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Press Release Coach Pons Joins Thunder


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thunder Lacrosse is excited to announce that Andy Pons has joined our organization as Director of Lacrosse Operations. In this capacity, Coach Pons will assist our coaching staff and Board of Directors as he oversees and organizes our camps, clinics, annual evaluations and acts as recruiting coordinator in support of our high school coaches and players.  We believe Coach Pons is uniquely qualified to serve both our Thunder families and the broader Atlanta lacrosse community.

“I am excited to be with Thunder Lacrosse full time” says Coach Pons.  “I will enjoy training Thunder players to ‘be the best’ while helping parents navigate the ever changing recruiting process.  I think it’s a great partnership which will only grow the national reputation of Thunder Lacrosse.”

This spring, Coach Pons starts his first season as head varsity coach of the boys lacrosse program at the Woodward Academy.  Further, he is a member of the coaching staff of the MLL Boston Cannons.  Most recently, Coach Pons served as the National Team Director for the Dallas based C2C Lacrosse Program.  He has also coached with the Maryland Lacrosse Club and the Baltimore Crabs.  Andy graduated in 1998 with a degree in physical education from McDaniel College, where he was a three sport athlete.

Coach Pons has been married to his high school sweetheart Crissy for twenty-three years and has three children.  His middle son, Mac, currently plays lacrosse at the University of Maryland.  

Ryan McClernan, owner and founder of B’More Lax Company and the Baltimore Crabs notes, “Andy Pons brings a lot of knowledge and positive energy to the field. In his time with the Crabs his eye for talent and his ability to teach goalies made our program better.”

Boston Cannons head coach John Tucker had this to say about Coach Pons, “I’m excited to bring Andy Pons onto the Cannons staff. Serving as assistant coach and advance scout, Andy will assist the staff with preparation for the supplemental and collegiate draft as well as scouting during the 2014 season.”

Thunder Lacrosse is beginning its 8th year of competition.  Our goal is to select and coach the best club lacrosse teams in the Southeast. As a member of the NSCLA, Thunder players compete against the top programs from across the US and Canada. Thunder is 501 (c) 3 corporation. For Thunder, lacrosse is NOT a business, it's a passion. As a non-profit lacrosse organization we strive to keep expenses to a minimum and ensure every dollar of tuition is invested in the program to provide the highest quality experience for our players.

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by posted 12/05/2014
Thunder 2017 Finishes Fall Season 6-0

Braving freezing temperatures and high winds, Thunder 2017 went 3-0 at the Legacy Cup Super 8 Tournament in Lancaster on November 2.  The team beat Laxachusetts 9-3, Long Island Express 8-3, and the Long Island Outlaws 15-0 in front of close to 70 college coaches.    The team defense was outstanding, giving up only 6 goals in 3 games. Offense was firing on all cylinders with most goals assisted.   Keeper Ben Clark received recognition in RecruitingRundown

Four other players received recognition in 3d Rising's coverage of the event.  Read the article at 3d Rising.

First time Thunder players Trey Robinson (FO/M) of Fellowship Christian and Will Britian (M) of Cambridge had this to say of their inaugural Thunder tournament: "Incredible experience, awesome to play on a team with such great individual talent that can also play so well together.  Enjoy  playing on a team that is competitive in the NE." (TR) "My first tournament with the 2017 Thunder team was an excellent experience. The team is talented, coaching is great and going 3-0 in a tough event was a lot of fun!" (WB) 

At UPLax on November 9 in Centreville, MD, Thunder 2017 extended their winning streak with a 13-3 win over True Minnesota, 17-2 over Looney's Orange (AA), and 10-3 over Georgetown Prep.  

Several Thunder 2017 players will compete at the Philly Fall Showcase and Jake Reed's Fall Nike Blue Chip over the next two weekends.


by posted 11/04/2014
Thunder Nation Represented by 37 School Programs for 2015

During the months of September and October, Thunder coaches evaluated over 370 players as they competed for positions on our 2022 through 2016 teams. Congratulations to the176 players who earned spots with the Southeast’s top club lacrosse program for the fall of 2014 / summer of 2015! Once again, highlighting our commitment to objectively selecting the best each year, 63 new players will join Thunder for their first season in 2015. Welcome to Thunder Nation!

