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Lacrosse Tournaments: “2014 US Lacrosse Youth Regional And National Championships & 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championship Festivals In Denver”
Youth Club Lacrosse: NLL’s Colorado Mammoth And 3d Lacrosse Launch Colorado Box Lacrosse League; “Powerful Combination Of Training, Contacts, Players, Facilities And Operations”
The new Colorado Box Lacrosse League will begin operations this winter with youth and high school divisions accommodating recreational, elite, and high school teams in indoor rinks across metro Denver. The Jr. Mammoth and 3d Lacrosse have consolidated their own individual leagues from past years to form the new league to build a bigger, brighter future for all players involved. For more information on the new league and to register for this coming winter season, visit www.JrMammoth.com or www.3dlacrosse.com.
“In just a few short years, 3d Lacrosse has altered the pre-collegiate lacrosse landscape on a national level,” said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. “The Mammoth and 3d Lacrosse will be exponentially more impactful to the development of lacrosse players by working together.”
“After working independently for a number of years, it was not too hard to figure out that a joint approach would better serve the community and players in the long-term,” said 3d Lacrosse Chief Operating Officer Greg Waldbaum. “The combined resources of the two entities make for a powerful combination of training, contacts, players, facilities, and operations that is undeniable, and bringing it together makes all the sense in the world. We are pleased and honored to be working with Steve and the Mammoth organization and look forward to a long and mutually-beneficial future.”
The new League and entity intends to operate year-round with league play, clinics, tournaments, and training all revolving around the game of box lacrosse. 3d Lacrosse has built a local and national powerhouse based on its own box / field hybrid methodology and the Colorado Mammoth has been one of the most successful NLL franchises in the history of the game. Together, the two entities bring an enormous amount of experience and expertise around the game of box lacrosse.
About the Colorado Mammoth
The Colorado Mammoth is arguably the model franchise in the nine-team National Lacrosse League (NLL), a professional box lacrosse league that was founded in 1987. Playing at Pepsi Center to crowds of more than 16,000 fans per game in its 11-year history, the Mammoth boasts a passionate and loyal fan base. The Mammoth is wholly owned and operated by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, the same company that owns the NBA Denver Nuggets, NHL Colorado Avalanche, MLS Colorado Rapids and NDP Lacrosse.
About 3d Lacrosse
Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, 3d Lacrosse has quickly become one of the premier training, event, and select club lacrosse operations in the country. Founded by former Division I coach Jamie Munro, 3d Lacrosse has operations, offices, teams and events throughout the nation. Munro earned All-America honors at Brown, played professionally, coached at Yale and Denver, is a current men’s Division I analyst on ESPNU and is a regular contributor to Inside Lacrosse. For more information on 3d Lacrosse, please visit www.3dlacrosse.com.
Club Lacrosse: “2014 US Lacrosse U15 National Championships” To Be Held In Aurora, CO On July 21-23; 32 Boys & Girls Lacrosse Teams To Compete
3d Select National (Colo.) became the first team with a majority of players from the West to win the boys’ national championship in 2013, while the Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.) girls won their first national championship after falling in the semifinals in 2011 and 2012. The 2013 US Lacrosse U15 National Championships drew 56 teams from 22 states.
Teams that participate in the championships may purchase discounted tickets to the July 17-19 playoff games of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Men’s World Championships, which US Lacrosse is hosting at nearby Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver.
“We are thrilled to team with Visit Aurora to bring our signature youth tournament to the West for the first time, and to give our U15 teams the opportunity to experience the once-in-a-lifetime FIL World Championships,” said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse. “In addition to high-level competition, our youth tournaments emphasize sportsmanship and building relationships among teammates and opponents. Players, coaches and families will have the chance to connect with the world lacrosse community when they attend the World Championships.”
The 2014 US Lacrosse U15 National Championships will extend automatic invitations to the top four teams and “Keeper of Lacrosse” Sportsmanship Award winner at the 2013 event, the top four teams at each US Lacrosse Regional Championship in 2014 (dates and sites below), and a limited number of at-large teams via an application process. Team registration for regional championships and application forms for at-large bids are expected to be available at uslacrosse.org in September.
“Aurora is thrilled to host the US Lacrosse U15 National Championships at Aurora Sports Park,” said Gary Wheat, president and CEO of Visit Aurora. “This is a wonderful event that will introduce our city to US Lacrosse and the high level of competition associated with these championships.”
Aurora Sports Park is a 220-acre site that includes 23 fields, seven picnic shelters and five concession areas. It becomes the third venue to host the championships, joining Cedar Lane Park (Bel Air, Md., in 2009) and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in 2010-13).
