ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
The North (Bergen County) program is directed by Rosa Riccobono who joins BBL from Eastern Connecticut State University where she served as the Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. During her time at Eastern she was responsible for overseeing recruitment, practice planning, fundraising, alumni relations, outreach and social media.
Prior to Eastern, Rosamaria enjoyed a successful two-year head women’s lacrosse coaching debut at Division III Elms College, where she led the Blazers to an overall record of 20-17, 11-2 in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). In her rookie season, Riccobono directed the program to a perfect 7-0 record in the NECC, the program’s first NECC playoff championship, and a berth in the NCAA tournament. For her efforts, she was honored as the 2018 NECC Coach-of-the-Year.
Prior to her appointment at Elms, Riccobono served as assistant women’s lacrosse coach at SUNY Purchase College in the fall of 2017. Riccobono has proudly coached for several camps and clinics. She has coached for the For Girls by Girls Soccer & Lacrosse Leadership camps, a camp focused on developing strong self esteem for young girls through sports. In addition, she has directed camps with Trilogy Lacrosse and GameBreaker Lacrosse. She has coached for the elite club Team 91 Tri-State and Central Lacrosse located in Central, Massachusetts. She also has experience officiating youth and high school girl's lacrosse.
Her lacrosse career began at Saint Francis Preparatory High School in her hometown of Queens, NY. Riccobono went on to continue her lacrosse career as a defender for the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors. At Eastern, Riccobono served two-year stints on the NCAA Division III National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and as president of the Eastern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Riccobono earned a B.S. Degree in Sport and Leisure Management in May of 2017.
ABOUT THE YOUTH DIRECTOR
Lucy Darlington is the BBL Girls North Youth Travel Director & BBL Girls Head Goalie Trainer for both Central and North regions. Lucy is a Baltimore, MD native. She played high school lacrosse for Notre Dame Prep and the Skywalkers Lacrosse Club. In 2018, Lucy graduated from Wagner College and played lacrosse for the Seahawks all four years. Lucy has played and coached for competitive lacrosse programs winning two conference championships with Wagner while also achieving multiple NCAA Tournament appearances and Wagner's first NCAA Tournament victory. Lucy was named Captain of Wagner Women's Lacrosse Team her senior year. Lucy was a Head Coach at Harlem Lacrosse in Baltimore, MD and was also a goalie coach and trainer for Skywalkers Lacrosse Club.
We are using lacrosse as a catalyst to develop strong confident young women, we understand each individual learns and develops differently and have centered our program around this. Each of our Elite Travel Teams consists of players who not only bring out the best in each other but also create an environment where they can be successful individually on the field. It is our belief that, to be the best you must compete against the best. We ensure that every year our players are seeing a wide range of the best programs in the country so they are continuously preparing to compete at the highest level.
We believe there are two distinct characteristics of our program that sets us a part from other programs. The first is the foundational training we provide to our players within the competitive team environment. We focus on developing each of our players as a whole player, including position specific training on both ends of the field. We encourage our players to train “outside the box” and have many opportunities for them to grow through non traditional training.
One example of our out of the box training, is our girls box program which we have slowly been integrating over the past two years. With the focus of fast pace execution and quick thinking, we have seen a dramatic increase in our players individual stick skills and lacrosse IQ. We are continuing to development our box training.
The second characteristic we believe sets us apart from other programs is our coaching staff and the individual feedback they give each player on the team. While we do boast a competitive team environment, it is important for the development of each of our players for them to have individual feedback and training. It is our philosophy that all of our players are given specific feedback about what and how they can improve their individual game. Athletes are given two written evaluations throughout the year, so they have a personalized training agenda to help them reach their highest potential.
Currently we have teams rostered from fourth through sophomores in high school, for our youth players we work to create the most positive and successful environment for each of our players. Developing confidence, and leadership skills alongside the game is an important aspect of our youth program. We strive to place each player in the right environment so they thrive on the field.
In our High School Program we focus on creating the most competitive, yet positive and empowering environment for each of our players so they are able to achieve their personal goals on the field. We are very proud of the fact that our central teams have had numerous recruits to all levels of colleges and we are excited to use similar recruiting techniques to ensure our North athltes are able to find their college home as well.
We pride ourselves on communicating with our players as much as we can. We treat every member of BBL like they are our family. Because there is a lot of information that needs to be passed along throughout the year, each team will have a Team Parent Leader (TPL) who will help facilitate getting that information to your team. They will also be the ones who help organize team dinners, tournament supplies and site seeing trips during out tournaments weekends. Aside from competing in some of the top tournaments in the country, our teams have A LOT OF FUN throughout the summer.
SEASONAL PRACTICES & TOURNAMENTS:
Our programming varies by grade
Fall: 5-6 practices and 2-3 tournaments (1 tourney for 4th grade)
Tournaments we travel to:
New England CHILL (5th – 8th)
PrimeTime Lacrosse (9th – 10th)
T3 Opener (4th – 7th)
NXT Girls Philly (8th – 9th)
Rivalry Challenge (10th and Above)
MidAtlantic (7th – 10th)
President’s Cup (10th and Above)
IWLCA Debut (9th Grade)
Winter: 8-12 team practices
Spring: 6-8 team youth practices (no high school) .
Summer: Practices twice a week for six weeks and 3-4 tournaments
Tournaments we travel to:
Summer Genesis (8th – 10th)
The Round Up (4th – 7th)
Champions Cup (9th – 10th)
Lax Amplified (4th – 8th)
Project 120 (4th – 10th)
The Northern RISE (10th & 8th)
Top Flight (9th & 7th)
The Grind (4th – 6th)
Mid Atlantic (8th – 10th)
Our philosophies on recruiting are inline with the philosophy of the IWLCA and NCAA. We understand this process is different for every prospective student athlete (PSA) and it is our goal to find the right fit for each individual player. As a club we strive to encourage our families to do their research. We provide many resources to help our families navigate this process. Each one of our PSA’s is given an individual recruiting plan, as well as access to our online college profile system that allows them to educate themselves on many different athletic programs, as well as help them gain exposure by providing on online profile that includes the athletes personal information, highlight reel as well as the ability to communicate directly with prospective programs. Our promise to our families is that if you want to play at the collegiate level, we will never stop helping you achieve that goal. We do not believe in the window of opportunity passing at a certain time and we are proud to say every year we have players commit to the school of their dreams as late as their senior year.
We understand their is a lot of information that is sent to our families and therefore they may have a lot of questions. Grace Foca our travel coordinator, is always on hand to help all of our families navigate the sea of tournament hotels and waivers. We have an open door policy on feedback. We always strive to be better, so if any of our families have questions, or concerns, we encourage them to contact Grace or Sarah, so that they can provide you with additional information or address your concerns.