As the top players in Georgia and beyond seek the opportunity to play for Thunder, the diversity in our program continues to expand and as a result the level of play excels to higher levels.   This year, 36 school programs are represented on our rosters. Thunder Schools include: Alpharetta, Blessed Trinity, Buford HS, Cambridge, Centennial, Davis Academy, Decatur, Dunwoody, Etowah, Fellow Christian, Greater Atlanta Christian, Holy Innocents Episcopal School, John’s Creek, Kell,  Kennesaw Mountain HS, Lambert, Lassiter, Lovett, Marist, McCallie (TN), Mill Creek, Milton, Mt. Vernon, North Atlanta HS, Northview, Pace Academy, Pope, River Ridge, Roswell, South Forsyth HS, Trinity, Walker, Walton, Wesleyan, Westminster, Whitfield, and Woodward Academy.

by posted 10/28/2014
2015 Thunder Coaching Staff

Thunder Lacrosse continues its commitment to provide the finest coaching resources in Georgia.  We have recruited coaches with DI, DII, DIII and local high school / youth experience to our teams for 2015.  Eight of our coaches represented their college programs in at least one NCAA tournament.  The programs above are represented among our committed coaches for the summer. 
In addition to coaching Thunder, the Thunder staff can also be seen on the sidelines of the high school and feeder programs of Blessed Trinity,  Lovett, Pope, Walton and Westminster where they have led their teams to 12 Georgia State Championships.  They have also helped put Georgia lacrosse on the map by sending several  layers off to play at the collegiate level and the MLL.         

posted 10/28/2014
2015 Rodgers Commits to Colorado Mesa University

The Thunder Nation congratulates Langston Rodgers a 2015 defenseman on his decision to play for Coach Smith and the Mavericks at Colorado Mesa University after graduation from the Decatur High School.  Rodgers is the tenth commit for Thunder 2015.

by posted 10/28/2014
2016 Devereaux Commits to Loyola Greyhounds

The Thunder Nation congratulates Logan Devereaux a 2016 attackman on his decision to play for Coach Toomey and the Loyola Greyhounds after graduation from Westminster.



by posted 10/01/2014
Thunder 2017 Defenseman Bogard commits to University of Maryland


The Thunder Nation congratulates Peyton Bogard a 2017 defenseman on his decision to play for Coach Tillman and the Terps at the University of Maryland after graduation from the Lovett School.  Bogard is the third division 1 commit for Thunder 2017.



by posted 09/29/2014
Thunder 2017 Midfielder Rieth commits to Furman University

The Thunder Nation congratulates Sage Rieth a 2017 face off midfielder on his decision to play for Coach Meade and the Paladins of Furman University after graduation from the McCallie School. 

by posted 09/20/2014
Thunder 2015 Defenseman Pearce commits to Boston University


The Thunder Nation congratulates Cal Pearce a 2015 LSM / Defenseman on his decision to play for Coach Polley and the Terriers of Boston University after graduation from Lovett.  Pearce is the 8th current Thunder player to go on to compete in the Patriot League. 



by posted 09/20/2014
Thunder 2015 Defenseman Dolan commits to Washington & Lee


The Thunder Nation congratulates Josh Dolan a 2015 defenseman on his decision to play for Coach McCabe and the Generals of Washington & Lee after graduation from Westminster. 


by posted 09/11/2014
Thunder 2016 Midfielder McAllister commits to Holy Cross

The Thunder Nation congratulates Will McAllister a 2016 midfielder 
on his decision to play for Coach Lattimore and the Crusaders of Holy Cross after graduation from Lassiter High School.  McAllister will join Thunder 2015 player William Hudson as a member of the Crusader Nation.



by posted 08/06/2014
Thunder 2015 Defenseman Speed commits to Washington & Lee



The Thunder Nation congratulates Collins Speed a 2015 defenseman/LSM on his decision to play for Coach McCabe and the Generals of Washington & Lee after graduation from Westminster. 