Club Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of The “Nor Cal Braves” Lacrosse Team (San Francisco, CA) At The 2013 Adrenaline Elite Shootout On July 12-14
The Nor Cal Braves Lacrosse Program was founded in 2009 as a one-off tournament team for the region’s top young players. The goal was simple, provide first-class coaching for the area’s most promising players to help prepare them for college. Four years later the program has grown into one of the largest & most comprehensive showcase and development programs in the state.
Club Lacrosse: “All In Lacrosse” (Northbrook, IL) Utilizes Individual, Small Group Instruction Featuring Former NCAA And MLL Players (Video)
Club Lacrosse: “3d Lacrosse” Continues Growth In California With Hiring Of Tom DeMaio As Director And Mike Hutnick As Manager In Orange County
3d Lacrosse continues to make waves in California. After their entrance into San Diego and Northern California, they are bringing their unique training to Orange County with the hiring of Tom DeMaio as Orange County Director of Lacrosse & Mike Hutnick as Orange County Area Manager.
3d Lacrosse will establish Orange County club teams as well as implement training programs and clinics for the players who are looking for a unique brand of training. 3D is committed to delivering a superior club team experience for players and families with its combination of exceptional coaches who are carefully trained in the “Box / Field Hybrid™ Development System”. Superior training followed by consistent instruction and thoughtfully planned tournament competition make the 3d Lacrosse unique and unlike anything most players have ever experienced.
Coach DeMaio has over 20 years coaching experience as a head coach at both the Collegiate and High School levels in Massachusetts. In addition to the hiring of DeMaio, 3D has also hired San Clemente Head Coach Mike Hutnick to assist DeMaio in developing players locally. Coach Hutnick in his first year with the Tritons led the San Clemente program to a 14-6 record this spring.
3D CEO Jamie Munro could not be more excited to have operations in Orange County. “Bringing Tom DeMaio on board in the OC is a coup for 3d Lacrosse. We pride ourselves on our position in the industry training coaches and players. We need coaches like Tom DeMaio who has real coaching experience, tremendous passion for working with kids and a national network of contacts. In addition, Mike Hutnick brings coaching experience, commitment to our core values, and a true entrepreneurial spirit. Tom and Mike are tremendous additions to 3d.”
Club Lacrosse: Colorado-Based “3d Select” Wins “2013 US Lacrosse U15 Boys National Championship” With 10-4 Win Over Long Island Express; First Western Team To Win Title
Barnes won 14 of 18 faceoffs and a stingy defense held top-seeded Long Island Express Barracudas (N.Y.) scoreless for 30:31 as 3d Select became the first Western-based team to win the gold medal in the five-year history of the event with a 10-4 defeat of the defending champions in the title game Sunday.
3d Select, with most of its players from Colorado and California, completed a 7-0 run through the field that included two wins over For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) and a 10-7 defeat of third-seeded Dukes HHH (Pa.) in the semifinals.
“This is huge, knowing that the West is rising and we’re making a huge impact on lacrosse,” said Barnes, a rising sophomore at Regis Jesuit (Colo.) High School. “We’re as good as everyone else.”
Or better. Barnes spent a part of the summer learning and honing techniques from FOGO Lacrosse, and the results showed. He won six of eight in the first half and eight of 10 in the second half against the Barracudas’ combination of Sam Nadjari and Kyle Portera.
“All I do really is clamp, try to pinch the ball in the stick and pop it out to start a break,” Barnes said.
Barnes added two assists in the first half, and his off-balance feed to Keaton Komatz with 2:19 left in the first quarter gave 3d Select a 2-1 lead it would not surrender. When Barnes didn’t win a faceoff or if 3d Select turned it over, its defense went to work. After yielding a goal to Daniel Rooney with 6:23 left in the first quarter – one which he bounced off Jimmy Littlefield – 3d Select shut down the Barracudas’ potent offense until 5:52 remained in the game, well after the outcome had been decided. Defenseman Will Weitzel joined goalie Otto Bohan on the Lacrosse Magazine All-Tournament Team (below) from 3d.
Club Lacrosse: “2013 US Lacrosse U15 Boys National Championships” Feature “3d Select” And “Colorado” In Top 10 Championship Bracket
O’Keefe, while playing for Norcal Talon last year, fell ill during the bronze medal game and missed much of his team’s eventual 9-8 loss to Florida. This year with 3d Select, which features players from California, Colorado and New England, the midfielder from Marin, Calif., has been a key ingredient on an opening-day run that included a 9-2 beating of For the Love of the Game (N.Y.), an historically strong team at this event.
“Sean has been giving a lot of assists and creating a lot of opportunities for us,” said 3d Select co-coach Lance Savage. “He’s an absolute stud.”
“Being here last year, I’m more accustomed to the weather, thank God,” O’Keefe said with a laugh after 3d Select finished pool play with a 15-3 defeat of Triad Elite (N.C.). “This is a great experience. You can play with your friends and have fun. Last year, I got to play with some older kids, which helped me in high school and with this team here.”
