The Varsity Lacrosse roster will consist of student-athletes from grades 9, 10 and 11. The objective of Hill Pride lacrosse is to develop the individual both athletically as a lacrosse player and personally as a growing and maturing student-athlete. The Hill Pride Lacrosse program follows that of top university programs by implementing 4 hours per week of on field training, a lacrosse specific strength and conditioning program, and participation in high calibre game play.
It is our expectation that all students in The Hill Academy lacrosse program are committed and dedicated to achieving both academically and athletically. The ultimate goal of The Hill Pride lacrosse program is to have athletes attend university and play lacrosse while attending university. Currently The Hill Academy has alumni attending and playing lacrosse at Canadian universities as well as American NCAA schools at the Division I, II, and III levels. The Hill Academy coaching staff collaborates with the students, parents, teachers and guidance department in order to find the best post secondary fit for every student-athlete. From the success of Hill graduates at the next level, The Hill Academy is quickly becoming known as the premiere development program for lacrosse athletes in the world. Hill student-athletes have graduated to attend some of the top academic and athletic institutions in the world.
The Hill Academy attracts players that are first and foremost quality people. A Hill Academy prospective student-athlete will be examined for academic, athletic, and personal qualities, all which will be taken into consideration in the admissions process.
Brodie Merrill is one of the most decorated lacrosse players in the world. Brodie has revolutionized how people treat the defensive player in both box and field, with his run and gun transitional style.
Brodie, a graduate of Georgetown University, was a two time All American, Two-Time Tewaaraton Award Finalist and in 2005 was named the NCAA Defensive Player of the Year. He has won multiple awards in his 7 year professional career including 2005 NLL and MLL Rookie of the Year; 2005 NLL Defensive Player of the Year; 2006 through 2011 MLL Defensive Player of the Year; 2009 and 2010 NLL Transition Player of the Year; All-Star status in all 6 NLL seasons; and All-Star status in all 7 MLL seasons . Brodie, who currently plays for the Hamilton Nationals in the MLL and Philadelphia Wings in the NLL, has also won two Mann Cup Championships, a Gold and Silver Medal at the World Field Lacrosse Championships, 2 Golds at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships and a MLL Championship.
Brodie was one of the coaches of the U19 Team Canada that brought home the Silver medal at the U19 FIL World Field Lacrosse Championships, in Turku, Finland. Brodie was also the Defensive Coordinator for the 2008 U19 Team Canada that earned the Silver Medal in Coquitlam, BC.
Brodie is the head coach and Director of the Hill Academy Men’s Lacrosse team which is highly regarded as one of the top Lacrosse programs in North America.
Patrick is known for his tenacious defensive play. A graduate of Mercyhurst College, Patrick was a first overall draft pick by the Toronto Rock of the NLL where he currently plays for. He has won three National League Championships, and three Mann Cup Championships. In 2010, he represented Team Canada and won a Silver medal at the World Field Lacrosse Championsips in Manchester, England. In 2011, he represented Team Canada and brought home the Gold at the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.
Patrick is a key member of The Hill Lacrosse program where he instils discipline and continues to push the players to new heights. He is going into his seventh season as Defensive Coordinator and always demands hard work out of his players.