New lacrosse club based out of Ponte Vedra to form

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In response to the growth of competitive lacrosse in North Florida, X Factor Lacrosse Club is launching a new, elite travel boys lacrosse program based out of Ponte Vedra, with tryouts to take place the weekend of Aug. 12-13 at Landrum Middle School.

Under the leadership of former United States Naval Academy 2013 graduate and starting midfielder Bryce Dabbs, X Factor Lacrosse is coached by knowledgeable leaders and former players who have played at the highest level of competition possible in high school, club, collegiate and professional settings.

According to the club, its mission is to provide a transformative impact to the mindset, exposure and lacrosse IQ of its athletes. In addition, the club says life lessons are taught on a daily basis, and influential mentorship is continuous. For high school athletes engaging in the tedious process of finding the right four-year home in college, X Factor Lacrosse Club coaches believe they have the tools, experience, and situational awareness to assist.

"We look forward to breaking barriers with our athletes to become stronger as both students of the game and as people,” said Dabbs. “Our players will find there is a direct correlation between lessons taught on the field and those that take you far in life."

Dabbs will be joined by former NCAA Division 1 players Graham Dabbs, (Furman University, attack) and Jay Christopher (U.S. Naval Academy, defense).

Ponte Vedra Youth Lacrosse co-founder and high school lacrosse coach Dan McAulliffe said the community’s local young athletes, as well as those who recently graduated, have already benefited and will continue to benefit greatly from Dabbs' experience, as well as from his leadership skills by leading men and women day today within the Navy.

“The character and vision that Bryce possesses is exactly what Ponte Vedra and North Florida needs to develop these athletes and more importantly develop men and women of character,” said McAulliffe.

Former Ponte Vedra High starter, St. Johns County Player of the Year and Towson University Men’s Lacrosse athlete Andrew O’Dare said X Factor has helped him to learn to put full effort into everything he does, both mentally and physically.

Tryouts are free and will be held at Landrum Middle School fields as follows:

• Saturday Aug. 12th graduation Year 2023: 9-9:50am

• Saturday Aug. 12th Graduation Year 2022: 10-10:50am

• Sunday, Aug. 13th All High School athletes: 3-4:30pm

The high school, 2023 and 2022 teams will play against elite-level teams in tournaments along the U.S. East Coast. X Factor Lacrosse is part of X Factor Training, directed by former Clemson University/Dallas Cowboys defensive back Xavier Brewer.

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