O’Keefe has had plenty of help. Henry Adams, a rising sophomore at Cherry Creek (Colo.) High, scored three goals in the win over FLG and five in the win over Triad Elite, which qualified for the national championship automatically by placing fourth in the US Lacrosse Southeast Championships in Raleigh in June. With 3d Select drawing from its three geographic-based programs, players who’ve faced each other in previous tournaments this summer now relish the chance to play alongside each other in pursuit of the national championship.
“We have a bunch of talented guys who can step up and who know how to win,” Adams said. “It’s nice to play with people besides your regular club team so you can get better.”
Joining 3d Select among six unbeatens is the defending national champion Long Island Express Barracudas (N.Y.), which surrendered just five goals in three games to capture the No. 1 seed. Dukes HHH (Pa.), Express Turtles (N.Y.) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Md.) gained seeds 3-5, while the Long Island Jesters earned the No. 6 seed after providing a healthy share of drama under mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures.
Seeds for Bracket Play
1. LI Express Barracudas (N.Y.) 3-0
2. 3d Select (Colo.) 3-0
3. Dukes HHH (Pa.) 3-0
4. LI Express Turtles (N.Y.) 3-0
5. FCA (Md.) 3-0
6. Long Island Jesters (N.Y.) 3-0
7. For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) 2-1
8. LI Express Piranhas (N.Y.) 2-1
9. NESLL (Mass./N.H.) 2-1
10. Colorado 1-1-1
11. New Jersey North East 1-1-1
12. Storm (Fla.) 1-2
13. Colorado 14ers 1-2
14. Next Level (R.I.) 1-2
15. C2C Black (Texas) 1-2
16. Brady’s Bunch (Calif.) 1-2
17. Utah 1-2
18. Maverick Select (N.J.) 1-2
19. Florida Swashbucklers 1-2
20. Green Machine (Ind.) 1-2
Samantha Geiersbach had six goals and an assist and third-year tournament participant Samantha Apuzzo added four goals and an assist to lift the seventh-seeded Top Guns to their first national championship with a 14-12 win over fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.) in an all-Long Island final. The Top Guns completed an 8-0 run through the tournament that included one-goal wins over NEM&D (Md.) in the round of 16 and defending national champion Sky Walkers 2016 (Md.) in the quarterfinals.
“I’m just really happy for the girls. They worked so hard for it,” said Top Guns coach Shannon Smith, whose squad lost in the semifinals in 2011 and 2012. “We came here with a goal and we achieved it.”
To do it, the Top Guns needed to get the Jackets out of their pressuring, “backer” defense which has Cara Trombetta trailing one-on-one matchups on the perimeter to help or double when needed. The Jackets used that to shut out fifth-seeded Long Island Liberty (N.Y.) in the quarterfinals and stifle top-seeded STEPS 2016 (N.J.), 12-4, in the semis.
Lacrosse Magazine All-Tournament Team
Samantha Geiersbach, A, Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.)
Allyson Mayle, A BearLax 2016 Blue (Calif.)
Sara Szynal, A, STEPS 2016 (N.J.)
Samantha Apuzzo, A/M, Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.)
Kaitlyn Cerasi, M, Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.)
Katie Hoeg, M, Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.)
Kerrigan Miller, M, Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.)
Taryn Ohlmiller, M, Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.)
Olivia Conti, D, Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.)
Manuela Cortes, D, Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.)
Cara Trombetta, D, Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.)
Julie Krupnick, G, STEPS 2016 (N.J.)
Club Lacrosse: “2013 US Lacrosse U15 Girls National Championship” Features “BearLax 2016 Blue” Seeded #6 Heading Into Championship Round
STEPS 2016, in its first appearance in US Lacrosse’s five-year-old U15 national championship, was among seven teams to post a 3-0 record in pool play. The Chester, N.J.-based program gave up just seven goals in the three games to earn the top seed via tiebreaker over defending national champion Sky Walkers 2016 (Md.), which gave up eight goals to get the No. 2 seed. Dominant (Md.), Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.), Long Island Liberty (N.Y.), BearLax 2016 Blue (Calif.) and the Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.) rounded out the unbeaten teams seeded 3-7.
US Lacrosse Girls’ U15 National Championship Seeds (Pool-Play Record)
1. Steps 2016 (3-0)
2. Sky Walkers 2016 (3-0)
3. Dominant (3-0)
4. Yellow Jackets Blue (3-0)
5. Long Island Liberty (3-0)
6. BearLax 2016 Blue (3-0)
7. Long Island Top Guns (3-0)
8. Yellow Jackets Gold (2-0-1)
9. Lax Maniax (2-0-1)
10. NEM&D 2016 (2-1)