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 News

player spotlight series – devin holder

Introducing Devin Holder – our next featured athlete in the Player Spotlight Series! Devin is a c/o ’24 who plays…

Fall Sixes Turkey shoot UPDATES

We are SOLD OUT at all age groups for our Fall Sixes Turkey Shoot, however, we are building a WAIT…

player spotlight series – ryan betz

Junior Ryan Betz is our next featured athlete in the Player Spotlight Series. Ryan had a great summer in 2022…

player spotlight series – Nathan Baker

Our Player Spotlight Series today features ’24 Nathan Baker. Nate plays attack/midfield for the Lake High School (Stark County, Ohio)…

player spotlight series – john huff

Say hello to John Huff ’24 from Shaker Heights – John is our next athlete in the Player Spotlight Series.…

player spotlight series – dom floiro

Ending your week with Dom Florio in our Player Spotlight Series! Dom is a junior SSDM for St. Edward High…

player spotlight series – owen crawn

Player Spotlight Series today features Jackson Def/LSM Owen Crawn ’24. Owen roams the defensive end of the field for Jackson…

player spotlight series – mitchell gregory

Junior middie Mitchell Gregory of North Canton Hoover Lacrosse is next up in our Player Spotlight Series. In the fall,…

player spotlight series – Logan Ensign

Player Spotlight kicks off the week with ’24 Logan Ensign. Logan is a defenseman who plays spring ball with Strongsville…

player spotlight series – emmett somers

Player Spotlight Series today features ’24 Emmett Somers. Emmett plays midfield for North Canton Hoover Lacrosse and during the winter…

Lacrosse In The Community

April 4, 2022 Alumni Update

BR and Local Alumni continue to make an impact at the college level. Good luck to all this week!

April 1st and 2nd Area Games

Another great week of local boys lacrosse games. Get out and support your teams.

N. Ohio HS Top 10 Coaches Poll – March 28

N. Ohio HS Top 10 Coaches Poll Released. St. Ignatius is the unanimous #1. Hudson #2 and Hoover takes #3.…

March 28, 2022 Alumni Update

BR and Local Alumni continue to make an impact at the college level. Good luck to all this week!  

Burning River Weekend at Dicks Sporting Goods

Burning River Lacrosse is proud to announce that Dick’s Sporting Goods will be a sponsor of our 2022 events. The…

2021 Crosse Out Cancer Event Raises $30,000

For Immediate Release 2021 Crosse Out Cancer! College Lacrosse Showcase For the benefit of Breast Cancer Research   Lakewood, Ohio…

N. Ohio HS Top 10 Coaches Poll Released.

Hudson takes over the top spot following their 13-12 win over Dublin Jerome (was #1 in state). Walsh Jesuit joins…

Burning River Weekend at Dicks Sporting Goods

Burning River Lacrosse is proud to announce that Dick’s Sporting Goods will be a sponsor of our 2021 events. The…

Travel Team Expansion

Background: For the last 15 years Burning River Lacrosse has been the cornerstone of lacrosse development in Northeast Ohio. In…

Supplemental Travel Team Tryouts (January / February 2021)

We have been contacted by many local players who missed our summer tryouts but want to play for our travel…


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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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. …

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…

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…”

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…

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…

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…

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…

Recent College Commitments
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Eric Betchel

Baldwin Wallace

Hunter Moriarity

Fairfield University

Zak Owens

St. Bonaventure

Sam Zickel

Centre College

Dillion Beal

U of Michigan Dearborn

Bill Holtzer

College of Wooster

Gino DeVengencie

Canisius College

Griffen Imwalle

Florida Southern

Mark McGinley

Notre Dame

Sam Rodgers

John Carroll

Cameron Logan

Univ of Hartford

Andrew Glasgow

Grove City

Aiden Stephens

Salisbury University

Drew Wynocker

Denver University

Paul Mederick

Fairfield University

Danny Saxon

Mercyhurst University

Tanner Tracy

Univ of Indianapolis

Ben Starkey

Robert Morris

Clayton Kolke

Baldwin Wallace

Jack Jenkins

U of Michigan

Sean Kavanagh

Cortland State

John Thomas

Salisbury University

Kyla Stroia

Univ of Mt. Union

Whit Stopak

Hofstra University

Nathan Aloi

John Carroll

Alex Maruna

Roch Inst Tech

Jackson Moriarity

Univ of Hartford

Brooks Crowley

Denison University

John Blackwell

Middlebury College

Noah Goad

Canisius College

Will Britton

Clarkson University

Austin England

Cleveland State University

Joe Holtzer Commits

Excited to announce that Burning River and Walsh Jesuit ’23 defenseman Joe Holtzer as decided to take his talents to Denison University!  Joe will bring gritty, old school toughness down to Granville next year!

Nathan Stienmetz

Univ of Mt. Union

Paul Lopez Commits

Don’t look now, but Hudson and Burning River ’23 midfielder Paul Lopez has committed to Baldwin Wallace University.  Paul has made both the Explores and Burning River proud -the Yellow Jackets are getting a good one!

Connor Sims

Denison University

Colin Counahan

Ohio Wesleyan University

Brandon Oakes

St. Bonaventure  

Griff Liedel

Ohio State

Brody May

University of Indianapolis

Jack Bryant

Bellarmine University

Anthony Ameo

Ohio State University

Robby Lang

High Point University

Luke Roach Commits

Congratulations to Burning River and Hoover ’23 midfielder Luke Roach on his commitment to Frostburg State University!  The Bobcats are getting a tough, 2-way middie with a lefty lazer!

Brennan Catania

Saint Joseph’s University

Luke Swaddling

Canisius College


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