LB3 Lacrosse considering move to Cobb
by Adam Carrington
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July 03, 2013 12:00 AM | 3568 views | 2 2 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With Major League Lacrosse making a first impression in Atlanta when Rochester beat Boston 16-14 on June 7 at Kennesaw State’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Atlanta having professional lacrosse is pending.

“People love the game here,” said LB3 president Liam Banks. “The players were blown away by the venue and thought it was the best place to play a Major League lacrosse game.”

An announcement of Atlanta having Major League Lacrosse is expected to be made in August.

If that holds true, LB3 Lacrosse Club, one of the nation’s premier organizations who organized Major League Lacrosse coming to Kennesaw, will move its Atlanta headquarters from Sandy Springs to the Cobb County area.

An exact location in Cobb hasn’t been determined.

“The reason we’re looking to move because of the infrastructure, incredible access to the fields and our relationship with Kennesaw State and the Cobb Chamber,” Banks said. “Of course, with Major League Lacrosse coming in, we thought it important to have offices in Cobb and continue to grow in the Marietta area.”

Banks, a 2000 Syracuse All-American and a national championship MVP the same year, runs lacrosse clinics, tournaments, leagues and travel club teams. The Atlanta-based LB3 gets most of its clientele from the rapidly growing Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett and Fayette Counties.

That can easily expand once Atlanta having a professional team is confirmed.

Banks said having a major league team in Atlanta aligning with LB3 should help bring exposure to the area. One of the things discussed was having a Major League junior programs for players ages 11 to 19 with major league players possibly playing a role.

“First thing we will do is being more recognition to Cobb County,” Banks said. “Jobwise, there’s a lot of opportunity to bring some new blood in Atlanta.”

LB3 has been in Atlanta for six years now and had set up shop in Alpharetta before moving to Sandy Springs. One of the organization’s main objectives is to develop high school players with hopes of turning them into college players. LB3 named seven all-America players in Georgia with Lassiter’s Cash Carlson being one of them.

LB3 is also known for running one of the nation’s biggest national lacrosse tournaments — the Brine All-American National Classic, which will take place July 1-3 in Maryland SoccerPlex at Boyds, Md.

Lassiter defender Michael Bridgers, midfielder Tom Barre and Harrison attackman Luke Wittenberg are three local players representing Georgia.

LB3’s U15 team based out of Atlanta is amongst the strongest with a perfect 15-0 record.

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Ben Kaiser
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July 03, 2013
Please, please, please bring LB3 to Atlanta, and specifically Kennesaw. Lacrosse is in its infancy, and growing exponentially. It will be successful.
Patty Amidon
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July 12, 2013
Lax is awesome, I hope it all works out for your area!!
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