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Lacrosse Northwest. Oregon

Since inception in 1998, Lacrosse Northwest has reached thousands of lacrosse players through offering leagues, lessons, clinics, camps, and athletic training.  Doug Foster, the original owner, figured out quickly after moving to Portland from Virginia that Oregon was missing out on something great.  Lacrosse!

Since July 1, 2008, current owner Sarah Tomlinson, has taken her passion for lacrosse and has implemented her own business philosophy into the company.  Sarah’s vision has been to take the already strong belief Lacrosse Northwest had in place of growing lacrosse in Oregon and to continue growing the sport by creating innovative, organized, fun, challenging, and educational experience for players of all genders and ages. Lacrosse Northwest continues to offer year round lacrosse at a reasonable price in Oregon including offering fast paced indoor lacrosse.

Their highly qualified coaching staff is comprised of post-collegiate, collegiate, and high school lacrosse players as well as local experienced high school and collegiate coaches.  Many of their staff members are also educators!

If you haven’t already become part of their Lacrosse Northwest family we hope you will join them soon! 


Madlax Welcomes Partner Program: Lacrosse Northwest

Founders and Directors: Sarah Tomlinson and Dave Sanford
Teams: 2016-2022 Teams.
Location: Portland, Oregon
Website: laxnw.com

Sarah Tomlinson: Founder & President

Dave Sanford: Boys Director
Current Sunset 7/8 Select Team Coach.  Former Head Coach at Portland State University, Wilsonville HS, Westview HS.  Played College Club at Tulane University in New Orleans and High School Lacrosse in Baltimore in the MIAA. Dave currently plays attack for the Lacrosse Northwest Rippers Mens Team, The Rose City Lacrosse Club Masters Team, and the Canada West Super Masters Team. 

Kyle Virding: Marketing and Operation Director

LAXNW Rippers Head Coaches:

John Boyer
As the defensive coach for Lincoln varsity, John has helped lead the Cardinals to 4 state titles and 7 semi-finalist finishes.  John played college club ball for Oregon and SCSU, and currently plays with Dave on the Rose City and Canada West lacrosse clubs. John has also had success at the Club Level as U16 Coach for the Oregon Outlaws.

Mike Wilkerson
Current Head Coach at Grant High School and Director of Lacrosse Operations at University of Portland.  Previously was Head coach at University of Portland from 2010 to 2013, winning the PNCLL Division 2 coach of the year in 2012 and 2013.  Led the Pilots to 3 consecutive PNCLL Division 2 championship games and a national ranking as high as 16th.  Prior to coaching the Pilots, was head coach at the University of California Irvine, head coach at University High School in Irvine, and head and assistant coach at the Claremont Colleges.  While at Claremont, his teams were ranked as high as #1 nationally and attended the MCLA national championship.

Jacob Schuitt
Current Head Coach at the University of Portland.  Jake grew up playing lacrosse in Portland, Maine and then went on to play at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA where he earned All League recognition twice and was voted 2nd team All-American, all at the midfield position.  Prior to coaching at University of Portland, Jake coachedat the youth level in Bellingham, WA and with Cleveland High School here in Portland, OR. He is currently in his third year of coaching at University of Portland and in his first year as head coach.