Gait Heritage Winter Classic

2nd Annual Gait Heritage Girls 5v5 Winter Classic

Monday, January 15, 2018 (MLK Day)

Update as of 1/17/18, 7:30 pm

Thank you for participating in the 2nd Annual Gait Heritage Girls 5v5 Indoor Classic at Maplezone Sports Institute in Aston, PA.  Thirty-two teams and close to 300 girls from four states participated in the event.
We hope you enjoyed the clinic sessions conducted by Gary Gait, Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Syracuse University – perhaps the mostly highly credentialed player/coach in the sport (and his colleagues).
We also hope you enjoyed the 5v5 tournament that followed, which we believe is a great developmental format that was participatory and fast-paced, and which required the girls to play offense, defense and in transition, often in quick succession.  The competition was very good, as was the sportsmanship!
Congratulations to the following bracket champions and medalists:
  • 6th Grade (2024) – Summit (NJ) 4, Chesapeake Elite 3
  • 7th Grade (2023) – Blue23 6, Ultimate Chester County 5
  • 8th Grade (2022) – Mesa 3, NXT 2022 Volt 1
  • High School A – NXT 7, Green Turtle (DE) 2
  • High School AA – Archbishop Carroll 3, Mesa 2
In honor of the Martin Luther King Day Holiday, teams were also asked to donate used sticks, pinnies and eyewear, which the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association will use to promote programs in Philadelphia and further diversity initiatives in the sport.  Thank you to all the girls that donated items.
Thanks again to all our teams, our officials and Maple Zone Institute, our host!

FORMAT/RULES: Click here

VENUE/GPS ADDRESS FOR DIRECTIONS: Maplezone Fieldhouse, 1451 Conchester Highway, Boothwyn, PA 19061

PARKING/TRAFFIC: Parking is EXTREMELY LIMITED (and there is a baseball showcase taking place in the adjacent building), PLEASE CARPOOL as much as possible. CLICK HERE for a parking diagram for the site (site map includes suggested off-site location to drop cars, and shuttle teammates). Note there is limited additional parking behind in the rear of the baseball facility to the right of the Field House.

  • CAUTION – Conchester Highway gets a lot of traffic moving at high speeds. Please be careful pulling into the Maplezone facility and again when leaving the property. Left hand turns from the facility onto Conchester Highway can be challenging, consider making a right hand turn and changing course of direction further down the road at an appropriate intersection. AGAIN, PLEASE BE CAREFUL.
  • NO PARKING – DO NOT ATTEMPT to park along Conchester Highway/Route 322 – it is strictly against the law and is extremely hazardous.

FOOD/BEVERAGES: We will have a food/beverage vendor on site for your comfort.


  • Gary Gait – Offense/Stickwork Station: Click here for bio
  • Halle Majorana (Syracuse ’16) – Shooting Station: Coach Majorana is currently an Assistant Coach of the Villanova University Women’s Lacrosse Team.  She is a 2016 graduate from Syracuse University, where she earned IWLCA All-American, All-ACC (2x), All-New England Region an All-ACC Tournament recognition.  She played semi-professionally for the Long Island Sound.
  • Kasey Mock (Syracuse ’14) – Defense Station: Coach Mock is the head coach at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. She was a member of the US Women’s Team (2014-15). A Pottstown (PA) native, Mock guided Syracuse to the 2014 ACC title game; she led the Orange to three NCAA Final Fours and two National Championship games during her career.
  • Vinnie Bonaddio (Cornell ’81) – Goalie Station:  Coach Bonnadio starred as a collegiate player for Cornell University and has coached dozens of goalies in both the Brandywine Lacrosse Club and Garnet Valley High School programs.  He is current the general manager of Maple Zone, where he conducts private lessons.

Stick/Gear Donation Challenge: Participating girls and teams are asked to collect used or surplus lacrosse sticks/eye gear/pinnies (boys/girls items; check in the basement or garage!) and bring them to the HQ tent during the event. The Philadelphia Lacrosse Association will arrange to have the sticks recycled to support lacrosse in the City of Philadelphia.

We look forward to seeing you and are hoping for a great day of lacrosse.