by posted 08/04/2014
September with Thunder Lacrosse
Thunder completed the difficult process in mid September of selecting the top 24 players in Georgia from the Class of 2017 for their 2014/2015 travel team.  Four of these players pictured above competed this weekend representing the USA against Canada.  During tryouts over 60 players competed for coveted roster spots and the opportunity to show off their lacrosse skills in front of the top college lacrosse programs in the country this fall and next summer at tournaments like Legacy Cup Super 8, UPLax, Baltimore Summer Kickoff, NSCLA National Cup, and Best of the Best.  On Day 2 of the evaluation process Coach Richie Meade and his staff (pictured below with Thunder coaches) assisted in the instruction of the boys and provided valuable guidance regarding the traits D1 coaches look for in scholar / athletes.  ROLL THUNDER and GO PALADINS!


by posted 08/01/2014
Thunder 2017 LSM Charlie King commits to Loyola
The Thunder Nation congratulates Charlie King a 2017 long stick midfielder on his decision to play for Coach Toomey and the 2012 National Champion Loyola Greyhounds after graduation from Lassiter High School.  King is Thunder's earliest commit and after he graduates he will join Thunder 2016 players Devereaux and Higgins on the sidelines of the Greyhounds.

by posted 07/22/2014
Thunder 2016 Defenseman Shamburger commits to Duke
The Thunder Nation congratulates Raines Shamburger a 2016 defenseman on his decision to play for Coach Danowski and the two time National Champion Blue Devils after graduation from Westminster.  Shamburger will complete a post grad year at Avon Old Farms and enter Duke in the fall of 2017.

Link to Raine's Highlight video: 



by posted 07/14/2014
2016 and 2017 Blue Finish Strong

During the last week in June and beginning of July our Thunder 2016 and 2017 Blue teams headed to the hot beds of lacrosse in Baltimore and New York to play the best club teams in the country.

Thunder 2017 Blue continued their winning ways, playing their way into the final 8 of 40 teams at Crabfeast in Baltimore this year.  They ended up with a record of 3-2 beating South Shore (NJ) 9-3, Team 91 (NY) 8-7 in a revenge game to right their one goal loss last fall, Building Blocks (NJ) 3-1, and losing to the Westchester Predators (NY) 6-8 and the Baltimore Crabs 2-8.
Thunder 2016 and 2017 Blue concluded the 2014 season at Best of the Best, July 4-6, at Garden City on Long Island.
Thunder 2017 Blue finished a strong summer season, going 5-1 at Best of the Best.  Once again the team finished in the final 8 of 30 teams and won their playoff game.  They notched wins against Iron Horse (TX) 5-4, CT Chargers (CT) 13-1, Team Turnpike (NJ) 8-3, Long Island Jesters (NY) 6-5, and Amped (VA) 8-6.  Their single loss came at the hands of LI Outlaws (NY), 5-8.

Thunder 2016 concluded their summer going 4-2 at Best of the Best.  Their  wins came against Crush Nationals (NY) 13-0, Building Blocks (NJ) 8-7, Juiced Cherries (MI), 14-1, and No Excuse (TN) 8-2.  They lost 2 close games to 413 Mass (MA) 5-6 and LI Express (NY) 2-3.

Both teams have players competing in national showcases such as Maverik Showtime, Fab Frosh, and National 175 during the month of July.  Raines Shamburger, D, 2016, and Peyton Bogard, D, 2017, both earned spots in the Maverik All Star game. Thunder has had at least one All Star every summer we have sent players to Maverik. 
Our HS players will then enjoy some much needed rest before September tryouts for the summer of 2015.  Both the 2017s and 2016s will compete in 2 fall recruiting tournaments in November; the Legacy Cup Super 8 on Nov 2 in Boston and the NSCLA Fall Tourney (TBD).  Congratulations to all of our HS teams on a very successful summer!

by posted 07/14/2014
Tournament Update week June 19th-24th

Thunder 2016 and Thunder 2017 Blue teams competed for the title of King of Hill at McDaniel College in


Westminster, MD with more than 70 universities  in attendance from June 19 - June 21.  Once again, both teams showed well and finished with winning records.  The 2016s finished at 4-1 overall, beating Amped (VA) 6-5 in OT, lost to the Green Turtles (DC) 5-13, beat the Baltimore Breakers (MD) 9-2, Triad Select (NC) 14-3, and the Looneys (MD) 5-4.  The 2017s finished at 3-2 overall and in 4th place among 10 teams. They beat Amped (VA) 12-9, Top Gun Clams (MA) 8-4, T2 (MD) 18-4, and lost to Team Philly 3-7, and 3d Colorado (CO) 8-9 in a back and forth battle for 3rd place.  Thunder 2017 Blue competes next at Crabfeast June 28-29.  Both teams come together again for the season finale on Long Island at Best of the Best over July 4th weekend.

