The Secret to High School Lacrosse Success


Josie Brodfuehrer


The Leonardtown girl’s lacrosse team is the most decorated in the Southern Maryland region. They have brought home 11 Southern Maryland Athletic Conference titles. Last year, they brought home the first regional title a Leonardtown lacrosse team has ever won. But, how did the team accomplish these feats?

The key component of the Leonardtown girl’s lacrosse team is the Jets Lacrosse program.  Created by Ken McIlhenny, the head Leonardtown girl’s lacrosse coach, Jets lacrosse is a full-service club program comprised of a tryout-selected series of teams from the 2017-2024 high school graduating classes. The Jets teams practice together and attend several tournaments during the summer and fall seasons. Team members travel the east coast to compete in highly rigorous tournaments for both improvement and the attention of college coaches.

According the Ken McIlhenny, who is also the Jets coordinator and black team coach, the goal of Jets is to “develop the skills of young girls of all ages to help them to improve their skills as lacrosse players, and advance to the next level.”  Ken McIlhenny, otherwise known as Coach Mac to his players, works hard to cooperate with the players, their families, and other coaches to develop the Jets player’s skills, coordinate tournaments, and assist in college recruiting.

However, the efforts of the Jets club program does not just benefit the players, it benefits its players’ high schools as well.  High school Jet members come from schools all over the southern Maryland region: Leonardtown, Great Mills, Chopticon, St. Mary’s Ryken, Calvert, Huntingtown, and so many more.  The girls’ lacrosse programs of these schools benefit from the additional practice and competition its high school Jets players receive from the club.  With the help of Jets, Leonardtown High School and its fellow southern Maryland competitors have been able to improve, grow, and expand the lacrosse programs at their schools, and help the players to become the best they can be.

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