Andy Corno is the founder and president of Leaders Lacrosse, a sports training company which runs camps, clinics, and private lessons in the Washington DC area. All camps, clinics, and private lessons are tuned toward the skill level of each player. Leaders Lacrosse also focuses on the complete athlete, incorporating character building, teamwork, hard work on the field, and hard work in the classroom into all their programs. Andy plays profession lacrosse for the Philadelphia Barrage. He played in every game for the Barrage during their 2007 championship season and is noted as one of the best face off midfielders to ever play the game. He was recently traded from the New Jersey Pride. In only his second year he was chosen as a 2006 Major League Lacrosse All Star and led the league in Ground Balls. Andy played college lacrosse at Georgetown University from 2001-2005, where he led the Hoyas to the playoffs every year. He was a 3 time all American, senior captain, and noted nationally year in and year out for his work at the faceoff circle. Coach Corno is currently one of the top five NCAA leaders in career face off percentage and total ground balls. He graduated from Georgetown with a Bachelors of Arts and Sciences, a Marketing Major, and a NCAA Academic All-American. Andy grew up in Bethesda, MD and attended Walt Whitman High School. He was a Captain for both his football and lacrosse team. He made history as the first ever recruited Division I Lacrosse player to come out of Walt Whitman High School . He was First team Washington Post All-Met his senior years, All county player of the year, and an All American in his senior year at Whitman.. Andy’s success on and off the field is driven by his hard work, dedication, and determination in everything he does. He is committed to the growth of the sport, having fun, and helping young athletes get better.
How to Play Lacrosse
Lacrosse expert Andy Corno demonstrates how to play lacrosse.
Andy Corno: Hi! My name is Andy Corno with Leader's Lacrosse Camps, Clinics and Private Lessons. I currently play professional lacrosse for the Philadelphia Barrage, and I was a former All-American at Georgetown University. I am here to show you all the basics for the game of lacrosse.
To get started, you will need a lacrosse stick and your own ball to practice on your own. When you are ready, you also need to purchase your lacrosse equipment, which consists of a helmet and a mouthpiece, gloves, elbow pads, shoulder pads. Before we begin, remember to stretch and hydrate well before you take the field.
Also, practice lacrosse outdoors and wear a helmet whenever possible. Now, that you're ready to learn and play, let's get started, we are going to start with your lacrosse stick.
First and foremost before you go out and buy a stick, understand that there is a lot of different brands and companies out there. You want to pick one that's right for you. Your local provider will know that, so if you are beginner, ask for a beginner lacrosse stick. If you are intermediate, ask for an intermediate stick and if you are an advanced player, you can use an advanced lacrosse stick.
After you've purchased your lacrosse stick, strong and ready to go, you want to make sure that you work your pocket in and how you can do that is you just take a ball up to the pocket or mesh of the stick and work it in, maybe punch it a couple of times just like this. This will help you break in the pocket and soften up the mesh. After you've done that, go out practice throw with a friend to get used to how your lacrosse stick throws. Every stick is going to throw differently, sticks throw differently on different days, whether it's wet out, humid out, raining out, so you want to make sure that you practice, before you go out and play.
Those are the basics to your lacrosse stick.