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

53 since '15

Charitable Donations

$540,000+

Tournament Championships

49

College
Commitments

200+

High School
All Americans

43 Since '15

High School
All Ohio

145+ since '15

Burning River News

MAY 9TH AND MAY 10TH AREA GAMES

Kick off rivalry week right with a couple of big games these next two days. #5 Chagrin Falls travels to…

2022 OMSLA State Tournament

Bags are getting packed and carloads of players/parents are preparing to roll down to Columbus this weekend for the OMSLA…

MAY 6TH AND MAY 7TH AREA GAMES

End your week right with some good local high school lacrosse! A bunch of great players mix it up in…

MAY 4TH AND MAY 5TH AREA GAMES

Game of the week features #4 St. Edward traveling to #1 St. Ignatius! Great mid-week games, so good luck to…

N. OHIO HS TOP 10 COACHES POLL – May 3rd

After some HUGE match-ups last week we had no movement in the top 6, but Avon’s big win over Avon…

MAY 2, 2022 ALUMNI UPDATES

Good luck to all of you as the conference playoffs begin! We are excited for all of our guys playing…

May 2nd and MAY 3rd AREA GAMES

Start your week off right with a few local games on Monday and Tuesday. St. Francis DeSales visits #8 Olmsted…

APRIL 30TH THROUGH May 1st AREA GAMES

Early ranked match-ups this week give way to a slew of hugely important games this weekend for teams jockeying for…

APRIL 27th THROUGH APRIL 29th AREA GAMES

Some big games last night, and the second half of the week will not disappoint! #10 Shaker Heights travels to…

N. OHIO HS TOP 10 COACHES POLL – APRIL 26

No movement among the top 6 teams but Avon Lake and Avon continue their climb. Three contests 4/26 feature teams…

Lacrosse In The Community

N. Ohio HS Top 10 Coaches Poll – Final Poll

Across the finish line for the final poll of the year, the top 7 hold steady while there is a…

May 16, Alumni Updates

Our most sincere congratulations to all of our alumni who played in the NCAA Tournament this past week!  Great job…

Division II / Region 6 Playoffs

Are you not entertained!??? Division II / Region 6 playoffs begin tonight and you will be sure to enjoy this…

Division II / Region 5 Playoffs

Winner, winner chicken dinner! Check out the Division II / Region 5 playoff bracket and get to some games. Remember…

Division I / Region 2 Playoffs

We call it ‘thinning the herd!’ Your Division I / Region 2 playoffs get underway tomorrow. Remember to check with…

Division I / Region 1 Playoffs

Playoffs!? We’re talking about playoffs!? Division I / Region 1 playoffs kick off tomorrow. Remember to check with schools to…

Alumni Conference Championships Update

Congrats to all of our Burning River alumni who competed for conference championships this past week! 18 alumni played for…

MAY 10TH THROUGH MAY 14TH AREA GAMES

The final week of the regular season closes out with some big match-ups, including a rivalry game when Hoover travels…

N. OHIO HS TOP 10 COACHES POLL – MAY 10

Wadsworth moves up into 8th place while Shaker Heights falls to 10th and Olmsted Falls drops out of the poll…

MAY 9, 2022 ALUMNI UPDATES

Congratulations to all of our alumni on their successful spring seasons, and good luck to those who will continue to…

Testimonials

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…

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. …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…”

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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Jack Jenkins

U of Michigan

Hunter Moriarity

Fairfield University

Sam Zickel

Centre College

Jackson Moriarity

Univ of Hartford

Nathan Stienmetz

Univ of Mt. Union

Eric Betchel

Baldwin Wallace

Sam Rodgers

John Carroll

Alex Maruna

Roch Inst Tech

John Blackwell

Middlebury College

Tanner Tracy

Univ of Indianapolis

Aiden Stephens

Salisbury University

Andrew Glasgow

Grove City

Noah Goad

Canisius College

John Thomas

Salisbury University

Mark McGinley

Notre Dame

Anthony Ameo

Ohio State University

Cameron Logan

Univ of Hartford

Danny Saxon

Mercyhurst University

Ben Starkey

Robert Morris

Robby Lang

High Point University

Brooks Crowley

Denison University

Luke Swaddling

Canisius College

Brennan Catania

Saint Joseph’s University

Connor Sims

Denison University

Austin England

Cleveland State University

Paul Mederick

Fairfield University

Zak Owens

St. Bonaventure

Clayton Kolke

Baldwin Wallace

Kyla Stroia

Univ of Mt. Union

Will Britton

Clarkson University

Gino DeVengencie

Canisius College

Griffen Imwalle

Florida Southern

Colin Counahan

Ohio Wesleyan University

Dillion Beal

U of Michigan Dearborn

Griff Liedel

Ohio State

Jack Bryant

Bellarmine University

Drew Wynocker

Denver University

Bill Holtzer

College of Wooster

Brandon Oakes

St. Bonaventure  

Whit Stopak

Hofstra University

Nathan Aloi

John Carroll

Sean Kavanagh

Cortland State

Brody May

University of Indianapolis

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