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An educational opportunity for high school students to learn about the collegiate lacrosse student-athlete experience at the Division III level.

The D3 Experience

Clinics and Full-Field Games

The Head Coaches will conduct a clinic in the morning and coach a team in full-field games in the afternoon. A Division III student-athlete will assist each head coach during the lacrosse sessions. The full-field games will be officiated by rated umpires from the area.

Interact with Coaches and Students

A panel of Division III student-athletes and coaches will answer questions submitted by the participants. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a deeper discussion about the collegiate experience at the Division III level with Division III coaches and student-athletes in a small group setting.

No Club? No Problem!

This event is a great opportunity for students who do not play on a club team to be evaluated by many Division III coaches.


  • A Unique Opportunity

    Embrace the opportunity to surround yourself with current Division III student-athletes and Head Coaches from elite academic institutions. It is our mission to bring the people of Division III to you! Our hope is to raise your awareness so you are making an informed college decision.

  • Division III Showcase

    The D3 Experience will showcase the talent, professionalism and enthusiasm of the Division III coaches and the well-rounded student-athletes. Additionally, this event will raise awareness for Division III women's lacrosse and offer perspective about the healthy balance between academics, athletics and the numerous educational opportunities at our colleges.

  • Interact with Many Coaches

    Each participant will engage with 6 of the 8 Head Coaches in either station-work, small group discussion, or as the coach of her full-field team. You can get a sense of coaching styles and personalities while learning from the amazing coaches of Division III.

Date: June 26, Summer 2020
Location: Amherst College - 62 Orchard St, Amherst, MA 01002
Director: Patty Kloidt, Head Coach at Hamilton College
Cost: $290
Refund Policy:The $150 deposit to register and hold your spot is non-refundable for any reason. When paid in full, a partial refund ($140) is refundable until May 31st. After, May 31st, there will be no refunds for any reason.

Enrollment is limited to 80 students (including 8 Goalkeepers) from the classes of 2021, 2022 and 2023. Participants will be placed on a team of 18 (17 players and 1 goalkeeper) for station-work and full-field games.

The D3 Experience Schedule

The D3 Experience : June 26

Please check your summer schedule as our event coincides with Lax for the Cure and NE Cup.


Think you know
Division III?
Think again!

  • A "Crash-Course" in Recruiting

    The pace of Division I recruiting is accelerating, reducing the time for prospective students to explore all of their academic options. Many prospective students don't want to give up their "spot" or scholarship offer from a Division I program to take the time to research the student-athlete experience of Division III.

    Academic Excellence

    Are you considering all of your academic options? Choosing a college that matches your academic profile is complicated by the pace and pressure of the recruiting process. Make an informed decision that matches your educational and post-graduate desires. Study your passion and embrace the full college experience while playing the sport you love.

    ...and everything else!

    With the opportunity to speak directly with coaches and current student-athletes about academics, athletics, campus lifestyle, and more -- The D3 Experience provides an opportunity for you to explore the idea of Division III to determine if it is the right fit for you.

Patty Kloidt
Director - the D3 Experience
Head Coach - Hamilton College Women's Lacrosse

Patty Kloidt is in her 17th year as the Head Coach at Hamilton College. A former Division I Goalkeeper at Penn State University, she has completely adopted the Division III model and philosophy of collegiate athletics.

Her coaching career began at Amherst College while earning a Masters Degree at Smith College. She came to Hamilton after coaching four years of soccer and lacrosse at Le Moyne College where she lead the newly created Division I lacrosse program to its first ever MAAC Conference Championship and a birth in the 16 team, 2002 NCAA Division I tournament.

Kloidt took over the Hamilton program in 2003 and amassed a record of 192-88 in 16 seasons on College Hill. Along with five straight Liberty League Championships ('07-'11), she lead Hamilton to win its first ever NCAA Division III National Championship in 2008 and has taken Hamilton to three NCAA Final Fours (08-10). Kloidt is a four- time Empire Region and Liberty League Conference Coach of the year. She is the 2008 NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year. Since joining the NESCAC in 2012, the Continentals enjoyed their best finish in 2017 with an 8-2 record and tie for first place in the NESCAC conference standings.

The collective success of The D3 Experience coaching staff is founded on a combination of lacrosse knowledge and the philosophy of Division III athletics. Student-athletes are encouraged to study abroad, play a second sport and engage in the numerous clubs or activities on campus. The beauty of Division III is the student can immerse herself into the life of the college and play the sport she loves.

The co-curricular mentality of Division III athletics provides a healthy addition to the academic life within the small college setting. There are numerous life lessons obtained in the “lacrosse classroom” of our Division III coaches, many of whom are excited to join you at The D3 Experience. Our coaching staff includes wonderful mentors who develop student-athletes in many facets of sport including leadership, effective communication, accountability and compassion for others. All great qualities to enjoy a well-rounded life.

Take a moment to learn about the excellent Head Coaches on our staff.

Confirmed Guests
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Amherst, MA

Head Coaches

Admissions and Financial Aid Speaker

  • Will Cummins: Associate Dean of Admission at Amherst College.


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