Thunder 2021 continued their winning ways taking their second championship of the season at the Southern Sizzle in Charlotte, NC going 6-0 and playing their best lacrosse of the summer.  With a record of 19-3 Coaches Feroleto, Cantando and Palmer’s 2021 team continues the tradition of U11 Thunder teams past, dominating their opponents with a record of 63-9-1 over the last three years.

Thunder 2020 also traveled to Charlotte to compete in the Southern Sizzle. Due to their championship victory in the Summer Jam and runner-up showing in the U13A bracket at the Wounded Warrior tourney, they were once again placed in the U13A bracket.  It was a very strong field of teams and the 2020 team showed they were a force to be reckoned with.  They went 3-1 in pool play leading up to their last game in what amounted to be the play-in game for the final.  They played a very tough C2C team down to the wire, but came up just short in an exciting 5-4 match.  For the season so far Coaches Palmer, Ammons & Batcheller's 2020 team is 15-4-1, outscoring their opponents 186-71.

Follow Thunder on Twitter @thunderlacrosse to keep up with all of the action.  Roll Thunder!!

by posted 06/24/2014
Tournament Update week June 13th-19th

Thunder 2015, 2016 and 2017 Blue opened their season at the Warrior NSCLA National Cup which is a members only invitational for the best club teams in North America in a playoff format to crown the elite club in each of the graduation years. There were 65 different universities on hand to watch the event.

On day one the 2015s defeated Patriot (NJ) 7-3 and CNY Roadhawks (upstate NY) 8-5, but fell to Edge (Canada) 6-7 in OT. On day two they fell to the Crabs (Baltimore) 2-13 and finished with a win against True National (Chicago / midwest) 7-6.  On day one the 2016s defeated Patriot (NJ) 4-2, the Maryland Roughriders 7-6, and the CNY Roadhawks 7-5.   On day two they fell to Resolute (Ohio) 7-8 and the Tomahawks (New Hampshire) 7-9.  The 2017s opened their tournament with a convincing 9-3 win over ADVNC (NorCal) while Coach Starsia (UVA), Coach Pietramala (Hopkins), and Coach Toomey (Loyola) sat on the sideline next to our bench.  The team then lost to Denver Elite 4-5 and the Crabs 2-15.  On Sunday the 2017s came back with wins over CNY Roadhawks 8-6 and True National 7-6.   

All three teams ended their quest for the cup with a 3-2 record representing Thunder well against the best high school club teams in the U.S and Canada and establishing Georgia as a "non-hotbed" of talent to be reckoned with.  In addition, prior to the start of the Cup several Thunder players were selected to play in the Warrior Select Showcase on Friday.  

The 2016 and 2017 Blue head north once again this weekend to compete in the King of the Hill tournament at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD.

Thunder 2017 Orange rolled into Baltimore for the The Baltimore Summer Kickoff.   On Monday morning some of the players had the chance to tour Johns Hopkins and ran into Coach Bill Dwan and Steele Stanwick while on campus and also had the opportunity to attend a clinic before beginning tournament play on Tuesday.  In the two day tournament, Thunder went 4-0-1 outscoring their opponents 42-22.  Unfortunately there was no play-offs planned, but the games were heavily staffed with college coaches from around the country watching our talented Georgia players.  The team will be once again heading north to play in the Gait Cup next week.

Thunder 2021 rolls to victory in the Wounded Warrior Father's Day Invitational in Palm Coast, Florida.
Coach Feroleto's boys rallied after a first game loss to capture the tournament championship in the U11 division, beating three of the four pool winners in the tournament of 27 teams.  In championship bracket play, 2021 beat the Ponte Vedre Possums 7-3 in a rematch from the previous days opening game loss. Next the boys beat a physical Florida Vipers team, 11-4, to advance to the championship game. Finally, our boys won a close 6-5 championship game vs the Palm Beach Revolution to close out the tournament victory.  Check out Thunder 2021 in the Florida Lacrosse News
Thunder 2020 carried over their strong play from their championship weekend at the Summer Jam to the Wounded Warrior tournament.  They were placed in the U13A division for the first time this summer and showed they belonged.  They went undefeated in bracket play and continued that way playing their way into the finals.  In the championship they met up with a strong Snipers team losing 7-6 in a very exciting game.  Next up the Southern Sizzle Tournament in Charlotte this coming weekend traveling once again with the 2021 team.

