SPARKS, Md. — US Lacrosse today announced that seven of the nation’s leading lacrosse tournament operators have volunteered to serve the 2018 US Lacrosse Nationals on a newly formed fairness committee.

The committee’s charge is to provide insight and focus on making sure that the qualifications process is implemented fairly across the 31 qualifying tournaments announced last month. US Lacrosse expects to announce additional qualifying tournaments soon.

“We are grateful to the individuals that have populated this committee to ensure the point-scoring system is applied consistently,” said Robin Baxter, director of club accounts and sanctioning at US Lacrosse.

Joining US Lacrosse director of events Kim Rogers, sanctioning manager JP Fischer and Baxter on the US Lacrosse Nationals Fairness Committee (bios appear below): EW Bitter (Bitter Lacrosse), Alex Cade (Adrenaline), Charlie Shoulberg (STEPS Lacrosse), Jimmy Vlahakis (Trilogy Lacrosse), Casey Vock (3d Rising), Becky Wells (Ultimate Events and Sports) and Joel Zuercher (NXTsports).

The 10th annual US Lacrosse Nationals, powered by NXT, will feature 14U, 13U and 12U boys’ and girls’ teams competing at DE Turf Sports Complex in Frederica, Del., Aug. 2-5, 2018. Participation in qualifying tournaments, which meet the best-practice guidelines of the US Lacrosse tournament sanctioning program, will provide teams with opportunities to earn points towards a berth in the US Lacrosse Nationals.

E.W. Bitter
President and Co-Founder, Bitter Lacrosse
E.W. has been at the helm of Bitter Lacrosse since the company’s inception. His journey in the sport of lacrosse started while growing up in Manhasset and learning the game from his father. He was recruited to play at Williams College where he quickly developed an interest in entrepreneurialism. He graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in economics. After graduation, he worked in real estate private equity as a portfolio analyst. E.W. soon identified an opportunity to launch a dedicated tournament production and operations company with Bitter Lacrosse. Under his leadership, the company has grown into one of the largest lacrosse tournament operators in the country. E.W. is involved in all aspects of the business. His interests outside of Bitter Lacrosse include coaching, endurance and adventure racing, skiing and real estate. He currently lives in Stowe, Vt., with his wife and two daughters.

Alex Cade
Co-founder, Adrenaline
A native of Gaithersburg, Md., Cade played goalie at the Landon School under legendary head coach Rob Bordley. At the University of Notre Dame, Alex was a four-year starter, two-time captain, All-American and two-time NCAA statistical leader in goals against average. Cade also was as a member of the Irish’s first team to win an NCAA playoff game, a 1995 upset of fourth-ranked Duke in the first round. Graduating in 1998 with a double major in psychology and sociology, Alex moved to San Diego in 1999 to pursue a master’s degree in marital and family therapy at the University of San Diego, focusing on at risk youth scenarios. In 2001, Cade launched Adrenaline Lacrosse with former teammate Steve Sepeta with the realization that the opportunities for Western lacrosse players were limited compared to those offered in the more traditional Eastern lacrosse areas. The goal then and now is the same: to empower the lacrosse athlete by opening doors to future opportunities. Nearly 17 years later Adrenaline remains one of the most influential companies in lacrosse with industry leading events, predominantly in the western region, in addition to cutting edge, lacrosse specific, custom team products and performance apparel.

Charlie Shoulberg
CEO and Founder, STEPS Lacrosse
Charlie Shoulberg has been a staple in the lacrosse industry on many different levels. With a playing career that garnered him honors from his time at Mountain Lakes (N.J.) High School, to All-America accolades at Ithaca College, and playing abroad in Australia, perhaps Shoulberg’s career in coaching, administration, and events is even more impressive. With titles including assistant general manager of the New Jersey Pride in Major League Lacrosse, vice president of the New Jersey Lacrosse Foundation, assistant GM of the 2006 U.S. Men’s National Team, and New Jersey Coaches Association Coach of the Year, it is no surprise that Charlie is a member of the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame. As founder and CEO of STEPS Lacrosse, Shoulberg co-founded Lax for the Cure, which has raised $2.5 million in the fight against breast cancer, in addition to being one of the premier girls’ lacrosse events in the country.

Jimmy Vlahakis
President, Trilogy Lacrosse
Jimmy Vlahakis serves as the president of Trilogy Lacrosse. A product of Long Island, Jimmy attended the United States Military Academy, where he was a three-year starting attackman. Upon graduation, he joined the Army as a field artillery officer, serving multiple deployments overseas. Following his seven-year service in the Army, Jimmy received an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business in 2011. Jimmy joined Trilogy Lacrosse in 2013 and currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the company.

Casey Vock
Manager, 3d Rising
Hailing from Upstate New York, Casey Vock has been the manager of 3d Rising since 2014. He was named the director of communications at 3d Lacrosse in 2016. Before joining 3d Rising and 3d Lacrosse, he spent three years at Inside Lacrosse, where he was a full-time writer for Inside Lacrosse magazine, InsideLacrosse.com, ILIndoor.com and ILGear.com covering all facets of the game. He was named the editor of ILGear.com in November 2012 after helping launch the site a year earlier. Prior to joining Inside Lacrosse in Baltimore, Casey was a freelance writer in Upstate New York covering professional, college and high school lacrosse for Inside Lacrosse, as well as writing for the Press-Republican newspaper in Plattsburgh and other media outlets. Casey played lacrosse in high school at Indian River and went on to play at Jefferson Community College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and business from SUNY Plattsburgh, an MBA from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and an MS in media management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse.

Becky Wells
Co-owner, Ultimate Events and Sports
Becky Wells, a co-owner of the highly successful Ultimate Events and Sports company, has been involved in lacrosse at many different levels. Hailing from Coatesville, Pa., Becky went on to play collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh while earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in exercise physiology. While in Pittsburgh, she served as a coach and board member for the Intrepid Lacrosse Club, as well as the head varsity coach for Shaler High School, where she earned WPIAL Coach of the Year honors. Wells followed her time at Shaler by being named the head women’s lacrosse and field hockey coach at NCAA Division II Seton Hill. A four-year stint as the women’s lacrosse program director at United Sports Training Center followed, where she was responsible for all aspects of some of the nation’s most premier girls’ lacrosse events. In her current role at Ultimate Events and Sports, Becky is responsible for the development and research on new company initiatives, as well as overseeing day-to-day operations of all events. In addition to her current duties at Ultimate, Becky is an assistant coach at Governor Mifflin High School.

Joel Zuercher
President and General Counsel, NXTsports
Joel serves as President and General Counsel of NXTsports, overseeing business development and risk management. Prior to joining NXT Joel was an associate with Pepper Hamilton, LLP, in Philadelphia, specializing in antitrust litigation. Before attending law school, Joel worked in finance for the Philadelphia Phillies and as a producer for Fox Sports International in Los Angeles. Joel graduated from Williams College (Mass.) in 1996, where he played baseball and basketball. He earned a J.D. from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 2005. He currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife Jill, and children Harper and Trevor.

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More than 30 lacrosse tournaments have been named qualifiers for the 2018 US Lacrosse Nationals, providing teams with a great experience and with opportunities to score points towards a berth in the Nationals.

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