With the rapidly expanding popularity of lacrosse, it’s more important than ever for players to hone their skills to stand out on a team – and for recruitment to higher levels such as college. The William Smith Girls Overnight Lacrosse Camp, for girls ages 12 to 18, offers a distinctive experience that places the highest value on developing skills and teaching sophisticated defensive and offensive tactics. While at the camp, players will be given individual attention and pushed to reach a higher level of play and understanding of the game. They will also be broken up into teams according to their skill levels and given the chance to develop leadership skills. Depending on the various skill levels, the camp tries to establish the sessions to challenge the campers, as well as allow them to think on their own. In addition to play, the coaching staff will help prepare these players for their college search — how to get their resumes and information together in case they desire to play in college. The staff includes Pat Genovese, head lacrosse coach for William Smith, Lindsey Breese, assistant coach for William Smith, Brett Allen from Bates College and Wylie Crisanti from Methodist College. Coaching assistants include players from the Herons lacrosse team: Francesca DeLuca ’11, Kim Armani ’11 and Kara Grogan ’11, and goalie Rebecca Josefiak ’09. Organizers hope to have as many as 75 girls enrolled from around the country. The camp starts Saturday, June 28 and runs through Tuesday, July 1.