The Greater Philadelphia College Box Lacrosse League (GPCBLL) was established to promote the game of box lacrosse to collegiate athletes in the region and build another pipeline for players to the NLL Draft. In its inaugural season, in partnership with NXT and Fusion Lacrosse, the league will consist of four teams with rosters of 20 players each. The season begins with Scouting Combines on June 4th, 2024 with practices and games beginning June 11th. Games will be played on Tuesday and Thursday nights, culminating with the Playoffs and Championship on July 23rd & 30th, 2024. An All-Star team will be selected to compete in the National Collegiate Box Series (NCBS) championships in August.
We’ve seen more and more Americans progress in the box game at the highest level, but the biggest hurdle most young American players face is finding competitive leagues to play in locally. The GPCBLL will give players an opportunity to train with the best coaches in the area and then showcase the quality of the league at the end of the summer at the NCBS National Championships.
-Philadelphia Wings GM & Head Coach Paul Day
Heading into the 2023-2024 NLL season, Blaze Riorden, Captain of the Philadelphia Wings, has played in 76 career NLL games. So far in his NLL career he has scored 98 career goals and dished out 133 assists. Hailing from Fairport, NY, Blaze attended the University of Albany where he was a Tewaaraton Award finalist. Blaze has made Philly his home in adulthood and has established one of the best youth box lacrosse programs in the northeast, BR10 Lacrosse.
University of Delaware alum and captain of the lacrosse team, Manney is a 10-year professional player NLL and MLL (assistant captain for 6 of those years) along with his position at NXT. In 2015, Brett played on Team USA and was named their assistant captain. He’s coached with NXT lacrosse boys program since its inception.
2022 NLL Champion Anthony Joaquim has been playing in the NLL since 2018. He played collegiately at St. Joseph’s University, and currently is a volunteer assistant coach for the Hawks.
Curtis Smith was an All-American and a 3x All-Conference selection at Ohio State University. He ranks in the top ten in both goals and points in Buckeye Lacrosse history. Smith was drafted by the Colorado Mammoth in the NLL and played his rookie season in Denver. He currently coaches with Fusion Lacrosse and Penn Lax All-Stars.