Our family appreciates all that you have done and especially your high level of engagement over the past few months as Mario’s goals were starting to become a reality. Your involvement clearly helped to build the road that Mario needed to…

Esterle Family – 2017 Graduate

“I really need to let you know what a positive experience BR was for Sam.  He absolutely loved his coach, his team, the lacrosse.  Absolutely the best experience Sam has ever had with any team.  We are so impressed with how well run this organization is.  You are a great role model for these boys. …

Vitale Family – 2014 Graduate

Our son Michael has had a great experience playing for the Burning River Lacrosse Club.  His lacrosse skills and understanding have increased markedly and are a direct result of playing in the BR program for five years. … The BR coaches have made a significant contribution to Michael reaching this goal by teaching the basics…

Kuehn Family – 2013 Graduate

“We want to express to you our appreciation for your Burning River Lacrosse program. The personal attention and individual coaching that you and your assistant coaches provide to ALL your players is truly a witness to your commitment to share your LAX knowledge with others. Josh has played for other club/tournament teams in the past…

Geller Family – 2016 Graduate

“Thank you for all the support over the past few years and helping Grayson become the player he is today. He was elected as a team captain for Hoover this year and is very excited about that. I believe he gained the confidence and leadership abilities from being in your program. You and your staff…

Ameo Family – 2019 Graduate

“Burning River continues to be, without a doubt, the preeminent LAX club in Northeast Ohio.  Our son benefited from top notch coaching, competition, exposure and all-around on and off-field assistance.  As a parent – I appreciate the great organization and communication – we know the lacrosse plan well in advance, allowing us to plan the…

Stopak Family – 2018 Graduate

“This is a letter of thanks to Woody and the Burning River staff for all the effort the program put into developing my son, both as a player and a person over the past six years. We started at Burning River when Whit was in sixth grade after playing on another local travel team. The…

Morris Family – 2019 Graduate

“The importance of your Club Lacrosse team is immeasurable, especially in the NCAA recruiting process. When we talked to parents about our move back to Cleveland everyone in the lacrosse community was familiar with Burning River, the calibre of the teams they put together and the quality of events BR attended.  As our son went…

Recent College Commitments
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Bill Holtzer

College of Wooster

Andrew Glasgow

Grove City

AJ Green

Mt. Union

Cooper Kirda

Capital University

Kyla Stroia

Univ of Mt. Union

Noah Goad

Canisius College

Thomas Chevalier

Cleveland State

Sam Zickel

Centre College

Hunter Moriarity

Fairfield University

Aiden Stephens

Salisbury University

Luke Roach

Frostburg State

Will Bohne

Monmouth University

Zak Owens

St. Bonaventure

Jack Jenkins

U of Michigan

Gino DeVengencie

Canisius College

Tanner Tracy

Univ of Indianapolis

Danny Saxon

Mercyhurst University

Nathan Stienmetz

Univ of Mt. Union

Cameron Logan

Univ of Hartford

Robby Lang

High Point University

Will Britton

Clarkson University

Eric Betchel

Baldwin Wallace

Jack Bryant

Bellarmine University

John Thomas

Salisbury University

Austin England

Cleveland State University

Nathan Aloi

John Carroll

Brooks Crowley

Denison University

Brandon Oakes

St. Bonaventure  

Charlie Freer

John Carroll

Brody May

University of Indianapolis

Paul Mederick

Fairfield University

Anthony Ameo

Ohio State University

Clayton Kolke

Baldwin Wallace

Griffen Imwalle

Florida Southern

Aaron Waltman

Capital University

Ben Starkey

Robert Morris

Drew Wynocker

Denver University

Sam Rodgers

John Carroll

Ryan Hildebrand

Lynchburg University

Luke Swaddling

Canisius College

Sean Kavanagh

Cortland State

Colin Counahan

Ohio Wesleyan University

Paul Lopez

Baldwin Wallace

Dillion Beal

U of Michigan Dearborn

Connor Sims

Denison University

Jackson Moriarity

Univ of Hartford

Brennan Catania

Saint Joseph’s University

John Blackwell

Middlebury College

Alex Maruna

Roch Inst Tech

Mark McGinley

Notre Dame

Whit Stopak

Hofstra University

Griff Liedel

Ohio State


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