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Defensive Academy Overnight Camp

Announcing True Lacrosse's Defense Academy Overnight Camp!*

* Day Camp Option Available

All Defensive players will be ranked after every session with in their respective grade level.  Players will have the opportunity to go against college players at their position! A the conclusion of the camp each attendee will receive a write up letting them know their strengths and weaknesses. There will be film breakdown and chalk-talks throughout the camp to assist in their off-field lacrosse learning and IQ.

Headline Coaches: Jake Deane, Will Nowesnick, Devin Cruz, Peter Murphy, John Sexton, Brian Karalunas, Nate Cain, Matt Isele, and Kevin Verkler

Important travel information when attending the camp

Please book all arriving flights into Chicago to arrive in the morning prior to the camp starting.  Departure flights should be booked the evening the camp ends.

Transportation will be provided by shuttle service to and from the airport.  More details to follow.

Dates: July 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2020

Location: Benedictine University (Lisle, IL)

Overnight Campers:
-  Check-In July 21st at 1:00 PM
-  Check-Out July 23rd at 12:00 PM

Day Campers:
-  July 21st: 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
-  July 22nd: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
-  July 23rd: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

-  Overnight Campers: $450
    (payment plan offered)
-  Day Campers: $300

Nate Cain

Nathaniel Cain grew up in Wilmette and attended New Trier High School for two years before transferring to Western Reserve Academy in Ohio. Cain attended Goucher College in Maryland where he majored in Communications and German and graduated in 2016. During his college career, he was a member of the men's lacrosse team and started all four years as a defender. Cain previously worked at Goucher College where he was the Assistant Director of Athletic Communications and Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach for two years.  During that time he orchestrated the defense and assisted in the day-to-day tasks of an NCAA coach.

Devin Cruz

  • Director, True IL State Teams
  • Puerto Rican National Team Member
  • Member of 2018-19 Charlotte Hounds
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Member of the 2017 Ohio Machine 
  • 2016 NCAA D2 Caused Turnover Leader
  • 2016 USILA D2 2nd Team All American LSM
  • 2016 USILA D1/D2 All-Star
  • 2015 USILA D2 3rd Team All American LSM
  • 2015 Conference Carolina's DPOY
  • 4 Time All Conference Carolina's LSM
  • 2 Time Captain at Belmont Abbey
  • All-Time Ground Ball Leader at Belmont Abbey

Jake Deane

  • 2013 Rochester Rattlers
  • 2011 & 2012 Chesapeake Bayhawks
  • 2012 MLL Champion with the Chesapeake Bayhawks
  • Collected over 200 Groundballs and scored more than 30 points in his MLL career
  • 2010 Member of Toronto Nationals
  • 2006 - '09 Member of Chicago Machine
  • Led the Chicago Machine in groundballs from 2006-2009
  • 2006 All New England First Team
  •  Named to 2006 NCAA All Tournament Team
  • All American at UMass
  • Captain of the UMass National runners-up
  • Holds single season ground ball record at UMass

Matt Isele

  • Played high school lacrosse at Dublin Jerome High School in Dublin, Oh 
  • D2 State champions 2010
  • D1 State Runners-up 2012, 2013
  • Midwest Champions 2012
  • Named first team All-Midwest and first team All-Conference as a senior in 2013
  • Played college lacrosse at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH 
  • 2X NCAA tournament appearances 2014, 2015
  • 2x OAC Conference Champions 2014, 2015
  • 2x All Conference Selection 2014 HM, 2015 first team  
  • Coached for the True Ohio program for two years 2017, 2018
  • Played Club lacrosse for Titanium 2010-2013

Peter Murphy

  • Coached True Lacrosse's 2019 AAA National Team
  • 3-year Starter at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • College Honors: All-American, All-ACC, 2-time ACC Champion, Team Captain As Senior, Most Outstanding Freshman at UNC, 3rd All-time in Takeaways at UNC
  • High School Honors: 2-time HS All-American, 2-time Nassau County Defenseman of the Year, 2-time Captain, 2-time Medal Winner for Team Long Island at the Empire State Games, GCHS Athlete of the Year, All-State Football, Elected to the Garden City HS Sports Hall of Fame
  • Defensive Coordinator for Undefeated N.Y. State Champion Garden City Trojans (2000)
  • Certified by U.S. Lacrosse & Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)
  • Head Coach Varsity Lacrosse at The Latin School of Chicago
  • Founder & Director of LiL' Ballers Lacrosse

Will Nowesnick

  • Lake Forest native; attended Loyola Academy (graduated 2014) 
  • Won two State Championships ('12 & '13)
  • 2014 IHSLA All-American
  • Four year starter at Salisbury University
  • 2016 National Championship
  • 2017 National Championship
  • 2018 National Championship Runner Up. 
  • 2016 USILA 2nd Team All American
  • 2017 USILA 1st Team All American
  • 2018 USILA 1st Team All American
  • 2018 Team Captain
  • 2019 MLL Atlanta Blaze Starting Defensemen
  • 2019 MLL Mikie Schlossler All Star
  • MLL Week 11 Defensive Player of the Week
  • Three Time MLL Team of the Week(Defense)
  • Lake Forest High School Defensive Coordinator

John Sexton

  • Played for the Notre Dame men's lacrosse team (2015-2018)
  • 2017 USILA First Team All-American
  • 2017 Tewaaraton Award Nominee
  • 2017 Inside Lacrosse Midseason First Team All-American
  • 2017 Inside Lacrosse Preseason Third Team All-American
  • ACC Defensive Player of the Week (3/25)
  • 2016 Second Team USILA All-American
  • Two-time All-ACC selection (2016, 2017)
  • Two-time ACC All-Academic Team recipient (2015, 2016)

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Kevin Verkler

Libertyville, IL

Mount Saint Mary's University


  • Libertyville High School 2-time First Team All-State and All-American Lacrosse Player
  • Division I Lacrosse Player at Mount Saint Mary's
  • 2-Time Captain at Mount Saint Mary's
  • 5 Year Libertyville Warriors Club coach