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About Ascent Alliance

Welcome to Ascent Alliance, your pathway to lacrosse excellence. We're not just an alliance; we're a tight-knit community of independent lacrosse clubs who share a passion for player development and the game. Our mission is simple: to unite clubs and provide tailored benefits to our member teams. What makes us unique? It's not just our leadership; it's our commitment to preserving the identity of each club while offering exclusive training opportunities. Joining Ascent Alliance means more than just lacrosse; it means being part of our national teams, formed through tryouts attended by all alliance coaches. Founded by former pro players Joey Sankey and Steven Holmes, we're here to help young athletes reach their potential on and off the field. Let's ascend together in the game we love.

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– (University of Virginia)
Co-Founder Fusion, Penn*Lax All-Stars and Team Mid-Atlantic. Germantown Academy graduate, captain at the University of Virginia. 8-year pro in the MLL and NLL. 2-year volunteer assistant at UVA (national champions 2011), and 6-year defensive coordinator at Malvern Prep including a 24-0 season.


Joey Sankey is a Bucks County native who graduated from Penn Charter in 2011 as a two-time All-American, Under Armour All-American, and Penn Charter’s all-time leading point scorer. He went on to be a four-year starter at the University of North Carolina where he was a three-time All-American. He graduated as, and remains, the all-time points leader in North Carolina Lacrosse History. Following his collegiate career, Joey Sankey became rookie of the year in the professional lacrosse league and was a 4-time All-Star before recently retiring from the PLL in 2021.


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“Ascent Alliance is going to be a great impact for our lacrosse community”

Steve Holmes

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