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Defense

Our Defense series concentrates on fine tuning the skills you need to become a better defender. Each age group will be limited to a small number of players to maximize reps. The following is a list of some of the core fundamentals we will teach and practice over the course of 6 weekly 1 hour and 15 minute sessions:

  • Effective body positioning to defend without using your stick
  • Take-away checks
  • On ball and off ball footwork
  • When, where and how to slide  
  • How to give and respond to “in game” defensive commands from and to teammates

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Defense, Goalie, Face off SESSIONS:

GRAD YEAR DAY DATES TIME LOCATION PRICE COACH
2026 Tuesdays 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5 4:30-6:00pm InSports (Trumbull) $275 TBA
2025 Tuesdays 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5 4:30-6:00pm InSports (Trumbull) $275 TBA
2024 Tuesdays 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5 4:30-6:00pm InSports (Trumbull) $275 TBA
2023 Tuesdays 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5 4:30-6:00pm InSports (Trumbull) $275 TBA
2022 Tuesdays 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5 4:30-6:00pm InSports (Trumbull) $275 TBA
2021 Tuesdays 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5 4:30-6:00pm InSports (Trumbull) $275 TBA
2020 Tuesdays 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5 4:30-6:00pm InSports (Trumbull) $275 TBA
2019 Tuesdays 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5 4:30-6:00pm InSports (Trumbull) $275 TBA

RYAN MCCLAY

Ryan McClay is the current defensive coordinator at Fairfield Prep and a former Cornell and Team USA defensemen.  At Cornell he was a two year Captain, a four time All-American including 1st Team twice, 3 time All Ivy and in 2003 was named the Ivy League Player of the Year.  After leaving Cornell he twice led Team USA to the Gold Medal and was selected to the All-World Team on defense in both 2002 and 2010.  In the 2002 World Games he was selected as the Most Valuable Defensemen of the tournament.  He also played eight seasons of Major League Lacrosse with both the New Jersey Pride and the Boston Cannons where he as named to the All Star Game three times.  Currently Coach McClay works for Forstone Capital in Bridgeport and lives in Fairfield.