Thunder 2018 stepped up to the next level of competition this weekend with a visit to Annapolis, MD for the Hogan Summer Exposure Tournament.  Before the games started, several boys enjoyed a morning tour of the U.S. Naval Academy lead by Victor (Bric) s older sister, Evan, who is a Firstie (Senior) and Company Commander at the Academy (pictured right).  In the first game, the boys faced a good team from Philadelphia (Bucks Select Black) and lost 3-8.  After that game, the boys adjusted to the higher level of competition and won the rest of their games beating the Arden Diamondbacks (Annapolis) 17-0, Maryland Thunder 6-3, Florida Xtreme 13-3, and Lax World Baltimore 8-1.  Thunder 2018 is now 10-1 for the summer and has scored 118 goals and only allowing a stingy 32.  Next up is the Madlax ‘Capital Classic’ in Washington, DC on June 28th where they will be traveling along with 2019 Thunder team.

Follow Thunder on Twitter @thunderlacrosse to keep up with all of the action.  Roll Thunder!

by posted 06/19/2014
27-2 Tournament Weekend June 7-8th

The Thunder Nation stormed through the weekend going 27-2 collectively with 5 teams competing.  At the Big South Summer Classic in Charlotte North Carolina, led by Coaches Buzcek, Becker and Kates, Thunder 2018 went 6-0 on the weekend and brought home the Championship.  Thunder 2017 Orange led by Coaches Rabbitt and Daniels played well going 4-1 on the weekend and missed competing for the championship via a tie-breaker.  Both teams hit the road again this weekend with the 2018's traveling to Annapolis to play at Hogan's Summer Exposure and 2017 Orange headed to Parkton Maryland for the Baltimore Summer Kickoff.  

At the Summer Jam in Kennesaw, Georgia, our three Thunder youth teams were challenged by teams from 6 different states, playing 18 games collectively as all three teams played their way into the finals without  loss in bracket play. Thunder 2020 won the Championship going 6-0 on the weekend and outscoring their opponents 81-14 finishing on top in the 26 teams U13B division.  So far this season the team is 8-1-1 and their coaches Palmer, Amons and Batcheller will take them to Florida with Thunder 2021 this weekend to compete in the Father's Day Wounded Warrior Tournament.  Our Thunder 2021 (U11) team led by Coaches Feroleto, Cantando and Palmer went 5-1 and lost to a very strong Palm Beach team in the finals.   Palm Beach avenged their only loss of the weekend as Thunder 2021 had beat them in bracket play on Saturday during their first meeting.

Our Thunder 2019 team collected their second championship win of the year going undefeated once more and outscored their opponents 81-11 improving their record to 10 wins with no losses.  Coaches Holthaus and Pritts will have a few weeks to prepare and practice their team before heading north to compete in Washington DC and Baltimore at the Madlax Capital City Classic and the Young Guns Invitational.  To keep up with the latest Thunder news, follow Thunder on twitter @thunderlacrosse.  

by posted 06/10/2014
Higgins Commits to Loyola joining teammate Devereaux

Thunder 2016 Midfielder Matt Higgins Commits to play for the Loyola Greyhounds

Thunder Nation congratulates Higgins on his decision to 
play for Coach Toomey and the Greyhounds after graduation from Blessed Trinity.

Link to Matt's highlight video:  Click HERE

by posted 04/28/2014
Haverty Commits to Division 1 Air Force
Thunder 2015 Midfielder Cole Haverty Commits to play for the Air Force 

Thunder Nation congratulates Haverty on his decision to 
play for Coach Seremet and the Falcons after graduation from Westminster.

Link to Cole's highlight video:

LINK to Q&A with Cole on his commitment

by posted 02/06/2014
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